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James Wins It With 0.9 Seconds Left in OT
AP - LeBron James now has his signature shot. Until further notice, "The Layup" defines his growing greatness.
Ducks Eliminate Flames 3-0 in Game 7
AP - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made it a clean sweep for the underdogs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Hamilton Scores 40 As Pistons Advance
AP - Richard Hamilton played like he desperately wanted a break. The guard with the face mask had a playoff-career high 40 points Wednesday night and the Detroit Pistons tied a franchise-playoff scoring record in the first quarter in a 122-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.
Indians Clobber Athletics 14-3
AP - Casey Blake hit a three-run homer in a nine-run seventh inning, and Travis Hafner had four RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians over Oakland 14-3 Wednesday night and end the Athletics' season-best, five-game winning streak.
Earl Woods, Father of Tiger Woods, Dies
AP - Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods' phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74.
Parcells to Talk About T.O. Soon
AP - Bill Parcells was in a chatty mood Wednesday — about baseball. Not about Terrell Owens or the Dallas Cowboys.
Last-gasp James casts spell over Wizards
Reuters - LeBron James dropped in a layup with
0.9 seconds left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a thrilling
121-120 overtime win over the Washington Wizards in National
Basketball Association play Wednesday in Cleveland.
Lidge Wins Duel With Pujols As Astros Win
AP - Maybe Brad Lidge can shake those incessant Albert Pujols questions now.
Lewis Hopes to Make Mark Again for U.S.
AP - Eddie Lewis will be arriving late for the U.S. World Cup training camp. It won't be the first time.
Avs' Konowalchuk Cleared for Playoffs
AP - Not that long ago, it looked like Steve Konowalchuk's season was over.
NFC draft report card
NEW YORK – Three teams that won a combined 15 games in 2005 ended up being the NFC's big winners.
QB Marcus Vick to try out for Dolphins (AP)
Bypassed in the NFL draft, former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick will try out with the Miami Dolphins when he takes part in their three-day rookie minicamp beginning Friday. Vick's troubled career at Virginia Tech included repeated brushes with the law and ended when he was kicked off the team in January after his junior season.
Foley will sue Vikings over termination (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday fired personnel director Fran Foley, who plans to sue the franchise and have an arbitration hearing before NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Foley's lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said Wednesday that his client was "the victim of a power struggle" and was "stunned" when told of his termination, which ended a tumultuous three-month tenure that included an inaccurate...
Parcells waiting until Friday to talk (AP)
Bill Parcells was in a chatty mood Wednesday -- about baseball. Not about Terrell Owens or the Dallas Cowboys. "I'm coming out of my hole on Friday," Parcells said when asked about Owens and the team's draft last weekend. Parcells was on the field before the Texas Rangers played the Baltimore Orioles, who are managed by Sam Perlozzo, described by the Cowboys coach as "a very good friend of mine."...
Chad says Bengals will dominate division (AP)
Quarterback Carson Palmer is muddling through his rehab. Running back Chris Perry is just starting his. The offensive line is in flux. No matter. Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson insists that the Cincinnati Bengals will not only win their division this season, they'll dominate it. "We're going to be good," Johnson said Wednesday, following a workout at Paul Brown Stadium.
Packers sign CB Charles Woodson (AP)
Free agent cornerback Charles Woodson signed a multiyear contract with the Green Bay Packers on Monday. The Packers didn't release any financial details in announcing the signing Monday. But Woodson's agent, Kevin Poston, said last Wednesday that the Packers agreed to a seven-year deal for $52.7 million, including $10.5 million in the first year.
Jason Taylor case a hate crime? (AP)
The man charged with assaulting Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor faces hate crime charges, police said Monday. Redmond Charles Burns, 24, allegedly used racial epithets and yelled obscenities at Taylor, who is black, during an alleged highway confrontation Sunday night. Taylor told police that Burns grabbed his shirt, ripping it in several places, and suffered a "minor laceration" on a...
Reheat and serve
MIAMI – Despite suffering a hip pointer, Dwyane Wade returned to the game to rescue the Heat against Chicago.
James' OT layup with 0.9 left lifts Cavs (AP)
LeBron James now has his signature shot. Until further notice, "The Layup" defines his growing greatness. James tiptoed along the baseline and muscled through traffic for the layup with 0.9 seconds left in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 121-120 victory over the Washington Wizards and a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.
Pistons easily advance, rip Bucks 122-93 (AP)
Richard Hamilton played like he desperately wanted a break. The guard with the face mask had a playoff-career high 40 points Wednesday night and the Detroit Pistons tied a franchise-playoff scoring record in the first quarter in a 122-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5. Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points and keyed an 18-2 run after halftime for the two-time defending Eastern Conference...
Suns' Raja Bell suspended for Game 6 (AP)
The NBA suspended Phoenix guard Raja Bell for one game on Wednesday for throwing Kobe Bryant to the floor in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers. That means the Suns will be without Bell, the principal defender against Bryant, for Game 6 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Barkley estimates losing $10M gambling (AP)
Charles Barkley estimated that he's lost about $10 million gambling over the years in an interview Wednesday. "My agent has really worked with me to try to get it where I can go and gamble and have fun," Barkley told ESPN. "That's easier said than done. Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem.
Wade expects to play despite sore hip (AP)
The mood was light when the Miami Heat finished practice Wednesday, in sharp contrast to the fearful mood that permeated the franchise 16 hours earlier when Dwyane Wade was writhing in pain. Michael Doleac missed a dunk and laughed. Jason Williams distracted teammates shooting free throws. Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning played one-on-one, with Mourning airballing a jumper and O'Neal dribbling...
Lakers look for clincher at home (AP)
Kobe Bryant pointed to his slightly soiled Lakers' T-shirt as he finished a session with reporters, smiled and said: "There's my baby-girl throw-up. I'm supposed to be worried about Raja Bell?" The implication, of course, was the importance of Bryant's second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, born Monday, and the insignificance of Bell, the Phoenix guard who slammed Bryant to the floor Tuesday...
Nets' Carter high-flying vs. Pacers (AP)
Vince Carter had to take some time to think about the last time he's played this well in the playoffs. Finally, he recalled the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals, when he averaged more than 30 points for Toronto in a seven-game series best remembered for his scoring duel with Philadelphia's Allen Iverson.
Wells' solid effort hasn't stopped Spurs (AP)
Even if the San Antonio Spurs win again to advance through the first round of the NBA playoffs, their battle with Bonzi Wells will leave a mark. And though he won't acknowledge it, Wells' superb play in the Sacramento Kings' first-round series could leave him with a little something as well: A few extra zeros in the soon-to-be free agent's next contract.
Nowitzki fined for hard foul on Gasol (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks returned to practice Wednesday with some good news from their training room and some bad news from the league office. Keith Van Horn had his broken right hand examined by doctors and was given permission to begin shooting and non-contact workouts. He's been sidelined since March 31 and is likely to need at least a week to 10 days before he'll be ready to play again.
Buffalo and Carolina took very different roads to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday.
Sixth-seeded Ducks oust Flames in Game 7 (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made it a clean sweep for the underdogs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Teemu Selanne and Ruslan Salei scored, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots and the Mighty Ducks eliminated the defending West champion Calgary Flames with a 3-0 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
Ward to face idol Brodeur in semifinals (AP)
Cam Ward is riding a wave few could've anticipated. The Carolina Hurricanes' new No. 1 goalie has his first playoff series win behind him and a huge challenge in front of him. Say hello to Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, the owners of a 15-game winning streak. "As a little kid growing up, I idolized him," Ward said of Brodeur.
Avs' Konowalchuk cleared for next round (AP)
Not that long ago, it looked like Steve Konowalchuk's season was over. Then the Colorado Avalanche extended their season by sneaking into the playoffs and upsetting Dallas in the first round. Now Konowalchuk is back, too. The 33-year-old forward -- sidelined since November with a broken right wrist -- returned to practice Wednesday.
Rangers' Ozolinsh charged with DWI (AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, who spent time this season in the NHL's substance abuse program, was arrested Wednesday on a drunken driving charge, police said. Ozolinsh was stopped Tuesday in White Plains, where he was allegedly driving 66 mph in a 40-mph zone, police Inspector Daniel Jackson said.
Down 2-0, Hurricanes rally to advance (AP)
What a difference a week makes for the Carolina Hurricanes. Seven days ago, they appeared on the verge of a complete collapse following two home losses in the Eastern Conference series against Montreal. Starting goalie Martin Gerber was pulled from the second one in the first period, leaving him with nine goals allowed on 34 shots in the two games.
Sabres savor underdog role against Sens (AP)
Lindy Ruff didn't want the Buffalo Sabres spending too much time savoring their first-round playoff series victory. "We told the guys we'd give them the morning to celebrate and then we'd get back to work by noon," the Buffalo coach said Wednesday, some 14 hours after the Sabres eliminated the Flyers in six games with a 7-1 win at Philadelphia.
Red Wings have cap space to rebuild (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings can't throw money at their problems like they have done in the past. Back in Detroit two days after a first-round flop in the playoffs, general manager Ken Holland said he was still stunned Edmonton scored four third-period goals to win 4-3 and eliminate the Red Wings. "I'm in disbelief because I expected us to contend for the Stanley Cup," Holland said Wednesday in an...
Predators hopeful Vokoun will be in camp (AP)
The Nashville Predators are optimistic goalie Tomas Vokoun will be ready to play when they open training camp in September. Vokoun's season was ended last month when he was diagnosed with pelvic thrombophlebitis, a rare blood condition that had caused a multitude of blood clots in his abdomen. Doctors said at the time they didn't know what had caused the clots.
Flyers' season of high hopes ends early (AP)
The drab atmosphere felt more appropriate for a meaningless preseason game than a crucial playoff one, with the orange-dressed fans bolting for the exits and fed up with another season without a Stanley Cup. Flyers chairman Ed Snider understood exactly how angry and depressed the Philadelphia Flyers faithful felt after an embarrassing, season-ending Game 6 loss to Buffalo.
WWD: Aaron's 499
Talladega was its usual wild self on Monday, and Jimmie Johnson came out on top.
Plate racing has veterans steaming (AP)
Mark Martin doesn't like racing at Talladega Superspeedway, and he's pretty sure most of his rivals feel the same way.
With Dodge Charger 500 sellout, what's next for Darlington? (AP)
When Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning started planning for the track's first Mother's Day weekend event last year, he knew the track's future was up for grabs. "We thought it was either going to be a home run or a flop," he said. "Luckily and thankfully, it was a home run." And now Darlington might have another winner on its hands.
Kahne rests Tuesday after hit at Talladega (AP)
Kasey Kahne skipped NASCAR's open test session Tuesday as a precautionary measure following his accident at Talladega Superspeedway.
Johnson makes it 2-for-2 in plate races with win at Talladega (AP)
After too many Talladega mistakes to keep track of, Jimmie Johnson figured out the best strategy for restrictor-plate racing: Don't try to lead all the laps when the last is all that really counts.
Dale Jr. can't finish off tribute with victory (AP)
It wasn't quite the tribute Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped to give his late father.
Johnson wins postponed NASCAR Aaron's 499 Monday (SportsTicker)
Drivers forget patience at Talladega (AP)
Patience is a virtue at Talladega Superspeedway, but it's one often forgotten.
Spies pushes AMA Superbike winning steak to four (AP)
Ben Spies raced to his fourth straight AMA Superbike victory Sunday, beating teammate Mat Mladin by 4.488 seconds at California Speedway. Spies, from Longview, Texas, leads Mladin by 19 points in the season standings. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider drafted past Mladin on the front straightaway on lap 17 of the 28-lap final and cruised to the checkered flag.