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Suns Beat Lakers in OT, Force a Game 7 (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash reacts to a shot during the second half of the Sun's first-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, May 4, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Tim Thomas felt some of the Los Angeles Lakers tightened up down the stretch. He didn't.


Shaq Dominates As Heat Send Bulls Packing (AP)
Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal, center, heads to the basket past Chicago Bulls defenders Ben Gordon, left, of England, and Tyson Chandler during the first quarter in Game 6 of an NBA Eastern Conference first-round basketball playoff game Thursday, May 4, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Shaquille O'Neal took a seat near his locker, wearing a gray vest and slacks, a tie and pinstriped shirt. He looked sharp during the game, too.


Jefferson Helps Nets Eliminate Pacers (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Anthony Johnson, left, attempts to knock the ball away from New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd during the first quarter of NBA playoff basketball action in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 4, 2005.  (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)AP - The New Jersey Nets knew they were in for a rough series when they drew the Indiana Pacers as a first-round opponent.


Berkman, Astros Top Carpenter, Cardinals (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Houston Astros' Lance Berkman during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 4, 2006 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Raising the ire of Brad Ausmus might have been just what Andy Pettitte needed to get back on track.


Johnson Reaches 4,400 Ks As Yanks Win (AP)
New York Yankees' Randy Johnson pitches to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during the second inning of their American League baseball game on Thursday, May 4, 2006, in St. Petersburg, Fla.(AP Photo/Scott Audette)AP - Randy Johnson wasn't dominating, just good enough to hang around and finally beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


49ers Trade Dorsey to Browns for Dilfer (AP)
AP - The San Francisco 49ers acquired a proven backup quarterback for Alex Smith, getting Trent Dilfer from the Cleveland Browns on Thursday in a trade for quarterback Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick.

Suns rally to dump Lakers in overtime, level NBA playoff series (AFP)
Steve Nash (R) of the Phoenix Suns puts his arm in front of Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers 126-118 in overtime to tie the series 3-3.(AFP/Getty Images/Harry How)AFP - Steve Nash scored 32 points and Tim Thomas hit a 3-pointer to force over-time, lifting Phoenix over the Los Angeles Lakers 126-118 to level their National Basketball Association playoff series.


Tom Glavine Stymies Pirates for 279th Win (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine delivers in the fifth inning of the Mets game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in their baseball game Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Tom Glavine has suddenly become a strikeout pitcher at age 40.


David Beckham Likely to Lose Captaincy (AP)
Real Madrid's British player David Beckham, right, duels for the ball with Racing Santander's Sergio Vitolo during a Spanish league soccer match in Santander, Spain, Thursday, May 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)AP - It looks like David Beckham will no longer be England captain after the World Cup.


Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres face the conference-leading Senators in Game 1 of the Eastern semifinals. Ottawa dominated the season series with a 5-1-2 record against Buffalo.

NFC draft report card
NEW YORK – Three teams that won a combined 15 games in 2005 ended up being the NFC's big winners.

49ers trade Dorsey to Browns for Dilfer (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers acquired a proven backup quarterback for Alex Smith, getting Trent Dilfer from the Cleveland Browns on Thursday in a trade for quarterback Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick. Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in 2001, will give the 49ers depth behind Smith, who struggled as a rookie last season after being the No.

Patriots QB Brady wants Flutie to return (AP)
Tom Brady wants Doug Flutie to return for a second season as his backup. Like plenty of Patriots and Flutie fans, he's still waiting for the 43-year-old quarterback's decision. Flutie is considering retirement after a career that includes a Heisman Trophy from Boston College, three pro football leagues and his status as a hometown icon who started in the Boston suburbs at Natick High School and...

Green, Davenport out of Packers minicamp (AP)
New Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy won't have his top two running backs for his first minicamp as Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport continue to recover from last season's injuries. Offensive tackle Chad Clifton, who is recovering from offseason knee and ankle surgeries, also is expected to miss camp.

Chiefs RB Johnson sad despite success (AP)
Larry Johnson wants everybody to know he is still not happy. Not after going to the Pro Bowl. Not after rushing for a Kansas City Chiefs record 1,750 yards. Not after having fans approach him on the streets of New York and Las Vegas and tell him how great he is. Not even after hobnobbing with celebrities as a newly minted celebrity himself.

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...

These Suns also rise
Phoenix produced a miraculous comeback of its own in L.A. to force a Game 7 with the Lakers.

Tim Thomas helps Suns force Game 7 (AP)
Tim Thomas felt some of the Los Angeles Lakers tightened up down the stretch. He didn't. Thomas made two huge 3-pointers, Boris Diaw and Shawn Marion each scored six points in overtime, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Lakers 126-118 Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

O'Neal leads Heat into second round (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal took a seat near his locker, wearing a gray vest and slacks, a tie and pinstriped shirt. He looked sharp during the game, too. O'Neal dominated, Dwyane Wade played well despite a bruised left hip and the Miami Heat never trailed in eliminating the feisty Chicago Bulls 113-96 on Thursday night.

Nets beat Pacers, move on to semifinals (AP)
The New Jersey Nets knew they were in for a rough series when they drew the Indiana Pacers as a first-round opponent. In the end, New Jersey's balance and firepower were too much for the injury-depleted Pacers. The Nets beat the Pacers 96-90 on Thursday night to win the best-of-seven series in six games and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Hornets G Paul leads NBA all-rookie team (AP)
Chris Paul of New Orleans, who led all rookies with 21 double-doubles, was an unanimous selection to the NBA all-rookie team on Thursday. Paul topped the first team with 58 points, followed by Toronto's Charlie Villanueva (56), Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut (55), Utah's Deron Williams (46) and New York's Channing Frye (45) in balloting by the league's head coaches.

Iverson must give deposition in D.C. (AP)
Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson lost his bid Thursday to give testimony in Philadelphia instead of Washington in a lawsuit stemming from a fight in a nightclub in the capital last year. U.S. Magistrate-Judge Deborah A. Robinson rejected complaints by Iverson's lawyers that the All-Star guard would have to get up early and hire a driver to bring him to Washington to give a deposition May 10.

James ruins Arenas' shot at 'Mr. Game 5' (AP)
Two game-winning shots by LeBron James in less than a week would be enough to douse any team's spirit. For Gilbert Arenas, it ruined a chance at a catchy nickname. "I was going to call myself 'Mr. Game 5,"' Arenas said. Arenas hit a 14-foot jumper to win a Game 5 on the road a year ago, a key victory that propelled the Washington Wizards to a first-round series victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Spurs want to clinch, Kings stay hopeful (AP)
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili just want a little closure. The Sacramento Kings want to make sure they've got to go home to get it. The San Antonio Spurs have been pushed, stretched and exhausted over the past two weeks, but they've finally got the Kings on the brink of elimination from the first round of the playoffs in Game 6 at Arco Arena on Friday night.

Pistons add hunger to an improved team (AP)
The Detroit Pistons and their opponents agree that they're better on offense and just as good on defense this year. Richard Hamilton said the Pistons also are hungrier after coming within a quarter of repeating as NBA champions last June in Game 7 at San Antonio. "We're definitely on a mission, and that's a lot different than last year," Hamilton said after scoring a playoff career-high 40 points...

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.

Up in Flames
The Flames played on after Teemu Selanne's second-period goal Wednesday, but the Game 7 energy had left the building.

Jagr, Thornton vie for NHL Hart Trophy (AP)
Jaromir Jagr and Joe Thornton are chasing each other again. The New York Rangers' Jagr and San Jose's Thornton, who went back and forth in the NHL scoring race, are two of the three finalists announced Thursday for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is the third nominee. Thornton edged Jagr for the scoring title by two points -- 125-123.

Rangers RW Jagr to have shoulder surgery (AP)
Jaromir Jagr will have surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Monday and is expected to fully recover in time for the New York Rangers' training camp in September. Jagr, chosen as an NHL MVP finalist earlier Thursday, broke the Rangers' franchise records with 54 goals and 123 assists this season and led New York to its first playoff appearance since 1997.

Yzerman to make decision on future soon (AP)
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said Thursday that he expects the NHL's top regular-season team to undergo significant changes after its recent first-round playoff flop against Edmonton. The question is: Will those changes involve him? Yzerman said he wants to make a decision relatively quickly -- maybe as early as next week -- on whether to retire.

Sens, Sabres overcome prior bankruptcies (AP)
Three years removed from their respective financial woes, both the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres are riding high in the NHL playoffs. One of them will finish their playoff series just one step away from the Stanley Cup finals. After filing for bankruptcy one week apart in January 2003, the two Northeast Division teams have thrived under new ownership.

No favorite in Avalanche-Ducks series (AP)
In the wacky Western Conference, where all the favorites were sent home in the first round of the playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Mighty Ducks find themselves matched in a series with no clear favorite. "You look at it, when the top-seeded teams got beat in the first round, it creates excitement and opportunity," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday.

Fifth-seeded Sharks now top team in West (AP)
When the Western Conference was turned upside-down, the San Jose Sharks ended up on top -- just as Ron Wilson predicted. Well, the San Jose coach didn't really know the highest four seeds in the West playoff bracket would lose in an unprecedented first-round flop at the top. About two weeks ago, Wilson simply suggested the improbable scenario when the Sharks clinched fifth place.

Goalie matchup a theme for Devils-Canes (AP)
Carolina rookie goaltender Cam Ward is the NHL's new flavor of the month after helping the Hurricanes knock Montreal out of the playoffs with four straight wins. New Jersey's Martin Brodeur has been there and done that so many times it's become old hat. The matchup between the two comprises the central plot in the Eastern Conference playoff series that begins this weekend.

Homesick Theodore finds a home with Avs (AP)
Jose Theodore feels right at home in Colorado. He's deeply homesick just the same. It took him no time to find a comfort zone in both the net and the locker room with the Avalanche, which acquired the former NHL MVP from Montreal in March for fellow goalie David Aebischer in the most intriguing deal of the league's annual swapping frenzy.

Jacobs in no rush to name new Bruins GM (AP)
The Boston Bruins are in no hurry to name a general manager to replace Mike O'Connell after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. And it will be up to the new general manager to decide if Mike Sullivan returns for a third season as head coach. Choosing a general manager "is not a decision that I want to rush and I don't think it should be rushed," Charlie Jacobs, Bruins...

Busch preview: Going home
Virginia will be well-represented on the track Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Marlin celebrates 30th Cup anniversary (AP)
When Sterling Marlin takes the green flag for Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International...

Driver hurt during horseplay after testing (AP)
Rookie driver Denny Hamlin cut his left hand during horseplay after a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, but he is not expected to miss any time in his Busch or Nextel Cup cars this weekend.

Roush adds Jourdain to truck program (AP)
Roush Racing has signed Mexico City native and former open-wheel racing star Michel Jourdain Jr., to drive a...

Busch celebrates 21st birthday amid intense scrutiny (AP)
CHARLOTTE – If the NASCAR community had one universal wish for Kyle Busch on his 21st birthday, it...

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.

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