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Spurs Advance Past Kings As Parker Stars (AP)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, of France, front, and Robert Horry, smile as they walk off the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 105-83 win over the Sacramento Kings in Game 6 of an NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2006. The Spurs won the series 4-2 and will face the Dallas Mavericks in the next round. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)AP - Tony Parker's hip was sore and his arms were aching — and he could already feel the burn from the San Antonio Spurs' next playoff game less than 48 hours ahead. Yet the young point guard was thrilled to be rid of an even bigger pain: The Sacramento Kings, who stretched the defending champions in all kinds of ways before ultimately behaving like a typical No. 8 seed in Game 6.


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Cavs Advance With Overtime Victory (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game Friday, May 5, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)AP - LeBron James played 53 minutes. Damon Jones played 14 seconds. James provided the gamesmanship. Jones provided the game-winner.


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Ducks Take West Semifinals Opener From Avs (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, blocks a shot on goal as Colorado Avalanche's Antti Laaksonen, of Finland, falls onto his back during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series Friday, May 5, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. The Mighty Ducks won 5-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - A young Mighty Ducks goaltender is at it again in the playoffs — and his name isn't Jean-Sebastien Giguere.


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Sabres Top Senators 18 Seconds Into OT (AP)
Buffalo Sabres Chris Drury, foreground,  celebrates teammate Tim Connolly's goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery  (1) during the third period of game one of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal in Ottawa, Canada, Friday May 5, 2006.(AP Photo/Fred Chartrand,CP)AP - Chris Drury figured it wouldn't take long to settle this shootout. Drury scored 18 seconds into overtime after Tim Connolly netted his second goal of the night with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation and the Buffalo Sabres stunned the Ottawa Senators with a 7-6 victory Friday in a wild Eastern Conference semifinal opener.


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Wie Makes First Men's Tournament Cut (AP)
American golfing sensation Michelle Wie waits for the 1st hole in a heavy rain during the third round of the SK Telecom Open at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea,  Saturday, May 6, 2006. The teenager from Hawaii made her first cut in a professional men's tournament Friday. The third round was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)AP - Michelle Wie accomplished something in her ancestral homeland she failed to do in seven previous tries elsewhere: The American teen made the cut in a men's professional tournament.


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QB Brooks Gets Shot at Job in Oakland (AP)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks throws during a mini-camp Friday, May 5, 2006, in Oakland, Calif.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Randy Moss jogged by Aaron Brooks between drills and slapped him a low five. He greeted Brooks in the locker room with a friendly welcome and 'what's up?'


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Parker lifts Spurs to series-clinching win over Kings (Reuters)
San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker (R) grabs the rebound next to Sacramento Kings Bonzi Wells in the first half of Game Six of the first round of the NBA Western conference playoffs series in Sacramento, California May 5, 2006. (Kimberly White/Reuters)Reuters - Tony Parker scored a career playoff high 31 points to lift the San Antonio Spurs into the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 105-83 win at the Sacramento Kings on Friday.


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Indians Pour It on Late Against Mariners (AP)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Michaels watches the path of his fourth-inning home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Friday, May 5, 2006, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Jason Michaels and Jake Westbrook were waiting for Cleveland's bats to break out. Aaron Boone hit a tiebreaking double and Westbrook won for the first time since April 9, leading the Indians over the Seattle Mariners 9-4 Friday night.


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Bravo Helps Mexico Beat Venezuela 1-0 (AP)
Mexico's Pavel Pardo, right, heads the ball over Venezuela's Miguel Mea Vitali in the first half of a soccer match in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, May 5, 2006.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)AP - Omar Bravo scored on a penalty kick in the 58th minute to help Mexico beat Venezuela 1-0 on Friday night in a World Cup tuneup match in front of 58,147 fans at the Rose Bowl.


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Canadiens Captain Expects Full Recovery (AP)
Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, from Finland, looks on during their wrap-up news conference in Montreal Friday, May 5, 2006. Koivu spoke to the media for the first time since taking a high stick to the eye from Carolina Hurricanes Justin Williams during game three of their NHL quarter final series which Carolina won four games to two.  (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)AP - Canadiens captain Saku Koivu still doesn't know the full extent of his eye injury but expects to make a full recovery.


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

Parcells says he supports Owens addition (AP)
Bill Parcells says he's happy to have Terrell Owens on the Dallas Cowboys. It just took him 48 days to say so. "I say, `I support it,' and that's the way we go," Parcells said Friday. "I don't view it as a gamble. It's in my best interest that he's successful. And it's in his best interest that he's successful.

Marcus Vick begins tryout with Dolphins (AP)
On a field filled with NFL prospects, Marcus Vick looked smaller than his listed height of 6 feet, especially when he crouched behind center to take a snap. "It was kind of crazy seeing him over there," said linebacker Sam McGrew, who played against Vick in college. Now they're teammates -- for the weekend, anyway -- at the Miami Dolphins' rookie minicamp.

Traveling an option for Ricky Williams (AP)
Serving a one-year NFL suspension, frequent flier Ricky Williams has plenty of time for more world travel, which is fine with Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban. The Dolphins are devising a training regimen for their enigmatic running back during his enforced hiatus. "He can work out in India or California or wherever he wants to go, as long as we develop a plan," Saban said Friday.

Alexander wants another MVP season (AP)
It's been eight weeks since Shaun Alexander signed his megabucks contract to remain with the Seattle Seahawks. On Friday -- the first day of Seahawks minicamp -- it sounded like it had been eight hours. "I was honored and floored by how much they offered me," Alexander said, without being asked. The NFL MVP was still glowing about his $62 million, eight-year contract -- with $15.1 million guaranteed...

Leinart has first workout as a Cardinal (AP)
Matt Leinart led Southern California to two national titles. He won a Heisman Trophy. He hung out with movie stars. But he couldn't help feeling slightly anxious on his first day on the job with the Cardinals on Friday. Leinart, Arizona's first-round draft choice, participated in his first practice with the team.

Titans get first look at QB Young (AP)
The Titans promise they will be patient with Vince Young. That approach started Friday when Tennessee's quarterback of the future took the field for the first time as a professional. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said coaches are being careful not to overload the third overall pick in the draft at rookie minicamp.

Keyshawn, Smith practice together (AP)
Before their first practice together, Steve Smith and Keyshawn Johnson held a running conversation as they stretched on the field. Later, they joked in the huddle The Carolina Panthers hoped it was the beginning of a dominant receiving combination that will carry them to the Super Bowl. "We were joking, laughing and messing around in the huddle," Smith said Friday after the Panthers' first minicamp...

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

Jones' OT shot puts Cavs in 2d round (AP)
LeBron James played 53 minutes. Damon Jones played 14 seconds. James provided the gamesmanship. Jones provided the game-winner. That combination has the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. James scored 32 points, made two key blocks, survived a nasty collision with Brendan Haywood, and -- perhaps, most importantly -- did some talking to Gilbert...

Parker helps Spurs oust Kings in a rout (AP)
Tony Parker's hip was sore and his arms were aching -- and he could already feel the burn from the San Antonio Spurs' next playoff game less than 48 hours ahead. Yet the young point guard was thrilled to be rid of an even bigger pain: The Sacramento Kings, who stretched the defending champions in all kinds of ways before ultimately behaving like a typical No.

Heat advance, prepare for Nets (AP)
The charter flight landed in the wee hours Friday morning and Miami Heat players scattered for a well-deserved day off, finally knowing their spot in the next round was secure. Another opportunity to relax probably won't be coming for a while. "It gets tougher from here," forward Antoine Walker said. Needing six games to oust Chicago, the Heat face the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference...

Suns energized heading into Game 7 (AP)
Raja Bell says he watched from a Beverly Hills restaurant bar with "30 or 35 Laker fans" as his Phoenix Suns teammates pulled off an inspired victory without him in Los Angeles. The minute Game 6 was over Thursday night, Bell called Steve Nash in the locker room, screaming words that Nash said he really couldn't understand.

Nuggets part ways with GM Vandeweghe (AP)
Kiki Vandeweghe won't be the one fixing the Denver Nuggets this summer. Team owner Stan Kroenke said Friday that he's not going to extend his general manager's contract. Vandeweghe reshaped the Nuggets and returned them to respectability after taking over as GM on Aug. 9, 2001, but speculation about his future ran rampant all season as Kroenke stayed silent regarding an extension.

Young, gritty Bulls lack post presence (AP)
The Chicago Bulls' shortcomings were as obvious as their scrappiness. They need a big man who can score in the post, some height in the backcourt and a veteran. Even though the Bulls won six fewer games this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year, there were signs of progress.

Ralph Sampson faces two new charges (AP)
A federal grand jury added two charges to the two already facing former NBA and Virginia star Ralph Sampson. A superseding indictment, dated Wednesday, charges Sampson with mail fraud and making a false statement. A trial scheduled for May 16 on previous charges of perjury and making a false claim will instead be an arraignment on the new counts.

Pacers' disappointing season ends (AP)
The Indiana Pacers expected to contend for an NBA title. Instead they dealt with an injury-plagued season that ended with a first-round playoff exit to the New Jersey Nets. Talk now centers on personnel changes for a team that finished 41-41 and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The expectant Pacers started the season with center Jermaine O'Neal, defender Ron Artest and a talented point guard in...

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.

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

Bryzgalov powers Ducks by Avs in Game 1 (AP)
A young Mighty Ducks goaltender is at it again in the playoffs -- and his name isn't Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Ilya Bryzgalov posted his second consecutive shutout Friday night when Anaheim opened the Western Conference semifinals with a 5-0 rout of Colorado. Teemu Selanne helped provide the offensive punch, with a goal and two assists against his former Avalanche teammates.

Drury lifts Sabres by Senators in OT (AP)
Chris Drury figured it wouldn't take long to settle this shootout. Drury scored 18 seconds into overtime after Tim Connolly netted his second goal of the night with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation and the Buffalo Sabres stunned the Ottawa Senators with a 7-6 victory Friday in a wild Eastern Conference semifinal opener.

Jagr, Thornton, Kiprusoff vie for MVP (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.

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.

Koivu expects to return from eye injury (AP)
Canadiens captain Saku Koivu still doesn't know the full extent of his eye injury but expects to make a full recovery. Koivu was struck in the left eye last week by the errant stick of Carolina forward Justin Williams during Montreal's 2-1 overtime playoff loss in Game 3 of the first-round series. For 48 hours, Koivu didn't know if he would be permanently blind in the eye.

Devils, Hurricanes riding win streaks (AP)
So much for the new and improved NHL, where offense was supposed to rule. The New Jersey Devils turned back the clock to win their final 11 games of the regular season on the way to the Atlantic Division title, a run of victories that reached 15 straight in the playoffs. Now, without a loss since March 26, New Jersey faces the other surging team -- the Carolina Hurricanes, who closed out Montreal...

Sharks Gs Toskala, Nabokov still friends (AP)
Vesa Toskala still has the same locker, the same mask -- albeit with a nice new paint job -- and the same comfortable existence in San Jose with his best friend and his fiancee. Life is only different on game nights for the Finnish goalie, who has the San Jose Sharks' playoff hopes in his padded hands after less than three months as an NHL starter.

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.

Rewarding loyalty
RICHMOND, Va. – Bigger money awaited him elsewhere, but that wasn't enough to make Kevin Harvick leave RCR.

Harvick wins Circuit City 250 (SportsTicker)


Harvick wins Busch race at RIR (AP)
Points leader Kevin Harvick passed Paul Menard with 48 laps to go and held off a late challenge from teammate Jeff Burton on Friday night to win the rain-delayed Circuit City 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Biffle wins pole for Cup race at Richmond (AP)
Greg Biffle is trying to turn things around. That doesn't mean he's going to push any harder to get better results.

Biffle claims pole for Crown Royal 400 (SportsTicker)


Jarrett wants to lock up future plans in next 10 days (AP)
Dale Jarrett knows the next contract he signs will be his last. He's just not sure what car owner will be passing him the pen when he does it.

Harvick signs a three-year extension with RCR (AP)
Kevin Harvick chose loyalty over money, signing a three-year extension Friday to remain at Richard Childress Racing.

RCR, Harvick agree to extension through 2009 season (SportsTicker)
RICHMOND, Virginia (Ticker) - Kevin Harvick will drive the No. 29 car in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing for another three years.

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

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