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Unbeaten Barbaro Wins Derby in a Gallop (AP)
Jockey Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday , May 6, 2006.  (AP  Photo/Timothy D. Easley)AP - The unbeaten horse stumbled out of the gate. The reluctant hero kept his cool.


Suns' Game 7 Turnaround Knocks Out Lakers (AP)
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash high-fives fans as he leaves the court moments after Phoenix defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of an NBA first-round playoff basketball series Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Phoenix. The Suns won 121-91; Nash had 13 points and nine assists. (AP Photo/Matt York)AP - The Phoenix Suns went from the brink to a blowout, from the edge of elimination to one of the most impressive turnarounds in NBA playoff history.


De La Hoya Stops Mayorga in Six Rounds (AP)
Ricardo Mayorga, left, of Nicaragua, takes a left from Oscar De La Hoya, of Los Angeles, during the fifth round of their WBC super welterweight championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 6, 2006. The fight was called in the sixth as De La Hoya won by TKO. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)AP - Oscar De La Hoya went into the ring Saturday night knowing he might only be a few minutes away from the end of his lucrative career.


Hurricanes Draw 1st Blood, Shut Out Devils (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Ray Whitney, upper right, is congratulated by Doug Weight as New Jersey Devils' David Hale (2) and Ken Klee (8) watch during the second period of an NHL second-round playoff hockey game Saturday, May 6, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C. This was Whitney's second goal of the day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - Two lucky bounces, a couple of opportunities on the power play, and the Carolina Hurricanes were off and running. The New Jersey Devils? They simply got out of the way.


Bonds Comes Up Short, Phillies Win (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, center, is put out as he is hit by a ball batted by Steve Finley while Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, left, moves on the ball in the eighth inning of their baseball game Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Philadelphia. Watching the play is umpire Paul Nauert, right.(AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)AP - Only a bloop single kept Barry Bonds from going hitless, and he hasn't threatened the Babe since arriving in Philadelphia.


Favre: I'm Not Sure This Is My Last Season (AP)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre throws a pass at the first day of a football mini-camp Friday, May 5, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)AP - Brett Favre is back. And so, it seems, are the questions about his future beyond this season.


Steve Nash to Be Named MVP on Sunday (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers' Smush Parker (1) defends as Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash dishes off during Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Phoenix. The Suns won 121-90 to advance to the second round to face the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - The Phoenix Suns scheduled a news conference for Sunday to announce that Steve Nash is the NBA's MVP for the second year in a row.


Padres Nip Cubs on Walkoff Homer in 10th (AP)
Chicago Cubs pitcher Bob Howry (62) walks off the field after giving up a solo home run to San Diego Padres Rob Bowen, left, in the 10th inning of their baseball game against the  Saturday, May 6, 2006 in San Diego. The homer gave the Padres the 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Another night brought a new hero for the San Diego Padres and a new sense of frustration for the Chicago Cubs.


Wambach Leads U.S. Past Japan 3-1 (AP)
AP - Forward Abby Wambach scored all three goals Sunday to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over Japan in an international friendly.

Goalie Bryzgalov Marches to Different Drum (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov blocks a shot by Colorado Avalanche's Brett McLean 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 - Ilya Bryzgalov, like many other goalies, marches to a different drummer, Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Does he ever.


Unnecessary roughness?
DETROIT – The Lions have been penalized for – get this – making players practice too hard.

Favre won't say this is his last season (AP)
Brett Favre is back. And so, it seems, are the questions about his future beyond this season. Despite comments earlier in the offseason that there was "no doubt" his potential return to the Green Bay Packers would be for only one more season, Favre said Saturday that he wasn't so sure. "I know I said that," Favre said Saturday, in his first public comments since telling the Packers he would return...

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.

Seahawks FS Hamlin back on field (AP)
Ken Hamlin was trying to sit up in his hospital bed last October without the intensive care unit seeming to spin around him. Merely staying conscious for more than a few minutes at a time was a good day. No one has to tell him how much better his days are now. "How do I look?" Hamlin said Saturday at the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp.

Shaun Alexander seeks 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...

Titans get first look at Vince 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.

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.

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.

Suns' inner strength
Improved post defense and Boris Diaw's mismatches down low allowed Phoenix to come back and beat L.A.

Suns blow out Lakers, advance to semis (AP)
The Phoenix Suns went from the brink to a blowout, from the edge of elimination to one of the most impressive turnarounds in NBA playoff history. So much for the nail-biting suspense of a Game 7. The fast, feisty Suns won in a 121-90 laugher over the listless Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. Leandro Barbosa led the layup parade with a career playoff-best 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the...

Steve Nash to be named MVP on Sunday (AP)
The Phoenix Suns scheduled a news conference for Sunday to announce that Steve Nash is the NBA's MVP for the second year in a row. The announcement of the 1:30 p.m. EST news conference did not specify the reason, but Suns officials confirmed it was to present the award to Nash. The Arizona Republic reported earlier that Nash would get the award, becoming the 10th player to win it in consecutive...

Jones' OT shot puts Cavs in semis (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...

Pistons stand in LeBron's way (AP)
LeBron James has drawn many Michael Jordan comparisons, from their breathtaking talent to their No. 23 jerseys. Another James-Jordan link will be added Sunday when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the NBA playoffs: Before Jordan became a champion, he was fodder for the Pistons in three straight postseasons.

Subplots abound in Mavs-Spurs series (AP)
Move over, Eva Longoria. Your boyfriend Tony Parker is about to take a starring role in another juicy soap opera Sunday on ABC. About 36 hours after wrapping up a first-round series in Sacramento, Parker and the San Antonio Spurs will have to muster the energy to take on the Dallas Mavericks in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.

Healthy Jefferson gives Nets new look (AP)
Richard Jefferson and the New Jersey Nets are different heading into this year's postseason matchup with the Miami Heat. Jefferson is healthy and teaming with Vince Carter to give the Nets a difficult tandem to defend. The Nets didn't just slip into the playoffs this year. Jefferson and New Jersey have something to prove after being swept by Miami in an opening-round series a year ago.

Vandeweghe leaving Nuggets -- again (AP)
Kiki Vandeweghe was one of the most popular and productive players for the Denver Nuggets in the early 1980s. Yet, it wasn't until he left town that the team became a true contender. The same scenario might be playing out now. Vandeweghe learned Friday what he had suspected for some time: team owner Stan Kroenke wants somebody else steering the franchise loaded with equal parts talent and trouble.

Nets' main challenge: Slowing down Shaq (AP)
A year after they were swept out of the playoffs by Miami, much has changed for the New Jersey Nets as they approach their rematch with the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Richard Jefferson is healthy, for one, instead of making his way back from a serious wrist injury. The Nets are Atlantic Division champions who beat Miami three out of four times in the regular season, instead of a...

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...

Blown away
New Jersey surrendered five power-play goals in a forgettable Game 1 for goalie Martin Brodeur.

Hurricanes rip Devils 6-0 in opener (AP)
Two lucky bounces, a couple of opportunities on the power play, and the Carolina Hurricanes were off and running. The New Jersey Devils? They simply got out of the way. "We had our legs today, guys were skating well," Carolina center Eric Staal said. "That's our game. If we're moving our feet, we're going to create opportunities and power plays." Ray Whitney scored two fortuitous goals, rookie Cam...

Murray expects more from Sens' defense (AP)
Bryan Murray and the Ottawa Senators didn't have much fun Saturday reliving their overtime loss the previous night. The day after blowing five straight one-goal leads before losing 18 seconds into the extra period, the Senators' coach and his players had a video session to go over what they could learn from Friday night's turnover-filled 7-6 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the opening game of their...

Ducks' Bryzgalov looks for third shutout (AP)
Ilya Bryzgalov, like many other goalies, marches to a different drummer, Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Does he ever. After stopping 21 Calgary shots earlier this week in a 2-1 Game 6 victory that kept Anaheim alive in the opening playoffs, Bryzgalov explained how he handled the pressure. "I wasn't nervous.

Speed vs. speed when Oilers meet Sharks (AP)
Joe Thornton sees several similarities between the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers, and they're all good reasons why these two young, fast teams are still alive in the playoffs. The NHL's leading scorer figures the eighth-seeded Oilers will attack his fifth-seeded Sharks in Game 1 of their second-round series Sunday night with the same combination of speed, tenacity and carefree exuberance...

Roy delivers big game for Sabres (AP)
Now that Buffalo Sabres forward Derek Roy is making a splash in the NHL playoffs, it might be time to clear up one minor detail: How to pronounce his last name. In Buffalo he goes by "Roy," as in, `Rhymes with boy.' At his home in suburban Ottawa, it's the French version, "Rwah," as in the retired goaltending great Patrick Roy -- no relation.

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.

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.

Jackets' Vyborny signs two-year deal (AP)
David Vyborny, the Columbus Blue Jackets' all-time scoring leader, signed a two-year contract on Saturday. Vyborny, a 31-year-old forward, had 90 goals and 137 assists in five seasons with the Blue Jackets. He is one of only three players remaining from the inaugural 2000-01 season. Before joining Columbus, he played for five years in Europe.

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.

Junior's return
RICHMOND, Va. – With his win Saturday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. might even have the skeptics believing he's back on track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins NASCAR Nextel Crown Royal 400 (SportsTicker)

Earnhardt races to first victory of the year in Richmond (AP)
Kevin Harvick was the driver to beat, even Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew that.

Many points contenders struggle at RIR (AP)
Matt Kenseth was running in the top five less than 80 laps into Saturday night's race when he had brake trouble and headed for the garage.

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.

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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