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Bonds Hits No. 713; Giants Lose in Philly (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds connects off  Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jon Lieber for his 713th career home run in the sixth inning during baseball action in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 7, 2006.Catching is Phillies' Sal Fasano, umpire is Paul Nauert.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Barry Bonds is heading home, one behind the Babe. Bonds hit his 713th homer Sunday night, moving within one of tying Babe Ruth for second place on baseball's career list.


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Sharp-Shooting Pistons Rock Cavs by 27 (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) works against Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton during fourth quarter NBA action in this Dec. 31, 2005 photo, in Cleveland. The Pistons and Cavaliers meet in the second-round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday, May 7, in Detroit (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - When LeBron James had the ball, he saw Detroit Pistons defenders to his left, to his right, and straight ahead.


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Spurs Strike First in Battle of Texas (AP)
Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, loses the ball as he tries to drive around San Antonio' Spurs Bruce Bowen in the second half in the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball game in San Antonio, Sunday, May 7, 2006 (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Avery Johnson should've known better than to underestimate Tim Duncan. Especially in the playoffs.


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Torre Wins 1,000th Game As Yankees Manager (AP)
New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui watches his three-run home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Robinson Tejeda in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May  7, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Joe Torre wasn't figuring on a lengthy tenure when he signed to manage the New York Yankees before the 1996 season. Now he stands among the managerial giants in Yankee history.


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Quail Hollow Reversal: Furyk Tops Immelman (AP)
Jim Furyk reacts after hitting the winning putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 7, 2006.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)AP - The 6-foot par putt was still halfway to the cup when Jim Furyk raised his arm, turned and slammed his fist to punctuate his playoff victory and bury a few demons Sunday in the Wachovia Championship.


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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.


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Duncan leads Spurs past Mavericks in series opener (Reuters)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan goes to the basket in the second half of game one in the semi-finals of the NBA Western conference playoffs in San Antonio, Texas, May 7, 2006. The Spurs won the game over the Dallas Mavericks 87-85 to take 1-0 lead in the best of 7 series. (Joe Mitchell/Reuters)Reuters - Tim Duncan inspired the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-85 win over the Dallas Mavericks in the opening game of their Western Conference semi-final series in Texas on Sunday.


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Bonds hits 713th homer, trails Ruth by one (Reuters)
San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds (2nd L) hits his 713th career home run off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jon Lieber (L) during sixth inning play in their National League baseball game in Philadelphia May 7, 2006. Phillies catcher Sal Fasano (2nd R) and home plate umpire Paul Nauert watch. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)Reuters - San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds hit his 713th career home run on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, bringing him within one of tying Babe Ruth for second place in Major League Baseball's all-time homer list.


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In Mexico, World Cup Overwhelms Politics (AP)
San Luis soccer player Jose Martinez  react after the end of their match against Altlante at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Mexico, on Saturday, May 6, 2006, during their quarterfinals for the Mexican league championship soccer match. The match ended, 0-0, but San Luis qualified for the next round with a 1-0 aggregate.( AP Photo/ Moises Castillo)AP - World Cup 1, Politics 0. The world's top soccer tournament begins June 9 in Germany, and that means Mexico's presidential race — just like almost everything else in the country — will grind to a virtual halt for as long as the national team keeps winning.


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Marleau Stays Hot, Propels Sharks to Win (AP)
San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, top, celebrates in front of defenseman Josh Gorges after Marleau scored past the Edmonton Oilers in the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series, Sunday, May 7, 2006, in San Jose, Calif.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Ville Nieminen started it with one zealous check after another. The rest of the San Jose Sharks followed, and the crowd roared to a crescendo with every white jersey falling to the ice.


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Quarterback of the not-too-distant future
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vince Young could be running the Titans' offense sooner than you think.

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...

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.

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.

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...

LB Spikes returns to Bills' workouts (AP)
Linebacker Takeo Spikes took his place behind the defensive line waiting for the snap of the ball, when suddenly there was the sound of a distinct "Pop!" It wasn't the right Achilles' tendon which the Buffalo Bills star tore in September, an injury that forced him to miss most of last season. It was the burst of a big pink balloon of bubble gum that Spikes blew.

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.

Fundamental lessons
Tim Duncan showed the Mavericks why guarding him one-on-one won't be such a good idea.

Pistons frustrate James, rip Cavs 113-86 (AP)
When LeBron James had the ball, he saw Detroit Pistons defenders to his left, to his right, and straight ahead. The Pistons also had James seeing triple at the other end of the court. Detroit made 10 3-pointers in the first half -- one shy of an NBA playoff record -- to open up a 21-point lead at halftime before cruising to a 113-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in Game 1 of their...

Nash wins second straight MVP award (AP)
That mop-haired Canadian did it again, running away with his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award. Steve Nash -- the maestro of the fast, frenetic Phoenix Suns -- beat runner-up LeBron James of Cleveland by a comfortable margin in results announced Sunday. He is the ninth player to win consecutive MVP trophies and joins Magic Johnson as the only point guards to win the award more than...

Ben Wallace NBA's top defensive player (AP)
Detroit center Ben Wallace won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth time in five years, a person within the Pistons organization told The Associated Press on Sunday. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the award has not been announced, said Wallace will be presented with the award Tuesday night before Game 2 of the second-round series against the...

Nets, Heat set to meet again in playoffs (AP)
The new buzzword in Miami these days: Flop. Not "flop" in the sense of failing to reach a certain goal. No, "flop" in basketball lexicon, when a defender acts like he's been assaulted to lure an offensive-foul call -- a ploy Heat center Shaquille O'Neal believes opposing big men have victimized him with for years.

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.

Suns face new matchup problems vs. Clips (AP)
The Phoenix Suns face a whole new set of problems against that "other" team from Los Angeles. Just 48 hours after dispatching the Lakers in a Game 7 first-round blowout, the Suns play the Clippers Monday night in the opener of their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series. "They're a totally different team than the Lakers," newly crowned MVP Steve Nash said.

Lakers ponder what went wrong (AP)
The joy and anticipation stoked by the possibility of an unprecedented Battle of L.A. disappeared with the greatest playoff collapse in Lakers history. To make matters even worse, it was capped by an embarrassing flop in Game 7. So now, with the Clippers about to play Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals, the Lakers head home for the summer to ponder what went so completely wrong against the...

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.

Adelman, Wells part of Kings' future? (AP)
Just four months ago, the Sacramento Kings' window for a championship run appeared to be closed. A whole new window is open now, thanks to Ron Artest -- and he's determined to push his team through it. Although the Kings' eighth consecutive playoff trip ended Friday night with a six-game first-round loss to the San Antonio Spurs, there was an abundance of optimism and excitement in their locker...

Mighty good
Anaheim rookie Ilya Bryzgalov has a record in reach, but there's more to this story than a red-hot goalie.

Bryzgalov records third straight shutout (AP)
Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't terribly impressed that he tied an NHL rookie record set in 1945. "It's not a big deal for me. It's fun because we won the game," the Anaheim goalie said Sunday after he blanked Colorado in a 3-0 Mighty Ducks' victory for his third consecutive shutout of the playoffs. The victory gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal that resumes in Colorado on Tuesday...

Marleau leads Sharks to Game 1 victory (AP)
Ville Nieminen started it with one zealous check after another. The rest of the San Jose Sharks followed, and the crowd roared to a crescendo with every white jersey falling to the ice. Everybody knew the Sharks had speed. In their series-opening win over Edmonton, Team Teal showed plenty of bite as well.

'Canes expect more from Devils in Game 2 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes aren't reveling in the rout. They returned to practice Sunday, holding a spirited workout that lasted about an hour. They didn't congratulate themselves on their performance a day earlier in a 6-0 win over New Jersey in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals. They know the margin of victory matters little in a best-of-seven series.

Kids show gives Sabres, Senators day off (AP)
Dora the Explorer sent the Buffalo Sabres home for the weekend and allowed Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to have some bonus family time during the playoffs. With Scotiabank Place unavailable throughout the weekend because of a series of concerts staged by a traveling production of the childrens TV show, both teams got an extra day off to regroup and prepare defensively for Game 2 of...

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...

Sabres' Roy delivers big game vs. Sens (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.

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.

Richmond Observations
Did a bad pit call really cost Kevin Harvick the win at Richmond Saturday night? The answer isn't so obvious.

Angelelli and Magnussen win at Laguna Seca (AP)
Max Angelelli passed David Donohue's with 21 laps remaining and led the rest of the way en route to his first victory of the season Sunday in the Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Angelelli, the defending Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype co-champion, co-drove the No.

Earnhardt drives home a point in Richmond (AP)
Shut out of the playoffs last season was mortifying for NASCAR's most popular driver. Even worse, some wondered whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. was perhaps overrated.

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.

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