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Nets Take Game 1 From Heat, 100-88 (AP)
Miami Heat's Derek Anderson fouls New Jersey Nets Vince Carter (15) during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Monday May 8, 2006. The Nets defeated the Heat 100-88.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)AP - Sitting on his lap after the game, Vince Carter's daughter crumpled a stat sheet in her tiny hands. Maybe she should have kept the paper as a souvenir: It told the story of New Jersey's biggest win this season.


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Thornton Gives Sharks 2-0 Lead Over Oilers (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton, left, Edmonton Oilers Jason Smith (21) and goalie Dwayne Roloson (35) watch a puck fly in the air in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series, Monday, May 8, 2006 in San Jose, Calif.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Joe Thornton saved his first goal of the playoffs for a huge moment, and Vesa Toskala did the rest to get the San Jose Sharks' second win in about 30 hours.


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Canes' Improbable Rally Trips Devils in OT (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Niclas Wallin, left, scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during overtime of an NHL second-round playoff hockey game Monday, May 8, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - Niclas Wallin skated by the defense and found goalie Martin Brodeur in his way. A couple of seconds later, the puck was in the net, and Wallin was leaping into the welcoming arms of his teammates.


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Miller, Sabres Edge Ottawa; Take 2-0 Lead (AP)
Ottawa Senators' Jasson Spezza (19) tries to get a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-final in Ottawa Monday, May 8, 2006.  The Sabres went on to win the game 2-1. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jonathan Hayward)AP - Ryan Miller proved again he deserves to be Buffalo's No. 1 goalie. And now he and the Sabres are heading home with a big lead over the Ottawa Senators.


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Padres Thump Cubs to Win 9th Straight (AP)
Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux wipes his brow as he walks back to the mound after surrendering a triple to San Diego Padres' Dave Roberts in the thrid inning of their baseball game Monday, May 8, 2006 in San Diego. Roberts scored the Padres third run moments later.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Greg Maddux was no match for the resurgent San Diego Padres. The 40-year-old Maddux couldn't get out of the fourth inning Monday night, when the defending NL West champs won their ninth straight game, 8-3 over the reeling Chicago Cubs.


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Moss Drops Agent Facing Drug Charges (AP)
AP - Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss has dropped an agent who is facing drug charges in Florida.

Nets strike early to stifle Heat (Reuters)
New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter (C) scores under pressure from Miami Heat defender Alonzo Mourning (L) in the first quarter during Game 1 of their second round NBA basketball playoff series in Miami May 8, 2006. (Marc Serota/Reuters)Reuters - Vince Carter scored 27 points to help the New Jersey Nets withstand a late Miami charge and beat the Heat 100-88 in their NBA second round series opener on Monday.


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Small Turnout Sees Mariners Top Rays 6-3 (AP)
Fans sits scattered in outfield seats as they watch the Seattle Mariners play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a baseball game, Monday, May 8, 2006, in Seattle. The 16,102 in attendance made up the smallest crowd ever in the nearly seven-year-old ballpark. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Jose Lopez had two hits and drove in three runs, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history.


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Koeman Leaves Benfica to Join PSV (AP)
Dutch coach Ronald Koeman leaves a news conference after announcing that he'll be leaving Benfica, Monday, May 8, 2006, at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. Koeman leaves Benfica to coach Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. (AP Photo/Paulo Amorim)AP - Former Dutch star Ronald Koeman left Benfica on Monday to become coach of Dutch champion PSV Eindhoven.


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Oilers Scratch Dvorak With Knee Injury (AP)
Edmonton Oilers right wing Radek Dvorak, right, of the Czech Republic, flips over in front of San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, left, 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 - Forward Radek Dvorak was scratched from the Edmonton Oilers' lineup Monday night for Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against San Jose.


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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...

Moss drops agent facing drug charges (AP)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss has dropped an agent who is facing drug charges in Florida. Charleston lawyer Dante DiTrapano, his wife Teri, and three others were arrested March 14 at a St. Petersburg, Fla., hotel. Police there said they recovered 73 pieces of crack cocaine and 21 grams of powder cocaine.

Texans sign RB Antowain Smith (AP)
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with running back Antowain Smith on Monday, giving the team a backup for starter Domanick Davis. Last season with the New Orleans Saints, Smith filled in for Deuce McAllister after he suffered a season-ending knee injury and ran for 659 yards and three touchdowns. The 34-year-old unrestricted free agent, who attended the University of Houston, has 6,881 yards...

Seahawks, A&M reach deal on ''12th man'' (AP)
The fight over the "12th Man" is over and both Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks will be able to use the phrase. Texas A&M and the Seahawks said Monday they had reached a deal settling the university's lawsuit over the nickname for their fans. As part of the agreement, the Seahawks acknowledge Texas A&M's ownership rights of the trademarked phrase.

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.

Bills' Spikes takes next step in rehab (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.

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.

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

Nets hold on to beat Heat, take 1-0 lead (AP)
Sitting on his lap after the game, Vince Carter's daughter crumpled a stat sheet in her tiny hands. Maybe she should have kept the paper as a souvenir: It told the story of New Jersey's biggest win this season. Carter scored 27 points, Jason Kidd added 22 and Richard Jefferson had 20 before leaving the game with an ankle injury as the Nets saw most of a 28-point third-quarter lead vanish -- yet...

Suns face new matchup problems vs. Clips (AP)
The Phoenix Suns picked up where they left off against that other team from Los Angeles. Steve Nash had 31 points and 12 assists, and the Suns pulled away over a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 130-123 on Monday night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Source: Paul to be named rookie of year (AP)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, who led all first-year players in points, assists, steals and other categories, will be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. A person within the league told The Associated Press of Paul's award Monday on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was scheduled for Wednesday.

Ben Wallace is defensive player of year (AP)
Ben Wallace strengthened the argument that he's one of the best defenders in NBA history on Monday. The Detroit Pistons center became the first player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award four times in a five-year span. Wallace's path to defensive greatness started in White Hall, Ala., where he said his seven older brothers forced him to learn how to play basketball without shooting much.

Marshall: Pistons' experience too much (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to make a lot of adjustments for Game 2 against Detroit. They better. After being blown out 113-86 by the Pistons in Game 1 of their second-round series, Cleveland wants to contest more shots aggressively to help them get LeBron James rolling with dunks and layups in transition.

Stern admits mistake in Spurs' schedule (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged that it was a mistake to schedule the San Antonio Spurs to open the Western Conference semifinals with an early game on Sunday. "If we had it to do over again, we wouldn't have acceded to the network's request on that one," Stern said on Monday night. San Antonio wrapped up its first-round series in Sacramento so late on Friday night that it was after...

Arenas 'detoxing' from free throws (AP)
True to form, Gilbert Arenas was back in the gym less than 12 hours after the Washington Wizards were knocked out of the playoffs. For the last three days, he has lifted weights and shot jumpers. But he's yet to take a free throw. Arenas had planned a rare week of vacation once the season ended, but the sting of losing three one-point games to the Cleveland Cavaliers was too much to ignore,...

Lakers look for improvement next season (AP)
The Phil & Kobe reunion worked out well, with no apparent glitches. And outside of an ugly finish, so did the Los Angeles Lakers' season. As for the future, Lakers fans probably shouldn't expect much roster shuffling or a championship contender very soon. The hope is, a title shot isn't too far away. "We were all about getting to the playoffs and make some noise in the playoffs.

Rockets' Yao pleased with recovery (AP)
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming said his injured left foot is improving, but he is still wearing a protective boot and is unsure when he'll resume basketball drills. Yao broke his left foot April 10 in a game against Utah and sat out the final four games of the season. He had surgery that week to repair the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot.

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

Sabres stun Sens again, grab 2-0 lead (AP)
Ryan Miller proved again he deserves to be Buffalo's No. 1 goalie. And now he and the Sabres are heading home with a big lead over the Ottawa Senators. Miller made 43 saves, and J.P. Dumont and Jochen Hecht scored goals 2:27 apart in the second period to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Senators on Monday night.

'Canes top Devils on Wallin's OT goal (AP)
Niclas Wallin skated by the defense and found goalie Martin Brodeur in his way. A couple of seconds later, the puck was in the net, and Wallin was leaping into the welcoming arms of his teammates. How did it happen? "I don't know," Wallin said with a big smile. "But I'll take it." So will the Carolina Hurricanes.

Thornton's goal lifts Sharks past Oilers (AP)
Joe Thornton saved his first goal of the playoffs for a huge moment, and Vesa Toskala did the rest to get the San Jose Sharks' second win in about 30 hours. Thornton scored a power-play goal moments after two wild momentum swings, and Toskala made it stand up with 25 saves in the Sharks' 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, winning by the same score as in Sunday's second-round...

Oilers RW Dvorak out with knee injury (AP)
Forward Radek Dvorak was scratched from the Edmonton Oilers' lineup Monday night for Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against San Jose. Dvorak apparently hurt his right knee in the third period of Edmonton's 2-1 loss to the Sharks on Sunday, limping off the ice after running hard into the boards.

Sabres' Connolly hurt in Game 2 vs. Sens (AP)
Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly was forced out of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Ottawa when he was leveled by a clean, open-ice check from Senators forward Peter Schaefer less than a minute into Monday night's contest. Schaefer drove into Connolly, who had his head down, leading with his left shoulder as the Sabres center was turning right while carrying the puck...

Avs: We haven't tested Bryzgalov yet (AP)
The practice looked like Christmastime at Rockefeller Plaza. At one point, there were 22 skaters, two coaches and two pucks in the zone. Talk about traffic. The question facing the Colorado Avalanche is whether they can put enough bodies in front of Anaheim's red-hot rookie goaltender Tuesday night to make the Western Conference semifinals reasonably competitive.

Habs' Koivu recovering from eye surgery (AP)
Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is recovering from surgery to repair a torn retina, with his recovery expected to last several weeks. The 31-year-old forward had surgery on his left eye last weekend at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital, the team said Monday. Doctors appear confident Koivu will completely regain his vision.

Preds sign D Zidlicky to four-year deal (AP)
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky signed a four-year, $13.4 million contract Monday with the Nashville Predators. Zidlicky missed most of the end of the season because of a shoulder injury. He came to Nashville in 2002 from the New York Rangers. Zidlicky won a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2005 world championships and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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.

WWD: Crown Royal 400
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stole the show – and maybe the race – from Kevin Harvick at Richmond.

Stewart's strong start is cause for concern (AP)
Here's the good news for the 42 drivers trying to dethrone Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart: He finally had a bad race, failing to lead a single lap in Richmond and never showing enough muscle to challenge for the victory.

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.

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