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Mavericks Cruise Past Spurs; Even Series (AP)
San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan, left, and Dallas Mavericks Josh Howard (5) reach for a rebound in the third quarter of the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 9, 2006. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - So much for San Antonio's "bear-hug defense." The way the Dallas Mavericks ran over them in Game 2, the Spurs might need the consoling kind of embrace.


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Wallace Pumps Pistons to 2-0 Series Lead (AP)
Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, defended by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, shoots in the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., Tuesday, May 9, 2006.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - LeBron James almost made the Detroit Pistons regret getting bored. James scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half, but Rasheed Wallace had 29 points and Tayshaun Prince added 20 to lead Detroit to a 97-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night — and a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.


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Lupul Scores 4 Goals As Ducks Beat Avs (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks center Todd Marchant, left, right winger Joffrey Lupul, center, and right winger Dustin Penner celebrate after Lupul's goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of Game 3 in the NHL hockey Western Conference second-round series in Denver, Tuesday, May 9, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - For the first time in a while, Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't impeccable. He didn't have to be — because Joffrey Lupul was.


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Pierre Robs Bonds of No. 714; Giants Win (AP)
San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds reacts after seeing that Chicago Cubs Juan Pierre made a catch at the wall to rob him of a home run in the fifth inning during the baseball game  in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Barry Bonds was ready to make history. Juan Pierre made him wait a little longer.


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Adelman Out After 8 Years With Kings (AP)
Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman reacts to an official's call during an NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, May 5, 2006. Adelman will not return for a ninth season as coach of the Kings, an NBA source said Tuesday, May 9, 2006.  (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, file)AP - Rick Adelman made eight straight playoff appearances in eight consecutive winning seasons coaching the Sacramento Kings. His teams won two division titles while crafting an exciting new image for one of the NBA's least lovable franchises.


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Browns' Droughns Acquitted of DUI (AP)
AP - Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns has been acquitted of drunken driving.

Howard sparks Mavericks to easy win over Spurs (Reuters)
Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard (L) pressures San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (R) during second half action in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals during the 2006 NBA playoffs in San Antonio, Texas, May 9, 2006. (Jeff Mitchell/Reuters)Reuters - Josh Howard scored 27 points and had nine rebounds to fire the Dallas Mavericks to a convincing 113-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs in NBA playoff play on Tuesday.


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Phillies Top Mets After Wild 9th Inning (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu, center, walks off the field with teammates after he was safe at first as the winning run against the New York Mets scored in the ninth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Philadelphia. Phillies won, 5-4. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - Bobby Abreu couldn't come up with the game-winning base hit or homer. So he did the next best thing.


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America's Cup Warmup Tests New Designs (AP)
AP - It's likely to be the tried-and-true against the new when America's Cup yachts resume racing this week in another warmup for next year's main event.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Ottawa at Buffalo (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres head home after winning the first two games of the series in Ottawa.

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

Agent: Broncos' Walker to get $40M deal (AP)
Javon Walker is set to sign a five-year extension worth more than $40 million with the Denver Broncos, who acquired the wide receiver in a draft-day deal. "We do have a deal in place," Walker's agent, Kennard McGuire, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "I can't give you details," McGuire added, other than to confirm the extension was worth between $40 million and $42 million.

Browns' Droughns acquitted in DUI case (AP)
Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns has been acquitted of drunken driving. The 10-person jury in Medina Municipal Court deliberated for 35 minutes Tuesday before deciding Droughns was not impaired when State Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Crist pulled him over Nov. 1. A breath test showed Droughns had an alcohol level of .08, the state's legal limit.

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.

Elway: Plummer will respond to challenge (AP)
John Elway was nine years into his career when the Denver Broncos sent him for a loop on draft day. They picked a quarterback in the first round. Fast forward to 2006 and the picture in Denver is somewhat similar. Of course, nine-year veteran Jake Plummer isn't John Elway. And Denver's newest quarterback, Jay Cutler, doesn't draw any comparisons to Tommy Maddox.

Redskins agree to terms with Mike Espy (AP)
Mississippi receiver Mike Espy, son of former Agriculture Secretary Michael Espy, was among seven undrafted free agents who agreed to contract terms with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. Espy had a career-high 50 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns as a senior at Ole Miss last season, appearing in 11 games with five starts.

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.

Relationship problems
Rick Adelman's firing wasn't just business. The reasons also were personal, namely with owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.

Pistons hold off Cavs' rally, go up 2-0 (AP)
LeBron James almost made the Detroit Pistons regret getting bored. James scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half, but Rasheed Wallace had 29 points and Tayshaun Prince added 20 to lead Detroit to a 97-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night -- and a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

Harris helps Mavs even series with Spurs (AP)
The last time Avery Johnson shook up the Dallas Mavericks lineup, he sparked a 13-game winning streak. The latest move by the NBA's coach of the year pulled the Mavericks even with the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs. Johnson turned to Devin Harris to crank up the tempo and the speedy point guard responded, sending the Mavericks zooming to a 21-point lead before halftime on...

Rick Adelman out as Kings coach (AP)
Rick Adelman made eight straight playoff appearances in eight consecutive winning seasons coaching the Sacramento Kings. His teams won two division titles while crafting an exciting new image for one of the NBA's least lovable franchises. And it wasn't nearly enough to save his job when the Kings' owners and executives looked at their empty trophy case.

Nets F Jefferson doubtful for Game 2 (AP)
New Jersey forward Richard Jefferson is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's Game 2 of the Nets' Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Miami Heat because of a bone bruise in his right ankle. An MRI exam was performed on Jefferson's ankle Tuesday, and was negative -- as was an X-ray taken shortly after he was injured during the third quarter of New Jersey's 100-88 win in the series opener...

Spurs G Van Exel ejected in Game 2 (AP)
Spurs guard Nick Van Exel was ejected after picking up his second technical foul for arguing with officials with 7:30 left in the second quarter of Tuesday night's playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks. Van Exel got his first technical with 8:47 left in the quarter, apparently for something crew chief Steve Javie heard him say.

Clippers look to slow Suns offense (AP)
The second game was a problem for the Phoenix Suns in the first round. The way their offense has kicked in gear lately, their confidence is a whole lot higher going into this Game 2. The Suns, averaging 122 points during their current four-game playoff winning streak, try to go up 2-0 on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in the Western Conference semifinals.

Heat face season's biggest challenge (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal repeated the words often, perhaps only to provide himself much-needed reassurance. The phrase? "I've been in this situation before," O'Neal kept saying after practice Tuesday, 18 hours or so removed from the debacle that was Miami's effort in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against New Jersey.

Comeback in Game 2 gives Cavaliers hope (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally showed up in the second round of the NBA playoffs -- seven quarters too late. Down by 22 points and getting destroyed for the second straight game by Detroit, the Cavaliers pulled within five late in the fourth quarter before losing 97-91 to the Pistons on Tuesday night.

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.

Second to none
A huge effort from Anaheim's second line has the Ducks on the verge of a semifinal sweep.

Lupul's four goals give Ducks 3-0 lead (AP)
For the first time in a while, Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't impeccable. He didn't have to be -- because Joffrey Lupul was. Anaheim and its rookie goalie are still perfect against Colorado thanks to Lupul, whose three goals in regulation and one in overtime gave the Ducks a 4-3 win on Tuesday night and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.

Devils look at 'Canes for encouragement (AP)
Recent history has taught the Carolina Hurricanes not to be complacent with a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New Jersey Devils. In the opening round of the playoffs, it was the Canes who fell behind 2-0 after losing their first two games at home against the Canadiens. Not only did Carolina survive, it won the next four games to send Montreal packing.

Upstart Sabres up 2-0 on top-seeded Sens (AP)
Chris Drury will be the first to admit he and the Buffalo Sabres haven't come anywhere near to playing their best in two playoff games against Ottawa. Just don't ask the Sabres co-captain to apologize for his upstart team winning both of those games -- and on the road, no less -- to take a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Senators.

Oilers come home facing 0-2 deficit (AP)
The beleaguered Edmonton Oilers returned home Tuesday with their surprising playoff run in danger of coming to an abrupt end. Coach Craig MacTavish stepped off the jet on to the tarmac on a gray day at the Edmonton International Airport and said that his team's 0-2 deficit to the San Jose Sharks isn't insurmountable.

Gagne set for surgery, Forsberg next? (AP)
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne will have surgery on his right hip and bone spurs removed Wednesday and need about eight weeks of rehabilitation. Gagne led the Flyers, who were eliminated by Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs, with 47 goals and 79 points. Also, Flyers center Peter Forsberg was waiting for the results of a second opinion he had Wednesday on his injured ankles.

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...

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.

Jagr has surgery on dislocated shoulder (AP)
New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr had his dislocated left shoulder surgically repaired Monday and the team expects him to be ready to play in time for next season. Jagr will begin rehabilitation this week, the Rangers said. The 34-year-old was second in the NHL with 54 goals and 123 points this season.

Kasparaitis to undergo shoulder surgery (AP)
Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis will have shoulder surgery Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season. The 33-year-old Russian will have the torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired at St. Vincent's Hospital, the team said Tuesday. Kasparaitis played in 67 games this season for New York, which was swept in the first round of the playoffs by New Jersey.

Trading Paint: Junior and Kevin
The hot topics this week? Earnhardt Jr. wins while Harvick sticks around.

NASCAR penalizes Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - NASCAR on Tuesday issued penalties to Dale Jarrett and the Nextel Cup No. 88 Ford Fusion team for a rule violation committed at last weekend's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Jarrett's crew chief suspended for illegal part in Richmond (AP)
Crew chief Richard ``Slugger'' Labbe was suspended for four races and fined $25,000 on Tuesday for using an illegal part on Dale Jarrett's car at Richmond International Raceway.

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.

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