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Clippers Rebound to Take Game 2 Vs. Suns (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Boris Diaw, of France, can't stop a shot by Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand during the first half of Game 2 in an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - The Los Angeles Clippers rebounded with a capital "R" to win Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.


Wade's 31 Leads Heat Over Nets 111-89 (AP)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, center, goes up for a shot against New Jersey Nets center Nenad Krstic, right, of Serbia-Montenegro as forward Richard Jefferson, left, looks on during the second quarter of the Game 2 of the second round of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference series Wednesday, May 10, 2006 in Miami. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)AP - Siohvaughn Wade doesn't necessarily enjoy when her husband leaves home for a late-night workout. "Actually, she hates it," Dwyane Wade said.


Bonds Stuck on 713; Cubs Beat Giants 8-1 (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds walks to first base after being walked in the first inning of the baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Carlos Zambrano finally won, and keeping Barry Bonds in check made it all the better.


Dumont's OT Winner Puts Senators on Brink (AP)
Buffalo Sabres' J. P. Dumont, left, trys to deflect a shot on Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery during the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday May 10, 2006. (AP Photo/David Duprey)AP - Maybe it's time to stop referring to them as the "No-name" Buffalo Sabres.


Hurricanes Edge Devils; Take 3-0 Lead (AP)
New Jersey Devils' Colin White, right, and Carolina Hurricanes' Doug Weight collide near the Devils' net in the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)AP - The Carolina Hurricanes didn't care how many players their winning shot hit on the way to the net. All that mattered was it put them one victory away from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals.


Williamson Has Abscess Removed From Hip (AP)
AP - Receiver Troy Williamson had an abscess removed from his left hip this week and will not participate in the Minnesota Vikings' mini-camp this weekend, coach Brad Childress said Wednesday.

Hot start helps Heat beat Nets (Reuters)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal swats the ball away against New Jersey Nets during Game 2 of their NBA second round playoff series game in Miami, Florida, May 10, 2006. . (Marc Serota/Reuters)Reuters - The Miami Heat stormed to an early lead over the New Jersey Nets and never looked back on Wednesday, rolling up a 111-89 win to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at 1-1.


Kent, Furcal Hit 3-Run Homers As L.A. Wins (AP)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Jeff Kent pats teammate J.D. Drew on the helmet after Kent hit a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday night, May 10, 2006, in Los Angeles. At right is the Dodgers' Kenny Lofton. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - The offense is finally coming around for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Brett Tomko has been solid every five days. Now, if there was only something manager Grady Little could do about that bullpen of his.


U.S. Goalkeeper Keller Calls Castle Home (AP)
Kasey Keller, the starting goalkeeper of the U.S. World Cup soccer team, poses in front of his rented castle in Toenisvorst, western Germany, close to the Dutch border on Thursday March 16, 2006.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)AP - Kasey Keller speeds home along the autobahn after practice each day, then winds down country roads until the two turrets appear through the trees, the black metal gates swing open and he pulls into the driveway.


Flyers' Forsberg Out Until January (AP)
Flyers center Peter Forsberg looks on during a game against the Canadiens in this Jan. 25, 2006, file photo. Forsberg is expected to be out until January after surgery on both ankles. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy/file)AP - Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg needs surgery to repair ligament problems in both of his ankles, injuries that will force him to miss the start of the season and could sideline him until January.


Steel the one
Three months after winning Super XL, the Steelers remain the team to beat in the AFC.

Casserly resigns as Texans GM (AP)
Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly resigned Wednesday, saying he was leaving on his own terms to pursue a job in the NFL's front office. There was speculation Casserly would be fired in the wake of the Texans' 2-14 season and their controversial choice for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Broncos' Walker wants jersey No. 84 (AP)
Javon Walker has a new team and a new contract. However, the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver who signed an extension with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday still doesn't have everything he wants. How about jersey No. 84? That belongs to tight end Wesley Duke, an undrafted free agent last year out of Mercer.

Vikings WR Williamson to miss mini-camp (AP)
Receiver Troy Williamson had an abscess removed from his left hip this week and will not participate in the Minnesota Vikings' mini-camp this weekend, coach Brad Childress said Wednesday. Childress said the infection was in the area of a skin graft Williamson received when he was 10 years old after he was severely burned in an accident.

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.

Saints, Dolphins swap LBs Watson, Moore (AP)
New Orleans and Miami swapped young linebackers Wednesday in a trade that sent Courtney Watson to the Dolphins and Eddie Moore to the Saints. Moore, a second-round pick by Miami in 2003, played in five games last season, primarily on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, before being placed on injured reserve after fracturing his right knee.

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.

The Big Finesse
MIAMI – Shaquille O'Neal relied on soft touch, not power moves, to help Miami even its series with New Jersey.

Clips outrebound Suns 57-26, tie series (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers turned playground bully in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Elton Brand & Co. pushed the smaller Phoenix Suns around all night Wednesday, dominating the boards 57-26 in a 122-97 rout that evened the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is in Los Angeles on Friday night. "We're little and you have to fight," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said, "and if you don't have the...

Heat rip Nets 111-89, tie series at 1-1 (AP)
Siohvaughn Wade doesn't necessarily enjoy when her husband leaves home for a late-night workout. "Actually, she hates it," Dwyane Wade said. If those sessions always equate into this kind of result, well, she'll probably learn to handle it. Wade -- who was practicing with Shaquille O'Neal into the wee hours of Wednesday morning -- scored 17 of his 31 points in the first quarter, sparking the Miami...

Mavericks owner Cuban fined $200,000 (AP)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $200,000 for his two recent episodes of referee-bashing. Half of the punishment was for going on the court Sunday to complain during the Mavericks' 87-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their second-round series. The rest was for some critical comments made in a blog entry he posted Sunday under the title, "How to improve NBA Playoff...

Paul near-unanimous pick as top rookie (AP)
At least one person out there thinks there was an NBA rookie who had a better season than Chris Paul. And that only gives the New Orleans point guard a little extra incentive. Paul was a runaway choice for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award Wednesday, receiving all but one of the 125 first-place votes from a panel of media members.

Dallas PG Harris arrives right on time (AP)
A few weeks before losing Steve Nash to free agency, the Dallas Mavericks acquired a speedy, skinny junior from Wisconsin to be their point guard of the future. Devin Harris spent all last season carrying that label. It hung over him this year, too. Until Tuesday night. Getting his first playoff start, Harris responded with 20 points and zero turnovers in 33 minutes.

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.

Bird willing to trade unruly Pacers (AP)
Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird said the team's players will shape up or play elsewhere next season. The Pacers entered this season with championship aspirations, but they traded an unhappy Ron Artest and dealt with numerous injuries on their way to a 41-41 record and a first-round playoff exit. Bird said he likes the Pacers' talent and doesn't plan to make major changes this summer.

Adelman wanted chance to mold Kings (AP)
Rick Adelman had been fired twice before, yet the longtime Sacramento Kings coach felt a particular pang of regret when he got dumped again this week after eight successful seasons. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof have their own regrets: They want a championship for Sacramento, and they plan to find a coach capable of winning it.

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.

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

Sabres top Senators in OT, take 3-0 lead (AP)
Maybe it's time to stop referring to them as the "No-name" Buffalo Sabres. J.P. Dumont's floater from the right circle 5:05 into overtime gave Buffalo a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night and a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. So much for a Sabres team that was counted out since the start of the season for being too young and lacking marquee talent.

Hurricanes one win away from East finals (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes didn't care how many players their winning shot hit on the way to the net. All that mattered was it put them one victory away from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Rod Brind'Amour was credited with the decisive power-play goal that produced Carolina's 3-2 victory Wednesday night and gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven, second-round series.

Forsberg may be out until January (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg needs surgery to repair ligament problems in both of his ankles, injuries that will force him to miss the start of the season and could sideline him until January. "I wish I could go back and prove it right now that when I come back I will be a better player," Forsberg said Wednesday.

Senators G Hasek returns to practice (AP)
Ottawa goalie Dominik Hasek took part in the Senators' morning skate Wednesday, his first time practicing extensively since injuring his groin at the Olympics in February. "I can feel a huge improvement," Hasek said. "I finally feel like a goalie." Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said he wasn't prepared to give a timetable for Hasek's return, though he said Hasek would not play in Game 3 of the Senators...

D Colin White back in Devils lineup (AP)
The New Jersey Devils got a big boost on their blue line Wednesday night when defenseman Colin White rejoined the lineup after sitting out five playoff games because of an injured groin. White, the Devils' most physical defensive-minded defenseman, was injured late in the regular season and missed New Jersey's final game.

Sabres' Connolly, Kalinin miss Game 3 (AP)
Sabres center Tim Connolly and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin will not play in Game 3 of Buffalo's Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series against Ottawa on Wednesday night. Connolly is day to day with an upper body injury, coach Lindy Ruff said following Wednesday's morning skate. Kalinin's lower body injury, however, could be more serious.

Oilers come home facing 0-2 deficit (AP)
Shawn Horcoff scored his second playoff goal 2:24 into triple overtime Wednesday night, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks, playing the longest game in their history, lead the Western Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is Friday night in Edmonton. The previous longest night for San Jose was in 1995, when the Sharks beat Calgary in just under 22 total...

Down 0-3, Avs must solve power-play woes (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche ended one shutout streak and they're sure they'll have to halt another to avoid a sweep in the Western Conference semifinals. Although Ilya Bryzgalov saw his shutout streak end just shy of 250 minutes, the Anaheim rookie goalie beat the Avs for the third straight time when Joffrey Lupul scored four times in the Mighty Ducks' 4-3 overtime win Tuesday night.

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.

The Busch Series has grown in 25 years and now barely resembles its earlier days.

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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