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Matsui Breaks Wrist As Yanks Fall to Sox (AP)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez  reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at New York's Yankee Stadium, Thursday, May 11, 2006.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Hideki Matsui's broken wrist left the Yankees without another power-hitting outfielder, and the Boston Red Sox rallied past New York 5-3 Thursday night on Mark Loretta's two-run infield single.


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Bonds Goes 0-For-3 in Pursuit of Babe (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds reacts after flying-out to center field in the eighth inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs in San Francisco, Thursday, May 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)AP - Barry Bonds has displayed impeccable timing at the plate throughout his decorated career. Now, everything is lined up just right for him to tie Babe Ruth: The rival Los Angeles Dodgers are coming to town the same day the Giants will throw a belated 75th birthday bash for his godfather, Willie Mays.


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Senators Stay Alive With Win Over Sabres (AP)
Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery, right, stops a shot by Buffalo Sabres' Jochen Hecht (55), of Germany, as Senators' Zdeno Chara (3) of Slovakia defends during the first period of their second-round NHL hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday May 11, 2006. (AP Photo/David Duprey)AP - Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery turned aside the questions, the chanting Buffalo crowd and, most importantly, the Sabres' potent offense to ensure the top-seeded Senators wouldn't go down with a whimper.


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Willis Roughed Up in Braves' 18-Hit Attack (AP)
Florida Marlins' Dontrelle Willis pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)AP - After the game, the clock in Florida manager Joe Girardi's office was stuck at 7:40 p.m. — just about the time that the Marlins were still close to Atlanta.


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Former Boxer Floyd Patterson Dies at 71 (AP)
Former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson poses for a portrait in this July 10, 1998 photo, in New Paltz, N.Y., where he trains young men who want to learn boxing. Patterson, who came back from an embarrassing loss to become the first boxer to regain the heavyweight title, died Thursday, May 11, 2006. He was 71.  Patterson died at his home, in New Patlz, N.Y., having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about eight years, according to nephew Sherman Patterson. He also had prostate cancer. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)AP - Floyd Patterson was small for a heavyweight, but that never stopped him from taking on the giants of his time. Good enough to become the first two-time heavyweight champion of the world, he wasn't big enough to avoid taking beatings from Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston.


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4 Minority Candidates Submitted to NFL (AP)
AP - The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a leading force in the push for diversity in the NFL, has submitted four minority candidates for consideration as commissioner Paul Tagliabue's replacement.

No let-up for Clippers on home court against Suns (Reuters)
Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion (L) defends late on Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston (14) as the latter dunks in fourth quarter action in Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff series in Phoenix, Arizona May 10, 2006. The Clippers won 122-97. (Ross D. Franklin/Reuters)Reuters - Although buoyed by their Western Conference series-leveller in Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers know they cannot afford any let-up in Friday's Game Three.


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Matsui Breaks Wrist, Ends Playing Streak (AP)
New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, foreground, leaves the field with trainer Gene Monahan , right, and manager Joe Torre, left, after injuring his left wrist while  attempting to catch a ball hit by Boston Red Sox Mark Loretta during the first inning at New York's Yankee Stadium, Thursday, May 11, 2006.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Hideki Matsui tried for a sliding catch, landed hard on his left wrist and grimaced.


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Toronto MLS Club to Be Called Toronto FC (AP)
AP - The newest franchise in Major League Soccer will be Toronto FC.

Oilers, Sharks Prep for High-Tempo Game 4 (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Mike Peca, left and Fernando Pisani hit San Jose Sharks' Christian Ehrhoffduring the first period of Game 3 of second round Western Conference NHL playoff hockey action in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 10, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jason Scott)AP - Three games in four nights — including one decided in triple overtime — 171 hard on-ice collisions, broken teeth, a mashed knee and a face puffed up like a bloody balloon.


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

Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith retires (AP)
Jimmy Smith cleared his throat, finished his sentence and bowed his head. Then Smith, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, started to cry. But just like he has done so many times before in his career, he regrouped without hesitation. No wonder he earned the nickname "J-Smooth." A five-time Pro Bowl selection who overcame health problems and a drug addiction during his 13 seasons, Smith...

Packers, WR Driver agree to extension (AP)
Wide receiver Donald Driver has signed a two-year contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, his agent confirmed Thursday. Agent Jordan Woy said the new four-year deal is worth $17 million. The 31-year-old Driver had two years left on his previous contract. Packers general manager Ted Thompson wouldn't confirm the extension but praised Driver.

Holmgren wants to coach beyond 2006 (AP)
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wants to coach beyond next season, and it appears Seattle would like him to stay. "I would like to (coach again)," an upbeat and relaxed Holmgren said after Seattle's final practice of a veteran minicamp Thursday. "And I think they want me to. So, we'll see ... I think they like me OK." Holmgren's agent, Bob LaMonte, left Seattle after two days of discussions with...

Group offers NFL commissioner candidates (AP)
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a leading force in the push for diversity in the NFL, has submitted four minority candidates for consideration as commissioner Paul Tagliabue's replacement. While FPA founder Cyrus Mehri would not identify the candidates, he confirmed the number. "That is true," said Mehri, a Washington attorney.

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.

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

Hughes leaves Cavs after brother's death (AP)
The Cavaliers received news Thursday that suddenly made their 2-0 playoff deficit against the Detroit Pistons seem less important. Guard Larry Hughes' brother, Justin, died early Thursday at age 20, Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. Justin Hughes was born with a heart defect and had a heart transplant 10 years ago.

Suns have to contain Clippers big men (AP)
Though formal practice was over, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman weren't finished, receiving passes from Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes, taking dozens of shots from close range and making most of them. If Thursday's scene sounds familiar, it should. That was pretty much the story a night earlier in Phoenix -- the Los Angeles big men making shot after shot in a 122-97 victory over the...

Nets-Heat series far from conventional (AP)
Conventional wisdom would hold that the New Jersey Nets returned home Thursday with an advantage in their Eastern Conference semifinal series after splitting the first two games at Miami. Of course, the first two games were far from conventional. Two blowouts have left the series tied 1-1 and left a lot of questions to be answered when the teams meet again Friday night in Game 3.

Wade's 3-pointers giving Heat big lift (AP)
The number "3" on Dwyane Wade's jersey suddenly has new meaning. Wade's offensive game has been about jumpers, penetration, high-flying dunks and free throws during his first three NBA seasons. His scoring average has risen from 16.2 points as a rookie to 27.2 during the 2005-06 regular season for the Miami Heat.

Finley shows no bitterness toward Mavs (AP)
Michael Finley happily expected to spend the rest of his career on the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs didn't really have a choice considering the huge contract they gave him. Then, last summer, along came the "amnesty clause," a one-time chance for teams to dump big salaries that was part of the NBA's new labor agreement.

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.

Plan revealed for Nets arena in Brooklyn (AP)
By 2009, the Nets could be playing home games beneath the billowing glass skirts of a 60-story skyscraper nicknamed Miss Brooklyn. Noted architect Frank Gehry unveiled revised drawings and models of the planned arena on Thursday, revealing a more refined version of the mini-city that will also include apartment towers, office buildings, stores and a hotel.

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.

Big save
Edmonton stayed in its series, and perhaps saved this semifinal round, with a thrilling overtime win Wednesday.

Senators stay alive, beat Sabres 2-1 (AP)
Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery turned aside the questions, the chanting Buffalo crowd and, most importantly, the Sabres' potent offense to ensure the top-seeded Senators wouldn't go down with a whimper. The rookie stopped 29 shots, and Wade Redden's third-period power-play goal was the difference in a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday night that cut Buffalo's lead to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference...

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.

Oilers-Sharks series an endurance test (AP)
Three games in four nights -- including one decided in triple overtime -- 171 hard on-ice collisions, broken teeth, a mashed knee and a face puffed up like a bloody balloon. The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks are going full tilt in what is quickly becoming a playoff series that'll be talked about for years.

Devils: Don't blame this on Brodeur (AP)
Don't blame Martin Brodeur. The Devils face a 3-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, but no one is faulting the All-Star goaltender for New Jersey's predicament. "As far as Marty goes, we can't ask more than what we have gotten from him," Devils coach and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday after a team meeting at their training facility.

Senators G Hasek still not ready to play (AP)
It's still no go for The Dominator. Dominik Hasek said he's still not ready to help an Ottawa Senators team on the brink of playoff elimination. Hasek, bothered by a groin injury, practiced for 45 minutes on Thursday. "I won't play tonight. I don't feel I can help my team yet," the star goaltender said prior to Game 4 of Ottawa's Eastern Conference semifinal series against Buffalo.

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.

Fans delay Canada's win at worlds twice (AP)
Canada's 11-0 victory over Latvia at the World Hockey Championship on Thursday night was delayed twice because fans threw coins onto the ice to protest penalties called against the home team by an American referee. Fans first disrupted the game in the first period, when ref Rick Looker called eight penalties against Latvia, four resulting in power-play goals for Canada.

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.

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

Labonte's storied career winds down with one last trip to Darlington (AP)
With its tricky egg-shaped oval and tradition of rattling rookie drivers, Darlington Raceway is a peculiar place to make a NASCAR debut.

Martha Nemechek sheds grief by helping others (AP)
In the months following the death of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver John Nemechek in March 1997, his...

Hamlin turns trip home into talent show (AP)
RICHMOND, Va. – Denny Hamlin's first big weekend as a NASCAR star in the area where he grew up couldn't...

Notes: Soap Box Derby time (AP)
Prior to last weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson...

Old track finds new niche with image makeover (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. – The words from NASCAR moms, "Sons and gentlemen, start your engines," have put new...

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.

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