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Marion, Suns Too Much for Clippers in 4th (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Shawn Marion dunks during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series Friday, May 12, 2006 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Shawn Marion played the role of a big man and a little guy in the same game. He was terrific on both counts. Marion had 32 points and 19 rebounds, and hounded Los Angeles point guard Sam Cassell into a sub-par performance Friday night, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 94-91 victory over the Clippers and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.


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Heat Pull Away in 4th Quarter to Beat Nets (AP)
New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter (15) runs into Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade as he puts up a shot during the first quarter of Game 3 in second-round NBA playoffs basketball Friday night, May 12, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Their bloodied superstar was in the locker room and the game was threatening to get away from the Heat. Oh, but there was one piece of good news for Miami.


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Barry Bonds: Still Chasing the Babe (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, right, pops-out to second base in the third inning of their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Friday, May 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Barry Bonds is getting pitches to hit. He just hasn't come up with that big swing to tie the Babe. After going 0-for-3 with an intentional walk Friday night in his fourth straight game without a homer, Bonds is still sitting at 713 home runs — one shy of tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.


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Santana Changing Ways, Twins Are Winning (AP)
Minnesota Twins' Johan Santana pitches to Chicago White Sox' Pablo Ozuna during the first inning in baseball action, Friday, May 12, 2006, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)AP - Things have really turned around for the Minnesota Twins. Johan Santana had a third straight strong start and the team that had a dreadful April is even settling some old scores.


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2nd DNA Test Shows No Conclusive Match (AP)
Duke lacrosse player Collin Finnerty leaves the Durham County Detention Center, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in Durham, N.C. Finnerty was arrested and charged with first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual assault and kidnapping in the case involving an exotic dancer who allegedly was raped while dancing at a party thrown by members of the Duke lacrosse team. Two rounds of DNA tests have shown no conclusive match with any Duke lacrosse player.  (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)AP - A second round of DNA tests shows no conclusive match between any Duke University lacrosse players and a woman who says she was raped at a team party, defense attorneys said.


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Lions Trade QB Harrington to Dolphins (AP)
Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington watches from the sidelines at Ford Field in Detroit, on Aug. 29, 2005. The Lions traded the former third overall draft pick to the Miami Dolphins on May 12, 2006.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AP - The Miami Dolphins acquired quarterback Joey Harrington from Detroit for an undisclosed conditional draft pick, giving the Dolphins a fallback position if new starter Daunte Culpepper isn't ready for the season's first snap.


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NBA Today (AP)
AP - Detroit at Cleveland (5 p.m. EDT). LeBron James and the Cavaliers trail two games to none in their series with the Pistons.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - New York Mets at Milwaukee (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jeremi Gonzalez makes his first start for the Mets.

Mexico Beats Congo on 2 Goals by Fonseca (AP)
Mexico's soccer player Francisco 'Kikin' Fonseca (green shirt)  is congratulated by teammates after Fonseca scored a goal against The Democratic Republic of Congo's team at the Aztec stadium in Mexico City, Mexico, Friday May 12, 2006 . The match is Mexico's last tune-up at home before beginning a road trip of  friendly matches en route to this 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. ( AP Photo/ Claudio Cruz)AP - Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca scored twice and Mexico's national team defeated Congo 2-1 in a friendly match on Friday.


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Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres failed to sweep the Senators with their 2-1 loss on Thursday night.

The People's Voice talks about practice
Readers gave no sympathy to the Lions about Rod Marinelli's rough offseason workouts.

Lions trade QB Harrington to Dolphins (AP)
The Miami Dolphins acquired quarterback Joey Harrington from Detroit for an undisclosed conditional draft pick, giving the Dolphins a fallback position if new starter Daunte Culpepper isn't ready for the season's first snap. "We're pleased to have Joey Harrington join the Dolphins," head coach Nick Saban said in a statement.

Onterrio Smith signs with CFL team (AP)
Onterrio Smith, who sat out last season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, signed a contract Friday with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The former Minnesota Viking running back was released last month with six weeks remaining on the one-year suspension he received for violating the drug policy.

Steelers shift attention to 2006 (AP)
The Steelers gather Saturday for the first time since they were celebrating their Super Bowl championship three months ago, beginning a weekend minicamp that segues into three weeks of spring workouts. If the words "NFL champions" are spoken at any time, they probably won't be coming from coach Bill Cowher.

Haynesworth surrenders to authorities (AP)
Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth surrendered to authorities Friday to face a charge of reckless endangerment after another motorist complained he tried to run a car off the highway with his large truck. Smith County authorities issued a warrant for his arrest after James J. Bond filed a police report about a Sunday incident.

Jags begin search to replace Jimmy Smith (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been preparing for Jimmy Smith's retirement for three years. They drafted receiver Reggie Williams with the ninth overall pick in 2004 and chose Ernest Wilford in the fourth round. They drafted quarterback-turned-receiver Matt Jones in the opening round last year and selected speedy wideout Chad Owens in the sixth.

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...

The Matrix reloaded
Seemingly absent in the postseason, the real Shawn Marion emerged just in time to save the Suns.

Wade pushes Heat to 2-1 series lead (AP)
Their bloodied superstar was in the locker room and the game was threatening to get away from the Heat. Oh, but there was one piece of good news for Miami. "I knew I was coming right back," Dwyane Wade said. Wade scored 30 points, half in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and added 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Miami Heat over the New Jersey Nets 103-92 on Friday night in Game 3 of the...

Marion, Suns rally past Clips 94-91 (AP)
Shawn Marion played the role of a big man and a little guy in the same game. He was terrific on both counts. Marion had 32 points and 19 rebounds, and hounded Los Angeles point guard Sam Cassell into a sub-par performance Friday night, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 94-91 victory over the Clippers and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Nets' Robinson suspended five games (AP)
New Jersey Nets forward Clifford Robinson was suspended five games without pay by the NBA on Friday after violating terms of the league's drug policy for the second time in two seasons. Robinson will miss at least the rest of the Eastern Conference semifinals. His suspension began Friday night with the Nets' 103-92 loss to Miami in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, and it left New Jersey without...

Wade shakes off injury to lead Heat (AP)
Dwyane Wade was face-first on the court, pain shooting through his body, his teammates staring in horror. They'd already survived this scenario once this postseason, against Chicago in Game 5 of the first round. Wade returned that night, fighting the ache of a bruised hip, and sparked his team to a comeback win.

James, Nash are Sporting News' MVPs (AP)
LeBron James doesn't believe in second place. In at least one MVP race, he tied for first. James, who finished a distant runner-up to Steve Nash for NBA Most Valuable Player, has been named the league's co-MVP along with the Phoenix guard by the Sporting News, which has been giving out the award since 1958.

Hughes leaves Cavs after brother's death (AP)
Saddened by an unexpected death in their family, the Cavaliers prepared to play their biggest game in years not knowing if starting guard Larry Hughes will be back for Game 3. Hughes left the team on Thursday after his 20-year-old brother, Justin, died after battling complications from a 1997 heart transplant.

Xs and Os intrigue surrounds Spurs-Mavs (AP)
With three days between games, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has plenty of time to come up with an answer to the two-point-guard lineup Dallas coach Avery Johnson unleashed with rousing success in Game 2. So, what might Popovich throw at his pupil-turned-rival on Saturday night? He could go with a really small lineup, plugging in Michael Finley in hopes that a postseason return to the arena...

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.

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...

Wet fish
After charging into Edmonton with a 2-0 series lead, the San Jose Sharks return home trying to stay afloat.

Oilers rally past Sharks to tie series (AP)
The San Jose Sharks got complacent after taking a two-goal lead midway through the second period, and the Edmonton Oilers took advantage. Jason Smith scored the tiebreaker 2:57 into the third period as the Oilers scored five unanswered goals to rally for a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, tying the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Maple Leafs hire Paul Maurice as coach (AP)
Paul Maurice was 3 months old when the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. He knows what must be done, and now is in position to do something about it. "In this market it's pretty simple, you win or lose and there's no gray area in there," Maurice said Friday after being hired as coach of the Maple Leafs.

Lacroix steps down as Avalanche GM (AP)
A lifetime in hockey has both robbed and rewarded Pierre Lacroix, who stepped down as general manger of the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, one day after his team was swept from the playoffs. "I can say I'm 58 and I'm 88 inside," Lacroix said. "For 40 years I've been involved in a field that I love and my family did a lot of sacrificing, and I think it's time for me to give back." Lacroix will remain...

Hurricanes trying not to look ahead (AP)
With his team a win away from the Eastern Conference final and riding a seven-game winning streak, Carolina coach Peter Laviolette had no problem explaining the Hurricanes' recent upswing. "Obviously you can point to a lot of things because to win a hockey game a lot of things have to go right," Laviolette said Friday.

Sens' Emery confident despite 0-3 hole (AP)
Ray Emery isn't satisfied with just preventing the Ottawa Senators from being swept out of the playoffs. "I've said it before, if there's any team capable of coming back from a 3-0 deficit it's this team because of the talent and how badly we want it," Emery said Friday, one day after he made 29 saves to lead Ottawa to a 2-1 win in Buffalo in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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.

Finland beats U.S. 4-0 at worlds (AP)
Finland blanked the United States 4-0 on Friday night to stay unbeaten at the hockey world championships, while Olympic champion Sweden also closed in on a quarterfinal spot by beating Belarus 4-1. With the win, Finland moved to second place in the Group E standings with five points, one behind idle 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.

Just getting started
DARLINGTON, S.C. – He won Friday's Busch race. Now Denny Hamlin is looking for more.

Fernandez wins Grand-Am qualifying race (AP)
Adrian Fernandez led from start to finish in a 30-minute qualifying race Friday to place his car on the pole for the GAINSCO Grand Prix. Fernandez, an Indy and Champ series champion, beat Scott Pruett by 0.413 seconds to take the top spot in Saturday's 250-mile Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race.

Hamlin wins Busch Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (SportsTicker)


Hamlin doesn't horse around to win Busch race (AP)
Denny Hamlin didn't horse around at Darlington Raceway on Friday night, winning the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 for his second Busch Series victory of the season.

Kahne wins pole for Dodge Charger 500 (SportsTicker)


Kahne wins Darlington pole -- again (AP)
Kasey Kahne qualified fastest for the Dodge Charger 500 on Friday, his third pole in the past four events at Darlington Raceway.

Biffle hopes string of bad luck is officially over (AP)
Greg Biffle didn't break a mirror, hasn't walked under a ladder and doesn't recall crossing paths with any black cats.

Jarrett's crew chief decries ``cheater'' label (AP)
Crew chief Richard ``Slugger'' Labbe said he offered his resignation to owner Robert Yates after NASCAR found an illegal part on Dale Jarrett's car.

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.

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