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NEWS FROM 2006-05-14
Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past Spurs
AP - Tim Duncan got the San Antonio Spurs in position to pull out a victory. Manu Ginobili nearly took them the rest of the way — until he fumbled a handoff from Robert Horry in the closing seconds.
James' Triple-Double Sparks Cavaliers
AP - LeBron James lifted the young boy, kissed his head and pulled the tiny child close. Cradling the 1-year-old in his rippling arms, Cleveland's star carried his son off the court. It was LeBron Jr.'s turn for a ride.
No Bonds HR, but Giants Beat L.A. in 9th
AP - It's beginning to look as if Barry Bonds' next milestone home run might have to wait until his team's upcoming road trip.
Sabres Take Series From Sens With OT Win
AP - Other than Jason Pominville, nobody was happier or quicker to celebrate his overtime goal than Jay McKee.
9th Inning Grand Slam Foils Nationals
AP - Jeff Francoeur thrust his right arm toward the sky, sprinted around the bases much faster than he needed to and leaped into the arms of his teammates, who turned home plate into a mosh pit.
Bush Mania Resumes at Saints Rookie Camp
AP - The public wasn't invited, so curious Saints fans crouched down near the ground or balanced on their toes to peer through shrubs and a chain-link fence to get a first look at Reggie Bush wearing black and gold.
James puts Cavs back into contention against Pistons
Reuters - LeBron James scored his second
triple-double of the playoffs to help the Cleveland Cavaliers
to an 86-77 victory over Detroit Saturday and cut the deficit
to 2-1 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.
Mariners Defeat Angels 5-4 in 13 Innings
AP - Richie Sexson homered in the 13th inning, and the Seattle Mariners also got solo homers from Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeremy Reed in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Real Salt Lake Ends Longest Winless Streak
AP - Jeff Cunningham scored twice to help Real Salt Lake break the longest winless streak in Major League Soccer history with a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
Mighty Ducks Rest, Wait for Next Opponent
AP - While San Jose and Edmonton play on in the Western Conference semifinals, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks rest and wait.
The People's Voice talks about practice
Readers gave no sympathy to the Lions about Rod Marinelli's rough offseason workouts.
Bush struggles in Saints' rookie camp (AP)
The public wasn't invited, so curious Saints fans crouched down near the ground or balanced on their toes to peer through shrubs and a chain-link fence to get a first look at Reggie Bush wearing black and gold. What they saw during Saturday's opening of Saints rookie camp might have inspired more thoughts of voodoo curses than gridiron glory.
McNabb enjoying life without T.O. (AP)
Donovan McNabb believes only his sports hernia needed fixing. His relationship with his Philadelphia Eagles teammates was never as frayed as it seemed. And now that the T.O. Show has moved on to Dallas, McNabb is more than ready to move on without him. "I don't plan on doing anything different than what I've been doing," McNabb said Saturday after the Eagles opened minicamp.
Flutie to decide on retirement soon (AP)
Doug Flutie has a pretty good idea of whether he'll retire and expects to announce his decision within a week. Flutie said Saturday he has spoken regularly with New England coach Bill Belichick and wants to consider all his options -- including offers to go into broadcasting -- before making an announcement.
Ward says he, Steelers starting over (AP)
Somebody watching a Pittsburgh Steelers practice for the first time Saturday might have thought Hines Ward was a new player, not the Super Bowl MVP. For coaches to readily identify new or unfamiliar players, it is common for an NFL rookie's last name to be written on a piece of tape attached to the front of his helmet.
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.
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.
The Matrix reloaded
Seemingly absent in the postseason, the real Shawn Marion emerged just in time to save the Suns.
Nowitzki's FTs lift Mavs to 2-1 lead (AP)
Tim Duncan got the San Antonio Spurs in position to pull out a victory. Manu Ginobili nearly took them the rest of the way -- until he fumbled a handoff from Robert Horry in the closing seconds. The ball rolled across midcourt, then out of bounds, and the Spurs couldn't make anything out of a wild last-gasp chance, letting Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks cling to a thrilling 104-103 victory...
James carries Cavaliers over Pistons (AP)
LeBron James lifted the young boy, kissed his head and pulled the tiny child close. Cradling the 1-year-old in his rippling arms, Cleveland's star carried his son off the court. It was LeBron Jr.'s turn for a ride. Daddy already gave one to the Cavaliers. James scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and posted the second triple-double of his first visit to the NBA playoffs, leading Cleveland to an...
Cavs' Hughes to miss Game 3 vs. Pistons (AP)
Cavaliers starting guard Larry Hughes remained with his grieving family and missed Game 3 against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday following the sudden death of his 20-year-old brother. Hughes is in St. Louis mourning the loss of his brother, Justin, who died Thursday after a lifelong battle with heart problems.
Defense a new concept for Suns (AP)
Playing defense is usually little more than a necessity for the Phoenix Suns, an obligation of sorts while the other team has the ball. So they could afford to chuckle a bit Saturday about winning by holding an opponent down. But there were no promises that kind of approach would continue Sunday in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Krstic may be key Nets player for Game 4 (AP)
The New Jersey Nets expect Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson to bounce back from the poor fourth-quarter performances they had Friday night. Whether Nenad Krstic does the same could determine if the Nets can get past the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. While Vince Carter kept the Nets in the game with 13 points in the quarter -- and 43 for the game -- Kidd, Jefferson, Krstic...
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...
Jazz suffering financial shortfall (AP)
On the last day of regular NBA play last month, the Utah Jazz reached a break-even record for the season. Financially, however, they're not even close. The team was more than $10 million in the red, according to owner Larry Miller. And losses for the last two seasons combined approach $25 million, Miller said.
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.
After charging into Edmonton with a 2-0 series lead, the San Jose Sharks return home trying to stay afloat.
Sabres end Senators' playoff run in OT (AP)
Other than Jason Pominville, nobody was happier or quicker to celebrate his overtime goal than Jay McKee. "I remember thinking, 'Oh man, he's got a chance here,"' said McKee, who was in the penalty box when Pominville scored a short-handed goal 2:26 into the extra period to give Buffalo a 3-2, series-ending victory over Ottawa on Saturday night.
Devils stay alive, top Hurricanes 5-1 (AP)
The New Jersey Devils happily packed their bags for a quick trip to Carolina instead of for the long summer. Scott Gomez scored two fortuitous power-play goals in the first period and the Devils stayed alive by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 Saturday, extending the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal for at least one more day.
Carolina ready to forget Game 4 loss (AP)
For a change, the Caroline Hurricanes are looking forward to the prospect of playing on consecutive days. Getting back on the ice Sunday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal will allow them to quickly forget Saturday's embarrassing 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. "It was a bad one," defenseman Mike Commodore said.
Sharks confident in spite of pressure (AP)
Joe Thornton figured his first playoff run with the San Jose Sharks had been almost too easy. Two tough losses in Edmonton brought the big center back to postseason reality. Yet the NHL scoring champion believes the Sharks can overcome those consecutive defeats to get back to the Western Conference finals, even though the Oilers head into Game 5 on Sunday night on a wave of momentum while San Jose...
Ducks rest as they wait for next foe (AP)
While San Jose and Edmonton play on in the Western Conference semifinals, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks rest and wait. After dispatching Colorado in a four-game sweep Thursday, the Ducks have the luxury of time on their hands as they anticipate the start of the conference finals. "OC is proud of you. Great 'clinic' in Denver" read a hand-painted sign attached to a fence outside Anaheim Arena, where the...
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...
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.
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Think Greg Biffle was down and out after a bad start to the season? Think again.
Pruett and Diaz win at Phoenix (AP)
Scott Pruett earned his series-record 10th victory, taking the lead when Max Angelelli made an unscheduled pit stop and leading the rest of the way Saturday in the GAINSCO Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway. Pruett won by 9.026 seconds over Ryan Dalziel. It was the third victory this season in the No.
Biffle wins NASCAR Nextel Dodge Charger 500 (SportsTicker)
Biffle breaks through with win at Darlington (AP)
Stuck in one of the unluckiest ruts in recent NASCAR history, Greg Biffle was in serious danger of missing out on the playoffs.
Darlington back for 2007 (AP)
Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning didn't have to wait nearly as long as last year to find out about his next race.
Steve Wallace wins ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway (AP)
Steve Wallace, son of former NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, held off a fellow 18-year-old driver Saturday night to win the Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 at Kentucky Speedway for his second career ARCA-RE/Max victory. Wallace had the lead in the oft-delayed 100-lap race when a caution on the second-to-last lap prolonged it by three for a green-white-checker finish.
Toyota lands big name with Jarrett signing for 2007 (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. (P) -- Dale Jarrett became Toyota's first big-name driver Saturday, agreeing to drive a Camry next season when the Japanese automaker makes its NASCAR debut.
Jarrett to switch to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007 (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Former NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett will join Michael Waltrip's two-car Toyota team in 2007, Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Saturday.
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.