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Brand, Cassell Help Clippers Tie Series (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand (42) pulls a rebound away from Phoenix Suns' James Jones during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA second-round playoff basketball series in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Sam Cassell loves playing in the fourth quarter, and wants the ball when the game is on the line. After spending only 35 seconds on the court in the final period of Game 3 in the Western Conference semifinals, the 36-year-old point guard knew he'd get an opportunity in Game 4.


Wade Gets Help as Heat Go Up 3-1 Vs. Nets (AP)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade,  shoots a basket past New Jersey Nets' Nenad Krstic, of Serbia and Montenegro, during the first quarter of their NBA second-round playoff game Friday, May 12, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J.. Wade had 30 points in the Heat's 103-92 win. The Heat lead the series two games to one. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)AP - The wake-up call came early Sunday for an 8 a.m. walk-through — a decidedly unusual gathering in NBA circles.


White Sox Turn Triple Play Against Twins (AP)
Chicago White Sox' Jim Thome, left, and Jermaine Dye celebrate after beating the Minnesota Twins 9-7 in a major league baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, May 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)AP - The Chicago White Sox turned the first triple play in more than a year, and the Detroit Tigers spent all weekend accomplishing something they hadn't done in nearly 16 years — getting a sweep at Cleveland.


Ryan Howard, Bill Hall Hit Winning Homers (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard watches his solo home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Chris Hammond in the top of the 12th inning of their baseball game, Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Cincinnati. The Phillies won, 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)AP - While Ryan Howard and Bill Hall were busy hitting game-winning home runs, Barry Bonds once again failed to catch Babe Ruth.


Texas RB Charged With Marijuana Possession (AP)
Texas running back/wide receiver Ramonce Taylor, is shown during pregame workout in November in this file photo. Taylor was arrested when marijuana was found in a backpack in his car on May 14. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)AP - Texas running back Ramonce Taylor, who scored a touchdown in the Longhorns' Rose Bowl win over Southern California, was arrested Sunday by sheriff's deputies who said they found about 5 pounds of marijuana in a backpack in his car.


Humbled Fred Smoot Still Loud and Proud (AP)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot talks with teammates during stretching drills Sunday May, 14, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. After a disappointing 2005 season Smoot has vowed to make a fresh start under new coaches. (AP Photo/Andy King)AP - Modesty has not been a natural part of Fred Smoot's personality, so it's quite clear his first season with Minnesota was nothing short of defeating. What else would bring the loquacious, confident cornerback to make comments like this?


NBA Today (AP)
AP - Detroit at Cleveland (7 p.m. EDT). LeBron James and the Cavaliers try to even their series with the Pistons.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - San Francisco at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST). Barry Bonds continues his home run chase against the Astros.

WADA Head: FIFA Pushing Anti-Doping Rules (AP)
** FILE* * Workers remove letters on top of the AOL-Arena in Hamburg, northern Germany, in this May 3, 2006 photo. Ask anyone in this northern German city how to get to the AOL Arena and he'll gladly point the way. But the stadium, which has carried the name of the online provider since 2004, won't go by that name during the World Cup. The reason is simple. FIFA, which oversees the quadrennial competition, holds a strict line on corporate sponsorships and advertising deals, letting only those who pay play.. (AP Photo/Kai-Uwe Knoth)AP - FIFA will push for its members to adopt the world anti-doping code in time for the World Cup next month, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Sunday.


3rd Period Goals Lift Oilers Past Sharks (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth, right, celebrates in front of San Jose Sharks' Josh Gorges, left, and Scott Hannan, center, after Smyth scored in the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series, Sunday, May 14, 2006 in San Jose, Calif. The Oilers won 6-3 to lead the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - The Shark Tank is always a hostile place for visitors, and it got even more foreboding when a bunch of San Jose fans booed the Canadian national anthem before Game 5. The Edmonton Oilers have heard it all before — and after their latest gritty win, the eighth-seeded underdogs are one win away from the Western Conference finals.


Big Easy's sainted savior
METAIRIE, La. – Some locals believe Reggie Bush was a gift from above to not only rescue a football team but also a city.

RB Bush misses Saints minicamp practice (AP)
Reggie Bush's strained left hamstring limited his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' rookie mini-camp for the second consecutive day Sunday. Bush stood on the side and watched as others went through two practices, referring to a list of plays he carried in his hand and riding a stationary bike at times.

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.

Parker: I'm more than one-run wonder (AP)
To Willie Parker, it must seem as though some people are convinced that his first season as an NFL starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers began and ended with his record 75-yard touchdown run in the Super Bowl. "I've signed so many 75-yard autograph inscriptions, my hand's about to fall off," Parker said at the Steelers' weekend minicamp.

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.

Stuck in neutral
With no movement on offense, the Nets stalled and watched Miami pass them by for a 3-1 series lead.

Clips even series with Suns, win 114-107 (AP)
Sam Cassell loves playing in the fourth quarter, and wants the ball when the game is on the line. After spending only 35 seconds on the court in the final period of Game 3 in the Western Conference semifinals, the 36-year-old point guard knew he'd get an opportunity in Game 4. He got his shot, all right, and buried the Phoenix Suns.

Wade has 31, Heat take 3-1 lead on Nets (AP)
The wake-up call came early Sunday for an 8 a.m. walk-through -- a decidedly unusual gathering in NBA circles. "Make no mistake," Udonis Haslem said. "It was grueling." But it worked -- and Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal and company are a win away from a return to the Eastern Conference finals. Wade had 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 102-92 to...

Rasheed: Pistons will win Game 4, series (AP)
The Detroit Pistons will win Game 4 -- guaran-Sheed. One day after an 86-77 loss to the Cavaliers cut Detroit's series lead in half, forward Rasheed Wallace, the irrepressible motor mouth from the Motor City, boldly declared the Pistons would win Game 4. On top of that, Wallace proclaimed the best-of-seven series over.

Heat have good balance in Game 4 win (AP)
There's a notion swirling around the NBA, one suggesting that the Miami Heat will go only as far as Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal will take them. It's partially true. When Miami is at its championship-contending best, the two superstars don't have to do it alone. The Heat got help from everyone Sunday in their 102-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets, putting them up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference...

Spurs battle history and Mavs for Game 4 (AP)
Robert Horry credits his career of clutch shots to a positive thinking class he took in high school. And now would be a good time for the San Antonio Spurs to think positive. Because history doesn't favor the defending champions, who trail Dallas 2-1 in the second-round playoff series heading into Game 4 on Monday night.

Nets blink in crunch time of Game 4 (AP)
The New Jersey Nets are struggling to keep track of all of their missed chances against the Miami Heat. The Nets battled from behind for virtually the entire game Sunday and pulled within a point early in the fourth quarter before falling off the pace in a 102-92 loss to the Heat that left them down 3-1 in the best-of-seven playoff series.

Cavs' Hughes misses 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.

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.

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

Hurricanes reach East finals, top Devils (AP)
The handshake line formed as it always does at the end of an NHL playoff series, and Carolina goalie Cam Ward finally got his first face-to-face meeting with idol and counterpart, Martin Brodeur. "He just wished me well and said, 'Go all the way,' and I just expressed to him that, in my eyes, he's the best," Ward said.

Oilers move within a win of West finals (AP)
The Shark Tank is always a hostile place for visitors, and it got even more foreboding when a bunch of San Jose fans booed the Canadian national anthem before Game 5. The Edmonton Oilers have heard it all before -- and after their latest gritty win, the eighth-seeded underdogs are one win away from the Western Conference finals.

Sabres build confidence by ousting Sens (AP)
Jay McKee was with Buffalo during its unexpected trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup finals. The current run with the Sabres feels even better to the veteran defenseman, and it's not even June yet. "In 1999, I felt like we kept surprising ourselves. Each time we won a round, we were kind of like, `Wow, we won again,"' McKee said Sunday, referring to the Dominik Hasek-led team that eventually lost in the...

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...

Sharks fans boo Canadian national anthem (AP)
San Jose Sharks fans loudly booed the Canadian national anthem Sunday night before Game 5 of their team's second-round playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers. The vociferous booing started from the opening notes of singer Annmarie Martin's rendition of "O Canada." While other fans attempted to drown it out by singing along, the boos were audible until the final notes.

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.

Avs' Lacroix done as GM, stays president (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...

Canada, Sweden lose at hockey worlds (AP)
Jaroslav Balastik's fluke goal snapped a third-period tie and gave the unbeaten Czech Republic a 6-4 win over previously perfect Canada on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship. Both teams had already clinched quarterfinal spots from Group E along with Finland and the United States. That didn't soften the blow for the Canadians (3-1).

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame museum to close (AP)
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is closing its location on the Iron Range and beginning a search for a new venue, the hall's board of directors said. The Hall of Fame will continue to induct members, celebrate contributions to hockey in the United States and organize events bearing its name. "After many years of exhausting all avenues of funding, the reality of the economic feasibility with the current...

Darlington Observations
Greg Biffle finally is getting back on track, and he might have Ken Schrader to thank for that.

Darlington looking to build on momentum (AP)
No one would blame Chris Browning if he sat back with a satisfied smile about Darlington Raceway's successful weekend.

Bad luck over, Biffle finally makes it back to Victory Lane (AP)
Because so many things went wrong for Greg Biffle during the first three months of the season, his crew chief began checking the driver's mental health the day after every race.

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)

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.

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