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NEWS FROM 2006-05-16
Mavs Ride Guards to OT Win Over Spurs
AP - Jason Terry is no longer the guy who replaced Steve Nash in Dallas. He's the Mavericks' latest playoff star and half of a suddenly unstoppable backcourt duo.
Wallace Eats Words As Cavs Beat Pistons
AP - Rasheed Wallace's right ankle was heavily taped. Maybe his mouth should have been, too.
Bonds Breaks Hitless Streak, but No Homers
AP - Barry Bonds said any kind of hit would do. Then the San Francisco slugger made good on that statement, lining an RBI double to right in the third inning of the Giants' 10-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night for his first hit in six games.
Indicted Duke Player Proclaims Innocence
AP - Like the rest of his Duke University lacrosse teammates, David Evans has remained silent in the two months since accusations surfaced that a stripper was raped at a team party.
Agent: Larry Brown Is the Knicks Coach
AP - Larry Brown maintained all along that he expected to be back with the Knicks next season.
Saints' Bush Gets Precautionary MRI
AP - Reggie Bush underwent an MRI exam on his left hamstring Monday after he spent all three days of the Saints' rookie camp limited to watching or participating in half-speed drills.
James stars as Cavaliers tie up Pistons, Spurs on the brink
Reuters - The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the
Detroit Pistons at their own game on Monday, using a smothering
defense to win Game Four 74-72 and level their Eastern
Conference best-of-seven series at 2-2.
Green's RBI in 10th Lifts Diamondbacks
AP - After shaving off his Afro, Arizona first baseman Tony Clark looked like a new man Monday.
World Cup Soccer Briefs
AP - Gianluigi Buffon was included on Italy's World Cup roster Monday despite allegations the Juventus goalkeeper bet on soccer games.
AP - No games scheduled.
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.
Doug Flutie passes on return, retires (AP)
Doug Flutie has plenty to keep him busy: dance recitals for his daughter Alexa, fund raisers for autistic children like his son Doug Jr. and games his nephews play in. And he has more time to devote to them now that he's retired from the job he did with a rare flair for nearly half his life. He captivated fans in three football leagues and two countries with a one-of-a kind style that showed critics...
Dolphins sign free agent Marcus Vick (AP)
The Miami Dolphins saw enough potential in Marcus Vick -- both on- and off-the-field -- to believe he deserves a chance as a free agent. Vick, the brother of Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick, signed with the Dolphins on Monday, agreeing to a free-agent deal after his many problems at Virginia Tech cost him a chance to be selected in the NFL draft.
Arbitrator to decide on McNair's fate (AP)
The Tennessee Titans have done their best to make Steve McNair feel unwanted. On Tuesday, an arbitration hearing offers his best hope for a quick release from the team that drafted him in 1995. Arbitrator John Feerick will hear arguments at the Titans' headquarters that the team breached McNair's contract April 3 when a trainer told the 2003 co-MVP that he could not work out on the property until...
Saints' Bush gets precautionary MRI (AP)
Reggie Bush underwent an MRI exam on his left hamstring Monday after he spent all three days of the Saints' rookie camp limited to watching or participating in half-speed drills. Bush and Saints coach Sean Payton so far have shown only minimal concern about the injury. "It feels good, but obviously not 100 percent," said Bush, adding he could not recall having a hamstring injury before.
Jerry Kramer to get Super Bowl ring back (AP)
Jerry Kramer, star right guard of the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, will get back his Super Bowl championship ring that was lost 25 years ago. The ring from the first AFL-NFL title game showed up on an auction house's Web site last month. The auction house's president will return the ring to Kramer on Tuesday at Lambeau Field, said Jennifer Smith, Kramer's spokeswoman.
Cowher in mid-season form with Steelers (AP)
The linebacker running sprints at the Pittsburgh Steelers' minicamp looked a little old and slow. "Yeah, he's average at best, maybe below average," All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu said Monday. "I don't expect him to come to our next camp." Coach Bill Cowher's assessment was equally blunt. "An old guy trying to stay young," Cowher said.
Lions, OT Backus agree on one-year deal (AP)
Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus on Monday agreed to the one-year offer he received when designated the team's franchise player in February. That means his salary will be the average of the five top-paid players at his position from the previous season, or $6.98 million. Backus could have also signed with other teams, but the Lions would have been able to match another team's offer or...
Stuck in neutral
With no movement on offense, the Nets stalled and watched Miami pass them by for a 3-1 series lead.
Mavs push Spurs to brink of elimination (AP)
Jason Terry is no longer the guy who replaced Steve Nash in Dallas. He's the Mavericks' latest playoff star and half of a suddenly unstoppable backcourt duo. Terry made a crucial basket with 23 seconds left in regulation, opened overtime with a go-ahead layup, then protected the lead with a pair of rainbow jumpers.
Cavs prove Rasheed wrong, tie series (AP)
Rasheed Wallace's right ankle was heavily taped. Maybe his mouth should have been, too. Wallace's perfect record of predicting Detroit playoff victories was snapped Monday when LeBron James scored 22 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers dug deep on defense to beat the Pistons 74-72, evening their second-round series at 2-2.
Agent: Larry Brown not leaving Knicks (AP)
Larry Brown maintained all along that he expected to be back with the Knicks next season. His agent says nothing has changed -- even if the newspapers say differently. Joe Glass said he was told Monday to ignore reports that surfaced over the weekend claiming the Knicks were looking to part ways with their coach after one dismal season.
Stern unveils new plan for playoff seeds (AP)
Maybe this will make Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban feel better about his $200,000 fine from the NBA last week: Cuban's club has forced a likely change in the playoff format. NBA commissioner David Stern discussed a new seeding system Monday aimed at fixing the flaw the Mavericks exposed this season.
Cavs to mourn with Hughes in St. Louis (AP)
In the midst of the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to St. Louis to attend the funeral of Justin Hughes, the 20-year-old brother of guard Larry Hughes. The Cavaliers planned to leave following Game 4 on Monday night against the Detroit Pistons and fly to Missouri to be with Hughes, who has missed two playoff games to mourn with his family following Justin's death last week.
Kaman hopes to play against Suns Tuesday (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman hopes to play Tuesday night in the fifth game of the Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix despite a strained right shoulder that kept him out of Game 4. "I'll be good to go tomorrow," Kaman said Monday after receiving treatment at the Clippers' practice facility.
Heat aim to cut down Nets in Game 5 (AP)
There are only two options, and the stakes couldn't be clearer. With a win Tuesday, the Miami Heat would end New Jersey's season for the second straight year, earn another trip to the Eastern Conference finals and assure themselves at least four rest days before playing again. Lose, and it's back to the Meadowlands for Game 6, undoubtedly against a revived and invigorated Nets team that would be...
Double-teams taking offense out of Nash (AP)
Steve Nash insists he's fine, that it's the Los Angeles Clippers' defensive strategy, not any ailment that's cutting down his scoring. "They're double-teaming me, but it's great," Nash said after the Phoenix Suns' practice Monday. "We're getting lots of open shots because of it, and my teammates are more than capable of making them." Other than Raja Bell's career-high 33 points, though, the Suns...
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...
Oh no, San Jose
In an inappropriate, misguided display of emotions, San Jose fans booed the Canadian national anthem prior to Sunday's Game 5
Flyers' Forsberg has ankle operation (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg underwent a three-hour operation on his right ankle Monday to have torn ligaments repaired and several bones realigned. The surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., is the first of two scheduled for Forsberg. He will have the same condition repaired in his left ankle in about six weeks and is expected to be sidelined until about January.
Dominant Hurricanes reach East final (AP)
Winning and advancing were the obvious goals for the Carolina Hurricanes. The manner in which they accomplished both was particularly satisfying. Held to five shots in a penalty-filled first period, the Hurricanes had the ice tilted solidly in their favor in the final 40 minutes against New Jersey. They outshot the Devils 26-7 in that stretch, including an empty-net goal from Eric Staal.
Sabres get well-deserved break (AP)
Before coach Lindy Ruff gave his Buffalo Sabres a rare two-day break in the midst of the playoffs, he left them with one simple message. "I told them it was well deserved," Ruff said Monday. It's a much-needed one, too, for a Sabres team that's a little banged up and can use all the rest it can get in preparing to face the second-seeded Hurricanes in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series...
Sharks facing elimination in Edmonton (AP)
San Jose coach Ron Wilson wants the Sharks to stop coasting and start hustling against the Edmonton Oilers. With his team down 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinal series, Wilson issued an important message to his players, who have lost three straight and face elimination when the series resumes Wednesday night at Rexall Place.
Devs' Lamoriello won't coach next season (AP)
Less than 12 hours after his team was eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes, Lou Lamoriello was back in his office thinking about next year. "You don't wait," Lamoriello, the New Jersey Devils' president, general manager and coach, said Monday. What the players have done this season, you don't dwell on.
Sabres' Kalinin out, Connolly uncertain (AP)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitri Kalinin will miss the start of the Eastern Conference finals series against Carolina, and center Tim Connolly may join him on the sideline. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff on Monday ruled out any possibility of Kalinin playing when the best-of-seven series is expected to open at Carolina this weekend.
San Jose mayor sorry for anthem booing (AP)
San Jose's mayor apologized Monday for the behavior of Sharks fans who loudly booed the Canadian national anthem before Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. "This showed a lack of respect to our Canadian neighbors, to the players of both teams, and to our own residents," Mayor Ron Gonzales said.
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...
Canada deals Finns first loss at worlds (AP)
Jeff Carter scored two short-handed goals Monday, leading Canada past Finland 4-2 and into first place in Group E at hockey's world championships. In Group F, Alexei Mikhnov scored his second goal of the game with 4:13 left to give Russia a 3-3 tie with Olympic champion Sweden and remain unbeaten. Finland dropped to second place with seven points.
WWD: Dodge Charger 500
Lady Luck and Greg Biffle haven't always gotten along this year, but they did at Darlington.
Wheeler picks Edwards to win All-Star race (AP)
Carl Edwards became the favorite to win NASCAR's All-Star race when the president of Lowe's Motor Speedway predicted he would win the event.
Johnson, sponsor Lowe's sign extensions through 2010 (AP)
NASCAR points leader Jimmie Johnson signed a two-year contract extension Monday committing him to Hendrick Motorsports through the 2010 season.
Fuel for thought: NASCAR might be wise to switch to ethanol (AP)
Mashed-up corn is heated to produce vapor, which condenses into grain alcohol.
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)
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.