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Yankees Come From 9 Down to Win 14-13 (AP)
New York Yankees batting coach Don Mattingly, back to camera, celebrates with Jorge Posada, center, and other Yankees after Posdada hit a game-winning, walk-off two-run home run off  Texas Rangers closer Akinori Otsuka to help the Yankees defeat the Rangers 14-13, Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - The New York Yankees came back from a 9-0 deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 14-13 Tuesday on a two-run walk-off home run by Jorge Posada.


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Wade's Steal Sends Heat to East Finals (AP)
The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, bats the ball away from the New Jersey Net's Vince Carter, right, in the final play of Game 5  of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. The Heat won 106-105 advancing to the Eastern conference final. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)AP - The Heat and Nets alternated blowouts in the first two games, giving every indication these Eastern Conference semifinals could be epic. Ah, but Dwyane Wade and Miami simply saw no need for unnecessary drama. They made all the biggest plays over the rest of the series, right until the very last second of New Jersey's season.


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Marion, Bell Lead Suns to 3-2 Series Lead (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Shawn Marion dunks in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - The Phoenix Suns mixed exhaustion with elation Tuesday night, and are one victory away from a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.


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IAAF Takes Away Gatlin's 100-Meter Record (AP)
AP - Justin Gatlin equaled but did not break the 100-meter world record at the Qatar Grand Prix last week, the sport's governing body said Wednesday.

Diamondbacks Climb Past Padres in NL West (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jason Grimsley follows through on a pitch during the second inning of their baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Phoenix. Grimsley replaced starter Orlando Hernandez, who left the game after facing only seven batters, due to injury.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)AP - First place in May, so what? That's not how the Arizona Diamondbacks are thinking.


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Seahawks Release Hunter After Charge (AP)
AP - The Seattle Seahawks released offensive tackle Wayne Hunter on Tuesday after the reserve was charged with misdemeanor assault following a dispute at a sports bar last weekend.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Cleveland at Detroit (7 p.m. EDT). The series heads back to Detroit tied at two games apiece.

Bonds Plunked on Shoulder, Stays at 713 (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds moves out of the way to avoid a close pitch by Houston Astros pitcher Russ Springer during the fifth inning of their baseball game in Houston, Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Springer was warned by home plate umpire Joe West after that pitch. Springer was then ejected from the game after hitting Bonds with another pitch. Astros catcher is Eric Munson. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)AP - The pitcher who gives up Barry Bonds' next home run will become the answer to a trivia question — and Russ Springer wasn't about to be that guy.


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Nedved's Farewell International Shot (AP)
AP - Some of soccer's elite players consider the World Cup more than just a sporting event. They believe it can also change their lives.

Lacroix Won't Say Avs Need Makeover (AP)
Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix struggles to announce that he will step down from running the team's day-to-day operations as general manager but retain the his post as overseer of the NHL hockey franchise in this Friday, May 12, 2006, file photo in Denver. Lacroix led the team to two Stanley Cup championships over the past 11 years as head of the Avalanche, who moved from Quebec at the conclusion of the 1994-1995 season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix insists a front-office makeover doesn't necessarily mean a big refurbishing of his team's roster.


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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.

Decision on McNair arbitration due soon (AP)
An arbitrator heard more than seven hours of testimony Tuesday on whether the Tennessee Titans breached quarterback Steve McNair's contract by barring him from working out at the team's headquarters. McNair, who parked his sport utility vehicle in the lot for visitors and not the players' gated area, left the hearing along with agent Bus Cook without making any comment.

Top pick Williams debuts at Texans camp (AP)
Mario Williams was headed to a meeting, then turned to see the throng of reporters that had followed him across the practice field. It may have been the only moment all morning the No. 1 draft pick looked uncomfortable. The defensive end fit in seamlessly with his new Houston Texans teammates Tuesday, going through about two hours of drills.

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...

Broncos' Shanahan tired of no-show Lelie (AP)
Ashley Lelie's absence is starting to chafe Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. As promised, Lelie was a no-show Tuesday when the Broncos gathered for on-field work for the first time since losing the AFC title game to Pittsburgh in January. "I can't worry about the guys that aren't here -- or the guy that's not here," Shanahan said after his nine-day quarterbacks camp opened without the...

Seahawks let go OT Hunter after charge (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks released offensive tackle Wayne Hunter on Tuesday after the reserve was charged with misdemeanor assault following a dispute at a sports bar last weekend. According to a police report, Hunter and his brother were involved in a scuffle at the Classics Sports Bar and Grill in Renton last Saturday.

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.

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.

Like 'Toine, like team
The clutch scoring of the streak-shooting Antoine Walker has mirrored the superb play of the inconsistent Heat.

Suns beat Clippers in 2OT, take 3-2 lead (AP)
The Phoenix Suns mixed exhaustion with elation Tuesday night, and are one victory away from a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals. Shawn Marion had 36 points and a career playoff-high 20 rebounds in 54 grueling minutes, and Raja Bell sank a dramatic 3-pointer to help the Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 125-118 in two overtimes.

Heat advance to East finals, oust Nets (AP)
The Heat and Nets alternated blowouts in the first two games, giving every indication these Eastern Conference semifinals could be epic. Ah, but Dwyane Wade and Miami simply saw no need for unnecessary drama. They made all the biggest plays over the rest of the series, right until the very last second of New Jersey's season.

Cavaliers mourn with Hughes in St. Louis (AP)
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates took a solemn break from their playoff series Tuesday to attend the funeral of the 20-year-old brother of guard Larry Hughes. The Cavaliers flew to St. Louis after beating the Detroit Pistons 74-72 Monday night to even the best-of-seven second-round playoff series at 2-2.

Agent: Brown won't accept Knicks' buyout (AP)
Larry Brown will not accept a buyout to step down as coach of the New York Knicks, and the team will have to fire him to end his run, his agent said. Joe Glass, Brown's longtime representative, responded again Tuesday to recent reports claiming the Knicks were looking to part ways with their coach after one dismal season.

Spurs must buck their own history (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs have accomplished so much in recent years that they needed something new to rally around this season. Their pick: Trying to become back-to-back champions for the first time. The mid-May update? Well, now the Spurs are simply trying to avoid turning into roadkill as they usually do in their non-title seasons.

Pistons suddenly in dogfight with Cavs (AP)
Flip Saunders insists his Minnesota Timberwolves were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs seven times in eight years because the other teams were simply better. If the first-year Detroit coach can't help the Pistons stunt Cleveland's momentum in their second-round series, it will be difficult to explain the early exit the same way.

Agent: Stojakovic wants to stay a Pacer (AP)
Peja Stojakovic believes he and Jermaine O'Neal could be cornerstones for the Indiana Pacers. But first Stojakovic and his new team need to agree on a contract. Stojakovic came to Indiana from Sacramento in a midseason trade for Ron Artest. He wants to stay, even though he'll officially become a free agent next month, his agent David Bauman said.

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.

Ralph Sampson pleads not guilty (AP)
Ralph Sampson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of lying to federal authorities about his finances in a child support case. His trial was scheduled for July 17. The former NBA and Virginia star waived the reading of the indictment and answered routine questions during a 10-minute court appearance.

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

Sharks desperate to rally against Oilers (AP)
Desperation is like an old jersey for the San Jose Sharks. They wore it for nearly three months while fighting to make the postseason, so it wasn't difficult to put it on again when facing playoff elimination this week. In fact, coach Ron Wilson thinks desperation is an excellent fit for his young club -- but if he's wrong, a roller-coaster season is over.

Sabres G Miller keying playoff run (AP)
When the playoffs began, Ryan Miller happily recalled how he had won The Basement Cup, The Driveway Cup, The Kitchen Cup -- every type of Cup he could imagine while growing up in a hockey family in East Lansing, Mich. Now that the rookie goalie has Buffalo halfway to winning the Stanley Cup, Miller realizes this experience feels a whole lot better.

Sens' Muckler not planning major changes (AP)
The latest early playoff exit by the Ottawa Senators won't lead general manager John Muckler to overhaul a team that finished first in the Eastern Conference. "We are all here for one reason, that's to win the Stanley Cup, and that'll always be the purpose in Ottawa and I think it can be accomplished," Muckler said at a news conference Tuesday.

Devils' Elias set to explore free agency (AP)
Patrik Elias will explore the free agency market if the Devils fail to come up with a contract that makes the high-scoring left wing want to stay in New Jersey. "If it's right, I want to stay, obviously," Elias said Tuesday after the Devils gathered one final time this season for a team picture. "It's just that I am in a situation where I can take advantage of it.

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.

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.

More speed may not be among Avs' changes (AP)
Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix insists a front-office makeover doesn't necessarily mean a big refurbishing of his team's roster. Lacroix, who's stepping down as general manager, said his top priorities this summer are finding his successor to run the day-to-day operations of the franchise and re-signing captain Joe Sakic and defenseman Rob Blake.

Weight finally reaches conference finals (AP)
Doug Weight essentially had his pick of teams. With unrestricted free agency looming at the end of the season and the St. Louis Blues mired at the bottom of the NHL, he was one of the hottest commodities in the league. And he waived his no-trade clause to come to the Carolina Hurricanes right before the Olympic break.

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.

WWD: Dodge Charger 500
Lady Luck and Greg Biffle haven't always gotten along this year, but they did at Darlington.

Injured crewman eager to compete in Pit Crew Challenge (AP)
Josh Yost watched last year's Pit Crew Challenge from a wheelchair, his right ankle mangled when Rusty Wallace ran over it in a pit road accident.

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)


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