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Pistons Nip Cavaliers, Force Game 7 (AP)
Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a second-round NBA basketball playoff game Friday, May 19, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - No NBA team enjoys life on the edge quite like the Detroit Pistons. Minutes away from witnessing their spectacular season come crashing down Friday night, they stepped up like champions.


Wright Hits Game-Winning Single Off Rivera (AP)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15)  is congratulated by Paul Lo Duca (16) and Jose Reyes after he hit a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their baseball game, Friday, May 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)AP - David Wright won the first Subway Series game of the year between two New York teams that limped into their annual, highly charged matchup.


OSU Coach Sutton Announces Retirement (AP)
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton waves to the crowd after being presented with an award for moving into fifth place on the all-time career coaching victories list, following Oklahoma State's victory 64-54 victory over Southern Methodist in Stillwater, Okla., in this Dec. 3, 2005 photo. Sutton scheduled a news conference Friday, May 19, 2006, and was expected to retire as Oklahoma State's basketball coach, ending a 36-year career in which he won 798 games and was the first coach to lead four schools to the NCAA tournament.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - Eddie Sutton retired as Oklahoma State's basketball coach Friday after a drunken driving accident ended a 36-year career highlighted by 798 wins and three trips to the Final Four.


Back to Business for Barbaro at Preakness (AP)
Preakness favorite Barbaro munches on straw in the Stakes Barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Friday, May 19, 2006. Barbaro arrived from Fair Hill, Md., Friday afternoon, one day before the Preakness Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)AP - Barbaro is finished playing around at his country home in the hills. The unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner jogged early Friday at the tranquil Fair Hill Training Center before he was shipped by van to Pimlico to get back to business.


Springer Suspended for Throwing at Bonds (AP)
This is a 2006  file photo of Russ Springer of the Houston Astros. Springer was suspended for four games Friday after throwing several times at Barry Bonds and eventually hitting the San Francisco star earlier this week.  Astros manager Phil Garner was also suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)AP - Houston pitcher Russ Springer was suspended for four games Friday after throwing several times at Barry Bonds and eventually hitting the San Francisco star earlier this week.


Rhodes, Addai Ready to Compete for RB Job (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes takes a handoff from quarterback Peyton Manning during the Colts' NFL football minicamp Friday, May 19, 2006, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/John Harrell)AP - Dominic Rhodes has long proclaimed he could start in the NFL, if given the chance.


Richard Hamilton Solid Again for Pistons (AP)
Detroit Pistons' Lindsey Hunter (10) tlaks with Richard Hamilton late in the fourth quarter of a second-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, May 19, 2006, in Cleveland. The Pistons won 84-82 to force a deciding seventh game Sunday in Detorit. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - Richard Hamilton has been as steady as he is skinny in the second round of the NBA playoffs.


Benson, Orioles Shut Down Nationals (AP)
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson dives but is unable to make the catch on a bunt by Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 19, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP - Thanks to Kris Benson and a share-the-wealth lineup, the Baltimore Orioles fans who made the short drive down to D.C. had much more to cheer about than the home crowd.


Latest World Cup Soccer Fashions Displayed (AP)
Ecuador's Paul Ambrossi, left, fights for the ball with Felix Borja during  a training session for the Ecuador national soccer team in Quito, Ecuador, on Friday, May 19, 2006. Ecuador will play against Germany, Poland and Costa Rica in the first round of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa R)AP - World Cup fans are accustomed to the yellow of Brazil, the blues of France and Italy and the stripes of Argentina and Paraguay. They should get ready for the elephants of Ivory Coast, the eagles of Tunisia and the black stars of Ghana.


Roloson, Oilers Beat Ducks in Opener (AP)
Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson makes a save against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals  game, Friday, May 19, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Ales Hemsky scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Dwayne Roloson had 31 saves and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 Friday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.


Read and React: Ranklings
Fans of teams ranked low – and high – filled the mailbag with offseason complaints.

Two look to replace James in Indy (AP)
Dominic Rhodes has long proclaimed he could start in the NFL, if given the chance. There are plenty of reasons the running back enters the summer No. 1 on the Colts' depth chart: He's shown he can handle the workload, was productive when he did, and can already translate the litany of audibles Peyton Manning calls at the line of scrimmage.

Bucs owner Glazer suffers second stroke (AP)
Buccaneers and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer remained hospitalized Friday, nearly three weeks after suffering a second stroke. The 77-year-old Glazer was readmitted to Cleveland Clinic on April 30. He suffered an initial stroke on April 16 and was released from the Florida hospital eight days later.

Bears CB Manning charged with assault (AP)
Chicago Bears cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. and two former UCLA football players were charged with assault Thursday for allegedly taking part in an early morning fight at a restaurant last month. Manning was charged with one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Karen Murcia said.

Los Angeles to improve Coliseum for NFL (AP)
The City Council voted Friday to spend $25 million on improvements around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in hopes of luring an NFL team back to the city. Under the plan, the city Community Redevelopment Agency would issue $25 million in bonds for street widening, site clearing and other work near the Coliseum, which would be paid for by expected tax revenue from the stadium.

Holmgren signs extension with Seahawks (AP)
The last piece of an almost perfect offseason for the Seattle Seahawks is now in place. Coach Mike Holmgren signed a contract extension Wednesday to keep him with Seattle through the 2008 season. The defending NFC champions have also re-signed NFL MVP Shaun Alexander and Pro Bowl fullback Mack Strong since losing their first Super Bowl to the Steelers.

Saints set record for season tix sales (AP)
The New Orleans Saints have set a franchise record for season-ticket sales, four months before making their post-Hurricane Katrina return to the Superdome. The Saints, who spent last season in San Antonio after Katrina flooded the city and severely damaged the Superdome, have sold 54,969 season tickets, surpassing the previous record of 53,728 set in August 2003.

Jaguars sign WRs Edwards, Hymes (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars added two veteran wide receivers Friday, signing unrestricted free agents Troy Edwards and Randy Hymes. The signings come eight days after Jimmy Smith retired. Edwards played for the Jaguars in 2003 and 2004, and played in three games for the Lions in 2005. In 92 NFL games, including three seasons with Pittsburgh (1999-2001) and one with St.

Brand recognition
Thanks to another dominating performance by Elton Brand, the Clippers get to play another day.

Pistons hold off Cavaliers, elimination (AP)
No NBA team enjoys life on the edge quite like the Detroit Pistons. Minutes away from witnessing their spectacular season come crashing down Friday night, they stepped up like champions. They almost always do. Summoning all their postseason experience and making every big play down the stretch, the Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 84-82 to even their series and force a decisive Game 7.

Minus Terry, Mavs try to knock off Spurs (AP)
Mavericks coach Avery Johnson has a message for his team in the wake of Jason Terry getting suspended for punching San Antonio's Michael Finley between the legs: Don't hit, grab. "I guess maybe if he would've grabbed him, he wouldn't have gotten suspended," Johnson said Friday, hours before Dallas faced the Spurs in Game 6 of their second-round series.

Hamilton gives Pistons a solid effort (AP)
Richard Hamilton has been as steady as he is skinny in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Hamilton scored 17 points to help the Pistons avoid elimination with an 84-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in Game 6. The 6-foot-7, 193-pound guard curled around screens for mid-range jumpers, connected on driving layups and made the only 3-pointer he attempted.

Suns regrouping for Game 7 with Clippers (AP)
The Phoenix Suns wanted to close out their Western Conference semifinal against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. But the Suns looked on the bright side after the Clippers beat them 118-106 to tie the series at three games apiece, forcing Game 7 in Phoenix on Monday night. "A lot of emotional stuff went down in the playoffs and now we'll have three days to recharge," coach Mike D'Antoni...

Clippers top Suns, force Game 7 (AP)
Elton Brand and the Clippers became the second team from Los Angeles to take the Phoenix Suns to the limit in these playoffs. Unlike the Lakers, the Clippers will take some momentum into Game 7. Brand had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, Corey Maggette came off the bench to score 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers beat the Suns 118-106 Thursday night to even...

Brown's role with Knicks unclear (AP)
The New York Knicks will begin working out draft prospects on Monday, though it isn't clear what role -- if any-- Larry Brown will have. Brown's status as coach of the team has been the subject of speculation since reports surfaced over the weekend that Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to buy out the remainder of his contract after one season.

Heat play waiting game before East final (AP)
A day after the Miami Heat clinched another trip to the Eastern Conference finals, Pat Riley celebrated by taking his wife to lunch, two movies, then dinner. Here's hoping Chris Riley liked "The Sentinel" and "The Lost City." Her next date may not be for a while. "I kissed her goodbye this morning at 6 o'clock," Riley said.

Nets feel they must address depth (AP)
With two double-digit winning streaks and an Atlantic Division title to their credit this season, no one is questioning anymore whether the New Jersey Nets' Big Three of Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter can coexist. Instead, as Nets players packed up and headed for the offseason Thursday after losing to Miami in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the emphasis was on how...

Gene Keady out as Raptors assistant (AP)
Former Purdue coach Gene Keady won't return as an assistant for the Toronto Raptors and says his wife's health problems leave him uncertain about his coaching future. The Raptors did not renew their one-year contract with Keady, who retired last March after going 512-270 in 25 seasons at Purdue, team spokesman Jim LaBumbard said Friday.

Too slick
Non-stop pressure by the Oilers proved to be too much for San Jose, which slipped and fell out of the playoffs.

Carlyle: Ducks won't be rusty vs. Oilers (AP)
Ales Hemsky scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Dwayne Roloson had 31 saves and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 Friday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals. Edmonton, which had just one day off between the end of its series against San Jose and the beginning of the best-of-seven conference finals versus Anaheim, still matched the...

Buffalo, Carolina make most of new rules (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres made great use of the NHL's new rules designed to increase scoring. Both of these small-market teams employed aggressive, up-tempo styles that forced their opponents back on their heels and led to more chances. It should be no surprise they are playing each other in the Eastern Conference final.

Sabres need offense from Afinogenov (AP)
As long as Maxim Afinogenov is generating scoring chances, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff won't worry. However, he wouldn't complain if some of those opportunities turned into goals for the flashy Russian forward. "I don't think it's anything more than just relaxing a little bit," Ruff said after the Sabres practiced Thursday in advance of the Eastern Conference final.

Report: Kings to introduce Crawford (AP)
Marc Crawford will reportedly be introduced as the new coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The Kings scheduled a morning news conference and said on Friday that the new coach would be revealed. Quoting sources, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Kings are expected to hire former Vancouver and Colorado coach Marc Crawford as the replacement for John Torchetti, who was behind the bench for...

Sharks waste opportunity in playoffs (AP)
Although the San Jose Sharks seem destined to be postseason players for years to come, they wasted an opportunity this spring that might never come again. Team Teal's roller-coaster season flew off the tracks Wednesday night, with a 2-0 loss in Edmonton that capped a stunning playoff collapse for many experts' favorites to reach the club's first Stanley Cup finals.

Sweden close to Olympic-worlds double (AP)
Sweden is two victories away from making hockey history. No team, not even the mighty Soviets of the 1970s, has managed the elusive double in international hockey: winning Olympic gold and a world championship title in the same season. Sweden, which beat Finland in the Olympic final three months ago, faces Canada in one of the semifinals of World Hockey Championship on Saturday.

Sabres C Mair cleared for contact (AP)
Sabres center Adam Mair took a step closer toward returning from a concussion when he was cleared for contact on Thursday. Mair, who has been out since early April, still needs to pass concussion-related tests before he can play in Buffalo's Eastern Conference final series against Carolina. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Mair will see a specialist in Pittsburgh and isn't likely to be ready to play at...

Predators sign Fiddler, Koistinen (AP)
The Nashville Predators re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a one-year contact Thursday. The 26-year-old Fiddler is coming off a season in which he set career-highs with 40 games played, eight goals and four assists. Nashville also signed free-agent defenseman Ville Koistinen, who led defensemen in the Finnish Elite League in scoring with 34 points and assists (26) in 56 games.

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.

Martin's Challenge
CONCORD, N.C. – Mark Martin wants to win the All-Star Challenge again, and he's going to go all out to do it.

Kyle Busch wins NCTS Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (SportsTicker)

Kahne wins pole for NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge (SportsTicker)

Busch wins Truck Series race at LMS (AP)
Kyle Busch made it 2-for-2 at Lowe's Motor Speedway by driving away to an easy victory in the Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night.

Kahne wins All-Star pole (AP)
Kasey Kahne's pit crew lost its title as the best in NASCAR, but bounced back Friday night by putting the driver on the pole for the Nextel All-Star Challenge.

No negotiations for Knaus at this time (AP)
Chad Knaus was left out of the recent round of contract extensions at Hendrick Motorsports, and the crew chief said Friday he's not received indication that he'll get one.

This time, Martin won't be talked out of retirement (AP)
Amid confetti and champagne after last year's All-Star win, it became abundantly clear that Mark Martin was already having second thoughts about ending his Nextel Cup career.

Toyota preparing for 2007 Cup entry and beyond (AP)
Sitting on a crowded concrete floor in the new Toyota Racing Development, USA shop, among the many tubeframe...

Jarrett's switch jarring for Ford fans, NASCAR garage (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Butch Meyer walked outside Darlington Raceway in his No. 88 hat and UPS racing jersey,...

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