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NEWS FROM 2006-05-21
Bonds Ties the Babe With Home Run No. 714
AP - The agonizing wait is over for Barry Bonds. He and the Babe are even at 714. Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on the career home run list Saturday, ending a nine-game homerless stretch with a shot into the first deck of the elevated stands in right-center during San Francisco's 4-2, 10-inning victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Barbaro Fractures Leg in Preakness
AP - Barbaro was rarin' to go. The unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner gave jockey Edgar Prado every indication he was set for the race of his life.
Webb Becomes NL's 1st 7-Game Winner
AP - No pitcher in baseball is off to a better start than Brandon Webb, and he was at his best Saturday night. Webb threw a four-hitter to become the National League's first seven-game winner and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Atlanta Braves 13-0.
Sabres Hold Off Hurricanes in Game 1
AP - Jay McKee was as surprised as anyone when his shot found the net, because he was blocked from seeing it and he just doesn't score too often.
Barrera Keeps Crown With Split Decision
AP - WBC super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera and challenger Rocky Juarez left the ring Saturday night believing they had fought to a draw.
Rhodes, Addai Ready to Compete for RB Job
AP - Dominic Rhodes has long proclaimed he could start in the NFL, if given the chance.
Suns' Thomas Might Play a Little in Game 7
AP - The Phoenix Suns might have center Kurt Thomas available for spot duty off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Meche Lifts Mariners Over Padres 6-3
AP - Gil Meche said he hasn't turned the corner yet. At least now, though, he can now see what may be around the bend. The Mariners' inconsistent right-hander pitched like the stalwart Seattle has been waiting for him to become on Saturday night. Meche held San Diego to four hits and one earned run in a season-high 7 2-3 innings of the Mariners' 6-3 win.
Peterson Gives Rapids 1-0 Win Over Galaxy
AP - Jacob Peterson scored his first professional goal and Bouna Coundoul earned his first shutout to lead the Colorado Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday night.
Ducks Want Heavy Traffic for Roloson
AP - To avoid sinking into a deep hole, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks figure they must put heavy traffic in front of Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson.
Looking for the next L.J.
Which young backup running back could make a Larry Johnson type of impact in 2006? Here are six possibilities.
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.
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.
Vinatieri fitting in with Colts (AP)
It hasn't taken long for Adam Vinatieri to fit in with the Indianapolis Colts. Since signing a five-year, $12 million contract with Indianapolis in late March, the former Patriots kicker has been at the Colts' practice facility constantly, and has gotten more comfortable with punter/holder Hunter Smith and long snapper Justin Snow.
Colts' Rhodes, Addai try to replace Edge (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.
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.
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.
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.
Wanted: James gang help
For the Cavs to win one last duel with Detroit, LeBron James needs someone to step forward as a reliable sidekick.
Hughes to play in Game 7 for Cavs (AP)
Larry Hughes walked off the practice floor Saturday dripping with sweat and itching to play. He'll get his chance in Game 7. Cleveland's guard, who returned to the club Friday after missing three games in the Detroit series following the death of his younger brother, is expected to play in Sunday's decisive game at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Mavs-Spurs looks like budding rivalry (AP)
Dallas and San Antonio already were playing a memorable series. Then Jason Terry's fist landed below Michael Finley's belt. Now, we might be witnessing the start of the NBA's newest rivalry. Controversy and bad blood were about the only things missing from this two-week run of great games between great teams that happen to be in-state rivals.
Pistons look to rule Palace in Game 7 (AP)
This is why Detroit wanted home-court advantage. The Pistons were determined to get it after falling just short of repeating as champions last year in Game 7 at San Antonio. And they did, winning a franchise-record 64 games -- 10 more than they had in each of the previous two years under Larry Brown. That ensured the team would play in familiar surroundings in any Game 7s this postseason after...
Clippers no longer NBA joke punchlines (AP)
For years, the Clippers were mostly dreadful, the laughingstocks of the NBA. Not anymore. A team once synonymous with losing, mismanagement and ineptitude on every level is now simply one of the league's best. "I don't want to go back to what it was. I'm just enjoying the moment," said Elgin Baylor, the team's vice president of basketball operations since 1986 who was recently voted Sporting News NBA...
Suns regroup 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...
Suns C Thomas might play in Game 7 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns might have center Kurt Thomas available for spot duty off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Thomas has not played since breaking his right foot against Boston on Feb. 22. He went through 2-on-2 drills on Saturday and was to participate in a full scrimmage on Sunday, coach Mike D'Antoni said.
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.
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.
Sticks and bones
Buffalo threw everything at its disposal in front of Carolina's shots Saturday, and skated off with a Game 1 win.
Sabres top 'Canes 3-2 to open East final (AP)
Jay McKee was as surprised as anyone when his shot found the net, because he was blocked from seeing it and he just doesn't score too often. "When you don't score many goals during the season or through your career, it's certainly a little more exciting when you do it in the playoffs," Buffalo's veteran defenseman said.
To avoid 0-2 hole, Ducks need traffic (AP)
To avoid sinking into a deep hole, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks figure they must put heavy traffic in front of Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson. "It's no different than any other goaltender. If they have clear sight of the puck at all times and they're out in position, you're not going to beat many of them," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday.
Report: Kings to name Crawford coach (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...
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.
Swedes vs. Czechs in world hockey final (AP)
Olympic champion Sweden has a shot for an unprecedented hockey double play. Mikael Samuelsson and Jonas Nordquist scored early in the second period and Sweden held off Canada 5-4 Saturday to reach the title game of the world hockey championship against defending titlist Czech Republic. No country has captured Olympic and world championship hockey titles in the same year.
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.
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.
Best of the best
CONCORD, N.C. – It's a quirky event, but the Nextel All-Star Challenge brings out NASCAR's best.
Johnson wins again at Lowe's Motor Speedway (AP)
So many things went wrong for Jimmie Johnson at the one place he counts on everything going right.
Johnson wins NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge (SportsTicker)
Riggs races way into All-Star Challenge (AP)
Scott Riggs raced his way into the All-Star Challenge with a dominating victory in the Nextel Open.
Maassen takes American Le Mans pole (AP)
Sascha Maassen won his first overall pole position in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday, topping the field at Mid-Ohio in his Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder with a lap of 1 minute, 12.815 seconds. Maassen is the second LMP2/P675 driver to win an overall pole in the series' history. He moved to first when Timo Bernhard's time of 1:12.378 in the No.
Spies wins fifth straight AMA Superbike race (AP)
Ben Spies raced to his fifth straight AMA Superbike victory Saturday at Infineon Raceway, beating Suzuki teammate Mat Mladin by 6.989 seconds in the first leg of the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown doubleheader. The 21-year-old Spies is the fourth rider in the 30-year history of AMA Superbike to win five consecutive races, joining Wayne Rainey, Miguel Duhamel and Nicky Hayden.
Kyle Busch wins NCTS Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (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.