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Pistons' Defense Overwhelms Cavs in Game 7 (AP)
Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace reaches in and blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Eric Snow (20) during the third quarter of Game 7 of their NBA basketball playoff series at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, May 21, 2006.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - In a single half, the Detroit Pistons taught LeBron James everything he needs to know about defense in the playoffs — and finished off yet another series comeback.


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Barbaro's Survival 50-50 After Surgery (AP)
In this photo provided by the University of Pennsylvania, veterinary resident Dr. Steven Zedler stands in the stall with Barbaro after the Kentucky Derby winner underwent more than five hours of surgery Sunday, May 21, 2006, to repair three broken bones in his right rear leg at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.(AP Photo/University of Pennsylvania, Sabina Louise Pierce)AP - Barbaro underwent more than five hours of surgery Sunday to repair rear leg bones he'd broken in the Preakness, calmly awoke from anesthesia and "practically jogged back to his stall" for something to eat.


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Delgado, Wright Power Mets Past Yankees (AP)
New York Mets' Carlos Delgado, right, trades high fives with David Wright after hitting a three-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Aaron Small in the fourth inning  of their baseball game, Sunday, May 21, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. Wright followed up with a solo home run in his at-bat.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Billy Wagner bounced back from a dreadful performance and the New York Mets got consecutive home runs from Carlos Delgado and David Wright to edge the Yankees 4-3 Sunday night in their Subway Series finale.


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No Bonds Homer As Cain 1-Hits Athletics (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds waits to bat in the seventh inning of their baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols: The aging slugger against his heir apparent.


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Oilers Take Commanding Lead Over Ducks (AP)
Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson blocks a shot from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger scored key goals, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 Sunday night to take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals.


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Colts' Harrison to Undergo Elbow Surgery (AP)
AP - Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison will have elbow surgery Monday.

Spurs Glad to Be at Home for Game 7 (AP)
San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrates the Spurs' 91-86 win over the the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball game in Dallas, Friday, May 19, 2006. Ginobili was the high-scorer with 30 points in the game.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)AP - The boos turned into cheers for Michael Finley as soon as he set foot back in San Antonio.


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Wells on Bonds: 'The Man Is Enormous' (AP)
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Wells stretches in the outfield prior to starting for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox against the Indianapolis Indians on April 7, 2006, in Pawtucket, R.I. in this file photo. Wells had harsh words for Barry Bonds after Bonds hit his 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)AP - Count David Wells among those unimpressed by Barry Bonds' move up the all-time home run list.


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Uruguay Tops Northern Ireland 1-0 (AP)
Northern Ireland's Tony Capaldi, left, and Uruguay's Fabian Estoyanoff battle for control of the ball during the first half Sunday, May 21, 2006, in a friendly soccer match at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Fabian Estoyanoff scored in the 33rd minute to lead Uruguay past Northern Ireland 1-0 on Sunday in an exhibition game between teams that failed to qualify for next month's World Cup.


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Carolina's Cole Back on Ice for Practice (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette, center, tries to inspire his team during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres in the opening game of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 20, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. Buffalo won 3-2. (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker)AP - It was a regular practice on an off day during the playoffs, and not a very strenuous one at that. Still, the ice time was pretty special to Erik Cole.


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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.

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' Harrison to undergo elbow surgery (AP)
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison will have elbow surgery Monday. The surgery, which will be performed in his hometown of Philadelphia, is for an injury sustained during the 2005 season. Harrison, who caught 82 passes for 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2005, left Sunday's final minicamp workout early to catch a flight.

Bucs owner Glazer suffered 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.

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.

Double time in Detroit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Pistons saved their best defense for last, avoiding a stunning upset by LeBron James and the Cavs.

Pistons knock off Cavs 79-61 in Game 7 (AP)
In a single half, the Detroit Pistons taught LeBron James everything he needs to know about defense in the playoffs -- and finished off yet another series comeback. While Detroit moves on to its fourth straight Eastern Conference finals, the 21-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is left to ponder his dizzying lesson.

Rested Suns, Clippers ready for finale (AP)
Steve Nash and the rest of the Phoenix Suns got some much-needed rest for their second Game 7 of these playoffs. They will face a Los Angeles Clippers team playing the biggest game in that franchise's mostly sad history. The winner Monday night advances to the Western Conference finals, where the Clippers never have been.

Spurs return home ready for Mavs, Game 7 (AP)
The boos turned into cheers for Michael Finley as soon as he set foot back in San Antonio. When the Spurs' team plane arrived at home early Saturday, about 1,000 fans were there to congratulate them for rallying from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7 in their second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Heat begin preparing to face Pistons (AP)
Minutes after the Detroit Pistons finished their work Sunday, the Miami Heat began prepping in earnest. Finally, they knew their fate -- that the long-awaited rematch for Eastern Conference supremacy was set. And it'll begin Tuesday night in Auburn Hills, Mich., where the Heat and Pistons play Game 1 of their second straight conference final series.

Suns C Kurt 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.

LeBron gets lesson in first playoffs (AP)
With a colorful NBA-logoed towel draped across his shoulders, LeBron James waited for the final horn and bolted for Cleveland's locker room without shaking hands. His first postseason as a pro had ended inside Detroit's defensive dungeon, and James wanted out. He wasn't going to hang around and watch confetti sprinkle down on the Pistons and their noisy fans.

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...

Brown's role in Knicks' draft 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.

Sticks and bones
Buffalo threw everything at its disposal in front of Carolina's shots Saturday, and skated off with a Game 1 win.

Oilers take 2-0 lead back to Edmonton (AP)
Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger scored key goals, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 Sunday night to take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals. The Oilers own a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series and a six-game playoff winning streak.

Cole practices with Hurricanes (AP)
It was a regular practice on an off day during the playoffs, and not a very strenuous one at that. Still, the ice time was pretty special to Erik Cole. He joined the Carolina Hurricanes' full-squad workout on Sunday for the first time in 2 1/2 months, when a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck ended what already was a career regular season.

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...

Sweden blanks Czechs in world final (AP)
Sweden shut out defending champion Czech Republic 4-0 Sunday to win hockey's world championship, becoming the first country to win that title and Olympic gold in the same year. It was the eighth world title for Sweden, which had eight Olympic champions on its roster. In the Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland in the final.

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.

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.

Flyers lining up to get operated on (AP)
The Flyers are more likely these days to have their hips checked than get hip checked. No wonder a preseason Stanley Cup favorite was wiped out in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia finished the season so beaten and banged up it might not have had enough healthy bodies to last another series.

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.

Old news
CONCORD, N.C. – When it comes to Lowe's, Jimmie Johnson just keeps winning and winning and winning.

Stewart wins AMA Motocross Championship opener (AP)
Kawasaki's James Stewart won the first moto and finished second in the second Sunday to win the Honda Hangtown Motocross Classic, the opening round of the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship. Also, KTM's Mike Alessi won the Motocross Lites.

Penske Porsches finish 1-2 at Mid-Ohio (AP)
Penske Racing's Porsche RS Spyders finished 1-2 overall in the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio on Sunday to become the first LMP2 class team to accomplish the feat in series history. Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard won in the No. 7 Penske Porsche, with Dumas finishing 0.424 seconds ahead of Lucas Luhr in the No.

Spies ties record with sixth straight AMA Superbike victory (AP)
Ben Spies tied an AMA Superbike record Sunday with his sixth straight victory, winning the second leg of the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown at Infineon Raceway. Canadian Miguel Duhamel won six in a row in 1995. In a repeat of his victory on Saturday, Spies led for the entire 28-lap race on the 2.22-mile, 12-turn circuit, pulling away from his Suzuki teammate and defending champion Mat Mladin to...

Another Lowe's win complete, Johnson thinks championship is close (AP)
Winning yet another race at Lowe's Motor Speedway guarantees Jimmie Johnson absolutely nothing. He learned that the last three years, when his domination at his ``home'' track failed to win him a Nextel Cup championship.

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.

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


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