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NEWS FROM 2006-05-25
Diaw's late basket lifts Suns in Game 1
AP - So far in the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks have pushed around Pau Gasol and outlasted Tim Duncan.
Briere, Sabres beat Canes; take 2-1 lead
AP - Daniel Briere felt bad enough already and didn't need Sabres coach Lindy Ruff reminding him and his linemates how poorly they played at Carolina. Buffalo's co-captain quickly made up for it, scoring twice in a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night that gave the Sabres a 2-1 edge in the Eastern Conference finals.
Preakness winner Bernardini out of Belmont
AP - For just the third time in 36 years, the Belmont Stakes will be run without either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes winner. Preakness winner Bernardini was declared out of the Belmont on Wednesday, another blow to the final race of the Triple Crown series set for June 10
Barbaro's jockey Prado cried for days
AP - Barbaro's jockey said he spent days in tears after the Kentucky Derby winner's career-ending breakdown in the Preakness Stakes. "Of all the tears I have cried, if tears could heal a wound, Barbaro would be healed by now," Edgar Prado said Wednesday on the New York Racing Association's Web site. "I've been thinking about him and I've been crying on and off."
Tigers send woeful Royals to 12th loss
AP - Three years after setting an American League record for losses in a season, the Detroit Tigers have left the woeful Kansas City Royals behind. Omar Infante hit two home runs, and Jeremy Bonderman did the rest on the mound in the visiting Tigers' 6-3 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday night, the Royals' 12th straight loss. Kansas City fell to a major league-worst 10-34 and is already on its second double-digit losing streak of the young season.
Browns' Droughns surrenders to police
AP - Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns surrendered to authorities Wednesday for a night in jail after being charged with domestic violence.
AP - Miami at Detroit (8 p.m. EDT). The Heat neutralized the Pistons' home-court advantage with a 91-86 Game 1 victory in the Eastern Conference finals.
71 years ago, Babe Ruth had a big day
AP - Babe Ruth was 40 years old, with a pot belly that couldn't be supported by his spindly legs and a fast-growing realization his career was over. His batting average hovered nearly 200 points below his career average of .343, and the Boston Braves' pitchers were upset at his inability to run down even the easiest of fly balls. He couldn't run, couldn't field, couldn't hide in a sport that was 35 years away from having a designated hitter.
Injury to U.S. soccer's Reyna minor
AP - Claudio Reyna was smiling as he walked through the lobby of the U.S. team hotel Wednesday. An MRI exam showed that the strained right hamstring he sustained during a 1-0 loss to Morocco the previous night was minor and there was no muscle damage. While the U.S. captain won't play in the Americans' two remaining exhibition games before the World Cup, he should be ready for the opener against the Czech Republic on June 12.
AP - Anaheim at Edmonton (8 p.m. EDT). The Oilers go for the sweep and their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since winning their last NHL title in 1990.
They really love L.A.
DENVER – By dedicating $10 million to stadium reviews, the NFL made its strongest commitment in years to an L.A. return.
Droughns turns self in to faces charges (AP)
Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns surrendered to authorities Wednesday for a night in jail after being charged with domestic violence. The 27-year-old Droughns was being held without bond until a court hearing Thursday morning, Arapahoe County sheriff Patrol Capt. Mark Fisher said. Fisher said Droughns faces misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and harassment for an incident in...
Plummer issued summons, denies road rage (AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said Wednesday he cut someone off while driving last month, but denied kicking and then backing up into another motorist's vehicle in an act of road rage. Plummer acknowledged cutting off a vehicle because he was in a hurry to deliver a check to charity from his foundation.
Buccaneers sign WR David Boston (AP)
Receiver David Boston, who has missed most of the past two seasons, signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. Boston, a Pro Bowl selection in 2001 when he had 98 receptions for the Arizona Cardinals, was limited to five games over the past two years with the Miami Dolphins because of injuries.
Former Eagles coach Jim Trimble dies (AP)
Jim Trimble, the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach who spent more than four decades in professional football, has died. He was 87. Trimble died Tuesday at his home in Indianapolis after a battle with emphysema, the New York Giants said Wednesday. Trimble was the Eagles' coach from 1952-55 and later coached in the Canadian Football League.
Reggie Bush won't get to wear No. 5 (AP)
Reggie Bush won't get to wear the No. 5 he made famous at USC for the New Orleans Saints. Not this season and perhaps not ever. Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday that the committee had recommended against Bush's request for his college number. The decision was made by the committee after two conference calls.
CFL's Alouettes release QB Quincy Carter (AP)
Former NFL quarterback Quincy Carter was released by the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday, less than a week into training camp. "This is a joke ... an insult," Carter told the Montreal Gazette. Montreal coach Don Matthews said Carter's release was based on performance. "Someone had to go," Matthews said.
Saints LB James Allen out for season (AP)
New Orleans Saints linebacker James Allen will miss the upcoming season after rupturing a tendon in his knee. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that Allen was participating in non-contact drills at the team's suburban training headquarters Tuesday when he ruptured his right patella tendon.
Cast in the lead roll
DALLAS – Boris Diaw played the role of Amare Stoudemire perfectly as the Suns' surprising Game 1 star.
Diaw scores with 0.5 left, Suns top Mavs (AP)
So far in the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks have pushed around Pau Gasol and outlasted Tim Duncan. But Steve Nash and an agile big man? They still haven't figured that one out. With Nash picking up where he left off against his former team last postseason and Boris Diaw filling the role of Amare Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns erased a late nine-point deficit and beat the Mavericks 121-118 Wednesday...
Mavs' Howard, Suns' Bell hurt in Game 1 (AP)
Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard and Phoenix guard Raja Bell both left the Western Conference finals opener with injuries Wednesday night. Howard sprained his right ankle midway through the first quarter of the Suns' 121-118 victory. He will have an MRI exam Thursday, but X-rays taken during the game showed no break.
Pistons hope to show resiliency, again (AP)
The Detroit Pistons might be the most resilient team in the NBA. They've bounced back from a 3-2 deficit to win a playoff series in each of the last four postseasons, consistently showing they're at their best when behind. Just like they are now in the Eastern Conference finals. The Miami Heat beat Detroit 91-86 in Game 1 and snatched home-court advantage away from the top-seeded team in the NBA...
Mavericks can't hold on when it counts (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks couldn't hold on to the ball when it mattered most, then threw away their last chance to win. Two-time MVP Steve Nash made sure the Phoenix Suns took full advantage of the opportunity in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Mavericks had four turnovers in the final 1:17, the last when Marquis Daniels threw an inbound pass over Dirk Nowitzki's head and out of bounds with...
Raptors to scout F Bargnani in Italy (AP)
A day after winning the top pick in the draft lottery, the Toronto Raptors dispatched coach Sam Mitchell and senior adviser Wayne Embry to Italy to scout forward Andrea Bargnani. General manager Bryan Colangelo and team owner Larry Tanenbaum have already scouted Bargnani, a 7-footer who plays for Benetton Treviso.
Bobcats president Tapscott resigns (AP)
Ed Tapscott, the first employee hired when the NBA gave Charlotte the expansion Bobcats, stepped down Wednesday as president and CEO of the second-year team. "I would like to thank Eddie for helping to build a basketball team that will grow into a playoff contender," owner Bob Johnson said in a statement.
Payton, Mourning come up big for Heat (AP)
There's really only one reason why Gary Payton and Alonzo Mourning are still playing. It's not stats; they have more than 35,000 points in 2,100-plus games over 29 seasons. Not respect, since that was earned long ago by 16 All-Star nods and three defensive player of the year awards. And not money, given the combined $230 million in salary they've commanded in their careers.
OK in the O.C.
Don't feel sorry for the Mighty Ducks, who have better times ahead in Orange County.
Briere, Sabres take 2-1 lead on 'Canes (AP)
Daniel Briere felt bad enough already and didn't need Sabres coach Lindy Ruff reminding him and his linemates how poorly they played at Carolina. Buffalo's co-captain quickly made up for it, scoring twice in a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night that gave the Sabres a 2-1 edge in the Eastern Conference finals.
Avs hire Francois Giguere as new GM (AP)
Exactly 12 years before he was introduced as general manager of the Colorado Avalanche, Francois Giguere served as Pierre Lacroix's chauffeur on the day he was named the franchise's GM. In a role reversal, Lacroix drove Giguere to and from his hotel and team headquarters Wednesday. "The only difference is today my shirt's a little drier," Giguere said with a laugh.
Flu-ridden Oilers look for quick finish (AP)
The flu is giving the Edmonton Oilers a lot more trouble than the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the Western Conference finals. So far, the bug has run through the Edmonton dressing room and even forced lineup changes. The Mighty Ducks have not put up much resistance and are just one loss away from elimination.
Reports: Bruins offer GM job to Shero (AP)
The Boston Bruins appear ready to break with tradition and hire a general manager from outside the organization. Ray Shero, the assistant GM for the Nashville Predators for eight years, has been offered the job, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported Tuesday. Charlie Jacobs, the Bruins executive vice president, said three weeks ago the team would continue to be "patient and methodical" in its...
Tampa signs Richards for 5 years, $39M (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning began what figures to be an offseason of change by ensuring their future includes Brad Richards. The 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs MVP signed a new five-year, $39 million contract instead of opting to become a restricted free agent on July 1. The $7.8 million average annual salary is more than twice the $3.4 million he made while leading the Lightning in scoring this season.
Kings hire Marc Crawford as coach (AP)
Marc Crawford brings a demanding style and a winning resume to his new job as coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Crawford was introduced Monday as the replacement for John Torchetti, who coached the season's final 12 games after Andy Murray was fired. Crawford signed a multiyear deal. Terms weren't disclosed.
Stirling to coach Springfield in AHL (AP)
Former New York Islanders coach Steve Stirling returned to coaching Monday, taking over the Tampa Bay Lightning's Springfield affiliate in the American Hockey League. Stirling was fired by the Islanders in January, when the team was 18-22-2. In his first season in 2003-04, he led the Islanders to a 38-29-11-4 record and a third straight playoff appearance.
Trading Paint: Mixed signals
Jerry had some fun with Jimmie Johnson's latest Lowe's triumph, but not all appreciated it.
Yates fires general manager in shakeup of slumping teams (AP)
Eddie D'Hondt was fired Tuesday as general manager of Robert Yates Racing in a shakeup of the struggling team.
Robert Yates Racing announces management change (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - After four consecutive disappointing seasons at Robert Yates Racing, team owner Robert Yates finally decided that enough was enough.
NASCAR's Kyle Busch admits to improper driving, fined (AP)
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch pleaded guilty Tuesday to improper driving and was fined $150.
Motorsports programs at a glance (AP)
INTERNATIONAL APPEAL: The first motorsports programs began in the heart of NASCAR country, springing up in the Carolinas in the 1990s. Now programs exist in states such as Tennessee, Indiana and Colorado, and others are starting in China, Malaysia and Singapore. SCHOOL DAYS: Many programs lack textbooks and instead rely on guest lectures and hands-on experience.
Motorsports degree programs racing into popularity (AP)
Inside Panther Racing's mobile command center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mike Sheridan reads reams of data from 75 sensors mounted to the team's race cars. The 27-year-old junior at IUPUI, who is studying mechanical engineering technology with an emphasis on motorsports, hopes his specialized degree and 50-hour-a-week internship will help him become an engineer for a racing team.
Former Red Sox star switching gears to racing (AP)
It took Mike Greenwell 10 years to go from the Green Monster of Fenway Park to the green flag of NASCAR racing.
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver killed on N.M. highway (AP)
Spencer Clark, who made his Busch Series debut this year, and a crew member were killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in New Mexico, authorities said. Clark, 19, and Andrew Phillips, 28, were killed when their truck and trailer were hit by a gust of wind as they passed through the mountains just east of Albuquerque on Sunday night.
Stewart-Kenseth rivalry fun, while it lasts (AP)
Tony Stewart vs. Matt Kenseth.