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Pistons bounce back, even series with Heat (AP)
Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton, defended by Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, looks to pass during the first quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference basketball finals at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, May 25, 2006.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - Tayshaun Prince tied a career playoff high with 24 points and had 11 rebounds, Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, and the Detroit Pistons bounced back and beat Miami 92-88 Thursday night to even the NBA Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.


Ducks stay alive, beat Oilers 6-3 (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Todd Marchant, center, celebrates with teammates Dustin Penner, left, and Teemu Selanne, right, as Edmonton Oilers Jarret Stoll (16) looks on after Penner scored the first goal during first-period playoff hockey action in game four the NHL Western Conference Finals in Edmonton, Canada, Thursday, May 25, 2006.(AP Photo/Paul Chiasson,CP)AP - With the offense clicking like this, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks probably would've stayed alive in the Western Conference finals no matter who was protecting their goal. Dustin Penner and Joffrey Lupul scored twice and the Mighty Ducks extended the series by beating Edmonton 6-3 on Thursday night.


Nevin homer gives Rangers 8-7 win over A's (AP)
Texas Rangers' Phil Nevin follows through on a solo home run in the ninth inning off Oakland Athletics closer Huston street in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, May 25, 2006. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP - Phil Nevin paused briefly to watch the ball before starting the emotional, and long-awaited, trot around the bases. Forgotten for a moment was the offensive slump that has been so bad Nevin didn't even play the previous two games for the Texas Rangers. Done was the 0-for-17 skid that had made manager Buck Showalter feel as though he needed to assure the designated hitter he'd get another at-bat Thursday night.


Phillies beat Mets 5-3, avoid 3-game sweep (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies closer Tom Gordon, left, celebrates the Phillies' 5-3 win over the New York Mets with Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu, Thursday, May 25, 2006, after their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Phillies manager Charlie Manuel dropped Jimmy Rollins from the leadoff spot, let Brett Myers throw 119 pitches and called for Tom Gordon in the eighth inning. Even though it's May, Manuel knew he needed a win Thursday. Philadelphia avoided a costly three-game sweep, beating the New York Mets 5-3 behind Myers, Gordon and new leadoff hitter Shane Victorino.


Recovering Barbaro shows usual feistiness (AP)
Peggy Johnson of Louisville adds her get well wishes to one of two giant cards at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The cards will be sent to New Bolton, Pa., where Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is recovering from surgery after breaking an ankle in The Preakness Stakes. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)AP - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is being showered with gifts, from flowers to religious ornaments, as he recovers from his shattered leg in the Preakness. The 3-year-old bay colt eagerly greeted a treat-bearing doctor Thursday morning, delighting on the fresh baby carrots she brought.


Chiefs withdraw Super Bowl request (AP)
AP - The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday withdrew their request for Arrowhead Stadium to host the 2015 Super Bowl, after yet another setback in plans for a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex.

China's teenage seven-footers target NBA heights (Reuters)
Reuters - If there is another Yao Ming set to emerge from China in the next few years, he was likely to have been at the Beijing Sports University gymnasium this week getting tips from NBA coaches and players.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Colorado at San Francisco (10:10 p.m. EDT). Barry Bonds resumes the quest for his 715th homer in the opener of a three-game series against the Rockies.

Japan, S.Korea 2002 stadiums still in use (AP)
AP - Despite dire predictions they would go to waste, the state-of-the-art stadiums built for the 2002 soccer World Cup are getting plenty of use four years after Japan co-hosted the tournament with South Korea.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Carolina at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Sabres lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1.

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.

Shanahan: Plummer must take high road (AP)
Mike Shanahan says he believes Jake Plummer's version of his road rage dispute. But the Denver coach says his quarterback must learn to walk away when he finds himself getting angry. Police issued Plummer a summons last month after he allegedly kicked the headlight of a pickup and then backing his SUV into the other vehicle.

Chiefs withdraw 2015 Super Bowl request (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday withdrew their request for Arrowhead Stadium to host the 2015 Super Bowl, after yet another setback in plans for a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt said in a statemnt Arrowhead Stadium renovations would move forward without a roof to make it and the adjacent Kauffman Stadium climate-controlled, a condition for hosting the Super...

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.

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.

Jeb Bush says no to NFL query (AP)
Gov. Jeb Bush is getting tired of people trying to plan his life after he leaves office in January. First, his brother, the president, hinted Bush should consider his own run for the Oval Office in 2008. And now comes the National Football League, which had an emissary gauge his interest in replacing commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who is retiring in July.

Settling the score
Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince cured the Pistons' ailing offense to help even the East finals with Miami.

Pistons even East finals, top Heat 92-88 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons got off to a great start, had a double-digit lead with less than a minute left and barely hung on. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were spectacular for the Miami Heat. Ultimately, however, all that matters is that the Eastern Conference finals are even. Tayshaun Prince tied a career playoff high with 24 points and had 11 rebounds, Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, and Detroit...

Suns G Bell out, Mavs' Howard day-to-day (AP)
The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have overcome injuries all season. So it's no surprise they're both scrambling to change their lineups after losing starters in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Phoenix guard Raja Bell will miss at least Game 2 on Friday night because of a calf injury that could be severe.

Cavaliers pick up Mike Brown's option (AP)
For the first time in recent memory, the Cleveland Cavaliers made an off-season coaching move that didn't involve someone being hired or fired. Mike Brown, who led Cleveland to 50 regular-season wins and the second round of the NBA playoffs in his first year as coach, was rewarded Thursday as the club picked up his $2.5 million contract option.

Mavs' plight: Run with or slow Suns down (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks already knew the Phoenix Suns were fast. After watching Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and their running mates whizz past them in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the Mavs have a much better understanding of how quickly and relentlessly those guys race down the court. "They got whatever they wanted," Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said Thursday.

Huge Heat rally in Game 2 falls short (AP)
Even on a night marred by long stretches of offensive ineptitude, the Miami Heat almost pulled off a comeback for the ages. Alas, it was in vain. A stunning flurry at the end couldn't undo the offensive wrongs committed in the first 46 minutes, and the Detroit Pistons managed to even the Eastern Conference finals with a 92-88 win in Game 2 Thursday night.

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.

Ruff and ready
Lindy Ruff called out his No. 1 line before Game 3, and Buffalo's top trio responded with a big game.

Mighty Ducks stay alive, beat Oilers 6-3 (AP)
With the offense clicking like this, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks probably would've stayed alive in the Western Conference finals no matter who was protecting their goal. Dustin Penner and Joffrey Lupul scored twice and the Mighty Ducks extended the series by beating Edmonton 6-3 on Thursday night. They will return home to Anaheim for Game 5 on Saturday night still facing long odds.

Penguins hire Ray Shero as GM (AP)
Ray Shero had a surprise waiting for young sons Christopher and Kyle when they arrived home from school in Nashville. On the family phone was a message from Mario Lemieux, welcoming them to Pittsburgh. That's how Shero revealed to his family he was becoming the Penguins' general manager. "If you could see the look in their eyes -- the joy in their eyes -- that Mario Lemieux actually left their dad a...

No excuses for Sabres despite injuries (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres have refused to use injuries as an excuse this season and they're not about to start now -- even after losing yet another defenseman. Henrik Tallinder is the latest blue-liner to go down, out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken left arm he suffered late in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in the Eastern Conference final Wednesday.

Gretzky's wife, Tocchet may sue N.J. (AP)
Wayne Gretzky's wife and a Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach might sue New Jersey for $50 million each, contending their reputations were damaged after state officials leaked information from wiretaps in a case involving a multimillion-dollar sports betting ring. In two separate notices -- often a precursor to a lawsuit -- the attorneys named the New Jersey Department of Law and the State Police for...

Sabres D Tallinder out for playoffs (AP)
Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and will miss the rest of the playoffs. Coach Lindy Ruff announced the news following practice Thursday, a day after Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series. The Sabres lead the Hurricanes 2-1 in the series that resumes at Buffalo on Friday.

Avs hire Francois Giguere as 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.

Blackhawks sign Bolland to 3-year deal (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks signed Dave Bolland to a three-year deal Thursday, filling a need at forward. Two of the Blackhawks' top forwards, Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Daze, played a combined 17 games this season. Ruutu was sidelined by a sore back and severed tendons in his ankle. Daze, who has undergone three operations for herniated lumbar discs, probably has played his last NHL game.

The other guys
CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne has led the way at Evernham this year, but his teammates stole the show Thursday.

Kenseth captures pole for Busch CarQuest Auto Parts 300 (SportsTicker)

Riggs and Mayfield make an Evernham front row (AP)
Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield made it an all-Evernham Motorsports front row Thursday by taking the top two qualifying spots for the Coca-Cola 600.

Riggs wins pole for NASCAR Nextel Coca-Cola 600 (SportsTicker)

Johnson overwhelming favorite for the Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Crew chief Chad Knaus stepped out of his hauler with a thick black binder tucked under his arm, turned and tauntingly waved it at Matt Kenseth.

Yates trying to put the fun back in racing (AP)
When Robert Yates found little joy in going to the track, he realized his race team was in trouble.

Petty hasn't changed views on women racers (AP)
Richard Petty didn't think women belonged on the race track when Janet Guthrie became the first female driver to compete in the Coca-Cola 600 in 1976.

Slick surface, hard tires create unknowns for Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
CONCORD, N.C. – Casey Mears knew he was in trouble as soon as he got on the track. His car was difficult to...

Question about NASCAR? Check out "The Girl's Guide" (AP)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Liz Allison wasn't sure how much appeal her latest book about NASCAR would have for men.

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