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NEWS FROM 2006-05-28
Wade sends Heat to 2-1 lead over Pistons
AP - The 12-point lead Miami held minutes earlier was whittled to a single point, and Antonio McDyess rose for a dunk that would have given the Detroit Pistons the lead and all the momentum. Dwyane Wade chose that moment to take over.
Oilers top Ducks, win series in 5 games
AP - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks outshot the Edmonton Oilers in every game of the Western Conference finals. What the Oilers did with all those shots — blocking, screening and clogging the shooting lanes — proved the difference.
D-Backs get 2nd straight shutout of Reds
AP - Juan Cruz gave Cincinnati fits with his cut fastball a night after Arizona teammate Brandon Webb baffled the Reds with his sinker.
Verlander impressive again in Tigers win
AP - Justin Verlander pitched seven impressive innings and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer to help Detroit win its eighth straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Edwards steals win away from Mears
AP - Carl Edwards grabbed the lead away from Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go and pulled away to win the Busch Series race Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Former RB 'Ironhead' Heyward dies at 39
AP - Former NFL fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward died Saturday after a 7 1/2-year fight with a recurring brain tumor, his son's high school football coach said. He was 39.
Heat hang on to beat Pistons in Game 3
Reuters - The Miami Heat withstood a
fourth-quarter barrage to beat the Detroit Pistons 98-83 on
Saturday and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Weaver helps Angels defeat Orioles 10-1
AP - When Jeff Weaver made his major league debut for Detroit in 1999, his kid brother Jered was in the stands with their parents to witness it.
Berhalter joins U.S. World Cup roster
AP - Gregg Berhalter was riding the monorail at Disney World in Florida on Thursday, enjoying a vacation with his wife, two children and niece.
AP - Edmonton at Anaheim (9 p.m. EDT). The Mighty Ducks kept the series going with a win at Edmonton on Thursday.
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.
Former RB ``Ironhead'' Heyward dead at 39 (AP)
Former NFL fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward died Saturday after a 7 1/2 -year fight with a recurring brain tumor, his son's high school football coach said. He was 39. Heyward spent 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The former University of Pittsburgh All-American rushed for a career-high 1,083 yards for the Falcons in 1995.
Agent expects Williams to play in CFL (AP)
It appears to be a matter of time before Ricky Williams joins the Toronto Argonauts. Leigh Steinberg, Williams' agent, said Saturday his client hasn't yet received permission from the Miami Dolphins to play in the Canadian Football League this season. However, Steinberg expects the Dolphins to allow the former Heisman Trophy winner to suit up for the Argos in 2006.
Galaxy win fourth World Bowl title (AP)
Trailing at halftime, the Frankfurt Galaxy turned to Butchie Wallace and asked him to run. Wallace did, rushing for 138 second-half yards and a touchdown Saturday to help the Galaxy collect a record fourth World Bowl title with a 22-7 win over the Amsterdam Admirals. He also set up a second score with a 63-yard run and was selected MVP.
NFL proposes playing games outside U.S. (AP)
The NFL has proposed playing two regular-season games outside the United States starting in 2008, league officials said Saturday. Mark Waller, head of NFL international development, said the proposal to play abroad was put to team owners Tuesday in Denver. It came after the 49ers and Cardinals played last October before a regular-season record crowd of 103,000 in Mexico City.
Former RB coach Joe Brodsky dead at 71 (AP)
Joe Brodsky, a running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys when they won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, has died. He was 71. Brodsky died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer, his wife, Joyce, said Saturday. After playing fullback and linebacker for the University of Florida in the 1950s, Brodsky went on to coach high school, university and professional football teams to championships.
Two Vikings plead guilty in boat party (AP)
Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot and left tackle Bryant McKinnie pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges stemming from the team's raucous boat party last October. Each agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service. Smoot and McKinnie pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance on a watercraft.
Steelers WR Santonio Holmes arrested (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes was arrested for disorderly conduct at a hotel in South Beach, police said Saturday. Holmes was arrested Friday night. He was released from jail after he signed a promissory note to appear in court to be arraigned, Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said.
Miami's one-two punch
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal took turns delivering blows as the Heat took Round 3 of the East finals.
Wade, Shaq help Heat past Pistons 98-83 (AP)
The 12-point lead Miami held minutes earlier was whittled to a single point, and Antonio McDyess rose for a dunk that would have given the Detroit Pistons the lead and all the momentum. Dwyane Wade chose that moment to take over. "Guys look at me and say, 'It's your time,"' Wade said. "That's all you need." He blocked McDyess' dunk try, then had a three-point play 8 seconds later to end a huge...
Nash, Suns searching for more offense (AP)
Steve Nash took only one shot in the second half of the Suns' Game 2 loss to Dallas in the Western Conference finals. But Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said he won't tell the NBA's two-time MVP to shoot more often in Game 3 Sunday night. Facing constant double-teams by the Mavericks, Nash looked for the open man.
Howard, Van Horn start for Mavericks (AP)
Mavericks forward Josh Howard was able to start Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Friday night and was joined by a mildly surprising starter at center -- Keith Van Horn. Van Horn made his first start since April 14, 2005, in place of Erick Dampier. The move gives Dallas a smaller, more perimeter-oriented lineup to throw at the Phoenix Suns.
LeBron's mom guilty on scuffle charges (AP)
The mother of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James pleaded no contest and was found guilty on Friday of four charges after her SUV nearly hit an unmarked police vehicle and she kicked a window of a patrol car. Gloria James, 38, of Green, pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to reckless operation, speeding, disorderly conduct and a reduced count -- originally drunken-driving -- of physical...
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.
Backup and back in
Two coaches successfully changed goalies this week, but only Carolina's Peter Laviolette really stuck his neck out.
Oilers advance to Stanley Cup finals (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks outshot the Edmonton Oilers in every game of the Western Conference finals. What the Oilers did with all those shots -- blocking, screening and clogging the shooting lanes -- proved the difference. Raffi Torres scored the go-ahead goal on a tipped shot in the second period, helping Edmonton eliminate the Ducks 2-1 Saturday night and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
'Canes C Staal making mark in playoffs (AP)
Eric Staal thrived during the regular season, the young talent powering a Carolina Hurricanes team built on fast skating. The only question was how he would handle the pressure of his first playoffs. Now, with the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals, Staal is providing a definitive answer. The 21-year-old center is leading all players in playoff points and shots heading into Game 5 with...
Sabres D Numminen expects to play Game 5 (AP)
Injured Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen expects to return for Game 5 on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final. Numminen was hopeful after spending 30 minutes skating Saturday, saying it was his strongest session since hurting his groin in the first period of Game 1 of the series May 20.
Coyotes re-sign G Curtis Joseph (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed goaltender Curtis Joseph to a one-year contract Friday, bringing the 39-year-old back for a 17th NHL season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Last season was Joseph's first with the Coyotes. He has a 428-310-90 career record with St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto, Detroit and Phoenix.
Bruins tab Chiarelli as new GM (AP)
Peter Chiarelli was hired by the sagging Boston Bruins as general manager on Friday, getting a four-year contract two decades after serving as captain of the Harvard hockey team. "I know from my college days the passion that the fans in this area have for hockey and the Bruins and I share that excitement," he said.
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...
The other guys
CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne has led the way at Evernham this year, but his teammates stole the show Thursday.
Carl Edwards wins NASCAR Busch CarQuest Auto Parts 300 (SportsTicker)
Edwards steals win away from Mears (AP)
Carl Edwards grabbed the lead away from Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go and pulled away to win the Busch Series race Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
McMurray, Stewart head to hospital after wrecks (AP)
Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart went to the hospital for further evaluations following separate accidents Saturday night in the Busch Series race.
Waltrip buys way into 600 (AP)
Michael Waltrip's consecutive starts streak will not come to end thanks to a little help from Derrike Cope.
Ron Hornaday Jr. wins NCTS City of Mansfield 250 (SportsTicker)
Hornaday wins; Greenwell 26th in NASCAR debut (AP)
Ron Hornaday Jr. won the City of Mansfield 250 on Saturday for his Craftsman Truck Series-record 28th career victory, while former baseball star Mike Greenwell finished 26th in his NASCAR debut.
Gordon's sure he's still got it, despite lack of results (AP)
Jeff Gordon knows some people believe he's more interested in walking red carpets with his model girlfriend than he is in winning championships.
Disney revs up for 'Cars' premiere, NASCAR-style (AP)
The checkered flag met the red carpet. The roar of car engines moved from the black asphalt to the silver screen. And Lowe's Motor Speedway was the unlikely host Friday for the world premiere of "Cars," whose producers hope the animated movie will become a summer blockbuster. In a fuel-injected match made in hype heaven, the public relations magic of Disney met the marketing muscle of NASCAR to...