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NEWS FROM 2006-05-29
Bonds passes Ruth with 715th home run
AP - Barry Bonds gave his home fans what they had been waiting nearly a month to see: the historic shot that finally moved him past the Babe.
Gaston Gaudio advances at French Open
AP - Showing the steady baseline game that helped him win the French Open two years ago, Gaston Gaudio began his bid for another title Monday by beating qualifier Roko Karanusic 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth's HR record
AP - On a day Barry Bonds passed the Babe, home runs left Wrigley Field in record numbers. The Atlanta Braves hit a club-record eight homers, including two by Edgar Renteria in a 13-12 victory in 11 innings over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Desperation pays off: Mavs trip up Suns
AP - The first two games of the Western Conference finals between Dallas and Phoenix were all about grace and style. Game 3 was about toughness. And when emotions flared Sunday night, the Mavericks proved grittier than the Suns.
Hornish sprints to thrilling Indy 500 win
AP - This was exactly what Michael and Marco Andretti had talked about: down to the end of the Indy 500, father and son running 1-2. "A fairy tale," they called it, and they were sure it was coming true Sunday. Sam Hornish Jr. thought so, too. Then, with one dazzling last-second move, Hornish whipped around the 19-year-old rookie on the final straightaway and won the second-closest Indy ever, by .0635 seconds, a little more than a car length.
Ricky Williams signs with Toronto Argonauts
Reuters - Suspended Miami Dolphins running back
Ricky Williams has signed a one-year contract to play for the
Toronto Argonauts in the 2006 season, the Canadian Football
League said on Sunday.
Nowitzki powers Mavericks to series lead over Suns
Reuters - Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 17
rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 95-88 win over the
Phoenix Suns in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on
Harris throws out Gathright at home
AP - Willie Harris very rarely gets to test his arm from left field for the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright is one of the fastest players in baseball. On Sunday, Gathright was no match for Harris.
McBride's goal helps U.S. beat Latvia
AP - Brian McBride scored, DaMarcus Beasley shifted across the field to the right side and Eddie Johnson looked a lot better.
Stillman's OT goal lifts Hurricanes
AP - The Carolina Hurricanes looked little like the team that set a franchise record for wins and spent most of the season near the top of the NHL standings. They did just enough to pull within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals.
Read and React: Protests from Patriot Nation
New England fans again submitted complaints about the prediction that the Pats will be good but not great in 2006.
Ricky Williams signs with Toronto of CFL (AP)
Ricky Williams has a new home in the CFL. Suspended for the 2006 season by the NFL after a fourth positive drug test, Williams signed a $240,000, one-year contract Sunday with the Toronto Argonauts -- a deal making him the highest-paid running back in the Canadian league. Williams, who's still under contract with the Miami Dolphins, is expected to begin practicing with his new team Monday; the...
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. 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.
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.
Playing their game
PHOENIX – By avoiding turnovers and slowing down the Suns' offense, the Mavericks have taken control of the West finals.
Mavs win in Phoenix, go up 2-1 on Suns (AP)
The first two games of the Western Conference finals between Dallas and Phoenix were all about grace and style. Game 3 was about toughness. And when emotions flared Sunday night, the Mavericks proved grittier than the Suns. Sparked by a first-half shoving match between Dallas guard Jason Terry and Phoenix forward Tim Thomas, the Mavericks defeated Phoenix 95-88 to take a 2-1 lead Sunday night.
Heat, Pistons know all about 2-1 leads (AP)
Sitting in his office Sunday, Pat Riley could hear joyful strains echoing from the Miami Heat locker room. And why not? The Heat have a 2-1 lead over Detroit in the Eastern Conference finals, could go up two games by winning at home Monday night in Game 4, and have two superstars the Pistons simply cannot seem to slow down in Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.
Wizards G Arenas, F Storey arrested (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas and forward Awvee Storey have been arrested on charges of disobeying police. Storey was blocking traffic in the middle of a busy street when an officer told him to get back to the sidewalk Saturday night, according to police reports. Storey didn't get out of the street, and the officer arrested him and charged him with failure to obey a command.
Suns lose home-court advantage (AP)
Playing at home has hardly been an advantage in the Western Conference final. The Phoenix Suns had gained the home-court advantage by winning Game 1 of their playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, but gave it back Sunday night in Game 3 with their worst offensive performance of the postseason. In losing 95-88 -- their lowest-scoring game of the playoffs -- the Suns put themselves in a...
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.
Winds of change
For the second time in three games, a goalie change helped spark a rally in the Carolina Hurricanes.
'Canes move within one win of Cup finals (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes looked little like the team that set a franchise record for wins and spent most of the season near the top of the NHL standings. They did just enough to pull within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals. Cory Stillman corralled a loose puck and slid it between Ryan Miller's pads for a power-play goal 8:46 into overtime, giving the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo...
Weary Oilers get break before Cup finals (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers returned home on Sunday, ready for some much-needed rest and not nearly content to just be in the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers advanced Saturday night with a 2-1 road victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Edmonton hasn't gotten this far since 1990 when it captured its fifth championship in seven years.
Sabres D Numminen misses Game 5 (AP)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen missed Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals series on Sunday night because of a lingering groin injury. Numminen said that he expected to play against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing three straight contests following his injury in the series opener. He made it through a 30-minute skate Saturday before the team traveled to Raleigh, but was scratched...
Ducks optimistic despite playoff loss (AP)
The Mighty Ducks' surprising playoff run ended short of the Stanley Cup finals, leaving them disappointed yet optimistic about the young players who emerged as steady contributors under pressure. The Ducks were eliminated from the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
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.
Andrettis' Indy 500 obsession opens a new chapter (AP)
Ahab had Moby Dick. Susan Lucci had the Emmys. The Andrettis' magnificent obsession continues. They still have the Indy 500. Open-wheel racing's most star-crossed family is now 1-for-54 at the sport's most hallowed speedway. Mario Andretti, the patriarch, won in his fifth try in 1969, and it's been 0-for-the-clan -- sons Michael and Jeff, nephew John and now grandson Marco -- ever since.
Kahne dethrones Johnson in Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Most drivers would be thrilled with a second-place finish in one of the biggest races of the year.
Kahne outlasts Johnson, wins NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (SportsTicker)
Stewart taken to hospital -- again (AP)
Tony Stewart was in desperate need of a clean and easy race. The reigning Nextel Cup champion ended up breaking the tip of his right shoulder blade.
Carmichael races away with Motocross victory (AP)
Ricky Carmichael won both motos Sunday to take the Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National, the second round of the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship series. Carmichael and James Stewart battled for the lead in the first moto before Stewart crashed. Stewart was helped off the track and taken to a hospital with a concussion and did not return for the second moto, which Carmichael easily won.
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.