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Heat scorch Pistons 89-78, lead series 3-1 (AP)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) pumps his fist after blocking a shot by the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference basketball finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Monday, May 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Luis Alvarez)AP - With the outcome decided, Dwyane Wade strutted toward a swarm of teammates with his right fist clenched and a victorious smile lighting his sweat-drenched face.


Jays blow lead but rally to beat Bosox 7-6 (AP)
Toronto Blue Jays winning pitcher B.J. Ryan celebrates with catcher Gregg Zaun after winning 7-6 in AL action against the Boston Red Sox in Toronto on Monday May 29, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)AP - Shea Hillenbrand came through again after the Toronto Blue Jays blew another late lead. Hillenbrand hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, and the Blue Jays overcame a tying, three-run homer by Jason Varitek to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Monday night.


Etherton gets rare win as Royals down A's (AP)
Kansas City Royals' Matt Stairs swings for an RBI double off Oakland Athletics' Randy Keisler in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, May 29, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. At left is A's catcher Jason Kendall. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - The Kansas City Royals will take any victory these days. And when they do win, they try not to get too excited about the result.


Wright and Mets rally past D-Backs 8-7 (AP)
New York Mets' David Wright watches the flight of his game winning single to score Jose Reyes as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Johnny Estrada walks away during the ninth inning of their baseball game, Monday, May 29, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 8-7. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)AP - David Wright is developing a pretty good sense for the dramatic and an ability to turn games around for the New York Mets.


Phils pour it on against Nats in 11-2 win (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Clay Condrey throws against the in the Washington Nationals in the third inning of their baseball game Monday, May 29, 2006, in Philadelphia. Condrey replaced injured starter Jon Lieber to start the third inning. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Ryan Howard made up for an early mistake in a big way. After a throwing error cost Philadelphia a run early, Howard hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning to help the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 11-2 on Monday night.


Ricky Williams signs with Toronto Argonauts (Reuters)
Football player Ricky Williams tries on a Toronto Argonauts jersey during a news conference after the CFL team announced William has agreed to play for them in the upcoming 2006 season in Toronto May 28, 2006. Williams, the property of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, was granted permission by the team to play in Canada following a violation of the NFL's substance abuse program. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)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.


Wade leads Heat to brink of finals (Reuters)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket over forward Antonio McDyess (24) of the Detroit Pistons, while guard Lindsey Hunter (10) looks on, during their NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 playoff match-up in Miami, Florida, May 29, 2006. (Jason Arnold/Reuters)Reuters - Dwyane Wade's fourth quarter heroics inspired the Miami Heat to an 89-78 win over the Detroit Pistons and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference final series on Monday.


Angels edge Twins 4-3 in 11 innings (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Orlando Cabrera hits a game-winning single off  Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jesse Crain that scored Chone Figgins in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. on Monday, May 29, 2006. The Angels won 4-3. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)AP - Chone Figgins didn't have to steal a base to set up the winning run. Just taking his lead off first base was enough to unnerve reliever Jesse Crain. Crane's errant pickoff throw allowed Figgins to advance to third and Orlando Cabrera followed with an RBI single on an 0-2 slider in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.


Coach Arena faces position puzzle up front (AP)
U.S. Soccer Team's head coach Bruce Arena leaves the field after practice on Saturday, May 27, 2006 in East Hartford.  The U.S. team meets Latvia on Sunday in theirlast exhibition game before starting World Cup play in Germay. (AP Photo/Bob Child)AP - The goalkeeper has been set for more than a year and the defense fell into place months ago. Now U.S. coach Bruce Arena must figure out the final lineup of his attackers and midfielders for the Americans' World Cup opener against the Czech Republic.


Sabres attempt to pin pressure on 'Canes (AP)
Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (28) checks Carolina Hurricanes' Niclas Wallin (7) of Sweden, during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals, Sunday, May 28, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)AP - Pressure, what pressure? The Sabres trail the Eastern Conference final series 3-2 to Carolina, but Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff did his best Monday to gain a psychological edge.


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 practices with Argonauts (AP)
Ricky Williams is hard at work in the CFL. Clad in shoulder pads, shorts and a blue practice jersey with his new No. 27, the suspended Miami Dolphins running back appeared to be in great shape Monday during his first practice with the Toronto Argonauts. Williams was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2006 season following a fourth positive drug test.

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.

Dwyane's world
Dwyane Wade has made the NBA playoffs his own personal playground. Everyone else is just living in it.

Wade, Heat take 3-1 lead over Pistons (AP)
With the outcome decided, Dwyane Wade strutted toward a swarm of teammates with his right fist clenched and a victorious smile lighting his sweat-drenched face. The night belonged to him and the Miami Heat. With one more win, so will the Eastern Conference crown. Wade scored 12 of his 31 points in the final quarter Monday night, leading a late charge that carried the Heat to an 89-78 win over the...

Suns desperate for offensive spark (AP)
Sporting a small wound over his right eye, Phoenix point guard Steve Nash was backed up against a wall as he met with reporters after practice Monday. That's where Nash's Suns will find themselves if they don't play better in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. They're feeling bruised, but not beaten, after a 95-88 Game 3 loss to Dallas on Sunday left them trailing 2-1.

Saunders: Griping isn't a new problem (AP)
Flip Saunders led the Detroit Pistons to 64 regular-season wins, the most in franchise history, and the best record in the NBA this season. And he almost certainly has come to the realization that those accomplishments won't matter much if the Pistons don't end this season with their second championship in three years.

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.

Sabres try to put pressure on Hurricanes (AP)
Pressure, what pressure? The Sabres trail the Eastern Conference final series 3-2 to Carolina, but Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff did his best Monday to gain a psychological edge. "The pressure falls on them," Ruff said Monday of the top-seeded Hurricanes. "Oh, you'd hate to lose Game 6 and have to play Game 7.

Oilers hope layoff is not too long (AP)
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish is worried that a long break before the Stanley Cup finals could slow down his streaking club. And he has good reason to be concerned. "I have seen how it affected a few of the teams," he said. "Colorado ... even Anaheim. I think the layoff hurt them." The Oilers got into the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 16 years by eliminating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Game...

Canadiens C Koivu's eye injury improving (AP)
Saku Koivu's eye injury is improving, and the Montreal Canadiens are optimistic that their captain will recover in time for training camp. Team doctor David Mulder said Koivu's left eye -- that was struck with a stick during the NHL playoffs -- is healing, and he has been cleared to fly home to Finland.

Carolina G Ward retakes starting spot (AP)
Cam Ward can't go into the tunnel behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench to have a teammate fire off some slapshots when he gets the call to come in and play. He has to be ready as soon as he hits the ice. So far, the rookie goaltender has met the challenge. On Sunday, he was called in again to replace a flat Martin Gerber, who had given up three goals on 11 shots before being sent to the bench with...

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.

WWD: Coca-Cola 600
Kasey Kahne built himself a nice addition to Jimmie Johnson's house on Sunday.

Raising Kahne: Kasey's career is looking up (AP)
Kasey Kahne spent his first two Nextel Cup seasons locked out of the championship chase, failing to meet the lofty expectations placed on one of NASCAR's newest starts.

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.

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