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Suns easily handle Mavs in Game 5 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash drives for the basket against the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter of Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference finals basketball game Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)AP - Raja Bell is back, and so are the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Bell supplied the grit with a surprise start despite a slightly torn calf muscle, and his teammates took care of the offense in a 106-86 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.


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Astros still want to sign Clemens (AP)
Roger Clemens, right, shakes hands with his son Koby Clemens (27) during a Houston Astros minor league mini camp in Kissimmee, Fla., in February, 2006 in this file photo. There is some speculation that Clemens will soon re-sign with the Astros. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)AP - The Houston Astros still want to re-sign Roger Clemens, though his agent and the team said Tuesday that there is no deal.


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Sabres stay alive with overtime win (AP)
Buffalo Sabres' J.P. Dumont (17) celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Daniel Briere in front of Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference hockey finals in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday, May 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)AP - Daniel Briere and the Buffalo Sabres are headed South — for a Game 7.


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Yanks get 5 in 11th to defeat Tigers (AP)
New York Yankees designated hitter Jason Giambi celebrates his solo home run in the eleventh inning with catcher Jorge Posada during their Major League Baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, May 30, 2006.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - Mariano Rivera pitched three innings in the regular season for the first time in almost 10 years, and Jason Giambi ended a homer drought that lasted almost a month.


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Sabathia strikes again: Tribe down ChiSox (AP)
Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia celebrates after striking out Chicago White Sox's Brian Anderson in the sixth inning of baseball action, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Cleveland. Sabathia pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. The Indians won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)AP - There's no denying he has been bigger — much bigger. But never has C.C. Sabathia been better. Sabathia finished a marvelous May by working six solid innings and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.


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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.


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Bell on song as Suns close down Nowitzki and Mavs (Reuters)
Reuters - An inspired Raja Bell was back from injury and Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 24 points as the Phoenix Suns thrashed the Dallas Mavericks 106-86 on Tuesday, leveling their Western Conference final at 2-2.

Royals edge Athletics 8-7 in 10 innings (AP)
Kansas City Royals' Mark Grudzielanek follows through on his RBI-single off of Oakland Athletics' Matt Roney in the 10th inning of an MLB baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 30, 2006. The Royals won 8-7. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - The Oakland Athletics lost two infielders and then another one-run game, not to mention their second straight defeat to lowly Kansas City.


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Germans struggle in warmup against Japan (AP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action during an exhibition soccer match between Argentina and Angola in Salerno, southern Italy, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in view of the forthcoming 2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany. Argentina will play in the group 'C' with Ivory Coast, Serbia and Montenegro and The Netherlands; Angola will play in group 'D' with Portugal, Mexico and Iran.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)AP - Argentina, England, the Czech Republic and Tunisia got ready for the World Cup with victories in warmup games Tuesday.


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Gretzky agrees to 5-year deal with Coyotes (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, left, speaks to his players during the first period of the Coyotes' first home game of the season, against the Minnesota Wild in this Oct. 8, 2005 file photo in Glendale, Ariz. Gretzky has agreed to a five-year deal to remain coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, a team official told The Associated Press on Tuesday night, May 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)AP - Wayne Gretzky has agreed to a five-year deal to remain coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, a team official told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.


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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.

Vikings hire Spielman as personnel chief (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings hired Rick Spielman as vice president for player personnel Tuesday, four months after passing on him in favor of the now-fired Fran Foley. Spielman, an ESPN analyst and former Miami Dolphins GM, interviewed for the opening when it was first created in January, but the Vikings elected to go with Foley.

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.

Ex-Boston Patriots captain Sardisco dies (AP)
Tony Sardisco, the former Tulane lineman who captained the AFL's Boston Patriots in the early 1960s, died Sunday. He was 73. Sardisco died of a massive heart attack at his home in Shreveport, daughter Madeleine Bergeron said. "Everyone is going to miss him greatly. He was the most wonderful friend, coach, uncle, husband, father, teacher, mentor anyone could ever have," Bergeron said.

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.

Answering the Bell
PHOENIX – Thought to be down for the count, Raja Bell shook off a calf injury to spark the Suns.

Suns run away from Mavs, tie series at 2 (AP)
Raja Bell is back, and so are the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Bell supplied the grit with a surprise start despite a slightly torn calf muscle, and his teammates took care of the offense in a 106-86 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. "Well, I guess we're not done yet," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

John Nash out as Trail Blazers GM (AP)
John Nash will not be back as general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, who finished with the worst record in the NBA this season. The Trail Blazers released a statement late Tuesday that said Nash's contract, due to expire in a month, will not be extended for next season. President Steve Patterson will serve as interim general manager.

Resilient Pistons face another deficit (AP)
The Detroit Pistons haven't looked like themselves. "Our mojo has kind of disappeared," coach Flip Saunders said. Even if Detroit finds the intangible it's missing before hosting the Miami Heat on Wednesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, it might not matter because: -- Dwyane Wade appears to be unstoppable driving to the basket.

Mavs' Nowitzki struggles in Game 4 loss (AP)
Phoenix guard Steve Nash said the Suns had a simple plan to stop Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday night. "We just decided before the game that we were going to shut him out," Nash said with a chuckle. The Suns didn't do that, but they did the next best thing, limiting the Mavericks' leading scorer to a season-low 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting from the floor in a 106-86 victory.

Rockets president, CEO Postolos resigns (AP)
Houston Rockets president and CEO George Postolos is resigning to form a company to help investment groups acquire sports franchises. Postolos' resignation will take effect on June 30, ending eight seasons with the Rockets. He's worked in the NBA for 10 years, but felt the time was right to move on. "It's a great time to be out and about, looking for sports properties," Postolos said Tuesday.

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.

Celtics C Perkins has shoulder surgery (AP)
Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of next season. Perkins was hurt last week while working out at the team's practice facility in Waltham. He dislocated the same shoulder late in practice Feb. 8 and sat out 13 games before returning March 12 in a 106-101 win over Denver in Boston.

Oh boy, Danny
Daniel Briere forced just the second Game 7 of this playoff season with an overtime game-winner Tuesday.

Sabres force Game 7 with overtime win (AP)
All Sabres center Daniel Briere wanted was to get his shot past the diving Carolina defensemen. Then he saw the red light, heard the crowd cheer and suddenly: Game 7. Briere scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime, his snap shot from the left circle dribbling in off goalie Cam Ward's glove, to give Buffalo a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

Coyotes, Gretzky agree to five-year deal (AP)
Despite a disappointing debut season as an NHL coach, Wayne Gretzky has decided to remain behind the Phoenix Coyotes' bench. Gretzky agreed to a five-year deal to remain coach of the Coyotes, a team official told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The Coyotes have called a Wednesday news conference to announce the deal.

Oilers getting ready for Stanley Cup (AP)
Ask Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Peca what it was like to lose the Stanley Cup to the Dallas Stars on a disputed goal in Game 6 of the 1999 finals and his smile quickly evaporates from his face. His teeth grind and his eyes narrow, his strong jaw hardens. Seven years later, the pain of Brett Hull's disputed goal in triple overtime still feels fresh.

Sabres D Numminen returns for Game 6 (AP)
Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen returned after missing four games with a groin injury to play against Carolina on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. His return came when Buffalo faced elimination for the first time this postseason, down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Numminen bolstered a defense that was without three regulars, Henrik Tallinder, who broke his left arm in...

Cup finals begin Monday at East winner (AP)
Either the Carolina Hurricanes or Buffalo Sabres will host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in the Stanley Cup finals opener. The NHL announced the schedule for its championship round Tuesday, just hours before the Hurricanes and Sabres faced off in Buffalo for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Buffalo earned a 2-1 victory in overtime to force a deciding seventh game back in Raleigh, N.C., on...

Koivu's eye injury showing improvement (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.

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.

Season flip
CONCORD, N.C. – After early struggles, Carl Edwards is back on track.

Stewart does not need surgery on injured right shoulder (SportsTicker)
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Tony Stewart's injured right shoulder apparently will not require surgery. But the reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion may not be visiting Victory Lane for a while.

NASCAR pleased with COT test (AP)
NASCAR officials are closer to a final design on their ``Car of Tomorrow'' after a successful test session Tuesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Stewart expected to start Sunday's race in Delaware (AP)
There is no disabled list in NASCAR, where playing hurt is mandatory -- even for defending series champion Tony Stewart.

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.

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