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NEWS FROM 2006-06-04
Mavericks beat Suns, advance to NBA finals
AP - The Mavericks made a habit of clinching playoff series on the road, and this was their biggest yet. Now Dallas is headed to the NBA finals for the first time in the franchise's 26-year history. Dirk Nowitzki shook off an awful start to lead a Mavericks' second-half comeback that beat the Phoenix Suns 102-93 on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals 4-2.
After 26 years, Mavs make it to NBA finals
AP - They were once the model franchise. Then they were the Mav-wrecks. Now they're headed to the NBA finals for the first time. In their 26th season, the Dallas Mavericks finally headed to the championship round, thanks to an impressive 102-93 comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night that ended the Western Conference finals in six games.
Jones wins 100; Defar sets world record
AP - Marion Jones faced less than perfect conditions in her first race on American soil in more than a year.
Mets win nightcap, split DH with Giants
AP - Pinch-runner Lastings Milledge scored with a nifty slide in the 11th inning on Chris Woodward's shallow sacrifice fly, and the New York Mets edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night to split a long, soggy doubleheader.
Easley hits 3 HR as D-Backs sweep Braves
AP - Damion Easley hit three home runs and finished with a career-high seven RBIs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 13-9 Saturday night, completing a doubleheader sweep.
Nicholson arrested, charged with theft
AP - Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Nicholson was charged Saturday with burglarizing the apartment of a former Florida State teammate.
Shaq leads Heat to NBA championship round
AP - Dwyane Wade was in the hospital, and Shaunie O'Neal was rightly concerned. The biggest game of the Miami Heat's season — maybe the biggest in franchise history — was only hours away. Wade, the team's leading scorer, had IVs pumping fluids into his body, the Detroit Pistons' confidence was growing by the second, and memories of Miami's missed chance in 2005 crept into her head.
Duke, Paulino help Pirates beat Padres 6-4
AP - Zach Duke pitched seven strong innings and Ronny Paulino drove in three runs to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Insurance goals help Chivas USA top Rapids
AP - Ante Razov scored in the 24th minute and Francisco Mendoza and Juan Francisco Palencia added late insurance goals as Chivas USA beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 Saturday night.
Midseason trades paying off for 'Canes
AP - They play fewer minutes and score fewer goals than they typically have during their long NHL careers.
Pass the Mike
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Being the Lions' offensive coordinator isn't stopping Mike Martz from talking like a head coach.
Smiles usher in Owens era in Dallas (AP)
Terrell Owens returned Friday to his two favorite places: the football field and the spotlight. Entering the locker room before his first formal workout with the Dallas Cowboys, Owens smiled wide when he saw the throng of cameras and reporters waiting for him. He excused himself to get some lip balm, smeared it on, then kept grinning throughout a 15-minute chat that might still be going on if a...
Seven yards for Williams in CFL debut (AP)
Ricky Williams looked less like an NFL rushing champion and every bit like a running back less than a week into training camp with a new team. The former Miami Dolphins star was held to just 7 yards on four carries in his first CFL game Friday night as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Toronto Argonauts 31-3 in the exhibition opener for both clubs.
Jets' Chrebet officially retires (AP)
When Wayne Chrebet showed up for his first day of training camp, a security guard stopped him, incredulous that he would have any business on a football field. It was 1995, and Chrebet was an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra, hoping to make it with the team that practiced across the street from where he spent his college days.
Redskins S Taylor avoids jail (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor reached an agreement with prosecutors to drop felony charges against him and pleaded no contest Thursday to two misdemeanors in an assault case, avoiding any jail time that might have derailed his NFL career. The deal calls for Taylor to be placed on 18 months' probation, talk about the importance of education at 10 Miami-Dade County schools and contribute...
Bengals LB Nicholson arrested, charged (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Nicholson was charged Saturday with burglarizing the apartment of a former Florida State teammate. The 21-year-old Nicholson also was charged with grand theft and vandalism. He was being held at the Leon County jail on $16,000 bond, with a first appearance before a judge scheduled Monday, a spokesman with the Sheriff's office said.
Plummer pleads not guilty to road rage (AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer pleaded not guilty Thursday to municipal charges in a road rage dispute. The plea, entered by his attorney Harvey Steinberg, allows Plummer to skip a hearing scheduled for Friday. A trial date has not been set, Steinberg said. Plummer was issued a summons to face a misdemeanor violation of "injure or destroy property," similar to criminal mischief under state...
Brunell breaks finger, out 2-3 weeks (AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell has a small fracture in his left index finger and is expected to miss two to three weeks of offseason workouts. Brunell was hurt during a workout earlier this week, but the team did not announce the injury until Friday. Because Brunell is left-handed, he will have to sit out most of the remaining spring practices, although he might return in time for the...
The Big Prophet
Shaquille O'Neal is four wins away from making good on his promise to bring a championship to Miami.
Nowitzki rallies Mavericks into finals (AP)
Avery Johnson put the "D" in Dallas. Then the coach put the Mavericks in the NBA finals for the first time in the franchise's 26-year history. Dirk Nowitzki shook off an awful start and the Mavericks' defense shut down Phoenix in a second-half comeback, beating the Suns 102-93 on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals 4-2.
Shaq four wins away from fourth title (AP)
Dwyane Wade was in the hospital, and Shaunie O'Neal was rightly concerned. The biggest game of the Miami Heat's season -- maybe the biggest in franchise history -- was only hours away. Wade, the team's leading scorer, had IVs pumping fluids into his body, the Detroit Pistons' confidence was growing by the second, and memories of Miami's missed chance in 2005 crept into her head.
Mavericks reach finals for first time (AP)
They were once the model franchise. Then they were the Mav-wrecks. Now they're headed to the NBA finals for the first time. In their 26th season, the Dallas Mavericks finally headed to the championship round, thanks to an impressive 102-93 comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night that ended the Western Conference finals in six games.
Bell not a factor as Suns are eliminated (AP)
Phoenix guard Raja Bell played the last three games of the Western Conference finals on one leg. The Suns lost two of them, including a 102-93 season-ending loss to Dallas in Game 6 on Saturday night. "It's pretty disappointing, man," said Bell, who partially tore his left calf. "What can you do? You go out and you give it your best, and if it's not good enough, you've got to accept the fact that you...
Shaq carries Heat into first NBA finals (AP)
There was no champagne. Not yet, anyway. After an offseason of often-criticized changes Pat Riley made to surround his superstars with more talent, the Miami Heat broke through to new heights -- and have no intention to stop climbing now. "The job," Shaquille O'Neal said, "is not done." Ah, but there's only one more step -- the NBA Finals, where the Heat are headed for the first time.
Pistons hope title runs will continue (AP)
Coat hangers clanging in the Detroit Pistons' locker room provided just about the only sound shortly after the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions were dethroned by Miami. The Pistons won a league-high and franchise-record 64 games during the regular season, had four All-Stars for the first time in franchise history, and were favored to win a title for the second time in three years.
The thin blueline
Buffalo never had a chance in Thursday's Game 7 – if you believe the injury report.
Acquiring Roloson pays off for Oilers (AP)
Dwayne Roloson is playing like a rookie goalie, and the Edmonton Oilers couldn't be happier. Roloson's travels have taken him around the NHL and to the Stanley Cup finals once before. He was a backup with the 1999 Buffalo Sabres, but now is the workhorse for the Oilers, who have made it the championship round largely because of him.
'Canes getting Weight, Recchi proves big (AP)
They play fewer minutes and score fewer goals than they typically have during their long NHL careers. Not that Doug Weight and Mark Recchi feel much like complaining these days. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired both players in midseason trades, though they weren't looking for stars or 40-goal scorers.
McKee recovering from leg infection (AP)
A serious leg infection forced Jay McKee to miss the Buffalo Sabres' final game Thursday, but the defenseman was walking around Saturday as players cleaned out their lockers. McKee was given intravenous antibiotics every four hours to fight the strange infection on his shin. The Sabres lost 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Sabres emerge with bright future (AP)
B. Thomas Golisano cracked a wide smile making his way through the gloom of the Buffalo Sabres' locker room shortly after the team's remarkable playoff run had ended. Amid the players' tears, banged-up bodies and the subdued packing of bags, the Sabres owner saw something that few in the room had yet realized: A bright future.
Chelios signs, Wings waiting on Yzerman (AP)
The NHL's oldest player has at least another season in him. Chris Chelios signed a one-year contract Wednesday with the Detroit Red Wings. He will be a 45-year-old defenseman next year in the middle of his eighth season with the team and 23rd in the league. The three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman played in 81 games last season and had a plus-22 rating.
Bryan Trottier back with Islanders (AP)
Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier is coming back to the New York Islanders to serve as executive director of player development. Trottier, who starred on New York's four straight Stanley Cup championship teams in the 1980s and holds several club records, was hired Thursday by the team he separated from once his playing career ended.
Revenues to surpass projections by $300M (AP)
NHL revenues will surpass initial projections by some $300 million, the players' association told agents during a meeting on Wednesday. NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin met with 115 agents during a nine-hour gathering and provided good news to the player representatives. The final numbers won't be tallied until the end of June, but league-wide revenues will likely exceed $2.1 billion, easily...
Secret of their success
DOVER, Del. – Teams are becoming bound to the coil binding setup, but not all drivers are fans.
Krohn Racing wins six-hour Rolex race at Watkins Glen (AP)
Jorg Bergmeister pulled away from Alex Gurney on a restart with just over six minutes left to win the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. The restart in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race, which was plagued by intermittent rain, came after the eighth caution.
Burton wins Busch Stonebridgeracing.com 200 (SportsTicker)
Burton charges from 36th to win Busch race at Dover (AP)
Jeff Burton had the biggest come-from-behind win ever in a Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway, overcoming a 36th-place starting position for his second victory of the season Saturday.
Stewart ready to test injured shoulder in race (AP)
Tony Stewart climbed into his No. 20 Chevrolet without a hitch during practice. Getting out without hurting his broken shoulder blade or losing much time in a race could be a problem.
Bourdais claims oval pole in bid for fourth win in a row (AFP)
Sebastien Bourdais, seeking his fourth consecutive victory to open the Champ-car season, captured pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Milwaukee 225.
Not many things going right for Johnson so far in Dover (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's spot at the top of the Nextel Cup points standings is about the only thing going right for him at Dover.
Rudd looks to shoulder the road for injured Stewart (AP)
DOVER, Del. – Ricky Rudd was NASCAR's "Iron Man," leaving a legacy as the most durable driver in the sport.
Martin wins truck race at Dover (AP)
No wonder Mark Martin wants to run the full Craftsman Truck Series schedule so badly. He's having a blast racking up the wins.