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NEWS FROM 2006-06-06
Brind'Amour's late goal lifts Hurricanes
AP - The Carolina Hurricanes finished off a stirring comeback with the easiest of goals. Now things really get tough for the Edmonton Oilers.
Wie fails in bid to make U.S. Open
AP - Michelle Wie tugged her cap over her face when a 3-foot par putt skimmed over the right edge of the cup, and the 3,500 fans who thought they might witness history gasped and groaned.
Bonds hits No. 716 in Giants' 14-2 rout
AP - A smiling Barry Bonds leaned way back in his clubhouse chair and rested his hands on his head, relaxed and personable after his latest home run. The San Francisco slugger returned home and gave his fans another good show.
Hingis reaches French Open quarterfinals
AP - If it all seems so long ago, that's because it was. Five years since Martina Hingis was last in the French Open quarterfinals, seven years since she was a sobbing, petulant mess while losing in the final of the only major she hasn't won.
Texans hire Broncos' Smith as GM
AP - The Houston Texans hired Rick Smith as general manager on Monday, reuniting the former Denver assistant GM with new coach Gary Kubiak.
Giants WR Jamaar Taylor retires
AP - New York Giants receiver Jamaar Taylor retired Monday after two injury-plagued seasons in the NFL.
Is Shaq a Mavs Masher? They'll find out
AP - Shaquille O'Neal has always given himself colorful, timely nicknames. With his Miami Heat about to open the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks, here's a new one he could consider: The Mavs Masher.
Bonds strikes 716th home run as Giants destroy Marlins
Reuters - Barry Bonds began stalking the
last man in front of him on the all-time home run list by
smacking his 716th career homer as the San Francisco Giants
crushed the Florida Marlins 14-2 on Monday.
Chilly Germany poised to open World Cup
AP - The Ecuadoreans have colds. The Angolans are shivering. Trinidad and Tobago players stuffed their hands deep in their pockets as they took the field for an exhibition game.
Oilers' Roloson knocked out of finals
AP - Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson, who played every minute of Edmonton's surprising playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals, was lost for the rest of the series when he injured his right knee late in Monday night's opening loss to Carolina.
The OK Corral
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys are focused on Terrell Owens' positives, not his negatives. For now, anyway.
Texans hire Broncos' Smith as GM (AP)
The Houston Texans hired Rick Smith as general manager on Monday, reuniting the former Denver assistant GM with new coach Gary Kubiak. Smith becomes the second general manager in Texans history, following Charley Casserly, who resigned following the draft. Casserly is considered the front-runner to become the NFL's vice president for football operations, succeeding Art Shell, who left to become...
Packers QB Favre a no-show for workout (AP)
Brett Favre was an unexpected no-show for the Green Bay Packers' voluntary workout Monday morning. But it wasn't immediately clear whether Favre's absence was a big deal -- or simply a case of coaches not wanting to overwork their star quarterback so early in the offseason. Favre was present for last week's voluntary workouts, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last week that he expected Favre to...
Titans not expecting McNair this week (AP)
Steve McNair won the right to work out on Tennessee's property. When, or if, that will happen is still unknown. The Titans are in the second week of a two-week sabbatical for their coaches, so few people are around the team's headquarters. But McNair's agent said Monday that the team sent a letter, saying the quarterback will have to pass a physical before he can come back.
Giants WR Jamaar Taylor retires (AP)
New York Giants receiver Jamaar Taylor retired Monday after two injury-plagued seasons in the NFL. "We respect Jamaar's decision, but we are really sorry to see this," general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "I thought he was an outstanding prospect and played very well for us when he was healthy." A sixth-round draft choice in 2004, Taylor played in 13 games in his two seasons with the Giants.
Pats to deal WR Bethel Johnson to Saints (AP)
The New England Patriots traded wide receiver Bethel Johnson to the New Orleans Saints for defensive lineman Johnathan Sullivan on Monday as both teams gave up on high draft picks who fell short of expectations. The deal was contingent upon approval by the NFL, Patriots executive director of media relations Stacey James said.
Bengals WR Henry faces DUI charges (AP)
Bengals receiver Chris Henry was charged with speeding and drunken driving early Sunday, his third scrape with the law since December. Henry registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.092 on a breath test and was clocked at 82 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone, said Sgt. Craig Cvetan, a State Highway Patrol spokesman.
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...
PHOENIX – The Suns' hope for a Game 7 ended when Josh Howard's defense took Steve Nash out of Game 6.
Ailing Wade, Payton miss Heat practice (AP)
With the start of the NBA finals drawing closer, the Miami Heat practiced Monday without guards Dwyane Wade and Gary Payton because of illness. Wade was with the team for pre-practice meetings Monday before leaving to see a physician because of a flu-like virus that he's been fighting since Friday. He was briefly hospitalized hours before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals because of...
Heat begin preparing for Mavericks (AP)
The Miami Heat hit rock bottom on a February night in Texas, courtesy of a 36-point pounding inflicted by the Dallas Mavericks. Pat Riley called it painful. Shaquille O'Neal was embarrassed. Others used much saltier terms. "I wasn't thinking about the world championship that night, let me tell you," Riley said.
Big deal in Big D: Mavs make NBA finals (AP)
Like most longtime Dallas Mavericks fans, Mark Cuban remembers the bad old days, when "postseason play" meant being part of the draft lottery. Boy, how times have changed. Injected with Cuban's cash, Dirk Nowitzki's jumper and Avery Johnson's leadership, the Mavs are headed to the NBA finals for the first time, starting Thursday night at home against the Miami Heat.
Dumars wants same nucleus for Pistons (AP)
Joe Dumars hopes to take his chances at competing for a title next year with the top six players the Detroit Pistons have had the past two seasons. If Detroit is able to re-sign Ben Wallace, an unrestricted free agent, the Pistons president of basketball operations said he expects to keep the team's nucleus intact to make another run after falling short of the NBA finals for the first time since...
Wade first '03 star to play for title (AP)
The comparisons leave Dwyane Wade sheepish. He knows they're almost inevitable, though. Wade hails from Chicago, grew up a Bulls fan. A Bulls jersey with the number 23 hangs in his arena. His acrobatic, high-flying moves are reminiscent of a certain six-time NBA champion. His body is sleek, muscular. And he has that uncanny knack of taking games over when his team needs it most.
Mavs have tough task with O'Neal (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal has always given himself colorful, timely nicknames. With his Miami Heat about to open the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks, here's a new one he could consider: The Mavs Masher. He certainly has the numbers to back it up. Over 36 career games against Dallas, O'Neal has averaged 29.3 points.
Suns say they're close to winning title (AP)
For the second year in a row, the Phoenix Suns cleaned out their lockers after watching another team celebrate a trip to the NBA finals on the Suns' home floor. And for the second year in a row, the Suns head into the summer convinced that they aren't far from winning the 38-year-old franchise's first NBA title.
One and done?
Edmonton saw its starting goalie skate off with an injury Monday. Did its Cup hopes follow him out the door?
Giveaway gives Hurricanes win in Game 1 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes finished off a stirring comeback with the easiest of goals. Now things really get tough for the Edmonton Oilers. Rod Brind'Amour scored off a flukey mistake with 31.1 seconds remaining when Edmonton's backup goalie botched an exchange behind the net, and the Hurricanes rallied to beat the Oilers 5-4 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night.
Roloson to miss rest of Cup finals (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers' other goalies are about to get a whole lot busier. Backups no more, either Ty Conklin or Jussi Markkanen will have to step in for No. 1 netminder Dwayne Roloson, who was knocked out of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night with an injured right knee. Roloson, who played every minute of Edmonton's surprising playoff run, went down in the third period of a 5-4 loss to Carolina.
Pronger nets first finals penalty shot (AP)
Edmonton's Chris Pronger scored the first penalty shot goal in Stanley Cup finals history when he beat Carolina goalie Cam Ward in the series opener on Monday night. It was the first try of Pronger's 12-year NHL career, and what a time for it. The defenseman took the attempt after Hurricanes counterpart Niclas Wallin covered a loose puck in the crease with his right hand during a wild scramble.
Whitney ignites Carolina's comeback (AP)
The Hurricanes were sluggish, trailing and running out of time. Carolina's home crowd, rowdy from the start, was losing steam. Ray Whitney gave them two reasons to get loud again. The 14-year veteran scored a pair of goals early in the third period, erasing the Edmonton Oilers' three-goal lead and providing a spark the Hurricanes sorely needed in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night.
Rookie G Ward comes up big for 'Canes (AP)
Cam Ward added another impressive performance to a growing list in his first NHL playoffs with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. The rookie finished with 34 saves -- including a pair of stops on close-in shots by Shawn Horcoff in the third period -- to help the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Rutherford saw ups and downs with 'Canes (AP)
Jim Rutherford found a parking lot party he simply couldn't pass up. The former NHL goalie-turned-general manager has seen many ups and downs with the Carolina Hurricanes franchise that moved in a hurry from Hartford, Conn., and tried to set up shop in multiple areas in the heart of ACC basketball country.
Former Islanders star in Cup finals (AP)
Peter Laviolette and Michael Peca believed they could take a small-market team to the Stanley Cup finals. Both have had a big hand in doing it, only it's not the New York Islanders playing for the championship. And instead of working as partners, they are opponents on hockey's biggest stage. Edmonton Oilers vs.
WWD: Neighborhood Excellence 400
Dover isn't quite big enough for 43 drivers, but it fit Matt Kenseth just fine on Sunday.
Bill Elliott to drive three races for Toyota this season (AP)
Bill Elliott will run three races this season for Red Bull Racing as a warmup for its 2007 debut as one of Toyota's initial teams.
NASCAR takes playing hurt to a new level (AP)
Ricky Rudd once had to duct tape his swollen eyes open to race. Davey Allison, driving with a broken hand, had to glue Velcro onto his cast and the steering wheel so he could grip it.
Kenseth rallies with three laps left to win at Dover (AP)
One day after turning 30, Jamie McMurray came close to giving himself the perfect belated birthday gift: a trip to Victory Lane.
Kenseth wins NASCAR Neighborhood Excellence 400 (SportsTicker)
Stewart needs Rudd after 38 laps at Dover (AP)
Tony Stewart said he's ready to go 500 miles at Pocono.
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.