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Terry sparks Mavs past Heat in Game 1 (AP)
Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) reacts to a three-point shot he made against the Miami Heat in the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 1 of the NBA Basketball finals in Dallas, Thursday, June 8, 2006. Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) is at left.(AP Photo/L.M. Otero)AP - The stars struggled, and then they disappeared. Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade — three of the sport's best couldn't take control in the fourth quarter of the NBA finals' Game 1.


Schilling stymies Yankees for 9th win (AP)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of baseball action Thursday, June 8, 2006 at New York's Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - For Curt Schilling, his ninth victory of the season Thursday night was another strange outing. Eight innings pitched, four hits allowed, three of them home runs in a 9-3 Boston victory over the New York Yankees.


Grimsley released day after steroid search (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jason Grimsley, in this 2006 file photo, is being looked at by authorities who cracked the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid scandal according to court documents unsealed Tuesday, June 6, 2006. Federal investigators said Grimsley initially cooperated in the probe, but withdrew his assistance in April after which he was alleged to have made 'extensive statements' about illegal drug use, 'for the purpose of performance enhancement,' according to court documents. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - Federal agents tried to pressure Jason Grimsley into wearing a wire during private conversations with other players to gather incriminating evidence against Barry Bonds, an attorney for the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said.


2nd dancer: Rape allegations a 'crock' (AP)
Duke University's new interim men's lacrosse head coach Kevin Cassese addresses the media in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus Tuesday, June 6, 2006 in Durham, N.C. Seated at right is Athletic Director Joseph Alleva. (AP Photo/Stan Gilliland)AP - A second stripper in the Duke University rape case told police early in their investigation that the accuser was out of her sight for only five minutes that night and that her allegations were a "crock," according to a court papers filed Thursday.


Rogers settles down, puts away White Sox (AP)
Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco, right, celebrates with teammate Ivan Rodriguez after hitting a two-run home run against Chicago White Sox during the third inning of a baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field, Thursday, June 8, 2006 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)AP - Kenny Rogers settled down after a shaky start to retire 17 straight in seven strong innings, and Marcus Thames homered to cap a four-run sixth Thursday night as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 to stay atop the AL Central.


McNair lands in Baltimore and sets high goals (Reuters)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair (L) avoids a high diving Indianapolis Colts' Raheem Brock (R) during a game in Indianapolis, December 4, 2005. McNair was introduced as the Baltimore Ravens new quarterback on Thursday and immediately set himself the goal of taking his new team to the Super Bowl. (John Sommers II/Reuters)Reuters - Steve McNair was introduced as the Baltimore Ravens new quarterback on Thursday and immediately set himself the goal of taking his new team to the Super Bowl.


Terry rallies Mavericks past Heat in finals opener (Reuters)
Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (L) goes to the basket against Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (R) during first half action in Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals in Dallas, Texas June 8, 2006. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)Reuters - Guard Jason Terry had 12 of his game-high 32 points in the final quarter to rally the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-80 victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA finals opener on Thursday.


Break up to Royals! K.C. scores 16 in win (AP)
Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus (9) celebrates with teammate John Buck (14) after they scored on Doug Mientkiewicz's double during the seventh inning of a baseball against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, June 8, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 16-12. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)AP - Royals manager Buddy Bell has seen a lot during a dismal first part of the season for Kansas City. He didn't know what to make of this one.


Razov scores twice to lift Chivas USA (AP)
Chivas USA's Ante Razov, left is greeted by teammates after scoring against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half of an MLS soccer match Thursday, June 8, 2006, in Carson, Calif. Chivas won 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Ante Razov scored two early goals in a six-minute span to lift Chivas USA to a 2-1 victory Thursday night over Los Angeles in the debut of new Galaxy coach Frank Yallop.


Carolina old-timers hope to sip from cup (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Rod Brind'Amour (17) shoots on Edmonton Oilers' goalie Jussi Markkanen, of Finland, during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey finals on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C. Carolina won 5-0. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - After the Carolina Hurricanes squandered their first chance to reach the Stanley Cup finals, the old-timers decided to pass along a bit of advice to the younger guys.


Diamonds in the rough
Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks tops the list of potential candidates for the July 13 supplemental draft.

Air McNair ready to fly with Ravens (AP)
Steve McNair believes joining the Baltimore Ravens will enable him to wrap up his NFL career with a pretty little bow. Introduced as the Ravens' starting quarterback Thursday after being traded from the Tennessee Titans, McNair said, "I think this is a place we can win Super Bowls. That is the missing piece out of my career." The Ravens, similarly, consider McNair to be the missing piece in their...

Titans get cap space, Volek new starter (AP)
Goodbye Steve McNair, hello Billy Volek as the Titans' new starting quarterback. And yes, rookie Vince Young will get his chance to play this season, too. "Let's face it. You're going to see (No.) 10 on the field this year," coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday. "Where and when and how, I can't be specific, but you're going to see him on the field at some time." The Tennessee Titans wished McNair well on...

Cowher criticizes first-rounder Holmes (AP)
Steelers coach Bill Cowher on Thursday criticized No. 1 draft pick Santonio Holmes for his arrest last month in Miami, but said he will not hold the incident against the former Ohio State receiver. Holmes, who missed four weeks of coaching sessions due to NCAA regulations, was arrested in South Beach for disorderly conduct during a Memorial Day weekend crackdown by local authorities.

Favre returns to practice for Packers (AP)
Brett Favre was back on the field Tuesday, a day after being held out of a voluntary practice. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he planned to hold the quarterback out of Monday's practice all along -- despite comments last week that led most to believe Favre would take part in all four practices this week.

Lewis: Henry, Nicholson shamed Bengals (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday that he let two players know they've disgraced the team with their off-field legal problems. "I told the people that yes, you embarrass us as an organization, myself, and the coaches when these things occur," Lewis said of rookie linebacker A.J. Nicholson and second-year receiver Chris Henry.

Rams' Faulk won't take part in minicamp (AP)
St. Louis running back Marshall Faulk won't be taking part in this weekend's mini-camp as he recovers from offseason surgery on both knees, the Rams said Thursday. A representative for Faulk told the Rams he is unable to practice and has been undergoing rehabilitation in California. His condition is being evaluated.

Giants sign TE Boo Williams (AP)
The New York Giants on Thursday signed former New Orleans Saints tight end Boo Williams and waived tight end Matt Kranchick. Williams missed the 2005 season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game and was released by the Saints in February. During the four previous seasons with the Saints, he caught 107 passes for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Makes and Misses: The Finals analysis
How can Dallas handle Shaq and Dwyane Wade? Who on the Heat can stay with Dirk Nowitzki? Readers want to know.

Terry leads Mavs by Heat 90-80 in Game 1 (AP)
The stars struggled, and then they disappeared. Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade -- three of the sport's best couldn't take control in the fourth quarter of the NBA finals' Game 1. So the Dallas Mavericks climbed aboard their Jet: Jason Terry, with a soaring grace befitting his nickname, found the basket just enough to push his error-prone club past the erratic Miami Heat, 90-80...

Back in NBA finals, O'Neal struggles (AP)
All season long, Miami center Shaquille O'Neal has repeated the same refrain when asked about his free-throw shooting. "I'll make them," O'Neal always said, "when it counts." It counted Thursday night, and he didn't. O'Neal will hardly savor his return to the NBA finals, as he misfired on eight of nine free-throw attempts and finished with 17 points in Miami's 90-80 Game 1 loss to the Dallas...

Dallas wins without big Nowitzki game (AP)
When Dirk Nowitzki struggles, so do the Dallas Mavericks -- usually. Game 1 of the NBA finals was a good time to make an exception. Nowitzki made only 4 of 14 shots Thursday night and scored 16 points, his second-fewest of the postseason -- none in the fourth quarter. "You didn't see the real Dirk tonight," coach Avery Johnson said.

Elaborate pregame gets finals underway (AP)
Giant replica NBA championship trophies were set up at either end of the floor. A plume of thin smoke hovered about, residue from the fireworks. The show went so long that Dirk Nowitzki did some shooting midway through the spectacle, just to stay loose. Indeed, the NBA finals opened in festive fashion.

Wade still hurting, will play in Game 1 (AP)
Dwyane Wade headed toward the practice floor Wednesday carrying his basketball sneakers in his right hand, a box of tissues in his left. And for good measure, he sniffled a bit. Wade is hurting as these NBA finals loom, still suffering from a sinus infection that's bothered him for several days. But Miami's leading scorer insists he'll be ready when the NBA finals between the Heat and the Dallas...

NBA finals foes Shaq, Cuban are friends (AP)
A few months after dot-com billionaire Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks, Shaquille O'Neal brought up the newest NBA owner during a talk at an Internet convention. "Mark Cuban is my hero," O'Neal told the audience. Cuban still grins at the memory. "I have a video to prove it," he said. O'Neal and Cuban struck up their relationship in the summer of 2000 and have developed a pretty good bond for...

Dallas a sudden basketball hotbed (AP)
June in this part of Texas usually means wall-to-wall TV and newspaper coverage of the latest minor development in the Dallas Cowboys' offseason as fans count the days until "America's Team" begins training camp. This year? Not so much. With the NBA's Mavericks beginning their first league championship series Thursday night against Miami, Dallas is suddenly a basketball-crazed town.

An easy mark
It would be convenient to blame Edmonton's 5-0 loss in Game 2 on Jussi Markkanen. Convenient – but wrong.

Isles name Neil Smith GM, Nolan coach (AP)
The New York Islanders are staking their immediate future on two men who have spent the last several years away from the NHL. The team introduced new general manager Neil Smith and head coach Ted Nolan on Thursday, and also announced the hiring of former Islanders Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine as a senior adviser to owner Charles Wang.

'Canes old-timers seeking sip from Cup (AP)
After the Carolina Hurricanes squandered their first chance to reach the Stanley Cup finals, the old-timers decided to pass along a bit of advice to the younger guys. Don't take anything for granted. Don't assume this will happen every year. Don't waste the opportunity. "It doesn't matter whether you're 21 or 31," said Hurricanes captain Rob Brind'Amour, who's 35.

Hurricanes gladly travel west again (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes' 5-hour flight to western Canada on Thursday was their first venture outside the Eastern time zone in six months. The Southeastern Division champions faced Pacific Division teams on the road this season and took care of all those games during one week in December. After starting the six-game trip with an overtime win at Atlanta, the Hurricanes headed west.

Markkanen, Oilers play shaky Game 2 (AP)
Jussi Markkanen stumbled behind the net and then nearly fell in his crease. Everyone expected the Edmonton Oilers' new No. 1 goalie to be rusty. Why his teammates were just as shaky is anyone's guess. Markkanen went from the shadows to the spotlight in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night as he replaced injured goalie Dwayne Roloson, but the Oilers were steamrolled 5-0 by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Power play sparking Hurricanes in finals (AP)
Two games into the Stanley Cup finals, the Carolina Hurricanes' power play has turned a too-close-to-call matchup between special teams into a landslide. The Hurricanes scored three goals with the man advantage to overwhelm Edmonton's previously stingy penalty kill in a 5-0 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night, giving the special-teams edge to Carolina for the second straight game.

Owner: Carolina plans to keep Laviolette (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes would be willing to match any offer to keep coach Peter Laviolette when his contract expires, team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said Wednesday. "I don't have any conceivable reason why he wouldn't be back," Karmanos said shortly before the Hurricanes faced Edmonton in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Frequent flyers
Buschwhackers face a different challenge this weekend far away from Pocono, while the trucks are in Texas.

Skinner earns another Texas pole (AP)
Mike Skinner set a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record Thursday night with his fourth consecutive pole victory at Texas Motor Speedway.

Skinner wins pole for NCTS Sam's Town 400 (SportsTicker)

Vickers tells Hendrick he wants to look for another ride (AP)
Brian Vickers asked for and received permission from Hendrick Motorsports to look for a new ride, and Casey Mears was in line to replace him Thursday after informing car owner Chip Ganassi he won't be returning next year.

NASCAR reinstates Grubb (AP)
NASCAR on Wednesday reinstated driver Kevin Grubb, who had been suspended since failing a drug test in 2004.

Scientologists, start your engines: Dianetics to sponsor race team (AP)
Race fans, let the couch-jumping begin.

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.

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