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Hurricanes win, on cusp of Stanley Cup (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Rod Brind'Amour, center, and Justin Williams (11) celebrate a goal by teammate Cory Stillman during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Edmonton, Canada, Monday, June 12, 2006.  At right looking on is Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth. (AP PHOTO/CP, Dave Sandford, Pool)AP - A flick of the stick. A quick grab with the glove. A perfectly placed shot. Just like that, Carolina had a goal. Now the Hurricanes find themselves one win away from their first Stanley Cup.


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Roethlisberger breaks jaw, nose in crash (AP)
Dr. Daniel Pituch, Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital leaves a press briefing on the condition of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after undergoing seven hours of surgery Monday, June 12, 2006 in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier Monday in Pittsburgh. At right is Dr. March Ochs, an oral and maxillofacrial surgeon who was a member of the four surgeon team who operated on Roethlisberger. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet.


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Czechs steamroll U.S. 3-0 at World Cup (AP)
USA coach Bruce Arena eacts during the World Cup, Group E soccer match between the United States and the Czech Republic, at the Gelsenkirchen stadium, Germany, Monday, June 12, 2006. The other teams in Group E are Italy and Ghana. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) MOBILE/PDA USAGE OUTAP - The United States looked like a bewildered World Cup newcomer again. The Americans didn't just lose Monday night, they were routed, roughed up and run over by the Czech Republic, a 3-0 crusher that put the Americans in danger of first-round elimination.


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White Sox's Contreras wins 15th straight (AP)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Contreras throws in the first inning of the baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, June 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Linda Kaye)AP - Jose Contreras was downright nasty. His splitter was diving, his slider was breaking and the Texas Rangers were swinging and missing.


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Tiger sighted during U.S. Open practice (AP)
Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker at the second hole during a practice round at Winged Foot Golf Club on Monday, June 12, 2006 in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The 106th U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 15.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - The U.S. Open didn't start Monday, it only felt that way.


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Column: Athletes and motorcycles don't mix (AP)
Father of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Ken Roethlisberger arrives with daughter Carlee at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital to be with Ben after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Monday, June 12, 2006 in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - The list is startling, mainly because it is so long.


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Lukewarm Heat in need of home improvement (AP)
Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal (32) and Dwyane Wade (3) show their dejection in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Dallas, Sunday, June 11, 2006. Dallas won, 99-85.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - Outside Bongo's Cuban Cafe, workers in golf carts whizzed around the home of the Miami Heat preparing for the first NBA finals game in South Florida.


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Santana pitches Angels past Royals 4-3 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of an MLB baseball game, Monday, June 12, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)AP - Angels starter Ervin Santana took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Los Angeles built an early lead, and Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez provided solid relief.


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U.S. dreams crushed in loss to Czechs (AP)
U.S soccer fans react at the end of the World Cup, Group E soccer match between United States and the Czech Republic, while watching a giant video screen set up in Frankfurt, Monday June 12, 2006. USA lost 0-3. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)AP - Four years of preparation went awry in five minutes for the United States.


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Oilers dig hole of historic proportions (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth crashes into Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, back, during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Edmonton, Canada, Monday, June 12, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)AP - Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs dug out of the hole the Edmonton Oilers have fallen into.


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Pittsburgh's prognosis
Ben Roethlisberger's injuries from a motorcycle accident could impact the Steelers more than you think.

Roethlisberger hurt in motorcycle crash (AP)
Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet. Four doctors operated on Roethlisberger for seven hours to treat multiple facial fractures and "all of the fractures were successfully repaired," Dr.

Packers prez undergoes heart surgery (AP)
Packers president John Jones underwent open-heart surgery and was in stable condition Monday. The 54-year-old executive was feeling ill Sunday, and after a series of tests doctors decided to operate, the team said. "We all wish him well for a continued successful recovery and look forward to seeing him back at Lambeau Field sometime in the next month," Packers chief executive officer Bob Harlan...

Cardinals RB James says heat no big deal (AP)
Edgerrin James was back in the desert for four days of "voluntary" workouts with his new Arizona Cardinals teammates on Monday, and he had no complaints about the sizzling temperatures. In fact, he stayed out on the practice field for some extra work after his teammates headed for the locker room. "It's a piece of cake.

Eagles G Andrews signs 7-year extension (AP)
Guard Shawn Andrews, a first-round pick in 2004, signed a seven-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Andrews broke his right leg in the first game of his rookie season, but started 16 games last year at right guard and was an alternate for the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Andrews, 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, was the second offensive lineman taken in the 2004 NFL draft behind...

Rush win ArenaBowl, top Predators 69-61 (AP)
Mike Hohensee threw the first touchdown pass in Arena Football history, then led his team to the league's inaugural championship game. He lost. Twenty years later, the former Pittsburgh Gladiators quarterback returned to the Arena Bowl, this time as coach of the Chicago Rush. On Sunday, he experienced firsthand what he'd been preaching all those years: It means something to be the best.

Rams RB Faulk considering retirement (AP)
St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk is not attending the team's final minicamp this weekend while contemplating retirement because of knees that have been slow to recover from offseason cleanup surgery. New coach Scott Linehan said Friday that two weeks ago Faulk, who has undergone numerous such surgeries on both knees, expressed his concerns.

Ricky Williams has key fumble in loss (AP)
Argonauts running back Ricky Williams ran for 46 yards on 11 carries but had a critical fumble as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated Toronto 21-11 Friday night in the final CFL exhibition game for both teams. Williams, who joined the CFL after he was suspended for a year by the NFL for a fourth positive drug test, was more productive than his exhibition debut last weekend, when he had 7 yards on...

A shell of a Shaq
DALLAS – A five-point effort had Shaquille O'Neal looking like a shadow of his former Finals-dominating self.

Heat in big need of home improvement (AP)
Outside Bongo's Cuban Cafe, workers in golf carts whizzed around the home of the Miami Heat preparing for the first NBA finals game in South Florida. Roughed up on their road trip to Texas, the Heat are in familiar surroundings again. But unless they make some drastic changes -- like maybe sinking their free throws -- Shaq and his crew won't be traveling again this season.

Stackhouse now thriving as super sub (AP)
Jerry Stackhouse admits he's still a slasher at heart and a streaky shooter by nature. Hey, some habits are tough to break. Yet Stackhouse is far from the guy he was early in his career. No longer his team's top scorer and not even a starter, Stackhouse also is happier than ever. He's embraced his role as a sixth man and is doing it so well that he could soon become an NBA champion for the first...

O'Neal, Heat fined for missed interview (AP)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal was fined $10,000, and the team an additional $25,000, after he did not make himself available for interviews after Sunday night Game 2 of the NBA finals. O'Neal had a career playoff-low five points on 2-for-5 shooting in the 99-85 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat are down 0-2 hole heading to Tuesday's Game 3 in South Florida.

Wade, Heat face their biggest challenge (AP)
On one of his earliest touches Sunday night, Dwyane Wade dribbled the ball off his foot for an unforced turnover right in front of the Miami Heat bench. From there, things only got worse. Wade missed what should have been an easy layup. He wasn't in sync with Shaquille O'Neal on one of their favorite plays, an alley-oop that went awry.

Heat say Haslem should play in Game 3 (AP)
Finally, there's a bit of good news for the Miami Heat. Starting power forward Udonis Haslem has a strained and bruised left shoulder, yet is expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday night when the Heat host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the NBA finals, team officials said Monday. Haslem was hurt in Game 2 of the finals Sunday, taking a scary second-quarter tumble after he fouled the...

Mavs not worried about leaving Dallas (AP)
If things go according to plan for the Mavericks, the next time they are in Dallas they'll be carrying a shiny gold trophy and getting ready for a parade. The Mavericks left for Miami on Monday afternoon leading the NBA finals 2-0 over the Miami Heat and feeling pretty good about their chances of ending the series in Florida.

Trail Blazers won't punish Randolph (AP)
The Trail Blazers will not discipline forward Zach Randolph for his involvement in a speed racing incident in downtown Portland, the team said Sunday. Randolph was in the passenger seat of a car he owns when Taquan Portis, 22, was cited early Thursday for racing and other traffic violations. Police found two loaded handguns, but Randolph was not cited because he has a concealed weapons permit.

Ryan's hope
Held without a point in Games 1 and 2, Ryan Smyth crashed the net Saturday to lift Edmonton's Stanley Cup hopes.

'Canes one win away from Stanley Cup (AP)
A flick of the stick. A quick grab with the glove. A perfectly placed shot. Just like that, Carolina had a goal. Now the Hurricanes find themselves one win away from their first Stanley Cup. Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Recchi scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and rookie goalie Cam Ward made it stand up Monday night, leading Carolina to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4...

NHL players clean in first year of tests (AP)
All drug tests given to NHL players were clean during the first season of the league's anti-doping program, adopted last year in the labor agreement that ended the yearlong lockout. "I suppose it's safe to say that the results confirmed what we knew already, which is the use of performance-enhancing drugs is not prevalent in our sport," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday in an e-mail.

'Canes Stillman eyes another Stanley Cup (AP)
Two years apart, Cory Stillman has a chance to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. He's certainly doing his part to make it happen. Stillman has made the scoresheet in 12 straight playoff games, a streak he extended Monday night with a goal and an assist in Carolina's 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Oilers' power play continues to struggle (AP)
Ray Whitney had the best scoring chance on the Edmonton Oilers' power play. Only trouble is, Whitney plays for the Carolina Hurricanes. That's how it's gone for the Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals, where breaking even with the man-advantage is a victory in itself. Instead of "Getting Electric," as printed signs and video message boards around Rexall Place implore Oilers fans to be, the Western...

Up 3-1, history favors Hurricanes (AP)
Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs dug out of the hole the Edmonton Oilers have fallen into. Teams leading 3-1 in the Stanley Cup finals are 26-1, and the Carolina Hurricanes -- who grabbed that advantage Monday night -- can skate off the trophy as soon as Wednesday in Raleigh. "This is going to be the toughest game we face now going home," said Cory Stillman, riding a 12-game point streak and on...

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.

WWD: Pocono 500
Denny Hamlin's blown tire almost blew his chance at victory, but the rookie persevered at Pocono.

Stewart's shoulder fine after 500 miles (AP)
NASCAR champion Tony Stewart said his broken right shoulder blade felt fine Monday, a day after he completed all 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.

Gibbs, Stewart back grassroots racing league (AP)
Joe Gibbs does his best to keep Tony Stewart from racing outside of Nextel Cup competition. Backing an indoor stock-car series probably won't help his efforts. Gibbs on Monday invested in Arena Racing USA, a grassroots league that uses half-scale stock cars on a 1/10th-mile banked track. The minimum age limit requirement is 14, and the series is open to anyone -- including Stewart.

In The Pits: a disingenuous decision for Casey Mears (AP)
Casey Mears always said he wanted to keep driving for Chip Ganassi. That is, until a better ride became available.

Hamlin impresses with win in Pocono 500 (AP)
Denny Hamlin earned some hand-cramping bragging rights in the garage with the way he beats other drivers playing racing video games.

Hamlin captures first career win at NASCAR Pocono 500 (SportsTicker)


Stewart rarin' to go some more after driving all 500 miles at Pocono (AP)
Tony Stewart is done talking about his injured shoulder.

Edwards wins Federated Auto Parts 300 (AP)
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – A year ago, Carl Edwards skipped the Busch race in Nashville because of a rain out,...

Edwards coasts to victory in Federated Auto Parts 300 (SportsTicker)


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