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NEWS FROM 2006-06-14
Payton's jumper lifts Heat over Mavericks
AP - Gary Payton's jumper with 9.3 seconds left in regulation lifted the Miami Heat to a 98-96 victory over Dallas Tuesday night, cutting the Mavericks' lead in the NBA finals to 2-1.
Brazil opens defense of title with win
AP - Brazil was ready to bring on Carnival, and so were the thousands of proud, loud fans who sambaed their way to Germany to cheer for the defending World Cup champions. Croatia had other ideas.
Roethlisberger could be discharged soon
AP - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be out of the hospital in a few days and appears likely to play this season after a bloody motorcycle accident in which his helmetless head shattered a car windshield.
Duke star J.J. Redick charged with DWI
AP - Duke basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested early Tuesday on charges of drunken driving, another blow to a school shaken by a lacrosse scandal.
Cardinals' Carpenter Ks 13, beats Pirates
AP - Chris Carpenter gave the same much-needed lift to the St. Louis rotation that Scott Rolen is providing to a Cardinals batting order that is sorely missing star Albert Pujols.
Colts linebacker June arrested
AP - Indianapolis Colts linebacker Cato June was arrested Tuesday for failing to appear in court on a driving while suspended charge.
Court to decide on Williams' evidence
AP - The New Jersey Supreme Court said Tuesday it would consider whether the manslaughter retrial of former NBA star Jayson Williams can include evidence of what he did after the shotgun death of a hired driver.
Wang inspired as Yankees blank Indians
Reuters - Chien-Ming Wang pitched a five-hitter
over 7 1/3 innings and Robinson Cano homered for the only run
of the game as the New York Yankees blanked the Cleveland
Indians 1-0 in American League play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Changes ahead for U.S. soccer team
AP - Changes are ahead for the U.S. soccer team. The Americans played like tentative tourists in their opening 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic, and need a win against Italy on Saturday to revive their chances of reaching the World Cup's second round.
Canes cruising toward Stanley Cup title
AP - The Carolina Hurricanes returned home all fresh and ready to go, clearly intent on bringing the Stanley Cup final to a speedy conclusion.
Ben Roethlisberger's injuries from a motorcycle accident could impact the Steelers more than you think.
Roethlisberger likely to play this year (AP)
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be out of the hospital in a few days and appears likely to play this season after a bloody motorcycle accident in which his helmetless head shattered a car windshield. The Steelers' Super Bowl-winning quarterback was upgraded to fair condition at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, a day after the scary accident at a busy Pittsburgh intersection left him and...
Pats' Branch skips camp, upset with deal (AP)
Deion Branch skipped the first day of the New England Patriots mandatory minicamp Tuesday because of a contract dispute, leaving them without their best wide receiver. His quarterback still expects the 2005 Super Bowl MVP to play well in 2006. Tom Brady, who talked with Branch last week, said "it's tough" not having him at the three-day camp.
Colts linebacker Cato June arrested (AP)
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Cato June was arrested Tuesday for failing to appear in court on a driving while suspended charge. June, who was selected as a Pro Bowl starter last season, was released from the Boone County Jail on $500 bond, said a jail staffer who declined to give her name. Boone County is just northwest of Indianapolis.
Ravens' McNair tentative but optimistic (AP)
Steve McNair has three months to learn a new football language. He took his first tentative step Tuesday when he practiced with the Baltimore Ravens. "It's mind boggling right now," said McNair, who signed a five-year contract worth a maximum $32 million. "I think the verbiage is the most important thing right now.
Chiefs sign OT Turley to two-year deal (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a two-year contract with offensive tackle Kyle Turley, who has missed the past two seasons with a back injury. Turley, listed at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, tried out for the Miami Dolphins in May, after slimming down to 260 pounds and attempting to make a switch from tackle to tight end.
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.
Heat must make adjustments
The Finals are far from over, but Miami needs to change its strategy in Game 3 to be competitive.
Shaq, Wade give Heat 52-43 lead at half (AP)
The Miami Heat welcomed the NBA finals to South Florida on Tuesday night with a rousing start: the requisite glitzy pregame introduction, their fans in all white as usual -- and even a pair of swished free throws by Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal returned to his take-no-prisoners approach for Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks and sidekick Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 21 points from the foul line,...
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...
Outsiders offer Shaq help at the line (AP)
There were four or five letters awaiting Heat coach Pat Riley when he returned to his Miami office to get ready for Game 3 of the NBA finals. All had the same theme. Each writer professed to know how to solve Shaquille O'Neal's free-throw woes. Some suggested he tilt his feet and hips one way, some suggested he shift his head position, some said stand farther from the foul line.
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...
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.
Arison more than just the other owner (AP)
Now it's Micky Arison's turn. The first two games of the NBA finals were all about Mark Cuban. With the ubiquitous Mavericks owner popping up all over TV and spreading his opinions on the Internet, there's no question who the real star in Dallas is. So when the NBA finals shifted to South Florida for the first time Tuesday night for Game 3, it seemed only fitting the spotlight would fall to the...
NBDL team hires Jim Harrick as coach (AP)
Jim Harrick returned to coaching basketball Tuesday when he was hired to lead the expansion Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Harrick, 67, hasn't coached in three years since resigning from the University of Georgia amid a scandal that resulted in NCAA sanctions. It's been 10 years since Harrick was fired at UCLA.
Edmonton's inability to seize momentum on the power play once again was a factor in Monday's Game 4 loss.
Devils hire Claude Julien as coach (AP)
Lou Lamoriello has again looked to Montreal for a coach. The New Jersey Devils' president and general manager hired former Canadiens coach Claude Julien as the team's new coach Tuesday, the third time the club has tapped a former Montreal coach for the job. Both Jacques Lemaire and Pat Burns coached the Canadiens before coming to New Jersey.
Everything going Hurricanes' way (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes returned home all fresh and ready to go, clearly intent on bringing the Stanley Cup final to a speedy conclusion. About three hours later, the Edmonton Oilers finally arrived at their hotel, straggling off the bus in flip-flops and blue jeans with a tired, glassy look in their eyes.
Hurricanes focused on winning Cup (AP)
One win from the Stanley Cup, the Carolina Hurricanes face an interesting balancing act. On one hand, the Hurricanes talk about staying focused on beating Edmonton in Game 5. On the other, Carolina's players are trying to savor a moment that might be a once-in-a-career opportunity. "Ultimately it's about trying to be successful and win a championship," coach Peter Laviolette said Tuesday.
Power problems hold up Oilers' arrival (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers' power problems caught up with them even on an off day. Already struggling with an anemic power play that has produced only one goal in four games of the Stanley Cup finals, the Oilers had a different kind of problem on Tuesday. They left Alberta almost three hours late because of battery trouble on the plane that eventually took them to Tobacco Road.
Mighty Ducks re-sign RW Selanne (AP)
Anaheim re-signed leading scorer Teemu Selanne to a one-year deal Tuesday, keeping the right winger who helped the Mighty Ducks make a surprising run to the Western Conference finals. Selanne proved a unifying force in the dressing room for the Ducks, who lost to Edmonton in five games. "This is a player who wanted to stay.
Pound blasts NHL doping test results (AP)
The NHL is trying to fool the public with a flawed anti-doping program, the chairman of the World Anti-Doping agency said Tuesday. Dick Pound said league statements Monday that there were no positive tests among 1,406 administered during the season were meaningless given the loopholes in its anti-doping program.
Rangers D Kasparaitis to have surgery (AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday in Montreal to repair a torn side muscle. The 33-year-old Russian also had surgery in May on his left shoulder. Kasparaitis had six assists in 67 games this season and led the Rangers in penalty minutes (97) and hits (195).
WWD: Pocono 500
Denny Hamlin's blown tire almost blew his chance at victory, but the rookie persevered at Pocono.
Ganassi: Wheldon not headed to NASCAR (AP)
Car owner Chip Ganassi, who has an unexpected hole to fill on his NASCAR team, said Tuesday that IRL driver Dan Wheldon is not a candidate to replace Casey Mears.
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,...