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Pisani's goal extends Stanley Cup finals (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Fernando Pisani (34) makes the game-winning goal in overtime against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C. Edmonton won 4-3.(AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)AP - The Edmonton Oilers were short-handed, just as they've been since the first game of the Stanley Cup finals. They're obviously getting used to it.


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Roethlisberger gets out of hospital bed (AP)
Dr. Daniel Pituch, chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital, demonstrates Wednesday, June 14, 2006, the method used to repair the facial fractures of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday during seven hours of surgery. Roethlisberger was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier Monday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Ben Roethlisberger's broken jaw did not have to be wired shut, a factor that could hasten his recovery from his scary motorcycle accident, and the Steelers quarterback got out of his hospital bed Wednesday to talk with teammates and family members.


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Padilla baffles White Sox in 8-0 win (AP)
Chicago White Sox' A.J. Pierzynski (12) reacts after being hit by a wild pitch from Texas Rangers' Vicente Padilla in the fourth inning as home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, left, warns the Rangers bench following the incident during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, June 14, 2006. Pierzynski was hit twice by Padilla in the 8-0 Rangers win. (AP Photo/Linda Kaye)AP - Vicente Padilla kept throwing fastballs, one after another. Inside and outside. Up and down. Padilla pitched eight shutout innings, allowing only three singles, and the Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-0 on Wednesday night.


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Neuville's late goal lifts Germany 1-0 (AP)
Germany's Oliver Neuville celebrates as he scores the only goal of the game during the World Cup, Group A soccer match between Germany and Poland, at the Dortmund stadium, Germany, Wednesday, June 14, 2006. Germany won the match 1-0. The other teams in Group A are Ecuador and Costa Rica.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - The game had ended long before and a thunderstorm was breaking out, yet die-hard German fans were still at the stadium, singing the chant now heard across the country. "Berlin, Berlin, we are going to Berlin," they sang, referring to the site of the July 9 World Cup final.


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Hobbled Heat: Wade's knee hurting (AP)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade smiles as he answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, June 14, 2006 after team practice in Miami. Wade didn't practice Wednesday because of a left knee injury he sustained in Game 3 of the NBA finals, but said he would play when the series resumes Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)AP - Favoring a stiff left knee, Dwyane Wade hobbled to the yellow maintenance cart and slipped onto its flatbed. He propped himself up against the front seat and settled back for the short ride to the Heat's locker room.


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NFL executives eye Los Angeles market (AP)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue answer questions at a news conference Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at Getty House in Los Angeles. Los Angeles and Anaheim, Calif. are both desirous of obtaining an NFL franchise.  (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)AP - Commissioner Paul Tagliabue headed an NFL delegation that met with leaders of the Los Angeles business community Wednesday night, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expressed optimism about the return of a professional team to the area.


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Cuban takes shot at Riley on Letterman (AP)
In this photo released by CBS, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, left, explains some of his fines for comments he has made during NBA basketball games to host David Letterman on the set of 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in New York. Cuban was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger jersey as a get well gesture for Roethlisberger who was injured in a motorcycle accident earlier in the week. (AP Photo/CBS, JP Filo)AP - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took a shot at Miami coach Pat Riley during an appearance Wednesday night on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman."


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Bonds, Finley reach milestones for Giants (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds acknowledges a two-run triple by teammate Pedro Feliz, scoring Bonds and Moises Alou, during the fourth inning of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)AP - On the night Steve Finley joined San Francisco teammate Barry Bonds in the exclusive 300 home run-300 stolen base club, Bonds took another step toward Hank Aaron's all-time home run record with his 717th career homer.


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Tunisia ties Saudis in injury time 2-2 (AP)
Saudi Arabia's Khaled Aziz, front, and Tunisia's Riadh Bouazizi challenge for the ball during the Tunisia v Saudi Arabia Group H soccer match at the World Cup stadium, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, June 14, 2006. The other teams in Group H are Spain and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)AP - Tunisia made sure the first round of the World Cup wasn't a total loss for Africa.


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Wild hire sports writer as executive (AP)
AP - The Minnesota Wild hired a 24-year-old sports writer on Wednesday as director of hockey operations.

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

Roethlisberger could go home Thursday (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger's broken jaw did not have to be wired shut, a factor that could hasten his recovery from his scary motorcycle accident, and the Steelers quarterback got out of his hospital bed Wednesday to talk with teammates and family members. Roethlisberger's doctors said a second round of tests again showed no brain injuries, although he has a concussion.

New charges against Bengals WR Henry (AP)
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was charged Wednesday with providing alcohol to three underage females, his fourth arrest in the last seven months. Henry, 23, surrendered to Kenton County authorities on three misdemeanor counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and posted $2,500 bond. He could get up to a year in jail and a $500 fine on each count if convicted.

Still a rift between Burress, Manning? (AP)
Eli Manning says he has a good relationship with Plaxico Burress. His No. 1 receiver wasn't talking about it on Wednesday, turning down pleas from the Giants' public relations staff to talk to the media on the opening day of minicamp. Burress hasn't said anything since the Giants were beaten 23-0 by the Carolina Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.

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.

Former Titans LT Hopkins retires (AP)
Left tackle Brad Hopkins retired Wednesday after 13 seasons, deciding to leave the game rather than play for a team other than the one that drafted him. The Tennessee Titans released Hopkins in March for salary cap reasons. He talked with the New York Jets, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons and an undisclosed fourth team but chose to stay in Nashville with his wife and four children.

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.

Keep on moving
Pat Riley's Heat won Game 3, but he still might make more moves than Avery Johnson in Game 4.

Wade's knee hurting after Game 3 win (AP)
Dwyane Wade's game is built on his ability to blow past defenders and soar to the hoop. On Wednesday, Miami's star guard could hardly walk. Getting the Heat back into the NBA finals came at a steep price. Wade, who had to be driven on a cart to and from an interview session, spent the off day before Game 4 receiving treatment on a bum left knee he injured in a freakish collision with teammate...

Heat and Mavs try to forget Game 3 (AP)
The Miami Heat's Game 3 comeback was stunning and spectacular. Now it's time to forget all about it. That's what the Heat and Dallas Mavericks were saying Wednesday as they began looking ahead to Game 4 of the NBA finals on Thursday night. "From game to game it swings, and you leave behind and move on and use whatever psychological edge you have or how you feel," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

O'Neal helps get Heat back in series (AP)
Shaq had his moments. The spinning shot for the first points of the game. The reverse layup later in the quarter. The two free throws he swished to nearly spark a standing ovation. Those fans were even louder when Shaquille O'Neal hit two more in the waning minutes -- with the game, and perhaps the season, in the balance.

Mavs try shaking off blown 13-point lead (AP)
Back at his hotel room in the wee hours Wednesday, Jason Terry was still thinking about all the things he and the Dallas Mavericks did wrong in their stunning collapse against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA finals. Looking to clear his mind, he flipped on the television and started scanning the stations.

Payton clutch in Heat's Game 3 victory (AP)
The play seemed to be breaking down. Dwyane Wade handed the ball off to Jason Williams, whose path to the basket was immediately blocked by ultra-speedy Dallas guard Devin Harris. The score was tied, the game clock was at 12 seconds, the shot clock at 3. Williams had two choices -- force a shot, or take one more glance and find an open shooter.

Haslem says sore shoulder won't slow him (AP)
Udonis Haslem is hurting. His play hasn't suffered, though. Haslem had his typical workmanlike night in Game 3 of the NBA finals: Eight points, 11 rebounds (eight of them offensive, one more than the entire Dallas roster) and three steals -- including one huge defensive play in the final moments to help the Miami Heat beat the Mavericks 98-96 on Tuesday night.

Pacers' Jasikevicius to skip Worlds (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Sarunas Jasikevicius has elected not to join the Lithuanian national team for the world championships in August. The 30-year-old point guard has been the top player in his country for years. The FIBA Web site listed him on Lithuania's preliminary roster, and he was invited to next month's training camp.

Power shift
Edmonton finally scored on the power play Wednesday, but that wasn't the only trend reversal in Game 5.

Oilers stave off elimination with OT win (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers were short-handed, just as they've been since the first game of the Stanley Cup finals. They're obviously getting used to it. Fernando Pisani scored a short-handed goal early in overtime and the Oilers prevented Carolina from celebrating its first championship on home ice, stunning the Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 5 Wednesday night to send the series back to Alberta.

Special teams keys Oilers' Game 5 win (AP)
Right when the Edmonton Oilers figured out how to score on the power play, they saved their season with a short-handed goal. So maligned was Edmonton's man-advantage unit, workhorse defenseman Chris Pronger tried to end the line of questioning a few hours before the Oilers' extended the Stanley Cup finals with a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

'Canes waste Staal's big performance (AP)
Eric Staal finally broke through after the longest goal drought of his first playoff run. It still wasn't enough to help the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night. Staal scored twice and had an assist to end his seven-game skid -- including the tying score in the second period -- only to see his big performance evaporate when Fernando Pisani scored in overtime off a turnover to...

Pisani's overtime goal makes Cup history (AP)
Fernando Pisani is in a class of one. The opportunistic right winger scored the first short-handed goal in overtime of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night to give the Edmonton Oilers' a 4-3 victory in Game 5. Pisani's fourth winning goal of the postseason staved off elimination for the Oilers, who still trail Carolina 3-2 in the best-of-seven series that resumes Saturday night in Edmonton.

Devils hire Claude Julien as coach (AP)
Persuading Claude Julien to become the next coach of the New Jersey Devils was easy for Lou Lamoriello. Julien coached Montreal until this past January, and the Devils and Canadiens play a similar style. Julien also was sold on the fact that New Jersey is a perennial Stanley Cup contender. "I'm really looking forward to working with this group of winners," the 46-year-old Julien said Tuesday after...

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.

Stars exercise 1-year option on Lehtinen (AP)
The Dallas Stars exercised a one-year contract option with winger Jere Lehtinen on Wednesday and traded for Rangers center Mike Green. The Stars gave up a conditional draft pick in 2008 for Green, who had 17 goals and 26 assists in 50 games with the Hannover Scorpions of the German Elite League last season.

Trading Paint: Before I go …
Jerry couldn't shut down the computer and hit the beach before rolling out a mailbag.

Ganassi has yet another lame duck driver (AP)
LONG POND, Pa. – Casey Mears was diplomatic about why he would continue to give a full effort for Chip...

Mears signs with Hendrick to replace Vickers (AP)
Casey Mears was hired Wednesday to drive for Hendrick Motorsports, earning a seat with one of NASCAR's super-teams.

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)


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