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Edmonton forces Game 7 in Stanley Cup (AP)
Edmonton Oilers celebrate their third goal over the  Carolina Hurricanes  during the third period of game 6 of NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Saturday June 17,  2006. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz,CP)AP - Shiny streamers drifted down from the rafters. A chunk of raw Alberta meat sailed over the glass. The Edmonton Oilers mobbed their third-string-turned-starting goalie as the crowd chanted, "We want the cup!" It felt like a championship celebration. One more win and the Oilers can really get excited.


U.S. ties Italy 1-1, still alive in Cup (AP)
Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, right, challenges for the ball with USA's Brian McBride during their World Cup Group E soccer match in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Saturday, June 17, 2006. Other teams in Group E are Ghana and Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)AP - They lumbered from end to end, desperate to stop the blue surge of Italians and salvage their World Cup. Two U.S. players had been ejected. What could have been the winning goal was disallowed.


World Cup stunner: Ghana beats Czechs 2-0 (AP)
Ghana's John Mensah, left, and Czech Republic's Vratislav Lokvenc jump for a ball during the Germany 2006 Soccer World Cup, Group E, soccer match between Czech Republic and Ghana at Cologne's stadium, Germany, Saturday, June 17, 2006. Ghana beat Czech Republic 2-0. The other teams in Group E are Italy and the United States. (AP Photo/ Michael Sohn)AP - Ghana delivered Africa's first victory in this World Cup with style.


Taylor draws with Wright; retains titles (AP)
Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, right, staggers challenger Winky Wright in the first round of their boxing match Saturday, June 17, 2006, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman)AP - Winky Wright started celebrating a round too early. It may have cost him the middleweight title.


Mickelson poised for 3rd straight major (AP)
Phil Mickelson hits out of the rough on two during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Saturday, June 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - The yardage book Phil Mickelson keeps in his pocket is filled with copious notes from nearly a dozen practice rounds at Winged Foot that have prepared him for this U.S. Open.


Ricky Williams stars on CFL bow (Reuters)
Reuters - Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, suspended from the National Football League for substance abuse, made a successful debut with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on Saturday.

Avery Johnson is one Mad Maverick (AP)
Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson listens to a question during a news conference in Miami Friday, June 16, 2006. The Miami Heat defeated the Mavericks  98-74 in Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday. Game 4 is Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)AP - Avery Johnson's high-pitched, Cajun drawl had a little more whine to it than usual, and it rose along with his anger. Dallas' coach rolled his eyes and expressed frustration the only way he could.


Rangers' Matthews does it with bat, glove (AP)
Texas Rangers' Gary Matthews Jr. follows through on a two-run home run swing in the fourth inning off a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Jarvis in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 17, 2006. The shot scored Jerry Hairston Jr. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP - Gary Matthews Jr. had a big fourth inning for the Texas Rangers with his glove, and then with his bat.


Portugal advances, ending 40-year drought (AP)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Iran as Mohammad Nosrati looks dejected on the back  during the Portugal v Iran Group D soccer match at the World Cup  stadium in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, June 17, 2006. The other teams in Group D are Mexico and Angola.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)AP - Portugal waited 40 years to once again get beyond the first round of the World Cup. Deco scored with a powerful first-time shot from outside the penalty area in the 63rd minute and Cristiano Ronaldo made a penalty kick 10 minutes from the end to give the Portuguese a 2-0 win over Iran on Saturday.


Oilers' Murray makes amazing comeback (AP)
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen hits the ice during a practice Friday, June 16, 2006 in Edmonton. The Oilers face the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday with the Hurricanes leading the best of seven series 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, CP)AP - Rem Murray's head shook and twitched as he recounted his long, hard journey from forced retirement to the Stanley Cup finals.


Rivers crossing
SAN DIEGO – With Drew Brees no longer in his way, Philip Rivers can finally let his talent flow as the Chargers' QB.

Williams gains 97 yards in CFL debut (AP)
Ricky Williams needed a little time to get going in his CFL debut. After gaining 8 yards in the first half, the former Dolphins running back finished with 97 yards on 18 carries in the Toronto Argonauts' 27-17 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday in the regular-season opener for both teams. Spergon Wynn replaced injured quarterback Damon Allen after the third play of the game when Allen...

Big Ben apologizes, vows to wear helmet (AP)
A contrite Ben Roethlisberger pledged to wear a helmet if he rides a motorcycle again. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is also eager to get back on the field and start winning games once he recovers from facial injuries suffered in a scary wreck earlier this week. In his first comments since crashing his motorcycle and undergoing seven hours of surgery, Roethlisberger released a statement...

Winslow back on field at Browns minicamp (AP)
Kellen Winslow Jr. looked much like the player the Cleveland Browns drafted when he took the field Friday for the first time in nearly two years. The long muscular frame, speed and soft hands all seem to be in tact after his long rehabilitation from a motorcycle accident. He even dunked over the crossbar after making a catch, drawing hoots and hollers from his teammates at minicamp.

Chad Johnson pulls groin in practice (AP)
Bengals receiver Chad Johnson pulled groin muscles during minicamp Friday and was taken off the field on a cart. Johnson was battling safety Kevin Kaesviharn for a pass when he got hurt. Coach Marvin Lewis didn't think the injury was severe. "I think he would have loved to have finished practice, but they just took him in and iced him down," Lewis said.

Browns RB Droughns apologizes for arrest (AP)
Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns apologized Friday in his first public statement since being charged with assaulting his wife last month. "I'm sorry for bringing this negative attention to the team once again," Droughns said at the team's minicamp. "I'm a good character guy." Droughns is charged with one count of assault and two counts of harassment.

Chargers C Hardwick gets six-year deal (AP)
San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick agreed Friday to a new six-year contract that will run through the 2011 season. Hardwick has started all 27 games he's played for the Chargers. He's responsible for calling out the blocking schemes for the offensive line, and the Chargers have rushed for 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons.

NFL meets with Anaheim officials (AP)
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is convinced the NFL needs a team in the Los Angeles area. Where and when remain the multimillion dollar questions. Bowlen and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue were among league officials who held a luncheon meeting Thursday with Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, other city officials and Orange County business leaders.

Mavericks makeover
Avery Johnson must do more than change team hotels to fix Dallas' sudden problems in the NBA Finals.

Johnson upset with Stackhouse suspension (AP)
Avery Johnson's high-pitched, Cajun drawl had a little more whine to it than usual, and it rose along with his anger. Dallas' coach rolled his eyes and expressed frustration the only way he could. In NBA parlance, he was flagrant. Maybe even a tad excessive. But Johnson felt he had every right to be. One day after calling Jerry Stackhouse's suspension for Game 5 of the NBA finals for a hard foul...

Heat's Wade shrugs off talk of pressure (AP)
The biggest game of Dwyane Wade's career awaits. A win, and he moves one victory away from hoisting the NBA championship trophy. A loss, and the challenge becomes incredibly tougher. Given the stakes, the situation seems pressure-packed. But somehow, Wade isn't showing any signs of fraying. "Me personally, I never want to look at anything as pressure," Wade said Saturday.

Mavs know feeling of missing Stackhouse (AP)
Playing without Jerry Stackhouse is something the Dallas Mavericks have done plenty of times this season. Rallying around a player they feel was unfairly suspended this postseason is something else they know all about. No wonder, then, that with Stackhouse about to serve a one-game suspension, the Mavs had a defiant, been-there-done-that attitude Saturday heading into Game 5 of the NBA finals...

Jordan becomes part-owner of Bobcats (AP)
Bob Johnson wanted Michael Jordan involved with his NBA team from the start. It just took the Charlotte Bobcats owner three years to make it happen. Jordan bought a significant piece of the Bobcats on Thursday, becoming the second-largest individual investor behind Johnson. He was named the managing member of basketball operations, and will immediately turn his attention to helping general manager...

Heat's Mourning hasn't decided on future (AP)
Alonzo Mourning's decision to play this season was based partly on a request from his son Trey, who boldly predicted 2006 would be the year for the Miami Heat finally to win an NBA championship. "One more year," Mourning said last summer. Maybe. Maybe not. On the eve of what could be his final home game in a Miami Heat uniform, Mourning said Saturday he hasn't made any decisions about his future --...

O'Neal looking forward to Father's Day (AP)
This has already been a big year for Shaquille O'Neal. He's back in the NBA finals for the sixth time. He became a father again, also for the sixth time. And he'll get to enjoy both Sunday -- when, on Father's Day, his Miami Heat host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the championship series. "It's a very important day for all the fathers around the world, and I'm just a lucky, gracious man to be...

Yao says he's '50-50' to play in worlds (AP)
Yao Ming said his chances of playing for China this summer in the world championships are "50-50" as he continues to recover from a broken left foot. The 7-foot-6 Yao will head to Shanghai in the next week to continue rehabilitation. He broke the fifth metatarsal in the foot on April 10 in Utah and had surgery four days later.

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

Oilers blank Hurricanes, force Game 7 (AP)
Shiny streamers drifted down from the rafters. A chunk of raw Alberta meat sailed over the glass. The Edmonton Oilers mobbed their third-string-turned-starting goalie as the crowd chanted, "We want the cup!" It felt like a championship celebration. One more win and the Oilers can really get excited. Edmonton's magical postseason run is heading all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, pushed...

Hurricanes limp home with one shot left (AP)
Erik Cole's return wasn't even supposed to be an option for Carolina. The Hurricanes weren't supposed to look this desperate -- or be forced into a Game 7 -- either. Cole, who had 30 goals and 29 assists during the season, made a surprise return Saturday but did nothing to help Carolina tighten its grip on what had been a huge advantage in the Stanley Cup finals.

Brind'Amour takes blame for Game 6 loss (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour stood up in the Carolina Hurricanes' dressing room Saturday night and took the heat for his team's latest loss in the Stanley Cup finals. A 3-1 series lead is gone, and now the Hurricanes have one more chance to win the championship at home on Monday night Brind'Amour, the Hurricanes' captain, had three goals in the first three games of the series as he solidified his credentials...

Murray's comeback lands him in finals (AP)
Rem Murray's head shook and twitched as he recounted his long, hard journey from forced retirement to the Stanley Cup finals. Those involuntary movements aren't ideal for an elite hockey player, but they stand as a major improvement over the condition the veteran NHL forward was in two years ago. Back then, Murray could no longer hide a worsening condition that bothered him for a few months and...

Stars shuffle coaches, hire new asst. GM (AP)
Three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Andy Moog was given a player development role with the Dallas Stars on Friday, and his spot behind the bench as assistant coach will be taken by former player Ulf Dahlen. The Stars also hired Frank Provenzano as assistant general manager. Moog, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach, will continue to work with goalies throughout the organization.

Fast hopes
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 have been moving in the wrong direction. That could change Sunday.

Officials cancel racing in wake of promoter's death (AP)
Race promoter Fred Brownfield's death at the Grays Harbor Raceway forced officials to cancel racing at the track on Saturday. Brownfield died in an accident at the track Friday night, his family confirmed in a statement posted on a Web site for the National Sprint Tour. He was struck by a car while lining up modified stock cars for the main race of the Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals,...

Gilliland overtakes Yeley to win Meijer 300 (SportsTicker)

Gilliland shocks Nextel Cup drivers to win Busch race (AP)
It was a streak that seemed unlikely to end Saturday night, particularly by the driver who ended it.

Audi leads Pescarolo as morning breaks over Le Mans (AP)
Audi led Pescarolo Judd in the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, even though the leading car had to change its gear box early Sunday. The Audi R10 No. 8 was still in front after 200 laps, with three-time winner Emanuele Pirro of Italy behind the wheel, after replacing the gear box in a swift 10 minutes during the 11th hour.

Stewart aims for championship charge at Michigan (SportsTicker)

Benson earns first truck win (AP)
Johnny Benson finally broke through with a victory in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, holding off a challenge from Mark Martin in a two-lap, overtime shootout Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Benson Jr. wins NCTS Con-way Freight 200 (SportsTicker)

Kahne avoids major crash (AP)
Pole winner Kasey Kahne was kicking himself mentally Saturday after slapping the wall during practice for the 3M Performance 400.

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