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Heat move within 1 game of NBA title (AP)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) dunks the ball over the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki of Germany (41) and DeSagana Diop of Senegal in the second quarter of the NBA Finals basketball Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Sunday, June 18, 2006. (AP Photo/J. Pat Cater)AP - Dwyane Wade scored 43 points, the last on a free throw with 1.9 seconds left in overtime after Dallas' Josh Howard asked for an untimely timeout, and the Miami Heat won their third straight game in this homey and heated series, 101-100 over the Mavericks on Sunday for a 3-2 lead.


Phil flops, and Ogilvy picks up the pieces (AP)
Phil Mickelson waits to putt on the 18th hole in the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club on Sunday, June 18, 2006, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - For one stunning hole, Phil Mickelson went back in time, letting go of all the self restraint and discipline that transformed him into a major tournament champion and silenced all his critics. It cost him the U.S. Open.


Brazil labors to 2-0 win over Australia (AP)
Brazil's player Fred, left, jubilates with Juan after scoring the second goal for his team during the Brazil v Australia Group F soccer match at the World Cup stadium in Munich, Germany, Sunday, June 18, 2006. The match ended 2-0 for Brazil. The other teams in Group F are Croatia and Japan.  (AP Photo/Christof Stache)AP - Brazil's lackluster performance against Australia was good enough for coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and his players. Brazil beat the Socceroos 2-0 Sunday and advanced to the second round, but again the defending champion failed to impress.


U.S. very proud of tie against Italy (AP)
United States team manager Bruce Arena makes a final comment as he leaves a news conference in Hamburg, Germany Sunday, June 18, 2006. The United States is preparing to face Ghana in the 2006 World Cup soccer Thursday in Nuremberg. The United States plays against Italy, Ghana, and the Czech Republic in Group E during the 2006 World Cup. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Heart. Courage. Grit. Determination. Never has the U.S. soccer team sounded so proud of a tie.


N.C. shuts down top-seeded Clemson (AP)
North Carolina starting pitcher Robert Woodard delivers against Clemson in the first inning of a College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 18, 2006.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)AP - Robert Woodard waited a long time to get back on the mound for North Carolina. Appearing relaxed and refreshed, the junior right-hander was simply dominant in his first outing in more than two weeks. Woodard threw a three-hitter and shut down top-seeded Clemson's potent lineup 2-0 in the College World Series on Sunday night.


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.

Column: Mavericks don't get it quite right (AP)
Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson argues with official Joe Crawford about the timeout called near the end of overtime of the NBA Finals basketball Game 5 against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Sunday, June 18, 2006. Miami beat Dallas in overtime 101-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)AP - Avery Johnson complained about the refs, and his biggest adjustment — changing his team's hotel from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale — seemed more suited to a travel agent than a coach of the year.


Zimmerman, Mientkiewicz, Lee hit homers (AP)
Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman leaps across home plate after hitting a game-winning home run to left field against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning of their Major League Baseball game, Sunday, June 18, 2006, in Washington. Nationals' Marlon Anderson also scored. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)AP - Ryan Zimmerman was careful to touch home plate. Doug Mientkiewicz couldn't believe it happened. Carlos Lee made a special dedication. Zimmerman, Mientkiewicz and Lee all hit ninth-inning home runs Sunday to lift their teams to victory in interleague play.


Razov leads Chivas USA past Crew (AP)
AP - Ante Razov scored his league-high 10th goal of the season and Juan Pablo Garcia added a late insurance goal to help Chivas USA beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Sunday night.

Oilers not too concerned about history (AP)
Oilers fans celbrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Canada, after the  Oilers won game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0. (AP Photo/Ian Jackson,CP)AP - The Edmonton Oilers clearly need a refresher course in Hockey History 101. Only one team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup finals. Only two have won Game 7 on the road with the silver trophy at stake. Only three have come back to win the championship after starting with two losses.


Reporting for duty
Ex-Marine Ahmard Hall hopes to do his next tour with the NFL – as a supplemental draft pick.

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.

True sign of greatness
MIAMI – Where there was a will to win, there was a Dwyane Wade leading the Heat to victory.

Wade's 43 get Heat by Mavs 101-100 in OT (AP)
Draped in white paper streamers that rained down from the ceiling, the Miami Heat hugged and danced their way off the floor following a win to remember. Not far away, the Dallas Mavericks and their feisty owner were kicking, screaming and fighting mad. These NBA finals certainly haven't been lacking for any drama.

Officiating sends Dallas tempers flaring (AP)
Mark Cuban has plenty more reasons to be furious with NBA officials. From his perspective, referees made two huge mistakes before hitting his Dallas Mavericks with an unwanted timeout during the closing moments of their 101-100 overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Sunday night.

Heat win on free throws despite Shaq (AP)
On the night when Dwyane Wade broke a 48-year-old NBA finals record for free throws made in a game, Shaquille O'Neal continued missing with amazing regularity, shooting so badly that his wife couldn't bear to watch. He was 2-for-12 in the game. He's 13-for-44 in the series. And somehow, it didn't matter.

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 --...

Shaq awakened by alleged robbery victim (AP)
Maybe Shaquille O'Neal was tired. Perhaps that explained his 2-for-12 free-throw shooting performance in Game 5 of the NBA finals. After all, he was up really, really early Sunday morning. A man who was allegedly attacked and robbed by three men early Sunday morning on Miami Beach was staggering about on the exclusive Star Island, where the O'Neal family makes their home.

Edmonton totally dominated Carolina in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Now it's up to Carolina to scrap the memory.

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...

Oilers look to continue to buck trends (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers clearly need a refresher course in Hockey History 101. Only one team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup finals. Only two have won Game 7 on the road with the silver trophy at stake. Only three have come back to win the championship after starting with two losses. The Oilers don't seem the least bit concerned about overcoming all those daunting challenges.

Oilers upbeat on latest trip to Carolina (AP)
Everything about the return trip to Dixie was smoother for the Edmonton Oilers. The travel was easier, the mood was lighter, and their status in the Stanley Cup finals looked a whole lot rosier. "Certainly we've had our fair share of ups and downs," defenseman Chris Pronger said. Following a stirring 4-0 win Saturday night in front of their raucous fans to force a Game 7 against Carolina, the...

Carolina seeks lift from Cole's comeback (AP)
Erik Cole felt just fine for someone who had played his first hockey game in more than three months, enough so that he spoke with an edge about the physical play of the Edmonton Oilers. The Carolina Hurricanes can only hope that Cole's surprising comeback gives them the same kind of fight against a team that keeps coming after them in the Stanley Cup finals.

Wesley shuns spotlight entering Game 7 (AP)
Glen Wesley knows this might be his last chance to win a championship. Still, the 37-year-old Carolina defenseman doesn't want the focus on him heading to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Edmonton Oilers. "It's not about me," Wesley said. "It's about the 20 to 25 guys in this locker room." Wesley has been around for 18 years and played in 1,311 regular-season games -- the eighth-most in...

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.

Kahne's wild reign
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kasey Kahne's trip to victory lane at Michigan was anything but uneventful.

Kahne wins rain-shortened race (AP)
Patience and a very fast race car have turned Kasey Kahne into a force in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series.

Kahne wins rain-shortened NASCAR 3M Performance 400 (SportsTicker)

Lester proud of improvement (AP)
It wasn't 400 miles and he was nowhere near competitive with the leaders, but Bill Lester was plenty happy with his 32nd-place finish Sunday in the NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

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)

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