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NEWS FROM 2006-06-20
Hurricanes top Oilers to win Stanley Cup
AP - Rod Brind'Amour lifted the Stanley Cup above his head, tears of joy streaming down his face. This one was for the captain and all those Carolina old-timers whose names are going on hockey's most revered trophy for the first time.
Spain beats Tunisia; makes case for title
AP - The substitutes saved the day for Spain, carrying it into the next round of the World Cup.
Column: Open is a tale told by an 'idiot'
AP - Phil Mickelson isn't the only major champion to blow the U.S. Open. He can only hope he doesn't end up like the others.
Cain nearly no-hits Angels as Giants win
AP - Matt Cain managed to hold off from thinking about his no-hit bid for all of four innings. He had great stuff, so getting through the game without allowing a hit seemed like a realistic possibility. The Giants' rookie nearly did it, too.
Roethlisberger to be cited for no license
AP - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman's car last week, and the driver — who will be cited for failing to yield — has received threatening phone calls.
Steelers' Holmes pleads not guilty
AP - Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assaulting a woman, his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.
Mavericks ready to defend Big D
AP - The Mavericks left home last week with two wins and a Texas-sized swagger. They staggered back Monday morning after three losses to the Miami Heat, teetering on the brink of elimination from the NBA finals.
Rockies snap A's 10-game winning streak
AP - Spotting his pitches and a dash of food poisoning was all Byung-Hyun Kim needed to break out of a difficult stretch.
AP Blog: Not doubt U.S. rooting for Italy
AP - Now that the World Cup is underway, AP writers will be filing periodic, behind-the-scenes reports during soccer's largest spectacle:
Upstart Oilers fall short in comeback try
AP - The Edmonton Oilers finally ran into a deficit they couldn't overcome.
Reporting for duty
Ex-Marine Ahmard Hall hopes to do his next tour with the NFL – as a supplemental draft pick.
Roethlisberger didn't have valid license (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman's car last week, and the driver -- who will be cited for failing to yield -- has received threatening phone calls. Roethlisberger will be issued $388 in fines and fees for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet, police Collision Investigator Dan Connolly said Monday.
Steelers rookie WR Holmes arrested again (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assaulting a woman, his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. The 22-year-old former Ohio State star was arrested at an apartment just after midnight Monday on charges of domestic violence and simple assault, both misdemeanors, Sgt.
Seahawks release 13-year veteran P Rouen (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks released veteran punter Tom Rouen on Monday, after the 13-year veteran played in 12 games for the NFC champions last year. Rouen signed with Seattle on Oct. 5, taking over for Leo Araguz, who was released. Rouen averaged 41.6 yards on 62 kicks, including 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
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...
Ravens trade for Colts S Gerome Sapp (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens traded a conditional 2007 draft pick for Indianapolis Colts safety Gerome Sapp on Monday. The Ravens hope the move creates competition at free safety with rookie Dawan Landry. "It was just an opportunity presented to us that allows us to upgrade our football team," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
Assault case dropped against Jags' Drew (AP)
An assault charge was dropped against former UCLA running back Maurice Drew, who had been accused of attacking a man in a restaurant nearly two months ago. The case against two other defendants, Chicago Bears cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. and former UCLA running back Tyler Ebell, is pending. The 25-year-old Manning has pleaded not guilty to assault and remains free on $30,000 bail.
Redskins sign three draft picks (AP)
The Washington Redskins signed draft picks Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston and Kevin Simon on Monday. Montgomery, a defensive lineman, was taken in the fifth round out of Minnesota. He had 41 tackles in 11 starts last season. Golston, a defensive tackle out of Georgia, was taken in the sixth round. He started 30 of his 44 games in college, with 95 career tackles and three fumble recoveries.
Dallas' survival guide
How can the Mavericks stay alive in the NBA Finals? By following these four steps to a Game 7.
Mavs ready to defend Big D vs. Heat (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are done ranting and raving their way through the NBA finals. Gone are the complaints about the officials. No more blaming nerves, distractions, unfamiliar surroundings, or anything else that stands in their way. With their season on the line and the crowd in their favor, the Mavericks are ready to concentrate on nothing but basketball when they host the Heat on Tuesday night in...
NBA fines Nowitzki $5,000 for actions (AP)
The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki $5,000 on Monday for kicking the ball into the stands following Game 5 of the finals. The league called the penalty its standard fine for such an action. Detroit's Richard Hamilton and Sacramento's Bonzi Wells had to pay $5,000 after throwing balls off the court during games this season.
Mavs angry but happy to be back home (AP)
Going into Game 5 of the NBA finals, the Dallas Mavericks talked about playing with "controlled anger." Considering the way they lost that game, and the fact they're facing elimination, you can pretty much drop the controlled part for Game 6 against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. "I think the whole team is (ticked) off," coach Avery Johnson said following a workout Monday.
Cuban doesn't hold back Game 5 gripes (AP)
By the time Mark Cuban arrived in the Dallas Mavericks' locker room, he'd already peeled off the Jerry Stackhouse jersey he had been wearing in support of his suspended forward. The symbolism was fitting: Stackhouse's hard foul in Game 4 of the NBA finals was old news. The way Game 5 finished, Cuban had a whole new fight on his hands.
Wade has Heat one win from first title (AP)
The situation couldn't have been more tense. Down by one, tie game, 1.9 seconds left in overtime, Game 5 of the NBA finals, series knotted at two wins apiece. Somehow, even with the outcome in his hands, Dwyane Wade remained calm. "That's why we play the game," he said afterward. "For these moments." Wade has had no shortage of moments in these playoffs.
Wolves' McCants to miss 4-6 months (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants will miss four to six months after microfracture surgery on his right knee, the same injury that kept Phoenix star Amare Stoudemire out for most of this season. Timberwolves orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Fischer performed the surgery Friday, and the team made the announcement Monday.
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.
A perfect storm
After a timid effort in Game 5 and an outright no-show in Game 6, the Hurricanes put it all together in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup.
Hurricanes beat Oilers, win Stanley Cup (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour lifted the Stanley Cup above his head, tears of joy streaming down his face. This one was for the captain and all those Carolina old-timers whose names are going on hockey's most revered trophy for the first time. Of course, they couldn't have done it without the kid. Rookie goalie Cam Ward stopped nearly everything that came his way, finishing off a brilliant playoffs with a...
'Canes G Ward wins Conn Smythe trophy (AP)
Nothing ever got to Cam Ward, whether it was denying shots from oncoming skaters or the way the rookie deflected praise for his mature-beyond-his years play in net for the Carolina Hurricanes. It wasn't a surprise then that he didn't get too excited about winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the postseason as the Hurricanes won their first Stanley Cup.
'Canes to parade Cup around RBC Center (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes will celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with a parade Tuesday winding around the team's arena. The roads around the RBC Center were chosen because Raleigh's downtown is in the midst of reconstruction and there is too little space for thousands of fans in the center city's parks or around the antebellum state Capitol.
'Canes able to put Game 6 loss in past (AP)
By Peter Laviolette's estimation, his Carolina Hurricanes were due for a strong performance. They were coming off a humbling 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, which tied the series and set up a winner-take-all finale. However, the Hurricanes -- who had lost two straight since taking a 3-1 series lead -- bounced back with the type of strong all-around performance...
Oilers's Game 7 comeback falls short (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers finally ran into a deficit they couldn't overcome. It took until the last game of the last series to knock out the upstart Oilers, who barely made the playoffs before riding an unprecedented wave to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Edmonton fell short Monday night and lost 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Fans cheer as Hurricanes win first Cup (AP)
Fans screamed into the humid night and fireworks blasted away in nearby neighborhoods after the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup, bringing North Carolina its first major professional sports title. "If it gets any better than this, shoot me now," David Ruff, 42, of Raleigh, said outside the RBC Center after the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 on Monday night "We're finally...
NHL raises salary cap to $44 million (AP)
The NHL salary cap will be about $44 million next season, an increase of $5 million per team, after league revenues were higher than expected in the first year following the seasonlong lockout. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Ted Saskin met Monday in New York and set the upper level of the cap at approximately $44 million with the minimum rising to about...
WWD: 3M Performance 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Rain shortened a great race at Michigan, but Kasey Kahne didn't seem to mind.
NASCAR to begin phasing in unleaded fuel (AP)
NASCAR will test unleaded fuel in a Busch Series race next month and hopes to have it in all of its series by the start of 2007.
Gilliland enjoys life in Busch league (AP)
There have been times this year that David Gilliland couldn't help but wonder if he was in over his head, that leaving California for a NASCAR career was maybe a bad idea.
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.