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Heat beat Mavericks for first NBA title (AP)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal hugs coach Pat Riley after winning the NBA Championship against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball finals in Dallas, Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Miami won, 95-92. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Pat Riley first promised it 11 years ago: a Miami Heat victory parade down Biscayne Boulevard. Shaquille O'Neal guaranteed it two summers ago, vowing to add a fourth ring to his big hand in his new city. And with one tenacious game after another in these NBA finals, Dwyane Wade delivered both.


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Despite tie, England wins World Cup group (AP)
England's captain David Beckham signals the referee to look during the England vs Sweden World Cup Group B soccer match at the World Cup Stadium in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Other teams in Group B are Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)AP - Joe Cole was shredding Sweden's defense so effortlessly he had confident England fans singing "God Save the Queen" before halftime. Not so fast. The Swedes have been flustering England for nearly 40 years now, and this game would be no different.


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Paraguay knocks Trinidad out of World Cup (AP)
Trinidadian soccer fans react at the end of the World Cup match between Paraguay and Trinidad & Tobago at a club in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Trinidad & Tobago lost to Paraguay 2-0 and was unable to score a goal in the entire World Cup. Other teams in Group B are England and Sweden. Paraguay won 2-0. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur)AP - Trinidad and Tobago needed a lot to go its way to make the second round of the World Cup. The Soca Warriors were unable to pull off the most important — getting their first World Cup win.


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White Sox blast Cardinals 20-6 (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Joe Crede follows through on a two-run home run scoring Juan Uribe during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago, Tuesday, June 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)AP - Missouri native Joe Crede had a busy day reading text messages from friends and family back home. They were joking with him, telling him who they'd be rooting for: `Go Cardinals!' Crede's response came once the game started.


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Hurricanes and fans revel in Stanley Cup (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Glen Wesley carries the Stanley Cup with his wife Barb at his side during a parade for the hockey  team Tuesday, June 20, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)AP - The Carolina Hurricanes and their fans celebrated the first major pro title in the state's history Tuesday, with the 114-year-old Stanley Cup signifying that hockey has found a home in North Carolina.


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Roethlisberger visits Steelers offices (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watches a replay from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a 20-19 win on Monday, Oct. 31, 2005 against the Baltimore Ravens.   Roethlisberger will be cited for not wearing a helmet and not having a motorcycle license for a traffic accident last week in which he collided with a car, police said Monday June 19, 2006, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)AP - Ben Roethlisberger, accompanied by bodyguards and wearing a hood to cover facial injuries from a motorcycle crash, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers' offices Tuesday, a newspaper reported.


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Wade leads Heat to first championship (Reuters)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal (R) celebrate after winning Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas, June 20, 2006. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)Reuters - The long-suffering Miami Heat concluded a remarkable turnaround by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals 4-2 and claim their first championship.


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Jennings, Rockies 1-hit A's in 6-0 win (AP)
Colorado Rockies starter Jason Jennings delivers a pitch to Oakland Athletics' Bobby Crosby in the fourth inning of the Rockies' 6-0 victory in an interleague baseball game in Denver on Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Jennings (6-6) and two relievers combined on a one-hitter in the win.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Coors Field has given Colorado a home-field advantage since the day its doors opened in 1995. Eleven years later, it's still giving the Rockies an edge, but now for a different reason.


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U.S. hopes offense gets going vs. Ghana (AP)
United States forward Brian McBride speaks to journalists during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany Tuesday, June 20, 2006. The U.S. team is preparing to face Ghana in the 2006 World Cup soccer Thursday. Other teams in Group E are Italy and Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - U.S. shots at the World Cup have been scarcer than tickets. The Americans have just one shot on goal in their first two games. Every other nation has at least four.


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Vigneault hired as Canucks' coach (AP)
New Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault meets the press at GM Place in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 20, 2006. The hockey team introduced Vigneault as its new head coach on Tuesday, promoting him from their minor league affiliate. (AP PHOTO/CP, Sam Leung)AP - Former Montreal Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault was hired Tuesday as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who promoted him from their minor league affiliate.


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Paper chase
FOXBORO, Mass. – Corey Dillon believes he can still make headlines as one of the NFL's elite running backs.

Roethlisberger visits Steelers offices (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger, accompanied by bodyguards and wearing a hood to cover facial injuries from a motorcycle crash, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers' offices Tuesday, a newspaper reported. Roethlisberger stopped by headquarters for the first time since the accident eight days ago to pick up mail and other items.

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 WR Holmes apologizes for arrest (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes apologized Tuesday for his latest arrest on charges he assaulted a woman. The 22-year-old Holmes was charged by Columbus, Ohio, police Monday with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and simple assault. It was his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.

LenDale White on way back from injury (AP)
Titans rookie running back LenDale White said the hamstring injury that has bothered him since the spring has healed, and he is now working on conditioning. "It feels a lot better getting in there with the team and coming along," said White, who participated in team drills for a second consecutive minicamp practice Tuesday.

Bucs QB McCown will have knee surgery (AP)
Tampa Bay quarterback Luke McCown will have knee surgery this week, leaving the Buccaneers in the market for another backup for Chris Simms. McCown partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while scrambling out of the pocket during a workout June 15. He will have surgery in the next couple of days, coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday.

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.

Rams restructure front office (AP)
The St. Louis Rams have restructured their front office, eliminating the general manager position and hiring two vice presidents. Tony Softli was selected vice president for player personnel, the Rams said Tuesday. Softli, who was formerly director of college scouting for the Carolina Panthers, will lead the player personnel department that will include longtime general manager Charley Armey, whose...

Dallas' survival guide
How can the Mavericks stay alive in the NBA Finals? By following these four steps to a Game 7.

Heat beat Mavericks to win NBA title (AP)
Pat Riley first promised it 11 years ago: a Miami Heat victory parade down Biscayne Boulevard. Shaquille O'Neal guaranteed it two summers ago, vowing to add a fourth ring to his big hand in his new city. And with one tenacious game after another in these NBA finals, Dwyane Wade delivered both. The Miami Heat are champions for the first time, thanks to two basketball greats who made good on their...

Cuban fined $250K for Game 5 outbursts (AP)
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $250,000 on Tuesday for his outbursts following Game 5 of the NBA finals, and commissioner David Stern said he's getting tired of off-court antics drawing attention from the series. Cuban was cited for "several acts of misconduct" committed after Dallas lost 101-100 in overtime to the Heat in Miami on Sunday night.

Heat fans celebrate NBA championship (AP)
As the Miami Heat won their first NBA championship in Dallas, thousands of fans celebrated in the team's arena 1,100 miles away, jumping on seats and screaming as the clock wound down. When the buzzer sounded Tuesday night, ending Miami's 95-92 win over the Mavericks, Heat fans ran out the front door of the AmericanAirlines Arena yelling, "We're the champions!" Someone lit fireworks and others...

Mavericks left to ponder what went wrong (AP)
The greatest season in Dallas Mavericks history is over -- except for lamenting the what ifs. What if they hadn't blown that 13-point lead with 6:34 left in Game 3? What if the refs had called things differently at the end of Game 5? And what if they'd been able to sustain all their early energy in Game 6, when they were playing like a team that didn't want to see its season end?

Nowitzki has very unhappy 28th birthday (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki didn't exactly have a happy 28th birthday. "It was one of the worst birthdays ever," he said Tuesday. "Nothing to really celebrate." The big day was Monday, which began with his Dallas Mavericks coming off a 101-100 overtime loss to the Miami Heat that left them facing elimination. The team spent the night in Miami before flying home, but Nowitzki said he only slept about an hour.

Southern comfort
RALEIGH, N.C. – When they needed it most, the Hurricanes gathered strength from the unwavering support of the Carolina faithful.

Hurricanes, fans celebrate winning Cup (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes and their fans celebrated the first major pro title in the state's history Tuesday, with the 114-year-old Stanley Cup signifying that hockey has found a home in North Carolina. Less than a day after beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 of the finals, the Hurricanes took a victory lap around the RBC Center before taking the stage to thank about 30,000 fans who waited...

Avalanche re-sign Sakic to one-year deal (AP)
Avalanche captain Joe Sakic signed a one-year deal Tuesday to stay in Colorado. Sakic, who has played all 17 seasons with the Avalanche franchise, turns 37 next month. He said he thought a one-year contract extension was fair to both sides, but he hopes to play at least two more seasons. Terms were not disclosed.

Canucks hire Vigneault as coach (AP)
Alain Vigneault knew he wanted to coach the Vancouver Canucks almost a year ago after hearing a restaurant full of boisterous fans. Vigneault will get that chance next season after the Canucks hired him Tuesday, promoting the 45-year-old Montreal coach from their minor league affiliate. "I feel really honored and privileged," said Vigneault, who spent last season with the Manitoba Moose, a role...

Stanley Cup a showcase for 'new' NHL (AP)
There was more scoring, plenty of intriguing story lines and hardly anyone watching at home in the U.S. The first Stanley Cup finals of the post-lockout era showcased all the positive steps taken by the NHL to get over its debilitating labor dispute -- but also highlighted the daunting challenge of persuading anyone beyond the hard-core fans to notice.

Oilers return home after Cup defeat (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers didn't win the Stanley Cup, but they returned home as champions to the fans who greeted them at the airport. About 100 people were waiting for the Oilers after they came back Tuesday from Raleigh, N.C., a day after losing to Carolina 3-1 in Game 7 in the Cup finals. "I feel like a kid again when you see all these people out here cheering for you," forward Ryan Smyth said.

Sabres retain co-captain Briere's rights (AP)
Buffalo Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere received the team's one-year, $1.94 million qualifying offer but plans to try and negotiate a better deal, his agent said. Pat Brisson said Tuesday that although he's not had any talks with the Sabres yet, he anticipates the two sides to have extensive negotiations to work out a long-term contract after Briere emerged as one of the team's stars last season.

'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.

WWD: 3M Performance 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Rain shortened a great race at Michigan, but Kasey Kahne didn't seem to mind.

NASCAR owner charged with $20 million tax fraud (AP)
A NASCAR team owner is accused of defrauding the government of more than $20 million in taxes.

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)


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