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Mets spoil Cardinals' banner night (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.cd9616f995e645e099abf21d841d1418.mets_cardinals_baseball_motg102.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=x8wghN5S7_7Gkl6J1BxbKA--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="New York Mets' Tom Glavine pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their opening day baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2007 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine patiently watched the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate the World Series title, a championship the New York Mets could have won themselves. Then the 41-year-old went out and set a good example for how the Mets might finish the job this season, beating the champions 6-1 in the major league opener on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds homers twice in final spring game (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_giants_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070401/capt.66f2188d119a4b7fab937686951fdd2b.giants_athletics_baseball_oas103.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=G0ySzygOfqpJSbqrhpr2Yw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings for his second home run of the game off Oakland Athletics' Joe Kennedy in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is swinging as if he's ready to go right after Hank Aaron's home run record. His stroke is on &#151; so bring on the chase. Bonds homered in his only two at-bats Sunday in the San Francisco Giants' last exhibition game, an 8-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kobe defers to teammates as Lakers win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.ce9a011a73cc4832b30d76024d1276e1.kings_lakers_basketball_las102.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=sZyTrkQC.6IgheP5Zfds5g--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - No scoring binge this time for Kobe Bryant, who was perfectly content with lobbing to his teammates under the basket or driving and kicking the ball out to the open man.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pressel the youngest to win LPGA major (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_kraft_nabisco"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070401/capt.fb4701be9ee94e9ba29266215a880b13.lpga_tour_golf_cacc118.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=AJTTVpeGvOiPOWCTs_NR9g--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Golfer Morgan Pressel kisses the winners trophy for the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday, April 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Morgan Pressel never lost hope, even after she walked off the 18th green Sunday still three shots out of the lead with little reason to believe she would return an hour later for the greatest swim of her life.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lady Vols rally into NCAA championship (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_final_four_tennessee_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.b47bf0195978470da5c333e19e35213b.final_four_tennessee_north_carolina_basketball_cda152.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=9EEu7z84wwrL2cgBKqeO6g--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Tennessee's Candace Parker (3) celebrates their win in the women's semifinal basketball game at the Final Four Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Cleveland. Tennessee defeated North Carolina 56-50 and will take on Rutgers in the championship game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Candace Parker calmly walked to the middle of the floor, extended her index finger and said the same two words almost everyone wearing Tennessee orange has been muttering for nearly a decade.</p><br clear="all"/>

Report: NFL set to cancel China Bowl (AP)
AP - The NFL plans to cancel a scheduled exhibition game in China between Seattle and New England, Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site.

Nuggets beat Sonics to end skid at 3 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.6bd1435f2a7942538bc26e5ea7cc911c.nuggets_supersonics_basketball_wajb102.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=ZbukinBd9lQLeX0HMXDRcw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson, right, looks for an opening against Seattle SuperSonics' Luke Ridnour in NBA basketball action in the first half Sunday, April 1, 2007 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - With the schedule Denver faces over the final few weeks, games against teams like Seattle are ones the Nuggets must win to avoid letting a playoff spot slip away.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mets ease to opening day win over Cardinals (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070402/sp_nm/baseball_cardinals_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070402/2007_04_02t021709_450x292_us_baseball_cardinals.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=rQNVR7.4.fW5Sty_NWFLJw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="New York Mets baserunner Moses Alou is safe at third after advancing from first against the St. Louis Cardinals during their season-opening National League baseball game in St. Louis, April 1, 2007. (Peter Newcomb/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New York Mets opened the 2007 season with a 6-1 road victory over the World Series champion St Louis Cardinals on Sunday, silencing the home fans with some clutch hitting and a strong defense.</p><br clear="all"/>

Crouch sends Liverpool over Arsenal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070331/capt.lon80203311408.britain_soccer_lon802.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=lEn24VRhNplLo1bXiI1MDA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Liverpool's Peter Crouch, second from right, scores his third goal of the game and his sides fourth, completing his hat trick against Arsenal in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, Saturday March 31, 2007. Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-1. (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA) NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FAPL LICENCE - SEE IPTC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD FOR DETAILS" border="0" /></a>AP - Peter Crouch's hat trick powered Liverpool to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday that lifted the club into third place in the Premier League and ended a four-game losing streak against the Gunners.</p><br clear="all"/>

Avery uses fists, stick to beat Leafs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_maple_leafs_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.69467ac2481e446e9409d2bb0fe9ef9e.maple_leafs_rangers_hockey_msg103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=JZLiJFtuoxrgJqdoEoDgoA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Sean Avery, top, slams Toronto Maple Leafs' Darcy Tucker to the ice during the first period of their hockey game, Sunday, April 1, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sean Avery had a nervous lunch with Brendan Shanahan hours before carrying the New York Rangers to the brink of a second straight playoff berth.</p><br clear="all"/>

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Report: NFL plans to cancel China Bowl (AP)
The NFL plans to cancel a scheduled exhibition game in China between Seattle and New England, Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site. SI.com, citing unidentified sources, said Sunday the league will announce the decision to cancel the China Bowl early this week. The Seahawks and Patriots are scheduled to play Aug.

Briggs unlikely to get multiyear deal (AP)
The standoff between Lance Briggs and the Chicago Bears took another turn Saturday, when general manager Jerry Angelo said he wants the Pro Bowl linebacker to return next season but a multiyear contract is unlikely. "I'm not ruling it out 100 percent, but in all probability, that's not likely to happen," Angelo said during the team's fan convention.

Wilkinson fails to report to Broncos (AP)
Dan Wilkinson failed to report to the Denver Broncos, so the trade with the Miami Dolphins was declared void Saturday. The Broncos sent a sixth-round pick to the Dolphins on March 2 for the 14-year veteran defensive tackle. They extended an earlier deadline for the defensive lineman to report but when he failed to show up for his physical, the deal was voided.

Incriminating memo found in Tillman case (AP)
Just seven days after Pat Tillman's death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth -- that Tillman...

Chargers GM: Teams interested in Turner (AP)
Despite the high price tag, San Diego Chargers running back Michael Turner -- the backup to league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson -- could be a hot commodity in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. General manager A.J. Smith said he fielded several inquiries about Turner, a restricted free agent, during the league meetings earlier this week in Phoenix.

Indy Super Bowl committee to make bid (AP)
Super Bowl committee officials are putting the finishing touches on the biggest sweepstakes in Indianapolis history. The hard part is making sure they hold the winning ticket. Bid committee spokesman Bob Schultz said Friday the group will spend this weekend finalizing details and ensuring that NFL requirements are met when the three-binder proposal is delivered to the league office.

Browns contacted Chiefs about QB Green (AP)
The Cleveland Browns seem to be beating the bushes for a veteran quarterback after all. General manager Phil Savage confirmed Thursday night that that he contacted Kansas City GM Carl Peterson about Trent Green, a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, during this week's NFL meetings in Phoenix. "I spoke to a number of teams/GMs about players/picks including KC," Savage said in an e-mail.

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Suns beat Mavs again, this time in rout (AP)
If Phoenix plays the Dallas Mavericks a few weeks from now in the Western Conference finals, confidence should be no problem for the Suns. Not with the way they handled the Mavericks on Sunday. With Leandro Barbosa leading a parade of big scorers with 29 points, the Suns beat the Mavericks for the second time in 18 days, 126-104.

LeBron-less Cavs fall to Celtics 98-96 (AP)
LeBron James sat on the bench, wearing a purple sweater and pinstriped sportcoat. Paul Pierce stuck around just long enough for a halftime TV shoot. Even Lucky, the Celtics' mascot, called in sick for the fourth quarter. While both teams' top stars sat this one out, Delonte West sank two free throws with 1.9 seconds left on Sunday night and lottery-bound Boston beat the playoff-bound Cleveland...

Heat's Wade hopes to practice Monday (AP)
Dwyane Wade spent Sunday throwing a surprise party for 75 patients at Miami Children's Hospital, and shot baskets with some kids. When a boy named Fabio missed, the ball ricocheted off the rim and hit Wade's left shoulder. "Sorry," said Fabio, a tube regulating his flow of medicine coming from his hand.

Wizards' Butler fractures hand in win (AP)
Getting a win didn't lessen the jolt to the Washington Wizards' playoff drive. Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and Caron Butler added 19 points but fractured his right hand early in the second half of the Wizards' 121-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. "That's a blow," Arenas said. "You never want an injury as you're getting ready for the playoffs.

Tinsley, Pacers end Spurs' streak at six (AP)
Jamaal Tinsley's game-winning shot might have saved the Indiana Pacers' season. His layup over Tim Duncan with 1.1 seconds left gave the Pacers a 100-99 victory over San Antonio on Sunday night, ending the Spurs' six-game winning streak. The Pacers had lost four straight games and were fading in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Raptors clinch first playoffs since 2002 (AP)
Chris Bosh has the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs for the first time in five years. Bosh had 24 points and 16 rebounds and the Raptors clinched their first playoff spot since 2002 with a 107-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night. Juan Dixon added 15 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who are third in the Eastern Conference, which would give them home court in at...

Jazz rally late, beat Rockets 86-83 (AP)
The Utah Jazz lead the league in winning games in which they were down 10 points or more. They've done it 16 times this season. The Jazz came just short of adding to that number on Sunday, as they only had to work their comeback magic to overcome a nine-point deficit in an 86-83 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Kobe's Lakers cruise past slumping Kings (AP)
No scoring binge this time for Kobe Bryant, who was perfectly content with lobbing to his teammates under the basket or driving and kicking the ball out to the open man. Bryant had a season-high 13 assists to go with his 19 points Sunday night in the Los Angeles Lakers' 126-103 victory over the sinking Sacramento Kings.

Hamilton lifts Pistons over Heat 94-88 (AP)
The Miami Heat knew that Richard Hamilton's return would help the Detroit Pistons' offense. They weren't expecting him to boost Detroit's defense as well, leading the Pistons to a 94-88 victory over the Heat on Sunday. "Rip Hamilton basically turned the game around with his pressure and his defense," Miami coach Pat Riley said.

Red Wings move into NHL points lead (AP)
Detroit is on the verge of adding more hardware to its trophy case before the playoff fun begins. Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and the Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday to move into first overall in the league. "A few more games and its the playoffs around the corner. I think everybody is getting excited," Holmstrom said.

Devils jump back into Atlantic lead (AP)
First it was Patrik Elias, then John Madden and now Brian Gionta. The injured stars have returned to the New Jersey Devils' lineup in the past week and have given them a chance to win the Atlantic Division and to make a big postseason run. Gionta scored the game-winner in his first game in almost a month, Jay Pandolfo tallied twice and the Devils took the division lead from Pittsburgh with a 3-1...

Cheechoo's third hat trick powers Sharks (AP)
The San Jose Sharks kept the heat on their playoff competition. The Sharks' 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night moved them back into a tie with the Dallas Stars for the fifth place in the Western Conference. San Jose and the Stars each have 102 points. Anaheim leads both teams in the Pacific Division with 106.

Whitney lifts 'Canes over Panthers in OT (AP)
Ray Whitney found a way to keep Carolina's playoff hopes alive while eliminating Florida from the postseason. Whitney's power-play goal 1:30 into overtime lifted the Hurricanes over the Panthers 4-3 on Sunday. Florida blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost for the sixth time in seven games to the Hurricanes.

Avery leads Rangers to 7-2 rout of Leafs (AP)
Sean Avery had a nervous lunch with Brendan Shanahan hours before carrying the New York Rangers to the brink of a second straight playoff berth. Avery is much better at annoying than scoring, but he did a lot of both Sunday night in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I was definitely nervous this afternoon," Avery said after posting two goals and an assist.

Sharp gets Blackhawks past Oilers 2-1 (AP)
Patrick Sharp picked a good time to score his 20th goal of the season. Sharp's short-handed breakaway score early in the third period Sunday snapped a tie and gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Sharp reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career with the goal, which also was his first game-winner this season.

Ducks pull into tie atop West (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere's big finish helped the Anaheim Ducks pull into a tie for first in the Western Conference. Giguere stopped two short-handed breakaways in the final three minutes of regulation and earned his second assist of the season on Andy McDonald's winner 25 seconds into overtime in a 3-2 victory over the St.

Flames win, close in on playoff spot (AP)
Seeing the Colorado Avalanche so close behind has scared the Calgary Flames into playing their best hockey of the season. Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves as the Flames moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Surging Avs keep playoff hopes alive (AP)
A magnificent March means the Colorado Avalanche will have something to play for in April. Colorado kept its thin playoff hopes alive Saturday, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 behind Peter Budaj's record-tying 10th win in March. The Avalanche also tied a team mark with 11 wins in a month, first accomplished in January 2004.

Martinsville Observations
Jimmie Johnson should be happy it was his teammate behind him at Martinsville.

Johnson holds off Gordon to win at Martinsville (PA SportsTicker)


Earnhardt sees hopes fade when something gets in his eye (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed on the verge of a big day Sunday, one that would have ended his 31-race winless streak and allowed him to mark the 28-year anniversary of his father's first win with one of his own.

Johnson holds off Gordon at Martinsville (AP)
Once the prodigy brought into the Hendrick Motorsports fold by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson gave his mentor no quarter with victory at stake.

Skinner posts third straight win, captures Kroger 250 (PA SportsTicker)


Skinner wins in truck at Martinsville (AP)
Mike Skinner started on the pole and stayed out front virtually all day at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, leading all but seven of 253 laps to win his third consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

Hamlin wins pole at Martinsville (AP)
Denny Hamlin bounced back from a difficult 14th-place run at Bristol last week by winning the pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.

Officials say Week 2 for new car should be better, safer (AP)
NASCAR says the exhaust problem in its Car of Tomorrow is a simple fix.

Ragan ready to return to Martinsville (AP)
Credit David Ragan for being a good sport.

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