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NEWS FROM 2007-04-05
Legendary Grambling coach Robinson dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_obit_robinson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.a8bab5cc50ba439381828d585c13e30f.obit_robinson_football_ny150.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=Rhv1xrR4yEzy4CclSjm6Jg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson watches from the sidelines during his last home game in Grambling, La., as Grambling lost 37-35 to North Carolina AT&T, in this Nov. 15, 1997 file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - To his very last day, Eddie Robinson was always battling something. There was the institutional racism that surrounded him, the piddling football budget he and his coaching staff subsisted on at predominantly black Grambling State and, ultimately, the Alzheimer's disease that took his life at age 88.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baseball keeps 'Extra Innings' on cable
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_tv_package"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070403/capt.83c3b6725f2846a89d57b70f1100c5d4.selig_pay_baseball_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=yOjN6eWRg46IUBng_mileQ--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig gestures while taking part in a panel at the 2007 American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Washington, in this March 29, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)" border="0" /></a>AP - After negotiations that went into extra innings, baseball struck a deal to keep its "Extra Innings" package of out-of-market games on cable television.</p><br clear="all"/>
It's not the NLCS, but Mets sweep Cards
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.0ce2141f987d4fb79f6e1bab15b89bf6.mets_cardinals_baseball_moke109.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=agNk08IO.kxSw7.L8NrDLQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Beltran watches his seventh inning solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals' Josh Hancock during their baseball game on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Beltran also hit a home run in the sixth inning marking his 18th career multi home run game. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although it's too late to do anything about the bitter disappointment of last fall, the New York Mets certainly put a damper on the St. Louis Cardinals' season-opening celebrations.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards lose Agent Zero to knee injury
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bobcats_wizards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.4584b5ed61304e90a40a1bf2d1cc062b.bobcats_wizards_arenas_basketball_vzn110.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=NWwglziljyYFnArGt7pGZg--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas walks off the court after spraining his left knee against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter of a basketball game in Washington, Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Arenas will have an MRI on Thursday to determine the full extent of the damage. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gilbert Arenas' knee bent the wrong way. He was just standing there, settling into rebounding position as Gerald Wallace drove baseline. When Wallace threw up one of those incredible, off-balance reverse layups, he crashed inadvertently into the left leg of the Washington Wizards' point guard. Down went Agent Zero. And with him, perhaps, the Wizards' hopes of achieving much of anything in the playoffs this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Woods' round in '97 changed Masters
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.cfda4a18c2044a8fa0192ecc86e4c545.masters_golf_auh209.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=U5Ti9PZEWS9Y8lh6JeWKsg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Tiger Woods smiles on the putting green during practice for the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Wednesday, April 4, 2007. First round play begins on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods doesn't own the lowest score on the back nine at Augusta National, nor the most memorable. But that 30 he posted in the first round in 1997 sent him to a record-setting victory at the Masters that ultimately changed many things.</p><br clear="all"/>
Prosecutor seeks more 'Pacman' evidence
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_jones"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.ny15604022323.titans_jones_football_ny156.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=hhBnjOUqr5_jsjAvS3Q36Q--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn., in this Aug. 4, 2006 file photo. Jones' brash self-confidence and dazzling speed put him in the NFL and made him a millionaire. But it's his quick temper, poor judgment and a disdain for authority that have put his career at risk. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Las Vegas prosecutors asked police to do more investigating before charges are filed against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip club fight that led to a triple shooting.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pistons have no spark with Big Ben out
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.a622755a975f47c1ac06e571c420814b.bulls_pistons_basketball_dtp102.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=rw4VZIUZM.6xKpzAsQiuIA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, center, goes up against Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, left, and Tayshaun Prince in the first half of a basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - With two weeks left in the regular season, the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls are playing for postseason positioning. Only one team looked like it Wednesday night. Kirk Hinrich scored 29 points, Luol Deng added 22 and the Ben Wallace-less Bulls beat the listless Pistons 106-88.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ortiz gets needed makeover with Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.d961a8889f9c4c6ba5fe5131aa890871.orioles_twins_baseball_mnjm103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=fNDVcW4HWvtbAEOhdsQH0g--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Ramon Ortiz makes his debut in a Twins uniform as he faces the Baltimore Orioles in first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in Minneapolis. Ortiz came to the Twins from the Washington Nationals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ramon Ortiz came to Minnesota in need of a makeover. He signed with the Twins in hopes that highly regarded pitching coach Rick Anderson could clean him up after three straight disappointing seasons. One start into 2007, Ortiz looks like a new man.</p><br clear="all"/>
AS Roma tops Man United, Valencia draws
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.75e5ea8634554bcc8d9595a55ad20997.italy_soccer_champions_league_alt116.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=mXyqTb8ZPjmGSq8PMrrzMQ--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="AS Roma's Rodrigo Taddei of Brazil, right, looks on at the ball ahead of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, background in white, during the Champions League, quarterfinal, first-leg soccer match between AS Roma and Manchester United at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday April 4, 2007. AS Roma won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)" border="0" /></a>AP - AS Roma earned a 2-1 win over 10-man Manchester United on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, and Valencia held host Chelsea to a 1-1 tie.</p><br clear="all"/>
Thrashers can't add to Southeast lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_capitals_thrashers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.b5dc81305d0e4905a3e0e6ef33583193.capitals_thrashers_hockey__gags103.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=OuR.8yDtZDjeGF6QEXge_Q--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, celebrates a second-period goal against the Atlanta Thrashers with Capitals right wing Chris Clark (17) Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in an NHL hockey game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Washington Capitals had nothing to lose and looked like a playoff team against the Atlanta Thrashers, who lost a chance to move closer to a division title. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals to continue his season-long success in Atlanta, and the last-place Capitals killed a late 6-on-3 advantage to beat the Thrashers 3-2 Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mock draft No. 5
The buildup to the NFL draft has reached a point where the same stories and rumors are told over and over until the actual event starts.
'Pacman' not being charged just yet (AP)
Las Vegas prosecutors asked police to do more investigating before charges are filed against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip club fight that led to a triple shooting. "It isn't that we're missing things, they just wanted more detailed information," said Lt. George Castro, leader of the Las Vegas Police Department's violent crimes unit.
Vikings sign former Colts safety Doss (AP)
Safety Mike Doss, who spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, has signed with the Minnesota Vikings. During his time in Indianapolis, Doss started 42 of the 46 regular season games he has played in. Doss played in six games last season before he was sidelined by a torn knee ligament. While in Indianapolis, he played under current Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Lions sign G Mulitalo to three-year deal (AP)
Offensive lineman Edward Mulitalo, cut by Baltimore last month, was signed by Detroit to a three-year contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Mulitalo was the Ravens' starting left guard for eight seasons. He has played in 106 regular-season games and seven postseason games, the 2000 Suuper Bowl Mulitalo started the first four games of the 2006 season and helped Baltimore get off to its first...
Dolphins trade K Mare to Saints for pick (AP)
Olindo Mare was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, ending the kicker's weeks of waiting for a change of scenery. The Dolphins are getting the Saints' sixth-round pick, No. 199 overall, in this month's draft. "We had paid Olindo some money so we hoped to get value for him," Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller said.
NFL union wants retirees' suit dismissed (AP)
The NFL Players Association's licensing arm is asking a court to dismiss a suit accusing it of inadequately representing 3,500 retired players. Players Inc., which handles licensing agreements for the NFLPA, announced Wednesday that it had filed the action. The suit was filed in February by Bernie Parrish and Herb Adderley.
Former Texans QB Carr visits Panthers (AP)
Free agent David Carr traveled to North Carolina on Tuesday to visit with a Panthers team in need of a backup quarterback. Carr, the No. 1 overall pick by expansion Houston in the 2002 draft, was released by the Texans last month. His agent, Mike Sullivan, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
P Sauerbrun coming back to Broncos (AP)
The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Todd Sauerbrun on Tuesday, bringing the troubled punter back to the team that released him last season. Sauerbrun's agent, David Canter, said the deal could be worth more than the $1.395 million Sauerbrun was due to make in Denver in 2006 before being jettisoned by the Broncos.
The Oden ticket
Winning the NBA draft lottery doesn't guarantee you a franchise player, but this year, it just might with a center like Greg Oden.
Wizards' Arenas injures knee in loss (AP)
Gilbert Arenas' knee bent the wrong way. He was just standing there, settling into rebounding position as Gerald Wallace drove baseline. When Wallace threw up one of those incredible, off-balance reverse layups, he crashed inadvertently into the left leg of the Washington Wizards' point guard. Down went Agent Zero.
Bulls rout Pistons without Ben Wallace (AP)
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls are playing for postseason positioning. Only one team looked like it Wednesday night. Kirk Hinrich scored 29 points, Luol Deng added 22 and the Ben Wallace-less Bulls beat the listless Pistons 106-88. "It is significant because we are trying to move up," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.
Karl returns to Nuggets bench (AP)
George Karl sat in a hospital waiting room for nearly seven agonizing hours, watching the clock, wondering what was taking so long. The surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes from his son, Coby, was supposed to last two, maybe three hours, and the Denver Nuggets coach feared the possibilities as time ticked by.
Warriors win, continue late playoff push (AP)
The Golden State Warriors hit all the items of their checklist and got a little bonus to beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Jason Richardson scored 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Warriors took advantage of Tracy McGrady's absence to beat the Rockets 110-99. The Warriors shut down Yao Ming, forced plenty of turnovers (24) and shot well from 3-point range (16-of-35), all...
Jackson rallies Hornets by Sonics in OT (AP)
Even with only one of their five starters on the court, the New Orleans Hornets still showed off their overtime prowess. Bobby Jackson scored seven of his 18 points in the extra period and the Hornets overcame the lowest-scoring fourth quarter in franchise history in a 101-92 win against the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.
Bosh, Raptors hold off Magic 111-108 (AP)
The Orlando Magic locker room was quiet and mostly empty. They squandered their best start of the season and dropped the second straight in a four-game homestand that was supposed to solidify their place in the playoffs. The Magic have lost 40 other times this season, but this one was theirs. "I'm tired of saying we're still in it, because at some point if you keep saying it and you keep losing you...
Nachbar's 3s power Nets past Hawks (AP)
Vince Carter and Jason Kidd left the scoring to Bostjan Nachbar and anyone else who was open on the New Jersey Nets. Nachbar hit a career-best seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and Carter and Kidd combined for 18 assists to help the Nets overcome some poor second-quarter play that had their fans booing in a 101-86 victory over the injury-ravaged Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Iguodala saves day as Sixers edge Knicks (AP)
Stephon Marbury headed to the bench, and the New York Knicks' faint playoff hopes may have left right along with him. The Philadelphia 76ers regained momentum when Marbury was resting in the fourth quarter, then held on to beat the Knicks 92-90 Wednesday night when Andre Iguodala blocked Marbury's potential winning 3-point try as time expired.
Boykins, Bucks win battle of attrition (AP)
Larry Krystkowiak and Doc Rivers know what skeptics are thinking. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, they say, aren't playing the last few weeks of the season with a wink and a nudge, trying to lose just to get a better shot at a draft pick. "We're not trying to come up with a master plan that ends up biting us in the rear," Krystkowiak said.
Ovechkin lifts Capitals past Thrashers (AP)
The Washington Capitals had nothing to lose and looked like a playoff team against the Atlanta Thrashers, who lost a chance to move closer to a division title. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals to continue his season-long success in Atlanta, and the last-place Capitals killed a late 6-on-3 advantage to beat the Thrashers 3-2 Wednesday night.
Lightning end Hurricanes' playoff hopes (AP)
A rare third-period collapse sealed the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes' fate. There will be no postseason title defense. Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle scored just under two minutes apart early in the third to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past Carolina 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes became the first defending Stanley Cup winner to miss the playoffs the next season since...
Sabres ho-hum after clinching East (AP)
Just inside the door to the Buffalo Sabres' locker room hangs a portrait of the Stanley Cup, a reminder of the team's sole objective this season. Players pass the black-and-white picture every time they hit the ice. That's why there was little fanfare after practice Wednesday, a day after Buffalo clinched its first Eastern Conference regular-season title in 27 years and first Northwest Division...
Julien did not expect Devils to fire him (AP)
Claude Julien was as surprised as anyone when he was fired as the New Jersey Devils coach Monday. In his first public comments since being removed, Julien said he wasn't expecting to be fired because only three games remained in the regular season and his team was in first place and primed for the playoffs.
Pens might not get home ice in playoffs (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't done much wrong since the All-Star break. One of their few slip-ups may cost them any chance of having home-ice advantage for several rounds of the playoffs. The Penguins (45-24-11), nearing the end of the most surprising season in franchise history, have enjoyed a 43-point improvement since last season -- the fifth-best turnaround in NHL history.
Red Wings move closer to division title (AP)
Dominik Hasek took care of the first 40 minutes before his teammates got rolling in the final 20. Hasek made 35 saves and moved into a tie for eighth place on the career shutouts list with No. 76, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Hasek tied Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for career shutouts and notched his eighth of the season.
Canucks near Northwest Division title (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks offense finally bailed out Roberto Luongo instead of the other way around. Down 2-0 after their star goaltender let in a rare soft goal, Bryan Smolinski, Taylor Pyatt and Matt Cooke scored in the second period to help the Canucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Canadiens' Halak shuts out Bruins again (AP)
Saku Koivu and Jaroslav Halak left Montreal's loyal fans wanting more. Koivu scored twice and Halak earned his second shutout in the Canadiens' 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night before the Bell Centre's 100th straight sellout crowd. The Canadiens, who have won nine of 11 and finish the regular season with two road games, remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 90...
Islanders stave off playoff elimination (AP)
The New York Islanders are hoping their third-string goaltender can get them to the playoffs. Wade Dubielewicz, playing because of Rick DiPietro's concussion, helped the New York Islanders stave off playoff elimination by stopping 36 shots, plus three more in the shootout to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Sakic and Avs end Flames' six-game run (AP)
Joe Sakic kept the Colorado Avalanche's remote playoff hopes alive on Tuesday night. Sakic scored his team-leading 35th goal and added three assists to lead Colorado past Calgary 4-3, snapping the Flames' six-game winning streak. Colorado hasn't missed the playoffs since the 93-94 season when the franchise was based in Quebec.
Now that the Car of Tomorrow has enjoyed a strong debut, it's time to break out the scorecard.
Pettys, Rudd favor NASCAR franchising (AP)
As a car owner whose teams are struggling to keep up with multicar megateams, seven-time champion Richard Petty has a solution to guarantee those who built NASCAR stick around: franchising.
NASCAR to mandate change before COT returns to track (AP)
NASCAR will mandate a change in the design of the Car of Tomorrow in an attempt to alleviate the heat that caused foam to melt in several cars last weekend at Martinsville.
Martinsville -- sans hot dogs -- gives Montoya fits (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya was warned that Martinsville Speedway would be one of the biggest eye-openers in his jump to NASCAR.
Developers drop proposal for NASCAR track in Kitsap County (AP)
Sponsors of a $368 million NASCAR race track proposal for Washington State abandoned their efforts Monday after encountering stiff opposition from local officials and resistance at the state Legislature.
A bump, but no run, as drivers adjust to new car (AP)
Two races featuring the new Car of Tomorrow -- two thrilling drag races to the finish line.
Johnson holds off Gordon at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmie Johnson offered no apologies for putting his mentor through 53 laps of frustration.
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.