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So much for 2-man show at the Masters
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070406/capt.9254a853dfed4136849dc6149bde4841.masters_golf_auh264.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=OQgQ1yAKWBRK7czjzztqrQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Phil Mickelson waits to tee off at the fourth tee during the second round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Friday, April 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - The only survivors to par through two days at the Masters are hardly the players anyone expected to see. Equally mysterious is Augusta National.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe has 46 to help Lakers defeat Sonics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.095f59116b2244c0a15070ebe8b51ead.aptopix_lakers_supersonics_basketball_wajf107.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=SWbZUGc2pt.02Nc1obuvCA--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant shoots against Seattle SuperSonics' Rashard Lewis during the third quarter of their basketball game in Seattle, Friday, April 6, 2007. The Lakers won 112-109 with Bryant leading the scoring with 46 points. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant again hit the big shots. But this victory belonged to the Lakers bench. Amid a mix of "M-V-P" chants and passionate boos, Bryant scored 46 points, 31 in the second half, and the Los Angeles bench added 33 points in the Lakers' 112-109 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kentucky lures Gillispie away from A&M
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_kentucky_gillispie"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070406/capt.649ac54d22db43b4a0c65cbdf1b43074.kentucky_gillispie_basketball_kyer110.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=C6EV0SPlgn3Ej8Ozh30XRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Former Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie smiles during a news conference after being introduced as the new coach of Kentucky basketball during a pep rally in Lexington, Ky., Friday, April 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Billy Gillispie peeked at the seven national championship banners and didn't flinch. He welcomes the pressure of coaching at college basketball's winningest school.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets romp past Braves to move to 4-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.8a57730621d64cff90b14f59ad8dd750.mets_braves_baseball_gajb104.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=k9dM3eoIfLZuapazbY.esA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="New York Mets starter Oliver Perez works in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, April 6, 2007, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's no great surprise to see Jose Reyes hitting triples and the New York Mets scoring a lot of runs. The Mets' pitchers are keeping pace, and that is a surprise.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ricky Williams applies for reinstatement
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_ricky_williams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070406/capt.462a295e908b4729980a5e66939afd07.nfl_ricky_williams_ny155.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=cVznNeDdPbs8vA7HdeiuGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Toronto Argonauts' Ricky Williams smiles as he sits on the bench during pre-season CFL action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto, Canada, in this June 2, 2006. Williams, the former NFL star who played in Canada last season after being suspended for a year for substance abuse, has applied for reinstatement. (AP Photo/Adrian Wyld, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ricky Williams, the former NFL star who played in Canada last season after being suspended for a year for substance abuse, has applied for reinstatement. Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the running back, who will turn 30 in May, had sent a letter asking that he be allowed to return to the Miami Dolphins.</p><br clear="all"/>
Player council formed to advise Goodell
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_player_council"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070406/capt.41e7970e84554fb0b9c394288dfac4d4.player_council_football_nyol570.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=B7ov6zaCU60B34.VpeS4Aw--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL annual meetings Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix in this file photo. Goodell has established a six-member council of veteran players to advise him on a variety of issues, including player conduct (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has established a six-member council of veteran players to advise him on a variety of issues, including player conduct.</p><br clear="all"/>
Salmons helps rally Kings past Jazz
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.699f316e03c54e399275614779a90b1f.jazz_kings_basketball_sca102.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=s1JYHXj7DM5FYipvJftIoA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, left, has his shot blocked by Sacramento Kings guard Ronnie Price during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Sacramento Kings finally won a home game Friday night, while the Utah Jazz continued their puzzling play on the road.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wainwright keeps Cards from 0-4 start
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.dfccbcba67a840bfa5d6e5634d820032.cardinals_astros_baseball_hta108.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=0cFKFs08spQ2H.kp1UI46w--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, April 6, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam Wainwright pitched seven impressive innings, hit an RBI double, scored a run and started a pivotal double play with a barehanded pickup. Not bad for his first career start.</p><br clear="all"/>
Officials defend police in Man U clash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_violence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070405/capt.mjs10304051201.italy_soccer_violence_mjs103.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=JKkHoimUYn_sbPIcrndQPQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Italian police at the Roma ground clash with Manchester United fans during the team's Champion's League Quarter-Finals first leg soccer match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, Wednesday April 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Italian security officials defended the conduct of police in clashes with Manchester United fans, saying Friday the officers were defending themselves and that the visiting supporters started the violence.</p><br clear="all"/>
Thrashers clinch 1st division crown
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_hurricanes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.a0451c5ebead4a3eabe82c65164484e2.thrashers_hurricanes_hockey_ncgb104.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=XOl2.DNxnHcWUC6TSPq_ww--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Atlanta Thrashers' Eric Belanger, left, and Vyacheslav Kozlov, of Russia, celebrate Belanger's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, April 6, 2007. Atlanta won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Hartley told his Atlanta Thrashers to treat their game against Carolina on Friday night like a Game 7. His team responded with a performance that clinched the franchise's first division title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sorrow not guilt
Jack Tatum is sorry for the fate suffered by Darryl Stingley, but he continues to defend how he played.
Ricky Williams applies for reinstatement (AP)
Ricky Williams, the former NFL star who played in Canada last season after being suspended for a year for substance abuse, has applied for reinstatement. Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the running back, who will turn 30 in May, had sent a letter asking that he be allowed to return to the Miami Dolphins.
Panthers, QB Carr agree to two-year deal (AP)
A month after he was released by the Houston Texans, David Carr agreed Friday to a two-year deal to play for the Carolina Panthers. Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, will serve as Jake Delhomme's backup. "It's a case where we were obviously looking for someone to come in back up Jake and the opportunity to get a quarterback the caliber of David in free agency is unique," Panthers...
Goodell names NFL player council (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has established a six-member council of veteran players to advise him on a variety of issues, including player conduct. Most of the players named to the council, which includes players union president Troy Vincent, met this week with Goodell on the same day the commissioner heard from Adam "Pacman" Jones of Tennessee and Chris Henry of Cincinnati to discuss their...
Paralyzed ex-Pats WR Stingley dies at 55 (AP)
Darryl Stingley spent more than half his life in a wheelchair, a symbol of the violence of the NFL, where large bodies collide at high speeds on every play. He was only 26 when he clashed head-on with the Raiders' Jack Tatum during an exhibition at the Oakland Coliseum as they leaped for a pass. That play has haunted the NFL for nearly three decades.
Brady Quinn stops in to see Browns (AP)
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn dressed in a light orange shirt for his visit to the Cleveland Browns. If he gets his wish, he'll soon have a matching orange helmet. Quinn, who grew up in Dublin, Ohio, has said he wants to play for the Browns, the team he rooted for as a kid. On Thursday, he spent a few hours touring the team's headquarters and interviewing with coaches.
'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.
Cowboys re-sign WR Crayton (AP)
Patrick Crayton re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys to remain the No. 3 receiver behind Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. The Cowboys offered Crayton, who was a restricted free agent, a one-year, $1.3 million tender to remain with the team. The signing was announced Thursday. Crayton played in all 16 games last season, his third with the Cowboys since being a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern...
Playoff sneak peek
Raptors clinch Atlantic Division title (AP)
The Toronto Raptors are taking the Atlantic Division title north of the border. Chris Bosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double to help Toronto win its first division title with a 94-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. "It's a start," coach Sam Mitchell said.
Bryant's 46, Lakers' bench key win (AP)
Kobe Bryant again hit the big shots. But this victory belonged to the Lakers bench. Amid a mix of "M-V-P" chants and passionate boos, Bryant scored 46 points, 31 in the second half, and the Los Angeles bench added 33 points in the Lakers' 112-109 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night. Bryant made 13 of 27 shots, including a 19-footer with 1:41 left that gave the Lakers a 105-103 lead they...
Anthony's late heroics lift Nuggets (AP)
Carmelo Anthony stole Dirk Nowitzki's skip pass in the closing seconds, then sank two free throws with 9 seconds left, leading the Denver Nuggets past the Dallas Mavericks 75-71 Friday night. Anthony, whose alley-oop dunk from Marcus Camby broke a 71-71 tie with just over a minute left, stepped in front of Nowitzki's crosscourt pass and then drew the foul going to the hoop.
Wizards lose first game without Arenas (AP)
LeBron James produced when the Cleveland Cavaliers needed him in the fourth quarter. Gilbert Arenas wasn't there to do the same for the Washington Wizards. Never was the impact of the loss of a superstar move evident than in the Cavaliers' 99-94 victory over the Wizards on Friday night. James had a poor shooting game, but he attacked the basket down the stretch and scored 14 of his 25 points in the...
Gordon, Deng lead Bulls in rout of Nets (AP)
Even injuries and illness can't slow down the Chicago Bulls these days. Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Luol Deng added 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 105-74 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night. The Bulls won for the seventh time in eight games and moved within 2 1/2 games of Detroit for first-place Detroit in the Central Division and Eastern Conference.
Warriors win again, continue late push (AP)
With a playoff spot in sight, the Golden State Warriors didn't want the lowly Memphis Grizzlies sidetracking their goals. Baron Davis scored 31 points and had nine assists to lead Golden State to a 116-104 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night. The Warriors' fourth straight victory keeps them in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Roy, Blazers defeat short-handed Rockets (AP)
Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack want to become a great NBA tandem one day. The rookie and second-year player gave the Portland Trail Blazers a glimpse Friday night of what they hope to be in the future. Roy scored 24 points and Jack added 23 as Portland beat a Houston team playing without both Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming 85-78.
Kings rally past struggling Jazz (AP)
The Sacramento Kings finally won a home game Friday night, while the Utah Jazz continued their puzzling play on the road. Kevin Martin had 21 points and John Salmons scored 17, including 11 in the final 3:49, to help rally the Kings to a 107-103 victory over struggling Utah. Relying primarily on the versatile Salmons down the stretch, the Kings outscored Utah 32-21 in the fourth quarter, to snap a...
Nash, Suns top injury-depleted Hornets (AP)
For the second straight night, the Phoenix Suns weren't able to run and gun in the way that's led them to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Then again, the postseason is still two weeks away. Leandro Barbosa scored 26 points, Steve Nash matched his career best with his 49th double-double of the season, and the Phoenix Suns wore down the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets for a 103-95 win...
Thrashers clinch Southeast Division (AP)
Bob Hartley told his Atlanta Thrashers to treat their game against Carolina on Friday night like a Game 7. His team responded with a performance that clinched the franchise's first division title. Ilya Kovalchuk was among four Thrashers to score while Johan Hedberg was solid in net in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes that helped give Atlanta the Southeast Division crown.
Ducks miss chance to clinch Pacific (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks will have to wait to celebrate their first Pacific Division title after the Dallas Stars spoiled the party. Vladislav Nagy converted in the fourth round to lift the Stars to a 2-1 shootout victory over Anaheim on Friday night, preventing the Ducks from clinching the division championship.
Panthers end Tampa's bid for Southeast (AP)
Tampa Bay desperately wanted to win its home finale against rival Florida on Friday night. Even an overtime loss would have kept alive the Lightning's hopes for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Instead, the Panthers prevailed 7-2, leaving the Lightning two points behind the New York Rangers in the sixth position as their regular season concludes Saturday in Atlanta.
Red Wings ink Datsyuk to seven-year deal (AP)
Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch believes his team addressed its top priority by signing center Pavel Datsyuk to a 7-year contract extension. "Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us," Ilitch said. The move Friday underscored the team's time-honored tradition of doggedly scouting far-flung talent -- in Datsyuk's case, Russia's Siberia region -- and reinvesting in proven performers.
Ducks G Giguere won't make road trip (AP)
Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere won't make the trip with the team to Dallas and Columbus, instead remaining behind to be with his family. Giguere and his wife Kristen are dealing with a non-life-threatening medical condition with their son, Maxime Olivier, who was born on Wednesday. "J.S. and his wife Kristen are dealing with an issue of much greater importance than hockey games," Ducks...
Rangers ride surge into playoffs (AP)
Jaromir Jagr looked at the standings around the All-Star break and sensed trouble. The New York Rangers would need to win about 60 percent of their final 33 games to return to the postseason. "The first 40, 50 games we didn't play to our potential," Jagr said Thursday after the Rangers clinched a playoff berth.
Brodeur sets single-season mark for wins (AP)
Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils had a record-setting night against the worst team in the NHL. Brodeur surpassed Bernie Parent, Philadelphia's stalwart Stanley Cup-winning goalie, for wins in a season with 48 and the Devils clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Red Wings clinch Central despite SO loss (AP)
Nikolai Khabibulin truly earned his latest victory for the Chicago Blackhawks. Khabibulin stopped a season-high 56 shots through overtime, then three of four Detroit shooters in the shootout, to help the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 3-2 Thursday night. Chicago won its fourth straight and snapped a seven-game losing streak against Detroit that dated to March 2006.
Hejduk preserves Avs' playoff hopes (AP)
Milan Hejduk single-handedly preserved the Colorado Avalanche's slim playoff hopes and increased the pressure on the Calgary Flames. Hejduk scored three goals, including two just under 4 minutes apart in the third period, to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday night. Paul Stastny assisted on all three goals as Colorado improved to 13-1-2 in the last 16 games to pull...
Sam Hornish has experienced a rocky start in his transition from IRL champion to stock car trainee in the Busch Series.
Notes: All-Star race goes big time (AP)
The NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge generally draws a big TV audience and a big crowd to Lowe's Motor Speedway...
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)