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NEWS FROM 2007-04-08
Tough day leaves Tiger 1 shot off lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.b206a005f6e64a058f882ef5c084c4d8.masters_golf_auh195.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=BHmE6ADFzNDmrYJJjLYVSQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Tiger Woods waves on the seventh green during the third round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Saturday, April 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods getting into the final group at the Masters made it feel like a typical Saturday at Augusta National. Nothing else did.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod comes through with clutch slam
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.5d142f42d6754db8b7d88d5fec9f7607.orioles_yankees_baseball_nyff129.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=8YPFnc6t.GOKlNA0s_4qcg--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, center, is greeted at home plate by teammates after hitting a game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning of baseball action against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 7, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won the game 10-7. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez turned Kei Igawa's forgettable debut into a day he'll long remember. Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two outs and the Yankees trailing by a run. Just the type of pressure situation Rodriguez failed at during the last two Octobers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sosa's 1st homer since '05 lifts Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.a6e4162c99c4448f88cf4ada5de5e589.red_sox_rangers_baseball_arl111.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=RWHRSDUgngEpRqz8m9j8bA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, left, looks on as Texas Rangers Sammy Sosa (21) follows through on a single to right field off a pitch from Julian Tavarez in the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, April 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa pumped his right fist triumphantly as he rounded first base. He crossed the plate with the fans chanting his name. While Sosa is no stranger to home run trots, this was his first since 2005.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carter and Kidd each post triple-double
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_wizards_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.389f51a4c69f4fbf9e9dfd1cac5b5f46.wizards_nets_basketball___era111.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=9MpYGN1T5D5p414pEFCXzQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd passes the ball during third quarter NBA basketball against the Washington Wizards Saturday night, April 7, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. Kidd had a triple-double (10 points, 18 assists and 16 rebounds) as the Nets beat the Wizards, 120-114, in overtime. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vince Carter and Jason Kidd are now in the same category with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, at least when it comes to triple-doubles.</p><br clear="all"/>
Durant captures Wooden award in runaway
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070407/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_wooden_award"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070407/capt.c2f7078053564efbb3778c9f141debeb.wooden_award_basketball_la101.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=8tEkCxKzJ3hAcVbLV1Ej9g--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="University of Texas' Kevin Durant speaks to media Saturday April 7, 2007, during the 2007 John R. Wooden Award ceremonies in Los Angeles. Durant captured the John R. Wooden Award in a runaway becoming the first freshman to win the trophy and completing a sweep of the top six national male player of the year honors. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Durant completed a sweep of the top six national player of the year honors. It was a humbling experience in more ways than one.</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/20070407/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"/>
Sonics stage huge rally to beat Jazz
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_supersonics_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.0cc1b24c948a4edfb10e45584a8ac4d9.supersonics_jazz_basketball_slcc101.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=bPU7ODDvYM37t67d5EbtmQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis (7) is fouled by Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Trailing by 20 entering the fourth quarter, the Seattle SuperSonics were hoping just to get out of Utah with a little dignity. They left with quite a bit.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vlad knocks in 10th run to help beat A's
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.7748a9fb4be143a9ac061caba76447e2.athletics_angels_baseball_camm101.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=GfHJr1POZ_pUKMNYm90EyQ--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lackey scattered seven hits in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels took advantage of some shoddy Oakland baserunning to beat the Athletics 2-1 Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fire make early goal stand up for win
AP - Logan Pause scored in the fourth minute to give the Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in both teams' season opener Saturday night.
Wild cruise in final playoff tuneup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070408/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blues_wild"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.fe0580c2b6df460a809a464f9aa9ac31.blues_wild_hockey_mnpb105.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=DtBoRmX9d2lSzD3_HTec2Q--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Minnesota WIld center Wyatt Smith, left, is congratulated by teammates Kurtis Foster, cencer, and Adam Hall after Smith scored his second goal of the night against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of a hockey game, Saturday, April 7, 2007, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won, 5-1. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Moments after dispatching the St. Louis Blues in the regular-season finale, the Minnesota Wild looked west. The Wild have been itching for the playoffs to start since they clinched a berth on March 27. Now the Anaheim Ducks await, and Minnesota is playing well at just the right time.</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
Carter, Kidd notch triple-doubles in win (AP)
Vince Carter and Jason Kidd are now in the same category with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, at least when it comes to triple-doubles. Carter and Kidd became the first teammates with triple-doubles in the same game since Jordan and Pippen in 1989, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 120-114 overtime victory over the injury-ravaged Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Mavs draw closer to top seed in West (AP)
Jason Terry stole a pass and headed in for an easy layup, the fifth straight basket by the Dallas Mavericks and the kind of momentum-boosting play he usually punctuates with a zooming imitation of his nickname, "Jet." Instead, all Terry could muster was a halfhearted attempt, walking away with his arms slightly above his waist, nowhere near fully extended.
Spurs extend home mastery vs. Warriors (AP)
Time is running out on the Golden State Warriors' quest for a playoff berth. Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Manu Ginobili added 25, and the San Antonio Spurs beat Golden State 112-99 Saturday night to hand the Warriors a potentially costly loss. The Warriors had won four straight and were trying to match a season-high winning streak.
Sonics rally past slumping Jazz, 106-103 (AP)
Trailing by 20 entering the fourth quarter, the Seattle SuperSonics were hoping just to get out of Utah with a little dignity. They left with quite a bit. The Sonics outscored Utah 39-16 in the final quarter, rallying to win 106-103 Saturday and humbling the Jazz on the night they unveiled their division championship banner.
Magic maintain hold on eighth in East (AP)
Nothing has come easy lately for the Orlando Magic, at least not until the Memphis Grizzlies came to town. Orlando, looking for its first playoff berth in four years, jumped out to a 22-point lead in the first eight minutes of the game and coasted to a 116-89 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Dunleavy, O'Neal power Pacers to win (AP)
The Indiana Pacers hope their late-season charge will be enough to get them into the postseason. After a dismal stretch in February and March, when the Pacers went 2-17, they remain in the thick of the playoff picture following a 105-98 victory over the short-handed Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The win kept Indiana (34-42) within one game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern...
Paul helps Hornets hold off Wolves (AP)
With five games left and New Orleans 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the West, Chris Paul wasn't about to let a sore left foot sideline him again. "He gave me that look last night that said, 'I'm playing tomorrow,"' Hornets coach Byron Scott said. Paul scored 18 points and had 10 assists in his return, and Rasual Butler added 17 to help the Hornets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-94...
Curry scores 43 in Knicks' OT win (AP)
With the game on the line, Isiah Thomas knew exactly where he needed Eddy Curry: behind the 3-point line. Curry scored a career-high 43 points, including his first 3-pointer of the season to force overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 Saturday night. "He asked me if I had one in me and I said, 'Yeah,"' Curry said.
Sonics G Allen undergoes ankle surgery (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen had surgery Saturday to remove bone spurs in both of his ankles. The All-Star will be in a walking boot for three to four weeks and then begin rehabilitation, the Sonics said in a news release. The typical recovery period is two to three months, the team said. The arthroscopic surgery was performed by Dr.
Sabres clinch Presidents' Trophy (AP)
Tim Connolly's first goal of the season came in the Buffalo Sabres' most significant win. Connolly scored in his return from a concussion sustained in last year's playoffs and Buffalo beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 on Saturday to clinch the best record in the NHL. "It's a big monkey off my back," said Connolly, who scored his first goal in almost a year.
Forsberg's Preds oust Avs from playoffs (AP)
Predators forward Peter Forsberg arrived back to town for the first time in two seasons, the Avalanche dedicated a video tribute to him on the scoreboard and then he brought Colorado's postseason hopes to a crashing halt. The former Avalanche player almost feels bad. Almost. Forsberg set up Paul Kariya's game-winning goal midway through the third period to help the Nashville Predators beat the...
Canucks clinch Northwest Division title (AP)
When Joe Thornton ran Vancouver's Matt Cooke into the boards late in the third period, the San Jose Sharks' sizzling rivalry with the Canucks seemed perfectly primed for a first-round playoff sequel. Two late goals changed both clubs' postseason course, and it's a pity: After this bruising regular-season finale for San Jose, only a rematch could have been more exciting than a game that decided two...
Leafs keep playoff hopes, end Habs' (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs stayed alive and knocked out their biggest rivals, too. Trailing the Montreal Canadiens by one entering the third period, the Maple Leafs got power-play goals from Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood and then held on for a 6-5 victory on Saturday night in the final game for both teams.
Islanders keep playoff hopes alive (AP)
The New York Islanders still have a shot at the postseason. They got the first win of two this weekend they needed to stay in the hunt, and then got help Saturday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated the Montreal Canadiens from the crowded Eastern Conference playoff chase. Wade Dubielewicz was solid again with 28 saves and the Islanders stayed alive by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 a...
Ducks clinch Pacific, then win finale (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks had a game to play, although their minds were 2,000 miles away. Teemu Selanne had two goals, and the Ducks celebrated the first division title in franchise history by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night. Word leaked out to the Ducks just before the start that they had clinched the Pacific Division, thanks to Vancouver's 4-3 overtime victory over second-place...
Senators claim home ice for first round (AP)
The Ottawa Senators weren't about to squander another chance for home-ice advantage in the playoffs. They beat Boston 6-3 Saturday night, scoring twice in just over three minutes after the Bruins cut the lead to 4-3 in the third period. The victory gave the Senators home-ice advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series against Pittsburgh.
Penguins top Rangers 2-1, will face Sens (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins won, yet felt like losers if only for one night. The New York Rangers lost, yet came out of their final regular-season game feeling like winners. Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi, the oldest players on a Pittsburgh team led by teenage scoring champion Sidney Crosby, scored goals and the Penguins completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NHL history by beating the...
Lightning drop to seventh with SO loss (AP)
By beating Tampa Bay on Saturday night, Atlanta won't have to face the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. That's fine with the Thrashers. Playing before a sellout crowd eager to celebrate Atlanta's first division championship, the Thrashers and Lightning traded punches -- literally, at times -- before Jonathan Sim's shootout goal gave Atlanta a 3-2 win in the final regular-season game...
Backstrom, Wild finish season with win (AP)
Moments after dispatching the St. Louis Blues in the regular-season finale, the Minnesota Wild looked west. The Wild have been itching for the playoffs to start since they clinched a berth on March 27. Now the Anaheim Ducks await, and Minnesota is playing well at just the right time. The Wild cruised in their final tuneup before the playoffs, getting 24 saves from Niklas Backstrom in a 5-1 victory...
Cold weather and a lack of Buschwackers wasn't enough to spoil the fun in the Busch Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Edwards extends Busch Series lead with Nashville win (AP)
Carl Edwards raced to his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series victory, easily winning the Pepsi 300 in chilly conditions Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway to extend his lead in the season standings.
Champ Car series moves Zolder race to August (AFP)
The Champ Car motor raceing series Saturday announced their race scheduled for Zolder on September 9 has been moved up to August 26.
Edwards wins, continues domination of Busch Series (PA SportsTicker)
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.