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NEWS FROM 2007-04-09
Johnson holds off Tiger to win Masters
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.a840c158c3d94cd2982fa91fcf1c1343.aptopix_masters_golf_auh248.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=X_NrnWi1ZC0fa1cq.mYLkw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Zach Johnson, left, receives the Masters green jacket from last year's champion Phil Mickelson after winning the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - It all seemed surreal to Zach Johnson. Three clutch birdies on the back nine at the Masters. His name atop the leaderboard. Toppling Tiger Woods. Slipping on the green jacket.</p><br clear="all"/>
Papelbon saves strong game by Schilling
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.2f6704b6c2dc4880a2fcda35ffd24486.red_sox_rangers_baseball_arl110.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=wLZAhTgRigAsUbIe.HbBPw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon points to catcher Jason Varitek after getting the final out against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2007. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz snapped out of his slump with his first two home runs and Curt Schilling bounced back from his horrendous debut. Still, Jonathan Papelbon had to save the day for Boston.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bobcats spoil Dwyane Wade's big return
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bobcats_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.5717e61aa668455b8829ddb1d5057f87.bobcats_heat_basketball_flhd109.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=KGEdVbETeqXL0k_xhtkdUA--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) heads upcourt against Charlotte Bobcats' Raymond Felton (20) during thir- quarter NBA basketball action in Miami Sunday, April 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Dwyane Wade walked onto Miami's home court for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks, Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff called timeout, deflating what was a raucous greeting from the Heat crowd.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana shuts down ChiSox to move to 2-0
<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_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.c69720c5af1b41fd891ceb41cb235d76.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs106.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=_ojW1IRxdGTtYwLFLVw_8g--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Johan Santana delivers a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against Chicago White Sox, Sunday, April 8, 2007, in Chicago. The Twins won the game, 3-1.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Santana insisted he doesn't care who he faces. Considering how well he pitches against the Chicago White Sox, one has to wonder.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bell helps carry Suns past Kobe, Lakers
<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_suns_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.1b97553921e14af9a948e81419665cad.suns_lakers_basketball_las114.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=vWbSA_7mt2LZFQT0c0vOAg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns' Raja Bell (9) puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom guards during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 8, 2007 in Los Angeles. Looking on at left is the Suns' Amare Stoudamire and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant at right. The Suns won 115-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Raja Bell has been playing long enough to know how rapidly things can change for an outside shooter. That being said, he's never had back-to-back games like his last two.</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"/>
T-Mac scores 40 as Rockets end skid at 3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.d15a247e9fc44ffdaaf5a5940df142b5.rockets_kings_basketball_sca106.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=kDtOWsOAcpPSzBE.mqKglg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Houston Rockets forward Tracy McGrady reacts after missing an open shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game agains the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, April 8. 2007. The Rockets won 112-106.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming are still recovering from back injuries, they're both determined to make sure the Houston Rockets don't back into the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Titans Team Report
(The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - In going from Dallas to Tennessee this offseason, new Titans MLB Ryan Fowler also went from the 3-4 defensive scheme to the 4-3 with the Titans. Fowler's size and strength should make him equipped to play in either scheme, but without an offensive lineman in his path each play, he should have more freedom to make plays using his instincts. Fowler's presence might also allow OLBs Keith Bulluck and David Thornton to have more freedom. Fowler will have to beat out second-year player Stephen Tulloch in
training camp, but most believe he has the inside track for the job. . . .
Dynamo open MLS Cup defense with tie
AP - The Houston Dynamo opened their defense of the MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night with a scoreless tie.
Crosby bests Lemieux's pace _ at 19
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_crosby_s_playoffs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070408/capt.820bccb449084bd7b9332b5cea093be5.rangers_penguins_hockey_pagp110.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=u4b.CMm02xDNRHfQycK7lA--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) skates in the third period against the New York Rangers in NHL hockey action at Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 7, 2007. The Pens beat the Rangers, 2-1, with Crosby finishing the season as the NHL scoring champion. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mario Lemieux didn't win a scoring title until his fourth NHL season and, despite his enormous talent and on-ice presence, couldn't lead the Pittsburgh Penguins into the playoffs until his fifth season.</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
Wade has forgettable return as Heat lose (AP)
As Dwyane Wade walked onto Miami's home court for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks, Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff called timeout, deflating what was a raucous greeting from the Heat crowd. And that wasn't all the Bobcats did to spoil Wade's fun on Sunday night. Gerald Wallace scored 30 points, Walter Herrmann hit two big 3-pointers in the final minute and the Bobcats ruined Wade's return from a...
Pistons hold James to 20 and beat Cavs (AP)
LeBron James almost single-handedly beat the Detroit Pistons a month ago. The Pistons didn't give him a chance Sunday. Detroit's `D' forced James to defer to teammates and that strategy helped the Pistons defeat the Cavaliers 87-82 to move one step closer to earning home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
McGrady has 40 in return as Rockets win (AP)
Although Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming are still recovering from back injuries, they're both determined to make sure the Houston Rockets don't back into the playoffs. McGrady had 40 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in his return, and the Rockets made a late surge to snap a three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Bell makes 6-of-6 3s, Suns beat Lakers (AP)
Raja Bell has been playing long enough to know how rapidly things can change for an outside shooter. That being said, he's never had back-to-back games like his last two. Less than 48 hours after missing all 10 of his 3-point shots in a victory over the Hornets, Bell was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 22 points Sunday in a 115-107 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Parker, Bosh lift Raptors past Bulls (AP)
Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors sent a message. Anthony Parker scored a career-high 27 points and Bosh had 22 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 103-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night. Joey Graham added 19 points for the Raptors, who clinched their first Atlantic Division title last Friday and their first playoff spot in five years last month.
76ers come from 17 down, top Hawks in OT (AP)
One good half was good enough for the Philadelphia 76ers. Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and the 76ers rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit Sunday night for a 109-104 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Willie Green's 3-pointer with 4:23 left in overtime gave the 76ers their first lead since midway through the first quarter and put Philadelphia ahead for good.
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.
Iverson lifts Nuggets by Clippers 96-93 (AP)
The Denver Nuggets needed a big defensive stop near the end of the game as much as they did Allen Iverson's 17 fourth-quarter points. And the eight-time All-Star provided that, too. Iverson made a critical steal that set up his clinching free throws after Linas Kleiza hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds to play, and the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-93 Saturday night.
Mavs one game from 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.
Isles top Devils, earn last playoff spot (AP)
The New York Islanders were pushed to the limit to earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders needed a 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday to complete a sweep of their final four games and earn a first-round showdown with the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres. "We didn't lose any hope," Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt said.
Stars win, will face Canucks in playoffs (AP)
The Dallas Stars want to carry the momentum from a 12-2-2 season-ending run into the playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Modano scored with 3:49 left and the Stars tuned up for the postseason with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. It was his 507th career goal, extending his record for U.S.-born players.
Sabres denied their highest point total (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers ended their worst season in 40 years by denying Buffalo a chance to finish with the highest point total in its history. It would have been a nice milestone, for sure, but the Sabres just wanted to get out of town healthy and get ready to make a run at their first Stanley Cup championship.
Leafs watch playoff hopes slip away (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs' season ended with another shootout loss. But this time, the Maple Leafs could only watch as their playoff hopes slipped away in New Jersey. The Leafs were only 4-7 in shootouts this season, for the second year in a row struggling in the extra session. And the irony of the New York Islanders using the shootout to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Sunday was lost on no one.
Crosby powers Penguins into playoffs (AP)
Mario Lemieux didn't win a scoring title until his fourth NHL season and, despite his enormous talent and on-ice presence, couldn't lead the Pittsburgh Penguins into the playoffs until his fifth season. Sidney Crosby did both in his second season. At age 19. The NHL hasn't seen anything like this since a 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky's first NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80 -- a teenager...
Sakic gets 100th point as Avs win finale (AP)
Even in a meaningless game, Joe Sakic was something special. Sakic scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, giving him 100 points for the first time since 2001 and leading Colorado past Calgary 6-3 Sunday night in a game rendered inconsequential by the Avalanche's loss 24 hours earlier. At 37, Sakic became the second-oldest player in NHL history to reach 100 points, joining Gordie Howe, who...
Dethroned Hurricanes look to next season (AP)
There will be no short-summer struggles for the Carolina Hurricanes this offseason. There aren't going to be any parades, parties or road trips with the Stanley Cup, either. After becoming just the third team to win the Cup and then miss the playoffs the next season, last year's champions now have five long months to rest, recover and stew over what went wrong.
Canucks close with loss to Coyotes (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks have never had a better regular season. The Phoenix Coyotes have not been worse since the franchise moved from Winnipeg in 1996. The Coyotes beat the Canucks 3-1 on Sunday, bringing a meaningless conclusion to vastly different seasons. Derek Morris scored the go-ahead goal three seconds into a power play at 12:12 of the first period.
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.
Cold weather and a lack of Buschwackers wasn't enough to spoil the fun in the Busch Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Australia's Power wins opening Champ Car auto race of season (AFP)
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.