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NEWS FROM 2007-04-10
Mavs clinch best record in the NBA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_clippers_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.dd8eb08f8654466580b98b0b93b395e1.clippers_mavericks_basketball_dna108.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=JxVmjwnYHylSPZFRvJABhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Jerry Stackhouse (42) moves the ball past Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette (50) in the first half of their basketball game in Dallas, Monday, April 9, 2007. Dallas won 96-86. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Prop up your feet, Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse. The Dallas Mavericks have clinched the NBA's best record with five games to go. Nowitzki and Stackhouse were Dallas' leading scorers in a 96-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that sealed the top seed this postseason, then coach Avery Johnson announced right away that they wouldn't be joining the club on a road trip to Minnesota.</p><br clear="all"/>
Play ball? Weather wipes out games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_deep_freeze"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.0bf47d0480db4e76b240dc670b765d56.mariners_indians_ppd_baseball_cd104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=l1jZ0hY9YDdQqwQ5Gxq1BQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona tosses the ball to a teammate, Monday, April 9, 2007, in Cleveland. After snow wiped out Cleveland's four-game series against Seattle for the fourth day in a row Monday, the Indians will move their next series against the Los Angeles Angels to Milwaukee's Miller Park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Play (snow)ball! After a frosty first week, baseball quickly made a move for warmth and shifted the Los Angeles Angels' series against the Indians from Cleveland to an enclosed field in Milwaukee.</p><br clear="all"/>
Secret to beating Tiger: Don't beat self
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_on_golf__beating_tiger"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.b5c8e27828a243cda6bedd1bf8558902.on_golf_beating_tiger_ny154.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=G3DVPzrcGEFfUhBNog91RQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="United States Ryder Cup team players Tiger Woods, left, and Zach Johnson smile a team group photo session at the K Club golf course in Straffan, Ireland, in this Sept. 21, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)" border="0" /></a>AP - One was the greatest major champion of his era. The other was an unproven pro from Iowa. This wasn't Sunday at Augusta National. It was 1955 at The Olympic Club. In both cases, the feeling was it would be no contest.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beware low seeds in NHL's East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_playoff_overview"><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 - One thing is certain: A new team will skate with the Stanley Cup this year. And it could be a club from the East no one saw coming. For the first time in the modern NHL era, neither finalist from the previous season made it back to the playoffs. So with champion Carolina and Edmonton out of the picture, the 16 remaining teams begin their pursuit of the crown.</p><br clear="all"/>
Edwards speeding off toward Busch title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_in_the_pits040907"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.499cd8629a1341cabd586c38a412ed8d.nascar_in_the_pits__auto_racing_tnjr104.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=Ep7Zcrubd6gvftIw59oj3w--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Carl Edwards celebrates with his trophy guitar after winning the NASCAR Busch Series' Pepsi 300 auto race in Gladeville, Tenn., Saturday, April 7, 2007. (AP Photo/John Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carl Edwards never came close to winning the Busch Series title last season, when Kevin Harvick humiliated the competition with a near-flawless run to the championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons sign quarterback Joey Harrington
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_harrington"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.185677e9b648442795fbe869a64a8d6a.falcons_harrington_football_ny160.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=evZ9hCYF.kQM2daMFTNXnw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Miami Dolphins quarterback Joey Harrington throws against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, in this Nov. 23, 2006 file photo. Harrington signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, April 9, 2007 to back up Michael Vick at quarterback. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joey Harrington signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, becoming a leading contender to back up starting quarterback Michael Vick.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs clinch top spot in Western Conference
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.dd8eb08f8654466580b98b0b93b395e1.clippers_mavericks_basketball_dna108.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=JxVmjwnYHylSPZFRvJABhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Jerry Stackhouse (42) moves the ball past Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette (50) in the first half of their basketball game in Dallas, Monday, April 9, 2007. Dallas won 96-86. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks can now sit back, relax and watch the rest of the Western Conference iron out the playoff picture.</p><br clear="all"/>
Padres get just two hits - and wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.cfaccfb2e1c74194851eaab26d5532b1.giants_padres_baseball_cali107.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=IF4jWkYea0eDbGETrIcWzw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="San Diego Padres' Geoff Blum watches his long sacrifice fly just stay fair in right field to bring in the first run of the baseball game in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants in San Diego, Monday, April 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - The way the San Diego Padres are pitching, they don't need much offense to win. In fact, two hits are enough.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beasley scores as Manchester City wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070409/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_british_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070409/capt.th81004091659.britain_soccer_th810.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=lC16z6OUVJSdO6y1YdpeYg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Manchester City's DaMarcus Beasley celebrates his goal against Fulham during the English Premiership soccer match at Craven Cottage, London Monday April 9, 2007. (AP Photo/PA, Sean Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - DaMarcus Beasley scored in the first half Monday night to help Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Fulham, whose only goal came from Carlos Bocanegra, who plays alongside Beasley on the U.S. national team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canada advances to face U.S. in hockey
AP - Kim St. Pierre made 22 saves to help Canada beat Finland 5-0 on Monday night, setting up a 10th straight Canada-United States final in the women's world hockey championships.
Stanford QB Trent Edwards is among the prospects aggressively climbing the board as the NFL draft approaches.
Broncos' Shanahan signs 3-year extension (AP)
Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him in Denver through the 2011 season. Shanahan, 54, led Denver to Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998. Since becoming head coach in January 1995, he has led the Broncos to seven playoff appearances and a 123-69 regular season record, best in the NFL over that span.
Falcons sign Harrington to back up Vick (AP)
Joey Harrington signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, becoming a leading contender to back up starting quarterback Michael Vick. Harrington, the third overall pick by Detroit in the 2002 draft, started 11 games with Miami last season after being obtained by the Dolphins in a trade with the Lions.
Jim Marshall pardoned on drug conviction (AP)
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall's felony drug conviction was scrubbed from his record Monday by the state Board of Pardons with the aid of his former coach. Marshall, an ironman of pro football for nearly two decades, won a pardon for his 1991 conviction on a cocaine possession charge, a clean bill of health he sought so he can travel the world without restrictions to do...
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.
Beware of the Nuggets
Back in the rankings' top 10, the Nuggets are looking like the team no one in the West wants to face in the playoffs.
Mavericks clinch NBA's best record (AP)
Prop up your feet, Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse. The Dallas Mavericks have clinched the NBA's best record with five games to go. Nowitzki and Stackhouse were Dallas' leading scorers in a 96-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that sealed the top seed this postseason, then coach Avery Johnson announced right away that they wouldn't be joining the club on a road trip to...
Pistons win, close in on East's top seed (AP)
As usual, it wasn't pretty for the Detroit Pistons. They still found a way, just as they always do 50 times a season. Chauncey Billups scored 22 points, and the Pistons lowered their magic number to one for clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the New York Knicks 91-83 Monday night for their 50th victory.
Warriors win, move into eighth in West (AP)
Don Nelson has no interest in percentage points, games in hand or playoff projections. The Golden State coach simply wants his Warriors to play five good games to close their most compelling season in 13 years. And the first of those five games stirred long-lost playoff chants from the long-suffering fans who haven't forgotten how to get ready for the postseason.
Wells missing, but Rockets beat Sonics (AP)
Nick Collison's third-quarter takedown of Yao Ming shot a twinge of pain into Yao's left arm, and a stream of anger through the Houston Rockets. Tracy McGrady displayed it outwardly by shoving Collison in the chest and picking up a technical foul. Yao's reaction was outward too, but in a totally different and equally productive manner for Houston.
Surging Nuggets beat fading Lakers (AP)
Allen Iverson knew there'd be days like this. The Nuggets are just 27-27 since his trade from Philadelphia but that doesn't begin to tell the whole story, which includes an array of games without suspended superstar Carmelo Anthony and sharpshooter J.R. Smith and a whole mess of injuries that prevented any sort of cohesion until the last couple of weeks.
Parker scores 30, Spurs roll by Blazers (AP)
Portland is a young team that appears to be getting better. But the Trail Blazers are not yet a playoff caliber team. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich reminded his team of that at halftime. After almost blowing all of a 16-point first-half lead, the Spurs let the scolding from their coach sink in and finally blew out Portland 112-96 on Monday night.
Hot-shooting Magic rout Bucks 117-94 (AP)
Once Dwight Howard's dunks had disassembled the Milwaukee Bucks' patchwork defense, the Orlando Magic had room to roam outside. Orlando equaled its hottest shooting performance of the season on Monday night, hitting 62.5 percent from the floor in a 117-94 victory over Milwaukee. Hedo Turkoglu scored 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting for the Magic, who are trying to hold onto the eighth and final...
Parker, Raptors rally past Timberwolves (AP)
The Toronto Raptors' depth helped them pull out another victory. Anthony Parker had 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and seven Raptors scored in double-figures to help Toronto rally and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-100 on Monday night. Jose Calderon scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit in the final quarter to stretch their...
Heat struggle to deal with player woes (AP)
When reigning NBA finals MVP Dwyane Wade returned from the injury that threatened his season, the Miami Heat hoped everything would fall neatly into place for another championship run. Well, Wade's back from his dislocated left shoulder, and the Heat still seem to be on the cusp of turmoil. Miami's season took another nasty turn Monday morning, when forward James Posey was arrested in Miami Beach...
Belfour arrested after scuffle with cop (AP)
Florida Panthers goalie Ed Belfour was arrested at a popular South Beach bar early Monday after a scuffle with a police officer. Belfour and teammate Ville Peltonen were at the bar when security guards from the club asked police to make Belfour leave, police said. The 41-year-old hockey player refused and walked toward the officer "in a fighting stance" and pushed him, a Miami Beach police report...
Sakic signs one-year contract with Avs (AP)
Joe Sakic had too good of a season to even consider retiring. The Colorado Avalanche captain signed a one-year deal Monday to remain in Denver. Sakic had 36 goals and 64 assists this season, giving him 100 points for the first time since 2000-01. He tied for sixth in the NHL in points. The 37-year-old Sakic could've tested the free agent waters over the summer but preferred to remain in Colorado.
Playoffs missing both Cup finalists (AP)
One thing is certain: A new team will skate with the Stanley Cup this year. And it could be a club from the East no one saw coming. For the first time in the modern NHL era, neither finalist from the previous season made it back to the playoffs. So with champion Carolina and Edmonton out of the picture, the 16 remaining teams begin their pursuit of the crown.
Thrashers make playoff debut vs. Rangers (AP)
Playoff hockey is back in Atlanta. The Atlanta Thrashers will open the Eastern Conference playoffs Thursday night against the New York Rangers, the 7-year-old franchise's first postseason game and the first playoff game in Atlanta since 1980 -- the Flames' final season in the city. As the Southeast Division champions and the No.
Top-seeded Sabres ready for playoffs (AP)
Daniel Briere and the Buffalo Sabres can finally stop talking about what they plan to do when the playoffs begin -- something they've been discussing since the first day of training camp. Seven months, a franchise-record and an NHL-leading 53 wins later, it's time for them to prove they're capable of contending for the Stanley Cup.
Predators get rematch against Sharks (AP)
As an expansion franchise, the Nashville Predators talk a lot about taking steps forward. Now they get the chance to prove they learned from their biggest stumble. A year ago, the Predators couldn't have been happier. They had earned home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs for the first time in their second postseason and opened as the No.
Dubielewicz unlikely key for Islanders (AP)
Wade Dubielewicz squeezed his generously listed 5-foot-10 frame into a tight corner of the small visiting dressing room and welcomed the approaching throng of reporters and well-wishers. Everyone wanted to know how the New York Islanders' third-string goalie felt after leading the team to a stunning final week surge to the playoffs.
Sabres recall Drew Stafford from minors (AP)
Drew Stafford will be part of the Buffalo Sabres playoff roster after the rookie forward was recalled from the minors on Monday. The move came two days after Stafford was sent down to AHL Rochester, freeing up salary cap space to allow the Sabres to activate center Tim Connolly for their final two regular-season games.
Backstrom hopes to continue dream season (AP)
Brian Rolston thought back to training camp in September, when a skinny, quiet guy from Finland walked into the dressing room. "I didn't know anything about him," Rolston said. He wasn't alone. Few Minnesota players knew who Niklas Backstrom was when he signed with the Wild, and his soft-spoken demeanor kept that anonymity through much of camp.
Rivet revitalized since trade to Sharks (AP)
Craig Rivet never found much to celebrate when spring rolled around during his 11 seasons in Montreal. The weather was still miserable in April, and it usually matched the mood of the Canadiens' fans and media who sometimes seemed personally offended by anything less than perfection. "It's not a good thing," the veteran defenseman said.
Stock car Cinderella?
The Chase format allows for an underdog champion like the Masters. One driver in particular has the best shot to be NASCAR's Zach Johnson.
Edwards speeding off toward Busch Series title (AP)
Carl Edwards never came close to winning the Busch Series title last season, when Kevin Harvick humiliated the competition with a near-flawless run to the championship.
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.