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'Pacman,' Henry hit with NFL suspensions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jones_henry_suspensions"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.c2c8af85b8174412b8101d972019464d.jones_henry_suspensions_football_ny152.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=PI24r957.7gYAS7t522saA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="These 2006 handout photos from the NFL show Tennessee Titans' Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Cincinnati Bengals' Chris Henry. (AP Photo/HO, NFL)" border="0" /></a>AP - The punishment was aimed squarely at Adam "Pacman" Jones and Chris Henry. The message went far beyond them, to all NFL players. In suspending Jones for the 2007 season and Henry for eight games, Commissioner Roger Goodell not only cracked down on two of the league's most troublesome players on Tuesday, he also sent a warning to everyone:</p><br clear="all"/>
Durant leaving Texas to enter NBA draft
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_texas_durant"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.26deca3b363b46ff94ff38739636b843.texas_durant_basketball_txjp101.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=u8Zjcr2_hGTpiXhwnYtCXA--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Texas freshman basketball forward Kevin Durant, the Associated Press Player of the Year, announces he will enter the June NBA draft during a news conference in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)" border="0" /></a>AP - Durant, an 18-year-old freshman and The Associated Press Player of the Year, said Tuesday he will leave the Longhorns to enter the June draft, bringing a quick end to what was a short but spectacular college career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rutgers team angry but will meet Imus
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_en_ot/imus_protests"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.9c750cf040ea434fa0fe5045e046023a.imus_protests_rutgers_njmd103.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Ex4i4NokCzC2QG0UjFWTiw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Essence Carson, a junior on the Rutgers University women's basketball team speaks at a news conference on campus in Piscataway, N.J., Tuesday, April 10, 2007, to react to racially derogatory remarks directed at their team made on air by radio personality Don Imus. The team said they would meet privately with Imus. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Rutgers women's basketball team blasted radio host Don Imus Tuesday for "racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable and abominable" and agreed to meet with the embattled radio host.</p><br clear="all"/>
Snow follows Indians, but they can play
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070411/capt.386b453c128a4ab4b850b1c0290aeeeb.angels_indians_baseball_wimg119.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=uGYpnfxeaU1I3saGsjmMIw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Cleveland Indians fan John Adams bangs his drum from right field during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The game is being played in Milwaukee because of recent weather conditions in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even if Milwaukee gets blanketed with the predicted 10 inches of snow overnight, Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge will wake up knowing that his team still can play baseball on Wednesday. And given the events of the past week, he's pretty sure of one thing. "We brought it with us," Wedge said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox pelt Weaver, win Fenway opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.16a6e16b66c9480db35367a7ac4deefb.mariners_red_sox_mack106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=mjqTpFnDDzescYu7MvkT_A--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Seattle Mariner's starter Jeff Weaver looks toward the outfield as Boston Red Sox' J.D. Drew (7) crosses home plate on his two-run homer during the second inning of their baseball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Weaver gave up seven runs on seven hits in his two inning outing. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Red Sox welcomed the Seattle Mariners to Boston with a whole different kind of storm. Pelting World Series star Jeff Weaver with seven runs in the first two innings, Boston celebrated its home opener with a 14-3 victory on Tuesday in the Mariners' first game since a blizzard snowed them out of four straight in Cleveland.</p><br clear="all"/>
Goodell gets tough, protects NFL brand
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_goodell_s_crackdown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.f9bea3ede8e54a06b9e6e2d7e8e88db1.jones_henry_suspensions_football_ny159.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=w9TVe1yYeCFEF8a2kw7Ijg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="** FILE * NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses before answering a question during a news conference at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix, in this March 26, 2007 file photo (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Goodell calls it "the shield," and he wears it proudly. He defended the NFL shield as powerfully as any commissioner can Tuesday by suspending Adam "Pacman" Jones for a season and Chris Henry for eight games, while also strengthening the league's player conduct policy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Heat may defend title the hard way
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_bobcats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070411/capt.0fb275b50b2741c0a1ff00f9e669aa98.heat_bobcats_basketball_nccb103.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=JfEblKGjOCpvtqMyZnxITQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Charlotte Bobcats' Emeka Okafor (50) shoots over Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's becoming clear the Miami Heat will have to defend their NBA title the hard way — without home-court advantage. A half-speed Dwyane Wade, a slew of injuries and off-the-court problems have left the Heat staggering.</p><br clear="all"/>
Martin's sac fly lifts Dodgers 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070411/capt.d9d038999cea416c947019f251ee94fb.rockies_dodgers_baseball_lad114.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=hK15rdx656RLVwZRUmQgpA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin, left, is congratulated Nomar Garciaparra, center, and pitcher Takashi Saito, of Japan, as they celebrate their 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Russell Martin's sacrifice fly in the eighth drove in Wilson Betemit with the winning run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man United, Chelsea reach semifinals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.th81204102002.britain_soccer_champions_league_th812.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=m1XwdwBnBpqUhg_P0Z8M9w--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Police restrain a man as they try to maintain the peace after violent clashes before Manchester United and Roma's Champions League quarter final, second-leg soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday April 10, 2007. (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Copley)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fans fought outside the stadium before Manchester United's 7-1 win over AS Roma on Tuesday night in the European Champions League.</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators goalie Vokoun healthy, ready
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_sharks_predators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.45ae207d3e5a4912be269213b5b4308f.sharks_predators_preview_hockey_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=ESzb22sasgdItC316_AU5w--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Dallas Stars center Stu Barnes (14) fires a shot off Nashville Predators defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44), of Finland, as goalie Tomas Vokoun, center, of the Czech Republic, eyes the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., in this March 31, 2007 file photo. The Nashville goaltender is healthy and ready to start Wednesday night against the San Jose Sharks in a first round-matchup that could be a spectacular series. (AP Photo/John Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - A year ago, Tomas Vokoun was in shock, worried more about his life than the NHL playoffs because of blood clots that put him in the hospital. He couldn't even fly to the game to cheer on his teammates. The resulting first-round loss for the Predators? Easy to put into perspective.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sending a message
Tuesday's decision by the NFL to suspend Pacman Jones and Chris Henry sent the right message, but will the punishment hold up?
Pacman banned for '07, Henry 8 games (AP)
The punishment was aimed squarely at Adam "Pacman" Jones and Chris Henry. The message went far beyond them, to all NFL players. In suspending Jones for the 2007 season and Henry for eight games, Commissioner Roger Goodell not only cracked down on two of the league's most troublesome players on Tuesday, he also sent a warning to everyone: Mess with the law and your job's on the line.
Packers sign LB Barnett through 2012 (AP)
The Green Bay Packers signed Nick Barnett to a contract extension Tuesday, assuring the middle linebacker will not become a free agent after next season. The extension replaces the final year of Barnett's five-year rookie contract and runs through 2012. Terms were not disclosed. "It was definitely an option to hit the market," Barnett said.
Warren Moon arrested on DUI charge (AP)
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was arrested for investigation of drunken driving after a trooper stopped him for allegedly speeding. Moon was stopped in downtown Kirkland, State Patrol Trooper Courtney Stewart said Tuesday. The former Seattle Seahawks quarterback was arrested early Friday, taken to the Kirkland Police Department and later released.
Stingley remembered for determination (AP)
Darryl Stingley, paralyzed by one of the most infamous hits in the history of professional football, was remembered Tuesday for the grace with which he accepted his life-altering injury. "For almost 30 years, people wanted to hear Darryl curse God or at least curse the man who took his dreams away," said the Rev.
Goodell toughens personal conduct policy (AP)
NFL teams will be disciplined when their employees, including players, violate the league's personal conduct policy. Moments after announcing the one-year suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, and an eight-game ban for Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released his strengthened conduct policy Tuesday.
Hall of Fame WR Irvin sued by contractor (AP)
Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is being sued by a contractor who claims the former Dallas Cowboys star grabbed his arm and injured him during a dispute over a $2,800 payment. Shawn Vandergrift was hired to install a fountain at Irvin's Plano home. He is seeking unspecified damages stemming from the December argument, according to court records.
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.
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.
Wade, Heat lose again to Bobcats (AP)
It's becoming clear the Miami Heat will have to defend their NBA title the hard way -- without home-court advantage. A half-speed Dwyane Wade, a slew of injuries and off-the-court problems have left the Heat staggering. Gerald Wallace had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte past Miami 92-82 on Tuesday night, the Bobcats' second win in three days over the injury-plagued and turmoil-filled...
Wizards lose again but clinch playoffs (AP)
Already in a losing funk without their two All-Stars, the last thing the Washington Wizards needed was a couple of calls to go against them in the final minute. The New Jersey Nets beat the Wizards 96-92 Tuesday night to move within two games of sixth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have lost five straight and the only consolation was that they backed into the playoffs...
Hornets beat Clippers, tighten West race (AP)
Going into overtime gave David West the chance to make up for his late-game gaffe. In the process, he put the New Orleans Hornets right in the thick of the playoff race. West scored a season-high 33 points, including three straight baskets in overtime, and the Hornets used a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night to get within one game of the Western Conference's last...
Bulls rip Knicks, close in on home court (AP)
There was little drama during the game but plenty of it afterward. The Chicago Bulls wasted no time putting away New York, moving a step closer to securing the second seed in the Eastern Conference by handing the Knicks their most lopsided loss of the season, 98-69 on Tuesday night. Then, things got tense.
Bobcats' Morrison fined $25K for gesture (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats forward Adam Morrison was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for making an obscene gesture to a fan during a game in Miami. Morrison made the gesture while sitting on the bench late in overtime during Charlotte's 111-103 win over the Heat on Sunday. Morrison did not play in the game because of a sprained knee, the first game he missed this season.
Pacers' playoff hopes dim with loss (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal looked the part of a player who knew Indiana's season is sinking. O'Neal's knees were covered with basketball-sized ice packs, his left foot soaked in a numbing ice bucket. He held his head in his hands and rubbed his temples to ease the pressure. Indiana's season may be on ice -- and soon -- and O'Neal could have all summer to rest.
Grizzlies clinch worst record in NBA (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 60 games this season, but something good may come of this one. Brad Miller had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 112-100 victory over the lowly Grizzlies on Tuesday night, assuring Memphis of the worst record in the NBA. With three games left, Memphis has 19 wins, while the Boston Celtics, despite losing Tuesday night at Atlanta,...
Heat G Payton to miss 2-3 weeks (AP)
Miami Heat guard Gary Payton will miss about two weeks with a torn left calf muscle. A team spokesman said Tuesday that Payton was injured early in practice the day before. He will not need surgery. The 38-year-old Payton, who did not travel to Charlotte for Tuesday's game against the Bobcats, is averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 assists per game.
Mavs not making big deal over top seed (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks can call themselves the best team in the NBA in 2006-07. "That and a dollar," team owner Mark Cuban said, "leaves you with a dollar." Dallas has won 64 games with five left. Winning them all would tie the team for the second-best record in league history. Even if the Mavs lose them all, they're still guaranteed the most wins in the league this season and the most in team...
Ten burning questions
Pittsburghs chances, chaos in the West, Joe Thorntons heart and Marty Turcos demons are all key storylines as the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs begin.
Blackhawks win NHL draft lottery (AP)
Chicago won the NHL draft lottery Tuesday, giving the Blackhawks a reason to celebrate after missing the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Blackhawks, who will pick first in the June draft, had the fifth worst record and only an 8.1 percent chance to come out on top in the lottery. The Philadelphia Flyers, who had a league-low 56 points in the worst season of their 40-year history,...
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.
Predators G Vokoun healthy for playoffs (AP)
A year ago, Tomas Vokoun was in shock, worried more about his life than the NHL playoffs because of blood clots that put him in the hospital. He couldn't even fly to the game to cheer on his teammates. The resulting first-round loss for the Predators? Easy to put into perspective. "I definitely was dealing with stuff a lot more important to me," Vokoun said.
Ducks face Wild in 2003 playoff rematch (AP)
The Minnesota Wild are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2003. And they have the same team blocking their path: the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks swept the Wild in the 2003 Western Conference finals. It was Anaheim's deepest run in the playoffs as they reached the Stanley Cup finals. The Ducks lost to New Jersey in Game 7.
Stars, Canucks have similar look (AP)
If there is one thing the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars agree on heading into their playoff series, it's that goals will be hard to come by. "If you get two in a game, you'd be pretty lucky," Canucks center Brendan Morrison said Tuesday as both teams prepared for Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series on Wednesday night.
Sens see a lot of similarities in Pens (AP)
The Ottawa Senators can see a lot of what they used to be when they look at NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins. And in facing Gary Roberts, the Senators also be looking at a fearsome playoff veteran who derailed several of Ottawa's previous attempts to deliver on its once youthful promise.
Devils getting ready for Lightning (AP)
Losing three of four regular-season games to Tampa Bay doesn't seem to concern the New Jersey Devils as they prepare to face the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. It's something to correct, John Madden said Tuesday after the Devils practiced for Thursday's Game 1 at the Continental Airlines Arena.
DiPietro skates, but not ready to return (AP)
Rick DiPietro skated before the rest of the New York Islanders practiced on Tuesday, but Wade Dubielewicz is expected to start in goal in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series against Buffalo. DiPietro hasn't played or even practiced with the team since the second of two concussions sustained 12 days apart sidelined him following a March 25 loss to the New York Rangers.
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...
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.
Waltrip charged after rolling car in accident (AP)
Michael Waltrip has been charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident after hitting a telephone pole and rolling his car about a mile from his home over the weekend.
Busch's crew chief takes leave (AP)
Kurt Busch's crew chief has taken a leave of absence to be with his wife as she battles cancer.
Junior still wants majority ownership in DEI (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not backed down from his demand for majority ownership in his late father's company, his sister said Tuesday.
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)