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Chicago tops L.A., to bid for 2016 Games (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_usoc2016"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070414/capt.42294941c8d045e891067d7d36ea1b3b.usoc_2016_dclb112.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=KomL191mJ4shFUUqtwMBAg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Chicago 2016 Exploratory Committee Chairman Patrick Ryan, left, and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, speak with reporters after Chicago's presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee Saturday, April 14, 2007, in Washington. Representatives from Chicago and Los Angeles delivered the cities' final pitches for being a candidate to host the 2016 Summer Games, then waited to hear the results of a U.S. Olympic Committee vote. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now Chicago takes on the rest of the world. The Windy City's bid to hold a Summer Games for the first time moved to the international stage Saturday when the U.S. Olympic Committee capped a yearlong search for an American candidate for 2016 by picking Chicago over two-time host Los Angeles.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankees edge past A's 4-3 in 13 innings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.b2fb48878fc04800b7942c7e5615bec7.yankees_athletics_baseball__oas109.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=h0f_m0xt1X9FeNIVrGYDCg--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Jason Giambi swings for a home run off Oakland Athletics' Lenny DiNardo during the 13th inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The frustration built inside Jason Giambi with each out he made. One swing put that 0-for-5 night in the past. Giambi homered with one out in the 13th inning and eight New York pitchers held Oakland scoreless for the final 12 innings of the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Schilling dominant as Red Sox top Angels (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070414/capt.f52c1912c0014d01b8887a2810cd9621.angels_red_sox_baseball_bxf109.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=I2ZLm30OwfFOPGoA54F4UA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling tips his hat to the crowd after the eighth inning of Boston's 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday, April 14, 2007. Schilling gave up four hits over eight innings to get the win. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Curt Schilling is willing to mix in more pitches these days if it means he's able to throw fewer pitches overall. Relying less on his fastball and more on changing speeds and location, the Red Sox right-hander cruised through eight shutout innings on Saturday and led Boston to an 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suppan gets the better of former mates (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.7b52d82ff4d24f3dbead4f4a57b9d01f.brewers_cardinals_baseball_mojr101.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=IeCPEpREXUKQcwwGhnaFWQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan works during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, April 14, 2007 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Suppan got the emotions out of the way Friday when he received his World Series ring from the Cardinals. On Saturday night, he got down to business and beat his former team.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suns rout Jazz to close in on No. 2 seed (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.6236b854fbff4f3a99bce64559b508fc.suns_jazz_basketball_slcc104.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=7zbbUVpFpyiAbzm4.Fiesw--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion (31) swings from the basket after scoring against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter of the NBA basketball game Saturday, April 14, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's almost hard to believe the Phoenix Suns are trying to clinch only the second-best record in the NBA. They're playing much more like No. 1.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pacman says he'll appeal his suspension (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070414/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pacman_appeal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070410/capt.ebe95393f2624f76b1ed297724d9e29b.jones_henry_suspensions_football_ny156.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=t_nMmTVftdxZZPnYOB0w.g--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Tennessee Titans punt returner Pacman Jones (32) high-steps into the end zone as he returns a punt 81 yards for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., in this Dec. 31, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/John Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones said Friday night he will appeal his season-long suspension and thinks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made him the league's poster boy for disciplining players.</p><br clear="all"/>

Magic close on playoff spot, 76ers out (Reuters)
Reuters - The Orlando Magic moved a major step closer to clinching a playoff spot on Saturday, eliminating the 76ers with a 104-87 victory in Philadelphia.

Padres overpower Dodgers 7-2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.66d940c493504ca08b7aff8d99219feb.padres_dodgers_baseball_lad103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=IsdZcS9XohNTrN3jNH._kw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Kevin Kouzmanoff, right, is congratulated by teammate Terrmel Sledge after he hit a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Padres came out swinging against Dodgers ace Jason Schmidt, who surrendered first-pitch home runs to Brian Giles and rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff. That made things easy for Jake Peavy.</p><br clear="all"/>

Johnson carries Wizards past United (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_wizards_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.796cc37c1177486db761cb3b0e3eb50c.mls_wizards_united_soccer_rfk105.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=x38JXQuNR0Zgjfy8kXTE_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Kansas City Wizards' Eddie Johnson, right, kicks the ball past D.C. United's Devon McTavish, left, during the second half of a MLS soccer game, Saturday, April 14, 2007, in Washington. The Wizards won 4-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eddie Johnson had a goal and two assists to lead the Kansas City Wizards to a 4-2 season-opening victory over the stumbling D.C. United on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

DiPietro returns as Isles even series (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070415/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070415/capt.bb6a2c9f5b4d443688bb327571c2da5b.islanders_sabres_hockey_nydh105.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=NG7MWN7HzL8qe2nU3iKluw--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period of a NHL playoff hockey game at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday, April 14, 2007. New York defeated Buffalo,3-2. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rick DiPietro has the Buffalo Sabres to thank for his most intense workout in three weeks. Nothing could shake off the rust better or be any sweeter than the 32-save effort that produced a 3-2 playoff victory for DiPietro and the New York Islanders on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Damaged goods?
RB Adrian Peterson's career at Oklahoma was plagued by injuries, a concern for NFL teams and evaluators.

'Pacman' says he'll appeal suspension (AP)
Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones said Friday night he will appeal his season-long suspension and thinks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made him the league's poster boy for disciplining players. Jones has not talked to reporters since the suspension for conduct detrimental to the NFL was announced Tuesday.

Broncos cut five-time Pro Bowl LB Wilson (AP)
Broncos linebacker Al Wilson's heart tells him he can still play football. His neck is a different story. The Broncos released the five-time Pro Bowl player Friday because of a combination of injury and salary cap concerns. Wilson, who injured his neck against Seattle on Dec. 3, was scheduled to make $5.2 million in base salary this season.

Source: Giants reach deal with QB Wright (AP)
Veteran quarterback Anthony Wright has reached an agreement on a two-year contract with the New York Giants, a person within the NFL who requested anonymity Saturday because the deal hadn't been signed. The 31-year-old Wright, who saw limited action with the Cincinnati Bengals last season, worked out for the Giants this week.

Browns' Heiden inks four-year extension (AP)
Tight end Steve Heiden signed a four-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Heiden is an eight-year veteran and entering his sixth season with the Browns. He had 36 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns last season as the No. 2 tight end behind Kellen Winslow Jr. The 6-foot-5, 267-pounder caught a career-high 43 passes for 401 yards and three TDs in 2005.

Error leads to extra $3M for Westbrook (AP)
Brian Westbrook received an extra $3 million from the Philadelphia Eagles in an accounting error. The star running back intends to pay the team back after getting his roster bonus twice. However, the Eagles filed a grievance with the NFL against Westbrook because the money hasn't been repaid yet, a team spokesman said Saturday.

Colts backup QB Sorgi inks 1-year tender (AP)
Colts backup quarterback Jim Sorgi has signed an $850,000 one-year tender to stay with Indianapolis. The team announced the deal to keep its backup to Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning on Friday. Sorgi was a restricted free agent. In three seasons, he has played in 10 games -- mostly in mop-up duty. He's completed 59-of-90 passes for 619 yards, thrown five touchdowns and one interception.

Raiders sign OL Cooper Carlisle (AP)
The Oakland Raiders agreed to a contract Friday with former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle. Carlisle started every game the past two seasons for the Broncos and has played 95 games since joining Denver as a fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2000. "Cooper has been a consistent starter in our division and his experience will serve us well up front with our offensive line," Raiders...

Coaches in question
The NBA coaching carousel could be in for quite a whirl with so many uncertain situations, including three playoff-bound teams.

Suns close in on No. 2 seed, rip Jazz (AP)
It's almost hard to believe the Phoenix Suns are trying to clinch only the second-best record in the NBA. They're playing much more like No. 1. The Suns almost scored 100 points before the fourth quarter in a 127-98 rout of the Utah Jazz on Saturday, extending their winning streak to five in a row and putting Phoenix one step closer to locking up the second seed in the Western Conference.

Grizzlies end Nuggets' eight-game run (AP)
The Denver Nuggets are trying to build momentum heading toward the postseason. The Memphis Grizzlies are limping to the finish line. The roles looked reversed Saturday night. Chucky Atkins had 28 points and 12 assists and Tarence Kinsey matched a career-high with 28 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 133-118 victory over Denver, snapping the Nuggets' season-best eight-game winning streak.

Howard has 35, Magic boost playoff hopes (AP)
Dwight Howard is about to get a chance to extend his run of double-doubles, spectacular slams and big blocks into the postseason. Howard was perfect for a half and dominant the whole game, scoring a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 104-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

James, Cavaliers run past Hawks 110-76 (AP)
LeBron James got his nose bloodied. The Atlanta Hawks got it even worse. James shook off an early elbow to the face and scored 23 points, Sasha Pavlovic added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ran up and down the floor at will in a 110-76 win Saturday night against the painfully pathetic Hawks. Cleveland's 48th -- and most lopsided win since 1998 -- this season kept the Cavs on pace with idle Chicago...

Rockets win, eye home-court advantage (AP)
Every time the New Orleans Hornets tried to rally in the fourth quarter, Tracy McGrady had the answer. Now, the Houston Rockets are one win away from securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while the Hornets' slim postseason hopes are in the hands of other teams. McGrady got 11 of his 25 in the final five minutes and Yao Ming scored 30 points to lead the Rockets to a...

Herrmann's 30 power Bobcats by Bucks (AP)
With his Fabio-like hair dangling in a dirty blond pony tail and screaming orange striped accents on his shoes, it's awfully hard to miss Charlotte Bobcats rookie Walter Herrmann. Yet the Milwaukee Bucks somehow lost track of him, over and over. Herrmann scored a season-high 30, hitting open 3-pointer after open 3-pointer as the Bobcats beat the Bucks 113-92 Saturday night.

Jack, Outlaw lift Blazers by Sonics (AP)
All that was at stake was some pride and maybe a few pingpong balls. The Portland Trail Blazers got out of the Northwest Division cellar and put the Seattle SuperSonics there with a 108-102 victory Saturday night. "I know there was a lot of talk about this game being important to the lottery," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

Nets get playoff berth, eliminate Knicks (AP)
Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets took no satisfaction in eliminating the New York Knicks from the playoff race. They should get plenty of pleasure from qualifying themselves for the postseason. "They were on the schedule," said Kidd, who had his 87th triple-double. "Nobody was celebrating that we knocked the Knicks out.

Wade's late surge lifts Heat by Pacers (AP)
The Miami Heat have been talking about getting into playoff mode, and Dwyane Wade was there Friday night. Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, plus got a steal and found James Posey for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 left that sparked the Heat to a 100-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers -- a game where the defending NBA champions rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final...

Playoff observations


Crosby's goal in third lifts Penguins (AP)
Sidney Crosby doesn't seek attention, he just has a knack of drawing it. Crosby scored his second goal in two playoff games 11:44 into the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, evening their first-round series at one win apiece. Crosby, who scored a late power-play goal in Wednesday's series-opening 6-3 loss, netted Pittsburgh's third goal...

DiPietro returns, leads Isles by Sabres (AP)
Rick DiPietro has the Buffalo Sabres to thank for his most intense workout in three weeks. Nothing could shake off the rust better or be any sweeter than the 32-save effort that produced a 3-2 playoff victory for DiPietro and the New York Islanders on Saturday night. "I could've used a little WD-40 on the joints here and there," the Islanders' top goalie said with a wink.

Shanahan's goal gives Rangers 2-0 lead (AP)
Sean Avery is irritating enough any time he steps on the ice. Just imagine how the Atlanta Thrashers felt after everyone's No. 1 nemesis scored with an air-hockey ricochet from center ice, then rubbed salt in the wound by setting up the winning goal late in the third period. Brendan Shanahan scored off Avery's pass with 4:01 remaining Saturday, lifting the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the...

Holmqvist helps Lightning earn split (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning expect Vincent Lecavalier to score. Having Johan Holmqvist outplay Martin Brodeur was an unexpected bonus. Lecavalier, the NHL's top goal scorer this season, netted one early in the third period to break a tie, and Holmqvist made 34 saves to lead the Lightning to a 3-2 victory Saturday night, evening the first-round, Eastern Conference series at 1-all.

NHL suspends Predators' Radulov one game (AP)
The NHL on Saturday suspended Predators forward Alexander Radulov for one game for a hitting-from-behind incident involving Sharks forward Steve Bernier in Nashville's first-round series with San Jose. Radulov will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference series Monday at San Jose. He will be eligible to return for Game 4, on Wednesday at San Jose.

Wilson responds to Trotz's remarks (AP)
Ron Wilson has no idea what playoff series Barry Trotz has been watching. The San Jose Sharks coach is pretty sure his Nashville counterpart won't like what happens next, however. After refusing to comment following the Sharks' fisticuff-filled 5-2 loss to the Predators on Friday night, Wilson reacted incredulously Saturday to Trotz's repeated attempts to blame the series' physical tone and...

Wild facing uphill climb against Ducks (AP)
The Minnesota Wild were back on their ice for a hard Saturday afternoon practice, dragging a bit following a four-hour flight from California. They were hoping all those power-play problems were left behind on the West Coast, but this they couldn't shake: The two-game lead built by the Anaheim Ducks in this first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Flames try to even series with Red Wings (AP)
Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla had two shadows in Game 1 against Detroit. His, of course, and another from four-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom. "He's a tough guy to play against," Iginla said Saturday. "It's not physically extremely tough, but he's so smart, quick and he's got such a good stick." Calgary knows it has to shoot more, give up fewer chances and be more physical to have a...

Red Wings' Bertuzzi out for Game 2 (AP)
Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi will not play Sunday against Calgary in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. He has been out with a concussion and a neck injury. Bertuzzi said he felt comfortable after skating with his teammates Saturday, but a team spokesman later said the 6-foot-3, 242-pound forward would not play Sunday.

Power play


Bourdais grabs Champ-car Grand Prix pole position (AFP)


Race drivers admit to superstitions (PA SportsTicker)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) - Race drivers are probably the most superstitious competitors in sports.

Kenseth makes save, gets win in Busch race (AP)
Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory.

Canada's Tracy injured in Champ Car practice crash (AFP)
Canadian Paul Tracy was hospitalized with a fractured vertebrae after a crash in practice Saturday for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Car of Tomorrow takes first break at Texas (AP)
The Car of Tomorrow takes its first timeout this weekend in Texas.

Johnson and Hendrick teammates looking to extend streaks in Texas (AP)
Forget trying to explain them. Jimmie Johnson simply would like to extend a pair of streaks in Texas.

Storm caps embarrassing week for Waltrip (PA SportsTicker)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) - Michael Waltrip discovered a new way to miss a NASCAR Nextel Cup race on Friday. An extremely severe storm canceled the qualifier for Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Waltrip not racing or talking (AP)
Michael Waltrip isn't talking or racing this weekend.

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