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NEWS FROM 2007-04-19
Buehrle no-hits Texas in near perfecto
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.2ce49590f532442c8fa2864fc6c7cebc.rangers_white_sox_baseball_cxs112.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=9UHxo44DAx6BVDo.iPh7Vw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle smiles as he celebrates with his teammates after the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 6-0 in a baseball game Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in Chicago. Buehrle pitched no hitter.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Buehrle was pretty cool about his no-hitter. Until he had three outs to go. "You don't want to make that one mistake and give up a hit," he said. "I could feel my knees a little bit, a little shaken, a little extra adrenaline going for the ninth inning." Imagine how jittery Buehrle might have been if he was still working on a perfect game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers move on with sweep of Thrashers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.d9b366142c394db6b1e1b40d3ec2a398.thrashers_rangers_hockey_nyjj104.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=Rg.yLEPgg73PO0ky7VZuGg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="The New York Rangers crowd around Matt Cullen after a play was reviewed and his shot against the Atlanta Thrashers was ruled a goal during the third period in NHL hockey action Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rangers won 4-2.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Rangers finally got a chance to party like it was 1997. Matt Cullen banged in a shot off the crossbar early in the third period, snapping a tie and helping New York to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night that put the Rangers into the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.</p><br clear="all"/>
Warriors earn 1st playoff trip since '94
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.a88a5c94e1e04a82b55f42b0c4ff2bdf.warriors_trail_blazers_basketball_pda107.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=dIpo5vuz0pit4YPMy2NJCw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Golden State Warriors center Al Harrington smiles and holds up his jersey as he celebrates the Warriors' 120-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 18, 2007. The Warriors made the playoffs for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baron Davis had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98 Wednesday night to earn a playoff berth for the first time since 1994.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod homers to help Igawa earn 1st win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.d0c4a0deb0af45f889f59aad5a84ebfc.indians_yankees_baseball_nyy108.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=FZsaJORc2VLfMZGOw8UZlg--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa winds up for a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kei Igawa had a baseball and a lineup card in his locker. For the second straight night, the New York Yankees got a rookie starter his first major league win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Michalek gives Sharks a commanding lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.bfbe962d102c45a9a3efcfc579bbbba6.predators_sharks_hockey_sja107.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=hCoSj5CELgajGjDY96KGmQ--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks, from left, Jonathan Cheechoo, Joe Thornton, Christian Ehrhoff, of Germany, Patrick Rissmiller, and Scott Hannan (22) celebrate after Cheechoo's goal against the Nashville Predators in the second period of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Milan Michalek is making quite a name for himself while his San Jose Sharks gradually destroy the Nashville Predators' identity.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick gives $10,000 for Va. Tech families
AP - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has teamed up with the United Way to donate $10,000 to assist families affected by the massacre at Virginia Tech, his former school.
Warriors win to complete playoff picture
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.2287af5d8b0d4a00a3ae0c7ed6e707ad.trail_blazers_warriors_basketball_pda106.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=JdzmVvPJMAUGq98VFlZHpQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Golden State Warriors' Jason Richardson, left, and Matt Barnes celebrate after Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98 in an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 18, 2007. The Warriors earned a playoff berth for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vince Carter is returning to Toronto, and the Golden State Warriors are headed back to the postseason. The Warriors clinched their first playoff spot since 1994 by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98 on Wednesday night. Golden State (42-40) beat out the Clippers to grab the No. 8 seed and will open against league-best Dallas in a matchup of coach Don Nelson against his former team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockies get scare after punding Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.2b3388728eb947168da06eaab2567362.dodgers_rockies_baseball_dxf110.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=k45LrAQmnUreSOzGehsbqQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton, left, celebrates with Brad Hawpe after they scored on a double by Yorvit Torrealba in the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Denver on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rodrigo Lopez had his good stuff, too. But the burning sensation in his right forearm knocked him out early. The inflammation in Lopez's arm had him and the Rockies worried following Colorado's 7-2 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea back within 3 points of Man U
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070418/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070418/capt.llp11004182101.britain_soccer_llp110.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=XlO8BT18fkLCLyEE_oiAKA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Chelsea's Salomon Kalou celebrates after he scored against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match in London, Wednesday April 18, 2007. Chelsea won the match 4-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea beat West Ham 4-1 on Wednesday to move within three points of Premier League leader Manchester United.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres head home with comfortable lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070419/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_islanders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.afca41096c98417bb1ef91957cb9f06a.sabres_islanders_hockey__uni101.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=6K57eUMBBlm.AMUZpdvq4Q--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Chris Drury celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of their hockey game, Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Drury has a knack for scoring big goals. "For whatever reason, pucks seem to find people like Chris," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after Drury scored twice to help the top-seeded Sabres beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Urlacher fined $100K for Super Bowl hat (AP)
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 by the NFL for wearing a cap during Super Bowl media day that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league. NFL rules prohibit gear that advertises any product but a designated sponsor, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday. Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat during the media session in...
Michael Vick donates $10K to victims (AP)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has teamed up with the United Way to donate $10,000 to assist families affected by the massacre at Virginia Tech, his former school. "When tragic things like this happen, families have enough to deal with, and if I can help in some small way, that's the least I can do," said Vick, who played for the Hokies before being drafted No.
Pats, CB Tory James agree to 1-year deal (AP)
The New England Patriots and veteran cornerback Tory James have agreed to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old will compete for playing time in a deep Patriots secondary, his agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday. James has played 11 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.
Colts sign LB Boiman to one-year deal (AP)
Linebacker and special teamer Rocky Boiman re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. Boiman was an unrestricted free agent after spending last season as key special teams player for the Super Bowl champions. He was primarily a backup on defense and could earn more playing time this season since free agent Cato June, a former Pro Bowl linebacker, signed with Tampa Bay.
Sauerbrun wins grievance, is free agent (AP)
Punter Todd Sauerbrun won his grievance against the New England Patriots on Wednesday and is now a free agent. The 13-year veteran is expected to join the Denver Broncos. He agreed to a one-year deal with them earlier this month, but the Patriots matched it through a clause in his contract with New England.
RB Bush running in time for NFL draft (AP)
Michael Bush is up and running, his broken right leg nearly fully healed just in time for the NFL draft. The former Louisville running back this week took part in his first full workout since he was hurt in September, and also received a thumbs-up prognosis from James Andrews, an Alabama-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries.
Koren Robinson on electronic monitoring (AP)
Green Bay Packers receiver Koren Robinson will finish a jail sentence by serving the final 45 days on electronic monitoring and working at a local hospital. Robinson was sentenced to 90 days in jail for fleeing police last August in Minnesota when he was with the Vikings. He began serving the sentence March 9 at a facility near Minneapolis.
Warriors end 13-year playoff drought (AP)
Baron Davis had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98 Wednesday night to earn a playoff berth for the first time since 1994. Golden State (42-40) claimed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Warriors went into the season finale against the Trail Blazers one game up on the Los Angeles Clippers, but made...
Cavs win, gain No. 2 seed in East (AP)
The wait was worth it for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Was it ever. In a little more than an hour, they jumped three playoff spots and somehow dodged the Miami Heat. LeBron James scored 24 points and capped a decisive run to open the fourth quarter with one of his powerhouse dunks, giving Cleveland a 109-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in its regular-season finale on Wednesday night.
Bulls drop to fifth in East with loss (AP)
The New Jersey Nets are going into the playoffs on a high note after making the Chicago Bulls' postseason road a lot tougher. Vince Carter had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and the Nets beat Chicago 106-97 on Wednesday night, costing the Bulls the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Carter and the Nets (41-41) clinched the No.
Lakers secure No. 7 seed in West (AP)
Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and keyed a big third-quarter run that helped the Los Angeles Lakers sew up the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 117-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. The season-ending win sets up a first-round rematch between the Lakers and Phoenix Suns, who knocked out Los Angeles in seven games in the opening round a year ago.
Wizards win, clinch No. 7 seed in East (AP)
The Washington Wizards are limping into the playoffs, but the Indiana Pacers would gladly trade places with them. A surge in the final minutes lifted the Wizards to a 98-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night. The victory gave Washington the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Wizards will play No.
Clippers lose, fall short of playoffs (AP)
Rasual Butler hit the tie-breaking jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to give New Orleans an 86-83 victory over the Clippers, who had been eliminated from playoff contention even before the final NBA game of the regular season ended Wednesday night. The Clippers finished 40-42 and missed the playoffs a season after losing to Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals.
Magic win, but remain No. 8 seed in East (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal finally did the Orlando Magic a favor: He didn't play in the regular-season finale. It ended up not mattering. Grant Hill scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 15 and Orlando beat the undermanned Heat 94-68 Wednesday night, the Magic's sixth victory in seven games. The Magic could have moved up to the No.
Timberwolves lose but keep lottery pick (AP)
Holding onto a lottery pick did little to lift Minnesota Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman's spirits. "This team needs a shakeup," Wittman said after his Wolves were blown out by Memphis on Wednesday night, capping a long, frustrating season. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 16 rebounds and Tarence Kinsey added 22 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 116-94 victory in the season finale, and assuring...
Mavs rout Sonics for NBA-best 67th win (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Seattle SuperSonics 106-75 in a meaningless game Wednesday night. Seattle coach Bob Hill, who is rumored to be fired in the coming days, played all but one of his eligible 11 players as Seattle (31-51) posted its worst record since also finishing the 1985-86 season at 31-51.
Nuggets rout Spurs as key players rest (AP)
As playoff previews go, Wednesday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets might rank among the worst in history. No matter. The inconsequential matchup, which saw both teams' top players on the bench and ended with a 100-77 Nuggets' win, probably won't be remembered anyway. The clubs will meet again this weekend in the first round of the playoffs.
Rangers complete sweep of Thrashers (AP)
The New York Rangers finally got a chance to party like it was 1997. Matt Cullen banged in a shot off the crossbar early in the third period, snapping a tie and helping New York to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night that put the Rangers into the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Devils knot series on Gomez's OT goal (AP)
Turns out the New Jersey Devils didn't need a stellar performance from Martin Brodeur to climb back into their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Another big game by Zach Parise and Scott Gomez's overtime goal kept the Atlantic Division champions from falling to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup Wednesday night.
Sabres push Isles to edge of elimination (AP)
Chris Drury has a knack for scoring big goals. "For whatever reason, pucks seem to find people like Chris," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after Drury scored twice to help the top-seeded Sabres beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville also scored, and Ryan Miller made 24 saves in his second straight victory on Long...
Sharks take commanding 3-1 lead on Preds (AP)
Milan Michalek is making quite a name for himself while his San Jose Sharks gradually destroy the Nashville Predators' identity. Michalek scored two goals, Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves and the Sharks took a commanding lead in their first-round playoff series with a 3-2 victory over the Predators in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Ducks F May suspended three games (AP)
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf wasn't really surprised the Minnesota Wild finally won a game in their opening-round playoff series. "We never expected to shut them down the whole series. They're a good club," Getzlaf said Wednesday following a brisk practice. After a 4-1 victory by the Wild in Minnesota, the Ducks will take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series into Thursday night's game in Anaheim.
Jackets won't confirm MacLean's firing (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets would not confirm reports Thursday that they have fired president-general manager Doug MacLean. The Canadian Press cited an anonymous source Wednesday night as saying the 53-year-old MacLean had been fired. He is the only president-GM the team has had. "I'm aware of those reports, but we have nothing to say about them tonight," Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock told The...
Sens put Pens on brink of elimination (AP)
With so many postseason failures behind them, so many disappointing swings in momentum and breakdowns in confidence, the Ottawa Senators understand they should never feel comfortable with any Stanley Cup playoffs series lead. The bad memories are too recent and their flops too frequent for them to disregard their past -- even as they take a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of their first-round series against...
Iginla lifts Flames over Red Wings 3-2 (AP)
A few bumps and bruises forced the Flames to get creative with their defensemen in Game 3 against Detroit -- and it worked out just fine for Calgary. The Flames are prepared to do whatever it takes again in Game 4 on Thursday night to get a second consecutive victory against the top-seeded Red Wings and even up their best-of-seven series.
Canucks top Stars 2-1, lead series 3-1 (AP)
Getting goals from the checking line is the kind of thing NHL teams need in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. And the Dallas Stars can proudly say they're getting that. Problem is, the guys they pay to score aren't. Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen, Philippe Boucher, Mike Ribeiro and Niklas Hagman -- Dallas' top five goal-scorers in the regular season -- have yet to beat Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, a big...
Hurricanes ink Rutherford to 5-year deal (AP)
Jim Rutherford helped bring the Carolina Hurricanes to Tobacco Road and built them into Stanley Cup champions. Now, after signing a contract Tuesday that will keep him as the team's general manager for five more years, he wants to continue growing hockey in this hotbed of college basketball. "We've invested a lot in hockey together, but especially in North Carolina," Rutherford said of his...
NASCAR to display Virginia Tech logos on race cars (AP)
NASCAR will allow race cars to display the Virginia Tech logo for the next three weeks in tribute to the victims of this week's shootings at the school.
Ruttman to return to Craftsman Truck series after 4-year absence (AP)
The way Joe Ruttman saw it, he had two choices: Get back into racing or get a real job.
Great Scott: Baseball gives NASCAR a lesson in cherishing a pioneer (AP)
OK, NASCAR, it's your turn: When's Wendell Scott day?
Burton becomes first two-time winner at Texas (AP)
Jeff Burton was in the same position as the last time he was a runner-up. He was chasing the leader in the closing laps.
Earnhardt hops in Kyle Busch's car for final nine laps (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't seem to mind that Kyle Busch rear-ended him and essentially ruined his chance to win the Samsung 500 on Sunday.
Montoya, Stewart feud could be brewing (PA SportsTicker)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) - When Juan Pablo Montoya joined NASCAR, he realized he would have his share of run-ins with the proven stars of the sport.
Burton passes Kenseth on final lap, wins Samsung 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Bourdais captures Champ-car Long Beach Grand Prix (AFP)