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NEWS FROM 2007-04-20
Wild extinct as Ducks win in 5 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.6bb8a7c485d4449b81d81ba2bff397ac.wild_ducks_hockey_cama107.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=EEaiIyKuPZMGrPqyew0mbA--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks right wing Dustin Penner, left, watches as Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, of Finland, makes a stop during the second period of an NHL Western Conference quarterfinal hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - The most unexpected skirmish happened before the game even started. Several hours later, Travis Moen finished the evening with an empty-net goal and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Thursday night to clinch their first-round playoff series in five games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Crosby's stay in playoffs a short one
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_penguins_senators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.3429424798744220b26d5ddb5d34e8ea.senators_penguins_hockey_ottj105.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=jz8H8JLoe1gPSBkZlaoGTg--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, tries to get a shot on Ottawa Senator goaltender Ray Emery, left, as Senators Anton Volchenkov , center, tries to block during the first period of NHL playoff action in Ottawa, Canada, Thursday, April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Hanson,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Ottawa Senators brought a decisive end to Sidney Crosby's teenage years in the NHL. Ray Emery made 20 saves for his first playoff shutout, leading Ottawa to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to win their first-round series in five games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Langkow, Flames win to tie series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.2765735cac0a430aa6cabb0c83d06336.flames_red_wings_hockey_lmd107.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=1NiSVRwx4npdnVtdbv.6eg--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames Daymond Langkow, top, celebrates his second goal with teammates Jarome Iginla, left, Kristian Huselius, right,and Alex Tanguay, bottom,during second period NHL playoff action in Calgary, Canada,on Thursday April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Superior special teams and goaltending lifted the Calgary Flames into a deadlock in their playoff series with Detroit.</p><br clear="all"/>
Morrow, Stars beat Canucks in overtime
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.469da57c8cce4ac4a428424bd1cf8015.canucks_stars_hockey__vcrx103.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=GmiAIFskEcwYC4l3gU4vrQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Dallas Stars' Brendan Morrow (10) hacks at the puck after Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, second from left, makes the save while Canucks' Markus Naslund (19) moves in during second-period NHL playoff action in Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marty Turco waited more than three years to celebrate in overtime of a playoff game, so he didn't mind missing Thursday night's winning goal too much.</p><br clear="all"/>
Friend: Greg Oden will enter NBA draft
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_oden_nba"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.4fa071c9b8574ec4bc13094a13012444.oden_nba_basketball_ny164.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=6sayZLjXvlsm7seUQO7.rA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Ohio State center Greg Oden (20) shoots over Florida's Al Horford (42) in the first half during their men's championship basketball game at the Final Four in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Monday, April 2, 2007. Oden will make himself available for the NBA draft Friday, a family friend said Thursday night, April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State freshman Greg Oden will make himself available for the NBA draft Friday, a family friend said Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lions can trace futility to NFL drafts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_lions_millen_s_drafts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.b4cd270edf6149d6a5395fac0ca7bf95.lions_millen_s_drafts_football_nyol591.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=I01zfXZ..lk1OEa2sDsUsA--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="In this Jan. 9, 2001 file photo, Detroit Lions owner William Ford, left, introduces Matt Millen as the team's new president and CEO during a news conference in Ponitac, Mich. Millen's suspect drafts have led to the Lions posting the NFL's worst record during his reign. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Lions have lost 75 percent of their games since Matt Millen began running the franchise, in large part because nearly half of his first-round picks have been busts.</p><br clear="all"/>
Riley plans to return as Heat coach: report
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070420/sp_nm/nba_riley_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070420/2007_04_20t022756_450x292_us_nba_riley.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=v2BG.wU7dGZIYbhe0agEfg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Miami Heat coach Pat Riley points as his team plays the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida, April 16, 2007. Pat Riley plans to return as the Miami Heat's head coach next season after missing part of the current campaign due to hip and knee surgery, the Miami Herald reported on its Web site on Thursday. (Marc Serota/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Pat Riley plans to return as the Miami
Heat's head coach next season after missing part of the current
campaign due to hip and knee surgery, the Miami Herald reported
on its Web site on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana dominates as Twins edge Mariners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.b7bd1e7b113f400f87aab4e060f4d2c8.twins_mariners_baseball_watw115.jpg?x=125&y=130&sig=48nXPV06H1FeFvEqWl0pCA--" align="left" height="130" width="125" alt="Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Johan Santana throws against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning Thursday, April 19, 2007, in an MLB baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle. Santana picked up the win as the Twins beat the Mariners, 6-5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Santana gave up two early runs, then dominated as usual before Joe Nathan stopped a late Seattle rally attempt in a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Thursday that completed the Minnesota Twins' first three-game sweep at Seattle in more than a decade.</p><br clear="all"/>
Twellman scores as Revolution, Crew tie
AP - Taylor Twellman added to his record as the leading scorer in New England Revolution history in a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew on Thursday night.
Blue Jackets fire president, GM MacLean
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_blue_jackets_maclean"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070419/capt.8f1fcda6b21f44fb88525ab72f5a2d67.jackets_maclean_hockey_ohks102.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=g.cfxuvFSG9R0qoFWyaR3A--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="In this Jan. 7, 2003 file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean reacts to a reporter's question during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio. 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. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - After six losing seasons without a trip to the playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled the plug on president and general manager Doug MacLean.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Prospects admitted marijuana use (AP)
Top NFL prospects Calvin Johnson, Gaines Adams and Amobi Okoye reportedly admitted to marijuana use during interviews with teams in February. Pro Football Weekly, citing anonymous sources, reported the three players, all expected to go early in the April 28 draft, made the admissions at the NFL combine during routine interviews.
Ricky Williams could find home with Rams (AP)
Ricky Williams, who has applied for reinstatement in the NFL after a one-year suspension for substance abuse, could find a home with the St. Louis Rams. Coach Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator when Williams played for the Miami Dolphins in 2005, said Thursday he'd consider adding Williams to the roster as a backup.
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...
Colts expect to have G Scott return (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts expect starting guard Jake Scott to return next season. They'll lose cornerback Jason David unless they match an offer made to him by the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans signed David, a restricted free agent, to the offer sheet Thursday. If the Colts don't match it by next Friday, David will go to the Saints and Indianapolis will receive one of New Orleans' three fourth-round...
Browns' Steinbach undergoes appendectomy (AP)
For the second straight year, the Browns' top free-agent acquisition has undergone surgery before playing one snap. Offensive lineman Eric Steinbach underwent an appendectomy Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic and was released from the hospital Thursday. The Browns say he will make a full recovery and be ready for June minicamp.
Former LB George Webster dies at 61 (AP)
George Webster, the battered former Michigan State All-American and pro football star who lost a U.S. Supreme Court attempt to have his NFL disability pension increased, died Thursday. He was 61. Michigan State University associate athletic director John Lewandowski said Webster died in Houston of heart failure.
Reid's two sons plead not guilty (AP)
Two sons of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from separate traffic incidents on the same day in late January. Britt Reid, 21, is accused of brandishing a handgun at another motorist during a traffic dispute in suburban Montgomery County. He faces a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license, as well as misdemeanor charges of assault, drug...
McHale, Garnett and Wittman to return (AP)
They wore bags on their heads and carried signs that read, "Fire McHale!" The Minnesota Timberwolves fans who want Kevin McHale out are becoming more and more vocal, and some turned out to express their displeasure at the season finale. But McHale isn't going anywhere. McHale said Thursday he will return as vice president of basketball operations next season and plans on bringing star Kevin Garnett...
NBA playoffs about second chances (AP)
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers get another chance to finish the job against the Suns. The Chicago Bulls try again to knock out the Miami Heat in the first round. The NBA's second season is all about second chances -- and the Dallas Mavericks hope to get theirs in the NBA finals after their collapse against the Heat last year.
Heat say they're ready to defend title (AP)
Pat Riley sat in his office one morning, the sun glimmering off Biscayne Bay behind him, and shared one of the worst-kept secrets about his Miami Heat. He suggested this season's first 82 games of this season wouldn't exactly motivate the defending NBA champions. "I would not want to be a team on the other side of us in a seven-game series, because this is a rise-to-the-occasion type of team,"...
Nets' Carter gets shot at Raptors (AP)
Vince Carter is thrilled about the New Jersey Nets' first-round matchup with Toronto, and probably so are the Raptors' fans. Carter will get another shot at his old team, and the fans will get another chance to boo the man who made basketball fashionable in Canada until he begged out after a 6 1/2 -year stay.
Mavs face familiar foe in coach Nelson (AP)
Watching from a tunnel as the Dallas Mavericks played in the NBA finals last season, Don Nelson had to feel like a proud father. In many ways, he was -- with his son running the front office, close friends he'd hired coaching the team and guys he'd molded such as Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard leading the way on the floor.
Optimistic Suns gear up for playoff run (AP)
Steve Nash is practicing twice a day. Amare Stoudemire showed up early for wind sprints. It's obviously playoff time for a Phoenix team that believes it can win it all. "We worked hard all season long with a 61-win record," Stoudemire said. "Now it's the real season, so we're definitely ready for it." First up are the Los Angeles Lakers in a rematch of last year's tighter-than-expected opening-round...
Bulls move on after losing second seed (AP)
Luol Deng did his best to shake it off. So did Kirk Hinrich. There was little else the Chicago Bulls could do about that hangover Thursday. Their goals of finishing the regular season with 50 wins and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs came crashing down in a headache-inducing 106-97 loss at New Jersey the previous night.
Hill finally gets to playoffs with Magic (AP)
Grant Hill leaned back in a leather chair in Orlando's locker room, watching the Washington-Indiana game and waiting to learn the Magic's postseason opponent. His teammates nearby were cheering for the Pacers, hoping they would help Orlando secure the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hill sat quietly.
Knicks improve, but miss playoffs again (AP)
The New York Knicks rebounded from their embarrassing season, climbing all the way to eighth place in the Eastern Conference and earning Isiah Thomas a contract extension. Too bad there were 19 games left. And they went horribly. New York stumbled home with a 4-15 finish, avoiding its second straight 50-loss season by beating Charlotte on Wednesday in its season finale.
Clips fail to build off last season (AP)
All that excitement about the Clippers making the playoffs last season? Gone, just like their shot at a second straight postseason appearance. The team went on summer vacation Thursday after being eliminated on the last night of the regular season when Golden State defeated Portland to grab the Western Conference's eighth and final berth.
Emery, Sens eliminate Penguins in 5 (AP)
The Ottawa Senators brought a decisive end to Sidney Crosby's teenage years in the NHL. Ray Emery made 20 saves for his first playoff shutout, leading Ottawa to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to win their first-round series in five games. Dany Heatley, Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly scored second-period goals and the Senators held Crosby without a point for a second...
Giguere, Ducks oust Wild from playoffs (AP)
The most unexpected skirmish happened before the game even started. Several hours later, Travis Moen finished the evening with an empty-net goal and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Thursday night to clinch their first-round playoff series in five games. Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal on a power play late in the second period, Corey Perry added his first career playoff goal with...
Stars top Canucks in OT, force Game 6 (AP)
Marty Turco waited more than three years to celebrate in overtime of a playoff game, so he didn't mind missing Thursday night's winning goal too much. Turco made 21 saves before Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal 6:22 into overtime to lead the Dallas Stars to a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, and avoid being knocked out in five games for a third straight playoffs.
Flames even series with Red Wings (AP)
Superior special teams and goaltending lifted the Calgary Flames into a deadlock in their playoff series with Detroit. Daymond Langkow scored twice, including the winner in the second period, as the Flames won 3-2 on Thursday night. Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will be Saturday in Detroit, with Game 6 back in Calgary on Sunday.
Jackets fire president and GM MacLean (AP)
After six losing seasons without a trip to the playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled the plug on president and general manager Doug MacLean. The club said Thursday that MacLean had been fired, while announcing that Mike Priest will take over as president, and assistant general manager Jim Clark will be elevated to interim GM.
Predators desperate to avoid elimination (AP)
All of the Nashville Predators' bold moves and Stanley Cup hopes have come down to this: Win Friday night or go home without winning even one postseason series. The franchise that signed Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont last summer, then traded for Peter Forsberg in February to strengthen their chase of the Stanley Cup now finds itself in exactly the same position as a year ago, trailing San Jose 3-1...
Rangers say they can go deep in playoffs (AP)
When the Rangers went through their seven-season itch of missing the playoffs, Brendan Shanahan established himself as a champion. So it should be no surprise the Broadway Blueshirts advanced further in Shanahan's first season in New York than they had in a decade. Now that they are in the second round, the Rangers don't see why they can't take this run a lot deeper.
Quick playoff exit stuns Thrashers (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers cleaned out their lockers, said their good-byes and tried to forget the past week. A memorable season -- winning the Southeast Division championship to claim the franchise's first trip to the playoffs -- totally unraveled in four straight losses to the New York Rangers. When a team's Stanley Cup hopes have just been swept away in the opening round, it's hard to reflect on all...
Sabres more than lucky vs. Islanders (AP)
Now Ryan Miller has something to dispute. The Sabres goalie didn't buy the notion that Buffalo is suddenly relying on luck to take control of its playoff series against the New York Islanders. The Isles can complain all they want about two contentious goals that went against them in consecutive games this week.
Devils even series on Gomez's OT goal (AP)
Surrounded by a pack of reporters in the Tampa Bay Lightning locker room, goalie Johan Holmqvist conceded that he enjoys the attention that comes with being in the NHL playoffs. "This is what you play the whole year for," the 28-year-old native of Sweden said. "When the media comes around, it's a bonus." The way he's playing in his first postseason series, Holmqvist may have to get used to it.
Waltrip still happy as car owner despite miserable start (AP)
Michael Waltrip has been through tough times before.
Earnhardt denies DEI rumors (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Gordon wins pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon wins fourth pole of season (AP)
Jamie McMurray was relieved after Jeff Gordon easily took the pole from him Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Earnhardt looking for luck on track (AP)
While everyone else worries about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s future with his late father's team, he insists the present is the biggest concern.
Reports of DEI-Earnhardt deal premature (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday an online report that he has been offered ownership in Dale Earnhardt Inc. is ``news to me.''
US auto series honors victims in shooting tragedy (AFP)
A Virginia Tech University logo will be featured on vehicles in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) races for the next three weeks to honor victims in a shooting tragedy.