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NEWS FROM 2007-04-22
Pistons never trail in taking down Magic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.96d26722c55443098dea60e2eaef32a3.magic_pistons_basketball_dtp103.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=MH0kHDDR9TygwSWGchdBJw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups (1) drives on Orlando Magic guard Grant Hill during the first quarter of an NBA playoff basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, April 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Pistons tried the Hack-a-Shaq strategy against Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat last postseason. The Pistons implemented the Hack-a-Howard plan on Saturday night, and it paid off.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stars blank Canucks 2-0 to force Game 7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_stars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.40f2ac6e89ba425fb6e77e66fbb847aa.canucks_stars_hockey_dna104.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=Y7FXrQZ2c38GnCUXdIlbyA--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund (2), of Sweden, and goalie Roberto Luongo, kneeling, look on as Dallas Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen (26) and Mike Ribeiro (63) celebrate a goal by Mike Modano in the first period of Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference first-round playoff series in Dallas, Saturday, April 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars are going back to Vancouver. From a 3-1 deficit, the Stars have won in overtime and now at home — both difficult postseason tasks for them and their goalie in the past — to force a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Western Conference series against the Canucks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ortiz sends Boston to 2nd win over Yanks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.190006eae316451ca52907118dfa47f2.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mame117.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=vbKhQTZreS2Fvr.AuR7Swg--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox' Kevin Youkilis, left, congratulates teammate David Ortiz after Ortiz' two-run home run in the fourth inning against New York Yankees pitcher Jeff Karstens (not shown) in their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Boston. At right is New York Yankees catcher Wil Nieves. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Red Sox managed to keep Alex Rodriguez from hitting another home run. The Yankees can't say the same about David Ortiz. Ortiz had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and Josh Beckett settled down to help Boston beat New York 7-5 Saturday for its second consecutive victory over the Yankees. It was Ortiz's fourth homer in seven games and his 12th in the past two years against New York.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gordon matches Earnhardt on wins list
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_phoenix"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.96e7059e8d8f47ceaa0bc3b5c34fe402.aptopix_nascar_phoenix_auto_racing_azmy122.jpg?x=130&y=65&sig=hL6SMWL1ogeljh7ts8jxfQ--" align="left" height="65" width="130" alt="Jeff Gordon, center, celebrates winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR auto race Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Avondale, Ariz. It was the first time a Nextel Cup driver won from the pole position in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team has kept a flag bearing the late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 in its hauler since last July, just awaiting Jeff Gordon's next NASCAR Nextel Cup win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers beat Pirates 7-3 in 10 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.ff5198331ef147af82d3983534d1caf4.pirates_dodgers_baseball_lad110.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=cgyYmXL4YZnwLWegxPYXag--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin follows through on a grand slam in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 7-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - A night after lamenting that everyone on the Dodgers was hitting except him, Russell Martin erased his struggles with one swing. Martin's first career grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Los Angeles a come-from-behind 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman buys newspaper ad for fan letter
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pacman_appeal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.898807215dcd41eab47346eb32a65f0b.pacman_appeal__nyol580.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=YwoRsnHXfosbZFIDSxez.A--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones watches from the sidelines during an NFL pre-season football game against the Atlanta Falcons on this Aug. 26, 2006 file photo, in Nashville, Tenn. Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement in Nashville's The Tennessean to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans. (AP Photo/John Russell, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yao and McGrady lift Rockets to victory over Jazz in NBA playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070422/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070422/capt.sge.rfr88.220407074301.photo00.photo.default-348x512.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=Fqm6k182TGQioWxxGNruIQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Yao Ming (L) of the Houston Rockets puts up a shot against Mehmet Okur (R) of the Utah Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center 21 April in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 84-75(AFP/Getty Images/Matthew Stockman)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Tracy McGrady came alive just in time to help Yao Ming lead the Houston Rockets to an 84-75 victory over Utah in their National Basketball Association playoff series opener.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ortiz blast helps Red Sox beat Yankees again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070422/sp_nm/baseball_american_saturday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070422/2007_04_22t022243_450x365_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=eX8ZX2s.qSK6xUXvWn60Qg--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (L) and David Ortiz celebrate after Ortiz' two-run, home run in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 21, 2007. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Josh
Beckett recorded his career-high fourth straight victory as the
Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 7-5 to take a 2-0 lead
in the weekend series between the old rivals on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chivas USA routs Real Salt Lake 4-0
AP - Maykel Galindo scored two goals in the first nine minutes and Ante Razov scored his 100th career MLS goal to help Chivas USA rout Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Saturday at Home Depot Center.
Red Wings take 3-2 lead over Flames
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070422/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.09a4572870794f4a88f1d04e5f729ed4.aptopix_flames_red_wings_hockey_dta108.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=mlqKPBUanY3jyqMQMH.J5g--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, right, checks Calgary Flames' Jerome Iginla during the second period of an NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, April 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Calgary Flames aren't going down without a fight. Daniel Cleary converted the first successful penalty shot ever in Detroit during the playoffs and Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in the Red Wings' 5-1 victory over Calgary on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman' buys full-page newspaper ad (AP)
Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans. In the ad in the sports section of Friday's editions of The Tennessean -- Nashville's daily newspaper -- Jones told his family, coaches, teammates and Titans fans he must reorganize his priorities.
Saints sign Colts' David to offer sheet (AP)
By next Friday, Jason David will know whether he'll spend the next four years in Indianapolis or New Orleans. Either way, he'll be a rich, happy man. David signed a four-year offer sheet with New Orleans on Thursday, a deal agent Cary Fabrikant said would change David's life. "Right now, Jason is in a great situation," Fabrikant said Friday.
Bengals sign veteran DL Michael Myers (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals on Friday signed veteran defensive lineman Michael Myers to a two-year contract. Myers, a 10-year pro who was an unrestricted free agent, started every game last season for the Broncos. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound tackle led Denver's line last season with 80 tackles. He had two sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Wilford, Gray sign tenders with Jags (AP)
Receiver Ernest Wilford and reserve quarterback Quinn Gray signed their contract tenders Friday, ensuring the two restricted free agents will be with the Jacksonville Jaguars at least one more year. Wilford started 12 games last season and finished with 36 catches for 524 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 receiver, a fourth-round draft pick from Virginia Tech in 2004, has 96 receptions for...
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.
Deng helps Bulls hold off Heat in Game 1 (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal's words were sharp and pointed and aimed straight at his target, like those passes he whips to cutters when he is double-teamed. His target this time was referee Eddie F. Rush. "My intention was to come out and be myself, until Eddie Rush derailed me," O'Neal said after fouling out. Chicago's Luol Deng also played a big part in knocking defending champion Miami off track.
Carter struggles, but Nets top Raptors (AP)
Vince Carter heard boos all afternoon. They couldn't ruin his return to Toronto for the playoffs. "I didn't come here to worry about the crowd and the response, I came here to win a basketball game," Carter said. Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd made sure the Nets did just that. Jefferson scored 28 points, Kidd nearly had a triple-double, and the Nets withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat the...
Pistons defeat sloppy Magic in Game 1 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons tried the Hack-a-Shaq strategy against Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat last postseason. The Pistons implemented the Hack-a-Howard plan on Saturday night, and it paid off. Orlando All-Star center Dwight Howard went only 3-of-11 from the free throw line in his playoff debut, and the entire Magic team missed 18 free throws in a 100-92 loss to the Pistons in Game 1 of the...
McGrady, Rockets rally past Jazz, 84-75 (AP)
Tracy McGrady was so nervous driving to Houston's first round playoff game against Utah his palms were sweating. The seven-time All-Star had bigger problems than excessive perspiration when he got on the court as he missed his first six shots and had just one point at halftime. He finally shook off his jitters to score 16 points in the third quarter and lead the Rockets to an 84-75 win over the...
LeBron eager for second shot at playoffs (AP)
Nervous is not a feeling LeBron James has very often. But before stepping onto basketball's biggest stage last spring, he was a little shaky not knowing what to expect in his first trip to the NBA playoffs. Turns out, he had nothing to worry about. All James did was record a triple-double in his debut, score 41 points in his first road playoff game and average 35.7 points in six games while helping...
Mavericks seek to teach Warriors lesson (AP)
In a regular season that featured all sorts of streaks, milestones and records, there was one thing the Dallas Mavericks failed to do: Beat the Golden State Warriors. Those Warriors happen to be the first-round foe for the Mavericks. Will the Mavs get revenge for an 0-3 regular-season series? Or could the eighth-seeded Warriors, who needed a 9-1 finish just to make the playoffs for the first time in...
Suns want no repeat of '06 Lakers series (AP)
The Suns and Lakers go at it again beginning Sunday, and championship-hungry Phoenix wants no repeat of last season's first-round drama. "We won Game 1 last year and were feeling good about ourselves," Steve Nash said, "and the next thing you know, we're down 3-1. Hopefully we won't be in that position.
Spurs-Nuggets season series meaningless (AP)
Celtics' Ainge mum on Oden (AP)
Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge, already fined $30,000 over contact with a potential draft choice, remained mum Friday after Ohio State star Greg Oden said he would enter the NBA draft. "I can't comment until it's official," Ainge said at Fenway Park before a ceremony to honor late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach.
Kings fire Musselman after one season (AP)
The Sacramento Kings fired coach Eric Musselman on Friday after just one tumultuous season. The Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs amid infighting and unimpressive play. The club, which reached the postseason eight consecutive times before coach Rick Adelman was fired last summer, wasted no time removing Musselman, but intends to take plenty of time to choose his replacement.
Stars blank Canucks again, force Game 7 (AP)
Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars are going back to Vancouver. From a 3-1 deficit, the Stars have won in overtime and now at home -- both difficult postseason tasks for them and their goalie in the past -- to force a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Western Conference series against the Canucks. Mike Modano finally scored, his goal coming on early 5-on-3 power play in the kind of situation...
Cleary, Zetterberg lift Wings by Flames (AP)
The Calgary Flames aren't going down without a fight. Daniel Cleary converted the first successful penalty shot ever in Detroit during the playoffs and Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in the Red Wings' 5-1 victory over Calgary on Saturday. When the Flames knew they'd fall behind 3-2 in the first-round series, they weren't satisfied with just some scrums and trash talk.
Lightning seek more scoring options (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning said all the right things. Yes, they are confident their first-round playoff series against New Jersey will go the distance. No, it won't be easy to overcome a 3-2 deficit against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. And, yes, it would be nice -- though not imperative -- to get an offensive boost from someone not named Vincent Lecavalier or Martin St.
Pens' Crosby played with broken foot (AP)
NHL scoring champion Sidney Crosby played the final 2 1/2 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs with a broken left foot, an injury the Pittsburgh Penguins star didn't disclose until Saturday. Crosby revealed the injury when he explained why he won't play in the world championships in Moscow. Crosby was expected to join Team Canada for the second year in a row after Pittsburgh was eliminated...
Sharks thinking big after first round (AP)
After making a difficult first-round playoff series look deceptively simple, the San Jose Sharks are ready to see what other feats they can accomplish in the postseason. The Sharks took a leisurely flight back from Tennessee on Saturday after finishing off the Predators in Game 5 of their first-round series Friday night.
Sabres advance, but look for improvement (AP)
Is everybody happy? Not in Buffalo, where the Sabres sounded more relieved than resolute when discussing the mild celebration that followed the team's Eastern Conference quarterfinal-clinching playoff victory over the New York Islanders. "We're happy, don't get me wrong," Daniel Briere said after Buffalo nearly squandered a three-goal, third-period lead to hang on for a 4-3 win in Game 5 to seal...
Islanders D Hill gets 20-game drug ban (AP)
Islanders defenseman Sean Hill on Friday became the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy -- a 20-game ban that will carry into next season. Hill was already traveling home to Long Island when the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Despite loss, Pens see bright future (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins crammed a decade's worth of improvement and uncertainty, progress and hope, accomplishment and anticipation into a single 6 1/2 -month season unlike any other in their 40-year history. But what most encourages their fans is that there may be more to come, even after a season that saw Sidney Crosby become the NHL's youngest scoring champion at age 19 and the Penguins make...
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.
Wild still angry about punch to Johnsson (AP)
Kim Johnsson has recovered from the punch to his head that knocked him out of the last game, but the Minnesota Wild are still sore about it. Eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in their first-round playoff series Thursday night, the Wild remained angry two days later that Brad May -- a fourth-line wing for the Ducks who has only 11 goals over his last four seasons -- injured their best defenseman and...
Virginia native Hamlin wanted to win Subway for Virginia Tech (PA SportsTicker)
AVONDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Denny Hamlin said he didn't want to win Saturday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 for himself as much as he did for the state of Virginia.
Gordon ties Earnhardt mark with Subway Fresh Fit 500 win (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon gets historic victory (AP)
The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team has kept a flag bearing the late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 in its hauler since last July, just awaiting Jeff Gordon's next NASCAR Nextel Cup win.
Hamlin had Hokies on his mind (AP)
Denny Hamlin had more than NASCAR Nextel Cup points on his mind in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday night.
Power takes pole as Bourdais penalized in auto racing Champ Car qualifying (AFP)
Busch communicating better with team (AP)
Next time, Kyle Busch will check with his team before leaving the track.
Bowyer wins duel with Kenseth (AP)
Clint Bowyer won a stirring duel with Matt Kenseth on Friday night, taking the lead with 14 laps to go and holding on in the Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Indi-Car defending champion Castroneves takes pole (AFP)