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NEWS FROM 2007-04-23
Warriors stun Mavericks in series opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.a497fde3305c4cf4964da71d20622d86.warriors_mavericks_basketball_dna102.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=rEKYtj0Rh2CzjVS7jH6eGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry (31) goes to the basket between Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (8) and guard Baron Davis (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball playoff game in Dallas, Sunday, April 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Don Nelson figures the Dallas Mavericks will eventually figure out how to stop his Golden State Warriors. Until they do, he's going to savor every moment.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox get rare home sweep vs. Yanks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.d126900659db4207b56c106ccd5ab622.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mame126.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=r_aAyOMQsJ3JzNmSz8UpvQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Mike Lowell, right, is congratulated by teammates J.D. Drew, left, and Manny Ramirez after his three-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor in the seventh inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, April 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - It took the Boston Red Sox 10 pitches to hit four straight homers and three days to complete a sweep of the New York Yankees.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nuggets down Spurs on the road in Game 1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.e8df5057213e4a339fbcb9b924d8568b.nuggets_spurs_basketball_txeg109.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=pCwA06.ijrfB2R..TUdFRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (15) drives between San Antonio Spurs defenders guard Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, and forward Tim Duncan, left, during the third quarter of their first round NBA playoff basketball game in San Antonio, Sunday, April 22, 2007. Denver won 95-89; Anthony scored 30 points. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Denver Nuggets have been here before, and this time around, they're not going to get too excited about it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings edge Flames 2-1 in double OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.ecdf31e7784143b896b202645fe71883.red_wings_flames_hockey_ajmc110.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=T7xjXon3W2H6eee0B7a5BQ--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen, right, hugs teammate Mathieu Schneide as Calgary Flames' Jeff Friesen looks on after Franzen scored the winning goal during the second overtime period NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey action in Calgary, Sunday, April 22, 2007. The Red Wings beat the Flames 2-1 to win the best of seven series 4-2.(AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Franzen scored early in the second overtime period, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds homers, moves within 15 of Aaron
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.bf77170d8ad74374883b7a2dd4ccb5eb.diamondbacks_giants_baseball_fxpb105.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=pKwvgYWP4ieJlmq9_MNXAA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds runs toward home plate after his 740th career home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Yusmeiro Petit in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, April 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The countdown is on. Barry Bonds is closing in on Hank Aaron in a hurry. Bonds hit his 740th home run Sunday, connecting for the second consecutive game and helping Matt Cain earn his first win of the season in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.</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"/>
Warriors stun Mavericks, Nuggets and Suns win in NBA West playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070423/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070423/capt.sge.rmo90.230407060458.photo00.photo.default-512x386.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=6uz9IHxrL8bAEY5dFyZOxg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Brazil's Leandro Barbosa, pictured January 2007, scored 26 points and Amare Stoudemire added 23 points here Sunday to lead Phoenix past the Los Angeles Lakers 95-87 in a National Basketball Association playoff opener.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Jonathan Daniel)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Golden State Warriors shocked the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks 97-85 Sunday in the opener of their National Basketball Association Western Conference first-round playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox tie mark with 4 straight homers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_four_homers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.ba7f749fd7c3485d88609fe74246e111.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mame110.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=zN6kuHZO5kn2Z1JyE186yg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez hits a solo home run off New York Yankees pitcher Chase Wright in the third inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, April 22, 2007 in Boston. At right is Yankees' Wil Nieves. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Red Sox hit four straight home runs Sunday night against the New York Yankees, tying a major league record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea held to tie in Premier League
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.lon80604221448.britain_soccer_lon806.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=oCxb2RAtXPFsElRhO7Xy9g--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Chelsea's Michael Ballack, right, is injured in a tackle with Newcastle United's Titus Bramble, on ground, during their English Premier league soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday April 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Gareth Copley/PA) NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FAPL LICENCE - SEE IPTC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD FOR DETAILS" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea was held to a 0-0 tie at Newcastle on Sunday, missing a chance to close the gap on Premier League leader Manchester United.</p><br clear="all"/>
Devils top Lightning, gain 2nd round
<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_devils_lightning"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.e484c1e155ea499997a01de6c4b32d30.lightning_devils_hockey_era114.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=XgbkzQVBl8zP1oh3lfpKfA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a save as Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis skates in during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Friday night, April 20, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Devils won 3-0 and lead the series three games to two. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett/pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - A bounce here, a bounce there. The way Martin Brodeur sounded, the New Jersey Devils were fortunate to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning.</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.
Davis gets Warriors past Mavs in Game 1 (AP)
Don Nelson figures the Dallas Mavericks will eventually figure out how to stop his Golden State Warriors. Until they do, he's going to savor every moment. Baron Davis scored 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter, carrying Nellie's small-ball lineup to a 97-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.
Iverson, Anthony power Nuggets by Spurs (AP)
The Denver Nuggets have been here before, and this time around, they're not going to get too excited about it. In 2005 the Nuggets beat the Spurs in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs on the road before losing the next four to a San Antonio team that went on to win the NBA championship. The Nuggets did it again Sunday night, beating the Spurs 95-89 in the first game of their Western...
Barbosa sparks Suns by Lakers in Game 1 (AP)
For a long time Sunday, the Phoenix Suns couldn't make a shot and Kobe Bryant couldn't miss. Then Leandro Barbosa, the "Brazilian Blur", brought the NBA's highest-scoring offense to life, and Bryant went from awesome to awful. The result was a second-half rally that gave the Suns a 95-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in their first-round Western Conference playoff opener.
Hughes, James lift Cavs by Wizards 97-82 (AP)
Flat on his back, LeBron James grimaced as he looked toward the arena rafters, where giant banners spelled out his team's playoff motto: "RISE UP!" And he did. Ignoring a sprained left ankle, James stayed in the game to score 23 points and Larry Hughes added 27 Sunday, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers over the depleted Washington Wizards 97-82 in the opener of this Eastern Conference series.
Down to Bulls, Heat not panicking yet (AP)
One day and one film session later, Shaquille O'Neal's opinion on how things transpired for the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series with the Chicago Bulls remained unchanged. "I take nothing back," O'Neal said Sunday. That means he's still frustrated with the way Saturday's 96-91 Bulls win in Game 1 of their first-round matchup was officiated, how he only got eight shot attempts...
Raptors get rough intro to playoffs (AP)
Welcome to the playoffs, Toronto Raptors. No one said it would be pretty. "I didn't know it was going to be that physical under the boards," Raptors star Chris Bosh said. "I can't even describe it. ... They're not really calling loose ball fouls. It's whoever wants it the most. If you get caught watching, you might get run over and you're not going to get a foul." Bosh made his playoff debut Saturday in...
Milicic not listening to boos in Detroit (AP)
Booing him early and often, Detroit Pistons fans let Darko Milicic know they still begrudge him for being a bust. The Pistons drafted Milicic second overall in 2003 -- passing on Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- and traded him two-plus seasons later after he averaged fewer than two points a game as a seldom-used reserve.
Yao, McGrady not the only focus for Jazz (AP)
Utah's Derek Fisher understands the danger in trying to contain Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady in the hope other Rockets won't score. The Jazz guard was one of the "others" who stepped up when teams employed that tactic against Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant during the Los Angeles Lakers' run of three straight titles from 2000-2002.
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.
Red Wings need 2OT to eliminate Flames (AP)
Johan Franzen took a long shot and the Saddledome crowd fell eerily silent. The Detroit Red Wings knew they had just won their first-round playoff series. Franzen scored early in the second overtime period, leading the Red Wings to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
Devils beat Lightning 3-2 to advance (AP)
A bounce here, a bounce there. The way Martin Brodeur sounded, the New Jersey Devils were fortunate to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning. In reality, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie was the difference in the first-round Eastern Conference series that the Devils won Sunday with Brodeur stopping 32 shots and Brian Gionta scoring two goals in a 3-2 victory.
Stars out to erase old playoff failures (AP)
Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars are one win from making -- and perhaps more importantly, erasing -- some franchise history. A win in Game 7 on Monday night in Vancouver would make it the first time in 13 attempts a Stars team came back from a 3-1 playoff deficit. They've given themselves the chance by eliminating the problems of past playoff failures.
Ducks, Beauchemin return to practice (AP)
Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin earned his days off as much as any of the Ducks -- probably more. Anaheim closed out its playoff series with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in five games and won't play again to at least Wednesday. The Ducks took two days off before practicing Sunday. Beauchemin cracked his jaw when he was hit in the face by a shot in Game 3 and sat out Game 4.
Sens coach: Heatley's best yet to come (AP)
The Ottawa Senators are off to a strong start in the playoffs and have done it without a big contribution from star Dany Heatley. The Senators made quick work of their opening-round opponent, disposing of the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games without much help from their best player during the regular season.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Bourdais defends Houston Champ-car crown (AFP)
Gordon honors Earnhardt with latest win (AP)
Jeff Gordon never has been a favorite among fans of the late Dale Earnhardt.
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.
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.