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Linden big in Game 7 as Canucks advance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.9f0b4ec903294e909b46837d1fe4817c.stars_canucks_hockey_rxl105.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=hfvYfJCyps2oMLcnOk7bjw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Trevor Linden (16) watches the puck slide past Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco and into the net after redirecting the initial shot during the third period of Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals hockey playoffs in Vancouver Monday, April 23, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - To get past the first round for the second time since 1995, the Vancouver Canucks went to their Game 7 guy. Trevor Linden scored the go-ahead goal on a power play seven minutes into the third period to lift the Canucks to a 4-1 Game 7 win on Monday night, ending the Dallas Stars attempt to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series.</p><br clear="all"/>

A-Rod ties mark, but Yanks lose to Rays (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.a5a7ce9f1d5541a9bebdd6dd6d443477.yankees_devil_rays_baseball_spd103.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=9Hf94Z..3QcXjQsDaeG4ag--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a second-inning home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Casey Fossum during a baseball game Monday, April 23, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Catching for Tampa Bay is Josh Paul. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two more homers by Alex Rodriguez couldn't stop the struggling New York Yankees from stumbling again. A-Rod tied the major league record for home runs in April, hitting his 13th and 14th of the season in a 10-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

T-Mac, Rockets beat Boozer, Jazz 98-90 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.f9f49a270725426faee12ff9f6aa5fe9.jazz_rockets_basketball_htr108.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=T9X1diXM1UCvkJyXQ4thFw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady (1) goes up for a shot between Utah Jazz's Andrei Kirilenko (47), of Russia, and Carlos Boozer, right, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball playoff game Monday, April 23, 2007 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets had an exceptional night at the free throw line to overcome Carlos Boozer's huge game. The Rockets went 34-for-38 from the line in a 98-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night and took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Playoffs is Sheed's time as Pistons win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070422/capt.a9dea64954ff49ae991fb2b3fe47e8bb.magic_pistons_basketball_dtp116.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=PS4cKLHIOTFv5pVg1Bsf6Q--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace (36) works against Orlando Magic forward Tony Battie in the second quarter of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Wallace scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds in Detroit's 100-92 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rasheed Wallace usually needs to get mad at an official or face a late-game situation to get motivated. The opening tip was enough for him Monday night. Wallace blocked a shot and made a 3-pointer on the opening possessions and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 98-90 and take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Unorthodox delivery: Willis wins again (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.b7de5116463c4c34ac3c12b2c8ea93b9.braves_marlins_baseball_mds107.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=W3JvI6peaTcTiYszSG_wEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Monday, April 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Count on Dontrelle Willis for an unorthodox delivery. Awaiting the imminent birth of his first child, Willis went about his business Monday, pitching 6 2-3 innings and contributing two hits to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7.</p><br clear="all"/>

Titans have big holes to fill at draft (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_draft"><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 - The Tennessee Titans believe they found a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft in 2006. Now it's time to find someone to play catch with Vince Young.</p><br clear="all"/>

Houston takes 2-0 playoff lead over Utah (Reuters)
Reuters - Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and Yao Ming had 27 to lead Houston to a 98-90 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday, giving the Rockets a 2-0 advantage in their first-round playoff series.

Hargrove's faith in Morrow pays off (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.799ee3bfecc1410197f55fd8080c10b7.mariners_rangers_baseball_arl108.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=Ff6leNLgsI89txQOdvJbzg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Seattle Mariners pitcher Brandon Morrow sticks out his tongue after being hit with a shaving cream pie by a teammate after Morrow earned his first win in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Monday, April 23, 2007, in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Morrow impressed Mike Hargrove with his velocity in spring training so much, the rookie right-hander made the Seattle Mariners' pitching staff with no previous major league experience.</p><br clear="all"/>

Messi's goal spurs memories of Maradona (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070423/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.th10104231555.soccer_extra_time_th101.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=HqIbIyHlNEq.SLTBGklLFA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, second left, passes goalkeeper Luis Garcia, left, on his way to scoring from a narrow angle in the 29th minute at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, in this Wednesday, April 18, 2007 file photo. (AP Photos/Manu Fernandez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lionel Messi's spectacular goal for FC Barcelona brought back memories of just how good Diego Maradona used to be.</p><br clear="all"/>

Martin Brodeur, Devils oust Lightning (AP)
<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_nhl_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.e6b7d167cea34692a8eca78eae2b0eb5.aptopix_devils_lightning_hockey_tpa110.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=LG49yeFUykZA6x824GGuWw--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, left, makes a save despite Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis' attempt to block his vision during an NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game Sunday, April 22, 2007 in Tampa, Fla. The Devils won the game 3-2 eliminating the Lightning from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Jersey Devils never stopped believing in Martin Brodeur.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bush welcomes Colts to White House (AP)
President Bush, left, stops to greet to greet Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, right, and his wife Lauren Dungy, center, during a ceremony for the 2007 Super Bowl Champions as he greets the football team on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 23, 2007, in Washington.

Even when football season ends, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning is hard to miss on TV. He has become such a marketable pitchman that his commercials -- a sports drink here, a credit card company there -- seem endless. Apparently, President Bush has taken notice while flipping the channels. "So a lot of people here in the White House compound have been really looking forward to seeing Peyton...


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G Stacy Andrews stays with Bengals (AP)
Guard Stacy Andrews signed a one-year contract Monday with the Cincinnati Bengals, who had made him one of their restricted free agents. Andrews, a fourth-year player who started three games last season, had drawn interest from the New York Jets. The Jets would have had to give the Bengals a second-round draft pick in compensation if they signed Andrews.

'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.

No traffic charges for Bengals' Henry (AP)
Traffic charges against Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry were dropped Monday. Henry, who has been arrested four times since December 2005, has been suspended for the first eight games of next season for violating the NFL's conduct policies. He spent two days in jail last January after pleading guilty to letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented.

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...

Pistons take 2-0 series lead over Magic (AP)
Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill, left, and forward Darko Milicic watch from the bench in the fourth quarter of their 98-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons in a first-round playoff basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, April 23, 2007.

Rasheed Wallace usually needs to get mad at an official or face a late-game situation to get motivated. The opening tip was enough for him Monday night. Wallace blocked a shot and made a 3-pointer on the opening possessions and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 98-90 and take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.


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Suns' Barbosa wins Sixth Man Award (AP)
After hearing the news he had won the NBA's Sixth Man Award Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa, right, of Brazil, walks off the court with assistant coach Dan D'Antoni during NBA basketball practice Monday, April 23, 2007 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.  Barbosa credits Dan D'Antoni's coaching for his success .

Leandro Barbosa, among the fastest players in the NBA, ran away with the league's sixth man award Monday. The "Brazilian Blur" received 101 of a possible 127 first-place votes from a media panel. The honor came one day after Barbosa matched his career playoff high with 26 points in the Phoenix Suns' 95-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday in Game 1 of their opening series.


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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.

Bulls' Hinrich fined $25,000 by NBA (AP)
Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands during a playoff victory over the Miami Heat. Hinrich fired his mouthpiece into the stands after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, and got a technical. The guard finished with two points and five fouls in the Bulls' 96-91 win at United Center on Saturday.

Hornets G Paul undergoes foot surgery (AP)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul had a screw inserted in his left foot Monday and will likely be unable to train with the U.S. basketball team this summer. Paul's agent, Lance Young, said the former Rookie of the Year was to have a follow-up visit with doctors on Tuesday after having the screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal.

LeBron says sprained ankle improving (AP)
LeBron James says his sprained left ankle -- swollen, sore and stiff -- won't keep him out of the playoffs. He spent most of Monday getting treatment after twisting his ankle Sunday during the third quarter of Cleveland's 97-82 win over Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series. James inadvertently stepped on the right foot of Wizards forward Etan Thomas, who was defending him on a...

Lakers look to salvage split in Game 2 (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire (1) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom, left, and Kwame Brown in the fourth quarter of an NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 22, 2007 at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.  The Suns defeated the Lakers 95-87.

The Phoenix Suns know they shouldn't be too comfortable going into Tuesday night's Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns won the opener of the best-of-seven series, but they've been here before. A year ago, Phoenix won Game 1 against the Lakers, then lost the next three and needed seven games to put away Kobe & Co.


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Deng expects different look from Heat (AP)
Luol Deng expects the adjustments to be as subtle as some of the hard fouls the teams have exchanged in recent seasons. He knows the Miami Heat have to do something. The defending champions had two days to digest what happened in Game 1 Saturday, when Deng scored 33 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-91 victory.

Raptors see no cause for alarm vs. Nets (AP)
TORONTO (AP)-- The Raptors understand adversity all too well. They started the season 2-8 and survived. They lost forward Chris Bosh to a knee injury and survived. So they see no cause for alarm after losing Game 1 of their playoff series with the New Jersey Nets. "When we take a step back we always take two or three steps forward," Bosh said Monday, leading to Game 2 Tuesday night.

Wizards' Butler won't play vs. Cavaliers (AP)
Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler had the cast removed from his broken right hand Monday and was told to avoid contact for a week to 10 days. Even before Butler's cast was replaced by a splint, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan ruled out having the All-Star back for the team's first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

Canucks eliminate Stars 4-1 in Game 7 (AP)
Vancouver Canucks' Trevor Linden, center, is congratulated by teammates Henrik Sedin (33) and Daniel Sedin after scoring during the third period of Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals hockey playoffs against the Dallas Stars in Vancouver Monday, April 23, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)  CANADA

To get past the first round for the second time since 1995, the Vancouver Canucks went to their Game 7 guy. Trevor Linden scored the go-ahead goal on a power play seven minutes into the third period to lift the Canucks to a 4-1 Game 7 win on Monday night, ending the Dallas Stars attempt to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series.


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Stars D Zubov misses Game 7 vs. Canucks (AP)
Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov is out for the Stars in Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Zubov, who leads the Stars in both points and playing time, left Game 6 in Dallas Saturday night with what the team called a "torso injury." He did not practice Sunday or take the morning skate before Monday's game in which Dallas is trying to complete a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

Red Wings relieved to reach second round (AP)
A collective sigh of relief could be heard from the Detroit Red Wings when Johan Franzen scored in overtime at Calgary on Sunday night -- or Monday morning in the Motor City. Detroit advanced in the playoffs for just the second time since 2002. The win also gave the Red Wings a much-needed break after beating the Flames twice in less than 36 hours in arenas nearly 2,000 miles apart.

Holmstrom day-to-day with eye injury (AP)
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is day-to-day with an eye injury after Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick at 6:44 of overtime in Detroit's 2-1 series-clinching victory over the Flames on Sunday night. "No long-term effect," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Monday. Conroy received a double-minor penalty for high-sticking when he lifted his stick and hit Holmstrom's eye.

Thrashers' Mellanby expected to retire (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby is expected to announce his retirement Tuesday. The Thrashers have scheduled a telephone news conference for the 40-year-old Mellanby and general manager Don Waddell for Tuesday morning. A team spokesman said Mellanby's future with the team will be discussed. Mellanby had 12 goals and 24 assists in his 21st season, helping to lead the Thrashers to their first...

Devils beat Lightning 3-2 to advance (AP)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, left, makes a save despite Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis' attempt to block his vision during an NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game Sunday afternoon April 22, 2007 in Tampa, Fla. The Devils won the game 3-2 eliminating the Lightning from the playoffs.

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.


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Lightning enter offseason of questions (AP)
Another early exit from the playoffs leaves the Tampa Bay Lightning with difficult questions to answer between now and next season. Among the most pressing: -- Can the team continue to sink roughly 40 percent of its payroll into the Big Three -- Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards? -- What becomes of goalie Marc Denis, last year's big offseason acquisition who was so inconsistent...

Rangers readying for top-seeded Sabres (AP)
The New York Rangers haven't seen the Buffalo Sabres since the first day of December. They knew how good Buffalo was then and they aren't kidding themselves about how good the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sabres are now. But the Rangers are coming off a first-round playoff sweep of the Atlanta Thrashers and feel way better about their game these days.

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.

An offer Junior can refuse? (AP)
Taking control of DEI, his late father's company, might come at too high a price for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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)
Jeff Gordon, center,  celebrates winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR auto race Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Avondale, Ariz.

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.


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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.

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