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NEWS FROM 2007-04-25
Suns run Lakers out of desert, 126-98
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.d05b3cdbe98c44ffa5cd4dcd8a0cd192.lakers_suns_basketball_pnu102.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=bWFea7tnS3T4hp6E43zbkA--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) slips past Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar during the first quarter of a first round Western Conference NBA playoff game Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Phoenix Suns put the pedal to the floor and left that Game 2 jinx, and the Los Angeles Lakers, buried in the dust.</p><br clear="all"/>
Shaq feeling Heat as Bulls trample Miami
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.351ed2782d4344bea121a1b2e7a6ce0d.aptopix_heat_bulls_basketball_cxa116.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=e5BUA.9v6_mgZXX2bmL6gA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls' P.J. Brown, left, blocks a shot attempt by Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal during the third quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago, Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The Bulls won 107-89. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - This time, Shaquille O'Neal had nothing but praise for the opponent and the officiating.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raptors cap grand day for coach with win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_raptors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.69ea4a6a2432487f9029ca69ede12c2c.nba_coach_award_basketball_ajw103.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=nsA9bKcBbdgbXwrS7D6juw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell is congratulated by players Kris Humphries, left, Anthony Parker, Darrick Martin and Chris Bosh, back right, after being presented with the Coach of the Year award by NBA commissioner David Stern, right front, prior to an NBA playoff basketball game in Toronto, Tuesday April 24, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Adrian Wyld) Canada" border="0" /></a>AP - The Toronto Raptors celebrated with Sam Mitchell, then went out and played like him. After starting the night with an award ceremony for their coach of the year, the Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 89-83 Tuesday to even their first-round series at a game apiece.</p><br clear="all"/>
'AL Least?' Yankees sink to the bottom
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.b37d0b63d87944b38aaea00b62df4b3f.yankees_devil_rays_baseball_spd112.jpg?x=130&y=73&sig=ukerQUYHso9G9KHiB2oqzw--" align="left" height="73" width="130" alt="Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Carl Crawford (13) celebrates with teammates, from left, Rocco Baldelli, Dioner Navarro (30), and B.J. Upton (2) after hitting a seventh-inning, grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Mike Myers during a baseball game Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a night that Alex Rodriguez lost his 23-game hitting streak and New York tumbled into last place, the Yankees searched for positives to take away from their longest losing streak in nearly two years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit looks his age as D'backs lose
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.9ccc926835f948a49647da89fa935ecd.padres_diamondbacks_baseball_azrs101.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=DuyF1eTfI4NvjsPGgy5gSA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a National League baseball game Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in Phoenix. Johnson, who had back surgery in October, was making his season debut. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a duel for the aged. David Wells outpitched fellow 43-year-old Randy Johnson in the oldest matchup of left-handers in major league history, leading the San Diego Padres over Arizona 10-5 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL teams juggle drafting and character
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_troubled_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.75e732c6f84a46f3ae0520f8b6c86e76.on_football_troubled_nfl_draft_ny169.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=qAGlQRAn6J2dQKR9Fccjnw--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Miamii's Brandon Meriweather (19) tackles Colorado's Alvin Barrett during a college football game in Miami, in this Sept. 24, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Cincinnati Bengals could use a cornerback, although after being subject to nationwide ridicule for having nine players arrested last season they almost surely will pass on UNLV's Eric Wright. For public relations reasons, if nothing else. That doesn't necessarily apply to the other 31 NFL teams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barbosa leads rout as Suns pull away from Lakers
Reuters - Leandro Barbosa scored 26 points to
lead Phoenix to a 126-98 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers and
give the Suns a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.
Giants beat Dodgers for 6th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.b25f3d2e503146a281e440ffe58022d1.giants_dodgers_baseball_lad106.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=PRj3Sd7KM2moeIxtMwlCyw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="San Francisco Giants' Dave Roberts, left, is greeted by third base coach Tim Flannery after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, April 24, 2007.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - There's no relief when it comes to facing the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants these days. Matt Morris was the latest to get the job done, taking a three-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday night in the Giants' 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rooney lifts Man United past AC Milan
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070424/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_ac_milan_manchester_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.mdt12404242050.aptopix_britain_soccer_champions_league__mdt124.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=yvJ6jjIuIrt3ejSSkiuyHQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, beats AC Milan's Dida, left, to score a goal during their Champions League semi final first-leg soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday April 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wayne Rooney scored his second goal in the first minute of injury time, and Manchester United rallied past AC Milan 3-2 Tuesday in the first leg of the European Champions League semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres ready to show Rangers who's No. 1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_rangers_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070424/capt.d8d150829488480cbb37e1dc04194909.rangers_sabres_hockey__nydd104.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=rj0pJUGVDO2WpH.nHRFXsA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller makes a glove save during practice at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The Sabres will play the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - It didn't take long for Tom Renney's views about the Sabres not being the "cream of the crop" to reach Buffalo's locker room Tuesday. Whatever the New York Rangers coach's intentions were in making that comment a day earlier, the top-seeded and President's Trophy-winning Sabres made sure they interpreted it in the worst possible light.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears GM Angelo denies Briggs trade talk (AP)
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo denied the team has been involved in trade talks regarding disgruntled linebacker Lance Briggs. "I've not heard anything official from anybody," Angelo said Wednesday at a news conference to discuss this weekend's NFL draft. Several reports claimed a handful of teams besides the Washington Redskins have talked to the Bears about trading for Briggs, who is...
Bush welcomes Colts to White House (AP)
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...
Colts DE Thomas signs one-year tender (AP)
Colts defensive end Josh Thomas signed a one-year tender worth $1.3 million Tuesday, keeping him the Super Bowl champions next season. Thomas has been a key player in Indianapolis' defensive line rotation since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He finished last season with 35 tackles, one sack and recovered one fumble last season.
No traffic charges for Bengals WR 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.
LB Miller signs 1-year deal with Bengals (AP)
Linebacker Caleb Miller, who was the last of the Cincinnati Bengals' restricted free agents, signed a one-year contract on Tuesday. Miller started seven games last season and played in all 16, finishing third in the team in tackles. He started four games at middle linebacker and three at outside linebacker.
'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.
Bulls rout Heat to take 2-0 series lead (AP)
This time, Shaquille O'Neal had nothing but praise for the opponent and the officiating. The only finger he pointed was at himself. He realizes he needs to do more if the Miami Heat are going to climb out of another 2-0 playoff deficit. Dwyane Wade needs to step up, too. Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Luol Deng added 26 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 107-89 victory Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead over...
Suns rout Lakers 126-98, take 2-0 lead (AP)
The Phoenix Suns put the pedal to the floor and left that Game 2 jinx, and the Los Angeles Lakers, buried in the dust. The Suns revved up their frenetic style to near perfection on Tuesday night in a 126-98 rout that put Phoenix up 2-0 in the best-of-seven first-round series. "It's hard to single things out," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Bosh helps Raptors top Nets, even series (AP)
The Toronto Raptors celebrated with Sam Mitchell, then went out and played like him. After starting the night with an award ceremony for their coach of the year, the Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 89-83 Tuesday to even their first-round series at a game apiece. "He wasn't the prettiest player but he got the job done and that's kind of how the playoffs are," forward Chris Bosh said.
Sonics fire Hill, remove Sund as GM (AP)
Clay Bennett waited months to finally put his imprint on the basketball side of the Seattle SuperSonics. Bennett, the Sonics' majority owner, did that on Tuesday by firing coach Bob Hill, as expected, and removing Rick Sund as general manager. But it came with little fanfare or explanation, and plenty of questions not involving the franchise's future in Seattle.
Raptors' Mitchell named NBA's top coach (AP)
Sam Mitchell remembers the advice he got from Bill Fitch when he was cut by the Houston Rockets in 1985. Fitch told him to persevere, regardless of what others say. Mitchell did just that, as a player and a coach. On Tuesday, he was honored as NBA coach of the year after leading the Toronto Raptors to a franchise record-tying 47 victories and their first Atlantic Division title.
LeBron says he'll play Wednesday (AP)
LeBron James didn't practice. He did promise to play. Resting his sprained left ankle for another day, James was kept out of Tuesday's workouts as the Cleveland Cavaliers prepared for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference series against the Washington Wizards. "I'll be ready," James said. During the 15-minute segment of practice open to the media, James stood on the baseline and watched as his teammates...
Celtics severing ties with PG Telfair (AP)
The Boston Celtics are severing ties with guard Sebastian Telfair days after he was arrested in the New York area and charged with carrying a loaded gun in his car. Team managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said Telfair, the 13th pick in the 2004 draft and coming off a disappointing first season with the Celtics, would not be back with the team.
Warriors look to harass Nowitzki (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki is tall enough to shoot over almost anyone. He's accurate enough to shoot from almost anywhere. Yet surround him with a bunch of pesky defenders and the big German struggles. Case in point: Game 1 of the playoffs against Golden State. With a variety of guys between 6-foot-3 and 6-9 charging at and swarming around the 7-footer, Nowitzki had one of his worst games of the season.
Rockets overcome 41 by Boozer, go up 2-0 (AP)
Each of the Houston Rockets have to make 10 consecutive free throws before they are allowed to leave the practice floor every day. The often frustrating drill paid off Monday night, as the Rockets used an exceptional game from the line to offset Carlos Boozer's 41 points and beat the Utah Jazz 98-90 to go up 2-0 in the first-round playoff series.
Spurs hungry for home win in Game 2 (AP)
Even after Denver's Game 1 victory over the Spurs, Marcus Camby knows there are still plenty of doubters. "It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks," the Nuggets' center said. "Our mind-set is that us 15 players out here, (we're) the only ones who probably really think we can beat the Spurs." Denver will try to pull off a real stunner -- winning two games on the Spurs' home floor -- in Game 2 on...
Sabres seeking respect from Rangers (AP)
It didn't take long for Tom Renney's views about the Sabres not being the "cream of the crop" to reach Buffalo's locker room Tuesday. Whatever the New York Rangers coach's intentions were in making that comment a day earlier, the top-seeded and President's Trophy-winning Sabres made sure they interpreted it in the worst possible light.
Canucks face ex-GM Burke, Ducks (AP)
When the Canucks closed out their opening series with a Game 7 victory, Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke fired off a message to Vancouver counterpart Dave Nonis. "I sent Dave an e-mail after they won last night, congratulating him," Burke said Tuesday. "My last year there, we won a divisional title.
Sharks won't change style versus Wings (AP)
The two flat-screen televisions in the Sharks' locker room were tuned to only one program Tuesday: An endless video loop of San Jose's success against the Detroit Red Wings this season. The Sharks won three of their four games against their upcoming playoff opponent while scoring a jaw-dropping 13 power-play goals, including a franchise-record six during a 9-4 win on Jan.
Devils' Matvichuk makes up for lost time (AP)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk is certainly making up for lost time in the playoffs. After missing all but the final game of the regular season while coming back from offseason back surgery, Matvichuk took over for an injured Colin White in Game 3 against Tampa Bay and was one of the big reasons the Devils got by the Lightning in six games in the first round.
Hurricanes' Whitney has shoulder surgery (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes left winger Ray Whitney had surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday and expects to be at full strength when training camp begins in September. Marty Isbell, a doctor in Cary, N.C., performed the surgery, which will be followed by three months of rehabilitation. Earlier this month, Whitney signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract.
Flyers' Knuble to have shoulder surgery (AP)
Flyers forward Mike Knuble will have surgery Thursday to repair a small cartilage tear in his right shoulder. Knuble, who finished second on the team with 54 points this season, had the same procedure three years ago on the other shoulder. "I don't think this tear is severe as the one I had in my left shoulder," Knuble said.
Thrashers' Mellanby announces retirement (AP)
Over a career that lasted more than two decades, Scott Mellanby twice made it to the Stanley Cup finals, played in the NHL All-Star game and became one of hockey's most respected leaders. That said, he'll always be remembered for his coup de grace on a rodent. The 40-year-old Mellanby retired Tuesday, less than a week after the Thrashers were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
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.
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...
Earnhardt declines to discuss contract publicly (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a new contract Tuesday -- just not the one he wants.
Earnhardt views Gordon tribute as class move (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't understand the backlash over Jeff Gordon's decision to fly a No. 3 flag after tying the late Dale Earnhardt on NASCAR's career victories list.
Kentucky Speedway revises lawsuit against NASCAR (AP)
Kentucky Speedway no longer wants NASCAR to bring a Nextel Cup race to the track as part of its antitrust lawsuit against the racing governing body and International Speedway Corp.
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)