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NEWS FROM 2007-04-26
Warriors lose cool as Mavs win Game 2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.b4685f0a212f4e1b814fbec178076ab5.warriors_mavericks_basketball_dna101.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=ChLZ1Qgv1gORT5KECxkZLw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis, left, and Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris reach for the ball in the first half of their first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, April 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks finally discovered that beating the Golden State Warriors isn't as hard as they had made it look. And it's even easier when Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson lose their cool. Jason Terry scored 28 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 23 and Josh Howard led a 15-2 run in the third quarter that sent the Mavericks to a 112-99 victory over the Warriors in Game 2 on Wednesday night, evening their first-round series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stars realign for Spurs in Game 2 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.e92cd5f01bb74179907f181e929bd788.nuggets_spurs_basketball_txbo104.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=nnmrc52HNwdqfVizZ9syXg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, left, of Argentina, looks to pass off under the basket as he is guarded by Denver Nuggets' Marcus Camby, center, and Nene, right, in the second quarter in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, during NBA basketball action. (AP Photo/Bob Owen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manu Ginobili knew Game 2 would have to be different after the San Antonio Spurs' top three scorers delivered less-than-stellar performances in the opening-game loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was right and the Spurs won 97-88 on Wednesday night to even the first-round series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gooden, Cavs pour it on to beat Wizards
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_wizards_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.75808cd7233a4e478c2918b92b50210e.wizards_cavaliers_basketball_cda103.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=wq.SHrSt3v0zDF7nGLmcCw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Drew Gooden (90) celebrates a first-quarter dunk against the Washington Wizards in a first-round NBA playoff basketball game Wednesday, April 25, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Once he dropped in his sixth straight jumper, Drew Gooden spun around and looked over at Cleveland's bench. Then, he placed his hands in front of his face and wiggled his fingers. "That's called making it rain," Gooden said. On Wednesday night, Gooden poured it on for the Cavaliers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cream rises to top as Sabres win opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.34956e05a0e5493b9759346459ccaba8.aptopix_rangers_sabres_hockey_nydd101.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=r.IgtkOzfyWWvT6CWxTGBA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Ales Kotalik (12) dives for the puck under pressure from New York Rangers' Marek Malik (8) of Czech Republic during the first period of the NHL hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, April 25, 2007. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ales Kotalik and the Buffalo Sabres provided an answer to anyone questioning whether they are the elite team in the NHL. It's a response that came through loud and clear in a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
McDonald's hat trick lifts Ducks 5-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.4738d705006d49e58c753f8b8c2641d8.canucks_ducks_hockey_cama102.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=HgZGP3Z5B_MU_kAgu4u0_Q--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks center Andy McDonald, right, gets the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo for a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy McDonald had his first career hat trick and assisted on another goal as the Anaheim Ducks opened their first series against the Vancouver Canucks with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
AP's mock draft: Who will Raiders take?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_doping_the_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.196ba038a1b648acbfb868ed6029a846.nfl_draft_football_ny154.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=BhKK3ukkHvDnyPZzYe_OFA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn drops back to throw against Brigham Young in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005. Quinn threw six touchdown passes in the 49-23 win, a new Notre Dame record. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - No one in the NFL disputes that Calvin Johnson, the wide receiver from Georgia Tech, is the one "can't-miss" prospect in this weekend's draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavaliers take 2-0 lead over Wizards in NBA playoff series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070426/sp_afp/basketnbaeast"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070426/capt.sge.sor58.260407053650.photo00.photo.default-339x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=zubIk4SxpVRIA6i1Uce3cg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Drew Gooden (top) of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a dunk in front of Etan Thomas (R), DeShawn Stevenson (2R), Antawn Jamison (2L) and Antonio Daniels (L) of the Washington Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Washington 109-102.(AFP/GettyImages/Gregory Shamus)" border="0" /></a>AFP - LeBron James showed little ill-effects from a sore ankle, scoring 27 points to lead Cleveland to a 109-102 victory over Washington in the National Basketball Association playoffs on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mariners' Washburn outduels A's Blanton
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.b6f70d4760aa46c4b8769259b4f7deb8.mariners_athletics_baseball__oas109.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=Q9f1vW8tompe7X1ZdtIlCQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jarrod Washburn reacts as the final out is made in the Mariners' 2-0 win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jarrod Washburn waited more than three weeks to get his first win. The timing couldn't have been better, both for Washburn and the Seattle Mariners. Washburn pitched a three-hitter for his third career shutout, outdueling Joe Blanton and leading the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 2-0 Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cole lifts Chelsea in Champions League
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_liverpool_chelsea"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070425/capt.lon81704252035.britain_soccer_champions_league_lon817.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=9y4pE__T.PGVNThMRATpbg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Chelsea's Joe Cole, on ground, scores the opening goal of the match against Liverpool during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Wednesday April 25, 2007. (AP Photo / Peter Byrne, pa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Cole scored in the 29th minute to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Liverpool on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings' Holmstrom, Lebda to miss game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_holmstrom"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070423/capt.a25bc780441145deaeaa9960e2fd6134.red_wings_flames_hockey_ajmc103.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=ILHWuGL84d8qU0gmrhiO7Q--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom, center, gets knocked to the ice in front of Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff by Flames' Roman Hamrlik, left, during first period NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey action in Calgary, Sunday, April 22, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom has an eye injury that will sideline him Thursday night when Detroit opens its second-round series against San Jose.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rams acquire Dante Hall from Chiefs (AP)
The St. Louis Rams' long search for a return man ended Wednesday when the team acquired Dante Hall from Kansas City in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this weekend's draft. "We have filled a need with one of the top players in football at his specialty, returning punts and kicks," Rams coach Scott Linehan said.
Hasselbeck to participate in minicamp (AP)
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will participate in the Seahawks' first minicamp early next month, eliminating initial fears that he might not return from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder until summer. Seahawks president and general manager Tim Ruskell said Wednesday that the 2006 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl quarterback's recovery is far ahead of schedule.
Goodell warns teams of interview leaks (AP)
NFL teams will be disciplined by commissioner Roger Goodell for leaking any confidential information from interviews with prospective players. Goodell sent memos to the 32 teams on Tuesday warning them that all interviews should be considered confidential and clubs will be disciplined for conduct detrimental to the league if there are any leaks.
Pacman's trial in Georgia delayed (AP)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' trial in Georgia on a felony charge of obstruction has been delayed. Jones, given a season-long suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, was scheduled to appear in a Fayette County courtroom on May 14 stemming from a February 2006 incident. A court clerk told The Associated Press on Wednesday there no longer is a trial date for the case.
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...
Raiders release DE Johnstone, OL Badger (AP)
The Oakland Raiders released defensive end Lance Johnstone and offensive lineman Brad Badger, and signed defensive tackle Josh Shaw and defensive back Kris Richard. The moves were all made late last week but not announced by the team until Wednesday. Johnstone, a second-round pick by Oakland in 1996, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Raiders before moving to Minnesota.
Lions sign WRs Robinson, Russell (AP)
The Detroit Lions signed wide receivers Marcus Robinson and Cliff Russell and re-signed cornerback Keith Smith on Wednesday. Robinson was cut by the Minnesota Vikings with one game left last season despite leading the team with four touchdown receptions in 10 games. He started 19 of his 41 games over three seasons in Minnesota, catching 107 passes for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Mavs keep cool, tie series with Warriors (AP)
Tired of hearing about everything they did wrong in the playoff opener, the Dallas Mavericks sure did a lot right in Game 2. Jason Terry scored 28 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 23 and Josh Howard led a 15-2 run in the third quarter that sent the Mavericks to a 112-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, evening their first-round series.
Spurs hold off Nuggets to even series (AP)
Manu Ginobili knew Game 2 would have to be different after the San Antonio Spurs' top three scorers delivered less-than-stellar performances in the opening-game loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was right and the Spurs won 97-88 on Wednesday night to even the first-round series. "A sense of urgency is what kept us matching that aggressiveness," Ginobili said.
Gooden stars, Cavs take 2-0 series lead (AP)
Once he dropped in his sixth straight jumper, Drew Gooden spun around and looked over at Cleveland's bench. Then, he placed his hands in front of his face and wiggled his fingers. "That's called making it rain," Gooden said. On Wednesday night, Gooden poured it on for the Cavaliers. Usually a member of Cleveland's supporting cast, Gooden co-starred with LeBron James by scoring 19 of his 24 points in...
Pacers fire Carlisle after four seasons (AP)
Now that Rick Carlisle is out as the coach of the Indiana Pacers, the team needs to figure out what is next. Carlisle was fired Wednesday after a season in which the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The Pacers finished the season 35-47, their worst since 1988-89. Indiana was 29-24 shortly after the All-Star break, but lost its next 11 games to fall out of the top...
Larry Brown to interview with Grizzlies (AP)
Larry Brown hopes to return to coaching -- again. The Hall of Fame coach received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to interview for the Memphis Grizzlies' vacancy, a team spokesman said. Brown reportedly was to meet with Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley on Wednesday. Grizzlies spokeswoman Stacey Mitch referred calls about the search to Stan Meadows, senior corporate counsel for the team.
Sonics searching for coach, GM, home (AP)
Less than a day after they fired their coach and general manager, the Seattle SuperSonics almost have as many candidates as they've had wins recently. The team that recently ended its worst season in 21 years began its search Wednesday to replace Bob Hill and Rick Sund. First-year Sonics owner Clay Bennett, who fired the coach and GM after Seattle finished 31-51, is leading the searches with team...
Lakers depressed heading into Game 3 (AP)
Depressed and humiliated. That's how Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson described the mood of his team Wednesday. "It's accurate. I don't know how you wouldn't be after what happened last night," forward Luke Walton said after the Lakers watched the horror show that was Game 2 of their first-round NBA playoff series against the Phoenix Suns.
Heat return home down 2-0 to Bulls (AP)
From Pat Riley's perspective, the biggest reason why his Miami Heat have dropped the first two games of their series with the Chicago Bulls is not Luol Deng's scoring or Ben Gordon's rhythm. Instead, Riley blames the New Jersey Nets. To secure the No. 2 seed for these Eastern Conference playoffs -- plus get to the 50-win mark, a goal Chicago talked about all season -- the Bulls needed only a win in...
Billups giving Magic problems, again (AP)
The Orlando Magic have used a number of defenders on Detroit's Chauncey Billups, and none of them has been able to slow him down. Billups has 43 points and 19 assists in two games, taking advantage of mismatches, avoiding double teams and finding open teammates. He's one of the main reasons the Pistons have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Vanek, Miller spark Sabres to 5-2 win (AP)
Ales Kotalik and the Buffalo Sabres provided an answer to anyone questioning whether they are the elite team in the NHL. It's a response that came through loud and clear in a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. "I think we showed everybody we were ready," Kotalik said.
McDonald's hat trick powers Ducks (AP)
Andy McDonald had his first career hat trick and assisted on another goal as the Anaheim Ducks opened their first series against the Vancouver Canucks with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night. After Jeff Cowan gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 7:07 of the first period, the Ducks responded by scoring three times -- twice by McDonald -- on their first nine shots against goalie Roberto Luongo.
Wings, Sharks set for intriguing series (AP)
Home ice might be the only advantage the Detroit Red Wings have over the San Jose Sharks in their second-round series. Detroit bolstered its chances of avoiding another first-round exit in the playoffs by retooling its roster to add toughness, speed and depth. The Red Wings also played more physical in Mike Babcock's second season behind the bench.
Devils could be without Elias for Game 1 (AP)
The New Jersey Devils may have rugged defenseman Colin White back for the second round of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators. The concern now is Devils captain Patrik Elias. Elias missed his second straight practice with a cold Wednesday, sparking concern that the left wing on the Devils' top line might not be available for Game 1 in New Jersey on Thursday night.
Rangers get Rachunek back, lose Rosival (AP)
Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival hurt his leg early in the second period against Buffalo and was knocked out of the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. Without announcing the extent of the injury, the Rangers said Rozsival wouldn't return. He played two shifts in the middle frame before leaving the game.
Eye injury sidelines Wings' Holmstrom (AP)
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom has an eye injury that will sideline him Thursday night when Detroit opens its second-round series against San Jose. "The doctors want no blood on his eye before he plays," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "It's a blow because he scored 30 goals this season, and he's one of our key players.
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.
Another first-round exit for Stars (AP)
Marty Turco answered plenty of questions with his record performance during the playoffs. Still, despite three shutouts and Turco's .952 save percentage, the end result was the same for the goalie and the Dallas Stars: another first-round exit into an offseason of uncertainty. This time, the end also came with an apology on behalf of the team to Turco from captain Brenden Morrow, who knows the...
Stewart likens NASCAR to wrestling (AP)
Two-time champion Tony Stewart likened NASCAR to professional wrestling and accused it of using bogus caution flags to shape races in biting comments made on his weekly radio show.
Montoya fingered for offensive gesture (AFP)
Ex-Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya was slapped with a 10,000 dollar fine Wednesday for a rude gesture during a NASCAR Busch Series practice session in Phoenix.
Montoya fined for obscene gesture (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya was fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture on live television last week.
Montoya fined for gesture during Busch practice (PA SportsTicker)
Juan Pablo Montoya was fined and placed on probation Wednesday for making an inappropriate gesture last Thursday during a NASCAR Busch Series practice session at Phoenix International Raceway.
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.