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NEWS FROM 2007-04-27
Lakers rally to cut Sun's lead to 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070427/capt.8955c1feaae649bbafd4706b36d4515f.aptopix_suns_lakers_basketball_las201.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=ZHaNLirPZufMlQ1vkzoJrA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant celebrates a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of their Western Conference playoff basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant said it was simply a matter of effort. The Phoenix Suns agreed. Bryant scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter, Kwame Brown added a career playoff-high 19 points, and the Lakers rallied to beat the Suns 95-89 Thursday night, cutting Phoenix's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators hold on for 5-4 win over Devils
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070427/capt.00d21c46dfde41b29bcd4de2491965c5.senators_devils_hockey_era113.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=k0Yp1f2kLlPmCSQRDoaoeg--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery makes a save against the New Jersey Devils in the third period during Game 1 of NHL second-round hockey playoffs Thursday night, April 26, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Senators beat the Devils 5-4. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - All the Ottawa Senators needed to beat the New Jersey Devils was a stunning offensive display in the opening 17 minutes of their Eastern Conference semifinal. he final 43 minutes, however, gave the Devils some hope for the rest of the best-of-seven series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sosa hits 2 homers in Rangers' loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070427/capt.8962efc9ca654079b44f5e3cb67da72b.aptopix_rangers_indians_sosa_baseball_ohmd105.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=bCTOmkCZDtG8fuggacuhuw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa hits a solo home run off Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd in the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Cleveland. Sosa set a major league record Thursday with home runs in his 44th ballpark at Jacobs Field. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa did his best to get the Texas Rangers a win. Phil Hughes tried to help the struggling New York Yankees break out of their rut with another weekend series against the Boston Red Sox coming up.</p><br clear="all"/>
Durham gives Giants rare sweep in L.A.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070427/capt.4075eca7a5f948be9b7276e975c6d1a0.giants_dodgers_baseball_camm122.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=kxVrB2Q9w.1IL9Q.tlTQ4g--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Randy Winn congratulates teammate Ray Durham who scored on a single by Bengie Molina in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 26, 2007 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was the situation Barry Bonds thrives on: runners at the corners, none out in the eighth inning of a tied game against the rival Dodgers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox insist Schilling's sock for real
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_schilling_sock"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.cbc59ecf323f4e3e8e3abe8d9375f346.red_sox_orioles_schilling_bloody_sock_baseball_bab102.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=1Jxb5COxEb1PslNcJ9lMoA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Gary Thorne, Baltimore Orioles television announcer on the MASN network, right, shares a laugh after talking to Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, left, before a baseball game, Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Baltimore. On Wednesday, Thorne said during his broadcast of the Red Sox-Orioles game that Boston backup catcher Doug Mirabelli admitted that Curt Schilling's bloody sock in the 2004 postseason was a hoax. Mirabelli denied ever talking to Thorne, telling The Boston Globe that Thorne's comment was 'a straight lie.'(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - No paint, no ink, no ketchup. Nothing but Curt Schilling's blood was seeping through his socks in the 2004 postseason, current and former Red Sox said Thursday after a rumor resurfaced that the pitcher milked his injury for drama while helping Boston end its 86-year title drought.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL draft is a tale of 2 quarterbacks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.faa7ff49601145af80ad20d9e2f1b16c.nfl_draft_football_nyff110.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=9BUnfcw8wxrphls.UnE9Qg--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, left, of Louisiana State, and Brady Quinn, right, of Notre Dame pose for photos at Radio City Music Hall to promote the upcoming NFL Draft Thursday, April 26, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Casual fans didn't discover JaMarcus Russell until the Sugar Bowl last January. Neither, apparently, did some NFL scouts — not to the extent that they're on to him now as the likely No. 1 pick in Saturday's draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pistons down Magic to close in on series victory
Reuters - Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups
provided the offense as the Detroit Pistons posted a 93-77 road
win over the Orlando Magic to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern
Conference quarter-finals series on Thursday.
Smoltz agrees to one-year extension with Braves
Reuters - Veteran pitcher John Smoltz has agreed
to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, the team
announced on Thursday.
Pachuca wins CONCACAF Champions Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_concacaf_champions_cup_final"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070426/capt.2c2af9e4737242449c4193c57515fc7b.mexico_soccer_concacaf_champions__cup_mocc108.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=YQZNQ2slk0rMAXsSe.njhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Pachuca's Miguel Angel Landin, center, is congratulates by Miguel Calero, right, and Damian Alvarez after scoring the last penalty against Chivas at the end of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup final soccer match in Pachuca, Mexico, Wednesday, April 25, 2007. The game ended 0-0 and Pachuca defeated Chivas 7- 6 in penalty kicks. ( AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pachuca beat Chivas of Guadalajara 7-6 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie in overtime Wednesday night to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup, soccer's club championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators avoid collapse, beat Devils
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_devils"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070427/capt.192ab86d87bf4ae68e89fb23ae4fffa4.senators_devils_hockey_era106.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=jsuhOraS7Etc2V.72R3n0w--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza (19), New Jersey Devils' Richard Matvichuk, and goaltender Martin Brodeur watch as the puck goes into the net for a goal by Senators' Dany Heatley in the first period during Game 1 of NHL second-round hockey playoffs Thursday night, April 26, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Ottawa Senators got to Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils early and often, and then avoided what could have been an embarrassing letdown. Jason Spezza scored 90 seconds into the game, and the Senators jumped to a 4-0 first-period lead before holding on for a 5-4 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police raid house owned by Michael Vick (AP)
Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated. Police also found items associated with dog fighting. State Police Sgt. D.S. Carr said Vick's relative, Davon Boddie, 26, lives in the house. Vick owns the property, but doesn't live there and wasn't present when a search warrant was executed in...
Saints DE Grant signs 7-year extension (AP)
Charles Grant agreed to a seven-year contract extension Thursday worth up to $63 million with New Orleans, ending a simmering dispute over the Saints putting the franchise tag on the starting defensive end. Grant, who has been working out on his own in Florida rather than in New Orleans since the Saints' offseason program began earlier this month, said he planned to rejoin the team Monday.
Chiefs: We're not shopping RB Johnson (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs quickly dispelled rumors they are shopping Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson before this weekend's NFL draft. Team spokesman Bob Moore said Thursday the Chiefs have not offered Johnson to anybody and that no team has been given permission to speak with him. "Anybody who is reporting it's true is simply not telling the truth," Moore said.
NFL wants to do concussion testing (AP)
The NFL hopes to conduct pre-training camp neurological tests on players to determine susceptibility to concussions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday during a meeting with sports editors that the league's medical committee has been working on a way to implement mandatory tests, perhaps as early as this summer when training camps open.
Chargers' Turner signs one-year tender (AP)
Michael Turner, the backup to NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, can now leave the Chargers only if he's traded. Turner signed the $2.35 million, one-year tender he received from the team after becoming a restricted free agent. Last Friday was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offers from other teams.
Polian uneasy about combine interviews (AP)
Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian questions whether the NFL should even be conducting player interviews. Polian said during a predraft news conference Thursday he thinks it is time to rethink the process or change the questions if there's any chance the videotaped interviews could wind up in the wrong hands.
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.
Bryant scores 45, leads Lakers over Suns (AP)
After the humiliation that was Game 2 of their playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers fell behind by 17 points early in Game 3. At that stage, with the home crowd booing, Lakers star Kobe Bryant figured there were two directions his team could take. "You can put your tail between your legs or come back fighting," he said.
Rockets go cold, lose 81-67 to Jazz (AP)
The Utah Jazz shot poorly again and rushed on offense a few times, yet coach Jerry Sloan was about as tickled as he gets. Utah's defense was good enough to overcome any offensive struggles, and the Jazz beat Houston 81-67 Thursday night to cut the Rockets' lead to 2-1 in their playoff series. The Jazz held the Rockets without a field goal for 10 minutes in the second half and didn't allow Houston's...
Pistons cruise by Magic to go up 3-0 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons showed they know how to close out quarters. Now they want to close out another series. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points, Chauncey Billups added 21 and the Pistons beat Orlando 93-77 Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. The victory ended a postseason trend for the Pistons -- they had lost their last six Game 3s when leading 2-0 -- and left them one...
Warriors' Nelson fines Davis, Jackson (AP)
Though the Bay Area is abuzz with excitement for the Golden State Warriors' first home playoff game in 13 years, the Warriors are getting a few remedial lessons in keeping their cool. Warriors coach Don Nelson said Thursday he will fine Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson for being ejected from Golden State's 112-99 loss in Game 2 of the club's first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Grizzlies owner interviews Larry Brown (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said he interviewed Larry Brown on Thursday about the coaching vacancy with his young team, but other candidates are also being considered. "Anybody would have to be impressed with Larry, OK? He's one of the great coaches in NBA history," Heisley told The Commercial Appeal newspaper in a story posted Thursday.
Warriors G Ellis NBA's most improved (AP)
Monta Ellis felt forgotten when he slipped down the draft board nearly two years ago. The NBA now knows all about the Golden State guard, who won the Most Improved Player award Thursday for his transformation from an unsung Mississippi high schooler to a speedy scoring threat for the improving Warriors.
Nets' Kidd uncertain to play Friday (AP)
Jason Kidd missed the New Jersey Nets' practice Thursday because of a strained left knee and will be a gametime decision for Friday's third game of the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. Kidd was hurt early in Game 2 while attempting to draw an offensive foul, but remained in the game and finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in New Jersey's 89-83 loss.
Karl unfazed by struggling Nuggets bench (AP)
George Karl has a simple solution for the Denver Nuggets' lack of bench production. "I'll ask A.I. to come off the bench," Karl said Thursday. Of course he needs Allen Iverson in the starting lineup. But Karl is sick of hearing about how the reserves aren't producing. The Nuggets' backups have scored just 13 points in the first two games of the first-round series with San Antonio.
Depleted Wizards struggle to solve Cavs (AP)
Two months ago, Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson fancied calling himself "Mr. Fifty." He was so proud of the number -- which represented his shooting percentage -- that he jokingly said he would no longer speak to any teammate who wasn't making at least half his shots. On Thursday, Stevenson humbly walked off the court as Mr.
Pacers fire Carlisle after four seasons (AP)
Larry Bird's first big move after becoming the Indiana Pacers president four years ago was to oust Isiah Thomas as coach in favor of old Boston Celtics teammate Rick Carlisle. Near-constant turmoil since the 2004 brawl between Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans during Carlisle's second year led to ever-growing loss totals and Bird's announcement Wednesday that Carlisle was being fired after a...
Sens make early lead stand up in opener (AP)
The Ottawa Senators got to Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils early and often, and then avoided what could have been an embarrassing letdown. Jason Spezza scored 90 seconds into the game, and the Senators jumped to a 4-0 first-period lead before holding on for a 5-4 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Sharks' Nabokov tops Wings 2-0 in Game 1 (AP)
The San Jose Sharks silenced the fans at Joe Louis Arena while stunning the Detroit Red Wings with goals 24 seconds apart. Matt Carle and Mike Grier scored midway through the first period and Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves to lead San Jose to a 2-0 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Rangers D Rozsival misses practice (AP)
Rangers' Michal Rozsival missed practice Thursday, potentially leaving New York minus its top offensive defenseman for Game 2 of its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Buffalo. Coach Tom Renney listed Rozsival as day to day because of a leg injury, and wasn't sure whether he'll play Friday. Rozsival was hurt when he was checked by Buffalo's Ales Kotalik in the first period of New York's...
Rangers must keep up with speedy Sabres (AP)
Jaromir Jagr's calm demeanor gradually gave way to agitation. Standing in the middle of the New York Rangers locker room Thursday, Jagr grew weary with the line of questioning now that his team finds itself trailing a series for the first time this postseason. "It's the same question over and over: 'Do we have to change something?"' Jagr said, raising his voice slightly.
Ducks hope to keep frustrating Luongo (AP)
The Ducks want to keep the traffic jam going in Anaheim -- right in front of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. "Goaltenders are human, and there's an old saying that you can't stop what you can't see," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday. "What we obviously have to do is get traffic, second- and third-chance opportunities, move the puck side to side, get deflections, screens, all of that stuff...
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.
Penguins D Whitney has wrist procedure (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney had surgery Thursday on his left wrist. The 24-year-old Whitney needs six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September. Whitney tied for sixth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 59 points. He had 14 goals and 45 assists in 81 games.
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.
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.
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.
No ruling in AT&T's request to have logos placed on Jeff Burton's car (AP)
Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will bear the familiar Cingular markings for at least two more weeks.
New car no fun for most of the Nextel Cup field (AP)
NASCAR's grand experiment, the Car of Tomorrow, took the next step last Saturday night in Phoenix, and it was...
Five wins in eight races puts Hendrick on top of NASCAR (AP)
Bowyer looking for new strategy at Talladega (AP)
Clint Bowyer has never had much luck at Talladega Superspeedway, but he has learned a lot about what not to do.
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.