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NEWS FROM 2007-04-28
Warriors stun Mavs for 2-1 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.6a185f815bed49c7ab21260b7aa977e2.mavericks_warriors_basketball_cajc104.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=OPHBYNSi.e0XKhoaYaJXZw--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis, foreground, drives past Dallas Mavericks' Devin Harris in the first quarter of an NBA Western Conference first-round basketball playoff game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Golden State Warriors put on a show that was well worth their fans' 13-year wait. Jason Richardson had 30 points and eight rebounds, Baron Davis added 24 points and the Warriors steamrolled the NBA-leading Dallas Mavericks for the second time in three games, winning 109-91 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls 1 win from sending Heat packing
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.4d86841174d9435cb8176612b36d01da.bulls_heat_basketball_aaa126.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=2hUCaG6u2iruIDgKHNpNAg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (white jersey), left, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, center, and Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning, right, watch from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls during the third basketball game of the first round of the Eastern Conference series in Miami, Friday, April 27, 2007. The Bulls won, 104-96, to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andres Nocioni's quote was tacked above Shaquille O'Neal's seat in the Miami Heat locker room before the game, the key phrase marked in yellow highlighter. "We will not sweep Miami," the Chicago Bulls forward said. Nocioni might be wrong.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kidd has 19 assists as Nets tame Raptors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_raptors_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.ac891c15645049fc8852c3e7ed4f8b3a.raptors_nets_basketball___era106.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=j3iQE83joNUVylO6aSDXUQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd pushes the ball up-court against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter of Game 3 NBA first-round basketball Friday night, April 27, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. Kidd Had a triple-double (16 points, 16 rebounds, 19 assists) as the Nets beat the Raptors, 102-89, to lead the series two games to one. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sam Mitchell said it was a "so-called injury." Chris Bosh just laughed when he was asked about it. So, was Jason Kidd really hurt?</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks edge past Ducks 2-1 in 2OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.833c69a13c3f479dadf7dc51f90c8961.canucks_ducks_hockey_ana112.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=qYryZRgdEFsFe1NxXe0LBw--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Bryan Smolinksi celebrates the game-winning goal by teammate Jeff Cowan against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, right, during the second overtime period in an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal Friday, April 27, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roberto Luongo made 43 saves and Jeff Cowan scored 7:49 into the second overtime Friday night to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres take 2-0 series lead over Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.57712da677f64985bfb8f26421476361.rangers_sabres_hockey_nydd106.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=gGzjR9WZi6jJ9d5px64blg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, celebrates his game winning goal against the New York Rangers during the third period of the NHL hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, April 27, 2007. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek scoring clutch goals, the Buffalo Sabres didn't need to play an entire game to beat the New York Rangers for a second consecutive time. On Friday night, all it took was the third period.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Allen suspended by NFL for DUIs
AP - Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen reportedly was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Bulls push NBA champion Heat to brink of elimination
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070428/sp_afp/basketnbaeast"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070428/capt.sge.tio55.280407062239.photo00.photo.default-332x512.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=iMZ_AIkj.KvOuO19.XAD3w--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Dwyane Wade (R) of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Bulls won 104-96(AFP/Getty Images/Eliot J.Schechter)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Luol Deng added 24 on Friday as the Chicago Bulls pushed the National Basketball Association champion Miami Heat to the brink of playoff elimination.</p><br clear="all"/>
D-Backs avoid Bonds in win over Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.a55a168dfcd64e3196c2694a9ecaaadf.giants_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc105.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=VTi.5mo_u6_YeoLTl1jy6Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watchs his team from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2007 at Chase Field in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is a career .500 hitter against Arizona left-hander Doug Davis, and his 18 home runs at Chase Field are the most by a visiting player. No wonder manager Bob Melvin walked Bonds intentionally three times with runners in scoring position Friday night, including in the ninth inning. The strategy worked, too, as the Diamondbacks beat San Francisco 3-2 and ended the Giants' eight-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
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"/>
U.S. beats Austria at hockey worlds
AP - St. Louis Blues forward Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist Friday to lead the United States past Austria 6-2 in the preliminary round Group B match at the world hockey championships.
Lawmakers seek info on Tillman's death (AP)
Just seven days after Pat Tillman's death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth -- that Tillman...
Report: Chiefs' Allen suspended 4 games (AP)
Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen reportedly was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The suspension was reported Friday by the Kansas City Star, saying it stems from two DUI charges. But the NFL declined comment and no suspension has been announced.
Colts don't match, Saints sign CB David (AP)
Cornerback Jason David signed a four-year contract with New Orleans on Friday, filling a Saints' trouble spot while leaving the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts with another hole to fill. The Colts had a week to match New Orleans' offer sheet. David was the second starting cornerback to leave Indianapolis this offseason; Nick Harper signed with Tennessee.
Goodell apologizes to prospects for leak (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized Friday to Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson and Clemson's Gaines Adams for the release of information from confidential interviews at the league's combine in February. Johnson and Adams were among five players expected to be drafted early on Saturday who visited the league headquarters Friday.
Vick blames family in dog-fighting case (AP)
Michael Vick blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity after a police raid found evidence of dog fighting at property he owns in Virginia. An animal rights group scoffed at that explanation, saying it's long suspected the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was involved in the fight-to-the-death activity.
Steelers OT Starks signs tender offer (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks signed his tender offer of $1.85 million for the 2007 season Friday, the last day the he could do so. The Steelers have not negotiated with Starks on an extension past 2007, a sign they will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next year. By tendering an offer to the 6-foot-8, 340-pound Starks, the Steelers forced any team that wanted to...
Saints DE Grant takes 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.
Bulls push Heat to brink of elimination (AP)
Andres Nocioni's quote was tacked above Shaquille O'Neal's seat in the Miami Heat locker room before the game, the key phrase marked in yellow highlighter. "We will not sweep Miami," the Chicago Bulls forward said. Nocioni might be wrong. The Bulls are one win from sending the defending NBA champions home for the summer -- in stunning style.
Warriors rip Mavericks at home, lead 2-1 (AP)
The Golden State Warriors put on a show that was well worth their fans' 13-year wait. Jason Richardson had 30 points and eight rebounds, Baron Davis added 24 points and the Warriors steamrolled the NBA-leading Dallas Mavericks for the second time in three games, winning 109-91 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Kidd, Carter give Nets 2-1 series lead (AP)
Sam Mitchell said it was a "so-called injury." Chris Bosh just laughed when he was asked about it. So, was Jason Kidd really hurt? "I don't know if he's healthy or not, but he did do something special," teammate Vince Carter said. "He definitely played phenomenal on both ends. I'm just glad that he was able to come in and play tonight." Kidd had a playoff career-high 19 assists in his 10th postseason...
NBA fines Warriors' Jackson $50,000 (AP)
A $50,000 fine won't take the emotion out of Stephen Jackson's game. The Golden State Warriors swingman was hit with the hefty penalty by the NBA on Friday for his conduct after being ejected late in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks two days earlier in their first-round playoff series.
Camby wins Defensive Player award (AP)
Now that Marcus Camby is the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, he's looking ahead -- and behind. The Denver Nuggets' 33-year-old center said that while he cherishes winning the award for the first time in his 11-year pro career, he'd much rather be celebrating a championship in a couple of months. That's not an unusual refrain from winners of the NBA's individual awards.
Sonics promote Wilkens to team president (AP)
Lenny Wilkens had another title added to his resume on Friday: president of basketball operations for the Seattle SuperSonics. Majority owner Clay Bennett made the announcement on the same day he was doing damage control over his comments earlier in the week when he indicated the Sonics are seriously looking at Las Vegas as a potential home after the 2007-08 season.
Artest won't face animal cruelty charges (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest won't face animal cruelty charges for allegedly failing to feed his dog, the Placer County district attorney's office said Friday. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wilson said there was insufficient evidence to charge either Artest or his wife, Kimsha, with animal cruelty or neglect.
Pistons aim to sweep Magic, get time off (AP)
The Detroit Pistons would like a little downtime, something they haven't enjoyed since the All-Star break in February. They know how to get it, too. Detroit needs to sweep Orlando and hope the Miami-Chicago series extends into next week. "I would love it," guard Chauncey Billups said Friday. "I think it would be great for our guys to get some time off before the next series.
Depleted Wizards struggle to solve Cavs (AP)
Eddie Jordan is calling timeouts a little quicker these days. Even the hint of a possible run by the Cleveland Cavaliers had the Washington Wizards coach stopping play during the first two games of their playoff series. His players know why. Their leader has endured an unenviable plight for an NBA coach.
Nuggets' Iverson searching for answers (AP)
The Answer is searching for some answers. Allen Iverson still can't fathom how he could take 25 shots and nary a free throw in the Denver Nuggets' 97-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their playoff series. More importantly, he can't understand why so many of his layups hit nothing but iron.
Canucks win in 2OT, even series 1-1 (AP)
Roberto Luongo made 43 saves and Jeff Cowan scored 7:49 into the second overtime Friday night to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The win evened their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. Cowan scored from a sharp angle with a shot that found a crack of daylight between goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere's right skate and the post after Anaheim's...
Sabres rally past Rangers, take 2-0 lead (AP)
With Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek scoring clutch goals, the Buffalo Sabres didn't need to play an entire game to beat the New York Rangers for a second consecutive time. On Friday night, all it took was the third period. Erasing 40 minutes of offensive frustration, Drury and Vanek scored 10 minutes apart, rallying the Sabres to a 3-2 win to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal...
Wings' Holmstrom, Lebda out for Game 2 (AP)
Injured Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom and defenseman Brett Lebda will miss Game 2 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. They were absent Thursday night when San Jose won the opener 2-0. Coach Mike Babcock said they would not play Saturday in Detroit, either. Holmstrom is out because he has blood on his eye and Lebda has an injured ankle.
Devs' Elias expects to return for Game 2 (AP)
The New Jersey Devils are likely to have their captain back for Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators. A fever-free Patrik Elias skated during an optional workout for New Jersey on Friday and plans to be in the lineup Saturday night at the Continental Airlines Arena in what shapes up as a must-game for New Jersey.
Red Wings' Babcock stays at even keel (AP)
Mike Babcock hears people talk about the importance of staying at an even keel. Particularly, if you lose the opener in a playoff series as the Detroit Red Wings did against the San Jose Sharks. Babcock doesn't buy it. "I'm in this business because there's real highs and real lows," Detroit's coach said Friday.
Stempniak keys U.S. win in worlds opener (AP)
St. Louis Blues forward Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist Friday to lead the United States past Austria 6-2 in the preliminary round Group B match at the world hockey championships. Also in Mytischi, Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec scored twice in the Czech Republic's 8-2 victory. In Moscow, Timo Parssinen scored two power-play goals in the second period to help Finland open with a...
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.
Bruins sign Toivonen to 1-year extension (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed goalie Hannu Toivonen to a one-year contract extension Thursday. "We feel that Hannu has shown the dedication and the proper attitude the whole year," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "Hannu has the right head, the right heart and all of the tools to be a good NHL goalie for many years.
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.
Coleman captures first career NASCAR Busch pole (PA SportsTicker)
Stewart chastised by NASCAR, apologizes for critical remarks (PA SportsTicker)
Tony Stewart knows he can't fix stupid. He only hopes NASCAR's image can be fixed after his scathing accusations.
Coleman wins first Busch Series pole (AP)
Nineteen-year-old Brad Coleman gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fifth consecutive Busch Series pole at a restrictor-plate track Friday.
Suspended Waltrip crew chief no longer with team (AP)
David Hyder, one of two Michael Waltrip Racing employees suspended by NASCAR in a cheating scandal at Daytona in February, parted ways with the team on Friday.
Stewart regrets wrestling comments; Fined $10,000 for skipping press conference (AP)
Before he was allowed in the racetrack, NASCAR made sure Tony Stewart knew the rules.
Stewart fined, placed on probation by NASCAR (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR delivered the boom on Tony Stewart, but it wasn't for the former champion's scathing remarks.
Waltrip has ideas for fairer qualifying (AP)
Michael Waltrip has failed to qualify for seven of the eight NASCAR Nextel Cup races this season, and he believes the system now being used to select the fields is somewhat flawed.
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.