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NEWS FROM 2007-04-29
Offense-deficient Raiders take Russell
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.362f4e77beee4443bef895d991b83b6c.nfl_draft_football_nyff121.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=02bIYPnC5K2Zq9xULN2Vcw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="JaMarcus Russell, right, a quarterback from Louisiana State Univeristy, stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Oakland Raiders as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - JaMarcus Russell barely had to wait before taking the stage as an Oakland Raider at Saturday's NFL draft. Brady Quinn turned out to be the forgotten quarterback, lingering long after Russell was picked, until Cleveland took him 22nd.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs top Nuggets, take back homecourt
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.b00cefe06fb94379aec478e08ccc8034.spurs_nuggets_basketball_dxa110.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=FbHV0feR8F168gcBEwo6xw--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="From left, San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan battles with Denver Nuggets forward Nene, center, of Brazil, for position in the lane as Spurs forward Robert Horry pulls down a rebound in the second quarter of game 3 of the teams' NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series in Denver on Saturday, April 28, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - These San Antonio Spurs suddenly look more king of the mountain than over the hill. The seasoned Spurs took a 2-1 series lead on the youthful Denver Nuggets with a 96-91 victory Saturday night that was fueled by two old pros with a combined quarter century of NBA experience.</p><br clear="all"/>
Okur, Utah Jazz even 1st-round series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.2936b4afe0af436ab0d6821004abdff1.rockets_jazz_basketball_slcc103.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=WjYlEak3GbuXXCH_St3XzA--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (11), of China, loses the ball as he goes up against Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur, of Turkey, during the first quarter of an NBA playoff basketball game Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mehmet Okur scored like he used to and played defense like he never has before. Okur scored 16 and helped limit Houston's Yao Ming to 20 points in Utah's 98-85 win over the Rockets on Saturday night, tying the series at 2-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Devils even Senators series with 2OT win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_devils"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.b61ee9145aa74124a7eafd505e81e840.senators_devils_hockey_era202.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=ficVxnRfiLGz28Rh1CE6RQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils' Travis Zajac (19), Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, right, celebrate Sergei Brylin's goal against the Ottawa Senators during first period play in their NHL second round playoff game Saturday, April 28, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Jersey Devils owned the first period and very little else. That is until Jamie Langenbrunner put a quick end to double overtime.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hoffman helps Padres beat Dodgers 3-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.c222998cb500401dbf120aab506e0ee7.dodgers_padres_baseball_cacl105.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=oOxOxpsFiJbhsae6lbbTqg--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Khalil Greene in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, April 28, 2007, in San Diego. Brian Giles also scored on the play. (AP Photo/Chris Park)" border="0" /></a>AP - After blowing save chances in consecutive appearances for the first time in a decade, Trevor Hoffman wasn't about to run his streak to three. Hoffman bounced back to close the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers, sealing a 3-2 win for Greg Maddux and the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Quinn's wish is granted, eventually
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.5624d3e21fe44e9bb7d01fd1de0b57bf.nfl_draft_football_nyff158.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=GkkX9LvA0CxHRg2IxtzDwA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Brady Quinn, a quarterback from Notre Dame, smiles while responding to questions during a news interview after being selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the NFL Draft Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kicked around for years, the Cleveland Browns pulled off an unlikely comeback in the NFL draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan thwarts Iverson's Nuggets as Spurs take lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070429/sp_nm/nba_saturday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070429/2007_04_29t015419_450x371_us_nba_saturday.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=MKTk6G7A2xo03rx7g1aRug--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (C) tries to pass to teammate Carmelo Anthony (R) as San Antonio Spurs guard Michael Finley (L) looks on in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs in Denver, April 28, 2007. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Tim Duncan scored 20 points, grabbed
13 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the San Antonio
Spurs to a 96-91 victory over the Nuggets in Denver and a 2-1
lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series on
Hairston, Diamondbacks beat Giants 5-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070429/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.3a7cd6fa3bf8415d95ff6f0b682ba3b6.giants_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc109.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=ELdTmkBTDEmpLpTpoKh20w--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Scott Hairston, left, is congratulated by teammate Carlos Quentin at home plate after Hairston hit a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arizona manager Bob Melvin said he wanted to "crawl into a hole" when he pitched to Barry Bonds with first base open and Bonds hit a two-run homer, the 742nd of his career. Scott Hairston bailed his manager out. Hairston hit a three-run pinch-hit homer to lead the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Donovan helps Galaxy beat Chivas USA 3-1
AP - Landon Donovan scored one goal and set up two others to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.
Red Wings rally, even series vs. Sharks
<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_sharks_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.713875eb5db44c9ea864ee804ea5064c.sharks_red_wings_hockey_dta110.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=d7A1PqAi0wG2Bjp.2y2lZw--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="San Jose Sharks' Steve Clowe (29) keeps his eye on the puck as it crolls along the glass in front of Clowe and Detroit Red Wings' Mikael Samuelsson (37), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg answered the call for the Detroit Red Wings' top players to be at their best. Datsyuk scored off a rebound with 1:24 left and Zetterberg's goal started a comeback in Detroit's 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday that evened the Western Conference semifinal at a game apiece.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders get Russell, Quinn falls to 22nd (AP)
JaMarcus Russell barely had to wait before taking the stage as an Oakland Raider at Saturday's NFL draft. Brady Quinn turned out to be the forgotten quarterback, lingering long after Russell was picked, until Cleveland took him 22nd. Russell was the top choice, by the offense-deficient Raiders. The 6-foot-6 junior QB who can throw the ball 80 yards fits the mold for Al Davis, who loves the deep...
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.
Falcons want more info on Vick case (AP)
Once the draft is completed this weekend, the Atlanta Falcons intend to find out if quarterback Michael Vick knew about an alleged dog-fighting ring at a home he owns in Virginia. The organization made its first public comment on the case when general manager Rich McKay and coach Bobby Petrino met with the media after the Falcons selected Jamaal Anderson with their first-round pick Saturday.
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.
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...
Jazz stifle Yao, tie series with Rockets (AP)
Mehmet Okur scored like he used to and played defense like he never has before. Okur scored 16 and helped limit Houston's Yao Ming to 20 points in Utah's 98-85 win over the Rockets on Saturday night, tying the series at 2-2. The Jazz forced 16 turnovers, sapped the Rockets' will with another dominant third quarter and kept Houston from going to the free-throw line.
Pistons complete sweep of Magic (AP)
The Orlando Magic had the lead, the momentum and the crowd support. The Detroit Pistons used their postseason experience to overcome all of it. Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Pistons avoided a fourth-quarter meltdown to beat the Magic 97-93 Saturday and sweep the first-round series.
Cavs hold off Wizards 98-92, lead 3-0 (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are mastering the art of doing just enough to win. This time, they managed to blow a 17-point second-half lead against the short-handed Washington Wizards. But win the Cavaliers did, so it's hard to argue too much with the results. When the big basket was needed, LeBron James hit a struggling but wide-open Sasha Pavlovic for a 3-pointer in the final minute of Saturday night's...
Spurs beat Nuggets, take 2-1 series lead (AP)
These San Antonio Spurs suddenly look more king of the mountain than over the hill. The seasoned Spurs took a 2-1 series lead on the youthful Denver Nuggets with a 96-91 victory Saturday night that was fueled by two old pros with a combined quarter century of NBA experience. With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker doing the heavy lifting as usual, 36-year-old Robert Horry and 34-year-old...
Magic's Hill considering retirement (AP)
Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill, whose career was slowed by a recurring ankle injury, is contemplating retirement. Hill scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in Orlando's 97-93 season-ending loss to Detroit on Saturday, then said he planned to take a couple of months off to "see if some of the lingering pains go away" before deciding whether to play again.
Bulls poised to end Heat's reign (AP)
Ever the motivator, Pat Riley went into the locker room Saturday and challenged his players to spar. He had no takers. Still, that doesn't mean there's no fight left in the Miami Heat -- even as they face a challenge significantly more daunting than boxing their 62-year-old coach. The Chicago Bulls have the defending NBA champions on the cusp of elimination, and will take a 3-0 lead into Game 4 of...
Warriors still playing underdog role (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.
Suns intend to speed things up in Game 4 (AP)
Even on their worst day, the Phoenix Suns usually run like crazy and score a lot of points. They did neither against the Los Angeles Lakers while losing Game 3 of their first-round playoff series 95-89. While the Suns were quick to give credit to their opponent, they're looking for a return to form Sunday in Game 4.
Mitchell not buying Kidd is hurt (AP)
Jason Kidd passed, shot and rebounded like a healthy player. And that's exactly what Sam Mitchell believes he was. Even as he was getting his team ready for Sunday night's Game 4 of its playoff series, the Toronto coach wasn't done talking about Kidd. Kidd's sensational effort led New Jersey to a 102-89 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead over the Atlantic Division champion Raptors.
Silas to interview for Bobcats job (AP)
Former Charlotte Hornets coach Paul Silas will interview for the same job with the Bobcats. Reached by telephone Saturday, Silas confirmed a report from SI.com and The Charlotte Observer that he'll interview Monday to replace Bernie Bickerstaff, who stepped down as coach but will remain with the team in a front office role.
Devils top Sens in 2OT, even series 1-1 (AP)
The New Jersey Devils owned the first period and very little else. That is until Jamie Langenbrunner put a quick end to double overtime. The Devils grabbed a two-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes and spent the rest of regulation trying to protect it. When Ottawa tied it late, there were no signs New Jersey would get back on top of the Senators again.
Datsyuk scores late, Wings even series (AP)
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg answered the call for the Detroit Red Wings' top players to be at their best. Datsyuk scored off a rebound with 1:24 left and Zetterberg's goal started a comeback in Detroit's 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday that evened the Western Conference semifinal at a game apiece.
Sabres still perfect against Rangers (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres' perfect regular-season mark against the New York Rangers got pushed to the back burner before this playoff series started. Sure the Sabres were 4-0 against their downstate rivals, but they won twice in overtime, once in a shootout and only once against No. 1 goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.
Canucks look to build off win over Ducks (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks' double-overtime win in Anaheim on Friday night quieted critics, but the team knows it will take more to silence them. Written off by many after being dominated by the Ducks 5-1 in Game 1 on Wednesday night, the Canucks tied the series on Jeff Cowan's sharp-angle shot 7:49 into the second overtime.
Davidsson lifts Sweden to win at worlds (AP)
Johan Davidsson had two goals and two assists Saturday to help defending world and Olympic champion Sweden beat Italy 7-1 in its first game at the Hockey World Championships. After a slow start, Sweden took control in the second period with four goals in 6 minutes in the Group A game. Also in Group A, Sandy Jeannin scored the winning goal in the last minute of the second period to lift Switzerland...
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.
Darnell earns first trucks victory, denies Skinner's record bid (AP)
Erik Darnell passed a milestone and kept Mike Skinner from reaching one of his own.
Darnell denies Skinner in O'Reilly 250 (PA SportsTicker)
Bobby Labonte wins wild NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312 (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon won't pass Pearson for No. 2 on wins list (AP)
A win at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday would give Jeff Gordon sole possession of sixth place on NASCAR's career victories list.
Labonte nips Stewart in wild finish (AP)
Bobby Labonte pushed teammate Tony Stewart to the lead, then won with a dramatic pass in the last 200 yards Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Stewart wrestling comments put NASCAR on defense (AP)
The season opened with a cheating scandal that threatened the integrity of NASCAR's biggest race of the year. A mere two months later, its credibility is again under scrutiny because Tony Stewart likened the sport to professional wrestling.
Kyle Busch walks away from scary crash. (AP)
Kyle Busch walked away from a spectacular crash early in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Gordon wins pole for what could be wild Talladega race (AP)
Jeff Gordon keeps surprising himself.