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Cardinals mourn loss of another pitcher
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cardinals_hancock_killed"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.353957c8b302487998204b9e3df1197e.cardinals_hancock_killed_baseball_motg110.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=7_UssgYgLHIO7o.0WNq.WQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="A sign outside the offices of the St. Louis Cardinals announces the postponement of Sunday night's game due to the death of pitcher Josh Hancock Sunday, April 29, 2007 in St. Louis. Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning a teammate for the second time in five years, and it isn't any easier this time. Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the team win the World Series last season, died early Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck, bringing back painful memories of Darryl Kile's death in June 2002.</p><br clear="all"/>
Warriors beat Mavs 103-99, lead series 3-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070430/capt.da2331dbe58b472688dd7f3449084890.mavericks_warriors_basketball_cajc107.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=SujW.DgWZSvaxk_Yk.Ij7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis, right, dribbles past Dallas Mavericks' Devean George in the second quarter of an NBA Western Conference first-round basketball playoff game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baron Davis banked in a 3-pointer from midcourt at the halftime buzzer Sunday night. While his Golden State fans nearly deafened their team, absolutely nobody in either uniform seemed terribly surprised.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nets blow out Raptors, take 3-1 lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_raptors_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070430/capt.13806fb880164e948aeeecbdd18c5e80.aptopix_raptors_nets_basketball___era102.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=ZTLDcBIoDQMZBaROIUe2cg--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd, left, drives to the basket around Toronto Raptors' T.J. Ford during the first quarter of Game 4 NBA first-round basketball Sunday night, April 29, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Toronto Raptors are talking about their return to the playoffs as a learning experience — and the Nets sure are teaching them a lesson.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns rising with big assist from Nash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.7a3b7d2126244b22b5a88eec94d9eab5.aptopix_suns_lakers_basketball_las104.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=vc.hZbZtYIzhHQlgZFbrCg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, center, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom, left, and Ronny Turiaf guard during the second half of their first round Western Conference NBA playoff game, Sunday, April 29, 2007, in Los Angeles. The Suns won, 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Steve Nash did what he usually does — only better than he's ever done it. With that, the Phoenix Suns have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in their first-round playoff series. Nash had a career-high 23 assists — one shy of the NBA playoff record — to go with 17 points, and the Suns raced to a 113-100 victory over the Lakers on Sunday to move within one win of advancing to the second round.</p><br clear="all"/>
Repeat? Heat swept out of playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.8c37e1bd59da45d0aab350d65829dc0c.bulls_heat_basketball_aaa119.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=7mqb9a3RVv._rQqk64hAQQ--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Chicago Bulls' Andres Nocioni, left, of Argentina, and Ben Wallace force Miami Heat's Dwyane wade (3) to pass during the second half of the Sunday, April 29, 2007 playoff basketball game in Miami. The Bulls won 92-79.(AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Jordan's old Chicago jersey hangs over the Miami Heat's home floor, a tribute to the six-time NBA champion. Now, a new bunch of Bulls want a title of their own after ending the Heat's reign atop the league with a four-game sweep.</p><br clear="all"/>
Patriots acquire Moss from Raiders for fourth-round pick
Reuters - The New England Patriots have acquired
wide receiver Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders in exchange
for a fourth-round selection in this year's NFL Draft, the
Patriots said on their Web site on Sunday.
Warriors put Mavs on brink of early exit
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070430/capt.557d30182c15489fa26e6929334a5d21.mavericks_warriors_basketball_cams111.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=CjtNxRkdz3ne517Iyn4eWQ--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis, right, dribbles past Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry during the second half of an NBA Western Conference first-round playoff basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Don Nelson had one message for Baron Davis at the morning shootaround: "dominate."</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox beat Yankees again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.6c9ba14adb8845a499051afe851fcaa1.red_sox_yankees_baseball_nyeb113.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=dcKUuVSWeuY2rviyDY4y1A--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a solo home run during the first inning of their baseball game against the New York Yankees, at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 29, 2007. (AP Photo/ Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are quick to say their slump isn't Joe Torre's fault. The best way for them to secure their manager's job, however, would be to start winning — now.</p><br clear="all"/>
Inter celebrates Serie A title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.xlb11304291958.italy_soccer_xlb113.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=HxoRqPj_29Sjy4j_.MD84g--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Empoli forward Luca Saudati stops the ball as Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi looks on, during an Italian major league soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, April 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)" border="0" /></a>AP - Inter Milan celebrated its Serie A title with a 3-1 win over Empoli on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers grit their way to double OT win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070429/capt.4f0046d105d645dc8be3ec554e7604bf.sabres_rangers_hockey_nyjj110.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=7StcdFNfTA9CB4yDU9W00g--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Michal Rozsival, left, congratulates goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in double overtime in NHL playoff hockey action Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rozsival scored the winning goal, and Lundqvist made 38 saves on 39 shots in the Rangers 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rangers coach Tom Renney finds plenty of positive words to describe Michal Rozsival.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders trade WR Moss to Patriots (AP)
The Patriots' newest wide receiver hopes being with a winner will put the focus more on his catches than his controversies. "The Moss of old is back," he declared Sunday. Is that the Randy Moss who made the Pro Bowl in five of his first six seasons? Or is it the one who was fined $10,000 for pretending to pull down his pants in front of a Green Bay crowd -- among other transgressions?
QB Vick confirms he's met with Goodell (AP)
Michael Vick confirmed in a TV interview taped Saturday that he met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss problems that have plagued the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback this offseason. "After what happened ... I just wanted to crawl in a hole. I can't take it no more," Vick told ESPN. "I walk around with a smile on my face and act like I'm happy, but on the inside it's hurting.
Seahawks send WR Jackson to 49ers (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers acquired veteran receiver Darrell Jackson from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, landing a potential No. 1 pass catcher from a division rival for a fourth-round draft choice. Jackson, a seven-year pro who spent his entire career with the Seahawks, gradually fell out of favor with Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell in recent months amid injuries and attitude concerns.
Ravens draft Heisman winner Smith (AP)
Everyone is happy during the NFL draft. Even a star receiver whose career has soured, and a Heisman Trophy winner who sinks to the bottom of the fifth round. Going so low, on the 174th pick to Baltimore, was a thrill for Ohio State's Troy Smith. And going cross country from the NFL's worst team to the best of the decade was equally exciting for Randy Moss.
Bucs sign former Seahawks TE Stevens (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent most of the weekend drafting help for an aging defense, then addressed a need on offense Sunday by signing former Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens. Stevens, a first-round draft pick in 2002, was an unrestricted free agent who the Seahawks said they were no longer interested in retaining after the player was arrested last month in Scottsdale, Ariz., for investigation...
Florida tops Ohio State again at draft (AP)
Florida beat Ohio State -- again. Six Gators were taken on the second day of the NFL draft, giving the national champions nine players selected in the seven rounds, the most of any school. The runner-up with eight picks was Ohio State, which lost to the Gators in the BCS title game in January. Gators taken Sunday were defensive tackles Marcus Thomas by Denver and Joe Cohen by San Francisco, both in...
Warriors one win away from upset of Mavs (AP)
Baron Davis banked in a 3-pointer from midcourt at the halftime buzzer Sunday night. While his Golden State fans nearly deafened their team, absolutely nobody in either uniform seemed terribly surprised. Davis has something in him these days that even the mighty Dallas Mavericks can't match -- and now his crazy, carefree Warriors are one win away from a historic playoff upset.
Bulls end Heat's reign with sweep (AP)
Michael Jordan's old Chicago jersey hangs over the Miami Heat's home floor, a tribute to the six-time NBA champion. Now, a new bunch of Bulls want a title of their own after ending the Heat's reign atop the league with a four-game sweep. Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Luol Deng had 22 to lead Chicago past Miami 92-79 Sunday in Game 4 to clinch the first-round Eastern Conference series.
Nets roll past Raptors, lead series 3-1 (AP)
The Toronto Raptors are talking about their return to the playoffs as a learning experience -- and the Nets sure are teaching them a lesson. Vince Carter scored 27 points, Richard Jefferson added 23, and the Nets took a 3-1 lead over the Atlantic Division champions Sunday night with a 102-81 victory -- their second-biggest ever in a playoff game.
Nash's 23 assists lift Suns over Lakers (AP)
Steve Nash did what he usually does -- only better than he's ever done it. With that, the Phoenix Suns have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in their first-round playoff series. Nash had a career-high 23 assists -- one shy of the NBA playoff record -- to go with 17 points, and the Suns raced to a 113-100 victory over the Lakers on Sunday to move within one win of advancing to the...
Top seed Mavericks near elimination (AP)
Avery Johnson is getting outcoached by his old mentor when it matters most. His Dallas players are getting outdone by a team that wasn't supposed to do much more than show up in these NBA playoffs. Johnson's top-seeded Mavericks are on the brink of elimination and the thoroughly uncomfortable situation that would come with it: watching Don Nelson and the No.
Bulls' Wallace set to face Pistons (AP)
Big Ben's back. Detroit has advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the sixth straight year, and for the first time during the run Ben Wallace won't be wearing Pistons red, white and blue. Wallace and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat on Sunday, pulling off a sweep of the defending NBA champions and setting up an intriguing second-round matchup.
James leads Cavs toward sweep of Wizards (AP)
LeBron James missed all three of his shots in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 3 victory over the Washington Wizards. Yet there's little doubt from anyone watching that he was the MVP. James had five assists in the final period, including three passes that essentially buried the Wizards in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Home court the key in Jazz-Rockets (AP)
The Houston Rockets still have home-court advantage against Utah. Everything else seems to be going the Jazz's way. Utah won both games in Salt Lake City and sent the series back to Houston tied at two games apiece, leaving the Rockets perplexed at how they could play so well at home and so miserably on the road.
Spurs' Horry playing hero again (AP)
Was anybody really surprised to see Robert Horry hit another big shot in the playoffs? "He's been doing it his whole career," Denver center Marcus Camby said. "He's a guy who you don't see too much during the regular season but come end of the season, playoff time, he's always there." Horry, whose penchant for coming through under pressure during the playoffs has earned him the nickname "Big Shot,"...
Next step for Magic may be without Hill (AP)
Although the Orlando Magic got swept in the opening round, they accomplished the first step in their rebuilding process by returning to the playoffs. The next one might have to happen without seven-time All-Star Grant Hill. The 6-foot-8 swingman is contemplating retirement after years of ankle problems that caused hundreds of missed games, numerous rehabilitation stints and lingering pain.
Rozsival lifts Rangers by Sabres in 2OT (AP)
Michal Rozsival's aching left knee made the New York Rangers' best defenseman a question mark for the biggest games of the season. He left the series opener early in Buffalo and gritted his way through Game 2 when another hit to the leg slowed him again. But Rozsival was back on the blue line for the Rangers on Sunday, and his hard drive found its way into the net in double overtime to give New...
Ducks bounce back, top Canucks 3-2 (AP)
Penalty killing kept the Anaheim Ducks in the game on Sunday night. The power play won it for them. Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal on a power play 7:51 into the third period as the Ducks recovered from a double-overtime loss at home in Game 2 with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Perry's goal, on a screened slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle, came 70 seconds after the Ducks...
Sharks seek resiliency against Red Wings (AP)
Jonathan Cheechoo remembers how the San Jose Sharks' playoff run fell apart last spring, and he doesn't see it happening again -- even after the Detroit Red Wings tied up their second-round series with an awfully familiar goal. The Sharks won six of their first seven playoff games last spring, but collapsed in the second round after Edmonton won Game 3 on a triple-overtime score by Shawn Horcoff.
Senators: Devils' timekeepers were slow (AP)
The Ottawa Senators still don't know what it's like to win the first two games of a series, though their eighth and most recent attempt to go up 2-0 didn't miss by much. New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner scored on a breakaway 1:55 into the second overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Saturday night, though it was Sergei Brylin's goal during a 5-on-3 with seconds left in the first...
Stempniak lifts U.S. over Belarus 5-1 (AP)
Lee Stempniak scored twice to lead the United States to a 5-1 victory over Belarus on Sunday that put it in the second round of the hockey world championships along with the Czech Republic, Finland and Russia. The Czechs got two goals and an assist from Jaroslav Hlinka in a 6-1 victory over Austria, defenseman Petteri Nummelin netted two power-play goals in Finland's 6-2 win over Denmark, and...
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.
Gordon wins under caution, moves past Earnhardt on career wins list (AP)
Talladega Superspeedway is Earnhardt country and Jeff Gordon is considered by many an interloper.
Gordon wins under caution at Talladega, passes Earnhardt (PA SportsTicker)
Debris saves Stewart, briefly (AP)
In a twist of irony, those very debris cautions Tony Stewart railed against nearly saved his race.
Mears not angry with buddy Johnson after accident (AP)
If only race cars came with a turn signal and hazard lights.
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.