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'Big Shot Rob' lifts Spurs over Nuggets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.8abacb5071ae43869dabd73dce1c298e.spurs_nuggets_basketball_dxa104.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=bL7M7.QHqQwGwhkyNhwbUA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Marcus Camby, left, juggles the ball as he tries to pull down a rebound in front of San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan in the first quarter of game 4 of the teams' NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series in Denver on Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Robert Horry keeps adding to his resume and the Denver Nuggets' playoff losses.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavaliers live up to raised expectations
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_wizards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.ec15da364dfc4ac3bb87c71810c5b1f6.cavaliers_wizards_basketball_vzn210.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=pj9Yb2KH6mxWHWtblcKkBQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, April 30, 2007, in Washington. The Cavaliers completed a playoff sweep for the first time in franchise history with a 97-90 win.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)" border="0" /></a>AP - A year ago, winning a playoff series by any means was cause for major celebration by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year's sweep of the Washington Wizards? That's simply what the Cavaliers were supposed to do.</p><br clear="all"/>
Change of scenery propels Rockets to win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.fcd24ca0d5d744deb0f69316b2125354.jazz_rockets_basketball_htr102.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=CRtyqsJPbUJpVC9UDHN_AA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (11), of China, looks to shoot as Utah Jazz's Mehmet Okur (13), of Turkey, defends during the first quarter of their NBA basketball first-round playoff game Monday, April 30, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tracy McGrady was hitting shots and giving out assists at a record pace. Yao Ming was grabbing rebounds and dominating inside. A change of scenery was just what the All-Star duo and the rest of the Houston Rockets needed to regain control of their playoff series with Utah.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cheechoo, Sharks rally past Red Wings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.1c2a035a0c00436c98141c238a44dd76.red_wings_sharks_hockey_caps113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=dgNkbRjpV3XjnF46WoTX2g--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo (14) scores past Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek (39), of the Czech Republic in the third period of Game 3 of their second-round NHL hockey playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Red Wings seemed plenty comfortable at the hostile Shark Tank in the first 30 minutes, skating faster and checking harder than their hosts.</p><br clear="all"/>
Emery outduels Brodeur as Senators win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_senators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.e0b888c8634b487aa7dda47802f3b43c.devils_senators_hockey_pch106.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=2lvOUF8eNA9iVUS3KsGPzw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery makes a save off the New Jersey Devils during the first period of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals hockey game, Monday, April 30, 2007, in Ottawa. (AP Photo/Tom Hanson, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ray Emery held off the Devils until his Ottawa Senators teammates could find a way to score on Martin Brodeur. Emery stopped 25 shots for his second playoff shutout and Tom Preissing scored 4:46 into the third period, leading Ottawa to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of their playoff series Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys cherish extra first-rounder
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_draft_leftovers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070428/capt.dec10d323aa1454599d1418eb684eea8.nfl_draft_cowboys_football_txmo102.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=ONktC1xEjZVKZQFtzzZfkw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys head football coach Wade Phillips, left, and owner Jerry Jones monitor the NFL Draft from team headquarter at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, Saturday, April 28, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jerry Jones will spend almost as much time next season rooting against Cleveland as he will rooting for his Dallas Cowboys. That's because the Cowboys now have the Browns' first pick, courtesy of Cleveland's desire to get back into the first round of last weekend's draft to grab Brady Quinn as he went into free-fall. Dallas finally gave the Browns the pick they needed to take the Notre Dame quarterback — for Cleveland's first pick next year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockets hold off Jazz to take 3-2 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070501/sp_nm/nba_rockets_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070501/2007_04_30t225648_288x450_us_nba_rockets.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=B5uJSzmW7dXzeGFsMMlyzA--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Houston Rockets forward Tracy McGrady (R) shoots over Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28, 2007. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Houston's Yao Ming sank two free throws
with 11.7 seconds left to clinch a 96-92 win over the Utah Jazz
on Monday, giving the Rockets a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven
playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gary Sheffield leads Tigers past Orioles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.6af611abe79a4b2e9785ee043bf7eba9.orioles_tigers_baseball_dts105.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=Z.f8fXUrs.Sdko7zhrlADg--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Detroit Tigers' Gary Sheffield, right, celebrates his two-run home run in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 30, 2007, in Detroit. The Tigers beat the Orioles 8-4. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Sheffield didn't get upset when Daniel Cabrera hit him with a pitch. When Cabrera started yelling at Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, though, Sheffield got angry. Sheffield homered off Cabrera moments after the pair had to be pulled apart, leading the Tigers to an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.</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"/>
Sweden routs Latvia in hockey worlds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070430/capt.xaz10804301729.russia_ice_hockey_world_championship_xaz108.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=tWgYti4fQ5WMpH_djBnd9w--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom, attacks as Latvia's goalie Edgars Masalskis, bottom, lies on the ice defending the net during Ice Hockey World Championship Preliminary round group A match between Sweden and Latvia in Moscow, Moscow, Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nicklas Backstrom scored 29 seconds after the opening faceoff and Sweden went on to an 8-2 win over Latvia on Monday and claim a place in the qualifying round of the hockey world championships.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman Jones files appeal of suspension (AP)
Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has filed his appeal of a season-long suspension and a hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be held within the next two weeks, a league spokesman said Monday. Jones said earlier this month he planned to appeal and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday that Jones' letter arrived at league offices over the weekend.
Bears DT Tank Johnson pleads guilty (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Terry "Tank" Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge Monday as part of an arrangement with prosecutors that will keep him from serving additional time in jail. The 25-year-old Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm without an owner's identification, said Mary Stanton, chief of the Lake County Court's misdemeanor division.
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?
Former LB Kevin Mitchell dies at 36 (AP)
Former NFL linebacker Kevin Mitchell died in his sleep at the age of 36. Mitchell died overnight Sunday at his home in Ashburn, near the Washington Redskins' training facility, according to the team. An autopsy was performed Monday by the Virginia state medical examiner's office. The cause of death was not immediately announced.
Texans to ink Boise State QB Zabransky (AP)
Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky, who led his team to a 43-42 overtime win against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, will sign as a free agent with the Houston Texans. Zabransky helped his team to a 13-0 record last season and capped it with the thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Sooners. The Broncos tied the game on a 50-yard touchdown on fourth-and-18 with 7 seconds to play.
Falcons DT Coleman undergoes leg surgery (AP)
Rod Coleman underwent surgery Monday to repair a ruptured right quadriceps that could keep the Atlanta Falcons' standout defensive tackle sidelined into September. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts confirmed that Coleman was injured in a boating accident recently. Losing Coleman, a Pro Bowl selection in 2005, is a big blow to a defense that will open its first training camp under new coach Bobby...
Cavs top Wizards for first playoff sweep (AP)
A year ago, winning a playoff series by any means was cause for major celebration by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year's sweep of the Washington Wizards? That's simply what the Cavaliers were supposed to do. Cleveland swept a series for the first time in franchise history, finishing the job Monday night with yet another uneven performance in a 97-90 victory.
'Big Shot Rob' gets Spurs past Nuggets (AP)
Robert Horry keeps adding to his resume and the Denver Nuggets' playoff losses. "Big Shot Rob" hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 30 seconds left to seal San Antonio's 96-89 victory over the Nuggets on Monday night that gave the Spurs a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. The Spurs can close out the best-of-seven series at home on Wednesday night.
Rockets return home, beat Jazz 96-92 (AP)
Tracy McGrady was hitting shots and giving out assists at a record pace. Yao Ming was grabbing rebounds and dominating inside. A change of scenery was just what the All-Star duo and the rest of the Houston Rockets needed to regain control of their playoff series with Utah. McGrady had 26 points and a career-high 16 assists, Yao had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Jazz 96-92 on...
Duncan, Bowen make All-Defensive team (AP)
Tim Duncan made his 10th straight NBA All-Defensive first team Monday, and San Antonio teammate Bruce Bowen was the top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time. Completing the team were: Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby and guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns.
Johnson tells Dirk to snap out of funk (AP)
With stubble on his cheeks and resignation in his voice, Dirk Nowitzki didn't look or sound anything like a dominant player determined to prevent one of the most embarrassing, stunning upsets in NBA history. Maybe he was sapped by the long flight back from Oakland and film session that immediately followed.
Changes likely for Raptors against Nets (AP)
Two blowout losses in New Jersey that have the Toronto Raptors on the brink of elimination mean coach Sam Mitchell is likely to make some changes to his lineup. Just don't expect him to reveal what he has in store when Toronto plays the Nets in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at home Tuesday.
Stern thinking about league in China (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern sees more of a need for new pro basketball teams in China than in North America. "I think 30 teams is a nice, round number, and I would not be recommending to the NBA owners to expand," Stern said Monday before Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bulls take big step with sweep of Heat (AP)
The Chicago Bulls had just swept defending champion Miami, and guard Kirk Hinrich already was looking ahead. Not too far, though. Beating the Heat was a huge step for a franchise that had not won a playoff series since Michael Jordan buried a jumper and the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 finals. Now, the Bulls' attention turns toward their second-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons.
Tumultuous Heat reign ends quickly (AP)
Champagne one year, chagrin the next. That's how it goes for any championship team that doesn't successfully defend its crown. That's also reality for the Miami Heat -- who, instead of prepping for another game, were summoned for physicals on the first day of the offseason and started a vacation they simply weren't ready to take.
Heat C Mourning undecided on future (AP)
Knowing the question was coming, Miami center Alonzo Mourning leaned toward the microphones and tried to deliver a preemptive strike. "Before we start the interview, I want to let you all know, I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to play next year," Mourning said Monday. But it sounds like a decision will be coming soon from the 37-year-old, who has already talked over the notion of...
Sens blank Devils, take 2-1 series lead (AP)
Ray Emery held off the Devils until his Ottawa Senators teammates could find a way to score on Martin Brodeur. Emery stopped 25 shots for his second playoff shutout and Tom Preissing scored 4:46 into the third period, leading Ottawa to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of their playoff series Monday night.
Cheechoo lifts Sharks past Red Wings 2-1 (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings seemed plenty comfortable at the hostile Shark Tank in the first 30 minutes, skating faster and checking harder than their hosts. The Sharks finally figured out how to escape their midgame malaise when coach Ron Wilson shuffled all four of his lines, while Jonathan Cheechoo redoubled his efforts on his aching knee.
Rangers hope offense improves vs. Sabres (AP)
The pre-series problem for the New York Rangers was slowing down Buffalo's high-powered goal scorers, not finding offense of their own. But through three games, the Rangers have played well defensively. If they can solve Sabres goalie Ryan Miller consistently, a series many thought would end quickly could go the distance.
Canucks look to fix PP for Game 4 (AP)
It's no secret what the Vancouver Canucks must do to get back into their series with the Anaheim Ducks -- fix a power play that has been anything but. The Canucks lost 3-2 Sunday in Game 3 after going 1-for-8 on the power play and failing to convert a pair of lengthy 5-on-3 advantages. Vancouver trails 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, and at 4-for-58 (6.9 percent) has the...
Sweden claims spot in qualifying round (AP)
Nicklas Backstrom scored 29 seconds after the opening faceoff and Sweden went on to an 8-2 win over Latvia on Monday and claim a place in the qualifying round of the hockey world championships. In Mytischi, Shane Doan converted on a power play early in the third to complete Canada's rally and help it survive a second scare in as many games, beating Norway 4-2 in Group C.
Penguins D Whitney has wrist surgery (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.
Busch's HANS device cracked in Saturday wreck (AP)
NASCAR on Monday tried to figure out why Kyle Busch's HANS device cracked during a spectacular crash at Talladega Superspeedway.
Gordon racing into pantheon of NASCAR's all-time greats (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor
Gordon more like Earnhardt than fans will admit (AP)
Accept it, race fans: Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon were buddies.
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.