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Upon further review ... Rangers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070502/capt.c326d572ab7f4696a95a6267dfad5483.aptopix_sabres_rangers_hockey_nyff106.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=BsTUg0nVJU1k9IN.0zVXjw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, right, makes a pad save on the goal line on a stuff attempt by Buffalo Sabres' Daniel Briere, left, in the closing seconds of the third period of of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. After a video review of play upheld the officials call of no goal. The Rangers won the game 2-1 to even the best-of-seven-games series at 2-2.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - This no-goal got the New York Rangers even with the Buffalo Sabres in more ways than one. Henrik Lundqvist stopped Daniel Briere's shot just short of fully crossing the goal line with 17 seconds left, and the Rangers hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Sabres on Tuesday night to square the Eastern Conference semifinal series after four games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raptors survive, but who'll play Game 6?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_raptors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070502/capt.947e709cce1f4b31916d969d237e9529.nets_raptors_basketball_ajw115.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=Kxj4rQ3rtjjL3_eyMa70sA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon (8) and Andrea Bargnani pressure New Jersey Nets Jason Kidd, right, during first round basketball playoff action in Toronto, Tuesday May 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Adrian Wyld, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - After staving off elimination by holding on for a win in Game 5, the Toronto Raptors hope they have enough healthy players for Game 6. Jose Calderon scored a career-high 25 points before spraining his ankle in the final minute and Andrea Bargnani added 18 points as the Raptors rebounded from two double-digit losses to beat the New Jersey Nets 98-96 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Injury costs Hughes no-hitter; Yanks win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070502/capt.3a86e8574f5f4bd8ba34543213e0346b.yankees_rangers_baseball_arl106.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=JFs49a6Jb2975tVIF8Hmkw--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, right, waves for a trainer to come out to the mound and look at Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes in the seventh inning baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in Arlington, Texas. Hughes was pulled thereafter. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Hughes was working on a no-hitter in the seventh inning of his second major league start when a hamstring injury cost him a chance to make history. The Yankees' prized prospect is expected to miss four to six weeks, a sour end to an otherwise encouraging night for the last-place club. New York responded to criticism from owner George Steinbrenner in a big way Tuesday with a 10-1 rout of the Texas Rangers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baseball hits Ice Age in April
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_first_month"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.f67b14b957b94dccbef062bc988bd895.cubs_pirates_baseball_pagp114.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=E4MJE6Js3V9OW7LdCM905Q--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) takes a pickoff toss from Pirates pitcher Matt Capps as Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano gets back safely in the eighth inning of baseball action in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 30, 2007. The Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard had just three homers, Carlos Delgado only one and Alfonso Soriano none at all: Hitters were stuck in an April ice age, with home runs and scoring in the major leagues dropping to their lowest levels since 1993.</p><br clear="all"/>
Crosby among 3 finalists for Hart Trophy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhl_awards_finalists"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.b2c5e6650ef34475b3b4c10c1ba6d784.nhl_awards_finalists_hockey_ny157.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=wW1hcGr2p5pgl8pt2q_FvA--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby skates against the Boston Bruins in the hockey game in Pittsburgh, in this March 25, 2007 file photo. Crosby, the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion from the Penguins, is a finalist for league MVP in just his second season. After scoring 120 points, Crosby is one of three players vying for the Hart Trophy. The other two nominees, announced by the NHL on Tuesday, are a pair of netminders, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sid the Kid has two more goalies to beat. Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion from the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a finalist for league MVP in just his second season. After scoring 120 points, Crosby is one of three players vying for the Hart Trophy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carolina Panthers cut Keyshawn Johnson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_panthers_keyshawn_released"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.6fc3881fd79b49e79bbbf4c63fdc1872.panthers_keyshawn_released_football_ny152.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=9EYku8sOGnE.QVkwINkUjQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Carolina Panthers' Keyshawn Johnson (19) catches a pass during an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., in this Nov. 19, 2006 file photo. The Carolina Panthers released receiver Keyshawn Johnson on Tuesday, three days after they selected another former Southern California receiver in the second round of the draft. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the Carolina Panthers drafted Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett in the second round Saturday, Keyshawn Johnson was ecstatic.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards clear out, wondering what might have been
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070501/sp_nm/nba_wizards_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070501/2007_05_01t143019_450x371_us_nba_wizards.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=Z2vHAMYW4kkYNvDvo.yBqQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Drew Gooden (L) passes the ball to a teammate after finding his lane under the basket blocked by Andray Blatche (32) of the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference NBA basketball playoff game in Washington April 30, 2007. The Cavaliers won 97-90 to sweep the best of seven games series 4-0. (Joe Giza/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The injury-riddled Washington
Wizards cleared out their lockers Tuesday after being swept out
of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs lead Pirates 6-5 in suspended game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_pirates"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070502/capt.cdbf8469e8764b37978a156b94b57e31.cubs_pirates_baseball_pagp110.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=V1YRnAe9RapVpFTtaV7Rdw--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (12) crosses home plate after hitting a leadoff homer off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tony Armas in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alfonso Soriano hit his first homer for the Cubs and Cliff Floyd had a go-ahead, two-run shot during a four-run rally in the seventh inning that left Chicago leading the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 when the game was suspended because of rain Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Liverpool reaches Champions League final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_chelsea_liverpool"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.xag12105012044.britain_soccer_champions_league_xag121.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=GtiwnRdiekDcCDtzTF7fYg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Liverpool's Peter Crouch, top right, jumps for the ball with Chelsea's Ashley Cole, bottom and John Terry, during their Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match at Liverpool's Anfield stadium in Liverpool England, Tuesday May 1, 2007. (AP Photo/ Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Liverpool was confident of making another trip to the Champions League final the moment the referee blew the whistle for penalty kicks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Russia downs Finland; Czechs beat U.S.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070501/capt.xdl11705011945.russia_ice_hockey_world_championships_xdl117.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=JSieA.yM7KwwrAWupnmSEg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Marek Zidlicky of Czech Republic, left, clashes with United States player Lee Stempniak during their World Ice Hockey championship match in the town of Mytischi, outside Moscow, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Petr Schastlivyy scored midway through the third period and Russia held on for a 5-4 win over Finland at the hockey world championships on Tuesday. In Mytischi, Jaroslav Bednar scored the winning goal with 1:08 remaining to lift the Czech Republic a 4-3 victory over the United States and the top spot in Group B.</p><br clear="all"/>
Panthers release WR Keyshawn Johnson (AP)
When the Carolina Panthers drafted Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett in the second round Saturday, Keyshawn Johnson was ecstatic. "This is a great pick. We need another wide receiver," Johnson gushed while working as a draft analyst for ESPN. "This guy is much like me. I'm going to teach him how to play from the point of attack." He won't get the chance.
Marcus Vick released by Dolphins (AP)
Marcus Vick's stint with the Miami Dolphins is over. Vick, signed last season as a free agent receiver after a troubled career as Virginia Tech's quarterback, was among three players waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday. The Dolphins also released defensive tackle Manny Wright and linebacker Bobby Iwuchukwu.
Chiefs trade DT Ryan Sims to Bucs (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't finished seeking help for an aging defense. Determined to get younger and better in 2007, the Bucs used seven of 10 picks in last weekend draft to select defensive players. On Tuesday, they acquired defensive tackle Ryan Sims, the sixth overall pick in 2002, who was a huge disappointment in five seasons with Kansas City.
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.
NFLPA countersues players in fraud case (AP)
The National Football League Players Association is countersuing six current and former players who are seeking to hold the union and league liable for millions of dollars they lost in an alleged fraud scheme. The NFLPA, in papers filed last week in federal court in Atlanta, accuses Steve Atwater, Ray Crockett, Al Smith, Blaine Bishop, Carlos Emmons and Clyde Simmons of breach of contract.
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...
Calderon, Raptors stave off elimination (AP)
After staving off elimination by holding on for a win in Game 5, the Toronto Raptors hope they have enough healthy players for Game 6. Jose Calderon scored a career-high 25 points before spraining his ankle in the final minute and Andrea Bargnani added 18 points as the Raptors rebounded from two double-digit losses to beat the New Jersey Nets 98-96 on Tuesday night.
Mavericks need 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.
Energized Suns look to eliminate Lakers (AP)
The Phoenix Suns repeatedly use one word when describing their breakneck style: energy. With it, they are an NBA title contender. Without it, they can lose to anybody. Energized and efficient most of their first-round series, the Suns can finish off the Los Angeles Lakers with a victory at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Spurs hoping for 2005 repeat vs. Nuggets (AP)
They stunned the Spurs in San Antonio with a Game 1 win, then dropped the next three in their first-round series. The Denver Nuggets have seen this movie before. And they know how it ends. Back in 2005, the Spurs lost home court advantage to Denver right off the bat. Down 0-1, they went on a rampage, beating the Nuggets in the next four games on their way to the second round and, eventually, the NBA...
Rockets seek series clincher in Utah (AP)
The Houston Rockets played their best game of the postseason at home on Monday night to move within one victory of their first series win in 10 years. Now comes the hard part -- trying to close out the Utah Jazz on Thursday night in Salt Lake City, where they lost Games 3 and 4 by double digits. "In our minds, we think we can make up for those mistakes we made in Games 3 and 4," said Tracy McGrady,...
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.
Wallace now tries to knock out Pistons (AP)
Ben Wallace saw this coming as soon as the ink dried on his $60 million contract. He helped Detroit win a championship three years ago. Now, he'll be trying to get the Chicago Bulls closer to their first title since the Michael Jordan era when they face the Pistons in the second round of the playoffs.
Elie interviews for Bobcats coaching job (AP)
Former Houston Rockets guard Mario Elie interviewed Tuesday for the Charlotte Bobcats' vacant head coaching job. Elie's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed he met with Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff. Elie's audition came a day after former Hornets and Cavaliers coach Paul Silas interviewed for the job.
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.
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.
Rangers top Sabres 2-1, tie series (AP)
This no-goal got the New York Rangers even with the Buffalo Sabres in more ways than one. Henrik Lundqvist stopped Daniel Briere's shot just short of fully crossing the goal line with 17 seconds left, and the Rangers hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Sabres on Tuesday night to square the Eastern Conference semifinal series after four games.
Crosby, Brodeur, Luongo vie for NHL MVP (AP)
Sid the Kid has two more goalies to beat. Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion from the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a finalist for league MVP in just his second season. After scoring 120 points, Crosby is one of three players vying for the Hart Trophy. The other two nominees, announced by the NHL on Tuesday, are a pair of netminders, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo of the...
Canucks look to fix power play in 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...
Brodeur and Pandolfo focused on Senators (AP)
Martin Brodeur was as happy about Jay Pandolfo being named a finalist for an NHL award as he was about learning of the two trophies he is in contention to win. Yet, both players are more concerned with helping the New Jersey Devils even their second-round series against the Ottawa Senators than any personal honors.
Red Wings struggling to slow Thornton (AP)
Late in the third period of a 1-1 game, Kris Draper faced the choice that eventually vexes every player assigned to stop Joe Thornton. And rather than allowing Thornton to muscle past him for a shot or a setup pass, Draper grabbed the Sharks star and took him out of the play by force. Draper got a holding penalty, and Jonathan Cheechoo's resulting power-play goal sent San Jose to a victory and a...
Red Wings' Holmstrom cleared for Game 4 (AP)
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to return from an eye injury Wednesday night for Game 4 of Detroit's second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Holmstrom has been out since April 22, when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames.
Canucks F Cowan out after knee surgery (AP)
Vancouver forward Jeff Cowan had minor knee surgery before Game 4 of the Canucks' second-round series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Cowan, who was hurt late in Game 3, will be out for an indefinite period, according to the team. Cowan, a tough guy picked up off waivers from Los Angeles on Dec. 30, was playing on the second line in the playoffs and scored two of Vancouver's five goals in this...
Belarus, Denmark reach qualifying round (AP)
Petr Schastlivyy scored midway through the third period and Russia held on for a 5-4 win over Finland at the hockey world championships on Tuesday. In Mytischi, Jaroslav Bednar scored the winning goal with 1:08 remaining to lift the Czech Republic a 4-3 victory over the United States and the top spot in Group B.
Parliament questions Doan's captaincy (AP)
Canada's coach defended Shane Doan after his appointment as captain at the hockey world championships became an issue in the nation's parliament. Canada's opposition parties questioned Doan's captaincy because of allegations he made ethnic slurs toward French-speaking officials during an NHL game between his Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens in 2005.
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.
Talladega track bans 14 fans for life (AP)
Talladega Superspeedway has permanently banned 14 fans from buying tickets at the speedway following their arrests Sunday for throwing objects on the track after Jeff Gordon's victory in the Aaron's 499.
Montoya gets first penalty, new home (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya got his first glimpse of NASCAR's heavy hand when the first-year driver was fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture on live television.
Race driver injured in motorcycle accident on his property (AP)
Race driver Tracy Hines was in stable condition Tuesday after surgery for injuries from an off-road motorcycle crash Monday night on his property in New Castle, Ind. Hines broke his pelvis and left thigh, and dislocated his right knee when he crashed his motorcycle. He was taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital.
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)