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Warriors stun Mavs, making NBA history
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.662514654a924c00a6bc8bccbdd4ce6f.aptopix_mavericks_warriors_basketball_cajc102.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=ZEuov73QOb7syjjVKTtOQg--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Golden State Warriors' Jason Richardson dunks against the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter of an NBA Western Conference first-round basketball playoff game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson shot the ragtag Warriors right into the second round, capping perhaps the NBA's biggest playoff upset with yet one more memorable performance on their home floor.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks beat Canucks in second OT; advance
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.24307cda06ff4973af73a4422416b9d7.canucks_ducks_hockey_ana211.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=oP3Wf9GOeaGuwXW8lGX49A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, center, cheers as goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) nears his teammates as they celebrate a 2-1 win in two overtimes over the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL Western Conference hockey semifinal in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 3, 2007. The Ducks advanced to the conference finals. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Niedermayer scored 4:30 into the second overtime Thursday night to lift the Anaheim Ducks into the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kirilenko, Utah force Game 7 in Houston
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.3dbc0bd896504e9a8c4ec894b431dd16.rockets_jazz_basketball_slcc107.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=kEpIud2XfzcwSuPkucSB8Q--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko (47), of Russia, scores against Houston Rockets guard Luther Head (2) during the second quarter of their NBA playoff basketball game Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andrei Kirilenko shadowed Tracy McGrady all night. Now he'll be following McGrady back to Houston, too. Kirilenko easily had his best game of the first round with 14 points and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-82 victory over the Rockets on Thursday night, tying the series and forcing a Game 7 Saturday in Houston.</p><br clear="all"/>
Harrington's 66 gives him Wachovia lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_wachovia_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070503/capt.1c8342e0706a463da5b2ae920797f6a7.wachovia_championship_golf_nccb137.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=lhzKX0Yv2_JkJzJ1y9HLTA--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the Wachovia Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn't be very sharp Thursday at the Wachovia Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ramirez puts April behind as Red Sox win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.8890a872a44643b3a9b5f6037a1e2c23.mariners_red_sox_baseball_mawt111.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=aq2ThQDqWzVpzAu.fd_QuA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez is greeted by teammates David Ortiz and Julio Lugo (23) after his winning home run during the eighth inning of their 8-7 win over the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, May 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Ramirez finally has his offense going, and he stood still to admire his work. Coming off the worst April of his 14-year career, the Red Sox slugger broke an eighth-inning tie with his second homer, leading Boston to an 8-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick linked to dog-selling business
AP - More than a week after an alleged dog-fighting ring was uncovered on property owned by Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons still have little to say about their quarterback's potential legal problems.
Jazz top Rockets, force Game Seven
Reuters - Carlos Boozer scored 22 points as the
Utah Jazz stopped the Houston Rockets 94-82 in Salt Lake City
to force a seventh and deciding game in their Western
Conference playoff series on Thursday.
Yankees get strong starts; sweep Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.72cb66b97b784095922433a6f73b73f8.aptopix_yankees_rangers_baseball_arl202.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=6FOXyKKGQevlfAYZl1s0Nw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Texas Rangers designated hitter Sammy Sosa is hit by a pitch from New York Yankees pitcher Brian Bruney in the sixth inning of game two of a double-header baseball game, Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Mussina knew he felt sharp from the first inning. It's a feeling the Yankees hope spreads around. Mussina and Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees the type of starts New York has been missing for much of the season, and Mariano Rivera came through twice as New York beat Texas 4-3 and 5-2 Thursday night to sweep a doubleheader and three-game series from the Rangers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sevilla, Espanyol in UEFA Cup final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070503/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_uefa_cup_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070503/capt.jj81405032101.spain_soccer_uefa_cup_jj814.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=KoQKjFERxPYbU2vuhY2qoQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Sevilla players celebrate their win over Osasuna during their UEFA Cup semi final second leg soccer match against Osasuna in Seville, Spain, Thursday, May 3, 2007. Sevilla won the match 2-0 and advances to the final. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sevilla and Espanyol will play in an all-Spanish UEFA Cup final. Sevilla, the tournament's defending champion, advanced Thursday by beating Osasuna 2-0 in the second leg of the semifinals and 2-1 on aggregate. Espanyol reached the last game by beating Werder Bremen 2-1 and 5-1 on aggregate.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bruins teammates help U.S. beat Slovakia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070503/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070503/capt.xdl10405031443.russia_ice_hockey_world_championships_xdl104.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=iSlPXw.yMs9ADpTtdN0f3Q--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="United States Brandon Bochenski and Peter Podhradsky of Slovakia, top, struggle for the puck during their World Ice Hockey championship match in the town of Mytischi, outside Moscow, Thursday, May 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boston Bruins teammates Brandon Bochenski and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist Thursday to lift the United States over Slovakia 4-2 in Group F at the hockey world championships.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles sign former Bears DT Ian Scott (AP)
Free agent defensive tackle Ian Scott signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, three months after starting in the Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears. Scott, a fourth-round pick by the Bears in 2003, recorded 41 tackles in 18 games last year, including the playoffs. In four seasons with the Bears, he had 155 tackles and two sacks.
Former Chargers LB Foley pleads guilty (AP)
Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the state's legal limit the night he was followed and shot by an off-duty police officer. Foley was sentenced by Judge Charles Rogers to five years probation and ordered to submit to alcohol testing if requested by authorities.
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.
Seahawks K Brown signs $2.078M tender (AP)
Seahawks franchise player Josh Brown has signed his tender offer worth $2,078,000 -- the average of the top five paid kickers in the NFL -- after the team could not reach a long-term deal with him. The Seahawks designated Brown as their franchise player in February, to keep from losing one of the NFL's best clutch kickers as a free agent.
All teams must attend concussion meeting (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who disclosed last week that the NFL will make baseline neuropsychological tests mandatory for the 2007 season, is requiring all team medical personnel to attend a meeting on concussions next month. NFL spokesman Joe Browne said Tuesday that Goodell has ordered all 32 teams to send its doctors and trainers to a June 19 meeting in Chicago for the first league-wide...
Browns set to release G Joe Andruzzi (AP)
The Cleveland Browns opened a hole for Joe Andruzzi. The club informed the offensive guard and his agent on Wednesday they plan to release the 10-year-veteran later this week. Andruzzi's impending departure is the lastest move on Cleveland's rebuilt offensive line. In March, the Browns signed free agent guard Eric Steinbach to a seven-year $49.5 million contract and on Saturday they drafted...
Facenda's son can seek damages from NFL (AP)
The son of famed NFL announcer John Facenda can seek damages for the use of his father's voice on a program about a John Madden video game. Facenda, in a written agreement signed before his 1984 death, gave the NFL full use of his announcing work except when it came to any product endorsement, according to the order of a federal judge Thursday.
Warriors complete historic upset of Mavs (AP)
Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson shot the ragtag Warriors right into the second round, capping perhaps the NBA's biggest playoff upset with yet one more memorable performance on their home floor. Davis willed the Warriors on one good leg, shaking off a strained hamstring to score 20 points, Jackson made a franchise playoff-record seven 3-pointers, and Golden State became the first No.
Kirilenko, Jazz win to force Game 7 (AP)
Andrei Kirilenko shadowed Tracy McGrady all night. Now he'll be following McGrady back to Houston, too. Kirilenko easily had his best game of the first round with 14 points and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-82 victory over the Rockets on Thursday night, tying the series and forcing a Game 7 Saturday in Houston.
No-contest plea gets Artest work program (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a March 5 dispute with his wife, the latest in a string of off-court problems. Placer County Superior Court Judge Francis Kearney sentenced Artest to 100 hours of community service and a 10-day work project through the county sheriff's department.
Bulls' Deng wins sportsmanship award (AP)
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng won the NBA's sportsmanship award Thursday, edging Shane Battier and four other divisional winners in a vote by players. Deng received 52 first-place votes and 2,027 points -- 22 more than Battier of Houston. Utah's Derek Fisher (1,953) was third, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand (1,935), Atlanta's Joe Johnson (1,737) and Toronto's Anthony Parker...
Casino exec: All-Star Game bad for Vegas (AP)
MGM Mirage Inc.'s chief executive said Thursday that the NBA All-Star game potentially hurt its earnings and soured the company on a franchise coming to Las Vegas. Terry Lanni made the comment after the company, which owns the most casinos of any operator on the Las Vegas Strip, reported first-quarter earnings that fell below analyst forecasts, sending MGM Mirage shares down more than 4 percent.
NBA fines Warriors' Richardson $35,000 (AP)
Golden State's Jason Richardson was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for improper interaction with a fan during a playoff game in Dallas. Richardson had a heated verbal exchange with the fan after missing a shot and falling out of bounds with 21.9 seconds left in the Warriors' 118-112 loss in Game 5 of the first-round series.
Suns face tougher test against Spurs (AP)
That smooth first-round playoff triumph is history. After dispatching the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, the road gets a lot rougher for the Phoenix Suns. Next up is a Western Conference semifinal matchup with the San Antonio Spurs -- big, experienced and one of the game's best defensive teams. Game 1 is Sunday in Phoenix, and it's a big test for a Suns team that thrives on speed and scoring.
Raptors try to force Game 7 vs. Nets (AP)
With injuries to their point guards and a postseason road hex working against them, the Toronto Raptors are willing to do almost anything against the New Jersey Nets, including turning to superstition. It's all part of the Raptors' new single-minded postseason strategy -- just find a way to stay alive in Friday night's Game 6 in New Jersey and get the Eastern Conference first-round series back to...
Nuggets, A.I. look ahead to next season (AP)
Allen Iverson wasn't 'The Answer' in the short-term. His presence couldn't prevent the Denver Nuggets from getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Still, they weren't sullen or sour this time around. They sauntered into the offseason defiantly confident that the addition of A.I.
Bobcats continuing long coaching search (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats are being thorough in their search for a new coach, conducting at least five interviews already with more on the way. And they're willing to wait while other candidates coach their teams in the playoffs. General manager Bernie Bickerstaff confirmed Thursday that the Bobcats have interviewed former Hornets and Cavaliers coach Paul Silas, former NBA player and assistant coach...
Ducks win in 2OT to reach West final (AP)
Scott Niedermayer scored 4:30 into the second overtime Thursday night to lift the Anaheim Ducks into the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Niedermayer's quick wrist shot from the left point came after his brother Rob leveled Vancouver's Jannik Hansen along the left boards.
Sharks' Guerin unlikely for Game 5 (AP)
Forward Bill Guerin is unlikely to play in the San Jose Sharks' next playoff game against Detroit after a teammate's deflected shot seriously cut his face in Game 4. Guerin was injured in overtime during the Sharks' 3-2 loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's shot was deflected straight at Guerin, who dropped to the ice and left a pool of blood before skating to the...
Sabres eager to rebound vs. Rangers (AP)
Enough with the negativity. Tired of hearing the struggling Buffalo Sabres have lacked passion and offense while squandering a 2-0 playoff series lead against the New York Rangers, an animated coach Lindy Ruff was intent on putting a new spin on the series Thursday. "I think everybody, maybe I'm including all of you (reporters), are looking at it like we should be a little bit down.
Down 3-1 to Sens, Devils still confident (AP)
Back in 2000 when New Jersey fell behind Philadelphia 3-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, there was no doubt that someone was going to step up in the Devils' locker room and lead the way back. That was a team loaded with leaders, and many addressed the situation, starting with coach Larry Robinson and extending down the roster from captain Scott Stevens to Ken Daneyko, Claude Lemieux and Randy...
Sabres' Gaustad cleared to return Friday (AP)
Sabres forward Paul Gaustad has been cleared to play and could return Friday when Buffalo hosts the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Gaustad, who practiced with the second penalty-killing unit Wednesday, has been out since severing a tendon above his left ankle Feb. 7.
Islanders G DiPietro has hip surgery (AP)
Rick DiPietro had hip surgery this week, and the New York Islanders goalie is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in September. DiPietro, sidelined by two concussions 12 days apart late in the regular season and the start of the playoffs, had arthroscopic surgery Monday in Vail, Colo., to repair a tear in his left hip.
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 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...
Two Bruins lift U.S. past Slovakia 4-2 (AP)
Boston Bruins teammates Brandon Bochenski and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist Thursday to lift the United States over Slovakia 4-2 in Group F at the hockey world championships. Also in Group F, Michael Wolf and Michael Hackert scored in Germany's 2-0 upset of the Czech Republic, the Germans' first victory over the Czechs in the world championships since 1986.
IIHF prez critical of Doan situation (AP)
The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation blasted Canadian politicians Thursday for making the country's hockey officials explain the selection of Shane Doan as team captain at the hockey world championships. "It's totally unacceptable that politicians should interfere with things like the selection of a national team's captain," IIHF president Rene Fasel said.
Borland out as Jarrett's crew chief (AP)
Michael Waltrip Racing, still trying to find its way out of a terrible start to its first season in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, turned to Jason Burdett to replace crew chief Matt Borland on Dale Jarrett's No. 44 Toyota.
Hamlin's frustration grows at missed opportunities (AP)
Denny Hamlin is proving that his surprising success last year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series wasn't a fluke.
Scott Wimmer sues Bill Davis Racing (AP)
NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer has filed a lawsuit against former employer Bill Davis Racing, asking for $1.2 million in unpaid salary for the 2006 season.
Harvick, McMurray fined for Talladega incident (PA SportsTicker)
Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray almost got away with a little illegal bumping at Talladega Superspeedway. But NASCAR eventually caught on.
Stewart discusses satellite radio comments in Michigan (AP)
A week after being reprimanded for comments comparing NASCAR to professional wrestling, two-time Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart said Wednesday he'll continue to speak his mind.
Dozen fans banned for life from Talladega Superspeedway (PA SportsTicker)
A dozen fans who threw debris at race winner Jeff Gordon's car on Sunday have been banned from Talladega Superspeedway for life.
Andretti, McCumbee tabbed to replace Petty (AP)
John Andretti and Chad McCumbee will replace Kyle Petty during his five-race hiatus this summer.
Harvick, McMurray fined for bumping at Talladega (AP)
NASCAR fined Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray $25,000 each Wednesday for making contact during a caution at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.