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NEWS FROM 2007-05-05
Nets edge Raptors, advance to 2nd round
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_playoffs_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.5975d0daa0044571964d16e53fb59b12.aptopix_raptors_nets_basketball___era108.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=lWZa03_PSrmtckjRSYKkdg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter, center, shoots over Toronto Raptors' Anthonyh Parker, left, as Morris Peterson (24) looks on during the third quarter of Game 6 NBA first-round basketball Friday night, May 4, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. Carter scored 21 points as the Nets won, 98-97, and eliminated the Raptors in the series, four games to two. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - After helping the New Jersey Nets beat the Toronto Raptors with his scoring and passing, Vince Carter sent his former team packing in a most unusual way: by being a decoy for Richard Jefferson. Jefferson scored the winning basket on a spinning layup over Chris Bosh with 8.3 seconds left and stole a pass in the waning seconds as the Nets beat the Raptors 98-97 on Friday night to win their first-round series 4-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres stun Rangers for 3-2 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_playoffs_rdp"><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 - Lindy Ruff promised his Buffalo Sabres would be aggressive and resilient in response to the team's suddenly growing number of postseason critics. Little did the Sabres coach realize how hard and determined they would have to play to regain the edge in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the New York Rangers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels' new winningest manager: Scioscia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.fd5c68facbe240249597608a3ec41d7a.white_sox_angels_baseball_ans109.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=2VN7hKlIFoC3o6SaMaMUiA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia discusses a strikeout call with home plate umpire Bill Welke during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 to make Scioscia the winningest manager in franchise history. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Scioscia did his best to deflect all the attention away from him. It was hard to do with all the kudos coming the Angels manager's way after his latest accomplishment.</p><br clear="all"/>
Smoltz gets rare win against Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.75e691e327c44431b0ccb4fd9182370a.ddogers_braves_baseball_gajb101.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=za3.5HAU5DZ03hSkkTb5WA--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="Atlanta Braves starter John Smoltz works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, May 4, 2007, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - John Smoltz beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in more than eight years, and Troy Tulowitzki helped the Colorado Rockies get a rare win in Ohio.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mitchell to open steroid interviews soon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_steroids_mitchell"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.aaca173dd9c04cb1ae4a7fd9a641e42f.steroids_mitchell_baseball_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=zB3XWOHEG2X.Dc5Np61C.g--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell addresses reporters during a news conference in New York, in this March 30, 2006 file photo.Mitchell said he expects interviews with active players to begin promptly as part of his investigation into steroids in baseball. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer,FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell said he expects interviews with active players to begin promptly as part of his investigation into steroids in baseball.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hasselbeck returns sooner than expected
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_seahawks_hasselbeck"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.3a7707a95e5749f8b1ecf5824139380e.seahawks_hasselbeck_football_watw102.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=6E_3s2v3_A_Xnr4sYI9JcQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passes during drills at an NFL football mini-camp Friday, May 4, 2007 in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Hasselbeck was back throwing on the field for the first day of Seahawks minicamp, far ahead of schedule in returning from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. And Bobby Engram has a theory why.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jefferson carries Nets into 2nd round
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_raptors_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.f0c30df35f5d402895504befacc9effa.raptors_nets_basketball___era105.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=BpEPoxLfUSB91yPAsIef9g--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson (24) puts up shot as he is surrounded by Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh, left, Anthony Parker and Morris Peterson, bottom right, during the fourth quarter of Game 6 NBA first-round basketball Friday night, May 4, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. Jefferson made the shot to give the Nets a 98-97 win over the Raptors to win the series. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Richard Jefferson's ankle injury was one of the many reasons the New Jersey Nets underachieved this season. Watching Jefferson rise for the go-ahead basket and leap for the clinching steal was a reminder that he's healthy — and the Nets look pretty good, too.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police: Hancock drunk at time of crash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070505/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cardinals_hancock"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.d7e4c654f278424994a56af1eaa819e9.cardinals_hancock_baseball_motg101.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=.mExm5uK72PJkHifjp1qUQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa listens to questions about pitcher Josh Hancock during a press conference to address police findings about his accident, Friday, May 4, 2007 in St. Louis. Hancock, who was killed in an auto accident early Sunday morning, Aoirl 29, was found to have a blood alcohol level of .157, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. Hancock was also using his cell phone and not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident,. police said. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping other players will learn from Josh Hancock's fatal mistakes. The pitcher was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his accident Sunday, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Team officials said they will re-examine what they can do to warn players of the dangers of drinking and driving.</p><br clear="all"/>
No MLS player will earn it like Beckham
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_salaries"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.nyol57405042138.mls_salaries_nyol574.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=ZIvc6_Xgc7._tGfRyHUcPA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Real Madrid soccer player David Beckham looks on during a training session in Madrid in this Jan. 12, 2007 file photo. Beckham, who signed a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS, will receive more than double what any other player in the league is getting this year and more than 50 times the average salary, according to data released Friday by the MLS players' union. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The goal of Major League Soccer players is to earn it like Beckham. David Beckham will receive more than double what any other player in MLS is getting this year and more than 50 times the average salary, according to data released Friday by the league's players' union.</p><br clear="all"/>
Doan's hat trick lifts Canada at worlds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070504/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.fdd65c91a8a741c696375caa4c7ec7c2.hockey_world_canada__belarus_hockey_xjqb106.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=Om7LyKloDGqn0KkdBqnsdw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Team Canada captain Shane Doan, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after he scored his third goal during second period action at the IIHF World Hockey Championship Friday, May 4, 2007 at the Khodinka arena in Moscow. From the left, Colby Armstrong, Shane Doan, Matthew Lombardi, Barret Jackman and Nick Schultz. Doan scored three goals in a 6-3 Canada victory over Belarus in the qualifying round. (AP Photo/Jacques Boissinot, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Facing criticism off the ice, Canada captain Shane Doan made a statement on it by scoring three goals in the second period Friday in a 6-3 win over Belarus at the hockey world championships.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman-Goodell meeting on appeal May 11 (AP)
Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on May 11 to appeal his season-long suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the appeal hearing will be in New York, but the exact location has not been determined. This will be the second time Jones will meet with Goodell since April 3.
Russell makes good impression on Raiders (AP)
JaMarcus Russell dropped back and fired a pass through tight coverage that hit fellow rookie Johnathan Holland between the 1 and the 8 on his jersey. The top pick with the rocket arm made an immediate impression on the Oakland Raiders in his first practice Friday. "I think that kid, 18, is in there getting a rubdown," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said.
Quinn rusty in first workout with Browns (AP)
Satellite TV trucks were stacked up side-by-side and there were more media members watching from the sideline than players on the field. The Cleveland Browns never had a rookie mini-camp look like this. With Brady Quinn around, nothing may ever be the same again. Wearing his familiar No. 10, and a shiny orange helmet he had dreamed of buckling on since he was a kid, Quinn practiced for the first time...
Humane Society sends letter to Goddell (AP)
A prominent animal-rights group called on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to ban players who are involved in dog fighting, saying it was especially troubled that evidence of the deadly activity was allegedly found at a home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. The Humane Society of the United States sent a letter to Goodell on Thursday, calling on the NFL to "collaborate with us in an...
Seahawks' Hasselbeck makes early return (AP)
Matt Hasselbeck was back throwing on the field for the first day of Seahawks minicamp, far ahead of schedule in returning from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. And Bobby Engram has a theory why. "I know how hard he was out here working out, though he won't tell you that," said Engram, Seattle's receiver said of his quarterback since 2001.
Culpepper says he'll be ready for camp (AP)
Given that they used a second-round draft choice to obtain him, the Miami Dolphins clearly think John Beck might be their quarterback of the future. Daunte Culpepper, however, still believes he's the quarterback of the present. "For me," Culpepper said Friday, "the future is now." So while Beck worked out with his new team for the first time at the start of a three-day minicamp, Culpepper -- still...
Chargers open first minicamp with Turner (AP)
Not quite four months after their playoff meltdown, the San Diego Chargers reconvened on Friday with a new coach, a healthy quarterback and a resolve to actually win a game in January. The Chargers opened their first minicamp under Norv Turner, who was hired in February after Marty Schottenheimer was fired because of what team president Dean Spanos called a "dysfunctional relationship" with...
Nets advance to East semifinals (AP)
Richard Jefferson's ankle injury was one of the many reasons the New Jersey Nets underachieved this season. Watching Jefferson rise for the go-ahead basket and leap for the clinching steal was a reminder that he's healthy -- and the Nets look pretty good, too. Jefferson made a layup with 8.3 seconds left, stole a pass on the next possession, and New Jersey beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 Friday...
Dream season ends in nightmare for Mavs (AP)
The wins, the streaks, maybe even the MVP award -- they're all meaningless now to the Dallas Mavericks. The only things anyone will remember about their 2006-07 season is colossal failure and how little Dirk Nowitzki did to prevent it. Dallas didn't merely fail to win a championship. The Mavs didn't even get out of the first round, making it two straight embarrassing playoff exits, both featuring...
Stern blasts researchers, newspaper (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern criticized a study regarding racial bias among league officials and the New York Times for printing it, saying racism "doesn't exist in the NBA." Speaking before Friday's Game 6 of a playoff series between Toronto and New Jersey, Stern said of the report: "My major concern about it is that it's wrong." "This is a bum rap, that's all," Stern said.
Jazz, Rockets get ready for Game 7 (AP)
Tracy McGrady didn't want it to come to this. For weeks, he's patiently answered all the questions about his past playoff failures and openly said he deserves the blame if the Houston Rockets flame out against the Utah Jazz this time. He's only got one more chance to silence his critics. The Rockets and Jazz will decide their first-round series in the first Game 7 of the playoffs on Saturday night.
Pistons' Wallace: Bulls happy to be here (AP)
Rasheed Wallace and the Detroit Pistons respect Chicago, particularly after the Bulls swept Miami, and expect the upcoming series to be competitive. Wallace, however, likes Detroit's mind-set over Chicago's entering the matchup. "I think they're happy to be here," he said. "We're on a mission to go ahead and win it." Game 1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal is Saturday at The Palace of Auburn...
Davis, Nelson enjoy historic victory (AP)
Baron Davis and Don Nelson embraced in a long, celebratory bear hug at courtside -- and neither seemed willing to break away. The point guard who couldn't lead and the coach who couldn't succeed when it counted were in the final moments of one of the biggest NBA playoff shockers ever. These two have resurrected their careers together with the Golden State Warriors, and are onto the second round of...
Now NBA's top seed, Suns prep for Spurs (AP)
The Phoenix Suns awoke Friday morning as the new top seed in the NBA playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks' stunning first-round loss to Golden State has given the Suns home-court advantage throughout the playoffs because Phoenix's 61-21 regular-season record is best among the remaining clubs. This isn't the "prize" the Suns have had their eyes on all season, as their marketing slogan goes.
Kobe, Lakers on same page for offseason (AP)
An exasperated Kobe Bryant wants the Los Angeles Lakers to upgrade themselves this offseason. General manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Phil Jackson are all for it. "There's no magic wand you can wave and make things happen, but we are going to be as aggressive as we've ever been to get this team back to championship level basketball," Kupchak said Friday at team headquarters.
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.
Teams told to not discourage intl. play (AP)
The NBA reminded teams this week they are not allowed to discourage their players from competing in international competitions, shortly after Manu Ginobili said the Spurs did just that. A memo dated May 2 was sent to all NBA clubs. According to a person familiar with the document, it read: "This is a reminder that, under the NBA's agreement with FIBA, NBA teams are required to permit their players...
Sabres grab 3-2 series lead with OT win (AP)
Benched one game, the overtime star the next: Maxim Afinogenov sure knows how to make up for miscues. Afinogenov scored a power-play goal 4:39 into overtime to cap Buffalo's come-from-behind 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night, moving the Sabres within a win of the Eastern Conference finals.
Sabres F Gaustad returns for Game 5 (AP)
Rugged Sabres forward Paul Gaustad played his first game in three months Friday night, returning for Game 5 of Buffalo's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers. Gaustad was initially ruled out for the rest of the season after he sliced a tendon above his left ankle in the Sabres' 3-2 win over Ottawa on Feb.
Sharks' Guerin to miss Game 5 vs. Wings (AP)
San Jose Sharks forward Bill Guerin will not play against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in Game 5 of their second-round series because of a cut on his face. Guerin was injured after a teammate's deflected shot hit him in Game 4 on Wednesday night, when the Red Wings won in overtime and tied the series.
Ducks win in 2OT to reach West final (AP)
The Ducks' Niedermayer brothers teamed to finally end the game -- and the series. Rob Niedermayer made a big hit to jar the puck loose, it squirted across to Scott, and the elder Niedermayer quickly got off a wrist shot from the left point. The puck got past Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo 4:30 into the second overtime on Thursday night.
Goalies might decide Wings-Sharks series (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks series has been picked apart from every direction by those trying to figure it out. San Jose had 2-0 leads in each of the first two games of the Western Conference semifinal, blowing the cushion in Game 2. Detroit scored first when the series shifted to San Jose, but lost.
Predators pick up option on coach Trotz (AP)
The Nashville Predators' third-straight exit in the first round of the playoffs hasn't shaken general manager David Poile's confidence in the only coach his franchise has known. Poile picked up the option on Barry Trotz and his staff for next season Friday as a reward for the best regular season in franchise history.
Embattled Doan scores three, Canada wins (AP)
Facing criticism off the ice, Canada captain Shane Doan made a statement on it by scoring three goals in the second period Friday in a 6-3 win over Belarus at the hockey world championships. Doan's captaincy has been criticized in Canada's parliament over allegations he uttered an ethnic slur at French-speaking officials during a 2005 game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens.
Facing elimination, Devils hold meeting (AP)
Facing elimination at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, the New Jersey Devils held your basic team meeting Friday before heading out to practice. They went over the plan for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Continental Airlines Arena on Saturday night and reviewed what went wrong in losing three of the first four games.
Red Wings re-sign Maltby to 3-year deal (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Kirk Maltby to a three-year contract, but the deal was not announced until recently. "It actually happened before the playoffs," Maltby said Friday. "But I didn't want to talk about it and we were on the same page." Detroit hosts the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in the Western Conference semifinal that is tied 2-2.
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.
Bowyer wins Richmond Busch Series race (AP)
Clint Bowyer won the race off pit road with about 28 laps to go Friday night and easily went on to his fifth career NASCAR Busch Series victory.
Bowyer outlasts Edwards to win Richmond Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon captures fourth consecutive NASCAR pole (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon wins pole; Jarrett goes home for first time since '94 (AP)
Jeff Gordon's rolled to his third consecutive NASCAR Nextel Cup pole position Friday, and former series champion Dale Jarrett was among those headed home as Toyota teams again struggled to compete.
NASCAR downplays HANS device cracks (AP)
NASCAR is downplaying the cracks found in Kyle Busch and Casey Mears' HANS devices after wrecks at Talladega Superspeedway.
McMurray's career back on track (AP)
Jamie McMurray jumped back onto the radar this week when NASCAR fined him $25,000 for bumping and banging with Kevin Harvick at Talladega.
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.