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NEWS FROM 2007-05-06
Mayweather wins decision over De La Hoya
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_bo_st/box_de_la_hoya_mayweather"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.3fa99de59f3e40129ce208f0bcf332d8.aptopix_de_la_hoya_mayweather_boxing_nvdb137.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=iGmtwoVlwoN9fncrvkcfWw--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, lands a left on Oscar De La Hoya during the twelfth round of their WBC super welterweight world championship boxing match on Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wanted to give Oscar De La Hoya a beating. He had to settle for just getting a win. Mayweather won one of boxing's richest fights ever Saturday night by using his superb defensive skills and superior speed to take a 12-round split decision and win the WBC 154-pound title in his first fight at that weight.</p><br clear="all"/>
Street Sense wins the Kentucky Derby
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_kentucky_derby"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.46341b1c3264490bb0affaffe9605b47.kentucky_derby_horse_racing_dby281.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=kMHjy.uEsW8II4cnWuINmg--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Calvin Borel riding Street Sense gets a blanket of roses after winning the 133rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - A mile into the Kentucky Derby, all the other horses were motoring along in fourth gear when Street Sense kicked it into fifth. Then he zeroed in on his last challenger, Hard Spun, went wide, and burned up the final quarter-mile like a dragster.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz win 1st series since Mailman's days
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.e851cdf4d77c4c3082df522c74603643.jazz_rockets_basketball_htr106.jpg?x=72&y=130&sig=D4vhFlNlqTs6xjOt_AMLCA--" align="left" height="130" width="72" alt="Utah Jazz'sDeron Williams, left, and Carlos Boozer celebrate in the final seconds of Game 7 of an NBA playoff basketball series against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Houston. The Jazz won 103-99 to advance to the next round. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The young Utah Jazz are moving on in the NBA playoffs with a new point guard and power forward combination.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators beat Devils to make East final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_devils"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.cea7f73054734c968fceb14aa3ade276.senators_devils_hockey_era102.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=Dko_GYN4bGBtp9982gmpxA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson, top, of Sweden, celebrates his goal with Dany Heatley, of Germany, against the New Jersey Devils in the second period during Game 5 of NHL second-round hockey playoffs Saturday night, May 5, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - First Sid the Kid and the Pittsburgh Penguins got the boot. Now Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are done. It took the Ottawa Senators all of 10 games to advance to the Eastern Conference finals and finally deliver in the playoffs after a decade of disappointing failures.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants win as Bonds move closer to Aaron
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.847c8685558840d8b8f94b1b763f48be.phillies_giants_baseball_cagn101.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=gpYxisHZ6Cji_fqfS7HBHw--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a home run in a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, May 5, 2007 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is beating the Phillies whether they pitch to him or not. He hit his 744th career home run in the San Francisco Giants' 9-4 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday, moving him within 11 of Hank Aaron's record of 755.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jaguars' Carroll hit with gun charges
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jaguars_carroll_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.7659aaad782d4638ad749a29dd90d841.jaguars_carroll_arrested_wxs103.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=9Pib2uTFCZBrnJ9.xIZxkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="In this police booking photo released by the Atlanta Police Department, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Ahmad Carroll is shown Saturday, May 5, 2007, after being arrested on weapon and drug charges early Saturday in Atlanta. He is suspected of being involved in a disturbance with a weapon, authorities said. (AP Photo/Atlanta Police Department)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Ahmad Carroll was arrested on weapon and drug charges early Saturday on suspicion of being involved in a disturbance with a weapon, authorities said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz shoot down Rockets in NBA playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070506/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070506/capt.sge.ani06.060507060255.photo00.photo.default-512x417.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=su_ODimglnyyrea1Kyfn0g--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Forward Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz celebrates a win in the final seconds against the Houston Rockets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center 05 May 2007 in Houston, Texas.(AFP/Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Carlos Boozer scored 35 points and the Utah Jazz regrouped in the final six minutes to oust the Houston Rockets from the National Basketball Association playoffs on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets win 13th straight at Chase Field
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.938139e8f354414cbc2039d0fdb2bc43.mets_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc106.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=B79E3wRC_fp4FwhpzUEPRw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="New York Mets pitcher Jorge Sosa, right, gets a hug from third base coach Sandy Alomar, left, after Sosa came out of the game against the Arizona in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Phoenix. Sosa pitched six and one-thirds innings, allowing no runs on just four hits.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jorge Sosa returned to the major leagues and pitched well enough that he may stick around for a while. Sosa, recalled from Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the day, outpitched reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb and the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Saturday night for their 13th straight victory at Chase Field.</p><br clear="all"/>
Real Salt Lake draws with Red Bulls 3-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_red_bulls_real_salt_lake"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.ee886fc94b51475ba8997abb15d02b5b.mls_red_bulls_real_salt_lake_soccer_rsl107.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=T0v9fNGzui5laqBdliWaJw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore uses his chest to keep the ball away from Real Salt Lake defender Daniel Torres during the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Cunningham converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute and Chris Brown scored the tying goal in stoppage time to help Real Salt Lake salvage a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings top Sharks for 3-2 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070506/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.de43503f857e4ec89717c3b015ad15ae.sharks_red_wings_hockey_dta113.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=_CuLqOUASkq5auJ08Haciw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Kirk Maltby (18), Dominik Hasek, of the Czech Republic, and Nicklas Lidstrom, of Sweden, celebrate the Red Wings' 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Detroit. The Red Wings lead the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dominik Hasek slowly skated out of his goal, bent down and inspected the octopus late in Detroit's 4-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jaguars CB Carroll arrested in Atlanta (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Ahmad Carroll was arrested on weapon and drug charges early Saturday on suspicion of being involved in a disturbance with a weapon, authorities said. The 23-year-old Carroll was questioned by police after he was pointed out as someone involved during a disturbance at an Atlanta restaurant, Atlanta police spokesman officer James Polite said.
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.
Raiders adjust to life without Moss (AP)
The poster-sized picture of Randy Moss making a leaping catch was taken down from the Oakland Raiders' facility within hours of his trade to New England. Seventh-round pick Johnathan Holland and undrafted free agent Marquise Cole each are wearing Moss' old uniform number, yet generating much less attention than the old No.
Olympic champ Gatlin trying out for Bucs (AP)
Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin, facing a track and field suspension of up to eight years for failing a drug test last summer, is trying to launch a career in pro football as a wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "If (his speed) can transfer to football, you have a real threat," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said.
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...
Boozer, Jazz win decisive Game 7 on road (AP)
The young Utah Jazz are moving on in the NBA playoffs with a new point guard and power forward combination. With fresh faces -- but the same, old coach -- the Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 103-99 on Saturday night to clinch their first playoff series victory since 2000 -- when John Stockton and Karl Malone were still running the pick-and-roll.
Focused Pistons rout Bulls in Game 1 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons turned determination into a dominant performance, reminiscent of some of their wins en route to the 2004 NBA title. Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton each scored 20 points, leading Detroit to a 95-69 rout over the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.
Nets oust Raptors to reach East semis (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...
Nowitzki begins long, tough offseason (AP)
Forced to deal with a long offseason, Dirk Nowitzki plans to spend much of it figuring out what went wrong for him and the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. "The next couple of weeks are definitely going to be tough," he said Saturday. "A lot of thinking." Among the things he'll ponder: How did the Dallas Mavericks' 67-win regular season come crashing down in the first round?
Amaechi says he 'underestimated America' (AP)
When John Amaechi told the world he was gay, he steeled himself for a torrent of negativity that never really materialized, the former pro basketball player told the GOP's largest gay organization Saturday. "I underestimated America. I braced myself for the wrath of a nation under God," Amaechi said at the Log Cabin Republicans' annual convention.
Stern blasts researchers, NY Times (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.
Stoudemire vs. Duncan keys Suns-Spurs (AP)
The last time the Phoenix Suns met the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs, Amare Stoudemire was a muscular mass of raw talent relying on his natural ability against the wily ways of Tim Duncan. Stoudemire averaged 37 points in those 2005 Western Conference finals, but the Spurs won in five games. Stoudemire goes against Duncan again on Sunday, when the best-of-seven conference semifinals open in...
Cavs can't Kidd around with Nets (AP)
Cavaliers guard Eric Snow was put on the spot: Who are the top five guards in NBA history? "Point guards?" he asked. "Let me see. My daddy tells me Oscar Robertson, so I got to say him. Magic (Johnson), Isiah (Thomas). How many is that?" Three. "John Stockton, Jason Kidd," he said Saturday. "Arguably." There is no debate who will have the best point guard when Cleveland, finally back to playing after a...
Careers of Davis, Nelson resurrected (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...
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.
Sens eliminate Devils, reach East final (AP)
First Sid the Kid and the Pittsburgh Penguins got the boot. Now Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are done. It took the Ottawa Senators all of 10 games to advance to the Eastern Conference finals and finally deliver in the playoffs after a decade of disappointing failures. Jason Spezza scored the go-ahead goal and set up another by Daniel Alfredsson in a three-goal second period as Ottawa...
Red Wings grab 3-2 series lead on Sharks (AP)
Dominik Hasek slowly skated out of his goal, bent down and inspected the octopus late in Detroit's 4-1 win over San Jose on Saturday. Red Wings fans have been tossing the eight-legged sea creatures on the ice for decades as a symbol of their team's quest for the Stanley Cup. If Detroit keeps playing the way it did on Saturday, another title might not be out of the question.
Red Wings D Schneider out for playoffs (AP)
Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider broke his wrist in the first period of Detroit's Game 5 victory over San Jose on Saturday in the Western Conference semifinals, knocking him out of the remainder of the playoffs. Schneider, who scored the overtime goal in San Jose on Wednesday night that evened the series at 2, was hurt when checked by Sharks captain Patrick Marleau.
Rangers try to rebound from Game 5 loss (AP)
Jaromir Jagr wears the 'C' on his chest and his heart on his sleeve. There was no denying that the New York Rangers' latest tough loss in Buffalo still stung the captain Saturday, but he and his teammates still believe they can bounce back against the President's Trophy-winning Sabres. Jagr showed less of his jovial side Saturday, just over 12 hours after New York lost the lead with 7.7 seconds...
Brodeur's struggles lead to Devils' exit (AP)
Martin Brodeur broke the NHL record for wins in a season, then broke down in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now the New Jersey Devils are gone in the second round. After the Devils took an early lead in a one-sided first period, Brodeur was bombarded by three Ottawa goals on 19 shots in the middle frame, and the Senators went on to a 3-2 victory in Game 5 that knocked the Devils out of the postseason...
Bruins sign G Rask to multiyear contract (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask to a multiyear contract Saturday. The 21st overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft has played two seasons in a Finnish league. Last season, he had a 2.09 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 30 games with Ilves Tampere. The 20-year-old was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Bruins acquired his rights last year in...
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.
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.
Stastny lifts U.S. into world quarters (AP)
Paul Stastny scored two goals and helped set up another Saturday to give the United States a 3-0 win over Germany and a place in the quarterfinals at the hockey world championships. The victory gave the United States nine points in Group F. The Americans have 21 goals in five games, while the Germans have one of the best defenses at the tournament.
NHL agrees on transfer deal with IIHF (AP)
The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation agreed on a four-year deal in which all transfers from Europe to the NHL would be regulated with compensation and a signing deadline. The IIHF member national associations have until midnight Tuesday to ratify the agreement. About 30 percent of the NHL's players come from Europe.
Rain forces Richmond postponement until Sunday (AP)
Rain washed out the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway after only 12 caution laps Saturday night, forcing officials to postpone the event until Sunday.
Rain postpones NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR donates $160,000 to Virginia Tech memorial fund (AP)
For the last three weeks, NASCAR's Nextel Cup cars have all displayed a Virginia Tech logo with a black background in a show of support for the victims and families of the massacre that left 33 dead in Blacksburg on April 16.
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 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.
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.