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NEWS FROM 2007-05-07
Yankees lure Rocket with huge contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_clemens_returns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.7d7e09e17c674630a5ab5893b2937cfe.mariners_yankees_clemens_returns_baseball_nyy110.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=qDIiuY0MAIfaknPck4Pfeg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="New York Yankees manager Brian Cashman, left, speaks to the media as Roger Clemens listens, right, after the Yankees announced they had signed Clemens to a minor league contract following the Yankees' 5-0 baseball shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - The seventh-inning stretch was ending when the low, familiar voice of public-address announcer Bob Sheppard told fans at Yankee Stadium to direct their attention to the owner's box behind home plate. Standing there, microphone in hand, was Roger Clemens to personally announce his return to New York.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roger Clemens back in pinstripes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.89f122a2825549c980ea7c3a74fb196d.mariners_yankees_clemens_returns_baseball_nyy115.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=6NecGgbjXqO_miIG0lGTNQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="New York Yankees' Roger Clemens, left, throws in the outfield after the Yankees announced he would rejoin the team following the Yankees 5-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens' return to the New York Yankees could give them a championship-caliber rotation again. The Detroit Tigers hold last year's AL pennant, however, and they're playing the best ball in the league.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres knock Rangers out with 5-4 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.c8a7dd5c28c34bc89c8af1c6cfae2536.sabres_rangers_hockey_nyjj112.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=eaPSmfrMg4gwvgNcWLq7Ig--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="The Buffalo Sabres celebrate after beating the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to win the series, 5-3, in NHL hockey action Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Sabres won the game, 5-4. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Drury had a goal and assist in the Buffalo Sabres' four-goal second period that erased an early deficit and sent the team to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the conference semifinal series. Ryan Miller preserved the win with 32 saves, including 11 in a frantic third period.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan leads Spurs past Suns in Game 1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.a6f31e791d834989a0eeab427cc8c27c.spurs_suns_basketball_pnu127.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=zT7Dyo2F3CwV2ttLDiHCAQ--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan celebrates after defeating the Phoenix Suns in an NBA Western Conference semifinal round playoff basketball game in Phoenix Sunday, May 6, 2007. The Spurs won 111-106. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak)" border="0" /></a>AP - With blood spewing from a cut on his nose, Steve Nash could only watch from the bench while the San Antonio Spurs put away Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
LeBron lifts Cavs over Nets in opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.dd0f43b1284d46aea1c37c617b6d9e16.nets_cavaliers_basketball_cda103.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=xLEQtC99._5e.urcEUVWOA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, draws a charge from New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson during the first quarter of a second round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, May 6, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James' stuffy nose was nothing compared to the congestion New Jersey dealt with. With their superstar slowed by a nasty head cold, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned up their defense to beat the Nets 81-77 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sapp shows new look at Raiders' minicamp
AP - JaMarcus Russell's immense size was much less of a jolt for many of the Oakland Raiders than the sight of Warren Sapp. The formerly bulky Sapp arrived at minicamp this weekend looking like a scaled-down version of himself, dropping nearly 50 pounds since the end of last season and weighing only about 25 pounds more than Oakland's rookie quarterback.
Duncan powers Spurs to opening win over Suns
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070507/sp_nm/nba_sunday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070507/2007_05_07t012703_450x370_us_nba_sunday.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=lTW2eEJfMCS0KQ0wsizTqQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire (bottom) looks up as San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan slam dunks for two points during Game 1of their Western Conference semifinals in Phoenix, May 6, 2007. (Jeff Topping/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Tim Duncan powered the San Antonio
Spurs to a 111-106 road win over the Phoenix Suns in a rough
opener to their Western Conference semi-final series on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Josh Hamilton leads Reds to victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.f3e95326ab424af0bbfc89240b3720e7.rockies_reds_baseball_csb107.jpg?x=130&y=78&sig=yxvpyGu4CG2KL0W94zc15Q--" align="left" height="78" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Josh Hamilton hits a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies pitcher Josh Fogg in the fifth inning of their baseball game Sunday, May 6, 2007, in Cincinnati. Hamilton hit a solo home run in the seventh inning off Rockies pitcher Alberto Arias. The Reds won 9-3. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Hamilton's inspiring comeback story kept humming along and fellow rookie Jarrod Saltalamacchia capped off his charmed first week in the majors in style.</p><br clear="all"/>
United defeat Chivas USA for first win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_chivas_usa_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.e76e520ffb1b4d74a71732d5324b677e.chivas_usa_d_c_united_soccer_rfk103.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=fT9Y0Dcz71soJsjEHoAXeA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="D.C. United's Guy-Roland Kpene, right, is held back by Chivas USA's Claudio Suarez (2) during the first half of their MLS soccer match at RFK Stadium in Washington Sunday, May 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Linda Spillers)" border="0" /></a>AP - Christian Gomez and Jaime Moreno scored second-half goals, and D.C. United beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Sunday for their first win of the season.</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.cca200b68e644ebd88afef98531d7446.sharks_red_wings_hockey_dta101.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=EGcMIfQjzAMr3bJDoUNauA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic looks back at the puck fired in by San Jose Sharks' Marcel Goc's, of Germany, in the first period in Game 5 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal playoff hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, May 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" 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"/>
Jags' Carroll faces weapon, drug charges (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.
Calvin Johnson, Lions wrap up minicamp (AP)
Calvin Johnson's first taste of the NFL taught him a valuable lesson. "I've got to get in better shape for mini-camp," the Detroit Lions wide receiver said. "I didn't realize what the tempo of this was going to be like." Johnson, the second pick in last weekend's draft, was in town for Detroit's three-day rookie camp, which ended Sunday.
Panthers QBs Delhomme, Carr happy again (AP)
Jake Delhomme and David Carr were miserable last year. Weighted by Super Bowl expectations, Delhomme struggled through his worst season since he became Carolina's starting quarterback. Carr, constantly scrambling behind a bad offensive line in Houston, wanted a new start with a better team. Carr was released by the Texans, then signed with the Panthers to be Delhomme's backup.
Slender Sapp plays weight-ing game (AP)
JaMarcus Russell's immense size was much less of a jolt for many of the Oakland Raiders than the sight of Warren Sapp. The formerly bulky Sapp arrived at minicamp this weekend looking like a scaled-down version of himself, dropping nearly 50 pounds since the end of last season and weighing only about 25 pounds more than Oakland's rookie quarterback.
Culpepper's adoptive mother dies at 92 (AP)
Emma Culpepper, the adoptive mother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, has died. She was 92. Daunte Culpepper told The Associated Press his adoptive mother died at her home in Ocala on Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Daunte Culpepper said she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
RB Blaylock auditions with Redskins (AP)
Derrick Blaylock is a six-year veteran running back who has enjoyed a few highlights in an otherwise ordinary NFL career. So what was he doing on the field this weekend with scores of tryout players at the Washington Redskins rookie camp? "I'm not a prideful guy," Blaylock said Sunday. "I'm not above this.
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.
Spurs hold off Suns 111-106 in Game 1 (AP)
With blood spewing from a cut on his nose, Steve Nash could only watch from the bench while the San Antonio Spurs put away Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. "There was nothing I could do," he said. "It was obviously frustrating, but it was really out of my hands." Tim Duncan had 33 points and 16 rebounds -- eight offensive -- and Tony Parker added 32 points to lead the Spurs to a rugged...
Cavs shut down Nets in 81-77 Game 1 win (AP)
LeBron James' stuffy nose was nothing compared to the congestion New Jersey dealt with. With their superstar slowed by a nasty head cold, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned up their defense to beat the Nets 81-77 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Cavaliers clogged up passing lanes, pushed bodies around under the basket and generally made life miserable for the...
Skiles: Bulls struggling to match up (AP)
The Chicago Bulls simply have trouble matching up with Detroit. That was Scott Skiles' assessment about 12 hours after his team's 95-69 loss to the Pistons in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ben Gordon can't guard Chauncey Billups or Richard Hamilton, Skiles said, and rookie Tyrus Thomas is struggling mentally to grasp defensive concepts.
Jazz must prepare quickly for Warriors (AP)
The Utah Jazz have home-court advantage in the second round of the playoffs and very little time to celebrate getting it. The second round, and the Golden State Warriors, will come at them quickly. The Jazz advanced by beating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 on Saturday night, giving them less than two days to prepare to host Game 1 on Monday night.
McGrady again makes first-round exit (AP)
Tracy McGrady did it again. Or more appropriately, he didn't do it again. The seven-time All-Star, who had been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in five previous attempts, was knocked out again Saturday night when Utah beat Houston 103-99 in Game 7. McGrady, Houston's marquee player who was supposed to carry his team in the postseason -- or at least to the second round -- was instead...
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.
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...
Future looks promising for Raptors (AP)
TORONTO (AP)-- No matter who their coach is, the future looks bright for the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors ended four seasons of futility by tying the franchise-record for wins (47), capturing the team's first Atlantic Division title and earning home-court advantage in the first-round of the playoffs.
Sabres beat Rangers, reach East finals (AP)
Ryan Miller vividly recalls the walk he took last year after the crushing end to the Buffalo Sabres' season. The Sabres were in psition to steal the Eastern Conference title from the higher Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo led Game 7 on the road in the third period before things fell apart. Miller and the Sabres returned to hockey's final four Sunday and are ready to take the step they tripped over a...
Playoff loss frustrates Rangers' Jagr (AP)
Time and again throughout a frustrating series, Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr warned his teammates about the quick-striking Buffalo Sabres' offense. When they get one, they shoot for two. When they net a pair, they hunt for a third. It's all about wearing down opponents and knocking them out. As they did in Game 1 during a second-period onslaught, the Rangers got another harsh lesson from the...
Sharks looking for veterans to produce (AP)
Ron Wilson's floral-print golf shirt wasn't the sharpest wardrobe choice for a hockey coach whose club is one more collapse away from summer vacation. Most teams spend this time of year trying to avoid the golf course. But the San Jose Sharks and the scratch golfer behind their bench have seemed downright eager for a tee time while blowing a lead in all three of their losses to the Detroit Red...
Sens beat Devils, move into East finals (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...
Devils' elimination marks end of an era (AP)
Losing to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference semifinals not only ended the New Jersey Devils' season, it ended an era. Next season is expected to bring major changes -- another new coach, a new arena in Newark and probably some different players. While the Devils excelled in the regular season and many felt they had a chance to win a fourth Stanley Cup since 1995, the postseason was a...
Luongo not enough for Canucks to advance (AP)
With Roberto Luongo in goal, the Vancouver Canucks believed they could compete with any team. Even the admittedly bigger, faster, more skilled Anaheim squad that eliminated them in five games of the Western Conference semifinals. Luongo's addition genuinely made the Canucks believe they could compete for a Stanley Cup.
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.
Canada beats Czechs in OT at worlds (AP)
Erik Staal scored 23 seconds into overtime Sunday to give Canada a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic, but the point earned by reaching overtime still was enough to advance the Czechs to the quarterfinals at the world championships. Also Sunday, Pavol Demitra scored the winning goal and Slovakia reached the quarterfinals with a 4-3 victory over Belarus.
Russia's Ovechkin suspended one game (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin received a one-game suspension Sunday for a hit to the head of Swiss player Valentin Wirz at the world championships. Ovechkin was ejected in the first period of Russia's 6-3 win. Wirz, who had a slight concussion, needed to be helped off the ice. Ovechkin will miss Monday's game against Sweden.
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...
Johnson gives Hendrick another win at Richmond (PA SportsTicker)
Johnson puts Hendrick in Victory Lane at Richmond (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's celebration seemed a bit subdued. Maybe all these trips to Victory Lane are becoming routine for the Hendrick Motorsports crew.
Pit Road mishaps costs Harvick a chance at victory (AP)
Kevin Harvick led four times for 105 laps in Sunday's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, and it may have been a mistake by the driver or his crew that cost him a chance at his second Cup victory here.
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.