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Boozer's basket lifts Jazz in Game 1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.8f44b2e7ca71404baaec333cd0c47c78.warriors_jazz_basketball_slcc103.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=rdRQxndEZS1cgfAcQMwuOg--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Utah Jazz's Carlos Boozer dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter of an NBA second-round playoff basketball game, Monday, May 7, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was only appropriate that the Utah Jazz won on a rebound.</p><br clear="all"/>

Old rearguards help Red Wings advance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.88c97c61022e47408e24b2a78bf60d9a.red_wings_sharks_hockey_caps109.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=Lm31Tb1L1K25WHRFSpx3XA--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) center, gets between Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5), of Sweden, and left wing Tomas Holmstrom (96), of Sweden, as the net comes off the pipes in the second period of Game 6 of their second-round NHL hockey playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, May 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom spent nearly all of Game 6 alternating turns on the ice, desperately grinding on their aging legs to keep the Detroit Red Wings ahead. When the two brilliant defensemen finally got out of the Shark Tank with their whooping, hollering teammates, those old rearguards had new life &#151; and the Detroit Red Wings had shed their title as the Western Conference's biggest playoff underachievers of recent years.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bulls' sweep of Heat a distant memory (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.9a65e70ef972427eb9d61a46f51a2d77.bulls_pistons_basketball_dtp112.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=xW.Tz1obYRxIdt7WVsvSjg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas (42) tumbles over Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups while chasing a loose ball in the second quarter of Game 2 of an NBA second-round playoff basketball series, Monday, May 7, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - With two blowouts, the Detroit Pistons have turned Chicago's first-round sweep over the defending NBA champions into a distant memory. Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points to lead Detroit to a 108-87 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>

Boxer Diego Corrales dies in Vegas crash (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_corrales_dies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.acf635cf390a461cbd820dbf066f0468.corrales_dies_boxing_ny151.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=kqClR0CpufPCt3ZndmJl.w--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Diego Corrales celebrates winning the WBC lightweight crown by a 10th-round knockout over Jose Luis Castillo, of Mexico, in this May 7, 2005 file photo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Corrales, who won titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most memorable fights in recent times, died Monday, May 7, 2007 in a motorcycle accident, his promoter said. He was 29. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Diego "Chico" Corrales, who won titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most memorable fights in recent times, died Monday in a motorcycle accident, his promoter said. He was 29.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Pacman' lawyers discuss NFL appeal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman_appeal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070504/capt.nyol57605042328.pacman_appeal_football_nyol576.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=7Lctrf.CqsUVUQDXIROjTQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn., in this Aug. 4, 2006 file photo. Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on May 11 to appeal his season-long suspension for numerous run-ins with the law. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Since January 2000, Adam "Pacman" Jones' attorneys count at least 283 NFL players who have been arrested or charged for offenses ranging from drunken driving to domestic violence to weapons possession. None was suspended a full season for personal conduct, a punishment Jones' attorneys say was "unprecedented in its severity."</p><br clear="all"/>

Alexander's foot may still be broken (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_seahawks_alexander"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070507/capt.e183606b12944642a0f315ac6988ce89.seahawks_football_waet102.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=PrT4GVZLAf3pfeAb7XLATQ--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander reaches for the ball during football practice at the team's headquarters Monday, May 7, 2007, in Kirkland, Wash. Alexander, the previous year's NFL MVP, learned during the offseason that the broken foot that caused him to miss six games during his sputtering 2006 season was still cracked and he doesn't even want another X-ray to find out if it still is until after the Seahawks' current minicamp concludes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet. The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said Monday his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pistons overpower Bulls, Jazz tame Warriors (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070508/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070508/2007_05_08t021632_450x417_us_nba.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=Pbkx7dKzm7nyhJOL.0eTvg--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons Richard Hamilton (L) and Chauncey Billups (C) celebrate with Tayshaun Prince during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball semifinals against the Chicago Bulls in Auburn Hills, Michigan, May 7, 2007. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Detroit Pistons&#39; overpowering scoring and strong defense lifted them to a crushing 108-87 win over the Chicago Bulls and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants' Molina channels McCovey in win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.e7e336a183584a1b98ff3a50b0952f71.mets_giants_baseball_cata107.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=qAbsGn9u6JrPfCZt08kuKA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Bengie Molina, right, is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery after hitting a 2-run home run off of New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez, left, in the fifth inning during a baseball game, Monday, May 7, 2007 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bengie Molina knew he had hit two home runs, yet had to be reminded by bullpen catcher Bill Hayes that both were in the same inning.</p><br clear="all"/>

Americans making mark in English soccer (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.mjs11805051431.britain_soccer_mjs118.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=OOxuU8D6UfuCPfZHboEEHQ--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, fights for the ball with Manchester City's Nedum Onoha during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday May 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hot dogs, apple pie and ... soccer? It may not exactly flow off the tongue, but a trio of American owners in English football are on the verge of doing something you wouldn't expect from, well, a trio of American owners in English football.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lombardi's 3 goals lift Canada over U.S. (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070507/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070507/capt.152cb5a3b9c343af8969da591a4ec7d4.correction_russia_ice_hockey_world_championships_xjqb103.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=yNLqK1IjgYDgFgouB7I3sg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Team Canada's Matthew Lombardi shoots to score the third goal against team USA John Grahame (47) during first period qualifying game action at the IIHF World Hockey Championship Monday, May 7, 2007 in Mytischi, Russia. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jacques Boissinot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matthew Lombardi scored three goals Monday to give undefeated Canada a 6-3 victory over the United States and a top seeding entering the quarterfinals of hockey's world championships.</p><br clear="all"/>

Titans' Pacman makes plea for leniency (AP)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam

Since January 2000, Adam "Pacman" Jones' attorneys count at least 283 NFL players who have been arrested or charged for offenses ranging from drunken driving to domestic violence to weapons possession. None was suspended a full season for personal conduct, a punishment Jones' attorneys say was "unprecedented in its severity." That's part of the Titans cornerback's plea for leniency in a 24-page...


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Jaguars waive CB Carroll after arrest (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived cornerback Ahmad Carroll on Monday, two days after he was arrested on weapon and drug charges. Carroll was questioned by Atlanta police early Saturday after he was identified as someone involved during a disturbance at a restaurant, authorities said. Atlanta police spokesman officer James Polite said Carroll acknowledged he was carrying a 9mm pistol.

Alexander's foot may still be broken (AP)
Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet. The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said Monday his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason. The 2005 NFL MVP doesn't want to know for sure until after his team's veteran minicamp ends Thursday.

Assault charge against Townsend dropped (AP)
A judge dismissed an assault charge against Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend after witnesses said he wasn't involved in a fight at a nightclub in March. "There were six witnesses, and four said he wasn't involved in the fight and two said they weren't sure who was involved in it," Townsend's attorney, Robert DelGreco, told The Associated Press on Monday.

Former Browns WR Tom Hutchinson dies (AP)
Former wide receiver Tom Hutchinson, who played on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL championship, has died. He was 65. Hutchinson died Saturday at the Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, Ky. A member of the University of Kentucky's Hall of Fame, Hutchinson was the Browns' first-round draft pick in 1963.

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.

Pistons pound Bulls again, go up 2-0 (AP)
Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles, center, looks back toward the court after the Bulls' 108-87 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA playoff basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, May 7, 2007. In the foreground left is official Leon Wood; forward Adrian Griffin is at right in red and forward P.J. Brown is directly behind Skiles in black.

With two blowouts, the Detroit Pistons have turned Chicago's first-round sweep over the defending NBA champions into a distant memory. Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points to lead Detroit to a 108-87 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Bulls came into the series full of bravado -- Andres Nocioni even predicted they would advance -- after eliminating Miami in...


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Boozer, Jazz rally to down Warriors (AP)
Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis talks with official Monty McCutchen during the fourth quarter of an NBA second-round playoff basketball game, Monday, May 7, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 116-112.

It was only appropriate that the Utah Jazz won on a rebound. Carlos Boozer turned his 20th rebound into the tiebreaking basket with 17 seconds left, and Utah beat the Golden State Warriors 116-112 on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. Utah outrebounded the Warriors 54-36, pulling down 20 on offense to overcome the Warriors' frantic attack while rallying to win at the...


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Suns looking for more heart in Game 2 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns have better players. San Antonio has a better team, at least for now. That was the conclusion of Suns coach Mike D'Antoni in the wake of the Spurs' bloody 111-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. "I hate to say this and I hope it sounds the right way. I think we have more talent than they do," D'Antoni said after the Suns practiced on Monday.

Pavlovic emerges as defensive stopper (AP)
Sasha Pavlovic has always had it all: size, speed and strength along with a sweet outside shot. All he needs to work on now is his comedic timing. Displeased with Pavlovic's defense early last season, Cleveland coach Mike Brown gave him an ultimatum -- get better or get used to sitting next to me on the bench.

Rockets coach Van Gundy pondering future (AP)
Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady listens to a question from a reporter Monday, May 7, 2007 in Houston. The Rockets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs after losing Game 7 to the Utah Jazz Saturday.

Frustrated by his team's ouster in the first round, Jeff Van Gundy plans to take some time to evaluate his future as coach of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets' season ended Saturday with a Game 7 loss to Utah, and a report in the New York Post the next day said Van Gundy was going to retire. "I do the same thing every year since I've been coaching -- I sit back and I think about what's right for...


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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.

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.

Red Wings oust Sharks, reach West final (AP)
The equipment of San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, is left inside the Sharks locker room after the Sharks lost to the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, May 7, 2007. The Red Wings won the series 4-2.

Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom spent nearly all of Game 6 alternating turns on the ice, desperately grinding on their aging legs to keep the Detroit Red Wings ahead. When the two brilliant defensemen finally got out of the Shark Tank with their whooping, hollering teammates, those old rearguards had new life -- and the Detroit Red Wings had shed their title as the Western Conference's biggest...


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Sabres, Senators to renew hot rivalry (AP)
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff already knows there's enough bad blood between these teams and too much on the line So he's not about to make anything close to a derogatory comment about the Ottawa Senators, especially with the winner of this series going to the Stanley Cup finals. No matter that Chris Neil's blindside hit knocked out Buffalo co-captain Chris Drury and sparked an on-ice melee in February.

Rangers ponder what might have been (AP)
The record will show the New York Rangers advanced further this season than any other in a decade. The veteran core will say they fell far short. "With the stride we were hitting coming into the playoffs, my feeling was we really had a strong chance," 38-year-old forward Brendan Shanahan said. "I don't even know if we all knew how good we were." The Rangers season officially ended Sunday at home...

Sens beat Devils, move into East finals (AP)
The Ottawa Senators bench celebrates as they defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, to win the NHL second-round playoff series four games to one Saturday, May 5, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J..

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...


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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 defeats U.S. 6-3 at worlds (AP)
Team Canada captain Shane Doan during a practice session at the Khodinka arena Thursday, May 3, 2007 in Moscow, Russia. Team Canada will play Belarus Friday during the first game of the qualifying round of the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Matthew Lombardi scored three goals Monday to give undefeated Canada a 6-3 victory over the United States and a top seeding entering the quarterfinals of hockey's world championships. Canada next plays Switzerland. The Americans, who finished second in the qualifying round, play the tougher Finns. In Moscow, Evgeni Malkin scored the winning goal and assisted on another as Russia remained undefeated...


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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...

Putting the brakes on Hendrick (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn't defend Talladega from the Hendrick Motorsports domination.

Earnhardt Jr. wants changes to Car of Tomorrow (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has used his clout to get things changed in NASCAR before. His next target is the Car of Tomorrow.

Darlington Raceway sells out third straight Nextel Cup race (AP)
For the third year in a row, the only Nextel Cup race at the Darlington Raceway has sold out all grandstand seats. Track officials announced the sellout Monday, five days before the Dodge Avenger 500 set for Saturday night. Darlington used to run two races a year in NASCAR's top circuit, but had a date taken away starting in 2005.

Venezuela's Duno earns her Indy 500 privileges (AFP)


Hendrick Motorsports continues to steamroll NASCAR (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor

Johnson gives Hendrick another win at Richmond (PA SportsTicker)


Johnson puts Hendrick in Victory Lane at Richmond (AP)
Ricky Rudd (88) and Ward Burton (4) scrape the wall as Tony Stewart (20) makes contact during the last few laps of the NASCAR Crown Royal 400 Nextel Cup auto race at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, May 6, 2007.

Jimmie Johnson's celebration seemed a bit subdued. Maybe all these trips to Victory Lane are becoming routine for the Hendrick Motorsports crew.


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