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NEWS FROM 2007-05-09
Nose job: Suns square series with Spurs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.c3c9645d312d4664a5748c9a6a50f517.spurs_suns_basketball_pnu106.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=_NxANKSdyjTncoF98ncveQ--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, wearing a nose bandage, talks to the referee's against San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter of an NBA Western Conference semifinal round playoff basketball game Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Phoenix Suns squared their Western Conference semifinal series with a bandage on Steve Nash's nose, a second big man in the starting lineup and a blowout of the San Antonio Spurs. With most of the crowd wearing nose bandages in honor of Nash, the Suns dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs 101-81 Tuesday night and even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.</p><br clear="all"/>
LeBron means business as Cavs cut Nets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.d289d4d7236f463a91c1f2744a412779.nets_cavaliers_basketball_cda119.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=6VsGaAwMDnqNYlFBquN0gA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao, left, from Brazil, hugs teammate LeBron James as Donyell Marshall celebrates, right, after James' twisting basket in the fourth quarter of a second round NBA playoff basketball game against the New Jersey Nets Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in Cleveland. James scored 36 points and Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the series, winning 102-92. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wearing a menacing scowl, LeBron James stomped toward Cleveland's jubilant bench, celebrating another of his big baskets. He wasn't about to flash that multimillion-dollar smile. Not now. This wasn't the time or the place.</p><br clear="all"/>
Glavine, Bonds move closer to milestones
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.c5e605dc380c44d79fbcde1b7090cc57.mets_giants_baseball_fxpb115.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=jXOAucDz6XiExcHMxd0zjQ--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 745th career home run off New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, as catcher Paul LoDuca looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 8, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine moved a victory closer to 300 and allowed Barry Bonds to hone in on Hank Aaron, too — then the pitcher got his head buzzed like everybody else. After an afternoon of haircuts and team bonding, Glavine won his 294th game despite allowing Bonds' 745th home run, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Maturing Beckett leads majors in wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.0c2e46a605854078aad7504e9c9911b4.red_sox_blue_jays_baseball_fng104.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=7Kv.rMJ7V47gpCA7kp.t1g--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett pitches during second inning baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. (AP Photo/CP, Frank Gunn) Canada" border="0" /></a>AP - Changing speeds more often has made Josh Beckett unbeatable this season. Beckett (7-0) gave up a home run on his first pitch, then settled down to become the first seven-game winner in the majors as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Sosa, Palmeiro records sought
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_steroids_mitchell_investigation"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.4fdbbe0ed8b54c95a9c485193732f067.rangers_yankees_baseball_nyjj109.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=9Qiuo13LcccqUqeOXs.AEA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa heads to first base on an RBI-single against the New York Yankees during the third inning in Major League Baseball action Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The medical records of Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro are being sought by investigators in baseball's steroids probe, The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Panthers sign Smith to 3-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_panthers_smith"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070505/capt.f0a9bc46f91e4fd0ab8478f014f82196.panthers_mini_camp_football_ncrh106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=jgHxD9gSMIjt_C3qemveXg--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Carolina Panthers receivers Steve Smith (89) and Drew Carter (18) talk during the second day of the football team's minicamp Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)" border="0" /></a>AP - He's only 5-foot-9, went to junior college, was a third-round draft pick and had trouble controlling his temper. Steve Smith has overcome it all. And on Tuesday he cashed in.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA Cavaliers jumps out to 2-0 lead over New Jersey
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070509/sp_afp/basketnbaeast"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070509/capt.sge.bkw78.090507044303.photo00.photo.default-512x370.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=jrbE7cW5hhWuIOvleovOfw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="LeBron James #23 (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks against the New Jersey Nets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cavaliers posted a 102-92 win, taking it to 2-0 lead in the series.(AFP/GettyImages/Nathaniel S.Butler)" border="0" /></a>AFP - LeBron James scored 36 points and handed out a playoff career-high 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers posted a 102-92 win over the New Jersey Nets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
D'backs dig the long ball; beat Phillies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.75e78be08a714d1ebe0086e19a689700.aptopix_phillies_diamondbacks_baseball_azrs107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=Yw2eYlb4DeFxuLyfDXKzSg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley makes the off-balance throw to first base on a ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Orlando Hudson in the fourth inning during a National League baseball game on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eric Byrnes hit a ball into a restaurant above the seats in left field. Tony Clark hit one off the facing of the loge in right. The two homers added up to a combined 930 feet and helped the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
FIFA: S. Africa will host 2010 World Cup
AP - South Africa will "definitely" host the 2010 World Cup, FIFA president Sepp Blatter reaffirmed Tuesday.
Talented Sabres getting lucky too
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_senators_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070506/capt.47d498e50acf49f1884ece0d8b15df86.correction_sabres_rangers_hockey_nyjj105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=6JKWJXj5jbgn62S5M3l4fw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="The Buffalo Sabres begin to celebrate with less than five seconds to play their 5-4 win over the New York Rangers in NHL hockey action Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Sabres won the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-2. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Darcy Regier always has been struck by the simplicity of Al Arbour's advice about building a Stanley Cup champion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Panthers WR Smith signs 3-year extension (AP)
He's only 5-foot-9, went to junior college, was a third-round draft pick and had trouble controlling his temper. Steve Smith has overcome it all. And on Tuesday he cashed in. Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season.
McNabb was 'shocked' Eagles took QB Kolb (AP)
Donovan McNabb had the same reaction most fans had when the Philadelphia Eagles selected quarterback Kevin Kolb with their first pick in last month's NFL draft. "It was shocking," McNabb said Tuesday in an interview on WIP-AM radio. Speaking publicly for the first time since the draft on April 28-29, McNabb downplayed the perception he's upset the Eagles selected his eventual successor.
Autopsy on Broncos RB Nash inconclusive (AP)
An autopsy on Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash found no drugs or unnatural substances of any kind in his system. An exact cause of death could not be determined, the St. Louis County medical examiner's office said Tuesday night. Nash, 24, collapsed and died Feb. 24 after a charity basketball game he hosted in St.
Titans' Pacman makes plea for leniency (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." That's part of the Titans cornerback's plea for leniency in a 24-page...
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.
Burress takes part in Giants workouts (AP)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning got one of his offseason wishes -- receiver Plaxico Burress showed up for voluntary conditioning. "I'm not trying to make a statement," Burress said Tuesday after catching passes from Manning. "I want us to be better, and I want him to reach his full potential, which I think would be great.
Suns romp 101-81, even series with Spurs (AP)
The Phoenix Suns squared their Western Conference semifinal series with a bandage on Steve Nash's nose, a second big man in the starting lineup and a blowout of the San Antonio Spurs. With most of the crowd wearing nose bandages in honor of Nash, the Suns dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs 101-81 Tuesday night and even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
LeBron, Cavs take 2-0 series lead (AP)
Wearing a menacing scowl, LeBron James stomped toward Cleveland's jubilant bench, celebrating another of his big baskets. He wasn't about to flash that multimillion-dollar smile. Not now. This wasn't the time or the place. "He said he wanted the ball," coach Mike Brown said. And the Cavaliers gave it to him -- again and again.
Roy unanimous pick for all-rookie team (AP)
Portland guard Brandon Roy, the NBA Rookie of the Year, was a unanimous choice Tuesday for the league's all-rookie team. Roy led the first team with 58 points, followed by Toronto's Andrea Bargnani (57), Minnesota's Randy Foye (48), Memphis' Rudy Gay (39) and Toronto's Jorge Garbajosa (37) and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge (37) in voting by the league's head coaches.
Jazz adjusting to holding series lead (AP)
For now, the Utah Jazz can focus on trying to keep a lead in a playoff series rather than having to come from behind. The Jazz lead the Golden State Warriors 1-0 in the Western Conference semifinals after winning the opener 116-112 on Monday. It's the first time Utah has opened a series with a victory since 2001.
Rockets coach Van Gundy pondering future (AP)
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...
Bulls lament missed chances in Game 2 (AP)
Ben Gordon saw them. So did coach Scott Skiles. There were open looks, lapses on both ends, and it was all right there for the Chicago Bulls to bemoan as they watched the videotape on Tuesday and relived their latest ugly loss to the Detroit Pistons. As unsightly as it was, they also saw reason for optimism, even though they were blown out 108-87 in Game 2 of this second-round series after losing...
Pacers asst. Johnny Davis wants top job (AP)
Indiana Pacers assistant Johnny Davis thinks he's ready for another shot as a head coach. Davis compiled a 73-144 record in head coaching stops in Philadelphia and Orlando before coming to Indiana last season, where he served as Rick Carlisle's top assistant. Shortly after Carlisle was fired last month, he said that Davis and assistant coach Chuck Person were ready to replace him.
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.
Shanahan leans toward return to Rangers (AP)
Brendan Shanahan is leaning toward returning for a 20th NHL season, and wants to stay with the New York Rangers. Sporting a clean-shaven face and full-toothed smile, the 38-year-old forward spoke Tuesday after his end-of-season interviews with New York general manager Glen Sather and coach Tom Renney.
Sabres getting healthy, prepare for Sens (AP)
Darcy Regier always has been struck by the simplicity of Al Arbour's advice about building a Stanley Cup champion. "He said you need good players," the Buffalo Sabres general manager said, recalling a conversation with Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four titles in the 1980s. The answer wasn't enough to satisfy Regier.
Sabres LW Hecht leaves practice early (AP)
Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht left practice early Tuesday because of what coach Lindy Ruff said was a groin injury. Hecht went to the locker room about 20 minutes before practice ended for precautionary reasons. He is expected to play when Buffalo opens the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa on Thursday.
Wings put aside past playoff failures (AP)
For the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002, the Detroit Red Wings don't have to search for answers after an early exit in the playoffs. Detroit advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 2-0 win at San Jose on Monday night in Game 6, eliminating the Sharks with three straight wins.
Sharks still stunned after collapse (AP)
Just seven days before the San Jose Sharks packed their bags for the summer, they had a 2-1 playoff series lead on the Detroit Red Wings and every reason to think they would be playing deep into the postseason. Then the Sharks' fortunes plunged into the same decline that claimed their previous two campaigns, with three straight losses sending them home -- and into another round of questions about...
Devils C Gomez ready to test free agency (AP)
Scott Gomez packed his equipment and bid farewell to the Continental Airlines Arena and quite possibly the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. The 27-year-old freewheeling center who led the Devils in scoring in the playoffs will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and he clearly intends to test the market.
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...
Islanders sign backup G Dubielewicz (AP)
The New York Islanders rewarded third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz for leading the team's final-week surge to the playoffs by signing him to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Dubielewicz, a 28-year-old career minor leaguer, is expected to serve as Rick DiPietro's backup next season. He agreed to a one-way NHL contract that will pay him $500,000.
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...
U.S. set to meet Finland in quarters (AP)
The United States has never done better than a bronze medal at hockey's world championships. That was in 1996 and 2004, and coach Mike Sullivan is now after bigger things. "To be quite honest, there was one goal for me, that was to win gold and I told the guys," he said. "That's been clear every single day we've been here.
Sprint car racer dies in crash during race in Genesee County (AP)
Scott Seaton, a 51-year-old sprint car racer, died after crashing into a wall during a race. Seaton, of Cedar Springs, Mich., died Saturday after his car crashed at Auto City Speedway in Genesee County. Seaton was making his third lap in the Auto Value Super Sprints Series' second heat. Series officials said the throttle on Seaton's car apparently got stuck open heading into a turn.
Most teams want COT in 2008 (AP)
Despite complaints about the Car of Tomorrow, most teams want NASCAR to use the car exclusively in 2008.
No social golf for Montoya (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya is tanned and relaxed from all his hours on the golf course, where he escapes from his hectic NASCAR schedule.
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