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Fisher fine-tunes Jazz in overtime win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.03358d2cec804effb361919e16e02b09.warriors_jazz_basketball_slcc118.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=nYyRkSxjtu1oiJErHNkxSQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Utah Jazz's Derek Fisher walks off the court after an NBA second-round playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, May 9, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 127-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)" border="0" /></a>AP - All Derek Fisher needed to do to inspire his teammates was make it to the game. He did so much more, capping a dramatic night by scoring all five of his points in overtime in Utah's 127-117 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night — a game Fisher nearly missed while returning from New York, where his baby daughter underwent cancer surgery.</p><br clear="all"/>
Earnhardt set to disclose future plans
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_earnhardt_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070508/capt.be9fdae091754c159d01ca6e750bb715.nascar_lowes_testing_auto_racing_nccb109.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=A2z6NQJiYPJiY9YCOxA7tQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Dale Earnhardt Jr prepares to take a car on the track during NASCAR Nextel Cup testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Tuesday, May 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a Chevrolet next season, that much he's made clear. Just who he'll be driving for may finally be answered. Earnhardt called a Thursday morning news conference amid speculation he would announce he's leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc., the company founded by his late father and now run by his stepmother, Teresa.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs' Marquis wins 5th straight start
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.492f4ae69fb84356b83cd7fa2146cc66.pirates_cubs_baseball_cxc107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=EHNyTavDs5eGBK7825jjZQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Marquis delivers during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. The Cubs won 1-0. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Marquis was nearly perfect in his latest stellar start for the Chicago Cubs. Marquis retired the first 16 batters he faced and finished with a three-hitter to win his fifth straight start as the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dice-K helps Red Sox shut down Blue Jays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.9ad58f623c534a199d76d34651676e82.red_sox_blue_jays_baseball_fng103.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=sh3AB51QrfFfAaYxpMJh4A--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches during second inning baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - The extra work Daisuke Matsuzaka put in between starts seems to have paid off. Unhappy with the way he's pitched from the stretch this season, the Japanese right-hander fine-tuned his delivery and the results showed. He won his third straight decision and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 9-3 on Wednesday, sending the Blue Jays to their eighth consecutive loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ripken takes closer look at Cooperstown
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_ripken_hall_visit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.a862cc3129b6478389e52b3d452bc98a.ripken_hall_visit_baseball_nymg105.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=FtPLiehfGQ1G4wHvgFAHsA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Cal Ripken, Jr., handles a Babe Ruth bat during a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Wednesday, May 9, 2007. Ripken will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in July after a major league baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles. At right is Ted Spencer, vice president and chief curator at the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)" border="0" /></a>AP - Deep in the belly of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cal Ripken Jr. donned the customary white gloves used to handle the treasured artifacts of bygone times and gently picked up the weather-beaten glove Lou Gehrig wore when he starred for Columbia University.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL considers adding 17th game to season
AP - Americans always seem to want more pro football. Yet it's the folks abroad who might be getting an extra taste of the NFL in the future. Although talks are extremely preliminary, the NFL is investigating adding a 17th regular-season game and playing it outside the United States. The extra game would take the place of one in the preseason, allowing every team to play once abroad without sacrificing a home match.
Jazz beat Warriors in overtime to take 2-0 NBA series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070510/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070510/capt.sge.bwa89.100507071611.photo00.photo.default-512x316.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=_ioiCxi7bhLk_OvGSy.ycw--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Derek Fisher (C) of the Utah Jazz celebrates his three-pointer with Carlos Boozer (R) and Mehmet Okur (L) during a 127-117 win in overtime against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2007 NBA Playoffs at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.(AFP/GettyImages/Harry How)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Deron Williams and Derek Fisher made clutch shots down the stretch to lead Utah to a 127-117 overtime win over Golden State Wednesday in game two of the NBA quarter-final playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Morales, Matthews lead Angels over Tribe
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.0a3ba05d43304af687191859761186b7.indians_angels_baseball_ans111.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=38bKyYQIoxfscdGjUSI2JA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Gary Matthews Jr.watches his go-ahead homer against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 9, 2007. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barely settled in after being recalled from the minors a day earlier, Kendry Morales made an immediate impression. He hit a two-run homer, Gary Matthews Jr. added a solo shot and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing skid with their fourth come-from-behind win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man United holds Chelsea to 0-0 tie
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070509/capt.lth10405092102.britain_soccer__lth104.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=sqlnk78cfXuS2aRugJ6O4w--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho, right, clashes with match referee Graham Poll during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, Wednesday May 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manager Jose Mourinho was ordered from the bench 10 minutes from the end of Chelsea's 0-0 tie with Manchester United on Wednesday in the Premier League.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators, Sabres share bad blood
<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/20070509/capt.1e3cd89eec644fad8f096e60e3775987.senators_sabres_hockey_nydd104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=BbVWWZ8BVko.6obIuIh3Zw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Chris Drury, right and Ryan Miller, left, answer questions during a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, May 9, 2007. The Sabres will play the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dressed in black and wearing a frown to match, ever-brooding Buffalo Sabres co-captain Chris Drury made it clear Wednesday that his focus was on the future and not the past.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL considers 17th game outside U.S. (AP)
Americans always seem to want more pro football. Yet it's the folks abroad who might be getting an extra taste of the NFL in the future. Although talks are extremely preliminary, the NFL is investigating adding a 17th regular-season game and playing it outside the United States. The extra game would take the place of one in the preseason, allowing every team to play once abroad without sacrificing a...
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.
Hearing between Lions, Rogers postponed (AP)
A hearing in the Detroit Lions' case for recovering almost $10.2 million of a rookie signing bonus paid to Charles Rogers was postponed Wednesday. The hearing scheduled for Thursday in Detroit was indefinitely delayed, the Lions said. Rogers, a first-round draft choice in 2003, had his career cut short by injuries and drug problems.
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.
Petrino hopes Vick will soon be cleared (AP)
Bobby Petrino has known Michael Vick for only a few months. That's long enough for the Atlanta Falcons' coach to believe his biggest star wasn't involved in an alleged dog-fighting operation. Petrino said he hopes the star quarterback will soon be cleared of any connection to the dozens of dogs found last month at a home he owns in Virginia.
McCray, Naeole skip Jaguars' first camp (AP)
Jacksonville's three-day passing camp is voluntary. Even if it was mandatory, defensive end Bobby McCray and guard Chris Naeole probably wouldn't attend. Both players are trying to work out contract disputes with the Jaguars. McCray, a seventh-round draft pick from Florida in 2004, is a restricted free agent who has refused to sign a one-year tender offer worth $1.85 million.
Mora Jr. biding time to be head coach (AP)
Jim Mora sure doesn't look 45. Which he is. And he definitely doesn't look like an NFL head coach anymore. Which he isn't. The former Atlanta Falcons coach is sprinting to the ball and then the huddle after every play made by his new Seattle Seahawks defenders. He is jumping up and down after a particularly good effort.
Fisher's return sparks Jazz to OT win (AP)
All Derek Fisher needed to do to inspire his teammates was make it to the game. He did so much more, capping a dramatic night by scoring all five of his points in overtime in Utah's 127-117 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night -- a game Fisher nearly missed while returning from New York, where his baby daughter underwent cancer surgery.
Riley says Heat will not trade Shaq (AP)
Coach Pat Riley issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday regarding the future of the Miami Heat: Shaquille O'Neal will be a part of it. "Amongst growing speculation in the media, in reference to Shaq, I want to set the record straight and say that we are not trading Shaq," Riley said. Putting O'Neal on the market became a rumor topic after the Chicago Bulls swept the defending NBA champion Heat in...
Jazz G Brown injured, G Fisher returns (AP)
Utah rookie Dee Brown injured his neck when teammate Mehmet Okur landed on him in the first quarter of Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Brown had to be helped from the court and then was wheeled on a stretcher to have X-rays taken.
Pistons dominating Bulls in all areas (AP)
A dominant backcourt. A big rebounding edge. And a tight defense. It all explains why the Detroit Pistons hold a 2-0 lead over the Bulls as the second-round series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Thursday night. "We're hungry, focused, locked in," guard Chauncey Billups said. "We're locked in to what we want to do right now." Only 12 NBA teams have won a best-of-seven series after dropping the first...
High-scoring Suns turn to defense (AP)
The high-scoring Phoenix Suns found an unusual way for evening their playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs -- defense. Kurt Thomas was given a start and made it tougher for the Spurs' Tim Duncan as the Suns beat the Spurs 101-81 Tuesday to tie their second-round Western Conference playoff series 1-1.
Pacers' O'Neal not demanding trade (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal respects the Indiana Pacers too much to demand a trade, despite his frustrations over missing the playoffs for the first time in his seven seasons with the team. O'Neal said in an interview Wednesday that he has spoken with Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh once since the season ended, but trade talk never entered the conversation.
James willing Cavaliers past Nets (AP)
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown grabbed his chalkboard during a timeout to devise a plan to outwit the New Jersey Nets. Then he looked into the eyes of LeBron James. And all the pick-and-rolls, down screens and X's and O's that were dancing in Brown's head gave way to one thought: Give No. 23 the ball. "When I think about it, I get the chills right now," Brown said Wednesday of James' icy stare with 5:39...
Stephen Jackson's trial delayed again (AP)
The trial for Golden State's Stephen Jackson, accused of firing a gun during a fight at an Indianapolis strip club, was delayed a second time and is now set for June 21. Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gifford on Monday granted a defense motion to continue the trial over the objection of prosecutors, the Marion County prosecutor's office said Wednesday.
Study: NBA sets records for minority VPs (AP)
When it comes to handling race in sports, nobody does it better than the NBA. So says a new study released Wednesday that found the NBA had the highest ever percentages of minority vice presidents and league office personnel in men's sports history -- 15 and 34 percent, respectively. The study was conducted by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
Bobcats search for coach continues (AP)
Mike Fratello and Paul Silas have plenty of NBA coaching experience. Sam Vincent and Mario Elie have only been NBA assistants. Then there's Reggie Theus, who has never coached in the league. You can say one thing about the Charlotte Bobcats' search for Bernie Bickerstaff's replacement: it's exhaustive.
Sens, Sabres not focusing on bad blood (AP)
Dressed in black and wearing a frown to match, ever-brooding Buffalo Sabres co-captain Chris Drury made it clear Wednesday that his focus was on the future and not the past. Drury wasn't in the mood to entertain questions about what happened in February, when he was knocked out and bloodied by Ottawa forward Chris Neil's blindside hit.
Ducks RW Selanne remains enthusiastic (AP)
His face has been a magnet for pucks and sticks of late, and he's needed 20 stitches to close assorted wounds. That's hardly enough to trouble Teemu Selanne. His enthusiasm for hockey undimmed at age 36, the Anaheim Ducks forward is having a fun time in the playoffs. "When you get older, you know you have to try to take advantage and enjoy every minute of it," Selanne said.
Russia, Sweden reach semis at worlds (AP)
Russia led the entire way, and Sweden came from behind to secure spots in the semifinals of the hockey world championship on Wednesday. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals to help Russia beat the Czech Republic 4-0, and Tony Martensson scored three goals in defending champion Sweden's 7-4 win over Slovakia.
Hasek reclaiming 'Dominator' moniker (AP)
Dominik Hasek has been doing a lot of talking during the playoffs. The 42-year-old Detroit Red Wings goaltender constantly jabbers at teammates to get out of his sightlines, to chase a puck into a corner, or to move an opponent away from his crease. "`Must see!' I hear that a lot," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said.
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.
Russia won't sign transfer agreement (AP)
Russia refused to sign a new four-year player agreement regulating transfers from Europe to the NHL. The Russian federation refused to sign because it wants the NHL to honor its league contracts. All other International Ice Hockey Federation member associations ratified the agreement by the Tuesday midnight deadline.
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.
Sens driven by last year's playoff loss (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators refused to forget how they felt last season after the Buffalo Sabres sent them home from the playoffs earlier than expected. "We feel like we could have done more damage," Alfredsson said Tuesday, recalling the second-round loss. "And I think that's the way we're playing this year." That loss might have been a blessing in disguise.
Sharks still stunned after loss to Wings (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.
Earnhardt calls news conference to discuss "ideas for the future" (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a Chevrolet next season, that much he's made clear. Just who he'll be driving for may finally be answered.
Report: Earnhardt Jr. to leave DEI (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Gordon, Car of Tomorrow ready for Darlington (AP)
Jeff Gordon expects the Car of Tomorrow will get its most stringent test yet at the Dodge Avenger 500 this weekend. NASCAR's future car has been run on shorter layouts such as Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond this year. Now, it makes its debut on a high-banked layout at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway.
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.