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NEWS FROM 2007-05-11
Pistons rally to send Bulls to the brink
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pistons_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070511/capt.06c8279ae269492eb5ed3ebe9f9c981c.pistons_bulls_basketball_cxa106.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=T34BmPvIbGf6tr7HKKdP1A--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace blocks a shot against Chicago Bulls' Ben Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA second-round playoff basketball game Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - The white towel draped over Rasheed Wallace's shoulder after the game seemed out of place in the Detroit Pistons' locker room, given the way they had just fought back. The Chicago Bulls might want to throw one in, though. The Pistons dug in, putting Chicago in a hole from which no NBA team has emerged.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators strike 1st for 1-0 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070511/capt.72da272f272f460caddf7d9831400263.nhl_senators_sabres_hockey_fng113.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=TK1Q7NRTP7DXtAQMTJ7Uqw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators, from left to right, Anton Volchenkov, Dany Heatley, Dean McAmmond and Jason Spezza celebrate McAmmond's empty-net goal to cap off a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres during third period NHL Eastern Conference final game one action against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday May 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Call them the new and improved Ottawa Senators. Showing poise and resilience in withstanding the Buffalo Sabres' two-goal comeback, the Senators further shed their label as postseason underachievers to get a jump on their rivals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabbatini, Mickelson share Players' lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_players_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.a0517057a3444831b22cd41c2bfc7372.players_championship_golf_flpc215.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=UOElPnNN2AB9ZJ7olSWkKA--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the Players Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Ponte Vedra, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - The wind was strong enough to knock branches from palm trees and keep Tiger Woods without a birdie on his card for the first time in four years. It really got blustery when Rory Sabbatini completed a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead with Phil Mickelson at The Players Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Griffey ties Palmeiro with 569th homer
<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_astros_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.acdb1e79dcb84e89bf0e9aa8c84b1927.astros_reds_baseball_csb102.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Ot8rRYNcWnzyu280F0F7Qg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. hits a two-run home run off Houston Astros pitcher Matt Albers in the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Cincinnati. Catcher Brad Ausmus is at right. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that his hand is fully healed, Ken Griffey Jr. is climbing the home run list again. Griffey hit his 569th career homer Thursday, a two-run shot that tied him for ninth place on the career list and helped the Cincinnati Reds get a breakthrough 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros.</p><br clear="all"/>
Landis: USADA wanted to get to Armstrong
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_armstrong"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.3ce678ecd99a4322b1ef637a3a318030.landis_hearing_cycling_cars103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=_DaQKd7EznLvczFSA_CVow--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Tour de France champion cyclist Floyd Landis talks about the possible mishandling of his samples at a doping lab and other related issues as his scientific adviser Dr. Arnie Baker lsitens at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, May 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Landis claims the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's lead attorney approached his lawyer offering "the shortest suspension they'd ever given an athlete" if Landis provided information that implicated Lance Armstrong for doping.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman scheduled to meet with Goodell
AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones once said he could accept whatever punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave him. Suspended for the 2007 season, the Tennessee Titans' cornerback changed his mind.
Pistons overpower hapless Bulls, take 3-0 lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070511/sp_nm/nba_pistons_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070511/i/r2136494596.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=zuae0IC1LOgNPS3YMOBeJw--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons Rasheed Wallace (top) fights for the ball with Chicago Bulls P.J. Brown during Game 3 of their second round Eastern Conference NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago May 10, 2007. Detroit Pistons Antonio McDyess is on the right. REUTERS/John Gress" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Detroit's veteran team clawed back from
a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 81-74,
giving the Pistons a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference
semi-final series on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
D'backs infielder arrested for assault
AP - Arizona Diamondbacks rookie infielder Alberto Callaspo was arrested Thursday on charges for assaulting his wife.
Real and Colorado end in 1-1 tie in MLS
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_real_salt_lake_colorado_rapids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070511/capt.7592991e83a54fb98f14b525729b1bb5.aptopix_mls_real_salt_lake_colorado_soccer_codz104.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=a5cle3TbczoQqWpiGILS5Q--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Real Salt Lake midfielder Freddy Adu, left, takes to the air with Colorado Rapids defenseman Dan Gargan to head the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer game in northeast Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colo., on Thursday, May 10, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids each scored own goals Thursday night, the first time in Major League Soccer history that all the scoring in a 1-1 tie came from own goals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Saskin fired as NHLPA executive director
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhlpa_saskin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.nyol57105102240.nhlpa_saskin_nyol571.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=jILL8ucZjMVpbI_xn0ZaYQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin answers questions during a news conference in New York in this Feb. 19, 2005 file photo. The NHLPA fired Saskin on Thursday, two months after placing him on a paid leave of absence following allegations that he and senior director Ken Kim read players' e-mails ( (AP Photo/Michael Kim, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NHL Players' Association fired executive director Ted Saskin on Thursday, two months after placing him on a paid leave of absence following allegations that he and senior director Ken Kim read players' e-mails.</p><br clear="all"/>
McNair charged with DUI, wasn't driver (AP)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was charged with driving under the influence Thursday even though police said his brother-in-law was behind the wheel of the pickup registered to the former Tennessee Titan. Although McNair was just a passenger, he was charged with a misdemeanor under a Tennessee law that prohibits a vehicle owner from letting it be driven by someone who is inebriated.
Bears DT Johnson to meet with Goodell (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson will have a hearing about his off-field problems with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday. Johnson will be released from jail Sunday after serving 60 days of a 120-day sentence for violating parole in a 2005 case. On April 30, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge stemming from a Dec.
DT Walker won't report to Bills (AP)
Newly acquired defensive tackle Darwin Walker won't report to the Buffalo Bills until he receives a contract extension. Acquired in a trade in March that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes to Philadelphia, Walker on Thursday said he hasn't visited Buffalo yet and will not report until a new deal is completed.
Pacman appeals to Goodell on Friday (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones once said he could accept whatever punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave him. Suspended for the 2007 season, the Tennessee Titans' cornerback changed his mind. Jones and his attorneys were scheduled to meet with Goodell at an undisclosed location Friday in New York to appeal the length of his suspension for conduct detrimental to the NFL.
Gibbs loses contact with Taylor, Springs (AP)
Joe Gibbs has had no contact with Sean Taylor and has lost contact with Shawn Springs, leaving the Washington Redskins coach guessing about the status of the two starters missing from the team's spring practices. "Obviously, it's disappointing," Gibbs said Thursday as the team wrapped up its third day of workouts.
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...
Steelers sign ex-Pitt RB Kevan Barlow (AP)
Former Pitt running back Kevan Barlow signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will take part in the team's mandatory minicamp that starts Friday. Barlow, who grew up a Franco Harris fan in Pittsburgh, is expected to compete with Najeh Davenport to be Willie Parker's backup.
Pistons rally past Bulls, take 3-0 lead (AP)
The white towel draped over Rasheed Wallace's shoulder after the game seemed out of place in the Detroit Pistons' locker room, given the way they had just fought back. The Chicago Bulls might want to throw one in, though. The Pistons dug in, putting Chicago in a hole from which no NBA team has emerged.
Stoudemire calls Spurs 'dirty team' (AP)
Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudemire says the San Antonio Spurs are a "dirty team" and that Bruce Bowen tried to hurt him, nasty accusations sure to intensify the playoff series between two of the best teams in the NBA. "He kicked me purposely in the back of my Achilles'. I almost came down wrong and he almost caused an injury," Stoudemire said after Thursday's practice.
Nash, Stoudemire lead All-NBA team (AP)
Led by the Suns, the Western Conference grabbed all the limelight of the All-NBA team on Thursday. Phoenix point guard Steve Nash was an unanimous selection to the team and was joined by Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire on a squad made up entirely of Western Conference players. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the league's leading...
Celtics give Rivers contract extension (AP)
The Boston Celtics gave Doc Rivers a contract extension on Thursday, giving him a chance at possibly coaching the likes of Greg Oden or Kevin Durant next season and perhaps beyond. Rivers, whose contract was to run through 2007-08, will have a little more job security as he tries to improve on a season in which the NBA's most decorated franchise lost a team-record 18 consecutive games and finished...
Warriors seek solution to Jazz back home (AP)
Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors have learned there's a big downside to having pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in NBA playoff history in the first round. There are still three rounds to go -- and they all require even more energy and mental toughness than the Warriors have mustered so far against the Utah Jazz.
Nets look to Carter to lead them back (AP)
Crunch time. Money time. Call the final minutes of an NBA game whatever you want, but it's the time when superstars lead their teams to victory. While LeBron James has done it twice in giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 2-0 advantage in their Eastern Conference semifinal with New Jersey, Vince Carter has been a no-show for the Nets down the stretch, and he knows it.
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 Dee Brown injures neck (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.
Arenas vows better 'D' after surgery (AP)
Gilbert Arenas is vowing to be a better defensive player when he completes his comeback from season-ending surgery on his left knee in April. "This summer I have to work hard to get my knee back to 100 percent and make sure my legs are stronger than they were last year," Arenas said Thursday, when he made the All-NBA second team.
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.
Sens top Sabres in Game 1 of East final (AP)
Call them the new and improved Ottawa Senators. Showing poise and resilience in withstanding the Buffalo Sabres' two-goal comeback, the Senators further shed their label as postseason underachievers to get a jump on their rivals. Where in the past they might have wilted, the Senators scored three times in the third period for a 5-2 win on Thursday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference...
Saskin fired as NHLPA executive director (AP)
The NHL Players' Association fired executive director Ted Saskin on Thursday, two months after placing him on a paid leave of absence following allegations that he and senior director Ken Kim read players' e-mails. The union's executive board, made up of 30 player representatives and the six-member interim executive committee, voted to fire Saskin on a conference call.
Sens RW Eaves misses Game 1 vs. Sabres (AP)
Senators forward Patrick Eaves will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Buffalo on Thursday, but may return for Game 2 on Saturday, Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. Eaves has missed the last seven postseason games because of a head injury he received in the second period of Game 3 of Ottawa's first-round series against Pittsburgh.
U.S. ousted from worlds by Finland in SO (AP)
The United States lost in the world hockey championships Thursday when Dallas Stars winger Jere Lehtinen scored the lone goal in a penalty shootout to give Finland a 5-4 victory and a berth in the semifinals. Earlier, Matthew Lombardi scored two goals to lead Canada into the semifinals with a 5-1 win over Switzerland.
Hasek playing like 'The Dominator' again (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.
Star defensemen highlight Ducks-Wings (AP)
Perhaps years from now, hockey historians will look back at this year's Western Conference finals as the best showcase of defensemen ever. All three Norris Trophy finalists -- Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom along with Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger -- will be on the ice when the Red Wings and Ducks open their series Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Ducks C Marchant cleared for Game 1 (AP)
Anaheim Ducks center Todd Marchant is expected to play Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit after missing more than a month because of a torn groin. "Todd Marchant has been cleared to play by the medical staff," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday. "We've pushed Todd Marchant as far as the conditioning aspect of it, because it's not easy for any player to miss...
Leafs F Ponikarovsky signs extension (AP)
TORONTO (CP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Alexei Ponikarovsky on Thursday to a three-year contract extension worth $6.315 million. The 27-year-old Ukranian native, who earned $725,000 this season, tied a career high in goals (21) and established personal bests in assists (24) and points (45) in 71 games this season.
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.
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.
Pierce takes Darlington's first USAC race in 51 years (AP)
Aaron Pierce won the first open-wheel U.S. Auto Club event at Darlington Raceway in 51 years, holding off Wayne Reutimann Jr. in the Silver Crown Series race Thursday night. Such open-wheel USAC machines hadn't run at "The Lady in Black" since Pat O'Connor won the "PeeDee 200" on July 4, 1956. O'Connor's son, Jeff, served as the race's grand marshal Thursday.
DEI tries to move on without Junior (AP)
Although DEI officials are confident the company will survive, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be tough to replace.
Earnhardt big topic in Darlington garage (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the talk of the NASCAR garage area Thursday. And he wasn't even at Darlington Raceway.
Earnhardt to leave DEI after season (AP)
For Dale Earnhardt Jr., winning is everything. That's what his daddy taught him.
DEI president Siegel reacts to exodus of Earnhardt (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Earnhardt Jr. will leave DEI after 2007 season (PA SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. officially has cut his racing ties with his family.
Kyle Busch rolling along, and crashing, in teammates' shadows (AP)
When most people think about NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut, they envision four-time series champion...
Jarrett sticking with Waltrip through tough times (AP)