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NEWS FROM 2007-05-13
Double-OT win sends Senators home up 2-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.b7109ab3bf034970a6f12ef35feccddb.senators_sabres_hockey_nydd118.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=U_Mgve1tQeHGy8DXKz55Xg--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery celebrates the double overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, May 12, 2007. The Senators won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elsa, pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joseph Corvo never scored a bigger goal, and the Ottawa Senators have never been in such an advantageous position in the playoffs. Believe it, these Senators are for real. Corvo's bouncing shot skipped in at 4:58 of the second overtime, giving Ottawa a 4-3 win over the stunned and suddenly silenced Buffalo Sabres in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs hold off Suns for 2-1 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.97a3a15e75e341a3a84b17df20a38833.aptopix_suns_spurs_basketball_txmo106.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=yaW6CcjWKsFc4m53guC8ng--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, block as shot by guard Steve Nash (13), of Canada, during the second half of their second round playoff game in San Antonio, Saturday, May 12, 2007. The Spurs won, 108-101. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - The physical style of play returned in Game 3, and it seemed to bring out the best in the San Antonio Spurs again. Manu Ginobili got a bloodied and bruised eye Saturday, and 24 points, as the Spurs took a 108-101 victory for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series with the Phoenix Suns.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nets top Cavs on Kidd's triple-double
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.fbe4c9171c7e44c88c22dbf131bb2f21.aptopix_cavaliers_nets_basketball___era106.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=2bLzFTR4.srnc4mWb487Uw--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd grabs for a loose ball during the third quarter of Game 3 NBA Eastern conference semi-final basketball Saturday night, May 12, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. Kidd had a triple-double (23 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds) as the Nets beat the Cavaliers, 96-85. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Coming home after two losses, the New Jersey Nets knew they needed to shoot better and rebound more. Jason Kidd had his 11th postseason triple-double, breaking a tie with Larry Bird for second place on the career list, and the Nets beat Cleveland 96-85 Saturday to cut the Cavaliers' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 2-1.</p><br clear="all"/>
O'Hair leads at Players Championship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_players_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070512/capt.1fdfbadf163e41a78256b6493417798c.players_championship_golf_flpc212.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=1gB0Jpkel_h.sCOgrcur2A--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Sean O'Hair tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Players Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Ponte Vedra, Fla. O'Hair leads after three rounds at 9-under par.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - For Sean O'Hair, a birdie-birdie-birdie finish was the perfect way to polish off a 6-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson on Saturday going into the final round of The Players Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jeter, Yankees rough up Mariners 7-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.0b487b61bdc34db7befe6a34ce8ddb40.yankees_mariners_baseball_wajf111.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=RrdHr2ef_TN1FapAU2TXVw--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="New York Yankees' Derek Jeter drives in one of the five runs in the second inning with a single against the Seattle Mariners of their baseball game in Seattle Saturday, May 12, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt DeSalvo is a little star struck in his rookie season with the New York Yankees. If he keeps pitching like this, he may soon be a star himself. DeSalvo allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to get his first major league win in his second start, and the Yankees cruised past the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jones caught speeding days before appeal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pacman_appeal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070511/capt.nyol57505112034.pacman_appeal_football_nyol575.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=Deo9bjvPKWz9ylwElIIY5g--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones stands next to his lawyer, Roger May, during a court appearance in Murfreesboro, Tenn in this Jan. 11, 2007 file photo. Nashville police ticketed Jones for speeding four days before his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his season-long suspension for his off-field problems. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Dipti Vaidya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones promised in a full-page ad that he had learned a lifetime of lessons in recent weeks. The Tennessee Titans' cornerback may have had a hard time convincing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that really is true. Jones met Friday in New York with the man who suspended him from the NFL for the 2007 season for conduct detrimental to the league. The cornerback appealed for leniency during his second meeting with Goodell since April 3.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan helps Spurs eclipse Suns in Game Three
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070513/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070513/2007_05_13t011735_450x292_us_nba.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=1KvykU7DzAFHYksv0ZEAhg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (C) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (L) and center Kurt Thomas during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball playoffs in San Antonio, Texas May 12, 2007. (Joe Mitchell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - A dominant Tim Duncan scored 33 points
and grabbed 19 rebounds to guide the San Antonio Spurs into a
2-1 lead in their Western Conference semi-final against the
Phoenix Suns on Saturday with a 108-101 home victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Penny unbeaten; Dodgers defeat Reds 7-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.aa4ba4f6d9e84c28b8c31d073f1d95d3.reds_dodgers_baseball_lad102.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=lm.6sTgmNTxDh78QPDHNkw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny throws to the plate during the inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Penny is pitching like he wants to start a second consecutive All-Star game. The Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander allowed a run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings Saturday night in a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and kept his ERA at a major league-best 1.39. He has given up just one run in 19 1-3 innings over his last three starts.</p><br clear="all"/>
Twellman leads Revolution over Galaxy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_revolution_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.e12d267e41eb4ef795a500d58218dfa5.revolution_galaxy_soccer_cajl104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=s1ZN.FPIIGczqeo0eow4Xw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="New England Revolution's Taylor Twellman, top, heads the ball against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half of a soccer game, Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Carson, Calif.The Revolution won, 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Taylor Twellman scored two goals, including the winner in the 85th minute, to lead the New England Revolution to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings get Game 1 win over Ducks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070512/capt.de394854979b45a4afacb09afadbc86a.ducks_red_wings_hockey_mico118.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=zre6Q5TqS0na2fjwbN4sqQ--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek, of the Czech Republic, deflects a shot in the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks, Friday, May 11, 2007 in Detroit. Detroit won 2-1. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Red Wings flipped the formula that had been knocking them out early in the playoffs. Detroit was outshot handily by the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night and the puck was often in its end. But two ugly power-play goals went in off the same opposing player and made those facts moot in a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O. surprisingly takes part in minicamp (AP)
Terrell Owens once again caught some of his Dallas Cowboys teammates and coaches off guard. But instead of stirring controversy off the field, Owens surprised them by participating in the team's first minicamp. The wide receiver has been recovering from two offseason surgeries on his right ring finger.
Chiefs' Bowe makes poor first impression (AP)
If Dwayne Bowe wanted to make a good first impression, he failed miserably. Kansas City's first-round draft pick began his professional career by showing up 30 minutes late for his first practice. Stretching exercises and coach Herm Edwards' welcoming remarks were finished by the time the wide receiver from LSU hurried onto the field for the opening session of a three-day rookie minicamp.
Steelers' Faneca skips minicamp practice (AP)
An angry Alan Faneca boycotted the first of the Pittsburgh Steelers' two minicamp practices Saturday because of a comment made to him by management during a morning meeting, but returned for the second practice after talking briefly with new coach Mike Tomlin. Faneca, the five-time All-Pro left guard, promised Friday this will be his final season in Pittsburgh after the two sides held only cursory...
Ricky Williams tested positive again (AP)
Former NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams tested positive again for marijuana last month, which will delay his return to the league until at least September, a person familiar with the case said Friday. Williams sought to end a one-year drug suspension last month when he asked to rejoin the Miami Dolphins.
Speeding ticket may hurt Pacman's appeal (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones promised in a full-page ad that he had learned a lifetime of lessons in recent weeks. The Tennessee Titans' cornerback may have had a hard time convincing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that really is true. Jones met Friday in New York with the man who suspended him from the NFL for the 2007 season for conduct detrimental to the league.
Vick won't discuss dog-fighting case (AP)
Michael Vick looked as though he didn't have a care in the world when he emerged from the Atlanta Falcons' locker room. He took a seat on the metal bleachers and broke into a slight grin when he looked up at the horde of reporters and camera crews, who had him pinned in from all sides. "How y'all doing?" he asked.
Cards QB Leinart sees more togetherness (AP)
Matt Leinart says he sees more togetherness from the Arizona Cardinals as the team began its second mini-camp under new coach Ken Whisenhunt on a scorching Saturday. Eighty-three players participated in two workouts at Cardinals headquarters, where temperatures hit triple digits during the afternoon session in front of a crowd gathered for the team's annual "Fan Fest." "I'm getting more...
Duncan helps Spurs to 2-1 lead over Suns (AP)
The physical style of play returned in Game 3, and it seemed to bring out the best in the San Antonio Spurs again. Manu Ginobili got a bloodied and bruised eye Saturday, and 24 points, as the Spurs took a 108-101 victory for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series with the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix's Steve Nash got a gash to the nose that required six stitches during Game 1 after a collision with Tony...
Kidd's triple-double powers Nets by Cavs (AP)
Coming home after two losses, the New Jersey Nets knew they needed to shoot better and rebound more. Good thing they have Jason Kidd, who can do all that and more. Kidd had his 11th postseason triple-double, breaking a tie with Larry Bird for second place on the career list, and the Nets beat Cleveland 96-85 Saturday to cut the Cavaliers' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 2-1.
Pistons look to complete sweep of Bulls (AP)
As he stood by his locker, surrounded by notepads and microphones, Rasheed Wallace was in a hurry to finish this thing. No, not the postgame interview. He wanted to end this Eastern Conference semifinal, and with a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons can do just that Sunday. "We're looking for that rest," Wallace said Thursday, after his team rallied to take Game 3 81-74.
Sloan tunes out Warriors' loud crowd (AP)
Jerry Sloan has been on the Utah Jazz's bench since before Golden State's Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis were born. The veteran coach has seen and heard just about everything that could decide a playoff series. And the Golden State Warriors' home crowd doesn't qualify. "I thought the crowd in Houston (during the first round) was just as loud as it was last night," Sloan said Saturday after practice...
Cavs fail to rebound, execute in clutch (AP)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers followed the New Jersey Nets' formula for losing. They got outrebounded and came up small with the game on the line in a 96-85 loss on Saturday that reduced Cleveland's lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series to 2-1. "They made plays," Cavaliers point guard Larry Hughes said.
Mavericks' Nowitzki chosen NBA MVP (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki has been chosen as the NBA's MVP for leading the Dallas Mavericks to one of the best regular seasons in league history, a team official told The Associated Press on Friday. The formal announcement will come Tuesday at a news conference, said the team official, who requested anonymity because the announcement is pending.
Johnny Davis to interview for Pacers job (AP)
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Johnny Davis says he will interview next week for the team's vacant head coaching job. Davis told The Associated Press on Saturday night a date has not been set, but that he will be given specifics on Monday. Former coach Rick Carlisle said shortly after being fired that assistants Davis and Chuck Person were ready to replace him.
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...
Mavericks exercise option on C Diop (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks exercised their option on center DeSagana Diop on Friday, keeping him with the team for the third and final year on his contract. The 7-foot, 280-pound center averaged 18.3 minutes with 2.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 81 regular-season games with the Mavericks, including nine starts.
Senators buck history, top Sabres in 2OT (AP)
Joseph Corvo never scored a bigger goal, and the Ottawa Senators have never been in such an advantageous position in the playoffs. Believe it, these Senators are for real. Corvo's bouncing shot skipped in at 4:58 of the second overtime, giving Ottawa a 4-3 win over the stunned and suddenly silenced Buffalo Sabres in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.
Canada, Finland reach final at worlds (AP)
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist to help Canada defeat defending champion Sweden 4-1 Saturday and advance to the final Sunday against Finland at the hockey world championship. Mikko Koivu scored in overtime to lead Finland to a 2-1 victory over host Russia. "It's always tight when you go to overtime so it's a good feeling," Koivu said.
Wings count on Holmstrom in front of net (AP)
Chris Chelios has seen trends come and go while playing in an NHL-record 22 postseasons. The Detroit Red Wings defenseman said players today throw their bodies in front of shots more than ever because of the league's new rules. That leads to more goals caroming off random body parts and equipment, sometimes with a player scoring on his own team.
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.
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.
Devils C Gomez plans 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.
Isles sign G Dubielewicz for one year (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.
Rain postpones NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington (PA SportsTicker)
Rain postpones Nextel Cup race (AP)
Rain forced the postponement of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night, the second consecutive week an event has been pushed back a day.
Earnhardt's car fails inspection (AP)
While Dale Earnhardt Jr. waited out the rain in his motorhome, NASCAR inspectors found an illegal part on his Chevrolet.
Darlington looks good for 2008 (AP)
The latest sign that Darlington Raceway could be around for a while was a, well, sign.
Hamlin holds off Martin to win Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Hamlin wins second straight Darlington Busch race (AP)
Denny Hamlin won the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 for the second straight year Friday night, again surviving a wreck-filled Busch Series event at historic Darlington Raceway.
Dale Jr. in no hurry to choose new team for 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor
Bowyer takes first Nextel Cup pole (AP)
Clint Bowyer took care of one goal Friday with his first Nextel Cup pole. He hopes to accomplish an even bigger one Saturday night.