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NEWS FROM 2007-05-14
Ducks beat Wings in OT for Detroit split
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070514/capt.396e9c18818c4187bb7d594e889eaa61.ducks_red_wings_hockey_mico125.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=ZRgkPjNyHNr0IPDO4uHlxg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks center Rob Niedermayer (44) left winger Travis Moen, center left, defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23), center Samuel Pahlsson of Sweden, top, celebrate with defenseman Scott Niedermayer (27) after his game winning goal in overtime to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Hockey Finals Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Niedermayer scored at 14:17 of overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory Sunday night over the Detroit Red Wings, evening the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. "It was a pretty big win for us — obviously," Niedermayer said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hunter knocks in 7 as Twins top Tigers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070514/capt.ab39e0aa2d74475b816aa1015bc4db17.tigers_twins_baseball_mpem102.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=MPUmuXkME0cfz8F7l7WoXQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Torii Hunter hits a three-run home run against Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez during the first inning of their baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, May 13, 2007. Justin Morneau and Jason Bartlett were on base. (AP Photo/Eric Miller)" border="0" /></a>AP - Torii Hunter and the Minnesota Twins were longing for a night like this. Hunter homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the Twins ended a four-game losing streak with a 16-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls top Pistons, avoid playoff sweep
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pistons_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.bf88b7efc62e41629a415265af6dab9d.pistons_bulls_basketball_cxa106.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=jLjZ_rXjSWy9FiV8dbOYrw--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng is pressured by Detroit Pistons' Flip Murray during the first quarter of a basketball second-round playoff game Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bulls built another big lead, and the Detroit Pistons were rallying. Sound familiar? This time, there was no collapse. Luol Deng scored 25 points, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon added 19 apiece, and the Bulls hung on to beat Detroit 102-87 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon and avoid a sweep.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phil Mickelson wins Players Championship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_players_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.90f851345b9c4c889091cff9de4d59f2.players_championship_golf_flpc212.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=4SwGmW8xWIc7qpUMH9wtHg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Phil Mickelson holds the winners trophy following his win at the Players Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - His caddie loosened the flag from the 18th pin as a symbol of victory Sunday at The Players Championship, and Phil Mickelson added a personal touch.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jeff Gordon wins at Darlington Raceway
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_darlington"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.1fb30a3f99bb43dabf55b7fb25dcab03.nascar_darlington_auto_racing_scmc112.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=8cZF5aihWWDASojCs9hcXg--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Jeff Gordon poses with the trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge Avenger 500 auto race Sunday, May 13, 2007, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Gordon overcame an overheating engine — he said with five laps to go there was no way he'd make it to the finish — to race to his third victory of the season Sunday at Darlington Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports has won four straight races, eight of the last nine, and remained perfect in five Car of Tomorrow events.</p><br clear="all"/>
College wrestlers attend Jets' minicamp
AP - HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Cole Konrad looked down at the football gear spread out in front of his locker, shook his head and smiled.
Bulls outlast Pistons to avoid series sweep
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070513/sp_nm/nba_bulls_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070514/2007_05_13t182214_450x345_us_nba_bulls.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=MHsxe8gkH3MRi5UdSUEeqQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls P.J. Brown (L) drives to the net on Detroit Pistons Rasheed Wallace during Game 4 of their second round Eastern Conference NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago May 13, 2007. (John Gress/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Playing for pride after a second-half
collapse in Game Three, the Chicago Bulls staved off
elimination in their Eastern Division semi-final series on
Sunday, pipping the Detroit Pistons 102-87</p><br clear="all"/>
Athletics rally to defeat Indians, 10-7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.2eeba3bc7b474e65b45bfbb161b3bc9d.indians_athletics_baseball__oas107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=d.1BNf8Qadl6dbSajUPK7A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics' Jack Cust swings for a three-run walk-off home run off Cleveland Indians' Fernando Cabrera to win the baseball game 10-7 Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jack Cust capped off a memorable week with one more powerful swing. Cust homered for the fourth straight day and hit his sixth in seven games since joining Oakland, capping a five-run ninth inning with a three-run drive that gave the Athletics a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sheffield United relegated from league
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.bsd11805131714.britain_soccer_bsd118.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=q5pvhpGEyTn17.EsBkYUDA--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Sheffield United players show their dejection after they were relegated from the English Premier League after a 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England, Sunday, May 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sheffield United was relegated from the English Premier League after losing to visiting Wigan 2-1 Sunday, and West Ham stayed in the top division by beating champion Manchester United 1-0.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canada tops Finland to win hockey worlds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070513/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hko_hockey_worlds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.xdl13305132038.russia_ice_hockey_world_championships_xdl133.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=uhdzoaJ8mes1NI7Fo39QbQ--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="Rick Nash of Canada celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Ice Hockey championship final match against Finland in Moscow, Sunday, May 13, 2007. Canada won 4-2.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Canada used a different formula to achieve familiar results at the world hockey championships. Relying on youngsters and journeymen instead of stars, the Canadians defeated Finland 4-2 Sunday to win their third world title in five years and their 24th overall.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears DT Johnson released from jail (AP)
Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from jail Sunday after spending two months behind bars for violating parole in a 2005 weapons case. Wearing a red baseball cap and white T-shirt, Johnson walked out of Cook County Jail smiling broadly. He did not speak to reporters before getting into a sports utility vehicle and leaving.
Report: Favre wanted trade after draft (AP)
The Green Bay Packers left Brett Favre fuming when they didn't pull off a trade for wide receiver Randy Moss during the NFL draft. But was the three-time MVP angry enough to ask his way out of Green Bay? Amid public grousing from Favre about the state of his team over the weekend, a report on the Fox Sports Web site, citing anonymous sources, said Favre's agent called Packers general manager Ted...
Cowboys RB Jones likes new coaches (AP)
Julius Jones felt he was running "like a robot" at times last season, controlled by what his coach told him to do and how the Dallas Cowboys used him. "I was being told a little bit where to run and not really being able to use my instincts," Jones said Sunday. "Maybe I listened to coach (Bill) Parcells a little too much and was kind of running like a robot.
Undrafted QB Palko happy in Saints camp (AP)
Tyler Palko sees an upside to being passed over in the NFL draft. The former Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback got to choose the NFL team he would attempt to make as a rookie free agent -- and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton made that decision an easy one. "He talked to me and said the things I wanted to hear as far as being honest," Palko said Sunday between practices at the Saints' rookie...
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.
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.
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.
Bulls avert sweep, beat Pistons 102-87 (AP)
The Chicago Bulls built another big lead, and the Detroit Pistons were rallying. Sound familiar? This time, there was no collapse. Luol Deng scored 25 points, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon added 19 apiece, and the Bulls hung on to beat Detroit 102-87 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon and avoid a sweep.
Sloan tunes out Warriors' raucous 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...
Suns try to learn from Game 3 loss (AP)
Instead of worrying about how the San Antonio Spurs won Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Steve Nash is more interested in why the Phoenix Suns lost. "I'd like to give them all the credit in the world, I think they're a terrific team," Nash said Sunday. "But I know those are shots we make and are capable of making." The Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the series with a 108-101 victory on...
Nets want to make LeBron a jump shooter (AP)
LeBron James has no intention of letting the New Jersey Nets turn him into an outside shooter and passer again. While many may point to another triple-double by Jason Kidd or the Nets' ability to rebound and score in transition as the keys to Game 3 on Saturday, the real difference was New Jersey's success in keeping the 22-year-old Cavs superstar on the outside with myriad defenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Niedermayer's OT goal lifts Ducks (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks looked like they were on the power play in even-strength situations. Anaheim's penalty-killing unit once was so dominant it played keep-away from the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks controlled the puck and play again and for a change, they had something to show for it. Scott Niedermayer scored at 14:17 of overtime to lift Anaheim to a 4-3 victory Sunday night over Detroit, evening the...
Sens grab Sabres' swagger, take 2-0 lead (AP)
Daniel Briere and the Buffalo Sabres can call off the search for their long-lost playoff swagger. Their opponents, the Ottawa Senators, have found it and are claiming it for themselves. How else to explain how the Senators have turned the tables on their division rival and longtime playoff nemesis? Coming off a gutty 4-3 double-overtime victory -- the type of game the Sabres used to win -- at...
Sabres D Tallinder could miss Game 3 (AP)
Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder is sore after being crosschecked from behind by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, and could miss Game 3 Monday of the Eastern Conference finals. Coach Lindy Ruff on Sunday wouldn't provide any details of Tallinder's injury, but was unhappy that Alfredsson wasn't penalized on the play.
Canada beats Finland 4-2 to win worlds (AP)
Canada used a different formula to achieve familiar results at the world hockey championships. Relying on youngsters and journeymen instead of stars, the Canadians defeated Finland 4-2 Sunday to win their third world title in five years and their 24th overall. "There were a lot of superstars in some of Canada's teams before, but I think this was just a great young team coming together, a great...
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.
Gordon makes it 4 in a row for Hendrick (AP)
As steam poured from his engine, Jeff Gordon figured his chance at victory had gone up in smoke.
Gordon wins again in NASCAR race at Darlington (PA SportsTicker)
Earnhardt wraps up stressful week with stellar run (AP)
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. arrived at Darlington Raceway, he didn't know if his team members resented his decision to leave DEI or if they'd back him completely.
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.
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.