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NEWS FROM 2007-05-15
Suns' late run helps top Spurs in Game 4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070515/capt.fbf593742d0b4dcd94763e60935b6646.suns_spurs_basketball_txmo107.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=MTpWOezwcJbmC32gsh9ayQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, right, of Canada, goes after San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry (5) in the fourth quarter of their second round playoff basketball game in San Antonio, Monday, May 14, 2007. Horry was ejected for the flagrant foul against Nash. The Suns won 104-98. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fouled hard by Robert Horry with 18 seconds to play, Steve Nash jumped to his feet and decided he had to stand up for himself.</p><br clear="all"/>
James, Cavs close in on East finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070515/capt.ceb3aeb2f23f448d9d2c6ffc86ba4bf4.cavaliers_nets_basketball___era117.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=YqJydu.3Lvddcmemu7QObg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against the New Jersey Nets during the third quarter of Game 4 NBA Eastern conference semi-final basketball Monday night, May 14, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. James led all scorers with 30 points as the Cavaliers beat the Nets 87-85 to lead the series three games to one. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James' shot was back, and New Jersey's Big Three was missing. That combination has the Cleveland Cavaliers on the verge of their first Eastern Conference finals in 15 years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators edge Sabres, lead series 3-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_senators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070515/capt.0b514f19260a485483290c5db68bf061.sabres_senators_hockey_pch107.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=1SfVOCYyKyQj6NUYh7SIPw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (11) scores past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals Monday, May 14, 2007 in Ottawa. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jonathan Hayward) Canada" border="0" /></a>AP - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson saw the puck dribbling over the line, but gave it an extra push just in case. The way Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller was playing, Alfredsson didn't take any chances. An opportune bounce that led to Alfredsson's goal and a stifling defensive performance combined to produce Ottawa's 1-0 win over the Sabres on Monday night that gave the Senators a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dice-K, Red Sox widen lead in AL East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070515/capt.0f4289ef8bf5436b8ad0b4e3375cbd37.tigers_red_sox_baseball_maea107.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=isBZlnCuWANqyBrWcy9mow--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka reacts as catcher Jason Varitek comes to the mound to talk after giving up a double to Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez in the fifth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, May 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daisuke Matsuzaka's best game in the majors gave the Red Sox their biggest lead in the standings in 12 seasons. Not even the team with the second-best record in the AL could stop them from taking an 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East. Boston's record is the best in both leagues — 26-11 after Monday night's 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Landis points to facts in arbitration
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_hearing"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070514/capt.b2bd4e1b6aa84f3588e98db38fcf5f27.landis_hearing_cycling_ksd112.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=BHpkXfDYtZYzbqKit7wxCA--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis smiles at his father, Paul, during a break in an arbitration hearing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Monday May14 , 2007. Landis is accused of using a banned synthetic testosterone during the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Landis spent months crisscrossing the country to explain his defense to anyone who would listen. On Monday, he took his case before the people who can do something about it. Wearing a yellow necktie instead of the yellow jersey earned when he won the Tour de France last year, Landis strode into the law building at Pepperdine University for the start of his long-awaited arbitration hearing.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jaguars' Taylor gets scare in Africa
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jaguars_taylor"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070515/capt.0ee22e1e19e940058650e28adf27a1c6.jaguars_taylor_football_ny162.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=QKWqzVZqDtg4kbTEANFWtg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor (28) scores a touchdown during the second quarter of a football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in this Dec. 31, 2006 file photo in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jaguars running back Fred Taylor boarded the single-propeller, 15-seat plane in Africa, chatting about the safari he had just been on with Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard and their wives.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stoudemire powers Suns past Spurs, Cavs edge Nets
Reuters - Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points to
help the Phoenix Suns rally for a 104-98 road win over the San
Antonio Spurs on Monday, the victory squaring their Western
Conference semi-final series at 2-2.
Dice-K throws complete game for Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070514/capt.4e76c10939bb434392a284811d0b6572.tigers_red_sox_baseball_maea102.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=stwJWZxAehwuDil.uXXN3A--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, May 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just six weeks into the season, Daisuke Matsuzaka is on a roll and so are the Red Sox.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham seeks redemption in title chase
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070514/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070512/capt.pw83205122126.spain_soccer_pw832.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=uV5sd0J7BMGclKKhVWyV0g--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Espanyol's goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni of Cameroon, left makes a save as Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos comes charging in during a Spanish league soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday May 12, 2007. Real Madrid won the game 4-3. (AP Photo/Paul White)" border="0" /></a>AP - The seemingly never-ending soccer season in Spain is playing right into the hands of Real Madrid. And that means David Beckham, the soon-to-be Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder who has not won a trophy in four seasons with Madrid, has a chance to leave Spain with something other than a bad taste in his mouth.</p><br clear="all"/>
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 - The Anaheim Ducks looked like they were on the power play in even-strength situations.</p><br clear="all"/>
Favre: I never wanted to be traded (AP)
Brett Favre acknowledged his anger over the team's unwillingness to pull off a trade for wide receiver Randy Moss, but denied Monday he ever really wanted the Green Bay Packers to trade him. "I was frustrated a couple weeks back when Randy Moss was traded to New England," Favre said on the Packers' Web site.
Bears to convert Hester from CB to WR (AP)
Devin Hester is taking his game-breaking skills to the Chicago Bears' offense. Hester set an NFL record last year for kick returns for touchdowns, and he started off the Super Bowl with a 92-yard kickoff runback for a touchdown. He rarely played on anything but special teams, though, and when he did, it was as a cornerback.
Decision on 'Pacman' appeal delayed (AP)
A decision on Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' appeal for leniency from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be delayed while lawyers complete paperwork. The commissioner then will review the briefs summing up the legal points and testimony from the appeal hearing before deciding whether to ease Jones' season-long NFL suspension.
T.O. had 'nothing' season with Parcells (AP)
Terrell Owens was asked what he got out of his only season with Bill Parcells. "Nothing, really," T.O. said Monday, the last day of the Dallas Cowboys' first minicamp since Parcells retired. Owens obviously isn't going to miss Parcells, and has already noticed how different things are under new coach Wade Phillips.
McNabb should be ready for training camp (AP)
Barring any setbacks, Donovan McNabb should be ready when the Philadelphia Eagles open training camp in 2 1/2 months. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback has rehabbed vigorously since a knee injury ended his season in Week 11 last year. He's running and throwing and is on course for a complete return when players report to camp on July 27.
Bengals release DT Sam Adams (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals released defensive tackle Sam Adams, who joined the team as a free agent last season, and signed unrestricted free agent Kenderick Allen to a one-year contract on Monday. The Bengals had brought in the 360-pound Adams to help their defense against the run, but finished 15th in the league on rush defense and 30th overall, allowing 355 yards a game.
Eagles' Kearse returns after knee injury (AP)
Jevon Kearse could be posing for fitness magazines if he wasn't too busy chasing quarterbacks. Back on the football field after a severe knee injury ended his season and temporarily cast doubt on his future last year, a leaner Kearse stood out during the Philadelphia Eagles' first minicamp. While many offensive and defensive linemen are big and sloppy, the muscular Kearse reported in better shape...
Suns rally late, even series with Spurs (AP)
Fouled hard by Robert Horry with 18 seconds to play, Steve Nash jumped to his feet and decided he had to stand up for himself. His teammate Raja Bell was already doing that for him. The hit by Horry was one of several bad plays by the San Antonio Spurs during the Phoenix Suns' game-closing 12-1 run in a 104-98 victory in Game 4 on Monday night that evened the Western Conference semifinals.
Cavs edge Nets to take 3-1 series lead (AP)
LeBron James' shot was back, and New Jersey's Big Three was missing. That combination has the Cleveland Cavaliers on the verge of their first Eastern Conference finals in 15 years. James had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Cavaliers beat the New Jersey Nets 87-85 in Game 4 on Monday night.
Raptors' Bryan Colangelo voted top exec (AP)
Bryan Colangelo is following his father's path, although he didn't pay attention to the weather. Colangelo, the Toronto Raptors' president and general manager, was chosen as the NBA's Executive of the Year for the second time Monday. He also won the award with Phoenix in 2004-05. His father, Jerry Colangelo, won the award a record four times (1976, 1981, 1989 and 1993) after becoming general manager...
Pistons eager to finish off Bulls (AP)
The Detroit Pistons intend to get this over without further delay. They want to beat the Bulls in Game 5 and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the fifth straight year. "No doubt, that's our intention -- to try to close the series out," Chauncey Billups said Monday. Detroit had a chance to end the series in Game 4, but the Bulls showed a lot of resolve against a team that usually doesn't...
Jazz one win from conference finals (AP)
The Utah Jazz are more focused on finishing than retaliation. Utah's 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night turned ugly as the Jazz pulled away at the end. One flagrant foul and a collision between the two team leaders set up some tension for Tuesday's Game 5 in Utah. But there is enough riding on the game that could put Utah in the Western Conference finals and end the Warriors'...
Missed FTs doom Warriors in Game 4 (AP)
For a team that has made some of the most crazy, spectacular shots this postseason, it must be galling that the inability to make the simplest ones could end up dooming them. The Golden State Warriors missed 13 of 34 free throws in their 115-101 loss to the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of their second-round series Sunday night.
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...
Senators win, on verge of Cup final (AP)
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson saw the puck dribbling over the line, but gave it an extra push just in case. The way Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller was playing, Alfredsson didn't take any chances. An opportune bounce that led to Alfredsson's goal and a stifling defensive performance combined to produce Ottawa's 1-0 win over the Sabres on Monday night that gave the Senators a commanding 3-0 lead in...
Niedermayer brothers leading Ducks (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks' brother act, Scott and Rob Niedermayer, have been bonding on the postseason score sheet. Scott scored the winning goal in the Ducks' 4-3 overtime victory in Game 2 that evened the Western Conference finals against Detroit. That victory gave Anaheim home-ice advantage heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Red Wings.
Ducks LW Kunitz to miss rest of playoffs (AP)
Left wing Chris Kunitz of the Anaheim Ducks will undergo surgery Tuesday on his broken right hand and is expected to miss the rest of the postseason. Kunitz broke a bone late in the opening game of the Western Conference finals on Friday at Detroit, won by the Red Wings. He didn't play Sunday, and Dustin Penner and Todd Marchant helped fill his spot in the Ducks' series-tying overtime victory.
Sabres not giving up despite 3-0 deficit (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres find themselves in unfamiliar territory and one loss away from a disappointing end to the most successful season in team history. The Presidents' Trophy winners fell into a deep hole in the Eastern Conference finals, a deficit only two teams have climbed out of in the playoffs. Buffalo is on the brink of elimination after a 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 on Monday...
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...
Flyers sign LW Eager to two-year deal (AP)
Ben Eager, voted the Philadelphia Flyers' most improved player, agreed to a two-year contract on Monday. Eager had six goals and 11 points in 63 games last season, and his 233 penalty minutes led the NHL. The left wing, acquired from Phoenix in 2004, recorded nine goals and 19 points for the Flyers over the last two seasons.
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.
Hamlin vents frustration over pit road mistakes (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor
NASCAR consumed with Earnhardt watch (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs some time to decompress.
JGR meets with Hamlin's crew after Darlington disaster (AP)
Joe Gibbs Racing officials met Monday to discuss personnel changes after a pit road mishap cost Denny Hamlin a victory at Darlington Raceway.
Earnhardt, Gordon have successful weekends (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon both felt like winners at Darlington Raceway, even though only Gordon left with the Dodge Avenger 500 victory.
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)