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NEWS FROM 2007-05-17
'Survivor: East Rutherford' as Nets win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.d40c041c20d742899f335a98f0ac1edf.nets_cavaliers_basketball_cda108.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=UlDG5tUSuKwrtm8ORrWyQg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd looks to pass around Cleveland Cavaliers' Daniel Gibson (1) in the second quarter of a second round NBA basketball playoff game Wednesday May 16, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - They had overcome numerous injuries, trade rumors and talk of an eventual breakup for months. So with their season on the line, the New Jersey Nets did what they've always done. Survived.</p><br clear="all"/>
Miller saves Sabres' season with win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_senators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.257c120adecc483bb11785af42d9b858.sabres_senators_hockey_pch110.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=y2UCAhRLYmgmkn6Tow5LFg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller looses sight of the puck as he makes a save off the Ottawa Senators during second period of Game 4 of NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Ottawa. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Miller wasn't going to let anything end the Buffalo Sabres' season — not a cheap bounce or Joe Corvo's snap shot from the slot. He stopped 31 shots, including 15 in the third period, to preserve Buffalo's 3-2 win Wednesday night and prevent the Ottawa Senators from sweeping the Eastern Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves' sale approved by baseball owners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_braves_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070516/capt.fb58efd9cdc04bd99fb06c5e32a43439.braves_sale_baseball_nyrm101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=dScA_vYhhTSY4kpebbgjRg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, left, and Terry McGuirk, president and chairman of the Atlanta Braves, appear at a press conference in New York on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, to announce the sale of the Atlanta Braves to Liberty Media. McGuirk will remain in his current position. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hank Aaron will take on an increased role with the Atlanta Braves following the team's sale Wednesday from Time Warner Inc. to Liberty Media Corp.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hamels not perfect, but Phils reach .500
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.d3b6f062b6b8491ca8b1eb00c6112416.brewers_phillies_baseball_pxs102.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=a3IVlZVTxCDyJROnxGlRDA--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cole Hamels came up short in his bid for a perfect game, but Philadelphia completed its season-long climb to .500. Hamels retired his first 18 batters and used one of baseball's best changeups to strike out 11 in his 32nd career start, leading the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Newman's team wins Pit Crew Challenge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_pit_crew_challenge"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.6759665d502547a39cd10b9edc56b312.nascar_pit_crew_challenge_auto_racing_nccb124.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=fReo6N1GvWI5wM9543kjrw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Crew members for driver Ryan Newman celebrate after winning the NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Known for playing games of touch football before races, Ryan Newman's pit crew made another name for itself. Newman's team, which includes two former college football players, kicked off NASCAR's All-Star week activities by winning the Nextel Pit Crew Challenge on Wednesday night, beating Bobby Labonte's team in the final round.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears' Johnson meets with Goodell
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070516/capt.53e85155b37241da8312e118d8161532.bears_johnson_football_nyll103.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=RMNXY.nuNbfKWj4HPVvpsA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson leaves a midtown office following his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo / Louis Lanzano)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday to discuss legal problems that landed the player in jail, but no discipline was immediately handed down by the league.</p><br clear="all"/>
New Jersey staves off elimination with win in Cleveland
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070517/sp_nm/nba_nets_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070517/2007_05_16t231440_450x348_us_nba_nets.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=SuOvG4_f2GPhb7AwRycQZA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="New Jersey Nets Jason Kidd (5) and Mikki Moore (31) celebrate their victory over Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball semifinals series in Cleveland, Ohio May 16, 2007. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New Jersey Nets staved off
elimination with an 83-72 road victory over the Cleveland
Cavaliers on Wednesday, the win pulling them back to 3-2 in
their Eastern Conference semi-final series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabathia bounces back and Indians win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.8d89d168cad241c58617db866157697b.twins_indians_baseball_ohjg103.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=bEDmuOnSL_FlRBvnl1sUqg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Cleveland Indians' C.C. Sabathia throws a pitch to Minnesota Twins batter Luis Castillo during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio.(AP Photo/Jeff Glidden)" border="0" /></a>AP - It didn't take long for C.C. Sabathia to put his worst start of the season behind him. Sabathia, pitching five days after allowing six runs in a loss to Oakland, went eight sharp innings and Trot Nixon drove in three runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Welsh goal helps FC Toronto blank Dynamo
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_dynamo_toronto"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070517/capt.dc2c39f368024a08ad57f905d487a724.mls_dynamo_toronto_fc_soccer_fng101.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=TN25vj03OWJtvaKgwuBmfA--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="Toronto FC midfielder Andy Welsh (top) takes to the air as Houston Dynamo midfielder Brian Mullen tries to tackle him during first half soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday May 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Welsh scored in the 25th minute and Toronto FC held on to defeat the defending MLS champion Houston Dynamo 1-0 Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackhawks sign No. 3 overall pick Toews
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_blackhawks_toews"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070513/capt.xsp10805131717.russia_ice_hockey_world_championship_xsp108.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=DsrI88M1g3y_GaWAsx7uAw--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Finland's Sean Bergenheim, left, struggles for the puck with Canada's Jonathan Toews, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championship final match in Moscow, Sunday, May 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)" border="0" /></a>AP - First-round draft pick Jonathan Toews signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Favre now expected to attend minicamp (AP)
Packers quarterback Brett Favre has changed his mind and now is expected to attend the team's mandatory minicamp this weekend, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The person, who requested anonymity because neither side planned to officially announce Favre's intention to attend, said Favre is now expected to be present when the three-day minicamp opens in Green Bay on Friday.
New Vikes RB Peterson won't need surgery (AP)
Adrian Peterson has been cleared for takeoff. The Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick will not need surgery to repair a collarbone that was broken twice last season, an injury that may have caused him to slip to the seventh pick in April's NFL draft. The Vikings said Wednesday that the injury was healing fine on its own and they will not have to insert a protective plate to prevent further...
Tank talks to Goodell, no discipline yet (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday to discuss legal problems that landed the player in jail, but no discipline was immediately handed down by the league. The meeting in New York came three days after Johnson was released from the Cook County Jail, where he served 60 days of a 120-day sentence for violating probation on a weapons charge.
Authorities review evidence in Vick case (AP)
A prosecutor, sheriff and investigators are scheduled to meet Monday to review evidence collected in the weeks since dogs and equipment associated with dog fighting were seized from a home owned by NFL star Michael Vick. No charges have been filed in the case, but Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter said Wednesday as many as six to 10 people could be involved.
Bears expect DE Brown at minicamp (AP)
The Chicago Bears expect to see starting defensive end Alex Brown at their minicamp this weekend even though Brown says he's seeking a trade. Brown told Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday that he asked the Bears for permission to work out a trade. But coach Lovie Smith plans to have Brown at the three-day minicamp beginning Friday.
NFL owners to discuss shortening draft (AP)
NFL owners next week will discuss shortening the time for each pick in the first two rounds of the draft. The owners will meet in Nashville on Tuesday to award the 2011 Super Bowl, and also will talk about decreasing the 15 minutes allowed for each first-round draft choice. In the second round, teams are allowed 10 minutes and that also could be diminished.
Broncos remember fallen teammates (AP)
The Denver Broncos returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since the deaths of teammates Darrent Williams and Damien Nash in the offseason. "Their memories are going to stay here for a long time," coach Mike Shanahan said. "We're going to embrace it and no be afraid to talk about it." Williams, a starting cornerback and one of the league's rising young stars, was slain in an unsolved...
Nets avoid elimination with ugly victory (AP)
They had overcome numerous injuries, trade rumors and talk of an eventual breakup for months. So with their season on the line, the New Jersey Nets did what they've always done. Survived. "This has been the makeup of this team," Jason Kidd said. "We were counted out." On Wednesday night, they got up off the mat again.
D'Antoni rips NBA for suspending Suns (AP)
Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw accepted their one-game suspension with little criticism on Wednesday. Their coach had plenty to say. "You know we do have the most powerful microscopes and telescopes in the world in Arizona," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Suns' morning shootaround. "You could use those instruments and not find a shred of fairness or common sense in that decision." The...
Nelson unsure he'll coach next season (AP)
Coach Don Nelson isn't sure he'll return to guide the Golden State Warriors through the next stage of their resurgence. And without their beloved Nellie, even the Warriors aren't certain they could duplicate the tantalizing promise they showed late in a memorable season. Nelson plans to decide by July 1 whether he'll be back for another year with the Warriors, whose surprising playoff run ended...
Bulls make Pistons squirm, force Game 6 (AP)
Now, things could really get interesting. The Chicago Bulls made a big statement when they routed Detroit 108-92 on Tuesday night, and the decibel level would jump again with a win Thursday night. "At least we've made a series out of it," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said after Wednesday's film session. After falling behind 3-0 to the Pistons, the Bulls will try to pull even when the Eastern Conference...
Sloan has Jazz back in West finals (AP)
It's the middle of May and Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan still has some coaching to do. His annual trek back to his farm in Illinois will have to wait because Sloan and the Jazz are back in the Western Conference finals for the first time in nearly a decade. Utah advanced by beating the Golden State Warriors 100-87 Tuesday to wrap up the series in five games and get a break before the next round.
Mavericks' Nowitzki wins NBA MVP honors (AP)
As a teenager in Germany, Dirk Nowitzki stayed up late to watch the NBA finals and got up early to watch All-Star games. He worked on his shot every day and came home to a room with a poster of Scottie Pippen on the wall. Barely 20 when he was drafted, Nowitzki wasn't sure he was ready for the NBA. Even after his rookie season, he wondered "if I had it, if I was going to make it in this league." "I...
Reports: Adelman interviews with Rockets (AP)
Former NBA coach Rick Adelman has talked to the Houston Rockets about the coaching job currently held by Jeff Van Gundy, according to media reports Tuesday night. KRIV-TV, citing anonymous league sources, reported Adelman flew to Southampton, N.Y., for a meeting at the home of Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.
Wade undergoes surgery on knee, shoulder (AP)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade had surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder and left knee, and the MVP of last season's NBA finals might need the remainder of the offseason to fully recover. Wade averaged 27.4 points this past season for the Heat, missing 31 games with a variety of injuries -- primarily a dislocated left shoulder suffered in February.
Oklahoma City lands CBA expansion team (AP)
Professional basketball will return to Oklahoma City this fall, although it will be a different league. The Continental Basketball Association said Wednesday that it will place an expansion franchise next season in Oklahoma City, where the NBA's New Orleans Hornets played most of their home games the past two seasons following Hurricane Katrina.
NBA to open London office this summer (AP)
The NBA plans to open an office in London this summer in an effort to expand its fan base in Europe. Officials will work with the British Olympic Association and focus on basketball development leading up to the 2012 Olympics, NBA commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday. Stern met with London Mayor Ken Livingstone at NBA headquarters in New York City.
Sabres edge Sens 3-2, avoid sweep (AP)
Ryan Miller wasn't going to let anything end the Buffalo Sabres' season -- not a cheap bounce or Joe Corvo's snap shot from the slot. He stopped 31 shots, including 15 in the third period, to preserve Buffalo's 3-2 win Wednesday night and prevent the Ottawa Senators from sweeping the Eastern Conference finals.
Ducks' Pronger gets one-game suspension (AP)
Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday for his hit on Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom the previous night. Pronger, a former Norris Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this year, will miss Game 4 of the Ducks-Red Wings series Thursday night in Anaheim. He leads the Ducks with 12 points, including three goals, during the playoffs.
Ducks try to even series without Pronger (AP)
After looking practically defenseless in their lopsided loss to Detroit, the Anaheim Ducks absorbed another blow when Chris Pronger was suspended Wednesday for one game. Pronger, Anaheim's best player during the playoffs, will miss Thursday night's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The NHL disciplined the Ducks' defenseman, a former Norris Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this...
Blackhawks sign Toews to three-year deal (AP)
First-round draft pick Jonathan Toews signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. The 19-year-old center, a standout at North Dakota, scored two goals and added five assists for gold-medal winning Canada at this year's world junior hockey championships. Toews was one of the youngest members of the team that won the tournament the past two years.
Ducks LW Kunitz likely out for 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.
Capitals agree to terms with C Backstrom (AP)
The Washington Capitals agreed to terms Wednesday with Nicklas Backstrom, the No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft. Backstrom, who will sign a three-year, entry-level contract, was considered a major piece of the Capitals' rebuilding plans when they drafted him a year ago, but the 19-year-old center decided to remain in his native Sweden for another season.
Lightning re-sign C Andreas Karlsson (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed center Andreas Karlsson to a one-year contract Wednesday. Karlsson, 31, played in 53 games this season, finishing with three goals, six assists and 12 penalty minutes. He also appeared in all six of Tampa Bay's playoff games against the New Jersey Devils.
Newman's team wins Pit Crew Challenge (AP)
Known for playing games of touch football before races, Ryan Newman's pit crew made another name for itself.
Earnhardt merchandise up despite DEI defection (AP)
Sales of Dale Earnhardt Jr. merchandise has skyrocketed 107 percent in the week since NASCAR's most popular driver said he was leaving his late father's company at the end of the season.
Hamlin's crew shaken up after pit road mistakes (AP)
Denny Hamlin's crew was overhauled Wednesday, three days after the driver blamed the group for costing him a win.
Earnhardt docked 100 points, crew chief fined, suspended (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s split from DEI was already a soap opera. Cheating allegations have now made it a scandal.
Rain gives Montoya time to wonder about Junior (AP)
Curled up in a leather recliner in his motor home, Juan Pablo Montoya watched TV in his home theater during a rain delay at Darlington Raceway.
Martin adds three races to schedule (AP)
Mark Martin added three races to his schedule on Tuesday, pushing his total to 26 events in 2007.
Benson's team penalized for using unapproved driver (AP)
NASCAR penalized Bill Davis Racing on Tuesday for allowing an unlicensed driver behind the wheel of Johnny Benson's truck during a test session last week.
Earnhardt Jr. penalized 100 points; crew chief fined, suspended (PA SportsTicker)
The news keeps getting worse for Dale Earnhardt Inc.