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NEWS FROM 2007-05-19
Spurs close out Suns to avoid a Game 7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.3fa83fa505fb44749cf450f684ecaa06.suns_spurs_basketball_txms107.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=bWzhrKgizMv6L3EQYRj1qg--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa, of Brazil, defends in the first quarter of their Western Conference playoff basketball game, Friday, May 18, 2007, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Instead of a trip back to Phoenix for a Game 7, the San Antonio Spurs closed out their contentious series with the Suns with a 114-106 victory in Game 6 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavs earn 1st Eastern final in 15 years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.ab6b53594ba541f19f8bec580e6260ef.cavaliers_nets_basketball___era111.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=0rMKMW7sRB8ajuLgS1ctgQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James signals to his team during the fourth quarter of Game 6 NBA Eastern conference semifinal basketball against the New Jersey Nets Friday night, May 18, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Cavaliers beat the Nets, 88-72, to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - With LeBron James on the bench, Cleveland might have been looking at a Game 7. Once he returned, the Cavaliers were headed to the Eastern Conference finals. James, who had a long stint on the bench with foul trouble, scored 23 points, and the Cavaliers advanced to the conference finals for the first time in 15 years by beating the New Jersey Nets 88-72 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets drop Yankees 10 games out of 1st
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_yankees_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.0f277598c25640d69aa4a7ae576afbff.yankees_mets_baseball_nyff110.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=hmEPb.DyBZylV.Em6vkY0g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="New York Mets' Endy Chavez (10) follows through on a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of interleague baseball action Friday, May 18, 2007, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - With the bunt sign on, Endy Chavez took a ball from Andy Pettitte. Then manager Willie Randolph signaled for Chavez to swing away, and the light-hitting New York Mets outfielder connected for his first home run of the year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kouzmanoff, Young help Padres beat M's
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_padres_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.84cbc33ab4014722973f6c85bff80bcb.padres_mariners_baseball_watw102.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=N8Waske3mahYd07YMiGS9A--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres starter Chris Young throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 18, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff might be starting to come out of his season-long slump. Kouzmanoff hit a two-run double for an early lead and Chris Young made it stand up, leading the San Diego Padres past the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hillenbrand helps Angels trounce Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_dodgers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.f8379cb6fb914ba789e4b42fba3e21de.dodgers_angels_baseball_ans108.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=fRCvZ_IAueZFmACgi8SdSw--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Casey Kotchman scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin on a sacrifice fly by Shea Hillenbrand during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Penny was roughed up in his first loss of the season, and Shea Hillenbrand's RBI double keyed a five-run sixth inning that sent the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bengals' Nicholson arrested again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bengals_nicholson_arrest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070518/capt.470269d7331c480e9a583d92b1fb7bed.bengals_nicholson_football_ny161.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=NE9iuC6BYlqaqPCuSjuQ.w--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="This 2006 handout from the NFL shows Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Nicholson. Nicholson was arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday, May 18, 2007, the first arrest of a Cincinnati Bengals player since commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on misconduct last month. (AP Photo/HO, NFL)" border="0" /></a>AP - Linebacker A.J. Nicholson was arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday, the first arrest of a Cincinnati Bengals player since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on misconduct last month.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan shines as Spurs advance to NBA semi-finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070519/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070519/capt.sge.ety32.190507053144.photo00.photo.default-512x321.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=YIb7oH_cfrsTT8QWRT384A--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Amare Stoudemire (L) of the Phoenix Suns and Tim Duncan (R) of the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan collected 24 points and Manu Ginobili had 33 points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio advanced to NBA semi-finals with a 114-106 win over Phoenix in Game Six of their quarter-final playoff series on Friday(AFP/Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Tim Duncan collected 24 points and Manu Ginobili had 33 points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio advanced to NBA semi-finals with a 114-106 win over Phoenix in Game Six of their quarter-final playoff series on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tejeda helps lift Rangers over Astros
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_rangers_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.a08267bd129c4a12a863974e5973d636.rangers_astros_baseball_hta102.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=KaODob8ZfUOEuOV.cyGsgQ--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Texas Rangers starter Robinson Tejeda delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Texas Rangers got timely hitting, mistake-free defense and a strong performance from their starting pitcher on Friday night. If only they could get all three in the same game more often. Nelson Cruz and Ramon Vazquez hit back-to-back homers and Robinson Tejeda held the Houston Astros hitless for five innings to lead the Rangers to a 7-4 victory on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cooper, Toja lead FC Dallas past Fire
AP - Kenny Cooper opened the scoring and Juan Toja got the winning goal as FC Dallas beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in the MLS on Thursday night.
Selanne breaks out as Ducks even series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070518/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070518/capt.bf3f6d030cae45f4a2cd13fa2325a4d0.red_wings_ducks_hockey_ana105.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=3jn8dmjN8KAnWNvV0g0iEw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ric Jackman, upper left, celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with right wing Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Penner during the first period of their NHL Western Conference finals hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Coming off a lopsided loss, missing perhaps their best player, the Anaheim Ducks blew an early lead and were outshot from the start. They still found a way to even their Western Conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings.</p><br clear="all"/>
Favre supports Packers at minicamp (AP)
Brett Favre slammed both hands on the podium, wanting to be clear: He never suggested he couldn't win with this current group of Packers. The Green Bay quarterback was trying to defuse a week's worth of comments. And while he was frustrated the Packers did not trade for Randy Moss, Favre said during minicamp Friday this was no knock on his teammates.
Johnson willing to accept NFL punishment (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson said Friday he's ready to accept whatever punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gives him for his recent off-field problems that included a two-month stint in jail. "I feel like whatever sanction he imposes, I'm man enough to take it and I know that once I get back on the field, that chapter of my life is closed and I can move on with a sense of...
Dolphins unlikely to bring back Williams (AP)
If Ricky Williams makes a comeback, it most likely will be with a new team. Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron, speaking publicly about Williams' latest drug relapse for the first time, said nothing has changed regarding the suspended running back's status. But several Dolphins said they're ready to play without Williams, and Cameron acknowledged it's difficult to salvage the careers of troubled...
Bears LB Briggs absent from at mini-camp (AP)
Disgruntled Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs was a no-show as expected Friday when the Chicago Bears opened a three-day minicamp. In March, the Bears tagged Briggs as their franchise player, prompting him to threaten a holdout, at first for the entire season and then for 10 games so he could report for the final six to qualify as serving one year as a franchise player.
McNabb addresses Reid speculation (AP)
Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid don't need any counseling. "My relationship (with Reid) probably is better than it was before," McNabb said Friday, rejecting speculation that there's a rift between the quarterback and coach. Speaking at an event to promote his upcoming charity golf tournament, McNabb addressed various topics ranging from his injury rehab to his future with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bengals LB Nicholson arrested again (AP)
Linebacker A.J. Nicholson was arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday, the first arrest of a Cincinnati Bengals player since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on misconduct last month. Nicholson already was one of nine Bengals players arrested during a nine-month span, turning the team into a prime example of player misconduct.
Keyshawn visits Titans (AP)
Veteran receiver Keyshawn Johnson visited with the Tennessee Titans on Friday but said he has no timetable for when he hopes to have a deal. Johnson, who turns 35 in July, was released by Carolina earlier this month after the Panthers drafted Southern California wideout Dwayne Jarrett. Johnson flew into Nashville on Thursday and spent Friday meeting with team officials and reviewing the offense...
Spurs oust Suns in six, will face Jazz (AP)
Instead of a trip back to Phoenix for a Game 7, the San Antonio Spurs closed out their contentious series with the Suns with a 114-106 victory in Game 6 on Friday night. San Antonio will host the Utah Jazz on Sunday in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. It's the Spurs' third trip to the conference finals in the last five years and they won the title the other two times.
James leads Cavaliers into East finals (AP)
With LeBron James on the bench, Cleveland might have been looking at a Game 7. Once he returned, the Cavaliers were headed to the Eastern Conference finals. James, who had a long stint on the bench with foul trouble, scored 23 points, and the Cavaliers advanced to the conference finals for the first time in 15 years by beating the New Jersey Nets 88-72 on Friday night.
Rockets fire coach Jeff Van Gundy (AP)
If Jeff Van Gundy had decided sooner that he wanted to return to the Houston Rockets, he would still have a job. At least that's what the team was saying Friday after firing him. The Rockets' Game 7 loss to Utah meant a first-round exit for the third time in Van Gundy's four seasons, raising the possibility that the coach would step down or be dismissed by owner Les Alexander.
Report: Mitchell to return to Raptors (AP)
NBA coach of the year Sam Mitchell agreed to a new contract with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, The Canadian Press reported. The Canadian Press, citing an unidentified source close to the negotiations, said the official announcement could come as early as Tuesday. The 43-year-old Mitchell was selected the NBA coach of the year last month after leading the Raptors to a 47-35 record.
Pistons in fifth straight East final (AP)
In more than two decades, just five NBA teams have advanced to five straight conference finals. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics each had a trio of players headed for the Hall of Fame when they accomplished the feat 20 years ago. Then the Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys did it with a pair of players eventually enshrined.
Bad start, bad finish doom Nets (AP)
A bad start and horrible finish ended the New Jersey Nets' playoff hopes against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. In between those sequences in Game 6 that ended with the Cavs winning 88-72 to wrap up the Eastern Conference semifinal, Jason Kidd added another chapter to his legacy as one of the NBA's best point guards by nearly rallying the Nets from a 22-point first-half...
LeBron says pregnant girlfriend is fine (AP)
LeBron James said his pregnant girlfriend was fine Friday, two days after she was taken to the hospital during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland. Savannah Brinson, expecting the couple's second child next month, left Wednesday night's game at halftime. James said he was told of her situation and was "a little concerned, of course," and was updated throughout the game.
Wade recovering from two operations (AP)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade is recovering from surgery this week on his left shoulder and knee, operations he opted to have the same day to speed up his return to the court. "I decided to have both surgeries in one day so I could get the full rehab process started and return to the court as soon as possible," Wade said Friday in a statement.
Camby turns down offer to play for U.S. (AP)
Marcus Camby wanted to help the U.S. Team qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but the Denver Nuggets' star is putting his family before the flag. Camby, the NBA's defensive player of the year, declined an invitation from USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo to participate in the team's camp in Las Vegas this summer because of a pressing family matter.
Bulls remain work in progress (AP)
The high expectations, the slow start. The first-round sweep, the rally that came up short in the second round. It all added up to the Chicago Bulls' best season since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were collecting titles, but they still have work to do to get back to that championship level. "I don't mind change," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said Friday, a day after the Detroit Pistons eliminated...
Senators seek to send Sabres packing (AP)
Disappointed in letting the Sabres off the hook once, Ray Emery and the Ottawa Senators arrived in Buffalo on Friday confident they won't let that happen again. "Not to take anything away from them, they had their backs against the wall and performed," the Senators goaltender said. "But we still believe we control our own destiny.
Ducks-Wings series goes back to Detroit (AP)
After a couple of relatively predictable games to begin their Western Conference finals series, the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings have provided surprises in the last two. Minus star defenseman Chris Pronger, coming off what could have been a deflating loss and then blowing an early lead, the Ducks regrouped to beat the Red Wings 5-3 Thursday night and evened the series at two games apiece.
Sens offer assaulted Sabres fan tickets (AP)
The Ottawa Senators want to make things right for a Buffalo Sabres fan who was assaulted after the team's most recent home game. Cyril Leeder, the Senators chief operating officer, said Friday the team has offered tickets to Renee Luck after learning the Buffalo woman was repeatedly punched in the face following the Sabres' 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday.
Sabres C Zubrus unlikely to play Game 5 (AP)
Sabres center Dainius Zubrus is unlikely to play Saturday when Buffalo hosts the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Zubrus, acquired from Washington in a trade-deadline deal in March, has been hampered by a lower body injury that limited him to just four minutes of ice time in Buffalo's 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Flyers, Kukkonen agree to two-year deal (AP)
Lasse Kukkonen agreed to a two-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, the third free agent the Flyers have signed in the last week. Kukkonen had five goals and 14 points in 74 games for the Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks last season. The defenseman led all NHL rookies in blocked shots with 151.
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.
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.
Hornaday holds on at Lowe's, wins 30th career NCTS race (PA SportsTicker)
Hornaday beats Allmendinger in truck race (AP)
Ron Hornaday Jr. passed A.J. Allmendinger with 36 laps to go, then held on over two restarts to win the Craftsman Truck Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday night.
Kenseth wins pole for NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge (PA SportsTicker)
Quick pit stop gives Kenseth the pole for All-Star race (AP)
Matt Kenseth had no time to rest.
Hamlin heads into All-Star race with new crew (AP)
Denny Hamlin has a new crew heading into Saturday night's All-Star race, changes his team insists were long overdue.
Earnhardts listening to offers for Junior (AP)
The car owners are calling and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ready to listen.
DEI, RCR merge engine programs (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Inc. has merged its engine program with Richard Childress Racing, an alliance that likely will help DEI return to prominence.
French racer Gregoire hospitalized after crash (AFP)
Frenchman Stephan Gregoire was hospitalized with a fractured vertebrae after crashing here Thursday during a practice session for weekend qualifying for the 91st Indianapolis 500.