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NEWS FROM 2007-05-20
Curlin nips Street Sense on final stride
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_preakness"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.52773212532a48d599461bd8ae93d196.aptopix_preakness_horse_racing_winners_circle_xpim137.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=jJxwu7srLmXUAO6N0QqhYg--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Robby Albarado kisses the Woodlawn vase in the winners circle after the 132nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Saturday, May 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Street Sense still in the lead and the Preakness finish line about 100 yards away, jockey Calvin Borel could hear someone gaining on him and peeked over his right shoulder.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators edge Sabres for spot in finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.7537c65a78984c6fa4ec3f71ff414300.senators_sabres_hockey_nydd116.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=wIfzEHpPQTfXFNNiORG5rQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators celebrate after Daniel Alfredsson scored the game winning goal on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller in overtime of the NHL hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, May 19, 2007. The Senators won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Leave it to Daniel Alfredsson — the Ottawa Senators' captain and longest serving player — to score the biggest goal in team history. With one clutch shot at 9:32 of overtime, Alfredsson ended a decade's worth of frustration by sending the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Glavine wins No. 295 over fading Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_yankees_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.9028c1c7b2ef4270a3cba2fbcc5885f0.yankees_mets_baseball_nyff109.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=AxG2vuPn18m6nGFvRutt4A--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine (47) delivers a pitch during the second inning of interleague baseball action against the New York Yankees, Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine is closing in on 300 wins, while the New York Yankees are falling way behind in the pennant race. David Wright hit a pair of two-run homers off reliever Mike Myers after Darrell Rasner became the latest Yankees pitcher to get injured, and the Mets held off their fading Big Apple rivals 10-7 on Saturday for their second consecutive victory in the Subway Series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels win another against Dodgers, 6-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_dodgers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.a1451670dcd840c0be3ea91f63b1f20a.dodgers_angels_baseball_ans106.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=CXvGZi2M7Xp9DoLDlU1ghA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, left, and Gary Matthews Jr. are greeted in the dugout after scoring on a double by Robb Quinlan during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Angels are on a roll because they are back to doing the things that have made them one of baseball's most successful teams since Mike Scioscia became manager.</p><br clear="all"/>
Harvick wins All-Star Challenge, and $1M
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_all_star_challenge"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.1508205bce784dc2b967238817e6cb95.nascar_all_star_challenge_auto_racing_ncgb109.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=p7RyQoTvI5TabpZXUT1AlQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Kevin Harvick, right foreground, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge auto race in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Harvick is no fan of the All-Star race. A monster payday changed his mind. Harvick earned $1 million Saturday night by winning the Nextel All-Star Challenge after Matt Kenseth was caught speeding and brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch took each other out of contention.</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"/>
Jazz look to break S.A. losing streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_jazz_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.b379e65f9fd440ae945d3e5e4e8753c0.jazz_spurs_basketball_txms104.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=SrgyJ_g10KWmO02fdnGutA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan looks off in the fourth quarter of their Western Conference playoff basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, May 18, 2007, in San Antonio. San Antonio won, 114-106. The last two times the San Antonio Spurs reached the Western Conference finals, in 2003 and 2005, they went on to win the title. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - After the drama both on and off the court that the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs faced during the Western Conference semifinals, the teams are looking forward to just playing the game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Guillen helps Mariners defeat Padres 7-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_padres_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.48a2d1dcbca24113befeedc585a60ecd.padres_marines_baseball_wajb105.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=9gcRHfv9bLNHXI2FGJjyyA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jose Guillen, left, is greeted at home plate by Jose Vidro, right rear, and Ben Broussard after hitting a two-run homer to center field in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, May 19, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Guillen ended his slump at the plate against the one pitcher he's always had trouble hitting against — until Saturday night. Guillen, who was in an 0-for-11 slide and came in batting .133 (2-for-15) against Greg Maddux, hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second against the four-time Cy Young award winner to help the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 7-4.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards salvage 1-1 tie with Rapids
AP - Davy Arnaud scored in the 58th minute to help Kansas City salvage a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Sabres' Drury back after puck in mouth
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_sabres_drury"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070519/capt.2dde2fe9087249a396690d2aefad1909.senators_sabres_hockey_fng107.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=eEDujf1dpAAH0_a1ia7DVg--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Buffalo Sabres center Chris Drury crashes to the ice in front of goaltender Ryan Miller during second period NHL Eastern Conference Final game 5 action against the Ottawa Senators in Buffalo on Saturday May 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sabres center Chris Drury left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday after being struck in the mouth by a shot with 10 minutes left in the third period, but returned two minutes into overtime.</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.
Tank ready for Goodell's 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 no-show at minicamp (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 says he and Reid get along fine (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 Johnson meets with 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...
Jazz, Spurs ready for conference finals (AP)
After the drama both on and off the court that the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs faced during the Western Conference semifinals, the teams are looking forward to just playing the game. And getting reacquainted in the postseason. The teams last met in the playoffs in 1998, when the Jazz eliminated San Antonio on their way to the NBA finals, where they lost to Chicago.
Pistons have plan to stop James, Cavs (AP)
For now, call it the LeBron Plan. Years ago, the Detroit Pistons had a catchy name -- "Jordan Rules" -- to contain an NBA superstar. Now another star awaits in LeBron James. "We've got a name for it," Pistons coach Flip Saunders told The Associated Press on Saturday with a sly grin. "But I'm not going to talk about it now.
Suns' Iavaroni meets with Grizzlies (AP)
Phoenix Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni said Saturday that he has had an informal meeting with Memphis owner Michael Heisley about the Grizzlies' vacant head coaching position. "I had a nice dinner conversation with Michael Heisley and got to know him better and really liked what I heard," Iavaroni said.
Suns wonder what could have been (AP)
This season, with its bitter end, will be hard for the Phoenix Suns to let go. "It will always be one to think of 'What if?"' Steve Nash said. The Suns gathered for a team meeting and to clear out their lockers on Saturday, only a few hours after they were eliminated by the Spurs 114-106 in San Antonio.
Rockets fire coach Jeff Van Gundy (AP)
The versions of events between the Houston Rockets' first-round playoff loss and Jeff Van Gundy's firing are slightly different, depending on which side is telling the story. Van Gundy was dismissed on Friday, two weeks after the team lost to the Jazz 103-99 in Game 7. The 45-year-old Van Gundy had one season left on a nonguaranteed contract.
Report: Raptors, Mitchell agree to deal (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.
Union chief supports Crawford's return (AP)
NBA union chief Billy Hunter said that the players would support the reinstatement of referee Joey Crawford, who was suspended after he was accused of trying to pick a fight with Tim Duncan during a game. "We hated to see Joey get canned," Hunter told a sports lawyers' convention on Saturday. "I think in all probability Joey will be back.
Carter's status key to Nets offseason (AP)
When the game is on the line, Vince Carter wants the ball and the fate of the New Jersey Nets in his hands. That won't change heading into the offseason as Carter decides whether to test the free agent market or to stick around for another year with Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson. "I don't want to talk about it now, but I definitely see myself (coming back)" Carter said after the Nets were...
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.
Alfredsson sends Senators to Cup finals (AP)
Leave it to Daniel Alfredsson -- the Ottawa Senators' captain and longest serving player -- to score the biggest goal in team history. With one clutch shot at 9:32 of overtime, Alfredsson ended a decade's worth of frustration by sending the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time. His goal sealed a 3-2 win over the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, allowing Ottawa to win the...
Red Wings look for more Game 5 success (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings have the Anaheim Ducks right where they want them. Maybe. Detroit finds itself in a series tied after four games for the third time this postseason, entering Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings beat San Jose and Calgary by a combined score of 9-2 in their previous Game 5s and went on to eliminate both teams in the following game.
Sabres' trophy-winning season ends (AP)
Unlike last year when the Buffalo Sabres could blame injuries for their loss in the Eastern Conference finals, the team with the best regular-season record had no excuses for falling short again. The Sabres' season began with promise and Stanley Cup expectations, and ended with a thud Saturday as Buffalo was eliminated with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern...
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.
Holmqvist gets one-year deal with Tampa (AP)
Free agent goaltender Johan Holmqvist re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The 29-year-old native of Sweden, who signed a one-year contract, replaced Marc Denis as the starting goalie late this season and was in net for all six games of the Lightning's first-round playoff series loss to the New Jersey Devils.
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.
Harvick wins All-Star Challenge (AP)
Kevin Harvick is no fan of the All-Star race. A monster payday changed his mind.
Harvick holds off Johnson to win NASCAR All-Star Challenge (PA SportsTicker)
AP Sports Writer (AP)
Truex wins Open to advance to All-Star race (AP)
Martin Truex Jr. scored a victory for Dale Earnhardt Inc., winning the Nextel Open on Saturday night to earn a spot in NASCAR's All-Star race.
Hendrick: "There's no room at the inn" for Earnhardt (AP)
Cross Hendrick Motorsports off the list of teams interested in signing Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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.
Quick pit stop gives Kenseth the pole for All-Star race (AP)
Matt Kenseth had no time to rest.