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NEWS FROM 2007-05-22
Pistons beat Cavs, take 1-0 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.d1f0ff22d9f54867a73cbf32183304a8.aptopix_cavaliers_pistons_basketball_dtp106.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=mX0VL0vajvxbWOFffhzg6A--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes, front, is fouled by Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups during the first quarter of an NBA Eastern Conference final basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, May 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James dribbled at the top of the key, drove toward the basket and everybody watching in person and on TV probably thought he was going to shoot. He dished and the decision backfired. James passed to Donyell Marshall, who missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left that allowed the Detroit Pistons to escape with a 79-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod, Giambi homer as Yanks beat Bosox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.a3291bd01c824dc7801de8f1cf9503bc.correction_red_sox_yankees_baseball_nyy106.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=JYtVyNkTzivYH8w48_HzTw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Johnny Damon who scored on Rodriguez's first-inning, two-run home run off Boston Red Sox's Tim Wakefield in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, May 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chien-Ming Wang changed his plan against Boston, and the New York Yankees took what they hope is their first big step toward climbing back into the AL East race.</p><br clear="all"/>
Klesko splashes first homer for Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.402b76d641aa40e29b04d5d37a6ab76f.astros_giants_baseball_cajc113.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=R7ThH.Z8HJhkARqVTVsadw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="San Francisco Giants' Ryan Klesko rounds third base on his solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, May 21, 2007. The Giants won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Klesko splashed his first home run of the year into the bay, showing quite a sign of the power that hasn't been there for the last two seasons.</p><br clear="all"/>
Owners to decide on site for Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070521/capt.4465753c436d4ea4af023312aebe7ea3.nfl_meetings_football_tnmh102.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=waI2anB22nQuWc3rBm66sA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Jim Irsay, left, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, talks with reporters at the NFL owners' meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Monday, May 21, 2007. Irsay talked about the bid by Indianapolis to host the 2011 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Dungy has given lots of big talks, including one in February that turned out pretty well for his Colts. Now he hoped to persuade NFL owners to let Indianapolis host the 2011 Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oden, Durant are NBA lottery plums
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_draft_lottery"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.7a140b31fb2e48de908fada37bd5db79.draft_lottery_basketball_ny154.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=TLYily2QJiCAcVHV9TVl7w--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="University of Texas basketball player Kevin Durant and Ohio State University basketball player Greg Oden are shown in recent handout photos from their respective schools. (AP Photo/HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - After all those losses — some of them suspected on purpose — there's finally a payoff. Two of the NBA's worst teams will be rewarded at the draft lottery Tuesday, winning the chance to choose Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bell re-signs with Dolphins
AP - Safety Yeremiah Bell signed a one-year, $1.3 million tender Monday to remain with the Miami Dolphins.
Column: LeBron needs to play star card
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nancy_armour052207"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.3bf82da5916641a6adb681da967596ab.cavaliers_pistons_basketball_dtp105.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=H8uE2f3rBfHDuqrRCNz_iQ--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA Eastern Conference final basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, May 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's not often a pro athlete needs to be more selfish, to ignore his teammates and grab some glory for himself. It's even rarer when that athlete is a superstar, for whom entitlement is pretty much a birthright.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fielder's homers lift Brewers past Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.4d0e0dc5a01f4e4d849dccf157b95b2d.brewers_dodgers_baseball_lad106.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=LA6g5y4MQDmzkFxU7oyk9A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder (28) is congratulated by teammate Johnny Estrada (33) after a second-inning home run during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, May 21, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Prince Fielder's first two homers at Dodger Stadium definitely weren't cheap ones. Fielder homered in his first career at-bats against Brett Tomko and Takashi Saito, driving both balls a combined 900 feet and powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-5 victory over Los Angeles on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Champions League betrays its name
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070520/capt.th10605201828.soccer_champions_league_final_th106.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=uSqqNJwpkyV.CsQ3VJof.Q--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Liverpool's Peter Crouch scores to make it 3-0 against Galatasaray during the Champions League Group C soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Sept. 27, 2006. The UEFA Champions League final soccer match between English Premier League outfit Liverpool and Italian giants AC Milan will be played in Athens on May 23. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - AC Milan is way off the lead in the Italian League and hasn't won the Serie A title in three years. Liverpool is far behind Manchester United in the Premier League and hasn't won the English championship since 1990. Yet, Milan and Liverpool are playing for European soccer's biggest prize Wednesday, giving the Champions League a bad name.</p><br clear="all"/>
Caps begin overhaul by inking Backstrom
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_capitals_backstrom"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070521/capt.480fe6ecd1594ba6b49940ceab963e55.capitals_backstrom_vamc103.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=MW2t3yy3FHwpBZLjbv0Gzw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Washington Capitals first round draft pick Nicklas Backstrom from Gravle, Sweden, poses in front of his locker in the Capitals' locker room, during a news conference, Monday, May 21, 2007, at the Capitals practice facility in Arlington, Va. The Washington Capitals signed Backstrom to a three-year entry-level contract beginning next season. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nicklas Backstrom's new No. 19 Washington Capitals jersey was hanging in the locker room at the team's practice facility Monday after he signed his three-year, entry level contract.</p><br clear="all"/>
Patriots re-sign LB Seau (AP)
The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Junior Seau for a second season Monday, bringing back the 12-time Pro Bowler a year after he ended a brief retirement for a chance at a Super Bowl ring. The 38-year-old played 13 years for the Chargers and three for Miami before returning to San Diego -- ostensibly to retire.
Bengals cut Nicholson after guilty plea (AP)
Linebacker A.J. Nicholson was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, hours after he pleaded not guilty to a charge that he hit his girlfriend. She insists she accidentally hit herself with a cell phone, and police misread what happened. Nicholson was charged with misdemeanor assault Friday, and despite his girlfriend's claim the case will go forward.
Owners to decide site of 2011 Super Bowl (AP)
Tony Dungy has given lots of big talks, including one in February that turned out pretty well for his Colts. Now he hoped to persuade NFL owners to let Indianapolis host the 2011 Super Bowl. "It's a lot different," Dungy said. "This is not like speaking to your team the night before the game. This will be fun.
More testing needed on Bengals WR Henry (AP)
Prosecutors say more testing is needed to determine whether Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, who has been suspended by the NFL and is on probation in criminal cases in two states, failed a drug screening. Henry is on probation in Kentucky for letting minors drink in a hotel room he rented and in Florida for carrying a concealed weapon.
Dolphins S Bell signs $1.3M tender (AP)
Safety Yeremiah Bell signed a one-year, $1.3 million tender Monday to remain with the Miami Dolphins. Bell had been a restricted free agent. The former walk-on at Eastern Kentucky gave the Dolphins' defense a boost when he became a starter at midseason, and he totaled 65 tackles with a team-high 12 passes defended.
Broncos' Bailey confident for new season (AP)
Champ Bailey is eager to see what kind of season he can have with Dre' Bly playing next to him. But, really, how could he have a better season than he did last year, when he led the league with 11 takeaways? Despite his fantastic year that culminated with his seventh straight trip to the Pro Bowl, Bailey lost out to Miami linebacker Jason Taylor for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Texans LB Ryans looks for improvement (AP)
DeMeco Ryans led the NFL in solo tackles on the way to capturing Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season. After that kind of debut, Houston Texans coaches can't wait to see what the middle linebacker does for his second act. "Knowing the person that DeMeco is, I know his play is definitely going to pick up," linebackers coach Johnny Holland said.
LeBron passes up last shot, Pistons win (AP)
LeBron James dribbled at the top of the key, drove toward the basket and everybody watching in person and on TV probably thought he was going to shoot. He dished and the decision backfired. James passed to Donyell Marshall, who missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left that allowed the Detroit Pistons to escape with a 79-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night in Game 1 of...
Reports: Rockets to hire Adelman (AP)
Former Kings and Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman was expected to be in Houston on Tuesday, and local media were reporting he'd be the next head coach of the Rockets. Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis told The Associated Press on Monday night Adelman was expected to fly to Houston on Tuesday, but said he had no details of coaches plans.
Spurs seek to slow Jazz G Williams (AP)
After seeing Utah's Deron Williams open the Western Conference finals with a career-best 34 points, San Antonio point guard Tony Parker vowed never to be so generous to his counterpart again. Not on defense. At the dinner table. See, the night before the series began, Parker took Williams out for some fine French dining.
NBA's worst aim for win in draft lottery (AP)
After all those losses -- some of them suspected on purpose -- there's finally a payoff. Two of the NBA's worst teams will be rewarded at the draft lottery Tuesday, winning the chance to choose Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. Representatives from 14 teams will be in Secaucus, N.J., hoping they earn the right to select another Tim Duncan or LeBron James, players who went No.
Cavaliers Gs struggle in Game 1 loss (AP)
LeBron James needed someone to pick him up Monday night. Larry Hughes and Sasha Pavlovic didn't do the job. James scored 10 points, Cleveland's starting guards combined for 21 points on 8-for-27 shooting, and the Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final 79-76 to Detroit. "We felt like we gave this one away," said Hughes, who scored 13 points.
Kidd, Carter the focus of Nets' summer (AP)
Jason Kidd talked about Vince Carter's future with the New Jersey Nets and playing for USA basketball this summer, then had a final request heading into the offseason Monday. "Don't write any trade stuff," the All-Star point guard said. There were a couple of laughs and Kidd smiled, but his future and Carter's will be topics of discussion for the next six weeks as the Nets prepare for next season.
Sharks GM won't guarantee coach's return (AP)
General manager Doug Wilson needed two weeks to calm down after the San Jose Sharks' second-round exit from the playoffs, and he's still not ready to make any quick decisions on the futures of his players and coaches. Saying he's "frustrated and disappointed" with the end of an otherwise successful season, Doug Wilson plans to decide by next week whether coach Ron Wilson will return to San Jose...
Giguere, Ducks look to close out Wings (AP)
Jiggy woke up after Game 3 of the Western Conference finals and knew he had to play better. The reminder was right outside his window. "The 5-0 game, I got toilet-papered at my home by Red Wings fans, so I thought, 'I've got to raise my level here,"' Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. Since that lopsided loss, when he gave up three goals on 13 shots before being pulled in the second...
Sens' Cup run has big impact on Ottawa (AP)
Now that he's finally coaching in the Stanley Cup finals, perhaps Bryan Murray will have enough pull to avoid waiting in line for a dinner table in Ottawa. During the Senators' five-game Eastern Conference finals win over Buffalo, Murray told the story of how he was unable to get into a restaurant in the hockey-mad city's popular Byward Market area.
Briere open to staying with Sabres (AP)
Daniel Briere has heard the rumors that he's heading to Nashville, Philadelphia or Montreal, ready to cash in once free agency opens in July. Not so fast, the Buffalo Sabres co-captain said Monday, after he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers. "My first, my probably biggest wish right now would be to be a part of this team," Briere said.
Sabres facing uncertain summer (AP)
Since the first day of training camp in September, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere -- the Buffalo Sabres co-captains -- wore the mantra on their chests in the form of a simple T-shirt. "One team. One goal," the shirt read next to a picture of the Stanley Cup. That goal is gone, at least for this season and this team.
Capitals sign 19-year-old C Backstrom (AP)
Nicklas Backstrom's new No. 19 Washington Capitals jersey was hanging in the locker room at the team's practice facility Monday after he signed his three-year, entry level contract. Above the jersey was a nameplate, reading "N. BACKSTROM" and decorated with club and NHL logos. All of the other lockers were empty: no jerseys, no nameplates.
Sabres' Zubrus had knee injury (AP)
Sabres forward Dainius Zubrus was sidelined by a knee injury in Buffalo's season-ending loss to Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Zubrus confirmed the injury on Monday, two days after the Sabres were eliminated. NHL teams aren't required to identify injuries during the playoffs. Zubrus isn't sure if he'll require surgery to repair damaged cartilage.
Hendrick stable too full for Earnhardt -- right now (AP)
Rick Hendrick wasn't lying when he said he has no room on his team for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Carmichael wins AMA Toyota Motocross opener (AP)
Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael won the opening round of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, beating Kawasaki James Stewart on Sunday in the Honda Hangtown Classic. Kawasaki's Ben Townley won the AMA Motocross Lites.
Bergmeister, Long win at Laguna Seca (AP)
Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won the U.S. Sports Car Invitational on Sunday at Laguna Seca, giving the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series a record five different winners in five races. Co-driving the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford with Long, Bergmeister claimed the lead from Jon Fogarty on lap 60 of the 91-lap race, but the defending Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champion was in danger of...
Harvick wins $1 million to keep Childress rolling (AP)
Because Kevin Harvick wrecked three times in his first six All-Star appearances, there was no reason to expect this year to be much better.
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)
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.