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NEWS FROM 2007-05-23
Ducks top Red Wings to reach Cup finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.927d261f00d0455098d806cb553d3bde.aptopix_red_wings_ducks_hockey_ana117.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=26L9rBlz97nVxYquBGALSA--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne, second left, Todd Marchant, left, and Scott Niedermayer congratulate Ryan Getzlaf after he scored during the second period of an NHL Western Conference final hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/ Chris Carlson )" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks relaxed their "10-minute rule" that allows them to enjoy a win for just that brief span before concentrating on what's up next. "It's not something that happens every year," goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said Tuesday night after the Ducks beat Detroit 4-3 in Game 6 to win the Western Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan, Spurs beat Jazz to take 2-0 lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.249197c47bbe4007ba21fbe3be9e515f.aptopix_jazz_spurs_basketball_txeg103.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=.1LwKC8fu3Fzh6N4zl.azw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, crashes into Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher (2) during the first quarter of their Western Conference Finals NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ever since Robert Horry sent Steve Nash sprawling, the San Antonio Spurs have become a different team. The Spurs are 4-0 since the loss that featured Horry's suspension-inducing hit on the Phoenix point guard. The roll began with consecutive victories that finished off the Suns in the second round and has continued with two more in the conference finals against the Utah Jazz, the latest a 105-96 victory Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockets hire Adelman as head coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_rockets_adelman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.6855a148a6ba4792b80f68a620093ec3.rockets_adelman_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=OpAuz2h5q2NBon2mWP5uvg--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman gestures during a basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., in this April 30, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rick Adelman was out of coaching and enjoying life away from the NBA spotlight. The chance to coach Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming was too much to pass up.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blazers beat odds, win NBA draft lottery
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_draft_lottery"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.9154daa5ef2442a59938e890256d0f75.nba_draft_lottery_basketball_njbk103.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=oA500XeSUGrcLZcqZCTX4Q--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard, right, hugs Brandon Roy as he is being interviewed after Portland won the NBA draft lottery, giving them the number one pick in the upcoming draft, Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two longshots from the Pacific Northwest won the NBA draft lottery and the right to select can't-miss picks Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. The luck of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics also left outgoing Memphis Grizzlies president Jerry West calling for the league to dump the weighted lottery system that rarely has helped the league's worst team.</p><br clear="all"/>
New Texas stadium to host '11 Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.4f9888e5000746eeaba0367aeb5baf9c.nfl_meetings_football_arl102.jpg?x=130&y=62&sig=PLJmzQgMM_c7oTY4JY6EgQ--" align="left" height="62" width="130" alt="Shown is the Dallas Cowboys stadium under construction in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, May 22, 2007. The 2011 Super Bowl will be played at the new stadium where the NFL will be able to fit thousands more fans into the stadium for its showpiece game. The Cowboys' US$1 billion stadium seats up to 100,000 and will open in 2009. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Super Bowl has been criticized for not having enough seats for regular fans to watch the NFL's biggest game. Thanks to the Dallas Cowboys, that shouldn't be a problem in 2011. NFL owners voted Tuesday to play the 2011 Super Bowl in the Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, a $1 billion stadium seating up to 100,000.</p><br clear="all"/>
Redskins apologize for Portis' remarks
AP - The Washington Redskins apologized Tuesday for comments running back Clinton Portis made during a television interview ridiculing authorities for pursuing possible dog fighting charges against Michael Vick.
Duncan helps Spurs surge to 2-0 lead over Jazz
Reuters - The Spurs took a commanding 2-0 lead
in the Western Conference finals on Tuesday, leading from start
to finish to beat the Utah Jazz 105-96 in San Antonio.
Padres use long ball to top Cubs 5-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.d7cccfd783674c50ae247cf6cad0f49f.cubs_padres_baseball_cadp107.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=VMre5No1GOXd9LwJ9sMW_A--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="San Diego Padres' Mike Cameron looks skyward after hitting a solo homer off Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Hill in the fifth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Padres are accustomed to fine pitching performances by Jake Peavy. Getting home runs at home is something out of the ordinary. Peavy allowed one run in six solid innings, and Mike Cameron hit two of San Diego's season-high four home runs at home in the Padres' 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
AC Milan seeks redemption in final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_champions_league_final"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070522/capt.xath15605221751.greece_soccer_champions_league_final_xath156.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=9mW8Y.ArBmD1he9tvGbYhg--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka kicks the ball during a training session at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday May 22, 2007. Liverpool will face Italian team AC Milan in the final of the Champions League in Athens on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two years after losing a 3-0 lead and the biggest prize in European club soccer, AC Milan gets a chance to set things straight. The 2005 Champions League final loss in a penalty-kick shootout to Liverpool still haunts AC Milan, and now the team faces Liverpool again for the trophy.</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"/>
New Cowboys home to host 2011 Super Bowl (AP)
The Super Bowl has been criticized for not having enough seats for regular fans to watch the NFL's biggest game. Thanks to the Dallas Cowboys, that shouldn't be a problem in 2011. NFL owners voted Tuesday to play the 2011 Super Bowl in the Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, a $1 billion stadium seating up to 100,000.
Redskins apologize for Portis' comments (AP)
The Washington Redskins apologized Tuesday for comments running back Clinton Portis made during a television interview ridiculing authorities for pursuing possible dog fighting charges against Michael Vick. Also, tackle Chris Samuels said he was wrong for joking about dog fighting during the interview he and Portis did Monday with WAVY-TV in Norfolk.
Raiders sign free agent WR Travis Taylor (AP)
The Oakland Raiders agreed to contracts Tuesday with free agent wide receiver Travis Taylor and running back Curtis Brown. Taylor had 57 catches for 651 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Minnesota Vikings before becoming a free agent. A former first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, Taylor has 311 career receptions for 4,013 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Taylor welcomes Peterson to Vikings (AP)
Chester Taylor got all he wanted -- and more -- in his first season as a starting running back last year. He rushed for 1,216 yards after being signed by the Minnesota Vikings, serving as the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for the offense. But he also racked up some bruised ribs that kept him out of a game in Detroit in December and what the injury report called "overall body...
Jets sign former Chiefs DE Eric Hicks (AP)
The New York Jets bolstered their defensive line Monday by signing defensive end Eric Hicks, a free agent who spent his first nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Keyonta Marshall, a defensive tackle on the practice squad, was released. Hicks, who turns 31 next month, ranks fifth on the Chiefs' career sacks list with 40 1/2 , including a career-high 14 in 2000.
Frye confident he'll start over Quinn (AP)
As far as Charlie Frye is concerned, he's the Cleveland Browns' No. 1 quarterback. Brady Quinn, grab a seat. Frye began battling Quinn, Derek Anderson and Ken Dorsey for the starting job Tuesday as the Browns kicked off three weeks of organized-team-activity practices, the first full-team workouts in preparation for the 2007 season.
Giants acquire PK Tynes from Chiefs (AP)
The New York Giants acquired veteran placekicker Lawrence Tynes from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. The Giants lost their kicker in the offseason when Jay Feely signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. Until the trade, they had rookies Josh Huston and Marc Hickok on their roster.
Blazers defy odds, win NBA draft lottery (AP)
Two longshots from the Pacific Northwest won the NBA draft lottery and the right to select can't-miss picks Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. The luck of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics also left outgoing Memphis Grizzlies president Jerry West calling for the league to dump the weighted lottery system that rarely has helped the league's worst team.
Duncan, Spurs grab 2-0 series lead (AP)
Only two games into the Western Conference finals, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs already are toying with Utah. Their big tease Tuesday night: Build a big lead, see it shrink a little, then bury the Jazz with 3-pointers. Parker made it all possible, using his speed to the basket to draw in the defense then finding his shooters time and time again to help the Spurs beat the Jazz 105-96 for a...
Rockets hire Adelman as coach (AP)
Rick Adelman was out of coaching and enjoying life away from the NBA spotlight. The chance to coach Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming was too much to pass up. Adelman was set to be introduced as the new coach of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday afternoon, less than a week after Jeff Van Gundy was dismissed. "I always knew I was going to look for something eventually," Adelman said Tuesday night as he...
Another meltdown puts Jazz in deep hole (AP)
The Utah Jazz had a mirror-image meltdown in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Jazz never led against the San Antonio Spurs and got only as close as seven points in the fourth quarter before losing 105-96 Tuesday night. The Jazz struggled in the second quarter of Game 2 just as they did during Game 1, meaning that for the second time in the playoffs they are down two games as they head...
Oden, Durant to join U.S. roster (AP)
Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are in, and Tayshaun Prince and Tyson Chandler are joining them. USA Basketball is making a number of changes to this summer's roster, with the Americans adding the two college stars and a couple of defensive specialists but losing Dwyane Wade and some key players because of injuries.
Celtics lose again, will pick fifth (AP)
All that losing for nothing. After spending most of the season in contention for little more than a better position in the NBA draft, the Celtics picked up another loss in the league's draft lottery on Tuesday: the fifth overall pick -- the worst-case scenario going into the night. "That's not where you wanted to see (our) name," coach Doc Rivers said at the team's practice facility after the...
Stern may revamp draft lottery system (AP)
The NBA may consider examining its draft lottery system after speculation some teams weren't trying their best to win late in the season, with the hope of improving their chances of getting the top pick. NBA commissioner David Stern, speaking Tuesday before the lottery was held, also defended the league's mandatory suspension policy for players leaving the bench during an altercation.
Giguere, Ducks close out Wings in six (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere insisted he didn't win the Western Conference finals. Dominik Hasek didn't necessarily agree. Giguere shut out Detroit for the first two periods as Anaheim built a 3-0 lead, then withstood a three-goal outburst by the Red Wings in the closing period to take a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.
Stanley Cup finals to open May 28 (AP)
The Stanley Cup finals will begin May 28 at the home of the Western Conference champion. The Anaheim Ducks led 3-2 in the Western Conference finals, and were to host Game 6 Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. The winner of that series will play Ottawa, which eliminated Buffalo in five games. The NHL said Tuesday that the Western Conference champion will have home-ice advantage, hosting...
Sharks GM to decide on coach's future (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...
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 says he wants to stay 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.
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.
NASCAR to use COT exclusively in 2008 (AP)
NASCAR will use the Car of Tomorrow exclusively in 2008, a year earlier than planned.
DEI drops appeal of COT penalties (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Inc. dropped its appeal of penalties levied against Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his crew chief for illegal modifications made to the Car of Tomorrow.
Short race gives Montoya time to play (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya was a popular pick to win the Nextel Open and advance into NASCAR's All-Star race. With nothing on the line but a $1 million prize, it seemed the perfect opportunity for Montoya to get aggressive and mix it up with NASCAR's best.
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.