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NEWS FROM 2007-05-24
Keyshawn gives up mouthpiece for mic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_panthers_keyshawn_retires"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.77c1029205864bc69faf2daf497f83ad.keyshawn_retires_football_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=lFOBCzAWtVZ9raUJ6wCgNw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="In this photo released by ESPN, Keyshawn Johnson poses on an ESPN set in Bristol, Conn., Monday May 21, 2007. Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday May 23, ending a career in which the outspoken receiver was once one of the game's biggest threats. He will join ESPN as a sportscaster and disclose his plans at a news conference in Los Angeles at USC, where he starred in college. (AP Photo/Rich Arden, ESPN)" border="0" /></a>AP - Keyshawn Johnson has caught the damn ball in the NFL for the last time. Johnson, who played a great game and talked one as well during an 11-year career, retired Wednesday despite several offers to continue playing.</p><br clear="all"/>
Source: Vincent offered Bobcats' job
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_bobcats_vincent"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070524/capt.56794aedbd1349f7951bb0e01042a797.bobcasts_vincent_basketball_ny165.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=PxJ07RZeXfWk0F2LwZXccw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Nigeria coach Sam Vincent coaches his team in a 79-73 loss to Japan in a preliminary round game in the women's basketball competition at the Helliniko Indoor Arena in Athens during the 2004 Olympics Games, in this Aug. 16, 2004 file photo. The Charlotte Bobcats have chosen Dallas assistant Sam Vincent as their new coach, a person familiar with the search said Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Charlotte Bobcats have chosen Dallas assistant Sam Vincent as their new coach, a person familiar with the search said Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hill out as coach of Orlando Magic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_hill_out"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.0527f92c021a4b73a7c833ed5eb57286.magic_hill_out_basketball_ny161.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=rSG1gHFju6aUKqDke8oznA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill yells at his team during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, in this March 18, 2007 file photo, in Miami. Hill is out as the Orlando Magic's coach after two consecutive losing seasons and a first-round sweep in this year's playoffs, an official in the NBA said Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Hill and the club were still negotiating his exit, and it was not clear whether he resigned or was fired, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the situation was not entirely resolved. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brian Hill is out as the Orlando Magic's coach after two consecutive losing seasons and a first-round sweep in this year's playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giambi, MLB meet over drug issues
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_giambi"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070524/capt.30f4bb4d2d904f58a1faf02debd23a41.red_sox_yankees_baseball_nyjj116.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=1UDEfL9cvFiaYKppyYL4aQ--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="New York Yankees' Jason Giambi walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning in Major League Baseball action Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the same day a report alleged he failed an amphetamines test, Jason Giambi met with lawyers from the baseball commissioner's office Wednesday to discuss his recent comments on steroids.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selanne, Ducks get crack at Stanley Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_high_flying_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 Ducks' Teemu Selanne was quite frightened in the closing moments against Detroit, and quite emotional afterward. Anaheim withstood a late surge by the Red Wings, so Selanne — who turns 37 in July — will play in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: A new low - dog fighting
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nancy_armour052307"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.vanew50105232351.nancy_armour_football_vanew501.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=sxfxqKW_ajoklt.fmvPH.w--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="In this May 22, 2007 file photo, one of three dogs removed from a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is shown in Chesapeake, Va. Vick has been under investigation since April 25 when police conducting a drug investigation raided the house he owns and found dozens of dogs. They also found items associated with dog fighting, including a 'pry bar' used to pry apart a dog's jaws. No charges have been filed. The dogs are now housed at the Chesapeake Animal Control Bureau office. (AP Photo/Daily Press, Joe Fudge/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Before Clinton Portis opens his mouth again to make light of dog fighting, maybe he should know something about what he's defending.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hill will not return as Magic's coach, team says
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070524/sp_nm/nba_hill_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070524/2007_05_24t022208_336x450_us_nba_hill.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=nkN1St2O1qryB1TqeOlh6w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Orlando Magic head coach Brian Hill argues with referees during NBA basketball game action against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta, Georgia, in this January 29, 2007 file photo. Hill will not return as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, the club said on its Web site on Wednesday. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Brian Hill will not return as the head
coach of the Orlando Magic, the club said on its Web site on
Molina, Zito spark Giants to fourth straight win
Reuters - Bengie Molina drove in four runs
to back up Barry Zito's strong pitching and lift the San
Francisco Giants to a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros on
Wednesday, their fourth straight win.
Rangers FC blank Galaxy 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_rangers_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070524/capt.b405c8a2230d41a4ad9bd04fcb7dfe84.rangers_fc_galaxy_soccer_hdc109.jpg?x=130&y=62&sig=Sm94OUhsRnMxEBJjJWiUkw--" align="left" height="62" width="130" alt="Glasgow Rangers FC's Kris Boyd, left, scores past Los Angeles Galaxy's Quavas Kirk and goalie Steve Cronin as Nathan Sturgis looks on during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, May 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kris Boyd scored in the 56th minute to give Rangers FC of Glasgow a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in an exhibition game Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canadian billionaire buying Predators
AP - Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold reached an agreement to sell his franchise to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie after 10 years of losing money.
Keyshawn retires, will join ESPN (AP)
Keyshawn Johnson has caught the damn ball in the NFL for the last time. Johnson, who played a great game and talked one as well during an 11-year career, retired Wednesday despite several offers to continue playing. He'll soon be expressing his strong opinions on ESPN. "I wouldn't trade my career for anyone's," Johnson said at a news conference on the University of Southern California campus, where...
Report: Vick prosecutor lacking evidence (AP)
The prosecutor investigating whether property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was part of a dog fighting operation said Wednesday he still doesn't have solid evidence linking Vick to dog fighting. "I know everybody is saying, 'When are those fools in Surry County going to get up off their butts and do something?"' Poindexter told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk on Wednesday.
Attorney: Chris Henry's drug test clean (AP)
Suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has passed his drug screenings, a Kentucky prosecutor and an attorney for the player said Wednesday. "There were no drugs found in his system," said attorney Robert Lotz, who received the final test results at his office in nearby Covington, Ky. Rob Sanders, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Kenton County, Ky., confirmed that lab analysis of...
Agent defends Portis over dog comments (AP)
Drew Rosenhaus is a dog lover. When the agent heard that Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis seemed to support dog fighting, it tested his loyalty to a client. "I've had dogs my entire life and I personally find dog fighting cruel, vicious and evil," he said Wednesday. Portis was asked Monday about the investigation into possible dog fighting at Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick's...
North Texas hopes bid generates windfall (AP)
It appears the $1 billion the Dallas Cowboys spent on their new stadium is the key number that swayed NFL owners to award North Texas the 2011 Super Bowl. From hotel rooms to golf courses, plenty of figures were included in the winning bid made public Wednesday. The sleek, state-of-the-start facility promises to seat at least 93,221 fans for the Super Bowl and provide the chance for a record $93...
Vikings LB Greenway 'ready to go' (AP)
There is no brace on Chad Greenway's left knee. He has no pain in the surgically repaired joint and no limp left over from the months of rehab after tearing the ACL in his knee in the first game of last year's preseason. In fact, as Greenway donned his helmet and practice jersey for the Vikings "organized team activities" this week, there are no signs he missed his entire rookie season.
Green practices, but won't play for KC (AP)
Angry and frustrated because his deal with Miami has been held up, Trent Green practiced with Kansas City on Tuesday while insisting he has no plans to ever play for the Chiefs again. It's a situation the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback finds very uncomfortable. "It's not only awkward for me and my family, but it's awkward for the guys in the weight room, in the locker room, on the practice field,"...
Magic confirm Brian Hill out as coach (AP)
Brian Hill is out as the Orlando Magic's coach after two consecutive losing seasons and a first-round sweep in this year's playoffs. It was unclear whether Hill was fired or resigned Wednesday, with the team releasing a statement at night stating he would not return as coach. The team said Hill would have the option to return to the organization in another capacity.
Bobcats offer coaching job to Vincent (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats have chosen Dallas assistant Sam Vincent as their new coach, a person familiar with the search said Wednesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made, told The Associated Press that Vincent would be introduced at a news conference Friday.
Wolves coach Wittman inks multiyear deal (AP)
Randy Wittman learned one thing after taking over as interim coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves midway through last season. "That I don't want to do it again," Wittman said Wednesday after signing a multiyear contract that makes him the permanent replacement for Dwane Casey in Minnesota. "That was a hard situation.
Oden, Durant added to U.S. hoops team (AP)
Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are headed to USA Basketball camp. LeBron James' summer plans still seem up in the air. The United States added eight players to its roster Wednesday, highlighted by the college stars who figure to be the top two picks in the NBA draft. "To show that they already have this commitment to playing for the United States at this age is terrific," U.S.
Pistons unsatisfied with Game 1 win (AP)
The Detroit Pistons usually need contributions from every starter and a couple of reserves to win. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Detroit beat the Cleveland Cavaliers with only Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace consistently producing. "It's a positive that we won, but it's a negative because we didn't feel like we won," Wallace said Wednesday.
Blazers beat odds, win NBA draft lottery (AP)
Two long shots 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.
Rockets introduce Adelman as coach (AP)
Rick Adelman's top priority as the new Houston Rockets' coach is to make life easier for Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. After sitting out a season, the 60-year-old Adelman was introduced at a news conference Wednesday, ending a strange, two-week courtship that began before Houston fired Jeff Van Gundy. Adelman met owner Les Alexander for the first time on May 11 and shared his ideas on making Yao and...
Source: Preds to be sold to Balsillie (AP)
Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold tapped into country music star power and catchy marketing slogans. He helped the NHL negotiate a new labor deal friendly to small-market franchises and even traded for Peter Forsberg. After 10 years, it still wasn't enough. The Wisconsin businessman, tired of losing money, reached an agreement to sell his team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, the same...
Ducks' Selanne gets first shot at Cup (AP)
The Ducks' Teemu Selanne was quite frightened in the closing moments against Detroit, and quite emotional afterward. Anaheim withstood a late surge by the Red Wings, so Selanne -- who turns 37 in July -- will play in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time. Shortly after Anaheim's 4-3 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Selanne stood amid the hubbub in the locker room, his freshly...
Senators prepare for unfamiliar Ducks (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators have some cramming to do before facing the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup final. The teams, set to open the finals Monday night in Anaheim, didn't face each other this season and haven't met in Anaheim since Oct. 17, 2003, when Senators goalie Patrick Lalime made 30 saves in a 3-0 victory.
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...
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.
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.
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.