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NEWS FROM 2007-05-25
Wallace, Pistons go up 2-0 on Cavaliers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.d410161380fb4646a78a23c89ebac05d.cavaliers_pistons_basketball_dtp123.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=GSE09kUO1uyaclPEvd7mLQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James for the go-ahead score in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of an NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, May 24, 2007. The Pistons won 79-76.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rasheed Wallace made a go-ahead, fadeaway jumper over LeBron James on the baseline with 24 seconds left, lifting Detroit to a 79-76 victory over Cleveland Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves' Smoltz makes baseball history
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.9c5b9da3023041e99a3e00c534492907.mets_braves_baseball_gags109.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=s2SSDbYdU_krc5QPiknXQw--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Atlanta Braves starter John Smoltz waves to fans as he celebrates his 200th career win after the Braves' 2-1 win against the New York Mets at an Major League Baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - For only the second time in a regular-season game, John Smoltz sensed an extra excitement that normally only comes in the postseason. "Euphoria," Smoltz said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kim goes on birdie tear to lead Colonial
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_colonial"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070524/capt.e1a40c6a44304b548383ad20b34f5e40.colonial_golf_txdm110.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=4414.xBG.nqmSZv4vNH4cg--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="A person in a golf cart leaves the course after a weather siren sounds, warning against dangerous weather, during the first round of the Colonial Golf Tournament Thursday, May 24, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Whatever Anthony Kim said to himself made quite an impact. After walking off the 12th green with a bogey, Kim birdied the last six holes — the PGA Tour's longest birdie streak this season — for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.</p><br clear="all"/>
Newman captures pole for Coca-Cola 600
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_charlotte_qualifying"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.a72f87b9f9924fdf93a30d20a721114b.nascar_coca_cola_600_auto_racing_nccb132.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=BJvI9nl_NuDyM3sHBzhdsg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Ryan Newman takes his car around the track during practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 24, 2007. Newman won the pole position for Sunday's race with a speed of 185.312 mph.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch gave Penske Racing a grip on the front row for the Coca-Cola 600. Now they hope to end Penske's drought at Lowe's Motor Speedway.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-Ducks coach and GM returns to Anaheim
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070523/capt.0ab877ff4c6042a3bf9a5fea50b7dd3c.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_finals_hockey_ottj111.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=kk9yuatA12_p8WePJ7DV8g--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray speaks to the media following hockey practice in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. The Senators take on the Anaheim Ducks on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, May 28 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bryan Murray has vivid memories of the Anaheim Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003. They're back in the NHL championship series, and so is Murray — this time as coach of the Ottawa Senators.</p><br clear="all"/>
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"/>
Pistons hold off Cavaliers to take 2-0 lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070525/sp_nm/nba_thursday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070525/2007_05_24t232025_326x450_us_nba_thursday.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=VzQMkWwI8E4SnOjLd6YyqA--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Hughes (32) has his shot blocked by Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace (36) in the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA's Eastern Conference basketball series in Auburn Hills, Michigan, May 24, 2007. At right is Pistons' Antonio McDyess. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Rasheed Wallace scored
10 points in the fourth quarter as the Detroit Pistons beat the
Cleveland Cavaliers 79-76 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the
Eastern Conference Finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Young, Bacsik lead Nats past Reds 4-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.c6a8f312cb4c40f3a895cd1e11d4a034.aptopix_nationals_reds_baseball_csb106.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=C3n8rWM7HCEOOBZ.csnmzA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Dunn can't reach a base hit by Washington Nationals' Dmitri Young in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2007, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - A heads-up defensive play helped Mike Bacsik earn his first win in almost three years. Bacsik allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, Dmitri Young went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and the Washington Nationals beat the reeling Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angel, Red Bulls beat Fire 3-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fire_red_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.bc6d1f6c6ad748f091bfeabc58966c7f.mls_fire_red_bulls_soccer_eru103.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=DRXH6aDvLF4oBCP7xbcpxA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel leaps to celebrate his goal as Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares (25) and midfielder Logan Pause (7) walk away during first half MLS soccer action Thursday night, May 24, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Juan Pablo Angel had two goals and an assist to lead the undermanned New York Red Bulls to a record-setting 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canadian billionaire buying Predators
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070524/capt.nyol56905242055.predators_sale_hockey_nyol569.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=SA1vPF93hPIJE3S8GaIjwQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="In this March 7, 2007 file photo, Research in Motion Co-Ceo Jim Balsillie addresses a business group in Ottawa. Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold signed a letter of intent Thursday to the team to Balsillie for $220 million. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, CP,File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Craig Leipold patiently worked to build an NHL franchise and turned the Nashville Predators into one of the league's best teams. If they win a Stanley Cup, it won't be with him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bengals' Lewis sorry for cop comments (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, whose team has had several run-ins with the law, apologized Thursday for comments about police possibly targeting his players. "Yesterday, I gave a radio interview and made some comments that did not illustrate the high regard I have for the Cincinnati Police Department.
Keyshawn retires, will join ESPN (AP)
As Keyshawn Johnson pondered retirement, he looked to Tiki Barber for advice. Barber, a longtime star for the New York Giants, went through a similar process some time ago, and announced last fall he wouldn't return next season. Three weeks after being released by the Carolina Panthers, Johnson reached the same decision despite several opportunities to play on.
Titans DT Haynesworth has much to prove (AP)
Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has a simple goal for 2007: Play 16 games this season. "I haven't played a full season since my rookie year. I've just got to get back on the field and stay on the field. If I stay on the field and be productive, I'll be fine," Haynesworth said. Staying on the field has been a problem for the six-year NFL veteran, the man most people remember for stomping...
Report: Evidence lacking to charge Vick (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...
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,"...
Pistons rally past Cavs for 2-0 lead (AP)
LeBron James rolled his eyes, slumped his shoulders and looked toward his coaches and teammates. It was another frustrating night for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their star. James and the Cavs tried to attack the Detroit Pistons differently, but came away with the same result. Rasheed Wallace scored 10 of his 16 points in the final quarter and made a go-ahead, fadeaway jumper over James on the...
Magic dismiss Hill as coach again (AP)
The Orlando Magic seemed to be making progress with their first postseason appearance in four seasons. But it was over in a flash, and the Magic still didn't win half of their games. They couldn't beat the Detroit Pistons even once in eight tries. All those things piled up for Brian Hill's second dismissal as Magic coach, general manager Otis Smith said Thursday.
Third quarter dooms Cavaliers again (AP)
The third quarter got the Cleveland Cavaliers again. For the fourth straight playoff game, the Cavaliers fell apart coming out of halftime, and for the third time, it cost them a victory. Cleveland led the Detroit Pistons 50-38 at halftime Thursday night, but were outscored 22-13 in the third quarter.
Mavs' Johnson thinks Vincent ready (AP)
With Sam Vincent set to be hired as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, there are questions about his experience. While Vincent has coached men's and women's teams all over the world and in the minor leagues, he's spent only one season in the NBA -- as an assistant. But his former boss isn't concerned, and for good reason.
Pacers interview Bulls assistant Boylan (AP)
Chicago Bulls assistant Jim Boylan is the latest coach in the mix for the Indiana Pacers' job. Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Thursday the team interviewed Boylan on Wednesday. "He's a guy we'll probably interview again," Walsh said. Boylan was the lead assistant for Chicago this season, and he helped the Bulls reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Duncan delivering again in postseason (AP)
When Tim Duncan jumped to catch a lob pass, then realized the ball wasn't going to make it to him, he knew right away that he was in trouble. Duncan does a lot of things well, but an acrobatic, mid-air adjustment isn't usually among them. Yet this time, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Duncan pulled it off.
Mutombo wants to return for 17th season (AP)
Dikembe Mutombo wants a 17th season in the NBA. The 40-year-old Mutombo was contemplating retirement after the Houston Rockets were ousted by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. But dinner with Hakeem Olajuwon changed all that. "To have someone like that, who I admire so much, tell me I have too much to offer to walk away meant a great deal.
Ex-Rangers star Brian Leetch retires (AP)
Brian Leetch, one of the NHL's top defensemen who helped the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994, retired Thursday after an 18-year career. Leetch sat out last season as an unrestricted free agent after spending 2005-2006 with the Boston Bruins, when the 10-time NHL All-Star had five goals and 27 assists in 61 games.
Leipold confirms intent to sell Preds (AP)
Craig Leipold patiently worked to build an NHL franchise and turned the Nashville Predators into one of the league's best teams. If they win a Stanley Cup, it won't be with him. Leipold confirmed Thursday he has signed a letter of intent to sell the franchise to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million after losing $70 million in 10 years of ownership.
Sens' Murray makes return to Anaheim (AP)
Bryan Murray has vivid memories of the Anaheim Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003. They're back in the NHL championship series, and so is Murray -- this time as coach of the Ottawa Senators. He spent the 2001-02 season as the Ducks' coach, and was their general manager the following season when they made their first appearance in the Cup finals, losing to New Jersey in Game 7.
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...
Canucks re-sign C Kesler to 3-year deal (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed center Ryan Kesler to a three-year contract Thursday. The 22-year-old would have become a restricted free agent July 1. Kesler had six goals and 10 assists in 48 games last season, but missed the final 34 games of the regular season after undergoing hip surgery in late January.
Strong season for Wings without Yzerman (AP)
The best record in the Western Conference. A 100-point regular season. Two wins away from a spot in the Stanley Cup finals. The Detroit Red Wings fared well in the first year of the post-Steve Yzerman era, but there is disappointment in Hockeytown over what might have been. After all, it was only a week ago that the Wings were flying high.
Ex-NHL cheerleader files court papers (AP)
A former New York Rangers cheerleader who sued Madison Square Garden for sexual discrimination has filed hundreds of pages of documents to support her claims and answer the arguments by her former employer that her claims are baseless. Courtney Prince said in an affidavit dated Wednesday that her MSG bosses asked her to deliver messages to other cheerleaders that included stuffing their bras,...
Newman captures pole for Nextel Cup Coca-Cola 600 (PA SportsTicker)
Newman captures pole for Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch gave Penske Racing a grip on the front row for the Coca-Cola 600. Now they hope to end Penske's drought at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Busch brothers patch up differences (AP)
Kurt Busch had a talk with his kid brother after the two crashed into each other during NASCAR's All-Star race.
Hamilton's race a triumph of human spirit (AP)
Davey Hamilton was lying in a bed at the Texas Motor Speedway medical center when he heard the staff call for an emergency helicopter, saying they had a likely double amputee. "Somebody," Hamilton thought, "really got hurt bad." Then it hit him: They were talking about him. A crash that was nobody's fault threatened to claim parts of his legs.
Martin would replace father-to-be Gordon (AP)
Jeff Gordon believes Mark Martin's successful run as a part-time driver ``has probably extended my career.''
Venezuelan president has rooting interest in Indy 500 (AP)
Milka Duno and Hugo Chavez bantered back and forth like a couple of flirty schoolchildren. When the two hooked up on the phone this week, Chavez invited Duno to "go for a ride" in his red Volkswagen Bug. Duno countered with an offer to attend a race, drawing a big laugh from the Venezuelan president. "Give me a ride!" he exclaimed.
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.