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NEWS FROM 2007-05-26
Pirates overcome Griffey's 574th homer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.c0795c2596474c5d9cd3d26cdd49d9ef.pirates_reds_baseball_csb107.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=V4ESX6Ip8WoE6EIrT533IA--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 25, 2007, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - No one could keep up with it, let alone explain it. Not the Pittsburgh Pirates, who pulled off their biggest inning in nearly three years for a slump-busting win. And certainly not the Cincinnati Reds, who are regularly doing things that no one has seen in a long time.</p><br clear="all"/>
D'backs rookie Reynolds has 5-hit game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.2990c884caf64ed18ec590d71773756d.astros_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc106.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=wUOHQdbfNPG4j4w4UNrq4A--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Mark Reynolds, rear, high fives teammate Tony Pena (56) after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros to cap off an eight run sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2007, at Chase Field in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Reynolds could have hit for the cycle. He just hit the ball too far. The Diamondbacks' rookie came up in the eighth inning Friday night needing a double to complete the cycle. His shot to right field had a little too much behind it, however, clearing the wall for his second homer of the game and Arizona routed the struggling Houston Astros 13-3.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boss: Torre's safe, but GM's on big hook
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_steinbrenner_interview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.f662e7b38f5b4830a472898a6054e6d4.yankees_steinbrenner_baseball_ny154.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Scao0fn98km0YdKYJtLDjA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New York Yankees team manager Joe Torre, left, owner George Steinbrenner, center, and general manager Brian Cashman, right, look on at batting practice during spring training, in this Feb. 26, 2005 file photo, in Tampa. Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - With his New York Yankees struggling, George Steinbrenner says Joe Torre is safe for now, general manager Brian Cashman "is on a big hook" and Jason Giambi "should have kept his mouth shut."</p><br clear="all"/>
Rose shares BMW lead with Cabrera
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bmw_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.lth11205251343.britain_golf_bmw_championship_lth112.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Svt0KlRnnq1Wqyl8N0_r.w--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="England's Justin Rose plays his tee shot on the 4th hole during the second round of the PGA Championships at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, Friday May 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Rose birdied the last three holes Friday for a 2-under 70 and a share of the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship with 2005 winner Angel Cabrera.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beth Bader grabs lead at Corning Classic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.bc53601edb2a429ea5959814500502ba.lpga_tour_golf_nykr114.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=4VgzuCNoKK_660YnNJYK3A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Beth Bader tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic in Corning N.Y., Friday, May 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)" border="0" /></a>AP - Young Kim skipped the Corning Classic the past two years because she didn't like the course. She's liking it a lot now. The fifth-year player from South Korea shot an 8-under 64 on Friday and was one shot behind second-round leader Beth Bader as both women chased their first career victories on the LPGA Tour.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick dog fighting case 'moving forward'
AP - The prosecutor in the investigation of a possible dog fighting operation at a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is confident charges will be brought. He can't yet say who will be charged.
Lewis opts out of Sonics contract
AP - Rashard Lewis' promise became reality. Lewis' agent said Friday night that the SuperSonics' longest-tenured player and second-leading scorer had officially opted out of the final two years of his Seattle contract. That makes him eligible for free agency beginning on July 1, but doesn't necessarily end his career with the Sonics.
Pierre helps Dodgers edge past Cubs 9-8
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.c4450145ed1c4cb2b7517f5dd28e7ff9.cubs_dodgers_baseball_lad101.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=vsms_eK8Nyl8gqn5Ti_y1A--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Derek Lee tags Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Pierre at the ankle for a force out during the first inning of a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, May 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dodgers were cruising along with a five-run lead when the Cubs got to their bullpen for seven runs. Los Angeles responded by returning the favor against Chicago's bullpen. Juan Pierre hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth and the Dodgers rallied for a 9-8 victory Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham set for recall to England squad
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_england_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.nyol57005252015.england_beckham_soccer_nyol570.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=oAxbEoy2FDvBFmMX.i1Qeg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="England's David Beckham in action during the World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria at Old Trafford in Manchester, England in this Saturday Oct. 8, 2005 file photo. Beckham may return to England's national team to boost its chances of qualifying for the 2008 European Championship. The former England captain could be selected Saturday by coach Steve McClaren to play Brazil in an exhibition at Wembley next Friday and a Euro qualifier at Estonia five days later. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham may return to England's national team to boost its chances of qualifying for the 2008 European Championship. The former England captain could be selected Saturday by coach Steve McClaren to play Brazil in an exhibition at Wembley next Friday and a Euro qualifier at Estonia five days later.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tocchet's plea could open door to return
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_coyotes_tocchet"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070525/capt.0d00ced44fc44a1bb99b6e33435ad0ed.gambling_ring_hockey_njme105.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=kII6I71UZzg.M618t7a1Sw--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Former hockey star Rick Tocchet, 43, left, holds up his right hand as he stands with his attorney Kevin Marino in Burlington County Superior Court Friday May 25, 2007, in Mount Holly, N.J. Tocchet, a longtime hockey player, on leave from his job as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to promote gambling and promoting gambling. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet's plea to gambling charges may open the door for his return to work after more than a year on leave.</p><br clear="all"/>
Prosecutor: Dog fighting probe continues (AP)
The prosecutor in the investigation of a possible dog fighting operation at a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is confident charges will be brought. He can't yet say who will be charged. "We are moving forward," Surry County Commonwealth attorney Gerald Poindexter said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday.
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.
Green's agent: Chiefs won't call me back (AP)
The agent for quarterback Trent Green said Thursday the Miami Dolphins have indicated "some flexibility" in their offer to Kansas City, but that he can't get the Chiefs to respond. A Chiefs spokesman said later, however, that the Dolphins remain inflexible in offering only a supplemental sixth-round draft pick for the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
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.
Charge dropped against Broncos' Marshall (AP)
A false imprisonment charge against Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall stemming from a domestic dispute was dismissed Friday. The charge was dropped after Marshall completed anger-management classes, said Kathleen Walsh, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County district attorney Marshall was arrested in March after a woman who identified herself as his girlfriend said Marshall used his...
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...
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...
Sonics' Lewis opts out of his contract (AP)
Rashard Lewis' promise became reality. Lewis' agent said Friday night that the SuperSonics' longest-tenured player and second-leading scorer had officially opted out of the final two years of his Seattle contract. That makes him eligible for free agency beginning on July 1, but doesn't necessarily end his career with the Sonics.
Jazz hope home crowd can rattle Spurs (AP)
The fans will be wearing "True Blue" shirts, cheering at the right times and groaning when officials make calls against their team, all the things that have helped the Utah Jazz win every home game this postseason. But can the crowd fix a leaky defense? Or get struggling shooters to find their touch? If not, this may be the final weekend of cheering for several months.
Cavaliers not upset despite 0-2 deficit (AP)
LeBron James laughed when asked about the gauze bandage covering a nasty scratch on his right forearm. "This one's from my teammates," he said Friday. The Detroit Pistons have left deeper wounds. Two games and two last-play losses into his first trip to the Eastern Conference finals, James refused to offer any excuses for himself or the Cleveland Cavaliers, who find themselves in an 0-2 hole going...
Third quarter dooms Cavaliers again (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and Flip Saunders, his counterpart with the Detroit Pistons, agree on one thing. They both think the Pistons took control of the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals with pride and will in the second half. It's a problem the Cavaliers had in their previous series as well.
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.
Bobcats' Bickerstaff takes on new role (AP)
Bernie Bickerstaff accepted a new role with the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, a move that could lead part-owner Michael Jordan to hire a general manager. In a news conference to introduce Sam Vincent as coach, Jordan announced Bickerstaff, the team's coach and GM since its inception three years ago, will become an executive vice president.
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.
Tocchet pleads guilty in gambling ring (AP)
The case began loudly in February 2006 when New Jersey authorities announced a former hockey star and a state trooper had been charged with running a gambling ring that had ties to organized crime. Wayne Gretzky was dragged into it, along with his actress-wife Janet Jones, on the eve of the Turin Olympics.
Tocchet could return to Coyotes (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet's plea to gambling charges may open the door for his return to work after more than a year on leave. Coach Wayne Gretzky has said he wants Tocchet back. So the decision appears to be in the hands of the NHL after Tocchet pleaded guilty Friday to promoting gambling and conspiracy to promote gambling in a plea deal that may spare him jail time.
Pronger's gritty style gives Ducks edge (AP)
There's an edge to Chris Pronger, which may be part of the reason he's one of hockey's best players and the Ducks are in the Stanley Cup finals. "To be as great as he is, to be as effective as he is, he has to play that kind of style," Anaheim teammate Teemu Selanne said. "He has to be right there in the other player's face.
Hasek to wait to decide on future (AP)
Dominik Hasek will wait a few weeks before deciding whether to return to the Detroit Red Wings next season or retire. "Me and my family have to make the decision," said the 42-year-old goaltender, who signed a one-year incentive-laden contract with Detroit last summer. It turned out to be a good move for both sides as Hasek backstopped the Red Wings to the Western Conference finals, where Detroit...
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.
Ex-Rangers star D 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.
Skinner wins fifth consecutive NCTS pole (PA SportsTicker)
Skinners takes 5th straight pole (AP)
Mike Skinner won his fifth consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole Friday, taking the top spot for the Ohio 250 on Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Park.
As contract talks continue, Earnhardt focuses on racing (AP)
With his sister handling all his suitors, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to focus on racing for the first time since he became a free agent. The result was his best qualifying effort of the season.
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.
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.''
Kahne a long way off 2006 form (AP)
Notes: Speed draws high ratings (AP)
The cable television network Speed scored its highest rating last Saturday night, earning a Nielsen Media...