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NEWS FROM 2007-05-27
Jazz rout Spurs to get back in series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070527/capt.7e7f6014971b45099bf7e91a84e1c82c.aptoix_spurs_jazz_basketball_slcc121.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=ele3AkwG8zZP0EJ5r07egg--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5) scores against San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, during the fourth quarter of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball game Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz beat the Spurs, 109-83. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tenacious from the start, Utah's Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer gave the home fans exactly what they expected in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Once their teammates got into the act, the Jazz gave the crowd what it really wanted, a 109-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night that drastically changes the outlook of the series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox open 11 1/2-game lead on Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070527/capt.1fc1b7277eba40fabde49dec050c9deb.rangers_red_sox_baseball_arl109.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=Zd8WYBWPhNVk89aG7jZHZg--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez hits a RBI-triple in the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington,Texas, Saturday, May 26, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - As if the Boston Red Sox didn't have enough going for them. The team with the best record in baseball now has surging Manny Ramirez on their side. Ramirez had four hits and keyed a five-run sixth inning with an RBI triple to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks continue struggling against Angels
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.322485ecb43d41a7a04ff1a5eece136c.angels_yankees_baseball_nyeb210.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=PX5EMcCqdj.cP7mNjMp3mw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="New York Yankees Robinson Cano reacts as he walks past Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's catcher Jose Molina after striking out during the fourth inning of their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, May 26, 2007. (AP Photo/ Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Once again, the hits came in a hurry for the Los Angeles Angels. Gary Matthews Jr. lined a two-run triple that gave the Angels yet another fast start and Kelvim Escobar made the early lead stand up, beating the New York Yankees 3-1 Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Delgado's 2 HRs power Mets over Marlins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070527/capt.b056f78218e54185a63f266f2c3bc14a.mets_marlins_baseball_mds103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=O1md2MdzBX76MgPnG63n4Q--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado, right, is greeted at the plate by David Wright (5) after Delgado hit a two-run home run in the third inning against the Florida Marlins during baseball game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Saturday, May 26, 2007. Also pictured is Florida Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo (30). (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Getting dropped in the New York Mets' order was the perfect pick-me-up for Carlos Delgado. Batting in the No. 5 slot, one spot below his usual cleanup position, Delgado ended a long power drought with two home runs and five RBIs and carried the Mets past the Florida Marlins 7-2 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Broadhurst, Fisher share lead at BMW
<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/20070524/capt.lth10105241232.britain_golf_bmw_championship_lth101.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=y1P1JTQ2pl_N.IH0YLIJFA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="England's Paul Broadhurst plays off the 13th tee during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Virginia Water, Surrey, England, Thursday May 24, 2007. The Wentworth course is 7,320 yards and prize money totals euro 4.35 million (US$5.87 million). (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Paul Broadhurst and Ross Fisher each birdied the last three holes at Wentworth on Saturday to share the third-round lead of the BMW PGA Championship. Broadhurst, who also shared the first-round lead Thursday, had a 4-under 68 in what he said was his best driving day in months.</p><br clear="all"/>
Packers CEO Harlan to delay retirement
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_packers_harlan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.nyol57505262000.packers_harlan_football_nyol575.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=JA21WwwqxxQikq6LUzlwbA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Green Bay Packers CEO Bob Harlan waves to the crowd during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Green Bay, Wis. in this Dec. 21, 2006 file photo. Harlan will delay his retirement because hand-picked successor John Jones is taking a leave for personal reasons. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Harlan will delay his retirement as the Green Bay Packers' chief executive officer because hand-picked successor John Jones is taking a leave for personal reasons.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz thrash Spurs to grab Western lifeline
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070527/sp_nm/nba_saturday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070527/2007_05_27t002025_367x450_us_nba_saturday.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=t.9vScYtdNe58zPA29ji_A--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (top) of France goes to the basket against Utah Jazz' Andrei Kirilenko during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball series in Salt Lake City, Utah May 26, 2007. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Utah Jazz delivered a 109-83
home-court win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday to claw
their way back into the Western Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Diamondbacks extend Astros' skid to 7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070527/capt.70e7817f6c11436f9ca3d64065514c01.astros_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc105.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=BDFzb5lNW1AQsHQ5_lko5A--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb delivers a pitch against Houston Astros batter Chris Sampson in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May26, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Close is no consolation for the slumping Houston Astros. Brandon Webb limited Houston to two runs through seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to hand the Astros their seventh loss in a row, 5-4 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Galindo, Chivas USA shut out FC Dallas
AP - Maykel Galindo and Ante Razov scored in the second half to give Chivas USA a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Ducks, Sens set for Stanley Cup opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070526/capt.d6f4540031f64ff0881863fa987401dc.stanley_cup_hockey_ottx105.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=BMy1yl8nZiiF9zt6dxNB4A--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators Dany Heatley, left, and Jason Spezza take part in team practice in Ottawa, Saturday, May 26, 2007. The Ottawa Senators will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals starting Monday May 28. (AP Photo/Patrick Doyle, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson isn't familiar with the play of Anaheim star Chris Pronger. Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf doesn't really know anyone on the Senators. The two teams have faced each other just once since 2003. They get to reacquaint themselves Monday night, slamming into each other in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Packers CEO Harlan to delay retirement (AP)
Bob Harlan will delay his retirement as the Green Bay Packers' chief executive officer because hand-picked successor John Jones is taking a leave for personal reasons. The Packers announced Saturday that Jones is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team because of "management concerns." In a hastily arranged news conference, Packers executive committee member Peter Platten said he could...
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.
Woman pleads guilty in Starr extortion (AP)
An 81-year-old Texas woman has pleaded guilty to trying to extort $2 million from Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. Ruby Y. Young of Kerrville pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court. She received a probated sentence and agreed not to have any contact with Starr or his family. Young was accused of mailing letters to the 73-year-old Starr last year with the intent to extort money under "a...
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...
Jazz regain confidence, rip Spurs 109-83 (AP)
Tenacious from the start, Utah's Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer gave the home fans exactly what they expected in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Once their teammates got into the act, the Jazz gave the crowd what it really wanted, a 109-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night that drastically changes the outlook of the series.
Spurs' chances for sweep hit snag (AP)
So much for a San Antonio sweep. The Spurs' march toward the NBA finals hit its first snag in nearly two weeks when the Utah Jazz won Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, 109-83 on Saturday night. Utah pulled to 2-1 in the series and remained unbeaten at home in the playoffs with a performance that was opposite of Games 1 and 2 in San Antonio.
Sonics F 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.
Cavs like chances in Game 3 vs. Pistons (AP)
Practice over, LeBron James palmed a basketball off the rack in his right hand, and with hardly any windup, fired it toward the hoop at the far end of Quicken Loans Arena. Swish. Nothing but net from 92 feet. Just like in his commercial. "Wooo!" James hollered. "That's it, I'm out." And back home, where James almost always makes the impossible look routine.
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.
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.
Ducks, Sens unfamiliar with each other (AP)
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson isn't familiar with the play of Anaheim star Chris Pronger. Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf doesn't really know anyone on the Senators. The two teams have faced each other just once since 2003. They get to reacquaint themselves Monday night, slamming into each other in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.
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' bench (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...
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.
Setzer capitalizes on Crawford's collapse, wins Ohio 250 (PA SportsTicker)
Kahne ends winless drought with victory in Lowe's Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
Kahne wins Busch race at LMS (AP)
Kasey Kahne raced to his first victory of the season Saturday night, pulling away on a late restart to win the Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Setzer wins rain-delayed Ohio 250 (AP)
Dennis Setzer outwitted the competition for his 17th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck series victory, running the entire rain-delayed Ohio 250 without a pit stop Saturday at Mansfield Motorsport Park.
Earnhardt can't bring Budweiser to JGR; Ginn emerging as serious player (AP)
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends up at Joe Gibbs Racing, team officials are adamant it won't be with sponsor Budweiser.
Things looking up for Newman (AP)
Ryan Newman wants to go back about three years.
Despite success, Johnson still looking for total acceptance in NASCAR (AP)
It's been almost five years since Jimmie Johnson finished lower than third at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a streak spanning eight races -- five of them victories at the track he calls ``my house.''
Newman captures pole for Nextel Cup Coca-Cola 600 (PA SportsTicker)