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NEWS FROM 2007-05-29
Spurs get tough to take 3-1 series lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.cc48ecca35404a479c4810aef69b28de.spurs_jazz_basketball_slcc104.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=1JYENYQVNWolBZPVhZMT3Q--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz guard Gordan Giricek (10), of Croatia, fouls San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, during the first quarter of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball game Monday, May 28, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - With each drive to the basket and each fall to the floor — flop or not — Manu Ginobili made the Utah Jazz and their fans angrier and angrier. Players and coaches complained to the refs. Fans booed, threw things and popped balloons. All Ginobili did was keep hitting his free throws, pushing the San Antonio Spurs to a 91-79 victory Monday night and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks rally to take Stanley Cup opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.c332144f611c451f9f66e4430b09a2cc.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_ryr114.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=j28ikwVVWXuH17BMIhn6LQ--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Travis Moen (32), who scored the winning goal, celebrates with teammates after defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim Monday, May 28, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Paul Chiasson)CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - When a bouncing puck found Travis Moen in the slot, he was every bit as dangerous as Teemu Selanne, instead of the checker he's paid to be. Moen wasted no time and snapped a shot past Ray Emery with 2:51 left, giving the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Senators in the Stanley Cup finals opener Monday night. Moen's fifth of the playoffs came after Ryan Getzlaf's tying goal 11:25 earlier erased the 2-1 lead Ottawa carried into the third period.</p><br clear="all"/>
Youkilis helps lead Red Sox past Indians
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.453f4371f1b346618412fe56140e9385.aptopix_indians_red_sox_baseball_maea113.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=XvFxCDg6wu9HK_i7jaP6Lw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox' Kevin Youkilis reacts at the dugout after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, May 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Youkilis runs hard after every at-bat, and sometimes it pays off with an extra base.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockies win 6th straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070528/capt.f153f1b1ec9c46058de730600eab3bd6.cardinals_rockies_baseball_cojd109.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=qfPW_l0h56RyyOsG_McaRQ--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies winning pitcher Jeff Francis is congratulated by manager Clint Hurdle as he leaves the field after the Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 during a baseball game in Denver, Monday, May 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Francis helped the Colorado Rockies to their longest winning streak since 2002.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rain drenches French Open for second day
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_french_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070528/capt.xrg12405281400.france_french_open_tennis_xrg124.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=R.BscnTVt4h6ixwSaGYufA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Venus Williams, of the United States, celebrates after defeating France's Alize Cornet in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, Monday, May 28, 2007. Williams won 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)" border="0" /></a>AP - The persistent rain at the French Open stopped only long enough for seven more players to complete their first-round victories.</p><br clear="all"/>
Body of Patriots' Marquise Hill found
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_patriots_hill_search"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070528/capt.685c4de7a11e4111a287c386721fa567.aptopix_patriots_hill_search_lajb101.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=TZE2Hy6zJnv3hRXy5ZlcQg--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews search for New England Patriots player Marquise Hill Monday. May 28, 2007, on Lake Pontchartrain, in New Orleans, La. Hill was reported missing Sunday following a jet-ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)" border="0" /></a>AP - The body of New England Patriots player Marquise Hill was found Monday, a day after he was reported missing following a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain.</p><br clear="all"/>
New Bobcats coach gets right to work
AP - Sam Vincent likes to brag that he doesn't take time off — and he didn't while toiling in basketball's minor leagues.
Chavez leads A's to 5-3 win over Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.818d809630094da898c179bf73e9a09a.rangers_athletics_baseball_oas107.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=VlVYFT4AyYjoByNmu16R5w--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics' Eric Chavez, right, celebrates with Shannon Stewart after his three-run home run that scored Stewart and Travis Buck off Texas Rangers' Robinson Tejeda in the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, May 28, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Athletics handed another loss to their beloved old third-base coach. Eric Chavez, who gave one of his six Gold Gloves to Ron Washington, hit a three-run homer and rookie Travis Buck added a solo shot for the A's in a 5-3 win over slumping Texas, spoiling Wash's Bay Area return as Rangers manager Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fire play scoreless draw with Salt Lake
AP - The Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw on Sunday, despite several scoring opportunities by each team.
Bettman: Predators staying in Nashville
AP - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that even if the sale of the Nashville Predators goes through, the franchise "is not going anywhere."
La. official: Body of Pats DE Hill found (AP)
The body of New England Patriots player Marquise Hill was found Monday, a day after he was reported missing following a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain. Hill's body was discovered by searchers about a quarter of a mile from where the 24-year-old former LSU star and a female companion were involved in the accident, Capt.
Report: Vick was at dog fight in 2000 (AP)
^ Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was at a dog fight in 2000 and is "one of the heavyweights" in the sport, ESPN reported. The network Sunday cited a police informant whom a dog-fighting investigator called "extremely reliable." "That's who bets a large dollar," the informant said on the show "Outside the Lines." "And they have the money to bet large money.
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...
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.
Spurs take commanding 3-1 lead on Jazz (AP)
With each drive to the basket and each fall to the floor -- flop or not -- Manu Ginobili made the Utah Jazz and their fans angrier and angrier. Players and coaches complained to the refs. Fans booed, threw things and popped balloons. All Ginobili did was keep hitting his free throws, pushing the San Antonio Spurs to a 91-79 victory Monday night and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Hughes likely to miss Game 4 for Cavs (AP)
The throbbing pain in Larry Hughes' left foot matched the ache in the pit of his stomach. The thought of missing another NBA playoff game was tough on Cleveland's point guard. Hughes, mired in a shooting slump during the postseason, will likely sit out Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Detroit after he tore the plantar fascia in his left foot during the Cavaliers' 88-82 win in Game 3.
Williams beats flu, but can't carry Jazz (AP)
Deron Williams sat at his locker draped in towels, exhausted, hungry and knowing he mustered all the strength he could after fighting a nasty stomach bug the last two days. It still wasn't enough. Williams didn't get much help from his teammates as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 91-79 Monday night to take a 3-1 series lead.
NBA predraft camp still lacking luster (AP)
ORLANDO, Fla. (STATS) - No one was ever under the impression Greg Oden or Kevin Durant would play at this week's NBA predraft camp. But fringe prospects like Wilson Chandler, Derrick Byars and DeVon Hardin skipping out, too? Has the weeklong annual Orlando showcase officially turned into a Mickey Mouse operation?
Billups, Hamilton struggle for Pistons (AP)
With both Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups struggling offensively, the Detroit Pistons couldn't keep up with the Cavaliers. Hamilton scored just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting and Billups finished with 13 after going 4-for-14, forcing Detroit to rely on Rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber offensively Sunday night.
Sonics F Lewis opts out of 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.
New Bobcats coach Vincent has busy month (AP)
Sam Vincent likes to brag that he doesn't take time off -- and he didn't while toiling in basketball's minor leagues. "When my D-League season has been over, I coached international ball," Vincent said. "I'm from the school that you continue to get better for 12 months." That work ethic will come in handy as the Charlotte Bobcats' rookie coach prepares for a busy first month that will culminate...
Moen's late goal lifts Ducks over Sens (AP)
When a bouncing puck found Travis Moen in the slot, he was every bit as dangerous as Teemu Selanne, instead of the checker he's paid to be. Moen wasted no time and snapped a shot past Ray Emery with 2:51 left, giving the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Senators in the Stanley Cup finals opener Monday night.
Coyotes to name Rangers' Don Maloney GM (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes will hire former New York Rangers forward Don Maloney as their general manager, a person familiar with the decision said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an announcement. The Coyotes have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to announce the move.
Markov gets 4-year, $23M deal with Habs (AP)
Veteran defenseman Andrei Markov is staying in Montreal after signing a $23-million, four-year deal with the Canadiens on Monday. Markov was fourth in team scoring this season, second among the club's defensemen with six goals and 43 assists in 77 games. The 29-year-old was due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Ducks G Giguere good enough in Game 1 (AP)
Ottawa's Ray Emery made more saves, and far more dramatic ones. By comparison, Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a blue collar-like game in the net. Still, at the end it was "Jiggy" and the Ducks with a 3-2 victory over Emery and the Senators in Monday night's opening game of the Stanley Cup finals.
Sens' top line shut down in Cup opener (AP)
The NHL's highest-scoring line got shut out in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals. Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson managed only two assists between them in Ottawa's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. The loss left the Senators trailing for the first time in the playoffs.
Bettman says Nashville franchise to stay (AP)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that even if the sale of the Nashville Predators goes through, the franchise "is not going anywhere." Craig Leipold has signed a letter of intent to sell the Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million after losing $70 million in 10 years of ownership.
Ducks' Miller makes immediate impact (AP)
Anaheim's Drew Miller made an immediate impact playing in just the second NHL game of his career. On his second shift in the Stanley Cup finals opener Monday night, Miller's hit on Ottawa's Wade Redden led to a turnover and linemate Andy McDonald's game-tying goal seconds later. The Ducks went on to beat the Senators 3-2.
Reese, Lewis win Grand-Am event (AP)
Tim Lewis Jr. and Leighton Reese co-drove to victory Monday at Lime Rock in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Lewis took the lead from Patrick Long with 46 laps remaining and pulled away. It was the first victory in Grand-Am competition for both Lewis and Reese. With the second-place finish alongside co-driver Bryce Miller, Dirk Werner moved into a tie for the Grand-Am GT driver point standings...
Mears, Yeley, Petty steal show at Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Kyle Petty looked at the placard on the podium and joked his name had been spelled wrong. It had been 10 years since Petty was last invited to a post-race news conference, and the drivers surrounding him weren't exactly regular attendees.
Mears upsets the field, wins Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
In a season of Hendrick Motorsports domination, another win shouldn't have been a surprise.
Mears wins Coca-Cola 600, records first career victory (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR pushes Car of Tomorrow (AP)
NASCAR spent the weekend putting on a hard sell for its Car of Tomorrow. Count Darrell Waltrip among the converts.
Auto Racing: Scotsman Franchitti wins storm-shortened Indy 500 (AFP)
Franchitti wins Indy 500 (AFP)
Carmichael wins in Mount Morris (AP)
Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael raced to his second victory of the season and 98th AMA Motocross win of his career Sunday, taking the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship's Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National Carmichael, retiring from motorcycle racing to pursue a career in stock cars, edged Kawasaki's James Stewart for the eighth win of his career at Mount Morris and his 146th overall victory.