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Rookie, LeBron help Cavs even series 2-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pistons_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.4cd5349ac0064ccf8c6d3234c5e5aba8.pistons_cavaliers_basketball_cda112.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=w6c0C52Yw.eIhQP0bm_wrg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Daniel Gibson (1) goes up for a shot between Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace (36) and Richard Hamilton (32) during the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - The kid came up big. LeBron James did, too. And the Cleveland Cavaliers are as close as they've ever been to the NBA finals. James scored 25 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — and rookie Daniel Gibson added a season-high 21 as the Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 91-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Benitez balks, Delgado homers, Mets win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.cad2f9c21a0641cf8b2dadbc9d3339ab.giants_mets_baseball_nyeb113.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=h14ZkSPDg0AWkDuRBj639w--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Delgado, center, is mobbed by teammates after he hit a walk off home run against the San Francisco Giants during the 12th inning of their baseball game, Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Reyes juked, bluffed and faked a mad dash, anything to rattle Armando Benitez. Surprisingly, it paid off — twice. Moments after Reyes provoked the excitable reliever into his second balk of the 12th inning, Carlos Delgado hit his second homer of the game to lift the New York Mets over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steal of home seals latest Yankees' loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.47142e0d65bb4fb899e2b5ffd79a47e7.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_fng107.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=4miz2T5ITArhI0mz58ZLaw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Hill celebrates after stealing home against the New York Yankees during seventh inning baseball action in Toronto on Tuesday, May 29, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - It's gotten so bad for the New York Yankees that opponents are stealing home on them. Aaron Hill slid in safely ahead of Andy Pettitte's throw in the seventh and Alex Rios had a go-ahead sacrifice fly to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 3-2 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roddick, Blake part of 0-8 day for U.S.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_french_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.rog15705291813.france_french_open_tennis_rog157.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=GFjaL8VtSxuJivILZSR_EQ--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="United States' Andy Roddick reacts as he plays Russia's Igor Andreev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday May 29, 2007. Andreev won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/David Vincent)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Roddick knows the story well, so he politely declined the official match DVD that players are offered at the French Open. "No, thanks," the No. 3-seeded Roddick said. "I just don't want to see that ever again."</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks' penalty parade Disney-like
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.798901ccb8bb4ea1b69128e46759e9d5.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_ana211.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=2IEXJ.y8yuL9rBKOFqMlzA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Members of the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators pile up in front of the Ducks' goal in the final minutes of Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey game Monday, May 28, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Niedermayer and defense partner Chris Pronger started and ended the Anaheim Ducks' penalty-box procession in the Stanley Cup finals opener. If the Western Conference champs don't figure out a way to cut down on the high-sticking, roughing, tripping, slashing, hooking and holding, the constant march to the box could turn into the most-watched springtime Southern California parade this side of Disneyland.</p><br clear="all"/>
Coroner: Pats' Hill accidentally drowned
<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_obit_hill"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.91918a9df4b54b49822bc8b1f27fef1f.obit_hill_nu102.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=hYuhI98s1rf2Z3EaJHO0kg--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="New Orleans coroner Dr. Frank Minyard discusses the death of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill at his office in New Orleans Tuesday May 29, 2007. Minyard said Hill might have suffered a mild concussion when he fell off a jet ski and drown. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)" border="0" /></a>AP - The death of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who fell off a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain, was ruled an accidental drowning on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
James scores 25 as Cavaliers roll over Pistons at NBA East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070530/sp_afp/basketnbaeast"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070530/capt.sge.ibs12.300507052255.photo00.photo.default-341x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=KV4nVVX2vQUl9OwRFLub4Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the hoop against Tayshaun Prince (R) of the Detroit Pistons in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 91-87, evening out the series score to two games a piece.(AFP/GettyImages/Jonathan Daniel)" border="0" /></a>AFP - LeBron James scored 25 points, including 13 in the decisive fourth quarter, to lift Cleveland to a 91-87 win over Detroit Tuesday in game four of their semi-final playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>
A's pay for pitching to Sosa; Texas wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.a2ee425b356a42c7b6a3a526b9813345.rangers_athletics_baseball_oas106.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=opuZSyxANRISWA_mH35u2g--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa is greeted by teammates after scoring on Marlon Byrd's run-scoring single against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oakland intentionally walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases and get to Sammy Sosa, and the slugger broke through. Sosa lined a two-run single to left that got by a charging Shannon Stewart, breaking a scoreless tie in the sixth and helping the Texas Rangers end a season-worst six-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday 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.
Maloney has work cut out with Coyotes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070530/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_coyotes_maloney"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070529/capt.5cbf4ecd87e7459d9120f425ac66198b.coyotes_maloney_hockey_pnj106.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=jys1wQ_g3vVejf_DBp55Hw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Don Maloney talks with the media after being named the new general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Maloney played 10 1/2 seasons for the New York Rangers and had spent 9 years in the Rangers front office as assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - After the Phoenix Coyotes offered Don Maloney their general manager job, coach Wayne Gretzky gave him tapes of five games from last season. "I told him maybe not to watch those tapes until he signed his contract," Gretzky said with a chuckle.</p><br clear="all"/>
Patriots DE Hill accidentally drowned (AP)
The death of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who fell off a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain, was ruled an accidental drowning on Tuesday. An autopsy found no signs of drug or alcohol in Hill's body, although more tests are planned and will take two weeks to complete, said Orleans Parish coroner Dr.
Search warrant not executed at Vick home (AP)
Authorities have a search warrant to look for as many as 30 dog carcasses on property owned by Michael Vick that is at the center of a dog fighting investigation. But the warrant has not been executed. In a news release, Sheriff Harold D. Brown said the warrant issued May 23 has not been executed at the request of Brown and Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G.
Players union supports Pacman in appeal (AP)
The NFL Players Association is supporting Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' appeal for leniency to league commissioner Roger Goodell. "Your suspension of Jones without pay for the entire 2007 season is clearly excessive and much greater than discipline imposed upon other players for the same or similar incidents," the NFLPA said in a letter to Goodell May 23.
Browns' Edwards takes reps with 3rd team (AP)
Braylon Edwards didn't want to talk about his one-day absence from the Browns' voluntary practices last week. But his place in the wide receiver pecking order Tuesday appeared to speak volumes how the team felt about it. Edwards took reps with the third-team offense and was the last receiver in line during position drills.
LenDale White absent from Titans camp (AP)
Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White did not make it back in time for Tuesday's organized team workouts, leaving coach Jeff Fisher unclear about White's whereabouts. "Everybody else managed to make it back," Fisher said. "He didn't, so I don't know, I guess he had things that are more important to him than what we're doing.
Kircus passes test, to stay with Broncos (AP)
Broncos receiver David Kircus's job is no longer in jeopardy over allegations he threw a punch that landed a man in the hospital with multiple facial fractures. Coach Mike Shanahan, who had pledged to release Kircus if it was determined he was at fault in the fight, said Tuesday that Kircus passed a lie detector test administered by an expert.
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...
Cavs even series, beat Pistons 91-87 (AP)
The kid came up big. LeBron James did, too. And the Cleveland Cavaliers are as close as they've ever been to an NBA title. James scored 25 points -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- and rookie Daniel Gibson added a season-high 21 as the Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 91-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 Tuesday night.
Experienced Spurs aim to clinch in five (AP)
As much as the individual talents of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have frustrated the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs have benefited from something else: their collective experience. The Spurs are the oldest team in the league, featuring a roster full of players who've won championships or been part of long postseason runs.
Frustration mounts as Pistons lose again (AP)
Rasheed Wallace ripped off his headband and threw it toward the Pistons bench in disgust. It only made matters worse. Wallace's technical foul helped add a point to Cleveland's pivotal 9-0 comeback run in the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers beat Detroit 91-87 Tuesday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals 2-2.
Lakers' Buss arrested on DUI suspicion (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was arrested early Tuesday for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. The 74-year-old Buss was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. after he drove his gold Mercedes-Benz station wagon the wrong way on a street in an unincorporated section of Carlsbad that has double yellow lines, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Kerns said.
Oden signs multiyear contract with Topps (AP)
Greg Oden has been drafted by a trading card company, and will be on the same team as Bill Russell. A possible No. 1 draft pick, Oden signed a three-year contract worth at least $3 million Tuesday to become a spokesman for Topps Co. His first deal? A card featuring him and Russell, the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, on the 50th anniversary of the company's first basketball set.
Lakers' Brown undergoes ankle surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown underwent reconstructive surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and might not be ready for the start of training camp in October. The Lakers said that while Brown is expected to make a complete recovery, he won't return to playing status for a minimum of four months. The operation was performed by Dr.
Popovich, Sloan angered by Utah fans (AP)
If there is a Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, security is likely to be tighter. Angry Utah fans threw debris onto the court late in the San Antonio Spurs' 91-79 win Monday night in Game 4, and the shower continued after the buzzer -- even after repeated pleas over the public address system to not throw anything.
Sharks coach Ron Wilson to return in '07 (AP)
Ron Wilson will return to coach the San Jose Sharks next season, general manager Doug Wilson said Tuesday after another week of self-evaluation and soul-searching for the playoff underachievers. Ron Wilson and assistants Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler will get another chance to coax postseason success out of the Sharks despite a second-round playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings last month.
Isles' Milbury resigns from VP position (AP)
Mike Milbury resigned as the New York Islanders vice president of sports properties Tuesday, continuing his steady withdrawal from the team's operations since he stepped down as general manager during a January 2006 shakeup. He will remain as an adviser to Islanders' owner Charles Wang. "Charles gave me the opportunity of a new challenge for the last 18 months and I enjoyed every minute of it,"...
Ducks trying to limit costly penalties (AP)
Scott Niedermayer and defense partner Chris Pronger started and ended the Anaheim Ducks' penalty-box procession in the Stanley Cup finals opener. If the Western Conference champs don't figure out a way to cut down on the high-sticking, roughing, tripping, slashing, hooking and holding, the constant march to the box could turn into the most-watched springtime Southern California parade this side of...
Sens need Emery to be difference-maker (AP)
Ray Emery is a little different goalie than most. Maybe it's the tattoo that snakes all over his right arm. Or his willingness to eat a cockroach on a bet. Or his off-ice love of boxing. Whatever it is, the Ottawa Senators need Emery to be a difference-maker in the Stanley Cup finals. The Anaheim Ducks kept him busy in Game 1, when Emery stopped 29 of 32 shots in Ottawa's 3-2 loss.
'Kid Line' key to Ducks' success (AP)
They make up Anaheim's "Kid Line," and they're big, tough and talented. The play of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom turned 22 earlier this month, and 24-year-old Dustin Penner has been a key to Anaheim's success. The Ducks' second line has combined for 27 points in 16 games heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final against Ottawa on Wednesday night.
Carlyle stays out of Ducks' locker room (AP)
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle keeps his nose out of Anaheim's dressing room, preferring to let the players have their own space. "They earned that opportunity, and that's one of the things I didn't want as a player," Carlyle said Tuesday. "I didn't want our coach always in the dressing room because it's the players' area.
Coyotes introduce Maloney as GM (AP)
After the Phoenix Coyotes offered Don Maloney their general manager job, coach Wayne Gretzky gave him tapes of five games from last season. "I told him maybe not to watch those tapes until he signed his contract," Gretzky said with a chuckle. Maloney took the job even though the tapes showed him the Coyotes have a long way to go to play for a Stanley Cup championship.
Nascar suspends Truck Series' Walker indefinitely (PA SportsTicker)
Tyler Walker, a driver on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, was suspended indefinitely Tuesday for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy.
Season of frustration mounting at Gibbs (AP)
Tony Stewart made outrageous remarks on his radio show and teammate Denny Hamlin openly criticized his team's performance. Controversial at the time, both incidents now seem rather tame considering how frustrated the two must be.
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)