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NEWS FROM 2007-05-31
Workmanlike Spurs reach NBA finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070531/capt.5c4a3f5cf7e4499aa797fc385f2cae99.jazz_spurs_basketball_txeg106.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=Krc_eO7NGlMSG0JO8XWHnQ--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) eyes the ball during the second half of the team's Western Conference Finals NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in San Antonio, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. San Antonio won 109-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Robert Horry is headed to the NBA finals for the seventh time, Tim Duncan for the fourth and Michael Finley for the first. Doesn't matter. Now that they have helped the San Antonio Spurs get there again, they are all thrilled just the same. "It never gets old," Horry said following a 109-84 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks win to get halfway to Stanley Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070531/capt.dd03f064ac784c65bf3f03836367eb34.aptopix_senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_ana210.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=SfcQxytuR4yDwaXVK48rIA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery can't stop a goal by Anaheim Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson, of Sweden, in the third period of Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup final hockey game Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Defense has come so easily to the Anaheim Ducks' checking line, the unit is honing its scoring touch. First Travis Moen, then Samuel Pahlsson. A couple of late third-period goals from unexpected sources have the Ducks within two wins of Southern California's first Stanley Cup. Pahlsson figured out sharp goalie Ray Emery with 5:44 left to give the Ducks a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe demands, retracts trade request
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_lakers_bryant"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.e164f5604587485286020a0cb56a2434.lakers_bryant_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=8jtN7QNTgGjpUaXsZ0Z2lQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and head coach Phil Jackson go in different directions after a timeout in the closing moments of the fourth quarter of an NBA playoff basketball game in this April 22, 2007 file photo at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. Bryant asked to be traded from the Lakers on Wednesday, a day after calling the team's front office 'a mess.' 'I would like to be traded, yeah,' Bryant told ESPN radio. 'Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there's no other alternative, you know?' (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Believing he had been insulted and misled, Kobe Bryant asked the Los Angles Lakers for a trade Wednesday and insisted nothing could change his mind. Then something did. He spoke with coach Phil Jackson and backed off his request.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit beats Phillies in return
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070531/capt.5bb3c275c603487ea74a46c0a1ef1b91.diamondbacks_phillies_baseball_pxs102.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=stMowPoOZpLX4is5QCboFg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randy Johnson throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)" border="0" /></a>AP - Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins noticed a big difference in the Big Unit. After missing a start because of tendinitis in his left forearm, Randy Johnson limited Philadelphia to one hit in six shutout innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-3 victory over Jamie Moyer and the Phillies on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod, Yankees snap 5-game losing streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070531/capt.13c54dd506b145caa2ece0343667727f.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_ajw118.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=alTm.iinpS0caxaJMGJpGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Umpire Chad Fairchild separates Toronto Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald and New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) as the exchange words in the ninth inning during baseball action in Toronto, Wednesday May 30, 2007. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 10-5. (AP PHOTO/CP, Adrian Wyld) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Whatever Alex Rodriguez said, it sure didn't go over well with the Blue Jays. It did, however, help the New York Yankees snap a five-game losing streak. Rodriguez distracted Toronto third baseman Howie Clark by shouting at him on a key popup in the ninth inning, touching off arguments all over the field, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-5 Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL veterans seek help for dementia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_retired_players"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.0e24460ea52c4f17b4be54cb052e28ac.retired_players_dementia_football_ny156.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=eqeiLA5lwx6hRM46Bf.Paw--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw talks with reporters in Detroit in this Feb. 3, 2006 file photo photo. When Gene Upshaw first saw the list of retired NFL players applying for financial help under the new program to help ex-players suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, he was taken aback. 'I played with or against quite a few of these guys,' the executive director of the NFL Players union said Wednesday. 'I knew one or two were having problems, but I never knew the extent.' (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gene Upshaw was taken aback when he first saw the list of retired NFL players applying for financial help under a new program to help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan, Parker spark Spurs to another NBA finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070531/sp_afp/basketnbawest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070531/capt.sge.img52.310507063719.photo00.photo.default-341x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=CHZJBWJU7lCiOpHCB26Mxg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Owner Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates after the Spurs won Game Five, 109-84, of the Western Conference Finals of the 2007 NBA Playoffs in San Antonio, Texas, to advance to the NBA Finals.(AFP/GettyImages/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 21 points as San Antonio surged to a big lead early then held on to crush Utah 109-84 and advance to their fourth NBA finals in eight years.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Stray-Rod?' Tabloid pounces on A-Rod
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_rodriguez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070531/capt.cb26a547f66a46e4960767dbefce46b6.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_ajw112.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=Kj5EhubfLUjKw518t1JLFA--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez pours water over his head prior to the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Adrian Wyld) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez made the cover of the New York Post on Wednesday — and not because of the New York Yankees' latest slump. "STRAY-ROD" blared the Page 1 headline across a picture of A-Rod and an unidentified woman. "Alex hits strip club with mystery blonde," it continued.</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"/>
Report: Informants may implicate Vick (AP)
Informants have come forward saying Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was involved in dogfighting, a prosecutor investigating the case said. Brown and Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter told WAVY-TV of Portsmouth, Va., there is evidence linking Vick to dogfighting, which is a felony in Virginia.
Cuban considering new football league (AP)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is part of a group considering formation of a football league that would compete with the NFL for players drafted lower than the second round. The league, still very much in the preliminary stage, would play its games on Friday nights. The NFL does not play then because of the potential conflict with high school football.
Raiders WR Porter won't pay for No. 81 (AP)
When Jerry Porter switched his number this offseason, he said he was ready for a new start and a new attitude after feuding last season with former coach Art Shell. That attitude change has a price, though, and Porter is not willing to pay it. The Oakland Raiders receiver said Wednesday he would have to pay $210,000 to switch his uniform from No.
Ex-NFLers get dementia, Alzheimer's help (AP)
Gene Upshaw was taken aback when he first saw the list of retired NFL players applying for financial help under a new program to help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. "I played with or against quite a few of these guys," the executive director of the NFL players' union said Wednesday. "I knew one or two were having problems, but I never knew the extent." Upshaw, a Hall of Fame guard for...
Dolphins LB Porter pleads no contest (AP)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter pleaded no contest Wednesday and paid a $1,000 fine for punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones after a disagreement at a casino blackjack table. Porter did not appear in Las Vegas Justice Court while his lawyer, Karen Winckler, entered the plea to a misdemeanor battery charge and paid the fine, said a court aide to Justice of the Peace Pro...
Broncos' Kircus passes lie-detector test (AP)
Broncos receiver David Kircus says he's certain he'll be cleared of an assault charge stemming from a fight that landed him in jail and sent a 26-year-old man to the hospital. "Well, sure I'm confident. ... That's why I wanted to take that lie detector test, to show how confident I was that I wasn't in the wrong," Kircus said after practice Wednesday in his first public comments since his arrest on...
Packers keep Harlan in place as CEO (AP)
Bob Harlan expected to head off into retirement Wednesday. Instead, he spent the morning explaining to the Green Bay Packers' board of directors why his plan to hand the franchise off to John Jones was falling apart. Four days after Jones abruptly took a paid leave of absence as team officials revealed they had concerns about Jones' management ability, the Packers' board unanimously approved a...
Spurs close out Jazz, reach NBA finals (AP)
Tim Duncan headed to the bench for a well-deserved break. Only nine minutes into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, he already had the San Antonio Spurs well on their way to another NBA finals berth. "Good job," coach Gregg Popovich said blandly, not even making eye contact. Duncan nodded slightly and took his seat.
Bryant backs off after asking for trade (AP)
Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were on different pages a few years back -- the disharmony prompting the Lakers' coach to call his star player uncoachable in a book he wrote. Their relationship is much different now. Feeling insulted and misled, Bryant asked the Lakers for a trade Wednesday, saying nothing could change his mind.
Pistons not sweating problems with Cavs (AP)
Chauncey Billups has earned the nickname Mr. Big Shot. In each of his five seasons with the Detroit Pistons, the sturdy point guard made a number of clutch shots late in games to help them at least reach the Eastern Conference finals. The 2004 NBA finals MVP has a knack for making 3-pointers on the fastbreak or in halfcourt sets, dribbling and bumping his way into the lane for shots.
Fisher, Williams can't save Jazz (AP)
Another dramatic midgame arrival from Derek Fisher wasn't enough for the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. With Deron Williams struggling because of a sore foot, it was already too late for the Jazz. By the time Fisher arrived during halftime of Game 5 of Western Conference finals, the Spurs were well on their way to a 109-84 victory that sent them to the NBA finals.
Sloppy play mars NBA predraft camp (AP)
ORLANDO, Fla. (STATS) - Michael Jordan arrived late and left early. In between, there was a lot of sloppy basketball Wednesday night at the NBA predraft camp. "It's basically little jitters, everybody wants to play their best," said former Oklahoma State star Mario Boggan. "We just got here (Tuesday), everybody's been in training.
Reed's '70 Knicks jersey to be auctioned (AP)
Willis Reed's New York Knicks jersey from his dramatic comeback in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals will be sold at auction June 5 as part of Sotheby's and SCP Auctions' sale of three single-owner collections. After missing Game 6 against the Lakers, Reed limped out of the Madison Square Garden dressing room after the warmups and hit the first two shots of the game for New York in what became a...
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.
Pahlsson gives Ducks 2-0 lead over Sens (AP)
Defense has come so easily to the Anaheim Ducks' checking line, the unit is honing its scoring touch. First Travis Moen, then Samuel Pahlsson. A couple of late third-period goals from unexpected sources have the Ducks within two wins of Southern California's first Stanley Cup. Pahlsson figured out sharp goalie Ray Emery with 5:44 left to give the Ducks a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday night...
Ducks defense again stifles Senators (AP)
Chris Pronger hangs around the crease, his 6-foot-6 frame and wide wingspan protecting the Anaheim Ducks' goal. On the boards, Scott Niedermayer taps the puck away from an Ottawa forward and flips it up the ice. The Ducks' defense smothered the Senators, including keeping them from scoring on a five-on-three while Pronger was in the penalty box, during their 1-0 victory Wednesday night.
Senators top line fails to score again (AP)
Different game, same shutout for Ottawa's No. 1 line. Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza -- the NHL's highest-scoring line -- got blanked again in the Stanley Cup finals, with the Senators losing 1-0 Wednesday night to give the Anaheim Ducks a commanding 2-0 series lead. "Anybody that writes this team off is crazy," Spezza said.
Surging Ducks have history on their side (AP)
The Ducks are headed to Ottawa with history on their side. Anaheim's 1-0 victory Wednesday night gave the Ducks a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Game 3 is Saturday in Ottawa. Of the 30 home clubs that won the first two games of the finals since the best-of-seven format began in 1939, 29 went on to win the Cup.
Messier curious about Rangers opening (AP)
Mark Messier hasn't talked to the New York Rangers about their sudden front office vacancy, but he would listen if they called. The Rangers need to replace assistant general manager Don Maloney, who left the organization Tuesday to become the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes. Messier had already expressed interest about possibly replacing New York general manager Glen Sather once the architect of the...
Former Canadiens star Balon dies at 68 (AP)
Dave Balon, who won two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s during a 14-year NHL career, has died. He was 68. Balon had multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years and died Tuesday, according to the New York Rangers, one of his former teams. Balon also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota North Stars, as well as the Quebec Nordiques when they were part of the WHA.
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.
NASCAR might relax testing policy (AP)
NASCAR is considering opening up its restrictive testing policy, which several teams already have skirted this season.
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.