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NEWS FROM 2007-06-04
A-Rod's blast lifts Yankees over Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070604/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.106fcc016e694bb59cfbd2a60a6f5a64.yankees_red_sox_baseball_maea120.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=ApFKRH05emosz7ASh2bLbw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a solo home run against Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, June 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez ended a tumultuous weekend with a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning against the Yankees' biggest rival. Rodriguez's solo shot on an 0-2 pitch from star closer Jonathan Papelbon gave New York a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night and a 2-1 edge in the series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Donovan eyes return to Gators
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070604/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_florida_search"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070601/capt.43c3c6ce3c9e4b9e96303d9f183f8b2e.magic_donovan_basketball_fljr107.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=Avh0y83BpvvETKX65vN4tA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Billy Donovan, right, answers questions from reporters with general manager Otis Smith, during a press conference to announce his new position as head coach of the Orlando Magic basketball team in Orlando, Fla., Friday, June 1, 2007. (AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - Billy Donovan might not be done with the Florida Gators after all. FoxSports.com, citing two anonymous sources, reported Sunday night that Donovan was having second thoughts about coaching the NBA's Orlando Magic and attempting to return to Gainesville.</p><br clear="all"/>
Torre hopes Clemens can return Saturday
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070604/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_clemens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070530/capt.e9620e12a9fe4e879012f61a7efde397.yankees_clemens_baseball_nyff107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=0K4Fl3a1MCEw35Vh2SSYfg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at Bryant Park where Yankees fans gather to watch the Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Bryant Park in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens will have tests on his ailing groin Monday, and the New York Yankees hope he can make his first start of the season next weekend.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs rout Braves to close crazy weekend
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070603/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070603/capt.a277260d8adf410fa6df896dd998326f.braves_cubs_baseball_cxc112.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=6zbjnDXqzP_mb5_eHGW2lw--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee, right, congratulates Alfonso Soriano after Soriano hit a solo home run against Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Cubs came out swinging — and no, not at each other. Instead, they left Wrigley Field with smiles rather than bruises after a rare win. Mark DeRosa hit a grand slam, Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee added solo homers, and the Cubs closed out a tumultuous weekend by beating the Atlanta Braves 10-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
K.J. Choi storms to victory at Memorial
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070603/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_memorial"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070603/capt.458c06a023804171a2c63c97a240430a.memorial_tournament_golf_ohks111.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=51Xv1OYSeytecsCNGhaBvQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="K.J. Choi watches his bunker shot near the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 3, 2007, at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Choi won the tournament with a total of 17-under-par. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)" border="0" /></a>AP - K.J. Choi figured the best way to learn to play golf was to study books by Jack Nicklaus and spend hours watching video of golf's greatest champion. It was only fitting Choi celebrate the biggest victory of his career at the Memorial on Sunday with a handshake from Nicklaus that was as meaningful as the trophy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Retired NFL players get a health lesson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070604/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_retirees_health"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.eb0dda0275b948169b26034c91fce374.retirees_health_football_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=TuB0cH6h2jrGcSCrMkSXSQ--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this photo provided by Emory University, Chris Slade, former outside linebacker for the New England Patriots is given an ultrasound in Atlanta Sunday, June 3, 2007. Dozens of retired NFL players are part of a growing effort to learn more about the health problems facing retired football players, in hopes of preventing someone else from dying young. (AP Photo/Emory University, Jennifer Johnson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Slade is only 36 years old. He tries to stay away from junk food. He still runs four or five times a week. Not exactly the sort of person who would seem at risk of health problems.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavaliers book NBA finals berth with win over Pistons
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070603/sp_afp/basketnbaeast"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070603/capt.sge.jpe79.030607223959.photo00.photo.default-353x512.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=JpzvV8csKSlomlDCOgjDiw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds up the Eastern Conference Championship Trophy after the defeated the Detroit Pistons 98-82 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs 02 June 2007 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won 98-82 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the NBA Finals.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Gregory Shamus)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Cleveland Cavaliers reached the National Basketball Association finals for the first time on Saturday, sealing the Eastern Conference title with a 98-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons.</p><br clear="all"/>
Packers Team Report
(The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - If minicamps and OTAs are any kind of barometer, MLB A.J. Hawk appears to be taking the necessary steps toward being a playmaker. Hawk's biggest weakness last year was man-to-man pass coverage, so it's significant when he intercepts a couple of passes in practice and looks more comfortable in the defense. If Hawk can master man-to-man, he could add a tremendous boost to the pass defense. Though he's not as tall and doesn't have the same wingspan as Brian Urlacher, he has the same kind of speed and that's something the club can exploit. ...
Oliveira has 1st MLS goal to lift Fire
AP - William Oliveira had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Fire past the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Sunday.
Ducks will be without Pronger for Game 4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070603/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup_pronger_suspended"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070603/capt.bac86eff80334f3c8b093e8c804bb7cd.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_oncc112.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=6tO0UjQVyykXfLyek6d0dg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger watches during practice for Monday night's Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup final hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Canada, Sunday, June 3, 2007. Pronger received a one-game suspension Sunday for his hit to the head of Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Ducks leading the best-of-seven games series, 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks will have to play without Chris Pronger — again. Pronger was suspended Sunday for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals for his forearm to the head of Dean McAmmond that knocked out the Senators forward and made his status for Monday night's pivotal game questionable.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marquise Hill remembered by teammates (AP)
As he stood near the casket of late New England Patriots teammate Marquise Hill, defensive lineman Jarvis Green swallowed hard, took some deep breaths and offered a few fond memories to Hill's grieving relatives. "He made everybody laugh," Green said. "The first time I met him he made me laugh and the last time I talked to him he made me laugh.
Ex-Colts QB Jack Trudeau arrested (AP)
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau was arrested early Saturday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police found liquor being served at Trudeau's home for a high school graduation party, a release from the Boone County Sheriff's department said. Trudeau was taken to the Boone County Jail, where he posted bond and was released Saturday morning.
Chiefs QB Croyle eager for starting job (AP)
The football came zipping out of Brodie Croyle's hand. It soared 50 yards and came to rest with perfect precision in the arms of a wide receiver streaking toward the back of the end zone. Brett Favre couldn't have thrown a more perfect pass. No wonder Trent Green is clamoring to be traded to Miami. For at least this one play in practice, when the defense wasn't hitting for real, the third-round draft...
Vikings' Doss returning from knee injury (AP)
Many NFL players dread June, having to practice without pads during mandatory minicamps across the league. Then there's Mike Doss. The former Indianapolis Colts star safety was downright giddy when he stepped on the field for the Minnesota Vikings this weekend. It's been a long road back for Doss, who was limited to six games for the Colts last season after a knee injury against Washington.
OL Andruzzi hospitalized with lymphoma (AP)
Veteran offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, released by the Cleveland Browns last month after two seasons with the club, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His agent, Joe Linta, said Friday that the 31-year-old Andruzzi has begun getting chemotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston, a hospital for which he helped raise money while playing for the New...
Cowboys' Owens earns $3M roster bonus (AP)
Terrell Owens will get his $3 million roster bonus from the Dallas Cowboys even though, like several other starters, he hasn't been practicing with the team. Owens will get that bonus, plus a $5 million salary for the 2007 season, since he was still on the roster Friday, when he was again absent from voluntary organized team activities.
Seahawks cut former starting CB Herndon (AP)
Former starting cornerback Kelly Herndon, who is a Super Bowl record holder, was cut by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. The Seahawks made the move because they think former first-round draft pick Kelly Jennings is ready to start at the position this season. Herndon started all 16 regular-season games in 2006 and had a career high-tying 67 tackles before he broke his ankle in the regular-season...
Cavs rip Pistons, reach first NBA finals (AP)
As his teammates danced and carried on while wearing baseball caps and T-shirts proclaiming "Champions," LeBron James walked around in a daze with a smile etched across his face. "This is like a dream," he said, shaking his head. "This is probably the best feeling that I've ever had in my life." An entire city felt the same.
James delivers, blossoms into stardom (AP)
As confetti danced in the electrified air around him and a feverish hometown crowd rocked and rolled the night away, LeBron James was handed a new baseball cap and T-shirt. Perhaps a tasseled cap and gown would have been more appropriate. Four years after skipping college to play in the pros, James earned his NBA degree in superstardom.
Spurs must find way to slow down James (AP)
LeBron James is now the San Antonio Spurs' problem. The Cavaliers star, in just his fourth season, has led Cleveland to its first-ever NBA finals. With his performance in the Eastern Conference finals, James has lifted an entire city's hopes onto his shoulders. And he's bringing that load with him to Texas for Game 1 on Thursday "They're real excited about it.
Pistons may make changes after meltdown (AP)
The Detroit Pistons seem to be slipping from great to good, leading to questions about a nucleus that has been kept together since winning a title in 2004 and a coach that had a tough act to follow. Detroit dropped out of the playoffs on the road in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year after consecutive trips to the NBA finals.
Kerr confirms he'll be Suns GM, prez (AP)
Steve Kerr confirmed on Saturday that he has accepted the Phoenix Suns' general manager position. Kerr made the comment on TNT during the telecast of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland. Kerr has been an analyst on the network's NBA telecasts for four years. "I would like to say that I am going to take the general manager job in Phoenix," he said in a statement released by TNT.
Magic introduce Donovan as coach (AP)
Billy Donovan beat his players to the NBA. His core group at Florida held off on the pros until the Gators won a second straight NCAA title. Donovan, however, got there first -- joining the Orlando Magic weeks before his players are even drafted. In his first appearance as the Magic coach, Donovan said Friday it took the right mix to lure him from his comfort zone at Florida.
Donovan hire overshadows predraft camp (AP)
ORLANDO, Fla. (STATS) -- While most of Orlando's attention was on the arrival of Billy Donovan, many of his former players were keeping busy on the other side of town. Shortly after Donovan's hiring as Magic coach became official on Friday, many of the men he helped turn into soon-to-be millionaires became part of a very busy and compelling final day at the NBA predraft camp.
Ducks' Pronger suspended for Game 4 (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks will have to play without Chris Pronger -- again. Pronger was suspended Sunday for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals for his forearm to the head of Dean McAmmond that knocked out the Senators forward and made his status for Monday night's pivotal game questionable. The loss of Pronger is nothing new to the Ducks.
Sens look to continue party in Ottawa (AP)
The Ottawa Senators gave their fans a reason to celebrate and now they hope the party atmosphere in the hockey-mad Canadian capital will continue beyond their next home game. Senators goalie Ray Emery was impressed with the community's enthusiasm the day after Ottawa climbed back into the Stanley Cup finals with a 5-3 victory over Anaheim in Game 3.
Selanne believes Ducks can bounce back (AP)
Leave it to free-spirited Anaheim Ducks veteran star Teemu Selanne to put his team's sudden rash of troubles into perspective Sunday. Sure, it won't be easy losing Chris Pronger to a one-game suspension following the top defenseman's forearm blow to the head that knocked out Ottawa's Dean McAmmond on Saturday.
Gerber waits to make postseason debut (AP)
Martin Gerber has had one of the best seats in the house for three of the past four Stanley Cup finals. If asked, he'd gladly give it up. Ottawa's backup goalie has yet to make a playoff appearance for the Senators, who signed him as a free agent last summer. Gerber, who lost the starting job to Ray Emery in mid-November, won the Stanley Cup with Carolina last season and was with Anaheim in 2003...
Senators' McAmmond knocked out of Game 3 (AP)
Dean McAmmond was left woozy and Ottawa left wondering why no penalty was called after a blow to the head by Chris Pronger sent the Senators' forward out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final. McAmmond left Ottawa's 5-3 win over Anaheim on Saturday night early in the third period, after Pronger knocked him to the ice with his forearm.
Ducks' Kunitz returns, is injured again (AP)
Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz's return to the lineup was a short one in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday. Playing his first game in three weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand, Kunitz limped off the ice favoring his left leg early in the second period against the Ottawa Senators.
NHL uses telephones to maximize coverage (AP)
U.S. newspapers are largely declining to staff the Stanley Cup finals. So the NHL is trying to bring the game to them. Already dealing with minuscule cable television ratings through two games of the championship series between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators, the NHL anticipated a small turnout of American-based reporters and took action to try to maximize coverage.
Baldwin takes over crew chief job for Blaney (AP)
Tommy Baldwin took over as Dave Blaney's crew chief Sunday, two days after the Nextel Cup driver failed to qualify at Dover International Speedway.
AP Sports Writer (AP)
Joe Gibbs Racing is negotiating to bring Chevrolet back next season and might be talking with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to come along for the ride.
Rain postpones NASCAR Nextel Autism 400 at Dover (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards increases points lead with Busch Series Dover 200 win (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards wins caution-marred Busch race at Dover (AP)
Carl Edwards' hard push to the finish line was slowed only by the caution flag.
Stewart wants to bring NASCAR to dirt tracks (AP)
Forget the concrete track at Dover. Tony Stewart would love to drive with dirt flying out from under the wheels of his car.
Hornaday Jr. wins AAA Insurance 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Hornaday wins truck race at Dover (AP)
Ron Hornaday Jr. never got in a truck as bad as the one he drove in practice.