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NEWS FROM 2007-06-05
Ducks one win from Stanley Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.f7aa5479a63b4fda89b06f9dcce7501e.ducks_senators_stanley_cup_hockey_ottj106.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=S3aZ4D78FKH1MpUExZjOsg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry (10) flies over Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Ottawa Monday, June 4, 2007. (AP PHOTO/Jim McIsaac, Pool) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - The Stanley Cup might've been born in Ottawa, but it's very close to relocating to Southern California. The Anaheim Ducks are a win away from their first NHL championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Athletics beat Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.793f24bc10df4cb7a42cb046b7f31f63.red_sox_athletics_baseball_oas112.jpg?x=70&y=130&sig=esUfVEwN2shKpq0LqQAxYA--" align="left" height="130" width="70" alt="Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez celebrates after hitting a game winning solo home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Kyle Snyder in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 4, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Red Sox thought they were exhausted when they got into their Bay Area hotel at dawn Monday after losing two of three to the Yankees. They had no idea their longest day of the year was just beginning — and that it would end with a 225-minute, 11-inning, improbably dramatic loss to the Oakland Athletics.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA Finals rookies, Cavs primed for shot
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_finals_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.d36ea1d350ce4762937777f347e1f8e9.nba_finals_cavaliers_basketball_cd104.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=mKYYd4j5GsEc5ZpvIBXORg--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over David Wesley during practice Monday, June 4, 2007, in Cleveland. Four years after a bouncing ping pong ball gave the team the right to draft James, the Cavaliers will play in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Above the Cavaliers' training room door on the wall adjacent to LeBron James' locker hangs a photograph of one of his signature dunks — one of his nastiest, wake-up-the-kids slams. The one over Tim Duncan.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lowe flirts with no-no; Dodgers hang on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_pirates"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.f2d05814d3f74d0d87473a7fc16ccfa6.dodgers_pirates_baseball_pagp101.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=nzsY2z4MiOHqYcM.3fQdEw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe throws en route to a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, June 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - In only a few minutes, Derek Lowe went from flirting with a no-hitter to hanging on merely to win a game that the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to have long since wrapped up. Lowe was so dominating for six innings that his manager began thinking he might throw a second career no-hitter, only to nearly squander a five-run lead before the Dodgers held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Soriano paying dividends as Cubs win 7-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.a33fd2eb1f0940249f25f8f3c570b31c.cubs_brewers_baseball_wimg111.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=YaN7_85BpxrPTpP6.Bekyw--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, June 4, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alfonso Soriano, the Chicago Cubs' pricey offseason acquisition, is starting to pay off. Soriano had five hits, including a three-run homer, to help the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Small town, big case for Vick and dogs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.ebfc4294ca074a22a3e351dd518473c7.sports_showcase_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=m6h1Pu5h56VS50d9avjD6A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Dog pens and houses are empty in a fenced area behind a home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in Surry, Va., in this May 31, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - The centerpiece of this sleepy southeastern Virginia town challenges the definition of "stoplight" — the lone signal blinks red on two sides, yellow on the others. "It's a caution light," Surry County court clerk Gail Clayton explains. These days, it's a spot featuring plenty of action.</p><br clear="all"/>
Source: Donovan wants out of Magic deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_donovan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.77e1e057b71b4676ac09929e18014cc7.florida_search_basketball_ny153.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=pv7TRrnUbpXpvn0ZsqUWjg--" 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., in this June 1, 2007 file photo. FoxSports.com, citing two anonymous sources, reported Sunday, June 3, 2007 that Donovan was having second thoughts about coaching the Magic and attempting to return to Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Billy Donovan's NBA coaching career might end up being a whole lot shorter than his pro playing career — and that didn't last very long. Donovan is trying to void the five-year, $27.5 million contract he signed last week with the Orlando Magic in hopes of returning to the Florida Gators, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers barely hold on to beat Pirates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.7e8aa8585fbb4de88b6ec79c92110451.dodgers_pirates_baseball_pagp118.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=MV8NiSR7swk.of_Q3YamZQ--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe throws in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, June 4, 2007. Lowe had a no-hitter through six innings in the Dodgers 6-5 win.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dodgers manager Grady Little knows what a Derek Lowe no-hitter looks like. So when Lowe dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates for six exceptional innings, Little began thinking he might be watching baseball history repeat itself.</p><br clear="all"/>
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.
McAmmond sits out Game 4 for Senators
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup_mcammond"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070603/capt.b798aecbf9374430991ee485babb12c7.nhl_stanley_cup_final_series_senators_ducks_hockey_fng103.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=yTpvk7xC4Sw8qQDnamiQ_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Ottawa Senators' Dean McAmmond, center, is helped off the ice by teammates Christoph Schubert, left, and Oleg Saprykin, right, after a hit from Anaheim Ducks Chris Pronger during third-period NHL Stanley Cup game 3 action in Ottawa, Canada, on Saturday June 2, 2007. Pronger was suspended for one game for the hit, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dean McAmmond wanted to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night, but lingering effects from taking Chris Pronger's elbow to the head wrecked those plans.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL suspends Tank Johnson eight games (AP)
The Chicago Bears expect Tank Johnson back in their lineup in the shortest possible time. So does Johnson. That would be after six games, not the eight that the defensive tackle was suspended for on Monday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Under terms of the suspension for Johnson's violation of the league's toughened personal conduct policy, Goodell said the ban could be reduced to six games if...
Broncos sign veteran DT Sam Adams (AP)
Sam Adams, a 350-pound defensive tackle and three-time Pro Bowl player, signed with the Denver Broncos after spending last season with Cincinnati. Adams previously played for Buffalo, Oakland, Baltimore and Seattle. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens after the 2000 season and played in the title game with Oakland two years later.
Seahawks' Hasselbeck returns to action (AP)
Just as he expected, Matt Hasselbeck was a cheerleader during the Seattle Seahawks' first day of minicamp. "Good start!" yelled the quarterback who is recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, clapping his hands after a short pass completion on the first play of a drill. Then he slapped the hands of each player in the offense's huddle.
Saints WR Meachem has knee examined (AP)
New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick Robert Meachem needed his right knee examined after he missed practices Sunday and Monday. Coach Sean Payton said after Monday's practice the Saints knew about a possible minor meniscus problem before they drafted the former standout receiver at Tennessee with the 27th overall pick.
Giants' Toomer hopes to be ready by camp (AP)
Veteran receiver Amani Toomer expects his surgically repaired left knee to be ready when the New York Giants open training camp in a little less than two months. After attending Monday's organized team activity practice, Toomer said his knee felt 70 to 80 percent its normal strength. "I am not really surprised, actually they have been slowing me down a little to keep me going for the long haul,"...
Felony charge filed against ex-Colts QB (AP)
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau was charged Monday with refusing to give police officers a list of teenagers attending a weekend party at his home involving underaged drinking. Officers arrested Trudeau and 13 teenagers early Saturday after complaints about a loud party at his home in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville.
Steelers re-sign RB Verron Haynes (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed running back Verron Haynes to a one-year contract on Monday. Haynes, a fifth-round draft pick in 2002, played seven games in 2006 before hurting his knee against Oakland on Oct. 29 and being cut in March. Haynes rushed for 738 yards and three touchdowns on 174 carries in 60 games for the Steelers.
Donovan trying to get out of Magic deal (AP)
Billy Donovan's NBA coaching career might end up being a whole lot shorter than his pro playing career -- and that didn't last very long. Donovan is trying to void the five-year, $27.5 million contract he signed last week with the Orlando Magic in hopes of returning to the Florida Gators, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday.
Favored Spurs won't underestimate Cavs (AP)
LeBron James may be the star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the San Antonio Spurs know better than to ignore the other four players on the court. "They wouldn't be in the finals without LeBron, we wouldn't be in the finals without Tim Duncan," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Monday. "That goes without saying.
Cavs ready for first NBA finals (AP)
Above the Cavaliers' training room door on the wall adjacent to LeBron James' locker hangs a photograph of one of his signature dunks -- one of his nastiest, wake-up-the-kids slams. The one over Tim Duncan. Someone placed it there a few days after Cleveland's 88-81 win in San Antonio on Nov. 3, the Cavaliers' first victory in the Alamo City since 1988 and one that set the tone for a special season.
Official: Saunders to stay with Pistons (AP)
Flip Saunders will be back as coach of the Detroit Pistons next season, an NBA official with knowledge of the team's plans told The Associated Press on Monday night. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Pistons haven't made an announcement about Saunders' future, said bringing the coach back for a third season is part of Detroit's retooling plan.
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.
Jordan praises James ahead of NBA finals (AP)
His Airness is paying tribute to the kid called King James. Michael Jordan praised 22-year-old LeBron James for leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers advanced to the finals for the first time in their 37-year history. "What just transpired was something I felt was needed for the league, was needed for Cleveland, was needed...
Predraft camp proves to be worthwhile (AP)
ORLANDO, Fla. (STATS) - If the talent on display on the court at last week's predraft workouts was remotely proportional to the star power on display in the stands, the NBA would have come a lot closer to what it was looking for when it decided to prohibit any individual private workouts before the camp.
Ducks top Sens 3-2, need one win for Cup (AP)
The Stanley Cup might've been born in Ottawa, but it's very close to relocating to Southern California. The Anaheim Ducks are a win away from their first NHL championship. While a Canadian team hasn't captured the Cup since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens earned their 23rd, the U.S. sun belt is on the verge of its third straight.
Penner stands tall with decisive goal (AP)
When Teemu Selanne couldn't find an opening for a shot on net, he did the next best thing: He found the big man going to the net. And Dustin Penner, who stands 6-foot-4 when he's not wearing skates, is tough to miss. "He's a big, big man," Selanne said, describing how he set up Penner for the decisive third-period goal in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup...
Alfredsson scores, causes controversy (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson drove the Ottawa Senators' fans wild in the final seconds of the first period, then went a little crazy himself at the end of the second. Alfredsson opened the scoring for the Senators in their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks that dropped them into a 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals.
Nervous Pronger watches Game 4 on TV (AP)
Chris Pronger spent the majority of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals with his back turned to the TV. Unable to play because of a one-game suspension, the Norris Trophy finalist nervously kept up with the progress of his Anaheim Ducks teammates in the comforts of the visiting dressing room at Scotiabank Place.
Cherry makes U.S. TV debut (AP)
Hockey viewers in the United States got a Cherry-flavored taste of Canada. Former NHL coach Don Cherry brought his hockey schtick and sartorial splendor to what was likely a narrow U.S. audience taking in Monday night's broadcast of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on NBC. Cherry, who coached Boston to consecutive Stanley Cup finals appearances in 1977 and '78, appeared with Brett Hull and Bill...
GMs take step to curtail blows to head (AP)
Chris Pronger single-handedly set the NHL general managers' meeting agenda, making blows to the head the primary topic discussed Monday. A day after the Anaheim defenseman got a one-game suspension for an elbow to the head that knocked out Ottawa's Dean McAmmond, the general managers reached a consensus -- but no resolution -- in an attempt to eliminate such checks to players in defenseless...
Sabres GM Regier confident he'll be back (AP)
Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is confident he'll return with coach Lindy Ruff next season. Co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere are less certain about their future. "Both of us expect to be back," Regier said Monday, referring to himself and Ruff, whose contracts expired after this season.
Move over Dale Jr., it's Martin Truex Jr.'s turn to celebrate in Victory Lane (AP)
DEI finally took a spin in Victory Lane, only without the junior expected to drive them there.
Former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. dies (AP)
Everything NASCAR has today -- sold-out races from coast to coast, a full television schedule, major corporate sponsorship and multimillion dollar salaries for its stars -- can be credited to Bill France Jr. France spent 31 years at the helm of his family business, shrewdly taking NASCAR from a backwoods, regional sport into mainstream America.
Martin Truex Jr. captures first career NASCAR victory at Dover (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR ambassador Bill France Jr. dies (PA SportsTicker)
Former NASCAR chairman and president Bill France Jr. died Monday at his home in Daytona Beach. He was 74.
Stewart calls Busch a 'bad apple' after late-race crash (AP)
Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch went from running inside the top 10 to running into walls. And Stewart wasn't shy about blaming Busch for the wreck that cost them both a shot at catching winner Martin Truex Jr.
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.
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.