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NEWS FROM 2007-06-06
Report: Donovan almost out, Van Gundy in
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_donovan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.518a273e073947178780debce6e47c4c.magic_donovan_basketball_ny152.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=R0Cbg0tAt1cX_4AFJWWmjQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Florida coach Billy Donovan gestures in the second half of the men's championship basketball game against Ohio State at the Final Four in Atlanta, in this April 2, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Orlando Magic are close to resolving their coaching fiasco by agreeing to a deal to dismiss Billy Donovan and hire Stan Van Gundy, according to reports Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks wing home, smelling Stanley Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.71d0391e04f74717b40ff713bcd4ee06.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_pch105.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=I4mfTFwEPREyBjLF57CRDw--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer takes a shot during an optional skate Tuesday, June 5, 2007 in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks will face the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey Finals on Wednesday with the Ducks leading the series 3-1. (AP PHOTO/CP, Paul Chiasson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that the Anaheim Ducks have that elusive road win, they are ready to do what they do best: close things out at home. Twice the Ducks have reached the Stanley Cup finals and both times they were perfect on home ice and inept in enemy territory. That all changed in Canada's capital city on Monday and set up an NHL-style beach party.</p><br clear="all"/>
Source: Trent Green headed to Dolphins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_dolphins_chiefs_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.56607d1b3b294fe982eea89294a076b2.dolphins_chiefs_trade_football_ny165.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=OG5DwPBhw7ghMmvAU_JGCw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green looks for a receiver during a football game against the Denver Broncos in Kansas City, Mo., in this Nov. 23, 2006 file photo. Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback, a person within the NFL with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday, June 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hoffman saves 499th as Padres take first
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.95e3403561f54ed680a749236640e28a.dodgers_padres_baseball_cali109.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=nCblM0JRviKyBxynzmLqQg--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Russell Branyan, right, high fives with teammate Terrmel Sledge after scoring in the eighth inning of the Padres 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in their baseball game in San Diego Tuesday, June 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marcus Giles singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Trevor Hoffman moved within one save of becoming the first big leaguer with 500 for his career as the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Tuesday night to re-claim first place in the NL West.</p><br clear="all"/>
DiNardo outpitches Dice-K as A's win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.ed3aaffb2e9247fdac32b4607f334288.aptopix_red_sox_athletics_baseball__oas110.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=6HrioLZJXYbQBCBORKaT1g--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Wily Mo Pena sticks out his tongue as he rests on second base after being called out on a double play against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. Red Sox's Coco Crisp was out at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lenny DiNardo held his former Red Sox teammates to two hits over six innings and outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Oakland Athletics' 2-0 victory Tuesday night, Boston's fifth loss in six games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Aikman fights migraines, not concussions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_aikman_concussions"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.986f41c200ef4c328f22af3ee5b4ca90.aikman_concussions_football_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=WlDAqvHSH8oQv7egLP0FMg--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman lays on the field after taking a hit during the third quarter of the NFC wild card football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Irving, Texas, in this Jan. 2, 1999 file photo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Troy Aikman says he has no symptoms from his 10 concussions during his Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive players, he thinks, are more at risk than quarterbacks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavs' Gibson makes unlikely playoff hero
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_finals_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.c9f91ad0c42c4ca6a7b07ea11a56badb.nba_finals_cavaliers_ny156.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=CQ4BG.rLzB.o18NnkCcXbA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, hugs Daniel Gibson near the end of the Cavlaiers' 88-82 win over the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Cleveland, in this May 27, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him the nickname "Crybaby Boobie" for not fighting back. Well, this crybaby knows a thing or two about 3-point shooting, and he made Rasheed Wallace and the Pistons go WAAAAHHHH! — all the way home to Detroit.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves and Marlins get success from unlikely sources
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070606/sp_nm/baseball_national_tuesday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070606/2007_06_06t013511_318x450_us_baseball_national_tuesday.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=oqDHs3kgf9sAKO_HAWiLbA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Florida Marlins starting pitcher Rick Vanden Hurk delivers against the New York Mets during first inning National League baseball action in Miami, Florida April 19, 2007 file photo. In the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves, Vanden Hurk took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and helped the Marlins to a 5-1 win. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins
got strong pitching performances from unlikely sources on
Tuesday, resulting in a split doubleheader for the National
League East rivals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Soccer teams angle for Euro '08 position
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_european_preview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070605/capt.b465c7456dbf4911b670d73e3371916d.european_preview_soccer_ny172.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=OcwX46bdnGp6iSVdEYWx6w--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="England's David Beckham, top, celebrates with his captain John Terry after Terry scored against Brazil during an exhibition soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, in this June 1, 2007 file photo. England needs another improved performance at Estonia when European Championship qualifying continues Wednesday, June 6, 2007 or its chances of reaching next year's tournament could fade further. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Qualifying for the 2008 European Championship is just past the halfway stage, and most of the leading teams are rising to the top of their groups.</p><br clear="all"/>
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"/>
Bengals LB Thurman accused of assault (AP)
Suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been accused of kicking and hitting two men in his Georgia hometown during the weekend. He has not been charged with a crime, but a magistrate will hear testimony Friday to determine if charges should be filed. The NFL suspended Thurman for the first four games of 2006 after he skipped a drug test.
Source: Chiefs finally deal QB Green (AP)
Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback. Green will undergo a physical in Miami and if he passes it, the trade will be completed, a person within the NFL with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Ex-player unhappy with Upshaw's comment (AP)
NFL union head Gene Upshaw has never been one to hide his emotions. An ex-NFL player thinks this time he's gone too far. Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure said he takes literally remarks Upshaw made that he'd like to "break his ... damn neck" "He is the head of a union. He has the wherewithal to do it," DeLamielleure said Tuesday.
Brady reluctant to discuss private life (AP)
For once, Tom Brady looked uncomfortable. When huge linemen charge him, he's cool. When the New England quarterback needs a touchdown in the last two minutes, he's poised. But when he's asked about fathering a child out of wedlock, the life in his voice fades and his natural smile stiffens. "I don't want to talk about that much, guys," Brady said from the podium after the Patriots' first practice of...
Ex-player guilty of prostitution scam (AP)
Former NFL player Bob Buczkowski pleaded guilty to helping run a million-dollar prostitution ring with his girlfriend out of his parents' suburban home. The 43-year-old Buczkowski pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allegheny County court to two counts of promoting prostitution, six counts of possessing and dealing cocaine and other charges.
Report: Saints' Meachem set for surgery (AP)
New Orleans first-round draft pick Robert Meachem was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday, according to the NFL Web site. Meachem injured his knee at Sunday's minicamp practice and sat out Monday's workout. "He was held out because he had a slight flare-up of the meniscus in his knee," team spokesman Doug Miller said Tuesday.
Home of late Patriots' Hill burglarized (AP)
The home of one of Marquise Hill's relatives was burglarized on the same day the late New England Patriots lineman was laid to rest. Hill's family, friends and teammates gathered in New Orleans for his funeral Saturday, nearly a week after the NFL player and former LSU star drowned in a personal watercraft accident on Lake Pontchartrain.
Reports: Donovan almost out of Orlando (AP)
The Orlando Magic are close to resolving their coaching fiasco by agreeing to a deal to dismiss Billy Donovan and hire Stan Van Gundy, according to reports Tuesday. ESPN.com reported Donovan and the team were finalizing an agreement for his departure. Terms would prevent Donovan from coaching in the NBA for five years, sources told the outlet.
LeBron's baby due during NBA finals (AP)
As if the NBA finals weren't big enough, LeBron James has another major event in his life coming up. He has another son on the way -- soon. Cleveland's All-Star forward, enjoying the highest point of his professional career, is also thrilled about the upcoming birth of his second son with girlfriend Savannah Brinson, who had the couple's first child, LeBron James Jr., in 2004.
Bowen not daunted by matchup vs. James (AP)
In his more than 10 years in the league, San Antonio's Bruce Bowen has seen plenty of impressive players and breakout performances -- most of them just a few inches from his face. So when his matchup with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is billed as the top confrontation to watch in the upcoming NBA finals, Bowen is neither fazed nor impressed.
'Boobie' becomes playoff hero for Cavs (AP)
When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him a nickname for not fighting back. "'Crybaby Boobie,"' Gibson said. It's just Boobie now. Well, this crybaby knows a thing or two about 3-point shooting, and he made Rasheed Wallace and the Pistons go WAAAAHHHH!
Wade: James up to NBA finals challenge (AP)
A year ago, LeBron James was one of Dwyane Wade's biggest supporters during the NBA playoffs. Now Wade is returning the favor. Wade, MVP of the finals last year with the Miami Heat, is sure his close friend can handle the pressure that comes with leading a team into the championship round. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet the San Antonio Spurs in this year's finals, starting Thursday night.
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.
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 look to win Stanley Cup at home (AP)
Now that the Anaheim Ducks have that elusive road win, they are ready to do what they do best: close things out at home. Twice the Ducks have reached the Stanley Cup finals and both times they were perfect on home ice and inept in enemy territory. That all changed in Canada's capital city on Monday and set up an NHL-style beach party.
Pronger to return for possible clincher (AP)
Don't expect Chris Pronger to change his ways coming off his second suspension in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After all, the Anaheim Ducks' star defenseman has been hitting hard since he picked up a hockey stick at age 5. "I'm not going to be worried about anything, bud," Pronger told reporters Tuesday after the Ducks returned home with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Vermette believes Senators can rally (AP)
Ottawa forward Antoine Vermette is a believer -- he's certain the Senators can come back from a 3-1 deficit to Anaheim and win the Stanley Cup. One reason Vermette is convinced is because he's been there before. "My first year in juniors, we were in the same situation, and we won," Vermette said after practice Tuesday at the Honda Center, where the Ducks will attempt to win their first Cup on...
Parros hopes to get name on Cup (AP)
George Parros scored one goal on 19 shots in 34 games for the Anaheim Ducks this season while racking up 102 penalty minutes. Not exactly the prototypical player when it comes to playoff time, but his rugged style and bushy mustache have made him a fan favorite. The push is on to get him into a finals game so he can have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup should the Ducks win it.
GMs working 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.
NASCAR drivers to duel in the dirt (AP)
Carlsbad man dies in Baja 500 truck accident (AP)
A competitor killed in a roll-over accident during a Baja California road race wasn't wearing a seat belt. Race officials said Tuesday that Chris Lokken was a rider in a buggy that had a transmission breakdown around the 196th mile in the Tecate SCORE 500 early Sunday. He had no radio communication but flagged down a passing truck that was competing in another race class while the buggy driver...
Life goes on at DEI beyond Junior (AP)
The checkered flag was flying again outside Dale Earnhardt Inc. on Tuesday, the first time in more than a year the organization held its traditional victory celebration.
France remained involved until the end (AP)
Out of the spotlight this entire season, former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr., remained involved with the sport through his final days.
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)