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Novelty to champion: Ducks win the Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stanley_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.f53f5d60c5ac4a2ab901932f038932de.senators_ducks_stanley_cup_hockey_ryr126.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=dYgOcM7vT4kBLdWAp6D55Q--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Anaheim Ducks Francois Beauchemin hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Ottawa Senators in Game five of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim Wednesday, June 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks were born on the silver screen and came of age by capturing the shiniest of silver cups. They dropped the mighty from their name, but not their game and skated off with the first Stanley Cup championship in California history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hoffman gets 500th save as Padres win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.7564e1482e3b4e3a9015988eeafd1cbc.dodgers_padres_baseball_cali114.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=4cUYT0KWSa0MV9yOy2je5g--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman is congratulated by teammates after earning his 500th career save in the Padres 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in their baseball game in San Diego Wednesday, June 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - There is a new milestone in baseball — 500 saves. Trevor Hoffman became the first big leaguer to reach that mark when he got a save in the San Diego Padres' 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wang goes the distance for Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.50bfbd3614254de387da75dc44bed5cd.yankees_white_sox_baseball_cxs103.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=JniITZjDJlgXVOaPhJ9V6Q--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="New York Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan, delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 6, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - All quiet in the bullpen. Chien-Ming Wang went the distance himself, a rare feat for the New York Yankees. Wang pitched a five-hitter for New York's first nine-inning complete game since last summer, and the visiting Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Devil Rays weigh 3 players for top pick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.fed36877c780479fbf1421c35e239269.baseball_draft_ny169.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=8pC90HZvUfvkWG_F.RkJww--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Vanderbilt pitcher David Price throws in the first inning against Mississippi State during their 2007 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament game at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala., in this May 24, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Price's blazing fastball might be too overpowering for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pass up with the No. 1 pick in the draft. "We just think that he has everything we're looking for in a front-line major league starter," Devil Rays scouting director R.J.</p><br clear="all"/>
Magic release Donovan from contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_donovan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.3f7583aaa92a4faeae3b6e06050ae5c2.pitino_donovan_basketball_ny171.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=4WzxUYjmwsFXxVIp.scEUA--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Former co-captain of the Providence College Friars basketball team Billy Donovan, left, chats with a former coach of the team, Rick Pitino, in Providence, R.I., in this May 11, 2007 file photo, at a 20th-anniversary celebrations of the 1986-87 team's trip to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)" border="0" /></a>AP - Billy Donovan couldn't leave Gator glory behind. He knew it less than a day after taking the Orlando Magic job. The Magic finally made it official Wednesday — 72 hours after news broke that Donovan had cold feet. They let him out of a five-year, $27.5 million deal but didn't disclose terms of the breakup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Green completes move to Dolphins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070607/sp_nm/nfl_green_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070607/2007_06_07t005636_450x339_us_nfl_green.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=0qEeVnxpEnBPuliQlYzvSw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Ex-Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of their NFC Wild Card NFL playoff game in Indianapolis, January 6, 2007 file photo. Green was finally traded from the Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft choice in 2008. (Brent Smith/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Twice Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green
was finally traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami
Dolphins on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round
draft choice in 2008.</p><br clear="all"/>
LeBron arrives on NBA's ultimate stage
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070606/capt.9a5c9e72d8534e8d8b57a20668c983a6.nba_finals_cavaliers_spurs_basketball_txeg119.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=OGwMWIwq4ff9CWXDE5bVxQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes part in basketball practice in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 6, 2007. The Cavaliers will face the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, June 7. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James will attract the spotlight. The San Antonio Spurs have earned it. While most of the hype surrounding these NBA finals is centered on James, Cleveland's crowned king of roundball, the Spurs are again being overshadowed despite winning three titles since 1999.</p><br clear="all"/>
A's send Red Sox to fourth straight loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.19a2fe85a82a4838b765329d293cb9d5.red_sox_athletics_baseball__oas107.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=XeTgs41ljpfmWqpPmY5BQg--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, left, and Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona argue in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, June 6, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. Francona was ejected. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Kennedy has been Oakland's tough-luck pitcher the first two months. So perhaps it was fitting that a lucky bounce helped give Kennedy his first win in nearly a month.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colombian star Angel leads Red Bulls
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_red_bulls_toronto"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.6dad6a5ef8bc4a55b2096896c95d31c6.mls_red_bulls_toronto_fc_soccer_fng103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=U_jDwVhZzlwu8TMRhspm0A--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Toronto FC midfielder Marvell Wynne (16) battles for a header with New York Red Bulls' Jozy Altidore during first half MLS action in Toronto on Wednesday June 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Colombian star Juan Pablo Angel scored two goals in 2 minutes midway through the second half Wednesday night to give the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 win over Toronto FC.</p><br clear="all"/>
Maple Leafs sign Antropov to extension
AP - The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Nik Antropov to a two-year extension on Wednesday.
Miami gets Green, Culpepper on way out? (AP)
Trent Green swallowed hard, then tried to list every Miami Dolphins starting quarterback since Dan Marino's retirement seven seasons ago. It took him a minute, but he eventually got most of the 10 names right. "You're not going to find anyone to replace Dan Marino," Green said. Fortunately for Green, the Dolphins aren't asking him to replace Marino.
Police: Claims Vick involved in dogfight (AP)
People have told investigators that Michael Vick was involved in a dogfighting operation at a house he owns in Surry County, the sheriff said Wednesday, and Vick will be charged if investigators can find evidence backing those claims. Sheriff Harold D. Brown, who is leading the investigation, said he hopes members of a task force that have been gathering evidence in the case can meet by sometime...
Seahawks' Alexander insists foot is fine (AP)
Shaun Alexander says his left foot is just fine. So is his sense of humor. Alexander held court Wednesday during the Seattle Seahawks' voluntary minicamp, cracking jokes about all the attention he received last month when he said his left foot, which was broken last season, may still be cracked. "I didn't think it was too big until my grandma called.
Saints WR Meachem expected back by camp (AP)
Saints first-round draft choice Robert Meachem has had a rough first month as a pro. Coach Sean Payton says it's better that he goes through it now than during the season. Meachem will spend the next month to six weeks rehabilitating his right knee following an arthroscopic procedure to clean out loose cartilage and repair his medial meniscus.
No suspects identified in Hill robbery (AP)
About $16,000 worth of belongings was reported stolen from the home of the late Marquise Hill's mother while she attended the funeral for her son, a New England Patriots lineman who drowned last week, police said Wednesday. No suspects have been identified in Saturday's burglary at the eastern New Orleans home of Sherry Hill, who told police that she left for her son's funeral at 10:45 a.m.
Moss wants to 'fit in' with Patriots (AP)
Randy Moss told reporters on Wednesday that he gets a bad rap because he doesn't like to give interviews. Then, when asked if the Patriots took a risk in trading for him, he refused to answer and ended the session. "See?" he said, walking away. "They were all good questions until he slipped that one at the end.
49ers DE Oliver tears knee ligaments (AP)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Melvin Oliver tore a ligament in his right knee during organized team activities this week. Oliver, a sixth-round pick from LSU in 2006 who started 14 games for the 49ers last season, was injured during a non-contact drill Tuesday. Team doctors discovered the torn medial collateral ligament Wednesday.
Magic release Donovan, hire S. Van Gundy (AP)
Billy Donovan couldn't leave Gator glory behind. He knew it less than a day after taking the Orlando Magic job. The Magic finally made it official Wednesday -- 72 hours after news broke that Donovan had cold feet. They let him out of a five-year, $27.5 million deal but didn't disclose terms of the breakup.
Attention on James overshadows Spurs (AP)
LeBron James will attract the spotlight. The San Antonio Spurs have earned it. While most of the hype surrounding these NBA finals is centered on James, Cleveland's crowned king of roundball, the Spurs are again being overshadowed despite winning three titles since 1999. There's nothing seductive about them.
Kings meet with Stan Van Gundy (AP)
The Sacramento Kings might have moved to the top of Stan Van Gundy's list of suitors. Van Gundy spent Wednesday in Sacramento, touring the area and meeting with Kings officials for further discussions about becoming their head coach, the club confirmed. The Orlando Magic are also hoping to sign Van Gundy after Florida coach Billy Donovan backed out of a deal over the weekend, but the Kings...
Kerr has no plans to overhaul Suns (AP)
Steve Kerr offered a deadpan response to a question about the moves he's planning as the Phoenix Suns' new general manager. "I'm going to shop (Steve) Nash immediately," he said, bringing a roar of laughter from the media and team officials attending his introductory news conference at U.S. Airways Center on Wednesday.
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.
James to keep teammates involved (AP)
Donyell Marshall has played with teammates whose negative reactions to mistakes hurt his confidence. So he was probably both surprised and relieved by LeBron James' reaction after he took a pass from James but missed an open 3-point attempt that would have won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Duncan's calm belies confidence (AP)
Tim Duncan lumbered up the steps to the podium, then San Antonio's subtle superstar plopped down in a chair, ready to take questions from the eager international media. If Duncan didn't look excited, well that's because he rarely does. For him, the NBA finals are almost routine, and instead of talking about the game, he'd rather play it.
Ducks win first Stanley Cup title (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks were born on the silver screen and came of age by capturing the shiniest of silver cups. They dropped the mighty from their name, but not their game and skated off with the first Stanley Cup championship in California history. The 14-year-old Ducks captured the NHL title with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, ending the series in five games in front of the...
Scott Niedermayer wins Conn Smythe (AP)
Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer skated off with a hefty silver trophy of his own after Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Then he and the rest of the Ducks took turns hoisting hockey's biggest prize. Now a member of four Stanley Cup champion teams, Niedermayer earned his first Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the NHL playoffs with teammate and younger brother, Rob, looking on.
Islanders to buy out Yashin's contract (AP)
The New York Islanders will buy out the remaining four years on captain Alexei Yashin's 10-year contract in the first step of an offseason overhaul they hope will include re-signing Jason Blake and Ryan Smyth. "It's going to make the team have a different look," coach Ted Nolan said of Yashin's departure in a conference call Wednesday.
Phillips' gaffe costs Senators (AP)
Chris Phillips wore a pained expression as he removed his pads, then sighed as he slowly took off his socks. It's tough losing, especially when you commit the most egregious error of the Stanley Cup finals. "Now I know how Steve Smith feels," Phillips said, referring to the former Edmonton Oilers defenseman who inadvertently shot the puck into his own goal in Game 7 of the 1986 quarterfinals...
Ducks coach Carlyle savoring Cup victory (AP)
Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle played 17 seasons in the NHL and never won the Stanley Cup. His players helped make that happen with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. "I'm going to savor this for a few days," he said. "We'll allow more than the 10-minute rule that we have." Carlyle retired as a player in 1993, remaining with the now-defunct Winnipeg organization's staff...
Sens' McAmmond out again with concussion (AP)
Ottawa Senators center Dean McAmmond missed his second straight game Wednesday night because of a concussion. MCammond was still unable to play due to the concussion sustained when Anaheim's Chris Pronger elbowed him in the head four days earlier. McAmmond wanted to play in the Senators' 3-2 home loss to the Ducks on Monday night, but was held out in a game-time decision by coach Bryan Murray.
Edwards outruns other NASCAR drivers at charity duel in the dirt (AP)
After taking the lead on the 12th lap in a short charity race on dirt, Carl Edwards held on just long enough to hold off fellow NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Edwards edged Busch by 0.3 seconds Wednesday night to capture the third annual Nextel Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway, a 30-lap charity race organized by driver Tony Stewart.
Edwards wins NASCAR charity event on dirt track (PA SportsTicker)
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Ticker) - Carl Edwards and NASCAR's top drivers got down and dirty Wednesday night.
Fans, friends set to pay respects to racing leader (AP)
Kathie Salemme and her family are die-hard NASCAR fans, planning their vacations around the racing schedule. Wednesday, the family traveled to pay their respects to NASCAR trailblazer Bill France Jr., a man Salemme never met but considered an integral part of her family's success. "What Bill France built brings our family together," Salemme, 47, of Columbia, S.C., said at the Daytona International...
DEI forms dedicated test team (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Inc. said Wednesday it is forming a dedicated team for testing, which Tony Eury Sr. will lead.
Largest rally for touring motorcycles marks 25th anniversary (AP)
Sitting on the second floor of his command center far from the crowd, Bill Dutcher answered his ever-ringing phone and quickly solved another logistical problem in his inimitable, fast-talking way. "I stay the hell out of the way," Dutcher said. "It's a funny deal, it really is. I'm just old Bill. I'm the same guy I've been all my life, but this week I'm a celebrity.
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.