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Spurs smother LeBron to take Game 1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.feecd9430ee64d2bade3e68a321daa64.aptopix_nba_finals_spurs_cavaliers_basketball_txmy131.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=Kymo5uNSJwSGFrcr7TaqoQ--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry, left, in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game in San Antonio, Thursday, June 7, 2007.The Spurs won, 85-76.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James finally scaled the big stage, and like a bunch of burly bouncers, the San Antonio Spurs tossed him off it. Welcome to the NBA finals, young fella. James couldn't solve San Antonio's stifling defense and the pick-and-rolling Spurs, as fundamental and selfless as ever, outclassed Cleveland in an 85-76 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padres' rally leads to sweep of Dodgers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.692359c87f1e4970ac2c0f008b9c726f.dodgers_padres_baseball_cali108.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=aCGTCBE9EONqQKP3WUdfNA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="San Diego padres pitcher Jake Peavy screams after giving up consecutive doubles and letting in three runs after two were out in the seventh inning of the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Diego, Thursday, June 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Russell Branyan drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth to complete a five-run rally as the San Diego Padres stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.</p><br clear="all"/>

Torre earns 2,000th managerial victory (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.fa732d64895f449292f5921d27bd5780.yankees_white_sox_baseball_cxs116.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=MiRi38LC55kiM5TGoNA7hA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, celebrates with teammates Bobby Abreu, left, and Derek Jeter after hitting a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mariano Rivera got the final out and made sure Joe Torre got the ball, moments after Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees had helped give their manager his 2,000th victory.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cubs hand Piniella a win on his return (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.96c452743fe34558b6d912e29099775c.cubs_braves_baseball_gags111.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=GtjjTzY0VksK1tz4h4W5YA--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Chicago Cubs manager Lou Pinella, left, celebrates with catcher Michael Barrett after their 2-1 win against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. Pinella was back in uniform after serving a four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lou Piniella was all smiles in his return to the dugout. The way Rich Hill pitched, the Chicago Cubs' manager had good reason to be happy after serving a four-game suspension.</p><br clear="all"/>

Schilling's no-hit bid fails in the 9th (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070607/capt.7d3c3b1de9a84734bbee8f8a00f5b617.red_sox_athletics_baseball_oas115.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=wt1.OyYy5Whf.JsWvo70BA--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws to the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 7, 2007. Schilling threw a complete, one-hit game in a 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe the next time a Boston pitcher takes a no-hit bid into the ninth inning, he'll listen to catcher Jason Varitek. Curt Schilling came within one out of his first career no-hitter Thursday, losing his bid when Shannon Stewart lined a clean single to right field after Schilling shook off his catcher. Schilling finished with a one-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0.</p><br clear="all"/>

Feds search Michael Vick's property (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_investigation"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070604/capt.31220226bfb443bc8d4ee548439a37ae.vick_investigation_surry_rm101.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=4reJ0HsusIWuc6a1TcZ73w--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="A home owned by Atlanta Falcon's quarterback Michel Vick is surrounded by a fence in Smithfield, Va., Thursday, May 31, 2007. The property is the center of a dog fighting investigation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Federal law enforcement officials descended on a home owned by Michael Vick on Thursday armed with a search warrant that suggests they're taking over an investigation into the Falcons quarterback's possible involvement in dogfighting.</p><br clear="all"/>

Spurs fluster James to beat Cavaliers 85-76 in Game One (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070608/sp_nm/nba_finals_thursday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070608/2007_06_08t005327_450x340_us_nba_finals_thursday.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=pf9IGYFYJYNO0AKNml5jfA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (L) is stuffed by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) while teammate Bruce Bowen falls back on the play in the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 7, 2007. Looking on are Clevelands' Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11), Anderson Varejao (R), Larry Hughes and San Antonio's Fabricio Oberto. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The San Antonio Spurs used a harassing, double-team defense to fluster LeBron James and defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 85-76 in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankees manager Torre gets 2,000th career win (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070608/sp_nm/baseball_torre_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070608/2007_06_08t012753_391x450_us_baseball_torre.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=e7PkptN.V4AHR1g2snSrkA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="New York Yankees manager Joe Torre looks toward the dugout after making a trip to the mound against the Chicago White Sox during their American League baseball game in Chicago, Illinois, June 4, 2007 file photo. Torre became the 10th manager in Major League history to reach 2,000 career wins on Thursday. (Frank Polich/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - New York Yankees manager Joe Torre became the 10th manager in Major League history to reach 2,000 career wins on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

El Salvador defeats Trinidad and Tobago (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070608/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup_el_salvador_t_t"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.e8c1db66147c4c4a9a78a1c0750f7029.gold_cup_trinidad_and_tobago_el_salvador_soccer_hdc116.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=8HDx5r9pUZYbN0f64E0L9g--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="El Salvador's Dennis Alas celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago in the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Carson, Calif., Thursday, June 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dennis Alas scored the winning goal in the 81st minute as El Salvador rallied for a 2-1 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wild re-sign goaltender Niklas Backstrom (AP)
AP - The Minnesota Wild added depth and complication to their goalie situation by re-signing Niklas Backstrom to a two-year, $6.2 million contract on Thursday.

Feds execute warrant on Vick's home (AP)
An investigator carries evidence boxes Thursday, June 7, 2007, at a home owned by Atlanta Falcons football quarterback Michael Vick near Surry, Va. Federal law enforcement officials descended on the home armed with a search warrant that suggests they are taking over an investigation into Vick's possible involvement in a dogfighting operation.

Federal law enforcement officials descended on a home owned by Michael Vick on Thursday armed with a search warrant that suggests they're taking over an investigation into the Falcons quarterback's possible involvement in dogfighting. More than a dozen vehicles went to the home early in the afternoon and investigators searched inside before turning their attention to the area where officials found...


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Culpepper asks Dolphins to release him (AP)
Daunte Culpepper wants to choose his next team, so he's asked the Miami Dolphins to release him. Culpepper, who serves as his own agent, made the request Thursday -- one day after the Dolphins completed a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Trent Green and told Culpepper they would try to trade him.

Congress in on dispute over NFL retirees (AP)
Congress will hear testimony June 26 from retired NFL players who contend the pension plan of the league and union is insufficient, especially for disabled ex-players. "The NFL is a billion-dollar industry, and yet the players who built the league are too often left to fend for themselves," Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and administrative...

Colts' Manning works with new teammates (AP)
Peyton Manning might be the NFL's star pupil. This week, he's also been the Indianapolis Colts' award-winning teacher. The Super Bowl MVP has spent minicamp working with a new cast of receivers, a little known running back and even had time to sneak a peek at some of the defensive newcomers. To Manning, it's all about repeating as NFL champions.

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.

Cowboys cut three-time Pro Bowl G Rivera (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl guard Marco Rivera was released Thursday after two seasons -- and two back operations -- with the Dallas Cowboys. Rivera injured his back while running on a treadmill in March 2005, only a week after signing his $20 million, five-year free agent deal. He had surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back, but still started the first 14 games in 2005 before being sidelined by...

Spurs stifle James, Cavs 85-76 in Game 1 (AP)
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game in San Antonio, Thursday, June 7, 2007. The Spurs won, 85-76.

LeBron James finally scaled the big stage, and like a bunch of burly bouncers, the San Antonio Spurs tossed him off it. Welcome to the NBA finals, young fella. James couldn't solve San Antonio's stifling defense and the pick-and-rolling Spurs, as fundamental and selfless as ever, outclassed Cleveland in an 85-76 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.


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Magic hire Stan Van Gundy as coach (AP)
Stan Van Gundy, right, fields questions at a news conference as Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith looks on at the Magic's basketball practice facility in Orlando, Fla. Thursday, June 7, 2007. The Magic announced Thursday that Van Gundy will be the new coach of the team.

The Orlando Magic have their man ... again. This time, it's Stan Van Gundy. Billy Donovan says he feels "terrible" about all the confusion, but insists Florida is where he belongs. The Magic finally resolved their coaching quandary Thursday, ending a rough two weeks in which they fired Brian Hill, pulled off the Donovan coup, then watched the bottom drop out on nearly everything.


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James, Cavaliers struggle offensively (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers  forward LeBron James (230 takes part in basketball practice in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 6, 2007. The Cavaliers face the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, June 7.

The Cleveland Cavaliers insist there is more to their offense than LeBron James. So on a night when James couldn't shoot, Thursday would have been a good time for them to prove it. It didn't happen until it was too late to matter The Cavaliers wasted a decent defensive effort with a woeful offensive one in an 85-76 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA finals.


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Parker, Duncan unaffected by long layoff (AP)
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game in San Antonio, Thursday, June 7, 2007. The Spurs won, 85-76.

A long layoff wasn't going to bother the San Antonio Spurs. Even a week off could not make Tim Duncan and Tony Parker forget how to play in the NBA finals. With LeBron James' much-hyped finals debut falling flat, Duncan and Parker led the Spurs to an 85-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday night.


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Cavs to keep same lineup for Game 2 (AP)
Daniel Gibson has been Cleveland's leading scorer in the last two games. That's not good enough to get him a spot in the starting lineup. Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said after the Cavaliers' 85-76 loss to San Antonio in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday night that he won't make a lineup change before Game 2.

Sonics hire 30-year-old Presti as GM (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics new general manager Sam Presti listens to a question during a news conference Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Seattle. The 30-year-old San Antonio assistant general manager replaces Rick Sund, who was demoted to consultant after Seattle's 31-51 season. Presti's first jobs are to help hire a coach to replace Bob Hill, who was fired, and to prepare for the June 28 draft. Seattle has the second pick.

Sam Presti owes becoming the youngest general manager in the NBA to a homesick teammate at Emerson College. Eight years ago, Presti, captain of the basketball team at Boston's renowned school for communication and the arts, talked the discouraged player out of quitting and going home to Colorado. The teammate's father, the superintendent of schools in Aspen, was so appreciative that he invited...


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Stern: No proposal to change bench rule (AP)
David Stern knows there are people who still think the NBA's bench suspension rule is unfair and needs to be scrapped. None, apparently, runs one of its franchises. Stern said Thursday night there has been "no proposal" to change the rule, which gives a minimum one-game suspension to a player who leaves the bench during an altercation.

Selanne, Ducks end Stanley Cup droughts (AP)
Anaheim Ducks' Chris Pronger, right, is checked against the boards by Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher, left, as teammate Oleg Saprykin, from Russia, during the third period of their Game 5 Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Ducks won, 6-2.

Teemu Selanne sat on the bench with tears in his eyes, remembering the days when the Anaheim Ducks were mighty in name only. After 14 seasons and various stops around the Western Conference, the Finnish Flash and the rest of his Ducks teammates are first-time Stanley Cup champions. Well, all except Scott Niedermayer now a four-time winner of hockey's most cherished prize.


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Ducks fight for relevance after Cup win (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks had their moment in the Southern California spotlight. Because of Paris Hilton, that's pretty much all it was -- a moment. Hilton's release from jail early Thursday subjugated the Ducks to afterthought status just hours after they reached the pinnacle of their sport -- winning the Stanley Cup.

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.

Sens' Phillips won't forget fluke goal (AP)
Every hockey player dreams of scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal. Chris Phillips will have nightmares about his. The veteran Ottawa defenseman accidentally put the puck in his own net in Anaheim's 6-2 win over the Senators on Wednesday night for the Ducks' first Cup-clinching goal. However, Phillips wasn't credited for the goal.

Cup finals draw record-low rating (AP)
The Stanley Cup finals had record-low network television ratings. The three games aired on NBC averaged a 1.6 rating and a 3 share, the network said Thursday. That's down 20 percent from the 2.0/4 drawn for the same three games last year. Anaheim won the series, beating Ottawa in five games. The first two games were televised on cable network Versus.

Wild re-sign G Backstrom to 2-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild added depth and complication to their goalie situation by re-signing Niklas Backstrom to a two-year, $6.2 million contract on Thursday. Backstrom went 23-8-6 with five shutouts in 41 games, taking over when Manny Fernandez got hurt and steering the Wild toward their first playoff appearance in four years with an unexpected performance.

Hamilton wins Calder Cup (AP)
Carey Price led Hamilton to its first Calder Cup title, stopping 29 shots in the Bulldogs' 2-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Thursday night in Game 5 of the American Hockey League championship series. Price, the 19-year-old goalie who spent most of the season in junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans, was the playoffs MVP.

Bodine wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole at Texas (PA SportsTicker)


3-time Texas winner Bodine earns truck pole (AP)
Todd Bodine took the pole Thursday night for the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, where he is a three-time winner.

NASCAR says goodbye to France in simple ceremony (AP)
NASCAR stars paid respects to former chairman Bill France Jr. on Thursday in a short, simple funeral service that was far more fuss than he would have wanted. About 2,000 people filled the Performing Arts Center at Bethune-Cookman University to say goodbye to France in a send-off for a man who loved hot dogs, fishing and, more than anything else, NASCAR.

Notes: Wallace among many who will miss France (AP)
Rusty Wallace is one of many current and former drivers who are going to miss their periodic chats with former...

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.

Truex shows DEI's more than just Junior (AP)


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...

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