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NEWS FROM 2007-06-11
Spurs hold back Cavs for 2-0 finals lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.b53300038d8d4550bfa4627d89375f80.nba_finals_cavaliers_spurs_basketball_saa113.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=ShJRdUYjTG8K4feeYseBFg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11) of Lithuania in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game in San Antonio, Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two down, two to go. The San Antonio Spurs are halfway to a fourth title and a chance to state their case as an NBA dynasty.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sluggers lead surging Yanks over Pirates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_pirates_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.26eb5be64de44038a793cdb649db8249.pirates_yankees_baseball_nyy105.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=GiJ.zX9WsqigQ0s6kgzvwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, left, celebrates with teammate Bobby Abreu after hitting a sixth-inning, two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Masumi Kuwata in their interleague baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 10, 2007. It was Rodriguez' second multiple-run home run of the game. He also hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Torre offered a simple explanation for his team's recent turnaround. "Looseness. These guys are having fun with each other," the Yankees' manager said Sunday after New York's sluggers broke loose in a 13-6 victory over the Pirates.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gordon wins rain-shortened Pocono 500
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_pocono"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.82cf52a20df848bfa777cdfcc43e6504.nascar_pocono_500_auto_racing_pajc103.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=SlQqs03yfdbE39mv6j02lg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, right, feels rain falling with his crew chief Steve Letarte during a rain delay of the NASCAR Pocono 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Sunday, June 10, 2007. Gordon won the rain-shortened race. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)" border="0" /></a>AP - This may be the surest sign yet that everything is falling into place this season for Jeff Gordon: Even the dark clouds hovering above him are bringing him luck.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit shuts down Sox to lift D-Backs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_red_sox_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.e3cf690b371f480199952484e5a76459.red_sox_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc103.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=IjPxiRjC.tDdlux3KUfHTw--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Johnson knew he had to pitch well to beat Daisuke Matsuzaka. Johnson allowed one run in six innings and three relievers did the rest as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Sunday afternoon to salvage the final game of a three-game series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Austin wins St. Jude with stunning 62
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_st_jude"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.af29e38704194e4d9a01b3b7ffaaabb5.st_jude_golf_tnmh103.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=n0NEnjb16_2_diFs9V6A2w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Woody Austin waves to the crowd after sinking a par putt on the ninth hole in the final round of the Stanford St. Jude Championship golf tournament on Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Woody Austin turned around a miserable year with the perfect round at the right time. Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia came in hoping to tune up for the U.S. Open with a victory, only to watch Austin run away with the warmup act.</p><br clear="all"/>
Local dog-fight investigation moves on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070609/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_investigation"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.79dcd67b606f48e2a3a8dde605a471d9.vick_investigation_vagk101.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=wNr65.aJ7x.yvWsqjHOIUA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="An investigator carries a shovel as authorities worked at a home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick near Surry, Va., on June 7, 2007. Federal law enforcement officials descended on the home armed with a search warrant that suggests they're taking over an investigation into Vick's possible involvement in dogfighting. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)" border="0" /></a>AP - The prosecutor who questioned why federal authorities would take an interest in a suspected dog-fighting case possibly involving Michael Vick sounded a conciliatory tone Friday and said there would be "parallel investigations."</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs defeat Cavaliers, move halfway to NBA crown
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070611/sp_afp/basketnba"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070611/capt.sge.lyc78.110607040439.photo00.photo.default-356x512.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=3i6cy0UInDnGGIkrm4HXAw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Tony Parker (C) scored 30 points and the Spurs seized a huge lead, squandered most of it, then hung on to beat Cleveland 103-92 Sunday in the National Basketball Association Finals(AFP/Jeff Haynes)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Tony Parker scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs seized a huge lead, squandered most of it, then hung on to beat Cleveland 103-92 Sunday in the National Basketball Association Finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves rally for testy win over Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.6937db2a5328443fb4f5671c2f2a7fb6.aptopix_cubs_braves_baseball_gajb101.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=hoywfS4aFWBiR1kAIu.ocA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves' Edgar Renteria steals second as he collides with Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta Sunday, June 10, 2007. Cubs starter Ted Lilly was ejected after hitting Renteria with a pitch. Renteria quickly retaliated, hitting Fontenot in the face as he slid into second base on the successful stolen base attempt.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Harris scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Chicago closer Ryan Dempster with two outs in the eighth, giving the Atlanta Braves a testy 5-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Honduras stuns Mexico 2-1 in Gold Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup_honduras_mexico"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.b18f5819240744529c1b9337f2c5a2e8.mexico_honduras_soccer_eru109.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=qMIGYzJsHJCfjCEmAEs8Vg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Honduras' Jairo Martinez (11), Carlos Costly, Carlos Oliva (16) and Edgar Alvarez (17) celebrate after Costly scored in stoppage time to give Honduras a 2-1 win over Mexico in a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Costly scored two second-half goals — including the winner in injury time — to lift Honduras over four-time champion Mexico 2-1 Sunday and revive its hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks celebrate Stanley Cup victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_rally"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.3c817641ea754a47a0811f8cfeeba3dd.celebration__ducks_hockey_ans102.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=JgTlynaYZ3sXJ.LPdcVSXg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf holds the cup over his head after arriving for the official Stanley Cup Fan Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than 15,000 fans celebrated the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup title Saturday night. Some fans who jammed the south parking lot of the Honda Center brought homemade replicas of the cup, and some bought souvenir game pucks in Stanley Cup-shaped cases.</p><br clear="all"/>
CB Herndon agrees to deal with Titans (AP)
Cornerback Kelly Herndon has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Tennessee, as the Titans continue working to replenish a secondary expected to be without Adam "Pacman" Jones. The free agent would be the first former Seahawks player to join the team since Mike Reinfeldt left Seattle to take over as Tennessee's general manager in February.
Bills DT Walker prepares to be fined (AP)
With contract talks progressing slowly, veteran defensive tackle Darwin Walker is prepared to face a fine for missing the start of the Buffalo Bills' mandatory minicamp Monday. "We're moving at a snail's pace," Walker's agent, Albert Irby, told The Associated Press on Sunday. "We ain't that close. I don't know if we're going to get anything done today." Irby said he spoke with Bills general manager...
Culpepper says he'll block trade plans (AP)
Trent Green's first practice with the Miami Dolphins was apparently Daunte Culpepper's finale in South Florida. Frustrated by the team's decision to let him only participate in individual drills, Culpepper walked off the practice field -- accompanied by a member of Miami's security staff -- about an hour into Friday's start of a three-day minicamp and vowed that he'd block the Dolphins' plans to...
Vick prosecutor conciliatory to feds (AP)
The prosecutor who questioned why federal authorities would take an interest in a suspected dog-fighting case possibly involving Michael Vick sounded a conciliatory tone Friday and said there would be "parallel investigations." Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter said he, Sheriff Harold Brown and the rest of the team that has been investigating the case since 66 dogs were...
Chad Johnson beats horse in charity run (AP)
Chad Johnson got a head start without having to jump offside, and beat his coverage to the goal line again. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was waiting at the finish line when Restore the Roar arrived at the end of his one-eighth-mile gallop. That's right: Johnson raced a horse Saturday and easily won.
Saints QB Brees gives inmates pep talk (AP)
Some inmates at the Beaver County correctional facility had a surprise guest speaker when New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees showed up at the southern Utah jail on Friday. County officials had heard he was coming, but even they were skeptical. "I was pretty blown away by the idea that somebody like him would come to a small town like Beaver, Utah," Sgt.
Shockey shows up at voluntary workouts (AP)
Jeremy Shockey made a rare appearance at New York Giants' voluntary offseason workouts this week, but the four-time Pro Bowl tight end cautioned not to read too much into it. "I'm glad I'm here and I enjoy it, but I hope people get used to it because next year it's going to be an issue again, and again the next year," he said.
Spurs nearly blow huge lead, go up 2-0 (AP)
Two down, two to go. The San Antonio Spurs are halfway to a fourth title and a chance to state their case as an NBA dynasty. And LeBron James, you're a witness. Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili had 25 and Tim Duncan added 23 as the Spurs schooled Cleveland in championship basketball for 3 1/2 quarters, overpowering the Cavaliers 103-92 in Game 2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the...
Cavs overmatched in first half of Game 2 (AP)
That's one way to make people forget about those third-quarter woes. The Cleveland Cavaliers were so overmatched in the first half by the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, there was nothing they could have done in the last two quarters to make matters any worse. San Antonio rolled to a 25-point lead after one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA finals history and beat the Cavaliers 103-92,...
Wizards committed to keeping Arenas (AP)
The Washington Wizards are committed to keeping Gilbert Arenas on the team, even after the All-Star guard said he planned to opt out of his contract. Arenas told The Washington Post and The Washington Times that he will get out of the six-year, $65 million contract he signed in 2003 and become a free agent.
Nuggets' J.R. Smith remains hospitalized (AP)
Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith remained hospitalized Sunday after being thrown from his vehicle during a crash Saturday night, but his injuries aren't believed to be as serious as first thought. "J.R. is fine. There is nothing career- or life-threatening," Nuggets spokesman Eric Sebastian said Sunday. "I did not hear anything that would suggest he is going to be out any games.
Ginobili, Popovich hope for great finish (AP)
Gregg Popovich is the no-nonsense coach from the Air Force Academy with a belief in discipline and an appreciation for "playing the right way" built while working under Larry Brown. Manu Ginobili is the player from Argentina with the flair for the dramatic, not afraid to make the crazy play even if the routine one would have worked just fine.
Nuggets' Johnson arrested and tasered (AP)
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Nuggets reserve forward DerMarr Johnson was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police during a disturbance outside a nightclub. Police said they used a taser to calm the 6-foot-9 player. "He apparently would not cooperate," police Lt. Randy Corbitt said. Johnson and two women were arrested, booked and released early Saturday.
Spurs' Ginobili happy being sixth man (AP)
Tony Parker knew Cleveland would crowd the lane -- the Cavaliers had been talking about keeping him out of the paint since he torched them in Game 1. What the Cavaliers apparently didn't count on is that the quick kid from Paris would have no problem kicking it into a higher gear to spin and swerve around the stunned Cavs for 30 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 103-92 victory Sunday night.
Ducks celebrate Stanley Cup victory (AP)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than 15,000 fans celebrated the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup title Saturday night. Some fans who jammed the south parking lot of the Honda Center brought homemade replicas of the cup, and some bought souvenir game pucks in Stanley Cup-shaped cases. The Ducks won the NHL title with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, ending the series in five...
Bond issue approved for new Pens arena (AP)
Sens owner's horse wins Woodbine Oaks (AP)
Sealy Hill, owned by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, took the lead on the final turn and pulled away late to win the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Sunday. The 7-2 second choice, Sealy Hill widened her lead down the stretch to beat Saskawea by 4 lengths with Street Sounds, the 6-5 favorite, the same distance farther back in third.
Islanders' Okposo to stay in school (AP)
New York Islanders first-round draft pick Kyle Okposo decided Friday to remain at Minnesota for his sophomore season. The 19-year-old forward from St. Paul, Minn., was selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft. "I feel returning to school best serves my future as an NHL player at this time," Okposo said.
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.
Selanne, Ducks end Stanley Cup droughts (AP)
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.
Hilton story trumps Ducks' 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.
Gordon wins rain-shortened NASCAR race at Pocono (PA SportsTicker)
Penske Racing still backs Busch (AP)
Even with a lighter wallet, and an unexpected and unnecessary climb ahead in the standings, Roger Penske is still in hot-tempered Kurt Busch's corner.
Gordon uses risky call to win rain-shortened race at Pocono (AP)
This may be the surest sign yet that everything is falling into place this season for Jeff Gordon: Even the dark clouds hovering above him are bringing him luck.
Polish driver escapes injury in spectacular crash (AP)
Robert Kubica escaped injury in a spectacular crash Sunday near the midway point of the Canadian Grand Prix. Team officials first reported the 22-year-old driver from Poland broke his right leg. Later, they said the leg was not broken, and other than being sore he had no apparent injuries. After the accident, medical personnel removed him from the car and took him to the track's medical facility.
Hamilton wins Canadian GP in landmark victory (AP)
Rookie Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, the first victory for a black driver in Formula One. In a race filled with caution flags, the 22-year-old Englishman won in his sixth F1 start and now has six consecutive top-three finishes. "I'm just having a fantastic day," Hamilton said. "This is history." The only one to give the Mercedes McLaren driver any competition during the...
Edwards pads Busch Series lead with 3rd consecutive Nashville win (AP)
Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory of the season Saturday night, easily beating Clint Bowyer in the Federated Auto Parts 300 for the Nextel Cup driver's third straight win at Nashville Superspeedway.
Edwards victorious again in Busch Federated Auto Parts 300 (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards arrives in Nashville with moments to spare (AP)
Carl Edwards has three career wins at Nashville Superspeedway, including two in a row in the NASCAR Busch Series.