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NEWS FROM 2007-06-13
All substance, Spurs one win from title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070613/capt.b53119dd650d48f285ce039de4bea5a3.nba_finals_spurs_cavaliers_basketball_cda112.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=5VRTriBPt94PXsnoIRCrPA--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao, left, from Brazil, lunges for the ball as San Antonio Spurs' Bruce Bowen looks for an escape in the second quarter of Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Substance over style. That's the San Antonio way. The Spurs may be boring. They might not make TV ratings soar. And they certainly aren't America's team. Maybe they should be. Rude and ruthless, the Spurs ruined Cleveland's 37-year wait to host the NBA finals on Tuesday night, beating the Cavaliers 75-72 in Game 3 to move within one win of a fourth title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers' Verlander no-hits the Brewers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_brewers_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070613/capt.bf9ff2e05e7041d6a6a27a4d2675d581.brewers_tigers_baseball_dts107.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=2Gj8igT1NVpUeYlTiownlA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander hugs his girlfriend Emily Yuen after pitching a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers in an interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Detroit. The Tigers beat the Brewers 4-0. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Verlander threw 100 mph heat, crazy curves and a tantalizing changeup. No-hit stuff, indeed. With a big assist from his shortstop, Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Earnhardt Jr. to address driving future
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_earnhardt_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.bbfb69acbe8847e990b58f7fc1f4dab6.nascar_earnhardt_future_auto_racing_ny168.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=BoYzokDiyEQHlvIt5_FIhg--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, listens to sister, Kelley Earnhardt, left, at an event in Concord, N.C., in this Jan. 25, 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/ Harold Hinson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to win championships, and there's no better place to do that than at Hendrick Motorsports. The most frenzied free agency in NASCAR history will end Wednesday when Earnhardt reveals where he'll drive next season, and all signs point to Rick Hendrick's elite organization.</p><br clear="all"/>
D'backs' Webb can't slow surging Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_diamondbacks_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070613/capt.f9dad25d44964e87b3fe4feb5ba0f635.diamondbacks_yankees_baseball_nyjj102.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=gFzOzMezz9C5LArk8Rpsjw--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, greets Bobby Abreu at the plate after he hit a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning in Major League Baseball action Tuesday, June, 12, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Webb and Chien-Ming Wang went head-to-head, sinker for sinker, and even the NL Cy Young Award winner was unable to stop the surging Yankees. Wang outpitched Webb in a marquee matchup of exceptional sinkerballers, and streaking Bobby Abreu hit an early three-run homer to help New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Tuesday night for its seventh consecutive victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Titans' Jones accepts NFL suspension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman_suspension"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.a5644d451b0f4ccf930010899ba69dbc.pacman_suspension_football_ny164.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=QjmBZ03gYSsh8YIvor3VYw--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn., in this Aug. 4, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones dropped his appeal of a yearlong suspension Tuesday, pledging to repair an image that made the Tennessee Titans cornerback the poster child for NFL misconduct.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roethlisberger putting crash behind him
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_roethlisberger_anniversary"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.nyol55606122302.steelers_roethlisberger_anniversary_football_nyol556.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=wLmDorGVmvqoKcFm.ub1Cg--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="The motorcycle Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was riding when he collided with an automobile is shown on the back of tow truck in Pittsburgh in this June 12, 2006, file photo. Roethlisberger hopes the talk and the memories are fading about a much-debated accident that occurred only four months after he led Pittsburgh to its first Super Bowl title in 26 years. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Roethlisberger didn't have any problem recalling the significance of June 12. It's been circled on his calendar for nearly a year. So, while the Steelers were holding a voluntary team workout Tuesday at Heinz Field — spending a day away from their practice complex — their quarterback was remembering where he was a year ago to the day.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavaliers try to break Cleveland's curse
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_finals_cleveland_s_curse"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.b46b00028f3948c48e5d8777d0a0406d.nba_finals_clevelands_curse_cd303.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=nS0IAdqr1seo.rBkNW9DJQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="In this 1994 file photo, Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, right, goes in for a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Chris Mills during an NBA basketball game at the Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. 'The Shot' Jordan buried to eliminate the Cavaliers from the playoffs in 1989, only added to the legend of the 'curse' on Cleveland's sports teams. It gets tested again Tuesday when the Cavlaiers play their first home game in the NBA finals, trailing the San Antonio Spurs 2-0. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Strange things are happening to the pro teams in this city. The Cavaliers are in the NBA finals. The Indians are tied for first place. And the Browns drafted an offensive lineman — in the first round.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reynolds hired by MLB.com as broadcaster
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_mlb_reynolds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.nyol55706122306.harold_reynolds_nyol557.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=krSNMpKcWTX5Nz7.omO6tg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres infielder Harold Reynolds is shown in this 1994 photo. Reynolds was back talking about baseball Tuesday, hired as a broadcaster by MLB.com while he pursues his lawsuit against ESPN. (AP Photo/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Harold Reynolds was back talking about baseball Tuesday, hired as a broadcaster by MLB.com while he pursues his lawsuit against ESPN.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. beats El Salvador 4-0 at Gold Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070613/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup_el_salvador_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070613/capt.9a3f77724f0b4a07875df9650fb9c989.el_salvador_united_states_soccer_mass105.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=dR5DDxgIsGEawZrUbM7dgw--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="United States' DeMarcus Beasley (7) takes the ball past El Salvador's Ramon Sanchez (14) during first half action of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, June 12, 2007. The United States defeated El Salvador 4-0 with Beasley scoring two goals. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan got plenty of help from DaMarcus Beasley — and from a controversial call that led to a key goal — as the United States breezed into the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings re-sign 45-year-old Chelios
AP - Chris Chelios is coming back to the Detroit Red Wings for another season of ageless defense.
'Pacman' drops appeal of suspension (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones dropped his appeal of a yearlong suspension Tuesday, pledging to repair an image that made the Tennessee Titans cornerback the poster child for NFL misconduct. His decision came after a third meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell. "I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Titans and my fans and I am committed to turning my life around and being a positive member...
NFLPA files grievance for Culpepper (AP)
Daunte Culpepper is getting help from the NFL Players Association in his quest to be released from the Miami Dolphins. The NFLPA filed a grievance Tuesday on Culpepper's behalf, with hopes that the matter can be resolved within a week, said Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel. "They're breaching his contract by refusing to employ him or letting him go someplace else," Berthelsen said.
Big Ben has moved on, year after crash (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger didn't have any problem recalling the significance of June 12. It's been circled on his calendar for nearly a year. So, while the Steelers were holding a voluntary team workout Tuesday at Heinz Field -- spending a day away from their practice complex -- their quarterback was remembering where he was a year ago to the day.
McNabb practices ahead of schedule (AP)
Donovan McNabb took a major step forward in his return from knee surgery, practicing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday several weeks ahead of schedule. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback participated in non-contact drills in his first action on the field since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last Nov.
Browns QB Quinn not focused on contract (AP)
Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn is too busy learning a new playbook and offensive system, and getting familiar with his teammates to worry about the possibility of a holdout when training camp starts in July. Quinn, talking Tuesday after the morning practice of minicamp two-a-days, said he has yet to discuss contract negotiations with his agent, Tom Condon.
Ex-Colts QB Trudeau pleads innocent (AP)
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau pleaded innocent Tuesday to a felony charge of obstruction of justice in the investigation of underage drinking at his home during a high school graduation party for his daughter. Trial was set in Boone Superior Court for Oct. 2. Trudeau also is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor, both...
Rison faces court-ordered bankruptcy (AP)
Former NFL star Andre Rison faces a court-ordered bankruptcy to pay more than $105,000 in back child support and other claims. He has until June 25 to respond to the order before the court proceeds with efforts to recover his assets, Terese Dear, a courtroom deputy for U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Flint, said Tuesday.
Spurs win ugly, take 3-0 series lead (AP)
Substance over style. That's the San Antonio way. The Spurs may be boring. They might not make TV ratings soar. And they certainly aren't America's team. Maybe they should be. Rude and ruthless, the Spurs ruined Cleveland's 37-year wait to host the NBA finals on Tuesday night, beating the Cavaliers 75-72 in Game 3 to move within one win of a fourth title.
Ginobili delivers late in Game 3 win (AP)
Manu Ginobili didn't deliver all night -- until the San Antonio Spurs needed him to. And then, well, he clinched the game. Ginobili didn't hit a shot from the field Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, missing all seven he took. But his three free throws -- all in the last 10.4 seconds -- sealed the 75-72 victory that gave the Spurs a 3-0 lead in the NBA finals.
Gibson struggles in first playoff start (AP)
Maybe it's time to go back to Larry Hughes. Daniel Gibson finally replaced the injured point guard in the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting lineup Tuesday night, then delivered a performance as bad as any of those from the struggling Hughes. The rookie was 1-for-10 in his first career playoff start, scoring only two points in the Cavaliers' 75-72 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA...
Dejection sets in for Cavaliers fans (AP)
Down 0-3 to the San Antonio Spurs after Tuesday night's 75-72 loss, the Cleveland Cavaliers are left looking to salvage at least one win in their first NBA finals. LeBron James tried to rally his teammates after the game. "Well, everybody has to still believe," James said. "You know, it is the first of four games, but we dug ourselves a big hole, and we have to come out aggressive." Game 4 is...
Carlisle resigns as Pacers executive VP (AP)
Rick Carlisle told the Indiana Pacers he will not return as the team's executive vice president. Carlisle was fired in April after four tumultuous years as Indiana's coach. The team offered him the option of returning as vice president, a title he was given as part of a new multiyear deal before this season.
Nuggets G Smith released from hospital (AP)
Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was released from the hospital after a weekend crash claimed the life of a friend. Smith was "devastated by the loss of his good friend," the Nuggets said Tuesday. The team asked for privacy for Smith and his family. Andre Bell, 21, of East Orange died Monday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he and Smith were taken after the crash Saturday in...
Phil Jackson has hip surgery again (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson had replacement surgery on his left hip Tuesday, eight months after his right one was replaced. The 61-year-old coach was expected to be released from Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood within a day, the team said. He most likely will be fully recovered for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Sabres' Ruff, Regier agree to new deals (AP)
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier have agreed to new contracts, allowing Buffalo to retain the architects of a team coming off consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances. The deals will be announced later this week, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Red Wings re-sign 45-year-old D Chelios (AP)
Chris Chelios is coming back to the Red Wings for another season of ageless defense. After he filled in when younger players couldn't over the past two seasons, Detroit re-signed the 45-year-old Chelios to a a one-year contract Tuesday, bringing the three-time Norris Trophy winner back for his 24th NHL season and ninth with Detroit.
Leafs give Sundin $5.5M, one-year deal (AP)
Mats Sundin agreed Tuesday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 36-year-old Swede, Toronto's captain, had 76 points (27 goals, 49 assists) in 75 games with the Leafs last season while earning $7.6 million. Leafs GM John Ferguson and Sundin's agent J.P. Barry had been in talks for over a month.
Moen, Parros sign extensions with Ducks (AP)
Left winger Travis Moen and right winger George Parros signed two-year contract extensions with the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. The deals keep both under contract through the 2008-09 season. Terms were not disclosed. Moen had seven goals, five assists and 22 penalty minutes while playing in all 21 of Anaheim's postseason games.
Red Wings expect Hasek's decision soon (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings expect to know soon whether goaltender Dominik Hasek will return to play for them next season or retire. "We should find out by the end of the week," general manager Ken Holland said Monday night. "We're optimistic he'll come back, but we're still talking at this point." Holland said the team is close to re-signing defenseman Chris Chelios, who was effective last season at age...
Ducks fans set merchandise sales record (AP)
Ducks fans set an NHL record by spending an average of $24.70 on team merchandise during Anaheim's Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 victory. That was up $7.70 -- 45 percent -- over the previous record of $17 set during Game 5 of the 2002 finals between Detroit and Carolina. The Ducks took an early lead on the way to a 6-2 win Wednesday night, giving fans plenty of time to shop.
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...
Earnhardt to address driving future (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to win championships, and there's no better place to do that than at Hendrick Motorsports.
Labonte completes successful test in Montreal (AP)
Terry Labonte declared the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ready for stock cars after testing the road course Tuesday in preparation NASCAR's upcoming Canadian debut.
Earnhardt Jr. headed to Hendrick Motorsports (PA SportsTicker)
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Former champion to drive for Waltrip on road courses (AP)
Terry Labonte will come out of retirement long enough to replace team owner and driver Michael Waltrip behind the wheel for the two NASCAR Nextel Cup road races this season.
Rocketman back on track, even after rain washes away win (AP)
Winning poles is the easy part for Ryan Newman. Getting to Victory Lane is another matter.
Gordon uses risky call to win rain-shortened race at Pocono (AP)
With dark clouds looming at Pocono Raceway, so was a crucial decision for Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Steve Letarte.
Gordon wins rain-shortened NASCAR race at Pocono (PA SportsTicker)