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Nash Leads Suns to 114-108 Win Over Mavs (AP)
AP - He might be the best passer in the NBA, he can score in bunches when he feels it's necessary, and he can even outhustle towering foes for rebounds. Steve Nash, Phoenix's mop-haired maestro, had it all going for him in a masterful, triple-double performance that led the Suns to a 114-108 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Mariners Snap Yanks' 10-Game Winning Streak (AP)
AP - The New York Yankees committed three errors, the final one leading to the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and their 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

D'backs Bounce Back to Beat Astros 7-6 (AP)
AP - Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer, Russ Ortiz pitched well enough to win and the Arizona Diamondbacks roughed up Andy Pettitte before holding off the Houston Astros 7-6 Wednesday night.

Bonds to Take Antibiotics for Right Knee (AP)
AP - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds had an IV removed Wednesday, but will need to keep taking oral antibiotics to fight an infection in his troublesome right knee. Bonds had been on intravenous antibiotics for two weeks after having a third surgery on his knee to clear out an infection. The seven-time league MVP switched to oral antibiotics as scheduled Wednesday after being cleared by Dr. Arthur J. Ting, who performed the latest surgery.

Brack Makes Unexpected Return to Indy 500 (AP)
AP - The last place Kenny Brack expected to be Wednesday was in a race car making laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But it didn't take the 39-year-old Swede long to get up to speed after being called on by Rahal Letterman Racing to replace injured defending Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice in the race car Brack drove before he was seriously hurt in October 2003.

Browns Mum on How Badly Winslow Hurt (AP)
AP - The Cleveland Browns finally know how much damage Kellen Winslow Jr. did to his right knee. Now, they can't say how badly he's hurt.

NBA faces threat of labor shutdown as talks stall (AFP)
AFP - A National Basketball Association shutdown over labor issues moved a major step closer to reality as talks broke off between owners and players with stinging words from both sides.

Mariners sink Yankees 7-6 to snap win streak (Reuters)
Reuters - Miguel Olivo's eighth inning RBI single earned the Seattle Mariners a 7-6 victory and snapped the New York Yankees season-high 10 game win streak in American League play Wednesday.

Real Salt Lake Defeat Chivas USA 2-0 (AP)
AP - Andy Williams and Seth Trembly scored their first goals of the season less than 2 minutes apart, and Real Salt Lake beat Chivas USA 2-0 Wednesday night in a matchup of the two newest teams in Major League Soccer.

Czech Republic Shuts Down Canada 3-0 (AP)
AP - Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship.

Commissioners want tougher drug testing (AP)
When Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig testified before Congress in March, he defended his sport's steroids policy against withering criticism, calling it ``as good as any in professional sports.'' He also said he had agreed to shorter penalties ``on the theory that behavior modification should be the most important goal.'' Back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Selig articulated other...

Cornerback Otis Smith retires a Patriot (AP)
Otis Smith, who played in two Super Bowls with the Patriots and was part of New England's first NFL championship, has retired. The 13-year veteran cornerback signed a one-day contract with the Patriots earlier this week, and the team placed him on the reserve/retired list, allowing him to retire as a Patriot on Wednesday.

Dolphins re-sign WR Boston (AP)
The Miami Dolphins re-signed troubled wide receiver David Boston to a one-year deal Wednesday, two months after the team cut him for failing a physical as he recovered from season-ending knee surgery. Boston missed all of last season after injuring his left knee during a training camp practice in Houston on Aug.

Titans RB Chris Brown breaks hand (AP)
Tennessee running back Chris Brown fractured his right hand Wednesday during minicamp, an injury that will keep him out of the remaining May workouts but should allow him to be ready for training camp in late July. ``I guess he was running and hit somebody's helmet with the back of his hand,'' coach Jeff Fisher said.

Browns can't disclose Winslow's status (AP)
The Cleveland Browns finally know how much damage Kellen Winslow Jr. did to his right knee. Now, they can't say how badly he's hurt. The club has not received authorization from Winslow or his family to disclose any of the injuries the tight end sustained when he crashed his motorcycle on May 1, team spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said.

Key vote on Jets stadium set for May 25 (AP)
A key vote on the proposal to build a Manhattan stadium for the New York Jets and for potential use in the 2012 Olympics is now scheduled for May 25. The state Public Authorities Control Board was to have voted on the proposal Wednesday, but postponed the vote 18 hours before when legislative leaders made it clear they weren't ready to commit $300 million to the project.

Romanowski says he beat drug policy (AP)
Bill Romanowski says he stayed one step ahead of the NFL's drug policy during his 16-year career, always taking nutritional supplements that the league had not yet banned. ``As soon as they found out that something could be tested for, I stopped taking it. I didn't want that embarrassment, but I pushed that envelope ethically and morally because if I could take something that would help me perform...

Nash lifts Suns over Mavericks (AP)
If Steve Nash needed any more proof that he deserves to be MVP, his show-stopping performance Wednesday night ought to do it. The Suns' mop-haired maestro had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists -- his third career triple-double and first in the playoffs -- and Phoenix turned on the jets in a fourth-quarter outburst to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-108.

Commissioners want tougher drug testing (AP)
When Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig testified before Congress in March, he defended his sport's steroids policy against withering criticism, calling it ``as good as any in professional sports.'' He also said he had agreed to shorter penalties ``on the theory that behavior modification should be the most important goal.'' Back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Selig articulated other...

NBA labor talks break off (AP)
Anybody ready for another lockout? The NBA may be moving toward being put on ice, just like the NHL. Labor talks between the NBA and the players' union broke off Wednesday, with the league accusing the union of backing off several earlier concessions while also insinuating that a group of agents was exerting pressure on union director Billy Hunter.

Duncan heads All-NBA team (AP)
Tim Duncan became only the fifth player to earn All-NBA first-team honors in each of his first eight seasons Wednesday, joining Hall of Famers Larry Bird, George Mikan, Bob Pettit and Oscar Robertson. Duncan, who averaged 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds in leading San Antonio to its eighth consecutive playoff appearance, finished third behind Miami center Shaquille O'Neal and NBA MVP Steve Nash in...

Rockets extend Van Gundy's deal one year (AP)
Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract extension with the Rockets through the 2007-08 season. Van Gundy has two years remaining on his original four-year deal that he signed in June 2003 and paid him $18 million. Terms of the extension weren't immediately available. ``Once you get good people, you want to keep them,'' Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson said.

Blazers extend GM Nash's contract (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers exercised an option to extend general manager John Nash's contract Wednesday, nearly a month after the team matched the worst record in franchise history. Nash said team president Steve Patterson gave him the news by telephone late Wednesday morning. Nash said he had not considered looking elsewhere although at the end of the regular season his future with Portland was...

Pacers, Miller need win to reach Game 7 (AP)
It's down to one game for the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Miller. Either they beat the Detroit Pistons and keep their Eastern Conference semifinal series alive for a deciding seventh game, or they end their suspension- and injury-filled season and send Miller into retirement without a championship ring.

Sonics eager for another shot at Spurs (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics returned home only hours before dawn Wednesday, a little bleary-eyed but lacking no confidence despite a 3-2 series deficit against San Antonio. ``This is where we want to be,'' center Jerome James said. ``It's a series, and we're down 3-2. They've got to come out and prove they're the best team.

Battered Johnson leads cheers for now (AP)
With a bloodshot left eye, a swollen cheek and a bruised lip, Joe Johnson watched his Phoenix Suns teammates practice on Tuesday and said he wasn't sure when he might be able to play again. ``Not this series, I don't think,'' he said, ``but I think in due time. It's just a slow process right now, and we're trying to make sure everything is all right.'' Johnson fractured his left eye socket in a...

Van Gundy says Shaq 'feeling better' (AP)
With the Eastern Conference finals not scheduled to start until at least Monday, the Miami Heat don't appear overly bothered by Shaquille O'Neal's still-uncertain health. O'Neal, plagued for a month by a thigh bruise, missed the final two games of the East semifinal sweep of Washington. He did some cardio work Tuesday with the team, which plans to resume full-fledged practices Wednesday.

NHL, Players Association continue to focus on revenue (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Determining the income of NHL teams apparently is a very time-consuming procedure.

United States to face Canada in first round of next year's hockey worlds (AP)
The United States was drawn into the same group as Canada on Tuesday for next year's world hockey championships in Latvia. Canada, which lost to the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday, the U.S., Norway and Denmark are in Group D. The Canadians and Americans also were in the same group for this year's worlds.

Mighty Ducks drop Cincinnati as AHL affiliate (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - A franchise-record win total was not enough to keep the American Hockey League affiliate of the Mighty Ducks in Cincinnati.

Czech Republic blanks Canada 3-0 at ice hockey worlds (AP)
Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship. Rucinsky set up Vaclav Prospal's first-period goal, and scored one of his own in the third as the Czech Republic denied Canada its third straight title and won the world championship 3-0 Sunday.

Players' association cancels membership meeting (AP)
The NHL Players' Association will not hold a scheduled membership meeting at the end of the month because there has been little change in negotiations with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement. The decision was made Friday night after union leaders held a conference call with team representatives.

NHL and players' association meet for five hours; more talks next week (AP)
Before the NHL and the players' association can agree on a new economic system, there must be a clear understanding of how teams report their finances. Much of Thursday's five-hour meeting was spent on how teams determine how much money they make -- or lose. The meeting capped three days of talks that involved little true negotiating.

Coyotes deal with Gretzky not imminent (SportsTicker)
PHOENIX (Ticker) - "The Great One" will not be named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes - yet.

Hurricanes' Kevyn Adams added to U.S. hockey roster (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevyn Adams has been added to the United States team in the world hockey championships in Vienna, Austria. Adams arrived in Austria on Wednesday and could play in the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Devils LW Patrik Elias contracts hepatitis A (AP)
The New Jersey Devils are optimistic that left wing Patrik Elias will not have any lingering effects from a recent bout with hepatitis A. ``Our doctors have looked at all the information and believe that everything will be fine,'' Devils president Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday in a telephone interview.

Trading Paint: Burning questions
Did Kasey Kahne get the call? Is Tony Stewart a softie? Yahoo! readers want to know.

Ford out as Jarrett's crew chief (AP)
Mike Ford has resigned as crew chief for NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing said Monday.

Penske team purchases shares of co-owners (AP)
Penske Performance Inc., majority shareholder of Penske Racing South, said Monday it has bought out Rusty Wallace, Don Miller and John Erickson.

Jarrett's crew chief Mike Ford steps down (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Former Nextel Cup series champion Dale Jarrett will emerge from NASCAR's All-Star break with a new crew chief.

Wheeler picks Gordon to win All-Star race (AP)
Jeff Gordon became the favorite to win NASCAR's All-Star race when the president of Lowe's Motor Speedway predicted he would win the event.

Hamilton wins NCTS UAW/GM Ohio 250 (SportsTicker)

Kahne's victory first of many? (AP)
Tony Stewart was unusually happy with his second-place finish at Richmond International. That's because he had a front-row seat for Kasey Kahne's first career Nextel Cup victory.

Kahne records first win in Chevy American Revolution 400 (SportsTicker)

Pole-sitter Kahne races to first career victory (AP)
Kasey Kahne had been so close so many times in his first 46 races in NASCAR's premier series, it was starting to hurt.

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