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Papers Show Hornets Attendance Inflation
Apr 15, 2005
The New Orleans Hornets, playing before the smallest crowds in the NBA, were able to inflate attendance figures by reselling tickets originally bought at huge discounts for the owner's charity account.

Kings Clinch Playoff Spot in Portland Win
Apr 09, 2005
Peja Stojakovic had 35 points and the Sacramento Kings secured a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season with a 119-115 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Sportsview: Rivera Must Adjust Vs. BoSox
Apr 07, 2005
Mariano Rivera started this season the same way he ended the last one — by blowing big saves against the Boston Red Sox.

Wilkerson Propels Nationals to First Win
Apr 06, 2005
Pop open the champagne bottles. Light the cigars. The Washington Nationals have their first win. Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle for the second time in his career and Jose Guillen hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Nationals to a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Marlins Rock Braves; Smoltz Lasts 5 Outs
Apr 05, 2005
John Smoltz's first start in nearly four years ranked with the worst of his career. Juan Encarnacion hit a grand slam to cap a five-run first inning, Smoltz lasted just five outs and Carlos Delgado had four hits in his Florida debut to lead the Marlins over the Atlanta Braves 9-0 Tuesday in their opener.

Phillies Beat Washington's New Team 8-4
Apr 04, 2005
Washington's new team was outshined by Philadelphia's new players. Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched 5 2-3 effective innings, leading the Phillies to an 8-4 victory Monday in the first game played by the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Tar Heels Give Williams Another Title Shot
Apr 03, 2005
For a while there, Roy Williams must have had flashbacks of Final Fours past. Not to worry. Spurred on by a passionate halftime speech from Williams, North Carolina showed off a dizzying display of weapons in the second half and cruised to an 87-71 victory over Michigan State on Saturday night, putting Williams once again within reach of his first title.

Yankees, Red Sox Ready to Go at It Again
Apr 02, 2005
Might as well dive right in, start the season in style. Yankees-Red Sox: Ring the bell for Round 3. After 52 hard-fought games the past two years, baseball's best rivalry resumes Sunday night with the 2005 major league opener. And it's a marquee matchup on the mound — Randy Johnson will make his New York debut against ex-Yankee David Wells.

Utah's Bogut Selected AP Player of Year
Apr 01, 2005
Andrew Bogut parleyed an international basketball background into an All-American story. The 7-footer grew up in Australia with a passion for the game nurtured by his parents, both natives of Croatia. The desire to test himself against the best convinced Bogut to attend college in the United States, a stint at Utah that lasted two years and was capped Friday by his selection as The Associated Press player of the year.

S. Carolina Tops Saint Joe's to Win NIT
Mar 31, 2005
Carlos Powell's final collegiate game went better than Pat Carroll's. Tarence Kinsey drilled a 3-pointer from the right elbow with 1.3 seconds remaining Thursday night to give South Carolina its first NIT championship, 60-57 over Saint Joseph's.



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