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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Brewers Whoop Cubs Again 9-0

From Sportsline.com:

Chris Capuano tried not to envision his first major league complete game.

"I was just hoping to make it through five with the big lead we had," he said. "I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help it."

Capuano wound up pitching a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 9-0 Sunday.

He had an anxious moment with two outs in the ninth, when Todd Walker singled off the center-field wall.

"I'm thinking just one more," he said. "Then he hit that ball. I didn't think it was going to be that close to a home run. At that point I was a little anxious."

He then retired pinch-hitter John Mabry on a game-ending groundout.

Making his 63rd major league start, Capuano (4-2) struck out six and walked none. He retired 11 straight until Michael Barrett's leadoff single in the eighth. Chicago did not advance a runner past second base.

Capuano's previous longest outings were 8 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts last year, at Washington on May 18 and against Colorado five days later.

"He was changing speeds with his fastball," Walker said. "He's crafty, meaning that he throws 89, 90 (mph), but also he also throws 86, 87, so that 86, 87 ball is darting down. He's got an unusual kind of release point -- he gets on you quicker than you are used to. I took some funky swings at him."

Carlos Lee hit his 10th homer to set a Brewers' April record. Bill Hall singled, tripled and homered to drive in three runs for Milwaukee, which has won five of six.

Taking advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left, Lee connected in the second inning off Carlos Zambrano. Rob Deer (1987) and Geoff Jenkins (2000 and 2001) both hit nine April homers for the Brewers.

"It seems like every time I face him, I see the ball pretty good against him and I have good at-bats," Lee said.

Seattle Finishes Draft With Auburn WR Ben Ben Obomanu

From Seahawks.com:

2005: Played in all 13 games ... Third on the team with 25 catches for 359 yards ... Led the team with seven receiving touchdowns ... Caught a pass in 10-of-13 games ... Has caught a pass in 21 of the last 27 games and in 30-of-39 games ... Has multiple catches in 14 games in his career ... Caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games in October ... Tied a career-high and set a seasonhigh with six catches for 93 yards and one touchdown against Tennessee in the SEC Championship game ... Touchdown came on a 43-yarder late in the fourth quarter ... Play marked a season-long ... Finished with four receptions in the first quarter including two on Auburn's first scoring drive against Volunteers ... Snared a 19-yard touchdown pass and caught a two-point conversion against Arkansas ... Caught two touchdown passes including one off a tip against Louisiana Tech ... Named the Coaches' Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against La. Tech ... Scored on a 5-yard slant against Tennessee ... Tied for the team lead with four receptions against The Citadel ... Caught two touchdown passes against Mississippi State including one labeled by the television commentators as a "circus catch" on a 7-yard score.

Seahawks Get Plackemeier in 7th

From Seahawks.com:

2005: Won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter... a consensus first team All-American... named first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, CBSSportsline.com, Draft Insiders, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association of American, Rivals.com, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation... named first team All-ACC for a third straight year... became only the fifth player in Wake Forest history to be a three-time first team All-ACC selection, joining Bob Bartholomew, Norman Snead, James McDougald and John Henry Mills... selected to participant in the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Scouting Combine... named as the Southeast's Top Special Teams Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta... selected to the Raleigh News & Observer's All-Big Four team... the first-ever recipient Wake Forest's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award... leaves as the top punter in Wake Forest and ACC history with a career average of 45.26, as well as the NCAA all-time leading punter among those with at least 200 career kicks... led the ACC in punting for a third straight year... led the nation in punting (47.2 yards per punt) and net punting (41.4)... played and started all 11 games... punted 67 times for an average of 47.2, shattering his own single season punting record... had 13 punts of at least 60 yards, including three punts of at least 70 yards... his punts of 71, 74 and 82 yards were the three longest in the ACC this season... nearly half of his kicks were not returned... dropped 20 of his 67 punts inside the 20 yardline... punted four times against Vanderbilt for an average of 33.8 and a long of 45... punted eight times at Nebraska with a 46.9 average and a long of 61... had five punts against East Carolina with a 41.0 average and a long of 61... punted eight times in the Maryland game with a 47.4 average and a long of 61... had four punts in the Clemson game with a 52.0 average and a long of 74... punted seven times at Florida State with a 50.6 average and a long of 61... punted a season-high 10 times at Boston College with an average of 43.9 and a long of 60... had eight punts against NC State with a 51.2 yard average with a long of 82, the longest punt in the ACC since 1989 and the fourth-longest in ACC history... was named ACC Specialist of the Week for that performance... punted three times at Duke for a 49.7 average and a long of 55... broke the school record for single game punting average at Georgia Tech, punting five times for 56.4 yards, including a long of 64... punted five times against Miami in his last college game with an average of 45.8 and a long of 64.

Seahawks Select Kirtman With 5th Rounder

From Seahawks.com:

2005: Kirtman, known for his steady play and pass catching ability, likely will start at fullback as a senior in 2005.

2004: Kirtman played often as the backup fullback behind Lee Webb and on special teams as a junior in 2004. He even started 4 games (Colorado State, Arizona State, Washington and UCLA). Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he caught 19 passes for 161 yards (8.5 avg.) with 1 TD, ran for 45 yards on 8 carries (5.6 avg.) and made a tackle. He had 3 catches against Virginia Tech for 32 yards, and 2 grabs against Colorado State (30 yards), BYU (19 yards), Oregon State (17 yards) and Washington State (12 yards). He caught a 5-yard TD pass versus Arzona (the first touchdown of his USC career).

2003: Kirtman was a backup fullback and played on some special teams as a sophomore in 2003. He even started the UCLA game. Overall in 2003 while appearing in 12 games (all but California), he ran for 23 yards on 5 carries (4.6 avg.), caught 4 passes for 20 yards (5.0 avg.) and had 1 tackle. All of his rushing yards came at Arizona, while he had 2 catches for 12 yards against Oregon State and the tackle was against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Seahawks Take Rob Sims With 4th Round Pick

From Seahawks.com:

With their fourth round pick, the Seahawks added depth to their offensive line by selecting Ohio State guard Rob Sims.

Sims, 6-3, 307, ran the 40 in 5.25 at the Combine and also doubled at tackle for the Buckeyes. The son of Mickey Sims, a former fourth round pick as a tackle for the Cleveland Browns, Sims actually started four games as a true freshman, an oddity on the deep Ohio State teams.

Sims started 23 games as a left tackle as a sophomore and junior before moving to left guard as a senior and earning first team All-Big Ten honors in his first year at the position. He allowed only two tackles for losses and no sacks.

From the Seahawks perspective, the loss of left Steve Hutchinson to free agency, plus the addition of free agent lineman Tom Ashworth, getting Sims in the fourth round was a huge bonus considering he was projected going as early as the second or third round after starting 40 of a possible 47 games with the Buckeyes.

Sims has improved his conditioning considerably each season, and according to NFL Draftscout.com, the move from tackle to guard greatly enhanced his ability to be a long-time NFL starter. One of the strongest players on the Buckeyes roster, he bench-pressed 515 pounds and squatted 600.

He'll likely compete at guard with Ashworth, Floyd Womack and perhaps tackle Ray Willis and center Chris Spencer, presuming veteran Chris Gray starts at right guard.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

With 2nd Round Pick, Seattle Selects Darryl Tapp

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

After filling the need at cornerback in the first round with Miami star Kelly Jennings, the Seahawks went right after their other need – a pass-rushing defensive end in the person of Virginia Tech’s Darryl Tapp.

Tapp, a 6-1, 252-pounder and native Virginian, Tapp played in every game as a true freshman and sophomore, starting four his sophomore season – when he had 58 tackles, three sacks, nine tackles for losses and 17 pressures. He moved into the starting lineup for good as a junior, and led the team with 8.5 sacks, caused two fumbles, recovered another, intercepted a pass and blocked a kick – earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Rather than leave a year early, he stuck around for another season and kept improving, with 10 sacks, batted away three passes, blocked a kick and caused three fumbles.

Were it not for the question of his size, he in all likelihood would have gone in the first round. But because of his explosiveness at the point of attack, the Seahawks are certain he can become a productive pass-rusher to augment what Grant Wistrom and Bryce Fisher did last season.

Seahawks Take Jennings With Pick 31

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Loaded with decisions considering how many highly-rated picks were available when the 31st pick came up, the Seattle Seahawks went precisely where everyone thought – Miami Hurricanes cornerback Kelly Jennings.

A pure cover corner, the 5-10, 178-pound Jennings was one of a number of players to run 4.39 in 40 yards at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February and is expected to help fill a need at cornerback, where Andre Dyson started often last season, but was no re-signed. Jennings, a native of Live Oak, Fla., in between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, appeared in 48 games for the Hurricanes, with six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 13 pass deflections during his career.

“I’m just looking to come in and contribute,” Jennings said. “Right now I just want to come in and show the coaches I’m ready to play ball.”

A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team, Jennings graduated Miami with a 3.0 grade point average with a degree in finance and is in the process of acquiring a second degree in business management., Jennings started at left cornerback, was a first team All-American choice by Sports Illustrated and second team from the Associated Press and The NFL Draft Report.

Jennings was one of only two players to start every game for the Hurricanes, who led the nation in pass defense and pass efficiency defense. He did not allow a pass reception in games against Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Duke. One third of his 43 tackles were solo stops and three of them were for losses of eight yards or more. And 10 of those tackles were third down stops.

Jennings also started every game in 200 and four games in 2003.

An exceptional receiver in high school, he caught 43 passes for 720 yards and five touchdowns.

Brewers Clobber Cubs 16-2

From Sportsline.com:

J.J. Hardy has high expectations for Prince Fielder, and the rookie isn't letting him down.

Fielder hit two of Milwaukee's six homers, Rickie Weeks connected on a leadoff shot and the Brewers had their biggest offensive outburst in six years Saturday with a 16-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Bill Hall, Carlos Lee and Hardy also connected for the Brewers, who fell one homer short of the franchise record set on April 29, 1980, at Cleveland.

Hardy had four RBI, and Fielder and Weeks each finished with three. It was the first career multihomer game for Fielder, who boosted his average to .348.

"I expected this from him," Hardy said. "He's just such a good hitter that I don't think it really matters where he's hitting. He's just going to find a way to get it done. He's a good hitter. He's a real good hitter."

The Brewers scored their most runs since a 16-8 victory on Aug. 21, 2000, at Arizona. It was their largest margin of victory since May 9, 1996, when they defeated the Red Sox 17-2.

"We were locked in today," Weeks said.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Brewers Lose Opener to Cubs 2-6

From Sportsline.com:

Maddux has five of the Cubs' 13 wins and a 1.35 ERA. He earned his 323rd victory, one win shy of tying Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 13th place all-time.

He gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings and was backed by a homer and a strong defensive play from shortstop Ronny Cedeno.

"Great mechanics and he doesn't overthrow," said Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins, who had a two-run single off Maddux for his team's only runs.

"He works the outer half of the plate and knows when to mix one inside. He's pitching as good as he ever has. He's going to be a Hall of Famer."

Maddux worked out of trouble in the opening inning after the Brewers loaded the bases on a walk and singles by Jenkins and Carlos Lee. Maddux struck out Prince Fielder on three pitches and retired Corey Koskie on a fly ball.

He was sailing until the fifth and had one out before opposing pitcher Dave Bush, 2-for-13 in his career, singled.

Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy followed with singles to load the bases before Jenkins delivered a two-run single to cut Chicago's lead to 3-2. Cedeno then went to the hole and started a tough 6-4-3 double play on Lee to end the rally.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Brewers Sweep Braves With 5-4 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Ben Sheets is back to winning, and the Milwaukee Brewers already are accomplishing unprecedented feats.

Sheets got his first victory since tearing a back muscle last August, and the Brewers beat Atlanta 5-4 Wednesday for their first sweep of any kind against the Braves.

"There's a first time for everything," Sheets said. "I'm glad it was this time."

Sheets' fastball reached 96 mph on the radar gun as late as his final inning. Sheets (1-2) gave up two runs and six hits, striking out nine in six innings.

"Believe it or not, Benny wasn't nearly as sharp as his last start," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He's back healthy again -- we don't even think about that anymore -- and doing what he does best. He was on the attack."

The Brewers ace's season ended last Aug. 26 when he hurt himself while pitching against the Braves. He began this year on the disabled list with shoulder problems related to the back but struck out 16 in a pair of losses at New York and home against Cincinnati.

"I'm thinking about making outs. I told y'all, I feel good," Sheets said in his native Louisiana drawl. "I'm not saying something couldn't happen, but if it keeps going, I'm going to keep pitching like I am and I ain't going to worry about it."

Smith Promoted to GM

From Sportsline.com:

Otis Smith is expected to sign a four-year contract when the Orlando Magic name him the club's general manager within the next few weeks.

Smith and Dave Twardzik replaced general manager John Weisbrod and ran the club as assistant GMs this past season. NBA sources told the Sentinel last week that Smith and the Magic have been working on details of a contract.

Meanwhile, the Magic will not renew the contracts of trainer Ted Arzonico and Mick Smith, assistant coach for strength and conditioning. Arzonico, who was with the Magic for six seasons, represented the club as the trainer for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game in February. Smith, no relation to Otis Smith, had been with the club for the past nine seasons.

Although Magic President Bob Vander Weide said he also would look outside for candidates, he intimated recently that Smith was the front-runner. Smith, a player on the Magic's 1989 inaugural team, served as director of player development with the Magic for two seasons after a year as director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. Twardzik, a veteran league executive who was the former general manager at Golden State, said he was not interested in the job. Twardzik is expected to stay with the Magic in another capacity.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Brewers Beat Braves Again 4-2

From Sportsline.com:

Any other day, Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson said it would have been a groundout to the shortstop.

But the Braves were using an infield shift on Prince Fielder, who it where the Braves weren't.

Fielder's ball went through a gaping hole on the left side of the infield, driving in the go-ahead run and lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

"That shows the kind of hitter he is," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Fielder saw similar shifts in the minor leagues.

"His pitches were going away, so I was just trying to go with it," Fielder said.

Braves manager Bobby Cox didn't second-guess his strategy just because what he called a "little dribbler" got through.

"I don't know if he was trying to do it or not," Cox said. "You can't be everywhere."

Milwaukee trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but scored two runs with two outs to take the lead.

Gabe Gross doubled with one out, then advanced to third when Hudson had to duck a broken bat on a groundout by Geoff Jenkins.

Carlos Lee singled sharply to center field, scoring Gross to tie the game. Lee stole second with Fielder batting.

Yost said he gives Lee an automatic green light to steal because he knows he can count on Lee not to make a bad move.

"He's smart," Yost said. "He knows when to pick his spots."

Seahawk Acquire Green for 6th Round Pick

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have acquired S Mike Green from the Chicago Bears via trade for this year’s sixth-round draft choice (200th overall).

Green, originally the final overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft by Chicago, started 45 of 81 games for the Bears during his six seasons with the club and totaled 437 career tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Green became a starter at strong safety in 2002 starting all 16 games finishing second on the team with a career high 138 tackles. He was limited with a groin injury in 2003, starting just eight of 10 games, before returning to start all 16 games in 2004 and totaling 132 tackles. He saw action in all 16 games in 2005, starting three at free safety. Last season he collected 51 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

From Northwestern State (La.), Green was the Bears second-leading tackler behind All Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher over the last four seasons. The trade is contingent upon Green passing his physical.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Brewers Beat Braves 3-2

From Sportsline.com:

The way things were going on the Brewers infield on Monday night, Chris Capuano was fortunate to be a flyball pitcher.

Capuano pitched seven strong innings as Milwaukee beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2, but his handiwork nearly was frittered away by sloppy fielding.

No big deal, Capuano said.

"It's going to happen sometimes," Capuano said. "And sometimes I'm going to give up five and they're going to score seven."

Capuano (3-2) allowed one run and three hits in the victory, and Corey Koskie hit his first home run for the Brewers in the seventh to put Milwaukee ahead 3-1.

Matt Wise relieved Capuano in the eighth, allowing a single and a walk to lead off the inning, and Rickie Weeks flubbed a potential double-play at second base -- his second error of the game and team-high seventh of the season.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Weeks and the Brewers got another shot at a double play and turned it, but Pete Orr scored to cut the Brewers' lead to 3-2.

Wise got Andruw Jones to ground out to end the inning.

"That was no doubt the biggest moment of the game," Capuano said. "I was so happy to see him get out of that."

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Brewers Suck in 0-11 Loss

I have a funny feeling they're going to break out all of a sudden. WATCH OUT ATLANTA!!

From Sportsline.com:

Coming off an embarrassing loss with a starting pitcher headed to the disabled list, Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron asked Aaron Harang if he could pitch on what was supposed to be a rest day.

"He was ready to go," Narron said. "He said, 'I have no problem pitching on three days' rest.'"

Apparently not.

Harang threw a five-hit shutout to give the Reds an 11-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

But if Harang -- who was pressed into service after scheduled starter Eric Milton injured his knee -- was excited about his second career complete-game shutout, he didn't show it afterward.

"I get excited," Harang said in a casual monotone. "I just don't show a lot of emotion. But I'm happy to get a win, especially against those guys. Tough game yesterday."

After the Brewers hit five home runs in a single inning off Reds pitching in an 11-0 victory Saturday, it was the Brewers pitchers' turn to be embarrassed on Sunday.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Brewers Clobber Reds 11-0

From Sportsline.com:

The Milwaukee Brewers hit so many home runs in the fourth inning Saturday that manager Ned Yost lost track.

"You don't really sit there and count them down," he said. "There was some confusion on the bench if there were four or five home runs."

There were definitely five -- which tied a major league record -- to spark a seven-run fourth in Milwaukee's 11-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder all connected, marking the first time in 40 years that a team hit five homers in one inning.

The last club to do it was the Minnesota Twins on June 9, 1966, in the seventh against the Kansas City Athletics. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants -- all against Cincinnati as well.

"I guess it could seem unreal," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.

Miller went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI, and Dave Bush pitched a four-hitter with a season-high nine strikeouts for his second career shutout and fourth complete game.

"It was definitely one of my best," Bush said. "I mostly had good command. I was throwing strikes."

Bush (2-1) struck out five straight Reds in the third and fourth and walked two batters overall. His other shutout was a two-hitter on Oct. 1, 2004, with Toronto against the New York Yankees.

Brandon Claussen (1-2) gave up nine runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. He failed to get an out in the fourth while giving up the first four Brewers home runs in the inning.

"It happened fast," Claussen said.

Milwaukee sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Hall led off with a homer, Rickie Weeks followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games and Miller hit a two-run shot to left.

Bush singled, and Clark and Hardy followed with back-to-back homers, chasing Claussen.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Brewers Lose to Reds 1-3

From Sportsline.com:

Gabe Gross hit Arroyo's first pitch over the right-field wall for his first career leadoff homer. He led off the sixth with a single and reached third but Fielder, with 23 hits in his last 13 games, struck out trying to stop his swing on a high pitch.

The Brewers also had runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings but failed to score.

Sheets, who recorded 10 or more strikeouts for the 11th time in his career, consistently hit 95 mph on his fastball throughout his performance, but failed to record his first win since tearing a muscle in his back Aug. 26. He gave up two runs and six hits.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Brewers Lose to Reds 8-12

From Sportsline.com:

Milwaukee scored two runs in the eighth to make it 12-8. Chad Moeller hit a homer off Matt Belisle (1-0) and Carlos Lee drove in his 16th run of the season with an RBI single. With the bases loaded, reliever Todd Coffey struck out Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder to end the threat.

"We had Rickie and Prince both up there," Yost said. "Any time you can get the tying run to the plate in a ball game you've done a pretty good job, but the score doesn't really reflect that."

The Brewers scored three each in the second and third to take a 6-2 lead. In between, Reds manager Jerry Narron was thrown out for arguing a call in the third inning.

Narron jumped up and down before being tossed by crew chief Charlie Reliford when Fielder seemed to be pulled off the bag by Weeks' throw on Scott Hatteberg's grounder. Replays appeared to show Fielder came off the bag as the throw arrived.

"I think he ran me for a lack of elevation," Narron deadpanned. "Sometimes I tend to get sarcastic with the umpires and obviously he didn't like that. I really think he ran me because I embarrassed myself by not being able to jump very high."

Bill Hall led the bottom of the third with a homer to left. Later, Ohka, who was 1-for-18 against the Reds in his career, hit an RBI single through a drawn in infield and Brady Clark added his second sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

But Milwaukee played sluggish after coming off a nine-game road trip where the Brewers went 3-6.

"It was ugly from the get go," Brewers catcher Damian Miller said. "We played like we were tired."

Alexander To Be on Cover of Madden 2007

From Sportsline.com:

Shaun Alexander is the featured player on the cover of Madden NFL 07, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS™ best-selling football franchise with the official videogame license of the NFL and its players. With this year’s focus on the running game, Alexander is the perfect representative for the cover of the most popular football videogame franchise. Last year Madden NFL 06 sold more than six million copies.

“To be on the cover of Madden NFL 07 is a big milestone in my career since I have always been a huge fan of this franchise,” said Alexander. “EA SPORTS is focusing on the running game in this year’s version, so I was honored when I was chosen to be on the cover to represent the improved running game.”

Alexander, who was named the NFL MVP and was selected for his third consecutive Pro Bowl this past season, is the hottest running back in the NFL. He has rushed for over 1,150 yards in each of the last five seasons. As the most valuable player in the NFL he rushed for a league-high 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns on 370 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown, scoring an NFL-record 28 touchdowns, setting a new single-season rushing touchdown record. In addition, he extended his NFL-record number of seasons with at least 15 touchdowns to five. During the season Alexander became the Seahawks career leader in rushing yards (7,817) attempts (1,717) and 100-yard games (33).

Coming into its 17th year and with more than 51 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay. Madden NFL 07 will be available in August on Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, PC, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, and Game Boy® Advance.

For more information check out www.madden07.com.

Seahawks Release Four Players

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks waived center Joey Hollenbeck and cornerbacks Kevin House, Chonn Lacey and Jeremy LeSueur, the team announced today.

Hollenbeck, from Washington State, spent last season on injured reserve and LeSueur was signed to the team’s practice squad January 10, during the postseason. House was allocated by Seattle to the NFL Europe League in 2005 and Lacey was signed this January.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Brewers Avoid Sweep With 7-2 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Capuano (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to help Milwaukee stop a three-game losing streak. He had been 0-2 in three career appearances at Minute Maid Park.

"He was as sharp as he could be," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He was just great. He was so sharp through the seventh inning that I hated to take him out."

Houston's Morgan Ensberg homered in his fifth consecutive game, tying a team record, and raised his season total to seven.

With the score 1-all and two outs in the seventh, Rickie Weeks and Jeff Cirillo singled, and Miller followed with a double down the right-field line.

"After my first two at bats, I had to make a little adjustment," Miller said. "He was throwing me nasty cutters and I just came out and laid off of it. I got to 2-0 and tried to go the other way and play my game. He made a mistake with a fastball up, but I'll take it."

Bill Hall, Weeks and Cirillo had RBI singles against Russ Springer in a three-run eighth that made it 5-1.

"I'm happy with the way we're swinging our bats," Yost said. "This was not a must-win tonight. The Astros proved last year that April and May are not important. We had two tough losses here, and we didn't want to compound it with another loss."

Ensberg's homer chased Capuano in the eighth, and Prince Fielder hit an RBI double off Mike Gallo in the ninth and scored on J.J. Hardy's single.

"It felt good to have a low-scoring game, a clean game played with good defense," Capuano said. "Our offense carried over from last night."

Weeks hit an RBI groundout in the second. Pettitte settled down to retire 15 of the next 18 hitters, fanning six, until Weeks singled in the seventh.

Craig Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Milwaukee finished its trip 3-6. The Brewers are 5-1 in Milwaukee.

"It's nice to end this trip on a positive note," Capuano said. "We love playing at home."

Magic Lose Final Game to Pacers 83-89

From Sportsline.com:

Orlando (36-46) finished the season with two straight losses after an eight-game winning streak. The Magic won 16 of their final 22 games after a slow start to give them slight playoff hopes entering the final weeks of the season.

Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points, Keyon Dooling added 15 and Trevor Ariza had season highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.

The Pacers held Dwight Howard in check. Orlando's top scorer and rebounder had averaged 21.2 points and 15.8 rebounds in his last five games, but he was limited to 10 points and seven boards.

Orlando missed 11 of its first 12 shots, and Indiana held the Magic to 5-for-21 shooting from the field in the first quarter as the Pacers led 23-13 at the end of the period. The fact that Orlando was out of the playoff hunt might have contributed to its lackluster start.

"It was definitely an empty feeling coming into the game knowing we had no chance for the playoffs," Howard said. "My heart really sank."

The Magic cut Indiana's lead to 41-37 at halftime. O'Neal had 11 points and nine rebounds at the break.

Orlando got within 45-43 early in the third quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 9-2 run that included five points from Jackson to pull ahead 57-47 midway through the period.

The Pacers led 72-58 at the end of the third quarter, but Orlando cut Indiana's lead to 87-83 on a layup by Arroyo with 1:34 left. The Magic failed to score on their final three possessions.

Orlando is looking forward to next season with a young nucleus that starts with Howard.

"I can't wait," Howard said. "Everybody on this team is a hard worker, and I'm sure they're going to work to get better as individuals."

Brewers Comeback Falls Short in 12-13 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Houston roughed up Doug Davis (0-1) for nine runs and eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

"I made a few mistakes obviously," he said. "I usually can get away with some of those, but not today."

Ensberg, who has homered in a career-high four straight games, had a solo shot in the first and a two-run drive in the sixth off Chris Demaria. Biggio was 3-for-5 with a leadoff home run and a three RBI.

Ensberg said he's excited about his quick start since he normally doesn't hit that well in April.

"Historically April's bad for me," he said. "But I'm seeing the ball and I'm capitalizing on pitchers mistakes. I'm happy I'm not starting slowly, but the most important thing is we're playing some good baseball."

Houston led 11-2 after six innings but Milwaukee hit three two-run homers in the next two innings to cut the lead to 12-10. Carlos Lee hit a pair of two-run homers for the Brewers.

Gabe Gross hit a homer off Roy Oswalt in Milwaukee's four-run seventh, before Lee homered off Ezequiel Astacio and Prince Fielder connected against Trever Miller in the eighth.

Brewers manager Ned Yost saw his team's offense as a bright spot in the loss.

"The offense is starting to kick in now and that's a good sign," he said. "It shows the character of your club when you're down 11-2 and come back."

Brad Lidge replaced Miller with one out in the eighth, struck out the next two batters, then allowed Lee's second homer before finishing for his fifth save in five chances.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Brewers Blow It Against Astros 7-8

From Sportsline.com:

The suddenly heavy-hitting Houston Astros look nothing like they did at the beginning of last season when their offense was lackluster at the least and often downright dismal.

Jason Lane hit a three-run homer in Houston's five-run seventh inning to lift the Astros to an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

It was the eighth time this season Houston has scored more than five runs in a game. Through 13 games last season the Astros had achieved the feat just once.

"It's really strange," Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg said. "We're scoring runs and I don't know what to make of it. We definitely didn't do this this time last year. It's just a lot of fun and it's nice to see."

Back-to-back RBI-singles by Lance Berkman and Ensberg got the Astros within one before Lane hit his third homer deep into the left-field bleachers off Matt Wise to put Houston up 8-6.

Prince Fielder's RBI double in the eighth cut the lead to 8-7, but Dan Wheeler pitched out of further trouble, and Brad Lidge worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Magic Finally Lose to Bulls in OT 112-116

From Sportsline.com:

The Chicago Bulls still don't know where they'll figure in the standings when the playoffs start. If they keep playing this well, it might not matter.

Kirk Hinrich had 26 points and 10 assists and Andres Nocioni scored 24 to help the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 116-112 in overtime on Monday night.

Chicago has won five straight and with a little bit of help can move up to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls (40-41) are currently tied for sixth with Indiana and Milwaukee and a half-game behind Washington. Chicago hosts Toronto on Wednesday in its regular season finale.

"Our goal is to be the highest seed we can. That is our motivation to move up," Hinrich said. "We have a shot to finish .500 for the season and improve our seeding. We have a lot to play for."

Hinrich was 15-for-20 from the free-throw line, but missed several free throws in the end of regulation. However, he hit five straight to extend Chicago's overtime lead to 108-102 with 44.1 left.

Hedo Turkoglu had 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in overtime, and nine rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 22 points and 14 boards for Orlando, which saw its eight-game winning streak end.

Jameer Nelson chipped in 15 points and seven assists and Keyon Dooling scored 12.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Brewers Blow Opportunities in 3-9 Loss to Mets

From Sportsline.com:

The Brewers left eight runners on base in the first three innings against Brian Bannister (2-0), who was making his third major league start. He threw 112 pitches over five innings, but allowed just one run and left the game leading 4-1.

"My approach is I don't give in," Bannister said. "I'll walk guys before I'll give them a pitch they can drive. I'll keep making my pitches all day."

He left the Brewers and manager Ned Yost frustrated.

"We just let too many opportunities get by early," Yost said. "We got his pitch count up and three times we had runners in scoring position and fewer than two out. We just couldn't put the ball in play. That has a way of catching up with you."

The Mets had a 4-3 lead before scoring five runs in the ninth. Delgado hit a three-run drive and Victor Diaz doubled home two more runs.

Nady's third home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second. He connected against Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets (0-1) following a leadoff single by Wright. Sheets was activated from the disabled list before the game and had not pitched since last Aug. 26 because of a right shoulder strain.

He worked five innings and was satisfied with his first start.

"I felt good, really good," he said. "I'm not happy we lost but for myself, I'm happy to be back out there. I'll get better, I think."

Bannister escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the first when he got Corey Koskie to bounce out. Then Milwaukee loaded the bases with none out in the second on a leadoff double by Bill Hall and walks to Prince Fielder and Damian Miller. But Bannister struck out Sheets and Gabe Gross and got J.J. Hardy on a fly ball to end the inning.

In the third, singles by Jenkins and Koskie and a walk to Hall loaded the bases again. Bannister then struck out Fielder and got Miller on a fly ball.

Milwaukee reached Bannister for a run in the fourth on a double by Gross, a wild pitch and an infield out. Geoff Jenkins followed with a two-out double but Carlos Lee flied out, ending the inning.

The Mets got the run right back in the bottom of the fourth when Wright opened with a double, moved to third on an infield out and scored on Nady's fly ball.

Jose Reyes singled with two out in the fifth, stole second and came home on Paul Lo Duca's second hit of the game, making it 4-1. Lo Duca stole second and went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded when Sheets finished his day by striking out Delgado.

With Bannister out of the game for a pinch-hitter, Darren Oliver relieved for the Mets in the sixth and was touched for a pinch single by Corey Hart. Oliver had Hart picked off first but Delgado threw the ball into left field for an error. Jenkins, who had three hits, followed with a two-run homer, cutting the Mets' lead to 4-3.

"I felt good," Jenkins said. "We had plenty of opportunities. We just didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Magic Win 8th Straight Against 76ers, 102-97

From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic are trying not to think too much about the postseason, even though they are suddenly playing like a playoff team.

Dwight Howard scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds to lift Orlando over Philadelphia 102-97 Saturday night, keeping the Magic's postseason hopes alive and further damaging the 76ers'.

"They stuck with us the whole game," Howard said. "To me it felt like a little playoff game. It kept going back and forth."

Allen Iverson had 36 points and five assists, while Chris Webber added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers.

Philadelphia has lost two in a row, falling 1½ games behind idle Chicago with two to play. The win was the Magic's eighth in a row overall and 12th straight at home, and leaves them 2½ games behind the Bulls. The Magic have two games left and the Bulls have three.

The Magic host Chicago on Monday night and finish the regular season at Indiana on Wednesday. Philadelphia plays at home against New Jersey on Tuesday and finishes at Charlotte on Wednesday.

Both teams need help from Chicago. Besides their game at Orlando, the Bulls play Sunday at Miami and host Toronto on Wednesday.

Brewers Beat Mets 8-2

From Sportsline.com:

Tomo Ohka came up to the plate with the score tied in the fourth inning and two on, just after Chad Moeller's bloop near the right-field line popped out of Xavier Nady's glove for a single.

Milwaukee's pitcher faked a bunt and pulled his bat back, then slapped the ball to right. It sailed over Nady's head for a run-scoring double, and the Brewers never looked back in an 8-2 victory Saturday that stopped the New York Mets' winning streak at seven.

"I tried to make a line drive to the first-base side. I was a little disappointed it was a fly ball," Ohka said. "I didn't care how far it went. The team needed a runner moved up. If the right fielder catches the fly ball, that doesn't happen. I was fortunate it was far enough he couldn't catch it."

Pitching against a team that began the day with an NL-high .310 batting average, Ohka (1-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in seven innings. He had been 0-5 in seven appearances at Shea Stadium coming in.

New York, which had trailed after the end of only two innings previously this season, was trying for the first 9-1 start in franchise history and for its first eight-game winning streak since taking nine in a row from April 16-25, 2000. But Steve Trachsel (1-1) struggled with his command, allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings, and all three Mets outfielders had trouble picking up balls that dropped for hits.

Carlos Lee hit his fifth homer and Geoff Jenkins his first, and Matt Wise finished the six-hitter for the Brewers, who had not scored five runs in a game since April 8.

"Even though we've been struggling, I think we have a decent lineup," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I think we will score some runs. Maybe today is a start for us."

Friday, April 14, 2006

Brewers Lose to Mets 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

In and out. Up and down. Tom Glavine hit his spots all night Friday.

Glavine took advantage of the lowest-scoring team in the major leagues, striking out 11 Milwaukee batters over six innings as the New York Mets defeated the Brewers 4-3.

"The changeup was particularly good," Glavine said, reflecting on his 277th career victory. "The fastball's location was good. It hit both sides of the plate. It was a good formula."

It was not classic Glavine because he rarely has that many strikeouts. It was just the 13th time in his career he's had 10 or more in a game. And he felt it.

"That many strikeouts is a lot of work," the left-hander said. "I don't expect to do that very often. I was tired."

So after 107 pitches, he turned the game over to the bullpen. Milwaukee manager Ned Yost wasn't sorry to see him go.

"Glavine was vintage today," Yost said. "He was as good as I've seen him in a long time. Tommy was dead on."

Magic Beat Spurs 92-80

From Sportsline.com:

With Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, the Orlando Magic are built for the future and making a playoff push right now.

Howard scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds while fellow second-year player Jameer Nelson had 19 points and eight assists as Magic won their seventh straight game, keeping slim playoff hopes alive with a 92-80 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Tim Duncan scored 31 points -- and surpassed 8,000 career rebounds with 13 boards -- but it wasn't enough for the Spurs, who are trying to hold off Dallas for the lead in the Southwest Division and best record in the Western Conference.

During the Magic's winning streak, Orlando also has defeated Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Miami.

"We just beat the best teams in the league," Nelson said. "If we get the opportunity to face someone in a series, it should be fun to watch."

The Magic (35-44) now are 2½ games behind both Chicago and Philadelphia in the race for the final playoff spot in the East.

Orlando has three games remaining in the regular season, including games against the Bulls and 76ers. Both of those teams have four games left.

Brewers Claim Perkins Off Waivers/Sheets to Start Sunday

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers took a chance on a promising arm Wednesday, and claimed right-handed pitcher Vince Perkins off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Perkins, 24, was rated the Jays' 10th-best prospect this spring by Baseball America.

"He's a power guy with command issues," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "You always hope a guy like that comes around. Danny Kolb and [Derrick] Turnbow were power guys with command issues. We thought [Perkins] was worth the gamble."

The 6-foot-5 Perkins is even more of a gamble because he missed parts of the last two seasons with various injuries, and he is currently sidelined with forearm and elbow issues, according to Melvin. The Brewers sent Perkins to Phoenix for a physical and hope to assign him soon to the bullpen at Double-A Huntsville.

"We might have to put him on our DL for 10 days or so," Melvin said.

Perkins was 7-7 with a 4.03 ERA for Double-A New Hampshire in 2005. Twenty-four of his 26 appearances were starts, but Melvin said the Brewers plan to use him as a reliever, a move reportedly also mulled by Toronto officials.

The Blue Jays selected Perkins in the 18th round of the 2000 First-Year Player draft, when current Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash was Toronto's GM.

With Perkins, the Brewers' 40-man roster is full.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Seahawks Sign Kemp Rasmussen

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent DE Kemp Rasmussen, the club announced Thursday.

A four-year veteran, Rasmussen played in 15 games with the Carolina Panthers in 2005, mostly on special teams. He has played in 50 career games, all with the Panthers, totaling 12 tackles, one sack and 45 special teams tackles. In 2002, he was the only undrafted rookie free agent to earn a spot on Carolina’s opening day roster and played in 11 games.

Rasmussen, 6-3, 265, was part of the 2003 Super Bowl Panthers team. In that season he posted six special teams postseason tackles, ranking second on the club.

A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection at Indiana, Rasmussen moved to defensive tackle prior to his senior season and responded by posting team highs with 6.5 sacks and five forced fumbles while recording 50 stops, three batted passes and one blocked kick.

Brewers Beat Cardinals 4-3 in Extra Innings

From Sportsline.com:

Carlos Lee hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning, minutes after making a pair of game-saving catches at the left-field wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals couldn't overcome the first two-error game of center fielder Jim Edmonds' career, which led to a pair of unearned runs off St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan and a 3-1 deficit in the fifth. St. Louis lost for the first time in three games at new Busch Stadium.

Lee leaped high above the wall to snare Juan Encarnacion's bid for a two-run homer for the first out in the bottom of the 10th. Then he caught Edmonds' drive to the wall off Jorge De La Rosa (1-0) with runners on first and third for the third out, banging into the padding after the grab.

Lee's drive just inside the left-field foul pole was his fourth of the season and came off closer Jason Isringhausen (0-2), who surrendered his second crucial homer in four days. The Cubs' Michael Barrett hit a grand slam on Sunday off Isringhausen, who allowed only four homers in 59 innings last season and entered the season trailing only Mariano Rivera for fewest homers allowed since 2000 with 22 in 382 innings.

Isringhausen, who has allowed two homers in three innings this season, was booed as he walked off the field with one out in the 11th.

Brady Clark and Bill Hall drove in a run apiece and Derrick Turnbow got the last three outs for his fifth save in five chances for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak after a 5-0 start to the season.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Magic Beat Raptors 103-96

From Sportsline.com:

The Magic kept their slim Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive with a sixth straight win, but didn't get the two losses they needed even more.

Jameer Nelson had 27 points and all five Orlando starters scored in double figures as the Magic handed the Toronto Raptors their 10th straight defeat, 103-96 Wednesday night.

The win keeps Orlando in the hunt for an eighth seed in the East, but just barely. Chicago and Philadelphia kept a three-game cushion over the Magic by beating Atlanta and New Jersey, respectively.

The Magic are out of contention if either of those teams wins two more games, or if Orlando loses one of its last four and either the 76ers or Bulls win just one more.

"They're probably playing a little better than Philly or Chicago," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "The unfortunate thing is, they're running out of games."

Orlando has won 10 of its last 11, but gets no rest before its next game, which is a tall order: Thursday night at San Antonio, which is still battling Dallas for top seed in the West.

"I tell the guys we've got to take care of our own business, and we're either going to get help from somebody else or not," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.

Brewers Lose Again to Cards 3-8

From Sportsline.com:

Brewers manager Ned Yost said his team can't afford miscues like they made in the fifth inning when they're playing the Cardinals.

"The whole inning was self-inflicted," Yost said. "They don't stop putting on the pressure, they keep coming, they capitalize on mistakes."

The game drew a standing-room crowd of 40,648 at the $365 million stadium, situated about a block south of the old park.

Dave Bush (1-1) gave up eight runs, seven earned, in six innings for the Brewers. Milwaukee has lost three straight after a 5-0 start and pitchers have surrendered 21 runs the last three games after giving up 14 the first five.

The Cardinals led by a run when they loaded the bases with none out in the fifth against Bush on a hit batter, a single and a five-pitch walk to Albert Pujols. Edmonds followed with a drive to the right-center that right fielder Geoff Jenkins tracked down but then booted out of his glove.

Jenkins partially blamed outfield grass that he said hadn't yet taken hold.

"I went to field it and where I thought it was going to be, it wasn't there," Jenkins said "It came back and hit my glove and my shin."

Edmonds kept running and second baseman Rickie Weeks' relay to third was late and wide, scooting into the Brewers' dugout, and Edmonds was awarded home to put the Cardinals ahead 8-3.

"I just saw him kick it one time and I thought, well, they're going to be more concentrating on trying to get the guy at the plate," Edmonds said. "I just kept running."

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Seahawks Re-Sign Rouen

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

The Seahawks announced today that they have re-signed P Tom Rouen, leaving FS John Howell as the only unrestricted free agent from the 2005 roster who remains unsigned. Rouen, 37, will again compete against younger prospects. The team lists Gabe Lindstrom on its roster as well. Last season, Rouen dropped 20 punts inside the 20 while posting a 41.6-yard gross average. He joined the team five weeks into the season after the release of Leo Araguz.

In other near-news, OL Wayne Hunter expects to sign his one-year tender in the near future. He is a restricted free agent.

Seahawks Sign Oliver Celestin

From Seahawks.net:

Seahawks.NET has learned that former Jets safety Oliver Celestin has signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Celestin was used primarily in nickel and dime packages with New York. Playing in 12 games last season, the second-year pro from Texas Southern amassed 21 tackles and one pass defensed. The 6'0", 207-pound safety is regarded as a tough player with marginal ball skills - he could be a special teams option for Seattle in 2006.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Magic Spank Hawks 105-88

From Sportsline.com:

The Magic are doing their best to reach the playoffs even if time is running out.

Dwight Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help Orlando beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-88 on Monday night for the Magic's ninth win in 10 games.

The Magic (33-44) are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, three games behind Philadelphia for the final playoff spot. Orlando has five games left.

"We're still alive," said Magic coach Brian Hill after his team won its 10th straight home game. "Were just taking it one game at a time and let's see how well we can play and see if we can keep adding W's."

Howard tied his career high with six assists as the Magic won their fifth straight game.

"You know hard work will eventually show up for our team and I think that's what the case is now," said Dwight Howard, who posted his 56th double-double this season.

Jameer Nelson added 17 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 16 for the Magic, who shot 52.6 percent from the field. It was the fifth straight game they've been over the 50 percent mark.

Comeback Falls Short as Brewers Lose 4-6

From Sportsline.com:

The new Busch Stadium was both a hitter's and pitcher's park in its opening game -- at least for Mark Mulder.

The Cardinals' left-hander worked into the ninth inning and hit his first career home run to help St. Louis beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Monday in the first major league game at the $365 million ballpark.

"It was just his day," the Brewers' Bill Hall said. "And there's nothing we could do about it."

Mulder batted only .145 in his first NL season last year. But the exploits of Jason Marquis, who batted .310 with a homer and 10 RBI, and the rest of a staff that keeps close track of its hitting gave him incentive to improve his offense.

"He's happy for me, but I think way deep down inside he's mad," Mulder said of Marquis. "He just won't admit it. They already said I'm icing my back because I was swinging too hard."

Scott Rolen's two-run double in the fourth off Tomo Ohka (0-1) gave the Cardinals the lead for good and Albert Pujols hit his fourth homer, a drive to the left-center power alley estimated at 445 feet.

The Cardinals' first full day at the new ballpark began on a festive note, with Pujols and Chris Carpenter, the NL MVP and Cy Young Award winners, throwing out dual ceremonial first pitches to retired Cardinals greats Willie McGee and Bob Gibson. It stayed festive most of the day for a sellout crowd of 41,936 anxious for something positive after the Cardinals were swept at Chicago.

Josh Brown Signs Tender

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed kicker Josh Brown, the team announced Monday afternoon.

An original seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003, Brown enters his fourth season with the club. He connected on 18 of 25 field goal attempts in 2005 and finished fifth in the NFC in scoring by a kicker with 110 points. Brown also tied Norm Johnson’s club record after connecting on five field goals of 50 yards or more in a single season, and he kicked two game-winning field goals in the 2005 season (vs. Dallas on Oct. 23 & vs. N.Y. Giants on Nov 27).

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Magic Beat Heat 93-84

From Sportsline.com:

The team built to win a championship is slumping as the postseason looms. And the club holding barely a sliver of playoff hope couldn't be performing any better.

Jameer Nelson scored 26 points and the Orlando Magic won for the eighth time in nine games, beating Miami 93-84 on Sunday night and handing the Heat their first two-game home losing streak of the season.

The Magic closed within three games of Chicago and Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 14 for Orlando, which has beaten the East's top two teams in consecutive outings; the Magic, who still have a mathematical postseason shot, nipped Detroit on Friday night.

The Heat got 27 points from Dwyane Wade and 16 points and nine rebounds from Shaquille O'Neal.

"We're not talking about the playoffs," Magic guard DeShawn Stevenson said. "We're talking about each game. We go into every game worried about the team we're playing."