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Tisdale, ex-player, musician, dead at 44 after cancer fight

Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA and later became an award-winning jazz musician, died Friday morning in Tulsa after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-9 forward, with a soft left-handed touch on the court and a wide smile off it, averaged 15.3 points for his NBA career. He was on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.

NBA: : Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Lakers and Rockets was the most watched basketball game ever on ESPN. Houston's 95-80 victory Thursday drew 7.35 million viewers, topping the 6.6 million who watched the Heat beat the Pistons in Game 6 of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals. ... The 76ers interviewed former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan for their head coaching job.

MARYLAND WOMEN: : Assistant coach Erica Floyd decided to resign and will pursue noncoaching opportunities in Louisiana. Floyd was an assistant under coach Brenda Frese during all of Frese's seven seasons at Maryland, beginning in 2002-03. Floyd previously worked on Frese's staff at Minnesota in 2001-02, and both were assistants at Kent State in 1994.


Goydos leads Leonard by 3 shots at Texas Open

Paul Goydos followed his opening 7-under-par 63 with a 65 to reach 12-under 128 at La Cantera Golf Club course in San Antonio to take a three-shot lead over three-time champion Justin Leonard and four others at the PGA Texas Open. It's the biggest lead Goydos has had on tour.

LPGA SYBASE CLASSIC: : Brittany Lincicome followed an opening-round 64 with a 3-under 69 to take a two-shot lead over Suzann Pettersen and Ji Young Oh in Clifton, N.J. Lincicome's 11-under total was the lowest 36-hole total on a par-72 course on the tour this year.

CHAMPIONS REGIONS CHARITY CLASSIC: : Dan Forsman made three straight birdies on both the front and back nine, shooting 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round in Hoover, Ala.

OBITUARY: : Bob Rosburg, who won the 1959 PGA Championship and spent three decades with ABC Sports as the first reporter to call the shots from the golf course, died Thursday in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 82.


Redskins get trademark win; salary cap rising $12M a team

The Washington Redskins won another legal victory in a 17-year fight with a group of American Indians who contend the football team's trademark is racially offensive. The decision issued Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington doesn't address the main question of racism at the center of the case. Instead, it upholds the lower court's decision in favor of the football team because the seven Native Americans waited too long to challenge the trademark first issued in 1967.

SALARY CAP: : NFL teams will have nearly $12 million more under the salary cap this season, the final year with one in place unless the league and its players' union can reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The cap was due to increase $7 million to $123 million this season, but additional adjustments stipulated in the current CBA will boost the total amount that teams can spend on player compensation to about $128 million. The $12 million rise is the largest in three years.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: : Bruce Smith, 45, the NFL's all-time leader in sacks, was charged with drunken driving after a police officer stopped him for speeding, Virginia Beach (Va.) police said. ... Quarterback Brett Favre, who is considering coming out of retirement, consulted Dr. James Andrews about options for healing the partially torn biceps tendon that has caused pain in his right shoulder, reported, citing an anonymous source. ... The Colts named former Maryland assistant Clyde Christensen offensive coordinator and Pete Metzelaars offensive line coach.

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Report: M&T; Bank in running for longtime Army-Navy host

M&T; Bank Stadium is one of four sites being considered as a potential longtime future home for the Army-Navy football game, a source told the Times-Herald Record of Middletown, N.Y. The others are FexEx Field in Landover, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and the new Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

MORE COLLEGES: : Michael Spinner, who had been associate director of athletics at Yeshiva, was named director of athletics at College of Notre Dame, effective June 1.

TENNIS: : Roger Federer's dominance of Andy Roddick continued on clay with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory, while Rafael Nadal stayed perfect against Fernando Verdasco with a 6-4, 7-5 win to also reach the ATP Madrid Open semifinals. Federer improved to 18-2 against Roddick after their first career meeting on dirt.

CYCLING: : Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the rainy seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia in Chiavenn, beating four riders in a sprint finish. Danilo Di Luca of Italy kept the overall leader's pink jersey. Lance Armstrong finished 142nd, 58 seconds behind, and lost an additional 18 seconds to the overall leaders.

AUTO RACING: : Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night in Concord, N.C.

- From Sun staff and news services

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