NEW YORK (AP) - Current Mets manager Terry Collins and former skipper Davey Johnson have been selected as coaches for next month's All-Star game at Citi Field. Johnson, currently Washington's skipper, managed the Mets to their last World Series title in 1986. They were picked Thursday by San Francisco's Bruce Bochy, the NL's manager. Detroit's Jim Leyland, the AL manager, also chose coaches with Mets' ties: Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox and John Gibbons of the Toronto Blue Jays. Ventura played for the Mets' last NL pennant winner in 2000 and Gibbons is a former Mets player and minor league manager. The All-Star game is July 16.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush says his role will be similar to the one he had in New Orleans and not much like his job description was with the Miami Dolphins. The Lions plan to put Bush in the backfield and out wide at receiver, trying to take advantage of his speed. Detroit hope Bush becomes the big-play running back it hasn't had since concussions took Jahvid Best off the field. Bush signed a $16 million, four-year contract with the Lions in March. Bush says he could've re-signed in Miami or played for Arizona, Seattle or Atlanta. He has run for 4,162 yards and 29 touchdowns and caught 372 passes for 2,730 yards and 15 scores in two seasons in Miami and five years with the Saints.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Nearly two months after Lawrence Frank was fired, the Detroit Pistons introduced their new coach - Maurice Cheeks. The search took a while because the Pistons have been mediocre for a few years and need this decision to work. Cheeks becomes the franchise's fourth coach in six seasons - following Frank, John Kuester and Michael Curry. He is the ninth since the 1999-2000 season. He inherits a team with solid young players in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. But the Pistons went 54-94 in two seasons under Frank and attendance dropped with the team struggling. This is the third head coaching stop for Cheeks. He had a 284-286 record with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - NASCAR drivers get to tackle the 2-mile Michigan Internationals Speedway oval this weekend. Qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup is set for today. A year ago Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ended a 143-race winless streak at the Brooklyn, Mich. track. Jimmie Johnson takes a 51-point lead over Brad Keselowski into this weekend's race after earning his third victory of the season last week.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Heat and Spurs take a breather from the NBA Finals after it was assured that the series would return to Miami. The Heat's Game 4 win last night evened the series, setting up a Game 6 on Tuesday. The series resumes Sunday with the final game of the season in San Antonio.
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) - NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has died following an accident Wednesday night during a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. The 37-year-old Leffler was a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series and finished last at Pocono over the weekend, his first Sprint Cup start of the year. Bridgeport Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio's Tony Parker has a mild strained hamstring and hopes to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Miami on Thursday night. Parker had an MRI that revealed the Grade 1 strain. He is listed as day-to-day. Parker was concerned that the hamstring could have been torn, which would have made it very difficult for him to play. Parker was injured early in the second half of the Spurs 36-point, Game 3 win Tuesday night. He was limited to six points and eight assists in 27 minutes and left the game early in the fourth quarter with the outcome already decided. Parker's injury somewhat muted the celebration in San Antonio following the Spurs' decisive bounce-back victory that put them two wins shy of the franchise's fifth championship. Coach Gregg Popovich says he wants to wait until Thursday before deciding Parker's status for Game 4.
CHICAGO (AP) - Andrew Shaw scored on a deflection in triple overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in a riveting Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. Michal Roszival shot the puck from the right point into traffic. It deflected off Dave Bolland and Shaw before slipping past Tuukka Rask. That came after Jaromir Jagr nearly won it for Boston in the closing seconds of the second OT when the puck deflected off him and hit the post, preserving the tie. Boston's Kaspars Daugavins had a huge opportunity midway through the third overtime but his backhand shot in the crease went wide after Johnny Oduya got a stick on him.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh says he wants to lead the Detroit Lions with his actions and mouth. Suh seems to be doing that, going to the front of the line for drills and shouting words of encouragement to his fellow defensive linemen. In Suh's first three seasons, he deferred leadership roles to veterans Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams and Cliff Avril. Those three defensive linemen are gone, leaving Suh with a chance to lead. Detroit defensive end Willie Young has seen Suh take advantage of the opportunity during this week's minicamp. Suh says his path to leadership at Nebraska followed a similar path. He spoke up rarely in his first two years before becoming a vocal leader as a junior and senior for the Cornhuskers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals. Drew Smyly pitched a one-hit eighth, then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Hosmer and was replaced by Valverde. He retired Santiago Perez on a flyout and struck out Billy Butler as Hosmer stole second - becoming the first Kansas City runner in scoring position. Cain fouled off three pitches, then sent an 85 mph offering over the wall in left-center.