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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Briefs: Mayor apologizes for San Jose's anthem booing

Hockey

"O Canada" was booed by Sharks fans before NHL playoff game: San Jose's mayor apologized Monday for the behavior of Sharks fans who loudly booed the Canadian national anthem before Game 5 of an NHL Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

"This showed a lack of respect to our Canadian neighbors, to the players of both teams and to our own residents," Mayor Ron Gonzales said.

"I sincerely hope that this occurrence of bad behavior by a small number of fans is an aberration caused by misplaced enthusiasm and an ignorance of the expected courtesy that we should extend to all teams and players in every stadium, ballpark and arena."

Vociferous booing Sunday started from the opening notes of Annmarie Martin's rendition of "O Canada."

Sharks officials thought their crowd was responding to a handful of Canadian fans that apparently booed a picture of San Jose standout Joe Thornton on the video board at the start of the U.S. anthem Friday night before Game 4.

Game 6 of the best-of-seven series, which the Oilers lead 3-2, is Wednesday in Edmonton.

Lamoriello won't coach Devils: Lou Lamoriello, president, general manager and coach of the New Jersey Devils, said he will drop his coaching title.

Canada beats Finland: Jeff Carter scored two short-handed goals, leading Canada past Finland 4-2 and into first place in Group E at the world championships in Riga, Latvia.

Auto racing

Johnson, sponsor Lowe's sign through 2010: Jimmie Johnson, points leader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2010 season.

Lowe's, the primary sponsor of the No. 48 Chevrolet, also agreed to stay with the team through 2010.

College basketball

Rutgers' Douby to enter NBA draft: Rutgers guard Quincy Douby will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft, coach Fred Hill announced.

Douby averaged 25.4 points, ranking sixth in the nation, last season.

Meanwhile, officials at the New Jersey school said forwards Dan Waterstradt and Zack Gibson — both from Michigan — had been granted releases to transfer.

James to follow coach to Duquesne: Shawn James, who averaged a Division I-leading 6.5 blocks last season at Northeastern, will transfer to Duquesne in order to keep playing for coach Ron Everhart.

Soccer

Keller, Cherundolo arrive at camp: Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Lacey and defender Steve Cherundolo arrived at the U.S. World Cup training camp in Cary, N.C., after completing their club seasons in Germany.

The team's first World Cup match is June 12 against the Czech Republic in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Northwestern suspends women's team: Northwestern suspended its women's team while university officials investigate alleged hazing involving players last year.

Cycling

Vaitkus wins ninth stage: Tomas Vaitkus of the Ag2r Prevoyance team edged Olympic champion Paolo Bettini of the Quick Step-Innergetic team in a group sprint to win the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia. Ivan Basso of Team CSC retained the overall lead.

Sailing

Alinghi shares lead: America's Cup champion Alinghi grabbed a share of the lead by beating Team Shosholoza and BMW Oracle Racing on the fifth day of Act 10 of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain. Alinghi is tied for first with Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa of Italy.

Boxing

Jones to fight in Idaho: Roy Jones Jr. will meet "Prince" Badi Ajamu for the NABO light-heavyweight title July 29 at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Horse racing

Gelding sets world record: Scottsbluff, a 4-year-old gelding bred in California, set a world record by running 5 furlongs on turf in 1:00.26 to win the $70,800 Bullet Stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

Pembroke set the previous record of 1:00.46 on the same course in 1995.

Harness racing

Driver killed: Driver Hal Belote, 51, died after his horse fell during a race at Harrington (Del.) Raceway.

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