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NEWS FROM 2005-06-12
Tyson Loses in Sixth; Career May Be Over (AP)
AP - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.
Afleet Alex Charges to Belmont Victory (AP)
AP - No acrobatics, no long shots. Just an overpowering, seven-length victory by Afleet Alex in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown.
Howell Debuts, Helps Royals Beat D'backs (AP)
AP - Emil Brown had three doubles among his career-high four hits, John Buck hit a two-run homer and J.P. Howell won an impressive major league debut in Kansas City's 8-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Padres Rally in 9th to Beat White Sox 2-1 (AP)
AP - Ramon Hernandez homered with one out in the ninth inning to tie it, and Damian Jackson had a bases-loaded single as the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Saturday night.
Army Sgt. Gets Life for Gunning Down GIs (AP)
AP - An Army sergeant convicted of shooting two fellow soldiers to death last year at his farmhouse will serve life in prison with no chance of parole, a military jury decided Saturday. Sgt. Aaron Stanley, a 23-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, was sentenced a day after his conviction by the same eight jurors on two counts of premeditated murder. They deliberated about six hours over his sentence — and only three hours over his guilt.
Coaching Defections Leave Pats Searching (AP)
AP - Four months after the Super Bowl and six weeks before training camp, it's not entirely clear who will call plays for the New England Patriots this season. Coach Bill Belichick doesn't appear worried.
Veterans Take Backup Roles for Title Shot (AP)
AP - When Brent Barry reached a crossroads in his career last summer, he chose the road most likely to lead to championship — even if he had to sit in the back seat for the ride.
Burrell blast powers Phillies past Brewers (Reuters)
Reuters - Pat Burrell crushed a three-run homer
in the seventh to power the Philadelphia Phillies past the
slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 in National League action at
Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
Galaxy Defeat Real Salt Lake 1-0 (AP)
AP - Landon Donovan scored in the 52nd minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
Philadelphia Phantoms Win Calder Cup (AP)
AP - The Philadelphia Phantoms swept the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals Friday night, beating the Chicago Wolves 5-2 in front of sellout crowd of 20,103 fans at the Wachovia Center.
Fuming over the 49ers
Is the scandal surrounding the team's training video justified or just media hype? Readers react.
Amsterdam Admirals win World Bowl (AP)
Kurt Kittner led Amsterdam to its first World Bowl title Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes and setting up a third score with a 54-yard pass in the Admirals' 27-21 victory over the Berlin Thunder. Kittner, allocated to the Admirals from the Chicago Bears, went 15-of-28 for 239 yards in NFL Europe's 13th championship game.
Coaching defections leave Pats searching (AP)
Four months after the Super Bowl and six weeks before training camp, it's not entirely clear who will call plays for the New England Patriots this season. Coach Bill Belichick doesn't appear worried. ``We don't have a game for a while,'' Belichick deadpanned at New England's minicamp this week. ``But, when we do, we'll get the plays called.'' The roomful of reporters broke into laughter, amused at...
Eagles still unsure if Owens will show (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles still don't know if Terrell Owens will show up for training camp after he held out of offseason minicamps because he wants to renegotiate the seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed in March 2004. Coach and general manager Andy Reid said Thursday it's been a few weeks since he talked to Drew Rosenhaus, Owens' agent, but the Eagles stance hasn't changed.
Panthers give Minter four-year extension (AP)
The Carolina Panthers signed eight-year veteran Mike Minter to a four-year contract extension Friday, likely assuring the local favorite will finish his career with the team that drafted him. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. ``It's rare when a player can start and finish his career with the same team, but we're glad that is the case with Mike,'' Panthers general manager Marty...
Lions agree to deal with McQuarters (AP)
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Chicago Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters. The Bears released McQuarters on May 23. He had signed a $21 million contract extension with the Bears in January 2002 that ran through 2006. The Lions had shown interest in McQuarters and former New England Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law.
Ill Taylor misses Miami's first workout (AP)
Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor missed the first session of workouts at the Miami Dolphins' three-day minicamp Friday because of an undisclosed illness. However, Taylor returned in time for the team's afternoon session after seeing a doctor in the morning, Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. ``I don't think this is something that's football-related,'' Saban said.
Fonoti misses first day of Chargers camp (AP)
Guard Toniu Fonoti missed the opening day of the San Diego Chargers' minicamp Friday, and nobody knew where he was. ``I don't know what to say,'' general manager A.J. Smith said. ``We are surprised based on the information we had.'' Smith said Fonoti's agent, Steve Feldman, told the Chargers the player was coming to camp.
Settling the score
How can the Pistons get even with the Spurs in Game 2? It's simple: start making some shots.
Brown's history in San Antonio got messy (AP)
Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena. It was 1975, and they hated him here. Brown was coach of the rival Denver Nuggets in the ABA, and the fan group known as the Baseline Bums dumped guacamole on him as he walked to the exit tunnel.
Jackson says he's talking to Lakers (AP)
Phil Jackson expects to decide in ``another day or two'' whether he will return to coaching the Los Angeles Lakers or some other NBA team next season. Jackson said Thursday night that he's talking to some teams about their vacancies, but giving first priority to the Lakers. ``There's been some talking going on, but nothing has been determined,'' he said from El Segundo on ABC's pregame NBA Finals...
Pistons need more points from Rasheed (AP)
After his subpar performance in Game 1, reporters expected a string of expletives and angry explanations from Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace. Instead, the volatile Wallace gave a subdued performance Friday, bringing his two young sons, Ish and Nazir, to the podium as he answered questions about his six points on six shots in the Pistons' 84-69 loss.
No glamour for Duncan, just another win (AP)
When San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich sent Glenn Robinson into Thursday night's game late in the first quarter, Robinson didn't budge from the bench. ``When he called my name, I thought he said 'Brent,''' Robinson said Friday, referring to teammate Brent Barry. ``Then he came and stared at me, it was like, 'Glenn, get in the game!''' Robinson had good reason to stay seated with his warmups on...
Horry never wanted to be the star (AP)
With five championship rings in his collection, it's hard to argue with Robert Horry's success as a role player in the NBA. But early in his career with Houston, where he won titles in 1994 and 1995, there was talk of Horry as a star in the making. After all, he was a 6-foot-10 forward with the strength and quickness to score inside and the shooting touch to hurt opponents from the perimeter.
Backup roles lead to finals for veterans (AP)
When Brent Barry reached a crossroads in his career last summer, he chose the road most likely to lead to championship -- even if he had to sit in the back seat for the ride. Barry, a sharp-shooting guard who spent the previous five years in Seattle, signed with the San Antonio Spurs even though he knew he would be in the shadow of rising star Manu Ginobili.
Bogut clearly sees NBA future (AP)
Andrew Bogut made several things clear Friday: He could see himself playing for Milwaukee or Atlanta next season. For that matter, he can see, period. He is not in danger of losing his eyesight. If that seems like a strange statement, well, consider that former Utah coach Rick Majerus reportedly told NBA executives a few weeks ago that Bogut has a degenerative eye disease.
Nuggets' Vandeweghe waits for extension (AP)
While in Chicago to attend pre-draft workouts this week, Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe had an informal conversation with the Cleveland Cavaliers about the team's president position. With one year left on his contract and negotiations for an extension yet to get underway, Vandeweghe is keeping his options open in case things don't work out with the Nuggets.
Betting banned on Vegas All-Star game? (AP)
Casino regulators Thursday recommended suspending bets by bookmakers on the 2007 NBA All-Star game, if Las Vegas is awarded the event. The league will not consider the city's bid without the ban. Nongambling revenue from fans, players and media coming to the city would outweigh any losses to bookies, Gaming Control Board chairman Dennis Neilander said.
Phantoms 5, Wolves 2 (AP)
Philadelphia sports fans finally have something to celebrate. The Philadelphia Phantoms swept the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals Friday night, beating the Chicago Wolves 5-2 in front of sellout crowd of 20,103 fans at the Wachovia Center. Jon Sim and Patrick Sharp each scored two goals, and Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves for the Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers' top farm club.
Report: Group of West Coast investors to buy Penguins (SportsTicker)
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - With encouraging news about the National Hockey League and Players Association reportedly working toward a salary cap, new investors appear ready to move into the league.
NHL, Players' Association to continue talks Monday (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Nothing has been resolved yet, but at least the NHL and the Players' Association are continuing a dialogue.
Owners, players wrap up talks (AP)
The NHL and the players' association concluded 26 hours of small-group meetings on Friday and will meet again Monday in Toronto. The two sides met over four days in New York, marking the sixth straight week of discussions. ``There was healthy dialogue and progress continued to be made on many operational issues relating to a new collective bargaining agreement,'' league vice president Bill Daly...
West Coast group eyes Pittsburgh Penguins (AP)
A group of West Coast investors led by a friend of Mario Lemieux is set to become the majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. William ``Boots'' Del Biaggio, a San Jose, Calif., businessman and friend of the Pittsburgh player-owner, and other unidentified investors have negotiated a letter of intent to buy the team.
Swedish NHL players cleared by prosecutor (AP)
Three Swedish NHL players accused of rape were cleared Friday by a prosecutor who said there was no evidence they forced the woman to have sex. The 22-year-old woman had said she was raped Feb. 9 in a hotel room by Kristian Huselius of the Florida Panthers, Andreas Lilja of the Nashville Predators and Henrik Tallinder of the Buffalo Sabres.
Neely, Kharlamov elected to Hockey's Hall of Fame (AP)
Cam Neely was one of hockey's brawniest forwards, and Valeri Kharlamov was one of its swiftest. They are now both Hall of Famers. The former Boston Bruins star and the late Russian standout joined executive Murray Costello in being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday. They beat out the likes of Glenn Anderson and Kevin Lowe, who were stars on the great Edmonton teams of the 1980s, Steve...
NHL group will recommend changes tried during research camp (AP)
A select group of NHL club executives will mull over experiments to bring more offense into the game. A three-day research camp concluded Wednesday, and several recommendations for rules changes could come out of the camp. Use of shootouts during the regular season, reintroduction of tag-up offsides, stiffer obstruction rules and smaller equipment for goaltenders have the strongest chance of being...
Neely, Kharlamov named to Hockey Hall of Fame (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Injury problems may have shortened the career of Cam Neely, but it didn't keep him out of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The wait continues for Dino Ciccarelli
A long time coming
LONG POND, Pa. – It had been a while – about 14 years – since Michael Waltrip last won a Cup pole.
Rain postpones qualifying and race for Federated Auto Parts 300 (SportsTicker)
Race postponed, Edwards still hopes to race (AP)
The NASCAR Busch Series' Federated Auto Parts 300 was postponed because of rain Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, with series officials rescheduling the race for Sunday at noon CDT.
Waltrip wins first NASCAR Nextel Cup pole in 14 years (SportsTicker)
Waltrip wins pole at Pocono (AP)
It took 14 years to do it, but Michael Waltrip is once again a polesitter on NASCAR's top circuit.
Gordon, Stewart temper acrimony (AP)
Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have tempered the anger that followed a crash the last time they raced.
Montreal promoter covets NASCAR race (AP)
The promoter of Montreal's race track is lobbying to bring NASCAR to Canada and says his facility is the best place to host the stock cars.
Sprague wins 25th career race at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
Sprague gets 25th career NASCAR trucks win (AP)
Jack Sprague led the final nine laps Friday night for his 25th career NASCAR truck series victory, but first in more than a year.