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Yankees Beat Cubs 9-6 on Matsui's Homer (AP)
AP - Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead homer and drove in five runs, and New York rallied late to keep the Chicago Cubs winless at Yankee Stadium with a 9-6 victory Friday night.

Astros Blank Royals 7-0 (AP)
AP - Roger Clemens got his 333rd win with his 500th decision, dominating the Kansas City Royals once again in leading the Houston Astros to a 7-0 victory Friday night.

Red Sox Down Pirates 6-5 (AP)
AP - Johnny Damon bounced a bases-loaded single through a drawn-in infield to break a ninth-inning tie, giving the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night in a rematch of the first World Series.

MLB Suspends Angels' Donnelly for Pine Tar (AP)
AP - Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly was suspended 10 days by major league baseball on Friday for having pine tar on his glove during a game against the Washington Nationals.

Goosen, Brown, Gore Share U.S. Open Lead (AP)
AP - The Big Five took on a new meaning Friday in the U.S. Open. At the end of a punishing day at Pinehurst No. 2, defending champion Retief Goosen was among five players who escaped with only minimal damage and remained under par at a tournament that turned into a horror show for some of the best players in golf.

Fully Recovered Palmer Running Bengals (AP)
AP - Carson Palmer eased back from center, saw Chad Johnson sprinting down the middle of the field and let it fly.

Timberwolves Name Dwance Casey Coach (AP)
AP - Dwane Casey will get his first crack at head coaching with a veteran team coming off the most disappointing season of its 16-year history.

Matsui drives Yankees past Cubs in interleague play (Reuters)
Reuters - Hideki Matsui homered and drove in five runs as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 in Interleague play Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Brazil Turns on the Style, Defeats Greece (AP)
AP - South American flair triumphed over European pragmatism in the Confederations Cup. Brazil outclassed Greece in a 3-0 win Thursday in their opening Group B game, even though the Brazilians supposedly are undermanned.

Mighty Ducks to Introduce New Owners (AP)
AP - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli and their management team at a news conference Monday at Anaheim Arena.

Law snubbed
Ex-Patriot's foot injury has teams wary of signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract.

Ricky Williams to file for reinstatement (AP)
Ricky Williams will apply for reinstatement with the Miami Dolphins toward the end of next month. The star running back's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said Friday that Williams would file the application on July 23 or shortly thereafter. Steinberg considers that date the one-year anniversary of Williams' retirement.

Vermeil: WR Hakim won't sign with Chiefs (AP)
Free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will not sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Dick Vermeil said Friday. The Chiefs said earlier this week that they had reached agreement on a one-year contract with Hakim, who played for Vermeil when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl six years ago. Hakim and his agent felt the wide receiver would fit in better somewhere else, Vermeil said.

Madden joining NBC as game analyst (AP)
John Madden was the first announcer Dick Ebersol thought of when NBC acquired the rights to the NFL's Sunday night package. In mid-May, Ebersol went to California to talk with the popular analyst and try to convince him to join NBC when the network begins broadcasting the NFL again in 2006. The work paid off.

Wilfs aim to be next Rooneys in NFL (AP)
After finally joining the exclusive NFL owners club, new Minnesota Vikings majority owner Zygi Wilf said he plans to stick around for a while. Wearing a gold-and-yellow Vikings tie and matching lapel pin, Wilf said he hoped to pattern his ownership of the Vikings after football families like the Rooneys in Pittsburgh rather than previous Vikings owner Red McCombs, who bolted after just seven...

Titans release S Lance Schulters (AP)
The Tennessee Titans released safety Lance Schulters on Thursday after failing to reach agreement on a new salary cap-friendly deal. The Titans, who cut six high-priced veterans in February, had been expected to release the seven-year veteran in their attempt to rebuild and free up enough salary cap space to build up other weak areas this season.

Jets QB Pennington starts throwing again (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has started throwing again, four months after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff. Last week, Pennington began tossing the football off to the side during the final few offseason training activity sessions. Though he didn't participate in the practices, he was able to work on handoffs to the running backs.

QBs Frerotte, Feeley to battle in camp (AP)
The Miami Dolphins will go into next month's training camp without a clear front-runner in the team's latest quarterback battle. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday that neither newcomer Gus Frerotte nor incumbent starter A.J. Feeley has been chosen as the team's starter for this year's season-opener against Denver, and that the decision hinges on how they play in training camp.

Makes and Misses: Breakfast of champions
The Pistons overcame a 2-0 deficit to the Spurs because of tough defense … and pancakes?

NBA: 'Significant' progress in talks (AP)
Significant progress was reported Friday in NBA labor talks after the sides met for more than 11 hours. Commissioner David Stern, union director Billy Hunter and several owners and players met at a Manhattan hotel, the first substantive talks in weeks on a new labor agreement to replace the seven-year deal expiring June 30.

Timberwolves hire Casey as coach (AP)
Dwane Casey will get his first crack at head coaching with a veteran team coming off the most disappointing season of its 16-year history. The Minnesota Timberwolves, aware of the risk, saw a greater potential for reward in the longtime Seattle SuperSonics assistant. Pledging hard work, better defense, strong communication, consistency and improved chemistry, Casey was introduced Friday as...

Pistons' D doing a number on Duncan (AP)
The battles between Tim Duncan and Rasheed Wallace date to their days on opposite ends of Tobacco Road, when Wake Forest played North Carolina and the two young big men were just starting down the path that has led them to these NBA Finals. They faced each other for two years in college, and now for eight years in the pros, giving Wallace hundreds of minutes of firsthand experience learning the...

Riley wants Shaq in Miami for long haul (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal is under contract to the Miami Heat for one more year. Not surprisingly, Heat president Pat Riley wants him around much longer. Riley plans to build around O'Neal for several upcoming seasons, and hopes the team can sign the 12-time All-Star to a deal allowing him to end his career in Miami.

Bogut ready for draft to be over (AP)
Andrew Bogut is ready to find his new home. Unfortunately, it will be more than a week before he learns where that will be. Bogut returned to Salt Lake City on Friday and held a brief news conference, where he said he's anxious for the NBA draft on June 28. ``I definitely want it to speed up a bit. Obviously it's been a long haul.

Udrih under pressure during Spurs' slide (AP)
Beno Udrih's family flew from Slovenia to San Antonio to watch him in the NBA Finals. His 82-year-old grandfather got on a plane for the first time, and his father and brother even followed him up to Michigan for the Spurs' road games. As if the rookie point guard wasn't already facing enough pressure from Chauncey Billups and Lindsey Hunter.

McDyess on a roll for Pistons (AP)
Questions about the Detroit Pistons' depth arose before the NBA Finals began. Antonio McDyess, however, has been a towering presence. The reserve forward scored 13 points in 19 minutes in Detroit's 102-71 victory Thursday night that evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. It was his third straight game in double digits after a run of seven straight with less than 10 points.

Hunter gives Detroit lift off the bench (AP)
The Detroit Pistons might not have a future Hall of Fame player on their roster. Yet, if entire teams were inducted, these Pistons would have a good shot because this group of talented, unselfish castoffs is one of the most unique in NBA history. When the Pistons dismantled the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals last year, they became the first team without a bona fide superstar to win a title...

Supportive fans have Milicic embarrassed (AP)
``We want Dar-ko!'' Detroit's fans chant those three words tirelessly whenever the Pistons have a big lead in the fourth quarter, hoping coach Larry Brown will give them a rare glimpse of Darko Milicic. The player drafted No. 2 overall two years ago -- after LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade -- is more embarrassed than proud when he hears the crowd plead for him...

NHL's Blues, Savvis Center for sale (AFP)
Bill and Nancy Laurie have put the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues and the Savvis Center arena up for sale, the team announced.

Mighty Ducks to introduce new owners and management team Monday (AP)
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli and their management team at a news conference Monday at Anaheim Arena. Expected to lead the way in the general manager's position is Brian Burke as the successor to Al Coates, who served as interim GM for the past year. The purchase of the Mighty Ducks by the Samuelis from the Walt Disney Co.

Sides meet for 28 hours this week, will resume talks Monday in Toronto (AP)
The NHL and its players' union wrapped up 28 hours of talks for the week Friday, and plan to resume discussions Monday in Toronto in the hopes of ending the league's nine-month lockout. ``We resumed small group meetings with the league this week and spent the better part of four full days discussing a wide range of issues,'' players' association senior director Ted Saskin said in a statement.

For Sale: St. Louis Blues (AP)
The owners of the St. Louis Blues announced their plans to sell the franchise on Friday, citing tens of millions of dollars in losses. Wal-Mart heirs Bill and Nancy Laurie decided to sell the NHL franchise because of heavy financial losses and concerns about the future after a lockout canceled the entire 2004-05 season.

NHL, Players' Association conclude meetings, schedule more (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Despite another 28 hours of collective bargaining sessions this week, the NHL and the Players' Association still have plenty of work to do.

Blues, Savvis Center for sale (SportsTicker)
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - After seeing the entire NHL season wiped out, the Lauries no longer can afford to own the St. Louis Blues.

Report: Lauries plan to sell Blues (AP)
The owners of the St. Louis Blues were expected to announce their plans to sell the franchise, citing tens of millions of dollars in red ink as the NHL struggles to regain its footing after a lockout canceled last season. The team's owners, Bill and Nancy Laurie of Columbia, decided to sell the National Hockey League franchise because of ``heavy financial losses and concerns about the future,'' the...

Disney dumps NHL Ducks during labor shutdown (AFP)
When the National Hockey League returns from a labour dispute that wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, The Walt Disney Company will not be coming back as owners of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Board of Governors approve sale of Mighty Ducks (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - After a lengthy ordeal, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are finally being sold.

Zen and the art of NASCAR
Kenny Wallace feels just fine about how his racing career has developed.

Kentucky Busch Series race includes many Nextel Cup drivers (AP)
NASCAR fans in Kentucky have pined for a top series race ever since Kentucky Speedway opened in 2000.

Kimmel gets third ARCA win of season (AP)
Points leader Frank Kimmel took the lead with 13 laps to go and won the ARCA stock car race Friday at Michigan International Speedway, his third victory of the season.

Evernham seeking funding for third Cup entry (AP)
Evernham Motorsports is close to getting the money needed for a third full-time entry in NASCAR's top series.

Newman still looking for first win of 2005 (AP)
Ryan Newman is sixth in the points standings and, as usual, is leading NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series in poles. The only thing missing from his season is a victory.

Ernie Irvan's new challenge is to promote safety (AP)
Ernie Irvan's life, for better and worse, has taken several twists at Michigan International Speedway.

Notes: NASCAR to promote Soap Box Derby (AP)
NASCAR and the All-American Soap Box Derby have teamed up to launch the first national advertising campaign...

Kahne popular with female race fans (AP)
Kasey Kahne is especially popular among female race fans. He's handsome, intelligent, articulate and soft-spoken...

Earnhardt jury hears from insurance agent who sold policy (AP)
A day after a judge ruled in favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car owner in a trial pitting the racing team against an insurance company, the jury heard Tuesday from the insurance agent who sold the $3.7 million policy.

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