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NEWS FROM 2005-06-21
Red Sox Cool Off Red-Hot Indians 10-9 (AP)
AP - The Cleveland Indians were sailing along, until they ran into the World Series champs. Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs against his former team, and the Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland 10-9 Monday night to stop the Indians' nine-game winning streak.
D-Rays Stop Streaking Yankees With 5-4 Win (AP)
AP - Casey Fossum took a shutout into the eighth inning to win as a starter for the first time since last August, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays held off the Yankees 5-4 Monday night to stop New York's winning streak at six.
Guillen Homers Twice As Nats Top Pirates (AP)
AP - Livan Hernandez got plenty of help from his defense in winning his ninth consecutive decision, and Jose Guillen homered twice as the Washington Nationals built a five-run lead and went on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Monday night.
Cardinals Romp Past Reds 6-1 (AP)
AP - Chris Carpenter took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from Albert Pujols and Reggie Sanders in a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Texas Tops Tulane for Record 75th CWS Win (AP)
AP - Texas set a record with its 75th College World Series win Monday night, riding the strong pitching of Kyle McCulloch to a 5-0 victory over top-seeded Tulane.
Browns Sign Backup QB Doug Johnson (AP)
AP - Needing a veteran quarterback as protection for Trent Dilfer, the Cleveland Browns signed former Atlanta backup Doug Johnson to a one-year contract Monday.
Chris Paul Works Out With the Hawks (AP)
AP - Former Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul showed off his 3-point shooting Monday for Hawks general manager Billy Knight at the team's predraft workout.
Pierzynski Single Sends Chisox Over K.C. (AP)
AP - Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye each homered, and A.J. Pierzynski had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 11-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
U.S. Awaits in Italy in World Youth Soccer (AP)
AP - U.S. defender Patrick Ianni has Italian roots and grew up admiring AC Milan star Paolo Maldini. Now he has a chance to assume Maldini's commanding role — against Italy.
Mighty Ducks Introduce New Owners (AP)
AP - Henry and Susan Samueli officially assumed ownership of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday, and announced the selection of a new management team headed by executive vice president and general manager Brian Burke.
Offseason notebook: No Lawmaking yet
Ty Law's foot injury has teams wary of signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract.
Browns sign veteran QB Doug Johnson (AP)
Needing a veteran quarterback as protection for Trent Dilfer, the Cleveland Browns signed former Atlanta backup Doug Johnson to a one-year contract Monday. Johnson spent last season with Tennessee. He signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and made 11 starts in four seasons before being released and signed by Jacksonville.
NFL Network to air 55 preseason games (AP)
The NFL Network will televise 55 games during the 2005 preseason. The network will use the television feeds of local broadcasts, using the road team announcers for one half and the home team crew for the other. Of those 55, six will air live. In addition, NFL Network will present a live look-in show that moves around to NFL preseason games in progress.
Chiefs sign WR Freddie Mitchell (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell Saturday, a month after the Eagles released the troublesome player. Mitchell was at Chiefs minicamp in street clothes but will begin practicing Sunday, coach Dick Vermeil said. ``We're very happy to have him here and I think he's happy to be here,'' Vermeil said.
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.
Chiefs' Battle out with Achilles' injury (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Julian Battle will miss the upcoming season with a torn left Achilles' tendon. Battle, who was working with the starters because of Eric Warfield's legal problems, was injured during a minicamp practice Saturday. ``He's going to be operated on,'' Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.
Portis hoping for better 2005 season (AP)
Clinton Portis' first season with the Washington Redskins was all about patience -- or the lack thereof. First, he needed to be patient to learn a totally new offense, only to learn it didn't suit him well. He didn't have the patience to pick his way through unfamiliar blocking schemes, preferring to dart ahead to try to make the type of big gains he had with the Denver Broncos.
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.
NBA draft preview: Centers
Australian Andrew Bogut tops the list, but he's not your typical foreign big man.
Horry lifts Spurs over Pistons in Game 5 (AP)
The horn-honking along Commerce Street lasted into the wee hours of the morning Monday, Spurs fans exercising their preferred yet peculiar brand of free speech to celebrate their team's overtime victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Unique among NBA fans in terms of revelry customs, Spurs fans bring a small-town fervor to every corner of their big city, attaching small team flags to their car...
Williams nervous during drill for Bucks (AP)
Marvin Williams was impressive despite being off his game during a workout for the Milwaukee Bucks, who are considering making the North Carolina forward the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. ``Going through this process for the first time can be very nerve-racking for anyone, no matter who it is,'' Bucks general manager Larry Harris said after the workout Sunday, but added: ``What you got to see is a...
Detroit's Billups unstoppable until OT (AP)
Larry Brown was sleepless in suburban Detroit. The Hall of Fame coach said he felt like he was ``one step out of the grave,'' the morning after the San Antonio Spurs overcame a four-point deficit in the final 1:25 to beat the Pistons 96-95 in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. ``I read a little bit, drove my wife crazy, let the dogs out and got in here kind of early,'' Brown said...
Brown: Don't blame 'Sheed for Bob's shot (AP)
At times during Larry Brown's sleepless night, the Detroit coach probably blamed Rasheed Wallace for the defensive mix-up that led to Robert Horry's winning 3-pointer in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. But on Monday morning, Brown refused to criticize his star forward in public -- even though he reminded his players ``about 25 times'' to prevent the Spurs' best clutch shooter from taking a 3-pointer.
PG Chris Paul works out with Hawks (AP)
Former Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul showed off his 3-point shooting Monday for Hawks general manager Billy Knight at the team's predraft workout. Knight has not said if the Hawks will use their overall No. 2 pick on a point guard or big man in the June 28 NBA draft. Utah center Andrew Bogut is working out with the team Friday.
Significant progress made in NBA 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.
Wife of Pistons' Ham gets probation (AP)
The wife of Detroit Pistons reserve Darvin Ham was sentenced Monday to a year's probation for hitting him on the head with a wine bottle in March. Deneitra Ham also was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and an anger management program. She must stay away from drugs and alcohol during probation and pay a fine, deputy court administrator Lorna Skipworth said.
Casey wastes no time getting to work (AP)
Dwane Casey's first full day on the job as Minnesota's new coach wasn't wasted. By noon, he had worked out three promising draft prospects and pledged to visit as many of the Timberwolves' current players as he could before the summer starts. For Casey, the excitement of a new venture has made the hectic pace easier to cope with.
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.
Report: Blackhawks to name Tallon general manager (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The Chicago Blackhawks apparently have found their new general manager.
Mighty Ducks introduce new owners, GM Brian Burke (AP)
Henry and Susan Samueli officially assumed ownership of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday, and announced the selection of a new management team headed by executive vice president and general manager Brian Burke. ``This is the beginning of a new era,'' Samueli said at an Anaheim Arena news conference.
Mighty Ducks name Burke general manager (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - The new owners of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim wasted little time finding a general manager.
Samueli family completes purchase of Mighty Ducks (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - It took two years, but the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are in the hands of new ownership.
NHL, Players' Association resume talks Monday (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players' Association are back at the negotiating table for another round of talks on Monday.
Quinnipiac program gets former NHLers ready for their closeups (AP)
With microphone in hand and the camera rolling, Dave Maley bantered easily with left-hander Josh Kalinowski, a pitcher with the minor league Bridgeport Bluefish, during pregame warmups. Maley asked about family and life in professional sports, something he knows intimately after spending nearly a decade in the NHL.
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.
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.
WWD: Batman Begins 400
Greg Biffle and Roush Racing dominated Sunday's show at Michigan.
Earnhardt's race team, insurer reach confidential settlement (AP)
The race team of the late Dale Earnhardt said Monday it reached a settlement with an insurer who had refused to pay the stock-car driver's life-insurance policy, ending a nearly monthlong trial. Richard Childress Racing had sought $3.7 million from United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., the amount for which the team had insured the popular driver.
Biffle wins fifth race of year (AP)
Five wins in 15 races is a pretty good start to the season. Greg Biffle wants more.
Brickyard bosses fuming after Formula One flop (AFP)
Officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hallowed ground for US motor racing, were fuming after 14 of 20 cars pulled out of the US Formula One Grand Prix.
Marlin to be replaced in 2005 by Stremme (AP)
Sterling Marlin will be bumped from Ganassi Racing's No. 40 next year by Busch Series driver David Stremme, team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates confirmed Sunday.
Biffle wins NASCAR Batman Begins 400 at Michigan (SportsTicker)
Stremme to replace Marlin for Chip Ganassi Racing (SportsTicker)
By Bob Tripi SportsTicker Contributing Writer
Edwards wins Busch Series Meijer 300 (SportsTicker)
Edwards rallies to win at Kentucky Speedway (AP)
Carl Edwards raced to his third NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Martin Truex Jr. with a little more than lap to go in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.