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Red Sox Top Indians 5-4 to Sweep Series (AP)
AP - Edgar Renteria's RBI double in the ninth inning off Bob Wickman helped rally the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night and a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

Braves Whip Struggling Marlins 8-0 (AP)
AP - Andruw Jones continued his home run tear with a two-run shot into the upper deck Wednesday night and the Atlanta Braves rolled to an 8-0 victory over the struggling Florida Marlins.

Phils' Outburst in Seventh Dooms Mets 8-4 (AP)
AP - Chase Utley had three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in a six-run seventh inning, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 8-4 Wednesday night.

Blue Jays Defeat Orioles 3-2 (AP)
AP - Pete Walker won as a starter for the first time since 2002 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Wednesday night.

Tigers Tame Slumping Twins 8-1 (AP)
AP - Nate Robertson pitched Detroit's second complete game in a row and Omar Infante had a home run and three RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 8-1 victory over the slumping Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Patriots agree to deal with Morton (Reuters)
Reuters - Chad Morton has reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Handling Pressure Will Be Key to Game 7 (AP)
AP - One of the most vivid memories Robert Horry has from the last Game 7 in NBA Finals history was New York Knicks guard John Starks firing up shot after shot after shot after shot — almost none of which went in.

Padres' Bochy Gets Two-Year Extension (AP)
AP - Bruce Bochy, the winningest manager in San Diego Padres history, agreed to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday night.

Galaxy Ties Real Salt Lake 1-1 (AP)
AP - Jamie Watson's first Major League Soccer goal ended a league-record scoring drought at 557 minutes for Real Salt Lake and lifted the expansion club to a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night.

Blues Re-Sign Head Coach Kitchen (AP)
AP - The St. Louis Blues re-signed head coach Mike Kitchen through the 2005-06 season on Wednesday. Kitchen took over after Joel Quenneville was fired with 21 games remaining in the 2003-04 season. The 10-7-4 finish was good enough to earn a playoff spot in the season's final week.

Read and React: Against the Law
For calling the Patriots' $26 million offer "a slap in the face," Ty Law is getting kicked around by readers.

McQuarters signs with Lions (AP)
The Detroit Lions have signed former Chicago Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters to a one-year contract. The Bears released McQuarters, 28, on May 23. The Lions announced the signing Wednesday but withheld other terms of the deal, reached earlier this month. In five seasons in Chicago, McQuarters had 295 tackles and nine interceptions.

WR Hakim signs one-year deal with Saints (AP)
Free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, a week after an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs fell through. Hakim, released by the Detroit Lions, signed a one-year deal with New Orleans. ``He is an established player who has shown he can be an important part of an offense throughout his career,'' Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Tuesday.

Niners sign WR Morton to two-year deal (AP)
Receiver Johnnie Morton agreed to a two-year contract Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers, who finally added a veteran wideout to one of the NFL's least impressive receiving corps. Morton, an 11-year pro, spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him June 2 after Morton refused to take a cut in his $3 million salary.

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.

Bengals claim ex-Ohio State QB Krenzel (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals claimed quarterback Craig Krenzel off waivers from the Chicago Bears on Monday, bringing him back to the state where he won a national championship in college. Krenzel, a fifth-round draft pick in 2004 out of Ohio State, appeared in six games last year and became the first Bears quarterback in nearly 40 years to start his career with three straight victories.

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.

Fundamental flaw
SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan is one of the NBA's all-time greats. So why isn't he playing like one?

Bucks fire coach Terry Porter (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Terry Porter on Wednesday, two months after finishing their worst season in almost a decade. The Bucks have the first pick in next week's NBA draft, and general manager Larry Harris said the team needs to take a new direction. ``Certainly for the direction of this franchise heading forward, we certainly need to make a move,'' Harris said.

Finals set for first Game 7 since 1994 (AP)
One of the most vivid memories Robert Horry has from the last Game 7 in NBA Finals history was New York Knicks guard John Starks firing up shot after shot after shot after shot -- almost none of which went in. It was a meltdown of epic proportions that to this day will bring a cringe to the face of any Knicks fan who witnessed it.

NBA, players reach six-year labor deal (AP)
Quite a few things are going up in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement: the minimum age, the salary cap, and the flexibility general managers will have to make trades. Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter finalized a new labor deal Thursday morning and then flew to the NBA Finals to announce it.

Stern: Game 7 boosts NBA's banner season (AP)
After the NBA set attendance records, increased its international presence and achieved labor peace in the past two months, commissioner David Stern got a welcome bonus: a Game 7 in the NBA Finals. A day after the league unveiled its new collective bargaining agreement with the players' union, ending months of negotiations and posturing, Stern was thrilled to turn his focus to basketball --...

Duncan disappears again in big spot (AP)
Six games into the NBA Finals, Tim Duncan has yet to play like a guy who has been the MVP of the other two championship series he's played in. He wasn't the star in any of the San Antonio Spurs' wins and almost was the reason they lost one of them. He's misfiring so badly that he's practically abandoned his trademark bank shot.

Brown's Pistons career still alive (AP)
Chauncey Billups was wearing green shorts Wednesday, perhaps fittingly because the Boston Celtics were the first of five teams to give up on him. The point guard of the Detroit Pistons is the picture of cool in the NBA Finals again, but five years ago Billups was depressed about bouncing around the league like a basketball.

Arizona State's Diogu to remain in draft (AP)
After leading the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding last season, Arizona State's Ike Diogu has decided to move on. Diogu was among several players who indicated Tuesday they will remain in the NBA draft. The players who had declared for the early entry process had until Tuesday -- one week before the draft -- to withdraw their names and retain their college eligibility.

Aggies' football signee out of NBA draft (AP)
Texas A&M football signee Martellus Bennett has dropped out of the NBA draft and will play football and basketball for the Aggies this year. Bennett, considered the state's top football recruit, decided in May to explore his chances of being a first-round pick in the draft. But after several NBA teams told him that was unlikely, Bennett chose to forgo the draft and enroll in classes for the second...

Randolph chooses draft -- and uncertainty (AP)
Shavlik Randolph has decided to stay in the NBA draft, ending a disappointing three-year career at Duke marked by injuries and unfulfilled expectations. Randolph met with members of the Duke coaching staff to inform them of his decision Tuesday, athletics spokesman Jon Jackson said. Tuesday was the deadline for underclassmen to remove their name from the draft and return to school provided they had...

Blues re-sign head coach Kitchen (AP)
The St. Louis Blues re-signed head coach Mike Kitchen through the 2005-06 season on Wednesday. Kitchen took over after Joel Quenneville was fired with 21 games remaining in the 2003-04 season. The 10-7-4 finish was good enough to earn a playoff spot in the season's final week. Terms of the deal were not released.

Blues stay with Kitchen as coach for 2005-06 season (SportsTicker)
Mike Kitchen will get a full season to prove himself as a coach.

Blackhawks hire new GM, who fires old coach (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Tuesday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter. ``I've thought about this long and hard for the last six weeks,'' Tallon said. ``This is not about the past, it's about the future. ``I want to start with a fresh sheet of ice, a clean slate, and move forward into the future.'' Under Sutter, the Blackhawks were 91-118-37 in...

Blackhawks name Tallon general manager, fire coach Sutter (SportsTicker)
CHICAGO (Ticker) - The Chicago Blackhawks found their new general manager, and it didn't take long for him to make his presence felt.

Jagr says players' fight against salary cap was ``risk that didn't pay off'' (AP)
New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr said Tuesday that players' initial refusal of a salary cap in talks with the NHL was a gamble that did not work out. ``We started the fight because we didn't agree with the introduction of salary caps,'' Jagr said. ``Now, we'll be happy to get them. We didn't expect the owners to be so tough and persistent.

Hawks' Tallon slices deep in NHL coaching cut (AFP)
Dale Tallon was named general manager of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks and promptly made his first personnel move, firing coach Brian Sutter.

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.

Trading Paint: Fight the power
Is the early-season Roush and Hendrick dominance good for NASCAR? Readers weigh in.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway still sorting out F-1 mess (AFP)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials were still mulling over their response to Sunday's US Grand Prix, which fell flat at the famed circuit amid Michelin's tire troubles.

Hmiel suspended until at least 2007 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The second offense proved costly for Shane Hmiel.

Hmiel out of NASCAR until at least 2007 (AP)
Driver Shane Hmiel, suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on June 3 after failing a second substance abuse test, won't return before 2007.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb race official killed (AP)
A race official was killed after being struck by a car during practice at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Henry Bresciani, 67, was at the summit of Pikes Peak on Tuesday waving the finish flag when he was stuck by a mini-sprint car driven by Jay Steward, race officials said. Other accident details were not released.

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.

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