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NEWS FROM 2005-06-25
Jones Quits 100 Field at Starting Blocks (AP)
AP - Marion Jones grabbed her warmup clothes and walked off the track moments before the start of the 100-meter preliminaries at the U.S. track and field championships on Friday, a stunning exit for the woman who once dominated the event.
Angels Blast Dodgers With 7-0 Shutout Win (AP)
AP - John Lackey combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, Garret Anderson and Dallas McPherson homered, and the Los Angeles Angels began the latest installment of the Freeway Series with a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
D'backs Rally for 2-1 Victory Over Tigers (AP)
AP - Tony Clark had an RBI single, Shawn Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Four False Starts Mar Opening to Men's 100 (AP)
AP - Olympic champion Justin Gatlin was out, then back in the 100 meters in just over 1 1/2 hours Friday night after four false starts disrupted the preliminaries at the U.S. track and field championships.
Perrot Takes Lead As Sorenstam Stumbles (AP)
AP - With every fairway she missed and every putt that grazed the edge of the cup, Annika Sorenstam slipped farther away from surprising leader Nicole Perrot in her quest for the Grand Slam.
Britt OKs Three-Year Deal With Chargers (AP)
AP - Offensive Tackle Wesley Britt signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Friday, the third draft pick to agree to terms.
Wolves' Hoiberg to Have Heart Surgery (AP)
AP - Minnesota Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg said he will have heart surgery Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic to correct an enlarged aortic root.
Athletics Edge Past Giants 4-3 (AP)
AP - Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer, Bobby Crosby also connected and Joe Blanton won his third straight start in the Oakland Athletics' 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Brazil, Morocco Gain Youth Soccer Semis (AP)
AP - Defending champion Brazil ousted Germany 2-1 in extra time and Morocco upset Italy in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the World Youth Championship on Friday.
NHL, Union Wrap Up 5 Days of Labor Talks (AP)
AP - The NHL and the players' association wrapped up five days of labor negotiations Friday, slowly moving toward an agreement that will end the lockout.
Offseason notebook: Top cats?
The Jaguars not only look like a playoff team. They just might be Super Bowl material.
Skins' Taylor could get 3-year sentence (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor would face a minimum prison sentence of three years if convicted on charges of pointing a gun during a dispute about an all-terrain vehicle. A trial date was set for Sept. 12, the day after the Redskins open their season. State prosecutors filed charges Friday against the 22-year-old former University of Miami star.
Titans' Hentrich has appendix removed (AP)
Tennessee Titans punter Craig Hentrich had emergency surgery to remove his appendix, which ruptured slightly, coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday. Hentrich became ill and had his appendix removed late Wednesday afternoon. Fisher said Hentrich will remain in the hospital for another day or two as doctors monitor the punter to ensure that no infections develop as a result of the rupture.
Dolphins S Quintin Williams arrested (AP)
Miami Dolphins safety Quintin Williams was arrested on DUI and drag racing charges Thursday after he was stopped while driving 111 mph on an interstate with teammate and passenger Travares Tillman. Williams was near the team's practice facility in Davie, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Ferrell said. Troopers also pulled over a car that had been racing Williams.
Lions add DB McQuarters (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.
Redskins sign CB Atrell Hawkins (AP)
The Washington Redskins signed cornerback Artrell Hawkins on Thursday, giving the team another potential nickel back. Hawkins was cut by the Carolina Panthers in March to save money under the salary cap. He failed to challenge seriously for a starting spot in his only year with the Panthers, losing out to first-round draft pick Chris Gamble after hurting his knee in training camp.
Niners ink 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.
WR Hakim signs 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.
Pop knows best
In the increasing flashy NBA, Gregg Popovich's no-nonsense style has built a champion – again.
Duncan and Ginobili winners again (AP)
Spurred by the will and wonder of Tim Duncan, San Antonio is an NBA champion again. Duncan shrugged off a stretch of eight straight misses to dominate the fourth quarter of Game 7, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 Thursday night. Duncan earned his third MVP of the finals, giving San Antonio its third title in seven years and denying Detroit a...
Brown has no regrets if done coaching (AP)
Larry Brown tried to treat what could have been his last postgame news conference as if he had just finished any ordinary game from his 33-year coaching career. ``Come on, let's talk about the game,'' Detroit's coach pleaded Thursday night after San Antonio dethroned the Pistons 81-74 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Champs no more, Pistons look to regroup (AP)
The Detroit Pistons finished the season under a shower of silver and black confetti a year after bits of red, white and blue paper fluttered overhead. Detroit fell a victory short of celebrating back-to-back titles, losing 81-74 Thursday night to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. ``We just have to remember this feeling,'' Chauncey Billups said in a somber locker room.
Popovich legacy grows with third title (AP)
Gregg Popovich is a self-deprecating wine connoisseur who hours before the biggest game of his career compared it to a Division III game he coached at Pomona-Pitzer. He is also a three-time NBA champion. As much the heart and soul of the San Antonio Spurs as Tim Duncan, Popovich bolstered his reputation as one of the best coaches of his generation -- perhaps of any generation -- by guiding them...
Bogut impresses Hawks during workout (AP)
Andrew Bogut's versatility around the basket and ability to run the court impressed the Atlanta Hawks during a workout session Friday. The only problem is that the Milwaukee Bucks might very well pick the 7-footer first in the NBA draft Tuesday before the Hawks can use their No. 2 pick. ``It's nothing we can do about it,'' Hawks general manager Billy Knight said.
Ginobili an Olympic and NBA champion (AP)
In his hands, Manu Ginobili held the NBA championship trophy. On his legs, he wore the shorts of Argentina's national team, representing the gold medal he won last summer. All that was missing was the MVP award many of his fans thought he deserved. While a good case could be made for Ginobili being named the best player of the NBA Finals, he'll gladly settle for being part of the best team.
Game 7 ratings up, series average down (AP)
San Antonio's Game 7 win over Detroit was the highest-rated of the NBA Finals, though the average for the series was down 29 percent from last year. ABC got an 11.9 rating with a 22 share for the Spurs' title-clinching win Thursday night. It was the highest-rated show on television for the evening and was the second-highest rated clinching game since 2000.
Wolves' Hoiberg to have heart surgery (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg said he will have heart surgery Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic to correct an enlarged aortic root. Hoiberg told reporters with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday that he should be able to play again, but he will consider retiring if the condition is life threatening.
Porter hopes to continue NBA coaching (AP)
Terry Porter hasn't let his recent firing diminish his hopes of coaching in the NBA. Porter, fired by the Milwaukee Bucks this week, said Friday that he intends to spend another 10 to 15 years in the league. ``This is the career path I've chosen,'' Porter said. ``I do know that I'm going to coach again in this league.'' Porter was fired by general manager Larry Harris after two seasons as coach of...
NHL, union wrap up five days of labor talks; discussions to resume Monday (AP)
The NHL and the players' association wrapped up five days of labor negotiations Friday, slowly moving toward an agreement that will end the lockout. Talks are scheduled to resume Monday in New York. ``It was a very long week but I think both sides are working really hard to resolve and move the process forward,'' Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, said Friday before boarding a plane for New...
Considerable work remains before NHL return assured (AFP)
National Hockey League officials and NHL Players Association representatives concluded five days of meetings here without reaching a new labour deal but scheduled talks to resume Monday in New York.
NHL, Players Association conclude five-day session (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - If only the NHL and the Players Association had worked this hard last summer.
Lemieux: NHL players should have taken owners' offer in February (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux said NHL players are all but certain to get a much worse economic deal in the soon-to-be-approved labor agreement than they would have gotten by accepting the owners' offer four months ago. ``They should have taken the deal back in February,'' Lemieux said Thursday, referring to the last-gasp negotiations that took place just before the 2004-05 season...
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.
Johnson does the job
SONOMA, Calif. – Jimmie Johnson is well-positioned to increase his points lead at Infineon Raceway this weekend.
Setzer wins Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (SportsTicker)
Jeff Gordon wins Sonoma pole (AP)
Jeff Gordon broke his own qualifying record at Infineon Raceway to win the pole Friday, and combined with teammate Jimmie Johnson to give Hendrick Motorsports the front row for Sunday's race.
Gordon wins pole for Dodge/Save Mart 350 (SportsTicker)
Pruett's course of action: stealing a win from Nextel Cup regulars (AP)
Scott Pruett makes no apologies. He's a road racing specialist trying to steal a victory from the Nextel Cup regulars.
Bremerton airport site chosen for track (AP)
International Speedway Corp., thwarted last year in a plan to build a track north of Seattle, has chosen a new site.
Notes: Cook makes Cup debut on home track (AP)
Chris Cook has driven thousands of laps on the 1.99-mile road course at Infineon Raceway as a driving school...
Sprint-Nextel combo to use Sprint as lead brand name (AP)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. said Thursday that Sprint will remain the lead...
New Washington site chosen for NASCAR racetrack (AP)
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – International Speedway Corp., thwarted last year in a plan to build a NASCAR...