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NEWS FROM 2005-06-26
Angels Continue Dominance Over Dodgers (AP)
AP - Rookie Ervin Santana overcame a shaky start to pitch 6 2-3 solid innings, Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run double, and the Los Angeles Angels continued their dominance over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.
Infante Helps Tigers Beat Diamondbacks 5-1 (AP)
AP - Omar Infante doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Saturday night.
Sales Leads Sun to 77-69 Win Over Mercury (AP)
AP - Nykesha Sales scored 22 points and Lindsay Whalen added a career-high 20 to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 77-69 win Saturday night over the Phoenix Mercury.
Texas Tops Florida 4-2 in CWS Game 1 (AP)
AP - Adrian Alaniz and J. Brent Cox combined on a four-hitter, and Will Crouch and David Maroul homered, leading Texas to a 4-2 win over Florida in Game 1 of the College World Series championship round Saturday night.
Teenagers Sparkling at U.S. Women's Open (AP)
AP - Two teenagers in pink shirts and ponytails showed Saturday that history at the U.S. Women's Open doesn't have to be all about Annika Sorenstam and the Grand Slam.
Lane's Killer Credited for Time Served (AP)
AP - Deidra Lane apparently won't have to spend as much time in prison as originally thought for the shotgun slaying of her estranged husband, former Carolina Panthers player Fred Lane.
Shaq Adds MBA to His Three NBA Titles (AP)
AP - Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Forum on Saturday, not for an NBA game, but to pick up his MBA. The man who once called himself the Big Aristotle was the tallest and most famous of the 2,200 University of Phoenix graduates at the arena. But O'Neal said he was simply getting ready for the real world.
Angels' Escobar to Undergo Elbow Surgery (AP)
AP - Los Angeles Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, and is expected to be sidelined at least two months.
Donovan, Earthquakes Beat Galaxy 3-0 (AP)
AP - Landon Donovan proved he could still draw fans to Spartan Stadium, where a season-high crowd of 15,917 watched the San Jose Earthquakes beat Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 on Saturday night.
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.
Fans celebrate Spurs' third title (AP)
Fans of the San Antonio Spurs filled the banks of the San Antonio River by the thousands and later filled the Alamodome to give a raucous thank you Saturday night to the team for bringing home a third NBA title. ``Thank you, thank you, thank you. You really don't know how great you are,'' Spurs All-Star Manu Ginobili told admiring fans from a barge.
Bobcats pick up option on Okafor's deal (AP)
The Bobcats have picked up the option on Emeka Okafor's contract, keeping the reigning rookie of the year in Charlotte through at least the 2007-08 season. The Bobcats announced the move on Saturday. The team had until October 2006 to exercise the $5 million option, but coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff has often said he intends to build the young franchise around Okafor.
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...
Shaq adds MBA to his resume (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Forum on Saturday, not for an NBA game, but to pick up his MBA. The man who once called himself the Big Aristotle was the tallest and most famous of the 2,200 University of Phoenix graduates at the arena. But O'Neal said he was simply getting ready for the real world. ``It's just something to have on my resume (for) when I go back into reality,'' the 7-foot-1 Miami...
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.
Lakers GM upset about trade rumors (AP)
General manager Mitch Kupchak freely admits the Los Angeles Lakers might make significant roster changes this summer -- no surprise considering how poorly they fared last season. But he says nothing being reported recently is true. ``Without getting into great detail, every trade I've heard about has been completely inaccurate,'' Kupchak said Friday.
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.
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...
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.
On the right road
SONOMA, Calif. – After a recent bad stretch, Kurt Busch is quietly turning things around.
Sauter wins rain-shortened Busch Series SBC 250 (SportsTicker)
Sauter wins rain-shortened Busch Series race (AP)
Dyer wins his first Southwest Series start of season (AP)
Local driver Tom Dyer held off four Nextel Cup regulars to win his first NASCAR Southwest Series event Saturday.
Donner wins Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (AP)
David Donner won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Saturday, beating more than 100 drivers by finishing the 12.4-mile sprint in 11 minutes, 15.68 seconds. Racing in the open-wheel car class, Donner was more than a minute off the race record for reaching the 14,110-foot summit, but beat the unlimited class' Koichi Horiuchi, who finished in 11:34.5.
Biffle, Sadler face tough challenge Sunday (AP)
Greg Biffle and Elliott Sadler have their work cut out for them in Sunday's Nextel Cup event at Infineon Raceway.
Road Warrior Gordon in comfort zone in Sonoma (AP)
Everything was going so smoothly for Jeff Gordon.
Setzer wins Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (SportsTicker)
Gordon wins pole for Dodge/Save Mart 350 (SportsTicker)