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Dodgers Edge Padres 5-4 (AP)
AP - Jeff Kent was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, J.D. Drew and Mike Edwards hit run-scoring doubles and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Monday night.

Braves Beat Marlins 7-2 on Franco's Slam (AP)
AP - Julio Franco talks about playing until he's 50. Maybe even 60, by Horacio Ramirez's math. Franco hit his eighth career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot, and Ramirez pitched the streaking Atlanta Braves past the Florida Marlins 7-2 Monday night in a game called during the eighth inning because of rain.

Angels Win 7th Straight, 13-3 Over Rangers (AP)
AP - Bartolo Colon won his 10th straight start against Texas, and Vladimir Guerrero homered to help the Los Angeles Angels extend their winning streak to seven with a 13-3 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

Venus Downs Woman Who Beat Sister Serena (AP)
AP - The second Monday at Wimbledon offers the rare treat of all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches, and on this particular afternoon there was the even rarer sight of Venus Williams playing confident, mistake-free tennis.

Bogut Dismisses Comparison to Luc Longley (AP)
AP - Andrew Bogut, the Australian center by way of Croatia expected to be selected first in the NBA draft, has made two things crystal clear: He wouldn't mind playing for Milwaukee, and he doesn't want to be compared to Luc Longley.

Raiders Sign Defensive Tackle Jasper (AP)
AP - The Oakland Raiders signed defensive tackle Ed Jasper on Monday in hopes of upgrading a unit that was unimpressive last season under new coordinator Rob Ryan.

First-picking Bucks get a bonus on eve of NBA Draft (AFP)
AFP - On the eve of picking first in the National Basketball Association Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks learned they will have a key returning player in the fold next season - injured guard T.J. Ford.

Franco grand slam powers Braves past Marlins (Reuters)
Reuters - Julio Franco belted a grand slam home run and Horacio Ramirez pitched seven sharp innings as the Atlanta Braves took a rain-shortened 7-2 decision from the Florida Marlins in National League action in Miami on Monday.

Chivas USA Releases Two Defenders (AP)
AP - Chivas USA, the worst team in Major League Soccer, released defenders Ryan Suarez and Alfonso Loera on Monday.

Roenick to Anti-Player Fans: Stay Home (AP)
AP - Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick has some advice for hockey fans who blame the NHL lockout on players' greed: Once it's finally settled, stay home.

Offseason notebook: Top cats?
The Jaguars not only look like a playoff team. They just might be Super Bowl material.

Skins' Taylor could get three years in jail (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 P 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.

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.

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.

Jets, NJ Sports Authority in rent talks (AP)
The New York Jets are negotiating to change the terms of their lease with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, owner of Giants Stadium, where the team plays its home games. Rent reduction is part of the discussion, which was spurred by a lawsuit the Jets filed in 2003 complaining that the New York Giants had been given a reduction and that the Jets should have one also, authority...

A limit that defies logic
NEW YORK – Tuesday's NBA draft will be the last for high school stars, but it shouldn't be.

Bogut likely to go No. 1 in NBA draft (AP)
Marvin Williams has the talent and temperament to pull off the odd transition from first player off the bench in college to first player selected in the NBA draft. The gifted, 6-foot-8 forward made a brief but overwhelmingly productive stop at North Carolina on his way to Tuesday night's draft at Madison Square Garden, where he won't have to wait long to find where he'll be playing next season.

Done deal: Ferry accepts Cavs' GM job (AP)
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert first looked right, toward his new general manager. Then left, at Cleveland's rookie coach. ``This is our team,'' proclaimed Gilbert, flanked at a table by GM Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown. ``We have our team in place and we're going forward with this team.'' One without Larry Brown, who was nowhere near Gund Arena -- and doesn't sound like he'll be coming anytime...

Clippers' Wilcox arrested on gun charge (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Chris Wilcox was arrested Monday and charged with carrying a gun in his car during a traffic stop. Wilcox could not provide proof the gun belonged to him or that he had a permit, police said. He was charged with transporting a handgun in a vehicle and was released on his own recognizance, police added.

Wolves hire Chapman as draft consultant (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Phoenix director of basketball operations Rex Chapman to serve as a consultant for Tuesday's NBA draft. Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said Chapman will assist him in evaluating talent. ``He's here as a consultant. He's not the new general manager,'' McHale said Monday, responding to a report that Chapman was going to...

Bosh to stay with Raptors through '06-07 (AP)
The Toronto Raptors have exercised their option on forward Chris Bosh in a deal general manager Rob Babcock called a ``no-brainer'' and a ``formality.'' Bosh is signed with the team through the 2006-07 season. ``We obviously love Chris both on and off the court,'' Babcock said Monday. ``He's been a terrific basketball player for us, he's been a great guy with us in the community.'' The Raptors had...

Hawks shouldn't mess up this draft (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks usually make a mess of the NBA draft, winding up with stiffs such as Jon Koncak, Doug Edwards and Ed Gray through the years. This time, they should be able to get it right. Coming off the worst season in franchise history, the Hawks will pick No. 2 on Tuesday night -- a spot that sets them up for either Utah center Andrew Bogut or North Carolina forward Marvin Williams, the two...

Lakers have high draft pick for a change (AP)
For the first time in several years, the NBA draft appears to be of significant importance to the Los Angeles Lakers. With players like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant leading the way, the Lakers were among the league's better teams from 1996-2004, adding role players mainly through free agency and going without a high draft pick.

Green leads last of high school draftees (AP)
Gerald Green is one of the last of his kind -- a high school standout who passed up college and jumped straight to the NBA. Starting next season, players will not be allowed to enter the league until they're 19 years old or have been out of high school at least a year. The new limits were part of the recently resolved collective bargaining agreement.

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.

Roenick to hockey fans: Think we're greedy? Don't come to games (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick has some advice for hockey fans who blame the NHL lockout on players' greed: Once it's finally settled, stay home. ``We're going to try to make it better for everybody, period, end of subject. And if you don't realize that, then don't come,'' said Roenick, who spoke at a charity golf event he played in over the weekend.

Predators re-sign entire coaching staff (AP)
The Nashville Predators re-signed head coach Barry Trotz and his staff to contract extensions on Monday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. ``This is the coaching staff that we want leading the Nashville Predators when the National Hockey League returns,'' general manager David Poile said. ``Our goal is for Barry Trotz to pick up where he left off and build upon our playoff run in 2004.

Predators sign coach Trotz to contract extension (SportsTicker)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) - The Nashville Predators gave another indication that the NHL lockout may soon be coming to an end.

NHL, Players Association resume talks on Monday (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association resumed negotiations on Monday.

Roenick rips NHL union as labor deal appears near (AFP)
Philadelphia Flyers star center Jeremy Roenick ripped the National Hockey League players union at a weekend charity golf event hosted by Pittsburgh Penguins player-owner Mario Lemieux.

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.

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.

Sonoma observations
SONOMA, Calif. – A few old guys showed their stuff. A few transmissions did not.

Stewart wins another road race (AP)
Tony Stewart has set some pretty high standards for himself.

Stewart tames Sonoma's road course for first win of the season (SportsTicker)


Gearbox attrition takes heavy toll in NASCAR race (AP)
Transmission woes took a heavy toll Sunday in the Dodge/Save Mart 350, costing Jimmie Johnson the points lead and forcing teammate Jeff Gordon to raise questions about a run for the championship.

Sauter wins rain-shortened Busch Series SBC 250 (SportsTicker)


Sauter wins rain-shortened Busch Series race (AP)
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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.

Setzer wins Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (SportsTicker)


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