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Bucks Select Bogut First in NBA Draft (AP)
AP - It sure was a g'day for Andrew Bogut. And not a bad night for the NCAA champions from North Carolina. Bogut, a 7-foot center from Australia, was chosen No. 1 Tuesday night in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first player in five years with U.S. college experience to be drafted No. 1 overall.
Four UNC Players Taken in First Round (AP)
AP - One by one, North Carolina coach Roy Williams watched his former players head to the stage to meet NBA commissioner David Stern.
Giants Trounce Diamondbacks 11-3 (AP)
AP - Jason Schmidt outpitched Arizona's Brad Halsey for the second time in six days, and the San Francisco Giants snapped their four-game losing streak with a 11-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Angels Beat Rangers for 8th Straight Win (AP)
AP - Garret Anderson hit a grand slam in the 11th inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.
Indians Score Five in Ninth, Beat Red Sox (AP)
AP - Travis Hafner hit a grand slam off Keith Foulke in a five-run ninth inning, doubled twice and drove in six runs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 12-8 Tuesday night.
Businessman Gets Probation in NFL Fraud (AP)
AP - A Honolulu businessman, charged with defrauding the NFL of more than $500,000, has been placed on five years probation.
NBA draft: Bucks still need plenty of work (The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - Little surprise that Milwaukee's No. 1 pick was used on Australian big man Andrew Bogut, a 7-footer who can run the floor, has a very effective hook shot and is an excellent passer. But the bigger question, of course, is what the heck is going on in Milwaukee? No coach, a general manager who has just one year left on his contract and an owner who is rumored to be selling the team -- Bogut already is the closest thing to stability that the franchise has. But, on draft night, he clearly did not want to touch that issue.
Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Cincinnati at St. Louis (8:10 p.m. EDT). Matt Morris tries for his ninth win of the season against Ken Griffey Jr. and the Reds.
Coach of Australian Soccer Team Quits (AP)
AP - Frank Farina quit Wednesday as coach of Australia's underperforming national soccer team just days after the team failed to win a single game in the Confederations Cup.
Maple Leafs Extend Pat Quinn's Contract (AP)
AP - The Toronto Maple Leafs extended the contract of coach Pat Quinn on Tuesday. The club didn't release any details of the deal. Quinn's previous contract was to expire this summer.
Read and React: Pretender, not contender
The idea that the Jaguars could represent the AFC in Super Bowl XL wasn't well-received.
Patriots sign kick returner Chad Morton (AP)
The New England Patriots signed free agent kick returner Chad Morton on Tuesday. Morton injured his right knee last year and appeared in just six games for the Washington Redskins. He was released earlier in the month. Morton has three career touchdowns on kick returns, including two in the same game in 2002, when he played for the New York Jets.
Man shot at Arrington-Peterson party (AP)
Police are investigating the shooting of a security guard at a pool party hosted by NFL linebackers LaVar Arrington and Julian Peterson. Investigators don't believe Arrington was near the spot where James Sidney was shot and injured, although the Washington Redskins player was present at the party, police spokesman Lt.
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.
Raiders sign ex-Falcons DT Ed Jasper (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. Jasper, released in February by the Atlanta Falcons, became a starter last season. He played in the first 12 games before missing four with a hand injury.
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.
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...
Draft report card
The Bucks, Celtics, Jazz and Pacers topped the honor roll, while the Magic wore the dunce cap.
Bucks make Bogut No. 1 pick in draft (AP)
Fourteen picks into the NBA draft, it what was clear to see why North Carolina won an NCAA championship last season. And why Andrew Bogut was the college player of the year. The Milwaukee Bucks made Bogut the first player with U.S. college experience to be drafted No. 1 overall in five years, and four Tar Heels were taken in the first round Tuesday night -- matching a record for one school.
Jazz get No. 3 pick, take Deron Williams (AP)
The Utah Jazz selected Illinois point guard Deron Williams with the No. 3 pick in the draft, obtained earlier Tuesday in a trade with Portland. The Jazz also gave Portland a provisional first-round pick in the 2006 draft or later for the chance to take Williams, who led the Fighting Illini to a 37-2 mark this season and the NCAA title game.
Players ratify NBA labor agreement (AP)
NBA players approved their new labor agreement Tuesday, and Chicago Bulls center Antonio Davis was elected president of the players' association at the union's annual convention. About 60 players were in attendance, and the vote to ratify the tentative labor agreement was ``overwhelmingly in favor,'' union spokesman Dan Wasserman said.
Knicks complete draft-day deal with Suns (AP)
The Phoenix Suns used their first-round pick to select Nate Robinson on Tuesday night, then sent him to New York to complete the trade of Quentin Richardson to the Knicks for Kurt Thomas. The deal has been in the works for some time, but wasn't finished until the Suns selected the dynamic 5-foot, 9-inch University of Washington guard with the 21st pick.
Hoiberg has heart surgery (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg underwent heart surgery Tuesday to correct an enlarged aortic root and was in fair condition. The surgery was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester by Dr. Hartzell Schaff, who corrected a bulge in the root where the artery meets the heart's aortic valve, according to a release from the team.
Cavs send Welsch to Bucks for 2006 pick (AP)
Just hours before his first NBA draft as Cleveland's general manager, Danny Ferry traded small forward Jiri Welsch to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday for a second-round pick in 2006, freeing up $2 million to spend in free agency. Welsch's departure leaves the Cavaliers with just seven players under contract.
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...
Four Tar Heels taken in first round (AP)
One by one, North Carolina coach Roy Williams watched his former players head to the stage to meet NBA commissioner David Stern. A record-tying four were taken off the board in the first round of the NBA draft on Tuesday night, and Williams' reaction? ``No mixed emotions at all,'' he said. ``I love these kids.
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.
Maple Leafs give extension to Quinn (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Pat Quinn will remain on the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a little longer.
Maple Leafs extend Pat Quinn's contract (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs extended the contract of coach Pat Quinn on Tuesday. The club didn't release any details of the deal. Quinn's previous contract was to expire this summer. Quinn, 62, ranks fourth in all-time NHL coaching wins (616) and fourth in games coached. (1,236). He was hired as the 25th head coach in team history on June 26, 1998, and is currently the third-longest serving coach in the...
Stars extend coach Tippett's contract by two years (AP)
Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett signed a two-year contract extension Tuesday, and his three assistants agreed to one-year extensions. In Tippett's first three years as coach, the Stars were 86-47-27. The NHL lockout shut down this past season. Also returning are associate coach Rick Wilson and assistants Mark Lamb and Andy Moog.
Stars sign coach Tippett, assistants to extensions (SportsTicker)
FRISCO, Texas (Ticker) - Assuming there will be an NHL season this fall, the Dallas Stars will have their coaching staff intact.
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.
Rudd's good ride
SONOMA, Calif. – Things finally went Ricky Rudd's way at Sonoma this weekend.
Sooner or later, Patrick will need to show she's not one-shot wonder (AP)
Danica Patrick may want to start looking in her rearview mirror. And not, as some of her more chauvinist critics might suggest, to make sure her lipstick is on right. No, she needs to look because the window of opportunity which opened so wide for her in Indianapolis may be beginning to close ever so slightly.
France assesses state of NASCAR (AP)
Brian France is pleased with the way things are going for NASCAR, even if two of its biggest stars -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon -- are in danger of not qualifying for the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
Toyota will withdraw from Indy-car after 2006 season (AFP)
Japanese automaker Toyota delivered a major blow to the Indy Racing League, announcing the engine maker will withdraw from the US-based open wheel racing series after the 2006 season.
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)