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Phillies End Skid by Beating Mets 6-3 (AP)
AP - Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak by capitalizing on Kazuhisa Ishii's wildness for a 6-3 victory Wednesday night over the New York Mets.

Blanton Leads A's to 6-2 Win Over Mariners (AP)
AP - Joe Blanton won his fourth straight start and Nick Swisher homered for the fourth time in as many games, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 6-2 Wednesday night for their season-best sixth straight win.

Pats' Kraft Says Ring a Gift to Putin (AP)
AP - Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring during a recent meeting with U.S. business executives. But not to worry: Kraft says the ring was a gift to Putin, presented out of "respect and admiration."

Rangers' Kenny Rogers Shoves Cameramen (AP)
AP - Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers shoved two cameramen Wednesday, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break more.

Federer, Roddick, Hewitt Advance to Semis (AP)
AP - Andy Roddick knows he's a work in progress, a young player with a record-setting serve, a fearsome forehand, a Grand Slam title — and key parts of his game that occasionally let him down.

Ravens Linebacker Acquitted of Assault (AP)
AP - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was acquitted of an assault charge from a playground altercation.

Bogut Ready to Begin Work With Bucks (AP)
AP - Now that the NBA draft is over, Andrew Bogut is ready to show the Milwaukee Bucks just what they got with the No. 1 pick.

Giants Defeat Diamondbacks 4-2 (AP)
AP - Moises Alou and Omar Vizquel each had three hits for a combined three RBIs and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Earthquakes Defeat Rapids 1-0 (AP)
AP - Dwayne De Rosario scored in the 88th minute, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.

Nashville Predators President Jack Diller Resigns (AP)
AP - Jack Diller, the only president in Nashville Predators history, is leaving the team.

Read and React: Pretender, not contender
The idea that the Jaguars could represent the AFC in Super Bowl XL wasn't well-received.

Kraft gives Super Bowl ring to Putin (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring during a recent meeting with U.S. business executives. But not to worry: Kraft says the ring was a gift to Putin, presented out of ``respect and admiration.'' Earlier, The Boston Globe had speculated that Kraft hadn't meant to give away the ring.

Suggs acquitted of assault charges (AP)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was acquitted of an assault charge from a playground altercation. ``I wasn't shocked when I heard the verdict,'' Suggs said Wednesday. ``You all have watched me grow up here. I've never once been in trouble.'' Suggs, who left Arizona State early, was the No. 10 pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

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.

Draft report card
The Bucks, Celtics, Jazz and Pacers topped the honor roll, while the Magic wore the dunce cap.

Bogut goes first, Tar Heels go often (AP)
Andrew Bogut had long since left the building by the time Mickael Gelabale of France proudly strode onstage sporting a mop-top of dreadlocks that couldn't be contained by his brand new Sonics cap. The shaggy-haired forward was one of 11 international players picked in the second round of Tuesday night's NBA draft as several teams tried to find the next Manu Ginobili -- a player drafted 57th...

Bogut visits Bucks, glad draft is over (AP)
Now that the NBA draft is over, Andrew Bogut is ready to show the Milwaukee Bucks just what they got with the No. 1 pick. Bogut was introduced by the Bucks on Wednesday, one day after the former Utah star was chosen with the first selection in the NBA draft. The 7-foot center is looking to get some rest, learn about his new teammates and concentrate on basketball -- a game he started playing at 11...

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.

Suns trade 57th pick Gortat to Magic (AP)
The Phoenix Suns have traded second-round draft pick Marcin Gortat to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday for future considerations. Gortat, a 6-foot-11 forward-center from Poland, was the 57th selection overall. The move left the Suns with one selection from Tuesday night's draft -- guard-forward Dijon Thompson of UCLA.

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.

Lakers draft 17-year-old center (AP)
Instead of shooting for immediate help following one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers looked to the future Tuesday night, making 17-year-old center Andrew Bynum the youngest player ever taken in the NBA draft. The Lakers took Bynum with the 10th overall selection despite the fact that highly touted, experienced players such as Sean May, Hakim Warrick, Joey Graham...

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.

Last time for high schoolers for a while (AP)
High school players didn't make much of a splash in their final chance at being selected in the NBA draft for at least six years. The new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players association will keep high school players from being taken until a year after their class graduates.

Senators re-sign GM Muckler (SportsTicker)
OTTAWA (Ticker) - John Muckler will spend at least the next few years trying to build the Ottawa Senators into a championship team.

Predators president resigns, new position established (AP)
Jack Diller, the only president in Nashville Predators history, is leaving the team. Diller, 67, became president of the expansion Predators in July 1997, more than a year before the club played its first NHL game. He will remain as the chairman of the Predators Foundation, the team's nonprofit organization.

Senators give GM Muckler three-year contract extension (AP)
The Ottawa Senators gave general manager John Muckler a three-year contract extension Wednesday. Muckler, a five-time Stanley Cup winner, became the sixth general manager in club history in 2002. He has a 276-288-84 career record as an NHL head coach, and guided the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup in 1990.

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.

Happy ending
SONOMA, Calif. – As his Cup career winds down, Mark Martin couldn't be enjoying himself more.

Mexican driver set for four more NASCAR races (AP)
Mexican star Adrian Fernandez will drive in four more NASCAR Busch Series races this year.

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)


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