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White Sox Walk Athletics to Easy 6-2 Win (AP)
AP - Nick Swisher and Marco Scutaro drew bases-loaded walks from the Chicago White Sox's erratic pitching staff in the fifth inning of the Oakland Athletics' eighth straight victory, 6-2 Friday night.

Dodgers Trounce Diamondbacks 7-0 (AP)
AP - Brad Penny pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers got solo homers from J.D. Drew and rookie Mike Edwards to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0 Friday night.

Rangers' Kenny Rogers Suspended 20 Games (AP)
AP - Even with Kenny Rogers on the mound, the Texas Rangers faced the daunting task of catching the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. Now they might be without their ace left-hander for a quarter of their remaining games.

Armstrong Seeks to Rout Rivals in Trials (AP)
AP - Lance Armstrong can strike an immediate blow in his bid for a seventh straight Tour de France title. A victory in the opening time trial — or even a quicker time than his main rivals on Saturday — would send a clear message that he's still the man to chase.

Federer Closes in on Third Wimbledon Title (AP)
AP - When Roger Federer clinched his latest berth in the Wimbledon final, he tossed his sweaty bandanna toward the crowd, leaving a mussed moptop as he walked off Centre Court.

Chiefs Agree to Terms With CB Ambrose (AP)
AP - The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Ashley Ambrose on Friday.

Bucks Sign Bogut to Multiyear Contract (AP)
AP - The Milwaukee Bucks signed the NBA's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to a multiyear contract Friday. The 20-year-old Australian, who was college player of the year at Utah last season, will take part in the Bucks' summer camp workouts and play in the Minnesota Summer League July 15-19, general manager Larry Harris said.

Streaking Nationals edge out Cubs (Reuters)
Reuters - Livan Hernandez tossed eight solid innings and Jose Guillen homered as the surging Washington Nationals edged a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Friday.

West Bromwich Forced to Call Off Tour (AP)
AP - West Bromwich Albion has been forced to call off a two-game series in California later this month.

NHL's Complaints Given to NLRB Attorneys (AP)
AP - The NHL's complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the players' association of threatening to decertify agents for representing replacement players, have been forwarded to the board's legal counsel.

Offseason notebook: Still armed and dangerous
Who'll be this year's Drew Brees, the QB who fares much better than expected? Here are five candidates.

Tice fined $100K for scalping tickets (AP)
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Thursday for scalping his Super Bowl tickets. Running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman were also each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue notified the three coaches of their punishment in a letter.

Chiefs agree to terms with CB Ambrose (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Ashley Ambrose on Friday. The 13-year veteran started six games for the New Orleans Saints last year. Ambrose was drafted in the second round by Indianapolis in 1992 and has also played for Cincinnati and Atlanta. The 34-year-old Ambrose has played in 192 regular-season games, recording 550 tackles and 42 interceptions.

Kraft gives Super Bowl ring to Putin (AP)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he likes the way Vladimir Putin is quarterbacking Russia -- and that's why he gave him his diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring. Kraft was among a group of U.S. business executives who met with the Russian president Saturday at Konstantinovsky Palace near St.

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.

Lions DE Kalimba Edwards pleads guilty (AP)
Detroit Lions defensive end Kalimba Edwards pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and failing to produce a driver's license during a traffic stop in May, and was sentenced to one year of probation. Edwards entered the pleas Wednesday to the two misdemeanor charges, the court said Thursday. Because of the pleas, a felony charge of resisting and obstructing police was amended to the...

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.

Kerr's Eleven
NBA free agency won't feature any superstars, but there still will be talent, starting with these 11 studs.

Kings must get OK from Eagles on Owens (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens won't play for Sacramento's summer-league team next week because the NFL club will not give permission. Owens, the talkative All-Pro who's embroiled in a contract dispute with the Eagles, had recent discussions with the Kings about another foray into basketball, his favorite sport.

Bucks sign Bogut to multiyear contract (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks signed the NBA's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to a multiyear contract Friday. The 20-year-old Australian, who was college player of the year at Utah last season, will take part in the Bucks' summer camp workouts and play in the Minnesota Summer League July 15-19, general manager Larry Harris said.

Bulls' Curry awaits medical clearance (AP)
Bulls center Eddy Curry met with a cardiologist in Los Angeles on Thursday and the team awaited word on his condition. Curry has not been cleared to resume physical activity, but team officials said that doesn't mean there is a complication. Bulls general manager John Paxson said earlier this week he expected Curry to be cleared after meeting with Dr.

Heat's Damon Jones a free agent (AP)
Damon Jones decided not to exercise the option year of his contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday and was to become a free agent. Jones, the Heat's starting point guard this past season, had until midnight Thursday to invoke a $2.75 million option for 2005-06. He can negotiate with teams starting Friday, but cannot sign with the Heat or any other club until July 22.

Lakers postpone decision on Divac (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Vlade Divac have agreed to postpone a decision on the veteran center's contract status until just before the start of training camp. The Lakers have the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying Divac out for $2 million. The decision was originally due Friday, but the parties agreed to postpone it until Sept.

Thomas won't slow down Suns (AP)
The Phoenix Suns introduced new forward Kurt Thomas on Friday and sent a message to fans who loved last season's up-tempo style -- the team got tougher, not slower. ``We don't want to lose what we had last year,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said. ``So parts of the game will have that, and parts of the game will have some other stuff.

Rockets sign first-rounder Luther Head (AP)
The Houston Rockets signed first-round pick Luther Head on Friday. The Rockets selected Head with the 24th overall pick Tuesday. ``It's always great when you can come to an agreement early with your draft pick,'' Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson said in a statement. ``Now that Luther is on board, we can begin getting him acquainted with our system and give him a jump start in preparing for the...

Timberwolves sign GM Stack to extension (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed general manager Jim Stack to a contract extension Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Stack, whose contract expired Thursday, joined the team in July 2004. Stack has also worked for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, where he spent 13 years in the front office and as a scout.

Deron feels ready to take over Jazz (AP)
Deron Williams talked about his love for passing the ball and playing defense when he was introduced as the Utah Jazz's point guard of the future. No wonder coach Jerry Sloan already likes him. ``We felt like some of the things he has will make our players better,'' Sloan said Wednesday. ``Not every player who plays this game can do that.'' The rookie out of Illinois already is being considered by...

Report: NHL forms new competition committee (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Despite the inability to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL and the Players Association apparently have found one thing in which they can agree on.

Panthers sell AHL affiliate San Antonio, Coyotes ink deal (SportsTicker)
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - The San Antonio Rampage had one whirlwind of a day.

NHL's complaints forwarded to labor board's legal counsel (AP)
The NHL's complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the players' association of threatening to decertify agents for representing replacement players, have been forwarded to the board's legal counsel. That decision was made this week because the case has national prominence and could set a precedent in labor matters outside of hockey, Elbert Tellem said Thursday.

Ducks offer Babcock a one-year contract extension (AP)
The Mighty Ducks offered coach Mike Babcock a one-year contract extension Thursday and then waited for his answer. ``He has asked for time to think about it, which I understand,'' new Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. Babcock's original deal, a two-year contract with a one-year extension, expired Thursday.

Panthers sell interest in AHL franchise (AP)
The Florida Panthers sold their interest in the San Antonio Rampage, a franchise that will become the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. Spurs Sports & Entertainment in San Antonio obtained full ownership of the Rampage, who signed a multiyear affiliation deal with the Coyotes. ``We look forward to working with the entire Coyotes organization, one that is closer geographically to San Antonio,''...

Lemieux, Sakic, Yzerman, Iginla head Team Canada invitees (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Team Canada has rounded up the usual suspects for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Ogrean returns to USA Hockey as executive director (SportsTicker)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Ticker) - Dave Ogrean has returned to his former position of executive director of USA Hockey.

Turek signs with HC Ceske Budejovice (AP)
Former NHL goaltender Roman Turek signed a contract with HC Ceske Budejovice on Thursday. Club president Jaroslav David said Turek signed a contract with HC Ceske Budejovice for the two next seasons. The Czech canceled his contract with the Calgary Flames in April. Turek played for the club before his eight seasons in the NHL and during the NHL lockout last season.

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.

Chevy rules the beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chevy stole the show at Daytona on Friday.

Junior no longer the man to beat at Daytona (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will mark the 200th start of his career under the most unusual circumstances: For the first time in five years, he's not the favorite to win at Daytona International Speedway.

Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250 (SportsTicker)

Truex wins Busch race at Daytona (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is having more success as a car owner than a driver this season.

Stewart wins pole for Pepsi 400 at Daytona (SportsTicker)

Stewart claims first Daytona pole amid controversy (AP)
Tony Stewart seems to run better when he's surrounded by a little controversy.

Lester wins pole for NCTS O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (SportsTicker)

DEI chief blames struggles on crew swap (AP)
The former crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. acknowledges that the team made a costly mistake by swapping crews and cars with teammate Michael Waltrip during the offseason.

Elderly couple turns garage into Richard Petty shrine (AP)
MONROE, Wash. – The recreation room in Chuck and Gloria Etter's two-story house already was overflowing...

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