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Abreu Sets Home Run Derby Record With 24 (AP)
AP - Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby with a record-setting performance Monday night, hitting an astounding 24 homers in his first turn at bat before outslugging hometown favorite Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.

Lee, Roberts Among New All-Star Faces (AP)
AP - Derrek Lee knows the All-Star game has a whole new look this year. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr. are nowhere to be seen. Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi aren't around, either.

Source: Pistons' Brown, Dumars to Meet (AP)
AP - Larry Brown and Detroit Pistons president for basketball operations Joe Dumars plan to have a face-to-face meeting about the coach's future, a source told The Associated Press on Monday night.

Carpenter, Buehrle Head to All-Star Starts (AP)
AP - Right-hander Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals and left-hander Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox will be the starting pitchers in the All-Star game.

Rogers Answers Questions at All-Star Game (AP)
AP - Kenny Rogers knew what was coming. He doesn't like doing interviews, and obviously doesn't care for cameras. But after his temperamental outburst made national headlines late last month, the Texas Rangers pitcher realized he would be the center of attention if he showed up at the All-Star game.

Phillips Recovering From Bypass Surgery (AP)
AP - Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips was in intensive care Monday after recent heart surgery and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Report: Ilgauskas Will Re-Sign With Cavs (AP)
AP - Free agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will re-sign with the Cavaliers, getting a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on its Web site Monday.

Record-breaking Abreu wins Home Run Derby (Reuters)
Reuters - Bobby Abreu of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a record 41 homers to win the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Monday, defeating Ivan Rodriguez of the Detroit Tigers in the final.

Beckham, Ronaldo Lead Real Madrid Roster (AP)
AP - England's David Beckham and Michael Owen, and Brazil's Ronaldo will headline the roster for Real Madrid on its U.S. tour.

NHL Labor Talks Set to Continue (AP)
AP - After another 14 hours of talking, there still is no deal in place to end the NHL lockout.

Six Points: Most improved
Miami, Oakland and Kansas City made significant upgrades but aren't the NFL's most improved team.

Dolphins TE McMichael arrested (AP)
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael is facing charges for the second time in 13 months for allegedly hitting his wife. McMichael was arrested early Saturday morning in Columbia County after witnesses told police that he had given his wife, Cawanna, a bloody nose. The 26-year-old McMichael was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was charged with simple battery and criminal...

Bum Phillips recovering from bypass (AP)
Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips was in intensive care Monday after recent heart surgery and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Doctors discovered blockage in Phillips' arteries and performed triple bypass surgery on Friday after he was taken to the hospital with chest pains. No evidence of heart damage was found, said Dr.

Bettis, Fields among winners of PFWA (AP)
Carolina linebacker Mark Fields and Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis are among the winners of the Pro Football Writers Awards, announced Monday. Fields, who returned to the NFL after battling cancer, won the George Halas Award. It's given to a player who performed despite injury or personal problems off the field.

Tim Brown to retire as a Raider (AP)
Tim Brown will end his prolific NFL career with the Oakland Raiders after all. ``Tim will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Raider,'' team spokesman Mike Taylor said Wednesday. A news conference is planned for later this month to recognize Brown, the former Heisman Trophy winner and longest-tenured player in franchise history.

Packers NT Grady Jackson could hold out (AP)
Nose tackle Grady Jackson could hold out or seek a trade if the Green Bay Packers don't improve his contract, his new agent said Wednesday. The 340-pound Jackson has a year left on a two-year, $2.31 million deal. Drew Rosenhaus said the 32-year-old Jackson is a ``premier player'' on the Packers defense and should be paid that way.

Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram dead at 82 (AP)
Even in declining health, Hank Stram was able to inspire his former players. During his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, the former Kansas City Chiefs coach was so weak he had to be pushed onto the stage in a wheelchair. But a video montage of his career and a prerecorded speech offered powerful reminders of Stram's passion for football, moving many in the crowd to tears.

Revamped D-line key to Denver's success (AP)
Gerard Warren sums up the difference between Cleveland and Denver quite simply. ``At Cleveland, we went out there hoping to get better,'' he said. ``Here, we go out there thinking we're going to win a Super Bowl.'' If the Broncos are going to contend for a Super Bowl in 2005, it could come down to the Cleveland castoffs -- Warren, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers, four defensive...

Preventive maintenance
Adding Larry Hughes was the Cavaliers' first step toward convincing LeBron James to stay in Cleveland.

Source: Brown, Pistons to meet Wednesday (AP)
Larry Brown and Detroit Pistons president for basketball operations Joe Dumars plan to have a face-to-face meeting about the coach's future, a source told The Associated Press on Monday night. The NBA source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brown will meet with Dumars on Wednesday in suburban Detroit.

Report: Ilgauskas to re-sign with Cavs (AP)
Free agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will re-sign with the Cavaliers, getting a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on its Web site Monday. Agent Herb Rudoy told the paper, ``Z intends to sign back with Cleveland. Z is thrilled with the idea of coming back.'' Messages seeking comment were left on Ilgauskas' cell phone and at Rudoy's office by...

Artest vows to put team ahead of temper (AP)
Ron Artest arrived at the Indiana Pacers' rookie-free agent camp Monday pledging to be a smarter player focused on helping his team win an NBA title. The star forward spoke to the local media for the first time since a Nov. 19 fight in Detroit resulted in a nearly season-long suspension. That night, Artest went into the stands at The Palace and attacked a Pistons fan after he was hit with a cup of...

Jazz sign Deron Williams, C.J. Miles (AP)
Utah signed draft picks Deron Williams and C.J. Miles on Monday. Williams, selected No. 3 after the Jazz traded three first-round draft picks to Portland, is expected to play a major rebuilding role after Utah's dismal 24-46 season. The 6-foot-3 point guard led Illinois to the NCAA national championship game as a junior.

Wolves sign first-rounder McCants (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Rashad McCants on Monday. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was the 14th overall selection last month. The 20-year-old left North Carolina after winning the national championship in his junior season. He averaged 17.6 points during his Tar Heels' career.

Bobby Simmons agrees to join Bucks (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks are suddenly a desired destination in the NBA. Forty-eight hours after coveted free agent Michael Redd rebuffed Cleveland's offer and chose to stay in Brew Town to play alongside No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut, free agent Bobby Simmons decided to join them. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the agreement is for about $47 million over five...

Sparks hire Kobe's father as assistant (AP)
Joe Bryant, the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was hired as an assistant coach for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. ``We are excited to have another Bryant involved in the Lakers/Sparks organization,'' Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss said Monday in a statement. ``Joe is a good guy with a sound basketball mind.'' The elder Bryant played eight years in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers,...

Roberts signs with Grizzlies (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies signed Lawrence Roberts to a two-year contract on Sunday. Roberts was selected 55th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the draft and was traded to Memphis for two second-round draft picks. He was acquired by the Grizzlies from Seattle in exchange for two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations.

Kobe Bryant back in Nike ads (AP)
Nike is using photos of Kobe Bryant for the first time since his arrest two years ago for an alleged assault on a female employee at a Colorado resort. ``Nike agrees with most NBA observers that Kobe ranks among the very best players in the NBA, and his training and preparation are key elements of his game,'' said Nike spokesman Rodney Knox.

No agreement after 14 hours of talks between NHL and NHLPA (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Although progress has been made on a new NHL collective bargaining agreement, it appears more work needs to be done.

NHL labor talks to continue Tuesday (AP)
After another 14 hours of talking, there still is no deal in place to end the NHL lockout. Negotiators from the league and the players' association met for the eighth straight day Monday, marking the 10th consecutive week that talks have been held. The latest round of discussions wrapped up around 9:30 p.m.

Legace: ``We lost a season for no reason.'' (AP)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace criticized players' union head Bob Goodenow on Saturday for failing to reach a labor deal that could have saved the canceled 2004-05 season. ``We lost a season for no reason,'' Legace told The Associated Press. ``We should've crumbled last September when the owners wanted a salary cap.'' Despite at least one report indicating the NHL's labor situation is...

NHL again denies deal has been reached with union (AFP)
The National Hockey League moved for the second straight day to squelch reports that it has reached a tentative agreement with the players union on a new labour contract.

Burns has second bout with cancer, will not coach Devils next season (AP)
Pat Burns will not coach the New Jersey Devils next season after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time in a little more than a year. Burns is resting at his home in New Hampshire after undergoing surgery last week, Devils president Lou Lamoriello said Friday. The three-time NHL Coach of the Year will start chemotherapy soon, Lamoriello said.

Lewis will not return as Red Wings' coach (AP)
Dave Lewis will not return as the Red Wings' coach, paving the way for former Anaheim coach Mike Babcock to come to Detroit. Lewis, whose contract expired at the end of June, will not be behind the Red Wings' bench for the first time since 1987. General manager Ken Holland, who announced the decision Friday at a news conference at Joe Louis Arena, said he broke the news to Lewis a day earlier.

Red Wings fire coach Dave Lewis (SportsTicker)
DETROIT (Ticker) - Dave Lewis will not be behind the Detroit Red Wings' bench when the NHL makes its return.

Babcock rejects Mighty Ducks' coaching offer (AP)
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have new owners and a new general manager. Now, they're looking for a new coach. Mike Babcock rejected an offer to remain with the Mighty Ducks, and could be headed to Detroit to coach the Red Wings. ``I received a call from Mike Babcock last night, and he told me he was not going to accept the offer of a one-year extension that I had tendered to him and that he was...

Blackhawks hire Yawney as head coach (AP)
Trent Yawney's to-do list seems daunting to say the least. As the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, he'll teach his system, reunite with players who were with him in the minors, learn the new faces and mend fences with fans disillusioned by a lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-2005 NHL season.

WWD: USG Sheetrock 400
Matt Kenseth dominated, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. stole the show at Chicagoland.

Five crew chiefs fined for Chicago infractions (AP)
NASCAR fined the crew chief for Johnny Sauter $15,000 on Monday after Sauter's car failed inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR fines five crew chiefs combined $38,000 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Five Nextel Cup crew chiefs were fined a combined $38,000 by NASCAR on Monday for violations prior to the Pepsi 400 earlier this month.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun his tires while the sellout crowd of about 100,000 howled in approval. Through the clouds of thick, white smoke, it was clear to see that this victory was a long time coming.

Earnhardt Jr. wins USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicago (SportsTicker)

Tires a big problem at Chicagoland (AP)
With temperatures in the 90s, this wasn't a good day for tires.

Setzer takes advantage of break and wins Built Ford Tough 225 (SportsTicker)

Driver released from hospital after qualifying crash (AP)
Rick Crawford missed the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway after crashing during qualifying, ending his series-record streak of consecutive starts at 210.

Harvick wins NASCAR Busch Series USG Durock 300 (SportsTicker)

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