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Tejada and Teixeira Lead AL Over NL, 7-5 (AP)
AP - Miguel Tejada, Mark Teixeira and their American League teammates gave a new-look All-Star game the same old result. Tejada homered off John Smoltz to start the scoring, Teixeira added a two-run drive off Dontrelle Willis and the AL overcame Kenny Rogers' bumpy inning to beat the NL 7-5 Tuesday night for its eighth straight win.

Kenny Rogers Booed, Gives Up Homer (AP)
AP - Kenny Rogers was grilled by reporters, booed by fans and tagged by a couple of National League hitters. Not exactly the All-Star experience he was hoping for. But he did show up and he did pitch — which was more than many expected.

Orioles' Tejada Takes Home All-Star MVP (AP)
AP - The Baltimore Orioles have a long tradition of All-Star MVPs, and Miguel Tejada fit right in. The clutch-hitting shortstop homered, drove in two runs and took home MVP honors after leading the American League over the NL 7-5 Tuesday night.

Wie Makes Match Play at Men's Publinx (AP)
AP - Michelle Wie bounced back with a 2-over 72 in the final round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Tuesday, good enough to secure a spot in the match play portion of the championship.

Lance Armstrong Regains Tour Lead in Alps (AP)
AP - Lance Armstrong took a decisive step Tuesday toward a seventh consecutive Tour de France title, blowing away his main rivals in the first Alpine stage to regain the overall lead.

Chiefs cornerback handed four-game suspension (Reuters)
Reuters - Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2005 season, the Kansas City Star reported on Tuesday, citing a spokesperson for Warfield.

Hawks Sign No. 2 Pick Marvin Williams (AP)
AP - The Hawks signed No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Williams on Tuesday.

NL Star Pitchers Whacked in All-Star Game (AP)
AP - Young or old, a lot of National League pitchers got whacked. John Smoltz gave up a homer to Miguel Tejada, Dontrelle Willis allowed Mark Teixeira's two-run home run and the American League went on win the All-Star game 7-5 Tuesday night.

Honduras Beats Panama 1-0 in Gold Cup (AP)
AP - Samuel Caballeros scored with 10 minutes remaining in regulation to give Honduras a 1-0 victory over Panama in a CONCACAF Gold Cup first-round match Tuesday night.

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.

Redskins' Taylor can travel before trial (AP)
A judge allowed Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor to travel to training camp, and state prosecutors did not offer a plea deal Tuesday at a court hearing to discuss charges the player pointed a gun during a dispute over an all-terrain vehicle. Taylor and his father appeared at a court hearing during which prosecutors restated they were charging him with a single felony count of aggravated...

Chiefs CB Eric Warfield suspended (AP)
Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield has been suspended for the first four games of the 2005 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 29-year-old was arrested Sept. 20, 2004 in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan. Police said Warfield had a blood alcohol level of .189 percent, more than double the state's .08 percent legal limit.

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...

Courtney Brown tries again with Broncos (AP)
Scanning the dozens of players warming up and going through drills on a hot, summer day, it is easy to pick out Courtney Brown. He is the most impressive physical specimen on the field. That story is the same this year with the Denver Broncos as it was the last five in Cleveland and the four before that at Penn State and probably the four before that at Macedonia High in South Carolina.

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 PFWA winners (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.

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

Source: Brown, Dumars 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.

Bucks reach agreement with Gadzuric (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks are spending the big bucks this summer. Dan Gadzuric's agent said the 6-foot-11 center will sign a six-year, $36 million contract to stay with the Bucks once the league-wide moratorium on player movement ends later this month. That means the Bucks have committed some $200 million in player contracts since July 2.

Hawks sign No. 2 pick Marvin Williams (AP)
The Hawks signed No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Williams on Tuesday. The North Carolina forward, Atlanta's highest selection since picking first in 1975, is the last of the top 10 draft picks to sign. The 6-foot-9 Williams played one year for the NCAA champion Tar Heels before leaving early for the draft.

WNBA suspends Powell for hitting Miller (AP)
The WNBA has suspended Detroit Shock guard Elaine Powell for five games for striking Washington Mystics guard Coco Miller. The suspension, announced Monday, begins Wednesday when the Shock play a road game against the Minnesota Lynx. Powell, who was guarding Miller, struck her during the second half of Thursday's game in Washington, which Detroit won 76-62.

Vegas OKs bid for 2007 NBA All-Star game (AP)
Tourism officials have approved a $4.5 million bid to host the NBA All-Star game in 2007, hoping to persuade the league to make Las Vegas the first city without a team to hold the event. The board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority authorized the bid during a meeting Tuesday. Memphis, Tenn., is the only other city with a confirmed interest in hosting the All-Star weekend in 2007 or...

Wizards owner Pollin has heart surgery (AP)
Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin had heart bypass surgery last week and is recovering at a Cleveland hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday. ``He sailed through the surgery. It couldn't have gone any better,'' spokesman Josh Sekine said. ``His family said that he's doing well and looks good. He looks healthier than ever, they said.'' The 81-year-old Pollin had a bypass procedure 25 years ago,...

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...

Pacers' Granger to sit out summer league (AP)
Lingering soreness from an old knee injury will keep first-round pick Danny Granger from playing with the Indiana Pacers in the Minnesota summer league. Granger tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee his senior year at New Mexico. He missed three games and had surgery. Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said Granger's knee is about 80 percent, but the 6-foot-8 forward won't compete in contact drills...

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...

Talks resume Tuesday between NHL and NHLPA (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association meet for the ninth straight day after a long round of talks on Monday.

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.

The France revolution
Brian France has gone out of his way to prove that this isn't his father's NASCAR.

Fans could shun A1 GP series after Indianapolis F1 fiasco: official (AFP)
US spectators may shy away from the inaugural A1 GP series after last month's Formula One fiasco at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, a senior official said.

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.

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