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Morse RBI Helps Mariners Edge Past O's 3-2 (AP)
AP - Rookie Mike Morse lined a game-winning RBI single to right field after reliever Chris Ray's throwing error put a runner on third base, giving the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Hudson Pitches Braves Past Mets 3-0 (AP)
AP - Tim Hudson pitched five-hit ball for six innings and scored a run in his first start in over a month, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

Woods Struggles but Leads British Open (AP)
AP - A windswept Saturday at the British Open turned into a struggle for Tiger Woods, bringing an elite list of major champions and even Scottish hero Colin Montgomerie into the picture. The only reward for Woods was all that mattered — his name atop the leaderboard.

Jermain Taylor Wins Middleweight Title (AP)
AP - Jermain Taylor was, indeed, ready for Bernard Hopkins, and he ended Hopkins' record middleweight title winning streak with a split decision Saturday night.

Defending WNBA Champs Struggle to Compete (AP)
AP - With two new starters and a revamped lineup, coach Anne Donovan could accept the bumps in May and early June. But not in July, and not with the defending WNBA champs playing just .500-ball.

Ex-Oilers Coach Phillips Out of Hospital (AP)
AP - Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips was released from the hospital Saturday after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery more than a week ago.

Riley: No Heat Coaching Change Imminent (AP)
AP - Attempting to quell a flood of speculation about Stan Van Gundy's future with the Miami Heat, team president Pat Riley insisted Saturday that no coaching change is imminent — while again saying he hasn't completely ruled out a return to the sidelines in the future.

Padres Defeat Diamondbacks 4-1 (AP)
AP - Ryan Klesko homered for the second straight night, and Damian Jackson and Khalil Greene also connected to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Gomez Gives Galaxy 2-0 Win Over Chivas USA (AP)
AP - Herculez Gomez scored in the 64th and 93rd minutes to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday night.

Babcock Introduced As New Red Wings Coach (AP)
AP - Mike Babcock slipped on a Detroit cap and officially kicked off a new era in Hockeytown. The Red Wings introduced their new coach Friday during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena, and Babcock said he was looking forward to building on the Motor City's winning tradition.

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

Jags close to trading for Bills RB Henry (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are close to completing a trade for disgruntled Bills running back Travis Henry, a move that would provide insurance for injured starter Fred Taylor. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said a deal for Henry could be completed ``in the next few days or week.'' Henry demanded a trade after losing his starting job last season to Willis McGahee.

VP who helped build Pats gets extension (AP)
Scott Pioli, who helped build the New England Patriots teams that have won three of the last four Super Bowls, has agreed to a contract extension as the team's vice president of player personnel. Terms of the extension that will keep Pioli with the Patriots were not disclosed. Robert Kraft, the Patriots' chairman and chief executive, said Pioli ``has done a tremendous job managing our personnel...

Ex-Oilers coach released from hospital (AP)
Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips was released from the hospital Saturday after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery more than a week ago. Phillips, 81, returned home to his ranch in Goliad, about 150 miles southwest of Houston. He underwent surgery July 8 at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital after doctors discovered blockage in his arteries.

Falcons' Coleman arrested on misdemeanor (AP)
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct during a traffic stop early Friday, allegedly cursing at an officer and asking, ``Do you know who I am?'' DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. Charles Dedrick said Coleman ``was verbally abusive'' to a police officer.

Browns sign kicker Dawson to 5-year deal (AP)
Kicker Phil Dawson, one of only two members of the 1999 expansion Browns roster still with the team, signed a five-year contract extension with Cleveland, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dawson was headed into the last year of a four-year deal signed in 2002. Defensive back Daylon McCutcheon is the other Browns player still on the team from when the team was revived...

Cops: Man faked being Big Ben for dates (AP)
Police have flagged a man for an illegal quarterback sneak. Authorities said Brian Jackson, 31, dated two women by pretending to be Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Brian St. Pierre. Jackson, arrested Friday, was charged with harassment for allegedly continuing to contact both women after they learned of the ruses.

Niners, Broncos swap defensive players (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Willie Middlebrooks from the Denver Broncos on Friday for defensive end John Engelberger. The deal swaps two young defensive players who had fallen out of favor on their original teams. Middlebrooks, the Broncos' first-round selection in 2001, was a disappointment in Denver, never earning a regular starting job in four seasons.

What's the deal?
Find out which free agents are staying and going and which teams are looking to make a move.

Riley says coaching change not imminent (AP)
Reports that Miami Heat president Pat Riley is contemplating a return to coaching continued Friday, nearly a month after he announced plans to ``take a little bit more of an active participation'' during the coming season. Team officials declined to comment Friday on the reports, and coach Stan Van Gundy -- Riley's longtime top assistant who was promoted before the start of the 2003-04 season --...

Pacers' Artest finally returns to court (AP)
Shortly after Ron Artest knocked down his third jumper in four shots at the Minnesota summer league, one fan in the sparse crowd at Target Center leaped up to boldly proclaim, ``Ron is back!'' It was easily heard in the near-empty arena, and the Indiana Pacers couldn't be happier. The embattled forward returned to competitive action on Friday for the first time since being suspended for his role...

Bucks' Bogut makes summer league debut (AP)
Top NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut blocked three shots, scored seven points and was called for five fouls while playing 28 minutes in his summer league debut for the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 7-foot-1 Bogut struggled inside against Minnesota centers Dwayne Jones, Nick Horvath and David Simon and the Timberwolves won 102-69.

Brown thinks Pistons will bring him back (AP)
Larry Brown wants to return to the Detroit Pistons if owner Bill Davidson will have him back. If not, he wants to move on. ``My thing has never changed. I want to coach Detroit, and I expressed that to them,'' Brown said of his meeting Wednesday in suburban Detroit with Davidson, team president Joe Dumars and Brown's agent, Joe Glass.

Mavericks facing decision on Finley (AP)
As much as the Dallas Mavericks appreciate what Michael Finley has done for their franchise, simple economics make it likely they will soon say goodbye to their longtime leader. The Mavs would save at least $51 million and perhaps much more by waiving Finley under a provision in the NBA's new labor deal known as the amnesty clause.

Wizards to trade Kwame Brown to Lakers (AP)
Kwame Brown is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent said Thursday. Arn Tellem confirmed a published report that Brown, the first overall selection in the 2001 NBA draft, will be involved in a trade between the Lakers and Washington Wizards. ``It's Kwame's intention to sign a contract with the Wizards on the first day possible and be traded to the Lakers,'' Tellem said.

Mobley agrees to deal with Clippers (AP)
Cuttino Mobley, one of the NBA's most accurate outside shooters, will play for the Los Angeles Clippers next season, his agent said Thursday. ``An agreement has been reached,'' Andy Miller said from his office in Tenafly, N.J. Miller wouldn't divulge terms, but it's believed the parties agreed to a five-year deal worth around $42 million.

Haslem, Heat agree to five-year deal (AP)
Udonis Haslem got his wish. He's staying home. With work on Shaquille O'Neal's multiyear deal to stay in Miami progressing nicely, the Heat have completed another of their top offseason tasks. Haslem, the team's starting power forward, said Wednesday he's agreed to a five-year contract that could be worth more than $33 million.

Reports: Knicks sign C Jerome James (AP)
The New York Knicks and free-agent center Jerome James agreed to a five-year deal, according to several media reports. Marc Fleisher, James' agent, confirmed the approximately $29 million deal Wednesday, but the contract can't be signed until the free-agent signing period begins on July 22. ``They approached us on the first day of free agency and told us they had a lot of interest,'' Fleisher told...

Beil's Spiel: Resurrecting the dead
The NHL is back, after showing fans what it's like going over a cliff on a Zamboni.

NHL to have strict drug policy (AP)
NHL players will be subject to random testing for performance-enhancing drugs, and will face stiff penalties after one infraction. Under the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' association, which still needs ratification, players would be subject to a minimum of two drug tests a year without advance warning.

Babcock introduced as Red Wings coach (AP)
Mike Babcock slipped on a Detroit cap and officially kicked off a new era in Hockeytown. The Red Wings introduced their new coach Friday during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena, and Babcock said he was looking forward to building on the Motor City's winning tradition. ``I believe in leadership,'' he said.

Larry Robinson to return to coach Devils (AP)
Larry Robinson has already experienced the highs and lows as coach of the New Jersey Devils. That made him an easy, short-notice choice to replace the ailing Pat Burns. Robinson, who led the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2000 but was fired less than two years later, returned Thursday as coach of the team.

Businesses assess NHL lockout damage (AP)
Bartender Paul Lewis used to pay his college tuition with the $600 in tips he made nightly when the Columbus Blue Jackets played next door. But when last year's hockey season was lost to the NHL lockout, business dropped so drastically at O'Shaughnessey's Public House that Lewis, 23, took a job at a Colorado ski shop.

NHL, union reach deal in principle (AP)
The NHL is about to find out if it was missed. Rebounding from an entire season lost to a lockout, hockey players and owners reached a long-awaited agreement Wednesday that virtually ensures the NHL will be back on the ice in the fall. It's not the deal players' association executive director Bob Goodenow wanted when he took on this fight, but the union is expected to approve it.

Ray rips Goodenow for misleading players (AP)
Former Sabres enforcer Rob Ray is unhappy with the players' association, not only because the union denied him benefits and a monthly stipend during the lockout. Ray accused players' association executive director Bob Goodenow of misleading players into believing they could avoid a salary cap in a new collective bargaining agreement.

IIHF think NHLers will be at Olympics (AP)
Ice hockey's governing body is optimistic that NHL players will play at the Turin Olympics next year. The NHL and the players' association reached an agreement in principle on a six-year labor deal Wednesday. International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said Thursday he doesn't know whether the agreement includes a clause about NHL participation in the Olympics, but he said a decision...

What Sadler's missing
LOUDON, N.H. – Elliott Sadler is having a good year, but he has yet to find victory lane in '05.

Truex Jr. holds off Edwards to win New England 200 (SportsTicker)

Truex wins New Hampshire Busch race (AP)
Points leader Martin Truex Jr. held off Carl Edwards on the final lap for his fifth victory of the season in a caution-filled NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Vickers wins first pole of season at New England 300 (SportsTicker)

Vickers wins pole in New Hampshire (AP)
Brian Vickers won the third pole of his NASCAR Nextel Cup career during qualifying Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Gordon isn't looking for scapegoat in worst season of his career (AP)
Jeff Gordon is in the midst of his worst season, and hardly has the look of a contender for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship.

Michael Waltrip will not return to DEI in 2006 (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Michael Waltrip, who won a pair of Daytona 500s as a member of Dale Earnhardt Inc., will not return to the NASCAR racing team in 2006.

Busch has two goals for New Hampshire (AP)
Kurt Busch's bid for an unprecedented third straight New Hampshire International Speedway victory may ultimately just be practice for a championship run.

Waltrip leaving DEI after season (AP)
Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will not return next season after five years with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

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