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Yankees Top Rangers 11-10, Regain 1st (AP)
AP - After 3 1/2 months of struggles, the New York Yankees moved back into first place. Kevin Brown struggled in his return to the rotation, but Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui homered and Ruben Sierra hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning in an 11-10 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Lee Reaches 30 Homers, Cubs Roll Over Reds (AP)
AP - Derrek Lee hit two of Chicago's five homers off left-hander Brandon Claussen, bringing thousands of blue-clad fans to their feet for "MVP!" chants, and the resurgent Cubs rolled to an 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Sosa Surpasses McGwire, Orioles Beat Twins (AP)
AP - Sammy Sosa homered to move past Mark McGwire on the career list, Rafael Palmeiro had three hits to tie Al Kaline and Miguel Tejada homered in the 11th inning to lift the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Monday night.

Pistons' Dumars: No Buyout Yet for Brown (AP)
AP - Larry Brown and the Detroit Pistons appeared to move closer to parting ways Monday. "We have not agreed to anything with Larry and there is no buyout yet," team president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The Associated Press. "Both sides are still talking."

Hall of Fame Lineman Jim Parker Dies (AP)
AP - Jim Parker, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Baltimore Colts who made a career out of masterfully blocking for Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore, died Monday. He was 71.

Robinson Pleads Guilty on DUI Charge (AP)
AP - Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Koren Robinson pleaded guilty Monday to one count of driving under the influence, and was ordered to spend one day in jail.

Reports: Swift Reaches Deak With Rockets (AP)
AP - Free-agent forward Stromile Swift has reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to reports Monday.

Yankees back on top after winning Texas slugfest (Reuters)
Reuters - Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui homered as the New York Yankees won an 11-10 slugfest over the Texas Rangers in Arlington Monday to return top of the American League East division standings.

Real Madrid Defeats Galaxy 2-0 (AP)
AP - Michael Owen scored an early goal and goalkeeper Iker Casillas made an acrobatic save to lead Real Madrid to a 2-0 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday in front of a sellout crowd of more than 27,000.

NHL Board of Governors to Meet Friday (AP)
AP - The NHL board of governors will meet Friday to rubber-stamp their approval of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association, hold the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes, and discuss rule changes they hope will liven up the game.

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

Bills trade RB Henry to Titans (AP)
The last thing Travis Henry wanted was another season in Willis McGahee's shadow in Buffalo. The last thing the Bills wanted was the distraction a disgruntled player can cause. The problems were solved Monday when Bills president Tom Donahoe announced he traded Henry to the Tennessee Titans for a third-round pick in next year's draft.

Tim Brown retires with Raiders (AP)
Tim Brown spent one last day in silver and black before moving on to a future that might include checkered flags. Brown signed a one-day contract and retired with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, putting a graceful end to the turbulent final months of his prolific 17-year NFL career. Like nearly every great receiver, Brown wasn't ready to quit.

Football Hall of Famer Jim Parker dies (AP)
Jim Parker, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Baltimore Colts who made a career out of masterfully blocking for Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore, died Monday. He was 71. Parker, the Colts' first pick in the 1957 draft, helped Baltimore win two NFL championships before retiring in 1967. He earned All-Pro honors in eight straight seasons, was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and in 1973 became the first...

Jets CB Donnie Abraham retires (AP)
Jets cornerback Donnie Abraham retired Monday, ending his nine-year career to spend more time with his family. Abraham, who told the team last week that he planned to quit, spent the last three seasons with the Jets after starting his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ``This is an opportunity for me to spend more time with my children and pursue personal business interests,'' Abraham said in a...

49ers hire new public relations director (AP)
Aaron Salkin was named the San Francisco 49ers' director of public relations on Monday, replacing an administrator who resigned during a scandal surrounding an offensive training video. Kirk Reynolds quit in early June after the video was leaked to a newspaper. The video -- produced by Reynolds to coach players on their attitudes toward the media and the public -- featured strippers, racial slurs...

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.

New York minute
That's how long it'd take Larry Brown to join the Knicks if his health – and the Pistons – allow it.

Dumars on Brown: ``No buyout yet'' (AP)
After winning one NBA title with Detroit and falling a victory short of another, Larry Brown appears headed toward a breakup with the Pistons. Team president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and Brown's agent, Joe Glass, had one of their many conversations Monday, attempting to reach a resolution after weeks of negotiations about the coach's future.

SuperSonics hire Weiss as coach (AP)
Flip Saunders and Paul Silas were among the available options for the head coaching vacancy in Seattle. Neither got a serious look, let alone an interview. No, the SuperSonics knew which coach they wanted, and that man already was working under their roof. Seattle hired Bob Weiss as coach Monday, promoting the 11-year assistant who worked under former coaches George Karl, Paul Westphal and Nate...

Van Gundy gets assurance from Riley (AP)
Stan Van Gundy is still the coach of the Miami Heat, and that apparently won't change anytime soon. Van Gundy said that he and team president Pat Riley met for 3 1/2 hours on Sunday, during which Van Gundy was assured that ``I will be coaching the Miami Heat this coming season.'' But Van Gundy acknowledged on a call with Heat beat writers Monday that he was a bit unsettled by rumors suggesting...

Reports: Swift reaches deal with Rockets (AP)
Free-agent forward Stromile Swift has reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to reports Monday. Swift's agent, Andy Miller, told several Houston media outlets that Swift had agreed to join the Rockets and was excited about joining a front line that includes All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.

Bogut ejected from summer league game (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, was ejected from a summer league game on Monday after tangling with Indiana Pacers center John Edwards. Edwards, who was also ejected, got caught up with Bogut underneath the basket and inadvertently shoved him to the ground as he headed back up court.

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.

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.

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 board of governors to meet Friday (AP)
The NHL board of governors will meet Friday to rubber-stamp their approval of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association, hold the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes, and discuss rule changes they hope will liven up the game. The union will hold a two-day meeting in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday so players can voice their opinions on the tentative deal that was reached last...

Plane crash kills ex-Sharks owner's son (AP)
A small plane piloted by the son of a former owner of the San Jose Sharks crashed off the Pacific Coast, killing six people, authorities said Saturday. No survivors were reported. The pilot was Greg Gund, 32, said Miguel Corrales, an official with the Costa Rica Coast Guard. Acquaintances said Gund had lived for about five years in a village about 6 miles south of the crash site, where he operated a...

Ducks name Dineen coach of AHL affiliate (AP)
Kevin Dineen was hired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to be the coach of their AHL affiliate in Portland. Dineen had 760 points and 2,229 penalty minutes in an 18-year NHL career with Columbus, Ottawa, the Hartford-Carolina franchise and Philadelphia. He is one of five players to have more than 350 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

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.

Busch's lovin' Loudon
LOUDON, N.H. – Once again, Kurt Busch needed a big day at Loudon. And once again, Busch came through.

Skinner has top speed at Brickyard testing Monday (AP)
Mike Skinner recorded the top speed Monday in testing for the Brickyard 400 with a lap of 180.692 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Modified car driver killed at Arkansas speedway (AP)
A modified auto racer was killed when the driveshaft of his car came through the vehicle and struck him, the county coroner said Monday. Tim Phillips, 35 of Fayetteville, died Friday night following the crash at the North Central Arkansas Speedway. Marion County Coroner Dan Duren said Phillips' death appeared to be an accident.

Stewart wins at New Hampshire (AP)
Tony Stewart wants his next fence climb to be at the Brickyard.

Stewart dominates again, wins NASCAR New England 300 (SportsTicker)


Busch had fun in second-place finish (AP)
Kurt Busch was trying to became the first driver to win three consecutive races at New Hampshire International Speedway, but Tony Stewart relegated him to second Sunday in the New England 300.

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 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.

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