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Schilling Gets Save, BoSox Top Devil Rays (AP)
AP - Curt Schilling earned his first save since 1992, and Manny Ramirez hit his 25th homer on Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox stopped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Ramirez Homers Twice, Cubs Beat Reds 7-3 (AP)
AP - Aramis Ramirez homered twice — his third straight game with a homer — and drove in five runs Tuesday night, powering the streaking Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Pistons Let Brown Go, Reach Settlement (AP)
AP - Larry Brown is out as coach of the Detroit Pistons. Brown and the Pistons reached a settlement Tuesday on the final three years of his contract, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said. He now is free to coach another team next season, said Dobek, who declined to provide further details.

Nationals Shut Out Rockies, 4-0 (AP)
AP - John Patterson didn't need much offense to work with, making do with what the Washington Nationals' revamped lineup provided. Patterson allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings, and fill-in shortstop Jamey Carroll delivered two hits and an RBI to lead Washington past the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Tuesday night, just the fourth victory in 13 games for the NL East leader.

NFL Clears Williams to Report to Dolphins (AP)
AP - Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has been cleared by the NFL to report Sunday with the rest of the team for the start of training camp, a year and a day after he abruptly retired.

NFL Player Agent Saves Boy at Disney Pool (AP)
AP - NFL player agent Drew Rosenhaus performed CPR to save a young boy pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a Disney World resort hotel Tuesday.

Pistons release Brown from coaching duties (Reuters)
Reuters - Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown was relieved of his coaching duties Tuesday, ending a long-running saga between the nomadic coach and the Eastern Conference champions.

This Date in Baseball - July 20 (AP)
AP - 1906 — Malcolm Eason of Brooklyn pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Cruz Azul Coach Feared Kidnapped in Mexico (AP)
AP - The Argentine coach of the Cruz Azul soccer team was attacked and feared kidnapped Tuesday as he left a practice facility on the Mexican capital's southern outskirts.

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.

Williams cleared to report to Dolphins (AP)
Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has been cleared by the NFL to report Sunday with the rest of the team for the start of training camp, a year and a day after he abruptly retired. The league's 2002 rushing champion decided to seek reinstatement after sitting out last season. He still faces a four-game suspension at the start of the season for violating the NFL substance abuse program.

Titans reach extension with RB Henry (AP)
Running back Travis Henry has agreed with to a multiyear contract extension with the Tennessee Titans after being obtained in a trade with Buffalo. Henry will be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday. He was acquired Monday for a third-round draft pick. Terms were not immediately available. The Titans already had Chris Brown who rushed for 1,067 yards on 220 carries, and his 4.85-yard per...

Brown retires a Raider, heads to NASCAR (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.

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...

Falcons DE Smith to miss training camp (AP)
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Brady Smith will miss training camp, and his status for the start of the season could be in jeopardy following neck surgery. Smith, entering his 10th NFL season, had a cervical-region, nerve-root decompression procedure Saturday in Rochester, N.Y., the team said Tuesday.

Mannings toss around footballs and jokes (AP)
Peyton Manning dropped back to pass and found his receiver wide open. Ryan McKillip ran the perfect route and made the perfect catch for a touchdown. It hardly mattered the 8-year-old McKillip lives in Dallas and cheers for the Cowboys. He got to catch a pass from the star Colts quarterback. ``It felt good,'' the modest McKillip said as he walked back to his family.

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...

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

Pistons let Brown go, reach settlement (AP)
Ultimately, the Detroit Pistons appeared to decide that Larry Brown's success wasn't worth the drama. On the court, Brown strengthened his legend as one of basketball's all-time best coaches by leading the Pistons to a championship and coming within one win of another. Off it, he lived up to his reputation as one of the most mercurial figures in sports by allowing reports about his next move to go...

Donyell Marshall headed to Cavaliers (AP)
Free agent forward Donyell Marshall agreed to terms Tuesday on a four-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving the rebuilt club another player to complement LeBron James. Marshall, an 11-year-veteran who played for the Toronto Raptors last season, was courted by a handful of teams before reaching an agreement with the Cavaliers, said his agent, Andy Miller.

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...

76ers agree to deals with Korver, Green (AP)
Reserves Kyle Korver and Willie Green have agreed to return to the Philadelphia Sixers. Agent Noah Croom confirmed Green's deal, a $20 million, six-year contract that could be worth more with incentives. ``We talked to some other teams, but because Willie was a restricted free agent, they held most of the cards,'' Croom said.

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.

Top pick Bogut adjusting to NBA life (AP)
Andrew Bogut felt like he had just been run over by a truck. David Harrison, the 280-pound Indiana Pacers center, lowered his shoulder and buried the NBA's No. 1 draft pick, then softly laid in a bucket. Welcome to the NBA, Mr. Bogut. ``He was grinding me out down there,'' Bogut said. ``Definitely a guy I can learn off.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

Even testing is special here
INDIANAPOLIS – Testing is anything but routine at a place as unique as Indy.

Stewart working in Indy to continue winning ways (AP)
Tony Stewart is not taking anything for granted.

Kahne's attorneys ask judge to throw out Ford's suit (AP)
Attorneys for Kasey Kahne asked a federal judge to throw out Ford's breach-of-contract lawsuit against the NASCAR driver, one of his lawyers said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland in Detroit was to hear arguments on the request Wednesday, attorney David Baum said from New York. Ford sued Kahne in Wayne County Circuit Court in July 2004, the county where the Michigan automaker is...

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)


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