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Guerrero Rallies Angels to Beat Yanks 6-5 (AP)
AP - Vladimir Guerrero broke out of his slump with a grand slam Thursday night to rally the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees.

Red Sox Nip White Sox on Ramirez's Homer (AP)
AP - Manny Ramirez homered in the top of the ninth, one pitch after Chicago third baseman Joe Crede dropped his foul pop up for an error, and the Boston Red Sox beat the White Sox 6-5 on Thursday night.

Athletics Overcome Deficit to Beat Rangers (AP)
AP - Nick Swisher drove in three runs and scored another, and Jay Payton hit a slow chopper through the left side of the infield for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics past the Texas Rangers 6-4 Thursday night.

Liberty Snap Mercury's Winning Streak (AP)
AP - Becky Hammon had 21 points and five assists, Elena Baranova had 16 points and seven rebounds and the New York Liberty beat Phoenix 80-70 on Thursday night, snapping the Mercury's four-game winning streak.

Patience Pays Off for New Pistons Coach (AP)
AP - Patience paid off for Flip Saunders. After being fired in February by Minnesota, Saunders took some time to assess different job possibilities. When the Detroit Pistons finalized a $7 million severance package with Larry Brown earlier this week, Saunders knew he'd found the opportunity he'd been waiting for.

Marino: Nixed Chance to Play for Steelers (AP)
AP - Hall of Fame-bound Dan Marino says he retired five years ago only after rejecting an offer to play for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lakers' Turiaf Must Undergo Heart Surgery (AP)
AP - Ronny Turiaf, the Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick last month, needs open-heart surgery to correct a life-threatening condition, the team's spokesman said Thursday night.

Rookie Zach Duke Raises Hopes for Pirates (AP)
AP - Zach Duke was pitching at Class A Lynchburg at this time a year ago, so the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't ready to label rookie him as their staff ace just yet. At least not for another one or two starts.

Panama Clips Colombia 3-2 in Gold Cup (AP)
AP - Panama, ranked lower than all but one team in the Gold Cup, advanced to the tournament final Thursday night by beating Colombia 3-2.

NHL Players Approve Labor Deal With League (AP)
AP - The NHL's sole obstacle to being back in business is as easy as an empty-net goal. Players overwhelmingly supported the six-year deal in Thursday's balloting, with 464 of 532 (87 percent) voting in favor of it. Now it is all but certain the board of governors will sign off, too.

Steady without Tedy
Tedy Bruschi will be missed, but his absence won't negatively impact the Patriots on the field.

Pats were ready for Bruschi's decision (AP)
Tedy Bruschi has made his decision. Now the New England Patriots have to make theirs. There are at least four options for the team now that Bruschi has decided to sit out the 2005 season to recover from a stroke. The most likely is that he will be put on the physically unable to perform list, a designation that would allow him to collect his salary and even come back after Week 6 if he changes his...

Marino: I rejected Steelers' 2000 offer (AP)
Hall of Fame-bound Dan Marino says he retired five years ago only after rejecting an offer to play for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. When his 17-year career with the Miami Dolphins ended with the 1999 season, Marino turned down a well-publicized offer from the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, Marino said he also was approached by other teams, including the Steelers and coach Bill...

Polian not expecting James to hold out (AP)
Colts president Bill Polian expects to see Edgerrin James at training camp next week. James, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, signed a one-year deal worth slightly more than $8 million in March. But after campaigning through his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, for a long-term contract, there's been speculation he might not report with his teammates on Wednesday.

Pennington ready for Jets camp (AP)
Chad Pennington is ready to practice with his Jets teammates for the first time since offseason shoulder surgery. The question is whether John Abraham be there to watch Pennington take the field. The Jets are unsure whether their Pro Bowl defensive end will arrive on time when players report for training camp July 28.

Rosenhaus: Owens 50-50 for training camp (AP)
Terrell Owens hasn't decided whether he will report to training camp on time because of a contract dispute with the Eagles, his agent said Wednesday. ``The odds are 50-50,'' Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. ``We probably won't make any determination until the start of camp.'' Owens, who helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia after eight years with San...

Aikman, Irvin, Smith to enter Ring (AP)
Of all the accolades and honors that Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith earned throughout their careers with the Dallas Cowboys, their favorite was something simple: their shared nickname, ``The Triplets.'' While the phrase linked them in the minds of others, the teammates really were as tight as brothers.

Rosenhaus says Walker will be no-show (AP)
Javon Walker will be a no-show at training camp next week unless the Green Bay Packers agree to give the Pro Bowl receiver a big pay raise or trade him, his agent said Wednesday. ``The Packers say they aren't going to change their position, so we are leaning that way. We're hoping for a change of heart or a trade,'' Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.

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

Brown-Thomas meeting happening sooner (AP)
Speeding up his courtship of Larry Brown, New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas met Thursday night with the 64-year-old unemployed coach. The meeting began in the evening near Brown's summer home in East Hampton, N.Y., and a Knicks spokesman said the only two participants were Thomas and Brown. It was unclear whether the Knicks already were prepared to offer a contract to Brown, who reached a...

Pistons introduce Saunders as coach (AP)
Patience paid off for Flip Saunders. After being fired in February by Minnesota, Saunders took some time to assess different job possibilities. When the Detroit Pistons finalized a $7 million severance package with Larry Brown earlier this week, Saunders knew he'd found the opportunity he'd been waiting for.

Nets agree to deal with Abdur-Rahim (AP)
Free agent forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim has agreed to play for the New Jersey Nets, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The Nets also have reached agreement with forward Clifford Robinson, the person within the league said on condition of anonymity. Contract terms were not available.

NBA free agent signing date pushed back (AP)
With the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement still not finalized, the league's free agent signing period was delayed indefinitely Wednesday. The league sent a memo to its 30 teams saying they will not be able to sign free agents on Friday, which was the original target date established by the league and the players' union for getting the new six-year labor deal into writing.

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.

Sixers 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.

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.

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...

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

Players approve labor deal with league (AP)
The NHL's sole obstacle to being back in business is as easy as an empty-net goal. Players overwhelmingly supported the six-year deal in Thursday's balloting, with 464 of 532 (87 percent) voting in favor of it. Now it is all but certain the board of governors will sign off, too. Approval by the 30 owners Friday will end the lockout, bring labor peace at last to the league that has already lost one...

Draft lottery to get minimal coverage (AP)
U.S. hockey fans will have to rely on regional cable outlets for full, live coverage Friday of the NHL draft lottery. The event will determine the entire 30-team draft order as well as which club has won the right to draft 17-year-old Canadian juniors phenom Sidney Crosby. While people up north can turn to TSN -- Canada's version of ESPN -- to see NHL commissioner Gary Bettman open the envelopes,...

Jeff O'Neill's brother dies in car crash (AP)
The brother of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff O'Neill was killed Thursday morning in a car crash north of Toronto, police said. ``The fellow who was killed is Donny O'Neill -- and his brother is Jeff O'Neill of the Carolina Hurricanes,'' said Sgt. Cam Wooley of the Ontario Provincial Police. O'Neill was 33 and a resident of King City, north of Toronto.

Ovechkin set to join Capitals (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin's agent told the Capitals that the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft is opting out of his contract with a Russian club so he can join Washington this season. Ovechkin had until midnight Wednesday to get out of his 2005-06 deal with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League. The NHL and the players' union reached an agreement in principle last week on a new collective...

O'Neill doesn't expect return to 'Canes (AP)
Jeff O'Neill has played every game of his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes franchise, but the restricted free agent sounds like he expects to play elsewhere next season. O'Neill said he doesn't expect the Hurricanes to make a qualifying offer to retain his rights, which would sever his 11-year relationship with the franchise when the post-lockout free-agent market opens Aug.

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...

Toyota playing (waiting) games?
Toyota apparently is ready to roll with a Busch Series car, but the manufacturer won't yet admit it.

Double backflip would be appropriate for Edwards (AP)
Carl Edwards will have so much to celebrate if he wins Sunday at Pocono that a double backflip will be in order.

Sadler's Busch team penalized (AP)
NASCAR penalized Elliott Sadler's Busch series team Wednesday for rules infractions at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Sadler, team penalized for infractions at New Hampshire (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Elliott Sadler was penalized 25 Busch Series driver championship points Wednesday by NASCAR for infractions at last week's New England 200.

Lawyers for NASCAR driver ask judge to dismiss Ford suit (AP)
Lawyers for NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Ford Motor Co., saying Kahne never agreed to race exclusively for the automaker.

Streaks on the line at Memphis truck race (AP)
There will be two streaks on the line in Saturday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis...

Big name for Pikes Peak Busch race (AP)
Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series stock car race at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway might be unique...

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...

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