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Dodgers Hold Off Mets Rally to Win 6-5 (AP)
AP - Jeff Kent homered, doubled and singled, and the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the New York Mets 6-5 Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Athletics Edge Past Rangers 11-10 (AP)
AP - Nick Swisher drove in four runs with a homer and a double and Danny Haren won his AL-best seventh straight decision in the Oakland Athletics' 11-10 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Rocket Fans 10 As Astros Spank Nats 14-1 (AP)
AP - Facing Roger Clemens was probably the last thing the slumping Washington Nationals needed. For one night, they looked as close to their previous incarnation — the Expos — as they have all season.

Garland Wins 15th As ChiSox Drub Boston (AP)
AP - A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit two-out, three-run homers off Tim Wakefield in the sixth inning Friday night, helping Jon Garland become the majors' first 15-game winner as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4.

Penguins Win Chance to Draft Sidney Crosby (AP)
AP - Sidney Crosby is a week away from joining Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins beat out the other 29 NHL teams Friday in an unprecedented draft lottery that gave every club a chance to pick No. 1 and nab Crosby — the 17-year-old phenom from the Canadian juniors.

Owens Says He Will Report to Eagles Camp (AP)
AP - Terrell Owens says he will report to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp even though he is hinting that he would agree to a trade because of a contract dispute.

Reports: Wells Dealt to Kings for Jackson (AP)
AP - The Memphis Grizzlies agreed Friday to trade guard Bonzi Wells to the Sacramento Kings for guard Bobby Jackson in a three-team deal also involving the Utah Jazz, according to media reports.

Cardinals Clip Cubs 2-1 in 11 Innings (AP)
AP - David Eckstein's 11th-inning squeeze bunt, his second game-winning squeeze this month, gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

UEFA Receives Five Bids to Host Euro 201 (AP)
AP - UEFA said Friday it had received five bids to host the 2012 European Championship.

NHL Owners OK Labor Deal; Lockout Over (AP)
AP - In a span of 90 minutes, the NHL showed off its new labor agreement and its new rules, and even had time to find a home for the league's newest phenom. After a year without action, the NHL crammed lots of it into a busy Friday.

Preseason rankings: NFC
The Terrell Owens saga doesn't change a thing. The Eagles go into camp as the NFC's top team.

Owens says he'll report to Eagles camp (AP)
Terrell Owens says he will report to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp even though he is hinting that he would agree to a trade because of a contract dispute. Owens told the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday for a story on its Web site that he would report to training camp, though he won't be happy if fails to get a new deal.

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...

WR Derrick Alexander retires with Chiefs (AP)
Wide receiver Derrick Alexander signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday so he could retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Alexander, who has not played football since 2002 when he played for the Minnesota Vikings, had 417 catches for 6,971 yards with 40 touchdowns and 16 rushes for 210 yards during his NFL career.

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.

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.

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

Wells traded to Kings in 3-team deal (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies agreed Friday to trade guard Bonzi Wells to the Sacramento Kings for guard Bobby Jackson in a three-team deal also involving the Utah Jazz, according to media reports. The trade, which cannot be finalized until Thursday, also would send Greg Ostertag from Sacramento back to Utah, where he spent nine of his first 10 NBA seasons.

Marbury OK with Brown taking Knicks job (AP)
While Larry Brown pondered the pros and cons of coaching the Knicks, Stephon Marbury endorsed the prospect of his former Olympic coach taking over in New York. Brown and Knicks president Isiah Thomas met for four hours Thursday night at Brown's home in East Hampton, N.Y., a summit the Knicks described Friday as ``positive.'' Marbury said he was OK with Brown taking over -- or with keeping interim...

Lakers' Turiaf needs open heart surgery (AP)
Ronny Turiaf, the Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick, needs open-heart surgery to correct a life-threatening condition. ``I'm going to try everything I can to beat it,'' an emotional Turiaf said Friday at a news conference. An enlarged aortic root was discovered during a physical, Lakers spokesman John Black said.

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.

Free agency sign date moved to July 28 (AP)
NBA free agents will be able to sign their new contracts next Thursday, six days later than originally planned. The league announced the new signing date Friday, on what was supposed to be the day the logjam was broken on several pending deals. The six-day delay will allow attorneys for the league and players' union to finish drafting a written version of the new six-year collective bargaining...

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.

Pacers assault cases reassigned (AP)
Cases against five Indiana Pacers players charged in last November's brawl with the Detroit Pistons have been reassigned among several judges. The cases were reassigned Wednesday among the Oakland County district court's three judges using a blind draw, court administrator Linda Hammerstein said Friday.

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.

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

Lockout over: Owners approve labor deal (AP)
In a span of 90 minutes, the NHL showed off its new labor agreement and its new rules, and even had time to find a home for the league's newest phenom. After a year without action, the NHL crammed lots of it into a busy Friday. The league's board of governors voted 30-0 to pass the salary-cap based collective bargaining agreement that the players' association overwhelmingly approved Thursday.

Penguins win chance to draft Crosby (AP)
Sidney Crosby is a week away from joining Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins beat out the other 29 NHL teams Friday in an unprecedented draft lottery that gave every club a chance to pick No. 1 and nab Crosby -- the 17-year-old phenom from the Canadian juniors. He will be chosen first next Saturday in Ottawa.

Super Mario set to team with Crosby (AP)
Mario Lemieux saved hockey in Pittsburgh once as an exceptional rookie in 1984, then again 15 years later as an owner. Now Sidney Crosby gets his chance. Crosby, hockey's most anticipated and intriguing prospect since Lemieux 21 years ago, landed in the Penguins' laps Friday with a fortuitous bounce of the pingpong balls that won Pittsburgh the NHL draft lottery.

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.

Glendale hoping to get '09 All-Star game (AP)
The NHL is expected to cancel the 2006 All-Star Game that was scheduled to be held in Arizona, but Glendale officials are hoping to land the 2009 event. ``For me personally, I think we're just fine if we don't have the NHL All-Star Game until '09,'' said Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs. She said that would buy the city more time to prepare and to develop the area around Glendale Arena with stores,...

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.

Let's get ready to rumble
LONG POND, Pa. – Rumble strips caused problems at Pocono in June, but the issue has been addressed.

Bowyer wins Busch pole (AP)
Clint Bowyer earned the second pole of his NASCAR Busch series career in qualifying Friday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Boyer wins pole for Salute to the Troops 250 (SportsTicker)


Second straight win at Pocono will be tough for Edwards (AP)
Forget the backflip. Carl Edwards might have to bust out a gymnastics routine if he can pull off his second straight win at Pocono.

Johnson hardly worried after crashing car (AP)
Jimmie Johnson has been in this position before; heading into the second Pocono race with a nice lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings.

Guilty verdict on US Grand Prix teams cancelled: FIA (AFP)
The guilty verdict of the seven teams who refused to race at the United States Formula One grand prix last month has been cancelled, world motor sport's governing body FIA said in a statement.

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.

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