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Armstrong Wins Stage, Set for Tour Win (AP)
AP - As if Lance Armstrong had anything left to prove, as if his crowning achievement really needed an emphatic stamp, cycling's greatest champion gave his best performance Saturday — claiming the stage win he lacked and all but guaranteeing a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.

Marlins Rock Giants With 5 Runs in the 5th (AP)
AP - Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers in a five-run fifth inning, Josh Beckett won in his return from the disabled list, and the Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 16-4 on Saturday night.

Angels Come From Behind to Beat Yanks 8-6 (AP)
AP - Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer to spark the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-6 victory Saturday night, their third come-from-behind win in a row over the New York Yankees.

China Earns Diving Gold, Cuba Wins Silver (AP)
AP - The Chinese finished in their usual top spot at the diving pool. The surprise? Cuba was second, earning its first medal of any kind at the World Swimming Championships.

Storm Keep Shock at Bay in 74-71 Win (AP)
AP - Lauren Jackson scored 21 points, Sue Bird had 14 and Betty Lennox added 10, leading the Seattle Storm to a 74-71 win Saturday over the Detroit Shock in a meeting between the last two WNBA champions.

Bears Need No Reminders About Last Season (AP)
AP - Nobody needed to remind Lovie Smith that his first season as the Chicago Bears' coach was a rough one.

Brown Sounds Like He Wants Knicks Job (AP)
AP - Larry Brown's children were running around their house wearing Knicks gear sent by Isiah Thomas while their 64-year-old unemployed father was preparing to take another look at the pros-and-cons list he and his wife had assembled the night before.

Jones' HR Helps Braves Beat D'backs 3-2 (AP)
AP - Andruw Jones led off the ninth inning with his 30th home run Saturday night to give the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Real Salt Lake Ends 10-Game Winless Streak (AP)
AP - Clint Mathis had a goal and an assist and Real Salt Lake ended a 10-game winless streak by beating FC Dallas 3-0 Saturday night.

Landing Phenom Changes Penguins' Outlook (AP)
AP - Sidney Crosby has yet to pull on a Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 87 jersey. Has yet to sign his first contract, attend his first training camp, play his first shift, go through the hassle of his first eight-cities-in-12 days road trip.

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, but isn't happy (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.

Questions for Pats, Eagles as camps open (AP)
New England begins its quest for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl victory and fourth in five years without the two coordinators who helped Bill Belichick win the first three titles. And that quest also will take place without linebacker Tedy Bruschi, the heart of the defense, who is sitting out the season after suffering a mild stroke.

Saban ready for his first Dolphins camp (AP)
Nick Saban returned this week from a family vacation in north Georgia to find his new $7 million waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale not quite finished, the scheduled completion date of June 1 long past. In his office overlooking the Miami Dolphins' practice fields, empty picture hooks dot the walls, evidence of a transition still in progress.

Titans look for protection in Jones deal (AP)
The Tennessee Titans care much more about protection than punctuality in negotiating a contract with their top draft pick, Adam ``Pacman'' Jones. General manager Floyd Reese prides himself on getting his top draft picks under contract and on to the field for the first practice of training camp. His lone exception since the franchise relocated to Tennessee was defensive tackle in Albert Haynesworth...

Saints release LB Derrick Rodgers (AP)
Linebacker Derrick Rodgers was released by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Rodgers missed the last eight games last season because of a back injury. The eight-year veteran had surgery in February to repair a bulging disc in his back and was not healthy enough to compete in offseason practice sessions.

Bears, FB Marc Edwards agree to terms (AP)
The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with Marc Edwards, hoping the fullback can plug a hole created by injuries. The veteran spent the past two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting five of the 13 games he appeared in. The deal was reached Friday and was sealed after Edwards passed a physical on Saturday.

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...

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 may be leaning toward Knicks job (AP)
Larry Brown's children were running around their house wearing Knicks gear sent by Isiah Thomas while their 64-year-old unemployed father was preparing to take another look at the pros-and-cons list he and his wife had assembled the night before. Brown was spending the weekend contemplating whether to become the head coach of the New York Knicks, and in a lengthy phone interview Saturday with The...

Reports: Wells 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.

Lakers' Turiaf needs open heart surgery (AP)
Ronny Turiaf, the Los Angeles Lakers' second-round draft pick last month, will undergo heart surgery next week to correct a life-threatening condition. The operation was scheduled for Tuesday at Stanford University Medical Center, Lakers spokesman John Black said Saturday. Turiaf, 22, was expected to be in the hospital for a week.

Artest begins the long road back to NBA (AP)
Ron Artest's exile is over. His long road back to the brink of NBA stardom is only beginning. That road began at the Minnesota summer league, where Artest played with rookies, undrafted free agents and desperate journeymen, trying to get comfortable in an Indiana Pacers uniform again. It didn't take long.

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...

Wolves hire Johnny Davis as assistant (AP)
Former Orlando Magic head coach Johnny Davis was hired Saturday as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves under new coach Dwane Casey. Davis, who has spent 28 years in the NBA as a player, coach and front office executive, was fired by the Magic last March. Davis, who was also the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996-97 season, went 51-84 with the Magic after taking over for...

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.

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.

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

Flyers buy out LeClair, Amonte (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers have bought out the contracts of forwards John LeClair and Tony Amonte. The 36-year-old LeClair spent 10 years with the Flyers, and was a member of the famed ``Legion of Doom'' line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg in the mid-1990s. LeClair, who entered the lockout due $9 million in the final year of a five-year contract, was to make $6.84 million after the leaguewide 24...

New deal, new rules, new star for NHL (AP)
The NHL's new economics are supposed to help small-market teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins. A teenager from Canada might do more for the franchise than a salary cap ever could. The league's board of governors voted 30-0 Friday to pass the 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)
Sidney Crosby has yet to pull on a Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 87 jersey. Has yet to sign his first contract, attend his first training camp, play his first shift, go through the hassle of his first eight-cities-in-12 days road trip. But it was evident Saturday, from the we've-just-hit-the-lottery enthusiasm displayed by everyone in the organization from player-owner Mario Lemieux on down, that this...

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...

Tough task
LONG POND, Pa. – Finding the proper setup at Pocono isn't as easy as it looks.

Whitt notches first career win in NASCAR Trucks O'Reilly 200 (SportsTicker)

Green edges Bowyer to win Busch Salute to the Troops 250 (SportsTicker)

Green wins ITT Industries 250 with late charge (AP)
David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win of the NASCAR Busch Series' ITT Industries 250 on Saturday.

McMurray wins pole for NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 (SportsTicker)

McMurray takes pole at Pocono (AP)
Jamie McMurray has the pole for Pocono and a job for next year.

Wallace hopes to retire on top with Nextel Cup title (AP)
Rusty Wallace has a to-do list as long as a 2.5-mile track once he retires after this season.

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.

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