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NEWS FROM 2005-07-25
Armstrong Bids Farewell to Tour De France (AP)
AP - Lance Armstrong will never ride in the Tour de France again. After seven years of dominance, he is trading in rough rides through the mountains for leisurely days on the beach.
Yankees Beat Angels 4-1 to Avoid Sweep (AP)
AP - Mike Mussina shut down the Los Angeles Angels, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees won 4-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.
ChiSox Cool Boston 6-4 for Series Split (AP)
AP - Tadahito Iguchi homered and Jose Contreras threw 116 pitches over 5 2-3 innings in sweltering heat to get the win Sunday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4.
Vazquez Fans 11 As Diamondbacks Nip Braves (AP)
AP - Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.
U.S. Beats Panama to Win Third Gold Cup (AP)
AP - Brad Davis ended a long day and a long tournament, regaining the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a depleted U.S. soccer team that will limp into its next World Cup qualifier.
Falcons Reach Terms With Five Draft Picks (AP)
AP - The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to contract terms with five of their eight draft picks, but have yet to reach a deal with first-round pick Roddy White.
Knick Owner, President Pay Visit to Brown (AP)
AP - Larry Brown has met with both the owner and the president of the New York Knicks. Next up is dinner with interim coach Herb Williams, and then it's all up to Brown.
American League Leaders (AP)
AP - BATTING_BRoberts, Baltimore, .337; Damon, Boston, .334; MYoung, Texas, .323; Tejada, Baltimore, .323; ARodriguez, New York, .318; Mauer, Minnesota, .311; THafner, Cleveland, .310.
Chelsea Stalls AC Milan 1-0 in Exhibition (AP)
AP - Chelsea's Arjen Robben scored in the 13th minute Sunday night to lead the English Premier League champions past AC Milan 1-0 in the first of a series of exhibition games in the United States.
Penguins Eager to Add Last Year's Pick (AP)
AP - The Pittsburgh Penguins will know long before the start of training camp in September if 2004 first-round draft pick Evgeni Malkin will join an ever-growing lineup of scorers that will soon include Sidney Crosby.
Facts of camp life
Uncomfortable beds and perpetual soreness make for some unhappy campers in the NFL.
Ricky Williams arrives at Dolphins camp (AP)
Running back Ricky Williams reported to Miami Dolphins training camp on Sunday morning, nearly one year to the day after he told the team he was retiring from football. Williams, driving a blue sport utility vehicle, arrived at the team's training facility around 8:45 a.m. He did not comment to reporters waiting outside the complex.
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...
Bears sign QB Orton to four-year deal (AP)
The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Kyle Orton, a three-year starter at Purdue, to a four-year contract Sunday. Orton, a fourth-round draft pick, was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate until he tore an abdominal muscle midway through the season. Orton completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 9,337 yards and 63 touchdowns with 28 interceptions at Purdue.
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.
New York minute
That's how long it'd take Larry Brown to join the Knicks if his health – and the Pistons – allow it.
Knicks owner Dolan visits Brown (AP)
Larry Brown has met with both the owner and the president of the New York Knicks. Next up is dinner with interim coach Herb Williams, and then it's all up to Brown. The pursuit of Brown moved up the Knicks' corporate ladder Sunday, with owner James Dolan of Cablevision and team president Isiah Thomas visiting Brown's summer home in East Hampton, N.Y.
Turiaf to have heart surgery Tuesday (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.
76ers agree to terms with C Dalembert (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers and restricted free-agent center Samuel Dalembert agreed to the terms of a six-year contract, the player's agent said Sunday. Agent Marc Cornstein confirmed the team and player agreed to the deal late Saturday night. He would not reveal financial terms of the contract. Because the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement has not been finalized, the free agent signing period...
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.
Artest begins 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...
Madsen agrees to contract with Wolves (AP)
Mark Madsen, a valuable reserve for the Minnesota Timberwolves the past two seasons, agreed to a five-year contract to remain with the team Saturday. Madsen is a strong rebounder and defender coming off the bench. He had surgery in March to repair a ruptured ligament in his shooting wrist and was clearly missed by the Timberwolves, which failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
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.
Beil's Spiel: Resurrecting the dead
The NHL is back, after showing fans what it's like going over a cliff on a Zamboni.
Pens can't hide enthusiasm over 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...
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.
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...
LONG POND, Pa. – There was plenty of cooking, speeding and yawning during Sunday's Pennsylvania 500.
Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono (AP)
Kurt Busch made it a clean sweep for Roush Racing at Pocono.
Carmichael takes mile-high motocross win (AP)
Ricky Carmichael won his 22nd straight 250cc race with a victory in the AMA Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley Motocross Park on Sunday. The Makita Suzuki rider from Havana, Fla., is unbeaten since July 2003 and stretched his series lead to 76 points. ``Its great to get a win at a new track,'' Carmichael said.
Time running out for Gordon and Earnhardt (AP)
Time is running out for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to qualify for NASCAR's chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
Kurt Busch begins push with win at NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 (SportsTicker)
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.
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.