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A's Overcome Poor Start to Beat Tigers 8-4 (AP)
AP - Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics overcame Rich Harden's poor start for their ninth victory in 10 games, an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Indians Beat Mariners, Despite Ejections (AP)
AP - Victor Martinez singled, doubled and hit a three-run homer in his first three at-bats, and the Cleveland Indians had 17 hits in a 10-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Signed (AP)
AP - The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement was finally completed and signed early Saturday, clearing the way for free agent signings to begin Tuesday.

Surging Storm Overwhelm Sting 79-68 (AP)
AP - Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan said her team needs more performances like the one Janell Burse delivered Friday night in a 79-68 victory over the Charlotte Sting.

Eagles DE Jerome McDougle Shot in Stomach (AP)
AP - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers, police said Friday. The team said he was in good condition after surgery.

Bears Claim Linebacker Joe Off Waivers (AP)
AP - The Chicago Bears claimed former draft pick Leon Joe off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday and waived defensive tackle Greg Pauly.

NBA Magic's top pick to stay in Spain (AFP)
AFP - Fran Vazquez, a 22-year-old Spanish power forward selected 11th in last month's National Basketball Association Draft, will remain in Europe next season rather than jump to North America.

Anderson blast leads Angels past Yankees (Reuters)
Reuters - Garret Anderson belted a two-run homer and Bengie Molina added a solo shot as the Los Angeles Angels broke out to an early lead then held on to score a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees Friday at Yankee Stadium.

MLS Viable but Struggling for Respect (AP)
AP - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber cheerfully asked the Crew Stadium ticket lady if she planned to attend the All-Star game.

Rangers Buy Out Bobby Holik's Contract (AP)
AP - The Rangers bought out the remaining two years on Bobby Holik's contract on Friday, sending the gritty forward away without a playoff appearance in New York.

Beil's Spiel: Pulling a T.O.
NFL stars live in a different world. Not convinced? Just try holding out at your job.

Eagles' McDougle shot, in good condition (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers, police said Friday. The team said it was optimistic the injury is not career threatening ``We're told it (the bullet) didn't hit any major organs, and that's a plus,'' Eagles coach Andy Reid said. `` McDougle, who played at the University of Miami and is a South Florida native, had been scheduled to be in...

Cadillac signs, reports to Bucs camp (AP)
Rookie running back Carnell ``Cadillac'' Williams made good on a promise to get into training camp for Tampa Bay's first practice, signing a multiyear contract Friday with the Buccaneers. The former Auburn star was the fifth player selected in this year's draft and he finalized the deal shortly after midnight before meeting with general manager Bruce Allen and making the hour drive from Tampa to...

Seymour fails to report to Patriots camp (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour skipped the opening practice of New England's training camp on Friday, starting what could be a lengthy holdout. Seymour's absence would further erode the core of the Patriots' defense. A day earlier, veteran linebacker Ted Johnson unexpectedly announced his retirement, citing a series of concussions and fear of long-term damage.

Moss arrives in style at Raiders camp (AP)
Randy Moss' large, bright purple SUV took the prime parking spot for Oakland's first training camp practice, nearly blocking the field entrance. Yes, a vehicle in Minnesota Vikings colors mixed among all the silver and black of the Raiders was quite the sight. The truck features 30-inch wheels with sparkling, spinning rims, tinted windows, no door handles, and a front vanity plate reading ``Tipp...

Alexander absent to become father (AP)
Shaun Alexander missed the first day of Seattle Seahawks training camp Friday, but he's not a holdout. His wife had a daughter named Trinity, their second child, on Thursday. Coach Mike Holmgren expects Alexander to join the team by Sunday, though he wasn't sure if Alexander will practice before Monday.

Darius gets long-term deal with Jags (AP)
Donovin Darius finally got a long-term deal. The hard-hitting safety signed a three-year contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, giving him the deal he desperately sought while being designated the team's franchise player for three consecutive years. Darius will get the same $4.97 million he was due this year as a franchise player, and without going into specifics, indicated he...

Saints, McAllister agree to extension (AP)
Deuce McAllister agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, a deal the star running back said will make him one of the NFL's highest paid players at his position. ``I basically know that they're putting everything on my shoulders and I'm big enough that I can carry it,'' McAllister said.

Rinse cycle
Larry Brown loves to clean up other people's messes. That's why he wants to coach the washed-up Knicks.

NBA finalizes and signs new CBA (AP)
The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement was finally completed and signed early Saturday, clearing the way for free agent signings to begin Tuesday. Lawyers for the league and the players' union had been working nearly around the clock for the past several days on drafting the documents for the six-year agreement, which was agreed to in principle more than a month ago.

Source: Vegas gets '07 NBA All-Star game (AP)
Las Vegas will be the site of the 2007 NBA All-Star game, marking the first time the event will be held in a non-NBA city. An official with knowledge of the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed reports in the Las Vegas media that the city has been given the go-ahead to play host to the league's showcase event.

Brown says Knicks job will be his last (AP)
Larry Brown made a few things clear at his first public appearance as coach of the New York Knicks: Isiah Thomas will still have final say on personnel moves, Herb Williams will be the coach in case of emergency, and patience will be a necessary commodity for everyone. ``It's going to be ugly early, I can promise you that.

Agent: Nets agree to deal with McInnis (AP)
Free agent guard Jeff McInnis has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Nets, his agent said Friday. McInnis will sign a one-year deal with an option for a second, Steve Kauffman said. The 6-foot-4 McInnis can play both point guard, as a backup to Jason Kidd, and shooting guard. He averaged 12.8 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Turiaf 'feeling fine' after surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf is ``feeling fine,'' the former Gonzaga star said Thursday while recovering from heart surgery. In a statement released from Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California, Turiaf said: ``My surgery went well.'' Turiaf underwent surgery Tuesday to repair an enlarged aortic root.

Nuggets' Karl has prostate surgery (AP)
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl had prostate surgery Thursday, the team said. The surgery, which took about five hours, was performed at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, said Nuggets' spokeswoman Teri Washington. ``George's surgery was very successful and he expects a full recovery,'' said Rick Majerus, the former Utah men's college basketball coach, who was with Karl in...

Heat's Riley meets with Antoine Walker (AP)
Free agent forward Antoine Walker met this week with Miami Heat president Pat Riley, though no contract offer was made. ``It was a chance for them to spend some time together,'' agent Mark Bartelstein said. ``They had never really spoken at length. They had a really good meeting.'' Bartelstein said there's mutual interest.

Rangers buy out Holik's contract (AP)
The Rangers bought out the remaining two years on Bobby Holik's contract on Friday, sending the gritty forward away without a playoff appearance in New York. Before the 2002-03 season, Holik was given a five-year, $45 million contract by the Rangers, who pried him away from the New Jersey Devils -- the team with whom he won two Stanley Cup titles.

Goodenow steps down as head of NHLPA (AP)
In the end, it was all about timing for Bob Goodenow. Or so he said. If only NHL players had stuck together a little longer, maybe six months, maybe another year, they could've gotten the deal they wanted. The one without a salary cap -- the one Goodenow promised. But it wasn't to be. Goodenow, the NHL Players' Association's executive director, stepped down from his post Thursday just one week after...

NHL draft drama to happen after Crosby (AP)
Sidney Crosby was feeling more nervous for other draft prospects than himself Friday. He could afford to be because few players before him have been so secure in the knowledge of where they will be selected. The Pittsburgh Penguins will select the 17-year-old forward with the No. 1 pick Saturday in the 2005 NHL draft.

Ozolinsh gets two-year deal with Ducks (AP)
Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Mighty Ducks on Friday. Ozolinsh was acquired from Florida in January 2003 and had six assists and eight points in Anaheim's run to the Stanley Cup finals. In the 2003-04 season, he was limited to 36 games after surgery to repair a pectoral muscle tear.

Islanders sign G Snow to three-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders signed backup goalie Garth Snow to a three-year deal on Friday. Snow, who turned 36 on Thursday, is 40-39-12 in three seasons with the Islanders. He will play behind Rick DiPietro. ``Garth has been an excellent goaltender for us the last three seasons and has been a true professional every step of the way,'' New York general manager Mike Milbury said.

Shanahan decides to return to Red Wings (AP)
Brendan Shanahan decided to stay with the Detroit Red Wings, exercising an option Thursday on the final year of his contract. Shanahan will make about $2.3 million -- after the 24-percent cut NHL players agreed to take -- during the upcoming season as the league resumes play after a lockout wiped out the previous year.

Avs retain rights to Hejduk, Tanguay (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche retained the rights to forwards Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay, but missing from the list Thursday were possible free agents Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. The Avalanche retained the rights of 14 players, including goalie David Aebischer. Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have until Sunday to make offers to retain exclusive negotiating rights with...

Busch report
David Green has clawed into the top 10 without bullying his way around the track.

Wallace sets qualifying record in Portland (AP)
Andy Wallace set a new course record at Portland International Raceway in qualifying Friday for the American Le Mans Series' Portland Grand Prix. Wallace lapped the road course at 1 minute, 2.712 seconds in a Dyson Racing Lola, bettering David Brabham's mark set four years ago by about 1.5 seconds. Wallace also was on the pole two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Raceway recognizes Wallace family with grandstand (AP)
MADISON, Ill. – Paying tribute to a legendary racing family, Gateway International Raceway dedicated the...

Federal judge throws out Ford lawsuit against NASCAR driver Kahne (AP)
A federal judge has dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne by Ford Motor Co.

NASCAR president: Atlanta Motor Speedway damage worst he's seen (AP)
HAMPTON, Ga. – Amid toppled scoring towers and blown-out condominiums, NASCAR president Mike Helton said...

Indy-car title quest concerns counter Wheldon's racing style (AFP)
England's Dan Wheldon enjoys a 68-point edge in the Indy Racing League entering Sunday's Indy 400, but thoughts of a series title force him to adopt more conservative strategies than he likes.

Former Cup drivers enjoying Craftsman Truck Series (AP)
Bobby Hamilton spent 12 years racing in NASCAR's top stock car series without ever finishing better than ninth...

Geoffrey Bodine works to promote bobsledding (AP)
John Morgan has lived and breathed bobsledding as a driver, broadcaster and coach. But he says he's never seen...

NASCAR crew chiefs fined (AP)
Derrike Cope's crew chief was fined $5,000 Tuesday for using an illegal part at Pocono Raceway.

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