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Trade Talks Swirl With Ramirez Scratched (AP)
AP - Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez got the night off to clear his head while the team attempts to trade him and shed his salary. He will also miss Sunday's game, manager Terry Francona said, meaning the World Series MVP wouldn't take the field again until after the trading deadline passes.

Reds Drop Padres to 2 Games Under .500 (AP)
AP - Aaron Harang threw eight strong innings against his hometown team, and Sean Casey and Javier Valentin homered as the Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego 9-1 on Saturday night, dropping the NL West-leading Padres to two games under .500.

Brewers End Losing Streak; Beat Giants 7-1 (AP)
AP - Two of Milwaukee's star players came through Saturday night and helped the Brewers end a pair of losing streaks. Ben Sheets pitched a six-hitter and Geoff Jenkins hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 7-1.

Penguins Make Crosby No. 1 NHL Draft Pick (AP)
AP - Welcome to the NHL, Sidney Crosby. As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins took the teenage phenom from Canada with the No. 1 pick on Saturday.

Singh Leads Buick Open in Record Fashion (AP)
AP - Vijay Singh quickly turned a showdown between the world's top two golfers into a rout. Singh started the third round of the Buick Open one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, then birdied the first three holes while Woods bogeyed Nos. 2-4. Singh matched the tournament record of 7 under on the front nine and closed with a 63 Saturday, matching the event's 54-hole record of 22-under 194.

Redskins Release Linebacker Mike Barrow (AP)
AP - Veteran linebacker Mike Barrow was waived Saturday by the Washington Redskins, and safety Andre Lott was let go after agreeing to an injury settlement with the team.

Stromile Swift Plans to Sign With Rockets (AP)
AP - Stromile Swift will sign with the Houston Rockets early next week, the free agent said Saturday.

Mariners Trade Winn to San Francisco (AP)
AP - The last-place Seattle Mariners traded center fielder Randy Winn to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night for backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba and minor league pitcher Jesse Foppert.

MLS All-Stars Defeat Fulham FC 4-1 (AP)
AP - Jeff Cunningham scored twice in the final five minutes as the Major League Soccer All-Stars' beat England's Fulham FC 4-1 on Saturday.

Slow Trading Day at Quiet NHL Draft (AP)
AP - Whatever happened to the old days when the NHL draft hadn't even begun and Mike Milbury had already traded half his roster?

Green with envy
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The contract disputes of Grady Jackson and Javon Walker have only one thing in common: both want more money.

McNabb says he has no issues with Owens (AP)
Donovan McNabb would rather exchange high-fives with Terrell Owens instead of harsh words. McNabb said Saturday he doesn't need to work out any differences with Owens, even though the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback and the All-Pro wide receiver squabbled during the Philadelphia Eagles' tumultuous offseason.

McDougle to miss at least four weeks (AP)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle is expected to miss at least four weeks while recovering from a gunshot wound, the team said Saturday. McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers late Thursday night in southwest Miami, police said Friday. The Eagles said he will remain in the hospital for another five to seven days after undergoing surgery.

Browns holding out hope for Edwards (AP)
Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards missed Cleveland's first day of practice in full pads as the Browns worked toward signing their first-round draft pick on Saturday. ``There's nothing new,'' Browns owner Randy Lerner said. On Friday, the Browns sent a new proposal -- their third -- to agent Lamont Smith.

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...

Smith begins battle for Niners' QB job (AP)
Tim Rattay and Alex Smith threw the same passes and called the same plays Saturday, each patiently taking his turn in the opening workout of the San Francisco 49ers' training camp. Coach Mike Nolan says the Niners' starting quarterback and his high-profile replacement will stay on equal footing for at least a little while longer.

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...

Redskins release Barrow and Lott (AP)
Veteran linebacker Mike Barrow was waived Saturday by the Washington Redskins, and safety Andre Lott was let go after agreeing to an injury settlement with the team. The 35-year-old Barrow never played a down for the Redskins after signing a six-year, $11.6 million contract a year ago as a free agent from the New York Giants.

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

NBA, union finalize and sign 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: Las Vegas gets '07 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.

Swift says he'll sign with Rockets (AP)
Stromile Swift will sign with the Houston Rockets early next week, the free agent said Saturday. ``I'm ready to get it over with,'' Swift said before playing in Tracy McGrady's celebrity softball tournament. ``It will relieve a lot of pressure.'' Swift's agent told several Houston media outlets on July 18 that the Rockets had reached a deal with the player, but free agents could not be signed until...

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...

Penguins draft Crosby first overall (AP)
Welcome to the NHL, Sidney Crosby. As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins took the teenage phenom from Canada with the No. 1 pick on Saturday. ``This is amazing,'' Crosby said. ``I'm just really relieved. It's unbelievable. I'm so happy right now.'' The arrival of the young superstar, who's already been compared to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, is just what the NHL needed after the lockout that erased...

Lemieux might extend career three years (AP)
Just as Sidney Crosby was pulling on his No. 87 Pittsburgh Penguins jersey for the first time, his new boss -- and, likely, his new linemate -- dared Saturday to speak the two magic words the team's fans once thought they might not say again. Did Mario Lemieux, the owner-player whose team went through an 18-game losing streak when the NHL last played a season, really say the words ``Stanley Cup''?

Hurricanes trade O'Neill to Maple Leafs (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Jeff O'Neill to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft pick. O'Neill had 198 goals and 218 assists during his nine seasons with the franchise. He scored a career-high 41 goals in 2000-01. ``There's never a good time to say goodbye to somebody,'' Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Lightning re-sign LW Fedotenko (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed left wing Ruslan Fedotenko, who scored both goals in the team's 2-1 victory over Calgary in the seventh game of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. Fedotenko played in 77 games during the 2003-04 season, recording 17 goals, 39 points and 14 penalty minutes. He signed a one-year contract Saturday.

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...

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.

Language barrier
A swear isn't always a swear when it comes to NASCAR and its drivers.

Rookie Sorenson wins NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Tribute 250 (SportsTicker)

Sorenson wins Wallace Family Tribute 250 (AP)
At an event honoring the Wallace racing family, Reed Sorenson stole the show.

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...

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