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Palmeiro Suspended for Steroids Violation (AP)
AP - Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused. "I have never used steroids. Period," he told a congressional panel in March.

Bonds Says He Doesn't Expect to Play Now (AP)
AP - Barry Bonds doesn't expect to play this season because of his injured right knee, putting the San Francisco slugger's quest for the career home run record on hold until at least 2006.

Surging Athletics Slip Past Twins 2-1 (AP)
AP - Rookie Joe Blanton allowed two hits over seven innings and Scott Hatteberg singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh to lift the surging Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Pirates Beat Braves 4-1 to End Losing Skid (AP)
AP - Zach Duke pitched into the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got home runs from Jose Castillo and Chris Duffy to snap a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Monday over the Atlanta Braves.

Harris Leads Marlins Past Cardinals 6-5 (AP)
AP - Career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris had a three-run go-ahead double in the sixth inning, helping the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.

Redskins, QB Campbell Agree on Contract (AP)
AP - First-round draft pick Jason Campbell agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins late Monday, ending a one-day holdout.

Heat to Sign Shaq After Moratorium Ends (AP)
AP - Shaquille O'Neal will soon sign a long-term contract to stay with the Miami Heat, a move that can hardly be considered a surprise.

Benitez Throws Inning in Rehab Assignment (AP)
AP - San Francisco Giants closer Armando Benitez pitched one inning for Class-A San Jose in his first rehab assignment as he tries to come back from a serious hamstring injury.

D.C. United Waives Midfielder Guppy (AP)
AP - D.C. United on Monday released English midfielder Steve Guppy, who played in just five games because of various injuries.

Wild Sign Free-Agent Forward Nazarov (AP)
AP - The Minnesota Wild signed free-agent forward Andrei Nazarov on Monday. "Andrei could really add to the team's physical character and make us that much tougher to play against," said general manager Doug Risebrough. "He has the opportunity to make a real impact here."

Expiration date
RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The Chiefs know their offense's best days are numbered. That explains the sense of urgency.

Terrell Owens shows up at Eagles camp (AP)
Terrell Owens' presence was overshadowed by Brian Westbrook's surprise absence. Owens reported to training camp Monday, ending months of speculation about whether the disgruntled All-Pro receiver would hold out because of a contract dispute with the Philadelphia Eagles. But Westbrook, coming off his best season and a trip to the Pro Bowl, didn't show up, even though he said earlier this summer he...

Lions WR Mike Williams ends holdout (AP)
Mike Williams has a football team again. More than 18 months after his last collegiate game, the first-round pick of the Detroit Lions signed a contract Monday and ended a brief holdout. ``It's a relief to be here,'' said Williams, who sat out the 2004 season after unsuccessfully challenging NFL draft rules.

Koren Robinson goes to alcohol rehab (AP)
Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Koren Robinson has checked himself into a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program in South Carolina. ``I've spoken with him recently and he sounds very positive with his attitude,'' Robinson's attorney Jon Fox said Monday. ``He knows he has a lot of work ahead of himself, but he's willing to do whatever's needed.'' Robinson's decision was first reported by ESPN.com.

Vikings finalize deal with Williamson (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings finalized their contract with first-round draft pick Troy Williamson on Monday. The agreement with Williamson, the seventh pick in the NFL draft, left defensive end Erasmus James, the 18th overall selection, as the only Vikings rookie without a deal. There was no progress to report there, as James' holdout continued into its third full day of training camp.

James backs off, won't skip Japan trip (AP)
Edgerrin James will get a taste of Japanese culture after all. A week after threatening to get no closer to Tokyo than a stop at the Benihana restaurant chain, James said Monday he will join his teammates on the roughly 14-hour flight that leaves Indianapolis on Tuesday. The Colts play the Atlanta Falcons in the exhibition opener Saturday.

Merriman agrees to deal with Chargers (AP)
Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman won't be the last player in training camp for the San Diego Chargers, after all. While many people anticipated protracted negotiations involving the hard-hitting player known as ``Lights Out,'' Merriman agreed to a five-year deal on Monday after missing just the first week of camp.

Redskins' Taylor expresses no regrets (AP)
Sean Taylor isn't worried about going to jail or concerned what people think of him. He calls football his life but defends his right to stay away from the sport and ignore his coach during the offseason. The second-year safety, whose NFL career has been one controversy after another, remained as unpredictable as ever Monday on the opening day of Washington Redskins' training camp.

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

End of moratorium may usher in Shaq deal (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal will soon sign a long-term contract to stay with the Miami Heat, a move that can hardly be considered a surprise. Yet when the league's moratorium on signings formally expires Tuesday at noon EDT, the Heat could quickly find themselves in a barrage of other activity -- including a trade that reportedly would send away veteran Eddie Jones and his $14.5 million salary.

Lucas rejoins Trail Blazers as assistant (AP)
Former Portland Trail Blazers' player Maurice Lucas will return as an assistant coach, the team said Monday. Lucas, a member of the 1977 NBA championship team, finished his playing career with Portland in the 1987-88 season. He averaged 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds in 12 NBA seasons. Lucas, who served as vice president of the NBA Players Association for eight years, is a member of the board of...

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...

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.

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.

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.

Carlyle takes over as Ducks coach (AP)
Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle was hired Monday as the new coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, completing the makeover of a team that also has changed owners and general manager this year. Carlyle, 49, replaces Mike Babcock, who left the Ducks to become the Detroit Red Wings' coach.

Panthers sign Nieuwendyk, Roberts (AP)
Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts wanted the chance to finish their careers together. The Florida Panthers sought savvy veterans to mold their young talent into winners. ``It's a very attractive situation,'' Nieuwendyk said. Indeed, for both sides. The Panthers made the first move in hockey's free agent signing period Monday, signing the four-time All-Star center Nieuwendyk and longtime left wing...

Bruins acquire F Isbister from Oilers (AP)
Boston acquired forward Brad Isbister from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in exchange for the Bruins' fourth-round draft pick in the 2006 NHL draft. Isbister has 93 goals and 90 assists in 409 games in seven NHL seasons. ``Brad is a solid winger who brings good size to our forward lines,'' Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell said in a statement.

Yzerman, Red Wings plan to speak Monday (AP)
Steve Yzerman is expected to speak to Detroit Red Wings officials on Monday about the one-year contract the club has offered the longtime captain to return for his 22nd season. The Red Wings wanted to know by this past weekend whether the 40-year-old Yzerman planned to accept the offer, but both sides agreed to talk on Monday after having trouble getting in touch Sunday.

Sabres allow Satan to become free agent (AP)
Miroslav Satan became an unrestricted free agent Sunday after the Buffalo Sabres declined to make a qualifying offer to the team's six-time scoring leader. By not qualifying Satan's $4 million contract for next season, general manager Darcy Regier said the Sabres can now use that money to address other needs, particularly on defense.

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...

Stars sign D Zubov to three-year deal (AP)
Sergei Zubov signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday, one day before the veteran defenseman could've become an unrestricted free agent. Zubov, 35, has played eight seasons with the Stars, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Since the 1993-94 season, he ranks third among NHL defensemen in points (575) and is the only active defenseman with nine consecutive...

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...

Kurt Busch showing signs he can repeat as NASCAR champ (AP)
LONG POND, Pa. – Kurt Busch may not have acted like a champion at times this year, but he sure is driving...

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...

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