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Mets Beat Cubs 6-1 for Three-Game Sweep (AP)
AP - Victor Zambrano pitched eight strong innings, David Wright drove in three runs and the New York Mets finished a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 6-1 victory Sunday night.
Clemens Wins Fourth Straight for Astros (AP)
AP - Roger Clemens won his fourth straight start with another dominant road performance, and Jason Lane's three-run homer capped the Houston Astros' eighth-inning rally for an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
White Sox Slip Past Mariners 3-1 (AP)
AP - Jon Garland earned his 16th win, Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered, and center fielder Aaron Rowand preserved the lead with a spectacular catch to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Sunday.
Marino, Young Inducted Into Football Hall (AP)
AP - The eyes that stared down defenses betrayed Dan Marino on Sunday. They were wet with tears as he took his place among the legends of football.
Wayne Gretzky Reportedly to Coach Coyotes (AP)
AP - Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, will be the new coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, The Arizona Republic reported on its Web site Sunday.
Packers' Walker Injures Left Hamstring (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl receiver Javon Walker injured his left hamstring Sunday night and was held out the rest of the practice.
Veteran Kukoc set to help Aussie Bogut adjust to NBA (AFP)
AFP - Croatian playmaker Toni Kukoc, who won three National Basketball Association titles with the Chicago Bulls, will hang around and help top draft pick Andrew Bogut adjust to life in the NBA.
Eckstein's blast lifts Cardinals past Braves (Reuters)
Reuters - David Eckstein belted a ninth inning
grand slam home run to lift the St. Louis Cardinals past the
Atlanta Braves 5-3 in National League action at Busch Stadium
Chelsea Beats Arsenal in Community Shield (AP)
AP - Premier League champion Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Community Shield on Sunday behind a goal in each half by Didier Drogba.
Hurricanes Sign Whitney to Two-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Ray Whitney signed a two-year contract with Carolina, giving the Hurricanes a two-time All-Star who has topped 60 points in five of his last seven seasons.
Hall of Fame lessons
CANTON, Ohio – Dan Marino and Steve Young could teach T.O. a thing or two about what's more important to an NFL star.
Marino and Young enter Hall of Fame (AP)
He licked his fingers, a trademark of his 17 seasons as the NFL's most prolific quarterback, then turned to one of his favorite receivers, Mark Clayton, in the audience. ``Go deep, Mark,'' Dan Marino commanded. Clayton sauntered up the aisle, turned and latched onto -- what else? -- a perfect spiral. ``Of course, in the end, every quarterback wants one more Sunday with a football in his hands and...
Owens returns to Eagles' practice (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens returned to practice Sunday after missing the last two days with inflammation in his left groin. Owens participated in both the morning and afternoon sessions. After wearing full pads for the morning practice, players wore shells and shorts during a brief afternoon workout.
Vikings restructure Culpepper's contract (AP)
Daunte Culpepper has become one of the NFL's best quarterbacks, and the Minnesota Vikings wanted to make sure he's getting paid like one, too. Culpepper and the Vikings reached an agreement on Sunday to restructure his contract, giving the three-time Pro Bowl player an unspecified raise. Rob Brzezinski, the team's vice president for football operations, said the new deal -- given the blessing of...
Packers' Walker injures hamstring (AP)
Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl receiver Javon Walker injured his left hamstring Sunday night and was held out the rest of the practice. ``I felt something pull when I was running,'' Walker said, adding that he didn't consider it to be serious. Mark Roman and rookie Nick Collins, working as the starting safeties, collided hard as they defended a pass play over the middle during the 75-minute practice.
Shula gets biggest ovation at Hall (AP)
It was hardly a surprise, considering the thousands of fans in No. 13 Dolphins jerseys on hand Sunday, that Don Shula drew the loudest ovation of the pre-induction ceremonies from the crowd of 21,766 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Toward the end of Chris Berman's introductions of the 51 previous inductees who were in attendance -- there are 229 Hall members in all -- many in the crowd at Fawcett...
Raiders' Gannon retires, joins TV booth (AP)
Rich Gannon hollered at his teammates whenever he felt it necessary, and he had the support of owner Al Davis all the way. ``We used to hear a little bit, 'The players are getting upset with Rich. He's on them too much,''' Davis recalled. ``Boy, I raised my hand and said, 'Amen, go ahead.''' Gannon called it quits Saturday, retiring from the Oakland Raiders after missing most of last season with a...
Panthers' TE Freddie Jones retires (AP)
Carolina tight end Freddie Jones retired Sunday, ending his eight-year career just four months after signing a free agent contract with the Panthers. Jones spent five seasons in San Diego and three in Arizona and had 404 career catches. He wasn't exactly a fit with the Panthers, who use their tight ends primarily for blocking.
Heat of the moment
The clock is ticking on Shaq's health. That's why Pat Riley felt compelled to shake up Miami's roster.
LeBron James hires Leon Rose as agent (AP)
Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James, who fired agent Aaron Goodwin shortly after last season, has hired Leon Rose to represent him, a spokesman for the NBA Players Association said Friday. On Thursday, the player's union received a standard player-agent contract in the mail signed by James and Rose, spokesman Dan Wasserman said.
Las Vegas to host 2007 All-Star game (AP)
The NBA is going ``all-in'' with its All-Stars. The 2007 NBA All-Star game is headed to Las Vegas, the first time a city without a franchise has been chosen to host the event. The festivities will take place just off the Strip, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Commissioner David Stern called it ``a merger between the basketball capital of the world and the entertainment capital of the...
Lakers' Turiaf cancels news conference (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf, who underwent open-heart surgery last month, canceled a news conference Friday because he did not feel well. Turiaf was chosen 37th in the NBA draft out of Gonzaga and had surgery July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root that was discovered in a post-draft physical exam.
Grizzlies sign G Damon Stoudamire (AP)
Guard Damon Stoudamire on Friday signed a four-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells earlier this week. The 10-year veteran spent the past eight seasons in Portland. He is coming off his best season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 assists and shooting 91.5 percent from the foul line.
Abdur-Rahim fails physical, deal on hold (AP)
The New Jersey Nets' trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been put on hold after the veteran forward failed to pass a physical. The Nets did not disclose the nature or cause of the problem, but said the injury in question was one that neither the team nor Abdur-Rahim was aware of.
Hawks' ownership rift headed to court (AP)
A power struggle among the Atlanta Hawks' owners heads to court next week, overshadowing attempts in the offseason to improve the team with the fewest wins in the NBA last season. Owner Steve Belkin of Boston has obtained a restraining order preventing his co-owners from removing him as the team's NBA governor.
Ray Allen signs extension with Sonics (AP)
Ray Allen listened to pitches from Cleveland, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers and others. In the end, the All-Star guard decided staying with the Seattle SuperSonics was the right choice for him. ``I wanted someone to say something to knock me off my feet. And I was very disappointed,'' Allen said Wednesday after signing a five-year contract extension with the SuperSonics.
Reports: Gretzky to coach Coyotes (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon to make a ``major'' announcement, amid reports that Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, will be named the team's new coach. The Arizona Republic first reported Sunday that Gretzky, the team's managing partner, would be introduced as the coach.
Avs sign Hejduk to five-year contract (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche signed two-time All-Star right winger Milan Hejduk to a five-year contract Saturday and signed former Minnesota left wing Andrew Brunette to a two-year deal. Hejduk, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of the Czech Republic, was the Avalanche's sixth selection in the NHL entry draft in 1994, going 87th overall.
Hurricanes ink Whitney to two-year deal (AP)
Ray Whitney signed a two-year contract with Carolina, giving the Hurricanes a two-time All-Star who has topped 60 points in five of his last seven seasons. The 33-year-old left wing is joining his sixth NHL team. He has scored more than 20 goals in a season five times, setting a career high with 33 in 1997-98 with Edmonton and Florida.
Chicago signs Khabibulin for $27 million (AP)
Stanley Cup-winning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, leaving the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Khabibulin played in 55 regular-season games for the Lightning during 2003-04, posting a 28-19-7 record with three shutouts, a 2.33 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
Kariya signs 2-year deal with Predators (AP)
The Nashville Predators fought for a fair labor deal for small market teams to help them compete in the NHL. They followed through with the biggest signing in the expansion franchise's short history. Paul Kariya signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Predators on Friday. It's the left-wing's third team in three seasons, and he becomes Nashville's biggest scoring threat yet.
Lemieux group to keep Penguins (AP)
Don't remove the owner's tag from Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux's title just yet. In an about-face brought about partly by the team drafting Canadian super prospect Sidney Crosby, the Penguins said Friday that Lemieux's group will retain its majority ownership. William ``Boots'' DelBiaggio, a San Jose-based businessman who was to buy a majority stake, will instead buy a minority...
Capitals, Ovechkin agree to 3-year deal (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin, the No. 1 pick in last year's NHL draft, agreed to a three-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Friday. The 19-year-old left winger opted out of a deal with a Russian club last month so he could join the Capitals. Financial terms were not immediately released, but Ovechkin's annual salary in this entry-level contract can't exceed $984,200 based on the league's new...
INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Stewart's dream came true at Indy on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s day wasn't quite as good.
Tony Stewart's win at Indianapolis is a family affair (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Writer
Tony Stewart wins Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)
Flat tires take their toll at Indy (AP)
There were more tire problems at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, and Michelin wasn't involved in any of them.
Stewart gets coveted Indy victory (AP)
When victory finally came for Tony Stewart at Indianapolis on Sunday, it was everything he thought it would be.
Johnson taken to hospital after crash (AP)
Jimmie Johnson was released from the hospital Sunday night, a few hours after crashing hard in the fourth turn during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
Stewart ends years of frustration, finally earns Indy win (AP)
Tony Stewart lined up on his knees, flanked by his mother, father and sister, all of them eager to finally kiss the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt's championship hopes take another hit (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have been pushed out of the Nextel Cup chase Sunday.
Truex Jr. wins rain-delayed Busch Series Kroger 200 (SportsTicker)