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Orioles Win With Palmeiro Back in Dugout (AP)
AP - The Baltimore Orioles welcomed back Rafael Palmeiro, then beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays while he watched from the dugout. Bruce Chen pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and Javy Lopez homered and scored twice to lead Baltimore past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-2 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Collision Sends Mets Players to Hospital (AP)
AP - Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran collided so violently in the outfield, face-to-face while diving for a ball, that the first New York Mets teammates who reached them were shaken by what they saw.
Palmeiro: No Apology, No Details (AP)
AP - In his return to baseball after a 10-day suspension for steroid use, Rafael Palmeiro didn't offer an apology and did not discuss the details of his failed drug test. He didn't play, either.
Packers Nip Charges 10-7 in Preseason Game (AP)
AP - Nate Kaeding still hasn't solved his kicking problems.
Gatlin Wins 200 for Second Gold at Worlds (AP)
AP - Justin Gatlin led a U.S. sweep of the top four places in the 200 meters late Thursday. His pursuit of a third gold medal opens Friday with the heats of the 400 relays, however, the U.S. no longer dominates the race, and Trinidad and Tobago could still spoil Gatlin's party.
First-Round Pick Struggles to Get on Field (AP)
AP - The Oakland Raiders say they are in no rush to push top draft pick Fabian Washington into the starting lineup. That's a strange situation for the rookie cornerback to be in and he admits it's taking time to adjust.
Nets Sign Jeff McInnis to Two-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Jeff McInnis signed a two-year deal with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday to back up Jason Kidd.
Mets Lose Cameron in 2-1 Loss to Padres (AP)
AP - New York Mets right fielder Mike Cameron was taken off the field on a stretcher following a frightening head-to-head collision with center fielder Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
Italy's Soccer Season May Be Delayed Again (AP)
AP - The start of Italy's soccer season may be delayed for the fourth straight year because of financial problems and fallout from a game-fixing scandal.
Lindros Signs One-Year Deal With Toronto (AP)
AP - Eric Lindros admits he is not the player he once was. But even after eight concussions, he thinks he has plenty left to offer the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Eagles have never needed Terrell Owens more, or wanted him around less, than right now.
Eagles take harder stance on Owens (AP)
Terrell Owens' banishment from training camp did nothing to quiet the exchange of harsh words between the Philadelphia Eagles and their All-Pro wide receiver. If anything, the running feud only got worse Thursday, the first day of coach Andy Reid's weeklong timeout. While T.O. stayed home, the Eagles hardened their stance that Owens will not get the new contract he desperately wants -- and insisted...
Favre looks strong in preseason debut (AP)
Brett Favre's offseason work paid off in his first action of the preseason. Favre, who trained with a strength and conditioning coach in the offseason for the first time, completed 9 of 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown Thursday night in the Green Bay Packers' 10-7 win over the San Diego Chargers.
NFL to kick off season with concerts (AP)
The NFL will kick off the season Sept. 8 with concerts in three cities featuring a look back at the history of the Super Bowl. A free concert outside Los Angeles Coliseum, site of the first Super Bowl, will include Grammy Award winners Kanye West and Maroon 5. They will be joined by former Super Bowl MVP Marcus Allen and the University of Southern California marching band.
Edwards signs big deal with Browns (AP)
Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards climbed two steps to the podium at Cleveland Browns headquarters and let out a deep sigh. He looked relieved after a nearly two-week holdout and two days of tense negotiations. ``We're glad it's over with and there's no bad blood,'' he said. Edwards, the third overall pick, signed a five-year, $40 million contract with nearly $20 million in guaranteed money...
Jason White gives up pro football (AP)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White ended his professional career Thursday, citing his weak knees. White, who had been competing for third quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, said he has the head and heart to play in the NFL. He doesn't have the knees. ``It's always been a dream of mine, but certain things won't allow me to chase that dream,'' White said.
Titans' 'Pacman' Jones sues accusers (AP)
Adam ``Pacman'' Jones, Tennessee's top draft pick, responded Thursday to the men who accused him of hitting them at a nightclub by suing them on charges of conspiracy, defamation and slander. With his agent in town to try to complete his contract, Jones had his lawyer file the suit in Davidson County Circuit Court against club manager Robert Gaddy and his brother Lamar Woodson.
Jamal Lewis back in pads for Ravens (AP)
Jamal Lewis shuffled carefully to his left, studied the blocking and burst through the middle untouched on his first carry at training camp since being released from prison. The Baltimore Ravens' star running back didn't display his usual explosiveness Wednesday, not surprising, considering it was his first practice in pads following an offseason of legal turmoil.
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.
Magic waive guard Doug Christie (AP)
The Orlando Magic waived guard Doug Christie on Thursday after a disappointing season marred by injury and public squabble with team management. After his season ended because of an ankle injury in April, Christie lashed out at general manager John Weisbrod, who has since resigned for a job in the NHL.
Stern supports Hawks' removal of Belkin (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern submitted an affidavit Thursday supporting the efforts by the majority of the Atlanta Hawks owners to remove Steve Belkin as the team's NBA governor. The majority of the Atlanta Spirit LLC group has requested that Belkin be replaced with Michael Gearon Jr., as NBA governor, the member of the group who must sign off on all trades.
Lakers waive forward Brian Grant (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Brian Grant on Wednesday, taking advantage of a one-time provision to the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to save nearly $30 million in luxury tax penalties. Grant was part of the trade that sent Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat last July.
Nets sign McInnis to back up Kidd (AP)
Jeff McInnis signed a two-year deal with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday to back up Jason Kidd. ``I still think I am a starter in this league,'' McInnis said by telephone from Charlotte, N.C. ``The short-term contract will give me an opportunity to be a starter in this league, whether with New Jersey or not.'' The former 30-year-old North Carolina star said he's looking forward to a fresh start...
Pacers sign European star Jasikevicius (AP)
Sarunas Jasikevicius became one of the Indiana Pacers' elder statesmen Thursday after signing a 3-year contract. The 29-year-old Lithuanian played at Maryland and spent the past seven years playing in Europe. ``Hopefully I'll be a small piece of the puzzle and contribute,'' Jasikevicius said at a news conference.
Rockets re-sign guard Jon Barry (AP)
Jon Barry re-signed with the Rockets on Thursday after joining the team in December from Atlanta and providing Houston with strong 3-point shooting. The 6-foot-5 free-agent guard has been with eight teams during his 13-year career. Barry averaged seven points in 53 games for the Rockets. He made 60-of-133 3-point attempts for 45.1 percent last season, a single-season record for the Rockets.
Nowitzki's coach not allowed out of jail (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki's longtime coach and confidant was denied a request to be released from jail by a court Thursday. The court and district attorney's office said negotiations were continuing on how long Holger Geschwindner will be held while he's investigated for tax evasion. Nowitzki has worked with Geschwindner since he was a teenager and regards him as a ``second father.'' The coach puts the Dallas...
Leafs sign Eric Lindros to one-year deal (AP)
Eric Lindros admits he is not the player he once was. But even after eight concussions, he thinks he has plenty left to offer the Toronto Maple Leafs. General manager John Ferguson is giving Lindros that opportunity and taking a chance by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million with the hulking forward.
Moore surprised Bertuzzi cleared to play (AP)
Steve Moore is surprised Todd Bertuzzi was reinstated by the NHL for a blindside punch that broke the neck of the former Colorado Avalanche forward. ``It's difficult to see that he's able to play again when I still have a long way to go, and not just in hockey, but with my health,'' Moore said in Thursday's Denver Post.
Bruins sign Thornton to three-year deal (AP)
Joe Thornton is going to captain the Boston Bruins for quite some time. The 26-year-old star center, who could've become an unrestricted free agent next summer, signed a three-year deal with the Bruins on Thursday that will pay $6.6 million in each season. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, no player can make more than 20 percent -- or $7.8 million -- of a team's $39 million salary cap...
Blackhawks deal G Thibault to Penguins (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran goaltender Jocelyn Thibault to a two-year, $3 million contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Blackhawks for a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. Thibault, 30, became expendable to the Blackhawks after they signed Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, $27 million deal that made him the NHL's highest-paid goaltender on Friday.
NHL close to sending players to Olympics (AP)
NHL players moved a step closer Thursday to playing in the 2006 Turin Olympics. Details were discussed at a meeting attended by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel and International Olympic Committee executive director Gilbert Felli.
Panthers, Luongo heading to arbitration (AP)
Roberto Luongo is being taken to arbitration by the Florida Panthers, a move that ensures the record-setting goaltender will be under contract when the team opens camp next month. The Panthers exercised a new right on Thursday that enables teams to take players to arbitration. A hearing could take place as early as Aug.
Coyotes sign defenseman Morris (AP)
Defenseman Derek Morris signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. It was the second straight year the Coyotes avoided arbitration with Morris. He also signed a qualifying offer in July 2004, two months before the lockout that wiped out last season. The Coyotes traded center Chris Gratton, defenseman Ossi Vaananen and a draft choice to Colorado on March 9, 2004, for Morris and...
Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray could be helping to usher in a new era for NASCAR.
Sorenson to run Cup schedule in fourth Ganassi car (AP)
Reed Sorenson, a hotshot 19-year-old Busch Series driver, will run a full Nextel Cup schedule next season in a fourth team for Chip Ganassi Racing, two people within the team told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Robby Gordon struggles to improve his Cup team (AP)
So far this season, the twisty track at Infineon Raceway has been the high point of a challenging season for...
Notes: Stewart, Pruett doing triple duty (AP)
NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Tony Stewart and longtime road racing star Scott Pruett are going to have the...
NASCAR in midst of free-agent free-for-all (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Jamie McMurray signed a contract to drive for Roush Racing in 2007, it put his...
Busch can't avoid NASCAR at ball park (AP)
Busy Kurt Busch found enough time to head for Wrigley Field, hoping to forget about NASCAR for at least one night.
Champ Car driver Tracy contemplates going NASCAR (AP)
Champ Car star Paul Tracy is ready for a new challenge and hopes it can come in NASCAR.
Kurt Busch leaves Roush Racing for Penske Racing South (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Less than nine months after delivering team owner Jack Roush a NASCAR Nextel Cup series title, Kurt Busch is moving on.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Crafton docked 25 points (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Matt Crafton on Tuesday was docked 25 points for a rule violation last week at Indianapolis Raceway Park.