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Yankees cool off surprising Marlins 6-5 (AP)
New York Yankees' Jorge Posada, center, is safe at third as Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, right,  takes the throw in the fourth inning during interleague MLB baseball Friday night, June 23, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Umpire Ted Barrett, left, makes the call. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Jorge Posada drove in three runs to back Chien-Ming Wang, and the New York Yankees cooled off the surprising Florida Marlins with a 6-5 victory Friday night.


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Braves end their longest losing streak (AP)
Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones watches his sacrifice fly to right field that drove in Marcus Giles off Tampa Bay Devil Rays reliever Edwin Jackson during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 23, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Braves won 4-3 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)AP - Todd Pratt's RBI grounder in the 11th inning helped the Atlanta Braves end their longest losing streak in 18 years at 10 games with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.


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Canucks' Bertuzzi traded to the Panthers (AP)
AP - The Florida Panthers acquired forward Todd Bertuzzi in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo as part of a five-player trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

France tattoos Togo 2-0 to advance at Cup (AP)
Soccer fans in Paris, France react as they watch the World Cup 2006 soccer match between France and Togo Friday, June 23, 2006  in World Cup Group G where France scored a 2-0 victory over Togo. The other teams in the group are Switzerland and South Korea. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)AP - France finally won its game of brinkmanship and a World Cup game for the first time since capturing the title eight years ago. Teetering on the edge of another embarrassing first-round elimination from the World Cup, the 1998 champion beat Togo 2-0 on Friday to advance to the final 16 for a game against Spain.


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Jones, Gatlin win titles at 100 meters (AP)
Justin Gatlin, fourth from right, breaks the tape as he win the men's 100-meter dash at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis, Friday, June 23, 2006. Gatlin finished won with a time of 9.93 seconds.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - Marion Jones made a triumphant return to her sport's center stage Friday night by winning the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships — in the stadium where she won her first national title nine years ago.


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Roethlisberger visits Steelers offices (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watches a replay from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a 20-19 win on Monday, Oct. 31, 2005 against the Baltimore Ravens.   Roethlisberger will be cited for not wearing a helmet and not having a motorcycle license for a traffic accident last week in which he collided with a car, police said Monday June 19, 2006, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)AP - Ben Roethlisberger, accompanied by bodyguards and wearing a hood to cover facial injuries from a motorcycle crash, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers' offices Tuesday, a newspaper reported.


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Miami celebrates NBA title with parade (AP)
Streamers are shot from the American Airlines Arena in Miami as the Miami Heat basketball team celebrate their NBA championship Friday, June 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Luis Alvarez)AP - Shaquille O'Neal had the microphone, which meant the public address announcer had little chance of getting a word in edgewise.


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Freel gets 5 hits as Reds defeat Tribe 3-0 (AP)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips walks away after forcing out Cleveland Indians' Ronnie Belliard (20) at second base in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 23, 2006, in Cleveland. Jhonny Peralta was out at first for the second half of a double play. The Reds won 3-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)AP - Aaron Harang is not quite sure why he feels at home on the road. Harang pitched his second shutout of the season and Ryan Freel had a career-high five hits to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.


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Powerhouses, surprises set for Round 2 (AP)
Ghana players celebrate after the USA vs Ghana World Cup Group E soccer match at the Franken Stadium in Nuremberg, Germany, Thursday, June 22, 2006.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Ghana, Australia and Ecuador provided the biggest shocks of the first round of the World Cup. Now they are chasing even bigger ones in the last 16.


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Thornton edges Jagr in NHL MVP voting (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton poses after winning the Art Ross trophy, right, for the League's leading scorer and Hart trophy for the League's most valuable player at the NHL awards in Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, June 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)AP - Joe Thornton edged out Jaromir Jagr again. Thornton, who beat out Jagr for the scoring title by two points, took the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP on Thursday with Jagr again relegated to runner-up.


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Early supplemental entries
The NFL player personnel office has approved the paperwork of four supplemental draft prospects.

Roethlisberger visits Steelers offices (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger, accompanied by bodyguards and wearing a hood to cover facial injuries from a motorcycle crash, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers' offices Tuesday, a newspaper reported. Roethlisberger stopped by headquarters for the first time since the accident eight days ago to pick up mail and other items.

Saints training camp goes to Mississippi (AP)
The New Orleans Saints are marching to Mississippi. The Saints announced a four-year agreement Thursday to hold training camp at Millsaps College in an attempt to broaden the team's fan base and help new coach Sean Payton build team unity. "We believe by having camp away, it's good for building a bond for coaches and owners and players," owner Tom Benson said.

Manning calls James' departure sad (AP)
Peyton Manning was sorry to see running back Edgerrin James leave the Indianapolis Colts, but he's got an idea about how to bolster the running game. "Everybody has been asking how the running game is going to be this year. I've told them I'm going to try to get involved in the running game more myself," the two-time MVP joked Thursday.

Saints OT Brown charged with battery (AP)
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jammal Brown was free on bond Friday following his arrest on a domestic abuse complaint from his wife. Brown was booked Thursday with domestic abuse battery after his wife placed a 911 call, said Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish sheriff. When officers responded, Brown was not at home, but returned before officers left, Bonnett said.

Bucs QB McCown will have knee surgery (AP)
Tampa Bay quarterback Luke McCown will have knee surgery this week, leaving the Buccaneers in the market for another backup for Chris Simms. McCown partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while scrambling out of the pocket during a workout June 15. He will have surgery in the next couple of days, coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday.

Bengals draft pick Rucker faces charges (AP)
Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker has been charged with two counts of spousal battery and vandalism. The misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday after an alleged fight between Rucker and his girlfriend at a party he was hosting in Los Angeles last August, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

Steelers WR Holmes apologizes for arrest (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes apologized Tuesday for his latest arrest on charges he assaulted a woman. The 22-year-old Holmes was charged by Columbus, Ohio, police Monday with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and simple assault. It was his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.

Madison Square Garbage
GM Isiah Thomas made a mess of the Knicks. Now it's up to him to clean things up as head coach – or else.

Knicks: Brown's interviews broke policy (AP)
The Knicks contend Larry Brown broke Madison Square Garden policy with his roadside interviews, a decision the team believes could wind up saving them millions. The Knicks fired Brown on Thursday after one season as their coach and replaced him with team president and general manager Isiah Thomas. Brown has four years and a reported $40 million left on his contract, but the Knicks say the Hall of...

Heat celebrate NBA title with parade (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal had the microphone, which meant the public address announcer had little chance of getting a word in edgewise. This was Shaq's moment, the one he promised two years ago. He rapped. He led cheers. He chanted "one more year" to Alonzo Mourning, who'll contemplate retirement. And he wasn't done, either.

Jordan gets to work with Bobcats (AP)
Michael Jordan went to work for the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday, overseeing a pre-draft workout as part-owner of the team. Jordan, who's been given decision-making power on personnel decisions, helped conduct on-court drills during most of the workout. He retreated to a balcony overlooking the practice court by the time reporters were allowed in and declined to speak to the media.

Raptors name Gherardini VP, assistant GM (AP)
The Toronto Raptors hired Maurizio Gherardini, who built one of the most successful professional basketball teams in Europe, as the club's vice president and assistant general manager Thursday. The Italian Gherardini becomes the first European to hold a senior management position with an NBA franchise.

LeBron confident about deal with Cavs (AP)
Now that good pal Dwyane Wade has won an NBA title, LeBron James is even more driven to get his first. "It just makes me hungrier," James said Wednesday at the groundbreaking for a $4.7 million housing project on the city's east side that he and his business team are partially funding. "The best team won it this year, D-Wade and the Miami Heat.

Clean start: Nowitzki shaves head, beard (AP)
Don't worry Mavs fans: Dirk Nowitzki was bored, not despondent, when he took a razor to his head the day after the NBA finals. "It's summertime," Nowitzki said Thursday, showing off a clean-shaven face and head. "Sitting home yesterday, I was disappointed, obviously, frustrated. I had to do something." On the day the Dallas Mavericks were hoping to host a winner-take-all Game 7 against the Miami...

Kings hire five assistant coaches (AP)
New Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman hired five assistants Friday, including former NBA players Scott Brooks and T.R. Dunn. Musselman, hired three weeks ago to replace Rick Adelman, also hired Brendan O'Connor, Mark Hughes and Jason Hamm as assistants. Clay Moser was named an advance scout. Brooks, an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets for the past three seasons, will be Musselman's lead...

Southern comfort
RALEIGH, N.C. – When they needed it most, the Hurricanes gathered strength from the unwavering support of the Carolina faithful.

Canucks trade Bertuzzi to Panthers (AP)
The Florida Panthers acquired forward Todd Bertuzzi in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo as part of a five-player trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. The Canucks also sent promising young goaltender Alex Auld and defenseman Bryan Allen to the Panthers in exchange for Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round pick in Saturday's draft in Vancouver.

'Canes give Brind'Amour five-year deal (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with Rod Brind'Amour for a new five-year contract worth $18 million, keeping the veteran captain with the franchise he led to the Stanley Cup. The new contract announced by the team Friday will pay him $4 million in each of the first three years and $3 million in each of the last two seasons.

General managers like NHL's new rules (AP)
The new-look NHL got a big thumbs-up from the league's general managers Friday. Thirty GMs spent the day in a hotel discussing the state of the game, listening to reports and recommendations from Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, and throwing around possible rule changes to take to the competition committee for next season.

Joe Thornton named NHL MVP (AP)
Joe Thornton edged out Jaromir Jagr again. Thornton, who beat out Jagr for the scoring title by two points, took the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP on Thursday with Jagr again relegated to runner-up. "I was a big hockey fan so I would always watch these awards and Wayne (Gretzky) would always take it home and obviously Mario (Lemieux) and Mark (Messier) as well," Thornton said after accepting the...

American Johnson could be top NHL pick (AP)
Erik Johnson was 4 years old when he found an old hockey stick in his parents' garage and an empty baby carriage to shoot at. Fourteen years later, the big defenseman from Bloomington, Minn., is widely expected to be the first pick when the St. Louis Blues open the NHL entry draft Saturday at GM Place.

Mighty no more: Ducks unveil new look (AP)
The Ducks are mighty no more. The NHL team will take the ice next season as the Anaheim Ducks, wearing new uniforms with different colors and a redesigned logo. The makeover cuts the team's final remaining ties to former owner The Walt Disney Co., which sold the Ducks last year to Orange County residents Henry and Susan Samueli.

NHL approves sales of Blues, Coyotes (AP)
The NHL board of governors approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday to a group headed by Dave Checketts, the former president of Madison Square Garden. The deal, reached March 24, transfers ownership of the Blues -- the league's worst team this season -- and the Savvis Center from Bill and Nancy Laurie to Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners.

Exchanging lacquer
Trading Paint has the week off, but NASCAR fans still have enough on their minds to fill up a mailbag.

Kurt Busch takes the pole at Infineon, followed by McMurray, Harvick (AP)
Kurt Busch looked a lot like the driver he replaced in the No. 2 Penske South Racing Dodge on Friday when he took his first road course pole.

Kurt Busch wins pole for NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 (SportsTicker)


Winless Gordon looking for jump-start (AP)
Jeff Gordon would love to jump-start his winless season on one of the road courses he used to dominate.

Hornaday Jr. wins pole for NCTS Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (SportsTicker)


NASCAR owner Haas released on $10 million bail (AP)
A NASCAR team owner accused of defrauding the government of more than $20 million in taxes was released on $10 million bail Friday.

Stewart tired of talking about injury (AP)
His broken right shoulder blade is getting to be a sore subject for Tony Stewart.

Accident leaves Riggs in doubt for Sonoma (AP)
Bill Elliott will stand by as a possible replacement for Evernham Motorsports driver Scott Riggs this weekend at Infineon Raceway following an accident in which the NASCAR Nextel Cup driver sustained cuts to both feet while unloading a jet ski in an oyster bed.

Notes: Gilliland ready for next challenge (AP)
David Gilliland's victory last weekend at Kentucky Speedway is considered by many the biggest upset in the...

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