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Minnesota natives clean up at NHL draft (AP)
St. Louis Blues and number one overall pick Erik Johnson, center, Pittsburgh Penguins and number two overall draft pick Jordan Staal, left, and Chicago Blackhawks and number three overall pick Jonathan Towes pose for a photo at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, Canada, Saturday, June 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody, CP)AP - The NHL draft turned into a showcase for hockey in Minnesota. Bloomington native Erik Johnson became just the fifth American chosen first overall when the St. Louis Blues selected him Saturday.


Wild goal lifts Argentina over Mexico (AP)
Mexico's goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez is beaten for the second goal of the game on a long shot from Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez during the first extra time period in the Argentina vs Mexico Round of 16 World Cup soccer match at Central Stadium in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2006.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez took aim, took a chance — and lifted Argentina into the World Cup quarterfinals.


Tigers rally in 9th, beat Cards in 10th (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols singles in the first inning of their baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - Jim Leyland insists it's not Motown magic — just a group of gritty players refusing to give up. Placido Polanco's two-out double in the 10th scored Curtis Granderson from first base and lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night, earning their fifth victory when trailing after eight innings.


Agassi plans to retire after U.S. Open (AP)
Andre Agassi returns to Australia's Mark Philippoussis, during their Men's Singles, fourth-round match, on the Number One Court, on the seventh day of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Monday, June 30, 2003. On Tuesday, June 27, 2006,  Agassi give it another try, playing his first match at Wimbledon since 2003. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus,file)AP - Andre Agassi's voice wavered and his eyes welled up. After years of dealing with injuries, after months of contemplation, he finally spoke the words he knew he had to, at the place he knew he had to.


Moyer helps Mariners beat Padres 9-5 (AP)
Seattle Mariners starter Jamie Moyer pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 24, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Kenji Johjima and Raul Ibanez each hit a pair of solo home runs and Jamie Moyer threw seven solid innings and had an RBI single as the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 9-5 Saturday night.


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.


Even after title, Heat looking to future (AP)
Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal, center, is ushered with protection from officals to a waiting truck after creating a stir while walking down Biscayne Boulevardduring a parade celebrating the teams first-ever NBA championship in downtown Miami, Friday, June 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)AP - As with any championship team, there is already sentiment around the Miami Heat to bring the entire roster back for next season's title defense.


Choo sparks 6-run 1st as Rockies roll (AP)
Colorado Rockies' Choo Freeman, left, is congratulated by teammates Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe, obscured, as Freeman crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off Texas Rangers' Robinson Tejeda in a baseball game in Denver on Saturday, June 24, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Over the last few weeks, Colorado manager Clint Hurdle has been bombarded with questions about what's wrong with Todd Helton. On June 11, the Rockies first baseman was batting an uncharacteristic .267. Hurdle wasn't the least bit worried, though. "Just let him hit," Hurdle said. "Let him keep playing." Hurdle feels vindicated now.


Galaxy and Dynamo play to scoreless tie (AP)
Los Angeles Galaxy's Chris Albright, left, is hit with the ball by Houston Dynamo's Wade Barrett  during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, June 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson)AP - The Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy played to a scoreless tie Saturday night in a game that pitted World Cup teammates Brian Ching and Chris Albright against each other.


Hurricanes get mid-round surprise at draft (AP)
AP - The Carolina Hurricanes looked to the future with their first two picks in Saturday's NHL draft. But the Stanley Cup champions almost sounded more pleased with a later pick who slipped unexpectedly.

Must-have Cav?
Ex-Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks has the talent to be a Day 1 selection. But what is his supplemental draft status?

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.

Ricky Williams struggles as Argos lose (AP)
Suspended NFL star Ricky Williams ran for 14 yards on eight carries Friday night in his second regular-season game for the Toronto Argonauts, a 16-9 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Williams, playing in the CFL after he was suspended by the NFL for one year after a fourth positive drug test, also had one catch for a yard.

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.

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...

Jordan faces big decision in Charlotte (AP)
Michael Jordan won six NBA titles and wide acclaim as the greatest player in NBA history. In joining the Charlotte Bobcats, he finds himself with a franchise struggling to build itself from the ground up. And there are questions about whether Jordan -- whose tenure in management was hardly a success in Washington -- is the right man to oversee the basketball operations of the 2-year-old NBA...

Even after title, Heat looking to future (AP)
As with any championship team, there is already sentiment around the Miami Heat to bring the entire roster back for next season's title defense. But that hardly ever happens, in any sport, and center Shaquille O'Neal knows change is inevitable for the Heat, too. "Everybody's going to take care of their individual business," O'Neal said.

Bobcats pick up options on Felton, May (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats said Saturday they will pick up third-season options on rookie contracts for Sean May and Raymond Felton. The decision guarantees Felton nearly $3.3 million and May more than $1.8 million for the 2007-08 season. The team had until Oct. 31 to exercise those options. The Bobcats also said they are making qualifying offers to restricted free agents Melvin Ely and Bernard Robinson,...

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.

Kings' Musselman hires five assistants (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.

Blues tab American Johnson as No. 1 pick (AP)
The NHL draft turned into a showcase for hockey in Minnesota. Bloomington native Erik Johnson became just the fifth American chosen first overall when the St. Louis Blues selected him Saturday. Fellow Minnesota natives Kyle Okposo and Peter Mueller followed Johnson in the top 10 with Okposo going to the Islanders and Mueller to the Coyotes.

Avs send Tanguay to Flames for Leopold (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche traded left wing Alex Tanguay to Calgary for defenseman Jordan Leopold and two draft picks Saturday in a draft-day deal between Northwest Division rivals. The 27-year-old Tanguay was Colorado's second-leading scorer last season with 78 points on 29 goals in 71 games. He has scored 400 points in 450 NHL games and was a key member of the Avs' 2001 championship team.

Bruins trade G Raycroft to Maple Leafs (AP)
The Boston Bruins traded goalie Andrew Raycroft on Saturday to Toronto Maple Leafs for the rights to goalie prospect Tuukka Rask. Raycroft won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2004 when he was 29-18-9 with a goals-against average of 2.05. But last season the 26-year-old played poorly to start the season, then was hampered by a right knee injury and had a 8-19-2 record with a 3.72 goals...

Thrashers trade C Stefan to Stars (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers traded center Patrik Stefan, their first draft pick, and defenseman Jaroslav Modry to Dallas for center Niko Kapanen and a draft pick minutes before the beginning of Saturday night's draft. Stefan was the first overall pick for the expansion team in 1999. He had 10 goals and 14 assists in 64 games in the 2005-06 season as the last remaining member of the Thrashers' original...

Wild re-sign RW Bouchard one-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one-year contract on Saturday. The 22-year-old Bouchard, who was a restricted free agent, had his best season in 2005-06. The Wild's first-round draft pick in 2002 and the eighth overall selection, Bouchard produced career bests in goals (17), assists (42) and games played (80) in his third NHL season, ranking third on the team with...

'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.

Road strategy
SONOMA, Calif. – Not all crew chiefs like road racing, but they do know what it takes to win a road race.

Menard holds on for first Busch victory (AP)
Paul Menard found himself being pushed by Kevin Harvick with less than three laps to go at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday night.

Menard wins AT&T 250 for first Busch Series triumph (SportsTicker)

Ringers have mixed luck at Infineon's road course (AP)
The ringers are back in California wine country this weekend to race in the Dodge/Save Mart 350.

Kurt Busch ready to race for Chase (AP)
Kurt Busch is finding his comfort zone at Penske Racing South, and that could be bad news for the rest of NASCAR's Nextel Cup competitors.

Benson wins NCTS Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (SportsTicker)

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

Benson goes back-to-back with Milwaukee victory (AP)
After winning his first career NASCAR Craftsman Trucks series race last week, Johnny Benson told his crew the same thing any other greedy racer would.

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.

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