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Beavers force deciding game against UNC (AP)
Oregon State's Bill Rowe reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against North Carolina in the fourth inning of Game 2 of the College World Series best-of-three baseball championship series in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 25, 2006.(AP Photo/Ted Kirk)AP - Oregon State wanted to come out and make a statement against North Carolina.


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9-man Portugal team staggers past Holland (AP)
Portugal's Simao Sabrosa, foreground, is challenged by The Netherlands' Denny Landzaat as they go for an high ball during The Netherlands vs Portugal Round of 16 World Cup soccer match at the Franken Stadium in Nuremberg, Germany, Sunday, June 25, 2006.  (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)AP - Portugal survived a brutal foul-fest with the Netherlands, one of the dirtiest matches in World Cup history. Cleats bashed into thighs and shoulders, heads butted and elbows flew.


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Bonds leaves game with knee irritation (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds walks away after scoring on Steve Finley's double against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, June 25, 2006. Bonds was injured on the play and left the game. At rear is home plate umpire Bruce Froemming. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - Barry Bonds left Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics after the second inning with irritation in his left knee, a day after the San Francisco slugger connected for his 719th home run.


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Gordon earns record 9th road course win (AP)
Race driver Jeff Gordon, driving the number 24 car, gets airborne during practice the day before the NASCAR Dodge/Save Mart 350 auto race at Infineon Raceway, Saturday, June 24, 2006 in Sonoma, Calif..   (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)AP - Even for a guy who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday's victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.


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Reyes' tear continues as Mets top Jays (AP)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran connects with the ball for a three-run-home run off Josh Towers in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday June 25, 2006. The Mets defeated the Blue Jays, 7-4.(AP Photo/Adrian Wyld,CP)AP - Even slugger Carlos Beltran finds himself envying Jose Reyes these days.


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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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NBA Good Guy: Andrei Kirilenko (The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - In Russia, as well as the United States, the needs of the less fortunate are great. Andrei Kirilenko, the Jazz star who hails from Russia, gives back to both his homeland and his new country.

Sanchez wins debut as Marlins earn split (AP)
Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers the ball to the New York Yankees in the sixth inning during interleague MLB baseball Sunday night, June 25, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Anibal Sanchez won his impressive major league debut, Miguel Cabrera homered and the Florida Marlins beat the New York Yankees 5-0 Sunday night to split a doubleheader.


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Beckham's goal lifts England over Ecuador (AP)
England's David Beckham celebrates with Ashley Cole after scoring the opening goal during the Round of 16 World Cup soccer match between England and Ecuador at the World Cup Gottlieb-Daimler stadium in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, June 25, 2006.  (AP Photo/Owen Humphreys)AP - David Beckham was feeling nauseous. England's offense was just as sickly, with nothing to show for an hour of aimless passing against Ecuador in the 90-degree heat.


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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.


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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,...

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.

Laviolette, 'Canes agree to 5-year deal (AP)
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette agreed to a five-year contract with the team Sunday, less than a week after leading the franchise to its first Stanley Cup. "Peter's coaching helped bring our team together to win hockey's ultimate prize last season," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Blues pick American Erik Johnson No. 1 (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 Bouchard to 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...

G Luongo surprised by trade to Canucks (AP)
Roberto Luongo thought he had worked out a long-term contract with the Florida Panthers early Friday afternoon. A few hours later, the 27-year-old goaltender got a call informing him that he had been dealt to Vancouver in a five-player trade that sent forward Todd Bertuzzi back to Florida. "I'm really sad because I didn't think this was going to happen, Luongo said Saturday.

Sonoma Observations
SONOMA, Calif. – Jeff Gordon survived a demolition derby, while Tony Stewart had some friendly gestures for Boris Said.

Gamble pays off for Terry Labonte, team owners (AP)
Fuel strategy paid off for Terry Labonte on Sunday at Infineon Raceway, where the two-time NASCAR champion benefited from some late cautions and a little luck to nurse his car the final 50 laps on a tank of gas.

AP Newsbreak: Vickers to drive Toyota for Team Red Bull in 2007 (AP)
Brian Vickers will drive for Team Red Bull in 2007, positioning himself to be the future of Toyota as the Japanese automaker prepares for its Nextel Cup debut, The Associated Press has learned.

Gordon earns road racing victory (AP)
Even for a guy who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday's victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.

Gordon wins NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 (SportsTicker)


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)


Benson wins NCTS Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (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.

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