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NEWS FROM 2006-06-27
Oregon State wins College World Series
AP - Oregon State was an underdog the moment it took the field at the College World Series. The Beavers didn't come from the right part of the country. They didn't have enough pitching. They couldn't keep fighting off elimination.
Ukraine advances to soccer quarterfinals
AP - The idea is to put the ball in the net, not just keep it out. Ukraine figured that out a lot quicker than Switzerland in the shootout Monday night. And the World Cup newcomers are headed to the quarterfinals because of it.
Italy advances on late Totti penalty kick
AP - The Socceroos were tough on Italy. The referee was tougher on Australia. Another questionable call in this World Cup showed Italy the way to the quarterfinal Monday, giving the Italians a penalty kick that Francesco Totti converted for the 1-0 win as time expired.
Knicks owner give Thomas ultimatum
AP - Isiah Thomas has one year to turn around the Knicks — something Larry Brown couldn't do. And if Thomas doesn't, he'll be gone, too.
Rodriguez sparks Tigers past Astros 10-4
AP - Jim Leyland thought starter Zach Miner was falling behind too early, which could have spelled disaster for the rookie. So the Detroit Tigers manager made an early trip to the mound to give the right-hander some encouragement.
NFL Net gets dish on carriage
Reuters - The NFL Network has
expanded its distribution in time for preseason football,
reaching a deal with EchoStar Communications Corp. to expand
carriage on the Dish Network to basic service.
Knicks boss gives Thomas one year to improve team
Reuters - New York Knicks owner James Dolan has
given team president and new coach Isiah Thomas one season to
turn around the NBA club.
Napoli helps Angels top Rockies 5-4
AP - John Lackey got enough run support to win a game, for a change — although he had to wait for it. Mike Napoli's two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out an improbable 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night in the opener of the first interleague series between the teams since 2001.
World Cup: Trust Englang coach Eriksson
AP - Trust me. "You have to — you don't have any choice," England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said after his team advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a scrappy 1-0 win over Ecuador.
Bruins obtain Mara from Coyotes
AP - The Boston Bruins acquired Paul Mara from the Phoenix Coyotes for Nick Boynton on Monday in a trade of defensemen.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A vote of confidence from the Jets is no longer a given for oft-injured quarterback Chad Pennington.
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.
Dolan: Isiah has one year to fix Knicks (AP)
With two first-round picks in the NBA draft, Isiah Thomas has a chance to help the New York Knicks start building a promising future. Forgive Thomas if he isn't thinking that far ahead right now. With Thomas seated next to him, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan delivered a warning Monday that he is prepared to make another coaching change next season if he doesn't see improvement in the...
Coach Scott nears extension with Hornets (AP)
Coach Byron Scott was close to signing a contract extension with the New Orleans Hornets that could keep him with the team for three more seasons. Scott guided the Hornets to a 20-win improvement in his second season with the club following a temporary move from New Orleans to Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina.
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...
RALEIGH, N.C. – When they needed it most, the Hurricanes gathered strength from the unwavering support of the Carolina faithful.
Habs re-sign G Huet to two-year deal (AP)
Goaltender Cristobal Huet re-signed with the Canadiens on Monday, agreeing to a two-year contract after a season in which he helped Montreal make the playoffs and had a league-best .929 save percentage. His strong play allowed general manager Bob Gainey to deal struggling former Hart Trophy winner Jose Theodore and his big contract to Colorado.
Bruins trade D Boynton to Coyotes (AP)
The Bruins acquired Paul Mara from the Phoenix Coyotes for Nick Boynton on Monday in a trade of defensemen. Boston also received a third-round draft choice which it can take next year or in 2008. The Bruins sent a fourth-round pick to Phoenix. Mara, who agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Bruins, is more of an offensive player than Boynton.
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...
WWD: Dodge/Save Mart 350
SONOMA, Calif. – Once again, Jeff Gordon is the king of the NASCAR road.
Gordon earns road racing victory (AP)
Jeff Gordon called crew chief Steve Letarte with two pieces of important news Sunday morning.
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 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.