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NEWS FROM 2006-06-29
Bargnani, Aldridge, Morrison go 1-2-3
AP - After what he experienced on draft night, trade deadline day will be no sweat for Randy Foye. Foye was one of four players among the top seven picks who quickly learned one of the NBA's lessons on Wednesday night: Don't get too comfortable in one place.
Pedro Martinez gets rocked by Red Sox
AP - Pedro Martinez got a warm welcome from the Fenway Park fans — and a rude awakening from his former Boston teammates.
Larry Brown files grievance over firing
AP - Former Knicks coach Larry Brown filed a grievance with the NBA against the team, saying New York owes him the remainder of his salary after firing him, according to published reports Thursday.
Brooks, Roy headline Hockey Hall of Fame
AP - "Miracle on Ice" coach Herb Brooks and Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender, highlight the newest class of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Federer routs Henman, reaches 3rd round
AP - If Roger Federer is playing this well now, just imagine how good he'll be by the end of Wimbledon.
Ravens, Reed agree to 6-year extension
AP - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed to terms Tuesday on a six-year, $40 million contract extension with the team.
Raptors take Italy's Bargnani first in NBA draft
AFP - The Toronto Raptors took Italy's Andrea Bargnani first overall in the National Basketball Association draft, making him the first European top pick ever.
Rockies win on Atkins' go-ahead RBI
AP - The Colorado Rockies have been fattening up on the interleague portion of their schedule, which is partly why they are challenging for the NL West lead.
Some veterans appear ageless at World Cup
AP - Anyone battling a mid-life crisis only needs to watch the World Cup. Plenty of people have been written off as washed up, only to play as if still in their prime. Zidane, Figo, Beckham — the list goes on. At the same time, many of those so-called prodigies are already watching the games on television.
Source: Bruins hire Dave Lewis as coach
AP - Dave Lewis is headed from the Stanley Cups and stars of Detroit to the failures and fresh faces of Boston. The Bruins hired him as their coach, an official within the NHL said Wednesday, one day after Mike Sullivan was fired following a last-place finish in the Northeast Division in his second season.
Not so hot
BEAUMONT, Texas – The results of ex-J.C. All-American David Dixon didn't match his workout's scorching conditions.
Ravens, Reed agree to 6-year, $40M deal (AP)
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed to terms Tuesday on a six-year, $40 million contract extension with the team. Reed was entering the final year of his original contract. The agreement ended off-and-on talks that began last season. Reed's agent, Greg Genske, said his client will receive a $15 million signing bonus in the largest deal ever given to a safety.
NFL adds amphetamines to steroids policy (AP)
The NFL has toughened up its drug policy, adding amphetamines to the list of banned performance-enhancers starting this season. Amphetamines were previously listed as a "substance-abuse drug," but are now in the same category as steroids and other enhancers that carry much stronger penalties. This season will serve as a transition year, where a first positive test would bring a warning and put a...
Bears RB Peterson agrees to extension (AP)
Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2009 on Wednesday The Bears also signed receiver Alex Bannister to a one-year contract and released cornerback Chris Thompson and wide receivers C.J. Fayton and Mark Philmore. A sixth-round draft pick in 2002, Peterson rushed for a career-high 391 yards on 76 carries -- 5.1-yard average -- last season.
24 counts added to hedge fund indictment (AP)
A hedge fund manager accused of disappearing with millions of dollars belonging to at least 500 investors -- including current and former NFL players -- now faces 24 additional counts in his federal fraud case. Kirk Wright of Marietta was arrested May 17 in Miami after three months as a fugitive, and was indicted on May 25 on one count of mail fraud by a federal grand jury in the Northern District...
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.
Winners and losers
With four first-round picks, UConn came out on top. A certain GM/coach in New York didn't fare as well.
Raptors take F Bargnani with No. 1 pick (AP)
After what he experienced on draft night, trade deadline day will be no sweat for Randy Foye. Foye was one of four players among the top seven picks who quickly learned one of the NBA's lessons on Wednesday night: Don't get too comfortable in one place. And he learned it twice. The Toronto Raptors made Andrea Bargnani the first No.
Reports: Larry Brown files grievance (AP)
Former Knicks coach Larry Brown filed a grievance with the NBA against the team, saying New York owes him the remainder of his salary after firing him, according to published reports Thursday. Brown, who says the Knicks should pay him $40 million, filed the grievance Wednesday, the New York Daily News and New York Post reported.
Jordan's first pick is Zags' Morrison (AP)
Coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff thinks Adam Morrison was the perfect choice for the Charlotte Bobcats' first major move since Michael Jordan became part-owner. "We've had the addition of two competitors -- Michael Jordan and Adam Morrison -- and that's our profile," Bickerstaff said Wednesday night after the team took the Gonzaga forward with the No.
Magic take G Redick with 11th pick (AP)
J.J. Redick drew the ire of fans at Madison Square Garden during the NBA draft. He's almost certainly going to get a much warmer reception in Orlando. The Magic took Redick with the 11th pick Wednesday night, apparently undeterred by the former Duke guard's recent revelation that he has a herniated disk in his back.
Trades highlight Blazers' draft day (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers were busy in the hours before the NBA draft, pulling off several deals -- but none for fan favorite Adam Morrison. The flurry of trades landed Portland four first-round picks. The Trail Blazers traded the No. 4 pick, Tyrus Thomas, to the Chicago Bulls along with forward Viktor Khryapa and a conditional second-round pick for the No.
Mavs may have Wade-stopper in Ager (AP)
A week too late, the Dallas Mavericks might've finally found someone to cover Dwyane Wade. The Mavs drafted guard Maurice Ager of Michigan State with the 28th pick in the first round Wednesday night and coach Avery Johnson immediately called him the shooting-guard defender the team lacked this past season, which ended in a loss to Wade and the Miami Heat in the NBA finals.
G Foye finally lands with Timberwolves (AP)
Randy Foye's road back to Minnesota covered three teams, both coasts and 4,700 miles. All in about an hour. Foye's NBA career started in Boston on Wednesday night, when he was drafted by the Celtics with the seventh pick. His rights were then traded to Portland in a deal involving Sebastian Telfair before he finally found a permanent home with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who sent No.
RALEIGH, N.C. – When they needed it most, the Hurricanes gathered strength from the unwavering support of the Carolina faithful.
NHL official: Bruins hire Lewis as coach (AP)
Dave Lewis is headed from the Stanley Cups and stars of Detroit to the failures and fresh faces of Boston. The Bruins hired him as their coach, an official within the NHL said Wednesday, one day after Mike Sullivan was fired following a last-place finish in the Northeast Division in his second season.
Brooks, Roy headline Hall of Fame class (AP)
"Miracle on Ice" coach Herb Brooks and Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender, highlight the newest class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former NHL player Dick Duff and executive Harley Hotchkiss also received enough votes from the selection committee, the hall announced Wednesday. All four will be inducted in November.
Wings want to bring back key free agents (AP)
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has made offers to re-sign defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, forward Brendan Shanahan and goaltender Chris Osgood but doesn't know if any of the three will agree to deals before free agency begins Saturday. "I'm trying to work with each of those players, and their agents, to find a number that works for them and works for us," Holland said Wednesday.
Coyotes ink D Boynton to three-year deal (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes signed defenseman Nick Boynton to a three-year contract Wednesday, two days after acquiring him from Boston. Boynton came to the Coyotes on Monday in a deal that sent defenseman Paul Mara to the Bruins. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky called Boynton a "tough, skilled defenseman who will add a physical presence" to the team.
Dan Marino willing to help Penguins (AP)
If he can help keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Dan Marino said he's ready to help. Marino, the former Miami Dolphins star and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, issued a statement Tuesday saying he's willing to help New York financier Andrew Murstein's effort to buy the team. Murstein, who has attempted several times previously to buy pro sports teams, said Tuesday that Dallas Mavericks owner...
Pens' pick Staal not in awe of brother (AP)
Eric Staal may have won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, but to new Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Jordan Staal, he's merely a big brother who also plays hockey. Even if Eric Staal plays hockey very, very well. "I mean, he's just my older brother -- he's no great hockey player or anything like that," Jordan Staal said Wednesday during his first visit to Pittsburgh.
Visors now mandatory in AHL (AP)
Four months after Portland defenseman Jordan Smith lost his left eye after he was hit by a puck, the American Hockey League became the second minor hockey league to require face protection for all players. Meeting in Hilton Head, S.C., the league's Board of Governors voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to require protective visors, which are already mandatory in the ECHL.
IROC returns to its roots
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It's been a long road, but IROC finally gets back to road racing Thursday at Daytona.
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.