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Red Sox stretch streak to 12, sweep Mets (AP)
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Coco Crisp makes a diving catch on a ball hit by New York Mets' David Wright during the eighth inning of major league baseball at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, June 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)AP - Coco Crisp sprinted into the gap, soared through the air and slammed to the ground — the ball and Boston's winning streak safely in his grasp.


Canseco 'juiced' to be back in baseball (AP)
Former Oakland Athletic and Texas Ranger baseball player Jose Canseco testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball, in this March 17, 2005, file photo. Canseco returned to baseball on June 29, 2006, when he agreed to a contract with the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)AP - Jose Canseco returned to baseball Thursday when he agreed to a contract with the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs, planning to be their designated hitter and — get this — pitch.


Bonds' personal trainer refuses to testify (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds pops out in the seventh innning against the Texas Rangers in an interleague baseball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 28, 2006.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Barry Bonds' personal trainer refused to testify Thursday to the federal grand jury investigating the San Francisco slugger for perjury.


Agassi set for showdown with Nadal (AP)
Andre Agassi blows a kiss to spectators, after defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy, during their Men's Singles, second round, match on the Number One Court at Wimbledon, Thursday June 29, 2006.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - Tennis players no longer get to rest after the first game of a set, yet there was Andre Agassi at Wimbledon on Thursday, sitting in his chair and sipping his drink until the chair umpire leaned over to tell him to move along.


Holyfield beginning yet another comeback (AP)
Evander Holyfield listens to a question during an interview at his Fairburn, Ga. home, Tuesday, May 11, 2004. Holyfield, 43, announced the start of his latest comeback bid, an Aug. 18 fight against journeyman Jeremy Bates. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, FILE)AP - Evander Holyfield is 43. He hasn't fought in nearly two years, hasn't won in more than four, and hasn't been the heavyweight champ in six years. So?


Visser to receive Pete Rozelle Award (AP)
AP - Sports reporter and broadcaster Lesley Visser can add another "first" to her list.

Raptors say top pick is no Tskitishvili (AP)
Andrea Bargnani, a forward from Italy, reacts after being selected by the Toronto Raptors as the first pick overall in the 2006 NBA Draft Wednesday June 28, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - A day after drafting Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors said he won't end up like another European taken with a top pick from the same Italian team.


Ibanez, Johjima key to Mariners' 3-2 rally (AP)
Seattle Mariners' Kenji Johjima, of Japan, hits a triple off Jorge Julio, in the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)AP - The Seattle Mariners are on the move, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in a free fall. So, of course, the Mariners rallied with two runs in the ninth inning to beat the beleaguered Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday night.


AP Blog: Footballers' wives get attention (AP)
England national soccer team captain David Beckham laughs during a World Cup news conference at Mittelbergstadion in Buehlertal, Germany, Thursday, June 29, 2006.  England face Portugal in a World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday July 1, 2006.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP - Now that the World Cup is underway, AP writers will be filing periodic, behind-the-scenes reports during soccer's largest spectacle:


Heart surgery a success for Numminen (AP)
AP - Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat this week, his agent said Thursday.

Not so hot
BEAUMONT, Texas – The results of ex-J.C. All-American David Dixon didn't match his workout's scorching conditions.

49ers sign veteran P Rouen, waive Malone (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers signed punter Tom Rouen on Thursday and waived Tom Malone. Rouen, a 14-year veteran, averaged 41.6 yards on 62 punts for Seattle last season. He averaged 50.2 yards per punt in the Seahawks' 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Rouen originally entered the NFL in 1991 with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent.

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...

Patriots DL Jonathan Sullivan arrested (AP)
New England Patriots defensive lineman Johnathan Sullivan faces several charges, including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, after his car was pulled over, police said. Sullivan, 25, was stopped by a police officer early Sunday after he ran two stop signs, a police report said. When he approached the vehicle, the officer noted that Sullivan and his passenger weren't wearing their seat...

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...

Randy Moss opens fruit-juice franchise (AP)
Randy Moss walked behind the counter in a pinstripe suit with a red striped tie, traded his jacket for an apron, took off his sunglasses and went to work -- as the owner of a new fruit-juice store. Making smoothies gave Moss another chance to smooth out a rift with his home state. Hundreds of people turned out at the recent grand opening of the Inta Juice store in Charleston to get an autograph...

Draft report card
Only time will tell, but it looks like the Bulls and Trail Blazers set the curve in the 2006 NBA draft.

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.

Bargnani is No. 1 in draft full of deals (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.

Raptors: Bargnani is no Tskitishvili (AP)
A day after drafting Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors said he won't end up like another European taken with a top pick from the same Italian team. Maurizio Gherardini, Toronto's new assistant general manager and Barnagni's general manager with Benetton Treviso, said Thursday the 7-foot forward is no Nikoloz Tskitishvili, another 7-foot forward who never...

Bucks exercise Bogut's third-year option (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks extended Andrew Bogut's contract through the 2007-08 season Thursday. They exercised the third-year option on the 7-foot center's deal. The Bucks picked Bogut first overall last year. "We drafted Andrew last season with the expectation that he would be a part of this franchise for a very long time and this is just another step in that process," general manager Larry Harris said...

Lamar Odom's infant son dies (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom's 6 1/2 -month-old son has died, a spokesman for the team said Thursday. Jayden Odom died Wednesday night, apparently suffocating while sleeping in his crib in New York, according to John Black. "Lamar is very distraught," Black said. "Both he and the baby's mother are asking that people respect their privacy at this time." Jayden was born Dec.

Morrison thinks Charlotte is perfect fit (AP)
Adam Morrison isn't interested in the fame, fortune or fast lifestyle associated with many NBA players. Morrison would settle for his own key to the practice gym. "He's not a frills guy, or a high-maintenance guy. He hates to go out," his father, John, said after Morrison was introduced Thursday as the newest member of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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.

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

Canucks give Luongo $27M, four-year deal (AP)
Goaltender Roberto Luongo signed a $27 million, four-year deal with the Canucks on Thursday, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade from Florida. "Roberto has proven himself to be an elite goaltender," Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. "His international experience, Vezina Trophy nomination and ability to consistently play at the highest level are tremendous...

Leafs sign D McCabe to five-year deal (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Bryan McCabe to a five-year contract Thursday. The deal is reportedly worth between $5.5 million and $6 million a year. "I'm very pleased to be continuing my career with the Leafs and to be a member of one of hockey's most storied franchises," McCabe said in a statement.

Bruins introduce Dave Lewis as coach (AP)
The last time Dave Lewis took over an NHL franchise, it was the defending Stanley Cup champion. This time, Lewis will head up a team of young players who finished last in the Northeast Division. Lewis was introduced Thursday as the new head coach of the Boston Bruins, succeeding Mike Sullivan, who was fired earlier this week.

Stars put Bill Guerin on waivers (AP)
The Dallas Stars placed Bill Guerin on waivers Thursday and intend to buy out his $6.7 million contract if he's not claimed by another team. If the 35-year-old Guerin clears waivers Friday, which is likely, the Stars will pay him $4.4 million over the next two seasons and he would become an unrestricted free agent Saturday.

Sabres D Numminen has heart surgery (AP)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat this week. Numminen had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday and is currently traveling to his native Finland after being cleared by doctors the following day, his agent, Don Baizley said Thursday. Baizley and Sabres general manager Darcy Regier also said they are in negotiations to re-sign Numminen, who is...

Cuban in group trying to buy Penguins (AP)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban won't have a substantial financial stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins if the proposed ownership group he supports succeeds in buying the team. Cuban said Thursday he joined a group headed by New York financier Andrew Murstein after several of his high school friends also aligned with Murstein.

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.

Too early to tell
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Drivers who believe they already are Chase locks could be mistaken.

Stewart wins IROC race on Daytona road course (AP)
Tony Stewart proved he knows his way around every inch of Daytona International Speedway by winning the International Race of Champions event on the road course Thursday night. Stewart, who has seven career victories on the superspeedway, started 11th but wasted no time working his way through the 12-car field.

Braun, 17, becomes youngest Grand Am winner (AP)
Colin Braun became the youngest winner in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series history Thursday night, taking the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway. The 17-year-old driver from Ovalo, Texas, teamed with Jorg Bergmeister of Germany to win the Daytona Prototype category in the Brumos Porsche 250.

Longtime NASCAR exec Gazaway dies (AP)
Bill Gazaway, a longtime NASCAR executive during the sport's modern era, died Thursday in Atlanta, NASCAR officials said. He was 76. Gazaway joined NASCAR in 1960 as a team owner. His cars made seven starts, including one with him behind the wheel. He started 44th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and drove his Oldsmobile one lap before the rear end failed.

Hall of Fame Racing full of surprises (AP)
NASCAR's first-year Hall of Fame Racing team made quite a splash last Sunday on the road course in Sonoma,...

Transition to NASCAR rough for Jourdain (AP)
MILWAUKEE – There was a time when open-wheel racers looked down their noses at NASCAR, a form of racing...

Mears, Burton forced into backup cars after crash (AP)
Casey Mears and Jeff Burton brought cars to Daytona they thought were good enough to win the Pepsi 400.

NASCAR to change championship format in 2007 (AP)
Brian France created NASCAR's championship format to add drama to the title chase.

Speed all set for home race (AFP)
Scott Speed said that he cannot wait to slip into the cockpit of his Scuderia Toro Rosso car and get out on track for this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

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