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Dunn's walk-off grand slam shocks Tribe (AP)
Cincinnati Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips knocks down a ground ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Victor Martinez  in the second inning during their baseball game, Friday, June 30, 2006 in Cincinnati. Martinez was thrown out at first by Phillips on the play. (AP  Photo/David Kohl)AP - Rounding the bases while his giddy teammates poured from the dugout, Adam Dunn was thinking that this shouldn't be happening.


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Doping scandal rocks Tour de France (AP)
CSC's team rider Ivan Basso of Italy attends a press conference in Strasbourg, in this June 29, 2006 file photo, ahead of the Tour de France cycling race. Giro d'Italia winner Basso has been withdrawn from the Tour de France because of his involvement in a doping investigation in Spain, his CSC team manager Bjarne Riis said June 30, 2006. (Stefano Rellandini/file photo - FRANCE/Reuters)AP - A major doping scandal threw the first Tour de France of the post-Lance Armstrong era into chaos Friday, with favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso forced out of the world's premier cycling race under a cloud of suspicion.


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Marlins end Red Sox winning streak at 12 (AP)
Florida Marlins' Mike Jacobs, right, is congratulated by Cody Ross (12) after scoring on a single to right field by Marlins Jeremy Hermida in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, June 30, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)AP - One of Boston's long streaks survived. Dontrelle Willis and the Florida Marlins ensured the Red Sox streak of greater importance did not.


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Italy rides emotion to beat Ukraine 3-0 (AP)
Italy's captain Fabio Cannavaro, right, celebrates with teammate goalie Gianluigi Buffon at the end of the Italy vs Ukraine quarterfinal World Cup 2006 soccer match, at the Hamburg stadium, Germany, Friday, June 30, 2006. Italy won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')AP - The country is beset by its biggest match-fixing scandal in two dozen years, and a former teammate is fighting for his life after falling from a window.


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4 top players ousted at Wimbledon (AP)
Switzerland's Martina Hingis disputes a point on her way to being defeated by Japan's Ai Sugiyama, in their Women's Singles, third round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Friday June 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - Martina Hingis wiped away a tear as she walked off Centre Court, a match that seemed within her grasp suddenly gone.


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Players sue NFL, union over alleged scam (AP)
Former NFL Pro-Bowlers Blaine Bishop, front, and Steve Atwater, second from left, leave a news conference with their lawyers, Friday, June 30, 2006, in Atlanta.  Atwater, Bishop and other NFL players have filed suit against the NFL and the NFL PLayers Association for its endorsement of the hedge fund manager Kirk Wright's investment services, which they say bilked the players of $20 million. (AP Photo/John Amis)AP - Steve Atwater told his four kids their recent trip to Cancun may be the last one for a while. Blaine Bishop has tossed and turned at night, worried his retirement safety net could be in jeopardy.


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Bucks acquire Villanueva from Raptors (AP)
AP - The Milwaukee Bucks traded point guard T.J. Ford to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night for forward Charlie Villanueva and cash.

Rangers nip Astros, end 5-game losing skid (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt adjusts his hat after giving up a home run to Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 30, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Mark Teixeira scored the go-ahead run after avoiding his first five-game hitless streak since the start of his career and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Friday night to end a season-worst five-game losing streak.


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Friday's World Cup capsules (AP)
AP - Germany relentlessly wore down Argentina, scored a tying goal in the 80th minute Friday, then won it 4-2 in a penalty-kick shootout as goalkeeper Jens Lehmann stopped two shots and the hosts made all four of theirs.

Lightning get goalie Denis from Columbus (AP)
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Marc Denis is seen in the second period against the New York Rangers, in a Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002 photo, in New York. The Columbus Blue Jackets traded goaltender Marc Denis to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, in exchange for left wing Fredrik Modin and goaltender Fredrik Norrena. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)AP - The Tampa Bay Lightning addressed their goaltending concerns Friday by obtaining goalie Marc Denis from the Columbus Blue Jackets for left wing Fredrik Modin and goalie Fredrik Norrena.


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Portis' big score
ASHBURN, Va. – Clinton Portis could have a record-setting season as the new TD machine in Al Saunders' offense.

Bucs sign free-agent QB Jay Fiedler (AP)
Free-agent quarterback Jay Fiedler signed Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will compete for a backup job behind Chris Simms. The Bucs also signed tight end Matt Kranchick, who spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. The team released receiver Ben Nelson and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers.

Ex-NFLers sue NFLPA over hedge fund scam (AP)
Steve Atwater told his four kids their recent trip to Cancun may be the last one for a while. Blaine Bishop has tossed and turned at night, worried his retirement safety net could be in jeopardy. The two former NFL defensive backs insisted Friday that the league and its players' union are to blame for the $20 million they and five other current and former players lost in an alleged investment scam.

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.

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...

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.

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

Bucks, Raptors swap Ford, Villanueva (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks traded point guard T.J. Ford to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night for forward Charlie Villanueva and cash. Ford averaged 12.2 points and a team-high 6.6 assists in 72 games last season following a spinal-cord injury that sidelined him for a season and a half. "He was an inspiration to all of us when he found the will and strength to fight back from the neck injury he suffered...

Cleveland waits on Cavs' offer to LeBron (AP)
LeBron James has given them triple-doubles, victories and hope. Now all the Cleveland Cavaliers need from their superstar is a simple yes-or-no answer. Shortly after the NBA's free agency season began Saturday, the Cavs contacted James to offer him a five-year maximum contract extension worth about $80 million, a deal that could keep him in Cleveland through the 2012-13 season.

Cuban, Mavs to aggressively court Terry (AP)
Jason Terry has been saying for weeks that his goal in free agency is to stay in Dallas. Thing is, wary Mavericks fans remember Steve Nash saying the same things two years ago -- until he signed with Phoenix. Mavs owner Mark Cuban vows things will be different this time. Cuban plans to make Terry an offer as soon as free agency begins at 12:01 a.m.

F Posey opts to stay with Heat (AP)
James Posey was a key part of the Miami Heat's run to the NBA championship. And he wants to be a part of the title defense, too. Posey decided Friday to exercise his $6.4 million option to stay with the Heat next season, electing not to become a free agent. He and the Heat will likely talk about a longer-term deal in the coming weeks, but for now, Posey simply wanted to ensure he'd be back for the...

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.

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...

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.

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

Red Wings re-sign D Lidstrom (AP)
Four-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Financial terms weren't disclosed. "Nick has been the best defenseman in the game for several years," general manager Ken Holland said Friday. "He's a big part of our franchise not only because (of) his elite level of play and the number of minutes he logs, but also for his...

Blues sale done, Davidson made president (AP)
The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed Friday, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president. Checketts, the former head of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, reached a deal to buy the team on March 24 and had the sale approved by the NHL board of governors last week.

'Canes and Williams reach five-year deal (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes signed Justin Williams to a longterm deal Friday, a move the Stanley Cup champions hope is just the start of a successful free agent signing season. The Hurricanes reached agreement with Williams -- a key contributor during the run to the title -- on a five-year, $17.5 million contract, keeping the 30-goal scorer among the franchise's core young players.

D Wade Redden re-signs with Senators (AP)
Defenseman Wade Redden signed a new contract Friday to remain with the Ottawa Senators. Redden has been with team for nine seasons, and could have become an unrestricted free agent Saturday. He led Ottawa's defensemen with a career-high 50 points in 65 games last season. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Leafs cut ties with RW Domi, G Belfour (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs bought out the contract of enforcer Tie Domi and declined to pick up the option on goalie Ed Belfour on Friday, cutting ties with two of their most popular players. The 36-year-old Domi didn't fight much last season and finished with five goals and 11 assists. The fan favorite played 12 seasons with Toronto.

Canucks re-sign Sedin twins (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin to three-year contracts Friday. The twin brothers each set career highs for points last year and were part of Sweden's gold medal-winning team at the Olympics in Turin. "We are pleased to have signed Daniel and Henrik to long-term contracts with the team," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement.

Stars buy out RW Guerin's contract (AP)
The Dallas Stars bought out the final year of Bill Guerin's contract Friday, making their highest-paid player an unrestricted free agent. Guerin, who was scheduled to make $6.7 million next season, wasn't claimed off waivers by another team. The Stars will pay him $4.4 million over the next two years.

Said's statement
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In winning the pole at Daytona on Friday, Boris Said is proving he can play with the big boys.

Earnhardt dominates at Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250 (SportsTicker)


Said wins pole for Saturday's Pepsi 400 (SportsTicker)


Earnhardt returns to form at Daytona (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to Daytona's Victory Lane for the first time in more than two years, winning the Busch Series race Friday night.

Said shocks field with pole-winning run (AP)
Boris Said can master a superspeedway as well.

Skinner captures pole for O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (SportsTicker)


Skinner takes Craftsman Truck Series' career poles lead (AP)
Mike Skinner moved into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' career poles lead Friday, qualifying first for Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway.

Streaking Johnson confident in plate-racing program (AP)
Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson believes he has improved significantly at restrictor-plate races.

Harvick's Busch time disqualified, crew chief ejected (AP)
Kevin Harvick's qualifying time for the Busch Series race was disqualified and his crew chief was thrown out of Daytona International Speedway after his car failed inspection before Friday night's race.

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