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France upsets World Cup favorite Brazil (AP)
France's Thierry Henry, right, scores his side's first goal as Brazil goalkeeper Dida fails to make a save during the Brazil vs. France World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, July 1, 2006. (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)AP - France stole Brazil's rhythm, its style, even its samba. Along the way, the French also knocked the defending champions out of the World Cup.


Agassi, Williams and Roddick all lose (AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he takes a point from Andre Agassi of the US, during their Men's Singles, third round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Saturday, July 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - Andre Agassi grabbed his racket bag and headed for the exit. After a few steps, he stopped and turned around, taking time for one last wave to an adoring crowd, one last look at Centre Court. One final farewell to Wimbledon.


Sorenstam, Hurst lead at U.S. Women's Open (AP)
Annika Sorenstam holds up par putt on 12 during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf championship Saturday, July 1,  2006, at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - Michelle Wie took a penalty stroke to escape the bushes and had to drop in the mud and muck, turning that adventure into an amazing par that kept alive her hopes Saturday at the U.S. Women's Open.


Giants defeat Padres 4-1 in 10 innings (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Pedro Feliz follows through on an RBI double against in the tenth inning of their baseball game against the San Diego Padres Saturday July 1, 2006, in San Diego. Steve Finley scored on the play and San Francisco went on to win the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Park)AP - Brad Hennessey did what the San Francisco Giants asked of him, and a bit more. Making a spot start in the second game of a split doubleheader, Hennessey and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to help the Giants to a 4-1 win in 10 innings on Saturday night. Pedro Feliz tripled in Steve Finley with the go-ahead run during a three-run rally in the 10th.


Stewart makes it 2 straight in Daytona (AP)
NASCAR Tony Stewart (20) makes a pit stop late in the Pepsi 400 auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla. ,Saturday, July 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle)AP - Tony Stewart's slump is over, his shoulder is fine and his fence-climbing is as good as ever. His moves in a mosh pit leave something to be desired.


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.


Stojakovic agrees to terms with Hornets (AP)
Indiana Pacers' Peja Stojakovic, of Serbia-Montenegro, answers a question during a news conference in Indianapolis, in this, Jan. 27, 2006 photo. Stojakovic opted out of the final year of his contract on Tuesday June 27, 2006,  but wants to return to the team. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - The New Orleans Hornets made the first splash of the NBA's free-agent signing period, agreeing to terms Saturday with three-time All-Star Peja Stojakovic. Stojakovic, who last week opted to become a free agent instead of continue playing for Indiana, will sign a five-year deal worth about $64 million with the Hornets, said his agent, David Bauman.


Suzuki helps Mariners rally past Rockies (AP)
Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki watches his two-run home run off Colorado Rockies' David Cortes clear right field wall in the sixth inning on Saturday, July 1, 2006, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)AP - A rare burst of power from Ichiro Suzuki made the efforts of Seattle's bullpen that much more impressive. The bullpen pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings and Suzuki made the performance worthwhile with a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning, capping Seattle's rally in an 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.


Chivas USA blanks FC Dallas 3-0 (AP)
AP - Mexican defender Claudio Suarez scored two goals in his first game back from the World Cup as Chivas USA beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Saturday night.

Bruins busy on 1st day of free agency (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers' Marc Savard, right, overtakes Buffalo Sabres' Maxim Afinogenov (61) of Russia, in Buffalo, N.Y., in this March 1, 2006, file photo. The Boston Bruins signed two of the top unrestricted free agents available Saturday, July 1, 2006, inking defenseman Zdeno Chara to a $37.5-million US, five-year contract and forward Savard to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million. (AP Photo/David Duprey,file)AP - The Bruins opened free agency in a big way Saturday. Boston signed two of the top free agents on the market as it moves to revamp its entire lineup, inking 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara and center Marc Savard. Chara, the tallest player in the NHL, got a five-year deal worth $37.5 million dollars, while Savard signed a four-year deal worth $20 million.


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

Ricky Williams scores first TD in CFL (AP)
Suspended NFL star Ricky Williams scored his first touchdown and ran for 97 yards on 18 carries Friday night for the Toronto Argonauts in a 26-19 loss to British Columbia Lions. Williams, playing in his third regular-season game in the CFL after he was suspended by the NFL for one year after a fourth positive drug test, also had two catches for 21 yards.

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...

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

Anthony agrees to max offer from Nuggets (AP)
Carmelo Anthony wasn't scared off by a front office and locker room filled with turmoil, and agreed to a maximum contract extension with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. About 12 hours after NBA free agency began, Anthony's agents and Nuggets director of player personnel Mark Warkentien worked out a five-year deal worth approximately $80 million, the same terms Cleveland star LeBron James and NBA...

Agent: Hornets, Stojakovic agree on deal (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets made the first splash of the NBA's free-agent signing period, agreeing to terms Saturday with three-time All-Star Peja Stojakovic. Stojakovic, who last week opted to become a free agent instead of continue playing for Indiana, will sign a five-year deal worth about $64 million with the Hornets, said his agent, David Bauman.

Terry, Mavericks agree on six-year deal (AP)
Jason Terry really did want to stay with the Dallas Mavericks, even if it meant taking less money. Terry lasted only about 12 hours on the free-agent market, agreeing Saturday to a six-year deal with Dallas. Agent Dan Fegan declined to give specifics, other than saying "there is a hometown discount." "I'm excited," Terry said, his enthusiasm evident in his voice.

Radmanovic plans on signing with Lakers (AP)
Unrestricted free agent Vladimir Radmanovic plans to sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent said Saturday. The 6-foot-10 forward played 4 1/2 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last February for Chris Wilcox. The Clippers had said they hoped to re-sign Radmanovic, but it didn't take long for the 25-year-old sharpshooter to...

Cavs offer LeBron 5-year max extension (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.

G Ford exicted to join raptors (AP)
Point guard T.J. Ford said he's completely healthy and excited to play with All-Star forward Chris Bosh, a day after he was traded to the Toronto Raptors. The Milwaukee Bucks sent Ford to the Raptors late 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...

Mavericks sign first-round pick G Ager (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round draft pick Maurice Ager on Saturday. Ager, a 6-foot-5, 202-pound guard from Michigan State, was drafted with the 28th pick. He finished his four-year career with the Spartans ranked 11th in career scoring with 1,554 points. He averaged 19.3 points a game as a senior.

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

Senators sign G Gerber to replace Hasek (AP)
Dominik Hasek's time in Ottawa ended Saturday when the Senators signed free agent goalie Martin Gerber away from the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. The signing of Gerber to a three-year deal worth $11.1 million, along with Ray Emery's emergence as a solid goaltender, means the Senators have no need for Hasek, who was told Saturday he would not be retained by the Senators.

'Canes sign C Staal to three-year deal (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes weren't going to let Eric Staal get away. The Stanley Cup champions signed the 21-year-old center to a three-year, $13.5 million contract Saturday, a deal that will keep their rising star with the franchise he led to the Stanley Cup. "There was no thoughts of going anywhere else," Staal said.

Oilers re-sign G Roloson, F Pisani (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers are bringing back two players who helped spur the team's improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals. Edmonton re-signed goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a three-year, $11 million on Saturday and inked forward Fernando Pisani to a four-year contract worth $10 million. The 36-year-old Roloson carried the Oilers through the first three rounds of the playoffs before hurting his knee in...

Rangers add former Hurricanes F Cullen (AP)
Matt Cullen is going from the Stanley Cup champions to a team that hasn't won a playoff game since 1997. Cullen, a key forward for the Carolina Hurricanes in their run to the title, signed a four year deal with the New York Rangers on Saturday worth $11.2 million. "We are very happy to add Matt to our lineup," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said.

Bruins sign free agents Chara, Savard (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed two of the top free agents on the market Saturday, inking 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara and center Marc Savard. Chara got a five-year deal worth $37.5 million dollars, and there is also a no-trade clause in the contract. Savard left Atlanta to sign a four-year deal worth $20 million with Boston.

Blues, D McKee agree on four-year deal (AP)
Veteran defenseman Jay McKee agreed to terms on a four-year, $16 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. McKee's agent Pat Morris told The Associated Press that the overall terms of the deal were far superior to the contract the Buffalo Sabres, his client's former team, offered before allowing McKee to become an unrestricted free agent.

Daytona Observations
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Smoke was on fire in winning at Daytona, but one wreck might have changed everything.

Stewart makes it two straight in Daytona (AP)
Tony Stewart's slump is over, his shoulder is fine and his fence-climbing is as good as ever.

Stewart repeats at NASCAR Pepsi 400 (SportsTicker)

Johnson's plate-racing streak ends at Daytona (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's winning streak at restrictor-plate races is over. His Nextel Cup points lead is intact -- barely.

Terry Cook ends four-year drought with NASCAR Trucks win (SportsTicker)

Dodge chairman pledges commitment to NASCAR (AP)
The chairman of DaimlerChrysler denied a widespread rumor that Dodge is pulling out of NASCAR, and pledged his commitment to America's top racing series.

Sutton's truck race at Kansas ends in crash for second straight year (AP)
Kelly Sutton's last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway have ended in scary moments. Sutton was admitted to the University of Kansas Hospital in fair condition after hitting the backstretch wall on the 104th lap of Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, bringing out a red flag that lasted almost 9 1/2 minutes.

Cook ends victory drought, wins O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas (AP)
Terry Cook used pit strategy to his advantage to take the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Sutton taken to hospital after hard crash at Kansas Speedway (AP)
Kelly Sutton was hospitalized in fair condition after a fiery crash Saturday at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.

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