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A-Rod drives in 7 as Yankees pound Mets (AP)
New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez claps his hands together as he trots the bases after hitting a fifth inning three-run home run off  New York Mets pitcher Heath Bell, Sunday, July 2, 2006, in their interleague baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rodriguez also hit a grand slam in the third inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer, sending the New York Yankees to a 16-7 blowout of the Mets in their Subway Series finale Sunday night.


Mets, White Sox each field 6 All-Stars (AP)
The projected starting field players selected the American League All-Star team are shown in these file photos.  From top left; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox second baseman Mark Loretta, Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, Anaheim Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.  The Major League All-Star game is scheduled for July 11, 2006 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photos/File)AP - The Chicago White Sox and New York Mets filled up the All-Star rosters, earning six selections each when the teams were announced Sunday.


Sorenstam, Hurst to play 1 more day (AP)
Annika Sorenstam reacts to missed birdie on 18 during the fourth round of the U.S. Women's Open golf championship Sunday, July 2,  2006  at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)AP - The birdie putt played a dirty trick on Annika Sorenstam, raising her hopes that 10 years of frustration in the U.S. Women's Open was about to end. Now, she gets one more day at Newport Country Club, an 18-hole playoff against Pat Hurst to decide the biggest prize in women's golf.


Car plows into crowd at Indiana boat race (AP)
People gather around a car that ran into the Ohio River in Madison, Ind., on Sunday, July 2, 2006. The Madison Regatta, an annual Fourth of July event was taking place when the car plowed through the crowd injuring several spectators before ending up in the river.  The races were called off for the day and between 8-12 people were transported to the hospital, according to the Madison Courier newspaper. (AP Photo/James Crisp)AP - A car careened through a crowd at a speedboat race on Sunday, mowing down people in its path before plunging 25 feet out into the Ohio River, police and a witness said. Eleven people were injured.


Liriano brilliant as Twins blank Brewers (AP)
Milwaukee Brewers' Zach Jackson pitches to Minnesota Twins' Luis Castillo during the first inning in a baseball game, Sunday, July 2, 2006, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)AP - The Minnesota Twins are winning so much these days that even ultra-talkative center fielder Torii Hunter is speechless. He grew more incredulous by the second as the list was read to him — 10 wins in a row, 18 of 19, 20 of 22.


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.


Munson drives in 5 as Astros rock Rangers (AP)
Texas Rangers left fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. dives to catch a fly ball hit by Houston Astros' Morgan Ensberg in the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 2, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Maybe the Houston Astros are ready to make another second-half run. Eric Munson was 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs and Craig Biggio passed Babe Ruth on the career hits list as the Astros beat Texas 9-5 on Sunday night for their second straight victory to end what was a miserable road trip.


Beckham quits as captain after Brits lose (AP)
David Beckham reads a statement announcing his resignation as captain of the England national soccer team at Mittelbergstadion in Buehlertal, Germany, Sunday July 2, 2006.  Beckham quit as England captain on Sunday, the morning after his side lost in the World Cup quarterfinals to Portugal.  A tearful Beckham read the statement in front of a crowded news conference in England's training camp on Sunday, stressing that he wanted to continue playing for England. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP - David Beckham quit as England captain Sunday, the morning after his team went out in the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties to Portugal.


Predators land Arnott on busy 2nd day (AP)
Dallas Stars' Jason Arnott participates in warm up drills prior to the NHL hockey game gainst the Nashville Predators in Dallas, Feb. 1, 2006. Arnott, who scored a career-high 76 points for Dallas last season, has signed a five-year contract with the Predators. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP - The Nashville Predators landed coveted free agent Jason Arnott to fill a hole on their first line on another busy day of NHL free-agent signings.


Read and React: Injured list
The mailbag was filled with comments on the recoveries of Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington.

Ricky Williams scores first CFL TD (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 14-year veteran P Tom Rouen (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.

Nene gets six years, $60M from Nuggets (AP)
Power forward Nene made two big commitments over the weekend. On Saturday, he got married in Rio de Janeiro. On Sunday, he agreed to a six-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets. His agent, Dan Fegan, interrupted Nene's honeymoon in his native Brazil with the good news. "Ecstatic couldn't be too strong a word," Fegan said Sunday night from Los Angeles.

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...

Stojakovic agrees to terms with Hornets (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.

Hornets add veteran G Bobby Jackson (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets agreed to terms Sunday with free-agent guard Bobby Jackson, adding another veteran presence to an improving team. Jackson's agent, Andy Miller, said Jackson had agreed to a multiyear deal with the Hornets but wouldn't disclose the terms. NBA teams were allowed to begin negotiating with free agents on Saturday but cannot officially sign players until July 12.

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.

Karl ready to make up with Kenyon Martin (AP)
Enough time has passed since a confrontation with Kenyon Martin, and George Karl is ready to mend the relationship. The Denver Nuggets head coach suspended Martin for the final three playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers last spring for insubordination and hasn't spoken to him since. Karl said he wanted things to cool off before they spoke.

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...

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

Devils give LW Elias seven years, $42M (AP)
Star left wing Patrik Elias has become the second Devils free agent to decide to remain in New Jersey in two days, agreeing to a seven-year, $42 million contract. "We're delighted Patrik has made the decision to stay in New Jersey," Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said late Sunday afternoon.

Predators give C Arnott five-year deal (AP)
Free-agent center Jason Arnott, who scored a career-high 76 points for Dallas last season, signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Sunday. The 31-year-old Arnott also had a career-high 44 assists for the Stars last season. Entering his 14th NHL season, Arnott has played in 91 career Stanley Cup games and has been to the Stanley Cup finals twice, capturing the...

Blues bring back free-agent C Weight (AP)
Doug Weight is bringing his Stanley Cup ring back to St. Louis. The center signed a multiyear deal with the Blues on Sunday, six months after they traded him to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Weight was part of the Blues' payroll purge that helped facilitate the team's sale. With John Davidson now in place as club president, Weight returned to the team with whom he spent most...

Lightning send D Sydor back to Stars (AP)
Two-time All-Star defenseman Darryl Sydor returned to the Dallas Stars on Sunday when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a draft pick. Sydor came back to Dallas on the same day the Stars lost free agent center Jason Arnott, who signed a five-year contract with Nashville. Arnott had a career-high 76 points last season.

Rangers re-sign Straka for one year (AP)
Veteran forward Martin Straka re-signed with the New York Rangers on Sunday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.1 million. The 33-year-old left winger had 22 goals and 54 assists while playing all 82 games with the Rangers last season, his first with New York, but went without a point during the team's first-round playoff loss -- a four-game sweep by New Jersey.

Panthers sign D Salei to four-year deal (AP)
The Florida Panthers signed defenseman Ruslan Salei to a four-year, $12.1-million contract on Sunday. "Ruslan is a top-tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to acquire," Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said. "He is a big, physical, competitive player that can log a lot of ice time and will be looked upon as a leader on our blue line." Salei had a career-high 19 points (one goal, 18...

Isles ink C Sillinger to three-year deal (AP)
Mike Sillinger signed a three-year, $6.6 million deal with the New York Islanders, leaving the Nashville Predators after less than one season. Sillinger agreed to terms with the Islanders late Saturday night, joining his 12th NHL team. The center, known more for his defensive skills, scored 32 goals last season between St.

Familiar charge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart's '05 title run began with a summer hot streak. It could be happening again.

Villeneuve eyes NASCAR switch (AFP)
Canadian Jacques Villeneuve could quit Formula One for the US-based NASCAR championship next year, the veteran racer said.

Stewart may have made his final fence fling (AP)
Tony Stewart may have climbed his last fence.

Schumacher wins incident-packed US Grand Prix (AFP)
Michael Schumacher cruised to his third win of the season in the United States Grand Prix as he led home Ferrari's first one-two of the year after an incident-filled race.

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.

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