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Clemens ties for 8th on career wins list (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens (22) tosses a new ball back to the umpire as Chicago Cubs' Jacque Jones, left, runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of their Major League Baseball game Monday, July 3, 2006 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - All it took for Roger Clemens to get his first win since returning to the Astros was a little run support. After failing to score in Clemens' previous two starts since he re-signed with the team May 31, Houston's offense backed up the seven-time Cy Young Award winner in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.


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Kazmir throws 2-hitter vs. Boston (AP)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays starter Scott Kazmir pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning Monday, July 3, 2006 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kazmir pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out 10 batters. The Devil Rays won 3-0.  (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)AP - Scott Kazmir's first major league complete game was yet another win over Boston. The 22-year-old left-hander threw a two-hitter Monday night and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0. Kazmir (10-5) is 3-1 against Boston this season, and 5-2 in 11 career starts.


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World Cup semifinals start tomorrow (AP)
France's national soccer team player Zinedine Zidane gestures next to Patrick Vieira  training session in Hameln, northern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2006. France will play Portugal in their semifinal soccer World Cup match in Munich on Wednesday, July 5. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)AP - The World Cup soccer semifinals begin tomorrow with Germany against Italy. Portugal and France go against each other on Wednesday.


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Sorenstam ends 10-year wait for Open title (AP)
Annika Sorenstam reacts on the 18th green after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf championship in Newport, R.I. Monday, July 3, 2006 after beating Pat Hurst in an 18-hole playoff. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Annika Sorenstam gets pep talks from Tiger Woods and awe from her opponents. When she was done with Pat Hurst in their U.S. Women's Open playoff, there was nothing for the runner-up to do but ask for an autograph.


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Federer faces man who beat him on grass (AP)
Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the fans after his 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic after their Men's Singles, fourth round match on Wimbledon's Centre Court, Monday, July 3, 2006.    (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - It's been four years and 45 matches since Roger Federer lost on grass. The player who caused that defeat is back in Federer's path.


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'Skins safety Sean Taylor sued over fight (AP)
AP - Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was sued by a man who said the NFL player brandished a gun and repeatedly hit him during a fight last June.

Wallace leaving Pistons to sign with Bulls (AP)
Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace dunks against the Phoenix Suns in an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Wallace scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Pistons to a 109-102 win. Wallace, a free-agent, who also is being courted by the Chicago Bulls, says he's disappointed by Detroit's $49.6 million, four-year contract offer. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - Ben Wallace is bringing his rebounds, blocks and steals to the Chicago Bulls. The free-agent center, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, is leaving the Detroit Pistons to sign with the Bulls, a person within the NBA said Monday.


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Canseco returns, calls for MLB 'cleanup' (AP)
Jose Canseco watches a strike during his first at-bat for the San Diego Surf Dawgs baseball team in Chico, Calif., on Monday, July 3, 2006. The former major league slugger returned to baseball as a  designated hitter as the Surf Dawgs played the Chico Outlaws in a Golden Baseball League game. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)AP - Jose Canseco's most entertaining stuff came hours before he stepped back onto the field, when he criticized Major League Baseball and promised more significant steroids information.


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Now the time for stars to shine in Cup play (AP)
Italy forward Francesco Totti bursts into a laugh as he attends a training session in view of  Tuesday's World Cup 2006, semifinal soccer match between Italy and Germany, at the Dortmund stadium, Germany, Monday, July 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)AP - There's no better way for Zinedine Zidane to end his career than winning another World Cup for France.


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Yzerman retires, but will stay involved (AP)
Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman walks off the ice for the last time after the Edmonton Oilers scored to beat the Wings in the first round of the NHL playoffs in Edmonton on May 1, 2006. After 22 seasons as a Red Wing, Yzerman announced his retirement on July 3, 2006. (CP PHOTO ARCHIVE/John Ulan)AP - Steve Yzerman has laced up his skates for the Red Wings for the last time. That doesn't mean Hockeytown has to say goodbye to the longtime Detroit captain.


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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.

Redskins S Taylor being sued for assault (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was sued by a man who said the NFL player brandished a gun and repeatedly hit him during a fight last June. Ryan Hill filed the suit on June 27 in Miami Dade Circuit Court and is seeking $15,000 in damages from Taylor. The lawsuit states that Hill was bruised, incurred medical expenses and lost wages because of the fight.

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.

The wild, wild East
There's a reason the Pistons and Bulls would overpay for Ben Wallace. Three of them, actually.

Ben Wallace to sign with Bulls (AP)
Ben Wallace is bringing his rebounds, blocks and steals to the Chicago Bulls. The free-agent center, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, is leaving the Detroit Pistons to sign with the Bulls, a person within the NBA said Monday. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA free agents can't officially sign contracts until July 12, said the Pistons...

Wade, Heat working on extension (AP)
Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are working on a five-year contract extension, with the hope that a deal will be struck before the MVP of the NBA finals leaves for USA Basketball's summer training camp later this month. Wade is eligible for a deal worth about $80 million; the exact value of the extension, much like the one agreed to by Carmelo Anthony with Denver and the one offered to LeBron James...

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.

Hawks, G Claxton agree to terms (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly reached agreement with veteran point guard Speedy Claxton, filling one of the team's greatest needs. Claxton, a five-year NBA veteran, played on San Antonio's 2003 NBA championship team and averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds last season with the Hornets.

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.

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

Longtime Wings captain Yzerman retires (AP)
Steve Yzerman has laced up his skates for the Red Wings for the last time. That doesn't mean Hockeytown has to say goodbye to the longtime Detroit captain. Yzerman, who led the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup titles and spent his entire 23-year NHL career in Detroit, retired from playing Monday, but said he plans to stay in the organization while devoting more time to his family.

Oilers trade former MVP Pronger to Ducks (AP)
Star defenseman Chris Pronger was traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Ladislav Smid and three draft picks. Pronger, the 2000 NHL MVP with St. Louis, led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals last month. They fell just short of a championship, losing Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Senators C Spezza signs two-year deal (AP)
The Ottawa Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Spezza on Monday to a two-year contract worth $9 million. The 23-year-old center had 19 goals and 71 assists for a career-best 90 points last season, placing him third on the Senators. "We feel that he's a great asset to our organization," Senators general manager John Muckler said.

Blues sign RW Guerin to 1-year deal (AP)
The rebuilding St. Louis Blues added another veteran forward on Monday night, signing former Dallas Stars right winger Bill Guerin to a one-year contract. He joins Doug Weight, who returned to the Blues on Sunday after a brief stay with the Carolina Hurricanes, and Dan Hinote, who left the Colorado Avalanche.

Sharks agree to deals with Grier, Brown (AP)
Mike Grier and Curtis Brown liked what they saw from the San Jose Sharks after Joe Thornton's arrival sparked a midseason turnaround. That played a big role in their decision to join the team. The two free agent forwards agreed to deals with the Sharks on Monday, adding depth at forward for San Jose.

Thrashers sign Rucchin, Metropolit (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers signed unrestricted free agent centers Steve Rucchin and Glen Metropolit on Monday. Rucchin, 34, has recorded 166 goals and 302 assists in 688 NHL games with Anaheim and the New York Rangers. He has reached at least 50 points in five of his 11 seasons. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rucchin played in 72 games for the Rangers last season -- his only one in New York -- notching 13 goals...

Islanders, D Witt agree on 3-year deal (AP)
Brendan Witt agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the New York Islanders, putting the physical defenseman on his third team in four months. Witt spent most of his first 10 seasons on the Washington Capitals blue line, but was dealt to the Nashville Predators at the March trade deadline. He asked at the start of the season to be moved because he didn't want to part of a rebuilding process...

WWD: Pepsi 400
A trip to Daytona was just what Tony Stewart needed. Surprisingly, same goes for Boris Said.

Five ways to make the Chase better (AP)
Less than three years into the Chase for the championship, NASCAR chairman Brian France wants to tweak his title-crowning format.

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.

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