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Bonds' trainer held for not testifying
AP - Barry Bonds' personal trainer was held in contempt of court and taken to prison Wednesday for refusing to testify to the federal grand jury investigating the San Francisco Giants' slugger for perjury.
Bulls reportedly trade Chandler to Hornets
AP - Tyson Chandler is ready for a fresh start. The Chicago Bulls agreed Wednesday to send the center to the New Orleans Hornets for veteran forward P.J. Brown and swingman J.R. Smith, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday night on its Web site.
French connect, oust Portugal to advance
AP - Leave it to the French to give this World Cup a sense of deja vu. Zinedine Zidane had been there before, standing behind the penalty spot, with a chance to gain glory for himself and France.
Mets' El Duque baffles Pirates in 5-0 win
AP - The way New York Mets manager Willie Randolph saw it, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the perfect matchup for crafty Orlando Hernandez.
Federer beats Ancic, rolls on at Wimbledon
AP - The "Ooohs" and "Aaahs" from an appreciative crowd began during warmups, when Roger Federer volleyed one ball through his legs. His artistry grew more impressive once play began for real.
'Skins safety Sean Taylor sued over fight
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.
Bulls hire Jim Paxson as consultant
AP - Jim Paxson is going to work for his brother — Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson.
Weeks' 2B lifts Brewers over Reds in 13
AP - Rickie Weeks found redemption for his late mental error with his bat. Weeks' long line drive gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory in 13 innings Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the Reds.
Fan killed as France parties hard
AP - With shouts of "Zizou, Zizou!" and "We're in the final!" on their lips, tens of thousands of French fans poured onto the Champs Elysees after France advanced to the World Cup final Wednesday night. One fan was killed in a subway accident, disrupting traffic while the metro system was packed with people.
'Canes re-sign Cole to 3-year, $12M deal
AP - The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed left winger Erik Cole on Wednesday to a three-year, $12 million contract, following an injury-shortened regular season in which he set career-highs in scoring.
Read and React: Injured list
The mailbag was filled with comments on the recoveries of Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington.
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.
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.
The wild, wild East
There's a reason the Pistons and Bulls would overpay for Ben Wallace. Three of them, actually.
Report: Bulls trade Chandler to Hornets (AP)
Tyson Chandler is ready for a fresh start. The Chicago Bulls agreed Wednesday to send the center to the New Orleans Hornets for veteran forward P.J. Brown and swingman J.R. Smith, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday night on its Web site. Officials with both the Bulls and the Hornets declined comment.
LeBron still mulling Cavs' max offer (AP)
LeBron James has the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting and their fans wondering. James has yet to announce if he's going to accept the club's maximum contract extension, a five-year offer worth about $80 million. Although James isn't eligible for free agency until after next season, his silence -- he received the offer on July 1 -- has led to speculation that he has other plans.
Bulls hire Jim Paxson as consultant (AP)
Jim Paxson is going to work for his brother -- Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson. Jim Paxson, former general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was hired Wednesday as a consultant by the Bulls. "Jim's hiring was multipurpose," John Paxson said in a statement. "He's played, scouted, and most important of all, he brings added experience and insight to my role having been (vice president) and...
Wolves sign first-round draft pick Foye (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Randy Foye on Wednesday. Foye, a 6-4 guard from Villanova, was the seventh overall selection and was acquired by the Wolves in a draft-night trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. "We're extremely excited to have Randy as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves," Kevin McHale, the Timberwolves' vice president of basketball operations, said in...
Pistons replace Wallace with Mohammed (AP)
The Detroit Pistons are already moving on without Ben Wallace. A day after losing Wallace to the Chicago Bulls, the Pistons reached an agreement with free-agent center Nazr Mohammed on Tuesday, a person within the NBA told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because NBA free agents can't officially sign contracts until July 12, said the team and Mohammed made an...
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...
Lakers sign first-round pick Farmar (AP)
First-round draft pick Jordan Farmar signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Farmar, the 26th overall pick in last week's draft, passed up his final two years of eligibility at UCLA. The 6-foot-2 guard started all 66 games he played over two seasons for the Bruins, averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 assists.
'Canes re-sign Cole to three-year deal (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed left winger Erik Cole on Wednesday to a three-year, $12 million contract, following an injury-shortened regular season in which he set career-highs in scoring. Cole had 30 goals, 29 assists and 59 points despite missing the final 22 regular-season games with a fractured vertebra in his neck.
D Spacek agrees to deal with Sabres (AP)
The Sabres are done shopping for defensemen in free agency after Jaroslav Spacek agreed Wednesday to a three-year contract worth about $10 million. Spacek's addition gives Buffalo six regular defensemen and makes up for the loss of Jay McKee, who signed with St. Louis last weekend. A seven-year veteran, Spacek played a significant role in helping the Edmonton Oilers reach the Stanley Cup final last...
Wild ink Gaborik to three-year contract (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have spent a lot of money this offseason to surround Marian Gaborik with plenty of talent. On Wednesday, they did their part to keep the right wing around for a few years. The Wild signed Gaborik to a three-year, $19 million contract, about an hour before he was expected to file for salary arbitration.
Flames sign Tanguay, add Friesen (AP)
The Calgary Flames wasted little time in signing newly acquired forward Alex Tanguay to a three-year, $15.75-million deal on Wednesday. Tanguay, picked up in a deal from Colorado during the NHL draft on June 24, could have taken the Flames to salary arbitration but instead agreed to a contract that will pay him $5 million next season, $5.375 million in 2007-08 and $5.375 million in 2008-09.
Ducks re-sign C Andy McDonald (AP)
Andy McDonald, who led the Anaheim Ducks in assists and game-winning goals last season, signed a three-year contract on Wednesday to stay with the team. The 28-year-old center played in all 82 regular-season games for the Ducks, finishing tied for 20th in the NHL with a career-high 85 points. He also reached personal bests with 34 goals and 51 assists, and scored seven winning goals.
Flyers re-sign goalie Antero Niittymaki (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Niittymaki, 26, was 23-15-6 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 46 regular-season games for the Flyers last season. The 23 victories tied for third among NHL rookies and were the most by a Flyers first-year player since Ron Hextall won 37 games during the 1986-87 season.
Kings acquire G Cloutier from Canucks (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings made another move in their rebuilding process Wednesday, acquiring goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks for two draft picks. Cloutier played in only 13 games with the Canucks, recording an 8-3-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against average, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in a game at Anaheim on Nov.
Trading Paint: Chasing one's tail
Adjustments to the Chase are coming, but not everyone is happy about it.
Appellate court sides with speedway in post-race bridge collapse (AP)
Four NASCAR fans injured in the post-race collapse of a pedestrian bridge in 2000 cannot seek damages from Lowe's Motor Speedway, the state's Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The three-judge panel unanimously determined that the lawsuits, filed in 2004, came too long after the bridge was constructed in September 1995.
Awesome Bill back at Chicagoland (AP)
Former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott plans to make his second Nextel Cup start of the year in Sunday's USG...
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.