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Flawless Federer gets Nadal on his turf (AP)
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden during their Men's Singles, semifinal match on Wimbledon's Centre Court, Friday, July 7, 2006. Federer won the match 6-2, 6-0, 6-2. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)AP - Now Roger Federer gets Rafael Nadal on his turf. With a performance he deemed flawless, three-time Wimbledon champion Federer won the most lopsided men's semifinal in tournament history, beating Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 on Friday.


Woods rebounds, while Mickelson struggles (AP)
Tiger Woods tees off on the 15th hole during the second round of the Western Open, Friday, July 7, 2006, at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - If he was angry, Phil Mickelson didn't show it. He praised the course, mentioned the balmy weather and basically let everyone know that life is great, even if his game was anything but on Friday.


Burton wins pole in Chicagoland qualifying (AP)
NASCAR Nextel Cup Driver Jeff Burton climbs out of the car after his qualifying run for the USG Sheetrock 400 Friday, July 7, 2006, at ChicagoLand Speedway in Joliet, Ill.  Burton won the pole position with a top speed of 181.674 m.p.h. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)AP - Jeff Burton figured that if he kept qualifying well, eventually he'd win another pole.


Broncos' Sauerbrun faces suspension (AP)
This 2005 photo provided by the NFL shows Denver Broncos' Todd Sauerbrun. Sauerbrun was suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, a person close to the player said Friday, July 7, 2006. (AP Photo/NFL)AP - Todd Sauerbrun ripped off his helmet and hurled it in disgust after shanking a 25-yarder at the Denver Broncos' minicamp Friday. The paltry punt was the least of his troubles.


Marquis shuts down Astros as Cards win (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis delivers against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of their Major League Baseball game Friday, July 7, 2006 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Jason Marquis shut down the Houston Astros for his 11th win and pinch-hitter John Rodriguez homered in the St. Louis' Cardinals' 8-2 victory Friday night.


Attorney: Woman wants Holmes case tossed (AP)
AP - The woman who was allegedly assaulted by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes has asked that charges against the former Ohio State star be dropped, his attorney said Friday.

Sow undergoes successful surgery for broken neck (Reuters)
Reuters - TORONTO (Reuters) -Toronto Raptors Pape Sow underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured vertebra in his neck, the team said on Friday.

Bonds hits No. 720, trails Aaron by 35 (AP)
AP - Barry Bonds hit his 720th homer Friday night, a three-run shot to right-center in the third inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

France to mobilize 4,000 extra police (AP)
FILE - Supporters of France's national soccer team jubilate in Jean Bouin stadium in Paris after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Portugal played in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, July 5, 2006. As France braces for a showdown against Italy in Sunday's soccer World Cup final, the government hopes a resurgence of pride in Les Bleus can also boost economic confidence. But experts say the evidence that sporting success can have lasting economic impact is mixed. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)AP - Massive police reinforcements will be on duty for the World Cup final and France's interior minister urged revelers not to spoil the party by getting out of hand.


Flyers' Forsberg begins ankle rehab (AP)
AP - Peter Forsberg has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle, seven weeks after the first of two planned ankle operations.

More draft supplements
Texas DT Marco Martin and N.C. State all-purpose back Richard Washington are available for the July 13 supplemental draft.

Broncos' Sauerbrun suspended for epehdra (AP)
Todd Sauerbrun ripped off his helmet and hurled it in disgust after shanking a 25-yarder at the Denver Broncos' minicamp Friday. The paltry punt was the least of his troubles. Sauerbrun will be suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, a person close to the player said Friday.

Broncos WR Lelie boycotting minicamp (AP)
Mike Shanahan knows just the place receiver Ashley Lelie could compete for the No. 1 job he covets so much that he's boycotting the Broncos' minicamp: Denver. "If you want to compete to be the No. 1 guy, why not be here? Why not be here in camp?" Shanahan said after the Broncos began their three-day practice session Thursday.

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.

Prosecutor offers Plummer plea deal (AP)
Prosecutors offered Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer a plea deal to settle municipal charges in an alleged road rage incident, a police spokesman said Thursday. City attorney Dugan Comer made the plea offer during a private pretrial conference, said Englewood police investigator John Hoehler. "An offer was made, and Jake's attorney was going to discuss it with his client," Hoehler said.

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.

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

Mavs send Daniels to Pacers for Croshere (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks, looking for a solid backup to Dirk Nowitzki, plan to trade Marquis Daniels to the Indiana Pacers for Austin Croshere. Daniels' agent, Glenn Schwartzman, said Thursday the deal cannot become official until Wednesday, when teams can complete trades and sign free agents. Croshere was entering the final year of his five-year contract that pays him nearly $7 million a year.

Magic sign Redick to rookie contract (AP)
The Orlando Magic signed top pick J.J. Redick on Friday. The former Duke star and all-time NCAA 3-point leader announced just before the draft June 28 that he had a herniated disk in his back, forcing him to cancel several workouts -- including one with the Magic. He has said he expects a full recovery and has been pain-free in rehabilitation.

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.

Pacers hold on to Granger and Harrison (AP)
The Indiana Pacers exercised contract options on former first-round draft picks Danny Granger and David Harrison, and cut former Notre Dame standout Chris Thomas from their rookie/free agent camp roster on Friday. Harrison and Granger are now signed through the 2007-2008 season. If the Pacers didn't pick up the options, both could have become unrestricted free agents at the end of next season.

Celtics exercise option on Telfair (AP)
The Boston Celtics exercised the options on newly acquired point guard Sebastian Telfair and three others Thursday, then signed undrafted free agent Allan Ray of Villanova. Telfair, along with forward Al Jefferson and guards Delonte West and Gerald Green, will remain under contract through the 2007-08 season.

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.

Nuggets G Hodge undergoes surgery (AP)
Denver Nuggets guard Julius Hodge was expected to resume workouts in a week after undergoing minor surgery Friday to remove a bullet fragment from his left thigh. Hodge was shot three times in his left leg April 8 while driving on a Denver freeway after he left a nightclub. Investigators said the shots were fired from a car that drove next to Hodge's.

Top pick Erik Johnson to attend college (AP)
Erik Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, will go to the University of Minnesota this fall rather than join the St. Louis Blues. The Blues retain the rights to the defenseman, and the team was part of his decision to go to college. "We feel this is a win-win situation for Erik to be going to an excellent hockey program to continue his development," Blues president John Davidson said Friday on...

Forsberg begins ankle surgery rehab (AP)
Peter Forsberg has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle, seven weeks after the first of two planned ankle operations. The Philadelphia Flyers center started his rehabilitation on Thursday. In mid-May, Forsberg had torn ligaments repaired and several bones realigned in his right ankle during a three-hour operation.

Hurricanes re-sign D Wesley for one year (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed veteran defenseman Glen Wesley on Thursday to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. Wesley just finished his 18th NHL season, and had two goals and eight assists in 64 regular-season games. He had appeared in three Stanley Cup finals before finally winning the championship with the Hurricanes last month.

Lightning ink Fedotenko to one-year deal (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning and left wing Ruslan Fedotenko avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.65 million, one-year contract Thursday. Fedotenko had a career-high 26 goals and 41 points for Tampa Bay this past season. "In a perfect world we would have liked to sign Ruslan to a long-term contract," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement.

Blue Jackets sign G Conklin (AP)
The Blue Jackets signed former Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ty Conklin on Thursday, giving Columbus a backup to Pascal LeClaire. Conklin's signing was completed a week after the Blue Jackets traded goalie Marc Denis to the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran European netminder Fredrik Norrena. Conklin, 30, went 8-5-1 and allowed an average of 2.80 goals in 18 games with the Oilers last season.

Coyotes hope free agents can end drought (AP)
As the most popular player since the Phoenix Coyotes moved to the desert in 1996, Jeremy Roenick wore No. 97 in the team's oft-ridiculed, multicolored uniforms before leaving in a salary dispute five years ago. On Thursday, the nine-time NHL All-Star slipped into a new sweater with his old number, in the club's more traditional brick-red design.

'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.

Mad Mayfield
JOLIET, Ill. – Jeremy Mayfield is having a tough season, and he certainly isn't happy about it.

Jeff Burton wins pole for USG Sheetrock 400 (SportsTicker)

Burton wins pole in Chicagoland qualifying (AP)
Jeff Burton figured that if he kept qualifying well, eventually he'd win another pole.

Mayfield sounding unhappy with Evernham (AP)
Jeremy Mayfield isn't happy with the way his team is performing this year. And he doesn't seem to think team owner Ray Evernham is taking enough of a hands-on approach to fixing what's wrong.

Package deal: UPS to stick with Jarrett (AP)
Dale Jarrett already was preparing to walk away from Robert Yates Racing at the end of the year. Now his corporate sponsor is following him out the door.

Kelley chosen as executive director of NASCAR Hall of Fame (AP)
Longtime broadcaster Winston Kelley was chosen as executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Thursday, and Ralph Appelbaum Associates was picked to be the exhibit designer.

Busch Series crew chiefs for Harvick, Lamar penalized (AP)
The crew chiefs for Kevin Harvick and Burney Lamar's Busch Series teams were suspended six races each Thursday for violations discovered at Daytona International Speedway.

Kentucky adds more SAFER barriers (AP)
Kentucky Speedway has installed an additional 56 feet of the energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier across a section of...

Reid leaves Hendrick for chance with one-man trucks team (AP)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In an era in which promising young drivers land prime jobs with big-name racing teams,...

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