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Italy beats France for 4th World Cup title
AP - The beautiful game turned vicious, even venomous Sunday. It was all still beautiful to Italy. And very ugly for France, which lost captain Zinedine Zidane with a red card after his nasty head butt in extra time, and then went down 5-3 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.
Federer tops Nadal for 4th Wimbledon title
AP - When Roger Federer stepped onto Centre Court, dressed for success in his creamy white, custom-made blazer, one thought was prominent as he prepared to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final:
Gordon spins Kenseth to win at Chicagoland
AP - Matt Kenseth accused Jeff Gordon of spinning him out on Sunday in retribution for an accident earlier in the season. Gordon's answer: So what if I did?
ChiSox nip BoSox in 19-inning marathon
AP - No one was happier than Tadahito Iguchi when he put an end to a pre-All-Star break marathon on Sunday. Iguchi's bases-loaded single in the 19th sent the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in a 6-hour, 19-minute game that began in sunshine and ended with the lights on at U.S. Cellular Field.
Barbaro has surgery after 'complications'
AP - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has developed "potentially serious" complications to his injured right hind leg, and underwent surgery to treat a new infection.
Ravens LB stabbed in bowling alley dispute
AP - Ravens linebacker Roderick Green was stabbed early Sunday during a fight at a bowling alley, Baltimore County police said.
LeBron agrees to $80 million extension
AP - LeBron James likes it where he's at — close to home and closing in on an NBA title. Cleveland's All-Star forward agreed Saturday to sign a contract extension of up to five years and worth as much as $80 million with the Cavaliers, a huge relief for the rising team and its fretting fans who worried he might be planning an escape.
Capuano replaces Glavine for All-Star game
Reuters - Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris
Capuano received a late call up on Sunday to the National
League team for Major League Baseball's All-Star game.
AP Blog: Zidane's career ends in disgrace
AP - Now that the World Cup is under way, AP writers will be filing periodic, behind-the-scenes reports during soccer's largest spectacle:
Shanahan leaves Red Wings for Rangers
AP - Brendan Shanahan became the second big-time forward to say goodbye to the Detroit Red Wings this offseason, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4 million with the New York Rangers on Sunday.
More draft supplements
Texas DT Marco Martin and N.C. State all-purpose back Richard Washington are available for the July 13 supplemental draft.
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.
Williams struggles as Argonauts lose (AP)
Suspended NFL running back Ricky Williams had 6 yards on nine carries in the Toronto Argonauts' 24-17 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. Williams, playing in his fourth 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 12 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 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.
LeBron agrees to extension with Cavs (AP)
LeBron James likes it where he's at -- close to home and closing in on an NBA title. Cleveland's All-Star forward agreed Saturday to sign a contract extension of up to five years and worth as much as $80 million with the Cavaliers, a huge relief for the rising team and its fretting fans who worried he might be planning an escape.
Injury keeps Redick out of summer league (AP)
The Orlando Magic are holding guard J.J. Redick out of summer league play because of a back injury. Redick repeatedly has said he's not bothered by the herniated disc in his back, an injury announced just before the Magic took him No. 11 overall in the NBA draft. He received a cortisone shot about a month ago and said he won't need surgery.
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.
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 keep 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.
Nuggets G Hodge has bullet removed (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.
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.
Shanahan leaves Red Wings for Rangers (AP)
Brendan Shanahan became the second big-time forward to say goodbye to the Detroit Red Wings this offseason, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4 million with the New York Rangers on Sunday. The 37-year-old forward joined longtime Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman as players who won't be returning to Hockeytown.
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...
Flyers' Forsberg begins rehab on ankle (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.
D Poti inks one-year deal with Islanders (AP)
Tom Poti is leaving the Rangers, but the veteran NHL defenseman is staying in New York. The 29-year-old Poti joined the rival Islanders on Saturday by signing a one-year, $2.75 million deal after three-plus, up-and-down seasons on Broadway. "From the beginning of free agency, I told my agent that I wanted to see if something could be worked out with the Islanders," said Poti, a U.S.
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.
JOLIET, Ill. – Matt Kenseth was between Jeff Gordon and victory on Sunday. But not for long.
Kenseth put into a spin by Gordon (SportsTicker)
JOLIET, Illinois (Ticker) - In Matt Kenseth's mind, Jeff Gordon's bump-and-run was no accident.
Mayfield tries to clarify comments about Evernham (AP)
Two days after sounding as though he was questioning his team owner's commitment, driver Jeremy Mayfield said he was simply frustrated with his team's performance and wasn't criticizing Ray Evernham.
Gordon wins NASCAR Nextel Cup USG Sheetrock 400 (SportsTicker)
Gordon spins Kenseth to win at Chicagoland (AP)
Matt Kenseth accused Jeff Gordon of spinning him out on Sunday in retribution for an accident earlier in the season.
Formula One star Montoya jumps to US NASCAR series (AFP)
Colombian auto racer Juan Pablo Montoya made a shocking announcement, saying he will depart Formula One after this season to race in the American closed-cockpit series NASCAR.
Formula One star Montoya signs with Ganassi NASCAR team (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
F1 driver Montoya to drive in NASCAR (AP)
Why on Earth would Juan Pablo Montoya trade Monte Carlo and Melbourne for Darlington and Martinsville -- and likely take a pay cut in the process?
Hornaday wins NCTS Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky (SportsTicker)