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Howard wins Home Run Derby over Wright (AP)
Philadephia Phillies' Ryan Howard hits a home run in the first round of the MLB baseball All Star game  Home Run Derby at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Monday July 10, 2006.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - The Philadelphia Phillies haven't been big winners for a long time. Thanks to Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu, they're tough to beat in the Home Run Derby.


National League hopes to end AL domination (AP)
Albert Pujols, of the St. Louis Cardinals, and his son A.J. look up during practice before the baseball All Star Game home run derby in Pittsburgh, Monday, July 10, 2006.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Albert Pujols can't explain it. He knows there are plenty of talented players in the National League, so why do they keep getting kicked around by their AL counterparts?


The Zidane mystery: What set him off? (AP)
French team captain Zinedine Zidane gives the thumbs up from the balcony of the Hotel Crillon in Paris, Monday July 10, 2006. France was stricken and shamed by Zinedine Zidane's brutal exit from soccer's biggest stage, yet the nation's president proudly embraced the favorite son, and masses of fans appeared to forgive the national hero who carried his team to the World Cup final, even if they didn't bring home the trophy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)AP - Was it something he said? With France and Italy tied in extra time of Sunday's World Cup final, Zinedine Zidane head-butted Marco Materazzi in the chest and was ejected. France went on to lose on penalty kicks. The day after, still no one knew what the Italian defender might have said to the French star.


Rogers, Penny will start All-Star game (AP)
From left; Ozzie Guillen, manager of the American League All Stars, Brad Penny of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kenny Rogers of the Detroit Tigers, smile during a news conference in Pittsburgh Monday July 10, 2006. Penny and Rogers are the scheduled starters in the All Star game on Tuesday night.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Kenny Rogers has gone from all-star scourge to All-Star starter. One year after being one of the most scrutinized players at the glamour game — and for all the wrong reasons — the Detroit lefty was chosen by AL manager Ozzie Guillen to start Tuesday night against the NL.


Liriano, Eckstein added to All-Star game (AP)
Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano throws against the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 8, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Lucky for Francisco Liriano that someone in his family picked up the phone. The Minnesota rookie ace was added to the AL All-Star team Monday after Jose Contreras pitched himself out of a spot while St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein replaced injured Jose Reyes on the NL side.


Ravens LB stabbed in bowling alley dispute (AP)
AP - Ravens linebacker Roderick Green was stabbed early Sunday during a fight at a bowling alley, Baltimore County police said.

Senegal's Sene signs with NBA Sonics (AFP)
Senegal centre Saer Sene signed a one-year rookie contract with the Seattle Supersonics after being taken with the 10th pick in last month's National Basketball Association Draft.(NBA)AFP - Senegal centre Saer Sene signed a one-year rookie contract with the Seattle Supersonics after being taken with the 10th pick in last month's National Basketball Association Draft.


Phillies' Howard wins Home Run Derby crown (Reuters)
Reuters - Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard recovered from a slow start to win the Home Run Derby contest on Monday, before Major League Baseball's All-Star game.

Italians celebrate World Cup victory (AP)
The Italian national soccer team Captain Fabio Cannavaro raises the World Cup as he celebrates on a stage at Circus Maximus, in Rome, Monday, July 10, 2006. Italy won 5-3 over France in a penalty shootout during the final of the World Cup Germany 2006 in Berlin on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)AP - Air force planes decorated the sky with colorful smoke as Italy's triumphant World Cup squad returned home Monday evening to celebrate with its jubilant fans.


Sharks get Bell as part of 3-team trade (AP)
AP - The San Jose Sharks acquired versatile forward Mark Bell from Chicago on Monday as part of a three-team trade that sent Ottawa forward Martin Havlat to the Blackhawks.

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 to be suspended for ephedra (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.

Ravens' Roderick Green OK after stabbing (AP)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roderick Green was released from a hospital Monday after being stabbed at a bowling alley, a hospital spokeswoman said. Ravens officials said it was too early to know whether the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder would be available for the start of training camp July 27. Green was taken to Sinai Hospital after the stabbing early Sunday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Roethlisberger to play in golf tourney (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last month, will play in a celebrity golf tournament next week and appear in a music video. Officials with American Century Championship, a tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev., said Friday that Roethlisberger has committed to play there next weekend, July 14-16.

Vikings WR Robinson says he's clean (AP)
Minnesota Vikings receiver Koren Robinson knows he'll always be under scrutiny while living life as a recovering alcoholic. These last few days, however, have been a little over the top. Reports surfaced late Thursday night that Robinson had voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility to seek further treatment.

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.

Steelers' Holmes to get case dismissed? (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. Holmes was arrested June 19 and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and simple assault. The woman, the mother of one of Holmes' children, accused Holmes of choking her, throwing her to the ground, grabbing...

Ricky Williams held to 6 yards in loss (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.

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.

Hornets president leaves organization (AP)
New Orleans Hornets president Paul Mott has left the organization. "I can confirm that Paul Mott is no longer with the organization," said Michael Thompson, director of corporate communications for the Hornets on Monday. "Club policy prevents us from commenting further." It was unclear whether Mott resigned or was fired.

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.

Bell, Havlat moved in three-team deal (AP)
The San Jose Sharks acquired versatile forward Mark Bell from Chicago on Monday as part of a three-team trade that sent Ottawa forward Martin Havlat to the Blackhawks. The Sharks traded defensemen Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy to Chicago for Bell, who had career highs of 25 goals and 23 assists last 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.

Devils re-sign D White, add RW Rupp (AP)
The New Jersey Devils re-signed veteran defenseman Colin White to a multiyear contract and signed right wing Mike Rupp on Monday. The 28-year-old White, who has spent all six of his NHL seasons with the Devils, was a member of the Stanley Cup team in 2003. Last season he had three goals, 14 assists and 91 penalty minutes in 73 games.

Bruins GM Chiarelli gets early start (AP)
Peter Chiarelli was still working for Ottawa when Senators free agent Zdeno Chara agreed to terms with Boston. The soon-to-be Bruins general manager was able to keep his glee to himself. "I'm in a room with a couple of other guys," he said. "It was interesting, to say the least." Chiarelli, who was hired as the Bruins GM in May but had to serve out his term in Ottawa, was released from his...

Sabres sign LW Peters, trade D Hedja (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Andrew Peters to a one-year, $460,000 contract and traded the rights to defenseman Jan Hejda to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. The Sabres received Edmonton's seventh-round pick in next year's draft in exchange for Hejda. Buffalo's fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft, the 28-year-old Hejda is unsigned and has spent his entire career playing in Europe.

Wild re-sign D Burns to two-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brent Burns to a two-year, $1.65 million contract on Monday. The 21-year-old Burns skated in a career-high 72 games for Minnesota last season, scoring four goals and registering 12 assists. He will make $775,000 in 2006-07 and $875,000 in 2007-08.

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...

WWD: USG Sheetrock 400
Thomas Dewey would know how Matt Kenseth feels after Sunday's show at Chicagoland.

New-look NASCAR in the making? (AP)
NASCAR could be getting a makeover next season.

Transition to NASCAR not easy money for Montoya (AP)
The European auto racing establishment will expect Juan Pablo Montoya to dominate NASCAR, quickly putting less sophisticated drivers in their proper place: second.

Report: Patrick contemplating move to NASCAR (SportsTicker)
ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) - Danica Patrick may be headed to NASCAR.

Montoya dumps F1 for US oval series NASCAR (AFP)
Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya shocked the auto racing world Sunday, announcing he will depart Formula One after this season to race in the American closed-cockpit oval series NASCAR.

Gordon spins Kenseth to win at Chicagoland (AP)
Fans and competitors shouldn't be surprised when Jeff Gordon acts like a tough guy on the track.

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)

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