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Young lifts AL over NL in All-Star game (AP)
Texas Rangers' Michael Young slides into third base with a two-run triple during the ninth inning of baseball All Star Game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 11, 2006. At left is Florida Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - The All-Star game was all set up for the National League this time. Trevor Hoffman on the mound, one strike to go, fans on their feet at Pittsburgh's enchanting ballpark. But no matter the setting or the season, the Nationals can't find a way to close out the AL.


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Wie takes swing at history in PGA Tour (AP)
Michelle Wie  and her mother Bo Wie, right, walk to the 10th hole  during a practice round at the John Deere Classic golf tournament Tuesday, July 11, 2006 in Silvis, Ill. Wie is making her fifth start in a PGA Tour event and has yet to make it past the midway tournament cut, which eliminates all but the low 70 players and ties from weekend play. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)AP - Michelle Wie feels all grown up now. She looked like she belonged on the PGA Tour, one shot better than the cut line with momentum on her side last year at the John Deere Classic. Then came a double bogey on her 15th hole with two shots into a bunker and three putts from 20 feet. Her next shot sailed far right of the green, smacking off a cart path. And after missing the cut by two shots, it was time to go home.


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Materazzi admits insulting Zidane (AP)
A young French soccer supporter, wearing a jersey with the name of French soccer star Zinedine Zidane, sits on a man's shoulders on the Champs Elysees in Paris, Sunday, July 9, 2006 after France's defeat in the soccer World Cup final between France and Italy which was played in Berlin, Germany. Italy won the World Cup in a penalty shoot out, beating France 5-3 Sunday after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes. On the Arc de Triomphe can be read: 'Thank You, Blues', in reference to the French national team. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner)AP - Marco Materazzi admits he insulted Zinedine Zidane before the France captain head-butted him in the World Cup final. Materazzi denies calling him a "terrorist."


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Tour de France heads into the mountains (AP)
Floyd Landis of the U.S., foreground, and compatriot David Zabriskie ride together in the Landes region during the 9th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Bordeaux and Dax, southwestern France, Tuesday, July 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)AP - Now for the hard part. Having made it through fast and dangerous racing during the opening flat stages of the Tour de France, riders veer Wednesday into the Pyrenees for their first encounter with the high mountains.


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Flyers' Forsberg may be ready for opener (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers' Peter Forsberg of Sweden plays against the Boston Bruins in the third period of a hockey game Nov. 8, 2005, in Philadelphia. Forsberg does not need surgery on his left ankle and could be ready for the start of the season, more than four months earlier than the Flyers star was expected to return, it was announced Tuesday, July 11, 2006. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Peter Forsberg doesn't need surgery on his left ankle and could be ready for the start of the NHL season, more than four months earlier than the Philadelphia Flyers forward was expected to return.


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Bloom agrees to 4-year deal with Eagles (AP)
Jeremy Bloom talks to reporters at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Feb. 24, 2006. Two-time Olympic skier and Eagles' fifth-round draft pick Bloom agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Philadelphia, his agent said Tuesday, July 11. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)AP - Two-time Olympic skier and Eagles' fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Philadelphia, his agent said Tuesday.


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Pistons officially add Mohammed (AP)
AP - Nazr Mohammed probably won't be able to duplicate Ben Wallace's ability to defend, rebound and play with energy for the Detroit Pistons.

At All-Star game, Leyland's another fan (AP)
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland smiles in the dugout prior to a MLB baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - A couple of Detroit Tigers rooters trudged to one of the top rows of PNC Park's upper deck to watch the All-Star Home Run Derby, huffing and puffing as the stairs grew steeper and steeper.


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Klinsmann quits as Germany coach (AP)
Germany's national soccer team head coach Juergen Klinsmann celebrates with fans at the 'Fan Mile' in Berlin on Sunday July 9, 2006.Thousands of German soccer fans celebrate their team after Germany beat Portugal 3-1 at the third place match of the soccer World Cup on Saturday. Shirt reads:'Thank you Germany.' (AP Photo/Marcus Brandt/pool)AP - Juergen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup last week, is stepping down, the co-president of the German soccer federation said early Wednesday.


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Linden steps down as NHL union president (AP)
AP - Trevor Linden said he will not seek re-election as president of the NHL players' association, and a group of players continued to press for Ted Saskin to be removed as executive director at the start of the union's summer meetings Tuesday.

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

Bloom, Eagles agree on four-year deal (AP)
Two-time Olympic skier and Eagles' fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Philadelphia, his agent said Tuesday. "He's going to sign the deal within the next 24 hours," Gary Wichard said. A speedy but undersized player -- he's listed at 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds -- Bloom was a budding star in college with Colorado before his football career was put on hold.

Cardinals ink second-round pick OL Lutui (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals signed second-round draft pick Deuce Lutui, an offensive lineman out of Southern California, to a four-year contract on Tuesday. The Cardinals have had their share of holdouts over the years, but Lutui said he was anxious to reach agreement with the team he cheered while growing up in nearby Mesa.

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.

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

Wolves agree to terms with PG Mike James (AP)
Desperate for an experienced, reliable point guard, the Minnesota Timberwolves went and got the best one left on the free-agent market on Tuesday. They reached an agreement with Mike James on a four-year deal, James' agent told The Associated Press. James, who is coming off a career year for the Toronto Raptors, will get the Timberwolves' full mid-level exception, which is worth about $5 million in...

Carmelo not in his car when drugs found (AP)
Police found marijuana in Carmelo Anthony's car during a traffic stop, but the Denver Nuggets star wasn't in the vehicle at the time, officers said Tuesday. Anthony and team officials refused to comment. Anthony is set to sign an $80 million, five-year contract extension on Wednesday. Police said Tyler Brandon Smith, who identified himself as Anthony's friend and roommate, was pulled over late...

Pistons officially add Mohammed (AP)
Nazr Mohammed probably won't be able to duplicate Ben Wallace's ability to defend, rebound and play with energy for the Detroit Pistons. Mohammed, who essentially replaces Wallace in Detroit, can add more at the offensive end -- and the center will cost about $9 million less next season. The Pistons and Mohammed agreed to a five-year contract -- with the final year being an option -- for the...

NBA sets salary cap for new season (AP)
The NBA set its 2006-07 salary cap at $53.135 million on Tuesday, one day before teams were allowed to sign free agents and make trades. Also determined Tuesday were the mid-level exception and the tax level. The mid-level exception will be $5.215 million and the tax level is $65.42 million. Any team that exceeds that figure will pay a $1 luxury tax for every dollar it is over.

No prosecution against Lakers C Brown (AP)
Prosecutors rejected a sexual assault claim against Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown on Tuesday because of a lack of evidence. The allegation was made during the Lakers' first-round Western Conference playoff series with Phoenix and had been under investigation since. Brown, who was not arrested, said at the time he was innocent.

Arenas hoping to make U.S. national team (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is ready to do almost anything to make the U.S. national team -- starting with mastering the shorter 3-point shot. "I've been working out on the international 3 -- it's like a free throw now," Arenas said Tuesday at an open workout before leaving for next week's training camp.

Judge gives Hawks, Thrashers flexibility (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers were given significant added flexibility on Tuesday in their ability to trade and sign players. The Maryland judge who last week ruled the teams couldn't sign a free agent to a deal longer than one year, changed that to four years. But the Hawks and Thrashers cannot go over the salary cap in order to sign a player.

Forsberg may return for start of season (AP)
Peter Forsberg doesn't need surgery on his left ankle and could be ready for the start of the NHL season, more than four months earlier than the Philadelphia Flyers forward was expected to return. Forsberg met with a doctor in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday who told him the damage to the left ankle would not need to be corrected with surgery.

Linden steps down as union president (AP)
Trevor Linden said he will not seek re-election as president of the NHL players' association, and a group of players continued to press for Ted Saskin to be removed as executive director at the start of the union's summer meetings Tuesday. "I think it's important for some of the good young people that we have ...

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.

Islanders sign veteran F Chris Simon (AP)
The New York Islanders signed veteran winger Chris Simon to a one-year, $1 million contract Tuesday. Simon had eight goals and 14 assists in 72 games with the Calgary Flames last season. Simon has 133 goals, 142 assists and 1,690 penalty minutes in 677 career games with Quebec/Colorado, Washington, Chicago, the New York Rangers and Calgary.

Tampa inks D Richardson to one-year deal (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Luke Richardson to a one-year, $500,000 contract Tuesday. Richardson has played in 1,312 NHL games during a 19-year career. He has 33 goals and 156 assists. "We view Luke as a very dependable, hard-working defenseman who brings a veteran presence to our blue line," Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster said.

Rookie review
NASCAR's latest batch of young guns is making the grade as the Cup season hits its midpoint.

Kenseth runs into more trouble at Indy (AP)
Forgive Matt Kenseth for thinking his rental car got tapped by another NASCAR driver.

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.

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