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NEWS FROM 2006-07-14
Derby winner Barbaro fighting for life
AP - He still looks every bit the champion. Only the fiberglass casts on not one but both of Barbaro's hind legs are indicators of something terribly wrong.
Pujols' 30th homer lifts Cards in 14th
AP - Extra innings means extra chances for Albert Pujols. For the second time in three long games he came through with a game-winning home run.
Huff homers in Astros debut, a 5-1 win
AP - Aubrey Huff made quite a debut with his new team. Huff hit a three-run home run in his first game with Houston and Lance Berkman had three hits to lead the Astros to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.
Wie may not make cut at PGA's Deere
AP - After yet another errant shot, Michelle Wie groaned and tugged her baseball hat down over her eyes. Nice try. There was no escaping the ugliness on her scorecard, though.
Wallace to Bulls; Raptors to extend Bosh
AP - Anthony Parker is in and John Salmons is on the way. Even better for the Toronto Raptors, Chris Bosh is staying.
Column: NFL commissioner search narrows
AP - Five weeks before Paul Tagliabue's retirement date, there remain more than a dozen candidates for his job.
Bulls sign elite defender Ben Wallace
AP - Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson and coach Scott Skiles were dressed down and casual when they went to Detroit earlier this month with a sales pitch for Ben Wallace.
Hafner, Indians beat Liriano, Twins 6-4
AP - At age 22, Francisco Liriano is still learning. After a sensational first half and a hurried trip to the All-Star game, it was apparently time for his next lesson.
Donadoni named Italy national team coach
AP - Former national team midfielder Roberto Donadoni was selected as Italy's new soccer coach, replacing Marcello Lippi, who resigned shortly after guiding the Azzurri to a fourth World Cup title.
Canadiens re-sign Aebischer, sign Samsanov
AP - The Montreal Canadiens re-signed goalie David Aebischer to a $1.9 million, one-year contract Wednesday, and also signed free-agent forward Sergei Samsonov to a two-year contract and made two trades.
The Bengals added a physical presence at inside linebacker with the selection of Virginia standout Ahmad Brooks.
Roethlisberger told he was near death (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday night that he was told he was "seconds, maybe a minute away from dying" immediately after his motorcycle accident last month. Roethlisberger, in his first interview since the June 12 accident, told ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he doesn't remember much about the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left...
Bengals get Brooks in supplemental draft (AP)
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who starred at Virginia for three seasons but was kicked off the team by coach Al Groh, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of Thursday's supplemental NFL draft. Brooks, a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker as a sophomore, also was a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker in 2004.
OT Backus, Lions agree on six-year deal (AP)
Jeff Backus closed on a house in suburban Detroit early Thursday afternoon, and several hours later, the offensive tackle agreed to terms with the Lions on a six-year contract with $15.5 million guaranteed. "I'm very appreciative to the Lions and the Ford family for getting this done," Backus told The Associated Press.
Bond for hedge fund manager revoked (AP)
A federal judge revoked bond Thursday for a hedge fund manager accused of bilking investors ranging from NFL players to his mother out of millions after a prosecutor disclosed the suspect kept a journal in which he mused about the best place to flee. U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper said no amount of bail could guarantee that Kirk Wright would appear in court to face fraud charges.
Bloom, Eagles agree on four-year deal (AP)
Two-time Olympic skier and fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom, and third-round selection Chris Gocong signed four-year contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA said Bloom wasn't eligible for the football team because he accepted endorsements to keep his...
Suspect charged in stabbing of Ravens LB (AP)
Police arrested a suspect Wednesday in the stabbing of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roderick Green in a suburban bowling alley parking lot. Chase M. Williams of Pikesville, was arrested without incident in west Baltimore, Baltimore County Police said. The 21-year-old Williams had been charged in a warrant with attempted first-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.
Steelers WR Holmes pleads not guilty (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes entered a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct charges. Neither Holmes nor his attorney were present at a brief hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge Darrin P. Gayles. A court date wasn't immediately set. Holmes, who was the Steelers' first-round pick in the April NFL draft out of Ohio State, was arrested as part of a police...
Summer's hot topics
Ben Wallace's departure, LeBron James' extension and Amare Stoudemire's comeback are the talk of the NBA.
Report: Celtics give Pierce extension (AP)
The Boston Celtics have agreed to terms with forward Paul Pierce on a three-year contract extension worth almost $60 million, according to a newspaper report. Terms of the extension, which is subject to league approval, weren't released, but the Boston Herald reported on its Web site that the deal will be for three years and almost $60 million.
Bulls introduce Ben Wallace (AP)
Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson and coach Scott Skiles were dressed down and casual when they went to Detroit earlier this month with a sales pitch for Ben Wallace. They wanted to make Wallace feel comfortable and open his eyes before opening up the checkbook. "We didn't go in there in tuxes or anything.
Wizards, coach Jordan close on extension (AP)
Coach Eddie Jordan and the Washington Wizards are closing in on a two-year contract extension that would kick in after next season. A person within the NBA, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized, said Thursday that most of the terms have been settled but the contract hasn't been signed.
Raptors get Salmons from 76ers (AP)
Philadelphia 76ers guard John Salmons agreed to terms of a sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. The 26-year-old Salmons, a four-year veteran, had his best season as a pro last year but struggled at times to fit into an offense dominated by Allen Iverson and Chris Webber. "I am happy for Johnny," Sixers president Billy King said Thursday night.
Clippers sign free-agent F Tim Thomas (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers signed free-agent forward Tim Thomas on Thursday and also agreed to terms with forward Paul Davis, their second-round draft pick. Thomas averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in nine seasons with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, New York, Chicago and Phoenix. He helped the Suns reach the Western Conference finals last season, averaging 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds during the...
Magic sign Bogans, give up on Stevenson (AP)
The Orlando Magic signed guard Keith Bogans on Thursday, ending a bid to keep DeShawn Stevenson after the starting guard opted to test the free-agent market. The move gives rookie guard J.J. Redick a clearer shot at the starting lineup, though the former Duke standout is still recovering from a herniated disc in his back.
Odom, Pierce to miss U.S. training camp (AP)
This time, the United States is prepared to handle player withdrawals. USA Basketball announced Thursday that Lamar Odom and Paul Pierce would miss training camp later this month. Another player, J.J. Redick, had recently said he wouldn't take part when camp opens in Las Vegas on July 19 because he has been out with a back injury.
Sutter steps down as coach of Flames (AP)
Darryl Sutter stepped away from coaching Wednesday, but it might be harder to pull away than he thinks. At a news conference announcing longtime assistant Jim Playfair will take over as Flames head coach, Sutter had a hard time Wednesday letting the new guy finish his sentences. "Don't overlook the fact that it's about the team and there's a time for your veterans, your skilled players and your top...
Hurricanes host Sabres to open season (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes will kick off their defense of the Stanley Cup title Oct. 4, when the NHL begins the season with three games. The Hurricanes will play the Buffalo Sabres -- the team they beat in the Eastern Conference finals -- at home on opening night, the league announced Wednesday. The 1,230-game regular season will run until April 8, and the playoffs are slated to begin three nights...
Canadiens make flurry of moves (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens re-signed goalie David Aebischer to a $1.9 million, one-year contract Wednesday, and also signed free-agent forward Sergei Samsonov to a two-year contract and made two trades. Montreal traded winger Richard Zednik to Washington for a third-round draft pick in 2007, and acquired winger Mike Johnson from Phoenix for a fourth-round pick next year.
Sabres G Biron accepts qualifying offer (AP)
Sabres goalie Martin Biron accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer Thursday despite still seeking a trade from the club. Biron becomes Buffalo's only goaltender under contract and will be paid $2.1 million this season. The question is whether he will earn that money in Buffalo. The 28-year-old restricted free agent was relegated to backup status by the emergence of rookie Ryan Miller this past...
Coyotes re-sign Seidenberg, Sjostrom (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Fredrik Sjostrom to two-year contracts, the club said Thursday. Seidenberg, who played for Germany in the last two Winter Olympics, played in 34 games for Phoenix last season after being acquired in the trade that sent Petr Nedved to Philadelphia in January.
Wild re-sign LW Pascal Dupuis (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed left wing Pascal Dupuis to a one-year contract Thursday. Dupuis had 10 goals and 16 assists in 67 games for the Wild last season. He will make $798,000 next season. Entering his fifth full season, Dupuis has shown the ability to be a productive scorer for the Wild. He had his best season in 2002-03, registering career-highs with 20 goals, 28 assists and a plus-17 rating...
Shanahan already comfortable in New York (AP)
Brendan Shanahan thought the tough part was over once he decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings and move to Manhattan. After one day of house-hunting Wednesday, he's not so sure. "With three kids under 4 and a dog, it's a challenge," said Shanahan, who agreed with the New York Rangers last weekend on a one-year deal worth $4 million.
NASCAR Tip Sheet
Richard Childress Racing is on the rise, but the same can't be said for NAPA's favorite spokesdriver.
'Pretty well retired' Trickle to race in home state (AP)
Dick Trickle just signed up for Medicare.
Is safety causing complacency, aggressiveness in NASCAR? (AP)
NASCAR has made significant safety strides since the death of Dale Earnhardt, and many drivers credit recent...
Notes: Teenager gets Roush ride (AP)
Canadian driver Peter Shepherd didn't win Roush Racing's made-for-TV Driver X competition last year, but he...
New road track twists through Utah mountain valley (AP)
TOOELE, Utah – The scenic mountain valley ambiance at Miller Motorsports Park is strictly for spectators.
Fellow IRL driver thinks Patrick's aggressive enough for NASCAR (AP)
A fellow IRL driver says Danica Patrick has what it takes to succeed if she switches to the paint-swapping world of NASCAR and she's plenty aggressive in open-wheel racing when it's ``the right time of the month.''
Gordon may be ready to make up with Kenseth (AP)
Maybe Jeff Gordon has had a change of heart.
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.