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NEWS FROM 2006-07-15
Bonds' may be indicted within week
AP - Barry Bonds' legal team is preparing for the San Francisco slugger to be indicted as soon as next week and has begun plotting his defense.
Wie suffers heat exhaustion, withdraws
AP - This had to be the most painful cut for Michelle Wie. Trying to become the first woman in 61 years to make a PGA Tour cut, the 16-year-old instead was hospitalized with heat exhaustion for several hours Friday after withdrawing from the John Deere Classic with nine holes left.
Barbaro is doing much better today
AP - The patient was doing better — and that alone accounted for Dean Richardson's upbeat demeanor Friday. A day after describing Barbaro's prognosis for recovery as "poor" because of an often fatal hoof disease, the colt's chief surgeon was able to report the Kentucky Derby winner had a "good night and even slept on his side."
Yankees end Contreras' winning streak
AP - Jose Contreras' streak of winning decisions came full circle and ended against the team and pitcher it started against.
Arena out as U.S. coach after 8 years
AP - Bruce Arena experienced unprecedented success as coach of the United States men's soccer team, including 71 victories during his eight-year tenure and a quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup.
Roethlisberger says he won't do safety ads
AP - Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn't plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his accident last month.
Allen Iverson: 'I want to be a Sixer'
AP - Despite the persistent trade speculation, Allen Iverson said Friday he wants to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers — but only if they want him.
Marlins' rookie outduels Clemens
AP - Rookie Anibal Sanchez has been alive a little longer than Roger Clemens has been in the major leagues. The 22-year-old Sanchez, who was about 3 months old when Clemens made his major league debut in 1984, outdueled the seven-time Cy Young Award winner on Friday night to lead the Florida Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
Real Salt Lake downs Revolution
AP - Jeff Cunningham and Jason Kreis scored goals within a three-minute span early in the second half to help Real Salt Lake beat the New England Revolution 3-1 on Friday night.
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.
Owens claims to tell all in new book (AP)
Terrell Owens says plenty in his new book. Except for one word he now claims he didn't say. But making a big deal of an apparent misquotation -- despite the sentence being written in the first-person -- is the kind of media nitpicking Owens would lament in his 242-page book that mostly offers his side of two tumultuous seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Big Ben won't do helmet-safety ads (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger doesn't plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his accident last month. "I don't think that's my place," the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said in a taped interview aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that," Roethlisberger said...
Bengals owner defends supplemental pick (AP)
Bengals owner Mike Brown defended the team's decision to take another player with a troubled background in the NFL's supplemental draft, a move that has raised questions about the team's standards. The Bengals chose linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft Thursday. Brooks played at Virginia for three seasons, but was later kicked off the team.
Largent's son indicted on sex charges (AP)
The youngest son of NFL great and former Oklahoma congressman Steve Largent has been indicted by a Delaware grand jury on charges of soliciting an underage girl for sex, according to court records. Kramer Largent, 20, of Tulsa, Okla., was indicted July 3 by a Kent County grand jury on four felony counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 16.
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.
Roethlisberger has new outlook on life (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger has a new outlook on life. He talks to his family more. He appreciates those around him more. He even hugs more. Nearly dying in a motorcycle accident last month certainly has changed everything for the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. "I think the accident was kind of God's way of saying, 'Ben, maybe you need to step back a little bit,"' Roethlisberger said Friday before teeing off...
Bills sign OT Jason Peters to extension (AP)
The Buffalo Bills signed offensive tackle Jason Peters, who they hope can be one of the anchors of their offensive line, to a contract extension on Friday. Now entering his third NFL season, Peters was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas before the 2004 season. During his first two years with the Bills, Peters has played tight end and special teams before...
Summer's hot topics
Ben Wallace's departure, LeBron James' extension and Amare Stoudemire's comeback are the talk of the NBA.
Iverson wants to stay with 76ers (AP)
Despite the persistent trade speculation, Allen Iverson said Friday he wants to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers -- but only if they want him. "I want to be a Sixer, I have said that since Day 1," Iverson said at a news conference to promote his annual charity softball event. "But if I am not wanted, then I definitely don't want to be a Sixer and I am willing to start my career all over." The 76ers...
Bosh signs 3-year extension with Raptors (AP)
Chris Bosh signed a three-year contract extension with the Raptors on Friday beginning in 2007-08, with a player option for a fourth year. Bosh signed a deal similar to fellow class of 2003 stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who bypassed five-year deals for three years with an option for a fourth -- and the chance to become free agents sooner and potentially make more money.
Hornets trade G Snyder to Rockets (AP)
After acquiring Peja Stojakovic to start at shooting guard, the New Orleans Hornets traded guard Kirk Snyder to the Houston Rockets on Friday for cash and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2008. Snyder started 40 straight games in the Hornets' backcourt last season and averaged 8.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.
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.
Oilers ink C Horcoff to three-year deal (AP)
Center Shawn Horcoff signed a three-year, $10.8 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration. The restricted free agent had a career-high 73 points in 79 games last season, his fifth in the NHL -- all with the Oilers. He also had 19 points in 24 games during Edmonton's surprise playoff run.
Devs add G Jordan Parise, Zach's brother (AP)
Goaltender Jordan Parise joined his brother, Zach, as a member of the Devils on Friday, signing his first professional contract with New Jersey. Terms weren't immediately available. The older brother of forward Zach Parise, the goaltender played the last three seasons for the University of North Dakota, posting a 55-20-7 record with 10 shutouts.
Flyers re-sign D Joni Pitkanen (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed top defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract Friday. Pitkanen, their 2002 first-round draft pick, had career highs with 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 points in 58 games for the Flyers last season. He won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers' most outstanding defenseman and the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the most improved player for the 2005-06...
Capitals add enforcer Brashear (AP)
The Washington Capitals signed free-agent enforcer Donald Brashear on Friday, adding some protection for star Alexander Ovechkin. The Capitals also signed free-agent forwards Alexandre Giroux and Chad Wiseman. The 34-year-old Brashear, a left wing, played for the Philadelphia Flyers the last four seasons, with 648 penalty minutes, 22 goals and 44 assists.
Canucks acquire LW Pyatt from Sabres (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks acquired left wing Taylor Pyatt from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. Pyatt recorded six goals and six assists in 41 regular-season games last year, but missed 27 games with a broken wrist and another five with a mild concussion.
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.
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Once the NASCAR season ends in Miami, Kyle Busch plans to head north and celebrate in New York.
Newman wins pole for Lenox Industrial Tools 300 (SportsTicker)
Newman finally wins another pole (AP)
Ryan Newman won the pole Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway. No kidding.
Kenseth and Gordon still play blame game (AP)
Jeff Gordon apologized to Matt Kenseth -- sort of.
'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.''