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Jones helps Braves match 1930 record (AP)

Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones connects for a solo home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Jones went five for five with two home runs as the Braves drubbed the Cardinals 14-5. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)AP - A few days ago, Bobby Cox would have laughed at comparisons between his sub-.500 Atlanta Braves to a 1930 New York Yankees team that featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and he had never even heard of the Boston Beaneaters.

Smith out, Snow in as Islanders GM (AP)

New York Islanders Owner Charles Wang responds to questions during a news conference Tuesday July 18, 2006 in Uniondale, New York. Wang announced today that Neil Smith has been relieved of his duties as general manager and will be replaced by former goaltender Garth Snow.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Neil Smith didn't last a summer, let alone a winter, as general manager of the New York Islanders.

Konerko goes deep twice as White Sox win (AP)

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko celebrates his three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of their Major League Baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - The Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball. They just can't seem to beat the Chicago White Sox this season — or at home in recent years.

Unpaid taxes could be Bonds' downfall (AP)

San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings for an RBI double off Milwaukee Brewers' Tomo Ohka in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - The easy money Barry Bonds made by aggressively selling his name, likeness and sports equipment through his Web site and brief autograph sessions in hotel conference rooms could prove to be the embattled slugger's legal undoing.

Landis reclaims Tour de France lead (AP)

New overall leader Floyd Landis of the USA reacts on the podium of the 15th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Gap, southeastern France, and L'Alpe d'Huez, French Alps, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Frank Schleck of Luxembourg won the stage. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AP - Floyd Landis is wearing the race leader's yellow jersey again at the Tour de France, regaining it Tuesday in the punishing Alps where a former teammate-turned-rival made quite a name for himself.

Leinart's path similar to that of Manning (AP)

In this hand out photo by Yahoo! Sports, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, throws a pass as Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart looks on at a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football training camp Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Bryant Park in New York City. (AP Photo/Yahoo! Sports, Bill Kostroun)AP - If anyone is familiar with the road Matt Leinart faces as he prepares for his first NFL training camp, it is Eli Manning.

Oklahoma group buying Seattle SuperSonics (AP)

Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett smiles as he holds up a Seattle SuperSonics NBA basketball jersey that was presented to him by fomer Sonics owner Howard Schultz in Seattle Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Bennett said that whether the Sonics remain in Seattle for the long term would depend on whether the team can reach an agreement with the city to replace or renovate KeyArena. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - Mayor Mick Cornett cautioned Tuesday that the purchase of the Seattle SuperSonics by an Oklahoma City businessman does not necessarily mean that the NBA franchise will relocate to the city.

Cabrera's homer in 11th lifts Yankees (AP)

New York Yankees' Melky Cabrera follows through on his 11th inning game-winning solo home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima watches in Major League Baseball action Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won 5-4.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - A blown call in the ninth inning keyed a big rally in the rain that kept the New York Yankees' winning streak intact.

Red Bulls hire Bruce Arena as coach (AP)

United States national soccer team manager Bruce Arena reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany in this June 13, 2006 file photo. Arena took over the struggling New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 but also predicted that his former squad , the U.S. soccer team, would not win consistently at the World Cup until 2018. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Bruce Arena has a message for American soccer fans: Be patient.

Predators swap Walker for Canes' Vasicek (AP)

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. kisses the NHL championship Stanley Cup at his Compuware Corp. headquarters in Detroit, Monday, July 17, 2006.The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in the best of seven games hockey championship. (AP Photo/Paul SancyaAP - The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Scott Walker from Nashville in exchange for center Josef Vasicek on Tuesday, giving the Stanley Cup champions a veteran scoring threat to help replace departed free agent Matt Cullen.

'Tough' decision
The Bengals added a physical presence at inside linebacker with the selection of Virginia standout Ahmad Brooks.

Cowboys S Keith Davis leaves hospital (AP)
Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis checked out of the hospital Tuesday, recovering nicely from two gunshot wounds and optimistic about making the start of training camp late next week. "No one has said he's not going," agent Curtis Stephens said. "Our belief is that he is going to Oxnard, Calif., with the rest of the team.

49ers to consider moving to Santa Clara (AP)
The 49ers would consider moving to Santa Clara if plans for a new San Francisco stadium fall through, team and city officials said Tuesday. "If for whatever reason things don't work out in San Francisco, we need to have a backup," said Lisa Lang, vice president of communications for the 49ers. Team vice president and chief financial officer Larry MacNeil has met twice with Santa Clara city...

Senate commemorates NFL's integration (AP)
The Senate marked the 60th anniversary of pro football's permanent integration with a resolution Tuesday that will be part of the NFL's commemoration at its Hall of Fame game next month. In 1946, a year before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's race barrier, Bill Willis and Marion Motley joined the Cleveland Browns of the All-American Football Conference, and Kenny Washington and Woody Strode played...

Vince Young's agent, Titans to negotiate (AP)
Negotiations with the Tennessee Titans for their top draft pick, Vince Young, will begin face-to-face Thursday, and his agent said Tuesday he expects the quarterback will be signed in time for the start of training camp. "I'm pretty confident we'll get it done," Major Adams said. "I'll be in Nashville on Thursday, and then I'll stay until it's done." Adams, who has never negotiated a major deal in...

Ex-teammates, coaches honor Harry Carson (AP)
With Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Marty Schottenheimer nodding in agreement, a former teammate spoke Tuesday about Harry Carson the man, not the New York Giants middle linebacker and soon-to-be Hall of Famer. George Martin's testimonial set the tone on a day the Giants assembled Lawrence Taylor and 11 other teammates, as well as three of his former New York coaches, for a special tribute.

Leinart's path similar to Eli Manning's (AP)
If anyone is familiar with the road Matt Leinart faces as he prepares for his first NFL training camp, it is Eli Manning. Like Leinart, Manning was a first-round pick with all the expectations and hype that go with that designation. Manning also went to a team that was trying to build a winning climate after recent struggles.

Owens tells HBO he is misunderstood (AP)
Terrell Owens blames the media for portraying him as a selfish player, although he admits a tendency of saying things about others that he wouldn't want said about himself. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel airing Tuesday night on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," Owens acknowledges dishing out more criticism than he's willing to take.

Finding the Answer
Which team would be the right fit for Allen Iverson? Let's look at the trade possibilities – or lack thereof.

Sonics, Storm sold to Okla. City group (AP)
A group from Oklahoma City has agreed to buy the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA's Seattle Storm. The new owners have set a 12-month deadline to reach a new arena deal with Seattle officials -- something the previous owners didn't accomplish in two years. After that, the new owners gain the option to move the team to Oklahoma.

LeBron signs 3-year, $60M extension (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally got the autograph they wanted most. LeBron James signed a three-year contract extension worth about $60 million Tuesday, cementing a deal announced last week. The All-Star forward signed the contract in Las Vegas, where he was preparing to train with the U.S. team for the world championships.

Mayor: Sale doesn't mean Sonics moving (AP)
Mayor Mick Cornett cautioned Tuesday that the purchase of the Seattle SuperSonics by an Oklahoma City businessman does not necessarily mean that the NBA franchise will relocate to the city. "I think it's presumptuous to assume that Clay Bennett and his ownership group won't own that Seattle team for a long, long time in Seattle or somewhere else.

Pierce wants to end career with Celtics (AP)
Last summer, a frustrated Paul Pierce wasn't sure he wanted to stay with the Boston Celtics and basketball chief Danny Ainge wouldn't commit to keeping him. Now Pierce is looking forward to spending the rest of his career with the team and Ainge is hailing him as "the best player and the best leader the Celtics have had" since the late 1980s.

Pistons add Mohammed, Murray, Dupree (AP)
Nazr Mohammed, Flip Murray and Ronald Dupree signed with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, adding depth to a team that has been depleted by the loss of All-Star center Ben Wallace. The Pistons also re-signed guard Lindsey Hunter to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. The Pistons signed Mohammed to a five-year contract -- with the final year being an option -- that will pay the center $5.2 million...

U.S. set for training camp for worlds (AP)
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony battling for one starting forward spot. Amare Stoudemire competing against his NBA teammate Shawn Marion for the other. Either of those is now possible in the new era of American basketball. While trying to rebuild his country's reputation around the world, Mike Krzyzewski doesn't have time to worry about the one a player has at home.

Bobcats name Jordan confidante team prez (AP)
Fred Whitfield, a close friend, confidante and business partner of Bobcats co-owner Michael Jordan for more than 25 years, has inherited the challenge of selling the team to Charlotte. Whitfield was hired Monday as the new president and chief operating officer of Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Bobcats, the WNBA's Charlotte Sting and the teams' home arena in downtown...

Islanders fire GM Smith, hire Snow (AP)
Neil Smith didn't last a summer, let alone a winter, as general manager of the New York Islanders. Hired less than six weeks ago as part of a front office by committee, Smith failed to live up to owner Charles Wang's terms and was let go Tuesday before he had a chance to put his new team on the ice. Smith was abruptly fired and shockingly replaced by New York goalie Garth Snow, who retired to take...

Maple Leafs sign C Peca to one-year deal (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed veteran center Michael Peca to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. The 32-year-old Toronto native earned $3.99 million last season with the Edmonton Oilers. After a slow start, he recorded six goals and five assists in 24 playoff games. Peca had nine goals and 14 assists in 71 regular-season games.

Lindros considers Stars 'a good fit' (AP)
After years of high hopes and high drama, Eric Lindros could've been excused for letting out a sigh of relief Monday after signing a one-year bargain deal with the Dallas Stars. His arrival in Dallas is nothing like his anxiously awaited NHL debut in Philadelphia, his move to the bright lights of New York and the Rangers or the buzz of joining his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs last year.

Hurricanes trade Vasicek, sign Willis (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Scott Walker from Nashville in exchange for center Josef Vasicek on Tuesday, giving the Stanley Cup champions a veteran scoring threat to help replace departed free agent Matt Cullen. The Hurricanes also brought back former draft pick Shane Willis, signing the right winger to a one-year contract.

Kings G Garon accepts qualifying offer (AP)
Los Angeles goalie Mathieu Garon accepted his qualifying offer on Monday and signed a one-year deal worth $1.216 million to stay with the Kings. The 28-year-old Garon went 31-26-3 record with a 3.22 goals-against average and .894 save percentage last season, his first in Los Angeles. He was chosen as the NHL defensive player of the month in December when he was 9-3 and allowed three goals or fewer...

Jackets sign G Leclaire to two-year deal (AP)
The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Pascal Leclaire to a two-year contract through 2008. Leclaire is expected to be the top goalie this season following the trade of Marc Denis to Tampa Bay on June 30. Leclaire had a 11-15-3 record with a 3.23 goals against average in 33 games while sharing the starting job with Denis last season.

Wild sign C Mikko Koivu to one-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free agent center Mikko Koivu to a one-year, $902,500 contract Tuesday. The 23-year-old Koivu had six goals and 15 assists in 64 games as a rookie last season. Koivu was the Wild's best shootout performer, scoring on four of his six opportunities. The sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Koivu was Minnesota's last remaining restricted free agent.

Got next
Tomorrow's NASCAR stars are tearing it up at local tracks across the country.

Stewart suddenly in Chase trouble (AP)
Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship.

Kyle Busch gets first win of 2006 (AP)
Kyle Busch believes his team is finally headed in the right direction.

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Lenox Industrial Tools 300 (SportsTicker)

Stewart loses ground in points (AP)
Tony Stewart's New Hampshire magic fizzled Sunday.

Sprague wins NCTS O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park (SportsTicker)

Sprague races to 26th career Truck Series victory (AP)
Jack Sprague raced to his first victory of the season and the 26th of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career, holding off rookie Erik Darnell by 0.251 seconds Saturday night in the O'Reilly 200.

Edwards wins NASCAR Busch New England 200 (SportsTicker)

Edwards takes New Hampshire win (AP)
Carl Edwards easily held off a late challenge from Kevin Harvick on Saturday to win the NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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