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NEWS FROM 2006-07-21
Prosecutors extend Bonds investigation
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060721/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060721/capt.cf5f32699f6b4b6185b3b8adfb38ba39.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb108.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=r4d3a8OYla8.wsXaozcQRA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds points to the stands as he prepares for his first at bat against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 20, 2006 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - They aren't through with Barry Bonds, not yet. The federal grand jury considering possible perjury and tax-evasion charges against the star slugger expired Thursday without an indictment. Hours later, Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, walked out of a prison where he spent two weeks for refusing to testify against his childhood friend.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds hits No. 722 as Giants rout Padres
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060721/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060721/capt.11276dd60569407799ca33681dfd7326.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb115.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=v.r82yy2cHg5JPv4AiI9_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds drops his bat as he follows the flight of his 722nd career home run off San Diego Padres' Brian Sweeney in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 20, 2006 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds did what he does best: Step into the batter's box, forget all the off-field distractions and hit a baseball over the fence.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wells homers off Rivera as Jays win in 11
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060721/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060721/capt.4ca98835e1454d9e80211a62ac14f1a8.yankees_blue_jays__baseball_ajw103.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=hffhOqsGUiA4ZqbjexA_ig--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez steps away from a pitch during first inning action against the Toronto Blue Jays in AL baseball action in Toronto, Thursday July 20, 2006. .(AP Photo/Adrian Wyld, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - John Gibbons pumped his fist after the victory and said his Toronto Blue Jays needed it after a rough couple of days.</p><br clear="all"/>
Woods climbs leaderboard at British Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060720/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060720/capt.83a65087c6bf4d06b21e6d7f66533d47.britain_golf_british_open_hoy229.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=gClJzlg18sZMZpgE5Q0MZA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods of the United States drives from the 16th tee during the opening round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England Thursday July 20, 2006. Woods posted a 5-under par 67. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - A little rain took the fire and fear out of Royal Liverpool. Still intact was the strange nature of the British Open, such as the peculiar path Tiger Woods took toward the top of the leaderboard Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Patrick nearing deal to stay in IndyCar
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060720/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_irl_danica_patrick"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060720/capt.nyol50107202226.irl_danica_patrick_nyol501.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=5ixbv5HlzpC6V1eRhYC9BA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Indy Car Series auto raccing driver Danica Patrick signs autographs at a meet-and-greet with Bridgestone/Firestone employees at the company's corporate headquarters on July 13, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. in this file photo. Patrick said she's close to having a deal done to stay in Indy Car next season. (AP Photo/The Lebanon Democrat, Bill Cook)" border="0" /></a>AP - Danica Patrick sounds as if she has already made a decision on her racing future, even if she's not quite ready to announce it. Despite recent speculation that she would head to NASCAR after her contract with the Rahal-Letterman IndyCar Series team is up at the end of the season, Patrick said she's leaning toward staying in the IndyCar Series and is "far down the line" toward getting a deal done with for next season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Leinart's path similar to that of Manning
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060719/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_leinart_manning"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060718/capt.924590d241d5448fb49a9c9e6eb93e6a.manning_leinart_fantasy_football_nybk106.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=ADgbH9Ex3IaAonXtOba6rQ--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="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)" border="0" /></a>AP - If anyone is familiar with the road Matt Leinart faces as he prepares for his first NFL training camp, it is Eli Manning.</p><br clear="all"/>
City leaders reach deal on Kings arena
AP - City leaders reached a deal Thursday to build a new downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings, using a quarter-cent sales tax that would require voter approval in November.
Quentin powers D'backs to win in debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060721/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060721/capt.7255322e5f794e70ba233cb60ff8da53.dodgers_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc103.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=_9qPE3kV_6tvCI4ovt5e4Q--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Carlos Quentin, top, is greeted at home plate by teammate Chad Tracy, bottom, after Quentin drove Tracy in on a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Mark Hendrickson in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July, 20, 2006, in Phoenix. Quentin in playing in his first major league game, and the home run was his first hit.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Quentin homered in his first major league game. Twenty minutes after Arizona's win was over, his trip around the basepaths still seemed like a blur.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rapids earn tie with Chivas USA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060721/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_chivas_usa_rapids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060721/capt.178b84215499469b98fdbb61d6e7d73e.mls_chivas_usa_rapids_soccer_cojd103.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=zWE1Guh35LBptHEMns34.g--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Colorado Rapids defenseman Dan Gargan (4) goes up for a header over Chivas USA forward Juan Francisco Palencia during the first half of an MLS soccer match Thursday, July 20, 2006, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jacob Peterson scored in the 93rd minute to give the Colorado Rapids a 3-3 tie with CD Chivas USA in wet conditions Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oilers re-sign coach and CEO for 4 years
AP - The Edmonton Oilers gave coach Craig MacTavish and president Patrick LaForge four-year contract extensions on Thursday.
Miami's home disadvantage?
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Will the divorce of Zach Thomas' sister and Jason Taylor divide the Dolphins?
Peaceful Eagles open camp minus Owens (AP)
Andy Reid ferociously swatted away the annoying gnats circling his head while nonchalantly dismissing questions about Terrell Owens. No T.O. means fewer problems and less drama for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles opened camp at Lehigh University on Thursday without the circus atmosphere that surrounded the team last season when Owens dominated headlines for his contract demands and petulant...
Jets rookies Ferguson, Mangold absent (AP)
First-round picks D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold missed the Jets' opening day of rookie orientation because they aren't under contract. Rookies were asked to arrive Thursday, a week before the full squad reports, for conditioning work and meetings. Practice starts next Friday when training camp opens.
Eagles OL Jackson gets 7-year extension (AP)
Offensive lineman Jamaal Jackson signed a seven-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Jackson started the final eight games last season at center, replacing the injured Hank Fraley. Jackson spent the entire 2004 season on injured reserve with an arm injury. He was on the 2003 practice squad after signing as a free agent out of Delaware State.
Announcer's son files suit against NFL (AP)
The son of the man whose voice is synonymous with NFL Films has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in which he claims his father's voice was misused in promoting a video game. The deep baritone voice of legendary announcer John Facenda was part of NFL Network program titled "The Making of Madden 2006," last year, violating an agreement with the league, according to the lawsuit.
Fiss, captain of Browns title team, dies (AP)
Galen Fiss, captain of the Browns' last championship team and former teammate in other sports of Dean Smith and Roger Maris, has died. He was 75. Fiss, who had Alzheimer's disease, died Monday of cardiac arrest at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb near his home in Leawood, Kan. Fiss was a linebacker on the Cleveland team that upset the Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the 1964...
Community service for Seahawks' Locklear (AP)
Seattle Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear has reached an agreement with prosecutors that on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend last January. Locklear will perform community service for the next two years. "Among other things, the agreement requires Mr. Locklear to perform community service, obtain an evaluation, and pay court costs," read a statement issued by Locklear's attorney, Jon Scott...
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.
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Nuggets sign Nene to six-year, $60M deal (AP)
Two weeks after getting married, Nuggets power forward Nene made another long-term commitment by signing a six-year, $60 million contract to stay in Denver on Thursday. "I want to be like (Karl) Malone," Nene said of the consummate power forward who played 18 of his 19 NBA seasons in Utah. "We want you to be like Malone, also," interjected Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets' director of player personnel.
Sonics ownership doesn't want to move (AP)
Members of an Oklahoma City business group that purchased the SuperSonics said Thursday they are disappointed many people have scoffed at the notion that their goal is to keep the team in Seattle. Members of the group, Professional Basketball Club LLC, were instrumental in making Oklahoma City a temporary home to the New Orleans Hornets after Hurricane Katrina, and there has been much public...
U.S. hoops stars in tryout mode at camp (AP)
Don't call it a tryout, coach Mike Krzyzewski insists. Every player at UNLV's training complex this week is a member of the U.S. men's national basketball team, and that won't change next week when Krzyzewski and his staff select the 12 who will be in uniform for the world championships next month. The handful of camp invitees left stateside still will be contributors to the national team before...
LeBron not looking far into future (AP)
LeBron James is only into three-year commitments these days. The Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star forward reported to the U.S. national team's training camp on Wednesday with a new NBA contract, signed a day earlier in Las Vegas. "It feels good," he said. "I'm happy to be staying with the same team. I'll try to get better and win a championship.
Suns sign G Banks to 5-year contract (AP)
As an up-and-coming free-agent point guard, Marcus Banks could have found a team that was willing to guarantee him a starting job. Instead, he told his agent, Michael Higgins, he wanted to play for the Phoenix Suns, who have two-time MVP Steve Nash in the same position. "He thought I was crazy," said the 24-year-old Banks, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves to sign a $21-million, five-year...
N.O. group in lead for share of Hornets (AP)
A group of New Orleans-based investors are front-runners for gaining a minority share of the Hornets, team owner George Shinn said Wednesday. Shinn did not reveal how many other competing investors there are, but said there remain people in Oklahoma City who are interested in buying into the Hornets, even after another Oklahoma group led by Clay Bennett bought the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday.
Bobcats sign F Othella Harrington (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats signed free agent forward Othella Harrington on Wednesday to help strengthen their frontcourt. The 6-foot-9 Harrington has appeared in 661 games, starting in 263 of them, including stints with Houston, Vancouver, New York and Chicago. He averaged 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. "Othella complements our team well and is a veteran player who can serve as a mentor to our younger...
Oilers give MacTavish 4-year extension (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers gave coach Craig MacTavish and president Patrick LaForge four-year contract extensions on Thursday. MacTavish guided the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup final since 1990. They lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in game seven. "From his role as a team captain while a player, to his tenure as coach of the Oilers, Craig has been a superb leader," Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe...
Snow starts quickly as Islanders GM (AP)
Garth Snow settled into his new office early Wednesday morning and took a break only to attend a luncheon in his honor. Not bad for a guy who was the New York Islanders' backup goalie one day earlier. Snow traded in his pads for a suit and went from the Islanders' locker room to the board room Tuesday when he was the surprise choice to replace general manager Neil Smith, abruptly fired less than...
Ducks give LW Kunitz two-year deal (AP)
Left wing Chris Kunitz signed a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. He set club rookie records last season for goals (19), assists (22), and shots (149) while appearing in 67 games for Anaheim. The 26-year-old Kunitz added three goals and five assists in Anaheim's 16 postseason games.
Sharks trade LW Ekman to Penguins (AP)
The San Jose Sharks traded left wing Nils Ekman and goalie Patrick Ehelechner to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday for a second-round draft pick next season. Ekman scored 112 points in 159 games for the Sharks over the past two seasons, playing on San Jose's top line with MVP Joe Thornton and NHL goal-scoring champion Jonathan Cheechoo last year.
Canucks sign Chouinard to two-year deal (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed center Marc Chouinard to a two-year, $2.2 million deal on Thursday. The 29-year-old had a career-high 14 goals and 16 assists in 74 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. Chouinard has 74 career points (35 goals) and 113 penalty minutes in 278 games with Minnesota and Anaheim.
Thrashers sign C Niko Kapanen (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers signed center Niko Kapanen to a multiyear contract on Thursday. Kapanen, who earned the league minimum $450,000 last season with Dallas, was acquired by the Thrashers with a draft pick for Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry on June 24. The 28-year-old Kapanen had career highs of 35 points and 14 goals last sesason.
Former Devils D Daneyko arrested for DUI (AP)
Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko was arrested for drunken driving in May and will face charges next month. The 42-year-old Daneyko retired in 2003 after a 20-year NHL career, spent entirely with New Jersey. He took a leave from the Devils during the 1997-98 season to confront an alcohol-abuse problem.
The Busch Series finally returns to Martinsville this weekend, and Kenny Wallace couldn't be happier.
Sadler to leave Yates Racing at end of season (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Elliott Sadler and Robert Yates Racing have decided to go their separate ways.
Sadler to leave Yates team after 2006 (AP)
Robert Yates Racing will let Elliott Sadler out of his contract at the end of the season.
Waltrip ready for Busch race (AP)
Retired three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip is taking his first Busch Series start in 11 years seriously.
Diversity program enjoys big weekend (AP)
NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program had a big weekend at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina.
Childress team closing in on competition (AP)
Richard Childress never got to the point where he hated coming to the race track, but there were times in the...
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)