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NEWS FROM 2006-07-23
No one ready to give this major to Woods
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060722/capt.c26135cec96941f59821a4e714afbe88.britain_golf_british_open_hoy191.jpg?x=130&y=69&sig=DzBSinEtRUXOXUY6OMywCg--" align="left" height="69" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods of the United States plays from the 9th tee during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England Saturday July 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)" border="0" /></a>AP - His 3-foot birdie putt safely in the hole, Tiger Woods was right where he wanted to be Saturday in the British Open. His name was atop the leaderboard after three rounds at Royal Liverpool. And everyone knows the world's No. 1 player has never lost a 54-hole lead in a major championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barring disaster, victory awaits Landis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060722/capt.ae6548fb380548f2a544bb4d06cbfcc4.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf147.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=DdtLkPgZ0mgFTzNiGCUfVA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Floyd Landis of the US pours water onto his head after crossing the finish line of the 19th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race, a 57-kilometer (35.4-mile) individual time trial from Le Creusot to Montceau-les-Mines, France Saturday, July 22, 2006. American cyclist Floyd Landis regained the overall lead in the Tour de France on Saturday by placing third in the final time trial, won by Ukraine's Serhiy Honchar. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Landis' wild ride through France should end in the sweetest way possible Sunday on the Champs-Elysees — barring a crazy finale and as long as his hip holds out. In this Tour de France anything can happen.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rodriguez's sloppy defense hurting Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_a_rod_s_errors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060722/capt.c11e558cb76b4b3c90b9aedeaed26ae0.yankees__blue_jays_baseball_fng102.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=jNL7Sf35C7J7mjdagWQC5Q--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez looks back at the field after striking out during second inning AL action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday July 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez has been booed at home nearly all season for failing to come through at the plate. Now, it's his shoddy defense that's frustrating fans and — more importantly — hurting the New York Yankees.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants take 1st place in West from Padres
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.086bd77b26fc457c9ade740031f52b77.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=F83fQ5P7b.nctji1OAC.6Q--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Shea Hillenbrand and Pedro Feliz high-five each other after scoring on Eliezer Alfonzo's 2-RBI single against the San Diego Padres in the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 22, 2006 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Felipe Alou had just finished telling the story of his new five liter bottle of red wine, a congratulatory gift from his employers for his 1,000th managerial victory, when someone reminded him the Giants now lead the NL West.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Feds get medical files on Bonds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060722/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060722/capt.551ab865e3ac449a86b325090c1b42aa.bonds_steroids__baseball_fxpb103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=1BHWA0UhzOfASTaoN3lZOA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, right, jokes with reporters before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Friday, July 21, 2006 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Federal prosecutors obtained Barry Bonds' medical files as part of their investigation into whether the slugger perjured himself when he said he never knowingly used steroids, a newspaper reported Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bloom day to day with strained hamstring
AP - Philadelphia Eagles receiver and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom has yet to practice because of a strained hamstring and is listed as day to day.
Court rules in MJ's favor in legal battle
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060722/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_jordan_lawsuit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060722/capt.nyol50307220300.jordan_lawsuit_nyol503.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=LWE.tcjRmlqPRvHPZOzwsg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Basketball great Michael Jordan makes an appearance at a Madison Square Garden event in New York, on Feb. 7, 2006 in this file photo. A judge ruled in the former NBA star's favor on July 21 in a legal battle between Jordan and a woman who claimed he reneged on a promise to pay her $5 million in hush money when she claimed she was pregnant with his child. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)" border="0" /></a>AP - A judge ruled Friday for Michael Jordan in a legal battle between the former NBA star and a woman who claimed Jordan reneged on a promise to pay her $5 million in hush money when she claimed she was pregnant with his child.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cardinals continue domination of Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.c55039d2627a4c99abf9d52db1964f4a.cardinals_dodgers_baseball_lad102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=QNzwokIYHPSLZgfm4Ha1cQ--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Edmonds, right, is congratulated by teammate Juan Encarnacion after hitting a solo home run, as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin watches during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday night, July 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Weaver was back in comfortable surroundings. Having Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hitting home runs on his behalf made it that much easier to get his first win with the St. Louis Cardinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
FC Dallas downs Real Salt Lake 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fc_dallas_real_salt_lake"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.3be8138f05f746ac94e4f7c54493a1a7.mls_fc_dallas_real_salt_lake_soccer_slcu102.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=QZVH_JCQOKVd5uJIzGL65w--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="FC Dallas defender Greg Vanney (3) and Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis (9) head the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, July 22, 2006, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Abe Thompson scored his first goal of the year in the final minute of FC Dallas' 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday 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.
Will Reggie run a reverse?
Reggie Bush may not only hold out. He may miss the entire 2006 season and re-enter the draft in 2007.
Ricky Williams breaks arm in CFL game (AP)
Running back Ricky Williams broke his left arm in the second quarter of the Toronto Argonauts' 26-23 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night and is out indefinitely. Argonauts coach Mike "Pinball" Clemons confirmed the injury but did not specify which bone was broken. "He has a broken arm, so he's going to be out for a little while," Clemons said.
Browns sign first-round pick Wimbley (AP)
The Cleveland Browns signed first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley to a six-year, $23.7 million deal Saturday. The linebacker, taken 13th overall, is the second player selected in the first round to reach a deal. No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams signed with the Houston Texans before the draft. "It shows the fans and the team I'm ready to be a Brown," Wimbley said.
Cowboys, Witten agree on seven-year deal (AP)
Dallas tight end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten agreed to a seven year, $29 million contract with the Cowboys on Saturday. The deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, a guaranteed $6 million option bonus next March on top of a $500,000 base salary this season, team officials said. Witten, 24, caught 87 passes for 980 yards in 2004.
Rams' Faulk expected to miss season (AP)
St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will have major reconstructive knee surgery and miss the 2006 season, a blow that could spell the end of his career. Though coach Scott Linehan said at a news conference Friday that the 33-year-old Faulk wasn't ready to call it quits, retirement might be on the horizon.
McNabb mocks Owens over receiver's book (AP)
Donovan McNabb does a better job avoiding tacklers than lingering questions about Terrell Owens. Speaking to reporters after practice Friday, a cordial McNabb called Owens' recently released autobiography a "children's book," mocked the star receiver for saying he was misquoted in his own book and disputed some of the written allegations.
Eagles' Bloom out with hamstring injury (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles receiver and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom has yet to practice because of a strained hamstring and is listed as day to day. Bloom, a two-time Olympic skier and fifth-round draft pick, tweaked his hamstring working out with quarterback Donovan McNabb in Arizona. He underwent an MRI on Thursday, the first day of training camp.
Former Pats LB Johnson, wife arrested (AP)
Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson and his wife were both charged with assault and battery following a domestic dispute at their home, authorities said. Police responding to a report of a domestic disturbance Sunday found Jacqueline Johnson in the driveway of the couple's home, said Melissa Sherman, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney's office.
Finding the Answer
Which team would be the right fit for Allen Iverson? Let's look at the trade possibilities – or lack thereof.
Judge rules for Jordan in legal battle (AP)
A judge ruled Friday for Michael Jordan in a legal battle between the former NBA star and a woman who claimed Jordan reneged on a promise to pay her $5 million in hush money when she claimed she was pregnant with his child. Judge Stuart E. Palmer ruled in Cook County Circuit Court that any alleged agreement between Jordan and Karla Knafel would be invalid, pointing to definitive tests that showed...
Salmons decides not to join Raptors (AP)
John Salmons backed out of a sign-and-trade deal that would have sent the swingman from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Star reported Saturday. "Upon reviewing the basketball situation in Toronto, John decided it's not the best fit for him," Salmons' agent, Joel Bell, said a statement released Friday.
Shawn Kemp charged with drug possession (AP)
Shawn Kemp was arrested and charged Friday with possession of marijuana, the latest drug-related trouble for the former NBA All-Star. Kemp, 36, was arrested following a traffic stop for driving without a license plate shortly after midnight Friday. An officer with the Harris County Sheriff's Department pulled Kemp over and said he noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from Kemp's vehicle.
US players adjust to international game (AP)
Chris Paul already has a handle on the slick-surfaced, extra-bouncy, two-tone basketball he'll use in the world championships next month. "It looks different and it feels a little different, but I don't really have a problem with it," the New Orleans Hornets guard says, holding the Japanese-made, orange-and-tan ball in his left hand after practice with the U.S.
Nuggets acquire G J.R. Smith from Bulls (AP)
J.R. Smith can almost envision superstardom. Three years from now, Smith predicts he'll be a household name. Let the clock start ticking. "I'll be one of the premier guards in the league," Smith said Friday on his first day in Denver. "I'll definitely be one of the guys who has his own sneaker. I've always dreamt about stuff like that when I was a kid so why stop now?" Smith, acquired from the Chicago...
Lakers C Mihm to undergo ankle surgery (AP)
Lakers center Chris Mihm will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to have scar tissue removed from his right ankle. Mihm should be able to return to the court in four to six weeks, and be fully recovered by the start of training camp. He first injured the ankle in the final seconds of a game against Seattle on March 12.
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.
Islanders F York wins arbitration case (AP)
Islanders forward Mike York was awarded an $800,000 raise Saturday in salary arbitration, the first setback in the tenure of new general manager Garth Snow. York, acquired before last season from the Edmonton Oilers for former New York captain Michael Peca, avoided arbitration a year ago when he signed a $2.05 million contract.
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...
Capitals re-sign LW Clymer (AP)
The Washington Capitals re-signed left wing Ben Clymer to a three-year contract on Friday. Clymer, 28, had a productive first season with Washington, finishing with 16 goals and 17 assists. His 33 points in 77 games were good enough for seventh on the team in scoring. Clymer had spent five years in Tampa Bay, but had never scored more than 14 goals in a season before coming to Washington.
Penguins re-sign F Colby Armstrong (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Colby Armstrong, a linemate of Sidney Crosby, on Friday. Armstrong was called up Dec. 29 from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and played in 47 games for Pittsburgh, recording 40 points and 58 penalty minutes. Armstrong was drafted by the Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL entry draft.
Sabres re-sign D Tallinder (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a multi-year deal with defenseman Henrik Tallinder, general manager Darcy Regier announced Friday. Tallinder, 27, a restricted free agent who made just under $560,000 last year, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Wednesday. He had already rejected his one-year qualifying offer last weekend.
Blue Jackets re-sign F Chimera (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward Jason Chimera to a two-year contract Saturday. Chimera had a career-high 17 goals and 13 assists in 80 games with the Blue Jackets last season. He came to Columbus as part of a five-player trade with Phoenix in early October. Chimera was the Edmonton Oilers' fifth pick in the 1997 draft.
Predators re-sign Tootoo, ink two others (AP)
The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract and signed forward Ramzi Abid and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to one-year deals Friday. Tootoo played in 34 games last season and scored 10 points. He split time between Nashville and the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he had 27 points and 133 penalty minutes.
LONG POND, Pa. – It couldn't be a better time to be a free-agent driver in NASCAR.
Harvick wins fourth Busch race (AP)
Kevin Harvick held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer by .271 seconds Saturday to win the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch race at Martinsville Speedway -- the first series race at the track since 1994.
Harvick wins Busch Series Goody's 250 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)
Montoya getting to know new co-workers (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya spent several days this week with his new employers as Chip Ganassi Racing prepares the Formula One star for his transition to NASCAR.
Leicht prepares to make Nextel Cup debut for struggling RYR (AP)
Stephen Leicht was a part-time Busch Series driver one week ago, hoping to work his way into a Nextel Cup ride.
Andretti returns to scene of Cup win as Busch rookie (AP)
The field of drivers racing in Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday includes Nextel Cup veterans, past track winners and series rookies -- and one driver that can claim to be all three.
Hamlin wins pole for Pennsylvania 500 (SportsTicker)
Hamlin wins pole at Pocono (AP)
Denny Hamlin is the new driver to beat at Pocono Raceway, proving that Friday by winning the pole at the track where he scored his first career victory.
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.