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NEWS FROM 2006-07-25
Mauer leads surging Twins past White Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.a7061412c6fe400ebc8ef8361bb1e936.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs107.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=UfEG6rWlmVyJ7MQJ5xFTYw--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer watches his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, July 24 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer, and Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau also connected to lead the surging Minnesota Twins past the slumping Chicago White Sox 7-4 Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod, Yanks have happy return to Texas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.bbb43f30b58e4a2d9da3bdbf3170cd9d.yankees_rangers_baseball_arl108.jpg?x=130&y=73&sig=MveS63XhIw4uxHX8aN464g--" align="left" height="73" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers left fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. dives trying to reach an RBI double by New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 24, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees won 6-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez looked more like himself in his return to Texas.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Woods may be better on the links
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_on_golf_tiger_s_domain"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.8031e81c6c34420bac55410ab034346a.britain_golf_british_open_hoy802.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=7tW.cX_Q6o6DNzMe.Tn.fQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Tiger Woods of the United States is embraced by his wife Elin after winning the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England Sunday July 23, 2006. (AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jack Nicklaus might have been right about Tiger Woods, even if he was looking at the wrong place.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Stewart not following own advice
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_in_the_pits"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.ad8499300d604e75b83aa11c72870fce.nascar_in_the_pits_pack106.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=paoQ4Ewovj4eq0S1g9FE9Q--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="NASCAR driver Tony Stewart sits in his car in the garage during practice for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Friday, July 21, 2006. Tony Stewart is many things, but the Emily Post of NASCAR etiquette is most certainly not one of them. Stewart wants to preach a give-and-take attitude on the race track. Yet when it comes time to practice it, NASCAR's champion only wants to take as much as he can get. (AP Photo/Russ Hamiton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Stewart is many things, but the Emily Post of NASCAR etiquette is most certainly not one of them.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL commissioner candidates down to 11
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.5e33a6f041a84e83a8d1afb75626e716.nfl_meetings_football_mips108.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=.XM7IwDDXLG59Xpyqzg5_w--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue, center, talks with an New York Giants owner John Mara, right, and league attorney Gary Gertzog, left, during league meetings at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Monday, July 24, 2006. NFL owners were to pick the four finalists to succeed retiring Commissioner Paul Tagliabue when they meet Monday at a Detroit-area hotel. Favorities include Roger Goodell, the league's chief operating officer; Jeff Pash, its in-house counsel; and Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons' general manager. One or two others, perhaps from outside the league, remain in the mix. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The list of candidates for Paul Tagliabue's job as NFL commissioner is down to 11, although with two weeks to go until the final selection meeting, a majority of the owners still don't know who is on it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Law passes physical, signs with Chiefs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chiefs_law"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.3c6d8be7a3a84caa9ed0c26194bb6dd6.chiefs_law_football_ny151.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=4rwzA2Mch127ekDhDSFZZw--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="New York Jets cornerback Ty Law runs with the ball during training camp at the Jets training facility in Hempstead, N.Y., in a Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005 photo. The Kansas City Chiefs came to agreement Sunday with free agent cornerback Ty Law, a team official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cornerback Ty Law passed his physical and officially signed a five-year, $30 million contract with Kansas City on Monday, adding an established star to a defense that could be on the rise.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs acquire Anthony Johnson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060725/sp_nm/nba_trade_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060725/2006_07_24t192913_223x450_us_nba_trade.jpg?x=64&y=130&sig=kJv585yEMx4Qo.OdYTR7gA--" align="left" height="130" width="64" alt="File photo of former Indiana Pacers guard Anthony Johnson yells after hitting a three point shot against the New Jersey Nets April 27, 2006. The Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks acquired the point guard from the Pacers in exchange for three players in a swap announced on Monday. (Brent Smith/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Western Conference champion Dallas
Mavericks acquired point guard Anthony Johnson from the Indiana
Pacers in exchange for three players in a swap announced on
Tigers set 115-year-old mark in win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060725/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.3a3c6378feaa401997311fa3072f2e52.tigers_indians_baseball_ohtd106.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=B1G1m3_IuprxOLky8VPRLg--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante, left, and Magglio Ordonez lose site of a ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Ben Broussard in the second inning, in baseball action, Monday, July 24, 2006, in Cleveland. Infante and Ordonez were not able to come up with the ball and Broussard had a double. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Tigers have done everything much faster than expected this season. On Monday night, they made history in a hurry.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brazil selects Dunga national team coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060724/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_brazil_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.59a3dd26d667460b8a81a5fe756611c3.brazil_dunga_ny191.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=KJfg8tMmRtORUTKtxNHr8Q--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Former Brazilian national team captain Dunga walks with an Indonesian boy prior to a charity soccer match in Jakarta, Indonesia in this March 1, 2005 file photo. Dunga will become the new manager of Brazil's national team, the Brazilian soccer confederation announced Monday, July 24, 2006. (AP Photo / Dita Alangkara, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Brazilian soccer confederation hired former captain Dunga as coach of the national team Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canadiens extend GM Bob Gainey's contract
AP - Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey agreed to a contract extension Monday through the 2009-10 NHL season.
NFC's burning questions
Going into training camp, here are the NFC's 10 most important issues, beginning with Seattle's chances for a repeat.
Ricky Williams undergoes arm surgery (AP)
Running back Ricky Williams underwent surgery on his broken left forearm, and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts expect him to be sidelined at least four weeks. Williams was hurt Saturday night during the Argonauts' 26-23 win over Saskatchewan when he used his hand to break his fall on the turf at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
Law passes physical, signs with Chiefs (AP)
Cornerback Ty Law passed his physical and officially signed a five-year, $30 million contract with Kansas City on Monday, adding an established star to a defense that could be on the rise. Law then rushed out in search of a house, requiring the Chiefs to reschedule a news conference with the five-time Pro Bowler for Tuesday.
NFL commissioner candidates down to 11 (AP)
The list of candidates for Paul Tagliabue's job as NFL commissioner is down to 11, although with two weeks to go until the final selection meeting, a majority of the owners still don't know who is on it. The owners met for about three hours at the Detroit airport Monday to help narrow down the potential successors.
Eagles RB Buckhalter back after surgery (AP)
Correll Buckhalter took some handoffs, made a few cuts and burst through open holes. It was no minor accomplishment. After missing three full seasons in the last four years with knee injuries, Buckhalter returned to the field Monday when the Philadelphia Eagles held their first full-team practice of training camp.
Raiders put OL Gallery on PUP list (AP)
Robert Gallery's move back to left tackle was temporarily put on hold Monday when the Oakland Raiders placed the third-year offensive lineman on the physically unable to perform list. Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick in 2004, injured a quad muscle working out last week. Though the injury is not thought to be serious, team trainers and coach Art Shell opted to take a cautious approach.
Browns owner may buy English soccer club (AP)
Browns owner Randy Lerner is exploring investments in the United Kingdom that could include the purchase of English soccer club Aston Villa. Bill Bonsiewicz, a Browns spokesman, would not comment on British news reports Monday saying Lerner is one of several businessmen bidding for Birmingham-based Aston Villa.
Chargers open camp without top pick (AP)
The San Diego Chargers find themselves where they usually do in late July, coming off a non-playoff season and wondering if their first-round draft pick will be in training camp on time. Rookies were due to report Monday, with their first practice on Tuesday. By Monday night, the Chargers had agreed to contracts with all of their draft picks except first-rounder Antonio Cromartie, a cornerback from...
Finding the Answer
Which team would be the right fit for Allen Iverson? Let's look at the trade possibilities – or lack thereof.
Pacers, Mavs swap Johnson and Armstrong (AP)
A trade was completed Monday sending point guard Anthony Johnson to the Dallas Mavericks and veteran floor leader Darrell Armstrong and two young players to the Indiana Pacers. Armstrong's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, announced the sign-and-trade deal Sunday. The swap, which also included forward Josh Powell and swingman Rawle Marshall, couldn't be completed until the NBA office opened Monday.
Kings sign free agent G Salmons (AP)
Guard John Salmons signed a multiyear contract with the Sacramento Kings on Monday after four seasons with Philadelphia. Salmons averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the 76ers last season, playing all 82 games. The 6-foot-7 swingman has been a steady contributor in Philadelphia, and the Kings could use him at three positions next season.
Raptors ink Spanish Finals MVP Garbajosa (AP)
The Toronto Raptors signed free agent Jorge Garbajosa to a three-year contract worth just under $12 million on Monday. Garbajosa averaged 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 35 minutes for Unicaja in the Euroleague this past year. The 6-foot-9 forward has earned a number of honors during his European playing career, including 2005 and 2006 Spanish club finals MVP.
Raptors to sign Pacers G Fred Jones (AP)
Free agent guard Fred Jones will sign with the Toronto Raptors, his agent said Sunday. Jones, a former slam-dunk champion, spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers and played a key role while the team fought through injuries and suspensions the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2 leaper from Oregon averaged 9.6 points a game as a backup last season, and 10.6 points and 3.1...
Stoudemire going full speed at U.S. camp (AP)
Amare Stoudemire is making the U.S. national team's selection process even more difficult than the coaches already expected. The Phoenix Suns star finished six lively days of practice with the American club Monday, playing at full speed in an intense full-court scrimmage with his teammates. That wouldn't be remarkable -- except Stoudemire had surgery on both knees during last season, and he didn't...
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...
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.
Canadiens extend GM Gainey's contract (AP)
Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey agreed to a contract extension Monday through the 2009-10 NHL season. Montreal also announced that Pierre Gauthier, the head of pro scouting for the Canadiens, will add on the responsibilities of assistant general manager, and that Julien BriseBois will become the team's vice president of hockey operations.
Sabres F Briere awarded $5M contract (AP)
Buffalo Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere was awarded a one-year, $5 million contract by an arbitrator Sunday. Briere earned $1.938 million last season, when he had 58 points in 48 games and added 19 points in 18 playoff games. If the Sabres accept the arbitrator's ruling, Briere will become the team's highest paid player, surpassing fellow co-captain Chris Drury's $3.15 million.
Kings re-sign F Avery to one-year deal (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings re-signed restricted free agent Sean Avery to a one-year contract on Monday. The 26-year-old left wing played in 75 games with the Kings last season and had 15 goals and 24 assists. For the second straight season, Avery led the NHL in penalty minutes -- posting 257. He was acquired by the Kings from Detroit in 2003.
Islanders F Asham avoids arbitration (AP)
Islanders forward Arron Asham avoided salary arbitration on Monday and agreed to a one-year deal with New York. Asham, scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing this week, will earn $950,000 next season -- a $323,000 raise over last season. The contract was worked out by new Islanders general manager Garth Snow, the former backup goalie who went from the locker room to the front office last week.
Predators, F Erat agree on two-year deal (AP)
The Nashville Predators agreed to terms Monday with restricted free agent forward Martin Erat on a two-year contract. The 24-year-old left winger scored a career-high 20 goals last season and matched bests in points (49) and games played (80). The Czech Republic native represented his country at this year's Winter Olympics and the world championships.
Avalanche sign F Stastny, D Klee (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Paul Stastny on Monday and agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Ken Klee. Stastny, 20, a standout at the University of Denver for two seasons, signed a multiyear contract with the Avalanche. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal means Stastny will begin his professional career with the same franchise as his father, Peter Stastny, who signed with Quebec in...
Penguins sign right wing Petrovicky (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed free agent right wing Ronald Petrovicky on Monday. Petrovicky, 29, recorded 20 points and 62 penalty minutes in 60 games last season with the Atlanta Thrashers. The native of Slovakia also played six games for his country at this year's Turin Olympics and scored one goal.
WWD: Pennsylvania 500
Denny Hamlin continued to show his Pocono prowess, while Tony Stewart continued to be out of control.
Stewart not practicing what he preaches (AP)
Tony Stewart is many things, but the Emily Post of NASCAR etiquette is most certainly not one of them.
Hamlin sweeps Pocono, races into Chase contention (AP)
Denny Hamlin hardly had to use his rearview mirror at Pocono Raceway, where no one was ever close enough to catch him.
Hamlin wins Pennsylvania 500 to complete Pocono sweep (SportsTicker)
Gilliland in hot demand (AP)
It's a good time to be David Gilliland, who spent Sunday working the garage at Pocono Raceway as he decides what his next career move will be.
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)
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 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.