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NEWS FROM 2006-07-30
Bush agrees to 6-year deal with Saints
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_saints_bush"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.ed5521f958724d17830c5d3e1901a9ed.saints_bush_football_ny107.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=eiwmrtRgRJBO2vb.s_.ggA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush appears at a news conference at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006. Bush agreed to a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, July 29, 2006, and the Heisman Trophy winner will report to training camp Sunday, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Reggie Bush agreed to a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night and the Heisman Trophy winner will report to training camp Sunday, The Associated Press has learned.</p><br clear="all"/>
World's fastest man tested positive
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_ot/run_gatlin_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.b2aebca50c8949469b20059ad6e2c412.gatlin_doping_ny155.jpg?x=67&y=130&sig=LcIOidD5Tz6dpY5S9nIUEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="67" alt="Justin Gatlin wins the men's 100m event of the Reebok Grand Prix, in this June 3, 2006 photo photo in New York. Gatlin said Saturday he has been informed that he tested positive for testosterone or its precursors, the same positive test that has thrown Floyd Landis' victory at the Tour de France into question. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Another American champion was hit with a shocking positive drug test Saturday — Olympic and world 100-meter titlist Justin Gatlin. Gatlin said he has been informed that he tested positive for testosterone or other prohibited steroids — the same violation that, only two days ago, threw Floyd Landis' victory in the Tour de France into question.</p><br clear="all"/>
Granderson stars as Tigers top Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.93fa453fe1e340dd9b7efb0831d0340d.tigers_twins_baseball_mnpb103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=ybxQXjz6ALtd.v_JF3afUg--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Curtis Granderson (28) is congratulated by teammates after he hit a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Kyle Lohse during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Tigers are cooling off baseball's hottest team. Curtis Granderson homered and drove in three runs, Nate Robertson became Detroit's fourth 10-game winner, and the Tigers held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Utley extends hitting streak to 29 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_phillies_utley_streak"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.77b685ab309d44c0a0999dd98926316d.marlins_phillies_baseball_pxs104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=blWCzhYNGIeENgWTBZ_3wg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley is hit under his arm by a pitch from Florida Marlins' Ricky Nolasco during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 28, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - All-Star second baseman Chase Utley singled in the third inning of the Phillies' game against Florida on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, the longest in the major leagues this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Webb holds off Wie to win Evian Masters
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_evian_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.14198b3aec5e450397cca8f32c1e6518.france_golf_evian_masters_evi1125.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=fQp8izHyDpK0ZGlqNw3TGg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Karrie Webb of Australia, left, is congratulated by Michelle Wie from the U.S.after winning the Evian Masters women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Saturday, July 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michelle Wie had a two-shot lead after 11 holes and seemed poised to answer all of the questions about when her first professional win was going to come. Then the 16-year-old from Hawaii bogeyed the 13th hole. That was all Karrie Webb needed.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O., Keyshawn, Culpepper make debuts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.859919b9a111491ba373e4922c7fb809.dolphins_camp_football_fljc103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=cCSNm54cl0h64Sdl8E4lDw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper runs passing drills during the first day of football training camp in Davie, Fla. Saturday, July 29, 2006. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson and Daunte Culpepper made their training camp debuts with their new teams Saturday, while Ben Roethlisberger and Braylon Edwards were back on the field after recovering from injuries. And Reggie Bush was expected to be in camp Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hornets optimistic after offseason moves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_hornets_free_agents"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.85414a72c08b485981e4b6adf5d769d9.sports_showcase_basketball_nvlr108.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=0EblnepyhxLalibT9g32sA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets participates in a USA Basketball team practice on Monday, July 24, 2006 in Las Vegas. The USA men's team will announce its final roster on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Orleans Hornets signed free agents Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler on Wednesday, capping a busy offseason during which the team has overhauled its roster.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cameron sparks Padres to win over Rockies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.c5236ad56fdf434d80ff5e2a8cb2dafe.padres_rockies_baseball_dxf106.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=fD4puYko6Z_C.AEpaCeFMQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="San Diego Padres' Chris Young delivers a pitch to Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's been so long since Chris Young lost on the road, he can't remember when the last time was. One thing he's sure about, the streak could have easily ended in Colorado on Saturday night. Mike Cameron responded to a much-needed day off with a two-run triple and Young scraped through five innings to stretch his road unbeaten streak to 19 games, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Rockies 4-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Revolution tie Wizards in extra time
AP - Steve Ralston scored in the final seconds of extra time to give the New England Revolution a 1-1 tie with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night in Major League Soccer.
Hartford businessman to buy Penguins
AP - Sam Fingold, a Hartford, Conn.-based commercial real estate broker and longtime hockey fan, signed a letter of intent Friday to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's group.
Addai agrees to deal
First-round pick Joseph Addai reached an agreement with the Colts on Saturday.
Bush agrees to six-year deal with Saints (AP)
Reggie Bush agreed to a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night and the Heisman Trophy winner will report to training camp Sunday, The Associated Press has learned. A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations said the deal had been agreed to, but that he couldn't disclose financial terms.
Panthers WR Steve Smith hurts hamstring (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith was carted off the field Saturday with a hamstring injury on the opening day of training camp. Midway through the afternoon session, Smith pulled up while running a long route down the left sideline. He immediately clutched his left hamstring, took a couple of steps and fell to the ground.
Steelers' Roethlisberger back on field (AP)
Maybe he was running with a couple of linemen, but he was running. There was no look of pain or discomfort, or any sign that he didn't belong on a football field so soon after surviving an accident he says could have killed him. Ben Roethlisberger easily completed the series of wind sprints that every non-injured Pittsburgh Steelers player is required to run when training camp opens.
Palmer runs offense in Bengals' practice (AP)
Not even Carson Palmer knows how close he is to fully recovered. Palmer ran the offense Saturday during the Cincinnati Bengals' first training camp practice, adding to the optimism that his reconstructed left knee will be strong enough to let him start the season opener. How close is he to 100 percent?
Cowboys DE Spears injures knee (AP)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears tore cartilage in his right knee in the first workout of training camp Saturday and will have arthroscopic surgery Sunday that will keep him out up to three weeks. "The problem with that is that he misses all of the work and he needs it badly," coach Bill Parcells said.
Colts sign first-round pick RB Addai (AP)
Now running back Joseph Addai can prove he's the heir apparent to Edgerrin James. On Saturday, Addai agreed to a five-year deal that will get the Indianapolis Colts' top draft pick to training camp on time. He is expected to sign the deal Sunday when the Colts report. The former LSU star, selected 30th overall, agreed to a contract with a maximum value of just over $11 million, according to a source...
Holmes: No apologies, no excuses (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Santonio Holmes offered no apologies. No excuses, either. Holmes, arrested twice since being the first wide receiver selected during the NFL draft in April, doesn't think the incidents have affected his status with the Steelers or their fans and declined Saturday to say he was sorry.
Free agency's best buys
The Spurs and Pistons are among the teams who'll get the most for their money on small-time signings.
Reports: Knicks sign Jeffries to offer (AP)
The New York Knicks signed Washington forward Jared Jeffries to an offer sheet believed to be for about $30 million over five years, according to published reports Saturday. The Knicks gave Jeffries, a restricted free agent, the maximum midlevel salary-cap exception Friday night. The Wizards will have seven days to match the offer and keep the former Indiana star, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.9...
Rockets re-sign G John Lucas III (AP)
The Houston Rockets signed free agent guard John Lucas III to a multiyear contract on Friday after waiving him in January. The 5-foot-11 Lucas originally signed with Houston on Dec. 29. He was waived on Jan. 4, then signed two 10-day contracts before he was released on Jan. 28. Lucas averaged 23 points and 7.6 assists for the Rockets in five summer-league games.
Democrat Barkley may run for governor (AP)
Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he's switched political teams from Republican to Democrat and is again talking about running for governor in his home state, possibly in 2010. "I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," said Barkley, known as the Round Mound of Rebound.
Sonics trade C Moore to Nets for pick (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics traded center Mikki Moore to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday for a second-round pick in the 2009 draft. Moore played in 47 games last season, his first with the Sonics, but became expendable after Seattle drafted 7-footer Mouhamed Sene with the No. 10 pick in this year's draft.
Report: King says Iverson won't be dealt (AP)
Allen Iverson wants to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers and it looks like the former MVP is going to get his wish. Sixers president Billy King told The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday he has taken Iverson's name off the trading block and expects the All-Star to be with the team at the start of training camp.
Hornets ink Bobby Jackson, Rasual Butler (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets signed free agents Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler on Wednesday, capping a busy offseason during which the team has overhauled its roster. "We have to create a chemistry," said Butler, who re-signed with the team after averaging 8.7 points a key reserve last season. "It's a different basketball team, but it's a mixture of younger players and older veterans who understand...
Celtics sign undrafted C Pittsnogle (AP)
Free agent Kevin Pittsnogle signed a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Pittsnogle, a 6-foot-11 center who is West Virginia's career 3-point leader, was passed over in June's NBA draft along with Mountaineers teammate Mike Gansey. Both played for the Miami Heat in a summer league, and Gansey signed a two-year deal with the Heat.
Fingold set to buy Penguins from Lemieux (AP)
Sam Fingold, a Hartford, Conn.-based commercial real estate broker and longtime hockey fan, signed a letter of intent Friday to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's group. A deal that is expected to be in the $175 million range was announced after the 34-year-old Fingold met with Lemieux, who bought the two-time Stanley Cup championship team in federal bankruptcy...
Sabres C Connolly agrees to 3-year deal (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres and Tim Connolly avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a three-year, $8.9 million contract Friday. The deal represents a hefty raise for Connolly, who made $1.03 million last season while registering a career-high 55 points. He will make $2.2 million next year, $3.2 million the following season and $3.5 million in 2008-09.
Sens re-sign Schaefer to four-year deal (AP)
Peter Schaefer, coming off the best season of his seven-year NHL career, agreed to a four-year, $8.4-million contract with the Ottawa Senators. Schaefer, who earned $988,000 last season with the Senators, will earn $1.7 million next season and $2.1 million, $2.3 million and $2.3 million in the remaining seasons of the new pact.
Panthers re-sign Van Ryn, Jackman (AP)
The Florida Panthers avoided arbitration with defensemen Mike Van Ryn and Ric Jackman by re-signing both on Friday. The 27-year-old Van Ryn received a four-year deal after earning $1.064 million last season when he posted career highs in games (80) and assists (29) and tied his best of 37 points. "Mike is a top-tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to have come to terms with on a long-term...
Canucks sign D Tremblay (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent defenseman Yannick Tremblay to a one-year contract on Friday. Tremblay, who will earn $450,000, played for the Mannheim Eagles of the German Hockey League last season. The 30-year-old offensive-minded defenseman last played in the NHL in the 2003-04 season with the Atlanta.
Devs re-sign Gomez to one-year, $5M deal (AP)
The New Jersey Devils re-signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, $5 million contract Thursday, ending speculation that the team would be unable to fit the 26-year-old forward's contract under the NHL's salary cap. The details of the contract were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing.
Red Wings re-sign F Jason Williams (AP)
Jason Williams re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year deal. Williams had career highs last season with 20 goals, 58 points and 80 games. Getting an opportunity to play a key role for the first time, Williams had 13 points in the first 10 games and was the first Red Wing to score three times in a period since the 1996-97 season.
Busch bash at Gateway
Steven Wallace is doing what he can to live up to the family name.
Edwards catches Hamlin late to win Busch Series Gateway 200 (SportsTicker)
Edwards wins Busch Series race (AP)
Nextel Cup star Carl Edwards overtook Denny Hamlin with nine laps left and held on to win the Busch Silver Celebration 250 on Saturday night.
Bourdais captures San Jose Champ Car pole (AFP)
Champ Car series champion Sebastien Bourdais grabbed pole position for Sunday's San Jose Grand Prix on the revamped street course in the California city.
17-year-old Braun becomes youngest pole winner in series history (AP)
Seventeen-year-old Colin Braun became the youngest pole winner in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series when he turned in the best qualifying lap Saturday for the Porsche 250. Braun had a qualifying lap at 100.948 mph to take the top starting spot for Sunday's race. It is Braun's first pole, although he did turn the fastest qualifying lap for last month's race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course...
Hot-rodder Big John Mazmanian dead at 80 (AP)
Big John Mazmanian, a racer and car builder who towered over the "gasser wars" era of Southern California drag racing, has died at age 80. Mazmanian died July 21 at a Mission Viejo hospital, granddaughter Jackie Sukiasian told The Associated Press. The cause of death was complications from leukemia. In the 1960s and '70s, Mazmanian's name was practically a household word throughout Southern...
Allstate 400 will be one week earlier in 2007 (AP)
ESPN will open its NASCAR coverage next season with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
Lester happy Montoya is coming to NASCAR (AP)
The news that Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Formula One to take a crack at NASCAR's Nextel Cup series in 2007...