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Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle head to Bronx
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060731/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_phillies_yankees_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.9690a39a21884bd8bb9ea4b028fbb22d.marlins_phillies_baseball_pxs101.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=l_WS93DlYfhNUT_ahiJIvw--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cory Lidle, right, sits with Bobby Abreu and Chris Coste, left, in the dugout as their team played the Florida Marlins in their baseball game Sunday, July 30, 2006, in Philadelphia. Earlier, the New York Yankees acquired the All-Star right fielder Abreu and Lidle from Philadelphia for four minor league prospects - including 2005 first-round draft pick C.J. Henry.(AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bobby Abreu has another chance to prove he can thrive under playoff pressure. The New York Yankees acquired the two-time All-Star right fielder and starting pitcher Cory Lidle from the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday for four minor league prospects.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gatlin facing possible lifetime ban
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060731/ap_on_sp_ot/run_gatlin_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.aed84d424bd64a7cbecd1c6adb9c7c78.athletics_gatlin_doping_fra102.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=uXPOn_vwJNFKpYWk4Mig1g--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Justin Gatlin of the US bites his men's 100 meters gold medal during a presentation ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in Athens, in this Aug. 23, 2004 file photo. Reigning Olympic and world 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin said on Saturday, July 29, 2006 he was informed he tested positive for testosterone or its precursors. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)" border="0" /></a>AP - While his coach claimed Justin Gatlin's positive drug test was a result of sabotage, the leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency called for the American sprinter to be banned for "up to life" if the results are confirmed.</p><br clear="all"/>
Utley gets hit in 31st straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060731/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_phillies_utley_streak"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060731/capt.91f05da3f3f0461a880216cf711bd6c8.marlins_phillies_baseball_pxs112.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=WJCZA7axuNTm3Zuimb3oTg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="The Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley watches his hit in the sixth inning as he extends his hitting streak to 31 games connecting for a base hit off of the Florida Marlins' Brian Moehler in their baseball game Sunday, July 30, 2006 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 31 games Sunday night with a sixth-inning single for the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader against Florida.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beltran hits 2 HRs as Mets sweep Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060731/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.d57bac3b0ecb4ba887a3d2fad2b6dbae.mets_braves_baseball_gajb105.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=DHM3sxzC4Kuoc6Vw_Q2zTw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Beltran, right, follows through with his swing as he hits a solo-home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 30, 2006 in Atlanta. Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, left, looks on. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets just about put away the Braves with a three-game sweep in Atlanta. Beltran hit two homers, including his third grand slam in July, and New York completed its first sweep of at least three games in Atlanta in 21 years by beating its longtime nemesis 10-6 Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Twins' bizarre rally in 8th beats Tigers
<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.625e9550c3a84139b471bc68f0698771.tigers_twins_baseball_mnpb106.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=jvei_TpTb1UgURyMbmuo3A--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman wipes his head during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Sunday, July 30, 2006, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - With one chaotic inning, the Minnesota Twins sidestepped a deflating defeat. Jeremy Bonderman, meanwhile, watched a sensational start disintegrate into a frustrating loss. Bonderman's eighth-inning balk let the tying run score on Sunday during a bizarre, small-ball rally by the Twins, who rebounded to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 and avoid their first home sweep of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Commissioner job candidates trimmed to five
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060731/sp_nm/nfl_commissioner_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060731/2006_07_31t030711_450x348_us_nfl_commissioner.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=Tp.2SzjLyV.PvHbk8yNpVQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Roger Goodell, the executive vice-president of the NFL, speaks at a news conference in Mexico City, July 15, 2005. The NFL has trimmed a long list of candidates to succeed Paul Tagliabue as its commissioner to five men, with Goodell remaining the front-runner, the league announced on Sunday. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The NFL has trimmed a long list of
candidates to succeed Paul Tagliabue as its commissioner to
five men, the league announced on 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"/>
Mets ride Beltran's bat to series sweep of Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060731/sp_nm/baseball_nl_sunday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060731/2006_07_31t011407_450x314_us_baseball_nl_sunday.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=J6QPXxajpDe96bDvxnktSw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="New York Mets batter Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam off of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chuck James in the second inning of their National League baseball game in Atlanta, July 30, 2006. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Carlos Beltran smacked a third grand
slam home run of the month to power the New York Mets to a 10-6
win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Sunday.</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.
DAVIE, Fla. – Nick Saban is making sure that Jason Taylor's marital problems with Zach Thomas' sister won't affect the Dolphins.
Finalists to succeed Tagliabue announced (AP)
This time it looks like the NFL commissioner will be all business. The five finalists to succeed Paul Tagliabue were announced Sunday with, no surprise, early favorite Roger Goodell still on the list. Unlike last time, when the late Jim Finks, then the Saints' general manager, was deadlocked with Tagliabue for three months, none of them has a background that includes playing or coaching in the NFL...
Fans cheer Roethlisberger in camp debut (AP)
They screamed in delight, yelled out his name, asked him to slow down so they could snap more pictures. Ben Roethlisberger heard the ruckus, realized he was the cause of it and could only smile at the attention. And all he was doing midway through the Pittsburgh Steelers' first training camp practice Sunday was changing his jersey.
With Bush signed, Saints await arrival (AP)
Not everything is coming easy for Reggie Bush, who after agreeing to a six-year contract with the New Orleans Saints had trouble finding an immediate flight from Los Angeles to Mississippi's capital city. But while the No. 25 jersey continued to be absent from the New Orleans Saints' training camp Sunday, the Millsaps College campus where the team is practicing was enlivened by the news of his...
Unsigned Leinart no-show at Cards' camp (AP)
Matt Leinart did not report to training camp Sunday as contract negotiations cooled between the Arizona Cardinals and their first-round draft pick. Even as he vowed to stay out of the negotiations, coach Dennis Green blamed Leinart's camp for the failure to reach agreement. "We have an excellent deal on the table," said Green, who did not provide details.
Heat, NFL camps arrive at the same time (AP)
As a coach, Marv Levy always ran relatively easy training camps. He's doing the same as Buffalo's new general manager, although that didn't keep the Bills from having the first player of the NFL preseason to be hospitalized for heat-related problems. That was John McCargo, Buffalo's second pick in the first round and the 26th overall choice last April.
Lions ink LB Sims to five-year deal (AP)
Ernie Sims, the ninth overall pick in this year's NFL draft, signed with the Detroit Lions Sunday, leaving only two of the top 10 choices unsigned. Sims agreed to terms Saturday night and reported to the Lions on Sunday after getting a call late Saturday from his agent, Todd France, telling him the deal was done.
Giants TE Shockey plays hard, lives hard (AP)
Four seasons in the NFL haven't changed Jeremy Shockey. The three-time Pro Bowl tight end is still playing hard, partying hard, dying to win a championship, and saying things that will raise the eyebrows of the New York Giants and coach Tom Coughlin. In a wide-ranging 20-minute session with reporters on Sunday that was mostly positive about the Giants' chances this season, Shockey criticized his...
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 gets three-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.
Ducks sign Vishnevski to one-year deal (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski to a one-year contract, the team said Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but were reached through arbitration, the team said. Vishnevski, 26, played in all of the Ducks' 82 regular season games last season and had one goal and seven assists.
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.
Busch bash at Gateway
Steven Wallace is doing what he can to live up to the family name.
Stewart snaps Carmichael's winning streak (AP)
Kawasaki's James Stewart took advantage of Ricky Carmichael's late crash in the second moto to win the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship's Unbound Energy National at Washougal Motocross Park. Stewart, from Haines City, Fla., had a 2-1 moto finish en route to his second overall win of the season. Carmichael, the Suzuki star from Tallahassee, Fla., was second with a 1-2 finish, ending his winning...
Braun and Bergmeister earn second straight Grand-Am win (AP)
Jorg Bergmeister and 17-year-old co-driver Colin Braun earned their second consecutive Grand-Am victory in Sundays Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Bergmeister is the Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype points leader. Braun started the race from the pole position and led throughout his driving stint before turning the car over to Bergmeister on lap 36 of the 97-lap race.
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.
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.