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NEWS FROM 2006-08-01
Paper: Landis had synthetic testosterone
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.792de061854440d785808e158f0b6d98.landis_doping_la102.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=2cNbapJn1Mr2gBX4xMTbQA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this video released by CNN, 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis is interviewed by Larry King on the 'Larry King Live' show Friday, July 28, 2006. Landis told the world he would clear his name of allegations he cheated to win the Tour de France and prove he deserved the victory in cycling's signature event. (AP Photo/CNN's Larry King Live)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tests show that some of the testosterone in Floyd Landis' system at the Tour de France was synthetic and not naturally produced by his body as he claimed, according to a newspaper report.</p><br clear="all"/>
Maddux dealt to Dodgers; Soriano staying
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_trade_deadline"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.39ba2f3b8e7e407399dd17f708ba5636.diamondbacks_cubs_baseball_cxc113.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=ZJXuDm.UHq1SelpwDVfEig--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Baseball fans hold a sign for Greg Maddux during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, Monday, July 31, 2006 in Chicago. Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday for infielder Cesar Izturis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Maddux was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the biggest deal before baseball's non-waiver trade deadline Monday while the Washington Nationals surprised some teams by holding onto Alfonso Soriano.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Papi plays hero again for Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.dd3a1ba12506409ab95ddd31c18e14b9.indians_red_sox_baseball_maea110.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=gVm96EMdpPaA6sIY9cLb5A--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz points to the crowd after his 3-run walk-off home run to beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-8, in the ninth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - No matter how dire the situation appears for the Red Sox, there's always Big Papi.</p><br clear="all"/>
Leinart a no-show; Patriots' Brady MIA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060731/capt.cd4aa10686c84d94ac05a997edb20519.patriots_camp_football_mass105.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=27QdBCf382mJWpctwt1sxQ--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with defensive captain Tedy Bruschi (54) at the morning session of the team's summer camp in Foxborough, Mass., Monday morning July 31, 2006. The Patriots' first pre-season game is Friday, Aug. 11, 2006 in Atlanta against the Falcons. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arizona rookie quarterback Matt Leinart stayed out of the sun Monday, as did veteran counterpart Tom Brady, who was mysteriously absent from workouts with the New England Patriots.</p><br clear="all"/>
Earnhardt 'chasing' NASCAR's playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_in_the_pits"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060727/capt.ba89145ed55d40eda333bacff21ef287.talladega_nights_premiere_cacp106.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=mVuzZSBEbhqNGTOmKkmpHw--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, meets 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' cast member Michael Clarke Duncan at the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent his final off weekend at Will Ferrell's movie premiere, judged a Miss Hooters pageant in Las Vegas, then returned home to host a get-together for his online racing league.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hamlin back on field 9 months after ICU
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_seahawks_hamlin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060731/capt.34b687d51fe941138ba5995ebb3d532d.seahawks_camp_football_wajb102.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=G.kDg8CxnDrMs6ZZE8Mb7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Seattle Seahawks free saftey Ken Hamlin jokes with teammate Maurice Morris, not shown, during football training camp Monday, July 31, 2006, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Monday was the first day of physical contact for Hamiln, who received a head injury in a street fight last fall. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ken Hamlin watched Seahawks teammate Maurice Mann catch a short pass directly in front of him. Hamlin, known as "The Hammer" for his hard hits during his first three, feisty seasons, feigned hammering Mann in the non-contact, full-pads drill Monday morning. The safety menacingly lowered his shoulders and stepped toward the reserve receiver, but then backed away.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bucks trade Magloire to Blazers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_bucks_blazers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060731/capt.nyol53307312249.bucks__blazers_trade_nyol533.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=a0A6XMhuegbFzXGt.Pkj0Q--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="In this Nov. 5, 2003, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Kenny Thomas, left, watches the New Orleans Hornets' Jamal Magloire dunk the ball. Magloire was traded Monday from Milwaukee to Portland for three players. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Milwaukee Bucks traded center Jamaal Magloire to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Steve Blake, forward Brian Skinner and center Ha Seung-Jin on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Haren pitches complete game as A's win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.09617a54b82e44159536af79ba87afe6.angels_athletics_baseball_cajh102.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=d7iIHkAxlUQxxkCoD_xtwg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Oakland Athletics pitcher Dan Haren throws to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dan Haren wanted to finish what he started, especially with closer Huston Street getting the night off.</p><br clear="all"/>
Soccer players face ban for racism
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060731/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_uefa_racism_crackdown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060731/capt.27c5bb9828be4ecfa69b40196041ef22.britain_soccer_hasselbaink_charged_th106.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=7GP27mtQF2eMx2bq77TZKg--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Arsenal's Patrick Viera, left, brings down Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during their UEFA Champions League soccer quarter final soccer match being played between Arsenal and Chelsea at Highbury Stadium, London, in this Tuesday April 6, 2004 file photo . Chelsea won 2-1, and advanced to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. The English Football Association charged Hasselbaink with 'improper conduct' on Monday July 31, 2006 over claims he made about his fomer club, Chelsea, in his autobiography. (AP Photo/John D McHugh.)" border="0" /></a>AP - Players making racist remarks or gestures could be banned for up to five matches, according to new UEFA disciplinary regulations announced Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man critical of jerseys on statues
AP - A Raleigh man, unapologetic about his actions, redressed the North Carolina Historical Commission for not being more upset when state monuments were dressed in Carolina Hurricanes' jerseys.
Leinart, Cards aren't talking
Monday marked the second straight day Matt Leinart and the Cardinals didn't negotiate.
Falcons WR Finneran out for season (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons got the bad news they expected Monday: receiver Brian Finneran is out for the season after tearing up his left knee in practice. Finneran, one of quarterback Michael Vick's favorite targets, went down during a workout Sunday night as he practiced a one-on-one drill with rookie cornerback Jimmy Williams.
Saints' Bush likely to practice Tuesday (AP)
With his contract done more than a week before he expected, Reggie Bush scrambled to get to the New Orleans Saints' training camp Monday evening. Bush's deal, agreed to in principle Saturday night, is worth up to $62 million over six years, with a little more than $26.3 million guaranteed. Although Bush was selected second overall, he was considered by many teams worthy of the top pick.
Saban turns down dinner with Bush (AP)
When the White House extended an invitation to dine with President Bush, Dan Marino accepted, but Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban said no. Saban said his obligations at training camp took priority over the chance to spend an evening with the president. Politics weren't a factor, he said. "It was really a tough decision," Saban said Monday.
Cardinals open camp without Leinart (AP)
Quarterback Matt Leinart missed the Arizona Cardinals' first day of workouts Monday as contract negotiations between the team and their first-round draft pick dragged on. Leinart did not report to training camp with the rest of the team Sunday, and when players took the field Monday morning he still hadn't appeared.
Ravens RB Lewis out to erase bad 2005 (AP)
When Jamal Lewis ran for 2,066 yards in 2003, he set a standard against which all his subsequent seasons will be measured. Only four players had rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season before Lewis did it in his fourth year with the Baltimore Ravens. He scored 14 touchdowns, averaged 5.3 yards a carry and finished with the second-highest rushing total in NFL history.
Giants TE Shockey shaken up in practice (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey was dazed in a collision with safety Will Demps late in the New York Giants' evening practice Monday. Shockey was reaching for a pass by Eli Manning during a two-minute drill when Demps appeared to hit him in the helmet as he ran to cover the pass. A stunned Shockey fell to the grass and stayed down for about a minute.
Seahawks S Hamlin back on field (AP)
Ken Hamlin watched Seahawks teammate Maurice Mann catch a short pass directly in front of him. Hamlin, known as "The Hammer" for his hard hits during his first three, feisty seasons, feigned hammering Mann in the non-contact, full-pads drill Monday morning. The safety menacingly lowered his shoulders and stepped toward the reserve receiver, but then backed away.
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.
Bucks trade C Magloire to Trail Blazers (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks traded center Jamaal Magloire to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Steve Blake, forward Brian Skinner and center Ha Seung-Jin on Monday. "This trade allowed us to add depth to both our frontcourt and backcourt," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said. Blake, 26, played in 68 games for Portland last season and averaged 8.2 points per game, a career high.
U.S. national team returns to camp (AP)
Dwyane Wade slumped in a chair, bags of ice resting on both knees and his right wrist. The U.S. basketball team returned to training camp Monday night after nearly a week off. And with games coming soon, it looks like this session is going to be a little more serious. "We had a great practice, really hard," U.S.
Bulls sign free agent swingman Griffin (AP)
The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Adrian Griffin, luring the seven-year veteran swingman back to Chicago from the Dallas Mavericks. The deal was announced Monday, but terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 6-foot-5 Griffin scored an 4.6 points per game for the Mavericks, who reached the NBA finals last season.
Wizards get Jeffries' Knicks offer sheet (AP)
The offer sheet Jared Jeffries signed with the New York Knicks last week was officially sent Monday to the Washington Wizards, who have a week to decide whether to match it. "We have received the offer sheet and will have seven days to respond," Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said.
Heat G Williams able to start rehab (AP)
Miami Heat guard Jason Williams was cleared Monday to begin rehabilitation following surgery to repair a partial tear of his right patella tendon that caused him to miss 18 games last season. The 60-minute surgery was performed by Heat physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick on July 21. Williams averaged 12.3 points and 4.9 assists for the NBA champions.
Grizzlies re-sign G Atkins (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed guard Chucky Atkins to a one-year contract on Monday. Atkins averaged 11.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 43 games with Grizzlies after signing with them on Jan. 23 -- five days after agreeing to a buyout of his contract with Washington. He was averaging 6.7 points and 2.5 assists with the Wizards, but was dissatisfied with his playing time.
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.
G Hasek returns to Red Wings (AP)
Dominik Hasek was the final piece of Detroit's championship puzzle in 2001. The Red Wings are now looking for a repeat performance. The Red Wings took a page out of their history book while looking toward the future, and signed the 41-year-old Dominator on Monday to a one-year contract worth $750,000.
Capitals re-sign LW Pettinger (AP)
The Washington Capitals re-signed left wing Matt Pettinger to a three-year contract on Monday. Pettinger's career-high 20 goals tied for third on the Capitals last season, and he led the club with five short-handed goals. He totaled 38 points. He has 34 goals and 26 assists in 214 games for Washington over the past six years.
Ducks sign D 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.
Sabres C Gaustad signs two-year deal (AP)
Center Paul Gaustad avoided salary arbitration with the Buffalo Sabres, signing a two-year, $1.425 million contract Sunday. Gaustad, who will make $675,000 next season, received a slight raise over the $450,000 contract he made as an NHL rookie last season. He was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing Wednesday.
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...
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...
One of the nicest guys in all of NASCAR suddenly faces a formidable challenge.
Two crew chiefs out at Robert Yates Racing (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - The confusion continues at Robert Yates Racing.
Crew chiefs released at Robert Yates Racing (AP)
Robert Yates Racing released crew chiefs Tommy Baldwin and Slugger Labbe from their contracts Monday, adding to the turmoil that has recently befallen the once-proud team.
NASCAR pleased with first unleaded fuel test (AP)
NASCAR officials were pleased Monday with their first test of unleaded fuel and remain on schedule to have the gas in all of its series by 2007.
Gilliland's Busch Series team folds (AP)
The Busch Series team that put David Gilliland on the NASCAR map folded Monday, an indication that the upstart driver has accepted a better ride.
Earnhardt must get back to work if he wants to make the Chase (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent his final off weekend at Will Ferrell's movie premiere, judged a Miss Hooters pageant in Las Vegas, then returned home to host a get-together for his online racing league.
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.