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NEWS FROM 2006-08-02
Utley's streak at 33 as Phillies win 5-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060802/capt.1c3bdf9fb2904fb3a0081f349e27b648.phillies_utleys_streak_baseball_sts103.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=CSO20cIOk5e1rmcwN524zQ--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley follows through on his third inning at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2006, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Utley reached on an error by the first baseman, but extended his hitting streak to 33 games during his first inning at bat on a single to centerfield. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 33 games. His manager thinks he can go a lot longer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Landis awaits backup doping test result
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.68bcbee99c494947b49ca477bb915ea1.landis_doping_cycling_ny185.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=ZGdHzdbX6nFBp19GXqJFCw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Floyd Landis of the US checks the clock as he crosses the finish of the seventh stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race in Rennes, France, in this Saturday, July 8, 2006 file photo. The French antidoping lab testing Landis' samples determined that some of the testosterone in his system came from an external source and not naturally produced by his body as he claimed, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Monday, July 31, 2006 citing a person at the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the result. (AP Photo/Christian Hartmann, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Landis said all he wanted was a chance to clear his name. His first opportunity will come Saturday — though not even the Tour de France champion believes it will do him much good.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barbaro's right hind leg healing well
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_barbaro"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.nyol58308012244.barbaro_nyol583.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=WRQTCmOY8Qlz_v.WGhp_CA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="In this July 13, 2006, file photo, Dr. Dean Richardson walks Barbaro around the ICU at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Barbaro's right hind bones are healing so well his cast could have been off by now, if not for the laminitis in his other hind leg, Richardson said Tuesday. (AP Photo/University of Pennsylvania, Sabina Louise Pierce,HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - Instead, the Kentucky Derby winner still has a tedious, long recovery ahead because of the often-fatal disease that's stricken his left hind leg.</p><br clear="all"/>
Abreu helps Yankees win 5-1 in his debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060802/capt.d8379f6e91374092aa1dcbeba4f07cf9.blue_jays_yankees__baseball_nyy110.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=xLdu2E75ySeGRlMgJldecQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="New York Yankees' Bobby Abreu heads to first base after being walked during the fourth inning of baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays at New York's Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006. The Yankees acquired Abreu and starting pitcher Cory Lidle from the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday for four minor league prospects. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - After Bobby Abreu's patience paid off in his Yankees debut, Bernie Williams came through with the big hit that put New York back into first place for the first time since June.</p><br clear="all"/>
Guillen hits for cycle as Tigers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060802/capt.6d65c53a017a46e4a39b8f65be317c61.tigers_devil_rays_baseball_spd112.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=f_DFrYan7bwW_tTsMaaGXQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont congratulates Carlos Guillen (9) as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell during the third inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 in Tampa, Fla. Guillen hit for the cycle in Detroit's 10-4 win over Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Guillen had a special night at the plate and Justin Verlander added to his impressive rookie season on the mound. They combined to help the Detroit Tigers match last season's win total.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bush brings golden touch to Saints camp
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060802/capt.42993442a568460aa11a92b6657f05e3.saints_camp_football_msrs114.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=9E0JWmf44nHmuhSTb5UfLw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush sprints during Tuesday afternoon drills, Aug. 1, 2006, at the football team's training camp in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Reggie Bush showed up in sparkling gold-rimmed shoes, gold-tipped cleats and his new jersey number.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA schedule out; Shaq-Kobe on Christmas
AP - Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant will spend another Christmas together.
Carlos Guillen hits for the cycle
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060802/capt.ffb99143432d48a6a1d4383430434323.tigers_devil_rays_baseball_spd112.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=O17iLxA3p4rIkWba.XMofg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont congratulates Carlos Guillen (9) as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell during the third inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 in Tampa, Fla. Guillen hit for the cycle in Detroit's 10-4 win over Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Guillen hit line drives all over the field and hustled his way to a cycle. Bobby Abreu helped the New York Yankees win by simply drawing a walk.</p><br clear="all"/>
Basile to coach Argentine soccer team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060801/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_argentina_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060801/capt.7399f9d3bd624f1386c4fb47acf4da8f.argentina_basile_soccer_xnp111.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=jLYvto2OrFDqpqn52DS12Q--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Boca Juniors coach Alfio Basile gestures after a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, July 31, 2006. Basile announced Monday that he would remain on with the famous Buenos Aires soccer squad six more weeks before taking over from Jose Pekerman as coach of Argentina's national team on Sept. 15. (AP Photo/DYN, Tony Gomez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alfio Basile is the new coach of Argentina's national soccer team, the second time he has held the job.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres sign Afinogenov to multiyear deal
AP - Maxim Afinogenov agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, the team avoiding what could have been an expensive salary arbitration hearing with the forward.
School of hard knocks
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Cedric Benson's education as an NFL starter has included a painful lesson from the Bears' defense.
RB Bush has first practice with Saints (AP)
Reggie Bush trotted onto the field in style, with sparkling gold-rimmed shoes and gold-tipped cleats -- a fitting entrance for the super-hyped rookie in his first practice of training camp. "I'm ready for him to start shock-and-awing people. They had to have him in the nicest cleats, because he can move like that," veteran receiver Joe Horn said.
QB Brady returns to Patriots camp (AP)
Tom Brady returned to the field Tuesday after missing three straight practices with the New England Patriots, but the team didn't say why the quarterback had been absent. Brady participated in all four practices on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of camp, before sitting out Sunday's single session and both on Monday.
Giants' Shockey sustains mild concussion (AP)
New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey sustained a mild concussion in a collision with safety Will Demps, the team said Tuesday. The three-time Pro Bowl player was injured late in the Giants' evening practice on Monday. Shockey was taken to a hospital and released Monday night, but still was experiencing headaches Tuesday morning, said Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon, who doubted that Shockey would...
Bucs CB Barber close to extending deal (AP)
All-Pro cornerback Ronde Barber wants to play his entire career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is on the verge of signing a contract extension that will give him a chance to do so. "It's getting there. ... We've made a lot of progress the past couple weeks, and I think both sides are getting happy with where it might be," the 10th-year pro said after practice Tuesday.
Falcons QB Vick tweaks hamstring (AP)
Michael Vick left the Atlanta Falcons' practice with a tweaked hamstring Tuesday night, but coach Jim Mora doesn't expect the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to miss more than two days. Vick needed no assistance as he walked off the field after pulling up during a team drill with 45 minutes remaining in the two-hour session.
Redskins WR Patten hospitalized (AP)
Washington Redskins wideout David Patten missed the first two days of training camp while hospitalized with a viral infection. Patten arrived for camp feeling sick, and he checked into the hospital Monday, when camp opened. "He's in probably until Thursday, then it will take him a few more days to recover, so we'll just take it as it comes when he gets out," trainer Bubba Tyer said.
Former Broncos owner loses purchase bid (AP)
A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to a former Denver Broncos owner's efforts to regain a portion of the franchise, ruling that an offer to sell John Elway a portion of the team doesn't violate a provision in the sales contract. Edward Kaiser Jr. sold his 60.8 percent share in the team to Pat Bowlen in 1984 and sued in 1998 after Bowlen offered Elway a portion of the team.
LAS VEGAS – In beating Puerto Rico, Team USA showed theyre ready to apply the full-court press to their World Championship hopes.
Shaq, Kobe to meet on Christmas again (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant will spend another Christmas together. The former teammates will meet on Dec. 25 for the third straight season, as the NBA champion Miami Heat host the Los Angeles Lakers in the lone game on the holiday. That was one of the highlights of the 2006-07 NBA schedule, released by the league Tuesday.
U.S. team impressive vs. Puerto Rico (AP)
Kobe Bryant grabbed a seat about five rows behind the basket, close enough to admire the powerful dunks Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard threw down in the third quarter. Problem is, Bryant wanted to be playing with those guys, not watching them. Knee surgery put that plan on hold. Instead, he had to settle for observing the U.S.
Bulls sign picks Thomas, Sefolosha (AP)
The Chicago Bulls signed first-round draft picks Tyrus Thomas and Thabo Sefolosha on Tuesday. Details of the contracts were not disclosed. The 6-foot-9 Thomas, who LSU to the Final Four and averaged 12.3 points and nine rebounds as a redshirt freshman, was drafted No. 4 overall by Portland and then traded to the Bulls.
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.
Hornets' home opener is in New Orleans (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets will play their home opener in New Orleans on Nov. 5, and a second home opener two nights later in Oklahoma City. The Hornets will open the season Nov. 1 at Boston, followed by a road trip to Indiana on Nov. 3 before playing their home opener in New Orleans, which team owner George Shinn recently said he would like to do.
Mavs, George agree on two-year contract (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $4.2 million contract with Devean George, bolstering their defense with a three-time NBA champion capable of competing for a starting job. George was headed to Dallas for a physical that would seal the deal, which included a player option for the second season.
Redick's court date for DWI delayed (AP)
J.J. Redick's court appearance to face drunken driving charges was delayed until Aug. 29. Redick, a former Duke star and first-round draft pick of the Orlando Magic, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in a Durham courtroom before District Court Judge Ann McKown. The Associated Press player of the year also was charged with unlawful use of highways for making an illegal U-turn when he was arrested June...
Trooper in gambling case due in court (AP)
A state trooper charged with running a massive gambling ring with retired hockey star Rick Tocchet and another man is due in court Thursday, his lawyer said. Attorney Craig Mitnick, would not say why his client, James Harney, would be in New Jersey state Superior Court -- only that he was scheduled to appear before a judge in Mount Holly.
Sabres, Afinogenov agree on new deal (AP)
Maxim Afinogenov agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, the team avoiding what could have been an expensive salary arbitration hearing with the forward. Afinogenov will make $3 million next season and $3.5 million in each of the last two years. The deal represents a significant raise over the $1.086 million he made in leading the Sabres with a career-high...
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.
Preds, F Hartnell agree on one-year deal (AP)
The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with Scott Hartnell on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the forward on a one-year, $1.75 million deal. Hartnell, 24, had a career-high 25 goals last season and a team-record eight winning goals. The left winger also had career highs in points (48) and power-play goals (10).
Avalanche D Leopold has hernia surgery (AP)
Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold had hernia surgery Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery in 10 to 12 weeks. "After further medical testing and evaluation it was determined that rehabilitation alone wouldn't correct the problem," Avs trainer Matt Sokolowski said. Leopold, 25, was acquired from Calgary in June for forward Alex Tanguay and draft picks.
Rangers' Rozsival gets one-year deal (AP)
The New York Rangers kept defenseman Michal Rozsival, agreeing to terms with the free agent on a two-year deal Tuesday worth $4.2 million. Rozsival had five goals and 25 assists last season when he skated in all 82 games with New York. He tied for the NHL lead with a plus-35 and had the most points among Rangers defenseman in his first year with the team.
Penguins sign F Moore to two-year deal (AP)
Dominic Moore, acquired last month by the Pittsburgh Penguins, signed a two-year contract on Tuesday and avoided salary arbitration. The 25-year-old Moore had nine goals and nine assists in 82 games last season with the New York Rangers, his first full NHL season. As part of a three-team trade, the Penguins sent a 2007 third-round draft pick to the Nashville Predators on July 19 for Moore and...
Looking for answers
Allison Duncan is struggling to find the right combination to unlock her promising NASCAR future.
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.