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NEWS FROM 2006-08-04
Utley extends hit streak to 35 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060804/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_phillies_utley_streak"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.652c8ba7493745e68ae4e41548bf2f0d.phillies_cardinals_baseball_sts106.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=GLPN4HKG72AxSPSxGmOI3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley swings through his third-inning RBI single against St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Marquis in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in St. Louis. Utley also singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 35 games. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies singled in the first inning Thursday night, extending his hitting streak to 35 games. Utley lined a 2-2 pitch from Jason Marquis to center field and went to second when St. Louis center fielder So Taguchi bobbled the ball. Utley hit an RBI single off the first-base bag in the third to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, and making him 6-for-11 against Marquis.</p><br clear="all"/>
USOC bans track coach Trevor Graham
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_coach_banned"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060730/capt.f4139f38f7f44ae2b1cdf4b102b0d3dc.athletics_gatlin_doping_fra107.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=RUMmfhb6IkDmJFBYp4.E3g--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Trevor Graham is shown in Raleigh, N.C. in this June 3, 2004 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. Gatlin is coached by Trevor Graham, whose former pupils include Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, both of whom have both been prominently mentioned in the BALCO doping investigation. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Scott Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. Olympic Committee banned Justin Gatlin's track coach from its training facilities Thursday, making him the first target in a newly amplified effort to quash doping in sports.</p><br clear="all"/>
Weir takes 1st-round lead at Buick Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_buick_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060803/capt.34a4b579b1ba45479351b347126c2315.buick_open_golf_mico110.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=ErtQEsm4jVrJOJeHoAa0Dw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Tiger Woods yells fore after hitting his drive left of the fairway on the second hole during the first round of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods birdied his first five holes and closed with a 6-under 66 Thursday. That wasn't enough to take the early lead in the Buick Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Landis lawyer offers dehydration defense
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060803/capt.a0504d2b4d4e419fb8dd0a6b8b0c2a23.france_cycling_landis_doping_dlm103.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=pTP1LwnP7D_A_w7qmly_2g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis' lawyers Jose Maria Buxeda, left, and Luis Sanz, right, leave the National Anti-Doping Laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry, south of Paris, Thursday Aug. 3, 2006. Testing began Thursday on Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' backup doping sample, and his lawyer reiterated he expects the result to confirm the original positive finding for elevated testosterone levels. However, Landis is 'certain' he hasn't ingested banned substances and is 'pretty sure' he can prove his innocence, Buxeda said. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dehydration is the latest possible reason offered for Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' elevated testosterone levels.</p><br clear="all"/>
Maddux pitches 6 no-hit innings for L.A.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.428df10fe81648e5b2b191e94b92e1ed.dodgers_reds_baseball_csb108.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=ZxTcHbiaBmnf.zt.pBWGqw--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Greg Maddux pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Maddux made a memorable debut for the Dodgers, pitching six no-hit innings before leaving after a rain delay, and Los Angeles beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O. misses practice with sore hamstring
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060804/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_to_hamstring"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060803/capt.ee97984d610c4688a444775cc2b7faae.cowboys_camp_football_cams113.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=HtP6ipB4qdxI3hk0vtjHcw--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe, left, and wide receiver Terrell Owens walk off the field after evening practice at Cowboys football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens did something Thursday he's never done before — missed practice because of a hamstring problem.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blazers owner takes team off market
AP - Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has pulled out of negotiations to sell the team. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, and Portland Arena Management, which runs the Rose Garden arena, had been working together to sell the team and the arena as a package.
Morneau drives in 3 as Twins top Royals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_royals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.763d467aacc74743a4b0d83eb7166da6.twins_royals_baseball_mocr104.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=7daMXI8OkfDSMa6rbu.0eg--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Michael Cuddyer (5) celebrates with teammate Torii Hunter after Cuddyer scored on a double hit by Justin Morneau during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Radke left his previous start after three innings with a sore shoulder and a loss. The Minnesota Twins brought up right-hander Mike Smith from Triple-A Rochester in case Radke could not make the start or had an early exit against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pope done with international competition
AP - U.S. soccer star Eddie Pope is retiring from international competition, ending a career in which he played in three World Cups and the 1996 Olympics.
Trooper pleads guilty in gambling case
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_gambling_bust"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060803/capt.f38e06d58f604b7db1010120ea13e0e3.gambling_bust_njtl105.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=J2t9NKgZXR3dPcoK0Qo2PQ--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Former New Jersey state trooper James Harney, 40, of Evesham, N.J., leaves court after pleading guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct in Mount Holly, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006. The plea comes nearly six months after New Jersey authorities charged him and two others with running a betting ring whose alleged bettors included a handful of current NHL players and Janet Jones, the wife of hockey great Wayne Gretzky. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)" border="0" /></a>AP - A former New Jersey state trooper pleaded guilty Thursday to helping run a gambling ring and promised to help authorities with their case against former hockey star Rick Tocchet and others.</p><br clear="all"/>
It's DeShaun's show
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – DeShaun Foster is starring as Carolina's featured back, but can he stay healthy in the spotlight?
T.O. misses practice with sore hamstring (AP)
Terrell Owens did something Thursday he's never done before -- missed practice because of a hamstring problem. "I wouldn't say I'm injured, just a little sore," Owens said after spending of most of the workout on an exercise bicycle. "We're just taking a precaution." Owens said he first felt a twinge Wednesday.
Roethlisberger says he's ready to play (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger pronounced himself fit for the Steelers' first preseason game and said Thursday that coach Bill Cowher would have to "hold me back" from playing nine days from now in Arizona. It was a departure from Roethlisberger's comment following Sunday's camp-opening practice that his playing is "always Coach's call." The turning point for Roethlisberger was Wednesday night's practice at a...
Seahawks' Jackson out until late August (AP)
Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said top wide receiver Darrell Jackson likely will not play until the team's Aug. 26 exhibition game at San Diego. Jackson, who had a career-high 87 receptions in 2004, had surgery on his right knee Oct. 12 to repair torn cartilage. He missed 10 games but returned to catch 20 passes in three playoff games, including five for 50 yards in Seattle's Super Bowl loss...
Seymour returns to Patriots practice (AP)
Richard Seymour took the field with his teammates for the first time in training camp Thursday. Unfortunately for the New England Patriots, holdout Deion Branch wasn't with him. A tight quadriceps has kept Seymour from practicing and he did little physically in a relatively light workout. The star defensive lineman, without helmet or shoulder pads, lined up in his stance and walked through different...
Bucs' Rice says he doesn't get respect (AP)
An entertaining Simeon Rice held court for more than 20 minutes, reiterating his belief that he doesn't get his just due for being one of the NFL's best pass rushers. "You know what irritates me? ... If you're going to have Defensive Player of the Year awards and not even mention me," the Tampa Bay star said Thursday.
RT Ross' injury major setback for Cards (AP)
The prospect of losing starting right tackle Oliver Ross for the next 2 1/2 months is a major setback for the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line, already the major question mark for the team. Ross injured his right knee in practice Wednesday, and the injury has been diagnosed as a probable torn meniscus, the same injury that sidelined Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin and cornerback Antrel Rolle...
Steelers WR Holmes gets charge dropped (AP)
A charge of disorderly conduct against Pittsburgh Steelers rookie receiver Santonio Holmes was dropped Thursday. Holmes, the team's first-round pick, was among hundreds of people arrested as part of a police crackdown on revelers who annually converge on Miami Beach during the Memorial Day weekend. Prosecutors dismissed the charge against the Steelers' first-round draft pick, but he was ordered to...
Lurie: Signing Owens was a mistake (AP)
Now that Terrell Owens is gone from Philadelphia, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says it was a mistake to sign the outspoken wide receiver. "I would not do it again," Lurie said Wednesday in his annual state-of-the-team address. "You look back on it -- one year great, the second year a disaster. Nobody should be able to be as disruptive and really cut the energy of the team down.
Cowboys sign S Roy Williams through 2010 (AP)
Take it from Terrell Owens: Roy Williams is such a hard-hitter that offensive players look for him before the ball is snapped so they can try avoiding the star safety. Teams can't ever have enough guys like that. So on Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys made sure he's theirs for awhile by giving him a five-year deal worth $25.2 million, with $11.1 million guaranteed.
LAS VEGAS – Mike Krzyzewski is wisely acting more like a pro coach, adjusting his style to Team USA's wealth of NBA talent.
Stoudemire dropped from U.S. roster (AP)
Amare Stoudemire was dropped Thursday from the U.S. roster for their trip to Asia, leaving 14 players available for the 12 spots on the world championship team. USA Basketball announced Stoudemire's departure hours before it played Puerto Rico in an exhibition game. The Phoenix Suns forward was to miss that game and return home to continue rehabbing his right knee and await the impending birth of a...
Allen no longer selling Trail Blazers (AP)
Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has pulled out of negotiations to sell the team. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, and Portland Arena Management, which runs the Rose Garden arena, had been working together to sell the team and the arena as a package. "As a result of the process, multiple bids were received, a number of which were in a range which PAM found acceptable, and PAM confirmed...
NBA changes seeding format for playoffs (AP)
The NBA is changing the way teams are seeded in the postseason, looking to avoid the controversy that surrounded last season's playoffs. Under the change, the top four seeds -- the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record -- will be seeded according to their win-loss total, guaranteeing that the top two teams in each conference can't meet until the conference finals,...
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.
Mavericks sign undrafted F Mensah-Bonsu (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks signed undrafted free agent forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu on Thursday. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for George Washington last season. He led the Colonels in field-goal percentage (56.4 percent) and blocks (38) and is second on the school's all-time blocks list with 141.
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.
Ex-trooper's guilty plea bad for Tocchet (AP)
A former New Jersey state trooper pleaded guilty Thursday to helping run a gambling ring and promised to help authorities with their case against former hockey star Rick Tocchet and others. In a negotiated deal, James Harney, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct.
Sabres accept Briere's $5 million salary (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres agreed to accept the $5 million contract Daniel Briere was awarded in salary arbitration, ending any speculation that the team was prepared to part with its co-captain. "It was a decision we felt very good about moving forward on," general manager Darcy Regier said Thursday. "It's very important for us to have him on board for next season." Regier said that in accepting the...
Blues sign free-agent F Rucinsky (AP)
The St. Louis Blues signed free-agent forward Martin Rucinsky on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We have added a veteran goal scorer with proven leadership skills," Blues president John Davidson said. "We are happy to have an opportunity to acquire a player of Martin's ability and look forward to his second stint with the St.
No. 3 pick Toews to stay in college (AP)
Jonathan Toews, the No. 3 pick in the NHL draft, will return to the University of North Dakota for his sophomore season instead of joining the Chicago Blackhawks. "A huge part of my future," Toews said Wednesday of his decision to go back to school. "It's definitely going to be a blast and something I don't want to miss out on." Toews turned down a $935,000 offer from Chicago.
Rangers D Tyutin agrees to two-year deal (AP)
The Rangers and defenseman Fedor Tyutin agreed to terms Wednesday on a two-year contract. Tyutin, who was a restricted free agent, will earn $950,000 in the upcoming season and $1.025 million in 2007-08. The 23-year-old blue-liner had six goals and 19 assists in 77 games last season. He was first among New York defensemen with four power-play goals, tied for first in overall goals, and second in...
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).
Chicago, Flyers swap Pleta for Meloche (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired the rights to free-agent forward Vaclav Pletka from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday for minor league forward Eric Meloche. Pletka, chosen by the Flyers in the seventh round of the 1999 draft, played 29 games in the Czech Republic and five more in Russia last season.
Trading Paint: The good, the bad and the ugly
Well wishes for Benny Parsons, scorn for Tony Stewart and questions about Robert Yates Racing filled this week's mailbag.
Champ Car driver da Matta seriously injured in collision with deer (AFP)
Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta has undergone emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma after hitting a deer in a testing session at Road America race track.
For once, Stewart at ease in Indy (AP)
Tony Stewart heads into Indianapolis Motor Speedway at peace, finally able to relax when it comes to the only track that matters to him.
Fisher gives Indy-car second woman driver (AFP)
After Danica Patrick signed a long-term deal to stay in the Indy Racing League, the series landed a second woman driver when Sarah Fisher announced she will race next week.
Golf drive, vs. car drive; Duval and Tracy try each other's sport (AP)
Paul Tracy and David Duval each tried out a different kind of driving Wednesday. In the morning, Duval took a spin with Tracy in a Mustang GT pace car for the Grand Prix of Denver. In the afternoon, Tracy got "driving" tips from Duval at Castle Pines Golf Club, site of The International. Both events will take place next weekend and the dual driving competition highlighted a novel co-promotion...
Indy racing to come to Iowa Speedway (AP)
Indy racing is coming to Iowa. The Indy Racing League announced Wednesday that the Iowa Speedway, which was co-designed by former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace, will host its first Indy races in June 2007. The IndyCAR Series will run a 250-mile race on June 24, one day after the IndyPro Series holds a 100-mile event.
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.