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NEWS FROM 2006-08-05
Backup sample on Landis is positive
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060803/capt.39daf41c750548e1afaf65c3166580b9.france_cycling_landis_doping_dlm102.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=EtQx8W5uRcHJbCbfHaVkwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis' lawyers Jose Maria Buxeda, center, 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. Man at left is laboratory manager Jacques de Ceaurriz. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tour de France champion Floyd Landis' "B" sample confirms high levels of testosterone.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds ejected; Rockies clear field
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_field_cleared"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.217326841e704661b760ee7e3c5b2348.rockies_giants_baseball_fxpb111.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=KbGlRRNiYCBFGRMRjhqRow--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Grounds crew members pickup debris from the outfield thrown by fans reacting to the ejection of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, in San Francisco. Colorado won, 5-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Colorado Rockies cleared the field in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants after fans threw garbage following the ejection of Barry Bonds.</p><br clear="all"/>
Utley's streak ends, but Phillies win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.5f0808e481ae4caaa922cd755f74ef34.phillies_mets_baseball_nym107.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=UMadWNZfexv_UG8gvsjb5g--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, right, looks on after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of baseball action against the New York Mets, Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Philadelphia Phillies won the game, 5-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chase Utley knew his hitting streak would end sooner or later. He just would have preferred later. Utley went 0-for-5 Friday night in Philadelphia's 5-3 victory over the New York Mets, ending a 35-game hitting streak that tied him for 10th longest in major league history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colon probably done for the season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_angels_colon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.nyol50208050158.angels_colon_nyol502.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=MD7FF6twrGtDqJW0wKeQ6w--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus on July 21, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. in this file photo. The 33-year-old former Cy Young Award winner has a rotator cuff problem that could end his injury-plagued season. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - The season could be over for Los Angeles Angels right-hander Bartolo Colon, who learned Friday he has a rotator cuff problem — the latest setback in an injury-plagued season for last year's AL Cy Young winner.</p><br clear="all"/>
Woods, Quigley lead at Buick Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_buick_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.6dea722411d945ffb5919d098fd56e29.buick_open_golf_mico106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=y8_mEOamtIP66.7l311t7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the first hole during the second round of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods struggled to read the 15th green after the sun dipped under the trees. Brett Quigley could see well enough to race through his last hole Friday night — and avoid an early wakeup call.</p><br clear="all"/>
Unsigned 1st-rounders down to 3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.f7256b0d35c649f9a30990bebf952126.eagles_bunkley_football_ny153.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=mDY_BxVqvN.Sjo4CPFGyzA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Philadelphia Eagles' Brodrick Bunkley walks off the field during the first day of the team's minicamp in this May 13, 2006 photo, in Philadelphia. Bunkley agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, ending the first-round pick's two-week holdout. Bunkley, the 14th pick in the NFL draft, missed 16 days of camp. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle won't play in Sunday's game against Oakland. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brodrick Bunkley ended his holdout and agreed to a six-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving three first-round draft picks unsigned.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pistons' Davis arrested in Miami Beach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060804/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pistons_davis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.nyol50108042019.pistons_davis_nyol501.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=0BGqTNM.__yY7NpVi7oyDg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Detroit Pistons' Dale Davis is introduced for the start of their basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets on April 4, 2006, in Auburn Hills, Mich. in this file photo. Davis was shocked with a stun gun by police in an altercation with Miami Beach police on Aug. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Detroit Pistons center Dale Davis was shocked with a stun gun and charged with assault and disorderly conduct in an altercation with Miami Beach police.</p><br clear="all"/>
Astros hold off Diamondbacks in 9th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060805/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.38b9d8926f384be5924b1fba755beb3f.astros_diamondbacks_baseball_azwp109.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=dDkC3MTqgjE6IBpTWMIq4A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Mike Lamb is congratulated by teammate Willy Taveras, left, after Lamb hit a ninth-inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in their baseball game in Phoenix, Friday, August 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Will Powers)" border="0" /></a>AP - Houston starter Roy Oswalt gave up 12 hits. Closer Brad Lidge couldn't finish the ninth inning. The Astros left 15 runners on base. And Houston still found a way to win a game it hopes will provide an emotional lift as it tries to defend its NL pennant.</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"/>
Keeping their focus
WESTMINSTER, Md. – An offseason marred by controversy just might help the Ravens sharpen their sights on a playoff berth.
T.O. misses second straight practice (AP)
Terrell Owens was back on the stationary bicycle Friday, nursing a sore left hamstring that could force him to miss the Dallas Cowboys' first scrimmage. Owens missed both practices Friday because of a twinge the new star receiver developed Wednesday. Owens has never had a hamstring problem before and is hoping time off now will prevent this ache from turning into something serious.
Palmer plays in Bengals scrimmage (AP)
Carson Palmer went 4-for-9 for 57 yards and a touchdown pass in Cincinnati's scrimmage on Friday night, his first action under game conditions since tearing up his knee in the playoffs. An estimated crowd of 9,400 attended the workout and Palmer was the main attraction. Palmer needed reconstructive surgery on his left knee after a hit from Pittsburgh defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen on Jan.
Parcells doesn't like what he's seen (AP)
A week into training camp, Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells doesn't like what he's seen so far. "Things are not going well," Parcells said Friday. "I'm worried about that, and a little frustrated, with things in a couple of places where we should be better than what they are. But it's the first week of the season so I have to keep that in perspective as well." Parcells has said for several days...
Bears RB Benson injures shoulder (AP)
Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson left practice Friday night on a cart after injuring his left shoulder. Coach Lovie Smith said more would be known Saturday morning after X-rays are taken. Benson had his arm and shoulder in a sling as he was taken from Ward Field at Olivet Nazarene University. The Bears' No.
Eagles' pick Bunkley ends holdout (AP)
Brodrick Bunkley agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, ending the first-round pick's two-week holdout. Bunkley, the 14th overall selection in the NFL draft, agreed to a deal worth $13 million, according to an official within the NFL. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't publicly disclosed, said $10 million of that money is...
Chargers RB Tomlinson misses practice (AP)
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson missed practice Friday with a sore neck, a day after colliding with teammate Igor Olshansky. "Luckily there is nothing serious," San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer said. Tomlinson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, didn't even suit up for practice. "I don't know what happened; I was just playing football," a remorseful Olshansky said.
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...
Vinatieri aims to bring title to Colts (AP)
Adam Vinatieri has three Super Bowl rings. He's been more dependable than the U.S. Postal Service when it comes to kicking in the wind, rain, sleet or snow, and he even carved out his own following in one of sport's toughest towns -- Boston. Not bad, for a kicker. So why does the 33-year-old veteran suddenly feel like a rookie again?
Titans CB Jones saying the right things (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones is eager to see what happens this year. So are the Tennessee Titans. The cornerback wrapped up a tempestuous rookie year by getting benched, put there by coach Jeff Fisher after drawing consecutive 15-yard penalties in a season-ending loss at Jacksonville. The sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft is enjoying the fact that the cameras are now focused on this year's selection --...
LAS VEGAS – Team USA is young, incredibly athletic and threatening to take Asia by storm.
Suns sign G Barbosa to 5-year extension (AP)
Leandro Barbosa always wanted to stay in Phoenix. The only question was whether the Suns would make it worth his while. They answered that question Friday, signing Barbosa to a five-year, $33 million contract extension that begins after the 2007-08 season. The five-year extension is the maximum allowed by NBA rules.
Dale Davis arrested, shocked by stun gun (AP)
Detroit Pistons center Dale Davis was shocked with a stun gun and charged with assault and disorderly conduct in an altercation with Miami Beach police. Davis was arrested Tuesday at a Miami Beach hotel and accused of threatening police, security guards and shouting profanities, police said. Chubby Wells, Davis' agent, said he plans to file a lawsuit against police for their treatment of the...
U.S. team takes momentum to Asia (AP)
With a sensational debut behind them, the American players lingered on the court for a few extra moments to soak up the last of the "USA!, USA!" chants. It'll be a while before they see or hear from the home fans again. Hours after closing their second training stint here Thursday night by overwhelming Puerto Rico 114-69 in their lone exhibition on home soil, the Americans departed Friday for a...
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,...
Mavs cut 2004 first-round pick Podkolzin (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks on Friday released 7-foot-5 Russian center Pavel Podkolzin, a former first-round pick who played just six games in two seasons. The move came a day after the Mavericks signed undrafted free agent Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a 6-foot-9 forward from George Washington who got the team's attention with solid summer league play.
Flyers get LW Calder from Blackhawks (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired left wing Kyle Calder from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday for center Michal Handzus. The 27-year-old Calder had 26 goals and 33 assists in 79 regular-season games for Chicago last season, leading the team in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. Calder was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round in 1997 and over six seasons had 85 goals and 125 assists...
Coyotes, Comrie agree on $3 million deal (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes avoided salary arbitration with Mike Comrie on Friday, re-signing him to a one-year, $3 million deal. The agreement came just before an arbitration hearing was to begin in New York. The 26-year-old center had 30 goals and 30 assists in 80 games after being acquired by the Coyotes from Philadelphia in a trade that sent Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevic and the rights to Ben Eager to...
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.
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...
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.
Just another Friday?
INDIANAPOLIS – The possible sale of Roberts Yates' team to Mark Martin has tongues wagging at Indianapolis.
Despite second-place standing, Kenseth not secure in Chase chances (AP)
A recent rash of mediocrity has made Matt Kenseth slightly insecure about his Chase for the championship chances.
Crawford wins Power Stroke Diesel 200 (SportsTicker)
Crawford wins truck race at Indy (AP)
Rick Crawford took the lead in a tight four-truck battle with 32 laps remaining, then held on to beat Dennis Setzer by 10 truck-lengths Friday night in the Craftsman Truck Series' Power Stroke Diesel 200.
Fernandez moves from Dodge to Ganassi team (AP)
Dodge Motorsports chief John Fernandez is leaving DaimlerChrysler to take over as managing director at the Concord, N.C., racing operation of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
NASCAR arrives at Brickyard focused on championship chase (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Kurt Busch fast in practice at Indy (AP)
Kurt Busch hopes to take the momentum from Friday's strong practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and make some history for his Penske Racing South team.
NASCAR lampoons itself in Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights" (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver. That was the simple pitch for "Talladega Nights: The...
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.