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NEWS FROM 2006-08-06
Backup test for Landis proves positive
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.f03a1c09ed5945be8e5e1392cec3ea1c.cycling_landis_doping_th109.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=7MKRdlGJ60Cxf5qBziQtfA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New overall leader Oscar Pereiro Sio of Spain reacts on the podium after the 13th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Beziers and Montelimar, southern France, in this July 15, 2006 file photo. Tour de France champion Floyd Landis' backup 'B' sample confirms high levels of testosterone, the International Cycling Union announced Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in a result that could see him stripped of his Tour de France title and banned for two years. If Landis becomes the first Tour champion stripped of victory, the title would go to Pereiro. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Tour de France no longer calls him champion. His cycling team cut him loose.</p><br clear="all"/>
White leads inductees into NFL Hall
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.0de955754afc493b936ba71b77a05462.hall_of_fame_football_ohtd101.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=DrZG3cSPQsASyPLePxwsOQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Sara White, wife of Reggie White, and son, Jeremy, weep after unveiling the bust of Reggie White during the enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006 in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The glory of the newest Hall of Famers' achievements was punctuated by a steady stream of tears and a singular chant:</p><br clear="all"/>
Devil Rays hold off Red Sox 8-5
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.7882bbebc73a40cdb878bd3cd5a382ca.red_sox_devil_rays_baseball_spd110.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=dVoR6bqQxwUxVZU75b93xA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox catcher Javy Lopez looks for the ball as Tampa Bay Devil Rays' B.J. Upton (2) scores on a double by Josh Paul during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Devil Rays won 8-5. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)" border="0" /></a>AP - Casey Fossum likes pitching against the hard-hitting Boston Red Sox. Fossum held his former team to one run in six innings and Greg Norton homered and drove in two runs, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the Red Sox 8-5 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Streaking Dodgers flog Marlins 10-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.d1b97fab55894348b4b910b1a09171ae.dodgers_marlins_baseball_mds110.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=jQO_k9qWZOWT1sM2Dg0PKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Florida Marlins' Alfredo Amezaga, bottom, slides under Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Julio Lugo (3) after being forced in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in Miami. Dan Uggla was safe at first. The Dodgers won 10-2. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The streaky Los Angeles Dodgers have things going in the right direction now.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers tip Indians 4-3 on walk-off homer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.d0b0824ec9704a1d8d31bdd32f88fdff.indians_tigers_baseball_dts107.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=.Fdr7sD_Mbd20SihOM1POg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Ivan Rodriguez hits a two-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, in a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ivan Rodriguez gave the Detroit Tigers a second straight victory in their final at-bat.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys' offense salvages reputation
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_scrimmage"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060804/capt.fa5925fc18364ef992ebbde047e9bda2.cowboys_camp_football_cams109.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=fOmaUH1mJWJOGPgT59KcWg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells smiles on the sideline during practice at the football team's training camp Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even without Terrell Owens, the Dallas Cowboys' offense was able to hold its own against the defense in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.</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"/>
Ausmus, Clemens help Astros beat D'backs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.8c2c4af65ee14d61b7da21f293676af5.correction_astros_diamondbacks_baseball_azrd103.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=.RyQcqsM0luj5J.nm1ErUQ--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Brad Ausmus (11) is congratulated after hitting a grand slam off Arizona Diamondbacks' Dustin Nippert, during the second inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - One day after his 44th birthday, Roger Clemens earned his 344th career victory. Brad Ausmus hit his third career grand slam and Clemens scattered eight hits over seven innings, leading the Houston Astros to a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
MLS All-Stars hold off Chelsea 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_chelsea_all_stars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.33078c56155d44e581c80d18088a1fbb.mls_all_star_chelsea_soccer__iljr104.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=3vjJ2xUGtrLxisfB2GDPNQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Chelsea's John Terry (26) gets tangled up in front of the goal with MLS All Stars' Chris Albright, bottom left, as Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini keeps his eye on the ball during the first half of a friendly soccer match at the MLS All-Star Game Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea's high-priced talent wasn't enough to beat Major League Soccer's All-Stars.</p><br clear="all"/>
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"/>
CANTON, Ohio – Warren Moon credits other African-American trailblazers for inspiring his Hall of Fame career.
White leads '06 Hall of Fame class (AP)
The glory of the newest Hall of Famers' achievements was punctuated by a steady stream of tears and a singular chant: "REG-GIE, REG-GIE." Though a fair share of the crowd sported No. 8 jerseys in tribute to Troy Aikman, their passion Saturday was reserved for the late Reggie White. The two joined Warren Moon, John Madden, Rayfield Wright and Harry Carson as the newest inductees in the Pro Football...
T.O. has MRI on injured hamstring (AP)
An MRI taken Saturday showed no damage to Terrell Owens' left hamstring, but the new Dallas receiver still isn't ready to get back on the practice field. Owens missed his third straight day of work Saturday, this time sitting out an intrasquad scrimmage. He missed a morning walk-through to have the MRI.
Bills sign S Whitner, No. 8 overall pick (AP)
Rookie safety Donte Whitner finally signed with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. The next step is seeing how quickly the No. 8 draft pick can begin competing for a starting job. "I'm a little behind," Whitner acknowledged after signing a five-year deal and joining the team at its training camp site in suburban Rochester.
Tomlinson returns to Chargers practice (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson returned to practice Saturday, and it might be the only time in August he carries the football at Qualcomm Stadium. Tomlinson worked a day after sitting out with a sore neck. He was hurt Thursday night when he collided with defensive end Igor Olshansky. "Everything's good," Tomlinson said after the Chargers practiced in front of several thousand fans.
Carson lobbys for benefits, diversity (AP)
Harry Carson used his induction speech for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday to lobby the NFL for more help for retired players and more diversity in the sport. Carson called on the NFL and the players' union to upgrade its treatment of retired players. The NFLPA and the league recently reached an agreement to upgrade pensions and player benefits by about $120 million a year.
Favre sharp in Packers' scrimmage (AP)
Though a lot has changed for the Green Bay Packers since the end of last season, the combination of Brett Favre to Donald Driver still works. And that Favre-to-Greg Jennings combination seems to be coming along nicely, too. After beginning the week by throwing five interceptions in a practice session, Favre looked fairly sharp in front of a sold-out Lambeau Field crowd during the Green Bay Packers'...
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.
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.
Goodell is favorite to succeed Tagliabue (AP)
Twenty years ago, Roger Goodell volunteered to chauffeur Pete Rozelle around at the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the NFL commissioner's regular driver couldn't make it. In a few weeks, Goodell may well be sitting in the back of the limo. One of Paul Tagliabue's top aides and advisers, Goodell will be the favorite to succeed him as NFL commissioner when the 32 owners begin meeting Monday at a...
LAS VEGAS – Team USA is young, incredibly athletic and threatening to take Asia by storm.
Suns sign G Barbosa for 5 years, $33M (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...
Wizards sign former Magic G Stevenson (AP)
Free-agent guard DeShawn Stevenson signed with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, giving the team insurance in case it decides not to match an offer sheet to Jared Jeffries. Stevenson signed a two-year contract that will pay the league minimum of $932,000 for the first year. He will have a player option for the second year.
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...
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.
Penguins sign G Fleury to two-year deal (AP)
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, agreed to the new deal after the three-year contract he signed following the draft expired. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 21-year-old was the Penguins' starting goalie most of last season and had a 13-27-6 record with a 3.25 goals-against average...
Flyers, Chicago swap Handzus and Calder (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...
INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmie Johnson has been a model of consistency and quiet resolve in his quest for a title.
Harvick cruises to fifth win of season at Busch Kroger 200 (SportsTicker)
Points leader Harvick wins Kroger 200 (AP)
Kevin Harvick still has some unfinished business this weekend.
Former NASCAR driver Jeff Purvis among injured in I-65 crash (AP)
Former NASCAR driver Jeff Purvis broke his neck in a crash on I-65 Saturday after the rig carrying his race car crossed the median, struck an oncoming car and burst into flames, officials said.
Injured racer da Matta "stabilized" but still sedated (AFP)
Cristiano da Matta's condition has "stabilized" but the Champ Car driver remained in intensive care with swelling around his brain, two days after a crash in testing, his RuSport team said.
Knaus staying with Hendrick through 2010 (AP)
After a rocky 18 months in which he was suspended for cheating, Chad Knaus is staying put.
Burton captures pole for NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)
Kurt Busch crashes in Brickyard practice (AP)
Kurt Busch crashed during the first practice Saturday following the time trials and will have to go to the rear of the 43-car field for the Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pressure and prestige maxed out at Indy (AP)
Since making the Chase for the championship is all that really matters anymore in NASCAR, the pressure and prestige of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has severely intensified.