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NEWS FROM 2006-08-07
Tiger wins Buick for 50th PGA victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_buick_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.d3a83c86c58945b2a90ac8765818a2cf.buick_open_golf_mico113.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=TLgBqI_C4rrIsUqE6DFiCQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods samples the icing off a cake dedicated to his Buick Open victory and his 50th PGA Tour title at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006. Woods finished the tournament at 24-under. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods crushed drives, fired approaches at flags and made a slew of birdie putts to win the Buick Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Points leader Johnson wins at Brickyard
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_indianapolis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.c9d596c155bf40d895336ccac72edec8.nascar_indianapolis_auto_racing_naa138.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=qJDTLh6V3fjzLMVTvRkATg--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jimmie Johnson kneeled on the Yard of Bricks with a bewildered look on his face, almost oblivious to the celebration going on around him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Maine excels, Reyes slams as Mets win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060807/capt.8cfc8916682f432e9e74343672ce153f.phillies_mets_baseball_nyeb106.jpg?x=130&y=124&sig=WfJyzbUu_dl_dLZ0zuq6lA--" align="left" height="124" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Jose Reyes hits a grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of their baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lately, it seems John Maine is getting more of a challenge from the Sudoku puzzle in the paper than opposing hitters. Maine prepared for his first start in 11 days by doing the numbers puzzle in the clubhouse, then went out and extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets, Wright sign $55M, 6-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_wright"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.5400b45b3f0547e5bc0cbb7b28df4bb2.phillies_mets_baseball_nyeb102.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=9Gw.88cTl9RUhWhahMeeRg--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Mets' David Wright hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-3. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Wright became the latest young player on the New York Mets to get a longterm contract, signing a $55 million, six-year extension Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
A's win 12th straight against Mariners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.42e794abf41b47b0bfd8c53984cb17b6.athletics_mariners_baseball_watw103.jpg?x=125&y=130&sig=WlY.vG4ZfH0xDM9rLXy9YA--" align="left" height="130" width="125" alt="Oakland A's slugger Frank Thomas is greeted in the dugout after he hit a three-run home run in the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Frank Thomas showed how healthy he is. Thomas hit a three-run homer into the second deck and scored from second base on Nick Swisher's RBI single to lead the Oakland Athletics over Seattle 7-6 Sunday for their 12th straight win against the Mariners.</p><br clear="all"/>
Redskins need John Hall to be healthy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_redskins_hall"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.8d7e97ce88d14d9fa3711b5bfea46da9.redskins_hall_wx104.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=pHkYns5resan4R0W6cMiRg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Washington Redskins' John Hall (10) kicks a 26-yard field goal out of the hold of Tom Tupa (19) in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland in this Oct. 3, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - After going 1-for-3 in a scrimmage in which there was no one rushing to try to block the kicks, John Hall got a vote of confidence from the Washington Redskins' coaches.</p><br clear="all"/>
AP Interview: Stern talks foreign policy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060806/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_global_nba"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.xkc10308061038.china_hornet_stern_xkc103.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=DwbookPJ0_BBOOhqSKFlaA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during an interview in Guangzhou, China's southern Guangdong province Sunday, Aug 6, 2006. NBA Commissioner David Stern says he expects the Hornets will play all of their home games in New Orleans by the 2007-2008 season. The team has scheduled just six of its home games for New Orleans in the upcoming season, with the other 35 in Oklahoma City, where the Hornets temporarily relocated after Hurricane Katrina. Team owner George Shinn expects the team to return home permanently, but said last month he wouldn't rule out a move elsewhere. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)" border="0" /></a>AP - How's this for a snapshot of globalization? Next season, about 100 of the NBA's 450 players — nearly one in four — will be from outside the United States.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers return home with winning streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.5a6172bc7b38411c956d9066844cf9b4.dodgers_marlins_baseball_mds104.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=D3Y9Wb9eEVSz30TV0FdpYw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Andre Ethier is unable to make the sliding catch off of Florida Marlins batter Alfredo Amezaga during the ninth inning during a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Dodgers won 7-3. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dodgers left Los Angeles a week ago as a team starting to emerge from a nasty post-All-Star break slump. They return home with a nine-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
CD Guadalajara plays FC Barcelona to tie
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_fc_barcelona_cd_guadalajara"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060807/capt.706d8ad0e8114a30bc6124e7f8596ce6.guadalajara_barcelona_soccer_camt109.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=ttHVQfaV35VAx.LfylB3sw--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="FC Barcelona's Jesus Olmo, right, kicks the ball as CD Guadalajara's Sergio Santana tries to head it during their soccer match, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, in Los Angeles. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Diego Martinez scored a late goal to give Mexico's CD Guadalajara a 1-1 tie with FC Barcelona on Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 92,650 at the Coliseum.</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 miss prospects
CANTON, Ohio – In 2007, Paul Tagliabue and offensive lineman Bruce Matthews should become first-ballot Hall of Famers.
Raiders beat Eagles in Hall of Fame game (AP)
All Art Shell asked to see in his first game back as coach of the Oakland Raiders was some progress. He got that, and strong placekicking by Sebastian Janikowski in a 16-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night as the NFL preseason began with the Hall of Fame game. Oakland forced five turnovers and Janikowski made field goals of 50, 51 and 24 yards "Coming up with turnovers was huge...
Shockey return to Giants practice (AP)
Jeremy Shockey made two nice plays Sunday as he participated in team drills for the first time since he sustained a concussion while going for a pass last week. The three-time Pro Bowl tight end rejoined the New York Giants' first-team offense during morning practice. He made a leaping grab of a 25-yard pass from Eli Manning and a sliding, juggling catch on a ball thrown by backup Tim Hasselbeck.
Vikings S Williams likely out for season (AP)
Minnesota Vikings safety Tank Williams will probably miss the entire season with an injury to his left kneecap sustained Saturday during training camp practice. Coach Brad Childress said Sunday that no roster move had been made yet regarding Williams, who signed with the Vikings as a free agent earlier this year after four seasons with Tennessee.
Eagles' Dawkins inks two-year extension (AP)
Brian Dawkins agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Eagles on Sunday that could keep the five-time Pro Bowl safety in Philadelphia through the 2008 season. "It's nice to get this out of the way and it's time to get the season going," Dawkins said before the Eagles played the Oakland Raiders in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
Titans' Young impressive, still learning (AP)
Vince Young's early flashes of brilliance? Well, he's had plenty so far. A 65-yard touchdown pass thrown off his back foot, the long completion after darting around inside the pocket. Sprinting past defenders and even knocking down a 312-pound defensive tackle with his shoulder. There's also interceptions, passes batted down at the line and mishandled snaps under center -- all of Young's growing...
Browns WR Edwards does team drills (AP)
Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards cut sharply on the post pattern to the back corner and faked out an imaginary defender. As the ball soared high above him, Edwards turned and made a leaping catch while falling back in the end zone, coming down with both feet just inside the back line for what would have been a touchdown.
Jets QB Pennington sharp in scrimmage (AP)
When Chad Pennington walked into the Meadowlands for the Jets' team scrimmage Sunday, he had that usual pit in his stomach. The one he gets on game days. Everything about the day had the feel of a game, from the pregame warmup, to the national anthem, to the coin toss, to the television timeouts. The only thing missing: 80,000 screaming fans.
White, 2006 class enter Hall of Fame (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...
MRI shows no damage to Owens' 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.
LAS VEGAS – Team USA is young, incredibly athletic and threatening to take Asia by storm.
Suns sign G Barbosa for five 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...
NBA wants Hornets back in N.O. full-time (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern says he expects the Hornets to play all their home games in New Orleans by the 2007-08 season. The team has scheduled just six home games for New Orleans in the upcoming season, with the other 35 in Oklahoma City, where the Hornets temporarily relocated after Hurricane Katrina.
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...
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's big Brickyard performance surprised even his crew chief.
Johnson wins Brickyard in march toward first championship (AP)
Three hours after an improbable Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory, Jimmie Johnson was in desperate search of a cold beer.
Johnson wins NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)
Burton's promising day produces another disappointment (AP)
Jeff Burton expected more from his car and himself Sunday.
Trio of Cup stars keep title hopes alive (AP)
It's an all-star battle that NASCAR and most of the fans would love to see at the front of the pack.
Injured racer Da Matta remains in intensive care (AFP)
Brazilian racer Cristiano da Matta, injured when his car struck a deer during a Champ-car practice session at nearby Road America, remained in intensive care in stable condition.
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.