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NEWS FROM 2006-08-15
Leinart gets $51 million from Cardinals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cardinals_leinart"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.d0615f26bd8b4572a32414bee4b6c523.cardinals_leinart_ny166.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=ZMkFECIJADKf6O8kqV3nlQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="In this May 5, 2006, file photo, Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Matt Leinart sets to throw a pass during minicamp in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Leinart ended his two-week holdout and signed with the Arizona Cardinals. The team announced the signing late Monday night and Leinart was expected to begin training camp Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Landis' former cycling team to close
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_team_shut_down"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060815/capt.sge.eql09.150806121022.photo00.photo.default-512x413.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=HurctCeUexTTgeBghTSWqQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="The USA's Floyd Landis (R) rides alongside Phonak chairman Andy Rihs during the honour lap at the end of the Tour de France in Paris, July 2006. The Phonak cycling team has announced that it was disbanding in the wake of the Tour de France doping scandal surrounding team leader Landis.(AFP/File/Pascal Guyot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The owner of Floyd Landis' former cycling team will shut down operations at the end of the year, citing continuing doping issues within the sport and an inability to sell the team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit surpasses 4,500 strikeouts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.a74ccbf680674125933fb77debdc020e.angels_yankees_baseball_nyy102.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=snYtERp8g1wPLxeduXmIbw--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson waves to the crowd while heading to the dugout after striking out Los Angeles Angels' Tim Salmon for his 4500th strike out during the fourth inning of baseball action at New York's Yankee Stadium Monday Aug. 14, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Moments after reaching yet another milestone, Randy Johnson waved to his family behind home plate and hugged catcher Jorge Posada.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets ace Pedro Martinez injures calf
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.3e36b99a92064dc2a6e9bbd70a982275.mets_phillies_baseball_pxs113.jpg?x=130&y=130&sig=defMQMpOINcfLWJaxWvjYA--" align="left" height="130" width="130" alt="The New York Mets starting pitcher Pedro Martinez crouches behind the mound in the first inning of a baseball game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 in Philadelphia. Martinez gave up six runs before being taken out of the game. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pedro Martinez's night started bad, and it simply got worse. The New York Mets ace tweaked his calf during warmups, got roughed up for six runs and left his terrible outing against Philadelphia after getting only three outs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Moss' return to Minnesota frustrating
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_raiders_vikings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.edd15e4f819f405e8abbf66aec703d36.raiders_vikings__football_otkjm105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=VxnDTVTg06FXuQCaL4Rc2A--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss pulls in a pass from Aaron Brooks out of bounds as Minnesota Vikings' Dovonte Edwards, right, brings him down in second quarter of a preseason football game Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Moss wanted so badly to make a triumphant return to Minnesota. He wanted to put on a show for the fans who supported him so steadfastly during his seven years here, and greeted him so warmly Monday in his first game at the Metrodome since the Vikings traded him to Oakland before last season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Walker filling in at CB for the Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_giants_walker"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.8575dcdcbf184ccdb2bee55544b9c202.giants_camp_walker_football_nyjm104.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=0K306aM7K3imN6.Nz_SuqA--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="New York Giants cornerback Frank Walker stretches at football camp on Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, in Albany, N.Y. One of the best things to happen to Walker may have been the Giants' offseason signing of fellow cornerback Sam Madison. That might sound strange, considering that Madison was signed to take over one of the starting jobs that Walker coveted. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight )" border="0" /></a>AP - One of the best things to happen to Frank Walker may have been the New York Giants' offseason signing of fellow cornerback Sam Madison.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mutombo opening $29 million hospital
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060814/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_mutombo_new_hospital"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060814/capt.nyol58908142304.mutombo_new_hospital_nyol589.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=bh5VDk9HWoMNGI1l2ccY0g--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="In this July 1, 2006, file photo, Bishop T. D. Jakes is greeted by Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo back stage at the Essence Music festival in Houston. Mutombo will fulfill a lifelong dream soon, opening a $29 million hospital in the Congo named for his late mother. (AP Photo/Tim Johnson/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dikembe Mutombo will fulfill a lifelong dream soon, opening a hospital in the Congo named for his late mother.</p><br clear="all"/>
Swisher helps A's beat Mariners again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.9bc1a11d1de74b1c93cad70b3ef4b43e.mariners_athletics_baseball_oas106.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=f3.2aTzUX2tEydluStVxDQ--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Oakland Athletics' Nick Swisher, right, is congratulated by Eric Chavez after Swisher hit a two-run home run off of Seattle Mariners' Rafael Soriano in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Aug. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nick Swisher's day began in sadness on the first anniversary of his grandmother's death. He later paid tribute to her in a way she would have loved.</p><br clear="all"/>
Browns owner bids for soccer team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060814/ap_on_sp_so_ne/fbn_browns_aston_villa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060814/capt.eb3794b0dc2c4994ab7918ceadfa1d1a.britain_soccer_aston_villa_takeover_lon103.jpg?x=66&y=130&sig=6u8_ZXUVcLeDDRZ3dEOdmA--" align="left" height="130" width="66" alt="Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner, watches the fourth quarter of the Browns 41-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, filephoto in Cleveland, USA. English Premier League team Aston Villa said Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, it had agreed to a 62.6-million-pound (US$118.8 million; euro93 million) takeover by Randy Lerner, owner of the Cleveland Browns in the United States. Lerner's takeover vehicle, Reform Acquisitions Ltd., offered 547 pence (US$10.37; euro8.12) per Aston Villa share, the principals announced to the London Stock Exchange. That represents a premium of about 47 percent over the closing price on Sept. 16, 2005, the last day before the beginning of the offer period. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Another billionaire NFL owner is set to take over an English soccer club. Cleveland Browns' owner Randy Lerner put in a $118.8 million bid Monday to buy Aston Villa, one of the oldest clubs in English soccer. Last year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer took over Manchester United, one of the world's most popular soccer teams.</p><br clear="all"/>
AP: Bruins GM emphasizes character
AP - Peter Chiarelli's first big step toward success with the Boston Bruins has less to do with adding scorers and defenders than with building the team's character.
Junior Seau is one of the best linebackers in the last 20 years and should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Leinart ends holdout, signs with Cards (AP)
Even though Matt Leinart may have lost millions when he returned to Southern California for his senior season a year ago, he's still plenty rich now. He also has some serious catching up to do with the Arizona Cardinals. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner ended a two-week holdout late Monday night and signed a six-year contract that guarantees him $14 million.
Moss non-factor as Raiders beat Vikings (AP)
Randy Moss wanted so badly to make a triumphant return to Minnesota. He wanted to put on a show for the fans who supported him so steadfastly during his seven years here, and greeted him so warmly Monday in his first game at the Metrodome since the Vikings traded him to Oakland before last season. Instead, Moss endured a frustrating night and voiced his displeasure with both coach Art Shell for the...
Redskins' Portis uncertain for opener (AP)
So, why did Clinton Portis do it? Why did the Washington Redskins running back hustle downfield after an interception to make a tackle that messed up his shoulder -- in an exhibition game? "If I let him go," Portis said, "I'm sitting in a meeting tomorrow getting yelled at." Instead, Portis will be sitting in a trainer's room nursing a left shoulder that was partially dislocated, an unwanted mark...
Seau announces retirement in San Diego (AP)
Junior Seau is healthy and thinks he can still play. He also knew it was time to retire from a 16-year NFL career. "It's pretty easy. When a team doesn't want you or need you, retire, buddy," the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker said to laughter from a crowd of about 300 family, friends, players and team executives Monday at the San Diego Chargers' headquarters.
Jets acquire RB Suggs from Browns (AP)
The New York Jets finally realized they have to start thinking about life without Curtis Martin. While the No. 4 all-time leading rusher rehabs his injured right knee, the Jets acquired Lee Suggs from the Cleveland Browns on Monday for defensive back Derrick Strait. This could be an indication the Jets believe Martin can no longer play.
NFL fines Bush for unauthorized cleats (AP)
New Orleans rookie running back Reggie Bush drew more than just rave reviews for his fancy footwork Saturday in the Saints' preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans. He also drew a fine. The NFL objected to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft wearing his new Adidas cleats. The league only allows players to wear Nike or Reebok shoes during games because of a marketing partnership.
Vikings rookie LB Greenway injures knee (AP)
Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Chad Greenway injured his left knee and didn't return in Monday night's preseason game. Greenway, the team's first-round draft pick from Iowa who is the second-string weakside linebacker behind E.J. Henderson, was covering a kickoff in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders.
Achilles sidelines Bears S Mike Brown (AP)
Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown is sidelined indefinitely after "a twinge" in his right Achilles' tendon Monday. The injury occurred during the Bears' 28-14 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. "We hope that it's minor, but whenever you don't have one of your best players on the field, there's concern," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
T.O. out again, Parcells still mum (AP)
Bill Parcells has been known to badger his nicked-up players to get them back on the field. He hasn't really done that yet to Terrell Owens. "I know he wants me out there on the football field. And I told him, `Bill, I want to be out there just as bad as you want me out there,' " Owens said Monday after he missed his 12th straight practice with the Dallas Cowboys because of a hamstring problem.
USA's long-range issue
With Gilbert Arenas out, the U.S. will need someone who can hit outside shots to compete at the world championships.
James leads U.S. in 116-63 rout (AP)
LeBron James is on a mission to put USA Basketball back on top of the world. In a game that was decided in the first 10 minutes, James scored 23 points Tuesday to lead the United States to an emphatic 116-63 win over South Korea in a tuneup game for the world championships. "We were a little sluggish at first and I was able to pick up my energy level and the guys followed," James said.
Cavs give Gooden three-year, $23M deal (AP)
All Drew Gooden has ever wanted was a place in the NBA to call home. Now he's got one. Gooden, who has played for three teams and six coaches in four seasons, agreed in principle on a three-year, $23 million contract and will re-sign with the Cavaliers, his agents said Monday. The Cavs' top rebounder last season, Gooden has been a solid complementary player to All-Star forward LeBron James, who...
U.S. team visits troops in South Korea (AP)
Coach Mike Krzyzewski knew the drill. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the rest of the U.S. basketball team got into combat uniforms and took marching orders from former U.S. Army officer Krzyzewski on Monday during a visit to Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul. Krzyzewski was stationed in South Korea for a while during his five years in the Army from 1969-74.
Sonics, Wilcox close to new contract (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics and athletic power forward Chris Wilcox are nearing agreement on a three-year contract. The deal is expected to average more than $7 million per season and Wilcox's agent, Jeff Fried, told The Associated Press he was optimistic the contract would be completed either Monday night or early Tuesday.
Anthony back, U.S. tops Lithuania 111-88 (AP)
Good news for the United States as the world championships approach: Carmelo Anthony is at full strength and the team is playing tough defense. Both elements were evident Sunday in a 111-88 victory over Lithuania in a tuneup for the worlds, which begin Saturday in Sapporo, Japan. The Americans are 4-0 in exhibitions leading to the tournament.
Mutombo to help open hospital in Congo (AP)
Dikembe Mutombo will fulfill a lifelong dream soon, opening a hospital in the Congo named for his late mother. The Houston Rockets center, who donated $15 million to the project, will open the doors to the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center on Sept. 2. The 300-bed hospital will provide health care to people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mutombo was...
Yao leads China to 63-61 win (AP)
Yao Ming scored the game-winner and finished with 21 points Tuesday to lift China past Australia, 63-61, in its final exhibition before the World Championships. Andrew Bogut's jam tied the game at 61, but he missed a free throw and a chance to take the lead. China took possession with 15 seconds left and Yao scored the winning basket.
Whereabouts of Penguins' Malkin unknown (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't saying where Russian star Evgeni Malkin is, or when they expect to see him. What they do know is he isn't in Russia and, as far as they are concerned, that's very good news. The Malkin mystery continued Monday as the 20-year-old star remained out of sight after bolting from his Russian Super League team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, on Saturday after it arrived for...
Rangers' Ortmeyer sidelined indefinitely (AP)
Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer has been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and will be sidelined indefinitely. Ortmeyer is scheduled to undergo more tests later this week, the Rangers said Monday. A pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung, usually caused by one or more blood clots.
Wings sign C Greg Johnson to 1-year deal (AP)
The Red Wings signed veteran forward Greg Johnson to a one-year contract on Monday. The 35-year-old center is coming back for a second stint with the Red Wings after playing the last seven seasons with the Nashville Predators. He was with the Detroit from 1993-97 and spent time with Pittsburgh and Chicago during his 12-year NHL career.
'Canes season ticket sales up 60 percent (AP)
Season-ticket sales for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes are up about 60 percent over last year, general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday. The boost may help relieve worries about whether the team can succeed in a small market where college basketball is king. "I think it's really special to this market because we're relatively new here, we're continuing to try and grow the sport,"...
New GM Chiarelli emphasizes 'character' (AP)
Peter Chiarelli's first big step toward success with the Boston Bruins has less to do with adding scorers and defenders than with building the team's character. The new general manager of the worst team in the Northeast Division had that philosophy on May 31 in his first public remarks in his new job when he said, "I want a real true combination of speed and character." And he's pursued that since...
Oilers sign F Sykora to one-year deal (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Petr Sykora to a one-year contract on Friday. Sykora scored 23 goals and had 28 assists last season with Anaheim and the New York Rangers. It was the seventh consecutive NHL season that he scored 20 or more goals, but he was held without a point in four postseason games when the Rangers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New Jersey Devils.
Former Flyers captain Desjardins retires (AP)
Eric Desjardins broke down before saying a word. Retirement was more difficult than the former Philadelphia Flyers captain had imagined. Desjardins, the second-highest scoring defenseman in Flyers history, called it quits Thursday, ending a 17-year career that included a Stanley Cup and an Olympic appearance.
WWD: AMD at The Glen
Kevin Harvick came up big at Watkins Glen. Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne did not.
Mayfield the loser in bitter Evernham split (AP)
The split between Jeremy Mayfield and car owner Ray Evernham was both ugly and overdue.
Harvick passes Stewart to win at The Glen (AP)
Kevin Harvick hasn't had the results Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have had on NASCAR's road courses. That may be about to change.
Harvick overtakes Stewart to win at Glen (SportsTicker)
Top 10 in Chase holds firm (AP)
There are just four more races before the cutoff for the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, and there's a lot of worrying going on.
Race car driver dies after crash on track (AP)
A sprint car driver died after crashing into a turn on the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, race organizers said. The Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series is investigating the accident that killed Joe Rebman of Mansfield on Friday night, the racing league said in a release on its Web site Sunday. Rebman, 21, was pronounced dead at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital shortly after 11 p.m., a nursing supervisor...
Benson makes late charge to win NCTS race at Nashville (SportsTicker)
Benson wins NASCAR trucks race at Nashville Superspeedway (AP)
Johnny Benson took advantage of a dustup between race leaders Todd Bodine and Mike Skinner to win Craftsman Truck Series' Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.
Kurt Busch wins Busch Series Zippo 200 (SportsTicker)