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NEWS FROM 2006-08-16
Reporters must testify over Bonds leak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_giants_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.a7fd90ef76de4fac8cb50df76247eeb7.giants_padres_baseball_cash103.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=i0Hm2rSGc1olYT0fO7MRNw--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings at a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, in San Diego. Bond grounded out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - A federal judge told two San Francisco Chronicle reporters they must comply with a subpoena and tell a grand jury who leaked them secret testimony of Barry Bonds and other elite athletes ensnared in the government's steroid probe.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers lose Polanco, still beat Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.8f0a935e5ba04b92ba30f889ab611430.tigers_red_sox_baseball_mamd109.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=gV340s9.xA.yuPHM110AHg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Detroit Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco stumbles after making the catch on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Doug Mirabelli in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. Polanco was injured on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Placido Polanco's injury forced Ivan Rodriguez to play an unfamiliar position and left the Detroit Tigers wondering how the loss of their steady second baseman will affect their playoff run.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cards top Reds to widen NL Central lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.787528bb04df484bab9d2c894214cee8.reds_cardinals_baseball_mojf112.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=7VAAOf.hI7LOiP7lFz1iZA--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter delivers a pitch to Cincinnati Reds' Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth inning of their baseball game in St. Louis Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Carpenter refused to allow the St. Louis Cardinals' fast-dwindling NL Central lead to clutter his mind. The 2005 Cy Young Award winner just tried to pitch his game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana pitches Twins past Indians 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.77da64cb9f5640b4ba6d8a23a9bf4e06.indians_twins_baseball_mnah106.jpg?x=130&y=68&sig=4ZPZCuLUWdu7zIqc2cTwZw--" align="left" height="68" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana delivers to Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's the middle of August and the Minnesota Twins are in the playoff hunt. That has meant one thing over the past four seasons — it's Santana time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger and Phil the main event at PGA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.d1393778eecd4b68bb8b4f1049308165.pga_championship_golf_pga135.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=18Pg0WUclEWo0AgxTp03og--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Phil Mickelson signs autographs after his practice round for the 88th PGA Championship on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. The golf tournament starts Thursday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)" border="0" /></a>AP - The 10th tee is tucked away in a far corner of Medinah Country Club, where green mesh on a chain-linked fence separates the world's best golfers from a steady stream of cars on Lake Street.</p><br clear="all"/>
Relieved, happy Leinart joins Cardinals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/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 - A relieved and ever-smiling Matt Leinart joined the Arizona Cardinals training camp on Tuesday, and quickly learned he would be playing at New England in four days.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sonics sign Wilcox for $24 million
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_supersonics_wilcox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060815/capt.7e826170c1864510bc7486ea69e7e56c.supersonics_wilcox_basketball_watw103.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=3zmJAf35Qy9aum71Rb3Geg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Seattle SuperSonics' Chris Wilcox talks to reporters Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 in Seattle after the NBA basketball team announced that they had signed Wilcox to a three-year contract. In 29 games with the SuperSonics last season after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wilcox put up career-high statistics and was a fan favorite with his up-tempo playing style. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Wilcox took advantage of his chance to start on a regular basis in Seattle, and the SuperSonics rewarded him for his strong play.</p><br clear="all"/>
Royals' Hernandez looks at tape, wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.3704d2f5cc7b46f3b6df6567d86a9ca2.royals__white_sox_baseball_cxs103.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=e9iu.wyJggtSdk07H4T0hA--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Runelvys Hernandez delivers to Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Runelvys Hernandez looked at his past for answers. After looking at tapes from his 2003 season, Hernandez allowed two runs in 7 2-3 innings for his first win in four starts, leading the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 4-2 Tuesday night and stopping Chicago's five-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea overwhelming favorite to repeat
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_premier_league_preview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060814/capt.2b4d8cc1a3f14c7f8f61d4cc3d5c9399.britain_soccer_shevchenko_lon805.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=I8FmQDVfHj6YBiZZjxQ5lA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Andriy Shevchenko striker with the English Premier League soccer team Chelsea, arrives on the river Thames in London for a news conference, Monday, Aug. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Fiona Hanson/PA)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea was already a big favorite to win the Premier League for a third year running. So what did coach Jose Mourinho do? He signed Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko for good measure.</p><br clear="all"/>
Islanders add Hill to rebuilt defense
AP - Add Sean Hill to the ever-changing New York Islanders' defense corps.
Lesser-known players are on the verge of raising their profiles enough to make an AFC roster.
Steelers end contract talks with Cowher (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers made official what has seemed evident for weeks: coach Bill Cowher is no longer negotiating an extension to a contract that runs through 2007. The team announced Tuesday that it has ceased talks with Cowher on signing an extension so he can focus on coaching the returning Super Bowl champions.
Suggs fails Jets physical, voiding trade (AP)
Lee Suggs is heading back to Cleveland after the New York Jets said he wasn't fit to play. The Browns beg to differ. The dispute left the Browns scratching their heads, and the Jets without a much-needed running back to help fill the void of the injured Curtis Martin. Suggs flunked his physical Tuesday, voiding the deal that sent him to New York for defensive back Derrick Strait.
Relieved Leinart joins Cardinals camp (AP)
A relieved and ever-smiling Matt Leinart joined the Arizona Cardinals training camp on Tuesday, and quickly learned he would be playing at New England in four days. "My dream has been to play in the NFL," he said. "What better way to kick off an NFL career -- whether it's one play or a couple of series -- than against the Patriots." Late Monday night, Leinart signed a six-year contract that...
Vikes rookie LB Greenway out for season (AP)
Vikings rookie linebacker Chad Greenway is out for the season, the result of a knee injury he sustained in Minnesota's first exhibition game. Greenway was hurt covering a kickoff in Monday night's 16-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders. He had an MRI test Tuesday morning, but a news release issued by the team didn't specify the nature of the injury.
Panthers WR Smith returns to practice (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro wide receiver Steve Smith looked sharp Tuesday in his return to practice after missing more than two weeks with a strained hamstring. Smith caught three consecutive passes, including a deep throw down the middle, at one point in morning practice. "He jumped right in and took off just like he's been there every day," said wide receivers coach Richard Williamson.
Chargers KR Sproles to miss season (AP)
Chargers kick returner Darren Sproles will be out for the season with a broken left leg and the team revealed Tuesday that wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been hospitalized since Saturday night with a bruised chest. Coach Marty Schottenheimer wouldn't expand on Jackson's condition. Jackson was injured in Saturday night's exhibition win over the Green Bay Packers.
Redskins CB Springs out 3-to-6 weeks (AP)
Washington cornerback Shawn Springs underwent surgery Tuesday to repair to a muscle tear in his lower abdomen and is expected to be sidelined three to six weeks. The surgery repaired a minor tear in an abdominal muscle that attaches to the pubic bone. Springs traveled to Durham, N.C., for the procedure.
Bengals cut troubled DT Askew (AP)
Cincinnati waived defensive tackle Matthias Askew on Tuesday, one of five Bengals accused of breaking the law in the past three months. A 2004 fourth-round draft choice out of Michigan State, Askew has been plagued by injuries. "He wasn't going to make our football team at this point," coach Marvin Lewis said.
Colts K Vinatieri misses practice (AP)
Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the Indianapolis Colts' biggest offseason acquisition, missed Tuesday morning's practice with a sprained left ankle. Coach Tony Dungy said Vinatieri, who kicks with his right foot, hurt his ankle while running Monday, the same day the Colts cut Shane Andrus, the only other kicker on the roster.
Makes and Misses: Planting more bad seeds
Readers still aren't happy about the NBA's revised seeding format for the playoffs.
James, U.S. ready for worlds after rout (AP)
A 53-point win over South Korea wrapped up a perfect Asian exhibition tour for a star-studded U.S. team on its way to the world championships. LeBron James scored 23 points Tuesday to lead the Americans to a 116-63 win over South Korea in their final tuneup for the world championships. The U.S. squad went 5-0 in exhibitions leading up to the worlds, which begin Saturday in Japan.
Sonics, Wilcox agree on three-year deal (AP)
Chris Wilcox took advantage of his chance to start on a regular basis in Seattle, and the SuperSonics rewarded him for his strong play. Wilcox and the Sonics reached agreement Tuesday on a three-year, $24 million deal that gives Wilcox a chance to prove his impressive 29 games with Seattle last season was no fluke.
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...
Yao lifts China over Australia 63-61 (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.
Bobcats re-sign Voskuhl to two-year deal (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats re-signed center Jake Voskuhl to a two-year, $4 million deal on Tuesday. He'll have the option to become an unrestricted free-agent after one year, his agent Mark Bartelstein said. Voskuhl averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds for Charlotte last season as a backup to starting center Primoz Brezec.
Kings sign C Loren Woods (AP)
The Sacramento Kings signed center Loren Woods on Tuesday. Woods, a five-year veteran, spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Raptors. He also has played for the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, who drafted him in 2001. He averaged 2.3 points and 4.1 rebounds last season. Woods could be a backup for Brad Miller alongside Vitali Potapenko in Sacramento.
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.
Islanders sign veteran D Sean Hill (AP)
Add Sean Hill to the ever-changing New York Islanders' defense corps. Hill, who spent last season with the Florida Panthers after a three-year stint with Carolina, received a one-year deal worth $600,000 from the Islanders on Tuesday. He joins a revamped blue line that also added hard-hitting Brendan Witt and offensive-minded Tom Poti earlier in the free-agent signing period.
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...
Wings sign C Johnson to one-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,"...
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.
Bruins 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.
Taking the blame
Jeremy Mayfield's loyalty to his organization apparently didn't mean much to team owner Ray Evernham.
Sadler to take over No. 19 at Michigan (AP)
Elliott Sadler will take over the No. 19 Dodge at Evernham Motorsports beginning with this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway, a team official confirmed to The Associated Press. Sadler secured an early release from Robert Yates Racing late Tuesday evening, clearing the way for him to replace Jeremy Mayfield beginning Sunday, according an Evernham official who spoke on condition of...
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.