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NEWS FROM 2006-08-18
Bonds trainer mum on steroids question
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.52f680fe93364fac8899ecc6ff984eb8.bonds_steroids_baseball_caer103.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=2DFoQQAjRSZWOEJ.4Vxrbg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Greg Anderson, left, the personal trainer to the San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds, walks through a metal detector after entering the federal building in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. A federal judge is considering sending Anderson back to prison Thursday for his continued refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating the Bonds for possibly lying about using steroids. At right in back is Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds' personal trainer again refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the Giants slugger Thursday, but a federal judge did not jail Greg Anderson for contempt of court.</p><br clear="all"/>
Woods-Mickelson takes back seat at PGA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.ea0da76f29e944fd941313c232c0b098.pga_championship_golf_pga197.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=bEXKN3RMGqerOmRBukRkYw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods, right and Phil Mickelson wait for Geoff Ogilvy to putt on the seventh green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - That big showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was overrated. So was Medinah.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phelps, Schipper break world records
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_ot/swm_pan_pacific_swimming"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.fb067e2cc39e4b9782cc5bc5635e3c2a.swim_pan_pacific_swimming_panpac120.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=N745QRV1rn5m382YbCg2aQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Michael Phelps, of the USA, swims to a World Record during Men's 200-meter Butterfly, Thursday, August 17, 2006, at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, Canada. Phelps swam the race in one minute, 53.80 seconds. That breaks the mark of 1:53.93 he set at the 2003 world championships in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - One race, one world record, absolute joy for Michael Phelps.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets avoid 4-game sweep by Phillies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.d5371aa346e04f2fa3e604ce1f332f6b.mets_phiilies_baseball_pxs101.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=WDmH8abvn4m.sZcfgTKDHw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="New York Mets Carlos Delgado watches his second home run of the game off Philadelphia Phillies Scott Mathieson in the fifth inning of their baseball game Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - A comfortable lead in the standings allows the New York Mets to shrug off losing streaks. Carlos Delgado ended a 2 1/2-week homer drought by connecting twice, John Maine pitched six solid innings and the Mets avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rogers gets win as Tigers top Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.1a1cf84b25b74695843bb1ad48fb72cd.rangers_tigers_baseball_dts103.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=g21xeH34HyK1TH6pldiJ5g--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kenny Rogers pitched five-plus innings to pick up his first win since July 5 and Carlos Guillen homered to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Buckhalter makes impression on Eagles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_ravens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.f52c2c0dc6a7486ca24dff5d58ca455e.eagles_ravens_football_baf109.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=mjXNcJ3Uo1m_XeghIupJqg--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter, left, rushes the ball up the field away from Baltimore Ravens Terrell Suggs, right, during the first quarter of their pre season football game in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Standing in a corner of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, Correll Buckhalter flashed a wide smile as he spoke excitedly about playing in the NFL again.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. ready to make run for world gold
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_world_championships_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.jpmt10108171222.japan_fiba_world_championship_basketball_jpmt101.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=4gDajOPUwJZFG5IXvFU8Qg--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Team USA forward LeBron James shoots the ball during practice for the FIBA World Championship of basketball, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - After mowing down five exhibition opponents by an average of 34 points, the U.S. is ready to re-establish ownership of international basketball.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels hand Mariners 8th straight loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.5f667dc9fa9c4bd89aee2c4097569099.mariners_angels_baseball_ans108.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=hREj7.ymFx1aA9.K1QopEg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero follows through on his three-run double off Seattle Mariners pitcher Mark Lowe in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run double and the short-handed Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 5-2 Thursday night to hand the Mariners their eighth straight loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reggina avoids demotion from Serie A
AP - Reggina escaped demotion from Serie A but received a 15-point penalty Thursday from a sports tribunal in the latest ruling resulting from Italy's game-fixing scandal.
Penguins' Malkin quits Russian team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_penguins_malkin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060814/capt.nyol58208142311.penguins_malkin_nyol582.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=XSke5b3Jg9ea6Z_uHsTB8g--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this June 26, 2004, file photo, Evgeni Malkin is flanked by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk, left, and GM Craig Patrick after Malkin was selected second overall in the first round of the NHL draft in Raleigh, N.C. The Malkin mystery continued Monday as the 20-year-old star remained out of sight after bolting from his Russian Super League team. (CP Photo/Chuck Stoody/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Evgeni Malkin has filed a letter of resignation with his Russian Super League team, a procedural move necessary for the star forward to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and begin his NHL career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Injury bug strikes
After just one full week of preseason action, several teams find themselves needing to make injury replacements.
Retired LB Seau may return with Patriots (AP)
Junior Seau is looking to join the New England Patriots, just three days after the San Diego Chargers threw him a lavish retirement party. "Junior left a message for Chargers President Dean Spanos today alerting him that he may sign a contract and play for the New England Patriots," the Chargers said Thursday in a statement.
Eli sharp, Giants spoil Edwards' return (AP)
Eli Manning and the New York Giants showed flashes of offense they'll need to repeat as NFC East champions. They also showed Herm Edwards how much work his Kansas City Chiefs have left to do. Manning threw for one touchdown and set up another and the Giants starters and backups dominated in a 17-0 preseason victory over Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, spoiling Edwards' return to Giants...
Roethlisberger has sprained thumb (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger can't stay away from injuries, only now they're happening on the football field. Roethlisberger, his facial injuries from a motorcycle crash two months ago apparently healed, has a sprained ligament in his right thumb and is questionable for the Pittsburgh Steelers' exhibition game against Minnesota on Saturday night.
Buckhalter strong in Eagles loss (AP)
Standing in a corner of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, Correll Buckhalter flashed a wide smile as he spoke excitedly about playing in the NFL again. "Everything in the past is in the past," he said, referring to knee injuries that forced him to miss three of the past four seasons. "It's a new beginning for me." Playing for the first time this preseason, Buckhalter ran 48 yards with a shovel...
Brady: I never met with Bonds' trainer (AP)
Tom Brady was looking for a place to work out when he called Barry Bonds' personal trainer "five or six years ago" but the two never got together, the New England Patriots quarterback said Thursday. "That was the first of it and the last of it," Brady said after practice. "I never heard from him again." Government lawyers are investigating whether the San Francisco Giants slugger lied under oath...
Seahawks TE Stevens to miss six weeks (AP)
Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens was expected to miss the next six weeks after injuring his surgically repaired left knee during practice Thursday. An MRI exam showed that Stevens had torn the meniscus in the same knee that was fixed April 25. He was scheduled to have surgery Friday in Seattle. The Seahawks open the season Sept.
Vikes' Robinson charged with DWI, flight (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings were so convinced Koren Robinson's alcohol problems were in the past after a remarkable comeback and a trip to the Pro Bowl that they rewarded him with a three-year contract. Now he's in big trouble, and the team might be without one of its best offensive players for awhile. Robinson's blue BMW sedan was caught on radar going more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone at 10:45 p.m.
Jets QB Pennington excused from practice (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was excused from practice Thursday for personal reasons and his status for this weekend's preseason game against Washington is uncertain. Coach Eric Mangini said Pennington left because of a family illness. He wouldn't say whether Pennington would travel to Washington with the team Friday or play against the Redskins on Saturday.
Seven black head coaches an NFL record (AP)
The NFL's rule that at least one minority candidate be interviewed for each head coaching vacancy is the reason there are now a record seven black head coaches, six more than 16 years ago, the author of several sports diversity studies said Thursday. The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport credited the league's "Rooney Rule," adopted in late 2002, for the...
Makes and Misses: Planting more bad seeds
Readers still aren't happy about the NBA's revised seeding format for the playoffs.
U.S. ready to make run for world gold (AP)
After mowing down five exhibition opponents by an average of 34 points, the U.S. is ready to re-establish ownership of international basketball. The exhibitions demonstrated that the Americans are treating the world championships as the start of a larger mission that, if all goes as planned, will culminate in a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bowen is final cut as U.S. sets roster (AP)
For five months, USA Basketball officials pointed to Bruce Bowen as the type of role player they needed on their team. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Americans showed up here Thursday without him. The defensive specialist from the San Antonio Spurs was the final player cut, leaving the U.S.
Kings F Artest defends actions in brawl (AP)
Ron Artest, talking to children as part of his community service sentence, defended his actions in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. "Someone started trouble and I ended it," Artest told about 50 children Wednesday at a panel on black empowerment at the Judge Mathis Community Center. "I would always encourage you to protect yourself but in certain situations, if you can avoid them,...
Lonny Baxter arrested by Secret Service (AP)
Former NBA player Lonny Baxter was arrested by uniformed Secret Service agents on Wednesday after shots were fired from a vehicle about two blocks from the White House. Baxter, who helped Maryland win a national championship and played with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, was ordered held without bail.
Nets sign G Eddie House (AP)
Guard Eddie House signed with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday after averaging a career-high 9.8 points last season with Phoenix. House, joining his seventh NBA team, shot 42 percent from the field and nearly 39 percent from 3-point range. "He is a proven veteran who will enhance our scoring off the bench," Nets president Rod Thorn said.
Marbury endorses inexpensive sneakers (AP)
Want to be like Steph? Well, it won't cost you much. Stephon Marbury now is endorsing a sneaker that costs just $14.98, a pittance when compared with the often daunting prices that companies such as Nike and Reebok charge for their footwear. The "Starbury One," a sneaker designed by Steve & Barry's University Sportswear, will go on sale Thursday.
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.
Malkin resurfaces in Los Angeles (AP)
The Evgeni Malkin mystery finally ended Thursday as the hockey star surfaced in Los Angeles with his agents, five days after slipping away from his Russian Super League team during training camp in Helsinki, Finland, and vanishing from sight. Less than 24 hours after flying from Finland to the United States, the Pittsburgh Penguins' draft pick showed up, naturally enough, on a hockey rink.
Bruins sign first-round pick Kessel (AP)
Phil Kessel, the fifth choice in this year's NHL draft, signed a multiyear contract with the Boston Bruins. The 18-year-old center played one season of college hockey at Minnesota in 2005-06, finishing second on the team in scoring and sixth in league with 18 goals and 33 assists in 34 games. "Phil is a player with world-class speed and gifted offensive talents," Bruins general manager Peter...
Thrashers get D Vishnevski from Ducks (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers traded prospect Karl Stewart and draft options to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday for veteran defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski. In addition to Stewart, who had 22 goals and 18 assists in 71 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season, the Ducks get a second-round selection in the 2007 NHL entry draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2008.
Coyotes sign Nolan to one-year contract (AP)
Owen Nolan, who sat out last season while recovering from right knee surgery, signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday. Coach Wayne Gretzky considers the 34-year-old Nolan one of the league's premier power forwards. "His size, strength, goal-scoring ability and leadership will be a big asset to our team," Gretzky said.
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.
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,"...
Trading Paint: Ray of blight
Did Jeremy Mayfield get the shaft from Ray Evernham? The readers had strong opinions.
Notes: Gilliland gets his chance (AP)
David Gilliland returned to the site of his upset NASCAR Busch Series victory this week, testing the No.
Sterling Marlin struggles along and ponders retirement (AP)
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – After blowing an engine in practice and another while qualifying, Sterling Marlin was...
Actor tries to drive away in NASCAR race car in videotaped prank (AP)
A man jumped into a NASCAR race car and tried to drive away before he was stopped by track officials -- who didn't know he was an actor and the apparent heist was a prank for a commercial. Justin Philpott, a 16-year-old NASCAR competitor, was taking part in an awards ceremony at the Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday when the actor jumped a fence and hopped into his Chevrolet, the Tracy Press...
Sadler introduced as driver of the No. 19 (AP)
Elliott Sadler's exodus from Robert Yates Racing was completed Wednesday when he was introduced as the new driver at Evernham Motorsports.
Sadler replaces Mayfield at Evernham Motorsports (SportsTicker)
STATESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Evernham Motorsports has found its replacement for Jeremy Mayfield.
Sadler to take over No. 19 at Michigan (AP)
The No. 19 Dodge is getting a new driver. Elliott Sadler will take over the ride from Jeremy Mayfield 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 night, clearing the way for him to replace Mayfield beginning Sunday, according an...
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.