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NEWS FROM 2007-06-10
A filly! Rags to Riches takes Belmont
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_belmont_stakes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070609/capt.ee7053bd1c4b4fe2b8ad974bd97be7f3.aptopix_belmont_stakes_horse_racing_nyjj104.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=xliAwyxZLYjI3jycEBuVIw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Rags to Riches, with John Velazquez up, left, edges out Curlin, ridden by Robby Albarado, center, at the finish to win the 139th running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 9, 2007 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Rags to Riches is the first filly to win the race since Tanya won in 1905. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rags to Riches is racing's queen for a day. The fabulous filly outdueled Preakness winner Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run and won the Belmont Stakes by a head Saturday, becoming the first of her sex in more than a century to take the final leg of the Triple Crown.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks celebrate Stanley Cup victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_rally"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.3c817641ea754a47a0811f8cfeeba3dd.celebration__ducks_hockey_ans102.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=JgTlynaYZ3sXJ.LPdcVSXg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf holds the cup over his head after arriving for the official Stanley Cup Fan Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than 15,000 fans celebrated the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup title Saturday night. Some fans who jammed the south parking lot of the Honda Center brought homemade replicas of the cup, and some bought souvenir game pucks in Stanley Cup-shaped cases.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rocket wins debut to give Yanks a boost
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_pirates_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070609/capt.7a7eae28445c406c9c0a5c04437f0dd0.pirates_yankees_baseball_nyy105.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=pC6XDlIzu7mt9SKQsZDYeA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, making his debut for the second time as a Yankee, delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning of an interleague baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, June 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens popped out of the clubhouse in full uniform about 55 minutes before his first pitch Saturday, bouncing down a Yankee Stadium hallway with his cleats click-clacking on the cement floor.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox defeat D'Backs 4-3 in 10 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_red_sox_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.c6cca620add84233a4f5640c98476118.red_sox_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc109.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=rMn2oI22LzFz_8itQI4gXw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz steps on homeplate to score the winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a sacrfice fly hit by teammate Mike Lowell in the tenth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 9, 2007, in Phoenix. The Red Sox won 4-3.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Lowell started warming up in the fifth inning. By the time the 10th inning came around, he and the strained ligament in his left thumb were ready. Lowell's pinch-hit sacrifice fly scored David Ortiz in the 10th inning and lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Scott pushes St. Jude lead to 3 with 68
AP - Adam Scott wanted to test himself in the pressure of tournament play before the U.S. Open. The world's fourth-ranked player might wind up being his own best competition.
Local dog-fight investigation moves on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070609/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_investigation"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070608/capt.79dcd67b606f48e2a3a8dde605a471d9.vick_investigation_vagk101.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=wNr65.aJ7x.yvWsqjHOIUA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="An investigator carries a shovel as authorities worked at a home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick near Surry, Va., on June 7, 2007. Federal law enforcement officials descended on the home armed with a search warrant that suggests they're taking over an investigation into Vick's possible involvement in dogfighting. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)" border="0" /></a>AP - The prosecutor who questioned why federal authorities would take an interest in a suspected dog-fighting case possibly involving Michael Vick sounded a conciliatory tone Friday and said there would be "parallel investigations."</p><br clear="all"/>
Nuggets' Smith seriously hurt in crash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_player_injured_crash"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.e87ccbf1eed74fdfaa0a3f047d613c01.player_injured_crash_nuggets_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=lPb2AAU3QoBwJm7S2_EzQw--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith reacts during the teams 121-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors in NBA basketball action in Toronto, Friday March 23, 2007. Smith and another man were seriously injured Saturday, June 9, 2007, when the sport utility vehicle Smith was driving collided with a car. (AP Photo/Adrian Wyld, CP,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Denver Nuggets player J.R. Smith and another man were seriously injured Saturday when the sport utility vehicle Smith was driving collided with a car.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sexson helps Mariners defeat Padres 6-5
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_mariners_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070609/capt.ff5e38738954438cb2fa10650d8df7b0.mariners_padres_baseball_cadp103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=0AONM.p0jXAKeFbEdZ4l9Q--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson, left, slides into home ahead of the tag of San Diego Padres catcher Josh Bard, right, in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2007, in San Diego. Sexson scored on a hit by the Mariners' Yuniesky Betancourt. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Weaver finally felt good about a start. Granted, it didn't last long and Weaver didn't get the decision, but the night ended so much differently than each of his six previous starts did.</p><br clear="all"/>
Haiti salvages another tie in Gold Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070610/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup_haiti_costa_rica"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070610/capt.306ef7fcd25f4ee6b1401bc76cf0e1cc.haiti_costa_rica_gold_cup_soccer_flad109.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=l2Fc0xlQlCebi4ynNvv2rQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Haiti's Cadet Eliphene, right, heads the ball as Costa Rica's Gabriel Badilla (17) defends in the first half of the 2007 Gold Cup soccer game in Miami, Saturday, June 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alexandre Boucicaut's goal with 18 minutes remaining in the second half helped Haiti salvage its second 1-1 tie in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Board OKs bond issue for Penguins' arena
AP - A city-county board approved a $325 million bond issue for a new arena and authorized a 30-year lease with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Culpepper to block Dolphins' trade plans (AP)
Trent Green's first practice with the Miami Dolphins was apparently Daunte Culpepper's finale in South Florida. Frustrated by the team's decision to let him only participate in individual drills, Culpepper walked off the practice field -- accompanied by a member of Miami's security staff -- about an hour into Friday's start of a three-day minicamp and vowed that he'd block the Dolphins' plans to...
Vick prosecutor conciliatory to feds (AP)
The prosecutor who questioned why federal authorities would take an interest in a suspected dog-fighting case possibly involving Michael Vick sounded a conciliatory tone Friday and said there would be "parallel investigations." Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter said he, Sheriff Harold Brown and the rest of the team that has been investigating the case since 66 dogs were...
Chad Johnson beats horse in charity run (AP)
Chad Johnson got a head start without having to jump offside, and beat his coverage to the goal line again. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was waiting at the finish line when Restore the Roar arrived at the end of his one-eighth-mile gallop. That's right: Johnson raced a horse Saturday and easily won.
Saints QB Brees gives inmates pep talk (AP)
Some inmates at the Beaver County correctional facility had a surprise guest speaker when New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees showed up at the southern Utah jail on Friday. County officials had heard he was coming, but even they were skeptical. "I was pretty blown away by the idea that somebody like him would come to a small town like Beaver, Utah," Sgt.
Shockey shows up at voluntary workouts (AP)
Jeremy Shockey made a rare appearance at New York Giants' voluntary offseason workouts this week, but the four-time Pro Bowl tight end cautioned not to read too much into it. "I'm glad I'm here and I enjoy it, but I hope people get used to it because next year it's going to be an issue again, and again the next year," he said.
Case dropped against Bengals' Thurman (AP)
Two Georgia men dropped their complaint against suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman after accusing the player of kicking and hitting them at a party. Papers seeking to dismiss the case were being filed by the complainants, Chrissy Pitts, deputy clerk of Magistrate Court in Jasper County, said Friday.
Broncos acquire DT Kennedy from Rams (AP)
The Denver Broncos added their second 300-pound-plus lineman this week, acquiring defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on Friday from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for an undisclosed 2008 draft pick. Kennedy, listed at 320 pounds, spent the past four seasons with the Rams, who picked him 12th overall in the 2003 draft.
Wise Guy: James relaxed on eve of Game 2 (AP)
LeBron James will attract the spotlight. The San Antonio Spurs have earned it. While most of the hype surrounding these NBA finals is centered on James, Cleveland's crowned king of roundball, the Spurs are again being overshadowed despite winning three titles since 1999. There's nothing seductive about them.
Injured Hughes vows not to give up (AP)
Larry Hughes stood calmly behind a podium Saturday, showing no signs of pain. Deep down, though, he's hurting. Standing still with a painful foot injury is one thing. Try covering Tony Parker. Hughes didn't do that, or much of anything else, effectively in Game 1 of the NBA finals. And the Cavaliers don't know how much they're going to get from their starting point guard for the rest of the series.
Nuggets G Smith injured in car crash (AP)
Denver Nuggets player J.R. Smith and another man were seriously injured Saturday when the sport utility vehicle Smith was driving collided with a car. Smith and the unidentified passenger were ejected from the SUV in the crash, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, said Sgt.
Spurs' Ginobili happy being sixth man (AP)
"Here comes Manu!" Usually heard midway through the first quarter of home games, the refrain that Manu Ginobili is coming off the bench makes San Antonio Spurs fans respond unlike almost any other time during the game. It also often means great things are about to happen for the Spurs. "He gives that team a totally different dimension and a totally different look and those are big elements coming...
Bowen's baby boy finally arrives (AP)
Judge fines Bucks' Patterson $1,000 (AP)
A judge ordered Milwaukee Bucks forward Ruben Patterson to pay a $1,000 fine for failing to register as a convicted sex offender after he moved into a new neighborhood. Patterson, 31, pleaded no contest Friday to the misdemeanor charge, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters. The fine was the maximum amount Hamilton County Municipal Judge Ted Berry could have imposed.
Stern wants Sonics to stay in Seattle (AP)
If David Stern has his way inside his own league, the SuperSonics will remain in Seattle. The NBA commissioner, an associate of Sonics owner Clay Bennett for more than a decade since Bennett was the San Antonio Spurs' representative on the league's board of governors, said he thinks Bennett will find a way to get a new arena built in the Seattle area to keep the Sonics in their home for the past...
Ducks celebrate Stanley Cup victory (AP)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than 15,000 fans celebrated the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup title Saturday night. Some fans who jammed the south parking lot of the Honda Center brought homemade replicas of the cup, and some bought souvenir game pucks in Stanley Cup-shaped cases. The Ducks won the NHL title with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, ending the series in five...
Bond issue approved for new Pens arena (AP)
Islanders pick Okposo to stay in school (AP)
New York Islanders first-round draft pick Kyle Okposo decided Friday to remain at Minnesota for his sophomore season. The 19-year-old forward from St. Paul, Minn., was selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft. "I feel returning to school best serves my future as an NHL player at this time," Okposo said.
Wild re-sign G Backstrom to 2-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild added depth and complication to their goalie situation by re-signing Niklas Backstrom to a two-year, $6.2 million contract on Thursday. Backstrom went 23-8-6 with five shutouts in 41 games, taking over when Manny Fernandez got hurt and steering the Wild toward their first playoff appearance in four years with an unexpected performance.
Selanne, Ducks end Stanley Cup droughts (AP)
Teemu Selanne sat on the bench with tears in his eyes, remembering the days when the Anaheim Ducks were mighty in name only. After 14 seasons and various stops around the Western Conference, the Finnish Flash and the rest of his Ducks teammates are first-time Stanley Cup champions. Well, all except Scott Niedermayer now a four-time winner of hockey's most cherished prize.
Ducks fight for relevance after Cup win (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks had their moment in the Southern California spotlight. Because of Paris Hilton, that's pretty much all it was -- a moment. Hilton's release from jail early Thursday subjugated the Ducks to afterthought status just hours after they reached the pinnacle of their sport -- winning the Stanley Cup.
Sens' Phillips won't forget fluke goal (AP)
Every hockey player dreams of scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal. Chris Phillips will have nightmares about his. The veteran Ottawa defenseman accidentally put the puck in his own net in Anaheim's 6-2 win over the Senators on Wednesday night for the Ducks' first Cup-clinching goal. However, Phillips wasn't credited for the goal.
Edwards pads Busch Series lead with 3rd consecutive Nashville win (AP)
Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory of the season Saturday night, easily beating Clint Bowyer in the Federated Auto Parts 300 for the Nextel Cup driver's third straight win at Nashville Superspeedway.
Edwards victorious again in Busch Federated Auto Parts 300 (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards arrives in Nashville with moments to spare (AP)
Carl Edwards has three career wins at Nashville Superspeedway, including two in a row in the NASCAR Busch Series.
England's Wilson seizes Champ Car Portland pole (AFP)
Mattioli honors France at Pocono 500 (AP)
Joseph Mattioli sealed the deal to bring NASCAR to the Poconos over a plate of Southern fried chicken in 1972. When he thought about selling the race track, he reconsidered because of a note on the back of a business card.
Martin insists he will not add races to his part-time schedule (AP)
No matter how many times he's asked, Mark Martin keeps telling everyone the same answer. He will not add races to his part-time schedule even if he has a chance to make the Chase for the championship.
Sensational F1 rookie Hamilton wins first pole (AP)
Lewis Hamilton is a phenomenon. The 22-year-old Mercedes McLaren driver started his F1 career with five consecutive podium finishes -- a third in the opener in Australia followed by four straight seconds. On Saturday, the first black driver in Formula One history took another big step, winning his first F1 pole ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Tiff with Wheldon more proof Patrick can keep up with the boys (AP)
Next time someone wants to dismiss Danica Patrick, or diss her as IRL's pretty face, they'd best do it at arm's length. With one shove last weekend, Patrick let everyone know she's not to be taken lightly -- on or off the track. Good for her. She may not yet have that elusive first win, but her results, the company she keeps and her fiery attitude are proof she belongs as much as the next guy.