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NEWS FROM 2007-06-12
Bonds launches 747th homer as Giants win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_blue_jays_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.4ade14b69206447aa47d6fc8a0b34f21.blue_jays_giants_baseball_cajc114.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=Q5Gv5TMqfC5_A6lIOdSzEA--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a two-run home run off of Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Towers to score Ryan Klesko in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2007. It was Bonds' 747th career home run. The Giants won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds sat playfully with Frank Thomas on the field before the game and promised Matt Morris he would hit a home run for the pitcher. Bonds made good on his word, too, ending his latest home run drought and showing he might be finding his stroke again.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cleveland finally hosts NBA finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.f69fa32aa50c4f3a8fd16ce864fd668e.nba_finals_cavaliers_basketball_cd101.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=jwZYEIn_eCbuiJWl53kSpg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Workmen finish hanging a 70 foot high banner of Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, from Lithuania, on the side of a parking garage across from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Monday, June 11, 2007. The Cavaliers host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Almost 15 years before LeBron James was born a few exits down the Interstate, the Cleveland Cavaliers were still in their cradle.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oakmont a brute even without a U.S. Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.a3ccb8c6fd2e47ae9e9afa492a73b193.us_open_golf_padp102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=VYSoqGvdWMxfZ7B5UUggTw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Jim Furyk, left, and Tiger Woods chat before teeing off at the first hole for a practice round in preparation for the 107th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vaughn Taylor is back at Oakmont, relieved that it's only the U.S. Open. There has been widespread talk of gloom and doom in recent weeks, from defending champion Geoff Ogilvy reportedly losing seven balls in his round of 85 to Vijay Singh and a host of others saying they would not be surprised if the winner finished 10 shots over par.</p><br clear="all"/>
Loney, Dodgers rally past Mets 5-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_mets_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.4d9f172d120b4172b46f676c9574ccaf.mets_dodgers_baseball_cama118.jpg?x=130&y=127&sig=fkeBf15Ajm5fS0Es2N0f6Q--" align="left" height="127" width="130" alt="New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca prepares to throw to first base as Los Angeles Dodgers' Luis Gonzalez slides into home to score the Dodgers third run in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - The doubles keep piling up for Luis Gonzalez. The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder hit two more Monday night — the second putting him in position to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eaton lifts beleaguered Phillies to win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_white_sox_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.cf284220b53347b184d88c42089cf9e0.white_sox_phillies_baseball_park106.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=zHC6vXtBWU1QGe3NqLD4tg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard is congratulated by third base coach Steve Smith after a home run off Chicago White Sox's Javier Vazquez in the fourth inning of their baseball game Monday, June 11, 2007, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam Eaton gave the Phillies the boost they wanted and the bullpen the rest it needed a day after their latest blowout loss. "Maybe the bullpen kind of appreciated me going out and pitching deeper in the game," Eaton said. Everyone on the Phillies had to love Eaton's effort.</p><br clear="all"/>
McNabb practices ahead of schedule
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_mcnabb"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070611/capt.d498fe42da8946888c6b44f00b648ff1.eagles_mcnabb_returns_football_ny162.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=zO8paNOXwsG1ugDXsxKGDg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb looks for an open receiver during their NFL football game in Philadelphia in this Oct. 29, 2006 file photo. McNabb took a major step forward in his return from knee surgery, practicing with the Eagles on Monday, June 11, 1007, several weeks ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Donovan McNabb took a major step forward in his return from knee surgery, practicing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday several weeks ahead of schedule.</p><br clear="all"/>
Past collapses haunt Spurs despite NBA Finals edge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070612/sp_afp/basketnba"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070612/capt.sge.mhw04.120607065436.photo00.photo.default-341x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=fzj8ZmXgz_KnhfGuN1y0JA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Daniel Gibson #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot as he is on top of Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2007 NBA Finals 10 June 2007 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.(AFP/Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Memories of past collapses haunt the San Antonio Spurs despite their home-court domination of Cleveland and a 2-0 lead in the National Basketball Association Finals that continue here Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ibanez hits 2 homers as Mariners win 8-7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.bfe2001d6c81422abd83fc61493471a2.mariners_indians_baseball_ohrs104.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=oHQ4bw5AL37elWNbQ8Np3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Seattle Mariners' Raul Ibanez hits his second two-run home run of the game off Cleveland Indians' Paul Byrd in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 11, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Raul Ibanez stepped to the plate in the ninth inning, he wasn't thinking about any individual accomplishments. Despite the fact he had already hit two two-run homers and a triple, the Seattle Mariners left fielder had only one thing on his mind: Winning.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dempsey, U.S. set for Gold Cup match
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_gold_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070612/capt.40e694cf66e842a893600d82f7ff135a.correction_concacaf_gold_cup_usa_soccer_mass105.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=pwo1lr6AwnICiqrA0aSRig--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="U.S. National soccer team player Clint Dempsey answers a reporter's question during a media availability in Cambridge, Mass., Monday afternoon, June 11, 2007. The U.S. plays El Salvador in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday night, June 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Clint Dempsey returns Tuesday night to the stadium where he began his pro career before emerging on the world soccer stage.</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"/>
McNabb practices ahead of schedule (AP)
Donovan McNabb took a major step forward in his return from knee surgery, practicing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday several weeks ahead of schedule. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback participated in non-contact drills in his first action on the field since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last Nov.
Lions' Rogers facing sex assault charge? (AP)
A stripper is claiming she was inappropriately touched by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. Police and prosecutors are reviewing the claims, Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor's office, said Monday. The complaint was made to authorities early Friday by the woman, who dances at a club on Detroit's west side.
Bills ready to move on without DT Walker (AP)
The Buffalo Bills are prepared to move on without Darwin Walker after they couldn't agree on a new contract with the veteran defensive tackle before the start of a mandatory minicamp Monday. Talks continue, but general manager Marv Levy said the ultimate decision to report to the team rests with Walker, who is under contract, and has been advised he's subject to being fined.
Texans' Okoye bids goodbye to teen years (AP)
Amobi Okoye is no longer a teenager. The Houston Texans rookie turned 20 on Sunday, but is certain that hitting the milestone won't stop the teasing about his age he gets from teammates. "The joke is always going to be there and I don't think it's ever going to change," he said. "It will probably be there until I have grandkids." When the Texans drafted Okoye with the 10th pick overall he became the...
CB Herndon agrees to deal with Titans (AP)
Cornerback Kelly Herndon has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Tennessee, as the Titans continue working to replenish a secondary expected to be without Adam "Pacman" Jones. The free agent would be the first former Seahawks player to join the team since Mike Reinfeldt left Seattle to take over as Tennessee's general manager in February.
Culpepper says he'll block 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...
Cavaliers facing steep climb in finals (AP)
Time to bust out the hiking boots, grab some sturdy ropes and maybe even hire a Sherpa. The Cleveland Cavaliers have some serious climbing to do. Right now, the San Antonio Spurs tower over them. Deep in the heart of the Texas, the Cavs dug themselves a canyonesque hole. Looking like lost tourists in their first NBA finals, they dropped Games 1 and 2 to the playoff-polished Spurs, who with the...
Man thrown from J.R. Smith's SUV dies (AP)
A New Jersey man who was thrown from Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith's sport utility vehicle when it overturned last weekend died Monday night in the hospital, state police said. Andre Bell, 21, was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle Smith was driving when it went through a stop sign, collided with another car and flipped over at 5:30 p.m.
Dumars: Saunders' job in Detroit is safe (AP)
The Detroit Pistons have no plans to fire coach Flip Saunders despite disappointing endings the past two seasons. "Just because we haven't gotten to the finals, it doesn't mean Flip has done a bad job," Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations, said Monday. He added that the team doesn't plan drastic changes this offseason.
Cavs competing, but only in 4th quarter (AP)
The comebacks come too late for many of their young fans to see, and certainly too late to do much good against the San Antonio Spurs. Once the fourth quarter rolls around, the Cleveland Cavaliers begin playing NBA finals-worthy basketball. If their goal is to make the game close on the scoreboard, that might be good enough.
NBA finals ratings hit by 'Sopranos'? (AP)
Game 2 of the NBA finals took a hit in the TV ratings, and the series finale of "The Sopranos" was the prime suspect. The San Antonio Spurs' 103-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night drew a 6.9 overnight rating on ABC, down 24 percent from last year's 9.1 for Game 2 between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Spurs not forgetting 2005 finals (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs are halfway to a fourth NBA title. In their two victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, they've looked dominant and composed. They haven't, however, forgotten 2005. That's when they led the Detroit Pistons 2-0 and looked well on their way to the title but wound up needing seven games to win.
Cleveland fans set for first finals game (AP)
For Cavaliers fans, the wait has ended. After 37 years -- including some very long, losing ones, the NBA finals have pulled into town. There are some Cleveland fans who haven't had to endure nearly four decades of suffering. After all, LeBron James has attracted more than a few latecomers to the party over the last four seasons.
Red Wings expect Hasek's decision soon (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings expect to know soon whether goaltender Dominik Hasek will return to play for them next season or retire. "We should find out by the end of the week," general manager Ken Holland said Monday night. "We're optimistic he'll come back, but we're still talking at this point." Holland said the team is close to re-signing defenseman Chris Chelios, who was effective last season at age...
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)
Sens owner's horse wins Woodbine Oaks (AP)
Sealy Hill, owned by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, took the lead on the final turn and pulled away late to win the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Sunday. The 7-2 second choice, Sealy Hill widened her lead down the stretch to beat Saskawea by 4 lengths with Street Sounds, the 6-5 favorite, the same distance farther back in third.
Islanders' 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.
Rocketman back on track, even after rain washes away win (AP)
Winning poles is the easy part for Ryan Newman. Getting to Victory Lane is another matter.
Gordon uses risky call to win rain-shortened race at Pocono (AP)
With dark clouds looming at Pocono Raceway, so was a crucial decision for Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Steve Letarte.
Gordon wins rain-shortened NASCAR race at Pocono (PA SportsTicker)
Penske Racing still backs Busch (AP)
Even with a lighter wallet, and an unexpected and unnecessary climb ahead in the standings, Roger Penske is still in hot-tempered Kurt Busch's corner.
Polish driver escapes injury in spectacular crash (AP)
Robert Kubica escaped injury in a spectacular crash Sunday near the midway point of the Canadian Grand Prix. Team officials first reported the 22-year-old driver from Poland broke his right leg. Later, they said the leg was not broken, and other than being sore he had no apparent injuries. After the accident, medical personnel removed him from the car and took him to the track's medical facility.
Hamilton wins Canadian GP in landmark victory (AP)
Rookie Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, the first victory for a black driver in Formula One. In a race filled with caution flags, the 22-year-old Englishman won in his sixth F1 start and now has six consecutive top-three finishes. "I'm just having a fantastic day," Hamilton said. "This is history." The only one to give the Mercedes McLaren driver any competition during the...
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.