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NEWS FROM 2007-06-16
Perez outshines Clemens in Subway Series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.f7271d56d2304c0384d75c3fc19a124a.mets_yankees_baseball_nyjj115.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=O2vkBogvqykMgW_C5r_ezQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning in Major League Baseball action Friday, June, 15, 2007, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens was center stage in the Bronx for a New York Yankees team on a nine-game roll. Oliver Perez, pitching for the reeling Mets, stole the show. Perez outpitched Clemens, Jose Reyes was 3-for-3 with three steals, two RBIs and a home run and the Mets won the opener of the season's second Subway Series 2-0 Friday night. The Mets ended their five-game losing streak and their rival's nine-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rare birdie gives Cabrera U.S. Open lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.c52917c5aff745d98a6d41b46b235c93.us_open_golf_uso261.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=fBHH8JDRKjqglUwbPIIP1g--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Angel Cabrera of Argentina chips onto the 17th green during the second round of the 107th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., Friday, June 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a simple shot on a difficult golf course, a 135-yard sand wedge from Angel Cabrera that skidded to a stop a foot from the hole, a rare birdie at Oakmont that changed so many things. It put Cabrera atop the leaderboard as the sole survivor to par Friday at the U.S. Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kidnapped athletes found dead in Iraq
AP - The remains of 13 members of an Iraqi tae kwon do team kidnapped last year have been found in western Iraq, police and hospital officials said Saturday.
Pioneer baseball writer Whiteside dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_whiteside"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.83dd2f8d921544a7a22a1f9503b45c2e.obit_whiteside_mabod502.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=3XWzAgLwh_SfMvtykNZNqQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Boston Globe sportswriter Larry Whiteside is seen in Boston in this Feb. 2, 1997, photo. Whiteside, a baseball writer in Boston, Kansas City and Milwaukee for almost half a century who was a pioneer for blacks in journalism and a mentor for reporters regardless of their race, died after a long illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Diane Barros)" border="0" /></a>AP - Larry Whiteside, a baseball writer in Boston, Kansas City and Milwaukee for almost half a century who was a pioneer for blacks in journalism and a mentor for reporters regardless of their race, died Friday after a long illness. He was 69.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lewis out as Bruins coach after 1 season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_bruins_lewis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.nyol58606152216.bruins_lewis_hockey_nyol586.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=dBhKB_YG_IFPozI7wah7fQ--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis (wearing necktie) looks on from the bench during the Bruins final game of the season against the Ottawa Senators in Boston in this April 7, 2007 file photo. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that Lewis will be relieved as head coach after just one season and reassigned to another position in the organization. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The rebuilding Boston Bruins flirted with making the playoffs last season before they collapsed in the final 12 games. That inconsistency helped bring an end to Dave Lewis' tenure as Boston's coach after just one season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders end camp after union complaints
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_raiders_workouts_canceled"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.025fa3212bc04c8b99f34bde097f0a8b.raiders_workouts_canceled_football_ny160.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=mvfgzJnTMqRfsyApAY.C.A--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, foreground, looks on during football mini-camp in this May 4, 2007 file photo, in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA finals suffer record-low TV ratings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_ratings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.a0a78764d57146e987b0c3f77efbe211.aptopix_nba_finals_spurs_cavaliers_basketball_cda128.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=vEGnQ82S1o7w_oVoiCpwdg--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), from France, holds the MVP trophy after the Spurs win their fourth NBA Championship with a 83-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, June 14, 2007, in Cleveland. Spurs owner Peter Holt celebrates, bottom right. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NBA finals were a television bust. San Antonio's four-game sweep of Cleveland finished with a record-low 6.2 television rating and 11 share on ABC, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Haren helps A's defeat Cardinals 14-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_cardinals_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.8c2dde84e52d4cc9868e8dba8565b71d.cardinals_athletics_baseball__oas103.jpg?x=130&y=73&sig=WQG_GK5Fwy9rbzAMB_AIUw--" align="left" height="73" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics' Dan Haren works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 15, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Only one of the four pitchers the St. Louis Cardinals sent to the mound Friday night gave up fewer runs than innings pitched, and he is normally a third baseman. Scott Spiezio pitched the final inning and the Cardinals lost 14-3 to the Oakland Athletics, a night after allowing 17 runs to the Kansas City Royals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham set for last game with Madrid
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_madrid_finale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.fd16f79199c44b5fba662d21453b8280.spain_soccer_jj811.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=hi8Cf89e8qQD2TizKX5Giw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="England's Real Madrid player David Beckham walks off the pitch after his training session at the Valdebebas training ground on the outskirts of Madrid, Friday, June 15, 2007. Beckham is preparing himself for his last Real Madrid match on Sunday, June 17, against Mallorca before joining U.S. Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham trained with Real Madrid again Friday and is expected to start in the title-deciding match against Mallorca — his final game before joining the Los Angeles Galaxy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nashville hoping Predators stay in town
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_save_the_predators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.c0e1d3e7a264430facd6d83b27e7d0ad.save_the_predators_hockey_ny152.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=IjoWOwwGR15Ieqo1ud57Og--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators center Peter Forsberg, left, of Sweden, celebrates his empty-net goal with defenseman Greg Zanon, center, as fans and center David Legwand celebrate the Predators; final goal, in the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game against the San Jose Sharks in Nashville, Tenn.,in this April 13, 2007 file photo. Nashville won 5-2. (AP Photo/Neil Brake)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nashville Predators' fans are fighting back to hold onto their beloved team. The threat of relocation has hung over the Predators since Craig Leipold announced May 24 he was selling to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.</p><br clear="all"/>
Favre shut down with sore shoulder (AP)
Brett Favre was held out of the Green Bay Packers' practices Wednesday and Thursday because of a sore right shoulder. "I probably could practice, but it really don't make a lot of sense to go out and make it any worse," Favre said. "I think it's probably just tendinitis or something like that." Coach Mike McCarthy said the medical staff doesn't consider the injury serious.
Paintball to groin injures 'Skins Landry (AP)
A paintball shot in the groin left rookie LaRon Landry unable to practice when the Washington Redskins opened their minicamp Friday. The No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft was injured during a team-building outing Wednesday, when coach Joe Gibbs allowed the players to leave early at the end of the voluntary spring workouts.
Raiders cancel training after complaints (AP)
The Oakland Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices. In a brief statement, coach Lane Kiffin said the players' union believes the Raiders' offseason program violated league rules on practice standards.
Saints cut WR-KR Lewis, DE Whitehead (AP)
The New Orleans Saints cut Michael Lewis and Willie Whitehead on Friday, parting ways with two players who made the team as undrafted free agents. Lewis, a wide receiver and kick returner, was known as "Beer Man" because he drove a beer truck before getting a tryout with his hometown team and making the roster in 2001 at age 29.
Giants' Gilbride under pressure in 2007 (AP)
Forget about Eli Manning, Kevin Gilbride says he's the one feeling the pressure to make the New York Giants' offense work. That didn't stop Gilbride from laughing when he was asked about what concerned him heading into his first full season as the Giants offensive coordinator. Left tackle. Halfback without the retired Tiki Barber.
'Skins' Washington looks to bounce back (AP)
Marcus Washington knows only one speed: full-throttle. That linebacker wearing No. 53 for the Washington Redskins for much of last year? That couldn't have been the real Marcus Washington. "I was able to play and do some of the same things," Washington said. "But I maybe hurt a little more." There are bigger reasons why the Redskins' defense ranked 31st last season, but often overlooked is the fact...
Jets QB Pennington seeks improvement (AP)
In many ways, this is the second season of Chad Pennington's career. Chronologically, it's the eighth year in the NFL for the quarterback. But it's Year 2 under a new regime led by coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. And it's Year 2 following a pair of shoulder operations that threatened his livelihood.
Spurs may be NBA's forgotten dynasty (AP)
Exiting the arena with the NBA finals MVP trophy in one arm and his actress fiancee on the other, Tony Parker looked like someone who should be a megastar in America. But Parker plays for the San Antonio Spurs, a champion everywhere but in the TV ratings. The Spurs were too good for Cleveland, but still considered too boring to be appreciated.
Fans welcome champion Spurs home (AP)
Waving signs and wearing black, silver and white, hundreds of fans gathered at the airport in sweltering heat Friday to greet the returning Spurs and celebrate the San Antonio's fourth NBA championship. Screaming "Go, Spurs, Go" as the team arrived, fans rallied by the Coyote mascot and cheerleaders.
James, Cavaliers swept aside in finals (AP)
The joyous ending, the one where confetti flies, champagne flows and floats parade through downtown streets -- the finish Cleveland fans have waited more than 40 years to witness -- will take place elsewhere. It always does. A championship trophy was finally handed out in this title-famished town, and the winners took it home -- with their broom.
New Sonics GM Presti looking for coach (AP)
The man who discovered Tony Parker couldn't find the time to watch much of the San Antonio star's breakout NBA finals. Sam Presti, the SuperSonics' general manager since late last week, has been immersed in finding a coach before the June 28 draft and in assessing his team. So immersed, the 30-year-old who spent the last seven years as a Spurs intern, scout and assistant GM didn't even look up to...
Pistons trade Delfino to Raptors (AP)
The Detroit Pistons traded guard Carlos Delfino to the Toronto Raptors on Friday for second-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010. "We appreciate everything Carlos did for us while he was here and we wish him all the best with Toronto," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. Delfino, from Argentina, was drafted 25th overall by Detroit in 2003, and averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds...
Rapper won't testify at Iverson's trial (AP)
Rapper 50 Cent will not have to testify at NBA star Allen Iverson's assault trial this month, a federal judge ruled Friday. The lawsuit stems from a fight between members of Iverson's security detail and patrons at a downtown Washington bar in 2005. Two customers sued, accusing Iverson of hitting one of them with a bottle and charging the entourage with assault, conspiracy and other charges.
NBA finals hits record-low TV rating (AP)
The NBA finals were a television bust. San Antonio's four-game sweep of Cleveland finished with a record-low 6.2 television rating and 11 share on ABC, Nielsen Media Research said Friday. That was down 27 percent from the 8.5/15 for Miami's six-game victory over Dallas last year and 5 percent under the previous low, a 6.5/12 for San Antonio's six-game win over New Jersey in 2003.
Bruins coach Lewis out after one season (AP)
The rebuilding Boston Bruins flirted with making the playoffs last season before they collapsed in the final 12 games. That inconsistency helped bring an end to Dave Lewis' tenure as Boston's coach after just one season. General manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that Lewis will be reassigned to another position in the organization.
Crosby youngest NHL MVP since Gretzky (AP)
Sidney Crosby skated away with the Hart Trophy on Thursday night, becoming the NHL's youngest MVP since Wayne Gretzky. The vote wasn't even close. The 19-year-old Pittsburgh captain -- who received his trophy from six-time winner Gordie Howe -- got 91 first-place votes and 1,225 points in a poll of Professional Hockey Writers' Association members.
Fans fighting to hold on to Predators (AP)
Nashville Predators' fans are fighting back to hold onto their beloved team. The threat of relocation has hung over the Predators since Craig Leipold announced May 24 he was selling to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. The co-CEO of Blackberry makers Research in Motion Ltd. told NHL commissioner Gary Bettman he didn't intend to move the team but now is taking season-ticket deposits in Hamilton,...
Blue Jackets GM thinks club will improve (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' new general manager says he wants to give hope to fans who have witnessed nothing but losing during the team's six NHL seasons. "Every fan wants hope and that's what we're going to provide them," said Scott Howson, who was introduced Friday as the club's new GM. "I think we're headed in the right direction." Howson believes most of the pieces are in place for making the...
Canadiens sign F Higgins, D Komisarek (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Christopher Higgins and defenseman Mike Komisarek to $3.4 million, two-year contracts on Friday. The two Long Island natives will each earn $1.5 million next season and $1.9 million the year after. The 24-year-old Higgins and 25-year-old Komisarek are both former first-round draft picks by the Canadiens who have become key components of the team.
Flames hire Mike Keenan as coach (AP)
Mike Keenan turned out to be the right man for Flames general manager Darryl Sutter. The well-traveled Keenan was hired to his eighth league head coaching job Thursday, taking over before a season that could be the last for two key Calgary players. Superstar Jarome Iginla and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff become unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2007-08 season.
Sabres' next step: Re-sign Drury, Briere (AP)
The Sabres' managing partner went out of his way to compliment the loyalty of coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier after both re-signed with Buffalo for below market rate on Thursday. Larry Quinn's comments could also have been interpreted as a message to co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere -- both of whom are eligible to become the NHL's most coveted free agents July 1.
Yeley wins first career pole at Michigan (AP)
J.J. Yeley won his first career pole Friday at Michigan International Speedway, making him like the two-mile oval even more.
Exhausted Earnhardt settling in after Hendrick signing (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked briskly through the garage Friday, heading directly toward a throng of fans waiting along the fence outside Michigan International Speedway.
Yeley wins first career pole for Citizens Bank 400 (PA SportsTicker)
Busch drawing interest following Hendrick release (AP)
The car owners are lining up to talk to Kyle Busch, and the overwhelming interest likely alleviated any hurt feelings he might have had following his ouster from Hendrick Motorsports.
Waltrip still confident despite worst half of his career (AP)
Michael Waltrip lounged on a couch, appearing relaxed and confident despite his nightmare first season as a Toyota owner/driver.
Busch plays blame game on departure from Hendrick (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Alonso tops in early free practice (AFP)
Kubica replaced at US Grand Prix after horror crash (AFP)