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NEWS FROM 2007-06-17
Tiger hot on Baddeley's heels at Oakmont
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.b158a30f8d174077a0d629975af76587.us_open_golf_uso125.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=5sTYrpYoBZN7kERDsFQR9A--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods chips onto the 17th green during the third round of the 107th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., Saturday, June 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aaron Baddeley dug his feet in the sand and trained his eyes on a golf ball buried in thick grass at the base of a bunker. He was staring at a third straight bogey Saturday at the U.S. Open, each one dropping him closer to Tiger Woods.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks tag Glavine to beat slumping Mets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_mets_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.213fb23385c844f08a44228b40e11b44.mets_yankees_baseball_nyjj113.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=DDdpq4SvnI7np3KE8WTOzw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="e New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads down the first base line as his two-run home run against the New York Mets sails over the left field wall during the third inning in Major League Baseball action Saturday, June, 16, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - While the Mets and Yankees are heading in opposite directions, Tom Glavine remains stuck on 295 wins. Derek Jeter hit a go-ahead homer, Alex Rodriguez also connected and the New York Yankees roughed up Glavine in an 11-8 victory over the slumping Mets on Saturday to even their second Subway Series of the season at one game apiece.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manny finally homers as Sox edge Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_giants_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.b8aa6110b2d540b3b2112454364380c8.giants_red_sox_baseball_bxf110.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=ATJNfnqd5pmsR2hKpn9O3A--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez watches his solo home run against the San Fransisco Giants during the fourth inning in their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, June 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The home run drought is over. For Manny Ramirez, not Barry Bonds. Ramirez ended a 50 at-bat homerless streak and Daisuke Matsuzaka had his best performance yet on Saturday to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.</p><br clear="all"/>
Zambrano's no-hit bid turns into a loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.2f7dd0bf6fca4a298056bfcba946c0b9.padres_cubs_baseball_cxc117.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=v3tcs95jTdotU6Oia6Db0A--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano wipes his face during the ninth inning of a baseball game against San Diego Padres' during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Chicago. The Padres won 1-0.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derrek Lee saw the pitch and was sure it was aimed at his head. He got out of the way the best he could. The ball clipped the back of his left hand, and sent him sprawling to the ground.</p><br clear="all"/>
Griffey homers twice as Reds top Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_rangers_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070617/capt.6b96ece04a964bcb937c0355b3c1e3a0.rangers_reds_baseball_csb102.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=JnZsLbo1d9iXccM5FVeqNA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. hits a two-run home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Jamey Wright in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Cincinnati. The hit was the 581st career home run for Griffey, and his second of the game. Rangers catcher Gerald Laird is at right. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Junior took two more steps toward the big, round number that Slammin' Sammy is chasing. Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice Saturday night, snatching the spotlight from Sammy Sosa's quest for No. 600 and leading the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.</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"/>
Spurs head into summer as champs again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070616/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_spurs_depart"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070615/capt.cbcd3e5b45924ec28da4ba1a114e3e8d.aptopix_nba_finals_spurs_cavaliers_basketball_cda135.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=84_iDGJjaCWhuUyz2NsRjQ--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, from France, hugs Manu Ginobili from Argentina, after the Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-82, in Game 4 to win the NBA basketball championship Thursday, June 14, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Antonio Spurs cleaned out their lockers Saturday, the same as they would at the end of any season. On this day — for the fourth time in nine years — they did it as NBA champions.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duncan's slam helps Cardinals thump A's
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_cardinals_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070617/capt.3398770ad46041879529ed2068426301.cardinals_athletics_baseball__oas106.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=0Ciq9PzP7nbIa7gSdk5TMg--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Duncan watches the flight of his grand slam hit off Oakland Athletics' Kiko Calero in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Juan Encarnacion did the little things to get the St. Louis offense going again. So Taguchi did his share, too. Chris Duncan provided the power stroke with a pinch-hit grand slam.</p><br clear="all"/>
Galindo helps Chivas USA beat Rapids 2-0
AP - Maykel Galindo scored a goal, and Colorado midfielder Terry Cooke accidentally put the ball in his own net in Chivas USA's 2-0 victory over the Rapids on Saturday night in Major League Soccer.
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.
'Skins' Landry takes paintball to groin (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.
Union complaints end Raiders' training (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.
Vikes CB Winfield to participate in OTAs (AP)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has decided to join the team for the last two offseason practices. All it took, apparently, was a few quality conversations with coach Brad Childress. Winfield showed up for Minnesota's mandatory minicamp two weeks ago, but until now has declined to participate in the series of late-spring noncontact workouts known around the league as organized team...
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.
Jets do some 'bonding' with military (AP)
Eric Mangini is big on togetherness. So the New York Jets' second-year coach called off practice Saturday to join forces with the military. A day after a group of soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., visited minicamp -- and even participated in some drills during the afternoon session -- Mangini canceled the final minicamp workout to do some "off-site team building that incorporates the military." While...
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.
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, Cavs swept aside in first 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.
Blackhawks acquire Samsonov from Habs (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired left wing Sergei Samsonov from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jassen Cullimore and left wing Tony Salmelainen. Samsonov appeared in 63 games for the Canadiens last season, recording nine goals and 17 assists. The 28-year-old Samsonov is a veteran of nine NHL seasons, having also played for Boston and Edmonton.
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.
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,...
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.
New Blue Jackets GM offers fans hope (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...
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.
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.
Rookie Leicht wins cautioned-filled Busch Series Meijer 300 (PA SportsTicker)
Leicht wins Meijer 300 after Wallace wrecks dominant Edwards (AP)
Stephen Leicht didn't have the best car at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. Then again, even at the tender age of 20, Leicht knows the best car doesn't always make it to victory lane.
Waltrip makes another driver change (AP)
Michael Waltrip again juggled his roles as team owner and driver Saturday, replacing David Reutimann for next weekend's race at Infineon Raceway.
Kvapil edges Busch to win Michigan 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Kvapil scores first win in 3 years (AP)
Travis Kvapil patiently stalked Kyle Busch around Michigan International Speedway, finally passing him with one lap to go Saturday to score his first Craftsman Truck Series win since 2004.
Formula One rookie Hamilton surprised and delighted at US pole (AFP)
Earnhardt Jr. focus prior to Citizens Bank 400 (PA SportsTicker)
Rivals not running scared over Hendrick Dream Team (AP)
Rick Hendrick has two series champions in his stable, lucrative sponsorship, seemingly endless resources and an unwavering commitment to his organization.