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NEWS FROM 2007-06-19
McCann's father knows best as Braves win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_red_sox_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.3cfd87ee8c3348818f3b75a231cd8b41.red_sox_braves_baseball_gags106.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=ypJ2.lAKx4xQtkTKuhz2UQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann, right, celebrates with Braves' Jeff Francoeur as he scores at home plate after hitting a three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game Monday, June 18, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brian McCann was in a slump. He knew where to turn. One night after getting some much-needed hitting advice from his dad, the Atlanta catcher homered and drove in four runs off Curt Schilling to lead the Braves past the Boston Red Sox 9-4 on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger's wife gives birth to a daughter
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_tiger_s_baby"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070618/capt.e2ac8fbb2ec04077bb8d87ed838c1362.tiger_expectations_golf_ny160.jpg?x=65&y=130&sig=A1Shwdxi7_G1VeUNeP1QYQ--" align="left" height="130" width="65" alt="Tiger Woods's wife Elin, makes a phone call behind the 18th green during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday May 13, 2007 at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger has a cub. Less than 24 hours after Tiger Woods finished second at the U.S. Open on Father's Day, his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter. He announced Monday night on his Web site that Sam Alexis Woods was born early Monday morning.</p><br clear="all"/>
Figgins' 6 hits push Angels past Astros
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_astros_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.160a413e48a44bcb987be9224c41b402.astros_angels_baseball_ans110.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=aIsU9FYAo65Ipa3V0vOM6g--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Chone Figgins hits a game-winning triple off Houston Astros pitcher Trever Miller in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday, June 18, 2007. The Angels won 10-9.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chone Figgins had six hits, including a game-winning RBI triple in the ninth inning that gave the Los Angeles Angels a 10-9 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gallardo impresses Brewers in debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.8f2fb65a2bb240d9bdd71ed271ee18ab.giants_brewers_baseball_widh105.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=OlANJsXSJ4ln.iAKcswpXA--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June, 18, 2007 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yovani Gallardo only heard his teammates say "good job" as he left the mound in the seventh to end his major league debut. But as Gallardo walked back to the dugout to a standing ovation, there stood the highly touted young infield of Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun soaking in the moment.</p><br clear="all"/>
Last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_orioles_perlozzo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.e809257030994de19fc7139ba38430b5.orioles_perlozzo_baseball_mdwk106.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=_VXRwbBZZJnIjOUPUMrseg--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan announces that the baseball team has fired manager Sam Perlozzo Monday, June 18, 2007, in Baltimore. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley will act as interim manager while the club searches for a permanent replacement. (AP Photo/Will Kirk)" border="0" /></a>AP - Four men have tried. No one has succeeded. Is anyone out there capable of having a winning season as manager of the Baltimore Orioles? Sam Perlozzo was fired by the Orioles on Monday, the result of his inability to bring last-place Baltimore out of a lengthy funk culminated by an eight-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL linebacker Arrington hurt in crash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_arrington_motorcyle_crash"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070618/capt.4c62903d7ff64747aa2764dc296cc7ac.arrington_motorcycle_crash_football_ny171.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=amA6lrx8IVx_dts9c4t58Q--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington walks off the field following a practice session at the Giants' football training camp in Albany, N.Y. in this Aug. 9, 2006 file photo. Arrington was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle crashed on a highway ramp, police said. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was hospitalized Monday with serious but not life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle crashed on a highway ramp.</p><br clear="all"/>
Green, Hawes remain in NBA draft
AP - Jeff Green is headed to the NBA, rather than trying to take Georgetown to another Final Four. Green is staying in the draft, instead of returning to school for his senior season. His decision came Monday, the deadline for early entrants who hadn't hired an agent to withdraw and retain their NCAA eligibility.
D'Rays continue domination of D'backs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_devil_rays_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.d4f9e94469df4c6e900599d6279e4efd.devil_rays_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc104.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=3rS8HuRJ.BnwOLyatTZgKw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Jonny Gomes, right, is congratulated by Dioner Navarro after Gomes hit a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Livan Hernandez in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nine years after both teams were born, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are still treating the Arizona Diamondbacks like an expansion club. Brendan Harris fell a double shy of the cycle and Jason Hammel earned his first career win as Tampa Bay defeated Arizona 10-2 on Monday night, giving the Devil Rays a 7-0 record against their 1998 expansion partners.</p><br clear="all"/>
Injury slows Beckham as he heads to L.A.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070618/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070617/capt.f8210e6058fd46279b4a70dff4b4f47d.spain_soccer_fb814.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=_DSuR4mVOz28FbYo4SNaLw--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Real Madrid player David Beckham waves goodbye to his fans after the Spanish League soccer match against Mallorca in Madrid, Sunday, June 17, 2007. Beckham is leaving Real Madrid to join Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. Real Madrid won their 30th Spanish League title.(AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante)" border="0" /></a>AP - After winning a Spanish League title for the first time, David Beckham hobbles toward Major League Soccer hoping to bring similar success to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Someone should tell him it won't be that easy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bruins narrow search to replace coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070618/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_bruins_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070618/capt.7670a4521e6049588fbaee43048264b5.bruins_coach_hockey_masr102.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=L2uU1udR2Hlh6NURHwt1rQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs face reporters during a news conference, in Boston, Monday, June 18, 2007. Chiarelli said Monday that the search for a new coach for the Bruins hockey team has been narrowed to four people, one of whom is a leading candidate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Bruins have targeted their top choice to be the next coach. It's a tenuous position, one that no one has held for more than three seasons in the past 30 years. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli hopes to name a successor to Dave Lewis — fired after just one season — before Friday's draft in Columbus.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police want to ask Pacman about shooting (AP)
Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones was being sought by police for questioning about a shooting early Monday involving members of his entourage after a fight at an Atlanta strip club. The Tennessee Titans cornerback is currently on suspension following a melee and shooting at a Las Vegas strip club.
LB Arrington hurt in motorcycle crash (AP)
Former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was hospitalized Monday with serious but not life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle crashed on a highway ramp. Arrington lost control and hit a guardrail, Maryland State Police Sgt. Russell Newell said. He said police did not know how fast Arrington was traveling.
Wilson 10th Bengal arrested in 14 months (AP)
Running back Quincy Wilson was charged with disorderly conduct for failing to disperse after a weekend wedding party, making him the 10th Cincinnati Bengals player arrested in the past 14 months. The former West Virginia star was with a wedding party celebrating outside a downtown bar around 3 a.m. Sunday when he and 13 others refused a police request to leave, assistant prosecuting attorney Lora...
Titans re-sign RB Chris Brown (AP)
Chris Brown, the running back who lost his starting job to Travis Henry last season, has agreed to a one-year deal bringing him back to the Tennessee Titans. Brown, who found himself on the bench watching Henry rush for 1,211 yards in 2006, spent the offseason visiting with other teams and had narrowed his choices down to his hometown Chicago Bears and Tennessee.
Vick to be no-show at youth camp (AP)
Browns rookie Mason arrested (AP)
Cleveland Browns rookie receiver Mike Mason was arrested Sunday after refusing demands from two off-duty police officers to leave a downtown nightclub at closing time. Mason struggled with one of the officers and was shocked with a stun gun, Lt. Thomas Stacho said Monday. The 22-year-old Mason was charged with aggravated disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and resisting arrest -- all...
Dolphins terminate DT Wilkinson's deal (AP)
The Miami Dolphins terminated the contract of defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson on Monday, after trying unsuccessfully to trade the 14-year veteran. The Dolphins agreed to ship Wilkinson to Denver on March 2 for a sixth-round draft pick, but he failed to report to the Broncos for a physical and the deal was voided.
Lakers don't appear ready to trade Kobe (AP)
While there seems little doubt Kobe Bryant wants out of Los Angeles, the Lakers don't appear ready to make a move. "I think we've made our position clear on that publicly and we have nothing further to say on the matter at this time," team spokesman John Black said Monday. Black referred to a statement issued by team owner Jerry Buss on May 30, which said in part: "We will continue to pursue every...
Grizzlies hire Wallace to replace West (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies hired Chris Wallace on Monday to replace Jerry West as their general manager and vice president of basketball operations. Wallace, the former general manager of the Boston Celtics, will join new coach Marc Iavaroni in helping Memphis rebuild after finishing with the worst record in the league last season.
Stephen Jackson to admit to recklessness (AP)
Stephen Jackson will admit to criminal recklessness in firing a gun outside a strip club which could lead to a suspension of a one-year jail sentence, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said Monday. If the plea agreement is accepted by a judge, Jackson will pay a $5,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.
Bobcats' Morrison hoping to bounce back (AP)
Adam Morrison couldn't take it anymore. Heckled all night as he sat on the bench in street clothes in Miami, nursing a sore knee, the Charlotte Bobcats rookie turned to a fan behind the bench -- the one who kept calling him "white trash" -- and made an obscene gesture. That moment in a meaningless late-season game was the boiling point in a disappointing year.
Spurs celebrate fourth title with parade (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs' black and silver was joined by another color Sunday -- the gold of the team's fourth championship trophy in nine seasons. Lining the banks of San Antonio's famed River Walk, tens of thousands of fans decked out in the Spurs' colors waited in the oppressive heat to catch a glimpse of their favorite players and congratulate the team.
Bobcats hire Curry as assistant coach (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats hired Dell Curry as an assistant coach Monday, while former assistant John Outlaw was named director of pro player personnel. Curry, who played 16 years in the NBA, including a 10-year stint with the Charlotte Hornets, had served as the Bobcats' director of player development. He'll join first-year coach Sam Vincent's staff, which includes Phil Ford, Lee Rose, Jeff Capel and...
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.
Senators fire GM Muckler, promote Murray (AP)
Less than two weeks after losing in the Stanley Cup final, the Ottawa Senators fired general manager John Muckler and promoted coach Bryan Murray to replace him Monday. Murray's coaching contract was set to expire June 30 and owner Eugene Melnyk said the timing was right for a move. "He has shown what he can do as a general manager," Melnyk said.
Flyers get Timonen, Hartnell from Preds (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell from the Nashville Predators on Monday, improving a team that finished last in the NHL. The Predators get a first-round pick -- the same one they sent to the Flyers to acquire Peter Forsberg -- for Timonen and Hartnell, who were to become unrestricted free agents July 1 but are close to signing with Philadelphia.
Bruins narrow coaching search to four (AP)
The Boston Bruins have targeted their top choice to be the next coach. It's a tenuous position, one that no one has held for more than three seasons in the past 30 years. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli hopes to name a successor to Dave Lewis -- fired after just one season -- before Friday's draft in Columbus.
Assault charge dropped against Boogaard (AP)
An assault charge against Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard was dropped Monday when new details cast doubt on the case. "Late last week we received some additional information that caused us to make some more inquiries," said James Fitzgerald, a Crown prosecutor. "When I spoke to the complainant we came to the decision that we simply didn't have a reasonable likelihood of conviction."...
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.
Former NHL coach Burns leads cancer walk (AP)
Former NHL coach Pat Burns led marchers from the top of Mount Royal on Saturday to raise awareness about prostate cancer. "We've been working on this a little bit to try to get some men to understand that they've got to put the machoism aside," Burns said. "Being a cancer patient myself, I know how important it is.
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,...
AT&T announces 3-year extension with RCR (AP)
Bounced out at Hendrick, Busch has bright future ahead (AP)
For a kid who just lost his job, Kyle Busch is certainly on top of the NASCAR world.
Deadline looms for future of F1 at Indy (AFP)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George is hopeful the US Grand Prix would remain on the Formula One schedule and on his famed track following talks with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Burton agrees to contract extension with RCR (PA SportsTicker)
Jeff Burton on Monday agreed to terms with Richard Childress Racing on a long-term contract extension.
McLaren guard against complacency (AFP)
McLaren have opened up a clear performance gap between themselves and nearest Formula One rivals Ferrari, but the English team are vowing not to get complacent and are planning further improvements to their car.
Edwards snaps 52-race winless streak with Michigan victory (AP)
When Carl Edwards was collecting four wins during his first Nextel Cup season, he challenged one of his team members not to shave between victories.
Truex continues to come on strong (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor