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NEWS FROM 2007-06-21
Sosa hits 600th HR against former team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070621/capt.34c4454edf174b7f81ef19920f1f8fe9.cubs_rangers_baseball_arl120.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=wqCG0d.4X62pUQd_tSoHoQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa blows a kiss to cheering fans as he acknowledges them after hitting his 600th career home run off Chicago Cubs' Jason Marquis in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, June 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa joined an elite club, hitting his 600th home run against his former team. Meanwhile, two younger sluggers hit key home runs to rally baseball's hottest teams to victories.</p><br clear="all"/>
Surgery ends Dodgers' Schmidt's season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_dodgers_schmidt"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070616/capt.245da48e3a7e441baf528958311d6739.angels_dodgers_baseball_lad101.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=fCER13U8_LyXJxw7RvUANg--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jason Schmidt delivers to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of an interleague baseball game in Los Angeles Saturday, June 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Schmidt had season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander is not expected to return until spring training next year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Orioles hire MacPhail as president
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_orioles_macphail"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070620/capt.e6fe211514694bc3ab153e170c21a9a8.orioles_macphail_mdsr101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=w_jCjP10XoLtmUSrDLfAFw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Andy MacPhail speaks to reporters Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards after the Baltimore Orioles named him president of baseball operations. MacPhail has worked in the front offices of the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins and most recently assisted Major League Baseball with a variety of projects. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy MacPhail was hired Wednesday as president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles, two days after the last-place team fired manager Sam Perlozzo.</p><br clear="all"/>
Titans' Jones to face 2 felony charges
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman_charges"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070620/capt.f2a51b9e92fd4bb88d3357deb61af572.pacman_charges_football_nvjh116.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=coug1DZ0QWMotaVlyAiV5A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. James Dillon, left, answers a question during a news conference on suspended NFL player Adam 'Pacman' Jones in Las Vegas, Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Jones will face two felony charges stemming from a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting in February, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suddenly there is more at stake for suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones than the 2007 season. Jones must surrender to face felony charges in Las Vegas that he sparked a fight and threatened to kill people during a melee inside a strip club moments before three people were shot outside, authorities said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fans back Earnhardt's move to Hendrick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_junior_s_fans"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070620/capt.09bc5e1eb08846799dddd6d10e3f9b1a.nascar_juniors_fans_auto_racing_mico101.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=g_QZ79YJCGAXdgGhdmJ97Q--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Dale Earnhardt Jr. race fan Ron Arnold of Kalamazoo holds up Earnhardt's number before the start of the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, June 17, 2007. Arnold said he's going to save Junior's old merchandise, especially a collection of his diecast cars that includes Busch models from the late 1990s. 'They're going to be collector's items down the road,' the 40-year-old fan said. 'When he makes the move, I'll buy his new stuff. When it comes out, I'll get it.' (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eileen Hill was slicing potatoes and onions under the awning of her camper, covered in Dale Earnhardt Jr. garb close to a red chair with a No. 8 — of course.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: NFL should ban 'Pacman' for good
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_tim_dahlberg062007"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070620/capt.343abb51634746f88bf44fc056ea40aa.correction_pacman_vegas_football_tnmh103.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=xlmHep3jwsS3au7LNJXABQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn. Aug. 4, 2006. Authorities in Las Vegas said Wednesday, June 20, 2007, that Jones has been charged with two counts of felony coercion stemming from a melee inside a Las Vegas strip club in February. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - You know you're a big time athlete when you've got a posse to do your dirty work for you. As posses go, Pacman Jones has a pretty good one, full of guys equally adept at picking up dollar bills showered on the strip club stage as they are trading shots with whoever gets in their way.</p><br clear="all"/>
Greg Oden works out for Blazers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_trail_blazers_oden"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070619/capt.d4bdaf0e93084891be09cebd878a15e8.nba_draft_basketball_oden_ny215.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=xAtGgWLSgVZsSOqRVc0pWA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Ohio State center Greg Oden gets a slam dunk against Central Connecticut during the first half of a first-round basketball game of the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky., in this March 15, 2007 file photo.Oden is one of the top prospects for the NBA Draft, to take place in New York on June 28. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Oden admitted he was out of breath after his workout Wednesday for the Portland Trail Blazers. By no means was the 7-foot draft prospect coasting in on his reputation.</p><br clear="all"/>
Thompson fills void and Cardinals win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_royals_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070620/capt.c621451535e941f6b6a01d639d6e3a46.royals_cardinals_baseball_motg104.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=oMM2s6Wg9hvnwU0y64XObw--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Brad Thompson pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals in their interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2007, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Cardinals sent struggling Kip Wells to the bullpen to give him time to clear his head. But they were out of arms, and the right-hander responded with two scoreless innings in a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-Thai PM to buy British soccer club
AP - Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has agreed to buy British soccer club Manchester City FC for $162 million.
Bettman: Predators move talk premature
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070620/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_board_of_governors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070618/capt.f2e64194181f40049384370bca13069f.flyers_predators_trade_hockey_tnmh107.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=kCwVQCPxugKqame5ydk6VA--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators forward Scott Hartnell gets set for a face-off in an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 6, 2007. The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen Monday, June 18, 2007. In return, the Predators get a first-round pick, the same one they sent to the Flyers to acquire Peter Forsberg in February 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Without a binding agreement between Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, talk of the team relocating to Canada is strictly premature.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman' to face two felony charges (AP)
Suddenly there is more at stake for suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones than the 2007 season. Jones must surrender to face felony charges in Las Vegas that he sparked a fight and threatened to kill people during a melee inside a strip club moments before three people were shot outside, authorities said.
Darwin Walker prepared for free agency (AP)
From Philadelphia to Buffalo and potentially back again: Defensive tackle Darwin Walker is prepared for anything -- even becoming a free agent in August -- after contract talks with the Bills reached an impasse Wednesday. "Whether we're done talking, I don't want to go that far," Walker's agent, Albert Irby, told The Associated Press after talks broke down.
Nike refuses to dump embattled Vick (AP)
Nike has no plans to dump Michael Vick from its roster of celebrity athletes, turning aside a request from the national Humane Society to cut ties with the Atlanta Falcons quarterback over alleged ties to dogfighting. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, on Tuesday released a letter that he sent to the apparel giant.
NFL blows whistle on concussions at camp (AP)
Troy Vincent recalls going back to the huddle and forgetting to look at the sideline for the play, even though it was his job to relay the signal. He mentions the days after one concussion when he couldn't remember phone numbers and kept thinking his car was running. When he sees clips of himself knocked unconscious, he cringes.
Garcia becomes front-runner for Bucs QB (AP)
It's only June, but the competition for Tampa Bay's starting quarterback job is turning into a one-man race. Veteran Jeff Garcia, signed as a free agent in March, has quickly established himself as the frontrunner in coach Jon Gruden's plans, leaving younger hopefuls Chris Simms and Bruce Gradkowski to try for No.
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...
Warriors' Jackson avoids jail with plea (AP)
NBA player Stephen Jackson pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony count of criminal recklessness for firing a gun outside a strip club last fall and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct were dismissed as part of the agreement with prosecutors, and a judge added a year of probation to Jackson's sentence.
Theus signs 3-year deal to coach Kings (AP)
Reggie Theus scored the first basket in the history of the Sacramento Kings nearly 22 years ago -- and the club put the ball back in his hands Wednesday. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof formally introduced Theus as the franchise's 21st head coach at Arco Arena after signing him to a three-year deal.
Amateur video shows Kobe ripping Lakers (AP)
Intentional or not, Kobe Bryant seems to be doing everything he can to pressure the Los Angeles Lakers into trading him. So far, it doesn't appear to be working. The latest twist in the Bryant saga involves an amateur video of the nine-time All-Star denouncing general manager Mitch Kupchak and teammate Andrew Bynum.
Oden has vigorous workout for Blazers (AP)
Greg Oden admitted he was out of breath after his workout Wednesday for the Portland Trail Blazers. By no means was the 7-foot draft prospect coasting in on his reputation. "Really, I'm trying to sell them on me, not the other way around," the forward from Ohio State said after a vigorous solo workout.
McHale not actively shopping Garnett (AP)
As far as Minnesota Timberwolves basketball boss Kevin McHale is concerned, any trade talk involving Kevin Garnett so far has been just that -- talk. "Who knows what's going to happen?" McHale said Wednesday after the Wolves worked out college stars Jeff Green and Al Horford in preparation for next week's draft.
New Blazers prez is ex-Nike exec Miller (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday introduced former Nike executive Larry Miller as their new team president in charge of the business aspects of the franchise, such as tickets sales and corporate sponsorships and marketing. Miller has spent the past 10 years at Nike, and most recently served as vice president and general manager of basketball, responsible for the shoe and apparel maker's...
Susan O'Malley leaving as Wizards prez (AP)
Marketing whiz Susan O'Malley, the first and only female president of an NBA franchise, is leaving the Washington Wizards. O'Malley has been president of the Wizards since 1991, earning a league-wide reputation for creative promotions that helped draw new fans to a team that had been struggling at the gate.
Bruins mum on report of Julien as coach (AP)
The Boston Bruins kept quiet Wednesday following a report that Claude Julien would be named their head coach on Thursday. The job has been vacant less than a week since Dave Lewis was relieved of his duties and offered another position within the organization. The Bruins called a news conference for Thursday morning, and Canadian Press reported that Julien would be named the head coach.
Bettman: Predators to Canada premature (AP)
Without a binding agreement between Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, talk of the team relocating to Canada is strictly premature. That was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's stern message Wednesday after a meeting of the league's board of governors. Leipold and Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, agreed to a term sheet for the...
Walker, 'Canes agree to 3 years, $7.5M (AP)
Scott Walker passed on free agency and will return to Carolina after agreeing to a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Walker, a rugged right wing who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will make $2.5 million a season. Entering his 13th NHL season in 2007-08, he becomes the latest key player to re-sign with the Hurricanes.
Roy among Sabres given qualifying offers (AP)
Center Derek Roy was one of five players retained by the Buffalo Sabres after they were issued qualifying offers. The moves, announced Wednesday, marked the first step by the Sabres to re-sign their restricted free agents. The Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy last season and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
Rebuilding Flyers get Timonen, Hartnell (AP)
Kimmo Timonen had the same question for Flyers management as all their fans who suffered through the most miserable season in the franchise's 40-year history. "Can the Flyers rebuild really fast?" he asked general manager Paul Holmgren. Timonen must have liked the answer. Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell agreed to give up a shot at free agency to accept a trade from Nashville to Philadelphia,...
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.
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."...
Jeff Gordon and wife have baby girl (AP)
Jeff Gordon won't have to miss a race for the birth of his daughter.
Team Red Bull making small strides (AP)
Tryson takes over as Kurt Busch's crew chief (AP)
Pat Tryson was named crew chief for Kurt Busch on Tuesday, and will be calling the shots this weekend at Infineon Raceway.
Montoya goes road racing; Analyzes Hamilton's success (AP)
It won't be hard for Juan Pablo Montoya to improve on last week's result at Michigan -- all he has to do is avoid finishing last.
Ecclestone says US F1 fate in George's hands (AFP)
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.