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NEWS FROM 2007-06-22
Giambi agrees to meeting on steroids
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_giambi_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070621/capt.91372fd85cbd4af2b3ad9ff4c88a79e7.giambi_steroids_baseball_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=56&sig=tyZicgyObHiUV__oRvK82g--" align="left" height="56" width="130" alt="From left are Major League Baseball comissioner Bud Selig in 2006, New York Yankees' Jason Giambi in 2007, and steroid investigator George Mitchell in 2006. (AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Giambi will meet with George Mitchell, agreeing right before baseball commissioner Bud Selig's deadline Thursday to cooperate with the steroids investigator. Giambi, who for the first time publicly admitted he had a "personal history regarding steroids," will become the first active player known to speak with the former Senate majority leader.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lawyers: 'Pacman' to fight Vegas 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.c052e8037d2146f78878fbec444775ac.pacman_charges_football_tnmh109.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=F7IFGOhTmhPYmCBloo7VXA--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during a pre-season football game in Nashville, Tenn. in this Aug. 12, 2006 file photo. 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/John Russell, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones will surrender to authorities in Nevada and fight felony charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rocket can't hold lead as Rockies sweep
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_yankees_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070621/capt.2296f84b3a434ae7b40b23957db25cd5.yankees_rockies_baseball_dxf104.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=WDSC0kQeWOSaq8bBGco9fw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New York Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens, front, reacts after giving up a solo home run to Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzka, back, Colorado Rockies in the second inning in an interleague baseball game in Denver on Thursday, June 21, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees couldn't wait to get back to Coors Field after scoring a record 41 times on their first trip to the Colorado Rockies' ballpark five years ago. This time, they couldn't get out of town fast enough.</p><br clear="all"/>
Junior signs with Sony for Hendrick ride
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_earnhardt_sponsor"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.70a4b98d93f747f68d6dc470ccea9dd9.earnhardt_sponsor_auto_racing_canb101.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=CRSJCH9vb9VV8Y5LMrkPxw--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. appears at an event announcing his sponsorship arrangement with Sony Electronics on Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Oakville, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed an endorsement deal with Sony Electronics, but he still isn't saying what role longtime sponsor Budweiser will have with him when he joins Hendrick Motorsports next season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hernandez shuts down Pirates to lift M's
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_pirates_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.b9315fe94ca6422ea9671843e8051bd0.pirates_mariners_baseball_waet110.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=Sn0oizbDX8QEpOfwD6THTQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts to striking out Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam LaRoche for the third out in the eighth inning at a baseball game, Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Seattle. It was Hernandez' ninth strikeout of the game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Felix Hernandez allowed six hits in eight innings in his best start since he returned from a forearm injury and the Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 Thursday night, shutting them out for the second straight game.</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"/>
NBA Bucks exercise options to keep Bogut, Villanueva
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070621/sp_afp/basketnbabucksaus"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070621/capt.sge.pso13.210607224226.photo00.photo.default-512x348.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=FLTNabKotXVSQn0lOTTYVg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Australian center Andrew Bogut, pictured January 2007, and US forward Charlie Villanueva had their contract options for a fourth year exercised by the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Eliot J. Schechter)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Australian center Andrew Bogut and US forward Charlie Villanueva had their contract options for a fourth year exercised by the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockies deny Clemens win #350
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070622/sp_nm/baseball_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070622/2007_06_21t231527_450x347_us_baseball.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=LLPxn.Vl.bey1jbL6trErQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies runner Matt Holliday safely advances to third base in the bottom of the fifth inning in their MLB interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees in Denver, Colorado June 21, 2007. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Colorado Rockies knocked off the
New York Yankees 4-3 to complete a three-game series sweep on
Thursday and deny Roger Clemens his 350th career victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mexico squeezes into Gold Cup finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup_guadeloupe_mexico"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.745a5e43ede140aa908b08316e46d89b.gold_cup_mexico_guadeloupe_soccer_ilnh116.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=FJbyn1hExKk11RW0Q5Orzw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Guadeloupe's Michael Tacalfred, left, tackles Mexico's Alberto Medina during the first half of the Gold Cup Soccer game Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - One shot after another went over the crossbar, off the Guadeloupe goalkeeper's hands or sailed wide. Finally, well into the second half, Mexico captain Pavel Pardo bailed El Tri out from the ultimate embarrassment.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bruins hire Claude Julien as coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_bruins_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070621/capt.ad57bb41639c4c02a321ce13cef4cc8b.bruins_coach_hockey_maea103.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=qg2uYSdOafwXiOo5IE2WiQ--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Newly announced Boston Bruins hockey head coach Claude Julien speaks at an introductory news conference in Boston Thursday, June 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Claude Julien wants the Boston Bruins to play more aggressively. Maybe that will make his bosses less aggressive in changing coaches.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman' to surrender to authorities (AP)
Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones will surrender to authorities in Nevada and fight felony charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting. Lawyers for the Tennessee Titans cornerback disclosed their client's plans Thursday. Attorneys Manny Arora and Robert Langford, however, said they had no information about a deadline of noon Friday set by police.
Falcons' Finneran to miss season again (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons will be without receiver Brian Finneran for a second straight season. Last week, Finneran had his second reconstructive surgery on his left knee in two years and will miss the 2007 season, coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday. Finneran, 31, missed last season with a severe knee injury.
Young: 'Pacman' doesn't care about team (AP)
If Vince Young is any indication, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones may have used up the patience of his Tennessee Titans teammates. Young was asked during a minicamp session Thursday if he was concerned about Jones, who's been told to turn himself in to Las Vegas authorities to face two felony charges.
Bucs would love to have Plummer in camp (AP)
If Jake Plummer decides he wants to continue playing football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would love to have him. General manager Bruce Allen reiterated Thursday that the Bucs did not acquire the former Denver quarterback with intentions of trying to trade him to another team if he changes his mind about retirement.
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.
LB Arrington to remain in hospital (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington will remain in the hospital at least a few more days as he recovers from arm and leg injuries from a motorcycle accident earlier this week. Arrington broke his right forearm and had severe lacerations in his leg after crashing on a highway ramp Monday. "He's in great spirits," said Arrington's attorney, Rosalyn Pugh, who visited Arrington on Thursday.
Colts claim DB Perkins off waivers (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts claimed defensive back Antonio Perkins off waivers from Cleveland on Thursday. A fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2005, Perkins had two tackles in six games with the Browns the past two seasons. He also returned three kickoffs as a rookie. The Colts also waived offensive guard Matt Tarullo, who was acquired last month after being waived by the New York Giants.
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.
Bucks pick up Bogut, Villanueva options (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks picked up the final option years on the contracts of center Andrew Bogut and forward Charlie Villanueva on Thursday. Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, and Villanueva, the seventh pick that year, are now signed through the 2008-09 season. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, their rookie contracts in 2005 were two years in length, with team options...
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.
SuperSonics fire two executives (AP)
The SuperSonics cleared the way for Detroit executive Scott Perry to become Seattle's new assistant general manager on Thursday, firing director of basketball operations Dave Pendergraft and director of college scouting Steve Rosenberry. The Pistons said on their Web site that the former director of player personnel is expected to assume his new role in Seattle as soon as contract details are...
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.
Ducks' Giguere inks $24M, four-year deal (AP)
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere has decided to stay with the Anaheim Ducks, perhaps passing up more money on the open market to sign a 4-year, $24 million contract with the Stanley Cup champions. "Every single player in this league wants to play for this organization right now," Giguere said Thursday on a conference call.
Bruins hire Claude Julien as coach (AP)
Claude Julien wants the Boston Bruins to play more aggressively. Maybe that will make his bosses less aggressive in changing coaches. Sitting in the same room where Dave Lewis was introduced as coach less than a year earlier, Julien vowed Thursday to turn mild-mannered forwards into hard-hitting forecheckers for a team that hasn't won a playoff series in eight years.
Panthers sign RW Horton to $24M deal (AP)
The Florida Panthers signed right wing Nathan Horton to a six-year, $24 million deal Thursday. Horton, a first-round pick by Florida in 2003, played in all 82 games for the Panthers this past season. The 22-year-old had a career-high 31 goals and 31 assists. "Nathan compiled a career-best season last year, proving to be one of our club's top offensive threats," Florida coach and general manager...
Colaiacovo re-signs with Maple Leafs (AP)
The Maple Leafs re-signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a three-year contract worth $3.85 million on Thursday. The 24-year-old Colaiacovo, who has appeared in 73 games with Toronto, had eight goals and nine assists in 48 games this season. He was second in goals and sixth in points among rookie blueliners.
Uncertainty at top of NHL draft (AP)
Kyle Turris and Patrick Kane, expected to be two of the top picks in the NHL draft, skated around the ice on Thursday afternoon, trying to sidestep a collision with any of the 25 mites and pigtailed power forwards joining them at a hockey clinic. It wasn't all that long ago that the baby-faced Turris and Kane were about the same size and skill level as the 10-year-old kids who were flopping and...
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.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs with Sony for Hendrick ride (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed an endorsement deal with Sony Electronics, but he still isn't saying what role longtime sponsor Budweiser will have with him when he joins Hendrick Motorsports next season.
Darlington begins construction work (AP)
For Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning, about the only thing better than seeing Nextel Cup cars and NASCAR haulers at the track is watching cranes and construction trucks work on the superspeedway.
Rockingham speedway for sale; owners call it unprofitable (AP)
Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, aka "The Rock," says the 42-year-old track is no longer profitable and will be sold at auction. "We regret we have to make this decision but we really have no other choice," according to a June 13 letter from H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, also owned by Speedway...
Bourdais bids for fourth Champ-car win in a row (AFP)
Report: NASCAR to be renamed Sprint Cup (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR apparently will have new wireless carrier next year.
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.