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NEWS FROM 2007-06-23
Giambi-Mitchell meeting not until July
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070623/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_giambi_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070621/capt.d32d7bb6bfe349849d51048cd8139fa8.yankees_giambi_baseball_ny154.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=4wkkmGbGilG_Xri4e4Yb9w--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="New York Yankees' Jason Giambi walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning in Major League Baseball action in this May 23, 2007 file photo at Yankee Stadium in New York. Giambi agreed Thursday to meet with baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell, becoming the first active player known to cooperate with the former Senate majority leader. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Giambi won't meet with baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell until July at the earliest.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers' starter pitches well in debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070623/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.622d34a941f7449e91dfbf54677e635f.tigers_braves_baseball_gags101.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=Der0.Qk6bl9p85H_alj3jg--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kenny Rogers' return to the mound went better than he thought it would. Daisuke Matsuzaka's first game back at Petco Park was successful, too.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tank Johnson pulled over for speeding
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070623/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_tank_johnson_traffic_stop"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.cf313263a388436186089ce856944ea3.tank_johnson_traffic_stop_football_ny156.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=sH9uNDtAnWCaWgBe4GrXMg--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson leaves a midtown New York office following his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in this May 16, 2007 file photo. Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Arizona early Friday morning, and police drew blood to determine whether he was drunk, according to a newspaper report. (AP Photo / Louis Lanzano)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Arizona early Friday and police said they drew blood from the NFL player to determine whether he was drunk.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman surrenders, makes bail at $20,000
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070623/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 - His distinctive dreadlocks gone, Adam "Pacman" Jones posted bail, walked out of jail early Friday and headed home to Nashville, leaving his lawyers to again sort out the legal entanglements of the suspended NFL player.</p><br clear="all"/>
Americans are top 2 picks in NHL draft
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070623/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhl_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.4d3de23692864a4db3c789667fb5f640.nhl_draft_hockey_ryr104.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=Fv3ZRhCLLo8N0FveWCT7SQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Forward Patrick Kane puts on his jersey after being selected by the Chicago Blackhawks as the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the National Hockey League Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, June 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a red, white and blue night all around the NHL draft. Already prominent as the colors of the host Columbus Blue Jackets, the shades took on a more important role as American players were taken with the top two picks for the first time in draft history.</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"/>
Kevin Durant works out for Trail Blazers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070622/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_trail_blazers_durant"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.61bd1d4381184fbeb209b8a20565bc58.trail_blazers_durant_basketball_ordr101.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=fC3fygQi.tAelD7z9VI0UA--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Forward Kevin Durant, left, from Texas, maneuvers against Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Maurice Lucas during a workout at the Blazers' practice facility in Tualatin, Ore., Friday, June 22, 2007. Durant worked out with the Blazers, some 48 hours after Greg Oden made his appearance, as both players try to sell themselves to the team with the top draft pick. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Durant worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, two days after Greg Oden, as both players show their talents to the team with the top draft pick.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rogers returns in style as Red Sox rout Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070623/sp_nm/baseball_interleague_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070623/2007_06_23t060006_304x450_us_baseball_interleague.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=XtoyMesrT6eOaEDGJuWuWQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers, making his first start of the season, throws in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves during their MLB interleague game in Atlanta, Georgia, June 22, 2007. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Kenny Rogers returned to action with a
flourish on Friday, pitching the Detroit Tigers to a
interleague 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in his first
start of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mexico, U.S. to meet in Gold Cup final
<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"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.53bf7645cce642d2a71e5de13b429074.gold_cup_mexico_guadeloupe_socccer_ilnh120.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=HLm7qrFI7gkwFgB.3yzwiA--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Mexico's Ricardo Osorio, left, shoots against Guadeloupe's Miguel Comminges during the second half of the Gold Cup Soccer game Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Chicago.Mexico won, 1-0.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mexico and the United States will meet in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final Sunday, just as expected. But neither is looking very much like a favorite.</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators owner pushes to finalize deal
AP - Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold has asked the NHL to hold off its consideration of a deal to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.
'Pacman' surrenders, released on bail (AP)
His distinctive dreadlocks gone, Adam "Pacman" Jones posted bail, walked out of jail early Friday and headed home to Nashville, leaving his lawyers to again sort out the legal entanglements of the suspended NFL player. Jones surrendered to face charges in a Las Vegas strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting.
Bears' Johnson pulled over for speeding (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Arizona early Friday and police said they drew blood from the NFL player to determine whether he was drunk. Johnson already is suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 NFL season after violating probation on a gun violation.
Vick benefit for Tech victims moved back (AP)
Falcons' Finneran out for 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.
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.
Durant works out for Trail Blazers (AP)
Kevin Durant worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, two days after Greg Oden, as both players show their talents to the team with the top draft pick. Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Texas, was The Associated Press Player of the Year this past season as a freshman. "I feel good here," he said.
Oden doesn't work out with Sonics (AP)
Greg Oden didn't workout while meeting with the SuperSonics, on the advice of his agent. That gave the prized center from Ohio State more time on his first trip to Seattle to assess what he's learned during his pre-draft tour of the Northwest. -- The relative anonymity of walking around Seattle instead of smaller Portland was refreshing.
Noah tries to impress Hawks in workout (AP)
Joakim Noah mocks those who publish NBA mock drafts. "I heard one of them is like a kid who is 16 years old in his basement," Noah said. But Noah knows enough to realize the NBA draft guessing game this year begins with the Hawks' No. 3 pick, and that's why he was in Atlanta on Friday for a workout. Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are almost certain to be taken by Portland and Seattle with the first two...
Kings exercise options on Garcia, Douby (AP)
The Sacramento Kings exercised contract options for the 2008-09 season on forward Francisco Garcia and guard Quincy Douby on Friday. Garcia averaged 6.0 points and 2.6 rebounds last season as a reserve for the Kings, who drafted him in 2005 out of Louisville, where new Sacramento coach Reggie Theus was an assistant to Rick Pitino.
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...
Grizzlies coach Iavaroni fills out staff (AP)
Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni filled out his staff Friday by announcing the hiring of former NBA head coach Johnny Davis, veteran NBA assistant coach Gordon Chiesa and David Joerger from the NBADL. "They bring a diversely successful set of experience, skills and teamwork that will form the backbone of our efforts to bring out the best in our players throughout the season and playoffs," Iavaroni...
Americans taken with top two NHL picks (AP)
It was a red, white and blue night all around the NHL draft. Already prominent as the colors of the host Columbus Blue Jackets, the shades took on a more important role as American players were taken with the top two picks for the first time in draft history. The Chicago Blackhawks, trying to rebuild a once-proud franchise after four consecutive losing seasons, selected Buffalo, N.Y., native...
Predators deal G Vokoun to Panthers (AP)
The Nashville Predators traded top goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers on Friday hours before the NHL draft, unloading the priciest player on their roster for three draft picks. The Predators will receive the Panthers' first-round pick in 2008, a second-round pick in the 2007 draft and a second-round pick they must use either Saturday or in the 2008 draft.
Owner asks NHL to hold off Preds' sale (AP)
Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold has asked the NHL to hold off its consideration of a deal to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. Leipold wants to have a binding agreement on the proposed $220 million sale with Balsillie, the co-CEO of Blackberry makers Research in Motion Ltd., before the league further considers the transaction.
Sharks trade G Toskala, F Bell to Leafs (AP)
The San Jose Sharks can only hope new center Logan Couture is as quick and creative as general manager Doug Wilson, who turned two of his club's biggest dilemmas into a top draft pick Friday. The Sharks first traded goalie Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell to Toronto for three picks in the first big deal of NHL draft day, resolving their goaltending logjam and dumping the underachieving Bell's...
Blackhawks send D Aucoin to Flames (AP)
Hours before picking first in the NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks traded defenseman Adrian Aucoin and a seventh-round selection to the Calgary Flames on Friday for defensemen Andrei Zyuzin and Steve Marr. The 33-year-old Aucoin played in just 92 games over two injury-plagued seasons with the Blackhawks.
Penguins agree with Roberts, Recchi (AP)
The Penguins' two oldest players are sticking around for one more season. Gary Roberts, 41, and Mark Recchi, 39, agreed to one-year deals Friday. Agent Rick Curran, who represents both players, did not immediately return a message left at his office Friday afternoon. Recchi earned $2.28 million last season, and Roberts $2.25 million.
Sharks re-sign D Rivet to 4-year deal (AP)
Defenseman Craig Rivet re-signed with the San Jose Sharks on Friday, agreeing to a four-year deal with the club that acquired him late in the regular season. Rivet spent his entire career with the Montreal Canadiens before the Sharks picked him up for the playoff run Feb. 25. After that short but satisfying stint in teal, Rivet was thrilled to return.
Benson again wins Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Benson wins second straight Milwaukee Trucks race (AP)
Johnny Benson was in the lead with a sweet-handling truck on one of his favorite tracks, but he still didn't like the sight of aggressive veteran Ron Hornaday Jr. in his rearview mirror.
Montoya a favorite at Sonoma (AP)
For Juan Pablo Montoya, the only way he can really consider the weekend at Infineon Raceway a success is to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race on Sunday.
Report: Gordon, Johnson fail inspection at Infineon (PA SportsTicker)
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson failed inspection at Infineon Raceway on Friday.
McMurray captures pole for Toyota/Save Mart 350 (PA SportsTicker)
McMurray wins Infineon pole (AP)
Jamie McMurray outdrove the road racing specialists and the rest of the contenders Friday to win his first pole in nearly two years.
Cup ride denied, Kluever chopping away in Busch Series (AP)
Todd Kluever admits it's tough to spend his Sundays watching somebody else drive the shiny No. 6 car that was supposed to belong to him.
Fogarty sets track record to win pole at Mid-Ohio (AP)
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP)-- Jon Fogarty set a track record Friday to win the pole for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fogarty drove one lap around the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio circuit at 103.718 mph in the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley to break the 2004 record of 102.254 mph set by Max Papis in a Lexus Riley.