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NEWS FROM 2007-06-24
Hard-luck days over for Angels' Escobar
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_pirates_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.f5cc69822f3743d7a19f54fdeb9f15a1.pirates_angels_baseball_ans104.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=FYidr9j83fxSieUdxS.ezA--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - After consecutive starts in which his teammates have totaled 20 runs of support, Kelvim Escobar is starting to feel that his hard-luck days with the Los Angeles Angels are over. Escobar breezed to his ninth victory and Vladimir Guerrero punctuated a 17-hit attack with a two-run homer, helping the Angels rout the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Saturday night. The victory came six days after the right-hander beat the Dodgers 10-4.</p><br clear="all"/>
After Lo Duca's tirade, Mets nip A's 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_athletics_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.40998944371f49a09ed68f99e6bea39b.athletics_mets_baseball_nyeb103.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=f5j8cjlPsG39Cu73n0bEUA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Paul Lo Duca, left, argues with crew chief Ed Montague after home plate umpire Marvin Hudson ejected Lo Ducafrom the game against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of their baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Wright dropped an RBI double in front of diving right fielder Travis Buck in the ninth inning, giving the New York Mets a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tardy Hamlin still takes checkered flag
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_busch_milwaukee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.dea4b2a26fce4e078d7d7a49f30bf0f6.correction_nascar_busch_milwaukee_auto_racing_widh110.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=NyqonfnSrtzWR2o3hDoVUQ--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="Denny Hamlin holds up his trophy after he took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Busch Series AT&T 250 auto race at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, June 23, 2007, in West Allis, Wis. Because a substitute driver, Aric Almirola, started the race in Hamlin's car, NASCAR officially will credit Almirola with the victory. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Denny Hamlin proved you don't necessarily have to be around for the green flag to take the checkered flag. And Aric Almirola sulked away from what will go down in the record books as his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oregon State poised for 2nd CWS title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bbc_cws_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.52c2838103aa41c984cf191eb2fcaf76.cws_finals_baseball_cws112.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=yhGo2a40ZVRr_uUG0bc93w--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Oregon State second baseman Joey Wong throws to first base but can't get out North Carolina's Josh Horton, who singled in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the best-of-three College World Series baseball finals, in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oregon State's Jorge Reyes got himself and his team a whole lot closer to the national championship trophy that's been teasing him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Williamson set on returning to PGA Tour
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_travelers_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.66e9bc8cfeed483ba71d0e98fd6b017d.travelers_championship_golf_ctfb105.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=MitIUcN57_D6NkK89Bo4Wg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Jay Williamson reacts to missing his birdie putt by inches on the 18th hole of the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., on Saturday June 23, 2007. Williamson finished the day in sole possession of the lead at 11-under par. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jay Williamson would like to get back to playing PGA Tour events full-time. He's one day away. Playing on a sponsor exemption in the Travelers Championship, Williamson shot a third-round 67 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan after the third round. If he can hang on, he'll get back his Tour card and be the first player to win on the PGA and Nationwide Tours in the same year since Jason Gore in 2005.</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"/>
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"/>
Diamondbacks rally to beat Orioles 7-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_orioles_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.f4af65ea3da343ea8d6a28dad3ff1ef1.orioles_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc104.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=JfWGzv9NUZUWFzyar6BKZw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Augie Ojeda makes a catch as he falls backward in the outfield on a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles' Corey Patterson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fans coming for post-game fireworks saw some in-game pyrotechnics from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Eric Byrnes homered and the Diamondbacks rallied from four runs down to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Undermanned Crew beat Galaxy 3-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070624/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_crew_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.941b0c6314f04154b4dff46cf7e06fd7.mls_crew_galaxy_soccer_cabk102.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=Yh4rVN0Z7bgHX1ndcVRMeg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Columbus Crew's Chad Marshall, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Los Angeles Galaxy in an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, June 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chad Marshall, Ned Grabavoy and Alejandro Moreno scored as the Columbus Crew played one man down for more than 60 minutes to earn a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nigerian forward's NHL dream comes true
AP - Getaway day at the NHL draft ended up being the highlight of Akim "The Dream" Aliu's young life. Born in Nigeria, raised in Ukraine, moved to Canada when he was 11, and then shuttled to Sudbury, Ontario, to play juniors a year ago, Aliu was picked by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round on the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday.
Dolphins' Evans arrested in Miami Beach (AP)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Fred Evans was arrested early Saturday after he refused to leave a taxi on South Beach and then fought with officers, police said. Police twice used a Taser gun on Evans, according to the arrest report, in attempts to subdue the 6-foot-4, 305-pound player who appeared in one game as a rookie last season with the Dolphins.
Bramlet leads Hamburg to World Bowl win (AP)
Casey Bramlet threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, leading the Hamburg Sea Devils past the Frankfurt Galaxy 37-28 in the highest-scoring World Bowl. Bramlet, allocated by the Washington Redskins, was honored as the MVP in sending Hamburg to its first NFL Europa championship. "This is an awesome feeling," Sea Devils coach Vince Martino said.
'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.
Falcons sign free-agent LB Huff (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent linebacker Orlando Huff to provide depth at outside linebacker and play on special teams. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound Huff started 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2006, making 79 tackles. The six-year veteran has three sacks and two interceptions in 48 career starts with the Cardinals and Seattle.
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.
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...
Heat's Mourning undecided on his future (AP)
Alonzo Mourning is close to deciding if he'll play for the Miami Heat next season, saying Saturday that the choice hinges somewhat on other unresolved matters that will affect the franchise's immediate future. Foremost on that list? Mourning wants to know if Heat coach Pat Riley will be back on the sidelines.
Timberwolves PG Hudson wants to move on (AP)
If the Minnesota Timberwolves do decide to trade Kevin Garnett, point guard Troy Hudson would like to be on the plane with KG out of the Twin Cities. Hudson's agent said Friday that he called owner Glen Taylor to say that the point guard would like to play elsewhere next season. "It's not like I demanded a trade or anything," Bill Neff said.
Sixers' Randolph picks up option (AP)
Shavlik Randolph picked up the one-year option on his contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday as he attempts a comeback from a broken and dislocated left ankle. In two seasons with the Sixers, Randolph averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 70 games. He was limited to 13 games last year after his Nov.
SuperSonics hire Perry as assistant GM (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics completed a series of front office moves Saturday, including the hiring of Scott Perry as an assistant general manager. Earlier in the week, the Detroit Pistons said on their Web site that Perry, the team's former director of player personnel, was expected to assume his new role in Seattle when contract details were finalized.
Blackhawks pick Nigerian F Aliu in draft (AP)
Getaway day at the NHL draft ended up being the highlight of Akim "The Dream" Aliu's young life. Born in Nigeria, raised in Ukraine, moved to Canada when he was 11, and then shuttled to Sudbury, Ontario, to play juniors a year ago, Aliu was picked by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round on the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday.
Briere inching closer to free agency (AP)
The longer it takes the Buffalo Sabres to make Daniel Briere an offer, the more tempting it is for the co-captain to become a free agent. Without ruling out the possibility of re-signing with Buffalo, Briere's agent, Pat Brisson, said Saturday the chances are increasing that his client will test the market once NHL free agency opens July 1.
Ducks sign Ds O'Donnell and Huskins (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks were busy Saturday, signing defensemen Sean O'Donnell and Kent Huskins to two-year contract extensions, trading center Tim Brent to Pittsburgh and acquiring winger Jason King from the Vancouver Canucks. The 35-year-old O'Donnell scored 17 points in 79 games last season, his second with the Stanley Cup champions.
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.
Preds owner asks NHL to wait on 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.
What a relief! Hamlin gets unofficial Milwaukee Busch victory (AP)
Denny Hamlin proved you don't necessarily have to be around for the green flag to take the checkered flag.
Hamlin crosses finish line first, Almirola wins AT&T 250 (PA SportsTicker)
Gurney and Fogarty team for second consecutive Grand-Am series win (AP)
Alex Gurney crossed the finish line more than 30 seconds ahead of Scott Pruett and teamed with Jon Fogarty to win the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series' Daytona Prototype race Saturday in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was the second consecutive series win for the duo. They lead with three overall.
Substitute driver Almirola takes pole for Milwaukee Busch race (AP)
Pinch-hitting for regular driver Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola took the pole for the NASCAR Busch Series race at the Milwaukee Mile for the second straight year with a lap of 121.589 mph on Saturday.
Bourdais on pole in bid for fourth straight Champ Car win (AFP)
Johnson, Gordon back on track (AP)
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon wasted no time returning to the track after NASCAR inspectors approved their cars.
Hendrick concerned about momentum (AP)
Team owner Rick Hendrick wasn't happy Saturday at Infineon Raceway.
Earnhardt hopes to become road warrior (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is generally an afterthought when people talk about NASCAR's best road racers.