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NEWS FROM 2007-06-25
Tigers complete lopsided sweep of Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_tigers_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.7f7fe485d2224887895cb9208749cf7e.tigers_braves_baseball_gags103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=8.dCSDxOgxq_aJfsXUWNIQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers Ivan Rodriguez (7) connects with a two-run single with Atlanta Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, and Tigers Gary Sheffield, on third base, during the sixth inning, of a baseball game, Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andrew Miller and the Detroit Tigers certainly enjoyed interleague play. Miller threw six sharp innings and the Tigers beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-0 Sunday night for their seventh straight win — all on the road against National League teams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beck remembered for hard work, outlook
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_beck"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.nyol59106242121.obit_beck_nyol591.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=6.G.enulK9LtPYgrYI5q.A--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="San Diego Padres pitcher Rod Beck reacts after getting the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego in this July 19, 2003 file photo. Beck, a relief pitcher who wore a bushy mustache while earning 286 career saves, was found dead Saturday. He was 38. Beck was found by police officers responding to a call to his home in suburban Phoenix, according to police department spokesman Andy Hill. Foul play is not suspected. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rod Beck was a menacing sight on the mound, with a bushy mustache and a searing stare that intimidated batters throughout his 13-year career as one of baseball's best closers. Yet his friends in the game knew Beck as a hardworking teammate and a jovial character whose early death saddened players all around the major leagues.</p><br clear="all"/>
A Beaver repeat: Oregon State takes CWS
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bbc_cws_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.60929271c1144fb3b7a465d581dd057a.cws_finals_baseball_cws112.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=40sWTM6JKP5L8idPt.EOqA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Oregon State's Darwin Barney (6) is atop the pile of Oregon State players after Oregon State beat North Carolina 9-3 in Game 2 of the best-of-three College World Series baseball finals, to win the championship, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 24, 2007. Oregon State won the first game 11-4. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oregon State became the first team in a decade to repeat as College World Series champion, completing a dominant run through the tournament with a 9-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Montoya gets new label: NASCAR winner
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_sonoma"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.e55883bd0eb14d79889a5c7a32d58e3f.nascar_sonoma_auto_racing_cams114.jpg?x=130&y=74&sig=CSAFJuSqmjit3u61LRqM1Q--" align="left" height="74" width="130" alt="Juan Pablo Montoya (42) races ahead of Jeff Gordon (24) and Ryan Newman (12) around turn four during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Nextel Cup auto race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Sunday, June 24, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Juan Pablo Montoya might be a NASCAR rookie, but he is a road-course master. Not known for his patience, the Colombian driver showed plenty of it Sunday. He used his well-honed road-racing skill to save his tires, stretch his fuel to the limit, and win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rocket relieves, but can't help Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_yankees_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.d584edf5275144dfaaac5d82d2e4d9f7.yankees_giants_baseball__fxpb107.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=OK_XTRPdUf2c_KqUe.F8.Q--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="San Francisco Giants' Nate Schierholtz, right, slides to score as New York Yankees catcher Wil Nieves waits for the ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens came out of the bullpen for a tantalizing showdown with Barry Bonds, yet the result was a pedestrian five-pitch walk. A better battle of wills occurred one inning earlier, when Noah Lowry used 11 tenacious pitches to get a bases-loaded grounder out of Alex Rodriguez.</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"/>
Soriano leads Cubs to sweep of White Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_cubs_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.cc48c36da8424df5bbcb07079589ea48.cubs_white_sox_baseball_cxs112.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=XapSJB9VI7zH1oiNbD1oJw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano hits a single during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Chicago. The Cubs won, 3-0. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alfonso Soriano took his game 8 miles to the other side of town and powered the Cubs to a three-game sweep of the punchless White Sox, using both his lively bat and his strong arm.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. rallies to beat Mexico for Gold Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_gold_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.f05b5f87e8de4591b6fc8563887887d7.gold_cup_mexico_usa_soccer_ilnh115.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=XxUPAh.rf9nt9E8LMZmZmg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="USA soccer team players hold up the trophy after their victory over Mexico in the final of the Gold Cup soccer game Sunday June 24, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the unfamiliar spot of playing from behind, U.S. coach Bob Bradley told his players at halftime they were going to have to win a little differently. Same game plan, different game plan. When it comes to playing Mexico lately, it doesn't seem to matter.</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.
Blazers still undecided on Oden, Durant (AP)
E-mails arrive for Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard reading simply "honk" or "honk, honk." They come from fans weighing in on whom the Trail Blazers should take with the first pick of this week's NBA draft. Franchise officials have embraced the alluring but agonizing choice, putting up billboards around the city that ask drivers to beep their horns once for Ohio State center...
Unlike Oden, Durant works out for Sonics (AP)
A few months ago, Texas star Kevin Durant took in a meaningless regular-season game between San Antonio and visiting Seattle, believing then that his likely NBA destination would be Memphis or Boston. On Sunday morning, Durant spent about 45 minutes working out for SuperSonics officials, almost certain that his professional future will begin in the Pacific Northwest.
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' 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.
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.
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.
Montoya captures first career Nextel Cup victory at Infineon (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR determined to police Car of Tomorrow. (AP)
NASCAR is determined to take any guesswork out of its new Car of Tomorrow.
Montoya gets first Cup win (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya might be a NASCAR rookie, but he is a road-course master.
Canadian Tracy holds on to win Cleveland Champ Car event (AFP)
Canadian Paul Tracy captured the Grand Prix of Cleveland Champ Car race on Sunday, crossing the finish line on fumes just 0.513 seconds ahead of runner-up Robert Doornbos.
Hamlin crosses finish line first, Almirola wins AT&T 250 (PA SportsTicker)
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.
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.