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NEWS FROM 2007-06-26
Mariners clobber Red Sox 9-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.2b14766188b946f999b8b094287438f2.red_sox_mariners_baseball_wajb101.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=4CbefoTdF_sSV07Gdxz6xg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jeff Weaver pitches to Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez, left, in the first inning of their Major League Baseball game Monday, June 25, 2007 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Finally, Jeff Weaver has something to shout about. Seattle's early season flop continued his flip back toward respectability by holding the potent Boston Red Sox to one earned run in 5 2-3 innings of the Mariners' 9-4 victory on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Throwback' Federer wins at Wimbledon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.2d14e02efbb343aa8c6b204e2083e2f8.britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim143.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=lS0_oDOscmeu5dxYuWdCrw--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Switzerland's defending champion Roger Federer stretches to reach a shot from Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili, during their Men's Singles, first round match on Centre Court of the All England Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Monday June 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)" border="0" /></a>AP - In his five-piece, tailor-made Gatsby getup, Roger Federer looked like a tennis player from a bygone era, one seen only in black-and-white photos.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears cut Johnson on latest legal mishap
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.209cb4ebcbbc498a8f3594489c06fecd.bears_johnson_football_cx107.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=jf8nfs4IrKA4bY7ClSq.SA--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry 'Tank' Johnson enters Cook County Court accompanied by Bears head coach Lovie Smith, right, in Skokie, Ill., in this March, 15, 2007, file photo. The Chicago Bears said Monday, June 25, 2007, they have cut Johnson from the team. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tank Johnson tried the patience of the Chicago Bears numerous times. Still, they provided support, visited him in jail and gave him more than enough chances to turn his life around and advance his career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers end Bonderman's unbeaten streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.92e4e9f8decd45bb955ce921ec3ffc58.rangers_tigers_baseball_dts103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=OCTP0A2f7BMCb9umUVmrmQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Jerry Hairston, left, and Marlon Byrd celebrate their 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in an baseball game Monday, June 25, 2007 in Detroit. Byrd drove in three runs and Hairston hit a two-run home run to end Jeremy Bonderman's unbeaten streak at 17 starts. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeremy Bonderman had a chance to make club history Monday night. Instead, he brought back memories of last year's World Series meltdown. Bonderman was trying to match Bobo Newsom's Tigers record of 18 starts without a loss, but made a key throwing error that helped the Texas Rangers beat Detroit 8-3.</p><br clear="all"/>
Green's walkoff homer in 11th lifts Mets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.0e420adf2edb435f8f9a5aa639136834.cardinals_mets_baseball_nysw107.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=YwAd7HHsDB2SrY6UdIolMw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Member of the New York Mets wait for teammate Shawn Green to cross home plate after he hit the winning home run during the 11th inning of the Major League Baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, June 25, 2007 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won 2-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth. Bamboozled by Maroth's slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night in the Cardinals' first visit to Shea Stadium since winning Game 7 of the NL championship series last October.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vegas strip club bouncer sues 'Pacman'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman_charges"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070622/capt.c4cb7e97a5db4a0981fe92f97b1196c1.pacman_charges_football_wxs101.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=z9F7bTGGoFljnRTTBc3jDw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="In this photo released by Las Vegas police, suspended NFL football player Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown. Jones, 23, a cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, surrendered to authorities in Las Vegas, early Friday, June 22, 2007 and was released after posting $20,000 bond on a pair of felony charges in connection with a Feb. 19, 2007 strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting, authorities said. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Police)" border="0" /></a>AP - A bouncer who was shot and said his left ankle was bitten by Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip club melee sued the suspended NFL player and other members of his entourage for damages Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hard road to draft for USC star Young
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.a006f81d07e948eb89a1c083541d650f.sports_showcase_basketball_la202.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=3gbectwiF7FCfnzfyeu6gQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="In this photo provided by the production company First Flight Entertainment for the documentary film 'Second Chance Season,' college basketball star Nick Young poses under a basket in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Young is set to be chosen in this week's NBA draft. (AP Photo/First Flight Entertainment, John McCoy)" border="0" /></a>AP - By all rights, Nick Young wasn't supposed to be a college basketball star. He flunked out of two high schools. His oldest brother died in a drive-by shooting. Now, the Southern California player is set to be chosen in this week's NBA draft and earn millions of dollars.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants edge Padres 4-3 in 11 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.25a08d1770a646e698074b15187b4111.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb109.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=YdJ5SDR2fkpqvl145hoKEQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Pedro Feliz, in helmet, is mobbed by his teammates after driving in the game-winning run against the San Diego Padres in the 11th inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, June 25, 2007. San Francisco won the game, 4-3.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Padres general manager Kevin Towers expects the last-place San Francisco Giants to be back in the division race by the trade deadline next month. The Giants' last three games have given them the confidence it could happen, even though they trail NL West-leading Arizona by 10 games.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. hopes to build on win over Mexico
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_us_winning_away"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.8271ccad9cf847908aeca321e6293ed8.gold_cup_mexico_usa_soccer_ilnh114.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=SsIGI_h6U6LX8sqaOCwRig--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="USA's Landon Donovan, left, celebrates with DaMarcus Beasley after scoring a penalty kick against Mexico during the second half of the Gold Cup Soccer game, Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Chicago. USA won 2-1.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Put them in the Rose Bowl, Giants Stadium, Denver or Dallas, and the United States can beat Mexico. Now the trick is doing it at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium — and finding ways to beat other top teams on the road on a regular basis like, say, Thursday, when the Americans face Argentina in the Copa America in Venezuela.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackhawks introduce No. 1 pick Kane
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_blackhawks_kane"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070625/capt.3b645bedc5324c2caf28352a858da1f7.blackhawks_kane_hockey_cx103.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=iHpH_wKCeHaDaplDckxbiA--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Patrick Kane tries on his No. 88 jersey as he is introduced as the newest member of the Chicago Blackhawks Monday, June 25, 2007, in Chicago. Kane, an 18-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., was the No. 1 pick of the 2007 NHL draft. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Patrick Kane is still a teenager, yet the Chicago Blackhawks are already counting on him to spark their dormant offense for many years to come. His chance could come as early as next season.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Embarrassed' Bears release Tank Johnson (AP)
Tank Johnson tried the patience of the Chicago Bears numerous times. Still, they provided support, visited him in jail and gave him more than enough chances to turn his life around and advance his career. But after his latest run-in with the law in Arizona, the Bears had seen enough and it was time to let him go.
Vegas strip club bouncer sues 'Pacman' (AP)
A bouncer who was shot and said his left ankle was bitten by Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip club melee sued the suspended NFL player and other members of his entourage for damages Monday. The suit for an unspecified amount was filed with the Clark County District Court on behalf of Aaron Cudworth three days after the Tennessee Titans cornerback surrendered in Las Vegas on two felony charges of...
Goodell stresses conduct to draftees (AP)
Roger Goodell briefed all 255 members of this year's draft class Monday on the NFL's stricter conduct rules. Hours later, the Chicago Bears released troubled defensive tackle Tank Johnson in a move that most likely underscored the commissioner's message. "We're concerned about them as men," Goodell said at the league's rookie symposium in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., shortly before Johnson's release...
Bears sign DB Vasher to 5-year extension (AP)
Chicago defensive back Nathan Vasher signed a five-year contract extension Monday that will keep the Pro Bowler with the Bears through the 2012 season. Details were not disclosed. Vasher has 16 interceptions in three NFL seasons since being chosen in the fourth round out of Texas in 2004. He made the Pro Bowl last season.
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.
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.
Pistons' Billups opts out of contract (AP)
Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups has opted out of the final year of his six-year contract, making him an unrestricted free agent heading into the summer signing season. "He informed the team this morning that he was opting out of his final year with the Pistons and that makes him a free agent -- which we expected," team spokesman Matt Dobek said Monday.
Bulls GM Paxson: Deal for Kobe unlikely (AP)
Although Kobe Bryant apparently would like to join the Bulls, Chicago general manager John Paxson sent a message to the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar on Monday: Don't count on it. Paxson said he has had no discussions with the Lakers and a deal would be difficult to complete. "What we would have to give up -- unless that franchise would ever have a change of heart and had to do something -- I don't...
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.
Longtime Nets trainer Massmann dies (AP)
Fritz Massmann, the head trainer for the New Jersey Nets for more than 20 years -- including the team's American Basketball Association heydays -- has died. He was 80. Massmann died Sunday at his home in Babylon Village, N.Y., said Jim Lampariello, the team's former executive vice president. The cause of death wasn't immediately known.
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.
Blackhawks think Kane can spark offense (AP)
Patrick Kane is still a teenager, yet the Chicago Blackhawks are already counting on him to spark their dormant offense for many years to come. His chance could come as early as next season. Kane, taken by the Blackhawks with the first pick of last Friday's NHL draft, was introduced to Chicago on Monday.
Predators sign G Rinne to 2-year deal (AP)
The Nashville Predators signed goalie Pekka Rinne on Monday just days after they dealt No. 1 netminder Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers. Rinne, 24, who signed a two-year contract, spent last season with Milwaukee of the AHL. Vokoun was traded on Friday, a few hours before the NHL draft. Chris Mason is expected to take over as the Predators' top goalie next season.
Panthers ink G Anderson for two years (AP)
The Florida Panthers signed goalie Craig Anderson to a two-year contract Monday, meaning he'll likely enter next season as the primary backup to the newly acquired Tomas Vokoun. Anderson went 23-10-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average with the Rochester of the AHL last season, and posted a 1-1-1 mark with a 2.21 GAA in five appearances with the Panthers.
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 re-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.
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...
Want to stop cheating? Send the driver home (AP)
When six crew members were thrown out of the Daytona 500 for cheating it was suggested that NASCAR start suspending drivers as part of the penalty process.
Montoya gets first Cup win (AP)
When team owner Chip Ganassi first came up with the thought of luring Juan Pablo Montoya back to America from Formula One, it was days like this that he had in mind.
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.
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.