|| Return to Sports News Main Page |
NEWS FROM 2007-06-27
LeBron James to play for U.S. team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_james_u_s__team"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070627/capt.72b732aa273f4b8390ba37c2073cefae.lebron_james_team_usa_basketball_ohak102.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=n2MePlMWFqd7obVzzo_Exg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="NBA basketball star LeBron James, left, shakes hands with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, as Maverick Carter, CEO of LRMR Marketing looks on, prior to a dinner to kick off a three-day summit involving James' corporate sponsors, Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at a hotel in Akron, Ohio. Krzyzewski, who is also the U.S. national team coach, would later speak at the dinner. (AP Photo/Andrea Kjerrumgaard)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James will wear the red, white and blue this summer after all. Cleveland's All-Star forward ended uncertainty about his status with the U.S. national team on Tuesday night by saying he will play in next month's FIBA America's Tournament, where the Americans will try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds to give Hall of Fame an artifact
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.48047cbfacee4662b25c4be283c816b1.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb102.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Wc.WQVs4V8HRU09VvwLZUg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles during batting practice before their baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Francisco Monday, June 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds agreed Tuesday to provide the Hall of Fame with an artifact when he breaks Hank Aaron's record with his 756th home run, perhaps a batting helmet.</p><br clear="all"/>
Floyd gets what he signed for; Cubs win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070627/capt.51c9c902b4de4f13839a0097715f3ab6.rockies_cubs_baseball_cxc103.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=Zx0bix7xBbmeyswMkqJtzw--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Cliff Floyd hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - When he signed with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason, hometown guy Cliff Floyd envisioned joining a high-powered offense on the North Side. The last two games at Wrigley Field were what Floyd had in mind.</p><br clear="all"/>
NASCAR stars Gordon, Johnson penalized
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_hendrick_penalties"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.dbadbd7db79d4fa4961abacf5246f36c.nascar_sonoma_auto_racing_cams119.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=d11T0jLaJbF51rpLtzUmGg--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="Jeff Gordon walks back to his garage at the end of practice in the Toyota/ Save Mart NASCAR Nextel Cup auto race in Sonoma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - NASCAR showed again it won't tolerate any modifications to its Car of Tomorrow by levying stiff penalties against Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and their crew chiefs Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Lakers pursue trade for Garnett
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_lakers_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.nyol51306262109.lakers_future_basketball__nyol513.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=rLLqav.7DXRDG48eqTb_Ug--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett reacts after being called for a foul during a game against Cleveland in this April 3, 2007, file photo. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring the 10-time All-Star forward. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Lakers are aggressively pursuing trades — and their main target reportedly is Kevin Garnett in what would be a clear attempt to placate a disgruntled Kobe Bryant.</p><br clear="all"/>
Congress: NFL should improve benefits
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_disability"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.db462689b6f64b8ab469e45584831cb1.congress_nflpa_dcpm104.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=IH1a655498yrjdGOtSMk0g--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Former Chicago Bears player and head coach, Mike Ditka, center, and former NFL player Curt Marsh, right, listen to Dennis Curran, left, from the National Football League, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2007, before the House subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on NFL's system for compensating retired players. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aging NFL retirees told Congress Tuesday that playing professional football left them with broken bodies, brain damage and empty bank accounts. Lawmakers said they may get involved if a better pension and disability system isn't created.</p><br clear="all"/>
Great leap forward for NBA: Yao to Yi
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_draft_china_s_yi"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.da85fa9af18648fbafc800fd95edd9be.nba_draft_chinas_yi_basketball_xhg106.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=1Qc_Ah.VKEuGvxUoFuuHIQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="China's Yi Jianlian puts up a shot during the Asian Games basketball men's preliminary match against Uzbekistan in Doha, Qatar, in this Monday Dec. 4, 2006 file photo. The NBA is about to get its fourth Chinese player. But will 7-foot (2.13-meter) power forward Yi Jianlian make an impact like the Houston Rockets Yao Ming? Or will his stay be relatively short, like those of two other Chinese who had brief NBA careers — Wang Zhizhi and Mengke Bateer? (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - They love Yao. Now comes Yi — Yi Jianlian, the 7-foot power forward who will be among the top choices in Thursday's NBA draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ripken, Gwynn: Bonds should be All-Star
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_all_stars_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070626/capt.5ebf657ebb714bfdb5c6d0f901d8e7c6.padres_giants_baseball_fxpb111.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=rdfrZSOAcKcSLMh2JeHV4g--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds rounds third base and heads for home plate to score the game-winning run against the San Diego Padres in the 11th inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, June 25, 2007. Bonds scored from second on a single by Pedro Feliz. San Francisco won the game, 4-3. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn think it's a no-brainer: Barry Bonds deserves to be on the NL All-Star team. "Yes, there's a shadow that's hanging over top of him. The commissioner and Hank Aaron are torn whether they should celebrate the breaking of the all-time home run record," Ripken said Tuesday. "But when I think of Barry, I think of him as an All-Star player."</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"/>
Thrashers send Tkachuk back to St. Louis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_thrashers_blues_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.de36a6a34f094d0ab5940f5bd13d1a6a.nhl_draft_hockey_ohks135.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=NGv6RLUDHIFRmvYZwC8szw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="David Perron, second from left, of Sherbrooke, Canada, poses with the team representatives after being selected by the St. Louis Blues during the first round of the NHL draft Friday, June 22, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Thrashers sent the rights to free agent forward Keith Tkachuk back to St. Louis on Tuesday, reacquiring the conditional first-round pick they traded to the Blues in a deadline deal that helped Atlanta reach the playoffs for the first time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Congress watching NFL disability dispute (AP)
Aging NFL retirees told Congress Tuesday that playing professional football left them with broken bodies, brain damage and empty bank accounts. Lawmakers said they may get involved if a better pension and disability system isn't created. Former NFL players told a sympathetic House Judiciary subcommittee tales of multiple surgeries, dementia and homelessness, all while trying to fight through the...
'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.
Report: Lakers pursuing Garnett (AP)
The Lakers are aggressively pursuing trades -- and their main target reportedly is Kevin Garnett in what would be a clear attempt to placate a disgruntled Kobe Bryant. The Lakers' proposal, according to the Los Angeles Times, includes forward Lamar Odom and center Andrew Bynum. But that might not be enough to acquire the 31-year-old Garnett, one of the NBA's most talented and versatile big men.
James to play for Team USA this summer (AP)
LeBron James will wear the red, white and blue this summer after all. Cleveland's All-Star forward ended uncertainty about his status with the U.S. national team on Tuesday night by saying he will play in next month's FIBA America's Tournament, where the Americans will try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Bobcats' Wallace becomes free agent (AP)
Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace will become an unrestricted free agent Sunday after deciding not to extend his contract for another season. Wallace, who led Charlotte in scoring last season with 18.1 points a game, will explore all options, his agent, Rob Pelinka, said Tuesday. Wallace made just over $5.5 million last season.
Webber still unsure about his NBA future (AP)
Chris Webber is as unsure about his future in the NBA now as he was when the Detroit Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this month. "It's only been a few weeks, so honestly I'm just resting and letting things happen," the five-time All-Star said in a telephone interview.
SuperSonics put coaching search on hold (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics are the only team in the NBA without a coach, and have already stretched their search for two months. So, what's a couple more days? At least, that's general manager Sam Presti's approach. The Sonics have put their coaching search on hold for this week and are focusing their attention on the draft where Seattle has the No.
Kings' Abdur-Rahim has surgery on knee (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim underwent cleanup surgery Tuesday on his right knee. Abdur-Rahim, an 11-year NBA veteran, had loose particles removed from his knee, the team said in a statement. He will require several weeks of recovery, but is expected to be ready for training camp in October.
Lakers C Brown to have shoulder surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown, who underwent reconstructive surgery on his left ankle last month, is scheduled for an operation on his right shoulder Wednesday. Brown, who will have a bursa sac and scar tissue removed, is expected to make a full recovery. A timeline for his return will be determined after surgery.
Thrashers deal Tkachuk's rights to Blues (AP)
The Thrashers sent the rights to free agent center Keith Tkachuk back to St. Louis on Tuesday, reacquiring the conditional first-round pick they traded to the Blues in a deadline deal that helped Atlanta reach the playoffs for the first time. The Thrashers gave up winger Glen Metropolit and their first-round pick in last week's draft to acquire Tkachuk in a Feb.
Blues place RW Drake on waivers (AP)
The St. Louis Blues placed 14-year NHL veteran Dallas Drake on waivers, the first step in buying out the final year on his contract if he goes unclaimed. Drake played six seasons with the Blues, including two as captain. The team said it needed the roster spot heading into training camp, and Blues general manager Larry Pleau traveled to Drake's summer home in Traverse City, Mich., to deliver the...
Pens let RW Ouellet become free agent (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will let right wing Michel Ouellet become a free agent. General manager Ray Shero said the decision not to make a qualifying contract offer to Ouellet was driven largely by the salary cap and the fact that Ouellet would be eligible for salary arbitration. "The decision was not about Michel, but about the system," Shero 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 2 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.
Gordon, Johnson penalized; crew chiefs suspended 6 races (AP)
NASCAR showed again it won't tolerate any modifications to its Car of Tomorrow by levying stiff penalties against Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and their crew chiefs Tuesday.
NASCAR docks Gordon, Johnson 100 points (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR penalized Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on Tuesday, docking each Nextel Cup Series driver 100 points.
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)