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NEWS FROM 2007-06-28
Oden, Durant and much more in NBA draft
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070627/capt.fcb1f43daa8b4d57ba9780e854e385e9.nba_draft_basketball_nyff103.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=MKiFvAqOOjwvjlUfWflx3Q--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Ohio State's Greg Oden, left, talks with Kevin Durant, of Texas, center, and Florida's Joakim Noah, right, as they sign autographs during a Special Olympics event Wednesday, June 27, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Greg Oden-Kevin Durant debate that lasted all spring will end quickly Thursday night. Then the NBA draft gets interesting.</p><br clear="all"/>
Orioles deny Clemens his milestone win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.2eec69a51aba4c049ef2b9d2ee0544d6.yankees_orioles_baseball_bab107.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=wCBqPr7S8vjy6VT4N9QZTQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Baltimore Orioles' Aubrey Huff watches his three-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens fly out of the ball park during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 27, 2007 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Baltimore Orioles not only denied Roger Clemens his milestone 350th victory, they put an end to another one of the Rocket's impressive streaks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Webb shows Cy Young form as D'backs win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.5d4e825574e842cb8f951c71291e02b3.dodgers_diamondbacks_baseball_azrf104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=uqw1Rcm9YywQh3D2HaDZzw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 27, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Webb said he needed to "stop the bleeding" after the Arizona Diamondbacks lost back-to-back games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that's what the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner did.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roddick, Serena, Henin win at Wimbledon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070627/capt.890c7e3fffab45e883138ecbad3a5508.aptopix_britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim155.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=Ma8SOKYlsNysYWNbE_CDLA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Serena Williams prepares to serve to Alicia Molek of Australia, mduring their Women's Singles match on the Number One Court at Wimbledon, Wednesday June 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - After another slow start, Serena Williams got her grass-court game back on track. The two-time champion rallied from 4-1 down in the first set and beat Australia's Alicia Molik 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of Wimbledon on another day of rain delays at the All England Club.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fernandez, Sparks defeat Monarchs 74-64
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkl_monarchs_sparks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.094c949aa6bc4ae8bcd3d0532cbec57c.monarchs_sparks_basketball_camw106.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=Umd6xK0g7v5HFe1RGsnlvA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Los Angeles Sparks' Marta Fernandez, right, drives to the basket while defended by Sacramento Monarchs' Nicole Powell during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Fernandez led the Sparks with 26 points as the Sparks won 74-66. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - WNBA rookie Marta Fernandez scored a career-high 26 points, leading the Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-64 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Who's at fault for NFL injuries?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_tim_dahlberg062707"><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 - It's easy to feel sympathy for someone like Curt Marsh, the former Oakland Raider offensive lineman who said playing in the NFL led to 31 surgeries, including the amputation of his right leg eight inches above the ankle.</p><br clear="all"/>
Trail Blazers eye Oden as top NBA pick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070628/sp_afp/basketnbadraftoden"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070628/capt.sge.roz94.280607065339.photo00.photo.default-361x512.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=c4ZFAmYWlOi9DFS39jnDXw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Top NBA draft prospect Greg Oden of Ohio State stands in New York's Times Square, one day before the 2007 NBA Draft.(AFP/Stan Honda)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Portland Trail Blazers will draft Ohio State centre Greg Oden with the first overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, ESPN television reported Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Orioles deny Clemens his 350th victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_orioles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.07762767a81e47b28ee5dcc17cca9e4e.yankees_orioles_baseball_bab106.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=zVMj6O7Nl4wyqDe1aF04Rw--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Baltimore Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 27, 2007 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - This was one personal accomplishment that Roger Clemens really wanted, mostly because it would provide the New York Yankees with a lift they desperately needed. It was a win-win situation. Clemens earns his 350th victory, and the Yankees end a three-game losing streak. Unfortunately for Clemens and the Yankees, that scenario did not play out Wednesday night at Camden Yards.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mexico upsets Brazil at Copa America
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_copa_america"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.5aa07dbbd2f642da9ea54f56bca79440.venezuela_soccer_copa_america_xedb140.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=U40YTYUkfZVuDUt95jIKEw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Brazil's Robinho battles for the ball with Mexico's Fernando Arce during their Copa America soccer game in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mexico upset Brazil for the second straight time at a major tournament, beating the five-time world champions 2-0 Wednesday night in the first round of the Copa America.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baseball union chief Fehr meets with NHL
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070628/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_union_meeting"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070623/capt.f5dce7dd801146d9ab541bb2d3e1c8ca.nhl_entry_draft_hockey_ryr108.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=nnyp3xbKsayBvaE4ApQUnA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Team officials go over their selections on the draft floor during the second day of the National Hockey League Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, June 23, 2007.(AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The fractured NHL Players' Association listened to baseball union head Donald Fehr as it tries to rebuild. The message was clear: keep everything out in the open.</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...
Dolphins GM Mueller signs extension (AP)
Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will take him through the summer of 2010. Mueller's initial contract was three years for $2.1 million and ran through June 2008. Salary details of the new deal were not disclosed. "I'm excited to be able to continue in my role with an organization that has such a great tradition," Mueller said.
'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.
Miami's Evans arrested, fights with cops (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.
Report: Blazers will select Oden (AP)
The Greg Oden-Kevin Durant debate that lasted all spring will end quickly Thursday night. Then the NBA draft gets interesting. Oden and Durant will be gone after the first two picks, headed to their Pacific Northwest destinations. No worries about going to an unfamiliar place, or lengthy waits while TV cameras capture their agony as teams pass over them.
NBA official: Garnett trade not imminent (AP)
Reports the Phoenix Suns were nearing a deal to acquire Kevin Garnett were downplayed Wednesday by an NBA official with knowledge of the situation. Contrary to several reports, the official told The Associated Press, the sides were not close to a three-team deal that would send Amare Stoudemire to Atlanta and Garnett from Minnesota to Phoenix.
NBA extends deals with ESPN/ABC and TNT (AP)
The NBA's new television contracts with ESPN/ABC and TNT include rights to technologies that have yet to be invented, an indication of the importance the deals place on newer forms of media. The eight-year extensions go through the 2015-16 season. The current six-year contracts expire at the end of next season.
Iverson's assault trial begins (AP)
A federal jury began Wednesday hearing a $20 million lawsuit against Allen Iverson, who is accused of assaulting two men in a bar fight. Marlin Godfrey and David Anthony Kittrell sued Iverson, saying the Denver Nuggets guard stood by as his entourage beat them and at one point even joined in by hitting someone with a bottle.
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.
Lakers C Brown has shoulder surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown underwent surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, and the team said he should be at full strength by the start of training camp in early October. The procedure lasted just under an hour and involved the removal of a bursa sac, scar tissue and a bone spur, the Lakers said.
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.
Bruins fire assistant GM, amateur scout (AP)
The Bruins fired assistant general manager Jeff Gorton and amateur scout Daniel Dore on Wednesday GM Peter Chiarelli didn't provide reasons for the dismissals in a statement, but Boston missed the playoffs for a second straight year last season. The Bruins recently fired first-year coach Dave Lewis and replaced him with Claude Julien.
Fehr offers advice to NHLPA (AP)
The fractured NHL Players' Association listened to baseball union head Donald Fehr as it tries to rebuild. The message was clear: keep everything out in the open. Fehr, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association since December 1985, told 20 hockey player reps how things work at his union and what was good in their collective bargaining agreement.
Blues place Dallas 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...
Penguins happy with draft pick Esposito (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins supposedly couldn't get a possible impact player, not in this draft. Not drafting No. 20, a pick so low it usually yields a prospect who requires years of development. So why was first-rounder Angelo Esposito talking Tuesday of possibly playing this season with these Penguins, who already have some of the NHL's best young scoring talent in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and...
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.
Musgrave suspended 1 race for Milwaukee incident (AP)
Ted Musgrave was suspended one race Wednesday for retaliating against another driver during the Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile.
Lovie Smith named grand marshal for Chicago NASCAR race (PA SportsTicker)
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday was named grand marshal for this year's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Eury Sr. named director of competition at JR Motorsports (PA SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Long-time NASCAR crew chief Tony Eury Sr. on Wednesday was named director of competition at JR Motorsports.
NASCAR suspends Musgrave for one race (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR on Wednesday suspended Ted Musgrave from competition until July 3 for an on-track altercation during last week's Craftsman Truck Series race in Milwaukee.
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.