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NEWS FROM 2007-06-29
Biggio becomes 27th to reach 3,000 hits
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.660b420cdfa5423faeb61ccb2b110ffd.aptopix_biggio_rockies_astros_baseball_hta210.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=k0GpFnn2mKinH4aSARtagg--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Craig Biggio (7) connects for his 3,000th career hit as Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, watches during the seventh inning of their Major League Baseball game Thursday, June 28, 2007, in Houston. Biggio is the 27th player in major league history to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th hit and Carlos Lee made sure he could celebrate it in style.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oden to Blazers, Durant to Sonics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.393cadc4ec694b878754cb763734c9bc.nba_draft_basketball_msg104.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=HiXUz.M4bxMw0POsldCPkQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Texas' Kevin Durant, left, and Ohio State's Greg Oden, right, pose for photographs with other members of the 2007 NBA Draft class before the draft Thursday, June 28, 2007 at in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Portland Trail Blazers got Greg Oden and felt like they won a championship. The Seattle SuperSonics settled for Kevin Durant, thrilling fans disappointed by the trade of All-Star Ray Allen to Boston.</p><br clear="all"/>
Celtics obtain Ray Allen for Jeff Green
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_celtics_draft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.d4b5c8635e46454c9348f918c9f8596f.celtics_draft_basketball_maah101.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=HqCLvPtFO2Qe5iH3QDwbeg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Boston after the 2007 NBA basketball draft in Boston, Thursday June 28, 2007. Boston obtained Ray Allen from Seattle on Thursday night for forward Jeff Green of Georgetown, who they had taken with the fifth pick of the draft, and guards Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West. The Celtics also obtained one of Seattle's second-round picks, the 35th overall.(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Celtics added seven-time all-star Ray Allen and subtracted any reason for not being a contender. They also made Paul Pierce one very happy aging star.</p><br clear="all"/>
Twins overcome Thomas' 500th home run
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.cc2b0cfe49e245b0893f6eafcc24d9a6.blue_jays_twins_baseball_mnjm101.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=L2HY1GwI3X3Gf8ytFllDxQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Toronto Blue Jays' Frank Thomas hits his 500th career home run, a three-run blast off Minnesota Twins' Carlos Silva in first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 28, 2007, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Thankfully for Frank Thomas, his family had to catch an early flight Thursday. That meant his wife, three children and father-in-law got to see Thomas hit his 500th home run. And they were gone when Thomas got ejected.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rogers improves to 2-0 in 1st home start
<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_rangers_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070628/capt.0598eb29beab47ea83c59b9834dd14d4.rangers_tigers_baseball_dts107.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=DsbD2XwsbqTdmmvEYfQxfg--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Detroit. Rogers (2-0) made his second start of the season for Detroit and gave up just one run on four hits in six innings. He also fanned three and walked just one in a 5-2 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Back on the mound in Detroit, Kenny Rogers gave the Tigers another lift. He allowed one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery, leading the Tigers over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Thursday.</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"/>
China's Yi surprised to be picked by Milwaukee
Reuters - China's Yi Jianlian, the first
overseas player taken in the 2007 NBA Draft, said he was
surprised at being selected with the sixth pick by the
Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
Yankees-Orioles game suspended by rain
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_orioles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.de98de9e610a40d4b60cb749551e4079.yankees_orioles_baseball_bab104.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=2EH9Kf0RIiADp8VYKYLNQQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="New York Yankees' Derek Jeter follows through on a 2-RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning of a baseball game in the rain Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees got out of town without another loss. But they didn't get a victory, either, because their game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was suspended by rain.</p><br clear="all"/>
Argentina too much for US in Copa opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_copa_america_us_argentina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.19a6d95802244b0daafca9333b4367a0.venezuela_soccer_copa_america_xrm121.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=aq7oGz0EYdTtl0W40N5AAw--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Argentina's Hernan Crespo, center, celebrates with teammates Gabriel Milito, left, and Esteban Cambiasso after scoring as Ricardo Clark looks dejected during a Copa America Group C game in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Thursday, June 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)" border="0" /></a>AP - Missing most of its top players, the United States got spanked in its Copa America opener. Hernan Crespo scored twice, Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez added late goals and Argentina routed a youthful United States team 4-1 Thursday night in South America's championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators GM: Kariya to test free agency
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_kariya"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.nyol57506290100.predators_kariya_nyol575.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=798vdqVdDtAJlF.gUGqGrQ--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Paul Kariya shows off his new Nashville Predators jersey at the official announcement of his signing with the team in Nashville, Tenn. in this August 8, 2005 file photo. Kariya plans to enter free agency, the latest loss for a team 'fighting for its life,' general manager David Poile said Thursday. Poile said the forward decided to become a free agent because the Predators are up for sale and the team's future is uncertain (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Predators forward Paul Kariya plans to enter free agency, the latest loss for a team "fighting for its life," general manager David Poile said Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dolphins release DT Evans after arrest (AP)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Fred Evans, arrested over the weekend for refusing to leave a taxi on South Beach and for fighting with officers, was released by the team Thursday. Evans played in one game as a rookie last season with the Dolphins. Police twice used a Taser gun Saturday on Evans in an attempt to subdue the 6-foot-4, 305-pound player, according to the arrest report.
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.
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.
Blazers take Oden, Durant goes to Sonics (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers got Greg Oden and felt like they won a championship. The Seattle SuperSonics settled for Kevin Durant, thrilling fans disappointed by the trade of All-Star Ray Allen to Boston. The Trail Blazers ended months of debate Thursday night when they chose Oden over fellow college freshman Durant with the No.
Sonics send Allen to Celtics for Green (AP)
Kevin Durant is headed to Seattle, and Ray Allen is headed to Boston. New Sonics' general manager Sam Presti pulled off a stunning set of moves during the early stages of Thursday night's NBA draft, sending Allen and the 35th overall pick in the second round to Boston for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and the No.
Warriors deal Richardson to Bobcats (AP)
The Golden State Warriors traded veteran guard Jason Richardson to the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night for the rights to North Carolina forward Brandan Wright, the eighth overall pick. Charlotte also got the rights to Alabama forward Jermareo Davidson, Golden State's choice with the 36th selection.
Bucks select Yi with sixth pick (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks said they've made a global impact by selecting Yi Jianlian. But that's only if they can get Yi, selected with the sixth pick in the NBA draft, to a city his handlers had shunned in the weeks leading up to Thursday night. Disregarding his desire to play in a city with a heavy Asian influence -- there are only about 27,500 Asian Americans in Milwaukee -- the Bucks picked the...
Wolves keep KG, pick Brewer at No. 7 (AP)
One thought sprang into Corey Brewer's mind after being chosen by Minnesota in the first round of Thursday night's NBA draft. "Hopefully KG's still there," Brewer said. You're in luck, Corey. Kevin Garnett is still a member of the Timberwolves. And on Thursday night, Garnett got some much-needed defensive help.
Mavericks hire Westphal as assistant (AP)
The Mavericks hired former NBA head coach Paul Westphal on Thursday to be an assistant under Avery Johnson. Westphal, out of the league since being fired as Seattle's coach 15 games into the 2000-01 season, went 267-159 with Phoenix (1992-95) and Seattle (1998-2000). "We are thrilled to add Paul Westphal to our basketball family.
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.
Messier heads Hockey Hall of Fame class (AP)
It took only one look for voters to pick this year's class of Hockey Hall of Famers. Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens all were elected in their first year of eligibility. "I have a lot of respect for all the guys who were inducted this year," Messier said after the announcement Thursday.
Preds GM: Kariya to become free agent (AP)
Predators forward Paul Kariya plans to enter free agency, the latest loss for a team "fighting for its life," general manager David Poile said Thursday. Poile said Kariya decided to become a free agent because the Predators are up for sale and the team's future is uncertain. "He just decided it's best for him to look at alternative options," Poile said.
Chelios on committee to find union head (AP)
The NHL Players' Association announced a five-player committee on Thursday to find a replacement for former executive director Ted Saskin. "We're walking out of here with a positive attitude," Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said after three days of meetings. "It's been a long two years. Obviously we've been damaged and there's been a crisis ...
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.
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.
Flames re-sign F Wayne Primeau (AP)
The Calgary Flames re-signed center Wayne Primeau to a three-year contract and inked defenseman David Hale to a one-year deal. Calgary had acquired Primeau, who could've become an unrestricted free agent Sunday, from the Boston Bruins in a February trade that also brought defenseman Brad Stuart to the Flames.
Canucks sign F Cowan to 2-year extension (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Jeff Cowan to a two-year contract extension Thursday. The 30-year-old right winger played 42 games for the Canucks last season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. He had seven goals, three assists and 93 penalty minutes with Vancouver. The Toronto native added two more goals during 10 playoff games, including the overtime winner in Game 2...
Roush Fenway unveils baseball-themed car for No. 99 (AP)
Carl Edwards is turning into a seamhead for this weekend's visit to New England.
Hendrick team won't appeal NASCAR penalties (AP)
Rick Hendrick won't appeal the penalties NASCAR handed Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, and their crew chiefs will immediately begin their six-race suspensions.
Gordon, Johnson ready to face adversity without crew chiefs (PA SportsTicker)
By Scott Serrano PA SportsTicker Staff Writer
Former champion Labonte hoping to gain momentum (AP)
Don't tell Bobby Labonte he can't take anything positive out of finishing 33rd. The former NASCAR champion isn't...
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.
Montoya breathing easier after getting first win (AP)
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.