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NEWS FROM 2007-06-30
Bonds moves within 5 of Aaron's mark
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070630/capt.32b66ad6504f4ebbbdd6d60d4d4a2baf.aptopix_bonds_homers_diamondbacks_giants_baseball__fxpb113.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=2tsyaurmjWnE4pD1l0nvXg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings for his 750th career home run off Arizona Diamondbacks' Livan Hernandez in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 29, 2007, in San Francisco. The hit puts Bonds within six of breaking Hank Aaron's home run record.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The fans in San Francisco went wild when Barry Bonds hit No. 750 on Friday night. In Houston, Mark Loretta's teammates swarmed the plate for a second straight night after he hit No. 69.</p><br clear="all"/>
Huff hits for cycle in Orioles loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070630/capt.7acbe8a345374e42ac1d8223dad78e8e.angels_orioles_baseball_bab105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=U0YiyCdH4.HwXR0..Z7UKA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick, right, celebrates with Gary Matthews after hitting a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles' Chris Ray to give the Angels the go-ahead runs during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 29, 2007, in Baltimore. The Angels won 9-7. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aubrey Huff had a memorable game with four swings of the bat. Howie Kendrick spoiled it all with just one.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hingis, Blake knocked off at Wimbledon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.7582066e48f542d7b377d2d61aaa6507.britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim337.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=ROFQU8f82Py076rGOBK_rw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Laura Granville of the US returns to Switzerland's Martina Hingis, during their Women's Singles match at Wimbledon, Friday June 29, 2007.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Until Friday, Laura Granville went five years without winning a third-round Grand Slam match against anyone, much less Martina Hingis. Knocking off the 1997 Wimbledon champion made all the American's toiling in tennis' minor leagues worth it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Perry, Furyk, Quigley share Buick lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_buick_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.332a4f346c794161ab85d9ef4a9f2d7b.buick_open_golf_mico111.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=zsudM61Z3JcsQcXKLDSZfw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Kenny Perry watches his drive at the ninth hole during the second round of the Buick Open golf tournament at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich., Friday, June 29, 2007. Perry ended the round tied with Brett Quigley and Jim Furyk at 10 under par. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brett Quigley held a two-shot lead at the Buick Open just after the turn and his mind drifted to an easy stretch of Warwick Hills. A couple holes later, a huge oak tree taught him a lesson.</p><br clear="all"/>
Park leads at suspended US Women's Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_women_s_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.b59f194f642b48fb93d9a6086b76f2a7.womens_us_open_golf_ncpk157.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=EmXFZzrsq5yhcsNUE24v0g--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Angela Park, left, of South Korea, talks on the phone as she leaves the clubhouse with her caddie, Michael Hobbs, after play was suspended due to weather at the 2007 Women's U.S. Open golf championship in Southern Pines, N.C., Friday, June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Kazdan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. Women's Open entered its third day with most players still stuck in the second round and Mother Nature dominating the field.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL folds European league after 16 years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbo_nfl_europa_folds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.nyol58606292112.nfl_europa_folds_nyol586.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=vKeICyQg6uB4_L3m_9qF9Q--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, talks to the media at an NFL meeting in Northbrook, Ill. in this Aug. 8, 2006 file photo. After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league Friday. Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after 'significant investment' it was time to close NFL Europa and concentrate internationally on regular-season games outside the United States. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cuban: Nelson beat Mavs with inside info
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_mavericks_cuban_nelson_dispute"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070630/capt.nyol59506300030.mavericks_cuban_nelson_dispute_nyol595.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=IvNvDbigNmKau5f9n0XV6A--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson, left, listens as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talks as they watch the team warm up before the start of their game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Dallas in this March 1, 2003 file photo. Cuban claims in an ongoing dispute with his former coach that Nelson used 'confidential information' to help the Golden State Warriors pull off a stunning first-round playoff victory (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mavericks owner Mark Cuban claims in an ongoing dispute with his former coach that Don Nelson used "confidential information" to help the Golden State Warriors pull off a stunning first-round playoff victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kouzmanoff helps Padres beat Dodgers 7-6
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070630/capt.04c8d61af1b84aa2a454c9280f09fc8d.padres_dodgers_baseball_lad108.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Q7HedJZR3TEJhuxGBJzVfQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Kevin Kouzmanoff, right, is congratulated by teammates Jose Cruz Jr. and Michael Barrett after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, June 29, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - With a five-run lead, the San Diego Padres might have thought they had enough of a cushion. Turns out it was barely enough against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff's three-run homer broke a tie in a six-run fourth inning and the Padres won 7-6 Friday night in a matchup of NL West rivals separated by a game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham set for July 13 intro in L.A.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070624/capt.nyol56906242258.brand_it_like_beckham_nyol569.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=XzIdoPI4XZsBKWYKPvnufw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="England's David Beckham in action during the World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria at Old Trafford in Manchester, England in this Saturday Oct. 8, 2005 file photo. After helping Real Madrid win the Spanish League title for the first time in four seasons with the club, Beckham joins Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy next month, a major injection of star power for a league whose talent has steadily been rising but has lacked a marquee mainstay. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark your calendars, America. David Beckham will be officially introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 13 at the team's stadium in Carson.</p><br clear="all"/>
Union: NHL salary cap to rise to $50.3M
AP - The NHL salary cap will rise to $50.3 million per team next season, an increase of $6.3 million from last season, the league and players' union announced Friday.
NFL European league folds after 16 years (AP)
After 15 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league Friday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after "significant investment" it was time to close NFL Europa and concentrate internationally on regular-season games outside the United States. "A foundation of American football fans in key European markets has been created and the time is...
NFL looking to make presence in China (AP)
Are you ready for some "Mei shi gan lan qiu"? The NFL is intent on finding out if that is indeed the case in China. The league is venturing into untested territory and hoping the country's vast marketplace will respond to its product. Clearly, there are details to sort out. For one, the language. The sport's vocabulary may resonate from Maine to Maui, but it's a poor fit in Chinese.
'Mr. Irrelevant' agrees with Lions (AP)
Mr. Irrelevant Ramzee Robinson, the last player selected in the NFL draft, agreed to a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Robinson agreed in principle to the deal on Thursday, his agent Andrew Benedict said Friday. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound cornerback from Alabama became the 23rd player to be recognized as Mr.
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.
Oden introduced to Blazers fans at rally (AP)
Brand-new Trail Blazers center Greg Oden quickly got a feel for life in Portland -- it rained. The 7-foot center out of Ohio State, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with his last name, was introduced Friday to Blazers fans at a lunchtime rally, some 16 hours after the team took him with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Cuban: Nelson's inside info beat Mavs (AP)
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban claims in an ongoing dispute with his former coach that Don Nelson used "confidential information" to help the Golden State Warriors pull off a stunning first-round playoff victory. That accusation is part of Cuban's response to an arbitration claim Nelson has filed against Cuban to get $6.5 million of deferred compensation, which Nelson said he is owed for his time with...
Durant adjusting as face of Sonics (AP)
Kevin Durant was welcomed Friday as the public face and cornerstone of the Seattle SuperSonics. Durant was accompanied by Jeff Green, whose availability was the catalyst behind a stunning draft night trade that shipped seven-time All-Star Ray Allen from Seattle to Boston, and landed the Sonics two of the top five picks.
Sonics send Allen to Celtics for Green (AP)
Just selecting Kevin Durant was too easy. Sam Presti wanted to fully place his imprint on the future of the Seattle SuperSonics. So to send a statement about his vision of a defense-oriented and versatile team, the 30-year-old general manager did what seemed unthinkable: he traded Ray Allen. Thursday's NBA draft will long be remembered in Seattle for a stunning set of moves in the early stages of...
Thomas says Randolph will thrive in NYC (AP)
Zach Randolph will be great alongside Eddy Curry and will be just fine in New York. That's what Knicks coach Isiah Thomas thinks of his new acquisition, who found plenty of trouble in Portland and is coming to New York to redeem himself and a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2004. "I believe in him as a player.
Yi's arrival could boost Milwaukee image (AP)
Even after the NBA draft, the biggest international player remains a mystery. Yi Jianlian did not travel to Milwaukee on Friday to be formally introduced. He has no plans to visit, either, with responsibilities playing for the Chinese national team starting this weekend in Dallas and then the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
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.
NHL salary cap increases to $50.3M (AP)
The NHL salary cap will rise to $50.3 million per team next season, an increase of $6.3 million from last season, the league and players' union announced Friday. It's the second increase under the collective bargaining agreement that ended the yearlong lockout in 2005. The key issue in the lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season was the owners' insistence to include a salary cap...
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.
Panthers sign C Stumpel to extension (AP)
The Florida Panthers signed center Jozef Stumpel to a two-year contract extension Friday. The 34-year-old Stumpel has played in 147 games for the Panthers in the past two seasons and had 38 goals and 71 assists. He scored 23 goals last season -- a career high. "Jozef is a proven playmaker who has fit in very well playing along with our core nucleus of forwards over the past two seasons," coach and...
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.
Kings re-sign D Modry, LW Giuliano (AP)
Defenseman Jaroslav Modry and left wing Jeff Giuliano re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts. The 36-year-old Modry split last season between the Dallas Stars and the Kings, playing in 76 games and getting one goal and 17 assists. He came to Los Angeles in a trade from Dallas on Feb.
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 ...
Blaney wins first Nextel Cup pole for Toyota (PA SportsTicker)
Blaney gives Toyota first Nextel Cup pole (AP)
Dave Blaney finally gave Toyota something to celebrate Friday, winning the pole for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Losing bonus points would hurt title contenders (AP)
When Nextel Cup leader Jeff Gordon was docked 100 points this week for a technical infraction, the chief beneficiary was series runner-up Denny Hamlin.
Gordon and Johnson aim to keep momentum despite penalties (AP)
The last time crew chief Chad Knaus was suspended by NASCAR, driver Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team responded by winning two of the four races he missed.
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...