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Giants snap 3-game skid, beat D'backs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070701/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070701/capt.2bb75f5ac2c64fc1953adc8913b56e65.diamondbacks_giants_baseball_cagn105.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=Vl7RHG2KbAtgF_427pw.CA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds heads for the dugout after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 30, 2007, in San Francisco. Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is in the background. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds barely missed his 751st home run. That did little to lessen the hype around him. His fifth-inning at-bat was the only chance he got, too. The San Francisco slugger settled for an RBI double and also walked three times in the Giants' 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night, which snapped a three-game skid.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seattle Mariners win 7th straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070701/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070701/capt.225981caea864c128d22adb1db193419.blue_jays_mariners_baseball_wajf102.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=ndeCgvJFRHQN6ChPZFTxig--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Miguel Batista deliverss to the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of their baseball game in Seattle, Saturday, June 30, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Miguel Batista scrambled to match Roy Halladay long enough for Seattle's offense to finally solve the Toronto ace. Batista carefully pitched into the seventh inning, Ben Broussard tied a career-high with four hits and the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 8-3 on Saturday night for their seventh straight win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Padres defeat Dodgers 3-1 in 12 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070701/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070701/capt.d3c8387af3c34ba6a2228748bbc1c43c.padres_dodgers_baseball_lad102.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=Hjf1kJD15e24e9e1mAJwBQ--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy throws to the plate during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, June 30, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jake Peavy and Brad Penny both had extra incentive when they went to the mound to face each other. First place in the NL West was at stake, and so was the starting assignment at the All-Star game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Shin grabs Open lead; Ochoa, Kerr follow
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070701/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_women_s_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070630/capt.645e46304eeb4984ad8428ba8f6e9b71.womens_us_open_golf_ncpk180.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=gN85Sb6lxgg8IJnPqCy.Dg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Ji-Yai Shin, of South Korea, tees off on the second hole during the third round at the 2007 Women's U.S. Open golf championship in Southern Pines, N.C., Saturday, June 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - First came two blasts of the horn, the end of a 12 1/2-hour day at Pine Needles.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pernice leads at Buick 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_buick_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070629/capt.2cd8cfd9bedf45bdb86dffb31b4c369b.buick_open_golf_mico104.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=QxXgcfM4oQ5uTOgNpnNfgA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Scott Verplank hits from the sand on the 9th hole during the second round of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich., Friday, June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Pernice Jr. was having a mediocre round until surprising himself with a spectacular stretch that pushed his name atop a shuffled leaderboard.</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"/>
Carter opts out of contract with Nets
AP - Vince Carter opted out of the final year of a contract with the New Jersey Nets that would have paid the All-Star guard $16.3 million this coming season.
Oakland hands Yankees another loss
Reuters - The Oakland Athletics blanked the New
York Yankees 7-0 on Saturday to hand the struggling Yankees
their eighth loss in 10 games.
Chivas USA shuts out Revolution 2-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070701/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_revolution_chivas_usa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070701/capt.88ba0e1f85a34d9f85d7d0e57c16642e.mls_revolution_chivas_soccer_cabk103.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=KAMlkXdCcW3lfH1CxoUMNQ--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="Chivas USA's Francisco Mendoza, middle, tries move the ball between New England Revolution's Andy Dorman, left, and Jesse Marsch during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, June 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jesse Marsch scored in the 60th minute to help Chivas USA beat the New England Revolution 2-0 Saturday night.</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...
Heisman Trophy winner Campbell rips NFL (AP)
The sleek black Mercedes whipped into valet parking. Anyone expecting the driver to get out of the car with the same grace and style was in for a shock. With the aid of the valet, Earl Campbell slowly emerged. Left foot first, right foot next. Once they were both solidly on the ground, the Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer grabbed his walker with both hands and shuffled with bent back and...
NFL looks to make presence felt 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...
Carter opts out, but Nets may keep him (AP)
Vince Carter opted out of the final year of a contract with the New Jersey Nets that would have paid the All-Star guard $16.3 million this coming season. Nets' President Rod Thorn said Saturday the team was informed Friday that Carter would test the free agent market, but he remained optimistic the 30-year-old swingman would return next season.
Allegations made against Knicks' Thomas (AP)
The former Knicks executive who is suing coach Isiah Thomas for sexual harassment alleged in court papers that Thomas urged a cheerleader to flirt with referees and guard Stephon Marbury cursed at her, according to newspaper reports Saturday. Anucha Browne Sanders, a former senior vice president of marketing and business operations, filed documents to answer the Knicks' attempt to have her lawsuit...
Durant called upon to 'save the Sonics' (AP)
Kevin Durant hadn't been a member of the SuperSonics two full days before one of the most popular players in team history anointed him Seattle's basketball savior. "I don't want to put pressure on Kevin, but I think you will save the Sonics," Slick Watts, who played for the Sonics from 1973-78, said Saturday to Durant, the No.
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...
Jazz make offers to Gs Brown, Miles (AP)
The Utah Jazz made qualifying offers to guards Dee Brown and C.J. Miles on Friday, making both players restricted free agents. The move means the Jazz can match any offer Brown or Miles get from other teams that want to sign them. Terms of Utah's offers were not available. Brown, a second-round draft pick last year, had a one-year contract and was a solid enough backup to Deron Williams -- his former...
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.
Blues sign C Tkachuk to 2-year deal (AP)
The St. Louis Blues signed center Keith Tkachuk to a two-year contract on Saturday, one day before he would have become an unrestricted free agent. The Canadian Press reported that the deal was for $8 million. The Blues traded the four-time All-Star to Atlanta in February but reacquired rights to him earlier this week.
Sabres worry about losing Drury, Briere (AP)
Sabres executive Larry Quinn had one last piece of advice to offer as the team's co-captains, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, gathered in Los Angeles to prepare for the start of NHL free agency. Landing the most lucrative contract does not necessarily guarantee anyone playing for a winner, the Sabres managing partner said Saturday.
Wings continue to negotiate with G Hasek (AP)
On the eve of NHL free agency, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was cautiously optimistic he would be able to agree to contract terms with star goaltender Dominik Hasek. "I don't think there's a significant divide, but there's no deal so we continue to go back and forth," Holland said Saturday night.
Sabres re-sign C Mair for three years (AP)
Veteran forward Adam Mair re-signed with the Sabres on Saturday, avoiding free agency with a three-year, $2.275 million contract. He'll make $750,000 in each of the first two seasons and $775,000 in the final season, receiving a slight raise above the $675,000 he made with Buffalo last year. The deal was reached a day before the NHL's free agency period begins.
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...
Panthers ink Stumpel to 2-year 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...
Wild re-sign C Koivu, D Skoula (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed center Mikko Koivu and defenseman Martin Skoula to multiyear contracts. Terms of the deals weren't announced Saturday. The 24-year-old Koivu recorded 54 points and 58 penalty minutes last season while appearing in all 82 regular-season games with Minnesota. Koivu led the Wild in faceoffs won (583) and faceoffs taken (1,147), ranked third in assists, tied for third in...
Kvapil captures second truck race in 3 weeks (AP)
Travis Kvapil repeatedly apologized for spinning Brad Keselowski on the way to taking the lead for good in the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200.
Kvapil overtakes Keselowski late to win O'Reilly 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Harvick holds off Edwards for Busch victory (AP)
Kevin Harvick held off a late challenge by Carl Edwards to grab his second NASCAR Busch Series victory of the season Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Harvick wins Busch Camping World 200 from pole (PA SportsTicker)
Hamlin wants wins, not just good finishes (AP)
While Denny Hamlin has avoided the dread sophomore jinx, he's not satisfied with being second in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season points going into Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Interim crew chiefs set for Sunday's race. (AP)
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson will both have a new voice in their ear during Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Perera earns champ car pole in Canada (AP)
French rookie Franck Perera earned his first Champ Car Atlantic Championship pole position in final qualifying for Sunday's race at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Perera had the best lap at 109.175 mph in the No. 11 Condor Motorsports Mazda-Cosworth/Swift. The Frenchman is the only driver in the series to finish in the top five in all six of his starts in the 12-race championship.
Blaney wins first Nextel Cup pole for Toyota (PA SportsTicker)