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NEWS FROM 2007-07-03
Clemens 1st since 1963 to earn 350 wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070703/capt.65a884f91a4f412e93fd1445d58a3741.twins_yankees_baseball_nyy111.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=d3teDDyBJM3.khnvdnDgxA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, right, is greeted by his wife, Debbie, after getting his 350th win as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 during MLB baseball Monday, July 2, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that Roger Clemens has his 350th win, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are worried about a more mundane number: 15 days on the disabled list. Clemens reached a rare milestone with a vintage performance, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball to lead New York past the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers pull away to beat Braves 8-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070703/capt.5e49ae09a382428d9c5076216f8015bf.aptopix_braves_dodgers_baseball_lad110.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=vrVfeMHnDm6jlaL3WXubow--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' James Loney, right, is tagged out at home by Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann while Loney was trying to score from second base on a single by Rafael Furcal in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Monday, July 2, 2007.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the thick of a pennant race because they've been thriving in pressure situations. Matt Kemp, Russell Martin and Joe Beimel are perfect examples.</p><br clear="all"/>
Serena hobbles to dramatic Wimbledon win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070702/capt.79909505b3664db9b6af15509710df52.britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim309.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=bgF9UM4HmOHx0wKywsslMA--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Serena Williams receives attention after falling to the court with a cramped calf muscle, during her Women's Singles match against Daniela Hantuchova, on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Monday July 2, 2007.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hobbled and hurting and essentially playing on one leg, Serena Williams managed to gut out a three-set victory at Wimbledon on Monday against an opponent who helped by fading right along with the daylight.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fisher quits Jazz to help ill daughter
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_jazz_fisher"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070703/capt.8baad1df7f1e445d8c0e249248f463fd.jazz_fisher_basketball_slcc101.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=bPB2IzTg7WZOL8WkGrFC2g--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher poses for his portrait during the team's NBA basketball media day in this Oct. 2, 2006 file photo in Salt Lake City. Fisher was released from his contract Monday, June 2, 2007, to care for his 10-month-old daughter, who has cancer. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Utah Jazz agreed to release guard Derek Fisher from his contract Monday so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johnson under legal limit in DUI arrest
AP - Tank Johnson's blood alcohol level was below the legal limit when the former Chicago Bears tackle was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving June 22.
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"/>
Chinese draft pick Yi looking for trade, says agent
Reuters - China's Yi Jianlian, taken by the
Milwaukee Bucks with the sixth selection in the NBA draft,
wants to be traded to another team, according to the player's
Blue Jays outslug A's on Wells' 2 HRs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070703/capt.6cdcf9a4cca04bbdb76c03e2e3acc8a2.blue_jays_athletics_baseball_oas103.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=V3_XL_QVlGi6eUlsIPFVOA--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Toronto Blue Jays' Vernon Wells, right, is congratulated by third base coach Brian Butterfield after hitting a solo home run off of Oakland Athletics' Lenny DiNardo in the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 2, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vernon Wells got the Toronto Blue Jays started just like a good leadoff hitter should.</p><br clear="all"/>
Paraguay pummels U.S. soccer team 3-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_us_paraguay"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070703/capt.ddf5073b95534a50829a438055f73abf.venezuela_soccer_copa_america_xfll119.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=g3wX44iQ8zXnu8wHO7JlWw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="U.S. Jonathan Bornstein, left, fights for the ball with Paraguay's Edgar Barreto during a Copa America soccer game in Barinas, Venezuela, Monday, July 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Looks as if the U.S. soccer team's trip to Venezuela is going to be a short one. Four days after being routed by a superior Argentina squad in their Copa America opener, the Americans were humbled even further Monday night in a 3-1 loss to Paraguay that put them on the brink of elimination.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers' free agents shared same number
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070703/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_rangers_centers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070702/capt.904577dcc57c41f983a0365722777be9.rangers_centers_hockey_nyjz103.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=anAg4BXxKwxNIQZHJBt2bA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Newly-signed New York Rangers centers Chris Drury and Scott Gomez pull on their new sweaters as head hockey coach Tom Renney, right, looks on at the Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., Monday, July 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Gomez beamed while talking about how the New York Rangers gave him everything he wanted on his only day as an unrestricted free agent.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tank Johnson was below legal DUI limit (AP)
Tank Johnson's blood alcohol level was below the legal limit when the former Chicago Bears tackle was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving June 22. Johnson's blood alcohol level was .072, under the presumptive limit in Arizona of .08 percent, police Sgt. Andrew Duncan said Monday. No charges have been filed pending results of a completed investigation.
LaVar Arrington released from hospital (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was released from the hospital Monday, two weeks after breaking his right arm and severely cutting his leg in a motorcycle accident. "He's doing much better," said Arrington's attorney, Rosalyn Pugh. "I won't say he's 100 percent, but he's doing better." Pugh said Arrington had a "little limp" from a gash in his leg as he left Prince George's Hospital...
Terrell Owens sues nightclub for $600K (AP)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens filed a $600,000 lawsuit, contending his name and photo were used in nightclub ads without his permission. Owens says the Avalon nightclub on Manhattan's West Side improperly used his name, likeness and initials T.O. in 2006 and 2007 to promote its Friday Night Lights events and other parties.
Raiders lose stadium lawsuit against NFL (AP)
The Oakland Raiders lost their case in California's top court Monday after contending in a lawsuit that the NFL sabotaged the team's effort to build a stadium at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The case dates back more than 20 years when Raiders managing partner Al Davis accused the league of purposely not doing enough to help the team move from the antiquated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to a new...
Bills sign P Moorman to 3-year extension (AP)
Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman signed a three-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Moorman's new deal runs through 2012 and is worth $10 million, putting him among the league's best paid punters. The Bills also restructured the remaining three years on his current contract. Moorman has become one of the NFL's top punters since breaking into the league with Buffalo as an undrafted...
Browns C Bentley plans to play in 2007 (AP)
Center LeCharles Bentley, whose first season with Cleveland ended with a freakish knee injury last summer that became infected and threatened his life and NFL career, plans to play for the Browns this season. The club's marquee free-agent signing in 2006, Bentley said Sunday that he'll report to training camp in a few weeks and that his goal is to be ready for the season opener on Sept.
U.S. national team preps for tourney (AP)
The red and blue football jerseys never have absorbed a grass stain, and the "USA" on the chest is a pristine white. The 45 players in uniform steal excited glances at each other in empty Spartan Stadium on a postcard-perfect California afternoon, still soaking in this surprising turn to life after college.
Fisher leaves Jazz to be with daughter (AP)
The Utah Jazz agreed to release guard Derek Fisher from his contract Monday so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye. Fisher said he wants to live in one of the six or seven cities being considered for Tatum's care. He didn't rule out playing for another NBA team but emphasized that his daughter's health is his No.
Oden signs, gets ready for summer league (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed No. 1 pick Greg Oden. According the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Oden's deal will be for two years, with team options for the third and fourth seasons. Oden will make $3.885 million as a rookie and $4.176 in Year 2. If they pick up the option in the third year, his salary will be $4.476 million.
Ray Allen says ankles are 'perfect' (AP)
It didn't take long for Ray Allen to show his new coach what adding a veteran can do for the Boston Celtics. Holding up his No. 20 uniform on Monday for the traditional news conference photo shoot, Allen displayed it front-facing, so the jersey read "Celtics." Minutes earlier, when newly minted draft choices Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Gabe Pruitt posed for a similar picture, they held it so their...
Iverson testifies he wasn't in brawl (AP)
Allen Iverson denied taking part in a 2005 Washington nightclub brawl, testifying Monday that two men who sued him for $20 million in connection with the fight want to cash in on his basketball fame. The plaintiffs say Iverson's bodyguard and other members of his entourage attacked them when they wouldn't immediately make room for the NBA star in the VIP section of the Eyebar.
Knicks may not be done with moves (AP)
New Knicks forward Zach Randolph took a couple of swings with the hockey stick he'd just been handed, then grabbed a spot alongside the Rangers' two new additions for a photo. It's shopping season in New York, and the Knicks might not be done yet. Acquired from Portland in a draft-night trade, Randolph was introduced Monday by the Knicks, who will pair him with center Eddy Curry to form what they...
Source: Nets, Carter near $60M-plus deal (AP)
Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets have the framework in place for a four-year contract that guarantees the All-Star more than $60 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Word of the deal came Sunday, though the person spoke on condition of anonymity because under league rules the agreement can not be announced until July 11, the first day free agents can sign.
Reports: Lakers to re-sign F Luke Walton (AP)
Luke Walton appears to be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. Several published reports said the forward agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal Sunday on the first day teams were allowed to contact free agents. "This is where I wanted to be all along," Walton, an unrestricted free agent, told the Los Angeles Times.
Ducks sign RW Bertuzzi to two-year deal (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi signed a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, giving the Stanley Cup champions another rugged scoring threat. Bertuzzi left the Detroit Red Wings for the Stanley Cup champion Ducks, who agreed with the right winger on an $8 million deal. "It's pretty special for a winning team to find room to fit me in and to have the opportunity to play," Bertuzzi said during a...
Handzus, Preissing, Calder, Nagy to L.A. (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings signed four free agents Monday including center Michal Handzus and defenseman Tom Preissing, who agreed to terms of four-year contracts. The 30-year-old Handzus, who has played eight NHL seasons, will earn $16 million over the life of his contract. The 28-year-old Preissing, a three-year NHL veteran, will be paid $2.75 million per season.
Penguins sign Sykora, Sydor (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were one of the most improved teams in NHL history last season. General manager Ray Shero believed they needed to get even better to challenge for the Stanley Cup. The Penguins, not resting after their turnaround season, signed two former Stanley Cup winners Monday in right wing Petr Sykora and defenseman Darryl Sydor.
Caps sign C Nylander for 4 years, $19.5M (AP)
The Washington Capitals signed center Michael Nylander to a four-year, $19.5 million contract Monday, the team's third free-agent signing in two days. Nylander joins forward Viktor Kozlov and defenseman Tom Poti in the team's haul during the first 48 hours of the NHL's open market. After subsisting as a last-place team on a low payroll since the lockout ended in 2005, the Capitals have vowed this...
Habs give D Hamrlik 4-year, $22M deal (AP)
Roman Hamrlik wanted to keep playing hockey in Canada, and the Montreal Canadiens were happy to give the veteran defenseman that opportunity. Hamrlik signed a four-year, $22-million deal Monday with Montreal, which is likely to lose unrestricted free agent defenseman Sheldon Souray. Chosen first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1992 draft, Hamrlik spent the last two seasons with Calgary.
Blackhawks sign free agent C Lang (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks signed free agent center Robert Lang to a two-year contract Monday. The 36-year-old Lang played with the Detroit Red Wings last season, scoring 19 goals with 33 assists in 81 games. "Robert gives us another offensive weapon at the center position," general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement.
Coyotes buy out C Scatchard's contract (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes bought out the remaining two years of center Dave Scatchard's contract on Monday. In two seasons with the Coyotes, the 31-year-old Scatchard had 14 goals and 31 points in 93 games. He missed the last 32 games of last season because of a concussion.
Truex's star rises at DEI (AP)
The perception was DEI would fall apart without Dale Earnhardt Jr. The reality is Martin Truex Jr. appears ready, willing and able to step into a starring role with the team.
Hamlin gets first victory of 2007 (AP)
Despite all the things that have kept him from reaching Victory Lane this season, Denny Hamlin was sure he was going to get there eventually.
Hamlin holds off Gordon to win at New Hampshire (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards in the pits after routine stop tuns sour (AP)
A pit lane mishap cost Carl Edwards a shot at his second NASCAR Nextel Cup victory in three weeks.
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)