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Bonds homers but Giants fall to Reds 7-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.72f887e60895429a86eb33bdd6799fe3.giants_reds_baseball_csb119.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=JGGrukrc0N2sfrmSlN0nEw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds rounds the bases past third base coach Tim Flannery after Bonds hit a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 3, 2007, in Cincinnati. The home run was the 751st of Bond's career. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the same city where Hank Aaron completed his quest, Barry Bonds came out hammering. Swinging at the first three pitches he saw, Bonds connected on his third try for homer No. 751 on Tuesday night. He's now four shy of Aaron's record following the San Francisco Giants' 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox rip reeling Devil Rays 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_devil_rays_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.ad5d3aeebcde47679a2ac824ad8b257b.devil_rays_red_sox_baseball_maea110.jpg?x=130&y=73&sig=wGqN.kS5rMi3i0HKcrxn8A--" align="left" height="73" width="130" alt="Fans atop the centerfield wall record the nine strikeouts of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka against the Tampa Bay Devils Rays in their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Matsuzaka gave up four hits over eight innings in their 4-1 victory over the Devil Rays. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daisuke Matsuzaka got the run support he's been lacking — and from an unlikely source.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yankees make 8-0 meal out of Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.64d15a945bf249e69cd78f310a6249cf.twins_yankees_baseball_nyjj110.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=sPxmfdn_5x00cAFjDUxFVg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Robinson Cano slides into home plate on a hit by Melky Cabrera as Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, right, applies the tag with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa, left, looking on during the sixth inning in Major League Baseball action Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Cano was ruled safe on the play. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chien-Ming Wang's pitching performance looked pretty impressive Tuesday night — until he was outdone by a brand new teammate. Edwar Ramirez struck out all three batters he faced in his major league debut, including AL MVP Justin Morneau, to close out the New York Yankees' 8-0 victory over the slumping Minnesota Twins.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sonics poised to name Carlesimo as coach
AP - The Seattle SuperSonics appear set to pluck another piece from the San Antonio Spurs.
Jackson helps Storm defeat Sparks 90-71
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkl_sparks_storm"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.dcb9f714e8cf40788668dd7055dc82de.sparks_storm_basketball_wajb104.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=4ui3PTTlZtX0tM5M8Lf2UQ--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson, right, is charged with an offensive foul as she knocks over Los Angeles Sparks' Jessica Moore in the first half of their WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July, 3, 2007 at Key Arena in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - The idea of playing at least the next two weeks without teammate Sue Bird brought a frown to face of Seattle's Lauren Jackson. "I don't want to play without her," Jackson said. "She's my best mate." Jackson didn't have reason to be disappointed with her effort Tuesday night. The All-Star starter burned the Sparks again, scoring 11 of her 23 points in the third quarter of the Storm's 90-71 win over Los Angeles.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders RB Rhodes suspended for 4 games
AP - Oakland Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
NBA Pistons ink Billups to rich deal: report
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070704/sp_afp/basketnbapistonsbillups"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070704/capt.sge.tkm07.040707010110.photo00.photo.default-512x345.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=d_lQQRkJLOlzs.ShN6isoQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Chauncey Billups #1 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the 2007 NBA Playoffs, 2 June 2007, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Billups and the Detroit Pistons agreed upon a five-year deal thought to be worth 60 million dollars, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, but his agent said no deal is concluded.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Gregory Shamus)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Chauncey Billups and the Detroit Pistons agreed upon a five-year deal thought to be worth 60 million dollars, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, but his agent said no deal is concluded.</p><br clear="all"/>
Butler, Royals roll over Mariners 17-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_royals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.1b85cdb2433f4d06a1a094891706b39a.mariners_royals_baseball_modw106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=GVVl2HWVlvGjbA079SM8Tw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler is congratulated by third base coach Brian Poldberg following Butler's first-inning three-run homer in a baseball game with the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, July 3, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)" border="0" /></a>AP - Though Billy Butler and Ryan Feierabend are new to the major leagues, they are familiar with each other. So with an inkling of what to expect, Butler had one of the best games of any rookie hitter so far this year, driving in six runs with a home run and a double Tuesday night in Kansas City's 17-3 romp over Seattle.</p><br clear="all"/>
Americans humbled again, by Mexico 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 - Copa America appears to be a repeat of the World Cup for the U.S. soccer team: three and out. Four days after being routed by a superior Argentina squad in their Copa America opener, the youthful 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"/>
Penguins' Maxime Talbot ices poker also
AP - Maxime Talbot loves playing hockey and, perhaps even more, talking about it. The enjoyment he gets from playing the sport is difficult to disguise.
Raiders RB Rhodes suspended 4 games (AP)
Oakland Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The league does not disclose reasons for substance abuse suspensions, but Rhodes pleaded guilty in the offseason to reckless driving charges in Indiana after prosecutors agreed to drop drunken driving charges against him.
Bucs' Cox gets 4-game suspension (AP)
Special teams ace Torrie Cox of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Cox's suspension begins Aug. 31. The defensive back and Pro Bowl special-teams alternate can participate in all preseason practices and games.
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.
Bears sign first-round pick Olsen (AP)
The Chicago Bears signed first-round draft pick Greg Olsen to a five-year contract on Tuesday, making the tight end from Miami the first player taken in the first two rounds to agree on a deal. The 31st overall pick, Olsen was the first tight end taken in the opening round by the Bears since they chose Mike Ditka from Pittsburgh in 1961.
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...
Rashard Lewis agrees to deal with Magic (AP)
Rashard Lewis is leaving the Northwest and taking his game to Orlando. One of the most sought-after free agents this offseason, Lewis agreed to a "maximum contract" with the Magic, his agent Tony Dutt said Tuesday. Lewis made the decision late Monday night after meeting with Magic officials in Orlando.
Reports: Sonics to name Carlesimo coach (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics appear set to pluck another piece from the San Antonio Spurs. The Sonics have scheduled a Thursday news conference amid reports that the team has hired P.J. Carlesimo as its new head coach. Team officials refused to comment Tuesday on a report that first appeared on the San Antonio Express-News Web site, which said Carlesimo had been chosen by Sonics ownership.
Pistons keep Billups for 5 years, $60M (AP)
Chauncey Billups bounced around like a basketball early in his career before finding an NBA home with the Detroit Pistons. The All-Star point guard now will extend his career with the team he led to the past five Eastern Conference finals. Billups and the Pistons agreed on a five-year, $60 million contract Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
Yi struggles in exhibition vs. Mavs (AP)
Yi Jianlian's first taste of NBA competition did not go smoothly, as he scored 11 points for the Chinese national team in a 105-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team Tuesday night. Yi, selected with the sixth overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA draft, had just one point in the second half.
Fisher might be possibility for Lakers (AP)
The Lakers have a new young point guard and might be interested in bringing back one of their old point guards to give the rookie some guidance. The Lakers took Georgia Tech's Javaris Crittenton with the 19th overall pick in the NBA draft last week -- the second straight year they've gone for a point guard in the first round.
Pacers sign Kareem Rush from Lithuania (AP)
The Indiana Pacers started addressing their need for outside shooting by looking way outside, signing Lithuanian League star Kareem Rush. The 6-foot-6 guard was the Baltic League Final Four MVP last season. A first-round draft pick in 2002, Rush has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte and Seattle.
Ewing hired as Magic assistant coach (AP)
Patrick Ewing was hired as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, filling out Stan Van Gundy's staff. Brendan Malone, Steve Clifford and Bob Beyer also were hired as assistant coaches, the team said Tuesday. Ewing, an 11-time All-Star, was a Rockets assistant from 2004-06, and served on the Washington Wizards' coaching staff.
Oilers say they had deal with Nylander (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers complained to the NHL on Tuesday that they had an agreement with free agent center Michael Nylander before he signed with the Washington Capitals. The Oilers said in a statement Nylander had reached an agreement with them Sunday, only to then sign a $19.5-million, four-year contract with the Capitals the next day.
Preds sign G Mason to 2-year extension (AP)
The Nashville Predators signed goaltender Chris Mason to a $6 million, two-year contract extension on Tuesday. Mason will be paid $3 million for two seasons starting in 2008-09, vice president and general manager David Poile said. Mason previously was signed through the 2007-08 season, when he will make $1.25 million.
Kariya signing brings buzz back to Blues (AP)
Signing Paul Kariya to a three-year, $18 million free agent contract was a bit of a budget-busting move for the rebuilding St. Louis Blues. But that doesn't mean the franchise's next move will be balancing the ledger with the payroll now at about $44 million, or about $4 million higher than new ownership had projected.
Devils add F Zubrus, D Rachunek (AP)
The New Jersey Devils signed forward Dainius Zubrus on Tuesday, two days after losing star Scott Gomez in free agency to the New York Rangers. Primarily a right wing, Zubrus played center with the Capitals last season. Splitting the season between Washington and Buffalo, he had a career-high 24 goals and 36 assists.
Oilers ink G Garon to 2-year contract (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers signed unrestricted free-agent goaltender Mathieu Garon to a two-year contract Tuesday. Garon was 13-10-6 with the Los Angeles Kings last season, with a 2.66 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. The Oilers were looking for a new backup to starter Dwayne Roloson after deciding not to re-sign Jussi Markkanen.
Canadiens settle on Smolinski, Hamrlik (AP)
Spurned in his efforts to get Daniel Briere and Sheldon Souray to sign with Montreal, Canadiens GM Bob Gainey quickly settled on free agents Bryan Smolinski and Roman Hamrlik. Smolinski agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Montreal on Monday night, hours after Hamrlik signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Canadiens.
Wild re-sign C Walz, ink two free agents (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed center Wes Welz to a one-year deal on Tuesday and also added veteran center Eric Belanger and goaltender Nolan Schaefer. The 37-year-old Walz had nine goals and 15 assists for the Wild last year and is one of only two players on the team who has played with the Wild since the franchise's inception in 2000.
NASCAR ramping up cheating penalties; Looking into crew chief activity (AP)
NASCAR has not ruled out suspending drivers as a deterrent for cheating on the Car of Tomorrow.
Earnhardt to drive JRM Busch car at Daytona (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive his own race car Friday night when he replaces Shane Huffman in the Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
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)