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Russia awarded 2014 Winter Olympic Games (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_ioc2014"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.xmm10507050049.russia_olympic_bid_2014_xmm105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=caI5z0Czv0pEb.dY2x_7DQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Thousands of crowd, one holding a Russian flag, burst in cheers and applause as the Russian resort city of Sochi becomes the host of the 2014 winter games in Sochi early Thursday, July 5. 2007. Sochi was competing against Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russia has never hosted the Winter Games. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel)" border="0" /></a>AP - "The captain" delivered in the clutch for Russia. The personal appeal and power of Russian President Vladimir Putin swayed just enough votes among Olympic leaders Wednesday to bring his nation its first Winter Olympics &#151; bitterly disappointing South Korea and Austria.</p><br clear="all"/>

Venus defeats Sharapova at Wimbledon (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.b08c82f87232458b8ad275ea09f0258e.britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim302.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=18nFtfXBpX1YSlAMC5HSdA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Venus Williams returns to Maria Sharapova, during their Women's Singles match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Wednesday July 4, 2007.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maria Sharapova was gracious and upbeat in defeat, perhaps because she has had a fair amount of experience this year with such drubbings. Still seeking her first title in 2007, Sharapova lost Wednesday in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-3. It was the Russian's earliest exit at the All England Club since she won the tournament at age 17 in 2004.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rockies sweep 2 N.Y. teams in same year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.e3231dda6bc8494483b39019efcf083a.mets_rockies_baseball_dxf123.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=nUKPJyBwwHRSAahsXGxSbg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Colorado Rockies' Garrett Atkins doubles on a pitch from New York Mets relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano to drive in two runs in the sixth inning of the Rockies' 17-7 victory in a Major League Baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, July 4, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - New York took another big beating in Denver. Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins both drove in a season-high five runs and the Colorado Rockies pounded out 20 hits and routed the Mets again Wednesday night, this time 17-7 to become the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same year.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers help Rogers remain unbeaten (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.ee523f1692ac48bebca6b15f7da70ed9.indians_tigers_baseball_dts103.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=7gOCNr4EQKbkO8Ycgk3WnA--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kenny Rogers gave up an extra-base hit and thought the Detroit Tigers' luck was about to change for the better. The 42-year-old left-hander needed that lucky bounce and some stellar defense from his teammates to remain unbeaten since returning from shoulder surgery. He gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings Wednesday night in a 6-4 victory over Cleveland that snapped the Indians' six-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chinese gymnast recovering from injury (AP)
AP - Chinese gymnast Wang Yan is making a "truly miraculous" recovery after breaking her neck in a horrific fall at last month's national championships and has regained some ability to move her arm and legs, according to newspaper reports Thursday.

Raiders RB Rhodes suspended for 4 games (AP)
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.

Magic withdraw NBA offer to Milicic (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070705/sp_afp/basketnbamilicic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070705/capt.sge.tva87.050707074212.photo00.photo.default-360x512.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=blbdY2LcOc_1k6Z979uSKg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Darko Milicic #31 of the Orlando Magic dunks during the 2007 NBA Playoffs, in April, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Orlando Magic have withdrawn their qualifying offer to Milicic, making the giant centre an unrestricted free agent.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Doug Benc)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Orlando Magic have withdrawn their qualifying offer to Serbian Darko Milicic, making the giant centre an unrestricted free agent.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jones, Braves end 3-game losing streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.ef81e7360ae940bcaa3c136352f1dff2.braves_dodgers_baseball_lad108.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=74TWNcD8xUsaVq5EGWe9zg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves' Jeff Francoeur (7) congratulates teammate Andruw Jones, right, after Jones' seventh-inning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a baseball game Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even without his best stuff, Chuck James was good enough to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andruw Jones homered, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves won 5-2 on Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Donovan gives Galaxy 2-0 win over Fire (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fire_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.1d1a615fe0274df6b01d1ebb6f2f5f2d.mls_fire_galaxy_soccer_cama106.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=DcCCblNbCRt9VZ3dPRymEg--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan makes a penalty kick in the second half for his second goal against the Chicago Fire in an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, July 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan scored twice on penalty kicks to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Penguins' Maxime Talbot ices poker also (AP)
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)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson leaves a midtown New York office following his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in this May 16, 2007 file photo. Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Arizona early Friday morning, and police drew blood to determine whether he was drunk, according to a newspaper report. (AP Photo / Louis Lanzano)

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 1st-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.

Strong debut seen for U.S. in World Cup (AP)
The United States should have a big advantage in this World Cup. The United States will make its debut in the 2007 American Football World Cup, sending a team of college players to compete in the July 7-15 championship in Kawasaki. Japan, the host, is the two-time defending champion. Germany, South Korea, France and current European champion Sweden are the other teams taking part.

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.

SuperSonics sign Durant, Green (AP)
Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, the second and fifth overall choices in last week's NBA draft, signed contracts with the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 Durant, just 18, is a forward who earned Associated Press college player of the year honors in his one season at Texas. He also won the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award.

Magic pull qualifying offer to Milicic (AP)
The Magic pulled their qualifying offer for free agent Darko Milicic, making it unlikely the 7-footer will return to Orlando. Milicic was a restricted free agent, meaning Orlando could have matched any offer. The change, announced Tuesday, means he can sign with any team. The Magic have said they want to retain Milicic, but are also shopping for a free-agent scorer.

Rashard Lewis agrees to deal with Magic (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics' Rashard Lewis, center, shoots over Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace, left, and Tayshaun Prince, right, in the second half of a NBA basketball game in Seattle in this March 13, 2007 file photo. Lewis agreed to a

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)
Seattle SuperSonics general manager Sam Presti addresses a news conference Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in Seattle. Presti said the Sonics won't fill their coaching vacancy until after Thursday's NBA basketball draft.

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)
Detroit Pistons' Chauncey Billups reacts after Rasheed Wallace hit a 60-foot shot to tie the Denver Nuggets at the end of regulation in a basketball game in this March 26, 2007 file photo in Auburn Hills, Mich. Billups and the Detroit Pistons agreed on a five-year, US$60 million contract Tuesday, July 3, 2007, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

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.


Bobcats, Carroll agree on 6 years, $27M (AP)
Guard Matt Carroll and the Charlotte Bobcats came to terms on a six-year, $27 million contract. Agent Paul Nadel, a partner with Fegan and Associates, said Wednesday that Carroll is expected to sign the deal next week when he returns from a trip to China. Carroll, signed by Charlotte out of the NBA's developmental league midway through the 2004-05 season, quickly became a key contributor.

Thomas case may go to trial in September (AP)
The sexual harassment case against New York Knicks coach and general manager Isiah Thomas is expected to go to trial in September. U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Lynch raised the possibility of a settlement Tuesday at a Manhattan hearing to determine if there was sufficient evidence to proceed. Attorneys for Thomas are seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.

Report: Roenick to retire after 18 years (AP)
Jeremy Roenick is retiring, a newspaper reported, after an 18-year NHL career in which he became the third-leading American goal-scorer in league history. Roenick, a nine-time All-Star who played with four teams, sent a text message to a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer reading, "I'm retiring; is that still news?" The story was posted on the paper's Web site Wednesday.

Flames sign Iginla, Regehr to extensions (AP)
The Calgary Flames signed captain Jarome Iginla and assistant captain Robyn Regehr to five-year contract extensions that begin following the 2007-08 season. Iginla, a forward who turned 30 on Sunday, led the Flames with 39 goals and 94 points in 70 games last season despite a leg injury. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Thrashers keep Kozlov for 3 years, $11M (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers addressed one of their most pressing offseason concerns Wednesday by re-signing forward Slava Kozlov to an $11 million, three-year contract. The Thrashers needed to retain the high-scoring Kozlov after losing Keith Tkachuk, who was traded back to the St. Louis Blues when it became apparent he wouldn't sign with Atlanta.

Leafs sign G Toskala to 2-year extension (AP)
Goaltender Vesa Toskala signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, hoping for a new start after failing to supplant Evgeni Nabokov for the No. 1 job in San Jose. He signed an $8 million, two-year extension and will earn nearly $1.4 million next season. He could have entered the free-agent market next summer.

Isles ink LW Fedotenko for 1 year, $2.9M (AP)
The New York Islanders have signed veteran left wing Ruslan Fedotenko to a $2.9-million, one-year deal. The 28-year-old had 32 points in 80 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. In 2004, he scored 12 goals in 22 playoff games, including both goals in the Lightning's 2-1 win over Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

D Numminen re-signs with Sabres (AP)
Defenseman Teppo Numminen will return for a 19th NHL season after re-signing with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. "It was an easy decision to come back," Numminen told The Buffalo News on Wednesday from his home in Finland. "Being there two years, I really enjoyed myself and my family really felt comfortable in Buffalo.

Habs sign F Kostopoulos to 2-year deal (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Tom Kostopoulos to a $1.8-million, two-year deal. Kostopoulos, the third free agent to sign with Montreal, had seven goals and 15 assists in 76 games last season with the Los Angeles Kings. He has 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 231 career NHL games with the Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NASCAR penalizes Kyle Busch, Sauter (AP)
NASCAR has penalized the Nextel Cup teams of Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter for rule infractions found on their cars during the postrace inspection following Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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.

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