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Twins score 32 points in doubleheader
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070707/capt.ec79fc9a359b4583b79507ebc55f296c.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs209.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=oD5Y8ddIGUZ7UyicxtUPVw--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau hits a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, July 6, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Twins put on an offensive display unlike any seen in a doubleheader in nearly 70 years, and Justin Morneau was a big part of it. Morneau went deep three times in the second game of a day-night doubleheader and the Twins capped a huge day on offense by routing the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Griffey ties Robinson on career HR chart
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070707/capt.48be1a0e2fd04ec5b68ff59c4b1b1547.diamondbacks_reds_baseball_csb101.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=ISso9qrCbxWJsRVpxsqHgw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. hits a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 6, 2007, in Cincinnati. The home run was the 586th of Griffey's career, tying him for sixth place on the career list with Frank Robinson. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ken Griffey Jr. climbed a spot on the career home run chart, and Barry Bonds stayed put at 751.</p><br clear="all"/>
Perez suspended for banned stimulant
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_perez_suspended"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070706/capt.4600ded112c14d0dbe61da12ae7a90fb.tigers_perez_suspended_baseball_wxs105.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=cguKT01xDyt_6e9s5Fts2Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Infielder Neifi Perez of the Detroit Tigers baseball team is shown in this 2007 file photo. Perez was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball on Friday, July 6,l 2007, after it says he tested positive for a banned stimulant. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - If Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was hoping for sympathy from his teammates and Detroit's front office, he's out of luck. Perez became the first player penalized for testing positive for a stimulant under Major League Baseball's drug program Friday. The 25-game suspension will cost him about $400,000 of his $2.5 million salary.</p><br clear="all"/>
Feds: Dog fights staged on Vick property
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070706/capt.c7399ddee7d04f0599154d7010b4c4ca.vick_investigation_vash102.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=GN8kYmRYy33e4cuMyulDLA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="State and Federal officials carry out coolers of evidence to a truck as they search the grounds behind the home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in Smithfield, Va., Friday, July 6, 2007. The officials were looking for evidence in dog fighting investigation. Vick has said he rarely visited the property. No charges have been filed. During an April 25 drug raid at the property, authorities seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - There is no longer any doubt about what federal authorities contend took place on the property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick that is at the center of a dogfighting investigation.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mercury defeat Sun 111-109 in double OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkl_sun_mercury"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070707/capt.d2770f67e6a547aba75b39823e5c448a.sun_mercury_basketball_pnu107.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=kzavVe4wm7nWqEPFxIcPpA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi pumps her fist as she lands out of bounds after being fouled by a Connecticut Sun player in the fourth quarter of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 6, 2007, in Phoenix. Taurasi scored 15 points and pulled in eight rebounds as the Mercury defeated the Sun 111-109 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cappie Pondexter hit a 14-foot shot with 2.1 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Phoenix Mercury to a 111-109 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tennessee may revoke Pacman's plea deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070706/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_jones_charged"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.4c31ec98f9fa442aac3abc952ce3f379.titans_jones_charged_ns104.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=28ByFQmodjV6ehhoGdB4Zg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones, second from left, walks past television cameras as he leaves General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Thursday, July 5, 2007. Jones must wait to see how felony charges filed against him in Las Vegas are handled before a Tennessee court rules on whether the suspended NFL player's plea bargain should be revoked. A new hearing was set for Jan. 3 to revisit the case. Behind Jones is his friend, Chris Harvath. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones must wait to see how felony charges filed against him in Las Vegas are handled before a Tennessee court rules on whether the suspended NFL player's plea bargain should be revoked. A new hearing was set for Jan. 3 to revisit the case.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wilkens resigns as Sonics vice chairman
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_supersonics_wilkens_resigns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070706/capt.nyol58807062338.supersonics_wilkens_resigns_nyol588.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=ItIa8ITT.TBTpGdU_OkZqA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Seattle SuperSonics vice chairman Lenny Wilkens talks to reporters in this Nov. 30, 2006 file photo in Seattle. Wilkens resigned Friday as the vice chairman of the Sonics, completing a rapid decline from his role in the organization. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens resigned Friday as the vice chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics, completing a rapid decline of his role in the organization.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marlins beat Dodgers 6-5 in 10 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070707/capt.7b1ece69edfb475a9bda401e2c147fdf.marlins_dodgers_baseball_lad107.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=55GLRSD13mq2hymxdtU2qw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez, right, is congratulated by teammate Dan Uggla after Ramirez hit his second home run of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of an MLB baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, July 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hanley Ramirez surprised Chad Billingsley by homering on his second pitch.</p><br clear="all"/>
FIFA backs down from La Paz altitude ban
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070706/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_fifa_altitude_ban"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070706/capt.181a7ccacb1d415fa660d16a008f23c3.guatemala_ioc_xal109.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=UDft54DYboj3TdmakN2e7g--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="FIFA President Joseph Blatter poses with players of the Guatemala's under-17 soccer team during his visit to the FIFA's Goal Project in Guatemala City, Friday, July 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)" border="0" /></a>AP - FIFA is backing down from its ban on international soccer matches in Bolivia's capital of La Paz.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wild ink Hill despite steroid suspension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_wild_hill"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070706/capt.nuol58307062016.wild_hill_nuol583.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=8PgYLL617jjI25Vcydj.Jw--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="New York Islanders' Sean Hill (6), tries to seal off Buffalo Sabres' Chris Drury during the first period in NHL hockey action in Uniondale, N.Y. in this Jan. 27, 2007 file photo. Hill, the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy, signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The 37-year-old defenseman received a 20-game suspension and will miss the first 19 games of the upcoming season (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just when Sean Hill thought a steroid scandal might mark the end of his NHL career, the Minnesota Wild called to tell him to come on home.</p><br clear="all"/>
Feds allege dogfighting at Vick property (AP)
There is no longer any doubt about what federal authorities contend took place on the property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick that is at the center of a dogfighting investigation. Investigators said almost nothing to reporters who gathered at the property while agents conducted a second search on Friday, but documents filed in Richmond and obtained by The Associated Press...
Broncos' Peterson suspended for steroids (AP)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Peterson will miss the first four games of the season and be suspended without pay for violating the NFL's steroid policy. The Broncos released an NFL statement Friday saying Peterson will be suspended without pay starting Aug. 31. The statement said Peterson had violated the policy on anabolic steroids and related substances but didn't specify what he had done.
Tank Johnson won't face charges in Ariz. (AP)
Former Chicago Bears tackle Tank Johnson will not face charges connected to his arrest in this Phoenix suburb on suspicion of drunken driving. Police said Thursday the case would be closed with no request for prosecution. Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Duncan declined to elaborate. "I am not surprised by this decision, but I am relieved," Johnson said in a statement released by his lawyer.
Tenn. charges against 'Pacman' delayed (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones must wait to see how felony charges filed against him in Las Vegas are handled before a Tennessee court rules on whether the suspended NFL player's plea bargain should be revoked. A new hearing was set for Jan. 3 to revisit the case. "I think we'll have to wait to see what happens in Las Vegas courts," Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry said Thursday.
Dolphins release WR Campbell before camp (AP)
The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Kelly Campbell on Friday, three weeks before the start of training camp. Campbell hasn't played a regular-season game since 2004 because of leg problems, yet he said earlier this offseason that the quadricep injury sustained during Miami's training camp a year ago that kept him out for all of 2006 was no longer bothersome.
Raiders DE McNeal arrested (AP)
Oakland Raiders defensive end Bryant McNeal was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop in South Carolina. McNeal, a 27-year-old reserve, was wanted in Florida for selling a Land Rover to a pawn broker for $15,000 when he didn't own it, Clearwater, Fla., police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.
Falcons sign Japanese WR Kinoshita (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons went long-distance shopping when adding a wide receiver Thursday. The Falcons signed Noriaki Kinoshita, a native of Osaka, Japan who played the last three years with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europa. Kinoshita, 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds, ranked fourth in the league in kickoff returns with 532 yards and added 21 catches for 308 yards and two touchdowns.
Oden commits 10 fouls in Blazers debut (AP)
Greg Oden's foul troubles followed him to the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers center, the first overall pick in last month's draft, picked up three quick fouls in the opening three minutes of his professional debut Friday night in the Las Vegas summer league and fouled out with 10 fouls. "It's amazing," said Oden smiling.
Durant scores 18 in Sonics debut (AP)
Kevin Durant took his Seattle SuperSonics debut in stride on the first day of the NBA Summer League on Friday. Durant led all scorers with 18 points, but he shot just 5-of-17 from the field in the Sonics' 77-66 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He was scoreless in the first quarter before tallying 13 points in the second quarter, including 11 straight.
Bulls keeping Nocioni for reported $38M (AP)
Andres Nocioni agreed to a five-year deal to return to the Chicago Bulls, and there is a team option for a sixth year. "He's glad to be back," George Bass, Nocioni's agent, said Friday. "We've been very aggressively working on it." The deal officially cannot be signed before July 11. Financial terms were not available, but the Chicago Tribune reported it was for approximately $38 million.
Bucks meet Yi for 1st time in Las Vegas (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks met with draft pick Yi Jianlian for the first time in Las Vegas at the NBA's Summer League starting there this week. Yi, Bucks general manager Larry Harris and Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak met for about an hour at a hotel Thursday to get to know the 6-foot-11 power forward and begin lobbying him to sign with the team.
Stackhouse agrees to stay with Mavericks (AP)
Jerry Stackhouse is sticking with Dallas, agreeing to a three-year deal to remain the Mavericks' sixth man. Stackhouse agreed Thursday night to a deal that will pay him more than the midlevel exception, which is expected to be set at roughly $6 million. While details were still being finalized Friday, the contract can't become official until the NBA's signing period begins Wednesday.
Parker, Longoria get married in Paris (AP)
NBA finals MVP Tony Parker married "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria in a civil ceremony Friday, kicking off a weekend wedding extravaganza expected to include church vows and a star-studded chateau bash. About 40 guests, including French soccer player Thierry Henry and some of Parker's San Antonio Spurs teammates attended the 45 minute ceremony, held in the town hall of Paris' fourth...
Wilkens resigns as Sonics vice chairman (AP)
Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens resigned Friday as the vice chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics, completing a rapid decline of his role in the organization. "My passion for this city and this franchise has never wavered, but I feel that my position within the organization did not develop the way that I thought it would," Wilkens said in a statement.
Sabres match Oilers' $50M offer to Vanek (AP)
Losing Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to free agency was bad enough. The Buffalo Sabres weren't going to let high-scoring youngster Thomas Vanek get away at any price. Without hesitation, the Sabres signed Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million contract Friday, matching the offer the player received from the Edmonton Oilers.
Senators name John Paddock coach (AP)
John Paddock won't have to move far when he takes over as coach of the Ottawa Senators. Paddock was promoted to the job of head coach Friday after two seasons as the Senators' assistant coach, taking over a team that made it to the Stanley Cup finals this spring. The 53-year-old Paddock will be the sixth coach in franchise history.
Wild ink D Hill despite drug suspension (AP)
Just when Sean Hill thought a steroid scandal might mark the end of his NHL career, the Minnesota Wild called to tell him to come on home. "For the Wild to come out and tell me they wanted me, I can't tell you the feelings I had," Hill said in a telephone interview Friday, hours after finalizing a one-year deal with the Wild worth $475,000.
Red Wings re-sign G Hasek to 1-year deal (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings checked off two of the top items on their offseason to-do list by re-signing star goalie Dominik Hasek and up-and-coming forward Jiri Hudler. The Red Wings and Hasek agreed Thursday to terms of a one-year contract worth more than $2 million in base salary with a chance to earn an additional $2 million in bonuses.
Islanders sign Guerin and Comrie (AP)
The New York Islanders finally found free agents willing to sign, inking All-Star forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract and center Mike Comrie to a one-year deal on a busy Thursday. Guerin, a four-time All-Star, scored 36 goals last season while splitting time with the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks.
Sabres sign Thibault, Peters and Ryan (AP)
Jocelyn Thibault signed a one-year contract with the Sabres on Thursday, as Buffalo bolstered its backup goaltending depth through free agency. Thibault is a 13-year NHL veteran who spent the past two seasons as a backup in Pittsburgh. He had a 7-8-2 record and 2.83 goals-against average in 22 games with the Penguins last season.
Nashville group makes bid for Predators (AP)
A group of Nashville businessmen has submitted a bid to buy the Predators, joining at least two other potential buyers vying for the NHL team. The group, led by David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital, and Herb Fritch, CEO of HealthSpring Inc., has not said how much it has bid in an attempt to try to keep the team in Nashville.
Rain washes out Busch Series race (AP)
Rain washed out Friday night's Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway, and NASCAR rescheduled the event for Saturday morning.
Busch Winn-Dixie 250 postponed until Saturday due to rain (PA SportsTicker)
Qualifying for Pepsi 400 cancelled by rain (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR decided on Friday to cancel qualifying for Saturday's Nextel Cup Series Pepsi 400 race due to inclement weather.
Gordon gets Daytona pole as qualifying rained out (AP)
Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 was washed out Friday, leaving several teams out of the season's second race at NASCAR's most storied track.
Junior teams with Adidas, expands marketing (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. expanded his already-vast marketing venture Friday, announcing a multiyear partnership with Adidas that will include a personal apparel line.
Stewart looks to end season-long slump (AP)
It took Tony Stewart 25 starts to earn his first NASCAR victory and end the longest drought of his professional career.
Harvick, Burton will drive in Montreal Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
The entry list for the Canada's first NASCAR race continues to grow.
Waltrip still reeling from Daytona cheating scandal (AP)
Michael Waltrip is back where his season soured so suddenly, returning to Daytona International Speedway on Thursday and still trying to rebound from what he called ``the worst thing that happened to any team ever.''