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NEWS FROM 2007-07-08
Mets defeat Astros 5-3 in 17 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.c2e6edcabbae4b908cc5f66d02fa3ae8.mets_astros_baseball_hta110.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=yr4SM0V0aZAKDx4iS7hAYg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Beltran connects for an RBI-single in the 17th inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Beltran spent a lot of time catching fly balls on the hill in center field when he played for the Houston Astros. On Saturday night, all that work three years ago paid off as Beltran made a saving, circus catch before hitting the go-ahead single in the 17th inning of the New York Mets' 5-3 win over Houston.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds hears boos, remains stuck on 751
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.ed293e9ce1ae44a89c90183456acb86a.giants_cardinals_baseball_motg107.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=N3AYspwAXKcUxLWU6OFzdA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds awaits his turn at bat in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their baseball game Saturday, July 7, 2007, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds heard the familiar chorus of boos each time he touched the ball in left field. When he came to the plate and didn't get to swing, that derision was directed at the mound. And, later, at St. Louis shortstop Aaron Miles after his third costly error in one inning.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bedard fans 15 Rangers to tie O's record
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.459af847e6c84c9bb0ca10f391715451.orioles_rangers_baseball_arl103.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=dWRDV51DT_u.OMA2dWNnfQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Baltimore Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard delivers to the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, July 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Erik Bedard's strikeout total kept rising, Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Jay Gibbons could only shake his head in disbelief as he watched from the dugout Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mitre, Marlins overwhelm Dodgers 7-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.1fd77f1916454adfa582dbf8fec58631.marlins_dodgers_baseball_lad101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=xtm8GP4_22eWkXHkh1p1NQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Florida Marlins pitcher Sergio Mitre throws to the plate during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hanley Ramirez had four hits, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Willingham homered in the fourth inning, and the Florida Marlins finally backed Sergio Mitre with enough offense for a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Venus Williams wins 4th Wimbledon title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070707/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_wimbledon_women"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070707/capt.c524fa4ad58643a3b761cb055d8b757b.aptopix_britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim320.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=VuFJ.hHudY1o6O.cO2B02g--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Venus Williams holds the trophy, after defeating France's Marion Bartoli in the Women's Singles final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Saturday July 7, 2007 to win the 2007 championship. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)" border="0" /></a>AP - Improbable as this Wimbledon title might have seemed, Venus Williams knew it could happen. Far away as that trophy might have appeared only last week, Williams knew she had the game and the grit to grab it. Oh, how her serves and strokes sizzle on the grass of Centre Court.</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"/>
Wilkens leaves NBA Sonics after reorganization
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070707/sp_afp/basketnbasonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070707/capt.sge.uos30.070707151834.photo00.photo.default-339x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=zGlA_tIgEXVVzclsKof9Jw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Lenny Wilkens, the all-time leader in National Basketball Association coaching victories, seen here in 2005, resigned as Seattle Supersonics vice chairman Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Brad Barket)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Lenny Wilkens, the all-time leader in National Basketball Association coaching victories, resigned as Seattle Supersonics vice chairman here Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spilborghs, Rockies beat Phillies 6-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.516e508c4c5d452f816c6dc0cd80230e.phillies_rockies_baseball_dxf116.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=iSsnmQ4xmT2VMCAoeQrImw--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="Colorado Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba, left, celebrates with Ryan Spilborghs as Spilborghs crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver on Saturday, July 7, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rodrigo Lopez had a lot weighing on his mind as he waited out a first-inning rain delay. He'd just given up three runs and two homers and was frantically searching for answers. Lopez found the solution he was looking for. He came out of the rain delay a different pitcher, retiring 13 of 14 batters he faced as the Colorado Rockies beat Philadelphia 6-3 to hand the Phillies loss No. 9,999 in franchise history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Galaxy tie Wizards 2-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_wizards_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.2c8a330ba3ee4665bba258d883caaa9f.wizards_galaxy_soccer_cabk101.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=lH2HLzHFXbuQSppljyEVyw--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, right, dribbles the ball past Kansas City Wizards' Sasha Victorine during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, July 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yura Movsisyan and Davy Arnaud scored in the first six minutes of the second half but Cobi Jones responded with a pair of goals to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy into a 2-2 tie with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night.</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.
Maas arrested on drug, weapons charges (AP)
Former NFL player and Fox Sports broadcaster Bill Maas was charged with drug possession and weapons charges following a roadside safety check. The 45-year-old Maas and a passenger in his Hummer, Sarah J. Murphy, 27, were arrested late Friday by Illinois State Police. During the stop, police indicated Maas seemed nervous, and he agreed to a search of his vehicle.
Tank Johnson won't face DUI charges (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.
Parker, Longoria wed in French cathedral (AP)
The sun smiled on Tony Parker and Eva Longoria's wedding day, breaking through after days of gray Paris skies. Their VIP guests, though, were concealed by big black umbrellas. Glamour and security went hand-in-hand as the NBA champion and star of "Desperate Housewives" exchanged vows Saturday in a church across from the Louvre Museum.
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 points 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.
Kings name Natt assistant coach (AP)
The Sacramento Kings hired Kenny Natt on Saturday to be an assistant coach, reuniting him with former teammate Reggie Theus. Natt and Theus were teammates on the Kings in 1984-85, when the club played in Kansas City. Theus was hired last month to be Sacramento's head coach. Natt was an assistant coach with the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers this past season and had been with...
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.
Coyotes' Turris impresses at rookie camp (AP)
Unlike many of the players invited to the Phoenix Coyotes' rookie camp, Kyle Turris isn't trying to earn a contract. He still wants the Coyotes to know they made the right move when they picked him third overall in last month's NHL draft. "I want to put in a good first impression," Turris said after the 90-minute skate Saturday at the team's practice facility.
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.
McMurray captures second career Nextel Cup victory at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)
McMurray ends 166-race winless streak with Daytona victory (AP)
Jamie McMurray made a costly mistake early, a dramatic move late and ended a long day of racing in a somewhat unfamiliar spot -- Victory Lane.
Teammates Stewart, Hamlin wreck early at Daytona (AP)
Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin hardly acted like teammates Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Top NASCAR series to be named Sprint Cup in 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR announced Saturday that it will change the name of its top series starting in 2008, switching from the Nextel Cup Series to the Sprint Cup Series.
NASCAR's top series to be called Sprint Cup in 2008 (AP)
NASCAR's top series is changing its name for the second time in five years, switching from Nextel Cup to the Sprint Cup starting in 2008.
Busch wins rain-delayed Busch race at Daytona (AP)
Kyle Busch saw several cars clustered around the inside lane and another one crawling along in the outside lane.
Kyle Busch wins Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona (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.