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Guerrero tops Rios to win Home Run Derby
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_all_stars_home_run_derby"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.7da023f790b34bdca06f9889a8cfbfba.aptopix_all_stars_home_run_derby_baseball_fxpb236.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=iFxp1XfVuj7ENRDZ_jY1cQ--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero watches one of his home runs in the third round of the All-Star Home Run Baseball Derby in San Francisco, Monday, July 9, 2007. Guerrero won the competition with three home runs in the final round. (AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Barry Bonds sitting out, this derby was dry — and Vladimir Guerrero was San Francisco's home run king for a day. The Los Angeles Angels slugger won the Home Run Derby on Monday night, hitting 17 homers and beating Toronto's Alex Rios 3-2 in the final round of the All-Star competition.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds not worried about summer agendas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_all_stars_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.14afb6970f8344cfb8c2ac89ee2f2430.aptopix_all_stars_home_run_derby_baseball_fxpb225.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=jbW3aPrdOMnWaQWsHVeUpA--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="American League's Alex Rodriguez, right, of the New York Yankees, compares grips with National League's Barry Bonds, of the San Francisco Giants, during the All-Star Home Run Baseball Derby in San Francisco, Monday, July 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds simply doesn't care: Bud Selig can be wherever he wants when Hank Aaron's home run record falls. The commissioner still hasn't said whether he plans to be in the ballpark when and if Bonds hits No. 756. Selig's indecision has drawn a lot of criticism. Oddly, he finds himself with an unusual ally in this matter — Bonds.</p><br clear="all"/>
Isles surprise Guerin, name him captain
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_rebuilding_islanders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070709/capt.e7946e3a3c0b4684bab6948fb05954c0.islanders_hockey_nyma109.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=.ooeWdI5LfK1myYJFcNuTA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="New York Islanders' Bill Guerin speaks to reporters during a new conference Monday, July 9, 2007 in Westbury, N.Y. The NHL Islanders introduced their newly acquired quartet of free agent forwards Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Ruslan Fedotenko and Jon Sim Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Guerin's young daughter yelled with delight when a picture of her goal-scoring father appeared on a big television screen. The 36-year-old right winger had nearly the same reaction moments later when he saw the 'C' on his brand-new Islanders jersey. Guerin had no idea he had already been chosen by general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan to be the 11th captain in team history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Federer, Nadal rivalry reaches new level
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_te_ne/ten_on_tennis_roger___rafa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.ffe825c37e30450ea1267383c5ae5787.britain_wimbledon_tennis_xwim319.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=rWNhexCtwHcIXlUAtuh5ig--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Switzerland's Roger Federer, left, holds the trophy and Rafael Nadal the runners up plate, after Federer won his fifth consecutive Men's Singles Championship on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Sunday July 8, 2007.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long ago established themselves as the best of the best in men's tennis, far ahead of anyone else in the game these days. Then, firmly entrenched at No. 1 and No. 2, they began meeting regularly in tournament finals. Now they finally have produced the other element any great sports rivalry needs: a scintillating showdown on the biggest of stages.</p><br clear="all"/>
Van Gundy getting that coaching itch
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_van_gundy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.7daaba31791142f4a1f3d7c17e17755e.magic_van_gundy_basketball__fljr113.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=mcl3zpYLUSx3slXVsNbePg--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy watches an NBA basketball summer league game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 9, 2007. (AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - For Stan Van Gundy, a moment during the Orlando Magic's summer league practices last week simply reaffirmed how much he wanted to be back on the sideline.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts coach hits road to promote memoir
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_colts_dungy_memoir"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070709/capt.nyol51307092332.colts_dungy_memoir_football_nyol513.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=tVlG50BwwXTExj_rGjX.RA--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy watches a replay during a game against the Denver Broncos in this Oct. 29, 2006, file photo. Dungy has hit the road to promote his new memoir, 'Quiet Strength.' (AP Photo/David Zalubowski/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Colts coach Tony Dungy said some football fans may be surprised that his memoir "Quiet Strength," which hits stores Tuesday, goes beyond Super Bowl tales and delves into his Christian faith.</p><br clear="all"/>
Robbery at Chicago home of Heat player
AP - Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker's home in Chicago was robbed Monday, the player's agent said.
Mitchell didn't get complete affidavit
AP - Federal prosecutors said Monday they did not give baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell complete copies of affidavits implicating players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Contract conflict threatens Tevez move
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070709/capt.ee8274abfeb34436a0f8e7fe65c49053.britain_man_united_tevez_lon807.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=CvPCNmBL2prTEKoIrYJODA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Argentina's Carlos Tevez gives the thumbs up at his hotel in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, in this July 7, 2007 file photo. Tevez is close to joining Manchester United, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Monday JNuly 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)" border="0" /></a>AP - So who does own Carlos Tevez? While Manchester United bids to push through a deal to hire the talented Argentina striker, it's far from clear if the Red Devils are negotiating with the right people.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks sign defenseman Bieksa
AP - The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Kevin Bieksa to a $11.25-million, three-year contract extension Monday, and also added free agent Aaron Miller.
Colts' Dungy hits road to promote memoir (AP)
Colts coach Tony Dungy said some football fans may be surprised that his memoir "Quiet Strength," which hits stores Tuesday, goes beyond Super Bowl tales and delves into his Christian faith. Dungy, who began a 10-day national tour Monday to promote the book, said he penned his 301-page memoir after initial reluctance once he realized it was a chance for him to let others know how his faith has...
Chargers LB Waters arrested for assault (AP)
San Diego Chargers rookie Anthony Waters was charged with hitting a man who threw a rock at his car on a highway. The 22-year-old linebacker was arrested last week on a simple assault and battery charge and released on $1,000 bail, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said Monday. No trial date has been set.
Rams ink Keith Jackson, son of star TE (AP)
Defensive tackle Keith Jackson, son of the former star tight end by the same name, signed a three-year contract Monday with the St. Louis Rams. Jackson, a 315-pounder from Arkansas, was chosen in the seventh round in the April draft. He is the third 2007 draft choice to sign with the Rams. Jackson was an Associated Press all-Southeastern Conference selection last season after registering 79 tackles,...
Eagles sign Mexican-born DT Lopez (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Mexican defensive tackle Mauricio Lopez on Monday. A 27-year-old native of Mexico City, Lopez spent three seasons in NFL Europe, playing with Cologne and Amsterdam. He joins an already deep defensive line unit. The 6-foot-1, 329-pound Lopez had nine tackles and one sack in 2007.
Texas sign WR Bethel Johnson, LB Woodfin (AP)
Receiver Bethel Johnson and linebacker Zac Woodfin signed one-year contracts with the Houston Texans on Monday. Johnson caught nine passes for 156 yards for the Minnesota Vikings last season. He played for the New England Patriots from 2003-05. The 28-year-old Johnson averaged 24.6 yards on 147 career kickoff returns, including two touchdowns of 90-plus yards.
WR Stokley trying comeback with Broncos (AP)
Brandon Stokley felt like a rookie again. The ninth-year pro returned to the field for the Denver Broncos' minicamp on Monday and did individual work to test his right Achilles' tendon, which he ruptured last November, leading to his offseason release from the Indianapolis Colts. "This is kind of the first little baby step toward getting ready for training camp," said Stokley, who hopes to be...
Former Giants player MacAfee dead at 77 (AP)
Kenneth A. MacAfee, who played pro football for the New York Giants in the 1950s, has died. He was 77. MacAfee suffered a suspected heart attack July 4 while playing golf and was pronounced dead later at a Brockton hospital, said Natalie Melo of the Conley Funeral and Cremation Service. MacAfee, an end, played for the Giants from 1954-58, a team spokesman said.
Heat's Walker held at gunpoint, robbed (AP)
Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker's home in Chicago was robbed Monday, the player's agent said. Police and witnesses said two offenders held Walker and at least one other person at gunpoint during the robbery, Chicago broadcasters reported from the scene in the city's River North neighborhood Monday night.
Jury awards man who sued Iverson $260K (AP)
A federal jury awarded $260,000 on Monday to one of two men who sued NBA star Allen Iverson after they said they were beaten by his entourage at a Washington nightclub in 2005. The jury's decision against Iverson and his bodyguard, Jason Kane, covers bar patron Marlin Godfrey's medical bills and pain and suffering.
Durant goes 4-for-19 in Sonics' loss (AP)
Kevin Durant showed again he isn't afraid to shoot as he starts his professional career with the Seattle Supersonics. The shots, however, continue to be off target. The second pick in last month's draft was 4-for-19 from the field and scored 18 points Monday night in the Sonics' 87-74 loss to the New York Knicks in the NBA's Las Vegas summer league.
Hawks sign 1st-round picks Horford, Law (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks signed first-round draft picks Al Horford and Acie Law to multi-year contracts Monday, clearing the way for the two to play in the summer league this month in Salt Lake City. The signings came only hours before the first workout at the team's camp for rookies and free agents. Horford, the No.
Riley hopeful Heat can sign Mo Williams (AP)
In his player biography, Milwaukee Bucks guard Mo Williams says Miami is his favorite NBA city. Heat coach Pat Riley hopes to find out in the coming days if that's the case. Riley spoke Monday of his weekend recruiting session with the free agent point guard, clearly hopeful that Williams -- who averaged career-bests of 17.3 points and 6.1 assists with the Bucks this past season -- will accept a...
Free agent Peterson to visit Jazz (AP)
Free agent swingman Morris Peterson was in Salt Lake City, looking forward to meeting with the Utah Jazz. "I'm going to their facility in the morning to talk with ownership, general manager Kevin O'Connor and people on the coaching staff and in the front office," Peterson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday night.
Agent: George back to Mavs for 1 year (AP)
After opting out of his contract and looking for a better deal elsewhere, swingman Devean George is coming back to the Dallas Mavericks. George has agreed to a roughly $2.4 million, one-year deal that keeps him as a reserve on one of the NBA's top teams and puts him in position for a bigger payday next summer, agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday.
Isles' introduce Guerin as new captain (AP)
Bill Guerin's young daughter yelled with delight when a picture of her goal-scoring father appeared on a big television screen. The 36-year-old right winger had nearly the same reaction moments later when he saw the 'C' on his brand-new Islanders jersey. Guerin had no idea he had already been chosen by general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan to be the 11th captain in team history.
Canucks sign Bieksa for 3 years, $11.25M (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Kevin Bieksa to a $11.25-million, three-year contract extension Monday, and also added free agent Aaron Miller. Bieksa led all Canucks defensemen with 30 assists and 42 points last season. The extension runs through the 2010-11 campaign. The 26-year-old will make $4.25 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in each of the final two seasons.
Red Wings, F Drake agree on 1-year deal (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran forward Dallas Drake on Monday. The Red Wings originally selected Drake in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with Detroit before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 1994. Last month the 38-year-old was placed on waivers by the St.
Coyotes sign F York to 1-year contract (AP)
Forward Mike York signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. The 29-year-old York split last season with the New York Islanders and Philadelphia, combining for 10 goals and 11 assists. Drafted in the sixth round by the New York Rangers in 1997, he has also played for the Edmonton Oilers.
Stars ink F Fedoruk for 1 year, $875K (AP)
The Dallas Stars signed free agent winger Todd Fedoruk to a one-year, $875,000 contract Monday. Fedoruk, an enforcer who has averaged more than a penalty per game in 354 career games, started last season with Stanley Cup champion Anaheim before getting traded to Philadelphia in November. He finished with 120 penalty minutes and 14 points in 58 games.
Bruins reach deals with 2 minor leaguers (AP)
Forwards Jeremy Reich and Matt Hendricks agreed to contracts Monday with the Boston Bruins. Reich has played two seasons in the Bruins' organization, dividing time last season between Boston and its minor league affiliate in Providence, R.I. In 32 games for Boston, the left wing had one assist and 83 penalty minutes.
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.
No penalties for questioned springs (AP)
NASCAR has determined the springs it confiscated from the No. 5 Busch Series Chevrolet of Kyle Busch after last Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway are legal.
Former NASCAR publicist sentenced on child sex charges (AP)
A former NASCAR publicist pleaded guilty Monday to several charges, including statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child, for his relationship with a young girl.
Coca-Cola to replace Pepsi in exclusive deal at 10 auto racetracks (AP)
The Coca-Cola Co. will take over exclusive soft drink and water marketing and pouring rights at 10 racetracks served by rival Pepsi by 2012 under a multimillion dollar deal announced Monday with International Speedway Corp. The 10-year deal makes Coca-Cola's brands the official soft drink, official sparkling beverage and official water for 10 of the 13 tracks owned or operated by ISC, including...
France finally steps out of father's shadow (AP)
Brian France walked through the FanZone at Daytona International Speedway without handlers or security. The NASCAR chairman seemed like just another face in the crowd.
NASCAR truck driver Aaron Fike arrested on drug charges (AP)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike was arrested in an amusement park parking lot after authorities found a substance believed to be heroin in his sport utility vehicle, police said.
McMurray gets help, holds off Busch to end winless drought (PA SportsTicker)
Jamie McMurray used a little help from his teammates to break a long winless drought at the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night.
Teamwork pays off for Roush and McMurray, fails others (AP)
One team failed to work together. Another one basically fell apart. In the end, Jack Roush's guys reminded everyone how it's supposed to be done.
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.