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Ichiro, AL hold off NL in All-Star game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_all_stars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.034be2e437444fd29d51cf59ec3cdbc4.all_stars_baseball_fxpb240.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=ZLmb0BzwQMIHYz.t2XOCHw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Umpire Bruce Froemming watches American League's Ichiro Suzuki's, of the Seattle Mariners, inside the park two run home run against National League pitcher Chris Young, of the San Diego Padres, to score two runs during the fifth inning of the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. American League's Brian Roberts, of the Baltimore Orioles, scored on Suzuki's hit. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a night of tricky hops, Ichiro Suzuki and the American League also bounced back to win. Instead of a Barry Bonds splash shot, the defining hit at Tuesday's All-Star game was Suzuki's inside-the-park home run, the first in the game's history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig won't commit to Bonds chase
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_selig"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.2b612366a39947e5a10aea721e18c337.all_stars_baseball_caps104.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=M1hsY6WqFy_wUJhYWM818A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, second from right, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left, Giants President Peter Magowan, right, and Giants Executive Vice President Larry Baer, second from left, smile during a dedication of the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco's Hunters Point area, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Selig is in San Francisco for the All-Star Baseball Game. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bud Selig still hasn't made out his lineup card for Barry Bonds. With Bonds only five home runs from breaking Hank Aaron's career mark, the commissioner was adamant Tuesday that he hadn't decided whether to attend the record-breaker.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea supports Beckham's 'big moment'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_chelsea_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.258a58dd155141b694ab85cb64021693.chelsea_fc_soccer_cacc103.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=MoRfk0m0P7RI4nFnAMa5CQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Chelsea football club's coach Jose Mourinho yells to his team as Dider Drogba looks on during practice on the UCLA campus in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea is one of the world's glamour soccer teams, and it will play a strictly supporting role to David Beckham when the English star makes his U.S. debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 21.</p><br clear="all"/>
Penguins' Crosby signs 5-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_penguins_crosby"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.3a0626e4b3a44867af2847b2385c6d5b.penguins_crosby_hockey_cpt104.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=6b4X2KGuFv78YPLzmwomVw--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Scoring champion Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who led the NHL with 120 points, stands next to the Art Ross Trophy during awards ceremonies in Ottawa, in this June 2, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sidney Crosby has a new contract before his 20th birthday and his eye on the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL MVP and scoring champion signed a five-year extension through the 2012-13 season worth $43.5 million. The deal leaves room for the team to re-sign other young stars, such as Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, in the coming seasons.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cancellara extends Tour de France lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.09ef0c13cc284cbbae3ab7aea76e2d01.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf117.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=.4iIBNtPPuEXgEY5APQrNA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Overall leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 3rd stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Waregem, Belgium, and Compiegne, France, Tuesday July 10, 2007. Erik Zabel of Germany, left, placed second. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tour de France leader Fabian Cancellara has a message for coach Bjarne Riis: Thank you, and wish you were here. The Swiss rider and his CSC teammates popped open champagne after his opportunistic victory in Tuesday's wind-swept third stage, the longest of the three-week race. Cancellara extended his overall lead as cycling's showcase event left Belgium and returned home to France.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign safety Donovan Darius
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_raiders_darius"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.nyol55507102332.raiders_darius_football_nyol555.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=qrk2Szzg0IuROvYf1XP8Eg--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius makes a point during a practice session in this July 31, 2005, file photo. Darius signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Phil Coale/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Raiders signed former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius on Tuesday, bolstering a unit that was the strongest on the team during a difficult season last year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Salary cap for next season set at $55.6 million
Reuters - The National Basketball Association's
salary cap for the 2007-08 season will be $55.6 million, the
league announced on Tuesday.
Fans salute Willie Mays at All-Star game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_all_stars_mays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.db73342ad6b94d35b0e5a828a797a6cd.aptopix_all_stars_game_baseball_caps103.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=FOKTPdhCYppT_aGdCN3udw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, left, hugs Ricky Simmons, right, 10, during a dedication of the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco's Hunters Point area, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Mays is in town for the All-Star baseball game. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Mays stepped out of the pink convertible in a narrow alley behind the left-field line, and one of baseball's greatest living players exhaled with a smile.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Beckham won't stir U.S. interest
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_tim_dahlberg071007"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070708/capt.001c183f802748068b5658a6e01a0b2f.britain_f1_british_grand_prix_llp114.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=005g5vYrzmZhT.DTdZv22g--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="England's soccer star David Beckham, right, and his wife Victoria Beckham, left, pose for the photographers as they tour the Honda team garage before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, Sunday July 8, 2007. Kimi Raikkonen won the British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday, capturing his second straight Formula One race and the third this season. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)" border="0" /></a>AP - The English have been gaga over him for years, for reasons not yet fully understood on this side of the pond. The short version is that David Beckham, along with being the master of many hairstyles, has a special talent for kicking a stationary soccer ball just where he wants it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers re-sign Brendan Shanahan
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_rangers_shanahan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.nyol51407102317.rangers_shanahan_hockey_nyol514.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=1uv9pihO1_GDtjhBnvPG4w--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="New York Rangers' Brendan Shanahan celebrates as referee Don Koharski signals a goal during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in this Feb. 3, 2007, file photo. Shanahan re-signed with the Rangers on Tuesday for one more season. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brendan Shanahan stuck to his word and agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign former Jaguars S Darius (AP)
The Oakland Raiders signed former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius on Tuesday, bolstering a unit that was the strongest on the team during a difficult season last year. The Raiders had the NFL's third-ranked overall defense and No. 1 ranked pass defense last year, despite finishing with an NFL-worst 2-14 record.
Broncos WR Smith's hip healing slowly (AP)
Rod Smith is letting his surgically repaired hip tell him when he's ready to return to the field. Right now, it's saying it's not even close. The 37-year-old receiver, who had an operation on the hip in February, sat out the Broncos' two-day minicamp. He's yet to run post-surgery except briefly in a pool.
Former Pats exec Kilroy dies at 86 (AP)
Francis "Bucko" Kilroy, a former New England Patriots executive who was known throughout the league as a top talent scout, died Tuesday, the team announced. He was 86. Kilroy was a six-time All-Pro guard for the Philadelphia Eagles during a 13-season playing career in the 1940s and 50s. During a 64-season NFL career, including 36 years with the Patriots, Kilroy also worked in player personnel and...
DUI charge against McNair dropped (AP)
The drunken-driving charge against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was dropped Tuesday because a related DUI charge against his brother-in-law was reduced to reckless driving. "It's good. I'm glad it's over," McNair said as he left the court room. When asked whether he would change how he handles himself when he goes out at night, McNair did not answer.
Bills sign rookie QB Trent Edwards (AP)
The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Trent Edwards, the team's third-round draft pick, on Tuesday. Edwards, drafted 92nd overall out of Stanford, is the second of the team's seven draft picks to sign. The Bills inked seventh-round selection C.J. Ah You, a defensive end, last month. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Edwards played only seven games as a senior -- going 94-of-156 for 1,027 yards passing and six...
US rips South Korea 77-0 in World Cup (AP)
Bobby Awrey scored an 85-yard opening kickoff return Tuesday, leading the United States to a 77-0 rout over South Korea in the American football World Cup. The U.S. scored 28 points in the first quarter in its first game of the six-nation tournament in Japan. "There was a lot of adrenaline flowing at the start of the game," Awrey said.
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...
Oden may miss rest of summer games (AP)
Top draft pick Greg Oden needs to have his tonsils removed and is expected to miss the rest of the Portland Trail Blazers' summer league games. After he tapes the ESPY awards in Los Angeles, he will undergo a tonsillectomy Saturday, at the Vancouver Clinic in nearby Vancouver, Wash., the team said. Recovery time is expected to be two to three weeks.
Lakers' Buss pleads not guilty to DUI (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Buss, 74, was stopped May 29 after he was seen driving his car on the wrong side of the road in an unincorporated section of Carlsbad, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to a criminal complaint filed by the district attorney's office, Buss was under the...
NBA salary cap set at $55.63 million (AP)
The NBA set next season's salary cap at $55.63 million Tuesday, paving the way for teams to begin signing free agents. The new cap goes into effect Wednesday, when the league's moratorium period ends and trades can be made. Teams have been allowed to negotiate with free agents since July 1, but the deals couldn't be completed until the new cap was determined.
Riley relieved Walker's OK after robbery (AP)
Miami coach Pat Riley expressed relief Tuesday over the news that Heat forward Antoine Walker was not injured during a robbery at the player's Chicago home. Walker and one of his relatives were bound at gunpoint while multiple robbers took a car, cash and jewelry from the three-time All-Star's offseason residence Monday night.
LeBron making comedy debut at ESPYs (AP)
Sports fans know LeBron James can dunk. They'll find out what kind of comedy chops the Cleveland Cavaliers star has on the ESPY Awards. The 22-year-old NBA star and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel are co-hosting the annual show honoring the year's best sports moments Wednesday night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
Timberwolves sign 1st-round pick Brewer (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Corey Brewer on Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 swingman from Florida was the seventh overall pick in last month's draft. He got a two-year deal worth $4.4 million with team options for two more years. "We're really happy to bring a player and person of Corey's caliber into our franchise," vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said in a...
Hite gets 2nd chance after false DUI (AP)
Robert Hite is wearing a New Jersey Nets jersey this week for summer league play, with hopes that some NBA club will offer a second chance he insists is deserved. And if that team is the Miami Heat, well, the second-year guard will be absolutely thrilled. "If they want me back," Hite said, "I'll definitely come back." The way Hite sees it, he should have never left South Florida in the first place.
Pens extend Crosby for 5 years, $43.5M (AP)
Sidney Crosby has a new contract before his 20th birthday and his eye on the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL MVP and scoring champion signed a five-year extension through the 2012-13 season worth $43.5 million. The deal leaves room for the team to re-sign other young stars, such as Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, in the coming seasons.
Shanahan, Rangers agree to 1-year deal (AP)
Brendan Shanahan stuck to his word and agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The 38-year-old left winger had 29 goals and 62 points with the Rangers last season, his first with New York. Following the Rangers' second-round playoff elimination, Shanahan said he wanted to continue his career and had no interest in playing anywhere but New York.
Capitals ink F Motzko to 2-year contract (AP)
The Washington Capitals signed free agent forward Joe Motzko to a two-year contract on Tuesday. Motzko, 27, was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks after being traded in January by Columbus. He played in three playoff games for Anaheim, including one game in the finals. Motzko has recorded one career NHL point, a goal against Chicago on Jan.
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.
5 killed when small plane crashes into 2 Fla. homes; NASCAR executive's husband among the dead (AP)
A small plane carrying the husband of a NASCAR executive crashed into a neighborhood Tuesday and engulfed two houses in flames, killing both people aboard the aircraft and three others on the ground.
Lawyer: Newly sober Al Unser Jr. won't fight Nevada DUI charge (AP)
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will plead no contest to a driving under the influence charge stemming from a January crash on a Nevada freeway, officials said Tuesday. Lesser charges, including misdemeanor hit-and-run, failure to render aid in an accident and failure to report an accident, will be dropped, according to the plea deal.
NASCAR driver free after weekend in jail on drug charges (AP)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee were released Tuesday after spending the weekend in jail on drug charges, Fike's attorney said.
Husband of NASCAR official killed in plane crash (PA SportsTicker)
The husband of NASCAR official Lesa France Kennedy was one of two people killed in a plane crash Tuesday morning.
Canadian Carpentier to compete in Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
Patrick Carpentier announced Tuesday that he will compete in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4.
Ganassi's team uplifted in year since Montoya signing (AP)
Chip Ganassi's NASCAR organization was at a crossroad this time last year.
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.