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BALCO leak sentenced to 2 1/2 years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ot/balco_attorney"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070712/capt.d4be36fa04eb498a89312cce8fcaf2ae.balco_attorney_ny168.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=kd4EQQImfPeuq6JR5IKguA--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Troy Ellerman, right, walks out of the federal courthouse in San Francisco, in this June 14, 2007 file photo. Ellerman, an attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes, was sentenced Thursday, July 12, 2007 to two and a half years in prison, by far the harshest penalty to result from the government's steroids investigation. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - An attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to two and a half years in prison, by far the harshest penalty to result from the government's sprawling probe of steroids in sports.</p><br clear="all"/>
Becks and Posh arrive in Los Angeles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_arrival"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.3d24079f68054aa7a9ba34ffe732dd63.beckham_arrival_ksd109.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=RwbdMOmu.aBNVD6k77WTIA--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="England soccer player David Beckham holding his wife's hand Victoria arrive at Los Angeles International Airport while Angelinos look on Thursday July 12, 2007. David Beckham is traveling to the United States where he has signed to play for Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, arrived Thursday night to begin their new lives in the United States. The British power couple smiled and held hands as they walked out of a Los Angeles International Airport terminal shortly before 8:20 p.m. after arriving aboard a British Airways flight from London.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod belts his 31st as Yanks top D-Rays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.89b09352d3814069ab27321f3e481572.yankees_devil_rays_baseball_spd111.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=n4Cn4jhG4qqhN.JQypeaYg--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="New York Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a fourth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher James Shields during a baseball game Thursday night July 12, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Catching for Tampa Bay is Dioner Navarro. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez says there's only one way the New York Yankees can salvage what has been a disappointing season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Milestone home runs spark Mets over Reds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.3209ec30478748fb94323fcb5141cd0a.reds_mets_baseball_nyff105.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=dmbM5sKRh44_s3yxAwWkNA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) reaches to catch a new ball as New York Mets' Jose Reyes runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of baseball action Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Mets have had all sorts of adventures during their 46 seasons. What happened Thursday night, however, they had never done before. Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay opened with consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history, and New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox rough up Halladay to beat Jays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.a6df3026dfe14160971787e3b0f4928a.blue_jays_red_sox_baseball_mack104.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=.LZrb.zfMGxG2Pi1uINZIw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez is congratulated by fans after scoring on a single by Mike Lowell off Toronto Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay in the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, July 12, 2007. The Red Sox scored four runs in the first. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Toronto Blue Jays didn't need a reminder that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez can still hit — even in an off year.</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"/>
Bobcats, Gerald Wallace reach deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_bobcats_wallace"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070712/capt.dd36d0f4d9434d9aae3f25ff3ed14802.bobcats_wallace_basketball_ny186.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=ca4hxGDFH3nuUd3g6mKFjw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace (3) steals the ball from Miami Heat's James Posey, back, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., in this April 10, 2007 file photo. Wallace and the Bobcats reached an agreement in principle that would keep the team's leading scorer in Charlotte, executive vice president of basketball operations Bernie Bickerstaff said Wednesday, July 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gerald Wallace and the Bobcats reached an agreement in principle that would keep the team's leading scorer in Charlotte, executive vice president of basketball operations Bernie Bickerstaff said Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
M's end Tigers' 5-game winning streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.35a4a461d33a4c5aafeef6d71f3a837c.mariners_tigers_baseball_wakc111.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=0LURGZy1P.WBom_25Jpwvw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners pitcher J.J. Putz throws in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game which Seattle won 3-2 on Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single and stayed alive on the basepaths long enough to allow the go-ahead run to score in a wacky sequence that sent the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Thursday night, ending the Tigers' five-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamo spoil Osorio's debut for Fire
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_dynamo_fire"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.3e4ee33587444f58ae5d36e7a49dd3a8.mls_dynamo_fire_soccer_ilnh108.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=QMujok1ytgKAfONDj_GbYA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Houston Dynamo's Nate Jaqua, right, celebrates with Ricardo Clark after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the second half of an MLS soccer match Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Bridgeview, Ill..(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Houston's Nate Jaqua and Joseph Ngwenya each had a goal and an assist to spoil Juan Carlos Osorio's coaching debut for the Chicago Fire in the Dynamo's 4-0 win Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Souray agrees to 5-year deal with Oilers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_oilers_souray"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070712/capt.nyol57207122229.oilers_souray_nyol572.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=ELmscxCPZxzWAC330dEQUw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="** FILE * *Montreal Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray listens to a question at the NHL All-Star media availability in Dallas in this Jan. 22, 2007 file photo. Souray gave the Edmonton Oilers the impact player general manager Kevin Lowe was looking for when the All-Star defenseman agreed to a five-year deal on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sheldon Souray gave the Edmonton Oilers the impact player general manager Kevin Lowe was looking for when the All-Star defenseman agreed to a five-year deal on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Attorney: 'Pacman' targeted by police (AP)
An attorney for suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones accused a sheriff's deputy of targeting Jones in a June traffic stop, saying there was no reason to pull over Jones' orange Lamborghini. Attorney Worrick Robinson said he has been told the deputy had talked of his intention to pull over Jones when he had the chance.
Bears' Urlacher ordered to parent class (AP)
A judge has ordered Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and the mother of his toddler to take a three-hour parenting class. Urlacher and his ex-girlfriend, Tyna Robertson, are in a legal battle over Urlacher's parental visits with his 2-year-old son, Kennedy. The boy lives in Joliet with Robertson but visits the NFL star at his Lake Forest home, 62 miles away.
Raiders sign Kacyvenski, cut McNeal (AP)
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski on Thursday. Kacyvenski impressed the Raiders during a tryout in voluntary minicamp last month. He spent his first six NFL years in Seattle, helping the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl following the 2005 season, and was with St. Louis last season.
2 selected in supplemental draft (AP)
The San Diego Chargers selected Paul Oliver, and the Baltimore Ravens chose Jared Gaither in the supplemental draft Thursday. Oliver, a Georgia cornerback, was picked 28th in the fourth round. The Ravens selected Gaither, a Maryland tackle, 31st in the fifth round. It marks the first time since 1998 that two players were taken in the supplemental draft.
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.
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.
Magic give Howard 5-year, $80M extension (AP)
Only 21 years old, Dwight Howard already says he wants to retire in Orlando. He committed to sticking around for a while longer Thursday, as the former No. 1 overall pick signed a five-year contract extension worth approximately $80 million. "Me and Mickey Mouse will be here forever," Howard joked. It was Orlando's second multimillion dollar move in two days.
Wallace, Bobcats reach agreement on deal (AP)
In a July 11 story about Gerald Wallace agreeing to return to the Charlotte Bobcats, The Associated Press misstated his age. Wallace is 24 and will turn 25 later this month.
Lakers re-sign Walton to 6-year deal (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed Luke Walton to a multiyear contract Thursday. The 27-year-old Walton, who has played all of his four NBA seasons with the Lakers, had become an unrestricted free agent and received a six-year deal, reportedly worth $30 million, to remain with the team. That would more than triple the $1.4 million salary he received last season.
Mavs re-sign swingman George for 1 year (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks re-signed swingman Devean George on Thursday to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but agent Mark Bartelstein has said George's deal is worth roughly $2.4 million. George, who turns 30 next month, averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds last season. He played 60 games, starting 17, and averaged 21.4 minutes.
Spurs re-sign Vaughn and Bonner (AP)
Jacque Vaughn and Matt Bonner each re-signed multiyear deals Thursday with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Terms were not released. Vaughn, 32, a 10-year veteran who also has played for Utah, Atlanta, Orlando and New Jersey, averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 assists as point guard Tony Parker's backup last season.
Pistons re-sign Amir Johnson for 3 years (AP)
The Detroit Pistons and forward Amir Johnson agreed to an $11 million, three-year contract Thursday, keeping the restricted free agent with the team that drafted him out of high school. Johnson, 20, played in just 11 NBA games in two seasons, but the Pistons made bringing him back a top priority after re-signing Chauncey Billups on Wednesday.
Spurs acquire G Spanoulis from Rockets (AP)
The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs acquired guard Vassilis Spanoulis from the Houston Rockets for center Jackie Butler and the draft rights to Luis Scola. The Spurs will also get the Rockets' second-round pick in 2009, San Antonio said in a statement Thursday night. Spanoulis, who averaged 2.7 points in 31 games as a rookie last year, has said he didn't want to return to the Rockets because he was...
Souray agrees to 5-year deal with Oilers (AP)
Sheldon Souray gave the Edmonton Oilers the impact player general manager Kevin Lowe was looking for when the All-Star defenseman agreed to a five-year deal on Thursday. Spurned in attempts to finalize a deal with forward Michael Nylander, and rebuffed when the Buffalo Sabres matched a lucrative offer sheet to young forward Thomas Vanek, the Oilers locked up Souray, who posted career highs of 26...
Devils eyeing Brent Sutter as coach? (AP)
Brent Sutter resigned as coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels -- a team he owns -- on Thursday amid speculation he will soon be named coach of the New Jersey Devils. Sutter, who turned over coaching duties to older brother Brian, wouldn't comment about future plans.
Briere excited about Flyers' future (AP)
Daniel Briere knows how bad the Philadelphia Flyers have been the past year. The All-Star center was partly responsible for a few of their losses in Buffalo. Briere and the Sabres exposed the Flyers as a slow, sluggish group and eliminated them in the 2006 playoffs. Then Buffalo embarrassed them in an eight-goal win early last year that was the catalyst for a massive Philadelphia shake-up.
Stars re-sign Ribeiro, Joel Lundqvist (AP)
The Dallas Stars re-signed centers Mike Ribeiro and Joel Lundqvist on Thursday. Ribeiro, who led the Stars in scoring in his first season with the club, signed a one-year contract worth $2.8 million. Lundqvist was inked to a two-year contract worth $1.45 million -- $700,000 this season and $750,000 for 2008-09.
Wild ink G Harding to multiyear deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed backup goalie Josh Harding to a multiyear contract on Wednesday. Last month, the Wild traded former No. 1 goalie Manny Fernandez to Boston and signed Niklas Backstrom to a three-year deal to take over the starting job next season. The 23-year-old Harding was 3-2-1 with a 1.16 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage in seven games.
Pens re-sign RW Armstrong for 2 years (AP)
The Penguins re-signed right winger Colby Armstrong to a two-year contract on Thursday. The 24-year-old Armstrong had 34 points and 67 penalty minutes in 80 games last season. He tied the Penguins' record with three overtime goals and scored all of his 12 goals when the Penguins were tied or trailing.
Kings D Visnovsky agrees to extension (AP)
Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who has spent his entire NHL career with Los Angeles, agreed to a five-year extension with the Kings. Visnovsky, 31, scored a career-high 18 goals and had 40 assists last season and represented the Kings at the NHL All-Star game. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Visnovsky was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round, 118th overall, in the 2000 NHL draft.
Indianapolis crossed off 2008 F1 season (AFP)
The United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis was wiped off the 2008 Formula One schedule after eight years at the historic speedway circuit.
Earnhardt mainstreams his marketability (AP)
Stewart ready to make up with Hamlin (AP)
After his furious reaction to getting into a crash with teammate Denny Hamlin in Saturday's NASCAR Nextel Cup...
Firefighter ventured into burning homes to save victims of Fla. plane crash (AP)
Ryan Cooper was standing in his driveway when he saw the small plane crash into his neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze. Minutes later, the off-duty firefighter dashed into the houses in search of survivors.
NASCAR driver Fike and team member suspended (AP)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were suspended indefinitely Wednesday from NASCAR competition after being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.
Gordon insists Busch still part of Hendrick team (AP)
After Kyle Busch and his older brother Kurt tangled on track and exchanged some harsh words at NASCAR's all-star event in May, Jeff Gordon made it a point to make some time for his teammate, Kyle.
NASCAR official's husband and young mother among 5 victims mourned after plane hits homes (AP)
Fuel poured down a staircase inside the burning home as off-duty firefighter Ryan Cooper tried to rescue a seriously burned father who was frantically searching for his younger child, the firefighter recalled Wednesday. A small plane with a NASCAR pilot and the husband of a racing executive aboard had crashed into two homes, spilling fuel and setting both ablaze.
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.