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Sheffield stands by comments, hits slam (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.19aa3e8f9f324ecfa30eb4b3b9bfa4fd.tigers_mariners_baseball_waet101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=H4E0qKa.VqelN2ZP5ogO8Q--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Detroit Tigers' Gary Sheffield connects for a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 13, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Jeremy Bonderman is on the mound, veteran Detroit manager Jim Leyland knows he can feel confident. An early grand slam from slugger Gary Sheffield certainly boosts confidence as well.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dodgers get another victory in San Fran (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.8b6f0024efd44c38b40635e16dbf82c2.dodgers_giants_baseball_fxpb210.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=Q436DUgM2ehiMEfmVOFciw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds walks to the dugout after hitting into a bases loaded double play that scored Randy Winn against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, June 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds' bat came off his shoulder three times all game. The two at-bats when he got to swing, he grounded into double plays.</p><br clear="all"/>

Angels edge Rangers on Kotchman's single (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.6146cf8a8f9b4b3cbeef7d3f33e69edd.correction_rangers_angels_baseball_ans108.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=bN4YNt80mHAMfR8LjGm6gA--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Gary Matthews Jr. jumps into the arms of Casey Kotchman after scoring on Kotchman's RBI single against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 13, 2007. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels began the second half of their season the same way they started the first half &#151; with a victory over the Texas Rangers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Green leads in Ill; Johnson misses cut (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_deere_classic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.aa638df70ed744a689cc7305856d21e6.deere_classic_golf_ilca108.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=5akMxuYCoF1ZI8hHeSfmZw--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Golfer Nathan Green launches his tee shot off the 17th tee during the second round of the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis, Ill.,Friday, July 13, 2007. Green leads after posting an 8-under par 63 on the day, for 12-under par after two rounds. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nathan Green returned to the United States on Monday in a better frame of mind and, apparently, with a better golf game. Three weeks relaxing back home in Australia was just what he needed.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giambi 1st player to meet with Mitchell (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_giambi_mitchell_meeting"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.nyol57807132142.giambi_mitchell_meeting_nyol578.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=wWzku0rt4VsFtJN1tDeOQQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Jason Giambi follows through as he hits the ball during a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in this Sept. 5, 2006 file photo in Kansas City, Mo. Giambi met with George Mitchell on Friday, becoming the first active player known to talk with baseball's steroids investigator. Commissioner Bud Selig announced the meeting, but released no details other than who attended. Selig was not present. (AP Photo/Charlie Riede, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Giambi met with George Mitchell on Friday, becoming the first active player known to talk with baseball's steroids investigator. Mitchell and his staff finished interviewing the New York Yankees slugger, and no further meetings were scheduled, a person familiar with the session said on condition of anonymity because the parties agreed not to make any statements other than the release from Major League Baseball.</p><br clear="all"/>

Freeney agrees to $72 million contract with Colts (Reuters)
Reuters - Three-times All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney and the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts have agreed in principle to a new long-term contract, the team said on Friday.

Nets ink Vince Carter to multiyear deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nets_carter"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.72ce4ed99cab422fad16c01cb1b42e8e.nets_carter_basketball_nkbk103.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=pJjDyc9ug.FaJ9LQJigXNw--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter, right, and coach Lawrence Frank smile at a news conference announcing Carter signing a new multi-year contract with the basketball team on Friday, July 13, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Jersey Nets signed a deal with guard Vince Carter on Friday that will keep the eight-time All-Star in New Jersey at least through the 2010-11 season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cuban dips toe in water for buying Cubs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_cuban"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.8d00613586e041ff9d8495692dc401c2.cubs_cuban_baseball_cx102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=0JDeAMuA0Uk7Pqv3QUw5.Q--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban smiles as the Mavericks play the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland in this March 21, 2007, file photo. Cuban said in a published report Friday, July 13, 2007, that he has submitted to Major League Baseball last week an application to purchase the Chicago Cubs (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Add Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to the list of potential Chicago Cubs buyers. "I submitted an app," Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.</p><br clear="all"/>

L.A. rolls out red carpet for Beckham (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_becks__day_in_la"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.8c1034461a9e4e5bb0b35f31b7491652.correction_aptopix_mls_galaxy_beckham_arrives_soccer_catg105.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=iRjxZi1tDOO.za8VvT.PkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="England soccer player David Beckham holds up his new jersey as he is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, Friday, July 13, 2007, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham has been dropped on the doorstep of Los Angeles, wrapped in a package of a chic gray suit for fawning fans and anxious media. Now it's time to see what he can do with a jersey on.</p><br clear="all"/>

Devils hire Brent Sutter as head coach (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070713/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_devils_sutter"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.f25ce76a5a094977b940d09e1052bd20.devils_sutter_hockey_cpt106.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=tDNIaDy17v8dw6olpaImkw--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Brent Sutter keeps an eye on Canada's junior hockey team in Vancouver, British Columbia, in this Jan. 4, 2006 file photo. Sutter was hired as the coach of the three-time Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils on Friday, taking over one of the NHL's least secure jobs. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Jersey Devils' revolving door of head coaches spun again Friday with the hiring of Brent Sutter, a man whose emphasis on team mimics that of his new boss.</p><br clear="all"/>

Colts, Freeney agree to 6 years, $72M (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive end Dwight Freeney to a long-term contract that will make him among the NFL's most highly paid defensive players. Freeney and the Colts agreed to a six-year, $72 million contract that includes a $30 million signing bonus, Freeney's agent, Gary Wichard, said Friday.

Bengals LB Pollack likely out for season (AP)
Bengals linebacker David Pollack, who broke a bone in his neck during a game last season, isn't expected to play this year. "He is working extremely hard and will continue focusing his efforts on rehabilitating with our medical staff," coach Marvin Lewis said. Pollack broke the bone while tackling Cleveland's Reuben Droughns Sept.

Lions DT Rogers won't face sex charges (AP)
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers won't face criminal charges following a review of an exotic dancer's claims that he inappropriately touched her. A 20-year-old woman who dances at a club on Detroit's west side made the complaint last month against the 6-foot-4, 345-pound Lions standout, claiming he entered her dressing room where she was changing.

Rams CB Brown suspended 4 games (AP)
Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown was suspended Friday for the first four games next season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league didn't reveal the specific nature of the violation. Brown's agent, Ted Marchibroda, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Brown's suspension will begin Aug.

Jags OT Barnes gets 6 months probation (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes has been sentenced to six months probation after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge. Barnes, 25, pleaded no contest last week. Duval County Judge James Ruth on Wednesday also sentenced him to pay $650 in fines and court costs, perform 50 hours of community service, attend a drunken driving class and have his driver's license suspended...

Raiders sign 3rd-round pick Henderson (AP)
The Oakland Raiders signed offensive lineman Mario Henderson to a contract Friday, making him the team's fourth draft pick to sign a deal. Henderson, a third-rounder taken with the 91st overall pick in the April draft, started all 13 games at offensive tackle in his final season at Florida State. "I'm just planning to go out and make an impact, show the coaches they can depend on me, and fight for...

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.

Nets ink Carter to deal worth up to $80M (AP)
New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank, left, owner Bruce Ratner, and president Rod Thorn, right, pose with Vince Carter at a news conference after Carter signed a new multi-year contract with the basketball team Friday, July 13, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J.

The New Jersey Nets signed a deal with guard Vince Carter on Friday that will keep the eight-time All-Star in New Jersey at least through the 2010-11 season. Carter will receive $66 million guaranteed -- which includes four years plus a partial guarantee for a fifth year -- and could make as much as $80 million, according to a person involved in the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity...


Source: Peterson, Hornets agree to terms (AP)
Morris Peterson and the New Orleans Hornets agreed to terms on a 4-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced, said Peterson would sign the deal following a vacation.

LeBron watches as Durant scores 32 (AP)
Kevin Durant struggled again with his shot Friday night, this time with superstar LeBron James sitting courtside. Durant missed his first six shots and finished 9-of-23 in the Seattle SuperSonics' 85-74 loss to the Golden State Warriors. He was 13-of-16 from the free throw line, however, to finish with a summer league personal-best 32 points.

Grizzlies sign free agent Milicic (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies on Friday signed forward-center Darko Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft who is joining his third team. Milicic put up disappointing numbers in his 1 1/2 seasons with the Orlando Magic after being drafted by Detroit. But he averaged 12.3 points in the playoffs for the Magic against the Pistons.

Kings sign Nets C Mikki Moore (AP)
Mikki Moore agreed to a contract with the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, leaving the New Jersey Nets to join his eighth NBA team. The 7-foot Moore had a breakthrough campaign with the Nets last season, averaging career highs of 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while making nearly 61 percent of his shots, leading the NBA.

PG Blake returns to Trail Blazers (AP)
Former Trail Blazer Steve Blake is coming back to Portland, even though in one sense he never left. The free agent point guard who played for the Denver Nuggets last season signed a reported two-year deal with an option. The Blazers, who confirmed his return late Friday, did not disclose terms. Blake, a four-year veteran, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 assists in 49 games with Denver last season.

Jazz sign PG Hart to multiyear contract (AP)
The Utah Jazz signed point guard Jason Hart on Friday. Hart signed a multiyear contract, but terms were not disclosed, said Kevin O'Connor, Jazz vice president of basketball operations. The 6-foot-3 Hart played for Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006-07, a combined total of 36 games, and averaged 6.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.22 steals in 23.6 minutes.

Brent Sutter hired as Devils coach (AP)
Brent Sutter smiles as he is introduced as the New Jersey Devils new head coach Friday, July 13, 2007 in Newark, N.J. Sutter, third youngest of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom played in the NHL, played on the 1982-83 Stanley Cup winning New York Islanders  team.

The first time Jeff Vanderbeek listened to Brent Sutter, the Devils' owner knew he was the right man to return New Jersey to glory. Sutter spoke of discipline, commitment, effort and team, all the things that Vanderbeek and Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello believe make a Stanley Cup champion.


Sens ink Dimitrakos, bring back Nycholat (AP)
The Ottawa Senators signed free agent Niko Dimitrakos to a one-year contract on Friday. Dimitrakos, a 28-year-old right winger, has 24 goals and 62 points in 158 regular-season games over parts of four seasons with San Jose and Philadelphia. He had no points and six penalty minutes in five games with the Flyers last season, which he spent mostly in the AHL with the Philadelphia Phantoms and...

Coyotes sign draft pick Mueller, D Bell (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes signed center Peter Mueller, their top draft pick of 2006, to an entry-level contract and re-signed defenseman Brendan Bell on Thursday. Mueller, 19, got a three-year deal for $850,000 per season. The No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft, Mueller was the Western Hockey League rookie of the year for the 2005-06 season when he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 52 games for Everett.

Thrashers sign free agent C Giroux (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers signed free agent center Alexandre Giroux to a multiyear deal Friday. The 26-year-old Giroux had two goals and two assists in nine games with the Washington Capitals last season. Giroux also played in 67 games with Hershey of the American Hockey League, recording a career-high 70 points (42 goals, 28 assists).

Russia refuses to sign transfer accord (AP)
The Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland ratified a four-year transfer agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation member associations and the NHL on Thursday. As with the last four-year agreement, Russia refused to sign. The agreement regulates transfers to the NHL from all non-North American IIHF-affiliated associations and leagues, except Russia.

Souray agrees to 5-year deal with Oilers (AP)
** 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.

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...


Briere excited about Flyers' future (AP)
All-Star forward Daniel Briere, right, with team General Manager Paul Holmgren, talks during a news conference at the Philadelphia Flyers offices in Voorhees, N.J., on Thursday, July 12, 2007. Nearly two weeks after signing an eight-year, $52 million contract with the team, Briere talked about joining his new team.(AP Photo/George Widman

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.


Gibbs, Hendrick team tiffs linger into Chicagoland (AP)
Tony Stewart is a two-time NASCAR champion and the unquestioned leader at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Busch expects decision on new team soon (AP)
Kyle Busch isn't thrilled with his current situation at Hendrick Motorsports, but at least he expects to have his future plans firmed up soon.

Budweiser not following Dale Jr. to Hendrick (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Mears captures Nextel pole at Chicagoland Speedway (PA SportsTicker)

Mears wins pole for Hendrick at Chicagoland (AP)
Casey Mears turned a lap of 182.556 mph in his Chevrolet on Friday, taking the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Hendrick confirms Budweiser won't sponsor Earnhardt in '08 (AP)
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves his late father's team to drive for Hendrick Motorsports next season, longtime corporate sponsor Budweiser won't be going with him.

Robby Gordon penalized for rules infractions at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR on Friday issued penalties and fines to Robby Gordon's team as a result of rule infractions found last week at Daytona International Speedway.

Hendrick confirms Earnhardt Jr. to have new sponsor (PA SportsTicker)
Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday that contractual commitments to existing sponsors will preclude Budweiser from continuing as the primary sponsor of the car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he joins the team next season.

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