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Win No. 298 is hard-earned for Glavine
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070715/capt.f29e5bac9968410d8b156a30fe14f81b.reds_mets_baseball_nyff103.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=4xlBloYGyhKG12TBO5XYBw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine (47) delivers a pitch during the second inning of baseball action against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine pitched one of his best games this season — and nearly went home without a win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bullpen comes through for Angels' Lackey
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070715/capt.c7f4afdd849a48efb4fac1df7814af9e.rangers_angels_baseball_ans102.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=7U17kvhteAJvNldEsW8ciw--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - The way John Lackey started out, it appeared that he would need a lot of relief. Justin Speier provided a much-needed boost out of the bullpen.</p><br clear="all"/>
Artest, Jackson back in trouble with NBA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_artest_jackson_suspensions"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.913141518a624bb8b6e0ef257b04da9a.artest_jackson_suspension_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=wRC5oeG0.KuA9wgXb267xg--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="These handout photos from the NBA show, from left, Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson. Artest and Jackson were each suspended by the NBA on Saturday for the first seven games of next season because of their most recent legal problems. Artest of the Sacramento Kings pleaded no contest in May to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a March 5 dispute with his wife, the latest in a string of off-court problems. Jackson of the Golden State Warriors pleaded guilty last month to a felony count of criminal recklessness for firing a gun outside an Indiana strip club last fall, when he was with the Pacers. (AP Photo/NBA)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson are in trouble with the NBA again. The central figures in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills were each suspended without pay by the league on Saturday for the first seven games of next season because of their most recent legal problems.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mickelson leads by a stroke in Scotland
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_scottish_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.54379dc14f5d456bac4e48a07a01bb58.britain_golf_scottish_open_lon811.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=vrDNcxPqyZJt1SUWuBcsBA--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="America's Phil Mickelson during the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, Scotland, Saturday, July 14, 2007. (AP Photo / Michael Boyd, PA)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Mickelson has to be feeling better about his game heading into next week's British Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gerdemann decries doping after stage win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.6d9fae87acab4c669ab44ac97177a8bf.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf132.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=rEPAVPKPXPTrjRfQIy8LIQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Stage winner Linus Gerdemann of Germany kisses his overall leader's yellow jersey on the podium of the 7th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Bourg en Bresse and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps, Saturday, July 14, 2007. Gerdemann won the stage and took the overall lead on Saturday. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Linus Gerdemann hadn't even finished celebrating his first Tour de France stage victory before sounding a loud drumbeat from the winner's circle: Races can and should be won clean.</p><br clear="all"/>
Freeney agrees to $72 million contract with Colts
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.
Jackson, Artest suspended for seven games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070714/sp_nm/nba_suspensions_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070714/2007_07_14t161858_336x450_us_nba_suspensions.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=YoSwDg9XrqNe8PpxSUYEmA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="In this file photoSacramento Kings forward Ron Artest (93) drives past Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace (L) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 14, 2007. Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Golden State Warriors were both suspended for seven games without pay by the NBA for separate criminal incidents, the league announced on Saturday. (Robert Padgett/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Stephen Jackson of the Golden State
Warriors and Sacramento Kings player Ron Artest were both
suspended for seven games without pay by the NBA for separate
criminal incidents, the league announced on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johjima's GS breaks it open for Mariners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070715/capt.61212298fc9e48489373f29248a9e427.tigers_mariners_baseball_wakc108.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=ioTd0XRK3_WQPOuqBMpRKQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Kenji Johjima, of Japan, is congratulated at home plate by teammates Richie Sexson, Adrian Beltre, and Jose Guillen, from left, after Johjima hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - About the only things Kenji Johjima didn't see from Kenny Rogers were his surgery scars.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards blank Real Salt Lake 1-0
AP - Eddie Johnson returned from international tournaments and scored in his third straight MLS game as the Kansas City Wizards beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night to move into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Devils hire Brent Sutter as coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070714/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_devils_sutter"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.6c742aa6d82f4cb58f37691bafb258ba.devils_sutter_hockey_njme108.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=hMBiWaX4lpGIk5sq92qQ2w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="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. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)" border="0" /></a>AP - The first time Jeff Vanderbeek listened to Brent Sutter, the Devils' owner knew he was the right man to return New Jersey to glory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dolphins WR Chambers arrested for DWI (AP)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers was arrested early Saturday on charges of driving while impaired and speeding. Chambers, 28, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police around 2:30 a.m., several miles south of downtown, said police Capt. Lisa Goelz. He faces charges of driving while impaired, speeding, and reckless driving, she said.
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 Fakhir 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...
NBA suspends Artest, Jackson for 7 games (AP)
Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson are in trouble with the NBA again. The central figures in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills were each suspended without pay by the league on Saturday for the first seven games of next season because of their most recent legal problems. And their history of headaches was likely the reason they were slapped with stronger penalties than other players who have been...
Report: G Mo Williams to stay with Bucks (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Mo Williams reportedly agreed to a six-year, $52 million deal, rejecting an offer from the Miami Heat. "The entire organization made it clear how important Mo was to them and their future," Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein said in a story posted Saturday on the Web site of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Trail Blazers' Oden has tonsils removed (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers rookie center Greg Oden had his tonsils removed Saturday. The tonsillectomy was performed at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., and the recovery time for the No. 1 pick in last month's NBA draft is expected to take two to three weeks, the Trail Blazers said. Oden, 19, has been plagued by sore throats and had trouble breathing in the Las Vegas summer league last week.
Mourning close to decision on 2007-08 (AP)
The suspense surrounding Alonzo Mourning's playing status for next season is nearing an end. The seven-time All-Star center said he'll make it known "very soon" whether he'll return to the Miami Heat or retire, a decision he's been contemplating for the 2 1/2 months since the team was eliminated in the first round of this year's NBA playoffs.
Nets reach agreement with Magloire (AP)
A day after losing center Mikki Moore to free agency, the New Jersey Nets reached an agreement in principle with former All-Star Jamaal Magloire on Saturday. The deal is contingent on Magloire passing a physical. Contract terms were not immediately available. The Nets also announced that they had requested waivers on guard Hassan Adams.
Wizards, Stevenson agree to deal (AP)
Unrestricted free agent DeShawn Stevenson and the Washington Wizards have agreed on a contract to keep the shooting guard with the club. The team wouldn't disclose the terms of the deal, but it's reportedly worth $15 million over four years. The Wizards are expected to formally announce the signing next week.
Nets ink Carter to deal worth up to $80M (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. 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...
Brent Sutter hired as Devils coach (AP)
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.
Ex-NHL player, GM Ferguson dies at 68 (AP)
Former NHL player and general manager John Ferguson Sr., died Saturday after a lengthy fight with prostate cancer. He was 68. Ferguson was one of the toughest players to lace up skates in the NHL and remained a big part of the sport as a GM, coach and scout at the highest level. Ferguson, the father of current Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr., went from being a tough guy on the ice to a...
Bruins hire asst. GM, director of ops (AP)
The Bruins hired Jim Benning as assistant general manager and Don Sweeney as director of hockey operations and player development Saturday. Benning takes over for Jeff Gorton, who was fired June 27 after Boston missed the playoffs for a second straight year. The Bruins recently fired first-year coach Dave Lewis and replaced him with Claude Julien.
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...
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).
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...
Coyotes re-sign RW Thomas, G LeNeveu (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed right wing Bill Thomas and goaltender David LeNeveu to one-year contracts Friday and signed free-agent left wing Tomas Survoy to a one-year pact. Thomas, 24, had eight goals and six assists in 24 games for the Coyotes last season along with 13 goals and 20 assists for their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
Skinner earns win in the Built Ford Tough 225 (PA SportsTicker)
Skinner earns fourth win of the season (AP)
Mike Skinner completely dominated Saturday night's Built Ford Tough 225 leading 135 of 150 laps to earn his series-leading fourth victory of the season.
Gordon hopes to build lead while Harvick hopes to build momentum (PA SportsTicker)
Harvick becomes first two-time Busch winner at Chicagoland (PA SportsTicker)
Harvick wins Chicagoland Busch race (AP)
Some people have criticized Chicagoland Speedway for its bland ``cookie cutter'' layout, but it's more like a cookie jar for Kevin Harvick.
Groovy? Drivers hope for good racing at Chicagoland (AP)
Chicagoland Speedway is beginning to show its age, and that could be groovy for fans of side-by-side racing Sunday.
Roush gaining ground going into Chicagoland (AP)
NASCAR's other megateam has been uncharacteristically quiet through the first half of the 2007 season, as Roush Fenway Racing hasn't been able to put up much of a fight against Hendrick Motorsports' dominance.
Hamlin takes pole for Chicagoland Busch race (AP)
Denny Hamlin ran a lap at 179.503 mph on Saturday morning to take pole position for the NASCAR Busch Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon.