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NEWS FROM 2007-07-16
Cardinals hand Phillies 10,000th loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.fb0f9fbdcf9b4a13b8aaca993c223ce2.cardinals_phillies_baseball_pagw104.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=fUz6wWwyK9vre1dvSOi5vw--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Adam Eaton throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 15, 2007.(AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was the kind of game Phillies fans had seen thousands of times before.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers top Giants for 11th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.e91abf2ea7584467a342dc5193678d29.dodgers_giants_baseball__fxpb208.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=SN2l0yHtLTZsrAvdiVC5VQ--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds walks off the field after making the final out of the game as Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate their 5-3 win behind him Sunday, July 15, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - While the Giants wait for Barry Bonds to hit another long ball, the Los Angeles Dodgers played small ball to beat their archrival again. The Dodgers scored twice on squeeze bunts and held Bonds without a hit all series, winning their 11th straight game in San Francisco with a 5-3 victory Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers top Mariners, split 4-game series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.5e7007527f4041939b306655eb751b31.tigers_mariners_baseball_wajb115.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=VKE1xnJmQmwwBuonxZkCsA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander delivers a pitch to Seattle Mariners' Willie Bloomquist in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Seattle. Verlander, and his overpowering fastball that reached 100 mph on Sunday, became the sixth American League pitcher to reach 11 wins as the Tigers beat the Mariners 11-7. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marcus Thames made certain Sunday wouldn't be a repeat of the World Series for Jeff Weaver. Thames hit a two-out, three-run homer off Weaver in the fourth inning, and Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings in Detroit's 11-7 win over the Seattle Mariners.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tony Stewart ends 20-race winless streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_chicagoland"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.c2435c41917147ea921920473e62b6e5.nascar_chicagoland_auto_racing_ilnh111.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=FahuezbmqBDWQ8VRzBUGIQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Tony Stewart celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup USG Sheetrock 400 auto race at the Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Stewart finally broke through for his first victory of the season, holding off Matt Kenseth on several late-race restarts Sunday to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mourning: I'll play again this season
AP - Ending nearly three months of suspense about his future, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning said Sunday night at his annual Zo's Summer Groove charity game that he'll play again next season — a choice he kept secret to the end, insisting he was still deciding just hours before the actual announcement.
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.
Artest, Jackson get 7-game suspensions
<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"/>
Rangers edge Angels, 5-4 (11 innings)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.e16f08b592a745cb8fa6ab443dd60bb7.rangers_angels_baseball_ans105.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=PjC3nZhFk7cd5uxz33wIHg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers second baseman Ramon Vazquez can't reach a ball hit for a double by Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero during the fifth inning of their baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Teixeira homered leading off the 11th inning and had an RBI double in the eighth, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamo set record by tying Toronto FC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_toronto_fc_dynamo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070713/capt.4ebb83f4b48c4e358c0259b512fcb76c.nascar_joliet_auto_racing_ilnh110.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=5cAzzB9B3B.6GcbnCzm8KQ--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, left, and Jeff Gordon speak in the garage during practice for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 auto race at the Chicagoland Speedway, Friday, July 13, 2007, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Houston Dynamo set an MLS record with their seventh straight shutout by tying Toronto FC 0-0 Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
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.
NFL's online video policies debated (AP)
The satiric video posted on the Houston Chronicle's Web site tries to answer the question of how long -- or short -- is 45 seconds. One reporter hovers nearby wielding a stopwatch as another poses a question to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Before Schaub can answer, the timer calls out, "And we're done." The two reporters dart away, leaving a puzzled Schaub to shrug his shoulders at the camera.
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...
Mourning coming back for final season (AP)
Alonzo Mourning is coming back, one more time. Ending nearly three months of suspense about his future, the Miami Heat center said Sunday night at his annual Zo's Summer Groove charity game that he'll play again next season -- a choice he kept secret to the end, insisting he was still deciding just hours before the actual announcement.
Union may appeal Artest, Jackson bans (AP)
The NBA players association is considering an appeal of the seven-game suspensions given to Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson for legal issues. Both players were suspended by the league Saturday without pay and are scheduled to miss the first seven games of next season. Artest would lose a little more than $470,000 in salary, about $50,000 more than Jackson.
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.
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.
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.
Gibbs straightens out Stewart and Hamlin situation (PA SportsTicker)
JOLIET, Illinois (Ticker) - Any successful coach in the NFL has to know how to inspire his team and step in when teammates are at odds.
Stewart ends drought with win at Chicagoland (PA SportsTicker)
Johnson sore, but hard hit could have been worse (AP)
Had Jimmie Johnson's accident at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday happened a few years ago, he might have walked away with more than a sore elbow.
Stewart breaks winless streak at Chicagoland (AP)
Tony Stewart is a winner again.
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.
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.