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NEWS FROM 2007-07-17
A-Rod's 32nd helps Yanks continue surge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070717/capt.77cf8d5607ab4035b8efd52cabd0a5d2.blue_jays_yankees_baseball_nyy102.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=Py7PwRhKDpeh0Q0C9HFWiw--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez follows through on his third-inning, two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Josh Towers in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees got another big hit from Andy Phillips, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Monday night in a noticeably even-tempered game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Poll: Rooting for Bonds divided by race
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_giants_bonds_ap_poll"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070715/capt.f4efb16e125f45c6a72f7883092334ec.dodgers_giants_baseball__fxpb201.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=vWE59N0mMTgm6v2lYjprgg--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds waves to a fan while waiting to bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Brett Tomko in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - When it comes to rooting for Barry Bonds to become the home run champion, one factor stands out: race. An AP-Ipsos poll released Monday showed 55 percent of minority baseball fans want Bonds to set the record, while only 34 percent of non-Hispanic white baseball fans hope he passes Hank Aaron's record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Griffey passes Robinson with 587th homer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070717/capt.25176bc3898e4751a16b97aef90770b4.reds_braves_baseball_gadm101.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=aEGxVgt7CbaNWXTCTs.XMw--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr., watches his three-run homer in the second inning as Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann also watches during their baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta Monday, July 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ken Griffey Jr. passed Frank Robinson for sixth place on the career home run list, and Cincinnati pitcher Bobby Livingston went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the Reds' 10-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham limited in 1st Galaxy practice
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.ece2668c259c4f7a952d7600517d57d3.mls_galaxy_beckham_soccer_hdc204.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=05XIXcQuF32tIMC5fHN38g--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham sits on a ball as he practices as the newest member of the MLS soccer team, Monday, July 16, 2007, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham was limited to some stretching and kicking drills because of a lingering ankle injury in his first practice Monday since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gabbard 3-hits Royals to lift Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.57f7c1c3b8c447cca50ef111d4b387e6.royals_red_sox_baseball_maea102.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=11F17rHv9Qp0qv6cPMQJPg--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kason Gabbard fires one in against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, July 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie Kason Gabbard pitched a three-hitter for Boston's second shutout of the season and the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 with the help of three homers Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lions sign defensive tackle Redding to long-term contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070717/sp_nm/nfl_redding_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070717/2007_07_17t022726_450x328_us_nfl_redding.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=hSpyr_0slE6nAtCs7tTV_Q--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Detroit Lions' Daniel Bullocks (L), with defensive end Cory Redding (R), sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick during the first half of their NFL game in Detroit, Michigan November 5, 2006. Defensive tackle Cory Redding has signed a multi-year deal with the Detroit Lions, the team announced on Monday. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Defensive tackle Cory Redding has
signed a multi-year deal with the Detroit Lions, the team
announced on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Italian guard Belinelli signs for Golden State
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070716/sp_nm/nba_belinelli_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070717/2007_07_16t191622_353x450_us_nba_belinelli.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=s0ew9j5q8kXQNEHYI.Oc2A--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Marco Belinelli of Italy poses for photographers after being selected by Golden State Warriors as the 18th overall pick at the 2007 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York in this file photo from June 28, 2007. The Warriors have signed Italian guard Marco Belinelli, the NBA club announced on Monday. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Golden State Warriors have signed
Italian guard Marco Belinelli, drafted by the Warriors with the
18th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, the NBA club
announced on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bosox rookie replacement throws shutout
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070717/capt.2aa7a0c8ade64f82adeaf03e401e9ce0.royals_red_sox_baseball_maea111.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=p1Jkb0G.56heAhnzPx0giA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kason Gabbard delivers against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, July 16, 2007. Gabbard pitched a complete-game 4-0 shutout victory over the Royals. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Red Sox have two shutouts this season. One by Curt Schilling and one by his rookie replacement.</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/20070716/capt.f52b7cdb9f4b4971aa557498be32fcf5.mls_toronto_fc_dynamo_soccer_txhou101.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=Esy6mMxznWKa2u0Y14iIcw--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Toronto FC midfielder Maurice Edu slide tackles the ball away from Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching in the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Robertston Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Kevin Fujii)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Houston Dynamo set an MLS record with their seventh straight shutout by tying Toronto FC 0-0 Sunday. The Dynamo haven't allowed a goal since the 77th minute of a 2-1 win over Columbus on June 10, and they haven't lost in 10 games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Penguins' Therrien gets 1-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_penguins_therrien"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070716/capt.ebb19a8e520f424ab17655d7b46dfc8c.penguins_therrien_hockey_ny158.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=_2A0tRI1oXneSrxlAh83AA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="This 2005-06 season handout provided by the NHL shows Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien. The Pittsburgh Penguins, on Monday July 16, 2007, gave coach Michel Therrien a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season after guiding the team to the playoffs for the first time in six years. (AP Photo/NHL, HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Penguins gave coach Michel Therrien a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season after guiding the team to the playoffs for the first time in six years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pats, CB Samuel fail to reach agreement (AP)
Cornerback Asante Samuel and the New England Patriots failed to agree on a multiyear contract Monday, setting the stage for a possible holdout. Samuel, coming off the best of his four seasons, can only play for the $7.79 million tender offer the Patriots made when they designated him as their franchise player.
Lions re-sign DT Redding (AP)
The Detroit Lions re-signed defensive tackle Cory Redding to a multiyear deal on Monday. The team put the franchise tag on Redding in February, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Redding emerged as a dominant player for the Lions last year when defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was out of the lineup.
NFL suspends Chiefs DE Allen for 2 games (AP)
Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2007 season and fined an additional game check following two DUI arrests Allen told the Kansas City Star last April that he had been suspended for four games. At that time, the NFL declined comment because the case was under appeal.
Chambers' DUI case delayed until August (AP)
Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers had his drunken driving case delayed until next month. Chambers did not attend Monday's hearing in Mecklenburg County court, which came two days after his arrest for driving while impaired. He also was cited for reckless driving and speeding. The case was continued until Aug.
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.
Wade may miss start of training camp (AP)
A couple hundred people were crowded around Dwyane Wade on Monday, watching the standout Miami Heat guard take a ceremonial 16-footer to officially open a refurbished basketball court at a city park. It'll be a while before Heat fans see him attempt another shot. Although Wade said his rehabilitation from knee and shoulder operations is going well, the 2006 NBA finals MVP may not be ready to play...
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.
Durant scores 28 in summer league finale (AP)
Kevin Durant had the stage to himself. The second overall pick did not disappoint. The Seattle swingman had several highlight-reel plays Sunday night to break out of an event-long shooting slump, but it wasn't enough as the SuperSonics finished winless in the summer league with an 84-78 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
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.
Nuggets sign free agent G Atkins (AP)
The Denver Nuggets signed free-agent guard Chucky Atkins on Monday, three days after point guard Steve Blake returned to Portland. Atkins averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 assists last year with the Memphis Grizzlies, second best in his eight-year career. "Chucky will be a great addition to our team," Nuggets vice president for basketball operations Mark Warkentien said Monday.
Part of call barred in Williams' retrial (AP)
The judge presiding over Jayson Williams' retrial for the shooting of a hired driver in 2002 ruled Monday that portions of a 911 call made by Williams' brother on the night of the shooting will be excluded from the trial. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman was a victory for Williams' defense team, which had sought to have some statements made on the tape by Victor Williams kept...
Warriors sign 1st-round pick Belinelli (AP)
The Golden State Warriors signed first-round pick Marco Belinelli on Monday. Belinelli was the 18th overall pick in last month's draft after five professional seasons in his native Italy, where the swingman negotiated a buyout last week to get out of his Italian contract. The Warriors refused to release terms of his NBA contract, but Belinelli will make nearly $2.8 million in salary over the next...
Pens sign Therrien to 1-year extension (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins gave coach Michel Therrien a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season after guiding the team to the playoffs for the first time in six years. The Penguins finished second in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the New Jersey Devils. Therrien, whose current deal was to expire after the upcoming season, led the team to a 47-24-11 record last season.
Preds re-sign Hordichuk, Klein, Zanon (AP)
The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Darcy Hordichuk and defenseman Kevin Klein to one-year deals Monday, and agreed with defenseman Greg Zanon on a two-year pact. Zanon, 27, had career highs last season with three goals and five assists in 66 games, and he led the NHL in blocked shots with 189 and hits with 91.
Sharks re-sign D Davison to 1-year deal (AP)
Defenseman Rob Davison re-signed with the San Jose Sharks on Monday, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $525,000. Davison was a restricted free agent after playing in 22 games for San Jose last season. The hard-hitting defenseman has 14 points in 161 games over four seasons with the Sharks, who drafted him in 1998.
Isles re-sign D Campoli to 3-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders signed defenseman Chris Campoli to a three-year deal on Monday worth $1.9 million. The 23-year-old Campoli has 10 goals and 38 assists in 131 career NHL games, all with the Islanders. He was chosen in the seventh round of the 2004 draft. "Signing Chris Campoli to a long-term contract was a priority of ours this offseason," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a...
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...
Wild re-sign Foy, Reitz, Voros and Ward (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed wingers Matt Foy, Aaron Voros and Joel Ward and defenseman Erik Reitz to one-year deals on Monday. All four players spent most of last season with the Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston. Foy led the Aeros in scoring with 27 goals and 50 points and appeared in nine games for Minnesota last season.
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.
Hamlin stands up to Stewart as team rivalry brews (AP)
When Denny Hamlin refused to quietly take teammate Tony Stewart's criticism, it marked a rare occasion of a young driver not rolling over for the two-time NASCAR champion.
Stewart breaks winless streak at Chicagoland (AP)
Yes, Tony Stewart has been known to freak out from time to time. But his recent winless streak wasn't one of those times.
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.
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.