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NEWS FROM 2007-07-19
Tiger goes for 3-peat at British Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.cf5e3949ce2147faa494ac469e2f7272.britain_golf_british_open_cog109.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=XxAc_I8.P_rNwEMFBDkz2Q--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods of the United States plays from the 1st tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - With his jacket zipped up tight, Tiger Woods began his quest for a third straight British Open title at cold, dreary Carnoustie.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick to court next week, not camp
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_indictment"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070718/capt.aa9149b9722343aa8ba88d2c7291114a.vick_indictment_football_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=AdNgUt9Oxv7T_erD5F2HcA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick talks to reporters after the first workout at mini-camp at the Falcons Complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., in this May 11, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe)" border="0" /></a>AP - This much we know: Michael Vick won't be on the field when the Atlanta Falcons open training camp next Thursday. He'll be in a federal courtroom. What happens after that was anyone's guess Wednesday, and there was no shortage of opinions.</p><br clear="all"/>
Zambrano gets his 12th victory for Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070718/capt.505e8dbf36fd49248a49b2e8d4692ca5.giants_cubs_baseball_cxc205.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=anAVkG0c7z591DdXh5e7hg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano delivers a pitch against San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Zambrano had an easy time becoming the NL's first 12-game winner. For Dontrelle Willis, victories have been tough to come by.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks win, Bosox lose as AL East tightens
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.2fce86ad1b8049b49574aae22c8aa352.blue_jays_yankees_baseball_nyy113.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=U91r7mP0cHqrqqYSVynuNg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) bobbles the ball as Toronto Blue Jays' Lyle Overbay slides safely into third on Aaron Hill's sixth-inning single in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - All of a sudden the AL East is getting interesting with the New York Yankees surging and the Boston Red Sox slumping.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rasmussen still leads Tour de France
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070718/capt.5fc5ef3db9e844d2a4909aeace4d41a0.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf114.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=KyAURwxyLXeYe8PgmYNqaw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Cedric Vasseur of France reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 10th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Tallard and Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Halfway through the Tour de France, no compelling newcomer has broken through, no favorite has emerged and doping allegations have surfaced yet again. Cedric Vasseur became the first French rider to win a stage this year, but his victory and the Tour were overshadowed by the announcement of the doping test on cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz during a training session last month that turned up high levels of testosterone.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons' Vick charged with dogfighting
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070718/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_indictment"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070717/capt.47ce653bac174212809626a418436b0d.vick_indictment_football_ny161.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=GOv9_NQYc3lXY09awfPYPA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="This 2006 file photo released by the NFL shows Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Vick on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, in its investigation of illegal dog fighting. (AP Photo/NFL)" border="0" /></a>AP - When a Bad Newz Kennels dog was wounded in a losing fight, NFL star Michael Vick was consulted before the animal was doused with water and electrocuted. That's just one of the gruesome details that emerged Tuesday when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls officially sign Nocioni, Joe Smith
AP - Andres Nocioni stayed with the Chicago Bulls and Joe Smith became the newest addition Wednesday for a team looking to go deeper in the NBA playoffs next season.
Beltre's bases loaded walk lifts Seattle
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.0749b98639594aec8e888e13bc855d6f.orioles_mariners_baseball_wajb108.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=bjz8qMMwELHQdrLQvAMd_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki of Japan watches his double to center field against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of their baseball game Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adrian Beltre's bases loaded walk with two outs in the eighth inning scored Jose Vidro with the go-ahead run, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday 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"/>
Nashville group meets with NHL's Bettman
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070719/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.nyol97007190111.predators_sale__nyol970.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=gXtRy8.HoUvWbNtixkwAsw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Nashville Predators' owner Craig Leipold thanks the fans in this 2002 file photo. Leipold and the NHL are giving Nashville every chance to keep the hockey team in Music City. Leipold and representatives of the local group bidding to buy the team met Wednesday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Predators owner Craig Leipold and the NHL are giving Nashville every chance to keep the hockey team in Music City. Now it's up to the fans to respond.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick's arraignment scheduled for July 26 (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons' first training camp under their new coach will begin without Michael Vick. Vick will be in a federal courtroom on July 26 in Virginia being arraigned on charges he sponsored a gruesome dogfighting operation as first-year coach Bobby Petrino and the Falcons begin preparing for the season.
New suspect in Broncos' Williams case? (AP)
A man considered a person of interest in the shooting death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams wrote a letter in state prison saying he did not kill the player, a federal agent testified Wednesday. Willie DeWayne Clark, 24, wrote to another inmate saying authorities had asked him about Williams' slaying "but I didn't do it," Special Federal Officer Robert Fuller said during a hearing in an...
Saints DT Brian Young has foot injury (AP)
Saints defensive tackle Brian Young fractured a foot while doing some offseason training on his own in Florida and will likely miss the opening practices of training camp. General manager Mickey Loomis said Young, 30, had surgery on the foot last week but could not say when the lineman would be able to return to practice.
Titans waive 5, including LB Reynolds (AP)
The Tennessee Titans waived five players, including linebacker Robert Reynolds, on Wednesday. Reynolds, who pleaded guilty last October to minor charges in a domestic argument with his wife, was deactivated last season after the incident and then sidelined the rest of the season with a quadriceps injury.
Dolphins release QB Culpepper (AP)
Daunte Culpepper finally has what he asked the Miami Dolphins for weeks ago -- a chance to start over with a new team. Miami released the former Pro Bowl quarterback Tuesday, wrapping up a contentious split between player and team. The move came one day before a breach-of-contract grievance filed by the NFL Players Association on Culpepper's behalf against the Dolphins was scheduled to be heard,...
Pacman hopes to take part in Titans camp (AP)
Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is hoping his suspension doesn't keep him out of training camp or preseason games, his agent said Tuesday. Agent Michael Huyghue said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell never ruled out training camp or preseason games when he suspended the cornerback for the 2007 season for his off-field conduct.
Patriots sign Troy Brown for 15th season (AP)
Troy Brown signed with the New England Patriots for a 15th season Tuesday, giving the wide receiver a chance to increase his team record of 557 catches. Brown, 36, has spent his entire career with the Patriots since being drafted in the eighth round out of Marshall in 1993. He did not attend last month's minicamp where another former Marshall receiver, Randy Moss, worked out with his new team after...
Newspaper stands by story on Bucks' Yi (AP)
A Beijing newspaper on Thursday was investigating a story it published this week, quoting Chen Haitao -- owner of the Guangdong Tigers basketball club -- saying forward Yi Jianlian would "definitely not" sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. Yi was drafted No. 6 two weeks ago and is expected to be the fourth Chinese to play in the NBA.
LeBron to host SNL season premiere (AP)
Live from New York, it's LeBron! Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James, fresh off co-hosting the ESPY Awards earlier this month, will host the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" in September, an NBC spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. The 22-year-old James will be the latest prominent athlete to host "SNL," following his boyhood idol, NBA superstar Michael Jordan, who hosted in 1991.
Bulls officially sign Nocioni, Joe Smith (AP)
Andres Nocioni stayed with the Chicago Bulls and Joe Smith became the newest addition Wednesday for a team looking to go deeper in the NBA playoffs next season. Nocioni, a restricted free agent, signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $37.5 million. He grew up in Argentina watching the Michael Jordan-led Bulls and has averaged 11.5 points since entering the NBA with Chicago in 2004.
Blazers re-sign F Outlaw to 3-year deal (AP)
Restricted free agent forward Travis Outlaw is staying with the Portland Trail Blazers. Outlaw, a four-year veteran, signed a three-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the agreement were not released. Outlaw has averaged 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds over his career, but has steadily improved.
Kobe among 17 expected at US minicamp (AP)
Kobe Bryant headlines the list of 17 players who are expected to report for U.S. national team minicamp this weekend in Las Vegas. The three-day camp on the campus of UNLV will be used to select the finalists for next month's FIBA Americas tournament, the regional qualifier for the 2008 Olympics. The roster must be trimmed to 12 players before the tournament starts on Aug.
Jazz president Haslam stepping down (AP)
Dennis Haslam, president of the Utah Jazz and the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group of Companies, said Wednesday he is stepping down after 10 years to pursue other interests. He will be succeeded by Randy Rigby, senior vice president of sales and broadcasting and chief marketing officer, who has been with the Jazz for 21 years.
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...
Capitals sign Clark for 3 years, $7.9M (AP)
Chris Clark liked what the Washington Capitals did to improve this offseason so much, he decided to stick around. Clark could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season, but Washington's captain instead signed a $7.9 million, three-year deal Wednesday. "A lot of it had to do with security.
Lindros unsure about playing future (AP)
Eric Lindros is concentrating on his work with the NHL Players' Association these days, keeping his NHL playing career on hold. So will the 34-year-old play again next season? "Right now my focus is the 'PA work," Lindros told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. "I'm not really concerned about the rest of it.
Leipold, Nashville group to see Bettman (AP)
Predators owner Craig Leipold and the NHL are giving Nashville every chance to keep the hockey team in Music City. Now it's up to the fans to respond. Leipold and representatives of the local group bidding to buy the team met Wednesday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York. The meeting was successful enough that they sent an e-mail with a statement to Herb Fritch, chief executive officer of...
Wild re-sign enforcer Boogaard (AP)
The Minnesota Wild re-signed popular enforcer Derek Boogaard on Wednesday to a multiyear deal. The 6-foot-7 Boogaard had one assist and 120 penalty minutes for the Wild last season, worrying very little about scoring while patrolling the ice to look after his smaller teammates. The 25-year-old Canadian played in 48 games last season and led the Wild with 20 penalty minutes in their first-round...
Stars ink 1st-round '06 pick Vishnevskiy (AP)
The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy, the club's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, to a three-year contract on Wednesday. Vishnevskiy, the No. 27th overall pick, has spent the past two seasons with Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "Ivan has exhibited excellent offensive abilities from the blue line the last two seasons in the Quebec junior league and we look...
Predators agree to terms with C Fiddler (AP)
The Nashville Predators agreed to terms with Vern Fiddler on a two-year deal Wednesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing with the forward. Fiddler, 27, played in a career-high 72 games last season and had 11 goals and 15 assists. The 5-foot-11, 204-pound center had a plus-11 rating. He will earn $800,000 next season and $900,000 in the 2008-09 campaign.
Carolina re-acquires Cullen from Rangers (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes apparently figured that no one can replace Matt Cullen in their lineup quite like, well, Matt Cullen. After spending last season looking for someone to fill the position Cullen made his own during their Stanley Cup title run, the Hurricanes reacquired him from the New York Rangers on Tuesday for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, a prospect and a draft pick.
Labonte to replace Waltrip in Indianapolis (AP)
Terry Labonte will replace Michael Waltrip in next week's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marlin, Nemechek out at Ginn Racing (AP)
Ginn Racing replaced Sterling Marlin in its No. 14 Chevrolet with 23-year-old rookie Regan Smith on Tuesday, and released veteran Joe Nemechek.
So let's root, root, root for ... Montoya? (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya has one hand on the steering wheel as he speaks rapid-fire Spanish into his cell phone, taking a brief break from the bump-drafting demonstration he's conducting down the middle of Michigan Avenue.
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)