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NEWS FROM 2007-07-20
Bonds homers twice to close in on Aaron
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.26685b6c85674ad89de864166c564e80.aptopix_giants_cubs_baseball_cxc115.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=MSsfKejNynfDvTjiquhcwg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, July 19, 2007 in Chicago. It was his 753rd career home run. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds' worst slump is over and Hank Aaron's record can't be far behind. Bonds moved within two home runs of Aaron's record Thursday, sending No. 752 over the right-field bleachers on the first pitch he saw, and No. 753 into the basket of the center-field wall.</p><br clear="all"/>
NL East-leading Mets defeat Dodgers 13-9
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.ad6c568dd4a146688984c9ccdc1f1489.mets_dodgers_baseball_lad115.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=mXZlZRXB6v7WvbUnSi8ieA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Thursday, July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a night to forget for Tom Glavine and Derek Lowe, who both tossed surprising clunkers in a pitching matchup that appeared stellar on paper. Glavine and Lowe each turned in season-worst outings, with both failing to notch any strikeouts.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sergio Garcia's 65 leads British Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070719/capt.31ff49b0c0c2445b89bb00f6042cb79e.britain_golf_british_open_cog341.jpg?x=68&y=130&sig=qqrzwbS7QSfW70bk0qwOpg--" align="left" height="130" width="68" alt="Spain's Sergio Garcia, reacts to a shot on the 12th fairway during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sergio Garcia improved by 24 strokes over his last British Open at Carnoustie. An 18-year-old amateur made it through an entire day without a bogey. And a guy known more as a team player put himself right in the thick of things.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nike suspends release of Vick line
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_nike"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070718/capt.29cffa7b5c32491088a1bdfa06cc0a19.vick_dogfighting_football__gajb101.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=S.v3A_iPcbvtct1msdTckQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Eris Banks of Conyers, Ga., shows his support for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Cincincinnati Reds in Atlanta, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation so grisly the losers either died in the pit or sometimes were electrocuted, drowned, hanged or shot. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Vick's legal troubles prompted Nike on Thursday to suspend the release of its latest product line named after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colombians lead MLS All-Stars to victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_all_star_game"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.b8acb654ca684358a16f815f30cf1f9f.mls_all_star_game_soccer_coea112.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=I7XqUPqzdXzGAQKVUU3Vxg--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="MLS All Star Juan Toja of FC Dallas goes over the top of Celtic FC Kenny Miller on his way to scoring a first half goal in the MLS All Star soccer game in Commerce City, Colo., on Thursday, July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - While David Beckham is the headliner, players like Juan Pablo Angel and Juan Toja could be every bit as important to the future of soccer in America. The two Colombians, who came to the States this season to play in the MLS, each scored goals Thursday night to lift the MLS All-Stars to a 2-0 victory over Celtic FC.</p><br clear="all"/>
Michael Vick to face no-nonsense judge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_indicted"><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 - When Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick appears in federal court next week on dogfighting charges, he'll go before a judge not impressed by Vick's celebrity and in a court known nationwide for its speedy handling of cases.</p><br clear="all"/>
Guard Fisher poised to re-join Lakers on Friday
Reuters - Derek Fisher's widely anticipated
move to the Los Angeles Lakers is expected to be formally
announced by the NBA team on Friday after the veteran guard
cleared waivers on Thursday.
Young, Giles lead Padres over Phillies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.df8523f6c4864534a716185603aa9962.phillies_padres_baseball_cali103.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=Kb1MskfVfwltzCpL4SgGig--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="San Diego Padres' Brian Giles drives a run-producing double down the left field line against Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies in the third inning of their baseball game in San Diego Thursday, July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Young is getting comfortable pitching without much run support. Young gave up two hits in seven innings, and Brian Giles' RBI double provided all the offense he needed in the San Diego Padres' 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham's debut will likely be delayed
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.d95a31788f95440f9b51532be6eb93d1.mls_all_star_game_soccer_coea114.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=dy99E5XTx8VwhwjBCgb4VA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham waves to fans during half-time festivities at the MLS All Star soccer game in Commerce City, Colo., on Thursday, July 19, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's long-awaited MLS debut will likely be delayed a bit. Beckham is scheduled to make his first appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy in an exhibition Saturday night against Chelsea. But a nagging left ankle injury will probably prevent him playing he said during halftime of the Major League Soccer All-Star game outside Denver.</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators fans rally to keep team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_rally"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.9b8be490340b4e8ebb801b6a07e088de.predators_rally_hockey_tnmh114.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=GrM3pkEAGHT7dMh13ubgRA--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Nashville Predators fan Jeremy Gover holds up a sign at a rally Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn., held by a local group trying to sell enough season tickets to keep the Predators' lease in effect after the 2007-08 season. The team's future ownership is still undecided as a group of local investors met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday in New York. A Canadian billionaire and a California businessman also have made separate offers for the Predators. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Todd Tayes had been working in his grandmother's pastry shop, saving his money for a flat-screen TV. When the 12-year-old boy heard the Nashville Predators needed to sell more tickets, he changed his plans.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick to face no-nonsense judge in court (AP)
When Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick appears in federal court next week on dogfighting charges, he'll go before a judge not impressed by Vick's celebrity and in a court known nationwide for its speedy handling of cases. Legal experts describe U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson as a tough but fair jurist who, in five years on the federal bench, has become known for handing down stiff...
Culpepper meets with Buccaneers (AP)
Free-agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, two days after being released by the Miami Dolphins. The Bucs declined to disclose details of the meeting, which occurred in Tampa -- though not at the team's training facility. Miami unsuccessfully tried for weeks to trade the 30-year-old former Pro Bowl quarterback who was coming off major surgery to rebuild...
Nike suspends release of Vick's new shoe (AP)
Michael Vick's legal troubles prompted Nike on Thursday to suspend the release of its latest product line named after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. Nike has told retailers it will not release a fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V, this summer. Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said the four shoe products and three shirts that currently bear Vick's name will remain in stores.
Patriots sign free agent LB Chad Brown (AP)
The New England Patriots signed veteran free agent linebacker Chad Brown on Thursday, and released cornerback Antwain Spann, wide receiver Jonathan Smith and tight end Jake Nordin. Brown, 36, returns to New England after playing there in 2005. He has 79 career sacks in 14 NFL seasons with the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, ranking second among active NFL linebackers.
Dolphins sign 2nd-round pick Satele (AP)
Second-round draft choice Samson Satele signed a four-year, $2.89 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, but the team's top two picks remained unsigned Thursday, three days before the scheduled reporting date for rookies. The deal signed by Satele, a 311-pound center from Hawaii, included a guaranteed $1.225 million.
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 breaks foot (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.
G Derek Fisher returning to Lakers (AP)
Derek Fisher is coming back to Los Angeles and will rejoin Kobe Bryant in the Lakers backcourt. They came into the NBA together in 1996, Fisher taken with the Lakers' 24th draft pick and Bryant obtained in a draft day trade with Charlotte. Fisher, who turns 33 on Aug. 9, cleared waivers Thursday, and the Lakers scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce his signing.
Francis agrees to deal with Rockets (AP)
Steve Francis is returning to the Rockets. Francis has agreed to a deal with Houston, his agent Jeff Fried said Thursday. Before he was traded to Orlando in 2004 as part of a multiplayer deal that brought Tracy McGrady to the Rockets, Francis spent his first five NBA seasons with the Rockets. He was sent to the Knicks in early 2006 and played for them until he was traded to Portland last month in a...
Bobcats' Wallace signs 6-year, $57M deal (AP)
Gerald Wallace signed his six-year, $57 million contract with Charlotte on Thursday and capped an expensive month for a Bobcats team pushing to make the playoffs next season. Wallace's deal includes several incentives that could pay him up to an additional $2 million per season. The sixth year of the deal is a player option.
Lakers re-sign C Chris Mihm (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Mihm has re-signed with the team after missing all of last season following reconstructive ankle surgery. "I gave a big sigh of relief," Mihm said in a conference call Thursday. "I'm excited to be back here and put on a Laker uniform, which I wanted to do from the beginning." Mihm, an unrestricted free agent who turned 28 on Monday, had averaged career highs of 10.2...
Sonics' Bennett still wants new arena (AP)
SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett called for a resumption of talks with political, business and civic leaders in the Seattle area to try to re-ignite discussions on a new arena. Bennett spokesman Dan Mahoney confirmed Thursday that if Bennett decides to file relocation papers with the NBA, Oklahoma City will be the destination.
Pacers allow F Baston to join Raptors (AP)
The wait is over for Maceo Baston and the Toronto Raptors. The Indiana Pacers declined to match the offer sheet given to Baston by the Raptors last week, so the 31-year-old restricted free agent can now report to Toronto for a physical and to sign the deal that is reportedly worth $3.8 million over two years.
Arbour to coach 1,500th game with Isles (AP)
Al Arbour has one more milestone to reach behind the New York Islanders bench. Already with 739 Islanders wins -- the most for a coach with one team in NHL history -- and four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83, Arbour will return to Long Island for one night to lead the club for a record 1,500th time.
Preds fans rally to keep team in town (AP)
Todd Tayes had been working in his grandmother's pastry shop, saving his money for a flat-screen TV. When the 12-year-old boy heard the Nashville Predators needed to sell more tickets, he changed his plans. "I wanted to buy some tickets," he said. Tayes and his uncle, Chris Turner, teamed up Thursday and bought a 13-game package each -- their first ticket purchase -- for the upcoming season during a...
Coyotes sign G Aebischer to 1-year deal (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie David Aebischer to a one-year contract on Thursday. Aebischer, entering his seventh NHL season, has a 106-73-12 record with a 2.51 goals against average in 213 career games with Colorado and Montreal. In the 2003-04 season with Colorado, he went 32-19-9 with a 2.09 GAA.
Penguins sign G Conklin (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran goalie Ty Conklin on Thursday. Conklin, 31, split last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres, finishing with a 3.34 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. He will serve as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury with the Penguins. He has appeared in 76 career NHL games with Edmonton, Columbus and Buffalo, and is 30-24-7 with a 2.65...
Sharks sign '07 1st-round pick Couture (AP)
The San Jose Sharks signed first-round draft pick Logan Couture on Thursday. Couture was the ninth overall selection in last month's draft, and the Sharks traded three picks to St. Louis so they could move up to take the high-scoring center from the OHL's Ottawa 67's. He had 26 goals and 52 assists in 54 games in Ottawa last season.
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.
Foundation launches new effort to find missing kids with enhanced photos on race cars (AP)
A foundation named for a child who was found four years after he vanished while riding his bike announced Thursday a partnership with stock car drivers to feature age-progressed photos of missing children on their cars. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation and drivers hope having the photos in such a visible spot could lead to new breaks in unsolved cases.
NASCAR field catching up with Hendrick (AP)
Struggles behind him, Gordon off to best start in years (AP)
Just two years ago, Jeff Gordon and his famed No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team were struggling, his crew chief...
Steve Wallace gets new crew chief (AP)
Steve Wallace, the son of former NASCAR champion and Busch Series team owner Rusty Wallace, has a new crew...
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.