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FBI probes whether NBA ref bet on games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_betting_probe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.f61bf96ff04a411991fd8a8c55b6ee86.betting_probe_basketball_flco101.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=jO.dwCQ3d7EsBQ5yM2P4jA--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="The home of NBA official Tim Donaghy is seen Friday afternoon July 20, 2007 in Bradenton, Fla. The FBI is investigating allegations that Donaghy bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Stern led the NBA through drug problems and work stoppages. Now his league faces the stigma of a point-shaving scandal involving a referee.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig watches Bonds go 0-for-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070721/capt.0bcf06673fd2405687ef66e1a9427251.giants_brewers_baseball_wimg106.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=wgb49mLKkpQ24tBmCAGRWA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds flips his bat after fouling off a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bud Selig joined the crowd that came out to watch Barry Bonds. All the commissioner saw was a long fly and an 0-for-4. Bonds went hitless and stayed put at 753 home runs in the San Francisco Giants' 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, moving no closer to the record 755 held by Selig's good friend, Hank Aaron.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sergio out front, Tiger limps at Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.639f2581e14f42488955a1971d3bc97e.britain_golf_british_open_cog163.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=_rrJwSEyf58dw_lAZILGgA--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Spain's Sergio Garcia, reacts after a putt on the 15th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Friday July 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - The British Open was buzzing, and Sergio Garcia could not ignore it. Even if it wasn't for him. Before he holed a testy par putt on the 18th green at Carnoustie to protect his position atop the leaderboard, Garcia was startled by the strange sound coming from Tiger Woods' direction on the first tee Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tour leader accused of doping trick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_doping_rasmussen"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.d736c21e034e4c578778bfdd6dfdfad7.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf127.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=l1IbwUkhujPvh7n16x22Jw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Overall leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark pedals during the 12th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Montpellier and Castres, southern France, Friday, July 20, 2007. Rasmussen was cleared to start in Friday's 12th stage by organizers, a day after being expelled from the Danish national team. (AP Photo / Alessandro Trovati)" border="0" /></a>AP - A former amateur mountain bike racer from Boulder, Colo., has accused Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen of trying to trick him into carrying illicit doping materials into Italy five years ago.</p><br clear="all"/>
PETA tells NFL to 'Sack Vick'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_peta_falcons_vick_nfl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.a3868d8536a841c79ac48fca3dfef17f.vick_protest_football_nyr201.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=nI6HHMcu0_dd2_vH9.daDA--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protesters carry signs and shout slogans calling for the suspension of Atlanta Falcons football player Michael Vick, outside the NFL's headquarters in New York, Friday, July 20, 2007. Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for his alleged involvement with dogfighting. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Goodell met with animal welfare officials inside NFL headquarters Friday and about 50 people demonstrated outside, urging the NFL commissioner to suspend Michael Vick following his indictment on dogfighting charges.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vegas judge waives 'Pacman' court date
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070720/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman_charges_vegas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070717/capt.nyol57807172121.titans_jones_nyol578.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=.S4nmsSr1avzjuNtq_ZjLQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones, right, sits with his attorney, Worrick Robinson, as Jones appears in General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in this July 5, 2007 file photo. 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. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones won't have to appear in court until October to face charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting, authorities said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA working with FBI on match-fixing probe
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070721/sp_afp/basketnbagambling"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070721/capt.sge.dwx85.210707033025.photo00.photo.default-512x341.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=XrJomGsQCKTndXFeB6RANQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="NBA Commissioner David Stern. The National Basketball Association is "working closely" with federal authorities investigating a game-fixing probe involving a former league referee, the league said Friday(AFP/Getty Images/File/Johnathan Daniel)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The National Basketball Association is "working closely" with federal authorities investigating a game-fixing probe involving a former league referee, the league said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckett wins 13th as Boston tops ChiSox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070721/capt.b9d16c7ad38a4a6ba99901adc31bfee0.white_sox_red_sox_baseball_mack110.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=7eGahlC4z67exEyBjpevHA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Julio Lugo leaps into the arms of teammate David Ortiz (34) after scoring on a Coco Crisp three RBI triple against the Chicago White Sox fifth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, July 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Beckett had 10 strikeouts and tied for the major league lead with his 13th win as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham a game-time decision for Galaxy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070721/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070720/capt.df131c234d304162a5ec0d71ab27e80c.mls_galaxy_beckham_soccer_hdc106.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=LakTXocLEIjkuWcJf7FpFA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy assistant coach Paul Bravo, left, points to David Beckham's taped left ankle during practice as the newest member of the MLS soccer team, Monday, July 16, 2007, in Carson, Calif. Looking on in the middle is Alan Gordon. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The man everyone came to see was nowhere in sight. And don't expect to see much of David Beckham in action when the Los Angeles Galaxy play Chelsea in the superstar's first scheduled game with his new team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oilers' Pitkanen signs $2.4 million deal
AP - The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year, $2.4 million contract on Friday.
Demonstrators urge NFL to 'sack Vick' (AP)
Roger Goodell met with animal welfare officials inside NFL headquarters Friday and about 50 people demonstrated outside, urging the NFL commissioner to suspend Michael Vick following his indictment on dogfighting charges. "Sack Vick!" chanted the demonstrators, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as they walked peacefully in front of the Park Avenue building.
Raiders S Cooper suspended for steroids (AP)
Oakland safety Jarrod Cooper was suspended on Friday for the Raiders' first four regular season games for violating the NFL's policy on steroids. Cooper, a valuable special teams player for the Raiders, will be allowed to participate in training camp and preseason games. But he won't be able to be on the team's active roster until Oct.
NFL fines Dolphins' Porter almost $142K (AP)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was fined nearly $150,000 by the NFL for his part in a Las Vegas scuffle with another player. The team said Friday that Porter has to pay $141,176 -- three game checks -- for punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones on March 18 after a disagreement in the Palms hotel-casino.
'Pacman' won't go to court until October (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones won't have to appear in court until October to face charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting, authorities said Friday. Jones' lawyer, Robert Langford, said he made an initial appearance on Jones' behalf Thursday, while representing a woman charged with Jones and Jones' bodyguard in the Feb.
Cameron: Miami had chance to deal Daunte (AP)
The Miami Dolphins had an opportunity to trade quarterback Daunte Culpepper, but negotiations stalled and delayed the release he sought. The Dolphins acquired Kansas City quarterback Trent Green six weeks ago, making Culpepper expendable. "Immediately, there was an opportunity to trade him -- immediately," coach Cam Cameron said Friday at a charity golf event.
Reeves offers support to Vick (AP)
Former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves told Michael Vick several weeks ago he would help the troubled quarterback in any possible way. That offer still stands, even though Vick is now under federal indictment for hosting dogfights and brutally killing pit bulls. "Sure, I'd do anything I could to help Mike," Reeves said Friday.
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.
FBI probing if NBA ref Donaghy bet games (AP)
David Stern led the NBA through drug problems and work stoppages. Now his league faces the stigma of a point-shaving scandal involving a referee. The NBA acknowledged Friday that the FBI is investigating Tim Donaghy for betting on games, including ones in which he officiated. According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread...
Sonics acquire F Thomas, picks from Suns (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics acquired veteran forward Kurt Thomas and the Phoenix Suns' first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010 on Friday in exchange for a conditional second-round draft choice. Seattle also used its $9 million trade exception with Phoenix to complete the deal. The Sonics gained the exception from Orlando earlier this month when they completed a sign-and-trade deal that sent Rashard...
Fisher hopes Lakers return sways Bryant (AP)
Derek Fisher hopes his return to the Los Angeles Lakers might make Kobe Bryant rethink his demand to be traded. "I hope that me returning and adding some familiarity to the situation in terms of the triangle offense, and just a feeling of camaraderie and family that we established here years ago, that it would help in his decision," Fisher said Friday at the team's training facility.
Heat GM Pfund signs contract extension (AP)
Miami Heat general manager Randy Pfund has signed a contract extension and will return for a 13th season with the organization. Pfund has helped the Heat reach the playoffs 10 times, including 2006, when they won the NBA title. He helped team president and coach Pat Riley with trades, free agent deals and draft selections that brought Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway,...
Francis no longer 'franchise' in Houston (AP)
Steve Francis is no longer Houston's "Franchise." But the guard who once anchored the Rockets' rebuilding effort was elated Friday to be back at the place he calls home. Francis, known as the "Franchise" during his first stint in Houston from 1999-2004, signed a two-year deal to return to the team that now boasts the superstar duo of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.
US roster in flux heading into minicamp (AP)
Kobe Bryant has nothing bad to say about his new team. As for his feelings about the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant wasn't interested in clearing that up. While admitting that he felt bad about the way he voiced his frustrations with the Lakers, Bryant didn't want to add much further Friday following his first practice with the U.S.
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.
Ex-Isles F Yashin to play in Russia (AP)
Former New York Islanders captain Alexei Yashin will play next season with Locomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League after failing to get a NHL contract offer to his liking. Yashin, who had the final four seasons of his 10-year contract bought out by the Islanders in June, agreed to terms Friday on a one-year deal with the Russian team he played with during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.
Oilers ink D Pitkanen for 1 year, $2.4M (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year, $2.4 million contract on Friday. The 23-year-old was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this summer in a trade that sent Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul to the Flyers. "We are very pleased to announce this signing, as Joni is a player who will strengthen our hockey club in many different ways," Oilers GM Kevin Lowe said.
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 9th overall 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.
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.