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NEWS FROM 2007-07-22
Yankees crush D-Rays to sweep twin bill
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_devil_rays_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.332cadf250ad4b2fa1bea83bc33844b2.devil_rays_yankees_baseball_nyy208.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=fOWYxEjWIzo4LISK3Osj8A--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during sixth inning MLB baseball in the second game of a double-header Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez picked up right where Shelley Duncan left off. Rodriguez hit career homer No. 497 and drove in four runs, helping the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 17-5 Saturday night to complete a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds remains at 753 as Giants cruise
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070721/capt.6635511006ec4afa915f1b037312bf9f.giants_brewers_baseball_wimg114.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=D4ad7fyJjHVS1QmHwUCRDg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds sits on the bench during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)" border="0" /></a>AP - A 23-year-old rookie pitcher stole some attention from the slugger soon to be 43. That was probably just fine with Barry Bonds.</p><br clear="all"/>
Harris' 6 hits help Braves top Cardinals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.5ad151315a0d474d939f657ae6e128d8.cardinals_braves_baseball_gajb103.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=Q3IDOXhbb9jxhlBOiWqHHQ--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves' Willie Harris connects follows through on a three-run triple as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Gary Bennett looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Saturday, July 21, 2007. It was Harris' second triple of the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Harris became the second player in Atlanta history with six hits in a game, going 6-for-6 with two triples and six RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard's 2 HRs help Phillies beat Padres
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.6afb6e097283463db4bb0dc8ea877566.phillies_padres_baseball_cadp104.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=9bV98RvyxoQuOB4x4AFhYA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard connects for a three-run homer hit off of San Diego Padres pitcher David Wells during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 21, 2007, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard hit two towering home runs off David Wells, drove in five runs and scored three times to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stars turn out for Beckham's brief debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_chelsea_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.8cff9b0ad7f1454f9fa577a017339748.chelsea_galaxy_soccer_hdc321.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=WLwbqT1DLRWGA42np_5IOQ--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy newest player David Beckham dribbles the ball during a World Series of Football exhibition soccer game against Chelsea at the Home Depot Center Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill )" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham began his daunting challenge to convert America into a soccer-mad nation with an uneventful 12-minute debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.</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"/>
NBA players shocked at game-fixing investigation
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070722/sp_afp/basketnbagambling2"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070722/capt.sge.ebg82.220707000107.photo00.photo.default-343x512.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=.Jkoaxmn9ujo1sBOO4mhiw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="National Basketball Association players were shocked by the revelation that a former senior referee was being investigated by federal authorities for gambling on games that he officiated. "It's a hard pill to swallow," Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, seen here in May 2007, said.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)" border="0" /></a>AFP - National Basketball Association players were shocked by the revelation that a former senior referee was being investigated by federal authorities for gambling on games that he officiated.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves rout Cardinals behind Harris explosion
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070722/sp_nm/baseball_national_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070722/2007_07_21t022259_450x293_us_baseball_national.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=JkElUrVNOc5usDEJhZrsEQ--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado (R) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Pierre as he tries to slide head first into first base during the third inning of a National League MLB baseball game in Los Angeles, California, July 20, 2007. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Atlanta Braves rode a team
record-tying six hits and six RBIs by Willie Harris to a 14-6
rout of the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday, the win moving them
back to within 2 games of the New York Mets in the NL East.</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.
Emmitt Smith: Feds are targeting Vick (AP)
Emmitt Smith thinks federal investigators targeted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to get to others involved in an alleged dogfighting operation. "He's the biggest fish in the whole doggone pond right now so they're putting the squeeze on him to get to everyone else," Smith said Saturday. Vick and three associates are accused of competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for...
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.
Refs dealing with credibility questions (AP)
Suddenly, the occasional bad call doesn't seem like such a big deal. NBA referees' competency has always been criticized. After three high-profile negative stories in the last three months, the questions have shifted to their credibility. One official was suspended after allegedly challenging an NBA superstar to a fight, and an academic report suggested a bias by referees against players of the...
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...
Bryant mum on Lakers after US practice (AP)
Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant will be on opposite teams when the United States closes minicamp with an intrasquad game. Too bad for Bryant. He'd finally gotten to see what it was like to play with Kidd. Kidd's return to national team duty is a huge boost for the Americans, giving them a player who is closing in on 40 appearances for his country.
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.
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.
Sorenson wins Busch Gateway 250 (AP)
Reed Sorenson has found a formula and a track that serve him well.
Stoner sets new Laguna Seca lap record, earns pole (AP)
Casey Stoner set a new lap record Saturday and will start from the pole for Sunday's Red Bull United States Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa and Chris Vermeulen joined Stoner on the front row. Defending world champion Nicky Hayden was fourth quickest around the seaside California circuit. The top four riders were all under Hayden's record pole time from 2005, when Hayden won his first grand prix.
Tajima sets record time up Pikes Peak (AP)
Japanese motor sports legend Nobuhiro Tajima set a record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Saturday, racing to the top of the 14,110-foot mountain in 10 minutes, 1.408 seconds. Tajima, the overwhelming crowd favorite, was mobbed immediately upon exiting his 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara after completing the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course.
Ecclestone denies imminent Arsenal bid (AFP)
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has firmly denied that he is to launch a takeover bid for English soccer team Arsenal.
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...