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Surging Yankees demolish Devil Rays 21-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_devil_rays_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.af1a51b991c54027ba6345b04e38511d.devil_rays_yankees_baseball_nyeb107.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=XcufFcpTAUdgGEw4nnwFMg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="New York Yankees Shelley Duncan is congratulated by Miguel Cairo after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during the sixth inning of their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, July 22, 2007. (AP Photo/ Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shelley Duncan homered twice, including a three-run drive that capped a 10-run fourth inning Sunday in the surging New York Yankees' 21-4 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Alex Rodriguez, batting with sunglasses on a sunny afternoon, hit his major league-leading 34th homer and No. 498 of his career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Harrington wins British Open in playoff
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.8028b14f0d3b47ac9402e5db35709692.britain_golf_british_open_cog305.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=c4vkZQWX7lbePDNrqcU9VA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Ireland's Padraig Harrington kisses the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Anywhere else, Padraig Harrington might have walked off the 18th green knowing his two shots that found the bottom of Barry Burn for double bogey had cost him the British Open. Not at Carnoustie, where calamity can strike at any second and did during Sunday's final round.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants fall as Bonds sits, Zito stumbles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.982cae30b44747b1b0cc58d941576d79.giants_brewers_baseball_wimg101.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=TezJbQN7Qs1mZ1Y2tm9_cA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Barry Bonds took the day off, the San Francisco Giants' other Barry had a tough time in Milwaukee. Ryan Braun and Corey Hart hit first-inning home runs off Barry Zito, lead the Brewers over the Giants 7-5 Sunday and avoiding a three-game sweep.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox send White Sox into last place
<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_white_sox_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070721/capt.ec4dab36457f46d2b60dadeee000066b.white_sox_red_sox_baseball_bxf112.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=QCglI13ZKzg.PwVHkuK7vA--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Members of the Chicago White Sox lean on the dugout railing during their 11-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, July 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Mike Lowell added a three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox held on for an 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets rally past Dodgers in 10 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.199a93389e554efba76647d693d98d00.mets_dodgers_baseball_lad116.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=I1ySRIjDnqyFRletv.Cd3A--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Left to right: New York Mets' Marlon Anderson, Jose Reyes, Ramon Castro, and Lastings Milledge celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in the tenth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chip Ambres singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Sunday to take three of four in a series between division leaders.</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"/>
Cards erupt in the 10th to rout Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.0bb053c1c44e4f20bebaadf6f18bd2d9.cardinals_braves_baseball_gags106.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=0M.X8tCW8mn38OQjork5kw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Skip Schumaker (55) celebrates with Cardinals Aaron Miles (12) after hitting a two-run homer against the Atlanta Braves during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2007, in Atlanta. The Cardinals won 7-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Skip Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johnson helps Wizards tie Rapids 2-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_rapids_wizards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.f8eea55550754694bc8505157a6cec2e.rapids_wizards_soccer_mocr101.jpg?x=130&y=74&sig=RGxQpUuED_KMPhY6NimcGQ--" align="left" height="74" width="130" alt="Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul dives for but misses a goal scored by Kansas City Wizards forward Eddie Johnson during the first half of a MLS soccer match Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eddie Johnson scored his MLS-leading 11th and 12th goals to help the Kansas City Wizards earn a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.</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.
Steelers agree with 1st-rounder Timmons (AP)
Outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the No. 15 pick in the NFL draft, agreed Sunday with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $15 million and guarantees him $8,053,000 in bonus money. Timmons became only the third first-round pick in the April draft to reach terms and the first in the upper half of the draft.
Browns still haven't inked Thomas, Quinn (AP)
The Cleveland Browns signed three rookies to four-year contracts on Sunday, just not the big three. With the opening of training camp a few days away, the club has not yet reached deals with offensive tackle Joe Thomas and quarterback Brady Quinn -- both first-round picks -- or cornerback Eric Wright, a second-rounder expected to compete for a starting job.
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.
Bryant hits winning shot in US scrimmage (AP)
Kobe Bryant is still the biggest NBA star in Las Vegas. Bryant scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 6.6 seconds left, to lead the blue team to a 105-104 victory over the white Sunday as the United States closed its weekend minicamp with an intrasquad game. Five months after he was the MVP of the All-Star game here, Bryant took over down the stretch in his long-awaited first game in...
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...
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 C 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.
Australia's Casey Stoner wins U.S. Grand Prix (AP)
Australian Casey Stoner scored his sixth win in 11 races Sunday, taking the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca after a dominating performance. Another Australian, Chris Vermeulen, finished second and Marco Melandri from Italy rode his Honda to third despite pain from a dislocated right ankle caused by a crash in Saturday's qualifying.
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)