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NEWS FROM 2007-07-24
Falcons to discuss Vick's future
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_leave"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.78044ffbcc1647729029bad7b1ada150.vick_leave_football_ny165.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=l9hEbseTvVt3yjbZSDfirg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick watches the defense against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in this Dec. 3, 2006 file photo, in Landover, Md.Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, July 23, 2007 to stay away from the Falcons' training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has weighed in on Michael Vick's indictment on dogfighting charges, and as a result the Falcons star was ordered to stay away from training camp until the league reviews the case.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stern to discuss Donaghy scandal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_betting_probe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.950e42cc918041a7881b9b154ba4c52c.betting_probe_ny111.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=J__.c_p_YqwPAEeC0n9zWA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="NBA Commissioner David Stern addresses the media prior to game one of the NBA Finals in San Antonio in this June 7, 2007 file photo. With his league facing its biggest scandal ever, Stern plans to hold a press conference Tuesday morning, July 24, 2007 to address the gambling habits of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tim Donaghy is expected to surrender to authorities late this week or early next. David Stern couldn't wait that long to talk about the biggest crisis his league has ever faced.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lester wins in emotional return to Bosox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.12991bccc9334b62b08af3f1576815b3.red_sox_indians_lester_comeback_baseball_ohmd104.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=ggutvYxuqQxnzHoRYwlk2Q--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch to Cleveland Indians' Josh Barfield in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, July 23, 2007, in Cleveland. Lester returned to the mound Monday for his first start since being diagnosed with cancer last August.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jon Lester made his emotional return to the mound for the Boston Red Sox a victorious one.</p><br clear="all"/>
Harang goes 10 innings in Reds win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.d4c48f106ca84b368d0b4dcad7d9cb5d.brewers_reds_baseball_csb102.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=Gu.9ZDEmANkakfHUuYVpHA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang throws against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 23, 2007, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aaron Harang said a final goodbye to his grandfather, rejoined his teammates and took the mound for a fitting tribute.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rasmussen clings to Tour de France lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.8c6312efa2b64f3e86654ac980c1e407.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf128.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=oTbQGs0cnDyiNoX2YMDQpQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Overall leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark, right, climb with Levi Leipheimer of the U.S., left, and Alberto Contador of Spain in the ascent of the Porte d'Aspet pass during the 15th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Foix and Loudenvielle le Louron, Pyrenees mountains, Monday, July 23, 2007. Contador placed second and Leipheimer fourth in the general standings. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Tour de France is shaping up as a one-on-one between Michael Rasmussen and Alberto Contador. Not so much a street fight as a mountain fight.</p><br clear="all"/>
Animal activists want Vick suspended
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_peta_vick_nfl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.891b57f3278748849fba71401e2b1161.peta_vick_nfl_gagb602.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=QMEj.WwYIwEUDpBjv5IoeQ--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Jean Pritchett, of Flowery Branch, Ga., participates in a demonstration sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) at the Atlanta Falcons complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., Monday, July 23, 2007. Demonstrators called for the suspension of quarterback Michael Vick following his indictment on dogfighting charges. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe)" border="0" /></a>AP - Animal-rights advocates and their dogs gathered Monday outside Atlanta Falcons headquarters, calling for the suspension of Michael Vick following his indictment on dogfighting charges.</p><br clear="all"/>
Referee match-fixing scandal rips into NBA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070723/sp_afp/basketnbareferee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070723/capt.sge.eog44.230707232241.photo00.photo.default-512x368.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=8xoNyyIjHG7A8x6l28Hnlg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="An FBI gambling investigation into retired referee Tim Donaghy, pictured in 2004, and match fixing sparked credibility-crushing fear around the National Basketball Association on Monday amid more disturbing reports.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - An FBI gambling investigation into retired referee Tim Donaghy and match fixing sparked credibility-crushing fear around the National Basketball Association on Monday amid more disturbing reports.</p><br clear="all"/>
Piazza, Athletics clobber Angels 12-6
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.e55823ebf6094ad7bbed97eabd3b7df4.athletics_angels_baseball_cama106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=mIGr1RvP2TbflcckRSb5ug--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Oakland Athletics designated hitter Mike Piazza hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, July 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer and an RBI double Monday night as the Oakland Athletics' offense came to life in a 12-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham doubtful for SuperLiga opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_galaxy_superliga"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070722/capt.54d96cb6a66949259df27e27b642324b.chelsea_galaxy_soccer_camt108.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=pSBLyJi91GzcX6eAEol9Uw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy newest player David Beckham smiles during the second half of 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 missed another training session with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday because of a nagging left ankle injury that left him doubtful for the team's opening game in the SuperLiga tournament.</p><br clear="all"/>
Isles sign still-suspended Chris Simon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_islanders_simon"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070723/capt.nyol57307232034.islanders_simon_nyol573.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=Nor9IKs7nV2M1869wRtsQQ--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg lands on the ground after being hit by New York Islanders' Chris Simon (12) during the third period of their hockey game in this March 8, 2007 file photo, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Simon, still serving a record 25-game NHL suspension for the two-handed, swing-swinging attack against Hollweg, re-signed with the Islanders on Monday. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Simon got a second chance from the New York Islanders. The rugged forward, still serving a record 25-game NHL suspension for a two-handed, swing-swinging attack against the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg last season, re-signed with the Islanders on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons to speak on Vick's future (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has weighed in on Michael Vick's indictment on dogfighting charges, and as a result the Falcons star was ordered to stay away from training camp until the league reviews the case. The other men who could determine the future of Vick's football career -- including Falcons owner Arthur Blank -- were expected to be speak publicly Tuesday for the first time since the...
Steelers give Polamalu $30.19M extension (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu signed a four-year contract extension Monday worth $30.19 million that makes him the highest-paid player in team history and one of the NFL's top-paid defensive backs. The deal guarantees the Steelers will keep their most versatile defensive player through the 2011 season, when he will be 30, meaning Polamalu could negotiate another big-money contract...
Falcons' Williams faces marijuana charge (AP)
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jimmy Williams is facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. State police charged the Hampton native on June 2, according to Goochland County General District Court records. An initial court appearance scheduled for July 16 was postponed until Dec. 3. The incident was first reported by television stations WGCL in Atlanta and WTVR in Richmond.
WR Davis, Chargers agree to 5-year deal (AP)
Receiver Craig Davis agreed to a five-year contract on Monday, ensuring that the San Diego Chargers' first-round draft pick will be on the field for the opening practice of training camp for just the second time this decade. The deal is believed to contain about $5.5 million in guaranteed money and could be worth more than $11 million if he meets all incentives.
Browns C Bentley cleared to return (AP)
Browns center LeCharles Bentley was cleared by his surgeon to return to the playing field on Monday, another major step in his unexpected comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. "I passed it," Bentley said excitedly on the phone from New York. "I'm good to go." Bentley had a physical with Dr. Russell Warren, the New York Giants' team physician who performed two operations on the two-time Pro...
Lawyer: Reid sons may settle legal woes (AP)
The two adult sons of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid are involved in negotiations that could preclude trials on drug, assault and traffic charges. "A plea is possible. We're preparing for trial if that is going to be necessary," defense lawyer Ross Weiss said. Garrett Reid, 24, and Britt Reid, 22, are due in court Thursday for a status hearing in suburban Montgomery County, where they were...
Steelers name Mitchell asst. head coach (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell has added the title of assistant head coach, a promotion announced as the team opened training camp Monday. Mitchell has been a Pittsburgh assistant for 14 seasons -- the longest tenure of any current Steelers coach, now that running backs coach Dick Hoak has retired after 35 years.
Stern to discuss Donaghy situation (AP)
Tim Donaghy is expected to surrender to authorities late this week or early next. David Stern couldn't wait that long to talk about the biggest crisis his league has ever faced. The NBA commissioner planned to hold a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss Donaghy, at the center of an alleged point-shaving scandal.
Nets sign coach Frank to extension (AP)
Lawrence Frank signed a multiyear contract extension on Monday with the New Jersey Nets, who have advanced to the playoffs each of the four seasons he has coached the team. New Jersey finished 41-41 last season, but lost in the second round to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the eventual conference champions.
Mason returns to Bucks, gets 2-year deal (AP)
Desmond Mason is back with the Milwaukee Bucks, signing a two-year deal that allows him to return to the city he loves. Mason, who reacted angrily when the Bucks traded him in 2005, said in a news conference Monday that he had put his differences with Bucks general manager Larry Harris behind him and was happy to be back in Milwaukee -- a city he and his family grew to love during his first stint...
Pistons sign F McDyess to extension (AP)
The Detroit Pistons signed forward Antonio McDyess to a two-year contract extension on Monday, keeping the team's top reserve off the free-agent market next summer. McDyess, whose career once was in doubt because of knee operations, played in a career-high 82 games in each of the last two seasons. He has one season remaining on his current deal.
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...
Hornets sign ex-Raptor Morris Peterson (AP)
Free agent guard Morris Peterson signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Hornets on Monday after playing the first seven seasons of his NBA career with Toronto. "I'm excited about getting a fresh start in New Orleans," Peterson told The Associated Press. "It's an opportunity to make history and be a part of a franchise on the rise.
Pacers sign G Travis Diener (AP)
Travis Diener, a little-used point guard with the Orlando Magic the past two seasons, signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although his agent, Doug Neustadt, said last week Diener had agreed to a three-year package that includes a player option to void the contract after the second year.
Still-suspended Simon signs with Isles (AP)
Chris Simon got a second chance from the New York Islanders. The rugged forward, still serving a record 25-game NHL suspension for a two-handed, swing-swinging attack against the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg last season, re-signed with the Islanders on Monday. Simon agreed to a one-year deal worth $475,000, but will be forced to sit out the first five games of the season for the vicious hit.
Schoenfeld promoted to Rangers asst. GM (AP)
Jim Schoenfeld was promoted by the New York Rangers on Monday to assistant general manager, replacing Don Maloney, who became GM of the Phoenix Coyotes last month. Schoenfeld will remain as GM of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate, a position he has held for four seasons. He will be the assistant GM of player personnel, while Cameron Hope will serve as assistant GM of hockey...
Wild re-sign D Schultz to 1-year deal (AP)
The Minnesota Wild avoided arbitration with defenseman Nick Schultz on Monday, signing him to a one-year deal three days before a scheduled hearing. The 24-year-old Schultz is entering his sixth season as a pro player. He had two goals and 10 assists and led the team in blocked shots last season on his way to becoming the first Wild defenseman to play in all 82 regular-season games.
Bruins trade G Toivonen to Blues (AP)
The Boston Bruins obtained center Carl Soderberg from the St. Louis Blues for goalie Hannu Toivonen on Monday. Soderberg, 21, played the past two seasons with Malmo IF of the Swedish Elite League. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Soderberg was Sweden's second-highest scorer during the World Junior Championships in 2005.
Flyers sign Boucher to minor league deal (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a deal with the minor league Phantoms of the AHL on Monday. Boucher, who helped lead the Flyers to the 2000 Eastern Conference finals during an earlier three-season stint with Philadelphia, played in 18 regular-season games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
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.
Ganassi riding high after consecutive wins (AP)
In the 17 years since Chip Ganassi formed his first race team, his passion for the sport has never wavered -- not during the lean years of open wheel, his struggles after expanding to NASCAR, or even the death of a driver.
Edwards released from hospital early Monday after crash (AP)
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was released early Monday from an Omaha hospital after being injured Sunday night in a dirt track race in nearby Greenwood, a hospital spokeswoman said. Details of the injury were not immediately available. Edwards' younger brother, Kenny Edwards, told the Omaha World-Herald it could be a dislocated thumb, caught in the steering wheel during a crash.
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.