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Stern feels betrayed by betting scandal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_betting_probe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.609a7b7cc729464f908151bc9e957ad9.betting_probe_nyr205.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=dGsiPkS8a3iK0umdNEGnuA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="NBA commissioner David Stern speaks during a news conference regarding the betting probe against NBA referee Tim Donaghy in New York, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Stern said he believed the betting scandal that has rocked the league won't go beyond the allegations against the one referee who resigned. Stern also called it the 'worst situation' he's experienced in his 23 years at the helm. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Stern blamed a "rogue, isolated criminal" Tuesday for a betting scandal that has devastated the league and threatened the credibility of every referee. A subdued Stern said he felt betrayed by former referee Tim Donaghy, the target of an FBI investigation for allegedly betting on games, including some he officiated, over the last two seasons.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons accede NFL request over Vick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.6b0f88bde89f49f49bec0c98238a11a6.falcons_vick_football_gajb106.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=jH_nS3_mO7qQE05m4fyzSw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino talks during a news conference to discuss the federal indictment of quarterback Michael Vick in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Vick was indicted on charges related to involvement in dogfighting. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Horrified by the dogfighting allegations against their star player, the Atlanta Falcons planned to suspend quarterback Michael Vick for four games until the NFL asked the team to hold off while it conducts its own investigation.</p><br clear="all"/>
Star cyclist fails doping test at Tour
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.bob10107242352.cycling_tour_de_france_bob101.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=QnPzG3wkeDHwxVqfXbNoRA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="French police officer leaves after he carries out a search at the Astana cycling team hotel in Pau, France, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Leader of the Astana team and Tour de France rider Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion after winning last weekend's time trial, prompting his Astana team to pull out of the race, a team spokeswoman said Tuesday. The positive test of the Kazakh rider, a one-time favorite to win cycling's premier event, dealt a heavy blow to a sport already reeling from a spate of doping scandals. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cycling and its premier event, the Tour de France, were reeling Tuesday from yet another blow that threatened what was left of the event's credibility: a failed doping test by one of its biggest stars.</p><br clear="all"/>
Biggio starts goodbye with grand slam
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070725/capt.422e2b9ee10841388c1ed3509964869e.dodgers_astros_baseball_hta118.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=jXx_lwli0TzwE.yU3b29Pg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Craig Biggio (7) swings to hit a grand slam as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, watches during the sixth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Craig Biggio started his long goodbye with a grand slam. Hours after announcing he plans to retire at the end of this season, Biggio capped a six-run sixth inning with a tiebreaking grand slam that led the Houston Astros over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig to follow Bonds as he goes for 756
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_giants_selig_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070725/capt.1a63ae5295274e05866d50e2565e8eed.braves_giants_baseball_fxpb104.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=67p6ZGIdfKokEgBLIPyHNQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Commissioner Bud Selig talks to members of the media as the San Francisco Giants play the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was at home watching Barry Bonds and the Giants play when he decided he needed to be at the ballpark to see San Francisco slugger break Hank Aaron's career home run record.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL, union join to help retired players
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_union"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.605d2390fd1a46ad86c22dd6e7e86f3e.nfl_union_wx112.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Fv.1NjMfwhsFUCOeJkXzlw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw, talk to reporters after meeting in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)" border="0" /></a>AP - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union head Gene Upshaw met with nearly a dozen former players Tuesday to discuss a new joint effort to look into disability pay and health care for retirees.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bucks re-sign heavily courted Williams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_bucks_williams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.e2e53813ad074a8cac1afd42499d3fc0.bucks_williams_basketball_wimg501.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=L8AHtfMcnXhfVDDiXAoKow--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Milwaukee Bucks guard Mo Williams drives past New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Milwaukee. Williams chose Brew City over Pat Riley and South Beach on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, signing a six-year, $51.5 million contract to remain with the Bucks. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mo Williams chose Brew City over Pat Riley and South Beach on Tuesday, signing a six-year, $51.5 million contract to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Matsuzaka gem lifts Red Sox over Indians
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070725/sp_nm/baseball_american_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070725/2007_07_25t021524_305x450_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=TQSkVerFCj8xpNfyE6asoQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher is pictured in action against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland, Ohio July 24, 2007. Matsuzaka picked up his 12th win with a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Diasuke Matsuzaka out-pitched C.C.
Sabathia to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 road win over the
Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the victory keeping the AL East
leaders 7 games ahead of the New York Yankees.</p><br clear="all"/>
Adu's future still in MLS for now
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_adu"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070725/capt.f421fd50472346f0aee9e7bf33dc2122.mls_adu_soccer_rsl103.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=s1pTHqe3aVGcTJ1YWNRTOw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Real Salt Lake forward Freddy Adu, left, chases the ball ahead of Argentina's Boca Juniors midfielder Pablo Ledesman during the first half of an international friendly MLS soccer game Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Salt Lake City. Adu will be playing in Major League Soccer for at least a little while longer. MLS and Benfica reached an agreement on a US$2 million transfer fee for the 18-year-old American, but Adu and the Portuguese club could not work out contract terms, said a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Freddy Adu will be playing in Major League Soccer for at least a little while longer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Senators sign goalie Emery for $9.3M
AP - The Ottawa Senators avoided salary arbitration with goalie Ray Emery and defenseman Christoph Schubert on Tuesday, and hope to do the same with center Chris Kelly.
Falcons don't suspend Vick as NFL probes (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons wanted to suspend Michael Vick. And considering the appalling allegations against their star quarterback, they may not want him back at all. Under an edict from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick is barred from taking part in training camp while the league investigates a federal dogfighting indictment against one of its most prominent players.
Bears, Tillman agree on 6-year extension (AP)
Cornerback Charles Tillman and the Chicago Bears agreed Tuesday on a six-year contract extension. Tillman, a second-round draft choice in 2003, could be with the Bears through the 2013 season. He has started 49 games in four seasons. "They compromised. We compromised," Tillman said. "They were willing to listen.
Colts LT Tarik Glenn to retire (AP)
Tarik Glenn, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, announced Tuesday he will retire from the NFL because he no longer has the passion he once had for football. The 31-year-old Glenn, a first-round draft pick out of California in 1997, started 154 regular-season games during his 10-year career.
Ginn absent from Dolphins rookie camp (AP)
The Miami Dolphins' plan was to roll out the passing tandem of the future Tuesday, with John Beck throwing to Ted Ginn Jr. The result: incomplete. The newly signed Beck took part in both workouts as the rookies began training camp, but first-round draft pick Ginn was absent -- the only Miami player yet to sign among the 87 on the roster.
Saints, top pick Meachem agree to deal (AP)
Wide receiver Robert Meachem, the 27th pick in the NFL draft, agreed Tuesday with the New Orleans Saints on a five-year contract. New Orleans' deal with Meachem means the Saints managed to get all seven of their draft picks in the fold before they were due to report to training camp in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday.
Jenkins to report, will Panther rookies? (AP)
Kris Jenkins plans to be there. Now the Carolina Panthers are trying to get their top three draft picks signed to avoid any training camp holdouts. Jenkins' agent, Tony Paige, said in an e-mail message Tuesday that the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will report to camp Friday, a month after he skipped the team's voluntary workouts and Paige indicated he wanted a new contract.
Troy Smith among 4 rookies Ravens sign (AP)
Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was one of four rookies the Baltimore Ravens signed to three-year contracts Tuesday. The defending AFC North champions also signed University of Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who was a fifth-round supplemental pick. Yamon Figurs was also signed as a wide receiver and return specialist, and linebacker Prescott Burgess was also signed, the team...
Stern: Betting scandal is isolated case (AP)
David Stern insisted allegations a former referee bet on games was an isolated case and called it the worst situation he had experienced during his tenure as commissioner. "Mr. Donaghy is the only referee alleged to have bet on NBA games and disclosed confidential information to others," Stern said Tuesday during a packed news conference.
Bucks ink Mo Williams for 6 yrs., $51.5M (AP)
Mo Williams chose Brew City over Pat Riley and South Beach on Tuesday, signing a six-year, $51.5 million contract to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks. It's another step forward for the Bucks, who held on to their starting point guard one day after reeling in free agent small forward Desmond Mason. These moves helped soften several weeks' worth of discouraging words coming from handlers of Chinese...
Shinn to sell 25 percent of Hornets (AP)
New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell 25 percent of his NBA franchise to a family-owned investor group led by south Louisiana businessman Gary Chouest. Shinn introduced Chouest, owner of a Galliano, La.-based offshore supply company, at a dinner hosted by the team Tuesday night. And Shinn hailed his new partner's involvement as proof that the Hornets were serious about becoming...
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.
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.
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.
Sens, Emery agree on 3-year, $9.5M deal (AP)
The Ottawa Senators avoided salary arbitration with goalie Ray Emery and defenseman Christoph Schubert on Tuesday, and hope to do the same with center Chris Kelly. "We're hoping that we can get that resolved as well," said Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who had a meeting planned with Kelly's agent later Tuesday.
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.
DEI expands to 4 teams following merger with Ginn Racing (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated is absorbing Ginn Racing, making it a four-car team in time for this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Champ Car driver Dalziel injured while training (AP)
Champ Car World Series rookie Ryan Dalziel broke a collarbone Tuesday while training on his bicycle. The new Pacific Coast Motorsports team said Dalziel will miss this week's San Jose Grand Prix. The Scottish driver will consult with an orthopedic specialist in Indianapolis in the next few days to determine his eligibility for the race Aug.
Tajima is new master of Race to clouds (AFP)
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.