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NEWS FROM 2007-07-26
Tour de France resumes without Rasmussen
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070725/capt.4f06fe169db74c52bb2fa31d297c60a3.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf122.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=5I_h5MTvxzlMW47gQkjFaQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Overall leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark, left, and Levi Leipheimer of the U.S. strain as they climb the ascent of the Aubisque pass during the 16th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Orthez and Gourette-Aubisque pass, in France Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Rasmussen won the stage and Leipheimer placed second. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen was sent home after winning Wednesday's stage, sending cycling's biggest race staggering toward the finish.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick to enter plea on conspiracy charges
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_arraignment"><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 - Michael Vick was due in federal court Thursday to start a legal process that jeopardizes not only his career, but also his freedom.</p><br clear="all"/>
Glavine on brink of 300th career win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.8094f0e8ea3349018192edd82e4aece3.pirates_mets_baseball_nyeb103.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=HdV7BIQs1V2Ds8idAblwKw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine delivers a pitch to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the third inning of their baseball game Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - After all these years, Tom Glavine is suddenly unsure what to expect the next time he steps on the mound. The milestone he's chasing might have something to do with it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raburn steps right in for Sheffield
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.dc4f3424b0164ed1b66f140826fde4b3.tigers_white_sox_baseball_cxs116.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=e8feFOhS0hEGgMd4DhDziA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Detroit Tigers' Ryan Raburn, right, celebrates with Sean Casey during the ninth inning of a baseball game against Chicago White Sox Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Raburn was being honest in assessing his performance as an emergency fill-in for Gary Sheffield. "I think it's probably the best game I've ever had, and probably ever will," Raburn said after hitting two homers and driving in seven runs in the Detroit Tigers' 13-9 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hearst: Players' names given to Mitchell
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_athletes_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070725/capt.a181734691f04acfae8de865a3a0d8e5.braves_giants_baseball_fxpb113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=aMl9sy1d4Nu0DO3YbFIz9g--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, center, talks to members of the media with San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan, left, as they watch the Giants play the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lawyers for Hearst Corp. claimed federal prosecutors provided baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell the names of players implicated in drug use by former New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski.</p><br clear="all"/>
Briggs agrees to 1-year deal with Bears
AP - Lance Briggs is going to play and not sit. The Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker agreed to a one-year, $7.2 million contract Wednesday as the team's franchise player.
Parker "surprised" and "shocked" at NBA scandal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070725/sp_afp/basketnbafraparker"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070725/capt.sge.fgr40.250707172815.photo00.photo.default-355x512.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=PxFpomdrYqJ5lRxrzvH8vQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="French basketball star Tony Parker, seen here 07 July 2007, on Wednesday expressed his "surprise" and "shock" at the NBA's alleged match fixing scandal involving referee Tim Donaghy.(AFP/File)" border="0" /></a>AFP - French basketball star Tony Parker on Wednesday expressed his "surprise" and "shock" at the NBA's alleged match fixing scandal involving referee Tim Donaghy.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod hits 499th as Yankees beat Royals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_royals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.7d01bb780c1c4f3eacff6d6d02f86517.addition_yankees_royals_baseball_moez109.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=EvE4Z29UuulJqwsfn_yYBQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, watches his two-run home run as Kansas City Royals catcher John Buck looks on in the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo. It was Rodriguez's 499th career home run. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez moved within one of the 500-home run club, helping the New York Yankees get as close to the Boston Red Sox as they've been in 2 1/2 months.</p><br clear="all"/>
Zizzo signs for Hannover
AP - Sal Zizzo, a 20-year-old midfielder on the U.S. team at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, signed a three-year contract with Hannover of Germany's Bundesliga.
NHL's Staal brothers arrested in Minn.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070726/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_staals_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.21e17355556e4242a9b420c424a33912.staals_arrested_hockey_wxs106.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=PgTtIVMYyFFUDU9e3hj0xQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="This photo released by the Cook County, Minn. Sheriff's Department shows Carolina Hurricanes hockey star Eric Staal. Stall and his brother, Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal, were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process at Eric Staal's bachelor party at a Minnesota resort. The Cook County Sheriff's Office said the brothers were among 14 arrested last weekend after authorities received several complaints about 'screaming, yelling and playing loud music' at the resort in northeastern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Department)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother, Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins, were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process at Eric Staal's bachelor party at a Minnesota resort.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick to enter plea on dogfighting charge (AP)
Michael Vick was due in federal court Thursday to start a legal process that jeopardizes not only his career, but also his freedom. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was expected to appear at a bond hearing and enter a plea on dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick is accused with three others of conspiracy involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting...
Bears LB Briggs ends holdout, gets $7.2M (AP)
Lance Briggs is going to play and not sit. The Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker agreed to a one-year, $7.2 million contract Wednesday as the team's franchise player. Unhappy when he was initially given the tag, Briggs had threatened to sit out the season but reached an agreement one day before the Bears are to report to training camp.
Falcons RB Dunn out after back surgery (AP)
As if they didn't have enough troubles, the Atlanta Falcons revealed Wednesday that running back Warrick Dunn will miss three to four weeks after having back surgery. Dunn, who rushed for a team-high 1,140 yards last year, hurt his back during offseason workouts and had the surgery on Saturday. The team held off revealing the news while it dealt with the federal indictment of quarterback Michael...
Priest Holmes to report to Chiefs camp (AP)
Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs' camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit. The return of the team's career leading rusher adds an interesting twist to the situation surrounding Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson, who has vowed to hold out of camp until he gets a new...
Titans, WR Moulds agree to terms (AP)
The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran receiver Eric Moulds on Wednesday, adding some needed experience to the roster for quarterback Vince Young. "Eric is a proven and productive receiver in this league," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. "He provides us a big target with sure hands and his veteran leadership is a valuable addition to our receiving corps." The 11-year...
Warren Moon charged, but avoids DUI (AP)
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was charged with negligent driving and avoided charges on drunken driving. A spokesman for the King County prosecutor said Wednesday that Moon tested below the legal limit in the hours following his arrest for investigation on April 6. According to a report from the state toxicology laboratory included in the county's complaint filed Tuesday, Moon registered...
Bills sign LB Posluszny in time for camp (AP)
Being a rookie, linebacker Paul Posluszny had no intention of keeping the Buffalo Bills waiting or risking himself falling behind. The second-round draft pick signed a four-year deal potentially worth over $5 million on Wednesday, a day before the start of training camp ensuring he won't miss the Bills' first practice Thursday morning "Being a second-rounder, I don't think you should have that...
Stern: Betting scandal is isolated case (AP)
David Stern has seen college basketball and German soccer overcome point-shaving scandals. He never imagined his own league would be thrown into one. The NBA commissioner blamed "rogue, isolated criminal" Tim Donaghy for that, creating a betting scandal that has devastated the league and threatened the credibility of every referee.
Ex-NBA star Mercer surrenders to police (AP)
Former NBA player Ron Mercer surrendered to police on Wednesday to face a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a scuffle in a strip club in April, police said. Mercer, 31, is a Nashville native who was waived by the New Jersey Nets in 2005 after missing more than 60 games due to injury. Police said Mercer's friend, 34-year-old Robert Edward Johnson, was also charged with felony aggravated...
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 G 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.
Grizzlies ink swingman Jacobsen (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent guard-forward Casey Jacobsen on Tuesday, marking his return to the NBA after playing two seasons in Europe. Jacobsen spent last season in Germany with the Brose Baskets, who won the 2007 German Basketball Championship. He was named MVP of the finals. He spent the 2005-06 season with TAU Victoria of the Spanish ACB League, before joining the Rockets last...
Staals arrested for disorderly conduct (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother, Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins, were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process at Eric Staal's bachelor party at a Minnesota resort. The Cook County Sheriff's Office said the brothers were among 14 arrested last weekend after authorities received several complaints about "screaming, yelling and...
Blackhawks ink No. 1 overall pick Kane (AP)
Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in last month's NHL draft, signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. The 18-year-old forward is a "dynamic and exciting" player who "will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening night roster," Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.
Robinson back with Devils as assistant (AP)
Larry Robinson, who guided the Devils to a Stanley Cup title as the head coach in 2000, returned to the New Jersey bench on Wednesday as an assistant to new coach Brent Sutter. Assistant coach John MacLean and goaltending coach Jacques Caron were retained from Claude Julien's staff while former Devils defenseman Tommy Albelin also was named an assistant coach.
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.
Laich re-signs with Capitals for 1 year (AP)
Center Brooks Laich re-signed with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday after being awarded a one-year, $725,000 contract by an arbitrator Monday. The 24-year-old made about $600,000 last year, and the Capitals had made a qualifying offer of $660,000 to the restricted free agent. He played in 73 games last season, scoring eight goals with 10 assists.
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...
Ginn saw merger with DEI as only way to keep team competitive (AP)
Bobby Ginn had grand plans to build a contender when he bought a NASCAR team last summer. But he learned rather quickly that winning takes a lot of money, and without solid sponsorships, it's almost impossible to do.
Montoya set to become first three-race driver at Indy (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Busch Series crew chiefs fined for violations at Gateway (PA SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) NASCAR announced on Wednesday fined two Busch series crew chiefs for rules violations at Gateway International Raceway.
DEI, Ginn Racing merge into four-car team (PA SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Dale Earnhardt Inc. on Wednesday joined forces with Ginn Racing to form a four-car team.
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.