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NEWS FROM 2007-07-27
Vick pleads not guilty
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_vick_arraignment"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070726/i/r2966583537.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=irB0v5IkAcMpwzgPBa2P0w--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick (C) arrives at federal court for his arraignment on charges of dog fighting, in Richmond, Virginia, July 26, 2007. Vick pleaded not guilty to his charges and was released without bond until a November 26 trial. REUTERS/Haraz N. Ghanbari/Pool (UNITED STATES)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Vick will spend the next four months defending himself against federal dogfighting charges instead of mastering a new coach's playbook and dissecting game film of opposing defenses.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_obit_prosser"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.143622e363854f1cb7e4ffc9b2f7a287.obit_prosser_basketball_ny165.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=u1Fpoqa7wPuQ7AoKix3mPQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser watches his team play a first round game of the Men's Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament against Georgia Tech in Tampa, Fla., in a Thursday, March 8, 2007 photo. Wake Forest men's basketball coach Skip Prosser died Thursday, July 26, 2007 the university said. He was 56. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Skip Prosser, who led Wake Forest to its first basketball No. 1 ranking three seasons ago, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack, the university said. He was 56.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies All-Star Utley breaks hand
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_phillies_utley"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.bd0a357821094ae8a4ffffa535e2ef5b.nationals_phillies_baseball_pagw103.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=e_YXypYPKlTJYBnk7w_IJA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, right, is congratulated by Chase Utley after his two-run home run against the Washington Nationals in the third inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 26, 2007. The Nationals beat the Phillies 7-6 to avoid a three-game sweep. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phillies All-Star second baseman Chase Utley broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ramirez homers twice in BoSox's 14-9 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070727/capt.3afa36c473ef4f489ed210d723f77c04.red_sox_indians_baseball_ohmd102.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=JZdOC3nnulHVzhQAg4WUWA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez watches his second-inning home run off Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee clear the wall during a baseball game Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Ramirez hit the third-longest home run at Jacobs Field, a tree-clearing solo shot, and added a two-run homer as the Boston Red Sox outslugged the Cleveland Indians 14-9 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rasmussen leaves stain on Tour de France
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.8c92d051312f4769a83cbf36deb5777e.italy_cycling_rasmussen_mil110.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=RkjpcoIr5atSaoPP_pTrJw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen poses in his bicycles shop in Lazise, by the Garda lake in Northern Italy, in this photo taken on May 8 2007. Rasmussen, who was leading the Tour of France, was ousted by his team for lying about his whereabouts during pre-race training. Rasmussen missed random drug tests on May 8 and June 28, saying he was in Mexico. But a former rider, Davide Cassani, said he had seen Rasmussen in Italy in mid-June. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a day when the Tour de France got a new leader in Alberto Contador, Michael Rasmussen's mark on cycling's premier event was all too clear — an indelible stain.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bucs release Simeon Rice, sign Adams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bucs_adams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.1d8a76653ea74cc9a5384543bda929ef.bucs_adams_football_ny160.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=TbzWxBndhG17xXmCboz1Jg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round pick Gaines Adams (90), right, runs through blocking dummies while teammates look on during the second day of mini camp drills in Tampa, Fla., in this June 20, 2007 file photo. Adams became the highest pick in this year's draft to sign a contract when he agreed Thursday to a six-year deal that enabled him to report to training camp on time. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Simeon Rice's run with Tampa Bay as one of the NFL's most prolific pass rushers is over. The Buccaneers released the 12th-year pro, whose 121 career sacks rank second among active players behind Michael Strahan, on Thursday night, only hours after signing his replacement — first-round draft pick Gaines Adams — to a six-year, $46 million contract.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Ref, bookie went to same school
AP - The reputed bookmaker being investigated in the NBA betting scandal was a high school classmate of the referee involved, according to a published report.
Bonds stuck on 753 as Giants lose 4-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070727/capt.117758fbf11c479b950762322168e26d.braves_giants_baseball_fxpb137.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=Sl1Guxt7LTutYKd6LeWMjw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds prepares to bat in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves during their baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, July 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur's drive sail over his head into the left-field seats. Dave Roberts hit a tying, two-run double in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Ray Durham's single to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Thursday.</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.
Oilers tender offer sheet to Penner
AP - The Edmonton Oilers have signed Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner to a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet on Thursday.
Vick pleads not guilty, trial is Nov. 26 (AP)
Michael Vick will spend the next four months defending himself against federal dogfighting charges instead of mastering a new coach's playbook and dissecting game film of opposing defenses. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback's elite five-member legal team doesn't expect it to be easy and his career could be in jeopardy.
NFL: 'Pacman' can't attend Titans camp (AP)
Suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was denied his request Thursday by the NFL to join the Tennessee Titans in training camp. "The request by Adam Jones to revise the terms of his suspension so that he can participate in training camp has been denied," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail.
Jets' Martin retires 4th on rushing list (AP)
Curtis Martin hopes to run straight from the backfield to the front office. After retiring from the New York Jets on Thursday as the No. 4 rusher in league history, the 34-year-old Martin revealed he has his sights set on becoming an NFL owner. "Ever since you have seen me as a player, I've been looking at myself as an owner," Martin said at a small, 45-minute news conference at the team's Manhattan...
Bucs DE Adams is highest pick to sign (AP)
Simeon Rice's run with Tampa Bay as one of the NFL's most prolific pass rushers is over. The Buccaneers released the 12th-year pro, whose 121 career sacks rank second among active players behind Michael Strahan, on Thursday night, only hours after signing his replacement -- first-round draft pick Gaines Adams -- to a six-year, $46 million contract.
Documents shed light on Tillman cover-up (AP)
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. "The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined...
Bengals' Thurman denied reinstatement (AP)
Odell Thurman's petition for reinstatement was denied Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who decided that the Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker should miss another season because of his ongoing problems. Thurman was suspended for all of last season after skipping a drug test and later being arrested for drunken driving.
Briggs could join Bears by Sunday (AP)
Recent history suggests the Chicago Bears' path back to the Super Bowl could be a rocky one. Coach Lovie Smith didn't seem concerned Thursday as his team filed in for the start of training camp. "We've heard about losing Super Bowl teams and what they're supposed to do. We haven't bought into that," Smith said Thursday, nearly six months since a rainy loss to the Colts in the Super Bowl at Miami.
Moss brings excitement to Patriots camp (AP)
Rodney Harrison knows that when he's working out, he can count on Randy Moss lifting weights in the same room. Now comes the next test. Can the New England Patriots new wide receiver carry that effort and togetherness with teammates over to practices and games? "He didn't lose a step," Harrison said. "He's fast, faster and fastest.
Raiders rookie Russell no-show at camp (AP)
JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in last April's NFL draft, remains without a contract and was the most notable no-show when the Raiders reported to training camp on Thursday. Coach Lane Kiffin refused to call Russell a holdout but acknowledged the rookie quarterback was not even in California.
Browns, OT Thomas agree 6-year deal (AP)
Offensive tackle Joe Thomas agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, ensuring the No. 3 overall pick will be at the opening of training camp. The club also reached agreement on a four-year deal with cornerback Eric Wright, a second-round pick, leaving quarterback Brady Quinn as the team's only unsigned draft pick.
Congressman requests meeting with Stern (AP)
The chairman of a House subcommittee is requesting a meeting with NBA commissioner David Stern concerning the betting scandal involving former referee Tim Donaghy. Rep. Bobby Rush, who heads the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, said he is also considering calling a hearing on the matter "should the facts warrant public scrutiny." "If the allegations prove true, this could be...
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...
Oilers sign Ducks' Penner to offer sheet (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers have signed Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner to a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet on Thursday. The deal is for $4.25 million per season, a huge raise over the league minimum $450,000 Penner earned last season in the last year of his entry-level contract. The Ducks have seven days to match the offer.
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.
Predators sign F Gelinas to 1-year deal (AP)
Forward Martin Gelinas and the Nashville Predators have agreed on a one-year, $1.25 million contract, vice president and general manager David Poile said Thursday. The 37-year-old free agent had 44 points with the Florida Panthers last season and has appeared in all 82 games in each of the past two seasons.
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.
Caps' Laich gets $725K in arbitration (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.
Edwards hand may affect his signature but won't slow him down at the Brickyard (AP)
Carl Edwards' handwriting may not look pretty this weekend. Just don't expect his injured right hand to slow him down in the No. 99 car at Indianapolis.
Burnouts rapidly becoming a part of NASCAR Brickyard lore (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
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)