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NEWS FROM 2007-07-29
Dontrelle keeps Bonds at 754 home runs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.e4e80287e60649fab5776839acd5fb62.marlins_giants_baseball_fxpb111.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=jhskDl7qCCqiw9Be.m01Yg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds pops out in the third inning of their baseball game against the Florida Marlins in San Francisco, Saturday, July 28, 2007. Marlins catcher Matt Treanor watches at left. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds wanted a pitcher to challenge him. Dontrelle Willis was more than ready. Hopping off the mound, pumping his fist and throwing fastball after fastball, Willis kept history on hold Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Upper Deck pulls Vick cards, memorabilia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_upper_deck"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070726/capt.949e961a2c1b44cdb208eefe22d1a1d4.falcons_vick_arraignment_football_vahg109.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=FuuFQ7.z.2HV6Fy8sv08zw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, right, is escorted by U.S. Marshals, as he leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., following his arraignment, Thursday, July 26, 2007. Vick pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal dogfighting charges and was released without bond until a Nov. 26 trial. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Upper Deck has removed all Michael Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and will remove the indicted quarterback's trading card from NFL sets that are scheduled to be released in October.</p><br clear="all"/>
Orioles beat Rocket for 6th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_orioles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.0e5308584cda4e29bb0a50c51e0a91c1.yankees_orioles_baseball_bab105.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=HIsHYsegtDQyg8AEzxALEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Baltimore Orioles Miguel Tejada watches his two-RBI single against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 28, 2007 in Baltimore. The Orioles won 7-5.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie Brian Burres took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Miguel Tejada had four RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles beat Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees 7-5 Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana helps carry Twins past Indians
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.f4d3dc8fb8614fbd83ae6b4063cf72d4.twins_indians_baseball_ohtd103.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=nh8sIFi4kGk.QFtEKC8Wkg--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Minnesota Twins' Johan Santana pitches to Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 28, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - After Johan Santana took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, the Minnesota Twins had to rally for a victory. Brian Buscher hit a go-ahead groundball in the ninth inning, after Torii Hunter's leadoff double, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Buehrle tosses 8 scoreless to beat Jays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_blue_jays_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.d86ad6f54eb640e1822914a910b0b8a5.blue_jays_white_sox_baseball_cxs102.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=TwZ5uX_Nwzpb37EqG.khPg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 28, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Buehrle pitched eight scoreless innings, Jerry Owens hit his first career home run and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
The many sides of Michael Vick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070728/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_the_real_vick"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070728/capt.4354220ea4db473c820157f19b3c30f9.falcons_the_real_football_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=MequGdtTBECTDnX.Cw5hUw--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, left, announces his intention to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft as his mother, Brenda Boddie, center, and Virgina Tech head football coach Frank Beamer wipes a tear from his eye during during press conference at the Hampton Roads Boys and Girls Club in Newport News, Va., in this Jan. 11, 2001 file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - There's more than one side to Michael Vick, the star quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA ref's classmate expects indictment
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070727/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_donaghy_bookie"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070724/capt.449807782b634bfb9c1ac8ed2cf795c9.betting_probe_basketball_ny116.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=odZ5CVUGsMh8sLv8fpZi4g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="NBA official Tim Donaghy talks with another official during a timeout during a Washington Wizards New Jersey Nets basketball game in this Tuesday, April 10, 2007 file photo in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The former operator of a suburban sports bar expects to be indicted in connection with the NBA betting investigation involving a referee who was his high school classmate.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sixth in a row for Orioles, Red Sox beat Devil Rays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070729/sp_nm/baseball_american_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070729/2007_07_29t015347_350x450_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=OQOMwksNrNIANTH6kL34mg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada forces out New York Yankees base runner Melky Cabrera (28) at second base and throws on to first to complete a double play on Johnny Damon (not shown) in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland July 28, 2007. (Joe Giza/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Baltimore Orioles won their sixth
straight game when they beat Roger Clemens and the visiting New
York Yankees 7-5 in American League play on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Adu off to Portugal for contract talks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_adu_benfica"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070728/capt.ffe1f402e09a462aa88c8b3dd3a7bc9a.mls_adu_soccer_ny157.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=nfCHLAoHnYa9jYX3s7lxgQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Real Salt Lake's Freddy Adu looks at his competition during the first half of an MLS soccer game in this April 14, 2007 file photo, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Freddy Adu was given permission by Real Salt Lake to go to Portugal in an attempt to complete transfer negotiations with Benfica. Real gave permission Saturday, team spokesman Trey Fitz-Gerald said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roy agrees to six-year deal with Sabres
AP - Sabres forward Derek Roy avoided NHL arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a six-year, $24 million contract with Buffalo.
Upper Deck pulls Vick items from online (AP)
Upper Deck has removed all Michael Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and will remove the indicted quarterback's trading card from NFL sets that are scheduled to be released in October. The announcement by the San Diego County company came a day after Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Vick and Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No.
Giants not distracted by Strahan absence (AP)
Michael Strahan's decision to skip the opening of Giants training camp while mulling retirement after 14 seasons is a personal and business decision and not a major distraction. That what many of his teammates said Saturday. "A couple of players have asked me, "Where's Strahan?" fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora said less than an hour after the Giants held their first practice.
McNabb's says knee is 'about 75 percent' (AP)
Donovan McNabb says he doesn't need to be completely healthy to be a force in the NFL. McNabb took part in the first practice of Eagles training camp Saturday, more than eight months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Tennessee. "I'd say it's still about 75 percent," McNabb said of his knee.
Raiders ink Miller, Russell missing (AP)
The Oakland Raiders signed second-round draft pick Zach Miller, leaving No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell as the only player missing from training camp. Miller, a tight end from Arizona State, came to terms with the Raiders late Friday night and was on the field for the team's first two-a-day workouts the following morning.
Rams sign QB Bulger to 6-year, $65M deal (AP)
Marc Bulger's numbers put him in the top tier of NFL quarterbacks, and now he has a contract to match. The St. Louis Rams signed the two-time Pro Bowler to a six-year, $65 million contract extension Friday that makes him the highest-paid player in franchise history. The contract includes $27 million in guaranteed money and puts him in a group of six quarterbacks making $10 million a year.
Broncos sign top picks Moss and Crowder (AP)
The Denver Broncos signed first-round draft pick Jarvis Moss and second-rounder Tim Crowder on Saturday, meaning there will be no holdouts when camp begins Sunday. However, Rod Smith, the team's career leader in receptions and touchdowns, is among a handful of veterans who will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Bengals sign top draft pick CB Hall (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Leon Hall to a five-year deal Saturday, that guarantees him $8.2 million and could be worth $13.6 million overall, his agent said. Hall, a cornerback from Michigan, was the last of the Bengals' seven draft picks to sign. He missed two practices, on Friday and on Saturday morning, but reported to camp in time for the Saturday night session at...
Panthers LB Morgan makes risky return (AP)
Dan Morgan strapped on his extra-padded helmet, adjusted his special mouthpiece and ran onto the field knowing some people think he's making a horrible decision. The Carolina Panthers' linebacker is trying to return from at least the fifth concussion of his career, one that forced him to miss the final 15 games last season.
Titans sign top pick Griffin for 5 years (AP)
Titans' top draft pick Michael Griffin signed his contract before noon Saturday and was expected to practice in the afternoon after sitting out the morning session while waiting for the NFL to approve his deal. The 19th pick overall agreed to terms late Friday afternoon on a five-year deal, but the NFL had to approve the final language before Griffin could sign.
Knicks' Curry robbed at home at gunpoint (AP)
Three masked robbers broke into the suburban Chicago home of New York Knicks center Eddy Curry on Saturday morning and held his family and an employee at gunpoint. Deputy chief of police John Madden said the three offenders restrained Curry, his family and an employee with duct tape inside the Burr Ridge home.
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...
Donaghy's classmate expects indictment (AP)
The former operator of a suburban sports bar expects to be indicted in connection with the NBA betting investigation involving a referee who was his high school classmate. James Battista went to Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., at the same time as former referee Tim Donaghy, said Battista's lawyer, Jack McMahon.
Yi lifts China to win in Stankovic Cup (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks draft pick Yi Jianlian scored 18 points, helping host China beat Venezuela 64-62 on Saturday in the Stankovic Cup. An All-Star team from the NBA Development League lost its opener to Slovenia, 94-86, despite 25 points from Quemont Greer. Pooh Jeter added 15 points and Renaldo Major had 12 for the D-League Ambassadors, who trailed by 21 points in the third quarter.
Suns' Bell has arthroscopic knee surgery (AP)
Suns guard Raja Bell had surgery on his right knee and will sidelined four to six weeks. The arthroscopic surgery was performed Thursday. Team physician Dr. Tom Carter said Bell had mild wear and tear of his kneecap. The doctor said Bell's play should not be limited after the four-to-six week period. Bell averaged 14.7 points and 2.5 assists this season.
Heat sign PG 'Smush' Parker (AP)
Free-agent point guard William "Smush" Parker signed Friday with the Miami Heat, his seventh team since turning pro in 2002. The deal came after the Heat failed to land several other point guards they pursued, including Mo Williams, Steve Francis and Steve Blake. "We feel very good about acquiring Smush," coach Pat Riley said in a statement.
Bulls sign draft picks Noah, Gray (AP)
The Chicago Bulls have signed first-round draft choice Joakim Noah, along with second-round selection Aaron Gray. Noah, selected ninth overall, averaged 12.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a junior last season, when the Florida Gators became the first program to win back-to-back titles in 15 years.
Sabres C Roy agrees to 6 years, $24M (AP)
Sabres forward Derek Roy avoided NHL arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a six-year, $24 million contract with Buffalo. It's a hefty deal for a third-line center coming off a career season in which he finished fifth on the Sabres with 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 75 games. The deal represents a significant raise for Roy, who made $627,000 last year.
Ducks GM Burke rips Oilers' Penner offer (AP)
Irate Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke on Friday called Edmonton's offer sheet to forward Dustin Penner "gutless." Burke had especially harsh words for Oilers GM Kevin Lowe, saying, "Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it's an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job." The Oilers signed Penner to a five-year, $21.25...
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.
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.
Hurricanes and G Leighton agree to terms (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Friday with goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year contract. Leighton's two-way deal would pay him $550,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 if he is in the minor leagues. The Hurricanes acquired Leighton from Montreal for a seventh-round draft pick. Leighton, 26, spent time with the Anaheim, Nashville, Philadelphia and Montreal organizations during the...
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.
NASCAR rookie Montoya looking for repeat of Brickyard success (PA SportsTicker)
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - The last time Juan Pablo Montoya started second at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a rookie he won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000.
Leffler wins Busch Kroger 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Leffler's late charge leads to victory in Kroger 200 Busch race (AP)
Jason Leffler's second career NASCAR Busch Series victory was much more memorable than his first.
J.J. Yeley, Robby Gordon hit wall but unhurt in practice before Brickyard qualifications (AP)
J.J. Yeley should have headed to the pits a lap sooner.
Sorenson wins pole and Montoya gives Ganassi front-row sweep (AP)
Teammates Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya swept the front row for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, giving team owner Chip Ganassi another big day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ganassi's Sorenson captures pole for Allstate 400 (PA SportsTicker)
Toyota gets something to celebrate in a season of struggles (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Victory at Brickyard often means Nextel Cup championship (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor