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Ripken, Gwynn inducted into Hall of Fame
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.8bd7d0fbabf1428091e95e5c9b86e4de.baseball_hall_of_fame__nymg116.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=BFvhPl4P.riyEoz8OvTyRw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Tony Gwynn, left, and Cal Ripken, Jr., hold their Hall of Fame plaques after their induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Sunday, July 29, 2007. Gwynn played his Major League Baseball career with the San Diego Padres and Ripken spent his career with the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn took their place in baseball's shrine Sunday, saluted as much for their Hall of Fame careers as their character off the field. Commissioner Bud Selig and a record crowd came to cheer them and all that was good about the game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carlos Zambrano cruises to 14th win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.bf798a2dfbf24278a0b73c07726185dc.cubs_reds_baseball_csb101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=MXyzISxLlfODbsR4E5XEsg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano pitches aginst the Cincinnati Reds n the first inning during their baseball game Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Zambrano became the majors' first 14-game winner, and had more success at the plate than Barry Bonds, who spent another frustrating day stuck on 754 home runs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels complete sweep of Tigers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070730/capt.1f41d4aa914a450abe185b9b65a14dcd.tigers_angels_baseball_ans111.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=jBEGzi2EeHM_WGS5RgFTLg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Garret Anderson hits an RBI single as Detroit Tigers' Ivan Rodriguez looks on during the third inning of their Major League Baseball game, Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - A dominating sweep by the Los Angeles Angels left a strong impression on the defending American League champion Detroit Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tony Stewart dominates at the Brickyard
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_indianapolis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.0f17431065574f6ea8d02209172d3084.nascar_indianapolis_auto_racing_naa145.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=4BLZtwVk6zf3GuBZx1Caug--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="NASCAR driver Tony Stewart holds the trophy after winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - After years of torment, Tony Stewart has mastered his beloved hometown track. Stewart scored his second career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dominating Sunday at the place that caused him a decade of heartache and once even threatened his career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Contador wins scandalous Tour de France
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_tour_de_france"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.5de4e1c06ef84859a32d6fbd2f2b8888.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf216.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=yAlQNaukO5UdpnpokhvCaA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, center, secpnd-placed Cadel Evans of Australia, left, and third-placed Levi Leipheimer of the US, react on the podium after the 20th and last stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Marcoussis, southwest of Paris, and Paris, Sunday, July 29, 2007. Alberto Contador won his first Tour de France on Sunday, as Daniele Bennati of Italy won the stage.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)" border="0" /></a>AP - All the right elements were there: The smiling winner in his bright yellow jersey. The fans several rows deep under the majestic trees of the Champs-Elysees. But something seemed broken about the Tour de France on Sunday — perhaps forever.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vikings sign No. 7 pick Adrian Peterson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vikings_peterson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.nyol57007291959.vikings_peterson_nyol570.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=SDZ9bbjxFaSW.7jVOUwq0A--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Adrian Peterson, former Oklahoma running back, smiles while holding a jersey after being selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL Draft in this April 28, 2007 file photo at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Peterson agreed to terms with the Vikings on a five-year, $40.5 million deal with $17 million in guaranteed money Sunday, ending his brief three-day holdout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adrian Peterson already is the biggest star on the Minnesota Vikings offense.</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"/>
Angels rout Tigers for 3rd straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070730/capt.f1769948b63044ea8682a1efdfa98bb1.tigers_angels_baseball_ans110.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=5UwupZNT4ET9HDpv_Xkd1A--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Gary Matthews is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a hit by Maicer Izturis in the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs, Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman each had two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers with a 13-4 victory Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fire roll past Toronto FC in 3-0 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070729/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fire_toronto_fc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.38c7c7972d444780ba994ede75b4e90b.mls_chicago_fire_toronto_fc_soccer_cpth102.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=_FSSzY_y5Hgu8uCL7tkGkA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Toronto FC's Chris Pozniak, left, and Chicago Fire's Calen Carr chase down a loose ball during first half soccer action in Toronto, Sunday July 29, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Aaron Harris) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Cuauhtemoc Blanco played his first Major League Soccer match, setting up Ivan Guerrero for a goal and helping the Chicago Fire defeat Toronto FC 3-0 Sunday.</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.
Bills deal holdout DT Walker to Bears (AP)
The Chicago Bears acquired defensive tackle Darwin Walker in a trade with Buffalo on Sunday, landing a veteran to replace Tank Johnson. The Bills, meanwhile, acquired a draft pick in return, and dropped a player who refused to report to Buffalo in a contract dispute. The Bills obtained Walker in March in a trade that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes and backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb to Philadelphia.
QB Couch signs 2-year deal with Jaguars (AP)
Tim Couch's agent sent a memo to all NFL teams a few weeks ago, letting them know the former No. 1 draft pick was healthy again and looking for a place to play. The Jacksonville Jaguars were the first to call and Couch jumped at the opportunity. He signed a two-year contract with the Jaguars on Sunday, getting a chance to revive his career as a backup to quarterback Byron Leftwich.
Mora shocked over Vick's indictment (AP)
Jim Mora is so shocked about Michael Vick being indicted on federal dogfighting charges, the former Falcons coach doesn't know how he should feel about his ex-quarterback. Mora, now the Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach and defensive backs coach after the Falcons fired him New Year's Day, has been in contact with Vick as he honors the NFL's mandate to stay away from Atlanta's training camp --...
Vikes, RB Peterson agree to $40.5M deal (AP)
Adrian Peterson already is the biggest star on the Minnesota Vikings offense. So it's no wonder that the team can't wait to see him finally take the field at training camp on Monday. The No. 7 overall draft pick ended his brief three-day holdout on Sunday when he signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with $17 million in guaranteed money.
Giants to give physical to DE Rice (AP)
With Michael Strahan holding out and considering retirement, the New York Giants plan to give recently released defensive end Simeon Rice a physical on Wednesday. Strahan, 35, stunned the Giants on Friday when he failed to show up for training camp at the University at Albany. His agent said that Strahan was considering retirement after 14 NFL seasons.
Colts hunting for 2nd Super Bowl title (AP)
Reggie Wayne came to training camp Sunday ready to hunt down another Super Bowl title. Wearing camouflage gear from head to toe and dropping his mask barely long enough to answer a few questions, the Colts' Pro Bowl receiver had a message for his teammates: Don't settle for being the NFL's target. "They're coming after us, so you've got to get ready, get after them and be prepared," he explained.
Jets LG Kendall wants trade or release (AP)
Pete Kendall thinks his contract dispute with the New York Jets will end soon. It's already gone on longer than the offensive lineman imagined. "This could have been dealt with a thousand ways, all of them positively," Kendall said Sunday. Kendall, in his 12th season, is looking for a $1 million raise on his $1.7 million salary, but the Jets won't budge.
Chiefs RB Holmes vows to resume career (AP)
Priest Holmes says he fell asleep a week or so ago and awoke with a new purpose in life. He dreamed he was playing football. Now, despite being out of the game since a brutal tackle in October 2005 aggravated a potentially dangerous spinal condition, Kansas City's career rushing leader is vowing to resume his once-outstanding career.
SaberCats win 3rd Arena title in 6 years (AP)
It was just like old times in New Orleans with another championship decided. It was just like old times for the San Jose SaberCats with another title won. The SaberCats beat the Columbus Destroyers 55-33 in Sunday's ArenaBowl to earn their third Arena League title in six years. It was the first team championship decided in the city since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.
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)
Clay Tucker scored 17 points, leading a team of NBA Development League players to an 87-84 victory over New Zealand on Sunday in the Stankovic Cup. The D-League Ambassadors rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to even their record after two games in the six-team tournament. The team with the best record after round-robin play wins the title.
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.
Habs, Ryder agree to 1-yr., $2.95M deal (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens and right wing Michael Ryder avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.95 million, one-year contract Sunday. Ryder's hearing was set for Monday in Toronto. He made $2.2 million last season. The Canadiens have all their players under contract for 2007-08. Ryder played in all 82 games last season, led the team with 30 goals and added 28 assists to go with 60 penalty minutes.
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...
Stewart scores second career win at Brickyard in dominating form (AP)
A little time away from racing helped Tony Stewart come away from the Brickyard with another huge victory.
Broken pulley halts Earnhardt's bid (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Dutch rookie Doornbos wins San Jose Grand Prix (AFP)
Dutch rookie Robert Doornbos rallied after an early mishap to earn the second Champ Car World Series win of his career here on Sunday.
Montoya nearly pulls off double at Brickyard (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Stewart wins Allstate 400 at the Brickyard again (PA SportsTicker)
Defending winner Jimmie Johnson eliminated in 1 of 6 crashes in 1st half of Brickyard. (AP)
The first half of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard looked like a demolition derby.
NASCAR rookie Montoya flashing the talent he showed in open-wheel racing (AP)
Jeff Gordon strode into the room, sat down alongside Juan Pablo Montoya and said, ``Not bad for a rookie.''
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.