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Bonds, A-Rod and Glavine aim for history
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_chasing_milestones"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070729/capt.0656ca50f9f84fa7bb25c954713a857c.marlins_giants_baseball_fxpb103.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=8.BFxVyi7kRR3EcAT4N4Sw--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds waits on deck in the second inning of their baseball game against the Florida Marlins in San Francisco, Sunday, July 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Tom Glavine all could make history in a matter of hours — and that would sure be a special night for their sport.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former 49ers coach Bill Walsh dead at 75
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_obit_walsh"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070730/capt.d4b49ea32b104d308015f653790bc06d.obit_walsh_fx101.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=VcdLVZ9D34l80J7NDmiSwA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is hoisted on the shoulders of his team after they defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX in this Jan. 20, 1985 file photo, at Stanford, Stadium, in Palo Alto, Calif. Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, died early Monday, July 30, 2007. He was 75. (AP Photo/File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Walsh could be as serious as they come and he could be down right hilarious. He could be creative and he could be precise.</p><br clear="all"/>
Source: T-Wolves to send K.G. to Celtics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_celtics_garnett_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070730/capt.6618d7cc939141cb9b14967021cbe6e1.celtics_garnett_trade_basketball_ny153.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=ZGEfrUo.gK2G1o2xcinTOw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett pumps his fist to his chest before the start of the basketball game with the Los Angeles Clippers in Minneapolis in this Nov. 25, 2006 file photo. Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday, July 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Co-defendant: Vick financed dogfighting
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_co_defendant"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070730/capt.6bfdcd5c6ce14ced921ca63c8592d076.vick_co_defendant_varit101.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Iu0juqaacBCoTUSMtKO1zA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Tony Taylor, of Hampton, Va., walks through a crowd of media outside U.S. District Court, in Richmond, Va., Monday, July 30, 2007, after a plea agreement hearing. Taylor, 34, a co-defendent of Atlanta Falcon Quarterback Michael Vick, pleaded guilty Monday to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick and two other co-defendants pleaded not guilty last week to the same charges. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo)" border="0" /></a>AP - One of Michael Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a dogfighting conspiracy he says was financed almost entirely by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies close gap in NL East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070731/capt.087a4445c26e43878fc0df045b73e901.phillies_cubs_baseball_cxc108.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=Dk3Uetv8i3RY1Ny8aHYbDw--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies closer Brett Myers, left, is congratulated by catcher Carlos Ruiz after recording the final out of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, July 30, 2007, in Chicago. The Phillies won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Philadelphia Phillies won their fourth straight game and strengthened their pitching staff, and it was still hard for Aaron Rowand to remain upbeat.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wehrli gets call from NFL Hall of Fame
AP - It was a natural assumption for Roger Wehrli to make. The Pro Football Hall of Fame had forgotten about him and the window to get a call from Canton was about to slam shut on the St. Louis Cardinals cornerback a quarter-century after he stopped playing.
China basketball chief to intervene in Yi standoff
Reuters - China's top basketball official is to
travel to the U.S. to try and end the standoff between the
Milwaukee Bucks and their top draft pick Yi Jianliang, state
media reported on Tuesday.
Baker goes 8 innings as Twins top Royals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070731/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070731/capt.f07ebafc45b74bc18695e41613d8ebbd.royals_twins_baseball_mnjm107.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=TPEDGb26.1V7fuP95_QvGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker throws against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 30, 2007 in Minneapolis. Baker gave up one run on two hits in eight innings as the Twins beat the Royals 3-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - With plenty of catching up to do and now without their leadoff man and second baseman, the Minnesota Twins still weren't conceding the playoff chase.</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.
Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh dead at 75 (AP)
Bill Walsh could be as serious as they come and he could be down right hilarious. He could be creative and he could be precise. For those whose lives he touched, the Hall of Fame football coach will be remembered as a teacher who cared deeply about his players and many others whose path he crossed -- a man who found new ways to win.
Co-defendant: Vick financed dogfighting (AP)
One of Michael Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a dogfighting conspiracy he says was financed almost entirely by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. As part of a plea agreement, Tony Taylor pledged to fully cooperate with the government in its prosecution of Vick and two other men accused of running an interstate dogfighting enterprise known as "Bad Newz Kennels" on Vick's...
Giants to start fining absent DE Strahan (AP)
The chances that seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan will play for the New York Giants this season are a lot better than Osi Umenyiora moving from right end to left end to replace him. After chatting a couple of times with Strahan over the past few days, Umenyiora said Monday that his 35-year-old friend's holdout wasn't a joke and that he was seriously considering retirement after 14 NFL season.
Culpepper heading to Raiders for workout (AP)
Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper will work out for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, two weeks after being released by the Miami Dolphins. Culpepper held a private workout for a member of the Raiders' personnel department in Florida on Monday. The 30-year-old quarterback did well enough there to persuade the team to fly him out to California for an additional workout.
Niners RB Gore may miss entire preseason (AP)
Frank Gore, the San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl running back, broke a bone in his right hand Monday during the first padded practice of training camp and might not play in the preseason. Gore was injured during a non-contact ball-handling drill, and coach Mike Nolan said he would not practice with the team for the remainder of the week.
No. 6 pick Landry, Skins agree to terms (AP)
The Washington Redskins agreed to terms early Monday with No. 6 overall draft pick LaRon Landry, ending his brief holdout from training camp. The safety from LSU was expected to take part in his first practice Tuesday after signing a five-year deal worth about $41.5 million. "They're doing the paperwork now," vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said following Monday afternoon's...
Browns QB Quinn misses 4th day of camp (AP)
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn missed his fourth day of training camp Monday in a contract holdout that shows no signs of ending anytime soon for the first-round draft pick. Quinn, who figures to compete for the starting job with Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson, has missed six practices so far.
Colts still unsure of DT Simon's status (AP)
Corey Simon's mysterious absence from the Indianapolis Colts entered its second season Monday with no immediate resolution. Nearly 10 months after the Colts put the former Pro Bowl selection on the non-football illness/injury list with an undisclosed ailment, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle was absent.
Packers RB Morency out with knee injury (AP)
The Green Bay Packers went into training camp looking a little bit shaky at running back. Now they're banged up, too. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the knee injury sustained by projected starter Vernand Morency was worse than the team's medical staff originally thought, and that he now expects Morency to be out "a couple" of weeks.
Bucs GM says Simms' health not an issue (AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen disputed a published report Monday that quarterback Chris Simms has a sore arm and may wind up being placed on injured reserve. Simms had surgery last September to remove his spleen and has struggled to regain his passing touch. He's competing in training camp with two other quarterbacks for the backup job behind starter Jeff Garcia.
Source: Celtics get Garnett from Wolves (AP)
Kevin Garnett is on the brink of changing the Boston Celtics from one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference to one that should be among the best. Add him to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and the Celtics have three perennial all-stars who make them instant contenders in the mediocre conference. That addition could come Tuesday.
Robberies of Curry and Walker linked? (AP)
Two hulking NBA stars were bound with duct tape and robbed of cash and jewelry by masked gunmen in separate holdups that have Chicago-area detectives wondering whether someone is targeting professional athletes. New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry -- 6-foot-11, 285 pounds -- was tied up along with his wife and an employee at his mansion in suburban Burr Ridge on Saturday.
Billups never thought he'd leave Pistons (AP)
Chauncey Billups saw what happened to the Detroit Pistons and their fans when Ben Wallace left last summer for Chicago. He wasn't going to put them through it again. "This is the first city and the first organization to show me love," Billups said Monday. "They've helped me go from a pretty good player to an elite player, and I wasn't going to break their hearts." Billups spoke before teeing off in...
Grizzlies sign 1st-round pick Conley (AP)
The Grizzlies signed first-round draft pick Mike Conley on Monday. "Mike has all the attributes needed to develop into a top flight NBA point guard," general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. "We are excited about the progress he has shown in the brief period of time he has been with the Grizzlies." Conley, the fourth overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, averaged 11.4 points, 5.2...
Lakers sign Nuggets coach Karl's son (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Coby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. A 6-foot-5 guard, Coby Karl averaged 12.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in five games for the Lakers 2007 Summer-Pro League team. He averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior at Boise State last season and was named first team All-WAC.
Suns name ex-NBA G Humphries assistant (AP)
The Phoenix Suns hired former NBA guard Jay Humphries as an assistant coach on Monday. Humphries, who played three of his 11 NBA seasons with Phoenix after being drafted by the Suns, spent the past five years coaching in South Korea. Before that, he coached in China. He was Phoenix's first-round pick, the 11th choice overall, out of Colorado in 1984.
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.
Miettinen given $885K, Avery has hearing (AP)
Dallas Stars right winger Antti Miettinen was awarded an $885,000, one-year deal in salary arbitration Monday, and New York Rangers forward Sean Avery had his case heard by an arbitrator. The 27-year-old Miettinen nearly doubled his salary of $450,000 last season, when he scored 11 goals with 14 assists in 74 games.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
In the Pits: Stewart is relaxed and shining at the Brickyard again (AP)
Tony Stewart is witty and engaging, a superstar who can captivate an audience. He also can be rude and condescending, the kind of guy most people can't stand to be around.
Earnhardt merges with Hendrick, Harvick merges with Childress (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick each strengthened their personally-owned race teams Monday when the drivers partnered with their respective Nextel Cup team owners.
JR Motorsports, Hendrick merge Busch teams for 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined forces with Hendrick Motorsports once again.
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.
Broken pulley halts Earnhardt's bid (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
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.
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)