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NEWS FROM 2007-08-01
Bonds homerless in win over Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.45fac75776eb475098127c8ff2ab0a2f.giants_dodgers_baseball__cacc105.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=ji7D1MXCwLMYDRPJszx0wQ--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watches his fly ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of the baseball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Bonds reached first on an error by Dodgers' Rafael Furcal. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lots of boos and little else for Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium. Back on the road, Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the San Francisco Giants' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bullpen blows Glavine's bid to win 300th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.c6e8828d8eef4028a32d85b467774788.mets_brewers_baseball_wimg105.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=xQONYeXnIENSn1KNptenAA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - New York's bullpen cost Tom Glavine his 300th win. After Mets relievers wasted a one-run lead in the eighth, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer off Aaron Sele in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod absent from Yankees' 8-homer party
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.563f409e22454fe2a56a8d47cfa03a8f.white_sox_yankees_baseball_nyy117.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=vuxVBphQ_hlqBB0tPHMIwA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout after lining out to center field in the Yankees 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Rodriguez went 0-for-5 in pursuit of his 500th career home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Everybody but A-Rod. On the night the New York Yankees tied a franchise record by hitting eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox, Alex Rodriguez had none. While A-Rod stayed stuck at 499 homers, he watched his teammates connect all game long.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police: Cocaine was found at Beck's home
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_beck_police_report"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.nyol59608010114.beck_police_report_nyol596.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=u4fZks3eCvTxZKkDGaw90g--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="San Diego Padres pitcher Rod Beck reacts after getting the final out on Arizona Diamondbacks Carlos Baerga in this July 19, 2003 file photo, in San Diego. Police say they found evidence of cocaine and drug paraphernalia at the former major league pitcher home on the day he died. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Police found evidence of cocaine and drug paraphernalia at former major league pitcher Rod Beck's home on the day he died. A police report released Tuesday indicated evidence in several places at Beck's house, including the bathroom and the master bedroom in which the 38-year-old Beck, a three-time All-Star who saved 286 games, was found dead at his northeast Phoenix home on June 23.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox acquire Eric Gagne from Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_rangers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070731/capt.ecc3d2f0f8044fc6a31ef42ecfac7fcb.red_sox_rangers_trade_baseball_ny158.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=McqiPrCkMb.ebi23Ektkbw--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Texas Rangers reliever Eric Gagne delivers to the Seattle Mariners in the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas, in this July 24, 2007 file photo. With Gagne finally pitching like his old self following two elbow operations and back surgery, the Boston Red Sox acquired the reliever on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from the Rangers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eric Gagne's comeback has landed him a new role on a new team: helping the Red Sox close out the Yankees. Gagne, pitching like his old self following two elbow operations and back surgery, was acquired by Boston for the stretch run on Tuesday from the Texas Rangers, who also unloaded first baseman Mark Teixeira to Atlanta in a seven-player swap.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign veteran QB Culpepper to one-year deal
Reuters - The Oakland Raiders signed
quarterback Daunte Culpepper to a one-year free agent contract
on Tuesday, bringing in the veteran to provide competition and
help guide top draft pick JaMarcus Russell in his rookie
Garnett excited about making NBA jump to Celtics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070801/sp_afp/basketnbagarnettcelticstimberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070801/capt.sge.hcb34.010807051300.photo00.photo.default-512x347.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=Cj93HVhPzQJhz_7L_Cjnpg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Kevin Garnett looks on during an NBA game at Arco Arena, November 2006, in Sacramento, California. Superstar forward Garnett was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in a NBA blockbuster deal settled on Tuesday.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Jed Jacobsohn)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Superstar forward Kevin Garnett was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in a National Basketball Association (NBA) blockbuster deal settled on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lackey, Matthews cool off Mariners, 8-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.0924879f5dad4227a1dd5dd20fa543b0.angels_mariners_baseball_wajf110.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=9lWb15icBfdpmC9YMMmVUA--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher John Lackey winds up to pitch to the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of their baseball game in Seattle Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Matthews Jr. found that sometimes less is more. Less thinking. Less selectivity. Less remembering his last home run.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. teen star Adu joins Benfica
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070801/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_adu_benfica"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070731/capt.5b3e20e1fcda4b50af4c0362b94db815.portugal_soccer_benfica_adu_xsg101.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=VwB7viNP9WqoHEZEUACtUw--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="U.S. soccer player Freddy Adu warms up during his first training session on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the Benfica soccer club training camp in Seixal, outside Lisbon, Portugal. Adu, 18, will undergo physical tests and is expected to sign for five years with Benfica soccer club for euro 1.46 million (US$ 2 million). (AP Photo/ASF, Miguel Nunes)" border="0" /></a>AP - Freddy Adu, the American phenom who was among the highest-profile stars of Major League Soccer, has agreed to play for Benfica and trained with the Portuguese club Tuesday. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder arrived in the Portuguese capital Monday to negotiate terms.</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.
Culpepper signs 1-year deal with Raiders (AP)
Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper signed a one-year contract with Oakland on Tuesday, giving the Raiders a backup plan for top draft pick JaMarcus Russell. Culpepper, 30, worked out in the afternoon before a gathering of Raiders scouts and coaches in a private workout. Oakland coach Lane Kiffin announced the signing shortly after the team completed practice.
'Pacman' not headed to wrestling ring (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones won't be wrestling for TNA Entertainment during his season-long suspension from the NFL. But the Tennessee Titans cornerback may participate with TNA Wrestling in other ways, according to his agent. The contract hasn't been signed yet, and TNA declined to comment Tuesday except to say an announcement is expected by the end of the week.
Strahan contacts Giants during holdout (AP)
On the fourth day of his holdout, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan made contact with the New York Giants and was told he would be welcomed back although the team is proceeding as if he is retiring. Coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese confirmed Tuesday that they had lengthy conversations with the 35-year-old Strahan late Monday afternoon and evening.
Rawlings is latest sponsor to drop Vick (AP)
Michael Vick lost another sponsor -- Rawlings. The sports goods company said Tuesday it was ending its relationship with the Atlanta Flacons quarterback because of dogfighting conspiracy charges. "Rawlings recognizes that Mr. Vick has not been convicted of the charges stemming from his recent indictment," the St.
Cowboys WR Glenn to have knee scoped (AP)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a decision that was made Tuesday when Terrell Owens got a break from practice to rest his sore hamstring. While an MRI showed no serious damage after Glenn hurt his knee in practice Sunday, the decision was made to have the procedure after he kept having pain.
Bears, DT Walker agree on 5-year deal (AP)
The Chicago Bears and defensive tackle Darwin Walker agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract on Tuesday, two days after the team acquired him in a trade with Buffalo. Walker will earn about $2 million this season, plus $8 million to $9 million in bonuses and possibly another $3.5 million in incentives over the length of the contract, according to his agent Albert Irby.
Jaguars C Meester suffers broken ankle (AP)
Jaguars center Brad Meester broke his right ankle and will be sidelined at least eight weeks, the team's first significant injury this season. Meester was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday. Meester, who has started 108 games for Jacksonville in seven years, injured his ankle during the team's first full-pads practice Monday night.
Skins' Samuels has grade 2 sprain of MCL (AP)
Three years ago, the Washington Redskins' season began its downward spiral when one of the pillars of their offensive line ruptured an Achilles' tendon during the preseason. Late Monday afternoon, for a heart-stopping minute or two, the Redskins thought they were reliving that nightmare. This time it was left tackle Chris Samuels instead of right tackle Jon Jansen -- and it was a practice instead...
Cardinals closing in on deal with Brown (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals reported "very good progress" Tuesday night in talks aimed at reaching a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Levi Brown. The offensive tackle from Penn State, selected fifth overall, has missed the first three days of practice at Arizona's training camp in Flagstaff. "We don't have a deal in place but I felt like we made very good progress today," Cardinals general...
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.
Celtics acquire Garnett from Wolves (AP)
Kevin Garnett craned his long neck up at the Celtics' 16 championship banners above his new home court and saw that the last one was dated way back in 1986. "'86, huh?" the 10-time NBA All-Star said. "21 years ago," a reporter told him. To which Garnett quickly replied: "21s a good number." A good number to end the drought on, and any team needs some luck -- whether it's avoiding injuries or getting...
Agent: Wolves agree to buy out Hudson (AP)
The agent for Troy Hudson said Tuesday that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to buy out Hudson's contract, making him a free agent. Bill Neff said he has reached a verbal agreement with Wolves owner Glen Taylor to sever ties. The Wolves will pay Hudson just under $6 million this year and just over $6.3 million next season, which is about 80 percent of what Hudson was owed.
Agent says Rockets to re-sign F Hayes (AP)
Chuck Hayes and the Houston Rockets have reached agreement on a four-year contract to keep the forward in Houston, Hayes' agent said Tuesday. "I feel good about getting it done, and I'm glad Chuck has some security," agent Calvin Andrews said. The 6-foot-6 Hayes started 43 games and averaged 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds last season.
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 4th overall 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.
Senators sign Kelly for 1 year, $1.26M (AP)
The Ottawa Senators and Chris Kelly avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $1.26 million, one-year contract Tuesday. Kelly has spent the past two years in Ottawa, where he made $725,000 last season. He's coming off a season in which he enjoyed career highs with 15 goals and 23 assists. He had three goals and four assists while playing in all 20 postseason games.
Sabres, D Paetsch agree to 3-year deal (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres agreed and defenseman Nathan Paetsch agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday. The 24-year-old Paetsch was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Thursday after making $495,000 in 2006-07. He played in 63 games for Buffalo as a rookie last season, registering two goals and 24 points.
Rangers give LW Marcel Hossa 1-year deal (AP)
The Rangers avoided another potentially contentious arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms Tuesday with forward Marcel Hossa on a one-year contract worth $780,000. Hossa and the Rangers were scheduled to meet with an arbitrator this week but reached a deal ahead of time, getting the last of their restricted free agents under contract.
Group working to keep Preds in Nashville (AP)
The local group of businessmen bidding to buy the Predators -- and likely keep them in Nashville -- are close enough to finalizing their offer that a letter of intent giving the group exclusive negotiating rights could be signed Wednesday. The businessmen working with Predators owner Craig Leipold would like to complete the purchase before the season starts in October.
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...
NASCAR fines Biffle for avoiding the media (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR announced on Tuesday that it fined driver Greg Biffle $5,000 and placed him on probation until December 31 for failing to fulfill his post-race media obligations on Saturday following the NASCAR Busch Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
Stewart fined $25,000, docked 25 points for cursing on TV (AP)
Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 and docked 25 points by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing during his television interview after his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya re-thinking Chase for the championship possibilities after Brickyard finish (AP)
Before the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya believed he had almost no chance to make the Chase for the championship.
Stewart penalized for inappropriate language at Brickyard (PA SportsTicker)
Tony Stewart's mouth got him in trouble again.
Steve Wallace OK after attempted mugging at Indianapolis convenience store (AP)
Steve Wallace, 19-year-old son of ESPN announcer and former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace, suffered minor cuts and bruises in an attempted mugging after the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
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.