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Royals beat Twins after bridge collapse (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.3d1ebac2bad9455eab4a948a8be9481b.royals_twins_baseball_bridge_collapse_mnpb103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=79Bd9gq4gY_SEB3CUlyVag--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins players observe a moment of silence for those who may have been injured or killed in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in Minneapolis. The entire span of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. "Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here," said the Twins' manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday. "All of our thoughts and prayers are with the folks over there around the bridge and the people working to try and save everybody's lives.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cubs beat Phillies to move into first (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.1e6f3baec720474297c8b75c2c332c1c.phillies_cubs_baseball_cxc111.jpg?x=130&y=127&sig=kDOGkDez.FYBcuWRSZqAeg--" align="left" height="127" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Ronny Cedeno, left, celebrates with Rich Hill after scoring on a hit by Jacque Jones during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Murton raced home on Brett Myers' bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 and took over first place in the NL Central.</p><br clear="all"/>

Teixeira homers in Braves' debut, a win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.fab7d6b95a494908893481cf2b629e3c.astros_braves_baseball_gags110.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=SdVIGsxmDAy3DUljziQbpQ--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves' Mark Teixeira, left, celebrates at home plate with Edgar Renteria (11) and Chipper Jones, rear, after knocking them both in on his three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros.</p><br clear="all"/>

Garnett cheers Big Papi in Boston's win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_orioles_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.e0f7fc2c787e4d3489781da943f65ec8.orioles_red_sox_baseball_mack107.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=bxB25pupHmEDizRw2VfUNw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Newly acquired Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is embraced as he towers over Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz after throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz got a standing ovation from Kevin Garnett and thousands of other excited fans when he scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning that gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

A-Rod stuck on 499 as Yanks top ChiSox (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.5832274b2c6244e2b42b2c1fce583489.white_sox_yankees_baseball_nyy108.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=nTupAS2iPJjtmQqaUwdGaQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="A frustrated New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout after going 0-4 in the Yankees 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. Rodriguez is in pursuit of his 500th career home run, (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - On another night of record power, A-Rod was still absent. Alex Rodriguez remained stuck at 499 career homers, going 0-for-4 in the New York Yankees' 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night and matching the longest hitless streak of his big league career at 21 at-bats.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mara: Giants won't give Strahan new deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_giants_mara"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.b07232689b48420c91817b45f7b9eb13.giants_camp_football_nytr104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=fwF8KPmyOHxqb6XhabxhPg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="New York Giants president and CEO John Mara, left, watches practice during the NFL football team's training camp in Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. With Mara are his brother Frank Mara, right, and the Giants vice president of communications, Pat Hanlon, center. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Giants are not going to renegotiate Michael Strahan's $4 million contract to persuade the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end to stop mulling retirement and play this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Garnett heads to Boston in blockbuster deal (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070801/sp_nm/nba_garnett_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070801/2007_07_31t203124_450x292_us_nba_garnett.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=6oeMIV32Rw1hS50qU6Dwcg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Boston Celtics new signing Kevin Garnett, previously from the Minnesota Timberwolves, smiles at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 31, 2007. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Boston Celtics moved on Tuesday to return the franchise to its glory years by acquiring 10-times All-Star Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twins postpone game after collapse (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_twins_bridge_collapse"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.af535957b2b041dcb63339bc0404dae4.aptopix_minnesota_bridge_collapse_ny134.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=UU0CZB.KtTEuiDSP4ZwXRA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Vehicles are stopped atop the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis after it collapsed, sending numerous vehicles into the Mississippi River, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. The busy highway bridge that spans the Mississippi River just northeast of Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour Wednesday, sending dozens of cars, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water. (AP Photo/Jacob Reynolds)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Twins have postponed Thursday's game against Kansas City following a bridge collapse near the Metrodome and team president Dave St. Peter said their weekend series with Cleveland also could be affected.</p><br clear="all"/>

Saddam anthem mars Iraqi team's welcome (AP)
AP - A celebration thrown by the ruler of Dubai for the Iraqi soccer team after its Asian Cup win was marred when Iraq's Saddam Hussein-era national anthem was played, angering many players and prompting some to walk away.

Predators near sale with local group (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070801/capt.e4c98a8986a34bf5a01e78a3ebd9ae6d.predators_sale_hockey_tnmh103.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=nFJ37gr612_AYt8qcUt.Dw--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="David Freeman, right, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC, and Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold, left, greet people after a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators have signed a letter of intent to sell the team to a local group of investors trying to keep the National Hockey League franchise from leaving town. Freeman has paid a $10 million deposit to make sure the deal is completed. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold thinks he's finally sold his NHL franchise, this time to a group of local businessmen and one California venture capitalist that wants to keep the team in Music City.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants won't renegotiate Strahan's deal (AP)
The New York Giants are not going to renegotiate Michael Strahan's $4 million contract to persuade the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end to stop mulling retirement and play this season. "I don't want to get into negotiating in the media," co-owner John Mara said Wednesday as Strahan's holdout entered its sixth day.

Thurman accused of violating probation (AP)
This 2006 handout from the NFL shows Cincinnati Bengals  linebacker Odell Thurman.  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. He asked Goodell to reinstate him for the 2007 season, but was turned down.

Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been ordered to appear in court for allegedly violating probation on his drunken driving conviction. A Hamilton County probation officer Liz Albert said Thurman failed to show up for a scheduled meeting on July 24. Thurman then was ordered to appear before Municipal Court judge John Burlew on Aug.


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Colts owner says Simon will be released (AP)
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday night that he expected to release former Pro Bowl tackle Corey Simon within the next few days, ending months of speculation concerning Simon's future with the Super Bowl champions. Simon did not pass his physical over the weekend. He was expected to report to camp on time Sunday but was never seen at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Hall of Fame C Otto has leg amputated (AP)
Hall of Fame center Jim Otto recently had his right leg amputated and is recovering in a hospital in Utah. Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis made the announcement Wednesday as part of a wide-ranging news conference touching on the state of the team, the recent death of Bill Walsh and pensions for former NFL players.

Browns DT Roye to undergo knee surgery (AP)
Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Orpheus Roye stretches during football camp at the Cleveland Browns Training facility, Friday, July 27, 2007, in Berea, Ohio. Roye, Cleveland's best down lineman, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery and could miss the Browns' season opener, another blow for a team ravaged by costly injuries in recent years.

One of Orpheus Roye's creaky, cranky knees needs more off-field maintenance. Cleveland's defensive end will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his right knee, an early training camp setback for the Browns, who may be without their best lineman to start the season. The 34-year-old Roye has been playing with pain on aching knees for several years.


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Jones has no plans to change Ellis' deal (AP)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones finally sat down and talked with disgruntled and injured linebacker Greg Ellis. While Jones refused Wednesday to discuss details of their hourlong chat this week, the owner still made a couple of points clear: He genuinely likes the player who has been with the Cowboys the longest, but he's not going to restructure Ellis' contract.

Walker declines to talk about Williams (AP)
Javon Walker still isn't ready to talk about Darrent Williams dying in his arms in the back of a stretch Hummer limousine after they left a New Year's Eve party. Sporting a mohawk that reminds many of the "fro-hawk" popularized by the vivacious Williams last season, Walker demurred when asked how he was doing.

Culpepper Raiders QB with Russell home (AP)
When JaMarcus Russell came out of college, some scouts compared his big build and strong arm to Daunte Culpepper. Well, at least the Oakland Raiders have one of those quarterbacks in training camp. While Russell remains home in Alabama without a contract, Culpepper practiced with the Raiders for the first time Wednesday after signing his one-year deal.

Owens on field, but doesn't practice (AP)
Terrell Owens got another day to rest his sore hamstring Wednesday when he sat out both of the Dallas Cowboys' practices. Coach Wade Phillips said Owens was sore -- not injured. "He doesn't have a hamstring problem," Phillips said. Owens, wearing shades and a team cap, didn't respond to reporters while walking off the field after the afternoon practice.

Patriots WR Moss leaves with leg injury (AP)
Randy Moss left the New England Patriots practice Wednesday with an apparent upper leg injury. During an 11-on-11 passing drill about halfway through the team's afternoon session, the only practice of the day, Moss reached into the end zone for a ball thrown by Tom Brady. The pass was incomplete and Moss immediately went to the sideline.

Celtics acquire Garnett from Wolves (AP)
FILE** This file photograph shows Boston Celtics' Gerald Green at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Mass. in Oct. 2006. Sebastian Telfair, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff and Green may be headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday, July 30, 2007.

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...


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Spurs' Parker sprains ankle, to get exam (AP)
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker sprained his left ankle during practice with the French national team this week and is returning to the U.S. to be examined. The Spurs said Parker will begin rehabilitation after an exam Friday and will rejoin the French national team when he gets medical clearance.

EEOC backs Tarpley for NBA reinstatement (AP)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is siding with former Dallas Mavericks player Roy Tarpley in his legal fight for reinstatement by the NBA, which banned him in 1995 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The EEOC ruled that the NBA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to reinstate Tarpley, 42, who has passed all drug tests taken in the last four years,...

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...

Preds intend to sell to local investors (AP)
David Freeman, right, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC, answers questions at a news conference with Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold, left, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators have signed a letter of intent to sell the team to a local group of investors trying to keep the National Hockey League franchise from leaving town. Freeman has paid a $10 million deposit to make sure the deal is completed.

Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold thinks he's finally sold his NHL franchise, this time to a group of local businessmen and one California venture capitalist that wants to keep the team in Music City. Leipold announced Wednesday he has signed a letter of intent to sell his team to the local group.


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Devils sign Parise for 4 years, $12.5M (AP)
The New Jersey Devils signed forward Zach Parise to a four-year, $12.5 million deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Parise was New Jersey's second-leading scorer last season behind Patrik Elias with 31 goals and 31 assists and was third on the team with nine power-play goals. He also had seven goals and three assists in 11 playoff games.

Rangers' Avery gets $1.9M in arbitration (AP)
Agitating forward Sean Avery re-signed with the New York Rangers on Wednesday after he was awarded a $1.9 million salary for next season following a lengthy arbitration hearing. Avery, who provided a huge spark to the Rangers last season after being traded by Los Angeles, earned an $800,000 raise. He was seeking $2.6 million in arbitration while New York countered with a proposal of $1.3 million.

Bruins add Ramsay, Ward as assistants (AP)
The Boston Bruins have added two more assistant coaches to round out the staff of new head coach Claude Julien. The Bruins said Wednesday that they hired Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward. Ramsay was fired in May after seven seasons as the Tampa Bay Lightning's associate head coach. Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in 2004 and made four consecutive playoff appearances during Ramsay's tenure.

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.

Ganassi to shut down Montoya's Busch team after Watkins Glen (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya will race in his final Busch Series event next week at Watkins Glen, then the team will stop competing.

Indianapolis Speedway begins reconfiguring road course for GP motorcycle race (AP)
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has begun a reconfiguration of its road course to accommodate a MotoGP Series motorcycle race next year. The 2.6-mile layout will be altered slightly from the configuration used the past eight years in the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, which will not return in 2008. "This really isn't a massive project, but it's a very, very delicate project," Kevin Forbes, IMS...

Biffle apologizes for avoiding the media (PA SportsTicker)
Greg Biffle on Wednesday apologized a day after being fined by NASCAR for not fulfilling his media obligations.

Driver Biffle fined and put on probation for skipping post-race interview (AP)
Greg Biffle was fined $5,000 and put on probation until Dec. 31 for skipping a press-box interview following his second-place finish in the Kroger 200 Busch Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park last week.

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.

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