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Jennings lifts Astros; Bonds homerless (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.085a56372ae140348bf75eb0993f6d49.astros_braves_baseball_gags111.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=th1ho_kQKiEzfQFpyGPzdg--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Houston Astros Jason Lane (16) celebrates with pitcher Jason Jennings (23) after the Astros' 12-11 win over the Atlanta Braves in 14 innings in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Atlanta. Lane scored the go-ahead run on a Jennings single in the 14th. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Houston manager Phil Garner hopes a little success at the plate for Jason Jennings will help him regain confidence on the mound. In his last start, Jennings got pounded for 11 runs and didn't make it out of the first inning. Out of position players, Garner pinch-hit Jennings with two outs in the 14th inning. The pitcher came through with a RBI single to give the Astros a 12-11 win over the Braves, ending a three-game losing skid.</p><br clear="all"/>

White Sox, Yankees put up big numbers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.d24a78765b3b4f2bba9c236754842886.white_sox_yankees_baseball_nyy207.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=DI8vpomWsYJL87vJIPVCpg--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, upper right, strikes out to end the eighth inning during MLB baseball against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike MacDougal, bottom right, as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and umpire Jame Hoye, left, look on Thursday, Aug.2, 2007, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees continue to score in bunches &#151; even in losing efforts &#151; while A-Rod still is in search of his elusive 500th homer.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cardinals, No. 5 pick Brown reach deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cardinals_brown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.nyol57508030237.cardinals_brown_football__nyol575.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=FwPB1tcp4g6xOn346D54Jg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Arizona Cardinals tackle Levi Brown stretches during practice at minicamp in this May 12, 2007, file photo in Tempe, Ariz. Brown agreed to terms on a contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, six days after the team reported for training camp. (AP Photo/Matt York,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - First-round draft pick Levi Brown agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, six days after the team reported to training camp.</p><br clear="all"/>

Crocker's mistakes help Phelps win fly (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ot/swm_us_nationals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.7a8761b594f4465bb0bda96d4688eb4c.us_nationals_swimming_indc106.jpg?x=130&y=67&sig=oufQlQ7VZ3jVh9CzsIfUiw--" align="left" height="67" width="130" alt="Swimmer Michael Phelps looks at his time in the men's 100-meter butterfly at the US Swimming Nationals in Indianapolis, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. Phelps won the event with a time of 51.39. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ian Crocker spent months training for another chance to beat Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly. His hopes vanished before the race even started.</p><br clear="all"/>

Trio share Bridgestone Invitational lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bridgestone_invitational"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.3df27fc79dfd4c44b8b78699ee01b4d2.bridgestone_invitational_golf_ohmd112.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=M2AoVxr578IC.bsPetgxbA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Hunter Mahan watches his tee shot on the ninth hole at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. Mahan shot 67 to stand at three under par. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - It has reached the point where everyone expects to see his name atop the leaderboard, and he got there Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on a course that felt like a major. Indeed, Hunter Mahan is on a roll.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bill Walsh was more than just a coach (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn49ers_walsh_s_influence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.5c6911483db94c24a5a551760fac4b6f.walsh_s_influence_football_ny159.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=vpH76tIXzJxRj.thJ6vHuw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh raises the trophy after his team beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16, to win Super Bowl XXIII in this Jan. 22, 1989 file photo in Miami. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Walsh was celebrated as the best NFL coach of the last quarter-century, one whose offensive innovations are being used today in some form by almost every team.</p><br clear="all"/>

Best NBA city: San Antonio (The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - As part of SN&#39;s celebration of sports&#39; best, our writers make cases for the best football, basketball, baseball, hockey, NASCAR and college cities.

Bonds still 2 away from Aaron's record (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.477a6cfb92e2425f820d19f7b9893b4d.giants_dodgers_baseball_catg119.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=_vIjv__8.vUzPKC7halqKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watches his pop-up during the fifth inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/ Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds' bid to dent Dodger Stadium ended with a slow walk, rather than a historic trot. After three more homerless games, the slugger heads south to San Diego where Greg Maddux will try to keep Bonds from hitting the single home run he needs to tie Hank Aaron's record.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ankle injury may delay Beckham's debut (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070802/capt.8fbeb5aa2c9943a98a14a52565705c81.beckham_debut_gfx293.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=cQ0n10HWo_39uPiGwwCjTw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Graphic shows how other foreign stars fared in U.S. Soccer history; 2c x 2 1/4 inches; 96.3 mm x 57.2 mm" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's left ankle likely will cause him to miss his scheduled Major League Soccer debut when the Los Angeles Galaxy plays at Toronto FC on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ducks decline to match offer to Penner (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_ducks_penner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.nyol56108030003.dustin_penner_nyol561.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=n73mJj7HmWn2HxW.Wj9UAw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Anaheim's Dustin Penner picks up the Stanley Cup at the Winkler Arena in Manitoba in this July 7, 2007, file photo. The Ducks cut ties with Penner Thursday when they opted not to match a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers. (AP Photo/John Woods, CP,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks cut ties with Dustin Penner on Thursday when the team opted not to match a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers for the 24-year-old left winger.</p><br clear="all"/>

Broncos LB Holdman injures spinal cord (AP)
Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was hospitalized with a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp Thursday. Holdman was carted off the field strapped to a backboard and taken by ambulance to Sky Ridge Medical Center, where he was being kept overnight for observation, team spokesman Jim Saccomano said.

Moss misses 2 practices with leg injury (AP)
Randy Moss missed both practices on Thursday, one day after the New England Patriots receiver appeared to injure his left leg during a passing drill. Moss, acquired from Oakland in a trade during the draft, pulled up midway through Wednesday's practice. Trainers applied ice to his upper left leg, and he later left the field under his own power.

Mourning Favre returns to Packers (AP)
Brett Favre rejoined the Green Bay Packers on Thursday with a heavy heart and a desire to resume preparations for the upcoming season. The Green Bay quarterback was excused from Packers practices earlier in the week to return home to Mississippi for the funeral services of his wife's stepfather, Rocky Byrd, who died Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

Giants asst. texts Strahan not to retire (AP)
Mike Waufle doesn't want to envision a season without Michael Strahan at left end. So the New York Giants defensive line coach has been text messaging the seven-time Pro Bowler in hopes of nudging him away from the grasps of retirement. "The thing that I told him is that we have a good team, and I feel he is too young to retire," Waufle said Thursday.

Cards, Levi Brown agree to 6-year deal (AP)
Arizona Cardinals tackle Levi Brown stretches during practice at minicamp in this May 12, 2007, file photo in Tempe, Ariz. Brown agreed to terms on a contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, six days after the team reported for training camp.

First-round draft pick Levi Brown agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, six days after the team reported to training camp. The six-year contract could be worth up to $62 million, just over $18 million of it guaranteed. Brown was en route to Phoenix on Thursday night from his home in Virginia.


Bears deal S Chris Harris to Panthers (AP)
The Carolina Panthers got help at safety Thursday when they acquired Chris Harris from the Chicago Bears for a fifth-round draft pick. Harris, entering his third season, started at both safety positions with the Bears and had five interceptions in the past two seasons. Harris also had an interception in the Bears' loss to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.

T.O. returns to practice for Cowboys (AP)
Terrell Owens was back at practice Thursday after a coach-ordered hiatus from workouts to rest the receiver's sore legs and hamstring. Owens said he felt fine after going through the Dallas Cowboys' two-hour workout, their only practice of the day. "I feel good. Coach (Wade Phillips) was gracious enough to give me a day or so off," Owens said.

Texans DE Williams misses practice (AP)
Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams missed Thursday's practice with a tight hamstring, but he and coach Gary Kubiak said it wasn't serious. Williams watched in his jersey and shorts with a large bandage wrapped around the top of his right leg. The problem began Tuesday morning, and he was pulled from the field halfway through the workout.

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.

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.


Saunders lucky to have avoided bridge (AP)
Road construction put Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders on the 10th Avenue bridge Wednesday in Minneapolis. The detour perhaps saved his life. "I usually take the 35W bridge, but the ramp was closed," Saunders said Thursday from Minneapolis in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "My daughter was driving in a car right behind me when the bridge collapsed -- about 20 yards away from us.

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...


Wizards' Blatche caught soliciting sex (AP)
Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, a restricted free agent, was arrested Thursday on sexual solicitation charges. Blatche and a man identified in court documents as Gregory Palmer tried to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, according to charging documents. The 20-year-old Blatche appeared Thursday in District of Columbia Superior Court and was released on his own recognizance,...

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.

Ducks don't match Penner offer sheet (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks cut ties with Dustin Penner on Thursday when the team opted not to match a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers for the 24-year-old left winger. The Ducks will receive picks in the first, second and third rounds of the 2008 draft from Edmonton as compensation.

Penguins to open new arena for 2010-11 (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will wait until the 2010-11 season to open their new arena, rather than open it during the 2009-10 campaign as initially planned. Waiting until the 2010-11 season will give the team time to do the building right, both for the team and city, team spokesman Tom McMillan said Thursday.

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.


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.

Foyt escapes injury, but gets scare when bulldozer falls into lake (AP)
Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt escaped injury, but got quite a scare Thursday when the bulldozer he was operating plunged into a lake and landed upside down in the water. Foyt was working on the edge of the lake when the bank gave way under the bulldozer. He estimated the bulldozer dropped about 15 feet into the lake.

Kevin Harvick hasn't gotten over Indy incident, where Stewart bumped him while retaking lead (AP)
Kevin Harvick is still upset with good friend Tony Stewart, who ran into him in the closing laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ruined what should have been a second-place finish.

Gordon on top of standings and willing to take risks for more wins (AP)
Jeff Gordon longs for the good old days. The four-time NASCAR champion doesn't think his best days are behind...

Three-race swoon has Johnson spiraling in Nextel Cup standings (AP)

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.

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