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NEWS FROM 2007-08-04
No homer for Bonds at Petco Park
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.1cf2d074e2a34fe49acb29980b49c9f1.giants_padres_baseball__cacc103.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=0ZbXUSeLB3RqdunNBdnLRw--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="San Diego Padres pitcher Greg Maddux, foreground, heads to the mound before facing San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, background, during the fourth inning of the baseball game in San Diego, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds once called Petco Park "baseball proof." Greg Maddux made sure it was homer proof, too. Playing in perhaps his least-favorite ballpark, Bonds extended his homerless streak to one week and remained at No. 754, one shy of tying Hank Aaron's record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Davis, D'Backs shut out Dodgers 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.d6d9753ea1924f1db300e87dcf10885b.diamondbacks_dodgers_baseball_lad106.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=NYrcJC_TVG.6sAUywe_DDg--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Snyder, right, is congratulated by teammate Chris Young after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Doug Davis allowed three hits over eight innings and batterymate Chris Snyder homered in the eighth, leading Arizona to a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles and extending the Diamondbacks' lead over the Dodgers to two games in the NL West.</p><br clear="all"/>
A's score 5 in 8th, beat Angels 8-4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.eecba1ffe919458e93bdfcc3d90d231c.angels_athletics_baseball_oas108.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=s.v46tYS.gL_s9lkzqIa7g--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero hits a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Santiago Casilla in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vladimir Guerrero made a costly throwing error that led to a five-run eighth inning, overshadowing his second consecutive two homer game as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Betancourt helps Mariners beat Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070804/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.9e875735642647c08853aa2691ae4b91.red_sox_mariners_baseball_watw212.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=s4FZ7N1xfsnHpJL8g9sFJA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Adam Jones avoids the tag as Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis steps off the base in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Seattle. Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo was charged with a throwing error on the play and Jones was safe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yuniesky Betancourt had a career-high four RBIs, Adam Jones sparked the go-ahead rally in his much-anticipated season debut and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lions WR Johnson ends holdout
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070804/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_lions_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.1b79563a1d0841c4b108975e04f1f3f5.lions_camp_johnson_football_mico105.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=9q84HdfIx_IYdyHI83_ukg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Detorit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, signs autographs after participating in his first day of camp at the Lions training facility in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Lions did what it took to get Calvin Johnson on the field.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johnson signs six-year deal with Lions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070804/sp_nm/nfl_johnson_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070804/2007_08_04t004931_450x325_us_nfl_johnson.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=thJW4WjKe6a4Ml1ooiepqg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Detroit Lions first pick and second pick overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, speaks at a news conference in New York April 28, 2007. Rookie wide receiver Johnson, the NFL draft's No. 2 pick, ended a week-long holdout on Friday when he signed a six-year contract with the Detroit Lions. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Rookie wide receiver Calvin Johnson,
the NFL draft's No. 2 pick, ended a week-long holdout on Friday
when he signed a six-year contract with the Detroit Lions.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA Clippers forward Brand ruptures Achilles tendon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070804/sp_afp/basketnbaclippersbrand"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070804/capt.sge.icg66.040807050642.photo00.photo.default-342x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=PmYeW6XUqZugNMdhH7xNBw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers after an NBA game in Los Angeles, California, in April. Brand ruptured his left Achilles tendon working out on Friday and will require surgery, according to the NBA team.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand ruptured his left Achilles tendon working out on Friday and will require surgery, the National Basketball Association team said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hitless Bonds remains one homer shy of tying Aaron
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070804/sp_nm/baseball_bonds_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070804/2007_08_04t014339_450x342_us_baseball_bonds.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=bPnOpKUmuCKiN0lfuuesgw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds grounds out in the eighth inning of their MLB national league baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, California August 3, 2007. (Fred Greaves/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Barry Bonds remained
stuck on 744 career home runs for a sixth straight game on
Friday, one blast shy of moving into a tie with Hank Aaron for
the most in Major League Baseball history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ankle injury may delay Beckham's debut
<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"/>
Ex-trooper sentenced in gambling ring
AP - A former state trooper who admitted running a sports betting ring with retired hockey star Rick Tocchet was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
Lions sign Calvin Johnson to 6-year deal (AP)
The Detroit Lions did what it took to get Calvin Johnson on the field. Detroit gave the wide receiver a six-year deal worth up to $64 million, a person with knowledge of the contract details told The Associated Press on Friday, with just under $27.2 million in guaranteed money. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because both sides agreed to not divulge the finances of the contract,...
Browns OT Tucker suspended for steroids (AP)
Desperate to resume his career, a "down and out" Ryan Tucker risked his football future by taking steroids. He'll pay for it -- and so will the Browns. Tucker, Cleveland's rock-solid right offensive tackle, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
Agent: Strahan likely to discuss holdout (AP)
Michael Strahan probably will release a statement on his holdout with the New York Giants within two days, his agent said late Friday afternoon. "I don't know what he plans to do," Tony Agnone said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I really don't." Strahan, 35, failed to report to training camp at the University at Albany a week ago Friday, hours after Agnone stunned the Giants...
Russell only top 10 pick still unsigned (AP)
No. 1 overall selection JaMarcus Russell is the only player chosen in the top 10 of the draft without a contract following recent deals reached by second pick Calvin Johnson and No. 5 Levi Brown. Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said it's too early to tell if those contracts will help speed up the team's negotiations with Russell.
Titans QB Young facing high expectations (AP)
Last year at this time the words used to describe Vince Young included off-target, potential and rookie. Now? Try spectacular, impressive and leader. Yes, the man who led the Texas Longhorns to a national championship then became the NFL's offensive rookie of the year goes into his second season with very high expectations.
Free agent DE Rice visits with Titans (AP)
Defensive end Simeon Rice's tour of NFL teams brought him to Tennessee Titans headquarters Friday, and he was gone after a few hours. General manager Mike Reinfeldt said the team gave Rice a physical exam. Reinfeldt and coach Jeff Fisher also met with the 12-year veteran. Rice, who also got a physical with the New York Giants on Wednesday, is expected to meet with other teams.
Browns frustrated by Quinn holdout (AP)
Brady Quinn fell in the NFL draft. Now he's falling out of favor with the Cleveland Browns. The rookie quarterback's contract holdout dragged into its second week on Friday as Quinn missed his eighth day of training camp with no end in sight. For now, he's in Arizona working out while negotiations continue.
Broncos' Holdman released from hospital (AP)
Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was released from the hospital Friday, 24 hours after being treated for a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp. "He did have some numbness this morning but not a lot," coach Mike Shanahan said. The Broncos didn't say when Holdman, who spent the night at Sky Ridge Medical Center, would be able to practice again.
Chargers WR Parker undergoes toe surgery (AP)
Chargers wide receiver Eric Parker underwent toe surgery on Friday and could miss up to 10 weeks. Parker had a cracked sesamoid bone near his right big toe repaired. The surgery was performed by a foot specialist in Seattle. Parker injured the toe during a minicamp in June. He had yet to practice in training camp.
Hall of Fame ready to receive Irvin (AP)
Of the six players about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Michael Irvin was the only one to make headlines off the field. Irvin knows that's not a good thing. The Dallas Cowboys receiver recognizes that his troubles easily could have kept him from the shrine in Canton, where he will be inducted Saturday.
Clips' Brand ruptures Achilles' tendon (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand ruptured his left Achilles' tendon on Friday during his daily workout. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery but plans for the operation have not been finalized yet, the Clippers said. "It's unfortunate that this had to happen," general manager Elgin Baylor said in a statement.
Mavs sign Eddie Jones to 2-year deal (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal with guard-forward Eddie Jones, his agent said Friday. The unrestricted free agent will receive about $1.87 million in the first year from the Mavericks' biannual exception, agent Leon Rose said. The 35-year-old Jones, a three-time All-Star, is expected to be in Dallas on Monday to take a physical and sign the agreement.
Wolves ask for waivers on G Hudson (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized their buyout of Troy Hudson's contract on Friday. The Timberwolves requested waivers on the point guard, a 10-year veteran whose career has been disrupted by ankle injuries. Hudson's agent, Bill Neff, said earlier in the week the team will pay Hudson just under $6 million this season and just over $6.3 million next season.
LeBron inks NFL's Ginn to marketing deal (AP)
LeBron James thinks he can help fast friend Ted Ginn Jr. become a bigger star. Further broadening his business portfolio, the Cavaliers' forward has signed Ginn, the former Ohio State speedster now a rookie wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, to a marketing contract. Ginn is the first athlete signed by LRMR Marketing, James' budding sports marketing company.
Warriors sign Croshere, rookie Perovic (AP)
The Golden State Warriors signed center Kosta Perovic and forward Austin Croshere to contracts Friday. Perovic, the 38th pick in the 2006 draft, played last season in his native Serbia and Montenegro. The 7-foot-2 center helped lead Partizan Belgrade to a championship, averaging 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the Adriatic league.
Pargo agrees to 2-year deal with Hornets (AP)
Free agent Jannero Pargo agreed to a two-year contract with New Orleans as a backup guard. Pargo's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Associated Press by phone Friday that the deal is worth nearly $4 million with a player option in the second year. Hornets general manager Jeff Bower confirmed Friday afternoon that a verbal agreement had been reached and said the official signing should take place...
Ex-trooper in Tocchet case gets 5 years (AP)
A former state trooper who admitted running a sports betting ring with retired hockey star Rick Tocchet was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. Under a plea agreement he struck with prosecutors a year ago, ex-trooper James Harney could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Tocchet has also pleaded guilty and faces sentencing this month.
Habs bring back D Brisebois for 1 year (AP)
Once Patrice Brisebois spoke to general manager Bob Gainey, he heard all he needed to come back to the Montreal Canadiens. Brisebois, who won a Stanley Cup ring with Montreal in 1993, signed a one-year deal with the Canadiens on Friday. The 36-year-old defenseman spent the past two seasons with Colorado after leaving Montreal, where he played his first 14 NHL seasons.
Isles re-sign RW Hunter to 1-year deal (AP)
Trent Hunter signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders on Friday after an arbitrator awarded the forward a salary of $1.55 million for next season. The 27-year-old right winger, who was a restricted free agent, had 20 goals and 15 assists last season in 77 games with the Islanders. "Letting Trent go was never a consideration for us," general manager Garth Snow said in a statement.
Blue Jackets sign Voracek to 3-year deal (AP)
Right wing Jakub Voracek, the Blue Jackets' top draft pick, agreed to a 3-year contract with Columbus. The 17-year-old Czech was chosen seventh overall pick and will attend the Blue Jackets' prospect camp and preseason training next month before coaches determine if he starts the season in Columbus or in juniors.
Ducks don't match Oilers offer to Penner (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)
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.
Earnhardt Jr. fighting bad luck and mistakes as he fights for a spot in the postseason Chase (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell short of making NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship two years ago and didn't like the way it felt.
Angelelli takes Montreal 400k for second win of season (AP)
Max Angelelli earned his second win of the season in the Montreal 400k on Friday and closed within two points of championship leader Scott Pruett with three races remaining in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Taking over from teammate Jan Magnussen on a lap 34 pit stop at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Angelelli drove the No.
Pole slump over: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his first Cup pole since 2002 (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended a stretch of nearly five years without qualifying in first thanks in part to a well-timed rain shower.
Stewart doesn't need four-letter words to describe feelings for four-letter network (AP)
Here's another four-letter word stirring up trouble for Tony Stewart: ESPN.
Earnhardt Jr. takes pole at Pocono (PA SportsTicker)
Bowyer hopes for spot in NASCAR's chase even as victories elude him (AP)
Some of the drivers in the hunt for the Chase are household names, mixing in winning races with radio gigs, photos on the pages of gossip magazines, and known by one-word nicknames.
NASCAR takes stock cars up north for Canadian debut (AP)
Lightning flashed and the fans in the aluminum grandstands never flinched. NASCAR was finally in front of them, and it would take more than a storm to drive them away.
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.