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Bonds hits 755th homer to tie Aaron (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_bonds755"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.7901531932ab4794a6f9492a1ba0d55a.giants_padres_baseball_ksd105.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=aAy7HZmUIGBkbhyQKErzIA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watches the flight of his home run, his 755th, during the second inning of their Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. With the hit, Bonds caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record. (AP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - With a short swing, a half stare and an emphatic clap of his hands, Barry Bonds rounded the bases. After so many days and so many tries, he had finally caught Hammerin' Hank.</p><br clear="all"/>

A-Rod hits 500th HR as Yanks beat Royals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rodriguez500_homers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.7ab915331ebf45be8a5ea49066ca4fbe.royals_yankees_baseball_nyy201.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=0eyLznfM.eKI9mv12te6aA--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a three-run home off Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies during the first inning as Royals catcher Jason LaRue and umpire Jerry Meals, left, look on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, sending the first pitch he saw Saturday just past the foul pole in left field. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez leaned to his right and watched the ball as it sailed toward the foul pole in left. When it stayed true, he raised his hands in the air &#151; the long wait for No. 500 was finally over.</p><br clear="all"/>

Matsuzaka helps BoSox snap losing streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.3730936a10a4440983d632f980036a41.red_sox_mariners_baseball_watw102.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=83K4gN5j6e08b19A2TnPsQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches to Seattle Mariners' Jose Guillen in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daisuke Matsuzaka wiggled out of trouble thanks to his defense and fastball, and Manny Ramirez showed there's still some speed left in his legs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

6 new members enter Hall of Fame (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.0bbae7a9d81e41499db068e4b5f78665.hall_of_fame_football_ohtd121.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=cTKceAr7e1pnJuXiPep9Ww--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Michael Irvin stands with his bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction became a family affair Saturday night. Michael Irvin lauded the Dallas Cowboys family for inspiring him to make it to Canton. Thurman Thomas asked his wife to marry him again. Charlie Sanders finally got to say "Hi Mom."</p><br clear="all"/>

Diaz denies Morales' historic title bid (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_bo_st/box_diaz_morales"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.29b02e7eb2804bb29a4f2a9c9571d376.aptopix_diaz_morales_boxing_ilca111.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=LUsNqBbHVw9AaSuQVGkRyA--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Challenger Erik Morales, left, from Mexico, lands a left jab to the face of WBC World Lightweight Champion David Diaz, from Chicago, Ill., during their scheduled 12-round WBC World Lightweight Championship in Rosemont, Ill., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)" border="0" /></a>AP - WBC lightweight champion David Diaz refused to let Erik Morales make history at his expense, denying his bid to become the first Mexican to win world titles in four weight classes with a thrilling unanimous decision on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tearful Irvin leads class of 2007 into Hall of Fame (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070805/sp_nm/nfl_hall_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070805/2007_08_05t020657_450x389_us_nfl_hall.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=smFKz8fZCKCpRfY0gqqEXg--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin gives his acceptance speech as he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio August 4, 2007. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Controversial Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin&#39;s emotional 25-minute speech capped the induction of six former greats who entered the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA Clippers forward Brand ruptures Achilles tendon (AFP)
<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"/>

Bonds hits 755th career homer to tie record (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070805/sp_nm/baseball_bonds_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070805/2007_08_04t230535_450x310_us_baseball_bonds.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=E4XWgzTrAiMWpUnFupzwMA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds (2nd L) watches home run number 755 sail towards the left field fence to tie Hank Aaron's record during the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, California August 4, 2007. (Fred Greaves/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit the 755th home run of his career on Saturday, tying the Major League Baseball all-time record held by Hank Aaron since 1974.</p><br clear="all"/>

Beckham doubtful for Galaxy game (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.72e543319c234ea2b6c81d6d0d9a6821.canada_galaxy_beckham_soccer_cptd104.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=ItdSTI6eEA9kEEIARmq9vg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player David Beckham, left, sits on the bench with teammate Abel Xavier during practice on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Toronto. (AP Photo/CP, Nathan Denette)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's MLS debut is likely still on hold. Beckham said Saturday he's seven to 10 days away from starting a game because of a left ankle injury and probably won't be available off the bench Sunday when his Los Angeles Galaxy play Toronto FC.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ex-trooper sentenced in gambling ring (AP)
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.

Family key among new NFL Hall of Famers (AP)
Michael Irvin reacts as he gives a speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Canton, Ohio.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction became a family affair Saturday night. Michael Irvin lauded the Dallas Cowboys family for inspiring him to make it to Canton. Thurman Thomas asked his wife to marry him again. Charlie Sanders finally got to say "Hi Mom." Bruce Matthews campaigned to have his brother, Clay, join him in the hall.


Colts release veteran DT Simon (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts released former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon on Saturday. Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that he expected to release the tackle within the next few days. Simon did not pass his physical last weekend. He was expected to report to camp on time July 29 but was never seen at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Goodell meets with Titans (AP)
After Roger Goodell finished addressing the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, the first player to approach him was Albert Haynesworth, the defensive lineman the NFL commissioner suspended for five games last fall for stomping on Dallas' Andre Gurode. "He grabbed me right after the meeting and said he wanted to talk about the help he was getting," Goodell said during a ride to the airport with an...

Tomlin ready for Steelers coaching debut (AP)
Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls in six seasons and wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bill Cowher kept the success going in Pittsburgh, won an NFL title 18 months ago, and might soon join Noll in the hall. Welcome to the Pittsburgh Steelers' illustrious sideline history, Mike Tomlin. Now go out and match your predecessors.

LB Beason, agent to meet with Panthers (AP)
Jon Beason and his agent scheduled a face-to-face meeting with the Carolina Panthers for Sunday, perhaps signaling a breakthrough in the first-round pick's weeklong holdout. "Check with me tomorrow and I will update you," Beason's agent Michael Huyghue said Saturday in an e-mail, without elaborating.

Bears looking to get more offensive (AP)
Chicago Bears, offensive juggernaut? That may be a stretch, but it didn't stop linebacker Brian Urlacher from gushing. "Look at all the weapons we have," he said. And yes, he really was talking about the offense. That may jar Bears fans who are used to seeing their team win on the strength of its defense, but the defending NFC champions believe an offense that ranked 15th last year will be better and...

Dolphins DT Traylor enjoying game again (AP)
If it wasn't for a sturdy boat, the career of Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Keith Traylor might have sunk. Traylor acknowledged this week that former coach Nick Saban's volatile demeanor wore him down, and the game he played since childhood was no longer fun. So the 37-year-old spent much of the offseason contemplating retirement and fishing with linebacker Channing Crowder, who tried to persuade...

Lions sign Calvin Johnson to 6-year deal (AP)
Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions first-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech, stretches during the football team's mini-camp at the Lions training facility in Allen Park, Mich., in this May 4, 2007 file photo. Johnson signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, ending the No. 2 overall pick's eight-day holdout.

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)
Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker adjusts his helmet during football camp at the Cleveland Browns Training facility, Friday, July 27, 2007, in Berea, Ohio.  Tucker has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's steroid policy.

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...

Clips' Brand ruptures Achilles' tendon (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand (42) scores as San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen (12) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, in this Dec. 8, 2006 file photo.  Brand ruptured his left Achilles' tendon on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, during his daily workout. Brand, 28, will undergo surgery but plans for the operation have not been finalized yet, the Clippers said.

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)
In an Aug. 3 story about LeBron James' marketing business, The Associated Press incorrectly identified the sponsor of television commercials in which James plays four different versions of himself. The commercials are for Nike, not Sprite.

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)
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.


Ambrose takes the brunt of Gordon's wrath (AP)
Marcos Ambrose knew a furious Robby Gordon was going to run him down late in Saturday's inaugural Canadian NASCAR race and the Australian wasn't about to yield his lead willingly.

Harvick wins in Canada, but Gordon also claims win (AP)
Marcos Ambrose should have won the race. Robby Gordon insists he did.

Harvick wins wreck-filled Montreal Busch race (PA SportsTicker)

ESPN producer has no complaints with Stewart after former champ rips network (AP)
Tony Stewart's feud with ESPN appears to be one-sided.

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.

Earnhardt Jr. takes pole at Pocono (PA SportsTicker)

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