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NEWS FROM 2007-08-06
Woods wins Bridgestone Invitational
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bridgestone_invitational"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.858c30c93b3446eeaec102a0aaf70701.bridgestone_invitational_golf_ohmd117.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=KHvEoLxqCAN7ArG3082BKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Tiger Woods poses with the trophy after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods looked as unbeatable as ever Sunday at Firestone. Woods erased a one-shot deficit in two holes, then buried Rory Sabbatini and the rest of the field to win the Bridgestone Invitational for the third straight year and send him to the PGA Championship with his game in good shape.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tomlin wins in Steelers debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070806/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_hall_of_fame_game"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.f785d7d1a98c4b7490800bd1491dcd84.steelers_saints_hall_of_fame_game_football_ohtd102.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=rTjXSOd5JrxZ.ymH1qu7vg--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) hands the ball off to Najeh Davenport in the first quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Moments before Mike Tomlin's debut as Steelers coach, wind-blown rain was pelting the field. Suddenly, the skies cleared, the rain ceased and the stands filled.</p><br clear="all"/>
Strahan: Holdout isn't about money
AP - Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan said his holdout with the New York Giants has nothing to do with money and everything to do with uncertainty about whether he wants to return for a 15th NFL season.
Busch ends winless drought at Pocono
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_pocono"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070805/capt.1057380385744b64b931ba3950e6cd65.nascar_pocono_auto_racing_pamr104.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=l517cPfw7.TRFtBxzqJanw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, left, looks on as NASCAR driver Kurt Busch lifts the trophy over his head after the NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Penn., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. Kurt Busch dominated from the opening lap and raced his way back into championship contention, cruising to his first victory in 51 races Sunday at Pocono Raceway. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kurt Busch dominated from the opening lap and raced his way back into championship contention, cruising to his first victory in 51 races Sunday at Pocono Raceway.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tom Glavine wins 300th game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.def43e21f9c94c80870695fac1f83949.aptopx_mets_cubs_baseball_cxc122.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=Cp3Uxgc8iifVHj5dJRYskw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="New York Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Chicago. Glavine earned his 300th victory Sunday night joining pitching's most prestigious club with a vintage performance, changing speeds and fooling hitters in the manner that made him one of baseball's best. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine watched from the Mets' dugout as Ryan Theriot lofted a fly ball to center. When it landed in Lastings Milledge's glove, Glavine stood and applauded. For the second time in a week, Glavine pitched well enough to win No. 300. On Sunday at Wrigley Field, the New York bullpen made it stick with an 8-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.</p><br clear="all"/>
6 new members enter Hall of Fame
<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.7b4a7b3615564005a3167ae71a7c5211.hall_of_fame_football_ohpl109.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=SpldwkIEGYIpsd5IKjN.lw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, left, stands with his bronze bust and his presenter and former coach, Bills general manager and Hall of Fame member Marv Levy, during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. Thomas played 13 seasons in the NFL. (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"/>
NBA star Yao Ming getting married
AP - NBA star Yao Ming is getting married at an upmarket Shanghai hotel Monday in front of 100 relatives, with an equal number of security guards expected to work the event, media reported.
Glavine joins 300 club
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070806/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.9e12a66cb2044f2e9ab6a97b0c8fb32e.mets_cubs_baseball_cxc125.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=1bzwhOnBXMXS1RqaIgiNdw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="New York Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine, right, hugs his wife Christine after the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Chicago. Glavine earned his 300th career victory with the win.. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine knows exactly why his 300th win should be savored.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham misses MLS debut
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070805/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070804/capt.0e2e365734fa424d9ba71ae5a710d3be.beckham_visit_galaxy_soccer_cptd110.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=.EmQIFggYDw_hYThn6sc4A--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player David Beckham listens to questions from the media during a news conference on Saturday, August 4, 2007, in Toronto, Canada. Beckham announced that he would not play in the team's match against Toronto FC on Sunday, Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Nathan Denette,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham missed his scheduled Major League Soccer debut, failing to dress for the Los Angeles Galaxy's game 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.
Steelers rip Saints in Tomlin's debut (AP)
Mike Tomlin got to meet "Prime Time" in prime time. Other than that, he claimed, there was nothing abnormal for the new coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers about a 20-7 win over the New Orleans Saints in his debut Sunday night. "The only thing that was really different was talking to Deion (Sanders) just before kickoff," Tomlin said after the Hall of Fame game.
Strahan unsure if he will play again (AP)
Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan said his holdout with the New York Giants has nothing to do with money and everything to do with uncertainty about whether he wants to return for a 15th NFL season. "When an athlete like myself who does what I do for a living starts having doubts, then it's time to take a step back and seriously consider my future," Strahan said in an open letter...
Cowboys WR Owens misses practice (AP)
Terrell Owens missed the Dallas Cowboys' practice Sunday because of tightness in his lower back. Owner Jerry Jones said Owens was getting treatment instead of standing around on the field during the two-hour workout. Jones said he wasn't worried about the receiver's absence, and that the team didn't consider the muscle stiffness to be serious.
Panthers sign LB Beason to 5-year deal (AP)
Carolina Panthers rookie Jon Beason ended his eight-day holdout Sunday when he signed a five-year contract that includes more than $6 million in guaranteed money. Agent Michael Huyghue said Beason, the 25th pick in the draft, will get a $3.2 million signing bonus to make up for the lack of a second-year option bonus, which was the main stumbling block in the negotiations.
Redskins QB Campbell facing scrutiny (AP)
No one is being watched more closely than Jason Campbell at this year's Washington Redskins training camp. The verdict after nine days? He's OK at playing quarterback, very good at playing coy. Campbell knew his every move would be scrutinized as never before in his first camp as starter in a football-mad city, but he's handled the frenzy with aplomb, dishing out a bit of back-at-ya humor on two...
Palmer embracing role as Bengals' leader (AP)
Carson Palmer was fed up. With so many Cincinnati Bengals getting into trouble, the Pro Bowl quarterback decided to speak his mind about a subject that most of his teammates were sidestepping in public. "Enough is enough," he told reporters covering the Super Bowl in Miami last January. The candid remark showed how Palmer began embracing a leadership role as he headed into his fourth season as a...
Family key among new NFL Hall of Famers (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." Bruce Matthews campaigned to have his brother, Clay, join him in the hall.
Finnegan tries to replace 'Pacman' (AP)
Cortland Finnegan is trying to replace someone described as a human arcade game for his speed and ability to make opponents miss. The Tennessee Titans need someone to replace Adam "Pacman" Jones while he sits out his suspension from the NFL this season. It's a tall task because Jones led the NFL in punt return average last season and returned three for touchdowns.
Carpenter filling holes in Cowboys D (AP)
Bobby Carpenter is still moving from the inside to the outside of the Dallas Cowboys defense, just like he did as a rookie last season. On some plays in training camp, Carpenter lines up as an inside linebacker. Then he rushes from the outside, sometimes from a defensive end slot. "I'm just trying to make sure I'm well-versed at everything," Carpenter said.
Bills DE Hargrove arrested (AP)
Buffalo Bills reserve defensive end Anthony Hargrove was charged with several misdemeanors after a confrontation with police outside a nightclub early Sunday. Hargrove was one of hundreds of people involved in an altercation outside the Venu Night Club around 2 a.m., according to Rochester police spokeswoman Deidre Taccone.
Rockets G Alston arrested for assault (AP)
Rockets guard Rafer Alston was arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Houston on charges of assault and public intoxication, police said. Both charges against Ralston, 31, are misdemeanors, said Victor Senties, a Houston police spokesman. "We are aware of the situation and are attempting to get more details about the incident," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement.
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)
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)
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.
Busch snaps winless drought; drives back into Chase contention (AP)
Kurt Busch was desperately looking for a full-time crew chief to jolt his middling season. Pat Tryson longed for a second chance to show he could still lead a team to a Nextel Cup championship.
Not even second place finish enough to save Junior from dip in standings (AP)
Not even Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s best finish of the season could save him from a dip in the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings.
Kurt Busch wins at Pocono, passes Earnhardt in Chase standings (PA SportsTicker)
Robby Gordon suspended for Cup race at Pocono for misconduct in Canadian Busch race (AP)
Robby Gordon was suspended by NASCAR for the Nextel Cup race at Pocono on Sunday because of his misconduct on the race track at the Busch Series race in Canada.
James Toseland wins both World Superbike races at Brands Hatch (AP)
James Toseland won both World Superbike races at Brands Hatch on Sunday and extended his lead in the overall standings to 66 points. It was Toseland's first double win in World Superbike racing and the victories were the Honda rider's seventh and eighth this season. "I wanted it so much earlier than this," Toseland said.
Robby Gordon suspended for Nextel Cup Pocono Race (PA SportsTicker)
Robby Gordon's actions North of the Border have cost him a chance to run in Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.
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.