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NEWS FROM 2007-08-07
Fans, collectors, Bonds set for history
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds_scene"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.aaf2957d3c0a4f2895ab578d9900f5fc.nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb105.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=0vTY2MffmyFZHVjnjOHdRw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds is seen during batting practice before their baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Monday, August 6, 2007. Bonds is one home run away from passing Hank Aaron's all time home run record. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds cooperated with Cy Philbrick and Will McGuire. When the two Bonds fans set off from Connecticut on a cross-country journey, they hoped to time their arrival in San Francisco with the slugger's record-breaking home run.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks edge Blue Jays to win 4th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.7bcb3e525acc43afbaa214aee101e2d8.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_cpth108.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=4mSdhibhDyKFpjcpMcGPGg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, left, celebrates with teammate Hideki Matsui as Matsui scores against the Toronto Blue Jays during sixth inning AL action in Toronto, Monday, August 6, 2007. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-4. (AP Photo/Aaron Harris, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jesse Litsch's first pitch of the second inning went behind Alex Rodriguez's legs, an apparent message. The Yankees responded with some hard play — and another win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacman plans to tangle in wrestling ring
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.nyol57008061924.titans_pacman_nyol570.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=ixz94XhW.drHIkc7I.7V2A--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones appears in General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in this July 5, 2007 file photo. Jones, suspended for the entire 2007 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, will make an appearance on a pro wrestling show Thursday after signing a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones is stepping into the ring and giving pro wrestling a whirl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cards tie hits record with 10-run 5th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.a4ae2e6a033a45298c758125785aae4f.padres_cardinals_baseball_motg109.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=vGhVMvARod1u_7buKKOKNg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Scott Rolen is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Astros send Cubs to 4th loss in 5 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.e147150a631945ebb07b61af35dfc9b2.cubs_astros_baseball_hta109.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=tKCPQMcTgg6Uyk739fISaw--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Eric Munson, right, is mobbed by teammates Chris Burke, left, and Lance Berkman after hitting an RBI single to give the Astros a 2-1 win in 10 innings against the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the Cubs' first game following Alfonso Soriano's leg injury, Chicago had another flat night.</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"/>
Yao Ming marries girlfriend in Shanghai
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_yao_ming_wedding"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070806/capt.bej80108060729.china_yao_ming_wedding_bej801.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=30G_0akWShHVYwkd2e2OEg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Chinese NBA star Yao Ming and his fiancee Ye Li, a player on the Chinese Women's Basketball team, pose for wedding photos on location in Hangzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang Province, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. NBA star Yao Ming is to be married at an upmarket Shanghai hotel Monday Aug. 6, 2007, in front of 100 relatives, with an equal number of security guards expected to work the event, media reported Monday. (AP Photo/EyePress)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yao Ming married his long-term girlfriend Monday at a swanky hotel in his hometown of Shanghai. Yao, the Houston Rockets' star center, tied the knot with Ye Li, a 6-foot-2 player on the Chinese women's basketball team in a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, sina.com reported.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hawpe, Holliday help Rockies top Brewers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.96b132d1186846288e27963c1b00f5b8.brewers_rockies_baseball__cojd103.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=cIj2ioqtxn70XIetWnn2HQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies' Brad Hawpe (11) is congratulated by teammates Garrett Atkins, left, Troy Tulowitzki, back right, and Todd Helton, right, after Hawpe hit a three run home run off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Claudio Vargas during the first inning of a baseball game in Denver, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday homered to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Monday night.</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.
Cowboys WR Owens slowed by back spasms (AP)
Terrell Owens' back pain is just spasms and isn't considered serious. An MRI done Monday, when Owens missed the Dallas Cowboys' practice for the second straight day, showed no problems. The Cowboys had the exam done because the 33-year-old receiver still had muscle stiffness a day after being treated by team trainers.
'Pacman' getting set for wrestling debut (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones is stepping into the ring and giving pro wrestling a whirl. His latest career move was announced Monday at a new conference. The suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback, who has rarely talked to the media recently, didn't attend as promised but released a statement. "I am a big fan of wrestling, so I wanted to give it a try," he said.
Coughlin not surprised by Strahan letter (AP)
Coach Tom Coughlin said Michael Strahan's letter to New York Giants fans explaining his holdout was consistent with what the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end told him in a telephone conversation last week. In his letter, Strahan said his holdout had nothing to do with money and everything to do with uncertainty about whether he wants to return for a 15th NFL season.
Browns, QB Quinn at odds over incentives (AP)
Brady Quinn and the Cleveland Browns agree on a few things. Not enough, though, to get the rookie quarterback's signature on a five-year contract and into training camp. Following substantive talks over the weekend, the sides are only $500,000 apart in guaranteed money for Quinn, one of only three first-round picks still holding out in contract disputes.
Packers WR Driver gets raise, extension (AP)
Pro Bowl wide receiver Donald Driver has received a contract extension and a raise from the Green Bay Packers. "We added money to get Donald paid like the Pro Bowl receiver he is," agent Jordan Woy said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Driver was given a one-year extension through the 2010 season, adding almost $11 million to his existing...
Source: Panthers S Minter to retire (AP)
Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter, the team's career leader in tackles and one of its most popular players, has decided to retire because of chronic knee pain, a person familiar with the decision said Monday. The person, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement will be made Tuesday, said Minter made the decision over the weekend.
Niners to honor Walsh with throwbacks (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers will wear their cherry-red throwback jerseys in their regular season opener against Arizona as part of a tribute to former coach Bill Walsh. Owner John York said Monday that the 49ers have been given permission to don the same jerseys they wore when Walsh roamed the sideline for their Monday night opener Sept.
Colts' McFarland may miss extensive time (AP)
Defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, an important contributor in the Indianapolis Colts' run to a Super Bowl title last season, may miss extensive playing time after injuring his knee in training camp. McFarland hurt the patella tendon Friday and missed Saturday's controlled scrimmage after an MRI showed the extent of the injury, the team said.
Bills DE Hargrove pleads not guilty (AP)
Buffalo Bills backup defensive end Anthony Hargrove pleaded not guilty Monday to several misdemeanor charges stemming from a weekend confrontation with police outside a nightclub. "I apologize for this. I need to hold myself up better than this," Hargrove said after he rejoined the team for evening practice.
Dolphins LB Porter may need knee scoped (AP)
New Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter sought a second opinion Monday before deciding whether to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that could sideline him for at least two weeks. Porter has been out of action since Friday because of the injury, which began bothering him during the offseason. He was examined over the weekend and sought a second opinion from Birmingham, Ala.-based specialist Dr.
Pacers' O'Neal not looking to be traded (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal isn't demanding a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's open to the idea. While O'Neal has been the subject of trade talk since the Pacers missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the new discussion was stirred up Monday when SI.com quoted O'Neal as saying he would "welcome a trade to the Lakers" and mentioned the New Jersey Nets as another...
Clips' Brand to have Achilles' surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a rupture in his left Achilles' tendon. The operation will be performed in Wilmington, Del., by Dr. Craig Morgan. Brand, 28, injured the tendon during his daily workout last Friday. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.
Warriors re-sign F Barnes to 1-year deal (AP)
Forward Matt Barnes re-signed with the Golden State Warriors on Monday, agreeing to a one-year deal after enjoying his best NBA season with the club last year. Barnes, a four-year veteran who has played for five teams, had career-best averages of 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season in coach Don Nelson's uptempo offense.
Rockets G Alston proclaims innocence (AP)
Rockets guard Rafer Alston said Monday he was innocent of misdemeanor assault and public intoxication charges filed against him a day earlier. Alston was accused of grabbing a parking attendant's arm, shaking him and spitting on him after Alston's vehicle was towed from a lot early Sunday. The attendant said Alston parked illegally and did not pay.
Young players chosen for US Select team (AP)
Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson and eight other young NBA players will help the U.S. men's basketball team prepare for the FIBA Americas Championship, an Olympic qualifying tournament. USA Basketball on Monday announced its Select Team, which will scrimmage against the national team from Aug. 15-20. Iguodala, a swingman for Philadelphia, and Jefferson, a forward recently traded from Boston to Minnesota,...
Yao weds longtime girlfriend in China (AP)
Yao Ming married his long-term girlfriend Monday at a swanky hotel in his hometown of Shanghai. Yao, the Houston Rockets' star center, tied the knot with Ye Li, a 6-foot-2 player on the Chinese women's basketball team in a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, sina.com reported. About 70 friends and relatives attended the ceremony and banquet.
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.
Ducks' Giguere has sports hernia surgery (AP)
Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia injury, and the Stanley Cup champions expect him to recover in time for training camp. Giguere had the operation in North Carolina and could rejoin the team for its first practice on Sept. 10. The Montreal native led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup title last season.
Tampa C Craig gets $850K in arbitration (AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Ryan Craig will make $850,000 next season under a one-year contract awarded by an arbitrator on Monday. Craig, the only Tampa Bay player to file for arbitration this summer, sought a one-year, $1.2 million deal. The Lightning offered $650,000 for one year during a hearing last Friday in Toronto.
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.
Busch chooses Gibbs after 7-week free agency (AP)
Kyle Busch chose to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing next season and began informing other teams Monday of his decision.
In the Pits: Gordon's behavior spoils stellar weekend for NASCAR (AP)
The late Bill France Jr. always said nobody was bigger than the show, and the NASCAR chairman showed little tolerance for those who lost sight of his mantra.
Canadiens owner Gillett partners with Evernham Motorsports (PA SportsTicker)
STATESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- George Gillett has turned his attention to NASCAR.
Evernham completes sale of team to Canadiens owner (AP)
Ray Evernham completed the sale of his NASCAR team Monday to Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr., ending nearly six months of negotiations to bring on a partner.
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.