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Bonds makes history with 756th home run
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds756"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070808/i/r2403415354.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=NUEqwbQmzB6wU0i4_qEuCA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 756th home run in the 5th inning off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 7, 2007. The home run gave Bonds the all-time home run record in Major League Baseball. REUTERS/Richard Clement (UNITED STATES)" border="0" /></a>AP - For one spectacular moment, Barry Bonds and everybody cheering him could forget about the controversy surrounding his chase and appreciate the phenomenal feat: 756.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tempers flare as Yankees beat Blue Jays
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.46b5789ae54948ff82afb196ba6a4899.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_fng104.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=w1OTbD058CM765A5ji5w2w--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, left, is restrained by catcher Jorge Posada, center, and Toronto Blue Jays Matt Stairs, right, after he was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays Josh Towers during third inning AL action in Toronto on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez got hit, and Roger Clemens made sure it didn't go unanswered. Rodriguez was hit on his calf by a pitch from Toronto's Josh Towers during the New York Yankees' 9-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, and Clemens plunked Alex Rios in the middle of his back.</p><br clear="all"/>
Matthews' bat, glove spur Angels to win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.b5c2eddefba94ba9af951c3528e8d7b2.red_sox_angels_baseball_ans104.jpg?x=71&y=130&sig=q50blLdoQk0lspRXeHGtAw--" align="left" height="130" width="71" alt="Los Angeles Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. leaps against the fence to catch a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Coco Crisp in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Matthews Jr. drove in four runs after robbing Boston's Coco Crisp of a home run, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 10-4 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig skips Bonds to meet with Mitchell
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_selig_mitchell"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.5c9df6166151414b93e10e1233d8627f.selig_mitchell_baseball_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=_DJK44G._3tXSNFdrOLzmg--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Commissioner Bud Selig talks to members of the media as the San Francisco Giants play the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in San Francisco, in a Tuesday, July 24, 2007 photo. Bud Selig decided to get together with George Mitchell this week rather than watch Barry Bonds. The baseball commissioner and some of his top aides are scheduled to meet with the chief steroids investigator later this week, a person with knowledge of the session said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bud Selig decided to get together with George Mitchell this week rather than watch Barry Bonds. The baseball commissioner and some of his top aides are scheduled to meet with the chief steroids investigator later this week, a person with knowledge of the session said Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brady Quinn, Browns sign 5-year contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_quinn"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.nyol57708072053.browns_quinn_football_nyol577.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=MuCOoX04jH2d0Gny3qsxqw--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is all smiles as he answers questions at a news-conference, in this April 29, 2007 file photo, in Berea, Ohio. Quinn has agreed to a five-year contract with the Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that may have eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team's starter. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brady Quinn has some catching up to do. The quarterback signed a five-year contract Tuesday night with the Cleveland Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team's starter.</p><br clear="all"/>
Browns sign first-rounder Quinn to five-year deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070808/sp_nm/nfl_quinn_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070808/2007_08_08t034354_450x300_us_nfl_quinn.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=mS1DEsS9ZOuQGRcncLrGbQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Cleveland Brown's first round draft pick Brady Quinn talks during a news conference at the 2007 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York April 28, 2007. The Cleveland Browns signed Quinn to a five-year contract on Tuesday, ending the former Notre Dame quarterback's 11-day holdout. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Cleveland Browns signed
first-round draft pick Brady Quinn to a five-year contract on
Tuesday, ending the former Notre Dame quarterback's 11-day
NBA Rockets' Alston denies assaulting parking attendant
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070807/sp_afp/basketnbarocketsalston"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070807/capt.sge.isx58.070807064525.photo00.photo.default-336x512.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=bGv9ADzDsQUR42cjAjzoNA--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Rafer Alston of the Houston Rockets reacts during an NBA game in Los Angeles, California. The Houston Chronicle, quoting police, reported that Alston, 31, was charged with public intoxication and assault after shaking and spitting in the face of a parking attendant in downtown Houston.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Houston Rockets guard Rafer Alston Monday denied that he assaulted a parking attendant early Sunday morning.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds' 756 HR not enough as Giants lose
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.081fcda68df4484ba3dd6038b238dc4f.aptopix_nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb130.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=JBiNUtrlnIX65O38Z8iszQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run in the fifth inning of their baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Tuesday, August 7, 2007.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Felipe Lopez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals overcame Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th career home run to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Premier League becoming a foreign legion
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_premier_league_owners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070803/capt.da756e11ffa843a2835b01ed05b50475.britain_soccer_premier_league_owners_lon116.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=4MhUlNoyvh9qB2LTaWMlUA--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="One of Liverpool's new owners American businessman George Gillett laughs as he takes part in a press conference at their Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, in this Tuesday Feb. 6, 2007 file photo. Liverpool FC announced that the board have agreed the terms of an offer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks. The Premier League has long attracted players from around the world. Now it's foreigner owners who seem to be taking over English soccer. Eight of the 20 topflight clubs are currently owned by foreign investors . The new English Premier League season starts on Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Premier League has long attracted players from around the world. Now it's foreign owners who seem to be taking over English soccer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Group led by MacLean to buy Lightning
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070807/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_lightning_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.flpet10408071931.lightning_sale_hockey_flpet104.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=4F1s3qT5ROP1D0V2l9ozKA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in Tampa, Fla. A group led by MacLean has agreed to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team and says it has no plans to move the franchise that won its only Stanley Cup three years ago. (AP Photo/ St. Petersburg Times, Ken Helle)" border="0" /></a>AP - A group led by former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean has agreed to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning and says it has no plans to move the franchise that won its only Stanley Cup three years ago.</p><br clear="all"/>
QB Quinn ends 11-day holdout with Browns (AP)
Brady Quinn has some catching up to do. The quarterback signed a five-year contract Tuesday night with the Cleveland Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team's starter. After agreeing to terms, Quinn flew in from Arizona, where he had been working out, and signed his first pro contract shortly after arriving at the Browns' training...
Cowboys WR Owens returns to practice (AP)
Terrell Owens returned to practice Tuesday with the Dallas Cowboys after missing two days because of back spasms, and is expected to play in the preseason opener. "At this point, there's no reason for me not to," Owens said after the 1-hour, 45-minute practice, the team's last full workout inside the Alamodome.
Dolphins' Porter has knee scoped again (AP)
New Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was up walking soon after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday for the third time in two years. Teammates expect him to rejoin the lineup soon. "He'll be back tomorrow," linebacker Channing Crowder joked after talking by phone with Porter. "He walked right after surgery.
Panthers veteran S Minter retires (AP)
Mike Minter hoped to play the game he loves for one more year, even after the pain in his knees seemed unbearable at the end of last season. "Coming into the offseason, you figure you will get healthy, get your knees back and try to get some more magic out of them legs," Minter said Tuesday, wearing dark glasses to hide his tears.
SCLC won't recognize Vick at convention (AP)
Michael Vick won't be recognized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at its convention this week after all. "There is no award, there is no honor for Mike Vick," SCLC spokesman David Stokes said Tuesday. Last week, SCLC President Charles Steele told The Associated Press the group was discussing how the embattled Atlanta Falcons quarterback would be acknowledged at the five-day event.
Saints starting LT Brown has bone bruise (AP)
What looked like a serious knee injury to Saints starting left tackle Jammal Brown on Tuesday morning was later diagnosed as a bone bruise. "The encouraging thing is there wasn't any ligament damage the doctors were able to find," on an MRI or an X-ray, head coach Sean Payton said Tuesday evening. "So, we're fortunate and obviously that's a big relief." Earlier Tuesday, trainers carted Brown from...
Seahawks LT Jones returns after 5 days (AP)
Walter Jones returned to Seahawks practice Tuesday for the first time in five days with a still-sore shoulder, but Seattle coach Mike Holmgren insisted he wasn't worried about the Pro Bowl left tackle's health. "We are not going turn this into one of these 'Diary: Day Six. Day Seven. Day Eight,' are we?
Raiders not saying who will start at QB (AP)
When JaMarcus Russell came out of college, some scouts compared his big build and strong arm to Daunte Culpepper. Well, at least the Oakland Raiders have one of those quarterbacks in training camp. While Russell remains home in Alabama without a contract, Culpepper practiced with the Raiders for the first time Wednesday after signing his one-year deal.
Ex-Chargers S Kiel on 3 years probation (AP)
Former Chargers safety Terrence Kiel was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation on a misdemeanor charge of shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. Kiel, who was dropped from the team in March, pleaded guilty in February to felony and misdemeanor drug charges under a plea bargain. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag dropped the felony charge because Kiel completed 175...
Bears trade CB Wesley to Patriots (AP)
The Chicago Bears traded Dante Wesley to the New England Patriots on Tuesday for an undisclosed pick in next year's draft. Wesley signed a two-year contract with the Bears in March 2006 after spending four seasons with Carolina. He finished with 13 special teams tackles and two defensive tackles in 13 games for Chicago, while missing three games with a knee injury.
Clippers' Brand has successful surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon. The operation was performed by orthopedic surgeon Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Del. Brand, 28, injured the tendon during his daily workout last Friday. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.
Pacers' O'Neal downplays trade talk (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...
Dalembert gains Canadian citizenship (AP)
Samuel Dalembert was sworn in as a Canadian citizen on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Philadelphia 76ers center to join the Canadian national team. The 6-foot-11 Dalembert, who averaged 10.7 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Sixers last season, moved to Canada as a teenager. He won a Quebec High School championship and played on Quebec's provincial basketball team.
McHale has Timberwolves seeing green (AP)
That Celtic green that still runs through Kevin McHale's veins is spilling all over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the last 20 months, McHale has made two trades with former teammate and good buddy Danny Ainge to bring nine Celtics to his Wolves, and parted with the two most popular players in franchise history in the process.
Reckless driving charge for NY's Morris (AP)
New York Knicks center Randolph Morris was arrested early Tuesday and charged with reckless driving. Morris, who was released from jail on $100 bond, didn't appear in court Tuesday for his arraignment. Attorney Chad Butcher entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The judge set a preliminary hearing for Aug.
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.
MacLean-led group to buy Lightning (AP)
A group led by former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean has agreed to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning and says it has no plans to move the franchise that won its only Stanley Cup three years ago. "Absolute zero thought of that," MacLean said at a news conference following the surprise sale by Palace Sports and Entertainment, a group led by Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson.
Oilers owners reject purchase offer (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers are not for sale. That was the message Tuesday from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the NHL franchise. Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $176 million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said they also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.
Devils sign RW Asham away from Islanders (AP)
Right wing Arron Asham, who appeared in a career-high 80 games with the New York Islanders last season, signed a 1-year, $700,00 contract with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Asham, a free agent, has played seven seasons in the NHL -- the last four with the Islanders. He had 11 goals and 12 assists last season.
Kings LW Cammalleri gets 2-year deal (AP)
Michael Cammalleri, who led the Los Angeles Kings in scoring last season then became a restricted free agent, has agreed to a two-year contract. An NHL arbitrator awarded the Kings' left wing the deal worth $6.7 million. The 25-year-old Cammalleri will make $3.1 million for the upcoming season and $3.6 for the next.
Blue Jackets sign C Beech to 1-year deal (AP)
Center Kris Beech signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Columbus Blue Jackets after totaling a career-high 26 points with the Washington Capitals last season. The 26-year-old Beech had eight goals and 18 assists in 64 games last season with Washington. He has 19 goals and 37 assists in 173 career games with Washington, Nashville and Pittsburgh.
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.
Ambrose to make Nextel Cup Debut (PA SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Marcos Ambrose has decided to accept Robby Gordon's "peace offering."
Robby Gordon fined $35,000 by NASCAR and put on probation for misconduct during Montreal race (AP)
Robby Gordon avoided a lengthy suspension Tuesday when NASCAR fined him $35,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year for his misconduct during the Busch Series race in Montreal.
Carpentier gets Cup ride for road course at Watkins Glen (AP)
Patrick Carpentier spent almost two years trying to break into NASCAR. When his chance finally came, in his hometown of Montreal, he knew he had to be perfect.
NASCAR fines Robby Gordon for Montreal fiasco (PA SportsTicker)
Robby Gordon had better be on his best behavior for the rest of the season.
Report: Kyle Busch to join Joe Gibbs Racing (PA SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Kyle Busch will be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing next season, according to a newspaper report.
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.