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Bonds hits No. 757 as Giants win 5-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.cbb04bd9e38344ae900eced43e8cad00.nationals_giants_baseball__cabm101.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=qDNo7vc3iw.6537UeIDbCQ--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings for his 757th career home run off Washington Nationals' Tim Redding during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds wasted no time adding to his home run record: this time, with a two-run shot into the water for No. 757. It helped Bruce Bochy to his 1,000th managerial victory, too.</p><br clear="all"/>
Alou's tiebreaking homer lifts Mets 4-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.88623b35e6c24a9f95a59263a760808f.braves_mets_baseball_nys113.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=nwkWSIwv0OfztC195tZkbQ--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="New York Mets Moise Alou hits a game-winning go-ahead home run off Atlanta Braves reliever Rafael Soriano in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Mets 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Moises Alou hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Billy Wagner escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the ninth to help the New York Mets edge the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jones: Steroid question could dog A-Rod
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_cjones_a_rod"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.7129c24ac6c4403c97fd4d2b6318f9eb.braves_mets_baseball_nys107.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=QTaaSwyyM2YtFosU8o1plg--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca watches as Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones follows through on his sixth inning two-run single off New York Mets Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez in their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chipper Jones predicted Alex Rodriguez will be the next player answering questions about steroids if he gets close to breaking the home run record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mariners beat Orioles; lead wild card
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_orioles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.958182c744d04dcf932d355208e23f91.mariners_orioles_baseball_bab102.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=6aI44Xya9xuJMTfYdNAD7A--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jose Vidro slides home on a ground ball hit by Richie Sexson against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Vidro homered and drove in four runs, Ichiro Suzuki had three hits, and the Seattle Mariners beat Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
It'll be hot finale at PGA Championship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.f76777574b9045ba8a622bc7c364b948.pga_championship_golf_pga118.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=ToUjGgZ0xyqwE_NdcQV11g--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Sergio Garcia of Spain walks past a large fan on the eighth green during a practice round for the 89th PGA Golf Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. The fans, along with misters, were placed around the course to cool off golfers and spectators because of the expected high temperatures during the tournament, which begins on Thursday, Aug. 9th. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - High noon at Southern Hills looked more like a ghost town. Wednesday before a major championship usually is bustling with activity, especially at the PGA Championship, the last chance for players to win a major until the azaleas bloom in April at Augusta National. But it's particularly quiet here, so quiet you could almost hear drops of sweat sizzling on the sidewalk.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steelers' Roethlisberger injures foot
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_training_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070807/capt.6b78b1976b8340e19c419b649174bd4a.steelers_camp_football_pagp113.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=s2tOigQLLWjJAGil9GcRdg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig rubs a liniment on the throwing arm of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a team football workout in Latrobe, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Roethlisberger was limping toward the end of practice Wednesday after a teammate stepped on his left foot. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't seem worried about his quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>
Celtics luring Miller out of retirement
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_celtics_reggie_miller"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.fccbcf58d14245d9a272bb9b3e1d1b5a.celtics_reggie_miller_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=sxHvpB5915vJCkdvpCvqRw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller reacts to making a late fourth quarter shot in a Friday, May 13, 2005 photo in Indianapolis.The Boston Celtics have spoken with future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title. (AP Photo/John Harrel, filel)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Celtics have spoken with future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Snyder, D'backs beat Pirates 10-6
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.74d481c6ea0c41a2a7106f23240925c6.pirates_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc108.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=hXXhoEpTqHoqXjFpytAvCw--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Snyder, top, is greeted at home plate by teammate Mark Reynolds after Snyder hit a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Salomon Torres in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Snyder drove in four runs, two on a home run, and Arizona overcame Byung-Hyun Kim's miserable return to the Diamondbacks for a 10-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham's MLS debut possible
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070809/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_galaxy_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.f17106f0aa014c89a8f352f90da2be24.aptopix_galaxy_united_soccer_beckham_rfk102.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=Kd_etfujo08AI0SON750_Q--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's midfielder David Beckham smiles as he answers questions during a news conference before their team's practice at RFK Stadium, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 in Washington. Galaxy and D.C. United will play in a soccer game tomorrow before a sellout crowd of 45,000. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham dribbled, juggled and passed the ball during a Los Angeles Galaxy practice on a stiflingly hot afternoon at RFK Stadium, offering at least some hope that the 45,000 people who have bought tickets for Thursday's game will actually get to see him play.</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"/>
Holmes says he'll take Johnson's job (AP)
Kansas City running back Priest Holmes has a message for holdout All-Pro Larry Johnson: If you don't want the job, I'll take it. Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler, turns 34 in October and has been out of football since 2005 after suffering what many figured was a career-ending injury. The Chiefs are not planning on him being anything more than a situational back, if he returns to the field at all.
Browns' Quinn signs contract, practices (AP)
Brady Quinn didn't have to sweat out this wait wearing a three-piece suit. Even so, it was every bit as agonizing as draft day. Hours after the quarterback ended his 11-day training camp holdout by signing a five-year, $20.2 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, Quinn said he understands that nothing -- not a starting job or support from teammates or fans -- will be handed to him.
Cowboys' Phillips to debut vs. Colts (AP)
There are so many ways to hype the Colts-Cowboys game Thursday night. Wade Phillips making his debut as Dallas coach against a team playing its first game since being crowned Super Bowl champions! The Colts returning to Texas Stadium, where their bid for a perfect season ended after a 9-0 start last November!
Lions' Johnson: preseason game not debut (AP)
Calvin Johnson will play as a professional for the first time when the Detroit Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals. The receiver said he won't count it as his debut. "Not until the regular season starts," Johnson said Wednesday, walking off the practice field after signing numerous autographs for fans. "But I'm definitely excited." The Lions and their long-suffering fans are also fired up to see him...
Saints LB Fujita injured at water park (AP)
Saints starting linebacker Scott Fujita walked into the cafeteria at Millsaps College on crutches Wednesday afternoon following the team's return from a trip to an area water slide park. Fujita was not available for a formal interview, but as he waited for a plate of food, he said he was going to be fine and that nothing was broken.
Steinbach, McGinest ailing for Browns (AP)
Browns offensive guard Eric Steinbach sprained his right knee when he fell on it at practice, an injury the club will surely treat cautiously for the remainder of training camp. Steinbach, Cleveland's biggest free-agent signing during the offseason, hurt his knee during the Browns' indoor workout Tuesday.
Giants' Kiwanuka set for debut at LB (AP)
Mathias Kiwanuka is enjoying football again. Even being called a linebacker doesn't sound so strange any more. The transition from defensive end to linebacker has been completed in a little more than three months, with the debut scheduled for Saturday night when the New York Giants play host to the Carolina Panthers.
Chiefs LT McIntosh out 4-6 weeks (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs received some good news Wednesday when they learned left tackle Damion McIntosh will miss only four to six weeks with a sprained right knee. The team initially feared the worst when McIntosh had to be taken off the practice field Monday on a motorized cart. But now he could be back in time to play in the Sept.
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.
Celtics ask Reggie Miller to unretire (AP)
The Boston Celtics have spoken with future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title. "I'm always flattered when my name is mentioned as someone who can still help an NBA team win a championship," Miller said Wednesday in a statement relayed to The Associated Press by the TNT network.
Clippers F Brand has Achilles' 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...
Pargo re-signs with Hornets for $4M (AP)
Jannero Pargo, who agreed to terms with the New Orleans Hornets last week on a two-year contract, signed the deal Wednesday. Pargo's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the backup guard will earn $4 million. He has an option for the second year. Pargo played for the Hornets last season after spending the first four years of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors.
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.
Agent: Staal brothers offered plea deals (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at Eric Staal's bachelor party in Minnesota last month. Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the prosecutor in Cook County, Minn., offered to settle the case by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanor for disorderly...
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.
D Richardson signs with Senators (AP)
Luke Richardson signed a one-year contract with his hometown Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The 38-year-old had three assists and 16 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Richardson, who will make $500,000 again this season, has played 19 years in the NHL since he was drafted seventh overall by Toronto in 1987.
Bruins sign top draft pick Hamill (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed center Zach Hamill, the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft, and two other players to deals announced Wednesday. Also signing were defenseman Sean Curry, an unrestricted free agent, and goaltender Jordan Sigalet, a restricted free agent. Hamill has spent the past four seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, scoring a franchise-record 187 points...
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.
Ambrose gets chance at first Cup race thanks to Gordon (AP)
Marcos Ambrose was cheated out of a chance to win his first NASCAR race by Robby Gordon. His disappointment was lifted, though, when he was given an opportunity to race the first Nextel Cup event of his career.
Mayfield leaving Bill Davis Racing at end of season (AP)
Jeremy Mayfield will not return to Bill Davis Racing next season, the team said Wednesday.
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.