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NEWS FROM 2007-08-11
Woods seizes control with 63 at PGA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.3d26d74ec4954da0ad89d2e93c96c1df.pga_championship_golf_pga208.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=XBRxhTJLEu7.kvRacoNMdQ--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods putts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 89th PGA Golf Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. Woods missed making a birdie putt when he ball rimmed the cup and came out. Woods took the lead with a 6-under-par after two days of play.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - They could hear him coming simply by following the cheers that charted every birdie along the back nine. The sweat-soaked spectators rose to their feet when Tiger Woods climbed onto the 18th green with history waiting at a major. They sensed something special at Southern Hills, even if it was only Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds hits No. 758 in loss to Pirates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.0ddfebfe84104ebbaf93152d2cf6ea76.aptopix_pirates_giants_baseball_fxpb103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=zCTos3Ixi0VgEIAMg5duzA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 758th career home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Matt Morris in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is adding to his home run record in a hurry. Rookie Rajai Davis got everything but a home run against his old team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Izturis hits slam as Angels thump Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.e153b2cbbbf04247bc246d660844a487.twins_angels_baseball_ans106.jpg?x=130&y=76&sig=_qZIqLSVm_7FkvlISHFJSg--" align="left" height="76" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Maicer Izturis connects for a grand slam during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maicer Izturis hit his first career grand slam to help Kelvim Escobar end a personal three-game losing streak and lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cust has 7 RBIS as A's beat Tigers 16-10
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.38d66ae5fa694d26a38bb6e314eaba86.athletics_tigers_baseball_dts106.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=e1WHGPA1GjQaipYDzaPuuA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Oakland Athletics' Jack Cust watches his grand slam against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jack Cust hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and the Oakland Athletics rallied after blowing a seven-run lead to beat the reeling Detroit Tigers 16-10 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Werth scores on error as Phillies win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.812f7ea49bb5499da34dd880ecd75f54.braves__phillies_baseball_park104.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=JLC6MxXkFpp4_rD0lVqnvw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann hits a two-run double off Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels in the first inning of their baseball game Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jayson Werth scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Yunel Escobar in the seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garcia, Brady tuneup in preseason opener
AP - Jeff Garcia and Tom Brady know things will change as the preseason goes on.
Heat give Penny Hardaway comeback chance
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_hardaway"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.nyol51408092319.heat_hardaway_basketball_nyol514.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=istcvxDIdIaG6AI.uIeafw--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is defended by New York Knicks' Penny Hardaway, left, and Kurt Thomas in this Feb. 9, 2005 file photo. Hardaway and O'Neal were reunited Thursday when the Heat signed him to a contract. (AP Photo/Ed Betz,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal are together again. The 36-year-old Hardaway, who last played an NBA game in November 2005, signed with the Miami Heat on Thursday and is reuniting with O'Neal — his former Orlando Magic teammate back in the mid-1990s.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds hits 758th homer as Giants go down to Pirates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070811/sp_nm/baseball_national_friday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070811/2007_08_11t023249_450x334_us_baseball_national_friday.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=V2sHSCYUg0gJ7VD_vO0Nqg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds comes down the third base line after breaking Major League Baseball's career home run record, surpassing Hank Aaron by hitting his 756th home run in the fifth inning off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 7, 2007. Home run king Bonds connected on his 758th career homer, but the Pittsburgh Pirates scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Bonds's San Francisco Giants 8-7 on Friday. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Home run king Barry Bonds
connected on his 758th career homer, but the Pittsburgh Pirates
scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Bonds's San
Francisco Giants 8-7 on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham debuts; D.C. United beats Galaxy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_galaxy_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070810/capt.f29c5a58fc8a4a8cba47c2a306dba5ad.mls_galaxy_united_beckham_soccer_rfk128.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=PCwJ85SMFhVafC5QKUl_UA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, left, sends the ball as he guarded by DC United's Luciano Emilio (11) during the second half of a MLS soccer game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham had let enough fans down. He was ready to play in his first Major League Soccer game, despite the sore ankle and a downpour that reminded him of home made him even more eager to take the field. The English midfielder played the final 21 minutes in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-0 loss to D.C. United at soggy RFK Stadium on Thursday night, the biggest debut for a foreign star in a U.S. soccer league since Pele arrived in 1975.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackhawks give coach Savard extension
AP - Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season.
Titans court order: Pacman can't wrestle (AP)
The Tennessee Titans got a court order Friday that prohibits suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones from participating in wrestling. Jones was scheduled to make his debut with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Sunday in a pay-per-view event titled "Hard Justice." Citing its contract with Jones, the team said it asked a Tennessee court to intervene in order "to protect our rights in this...
Harrington OK in 1st start with Vick out (AP)
Joey Harrington looked comfortable running the Atlanta Falcons' offense. He's not Michael Vick, but he showed he can scramble a little bit, too. Thrust into the starting quarterback job while Vick is away from the team and facing federal dogfighting charges, Harrington led one scoring drive in his three series Friday night in a 31-16 loss to the New York Jets in the preseason opener for both teams.
Bengals rookie RB Irons out for season (AP)
Rookie running back Kenny Irons of the Bengals will be out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during an exhibition game at Detroit. Irons, the Bengals' second-round draft choice from Auburn, is expected to recover fully by next spring, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said Friday. Irons went to the locker room on a cart after hobbling off the field in the game won 27-26 by the Lions.
Moss watches Patriots lost to Buccaneers (AP)
Tom Brady got enough work to break a sweat. Randy Moss didn't play at all. New England opened the preseason with a 13-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night, however it will be a bit longer before the Patriots get a chance to see their new passing tandem together in a game. Brady started and was in for 13 plays, while Moss, obtained in a draft day trade with Oakland, sat out as expected...
Montana among mourners at Walsh service (AP)
A grateful city said goodbye to Bill Walsh on Friday by making sure his name will stay forever linked to the field at Candlestick Park. Hundreds gathered there to celebrate Walsh, who died of leukemia on July 30 at 75. Friday's service included a gospel choir singing "Amazing Graze" and a video recounting Walsh's achievements.
Brees looks sharp, Saints lose to Bills (AP)
Reigning coach of the year Sean Payton expanded his preseason play book enough to remind everyone why the Saints led the NFL in offense a year ago. The Saints failed to finish their early drives, though, and the Buffalo Bills' reserves ground out a 13-10 victory Friday night. Payton had Drew Brees dropping back with play-action fakes or rolling out from a variety of formations, and the Pro Bowl...
Rookies Leonard, Carriker help Rams win (AP)
Getting a good look at their top two draft picks, the St. Louis Rams liked what they saw in their first exhibition game. Brian Leonard rushed for a touchdown, Adam Carriker helped stop Minnesota up the middle, and the Rams beat the Vikings 13-10 on Friday night. Kevin Lovell's second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder as time expired, gave St.
Calvin Johnson has solid debut for Lions (AP)
Calvin Johnson shrugged his shoulders when asked about the only two passes thrown his way, both of which he caught, giving a glimpse of what's to come from the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Johnson had two receptions for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and the Detroit Lions rallied late to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-26 on Thursday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Phillips wins Cowboys coaching debut (AP)
Wade Phillips' first game coaching the Dallas Cowboys opened with a pass to Terrell Owens and ended with a victory over the Super Bowl champs. Sure, it was only preseason, but that didn't stop Phillips from enjoying his team's 23-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. "I thought it was a pretty good first outing," Phillips said.
Seahawks WR Engram fully healthy again (AP)
It was an experience Bobby Engram could have done without. The Seahawks' dependable receiver caught four passes in his return to Chicago last Oct. 1, playing against the team he spent five seasons with after coming out of Penn State in 1996. Then during Seattle's bye, "I slept, literally, that whole week," Engram said.
4 men charged in Walker, Curry robberies (AP)
Authorities charged four men Friday in connection with the armed robberies of two NBA players in their Chicago area homes last month. Police said they found nothing to indicate other athletes had been targeted. "Hopefully, if they had any plans of doing this again, we've put a damper on those plans," Chicago police commander Thomas Byrne said.
At 36, Hardaway insists he can help Heat (AP)
Able to run and jump without pain for the first time in five years, Penny Hardaway insists there's still much he can do in the NBA. The Miami Heat apparently agree. Hardaway spoke Friday about his new contract with the Heat, one that comes with no financial guarantees for the 36-year-old who has battled knee problems for much of a career that once seemed destined for superstardom.
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.
Celtics sign C Pollard, G House (AP)
The rest of the Boston Celtics roster is starting to take shape. Continuing a busy offseason in which the team brought in All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play with Paul Pierce, the Celtics signed role players Scot Pollard and Eddie House as free agents. "Getting Kevin Garnett has been kind of a big deal.
Newlywed Yao has celebratory dinner (AP)
Newlywed Yao Ming treated his Chinese teammates to a celebratory dinner at a posh hotel, where guests feasted on a 10-course meal -- and the 7-foot-6 center had a little too much to drink. The Houston Rockets center "rarely drinks," but this time he marked the occasion and "drank quite a bit," Yao spokesman Erik Zhang said "I don't think (Yao) was drunk but he was pretty close.
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...
Blackhawks extend Savard through 2008-09 (AP)
Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season. Savard has been the team's coach since November following the dismissal of Trent Yawney. He finished the season with a 24-30-7 record. General manager Dale Tallon was impressed with the job. He added that Savard -- a Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career with the Blackhawks -- will "put his heart and...
Wings' Chelios testifies in murder trial (AP)
Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios testified Thursday that he spoke by phone on his way to hockey practice with a manager at his restaurant minutes before someone fatally stabbed her and a chef. Chelios, owner of the downtown Cheli's Chili Bar, said Megan Soroka, 49, told him she heard yelling and called out to Mark Barnard, 52.
Islanders sign D Sutton to 3-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders got bigger and a bit younger on the blue line Friday night when they signed 6-foot-6 defenseman Andy Sutton to a three-year contract. Sutton will absorb a lot of the minutes and responsibilities of 37-year-old Sean Hill, a defensive defenseman who signed with the Minnesota Wild after being suspended during last season's playoffs for violating the NHL's drug policy.
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.
Bourdais claims provisional pole at Road America racing (AFP)
Gurney and Fogarty cruise to easy win at Watkins Glen (AP)
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney easily won the Crown Royal 200 Daytona Prototype race at Watkins Glen International on Friday, tying the series record with their sixth victory of the year. Starting from the pole, Fogarty led every lap of his stint and Gurney stayed in front after taking over on lap 34. They finished 1.757 seconds ahead of the No.
Patrick Carpentier gets his 1st Nextel Cup start week after NASCAR debut (AP)
Patrick Carpentier spent almost two years trying to break into NASCAR. Now, he's about to make his Nextel Cup debut.
Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya has chance for road-course triple (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya just shrugged. The chance to make NASCAR history wasn't foremost on his mind.
Rain washes out NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying at Watkins Glen (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon to start from pole after Watkins Glen qualifying rained out (AP)
Jeff Gordon started from the back of the field in NASCAR's first road race of the Nextel Cup season after his team was penalized for a technical violation. This time, he'll start from the pole.
Kevin Harvick aiming to build on road-course success at The Glen (AP)
Tryson gets unexpected 2nd chance at Chase with resurgent Kurt Busch (AP)