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NEWS FROM 2007-08-16
Indians win, tying Tigers in AL Central
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070816/capt.33a30be83f2340b086a6b031a49c0db9.tigers_indians_baseball_ohtd108.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=v1sbu3IhuwjlxjU4PbcuQQ--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Cleveland Indians' Victor Martinez, left, congratulates pitcher Joe Borowski after the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2, in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Deciding the fight for the AL Central title is going to take a while. Fausto Carmona struck out a career-high 10 and finally got his 14th win as the Cleveland Indians regained a share of the division lead with Detroit by beating the Tigers 5-2 on Wednesday night to split the two-game showdown series.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA betting scandal leads to guilty plea
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_betting_probe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070815/capt.bb25fb0509de486d9c57a9924df5f90c.betting_probe_basketball_ny160.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=DHQoXbXvbtxrUkADh8TXAw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="NBA official Tim Donaghy talks with another official during a timeout at a basketball between the Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets in Washington, D.C., in this April 10, 2007 file photo. Former referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to two felony charges Wednesday Aug. 15, 2007in connection with the NBA betting scandal. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tim Donaghy started making NBA bets four years ago, and he didn't hesitate to wager on games he worked. Speaking in code during telephone calls, he tipped off high-stakes gamblers with inside information and recommended which teams to bet on. When his picks hit, he was paid $5,000.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham scores in first start for Galaxy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_dc_united_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070816/capt.0a0925c2294d426a93e9c7bd50257c33.dc_united_galaxy_soccer_hdc107.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=2u0WwaYuc2XNG8uEgs97ew--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham waves at his family as he walks off the field at halftime against D.C. United during the SuperLiga semifinal soccer game at the Home Depot Center, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a night of firsts for David Beckham. The English superstar started his first game for the Galaxy, scored his first goal on a free kick in the 27th minute and Los Angeles beat D.C. United 2-0 in the SuperLiga semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hudson lets up Bonds' 759th, wins 14th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070816/capt.933469e33e2b498183c23f50d57ee6ae.giants_braves_baseball_gajb103.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=39c1YAQjYIcnCfWQONuhnQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Ryan Klesko is restrained by coaches Ron Wotus, left, and Tim Flannery while manager Bruce Bochy, right, argues with umpire Mark Carlson during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. Klesko was ejected after arguing about a called third strike. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tim Hudson won his eighth in a row despite giving up Barry Bonds' 759th homer and being called for a couple of balks, including one that got Braves manager Bobby Cox ejected for the second straight night, as Atlanta defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-3 Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Earnhardt can't take No. 8 with him
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_earnhardt_no8"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.562200ae1c0849e394a81fe7a7e06018.nascar_watkins_glen_auto_racing_nydd123.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=pBR1MyBJ8Mm7O.0d53Q6yQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets out of his car in the garage area exiting the race with engine trouble during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' Centurian Boats at the Glen auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Berch)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman' Jones trying hand at music
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_pacman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070813/capt.501a581b72f84727b0a503a6557a823f.pacman_wrestling_football_fljr102.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=ID3pgRWigOVoSg8I9vST.Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Adam 'Pacman' Jones in his pro wrestling debut came out to the center ring but because of his NFL contract he was not allowed to wrestle in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007.(AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is not expected to play in the NFL this season, so he keeps looking for new ways to stay busy. First there was wrestling, now it's hip-hop.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-NBA ref pleads guilty in betting scandal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070815/sp_afp/basketnbareferee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070815/capt.sge.ldn01.150807212833.photo00.photo.default-512x368.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=fpGJhF_HyVZFCBNvT62fAA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, seen here in 2004, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges in a betting scandal in which he gambled on games that he officiated.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Ronald Martinez)" border="0" /></a>AFP - A former National Basketball Association referee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges in a betting scandal in which he gambled on games that he officiated, prosecutors said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reds beat Cubs 11-9 on Hamilton's homer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070816/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070816/capt.85408cee28fe48edaf452bfe9276d46e.reds_cubs_baseball_cxc112.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=lzfXbAdzfcvbEL_86IW0hw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Cincinnati Reds pinch hitter Josh Hamilton watches his two-run home run, that also scored Ryan Jorgensen, during the eighth inning of their baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-9 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham starts and scores
AP - David Beckham scored on a free kick in the 27th minute of the Los Angeles Galaxy's SuperLiga semifinal game against D.C. United on Wednesday night.
Carpenter, Vanbiesbrouck to be enshrined
AP - Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October.
Vick, attorneys could be discussing plea (AP)
Facing increasing pressure to strike a deal with prosecutors, Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick conferred with his attorneys for hours Wednesday. The conference call came two days after Vick's two remaining co-defendants scheduled plea hearings, presumably agreeing to testify against Vick if his federal dogfighting conspiracy case goes to trial as scheduled Nov.
Jets sign holdout 1st-round pick Revis (AP)
The New York Jets signed first-round pick Darrelle Revis on Wednesday, ending the touted cornerback's lengthy holdout. Revis, selected 14th overall after New York traded up to draft him, missed 22 practices -- including Wednesday's single practice -- and the team's preseason opener last Friday against Atlanta since training camp started July 27.
From wrestling to hip-hop for Pacman (AP)
Suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is not expected to play in the NFL this season, so he keeps looking for new ways to stay busy. First there was wrestling, now it's hip-hop. His National Street League Records, based in Atlanta, announced Wednesday that Jones will team with producer Spoaty in a duo called Posterboyz with their first single "Let it Shine" being released Aug.
Raiders coach Kiffin leaves hospital (AP)
Lane Kiffin move around the practice field slowly, instead of the way he usually pops from drill to drill. When the Oakland Raiders coach had something to tell one of his players, he'd call him aside and do it face-to-face instead of yelling it out for all to hear. Kiffin was back at practice Wednesday after missing the previous two days while being hospitalized for a viral infection.
Romo turned down more money from Broncos (AP)
Long before Tony Romo was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, he was a rookie free agent who turned down twice as much money to sign with Denver. Not even Broncos coach and fellow Eastern Illinois product Mike Shanahan could persuade Romo to go to Denver instead of Dallas in 2003. "I tried to sign him very hard.
Cards LB Okeafor probably out for season (AP)
Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chike Okeafor will probably miss the season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to reattach a torn biceps tendon. Okeafor was holding out hope for a return this season, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, but the normal recovery period for that type of surgery is four months.
Chambers to plead not guilty to DWI (AP)
Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers will plead not guilty to driving while impaired, his lawyer said Wednesday. George Laughrun said Chambers will fight the charge stemming from his arrest July 14, when he was pulled over several miles south of downtown Charlotte. Chambers was also charged with reckless driving and speeding.
McDougle, Moats latest injured Eagles (AP)
Jerome McDougle's star-crossed career suffered another blow when the former first-round pick got hurt -- again. The fifth-year defensive end injured his right triceps in the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason opener and likely will miss the rest of the season. Running back Ryan Moats also could be done for the year with an ankle injury.
Hunts put in $50M more to fix Arrowhead (AP)
Arrowhead Stadium, with the family of the late Lamar Hunt kicking in an extra $50 million, is going to get a $375 million renovation. The 35-year-old home of the Kansas City Chiefs will expand by approximately 500,000 square feet and will include a roughly 50 percent increase in concessions and an 80 percent increase in bathroom facilities.
Dolphins' Green makes KC return Thursday (AP)
Will there be cheers for the Chiefs' career top-rated passer, or will fans boo a guy who complained he wasn't getting a fair chance to keep his job and then wrangled a drawn-out trade to Miami? Trent Green doesn't know. But Kansas City coach Herm Edwards has an idea how the crowd will greet the former quarterback Thursday night when he returns to Arrowhead Stadium in a Dolphins uniform.
Donaghy pleads guilty to felony charges (AP)
How much Tim Donaghy profited from his betting scheme, and how far he went to do so, still isn't known. This much is certain: Donaghy wagered on games he officiated, and he did it longer than previously thought. The disgraced former referee started betting on NBA games in 2003, long before he began tipping off high-stakes gamblers with inside information and recommending which teams to bet on --...
Bosh leaves US camp with foot injury (AP)
Toronto forward Chris Bosh withdrew from U.S. training camp Wednesday because of a left foot injury. Bosh has plantar fasciitis and will not play in the FIBA Americas tournament that starts next week, USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Bosh will remain on the team and under consideration for a spot if the Americans qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Former employee sues Grizzlies for $3M (AP)
A former Memphis Grizzlies administrative assistant is suing the team for $3 million, claiming sexual harassment after her supervisor made several unwelcome sexual advances. Breshetta Clark claims in the federal lawsuit that Carl Howard Parker, the team's engineering director, sought sexual favors while her husband was away on military duty.
Riley plans to coach Heat 3 more years (AP)
Pat Riley vowed months ago to demand a bigger commitment from the Miami Heat this coming season. And he didn't just mean from the players, either. Riley said Monday that he plans to coach the Heat for the three remaining years on his contract, an announcement that ends months of speculation about his immediate future.
Clippers sign F Josh Powell (AP)
The Clippers added frontcourt depth Tuesday by signing former North Carolina State forward Josh Powell. Elton Brand, the Clippers' starting power forward, ruptured his left Achilles tendon earlier this month and is expected to be sidelined for the first several months of the season. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Powell averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds last season while playing in 37 games for the...
Warriors, Foyle agree on contract buyout (AP)
The Golden State Warriors have reached agreement on a buyout with center Adonal Foyle, parting ways Monday with the 10-year veteran and the team's longest-tenured player. Foyle signed a six-year deal worth nearly $42 million in July 2004 and had spent his entire career with Golden State, but he rarely played last season in Don Nelson's guard-oriented lineups.
Clippers sign veteran G Brevin Knight (AP)
The Clippers signed Brevin Knight on Monday, a month after the veteran free agent guard was waived by the Charlotte Bobcats. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Knight averaged 9.1 points, 6.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds for the Bobcats last season, but was limited to 45 games. He had a buyout clause in his contract worth $1.5 million.
Ex-Sharks F Bell gets 6 months in jail (AP)
Former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County jail, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Bell, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, had faced nearly four years in state prison if convicted of the original charges.
Former Canadiens GM Pollock dead at 81 (AP)
Sam Pollock, who built a hockey dynasty as vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s and 1970s, has died. He was 81. A moment of silence was held before the Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre on Wednesday in honor of Pollock, who served as an executive with the baseball club after leaving the Canadiens.
Carpenter leads US Hall of Fame class (AP)
Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October. The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey.
Coyotes sign G Auld to 1-year contract (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie Alex Auld to a one-year contract on Monday. Auld, 26, went 7-13-5 with a 3.34 goals-against average last season with Florida. He is 46-44-13 in five NHL seasons with Florida and Vancouver, with a 2.89 GAA and .902 save percentage. Auld played for Canada in the 2006 World Hockey Championship and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championship.
Last partners in Predators sale revealed (AP)
The local group bidding to buy the Nashville Predators announced its remaining five partners Monday. David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital, is the lead investor who spoke on behalf of the group Aug. 1 when they confirmed their $193 million offer included a $10 million deposit. William "Boots" Del Biaggio, a minority partner in the San Jose Sharks, and Herb Fritch, CEO of...
Ducks ink D DiPenta to 1-year contract (AP)
Defenseman Joe DiPenta signed a one-year contract with the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. DiPenta, who had two goals and six assists in 76 games last season, is set to enter his third year with the Ducks. He went scoreless in 16 playoff games. DiPenta, 28, signed with the Ducks as a free agent two years ago, and had two goals and six assists in 72 games during the 2005-06 season.
Blues hire Basil McRae as scout (AP)
Former NHL tough guy Basil McRae was hired as a part-time amateur scout on Tuesday by the St. Louis Blues, one of seven franchises for which he played. Blues president John Davidson said McRae, who accumulated 2,457 penalty minutes in 576 games, would have primary responsibilities in the major junior Ontario Hockey League.
Earnhardt has to part with No. 8 (PA SportsTicker)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced in May that he was cutting ties with Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI), the team that was started by his father.
Earnhardt can't bring No. 8 with him to Hendrick (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.
Former Indy driver David Walther gets prison time for nonsupport (AP)
Former Indianapolis 500 driver David Walther has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for nonsupport of dependents and violating terms of an earlier sentence. The 59-year-old owes more than $21,000 in child support, according to the Warren County prosecutor's office. Warren County Common Pleas Judge James L.
Busch ready to show true self at Gibbs (PA SportsTicker)
Few can argue with Kyle Busch's talent as a driver.
Busch gives Joe Gibbs Racing powerful 3-car lineup (AP)
Kyle Busch had no shortage of job opportunities when he lost his ride at Hendrick Motorsports. Some offered him tons of money, others offered him a chance to be a No. 1 driver.
Kenny Wallace leaves Furniture Row Racing (PA SportsTicker)
Furniture Row Racing announced Tuesday that Kenny Wallace stepped down as the driver of No. 78 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
Randolph named crew chief of Petty's No. 43 Dodge (PA SportsTicker)
LEVEL CROSS, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Petty Enterprises on Tuesday named Doug Randolph as crew chief for the No. 43 Dodge driven by 2000 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Bobby Labonte.
Busch joins Joe Gibbs Racing for 2008 season (PA SportsTicker)
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Kyle Busch is leaving one powerful NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team, but is making another perhaps just as potent.