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NEWS FROM 2007-08-19
Mariners rally for victory over Chicago
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.868befd8985547428a17afb8df4ac1d3.white_sox_mariners_baseball_wajf108.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=G346G4X_YPx9.f29CFRmhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Seattle Mariners' Kenji Johjima watches his RBI single during the sixth inning of the Mariner's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kenji Johjima hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Seattle's four-run sixth and the Mariners rallied to beat Chicago 7-5 Saturday night, handing the White Sox their season-high seventh straight loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Holliday helps Rockies outlast Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.88589775445f4b1388296e4173be2d63.rockies_dodgers_baseball_lad108.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=_qugL9fXc2zTIB.MOAiETg--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies' Kazuo Matsui steals second as Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal waits for the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Holliday singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning, Cory Sullivan homered and drove in two runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oswalt and Lee hurt in Astros' win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.57fada514caf412ebb1a3b187ed0aa8d.astros_padres_baseball_cadp114.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=MfWZLz8piEF4Z2MgNFoRJA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Houston Astros' Roy Oswalt connects for an RBI-single hit off of San Diego Padres pitcher Justin Gremano in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roy Oswalt left with a strained oblique one out before he would have qualified for the decision, and Houston lost slugger Carlos Lee with a strained hip flexor in the Astros' 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds' homer lifts Giants past Marlins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.a2d23d5dfa1445ddb314304da499326f.giants_marlins_baseball_mds111.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=5FJ208SLsc_SDeipU.oM2w--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds looks up after striking out for the second time against Florida Marlins' Rick VandenHurk, of the Netherlands, in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. The Giants won, 4-3. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds extended baseball's home run record to 760 with a two-run shot that lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham has 1st MLS start in Galaxy loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_galaxy_red_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.6f3f7fcf92d942b48178b26c9e5ce439.galaxy_red_bulls_soccer_eru101.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=L2ROZPBaIsqzzQNCmwt6jw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is tripped up by New York Red Bulls Dave van den Bergh, right during first half MLS soccer Saturday night, Aug. 18, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham brought back memories of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, reviving soccer interest in the New York area for a night. Playing before a record crowd of 66,237, Beckham made his first Major League Soccer start and set up a pair of goals by Carlos Pavon in the first eight minutes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Quinn shines in Browns' loss to Lions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_lions_browns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.4f33e33d79134224978536de755b4981.lions_browns_football_ohmd106.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=qOoltkczYfjvzQJO7d0elw--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn fires an 11-yard pass to Maurice Mann in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in Cleveland. Quinn engineered two touchdown drives in the quarter in a 23-20 loss to Detroit. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brady Quinn's pro debut was nearly picture perfect.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ref union: Donaghy incident is isolated
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/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 - The referees union maintained Friday that Tim Donaghy is known to be the only referee involved in gambling activities, despite a report that said he was about to provide names of colleagues who also may have violated NBA rules.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dream day for Owings as D-backs scalp Braves
Reuters - Winning pitcher Micah Owings went
4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs at the plate to lead the
National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks to a 12-6
road victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Beckham to make first MLS start
AP - David Beckham was in the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls, marking his first Major League Soccer start.
Tocchet gets probation in gambling case
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_gambling_bust"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070817/capt.8982d2bab138492080a8229eaa864781.gambling_bust_hockey_wxs102.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=6lFrLlJZX4yD8IKUXBV31Q--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Former Philadelphia Flyer' Rick Tocchet, left, and his lawyer Kevin Marino appear during his sentencing in Burlington County Court on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Mount Holly, N.J. Tocchet, a former NHL hockey player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring, won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star. Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years' probation for his role in the gambling ring. (AP Photo/John Ziomek, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star.</p><br clear="all"/>
Quinn has strong debut in Browns' loss (AP)
Brady Quinn's biggest throw could turn out to be a monkey wrench. With flashbulbs popping all around the stadium, Cleveland's rookie quarterback tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in his first NFL exhibition game and looked better than any Browns quarterback in a 23-20 loss to Detroit on Saturday night.
Co-defendant: Vick executed dogs (AP)
It's up to Michael Vick now. His last two co-defendants pleaded guilty Friday and implicated Vick in bankrolling gambling on dogfights. One of them said the Atlanta Falcons quarterback helped drown or hang dogs that didn't do well. With his NFL career in jeopardy and a superseding indictment adding more charges in the works, that left Vick with a hard choice: Cutting his own deal to hold jail time...
QB Testaverde re-signs with Patriots (AP)
Vinny Testaverde re-signed with the New England Patriots on Saturday for his 21st NFL season. The move was expected once the Patriots completed two-a-day practice sessions last week. The 43-year-old quarterback signed with New England last Nov. 14 and played in three regular-season games, including the finale in which he extended his streak to 20 seasons with at least one touchdown pass.
Raiders' Culpepper sharp, but Niners win (AP)
The Battle of the Bay had plenty of empty preseason drama, keeping the bipartisan crowd enthralled until a sure touchdown pass bounced off Alvis Whitted's hands with 5 seconds left. The most important developments in the 49ers' friendly rivalry game with Oakland were less theatrical. Daunte Culpepper looked ready to run the Raiders, but San Francisco put a good start and a better finish on its win.
Jaguars cut former No. 1 pick QB Couch (AP)
Tim Couch's return to the NFL lasted nearly three weeks. The Jacksonville Jaguars released the former top draft pick Saturday after a handful of practices and one preseason game. Couch, who hadn't played in the NFL since the 2004 preseason, wanted a chance to revive his career following two shoulder operations.
Cowboys 'D' solid in win over Broncos (AP)
Over four practices with the Denver Broncos this week, the Dallas Cowboys either held back on defense or figured something out. Because they sure had no problem getting into the backfield Saturday night. The attacking, pressure-seeking front being implemented by new Dallas coach Wade Phillips throttled Denver's starting offense for two quarters, paving the way for the Cowboys to beat the Broncos...
Favre, Packers rout Seahawks 48-13 (AP)
For all of Brett Favre's questions about the readiness of some of his younger teammates, only one question mattered Saturday night: To leap or not to leap? Rookie receiver James Jones did a "Lambeau leap" into the grandstands after scoring a touchdown early in Green Bay's 48-13 preseason rout of Seattle.
Starting QBs Schaub and Leinart shine (AP)
Matt Schaub looked at ease and Matt Leinart responded to a week of "tough love"' from his coach. The starting quarterbacks were terrific in the preseason game between the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals. The defense, well, that's another matter. Schaub was 9-of-12 for 108 yards and ran 5 yards for a score and the Texans went on to beat Arizona 33-20 on Saturday in new Cardinals coach Ken...
Redskins beat up in loss to Steelers (AP)
Jason Campbell limped down the hallway outside the Washington Redskins' locker room, favoring his bruised left knee and feeling a bit lucky. Inside, Marcus Washington wore a blue sling on his dislocated right elbow and tried to keep smiling. Out of sight was Mike Espy, out for the season with a ruptured kneecap.
Brees goes 6-for-6, Saints beat Bengals (AP)
Drew Brees needed only six on-target passes to show that he's ready -- and the Cincinnati Bengals' defense isn't. Brees led New Orleans to a touchdown in his only series Saturday night, completing every throw he made and giving the Bengals a half-dozen more reasons to worry in the Saints' 27-19 preseason victory.
Refs union: Donaghy is only guilty one (AP)
The referees union maintained Friday that Tim Donaghy is known to be the only referee involved in gambling activities, despite a report that said he was about to provide names of colleagues who also may have violated NBA rules. The report on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York said Donaghy will provide prosecutors as many as 20 names of other NBA officials and will detail their involvement in some form of...
Former Heat F Posey reaches plea bargain (AP)
Former Miami Heat player James Posey has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with an incident in April on Miami Beach, prosecutors said Friday. Posey, who is unsigned, agreed to a deal involving lesser charges. He was originally arrested on drunken-driving charges after Miami Beach police pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road April 9.
US makes best of unwanted trip to Vegas (AP)
If Amare Stoudemire wasn't preparing for the FIBA Americas championship, he might be far from a basketball court this week. "Right now, I'd probably just be on a vacation with my family," the All-Star center said. LeBron James said he would probably be back home "working out and playing video games all day." But both NBA stars are in Vegas, along with the rest of Team USA, practicing for the...
Wizards re-sign free agent F Blatche (AP)
Forward Andray Blatche re-signed with the Wizards on Friday, as Washington opted to keep the restricted free agent despite his recent run-in with the law. Blatche signed a multiyear deal. Its completion was delayed because of his arrest on Aug. 2 on sexual solicitation charges. Blatche, 20, and another man were accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, and Blatche was also...
Tocchet sentenced to 2 years probation (AP)
A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star. Rick Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years' probation for his role in the gambling ring. Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in state prison.
Jackets C Svitov signs with Russian team (AP)
Blue Jackets center Alexander Svitov joined a Russian team six weeks after signing a two-year contract extension with Columbus. Columbus general manager Scott Howson said Svitov signed with his hometown team Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League for the 2007-08 season. "We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander's contract status and will make a decision after...
Bettman: Pollock's influence 'unmatched' (AP)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Sam Pollock's influence on the hockey world "unmatched" a day after the former Montreal Canadiens vice president and general manager's death. "Sam Pollock's legacy extends far beyond the nine Stanley Cup championships the Canadiens won in his 14 years of leadership," Bettman said in a statement.
D Paul Martin re-signs with Devils (AP)
The New Jersey Devils kept a major piece of their defense together, signing Paul Martin to a three-year, $11.5 million contract on Thursday. Martin will earn $3 million this season, $4 million in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009. "Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more talented young players in the National Hockey League," Devils chief executive Lou...
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.
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.
Kyle Busch looks forward to Chase and 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
With his crew chief back, Gordon primed for Michigan (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin
Hamlin cruises to win at Busch Carfax 250 (PA SportsTicker)
Cup star Hamlin runs away from Kenseth for second Busch victory of season (AP)
Denny Hamlin fought off a mid-race challenge from Matt Kenseth, then drove away for a dominating victory Saturday in the Carfax 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Despite uproar of Junior leaving No. 8 at DEI, most drivers like team control of car numbers (AP)
With all the talk about Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving his No. 8 behind when he departs Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Hendrick Motorsports next year, some believe the drivers -- not the teams -- should have the option of keeping a number throughout their careers.
Dale Earnhardt, coming off engine failure, needs a good finish at Michigan to stay in Chase (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated -- and still feeling confident.
Unrepentent Knaus and Letarte back at the track, getting teams ready for Chase (AP)
After finishing a six-week NASCAR suspension, crew chief Steve Letarte was back at the track and, apparently, feeling just a little strange to be there.
Gordon saves best for last to win Nextel Cup pole at Michigan (PA SportsTicker)