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NEWS FROM 2007-08-21
Vick to enter guilty plea
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_plea"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070820/capt.f35959898e344d8eaac1b614babdd8f2.vick_football_ny157.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=IDDCsS5FQPd4uHTdlyPWnA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Escorted by U.S. Marshals, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, right, leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., following his arraignment, in this July 26, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Less than a month after saying he looked forward to clearing his name, Michael Vick now acknowledges the heinous acts associated with his name are true.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels beat Yankees 7-6 in 10 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070821/capt.7a68c212875e449eae92c9ea852c423f.yankees_angels_baseball_cama115.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=P9DJHHCvaPaw3Q4L3Wg.GQ--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Reggie Willits (77) high fives teammate Ryan Budde as the Angels celebrate Budde's game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning for a 7-6 win against the New York Yankees in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Budde doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 7-6 Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brewers beat Diamondbacks 9-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070821/capt.cc55af41566946fa81fd1006df0e73c3.brewers_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc104.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=Pa8EtJX28MwquyMM2.hZcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - Prince Fielder homered for the second straight day and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 Monday night to move into a tie for the NL Central lead.</p><br clear="all"/>
Durant, Collison dropped from roster
AP - After last year's world championships, the United States knew it needed better shooters, stronger defenders, and more experienced players.
Bears win Super subs rematch 27-24
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bears_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070821/capt.b3a85b1fe3a84790a3365adc80e9dd5f.bears_colts_football_nad110.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=gRU.J0SfVlXx97JuR914dw--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, left, is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson after Grossman recovered his own fumble in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - This time, Rex Grossman's teammates bailed him out against the Indianapolis Colts. Chicago overcame another mistake-prone outing by its starting quarterback, scoring 17 straight points in the first half and 10 more after the break as the Bears beat the Colts 27-24 Monday night, Indy's first home game since winning the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Broncos trade Gerard Warren to Raiders
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_warren_traded"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070820/capt.fc8649e040034f11a56551915a4ea5f5.broncos_warren_traded_football_ny154.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=MEaHFLa3wZQuzdqq2cj2YA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos defensive tackle Gerard Warren chats with teammates at football training camp in Denver, in this Aug. 3, 2007 file photo. The Broncos shipped Warren to the Oakland Raiders on Monday Aug. 20, 2007 for an undisclosed 2008 draft pick. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gerard Warren was dealt from Denver because he didn't fit into the Broncos' new defensive system. Warren Sapp doesn't see how the former No. 3 overall pick fits onto the Oakland Raiders' roster.</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"/>
Gallardo helps Brewers to rare road win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070821/capt.cc55af41566946fa81fd1006df0e73c3.brewers_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc104.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=Pa8EtJX28MwquyMM2.hZcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie Yovani Gallardo is used to seeing big leads disintegrate for Milwaukee. He wouldn't let that happen when the Brewers scored six runs early on against the team with the most wins in the National League.</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"/>
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"/>
Lawyer: Vick agrees to plead guilty (AP)
Less than a month after saying he looked forward to clearing his name, Michael Vick now acknowledges the heinous acts associated with his name are true. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said through a lawyer Monday that he will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, an admission that likely will mean prison time.
Cameron names QB Green Dolphins' starter (AP)
Trent Green was tabbed as the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback Monday, ending a bit of training camp speculation over who would win the job. Green beat out Cleo Lemon, said Dolphins coach Cam Cameron -- who insisted throughout camp that a real competition was taking place at quarterback and that the 37-year-old veteran wasn't being handed the starting role.
Bears top Colts, but Grossman struggles (AP)
Bad Rex was back at his worst Monday night. Not that the Chicago Bears needed any reminders of what happens when Grossman goes awry -- even in the preseason. After struggling for most of Grossman's 26 plays, the Bears' backups bailed him out and eventually overcame the miscues to beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 in what had been billed as a Super Bowl rematch.
Broncos trade DT Warren to rival Raiders (AP)
Gerard Warren was dealt from Denver because he didn't fit into the Broncos' new defensive system. Warren Sapp doesn't see how the former No. 3 overall pick fits onto the Oakland Raiders' roster. "I wouldn't want to go to a team three weeks after their training camp and try to make their team, with my talent," Sapp said.
Browns rookie QB Quinn remains backup (AP)
Brady Quinn's strong debut wasn't enough for him to muscle into Cleveland's quarterback competition yet. Quinn shined in his NFL introduction, leading the Browns on two long touchdown drives in the final 9:20 of a 23-20 loss to Detroit. The rookie threw a pair of scoring passes -- against Lions backups -- and played with composure and confidence in his first action as a pro.
Pats' Brady wants time to see child born (AP)
Soon-to-be father and star quarterback Tom Brady knows he can't make all the calls. He'd like a few days off to be at the birth of his first child -- "I hope so," he said Monday -- but the Patriots' schedule and coach Bill Belichick might get in his way. "Bill has a lot to say," Brady said, "so we'll deal with it when it happens." New England plays the third of its four exhibition games -- the one...
'Moose' joins players' disability fight (AP)
Daryl Johnston is one of the lucky ones. Despite breaking his neck opening holes for Emmitt Smith, he walks without a cane or a limp and is able to hold down a lucrative second career in broadcasting. Yet Johnston sympathizes with broken-down former players who need help with medical bills and aren't getting it.
Cardinals OT Ross to have arm surgery (AP)
Arizona Cardinals starting offensive tackle Oliver Ross will have surgery to repair a torn triceps tendon on Thursday. The Cardinals don't know when Ross will return, and it's possible he will miss the entire season. Levi Brown, the team's top draft choice this year, has become the starter at right tackle.
Falcons lose another QB in Shockley (AP)
On a day when Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to dogfighting charges, the Atlanta Falcons were dealing with the loss of another quarterback. Local favorite D.J. Shockley, who was battling for the No. 2 spot behind Vick replacement Joey Harrington, confirmed Monday that he will likely undergo surgery next week for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Lions DT Rogers activated from PUP list (AP)
The Detroit Lions activated Shaun Rogers from the physically unable-to-perform list Monday, making one of their best players eligible to practice for the first time this season. Rogers was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2005, when the defensive tackle recorded a career-high 5 1/2 sacks. He enters the season with questions about his play and weight.
Shooting occurs outside Stevenson's home (AP)
A 31-year-old man was shot during an altercation outside the home of Washington Wizards' guard DeShawn Stevenson, authorities said Monday. Stevenson, 26, was asleep at his central Florida home when shots were fired about 4 a.m. Monday. He was not injured, according to a sheriff's report. Stevenson re-signed with the Wizards last month, reportedly getting $15 million in a four-year deal.
Deng tries to lead Britain into Olympics (AP)
After helping the Chicago Bulls get to the NBA playoffs, Luol Deng is now working hard to try to bring a similar bounce to Great Britain's basketball hopes. He's back in Britain and hoping to lead the national team to a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. The 22-year-old native of Sudan moved to London as a child to escape the conflict in his homeland, and eventually worked his way up to the NBA,...
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 struggles to find range in scrimmage (AP)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a good thing Team USA wasn't playing Brazil or Argentina on Saturday.
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...
Kings sign D Klemm to 1-year contract (AP)
Free-agent defenseman Jon Klemm, a member of two Stanley Cup champion teams in Colorado, has signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Klemm had one goal and two assists in 38 regular-season games for the Dallas Stars last season. He has 42 goals and 100 assists in 751 regular-season games in a 14-year NHL career.
Memorial service held for ex-GM Pollock (AP)
Jean Beliveau, Senator Frank Mahovlich and Scotty Bowman were among the mourners Monday at a memorial service for Sam Pollock, the former general manager who built the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup dynasties in the 1960s and 1970s. Dickie Moore, along with former Canadiens coach Claude Ruel and others from the organization, joined about 150 people in attendance at the one-hour service at St.
Wild sign C Payer to 1-year contract (AP)
The Minnesota Wild signed free agent center Serge Payer to a one-year contract on Monday. Payer spent most of last season in the minors with Birmingham of the AHL. The 6-foot, 191-pound Payer played in five NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. Originally signed by Florida in 1997, the 28-year-old Payer played in 71 games for the Panthers in the 2005-06 season.
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...
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.
Second straight day of rain moves Michigan race to Tuesday (AP)
The second straight day of rain washed out another effort by NASCAR on Monday to run the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
NASCAR Nextel 3M Performance 400 postponed to Tuesday (PA SportsTicker)
Longtime NASCAR star Ricky Rudd will retire at the end of 2007 -- probably (AP)
Ricky Rudd is almost 51 and the grueling Nextel Cup schedule has finally taken its toll on the one-time NASCAR ironman.
Rain postpones Michigan race to Monday; officials have until Wednesday to get it in (AP)
A steady rain on Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race until Monday.
Report: Rudd plans to retire from NASCAR Nextel Cup series after 28 seasons (AP)
Ricky Rudd said he plans to retire from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series after this season.
Earnhardt Jr. ready to move on with new number (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Sabastien Loeb wins German Rally for sixth straight year (AP)
Sebastien Loeb won the Germany Rally for the sixth straight year and closed in on series leader Marcus Gronholm for the world title on Sunday. Loeb picked up his 33rd rally win in his Citroen and finished 20.3 seconds ahead of Belgium's Francois Duval with Finland's Mikko Hirvonen third. "I am delighted to have won again," Loeb said.
Kyle Busch looks forward to Chase and 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor