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Chargers' Tomlinson wins 4 ESPY awards
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_ot/espy_awards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070712/capt.6d869c0ac3e64be48827b95fad4ab6e4.espy_awards_show_cadb148.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=C0vclse6CVPeye.mAZBcVg--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="LaDainian Tomlinson, of the San Diego Chargers, accepts the award for best record breaking performance during the 15th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - LaDainian Tomlinson won four trophies at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, including male athlete of the year for his record-setting season with the San Diego Chargers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brew Crew gives second half intrigue
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_second_half"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.fcafb64feec341cdabc4992b6d5ef576.all_stars_baseball_fxpb214.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=DFx4UZtKCsjyT6saDT2txg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="National League's Barry Bonds, right, of the San Francisco Giants, chats with National League's Prince Fielder, of the Milwaukee Brewers, during the team's batting practice before the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds likely will take down the Hammer's home run record soon. The fates of the surprising Milwaukee Brewers, the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees are far murkier. With baseball still buzzing about Ichiro Suzuki's sprint around the All-Star bases, the talk turned to the dash to October.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oklahoma plans to appeal NCAA decision
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_oklahoma_ncaa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.afaf2d3567fd4be88a2a695930cf2b63.oklahoma_ncaa_football_ny171.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=iowDNSS._7QrGvYgfnkTEA--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops looks at the scoreboard during play against Middle Tennessee in a college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma won, 59-0. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - The University of Oklahoma plans to appeal the NCAA's ruling that the school was guilty of a "failure to monitor" the employment of players and must erase eight football victories from the 2005 season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Poof! Lewis in, Hill out with Magic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_signings_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.7aa6f4256016472482055ed71f32cb0a.suns_hill_basketball_azrf107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=p1Pjrk3BHpaA1Sg6vd2mKQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Grant Hill, left, talks with Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni prior to the Suns introducing Hill as their newest memeber during a press conference Wednesday, July 11, 2007 in Phoenix. Hill agreed to a two-year deal worth about US$1.8 million for the first year, with a second-year player option for about US$2 million. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rashard Lewis went to Orlando, Grant Hill headed out. And both think they moved closer to an NBA title. The swingmen changed addresses Wednesday, the first day teams could sign free agents. Hill signed with the Phoenix Suns, with Lewis essentially taking his old starting spot after coming from Seattle in a sign-and-trade deal.</p><br clear="all"/>
Plot thickens as Bonds resumes chase
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds_chase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.0046c5c1b7984671b1777c1fd0de2847.bonds_chase_baseball_ny163.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=NIKmDikc5QMaHssmvFbeDw--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds follows through on his 700th career home run swing off San Diego Padres' Jake Peavy in the third inning in San Francisco, in this Sept. 14, 2004 file photo. Padres catcher is Ramon Hernandez. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds knows he's going to enjoy his home run chase much more if the San Francisco Giants start winning regularly. For now, the slugger refuses to think about how he'll feel as he closes in on Hank Aaron's mark of 755. He's four away from tying Aaron heading into a three-game home series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers starting Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign safety Donovan Darius
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_raiders_darius"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070710/capt.nyol55507102332.raiders_darius_football_nyol555.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=qrk2Szzg0IuROvYf1XP8Eg--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius makes a point during a practice session in this July 31, 2005, file photo. Darius signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Phil Coale/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Raiders signed former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius on Tuesday, bolstering a unit that was the strongest on the team during a difficult season last year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Billups signs 5-year deal with Pistons
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pistons_billups"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.02e627fe95d44db5acc57d8074f1c18e.pistons_billups_basketball_ny157.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=G4ZLr4QZa_PmGyZbZe4RZA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups directs a play in the second half of the Pistons' 98-90 win over the Orlando Magic in a first-round NBA playoff basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., in this April 23, 2007 file photo. . (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Pistons lost Ben Wallace to free agency last year. They weren't going to let Chauncey Billups get away, too. Billups signed a $60 million, five-year contract Wednesday, returning to the team he helped reach five straight conference finals. The contract is worth $46 million guaranteed over four years and includes a team option for the fifth year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Indians give Hafner 4-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_indians_hafner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070712/capt.453f32ae0c6844449c996ac4b0afce58.indians_hafner_ny108.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=JdpzXOBNcMNo2ymVj0tPSA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="This is a 2007 file photo of Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Hafner and the Indians agreed to a $57 million, four-year contract extension through the 2012 season. Cleveland is expected to announce the agreement Thursday July 12, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip-File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Travis Hafner and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a $57 million, four-year contract extension through the 2012 season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham's charisma will be tested in US
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070712/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.df4567089f2d4c11b723aff869cd443b.people_beckham_nyet174.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=Z4HWPJbJzaxt_rZEF1edVw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="This image, provided by W magazine, shows Victoria and David Beckham on the cover of W magazine's August 2007 issue. The English soccer star makes his U.S. debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 21.(AP Photo/W magazine)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods has it. So does Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney.</p><br clear="all"/>
London Calling: Ducks open NHL schedule
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhl_schedule"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070711/capt.nyol56707112121.nhl_schedule__hockey_nyol567.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=2ibxc8jj8dt8NWAs4h4N1Q--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Anaheim left wing Chris Kunitz holds up the Stanley Cup after the Ducks won the finals with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in this June 6, 2007, file photo. The Ducks will open the 2007-08 NHL season in London against the Los Angeles Kings. (AP Photo/Mark Avery/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks will take the Stanley Cup back to its birthplace when they open the NHL's 90th season and begin defense of their first championship in London against the rival Los Angeles Kings.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers' Tomlinson wins 4 ESPY awards (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson won four trophies at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, including male athlete of the year for his record-setting season with the San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson defeated LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Tiger Woods for athlete of the year.
Raiders sign former Jaguars S Darius (AP)
The Oakland Raiders signed former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius on Tuesday, bolstering a unit that was the strongest on the team during a difficult season last year. The Raiders had the NFL's third-ranked overall defense and No. 1 ranked pass defense last year, despite finishing with an NFL-worst 2-14 record.
DUI charge against McNair dropped (AP)
The drunken-driving charge against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was dropped Tuesday because a related DUI charge against his brother-in-law was reduced to reckless driving. "It's good. I'm glad it's over," McNair said as he left the court room. When asked whether he would change how he handles himself when he goes out at night, McNair did not answer.
Broncos sign 4th-round pick DT Thomas (AP)
The Denver Broncos signed fourth-round draft pick Marcus Thomas on Wednesday to a deal that will pay him $3 million over four years. The defensive tackle who had 14 sacks in 41 games for the University of Florida likely would have been selected much higher than 121st in the NFL draft in April were it not for the trouble he got into last year.
Broncos WR Smith's hip healing slowly (AP)
Rod Smith is letting his surgically repaired hip tell him when he's ready to return to the field. Right now, it's saying it's not even close. The 37-year-old receiver, who had an operation on the hip in February, sat out the Broncos' two-day minicamp. He's yet to run post-surgery except briefly in a pool.
Ravens sign 3rd-round pick OL Yanda (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens signed third-round draft pick Marshall Yanda to a three-year contract Wednesday. Yanda, an offensive lineman, was the 86th overall pick in the NFL draft and the first of Baltimore's 2007 selections to sign a contract. Yanda started 25 games at Iowa: four at left guard, five at left tackle and 16 at right tackle.
Former Pats exec Kilroy dies at 86 (AP)
Francis "Bucko" Kilroy, a former New England Patriots executive who was known throughout the league as a top talent scout, died Tuesday, the team announced. He was 86. Kilroy was a six-time All-Pro guard for the Philadelphia Eagles during a 13-season playing career in the 1940s and 50s. During a 64-season NFL career, including 36 years with the Patriots, Kilroy also worked in player personnel and...
Pistons sign Billups for $60M, 5 years (AP)
The Detroit Pistons lost Ben Wallace to free agency last year. They weren't going to let Chauncey Billups get away, too. Billups signed a $60 million, five-year contract Wednesday, returning to the team he helped reach five straight conference finals. The contract is worth $46 million guaranteed over four years and includes a team option for the fifth year.
Rashard Lewis formally joins Magic (AP)
A few minutes before Rashard Lewis was formally announced as the newest member of the Orlando Magic, the high-scoring forward donned his white-and-blue uniform and made his way through the team's practice facility. "Feeling good," Lewis said, stopping to shake hands with well-wishers. "Feeling good." That's no surprise, considering he'd just received a six-year contract worth more than $110 million...
'Worn out' Oden welcomes tonsil surgery (AP)
Greg Oden is ready for his upcoming tonsillectomy because the NBA's No. 1 draft pick is "worn out" from a hectic summer and he welcomes the chance to rest. The 19-year-old pick of the Portland Trail Blazers will have his tonsils out Saturday at the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash. "I'm not nervous," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday before attending the ESPY Awards.
Blazers, Francis agree to buyout terms (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed on a buyout with guard Steve Francis, who was acquired in a draft-night deal with the New York Knicks. Francis, who was due $34 million over the final two years of his contract, was expected to clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent. The terms of the buyout with the Trail Blazers were not released.
Wallace, Bobcats reach agreement on deal (AP)
Gerald Wallace and the Bobcats reached an agreement in principle that would keep the team's leading scorer in Charlotte, executive vice president of basketball operations Bernie Bickerstaff said Wednesday. "There's still some paperwork issues to work out before we can get everything signed, but we're happy," Bickerstaff told The Associated Press.
Walker shaken up by robbery at his home (AP)
Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker said Wednesday that he remains shaken after an armed robbery at his Chicago home. "When your life's threatened, it's obviously going to take some time to get over it," Walker said in his first public comments since the robbery. "I'm not Superman." Walker and a relative were bound at gunpoint while multiple robbers took a car, cash and jewelry from his residence...
Lakers pick Marc Gasol staying in Spain (AP)
Marc Gasol, the younger brother of Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol, is going to stay in Spain for now. The 22-year-old center, drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th pick, said Wednesday he will spend another season with the Spanish club Akasvayu Girona. "It's in my best interests to continue at Girona due to their ambitious sporting project and the great atmosphere in the team," Gasol...
Rangers keep Lundqvist for 1 yr., $4.25M (AP)
The New York Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Henrik Lundqvist by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal Wednesday with the Olympic gold-medal winning goalie. Lundqvist, a restricted free agent scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 24, will earn $4.25 million next season. He made $817,000 last season.
Ducks-Kings in London on NHL schedule (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks will take the Stanley Cup back to its birthplace when they open the NHL's 90th season and begin defense of their first championship in London against the rival Los Angeles Kings. The two-game series highlights the 2007-08 schedule, released by the league Wednesday. Anaheim, which became the NHL's first West Coast champion by beating Ottawa in the finals in June, will show off the...
Kings D Visnovsky agrees to extension (AP)
Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who has spent his entire NHL career with Los Angeles, agreed to a five-year extension with the Kings. Visnovsky, 31, scored a career-high 18 goals and had 40 assists last season and represented the Kings at the NHL All-Star game. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Visnovsky was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round, 118th overall, in the 2000 NHL draft.
Ex-Red Wings coach Skinner dies at 90 (AP)
Former Detroit Red Wings coach Jimmy Skinner, who led a team starring Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay to the Stanley Cup in 1955, died Wednesday. He was 90. The team and family did not announce the cause of death, but Skinner had been in declining health, said Eddi Chittaro, chairman of the Windsor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame in Windsor, Ontario.
Pens extend Crosby for 5 years, $43.5M (AP)
Sidney Crosby has a new contract before his 20th birthday and his eye on the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL MVP and scoring champion signed a five-year extension through the 2012-13 season worth $43.5 million. The deal leaves room for the team to re-sign other young stars, such as Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, in the coming seasons.
Thrashers re-sign LW Boulton (AP)
Left wing Eric Boulton re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday. The six-year veteran scored three goals with four assists in 45 games last season. Boulton has 33 points in 268 career games with Buffalo and Atlanta. He joined the Thrashers as a free agent on Aug. 8. 2005. Thus far in the offseason, the Thrashers have signed centers Todd White and Eric Perrin, along with defenseman Ken Klee.
Capitals sign G Varlamov to 3-year deal (AP)
The Washington Capitals signed 2006 first-round draft pick Simeon Varlamov, a goalie, to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday. The 19-year-old Varlamov was the 23rd overall pick a year ago. He played in the Russian Super League last season, going 15-7-6 with a 2.12 goals-against average. Varlamov is attending the Capitals' summer development camp this week.
Firefighter ventured into burning homes to save victims of Fla. plane crash (AP)
Ryan Cooper was standing in his driveway when he saw the small plane crash into his neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze. Minutes later, the off-duty firefighter dashed into the houses in search of survivors.
NASCAR driver Fike and team member suspended (AP)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were suspended indefinitely Wednesday from NASCAR competition after being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.
Gordon insists Busch still part of Hendrick team (AP)
After Kyle Busch and his older brother Kurt tangled on track and exchanged some harsh words at NASCAR's all-star event in May, Jeff Gordon made it a point to make some time for his teammate, Kyle.
NASCAR official's husband and young mother among 5 victims mourned after plane hits homes (AP)
Fuel poured down a staircase inside the burning home as off-duty firefighter Ryan Cooper tried to rescue a seriously burned father who was frantically searching for his younger child, the firefighter recalled Wednesday. A small plane with a NASCAR pilot and the husband of a racing executive aboard had crashed into two homes, spilling fuel and setting both ablaze.
Lawyer: Newly sober Al Unser Jr. won't fight Nevada DUI charge (AP)
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will plead no contest to a driving under the influence charge stemming from a January crash on a Nevada freeway, officials said Tuesday. Lesser charges, including misdemeanor hit-and-run, failure to render aid in an accident and failure to report an accident, will be dropped, according to the plea deal.
Husband of NASCAR official killed in plane crash (PA SportsTicker)
The husband of NASCAR official Lesa France Kennedy was one of two people killed in a plane crash Tuesday morning.
Canadian Carpentier to compete in Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
Patrick Carpentier announced Tuesday that he will compete in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4.
Ganassi's team uplifted in year since Montoya signing (AP)
Chip Ganassi's NASCAR organization was at a crossroad this time last year.