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Rockies clobber Angels

(AP) - The Los Angeles Angels are the latest team to get burned by the red-hot Colorado Rockies.

Seth Smith hit a solo homer and had four RBI as the Rockies cruised to their 17th victory in 18 games, clobbering the Angels 11-1. Brad Hawpe (hawp) belted a three-run blast as part of the Rockies' 13-hit attack.

Aaron Cook improved to 7-3 by holding the Angels to a run and three hits in seven innings.

Colorado was 12 games under .500 and 15 1-2 games off the National League West lead when the streak began. They have since cut six games off the Dodgers' lead and trail the NL wild card by just a half-game to San Francisco.

Also in the majors, Bobby Crosby drove in three runs and Trevor Cahill allowed just four hits over seven innings of Oakland's 5-1 victory against the Giants. Cahill helped the Athletics beat the Giants for the first time in six tries, blanking San Francisco after Travis Ishikawa homered in the second inning.

The Chicago Cubs ended their 4-game winning streak by stranding 12 runners in a 2-0 loss in Atlanta. Javier Vazquez was reached for nine hits but blanked the Cubs over 6 2-3 innings.

Omir Santos supplied 4 of the Mets' 14 hits, including an RBI single in the New York Mets' 6-4 win over St. Louis. Daniel Murphy homered and Luis Castillo went 3 for 3 with a run-scoring double to support Tim Redding's first victory since last September 1.

Fehr retiring

NEW YORK (AP) - Major league owners won't be dealing with the Fehr (feer) factor when they open their next round of labor negotiations.

Donald Fehr (feer) is stepping down after more than a quarter-century in charge of the Major League Players Association. He made the announcement one month shy of his 61st birthday, saying he will retire no later than the end of March.

Fehr will be succeeded by union general counsel and Fehr's longtime heir apparent Michael Weiner, subject to approval by the union's executive board. Weiner will lead negotiations heading into the expiration of the current labor contract in December 2011.

Mets put Beltran on DL

(AP) - Outfielder Carlos Beltran is the latest New York Met to land on the disabled list, joining first baseman Carlos Delgado, shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Oliver Perez, John Maine and Billy Wagner.

Beltran has been diagnosed with a bone bruise on his right knee, the same injury that sidelined him for a couple of games in late May. An MRI exam Monday showed the bruise has gotten worse.

Beltran could be out longer than 15 days. Asked if the Mets might wait until after the All-Star break to activate him, general manager Omar Minaya said that was something the team would have to consider.

The Mets also recalled outfielder Fernando Martinez and relievers Elmer Dessens (deh-SEHNZ') and Pat Misch from Buffalo, optioned reliever Ken Takahashi to the Bisons and designated infielder Wilson Valdez for assignment.

Also in the majors, pitcher Ervin Santana is back on the Los Angeles Angels' disabled list, this time with a sore right triceps. Santana was 1-3 with a 7.47 ERA in six starts after missing the first five weeks of the season with a sprained elbow.

Tampa Bay's Akinori Iwamura (ah-kih-NOHR'-ee ih-wah-MOOR'-ah) could be back a lot sooner than expected after undergoing surgery Monday for a knee injury that was not as severe as the Rays initially suspected. The second baseman only had a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and could return in six to eight weeks. The team originally expected Iwamura would miss the rest of the season.

Indians infielder Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera will begin a 20-day rehabilitation assignment Tuesday. Cabrera hasn't played since injuring his left shoulder while sliding into second base against Minnesota on June 3.

Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez has had surgery to remove four bone chips in his right elbow, a procedure that's expected to keep him out four to five weeks.

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard could return to the lineup Tuesday at Tampa Bay after being hospitalized over the weekend with flu symptoms.

The Twins have designated reliever Luis Ayala for assignment after he went 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 appearances this season.

And the New York Yankees have filed an official protest with the commissioner's office after Sunday's disputed loss to the Florida Marlins. Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan started the top of the eighth in left after Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez had removed him in a double switch. Alejandro De Aza batted for pitcher Renyel Pinto in the seventh and was supposed to take over in left but never ran on the field. Reliever Leo Nunez threw a pitch, then Girardi came out to protest before the Yankees played the rest of the game under protest.

Tigers take opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - LSU has taken Game 1 of the College World Series finals at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Tigers overcame five Texas home runs to beat the Longhorns 7-6 in 11 innings. Mikie Mahtook singled in the tiebreaking run after DJ LeMahieu forced extra innings with a two-run double in the ninth.

LSU trailed 3-1 and 6-4 before posting its second straight win.

The Tigers can claim their sixth national championship Tuesday. Game 3 is Wednesday if necessary.

Glover gets his first major title

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Lucas Glover says he hopes has hasn't downgraded the U.S. Open trophy now that his name is on it.

Glover doubled his career victory total by winning golf's second major of the year, closing with a 3-over 73 for a 4-under total. Glover took advantage of a front-nine meltdown by Ricky Barnes and bogeys by Phil Mickelson and David Duval on 17.

Barnes entered the round with a one-stroke lead before carding five bogeys on the front nine, including four straight from the fifth through eighth holes. He bogeyed two more holes before finally carding a birdie that led to a 6-under 76, leaving him in a second-place tie with Mickelson and Duval.

Mickelson is the first player to finish second in five U.S. Opens.

Ross Fisher finished fifth, three shots back and one ahead of defending champion Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) and Soren Hansen.

Federer and Serena Williams lead charge into round two

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Men's second seed Roger Federer and No. 4 Novak Djokovic (JAH'-koh-vihch) were among the winners during Day 1 of Wimbledon.

Winners on the women's side include second seed Serena Williams, fourth seed Elena Dementieva (dee-mehn-tee-AY'-vuh) and No. 7 Vera Zvonareva (zvah-nah-RAY'-vuh).

American James Blake was the highest seed to fall as Italian Andreas Seppi beat the No. 17 seed in straight sets.

Women's top seed Dinara Safina (dee-NAH-rah sah-FEE'-nuh) and No. 3 Venus Williams are among the featured players on Tuesday's All-England Club schedule.

Clippers say they'll keep top pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers still insist they will keep the first overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy said he hasn't spoken to anyone seriously about trading the pick in more than two weeks. The Clippers are expected to make Oklahoma's Blake Griffin the top selection.

Red Wings to part with Chelios

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has told The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press that Chris Chelios won't be offered a contract for next season. Holland says the 47-year-old defenseman wants to play another season and believes he can still play.

Chelios was scoreless in 28 regular-season games last season, finishing with a plus-1 rating.

Bankruptcy judge moves up deadline for proposed sale of Coyotes to Reinsdorf

PHOENIX (AP) - A bankruptcy judge has moved up the deadline for the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a local owner. Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf promised a bid in a hearing Monday that would keep the team in Arizona.

However, the judge set a fallback date in September for a bid to relocate the team to Hamilton, Ontario, if a local sale fails to go through.

The new deadline for the sale is Aug. 5, which the NHL feels is workable on its end. But the city of Glendale, Ariz., said it didn't think a new lease agreement could be completed by then.

Tulsa has new deal for coach

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Doug Wojcik (WOH'-chik) has agreed to a 6-year contract to remain Tulsa's basketball coach.

Athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the deal adds a 2-year extension to Wojcik's previous contract and now runs through the 2014-15 season.

Because Tulsa is a private school, other details of the contract were not revealed.

Wojcik is 81-53 in four seasons with the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa has won at least 20 games each of the past three seasons.

Bearcats football coach gets another year

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati has given football coach Brian Kelly a contract extension, adding a year at nearly $1.5 million.

The school says Kelly is guaranteed $1.475 million to coach the Bearcats through the 2013 season. He had been signed through 2012.

The school says there are also performance-based incentives for Kelly and that the new deal also raises pay for his assistant coaches.

Kelly signed a 5-year contract worth $6.3 million in December 2007 following his first full season at Cincinnati. The new deal must be approved by the school's board of trustees.

Kelly led the Bearcats to a Big East title and an Orange Bowl appearance last season.

Glover's has enough

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Veteran defensive tackle La'Roi Glover is retiring after 13 NFL seasons.

Glover, who turns 35 on July 4, spent the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He was not re-signed following the 2008 season, when he had 30 tackles and only one-half sack.

Judge: Jayson Williams to remain free on bail

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Retired NBA star Jayson Williams remains free on bail. A judge has rejected a prosecutor's request to revoke the bail and send him to prison for covering up the shooting death of a hired driver more than seven years ago.

Prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider the sentencing delay due to Williams' recent run-ins with the law.

Police used a stun gun on Williams during an altercation in a New York hotel room in April, a month before he was arrested in North Carolina and charged with assault for allegedly punching someone in a barroom dispute. Earlier this year, his wife filed divorce papers claiming he was abusive and had a drug problem.

PGA: Golfer Chris Smith's wife killed in crash

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) - The commissioner of the PGA Tour is confirming that the wife of PGA Tour golfer Chris Smith was killed and 2 of his children were critically injured in a weekend accident in northern Indiana.

Authorities say a sport utility vehicle carrying Beth Smith and the two children collided with a Greyhound bus on Interstate 69.

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