Sports Watch

Six straight for resurgent Rays...Two-hitters for Lincecum and Oswalt

(AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays ruined Toronto 10-game winner Roy Halladay's return in his first start off the disabled list. Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell (burl) homered as the defending American League champion Rays won their sixth in a row, 4-1 over the Blue Jays.

Halladay fell to 10-2. He came in having won his past seven decisions, the longest streak in the majors, but lost for the first time since April 21. The Blue Jays have lost three straight.

Halladay was starting for the first time since June 12. He had a sore groin that landed him on the disabled list. Halladay allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out seven. He failed to pitch at least seven innings for only the second time in 15 starts.

In the rest of the AL:

The L.A. Angels beat Texas 5-2 to take a 2.5 game lead over the Rangers in the AL West. Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales hit back-to-back home runs as the Angels have won six in a row.

Boston blanked Baltimore 4-0 as Jon Lester improved to 8-0 in his career against Baltimore. The Red Sox are 5-0 against the Orioles this season. Jonathan Papelbon got the final out with two on to earn his 132nd career save, tying Bob Stanley for the most in Red Sox history.

Gavin Floyd shut out Cleveland on five singles over 7 2-3 innings and the surging Chicago White Sox climbed back to .500 with a 6-3 win over the free-falling Indians, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games. Floyd is 6-5 overall but 3-0 in June.

Kansas City doubled up Minnesota 4-2. Luke Hochevar and two relievers combined on a five-hitter.

Oakland downed Detroit 7-1. Mark Ellis and Ryan Sweeney homered for the last-place Athletics.

In the NL:

San Francisco, currently the wild-card leader in the NL, embarrassed St. Louis 10-0. The Cards have lost 5 of 6. Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) threw a two-hitter for his third complete game his last four starts. St. Louis dropped a game back of Milwaukee in the NL Central race.

There was another two-hitter in the NL as Roy Oswalt (OHZ'-wahlt) and the Houston Astros beat San Diego 3-1. Oswalt struck out eight and retired his final 18 batters. Oswalt is 10-2 with a 2.68 ERA against the Padres in 15 career appearances. Ivan (ee-VAHN') Rodriguez homered for the Astros.

Milwaukee routed the New York Mets 10-6 behind a 19-hit assault. Casey McGehee hit his first career grand slam. J.J. Hardy tied a career high with four hits, including a homer, as the Brewers handed the Mets their fourth straight loss.

Rich Harden won for the first time in more than six weeks, Ryan Theriot (TEER'-ee-oh) homered and the Chicago Cubs maintained their mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 win. The Cubs have won 20 of their last 25 in Pittsburgh.

Florida dumped Washington 4-2 with two runs in the eighth. Ex-National Emilio Bonifacio (bahn-ih-FAHS'-ee-oh) delivered the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. The Marlins are 7-0 against the Nationals.

Houston, we have a problem

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston center Yao Ming has an injury that the Rockets team physician says could potentially end the career of the 7-foot-6 All-Star center.

Dr. Tom Clanton, the Houston Rockets' team physician, tells the Houston Chronicle that Yao's broken left foot "has the potential for him missing this next season and could be career-threatening."

Yao suffered a hairline fracture of the tarsal navicular bone late in a May 8 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team said last week the injury hasn't healed and he was out indefinitely.

This is all bad news for Rockets fans, who are still swallowing the news that All-Star forward Tracy McGrady could miss at least the first half of next season following knee surgery.

Safina goes under cover to win...Williams sisters advance...Federer moves on

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Top-ranked Dinara Safina (din-NAH'-ruh sah-FEE'-nah) is the first player to win a match under Wimbledon's new retractable roof. The Russian rallied past Amelie Mauresmo (AM'-uh-lee maw-REHS'-moh) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain with Safina leading 4-1 in the second set. The roof was closed before play resumed about 30 minutes later.

Safina trailed 3-love in the final set but broke back twice for a 5-4 lead and then served out the match.

The Williams sisters are a step closer to a rematch of last year's all-Williams final at Wimbledon.

2-time defending champion and third seed Venus Williams advanced when Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAN'-oh-vihch) retired with a sore left thigh after the first game of the second set. 5-time champion Williams was leading 6-1, love-1.

Serena Williams also had a relatively easy time moving into the quarters. The 2-time Wimbledon champion and second seed raced past Daniela Hantuchova (han-TOO'-koh-vuh) 6-3, 6-1.

In other fourth-round play in the women's draw, fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva (ehl-AY'-nah deh-mehn-tee-AY'-vah), No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka (az-uh-RENK'-uh), , No. 11 Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHSH'-kuh rad-VAN'-skuh) and unseeded Sabine Lisicki all advanced into the quarterfinals.

In men's play, second-seeded Roger Federer repeated his result over Robin Soderling in the French Open final that gave him a record-tying 14th Grand Slam title. The 5-time Wimbledon champion beat the 13th seeded Soderling 6-4, 7-6, 7-6.

Third-seed Andy Murray has advanced to the next round of play. In the first match played entirely under the roof on Centre Court he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The match, which lasted 3-hours, 57-minutes, ended at 10:40 p.m. local time and the latest match ever played at Wimbledon.

Fourth seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) needed just an hour and 29 minutes on court to dispose of Dudi Sela (DOO'-dee SAY'-luh) 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. Sela was the first Israeli man in 20 years to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick served up 24 aces in a 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Tomas Berdych (ber-DITCH'). The 2-time Wimbledon runner-up to Roger Federer will face Lleyton Hewitt on Wednesday. The 2002 champion rallied to beat Radek Stepanek 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Juan Carlos Ferrero upset eighth-seeded Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Guerin and Adams staying with Stanley Cup champions

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bill Guerin for one year.

The 38-year-old forward who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup this month would have become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

A 17-year NHL veteran, Guerin scored seven goals and 15 points in the postseason after being acquired from the Islanders at the trading deadline in March. He has 408 career goals.

The Penguins also signed Craig Adams, a fourth-line forward, to a 2-year deal. Adams had three goals in two assists in 24 playoff games for the Pens.

Court takes case over licensing of NFL apparel

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether the National Football League and its 32 teams can enter an exclusive licensing deal with a maker of team jerseys and other gear without violating federal antitrust law.

The court says it will hear an appeal from American Needle Inc., of Buffalo Grove, Ill., that challenges an agreement the NFL struck with Reebok International Ltd. American Needle had been 1 of many firms that manufactured NFL headwear until the league granted an exclusive contract to Reebok in 2001.

The NFL won the case in the federal appeals court in Chicago. But it also asked the Supreme Court to hear the case in a quest for a more sweeping decision that could stop what the league considers costly, frivolous antitrust lawsuits.

O.J.'s lawyers "thrilled" on appeal news

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada state Supreme Court panel will hear oral arguments on O.J. Simpson's bid to get out of prison pending his appeal to overturn a conviction in an armed hotel room heist. The hearing is set for Aug. 3. A lawyer for the former football star says he is "thrilled" that the court is hearing Simpson's motion.

The 61-year-old Simpson was convicted of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon in the gunpoint robbery of 2 sports memorabilia dealers in September 2007. He is serving nine to 33 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

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