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Pistons get Gordon, Villanueva...Kobe staying put

(AP) - Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are on the move. Kobe Bryant is staying put.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Detroit Pistons have agreed in principle to free-agent contracts with Gordon and Villanueva. The team is not allowed to announce the free-agent signings until next week.

Gordon took a 5-year pact worth at least $50 million after averaging 20.7 points for Chicago last season. Villanueva's contract is worth at least $35 million over five seasons. Villanueva averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for the Bucks.

The contracts came a day after President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars fired head coach Michael Curry following a 39-43 season. Dumars says he wants a new coach in place before Tuesday's opening practice for the NBA developmental league.

Meanwhile, a Lakers' spokesman confirms that Bryant has chosen not to terminate the final two years of his contract and will remain in Los Angeles.

The MVP of the NBA finals had until Tuesday to become an unrestricted free agent.

Now the Lakers and Bryant's agent will negotiate a contract extension. He has spent his entire 13-year career with the team, winning four NBA championships.

And first-round draft pick Eric Maynor has officially signed with the Utah Jazz. He was the 20th overall selection.

Mets beat Brewers...Bosox turn tables on Birds

(AP) - One day after blowing a 10-1 lead in Baltimore, the Boston Red Sox turned the tables on the Orioles Wednesday afternoon.

The Red Sox trailed 5-1 in the ninth before pulling out a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Birds. Julio Lugo singled home the tiebreaking run as the Bosox took the rubber match of the 3-game series.

Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) triggered the Boston rally with a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rocco Baldelli poked a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

Boston hurlers retired their last 24 batters, with Jonathan Papelbon getting the last three outs to become the team's all-time saves leader with 133.

The Los Angeles Angels took a page out of Boston's book falling behind 7-1 at Texas before Juan Rivera tied the game with a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth. But the Rangers prevailed 9-7 on Hank Blalock's second homer of the game, a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.

The Rangers are within a half-game of the AL West-leading Angels after improving to 5-1 against them this season.

Checking out the rest of the AL slate:

Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera homered while Andy Pettitte worked seven innings of the New York Yankees' 10th straight home win against Seattle, 4-2. Mariners designated hitter Ken Griffey Jr. belted his 621st career home run, but Rodriguez put the Yankees ahead with his 566th, a two-run blast in the sixth.

Jason Giambi and Jack Cust slammed two-run homers and Dallas Braden ended a four-start winless stretch as the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1. Giambi's drive in the sixth off loser Justin Verlander was home run No. 407, tying him with Duke Snider for 43rd place all-time.

Jose Contreras gave up two runs and five hits over eight innings to help the Chicago White Sox whip Cleveland 6-2. Contreras is 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA since being recalled from AAA Charlotte.

Ricky Romero won his third consecutive start by pitching four-hit ball over a career-high eight innings of Toronto's 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. Rod Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs), Adam Lind and Scott Rolen each homered as the Blue Jays snapped the Rays' 7-game winning streak.

Joe Mauer raised his batting average to .392 by going 3 for 3 with an RBI single in Minnesota's 5-1 triumph against Kansas City. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) homered to support Glen Perkins, who gave up 10 hits but only one run in seven innings.

Over to the National League, where rookie Colby Rasmus became a hero in St. Louis after getting a second chance from San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Rasmus led off the bottom of the 10th with a homer run to give the Cardinals a 2-1 win over San Francisco. The blast came three pitches after Sandoval dropped Rasmus' foul ball to prolong the at-bat.

Both starters were terrific. Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright scattered six hits over nine innings and blanked the Giants until the eighth. Matt Cain allowed a first-inning run and six hits in seven frames for the Giants, who had won three in a row.

Also in the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado 1-0 on pinch-hitter Rafael Furcal's RBI single in the eighth inning. The game was the last played by the Dodgers without Manny Ramirez, who returns to the lineup Friday after sitting out 50 games with a drug suspension. The Dodgers were 29-21 during Ramirez's absence.

Jair Jurrjens (JY'-eer JUR'-jehnz) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Atlanta completed an 11-1 drubbing of Philadelphia. The no-hit bid ended when Paul Bako (BAH'-koh) singled with two outs in the seventh. Matt Diaz (DY'-az) slammed a two-run homer and Diory Hernandez added his first career round-tripper, both coming in the Braves' six-run fifth.

Yovanni Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) struck out 12 in seven innings this afternoon, but Ryan Church delivered an RBI single in the sixth inning to give the New York Mets a 1-0 win at Milwaukee. Mike Pelfrey helped the Mets end a 5-game losing streak, holding the Brew Crew to six hits in 7 2-3 innings.

Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) gave up only one hit in six innings before Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 win over Arizona. The Diamondbacks' offense consisted of an infield hit and a bunt single.

Hanley Ramirez extended his RBI streak to 10 games, Cody Ross belted his 14th homer and Florida improved to 9-0 against Washington by downing the Nationals 5-3. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramirez is the first shortstop in NL history with an RBI streak in double digits.

Derrek Lee and Kosuke Fukudome (KAHS'-kay foo-koo-DOH'-mee) homered to support Randy Wells' seven effective innings as the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 4-1. Wells limited the Pirates to one run and six hits in his third consecutive victory.

And Carlos Lee, Geoff Blum and Kaz Matsui hit RBI singles while Houston was scoring six times in the fourth inning of a 7-1 win at San Diego. The Astros capped the rally by scoring three times in Chase Headley's throwing error.

Olivo forced out

Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo (oh-LEE'-voh) was suspended for Wednesday's game against Minnesota for an animated argument with an umpire in Pittsburgh Saturday.

The suspension left the Royals without an experienced backup catcher for their game against the Minnesota Twins. John Buck is rehabbing a back injury.

The Royals also announced that shortstop Mike Aviles will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and be sidelined for up to 12 months. He was the Royals' player of the year last season.

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb is holding off shoulder surgery, making the decision after meeting with team doctors and three other physicians.

The 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since opening day. Webb will begin a regimen to strengthen the shoulder but isn't expected to throw for several weeks.

Hossa, Gaborik move on...Sedins staying with Vancouver...Ohlund moving to Tampa Bay

(AP) - Forwards Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) and Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-rik) now have another thing in common besides first names. Both joined new teams Wednesday, the first day of the NHL's free-agent signing period.

Hossa has accepted a 12-year, $62.8-million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks after scoring 40 goals and 71 points for Detroit last season. Hossa has 339 career goals and 719 points during an 11-year NHL career that includes appearances in the last two Stanley Cup finals.

Gaborik is New York Rangers property after taking a 5-year, $37.5-million contract. He was limited to 17 games with Minnesota last season after scoring a career-high 42 goals for the Wild in 207-08.

The Wild replaced Gaborik by signing right wing Martin Havlat to a 6-year pact. Havlat led Chicago with 77 points last season but became expendable when Hossa wound up with the Blackhawks.

The Sedin (seh-DEEN') twins aren't going anywhere. The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed the two forwards to identical $30.5-million contracts after they paced the team in scoring the last three years. Daniel and Henrik each finished with 82 points last season.


The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping Erik Cole, agreeing to a 2-year, $5.8-million package with the physical forward.

The Washington Capitals have given a 2-year, $5.6-million contract with right wing Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO'-bul), who had 27 goals and 47 points in 82 games for Philadelphia last season.

Free-agent defenseman Mattias Ohlund (mah-TEE'-uhs OH'-luhnd) signed a 7-year, $24.5-million package with Tampa Bay.

The Edmonton Oilers have inked 36-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO'-lihn) to a 4-year, 15-million deal.

Netminder Dwayne Roloson has signed a 2-year, $5-million contract with the New York Islanders, giving the team an experienced backup to oft-injured Rick DiPietro (dee-pee-EH'-troh).

Toronto has dealt defenseman Pavel Kubina (koo-BEE'-nuh) and forward Tim Stapleton to Atlanta for defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Colin Stuart. The Leafs also signed former New York Rangers enforcer Colton Orr to a 4-year pact.

Gritty defenseman Steve Montador agreed to a 2-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Anaheim is keeping Scott Niedermayer after hammering out a 1-year deal.

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed free-agent goalie Jason LaBarbera to a 2-year contract

Federer to play Haas in semifinals

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Tommy Haas will be the next hurdle in Roger Federer's quest for a record 15th Grand Slam title.

The 24th-seeded German reached his first Wimbledon semifinal by upsetting fourth-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The 31-year-old Haas is the oldest player to reach the quarterfinals, while the 22-year-old Djokovic is the youngest.

Federer moved a step closer to a sixth Wimbledon championship by beating hard-serving Ivo Karlovic (EE'-voh KAHR'-loh-vihch) of Croatia, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6.

Federer never faced a break point against the 6-foot-10 Karlovic, who had not lost serve in his first four matches of the fortnight.

Third seed Andy Murray delighted the Centre Court crowd with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 drubbing of Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero. It put the Scotsman into his first Wimbledon semifinal and kept alive hopes he can become the first British man to capture the All England title since Fred Perry in 1936.

Murray is the first Briton since Tim Henman in 2002 to reach the final four at Wimbledon. He'll face Andy Roddick next. The sixth-seeded American reached his fourth Wimbledon semifinal by beating 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

The women's semifinals highlight Thursday's Wimbledon action, and both matches feature a Williams sister. Second seed Serena Williams opens play at Centre Court with a match against No. 4 Elena Dementieva (dee-mehn-tee-AY-vuh) before 2-time defending champ Venus Williams takes on top-ranked Dinara Safina (dee-NAH'-rah sah-FEE'-nuh).

Former boxing champ, Managua mayor Arguello dead

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Managua, Nicaragua, mayor and former boxing champion Alexis Arguello has been found dead in his home. He was 57.

Arguello turned pro in 1968 and won his first title by knocking out Ruben Olivares for the featherweight crown. He later captured the super featherweight and lightweight belts, becoming the sixth boxer to win titles in three weight classes.

He retired in 1995 with a record of 82-8, with 65 knockouts, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

His Sandinista party's Radio Ya says coroners are conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Judge lifts suspension, says Mayfield can race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A judge has lifted Jeremy Mayfield's suspension, saying the NASCAR driver should be allowed to race.

U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen says "the court finds the harm to Mr. Mayfield significantly outweighs any harm to NASCAR."

NASCAR had indefinitely suspended Mayfield on May 9 after he tested positive for methamphetamines May 1.

In his ruling, Mullen says NASCAR can test Mayfield extensively, including hair samples, to determine "if he's been a meth-head or not."

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