Sports Watch

Phillies thrash Reds...Marquis gets 11th...Nomar wins in Fenway return

(AP) - The Cincinnati Reds held Ryan Howard in check Monday night, but they had plenty of trouble with the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup.

The Phils tied a team record by scoring 10 times in the first inning of a 22-1 pounding of Cincinnati. The rally included Chase Utley's three-run blast, two-run homers by Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs and a two-run double by pitcher Cole Hamels. It was the fourth time the Phils have plated 10 runs in the opening inning of a game, and the first time since June 2002 against the Montreal Expos.

Jayson Werth finished with five RBIs in the Phillies' highest-scoring output since a 26-7 rout of the Mets in June 1985.

The Phils are 4-0 on their current homestand after winning just 13 of their first 35 games at Citizens Park this year.

In other National League play, Jason Marquis is the majors' first 11-game winner of the season after holding Washington to seven hits in eight innings of Colorado's 1-0 victory. Todd Helton doubled home the only run in the eighth 1-0 game in Coors Field history.

Matt Cain is right behind Marquis on this year's wins list, picking up his 10th by allowing one earned run over 6 2-3 innings of San Francisco's 5-4 triumph over Florida. Pablo Sandoval ripped his first career grand slam to put the Giants up 5-0 in the fifth.

The Chicago Cubs made it six wins in eight games by grabbing a 4-0 lead by the second inning of a 4-2 triumph against Atlanta. Derrek Lee put the Cubs ahead with a two-run shot in the first, and rookie Randy Wells gave up two runs in six innings to win his fourth consecutive start.

Mike Hampton was sharp in Houston's 4-1 win against Pittsburgh, holding the Pirates to a run and three hits in seven innings. Miguel Tejada (teh-HAH'-dah) and Geoff Blum drove in two runs each to help Hampton beat the Pirates for the 10th consecutive start.

And Justin Upton manufactured the walk-off run in Arizona's 6-5 win over San Diego, working out a two-out walk and stealing second before scoring on Mark Reynolds' single. Upton also supplied a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

Over to the American League where Nomar Garciaparra was a winner in his first game at Fenway Park since being traded by the Red Sox five years ago. Garciaparra received a standing ovation before going 2 for 4 with an RBI single in Oakland's 6-0 win over the Bosox.

Red Sox Nation also watched John Smoltz surrender five runs and 10 hits over six innings before A's hurler Brett Anderson completed a two-hitter. It was the first complete game by an Oakland hurler since last July, and it kept the Red Sox just one game ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the American League East.

Also in the AL, The Yanks lost for just the second time in 12 games as Alex Rios belted a three-run homer and John McDonald added a solo shot to power Toronto past New York 7-6. Winning pitcher Ricky Romero extended his scoreless streak to 24 innings before newly acquired Yankee Eric Hinske homered in the fifth inning of his team debut.

The Los Angeles Angels have regained a 1-game lead over Texas in the AL West after a 9-4 rout of the Rangers. Jeff Mathis hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Torii Hunter and Juan Rivera each added a pair of RBI singles.

Mike Jacobs launched a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth, the difference in Kansas City's 4-3 verdict over Detroit. Willie Bloomquist provided the Royals' other scoring with a solo shot and a two-run triple.

Jarrod Washburn threw the second one-hitter in Safeco Field history to lead Seattle's 5-0 shutout of Baltimore. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) ruined the gem with a two-out single in the fourth.

Cubs closer to changing hands

CHICAGO (AP) - The family of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts is investing some of his money in a major-league ballclub.

A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that The Tribune Co. has reached a written agreement to sell the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and other assets to the family for about $900 million. The source says the agreement was reached over the weekend, and a term sheet outlining the deal was sent to Major League Baseball for review.

The term sheet is not a final agreement, according to the person, who adds that it contains details on how the Ricketts family will finance the deal. The deal also would give the Ricketts family a 25% interest in a regional cable television sports network.

Tribune Co. would not confirm an agreement has been reached.

Big Unit has a Big Hurt...Cubs activate Ramirez

(AP) - The Giants have placed left-hander Randy Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder. Johnson originally hurt the shoulder while swinging the bat yesterday before leaving the game following a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy says he hopes the 303-game winner can pitch when his 15 days are up.

Also in the majors:

The Texas Rangers have activated All-Star center fielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list and sent first baseman Chris Davis to AAA Oklahoma City. Hamilton went on the DL June 2 and had abdominal surgery a week later.

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis (ah-RAH'-mis) Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list, rejoining the team after a two-month absence because of a dislocated left shoulder. The Cubs also traded utilityman Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named.

The San Diego Padres have placed infielder David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Eckstein pulled up lame while running out a groundball in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, although manager Jim Leyland insists his last two starts did not factor in the decision. The rookie owned an 8-4 record with a 3.55 ERA June 24 before surrendering nine earned runs in 8 1-3 innings over his last two outings.

Lefty Franklin Morales has rejoined the Colorado Rockies after completing a rehabilitation assignment with AAA Colorado Springs. Morales missed the first half of the season with a shoulder injury.


Relative: Police say woman with McNair bought gun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police say the gun found at the scene where former NFL star Steve McNair died was bought by his girlfriend less than two days before the two were shot to death. Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says that 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL' kah-ZEE'-mee) bought the semiautomatic handgun Thursday evening from a person he didn't name.

An autopsy showed that McNair and Kazemi died early Saturday. He was shot four times and his death has been ruled a homicide. She was shot once and Aaron said police are still waiting for ballistic and gunpowder residue tests before deciding if she was slain or committed suicide.

Their bodies were found in a Nashville condominium leased by McNair, who was 36.

Report: Jason Kidd staying with Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) - Jason Kidd isn't going anywhere.

The free-agent point guard and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a 3-year contract for more than $25 million. The New York Knicks were among the suitors for the 37-year-old Kidd.

With this contract, Kidd could end his career in Dallas, which is just how he started it back in 1994.

The deal can't be signed until Wednesday.

Wade says he'll stay if Heat a title contender

MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane (dwayn) Wade's future with the Miami Heat hinges entirely around the team returning to NBA title contention.

The reigning NBA scoring champion can opt out of his Heat deal after the coming season. He says simply getting to the playoffs "is not enough" to satisfy him.

Wade's contract status is the biggest issue facing the Heat this summer. He could sign an extension as early as next week.

NHL investigating potential tampering by Leafs

TORONTO (AP) - The NHL is investigating possible tampering by Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

Wilson's comments on radio about the team's interest in Vancouver's Daniel and Henrik Sedin has drawn the interest of the league, The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.

"The league has indicated that they are looking into it, so we will have no public commentary at this time," Leafs general manager Brian Burke told the newspaper.

Last Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the Sedins re-signed with the Canucks, Wilson told the Fan 590 in Toronto: "You're hearing right now, and this sounds very contradictory, but there's a real possibility, I would think, that we would be going after the Sedins. Let's just speculate there."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly refused to confirm a league investigation of the Leafs, but said the Canucks have not filed a complaint with the league.

Rangers and Higgins agree...Canucks sign Raycroft...Blues re-sign Crombeen

(AP) - Unable to hammer out a pact to return to the Montreal Canadiens, forward Alex Kovalev has signed a 2-year contract with the rival Ottawa Senators.

The speedy right winger topped the Canadiens last season with 26 goals and 65 points and was chosen as the MVP of the All-Star game.


The San Jose Sharks have re-signed restricted free agent forward Ryane Clowe (RY'-an kloh) to a 4-year package after he recorded career bests of 22 goals, 30 assists and 52 points last season.

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with left wing Chris Higgins on a 1-year, $2.25 million deal. They acquired the restricted free agent last week in a six-player trade that sent Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Vancouver Canucks added depth in the nets by signing free agent Andrew Raycroft. Vancouver lost backup netminder Jason LaBarbera last week when he inked a 2-year, free-agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free-agent defenseman Francois Beauchemin (BOH'-sheh-mihn) to a 3-year contract. The 29-year-old Beauchemin spent last season with Anaheim, missing 62 regular-season contests due to a knee injury before appearing in the Ducks' 13 playoff games.

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed B.J. Crombeen. The 25-year-old forward had 22 points in 81 games last season and ranked second among NHL rookies with 148 penalty minutes.

Hall of Famer dies

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Hall of Fame offensive lineman Lou Creekmur has died at age 82.

Creekmur starred on the Detroit Lions' three NFL championship teams of the 1950s. He made eight straight Pro Bowl teams, was selected to the All-NFL team six times, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

The Lions say Creekmur, who had been in failing health in recent years, died Sunday at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida.

Mickelson's mother diagnosed with breast cancer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The mother of golfer Phil Mickelson has been diagnosed with breast cancer, six weeks after he announced his wife, Amy, had the disease.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its Web site that Mary Mickelson discovered she had breast cancer last week. She is to have surgery Friday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the same hospital where Amy Mickelson had surgery last Wednesday.

Perry will play at Turnberry

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - After meeting with doctors for his mother, who is dying of blood cancer, Kenny Perry has decided to play in the British Open next week.

Perry was criticized last year when he did not go to golf's oldest championship, sticking to his commitment to play in Milwaukee and to his goal of making the Ryder Cup team for the competition held in his native Kentucky.

He had planned all along to play this year's British Open, but had second thoughts when doctors put his mother in hospice.

Players reportedly look to oust commissioner

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A meeting last week of more than a dozen players has reportedly resulted in a letter sent to the LPGA Tour's board urging that commissioner Carolyn Bivens resign. Golfweek Magazine reports that key players stated in the letter the LPGA Tour's woes cannot be blamed on a poor economy, and they said the tour should find a new leader to rebuild relationships with longtime sponsors.

The magazine cited a player who had received a copy of the letter.

Among those at the meeting last week in Toledo, Ohio., were Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis.

Mayfield not on entry list for Saturday's Cup race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR asked a federal judge to reverse the ruling that lifted driver Jeremy Mayfield's indefinite suspension for failing a random drug test. The motion filed in U.S. District Court comes less than a week after Judge Graham Mullen cleared Mayfield to return to competition.

Mayfield was suspended May 9 for a positive drug test, and NASCAR has identified the substance as methamphetamine.

Injured Roddick won't play Davis Cup

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the U.S. Davis Cup team's quarterfinal at Croatia. He cites a right hip flexor injury suffered during yesterday's five-set loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

Roddick has been replaced by Mardy Fish.

Armstrong moving up

LA GRANDE-MOTTE, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong has vaulted from 10th to third place at the Tour de France, positioning himself for a shot at the yellow jersey after evading trouble on a windy ride along the Mediterranean.

Britain's Mark Cavendish won his second straight stage. He and Armstrong and overall leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept up with a breakaway group that bolted from the pack with 18 miles left in the 122-mile third stage.

Armstrong, a 7-time champion coming out of retirement, is 40 seconds behind.

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