Sports Watch

Lincecum wins 10th...Yanks and Red Sox tied for AL East lead

(AP) - Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) flirted with a no-hitter in winning his 10th game by pitching the San Francisco Giants past San Diego 9-3 last night. Lincecum didn't allow a hit until Tony Gwynn Jr.'s leadoff single in the seventh and ended up allowing three runs on three hits in his six and two-thirds innings of work, striking out eight.

Lincecum's streak of 29 straight scoreless innings ended when the Padres scored three in the seventh. Lincecum is 10-2.

In the rest of the National League:

The Florida Marlins scored a team-record 10 runs in the eighth inning in erasing a 7-0 fifth inning deficit in their 14-7 win over Arizona. Brett Carroll's pinch-hit three-run homer was the big hit as Florida sent 14 batters to the plate against three Diamondbacks relievers.

The Philadelphia Phillies are regaining their winning touch at Citizens Bank Park, going 6-1 on their current homestand. Jayson Werth homered for the fourth straight game and Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer in their 9-6 win over Cincinnati. Jamie Moyer improved to 8-6, even though he allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.

Randy Wolf pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers past the New York Mets 11-2 for his first win in eight outings. Manny Ramirez had a pair of RBI singles.

Joel Pineiro (joh-EHL' pin-YAH'-roh) scattered three hits in his third complete game this year and Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over Milwaukee. St. Louis won 2 of 3 against Milwaukee to increase its lead in the NL Central to two heading into a 4-game series against the Chicago Cubs starting Friday.

An error by Miguel Tejada (teh-HAH'-dah) in the 11th inning made former Nationals reliever Joel Hanrahan a winner in the completion of a suspended game as Washington beat the Houston Astros 11-10. Hanrahan was on the mound when the game was suspended by rain in Washington on May 5, but since has been traded to Pittsburgh. The Astros clubbed the Nationals 9-4 in the regularly scheduled game.

Colorado rallied with two in the eighth to beat Atlanta 7-6 on pinch-hitter Garrett Atkins hit a two-out, two-run double. The Rockies have won four straight.

In the American League:

Franklin Gutierrez delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth in Seattle's 3-1 win over Texas.

Rookie David Price outpitched Roy Halladay in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over Toronto that completes a 3-game sweep of the visiting Blue Jays. Carlos Pena snapped a fifth-inning tie with a two-run double. Halladay pitched for the first time since Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi (rih-CHAHR'-dee) said he's willing to listen to trade offers for the 5-time All-Star.

Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) ended a 23-game homerless drought and the New York Yankees completed a season sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 6-4 victory. The Yanks climbed into a first-place tie with Boston in the AL East.

Kansas City rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Boston 8-6. Luke Hochevar won for the fifth time in seven starts

Kelly Shoppach hit a grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-8. Ryan Garko had four hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Indians, who won for only the sixth time in 23 games.

Remembering Steve McNair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Fans turned out by the thousands, donning their Tennessee Titans gear or their finest clothes on a steamy hot day in Nashville for the chance to honor slain ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair's accomplishments and charity work.

Police say the 36-year-old McNair was shot four times on July 4 by a girlfriend who then killed herself.

But McNair's coaches and teammates remembered McNair as a fierce competitor at a memorial service. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of his quarterback: "No more sacks, no more shoulder problems, and no more interceptions, only touchdown passes. I'm going to miss you, No. 9."

Judge blocks doping suspensions of 2 Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A judge has blocked the NFL's plan to suspend Minnesota Vikings linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for violating the league's anti-doping policy. It's a move their attorney says should let them start the season.

An attorney for the two players calls the order a "major victory" and says that at a minimum, it should allow them to play for the early part of the upcoming season.

Phelps breaks world mark...Torres also qualifies for worlds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Phelps has broken the world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist swam the two-lap final in 50.22 seconds at the Indiana University Natatorium. He lowered Ian Crocker's mark of 50.40 set in 2005.

Phelps' victory gives him a spot in the event at the world championships later this month in Rome. He's already qualified in the 200 fly and 200 freestyle as he continues his transformation from swimming middle distances to sprints.

Phelps currently holds individual world records in the 100 and 200 butterflys, 200 and 400 individual medleys, and the 200 free.

Dara Torres is also going to Rome, having won the 50 free at age 42 despite an ailing left knee that has a torn tendon and arthritis. She plans to have surgery later this summer.

Fast start gives Cho lead in third major of the year

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - South Korea's Na Yeon Cho birdied her first three holes on her way to a 3-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Women's Open, the third major on the LPGA calendar. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh), 2007 champion Cristie Kerr and qualifier Jean Reynolds are tied one shot back.

Janzen tied for lead

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Lee Janzen is tied with Darron Stiles for the lead after firing a 7-under 64 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. Janzen has not won on the PGA Tour since he captured his second U.S. Open in 1998.

J.J. Henry and Matt Bettencourt each shot a 6-under-65 and are one shot back.

Kenny Perry opened with a 68. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot 69.

Vickers wins Chicagoland pole

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Brian Vickers has won his fifth pole of the season, running a lap of 184.162 mph at Chicagoland Speedway. Red Bull Racing teammate Scott Speed qualified second for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race. 3-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was third.

Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Four-team, eight-player deal

(AP) - Four NBA teams have combined on an eight-player deal. The maneuver sends forward Hedo Turkoglu (HAY'-doo TURK'-oh-loo) to the Toronto Raptors from Orlando while the Raptors send forward Shawn Marion to Dallas and the Mavs ship guard Jerry Stackhouse to Memphis.

Overall the deal includes eight players, a draft pick and cash.

In other NBA transactions:

The Clippers have signed No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin. The 20-year-old forward averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds last season at Oklahoma. Griffin is scheduled to play on the Clippers' NBA Summer League entry in Las Vegas next week.

Unrestricted free agent Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhoh) and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a 6-year contract that could be worth as much as $50 million.

Sakic steps away after 20-year career

(AP) - Longtime Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic (SAK'-ik) is officially retiring after 20 seasons and two Stanley Cup titles.

His No. 19 sweater will also be retired.

The 40-year-old Sakic has been the face of the franchise since the team moved to Denver in 1995.

Known for his lethal wrist shot and precision passing, Sakic leaves with his name among the NHL's career scoring leaders. He's eighth in points with 1,641, 11th in assists with 1,016 and 14th in goals with 625.

In other news from around the NHL:

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Ales Kotalik on a 3-year, $9 million deal. Kotalik had 20 goals and 43 points in 75 games with the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers last season.

Thirty-9-year-old Rob Blake has inked a 1-year deal with San Jose, bringing the veteran defenseman back for his 19th NHL season a year after he had 35 assists and 10 goals for the Sharks.

Armstrong still less than a tick off the lead

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lance Armstrong remains a split second behind leader Fabian Cancellara after six stages of the Tour de France.

Thor Hushovd (tohr HUSH'-awf) of Norway led a mass sprint finish to capture the stage along rain-slick roads south of the French border in Spain.

Cancellara of Switzerland stayed just ahead of the 7-time champion after the 113-mile ride that ended in Barcelona.

The race heads to the first big mountain challenge with today's ride into the Pyrenees. The Tour ends July 26 in Paris.

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