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22 July 2007

Cardinals sign first-round pick Kozma

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with their top draft pick, shortstop Pete Kozma, on Saturday. Kozma, who was the 18th pick overall in the first-year player draft on June 7, will report to the club's minor league facility in Jupiter, Florida an...

19 July 2007

Numbers Game: Devils' Advocate

The New Jersey Devils entered the off-season with two of the most desirable unrestricted free agents, Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski, and lost them both. Numbers Game takes stock of the Devils' free agent signings.

16 July 2007

Asia shares ease (Reuters)

Reuters - Asian shares mostly eased on Monday with South Korea retreating from record highs on fears the government may take measures to cool the market, while oil prices held near 11-month highs above $77 on nagging supply worries.

Cubs complete weekend sweep of Astros

Derrek Lee broke a streak of 126 at-bats without a home run with a three-run shot in the second inning Sunday to help the Chicago Cubs complete a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-6 win. The Cubs have won 15 of their past 19 games and s...

15 July 2007

Havret edges Mickelson at Scottish Open

Frenchman Gregory Havret won the Scottish Open on Sunday after defeating world No. 3 Phil Mickelson at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Havret took in $1,005,950 in winnings and also earned a spot at the British Open at Carnoustie. The tourna...

13 July 2007

Jury still out in Conrad Black trial (Reuters)

Reuters - Jurors in the fraud and racketeering trial of former media baron Conrad Black and three associates adjourned on Thursday after an 11th day of deliberations, saying they will meet again on Friday.

Energizer Holdings to acquire Playtex Products (Reuters)

Reuters - Battery and razor maker Energizer Holdings Inc. said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire Playtex Products Inc. , for $18.30 a share in cash plus the assumption of Playtex debt.

10 July 2007

Defence challenges Italy's right to try US marine in Iraq shootings (AFP)

AFP - The trial in absentia of a US marine who shot dead a top Italian military intelligence officer in Iraq was adjourned Tuesday to September 27 after the defence questioned Italy's jurisdiction in the case.

Death penalty possible in teen killing (AP)

AP - A man accused of abducting a Kansas teenager from a store parking lot and killing her was charged Tuesday with rape and aggravated sodomy, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Jury split on Lord Black fraud trial verdict (AFP)

AFP - Jurors in the fraud trial of media tycoon Conrad Black told the judge Tuesday that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict, but were ordered to keep trying.

LA man sentenced to die for 10 murders (AP)

AP - A pizza deliveryman was sentenced to death Tuesday for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s in Los Angeles neighborhoods plagued by a crack cocaine epidemic.

Playwright: Actress shot at Phil Spector's mansion was not suicidal (CourtTV)

CourtTV - LOS ANGELES (C ourt TV) - A playwright who worked with Lana Clarkson a month before her death said the actress never displayed suicidal tendencies, but did voice disappointment about the trajectory of her career and worry about her future as ...

Furyk, Singh confirmed for Canadian Open

The last three winners of the Canadian Open were among a group of nine players announced Tuesday as confirmed participants in this year's event. Defending champion Jim Furyk, 2005 winner Mark Calcavecchia and 2004 champion Vijay Singh will all be at A...

Heat's Cook focusing on defence

Daequan Cook believes his shot will always be there. So Miami's first-round draft pick is spending his off-season focusing on defence. Cook scored 13 points in 23 minutes Monday in Miami's 88-74 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on the opening day of summ...

European shares slip amid Danone takeover news (AFP)

AFP - Europe's main stock markets retreated Tuesday on profit-taking as dealers contemplated to Danone's takeover bid for Dutch baby food group Numico.

TSN to broadcast Molitor's title defence

'The Canadian Kid', Steve Molitor, will attempt to defend his I.B.F. World Junior Featherweight title live on TSN, Saturday July 14 at 10pm et/7pm pt. The fight, entitled Rumble at Rama, is also available in High Definition on TSN HD and on-demand on ...

MLB All-Star Notebook: Monday

Many all-star managers use the opportunity to reward their own players with spots on the roster and plum assignments for the game. Jim Leyland just isn't one of them. The AL manager chose not to start his no-hit pitcher Justin Verlander in Tuesday nig...

La Russa to bat Bonds in second spot

Everyone was buzzing about Barry Bonds. National League manager Tony La Russa had just posted his lineup for Tuesday night's all-star game and Bonds, baseball's prodigy and pariah, was batting second, rather than his customary cleanup spot. "I'm hitti...

BSA offers $1 million reward for software pirates (InfoWorld)

InfoWorld - Earlier this month the Business Software Alliance (BSA) upped the ante from $200,000 to $1 million for anyone who turns in a company that is illegally circumventing software licensing agreements.

Thompson can keep money secret _ for now (AP)

AP - Come next weekend, presidential candidates will be opening up their second quarter finances and placing their spending and their donors up for a new round of scrutiny. Fred Thompson will not.

Experts link raw fish to liver cancer in SE Asia (Reuters)

Reuters - Thai researchers have urged people in Southeast Asia to stop eating raw freshwater fish because they risk becoming infected with a parasitic worm that may predispose them to developing liver cancer.

Director Lee says he's not part of "mainstream" (Reuters)

Reuters - Spike Lee, in Tuscany, Italy, to scout locations for his next film and to receive the 41st Fiesole Masters of Cinema Award, took swings Monday at Hollywood for its portrayal of black characters, at Washington for its foreign policy and at...

Reefs regenerating at Hanauma Bay (AP)

AP - Seventeen years after the city imposed strict restrictions on human activities in Hanauma Bay, the reefs are regenerating along the sides and more than 200 varieties of marine animals can be seen in the clear ocean waters.

British juror arrested after listening to music under hijab (AFP)

AFP - A female Muslim juror has been arrested in Britain after allegedly listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a murder trial, police said Monday.

LuPone ready to make Rose bloom again in "Gypsy" (Reuters)

Reuters - The big theater va-voom of the week isn't happening on Broadway but rather a few dozen paces north, at City Center on West 55th.