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Looking Back at Sunday June 28
 
TOP OVERNIGHT STORIES:

-- BRAZIL RALLIES FROM 2-0 DEFICIT TO BEAT USA FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: Brazil captain Lucio headed in a corner from Elano in the 84th minute to help the five-time world champions hold off a spirited American team that had taken a 2-0 lead at halftime. Luis Fabiano scored two goals in the second half to put Brazil back in the match after Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan had given the Americans the lead.


-- RELATED: SPAIN BEATS SOUTH AFRICA FOR THIRD PLACE

-- JOEY LOGANO WINS FIRST SPRINT CUP RACE: The 19-year-old rookie came back from a crash that put him a lap down and won for the first time in 20 Cup race starts.


-- Related: EIGHT-CAR CRASH MIDRACE: As the field headed toward the first turn on the 175th of 301 scheduled laps, Martin Truex Jr. appeared to slow to avoid third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spun his tires on the restart. Kyle Busch hit Truex from behind and the melee was on. Before it was finished, Richard Childress Racing teammates Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears were all involved, as were David Ragan, David Reutimann and Brian Vickers. There were no injuries, but the race was red-flagged for just under 13 minutes while track workers cleaned up the mess. Truex was furious. Busch was able to continue and, as he drove past under caution, Truex motioned as if he was going to throw his helmet at the No. 18. Joey Logano won the 273-lap race.
--SOT: ESPN crew at race has sound from Truex that we will be fed in postrace. Brian Vickers, also in race, said about Kyle Busch, "I guess everybody just learns to expect Kyle doing something stupid--stupid is forever."

-- YANKEES' MARIANO RIVERA GETS 500th SAVE: Mariano Rivera earned his 500th save, becoming the second reliever to reach the milestone, and the New York Yankees beat the punchless Mets 4-2 on Sunday night for a Subway Series sweep. Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year and Rivera got four outs, securing the Yankees' fifth consecutive victory - all away from home. In a fun twist on a night that belonged to him, Rivera even contributed offensively by drawing a bases-loaded walk from Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth for his first career RBI. Rivera joined Milwaukee's Trevor Hoffman, who has 571 saves, as the only major leaguers with 500.

SOT: Rivera postgame talkback with Jon Miller/Joe Morgan; Tim Kurkjian history piece
(Note: Gary Thorne's call of the 1999 World Series save is courtesied as ESPN Radio (courtesy is burned in). It should actually be ESPN International ... it was NOT fixed Sunday night)

-- MANNY RAMIREZ HITLESS AGAIN IN REHAB ASSIGNMENT: Manny Ramirez's minor league rehab tour continued Sunday without a word from the suspended slugger. Ramirez didn't produce any hits, either, a day after a hitting leadoff homer for the Dodgers' Class A Inland Empire 66ers. Sunday was the fourth minor-league rehab game for Ramirez, who is scheduled to return from his 50-game ban for violation baseball's drug policy and rejoin the Dodgers on Friday. Cheers greeted each of his three hitless plate appearances, with only a touch of boos. He had a security escort when he left the field and headed into the clubhouse, ignoring a request to stop and speak to reporters. He did wave to fans as he was driven away in a car, however.


RELATED: With the weather being as hot as it is in San Bernardino, the Inland Empire 66ers have a home uniform that's made with a cooler mesh-style jersey. They also have a standard uniform. The uniform company could not make them the mesh-style uni with a No. 99 on it in time for Manny Ramirez's arrival for his rehab starts. The standard uniform with No 99 WAS able to be made in time. So with Sunday's gametime temperature at 102 degrees, the team had to wear the standard-style uniforms.

-- JOZY ALTIDORE ISN'T SURE HE WANTS TO RETURN TO VILLARREAL: (MUST credit Goal.com) In the wake of the United States' 3-2 loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore stressed the importance of the U.S. players' playing for their club teams. Of the 23 players on the U.S. roster, only seven are regular starters in the top division of a European league. "I think it's important that we know wherever we're going, whatever environment we're in that we get playing time," Altidore told Goal.com. "You can't have guys coming in who haven't played, like myself. We have to be ready to play. That was a bit tough towards the end of the tournament." The 19-year-old Altidore transferred last summer from the New York Red Bulls to La Liga side Villarreal for $10 million, a record for an American player. He played a sparingly for the Yellow Submarine in the fall before going on loan to second-division side Xerez. However, with Xerez pushing for the Segunda Division title and automatic promotion to the Primera Division, Altidore saw only a few minutes of playing time over the second half of the season. His loan stint is up and he is now set to return to Villarreal. Whether he stays or not is unsure. However, Altidore was very clear about his own future with Villarreal. "In my mind, I don't really want to go back there," he said. "I want to go play somewhere else."


-- KENNY PERRY WINS TRAVELERS WITH RECORD 258: There was no Masters-style meltdown Sunday for Kenny Perry. Perry shot 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms, two other golfers in their 40s. The 48-year old Perry, whose bogey-bogey finish at Augusta kept him from winning the Masters in April, tied a course record with a 61 Thursday and led after each of the first two rounds here. But, he trailed by a stroke to Goydos heading into the final round. He responded by shooting a 32 on the front nine and was up by five strokes heading to the par-4 15th. Goydos, 45, made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 15 and birdied 16. But he missed his birdie putt on 17 to the right. Perry birdied 15, and put the tournament away by making birdie on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet.


-- HUNDREDS PAY TRIBUTE TO SLAIN IOWA FOOTBALL COACH: Hundreds of people on Sunday waited for hours in lines that stretched for blocks to attend the visitation for a slain Iowa high school football coach. A funeral is planned for Monday in Parkersburg, Iowa, for Ed Thomas, who was gunned down Wednesday during a team workout. Authorities have charged 24-year-old Mark Becker, who had played for Thomas, with first-degree murder.


-- FAMILY SETTLES SUIT WITH RICE OVER ATHLETE'S DEATH: The family of a former Rice University football player who died during a workout has settled its lawsuit with the school and the NCAA, which has agreed to recommend that its member universities test all athletes for sickle cell trait. Dale Lloyd II died a day after he collapsed during a

conditioning workout Sept. 24, 2006. The 19-year-old freshman's death was linked to sickle cell trait and created the basis for the lawsuit filed in state district court in Harris County. At the time of Lloyd's death, Rice did not test its athletes for sickle cell trait. Much of the settlement is confidential, Houston television station KRIV reported Sunday.


WIMBLEDON PLAY

Featured today:

Roger Federer vs Robin Soderlig in rematch of French Open final

Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic are also on schedule

Venus Williams vs Ana Ivanovic

Serena Williams Dinara Safina are also on schedule


MLB:

OZZIE GUILLEN SAYS WHITE SOX FANS DON'T COME BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT AS DUMB AS CUBS FANS

After Cubs manager Lou Piniella pointed out the spike in attendance from 22,000 when the Dodgers faced the White Sox last week to a full house when the Cubs visited U.S. Cellular Field this weekend, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked why attendance was so low for the Dodgers series.

"Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans," Guillen said. "They know we're [expletive]."

Guillen said Cubs fans will watch any game at Wrigley Field because "Wrigley Field is just a bar."




PITCHING INJURY UPDATES:

-- Gil Meche to test arm before next start

-- Ervin Santana declares he's ready to pitch

-- Eric Bedard not sure of his next start

-- Kenshin Kawakami bumped from his next start


DEMOTED PIRATES PITCHER IAN SNELL K'S 17 IN RETURN TO TRIPLE A

Ian Snell found one good way to escape the "negativity:" Strike 'em all out.

In a superb return to Class AAA Indianapolis yesterday, he fanned 17 batters over seven innings, including his first 13 outs of a 2-1 victory against visiting Toledo.

Snell opened with a walk before the 13 consecutive strikeouts. He finished with a line of one unearned run, two hits and the walk, throwing 70 of 108 pitches for strikes.

This came four days after requesting a demotion from the Pirates -- one that management already had been discussing -- because of what he described as "too much negativity" in Pittsburgh.

"The guys made me feel welcome here," Snell said yesterday. "It was just fun to see this relaxed, fun atmosphere. Nothing against the guys up there, you know. They work hard. I just have a lot of thoughts going through my head, and I wanted to get my thoughts together. I felt awesome, and they made me feel awesome."




NBA:

AMARE STOUDEMIRE WAITING FOR WORD ON HIS FUTURE

Amaré Stoudemire's camp has not heard from any other NBA team about the possibility of acquiring him or any interest in securing his future with a contract extension.

Stoudemire's agent, Charles Grantham, said he would like to hear a commitment from one team in particular - the Suns.

"Either he's in or out," Grantham said Sunday while in Phoenix. "You're going to have to really make a commitment to him that he's part of your program going forward and that you're going to work around him. Those decisions seemingly are still up in the air. They are going to have to be made at some point. You'll have to talk about either committing to him or trading him.

"Those discussions haven't happened yet."

Discussions about trading Stoudemire have happened. A deal with Golden State unraveled after Thursday's draft over the Warriors' unwillingness to part with No. 7 pick Stephen Curry. A Suns-Warriors trade remains possible with something added to the package of Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli.




NASCAR:

TONY STEWART MAY ADD 3RD CAR TO HIS TEAM NEXT SEASON

Not yet halfway through his first season as a NASCAR team owner, Tony Stewart already is thinking about expanding.

Stewart-Haas Racing is enjoying a banner season, with Stewart leading the Sprint Cup standings and teammate Ryan Newman sitting seventh. That success has Stewart entertaining the idea of adding a third car next season.

"The biggest thing is you've got to make sure you can fund it first," he said. "You can build a team, but if you don't have the money to run it, it's not going to work.

"We haven't talked to anybody at this point. (We're) just letting everybody know we're open to discussing it. It doesn't cost a dime to listen."

Among the driver candidates should Stewart decide to move forward is Brad Keselowski, 25, who is third in the Nationwide Series standings driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports team.



FROM SUNDAY:

        FIFA: Brazil comeback beats USA 3-2 in Confederations Cup final.

        MLB: Mariano Rivera gets 500th career save as Yankees sweep Subway Series from Mets

        NASCAR: Joey Logano gets 1st Cup victory


WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON MONDAY:

        Wimbledon, 7 am, ESPN2

        Funeral for slain Iowa HS football coach Ed Thomas, 11:30 am EDT. George Smith/Mike Flasch coverage

        MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 pm


---BRAZIL RALLIES FROM 2-0 DEFICIT TO BEAT USA FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: Brazil captain Lucio headed in a corner from Elano in the 84th minute to help the five-time world champions hold off a spirited American team that had taken a 2-0 lead at halftime. Luis Fabiano scored two goals in the second half to put Brazil back in the match after Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan had given

the Americans the lead.


---Related, WORTH CONSIDERING: SPAIN BEATS SOUTH AFRICA FOR THIRD PLACE: Xabi Alonso scored on a free kick in extra time Sunday to give Spain a 3-2 win. The U.S. is scheduled to play Brazil for the championship later in the day.

---YANKEES' MARIANO RIVERA GETS 500th SAVE: Mariano Rivera earned his 500th save, becoming the second reliever to reach the milestone, and the New York Yankees beat the punchless Mets 4-2 on Sunday night for a Subway Series sweep. Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year and Rivera got four outs, securing the Yankees' fifth consecutive victory - all away from home. In a fun twist on a night that belonged to him, Rivera even contributed offensively by drawing a bases-loaded walk from Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth for his first career RBI. Rivera joined Milwaukee's Trevor Hoffman, who has 571 saves, as the only major leaguers with 500.


---JOEY LOGANO WINS FIRST SPRINT CUP RACE: The 19-year-old rookie came back from a crash that put him a lap down and won for the first time in 20 Cup race starts.


---Related, WORTH CONSIDERING: EIGHT-CAR CRASH MIDRACE: As the field headed toward the first turn on the 175th of 301 scheduled laps, Martin Truex Jr. appeared to slow to avoid third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spun his tires on the restart. Kyle Busch hit Truex from behind and the melee was on. Before it was finished, Richard Childress Racing teammates Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears were all involved, as were David Ragan, David Reutimann and Brian Vickers. There were no injuries, but the race was red-flagged for just under 13 minutes while track workers cleaned up the mess. Truex was furious. Busch was able to continue and, as he drove past under caution, Truex motioned as if he was going to throw his helmet at the No. 18. Joey Logano won the 273-lap race.
--SOT: ESPN crew at race has sound from Truex that we will be fed in postrace. Brian Vickers, also in race, said about Kyle Busch, "I guess everybody just learns to expect Kyle doing something stupid--stupid is forever." FS 59-Post Race; Loganos sidebar (Shannon Spake)

---MANNY RAMIREZ HITLESS AGAIN IN REHAB ASSIGNMENT: Manny Ramirez's minor league rehab tour continued Sunday without a word from the suspended slugger. Ramirez didn't produce any hits, either, a day after a hitting leadoff homer for the Dodgers' Class A Inland Empire 66ers. Sunday was the fourth minor-league rehab game for Ramirez, who is scheduled to return from his 50-game ban for violation baseball's drug policy and rejoin the Dodgers on Friday. Cheers greeted each of his three hitless plate appearances, with only a touch of boos. He had a security escort when he left the field and headed into the clubhouse, ignoring a request to stop and speak to reporters.

MLB:

---CUBS COACH CONFRONTS WHITE SOX EMPLOYEE OVER ALLEGED LEAK (CREDIT Chicago Tribune): Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild confronted a White Sox clubhouse employee Saturday over an alleged leaking of the Lou Piniella-Milton Bradley argument. He was told no Sox employee who worked in the clubhouse spoke to the media about the incident, though Bradley and the Cubs believe otherwise.


---Related, OZZIE DEFENDS WHITE SOX CLUBHOUSE WORKERS: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen disagreed with the manner in which the Cubs questioned visiting clubhouse workers about the leaking of comments Cubs manager Lou Piniella made to Milton Bradley before Bradley was sent home during Friday's game. Guillen said the situation would have been handled better had the Cubs approached Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf or general manager Ken Williams about the issue. Guillen added that Sox already knew there was a problem, since they could see several players heading down the clubhouse tunnel in the middle of the game. Guillen suspected the Cubs might have put the Sox in the middle of this to deflect attention toward Friday's Piniella-Bradley spat. If Guillen discovered a snitch in the Sox's clubhouse, "They'd get fired," Guillen said.

---CARDINALS INF KHALIL GREENE HAS SETBACK IN BATTLE AGAINST ANXIETY-RELATED DISORDER

---MIKE LOWELL BACK TO BOSTON TO GET INJECTION IN AILING HIP (CREDIT Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe//contributor to BBTN Daily Beat): Instead of flying with the team to Baltimore tonight, Mike Lowell will head back to Boston to get a shot of Synvisc in the hip on which he had labrum surgery back in October. "The hope is that -- it's kind of like a gel type thing -- for some people it's like the miracle," manager Terry Francona said. "For other people it's not. Lowell will need about 24 hours before he can be evaluated. If not, the next step could be a stint on the disabled list.

---BLUE JAYS ACTIVATE ACE ROY HALLADAY FOR MONDAY START

---ASTROS 3B AARON BOONE CLEARED TO WORK OUT (open-heart surgery)

---RED SOX OF JASON BAY TO BECOME U.S. CITIZEN JULY 2

---PHILLIES P ANTONIO BASTARDO TO MISS START WEDNESDAY (shoulder strain)

NFL:


---BILLS IN NO HURRY TO INCREASE GAMES IN TORONTO: Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is in no hurry to have his team play more than one annual regular-season game in Toronto. Wilson told The Associated Press on Sunday he'd prefer waiting "two or three years" to determine whether the northern experiment is a success before he'd consider reworking the contract reached last year with Toronto-based Rogers Communications. The Bills are locked into playing five regular-season - one a year - and three preseason games in Toronto under the agreement which runs through 2012.

GOLF:


-- GREG NORMAN TO PLAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN FOR NEXT THREE YEARS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

---N.C. STATE LB NATE IRVING CHARGED AFTER ACCIDENT; SUFFERS BROKEN LEG, COLLAPSED LUNG

SOCCER:


---JOZY ALTIDORE ISN'T SURE HE WANTS TO RETURN TO VILLARREAL: (MUST credit Goal.com) In the wake of the United States' 3-2 loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore stressed the importance of the U.S. players' playing for their club teams. Of the 23 players on the U.S. roster, only seven are regular starters in the top division of a European league. "I think it's important that we know wherever we're going, whatever environment we're in that we get playing time," Altidore told Goal.com. "You can't have guys coming in who haven't played, like myself. We have to be ready to play. That was a bit tough towards the end of the tournament." The 19-year-old Altidore transferred last summer from the New York Red Bulls to La Liga side Villarreal for $10 million, a record for an American player. He played a sparingly for the Yellow Submarine in the fall before going on loan to second-division side Xerez. However, with Xerez pushing for the Segunda Division title and automatic promotion to the Primera Division, Altidore saw only a few minutes of playing time over the second half of the season. His loan stint is up and he is now set to return to Villarreal. Whether he stays or not is unsure. However, Altidore was very clear about his own future with Villarreal. "In my mind, I don't really want to go back there," he said. "I want to go play somewhere else."

MISC:


---HUNDREDS PAY TRIBUTE TO SLAIN IOWA FOOTBALL COACH: Hundreds of people waited for hours in lines that stretched for blocks to attend the visitation for a slain Iowa high school football coach. A funeral is planned for Monday in Parkersburg, Iowa, for Ed Thomas, following the visitation Sunday. Thomas was fatally shot Wednesday during a team workout. Authorities have charged 24-year-old Mark Becker, who had played for Thomas, with first-degree murder.


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