Spain Wins World Cup, Defeating Netherlands 1-0
Spain won the first FIFA World Cup in the country's history Sunday. Goals were hard to come by in a game dominated by 13 yellow cards. Spain striker Andres Iniesta ended the scoreless drought, finding the back of the net in the 116th minute. Before the game, former South African president Nelson Mandela was driven onto the field on a golf cart, smiling and waving to the fans as the vuvuzelas buzzed throughout Soccer City.
Bob Sheppard Dies
Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard died at his home in Baldwin, NY Sunday. Sheppard was 99 years old. According to his son, Chris, the "Voice of Yankee Stadium" died peacefully surrounded by family members early Sunday morning. A recording of his voice still introduces Derek Jeter before every at bat at Yankee Stadium.
Vick Faces Continuing Travel Restriction
Michael Vick is being denied travel privileges while the investigation into a shooting that took place outside his birthday party continues. According to WCAU-TV, Vick is not allowed to leave the state and has already missed two scheduled appearances. According to ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack, discipline of this type is not unusual while a possible probation violation is being investigated.
NBA Star LeBron James Show on ESPN Draws Huge Ratings
Nearly 10 million people watched LeBron James reveal his "Decision" Thursday night on ESPN. The Nielsen Co. estimates that 9.95 million people watched James announce that he's leaving Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat, making it the third-most-watched program on cable television this year. An estimated one in four Cleveland homes tuned in for the special.
Agent: Farmar Gets $12 Million Deal With Nets
The New Jersey Nets gained some championship experience Sunday. Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the Nets, his agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher on Sunday night.
Beckett Strikes Out Four in Rehab Start
Josh Beckett's lower-back strain seems to be improving. Beckett threw four innings of rehab ball for Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, allowing one run and two hits. Beckett, who has been on the DL since May 19, didn't issue any walks and struck out four against Syracuse. The 30-year-old right-hander threw 68 pitches and topped out at 96 mph on the radar gun.
Bailey and Verlander Among Late Adds to All-Star Game
Timing is everything, just ask Oakland's Andrew Bailey and Detroit's Justin Verlander. Major League Baseball announced Sunday that both pitchers have been added to the American League All-Star roster. The roster spots became available as a result of the new rule that makes pitchers who started games for their clubs on Sunday ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Lance Armstrong's Hopes 'Finished' Amid Crashes
Lance Armstrong will NOT win his final Tour de France race, admitting "My Tour is finished." The record seven-time champ, competing in his 13th Tour, fell to 39th overall Sunday after being caught up in three crashes. The stage was won by 25-year-old Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, and Armstrong finished nearly 12 minutes back, in 61st place.
NHRA's Driver Dies After Crashing
Top Alcohol dragster racer Mark Niver, 60, from Phoenix, was involved in a fatal incident Sunday when his dragster crashed in the shutdown area during eliminations at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. NHRA officials are investigating the accident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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