WEDNESDAY SPORTS, JUNE 15TH

Aspen–The FBI has contacted Cache Cache restaurant in Aspen to review surveillance tapes of a conversation between former cycling teammates Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. The two reportedly had a heated discussion over Hamilton accusing the 7-time Tour de France winner of using steroids.

Denver–The Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with last night’s 6 to 3 win over the San Diego Padres. Rookie pitcher Juan Nicasio struck out a career high nine batters over six innings for the win.

Elsewhere in sports…

NEW YORK (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) and
several owners are meeting with NFL Players Association chief
DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in
Maryland.
A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press
that the negotiations are continuing and they include lawyers for
both sides. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because
details of the meeting are not being made public.
On Tuesday, several people familiar with the talks told the AP
that significant progress was being made toward ending the owners’
lockout of the players, which is now in its fourth month. There’s
even optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement could be
reached by early July. That would allow training camps to open on
time later next month.

NHL-STANLEY CUP/GAME 7
Better safe than sorry

BOSTON (AP) – The city of Boston is taking extra precautions as
it prepares for possible Stanley Cup celebrations.
The Bruins are in Vancouver to take on the Canucks tonight in
the seventh and deciding game of the NHL’s championship series.
Police are deploying hundreds of extra officers to patrol the
streets around TD Garden and Fenway Park, neighborhoods with dozens
of sports bars where fans tend to congregate.
The city is also banning on-street parking in those same areas.
The Bruins also decided against holding a fans viewing party in
the TD Garden because of potential problems.
NFL, NBA and World Series championship celebrations in the city
in the past seven years have resulted in three deaths and
widespread vandalism.

NBA-MAVERICKS/NOWITZKI
Chancellor sends congrats to Dirk

BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated
Dirk Nowitzki on winning the MVP in the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA
finals triumph.
A spokesman for the chancellor says that Merkel wrote to
Nowitzki to laud him for being “the first German to fulfill this
great dream.”
Merkel praised the Bavarian’s “industriousness, perseverance
and outstanding performance.”
Nowitzki overcame a finger injury, illness and smothering
defense from the Miami Heat to win his and the Mavericks’ their
first NBA title.
The team will be honored with a parade in Dallas on Thursday.

MLB-SCHEDULE
Today’s full schedule gets started in National league

UNDATED (AP) – The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies will be
looking to notch a fifth straight victory this afternoon when they
host the Florida Marlins for game one of a day-night doubleheader.
The Phils have opened up a 3 1/2 game lead over Atlanta in the
division race.
Also this afternoon, the L.A. Dodgers will be out to avoid a
three-game sweep at the hands of visiting Cincinnati, and San Diego
entertains Colorado for the rubber game of their three-game series.
Tonight in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals will be
trying to end a four-game slide that’s cost them first place in the
Central standings when they take the field at Washington. Central
leader Milwaukee is at the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta is home to the New
York Mets, Pittsburgh plays at Houston and Arizona hosts San
Francisco.

All of the AL games on the Wednesday slate will be played under
the lights.
The Cleveland Indians start their home outing with Detroit a
game back of the Tigers in the Central race after yesterday’s loss
to their division rival. Texas is at the New York Yankees, Toronto
is home to Baltimore, Boston plays at Tampa bay, Minnesota
entertains the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City is at Oakland and the
L.A. Angels are at Seattle.

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/CLIJSTERS WITHDRAWS
Clijsters won’t play third Grand Slam of the year

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters
(KLY’-sturz) has withdrawn from Wimbledon.
The Belgian, who was seeded No. 2 Wednesday, says she had to
pull out of the grass-court Grand Slam after injuring her right
foot at a tournament in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
The two-week tournament starts Monday at the All England Club.
Clijsters, a three-time U.S. Open winner, hurt her right ankle
in April while dancing barefoot at her cousin’s wedding. She played
at the French Open but lost in the second round.
She says Tuesday’s injury is not related to the previous
problem.

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