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EX-NHL ENFORCER PROBERT DEAD AT AGE 45

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Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, as adept with his fists as with a stick in a 16-season career with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, died Monday after suffering chest pains while boating with his family. He was 45. "Bob lost the fight of his life this afternoon," said Mr. Probert's father-in-law, Dan Parkinson, a police officer who performed CPR before Mr. Probert was rushed to Ontario's Windsor Regional Medical Center. Mr. Probert was on a boat in Lake St. Clair with his wife, children and in-laws when he "developed severe chest pains," family friend Rich Rogow said. Mr. Probert, who had drinking problems during his time in the NHL, played for Detroit in 1985-94 and Chicago in 1995-2002.

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Federer at lowest point since '03

Roger Federer fell to No.3 in the ATP rankings, the first time since November 2003 he has been that low. The 16-time Grand Slam champion's quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon, following seven straight appearances in the final, dropped him one spot. He trails No.1 Rafael Nadal and new No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Federer was No.1 until he was overtaken by Nadal on June 7.

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Trying to extend his 15 minutes

Perhaps the A's should have run their latest promotion by the player whose remark inspired it. Trying to capitalize on a controversy that began when LHP Dallas Braden objected to Yankees star Alex Rodriguez running across the mound during an April 22 game, the A's are selling T-shirts that read, "Get off my mound," during this week's series against New York. And Braden isn't happy about it. "It looks like the A's are making light of the situation," Braden told the San Francisco Chronicle. "In some ways, it might keep what happened alive."

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"In reality, they're making a big deal about the game meaning something now and that the starters should play at least five or six innings. Well, I managed a couple All-Star Games where guys I had sitting on the bench were better than the guy that started. So, to me they can throw that theory totally out the window."

Jim Leyland, Tigers manager, on the All-Star selection process

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