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Bonds' 70th HR ball fails to meet lofty auction expectations

CLEVELAND -- Barry Bonds' 70th home run ball from his record-breaking 2001 season sold for just $14,400 at auction after previously selling for $60,000 and valued at about half that.

Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions, said Hank Aaron's memorabilia attracted much higher bids in the Friday night auction.

An autographed Aaron jersey sold for $40,000 and his signed rookie contract with the Milwaukee Braves went for $31,200. Aaron's 1954 Topps rookie card sold for $19,200.

The ball was one of only a handful of items that didn't meet its estimated selling price, while all the Aaron memorabilia met or exceeded expectations, Allen said.

• MLB -- Tigers rookie pitcher Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hamstring strain.

Miller left Friday night's 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox after four innings. He injured the hamstring on his last pitch of the fourth inning, and couldn't warm up for the fifth.

The 22-year-old lefty is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 11 starts. Miller was Detroit's first-round draft pick out of North Carolina in 2006.

• The NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks made no move before the trade deadline, but they are making the most of the waiver wire.

The Diamondbacks added three veterans over the past two days to bolster depth heading in to an anticipated pennant run.

Left-hander Joe Kennedy was claimed off waivers from the Oakland A's, a day after Arizona grabbed ex-Diamondbacks right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim from Florida and infielder Jeff Cirillo from Minnesota.

• David Wells is in trouble again, and this time the punishment is coming straight from commissioner Bud Selig.

The San Diego Padres left-hander has been fined $5,000 for comments he made last month, after he was suspended seven games and fined $3,000 for his animated argument with an umpire who ejected him on July 7.

Wells said he'll appeal the new fine, just as he's appealing the original punishment.

• MLS -- David Beckham's MLS debut is likely still on hold.

Beckham said Saturday he's seven to 10 days away from starting a game because of a left ankle injury and probably won't be available off the bench Sunday when his Los Angeles Galaxy play Toronto FC.

Beckham, whose missed a Superliga game at FC Dallas earlier in the week, asked for patience and understanding.

"I'm here for five years and maybe more," he told a packed news conference Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. "That's where people may have to be slightly patient and not think that I'm just here for the glitz and the glamour. I'm here to play soccer, I'm not here to play anything else."

• TENNIS -- In Carlsbad, Calif., Maria Sharapova used a big first serve to reach the finals of the Acura Classic by defeating Anna Chakvetadze 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova snapped her fellow Russian's 12-match winning streak. Chakvetadze, who has yet to beat Sharapova in five career meetings, won two straight WTA tournaments, at Cincinnati and Stanford.

• In Washington, Andy Roddick outlasted Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) to reach the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic for the third time.

Roddick had 12 aces, but saved his best shot to set up a match point. With Karlovic serving at 5-all in the second-set tiebreaker, the American sprinted across the court to reach the Croatian's backhand volley, and curled his backhand winner up the line.

• WNBA -- In Uncasville, Conn., Katie Douglas scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun routed the Indiana Fever 84-59.

• SILVER STARS 86, SPARKS 67 -- In San Antonio, Shana Crossley came off the bench to lead San Antonio for the second straight game in scoring with 26 points as the Silver Stars clinched their first playoff berth since moving to Texas with a win over Los Angeles.

• COMETS 80, LYNX 77 -- In Minneapolis, Tina Thompson scored 14 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter and Houston held off Minnesota.

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