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Devil Rays Top Red Sox for 4th Win in Row (AP)
AP - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth straight victory, beating Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday night on Aubrey Huff's two-out RBI double in the 10th inning.

Rangers Beat Orioles, Snap Losing Streak (AP)
AP - Alfonso Soriano homered, had three hits and drove in two runs, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night that stopped a five-game losing streak.

White Sox Pummel Royals, 14-6 (AP)
AP - Jermaine Dye had three hits and drove in four runs, and Juan Uribe homered among his three hits and had three RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox in a 14-6 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Goosen, Mickelson Win Monday Night Golf (AP)
AP - Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson put away Tiger Woods and John Daly so convincingly that they barely needed the lights in the final installment of Monday Night Golf.

Hansen Wins Gold at World Swimming Event (AP)
AP - Brendan Hansen regained the upper hand in one of swimming's fiercest rivalries — and he didn't even need a world record to do it. The record-breaking Monday was left to Roland Schoeman and Jessica Hardy — one to be expected, the other a total shocker.

Browns Sign 2 Players, 2 Others Hold Out (AP)
AP - The Cleveland Browns signed two more rookie draft picks to contracts Monday, but have yet to reach a deal with first-round selection Braylon Edwards. The wide receiver may miss the start of training camp.

NBA Pushes Back Free Agency Signing Date (AP)
AP - The NBA pushed back the free agency signing date again Monday, forcing dozens of players to wait another several days before they can begin signing contracts.

Cubs Edge Giants, 3-2 (AP)
AP - Jeromy Burnitz hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Kenya Ordered to Play in Empty Stadium (AP)
AP - Kenya was ordered Monday by soccer's governing body to play its Sept. 2 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence.

Kings Re-Sign Robitaille to One-Year Deal (AP)
AP - The Los Angeles Kings and eight-time All-Star forward Luc Robitaille agreed to terms of a one-year contract Monday.

The true chosen ones
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Chicago's running game will have to rescue Rex Grossman before he can save the Bears.

Smith, 49ers agree to $57 million deal (AP)
Alex Smith, the first pick in April's draft, agreed to terms Monday on a six-year, $57 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Smith will receive a guaranteed $24 million, a lawyer familiar with terms of the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The agreement is expected to set off a run of signings of first-round draft picks.

Ricky Williams rejoins Dolphins (AP)
Back in the Miami Dolphins' backfield Monday, Ricky Williams made all the right moves. First, he showed up. Then he reached the end zone on his first carry, smiled at cheering fans, apologized for leaving the team in the lurch, said he was done with dope and calmly submitted to a media interrogation regarding his surreal one-year retirement.

Owens says he'll report, but isn't happy (AP)
Terrell Owens says he will report to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp even though he is hinting that he would agree to a trade because of a contract dispute. Owens told the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday for a story on its Web site that he would report to training camp, though he won't be happy if fails to get a new deal.

Pats sign first-round pick OL Mankins (AP)
The New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Logan Mankins on Monday, becoming the first NFL team to sign a player taken in the first round of this year's draft. His signing brings all seven of the team's 2005 draft choices under contract as the Super Bowl champions prepare for their first full-squad workout of training camp on Friday.

Questions for Pats, Eagles as camps open (AP)
New England begins its quest for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl victory and fourth in five years without the two coordinators who helped Bill Belichick win the first three titles. And that quest also will take place without linebacker Tedy Bruschi, the heart of the defense, who is sitting out the season after suffering a mild stroke.

Saban ready for his first Dolphins camp (AP)
Nick Saban returned this week from a family vacation in north Georgia to find his new $7 million waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale not quite finished, the scheduled completion date of June 1 long past. In his office overlooking the Miami Dolphins' practice fields, empty picture hooks dot the walls, evidence of a transition still in progress.

Titans look for protection in Jones deal (AP)
The Tennessee Titans care much more about protection than punctuality in negotiating a contract with their top draft pick, Adam ``Pacman'' Jones. General manager Floyd Reese prides himself on getting his top draft picks under contract and on to the field for the first practice of training camp. His lone exception since the franchise relocated to Tennessee was defensive tackle in Albert Haynesworth...

New York minute
That's how long it'd take Larry Brown to join the Knicks if his health – and the Pistons – allow it.

Brown to meet with Herb Williams (AP)
Larry Brown and Herb Williams planned to break bread together Monday night, one of the last steps before Brown decides whether he wants to become head coach of the New York Knicks. Brown could inform the team of his decision as early as Tuesday. ``If I get involved, it'll be a go,'' Brown's agent, Joe Glass, said Monday.

NBA pushes back free agency signing date (AP)
The NBA pushed back the free agency signing date again Monday, forcing dozens of players to wait another several days before they can begin signing contracts. The moratorium on signings was supposed to end Thursday at 6 p.m., but now will likely last until Monday or Tuesday. ``The NBA is continuing to make progress with the players' association toward finalizing the collective bargaining agreement,...

Pacers sign European star Jasikevicius (AP)
European star Sarunas Jasikevicius preferred a chance to go for an NBA title with the Indiana Pacers over an opportunity to play alongside one of his best friends with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 29-year-old point guard, who won three consecutive Euroleague championships, agreed to a three-year deal with the Pacers, his agent, Doug Neustadt, said Monday.

Cavaliers pointing to Jaric at guard (AP)
The Cavaliers' low-speed pursuit of a point guard has taken a sudden turn. With free agent Sarunas Jasikevicius agreeing to a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry has one less option to choose from in his search to fill the Cavaliers' most problematic position the past few years.

Turiaf to have heart surgery Tuesday (AP)
Ronny Turiaf, the Los Angeles Lakers' second-round draft pick last month, will undergo heart surgery next week to correct a life-threatening condition. The operation was scheduled for Tuesday at Stanford University Medical Center, Lakers spokesman John Black said Saturday. Turiaf, 22, was expected to be in the hospital for a week.

76ers agree to terms with C Dalembert (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers and restricted free-agent center Samuel Dalembert agreed to the terms of a six-year contract, the player's agent said Sunday. Agent Marc Cornstein confirmed the team and player agreed to the deal late Saturday night. He would not reveal financial terms of the contract. Because the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement has not been finalized, the free agent signing period...

Artest begins long road back to NBA (AP)
Ron Artest's exile is over. His long road back to the brink of NBA stardom is only beginning. That road began at the Minnesota summer league, where Artest played with rookies, undrafted free agents and desperate journeymen, trying to get comfortable in an Indiana Pacers uniform again. It didn't take long.

Beil's Spiel: Resurrecting the dead
The NHL is back, after showing fans what it's like going over a cliff on a Zamboni.

Wings waive Hatcher, McCarty, Whitney (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings placed defenseman Derian Hatcher and forwards Darren McCarty and Ray Whitney on waivers Monday, effectively cutting ties with the three high-profile veterans. If the players go unclaimed, the Red Wings have the option of buying out their contracts and making them unrestricted free agents.

Sakic, Blake will be back with Avalanche (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche spent a decade building a team that could contend for a Stanley Cup every year. The new collective bargaining agreement will chip away at that team, although the men in the front office aren't ready to give up on being great. General manager Pierre Lacroix said Monday the Avalanche will honor the contracts of two core players, Joe Sakic and Rob Blake, and insists he hasn't...

Habs won't exercise option on Brisebois (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens will not exercise their club option on defenseman Patrice Brisebois, making the 14-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Brisebois was to have earned $3.4 million next season after the leaguewide 24 percent pay cut agreed to in the new collective bargaining agreement. The 34-year-old Brisebois has spent his entire NHL career with Montreal and was the last remaining member...

Pens can't hide enthusiasm over Crosby (AP)
Sidney Crosby has yet to pull on a Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 87 jersey. Has yet to sign his first contract, attend his first training camp, play his first shift, go through the hassle of his first eight-cities-in-12 days road trip. But it was evident Saturday, from the we've-just-hit-the-lottery enthusiasm displayed by everyone in the organization from player-owner Mario Lemieux on down, that this...

Penguins eager to add last year's pick (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will know long before the start of training camp in September if 2004 first-round draft pick Evgeni Malkin will join an ever-growing lineup of scorers that will soon include Sidney Crosby. Penguins general manager Craig Patrick has already talked to one of Malkin's agents, Pat Brisson, about signing the 18-year-old center for the 2005-06 season.

Flyers buy out LeClair, Amonte (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers have bought out the contracts of forwards John LeClair and Tony Amonte. The 36-year-old LeClair spent 10 years with the Flyers, and was a member of the famed ``Legion of Doom'' line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg in the mid-1990s. LeClair, who entered the lockout due $9 million in the final year of a five-year contract, was to make $6.84 million after the leaguewide 24...

New deal, new rules, new star for NHL (AP)
The NHL's new economics are supposed to help small-market teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins. A teenager from Canada might do more for the franchise than a salary cap ever could. The league's board of governors voted 30-0 Friday to pass the cap-based collective bargaining agreement that the players' association overwhelmingly approved Thursday.

WWD: Pennsylvania 500
LONG POND, Pa. – Kurt Busch simply scorched the field at Pocono on Sunday.

Carmichael takes mile-high motocross win (AP)
Ricky Carmichael won his 22nd straight 250cc race with a victory in the AMA Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley Motocross Park on Sunday. The Makita Suzuki rider from Havana, Fla., is unbeaten since July 2003 and stretched his series lead to 76 points. ``Its great to get a win at a new track,'' Carmichael said.

Time running out for Gordon and Earnhardt (AP)
Time is running out for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to qualify for NASCAR's chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Kurt Busch begins push with win at NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 (SportsTicker)


Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono (AP)
Kurt Busch kept his poise with NASCAR's two grizzled veterans pushing hard down the stretch.

Whitt notches first career win in NASCAR Trucks O'Reilly 200 (SportsTicker)


Green edges Bowyer to win Busch Salute to the Troops 250 (SportsTicker)


Green wins ITT Industries 250 with late charge (AP)
David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win of the NASCAR Busch Series' ITT Industries 250 on Saturday.

Guilty verdict on US Grand Prix teams cancelled: FIA (AFP)
The guilty verdict of the seven teams who refused to race at the United States Formula One grand prix last month has been cancelled, world motor sport's governing body FIA said in a statement.

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