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Knicks Said to Offer Coach Job to Brown (AP)
AP - Larry Brown has been offered a contract by the New York Knicks to become the franchise's 22nd head coach, his agent said Tuesday.

Cardinals Defeat Padres 4-2 (AP)
AP - Albert Pujols homered and John Gall had a hit and scored twice in his major league debut as the St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego 4-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders, handing the Padres' their season-high eighth straight loss.

Royals Clobber White Sox 7-1 (AP)
AP - Mark Teahen hit a three-run double and scored on a throwing error in a six-run sixth inning to help the Kansas City Royals defeat the Chicago White Sox for the first time this season, 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Indians Blank Athletics 2-0 (AP)
AP - Grady Sizemore homered and Jake Westbrook outdueled Oakland rookie Joe Blanton, helping the Cleveland Indians snap the Athletics' seven-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

Phelps Wins Freestyle Event at Swim Meet (AP)
AP - Michael Phelps shook off the disappointment of his first event at the World Swimming Championships with an emphatic victory in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night, holding off Australian star Grant Hackett.

NFL Draft Picks Begin Signing With Teams (AP)
AP - Alex Smith officially signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday and other first-rounders began to fall into line as teams prepared to open their training camps.

Brown agrees to coach NBA Knicks (AFP)
AFP - Larry Brown has agreed to coach the New York Knicks in a deal that will make him the highest-paid coach in American pro sports history, the New York Daily News reported.

Braves walk to close victory over Nationals (Reuters)
Reuters - Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to force in the winning run as the Atlanta Braves edged the Washington Nationals 3-2 in National League play at Turner Field on Tuesday.

MLS Suspends, Fines Franchino, Garcia (AP)
AP - Major League Soccer suspended New England Revolution defender Joe Franchino for two games for a committing a serious foul and Kansas City Wizards defender Nick Garcia received the same penalty Tuesday for swinging his elbow at an opponent.

Yzerman to Meet With Red Wings Over Future (AP)
AP - Steve Yzerman will meet this week with Detroit general manager Ken Holland to discuss whether the 40-year-old center will play a 22nd season for the Red Wings.

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

Smith signs lucrative deal with 49ers (AP)
Alex Smith has a contract befitting the NFL's next great young quarterback. And because he signed it before training camp, the San Francisco 49ers have plenty of time to figure out whether he's ready for the role. Smith inked his six-year contract with the 49ers on Tuesday, formally agreeing to a deal worth $49.5 million.

Cardinals move camp after virus outbreak (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals are moving their training camp south 78 miles from Flagstaff to Prescott after a viral outbreak on the Northern Arizona University campus, where the team normally stays. The decision to move was made Monday, and after a quick bus tour by team officials, Prescott was chosen as the new site on Tuesday.

Michaels to stay with MNF at ESPN (AP)
Al Michaels is staying with Monday Night Football when it moves from ABC to ESPN for the 2006 NFL season, parting with John Madden after four seasons in the booth together. Michaels has been the play-by-play man on Monday Night Football since 1986, the last three with Madden as analyst. After this season, Madden is moving to NBC, which is taking over the Sunday night time slot in 2006 for what the...

Money a big factor in Ricky's return (AP)
Ricky Williams owes the Miami Dolphins $8.6 million, which is one reason he decided to return to work. Williams was back in the Miami backfield Monday, two days past the one-year anniversary of his abrupt retirement. A judge last fall found him in breach of contract and ordered him to repay millions in bonus money he had received.

Expected holdouts don't worry Sherman (AP)
No longer being general manager of the Green Bay Packers means coach Mike Sherman doesn't have to fret over expected holdouts anymore. That's now Ted Thompson's job. So, Sherman, who was bogged down by Mike McKenzie's protracted holdout last summer, insisted Tuesday in his first news conference of training camp that he's not worried about those players who are expected to be absent for roll call...

Bears' talks with Benson at standstill (AP)
Jerry Angelo painted a darker picture Monday of contract negotiations with running back Cedric Benson, the fourth pick in the draft. The sides have not spoken since the start of training camp, Angelo said. ``We're certainly on top of this,'' Angelo said. ``We're very motivated to get him into camp. We made a very, very strong offer -- something we felt should have gotten it done.

Pats sign first-round pick 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.

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 appears set to join Knicks (AP)
The deal is almost done. The fine print of Larry Brown's contract was the only thing keeping him from becoming the New York Knicks' 22nd head coach. ``An offer has been made, but that doesn't mean a contract has been completed. Nothing has been finalized,'' Joe Glass, Brown's longtime agent, said Tuesday night.

NBA pushes back signing date again (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.

Turiaf undergoes heart surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf underwent heart surgery Tuesday and was expected to make a full recovery, the team said. Turiaf had surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root and preserve his aortic valve. He's expected to be hospitalized about a week. The six-hour operation was performed by Dr.

Original Knick Hertzberg dead at 82 (AP)
Sidney ``Sonny'' Hertzberg, an original member of the New York Knickerbockers and the leading scorer for the Boston Celtics in the 1949-50 season, died at his home in Woodmere, N.Y. He was 82. Hertzberg died Monday, a Knicks spokesman said. His daughter, Lois Nevitt, told the New York Daily News the cause was heart failure.

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.

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

Waddell named GM of '06 US Olympic team (AP)
Don Waddell will be looking for wins, not friends when he picks the 2006 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Waddell, the only general manager in Atlanta Thrashers history, added a new title Tuesday when he also assumed the GM duties for the team that will compete in the Turin Games in February. He along with Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia's assistant GM, and Jim Johannson, a two-time Olympic player, will pick...

Detroit GM and Yzerman to meet this week (AP)
Steve Yzerman will meet this week with Detroit general manager Ken Holland to discuss whether the 40-year-old center will play a 22nd season for the Red Wings. ``I want Steve to play this year,'' Holland said during Tuesday news conference. ``With the new coaching staff, I think he will be a tremendous asset to the coaches with his leadership in the locker room and as an incredibly determined...

Tampa gives coach, GM long-term deals (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed coach John Tortorella and general manager Jay Feaster to long-term contract extensions Tuesday, keeping together the duo that helped guide the franchise to its first Stanley Cup in 2004. ``Before the Stanley Cup Championship, and since, both have exhibited qualities to make you want to keep this team together for a long time,'' team president Ron Campbell said.

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...

Kings sign Robitaille to one-year deal (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings and eight-time All-Star forward Luc Robitaille agreed to terms of a one-year contract Monday. The 39-year-old Robitaille is the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, and has spent 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with Los Angeles. Financial terms of the contract were not announced. ``We have always considered Luc Robitaille to be a King at heart,'' Los Angeles general manager Dave...

Sabres' Golisano hails new labor deal (AP)
Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano was feeling chatty. Golisano was talking over the NHL's new labor deal with reporters when the Sabres' media relations official was ready to cut off questions. Instead Golisano interrupted to say he had time for plenty more. The Sabres' owner was in a giddy mood Monday discussing the the financial security the deal provides a small-market franchise like his.

Stand-up guys
Two of the sport's greats are taking their final bows – and entertaining all of us.

Woman racer holds no grudge after rivals' protest snub (AFP)
Danica Patrick said she holds no grudge against four rival Indy Racing League drivers for a protest last weekend but it's clear the honeymoon is over for the much-publicized rookie.

Indy-car team drops English racer Manning (AFP)
Britain's Darren Manning, a former Formula One test driver, was fired as a driver by the Indy Racing League's Ganassi Racing team after a season of struggles.

NASCAR crew chiefs fined (AP)
Derrike Cope's crew chief was fined $5,000 Tuesday for using an illegal part at Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to run at Talladega in fall of '06 (AP)
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will hold its first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006, creating a three-event weekend and taking on college football.

NASCAR crew chiefs fined for violations (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Crew chiefs Kenneth Glen and Shane Wilson were fined Tuesday by NASCAR for violations discovered at pre-qualifying inspections last week at Pocono Raceway.

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)

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