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Trade Deadline Passes With Just Five Deals (AP)
AP - Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline was a dud, with Manny Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, A.J. Burnett and Mike Cameron all remaining with their teams. There were just five low-level deals involving 11 players in the hours before Sunday's deadline. Outfielder Matt Lawton was the highest-profile player to switch sides, going to the Chicago Cubs from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Jody Gerut.

First-Place Braves Surging in East (AP)
AP - The Atlanta Braves have used a combination of power and pitching to overtake Washington for first place in the NL East. Out west, the Arizona Diamondbacks backed into the division lead with help from the stumbling San Diego Padres.

Ramirez and Giambi End July on Highs (AP)
AP - Manny Ramirez and Jason Giambi capped a memorable month with key hits in big wins. Mentioned in trade talk leading up to Sunday's deadline, Ramirez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Boggs, Sandberg Inducted Into Hall of Fame (AP)
AP - Wade Boggs sailed along until his eyes met those of his dad. Ryne Sandberg simply delivered as he usually did. Four decades after both first dared to dream of baseball greatness, Boggs and Sandberg were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday to the adoring cheers of thousands of Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cub fans.

Singh Holds Off Woods to Win Buick Open (AP)
AP - Just when it looked like Vijay Singh would cruise to another Buick Open victory, Tiger Woods made the final round interesting.

Owens Topic of Conversation at Eagles Camp (AP)
AP - Philadelphia Eagles rookie receiver Reggie Brown has had to answer more than his share of questions about a player he has yet to meet.

Stromile Swift Plans to Sign With Rockets (AP)
AP - Stromile Swift will sign with the Houston Rockets early next week, the free agent said Saturday.

National League Leaders (AP)
AP - BATTING_DeLee, Chicago, .360; MiCabrera, Florida, .351; Pujols, St. Louis, .343; Alou, San Francisco, .328; NJohnson, Washington, .319; BClark, Milwaukee, .317; Utley, Philadelphia, .315.

AC Milan Ties Chelsea 1-1 in Exhibition (AP)
AP - Manuel Rui Costa fought off two defenders and scored in the 80th minute, rallying AC Milan to a 1-1 tie with Chelsea in an exhibition game at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

Dallas Stars Sign Defenseman Sergei Zubov (AP)
AP - Sergei Zubov signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday, one day before the veteran defenseman could've become an unrestricted free agent.

Green with envy
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The contract disputes of Grady Jackson and Javon Walker have only one thing in common: both want more money.

Cardinals agree to extension with Boldin (AP)
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin signed a contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and reported for training camp on time, anxious to put months of uncertainty behind him and get on with his spectacular career. ``That's the most important part,'' the 2003 NFL offensive rookie of the year said.

McNabb says he has no issues with Owens (AP)
Donovan McNabb would rather exchange high-fives with Terrell Owens instead of harsh words. McNabb said Saturday he doesn't need to work out any differences with Owens, even though the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback and the All-Pro wide receiver squabbled during the Philadelphia Eagles' tumultuous offseason.

McDougle to miss at least four weeks (AP)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle is expected to miss at least four weeks while recovering from a gunshot wound, the team said Saturday. McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers late Thursday night in southwest Miami, police said Friday. The Eagles said he will remain in the hospital for another five to seven days after undergoing surgery.

Packers sign first-rounder Rodgers (AP)
The Green Bay Packers signed first-round draft pick Aaron Rodgers on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound quarterback out of California missed the first two days of camp, leaving backup quarterbacks Craig Nall and J.T. O'Sullivan doing extra reps behind starter Brett Favre. Rodgers is the first quarterback selected in the first round by the Packers since 1981.

Taylor reports for Redskins camp (AP)
Smiling and unusually congenial, safety Sean Taylor reported to Washington Redskins training camp Sunday, ending an offseason in which he snubbed his coaches and got arrested in Florida. ``I'm happy to be back,'' Taylor said as he walked to his car after taking a required conditioning test with the team's training staff.

Cowboys first-round picks agree to terms (AP)
Dallas Cowboys first-round picks Demarcus Ware and Marcus Spears agreed to five-year contracts late Saturday after missing the first day of training camp. The two defensive ends were expected to sign their deals and be on the field in time for the Cowboys' next practice Sunday afternoon. Ware was the 11th overall pick in April out of Troy, and nine picks later Spears was drafted from LSU.

Smith begins battle for Niners' QB job (AP)
Tim Rattay and Alex Smith threw the same passes and called the same plays Saturday, each patiently taking his turn in the opening workout of the San Francisco 49ers' training camp. Coach Mike Nolan says the Niners' starting quarterback and his high-profile replacement will stay on equal footing for at least a little while longer.

Rinse cycle
Larry Brown loves to clean up other people's messes. That's why he wants to coach the washed-up Knicks.

NBA, union finalize and sign new CBA (AP)
The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement was finally completed and signed early Saturday, clearing the way for free agent signings to begin Tuesday. Lawyers for the league and the players' union had been working nearly around the clock for the past several days on drafting the documents for the six-year agreement, which was agreed to in principle more than a month ago.

Swift says he'll sign with Rockets (AP)
Stromile Swift will sign with the Houston Rockets early next week, the free agent said Saturday. ``I'm ready to get it over with,'' Swift said before playing in Tracy McGrady's celebrity softball tournament. ``It will relieve a lot of pressure.'' Swift's agent told several Houston media outlets on July 18 that the Rockets had reached a deal with the player, but free agents could not be signed until...

Source: Las Vegas gets '07 All-Star game (AP)
Las Vegas will be the site of the 2007 NBA All-Star game, marking the first time the event will be held in a non-NBA city. An official with knowledge of the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed reports in the Las Vegas media that the city has been given the go-ahead to play host to the league's showcase event.

Brown says Knicks job will be his last (AP)
Larry Brown made a few things clear at his first public appearance as coach of the New York Knicks: Isiah Thomas will still have final say on personnel moves, Herb Williams will be the coach in case of emergency, and patience will be a necessary commodity for everyone. ``It's going to be ugly early, I can promise you that.

Agent: Nets agree to deal with McInnis (AP)
Free agent guard Jeff McInnis has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Nets, his agent said Friday. McInnis will sign a one-year deal with an option for a second, Steve Kauffman said. The 6-foot-4 McInnis can play both point guard, as a backup to Jason Kidd, and shooting guard. He averaged 12.8 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Turiaf 'feeling fine' after surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf is ``feeling fine,'' the former Gonzaga star said Thursday while recovering from heart surgery. In a statement released from Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California, Turiaf said: ``My surgery went well.'' Turiaf underwent surgery Tuesday to repair an enlarged aortic root.

Nuggets' Karl has prostate surgery (AP)
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl had prostate surgery Thursday, the team said. The surgery, which took about five hours, was performed at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, said Nuggets' spokeswoman Teri Washington. ``George's surgery was very successful and he expects a full recovery,'' said Rick Majerus, the former Utah men's college basketball coach, who was with Karl in...

Sabres' Satan becomes a free agent (AP)
Miroslav Satan became an unrestricted free agent Sunday after the Buffalo Sabres declined to make a qualifying offer to the team's six-time scoring leader. By not qualifying Satan's $4 million contract for next season, general manager Darcy Regier said the Sabres can now use that money to address other needs, particularly on defense.

Yzerman to talk to Detroit (AP)
Steve Yzerman is expected to speak to Detroit Red Wings officials on Monday about the one-year contract the club has offered the longtime captain to return for his 22nd season. The Red Wings wanted to know by this past weekend whether the 40-year-old Yzerman planned to accept the offer, but both sides agreed to talk on Monday after having trouble getting in touch Sunday.

Penguins draft Crosby first overall (AP)
Welcome to the NHL, Sidney Crosby. As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins took the teenage phenom from Canada with the No. 1 pick on Saturday. ``This is amazing,'' Crosby said. ``I'm just really relieved. It's unbelievable. I'm so happy right now.'' The arrival of the young superstar, who's already been compared to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, is just what the NHL needed after the lockout that erased...

Stars sign D Zubov to three-year deal (AP)
Sergei Zubov signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday, one day before the veteran defenseman could've become an unrestricted free agent. Zubov, 35, has played eight seasons with the Stars, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Since the 1993-94 season, he ranks third among NHL defensemen in points (575) and is the only active defenseman with nine consecutive...

Devils make 10 qualifying offers (AP)
The New Jersey Devils made qualifying offers to 10 restricted free agents on Sunday, retaining their rights before the signing period begins on Monday. Forwards Patrik Elias, Jeff Friesen, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Jamie Langenbrunner, Viktor Kozlov, and defensemen Paul Martin, David Hale, Colin White, and Sean Brown were all qualified before the deadline Monday.

Lemieux might extend career three years (AP)
Just as Sidney Crosby was pulling on his No. 87 Pittsburgh Penguins jersey for the first time, his new boss -- and, likely, his new linemate -- dared Saturday to speak the two magic words the team's fans once thought they might not say again. Did Mario Lemieux, the owner-player whose team went through an 18-game losing streak when the NHL last played a season, really say the words ``Stanley Cup''?

Hurricanes trade O'Neill to Maple Leafs (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Jeff O'Neill to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft pick. O'Neill had 198 goals and 218 assists during his nine seasons with the franchise. He scored a career-high 41 goals in 2000-01. ``There's never a good time to say goodbye to somebody,'' Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Language barrier
A swear isn't always a swear when it comes to NASCAR and its drivers.

Rookie Sorenson wins NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Tribute 250 (SportsTicker)


Sorenson wins Wallace Family Tribute 250 (AP)
At an event honoring the Wallace racing family, Reed Sorenson stole the show.

Raceway recognizes Wallace family with grandstand (AP)
MADISON, Ill. – Paying tribute to a legendary racing family, Gateway International Raceway dedicated the...

Kurt Busch showing signs he can repeat as NASCAR champ (AP)
LONG POND, Pa. – Kurt Busch may not have acted like a champion at times this year, but he sure is driving...

Federal judge throws out Ford lawsuit against NASCAR driver Kahne (AP)
A federal judge has dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne by Ford Motor Co.

NASCAR president: Atlanta Motor Speedway damage worst he's seen (AP)
HAMPTON, Ga. – Amid toppled scoring towers and blown-out condominiums, NASCAR president Mike Helton said...

Indy-car title quest concerns counter Wheldon's racing style (AFP)
England's Dan Wheldon enjoys a 68-point edge in the Indy Racing League entering Sunday's Indy 400, but thoughts of a series title force him to adopt more conservative strategies than he likes.

Former Cup drivers enjoying Craftsman Truck Series (AP)
Bobby Hamilton spent 12 years racing in NASCAR's top stock car series without ever finishing better than ninth...

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