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Palmeiro Faces Congressional Perjury Probe (AP)
AP - Even after failing a drug test, Rafael Palmeiro insists he was being truthful when he told Congress that he never used steroids. Congress wants to find out for itself.

Boston Red Sox Stretch AL East Lead (AP)
AP - Johnny Damon could see that left fielder Manny Ramirez and shortstop Edgar Renteria might run into each other when both players went for a shallow fly ball. They did, with Ramirez catching the ball as they collided. Both players were on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and walking to the dugout without any apparent serious injuries, and the Red Sox went on to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 8-5 Wednesday night to open a 4 1/2-game lead — their biggest of the season — over the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Help Is on the Way for the Chicago Cubs (AP)
AP - A mental mistake by Michael Barrett allowed the winning run to score in the ninth inning Wednesday night, and the Cubs lost 4-3 in Philadelphia.

Forsberg Lands With Flyers for $11.5M (AP)
AP - Peter Forsberg is back with the Philadelphia Flyers, with the hope he'll bring the championship they thought they'd win when he was traded away 13 years ago. Forsberg was chosen No. 6 by Philadelphia in the 1991 NHL draft but became the centerpiece of the five-for-one deal a year later that landed him in Quebec and sent Eric Lindros to the Flyers.

Seymour Feels the Love in Patriots' Camp (AP)
AP - On his first day in New England's training camp, All-Pro defensive end Richard Seymour felt the love. Seymour skipped the team's June minicamp and didn't report when training camp began last week. But he ended his holdout Tuesday after reportedly receiving a $1.2 million raise and a promise to talk about an extension.

Bucs' Pittman Welcomes Cadillac's Help (AP)
AP - Michael Pittman isn't fretting about losing Tampa Bay's starting running back job to Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. The eighth-year pro figures there's enough work in coach Jon Gruden's offense to keep him and the rookie happy.

Blazers Waive Guards Van Exel, Anderson (AP)
AP - The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to terms with free agent guards Juan Dixon and Charles Smith, while waiving veterans Nick Van Exel and Derek Anderson on Wednesday.

Nephew of Royals Manager Killed in Iraq (AP)
AP - Lance Cpl. Timothy Michael Bell Jr., a nephew of Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell, was among the 14 Marines killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. There was a moment of silence before the Royals played the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

FC Dallas Beats Columbus Crew 3-1 in OT (AP)
AP - Abe Thompson and Eddie Johnson scored in overtime to give FC Dallas a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew in a U.S. Open Cup round of 16 match marred by penalties and fan unrest Wednesday night .

Red Wings Re-Sign Mathieu Schneider (AP)
AP - The Detroit Red Wings re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year deal on Wednesday. He will earn $3.3 million this season.

A Daunte-ing task
MANKATO, Minn. – Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper must prove he can succeed without Randy Moss.

Owens gets an earful from Eagles fans (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles fans just couldn't bring themselves to hate Terrell Owens. Notorious for their boorish behavior, many fans booed the disgruntled All-Pro receiver and some taunted Owens during Wednesday morning's practice at Lehigh University. But it took just a simple smile and a little interaction for Owens to win them over again.

Seymour makes one move for himself (AP)
When the New England Patriots bypassed individual introductions and took the field as a team in the 2002 Super Bowl, Richard Seymour was with them. When the team won two more NFL titles over the next three years, he was there, too. But Seymour was not with his teammates when they opened training camp last week, nor at the mandatory minicamp earlier in the summer.

McDougle discharged from Miami hospital (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was discharged from a South Florida hospital Tuesday, and police said three teenagers were arrested in connection with his shooting. McDougle, 27, was shot late Thursday after three armed robbers approached him while he was sitting in his silver Mercedes coupe in southwest Miami.

Lions prez Millen signs 5-year extension (AP)
Detroit Lions president Matt Millen has agreed to a five-year contract extension, owner William Clay Ford Sr. announced Wednesday. Millen, who is in the fifth and final season of his original contract, said that he agreed to the deal last month, but the announcement was delayed to avoid taking the focus off the team.

First black head coach headed for Hall (AP)
Eleanor Pollard Towns was a freshman at West Virginia State in 1940 when another student rushed up to her to talk about her father, Fritz Pollard, the first black head coach in NFL history. She has never forgotten the experience. ``He told me how well he (Pollard) was liked in New York, and how he had helped so many young people,'' said Towns, 83, of Chicago.

'Neon' Deion camps out at training camp (AP)
Deion Sanders flashed his trademark smile as he stepped in front of a wave of cameras, microphones and tape recorders. He spoke at length Tuesday about his second year with the Baltimore Ravens when the questions suddenly turned to the hottest topic in sports: steroids. Someone asked Sanders if he believed that Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro might have accidentally taken steroids.

Young's crooked path ends in Canton (AP)
For once in his life, Steve Young doesn't have to wait for the good part. Most of the milestones in Young's life were reached only through an extraordinary amount of persistence and patience. Not many players have followed a road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with as many detours, wrong turns and rest stops as the one traversed by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Heat of the moment
The clock is ticking on Shaq's health. That's why Pat Riley felt compelled to shake up Miami's roster.

Blazers waive guards Van Exel, Anderson (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to terms with free agent guards Juan Dixon and Charles Smith, while waiving veterans Nick Van Exel and Derek Anderson on Wednesday. The team announced a Thursday news conference to introduce Dixon and Smith. Dixon comes to Portland after three years with Washington Wizards.

Allen signs extension with Seattle (AP)
Ray Allen listened to pitches from Cleveland, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers and others. In the end, the All-Star guard decided staying with the Seattle SuperSonics was the right choice for him. ``I wanted someone to say something to knock me off my feet. And I was very disappointed,'' Allen said Wednesday after signing a five-year contract extension with the SuperSonics.

Walker heads largest deal in NBA history (AP)
In the largest trade in NBA history, Antoine Walker was dealt from Boston to Miami on Tuesday night in a transaction involving five teams and 13 players. The Heat also acquired point guard Jason Williams and small forward James Posey from Memphis, while the Grizzlies received guard Eddie Jones from the Heat.

Shaq signs $100M, 5-year deal with Heat (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal likely left millions on the bargaining table. What he wants more than money is another championship. O'Neal signed a $100 million, five-year contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday, a deal that gives the 12-time All-Star center added financial security while allowing his team salary flexibility to pursue other players.

Brown happy to be out of Washington (AP)
Kwame Brown says he's ready for a new beginning with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown, drafted first overall in 2001 by Washington, was introduced by his new team at a news conference Wednesday, a day after the completion of a trade that brought the 6-foot-11 forward and forward Laron Profit to the Lakers in exchange for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins.

Joe Johnson deal hits snag (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns ran into ``procedural issue'' Tuesday, holding up a sign-and-trade deal that would send guard Joe Johnson to the Hawks. The Hawks wouldn't reveal the nature of the hang-up, but said the deal had not been finalized. ``At this time, there is a procedural issue regarding the reported deal with Atlanta and Phoenix that needs to be resolved,'' Atlanta general manager...

Dooling signs with Magic, leaves Heat (AP)
The Orlando Magic signed free agent point guard Keyon Dooling on Wednesday. Terms weren't disclosed, but Dooling said late last month the sides reached a three-year agreement worth nearly $10 million. He couldn't immediately sign because the NBA's collective bargaining agreement wasn't yet finalized. The 25-year-old Dooling averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 assists in 16 minutes a game this past season...

Flyers sign Forsberg to two-year deal (AP)
Peter Forsberg will finally play for the Philadelphia Flyers, who signed the former NHL MVP on Wednesday to an two-year, $11.5 million contract. The Flyers originally drafted Forsberg in 1991 but dealt him to Quebec in the Eric Lindros trade in 1992. Since then, Forsberg has become a seven-time All-Star and the league's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.

Bruins sign D Leetch to one-year deal (AP)
Brian Leetch is headed back to New England. The 37-year-old Norris Trophy-winning defenseman who was raised in Connecticut and played at Boston College, signed a one-year, $4 million contract on Wednesday as the Boston Bruins continued their widespread restructuring. The signing of the unrestricted free agent came one day after the Bruins signed free-agent forwards Glen Murray, Shawn McEachern and...

Isles trade Peca to Oilers, sign Satan (AP)
The Islanders traded captain Michael Peca to the Edmonton Oilers for center Mike York on Wednesday, shortly after signing high-scoring forward Miroslav Satan to a three-year deal. Peca joined the Islanders along with Alexei Yashin in separate draft-day trades in 2001 as New York tried to shed its losing image following seven years of missing the playoffs.

Flames sign Iginla to long-term deal (AP)
Jarome Iginla is staying with the Calgary Flames. The Calgary captain, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $21-million deal on Wednesday. The $7 million per season puts Iginla fifth on the NHL's list of highest-paid players behind Jaromir Jagr, Keith Tkachuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Alexei Yashin.

Modano changes mind, signs with Stars (AP)
Mike Modano will be staying with the Dallas Stars after all. Hours after backing out of a verbal deal, Modano agreed Wednesday night to a five-year contract to remain with the only team he's played for in the NHL. Modano -- the club's career leader in goals, points, assists and games played -- ended up taking the same $17.25 million deal he accepted Tuesday night then declined Wednesday afternoon.

Naslund re-signs with Canucks (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed captain and leading scorer Markus Naslund on Wednesday, giving him a three-year contract worth $18 million. The unrestricted free agent, who turned 32 on Saturday, reportedly turned down three-year, $18-million offers from two other teams to remain in Vancouver, where he has played the last nine seasons.

Pens sign D Gonchar to 5-year, $25M deal (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins promised to return to the new-look NHL by adding big-name players, not shedding them to cut payroll. The first name on their list: Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar, the NHL's top goal-scoring defenseman over the last six seasons, agreed Wednesday to a $25 million, five-year contract -- the Penguins' first big-ticket signing in eight years.

Trading Paint: Back on track
A week off hasn't slowed NASCAR fans down as Jerry's mailbag gets rolling again.

New Ford Cup car gets first track test (AP)
Dale Jarrett gave the Ford Fusion, the automaker's proposed NASCAR Nextel Cup entry for 2006, its first on-track test.

Martin still says he'll race in Cup, if needed, in 2006 (AP)
LOCUST GROVE, Ark. – Mark Martin fans could see him back on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit next year despite...

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...

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