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Orioles Fire Mazzilli, Appoint Perlozzo (AP)
AP - A miserable week for Lee Mazzilli began with Rafael Palmeiro's suspension and ended with the manager's dismissal.

Rangers Snap Ray's 6-Game Winning Streak (AP)
AP - Alfonso Soriano had three hits and a career-high five RBIs and the Texas Rangers ended Tampa Bay's season-high six-game winning streak with a 13-5 victory over the Devil Rays on Thursday night.

Diamondbacks Clobber Astros 7-3 (AP)
AP - Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer and Shawn Green and Tony Clark also connected, powering the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Expert: Palmeiro Steroid Easy to Detect (AP)
AP - Stanozolol, the muscle-building anabolic steroid that Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for, can help athletes avoid being sidelined by injury and make them perform better — but it's so easily detected that one expert said he's amazed any player subject to drug screening would dare use it.

Stenberg Wins Moto X Best Trick Contest (AP)
AP - Jeremy Stenberg kicked his feet into the air in the midst of a backflip Thursday to beat Travis Pastrana in the Moto X best trick contest, avoiding the type of brutal crashes that waylaid other X Games competitors.

Reid Says Owens Isn't Faking Groin Injury (AP)
AP - Disgruntled All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens isn't faking a groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says. Owens left the morning practice after injuring his left groin Thursday and did not return for the team's afternoon workout in Bethlehem, Pa.

Wells Ready for New Start With Kings (AP)
AP - Bonzi Wells is ready to shed his bad-guy reputation with the Sacramento Kings.

Hampton Pitches 4 Innings in Rehab Start (AP)
AP - Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Hampton, on the disabled list for the third time this season, pitched four solid innings in a rehab start Thursday night for Triple-A Richmond.

MetroStars to Build $92.2M Stadium (AP)
AP - The MetroStars plan to build a $92.2 million stadium that would give the Major League Soccer club a home of its own. The MetroStars are in their 10th season at Giants Stadium. The team announced Thursday it expected the new 20,000-seat venue to open in June 2007.

Predators Agree to Terms With Mark Eaton (AP)
AP - The Nashville Predators agreed Thursday to terms with defenseman Mark Eaton.

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

Owens misses practice with injured groin (AP)
Terrell Owens left the Philadelphia Eagles' morning practice Thursday and did not return for the team's afternoon session after injuring his left groin. During the morning practice, Owens walked to the medical tent before being carted off the field. Coach Andy Reid said he is day-to-day, and dismissed any suggestion that the injury might not be genuine.

Jamal Lewis' return to Ravens delayed (AP)
Jamal Lewis' return to the Baltimore Ravens hit a snag Thursday over technicalities regarding his probation on a federal drug conspiracy charge. The former All-Pro running back was released from an Atlanta halfway house Tuesday. He was expected to report to the Ravens on Thursday, but his lawyer Jerome Froelich, said Lewis has to meet with his probation officer in Atlanta.

Courtney Brown out with dislocated elbow (AP)
Broncos defensive lineman Courtney Brown dislocated his left elbow Thursday, a setback that is expected to keep him out three to six weeks and adds yet another to a long list of injuries that have hampered his career. Brown was injured in the morning practice at Denver's training camp, at the end of a play during which he was trying to strip the ball from a player ``and his arm kind of got...

Manning, Vick to highlight American Bowl (AP)
Peyton Manning and Michael Vick will share the spotlight when they take the field Saturday at the American Bowl in Japan. But until then, both plan on soaking up the atmosphere in the world's biggest city. Manning and Vick, two of the NFL's marquee quarterbacks, took part in practice Thursday in preparation for Saturday's NFL preseason opener between the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons at...

Seymour's holdout was a 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.

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.

Abdur-Rahim fails physical, deal on hold (AP)
The New Jersey Nets' trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been put on hold after the veteran forward failed to pass a physical. The Nets did not disclose the nature or cause of the problem, but said the injury in question was one that neither the team nor Abdur-Rahim was aware of.

Blazers waive guards Van Exel, Anderson (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers introduced the two newest components of their rebuilding project on Thursday. The team was waiting, however, for word on whether the trade that sent Shareef Abdur-Rahim to the New Jersey Nets would fall through. Abdur-Rahim was at the center of a sign-and-trade Tuesday with the Trail Blazers getting a protected first-round draft choice in return.

Ray Allen signs extension with Sonics (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 ready for new role with Heat (AP)
Antoine Walker understands his new role, and he's ready to embrace it with the Miami Heat. Throughout most of his first nine seasons, a tenure spent largely with the Boston Celtics, Walker was a marquee guy, someone who teams built offenses around. That won't be the case in Miami, not with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade starring as one of the NBA's elite 1-2 punches.

Butler, Atkins introduced as Wizards (AP)
Washington Wizards boss Ernie Grunfeld first started watching Caron Butler from afar when the young star was in high school. Washington's president of basketball operations got a much closer look on Thursday when Butler and veteran guard Chucky Atkins were introduced as the newest members of the Wizards.

Mobley signs $42M deal with Clippers (AP)
When games were on the line in the closing seconds last season, the Los Angeles Clippers didn't always have a go-to guy. Cuttino Mobley could change that. ``Last year, we had 16 games or more that we lost by three points or less,'' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said Wednesday at a news conference to announce Mobley's signing as a free agent.

Suns sign new shooting guard in Bell (AP)
The Phoenix Suns, who have lost one shooting guard this summer and are close to losing another, signed free agent Raja Bell to a five-year contract worth just under $24 million on Wednesday. The Suns insisted they never pursued Bell to hedge against the loss of Quentin Richardson and Joe Johnson. ``People speculated that signing Raja was an insurance policy,'' team president Bryan Colangelo said.

Flyers trade Roenick to Kings (AP)
Jeremy Roenick is going Hollywood. The Philadelphia Flyers made salary-cap room for Peter Forsberg by trading the outspoken Roenick to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Los Angeles also receives a 2006 third-round draft pick the Flyers acquired from Nashville. Philadelphia gets future considerations from the Kings and space under the $39 million cap to clear the way for Forsberg.

Scott Niedermayer joins brother on Ducks (AP)
Scott Niedermayer's desire to play with his brother Rob on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks was worth more than anything the New Jersey Devils could offer. Niedermayer, the Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman in 2003-04, chose family over money Thursday, turning down a deal with the Devils that would have paid him more than his four-year, $27-million contract with the Ducks.

Bruins introduce Leetch, sign Zhamnov (AP)
Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell had just finished showing off free agent Brian Leetch on Thursday when team president Harry Sinden inquired prophetically, ``Did Mike announce anything else today?'' Three hours later, the Bruins confirmed they had agreed to terms with center Alexei Zhamnov on a three-year deal, continuing the transformation of what had been one of the NHL's most reluctant...

Red Wings re-sign Chelios (AP)
The Red Wings re-signed 43-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract on Thursday, bringing him back for his 22nd NHL season. Chelios, who has already spent six seasons in Detroit, is a three-time winner of the Norris Trophy -- given to the NHL's top defenseman each season -- and is 24th among active players with 914 points, including 178 goals.

Czechs reject NHL transfer agreement (AP)
The Czech hockey federation joined its Russian counterpart and rejected the player transfer between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation, further threatening the NHL's participation in the Olympics next year. All 14 Czech league teams voted against the agreement on Wednesday, said Lubos Kozeluh, a deputy head in the federation.

Rangers sign rugged wing Nieminen (AP)
Ville Nieminen is bringing his hard hits to Madison Square Garden. The rugged left wing who was suspended for two Game 5s during Calgary's run to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday. ``Ville is a hard working player who competes every shift,'' Rangers general manager Glen Sather said.

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.

Chevy's pace laps
INDIANAPOLIS – Chevy unveiled its new Monte Carlo SS race car at the Brickyard on Thursday.

Busch brothers hope to turn Brickyard into the "Busch Series" (SportsTicker)
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - Defending NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and his younger brother Kyle are hoping to turn Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard into their own version of the NASCAR "Busch Series."

Notes: Said aiming to add Indy to resume (AP)
Boris Said has raced at most of the world's most famous racetracks, including Daytona International Speedway and...

Stewart heads back to Indy searching for elusive win (AP)
Tony Stewart isn't kidding when he says he'd trade every win and every trophy for just one victory at...

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...

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