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Bears Defeat Dolphins 27-24 (AP)
AP - Rookie Kyle Orton brought a breath of fresh air to the often-stale Chicago Bears offense. Orton riddled Miami's third-string defense on two late touchdown drives, lifting the Bears past the Dolphins 27-24 in the Hall of Fame game Monday night.

Longtime MLB Manager Gene Mauch Dies at 79 (AP)
AP - Gene Mauch, "the little general" who won 1,901 games as a manager but became infamous for historic losses, died Monday. He was 79.

Mariners Edge Twins 5-4 (AP)
AP - Jesse Crain walked Jeremy Reed with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to push across the tiebreaking run, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

'The Great One' Hired to Coach Coyotes (AP)
AP - The Great One isn't promising great things right away from the Phoenix Coyotes. Merely contending for the Stanley Cup would be fine for a start.

A-Rod's Homer Leads Yankees Over White Sox (AP)
AP - Mike Mussina outpitched former teammate Orlando Hernandez, and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer that sent the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory Monday night over the Chicago White Sox.

Vikings, James Reach Contract Agreement (AP)
AP - The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with holdout rookie defensive end Erasmus James, a first-round draft pick from Wisconsin.

Bucks Allow Pachulia to Head to Atlanta (AP)
AP - Zaza Pachulia joined the Atlanta Hawks on Monday after the Milwaukee Bucks declined to match a four-year, $16 million offer sheet.

Rodriguez homer lifts Yankees past White Sox (Reuters)
Reuters - Alex Rodriguez belted a two-run homer and Mike Mussina provided six gritty innings as the New York Yankees jumped out to an early lead then held on to edge the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Yankee Stadium Monday.

Alaves Tie Earthquakes 1-1 (AP)
AP - Julian Nash's header in the 65th minute gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 tie with Spanish club Deportivo Alaves in an exhibition match turned ugly Monday night.

Canucks' Bertuzzi Reinstated by NHL (AP)
AP - Todd Bertuzzi is back in the NHL. Steve Moore's return is not so certain. Bertuzzi was reinstated by commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, 17 months after the Vancouver Canucks forward's blindside punch left Moore with a broken neck and a murky playing future.

Mistakes by the Lake
CLEVELAND – Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage intend to build the Browns right for a change.

Williams quiet in return to Dolphins (AP)
Ricky Williams was relaxing on the Miami sideline, his night over, when two Chicago rookies stole the show and the game. Williams' return to the NFL turned into a non-event as he rushed for 8 yards on five first-half carries Monday night. Instead, the impressive debuts of quarterback Kyle Orton and receiver Mark Bradley lifted the Bears to a 27-24 victory in the Hall of Fame game.

CB Ty Law agrees to contract with Jets (AP)
Ty Law and Curtis Martin recently talked about how much they'd enjoy playing on the same team again. So when it became clear the New York Jets had a good shot at signing the free-agent Pro Bowl cornerback, Martin made his best sales pitch to his old friend. ``I talked to him a lot,'' Martin said. ``I showed him around.

Westbrook back, Owens absent for Eagles (AP)
While one key to the Philadelphia's offense made his training camp debut Monday, another was absent for the third time in four days. Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook ended his weeklong holdout and practiced with the team for the first time Monday at Lehigh University. But All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens was sidelined after reinjuring his left groin Sunday, an injury initially sustained last...

Steelers' Staley has knee surgery (AP)
Steelers running back Duce Staley underwent surgery Monday to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher expects him to miss a month, but isn't worried about Staley's health in the long run. ``He felt good about what took place when he came out,'' Cowher said. ``We're hopeful to have him by the opening of the season.'' Staley practiced only once with the team...

Green to Jets: Wait 'til next time (AP)
Giants linebacker Barrett Green is still seeing red from Saturday's brawl against the New York Jets, and can't wait for the rematch on Aug. 26. ``There's going to be a lot of animosity, you can count on that,'' Green said Monday. ``In the preseason game, there's no question about the rules, there's no question about hitting people.

Marino and Young enter Hall of Fame (AP)
Dan Marino just couldn't resist. The NFL's most prolific quarterback showed off his arm one more time, finishing off his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with -- what else? -- a perfect spiral to Mark Clayton, one of his many targets through the years. ``Of course, in the end, every quarterback wants one more Sunday with a football in his hands and going deep,'' Marino said, that gleam...

Eagles to retire Reggie White's No. 92 (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles will retire former defensive end Reggie White's No. 92 during a ceremony in December. A two-time NFL defensive player of the year and ordained minister who was known as the ``Minister of Defense,'' White died of a heart attack on Dec. 26, 2004, exactly one week after his 43rd birthday.

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.

NBA televised season tips off Nov. 1 (AP)
A Christmas Day doubleheader featuring the Spurs and Pistons in a rematch of the NBA Finals highlights the league's TV schedule.

LeBron James hires Leon Rose as agent (AP)
Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James, who fired agent Aaron Goodwin shortly after last season, has hired Leon Rose to represent him, a spokesman for the NBA Players Association said Friday. On Thursday, the player's union received a standard player-agent contract in the mail signed by James and Rose, spokesman Dan Wasserman said.

Las Vegas to host 2007 All-Star game (AP)
The NBA is going ``all-in'' with its All-Stars. The 2007 NBA All-Star game is headed to Las Vegas, the first time a city without a franchise has been chosen to host the event. The festivities will take place just off the Strip, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Commissioner David Stern called it ``a merger between the basketball capital of the world and the entertainment capital of the...

Lakers' Turiaf cancels news conference (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf, who underwent open-heart surgery last month, canceled a news conference Friday because he did not feel well. Turiaf was chosen 37th in the NBA draft out of Gonzaga and had surgery July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root that was discovered in a post-draft physical exam.

Grizzlies sign G Damon Stoudamire (AP)
Guard Damon Stoudamire on Friday signed a four-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells earlier this week. The 10-year veteran spent the past eight seasons in Portland. He is coming off his best season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 assists and shooting 91.5 percent from the foul line.

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.

Hawks' ownership rift headed to court (AP)
A power struggle among the Atlanta Hawks' owners heads to court next week, overshadowing attempts in the offseason to improve the team with the fewest wins in the NBA last season. Owner Steve Belkin of Boston has obtained a restraining order preventing his co-owners from removing him as the team's NBA governor.

Gretzky named Coyotes coach (AP)
Wayne Gretzky is amused by the notion great players don't make great coaches. Gretzky, introduced Monday as the coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, plans to lead by the same principles that made him the NHL's all-time leading scorer. ``When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn't make the NHL,'' he said.

Canucks F Bertuzzi reinstated to NHL (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi's NHL banishment is over, 17 months after his punch to the head of Colorado's Steve Moore. Bertuzzi is allowed to play hockey again, Moore's injuries from the attack might make his return impossible. The Vancouver Canucks forward was reinstated by commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, nearly a year and a half after Bertuzzi's blindside punch left Moore with a broken neck and a murky...

Red Wings bring back Osgood (AP)
Chris Osgood agreed to terms on a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, returning the goaltender to the team he helped win the 1998 Stanley Cup. Osgood will compete with Manny Legace for Detroit's top spot in the nets. ``We've got a new coach in Mike Babcock, who has no preconceived notions about either guy,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

Kariya sees Nashville as perfect fit (AP)
Take away the red line, add shootouts to end ties and the chance for two-line passes. Mix that with a speedy, hard-working team, and Paul Kariya said Monday it was an easy decision to pick the Nashville Predators as his new home. The Predators introduced Kariya at a news conference after announcing Friday that they had signed the 10-year veteran and seven-time All-Star to a $9 million, two-year...

Blue Jackets sign Nash to five-year deal (AP)
Rick Nash, who tied for the league lead in goals with 41 in 2003-04, re-signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, agreeing to a five-year contract. The 21-year-old left wing was a restricted free agent. He was the Blue Jackets' first overall pick of the 2002 draft. ``The bottom line is, Rick loves Columbus, he loves the city, he loves the team,'' his agent, Joe Resnick, told The Columbus...

Sabres F Grier accepts qualifying offer (AP)
Right wing Mike Grier re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, accepting a one-year qualifying offer to earn nearly $1.4 million this season. Acquired at the trade deadline in 2004 from Washington, Grier registered a goal and eight assists in 14 games with the Sabres. With the Capitals, Grier recorded 20 points in 68 games.

Hurricanes ink Whitney to two-year deal (AP)
Ray Whitney signed a two-year contract with Carolina, giving the Hurricanes a two-time All-Star who has topped 60 points in five of his last seven seasons. The 33-year-old left wing is joining his sixth NHL team. He has scored more than 20 goals in a season five times, setting a career high with 33 in 1997-98 with Edmonton and Florida.

WWD: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
Sunday at Indianapolis belonged to Tony Stewart.

You can go home again -- just bring a fast car (AP)
The racetrack didn't owe him anything. If anything, it was the other way around. Lots of kids grew up in the shadow of racing's most famous oval, zooming over nearby asphalt tracks in sprint cars, midgets and go-carts. And just this once, nobody had to remind Tony Stewart how few of them ever get good or lucky enough to make it inside the gates at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without buying a...

Leffler fired by Joe Gibbs Racing (AP)
Jason Leffler was fired Monday as driver for the No. 11 Chevrolet at Joe Gibbs Racing. The team will use a combination of drivers to replace him for the final 15 races of the season.

Racer Stewart gets victory of lifetime (AP)
What separates Tony Stewart from so many of the drivers plying their trade on the world's racetracks these days is his passion for the sport.

Johnson stumbles, Earnhardt tumbles at Indianapolis (AP)
Jimmie Johnson endured the harder hit. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the tougher blow.

Tony Stewart's win at Indianapolis is a family affair (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Writer

Tony Stewart wins Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)

Flat tires take their toll at Indy (AP)
There were more tire problems at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, and Michelin wasn't involved in any of them.

Johnson taken to hospital after crash (AP)
Jimmie Johnson was released from the hospital Sunday night, a few hours after crashing hard in the fourth turn during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

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