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Roethlisberger told he was close to dying (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger speaks with his teammates after they won the award for Best Team at the 2006 ESPY Awards in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles Wednesday, July 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday night that he was told he was "seconds, maybe a minute away from dying" immediately after his motorcycle accident last month.


LeBron, Wade, Carmelo ink new NBA deals (AP)
Presenters, actress Rosario Dawson and NBA player Dwyane Wade, react at the 2006 ESPY Awards in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles Wednesday, July 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Fear not, Cleveland and Miami fans. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade say they expect to be with your teams for a long time. For now, though, four more years is all the superstars will commit to. Classmate Carmelo Anthony went for more guaranteed money.


Armstrong, Sorenstam ESPY's top athletes (AP)
Show host Lane Armstrong watches himself compete in a Tour de France during taping of the 2006 ESPY Awards in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles Wednesday, July 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Lance Armstrong cracked risque jokes as the first athlete to host the ESPY Awards, then picked up his fourth consecutive male athlete of the year trophy Wednesday night.


Zidane: Insults provoked head-butt attack (AP)
In this photo made available by Canal Plus, French soccer star Zinedine Zidane talks during a television interview, in Paris, Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Zinedine Zidane apologized for his violent conduct during the World Cup final in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Daniel Bardou/Canal Plus) .AP - The Zinedine Zidane mystery is not quite solved yet. In his first, highly awaited comments since the World Cup final, the French soccer star only partly explained what caused him to react in fury and head-butt an Italian opponent: repeated harsh insults about his mother and sister.


Barbaro's condition worsens again (AP)
Signed get well cards for race horse Barbaro stand at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for Large Animals in Kennett Square, Pa., Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Barbaro's condition turned 'potentially serious' again Wednesday, a day after the Kentucky Derby winner's veterinarian gave a more upbeat report, saying the colt was stable and resting comfortably. Dean Richardson, the chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, also said the colt faced 'tough odds' and that doctors were looking at all possible treatments to keep the 3-year-old comfortable. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Weeks of good news about Barbaro have suddenly taken an alarming tone.


Former Olympic skier Bloom signs with Eagles (Reuters)
Jeremy Bloom is seen during a competition in Italy, February 15, 2006. Bloom signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to local media reports. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)Reuters - Former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to local media reports.


NBA's rising stars Wade, James sign contract extensions (AFP)
Having carried the Miami Heat to their first National Basketball Association championship, high-flying guard Dwyane Wade, pictured June 2006, has kept his options open by signing a three-year extension.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Stephen Dunn)AFP - Having carried the Miami Heat to their first National Basketball Association championship, high-flying guard Dwayne Wade has kept his options open by signing a three-year extension.


Will Bonds be indicted for perjury? (AP)
In this file photo from Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds leaves the federal building in San Francisco after appearing before a grand jury focusing on possible tax and drug violations by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. A federal judge in the case who ordered Bonds' trainer jailed last week because he refused to testify against Bonds said the grand jury's probe into whether Bonds lied under oath about steroid use is ending within 'weeks.' (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - With the grand jury investigating Barry Bonds apparently nearing the end of its term, speculation has swirled around the possibility that one of the game's greatest sluggers could be indicted for perjury or other crimes.


Mexico's Necaxa beats L.A. Galaxy 1-0 (AP)
AP - Kleber Boas of Brazil scored an unassisted goal in the 11th minute to give Mexico's Necaxa a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS on Wednesday night.

Canadiens re-sign Aebischer, sign Samsanov (AP)
AP - The Montreal Canadiens re-signed goalie David Aebischer to a $1.9 million, one-year contract Wednesday, and also signed free-agent forward Sergei Samsonov to a two-year contract and made two trades.

Supplemental supply
Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks and N.C. State wideout/return man Richard Washington top the NFL supplemental draft crop.

Roethlisberger told he was near death (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday night that he was told he was "seconds, maybe a minute away from dying" immediately after his motorcycle accident last month. Roethlisberger, in his first interview since the June 12 accident, told ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he doesn't remember much about the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left...

Bloom, Eagles agree on four-year deal (AP)
Two-time Olympic skier and fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom, and third-round selection Chris Gocong signed four-year contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA said Bloom wasn't eligible for the football team because he accepted endorsements to keep his...

Suspect in Green stabbing arrested (AP)
Police arrested a suspect Wednesday in the stabbing of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roderick Green in a suburban bowling alley parking lot. Chase M. Williams of Pikesville, was arrested without incident in west Baltimore, Baltimore County Police said. The 21-year-old Williams had been charged in a warrant with attempted first-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.

Steelers WR Holmes pleads not guilty (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes entered a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct charges. Neither Holmes nor his attorney were present at a brief hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge Darrin P. Gayles. A court date wasn't immediately set. Holmes, who was the Steelers' first-round pick in the April NFL draft out of Ohio State, was arrested as part of a police...

Sauerbrun to be suspended for ephedra (AP)
Todd Sauerbrun ripped off his helmet and hurled it in disgust after shanking a 25-yarder at the Denver Broncos' minicamp Friday. The paltry punt was the least of his troubles. Sauerbrun will be suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, a person close to the player said Friday.

Roethlisberger to play in golf tourney (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last month, will play in a celebrity golf tournament next week and appear in a music video. Officials with American Century Championship, a tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev., said Friday that Roethlisberger has committed to play there next weekend, July 14-16.

Vikings WR Robinson says he's clean (AP)
Minnesota Vikings receiver Koren Robinson knows he'll always be under scrutiny while living life as a recovering alcoholic. These last few days, however, have been a little over the top. Reports surfaced late Thursday night that Robinson had voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility to seek further treatment.

Summer's hot topics
Ben Wallace's departure, LeBron James' extension and Amare Stoudemire's comeback are the talk of the NBA.

LeBron, Cavs agree to 3-year extension (AP)
As he has throughout his short career, LeBron James combined basketball with business acumen Wednesday by accepting less than the maximum contract offered by the Cleveland Cavaliers. It wasn't a hometown discount. By taking $20 million less, James could cash in later. The 21-year-old agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $60 million, which will keep the All-Star forward with the...

Wade inks three-year extension with Heat (AP)
Dwyane Wade may continue wearing a Miami uniform through the 2010-11 season, and if all goes according to his plan, he'll stay with the Heat even longer. Wade signed a long-awaited contract extension on Wednesday. The deal is for three seasons, beginning in 2007-08, and has a player option for a fourth year -- much like the one agreed to earlier Wednesday by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony signs extension with Nuggets (AP)
Carmelo Anthony committed to staying in his town a little longer than LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Anthony signed a five-year deal worth an estimated $80 million Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. The deal Anthony signed is longer by two years than those agreed to by fellow young stars James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Wade of the NBA champion Miami Heat.

Bulls to introduce Wallace on Thursday (AP)
Ben Wallace, who agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract to join the Chicago Bulls earlier this month, will be introduced by the team Thursday at a United Center news conference. Wallace, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year, left the Detroit Pistons, the team he helped lead to four straight conference finals and an NBA title two years ago.

Hornets complete Stojakovic deal (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets' big offseason signing was about more than getting the player they felt was the best available. The Hornets completed their acquisition of three-time All-Star Peja Stojakovic through a sign-and-trade deal with Indiana on Wednesday. Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, had said last week that Stojakovic would sign as a free-agent with New Orleans, but general manager Jeff Bower...

Clips re-sign Cassell to two-year deal (AP)
Sam Cassell is sticking with the Los Angeles Clippers, who re-signed the free agent point guard Wednesday. Terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed. Cassell averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 assists in 78 games last season, helping the Clippers to their best record in 31 seasons and within a game of reaching the Western Conference finals.

Jazz re-sign F Harpring, acquire Fisher (AP)
The Utah Jazz on Wednesday re-signed forward Matt Harpring and completed a trade for veteran guard Derek Fisher, hoping the added leadership can get the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Harpring was an unrestricted free agent until signing the four-year, $25 million deal he agreed to last week.

Sutter steps down as coach of Flames (AP)
Darryl Sutter stepped away from coaching Wednesday, but it might be harder to pull away than he thinks. At a news conference announcing longtime assistant Jim Playfair will take over as Flames head coach, Sutter had a hard time Wednesday letting the new guy finish his sentences. "Don't overlook the fact that it's about the team and there's a time for your veterans, your skilled players and your top...

Hurricanes host Sabres to open season (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes will kick off their defense of the Stanley Cup title Oct. 4, when the NHL begins the season with three games. The Hurricanes will play the Buffalo Sabres -- the team they beat in the Eastern Conference finals -- at home on opening night, the league announced Wednesday. The 1,230-game regular season will run until April 8, and the playoffs are slated to begin three nights...

Canadiens make flurry of moves (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens re-signed goalie David Aebischer to a $1.9 million, one-year contract Wednesday, and also signed free-agent forward Sergei Samsonov to a two-year contract and made two trades. Montreal traded winger Richard Zednik to Washington for a third-round draft pick in 2007, and acquired winger Mike Johnson from Phoenix for a fourth-round pick next year.

Shanahan already comfortable in New York (AP)
Brendan Shanahan thought the tough part was over once he decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings and move to Manhattan. After one day of house-hunting Wednesday, he's not so sure. "With three kids under 4 and a dog, it's a challenge," said Shanahan, who agreed with the New York Rangers last weekend on a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Forsberg may return for start of season (AP)
Peter Forsberg doesn't need surgery on his left ankle and could be ready for the start of the NHL season, more than four months earlier than the Philadelphia Flyers forward was expected to return. Forsberg met with a doctor in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday who told him the damage to the left ankle would not need to be corrected with surgery.

Union elects interim executive committee (AP)
The NHL Players' Association elected a five-member interim executive committee Wednesday, but decided against picking a replacement for outgoing president Trevor Linden. Two European executive committee members also will be elected in early August during meetings in Stockholm, Sweden. Linden, the union president since 1998, announced Tuesday during the group's three-day meeting that he would not...

D Liles agrees to two-year deal with Avs (AP)
Defenseman John-Michael Liles re-signed with Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year contract. The 25-year-old Liles finished second among Avalanche defensemen in points last season with 49 and tied Rob Blake for first in goals (14). "John-Michael Liles is one of the top young offensive defensemen in the league," general manager Francois Giguere said.

Fishing for Danica
There was a lot of buzz about Danica Patrick considering a jump to NASCAR. There shouldn't have been.

Fellow IRL driver thinks Patrick's aggressive enough for NASCAR (AP)
A fellow IRL driver says Danica Patrick has what it takes to succeed if she switches to the paint-swapping world of NASCAR and she's plenty aggressive in open-wheel racing when it's ``the right time of the month.''

Gordon may be ready to make up with Kenseth (AP)
Maybe Jeff Gordon has had a change of heart.

Kenseth runs into more trouble at Indy (AP)
Forgive Matt Kenseth for thinking his rental car got tapped by another NASCAR driver.

New-look NASCAR in the making? (AP)
NASCAR could be getting a makeover next season.

Transition to NASCAR not easy money for Montoya (AP)
The European auto racing establishment will expect Juan Pablo Montoya to dominate NASCAR, quickly putting less sophisticated drivers in their proper place: second.

Report: Patrick contemplating move to NASCAR (SportsTicker)
ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) - Danica Patrick may be headed to NASCAR.

Montoya dumps F1 for US oval series NASCAR (AFP)
Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya shocked the auto racing world Sunday, announcing he will depart Formula One after this season to race in the American closed-cockpit oval series NASCAR.

Gordon spins Kenseth to win at Chicagoland (AP)
Fans and competitors shouldn't be surprised when Jeff Gordon acts like a tough guy on the track.

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