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Twins pull within game of ChiSox with win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.f1914d50b85f4872a9c993a125f90a55.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs107.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=8VbyByW8WHQEBpphevHYxA--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Jason Kubel, right, celebrates with Rondell White after hitting a solo home run against Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 25, 2006, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The way Johan Santana sees it, this is how it's going to be the rest of the season &#151; the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox locked in step. At the moment, they're teams headed in different directions.</p><br clear="all"/>

Patrick sticks with IRL, joins Andretti (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_irl_danica_patrick"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.c257ecaa64f7499e9f0b221fae9a8761.irl_danica_patrick_cx115.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Ga9q7SuST25Ojbq0vbc7Lw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Racecar driver Danica Patrick talks about upcoming Sept. 10 IndyCar race at Chicagoland Speedway during a promotional event in Chicago on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. It was announced Tuesday that Patrick has signed with Andretti Green Racing, deciding to stay in the Indy Racing League instead of switching to NASCAR. Patrick, whose current contract with Rahal Letterman expires at the end of the season, will start driving for her new team in 2007. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Danica Patrick's "heart and soul" are with the Indy Racing League, so that's where she'll stay &#151; for now. A new career in NASCAR will have to wait.</p><br clear="all"/>

USA Basketball trims roster to 15 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bko_us_camp_roster"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.fcc2c70835bf47eeace9560d849cb1df.us_camp_roster_basketball_nvlr105.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=VEmKDxdTTZBhU04QE9Zgig--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers laughs while speaking to reporters following a U.S. men's basketball news conference announcing the official team roster in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James already knew his name would be called when coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the U.S. national team's 15-man traveling roster Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Body heat linked to Armstrong's recovery (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_he_me/the_lance_effect"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.nyol57707252220.the_lance_effect_nyol577.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=VtgFGbOQ4ljizcQf0VNDEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="In this July 23, 2000, file photo, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong enjoys a glass of champagne near the end of another victory. A new but unproven theory says body heat might explain Armstrong's astounding triumph over testicular cancer. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - A new but unproven theory says body heat might explain Lance Armstrong's astounding victory over testicular cancer. The theory &#151; disputed by Armstrong's doctor &#151; refers to the unusually high cure rate for testicular cancer, even when it has spread to other parts of the body.</p><br clear="all"/>

Road to the top always goes through Woods (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_on_the_fringe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060723/capt.fa0674a3804f49dab04c82fcb92792c3.britain_golf_british_open_hoy166.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=Yq9do8bZRt.3dMcNdetDUw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after winning the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England Sunday July 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Golf's landscape can change quickly. Phil Mickelson had a two-shot lead with three holes to play at the U.S. Open. He looked like a lock to win his third straight major and head to Hoylake for a shot at his own Grand Slam, and a spot in history that was supposed to be the private domain of Tiger Woods.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chargers' top pick Cromartie OKs deal (AP)
AP - In what's becoming a tradition, the San Diego Chargers opened training camp without their first-round draft pick. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie missed both practices on Tuesday, but he did agree in principle to a five-year deal that could be worth $12.75 million. The deal contains guarantees of $7.35 million.

Iverson expected to stay a Sixer (AP)
AP - Allen Iverson wants to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers and it looks like the former MVP is going to get his wish.

Guiel homers again as Yankees top Rangers (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060726/sp_nm/baseball_al_tuesday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060726/2006_07_26t030605_450x413_us_baseball_al_tuesday.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=DGfKgBnYNVJV0QIlzT87qw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Aaron Guiel rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of American League baseball action in Arlington, Texas July 25, 2006. (Mike Stone/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Aaron Guiel homered for the second consecutive game to spark the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in Arlington.</p><br clear="all"/>

Penalties reduced in Italy soccer scandal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_scandal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.4057dc77ee4a46d7bde642508ed7aa0a.italy_soccer_scandal_flo101.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=p68a9D.N.6oedIqDlZs8cg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Fiorentina soccer team supporters react to the verdict of a sports appeal trial for a soccer match-fixing scandal, in Florence, Tuesday July 25, 2006. The court lessened the punishment for four teams in Italy's match-fixing scandal, restoring Fiorentina and Lazio to the top Serie A league and reducing point penalties for Juventus, whose demotion to Serie B was upheld. AC Milan also had its points penalty in Serie A cut from 15 to eight. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - A sports court allowed Fiorentina and Lazio to rejoin Italy's top soccer division and reduced the points penalty against Juventus in Serie B after successful appeals Tuesday in a match-fixing scandal.</p><br clear="all"/>

Arbitrator sides with Devils' Gomez (AP)
AP - New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was awarded a $5 million one-year contract by an arbitrator Tuesday.

NFC's burning questions
Going into training camp, here are the NFC's 10 most important issues, beginning with Seattle's chances for a repeat.

Raiders sign Huff to 5-year, $22M deal (AP)
First-round pick Michael Huff signed a $22.5 million, five-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday that guarantees the safety $15 million. Huff agreed to the parameters of the deal Monday night, but didn't sign it until minutes before Tuesday's afternoon practice on the Raiders' first day of training camp.

Bengals offer LT Jones six years, $40M (AP)
In a move to secure Carson Palmer's blind side, the Cincinnati Bengals offered left tackle Levi Jones a six-year, $40 million contract extension Tuesday. The deal will pay Jones $21 million over the first three years and includes $16.3 million in guaranteed money. The fifth-year player's agent, Kenneth Zuckerman, said the extension makes Jones the fourth-highest paid tackle in the league.

Chargers' Cromartie ends brief holdout (AP)
In what's becoming a tradition, the San Diego Chargers opened training camp without their first-round draft pick. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie missed both practices on Tuesday, but he did agree in principle to a five-year deal that could be worth $12.75 million. The deal contains guarantees of $7.35 million.

Commissioner Tagliabue tours Superdome (AP)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue toured the hurricane-damaged Superdome on Tuesday with Saints owner Tom Benson and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, and was encouraged with the progress that has been made. Though repairs are ongoing, Tagliabue was impressed. He had said during earlier visits he had concerns about how long it would take to get the facility reopened.

Niners sign rookie Michael Robinson (AP)
Michael Robinson, the former Penn State quarterback hoping to make the NFL as a running back, signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. Robinson, the 49ers' fourth-round draft pick, was a quarterback, receiver, halfback and punt returner during four years with the Nittany Lions. The Big Ten's offensive player of the year last season will start training camp Friday as a running back, but could...

NFL commissioner candidates down to 11 (AP)
The list of candidates for Paul Tagliabue's job as NFL commissioner is down to 11, although with two weeks to go until the final selection meeting, a majority of the owners still don't know who is on it. The owners met for about three hours at the Detroit airport Monday to help narrow down the potential successors.

TV station sues Browns over contract (AP)
A TV station sued the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday after the team said it would break the station's contract to broadcast preseason games and other programming. The Browns are upset because the station aired a 911 call involving the team owner's relatives. WOIO-TV aired the call placed by owner Randy Lerner's sister, Nancy Fisher, after she found her 6-year-old daughter drowned in a creek on family...

Finding the Answer
Which team would be the right fit for Allen Iverson? Let's look at the trade possibilities &ndash; or lack thereof.

U.S. trims roster to 15 before worlds (AP)
Mike Krzyzewski was just as eager as his players to take a break from the U.S. national team's desert training camp. After all, the coach's newest grandchild was due at any moment. But before everybody headed off for their last downtime before next month's world championships, Krzyzewski and the U.S. staff settled on a 15-man traveling roster.

Report: King says Iverson won't be dealt (AP)
Allen Iverson wants to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers and it looks like the former MVP is going to get his wish. Sixers president Billy King told The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday he has taken Iverson's name off the trading block and expects the All-Star to be with the team at the start of training camp.

Majerus turns down job as Nuggets asst. (AP)
Former Utah coach Rick Majerus turned down an offer to become an assistant to Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, the team said Tuesday. "He offered me the job a month ago," Majerus told the Rocky Mountain News in Tuesday's editions. "But I can't move (to Denver) right now." Majerus, 58, coached the Utes from 1989 until January 2004, when he stepped down for health reasons.

Mavs' Terry finally signs six-year deal (AP)
Jason Terry finally signed his six-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Terry was the team's second-leading scorer last season and a big reason why the Mavericks made the NBA finals for the first time. The Mavericks said he was their No. 1 offseason priority and proved it, agreeing to a deal worth around $50 million about 12 hours after negotiations could begin July 1.

Pacers, Mavs swap Johnson and Armstrong (AP)
A trade was completed Monday sending point guard Anthony Johnson to the Dallas Mavericks and veteran floor leader Darrell Armstrong and two young players to the Indiana Pacers. Armstrong's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, announced the sign-and-trade deal Sunday. The swap, which also included forward Josh Powell and swingman Rawle Marshall, couldn't be completed until the NBA office opened Monday.

Kings sign free agent G Salmons (AP)
Guard John Salmons signed a multiyear contract with the Sacramento Kings on Monday after four seasons with Philadelphia. Salmons averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the 76ers last season, playing all 82 games. The 6-foot-7 swingman has been a steady contributor in Philadelphia, and the Kings could use him at three positions next season.

Mavs promote Rolando Blackman (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks promoted Rolando Blackman to director of basketball development. Blackman, who played for the Mavs for 11 years, was an assistant coach last season. He also was player development coach for five years and programs director for two. "Ro's coaching, mentoring and community skills make him uniquely qualified to help lead the Mavericks into the future," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban...

Panthers sign G Belfour to one-year deal (AP)
Ed Belfour, whose 457 victories rank second on the NHL list, signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and likely will be the backup goalie to newly acquired Alex Auld. The 41-year-old Belfour spent the last three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and went 22-22 with a 3.29 goals against average during the 2005-06 campaign.

Gomez awarded $5 million in arbitration (AP)
New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was awarded a $5 million one-year contract by an arbitrator Tuesday. The 26-year-old American posted career highs in goals (33) and points (84) with the Devils last season, when he made $2.204 million. New Jersey has 48 hours to accept the arbitrator's ruling and sign Gomez or let him become an unrestricted free agent.

Recchi joins Penguins for third time (AP)
Mark Recchi returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third time in his career. Recchi played 63 games for the Penguins last season, scoring 24 goals and 33 assists, before he was traded to the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He became a free agent when the Hurricanes opted not to pick up a one-year option on his contract for $2.28 million, and signed with the Penguins for that amount...

Oilers sign Hemsky to six-year deal (AP)
Oilers leading scorer Ales Hemsky avoided a salary arbitration hearing by signing a six-year deal worth $24.6 million with Edmonton on Tuesday. Hemsky, a 22-year-old native of the Czech Republic, had a career-high 19 goals and 58 assists for a team-high 77 points in 81 games last season. He also had six goals and 11 assists in 24 playoff games to help the Oilers get within one win of the Stanley...

Predators G Vokoun cleared to play (AP)
Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun was cleared by doctors to return to the team following a late-season health problem that forced him to miss the playoffs. Vokoun was diagnosed in April with pelvic thrombophlebitis, a rare blood condition that caused blood clots in his abdomen. "The information that we received indicates that his situation has stabilized and was likely a result of a childhood...

Lindros looks for Cup title in Dallas (AP)
Eric Lindros has been a No. 1 overall pick, a six-time NHL All-Star and the league MVP. He even got the chance to play for his hometown team. None of that got him what he really wants: a Stanley Cup title. "It's the one thing that's really missing as far as playing," the 33-year-old Lindros said Tuesday.

Canucks sign F Bulis to one-year deal (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent forward Jan Bulis to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on Tuesday. Bulis scored a career-best 20 goals last season and matched his highest single-season point total with 40 while playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He is a strong two-way forward with the ability to play either center or on the wing, The 28-year-old Bulis, who won an Olympic bronze medal in...

Fixing Yates
A few well-known veteran drivers could turn Robert Yates Racing around.

Stewart not practicing what he preaches (AP)
Tony Stewart is many things, but the Emily Post of NASCAR etiquette is most certainly not one of them.

Hamlin sweeps Pocono, races into Chase contention (AP)
Denny Hamlin hardly had to use his rearview mirror at Pocono Raceway, where no one was ever close enough to catch him.

Hamlin wins Pennsylvania 500 to complete Pocono sweep (SportsTicker)

Gilliland in hot demand (AP)
It's a good time to be David Gilliland, who spent Sunday working the garage at Pocono Raceway as he decides what his next career move will be.

Harvick wins fourth Busch race (AP)
Kevin Harvick held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer by .271 seconds Saturday to win the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch race at Martinsville Speedway -- the first series race at the track since 1994.

Harvick wins Busch Series Goody's 250 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Andretti returns to scene of Cup win as Busch rookie (AP)
The field of drivers racing in Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday includes Nextel Cup veterans, past track winners and series rookies -- and one driver that can claim to be all three.

Hamlin wins pole at Pocono (AP)
Denny Hamlin is the new driver to beat at Pocono Raceway, proving that Friday by winning the pole at the track where he scored his first career victory.

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