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USOC drops Houston, Philly from running (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_usoc2016"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.7f772cd464494d2b9db8c464316642b5.usoc_2016_coea104.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=4A5b0dd9lIEBjiFKDJj.gQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="United State Olympic Committee CEO Jim Scherr, right, talks about the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco still being in the running to host the 2016 Olympics during a news conference in Denver on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. At left USOC Vice President Bob Ctvrtlik and Chairman of the Board Peter Ueberroth, center, listen. Ueberroth announced that Philadelphia and Houston had been eliminated as host cities. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The backdrop of America's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games might be the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower or the Los Angeles Coliseum &#151; or none of these at all.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds' trainer set to appear before jury (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060727/capt.e6c89fc77cde47a6b69c187604dc3299.giants_nationals_baseball_rfk206.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=7Q25zFTVlT7qrS_r9Rak_A--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds (25) looks away after he was called out on strikes as Washington Nationals catcher Brian Schneider, left, looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lawyers for Barry Bonds' personal trainer say he'd rather go back to prison for a third time than take part in the grand jury investigation of his childhood friend for tax evasion and perjury.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bengals stung by Thurman's suspension (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bengals_arrests"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.7225f1c1bcd64a71b17a2502b7d35098.bengals_football_ohab103.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=mTL_x3tlTIOcXmo6Ycwl6g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is interviewed prior to the team's annual media luncheon, Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in Cincinnati. The Bengals open training camp on Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Georgetown, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bengals middle linebacker Odell Thurman was suspended Wednesday for the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy, the latest blow to a team already stung by player arrests.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giambi helps Yanks pull closer to Boston (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060727/capt.ed397fbcda544e9580b46189a1fe20b4.yankees_rangers_baseball_arl107.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=SKmwsV4kJM5XXC4JvGvAhA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="New York Yankees Jason Giambi, right, is congratulated by teammate Alex Rodriguez (13) after Giambi's two run home in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 26, 2006. The Yankees won 8-7. (AP Photo/Linda Kaye)" border="0" /></a>AP - While Shawn Chacon has pitched himself out of the starting rotation, he got the New York Yankees out of a jam &#151; and helped them gain ground in the AL East.</p><br clear="all"/>

NASCAR analyst Parsons has lung cancer (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_parsons_cancer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.3ef580f69df743eb8389261648403c7e.nascar_parsons_cancer_auto_racing_ny153.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=vof4t9wmVu3xQB6gJHO0Lw--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="NASCAR legend Benny Parsons waves to the fans as he is introduced before the start of the NASCAR BUSCH Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Saturday, March 18, 2006. Parsons has been diagnosed with lung cancer and began chemotherapy treatments Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Parsons, the 1973 Cup champion and currently a NASCAR commentator on NBC and TNT, was diagnosed two weeks ago after he had trouble breathing. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Benny Parsons has beaten the odds before, rising up from the foothills of North Carolina to a job driving taxis and then all the way to the top of NASCAR. Now he'll try to win an even bigger battle &#151; this time with cancer.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 4 pick Ferguson signs with Jets (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jets_ferguson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.192f3b64e0c842ee91b377348b1dd002.nfl_meetings_football_mips109.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=REosZlWxgyBPHMkLrbDCwg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New York Giants co-owners SteveTisch, left, and John Mara, right, talk with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson during National Football League meetings at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Monday, July 24, 2006. NFL owners were to pick the four finalists to succeed retiring Commissioner Paul Tagliabue when they meet Monday at a Detroit-area hotel. Favorities include Roger Goodell, the league's chief operating officer; Jeff Pash, its in-house counsel; and Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons' general manager. One or two others, perhaps from outside the league, remain in the mix. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be right on time when Jets players report to training camp Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hornets optimistic after offseason moves (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_hornets_free_agents"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060724/capt.85414a72c08b485981e4b6adf5d769d9.sports_showcase_basketball_nvlr108.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=0EblnepyhxLalibT9g32sA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets participates in a USA Basketball team practice on Monday, July 24, 2006 in Las Vegas. The USA men's team will announce its final roster on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Orleans Hornets signed free agents Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler on Wednesday, capping a busy offseason during which the team has overhauled its roster.</p><br clear="all"/>

Berkman, Astros rally past Reds 8-5 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060727/capt.8e197995a61049a88759aef43950c29c.reds_astros_baseball_hta108.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=HGaRD2ZP.lImHSybvg.zog--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Lance Berkman hits a 3-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Houston, Wednesday, July 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lance Berkman talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday night and Houston manager Phil Garner was glad he did.</p><br clear="all"/>

Juventus stripped of Italian soccer title (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_scandal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.0be82d2a144c481a8a2d10aa9c267b40.italy_soccer_mil102.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=qj6iJHJLthG8.hvilda6pA--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Juventus soccer team president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli talks to media as he leaves the Italian Soccer League headquarters after a meeting in Milan, northern Italy, Wednesday, July 26, 2006. A sports appeal trial Tuesday 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/Alberto Pellaschiar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Inter Milan was declared Serie A champion Wednesday after a sports tribunal stripped Juventus of the title in Italy's match fixing-scandal.</p><br clear="all"/>

Predator's Vokoun ready to play again (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060726/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_predators_vokoun"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.ea1bd44a84ac44778a9e015884de67f4.predators_vokoun_ns101.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=0G2aSnufPrZfdsm8bmrBOA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun of the Czech Republic works out with assistant athletic trainer Eric Claas, left, and strength and conditioning coach David Good, center, on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn. Vokoun has been cleared to play again after a rare blood condition cut his season short and kept him out of the playoffs last spring. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tomas Vokoun knows his blood clots could pose problems in the future. For now, the Nashville Predators goaltender is healthy and ready to play hockey again.</p><br clear="all"/>

Righting the real wrongs
BETHLEHEM, Pa. &ndash; Without a certain wideout disrupting the team, the Eagles can focus on what really ailed them in 2005.

Bengals LB Thurman suspended four games (AP)
Bengals middle linebacker Odell Thurman was suspended Wednesday for the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy, the latest blow to a team already stung by player arrests. Four others have been arrested in separate incidents during the last two months, focusing attention on Cincinnati's willingness to draft players with troubled pasts.

Jets sign No. 4 overall pick Ferguson (AP)
D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be right on time when Jets players report to training camp Thursday. The No. 4 overall pick signed his contract Wednesday night, the Jets said. Fellow first-round selection Nick Mangold was close to signing his deal, and was expected to join Ferguson at team headquarters on reporting day.

Bengals T Jones gets six-year extensio (AP)
Left tackle Levi Jones signed a six-year contract extension Wednesday, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals with two offensive linemen under long-term deals. The Bengals also got one of their draft picks signed. Receiver Bennie Brazell, a seventh-round pick from Louisiana State, agreed to a four-year deal. Jones protects the blind side of quarterback Carson Palmer and usually takes on an opponent's top...

Raiders' Porter sits due to calf injury (AP)
The Art Shell era has just begun and Jerry Porter is already having problems with his new coach. A day after publicly demanding a trade, Porter sat out practice Wednesday with a calf injury. While other injured players such as Ronald Curry were on the field with their teammates for part of practice, Porter was nowhere to be seen during workouts.

Fisher optimistic Young will be in camp (AP)
Jeff Fisher is optimistic that the Tennessee Titans will be able to finish deals with their final three unsigned draft picks in the next few days. Whether top pick Vince Young misses a day or two of training camp remains to be seen. "I'm confident things are moving along," Fisher said Wednesday when asked about contract negotiations with Young.

Culpepper ready to start training camp (AP)
Daunte Culpepper will take part in the Miami Dolphins' first training camp workout Saturday even though he has yet to fully recover from knee surgery last November. Coach Saban didn't rule out Culpepper playing in the first exhibition game Aug. 12 against Jacksonville. "I can't make any predictions," Saban said.

Smith: Bears to use rotation of backs (AP)
It took only a few minutes Wednesday for coach Lovie Smith to be asked about what shapes up as the hottest topic at Bears training camp. Who's going to line up as his starting tailback in Thursday's first practice? Thomas Jones, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards last season, but skipped some voluntary workouts because he's presumably not happy with his situation or his contract?

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

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.

Hornets ink Bobby Jackson, Rasual Butler (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets signed free agents Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler on Wednesday, capping a busy offseason during which the team has overhauled its roster. "We have to create a chemistry," said Butler, who re-signed with the team after averaging 8.7 points a key reserve last season. "It's a different basketball team, but it's a mixture of younger players and older veterans who understand...

Celtics sign undrafted C Pittsnogle (AP)
Free agent Kevin Pittsnogle signed a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Pittsnogle, a 6-foot-11 center who is West Virginia's career 3-point leader, was passed over in June's NBA draft along with Mountaineers teammate Mike Gansey. Both played for the Miami Heat in a summer league, and Gansey signed a two-year deal with the Heat.

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.

Raptors waive Williams, sign Jones (AP)
The Toronto Raptors waived point guard Alvin Williams on Wednesday and announced the signing of guard Fred Jones. The announcement comes days after guard John Salmons backed out of a planned deal with the Raptors, instead signing with the Sacramento Kings. Jones, who played four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, will back up point guard T.J.

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.

Kings re-sign Cammalleri for one year (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings signed restricted free agent forward Michael Cammalleri to a one-year contract Wednesday. The 24-year-old center led the Kings with 26 goals in 80 games last season, the second-highest scoring output on the team. He also had a team-leading 15 power-play goals and was first on the Kings with 206 shots while playing his first full NHL season.

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.

Bouwmeester awarded two-year contract (AP)
Florida Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was awarded a two-year, $4.35 million deal by an arbitrator Wednesday. Bouwmeester scored five goals with 41 assists in 82 games last year for the Panthers, when he earned $945,630. He'll more than double that in each of the next two seasons -- he's slated to make $2.1 million in 2006-07 and $2.25 million in 2007-08.

Red Wings sign D Markov to one-year deal (AP)
Defenseman Danny Markov signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit on Wednesday, and the Red Wings might start the season with Chris Osgood as their No. 1 goaltender. Markov had 11 assists in 58 games for the Nashville Predators last season, and the Moscow native was a key player for Russia at the Turin Olympics.

Penguins F Malone awarded two-year deal (AP)
Penguins forward Ryan Malone was awarded a two-year, $2.75 million contract by an arbitrator on Wednesday. Malone is slated to earn $1.3 million for the 2006-07 season and $1.45 million for the 2007-08 season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Wednesday. Malone's salary arbitration hearing took place July 21.

Senators' Neil gets three-year contract (AP)
The Ottawa Senators and winger Chris Neil agreed to a three-year, $3.3 million contract Wednesday, avoiding arbitration. Neil is coming off a career season in which he earned $585,000. He set new highs in goals (16), assists (17) and points (33) while also tallying 204 penalty minutes -- good enough to make him the team's all-time leader in that category.

Trading Paint: Tony playing with TNT
It's hard to tell whether fans are angrier about Tony Stewart's antics or TNT's race coverage.

Appeals by Childress team turned down (AP)
NASCAR denied the appeals of Richard Childress Racing over penalties against Kevin Harvick's Busch Series car, which failed inspection last month after qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons battling lung cancer (AP)
Benny Parsons has beaten the odds before, rising up from the foothills of North Carolina to a job driving taxis and then all the way to the top of NASCAR.

Florida developer buys MB2 Motorsports (AP)
The future of MB2 Motorsports was shored up Wednesday when a Florida developer purchased the majority shares of the Nextel Cup team.

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.

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