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Floyd Landis proclaims his innocence (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_floyd_landis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060728/capt.e7b2dd44a0bb4c8b93072fb6b9d6eca5.landis_doping_ny112.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=9pgMlrfU5qxDasHaaqaPZA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="In a file photo Floyd Landis of the U.S. crosses the finish line of the 19th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race, a 57-kilometer (35.4-mile) individual time trial from Le Creusot to Montceau-les-Mines, France Saturday, July 22, 2006. Landis, whose stirring Tour de France comeback win was cast into doubt by a test for high testosterone, said he expects to prove his innocence. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)" border="0" /></a>AP - Floyd Landis says he has naturally high testosterone levels, and asks not to be judged until a study can show he is innocent of doping at the Tour de France.</p><br clear="all"/>

Webb leads Wie by 1 stroke at Evian (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_evian_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060728/capt.02fff711fa0647cd8bc81f6b1da481af.france_golf_evian_masters_evi108.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=Eea9ZUdWv2N1MnWOq1uPlQ--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Michelle Wie of the US watches her tee shot at the 7th hole, during the Evian Masters women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Friday, July 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michelle Wie bogeyed the 12th and 17th holes in the third round of the Evian Masters on Friday, falling one shot behind leader Karrie Webb.</p><br clear="all"/>

Carlos Lee reportedly headed to Rangers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_rangers_brewers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060725/capt.d48cfe6b1acd4c08b4c0afcaaf312a86.pirates_brewers_baseball_otkmg101.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=F2Ig22y66eNfICfe_y65_g--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Lee runs to first after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, July 24, 2006, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - An online report says the Milwaukee Brewers have traded leftfielder Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers in a six-player deal.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cycling president vows doping 'crusade' (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_ireland_doping_uci_president"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060728/capt.cb27316ff36b4cb18dd9bf87c7501089.ireland_cycling_doping_ny119.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=8PgV0Wy13GvP1JD.K3cZpA--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Pat McQuaid, the President of the International Cycling Union, looks on during a press conference in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 28, 2006. The president of the world governing body for cycling pledged Friday July 28, 2006 he would wage 'a crusade against doping' after Tour de France winner Floyd Landis tested positive for elevated levels of performance-enhancing testosterone. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The president of the world governing body for cycling pledged Friday he would wage "a crusade against doping" after Tour de France winner Floyd Landis tested positive for elevated levels of performance-enhancing testosterone.</p><br clear="all"/>

1st-round picks sign, report; No Bush yet (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060727/capt.7c96d62417364919aa688e804562b6e4.titans_young_football_ny161.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=SSilV.q9bqDo.XTKEvzokg--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Vince Young, the quarterback who led Texas to its first national football championship in 36 years, announces on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, in Austin, Texas, that he will make himself eligible for the NFL draft. The Tennessee Titans promised they wanted Young, the third pick overall and the first quarterback taken in the draft, under contract before they opened training camp. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vince Young didn't want to miss even one snap in training camp. The former Texas quarterback signed a deal worthy of the top overall draft pick &#151; even if he was chosen third by Tennessee.</p><br clear="all"/>

Titans sign QB Young on eve of training camp (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060728/sp_nm/nfl_young_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060728/2006_07_28t043901_343x450_us_nfl_young.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=wDWKNCl7w.m0t8IgvG5Avg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young holds up a Tennessee Titans jersey after being selected by the Titans as the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York April 29, 2006. The Tennessee Titans Young to a deal on Thursday that could net the quarterback $58 million over the next six years. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Tennessee Titans signed their top draft pick Vince Young to a deal on Thursday that could net the quarterback $58 million over the next six years.</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"/>

Baker will manage Cubs for rest of season (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060728/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060726/capt.d06b18490f1845cea7f46c10b4950217.cubs_mets_baseball_nys211.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=psgjPym5T4rOoPKswfowiA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker, right, checks pitcher Mark Prior's hand before taking him out of game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Cubs still have the second-worst record in the National League. At least they know Dusty Baker will be the manager for the rest of the season.</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"/>

Federal judge throws out Danton's appeal (AP)
AP - A federal judge has refused to revisit the prison sentence he handed Mike Danton for the former St. Louis Blues player's failed bid to have his agent killed, again foiling the inmate's push to be transferred to his native Canada to serve his time.

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.

Titans' Young gets up to six years, $58M (AP)
The Tennessee Titans promised they wanted Vince Young, the third pick overall and the first quarterback taken in the draft, under contract before they opened training camp. They avoided any lengthy holdouts Thursday, agreeing to terms with both Young and LenDale White a day before the first practice Friday afternoon.

Broncos sign Cutler, Lelie a no-show (AP)
The Denver Broncos reported to training camp Thursday minus Ashley Lelie, but with rookie Jay Cutler agreeing to a last-hour deal. Cutler, the 11th pick in the NFL draft, agreed to a package worth up to $48 million over six years, agent Bus Cook said. The deal was expected to be signed in time for the Broncos' first workout Friday.

Reggie Bush's holdout officially begins (AP)
Reggie Bush missed a reporting deadline for the New Orleans Saints' training camp Thursday evening. It appeared he'd be the only unsigned player when the team gathered for its first meeting at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, at which point his holdout would officially begin. The Saints and second-round draft choice Roman Harper agreed to a four-year contract Thursday night, while Jahri Evans, an offensive...

Browns lose C Bentley for season (AP)
Stretched out on a flatbed cart, LeCharles Bentley covered his face with a towel to hide his disappointment and tears. This wasn't the homecoming he had planned. His first season with the Cleveland Browns ended before it began. Bentley, a two-time Pro Bowl center and one of the team's prized free agent signings this winter, sustained a season-ending injury to his left knee Thursday in the first...

Pats put DL Seymour on PUP list (AP)
Star defensive lineman Richard Seymour was among 10 players placed on New England's physically unable to perform list on Thursday. While fans attending Friday's opening of training camp weren't expecting to see the team's top wide receiver Deion Branch, who wants a new contract, they won't see defensive captain Seymour either.

Bears' Jones gets hurt during physical (AP)
Thomas Jones was slated to be a backup in the Chicago Bears' first practice of training camp Thursday. As it turned out, he didn't take part in any drills because he was injured in unusual fashion -- while taking his physical. Jones, who last season joined Walter Payton as the only Bears running backs to eclipse 1,300 yards, strained his hamstring while running during the physical Thursday morning.

Jets place RB Martin on PUP list (AP)
Jets running back Curtis Martin won't practice when training camp opens Friday because of a lingering knee injury. Martin was placed on the physically unable to perform list Thursday, along with receiver Justin McCareins and center Trey Teague. The 33-year-old Martin had arthroscopic surgery last December to clean out his right knee, then was limited during minicamp last month.

Free agency's best buys
The Spurs and Pistons are among the teams who'll get the most for their money on small-time signings.

Democrat Barkley may run for governor (AP)
Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he's switched political teams from Republican to Democrat and is again talking about running for governor in his home state, possibly in 2010. "I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," said Barkley, known as the Round Mound of Rebound.

Sonics trade C Moore to Nets for pick (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics traded center Mikki Moore to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday for a second-round pick in the 2009 draft. Moore played in 47 games last season, his first with the Sonics, but became expendable after Seattle drafted 7-footer Mouhamed Sene with the No. 10 pick in this year's draft.

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.

Magic re-sign F Trevor Ariza (AP)
The Orlando Magic on Thursday re-signed Trevor Ariza, a restricted free agent the club acquired in a midseason deal with the New York Knicks. Ariza played in 57 games with both the Magic and the Knicks last season, averaging 4.6 points and four rebounds per game. The Knicks sent Ariza and the expiring contract of Anfernee Hardaway to Orlando as part of the Steve Francis deal completed in February.

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.

Devs re-sign Gomez to one-year, $5M deal (AP)
The New Jersey Devils re-signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, $5 million contract Thursday, ending speculation that the team would be unable to fit the 26-year-old forward's contract under the NHL's salary cap. The details of the contract were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing.

Red Wings re-sign F Jason Williams (AP)
Jason Williams re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year deal. Williams had career highs last season with 20 goals, 58 points and 80 games. Getting an opportunity to play a key role for the first time, Williams had 13 points in the first 10 games and was the first Red Wing to score three times in a period since the 1996-97 season.

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.

Lightning re-sign D Sarich for one year (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a one-year, $1.9 million contract on Thursday, avoiding salary arbitration. The two sides had been scheduled for a hearing Monday. "Cory and his agent understood our cap situation and worked with us to get something done that would help us," Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster said.

Sabres to sign D Lydman, RW Pominville (AP)
Defenseman Toni Lydman and forward Jason Pominville avoided arbitration and agreed to long-term deals with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Lydman agreed to a four-year, $11.5 million deal shortly before his arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin, the NHL Players Association said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Federal judge tosses Danton's appeal (AP)
A federal judge has refused to revisit the prison sentence he handed Mike Danton for the former St. Louis Blues player's failed bid to have his agent killed, again foiling the inmate's push to be transferred to his native Canada to serve his time. In throwing out Danton's appeal, U.S. District Judge William Stiehl found that Danton knowingly and voluntarily waived his right to challenge the 7 1/2...

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.

Getting the lead out
NASCAR's move to unleaded fuel begins this weekend near St. Louis.

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.

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.

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.

Patrick switches to Andretti Green Racing (AFP)
Andretti Green Racing announced that it signed Danica Patrick to drive one of the team's four cars beginning in the 2007 Indy Racing League season.

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.

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