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Rangers trade for slugger Carlos Lee (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_rangers_brewers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060728/capt.90b78ec7bfc948ca8ba3cefdbfaf4603.brewers_rangers_trade_baseball_wimg105.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=FM.cA1R4PaK1C7g6MfiYWg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Lee hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in this May 4, 2006 photo, in Milwaukee. The Texas Rangers acquired the All-Star outfielder on Friday, July 27, 2006, for reliever Francisco Cordero and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wanting the big bat now and hoping to keep him longer, the Texas Rangers acquired All-Star slugger Carlos Lee from the Milwaukee Brewers in a six-player deal Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Landis says he'll prove his innocence (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_floyd_landis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.792de061854440d785808e158f0b6d98.landis_doping_la102.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=2cNbapJn1Mr2gBX4xMTbQA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this video released by CNN, 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis is interviewed by Larry King on the 'Larry King Live' show Friday, July 28, 2006. Landis told the world he would clear his name of allegations he cheated to win the Tour de France and prove he deserved the victory in cycling's signature event. (AP Photo/CNN's Larry King Live)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sounding more defiant than the day before, eyes flashing and voice steady, Floyd Landis looked into the cameras Friday and said he would prove he "deserved to win" the Tour de France. In his first public appearance since a urine test showing a testosterone imbalance cast his title into doubt, the American said his body's natural metabolism &#151; not doping of any kind &#151; caused the result, and that he would soon have the test results to prove it.</p><br clear="all"/>

Martinez helps Mets down Braves in opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.3801d0816138422f8d7192bfa0beeabe.mets_braves_baseball_gajb102.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=lmW3iaudiFTumN9gWSUKTg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="New York Mets starter Pedro Martinez works in the first inning of baseball game against the Atlanta Braves' Marcus Giles Friday, July 28, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pedro Martinez was a little concerned when he first took the mound, and it showed. But once he realized that his hip wasn't going to be a problem, the Atlanta Braves never had a chance.</p><br clear="all"/>

D'backs nip Astros despite Scott's cycle (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060729/capt.f9565d7dcebe4a04ad10729653abc3f9.diamondbacks_astros_baseball_hta113.jpg?x=130&y=58&sig=GFR3H.S1WkPe.JBXHnG6eg--" align="left" height="58" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Luke Scott hits a single to complete hitting for the cycle during the 11th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in their Major League Baseball game Friday, July 28, 2006, in Houston. The Diamondbacks beat the Astros, 8-7, in 11 innings(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Luke Scott's big game wasn't enough to save the Houston Astros against Arizona on Friday night. The 28-year-old rookie hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, but Luis Gonzalez doubled in the 11th inning off Andy Pettitte and scored on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice fly to lift the Diamondbacks to an 8-7 victory.</p><br clear="all"/>

Roaf says he's quitting; Hawk, Davis sign (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060728/capt.9090fa7539a649feae2048111c951142.49ers_davis_football_caps115.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=XHUc0K3yZXBWjqC5yBVWwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, the team's top draft pick, warms up at practice on the first day of football team's training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, July 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Roaf says he's going back to school. A.J. Hawk, Vernon Davis and several other first-round draft picks are ready to start their first NFL jobs.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ravens sign top pick Ngata (Reuters)
Reuters - The Baltimore Ravens reached a five-year agreement in principle with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, their first-round pick in the 2006 draft on Friday.

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"/>

Wang helps surging Yankees blank Devil Rays (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060729/sp_nm/baseball_american_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060729/2006_07_29t015202_450x415_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=0ojJim3S4Ovlo_MOI.d6zQ--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="New York Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang throws a pitch to Tampa Bay Devil Rays batter Jonny Gomes in eighth inning action in New York's Yankee Stadium July 28, 2006. Wang tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to help the surging New York Yankees rout the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-0. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Chien Ming-Wang tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to help the surging New York Yankees rout the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-0 at Yankee Stadium on Friday.</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"/>

Hartford businessman to buy Penguins (AP)
AP - Sam Fingold, a Hartford, Conn.-based commercial real estate broker and longtime hockey fan, signed a letter of intent Friday to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's group.

As Bush contract talks turn
A "dramatic" change in negotiations would have to happen for Reggie Bush to sign with the Saints soon.

Chiefs OT Roaf reportedly set to retire (AP)
Willie Roaf says he's retiring and going back to college. The Kansas City Chiefs are holding out hope the 11-time Pro Bowl tackle will return for a 14th season. The 36-year-old Roaf told The Kansas City Star on Friday that he was retiring, a move that would leave a large hole on the Chiefs offensive line.

Giants RB Barber considering retirement (AP)
Consecutive record-setting seasons hasn't stopped New York Giants running back Tiki Barber from thinking about life after football, possibly even after this season. The 31-year-old Barber said after his first practice at training camp on Friday that he would consider retiring after this season if the right opportunity came along.

Packers, LB Hawk agree to terms (AP)
The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a six-year deal with first-round draft pick A.J. Hawk. The linebacker's agent, Mike McCartney, said the sides were still working out details, meaning the Ohio State star and fifth overall draft pick was expected to miss Friday night's first training camp practice. He could be ready to go by Saturday.

Niners ink first-round pick Vernon Davis (AP)
Tight end Vernon Davis signed his contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, just in time for the first practice of training camp. Davis, the sixth overall pick from Maryland, was the last of San Francisco's nine draft choices to sign with the club. Defensive end Manny Lawson, the 22nd overall pick, agreed to a deal late Thursday, and the 49ers' negotiating team worked through the night to...

Mario Williams strong at first practice (AP)
Beads of sweat poured off Mario Williams' head and a small blade of grass sat perched just below his left eye as he mentioned the Houston heat not once or twice -- but about seven times. The Houston Texans' No. 1 draft pick got rave reviews after his first practice of training camp on Friday, but knows that the tempo and climate of practice will take some getting used to.

QB Young makes debut at Titans camp (AP)
Vince Young showed off his legs and strong arm Friday on the first day of the Tennessee Titans' camp. Young arrived in Clarksville on Friday morning with a new contract that could be worth up to $58 million -- about $4 million more than top draft pick Mario Williams signed for with Houston. Young didn't miss a minute of a practice in the pouring rain and couldn't have been happier.

Steelers, WR Holmes agree on 5-year deal (AP)
First-round draft pick Santonio Holmes reached terms Friday on a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a deal that apparently does not include added contract language protecting them against additional off-field problems. By reaching terms with Holmes minutes before coach Bill Cowher held his first full-squad meeting of camp, the Steelers locked up their last remaining unsigned player.

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.

Rockets re-sign G John Lucas III (AP)
The Houston Rockets signed free agent guard John Lucas III to a multiyear contract on Friday after waiving him in January. The 5-foot-11 Lucas originally signed with Houston on Dec. 29. He was waived on Jan. 4, then signed two 10-day contracts before he was released on Jan. 28. Lucas averaged 23 points and 7.6 assists for the Rockets in five summer-league games.

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.

Fingold set to buy Penguins from Lemieux (AP)
Sam Fingold, a Hartford, Conn.-based commercial real estate broker and longtime hockey fan, signed a letter of intent Friday to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's group. A deal that is expected to be in the $175 million range was announced after the 34-year-old Fingold met with Lemieux, who bought the two-time Stanley Cup championship team in federal bankruptcy...

Sabres C Connolly agrees to 3-year deal (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres and Tim Connolly avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a three-year, $8.9 million contract Friday. The deal represents a hefty raise for Connolly, who made $1.03 million last season while registering a career-high 55 points. He will make $2.2 million next year, $3.2 million the following season and $3.5 million in 2008-09.

Sens re-sign Schaefer to four-year deal (AP)
Peter Schaefer, coming off the best season of his seven-year NHL career, agreed to a four-year, $8.4-million contract with the Ottawa Senators. Schaefer, who earned $988,000 last season with the Senators, will earn $1.7 million next season and $2.1 million, $2.3 million and $2.3 million in the remaining seasons of the new pact.

Panthers re-sign Van Ryn, Jackman (AP)
The Florida Panthers avoided arbitration with defensemen Mike Van Ryn and Ric Jackman by re-signing both on Friday. The 27-year-old Van Ryn received a four-year deal after earning $1.064 million last season when he posted career highs in games (80) and assists (29) and tied his best of 37 points. "Mike is a top-tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to have come to terms with on a long-term...

Canucks sign D Tremblay (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent defenseman Yannick Tremblay to a one-year contract on Friday. Tremblay, who will earn $450,000, played for the Mannheim Eagles of the German Hockey League last season. The 30-year-old offensive-minded defenseman last played in the NHL in the 2003-04 season with the Atlanta.

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.

Busch bash at Gateway
Steven Wallace is doing what he can to live up to the family name.

Hot-rodder Big John Mazmanian dead at 80 (AP)
Big John Mazmanian, a racer and car builder who towered over the "gasser wars" era of Southern California drag racing, has died at age 80. Mazmanian died July 21 at a Mission Viejo hospital, granddaughter Jackie Sukiasian told The Associated Press. The cause of death was complications from leukemia. In the 1960s and '70s, Mazmanian's name was practically a household word throughout Southern...

Allstate 400 will be one week earlier in 2007 (AP)
ESPN will open its NASCAR coverage next season with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Lester happy Montoya is coming to NASCAR (AP)
The news that Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Formula One to take a crack at NASCAR's Nextel Cup series in 2007...

Busch buoyed by surge to the Chase, impending wedding (AP)
CHARLOTTE &ndash; Things are looking up for Kurt Busch as he heads into NASCAR's final break of the season.

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.

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