BC-AP Sports Digest

Published July 04, 2012

| Associated Press

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TOP STORIES:

BKN--NETS-WILLIAMS

NEW YORK — Deron Williams is moving to Brooklyn with the Nets, instead of back home to Dallas. The All-Star point guard said Tuesday night on Twitter that he "made a very tough decision today" and posted a picture of the Nets' new team logo. A person with knowledge of the decision said Williams told the team he was accepting their five-year contract worth $98 million. The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until July 11. By Brian Mahoney. Sent

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FBN--SAINTS-BOUNTIES-APPEALS

NEW ORLEANS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Goodell told Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita that each of them is still welcome to meet with him to give their side of the story, and that he reserves the right to reduce the suspensions should new information be brought forth. By Brett Martel. Sent

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OLY--ATH-TARMOH'S DECISION

EUGENE, Ore. — Jeneba Tarmoh didn't think it was quite right that she had to earn her place again in the 100 meters for the Olympics. Still, a day after conceding the spot to training partner Allyson Felix, Tarmoh told The Associated Press that she was at peace with her choice not to participate in a runoff to break a third-place tie. By Pat Graham. Sent

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COMMENTARY:

BBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-070412

One pitch from victory, the Pirates blew it. Just like they have so many times over the last two decades. But this is a different Pittsburgh team. In the bottom of the ninth, a baseball vagabond named Drew Sutton launched a massive drive over the center-field wall, the first walk-off homer of his career. Another day, another Pittsburgh victory. Just the latest reason why the Pirates are the best story in baseball over the first half of the season. By National Writer Paul Newberry.

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NEW/DEVELOPING:

TEN--WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON, England — Defending champion Petra Kvitova played one of her best matches of the tournament and still lost, getting overpowered 6-3, 7-5 by the hard-serving Serena Williams, who reached her eighth Wimbledon semifinal and is two wins from her first Grand Slam title in two years. By Mattias Karen. Play to begin at 8 a.m. EDT.

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BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Newly chosen All-Star Chipper Jones delivered his first five-hit game in a decade on Tuesday night, driving in four runs and leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. The 40-year-old third baseman was added to the NL All-Star roster before the game, replacing injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. By Charles Odum. Sent

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WORLD SERIES OF POKER

LAS VEGAS — Antonio Esfandiari won the richest prize in poker history on Tuesday, collecting $18,346,673 after prevailing in a daylong battle against Sam Trickett on the final day of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop Texas Hold'em event. Sent

SOC--MANCHESTER UNITED-IPO

NEW YORK — Manchester United plans to go public. In the United States, to boot. The record 19-time English champions filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to hold an initial public offering of stock and become a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange. By Ronald Blum. Sent

PRO BASKETBALL:

BKN--SUNS-GORDON

PHOENIX — Restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon has agreed to a four-year deal with the Phoenix Suns worth about $58 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. The New Orleans Hornets have the right to match the deal and keep Gordon. By Bob Baum. Sent

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Also:

— NEW YORK — BKN--Rockets-Lin. AP Sources: Rockets to meet with Lin on Wednesday. By Brian Mahoney. Sent

— NEW YORK — BKN--Raptors-Fields. Knicks' Fields agrees to offer sheet with Raptors. Sent

PRO FOOTBALL:

FBN--OBIT-DAVIDSON

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Ben Davidson, the hulking defensive end who starred for the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s before becoming a famous television pitch man, has died. He was 72. By Josh Dubow. Sent

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Also:

— NEW ORLEANS — FBN--Saints-Brees Arbitration. Arbitrator rules in Brees' favor in franchise tag dispute with Saints. By Brett Martel. Sent

— FORT WORTH, Texas — FBN--Saints-Payton Divorce. Saints' coach Payton, wife file divorce petitions. Sent

— COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — FBN--Browns Player Arrested. Browns defensive tackle Kiante Tripp arrested on burglary charge in Georgia. Sent

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

US--PENN STATE-ABUSE

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Joe Paterno's family and supporters are defending the late coach against a leak of apparently damaging material released during highly secretive investigations into former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. By Mark Scolforo. Sent

Also:

— GREENSBORO, N.C. — FBC--ACC-Orange Bowl. ACC announces 12-year deal with Orange Bowl. Sent

PRO HOCKEY:

HKN--FREE AGENCY

While the two biggest stars on the NHL free-agent market were still pondering their futures, a future Hall of Famer found a new home in Texas. The Dallas Stars signed 40-year Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal worth $4.55 million on Tuesday. By Larry Lage. Sent

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Also:

— GLENDALE, Ariz. — HKN--Coyotes-MacLean. Phoenix Coyotes LW Brett MacLean hospitalized in Canada after suffering 'cardiac emergency'. Sent

OLYMPICS:

OLY--USOC-OLYMPIC BID

DENVER — The U.S. Olympic Committee will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, instead choosing to explore the possibility of hosting either the Summer Olympics in 2024 or the Winter Olympics in 2026. By National Writer Eddie Pells. Sent

Also:

— OLY--BKO-Odom Out. Odom out, US men down to 15 players for 12 spots. Sent

— LONDON — OLY--ATH-Britain Team. Chambers on Britain's team for Olympics. By Gerald Imray. Sent

— DURHAM, N.C. — OLY--DIV-The Duke Duo. Duke diving duo of Abby Johnston, Nick McCrory preparing for London Games. By Joedy McCreary.

CYCLING:

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France — Slovak sprinting sensation Peter Sagan proved again that he is, at only 22, one of the most exciting cyclists in this year's Tour de France. Just two days after becoming the youngest Tour stage winner since Lance Armstrong, Sagan's victory at Boulogne-sur-Mer made him only the third cyclist in the last quarter century to win multiple stages in his first appearance in cycling's premier event. By Greg Keller.

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ALSO:

— ST. LOUIS — BBN--Cardinals-Carpenter-Surgery. Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery. By R.B. Fallstrom. Sent

— WASHINGTON — US--Clemens Trial. Judge denies Roger Clemens' request for compensation for last year's perjury mistrial. Sent

— MODESTO, Calif. — BBA--Athletics-Minor League Coach. A's minor league coach Todd Steverson suspended by California League for intentional balks. Sent

— LAS VEGAS — BOX--Pacquiao-Bradley. Nevada AG finds nothing criminal in Pacquiao-Bradley bout. By Ken Ritter. Sent

— LONDON — CAR--F1-Marussia-Testing-Crash. Female F1 test driver seriously injured in crash. By Gerald Imray. Sent

Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

American League

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 3:10 p.m.

Boston at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Texas at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

National League

San Francisco at Washington, 11:05 a.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Houston at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

MLS

Sporting Kansas City at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Toronto FC at FC Dallas, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Seattle FC at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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