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TOP STORIES

PENN STATE ABUSE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Anticipation grows in advance of the release of Penn State's investigation into how the school and storied coach Joe Paterno dealt with a child molester in their midst. The report, which could address whether there was a cover up of Jerry Sandusky's crimes, is to be made public Thursday morning. It's already been castigated by faculty and alumni. By Genaro Armas and Mark Scolforo.

AP Photos.

— With:

— HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State-Abuse-Administrators.

— STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — FBC--Penn State-NCAA. NCAA: Decision on PSU action at 'appropriate time' Sent.

BBO--SECOND HALF BEGINS

The Orioles and White Sox have already made some moves to beef up their offenses and chase a pennant. As the second half of the season begins, more names are sure to be on the move as contenders and pretenders are solidified. Are the Pirates for real? Are the Nationals ready for the heat of a race? By Jon Krawczynski.

AP Photos.

— With:

— BOSTON — BBA--Red Sox-At the Break. By Howard Ulman.

— ANAHEIM, Calif. — BBA--Angels-Midseason. By Greg Beacham.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

FBN--SAINTS-BREES

NEW ORLEANS — With the threat of Drew Brees holding out through the opening of training camp, the Saints and their star quarterback are trying to close some crucial gaps in their bargaining positions by Monday's deadline to reach a long-term deal. By Brett Martel.

AP Photos.

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France — France's Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage of the Tour de France as the race entered the Alps, while Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead. By Jamey Keaten.

AP Photos.

FBN--EAGLES-VICK-CLOTHING LINE

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick talks about the upcoming season at the launch of his new V7 Performance apparel collection, the first signature apparel line for the quarterback. By Dan Gelston.

AP Photos.

RAC--UNION RAGS-INJURED

NEW YORK — Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has a minor ligament injury in his left front leg and will be sidelined for the rest of the year. By Richard Rosenblatt.

AP Photos.

BKN--HEAT-FREE AGENCY

MIAMI — Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis join the NBA champion Miami Heat, two more shooters that will be asked to help LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh defend the title. By Tim Reynolds.

AP Photos.

BKN--LAKERS-NASH

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Steve Nash formally joins the Lakers, who agreed last week to acquire the two-time MVP point guard from the Suns. 3 p.m. news conference. By Greg Beacham.

AP Photos.

CYC--ARMSTRONG-DOPING

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days to contest drug charges while the seven-time Tour de France winner challenges the case in federal court. The move erases the Saturday deadline for Armstrong to either send the case to arbitration or accept sanctions from USADA. By Jim Vertuno. AP Photos. Sent.

COMMENTARY:

OLY-TIM DAHLBERG-071112

LAS VEGAS — No Dwyane Wade, no problem. The player who led the United States to the gold medal against Spain in Beijing is sitting this Olympics out, but there's a lot of reasons to think this team may be as good or even better than the one four years ago. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.

AP Photos.

OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT:

OLY--LONDON 2012-SECURITY

LONDON — A person briefed on the topic says Britain's government is assigning 3,500 more military personnel to guard venues at the upcoming London Olympics after a private security firm failed to deliver enough trained guards. By David Stringer.

AP Photos.

— Also at the Olympics:

OLY--VOL-SCOTT-ARRUDA ENDURES

Danielle Scott-Arruda never really thought she was very good at volleyball, so it's a good thing that others saw her differently. "When I started getting recruiting letters in high school, I thought, well, there must be something to this," she said. "My coaches' first response when I blocked a ball, they just looked at each other and smiled. I was like, 'Oh, sorry!' and they were just nodding their heads." Today, Scott-Arruda is a five-time Olympian in the sport. The 39-year-old middle blocker is headed to London with the No. 1-ranked U.S. women's national team, vying for its first gold medal in volleyball. By Anne M. Peterson.

AP Photos.

— Also:

— NEW YORK — US--OLY-NBC-Facebook. NBC, Facebook announce deal for Olympic content. Sent.

FEATURES:

BBO--PITCHING EXPANSION

There are fastballs, sliders, curves, slurves, two-seamers, four-seamers, cutters, palmballs, splitters, forkballs, knuckleballs and even the infamous gyroball. With Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and other aces having multiple pitches at their disposal, you might think this is a golden age of pitching. But are there really that many more these days? Or did we just figure it out with the help of modern scouting and technology? By Stephen Hawkins.

AP Photos. AP Interactive.

BBM--MANAGING IN THE MINORS

ZEBULON, N.C. — Edwin Rodriguez climbed the managing ladder all the way to the major leagues. Now the former Florida Marlins skipper has settled into a new home — back in the minors. By Joedy McCreary.

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— OTHER NEWS:

— LOS ANGELES — ESPY Awards. Starts 9 p.m. ESPN sports awards show. By Beth Harris.

— HOUSTON — BKN--Rockets Moves. Rockets trade G Lowry to Toronto. By Chris Duncan.

— ORLANDO, Fla. — BKN--Magic-Ayon. Magic send Anderson to Hornets in sign-and-trade. Sent.

— BUFFALO, N.Y. — BBM--All-Star Game. International League vs Pacific Coast League all-star game Starts 7 p.m.

— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — FBN--Bills-Toronto Tickets. Ticket prices for Bills' Toronto game slashed. Sent.

— LAKE ORION, Mich. — GLF--US Senior Open. Tourney opens Thursday with a group featuring Watson, Couples and Price. By Larry Lage.

— SILVIS, Ill. — GLF--John Deere Classic. Stricker looking for 4th straight win at John Deere Classic.

— CYC--USA Pro Challenge. Reigning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will headline USA Pro Challenge next month. By Dave Skretta.

— DETROIT — HKN--Winter Classic-Alumni. Red Wings newser about alumni showdown at Winter Classic. By Noah Trister.

— GENEVA — SOC--FIFA Corruption. FIFA names Havelange, Teixeira in kickbacks case. By Graham Dunbar. Sent.

— AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — BKN--Palace-Renovation. Palace of Auburn Hills to undergo renovations. Sent.

— STANFORD, Calif. — TEN--Stanford. NCAA champ Nicole Gibbs plays Wimbledon champ Serena Williams.

— NEWPORT, R.I. — TEN--Newport. Play continues in Hall of Fame tourney.

— BKL--WNBA Capsules.

Time Schedule

WNBA

San Antonio at Chicago, 12:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Seattle, 3 p.m.

Washington at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

MLS

Vancouver at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.

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