Brees is Big Winner at ESPYs
Drew Brees was the big winner at the ESPY Awards, collecting four trophies, including male athlete of the year Wednesday night. The New Orleans Saints QB also won best championship performance, NFL player and shared the team award with his Super Bowl champion colleagues.
Source: Raja Bell to Sign With Jazz
Raja Bell and longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant won't meet after all. Bell cancelled his scheduled sit-down with Bryant and is signing with the Utah Jazz instead. Sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com that Bell and the Jazz have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million.
Turkoglu, Childress Traded to Suns
The Suns are working on replacing five-time all-star Amar'e Stoudemire. Phoenix acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu in a trade with the Toronto Raptors, while also adding swingman Josh Childress Wednesday. Childress spent the last two seasons in Greece but received a five-year contract offer to join the Suns.
Mayweather Up Against Fight Deadline
Boxing fans should know Friday if Floyd Mayweather Jr.will fight Manny Pacquiao in November. Mayweather's camp has a contract for the fight, which includes Pacquiao's accepting terms for drug testing (blood and urine) leading up to the mega-bout. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Mayweather Jr. has until Friday to sign the deal.
Braves Acquire Blue Jays Shortstop Gonzalez
The Atlanta Braves acquired SS Alex Gonzalez and sent Yunel Escobar to the Toronto Blue Jays in a five-player trade Wednesday. The Braves traded Escobar and left hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the Blue Jays for Gonzalez and two minor leaguers.
Maradona Offered New Argentina Deal
The Argentine Football Association says it will offer Diego Maradona a new four-year contract, keeping him as the national team's head coach through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The announcement comes two weeks after Argentina was knocked out of the World Cup quarterfinals 4-0 by Germany.
Beckham Hopes to Play For England at London Olympics
David Beckham wants to play for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. The Los Angeles Galaxy and England midfielder would be 37 by the time the Olympics come to London. Beckham said Wednesday that if he is still playing and can make a difference to the team he'd "love to be involved."
Armstrong Won't Cooperate With a "Witch Hunt"
Lance Armstrong said he will cooperate with a "fair investigation" but not a "witch hunt". Armstrong was responding to reports of a federal investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against him and former associates, including former teammate Floyd Landis.
Vanderbilt's Johnson Retires With Season Nearing
Bobby Johnson retired as Vanderbilt's head football coach less than two months before the season opener. Johnson was just 29-66 in 8 seasons but was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2008. Assistant Robbie Caldwell has been named interim head coach.
Nets Name King President and General Manager
Billy King is the New Jersey Nets new president and general manager. King replaces Rod Thorn, who said he simply wants a change of scenery after a decade of running the team. King joins the Nets after spending 10 years with the 76ers, serving as the team's president from 2003-2007.
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