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Expos Redux? Selig Can See Montreal Bid To Return to Majors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig can envision Montreal making a bid to return to the major leagues.

The Expos joined the National League for the 1969 season and remained in the big leagues through 2004 before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals.

While the Expos failed to draw 1 million spectators to Olympic Stadium in any of their final seven seasons, a total of 96,350 fans attended a pair of exhibition games there in March between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

"I think they would be an excellent candidate in the future. No question about it. That was very impressive," Selig said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"They have much work to be done," he said. "There's certainly in my case no hard or angry feeling toward Montreal. We tried to keep a team there. It's a long story now. But I thought that was marvelous."


Saints Confirm Multiyear Deal with Jimmy Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have confirmed a multiyear contract with star tight end Jimmy Graham.

Details have not been released in the deal that ends a protracted holdout. Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts -- and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration.

The odds of Graham leaving the Saints were slim since the club in late February placed its franchise tag on the player.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.


Nibali Now Strong Favorite To Win Tour de France

BESANCON, France -- With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, Vincenzo Nibali's path is wide open to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.

The French have waited even longer for a champion -- the last was Bernard Hinault way back in 1985 -- but with three riders in the top six places, hopes are growing of at least a first podium place since climber Richard Virenque finished second in 1997.

Following Tuesday's rest day, the race resumes with Stage 11 on Wednesday, followed by arduous mountain stages on Friday and Saturday which will reveal the genuine contenders.

These are where Niabli's climbing skills could set him apart, and give him a chance to fully stamp his authority on the race.


Fan Sues ChiHawks After Taking Puck to Face

CHICAGO -- A hockey spectator filed a lawsuit after being struck by a puck at the United Center during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins in 2013.

Patricia Higgins filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United Center Joint Venture, which is a partnership between the Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois on Friday.

Higgins was struck on June 12, according to the complaint. The complaint states Higgins "sustained injuries, suffered pain, lost wages and medical bill, and will continue to suffer such damages in the future." Damages sought from the lawsuit are for an unspecified amount of money, but they do exceed $50,000, according to the complaint.

Higgins required more than 20 internal and external stitches to close the gash and had a bruised retina, inflammation and a concussion, according to a report by NBC Chicago. She also had reconstructive surgery.

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