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7/16/2013
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Pouncey Apologizes for Supporting Hernandez

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey has apologized for wearing a baseball cap supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez.

Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, were photographed wearing hats that read "Free Hernandez" during their co-birthday party in Miami on Saturday night.

Hernandez played at the University of Florida with the Pounceys from 2007-09. The former New England Patriots tight end is charged with murder in the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Maurkice Pouncey posted on his Twitter account Monday he understands the "seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate." Pouncey added he regrets making light of the situation and apologized if he offended anyone.

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World Peace Signing with Knicks

LAS VEGAS -- Metta World Peace says he will be signing with the New York Knicks.

Team officials at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas would not confirm the move, but World Peace says he is excited to join Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.

He was in Las Vegas for the NBA summer league.

World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers, who used the amnesty clause to create salary cap space. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.

World Peace grew up in New York and attended St. John's, when he was known as Ron Artest.

In 14 NBA seasons with five teams, he has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

CYCLING

Froome Still the Rider To Beat in Tour de France

ENTRECHAUX, France -- There appears to be little to stop Chris Froome from reaching the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in the yellow jersey and becoming the second straight British cyclist to win the Tour de France.

After another brutal attack in the mountains on Sunday, Froome leads Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador by more than four minutes with only six stages left -- four of them suited to him. There is a time trial on Wednesday, followed by three straight days of tortuous climbs in the Alps.

But winning looks like the easy part.

The 28-year-old Froome's physical superiority at the 100th Tour has raised eyebrows, practically inevitable in the climate of suspicion that haunts cycling after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for serial doping.

GOLF

Els Gives Back His Claret Jug

GULLANE, Scotland -- The first order of business at the British Open was for Ernie Els to hand over the claret jug.

Els climbed out of a station wagon Monday morning in front of the clubhouse at Muirfield, holding the silver trophy he won last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He gave it to Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson, and they posed for photographs.

Now it's up to the 43-year-old South African to get it back, and that doesn't figure to be easy.

Els won last month in Germany. He won the last time at Muirfield. But he has this piece of history working against him -- the last major champion in his 40s to successfully defend his title was Old Tom Morris, and that was 151 years ago.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR To Automate Rulebook, Codify Penalties

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- NASCAR plans to automate its rule book and revamp its appeals process in a wide-ranging effort to bring more clarity to race teams and fans.

The governing body outlined several initiatives Monday it expects to implement in its three major series before the start of the 2015 racing season. Those included converting its rule book from a word document to computer automated-design drawings so race shops can see exactly what is allowed and what isn't.

It also plans to spell out exact penalties that violating each rule may bring. When a penalty is appealed, NASCAR wants more experts on the panel instead of some who might not have as strong a background regarding the infraction.

NASCAR also wants to upgrade what pit information is available to fans on race day.

BASEBALL

Ball from Jackie Robinson's Debut Being Auctioned

BOSTON -- Artie Gore made his major-league debut as an umpire in 1947 and his fellow umpires autographed a ball used in that game for him.

That game on April 15, 1947 also was Jackie Robinson's first in the majors.

Now it's being auctioned off for more than $20,000 at the FanFest in New York as part of festivities for Tuesday night's All-Star game.

Gore's nephew, Richard Flaherty, found the ball last year among the belongings at his father's home in Watertown, Mass. Flaherty says his father was Gore's brother-in-law and died soon after the discovery. Gore died in 1986.

Gore also had a Ted Williams jersey from the mid-40s that is being auctioned off. Online bidding for that has passed $70,000.

Live bidding begins on Tuesday.







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