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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2007

Juneau falls in Junior Baseball state tourney

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JUNEAU - Dimond-West completed a two-game sweep of Juneau for the Alaska State Little League Junior Baseball championship on Wednesday in Sitka.

Dimond-West blanked Juneau 2-0 to complete the sweep. Dimond-West won the first game 12-3 on Tuesday.

Dimond-West moves on to the West Region Tournament in Beaverton, Ore., on July 31.

Meanwhile, the Alaska State Little League Junior Softball Tournament starts at 6 p.m. today in Anchorage. Kink Little League of Anchorage will take on Juneau in a best-of-three tournament.

The Alaska State Little League Major Baseball Tournament starts at 6 p.m. Friday in Petersburg. Juneau will take on Dimond-West in a best-of-three format.

Schilling rips Bonds', McGwire's lack of denials

NEW YORK - Curt Schilling says that Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire's refusals to address accusations of steroids use are tantamount to admissions.

"If someone wrote that stuff about me and I didn't sue their (butt) off, am I not admitting that there's some legitimacy to it?" he said on HBO's "Costas Now."

When asked about Schilling's remarks before the Giants played the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, Bonds responded: "Don't worry, my day will come."

Schilling said "this will be the steroids era forever" and proposed that Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro should be punished for steroids use.

Lance Briggs, Bears agree to 1-year deal

CHICAGO - Lance Briggs is going to play and not sit. The Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker agreed to a one-year, $7.2 million contract Wednesday as the team's franchise player.

Unhappy when he was initially given the tag, Briggs had threatened to sit out the season but reached an agreement one day before the Bears are to report to training camp.

The deal came together after the Bears agreed to not put the franchise tag on Briggs in 2008 and give the linebacker a $1 million advance, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

Rosenhaus called it a "fair tradeoff."

"There was no reason to hold out at this point," Rosenhaus said. "We were able to gain something in terms of not having the franchise next year."

Priest Holmes toreport to Chiefs camp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs' camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.

The return of the team's career leading rusher adds an interesting twist to the situation surrounding Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson, who has vowed to hold out of camp until he gets a new contract.

Ironically, the Chiefs drafted Johnson over the objection of then-coach Dick Vermeil in the first round in 2003 partly to gain leverage over Holmes, who was involved in his own contract dispute at the time.

NHL No. 1 overall pick Kane signs with Chicago

CHICAGO - Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in last month's NHL draft, signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old forward is a "dynamic and exciting" player who "will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening night roster," Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Kane led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring last season with 62 goals and 83 assists with the London Knights and was the OHL's rookie of the year.

"The Blackhawks organization has treated my family and me in a first class manner and I'm looking forward to a long and exciting career with the team," Kane said in a statement.

Sources say bookies associated withDonaghy identified

NEW YORK - Two Catholic high school friends of disgraced referee Tim Donaghy have been identified as the bookies in a gambling scandal rocking the NBA, the New York Daily News has learned.

But the two bet-takers apparently exaggerated their Mafia connections. "They're nobodies," a law enforcement source said.

The mob wanna-bes attended Cardinal O'Hara High School in suburban Philadelphia with Donaghy, who was a varsity standout on the school's basketball and baseball teams.

Donaghy, 40, has become the focus of the federal investigation into bets he allegedly made on NBA games, including some he officiated.

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