Brees signs big deal in Big Easy
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees has passed his physical and signed his historic $100 million, five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.
The star quarterback agreed to the deal Friday. He visited team headquarters Sunday to put pen to paper on a contract that gives him the highest average annual pay in NFL history.
Brees then stopped by a sandwich shop he owns to grab some lunch. There he posed for photos, shook hands and signed autographs for star-struck fans.
Brees says he missed his teammates and is eager to practice against the scheme of new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Brees spends parts of offseasons in southern California.
The Saints report for training camp July 24.
Ten-game winner showdown
UNDATED (AP) — The full 15-game schedule in Major League Baseball on this first Sunday after the All-Star break is well under way with most of the game set for this afternoon.
Among the later starts, Matt Cain takes the mound for San Francisco when the NL West-leading Giants host Houston. The last time Cain faced the Astros, he tossed a perfect game last month.
The Rangers' Matt Harrison will try to keep pace with Tampa Bay's David Price for the American League wins lead tonight when Texas visits Seattle. Harrison is 11-4 and has only allowed one home run since June 3. Price won his 12th for the Rays Saturday.
Oakland is one of the hottest teams in the bigs right now, winning eight of its last nine to creep into the AL wildcard race. They'll try for their fourth straight win when they finish a series in Minnesota.
It's five in a row and counting for Cincinnati which is battling Pittsburgh for first in the NL Central. The Reds put the streak on the line at home against St. Louis tonight. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh share first place heading into today's play.
Hammel has arthroscopic surgery
BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to be out for at least 3-4 weeks.
Baltimore placed Hammel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. He says he will have the operation Monday in Baltimore.
Hammel (8-2, 3.54 ERA) leads Baltimore in wins and strikeouts (106). His knee has been bothering him since May, but the injury became more serious Friday night when he was forced to leave a game against Detroit after throwing a pitch in the fourth inning.
Duda's hammy to be checked
ATLANTA (AP) — Mets right fielder Lucas Duda will have his left hamstring examined by a doctor in New York on Monday, Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Duda was held out of the lineup for the second straight game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Collins says the problem has been bothering Duda for a while.
Duda is hitting .246 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs, but his average is just .198 over his last 25 games.
Kyle Busch leads pack in New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch starts from the pole today as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series runs at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne (KAYN) will start next to Busch on the front row.
Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth will start 27th.
Penske backs suspended driver
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Team owner Roger Penske says driver AJ Allmendinger will be back for the next Sprint Cup race if he is reinstated by NASCAR.
Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR last week after a urine sample came back positive for what his team identified only as a stimulant.
Penske said Sunday he's standing behind Allmendinger.
Allmendinger's "A'" sample tested positive and a "B'' sample is to be tested with his toxicologist present. Penske said he hopes to know something about the results within 10 days.
Cavs star guard breaks hand
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving broke his right hand during a practice in Las Vegas and could be sidelined two months. The NBA's rookie of the year injured his hand slapping the padding on a wall.
NEW YORK (AP) — Newly signed Knicks point guard Jason Kidd has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge after police said he crashed an SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons. Southampton Town police say Kidd was released without bail after being arraigned Sunday on a misdemeanor driving-while-intoxicated charge. Police say Kidd was treated at Southampton Hospital for minor injuries after his arrest.
Police say Kidd was alone in the Cadillac Escalade when it hit a pole and veered into the woods around 2 a.m. Sunday in the hamlet of Water Mill.
The Knicks signed the 39-year-old Kidd in free agency this week.
USGA-U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Langer 's lead shrinks
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — Bernhard Langer has seen his lead cut to just one shot quickly in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open. The 54-year posted a double bogey on the par 4 second hold and now stands 8-under par. He started the day with a four-shot bulge. Tom Lehman (LAY'-man), John Huston and Roger Chapman are tied for second.
GOLF-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
Stricker makes an early move
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Steve Stricker has closed the gap on Troy Matteson to two shots in the final round of the John Deere Classic. Playing in the last group together, Stricker cut into the lead with birdies on two of the first three holes. He's trying to win the tournament for a fourth consecutive time. Matteson is looking for a wire-to-wire victory for his third career win.
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson shot a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish five shots back in the final round of the Scottish Open.
Jeev Milka Singh won the tournament by beating Francesco Molinari with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Bodemeister sidelined with fever
NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister has a fever, and trainer Bob Baffert says the colt won't run in the Haskell Invitational in two weeks.
Baffert posted on Twitter on Sunday that Bodemeister will miss the $1 million race at New Jersey's Monmouth Park "due to temperature".
Bodemeister would likely have been the favorite. Last week, Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags was declared out of the Haskell with a tendon injury.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Sanchez takes 14th stage
FOIX, France (AP) — Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain made a decisive move about seven minutes from the finish and went on to win the 119-mile, 14th stage of the Tour de France. It's the fourth time in his career Sanchez has won a Tour stage.
Tour leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain was expected to keep the yellow jersey. He and the other contenders were trailing a group of breakaway riders by more than 15 minutes.
The stage was marred when some 30 riders suffered flat tires after someone threw tacks on the road.
Kuwait flag, anthem reinstated for Olympics
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti athletes will be allowed to compete under their country's flag at the London Games.
The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in 2010 because of political interference. The IOC said in May Kuwaiti athletes could participate at the games despite the dispute, but would have to compete and march in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Sunday the suspension has been lifted, adding the Kuwaiti flag will be raised and the national anthem played at the Olympics.