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SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT
Bears, Cowboys make picks in supplemental draft

NEW YORK (AP) - The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys have each
made seventh-round picks in the supplemental draft on Thursday.
The Bears, picking 12th, chose BYU running back Harvey Unga. The
Cowboys, selecting 30th, picked Illinois defensive end Josh
Price-Brent.
With the selections, Chicago and Dallas will forego their
seventh-round picks in the 2011 draft.
Unga was an all-Mountain West conference first-team selection as
a redshirt junior in 2009 and is BYU's career leading rusher with
3,455 yards. He led the conference with 1,087 yards rushing in
2009.
Price-Brent played 32 games for Illinois, including 20 starts,
totaling 17½ tackles for a loss and five sacks. He led the team
with three forced fumbles in 2009, and finished third on the team
with three sacks.


HOUSTON'S HORRIBLE HITTING
Astros want more from offense

HOUSTON (AP) - After a poor first half, the Astros have turned
to former star Jeff Bagwell as their new hitting coach in hopes
that the top slugger in franchise history can improve one of the
worst offenses in baseball.
In his first coaching job, the former first baseman inherits a
team whose hitters rank among the bottom in the league in almost
every statistical category. And even stars Lance Berkman and Carlos
Lee are mired in slumps.
The team's poor hitting is the biggest reason the Astros are
36-53 entering the second half of the season.
Houston isn't expecting miracles from Bagwell. But general
manager Ed Wade wants to see if the change can help his players.
Bagwell's first game as hitting coach comes on Friday when the
Astros open a series at the Pittsburgh Pirates.


MAVERICKS-CHANDLER
Chandler healthy, ready to help Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) - Center Tyson Chandler says he's healthy and ready
to help the Dallas Mavericks maintain their status as a Western
Conference power.
In an introductory news conference Thursday, Chandler said the
foot and ankle injuries that kept him out of 29 games for the
Charlotte Bobcats last season are no longer an issue.
Chandler was dealt to the Mavericks on Tuesday along with center
Alexis Ajinca for the contracts of center Erick Dampier, forward
Eduardo Najera and guard Matt Carroll, and cash considerations.
The Mavericks have Chandler slotted as their backup center
behind Brendan Haywood, who signed a six-year, $55 million contract
to remain in Dallas.
Chandler said he has no problems coming off the bench as he
enters the final year of a contract worth $12.7 million.


US ROSTER
Rondo, Chandler, Robin Lopez added to US roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Rajon Rondo could play for the
United States after all.
The Boston Celtics point guard was among three players added to
the new-look national team roster on Thursday and will take part in
training camp next week in Las Vegas.
Newly acquired Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler and
Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez also were selected and will be
among the 21 players who will compete for a chance to play for the
Americans in the world championships in Turkey from Aug. 28-Sept.
12.
None of the 2008 Olympic gold medalists were on the list, with
many already saying they planned to take the summer off.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Rondo originally
declined to participate, but later said there may have been some
miscommunication.


CLIPPERS-MEXICO
NBA returns to Mexico City for preseason game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA is returning south of the border when
the Los Angeles Clippers play the San Antonio Spurs in an Oct. 12
preseason game in Mexico City.
It will be the league's 17th visit to Mexico City and 19th game
in the country, the most matchups in any country outside the United
States and Canada.
The game will be played as part of the Olympic Sports Festival,
which runs Oct. 9-17 as part of the bicentennial celebration of
Mexican independence.
Other preseason games will be played in Barcelona, Spain,
London, Milan, Italy and Paris.


TOUR DE FRANCE
Cavendish wins 11th Tour stage, Schleck in yellow

BOURG-LES-VALENCE, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish has won the 11th
stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint under a scorching sun,
while Andy Schleck of Luxembourg retained the overall race lead.
Cavendish collected his third stage win in this year's Tour on
Thursday, a 114.6-mile trek from Sisteron to Bourg-les-Valence that
featured one mid-grade climb. The stage was mainly flat and thus
favored sprinters.
Schleck earned the coveted yellow jersey for a third straight
day by finishing in the closely trailing pack. Defending champion
Alberto Contador is second overall in the three-week race, 41
seconds behind the leader.
Lance Armstrong is in 32nd place overall.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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