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Brees, Saints far apart

on guaranteed money

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still must close a significant gap in guaranteed money if they are to agree on a five-year contract worth about $100 million by Monday’s looming deadline for a long-term deal, said a person familiar with the negotiations.

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The sides were more than $10 million apart in the guaranteed portion of the contract on Wednesday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing.

Griffin hopes to sign soon

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said that he hopes to sign his contract in time to report to Redskins Park on Monday along with his fellow rookies as they prepare for the July 26 kickoff of training camp.

Griffin is one of around 30 rookies — 14 first-rounders — who have yet to sign with the teams that drafted them.

Bills cut tickets for ‘home’ game with Seahawks

Tickets for Buffalo’s “home” game against Seattle in Toronto have been reduced from past Bills contests at Rogers Centre.

Buffalo will take on the Seahawks on Dec. 16, and tickets in every section have been cut up to 51 percent. As a result of the new pricing structure, 58 percent of tickets are less than $100, and 88 percent of tickets are less than $150.

Horse racing

Union Rags suffers

from ligament injury

Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out with a ligament injury, but could return to the races next year, the colt’s veterinarian Kathy Anderson said.

The news comes just over a month after Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury the day before the Belmont, which ended his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

O’Neill drops

suspension appeal

Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Doug O’Neill dropped his appeal of a 45-day suspension stemming from an excess of carbon dioxide in one of his horses in 2010. He will serve the penalty starting Aug. 19.


Serena wins at Stanford

Four days after capturing the singles’ title at Wimbledon, fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West in Stanford, Calif.

Isner rolls at Newport

Top seed and defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis championships in Newport, R.I., beating France’s Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6 (6-2).

The win by Isner featured the two players that played the longest match in tennis history.

Two years ago, the pair played 11 hours, 5 minutes at Wimbledon, with Isner finally getting a 70-68 fifth-set victory.


Terry Dunfield scored in stoppage time to give Toronto FC a 3-2 win over Vancouver after a goalkeeping gaffe by Toronto seemed to give the Whitecaps a gift tie.

Diego Maradona said he wants to hold talks with Dubai club Al Wasl to try and save his job, one day after being fired as coach.

The club said the former Argentina star was being “relieved” of his duties Tuesday because it wanted to move in a new direction.

• Former FIFA president Joao Havelange and one-time Brazilian soccer leader Ricardo Teixeira received millions of dollars in a World Cup kickbacks scandal, FIFA confirmed.

• Hawaii officials have placed athletic director Jim Donovan and Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff on an indefinite paid administrative leave while an investigation of the canceled Stevie Wonder concert takes place. The school put down a $200,000 deposit from athletic department funds on the planned Aug. 18 concert. The event was to have been a benefit for UH athletics, but it was canceled after the school learned that the event was planned without Wonder’s knowledge.

Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime general manager who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles, was named to this year’s induction class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Former players Mike Modano, who won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, and Eddie Olczyk, who won one with the New York Rangers, are also a part of the class.

Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson scored 16 points each to lead visiting San Antonio to a 77-68 victory over Chicago for its eighth straight win.

In another WNBA game, host Connecticut defeated Washington 85-73 as Asjha Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds. Olympians Jones and Tina Charles were honored in their final home game before the London Games.

• Star Florida State punt returner Greg Reid has been charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a valid license.

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