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By Associated Press


Rice, Forte get deals

UNDATED (AP) — Pro Bowl running backs Ray Rice and Matt Forte (FOHR'-tay) weren't thrilled when they were given the franchise designation by their respective teams. Neither will play under the franchise tag after each accepted multiyear contracts before Monday's deadline.

Rice gets a five-year, $40 million contract from the Ravens, who have made the playoffs in each of his four NFL seasons. He earned his second Pro Bowl invite last year after leading the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage.

Forte accepted a four-year package with the Bears after rushing for 997 yards last season before missing the last four games with a sprained right knee. Terms weren't released, but the Chicago Sun-Times, citing an unidentified source, reported the deal is worth $32 million with more than $18 million guaranteed.

Meanwhile, Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee (SKOH'-bee) of the Jaguars has signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $13.8 million. The deal makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid kickers. Only Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski at $4 million annually and Phil Dawson of the Browns at $3.81 million will make more than Scobee in 2012.


Vilma goes to court over suspension

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is asking a federal judge for a hearing Thursday on his bid to block his season-long suspension stemming from the NFL's bounty investigation.

Vilma's attorneys ask U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan to hear their request for a temporary restraining order before the Saints' training camp opens on July 23. Vilma has said his suspension is without merit and has accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') of damaging his reputation and irreparably harming his career.


Surgery for Votto...Crawford, Youkilis make Fenway returns

UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds will spend the next three to four weeks without their top player.

First baseman Joey Votto will undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The 2010 National League MVP hurt the knee in late June but kept playing.

Votto leads the NL in doubles, walks and extra-base hits, batting .342.

Also in the majors, Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is in Boston's lineup against the Chicago White Sox after missing the entire season with left wrist and elbow injuries. The game also marks the return of Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) to Boston, less than a month after he was traded to the White Sox.

Brewers starter Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) has been scratched from his scheduled start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. The 2009 American League Cy Young award winner has been the subject of trade speculation, but there was no immediate indication that he had been traded or sustained any significant injury.

The Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and optioned first baseman Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley had been on the seven-day concussion disabled list since July 5.

Blue Jays left-hander Luis Perez is going have reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday, an operation that could sideline him for over a year. The 27-year-old Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 8 with left elbow tightness after giving up four hits and two runs in Toronto's 11-9 win over the Chicago White Sox. He went 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 35 appearances this season.


Surgery for Griffin, a rooking signing and a trade

UNDATED (AP) — Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas are returning to New York after the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade deal that sends Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric (GAD'-zoo-reek) to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers also receive Kostas Papanikolaou (pah-pah-NIK'-ah-low) and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick. Felton and the Knicks agreed to a multiyear deal Saturday, providing them another option if they decline to match the offer sheet point guard Jeremy Lin signed with Houston.

In other NBA news, Clippers forward Blake Griffin is undergoing surgery to repair the medial meniscus tear of his left knee that he suffered during practice with the U.S. national team in Las Vegas. Griffin returned to Los Angeles last Thursday after experiencing discomfort in the same knee that bothered him during the playoffs. He will miss the London Olympics, but the Clippers say he should be ready for the start of the NBA season.

The Hawks have acquired small forward Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls for a trade exception and cash. Korver averaged 8.1 points for the Bulls in 65 games last season and ranked 10th in the NBA by making 43.5 percent of his 3-pointers.

The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall to a rookie contract. He was the 13th overall pick of the NBA draft. Marshall is expected to be the Suns' point guard of the future after they sent two-time league MVP Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal on July 4.

The NBA champion Miami Heat will play two preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall. The teams will meet Oct. 11 in Beijing and Oct. 14 in Shanghai. It's the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition.

And the Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse. He appeared in 30 games with the Hawks last season, averaging 3.6 points and 9.1 minutes. The 17-year NBA veteran did not appear in any of Atlanta's six playoff games.


Green, King get deals

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year contract. Green will receive $6 million annually for the next two seasons and $6.25 million in the 2014-15 season. He played in just 32 games last season due to injuries.

The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed playoff hero Dwight King for two more years. The restrictred free agent scored five playoff goals last season for Los Angeles, tied with Calder Trophy finalist Adam Henrique of New Jersey for the most postseason goals among rookies.


Syracuse gets an out

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Big East has reached an agreement with Syracuse University, allowing the Orange to leave the league a year early for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school announced last year its intention to join the ACC, but under Big East bylaws the school needed to serve a 27-month exit period. Instead, the Orange will now be allowed to leave on July 1, 2013 and will have to pay a fee of $7.5 million to depart.


Third major of the year takes place this week

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Tiger Woods will play in the same group with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia in the first two round of the British Open that begins Thursday at Royal Lytham . Top-ranked Luke Donald will be grouped with Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy (OH'-gihl-vee). Donald has yet to win a major despite his No. 1 world ranking.


Family counter punches

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno's family strongly denies the findings of a special investigator who described the late coach as one of four high-ranking university officials who covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant Jerry Sandusky. In a statement, the family says they "vehemently disagree" with the conclusions reached by a team of investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free).

Freeh's scathing report last week said Paterno and other university officials covered up for Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. It says administrators reversed a decision to report a 2001 encounter between Sandusky and a boy after the athletic director discussed it with Paterno.

The family has attorneys reviewing the Freeh report and says it is "absolutely not" the last word in the case.


Stage 15

PAU, France (AP) — Pierrick Fedrigo of France won the 15th stage of the Tour de Franc Monday while Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead by staying with his rivals in the main pack far behind.

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