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Titans’ RB

gets pay hike

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Johnson's agent says the running back and the Tennessee Titans have agreed on a revised deal that will ensure he reports to camp with the rest of the team.

Agent Joel Segal would not say how much of a raise Johnson is getting, but did say the player will get a pay increase. Johnson will reportedly earn $2.5 million this season under the revised deal.

It's not the minimum $30 million in guaranteed money the 2009 AP Offensive Player of the Year.


Obama salutes

WNBA champs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama saluted the champions of women's professional basketball, calling them role models for the nation's girls.

Obama, an avid basketball player, welcomed the Phoenix Mercury to the White House after their second WNBA championship. He thanked the players for setting a good example, saying he lives with "three tall, good-looking women who are quite competitive and push me around under the boards all the time."



lawyer irked

over leaks

AUSTIN (AP) — Lance Armstrong's attorney has sent a letter to the federal prosecutor investigating the seven-time Tour de France winner and his associates for possible fraud and doping violations, complaining about leaks to the media.

The letter from Tim Herman to Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Miller in Los Angeles says it is "especially unfair to subject Mr. Armstrong to this continuing media blitz when he is in the middle of his final Tour de France."

A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The letter also said Armstrong's attorneys talked to Miller about the leaks less than two weeks ago and are "extremely frustrated that these leaks have intensified."



Kovalchuk gets

$102 mil deal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils, agreeing to a staggering 17-year, $102 million deal with the team.

Kovalchuk's agent and the team announced that the high-scoring left wing has agreed to stay with New Jersey, ending weeks of speculation where the league's leading goal scorer since 2001 would be skating next season.




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