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POSTED July 24, 2013 2:26 a.m.

• Obama to salute Giants on World Series win: WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series. The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.

• RAIDERS SIGN ROOKIE QUARTERBACK: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former University of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Wilson was a fourth-round draft pick by the Raiders in the April draft after playing in 37 games and starting 24 at Arkansas. Wilson set school records with 7,765 career passing yards and 593 completions.

• NBC TO TAKE OVER PART OF NASCAR PACKAGE: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports. The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday begins in 2015 and gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races of the season and final 19 Nationwide races. NBC last broadcast races in 2006 before ESPN took over its portion of the schedule. The deal makes NBC Sports Group the premier motorsports network with NASCAR, Formula One and IndyCar among its properties — a trifecta Lazarus said made NBC the motorsports leader.

• BARCELONA PICKS ARGENTINE MARTINO AS COACH: Gerardo Martino, a relatively unknown Argentine league coach, reached an agreement Tuesday to coach a Barcelona team led by Lionel Messi that is one of great clubs in soccer history. Martino will be given a two-year contract, the team said. He is expected to travel from Argentina to sign the contract and be presented to the club. The 50-year-old Martino will follow two of European soccer’s most successful coaches — Tito Vilanova, who succeeded Pep Guardiola.

• OBAMA CONGRATULATES LOUISVILLE MEN’S HOOPS: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama congratulated Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville men’s basketball team on working toward a single goal — “to bust my bracket.” Obama picked Indiana to win the 2013 NCAA tournament, but Louisville came out on top. For that, the Cardinals were rewarded with an appearance with the president in the White House East Room. Pitino gave Obama a team jersey and a red Louisville Slugger baseball bat commemorating the victory. Pitino joked it may come in handy at difficult press conferences.

• SHORT-HANDED DEVILS SIGN JAGR: The New Jersey Devils replaced their best player, with one of the NHL’s greatest of all time. Less than two weeks after the stunning defection of Ilya Kovalchuk back to Russia, the Devils signed two-time Stanley Cup winner and former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, $2 million contract on Tuesday.

• WALSH RETURNS TO BEACH VOLLEYBALL: LONG BEACH (AP) — Kerri Walsh Jennings is getting a lot of the attention as the FIVB Grand Slam opens at the World Series of Beach Volleyball, even though she’s not playing for another four days. The three-time Olympic gold medalist is making a comeback after she gave birth to her third child and first daughter, Scout, in April. She was supposed to compete in the Long Beach event — international beach volleyball’s return to the U.S. for the first time in 10 years — as part of her re-launch but she withdrew because of an abdominal strain.

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