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POSTED August 3, 2013 2:02 a.m.

FOOTBALL

• Eclectic group to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame: CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Those Super Bowl rings will have a blinding shine to them at Saturday night’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions.

From a championship coach to linemen on both sides of the ball, the 2013 class features an enviable resume of success:

Bill Parcells, winner of two NFL titles as a coach, master of the franchise turnaround.

Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, premier offensive tackles of their time.

Warren Sapp, an outstanding defensive tackle with a personality as big as any football stadium — and a 2002 champ.

Dave Robinson, a major cog in Green Bay’s championship machine under Vince Lombardi, and Curley Culp, one of the original pass-rushing demons at defensive tackle.

Indeed, wide receiver Cris Carter, merely No. 4 in career receptions and TD catches, is the only member of this year’s class who never won a title.



• Eagles excuse Cooper from team: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have excused Riley Cooper from all team activities after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.

The Eagles and Cooper announced the decision Friday. Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.

Cooper says the last few days have been incredibly difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.

Cooper says he knows “there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.”

The Eagles did not set a timetable for Cooper’s return.



• Ravens CB Asa Jackson suspended for PED use: OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jackson received a four-game suspension as a rookie last season for the same reason. This suspension is for eight games because it’s his second violation.

Drafted in the fifth round out of Cal Poly, Jackson played in only two games last season for the Super Bowl champions.

Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster Nov. 4 after the team’s game against Cleveland on Nov. 3. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

BASKETBALL

• Agent says Heat to sign Greg Oden:  MIAMI (AP) — Greg Oden is coming back to the NBA with the Miami Heat.

Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden’s agents, said Oden has informed the Heat that he will accept their contract offer, a process that will likely be formally completed early next week.

Oden will sign a contract that will pay him about $1 million this coming season. He will have a player option for the 2014-15 season.

Oden’s decision ends months of suspense that saw several NBA teams line up for a chance to sign the former No. 1 pick whose career has been derailed by a series of knee problems. Conley said Oden was also very interested in learning from Tim Duncan and playing for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, that he was impressed when he met with Dallas owner Mark Cuban, and that he’s had a close relationship for some time with New Orleans coach Monty Williams.

But in the end, the Heat won out. They had been widely believed to be the frontrunners to land Oden for some time, and now get to add a 7-footer to a team that’s won the last two NBA championships.

SOCCER

• Report: Dempsey on verge of move to Seattle: SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle Sounders spokesman says the team has no comment on an ESPN report that U.S. national team standout Clint Dempsey could be on the verge of a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur back to the MLS.

ESPN reported that a deal bringing Dempsey to Seattle could be announced as soon as Saturday.

On Thursday, the Sounders announced that midfielder Shalrie Joseph had renegotiated his contract and would no longer hold one of Seattle’s three designated player slots. That would open up a spot for Seattle to make another big splash after already adding striker Obafemi Martins earlier this season to pair with Eddie Johnson up front.

Dempsey played in MLS until 2007 when he was sold to Fulham. He joined Tottenham last season and had seven goals in 29 league matches.

SWIMMING

• Lochte claims 2 golds on epic night of swimming:  BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — On a night when Missy Franklin finally lost, Ryan Lochte turned in an epic performance.

Lochte swam three races in less than two hours at the world championships, coming away with two gold medals and the top time in an event he’s competing in for the first time at a major international meet.

Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke, posted the fastest time in the semifinals of the 100 butterfly, and put the Americans ahead to stay in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Not bad for a guy who says he didn’t train as much as usual while filming a reality television show.

Franklin’s winning streak ended after four straight golds. She finished fourth in the 100 freestyle behind gold medalist Cate Campbell of Australia.

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