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  • Harrison sorry for blasting...

    By Will Graves
    AP Sports Writer

    LATROBE, Pa.  — James Harrison is an emotional guy. Always has been. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker plays with an intensity few in the NFL can match.

    Yet the four-time Pro Bowler knows that fury has its limits, and Friday he admitted he blew right past them in a magazine article earlier this month in which he used an anti-gay slur when talking about commissioner Roger Goodell and criticized teammates for their play in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl loss to Green Bay.

  • Injury keeps Manning on sidelines

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — The pain in Peyton Manning’s neck will keep him off the practice field early next week.

    Indianapolis still isn't sure how long it will take to get back the four-time MVP.

    Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday the Colts will be cautious with their franchise quarterback, who had neck surgery in May, and will not push him too hard. Camp opens Monday at Anderson University.

  • No. 1 pick Newton signs with...

    The Associated Press

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton has signed with the Carolina Panthers and has arrived at camp.

    The team announced Friday evening that he had signed a deal and was attending team meetings. The Panthers also said on Twitter that the quarterback “had officially signed on the dotted line.”

    Bus Cook, Newton’s agent, told the The Associated Press via a text message Friday night that the deal was for four years and “$22 million-plus.”

  • South spikers finish well

    Marka Garcia often mesmerized volleyball opponents with her serves, and in the final moments of her final match she found a way to do it again in Tuesday’s North-South All-Star match in Las Cruces.

    The recently graduated Robertson star had an ace and accounted for three straight service points as part of a key North rally in game two.
    Still, the South had more than enough firepower to respond, and the girls in blue held on for a two-game sweep in the annual showcase of the state’s premier volleyball players.

  • Summertime hoops

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Lady Cardinals youth basketball team finished the Santa Fe Summer League undefeated with an 8-0 record.  
    On July 18, the Las Vegas girls topped off the season with a 36-3 thrashing of the Santa Fe Style.

  • Silver medalist’s suicide shocks...

    By John Miller and Lynn DeBruin
    The Associated Press

    PARK CITY, Utah  — Hans Gardner shouted as he headed down the steep ramp and slapped his thigh the way Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson often did.

    “I wanted to go out there and be as strong as I could ... while letting him motivate me,” the rookie said Wednesday, a day after learning that police said one of the world’s most innovative freestyle skiers had killed himself just miles down the road in Lambs Canyon.

  • Free agent frenzy in NFL

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands. Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names — maybe even Donovan McNabb — changing addresses, and others staying put.

    Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 29,...

    MONDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Chuggers vs. Buzzards, 6:30 p.m., Vegas Boys vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Lady Warriors, 6 p.m., Vida Encantada vs. Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7 p.m., NMHU field

  • ‘Football is back’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    WASHINGTON — Let’s talk Peyton Manning touchdown passes, not antitrust lawsuits.

    Let’s talk Troy Polamalu interceptions, not court interventions.
    And let’s talk football, not lockout.

    Finally, 4 1/2 months after the NFL’s first work stoppage in 24 years, Commissioner Roger Goodell could say the words fans awaited: “Football’s back.”
    With a frenzy.

  • Picks contest returns


    With Monday’s announcement that, yes, the National Football League will have a 2011-12 season after all, the wheels are in motion for the return of the Optic’s annual football picks competition.

    Every week of the pro and college football season, participants are asked to submit their predictions for the upcoming weekend’s NFL and select college games. The Optic will e-mail weekly lineups, collect picks, keep tabs of the standings and crown a champion by season’s end.