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Ariza unhappy with Lakers' offer
The Lakers remained far apart on negotiations Wednesday with their two main free-agent pieces, forwards Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza. In particular, Ariza and his agent weren't thrilled by the Lakers' annual offer of $5.6 million over an unspecified number of years. Ariza, 24, was hoping for $7 million to $8 million a year. Odom, 29, is believed to be seeking $10 million a year, though it was unclear what the Lakers offered him. Ariza is drawing interest from Portland, Houston, Cleveland, Toronto and the Clippers. Of those teams, only Portland and Toronto have enough salary-cap room to offer more than the Lakers' current offer.
(Los Angeles Times)
Rangers passed on Heatley
Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he had been given an opportunity to bid on Dany Heatley, but passed. He spent the same on Marian Gaborik as he would have on Heatley, whose reputation is toxic, and without yielding an asset, though there's no law it had to be a one-or-the-other. Indeed, Sather said it wasn't.(New York Post)
Mayfield back in driver's seat?
Questioning the results of a drug test, a federal judge on Wednesday cleared the way for suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield to race again -- possibly as early as this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen lifted a suspension against Mayfield that NASCAR imposed in May after the race car driver tested positive for methamphetamine, a potent stimulant that can impair judgment and increase risk taking.
(Charlotte Observer)
Must-See Photo
St. Louis Cardinals greet teammate Colby Rasmus (28) at home plate after Rasmus hit a walk-off home run to defeat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in the 10th inning. (AP)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Steffi Graf
1921 -- Jack Dempsey KOs George S. Carpentier in the fourth round for heavyweight boxing title. It was the first million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match.
1978 -- Pitcher Ron Guidry sets New York Yankees record with 13-0 start.
1988 -- The 95th Wimbledon women's championship: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova (5-7, 6-2, 6-1).


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