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Jones can join the Cowboys for workouts

June 03, 2008|Pete Thomas | From the Associated Press

Adam "Pacman" Jones can join the Dallas Cowboys for everything but the regular season -- for now.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday he would decide by Sept. 1 whether to fully end Jones' suspension, which wiped out the 2007 season when he was with the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys play their opener Sept. 7 in Cleveland.

"Commissioner Goodell told Jones that his continued participation in the NFL depends on demonstrating that he can conduct himself in a lawful and reliable manner," the league wrote in a statement. "Jones will be expected to continue the personal conduct program established for him by the NFL and the Cowboys and to avoid further adverse involvement with law enforcement."

In other news on a busy Monday for the Cowboys, they agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $27 million with receiver Terrell Owens.

A person close to the negotiations who asked to remain anonymous because the deal hasn't been announced confirmed the extension, ESPN.com first reported.

Owens wasn't worried about going into the final year of a three-year, $25-million contract signed in March 2006 -- and he was right.

Owens has lived up to his billing as a dynamic receiver, catching more touchdown passes the last two seasons combined than any other player in the NFL.

As for Jones, he could be in action as soon as today, the team's next organized practice.

Jones was an elite cornerback and kick returner in his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but an accumulation of arrests and legal problems -- including his connection to a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club -- led to his suspension without pay on April 10, 2007.

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The Denver Broncos released running back Travis Henry, saying his commitment to the team was in question.

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Police investigators want to talk to Marshawn Lynch after examining the Buffalo Bills running back's vehicle, which allegedly struck and injured a pedestrian during a hit-and-run accident last weekend.

Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael DeGeorge said that investigators have attempted to contact Lynch and his lawyer. DeGeorge wouldn't go into specifics but stressed that no charges have been filed.

SOCCER

Italy's Cannavaro will miss Euro 2008

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro will miss the European Championship after tearing ligaments in his right ankle during the Azzurri's first training session in Austria. Italy opens the tournament Monday against the Netherlands.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson left Manchester City after one season as coach and traveled to Mexico, where he is the top candidate to take over the national team.

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U.S. defender Jonathan Spector will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and will be sidelined three to six months, causing him to miss the Beijing Olympics.

GOLF

Davis Love III qualifies for U.S. Open again

After playing four difficult days at the Memorial, Davis Love III made it through 36 holes at Upper Arlington, Ohio, to qualify for his 18th consecutive trip to the U.S. Open.

Love followed a 72 at Brookside with a five-under-par 66 at the tougher Ohio State Scarlet Course to become one of 23 players at the sectional qualifier to earn a trip to Torrey Pines.

Among others who made it there and at other qualifiers throughout the nation were Chad Campbell, Rocco Mediate, Pat Perez, Jesper Parnevik and Mark O'Meara.

MISCELLANY

Arizona State within a win of softball title

Freshman Krista Donnenwirth homered and had two RBI singles, and Katie Burkhart threw a two-hitter to lead Arizona State past Texas A&M, 3-0, Game 1 of the Women's College World Series finals at Oklahoma City.

Burkhart (40-5) struck out 11 and yielded only a pair of doubles, never allowing Texas A&M (57-9) to put a runner on third. The sixth-seeded Sun Devils (65-5) are one win away from their first national title. --

UCLA's Kevin Chappell was named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the college player of the year in golf. Chappell is the first UCLA golfer since Duffy Waldorf in 1985 to win player of the year honors.

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Texas Tech's Larry Hays, one of four Division I baseball coaches with more than 1,500 wins, has resigned. Hays, 63, was 1,509-860 at Tech but was coming off his second losing season in 22 years.

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Catcher Kyle Skipworth of Riverside Patriot High was selected the Gatorade national baseball player of the year after batting .543 with 47 runs batted in, 13 home runs and a state-record 18 consecutive hits.

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Eight-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater won his third event on the 2008 ASP World Tour by prevailing against C.J. Hobgood in six-foot surf during final of the Globe Pro Fiji at Tavarua, Fiji. Barring injury, Slater probably will clinch his ninth title long before the 11th and final contest on Oahu in December.

-- Pete Thomas

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