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Thursday, July 6, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Briefs: Sadaharu Oh to have stomach surgery

Baseball

Sadaharu Oh to have stomach surgery: Japanese home-run king Sadaharu Oh, 66, will have surgery to remove a stomach tumor and does not know when he will return to his job as manager of the Softbank Hawks of the Pacific League.

Oh did not say if the tumor was cancerous. He said he felt ill last week and underwent tests that revealed the tumor.

Oh, who played for the Yomiuri Giants, holds Japan's career record of 868 home runs. He set the season record of 55 homers in 1964, a mark tied by Tuffy Rhodes (2001) and Alex Cabrera (2002).

NFL

Bears agree to terms with two draft picks: The Chicago Bears agreed to four-year contracts with second-round draft pick Danieal Manning, a safety from Abilene Christian, and third-round choice Dusty Dvoracek, a defensive tackle from Oklahoma.

Cardinals sign two draft picks: The Arizona Cardinals signed two draft picks — outside linebacker Brandon Johnson (fifth round) of Louisville and wide receiver Todd Watkins (seventh round) from Brigham Young — to three-year contracts.

Canadian football

CFL commissioner announces departure: Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright said he will not seek a new contract, ending his sometimes rocky, three-year tenure.

He has been questioned by some CFL owners for his handling of some business matters, including the financial troubles of the Ottawa Renegades, and his long-range vision of the league.

Colleges

NCAA releases second list of questionable schools: The NCAA added 16 nontraditional high schools, seven of them in Santa Ana, Calif., to a list of those whose transcripts will no longer be accepted because of questionable academic credentials.

Five schools were removed from an original list of 15 released last month after a review by the NCAA. Other schools are still being investigated and could face similar sanctions in the association's attempt to crack down on so-called "diploma mills" whose graduates seek athletic scholarships to college.

College basketball

Beavers coach gets extension: Oregon State women's coach LaVonda Wagner, in her second year with the Beavers, has been given a one-year contract extension through the 2011 season. Wagner led the Beavers to a 16-15 record — 10 more wins than the previous season — and a WNIT appearance.

N.C. State star dies at 79: Dick Dickey, who starred on North Carolina State's Final Four team in 1950 before playing briefly for the Boston Celtics, died Monday in Indianapolis from complications of recent lung surgery. He was 79.

Soccer

FC Dallas signs Trinidad goalie: Shaka Hislop, a goalkeeper for Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup, signed with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.

Hislop, 37, played 25 games last season for West Ham of England's Premier League.

Madrid to hire Capello as coach: Real Madrid will hire Fabio Capello as coach, the team confirmed, a day after he resigned from troubled Italian champion Juventus.

Doping

Doctor in cycling case says he treated other athletes: The Spanish doctor at the center of a cycling doping investigation says he has also treated athletes in soccer, tennis and track and field.

But Eufemiano Fuentes suggested he didn't believe such treatment could be considered doping. The Spanish government said no tennis or soccer players were involved.

Media

American Forces Network to stop broadcasting sports play-by-play: The American Forces Network is getting out of the sports play-by-play business on the radio.

The Department of Defense said the network will discontinue broadcasting live games later this summer because its members prefer watching sports over listening. AFN has greatly expanded its television sports coverage.

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