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Third & Short: Bengals sign Aggie; Clemens at Rangers opener

Third & Short: Bengals sign Aggie; Clemens at Rangers opener

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CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Bengals signed unrestricted free-agent defensive tackle Sam Adams, a former Texas A&M standout, to a three-year contract Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Adams earned three Pro Bowl selections in the last six years. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 1994 draft by Seattle, and played six seasons for the Seahawks before signing as an unrestricted free agent with Baltimore in 2000.

Adams earned his first Pro Bowl berth while starting every game for the Super Bowl champion Ravens. He played one more season in Baltimore before going to Oakland for the 2002 season. He spent the last three seasons in Buffalo.

SEOUL, South Korea - Hines Ward got a welcome in South Korea that even Terrible Towel-toting Steelers fans had to admire. The MVP of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks was greeted like a hero Monday when he arrived at Incheon International Airport with his mother Kim Young-hee, who is South Korean.

Ward was born in South Korea but hadn't been back since leaving nearly 30 years ago. He and his mother will visit the country for 10 days.

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ARLINGTON - Roger Clemens made it to opening day - as a spectator - and the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said he still is leaning toward retirement.

"That's where I am right now," Clemens said Monday before watching the Texas Rangers play the Boston Red Sox. "Obviously, it's opening day and I'm about to put a golf visor on and I'm going to enjoy a ballgame."

Wearing jeans and gray cowboy boots, Clemens sat in a field-level box as a guest of Rangers owner Tom Hicks, a fellow University of Texas alumnus who sat immediately to his left. The Longhorns' national football championship was honored at the game.

SAN FRANCISCO - When documentary crews began trailing Barry Bonds for his ESPN reality TV show, the idea was to capture intimate behind-the-scenes moments of the slugger as he chased Hank Aaron's homer record.

But production took a hard turn last month, after two San Francisco Chronicle reporters detailed Bonds' alleged steroid use in their new book, Game of Shadows, and Major League Baseball launched an investigation into accusations its top athletes, including Bonds, used performance-enhancing drugs, Joan Lynch, executive producer of ESPN Original Entertainment, said Monday.

Now, Tuesday's premiere will show a far different profile of Bonds - embroiled in scandal as he pursues one of baseball's most coveted milestones.

The show, called Bonds on Bonds, will debut at 7 p.m. n ESPN2 and will offer weekly behind-the-scenes access this season to Bonds and the San Francisco Giants. He is 48 home runs away from breaking Aaron's career record of 755.


SAN MARCOS - Doug Davalos has been hired as the new basketball coach at Texas State, leaving Division III Sul Ross State. Davalos, 36, was 72-35 in four seasons at Sul Ross. He replaces Dennis Nutt, who resigned last month after a 3-24 season. Nutt was 72-96 in six seasons at Texas State.

INDIANAPOLIS - Arizona will face Illinois and Gonzaga will play Texas in the Basketball Hall of Fame's inaugural fall doubleheader. The Hall of Fame Challenge will be Dec. 2 in Phoenix, officials said Monday.

Arizona and Illinois were eliminated in the second round of this year's NCAA tournament. Texas was upset in a regional final and Gonzaga lost in a regional semifinal to UCLA, which reached the Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS - Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins grew up in the deep South, played in the Southeastern Conference and spent more than a decade as two of the NBA's greatest forwards. Now the men with the familiar nicknames and the formidable highlight reels will go into the Basketball Hall of Fame, fittingly, together.

Barkley and Wilkins each got the required 18 votes from the honors committee and will join former Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars, Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma, Italian coach Sandro Gamba and longtime contributor Dave Gavitt at September's induction in Springfield, Mass.

Barkley, Auriemma and Gavitt were first-ballot selections. Gavitt's nomination was delayed because he had to wait two years after finishing his term chairman of the Hall of Fame board in 2003, a rule Gavitt helped craft.

Dumars played on the Detroit Pistons championship teams in 1989 and 1990, then helped the Pistons win another NBA title in 2004 as team president of basketball operations. Auriemma has already collected five national championship trophies with the Huskies. As coach at Providence, Gavitt had eight straight 20-win seasons. Later, he helped establish the Big East Conference, while also expanding the NCAA Tournament to 64 teams and increasing network television coverage of the three-week event.


Sharks 3, Stars 2 OT

DALLAS - Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal with 20.2 seconds showing on the overtime clock and the San Jose Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

San Jose carried a power play into the extra session. After Dallas killed it, the Sharks got another man-advantage when Niko Kapanen was called for hooking at 3:22.

Thornton ended the game with his 26th of the season, beating Marty Turco from the right circle.

San Jose has 85 points and is trying to move into a playoff position in the Western Conference.


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