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National Sports Briefs

Associated Press
NEW YORK ó Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has a brain tumor that is likely cancerous.
Doctors performed biopsies on a tumor in Carterís brain on Friday morning and Duke Medicine says in a release that preliminary results show it ěappears to be malignant.î
CYCLING
LAUSANNE, Switzerland ó The head of Switzerlandís anti-doping laboratory denied claims that Lance Armstrong tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2001 Tour de Suisse and the results were covered up.
Martial Saugy said his Lausanne lab did find suspicious levels of banned blood-booster EPO in four urine samples from the race that Armstrong won, but he didnít know if any belonged to the seven-time Tour de France winner.
ěThe tests were not swept under the table and itís not true that they could have been interpreted as positive,î Saugy told Swiss daily Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
NFL
DENVER ó The punk rock band thought it was a way to honor its Colorado roots. Apparently, John Elway has a different opinion on the name change.
“Elway” has been asked through a letter to change the group’s name after the Hall of Fame quarterback’s representatives caught wind of its act.
Lead singer Tim Browne finds it flattering that Elway, the chief football executive of the Denver Broncos, has taken notice of a band that routinely plays “in front of about 30 people in a basement.” But Brown says the four-man group from Fort Collins, Colo., plans to keep the name.
ST. LOUIS ó The St. Louis Rams are contributing $25,000 to relief efforts from the tornado that devastated Joplin this week and damaged parts of St. Louis County last month.
The Rams announced Friday the contribution will be divided equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. In addition, the franchise said it would match contributions from its employees.
COLLEGE HOOPS
COLLEGE STATION, Texas ó The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has approved a five-year, $5 million contract for new Aggies’ basketball coach Billy Kennedy.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
CAMERON, Texas ó Brandon Everage, a safety on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team, drowned while swimming in a Texas river. He was 30.
Milam County Sheriff David Greene said in a news release that authorities were called to the Little River in the western part of the county on Friday evening. Friends said they had been swimming when Everage, a Granger resident, went under water and didn’t surface.
Everage was a reserve on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team and a starter on the 2003 team that had a shot at the BCS title before losing to LSU in the Sugar Bowl.

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