Yankees activate Roger Clemens
NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees activated six-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Clemens was placed on the DL on July 13 with tightness in his right groin, one of several injuries he has suffered this season. He also received a cortisone injection in his sprained right foot Friday, a day after his last rehabilitation start.
On Thursday, Clemens pitched for Class AA Norwich, allowing one run and five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings against Binghamton. He turned 40 on Sunday.
He aggravated his injury after pitching five scoreless innings in a loss to Cleveland on July 12.
Players offering own drug test plan
NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The baseball players association said Wednesday it would make a long-awaited counter proposal on the issue of mandatory testing for drugs, including bodybuilding stimulants such as steroids.
The union made that decision after a mostly informational conference call with player representatives Tuesday. As expected, the union did not set a strike date during the call.
The owners made a proposal on drug testing in March that mirrored the program in place in the minor leagues since the beginning of last season - mandatory, unannounced testing three times a season.
Steroid use came to the forefront earlier in the season when former players Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco speculated the drug was widely used by major league players. Subsequently, a Senate subcommittee directed the union to negotiate a drug program with the owners. Wednesday's counter proposal would be the union's first.
Hall of Famer Slaughter hospitalized
ROXBURY, N.C., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter was in intensive care at Duke University Medical Center after two emergency operations, the Courier-Times of Roxboro reported Wednesday.
The newspaper said Slaughter, 86, was recovering from an operation "to repair a portion of his colon," and another "to repair perforated ulcers in his stomach."
Slaughter, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1985, missed this year's ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., as fellow Cardinal Ozzie Smith was inducted. It was the first time Slaughter has missed the ceremony since his induction.
Slaughter, a native of Roxboro, played in 19 Major League seasons, 13 of them with St. Louis. He was a lifetime .300 hitter who tallied 169 homers, 1,304 RBIs, 1,247 runs and 148 triples in 2,380 games. He was a 10-time All-Star and played in five World Series -- four times on the winning end. His No. 9 is one of eight player numbers retired by St. Louis.
Redskins, Ramsey reportedly agree on pact
BRISTOL, Conn., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Washington Redskins reportedly have agreed to terms with quarterback Patrick Ramsey, easing an already tumultuous relationship with the first-round draft pick.
According to ESPN, Ramsey has agreed to terms on a five-year, $5.7 million deal, which would include a $3.1 million signing bonus. The value of the deal could reach between $2.5 million and $3 million per year, based on playing time and performance.
A Redskins spokesman could not confirm the report.
ESPN also said the agreement came only after the Redskins and Chicago Bears failed to hammer out a deal Tuesday night, about two hours before an NFL deadline to complete the potential trade.
The report said the Redkins wanted a first-round pick in exchange for Ramsey, a Tulane product who threw for 9,205 yards and 72 touchdowns during his collegiate career. But Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo would not give in to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
Vick returns to practice for Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Second-year quarterback Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons is back on the practice field at Furman University after sitting out for a brief period.
Vick, the multi-talented former Virginia Tech All-American who became Atlanta's starter in the offseason when veteran Chris Chandler was waived, sat out practices on Monday after suffering a slight strain in his right, or non-passing shoulder. Vick said the problem might have originated in the rotator cuff.
He was limited to taking snaps and making handoffs mostly, but the coaching staff said he was very accurate when making long throws late in the day. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Vick threw crisply, but was not pleased with his accuracy.
The Falcons open their preseason schedule at home Friday night against Jacksonville.
Sorenstam tops Women's British Open field
TURNBERRY, Scotland, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- All majors are special to Annika Sorenstam. But the British Open holds a significant distinction.
The top female golfer in the world begins the quest for her second major title of the season Thursday when the Women's British Open gets under way at famed Turnberry Golf Club.
Sorenstam has four major victories among her 37 LPGA Tour victories, including this year's Nabisco Championship. But as a native of Sweden, a British Open triumph would hold a special place in her heart.
The first time the British Open was played as one of the LPGA Tour's four majors, replacing the du Maurier Classic, Sorenstam tied for 32nd last season.
Over the past two seasons, Sorenstam has established herself as the most dominant woman in the sport, winning 14 LPGA Tour titles. She has claimed six of her 14 starts this year and has been no worse than third in her last eight.
Watson officially joins Memphis
Watson signed an offer sheet with the Grizzlies on July 19, leaving the Seattle SuperSonics 15 days from the date received to match the terms. The Sonics chose not to match the offer.
Terms of Watson's deal were not disclosed, but he reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $4 million.
The 6-1 point guard from UCLA averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists in 15.1 minutes per game, exclusively as a rookie reserve, in his one NBA season with Seattle.
Cavs sign former Duke star
CLEVELAND, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers, who last week completed one of the biggest deals this offseason, signed rookie forward Carlos Boozer on Wednesday.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Boozer was the 35th overall pick in the 2002 draft following his junior season at Duke. He averaged 18.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this past season when Duke was upset by Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. As a sophomore, Boozer helped Duke to the NCAA championship.
The 6-9, 280-pound Boozer played for the Cavaliers' summer league team and averaged 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in four games.
The Cavaliers, who have not made the playoffs since 1998, acquired forwards Darius Miles and Harold Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers for point guard Andre Miller and forward Bryant Stith on July 30.
Cleveland took guard Dajuan Wagner with the sixth pick in the draft.
Penguins sign Morozov, avoid arbitration
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed right wing Alexei Morozov late Tuesday night, avoiding arbitration.
Last season, Morozov played 72 games for the Penguins and totaled career highs with 20 goals and 29 assists, ranking third and fourth on the team, respectively.
A 6-1, 202-pound Russian, Morozov has 59 goals, 85 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 349 NHL games. He was the 24th overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 1995 draft.