Favre says arm tired after practice with Jets

Brett Favre dropped back, looked downfield and launched a long spiral about five yards past his intended receiver. A few plays later, the New York Jets quarterback short-hopped a toss that thumped into the grass.

“I felt 38 today,” Favre said Wednesday after New York’s morning practice in Hempstead, N.Y. “I’m not going to lie to you.”

Favre fired a few duds in his fifth practice since joining the Jets, saying his rocket right arm is a bit tired.

“My arm’s kind of dragging a little bit today,” Favre said. “It’s not really sore, but just fatigued. To be honest with you, I’m surprised that, I don’t want to say I feel good, that I’ve been able to make it through every practice so far.”

Favre was acquired from Green Bay last week and has been practicing with the Jets since Saturday. He’s set to start Saturday’s preseason game against Washington.

Also: Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler considers his steroids case with the NFL closed.

Fowler said he hasn’t heard from the league since requesting a meeting to address allegations that he bought performance-enhancing drugs from a Texas-based steroids dealer in 2006. The NFL sent him a letter in June stating he faced an investigation and possible suspension.

Fowler said he assumes the probe has ended with no punishment planned.

The Denver Broncos signed cornerback Tyrone Poole.

Poole, who was cut by Houston last summer, has played for Oakland, New England, Denver, Indianapolis and Carolina since entering the NFL as a first-round draft pick by the Panthers in 1995.

The Arizona Cardinals signed former San Francisco linebacker Brandon Moore to a one-year contract.

Moore had 22 tackles and 21/2 sacks last season and was cut by the 49ers earlier this week.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said first-round draft pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should play Saturday in Arizona’s preseason game at Kansas City. Rodgers-Cromartie was carted off the practice field Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury.

The New England Patriots signed cornerback Ade Jimoh.

Jimoh played four seasons with Washington after being signed in 2003 as a rookie free agent. He signed with Chicago in 2007 but was placed on injured reserve in November with a broken collarbone.

Cleveland Browns rookie tight end Martin Rucker will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and miss four to six weeks.


Guard Williams dealt to Cavs in three-team deal

Cleveland is getting some help for LeBron James.

Milwaukee point guard Mo Williams is headed to the Cavaliers to join James as part of a three-team trade that also involves Oklahoma City.

The six-player deal reshapes the rebuilding Bucks while giving Cleveland an additional scoring threat and sends forward Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City.

In exchange for Williams, who averaged 17.2 points per game last season in the first year of a six-year, $51.5 million contract, the Bucks will receive Damon Jones from Cleveland along with guard Luke Ridnour and forward Adrian Griffin from Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City will get veteran forward Joe Smith from Cleveland and Mason from Milwaukee.

Also: The Atlanta Hawks signed free-agent guard Ronald “Flip” Murray.

Murray was released by Detroit last season before signing with Indiana. He started the final 15 games of the season for the Pacers. He averaged 11.0 points and 3.5 assists in that stretch.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will have arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee.

An MRI taken Tuesday revealed the tear, the team said. Surgery is scheduled for today.


Rainiers rally to sink 51s in 14-inning game

Jon Nelson’s RBI single in the 14th inning lifted the Tacoma Rainiers to a 6-5 win over the 51s in Pacific Coast League play in Tacoma, Wash.

Las Vegas led 5-2 before Tacoma rallied to tie the game in the eighth on first baseman Mitch Jones’ throwing error and Shawn Garrett’s two-run single off reliever Eduardo Sierra.

Luis Maza went 3-for-4 with a two-run single for the 51s, who had 13 hits and stranded 16 runners.

Also: The Las Vegas Metro Stars high school scout league will hold a tryout for baseball players in 18-and-under and 16-and-under age groups at 9 a.m. Saturday at Chaparral High School. There is a $25 registration fee.

For more information, call 419-5300.


Big Brown, Curlin not likely to meet on track

The chances of Big Brown and Curlin meeting on the racetrack is starting to look like a long shot.

The owners of both horses outlined their tentative fall plans for racing’s two superstars, and neither horse’s schedule appears to leave room for the other.

Curlin owner Jess Jackson said the 2007 Horse of the Year will run in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30 then probably head to the post for the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 27.

Big Brown owner Michael Iavarone declined an invitation from Jackson to run in the Woodward, and it’s unlikely the Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion will run in the Gold Cup. Iavarone said his focus this fall is getting his 3-year-old star ready for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

Also: Tony Stewart has hired fellow Indiana native Ryan Newman to drive the second car for his new team next season, The Associated Press has learned.

Newman, who nipped Stewart on the final lap to win the Daytona 500 in February, will be introduced as driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The Southern 500 is back at Darlington Raceway.

Track president Chris Browning said the historic name will return to Darlington for next May’s Sprint Cup Series race, restoring at least part of more than a half-century of tradition to the old country track.

The Southern 500 was first run on Sept. 4, 1950. But over the next five-plus decades, it became a Labor Day staple.

After 2003, that date was given to California Speedway.

The Connecticut medical examiner’s office says blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of death of a Nevada motocross rider who crashed at Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend.

Authorities say 21-year-old Anthony Hart of Henderson lost control of his motorcycle and hit an outer track barricade at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday. He died later in the day, and the medical examiner performed an autopsy this week.

Hart was the brother of motocross and reality television star Carey Hart.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Las Vegas Wranglers announced that defenseman Jason Dest and center Brandon Kaleniecki have agreed to terms for next season.

Dest, 23, was third best on the Wranglers last season at plus-20 in 50 games as a rookie. Kaleniecki, 26, had 30 points (16 goals) in 60 games with Las Vegas last season.

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