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PISTONS TRADE WITH MAVS: The Detroit Pistons traded veteran forwards Christian Laettner and Terry Mills to the Dallas Mavericks for forwards Cedric Ceballos and John Wallace, guard Eric Murdock and cash.

KENTUCKY NABS RECRUIT: Forward Jason Parker, a one-time North Carolina recruit until he was denied admission, enrolled at Kentucky and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats this season.


RAVENS SIGN ODGEN: The Baltimore Ravens and left tackle Jonathan Ogden reached terms on a six-year contract extension that would make the three-time Pro Bowler the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history. Ogden will get $44 million over six years, including a $12 million signing bonus, the team announced.


PGA HONORS WOODS: The PGA of America announced Tiger Woods as the winner of the PGA Player of the Year award. Woods has been so dominant, winning three majors and eight PGA Tour events, that no one has a mathematical chance of catching him.

Woods won the award, which is decided by points, for the third time in four years. He already has a record 255 points after his victory in the NEC Invitational at Firestone. Phil Mickelson is second with 64 points.

Players earn 30 points for winning a major, 20 points for The Players Championship, and 10 points for every other PGA Tour victory. Winning two majors carries a 50-point bonus, and three majors is worth an additional 75 points.


DE LA HOYA SUES: Oscar De La Hoya sued promoter Bob Arum, trying to end their contract after eight years.

De La Hoya became a superstar after winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as a teenager from East Los Angeles. But he lost a majority decision to Felix Trinidad last September, and then dropped another title bout in June against Shane Mosley.

STEINBRENNER BUYS CARS: The car with the pinstripes speeding down the drag strip later this season will belong to George Steinbrenner.

The Yankee Top Fuel Dragster was born, following the NBA's New Jersey Nets and the NHL's New Jersey Devils as a new Steinbrenner sports acquisition. He has formed a partnership with former driver Darrell Gwynn, an exciting prospect for NHRA officials.

The team, now building its 300-mph cars, hopes to burn rubber for the first time Oct. 20, when qualifying begins for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas. Mike Dunn will be the driver.