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Dyrdek launches skateboarding tour

Street skateboarding is going big league.

Rob Dyrdek, the street skater turned MTV star, is launching his Street League Skateboarding on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., the first of three contests that will pay a total of $1.2 million in prize money.

The winner at each stop earns $150,000, the biggest prize in skateboarding.

"That's a great opportunity to shoot for," said Paul Rodriguez, one of the world's top 24 skateboarders who have signed on. "It would be nice to come across that once or twice."

Other top skaters competing will be Chris Cole, Ryan Sheckler, Nyjah Huston, Torey Pudwill, Eric Koston and Mike Mo Capaldi.

Manny not talking about waiver rumors

MILWAUKEE — Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez declined to comment on multiple reports that he's been put on waivers.

Ramirez shook off several reporters over an hour in front of his locker before Wednesday night's game in Milwaukee.

"No, man, I'm good, thanks," Ramirez said.

The White Sox are said to be interested in claiming him for a postseason push if he's available. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said Tuesday if he were asked by general manager Ken Williams if he wanted Ramirez, he would say yes.

Ramirez was is in the starting lineup against the Brewers and playing consecutive games for the first time since coming off his third trip to the disabled list. Manager Joe Torre said the star left fielder will get Thursday off.

U.S. defeats Greece 87-59

ATHENS, Greece — Eric Gordon scored 18 points and the United States defeated Greece 87-59 on Wednesday in their final tuneup before the world championships.

Missing all of the stars from the team that won Olympic gold two years ago, the U.S. team turned to youthful exuberance against Greece. Their quickness on defense resulted in 24 turnovers, helping the U.S. build a 42-32 lead by halftime.

The Americans then went on a 28-12 run in the third quarter to put the game away.

Forward Costas Tsartsaris scored 17 of his team-high 24 points in the first half for Greece.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports