- - Sunday, July 31, 2011

PRO FOOTBALL

Burress agrees to one-year contract to play for Jets

NEW YORK — Plaxico Burress is back in the Big Apple with the New York Jets. The former Super Bowl star with the Giants, recently released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge, reached an agreement in principle Sunday on a one-year deal with the Jets, the team said.

Burress, 33, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, before his career derailed after he accidentally shot himself in a New York nightclub in 2009.

He says his time in prison made him miss the game of football and being with teammates and is “elated” to get a second chance.

Burress has 505 catches for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Giants.

Former Raven McGahee signs deal with Broncos

DENVER — Veteran running back Willis McGahee signed with the Denver Broncos. McGahee, 29, has 1,541 career carries for 6,167 yards and 55 touchdowns. He spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens after four years with the Bills.

McGahee hasn’t been a full-time starter since shortly after being picked for the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Seahawks part ways with linebacker Tatupu

RENTON, Wash. — Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was released by Seattle, leaving the Seahawks with just two remaining members of their Super Bowl team from six seasons ago. Tatupu leaves after anchoring the middle of Seattle’s defense for most of six seasons, including three Pro Bowl appearances.

SWIMMING

China’s Sun sets world record in 1,500 meters

SHANGHAI — The swimming world championships ended with a jolt Sunday when emerging Chinese star Sun Yang broke the oldest world record in the sport - Australian great Grant Hackett’s 10-year-old mark in the 1,500 meters.

Sun finished in 14 minutes, 34.14 seconds, improving on Hackett’s mark of 14:34.56 set at the 2001 worlds in Fukuoka, Japan.

American all-around star Ryan Lochte set a world record at this meet Tuesday in the 200 individual medley. Lochte, the overall standout of the meet, also won the 400 IM Sunday for his fifth gold. Michael Phelps finished with four golds.

TENNIS

Kudla ousted 6-4, 6-2 in Legg Mason qualifier

Tobias Kamke of Germany beat 18-year-old wild-card entry Denis Kudla of the United States 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s only main-draw match at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Kamke will face 11th-seeded John Isner - winner of the longest match in tennis history - in the second round. Isner and the other 16 seeded players at the hard-court tournament all received first-round byes.

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