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The Yankees signed former Orioles reliever Scott Williamson to a minor league contract, but not until Williamson insisted he was available to sign it and the Yankees kept saying he wasn't.

Maybe I'm just anxious for the NFL season to start, but I could have sworn I saw Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia competing in a four-hole playoff at the British Open.

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NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who's being investigated by the FBI for allegedly betting on games he worked, called more technical fouls last season than any other official.

He first raised suspicions when one of those technicals was called BEFORE the game.

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Triple-A Norfolk infielder Terry Tiffee has been named the International League's Batter of the Week after hitting .462 with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.

Tifffee's on a tear - and I've always wanted to say that. He's 11-for-18 with 11 RBIs in his last five games, and he's batting .364 with four homers and 20 RBIs in July.

For the reader requiring a Sidney Ponson update, his grievance against the Orioles still hasn't been heard. About $10 million is being withheld from the pitcher, who most likely is sunning himself on a beach in Fort Lauderdale.

We should all be so lucky.

Nikco Sports is producing 5,000 gold baseballs to honor Cal Ripken's induction into the Hall of Fame. They cost $39.95 and include a display case, and $4 goes to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

If you're interested, call 1-800-345-2868 or place your orders at www.nikcosports.com.

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