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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Wide receiver Braylon Edwards is practicing with the New York Jets a day after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns.

Edwards, wearing a white No. 17 Jets jersey, caught passes from rookie Mark Sanchez, as well as backups Erik Ainge and Kevin O'Connell in early drills today.

Edwards was traded from Cleveland on Wednesday for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft choices.

Coach Rex Ryan said Edwards will start opposite Jerricho Cotchery in the Jets' next game Monday night at Miami. The former Pro Bowl selection is in his fifth season, and gives the Jets the deep threat they were sorely missing.

Edwards had 10 receptions for 139 yards and no scores for the winless Browns.

NEW YORK — The New York Jets acquired troubled but talented wide receiver Braylon Edwards from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and undisclosed draft choices.

Edwards will combine with Jerricho Cotchery to give rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez two proven playmakers as starting wide receivers.

Edwards, in his fifth season, has 10 receptions for 139 yards but was held to no catches for the first time in his career in the winless Browns' overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. His best season came in 2006, when he had 80 catches for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Michael Crabtree signed a six-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers after a drawn-out negotiation process that had some wondering whether the star wide receiver would ever show up this season.

While specific terms of the deal, which was completed around 2 a.m., were not disclosed, Crabtree will receive nearly $17 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the contract.

The former Texas Tech star, selected 10th overall in this year's draft, was the only pick who hadn't signed with his team.

College Football

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tim Tebow's status against No. 4 LSU appears that it will be a game-day decision.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said his medical staff told him to prepare as if the injured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Team doctors also warned Meyer that Tebow might not be cleared in time for the game.

Tebow practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering the first concussion of his career Sept. 26 against Kentucky.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The NCAA has asked an appeal court to reconsider a ruling for public release of documents on an academic cheating scandal at Florida State.

The college athletics organization also asked the 1st District Court of Appeal to certify the case to the Florida Supreme Court as a question of great public importance if it denies a rehearing.

In addition, the NCAA wants release of the documents to The Associated Press and other news media stayed pending further litigation.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With one embarrassment behind her and another on the way, Stephanie Streeter decided to leave the U.S. Olympic Committee before she was pushed out.

The acting CEO announced she will not seek the job on a permanent basis and will leave before the end of the Vancouver Paralympics next March.

The decision comes five days after Chicago's humbling, first-round exit in the vote to award a site for the 2016 Olympics. The USOC is forming a committee and will hire a national recruiting firm to search for Streeter's replacement by the end of the month.

Streeter, who replaced Jim Scherr after he was forced to resign in March, said she wanted to get back into the corporate world.


NEW YORK — Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 6.7 percent this year with the United States in the midst of a global recession.

The 30 teams combined to average 30,350, the commissioner's office said, down from 32,528 last year and a record 32,785 in 2007. Part of the drop was due to smaller capacities at two new ballparks in New York.

Total attendance of 73.4 million was baseball's fifth-highest.

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers announced an $8 million, one-year contract with career saves leader Trevor Hoffman with a mutual option for 2011.

Hoffman signed with the Brewers before the beginning of the year after spending 16 seasons in San Diego. He converted 37 of 41 save chances to give him 591 for his career, and finished the season with a 1.83 ERA, his lowest since 1998.

The veteran right-hander will turn 42 next week.


TAIPEI, Taiwan — In the first NBA preseason game played in Taiwan, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Denver Nuggets 126-104 today.

Troy Murphy, Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert each scored 20 points for the Pacers, who led throughout the game in front of a sellout crowd of 13,599 at the Taipei Arena.

"We're probably about 35 percent ready for the season," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We executed tonight what we practiced."

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 17 points. J.R. Smith added 16 points and Chauncey Billips and Joey Graham each had 14.

"Right now, we're not playing with a good rhythm," Nuggets coach George Carl said. "We have to find answers by (the season opener on) Oct. 28."

Indiana made 14 of 25 3-pointers, led by Rush, who was 6 for 12. Murphy was 4 for 4 from outside the arc, and A.J. Price was 4 for 6.

The Pacers led by eight points at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 14 at the half. They led 98-74 heading into the fourth quarter.

INDIANAPOLIS — Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 90-77 in Game 4 of the WNBA finals, tying the best-of-five series.

Penny Taylor added 17 points for the Mercury while Diana Taurasi and Tangela Smith each scored 16 to force Game 5 on Friday in Phoenix.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ebony Hoffman added 17 points. All-Star Katie Douglas, who was hoping to celebrate a clinching win in her hometown, scored seven points on 2-for-14 shooting.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson could miss three weeks after an MRI revealed a partial tear in his left hamstring.

If the timetable is correct, Iverson would miss all of preseason, and his status for the season opener at home against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28 would be in jeopardy.

Iverson, declaring himself a quick healer, said he expects to be back in time for the opener. He was hurt during the Grizzlies' training camp in Birmingham, Ala. last week and said he was just starting to get into shape after not playing basketball for five months waiting to see where he was going to land for this season.


NEW YORK — The NHL fined the Toronto Maple Leafs an undisclosed amount after ruling that coach Ron Wilson was guilty of tampering when he expressed interest in Vancouver Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin before they reached free agency.

Wilson made reference to the Canucks twins during an interview when they were still under contract with the Canucks. Both players reached new deals to stay with Vancouver.

A separate charge by the Canucks against the Maple Leafs was dismissed by the NHL.


ROME — Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has failed a doping test, with his club team Juventus saying today it was the result of cortisone used to treat a bee sting.

The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor, Ettore Torri, opened an investigation.

Cannavaro, who helped Italy win the World Cup in Berlin three years ago, was already suspended for the country's World Cup qualifier with Ireland on Saturday due to accumulated yellow cards. But he was expected to join the team for Wednesday's game against Cyprus.

CONI would not say when Cannavaro tested positive, but said Torri would hold a hearing with the defender and the physician involved in the case.

Torri will likely want to determine if Cannavaro had a certificate approving use of the substance.

— The Associated Press

———The hearing with Cannavaro could come as early as Friday.

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