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Truth + Rumors

Posted: Thursday August 19, 2004 10:33AM; Updated: Thursday August 19, 2004 12:13PM
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Adewale Ogunleye recorded 15 sacks for the Dolphins last season.
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Ravens officials refuted reports that they would wait for Deion Sanders to end his retirement and suit up as late as November, saying they would expect him to play in the Sept. 12 opener. Sanders would have to show up for the final week of the preseason. Still leaning toward restarting his career, Sanders has not officially notified the team of his decision.
 -- Baltimore Sun

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye reiterated Wednesday that he will not report to the Dolphins without a long-term contract extension.
 -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Ogunleye said he is prepared to sit out all but six games this season. He must play at least six to be credited for the season, which would make him an unrestricted free agent next year.
 -- Miami Herald

Ogunleye may not be in the Redskins sights. Coach Joe Gibbs indicated he feels comfortable with the Skins' right end position.
 -- The Washington Times

There is 'no buzz' about Rich Gannon departing Oakland to be the Jets backup QB.
 -- Bergen Record

The agent for unsigned draft pick Bob Sanders says discussions with the Colts have taken a turn for the better.
 -- Indianapolis Star

MLB

The Yankees are close to a deal that would send Esteban Loaiza to the Rangers
 -- New York Post

Given a chance to endorse manager Larry Bowa, Phillies GM Ed Wade danced around the topic yesterday.
 -- Philadelphia Inquirer

With the Phillies seeking outfield help, the Rangers' Brian Jordan or Gary Matthews could be in the picture.
 -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Following the injury to third baseman Robb Quinlan, manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged the Angels need to augment their offense, possibly through a minor-league promotion or a waiver trade. Infielders who reportedly have cleared waivers include Arizona's Shea Hillenbrand, Tampa Bay's Geoff Blum and Philadelphia's Placido Polanco.
 -- Los Angeles Times

The Angels will probably go after a third baseman, such as Joe Randa of the Kansas City Royals.
 -- Riverside Press Enterprise

Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta is seeking an established reliever. Among those who reportedly have cleared waivers are Cincinnati's Gabe White, Toronto's Justin Speier, Detroit's Al Levine and Baltimore's Buddy Groom and Jason Grimsley. Rod Beck was recently released by the Padres, but Dodgers manager Jim Tracy dismissed Beck as potential help.
 -- Orange County Register

The Indians are checking out Beck.
 -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Red Sox don't seem inclined to re-sign right-hander Derek Lowe, and the Tigers figure to be interested if his asking price isn't prohibitive.
 -- Detroit Free Press

Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford continue to wait for the Devil Rays to respond to counteroffers made last week.
 -- Tampa Tribune

NBA

Asked about the chances of Vince Carter becoming a Knick, GM Isiah Thomas declined to rule it out.
 -- New York Post

The Knicks could turn to free agents Rodney White, Keon Clark and/or Marcus Fizer.
 -- Bergen Record

Sixers GM Billy King and coach Jim O'Brien met last week with Turkish shooting forward Ibrahim Kutluay.
 -- Philadelphia Daily News

Look for center Joel Przybilla to agree soon to a free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
 -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

NHL

With Peter Forsberg's status unclear, the Avalanche signed center Vinnie Damphousse to a one-year, $2-million contract.
 -- Denver Post

Having signed talented young defenseman Jordan Leopold, Flames GM Darryl Sutter turns his attention to nailing down a contract for captain Jerome Iginla.
 -- Calgary Herald

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