millions separate brees, saints
NEW ORLEANS — QB Drew Brees and the Saints must close a significant gap in guaranteed money if they are to agree on a five-year contract worth about $100 million, the Associated Press reported.
If Brees, 33, does not have a long-term contract in place by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline, he has no plans to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp, ESPN reported.
The sides were more reportedly than $10 million apart in the guaranteed portion of the contract Wednesday.
Prize money up at U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is increasing singles prize money by 11 percent this year, with the biggest boosts for players who lose in early rounds. The men's and women's champions will each receive $1.9 million, a $100,000 bump from 2011.
Serena back on court: Four days after capturing the singles title at Wimbledon, fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West in Stanford, Calif.
Isner moves on: Top seed and defending champion John Isner, a Tampa resident, advanced to the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame championships in Newport, R.I., beating Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
GM Lamoriello among Hall class
Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey's longtime general manager, who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns, was named to this year's induction class of the U.S. Hall of Fame.
Former players Mike Modano, who won a Stanley Cup with the Stars, and Eddie Olczyk, who won one with the Rangers, are also a part of the class that will be enshrined in the fall.
Autos: Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said he tested positive for a stimulant and was collecting his medicines and supplements to figure out what got him in trouble.
Horses: Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out with a ligament injury to the left front leg but could return to the races next year, veterinarian Kathy Anderson said. The injury likely occurred after a July 6 workout.
Cycling: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days to contest drug charges.