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ex-nba star STOUDEMIRE HEADing TO ISRAEL

NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire isn't done yet.

After retiring from the NBA on July 26, Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire, 33, said the decision was emotional for him and his family. The six-time All-Star has visited Jerusalem many times but said getting the opportunity to play there will be a "spiritual journey."

Shortly after signing with the Knicks in the summer of 2010, Stoudemire traveled to Israel to explore what he believed might be "Hebrew roots" through his mother, Carrie.

"My interests in playing in Israel, at this moment that dream has come true," Stoudemire said.

With the Israeli and American flag present at Stoudemire's news conference at Madison Square Garden, he signed his contract, put on his new team hat and showed off his new Hapoel Jerusalem jersey.

"It's like a dream come true," Stoudemire said. "When I was in high school, I always wanted to put on my college hat to show what school I was going to and never did it. I put on an NBA hat."

NFL

Bills add to running back depth by signing veteran Bush

The Bills signed free agent RB Reggie Bush to a one-year contract to provide veteran depth behind starter LeSean McCoy and fill a big hole in their return game. The agreement was reached after Bush traveled to Buffalo to take a physical then met with Bills officials at their training camp facility outside Rochester. Bush, 31, is a 10-year veteran who played five games with the 49ers last season before suffering a season-ending left knee injury.

CARDINALS: Receiver John Brown will be sidelined while going through the concussion protocol. Also, former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins was set to have surgery on a broken bone in his right hand. He should be back practicing while wearing a cast in two to three weeks.

RAMS: Punter Johnny Hekker paid tribute to former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler by wearing the number of the four-time Academic All-American who was killed in a car crash in Wisconsin on July 23. Hekker wore Sadler's No. 3 and will do so during training camp to honor his friend and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died in a single-vehicle crash after attending a kicking camp.

ET CETERA

NHL: The Coyotes parted ways with veteran center Antoine Vermette to give themselves some more flexibility for next season. The Coyotes bought out the final year of Vermette's contract, making the 34-year-old a free agent.

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