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NIEDERMAYER STANDS UP AGAINST DUCK ABUSE

HOCKEY

Scott Niedermayer doesn't take kindly to duck abuse.

That's why the defenseman for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim signed on with PETA to defend ducks - mighty or otherwise.

Niedermayer sent a letter to the 50 members of the Chicago City Council, urging them to fight against efforts to repeal the city's ban on foie gras - the delicacy from enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese.

"As an Anaheim Duck, I hate to see real ducks tortured so that a handful of wealthy chefs can serve their diseased organs," wrote Niedermayer, the playoffs MVP last season. "Please uphold this compassionate law."

OILERS: The team is not for sale. That was the message from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the franchise. Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $185-million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said it also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.

SIGNINGS: Right wing Arron Asham signed a one-year, $700,00 contract with the Devils. ... Michael Cammalleri, who led the Kings in scoring last season then became a restricted free agent, agreed to a two-year deal.

BOXING

WBA champ's career may end due to eye infection

WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has an eye infection that might end his career and leave his sight permanently impaired.

"The infection's that severe," his manager, Khoder Nasser, said. "They're just going to have to fight that first before they can tell what's going on."

The 32-year-old will spend at least a week to 10 days in a Sydney, Australia, hospital, where doctors will try to save the sight in his left eye, he added.

Mundine's eye is believed to have become infected last week when he cleaned a contact lens with his mouth.

JAIL: Former WBA flyweight champ Eric Morel, 31, will be released from prison Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for sexual assault, prison officials said. Morel will have to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin.

MOTORSPORTS

Strong debut gives Carpentier more chances

Fresh off a second-place finish in his stock car debut, Patrick Carpentier got another job in NASCAR: He'll race the Nextel Cup event at Watkins Glen, N.C.

Carpentier will replace Scott Riggs in the No. 10 Dodge this weekend. The car is not inside the top 35 in points, so it is not assured a spot in the field and Carpentier will have to qualify it on speed to make Sunday's race.

Jim Rocco, who co-owns the car with Ray Evernham, said the team hopes Carpentier can drive the No. 10 to a strong finish that pushes it closer to the top 35. The team is 37th in the standings, 134 points away from the crucial top 35 mark.

Carpentier will also drive the No. 22 in the Busch Series for Fitz Motorsports, the same car he drove last weekend.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong won't race in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Organizers had hoped to team the seven-time Tour de France winner with Floyd Landis.

SOCCER: South American champion Brazil, the world's top-ranked national soccer team, will play Mexico in an exhibition game at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12. ... A South African telecommunications company signed a $36-million deal with FIFA, becoming the second national sponsor of the 2010 World Cup. ... Asian champion Iraq will open qualifying for the 2010 World Cup against Pakistan. China opens against Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates against Vietnam, according to Monday's draw for 19 Asian first-round pairings. The two-game, first-round series will be played Oct. 8 and Oct. 29.

TENNIS: Elena Dementieva opened defense of her EastWest Bank Classic title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ekaterina Makarova in Carson, Calif. ... Third-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. James Blake held off Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in a match that featured only one service break.

TRACK: The International Association of Athletics Federations reimposed the provisional doping suspensions of two Bulgarian athletes - high jumper Venelina Veneva and European 400-meter champion and hurdler Vanya Stambolova - who were cleared by their national federation. ... Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner won the 400 meters with the year's fastest time, finishing in 43.50 seconds to earn a 1-carat diamond at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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