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Thu., April 24, 2014

Signed Former NBA star Tracy McGrady signed Wednesday to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League. The 6-foot-8 right-hander officially reported to spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance against Alvin Community College on April 16. In an inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

• The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with running back Shaun Draughn. Draughn appeared in 20 games over three seasons with Kansas City (2011-12) and Baltimore (2013), rushing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He has 158 yards receiving to go with 590 yards on 25 kickoff returns.

Scheduled NASCAR driver Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the race track this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda. The seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver missed races at Martinsville, Texas and Darlington, S.C. as he mourned his loss. The Pettys were together 57 years.

• Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Richmond. Griffin is scheduled to lead the field around for three parade laps on the 0.75-mile oval, and then to the start of the 400-lap race.

Announced Four WNBA teams will take part in a preseason tournament in Orlando over Mother’s Day weekend. The Indiana Fever will play the Chicago Sky in the opener May 9, with the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury set to meet in the second game of the doubleheader. The two winners and two losers will play each other two days later.

• Wake Forest forward Arnaud William Adala Moto is transferring. Adala Moto made 11 starts and played in all 33 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Adala Moto came to Wake Forest in 2012 as part of a seven-man recruiting class that was the core of former coach Jeff Bzdelik’s rebuilding effort.

Cleared Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling’s governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test. The International Cycling Union agreed “there was a significant probability” clenbuterol in his sample came from contaminated meat. Rogers raced in China, where clenbuterol is administered to livestock, days before testing positive at the Japan Cup last October. Rogers is an Olympic bronze medalist.


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