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In brief: Howard signs five-year extension with Magic

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Only 21 years old, Dwight Howard already says he wants to retire in Orlando, Fla.

He committed to sticking around for a while longer Thursday, as the former No. 1 overall pick signed a five-year contract extension worth approximately $80 million.

“Me and Mickey Mouse will be here forever,” Howard joked.

It was Orlando’s second multimillion dollar move in two days. The Magic officially pulled free-agent All-Star Rashard Lewis from the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday.

“The New Jersey Nets are installing gum dispensers on both benches and the scorer’s table at Continental Airlines Arena as part of the team’s new partnership with Wrigley.

“The Detroit Pistons and forward Amir Johnson agreed to an $11 million, three-year contract.

“Ronny Thompson has told Ball State he will resign after one season as head coach. Thompson led the Cardinals to a 9-22 record last season and the school has said he and his staff broke NCAA rules by being at voluntary off-season team workouts. Thompson is a son of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson.

FOOTBALL

Lulay injures shoulder

Former Montana State quarterback Travis Lulay suffered a shoulder injury last month while playing in the now-defunct NFL Europa. Lulay, allocated to the Berlin Thunder by the Seattle Seahawks, suffered a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder in a June 2 game.

“A judge has ordered Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and the mother of his toddler to take a three-hour parenting class. Urlacher and his ex-girlfriend, Tyna Robertson, are in a legal battle over Urlacher’s parental visits with his 2-year-old son, Kennedy.

“The brother of a former Montana State University football player has agreed to plead guilty to a federal drug charge in a case that preceded the firing of football coach Mike Kramer. Randy L. Gatewood, 21, was scheduled to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute on July 26.

SOFTBALL

U.S. defeats Venezuela

Crystl Bustos and Kelly Kretschman hit two-run homers, and the United States opened its title defense at the World Cup of Softball with a 9-1 win against Venezuela in Oklahoma City.

MISCELLANY

Doping case dropped

A doping case was dropped because of procedural problems following a positive test involving a German show jumping horse at the Equestrian World Cup Final in Las Vegas. Air Jordan Z tested positive for a tranquilizer at the event in April, where Daniel Deusser of Germany was aboard for the second-place finish.

“An injured Serena Williams was officially dropped from the United States’ roster, and Svetlana Kuznetsova was taken off Russia’s team ahead of the Fed Cup semifinal this weekend.

“Striker Lauren Cheney scored a hat trick and the United States erased an early deficit to rout Paraguay 7-1 on the opening day of women’s soccer in the Pan American Games.

“Pele and Samuel Eto’o headline the list of international stars to play a match in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday. More than 50 players have confirmed their participation in the “90 Minutes for Mandela” match on Wednesday at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Brent Sutter resigned as coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels – a team he owns – amid speculation he will soon be named coach of the New Jersey Devils.

“Federal agents have expanded their investigation of pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s personal doctor to include former patients and other patients of his who have died, the Associated Press has learned.

“Defenseman Sheldon Souray agreed to a five-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

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