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Seven-year deal keeps Diem in the Colts' fold

The Indianapolis Colts signed right tackle Ryan Diem to a seven-year contract, another step in keeping their high-scoring offense together for one more season. The next move could come today, when the Colts are expected to place the franchise designation on Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James. Diem's deal, believed to include a signing bonus of $12 million, keeps him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March . . . Washington Redskins receiver Laveranues Coles has met twice with coach Joe Gibbs to state his desire to leave the team, including the day after the season, an official within the league told the Associated Press. The Redskins, in turn, have told Coles they want him to have surgery for the chronic toe injury that has plagued him the last two seasons, a procedure that Coles has been reluctant to undergo, the source said . . . The Green Bay Packers designated three-time Pro Bowl tight end Bubba Franks as their transition player . . . Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his wife Myra will visit Jerusalem tomorrow for the dedication of the Kraft Family Stadium he helped build for an Israeli flag football league. In 1999 Kraft donated $120,000 to build the multipurpose facility. This year he donated $500,000 to pay for artificial turf and other improvements . . . Charlotte Bobcats rookie Emeka Okafor is expected to return to the lineup tonight against Milwaukee. Okafor, the No. 2 pick in the June draft out of Connecticut, had a sprained left ankle . . . Veteran center Alonzo Mourning was expected to sign with the Miami Heat yesterday but the Miami Herald reported that the signing could be delayed until Thursday's trade deadline. Mourning, who underwent a kidney transplant in December 2003, became a free agent Feb. 11 when the Raptors bought out his contract. Toronto had acquired him in December in a trade with the Nets but he refused to report.

MISCELLANY
Scott captures one-hole playoff in Nissan Open

Adam Scott made a 4-foot par putt on the first playoff hole, the 18th, to beat Chad Campbell in a sudden-death playoff at the Nissan Open in Los Angeles, the first PGA Tour event in nine years to be cut to 36 holes. The playoff came shortly after the final two rounds were canceled because of rain that saturated Riviera Country Club. Scott earned $864,000 and moved up to No. 7 in the world rankings, but because the tournament was only 36 holes, he will not get credit for an official victory. Scott finished his second round Sunday with a 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole for a 5-under 66 that enabled him to join Campbell in the lead at 9-under 133. Campbell shot 65 in the second round, but he finished Friday . . . Disgraced sprinter Kelli White, one of several athletes at the center of the BALCO scandal, claims Dr. Brian Goldman publicly stated she had narcolepsy to cover up her use of a banned stimulant -- even though she never had the sleep disorder, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The paper also quoted grand jury transcripts in which world champion sprinter Tim Montgomery testified that the same doctor wrote a steroids prescription for him under a false name so it wouldn't be traceable . . . Andre Agassi defeated Radek Stepanek, 6-4, 7-5, in his first appearance at the Dubai Open, earning a standing ovation from the largest crowd (5,000) ever to see a tennis match in the United Arab Emirates. Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Florian Mayer, 6-3, 6-4 . . . Elena Bovina of Russia returned to the court for the first time in 3 1/2 months and beat Shinobu Asagoe of Japan, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the Qatar Open in Doha . . . Former heavyweight contender Jimmy Young, who was outpointed by Muhammad Ali in 1976 in his only shot at the title, died in Philadelphia of heart failure. He was 56.

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