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BILLS TO HONOR LEVY ON DEC. 9

Former head coach Marv Levy will be honored by the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. During the ceremony, Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In July, Levy will become the third member of the Bills organization to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Billy Shaw (1999) and O.J. Simpson (1985), while becoming the 11th coach enshrined in Canton.

Levy was named head coach of the Bills on Nov. 3, 1986 and stayed with the team until retiring on Dec. 31, 1997. He is the only coach in NFL history to lead his team to four straight Super Bowl appearances. His 123 wins with the Bills are a team record while his 154 career victories place him 10th all-time in NFL history.

Roenick reaches deal
with Philadelphia Flyers

Six-time All-Star Jeremy Roenick reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Flyers days before he was to become an unrestricted free agent.

The center agreed in principle to a five-year deal once his old team, the Phoenix Coyotes, gave the Flyers permission to discuss a contract, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said this afternoon.

The Coyotes will receive a compensatory draft pick.

"I think the fans are going to love him. He can really skate, he hits, he handles the puck and he's been a premier player in this league for a long time," Clarke said.

Roenick, a two-time 50-goal scorer, led the Coyotes in goals (30) and points (76) last season. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Roenick earned $5 million last year and was seeking about $7 million. His official signing will be announced Monday.

The Flyers still are expected to trade disgruntled star Eric Lindros. But Clarke has said that if a deal for Lindros isn't made before the free-agency period begins Sunday, he will proceed as if Lindros "didn't exist."

The Pittsburgh Penguins have given Jaromir Jagr's agent permission to talk to the New York Rangers and at least one other team -- likely, the Dallas Stars -- about a contract extension.

Such an extension probably must be reached before any team will trade for the five-time NHL scoring champion, who is owed $20.7 million over the next two seasons. Without an extension, Jagr would become eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2002-03 season.

Elsewhere:

The Los Angeles Kings re-signed right wing Scott Thomas, a restricted free agent, to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Thomas, 31, an East Aurora native, played in 24 games with the Kings last season, with three goals and one assist.

The Kings also announced that right wing Adam Deadmarsh had surgery to remove scar tissue and a small bone chip from his left wrist.

The Canucks have agreed to a contract extension with captain Markus Naslund that will keep him in Vancouver through the 2004-2005 season.

Titans' McNair signs
on dotted line

Quarterback Steve McNair signed a contract extension worth $47 million for six years with the Tennessee Titans.

"It's finally over," McNair said at a news conference. "It's a lot of pressure off me and my family not to have to go through the offseason wondering where we're going to be next season."

McNair, 28, secured a two-tiered signing bonus, receiving $10 million now and $6 million in March.

In other news, former Kansas City, Baltimore and Pittsburgh running back Bam Morris was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison for his role in conspiracies to sell marijuana and launder drug money.

Bona signs Crowley
to new contract

St. Bonaventure University women's basketball coach Jim Crowley signed a new contract that runs through the 2004-05 season. Crowley finished his first season as the Bonnies' head coach with a 7-21 record.

"We feel Jim has a very promising future as our head coach," said Bona Athletic Director Gothard Lane. "You can see the positive direction he is leading the program.

Fisher sore after
hitting wall in practice

Sarah Fisher hit the wall in the Indy Racing League's first practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, but precautionary neck X-rays showed no serious injuries.

A little more than an hour after the crash, which did only slight damage to her car, Fisher was released by a hospital and returned to the track, where she decided to pass on evening practice.

Driver killed
in Pikes Peak crash

Ralph Chandler Bruning Jr. was killed in a crash Thursday during a qualifying run for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Witnesses said the 31-year-old Bruning's 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo missed a right-hand turn on the twisting road to the top of the 14,110-foot mountain, went airborne and became impaled on a tree. Bruning was pronounced dead at the scene.

The race is set for Saturday.

In other racing news: Jeff Andretti, 37, was handcuffed and charged with disorderly conduct after shoving a police officer who had stopped a friend for a traffic violation. Police said they saw Christine M. Shaffer bump two cars as she left a parking lot in a car in which Andretti, his wife and his sister were passengers.

While they gave Shaffer a field sobriety test, the four passengers yelled and screamed at the officers, police said.

Patrolman Ashley Heiberger said he walked over to warn the group, only to have Andretti push him.

Around & About

Allen Bohl was hired as Kansas athletic director after helping lead a resurgence at Fresno State. Bohl, 53, replaces Bob Frederick, who resigned after 14 years to become a teacher in the Kansas School of Education.

American Lance Armstrong won the Tour de Suisse cycling road race title, showing he's in top form for the Tour de France. Armstrong, a two-time Tour de France winner, completed the 877-mile circuit in a total of 35 hours, 6 seconds, a solid 1:02 ahead of recent Giro winner Gilberto Simoni. The Tour de France runs July 7-29.

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