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Stewart Won’t Try Double

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From Staff and Wire Reports

Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official Monday, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Stewart, a former Indy Racing League champion, will compete only in the Coca-Cola 600 and not make a third attempt at the grueling 1,100 miles of racing.

He cited his desire to win the Winston Cup championship this year and his shot at a $1-million bonus if he wins the 600, for not entering the Indy 500.

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“Running Indy again is something I’ve put a lot of thought into, but when it came right down to it, the long-term goal of winning the Winston Cup championship won out,” Stewart said.

Stewart is 12th in the Winston Cup standings, 204 behind leader Sterling Marlin.

Pro Football

The Denver Broncos have confirmed they have signed free-agent wide receiver Rob Moore to back up Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey.

Moore, 33, missed most of the last two seasons in Arizona with injuries and was released by the Cardinals in February.

He is a two-time all-pro and has caught 628 passes for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns in a 10-year career.

Spencer Folau, who started 15 games at left tackle for Miami last year, has signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, becoming one possible replacement for the departed Willie Roaf.

The Miami Dolphins signed their lone free agent, tight end Jed Weaver, to a one-year contract.... The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive tackle Barry Stokes, who played last season with the Green Bay Packers.... Former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard joined the Atlanta Falcons as a senior advisor to new owner Arthur Blank.

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Jurisprudence

Darryl Strawberry must remain in a Tampa, Fla., jail until a judge decides his fate later this month and while his new lawyer reviews his case.

Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Florence Foster denied bail for Strawberry while he awaits an April 18 court date on allegations he broke rules at the drug treatment center where he was serving two years of house arrest.

Dominic Rhodes, who led the Indianapolis Colts in rushing last season, pleaded not guilty to charges he hit and shoved the woman with whom he lives.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Tennis

Top-seeded Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia advanced to the second round of the Sarasota Open in Florida, defeating Spain’s Conchita Martinez, 6-2, 7-5.... Seventh-seeded George Bastl of Switzerland defeated Justin Gimelstob, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the first round of a USTA Challenger event at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

Soccer

The Galaxy will face the CSD Municipal Rojos, a powerful club from Guatemala in an exhibition game May 8 at the Rose Bowl.... Midfielder Braulio Luna will replace the injured Ramon Morales for the Mexican national soccer team’s exhibition match with the U.S. on Wednesday at Denver.

Passings

Samoa Fili, a 17-year-old pole vaulter from Wichita (Kan.) Southeast High, died two days after suffering a head injury during a vault at a meet, a spokeswoman for Wesley Medical Center said.

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