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Sports In Brief - August 2, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Biffle was fined $5,000 and put on probation until Dec. 31 for skipping a press-box interview following his second-place finish in the Kroger 200 Busch Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park last week.

Biffle said Wednesday that he talked to reporters on pit road after the race Saturday but avoided the press box because of the huge crowd.

"I want to be clear that I was very excited about the second-place finish and was in no hurry to leave," he said in a statement released by his team. "It just seemed unreasonable at the time to try to get to the press box as the grandstands were emptying in the opposite direction."

• NFL -- Pittsburgh running back Willie Parker missed practice for the second day in a row because of a sore knee and is not expected to play in the Hall of Fame exhibition game Sunday.

Parker has some swelling in his left knee and the Steelers are going to be cautious with their top running back.

• Randy Moss left the New England Patriots practice with an apparent upper leg injury.

During an 11-on-11 passing drill about halfway through the team's afternoon session, the only practice of the day, Moss reached into the end zone for a ball thrown by Tom Brady. The pass was incomplete and Moss immediately went to the sideline.

A trainer applied an ice pack and wrap to the wide receiver's upper left leg, and Moss didn't return to practice.

• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Buddy Bell resigned as Kansas City's manager, effective at the end of the season.

Bell announced the decision before Wednesday's game against Minnesota and said he will remain on for the rest of the season. He will join the Royals' front office in 2008 as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore.

• Atlanta cleared roster spots for newly acquired relievers Octavio Dotel and Ron Mahay by cutting first baseman Julio Franco and demoting right-handed reliever Jose Ascanio to Double-A Mississippi.

The Braves cleared a roster spot for Mark Teixeira by sending right-handed reliever Chad Paronto to Triple-A Richmond.

• Running away with the AL East this year, Boston may open next season in the Far East.

The Red Sox, with ace pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, could start the 2008 season at the Tokyo Dome. The L.A. Angels or Oakland are the most likely opponent.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Erskine's sports program is growing.

The school said it will add men's and women's golf and women's lacrosse in the fall of 2008. It plans to add volleyball a year after that, increasing its NCAA Division II program to 14 sports.

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