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Forbes: Yankees most valuable brand

The Yankees franchise is now the most valuable brand in sports, according to Forbes magazine. The New York Yankees name alone was judged to be worth $328 million toward the team's overall value, Forbes said in an article published online. The magazine says the Yankees are worth $1.6 billion. The Yankees beat out English soccer power Manchester United, thanks to increased merchandise sales, improved local TV ratings on their own network, and the falling value of the British pound.

COURTSMayfield suspension case tossed

A U.S. District Judge in Charlotte has dismissed suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR. Mayfield was suspended indefinitely last year for failing a random drug test. NASCAR has said he tested positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield sued in an attempt to be reinstated. Judge Graham Mullen said that Mayfield had waived his right to pursue claims as part of becoming a NASCAR driver.


Big Ben not with Steelers at practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers are conducting their voluntary offseason workouts without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He remains banned from attending, and there is no indication when the NFL will allow him to participate. "I'm waiting for word from New York like everyone else," coach Mike Tomlin said. Roethlisberger joined his teammates to play in a charity golf event on Monday. BASKETBALLBol hospitalized with kidney, skin woes

Former NBA center Manute Bol is hospitalized with severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition after falling critically ill while returning home from helping fight election corruption in his native Sudan. - AP

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