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For the first time since ’04, Edwards and Osborne split

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carl Edwards’ crew chief stepped down Tuesday, 19 races removed from a disheartening defeat in last year’s championship race.

Bob Osborne cited undisclosed health concerns in his decision to relinquish the No. 99 Ford, which has been stuck in a slump since Edwards ended last season tied with Tony Stewart in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The title went to Stewart on a tie-breaker.

Osborne, who guided Edwards to 18 wins and two runner-up finishes in the points, will move to a senior management position with Roush Fenway Racing. He’ll be replaced as crew chief by Chad Norris, who has been with Roush since 2005 as a crew chief in the Nationwide and Truck Series.

Osborne had run the No. 99 team since 2004, and Edwards took over that ride for the final 13 races of that season. But Edwards is stuck in a 52-race losing streak dating back to Las Vegas last season, and at 11th in the point standings, he’s in danger of missing the Chase this season.


Linsanity falls from Big Apple to the Houston Rockets

HOUSTON – Jeremy Lin is leaving New York and taking Linsanity to Houston.

The New York Knicks confirmed Tuesday night they will not match the Houston Rocket’s three-year, $25-million offer for Lin, a restricted free-agent. The New York Times initially reported the Knicks’ decision, citing an unidentified person.

New York officially had until 9:59 (Mountain) to decide whether or not to re-sign Lin.

NBA champions will bring their game to Beijing

LOS ANGELES – The NBA champion Miami Heat will play two preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall.

The teams will meet Oct. 11 at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

It’s the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition.

Eight NBA teams will play in eight international games in October as part of the league’s international preseason schedule: The Dallas Mavericks will play games in Barcelona and Berlin; the Boston Celtics will play games in Istanbul and Milan against top Euroleague teams; Toronto and the New York Knicks will play in Montreal; and Minnesota and Detroit will play in Winnipeg.


Cowboys’ maligned wideout allegedly assaults his mother

DALLAS – With training camp just two weeks away, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is in trouble again.

The talented 23-year-old wide receiver was arrested Monday after being accused of attacking his mother during an argument, hitting her arms and face. He faces a charge of family violence, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The Cowboys had no comment on the latest stumble by Bryant since the Cowboys drafted him out of Oklahoma State in 2010.


NHL and the players’ union ‘got a lot of work to do’

NEW YORK – The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are set to resume labor talks today at the league offices in New York.

Total revenue of the league’s operations is the biggest sticking point right now, and it’s an important one. The players like their cut right now. The owners don’t.

The two sides met last Friday in another round of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires Sept. 15.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly regularly have met since opening talks June 29 in a bid to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said after Friday’s session, “We’ve got a lot of work to do in a relatively short period of time.”

Associated Press