Sports briefs 7/3/05

Sunday, July 3, 2005


The Milwaukee Bucks signed the NBA's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to a multiyear contract.

The Bucks did not reveal the details of the contract for the 7-foot-1 center.

Although the exact figures won't be known until after the NBA's new collecting bargaining agreement is finalized, Bogut's agent David Bauman said he expects Bogut to get around $4.2 million in his first year, $4.55 million the second year and $4.85 million the third year.

The figure should go to about $6 million in the fourth year, the team's option year, he said, while a fifth-year qualifying offer would be 30 percent higher than the fourth, or $7.8 million.


* Todd Bodine withstood a series of late restarts, then pulled away from the pack in a three-lap shootout to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

It was the first victory of the season and third in the series for Bodine, a former Winston and Nextel Cup driver who also owns 15 Busch series wins. It was also the first win for Toyota this year, breaking Chevrolet's five-race streak.

"My truck was so strong on restarts that I could run wide open," said Bodine, who led 81 of 170 laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. "A green-white-checker is basically two laps, and I knew I could run it wide open for two laps."

Rookie Todd Kluever won a back-and-forth battle with David Reutimann in the late laps to take second -- his best finish this year -- in a Ford. Reutimann's Toyota was third, followed in the top 10 by Mike Skinner, pole winner Bill Lester, Jimmy Spencer, Terry Cook, Brendan Gaughan, John Andretti and Rick Crawford.

Dennis Setzer, the points leader, finished 11th. He still widened his lead by 5 points -- to 38 -- over Bobby Hamilton, who finished 12th.

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