Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was released from Massachusetts General Hospital after spending two days there recovering from a mild stroke that caused numbness, blurred vision and severe headaches. Bruschi, 31, waved and smiled but didn't comment to reporters as he stepped into a waiting sports utility vehicle. . . .

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Akili Smith has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith was the third player selected in the 1999 draft, but only appeared in 22 games in four disappointing seasons with the Bengals. He signed with Green Bay before the 2003 season, but did not make the team . . .

Defensive end John Abraham was designated the New York Jets' franchise player with a one-year deal worth $6.7 million. Abraham was second on the Jets with 91⁄2; sacks last season despite missing the team's final four games with a knee injury. He was voted to the Pro Bowl although the injury kept him out of the game.


Bobby Hamilton was awarded a victory in the wreck-filled Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona International Speedway after Jimmy Spencer initially took the checkered flag.



Yelena Isinbayeva set her second pole vault world record in a week and became the first woman to clear 16 feet indoors at the Norwich Union Grand Prix meet.


Venezuelan police stormed a mountain camp and rescued the mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina from kidnappers after five months in captivity. The raid left at least one of her abductors dead, authorities said.

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