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Sharks sign Roenick

Jeremy Roenick thinks he still has the skills and the desire to help the San Jose Sharks' next run at the Stanley Cup. He'll even keep his mouth shut to prove it. The nine-time All-Star signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Sharks on Tuesday, postponing retirement for the chance to get his 500th goal while chasing his first championship. "I'm going to go in there and just really enjoy being on a team that's run by two of the great players in the league in Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton," said the outspoken 37-year-old center and 495-goal scorer. "I feel like I've gotten a second chance at life on a team where I can fit in and just go along with the flow and try to help as much as I can, the ultimate dream being the Stanley Cup."

Lefty to skip event

Phil Mickelson withdrew from this week's BMW Championship, one day after threatening not to play because of a conflict he had with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over issues he wouldn't explain. "This decision was not an easy one to make, and in no way is meant as disrespectful to the tour or 'sending a message' to anyone," Mickelson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday, said in a statement. "I've talked for weeks about needing to find a balance between my game, my business affairs and my family, and now is the time for me to take some time off." He said he would be in Atlanta next week for the Tour Championship. If all the best players are going to compete together in these PGA Tour Playoffs, it looks as though it won't happen until the fourth and final event next week at the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods skipped the first week at The Barclays, saying his body and mind needed a break. Ernie Els and Scott Verplank skipped the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Another try on pitch

Abby Wambach and her U.S. teammates will have a new pro soccer league to look forward to after the Women's World Cup and the Olympics. Its launch has been bumped back a year to 2009, when the seven-team pro Women's Soccer LLC is set to begin in the spring, league commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced Tuesday. Teams will be based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington. Several teams are expected to play in MLS soccer-specific stadiums. The league follows the failed Women's United Soccer Association, which launched after the success of the 1999 Women's World Cup. The league folded in 2003.