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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, known for noisily cheering his NBA team and berating officials from courtside, reiterated strong interest Monday in owning the Cubs. "Everybody thinks I'm going to be on the sidelines, in the dugout, jumping up and down. That's not where I'll be," he said on a Chicago sports radio show. "When I went to the Cubs game a couple weeks ago, I sat in the bleachers, and I'll have a seat marked out for me and my friends." Tribune Co. announced six months ago it would sell the club after the season in connection with an $8.2 billion buyout of the media conglomerate led by real estate magnate Sam Zell. Cuban said he hasn't made a final decision on whether to bid for the team. But once Tribune provides full details about the assets for sale, presumably including Wrigley Field, Cuban expects to be in.

A Dallas Folk-tale

Dallas was jumping for joy after rookie kicker Nick Folk (shown) connected for a 53-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. Somehow, the Cowboys left Buffalo with a 25-24 win over the Bills to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1983. On a night in which quarterback Tony Romo tied the franchise record with five interceptions in a game, the game will be remembered for the powerful right leg of Folk, who had to make the winner twice after Buffalo coach Dick Jauron attempted to ice him with a timeout.

Jones returns medals

Her reputation is gone, and so are Marion Jones' Olympic medals. Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics on Monday and agreed to forfeit all other results dating to Sept. 1, 2000, further punishment for her admission that she was a drug cheat. The three gold medals and two bronzes were turned over by her attorneys in Austin, Texas. They were en route to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs, and the USOC will return them to the International Olympic Committee. "We've done what we can," said Jim Scherr, the USOC's chief executive officer. "We caught the person who was not clean. We've got the medals in our possession, and we will return them to IOC."

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