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Hermanson Earns 27th Save for White Sox (AP)
AP - Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday.

Pirates Rookie Wins Fifth Straight Game (AP)
AP - Zach Duke became only the second rookie in Pirates history to win his first five decisions as a starter, giving up more than one run for only the second time in his short career in pitching Pittsburgh past the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Saturday night.

Giants' Alou Refuses Broadcaster's Apology (AP)
AP - Giants manager Felipe Alou called a one-week suspension given to a radio host for making racial remarks about the team's Latino players "a slap on the hand" and said he wouldn't accept an apology from Larry Krueger.

New York Liberty Hold Off Seattle Storm (AP)
AP - Ann Wauters had 18 points and Becky Hammon added 16 to lead the New York Liberty past the defending champion Seattle Storm 79-67 Saturday night.

Sales Leads Sun Past Fever, 74-65 (AP)
AP - Nykesha Sales matched her season high with 26 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night helping the Connecticut Sun to a 74-65 win over the Indiana Fever.

Ex-MVP Gannon Retires; Giants, Jets Fight (AP)
AP - Rich Gannon ended an 18-year NFL career Saturday, retiring from the Oakland Raiders after missing missed most of last season with a broken vertebra in his neck.

Veteran Kukoc set to help Aussie Bogut adjust to NBA (AFP)
AFP - Croatian playmaker Toni Kukoc, who won three National Basketball Association titles with the Chicago Bulls, will hang around and help top draft pick Andrew Bogut adjust to life in the NBA.

Cardinals can't keep up with Jones (Reuters)
Reuters - Andruw Jones belted two homers, including a grand slam, while Tim Hudson notched his 100th career win as the Atlanta Braves thrashed the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 on Saturday in National League play at Busch Stadium.

Earthquakes Defeat Crew 2-1 (AP)
AP - Brad Davis scored on a free kick to help the San Jose Earthquakes take sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

Palffy Joins Stable of Penguins Scorers (AP)
AP - Ziggy Palffy left the Los Angeles Kings to become the second marquee free agent in a week to join the previously cash-strapped Pittsburgh Penguins, agreeing Saturday to a $13.5 million, three-year contract with the NHL's worst team in 2003-04.

Loud and clear
GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The Bengals are letting Odell Thurman know just how vital the rookie linebacker is to their success.

Raiders' Gannon retires, joins TV booth (AP)
Rich Gannon hollered at his teammates whenever he felt it necessary, and he had the support of owner Al Davis all the way. ``We used to hear a little bit, 'The players are getting upset with Rich. He's on them too much,''' Davis recalled. ``Boy, I raised my hand and said, 'Amen, go ahead.''' Gannon called it quits Saturday, retiring from the Oakland Raiders after missing most of last season with a...

Giants, Jets brawl during joint practice (AP)
Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey got into a fight with two Jets players on the second play of a joint practice between the teams Saturday that also featured an argument between Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson. On the second play of a 9-on-7 drill pitting the Giants offense against the Jets defense, Shockey got in a tussle with defensive backs Erik Coleman...

Falcons top Colts 27-21 in American Bowl (AP)
Michael Vick and Peyton Manning gave the Japanese fans what they wanted in the American Bowl, playing into the second quarter and showing why they are two of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Vick displayed some of his trademark scrambling in the preseason opener Saturday, gaining 10 yards on his only run in the Atlanta Falcons' 27-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Texans reward RB Davis with new contract (AP)
The Houston Texans gave running back Domanick Davis a new five-year deal and a big raise Saturday, scrapping his league-minimum contract after two straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Davis, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, has 2,200 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in two seasons. He was in the last year of a three-year contract that paid him $360,000 annually.

Eagles look for young WRs to step up (AP)
With Terrell Owens day to day and Todd Pinkston gone for the season, the Philadelphia Eagles want their young receivers to contribute immediately. Those include third-year pros Greg Lewis, 25, and Billy McMullen, 25, as well as rookie wideout Reggie Brown, 24. Among them, they have just 27 combined receptions and only one touchdown.

Gibbs sorry for calling Dallas fans ugly (AP)
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs apologized Saturday for calling Dallas Cowboys fans ``the ugliest people in the world.'' While answering questions from the crowd at the team's Fan Appreciation Day at training camp on Friday, Gibbs said: ``I know we don't have any Dallas people here -- they are the ugliest people in the world.'' Gibbs later stressed that he was joking, but he felt the need to...

Ravens get best of Redskins in scrimmage (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens' revamped offense showed more improvement than the Washington Redskins' upgraded attack during a scrimmage between the neighboring rivals Saturday. Neither starting quarterback produced a touchdown, but Kyle Boller got the Ravens a field goal before Patrick Ramsey was sacked four times during his two drives.

Heat of the moment
The clock is ticking on Shaq's health. That's why Pat Riley felt compelled to shake up Miami's roster.

LeBron James hires Leon Rose as agent (AP)
Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James, who fired agent Aaron Goodwin shortly after last season, has hired Leon Rose to represent him, a spokesman for the NBA Players Association said Friday. On Thursday, the player's union received a standard player-agent contract in the mail signed by James and Rose, spokesman Dan Wasserman said.

Las Vegas to host 2007 All-Star game (AP)
The NBA is going ``all-in'' with its All-Stars. The 2007 NBA All-Star game is headed to Las Vegas, the first time a city without a franchise has been chosen to host the event. The festivities will take place just off the Strip, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Commissioner David Stern called it ``a merger between the basketball capital of the world and the entertainment capital of the...

Lakers' Turiaf cancels news conference (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf, who underwent open-heart surgery last month, canceled a news conference Friday because he did not feel well. Turiaf was chosen 37th in the NBA draft out of Gonzaga and had surgery July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root that was discovered in a post-draft physical exam.

Grizzlies sign G Damon Stoudamire (AP)
Guard Damon Stoudamire on Friday signed a four-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells earlier this week. The 10-year veteran spent the past eight seasons in Portland. He is coming off his best season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 assists and shooting 91.5 percent from the foul line.

Abdur-Rahim fails physical, deal on hold (AP)
The New Jersey Nets' trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been put on hold after the veteran forward failed to pass a physical. The Nets did not disclose the nature or cause of the problem, but said the injury in question was one that neither the team nor Abdur-Rahim was aware of.

Hawks' ownership rift headed to court (AP)
A power struggle among the Atlanta Hawks' owners heads to court next week, overshadowing attempts in the offseason to improve the team with the fewest wins in the NBA last season. Owner Steve Belkin of Boston has obtained a restraining order preventing his co-owners from removing him as the team's NBA governor.

Ray Allen signs extension with Sonics (AP)
Ray Allen listened to pitches from Cleveland, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers and others. In the end, the All-Star guard decided staying with the Seattle SuperSonics was the right choice for him. ``I wanted someone to say something to knock me off my feet. And I was very disappointed,'' Allen said Wednesday after signing a five-year contract extension with the SuperSonics.

Chicago signs Khabibulin for $27 million (AP)
Stanley Cup-winning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, leaving the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Khabibulin played in 55 regular-season games for the Lightning during 2003-04, posting a 28-19-7 record with three shutouts, a 2.33 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

Avs sign Hejduk to five-year contract (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche signed two-time All-Star right winger Milan Hejduk to a five-year contract Saturday and signed former Minnesota left wing Andrew Brunette to a two-year deal. Hejduk, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of the Czech Republic, was the Avalanche's sixth selection in the NHL entry draft in 1994, going 87th overall.

Kariya signs 2-year deal with Predators (AP)
The Nashville Predators fought for a fair labor deal for small market teams to help them compete in the NHL. They followed through with the biggest signing in the expansion franchise's short history. Paul Kariya signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Predators on Friday. It's the left-wing's third team in three seasons, and he becomes Nashville's biggest scoring threat yet.

Lemieux group to keep Penguins (AP)
Don't remove the owner's tag from Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux's title just yet. In an about-face brought about partly by the team drafting Canadian super prospect Sidney Crosby, the Penguins said Friday that Lemieux's group will retain its majority ownership. William ``Boots'' DelBiaggio, a San Jose-based businessman who was to buy a majority stake, will instead buy a minority...

Capitals, Ovechkin agree to 3-year deal (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin, the No. 1 pick in last year's NHL draft, agreed to a three-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Friday. The 19-year-old left winger opted out of a deal with a Russian club last month so he could join the Capitals. Financial terms were not immediately released, but Ovechkin's annual salary in this entry-level contract can't exceed $984,200 based on the league's new...

Flyers trade Roenick to Kings (AP)
Jeremy Roenick is going Hollywood. The Philadelphia Flyers made salary-cap room for Peter Forsberg by trading the outspoken Roenick to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Los Angeles also receives a 2006 third-round draft pick the Flyers acquired from Nashville. Philadelphia gets future considerations from the Kings and space under the $39 million cap to clear the way for Forsberg.

Scott Niedermayer joins brother on Ducks (AP)
Scott Niedermayer's desire to play with his brother Rob on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks was worth more than anything the New Jersey Devils could offer. Niedermayer, the Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman in 2003-04, chose family over money Thursday, turning down a deal with the Devils that would have paid him more than his four-year, $27-million contract with the Ducks.

Mikey's Brickyard move
INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Waltrip's DEI days are winding down, but he's not done chasing the big trophies.

Truex Jr. wins rain-delayed Busch Series Kroger 200 (SportsTicker)


Truex wins rain-interrupted Kroger 200 in overtime (AP)
An already exhausting day got a lot longer and a lot more tiring for Martin Truex Jr.

Sadler wins pole for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)


Plenty at stake for Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis (SportsTicker)
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon have the most to gain - or lose - in Sunday's NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Indy is key race for Johnson (AP)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has not been a lucky racetrack for Jimmie Johnson.

Sadler handles qualifying run at Indianapolis to win pole (AP)
Elliott Sadler avoided the wiggles, wobbles and technical problems that plagued other drivers qualifying for The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Kahne signs contract extension, DEI searching for a driver (AP)
Kasey Kahne signed a long-term contract extension with Evernham Motorsports on Saturday, removing his name from the list of potential free-agent drivers.

Earnhardt open to Eury reunion (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. blames the controversial crew swap with teammate Michael Waltrip on immature and childish behavior.

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