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BoSox Spoil Rogers' Return From Suspension (AP)
Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers looks at the ball as Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez heads for the plate after a three-run home run in the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Maybe another week off would have done Kenny Rogers some good. Rushed into the rotation when his suspension for shoving two cameramen was cut from 20 games to 13, Rogers gave up Manny Ramirez's long home run in a five-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Boston Red Sox scored nine more off the bullpen in the eighth to beat the Texas Rangers 16-5.


Hidden Ball Trick Dooms Diamondbacks (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Kelly Stinnett, left, tags out Florida Marlins' Alex Rodriguez, right, at home plate in the second inning Wednessday, Aug. 10, 2005 in Miami. Gonzalez was out as he tried to score on a base hit by Mike Lowell. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)AP - Mike Lowell and the Florida Marlins chose the right time to pull the hidden-ball trick. Lowell caught Luis Terrero wandering off third base in the eighth inning to stem a Diamondbacks rally, and the Marlins beat Arizona 10-5 Wednesday night.


Braves Overcome Giants 5-4 in 12 Innings (AP)
Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones, left, is congratulated by Marcus Giles after Jones knocked in Giles with a two-run homer during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/John Amis)AP - Marcus Giles' two-out single in the 12th drove in the winning run and extended his hitting streak to 14 games, giving Atlanta a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants after the Braves squandered a three-run lead in the ninth Wednesday night.


Upper Deck Plunge Lands Fan in Hot Water (AP)
A fan reacts after falling from the upper deck onto the netting behind home plate during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium Tuesday Aug. 9, 2005 in New York. The game was delayed for four minutes while he climbed back up to the loge level  before being led away by security.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - A fan who jumped from the Yankee Stadium upper deck to the netting behind home plate was released from a hospital Wednesday and appeared in court to face criminal charges.


Liberty Beats Sparks 74-69 to Sweep Series (AP)
New York Liberty's  Becky Hammon drives past Los Angeles Sparks' Edniesha Curry in the second half at Madison Square Garden Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005 in New York. Hammon scored 22 points as the Liberty won the game 74-69. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Becky Hammon scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead the New York Liberty over the Los Angeles Sparks 74-69 Wednesday night.


Coach Sends Terrell Owens Home for a Day (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles' Terrell Owens declines to talk to reporters  as he enters his home in Moorestown, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Owens was asked to leave training camp Wednesday after a heated exchange with coach Andy Reid, making it the latest curious twist in a controversial career. (AP Photo/Jose F. Moreno)AP - Andy Reid made sure Terrell Owens won't be distracting the Eagles for at least a week — by sending the All-Pro wide receiver home. Owens left Philadelphia's training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., after a verbal exchange Wednesday with the Eagles' coach. He was asked to return next Wednesday and had gone to his home in New Jersey, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and his publicist, Kim Etheredge.


Agent Says Pacers to Sign Jasikevicius (AP)
AP - Former European star Sarunas Jasikevicius will sign with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, his agent said.

Astros Nudge Nationals 7-6 (AP)
Washington Nationals' Brandon Watson, left, is out at first as Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman (17) dives back to the bag in the ninth inning Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, in Houston. Berkman was able to double off Watson at first after catching a line drive by Nationals' Jose Vidro. The Astros beat the Nationals 7-6. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Morgan Ensberg and Orlando Palmeiro doubled with the bases loaded, and the Houston Astros held off the Washington Nationals 7-6 Wednesday night.


Wolff's Goals Help Wizards Beat Fire 3-2 (AP)
AP - Josh Wolff scored a pair of goals for the Kansas City Wizards, who rallied from a two-goal deficit in the first six minutes and beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 Wednesday night.

Flyers Reach Terms With Esche, Seidenberg (AP)
AP - Goalie Robert Esche and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg agreed to contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

2005 preview: Tight ends
More stars will be born at tight end this season, and there's nothing NFL defenses can do about it.

Terrell Owens thrown out of camp (AP)
Terrell Owens got T.O.'d -- as in Thrown Out of training camp. The All-Pro wide receiver was asked to leave Philadelphia Eagles camp Wednesday after a heated exchange with coach Andy Reid, making it the latest curious twist in a controversial career. This time, there were no Sharpies or desperate housewives.

Jamal Lewis back in pads for Ravens (AP)
Jamal Lewis shuffled carefully to his left, studied the blocking and burst through the middle untouched on his first carry at training camp since being released from prison. The Baltimore Ravens' star running back didn't display his usual explosiveness Wednesday, not surprising, considering it was his first practice in pads following an offseason of legal turmoil.

Browns, WR Edwards agree to deal (AP)
Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards agreed to terms on a five-year contract late Wednesday night with the Cleveland Browns, ending his holdout and a bizarre day of negotiations. Edwards, the No. 3 overall pick, will sign his contract on Thursday and practice with the Browns for the first time, a person within the league told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Bills rookie WR Parrish hurts wrist (AP)
Rookie receiver Roscoe Parrish grimaced in pain as he was led off the field after he hurt his right hand during a Buffalo Bills practice Wednesday night. Coach Mike Mularkey said after practice that Parrish, the Bills' second-round draft pick, was having X-rays on his hand. Mularkey had no further update.

Jim Kelly's 8-year-old son laid to rest (AP)
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife buried their 8-year-old son Tuesday with a promise to continue their fight against the disease that claimed his life. Hunter James Kelly died Friday following a lifelong struggle with Krabbe disease, an inherited nervous system disorder that claims most of its victims in their first two years of life.

Jets trade McGraw to Lions, cut Hunter (AP)
The New York Jets traded safety Jon McGraw to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick Wednesday. The team also released cornerback Pete Hunter, acquired in a trade with Dallas last month. McGraw, 26, was in his fourth season with the Jets after being drafted in the second round in 2002 out of Kansas State.

Colts still recovering from Japan trip (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts were back on Indiana soil Tuesday, but it could be a while before they're back on Indiana time. The team returned to training camp weary, hot and hurting after an exhausting weekend trip to Tokyo and a 27-21 loss to Atlanta. Coach Tony Dungy said the fatigue was expected after a trip that included two flights, more than 25 hours and a 14-hour time difference.

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.

Lakers waive forward Brian Grant (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Brian Grant on Wednesday, taking advantage of a one-time provision to the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to save nearly $30 million in luxury tax penalties. Grant was part of the trade that sent Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat last July.

Nets back away from Abdur-Rahim trade (AP)
The New Jersey Nets on Tuesday rescinded their trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and acquired forward Marc Jackson from Philadelphia. The Abdur-Rahim trade was put on hold last week after the nine-year veteran failed a physical. The Nets didn't disclose the nature of the medical problem, but team president Rod Thorn said it was something neither Abdur-Rahim nor...

Hawks owners wait for Stern's ruling (AP)
The owners of the Atlanta Hawks waited Wednesday for NBA commissioner David Stern to respond to their request to have co-owner Steve Belkin removed as the team's governor. Boston judge Allan van Gestel granted Belkin's request for a temporary injunction on Tuesday, saying that a contract signed last year by all the owners prevents other members of the group from voting Belkin out.

Handgun charge dismissed against Wilcox (AP)
A handgun charge against Los Angeles Clippers forward Chris Wilcox was dismissed Tuesday. The former Maryland star was arrested in June after police found a gun in his car during a traffic stop. The discovery probably would not have been admissible in court because Wilcox should have been allowed to leave the scene before the arrival of a canine unit that found the weapon, Howard County State's...

Nowitzki's coach in Germany jailed (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki's longtime coach and friend was arrested on tax evasion charges, distracting the Dallas Mavericks star as he prepares for the European championships. ``It's difficult for me to concentrate on basketball,'' Nowitzki said in a statement on the German Basketball Federation Web site. ``I'm training every day as good as I can.'' Holger Geschwindner has been held since July 19, reportedly...

Sixers G Green to have knee surgery (AP)
Philadelphia 76ers guard Willie Green will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He was scheduled to sign a $20 million, six-year contract, but the restricted free agent injured his knee in a pickup game. While contract terms were reached, the deal was never signed. Green will be operated on by specialist Dr.

Raptors sign G Duhon to offer sheet (AP)
The Raptors signed free agent guard Chris Duhon to an offer sheet and resigned free agent forward Pape Sow on Tuesday. Duhon, a second-round pick out of Duke a year ago, became a starter last season and helped the Chicago Bulls make the playoffs for the first time since 1998. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 assists in 82 games, 73 as a starter.

Canucks re-sign Sedin brothers (AP)
The Canucks re-signed twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin to one-year contracts Wednesday. ``We are pleased to have Henrik and Daniel under contract for another year,'' GM Dave Nonis said in a statement. ``The twins are talented, quality people who have shown continuous improvement in all aspects of their game since joining the Canucks.

Former coach Lewis to become Wings scout (AP)
Former Red Wings coach Dave Lewis, who was replaced last month by Mike Babcock, accepted an offer to be an NHL scout for Detroit. Lewis accepted the offer Tuesday, Red Wings spokesman John Hahn said. In Lewis' two seasons, the Red Wings were successful in the regular season, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Babcock's Mighty Ducks in 2003 and by Calgary in the second round...

Canucks F Bertuzzi reinstated to NHL (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi's NHL banishment is over, 17 months after his punch to the head of Colorado's Steve Moore. Bertuzzi is allowed to play hockey again, Moore's injuries from the attack might make his return impossible. The Vancouver Canucks forward was reinstated by commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, nearly a year and a half after Bertuzzi's blindside punch left Moore with a broken neck and a murky...

Gretzky takes over as Coyotes coach (AP)
Wayne Gretzky is amused by the notion great players don't make great coaches. Gretzky, introduced Monday as the coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, plans to lead by the same principles that made him the NHL's all-time leading scorer. ``When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn't make the NHL,'' he said.

NHL may be near deal for Olympics (AP)
A final agreement for NHL participation in the Turin Olympics might be close. Officials from the NHL, the league's players association and executives of the International Ice Hockey Federation will meet Thursday. Bill Daly, the new NHL deputy commissioner, and Ted Saskin, the new executive director of the NHLPA, plus IIHF president Rene Fasel and IOC and Turin organizing officials will head the...

Blackhawks deal G Thibault to Penguins (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran goaltender Jocelyn Thibault to a two-year, $3 million contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Blackhawks for a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. Thibault, 30, became expendable to the Blackhawks after they signed Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, $27 million deal that made him the NHL's highest-paid goaltender on Friday.

Senators re-sign Havlat, Fisher (AP)
The Senators re-signed right-winger Martin Havlat to a one-year contract, and inked center Mike Fisher to a three-year deal. In 2003-04, Havlat had career highs in goals (31), assists (37) and points (68) while playing 68 games. He was first on the club with seven winning goals, while finishing third in team scoring.

Trading Paint: Chasing answers
Jeff Gordon's Chase prospects are among the hot topics in this week's mailbag.

Robby Gordon struggles to improve his Cup team (AP)
So far this season, the twisty track at Infineon Raceway has been the high point of a challenging season for...

Notes: Stewart, Pruett doing triple duty (AP)
NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Tony Stewart and longtime road racing star Scott Pruett are going to have the...

NASCAR in midst of free-agent free-for-all (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Jamie McMurray signed a contract to drive for Roush Racing in 2007, it put his...

Busch can't avoid NASCAR at ball park (AP)
Busy Kurt Busch found enough time to head for Wrigley Field, hoping to forget about NASCAR for at least one night.

Champ Car driver Tracy contemplates going NASCAR (AP)
Champ Car star Paul Tracy is ready for a new challenge and hopes it can come in NASCAR.

Kurt Busch leaves Roush Racing for Penske Racing South (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Less than nine months after delivering team owner Jack Roush a NASCAR Nextel Cup series title, Kurt Busch is moving on.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Crafton docked 25 points (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Matt Crafton on Tuesday was docked 25 points for a rule violation last week at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

You can go home again -- just bring a fast car (AP)
The racetrack didn't owe him anything. If anything, it was the other way around. Lots of kids grew up in the shadow of racing's most famous oval, zooming over nearby asphalt tracks in sprint cars, midgets and go-carts. And just this once, nobody had to remind Tony Stewart how few of them ever get good or lucky enough to make it inside the gates at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without buying a...

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