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Loaiza Gives Nats 4-2 Win Over Rockies (AP)
Colorado Rockies' Larry Bigbie shatters his bat as he connects on a pitch from Washington Nationals relief pitcher Chad Cordero to ground out to end the ninth inning Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, in Denver. The Nationals won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Esteban Loaiza pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly a month and Jose Guillen had a two-run single in the first inning, helping the Washington Nationals hold off the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Friday night.


Santana Gives Twins 1-0 Win Over Athletics (AP)
Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning Friday, Aug. 12, 2005,  in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - Johan Santana struck out nine Athletics in a masterful three-hitter, sending Dan Haren to his first loss since May 26 in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over Oakland on Friday night.


Cameron to Have Surgery After Collision (AP)
New York Mets'  Kazuo Matsui calls for help as teammate Marlon Anderson tries to assist Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran after the two collided trying to make a catch in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres  Thursday Aug. 11, 2005 in San Diego. Both players left game and Cameron was taken to the trauma unit at a local hospital.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Mike Cameron was to undergo facial surgery Friday night, one day after his frightening outfield collision with New York Mets teammate Carlos Beltran.


Bears Lose Quarterback, Game to Rams (AP)
Chicago Bears' Rex Grossman, center, is attended to by the team's medical staff after going down with an injured left leg in the second quarter against the  St. Louis Rams, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, in St. Louis.(AP photo/Tom Gannam)AP - The Chicago Bears lost their second preseason game 17-13 to the St. Louis Rams — but more importantly, they lost starting quarterback Rex Grossman for three to four months when the former Florida star broke his left ankle.


Bucs Triumphs Over Titans 20-17 in OT (AP)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair (9) runs for a first down as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Dewayne White, left, and Anthony McFarland, right, give chase along with Tennessee Titans guard Zach Pillar (69) during the first quarter of an exhibition game in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, August 12, 2005.(AP Photo/John Russell)AP - Steve McNair tested his surgically repaired chest and Tennessee's new offense, and he is very happy with the early results for both. McNair scrambled and even took a hit that had fans holding their breath until he popped back up. But Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal 3:02 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Titans 20-17.


Bears Quarterback Breaks Left Ankle (AP)
Chicago Bears starting quarterback Rex Grossman (8) is carted off the field in St. Louis after suffering an injured left ankle in the first half against the St. Louis Rams in their pre-season football game in St. Louis, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - For the second straight season, Chicago is bracing for a long stretch without quarterback Rex Grossman. Grossman, who played only three games last season before being derailed by a ruptured right knee ligament, will be out three to four months after breaking his left ankle early in the second quarter of Friday night's 17-13 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams.


Sonics Star Takes Batting Practice (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics' Ray Allen tips his cap as he heads off the field after taking batting and fielding practice with the Seattle Mariners before Seattle's game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - One week after signing his big NBA contract, Ray Allen took some swings at a baseball. The Seattle SuperSonics star took batting practice with the Mariners on Friday, whiffing at several pitches before he picked a good one and hit it over the left field wall at Safeco Field. That turned out to be his final swing.


Ortiz slugs Red Sox past White Sox in AL leaders' showdown (Reuters)
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz (R) hits a three-run home run against catcher A.J. Pierzynski (L) and the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, August 12, 2005. The Red Sox won 9-8. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)Reuters - David Ortiz hit a pair of home runs and had six RBI as the Boston Red Sox out-slugged the Chicago White Sox, 9-8, in a battle of American League division leaders Friday at Fenway Park.


FIFA Suspends Yemen Soccer Association (AP)
AP - FIFA on Friday suspended Yemen's soccer association because of interference by the country's political authorities.

Kings Agree to Terms With Bure, Frolov (AP)
AP - Free agent forward Valeri Bure agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings on a one-year contract Friday.

2005 preview: Offensive line
This is the year Robert Gallery becomes a star and Bryant McKinnie finally lives up to his potential.

McNabb wants name out of Owens' mouth (AP)
With Terrell Owens seemingly bound for his Atlanta home and taking a break from blasting the Eagles, Donovan McNabb figured it was time to welcome potential replacements. Philly fans, this is what you could be left with if Owens never returns to the Eagles: ``I'd like for all of you to introduce yourselves to Greg Lewis, Billy McMullen, Brian Westbrook, Reggie Brown,'' McNabb said after Friday's...

Bears lose QB Grossman to broken ankle (AP)
Rex Grossman had that familiar, sinking feeling. The Chicago Bears lost their second preseason game 17-13 to the St. Louis Rams -- but more importantly, they lost their starting quarterback for three to four months when the former Florida star broke his left ankle Friday night. ``I knew right away and I was kind of in denial to start with,'' Grossman said.

Rookie QB Cassel lifts Pats over Bengals (AP)
Rookie quarterback Matt Cassel outdid his entire college career in his first NFL game. He led four scoring drives as the defending champion New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-13 Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. ``It's the first time I threw a touchdown pass since high school,'' Cassel marveled.

Culpepper, Vikes look good without Moss (AP)
Using his fast feet to maneuver around the field, Daunte Culpepper had no trouble finding the right receiver during a sharp opening possession. That's how Minnesota is going to have to move the ball without Randy Moss. Culpepper opened the preseason by guiding an efficient 65-yard touchdown drive, leading the Vikings to a 27-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.

McNair tests chest in OT loss for Titans (AP)
Steve McNair slammed onto the ground with the ball near his surgically repaired chest. When he bounced up and went back to the huddle, the Tennessee Titans and thousands of their fans exhaled. Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal 3:02 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Titans 20-17 Friday night.

No Clarett in Broncos' preseason opener (AP)
Maurice Clarett's hasn't played in a game in more than 2 1/2 years. He'll have to wait at least another week to make his NFL debut. The former Ohio State star and third-round draft pick has a sore groin and will miss the Denver Broncos' preseason opener on Saturday against the Houston Texans. ``The MRI was negative,'' Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

Fiedler, Harrington sharp in debut (AP)
Jay Fiedler stayed out on the field for the New York Jets a lot longer than he expected. Filling in for starter Chad Pennington, Fiedler led the Jets on a 16-play, 98-yard scoring drive that lasted more than 9 minutes in the New York Jets' 10-3 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

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.

Kings sign F Shareef Abdur-Rahim (AP)
When the New Jersey Nets decided they didn't want Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the Sacramento Kings eagerly grabbed him. The Kings signed Abdur-Rahim to a multiyear contract Friday, three days after the Nets rescinded a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers because of medical concerns about the nine-year veteran's right knee.

Timberwolves deal Cassell to Clippers (AP)
Sam Cassell complained about his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in training camp, then struggled and sulked through an injury plagued season. That was enough for Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale. McHale shipped the aging and disgruntled Cassell and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night for guards Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers.

Sixers waive G McKie, sign C Hunter (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers waived guard Aaron McKie on Friday and signed free agent Steven Hunter. McKie will be designated as the team's amnesty player under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. That allows the Sixers to release him and remove his contract amount from the team's salary cap for purposes of calculating the luxury tax.

Judge clears way for Belkin's removal (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks owners are free to remove Steve Belkin as the team's NBA governor after a Boston judge on Friday lifted the injunction he issued earlier in the week. Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche confirmed the owners had received the ruling from Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel.

Gadzuric officially re-signs with Bucks (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed center Dan Gadzuric on Friday. Gadzuric's agent said last month the contract was for six years and worth $36 million. ``Dan is an extremely active player who has improved every year he's been with us,'' Bucks general manager Larry Harris said in a statement. ``He plays with high energy and runs the floor extremely well.'' The 27-year-old Gadzuric is beginning his fourth...

Magic waive guard Doug Christie (AP)
The Orlando Magic waived guard Doug Christie on Thursday after a disappointing season marred by injury and public squabble with team management. After his season ended because of an ankle injury in April, Christie lashed out at general manager John Weisbrod, who has since resigned for a job in the NHL.

Nets sign McInnis to back up Kidd (AP)
Jeff McInnis signed a two-year deal with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday to back up Jason Kidd. ``I still think I am a starter in this league,'' McInnis said by telephone from Charlotte, N.C. ``The short-term contract will give me an opportunity to be a starter in this league, whether with New Jersey or not.'' The former 30-year-old North Carolina star said he's looking forward to a fresh start...

Leafs sign Eric Lindros to one-year deal (AP)
Eric Lindros admits he is not the player he once was. But even after eight concussions, he thinks he has plenty left to offer the Toronto Maple Leafs. General manager John Ferguson is giving Lindros that opportunity and taking a chance by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million with the hulking forward.

Bruins sign Thornton to three-year deal (AP)
Joe Thornton is going to captain the Boston Bruins for quite some time. The 26-year-old star center, who could've become an unrestricted free agent next summer, signed a three-year deal with the Bruins on Thursday that will pay $6.6 million in each season. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, no player can make more than 20 percent -- or $7.8 million -- of a team's $39 million salary cap...

Moore surprised Bertuzzi cleared to play (AP)
Steve Moore is surprised Todd Bertuzzi was reinstated by the NHL for a blindside punch that broke the neck of the former Colorado Avalanche forward. ``It's difficult to see that he's able to play again when I still have a long way to go, and not just in hockey, but with my health,'' Moore said in Thursday's Denver Post.

Coyotes sign defenseman Derek Morris (AP)
Defenseman Derek Morris signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. It was the second straight year the Coyotes avoided arbitration with Morris. He also signed a qualifying offer in July 2004, two months before the lockout that wiped out last season. The Coyotes traded center Chris Gratton, defenseman Ossi Vaananen and a draft choice to Colorado on March 9, 2004, for Morris and...

Senators sign Spezza, four others (AP)
Center Jason Spezza was among five players to sign contracts with the Ottawa Senators on Friday. Spezza, the American Hockey League's most valuable player last season, center Antoine Vermette, right-winger Chris Neil and defenseman Christoph Schubert each signed a one-year deal. Defenseman Anton Volchenkov signed a two-year contract.

Sabres re-sign Gs Biron, Miller (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres re-signed goaltenders Martin Biron and Ryan Miller and defenseman Brian Campbell after they accepted one-year qualifying offers Friday. Biron, who will make $2.128 million this season, is the returning starter after going 26-18-5 with two shutouts in 2003-04. He's a six-year veteran with Buffalo, and took over the starting job after the team traded Dominik Hasek to Detroit in the...

Panthers, Luongo heading to arbitration (AP)
Roberto Luongo is being taken to arbitration by the Florida Panthers, a move that ensures the record-setting goaltender will be under contract when the team opens camp next month. The Panthers exercised a new right on Thursday that enables teams to take players to arbitration. A hearing could take place as early as Aug.

Toyota slows down
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Toyota might eventually enter the Busch Series, but it won't be next season.

Angelelli wins Grand American Rolex Series race at The Glen (AP)
Max Angelelli held off Alex Gurney in a two-lap dash to the finish Friday night to win the CompUSA 200 in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen International. It was the fourth victory of the season for Angelelli, who teamed with co-driver Wayne Taylor in their No. 10 Pontiac Riley to beat Gurney and co-driver Bob Stallings by about 0.7 seconds.

Stewart pulls triple duty at Watkins Glen (AP)
Tony Stewart is on a roll and showing no signs of slowing down.

Busch told he must stay with Roush (AP)
Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch will be back to fulfill the final year of his contract with Roush Racing because his car owner will not let him go early.

Champ Car star will not make NASCAR debut (AP)
Richard Childress Racing said Friday it will not enter open-wheel star Paul Tracy in the Aug. 20 Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

Roush: Busch won't be released from final year of contract (AP)
Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch won't be released from the final year of his contract with Roush Racing, car owner Jack Roush said Friday.

Sorenson to run Cup schedule in fourth Ganassi car (AP)
Reed Sorenson, a hotshot 19-year-old Busch Series driver, will run a full Nextel Cup schedule next season in a fourth team for Chip Ganassi Racing, two people within the team told The Associated Press on Thursday.

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...

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