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Padres Drop to .500 After Loss to Phillies (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Kenny Lofton, left, is congratulated by Jimmy Rollins, pointing to hand, and other teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mike Lieberthal in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in San Diego. The Phillies won 5-2. (AP Photo/Chris Park)AP - Ryan Howard's go-ahead RBI single was the third straight Philadelphia hit off Trevor Hoffman opening the ninth inning as the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Saturday night.


Streaking Red Sox Stop White Sox 7-4 (AP)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield gets set to deliver a knuckleball to Chicago White Sox' Carl Everett during the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)AP - David Ortiz went 3-for-4, stringing together seven consecutive hits over two days, and Tim Wakefield cruised into the seventh inning on Saturday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight victory, 7-4 over the Chicago White Sox.


Love Ties Mickelson for Lead at PGA (AP)
Phil Mickelson tips his cap after completing his third round of the 87th PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Phil Mickelson was drenched in sweat before he hit his opening tee shot in temperatures that hit 100 degrees Saturday at the PGA Championship. Then came the real heat. Walking off the tee box, a cheer rang out from the 18th green as Thomas Bjorn got up-and-down for birdie to shoot 63, matching the record score for a major championship. In the group ahead, Mickelson could see Davis Love III birdie the first two holes on his way to a 68. Just like that, the final major of the year turned into a shootout not many saw coming.


Rebuilt Offense Helps Cards Beat Cowboys (AP)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe looks for an open receiver during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - Kurt Warner showed coach Dennis Green what he wanted to see out of Arizona's rebuilt offense. The Cardinals' defense showed up as well Saturday night — as long as the regulars were in. It added up to a 13-11 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, who are 0-3 against the Cardinals in exhibition games but 53-27-1 in the regular season.


49ers Win Preseason Battle of the Bay (AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) is pressured by Oakland Raiders' Bobby Hamilton (98) as he attempts a pass in the first half Saturday, Aug 13, 2005, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Alex Smith took a few lumps. Randy Moss barely got touched. And Tim Rattay showed he's ready to fight. After No. 1 draft pick Smith struggled in his first NFL action, Rattay threw touchdown passes to Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz Battle early in the second half of San Francisco's 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the annual preseason Battle of the Bay on Saturday night.


Raiders Assistant Faints on Sideline (AP)
AP - Raiders defensive line coach Sam Clancy was taken to a hospital Saturday night after he fainted on the sideline during Oakland's preseason game against the 49ers.

Rodman Won't Face Charges Over Unpaid Bill (AP)
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman visits a New York nightspot in this June 7, 2004 file photo.  Police have declined to file charges over Rodman's unpaid gas bill after an anonymous female basketball fan stepped in to help keep the former NBA star out of trouble. Rodman allegedly failed to pay the bill last month at a gas station while he was driving his gold-and-black Lamborghini through Colorado in a charity rally race.  (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)AP - Police have declined to file charges over Dennis Rodman's unpaid gas bill after an anonymous female basketball fan stepped in to help keep the former NBA star out of trouble.


Carpenter crafts 17th victory to inspire Cards (Reuters)
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Kelly Stinnett (L) holds the ball up to home plate umpire Ed Hickox after tagging Florida Marlins baserunner Alex Gonzalez (R) out at home plate in the third inning at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida August 10, 2005. (Marc Serota/Reuters)Reuters - Chris Carpenter threw a complete-game eight-hitter to become major league baseball's first 17-game winner in the St Louis Cardinals's 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.


Peguero Gives Rapids 1-1 Tie With Quakes (AP)
San Jose Earthquakes' Alejandro Moreno, left, and Colorado Rapids' Mike Petke battle for a head ball during the first half at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/John Todd)AP - Jean Philippe Peguero's fourth goal of the season gave the Colorado Rapids a 1-1 tie with San Jose on Saturday night. San Jose (10-4-8) extended its Western Conference lead to three points over FC Dallas, which lost 2-1 to New England. The loss was Dallas' first home loss of the season, leaving San Jose (6-0-5) as the only remaining MLS team unbeaten at home.


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.

Insecurity blanket
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Julian Peterson continues to wonder if he's fully recovered from a torn Achilles.

Limbaugh wants to help Owens, McNabb (AP)
This time, Rush Limbaugh wants to help Donovan McNabb, not criticize him. Limbaugh, who once said the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed, wants to help McNabb and wide receiver Terrell Owens settle their differences on his radio show.

Grossman out again for Bad News Bears (AP)
Rex Grossman had spent too many hours in rehab, in film sessions and on the practice field for the unthinkable to happen again. But his expression of disgust and disbelief as he was wheeled off the field said it all. Grossman broke his left ankle Friday night in St. Louis, the second major injury for the Chicago Bears' promising but still unproven quarterback in as many seasons.

Smith sacked by Sapp in Niners debut (AP)
Alex Smith took a few lumps. Randy Moss barely got touched. And Tim Rattay showed he's ready to fight. After No. 1 draft pick Smith struggled in his first NFL action, Rattay threw touchdown passes to Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz Battle early in the second half of San Francisco's 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the annual preseason Battle of the Bay on Saturday night.

Crennel era begins with a bang (AP)
The Romeo Crennel era began with a bang, some booms and more than a few bolts. Cleveland's first-year coach had his debut diluted by some severe weather that caused a lengthy delay, but he got his first exhibition win as the Browns rallied for a 17-14 win over the New York Giants on Saturday night. Rookie Tyler Jones kicked a 41-yard field goal with 6:18 left as Crennel got a victory that may not...

Panthers retire Mills' jersey (AP)
The Carolina Panthers honored the late Sam Mills at halftime of their preseason game Saturday night by retiring his jersey. Mills, who played three seasons with the Panthers and was an assistant coach in the organization for seven more, died in April after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. ``Since his retirement, no other Carolina Panther has ever worn No.

Warner lifts Cardinals over Cowboys (AP)
Kurt Warner showed coach Dennis Green what he wanted to see out of Arizona's rebuilt offense. The Cardinals' defense showed up as well Saturday night -- as long as the regulars were in. It added up to a 13-11 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Arizona played without four first-team offensive players -- wide receiver Anquan Boldin (broken nose), tight end Eric Edwards (pectoral) and linemen Oliver Ross...

Vick healthy as Falcons roll over Ravens (AP)
Michael Vick was sacked a couple of times and fumbled during his brief time on the field. That's OK. At least he didn't get hurt. Ed Hartwell intercepted a pass against his former team and another Atlanta newcomer, Todd Peterson, kicked three field goals to lead the Falcons past the Baltimore Ravens 16-3 in a preseason game Saturday 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.

Shaq believes Heat better after moves (AP)
The temptation to play reporter was too strong for Dwyane Wade to resist, so he grabbed a microphone and asked the $100 million question. ``Shaq, now that you didn't take all the money, what's next for the Heat?'' Wade asked, grinning. Shaquille O'Neal hopes the eventual answer to that question is a championship.

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.

Redd's deal with Bucks officially signed (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed guard Michael Redd on Saturday. Redd signed a six-year, $90.1 million contract after agreeing to the deal last month. ``This was something that we felt was going to happen ever since the start of last season, when we knew Michael was going to be a free agent,'' Bucks general manager Larry Harris said in a statement.

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 send 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.

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...

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.

Isles ink York, Hunter to one-year deals (AP)
The New York Islanders signed Mike York and Trent Hunter to one-year deals on Saturday, avoiding arbitration with both forwards. York, acquired from Edmonton last week in the trade that sent captain Michael Peca to the Oilers, will earn $2.05 million. Hunter, New York's co-leader in scoring during his rookie season of 2003-04, will receive $1 million.

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...

Track position key at Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Saturday's qualifying rainout will impact race strategy at the New York road course on Sunday.

Robby Gordon not dismayed by the rain (AP)
Robby Gordon took another hit in his rocky first season as an owner-driver, and he didn't blink.

Reutimann wins NCTS Toyota Tundra 200 (SportsTicker)

Newman wins Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen (SportsTicker)

Newman wins Zippo 200 Busch race at Watkins Glen (AP)
Ryan Newman won a three-lap dash to the finish Saturday, holding off hard-charging Robby Gordon to win the Busch Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Stewart fastest at Watkins Glen (AP)
Tony Stewart showed why he's the best road-course racer in NASCAR, and was on his way to winning two poles in qualifying before rain ruined his chance Saturday at Watkins Glen International.

Stewart hopes to continue roll at Glen (AP)
Tony Stewart arrived at Watkins Glen International on the kind of roll a driver usually dreams about.

Driver dies in a crash at international auto rally in Slovakia (AP)
A Slovak driver died when his car crashed at an international auto rally in the central city of Banska Bystrica, organizers said Saturday. Peter Spusta's car skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, state-run news agency TASR said. His navigator suffered minor injuries. The Seat Rally Banska Bystrica was canceled after the accident, which was being investigated, organizers said on the race's...

Stewart on pole as NASCAR qualifying rained out (SportsTicker)

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