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Orioles Clobber Athletics 6-2 (AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Sammy Sosa, right, is greeted by Miguel Tejada after scoring on a throwing error to second base by Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby on a bases-loaded ground ball by Jay Gibbons in the seventh inning Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Sammy Sosa's 25-foot RBI single highlighted a wild rally by Baltimore, and the Orioles ended Barry Zito's eight-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.


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Winn Hits for Cycle, Giants Beat Reds 7-3 (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Randy Winn reaches third base on a triple as Cincinnati Reds' Edwin Encarnacion takes the late throw in the fifth inning in Cincinnati Monday, Aug. 15, 2005. Winn hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats, leading the Giants to a 7-3 win. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)AP - Randy Winn hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.


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McDonald Lifts Tigers Over Red Sox 7-6 (AP)
Detroit Tigers' John McDonald watches his game-winning single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning of their 7-6 win over Boston Red Sox Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, in Detroit. Detroit's Magglio Ordonez scored from second base to  win the game. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - Pinch-hitter John McDonald's two-out single in the ninth capped a comeback against Curt Schilling, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.


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Palmeiro to Share His Side of Story 'Soon' (AP)
Batimore Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro juggles a baseball during batting practice before the start of a game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday,  Aug. 15, 2005, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Rafael Palmeiro believes he "soon" will be able to explain himself and tell people why he tested positive for steroids.


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Chip Shot on 18th Gives Mickelson PGA (AP)
Phil Mickelson holds up the Wanamaker trophy after winning the final round of the lightning delayed 87th PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Monday, Aug. 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Phil Mickelson delivered another dramatic finish in a major on Monday, flopping a chip out of deep rough to 2 feet for a birdie on the final hole and a one-shot victory in the PGA Championship.


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Ward Ends Holdout, Reports to Steelers (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward smiles during a news conference before the Steelers' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Pittsburgh on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005. Ward, who had been holding out from training camp in a contract dispute, announced that he would end his holdout and report to camp. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day holdout and reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, without the new contract he wants or a promise he'll get it.


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Allan Houston Avoids Being Cut by Knicks (AP)
AP - The so-called "Allan Houston Rule" failed to claim its namesake Monday. Houston avoided being cut by the New York Knicks on the final day for NBA teams to take advantage of a one-time chance to escape luxury tax obligations for any contract on their books.

Seattle Mariners Deck K.C. Royals 11-3 (AP)
Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez points to the sky as he heads off the field at the end of the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals in Seattle Monday, Aug. 15, 2005. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - The Kansas City Royals lost their club-record 16th consecutive game Monday night, managing only three hits and one run in eight innings against 19-year-old Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez in an 11-3 loss to the Mariners.


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Reyna Ready for Return Against Trinidad (AP)
AP - After missing the last two World Cup qualifiers for the United States, captain Claudio Reyna returned over the weekend for Wednesday night's game against Trinidad and Tobago.

Sabres Lock Up Jochen Hecht to 3-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Sabres forward Jochen Hecht agreed to a three-year contract Monday, while leading scorer Daniel Briere was one of 11 Buffalo players accepting one-year qualifying offers to re-sign with the team.

Worth the wait
SAN FRANCISCO – LaMont Jordan's patience paid off with a $27.5 million contract and a starring role on the Raiders.

Without TO, Eagles lose to Steelers (AP)
After a dreadful opening two-plus minutes that likely will be as bad as any they see all season, the Philadelphia Eagles could be excused for sending a lot of players home. The Eagles got off to a terrible start following a disruptive week of camp that led to Terrell Owens' one-week banishment for bad behavior, letting the Steelers score the first two times they touched the ball Monday night in...

Ward ends holdout, reports to Steelers (AP)
Wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day contract holdout and reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, without the new contract he wants or a promise he'll get it. Call it the persuasion of coach Bill Cowher, who talked at length with the four-time Pro Bowl receiver on Sunday night and convinced him of his importance to a team that went 15-1 last season.

Dolphins' top pick Brown gets $34M deal (AP)
Following a three-week holdout and an overnight stay in the Atlanta airport, first-round draft pick Ronnie Brown finally joined the Miami Dolphins. The former Auburn running back took the field for his first training camp practice Monday after signing a five-year, $34 million contract that included about $20 million guaranteed.

Broncos move Jerry Rice to No. 3 WR (AP)
Jerry Rice moved up the Denver depth chart Monday, running as the No. 3 receiver at Broncos practice, ahead of Darius Watts. Rice was already considered a near shoo-in to make the roster and continue his record-setting career into a 21st season. The move Monday only serves to confirm that fact. After practice, the veteran receiver continued with a theme he set when he signed with the Broncos: that he...

Panthers move Thomas Davis to linebacker (AP)
The Carolina Panthers moved first round draft pick Thomas Davis from safety to linebacker on Monday because of depth concerns following an injury to Brandon Short. Short injured his foot in Saturday night's preseason game against Washington, and the Panthers aren't sure how long he'll be out. Chris Draft, who has backed up Short at strongside linebacker, has had a handful of asthma attacks that...

Bears' Grossman undergoes ankle surgery (AP)
Rex Grossman's ankle surgery Monday ``went well,'' though general manager Jerry Angelo isn't sure when the quarterback will return. The Bears initially said Grossman would miss three to four months after being injured in Friday's preseason game at St. Louis. Angelo backed away from that slightly, saying they'll have a better idea after the medical staff meets on Tuesday.

McNair glad he's not in Eagles' dilemma (AP)
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair's only problem with receivers has been hearing them tell him how open they always are. He can't imagine being in the situation Philadelphia receiver Terrell Owens and quarterback Donovan McNabb are in. Eagles coach Andy Reid kicked Owens out of camp last week and told him not to return until Wednesday.

Win-loss record
Cleveland ranks among the NBA's big offseason winners, while the Lakers have languished as one of its losers.

Many NBA players waived, teams avoid tax (AP)
The so-called ``Allan Houston Rule'' failed to claim its namesake Monday. Houston avoided being cut by the New York Knicks on the final day for NBA teams to take advantage of a one-time chance to escape luxury tax obligations for any contract on their books. Rather than saving almost $40 million, New York opted instead to release forward Jerome Williams to avoid $21.3 million in luxury taxes that...

Brian Grant, Suns close in on deal (AP)
Free agent power forward Brian Grant will likely sign a two-year, nearly $4 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday. The Chicago Bulls also were interested. ``It's a great opportunity,'' said Bartelstein, adding his client will ``make a final decision'' on Tuesday. ``They have the best record in the league.

Bulls match offer for Duhon (AP)
The Chicago Bulls kept guard Chris Duhon on Monday, matching an offer sheet the restricted free agent signed with Toronto. The Raptors reportedly had offered a three-year deal for more than $9 million. Duhon, a second-round draft pick from Duke in 2004, averaged 5.9 points and led all NBA rookies with 4.9 assists a game.

Matt Walsh formally signs his Heat deal (AP)
Matt Walsh signed a two-year contract with the Miami Heat on Monday, completing a deal that was essentially agreed to in principle more than a month ago. The former Florida forward, an undrafted free agent, could make $1.2 million in the deal, which is partially guaranteed for the first year. He's the third former Gators standout on the Heat roster, joining power forward Udonis Haslem and newly...

Mavericks re-sign Darrell Armstrong (AP)
Guard Darrell Armstrong re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Terms of the deal weren't released. Armstrong played 52 games for the Mavericks last season after being acquired from New Orleans in a trade Dec. 3. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.2 assists in 11.1 minutes per game for Dallas. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Armstrong has averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.56 steals over 11 NBA seasons,...

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.

76ers give Overton front office job (AP)
Former La Salle standout Doug Overton was hired Monday by the Philadelphia 76ers as director of player development. Overton, a Philadelphia native, will focus on off-court player development and help assist players with post-NBA goals. Overton also will be involved with numerous community outreach efforts on behalf of the team.

LeClair joins reshaped Penguins (AP)
John LeClair probably wouldn't have given a thought a few weeks ago to joining a last-place team like the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby, Ziggy Palffy, Sergei Gonchar and Jocelyn Thibault changed his thinking. John LeClair, let go by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first wave of NHL salary dumping last month, signed a two-year contract Monday with Pittsburgh -- the Penguins' fifth major player...

Bertuzzi ready for second chance (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi was sorry about many things on Monday, but being allowed back into the NHL wasn't one of them. Bertuzzi broke his silence nearly a year-and-a-half after his blindside punch to the head of Steve Moore left the Colorado forward with injuries that could be career-ending. The Vancouver Canucks forward was reinstated last week by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and spoke Monday at an...

NHL participation in Turin unsettled (AP)
The Czech and Russian hockey federations refused to sign the proposed player transfer agreement between the NHL and the sport's world governing body as Monday's deadline passed, leaving unsettled the NHL's participation in next year's Turin Olympics. ``We really don't know about the ramifications of those two countries saying no to the proposed deal,'' International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman...

Forsberg eager to live up to hype (AP)
Peter Forsberg hopes to bring the Flyers the championship Eric Lindros couldn't deliver. Forsberg, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million almost two weeks ago, toured Philadelphia on Monday, and put on a Flyers sweater for the second time. He wore a Philly jersey after the Flyers selected him in the first round of the 1991 NHL draft, but never played with the team.

Sharks re-sign eight, including Marleau (AP)
Captain Patrick Marleau and defenseman Brad Stuart were among eight free agents re-signed by the San Jose Sharks on Monday. San Jose also retained speedy forward Marco Sturm, enforcer Scott Parker and minor leaguers Garrett Stafford, Nolan Schaeffer, Matt Carkner and Doug Murray. San Jose has re-signed 14 of its own free agents in the last week, keeping together most of the core from a club that...

Sabres sign Hecht to three-year deal (AP)
Sabres forward Jochen Hecht agreed to a three-year contract Monday, while leading scorer Daniel Briere was one of 11 Buffalo players accepting one-year qualifying offers to re-sign with the team. Hecht's contract is worth more than $6 million total, a significant raise over the $1.6 million he was due next season -- his last before being eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

D Brewer accepts Blues' qualifying offer (AP)
Defenseman Eric Brewer, acquired by the St. Louis Blues earlier this month in a trade for Chris Pronger, accepted the teams' qualifying offer Monday. The move came on the deadline day for qualifying offers. The Blues also re-signed forwards Jamal Mayers and Peter Sejna and defenseman Brett Scheffelmaier.

Watkins Glen observations
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Seemingly the only thing that can stop Tony Stewart nowadays is his tardiness to the prerace meeting.

NASCAR star Stewart honored with parade (AP)
Thousands of people greeted NASCAR driver Tony Stewart along a parade route through his hometown Monday.

Driver killed in rollover at Salt Flats (AP)
John Beckett was killed when his car rolled at more than 200 mph during time trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 58-year-old North Carolina driver crashed at the 5-mile mark of the 7-mile track as he was reaching top speed Sunday during Bonneville National Speedweek, race officials said. Beckett was alive when sheriff's officers arrived but died a short time later, said sheriff's Lt.

Roush says he'll consider releasing Busch (AP)
Car owner Jack Roush is still thinking about letting Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch out of the final year of his contract in 2006.

Miller replaces Lopez as Dave Blaney's crew chief (SportsTicker)
WELCOME, North Carolina (Ticker) - Dave Blaney will gain a piece of his more famous teammate's crew.

Stewart wins at Watkins Glen (AP)
Tony Stewart gave his hometown fans even more to celebrate Monday at his victory parade.

Kraig Kinser wins Knoxville Nationals (AP)
Kraig Kinser kept the family name out front at the Knoxville Nationals. Kinser claimed the pole position earlier in the day and then led from start to finish in the 30-lap feature Sunday night to claim the $140,000 first-place check, the richest prize in sprint car racing. It was the first Nationals title for Kinser, but the latest in a long string for his family.

Tony Stewart repeats at Watkins Glen International (SportsTicker)


Scott Pruett completes a tiring weekend at Watkins Glen in style (AP)
Scott Pruett was ready to hit the sack. He should sleep very well.

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