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Royals Lose Their 19th Straight Game (AP)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jose Lima lies on the ground after a collision at first base with first baseman Mike Sweeney on a ground ball by Oakland Athletics' Mark Kotsay in the fourth inning Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Oakland, Calif. Sweeney put out Kotsay at first and Lima remained in the game. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - The Kansas City Royals lost their 19th straight game Friday night, moving within two defeats of the American League record, and Jay Payton homered to help the Oakland Athletics snap a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory.


Austin Kearns Really Breaks Out for Reds (AP)
AP - Austin Kearns needed two innings to break out of a five-game slump. The Cincinnati right fielder hit three-run homers in consecutive innings and set a career high with six RBIs, leading the Reds to a 17-3 home victory over Arizona on Friday night.

Pennington Leads Jets Past Vikings, 28-21 (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington looks for a receiver during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings Friday night, Aug. 19, 200,5 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - So his first few passes didn't zing. So he dumped one off here and threw another short one there.


Bengals Hold Off Redskins 24-17 (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odeli Thurman, left rear, sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey during the first quarter of a preseason game Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Landover, Md. At right is Bengals defensive tackle John Thornton. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)AP - The good news for Carson Palmer and Patrick Ramsey is that they have three more weeks to get ready for the regular season. From the look of things Friday night, both need all the time they can get.


Mercury Rout Hapless Silver Stars 91-57 (AP)
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, left, works against San Antonio Silver Stars forward Wendy Palmer-Daniel during the first half Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Phoenix. At right is Mercury forward Lisa Harrison. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)AP - Diana Taurasi scored all 16 of her points in the first half, and Phoenix routed the hapless San Antonio Silver Stars 91-57 Friday night in the biggest win in Mercury history.


Phillips Wanted in Domestic-Violence Case (AP)
AP - Police are seeking former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips in connection with a domestic-violence case. They say he attacked his girlfriend twice, once choking her into unconsciousness.

Jury Sides With LeBron in Business Dispute (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James waits while his attorney Fred Nance, left, makes an objection,  while James was being questioned on the stand, in Summit County Common Pleas Court, in Akron, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. James is defending himself against a $15 million civil suit claiming he broke a contract to allow a film documentary to be done about his life. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak)AP - A jury has ruled in favor of LeBron James in a multimillion dollar dispute with an entertainment producer who claimed that the NBA star broke a promise to allow him to make a documentary about James' life.


Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Washington at New York Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Livan Hernandez (14-5) and the Nationals face Pedro Martinez (12-5) and the Mets.

Djorkaeff Joins MLS Side Against Madrid (AP)
AP - MetroStars midfielder Youri Djorkaeff will face Zinedine Zidane, his former teammate on France's 1998 World Cup champion, when a Major League Soccer select side opposes Real Madrid in a friendly next week in Spain.

Islanders Sign Defenseman Bouchard (AP)
AP - Defenseman Joel Bouchard signed a one-year contract Friday with the New York Islanders, his eighth NHL team.

T.O.'s next move
You can bet Terrell Owens is dreaming up something new and creative to manipulate the media.

Moss: Marijuana use is in the past (AP)
Randy Moss acknowledges that marijuana use has been a part of his life. He simply maintains it isn't now. ``It's in the past,'' the Oakland receiver said. Moss spoke Thursday after the Raiders practiced in Houston, addressing an interview with HBO's ``Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel'' where he seemed to indicate that he still smokes marijuana occasionally.

Pennington looks good as Jets top Vikes (AP)
It could end up being the most important incomplete pass of the preseason. Chad Pennington aired out a 45-yard pass for Justin McCareins, only to watch as the ball sailed just long. Yes, his surgically repaired shoulder felt just fine. Pennington led one scoring drive and finished 9-of-10 for 86 yards in his first game since offseason surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, helping the New York Jets...

Vick looks sharp, Falcons lose to Titans (AP)
The Tennessee Titans gave up one touchdown on a kickoff return, another on a long run. The kickers struggled, missing two field goals and an extra point. This being the preseason, the Titans still managed to win. Shane Boyd threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie O.J. Small with 1:28 remaining that gave Tennessee a 24-21 over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.

QBs Palmer, Ramsey both look sloppy (AP)
Patrick Ramsey's first pass into the end zone found James Thrash for a touchdown. Ramsey's second pass into the end zone was also intended for Thrash, but it never should have been thrown. Tory James hauled it down for the first of his two interceptions. Ramsey and Carson Palmer had similar tales to tell after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Washington Redskins 24-17 Friday night.

Owens to be absent for Eagles-Ravens (AP)
The last time they realized Terrell Owens wouldn't be playing in Baltimore, the Ravens were extremely disappointed. They reacted in similar fashion Friday after Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said Owens would not accompany the team to Baltimore for a preseason game Saturday night. Reid said Owens would miss a second straight exhibition game after aggravating a groin injury Thursday.

Broncos' Rice set to meet 49ers (AP)
Jerry Rice held no animosity toward the San Francisco 49ers when they parted ways in 2000. ``They were going in a different direction, and I understood that,'' Rice said. The different direction has been down. The 49ers have fallen so far that when they visit Rice's new team, the Denver Broncos, for a preseason game Saturday, they will bring with them the prize that goes to the worst team in the NFL...

Flutie looks to be Tom Brady's backup (AP)
If Doug Flutie hasn't already locked up the backup quarterback job on the New England Patriots, this week should do the trick. The Patriots will be taking advantage of an extra practice day to work on some of the less traditional plays in the game plan -- things like the onside kick, the goal-line stand and Fluties specialty: the last-second, desperation heave.

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

Belkin leaves Hawks, Johnson deal done (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks have a new point guard in Joe Johnson, and are losing Steve Belkin as co-owner -- just as the team's general manager and other owners wanted. ``This is a great day,'' said co-owner Michael Gearon Jr., who will succeed Belkin as the team's NBA Governor. There was a party atmosphere at Friday's news conference on the Philips Arena floor, as Atlanta Spirit LLC employees applauded the...

Jury sides with LeBron in dispute (AP)
A jury has ruled in favor of LeBron James in a multimillion dollar dispute with an entertainment producer who claimed that the NBA star broke a promise to allow him to make a documentary about James' life. James turned to his mother and grinned after hearing the verdict Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Mavs sign Christie, backup C Diop (AP)
Swingman Doug Christie signed with Dallas on Friday, as the Mavericks try to replace the recently released Michael Finley. ``We feel adding Doug Christie to our team is giving us the best chance to win a championship,'' Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. That's a lot of pressure for the 35-year-old, 6-foot-6 Christie, who struggled with injuries and averaged just 6.6 points per game last year with...

Turiaf recuperating from heart surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf said Friday he's well on his way to recovery from heart surgery and is hopeful he'll one day wear the purple and gold. Turiaf, who is recuperating here after open-heart surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root on July 26, said he will be cheering for his potential teammates this season as he works his way back into playing shape.

Bobcats re-sign Knight to tutor Felton (AP)
Brevin Knight has no problem being a mentor with the Charlotte Bobcats this season. He will not, however, simply step aside to let rookie point guard Raymond Felton slide into his starting spot. Knight, who signed a multiyear contract extension with the Bobcats on Friday, plans to fight for his job. ``I didn't come here just to teach somebody else how to play,'' Knight said.

Grant signs one-year deal with Suns (AP)
Free agent forward Brian Grant signed a one-year, $1.67 million contract Thursday with the Phoenix Suns. The 11-year NBA veteran called the decision to go to the Suns a ``no-brainer.'' He became the first of the players waived under the one-time ``amnesty clause'' to sign with another team. Grant was given an option for a second year.

Mourning to return to Heat (AP)
Miami center Alonzo Mourning announced Wednesday that he will return for another season with the Heat. The 35-year-old Mourning had been contemplating retirement since the Heat were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals two months ago. ``I remain more committed than ever to bring a championship to Miami,'' Mourning said in a statement released by the team.

Bettman see potential with NHL on OLN (AP)
Get the clicker ready, hockey fans. The NHL is taking its games outside the traditional realm of sports television. The NHL announced Thursday it has reached a two-year deal that will put games on Outdoor Life Network, starting on opening night in October. OLN, mostly known for showing Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France, takes over hockey cable broadcasts from ESPN.

Cloutier signs 2-year deal with Canucks (AP)
Dan Cloutier signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Cloutier, the Canucks' No. 1 goalie, recorded a franchise-record three straight 30-win seasons and posted a better goals-against average and save percentage each season. But the 29-year-old Quebec native has only led Vancouver to one playoff series victory during that time.

Players happy Bertuzzi's on Team Canada (AP)
Shane Doan is no stranger to Todd Bertuzzi. The Phoenix Coyotes forward has had his share of tussles over the years with Bertuzzi, the rugged Vancouver Canucks forward who was recently reinstated to the NHL following a long suspension. But this week has been a relief for Doan, who found himself on the same line as Bertuzzi during Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp.

Carolina inks Vasicek to two-year deal (AP)
Josef Vasicek, who led Carolina in goals, points, games played and game-winning goals in 2003-04, signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes on Thursday. The contract will pay him $1 million this season and $1.3 million in 2006-07, general manager Jim Rutherford said. ``Josef is coming off two very good seasons and is approaching the prime of his career,'' Rutherford said.

Goalie hopes to give NHL Japanese accent (AP)
Yutaka Fukufuji is ready to ride the buses in hockey's backwaters a few more years if that's what it takes to make the NHL. The Japanese goaltender signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings this month and will attend a rookie camp next month. If he doesn't stay with the Kings, he most likely will be assigned to their AHL farm team, the Manchester Monarchs.

Capitals re-sign Zubrus (AP)
Forward Dainius Zubrus re-signed with the Washington Capitals on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year contract. The Capitals also signed free agent right wing Matt Bradley and defenseman Jean-Francois Fortin. Zubrus, is eight-year NHL veteran acquired by the Capitals in a trade with Montreal in 2001. He had 12 goals and 15 assists for Washington in 2003-04.

Lecavalier deal the buzz of Olympic camp (AP)
On the ice, it was the same as always for the stars of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Martin St. Louis spun around in the corner and fed a perfect pass to linemate Vincent Lecavalier, who one-timed a blast past Roberto Luongo to give Team Red a 1-0 lead Wednesday over Team White at Canada's Olympic hockey camp.

Give a Hoots
When drivers and crew chiefs gather before Sunday's race at Michigan, it's NASCAR's David Hoots who will lay down the law

Surprising Jarrett vying for spot in NASCAR playoffs (AP)
A visit to Dale Jarrett's favorite track could be just what the former NASCAR champion needs to help propel him into the playoffs.

Waltrip evaluating options for 2006 (AP)
Michael Waltrip expects to decide his 2006 driving plans soon.

Reuniting Earnhardt and Eury no done deal (AP)
Tony Eury Jr. says speculation that he will be back as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2006 -- or sooner -- is premature.

Wood Brothers, ST Motorsports form partnership (SportsTicker)
By Bob Tripi SportsTicker Contributing Writer

Kansas City, Kan., makes its case for NASCAR Hall of Fame (AP)
NASCAR officials became visitors to the state's biggest attractions Thursday as they worked to decide whether to add stock car racing's hall of fame to the mix.

Tony Eury Jr. to remain with DEI (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Although Michael Waltrip will be leaving Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated at the end of the season, he won't be taking his crew chief with him.

McMurray tries to keep team support as he races for Chase (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jamie McMurray fell agonizingly short of qualifying for NASCAR's playoffs last season,...

Eury Jr. signs long-term contract to stay with DEI (AP)
Tony Eury Jr. signed a long-term contract extension Thursday with Dale Earnhardt Inc., opening the possibility the crew chief will reunite next season with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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