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Royals' Losing Streak Ends at 19 Games (AP)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jose Lima, left front, hugs Emil Brown as catcher Paul Phillips, right, smiles at the end of Kansas City's 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in Oakland, Calif. Kansas City broke a 19-game losing streak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - The Royals ended baseball's longest losing streak in 17 years Saturday night, defeating the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to snap a club-record 19-game skid.


Mets Hold Off Nationals 9-8 in 10 Innings (AP)
New York Mets' Marlon Anderson, second from left, and David Wright, far right, greet Ramon Castro (11) at the plate after Castro hit a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the second inning Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at Shea Stadium in New York. Nationals catcher Brian Schneider is at far left. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - This one should have been simple for the New York Mets, but few things ever are.


Ramsey Makes Big Plays - Both Good and Bad (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 - Patrick Ramsey improved, but only from ineffective to inconsistent. The Washington Redskins quarterback demonstrated some long-ball chemistry with new receiver David Patten, completed four passes for 20-plus yards after having none the previous week, and led his first two scoring drives of the preseason. He also connected with James Thrash on a nice post-pattern touchdown while accumulating 190 yards passing in just one half of play.


Niners Lineman Collapses in Locker Room (AP)
AP - San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room after Saturday night's game against Denver and was taken to the hospital. Emergency workers were performing CPR on the lineman as he was being placed in an ambulance.

Woods, Perry Lead Storm-Suspended NEC (AP)
Tiger Woods, left in front cart, is driven down the 16th fairway at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, after a second weather delay was called during the third  round of the NEC Invitational Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. Following is playing partner Thomas Bjorn at right. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - Tiger Woods had a two-shot lead at the NEC Invitational when storms approached and play was stopped for three hours. He returned to hit three full shots — none of them good — and fell into a tie for the lead Saturday when the third round was suspended.


Plummer Helps Broncos Beat 49ers 26-21 (AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005.   (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)AP - Jake Plummer was close to perfect for the Denver Broncos. Tim Rattay, meanwhile, looked more than good enough to keep San Francisco's starting quarterback job in limbo for a while longer. Plummer completed 7 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a score to lift the Broncos to 10 early points en route to a 26-21 preseason victory Saturday night.


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.


Emotional Bradley Meets With Tracy (AP)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Milton Bradley (21) scores the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk by Florida Marlins pitcher Ron Villone in the seventh inning in Miami, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. The Dodgers won 11-6. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)AP - Dissension in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse sent center fielder Milton Bradley to the manager's office following Saturday's victory at Florida.


Galaxy Cool Off Streaking D.C. United 3-2 (AP)
Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan (10) is congratulated by teammates Todd Dunivant (2) and Herculez Gomez (16) after he scored a goal on a free kick against D.C. United during the second half Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)AP - Landon Donovan scored two second-half goals to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night.


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

Lions, boo birds and ducks – oh my
DETROIT – Lions fans still may wonder about Joey Harrington, but Jeff Garcia hasn't won them over.

Niners lineman rushed to hospital (AP)
San Francisco offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room and was rushed to the hospital Saturday night after the 49ers' 26-21 preseason loss to the Denver Broncos. Herrion was on the field during San Francisco's frantic 14-play, 91-yard touchdown drive that ended with 2 seconds left in the game.

Gates misses deadline, to be suspended (AP)
Antonio Gates didn't meet the San Diego Chargers' ultimatum to sign a contract by Saturday afternoon, meaning the defending AFC West champions will be without their All-Pro tight end for at least the season opener against Dallas. In an extreme move to break an impasse in negotiations, the Chargers ordered Gates to report to camp and sign a contract or face a three-game suspension.

McNabb, Eagles overcome Owens' absence (AP)
If the Philadelphia Eagles without Terrell Owens could come up with enough big plays to beat the Baltimore Ravens, then Donovan McNabb can only imagine how good the offense will be once their gifted wide receiver finally gets some action. Dexter Wynn returned a punt 74 yards for a score, McNabb threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Brian Westbrook, and the Eagles benefited from three turnovers by Kyle...

Steelers pound Saban's sloppy Dolphins (AP)
Back at LSU, coach Nick Saban's solution for this type of problem would have been to pull one or two of his highly recruited players and plug in a couple of others. In the NFL, it's not quite that easy. The Miami Dolphins lost five fumbles in the first half and seven overall in a miserably played game, exhibition or not, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had just enough offense to capitalize in a 17-3...

Edwards' late TD catch helps Browns win (AP)
Braylon Edwards outjumped a defender and snatched the football for a go-ahead touchdown in his professional debut. The 7-yard score with 54 seconds left lifted the Cleveland Browns to a 21-13 victory against the Detroit Lions on Saturday. ``It felt just like Michigan State,'' said the former Michigan star, who caught three TD passes in a triple-overtime win last year over the Spartans.

Losman leads Bills past Packers (AP)
Happy with leading the Buffalo Bills to a preseason victory, quarterback J.P. Losman acknowledged there's still a few things he needs to learn. One's sliding to the turf to avoid getting hit. Another is how to celebrate a touchdown. The first-year starter appeared a little lost, not knowing what to do after his 1-yard scamper into the end zone opened Buffalo's scoring in a 27-7 win over Green Bay on...

Two catches for Moss in Raiders' loss (AP)
Randy Moss is having a quiet preseason in his new silver-and-black uniform. Yet the Oakland Raiders insist that his few catches and no touchdowns are not reasons for worry. So there was no panic Saturday night when Moss finished with two catches for 23 yards in the Raiders' 19-17 loss to the Houston Texans, his second quiet game with Oakland since his trade from Minnesota during the offseason.

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.

Wolves head to Vegas for some bonding (AP)
Following an immensely disappointing season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were in desperate need of a makeover. Vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale has done that this offseason, hiring a new coach, adding at least three new players and jettisoning fading stars Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell.

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.

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

Newman takes Domino's Pizza 250 for second straight Busch win (SportsTicker)

Newman makes late move for Busch win at Michigan (AP)
Ryan Newman raced to his second straight Busch Series victory Saturday, passing Greg Biffle with six laps remaining and holding him off by 0.766 seconds in the Domino's Pizza 250.

Momentum a precious fuel for Michigan race (AP)
It's all about momentum: Tony Stewart hopes to keep it, Greg Biffle needs to rediscover it and Jeff Gordon must find it.

Nemechek wins pole for Michigan race (AP)
Joe Nemechek withstood a rain delay Saturday to win his first pole of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season at Michigan International Speedway.

Nemechek earns pole at GFS Marketplace 400 (SportsTicker)

Family ties for Wallaces at Michigan speedway (AP)
Rusty Wallace may be making his last run at Michigan International Speedway. His family, however, apparently is far from finished on the 2-mile oval.

Busch qualifying rained out (AP)
Morning rain washed out qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

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