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Astros Beat Padres 6-2 (AP)
Houston Astros' Lance Berkman is congratulated by teammate Jason Lane after his two-run homer in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Roy Oswalt threw six strong innings for his 15th win and Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat NL West-leading San Diego 6-2 on Monday night to take the wild-card lead.


Tribe Slam D-Rays 11-4 on Big 7th Inning (AP)
Cleveland Indians' Victor Martinez follows the flight of his seventh inning, two-run home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Trever Miller Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jhonny Peralta also scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)AP - Victor Martinez and Ben Broussard hit two-run homers in a seven-run seventh inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night.


Cowboys Rattle Seahawks in 18-10 Win (AP)
Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells talks with quarterback Drew Bledsoe during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks  in Seattle Monday, Aug. 22, 2005.  (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - Dallas Cowboys rookie Demarcus Ware looks ready to be an NFL linebacker. In one half, Ware forced two fumbles, recovered one, had an interception, a sack and three tackles in Dallas' 18-10 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.


Yanks Rip Jays 7-0; A-Rod Reaches 100 RBIs (AP)
Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, right, ejects Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons from the game in the seventh inning Monday night, Aug. 22, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Gibbons came out to argue a close play at home plate where New York Yankees Bernie Williams was called safe. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Jaret Wright gave the New York Yankees' depleted rotation another strong start. Wright won his second straight game since coming back from a shoulder injury, pitching seven sharp innings in a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night that moved New York into a tie for the AL wild-card lead.


Mulder and Cardinals Defeat Pirates 3-1 (AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo, center, is helped from the field by manager Lloyd McClendon, left, and trainer Brad Henderson after injuring his leg on a force play at second base in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. Cardinals' Hector Luna is at right. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Mark Mulder beat the Pirates for the fifth time in as many career starts against them, limiting Pittsburgh to three hits in eight innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals started a 13-game road trip successfully by winning 3-1 Monday night.


Smoot Plans to Boost Vikes' Secondary (AP)
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Fred Smoot congratulates teammates after a play during a scrimmage at training camp in Mankato, Minn., in this July 31, 2005 photo. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)AP - Fred Smoot was back with Minnesota's first-string defense, considerably behind in his progress toward settling in with the Vikings' secondary.


NBA Timberwolves take chance on troubled Griffin (AFP)
Eddie Griffin, a free agent forward who has been known more for off-court troubles than on-court heroics, re-signed with the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves. File picture shows Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan (R) guarding Eddie Griffin during his time with the Houston Rockets(AFP/File/James Nielsen)AFP - Eddie Griffin, a free agent forward who has been known more for off-court troubles than on-court heroics, re-signed with the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves here.


Baseball Today (AP)
AP - St. Louis at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EDT). Zach Duke (6-0) looks to remain unbeaten against Albert Pujols and the Cardinals.

MLS Pumped for Game Against Real Madrid (AP)
AP - Image may well be everything for Major League Soccer when its All-Stars meet one of the world's most glamorous teams in Real Madrid.

Four Players Agree to Terms With Flyers (AP)
AP - Goalie Jamie Storr and forwards Eric Chouinard, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready agreed to one-year contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

The most painful loss
It'll take time for the 49ers to get over the sudden passing of teammate Thomas Herrion.

49ers back to work after Herrion's death (AP)
Thomas Herrion often sought Jeremy Newberry's help. The 23-year-old offensive lineman and his veteran teammate worked on their technique together before practice, with Herrion seeking any edge that might help him make it in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers went back to work Monday without Herrion, who collapsed and died Saturday night after a preseason game in Denver.

McNabb: I need playing time with Owens (AP)
Donovan McNabb acknowledges that he needs preseason playing time with Terrell Owens even if he doesn't talk to him off the field. Owens has yet to play this preseason. He missed the Eagles first game after being dismissed from the team for a week and sat out Saturday night's victory over the Ravens to rest his sore groin.

Eli Manning's elbow injury not serious (AP)
Eli Manning's elbow is sprained, bruised, sore and nothing serious -- certainly not cause for the New York Giants to worry over who'll be under center when the regular season begins. Manning will sit out the Giants' preseason game against the New York Jets on Friday. If it were a big game, though, the No.

Broncos also stunned by Herrion's death (AP)
The Denver Broncos left the stadium celebrating a victory and looking forward to a well-earned day off. They awoke the next morning and learned they had been bit players in the NFL's latest tragedy. ``It's really sad,'' quarterback Jake Plummer said. ``He was a young kid trying to do what we're all doing.

Ware, Cowboys shut down Seahawks (AP)
Dallas Cowboys rookie Demarcus Ware looks ready to be an NFL linebacker. In one half, Ware forced two fumbles, recovered one, had an interception, a sack and three tackles in Dallas' 18-10 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. ``I was a little more comfortable with the defense and what the guys are doing,'' Ware said.

Gates leaves a few answers up in the air (AP)
Antonio Gates hadn't even stepped on the field and he already was running some zigzag routes. Besides contradicting his agent, the record-setting tight end said on Monday that travel problems kept him from reporting to training camp by Saturday afternoon, as mandated by the San Diego Chargers. Missing the deadline had serious consequences.

Browns trade WR Andre' Davis to Patriots (AP)
Wide receiver Andre' Davis, pushed to the bottom of Cleveland's depth chart, was traded Monday to the New England Patriots by the Browns for an undisclosed draft pick. Davis, a speedy former second-round selection in 2002 who had, become a forgotten man with Cleveland. His departure continues an overhaul of the Browns' roster by general manager Phil Savage, who since taking over in January, has...

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...

Heat meet with Finley (AP)
Free-agent swingman Michael Finley met Monday in his hometown of Chicago with Miami Heat president Pat Riley and coach Stan Van Gundy to discuss a possible contract. ``A good meeting,'' Riley said. ``What they have to offer is attractive,'' said Finley's agent, Henry Thomas. The Heat were the first team to meet with Finley since he was waived a week earlier by the Dallas Mavericks, Thomas said.

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.

Raptors re-sign forward Matt Bonner (AP)
Free-agent forward Matt Bonner re-signed with the Raptors on Monday after averaging 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds last season. Bonner, a 6-foot-10 redhead and fan favorite, is a former Florida star. He ranked first among NBA rookies with a .424 3-point field goal percentage and second with a .533 field goal percentage.

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.

Selanne returns to Mighty Ducks (AP)
Right wing Teemu Selanne, the second-leading scorer in Anaheim history, returned to the Mighty Ducks on Monday. The 35-year-old free agent signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the team he played for from 1996-01. Selanne, a nine-time All-Star, has averaged 37 goals year in 12 NHL seasons. Since entering the league with Winnipeg in 1992, he has 452 goals.

Canucks acquire McCarthy from Blackhawks (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks acquired defenseman Steve McCarthy from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for a third-round pick in the 2007 draft. The 24-year-old McCarthy had a goal and three assists in 25 games for Chicago during the 2003-04 season. A former first-round pick -- 23rd overall in 1999, the 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman has three goals and 16 points in 134 NHL games in four seasons.

Mara accepts Coyotes' qualifying offer (AP)
Defenseman Paul Mara accepted Phoenix's $1.14 million, one-year qualifying offer and signed with the Coyotes on Monday, the earliest day his case could have been heard by an arbitrator. The 25-year-old Mara led the Coyotes in average ice time (23.36 minutes) and power-play assists (22) in 2003-04, posting overall numbers of six goals, 36 assists and 48 penalty minutes in 81 games.

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.

Unlikely hero
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeremy Mayfield relishes the role of underdog, and the underdog came out on top at Michigan on Sunday.

Akins Motorsports releases Busch Series rookie Walker (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Rookie Tyler Walker's rookie season in the NASCAR Busch Series has been discontinued.

Mayfield wins race with fuel strategy (AP)
The victory celebration was the toughest part of Jeremy Mayfield's day.

Mayfield wins NASCAR GFS Marketplace 400 (SportsTicker)

Stewart happy with another top five (AP)
There was no victory to celebrate Sunday, but Tony Stewart was pretty pleased with his fifth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

Car crashes into stands at Illinois race track, killing two spectators (AP)
A race car crashed into the stands at a southern Illinois track, killing two spectators and injuring six other people, officials said. The driver also was hurt. State police were trying to determine what caused the car to shoot off the quarter-mile dirt oval track Saturday night at Mount Vernon Raceway.

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.

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.

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