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Niners Remember Herrion at Memorial (AP)
San Francisco 49ers players and well-wishers, including rookie quarterback Alex Smith, second from left, arrive at the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship building for a memorial for 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion in Mountain View, Calif. Tuesday, Aug. 23. 2005. Herrion collapsed and died following a preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Thomas Herrion was remembered as a wonderful friend and teammate Tuesday night at a memorial service for the San Francisco 49ers' offensive lineman who collapsed and died after a preseason game last week.


Padres Blank Astros 2-0 (AP)
San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy gestures afer recording the final out of his 2-0, four-hit, complete-game shutout over Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Jake Peavy outdueled boyhood idol Roger Clemens, throwing a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and the San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros 2-0 on Tuesday night.


Renteria Gets 3 Hits As Bosox Drop Royals (AP)
Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek, left, is congratulated by teammate Bill Mueller following his solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)AP - David Wells and the Boston Red Sox maintained their mastery of Kansas City with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night, snapping the Royals' two-game winning streak that followed a team-record 19 straight losses.


Yanks Nick Jays 5-4 on Ninth-Inning Single (AP)
The New York Yankees' Felix Escalona hits a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005.The Yankees won, 5-4. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)AP - Felix Escalona's bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night and sole possession of the AL wild-card lead.


Cabrera Knocks in 3 RBIs, Angels Top Birds (AP)
Orlando Cabrera of the Los Angeles Angels connects for an RBI single off Baltimore Orioles' John Maine in the third inning Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)AP - Orlando Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs to back a fine pitching performance by Jarrod Washburn, and the Los Angeles Angels held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Tuesday night.


Cardinals' Pace Finally Making Impact (AP)
AP - From the day he was drafted in the first round, Calvin Pace has heard the critics.

Suns Entourage Makes Case to Finley (AP)
AP - The Phoenix Suns sent a six-person delegation, including three players, to meet with free agent guard Michael Finley in Chicago on Tuesday to try to persuade him to sign with the team that drafted him a decade ago.

Burnitz blast inspires Cubs big win over Braves (Reuters)
Reuters - Jeromy Burnitz belted a grand slam home run and pitcher Jerome Williams helped his own cause with a pair of hits to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-1 mauling of the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

Liverpool Gets to Defend Title (AP)
AP - Liverpool gained a chance to defend its European Champions League title, beating CSK Sofia on 3-2 aggregate in the third round of qualifying despite a 1-0 loss at home to the Bulgarians on Tuesday night.

Thrashers Deal Heatley to Senators (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers' Dany Heatley controls the puck during the first period  as St. Louis Blues Eric Boguniecki looks on in this Jan. 28, 2004 file photo in Atlanta. The Atlanta Thrashers traded Dany Heatley to the Ottawa Senators for Marian Hossa on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005,  a blockbuster deal of two high-scoring right wingers. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - Dany Heatley returned to the ice and played through the memory of that awful night.


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

Niners honor Herrion at memorial service (AP)
Thomas Herrion was remembered as a wonderful friend and teammate Tuesday night at a memorial service for the San Francisco 49ers' offensive lineman who collapsed and died after a preseason game last week. About 500 people attended the service, including NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, union head Gene Upshaw and all of Herrion's teammates and coaches in San Francisco.

Grieving 49ers promote Rattay over Smith (AP)
Tim Rattay will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for the season opener, reclaiming his job from No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith after just two preseason games. Coach Mike Nolan announced the decision Tuesday at the conclusion of the 49ers' first full practice following the death of offensive lineman Thomas Herrion, who collapsed in the locker room in Denver on Saturday night.

Chargers' Gates agrees to six-year deal (AP)
The Antonio Gates saga took another surprising turn Tuesday when the All-Pro tight end agreed to a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Despite getting the long-term deal he wanted, Gates still has to sit out the final two exhibition games and the season-opener against Dallas on Sept. 11, his punishment for missing a team-imposed deadline for reporting to training camp.

Troubled Phillips faces assault charges (AP)
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was charged Tuesday with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two days after prosecutors say he drove into three teenagers who argued with him following a pickup football game. Phillips was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, the district attorney's office said.

Pentagon reviews probe of Tillman death (AP)
The Pentagon's inspector general is reviewing the Army's probe into the friendly fire death of former pro football player Pat Tillman, a spokesman said. Tillman's parents welcomed the decision. ``The other investigations were frauds,'' Tillman's father, Patrick Tillman, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tice: Bennett to miss season opener (AP)
Mike Tice says running back Michael Bennett's sore neck most likely will keep him out of the Minnesota Vikings' season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 11. Bennett, however, said he should be ready to go by next weekend's preseason finale. On Monday, Tice said Bennett most likely would sit out Friday night's exhibition against the San Diego Chargers.

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.

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

Pistons sign Dale Davis to two-year deal (AP)
Dale Davis signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, adding depth to their frontcourt. ``He went to the finals once in Indiana, and he's really hoping to get back there with the Pistons,'' agent Chubby Wells said. ``He knows a lot of players on the team and (president of basketball operations) Joe Dumars, so he's really comfortable with the organization from top to...

Rockets sign guard Derek Anderson (AP)
Free agent Derek Anderson signed with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday -- yet another addition in a busy offseason for the team. Anderson, a 6-foot-5 guard, was released by the Portland Trail Blazers under the NBA's amnesty provision. ``We think we've added another top-line piece of the puzzle and a great talent,'' general manager Carroll Dawson said.

Suns entourage makes case to Finley (AP)
The Phoenix Suns sent a six-person delegation, including three players, to meet with free agent guard Michael Finley in Chicago on Tuesday to try to persuade him to sign with the team that drafted him a decade ago. ``I think the meeting was productive,'' said Henry Thomas, Finley's agent, ``and Michael is still evaluating the teams that he is considering.'' Finley has narrowed his choices to...

Nowitzki allowed to play with Germany (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki has received permission from the Dallas Mavericks to join the German national team for warmup games before next month's European championship. Nowitzki had been practicing on his own, but Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban has said the forward can now start practicing and playing with his national team, the German basketball federation said Tuesday.

Aaron McKie agrees to join Lakers (AP)
Free-agent guard Aaron McKie, waived by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this month, has agreed to terms of a two-year, $5 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. McKie has averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 11 seasons with Portland, Detroit and Philadelphia. He scored 4,143 points in seven-plus seasons with the 76ers, and won the 2001 Sixth Man of the Year award when he...

Wolves re-sign reserve F Eddie Griffin (AP)
Eddie Griffin re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Griffin, the seventh overall pick by New Jersey in the 2001 draft, revived his career last season by averaging 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 70 games. The versatile, 6-foot-10 Griffin signed with the Timberwolves during training camp, eight months after he was released by the Nets without playing a game for them because...

Sonics re-sign center Potapenko (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics re-signed center Vitaly Potapenko on Tuesday, filling a void left when Jerome James signed with the New York Knicks. Last year, Potapenko played in just 33 games for Seattle, after missing the first six weeks of the season with a broken bone in his right hand. He averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Atlanta, Ottawa swap Heatley and Hossa (AP)
Dany Heatley returned to the ice and played through the memory of that awful night. But he never really got over it -- and didn't think he would as long as he played in Atlanta. Still haunted by the car crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder nearly two years ago, Heatley asked to be traded by the Thrashers.

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.

Mighty Ducks trade Rucchin, Leclerc (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded two longtime mainstays Tuesday, sending center Steve Rucchin to the New York Rangers and left wing Mike Leclerc to the Phoenix Coyotes. The 34-year-old Rucchin was dealt to the Rangers in exchange for left wing Trevor Gillies and a conditional pick in the 2007 NHL draft.

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.

Opposite directions
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Kenseth is making a last-ditch effort to make the Chase, while Elliott Sadler is doing all he can to fall short.

Teams lose points and pay fines for Michigan infractions (AP)
Ken Schrader's Nextel Cup team and the Busch series operation owned by Rusty Wallace were punished Tuesday by NASCAR for infractions Michigan International Speedway.

Crew chief Bainbridge hit with a fine a day after being fired (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Salt has been added to Blake Bainbridge's wounds.

City makes pitch to lure NASCAR Hall of Fame (AP)
The group trying to lure the NASCAR Hall of Fame to the city highlighted Richmond's roots in racing and diverse tourist attractions Tuesday when a delegation of NASCAR officials wrapped up their tour of possible locations.

Earnhardt to field Busch team (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expanding his role as a car owner, announcing plans Tuesday to field a team in the Busch Series next season.

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.

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