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Red Sox Rally to Tame Tigers 9-8 (AP)
As Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez can't reach the ball, Boston Red Sox Tony Graffanino scores on a double by Manny Ramirez in the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday Aug. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - Manny Ramirez drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox rallied after a reversed call gave Detroit a disputed homer, beating the Tigers 9-8 Friday night for their 14th consecutive win at Fenway Park.


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Trachsel Leads Mets to Fifth Straight Win (AP)
New York Mets' starting pitcher Steve Trachsel throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of their game in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Steve Trachsel made a triumphant season debut, allowing two hits in eight innings in his first start since back surgery in March to lead the New York Mets to their fifth straight win, 1-0 over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.


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Padres Drop to One Game Under .500 (AP)
Colorado Rockies starter Jeff Francis pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Rookie Jeff Francis threw 6 2-3 solid innings and the last-place Colorado Rockies beat San Diego 4-3 on Friday night, dropping the NL West-leading Padres one game under .500.


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Raiders Remain Winless in Preseason (AP)
Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss (18) gestures to fans after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter of a pre-season game Friday, Aug.  26, 2005,  in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - Randy Moss finally scored his first touchdown for the Raiders, and it almost seemed he didn't know what to do when it happened. A wide-open Moss caught a 40-yard TD pass from Kerry Collins, but the Raiders remained winless in the preseason with a 17-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.


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Peterson Gives Bears 16-12 Win Over Bills (AP)
AP - Adrian Peterson had a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:32 left, and the Chicago Bears rallied after another rough outing by starting quarterback Chad Hutchinson to beat the Buffalo Bills 16-12 Friday night.

Steelers' Bettis Pulls Right Calf in 1Q (AP)
AP - Running back Jerome Bettis pulled his right calf in the first quarter Friday night and didn't return to the Pittsburgh Steelers' 17-10 exhibition loss to the Washington Redskins.

Rockets Re-Sign Mutombo to Two-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Dikembe Mutombo signed a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets on Friday and plans to retire after the 2006-07 season.

Williams' two homers sees Yankees down Royals (Reuters)
New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams watches his two run home run off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Jonah Bayliss in the eighth inning at New York's Yankee Stadium August 26, 2005. It was Williams second homer of the game and the Yankees won by a score of 5-1. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)Reuters - Bernie Williams hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in American League play Friday at Yankee Stadium.


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Crew Beat Wizards 1-0 for First Road Win (AP)
AP - Chris Henderson scored in the 34th minute, and the Columbus Crew earned their first road win of the season, 1-0 over the Kansas City Wizards on Friday night.

`Father' of NHL's Quebec Nordiques Dies (AP)
AP - Marius Fortier, the man known as the father of the Quebec Nordiques, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 79.

Not well received
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons' weakness continues to be their unproductive corps of wide receivers.

Owens, McNabb reunite in style (AP)
No high-five, no handshake, not even a nod of approval. Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens already weren't speaking to each other. No surprise they aren't exchanging congratulations, either. The feuding stars hooked up for a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first play, helping the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-17 in a preseason game Friday night.

Loss of Herrion still on Niners' minds (AP)
Thomas Herrion still was in the San Francisco 49ers' hearts, and his number was on the backs of their helmets when they went back to work. Joe Nedney kicked three field goals against his former Tennessee teammates, including the winning 24-yarder with 2:09 left in overtime, and the 49ers beat the Titans 16-13 Friday night in San Francisco's first game since Herrion's death.

Arrington settles dispute with Redskins (AP)
Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington won't be getting the $6.5 million he claims was removed from the final draft of his contract. Instead, Arrington settled his long-standing dispute with the team by agreeing to a deal that could make him a free agent or net him a $3.25 million bonus if he makes two Pro Bowls in the next four years.

Feely kicks Giants past Jets 15-14 (AP)
At least Jay Feely was perfect. The Giants kicker made all five of his field goal attempts, helping his team beat the crosstown rival New York Jets 15-14 in an ugly preseason game Friday night. The teams combined for eight turnovers and zero offensive touchdowns. Michael Strahan, playing with strained rib cartilage, added a forced fumble and interception for the Giants (2-1).

Agent: Vikes' Birk ready to have surgery (AP)
Matt Birk was willing to trade a risk for a risk. He would try to play with ``excruciating'' pain in his hip this season if the Minnesota Vikings guaranteed he'd be paid next year. The Vikings declined the unique request, so the four-time Pro Bowl center will undergo his fifth surgery in a little over a year and could miss three months.

Moss scores first Raiders touchdown (AP)
Randy Moss made a quick exit, skull cap covering his tight braids and giant headphones over his ears as he left the locker room. Moss finally scored his first touchdown for the Raiders, and it almost seemed he didn't know what to do when it happened. A wide-open Moss caught a 40-yard TD pass from Kerry Collins, but the Raiders remained winless in the preseason with a 17-16 loss to the Arizona...

Jaguars trade kicker Marler to Cowboys (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars traded kicker Seth Marler to the Dallas Cowboys on Friday for an undisclosed 2006 draft pick. The move comes two days after the Cowboys cut the injured Billy Cundiff, the team's kicker the last three seasons, who hurt his hip on the final full day of training camp. Along with Marler, the Cowboys also still have Jose Cortez, who is 4-for-4 kicking field goals in two...

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

Rockets re-sign Mutombo (AP)
Dikembe Mutombo signed a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets on Friday and plans to retire after the 2006-07 season. ``I don't see myself playing after this contract,'' the 39-year-old center said. Mutombo's return gives the team a solid backup to All-Star center Yao Ming. The 7-foot-2 Mutombo is an eight-time All-Star and four-time defensive player of the year.

Suns sign D'Antoni to 2-year extension (AP)
The Phoenix Suns have signed coach Mike D'Antoni to a two-year extension, the team announced Thursday. The deal puts the reigning NBA coach of the year under contract through the 2008-09 season. D'Antoni directed Phoenix to a 33-game improvement in his 2004-05, his first full season as head coach. The Suns won an NBA-best 62 games but were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western...

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...

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...

Pistons sign Evans to offer sheet (AP)
The Detroit Pistons signed Sacramento swingman Maurice Evans to a three-year, $4.5 million offer sheet Wednesday. The Kings have seven days to match the offer to retain Evans, a restricted free agent. They might not because after signing Shareef Abdur-Rahim earlier this month, they were expected to let Evans and forward Darius Songaila leave.

Sonics match offer sheet on Wilkins (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics re-signed restricted free agent Damien Wilkins on Wednesday, matching an offer sheet made by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wilkins signed the offer sheet from the Timberwolves last Thursday, and Seattle had seven days to respond. The deal is for five years and $15 million, Wilkins' agent Mark Bartelstein said.

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.

Sabres' Peters admits andro use in 2003 (AP)
Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters briefly and legally used the steroidlike supplement androstenedione two years ago to help him make the team. Peters did not break any laws or NHL rules at the time and has stopped using the performance enhancer since the Food and Drug Administration banned its sale in April 2004, his agent, Steve Bartlett, said Thursday.

Andreychuk returns to Lightning (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning retained another important player from their Stanley Cup championship team Thursday, signing unrestricted free agent Dave Andreychuk to a two-year contract. The 41-year-old left wing helped a young team led by Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Nikolai Khabibulin win the NHL title in 2004, realizing a dream of hoisting the Cup for the first time in his...

Arbitrator grants Luongo $3.2M salary (AP)
An arbitrator granted Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo a one-year, $3.2 million contract Thursday. Luongo, who has expressed frustration over being taken to arbitration, rejected a five-year, $25 million deal before Wednesday's hearing with arbitrator Vernon Gill. In the 2003-04 season, the last played before the lockout, Luongo set NHL records for most saves (2,303) and most shots faced...

St. Louis signs six-year deal with Tampa (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning took another step to keep the core of their Stanley Cup championship team together Wednesday, signing Martin St. Louis to a six-year contract worth more than $31 million. The 30-year-old right wing had 38 goals and 56 assists for 94 points during the 2003-04 season to win the Hart Trophy as MVP, Art Ross Trophy (scoring leader) and Lester B.

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.

Canucks re-sign Ohlund to four-year deal (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks avoided salary arbitration with Swedish defenseman Mattias Ohlund by re-signing him to a four-year, $14 million contract Wednesday. Ohlund had 14 goals and 20 assists in 82 games during 2003-04, the last NHL season before the lockout. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman averages more than 25 minutes of ice time, anchoring the penalty kill, playing the power play and matching up...

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.

Rusty's last bash
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rusty Wallace will say goodbye to Bristol this weekend, and he might get a little emotional in the process.

Newman holds off Biffle for third straight Busch win (SportsTicker)


Wallace looks to go out with 10th Bristol victory (AP)
Rusty Wallace wants to mark his final race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a victory. It would be only fitting for a driver who has had many of his career highlights on the Tennessee track.

Newman wins Busch race at Bristol (AP)
Ryan Newman outlasted two long rain delays, 12 cautions and overtime to stretch his winning streak to three consecutive races in the NASCAR Busch series with a victory Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Harvick not thinking about NASCAR Chase (AP)
Kevin Harvick isn't worried about making NASCAR's championship chase. If he focuses only on each of the remaining races before the playoffs begin, he's confident he can qualify.

Kenseth wins pole for NASCAR Nextel Cup Sharpie 500 (SportsTicker)


Kenseth wins pole for Bristol (AP)
Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon continued their frantic push to qualify for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, qualifying first and second Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Two members of Sorenson's Busch team ejected for tire controversy (AP)
Two members of Reed Sorenson's crew were thrown out of Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday after NASCAR officials caught the Busch team rubbing an unapproved substance on its tires.

France not concerned about big names missing Chase (AP)
If NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup championship began this week, two of its biggest names would be on...

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