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NEWS FROM 2005-08-28
Giants Cool Down Mets With 2-1 Victory (AP)
AP - Jason Schmidt avenged an embarrassing loss to New York in June, outpitching Tom Glavine to help the San Francisco Giants end the Mets' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday.
Diamondbacks Beat Phillies 2-0 to End Skid (AP)
AP - Alex Cintron hit a two-run, pinch homer and Brandon Webb threw seven scoreless innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks snap a season-high six-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Cowboys Sack Texans 21-9 (AP)
AP - While rookies DeMarcus Ware and Kevin Burnett are doing their part to shake up the Dallas Cowboys' front seven on defense, holdovers Roy Williams and Terence Newman are doing quite a job taking the care of the back end.
Man Surrenders in Ala. Gas-Theft Death (AP)
AP - A man surrendered to police Thursday in the death of a gas station owner who tried to stop a $52 gasoline theft by grabbing onto a moving vehicle, but was run over and killed.
Schilling Shelled, but Finds Positives (AP)
AP - Curt Schilling could find only one serious negative about his first start in four months — the final score. The veteran right-hander, who had been in Boston's bullpen most of the season, got knocked around in his first start since April, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Red Sox 7-4 on Thursday night, their fourth win in five games since a franchise-record 19-game losing streak.
Seahawks Stop Winless Chiefs 23-17 (AP)
AP - Darrell Jackson needed only one game to remind everyone who set the Seattle record with 87 receptions last year.
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.
Sheets Goes on 15 Day DL With Torn Muscle (AP)
AP - Ben Sheets was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday with a torn back muscle and might miss the rest of the season.
Manchester City Wins in English Premier (AP)
AP - U.S. national team starters Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride scored Saturday in leading their English Premier League teams to victories.
`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.
LANDOVER, Md. – The Steelers are in denial over Ben Roethlisberger's struggles and their out-of-sync offense.
Owens, McNabb reunite in style (AP)
Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb made it clear in a hurry that they don't have to speak in the locker room to connect on the field. In their first game together since their post-Super Bowl spat, the feuding stars hooked up for a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage Friday night in the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-17 exhibition victory over Cincinnati.
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.
Moss scores first TD as a Raider (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...
Arrington doesn't look 'washed up' (AP)
LaVar Arrington raised his left arm to reveal two small streaks of bright red blood. ``See that right there from Marcus?'' Arrington said. ``That was my worst wound of the night, and it came From Marcus. We jumped into one another, and Marcus' braces caught in my arm.'' The accidental bite from teammate Marcus Washington was about the only thing that didn't go according to plan in Arrington's...
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.
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...
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.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A couple of past Cup champs came through in the clutch during qualifying Friday.
Kenseth wins NASCAR Nextel Cup Sharpie 500 (SportsTicker)
Riggs hired to drive third car for Evernham Motorsports (AP)
Scott Riggs was hired Saturday to drive a third car for Evernham Motorsports, the highest-profile job of his racing career.
Film director Tarantino left speechless after NASCAR ride around Bristol (AP)
Quentin Tarantino has produced his share of action-packed, thrilling moments. For once, he was just along for the ride.
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.
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.