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Astros Lose 1-0, Clemens Stuck at 11 Wins (AP)
Houston Astros' Roger Clemens pitches against Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)AP - If Roger Clemens doesn't win his eighth Cy Young Award this year, the onus will rest on his teammates in the Houston Astros' lineup.


A's Show Off Their Power, So Does Giambi (AP)
Oakland Athletics Mark Ellis, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 in Baltimore. The Athletics won 10-3.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)AP - The Oakland Athletics have powered their way back into first place in the AL West.


'Retirement' Agreeing With Davenport (AP)
Lindsay Davenport of Laguna Beach, CA, hits a return to France's Amelie Mauresmo in the final set of their championship match at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament in New HAven, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Davenport defeated Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4 to win the Pilot Pen women's title.  (AP Photo/Bob Child)AP - The way Lindsay Davenport was talking 16 months ago, she should be home in California now, enjoying married life and the beach while the next generation of tennis carries on.


Faxon Wins Buick Championship in Playoff (AP)
Ben Curtis, from Stow, OH, watches his shot off the first tee as he starts his day in second place at 11 under for round four at the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.  (AP Photo/Steven Lee Miller)AP - Brad Faxon rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the Buick Championship over South African Tjaart van der Walt, his first victory since 2001.


Hawaii Rallies to Win Little League Title (AP)
Ewa Beach, Hawaii's Micahel Memea rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off game winning solo home run off Curacao pitcher Christopher Garia in the seven inning of the Little League World Series Championship game Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 in South Williamsport, Pa.. The Northwest beat the Caribbean 7-6.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Michael Memea rounded third with his right hand held high, barreling toward his jubilant teammates after his home run in the bottom of the seventh capped a stunning comeback to give West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the Little League World Series title.


Eagles Withdraw Franchise Tag on Simon (AP)
AP - The Philadelphia Eagles withdrew their franchise tag on former first-round draft pick Corey Simon on Sunday, making the defensive tackle an unrestricted free agent.

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.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - St. Louis at Florida (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Cardinals' Chris Carpenter goes for his 19th win of the season.

Manchester United Stays Perfect in Premier (AP)
Manchester United's Roy Keane celebrates with teammates Ruud Van Nistelrooy's goal,  center,  during their English Premier League soccer match at Newcastle's St James' Park , Sunday Aug. 28, 2005. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)AP - Manchester United won its third straight English Premier League game Sunday, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring in the second half of a 2-0 victory at Newcastle.


Arbitrator Says Tarnstrom Deserves $1.6M (AP)
AP - An arbitrator ruled that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Dick Tarnstrom should make $1.6 million this season.

Rusty Steelers
LANDOVER, Md. – The Steelers are in denial over Ben Roethlisberger's struggles and their out-of-sync offense.

Agent: Broncos will release Clarett (AP)
Maurice Clarett's first stab at the NFL will end the same way his last two seasons on the sideline did: no carries, no yards, one big disappointment. Unable to practice much or play at all during the preseason, Clarett will be released by the Denver Broncos later this week, his agent said Sunday. ``The kid called me and let me know they're going to let him go,'' Steven Feldman said in a telephone...

Bears agree to terms with Benson (AP)
Running back Cedric Benson ended his 36-day holdout Sunday night, agreeing to a five-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Benson, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, was the last remaining first-round pick to sign. Terms were not available but reports said the Bears had offered a contract that contained $17 million in guaranteed money to the former Texas star.

Saints flee Katrina head to California (AP)
The New Orleans Saints headed for northern California on Sunday, leaving several days early as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city under a mandatory evacuation. The team has a Thursday night preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, and will practice Monday through Wednesday at San Jose State. The Saints' flight left Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m.

Eagles withdraw franchise tag on Simon (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles withdrew their franchise tag on former first-round draft pick Corey Simon on Sunday, making the defensive tackle an unrestricted free agent. Simon was offered a one-year franchise tender worth about $5.13 million, but wanted a long-term contract, never signed the deal or reported to the minicamps or training camp.

Williams scores TD, Dolphins top Bucs (AP)
While two rookie running backs from Auburn showed promise, Ricky Williams showed his old form. Williams rushed for 59 yards, all in the opening half, and scored the first touchdown of the exhibition season for Miami's first-team offense, helping the Dolphins beat Tampa Bay 17-14 Saturday night. Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown, first-round picks who shared time in the backfield last season for...

Family, friends honor Herrion at funeral (AP)
The high school band danced for three blocks, twisting and stepping in a processional that sounded more like a parade. The song was called ``Fun'' -- exactly what Thomas Herrion would have wanted at his funeral. Two horses pulled Herrion's casket behind the band until reaching the brick church with the high steeple.

Owens excused from team function (AP)
Terrell Owens was excused from attending the Philadelphia Eagles' charity carnival Sunday because of a groin injury. Left tackle Tra Thomas also was excused because he has back spasms. Owens missed several practices in training camp after injuring his left groin. However, he was exiled for a week after a heated dispute with coach Andy Reid in which part of the argument stemmed from Owens' refusal to...

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 two-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...

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.

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...

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.

Pens' Tarnstrom awarded $1.6 million (AP)
An arbitrator ruled that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Dick Tarnstrom should make $1.6 million this season. The team has 48 hours to respond to the arbitrator's award, which was announced Saturday. General manager Craig Patrick won't announce plans for Tarnstrom until Monday, the team said. Tarnstrom's agent Mark Stowe said the defenseman would prefer to work out a multiyear contract with the team.

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...

Sharpie 500 observations
BRISTOL, Tenn. – There's an old, familiar face back in the top 10 and a new feud among Chase contenders.

After 1,272 lefts, why Dale Jarrett turned right (AP)
The short answer to why there are so many crashes in NASCAR: Strip away the 800-horsepower engines, the flame-retardant suits, the 3,400 pounds of steel and the drivers go about their business pretty much like everybody else. They laugh, they cry, they win a few and lose all the rest. They show up at work, get their feelings hurt, get mad, and sometimes, they get even.

Two to go: Chase race heats up after Bristol (AP)
Jeff Gordon is in, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out and Matt Kenseth suddenly is knocking on the door.

Kenseth wins NASCAR Nextel Cup Sharpie 500 (SportsTicker)

Zanardi wins first race since losing legs (AP)
Alex Zanardi won his first race Sunday since losing both legs in an accident in Germany in 2001. Zanardi captured the seventh race of the world touring cars championships in his BMW 320i. The former Formula One driver and two-time CART champion lost both legs in a collision during a CART race on Sept.

Kenseth wins at Bristol, strengthens bid to make Chase (AP)
Matt Kenseth's season was in shambles two months ago, his chances of racing for the Nextel Cup title slim to none.

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)

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