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Agassi Overwhelms Sabau at U.S. Open (AP)
Andre Agassi, of the United States, gives a thumbs up to the crowd after beating Razvan Sabau, of Romania, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in their men's singles match at the US Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)AP - Like an ageless rock star, Andre Agassi took the court for his 20th straight U.S. Open to roars that drowned out his introduction. No one, not even Agassi, knows if this will be his last U.S. Open, but if it is he started it out in fine fashion with a tidy 69-minute, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 romp over an overwhelmed and thoroughly outclassed Romanian, Razvan Sabau.


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Red Sox Clobber Devil Rays 10-6 (AP)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays starting pitcher Seth McClung, right, walks across the mound as Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, left, rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning at Boston's Fenway Park, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)AP - David Ortiz homered twice on Monday night, giving him four in the past three games, and Johnny Damon hit his first leadoff homer since Boston's World Series clincher to lead the Red Sox to a 10-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


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Yankees Defeat Mariners 7-4 (AP)
New York Yankees' Jason Giambi hits a three-run home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Matt Thornton during the sixth inning in Seattle Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - Jason Giambi's second straight big game powered the New York Yankees to another come-from-behind victory.


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Carpenter Wins 19th As Cards Beat Marlins (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter throws during the first inning against the Florida Marlins Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)AP - Chris Carpenter pitched 7 2-3 innings to become the first 19-game winner in the major leagues, and David Eckstein went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 Monday night.


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Wells Suspension Upheld; Out Six Games (AP)
AP - Boston pitcher David Wells lashed out at Bud Selig after losing his appeal of a six-game suspension on Monday, drawing denials and apologies for the blustery lefty's charge that the commissioner dragged his feet on steroids.

Rams Cornerback Terry Fair Injured (AP)
St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little (91) grasps teammate Terry Fair's left hand before Fair is transported to a local hospital after getting injured in the first quarter of the Rams at Detroit Lions football game, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit. (AP Photo/Bill Fundaro)AP - St. Louis Rams cornerback Terry Fair had full feeling in his extremities and never lost consciousness after spraining his neck Monday night when his head struck Detroit running back Kevin Jones' thigh on a tackle.


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Nuggets Assistant Coach Moe Has Cancer (AP)
Denver Nuggets assistant coach Doug Moe, back, yells at a referee during the team's game in this March 13, 2005, file photo  in Denver. Moe, who was the Nuggets' head coach through the 1980s before returning to the bench in his role as assistant in early 2005, will face prostate surgery on Sept.12 but plans on being back with the team for the start of training camp in October. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Denver Nuggets assistant coach Doug Moe has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have surgery next month. "The prognosis is good and I expect to be in training camp," Moe said Monday in a statement released by the team.


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Wells slams Selig over Palmeiro, fails appeal (Reuters)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Wells was suspended for making contact with two umpires after being ejected in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 2, an offence he denies. Wells lashed out at Major League commissioner Bud Selig on Monday, claiming he dragged his feet on Rafael Palmeiro's steroid suspension so not to overshadow the Hall of Fame inductions. Wells pitches in Kansas City, Missouri, August 23, 2005. (Dave Kaup/Reuters)Reuters - Boston Red Sox pitcher David Wells lashed out at Major League commissioner Bud Selig on Monday, claiming he dragged his feet on Rafael Palmeiro's steroid suspension so not to overshadow the Hall of Fame inductions.


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Harkes, Ramos Inducted Into Soccer Hall (AP)
AP - Former U.S. national team stars John Harkes, Tab Ramos and Marcelo Balboa were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Monday.

Penguins Accept Tarnstrom Arbitration (AP)
AP - The Pittsburgh Penguins accepted the $1.6 million salary awarded defenseman Dick Tarnstrom in arbitration and signed their leading scorer from the 2003-04 season to the one-year deal on Monday.

Capital gains
LANDOVER, Md. – Patrick Ramsey is giving the Redskins reason to believe they might actually move the ball this year.

Katrina punctures Superdome roof (AP)
Hurricane Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside Monday. Superdome and government emergency officials stressed that they did not expect the huge roof to fail because of the relatively small breaches, each about 15 to 20 feet long and 4 to 5 feet wide.

Jets DE Abraham signs franchise tender (AP)
John Abraham has a handful of practices to get ready for the season opener. The Pro Bowl defensive end is ready for all of them. Abraham was set to take the field on Tuesday for the first time since January, after signing his one-year, $6.67 million franchise tender with the New York Jets on Monday. He reported to the team late in the afternoon, and was excited to see his teammates again and prepare...

Eli Manning aims to play in opener (AP)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he experienced no soreness in his sprained elbow Monday, a day after throwing the ball for the first time since he was injured 10 days ago. Manning reiterated his plans to be in the starting lineup for the Giants' opener Sept. 11 against Arizona. He said he will miss the Giants' final preseason game Thursday at New England, but hopes to resume full practicing by...

McDougle rejoins Eagles after shooting (AP)
Jerome McDougle wants to carry his son in his arms. He'll worry about sacking quarterbacks when he's back on the field. McDougle returned to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, one month after he was shot in the stomach by three armed robbers in southwest Miami. ``It makes you kind of wonder and makes you put things in a priority to see what's important.

Shanahan says picking Clarett a mistake (AP)
The reason running back Maurice Clarett isn't with the Denver Broncos anymore is pretty simple. ``We have four guys I believe can play,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. And Clarett never made his way into that mix. The Broncos returned to practice Monday and Shanahan answered questions about why he decided to waive Clarett, the surprise third-round draft choice who was slowed by a groin injury and never...

Rams' offense sharp in win over Lions (AP)
Marc Bulger made accurate passes, receivers made catches in open space and Steven Jackson ran over and around defenders. The St. Louis Rams resembled the team that won the Super Bowl five years ago, and the Detroit Lions looked like the NFL's worst franchise since 2001. Bulger accounted for two touchdowns, Isaac Bruce had 85 yards receiving and a score and Jackson ran for 108 yards and a TD to lead...

RB Cedric Benson reports to Bears (AP)
With a five-year contract in hand and an ear-to-ear grin crossing his face, running back Cedric Benson joined the Chicago Bears on Monday and put a drawn-out negotiation behind him. The fourth overall pick and the last first-rounder to sign, Benson called it ``a great relief'' and said it ``feels good to be here'' during a news conference at the team's practice facility.

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.

Patriots the class of AFC East again (AP)
With all the emphasis on how much the New England Patriots have lost in the offseason, let's concentrate on what they still have. Such as the best coaching staff, schemes and execution in the NFL. An unshakable quarterback, a productive running back in his prime, a deep receiving corps, and a resourceful defense led by stars Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison.

Ervin Johnson returns to Bucks (AP)
Center Ervin Johnson returned to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, signing a one-year contract with the team he played for from 1997-03. ``Ervin is a hardworking, high-character, veteran player who has always taken a team-first approach to the game,'' general manager Larry Harris said. ``He adds size and depth to our frontcourt and an experienced voice for our younger players.'' The 37-year-old...

Moe diagnosed with cancer (AP)
Denver Nuggets assistant coach Doug Moe has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have surgery next month. ``The prognosis is good and I expect to be in training camp,'' Moe said Monday in a statement released by the team. Moe's diagnosis comes five weeks after Denver head coach George Karl had successful surgery to treat the same cancer.

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.

Spurs sign Van Exel (AP)
Nick Van Exel, second among active players in 3-pointers, has signed a free-agent contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 33-year-old Van Exel is coming off a season in Portland in which he posted some of the lowest numbers of his 12-year NBA career. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 53 games for the Trail Blazers.

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.

Pens accept Tarnstrom arbitration award (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins accepted the $1.6 million salary awarded defenseman Dick Tarnstrom in arbitration and signed their leading scorer from the 2003-04 season to the one-year deal on Monday. By re-signing Tarnstrom, the Penguins chose not to trade him or walk away from the arbitration award and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

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...

WWD: Sharpie 500
Matt Kenseth was sharp, Jeff Gordon was good and Dale Jarrett was vengeful at Bristol on Saturday.

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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