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Mets Top Phils 6-4, Wild-Card Tightens (AP)
New York Mets Carlos Beltran follows through on a home run during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium Tuesday Aug. 30, 2005 in New York. The Mets won the game 6-4.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - The New York Mets returned home with a dramatic victory that made the National League wild-card race even tighter.


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Bosox Win Despite Schilling's Rough Start (AP)
Boston Red Sox' starting pitcher Curt Schilling walks toward the dugout after giving up four runs to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second inning at Boston's Fenway Park, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)AP - Curt Schilling started slowly in his return to the Fenway mound, but the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-6 on Tuesday night when Trot Nixon singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth.


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Roddick Exits in First Round of U.S. Open (AP)
Andy Roddick, of the United States, reacts during his match against Gilles Muller, of Luxembourg, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday Aug. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)AP - The worst birthday of Andy Roddick's life ended with three straight tiebreak losses and a shocking first-round exit from the U.S. Open against a player making his debut in the tournament.


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Boos Rain Down on Palmiero, Jays Rout O's (AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro, wearing earplugs, runs back to the dugout after popping out to Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Bush in the fourth inning of AL action in Toronto, Tuesday Aug. 30, 2005. (AP PHOTO/CP,  Adrian Wyld)AP - Earplugs didn't help Rafael Palmeiro stop his slump. Palmeiro inserted earplugs after he was loudly booed during his first at-bat in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. He went 0-for-4, leaving him with two hits in 26 at-bats, an .077 average, since a 10-day suspension for testing positive for steroids.


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Astros Rally Past Reds on Five-Run Fifth (AP)
Cincinnati Reds' Sean Casey (21) is congratulated by teammate Edwin Encarnacion (12) after Casey scored a run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Houston, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)AP - Morgan Ensberg hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth inning that rallied Houston past the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Tuesday night and closed the Astros within a half-game of the NL wild-card lead.


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Reliant Park Offers Use to Saints (AP)
AP - The Houston Texans' stadium could be used for the New Orleans Saints' home opener if the hurricane-damaged Louisiana Superdome isn't available, stadium president and general manager Shea Guinn said Tuesday.

Nets: Free Agent Traylor Fails Physical (AP)
AP - Free agent forward Robert Traylor failed a physical and will not join the New Jersey Nets this season.

Wells to Discuss Commish Bashing in NYC (AP)
AP - Red Sox left-hander David Wells was summoned to New York to discuss his criticism of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

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.

New Coyotes Fit in at Informal Workouts (AP)
AP - Sean O'Donnell waited more than a year to lace up his skates with his new Phoenix Coyotes teammates. He wasn't disappointed.

Back in the 'show'
DETROIT – After the Rams' rout of the Lions, the Greatest Show on Turf might be touring the NFL again.

Favre's family home destroyed by Katrina (AP)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre spent most of the last two days nervously waiting to hear from family members in his hometown of Kiln, Miss., in the heart of the Gulf Coast area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The Packers said Favre finally spoke to his mother, Bonita, late Tuesday afternoon when she was able to reach him with the help of a Houston television station in the area...

Falcons cut WR Peerless Price (AP)
Peerless Price knew that NFL teams would make two rounds of cuts this week, so he asked coach Jim Mora to gauge his future with the Atlanta Falcons. Not good, Mora said. Less than 2 1/2 years after sending a first-round draft pick to Buffalo and rewarding the receiver with a $37 million contract, the Falcons waived Price on Tuesday.

Bengals release Peter Warrick (AP)
The first time he set foot in Cincinnati, receiver Peter Warrick felt like he was in Tinseltown. ``I'm looking at the hills and (thinking) Hollywood,'' he mused that sunny April afternoon in 2000. He left town Tuesday during a downpour, the remnant of Hurricane Katrina moving through. The Bengals released Warrick after five failed attempts to craft a feel-good ending in a city that sorely needs one.

Clarett officially cut by Broncos (AP)
The Denver Broncos released Maurice Clarett, quarterback Danny Kanell and veteran defensive linemen Luther Elliss and Raylee Johnson on Tuesday, making official moves they earlier told the players about. Also released were tight end Patrick Hape, quarterback Chad Friehauf, wide receivers B.J. Johnson and Romar Crenshaw, running back Kris Briggs, linebacker Markus Steele, guards Tim Stuber and...

Bears cut QB Hutchinson (AP)
In a span of five days, Chad Hutchinson went from starting quarterback to out of a job. Hutchinson, demoted on Sunday to fourth string after two shaky outings as the Chicago Bears' starter, was cut Tuesday, two days before the final preseason game. Hutchinson had moved into the starter's role when Rex Grossman broke his ankle Aug.

Jets DE Abraham practices for first time (AP)
Shaun Ellis gave John Abraham a big hug and hearty welcome when they saw each other for the first time. ``It's good to have you back,'' Ellis told his fellow Jets defensive end. Abraham returned to practice Tuesday, one day after signing his one-year, $6.7 million franchise tender. About the only thing that was different was his number: Abraham switched from No.

Eagles put McDougle, three others on IL (AP)
Philadelphia defensive end Jerome McDougle, shot during a robbery attempt in July, will miss at least six weeks of the NFL's regular season. The Eagles placed McDougle and three other players on the non-football injury or physically unable to perform lists on Tuesday. All four players will be eligible to return to the team between weeks six through nine of the regular season.

Browns' Winslow: 'I made a mistake' (AP)
His muscular body thinner and his face gaunt from fighting a staph infection, Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. resolved he would one day return to play in the NFL. ``I'm going to come back from this,'' he said. The tight end's 2005 season ended before it began when he underwent knee surgery on June 14 to repair ligaments torn in a motorcycle accident on May 1.

Rams' Fair fine after being carted off (AP)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Terry Fair could be ready to play in the season opener despite a sprained neck. Fair was at the team facility Tuesday after spending the Monday night in a Detroit hospital as a precaution after he was carted off the field. The Rams open the season against San Francisco on Sept.

NBA players to help Katrina victims (AP)
The NBA players' association said Tuesday it is launching an immediate effort to assist in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. ``We are in the process of contacting every player in the league to solicit their support and ideas on how we can make a difference as quickly as possible,'' said union president Antonio Davis of the Chicago Bulls.

Moe has prostate cancer, set for surgery (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.

Healthy Karl pays more attention to life (AP)
Among the thousands of notes and messages George Karl has received since he had surgery for cancer was one that says, ``most people go through life not paying attention to it.'' Karl insists he has been paying much more attention of late. Five weeks removed from a successful operation to stop prostate cancer, the Denver Nuggets' coach is feeling fine.

Spurs sign Nick 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.

Hawks re-sign Lue, ink rookie Stoudamire (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks re-signed Tyronn Lue and signed second-round pick Salim Stoudamire on Tuesday, bulking up their depth behind new starting point guard Joe Johnson. Lue was obtained last December in a trade with the Houston Rockets. He averaged 13.5 points and 5.4 assists in 49 games with the Hawks. Stoudamire was the first choice of the second round -- the 31st pick overall.

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...

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.

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.

Bruins sign D Gill to one-year contract (AP)
Restricted free agent defenseman Hal Gill resigned with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old Gill has 19 goals and 68 assists in seven seasons with the Bruins. He played 31 games for Lukko Rauma in Finland during the recent NHL lockout. ``He is one of our steadiest and most reliable players,'' general manager Mike O'Connell said.

Caps sign D Muir, acquired from Kings (AP)
Defenseman Brian Muir signed a contract Tuesday with the Washington Capitals, who acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings this month. Muir has five goals, 15 assists and 167 penalty minutes in 181 games over nine NHL seasons. He's played for the Kings, Oilers, Devils, Blackhawks, Lightning and Avalanche.

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.

Unhappy Harvick
Kevin Harvick might no longer be driving for Richard Childress Racing when the 2006 Daytona 500 comes around.

Rookie Sorenson docked 50 points, crew chief Pattie suspended (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Rookie Reed Sorenson's bid for a Busch Series championship has been dealt a serious blow by his own crew.

Pattie suspended six races for soaking tires at Bristol (AP)
Busch Series driver Reed Sorenson's crew chief was suspended for six races Tuesday for soaking tires at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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.

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