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Venus Beats Serena to Reach Open Quarters (AP)
Venus Williams of the United States, right, hugs her sister, Serena Williams of the United States, at the conclusion of their match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday Sept. 4, 2005. Venus Williams won 7-6 (5), 6-2. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - Far from a family feud, matches between Venus and Serena Williams create a family crisis. This time neither of their parents could watch. Artistry gave way to sheer slugging again in Sister Act XIV, the ongoing saga of siblings who hate to play each other — especially if it's not for a Grand Slam title.


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Yanks' Potent Offense Beats Athletics 7-3 (AP)
New York Yankees' Shawn Chacon throws to first base in an attempt to throw out Oakland Athletics'  Jay Payton (not shown) in the second inning Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, in Oakland, Calif.. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - Derek Jeter homered on the first pitch of the game, Mark Bellhorn also connected and Hideki Matsui added an RBI triple, and the New York Yankees took an important series from the Oakland Athletics with a 7-3 victory Sunday night.


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Colon Wins 18th As Angels Beat Mariners (AP)
Seattle Mariners Yuniesky Betancourt, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels' Casey Kotchman in a rundown after Kotchman was caught off base in the sixth inning, as umpire Jeff Kellogg observes Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)AP - Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Bartolo Colon earned his AL-leading 18th win despite leaving with a back injury in the sixth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 5-3 victory Sunday over the Seattle Mariners.


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Saints Exploring Options for Home Games (AP)
New Orleans Saints linebacker T.J. Slaughter, left, and Tiffany Cardenas, 18, of San Antonio, serve lunch to Hurricane Katrina evacuees , Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, at a shelter at KellyUSA, a former Air Force base, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - The New Orleans Saints said Sunday they are considering three options where to play their home games this season: LSU's Tiger Stadium, the Alamodome in San Antonio or at the stadiums of all their opponents.


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Rice May Have Caught Last Pass in NFL (AP)
AP - Jerry Rice could have played his last down in the NFL. The NFL's all-time leading receiver was mulling retirement Sunday, after Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told him that he would not be the team's No. 3 wideout.

Rice Makes Broncos Roster but May Retire (AP)
AP - Jerry Rice was checked out of his hotel in Denver on Sunday, as he contemplated whether to retire or play his final season as a fourth or fifth receiver for the Broncos.

Nashville Offers NHL Arena to Hornets (AP)
AP - The Nashville Predators are offering the displaced New Orleans Hornets a chance to play 12 games this season in the NHL team's arena.

Surging Giants Stop Diamondbacks 3-2 (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Royce Clayton, right, crosses in front of second baseman Craig Counsell, to throw out San Francisco Giants' Todd Linden during the second inning Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, in Phoenix. The Giants won 3-2.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)AP - Matt Cain allowed three hits in seven innings for his first win, Randy Winn scored twice and drove in a run, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.


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Fire Defeats Galaxy 2-1 (AP)
Chicago Fire's Chris Rolfe watches as Los Angeles Galaxy's Pablo Chinchilla heads the ball during the second half in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005.(AP Photo/Matt A. Brown)AP - Justin Mapp scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to give the Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.


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Canada Edges U.S. in Women's Hockey Final (AP)
AP - Dana Antal scored in the third period to lift Canada past the United States 2-1 Sunday in the final of the Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament.

A helping hand
Peyton Manning has engineered his most important drive … to assist the relief effort in his native Louisiana.

Jerry Rice mulls retirement (AP)
Jerry Rice was checked out of his hotel in Denver on Sunday, as he contemplated whether to retire or play his final season as a fourth or fifth receiver for the Broncos. Rice survived Denver's cutdown to 53 players Saturday. But his agent, Jim Steiner, said the NFL's all-time leading receiver had been notified by Broncos coach Mike Shanahan that he would not be their No.

Saints exploring options for home games (AP)
The New Orleans Saints understand that the NFL wants to consider every option for the team's home field this season since Hurricane Katrina ruined the Superdome. In turn, the Saints hope the league understands how badly they want to play at LSU's Tiger Stadium. From general manager Mickey Loomis to coach Jim Haslett to star receiver Joe Horn, the entire organization seems to be lobbying to play...

Cowboys sign WR Peerless Price (AP)
Receiver Peerless Price decided Saturday to join the Dallas Cowboys, primarily because of the chance to be reunited with quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Price accepted a one-year deal, agent Tim McGee said, giving him a chance to become a free agent again next season when he'll have more time to look around.

Eagles claim RB Lamar Gordon off waivers (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles filled their need for a big running back, claiming Lamar Gordon off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Second-year pro Bruce Perry was released to make room for Gordon. ``Lamar is a big back with good speed and quickness,'' Eagles coach Andy Reid said. ``He also has the ability to catch the ball, which will help him in this offense.

Saints WR Horn visits Katrina refugees (AP)
Three-year-old Aaron Carter timidly hoisted a small football skyward to Saints receiver Joe Horn, who reached down and gave the boy a hug before signing. The boy's grandmother, Jeanne Carter, says seeing Aaron happy made her smile for the first time all week. For thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees inside the Astrodome on Saturday, meeting Horn was a much-needed morale boost.

Eagles surprise again by cutting Douglas (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles aren't afraid to make unpopular decisions. The latest surprise move came Saturday when affable defensive end Hugh Douglas was among 19 players released to reach the roster limit of 53. A three-time former Pro Bowl selection, Douglas was well-liked by his teammates and had been a leader on the field and in the locker room throughout his six-year career with the Eagles that...

WR Terrell among 17 players cut by Pats (AP)
Wide receiver David Terrell was released Saturday by the New England Patriots, one of 17 players cut as the Super Bowl champions got down to the regular-season roster limit of 53 players. Terrell, who played with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at Michigan, was signed in the offseason as a free agent after playing for the Chicago Bears.

Chiefs' Welbourn suspended for steroids (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman John Welbourn has been suspended for four games for violation of the league's steroid policy. ``John has been suspended,'' coach Dick Vermeil told The Associated Press on Saturday. ``We are moving forward. I really can't say any more than that right now.'' Welbourn, a reserve guard acquired from Philadelphia in 2004, played in Friday night's exhibition loss to...

QB Frerotte to start Dolphins opener (AP)
Gus Frerotte has won the Miami Dolphins' quarterback job -- at least for the first week of the season. After none of the three quarterbacks emerged as an obvious choice during the preseason, new Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Saturday that Frerotte will start the opener against Denver on Sept. 11. ``Gus has the best understanding of the offense right now,'' Saban said.

Predators offer arena to Hornets (AP)
The Nashville Predators are offering the displaced New Orleans Hornets a chance to play 12 games this season in the NHL team's arena. Hugh Lombardi, general manager of the Gaylord Entertainment Center, said he has contacted the NBA about the offer. The New Orleans Arena is next to the Superdome, and the NBA has informed teams the Hornets may relocate.

Lakers tab Abdul-Jabbar as special asst. (AP)
Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA MVP and the leading career scorer in league history, has been hired by the team as a special assistant coach. The 58-year-old Abdul-Jabbar played in the NBA for 20 seasons -- six with the Milwaukee Bucks and 14 with the Lakers. He scored 38,387 points before retiring in 1989.

Finley officially signs with Spurs (AP)
Prized free agent Michael Finley officially signed with the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Friday. ``We are extremely pleased to have a player of Michael's caliber joining our franchise,'' coach Gregg Popovich said. ``He brings an All-Star level of talent to the floor and a high degree of character to the locker room.'' The 32-year-old swingman had been courted by several rising powers...

Pistons ink Maurice Evans to 3-year deal (AP)
Maurice Evans signed with the Detroit Pistons and is expected to provide depth behind starting small forward Tayshaun Prince and shooting guard Richard Hamilton. ``Maurice is the kind of player we think is going to fit in with our team and our culture,'' president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Saturday.

Raptors waive F Lamond Murray (AP)
The Toronto Raptors waived small forward Lamond Murray on Friday. Murray barely played during his three seasons in Toronto, averaging 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds in 95 games. The 11-year veteran had one-year and $5.25 million left on his contract. Toronto general manager Rob Babcock wanted to clear a roster spot and allow Murray to sign with another team.

Yao signs $75M extension with Rockets (AP)
Yao Ming signed a five-year contract worth more than $75 million Thursday, keeping the 7-foot-6 center with the Houston Rockets through the 2010-11 season. The extension, the maximum allowed under the NBA's new labor deal, ended days of speculation about Yao's future. Owner Leslie Alexander called the agreement ``as important as anything I've done as an owner.'' ``I think he could become one of...

Cavs F Varejao to miss start of season (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao had arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair his dislocated right shoulder and is expected to miss the start of the season. The 6-foot-11 Varejao, a key contributor off Cleveland's bench as a rookie last season, was injured last month while playing for his native Brazil in a World Championship qualifying game in the Dominican Republic.

Canadiens sign G Theodore to 3-year deal (AP)
The Canadiens re-signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a three-year, $16 million contract on Friday. Theodore, who will turn 29 on Sept. 13, is entering his ninth season with the Canadiens. Montreal's second choice, the 44th overall, in the 1994 entry draft, he played in a career-high 67 games with the Canadiens in 2003-04 and had a career-best 33 wins with a 2.27 goals-against average.

Wings not close on Datsyuk, Zetterberg (AP)
As the NHL moves toward resuming play, the Detroit Red Wings are not close to re-signing restricted free agents Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg. ``We're nowhere near a deal with either player,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday. ``We've made a number of offers and they've made offers, but we still have a long way to go to reach deals.'' It's a priority for the Red Wings to...

Thrashers sign goalie Mike Dunham (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers added some insurance in net Friday, signing veteran goalie Mike Dunham. Starting goalie Kari Lehtonen is only 21 and backup Pasi Nurminen was lost for the season with a career-threatening knee injury, leaving the team without adequate depth and experience at the position. The 33-year-old Dunham has played 358 NHL games over eight seasons with New Jersey, Nashville and the New...

Devs assistant Carpenter to miss season (AP)
New Jersey Devils assistant coach Bobby Carpenter said Thursday he will not coach with the team this season, citing personal reasons. Carpenter said several factors influenced his decision, including his father suffering a stroke in June and the need to undergo several operations. ``There are some things I have to get done that would affect the way I do my job,'' Carpenter said.

Penguins sign D Lyle Odelein (AP)
Lyle Odelein signed Friday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have been looking for a steady and physical defender to complement a group of mostly offense-minded defensemen. Odelein, 37, has played for four teams since being chosen as the Columbus Blue Jackets' first team captain in 2000, also playing for the Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers.

Canucks re-sign F Jarkko Ruutu (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed winger Jarkko Ruutu on Thursday to a one-year contract worth $600,000. In three seasons with the Canucks, the Finn had 13 goals and 21 assists in 185 games. Ruutu spent the 2004-05 season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish league, where he had 10 goals and 18 assists. ``We are very excited to once again have Jarkko Ruutu in our lineup,'' Canucks general manager Dave...

Ovechkin comes to D.C., signs with Caps (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin, the No. 1 pick in last year's NHL draft, arrived in the nation's capital Wednesday and signed his three-year contract with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals also signed defenseman Jeff Schultz, another first-round in the 2004 draft. Ovechkin, 19, agreed to terms Aug. 5, and is scheduled to be formally introduced at a news conference Thursday.

Robby pulls over
FONTANA, Calif. – Robby Gordon and his dune buggy were stopped by police at Fontana on Sunday.

Rookie Busch youngest Nextel Cup race winner; points shaken up (AP)
Kyle Busch elbowed his way into the spotlight with a record-setting victory at California Speedway.

Kyle Busch becomes youngest NASCAR winner at Sony HD 500 (SportsTicker)


Earnhardt Jr. sees Chase hopes go up in smoke (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. watched any hope of qualifying for NASCAR's Chase for the championship go up in smoke.

Carl Edwards wins Busch Series Ameriquest 300 (SportsTicker)


Edwards races to Busch win (AP)
Carl Edwards took control late in the race and drove away to an easy victory Saturday night in the NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Edwards wins first Cup pole; leads Roush sweep of top four (AP)
Carl Edwards led a Roush Racing sweep of the top four spots in Saturday's qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at California Speedway.

NASCAR joins in Hurricane Katrina relief effort (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Gordon leads opening California practice (AP)
Three-time California Speedway winner Jeff Gordon led the opening NASCAR Nextel Cup practice session Friday night on the 2-mile oval.

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