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Clijsters and Sharapova Go to Open Semis (AP)
Kim Clijsters of Belgium returns a shot to Venus Williams of the United States at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday Sept. 6, 2005. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Acrobatics and dogged effort trumped artistry as Kim Clijsters, two games from losing in straight sets, scrambled back to beat an exhausted Venus Williams and reach the U.S. Open semifinals.


Rockies Edge Padres 6-5 (AP)
AP - Colorado's Todd Helton reached base five times and scored twice, and San Diego catcher Miguel Olivo committed two critical errors as the Rockies beat the NL West-leading Padres 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Mariners Edge Athletics 3-2 (AP)
Seattle Mariners' Joel Pineiro works against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, in Oakland, Calif.. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - Mike Morse hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh and Joel Pineiro ended a three-start winless stretch with eight strong innings, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.


D-Rays Edge Yanks 4-3, Win Season Series (AP)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays starting pitcher Casey Fossum delivers against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankees Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 (AP Photo/Michael Kim)AP - Second baseman Robinson Cano's error with one out in the ninth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won the season series against the New York Yankees for the first time with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.


Bosox Nick Angels 3-2 on Ortiz Walkoff HR (AP)
Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz leaps onto home plate with his teammates waiting after hitting a walk-off home run during the ninth inning of the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)AP - David Ortiz hit a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Tim Wakefield pitched his second complete game, giving the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.


Patriots Not Resting on Success (AP)
AP - They have three Super Bowl rings, each one bigger than the last. Banners proclaiming their championships hang outside their stadium. People keep asking if they can three-peat.

Tearful NBA star Marbury pledges up to one million dollars in relief aid (AFP)
National Basketball Association (NBA) star Stephon Marbury, pictured at the Olympics last year, was so grief stricken over suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina that he choked up when announcing a pledge of one million dollars to relief efforts(AFP/File/Tim Clary)AFP - National Basketball Association (NBA) star Stephon Marbury was so grief stricken over suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina that he choked up when announcing a pledge of one million dollars to relief efforts.


Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Florida at Washington (7:05 p.m. EDT). Dontrelle Willis (19-8) tries to become the major league's second 20-game winner.

Portugal Closes in on World Cup Berth (AP)
AP - Portugal headed to Moscow with one goal in mind: to come back home with a berth in next year's World Cup all but wrapped up.

Devils Defenseman Scott Stevens Retires (AP)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens is shown in this 2003 handout photo. Stevenswill sit out this season, although general manager Lou Lamoriello said health was not the reason the star would miss the year.  Lamoriello did not say the 41-year-old Stevens was retiring and left open the possibility that he would resume his career. (AP Photo/NFL)AP - New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens announced his retirement after more than two decades in the NHL on Tuesday, saying a year off showed him that he could live without hockey.


The man behind the odds
LAS VEGAS – Outside of commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Bob Scucci has the most impact on how the NFL is viewed.

Coroner: Herrion died of heart disease (AP)
The Denver County coroner's report confirmed what Thomas Herrion's family and friends already believed: The San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman died of a heart attack that was unpredictable and probably unstoppable. Herrion had heart disease and evidence of previous heart trouble when he collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver Aug.

Owens plans to end feud with McNabb (AP)
Terrell Owens is ready to end his feud with Donovan McNabb. Owens and McNabb haven't been on speaking terms throughout the preseason, but the All-Pro wide receiver said Tuesday in an interview on ESPN that he plans to talk to McNabb before Philadelphia's season opener at Atlanta on Monday night. ``It's not that I hate Donovan.

Saints owner backs Baton Rouge option (AP)
Saints owner Tom Benson, who drew criticism for his silence concerning where the team should play home games in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, prefers to call Baton Rouge home. In a statement issued Tuesday, Benson echoed players and coaches who've said they prefer to play in Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus.

Rice can't retire as a Niner yet (AP)
Jerry Rice probably won't get the chance to sign a one-day contract and retire with the San Francisco 49ers -- not this season, anyway. The NFL's career touchdowns leader left the Denver Broncos on Monday, announcing his intention to retire after 20 seasons. He spent his first 16 years with the 49ers, winning three Super Bowl rings and becoming the career leader in every significant receiving...

Vikes sign recovering WR Koren Robinson (AP)
Koren Robinson, a troubled underachiever with Seattle agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. To make room at a crowded wide receiver position, the Vikings waived Kelly Campbell. Chosen with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 draft by Seattle, the 25-year-old Robinson was released in June after he was charged with drunken driving.

Steelers RB Bettis out for season opener (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis won't play in Sunday's season opener against Tennessee because of the strained right calf that kept him out of the team's final preseason game. With Bettis and Duce Staley (knee surgery) hurting, coach Bill Cowher said No. 3 running back Willie Parker will make his first career start.

Eli Manning resumes practice in full (AP)
Eli Manning participated in his first full practice Tuesday, more than two weeks after suffering an elbow sprain on his throwing arm and five days before the team's regular season opener. ``I felt fine,'' the New York Giants quarterback said. ``I wanted to take all of the snaps, but (coach Tom Coughlin) took me out and I don't argue with the head man about that.

Giants-Saints part of Monday night DH (AP)
The Giants-Saints game, driven from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, will be played as part of a nationally televised doubleheader starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 19. The game, already moved to the Giants' home in the New Jersey Meadowlands, will begin on ABC, then be switched to ESPN at 9 p.m., when ABC goes to the regularly scheduled game between Washington and Dallas in Irving, Texas.

Steelers, WR Ward agree to 4-year deal (AP)
Hines Ward now knows how much he is valued in Pittsburgh. The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is one of the few players to walk away from contract negotiations with the Steelers with more money than he expected to get. Ward, on the verge of becoming the leading receiver in franchise history, agreed Monday to a four-year contract that could be worth as much as $25.8 million and includes $10 million...

Out of Africa come hoop lessons
Steve sees first-hand how basketball is bridging cultural, racial and religious divisions in South Africa.

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.

Devils' Stevens announces retirement (AP)
Scott Stevens got more comfortable in shoes instead of skates during the yearlong NHL lockout. The New Jersey Devils defenseman announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 22-year NHL career in which he was one of the game's top blue liners. During last season's lockout, Stevens said he fully expected to return when the labor dispute was settled.

Wings' Datsyuk signs with Russian team (AP)
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has signed with Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk, but it was unclear whether the deal contained an ``out clause'' that might allow him to remain with his NHL team. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told him Monday of the signing with the Russian team.

Laviolette cramming info at Olympic camp (AP)
Peter Laviolette is realistic. He knows there's only so much he can accomplish during a quick Olympic orientation camp. The new U.S. coach held practices with two groups of players -- 39 in all -- Tuesday at the start of the three-day getaway. When this week is over, he won't see the players that will make up his team until they land in Italy next February with just over a day to get ready for their...

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.

Thrashers sign G 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.

Speed learning
FONTANA, Calif. – It hasn't taken Carl Edwards long to race to the front of the Nextel Cup class.

No new races on 2006 Nextel Cup schedule (AP)
NASCAR released the 2006 Nextel Cup Series schedule Tuesday, a 36-race slate that is virtually identical to this season.

Earnhardt Jr. first of big names that could miss "The Chase" (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Race is still on for Chase spots (AP)
Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are in. Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler are out -- for the moment.

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.

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