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Agassi Overcomes Blake at U.S. Open (AP)
Andre Agassi of the United States reacts after his match against James Blake of the United States at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2005. Agassi won 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (6). (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)AP - Andre Agassi, 35 years young, took a pounding for two sets from a sizzling James Blake, pounced back at him for two more, then survived a tiebreaker in a wondrous five-set drama reminiscent of Jimmy Connors' legendary run to the U.S. Open semifinals at 39.


Padres Defeat Rockies 4-2 (AP)
San Diego Padres' Mark Loretta is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after his third-inning solo homer against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Mark Loretta homered and scored twice, and Adam Eaton won his 10th game for the NL West-leading San Diego Padres, who beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night to get back to .500.


Red Sox Rally to Defeat Angels 6-3 (AP)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Mike Timlin, right, bear hugs with designated hitter David Ortiz after beating the Anaheim Angels 6-3 at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2005.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - Bronson Arroyo recovered from a rough beginning and the Boston Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit with the help of David Ortiz's two-run single to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 Wednesday night.


Yankees Shake Off Pesky Devil Rays 5-4 (AP)
New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, right, is congratulated by third base coach Luis Sojo, left, as he rounds the bases after hitting 400th career home run against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankees Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005 (AP Photo/Michael Kim)AP - Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees rallied past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-4 Wednesday night for a much-needed victory against a surprising nemesis.


Willis Wins 20th Game As Marlins Swat Nats (AP)
Florida Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at RFK Stadium in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP - That confounding, high-kick delivery. That flat-brimmed cap. That "Gee, this is fun!" smile. Now Dontrelle Willis can add "20-game winner" to his list of trademarks.


Seahawks' Defensive Coordinator Out (AP)
AP - The Seattle Seahawks will be without their ailing defensive coordinator when they open their regular season Sunday at Jacksonville. They'll also field seven new starters in a defense that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

Damon Jones, Cavaliers Agree to Contract (AP)
AP - Free agent point guard Damon Jones has reached agreement on a four-year, $16.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent Mark Termini told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Dodgers Edge Giants 9-8 (AP)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Edwards reacts to hitting the game-winning single off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Accardo in the ninth inning in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 7 , 2005. Jeff Kent scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)AP - Oscar Robles hit a tying two-run homer, and Mike Edwards delivered a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-8 Wednesday night.


Oneonta Women's Soccer Team Sets Record (AP)
AP - The Oneonta State University women's soccer team established an NCAA all-divisions record Wednesday night, beating SUNY Institute of Technology 10-0 for the Red Dragons' 73rd straight conference game without a loss.

Red Wings Re-Sign Henrik Zetterberg (AP)
AP - The Detroit Red Wings accomplished one of their major offseason goals Wednesday, re-signing forward Henrik Zetterberg to a four-year deal.

For love of the game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There's only one logical reason why Doug Flutie is still playing football at the age of 42.

Owens ready 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.

Superdome is months from being assessed (AP)
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome became a symbol of relief efforts gone wrong, a scene of heartbreaking misery for thousands. But no decision has been made about the future of the iconic city structure, and the manager of the domed stadium expects it will take more than two months to get a damage assessment and determine whether the Superdome should be repaired or razed.

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.

Pats to contend with Moss in NFL opener (AP)
The New England Patriots won three of the last four Super Bowls by emphasizing teamwork over individuals. The Oakland Raiders are known for their colorful stars. Those contrasting reputations will clash when the teams meet in the NFL season opener Thursday night. With Warren Sapp and now Randy Moss, the Raiders have outstanding players who draw attention to themselves through their statements and...

Giants QB Manning probable for opener (AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been listed as probable for Sunday's opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Manning sprained his right elbow in a preseason game against Carolina on Aug. 20 and resumed practicing Tuesday. He said Wednesday that he felt no pain in the elbow after Tuesday's workout and was able to complete Wednesday's practice with no problems.

Broncos sign WR David Terrell (AP)
The Denver Broncos signed free agent wide receiver David Terrell on Wednesday to take the spot vacated when Jerry Rice retired. Terrell, a fifth-year player, was released by New England on Saturday after signing with the team on April 5. He was a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears and eighth overall in 2001, but never made much of a contribution with the Bears.

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 probably can't retire as 49er 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...

Ex-Raider Robbins taken into custody (AP)
A judge ordered former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins jailed for at least two weeks Wednesday because he possessed marijuana while awaiting trial on attempted murder charges stemming from a brawl with police. Defense attorney Edward O'Donnell said Robbins, who has a history of mental illness, would get medication while jailed.

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

Damon Jones, Cavs agree to 4-year deal (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers concluded their busy offseason by finally getting around to the point. Free-agent point guard Damon Jones reached agreement on a four-year, $16.1 million contract with Cleveland, giving the club a sorely needed outside shooter and another piece to go with superstar LeBron James.

Shaq, wife coordinate relief effort (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal and his wife Shaunie are coordinating a major relief effort designed to help some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Through Saturday, the O'Neal family will have collection boxes set up at eight El Dorado furniture stores in South Florida, and are asking the public to donate toiletries and other personal health items that will be transported to Baton Rouge, La.

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.

Nuggets sign guard Earl Watson (AP)
The Denver Nuggets signed free agent guard Earl Watson on Wednesday, bringing in the four-year veteran to bolster their backcourt. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ``Earl is one of the up-and-coming guards in this league and we're happy to have him,'' general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said. The 6-foot-1 Watson joins the Nuggets after three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he averaged a...

Wizards sign free agent Calvin Booth (AP)
Free agent center Calvin Booth signed with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, returning to the team that drafted him in 1999. Booth has played for Washington, Dallas, Seattle and Milwaukee over six seasons. He was a second-round selection by the Wizards, who sent him to the Mavericks in the Juwan Howard trade late in the 2000-01 season.

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...

Red Wings re-sign Zetterberg (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings accomplished one of their major offseason goals Wednesday, re-signing forward Henrik Zetterberg to a four-year deal. Zetterberg's contract will count as $2.6 million against the team's $39 million salary cap this year. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the team offered Zetterberg a contract as soon as the league's collective bargaining agreement was finalized this...

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.

No clear No. 1 for U.S. Olympic goalie (AP)
Ty Conklin became a goalie out of necessity -- his dad and brother needed someone to shoot pucks at. Rick DiPietro was drawn to the position because he thought the masks were really cool. Ryan Miller demanded to be a goalie because he couldn't stand watching his 8-year-old teammates do it all wrong. And Robert Esche liked the local minor league goalie because he was flashy.

Damphousse retires after 18 seasons (AP)
Vincent Damphousse retired Wednesday, ending an 18-year NHL career in which the star center won a Stanley Cup title with Montreal in 1993. The 37-year-old Damphousse, a four-time All-Star, also played for Toronto, Edmonton and San Jose. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in 1986 and finished with 432 goals and 773 assists in 1,378 games.

Isles sign G DiPietro to one-year deal (AP)
Rick DiPietro, the first goaltender chosen with the top pick in the NHL draft, signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the New York Islanders on Wednesday. He was 23-18-5 with five shutouts and a 2.36 goals-against average with the Islanders during the 2003-04 season, his third in the NHL. DiPietro, taking part in this week's U.S.

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.

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.

IROCing Richmond
It's NASCAR vs. North America on Thursday night when the IROC series hits RIR.

NASCAR Crew chiefs penalized (AP)
NASCAR fined crew chief Glenn Darrow $2,500 on Wednesday for using an unapproved rear end gear ratio on the No. 37 Nextel Cup Dodge of Tony Raines last week at California Speedway.

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)

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