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Federer Wins 2nd Straight U.S. Open Title (AP)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, holds his trophy after winning the men's final against Andre Agass,i of the United States, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005. Federer won, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Roger Federer, a man of panache and unparalleled perfection in finals, withstood Andre Agassi's spirited upset bid to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title.


Streaking Indians Clobber Twins 12-4 (AP)
Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Mays reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Cleveland Indians' Ronnie Belliard in the second inning on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in Cleveland. Mays lasted only one inning, allowing six runs. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)AP - Cliff Lee won his seventh straight decision and the Cleveland Indians hit for the cycle on the first nine pitches they saw in a 12-4 rout of the Minnnesota Twins on Sunday night, stretching their winning streak to seven games.


Angels Sweep ChiSox With 6-1 Victory (AP)
Chicago White Sox' Willie Harris reacts after striking out to  Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher John Lackey in the fifth inning at U.S. Cellular Field, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)AP - John Lackey pitched seven shutout innings, and the Los Angeles Angels hit three first-inning homers Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox that completed a three-game sweep.


Colts Use Defense to Whip Ravens 24-7 (AP)
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, right, celebrates after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, on knees, as Colts teammate Robert Mathis jumps in at background left, during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)AP - Here's a twist: The Indianapolis Colts won a game on the strength of their defense. The Colts barely missed their first shutout since 1997, Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes, and Indianapolis cruised past the Baltimore Ravens 24-7 Sunday night.


Bledsoe Passes Cowboys by Chargers 28-24 (AP)
Dallas Cowboys' Keyshaw Johnson celebrates the Cowboys' second touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Drew Bledsoe's reunion with Bill Parcells is off to a wild and impressive start. Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Johnson, and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 28-24 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.


Saints Win One for Their Fans (AP)
AP - Saints coach Jim Haslett read a letter to his players from New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin the night before they were set to play the Carolina Panthers.

McGrady sparkles in NBA All-Star hurricane relief fundraiser (AFP)
A rescue boat patrols the flooded Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. An All-Star charity match featuring National Basketball Association players took place at the home of the NBA's Houston Rockets to raise funds for the relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.(AFP/Menahem  Kahana )AFP - Tracy McGrady scored 21 points to spark the West past the East 114-95 in an All-Star fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts featuring National Basketball Association players.


Bonds Hopes to Make Difference for Giants (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds takes batting practice before the Giants game against the Chicago Cubs in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2005. Bonds will be activated from the disabled list Monday after being medically cleared to play by Dr. Lewis Yocum. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - The San Francisco Giants have been holding out hope all year that Barry Bonds could return in time to help them make a push for the playoffs.


Blackburn Ties Bolton in Premier League (AP)
Bolton's El Hadji Diouf reacts after a missed chance against Blackburn during their English Premier League soccer game at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England, Sunday Sept. 11, 2005. (AP Photo/Jon Super)AP - U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel had a busy second half Sunday, helping Blackburn hold on for a 0-0 tie at Bolton in the English Premier League.


Penguins Sign Crosby to Three-Year Deal (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' number one draft pick Sidney Crosby, left, signs his new contract as team owner and player Mario Lemieux, right, watches at a news conference in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - The terms of Crosby's three-year contract, $850,000 in salary each season with the chance to double that with performance incentives, were dictated largely by the league's new labor agreement, making those figures less compelling than Crosby's potential to make Pittsburgh hockey's best team once again.


Hail Jim Haslett
Often criticized, Jim Haslett did his best coaching job in leading the Saints to an unexpected win at Carolina.

Saints win one for Katrina victims (AP)
Football is no longer a simple game for the New Orleans Saints. They'll play this season for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, a burden they'll carry every time they step on the field. The Saints won Sunday for their deluged city and the displaced victims of the Gulf Coast region, getting two touchdowns from Deuce McAllister and a 47-yard field goal from John Carney with 3 seconds left in a 23-20...

Colts beat Ravens at own game, with 'D' (AP)
An outstanding performance by the Indianapolis defense enabled Peyton Manning to take his time before finding a way to get the offense in working order. The Colts barely missed their first shutout since 1997, Manning threw two second-half touchdown passes, and Indianapolis cruised past the Baltimore Ravens 24-7 Sunday night.

Nolan wins debut as 49ers hold off Rams (AP)
Mike Nolan left the locker room with no grin, no spring in his step, absolutely no indication his San Francisco 49ers had just shocked their oldest rivals in his head coaching debut. The jubilant players in the room behind him -- and John York, the excited owner shaking his hand -- still knew something remarkable had just happened for the NFL's worst team in 2004.

Bledsoe, 'Boys rally to edge Chargers (AP)
Except for one particularly brutal series, Drew Bledsoe's reunion with Bill Parcells is off to a wild and impressive start. Hit and harassed all afternoon, Bledsoe responded like the veteran he is, throwing three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Johnson, to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 28-24 win over the defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Saban wins debut, Dolphins rout Broncos (AP)
When the Miami Dolphins scored their first touchdown for new coach Nick Saban, he celebrated by pacing the sideline with a stoic expression. Randy McMichael strutted into end zone with the score, Jason Taylor jumped for joy and Gus Frerotte did a jig. But Saban kept his game face, well aware that one touchdown -- and one win -- is merely a start.

Chiefs nearly blank Jets, win easily (AP)
Here's a switch: The Kansas City defense is apologizing for being imperfect, not for being awful. The Chiefs' revamped defense -- the product of a busy, wheeling-and-dealing offseason -- came within 29 seconds of handing the New York Jets their first shutout in almost 10 years. A 27-7 victory Sunday over the mistake-prone Jets proved a major pick-me-up for a defense which the past three years has...

Lions take advantage of Favre miscues (AP)
Brett Favre slumped over in the middle of the field after his third turnover of the day. The three-time MVP, who turns 36 next month, limped to his news conference about an hour later with gray in his hair and a scruffy beard. ``I'll probably feel worse (Monday), but I could play another game now,'' Favre said after two of his three turnovers led to 10 points in a game in which scoring was scarce,...

Bucs force five Culpepper TOs, win 24-13 (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers figured out how to finish a game, an instinct they've been lacking the past two seasons. That vicious, ball-hawking defense was back in familiar form, too, as Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings found out. The Buccaneers forced five turnovers -- including two interceptions by Brian Kelly -- and pulled out a scrappy season-opening 24-13 victory over the Vikings on...

Parker, Big Ben help Steelers rip Titans (AP)
The Tennessee Titans needed a scouting report on Steelers running back Willie Parker, so cornerback Michael Waddell issued this warning: Don't pay attention to his college career, this guy can run. Who knew he could run like this? Parker, a college backup who adds speed to the NFL's most run-heavy offense, had a dazzling first career start with 161 yards rushing and a long reception, and a...

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

NBA stars in Houston for Katrina relief (AP)
Chris LaRoche doesn't have any clothes, toys or a place to go home to, but on Sunday the 12-year-old's dream came true when he played basketball against LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, Ron Artest and a host of other NBA stars. LaRoche and about 1,100 other Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in Houston's George R.

Shaq, wife coordinate relief effort (AP)
Sweat dripping from his head as he worked in the midday South Florida sun, Shaquille O'Neal loaded the last item into a cavernous 18-wheel trailer and pointed to the generous stranger. ``Give the man a hug,'' he urged his children, who quickly obliged. ``Tell him thank you.'' For the last week, O'Neal and his wife have coordinated efforts to help those in Louisiana and Mississippi whose lives were...

Auerbach still hospitalized, improving (AP)
Boston Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach was alert and comfortable after being hospitalized earlier this week for an unspecified ailment, a team spokesman said Friday. The 87-year-old coaching great has been in and out of the hospital over the past month for tests and a successful surgical procedure, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said.

Oklahoma City could host Hornets (AP)
NBA representatives toured the Ford Center and met with local officials Friday about the possibility of temporarily moving the displaced New Orleans Hornets to the city. Mayor Mick Cornett said five NBA officials walked around the facility and discussed possible terms of a lease should the team decide to play its 41-game home schedule at the arena, which seats 19,675 for basketball.

Devin Brown officially joins Jazz (AP)
Devin Brown officially became a member of the Utah Jazz on Friday when the San Antonio Spurs declined to match an offer sheet. Brown was in his hometown of San Antonio helping the Salvation Army assist victims of Hurricane Katrina when the move was announced Friday by Jazz president Dennis Haslam. Terms of the multi-year deal were not released.

Damon Jones joins Cavs with 4-year deal (AP)
Damon Jones is ready to give the Cleveland Cavaliers something they've needed: a top 3-point shooter. Jones passed his physical Thursday after agreeing to a four-year, $16.1 million contract. In acquiring Jones, who made 225 3-pointers for the Miami Heat last season, the Cavaliers took another step in their effort to avoid missing the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season.

Nets sign forwards Padgett, Murray (AP)
The New Jersey Nets signed free-agent forwards Lamond Murray and Scott Padgett, all but completing the offseason changes to their roster. The 6-foot-7 Murray, 32, averaged 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 10 seasons with the L.A. Clippers, Cleveland and Toronto and shot 44 percent from 3-point range last season for the Raptors.

Penguins sign Crosby to three-year deal (AP)
By adding No. 1 overall pick Sidney Crosby to a team already restocked with talented free agents, the Pittsburgh Penguins feel they've turned back the clock to the early 1990s -- when they were two-time Stanley Cup champions and perennial contenders. The terms of Crosby's three-year contract, $850,000 in salary each season with the chance to double that with performance incentives, were dictated...

Al MacInnis retires after 23-year career (AP)
St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis retired after a 23-year career on Friday, citing the NHL lockout last season and not an eye injury that forced him to miss virtually all the 2003-04 season. ``My health is good and my will is strong,'' MacInnis said at a news conference, his voice breaking several times.

Forsberg, Hatcher to miss most of camp (AP)
Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg and Derian Hatcher will miss most of the Flyers' training camp with injuries that will sideline each about two to three weeks. Forsberg, who signed as a free agent last month, will have surgery Monday to remove an infected bursa in his right ankle. The Flyers said Forsberg is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Leafs sign F Czerkawski to one-year deal (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent forward Mariusz Czerkawski to a one-year contract Friday. Czerkawski had 25 goals and 24 assists with the New York Islanders two years ago. He 15 goals and nine assists in 46 games for Djurgarden in Sweden last season. The 33-year-old native of Radomsko, Poland has played 710 career NHL games for Boston, Edmonton, Montreal and the Islanders...

McKee accepts Sabres qualifying offer (AP)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jay McKee accepted his one-year qualifying offer Friday, nearly a month after the NHL-imposed deadline. McKee will earn $1.6 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2006. The two sides had decided to extend the deadline twice in the hopes of working out a long-term contract, but were unable to do so.

D Ruslan Salei signs with Mighty Ducks (AP)
Defenseman Ruslan Salei has signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The 30-year-old Salei has 25 goals and 61 assists in 516 NHL games -- all with the Ducks. He ranks third on the team's all-time games played list and is the active leader. Salei spent last season with Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Elite League.

Sabres D Patrick ends 21-year career (AP)
Veteran Sabres defenseman James Patrick, who spent 21 years in the NHL, retired Thursday and accepted an assistant coaching position with the team. Patrick, who broke into the league with the New York Rangers in 1983, spent the last six seasons with the Sabres. He was hoping to play at least one more year before last season was erased by the lockout.

Richmond observations
RICHMOND, Va. – The end of the Chase for the Chase created an electric atmosphere in Virginia.

Roush has five in Chase, but Stewart is man to beat (AP)
Tony Stewart was in a good place before the final race to set the field for NASCAR's Chase for the championship, his spot atop the standings secure.

Unique chemistry has Roush team winning (AP)
It would be hard to find five more different personalities in the NASCAR Nextel Cup garage than the Roush Racing drivers.

Jeff Gordon misses "Chase for the Nextel Cup" (SportsTicker)
RICHMOND, Virginia (Ticker) - The sound of defeat echoed from Jeff Gordon's voice as he saw his chance at making the "Chase for the Nextel Cup" come to a screeching halt.

Kurt Busch wins race; Ryan Newman makes the "Chase" (SportsTicker)

Gordon falls out of Chase, Newman and Kenseth make it in after frantic race at Richmond (AP)
The ``Drive for Five'' is alive, but not for Jeff Gordon. Instead, it's Carl Edwards, the surprise Nextel Cup title contender who gives car owner Jack Roush five chances to win the Chase for the championship.

Roush owns half the Chase field (AP)
It took Jack Roush 16 years to win a championship in NASCAR's top stock car series. Now, it looks like he might be a shoo-in to win a third straight title.

Rookie Busch only star for Hendrick at Richmond (AP)
With the pre-race buildup over teams needing to be sharp and drivers on top of their games in the race to set the field for NASCAR's Chase for the championship, Hendrick Motorsports instead stumbled into the 10-race playoffs.

Gordon falters and misses NASCAR playoffs (AP)
Jeff Gordon challenged his team to be almost perfect Saturday night and get him into NASCAR's Chase for the championship. When they faltered, he did, too, and the four-time champion's bid to win his fifth was finished early.

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