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No. 6 Florida Sinks No. 5 Tennessee 16-7 (AP)
Florida quarterback Chris Leak, (12) is tackled by Tennessee's Xavier Mitchell, (93) in the third quarter in Gainesville, Fla. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. .(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)AP - Maybe Urban Meyer's defense and special teams should have been getting all the hype. No. 6 Florida held fifth-ranked Tennessee scoreless in the second half, took advantage of three special teams errors and won 16-7 Saturday night to give Meyer a resounding victory in his Southeastern Conference debut.


No. 1 USC Rout the Razorbacks 70-17 (AP)
The University of Southern California's quarterback Matt Leinart looks to pass against the University of Arkansas during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush & Co. hit Arkansas with a first quarter the Razorbacks won't soon forget. And that was just the beginning.


No. 12 Purdue Holds Off Arizona 31-24 (AP)
Purdue's Jerod Void (32) runs through the attempted tackles of Arizona's Darrell Brooks (6) and Sean Jones (35) for a touchdown during the first quarter at Arizona Statium in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. (AP Photo/John Miller)AP - Jerod Void carried 18 times for 107 yards, scored three touchdowns and recovered a muffed punt return, helping 12th-ranked Purdue hold off Arizona 31-24 on Saturday night.


Padres Defeat Nationals 8-5 in the 12th (AP)
San Diego Padres Ramon Hernandez celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run homer off Washington Nationals pitcher Jon Rauch during the 12th inning in San Diego on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. The homer gave the Padres an 8-5 win. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Khalil Greene hit a grand slam to cap a five-run, two-out rally in the ninth inning, and Ramon Hernandez had a three-run homer in the 12th inning to give the San Diego Padres an 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.


Angels Beat Tigers, Extend Lead in AL West (AP)
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)AP - Garret Anderson capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run ground rule double and Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Saturday night.


Redskins Rookie Nick Novak Faces Big Test (AP)
Maryland place kicker Nick Novak reacts after kicking a game tying field goal in the final seconds against Georgia Tech Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 in Atlanta. If there's any concern about a rookie kicker making a Monday night debut for the Washington Redskins against the Dallas Cowboys, consider first what he had to go through earlier this week. In a pressure of a four-way audition for his first NFL job, Nick Novak was the only kicker to make all 10 of his attempts. (AP Photo/Alan Mothner)AP - Four young, out-of-work kickers were summoned to the practice field Tuesday for a one-shot, high-pressure audition. At stake: a spot on the Washington Redskins roster.


NBA plans decision next week on Hornets' home court (AFP)
National Basketball Association officials plan to decide by Friday where the New Orleans Hornets will play their home games for the upcoming season in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.(NBA-Hornets)AFP - National Basketball Association officials plan to decide by Friday where the New Orleans Hornets will play their home games for the upcoming season in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.


Yankees blank Blue Jays for sixth straight win (Reuters)
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano jumps to avoid Toronto Blue Jays runner Vernon Wells (10) to complete a game ending double play in the ninth inning of their American League game in Toronto, September 17, 2005. Shea Hillenbrand was out at first on the play. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 1-0. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)Reuters - Shawn Chacon pitched eight shutout innings and Bernie Williams drove in a lone run as the New York Yankees slipped past the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for their sixth straight win.


Moreno Gives Quakes 2-1 Win Over Chivas USA (AP)
San Jose Earthquakes' Alejandro Moreno, left, is congratulated by teammate Brian Ching after scoring the winning goal late in the second half against Chivas USA in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. San Jose won 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Alejandro Moreno scored on a header in injury time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.


Injury Gives Gretzky a Lesson in Coaching (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes managing pParter and head coach Wayne Gretzky watches his team compete against the Minnesota Wild in pre-season action from his suite Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at the Glendale Arena in Glendale, Ariz. I(AP Photo/Matt York)AP - Wayne Gretzky got an early lesson in the harsh realities of coaching. Unexpected twists can ruin a good night.


Read and React: Dirty birds?
Did the Falcons intentionally pick a fight with the Eagles' best run defender? Many readers thought so.

McNabb to start Sunday against 49ers (AP)
Donovan McNabb will start in the Eagles' home opener Sunday against San Francisco despite a bruised chest. The quarterback practiced Friday for the second straight day and did not seem bothered by the injury he sustained in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 14-10 opening loss at Atlanta on Monday night.

Giants: Sympathy won't extend to field (AP)
On Monday, the New York Giants will play a home game that really isn't a home game, on a day when they normally would not even put on helmets and pads. But that deviation from normalcy is minor compared to what their opponents, the New Orleans Saints, have experienced since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast more than two weeks ago and forced them to set up temporary headquarters in San...

Roethlisberger returns to practice (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, but is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Houston. Coach Bill Cowher said it likely would be a game-time decision. If Roethlisberger can't play, former starter Tommy Maddox will take his place. Roethlisberger was held out Wednesday and Thursday with a bone bruise on his knee, and was downgraded from probable (75...

Broncos' Anderson should be ready Sunday (AP)
Mike Anderson ran without pain Friday, showing little indication he had sore ribs as the Denver Broncos tuned up for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. ``He had a lot of reps in practice today and looked pretty good out there,'' Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. ``So unless there's a setback, he should be ready to go.'' Anderson, who is listed as questionable for the game, had four...

Bucs rookie suspended for steroids (AP)
Tampa Bay rookie fullback Rick Razzano was suspended four games Friday by the NFL for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids. Razzano, a seventh-round draft pick from Mississippi, said through the team that he tested positive for a substance he used in training before joining the Buccaneers.

Ten players fined for MNF actions (AP)
Nine players were fined for their roles in a fight before Monday night's game between the Eagles and Falcons, with Atlanta defensive tackle Chad Lavalais drawing the biggest fine -- $7,500 -- for a hit on Donovan McNabb during the game. Lavalais was fined for using his helmet on McNabb, who hurt his chest on the play.

Falcons CB Mathis out for the season (AP)
This week can't end soon enough for Atlanta Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis. The NFL fined Mathis and Philadelphia linebacker Jeremiah Trotter $5,000 each Thursday for their roles in a pregame fight between both teams Monday night. Both players were ejected before kickoff, but Mathis suffered a far worse setback on Wednesday.

Three cities get shot at 2010 Super Bowl (AP)
With New York out of the running for the 2010 Super Bowl, the NFL next month will pick from three cities that lost a bid for the 2009 game -- Atlanta, Houston and Miami. New York was awarded the 2010 game on the condition it build a new 75,000-seat stadium in Manhattan that would have become the Jets' new home.

Bailey to extend games streak Sunday (AP)
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who hasn't missed a game in his seven-year NFL career, practiced in pads Thursday and said he expects to keep the streak going Sunday against San Diego despite a dislocated shoulder. ``If I'm in pads during the week, I'm probably going to play,'' Bailey said. ``So, there's no doubt that I'll probably be out there.

The wisdom of Hubie
After spending some time with Hubie Brown, you quickly learn why he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pacers G Johnson pleads no contest (AP)
Indiana guard Anthony Johnson pleaded no contest Friday to a count of misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from last season's Pacers-Pistons brawl . Johnson, one of five Indiana players, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Oct. 7. Jury selection was to have started Friday. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Report: Divac to retire from playing (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac plans to retire as a player but will remain with the team as an assistant coach and scout, a Serbian newspaper reported Friday. ``It is enough,'' Divac told the Blic daily. ``No, I won't play the next season. I'll work for the Lakers as an assistant coach and an international scout.'' The 37-year-old Divac, who returned to the Lakers last season, underwent back...

Cavs sign Alan Henderson (AP)
Free agent forward Alan Henderson signed a one-year contract Saturday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who added another veteran to support LeBron James in hopes of making the playoffs. The 32-year-old Henderson spent last season with Dallas after playing nine seasons for the Atlanta Hawks. ``Alan is a proven veteran with playoff experience who will be a valuable asset to us on the floor and in the...

Spain, Russia win at Euro Championship (AP)
Juan Carlos Navarro scored 35 points to lead Spain to a 114-109 overtime victory over Latvia at the European Championship on Saturday. Spain, which beat host Serbia-Montenegro by 19 points Friday, also got 31 points from Jose Garbajosa and improved to 2-0. Latvia fell to 0-2 in Group D. Serbia-Montenegro (1-1) got key contributions from its young NBA players Darko Milicic and Nenad Krstic to beat...

Home for Hornets an NBA uncertainty (AP)
Finding a temporary home for the New Orleans Hornets is one of the NBA's last major pieces of unfinished business as the opening of training camps draws near. After a busier-than-average summer, the past couple of weeks have been relatively calm. Among the few free agents still unsigned are Chicago's Eddy Curry and Minnesota's Latrell Sprewell, and among those looking to quell rumors is Boston boss...

Arrest warrant issued for Dennis Rodman (AP)
A judge signed an arrest warrant Wednesday for former NBA star Dennis Rodman after he missed a court appearance on two alleged traffic violations. District Court Administrator Christine Yuhas said Rodman could be arrested if he returns to Colorado. The warrant was first reported by the Rocky Mountain News.

Nets closer to Brooklyn with MTA vote (AP)
The New Jersey Nets moved closer to making a new home in Brooklyn on Wednesday when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to sell an 8.3-acre railyard to team owner and real-estate developer Bruce Ratner. Ratner will pay $100 million for the downtown Brooklyn site where urban planner Robert Moses once turned down the Dodgers' push for a domed baseball stadium, helping prompt the team's...

Roenick has three assists in L.A. debut (AP)
Alexander Frolov scored two goals and newcomer Jeremy Roenick had three assists to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-2 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Roenick, making his Kings debut after joining the team in an offseason trade with Philadelphia, assisted on Mike Cammalleri's power-play goal midway through the second period and set up Frolov's two...

Coach Gretzky sees Boucher get hurt (AP)
Wayne Gretzky got an early lesson in the harsh realities of coaching. Unexpected twists can ruin a good night. Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in his coaching debut on Friday night. But goalie Brian Boucher left with a groin injury that occurred after the preseason opener ended. ``I know there are going to be days that are going to be disappointing, as tonight is with `Boosch'...

Former Devils owner McMullen dies (AP)
John J. McMullen, former owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Houston Astros, died Friday at 87. The cause of death was not released by the Devils. McMullen was credited with bringing NHL hockey to New Jersey, acquiring the Colorado franchise in 1982 and moving it to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Under his ownership, the team won two Stanley Cups.

Tkachuk suspended for failing physical (AP)
St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk failed a physical and was suspended Friday by the team. General manager Larry Pleau did not elaborate on the status of Tkachuk, but said he was expected to return to the team. The 33-year-old left wing had 33 goals and 38 assists in 2003-04, the last season before the lockout.

Oilers beat Flames in first shootout (AP)
Ryan Smyth's shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night in the exhibition opener for both teams. After neither team scored in the 5-minute overtime, Smyth tucked a backhand shot past Brent Krahn as Edmonton's fourth shooter in the NHL's newly implemented tie-breaking format.

Bruins re-sign goalie Raycroft (AP)
The Bruins re-signed goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who ended a brief holdout by agreeing to terms of a one-year contract on Friday. The 25-year-old Raycroft was the NHL rookie of the year in the 2003-04 season with a 2.05 goals-against average, sixth best in the league. During the lockout, he played 11 games with Tappara Tampere in Finland and went 4-5-2 with a 2.92 goals-against average and one...

Crosby gets three assists in scrimmage (AP)
Sidney Crosby needed all of a half period to get his name on the training camp score sheet. Crosby, the NHL's No. 1 draft pick and a prospect many are comparing to the likes of Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky, had a game-high three assists in leading his team to a 4-1 victory in a camp game Thursday. ``I've watched him skate a little in the past week, and I know how good he is,'' said Lemieux, the...

The defense begins
LOUDON, N.H. – Kurt Busch started last year's Chase with a win. He looks to do the same on Sunday.

Capirossi wins MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan (AP)
Pole sitter Loris Capirossi overtook Italian compatriot Max Biaggi late in the race Sunday to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan. Capirossi, riding a Ducati, beat Biaggi by 1.479 seconds in the 24-lap race on the 3-mile Motegi circuit for his first win of the season. ``It's been a fantastic weekend for us,'' Capirossi said.

Crawford edges Setzer in Truck Series Sylvania 200 (SportsTicker)

Stewart wins pole for NASCAR Sylvania 300 (SportsTicker)

Crawford earns fourth truck victory (AP)
Rick Crawford fought off series points leaders Dennis Setzer and Ted Musgrave to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Johnson trying to regain momentum in Chase (AP)
Jimmie Johnson is looking to regain his lost momentum as NASCAR begins its season-ending 10-race playoff.

Stewart wins pole; Gordon and Earnhardt close behind (AP)
Tony Stewart struck just the right note Saturday for a guy hoping to get off to the right start in NASCAR's 10-man, 10-race championship playoff, winning the Nextel Cup pole at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Fast start is goal of 10 Chase drivers (AP)
Kurt Busch understands the importance of a good start to NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Injured Aussie racer remains in critical care unit (AFP)
Australian Indy-car driver Ryan Briscoe remains in the critical care unit here at Methodist Hospital because of injuries suffered in a fiery race crash last Sunday.

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