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Landis doubtful he'll clear his name (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060807/capt.46467084bf5f4abdb045f945886f2a0f.landis_doping_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=Jte8.kj_8YF0mO6ia86NQA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="This image from NBC television shows American cyclist Floyd Landis on the 'Today' show, Monday Aug. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/HO, NBC's 'Today')" border="0" /></a>AP - Embattled Tour de France champion Floyd Landis said Monday the way his doping case has been handled so far makes him doubtful that he'll be able to clear his name.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kent helps Dodgers win 10th straight (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060808/capt.d17282b111f74c878a3543849c3475fd.rockies_dodgers_baseball_lad104.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=vYUGDtPNfUOjXVLMhDi1xQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Jeff Kent watches the ball after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Kent returned from the disabled list with two big hits &#151; and a first baseman's mitt. Kent homered, doubled and drove in three runs Monday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The four-time All-Star second baseman also made 10 putouts in his first start at first base since last September.</p><br clear="all"/>

Knaus has Johnson on NASCAR title track (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_in_the_pits"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.73694f6b2ae04580ac3c2458ebd19879.nascar_indianapolis_auto_racing_naa108.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=Y0G0Keex3StoK.Uj7NLstQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, left, and his crew chief Chad Knaus, right, stand beside the No. 48 car prior to the start of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chad Knaus was on a furious mission two weeks ago, trying to figure out where the tradition of kissing the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway began.</p><br clear="all"/>

NFL owners hear from 5 finalists (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_commissioner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060808/capt.nyol59308080130.nfl_commissioner_nyol593.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=ImKJPt_mCrTF..57uBUJGw--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="In this Aug. 4, 2005, handout photo, Roger Goodell is pictured during a news conference at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Goodell is one of five finalists to succeed Paul Tagliabue as NFL commissioner. (AP Photo/HO, NFL)" border="0" /></a>AP - All 32 NFL owners seemed impressed by the five finalists for the commissioner's job when they finally got to see and hear them Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ellis leads surging A's over Rangers 7-4 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060808/capt.83211f6c13dc48408a19eb6c761e9c56.rangers_athletics_baseball_oas104.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=S4_d_8EqdCVFxYmx7rE2ZA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Oakland Athletics' Mark Ellis, right, high fives third base coach Ron Washington after Ellis' two run home run off of Texas Rangers' Edinson Volquez in the third inning of their baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Ellis felt like a spectator while the Oakland Athletics roared off on their latest winning streak. The second baseman's slump finally ended with two clutch hits &#151; and the A's roll shows no signs of slowing.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bengals guard charged with drunk boating (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bengals_steinbach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060805/capt.ae6e5e1964274f1aabf29f82b66bf622.bengals_scrimmage_football_kytt104.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=cu1yZ_Hiz8Ede4qEF63Bdw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks Doug Johnson (11), Carson Palmer (9) and Anthony Wright (2) stand near Bengals coach Marvin Lewis during the football team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, in Georgetown Ky. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bengals guard Eric Steinbach was arrested and charged with boating under the influence on the Ohio River, becoming the fifth Cincinnati player in three months accused of breaking the law.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA pioneer Wang deals with tough luck (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060807/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bko_worlds_wang"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060806/capt.xkc10808061402.china_us_nba_xkc108.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=yif2PtJm3d3z3EBVmY0A2A--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="China's basketball team Yao Ming, left, and Wang Zhizhi take breaks after training session at a stadium in Guangzhou, China's southern Guangdong province Sunday, Aug 6, 2006. China will play against USA August 7, which is the first time a USA Basketball team featuring NBA players has played in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)" border="0" /></a>AP - No one would accuse Wang Zhizhi of having things too easy.</p><br clear="all"/>

Howard homer powers Phillies past Braves (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060808/sp_nm/baseball_national_monday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060808/2006_08_08t022630_312x450_us_baseball_national_monday.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=nrZrR3VYO.htCHu9CGtg2Q--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Abraham Nunez leaps in the air as he attempts to throw out Atlanta Braves Edgar Renteria who was safe on a fielders choice in the ninth inning at their National League baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, August 7, 2006. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Ryan Howard slammed his NL-best 39th homer of the season on Monday, guiding the Philadelphia Phillies past the Atlanta Braves 9-6 at Turner Field.</p><br clear="all"/>

UEFA bars soccer matches in Israel (AP)
AP - Israel was barred from hosting international soccer matches until further notice because of the violence that has wracked the region.

Agent: Malkin still wants to play in NHL (AP)
AP - Evgeni Malkin still wants to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins as soon as possible, his agent said Monday, even though Malkin's Russian team announced the star forward has renegotiated his contract and plans to stay out of the NHL for another season.

Canton miss prospects
CANTON, Ohio &ndash; In 2007, Paul Tagliabue and offensive lineman Bruce Matthews should become first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Commissioner finalists address owners (AP)
All 32 NFL owners seemed impressed by the five finalists for the commissioner's job when they finally got to see and hear them Monday. Nothing happened to indicate that Roger Goodell, Paul Tagliabue's No. 2 man, isn't the overwhelming favorite to be elected Tagliabue's successor. That could happen late Tuesday, but more likely on Wednesday.

Owens likely to miss preseason opener (AP)
Terrell Owens said Monday that his nagging hamstring likely will keep him out of the Dallas Cowboys' preseason opener Saturday night in Seattle. "I would say so," he said. "I'm not 100 percent, so I really wouldn't risk it. That's just not being smart." Owens sat out his fifth and sixth practices Monday morning because of soreness that set in Wednesday.

Redskins' Taylor fined, not suspended (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has been fined but will not be suspended for his no-contest pleas in an assault case in Florida. The NFL announced Monday that Taylor has been fined four 2005 game checks -- which amounts to $71,764 based on a salary of $305,000 -- for pleading no contest in June to misdemeanor counts of simple battery and simple assault arising from a dispute over...

Another Bengal accused of breaking law (AP)
Bengals guard Eric Steinbach was arrested and charged with boating under the influence on the Ohio River, becoming the fifth Cincinnati player in three months accused of breaking the law. A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officer stopped Steinbach because he was violating an idle-only zone Saturday night, agency spokesman Mark Marraccini said.

Patriots' Harrison returns to field (AP)
Rodney Harrison was back on the field Monday for the first time since a devastating knee injury more than 10 months ago. The Patriots' defensive leader didn't get much sympathy from Tom Brady, though. The quarterback flashed a smile and issued a challenge. "Tom Brady came up and gave me a big smack and he said, 'I'm going to burn you,"' Harrison said.

Dolphins QB Culpepper may play Saturday (AP)
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has progressed so well in his recovery from knee surgery that he could play in the Miami Dolphins' exhibition opener Saturday against Jacksonville. A decision on whether to play Culpepper will be made later this week, coach Nick Saban said Monday. "He's doing really well," Saban said.

Panthers WR Smith close to returning (AP)
Carolina All-Pro receiver Steve Smith appeared closer to returning from a hamstring injury Monday, going through agility drills and catching balls on the side during the Panthers' afternoon workout. Smith, who strained his left hamstring while running a long route on the first day of camp July 29, rode a stationary bike in the morning workout.

Giants shuffle players as injuries hit (AP)
The New York Giants have gone from healthy to hobbled in less than two weeks of training camp. Missing from practice Monday were linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee swelling), running back Derrick Ward (broken foot), guard Chris Snee (knee), and defensive tackle William Joseph (leg bruise). Backup running back Brandon Jacobs skipped the earlier session after experiencing an irregular heartbeat.

Career of 49ers C Newberry may be over (AP)
After several surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Jeremy Newberry still can't walk, drive or relax without constant pain in both knees. He has an old man's gait at just 30, and now he's missing practice time in yet another training camp with the San Francisco 49ers. On Monday, the 49ers' hard-nosed two-time Pro Bowl center even acknowledged it might be time to consider retirement.

The status woe
Sticking with the current roster wasn't part of the plan for the Celtics, 76ers and Warriors.

LeBron, U.S. rout Yao-less China 119-73 (AP)
With Yao Ming out with an injured left foot, China never had a chance against the powerful United States. LeBron James scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the Americans to a 119-73 win over China on Monday. "We are always going to be ready to play. The guys are bringing a lot of energy off the bench," said James, who thrilled the capacity crowd in the southern Chinese city with...

Wizards won't match, Knicks get Jeffries (AP)
Having found a cheaper and more enthusiastic alternative in DeShawn Stevenson, the Washington Wizards said Monday they won't match the New York Knicks' offer sheet for restricted free agent Jared Jeffries. The Wizards had seven days to match the Knicks' five-year, $30 million deal. They spent the week signing Stevenson -- who, like Jeffries, is known for his perimeter defense -- to a contract that...

Clips owner Sterling sued over housing (AP)
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday sued Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling for housing discrimination, claiming he refused to rent apartments to blacks and families with children. Federal prosecutors contend that Sterling, his wife, Rochelle, and their family trust refused to rent to many prospective tenants, treated them poorly and misrepresented the...

Suns sign G Barbosa for five years, $33M (AP)
Leandro Barbosa always wanted to stay in Phoenix. The only question was whether the Suns would make it worth his while. They answered that question Friday, signing Barbosa to a five-year, $33 million contract extension that begins after the 2007-08 season. The five-year extension is the maximum allowed by NBA rules.

Dale Davis arrested, shocked by stun gun (AP)
Detroit Pistons center Dale Davis was shocked with a stun gun and charged with assault and disorderly conduct in an altercation with Miami Beach police. Davis was arrested Tuesday at a Miami Beach hotel and accused of threatening police, security guards and shouting profanities, police said. Chubby Wells, Davis' agent, said he plans to file a lawsuit against police for their treatment of the...

Welsch leaves Bucks for Spanish team (AP)
Former first-round draft pick Jiri Welsch will leave the Milwaukee Bucks after signing with a professional team in Spain, his agent said Monday. Agent Sam Goldfeder said that while the Bucks did not try to re-sign Welsch, several NBA teams expressed interest in him. But by choosing instead to play for the Malaga team in Spain, Goldfeder said Welsch hopes to earn more significant playing time and...

Skinner happy to be back with Bucks (AP)
Brian Skinner says he's comfortable being back in Milwaukee after getting more than his share of rainy weather and "contagious" apathy in Portland at the end of last season. Skinner, who was traded to the Bucks in a four-player deal July 31, sounded happy to be free from teammates in Portland who he said simply stopped trying.

Agent: Malkin still wants to play in NHL (AP)
Evgeni Malkin still wants to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins as soon as possible, his agent said Monday, even though Malkin's Russian team announced the star forward has renegotiated his contract and plans to stay out of the NHL for another season. Russian super league team Metallurg Magnitogorsk posted a story Monday on its Web site that Malkin met late into Sunday night with team officials and...

Nagy, Coyotes agree to 1-year, $3M deal (AP)
Ladislav Nagy was awarded a one-year, $3 million deal by an arbitrator on Monday and agreed to terms with the Phoenix Coyotes. Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said the team has interest in reaching a multiyear deal with Nagy, but "for now this one-year award will work for both sides." Nagy was leading the Coyotes in scoring when he injured his right knee and missed the final 29 games of...

Weinrich retires, becomes coach in AHL (AP)
Veteran defenseman Eric Weinrich is retiring after an 18-year career and joining the coaching staff of the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate. Weinrich was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1985 NHL Draft. He also played with Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Montreal, Philadelphia, St.

Rangers agree to terms with Marcel Hossa (AP)
The Rangers agreed to terms Monday with forward Marcel Hossa. The 24-year-old left winger posted career highs with 10 goals, 16 points and 64 games played last season, his first with New York. Hossa, who represented Slovakia at this year's Turin Olympics, also had a goal, three assists and a plus-3 rating in seven games at the hockey world championships.

Sabres' costly arbitration period ends (AP)
An arbitrator awarded Buffalo center Adam Mair a one-year, $675,000 contract Sunday, ending a two-week period in which the Sabres saw their modest $29 million payroll from a year ago increase substantially. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and the NHL, the Sabres have to automatically accept Mair's award because it is less than $1.4 million.

Penguins sign G Fleury to two-year deal (AP)
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, agreed to the new deal after the three-year contract he signed following the draft expired. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 21-year-old was the Penguins' starting goalie most of last season and had a 13-27-6 record with a 3.25 goals-against average...

Flyers, Chicago swap Handzus and Calder (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired left wing Kyle Calder from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday for center Michal Handzus. The 27-year-old Calder had 26 goals and 33 assists in 79 regular-season games for Chicago last season, leading the team in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. Calder was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round in 1997 and over six seasons had 85 goals and 125 assists...

On the Mark
INDIANAPOLIS &ndash; Mark Martin may have saved his season with his performance Sunday at the Brickyard.

Chilled-out Knaus has Johnson on right track to title (AP)
Chad Knaus was on a furious mission two weeks ago, trying to figure out where the tradition of kissing the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway began.

Former motocross racer Jim Pomeroy of Yakima dead in car crash (AP)
Jim Pomeroy, the first U.S. motorcycle racer to win a World Championship Motocross event, was killed in a car accident. He was 53. Pomeroy died Sunday morning when his 1979 Jeep CJ5 went off the road near Tampico, about 20 miles west of his hometown of Yakima, hit a telephone pole wire and landed on its side, the Washington State Patrol said.

Kahne's Brickyard bid ends in disaster (SportsTicker)
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - Kasey Kahne had the look of a winner heading into Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Johnson wins Brickyard in march toward first championship (AP)
Three hours after an improbable Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory, Jimmie Johnson was in desperate search of a cold beer.

Johnson wins NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (SportsTicker)


Burton's promising day produces another disappointment (AP)
Jeff Burton expected more from his car and himself Sunday.

Trio of Cup stars keep title hopes alive (AP)
It's an all-star battle that NASCAR and most of the fans would love to see at the front of the pack.

Injured racer Da Matta remains in intensive care (AFP)
Brazilian racer Cristiano da Matta, injured when his car struck a deer during a Champ-car practice session at nearby Road America, remained in intensive care in stable condition.

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