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NFL chooses Goodell to succeed Tagliabue (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060809/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_commissioner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060809/capt.678803680f644a84b54f490142293514.aptopix_nfl_commissioner_football_ilmg116.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=QpDKBj6Z_pJPLtKOWas1CA--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Roger Goodell, right, the NFL's chief operating officer talks to the media after being selected to succeed Paul Tagliabue, left, as the league's commissioner Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at an NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill. Goodell will assume the duties of commissioner when Tagliabue officially retires prior the the start of this year's regualr NFL season. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - The transition was swift and smooth &#151; and unanimous. Roger Goodell, who never stopped rising through the ranks during his lifelong devotion to the NFL, was chosen by the league's 32 owners Tuesday in a vote that took only three hours to complete.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ex-Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett arrested (AP)
AP - Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett tussled with police during a traffic stop early Wednesday before officers discovered four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle, a police spokesman said.

Leno grills Landis; he offers new theory (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060809/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_leno"><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 - Was it something he ate?</p><br clear="all"/>

White Sox rally against Rivera, Yankees (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060809/capt.7f745d4d4317475fb276a8a0407f3c3e.yankees_white_sox_baseball_cxs117.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=nnqBDLbu8AQkOEJ4w1DWIA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera looks down after Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko's solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - A rare comeback against Mariano Rivera kept the Chicago White Sox on top in the AL wild-card race.</p><br clear="all"/>

Reds bounce back against Cardinals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060809/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060809/capt.d2ca2d3c1fb54696922f734b757f2929.cardinals_reds_baseball_csb110.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=e1ekZGHHC8pjUJPu_ClOug--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Cincinnati Reds right fielder Ryan Freel runs off the field after making a diving catch of a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols on the warning track for an out in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 10-3. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - With an all-out dive and a spectacular catch, Ryan Freel showed everyone that his Cincinnati Reds plan to stay close in the NL Central race.</p><br clear="all"/>

Freeney gives Colts scare with injury (AP)
AP - The Indianapolis Colts were missing a big part of their defense in the morning practice. They felt a little better when Dwight Freeney returned in the afternoon.

Ex-NBA star Johnson accused in sex rap (AP)
AP - Former NBA All-Star Eddie Johnson has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday night.

Dye brings White Sox back to life against Yankees (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060809/sp_nm/baseball_american_tuesday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060809/2006_08_09t062052_450x300_us_baseball_american_tuesday.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Mp_8orqxW1ELPQmCFgyybg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (L) tags out Chicago White Sox Alex Cintron trying to steal second base in the second inning of their American League baseball game in Chicago, Illinois, August 8, 2006. (Frank Polich/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Paul Konerko hit a ninth-inning homer to tie the game and Jermaine Dye delivered the winning RBI in the 11th to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.</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.

Blues sign former Detroit goalie Legace (AP)
AP - The St. Louis Blues signed free-agent goaltender Manny Legace to a one-year contract Tuesday, setting up a likely battle for the starting job.

Not playing nice
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. &ndash; After losing its swagger in 2005, Atlanta's defense is back with talent, depth and a renewed nasty streak.

Goodell chosen as new NFL commissioner (AP)
Roger Goodell can only hope his first few years as NFL commissioner go as smoothly as his selection for the job. Considering the way Paul Tagliabue is leaving things for him, the chances of that are very good, indeed. The former league intern who worked his way up to become Tagliabue's top aide was chosen Tuesday to succeed his former boss.

Patriots' Bruschi out with broken wrist (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has a broken wrist and will not play in any preseason games, coach Bill Belichick said early Wednesday through a team spokesman. It was not clear whether Bruschi, 33, will be available for the Patriots' regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Buffalo Bills.

Bears' Benson expects to miss 2-3 weeks (AP)
Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson said Tuesday that his sprained left shoulder is no worse than the team originally thought and expects to miss two to three weeks. Benson underwent an MRI after X-rays initially revealed no broken bones. He said results showed he had suffered a minor dislocation and he is undergoing rehab.

Leinart last unsigned first-round pick (AP)
Another day went by without Matt Leinart at the Arizona Cardinals training camp on Tuesday, a contract standoff that has coach Dennis Green shaking his head in disbelief. "I'm very surprised," Green said. "I just didn't think you'd have holdouts that would last this long the way contracts are done right now." With Jason Allen agreeing to a deal with Miami late Monday, Leinart is the last unsigned...

Dolphins DB Jason Allen ends holdout (AP)
On his first day with the Miami Dolphins, Jason Allen picked up two nicknames. Some teammates called him "fresh legs," others dubbed him "new money." Both seemed fitting. After a holdout spared him from the rigors of the first 10 days of training camp, and with between $8 million and $9 million guaranteed by his newly signed six-year contract, Allen joined the Dolphins on Tuesday -- eager to begin...

Another Bengal accused of breaking law (AP)
Bengals guard Eric Steinbach pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of boating under the influence on the Ohio River, the fifth Cincinnati player in three months accused of breaking the law. A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officer stopped Steinbach within sight of Paul Brown Stadium, on the Cincinnati side of the river, because he was violating an idle-only zone Saturday...

Parcells tired of T.O. injury questions (AP)
Bill Parcells said Tuesday he has no problem with Terrell Owens bringing in his own experts to help repair his ailing hamstring. The Dallas Cowboys coach does have a problem with all the attention the injury is generating. With T.O.-related questions again dominating his daily gathering with reporters, Parcells tried getting off the subject by saying: "I'm getting the sense that most of the media...

Still no sign of RB Martin at Jets camp (AP)
These days, Curtis Martin seems more like a ghost than a running back. The No. 4 all-time leading rusher has been squirreled away inside the Jets complex rehabbing his right knee, making it a mystery when he will play again. Even teammates sound spooked when asked about how their teammate is doing. "Curtis?

Colts DE Freeney returns to practice (AP)
Dwight Freeney gave the Indianapolis Colts a brief scare Tuesday. The three-time Pro Bowl defensive end watched the team's morning practice after complaining of a sore shoulder, then was cleared to practice in the afternoon for a light workout in which the Colts did not wear pads. Freeney participated in some drills but skipped the team scrimmage that typically ends practice.

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

Anthony hurt, U.S. gets by Brazil 90-86 (AP)
After a pair of big blowouts, the U.S. finally got some competition. The Americans also got a reality check: Facing the world's best basketball teams without Carmelo Anthony is far from an easy task. Anthony scored 16 first-half points before being forced out with a knee injury, and the United States hung on for a 90-86 victory over Brazil on Tuesday night.

Eddie Johnson accused of sexual assault (AP)
Former NBA All-Star Eddie Johnson has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday night. Johnson, 51, was charged Tuesday with sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and residential burglary for entering the apartment where the girl was staying while her mother was out, said Sgt.

Thomas: Jeffries' versatility will help (AP)
Isiah Thomas believes Jared Jeffries adds something more important than size and athleticism to the New York Knicks. "One of the things that was written and said and was true about us, chemistry wasn't right. What Jared brings to us more so than talent, he brings chemistry," the Knicks' president and coach said Tuesday after he introduced the team's newest addition.

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...

Sabres walk away from Dumont award (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres rejected forward J.P. Dumont's one-year, $2.9 million salary arbitration award on Tuesday, allowing the seven-year veteran to become an unrestricted free agent. The team exercised its "walkaway" option, as allowed under NHL rules, in an attempt to keep its payroll in line. Dumont's salary, set in arbitration last week, represented a $1.3 million raise over what he made last...

Blues sign G Legace to one-year deal (AP)
The St. Louis Blues signed free-agent goaltender Manny Legace to a one-year contract Tuesday, setting up a likely battle for the starting job. Terms of the deal were not released. Legace, who spent the last six seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, is expected to compete with Curtis Sanford to be the No.

Blackhawks sign G Caron to one-year deal (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks signed free-agent goaltender Sebastien Caron to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Caron split last season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. In 26 appearances with Pittsburgh, Caron posted a record of 8-9-5 with an .881 save percentage and a 3.98 goals-against average.

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.

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

Evernham tabs Elliott to replace Mayfield at Watkins Glen (SportsTicker)
STATESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Evernham Motorsports announced Tuesday that veteran Bill Elliott will replace Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 19 Dodge Charger for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen.

Elliott to replace Mayfield at Watkins Glen (AP)
Bill Elliott will replace Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 19 Dodge at Watkins Glen this weekend, furthering speculation that Mayfield is on his way out at Evernham Motorsports.

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.

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