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Dodgers win in 9th to take NL West lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060811/capt.f38660cdccf142d1b7188e51e63a5aac.rockies_dodgers_baseball_cajh112.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=tsX1jo3qN.ydwlV2uJ9_7w--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Members of Los Angeles Dodgers congratulate Kenny Lofton, center, back to camera, on his game-winning single against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006. The Dodgers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a team saturated with impressive rookies, Kenny Lofton has become an inspiration on and off the field for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lofton singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West, defeating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

White Sox top Yanks as A-Rod errs again (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060811/capt.a0ebbf2901294ed9b0f8a043bc266b01.yankees_white_sox_baseball_cxs104.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=bPlvGmzWK1j841im9XdWQw--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out against Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez rushed another throw and in a hurry, the New York Yankees were in trouble. The Chicago White Sox took advantage of two key errors and beat the Yankees 5-4 Thursday night, and winning two of three from the AL East leaders.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rookie RB gets into brawl at Titans camp (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_white_brawl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060810/capt.nyol50208102242.titans_white_football_nyol502.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=zuyw9aDeJXqU3Wv7XGvoFA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Tennessee Titans rookie running back LenDale White runs a play during his first practice at football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn. on July 30, 2006 in this file photo. White, the Titans' No. 2 draft pick, got into a brawl at camp on Aug. 10 with a teammate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie running back LenDale White got into a brawl Thursday morning with a teammate at the Tennessee Titans training camp.</p><br clear="all"/>

Winslow makes strong return for Browns (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_browns_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060811/capt.c849f06c0de84f00a3288eda799c3838.browns_eagles_football_pxc106.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=ptViY2o87aRERUaIU5VBNw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb runs with the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns in their pre-season football game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kellen Winslow made some blocks, caught a couple passes and took a few hits. The highlight-reel catches and touchdown celebrations can wait. For now, this was progress.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bond is set at $5 million for Clarett (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_clarett_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060810/capt.8dde6be2c7d7467c8fe4d8f526b26839.clarett_arrested_ohks102.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=DxNdO21.JZuu27wjJMujLw--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett looks at a judge after he was ordered a $5 million bond in the municipal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. The former Ohio State football star is accused of fleeing police in his sport utilitiy vehicle, where four loaded guns were found. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maurice Clarett closed his eyes and softly shook his head. Wearing the same type of tan, jail-issue jumpsuit he'd sported here once before, the former Ohio State star running back reacted with quiet disbelief as the judge announced his bond on a gun charge: $5 million, an amount that will almost certainly keep him in jail through the weekend.</p><br clear="all"/>

Manning throws TD pass in Colts' opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_rams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060811/capt.e9c61876266540f786dee186098f9892.colts_rams_football_mojf103.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=QRJvRYQKFO7DSSbNoK_Qsg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) sets to pass under preasure from the St. Louis Rams' Anthony Hargrove (95) in the first quarter of their pre-season NFL football game in St. Louis Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Rams ran more than they passed Thursday, didn't challenge a play and didn't even use a timeout &#151; much less waste one. Scott Linehan's head coaching debut, a 19-17 win over Indianapolis, lacked the razzle-dazzle of Mike Martz's six seasons.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bucks get Patterson from Nuggets (AP)
AP - The Milwaukee Bucks acquired guard-forward Ruben Patterson on Thursday from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for veteran forward Joe Smith in a move to bolster the benches for each team.

Royals finish off sweep of Red Sox (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_royals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060811/capt.2dbfc9def60447648bca00b74a429a5b.red_sox_royals_baseball_moez101.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=grMPN7VWVNwxZTwidXN8.Q--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling throws against Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - One of the major leagues' finest pitchers sent researchers scrambling through the archives Thursday night trying to figure out if anybody had ever allowed more extra-base hits in a game.</p><br clear="all"/>

D.C. United plays Real Madrid to draw (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060810/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_real_madrid_dc_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060810/capt.e156d1ce550b40c980a97c76c9e9cd7f.real_madrid_dc_united_soccer_watw110.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=G21MQWDVQX1nvoGYKMpFCA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Real Madrid's Antonio Cassano, center, has his jersey grabbed by D.C. United's Bryan Namoff, right, as Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos looks on during the first half of a friendly soccer match, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - D.C. United felt it was carrying the torch for American soccer on Wednesday night playing Spanish power Real Madrid. United believed it proved itself and Madrid thought likewise. In a match filled with missed chances and strong defensive play, the best American squad, played the Spanish power an entertaining 1-1 draw Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hurricanes face Sabres in NHL opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060809/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhl_tv_schedule"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060809/capt.d34b6893e8f743848ac7c27146f51ca1.bruins_sinden_hockey_ny165.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=OWWcL6GaB5rW_yjUnr2rbw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins General Manager Harry Sinden, center, gestures while talking with coach Steve Kasper, left, and Bruins captain Ray Bourque, right, as they sit together for the team's 1995-96 group photo in Boston, in this Nov. 1, 1995 file photo. Sinden, president of the Boston Bruins for the last 17 of his more than 40 years with the team, resigned Wednesday Aug. 9, 2006 to become an adviser to club owner Jeremy Jacobs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes will play the Buffalo Sabres as part of an Oct. 4 opening night doubleheader on the channel formerly know as OLN.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bucs observations
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. &ndash; Chris Simms has the confidence of Jon Gruden, who'll let the young QB throw downfield this season.

McNabb oustshines Winslow, Eagles win (AP)
Kellen Winslow made some blocks, caught a couple passes and took a few hits. The highlight-reel catches and touchdown celebrations can wait. For now, this was progress. Playing his first game in nearly two years, the Browns tight end made two catches in Cleveland's 20-7 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

Roethlisberger to start preseason opener (AP)
Two months after his motorcycle accident, Ben Roethlisberger is ready to take his first hit in a football game. Roethlisberger will start the Steelers' exhibition game at Arizona on Saturday, two months to the day that he broke his jaw and nose and sustained other facial injuries in a serious accident in Pittsburgh.

QB Culpepper to play in preseason opener (AP)
Daunte Culpepper has received medical clearance to take a hit -- or dish one out. The Miami Dolphins plan to play their new, surgically repaired quarterback in Saturday's exhibition opener against Jacksonville, coach Nick Saban said Thursday. Culpepper will be exposed to contact for the first time since a knee injury ended his 2005 season with the Minnesota Vikings last October.

Linehan wins Rams debut 19-17 over Colts (AP)
The St. Louis Rams ran more than they passed Thursday, didn't challenge a play and didn't even use a timeout -- much less waste one. Scott Linehan's head coaching debut, a 19-17 win over Indianapolis, lacked the razzle-dazzle of Mike Martz's six seasons. Instead, it was the Colts who resorted to trickery.

Titans RB LenDale White in camp brawl (AP)
Rookie running back LenDale White got into a brawl Thursday morning with a teammate at the Tennessee Titans training camp. The rookie out of Southern California, who fell to the 45th pick in the draft overall in April, started clashing with the defense on a running play. He was walking back toward the huddle when bumped.

Condition of Redskins OL Lefotu improves (AP)
Washington Redskins rookie Kili Lefotu showed signs of improvement Thursday, and doctors were working to determine what caused him to lose consciousness in his room the day before. Lefotu, an offensive lineman, was being treated at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington after being transferred from Loudoun County Hospital, where he underwent a series of tests.

McAllister to sit out preseason opener (AP)
Just because Deuce McAllister is practicing well and says he's ready to play doesn't mean new head coach Sean Payton is prepared to risk injuring a marquee player in the first preseason game. McAllister was on the field Thursday for the Saints final practice before traveling to Nashville to face the Titans on Saturday night, but Payton said neither the veteran running back nor tight end Ernie...

Browns C Hallen will retire Friday (AP)
Veteran center Bob Hallen, thrust into Cleveland's starting lineup to replace injured Pro Bowler LeCharles Bentley, will announce his retirement on Friday because of a back injury. "The possibility of him coming back is pretty much eliminated because he is in the process of faxing a retirement letter," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said after Cleveland's 20-7 preseason loss to Philadelphia on...

QB McNair ready for Ravens debut (AP)
Even with all his experience, Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair admits he's nervous for his Ravens debut Friday night against the New York Giants. The veteran passer, who spent the first 11 years of his career with the Tennessee franchise before coming to Baltimore in an off-season trade, has competed with the NFL elite at the Pro Bowl, shared MVP honors with Peyton Manning and demonstrated grit...

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

Report: Isiah denies harassing team exec (AP)
Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has filed court papers denying he sexually harassed a former team executive, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. In the 12-page court document filed Wednesday, Thomas acknowledged he once touched Anucha Browne Sanders' shoulder, and may have even tried to kiss her on the cheek.

Bucks send Smith to Denver for Patterson (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks acquired guard-forward Ruben Patterson on Thursday from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for veteran forward Joe Smith in a move to bolster the benches for each team. Bucks general manager Larry Harris said his first phone call was to the Nuggets after instructing his staff last week to scour other teams' rosters for a backup small forward.

Anthony practices with U.S. team (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony took part in a 2-hour practice Thursday, two days after hyperextending his knee while playing for the U.S. national team in China. Anthony, the leading scorer for the U.S. after three exhibition games, practiced after injuring his knee Tuesday night in the 90-86 win against Brazil.

Paul Pierce has minor elbow surgery (AP)
Paul Pierce had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Wednesday and is expected to be ready by the start of the Boston Celtics' training camp in early October. The five-time All-Star swingman had one of his best seasons in 2005-06 when he averaged a career-high 26.8 points with 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

New Sonics owner wants new arena (AP)
New SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett is looking for an NBA arena modeled after Safeco Field, the home of baseball's Seattle Mariners, and his team's current home doesn't cut it. "As we've said before, we don't believe KeyArena is a satisfactory facility," Bennett said Wednesday. Bennett made his first trip to Seattle since buying the Sonics and WNBA Storm from the Basketball Club of Seattle on July...

'Other' Eddie Johnson speaks out (AP)
Eddie Johnson is still getting over what he calls the worst day of his life. He scratched his way out of the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, fashioned a long and successful NBA career, turned that into an opportunity on TV and built a reputation as an all-around good guy who loves to work with kids.

NBA tabs Curry basketball operations VP (AP)
Michael Curry has been chosen NBA vice president of basketball operations. Curry, vice president for the NBA development league the past 11 months, will continue to oversee the D-League's programs. Curry retired from the NBA in 2005 after an 11-year career. He will report to Stu Jackson, the executive vice president of basketball operations.

Former Flyers captain Desjardins retires (AP)
Eric Desjardins broke down before saying a word. Retirement was more difficult than the former Philadelphia Flyers captain had imagined. Desjardins, the second-highest scoring defenseman in Flyers history, called it quits Thursday, ending a 17-year career that included a Stanley Cup and an Olympic appearance.

Bruins president Sinden resigns (AP)
He was coach when Bobby Orr made his celebratory flop during the Bruins' 1970 championship, the general manager who brought Hall of Famers such as Ray Bourque to Boston and president as the team slipped into mediocrity over the past decade. On Wednesday, Harry Sinden became the latest figure in the team's offseason shake-up.

Hurricanes face Sabres on opening night (AP)
The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes will play the Buffalo Sabres as part of an Oct. 4 opening night doubleheader on the channel formerly know as OLN. The Dallas Stars face off against the Colorado Avalanche in the second game on Versus, the NHL announced Wednesday. The NHL All-Star festivities on Jan.

Former Ducks C Green returns to Anaheim (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks signed center Travis Green to a one-year contract on Thursday. The 14-year NHL veteran, who was with the Ducks in the late 1990s, played in 82 games for Boston last season, one of only two Bruins who did not miss a game. He had 10 goals and 12 assists. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder came to the Ducks in February of 1998 and was with them for the entire 1998-99 season.

Sharks re-sign Rissmiller, add D Biron (AP)
The San Jose Sharks re-signed left wing Patrick Rissmiller and added free-agent defenseman Mathieu Biron on Wednesday. Rissmiller, a restricted free agent who got a two-year contract, will make $520,000 next year. He was a solid late-season addition to San Jose's lineup last spring, getting three goals and three assists in 18 regular-season games before appearing in all 11 playoff games.

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.

Feeling sporty
NASCAR isn't the only racing going on at Watkins Glen this weekend.

Greg Biffle still hopeful of rallying to make the Chase (AP)
Time is running out in the race to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship, and Greg Biffle is feeling the squeeze as much as anybody.

McFarland released from No. 88 Chevrolet team (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - JR Motorsports announced on Thursday that NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex will replace Mark McFarland in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen.

Notes: Newman donates $10,000 to conservation group (AP)
NASCAR driver and noted outdoorsman Ryan Newman has given a $10,000 grant to a conservation organization.

No pressure: Knaus ready for more (AP)
Chad Knaus walked right past a woman carrying a sign that read: "Johnson _ The Pretender! Knaus _ The Cheater."...

Burton back on top again (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &ndash; If Richard Childress can put two cars in the Chase for the championship, he's convinced...

Unser brothers arrested for ignoring deputies' orders (AP)
Racing veterans Al Unser Sr. and Bobby Unser were arrested Wednesday after sheriff's deputies said the brothers ignored orders to leave an area where authorities had cornered a carjacking suspect. The Bernalillo County sheriff's department said the suspect led police on a high-speed chase while shooting at them Wednesday morning.

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.

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