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Maskaev stops Rahman in 12th round (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_ot/box_rahman_maskaev"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060813/capt.0368751fec0a4c50a4ddd961e7860d18.rahman_maskaev_boxing_nvsm111.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=cw0ykhH7RXP.a6jM932AWg--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Oleg Maskaev, right, of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, delivers a punch to Hasim Rahman, of Baltimore, Md., during the fifth round of their WBC World Heavyweight Championship boxing match at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oleg Maskaev sent Hasim Rahman staggering to the mat, and the Eastern block of title belts was complete. For the first time, all four heavyweight titles belong to fighters from the former Soviet Union.</p><br clear="all"/>

Red-hot Dodgers hold off Giants 6-5 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060812/capt.d90e7f95f11e41b7b7c7229318011f79.giants_dodgers_baseball_lad101.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=LuLPQXwAocauRSZHBqujjg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Brad Penny throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Penny and the Los Angeles Dodgers are enjoying this stretch of their topsy-turvy season. Penny became the NL's first 13-game winner, recently acquired Wilson Betemit hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cubs' Prior on DL, may be done for year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_prior"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060810/capt.dc875f707770467883cebc3272f20ecd.cubs_brewers_baseball_widh102.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=oGBmHhRZU7Y1Cze7fcA1rw--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, right, reacts after giving up a two-RBI hit hit to Milwaukee Brewers' Kevin Mench, left, in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Cubs placed Mark Prior on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with shoulder tendinitis, a move that could mean an end to the right-hander's season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sharapova, Williams lose at Chase Open (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_carson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060813/capt.3446389a202e4997aca4d4fced339751.carson_tennis_camt113.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=okVNWAJXZZzZ0o411ZQZNA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Serena Williams returns a shot to Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, in their semifinal match at the JPMorgan Chase Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Carson, Calif. Jankovic won the match, 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maria Sharapova's eight-match winning streak came to a crashing halt in the JPMorgan Chase Open on Saturday, felled by her own listless play and 46 errors in a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian semifinal.</p><br clear="all"/>

Armstrong urges Landis to lay low (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060812/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_armstrong_landis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060812/capt.21f635085b0449cc95dd82b145a9de4f.race_to_replace_cycling_indc105.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=ttgf5g9q9FixLF7J.SQyGA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong responds to a question during a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lance Armstrong believes Floyd Landis has said too much in public in his attempt to disprove the positive drug test that cost him the Tour de France title.</p><br clear="all"/>

Philip Rivers era begins with a bang (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_packers_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060813/capt.bf213140bc8f439b8ab756cf8debf0d2.packers_chargers_football_cadp110.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=kRJ1sGIqDKBrsdLR_cflBQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers signals as a defensive penalty is called after Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006. in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Chargers' new quarterback, cool in the pocket and crisp with his passes, threw for 169 yards and led the Chargers on two early scoring drives Saturday night in a 17-3 victory over Green Bay.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA Nets release Bosnian guard Planinic (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060811/sp_afp/basketnbanets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060811/capt.sge.dvm97.110806195555.photo00.photo.default-345x512.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=DhQlR2BkeS0Pwv04k1YmmQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Zoran Planinic, a Bosnian guard who was a first-round pick in the 2003 National Basketball Association Draft, seen here in action in November 2005, was released by the New Jersey Nets.(AFP/Getty Images/File)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Zoran Planinic, a Bosnian guard who was a first-round pick in the 2003 National Basketball Association Draft, was released by the New Jersey Nets.</p><br clear="all"/>

Webb, Diamondbacks rally past Marlins (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060813/capt.acedcf417e174066af9cfd51728eb03c.marlins_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc104.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=MWAZcF7BazF21ekdF6mPFg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Carlos Quentin, right, slides safely into third base with a three-run triple in the fourth inning as Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera bobbles the throw during their baseball game Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Phoenix. Quentin's triple, part of a six-run inning, scored teammates Conor Jackson, Luis Gonzalez and Orlando Hudson. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Webb had more moxie than command but still earned a victory Saturday night. Webb battled through five difficult innings to become the National League's second 13-game winner and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 6-3.</p><br clear="all"/>

Real Madrid defeats Real Salt Lake 2-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060813/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_real_madrid_real_salt_lake"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060813/capt.985306e8899c483bb33bd742f3114cf8.real_madrid_real_salt_lake_soccer_slcu104.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=nPeCjc4d5uPZAh_6zAxG3g--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Real Madrid defender Sergio Garcia, right, of Spain, tries to get past Real Salt Lake forward Jeff Cunningham (74), of Jamaica, to the ball during the first half of their soccer game Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Real Madrid's newest superstar seems to be fitting in well.</p><br clear="all"/>

Free-agent Sykora signs with Oilers (AP)
AP - The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Petr Sykora to a one-year contract on Friday.

Not-so Mr. Irrelevant
He could be the last man to make his 53-man roster. But to NFL coaches, he's just as valuable as the franchise quarterback.

Saints RB Bush outshines Titans QB Young (AP)
Of all the problems the New Orleans Saints have faced in the past year, no one could have imagined their woes would be compounded by a reckless driving mascot. "T-Rac," the Tennessee Titans' raccoon-like mascot, hit Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson with a golf cart as he walked onto the field for the second half Saturday night, bruising him and knocking him out of New Orleans' 19-16 victory in...

Roethlisberger plays a series in opener (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger didn't mind that his appearance at the grand opening of the extravagant new home of the Arizona Cardinals was as brief as it was fruitless. After what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has been through, simply taking the field at all was enough. "It kind of hit me right before the kickoff," Roethlisberger said, "to sit here and say thank you that I'm able to be out here, to put...

Culpepper's Dolphins debut brief (AP)
Daunte Culpepper's teammates slapped him on the back as he came out of the game -- the only blows the Dolphins' new quarterback would absorb in his brief Miami debut. Culpepper settled for one 2-yard completion, while the Jacksonville Jaguars completed four touchdown passes of 50 yards or more to beat Miami 31-26 in the exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night.

Mario Williams quiet in first NFL game (AP)
If the Houston Texans hope to justify spending their No. 1 pick on Mario Williams, he'll have to contribute more than he did Saturday night. Williams assisted on one tackle in a quarter of play in Houston's 24-14 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Shuffled all around the defensive line, Williams looked tentative at times and was stood up on a couple of plays.

Keyshawn makes impact in Panthers debut (AP)
It didn't take Keyshawn Johnson long to show the Carolina Panthers are no longer a one-dimensional passing team centering around Steve Smith. Johnson, in his first game with Carolina, caught an 18-yard pass from Jake Delhomme on the first play from scrimmage, the beginning of a game-opening touchdown drive on the way to a 14-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.

Rivers outduels Favre, Chargers win (AP)
The Philip Rivers era began with a bang. The San Diego Chargers' new quarterback, cool in the pocket and crisp with his passes, threw for 169 yards and led the Chargers on two early scoring drives Saturday night in a 17-3 victory over Green Bay. Packers quarterback Brett Favre, pressured by the San Diego defense for most of the four series he played, was unable to generate much offense.

Backup QB Romo leads Cowboys by Seahawks (AP)
The only people who may have noticed that Terrell Owens and Drew Bledsoe weren't playing in the Dallas Cowboys' exhibition opener: Owens and Bledsoe. Backup quarterback Tony Romo played the entire game and completed 19 of 25 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys' methodical, 13-3 win over the sloppy Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.

Raiders' Porter expected to play opener (AP)
Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell expects disgruntled wide receiver Jerry Porter to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Porter, who led the Raiders with a career-high 76 receptions last year, didn't play against Philadelphia in the Hall of Fame game last week because of a calf injury. Shell said trainer Rod Martin expects Porter to be able to go.

Titans DT Starks arrested, misses game (AP)
Tennessee defensive tackle Randy Starks missed the Titans' exhibition opener Saturday night after turning himself in following a charge that he assaulted his fiancee. Starks had been slated to start against New Orleans, but Titans coach Jeff Fisher said after the 19-16 loss that he had dismissed the two-year veteran from the game.

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

Coach K: Teamwork key for U.S. at worlds (AP)
LeBron James is a force and so is Dwyane Wade. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, says the U.S. has a bigger threat for the world championships. "Our go-to guy is our team," he said. The Americans must adjust to the wider lanes of international play and will tune up against Lithuania and South Korea before heading to Sapporo, Japan, for their world championships opener Aug.

Nowitzki leads Germany past Brazil 76-75 (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points to lead Germany to a 76-75 win Saturday over Brazil in a world championships warmup. Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Verejao had 25 points for Brazil. Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks star, added 16 rebounds. In the earlier game, Tony Parker led France back from a first half deficit to down European champions Greece 72-68.

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.

Nets to re-sign Clifford Robinson (AP)
Clifford Robinson will play again for the New Jersey Nets. The troubled forward, suspended during last season's playoffs for violating the NBA's drug policy, has reached an agreement with the Nets and passed his physical, team president Rod Thorn said Friday. Robinson, a key backup for Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins, turns 40 in December.

'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.

Malkin reportedly leaves Russian team (AP)
Evgeni Malkin, the star forward and Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick who has said repeatedly he wants to play in the NHL, left his Russian pro team during a training camp in Finland on Saturday, various Russian news services reported. It was uncertain whether Malkin bolted from the team in an attempt to get to North America and play for the Penguins this season, but the Itar-Tass news agency, citing...

Oilers sign F Sykora to one-year deal (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Petr Sykora to a one-year contract on Friday. Sykora scored 23 goals and had 28 assists last season with Anaheim and the New York Rangers. It was the seventh consecutive NHL season that he scored 20 or more goals, but he was held without a point in four postseason games when the Rangers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New Jersey Devils.

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.

C Green returns to Ducks (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.

Unlikely trio
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. &ndash; The road ringers might shine Sunday, but there are surprises at the front of the starting grid.

Benson makes late charge to win NCTS race at Nashville (SportsTicker)

Benson wins NASCAR trucks race at Nashville Superspeedway (AP)
Johnny Benson took advantage of a dustup between race leaders Todd Bodine and Mike Skinner to win Craftsman Truck Series' Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch wins Busch Series Zippo 200 (SportsTicker)

Bourdais captures pole for Champ Car Denver Grand Prix (AFP)
Sebastien Bourdais captured his sixth Champ Car pole position of 2006 as he topped qualifying for Sunday's Denver Grand Prix.

Bobby Hamilton continues to fight cancer (AP)
Bobby Hamilton worked in the garage Saturday and tended to his three entries in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch holds off Robby Gordon in Busch race (AP)
Kurt Busch held off Robby Gordon in a stirring last-lap duel Saturday to win the Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Biffle, Martin ready to make runs from the back (AP)
The morning after proved refreshing for Greg Biffle.

Gordon's road racing has him poised to make history (AP)
Jeff Gordon once made it seem so easy on NASCAR's road courses. Hop behind the wheel of his rainbow-colored No. 24 Dupont Chevy and humble the other 42 drivers in the field.

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