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Big Papi goes big fly as Red Sox win 6-4 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.aea0d4d4a6d448e29b4133e8ecf85c96.tigers_red_sox_baseball_mack110.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=ykaHGAEVkas.lTpNBwJl7g--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slaps hands with fans after his two-run homer off Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday evening, Aug. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Red Sox didn't want to ruin their day off with another off night before the Yankees come to town.</p><br clear="all"/>

A's beat Mariners for 15th straight time (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.17155b3574d84e1b84bab86fe6a1884e.mariners_athletics_baseball_oas105.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=6_FuGJS4F4weohDzwX3OaA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners pitcher Gil Meche, far left, and teammates sit in the dugout in the third inning of their baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe Oakland's surprising streak against Seattle means little. The way the surging Athletics are playing, it could as easily be Tampa Bay, Texas or Toronto on the losing end of things.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bench-clearing brawl mars Rangers' win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.64f9b60117824c4381039ce04585a738.angels_rangers_baseball_arl107.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=vM3pH5l7jc2.3GzaHpEhhw--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers reliever Scott Feldman, right, lands a punch on Los Angeles Angels' Adam Kennedy, left, after Kennedy, who was hit by a pitch, charged Feldman on the mound in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The Rangers won 9-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bad feelings had been brewing between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers for 10 days. A volatile series finally turned violent when Adam Kennedy charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Texas' Scott Feldman, triggering a bench-clearing brawl in the Rangers' 9-3 victory over the Angels.</p><br clear="all"/>

Feds ask again to jail Bonds' trainer (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.85e6c4a4c83f49f99ee666bb21021fd6.giants_padres_baseball_cacc103.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=3OePQd1Pp0IcmqW1qMGybg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watches is solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of their baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Federal prosecutors will ask a judge to throw Barry Bonds' personal trainer back in jail Thursday if he again refuses to testify, this time before a newly assembled grand jury that is reportedly also investigating track coach Trevor Graham.</p><br clear="all"/>

New $1 billion Yankee Stadium on deck (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_new_yankee_stadium"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.0581550001b54763af007e07aa86d637.new_yankee_stadium_baseball_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=.5MvtFTNRJbst6fenFAVoA--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="This is an architecural rendering of the proposed Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York. The New York Yankees broke ground Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, for a new $800 million ballpark, which would be built adjacent to the current Yankee Stadium and is expected to ready for the 2009 season. (AP Photo/New York Yankees)" border="0" /></a>AP - No tears were shed Wednesday for the historic stadium where Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio played out their storied careers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Emmitt's dancing with stars; likes T.O. (AP)
AP - Emmitt Smith is getting ready for "Dancing With the Stars." And the NFL career rushing leader isn't upset that the receiver who once danced on the star at Texas Stadium is now playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Marbury endorsing $14.98 sneakers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_marbury_inexpensive_sneakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060816/capt.235e0af860e04758b11467c7d4e2dcc9.marbury_shoes_nyr103.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=Imu2vecFP_Md19T6AoeRtQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="New York Knicks Stephon Marbury introduces his new basketball sneaker, Starbury One, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 in New York. The shoes, developed with Steve & Barrys University Sportswear, will be sold for $15 in the clothing chains 130 U.S. stores beginning Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Want to be like Steph? Well, it won't cost you much.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants beat Padres 7-5 in 13 innings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060817/capt.dbdcc19012214ec18af72a685f0c4cf5.giants_padres_baseball_cacc113.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=4vykT163K4shTTQEwSjLPw--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="San Francisco Giants' Eliezer Alfonzo drives in the go ahead run against the San Diego Padres during the 13th inning of their baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in San Diego. The Giants won 7-5. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Outhomered and with Barry Bonds long gone, the San Francisco Giants stayed aggressive and knocked the San Diego Padres into third place in the NL West.</p><br clear="all"/>

Fire put on Mapp as Chicago wins in MLS (AP)
AP - Justin Mapp scored his first goal of the season in Chicago's 3-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday night.

Penguins' Malkin quits Russian team (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_penguins_malkin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060814/capt.nyol58208142311.penguins_malkin_nyol582.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=XSke5b3Jg9ea6Z_uHsTB8g--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this June 26, 2004, file photo, Evgeni Malkin is flanked by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk, left, and GM Craig Patrick after Malkin was selected second overall in the first round of the NHL draft in Raleigh, N.C. The Malkin mystery continued Monday as the 20-year-old star remained out of sight after bolting from his Russian Super League team. (CP Photo/Chuck Stoody/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Evgeni Malkin has filed a letter of resignation with his Russian Super League team, a procedural move necessary for the star forward to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and begin his NHL career.</p><br clear="all"/>

Injury bug strikes
After just one full week of preseason action, several teams find themselves needing to make injury replacements.

Vikes' Robinson charged with DWI, flight (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings were so convinced Koren Robinson's alcohol problems were in the past after a remarkable comeback and a trip to the Pro Bowl that they rewarded him with a three-year contract. Now he's in big trouble, and the team might be without one of its best offensive players for awhile. Robinson's blue BMW sedan was caught on radar going more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone at 10:45 p.m.

Owens finally back at Cowboys practice (AP)
Yes, that was Terrell Owens on the field with his Dallas Cowboys teammates. No, they didn't simply move the bike out there. Sidelined the previous 14 training sessions with a hamstring problem, TO finally practiced Wednesday in pads and a football helmet -- not a bike helmet and shorts. Though he said he still wasn't 100 percent, Owens took part in the nearly 2 1/2 -hour practice and, as has been...

Leinart to play second quarter vs. Pats (AP)
Matt Leinart finally gets to see his first NFL game against the New England Patriots on Saturday -- from under center. The Arizona Cardinals plan to play Leinart at least a quarter, Cardinals coach Dennis Green said Wednesday. "He'll go in the second, and then John Navarre will go in the third," Kurt Warner and the Cardinals first team will play the first quarter.

Confused Suggs back with Browns (AP)
Lee Suggs has never felt healthier -- or more confused. Suggs returned to practice with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, one day after his trade to New York was voided when the Jets said the oft-injured running back had failed his physical. Suggs, whose NFL career has been slowed by an assortment of injuries, still can't believe he's back.

No punishment for Titans, mascot (AP)
The Tennessee Titans will not face sanctions from the NFL after their mascot's golf cart struck New Orleans quarterback Adrian McPherson and injured his knee during Saturday's preseason game. The league investigated the accident and reminded all teams that mascots must stay outside of a 6-foot boundary around their fields, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Tennessean.

NFL suspends Browns C Ephraim (AP)
The Cleveland Browns' gaping hole at center grew wider, and their training camp more bizarre. Alonzo Ephraim, an emergency signing after LeCharles Bentley went down with a season-ending knee injury, was suspended Wednesday for the first four regular-season games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Big Ben suffers thumb injury in practice (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice early Wednesday with an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. "I think he hit his thumb, on the next-to-last play he was in there, on a shoulder pad," coach Bill Cowher said after practice at St. Vincent College. "He's upstairs (in the team's facilities), so we'll look at that, assess it, and I'll probably have more information...

Eagles WR Pinkston won't make debut (AP)
Todd Pinkston's preseason debut has been put on hold. Pinkston, who missed all of last season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in training camp, will not play when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. The wide receiver said earlier in the week he felt close to 100 percent and was planning to see his first game action, but coach Andy Reid doesn't think...

Seahawks get healthy on defensive line (AP)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom moved into a three-point stance, and on the snap, dropped back in perfect coverage on tight end Itula Mili. From there, Wistrom jogged off the field and spent the rest of Wednesday's practice as a spectator. "I got to stand and watch practice in pads today.

Makes and Misses: Planting more bad seeds
Readers still aren't happy about the NBA's revised seeding format for the playoffs.

Bowen is final cut as U.S. sets roster (AP)
Bruce Bowen was the final player cut from the U.S. basketball team, which begins play in the World Championships in Japan on Saturday. The final 12-man roster was announced Wednesday by USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, and included Carmelo Anthony, Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Elton Brand, Kirk Hinrich, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Antawn Jamison, Joe...

Kings F Artest defends actions in brawl (AP)
Ron Artest, talking to children as part of his community service sentence, defended his actions in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. "Someone started trouble and I ended it," Artest told about 50 children Wednesday at a panel on black empowerment at the Judge Mathis Community Center. "I would always encourage you to protect yourself but in certain situations, if you can avoid them,...

Lonny Baxter arrested by Secret Service (AP)
Former NBA player Lonny Baxter was arrested by uniformed Secret Service agents on Wednesday after shots were fired from a vehicle about two blocks from the White House. Baxter, who helped Maryland win a national championship and played with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, was ordered held without bail.

Marbury endorses inexpensive sneakers (AP)
Want to be like Steph? Well, it won't cost you much. Stephon Marbury now is endorsing a sneaker that costs just $14.98, a pittance when compared with the often daunting prices that companies such as Nike and Reebok charge for their footwear. The "Starbury One," a sneaker designed by Steve & Barry's University Sportswear, will go on sale Thursday.

Sonics, Wilcox agree on three-year deal (AP)
Chris Wilcox took advantage of his chance to start on a regular basis in Seattle, and the SuperSonics rewarded him for his strong play. Wilcox and the Sonics reached agreement Tuesday on a three-year, $24 million deal that gives Wilcox a chance to prove his impressive 29 games with Seattle last season was no fluke.

James, U.S. ready for worlds after rout (AP)
A 53-point win over South Korea wrapped up a perfect Asian exhibition tour for a star-studded U.S. team on its way to the world championships. LeBron James scored 23 points Tuesday to lead the Americans to a 116-63 win over South Korea in their final tuneup for the world championships. The U.S. squad went 5-0 in exhibitions leading up to the worlds, which begin Saturday in Japan.

Cavs give Gooden three-year, $23M deal (AP)
All Drew Gooden has ever wanted was a place in the NBA to call home. Now he's got one. Gooden, who has played for three teams and six coaches in four seasons, agreed in principle on a three-year, $23 million contract and will re-sign with the Cavaliers, his agents said Monday. The Cavs' top rebounder last season, Gooden has been a solid complementary player to All-Star forward LeBron James, who...

Still-hidden Malkin submits resignation (AP)
Evgeni Malkin has filed a letter of resignation with his Russian Super League team, a procedural move necessary for the star forward to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and begin his NHL career. Malkin remained hidden Wednesday, four days after abruptly leaving the Metallurg Magnitogorsk team on Saturday after it arrived for training camp in Helsinki, Finland.

Coyotes sign Nolan to one-year contract (AP)
Owen Nolan, who sat out last season while recovering from right knee surgery, signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday. Coach Wayne Gretzky considers the 34-year-old Nolan one of the league's premier power forwards. "His size, strength, goal-scoring ability and leadership will be a big asset to our team," Gretzky said.

Islanders sign veteran D Sean Hill (AP)
Add Sean Hill to the ever-changing New York Islanders' defense corps. Hill, who spent last season with the Florida Panthers after a three-year stint with Carolina, received a one-year deal worth $600,000 from the Islanders on Tuesday. He joins a revamped blue line that also added hard-hitting Brendan Witt and offensive-minded Tom Poti earlier in the free-agent signing period.

Wings sign C Johnson to one-year deal (AP)
The Red Wings signed veteran forward Greg Johnson to a one-year contract on Monday. The 35-year-old center is coming back for a second stint with the Red Wings after playing the last seven seasons with the Nashville Predators. He was with the Detroit from 1993-97 and spent time with Pittsburgh and Chicago during his 12-year NHL career.

'Canes season ticket sales up 60 percent (AP)
Season-ticket sales for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes are up about 60 percent over last year, general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday. The boost may help relieve worries about whether the team can succeed in a small market where college basketball is king. "I think it's really special to this market because we're relatively new here, we're continuing to try and grow the sport,"...

Rangers' Ortmeyer sidelined indefinitely (AP)
Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer has been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and will be sidelined indefinitely. Ortmeyer is scheduled to undergo more tests later this week, the Rangers said Monday. A pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung, usually caused by one or more blood clots.

Bruins GM Chiarelli emphasizes character (AP)
Peter Chiarelli's first big step toward success with the Boston Bruins has less to do with adding scorers and defenders than with building the team's character. The new general manager of the worst team in the Northeast Division had that philosophy on May 31 in his first public remarks in his new job when he said, "I want a real true combination of speed and character." And he's pursued that since...

Trading Paint: Ray of blight
Did Jeremy Mayfield get the shaft from Ray Evernham? The readers had strong opinions.

Actor tries to drive away in NASCAR race car in videotaped prank (AP)
A man jumped into a NASCAR race car and tried to drive away before he was stopped by track officials -- who didn't know he was an actor and the apparent heist was a prank for a commercial. Justin Philpott, a 16-year-old NASCAR competitor, was taking part in an awards ceremony at the Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday when the actor jumped a fence and hopped into his Chevrolet, the Tracy Press...

Sadler introduced as driver of the No. 19 (AP)
Elliott Sadler's exodus from Robert Yates Racing was completed Wednesday when he was introduced as the new driver at Evernham Motorsports.

Sadler replaces Mayfield at Evernham Motorsports (SportsTicker)
STATESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Evernham Motorsports has found its replacement for Jeremy Mayfield.

Sadler to take over No. 19 at Michigan (AP)
The No. 19 Dodge is getting a new driver. Elliott Sadler will take over the ride from Jeremy Mayfield at Evernham Motorsports beginning with this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway, a team official confirmed to The Associated Press. Sadler secured an early release from Robert Yates Racing late Tuesday night, clearing the way for him to replace Mayfield beginning Sunday, according an...

Mayfield the loser in bitter Evernham split (AP)
The split between Jeremy Mayfield and car owner Ray Evernham was both ugly and overdue.

Harvick passes Stewart to win at The Glen (AP)
Kevin Harvick hasn't had the results Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have had on NASCAR's road courses. That may be about to change.

Harvick overtakes Stewart to win at Glen (SportsTicker)

Top 10 in Chase holds firm (AP)
There are just four more races before the cutoff for the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, and there's a lot of worrying going on.

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