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Yanks take almost 5 hours to beat Boston (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.44c5d33ab620494d999768f7ba9a87ff.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mame112.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=_fyRK...ZjdKhxWV35mpNA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz playfully grabs New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the fifth inning of the second game of a day/night doubleheader Friday, Aug.18, 2006, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees had to work extra long to extend their lead in the AL East.</p><br clear="all"/>

Marion Jones tests positive for EPO (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_ot/run_jones_drugs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.8e997f3ede5041509a6c9df7054c4bff.jones_drugs_athletics_ny162.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=paNAT5cEECsC0AUFoXxsGQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Sprinter Marion Jones appears during a news conference during the opening day of the USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 21, 2001. Jones, The five-time Olympic medalist's 'A' sample tested positive for a banned performance enhancer at the event in Indianapolis, The Washington Post reported Friday night, Aug. 18, 2006, on its Web site, citing people with knowledge of the results who were not identified. (AP Photo/Don Ryan,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones, once the charming, dominating face of track and field around the world, failed an initial drug test at the U.S. championships in June, people familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ohio State streaks to top of AP poll (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_college_fb_poll"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.1d52f429c9f4426e9c7733c93d207c1c.preseason_heisman_candidates_college_football_ny211.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=d.fU2dYoJH1KWTyxp3DllA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="FILE ** Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith looks downfield during the fourth quarteragainst Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in this Nov. 19, 2005 photo. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)" border="0" /></a>AP - Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and the rest of Ohio State's blazing Buckeyes provided a peek into the future at the Fiesta Bowl with a warp-speed win that left a lasting impression.</p><br clear="all"/>

4 Newcomers lead at PGA Championship (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.5529992c446144e0bdb1d7d5a2773727.pga_championship_golf_pga219.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=gpzsm37BaNIHOlPsqSeA7g--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Tiger Woods celebrates birdie on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. Woods finished after two rounds at 7-under 137. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The rumble that shook Medinah Country Club late in the afternoon had nothing to do with the rain showers rolling through the area.</p><br clear="all"/>

U.S. rallies to beat Puerto Rico (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bko_worlds_puerto_rico_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.jpmt11208190827.world_championships_basketball_usa_puerto_rico_jpmt112.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=HUHJwp2NJROI5BkHXbz.CQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Puerto Rico's Elias Ayuso passes the ball as USA's Chris Paul guards during the world basketball championships Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. basketball team arrived in Asia two weeks before the world championships tipped off so the players could adjust to a different time zone.</p><br clear="all"/>

Urlacher's pick highlights Bears' win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_chargers_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.5524320c11a24362a0a2c8eeb030d398.chargers_bears_football_ilnh113.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=XMfzpAe43TwqjvRrHI5jww--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks to a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bears carried over the tradition they established last year: Score early and often, just not on offense.</p><br clear="all"/>

Alonzo Mourning re-signs with Heat (AP)
AP - Alonzo Mourning re-signed with the Miami Heat on Friday, a formality after the veteran center announced last month that he would return for the coming season and help the team defend its NBA championship.

Schmidt leads Giants; Soriano goes 30-30 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.575d1b2299b948dabc3437f9a04f36c4.nationals_phillies_baseball_pxs106.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=0_uSTYAk1TFD8ohmVMcWiA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Washington Nationals' Alfonso Soriano, right, is congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman after his solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Philadelphia. Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the inning, then hit a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth. Zimmerman had a career-best five runs, and the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-4. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even the surging Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't stop the suddenly streaking San Francisco Giants.</p><br clear="all"/>

Reggina avoids demotion from Serie A (AP)
AP - Reggina escaped demotion from Serie A but received a 15-point penalty Thursday from a sports tribunal in the latest ruling resulting from Italy's game-fixing scandal.

Carolina's Stillman has shoulder surgery (AP)
AP - Cory Stillman had surgery on his right shoulder Friday and could miss the start of the regular season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cromartie's quite a catch
SAN DIEGO &ndash; With the addition of rookie Antonio Cromartie, the Chargers figure to increase their number of INTs.

Seau ends brief retirement, joins Pats (AP)
The way Junior Seau looks at it, he's now in graduate school. Seau returned to the NFL on Friday after a four-day retirement, trading surfing in San Diego for a one-year contract with the New England Patriots that the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker hopes will pay off with a long-sought Super Bowl ring.

Chad Johnson, Bengals beat Bills 44-31 (AP)
Shortly after the game was over, Chad Johnson announced in the Bengals locker room the Buffalo Bills couldn't stop him. The NFL officials, well, that's another story. Johnson, the always colorful receiver, scored his first touchdown this preseason in Cincinnati's 44-31 win over the Bills on Friday night.

Jerome Harrison helps Browns top Lions (AP)
Jerome Harrison came to the NFL with a simple, modest plan. "I just practice hard, line up where the coaches tell me to line up and make plays," he said. In a short time, the little running back has made a bunch of them. The 5-foot-9 rookie caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards Friday night as the Cleveland Browns rallied for a 20-16 win over the...

Urlacher, Davis power Bears in rout (AP)
The Chicago Bears carried over the tradition they established last year: Score early and often, just not on offense. Brian Urlacher showed why he was the NFL's defensive player of the year ago, intercepting a pass on the game's third play from scrimmage and returning it 64 yards for a touchdown. Then, near the end of the opening quarter, Rashied Davis took a kickoff the length of the field, going...

Giants C O'Hara out indefinitely (AP)
New York Giants center Shawn O'Hara sprained a ligament in his knee and is not expected to play in next week's game against the New York Jets. Coach Tom Coughlin would not speculate as to whether the seven-year pro would be ready for the Sept. 7 season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts. "He had some swelling today, he was sore and the knee was black and blue," Coughlin said Friday.

Pennington won't play against Redskins (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will miss Saturday's preseason game against Washington because of a family illness. Coach Eric Mangini excused Pennington for the weekend, the team said Friday. Pennington also missed practice Thursday. Pennington is involved in a four-player competition for the starting job, but is the favorite to win it.

Seahawks TE Stevens likely out six weeks (AP)
Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens was expected to miss the next six weeks after injuring his surgically repaired left knee during practice Thursday. An MRI exam showed that Stevens had torn the meniscus in the same knee that was fixed April 25. He was scheduled to have surgery Friday in Seattle. The Seahawks open the season Sept.

Roethlisberger has sprained thumb (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger can't stay away from injuries, only now they're happening on the football field. Roethlisberger, his facial injuries from a motorcycle crash two months ago apparently healed, has a sprained ligament in his right thumb and is questionable for the Pittsburgh Steelers' exhibition game against Minnesota on Saturday night.

Buckhalter strong in Eagles loss (AP)
Standing in a corner of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, Correll Buckhalter flashed a wide smile as he spoke excitedly about playing in the NFL again. "Everything in the past is in the past," he said, referring to knee injuries that forced him to miss three of the past four seasons. "It's a new beginning for me." Playing for the first time this preseason, Buckhalter ran 48 yards with a shovel...

Makes and Misses: The new gold standard
Team USA has the right mix, but here's what it needs to do to win the world championships.

Anthony scores 21 as U.S. wins opener (AP)
The U.S. basketball team arrived in Asia two weeks before the world championships tipped off so the players could adjust to a different time zone. However, early in their opener against Puerto Rico Saturday, the Americans looked as if they had just stepped off a flight from the United States. FIBA's top-ranked team trailed No.

Nowitzki, Germany defeat Japan 81-70 (AP)
Japan had the sellout crowd behind it. Germany had Dirk Nowitzki. The 7-foot center had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Germany to an 81-70 victory Saturday in the opening game of the first round of the FIBA world championships, negating the host's home-country advantage. Nowitzki, who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA finals this season, dominated inside and outside early, scoring 20 points and...

France's Tony Parker to miss worlds (AP)
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will not play for France in the world championship after being diagnosed with a broken finger. Parker, who injured his finger in an exhibition game against Brazil on Tuesday in China, had X-rays on his right index finger on Thursday in Japan and was informed Friday it's broken.

Mourning re-signs with Heat (AP)
Alonzo Mourning re-signed with the Miami Heat on Friday, a formality after the veteran center announced last month that he would return for the coming season and help the team defend its NBA championship. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mourning played last season for the veterans' minimum salary of about $1.1 million; the new deal was not expected to be significantly different.

Baxter remains jailed on gun charges (AP)
Former NBA player Lonny Baxter will remain in the District of Columbia jail on felony gun charge at least until next Wednesday, in part because of a request from his attorneys. Baxter's lawyers asked a D.C. Superior Court judge Friday to delay a bond hearing so they could challenge aspects of the city's new crime emergency legislation that presumes anyone charged with carrying a pistol without a...

Isaiah Rider wanted, misses sentencing (AP)
Two arrest warrants were issued for former NBA star Isaiah "J.R." Rider after he failed to show up at his sentencing for convictions that include false imprisonment and driving offenses. Judge Verna Adams waited about an hour after the scheduled Wednesday hearing before issuing the warrants. Bail was set at $10,000 each in two separate misdemeanor cases against the basketball player, who retired in...

Cavaliers sign free agent Scot Pollard (AP)
Scot Pollard promises to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in bruises and floor burns. "I'm not a pretty player," he said. "I go in there and do the dirty work. I dive on the floor. I take charges. I set screens. I do a lot of things guys don't like doing. I found my niche and I'm sticking with it." Pollard, a free agent known as much for his ever changing hair and sideburn styles, signed a one-year contract...

Carolina's Stillman has shoulder surgery (AP)
Cory Stillman had surgery on his right shoulder Friday and could miss the start of the regular season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Stillman, one of the Hurricanes' top scorers in their run to their first Stanley Cup, is expected to take up to four months to recover, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Malkin resurfaces in Los Angeles (AP)
The Evgeni Malkin mystery finally ended Thursday as the hockey star surfaced in Los Angeles with his agents, five days after slipping away from his Russian Super League team during training camp in Helsinki, Finland, and vanishing from sight. Less than 24 hours after flying from Finland to the United States, the Pittsburgh Penguins' draft pick showed up, naturally enough, on a hockey rink.

Blues sign veteran D Jamie Rivers (AP)
Defenseman Jamie Rivers, who played for St. Louis from 1995-99, signed a free-agent deal with the Blues on Friday. The 31-year-old Rivers played for the Red Wings and Coyotes last season, appearing in 33 games with six assists and 38 penalty minutes. He can also play forward, providing depth for the rebuilding Blues.

Bruins sign first-round pick Kessel (AP)
Phil Kessel, the fifth choice in this year's NHL draft, signed a multiyear contract with the Boston Bruins. The 18-year-old center played one season of college hockey at Minnesota in 2005-06, finishing second on the team in scoring and sixth in league with 18 goals and 33 assists in 34 games. "Phil is a player with world-class speed and gifted offensive talents," Bruins general manager Peter...

Thrashers get D Vishnevski from Ducks (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers traded prospect Karl Stewart and draft options to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday for veteran defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski. In addition to Stewart, who had 22 goals and 18 assists in 71 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season, the Ducks get a second-round selection in the 2007 NHL entry draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2008.

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.

Early returns
BROOKLYN, Mich. &ndash; It didn't take long for Elliott Sadler to point the No. 19 team in the right direction.

Burton knocks Sadler off Michigan pole (AP)
Jeff Burton just shakes his head and grins when asked about his sudden prowess as a qualifier.

Gilliland to drive in Yates car (AP)
David Gilliland, capitalizing on his big upset in a NASCAR Busch Series race, replaced Nextel Cup veteran Elliott Sadler in the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford and will drive Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Burton wins pole for GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan (SportsTicker)


Evernham-Mayfield dispute settled (AP)
Team owner Ray Evernham and fired driver Jeremy Mayfield have reached an out-of-court settlement of their very public dispute.

Gilliland to drive Robert Yates Racing Ford at Michigan (SportsTicker)
HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey (Ticker) - David Gilliland will get his chance to race with NASCAR's big boys.

Notes: Gilliland gets his chance (AP)
David Gilliland returned to the site of his upset NASCAR Busch Series victory this week, testing the No.

Sterling Marlin struggles along and ponders retirement (AP)
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. &ndash; After blowing an engine in practice and another while qualifying, Sterling Marlin was...

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