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Woods, Donald at top of PGA leaderboard (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.d312f2f931344d46acb4e4f4bbcef71a.pga_championship_golf_pga174.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=9WwJNe5ng2BFCmGanP.3bA--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods acknowledges the gallery after making birdie on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)" border="0" /></a>AP - The PGA Championship has rarely looked so easy. With Tiger Woods atop the leaderboard, winning the final major of the year could still be as hard as ever.</p><br clear="all"/>

Damon, Yankees punish Beckett in rout (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.3f89e90820a447feb8b009dea8398aa9.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mack111.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=bZ8QJ5Qo9eJ.F4_QKDVIGQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' from lft, Jason Giambi, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez celebrate after they all scored on a triple by Jorge Posada against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning during their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday Aug. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Johnson couldn't stay awake long enough to watch the New York Yankees sweep the rival Red Sox in a doubleheader to open a rare five-game series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dodgers snap Giants' 5-game win streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.765b45202ce845c5b870c8fb6da8703b.dodgers_giants_baseball_fxpb107.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=cN3ckrYNo0jEnfdHXMtn_A--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew crashes the wall trying to grab a line drive from San Francisco Giants' Ray Durham in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in San Francisco. Durham got a triple, driving in two runs, on the play. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Modest as ever, Greg Maddux planned to thank his teammates for all the run support, enjoy his latest feat for a night, then begin preparing for his next start.</p><br clear="all"/>

Andy Roddick powers into finals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_cincinnati_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.f5153053890e41008e621dc503c431e0.cincinnati_masters_tennis_ohab112.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=pM9OCkN2qLJIQ.ng6BkI0A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Andy Roddick serves against Fernando Gonzalez, from Chile, in a semifinal match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Roddick sent a 138 mph message to everyone who has written him off. Powering up his vintage serve-and-volley style, Roddick overwhelmed Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday night to reach the finals of the Western &amp; Southern Financial Group Masters.</p><br clear="all"/>

Earnhardt Jr. bumps past Edwards for win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_busch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.265f0a7ce2d0457fbbb320e71e26a27d.nascar_busch_auto_racing_mips107.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=Gtn35vlnym9Eq96Q_QTuag--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s pit crew works on his car during a pit stop in the NASCAR Busch Series' Carfax 250 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Carl Edwards out of the way on a restart in overtime and grabbed a contentious victory Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway.</p><br clear="all"/>

Broncos' Mike Bell impresses vs. Titans (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_titans_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.1babc2930b654d77ae7951d4ccc18f3f.titans_broncos_football_dxs110.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=Ztw3gk3qBXBuC19BkEdv_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Denver Broncos running back Mike Bell (20) scores a second-quarter touchdown despite the defensive efforts of Tennessee Titans' Peter Sirmon (59) and Jesse Mahelona (94) on Saturday night , Aug. 19, 2006, in Denver.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Bell made another big blunder and got another earful on the sideline.</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.

Phillies add veteran Moyer from Seattle (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_phillies_mariners_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.50660048c1a44af6bdd919fa092f690c.mariners_angels_baseball_ans102.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=INNyboKCx67bj4B1GPgweA--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jamie Moyer pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Philadelphia Phillies bolstered their starting rotation, acquiring 43-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer from the Seattle Mariners for two minor leaguers on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kansas City Wizards tie Chivas USA 1-1 (AP)
AP - Jonathan Bornstein continued his impressive rookie campaign with a late goal that gave Chivas USA a 1-1 draw with Kansas City on Saturday.

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.

Chargers observations
SAN DIEGO &ndash; Stretching defenses figures to be the biggest challenge for new starting quarterback Philip Rivers.

Cards' Leinart mostly struggles in debut (AP)
In the first minute of his NFL career, Matt Leinart looked like a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback -- running a hurry-up offense that impressed even Tom Brady. For the rest of the night, there was little for Leinart and the Cardinals to be proud about. "To go against this team on this field and get something in my first drive: that was pretty cool," Leinart said after his debut, which featured a...

Owens must practice more before playing (AP)
Terrell Owens is going to have to practice more before he plays for Bill Parcells. After Parcells said Owens wouldn't play in the Dallas Cowboys' second preseason game, the receiver sat out the team's practice late Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe said Owens' hamstring tightened up on him.

Favre, Packers find offensive punch (AP)
A couple of their touchdowns might have come on fluke plays, but the Green Bay Packers offense suddenly looked legitimate on Saturday night. One week after being held to a single field goal in San Diego, the Packers put together several sustained scoring drives in a 38-10 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Roethlisberger starts, throws TD pass (AP)
So far this preseason, it's been one and done for Ben Roethlisberger. One series and he's done and, for the most part, so is the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. Brad Johnson and rookie Tarvaris Jackson each threw for a touchdown and the Minnesota Vikings got production from starters and backups alike in beating the Steelers 17-10 Saturday night.

Culpepper strong in Dolphins' win (AP)
Daunte Culpepper was more than ready for the next logical step on his comeback trail. The Miami quarterback took the first real hit since undergoing knee surgery, then absorbed a second and a third while helping the Dolphins to a 13-10 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.

Top pick Williams impressive for Texans (AP)
A calmer Mario Williams was a lot more disruptive in his second pro game than the amped-up one was in his first. Williams, who made a negligible impact last week, showed signs of justifying Houston's decision to take him at No. 1 over Reggie Bush in a 27-20 Texans win over St. Louis on Saturday night. He drew the Rams into a pair of penalties, batted down a pass to force a punt and tackled running...

Rice to retire with 49ers next week (AP)
Receiver Jerry Rice will retire as a member of the San Francisco 49ers next week. Rice, who holds most of the significant NFL receiving records, won three Super Bowls during 16 years with the 49ers. He will sign a contract Thursday at the 49ers' training complex before making his retirement official, the club officially announced Saturday.

Ravens RB Jamal Lewis to miss two weeks (AP)
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will sit out the next two weeks because of a nagging hip injury. Lewis has been bothered by a strained left hip flexor. He began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list after injuring himself running sprints in late July, but played in the first two preseason games.

Rookie Mike Bell has big day for Broncos (AP)
Mike Bell made another big blunder and got another earful on the sideline. Last week, the undrafted, unheralded rookie running back fumbled away the football just days after his dazzling rise through the depth chart to become the Broncos' top tailback. He redeemed himself by scoring two touchdowns in Denver's 35-10 rout of Tennessee on a wet and chilly Saturday night, when he rumbled for 73 yards...

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.

U.S. poor defensively but wins opener (AP)
Puerto Rico was scoring so easily against the United States, maybe the Americans should have considered playing 6-against-5. Actually, they tried that, too. The U.S. eventually overcame a slow start that included a strange sequence in which Carmelo Anthony inbounded the ball despite being out of the game, settling down to beat Puerto Rico 111-100 on Saturday in the opening game of Group D in the...

Ginobili has 25 as Argentina tops France (AP)
Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs scored 25 points at the world championships Saturday to lead Olympic champion Argentina to an 80-70 victory over France, which played without injured guard Tony Parker. Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni added 18 points for Argentina in the Group A game. Florent Pietrus had 15 points for a French team weakened by the absence of Parker.

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...

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...

Arroyo has 29 in Puerto Rico's 88-79 win (AP)
Carlos Arroyo scored 29 points and hit the first of three straight 3-pointers during the game's decisive run, leading Puerto Rico to an 88-79 victory over Senegal on Sunday at the world championships. Elias Ayuso added 20 points for the Puerto Ricans (1-1), who built a big early lead, blew all of it, then recovered to even their record after losing 111-100 to the United States in their opener.

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 'offended' by Russian pressure (AP)
Evgeni Malkin, the hockey player at the center of a trans-Atlantic dispute, says he was "very offended" by the pressure put on him by his Russian team. The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2004 draft pick slipped away from his club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, during training camp in Finland and vanished last week. He skated Thursday with about 20 NHL players at the Los Angeles Kings' practice rink in El Segundo,...

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.

One moment
In the eyes of fans, it seemed Dale Earnhardt Jr. could do no wrong. Until Saturday.

Earnhardt Jr. rallies to win NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250 (SportsTicker)

Earnhardt Jr. bumps past Edwards for win (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Carl Edwards out of the way on a restart in overtime and grabbed a contentious victory Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Kahne hopes to start comeback in GFS Marketplace 400 (SportsTicker)
BROOKYLN, Michigan (Ticker) - The last time Kasey Kahne left Michigan International Speedway, he had just scored his fourth win of the season and appeared to be one of the drivers who would be in the "Chase for the Championship."

Gilliland runs into trouble, and a wall, at Michigan (AP)
Nextel Cup newcomer David Gilliland went from euphoria to reality in less than 24 hours at Michigan International Speedway.

Kahne needs Michigan turnaround (AP)
A lot has changed for Kasey Kahne since he won at Michigan International Speedway in June.

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)

Burton knocks Sadler off Michigan pole (AP)
Jeff Burton won another pole Friday, spoiling Elliott Sadler's debut in the Evernham Motorsports No. 19 Dodge.

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