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Tiger Woods easily captures 12th major (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.e3a42fd56886402dbccb0fcacb0c76dc.pga_championship_golf_pga189.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=U_vjA3dPIxuQMFuoarymCg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Tiger Woods holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 88th PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - An emotional wreck at Hoylake, a machine at Medinah. Tiger Woods went from brown fairways to lush greens, from pure irons to perfect putting, from silver claret jug to shiny Wanamaker Trophy. For all those changes, from one major to the next, this much stayed very much the same:</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankees defeat Red Sox 8-5 in 10 innings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.ee9bb04382144c7984af6b2df0206e5e.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mawt110.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=2_SI0FyAUWtycBP0344sug--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Jason Giambi watches his solo home run with Boston Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli during the tenth inning in major league baseball at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Twenty-eight years after the "Boston Massacre" set the stage for Bucky Dent and yet another Yankees championship, New York is snuffing out the Red Sox once again.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kenseth outruns Jeff Gordon for victory (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_michigan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.f87828bd423f417c8020a7b7df02a22d.nascar_michigan_auto_racing_mips106.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=Uv1kAp7_P63e7px3WfWBfQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Matt Kenseth celebrates his victory after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup GFS Marketplace 400 in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Kenseth held off Jeff Gordon this time. Kenseth easily kept the four-time NASCAR champion at bay in the final laps of Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway and won for the third time this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Drew, Nomar spark Dodgers over Giants (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/bbn_dodgers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.a21fad3d1ce741c7b32c2c72318c927e.dodgers_giants_baseball_fxpb101.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=j3OxBUZ7pIz5kCBd_iOkFA--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derek Lowe wanted to talk about his hitting. There was a lot to be said for his pitching too. He allowed five hits in eight plus innings and J.D. Drew and Nomar Garciaparra each hit two-run homers to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Glavine might have shoulder blood clot (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_glavine"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.beef3a68aef048509f13c0b1c35451c2.mets_baseball_glavine_nys105.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=_YKT5iPB4hnY7WR51i_.Eg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine responds to reporters' questions at a news conference to discuss a possible blood clot in his pitching shoulder, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, before the Mets face the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium in New York. Glavine will undergo medical tests this week. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine sounded worried and hopeful at the same time. Surrounded by media in a small room next to the New York Mets' clubhouse on Sunday, he said his pitching shoulder is being examined for a possible blood clot.</p><br clear="all"/>

Manning nearly perfect in exhibition (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_seahawks_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.6c391c29353749b3b265f2ec21e94e71.seahawks_colts_football_nad103.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=FVH.V8ZSuZN9o576CoBu_g--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks to throw against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - All Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander had to do was keep pace with Indianapolis' starters Sunday night. Done. Leonard Weaver and the Seattle backups overwhelmed the rest of the Colts.</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 hold on to beat Nationals 12-10 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060820/capt.44700c7489264e609a254ed6768c820d.nationals_phillies_baseball_pxs106.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=RGkzV_vYw9VKhlX6sUf6vQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Washington Nationals' Brian Schneider hits a two-run double off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Aaron Fultz in the eighth inning of their baseball game Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 12-10. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Abraham Nunez has gone through enough hard times this season that he isn't going to take anything for granted now. Nunez homered and tied a career high with four RBIs to help the Philadelphia Phillies hold on for a 12-10 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Los Angeles Galaxy defeat FC Dallas 2-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fc_dallas_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.5ae9a4bad7464a1fb2b204496541c24f.fc_dallas_galaxy_soccer_cabk105.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=mM9xTvCH_Wj4kvkVHXdpcw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Alan Gordon, left, battles FC Dallas' Richard Mulrooney for the ball during the first half of their MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. The Galaxy won 2-0. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan and Santino Quaranta scored in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

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.

Raising Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. &ndash; Edgerrin James has lifted the spirits of Cardinals fans, but carrying the rushing load won't be as easy.

Jets acquire RB Barlow from 49ers (AP)
The New York Jets acquired running back Kevan Barlow from the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for an undisclosed draft pick in 2007, their second attempt in a week to shore up the position in Curtis Martin's absence. Barlow's departure officially handed the 49ers' starting job to second-year running back Frank Gore, who already was well on his way to winning it outright.

Bengals' Palmer plans to play next game (AP)
Carson Palmer said Sunday he expects to play in the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason game next Monday against Green Bay, provided he doesn't have any swelling this week in his surgically rebuilt knee. Coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal earlier about when his starting quarterback would get on the field for the first time.

Raiders improve to 3-0 under coach Shell (AP)
The passing game clicked, the defense created turnovers and the special teams was strong once again. The Oakland Raiders put together their most complete performance of the preseason, yet coach Art Shell is far from satisfied. Aaron Brooks threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Doug Gabriel on Oakland's opening drive, and Andrew Walter led the Raiders to two second-half scores in a 23-7 victory Sunday...

Seahawks backups overwhelm Colts in win (AP)
All Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander had to do was keep pace with Indianapolis' starters Sunday night. Done. Leonard Weaver and the Seattle backups overwhelmed the rest of the Colts. Weaver rushed for one touchdown, Mike Green returned an interception for another and Josh Brown kicked three field goals to give the defending NFC champions a 30-17 victory at Indianapolis.

Saints to debut 1-2 punch of Deuce, Bush (AP)
The New Orleans Saints have their first chance to see what type of problems Deuce McAllister and versatile rookie running back Reggie Bush can cause an opposing defense. And football fans across the country will get to see it on national TV as the Saints host the Dallas Cowboys at what is essentially a neutral stadium in Shreveport, La., on Monday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wade scores 26, U.S. beats China 121-90 (AP)
One day Carmelo Anthony leads the U.S. in scoring. The next game, it's Dwyane Wade's turn. Wade scored 26 points Sunday night to lead the U.S. to a 121-90 rout of Yao Ming and China, the Americans' second victory in as many games at the FIBA world championships. Someone else may lead the way against Slovenia on Tuesday.

Diaw scores 20, helps France beat Serbia (AP)
Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns made four free throws in the final six seconds to send France past Serbia and Montenegro 65-61 Sunday night, the second loss for the defending champions at the world championships. Diaw sealed the outcome with four seconds left after Igor Rakocevic missed a free throw that would have pulled the 2002 champions within a point.

Gasol has 26, Spain routs Panama 101-57 (AP)
Pau Gasol had 26 points and 10 rebounds and was a key part of each of Spain's big scoring runs in a 101-57 victory over Panama on Sunday night in the opening round of the FIBA world championships. The 7-foot Gasol, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, combined with Jorge Garbajosa to score Spain's first nine points as it opened the game with a 12-2 run.

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.

Germany shows it's more than just Dirk (AP)
Germany showed there is a lot more to its team than Dirk Nowitzki. Germany used the 3-pointer and some staunch defense to overcome a poor shooting game from its NBA star and beat New Zealand 80-56 on Sunday in the opening round of the FIBA world championships. "Dirk rarely has a game like that, maybe one in 50," Germany coach Dirk Bauermann said, referring to his star's 11-point effort on 3-for-13...

Argentina defeats Venezuela 96-54 (AP)
Walter Herrmann scored 25 points to help Argentina secure a place in the second round of the basketball world championships with a 96-54 victory over Venezuela on Monday. Herrmann, who plays in Spain, shot 70 percent from the field and also led Argentina (3-0) with nine rebounds. For the second straight game, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs saw little playing time, finishing with five points...

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...

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.

The Matt and Jeff show
BROOKLYN, Mich. &ndash; Kenseth and Gordon battled again Sunday, with a much friendlier outcome.

Pressure of "Chase" getting to chasers (SportsTicker)
BROOKYLN, Michigan (Ticker) Apparently, the pressure is starting to get to several of the drivers who appeared to be safely in the "Chase for the Championship."

Burton and Busch lose ground in race for Chase (AP)
Resurgent Jeff Burton ran into a speed bump Sunday on the way to a hoped-for spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Kenseth wins GFS Marketplace 400, closes on Johnson (SportsTicker)


Kenseth outruns Jeff Gordon for Michigan victory (AP)
With Jeff Gordon closing in and the checkered flag in sight Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Matt Kenseth was thinking about three races he could have won and didn't.

Injured driver Da Matta improving (AFP)
Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano Da Matta has been transferred from intensive care, but is still not completely conscious or able to speak, his RuSport team said in a statement.

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."

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