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Tigers top ChiSox in key AL Central tilt (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.5d30a09712804427a71170d611493ab7.white_sox_tigers_baseball_dts106.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=t8YAxivoown1YN7X5Wqdig--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers first baseman Sean Casey, right, and pitcher Justin Verlander come off the field laughing after Casey snagged a line drive from White Sox hitter Jermaine Dye for the third out in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, in Detroit. Casey went 3-for-4 with three RBI's and one run in the Tigers 7-1 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Verlander solved the Chicago White Sox for the first time, giving the Detroit Tigers a little more of a cushion in the AL Central.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankees sweep in Boston Massacre redux (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.96d13137076a48dd886ac122840c9885.yankees_red_sox_baseball_maea113.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Xocmc5gpXPj5pm9BqcPTyg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Baseball fans at Fenway Park hold signs during the ninth inning of the New York Yankees' 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their baseball game in Boston Monday, Aug. 21, 2006. The Yankees swept the five-game series at Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees celebrated in the dugout as if they'd just clinched a playoff berth. In a way, they've done everything but.</p><br clear="all"/>

Aurilia, Reds rally past fading Astros (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_reds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.ac21bc72b0d143198c82e2eef61a5086.astros_reds_baseball_csb110.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=UGEQE7bp55VhXLTVm4KbQg--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Rich Aurilia, left, is congratulated by Adam Dunn after Aurilia hit a three run home run off Houston Astros pitcher Chad Qualls in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rich Aurilia's first two hits didn't make it out of the infield. His third was a double that conveniently landed just inside the foul line. In his fourth at-bat, he still had a little luck left.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bledsoe impressive in debut; Cowboys win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_saints_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.f9192f58f5654ec695b61ab78b1e84ea.cowboy_saints_football_lars105.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=pbYwJ.R67Yr1WTrXNosnlA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe (11) tosses a first quarter pass against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, during their preseason football game in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Drew Bledsoe lobbed two passes into the end zone and saw his receivers make terrific catches on both in his preseason debut for the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>

A's, Jays fighting for different reasons (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_blue_jays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.ca52ed0fb47747bd9133b892d6fa35ee.athletics_blue_jays_baseball_cpth103.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=UzhC6sEIWK.MChWudDN47w--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ted Lilly exchanges words as he is relieved by manager John Gibbons during third inning AL action in Toronto Monday, Aug. 21, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Aaron Harris)" border="0" /></a>AP - While the Oakland Athletics keep fighting for a playoff spot, the Toronto Blue Jays are still tangling with each other.</p><br clear="all"/>

Barlow joins Jets after whirlwind 2 days (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jets_barlow"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.8129ea0268cd492fae457c979722ff9b.49ers_jets_trade_football_ny160.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=SSSlqWONEgCEGMZayed3Aw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="This is a 2005 NFL hand out photo of running back Kevan Barlow. The New York Jets acquired Barlow from the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, AUg. 20, 2006 for an undisclosed draft pick in 2007, their second attempt in a week to shore up the position. (AP Photo/NFL, HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - New Jets running back Kevan Barlow has barely slept the last two days.</p><br clear="all"/>

Agent: Harrington, Pacers close to deal (AP)
AP - It looks like Al Harrington will return to the Indiana Pacers after all.

Utley homers, in collision as Phils win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.1b858aaf35f84964ba6242a770cfbc9c.phillies_cubs_baseball_cxc111.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=rCWFQuKt_bOvFFqEPmiApg--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Aaron Rowand, left, and second baseman Chase Utley fall to the ground after colliding while chasing a fly ball hit by the Chicago Cubs' John Mabry during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 in Chicago. Rowand had to leave the game after the collision. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chase Utley homered and accidentally delivered a hard hit on teammate Aaron Rowand, too, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Monday night.</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"/>

Malkin skates again at Kings facility (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_penguins_malkin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.bb14f2460aad42c2beb3e5f2168df34c.hockey_malkin_carf103.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=JmPhJUtOfWOd.gqS_BxhAw--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Evgeni Malkin, a Russian hockey star and the Pittsburgh Penguins' number one draft pick, practices with the Los Angeles Kings Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Evgeni Malkin skated again with several NHL players Monday at the Los Angeles Kings' practice rink, and his agent said he was optimistic the 20-year-old hockey star will soon become a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.</p><br clear="all"/>

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

Bledsoe, Cowboys stop Bush and Saints (AP)
Drew Bledsoe lobbed two passes into the end zone and saw his receivers make terrific catches on both in his preseason debut for the Dallas Cowboys. Neither play, however, was made by the receiver everyone is waiting to see him throw to -- Terrell Owens. Terry Glenn reached around his defender's head and made a one-handed touchdown catch on Bledsoe's first lob, then Sam Hurd fought off his defender...

Jones says Owens may have another MRI (AP)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday night that receiver Terrell Owens may have another MRI exam taken to see why his hamstring continues to bother him after weeks of treatment. "Certainly it is sore and he is going to be working to improve that," Jones said during halftime of Dallas' preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

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.

Panthers WR Smith sits out last practice (AP)
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith sat out the final practice of training camp on Monday due to his strained left hamstring. Smith rode a stationary bike and did agility drills on the side of the field as the team practiced. He was injured on July 29, the first day of camp. "It's day-to-day. It's the same it's been," coach John Fox said.

Droughns pleads not guilty to assault (AP)
Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor harassment and assault charges that stemmed from a disturbance with his wife. A trial was set for Feb. 5 in Arapahoe County Court for Droughns, who missed practice on Monday in Berea, Ohio, to attend the pretrial conference.

Washington State court next for Robinson (AP)
A high-speed police chase and allegations of drunken driving in Minnesota will send Vikings receiver Koren Robinson back to a courtroom in Washington state. A hearing in Kirkland Municipal Court, in Kirkland, Wash., will be held to determine whether Robinson's recent arrest violated terms of his probation stemming from a 2005 drunken driving incident on the West Coast.

Packers FB Henderson has knee surgery (AP)
Veteran fullback William Henderson had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and will be out two to three weeks, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Henderson injured his knee during Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta. McCarthy said he hoped Henderson, who has missed only two games in his Packers career, will be back in time for the Sept.

RBs Jones, Benson back at Bears practice (AP)
The Chicago Bears on Monday had both of their top two running backs -- Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson -- on the practice field for the first time since training camp began. Jones went through his first fully padded practice without limitation since suffering a pulled hamstring July 27, the morning of the first training camp workout.

Browns WR Edwards closing in on debut (AP)
Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards may be on the verge of his exhibition debut. Returning to practice two months before doctors predicted following reconstructive knee surgery, Edwards has progressed to the point where coach Romeo Crennel is considering playing him in Cleveland's preseason game at Buffalo on Saturday.

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.

Agent: Pacers, Harrington close to deal (AP)
It looks like Al Harrington will return to the Indiana Pacers after all. After weeks of speculation about the free agent's status and reports in the past week that a deal between the Atlanta Hawks and the Pacers had fallen through, Harrington's new agent expects him to be in Indianapolis soon. "It's very close to getting done with Indiana," Greg Lawrence, a spokesman for Harrington agent Arn...

Backcourt leads Spain by Germany 92-71 (AP)
With all the attention focused on the star NBA big men, Spain's backcourt stole the spotlight. Juan Carlos Navarro and Jose Calderon combined for 39 points to lead Spain and Pau Gasol to a 92-71 victory over Germany and Dirk Nowitzki on Monday in the opening round of the FIBA world championships. Spain (3-0) ensured itself of advancing to the single-elimination round of 16, and Germany (2-1) should...

Randolph 'involved' in sex assault claim (AP)
Police said Monday that Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph is "involved" in a sexual assault report taken last week but is not a suspect. Sgt. Brian Schmautz, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said detectives are interviewing potential witnesses to the incident. "The Police Bureau will now confirm that on August 14, 2006, an officer took a report of a sexual assault and that the...

U.S. may have right combo at worlds (AP)
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski wants his squad to play even harder after two wins at the world basketball championships. Krzyzewski essentially has divided the players into two teams, and he's asking each to go all out for 20 or so minutes. The idea is to wear down the opposition, while spreading playing time and scoring.

Nocioni hurt, but Argentina goes to 3-0 (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...

Milicic, Serbia-Montenegro get first win (AP)
Darko Milicic scored 20 points to lead defending champion Serbia and Montenegro to a 104-57 victory over Lebanon on Monday, its first win in the FIBA world championships. Milicic, of the Orlando Magic, shot 8-of-11 from the field, and Marko Marinovic added 14 points for Serbia-Montenegro, which lost its first two games of the tournament to France and Nigeria.

Parker out, Diaw quiet, but France wins (AP)
Mickael Gelabale scored 14 points and led France to a 64-53 victory over Nigeria on Monday in the opening round of the FIBA world championship. France (2-1) led 33-15 when Mamoutou Diarra, who replaced San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker on the roster, made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.

Malkin skates again at Kings facility (AP)
Evgeni Malkin skated again with several NHL players Monday at the Los Angeles Kings' practice rink, and his agent said he was optimistic the 20-year-old hockey star will soon become a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "This is why we're here," Pat Brisson said. "We're going to do everything in our power to help him reach his goal -- to be playing with the Penguins on opening night." Malkin,...

Kings to retire Robitaille's jersey (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings will retire Luc Robitaille's No. 20 jersey in a ceremony in January at the Staples Center. Robitaille will join Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky as Kings players to have their jersey retired. Robitaille also will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame as part of the evening's festivities before the Kings' game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan.

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.

Blues sign veteran D 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.

Predators sign D Alex Henry (AP)
The Nashville Predators signed free agent defenseman Alex Henry to a one-year deal Monday. Under the two-way contract, Henry will earn $450,000 when playing for the Predators and $95,000 if playing for the team's AHL franchise in Milwaukee. The 6-5, 220-pound Henry played for the Minnesota Wild the last two NHL seasons, and had a career-high five assists in 63 games played last season.

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.

Toyota today
BROOKLYN, Mich. &ndash; Monday's Car of Tomorrow test allowed Toyota to shake down its Camry against other manufacturers.

Bodine Bobsled Challenge to be coupled with sledding championship (AP)
Geoff Bodine and his NASCAR pals are returning to the track -- the bobsled track, that is. The second annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge again will be held in January during the sport's U.S. national championships. Earlier this year, 10 current and former NASCAR drivers took part in two races, helping raise money for the U.S.

Toyota debuts at Car of Tomorrow at MIS (AP)
Toyota made its first official on-track appearance Monday, with Bill Elliott, Michael Waltrip and Dave Blaney all piloting Camrys in NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow test at Michigan International Speedway.

With three to go until Chase: Who's in, out and in trouble (AP)
When Jeff Burton's engine failed after just 17 laps in Michigan, all he could do was watch helplessly from the garage as he plummeted in the Chase for the championship standings.

Kenseth outruns Jeff Gordon for Michigan victory (AP)
Matt Kenseth had a series of flashbacks during the final laps of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

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)

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

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