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Falcons trade Duckett to Redskins (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_three_team_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.b641902ffd9a4a6fa95295eca28051c2.three_team_trade_football_ny164.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=cC.DZtqRsRbhcDif62AfQg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Atlanta Falcons running back T.J. Duckett carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in this Jan. 2, 2005 photo in Seattle. The Falcons traded Duckett to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, AUg. 22, 2006 as part of a three-team deal and acquired holdout receiver Ashley Lelie from the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Washington Redskins were desperate to acquire another running back. The Atlanta Falcons were eager to pick up another receiver. Both teams got their wish Tuesday with a deal involving two former first-round picks taken back-to-back in the 2002 draft.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sprinter Gatlin agrees to 8-year ban (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_ot/run_gatlin_doping"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.b1f454f9ae6242d7ab61b0613f121466.athletics_gatlin_doping__ny169.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=fZnpjycK.sDRZfgA2Mx.9w--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Olympic champion Justin Gatlin races in the men's 100-meter event during the Daegu International Athletics Competition in Daegu, south of Seoul, South Korea in this Sept. 23, 2005 file photo. Gatlin agreed to an eight-year ban from track and field Tuesday,Aug. 22, 2006 avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because of the 'exceptional circumstances' surrounding his first positive drug test. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sprinter Justin Gatlin received an eight-year ban from track and field Tuesday, avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because an earlier positive drug test was deemed an honest mistake.</p><br clear="all"/>

Beltre leads Mariners past Yankees, 6-5 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.7ecb2e0ee613433a9db1d993d6f893d9.yankees_mariners_baseball_wajf118.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=fwNh1Vjud1rPfE360Aq5jg--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre hits a game winning home run on a pitch from New York Yankees' Ron Villone during the ninth inning of their baseball game in Seattle Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006. The Mariners won 6-5. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Seattle Mariners passed out white towels at Safeco Field. It seemed like the perfect giveaway to signify an ongoing surrender. Adrian Beltre gave 42,454 fans an unlikely, alternative use for the towels. They used them to salute Beltre's two home runs, including a ninth-inning drive off Ron Villone that lifted the Mariners over the New York Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night and stopped Seattle's 11-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Piazza snaps slump as Padres beat L.A. (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.74baad949d3f4e3b9c8052e5a49b595a.dodgers_padres_baseball_cali105.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=8_4oN9wRIc3fHEBhv6EDlQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="San Diego Padres' Mike Piazza grimaces as he watches his grounder careen off Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal for an RBI single in the sixth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - On most nights, scoring only one run for ace Jake Peavy would have meant a loss for the San Diego Padres. But the Padres have been lights-out against Los Angeles this season, and a hard single by Mike Piazza supplied all the offense Peavy needed in a 1-0 win on Tuesday night that pulled San Diego within two games of the NL West-leading Dodgers.</p><br clear="all"/>

LeBron, U.S. team not making guarantees (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bko_worlds_slovenia_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.jpmt14108221314.world_championships_basketball_usa_slovenia_jpmt141.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=6NCq58KZ3QTanbIpXUnMzg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="USA's Chris Paul, left, checks on his injured lip as he sits on the bench while LeBron James, center, and Carmelo Anthony look on during their first round game at the world basketball championships against Slovenia, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - After the United States whipped Slovenia 114-95 Tuesday night, LeBron James was asked if he would guarantee a FIBA world championship. "No way," James said with a chuckle. "It's too far away."</p><br clear="all"/>

Vincent: Gumbel criticism out of bounds (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_gumbel_nflpa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.nyol51208222138.gumbel_nflpa__nyol512.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=1KVY.8spUyipAHoGOhPFMA--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="In this May 4, 1999, file photo, Bryant Gumbel smiles during a news conference in New York. Bills safety Troy Vincent on Tuesday was the latest to criticize the HBO host for his criticism targeted at NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Troy Vincent would have preferred Bryant Gumbel kept his views to himself rather than using his TV show as a forum to harshly criticize the NFL's relationship with its players' union.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pacers acquire Harrington from Hawks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_hawks_pacers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.nyol51808222317.hawks_pacers_trade_nyol518.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=uiwfOl.ZVn3AOrBvopDdrQ--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="In this Feb. 27, 2006, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Al Harrington dunks against the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Harrington is returning to his original team as the Indiana Pacers completed a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Indiana Pacers finally completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks for forward Al Harrington on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Angels send Red Sox to 6th straight loss (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.c682e1167aee41ef8f58e13f07028bc7.red_sox_angels_baseball_ans110.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=pS80yk2KCMb7Qc9KReJ2Mw--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Kason Gabbard, left, and catcher Doug Mirabellil look away as Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, center, reacts after scoring on a single by Garret Anderson during the seventh inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Both Boston manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles' Mike Scioscia decided to walk the opposing team's slugger with a runner at second base. Francona ordered an intentional walk to the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero in the first inning, and Scioscia did it with David Ortiz up with two outs and a one run lead in the ninth.</p><br clear="all"/>

AC Milan and Liverpool advance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060822/capt.39813ac45ecc4be1abba99632b4efc0d.serbia_soccer_champions_league_xdmv103.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=dtxMmuRWvaND7Blh3HWP0A--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Filippo Inzaghi, left, of AC Milan scores a goal against FC Red Star, during their Champions League third qualifying round soccer match, in Belgrade, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)" border="0" /></a>AP - AC Milan and Liverpool advanced to the first round of the European Champions League on Tuesday along with Benfica and Hamburg SV.</p><br clear="all"/>

Figure in Danton case facing sex charges (AP)
AP - A former NHL agent who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his players faces several sex charges in eastern Ontario.

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

Duckett, Lelie part of three-team deal (AP)
When T.J. Duckett and Ashley Lelie were taken with back-to-back picks in the first round of the NFL draft four years ago, some Atlanta fans wondered why the Falcons went with the bruising runner instead of the speedy receiver. Well, those folks who believed Lelie was a better fit in Atlanta finally got their wish.

Colts' Simon hopes to return for opener (AP)
Indianapolis defensive tackle Corey Simon is likely to miss a couple of more weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee, but was hopeful he could return for the regular-season opener. "It was just that, after the second opinion, we thought it was best to go that way," he said. "So we took care of it." Simon hasn't practiced since banging his knee Aug.

Bears' Benson disciplined by Lovie Smith (AP)
Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson has been punished by coach Lovie Smith for leaving the sidelines during Friday night's preseason win over San Diego, and for missing a mandatory post-game meeting. "Cedric was supposed to have been on the sideline like the rest of our football team and he wasn't," Smith said.

Relieved Droughns back at Brown practice (AP)
Reuben Droughns was a few minutes late for practice on Tuesday, and the Browns didn't mind one bit. They were just happy to have him back. Cleveland's running back returned to the club one day after pleading not guilty in a Colorado court on misdemeanor harassment and domestic assault charges stemming from an argument with his wife.

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.

NFLPA prez Vincent criticizes Gumbel (AP)
Troy Vincent would have preferred Bryant Gumbel kept his views to himself rather than using his TV show as a forum to harshly criticize the NFL's relationship with its players' union. Vincent, the NFLPA president and Buffalo Bills safety, called Gumbel's comments "inappropriate" and "detrimental." "He's entitled to speak his mind ...

Leinart happy with smooth NFL transition (AP)
Matt Leinart is pleased with his smooth, quick transition to the NFL, but losing is unfamiliar and uncomfortable, even if it's early. "I know it's preseason," the rookie quarterback said. "But the feeling of losing, I haven't had that too many times in my career, even in high school." Leinart, 37-2 as USC's quarterback, knows that even the best teams lose more than that in the NFL.

Bills LB Spikes may play Saturday (AP)
Linebacker Takeo Spikes has spent so much time lobbying Bills coaches to test his injured right leg in a preseason game, he'd almost given up on that happening. It's why he was stunned when coach Dick Jauron, on Tuesday, said it was possible that Spikes will play Saturday when Buffalo hosts Cleveland.

Playing their game
The U.S. is beating the competition at the world championships by playing the international game.

Pacers finally get Harrington from Hawks (AP)
The Indiana Pacers finally completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks for forward Al Harrington on Tuesday. The Pacers acquired Harrington and center John Edwards in exchange for a 2007 first-round pick. Harrington spent the first six years of his career with the Pacers before spending the last two in Atlanta.

U.S. goes to 3-0, routs Slovenia 114-95 (AP)
After the United States whipped Slovenia 114-95 Tuesday night, LeBron James was asked if he would guarantee a FIBA world championship. "No way," James said with a chuckle. "It's too far away." But after three double-digit victories, the idea of the U.S. winning its first world championships since 1994 isn't far-fetched.

Spurs' Parker to miss 4 to 6 weeks (AP)
Spurs guard Tony Parker will miss four to six weeks but won't have surgery on the right index finger he broke playing for France in preparation for the world championship. Parker injured the finger in a tuneup game against Brazil last week and was evaluated by the Spurs medical staff Monday. The Spurs open a 10-day training camp in Parker's home country in about six weeks.

U.S. seeks 'killer mentality' at worlds (AP)
The U.S. team won its first three FIBA world championships games by an average of 20.3 points. The Americans hadn't trailed after halftime, and took a double-digit lead into the final quarter of each game. But after cruising past Slovenia 114-95 on Tuesday night, the Americans said they still haven't peaked.

Gasol's 28 points lead Spain over Angola (AP)
Spain's biggest game in the opening round of the FIBA world championships was against Germany. Angola turned out to be its toughest test. Two days after beating its fellow European power by 21 points, Pau Gasol scored 28 points to lead Spain to a 93-83 victory over Angola on Wednesday, the African champions' first loss of the tournament.

Yao, China earn first victory at worlds (AP)
Yao Ming scored 26 points, right at his tournament-best average, and China beat winless Senegal 100-83 on Wednesday for its first victory at the world championships. Former NBA player Wang Zhizhi added 19 points and Wang Shipeng had 17, including three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, for China (1-3).

Argentina secures first place in Group A (AP)
Andres Nocioni scored 23 points Wednesday as Argentina beat Nigeria 98-64 to secure first place in Group A at the FIBA world championships. Nocioni, the Chicago Bulls forward who hurt his left ankle in the third quarter of Monday's game against Venezuela, didn't miss a shot Wednesday. He was perfect from the field and was 5-for-5 from the 3-point line.

Bruins re-sign top scorer Bergeron (AP)
The Boston Bruins have re-signed Patrice Bergeron, their top scorer from last season, to a multiyear contract. Bergeron had 31 goals and 42 assists last season to become the youngest player in team history to record a 30-goal season. The 21-year-old center has 47 goals and 65 assists in his two years with Boston.

Crosby candidate to be Penguins captain (AP)
Now that Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux has retired again, the Pittsburgh Penguins are moving on behind another big star. General manager Ray Shero and coach Michel Therrien must decide whether 19-year-old Sidney Crosby -- the team's best player and the face of the franchise -- should wear the "C" as the team captain at the Oct.

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,...

Former NHL agent Frost faces sex charges (AP)
A former NHL agent who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his players faces several sex charges in eastern Ontario. David Frost has been charged with twelve counts of sexual exploitation and one count of assault, all related to alleged incidents from 1995 to 2001 involving four boys and three girls between the ages of 14 and 16.

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.

Into practice
Brian France has some of the big ideas, but it's Robin Pemberton and Brett Bodine who make them happen.

Carl Edwards fined, placed on probation for Michigan incident (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Carl Edwards' temper proved costly.

Edwards fined $20,000 for hitting Earnhardt (AP)
NASCAR fined Carl Edwards $20,000 on Tuesday for intentionally hitting Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car at the end of the Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Former crew member sues NASCAR in wake of 1999 racial prank (AP)
A former NASCAR team member who was the victim of a 1999 racial prank is suing NASCAR, claiming the sanctioning body failed to deliver on a promise to provide him work after the incident.

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."

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