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Padres sweep Dodgers, tighten NL West (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.8a977dc6753249c5a64058bcd0664f94.dodgers_padres_baseball_cali109.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=QtHhBwJ6pL_s0xSgoHATrw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny gets in the face of home plate umpire Rick Reed after being ejected by Reed in the fifth inning of a baseball game after San Diego Padres' Adrian Gonzalez walked on a pitch Penny thought was strike three on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2006, in San Diego. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is right. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Padres are right back in the NL West race thanks to another sweep of their biggest rival, the suddenly rattled Los Angeles Dodgers.</p><br clear="all"/>

White Sox finally win, but lose Thome (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.7e14260e625d44a98c1095737995c66d.white_sox_tigers_baseball_dts107.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=0wSJ0_AK2BaEXO0AWqt_7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Chicago White Sox's Jim Thome talks to a trainer after he came up limping after hitting a ground-rule double in the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jim Thome struggled to lift his left hamstring onto a shelf to put his sock on. The Chicago White Sox are hopeful Thome's injury will not prevent him from helping carry them to the playoffs so they can defend their World Series title.</p><br clear="all"/>

Riley seeks 'two-peat' with Miami Heat (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_riley"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.632e93f748c8490a9753fb98b290873d.heat_riley_mh502.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=_tK1wI10MWhsSOK_b1iDTA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Miami Heat coach Pat Riley talks with guard Dwyane Wade during the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., in this May 31, 2006, file photo. Riley will be coaching the Miami Heat when their NBA championship banner is raised. Riley confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, that he'll return as coach for the 2006-07 season, ending speculation that he might retire at age 61. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pat Riley decided against quitting on top. He'd rather try to stay there another year. Riley said Wednesday he'll return as coach of the NBA champion Miami Heat, ending speculation he might retire at age 61. He'll be on the sideline when the title banner is raised at the season opener Oct. 31 against the Chicago Bulls.</p><br clear="all"/>

Firestone comfortable for Tiger Woods (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_bridgestone_invitational"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.daaa4d09c2b94bd082f090de7a0ef43f.bridgestone_international_golf_ohtd104.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=R5OtJgIb2UVbEaSSzxZ3Sw--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Tiger Woods, right, talks with Corey Pavin on the fourth green during the practice round for the Bridgestone International World Golf Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods was given the choice to play one golf course where he had to win, with a few stipulations.</p><br clear="all"/>

When will Browns receiver Edwards play? (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_edwards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.6187f474aae342bf910827f8eb3c2673.browns_edwards_football_ny160.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=ABglhThkso.UcsJZ_dqwLA--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) talks with Dennis Northcutt (86) and receivers coach Terry Robiskie during morning practice at the team's football training camp in this July 31, 2006 photo, in Berea, Ohio. EEdwards was expected to be approaching his first days of practice, not preparing to play in his first exhibition game. But the Cleveland Browns' gifted wide receiver is on target to make his debut Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Braylon Edwards has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether scoring game-winning touchdowns at Michigan, buying a $140,000 Bentley before he was drafted or making the Browns sweat during a training camp contract holdout, the wide receiver knows how to work a crowd.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowboys' Owens reaggravates hamstring (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_t_o"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.02e5a15cd02e40c7a4893e080194faab.cowboys_parcells_football_txtg101.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=PZJz59Kf5wpoHGuo6hivPg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells gestures as he responds to a question regarding quarterbacks Tony Romo and Drew Bledsoe during a press conference at the teams training facility in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens won't be in any hurry to get off the bicycle this time.</p><br clear="all"/>

Riley to return to coach Heat (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060823/sp_nm/nba_riley_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060824/2006_08_24t011501_303x450_us_nba_riley.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=N3b2WxRhnGbLB27zhpMNww--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Miami Heat's head coach Pat Riley directs his team's play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball game in Miami in this June 18, 2006 file photo. Riley announced on August 23, 2006 that he will return as coach of Miami Heat. (Lucy Nicholson/Files/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Pat Riley ended months of speculation on Wednesday by announcing that he would return to coach the NBA champion Miami Heat for another season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ortiz, Pena help Boston snap 6-game skid (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.399f3f84660c4aa69d021f17b8286c37.red_sox_angels_baseball_ans110.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=oX9siW1jt1VgqPeW8ph7.A--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin celebrates in the dugout after retiring the side with the bases loaded against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of their baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz and Wily Mo Pena hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Donovan gives Galaxy 3-1 win over Rapids (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_rapids_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.da08a69a4e5340388cad0c3982d19e69.us_open_cup_galaxy_rapids_soccer_cajh105.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=qZsjt4iKfNuqhGaCcbwOFw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, left, scores his second goal of the game against Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Jordan during overtime of a quarterfinal U.S. Open Cup MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. Galaxy won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan scored two overtime goals to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night over the Colorado Rapids in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Former NHL agent Frost in sex abuse rap (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_frost_sex_charges"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060823/capt.d6ef0d18170f4d7c92bb32639055b63b.frost_sex_charges_hockey_fxc102.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=LmbYTNDLyq6a9klsFFzNzw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Former NHL agent David Frost is led by Ontario Provincial Police officers into court in Napanee, Can., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Fred Chartrand, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - A former NHL agent who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his players was freed on $10,000 bail Wednesday, and proclaimed himself not guilty of charges that he sexually exploited a group of teenagers.</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.

Owens reaggravates hamstring injury (AP)
Terrell Owens won't be in any hurry to get off the bicycle this time. Like he did for most practices during training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Owens rode a stationary bicycle Wednesday when the Dallas Cowboys held their first workout at home. The receiver said he reaggravated his left hamstring injury by returning to practice too soon last week.

Barlow apologizes for Hitler remark (AP)
Jets running back Kevan Barlow apologized Wednesday to 49ers coach Mike Nolan for comparing him to Adolf Hitler in a newspaper interview. Barlow, who was traded from San Francisco to New York on Sunday for a fourth-round pick, made his inflammatory comments to the Contra Costa Times. The often outspoken Barlow said after practice Wednesday he left a detailed message for Nolan.

Titans QB Young bruises throwing hand (AP)
Vince Young gave the Tennessee Titans -- and himself -- a scare Wednesday when the back of his throwing hand slammed against a helmet during practice. Young was examined on the field, then walked off for X-rays and did not return to practice. Coach Jeff Fisher said he wasn't too concerned, because the preliminary examination on the field indicated only a bruise.

Henson done with Cowboys, Romo a backup (AP)
Drew Henson won't be on the Dallas Cowboys roster this season, and the former third baseman once considered the team's quarterback of the future might be on the trading block. "I just didn't see enough," coach Bill Parcells said Wednesday. Henson's locker had already been cleaned out when reporters were allowed into the locker room before practice.

Duckett trade raises questions for Skins (AP)
T.J. Duckett crashed the Washington Redskins running back party Wednesday, arriving as part of a three-team trade that surprised his new teammates and raised plenty of questions. Is there more to Clinton Portis' injury than the Redskins are letting on? Have they given up on Ladell Betts? Is Rock Cartwright correct in calling the trade "a slap in the face?" Coach Joe Gibbs addressed them all Wednesday...

Colts RB Mungro to miss season (AP)
Colts running back James Mungro will miss the entire season after tearing a knee ligament during Sunday's preseason game against Seattle. Mungro, a short-yardage specialist who has scored 13 touchdowns in four seasons with the Colts, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with what coach Tony Dungy said was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Falcons, DT Grady Jackson agree to terms (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Grady Jackson, a free-agent defensive tackle who spent the last three years with the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons were awaiting Jackson's physical, pushed back to Thursday, before formally announcing the deal. Likely to be the nosetackle in short-yardage situations, Jackson will be a popular addition because the 6-foot-2,...

Raiders C Grove to undergo second MRI (AP)
Oakland Raiders center Jake Grove will an undergo a second MRI on his injured left shoulder, dealing the team a potentially bad break at the end of a smooth training camp. Grove hurt himself in practice Tuesday and will miss Friday's exhibition game against the Detroit Lions. He will be replaced by Corey Hulsey, meaning all five starters on the line will be at different spots from where they played...

Edwards' preseason debut still up in air (AP)
Braylon Edwards has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether scoring game-winning touchdowns at Michigan, buying a $140,000 Bentley before he was drafted or making the Browns sweat during a training camp contract holdout, the wide receiver knows how to work a crowd. His latest act has Cleveland on edge.

'Melo to the rescue
Carmelo Anthony's second-half offensive onslaught saved the U.S. from an embarrassing loss to Italy.

Riley says he will return as Heat coach (AP)
Pat Riley decided against quitting on top. He'd rather try to stay there another year. Riley said Wednesday he'll return as coach of the NBA champion Miami Heat, ending speculation he might retire at age 61. He'll be on the sideline when the title banner is raised at the season opener Oct. 31 against the Chicago Bulls.

Anthony's 35 help U.S. win Group D (AP)
As his team left the locker room at halftime trailing Italy by nine points, captain Dwyane Wade broke into song. "I was walking out and everybody was quiet and I just started singing something that came to mind," Wade said Wednesday night. "I just came off the NBA Finals, where my team had been down a lot (two games to none).

Pistons name Porter assistant coach (AP)
The Detroit Pistons named former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Terry Porter as an assistant coach on Wednesday. "Terry was a fierce competitor during his playing days and he has excelled as both a head coach and assistant coach in this league," said Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations.

Blazers' Aldridge to miss season's start (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the second overall pick in the June draft, underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a ligament tear in his right shoulder and will miss the start of the regular season. Aldridge had the surgery done in Los Angeles. The team said it expects him to start rehabilitation within three weeks and return to the basketball court in mid- to late November.

Baxter sentenced to two months in jail (AP)
Former NBA player Lonny Baxter was sentenced Wednesday to two months in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a gun a few blocks from the White House. Baxter, who played with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, has been in jail since his arrest Aug. 16, when uniformed Secret Service officers responded to reports of shots being fired from a white sport utility vehicle.

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.

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.

Bruins' Bergeron gets 5 years, $23.75M (AP)
At age 21, Patrice Bergeron already has shown he can be an outstanding scorer. Now he has five more years to show he also can be a leader of the Boston Bruins. He plans to do it by scoring and checking rather than shouting. "I've learned a lot in the past few years that I've been here," Bergeron said Wednesday, one day after signing a five-year contract worth $23.75 million.

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 freed on bail (AP)
A former NHL agent who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his players was freed on $10,000 bail Wednesday, and proclaimed himself not guilty of charges that he sexually exploited a group of teenagers. "Innocent," said David Frost as he was led from the courthouse and into his lawyer's car after a brief court appearance.

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.

Trading Paint: Racing potpourri
Are young drivers brought up too fast? Is Jeremy Mayfield out of his gourd? And what's up with Toyota? Fans chime in.

Martin continues success in Bristol, wins O'Reilly 200 (SportsTicker)

Mark Martin wins NASCAR trucks race at Bristol Motor Speedway (AP)
Mark Martin, starting from the pole for the first time in a truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway, made just one pit stop and won the Craftsman Truck Series' O'Reilly 200 on Wednesday night.

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.

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