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Red Sox won't let Weaver make history (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060825/capt.4c65b69edc6a4c0690613f165d7eb587.red_sox_angels_baseball_ans106.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=janjA2o1llIetn4nDzzhZg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver reacts after the third out of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in an MLB baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Beckett rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career to pitch six strong innings, David Ortiz hit his 46th homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Thursday night to hand rookie Jered Weaver his first loss.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rice says goodbye to football as a Niner (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn49ers_rice_retires"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.35963a1d33584ce3a1f15d4b92e19265.49ers_rice_retires_football_caer103.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=PyKSmObuELRtcS7Lm4_mqA--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Wide receiver Jerry Rice smiles and answers questions after signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers during a press conference at the 49ers football headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday Aug. 24, 2006. The 49ers will hold an official retirement ceremony for Rice at a game in November. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jerry Rice spent some of his favorite days on the green practice fields next to the railroad tracks that run behind the San Francisco 49ers' training complex.</p><br clear="all"/>

Randolph downplays Mets' sweep of Cards (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060825/capt.4d1a540c7b93444fbc717e5962010889.cardinals_mets_baseball_nys117.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=meZMm5EJL5_C6LkJigq8KA--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="New York Mets third base coach Manny Acta, right, watches as Paul Lo Duca beats out the throw from right field on Lo Duca's third-inning RBI-triple as St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen, left, waits for the ball, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Randolph swears there was no special message in the New York Mets' three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. After all, in this runaway season, the Mets have swept eight other series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Scott shoots 63 to lead at Firestone (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bridgestone_invitational"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.f0ecbf0c7b4042ebae5f28c20d874230.bridgestone_invitational_golf_ohtd105.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=6LA2N2a0jInzNmDqtegONg--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Adam Scott, from Australia, hits from the 18th fairway back toward the 10th green in the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Akron, Ohio. Scott bogeyed the 10th hole. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam Scott has played better than anyone else in his last two rounds.</p><br clear="all"/>

Believe it: Deadball era's not dead yet (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_vintage_base_ball"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.917863ca3d18438db343aa2c7fd709e3.vintage_baseball_nybm102.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=DBWFJBLtyexiD6Iv4LuFCQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Jim Bouton, chairman and CEO of the Vintage Base Ball Federation (VBBF), twist his hat in a demonstration during a press conference in New York, Thursday Aug. 24, 2006. Bouton, a former Yankee pitcher, announced plans to increase the number of teams playing vintage baseball using 19th century rules and manners, with an invitation to amateur baseball and softball teams to join the VBBF. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)" border="0" /></a>AP - Talk about turning back the clock.</p><br clear="all"/>

Culpepper returns to seen of the crime (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_dolphins_panthers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060825/capt.db2228506f7044c3ba46cfcac2af4756.dolphins_panthers_football_nccb103.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=PsqDOpMF2HIiAz5RwnOBoA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper passes under pressure during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - In his first trip back to the stadium where he tore three knee ligaments a year ago, Daunte Culpepper immediately sought out the man who leveled the hit that changed his career.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pacers nab coveted free agent Harrington (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_pacers_harrington"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.91921b99314443c0bee1972152dead6a.pacers_harrington_basketball_na101.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=CWgHXgu1P4iCEnYOfvMVIQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Al Harrington, who was acquired by the Indiana Pacers from the Atlanta Hawks, talks about returning to the Pacers during a press conference in Indianapolis Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006. Larry Bird, Pacers president of basketball operations is at the right. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Indiana Pacers thought Al Harrington filled a void in their new up-tempo offense. Harrington just wanted to play for a winner &#151; and going home seemed like the perfect move.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ross' homer helps Reds rally past Giants (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_reds_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060825/capt.220735fcc82f4d6a99b6c5421ceef43c.reds_giants_baseball_fxpb108.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=L1C3XzLvOyeOaqjTKMHZzA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' David Ross, right, celebrates his home run off San Francisco Giants' Vinnie Chulk with teammate Todd Hollandsworth in the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ross' solo homer broke a tie in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday 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.9defa5010d4b4b67990537a519c739cd.us_open_cup_galaxy_rapids_soccer_cajh104.jpg?x=125&y=130&sig=_0JRpSa.k.eQlacxFskKlw--" align="left" height="130" width="125" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan attempts to score over Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Jordan during the second half of a quarterfinal U.S. Open Cup soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. (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"/>

Papale's inspiring tale
Vince Papale's "Invincible" destiny goes well beyond his success on the football field.

Owens might not play until season opener (AP)
Terrell Owens missed practice again Thursday, virtually ensuring he will miss his third straight preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and might not play until the regular-season opener. Owens missed 15 of 27 training camp workouts in Oxnard, Calif., and the first two exhibition games before the Cowboys resumed practice at home Wednesday.

Bengals QB Palmer to play Monday night (AP)
Carson Palmer is ready to play. With his rebuilt knee holding up in practice, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback said Thursday that he will play in the next preseason game, stepping on the field and taking a hit for the first time since his injury in the playoffs seven months ago. Palmer is expected to start against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, when his left knee will get its biggest test...

Lelie paid high price to leave Broncos (AP)
Ashley Lelie's departure from Denver was a costly one. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Thursday that in order to be free from the final year of his contract, the recalcitrant receiver agreed to pay the Broncos a hefty sum. The amount is believed to be $982,000. Not counting players' days off, Lelie skipped 23 days of training camp, making him liable for $14,000 in daily fines totaling...

Culpepper sharp at site of 2005 injury (AP)
In his first trip back to the stadium where he tore three knee ligaments a year ago, Daunte Culpepper immediately sought out the man who leveled the hit that changed his career. "I walked up to Chris Gamble and I told him, 'Thank you,"' said Culpepper after his new team, the Miami Dolphins, lost to the Carolina Panthers 19-10 on Thursday.

Rice signs 1-day deal to retire as 49er (AP)
Jerry Rice spent some of his favorite days on the green practice fields next to the railroad tracks that run behind the San Francisco 49ers' training complex. That's where Rice honed his game over countless hours as he became the NFL's most prolific receiver -- and that's why he felt those fields were an appropriate place to say his latest goodbye to the sport he revolutionized.

Titans WR Givens hopes to play in opener (AP)
The Tennessee Titans signed David Givens away from the New England Patriots to boost their receiving corps. Unfortunately, a strained hamstring may keep him from catching a pass that counts until the season opener. Givens, who strained his right hamstring last week, won't play Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

Raiders C Grove to miss 3-to-4 weeks (AP)
Raiders center Jake Grove received good news Thursday when doctors told him he will not need surgery on his injured left shoulder and is expected to miss less than a month. "It's not as bad as what they thought it would be," said Grove, who feared he would miss 12 weeks if he needed an operation. "I'm not going to have to have surgery.

Browns acquire C Friedman from Bears (AP)
The Cleveland Browns, who have had problems at center all training camp, acquired center Lennie Friedman from the Chicago Bears on Thursday for a 2007 conditional draft choice. Friedman has played in 65 games, including 32 starts at guard and center, in seven seasons with Denver, Washington and Chicago.

QB Henson released by Cowboys (AP)
Drew Henson was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, a day after coach Bill Parcells said the quarterback wouldn't be on the roster this season. Parcells wouldn't elaborate Wednesday when asked if the Cowboys were trying to trade Henson. If that was the case, they weren't able to find any takers.

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

Battier knows role for undefeated U.S. (AP)
Shane Battier had a quick response when he was asked to define his role on Team USA. "See these floor burns?" he said, motioning to a nasty red spot on his forearm. "That's my role." Battier doesn't make many highlight shows. But he's become an important part of the U.S. team as it prepares for the second round of the FIBA world championships.

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.

Nets invite Jay Williams to camp (AP)
Jay Williams' bid to resurrect his NBA career after a serious motorcycle crash three years ago has brought him to New Jersey, where he worked out for Nets officials and has been invited to training camp. Kevin Bradbury, who represents Williams, said the Nets invited the former Duke star and No. 2 draft pick to training camp in October.

Yao has 36 points, China wins at buzzer (AP)
Yao Ming scored 36 points and Wang Shipeng made a 3-pointer as time expired to give China a 78-77 victory over Slovenia on Thursday, a win that helped send the Chinese to the second round of the world championships. The Chinese (2-3) won their final two Group D games to tie Slovenia and Puerto Rico for third place.

Dirk leads Germany past Angola in 3 OT (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki was able to laugh and call it 55 minutes of intense basketball fun. Joaquim Gomes was on the verge of tears as he talked about his team's heart and effort. Those who saw Germany's 108-103 triple-overtime victory over Angola on Thursday in the first round of the FIBA world championships will never forget it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Busch bash at Bristol
Catching Kevin Harvick in Busch points will be near impossible. The same could apply to catching him at Bristol.

No changes to Chase races in 2007 (AP)
There will be no changes to the 10 races in the Chase for the championship in 2007, with much of next season's schedule the same as this year's.

Mayfield getting back to racing (AP)
Jeremy Mayfield, fired two weeks ago by Ray Evernham from his ride in the No. 19 Dodge, is ready to get on with...

Edwards struggling on, off track (AP)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. &ndash; Carl Edwards has gone from one of NASCAR's golden boys to one of the sport's "bad boys,"...

Hamlin ignoring pressure, having solid rookie year (AP)
There were some snide muttered comments and knowing head shakes as soon-to-be rookie of the year candidate Denny...

Racer ignores heart attack, keeps on driving (AP)
OSWEGO, N.Y. &ndash; When Shawn Muldoon slips behind the wheel of his 900-horsepower supermodified and goes...

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.

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