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Zito takes no-no into 8th vs. Rangers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.b3ec1c02ca9f46d6ad1c8cb595a3624f.athletics_rangers_baseball_arl101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=iH_SZ9txDMKxrgtpLFeXlg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito prepares to deliver to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Aug. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Of course Barry Zito was thinking about a no-hitter. And that was too bad for him.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twins beat ChiSox, take wild-card lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.d4ba83c2affd43b0b0eb7f628c6d2927.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs104.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=qRx5IWG1A1LxUJegOVQipg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer (7) tags Chicago White Sox's Ross Gload out at home on an RBI single hit by Rob Mackowiak in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Chicago. Joe Crede scored on the single. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ozzie Guillen gazed across the field and saw the enthusiastic Minnesota Twins all standing on the top of the dugout steps, watching and rooting.</p><br clear="all"/>

Steelers don't score with Roethlisberger (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_steelers_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.dfd4d31cc5c74c0a9001e105d53470c9.steelers_eagles_football_pxs110.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=YvyLKxACk68ypm2Qz5Oo9w--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) hangs onto Philadelphia Eagles safety Michael Lewis (32) after Roethlisberger was called for intentionally grounding the ball during the first quarter of a preseason football game Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Akers' transition to a new holder is going well. Akers kicked field goals of 40, 49 and 52 yards to help make Donovan McNabb's brief appearance a productive one, and Jeff Garcia connected with Greg Lewis on a 61-yard touchdown pass to lead the Philadelphia Eagles over the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-7 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Leinart impresses as Cards down Bears (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_cardinals_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.4795e2e852714bd3beed8f72b2de7d36.cardinals_bears_football_cxb104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=Z1k8akf7_LMKKm._CJT2hQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart drops back to pass during the second quarter of an NFL pre-season football game against the Chicago Bears, Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Leinart had one request for his head coach. "Call anything," he told Dennis Green. The rookie clearly was confident.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lewis unsure how much Palmer will play (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060825/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bengals_palmer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060824/capt.f9c31a151a82410896b442c5f3303868.bengals_palmer_football_kyab102.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=Vs_sFKsq_sdspvOVQZqJkw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer wears a brace to protect his left knee as he drops back to pass during practice, Saturday, July 29, 2006, at training camp in Georgetown, Ky. With his rebuilt knee holding up in practice, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback said Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, that he will play in the next pre-season game, stepping on the field and taking a hit for the first time since his injury in the playoffs seven months ago. Palmer is expecting to play Monday night against the Green Bay Packers in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Coach Marvin Lewis doesn't have a firm plan for how much Carson Palmer will play on Monday night in the quarterback's first game back from reconstructive knee surgery.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brooks to Moss pays off as Raiders roll (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_lions_raiders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.eeaad80df4c249e6a167517f926c6478.lions_raiders_football_oas112.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=O6NqNGKVb3Pp6mVqMc4HOw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss (18) is hugged by teammates after his 63-yard touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions in the first half of their NFL pre-season football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Moss and Aaron Brooks look as if they're already in midseason form. Moss caught two touchdown passes from Brooks and the Oakland Raiders opened the preseason with four straight wins for the first time since 1975, beating the Detroit Lions 21-3 Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Familiar NBA foes bar path for US stars to reclaim world throne (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060825/sp_afp/basketworld"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060825/capt.sge.hll23.250806153956.photo00.photo.default-382x478.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=CrYAFmxfPeu1wk8fEIQfpg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Sixteen survivors from round-robin games will play for quarter-final berths here this weekend, with the unbeaten US National Basketball Association stars on court Sunday against Australia, led by Milwaukee Bucks forward Andrew Bogut, seen here 23 August 2006.(AFP/File/Kazuhiro Nogi)" border="0" /></a>AFP - A confident American team enters the playoff rounds of the World Basketball Championship on an impressive run but some familiar faces are blocking the US path to reclaiming the global throne.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rockies break out bats, romp Padres 13-5 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.da81e7bae0f54e5ca1b227289919c681.padres_rockies_baseball_dxf104.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=Jk3xDwJEQdVrsjrAtX0rjA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies' Ryan Spilborghs (19) reaches out to congratulate teammate Todd Helton after he scored a run on a hit by Matt Holliday during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Denver, Friday, Aug. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the bottom of the lineup card posted in the Rockies' clubhouse, manager Clint Hurdle scribbled a simple proverb: "Don't poison the future with the pain of the past."</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"/>

Red Wings sign Johan Franzen for 3 years (AP)
AP - Red Wings forward Johan Franzen signed a three-year contract Friday after a rookie season in which he scored 12 goals.

Chiefs quicken pace
KANSAS CITY &ndash; QB Trent Green has been given more responsibility and the challenge of speeding up the offense.

Pats give Branch a week to seek trade (AP)
The New England Patriots gave star receiver Deion Branch a week to seek a trade Friday as his holdout entered its 29th day. Branch, the 2005 Super Bowl MVP, can try to find a new team and negotiate a contract with the club until Sept. 1, the team said. The Patriots did not say whether Branch requested permission.

Leinart excels, leads Cardinals by Bears (AP)
Matt Leinart had one request for his head coach. "Call anything," he told Dennis Green. The rookie clearly was confident. Leinart showed why the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the 10th pick in the draft, and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Chicago Bears 23-16 in Friday's preseason game. He took over for Kurt Warner in the second quarter and completed 15-of-21 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

Titans CB 'Pacman' Jones arrested (AP)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested outside a bar early Friday and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Jones will not play Saturday against Atlanta in the Titans' third preseason game. "I am going sit him out of this game on principle and not because I believe he is guilty in this case based on what I believe the facts are at this time," coach Jeff...

Moss, Brooks help Raiders defeat Lions (AP)
Randy Moss and Aaron Brooks look as if they're already in midseason form. Moss caught two touchdown passes from Brooks and the Oakland Raiders opened the preseason with four straight wins for the first time since 1975, beating the Detroit Lions 21-3 Friday night. "It's going in the right direction," coach Art Shell said.

Manning shaky, but Giants beat Jets 13-7 (AP)
With the Giants defense playing so well, Eli Manning can afford to have an off day. While Manning struggled, the defense put in another stellar performance, notching five sacks and three turnovers in a 13-7 victory over the New York Jets on Friday night. Neither offense did much of anything, but neither team seemed too concerned.

Vikings defense shines in rout of Ravens (AP)
Fred Smoot turned a fast move on Steve McNair's pass into six points. The Baltimore Ravens weren't nearly that sharp. Smoot highlighted a big night by Minnesota's defense with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Vikings blanked Baltimore's first team offense and beat the Ravens 30-7 on Friday.

Akers has three FGs, Eagles top Steelers (AP)
David Akers' transition to a new holder is going well. Akers kicked field goals of 40, 49 and 52 yards to help make Donovan McNabb's brief appearance a productive one, and Jeff Garcia connected with Greg Lewis on a 61-yard touchdown pass to lead the Philadelphia Eagles over the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-7 on Friday night.

Lewis unsure how much Palmer will play (AP)
Coach Marvin Lewis doesn't have a firm plan for how much Carson Palmer will play on Monday night in the quarterback's first game back from reconstructive knee surgery. Palmer has decided that he's ready to get back on the field for the second-to-last preseason game, against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium.

Big Ben impersonator also posed as TE (AP)
A man charged with impersonating Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get dates was accused of stealing $3,200 from a different woman by telling her he was another player on the team, tight end Jerame Tuman. Brian Jackson was charged with theft by deception for borrowing the money and not repaying it.

Down under in a hurry
If Team USA sticks with Coach K's up-tempo game plan, Australia will be playing a futile game of catch-up.

U.S. so far avoids another big flop (AP)
The stage was set for another big international flop. A young U.S. team with a half-dozen NBA All-Stars and no dominant big man came out of the locker room trailing Italy by nine points, then 12, after a 3-pointer from Marco Bellinelli dropped to begin the second half of Wednesday's world championship Group D game.

Ginobili leads Argentina by New Zealand (AP)
Manu Ginobili scored 28 points to help make up for his team's 1-for-18 3-point shooting Saturday as Argentina beat New Zealand 79-62 in the second round of the world championships. The San Antonio Spurs guard made Argentina's only 3-pointer, which made it 70-58 with 3:47 remaining. "In the last five games we were making the 3-point shots," Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said.

New Zealand coach steps down after loss (AP)
Tab Baldwin, New Zealand's head coach for the last six years, resigned after his team's 79-62 loss to Argentina on Saturday in the second round of the FIBA world championships. "I just think it was time," Baldwin said. "This is not a snap decision. I've talked about it with my family. It was a decision I believed in some time ago as the right decision but wasn't prepared to announce it until this...

Hornets GM Bower signs 5-year extension (AP)
Jeff Bower signed a five-year extension Friday to remain the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets through 2011. Bower has overseen a dramatic overhaul of the Hornets since he was promoted to general manager in October to replace Allan Bristow. Only four players who went through training camp with the Hornets last season are on the roster.

Iverson's mom to own ABA franchise (AP)
The Answer's mom has her own team. Allen Iverson's mother, Ann, will be the majority owner on a new American Basketball Association franchise that will play in Richmond next season. Iverson, the Philadelphia 76ers star and 2001 NBA MVP, starred at Bethel High School in Hampton. The new ABA team, known as the Warriors, will be coached by former Virginia Tech player Michael Davis, who will also serve...

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.

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.

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.

Red Wings re-sign F Franzen for 3 years (AP)
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen signed a three-year contract Friday after a rookie season in which he scored 12 goals. The 26-year-old Swede would have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2007-08 season. He made his NHL debut in 2005-06 and led Detroit rookies in games (80), points (16) and goals.

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.

New frontier
MONTREAL &ndash; NASCAR is preparing to race in Montreal, and Champ Car officials aren't happy about it.

Kenseth uses clean pass to win at Bristol (AP)
Matt Kenseth showed the proper way to make a pass for the lead, cleanly driving by Kevin Harvick with 15 laps to go Friday night to win the Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kenseth grabs checkered flag in NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 (SportsTicker)


Kurt Busch captures pole for Sharpie 500 (SportsTicker)


Busch wins pole in Bristol qualifying (AP)
Kurt Busch won the pole Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting him in perfect position for a season-sweep at his favorite race track.

New and improved Busch looks to end Bristol boos (AP)
From his perch behind the bar, Kurt Busch appeared completely at ease as he served up cold brews during a stint as a celebrity bartender.

Bill Davis Racing announces 2007 lineup (AP)
Bill Davis Racing shored up its 2007 lineup, with Dave Blaney and Jeremy Mayfield driving Toyotas next season.

Mayfield to drive for Bill Davis Racing in 2007 (SportsTicker)
HIGH POINT, North Carolina (Ticker) - Jeremy Mayfield did not have to wait too long for his future to be settled.

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.

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