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NEWS FROM 2006-08-27
Twins hold off White Sox 8-7 in 11
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.a570bd2f762841e3acf9b26478bb03d8.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs105.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=obv5iFFHz9dfXGqSeBCnKg--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Rondell White smiles in the dugout after scoring on a single by Jason Tyner during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jermaine Dye's two-run, ninth-inning homer off stellar closer Joe Nathan tied the game and sent the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field into a frenzy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kenseth clinches Chase spot with victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_bristol"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.79cae328270f4b88bb6b717c60aabae7.nascar_bristol_auto_racing_tnmh118.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=XhwhvIKDxfRWxKpQhrgHyA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Matt Kenseth celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' Sharpie 500 auto race on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Kenseth continued his momentum-building run toward the Chase for the championship Saturday night, pulling off a weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the Sharpie 500.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning picks apart Saints secondary
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_saints"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.438d1569f4264c7ab2a2ed6db762ca5e.colts_saints_football_msrs101.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=CxHqYxqdgU_VJhAY_LfluQ--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a second-quarter pass over New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, during their pre-season football game in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning grew up hearing about his father Archie's exploits in the old horseshoe-shaped stadium in Mississippi's state capital. Now he has his own story to tell.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bledsoe to Glenn looks sharp vs. 49ers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn49ers_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.26cbf08dad7843a195973fa1440b6c59.49ers_cowboys_football_irv103.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=v4Rb3M99gsAZ.6yKFYV5ug--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn pulls in a 28-yard touchdown pass in the first half of a NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Every snap Terrell Owens misses is another chance for Drew Bledsoe to throw to Terry Glenn. Not that they need the work. Glenn made a spectacular touchdown catch for the second straight game and hauled in a 52-yard pass in double coverage to set up another touchdown, then the defense took care of the rest in a 17-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers' Kent hits game-winning homer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.62dbd87dcd2043a2ad867af4678201a6.dodgers_diamondbacks_baseball_azrd107.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=isbwtMBqY.PK.S9RLUBTqA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, left, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a game-winning solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks Luis Vizcaino, during the ninth inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won, 4-3.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Kent homered to lead off the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rams' offense continues to stumble
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060827/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_rams_chiefs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.8135f0a1517c4dbc875483093650d08f.rams_chiefs_football_moez103.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=qJ2x9VjjAE0NP67DOpHa2g--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger throws to an open receiver during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)" border="0" /></a>AP - After two miserable outings, Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs had two goals in mind Saturday night — play well, and win. They'll have to be satisfied with one out of two.</p><br clear="all"/>
Familiar NBA foes bar path for US stars to reclaim world throne
<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"/>
Broussard gives M's 4-3 win over Red Sox
AP - Pinch-hitter Ben Broussard hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Saturday night.
Chivas USA edges past Houston Dynamo 3-2
AP - Ante Razov scored two goals and rookie Jonathan Bornstein added his second goal in as many games as Chivas USA beat Houston 3-2 Saturday night.
Red Wings sign Johan 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.
Green’s sales pitch
KANSAS CITY – QB Trent Green didn’t make a hard sell for Willie Roaf to end his retirement, though the suggestion was made.
Brady's Patriots roll past Skins, 41-0 (AP)
Tom Brady started the rout and the Patriots defense finished it. The winless Redskins were woeful all game long. "I hope it looks as good in the regular season as it did tonight," Brady said after New England's 41-0 win over Washington on Saturday night. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown before leaving after the first series of the third quarter.
Glenn lifts Cowboys in Owens' absence (AP)
Every snap Terrell Owens misses is another chance for Drew Bledsoe to throw to Terry Glenn. Not that they need the work. Glenn made a spectacular touchdown catch for the second straight game and hauled in a 52-yard pass in double coverage to set up another touchdown, then the defense took care of the rest in a 17-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.
Manning effective as Colts beat Saints (AP)
Peyton Manning grew up hearing about his father Archie's exploits in the old horseshoe-shaped stadium in Mississippi's state capital. Now he has his own story to tell. The younger Manning delighted a crowd of 58,228 in a state where his family holds royalty status, picking apart the New Orleans defense during three early scoring drives to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-14 victory over the...
Rookie RB Norwood powers Falcons in win (AP)
Jerious Norwood needed only one play to show why the Atlanta Falcons no longer needed T.J. Duckett. The rookie out of Mississippi State replaced Warrick Dunn on the third series, then scored a 62-yard touchdown on his second carry Saturday night in helping the Falcons beat the Tennessee Titans 20-6 Saturday night.
Chargers QB Rivers injures shoulder (AP)
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers slightly bruised his throwing shoulder when he was sacked late in the second quarter of Saturday night's exhibition game against Seattle. Rivers had been scheduled to play into the third quarter. But he was the last player to return to the sideline after halftime, escorted by trainer James Collins.
Leinart completes 12 straight, Cards win (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.
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.
Chiefs snap eight-game preseason skid (AP)
After two miserable outings, Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs had two goals in mind Saturday night -- play well, and win. They'll have to be satisfied with one out of two. Trent Green directed scoring drives on the only two series he played, and the Chiefs did manage to snap an eight-game preseason losing skid with a 16-12 victory over the offensively frustrated St.
Jags lose two with knee injuries (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars might have to start the season without leading tackler Mike Peterson and fullback Greg Jones. Peterson, the team's middle linebacker and emotional leader, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday night against Tampa Bay and may not be ready for the season opener Sept.
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.
Nowitzki lifts Germany over Nigeria (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and made a key defensive play in the closing seconds to lead Germany to a 78-77 victory over Nigeria on Sunday in the second round of the FIBA world championships. Nowitzki gave Germany a 78-71 lead on a slam dunk with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game. Nigeria pulled to within one on free throws by Chamberlain Oguchi and Tunji Awojobi and had a chance to take the lead...
U.S. learning about Australian team (AP)
Time for the knockout stage, where the stakes are higher, the competition tougher, and the opponents more familiar. Well, maybe not that last one. Winning Group D gave the United States two days off before a matchup against Australia on Sunday in the round of 16. And the Americans planned to use much of that time to brush up on an unfamiliar opponent.
Wade's Worlds: finals MVP to super sub (AP)
Dwyane Wade sized up the U.S. roster and decided how he could best make a difference: on the bench. That seemed like a strange place for a player just two months removed from winning the MVP award at the NBA finals. But it made perfect sense to Wade, who is just as comfortable fitting in as he is standing out.
U.S. depth extends to coaching staff (AP)
Every once in a while, Jim Boeheim has the urge to jump off the bench and call a play or lecture the referees. "I've been a head coach for 30 years," Boeheim said with a chuckle. "I'm used to telling people what to do." But that's not Boeheim's job with the U.S. team. As an assistant to coach Mike Krzyzewski, Boeheim's duty is to provide an experienced set of eyes and ears as the Americans bid for...
Shaq enjoys quiet summer after title run (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal has enjoyed a peaceful, relatively quiet summer. "The way I like it," the Miami Heat center said Saturday. Other than making a trip to China for an endorsement deal with a sneaker company and appearing at a golf tournament hosted by Heat teammate Alonzo Mourning, O'Neal has spent the last two months largely shunning the spotlight.
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.
Gasol gets Spain by Serbia & Montenegro (AP)
Apparently it's tough to impress Spain coach Pepu Hernandez. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead Spain to an 87-75 victory over defending champion Serbia and Montenegro on Saturday night in the second round of the FIBA world championships. "I don't like to read statistics after a game and I know what kind of statistics he had this game," Hernandez said of his center.
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.
Wings re-sign F Franzen for three 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.
MONTREAL – NASCAR is preparing to race in Montreal, and Champ Car officials aren't happy about it.
Kenseth repeats at NASCAR Sharpie 500 (SportsTicker)
Kenseth clinches Chase spot with Bristol win (AP)
Matt Kenseth needed a Bristol win last year to maintain any chance of making the Chase for the championship.
Evernham bouncing back after Mayfield split (AP)
Ray Evernham was in a celebratory mood at Bristol Motor Speedway, able to enjoy his 49th birthday before the start of Saturday night's race.
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)
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.
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.