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NEWS FROM 2006-08-28
Tiger Woods keeps rolling at Firestone
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bridgestone_invitational"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.6e3c9beb33de4218a499f4abf5375705.bridgestone_invitational_golf_ohtd110.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=jyvB3Ofh50yXLapMEMnekA--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Sweat drips from Tiger Woods as he lines up the putt on the fourth hole in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, in Akron, Ohio. Woods pared the fourth hole. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - For three straight holes in a playoff, Tiger Woods could only stand to the side of the green and watch someone else control his fate Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational.</p><br clear="all"/>
Buehrle is sharp as White Sox down Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.c6d43ee953234617b0fd2df284bc0e21.twins_white_sox_baseball_cxs101.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=dQjkaj.wuhZ80Ocwt.tntA--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Chicago White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, left, of Japan, and shortstop Juan Uribe, center, reach for a bad throw from first baseman Ross Gload as Minnesota Twins' Luis Castillo (1) steals second during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, in Chicago. Castillo went on to third on the throwing error. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The ovation was loud and long, the crowd sending a message to Mark Buehrle as he walked off the mound. Whether the fans were thanking him or telling him it's about time can be debated. This can't: Buehrle had his best game in months, and the Chicago White Sox got a much-needed victory over the Minnesota Twins.</p><br clear="all"/>
Williams, Jeter hits 2 HR each for Yanks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.a17bdb55e6624166a4b180dccdf3d052.angels_yankees_baseball_ans103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=1_2sOOQZFeSlqWup88u3lQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Bernie Williams hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bernie Williams homered twice and drove in six runs, and Derek Jeter also hit two home runs Sunday as the New York Yankees ended their longest road trip of the season with an 11-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels.</p><br clear="all"/>
All eyes on Agassi Farewell Show at Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.0fd1f7a768654b37a177254f85c701a0.us_open_tennis_nyph101.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=Dk5T1R2tsMsBuajmWsrN_w--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Tennis great Andre Agassi serves as he takes part in 'Arthur Ashe Kids' Day' at the USTA National Tennis Center Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)" border="0" /></a>AP - All the talk about Andre Agassi's last U.S. Open shifts attention from everyone else: from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Serena Williams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies get Conine from Orioles
AP - Jeff Conine was traded to Philadelphia from the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, a deal that provides the Phillies with a solid right-handed bat and veteran leadership in their drive to earn a wild-card berth.
Broncos' defense befuddles Texans
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_texans_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060828/capt.031119668ae14dc2b33ebffd7ebe921a.texans__broncos_football_dxs113.jpg?x=130&y=124&sig=lGM5oeE46niY9RnT8IArfw--" align="left" height="124" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams (20) goes over the top of Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) to breakup a pass during the third quarter in Sunday night's exhibition football game in Denver on Aug. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chalk this one up to mentor Mike Shanahan and a Broncos defense that befuddled Gary Kubiak's offense in his first trip back to Denver as a head coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Global rivals wonder if anyone can deny US NBA stars a world title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060828/sp_afp/basketworld"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060828/capt.sge.hyo50.280806074645.photo00.photo.default-319x512.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=ZIrrtZlTJNN4quu4os2Kcg--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Carmelo Anthony of the United States. International stars have begun preparing for the World Basketball Championship quarter-finals while wondering if any team can stop an American juggernaut from rolling to a title. An unbeaten US collection of National Basketball Association stars led by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade has routed foes by an average of 28 points a game, rarely facing a sustained challenge from global rivals.(AFP/File/Frederic J Brown)" border="0" /></a>AFP - International stars have begun preparing for the World Basketball Championship quarter-finals while wondering if any team can stop an American juggernaut from rolling to a title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bennett strikes again for Cards in 9th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060828/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060828/capt.612a96bfd01848ac8c6774225c106192.cubs_cardinals_baseball_motg104.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=EHFawC.kC4QWU4H6N0c5xg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Scott Rolen is congratulated by teammates after he turned a single and a three-base error by Chicago Cubs rightfielder Jacques Jones into an inside the park home run in the first inning of their baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - For most of his career, Gary Bennett has been a low-profile backup catcher. Not this weekend. Bennett won a game for St. Louis with two outs in the ninth for the second straight day, hitting a grand slam Sunday night to give the Cardinals a 10-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards defeat FC Dallas on soaked field
AP - Scott Sealy scored in the 62nd minute to give the Kansas City Wizards a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday 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.
Report: Cowboys fine Owens $9,500 (AP)
Terrell Owens has finally pushed the Dallas Cowboys too far, drawing a $9,500 fine for missing a team meeting and a rehabilitation session and being late to an offensive meeting, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday. "That's our club business. That's going to be accounted for," team owner Jerry Jones told the newspaper.
Palmer's return one of many Monday night (AP)
The first time Carson Palmer jogs onto the field to call a play, the comeback will be complete. The 64,000 fans at Paul Brown Stadium will erupt when Palmer -- with a bulky knee brace showing through his tiger-striped pants and socks -- lines up to take the first snap Monday night on the same field where he tore up his left knee seven months ago.
Broncos spoil Kubiak's return to Denver (AP)
Chalk this one up to mentor Mike Shanahan and a Broncos defense that befuddled Gary Kubiak's offense in his first trip back to Denver as a head coach. The Broncos beat Houston 17-14 Sunday night, spoiling the return of the Texans' first-year coach who spent nearly two decades in Denver, first as John Elway's backup and then as offensive coordinator.
Childress vows culture change with Vikes (AP)
Taking his turn in a tackling drill with the rest of Minnesota's defensive backs, Dwight Smith charged forward, collided with the purple pad and drove his arms up through the dummy. Seconds later, the veteran safety was at the back of the line and letting out a loud scream. On the practice field, everything appeared normal for the Vikings on a sunny Sunday.
Vikings release WR Koren Robinson (AP)
Wide receiver Koren Robinson was among eight players cut by the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, 10 days after he was charged with drunken driving and fleeing police. Robinson, who made his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last season and signed a three-year, $12.7 million contract extension in March, was one of the Vikings' few bright spots last year.
Brady powers Patriots past Redskins 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.
Bears DE Brown to miss preseason finale (AP)
Chicago defensive end Alex Brown will miss this Bears' preseason finale against Cleveland on Thursday because of a dislocated right shoulder. Brown, who has started 48 straight games and was a Pro Bowl alternate last season, injured the shoulder in the first quarter of Friday's game with the Arizona Cardinals.
Giants LB Emmons returns to practice (AP)
New York Giants starting weakside linebacker Carlos Emmons returned to practice Sunday after missing more than three weeks with a pinched nerve in his neck. Coach Tom Coughlin, though, is not sure whether the 11-year veteran will play in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots at Giants Stadium on Thursday night.
With his unselfish play at the world championships, LeBron James is keeping his U.S. teammates happy.
U.S. cruises to 113-73 win over Aussies (AP)
Look out, world. The United States routed Australia 113-73 Sunday, sending an unmistakable message to the FIBA world championships. This isn't the team that proved an embarrassment in recent international competitions. "We wanted to make a statement coming into the round of 16," said forward Chris Bosh, who grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Nowitzki gets Germany past Nigeria 78-77 (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...
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...
Greece shuts down Yao, tops China 95-64 (AP)
Greece overcame a terrible first quarter with an impressive third period and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA world championships with a 95-64 victory over China on Sunday night. Greece (6-0) remained one of four unbeaten teams left in the tournament by outscoring China 26-6 in the third quarter to take a 67-42 lead.
France tops Angola to reach quarters (AP)
Aymeric Jeanneau has become one of those understudy-makes-good stories. The man who had to replace the injured Tony Parker as the starting point guard for France, led his country into the quarterfinals of the FIBA world championships for the first time in 43 years. Jeanneau scored 16 points, including six free throws in the final 36 seconds, and France held off Angola 68-62 on Sunday in a...
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.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A strong showing Saturday has Dale Earnhardt Jr. feeling a whole lot better about his Chase chances.
Ho-hum Bristol race does little to change the Chase (AP)
The buildup to the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway is always huge. Anything can happen! Scores will be settled! The championship field will be scrambled!
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.