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NEWS FROM 2006-08-29
Agassi extends career with comeback win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060829/capt.xnyf23708290350.us_open_tennis_xnyf237.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=aUDxqI3mDDrcjCbzT1o4dw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Andre Agassi of the United States returns a shot to Andrei Pavel of Romania at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andre Agassi's eyes were red and filled with tears as he stood at the baseline, one point from winning his first match at his last U.S. Open. A record crowd was standing, trying to will him to victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Palmer aces knee test in Bengals' rout
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_packers_bengals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060829/capt.8ef5e2bafd6044668b63a17d77f293d3.packers_bengals_football_pbs108.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=8rQ1yz_mQjP8d71q5qwVSA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carson Palmer aced the test. With a brace protecting his rebuilt left knee, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback took the hits, avoided the rush and threw three touchdown passes Monday night in his first game back from the injury.</p><br clear="all"/>
Loaiza perfect in August as A's win 9-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060829/capt.9a23cfc9fc1f49d898be9c629363a867.red_sox_athletics_baseball_oas103.jpg?x=76&y=130&sig=Ku1sfw1E7LuEbrmS1aPRvg--" align="left" height="130" width="76" alt="Oakland Athletics' Esteban Loaiza works against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Red Sox were hurting enough as it was before learning that slugger David Ortiz had a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. After losing to the Oakland Athletics 9-0 on Monday night, the Red Sox announced that Ortiz would leave the team Tuesday and return to Boston to be examined again for medical tests.</p><br clear="all"/>
Columbus, Ga., wins Little League title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bby_little_league"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060828/capt.b0ef43a92e4545be8df08132282b16fb.llws_japan_georgia_baseball_pack101.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=GLs0ofX3u.vfZ8uGa7BlNw--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Columbus, Ga., second baseman Josh Lester second from right celebrates with teammates Kyle Carter (19) second from left, J.T. Phillips, left and catcher Cody Walker after defeating Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 to win in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" border="0" /></a>AP - The chants of "USA! USA!" spread through the crowd when the kids from Columbus, Ga., got the last out in the Little League World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds' personal trainer back in jail
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060828/capt.870796f4530547de98d52cc86b2292a3.bonds_steroids_fx105.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=a7ZHMykwWTsEJMdNJmaw3g--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Greg Anderson, left, walks with attorney Mark Geragos to the federal courthouse in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. Anderson, who is Barry Bonds' trainer, was held in contempt of court and jailed Monday for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury and other charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - An angry judge sent Barry Bonds' personal trainer back to jail Monday for refusing to talk about the Giants slugger, as well as New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield.</p><br clear="all"/>
Career of Chiefs' Holmes in doubt
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060829/capt.b2c9c385a3d443128676be827e24de6d.chiefs_cuts_football_ny159.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=Jzje1lfaq99EU8Ss9K0hfQ--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes rushes for a touchdown in a game against the Washington Resdkins in this Oct. 16, 2005 file photo, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.. The odds of seeing Holmes on the field this season got much longer Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 when the Chiefs put the three-time Pro Bowl running back on the physically unable to perform list. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Priest Holmes, who hasn't practiced at all in training camp, now will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season and his career is in doubt.</p><br clear="all"/>
NBA's Nowitzki powers Germany against mighty US squad
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060829/sp_afp/basketworldgernowitzki"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060829/capt.sge.ife53.290806050934.photo00.photo.default-357x512.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=6XmtXWRk0sGDoFEVhTM30A--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Dirk Nowitzki, pictured (R) against Nigeria, is the most dangerous player remaining in the World Basketball Championship, but the Dallas Mavericks star will have trouble lifting Germany past the Americans into the semi-finals(AFP/File/Kazuhiro Nogi)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Dirk Nowitzki is the most dangerous player remaining in the World Basketball Championship, but the Dallas Mavericks star will have trouble lifting Germany past the Americans into the semi-finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
David Ortiz's irregular heartbeat back
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060829/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060827/capt.e3c738a4e1e04e8f88deb4e6e437c7c7.red_sox_mariners_baseball_wajf109.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=EQgPKS65hFYq4g6FN7A08g--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Cha Seung Baek ending his no-hit game during the sixth inning of their baseball game in Seattle Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz's recurring irregular heartbeat could cost Boston's beloved slugger the AL MVP and the Red Sox any chance of making the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lalas inducted into soccer hall of fame
AP - Former U.S. National Team defenders Alexi Lalas and Carla Overbeck, Olympian Al Trost, and builder Philip Anschutz were inducted Monday into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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.
Walking the talk
DENVER – Newly acquired wideout Javon Walker plays a big role in Denver's hopes for reaching the Super Bowl.
Bengals' Palmer has three TDs in return (AP)
Carson Palmer aced the test. With a brace protecting his rebuilt left knee, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback took the hits, avoided the rush and threw three touchdown passes Monday night in his first game back from the injury. By halftime of the 48-17 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers, Palmer had convincingly made his case that he'll be ready for the season opener.
Eagles acquire WR Stallworth from Saints (AP)
Still looking to replace Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Donte' Stallworth from the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The Eagles sent veteran linebacker Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2007 to the Saints. The trade is pending both players passing physicals with their new team.
Owens' reason for fine: 'I overslept' (AP)
Terrell Owens overslept. That's it. He insists he wasn't late for work Friday to send a messages to his bosses, test his boundaries or anything else his critics might think. And, get this: He says it'll probably happen again, even if he was fined $9,500. "I think everybody has overslept, you know, once or twice in their life," Owens said Monday, more amused than angry that a fuss is being made over...
Titans reach deal with QB Kerry Collins (AP)
The Tennessee Titans signed veteran quarterback Kerry Collins on Monday, finally deciding they need more experience after trading Steve McNair. Coach Jeff Fisher said Collins already met with offensive coordinator Norm Chow for about an hour and would be in practice Tuesday. Fisher said Billy Volek remains the starter, with rookie Vince Young backing him up while Collins learns the offense.
Doctor: NFL's drug test program flawed (AP)
The NFL's drug-testing program is inadequate, warned a doping expert who examined medical records that linked several former Carolina Panthers players to steroids and human growth hormone. Dr. Gary Wadler, an internist and author who specializes in drugs in sports, prepared a report that federal prosecutors used in their case against James Shortt, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally...
Raiders sign QB Jeff George (AP)
Jeff George never doubted he had what it took to be an NFL quarterback, even when he was coaching the run-and-shoot offense last year for his son's fourth grade team. The former No. 1 overall pick and strong-armed passer who bounced around the league for more than a decade is back after signing a contract with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, nearly five years after he last threw an NFL pass.
Chiefs place RB Priest Holmes on PUP (AP)
The odds of seeing Priest Holmes on the field this season got much longer Monday when the Kansas City Chiefs put the three-time Pro Bowl running back on the "physically unable to perform" list. Holmes missed the last nine games of the 2005 season after taking a hard hit from San Diego's Shawne Merriman that caused trauma to the head and neck, and doctors have still not given him medical clearance...
Cowher won't comment on Staley's job (AP)
Duce Staley was on pace a couple of years ago for one of the best seasons by a Pittsburgh Steelers running back. When the Steelers wrap up their exhibition schedule Thursday night against Carolina, Staley might be playing to remain with the team. Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn't saying if Staley, a former starter who has looked slow during training camp and in games, is playing for a job.
Jaguars FB Greg Jones out for season (AP)
Jaguars running back Greg Jones spent more than two years recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during his junior year at Florida State. Now he's preparing to do it again. Jones, the team's starting fullback and Fred Taylor's primary backup, will miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.
See you in the semis
Argentina and Spain are destined to meet in the semifinals of the FIBA world championships.
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 ready to face U.S. in worlds (AP)
The bracket says the United States will be facing Germany in the quarterfinals of the FIBA world championships Wednesday. In truth, the U.S. is facing Dirk. "Man, they have Dirk," U.S. point guard Chris Paul said. "He's one of the best players in the NBA and one of the best players in international ball as well." Everyone here is on a first-name basis with Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks' star...
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 sign Trevelyan to multiyear deal (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed Hobey Baker finalist T.J. Trevelyan to a multiyear contract. The 22-year-old Trevelyan played the last four seasons at St. Lawrence University. He had 78 goals and 76 assists for 154 points and 204 penalty minutes in 150 college games. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario, was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes the nation's top...
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.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The race to the Chase has come down to 11 drivers battling for 10 spots.
Kenseth ready for another run at NASCAR crown, this time under new system (AP)
The perception in NASCAR is that Matt Kenseth is to blame for the Chase for the championship.
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.