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Howard ties Schmidt with 48th homer (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_nationals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.cc73df0992ac4ee09c4b767443829d4c.phillies_nationals_baseball_rfk106.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=OsAmHMvrE66jXizBNe4Zcw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard (6) is greeted by third base coach Bill Dancy (16) as Howard rounds third after he hit a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 in Washington. The Phillies won 10-6. Howard tied Philadelphia's single-season record with the blast, his major league-leading 48th home run.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard isn't ready to be compared to Mike Schmidt, no matter what the record book says.</p><br clear="all"/>

Oswalt, Astros agree to $73 million deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_astros_oswalt"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.28bdfaca77784ef992ff73928ec16a82.astros_oswalt_baseball_hta112.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=LFPNlVR8X09c8QVv7W.eIw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt smiles after the team announced he has signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros agreed to a $73 million, five-year contract extension on the ace's 29th birthday Tuesday, the biggest multiyear deal the team has ever given to a pitcher.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds homers twice: Nos. 726 and 727 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.0c4eb1e56f514404b759a8d92a14afa8.giants_braves_baseball_gags106.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=DwCMI3MzsPlP3bSvHhsc9Q--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants batter Barry Bonds connects with a two run home run against the Atlanta Braves, as Braves catcher Brian McCann looks on, right, in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the city where Hammerin' Hank broke the Babe's record, Barry Bonds showed that he's still got enough power to make a run at baseball's home run king.</p><br clear="all"/>

Boston's Ortiz hospitalized for tests (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_ortiz"><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 - Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized in Boston for the second time this month, checking into Massachusetts General on Tuesday night for further tests on his heart.</p><br clear="all"/>

Whoa, Nellie! Warriors rehire Don Nelson (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_warriors_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.1e70aeb79c7c4ddf88b500c18d26d94e.warriors_coach_basketball_ny157.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=7w2AHVvS2H_yJjy4wO_BMg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson shouts directions during the first half against the Chicago Bulls in Dallas, in this Feb. 8, 2005 file photo. The Golden State Warriors will re-hire Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history and the last coach to lead the downtrodden Warriors to the playoffs after coach Mike Montgomery was dismissed by the Warriors on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Golden State Warriors have lured Don Nelson back from retirement to see if he can fix a franchise that's been broken ever since he left 11 1/2 years ago.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jets' Martin out at least 6 weeks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_camps_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060826/capt.68bdb584a3fb476ebf70ca6a11332d60.giants_jets_football_eru112.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=Twf5mmtxIMuLyguJ88cU3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="New York Jets coach Eric Mangini, left, talks with quarterback Kellen Clemens during fourth quarter NFL football against the New York Giants, Friday night, Aug. 25, 2006, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Curtis Martin will miss at least the first six weeks of the season. It could be the end of the 33-year-old running back's career.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA's Nowitzki powers Germany against mighty US squad (AFP)
<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"/>

Uggla leads Marlins to 9th straight win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060830/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.c7021409a4a141929d166c49bd4216eb.marlins_cardinals_baseball_mobb104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=YyLaLj57n30d92IR_vSJ.A--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Florida Marlins' Dan Uggla watches his RBI single in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Mulder staggering down the comeback trail was no match for the streaking Florida Marlins.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lalas inducted into soccer hall of fame (AP)
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.

Predators sign Dumont to 2-year deal (AP)
AP - The Nashville Predators never expected J.P. Dumont to be available during this offseason. When the Buffalo Sabres decided that the price was too high for the forward, the Predators were more than happy to bring him down south.

Walking the talk
DENVER &ndash; Newly acquired wideout Javon Walker plays a big role in Denver's hopes for reaching the Super Bowl.

Owens returns to Cowboys' practice (AP)
Terrell Owens practiced Tuesday for the first time in 10 days, an indication he's getting over his hamstring injury and is heading toward his debut with the Dallas Cowboys. Next question: Will it be in the preseason finale Thursday night at home against Minnesota? Or the season opener a week from Sunday at Jacksonville?

Pennington named starter, Martin on PUP (AP)
The odds were stacked against Chad Pennington from the moment he felt the pain in his right shoulder more than 11 months ago. Could he possibly come back from a second major shoulder surgery? And if so, would he be anything close to the quarterback he once was? With each painless and precise throw during this preseason, Pennington proved the doubters wrong.

Bills name Losman starting quarterback (AP)
J.P. Losman was named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback Tuesday, coming out on top following a preseason competition to reclaim the job he lost last year to Kelly Holcomb. Coach Dick Jauron made the announcement after practice, saying Losman had clearly performed best during training camp to earn the No.

Bengals' Palmer has three TDs in return (AP)
Instead of getting caught up in those three perfect touchdown passes, Carson Palmer chose to dwell on what went wrong. A few things were a little bit off during his return from a devastating knee injury. He missed his mark on a pass or two. He didn't make the right decision on every play. There was a little bit of rust on his game.

Chargers QB trio chase Tomlinson on list (AP)
To put the current San Diego Chargers quarterback situation in perspective, running back LaDainian Tomlinson has thrown three more touchdown passes during his brilliant career than the three signal callers combined. "Hopefully that'll change come the first, second game," said rookie Charlie Whitehurst, who was so impressive in winning the job as Philip Rivers' backup that the Chargers released...

Eagles place WR Bloom on injured reserve (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles placed fifth-round draft pick and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom on injured reserve Tuesday after he missed most of training camp with an injured hamstring. Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA said Bloom wasn't eligible for the football team because he accepted endorsements to keep...

Stallworth expected to be Eagles' top WR (AP)
Donte' Stallworth could not contain his excitement about joining Philadelphia: He patted his Eagles helmet, said the green made him look good and let out a big "Whoo!" Only out of New Orleans a day, the Eagles' new No. 1 receiver believes a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs to fulfill his potential as the 13th overall pick in the 2002 draft.

Leinart knows he's headed for bench (AP)
Matt Leinart is pleased with his smooth, quick transition to the NFL, but losing is unfamiliar and uncomfortable, even if it's early. "I know it's preseason," the rookie quarterback said. "But the feeling of losing, I haven't had that too many times in my career, even in high school." Leinart, 37-2 as USC's quarterback, knows that even the best teams lose more than that in the NFL.

Texans' Davis eager to get back on field (AP)
Domanick Davis doesn't know when his injured left knee will be healthy enough for him to return to the field. The running back hopes the Houston Texans will be patient regardless of how long it takes. Davis, Houston's top rusher for the past three seasons, has been out for a month with a bone bruise that is causing soreness in his knee.

Whoa, Nellie?
Hold on. The Warriors' re-hiring of Don Nelson actually makes sense when you look at Golden State's needs.

Warriors drop Montgomery, re-hire Nelson (AP)
The Golden State Warriors have lured Don Nelson back from retirement to see if he can fix a franchise that's been broken ever since he left 11 1/2 years ago. Coach Mike Montgomery was abruptly dismissed by the Warriors on Tuesday, and Nelson will be rehired for the job he held for nearly seven seasons, an NBA source told The Associated Press.

Nocioni leads Argentina into world semis (AP)
Argentina's second straight semifinal appearance in the FIBA world championships will mean its toughest test in this tournament. Andres Nocioni scored 21 points and Argentina dominated Turkey 83-58 on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals. Argentina (7-0) lost to Yugoslavia in the final game in 2002, and followed that by winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

Gasol scores 25 as Spain tops Lithuania (AP)
Another average game from Spain has it in the semifinals of the FIBA world championships. Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine rebounds and Spain used another impressive performance to beat Lithuania 89-67 Tuesday and advance to the tournament's final four for the second time. Spain (7-0) will play Argentina on Friday.

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...

James takes on different role for U.S. (AP)
In his third pro season, Cleveland's LeBron James became one of the NBA's prolific scorers, averaging 31.4 points per game and 30.8 in the playoffs. Then he went to Japan and became ... a point guard? In the FIBA world championships, James has averaged 12.5 points per game. He's third among the Americans in scoring, behind fellow captains Dwyane Wade (20.0 points) and Carmelo Anthony (19.7).

Team USA re-emerges as fan favorites (AP)
As the United States was rolling through play in the world championships, Dwyane Wade couldn't help but notice that something seemed missing. "No booing," he said. The absence of those ugly sounds was a welcome change for Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who listened to them on a nightly basis while playing for an unpopular U.S.

Redick's DWI court appearance delayed (AP)
J.J. Redick's court appearance to face drunken driving charges was delayed Tuesday until Oct. 24. Redick, a former Duke star and first-round draft pick of the Orlando Magic, was also charged with unlawful use of highways for making an illegal U-turn, police said. Redick was arrested after 1 a.m. on June 13 when he turned around as he approached a license check point near the Duke campus.

Predators sign F Dumont to two-year deal (AP)
The Nashville Predators never expected J.P. Dumont to be available during this offseason. When the Buffalo Sabres decided that the price was too high for the forward, the Predators were more than happy to bring him down south. Dumont agreed to a two-year deal Tuesday with the Predators that will pay him $2 million during the upcoming season and $2.5 million in 2007-08.

Flyers' Primeau won't give up on return (AP)
Keith Primeau still hopes to return to the Philadelphia Flyers despite lingering effects of a concussion that forced him to miss much of last season. "I'm trying to become, or maintain, being symptom free as best I can, and then evaluate it when we get to camp," Primeau said Tuesday at the Flyers' practice facility.

Hurricanes ink D Tanabe to one-year deal (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes signed David Tanabe to a one-year contract worth $900,000 on Tuesday, bringing back a defenseman they drafted seven years ago. "His skating and style of play fit well with our team's up-tempo system and the way the NHL game is played today," said Jim Rutherford, president and general manager of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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.

Scheduled for change
There are no big changes on next year's Cup schedule, but the Chase itself perhaps could use a makeover.

Retired driver Rusty Wallace involved in crash; lives to endorse again (AP)
File this one under: ``Only in NASCAR.''

NASCAR penalizes Busch Series driver Lepage (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Busch Series driver Kevin Lepage was fined and placed on probation by NASCAR on Tuesday due to a rule violation at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

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.

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