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Roddick, Sharapova advance at U.S. Open (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.xnyf29608310241.us_open_tennis_xnyf296.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=uH3OG0uj.5z.ldXCN_sz.A--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Andy Roddick of the United States hits a return to Kristian Pless of Denmark at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Clearly, this was a much happier birthday for Andy Roddick. A year after bowing out in the U.S. Open's first round on the day he turned 23, Roddick celebrated turning 24 on Wednesday by reaching the tournament's third round.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers, ChiSox pull out late victories (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.6abf3821142e49b7b4e4940008aa5a78.tigers_yankees_baseball_nyy117.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=dzrIGa8T5VhI3ktqzqAJRA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Craig Monroe (27) gestures to the crowd as New York Yankees catcher Sal Fasano, left, looks on during the ninth inning of baseball action in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday Aug. 30, 2006 at New York's Yankee Stadium. The Detroit Tigers won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox are keeping things exciting in the AL Central. The division-leading Tigers used a ninth-inning comeback at Yankee Stadium to avoid a doubleheader sweep Wednesday night. Less than an hour later, the White Sox scored three times in the eighth to beat Tampa Bay and move within 4 1/2 games of the Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Maddux passes Carlton on career win list (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.c7fc18ebdf2f43a9995ebbb217193fd5.reds_dodgers_baseball_lad110.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=XD5UqRsJWjxV9vg61AVLbA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Greg Maddux bunts the ball on a squeeze play against the Cincinnati Reds that scored teammate Wilson Betemit in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Maddux is doing his part to pitch the Los Angeles Dodgers into the playoffs &#151; and keep the Cincinnati Reds out. The 40-year-old right-hander earned his 330th win to move ahead of Steve Carlton for 10th place on the career list, and the Dodgers beat the visiting Reds 7-3 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.</p><br clear="all"/>

Monarchs win Game 1 of WNBA finals 95-71 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkl_wnba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.9b7f953db97f44c5be78ed8a2a1eb8bf.monarchs_shock_basketball_mijm106.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=Wmm1JwWQF7bJgmUVqxiK6Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Sacramento Monarchs' Rebekkah Brunson, right, creates space for a jumpshot against Detroit Shock's Cheryl Ford during the second half of game one of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Monarchs won 95-71. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Sacramento Monarchs made wide-open 3-pointers, drove for easy baskets and challenged a lot of shots at the other end of the court. The defending champions put together an all-around performance and hurt the Detroit Shock with a record-breaking start in the WNBA finals.</p><br clear="all"/>

Warriors say 'aloha' to Don Nelson (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_warriors_nelson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.857af8a3c4e345afa58a1a15c013e7f2.nba_warriors_coach_basketball_oas201.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=vBR3Ar_sjniokDfK7nTX.A--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Don Nelson, center, new coach of the Golden State Warriors, answers questions at a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006. Nelson officially returned to the Warriors Wednesday, vowing to coach his former basketball team back to respectability. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - During Don Nelson's first tenure with the Golden State Warriors, his team wore plain blue uniforms while playing a style of basketball that was far from boring. Although Nelson can't promise a return to that classic look, he definitely knows the Warriors will be interesting again when he gets back on their sideline this fall.</p><br clear="all"/>

Steelers lock up 'Fast Willie' Parker (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_parker"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.nyol51308310010.steelers_parker_nyol513.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=X7A5SMf70ZYGQUMJ08Vy3Q--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="In this Aug. 5, 2006, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker breaks through the line during drills at training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Parker signed a four-year, $13.6 million contract extension Wednesday with Pittsburgh through the 2009 season. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willie Parker, the former college backup who was an undrafted rookie before becoming a Super Bowl star with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed a $13.6 million, four-year contract Thursday that runs through the 2009 season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Improvement vital for NBA stars to beat Greece, reach world final (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060831/sp_afp/basketworld"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060831/capt.sge.iwl04.310806060829.photo00.photo.default-512x466.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=f9NS.QgyF2L6E4q4cWC3zA--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="US basketball players gather after winning their game against Germany 85-65. US stars know they must improve to beat Greece on Friday and qualify for Sunday's World Basketball Championship final, where either 2004 Olympic champion Argentina or title-hungry Spain will await(AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)" border="0" /></a>AFP - US stars know they must improve to beat Greece on Friday and qualify for Sunday's World Basketball Championship final, where either 2004 Olympic champion Argentina or title-hungry Spain will await.</p><br clear="all"/>

Anderson, Angels end Seattle win streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.4c4ef695b2a54be1acf939dc3d5b89e8.angels_mariners_baseball_waet107.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=QwR6WyAhe3BBYTWQHcyXyA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Garret Anderson, right, is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel as he rounds the bases on a sixth inning solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Angels haven't given up on catching the Oakland Athletics in the American League West. Garret Anderson homered and Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, helping the Angels beat Seattle 5-3 on Wednesday night and end the Mariners' season-best six-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Nunez, Mulrooney leads FC Dallas to win (AP)
AP - Ramon Nunez and Richard Mulrooney scored goals to lead FC Dallas to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.

Red Wings to retire Yzerman's No. 19 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_red_wings_yzerman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060830/capt.211285b4962441b5804cbe3ab9d16841.red_wings_hockey_yzerman_retires_cpt111.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=s9uzynaK9e4MiVLIKW_e7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman walks off the ice for the last time after the Edmonton Oilers scored to beat the Wings in the first round of the NHL playoffs in Edmonton seen in this May 1, 2006, file photo. Yzerman, who led the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cups, will have his No. 19 jersey retired Jan. 2. The 41-year-old Yzerman retired in July after playing each of his 22 seasons in Detroit. (CP PHOTO ARCHIVE/John Ulan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Steve Yzerman, who led the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cups, will have his No. 19 jersey retired Jan. 2.</p><br clear="all"/>

No pain, all gain
CINCINNATI &ndash; In testing his rebuilt left knee, Carson Palmer felt and looked like his old self

Steelers ink RB Parker to four-year deal (AP)
Willie Parker, the former college backup who was an undrafted rookie before becoming a Super Bowl star with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed a $13.6 million, four-year contract Thursday that runs through the 2009 season. Parker, who rushed for 1,202 yards in his first season as an NFL starter last year, was an exclusive rights free agent who was effectively bound to the Steelers for at least two...

T.O. may play Thursday, it's 'up to him' (AP)
Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens could make his highly anticipated debut for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Owens went through his second straight practice Wednesday morning following a 10-day layoff caused by a tender left hamstring. Although he was limited in both workouts, trainers pushed him hard earlier in the week -- and he's emerged from it all feeling good enough to possibly be...

Cardinals QB Leinart to become a father (AP)
Southern California basketball player Brynn Cameron will miss the upcoming season because she is expecting a baby with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, according to her father. Cameron is due to deliver a boy in November, Stan Cameron told the Ventura County Star for Wednesday's editions. Cameron, a 20-year-old junior guard, and Leinart dated while he attended USC.

Palmer to play in last preseason game (AP)
Carson Palmer reported no problems with his surgically rebuilt left knee on Thursday, another indication the quarterback will be ready for the season opener. Palmer threw three touchdowns Monday night in a triumphant return from his knee surgery. The only question following a 48-17 preseason victory over Green Bay was how the knee would react in the next few days.

Young may start Titans preseason finale (AP)
The Tennessee Titans might dodge the question of who their starting quarterback is by giving rookie Vince Young the start in their final exhibition game. The Titans are stuck in a situation where Billy Volek, chosen as the starter when Steve McNair was traded, now has competition after the team signed 11-year veteran Kerry Collins on Monday.

QBs Leinart, Cutler to meet Thursday (AP)
Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler were chosen one after the other in the draft, and have impressed in their first taste of the NFL. Before they settle in as backups to Kurt Warner and Jake Plummer, respectively, to start the regular season, the two rookies and future franchise quarterbacks get to show their stuff when the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos meet in their preseason finale on Thursday...

Eagles cut Detmer, Pinkston, add Feeley (AP)
Two longtime Eagles are out and one is returning to the nest after a two-year hiatus. The Philadelphia Eagles released quarterback Koy Detmer and receiver Todd Pinkston on Wednesday and re-signed quarterback A.J. Feeley, who led the team to a 4-1 record in the last five games of the 2002 season when Donovan McNabb and Detmer were both sidelined with injuries.

Buccaneers release QB Jay Fiedler (AP)
Jay Fiedler's bid to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended before the injured quarterback could even get on the field. The Bucs released the former Miami Dolphins and New York Jets player and signed offensive tackle Cornell Green on Wednesday. Fiedler, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on June 29, is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder and had been unable to practice during training...

Rogers confident Lions will not cut him (AP)
Charles Rogers is convinced he's still the same player who made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone against Notre Dame in 2002 and scored on his first two NFL catches the next year. The Detroit Lions receiver, taken No. 2 overall in 2003, chooses to overlook the 33 games he has missed as well as his lack of production or dependability.

Warning signs
Team USA&rsquo;s defensive pressure saved the day against Germany, but their offense is cause for concern.

Warriors welcome back Nelson as coach (AP)
During Don Nelson's first tenure with the Golden State Warriors, his team wore plain blue uniforms while playing a style of basketball that was far from boring. Although Nelson can't promise a return to that classic look, he definitely knows the Warriors will be interesting again when he gets back on their sideline this fall.

Anthony, U.S. rout Nowitzki, Germany (AP)
So far, no one at the world championships has figured out how to counter Team USA's superior skills, athleticism and depth. Germany provided a clue Wednesday night. The Germans packed the paint and forced the Americans to fire from afar. The strategy worked for a half before the U.S. pulled away for an 85-65 victory.

Coach K: U.S. not looking past Greece (AP)
Now that Dirk Nowitzki is gone, the United States is headed for a gold medal game showdown with Spain or Argentina. Not exactly. It only seems that way around here. For days, U.S. players have been asked about a potential matchup with one of those two international powerhouses in the final game of the world championships.

Sprewell questioned in sex assault case (AP)
Police questioned former NBA player Latrell Sprewell on Wednesday in connection with a sexual assault allegation. A 21-year-old Milwaukee woman reported a sexual assault on a boat at the McKinley Marina on Tuesday, but Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz would not discuss the specifics of that alleged assault.

Barkley talks about religion, gay rights (AP)
Charles Barkley was his usual outspoken self during a recent television interview in which he said, among other things, that he advocates gay marriage, believes Republicans have screwed up the country and is "struggling with my idea of what religion is." The former NBA MVP, who is considering running as a Democratic candidate for governor in his home state of Alabama, also said Democrats have...

Spain-Argentina semi could be classic (AP)
The similarities between Spain and Argentina have made their semifinal in the world championships as even as a big game can get. Until you check the history. In their run to the world championships' "other semifinal" -- the United States and Greece also play Friday with a berth in Sunday's championship game at stake -- both teams have put up virtually identical numbers.

U.S. not impacted by Tokyo earthquake (AP)
A 4.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the Tokyo region on Thursday during halftime of the Lithuania-Turkey game in the FIBA championships. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the Meteorological Agency reported, and there was almost no reaction from the people in the Super Arena in Saitama, 17 miles north of Tokyo.

Red Wings to retire Yzerman's jersey (AP)
Steve Yzerman, who led the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cups, will have his No. 19 jersey retired Jan. 2. The 41-year-old Yzerman retired in July after playing each of his 22 seasons in Detroit -- 20 as captain -- where he became one of the most famed athletes in Michigan history and one of the NHL's all-time greats.

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.

Sabres re-sign D Kalinin for two years (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres re-signed Dmitri Kalinin on Wednesday, securing the final piece of its defensive corps. A restricted free agent, Kalinin signed a two-year deal expected to provide the six-year NHL veteran a raise over the $1.33 million he made last season. The addition of the 26-year-old Russian fills out the top six spots in the Sabres' defensive ranks.

Hurricanes sign F Isbister (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Brad Isbister to a one-year deal Wednesday, likely wrapping up their offseason pursuit of free agents. The move gives the defending Stanley Cup champions another scoring threat to help replace the injured Cory Stillman, who had surgery earlier this month to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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...

Get the drift?
Some of NASCAR's best will take on some of the top drift racers in the world Thursday near Los Angeles.

Da Matta, talking, walking as recovery progresses (AFP)
Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta can speak in both English and Portuguese and walk with some help as his recovery from a serious head injury progresses, his team said.

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.

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