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Agassi wins thriller to extend career (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.xnyf34709010405.us_open_tennis_xnyf347.jpg?x=130&y=60&sig=.rDUA69XOmN64xJejNucFA--" align="left" height="60" width="130" alt="Andre Agassi, of the United States, lunges for the ball during his match against Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - How about that? Andre Agassi, 36 years old and burdened by a bad back, held up better than the kid across the net in a thriller that will be talked about for years.</p><br clear="all"/>

Walker's legacy remembered before opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_walker_ceremony"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.b3183b1a590b42eebe7ead545e6b0647.northwestern_miami_ohio_football_ohab101.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=rD2q.dZwK.nWg8l.7sgUsw--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Northwestern University athletic director Mark Murphy speaks at ceremonies honoring former Northwestern and Miami, Ohio head football coach Randy Walker Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Oxford, Ohio. Walker is the all-time winningest head coach in Miami football history. Walker, who had been the head coach at Northwestern since 1999, passed away suddenly on June 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - While speakers on a makeshift stage behind the end zone told stories about Randy Walker's playing and coaching career, a kicker's warm-up try left the field and landed nearby, punctuating the speechmaking with a loud thump.</p><br clear="all"/>

T.O. makes 1st preseason appearance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_vikings_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.10dfc4c55dce4dfba11992ac633e48d0.vikings_cowboys_football_irv111.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=rIWwYwYMV3PQvVIJMqWOEA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens sports a big smile on the sideline in the third quarter of a football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Owens played in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's hard to imagine anything could overshadow Terrell Owens making his debut for the Dallas Cowboys. Mike Vanderjagt sure gave it a shot.</p><br clear="all"/>

Howard sets Phillies HR mark; Phils lose (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_phillies_nationals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.c39ce3e27176440ba5a68d2868380622.phillies_nationals_baseball_rfk105.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=YXmCsCUOMEhqxhwyHuNw.g--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard celebrates his solo home run against the Washington Nationals with David Dellucci (2) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Washington. With the home run, his 49th of the season, Howard broke a Phillies club record for home runs in a season previously held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Philadelphia Phillies certainly had their chances for a win that would move them into a tie for first place in the NL wild-card race.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wells dealt back to hometown Padres (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_red_sox_padres_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060831/capt.e577da5ea930425d9fbda473271f1125.red_sox_padres_trade_wells_baseball_ny163.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=0ub013v6aRUqWyg2TRfKQQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="** FILE *8 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Wells delivers to the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston in this July 31, 2006 photo. Wells was traded Thursday from the Boston Red Sox to his hometown San Diego Padres, who are contending for a playoff spot. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - "Boomer" is back with his hometown San Diego Padres, and this time it's to try to get them back to the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>

Alexander scores as 'hawks romp Raiders (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_raiders_seahawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.27da36670ec9408695b1b98d42046589.raiders_seahawks_football_sea114.jpg?x=130&y=124&sig=X_YoluJ_l_n1Wxgi4S6pkg--" align="left" height="124" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander (37) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown run as Oakland Raiders' Fabian Washington (27) walks away in an NFL exhibition football game in Seattle, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shaun Alexander has a message for the many folks who say NFL exhibitions mean zilch. Some words for those who will see the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks throttling the ragged Oakland Raiders in the final preseason game Thursday night as unrevealing and insignificant.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suns sign forward Jumaine Jones (AP)
AP - Jumaine Jones signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Phoenix Suns, who added an outside shooting threat to their roster.

Rockies pound Perez to avoid Mets' sweep (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.f943b7a2f5f746fbbdf4a88b234ce5fd.mets_rockies_baseball_dxf102.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=rZyEzfLnN3ckd0CjLPLMBQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="New York Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez reacts after giving up an RBI-single to Colorado Rockies' Chris Iannetta in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Colorado Rockies avoided a series sweep at the hands of the New York Mets by getting some unexpected pop from the top and bottom of their lineup.</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"/>

Woodson's slow start
GREEN BAY, Wis. &ndash; The verdict is out on whether Charles Woodson is a shutdown defender or merely an average corner living on reputation.

Owens debuts, Cowboys and Vikings tie (AP)
It's hard to imagine anything could overshadow Terrell Owens making his debut for the Dallas Cowboys. Mike Vanderjagt sure gave it a shot. With T.O. long gone by OT, Vanderjagt missed wide right on field goals of 32 and 33 yards in the extra period, forcing the Cowboys to settle for a 10-10 tie with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

Cards' Leinart injures shoulder in loss (AP)
Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler know their day will come in the NFL. For now, a solid preseason finale performance will have to do. Only a shoulder injury to Leinart dampened a showdown between two of the league's quarterbacks of the future in Denver's 29-23 preseason victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Steelers finish winless preseason (AP)
The Carolina Panthers proved something during a long night that featured almost no starters and plenty of not-so-good football: Their junior varsity is better than that of the Pittsburgh Steelers. John Kasay kicked his fifth field goal on the final play of the game, a 29-yarder that finished an unbeaten Carolina preseason and a winless one for Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh as the Panthers won...

Giants cap perfect preseason, top Pats (AP)
Beating the New England Patriots to cap an unblemished preseason was the perfect present for New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin on his 60th birthday. Now if omens only come true: The last time New York didn't lose in the preseason was 1990, the last time it won the Super Bowl. "It's a great way to teach, when it's positive," said Coughlin, who was a Giants assistant under Bill Parcells in 1990.

Marcus Vick helps Dolphins rout Rams (AP)
Marcus Vick caught punts, grabbed a touchdown pass and even played a little quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in their preseason finale. Soon, he'll find out if he showed enough versatility to merit a roster spot. On a night when backups got a final shot to show their worth before 53-man rosters are set Saturday, third-stringer Cleo Lemon completed 21 of 28 passes for 271 yards -- including a...

Cowboys re-sign backup QB Romo (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys signed Tony Romo to a $3.9 million contract Thursday that locks him up through next year, a show of faith for a backup quarterback who has been on the roster for three years without ever throwing a regular-season pass. Romo received a $2 million bonus and a new contract for this year, plus an extension for 2007 that keeps him off the free-agent market next spring.

McNair, Ravens defeat winless Redskins (AP)
Steve McNair finally got his first touchdown pass with the Baltimore Ravens, giving himself and his team a dose of momentum headed into the regular season. Don't even mention preseason momentum to the Washington Redskins. They were beaten soundly in all four games, and the first-team offense never scored a point.

Seahawks hand Raiders first loss, 30-7 (AP)
Shaun Alexander has a message for the many folks who say NFL exhibitions mean zilch. Some words for those who will see the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks throttling the ragged Oakland Raiders in the final preseason game Thursday night as unrevealing and insignificant. "Definitely. We're ready," the league MVP said when asked about Seattle's Sept.

Reports: Dolphins' RB Morris suspended (AP)
Miami running back Sammy Morris will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's steroid policy, two newspapers reported Thursday night. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post, in stories posted on their Web sites after the Dolphins defeated St.

FIBA's Final Four
Spain will survive Argentina and the U.S. will get by Greece at the FIBA world championships.

Earthquake hits Tokyo area during worlds (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.

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.

Greece between U.S. and gold medal game (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.

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.

Suns sign F Jumaine Jones (AP)
Jumaine Jones signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Phoenix Suns, who added an outside shooting threat to their roster. The 6-foot-8 forward, a seven-year veteran, will be going to his sixth NBA team. He averaged a career-best 10.5 points for Charlotte last season, including a career-high 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb.

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...

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...

Trading Paint: Rehashing the issues
Will Dale Jr. make the Chase? What can be done about Cup drivers racing Busch events? And where's Ward? Fans want to know.

Non-Chase drivers have to find something else to do (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &ndash; Greg Biffle briefly flirted with the Nextel Cup championship last season, while teammate...

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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