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Boston's Lester has treatable lymphoma (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_lester"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.67b96c8380234d52abd7f77bac68e365.red_sox_lester_baseball_ny158.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=A96BunHodgBolHf0MSiCTg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="This is a 2006 file photo of Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox announced Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, that pitcher Jon Lester has a treatable form of lymphoma. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher Jon Lester has a form of lymphoma and will start treatment in the coming week, the team said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Union files grievance on behalf of WR (AP)
AP - The NFL Players Association filed a grievance Friday on behalf of holdout Deion Branch after the New England Patriots did not trade the wide receiver before the team-imposed deadline for him to seek a deal.

Valentin's pinch-hit double lifts Mets (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_astros"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060902/capt.8afb1e4852794219a8c7906ee4ff2686.mets_astros_baseball_hta113.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=lQnWwD.pG1ZoYQ4KA1KrDQ--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="New York Mets' Jose Valentin (18) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a single by teammate Endy Chavez during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in their Major League Baseball game Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pinch hitter Jose Valentin hit an RBI double to break an eighth inning tie and Tom Glavine pitched five innings in his first start since being sidelined by a blood clot, leading the New York Mets over the Houston Astros 8-7 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Blake pays tribute to Agassi at Open (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.xnyf19909012312.us_open_tennis_xnyf199.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=WY1DmExu5dF_kQaWCSj8mQ--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="James Blake of the United States returns a shot to Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - From the Day-Glo spandex tights to the hot pink vertical bars on his shirt to the white bandanna wrapped atop his head, James Blake paid tribute to Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Agassi needs another injection for back (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_sp_te_ne/ten_us_open_agassi"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.xnyf37009010523.us_open_tennis_xnyf370.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=cR7aFC1vBxzgskiWpOGq0g--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Andre Agassi of the United States smiles after he defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" border="0" /></a>AP - As bad as his back has been, Andre Agassi never resorted to taking injections during a tournament. This U.S. Open is hardly any event, though: It's his final one, and Agassi now has received two types of shots to deal with the pain.</p><br clear="all"/>

Eagles' Feeley impresses behind center (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_jets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060902/capt.ba412a984a70407ca1ca429a56a7ec28.eagles_jets_football_eru102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=Cnyh0dB8rrrPzS7THnLAbw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley (14) looks to pass as he is pressured by New York Jets defensive end Darrell Adams during second-quarter NFL football Friday night, Sept. 1, 2006, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - A.J. Feeley had about 24 hours to study the Philadelphia Eagles' playbook. He'll start working on learning the names of his wide receivers next.</p><br clear="all"/>

US NBA stars now look to Beijing - if they can get there (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060901/sp_afp/basketworldusa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060901/capt.sge.jki57.010906141839.photo00.photo.default-512x331.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=iSVyo0ktF0oAUdGDYtH7EQ--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="US head coach Mike Krzyzewski, seen here directing his players in their World Basketball Championship semi-finals against Greece, said that the US squad now has to look to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Greece won 101-95.(AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)" border="0" /></a>AFP - It will be the Beijing Olympics before US National Basketball Association stars have another chance to reclaim global supremacy after losing Friday to Greece at the World Basketball Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rodriguez hits two home runs as Yankees crush Twins (Reuters)
Reuters - A resurgent Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and drove in three runs as the New York Yankees thumped the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday.

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"/>

McGahee back to form
DETROIT &ndash; Willis McGahee is just now starting to show the top-flight speed he displayed before his devastating knee injury in 2003.

Union files grievance on Branch's behalf (AP)
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance Friday on behalf of holdout Deion Branch after the New England Patriots did not trade the wide receiver before the team-imposed deadline for him to seek a deal. Richard Berthelsen, lawyer for the union, said the grievance alleges that the Patriots "reneged" on an agreement to trade their best receiver, who is entering the last season of a five-year...

Cards' QB Leinart's injury not serious (AP)
Matt Leinart's shoulder injury is not serious and Arizona coach Dennis Green said Friday that the rookie quarterback might be available for the regular season opener Sept. 10. "It's good news," Green said of the MRI exam that came back negative. Leinart is slated to back up starter Kurt Warner. The left-handed Leinart sprained his right shoulder when he was sacked by Patrick Chukwurah in the third...

T.O. eases worries, Vanderjagt does not (AP)
Seeing Terrell Owens run full speed through several routes in a preseason game eased many of the Dallas Cowboys' concerns about his hamstring. Good thing, too, because Mike Vanderjagt gave them something else to worry about. Vanderjagt missed kicks of 32 and 33 yards in overtime of the preseason finale Thursday night, leaving the Cowboys in a rare preseason tie, 10-10, with the Minnesota Vikings,...

Steelers' trade leaves Staley in limbo (AP)
Duce Staley's run with the Steelers could be coming to an end following the team's trade for Patrick Cobbs, an undrafted rookie free agent running back who led the New England Patriots in rushing during the preseason. The Steelers have been seeking another running back as former starter Staley struggled during training camp after missing all but a handful of games last season following knee...

Titans' Young plays well in first start (AP)
A sure sign of poise from a rookie quarterback: Vince Young even lobbies for instant-replay calls like a veteran. Young was impressive in his first exhibition start for the Tennessee Titans, consistently turning third downs into first downs in a 35-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Friday afternoon.

Ex-Bengals player sues city for $50M (AP)
Former Bengals defensive tackle Matthias Askew filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city, accusing police officers of excessive force when they used a stun gun to subdue him while making an arrest in July. The suit contends Askew was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. It asks that the police department's policy on the use of force be declared unconstitutional.

Giants' Arrington to be ready for opener (AP)
Over the past month LaVar Arrington yearned to clearly illustrate how his surgically repaired and still seemingly questionable right knee really felt. A happy face, drawn right on the knee in pen, would have meant the New York Giants' new $49 million linebacker was feeling no pain. A straight line, well, not so good.

Colts' Vinatieri has sprain, bone chip (AP)
Adam Vinatieri isn't talking about his injured nonkicking leg, but the Indianapolis Colts still hope he'll be kicking in next week's season-opener. The Colts announced Friday that Vinatieri was being treated for a sprained ligament and a bone chip, but it's the ligament that is of the greatest concern.

Dave Meggett arrested on rape charges (AP)
Former NFL running back Dave Meggett was charged with second-degree rape of his former girlfriend. Meggett, who played for 10 seasons with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, is accused of raping the 27-year-old woman Wednesday or Thursday at her home, Pitt County Sheriff's Detective P.E.

Back to Earth
Team USA won&rsquo;t play for gold in this year&rsquo;s World Championships, but its future is looking bright.

U.S. loses to Greece 101-95 in semis (AP)
As they warmed up before Friday's semifinal against Greece, the U.S. players put on a jam session for the fans. Dwight Howard dunked emphatically. Dwyane Wade bounced the ball off the backboard, caught it and stuffed. Elton Brand jammed an alley-oop pass. Finally, LeBron James flew down the lane for a tomahawk.

Spain tops Argentina to make world final (AP)
One semifinal winner danced in a circle at midcourt. The other carried off their best player. Spain beat Argentina 75-74 on Friday night to guarantee itself its first medal ever in a FIBA world championships. The win came about three hours after Greece upset the United States 101-95. The all-European final, however, will apparently go on without Spain star center Pau Gasol, who injured his left foot...

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.

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.

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.

Wolves sign 2nd-round pick Craig Smith (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed their second-round draft pick, forward Craig Smith, on Thursday. Smith, a 6-foot-7 standout at Boston College, was selected with the 36th overall choice this summer. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in 36 games for the Eagles, earning first team all-conference honors in the ACC.

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.

Wild's Boogaard charged with assault (AP)
Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard was charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with a nightclub fight. A 20-year-old man was injured as a result of the fight outside downtown early on Aug. 12, Regina Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said Friday. The 24-year-old Boogaard was arrested Aug.

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.

Stars re-sign D Daley to two-year deal (AP)
The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a two-year contract Thursday. The 22-year-old Daley scored three goals and had 11 assists in 81 games last season. Daley's signing gives the Stars more depth on defense, joining Sergei Zubov, Philippe Boucher and offseason acquisitions Darryl Sydor and Jaroslav Modry.

Veteran focus
FONTANA, Calif. &ndash; Mark Martin isn't worrying about the future. At least, not beyond the next couple of races.

No extra pressure on rookie Hamlin (AP)
The pressure is escalating for drivers on the bubble with just two races remaining until the start of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Kurt Busch wins pole for Sunday's Sony HD 500 (SportsTicker)

Nascar Nextel Cup Notebook for Friday, September 1 (SportsTicker)
FONTANA, California (Ticker) - Robby Gordon on Friday at California Speedway revealed that he nearly purchased half of Robert Yates Racing, which would have given that team three guaranteed spots for the start of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season.

Busch on pole at California (AP)
A relaxed Kurt Busch, no longer worrying about making NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, earned his series-leading fifth pole of the season Friday at California Speedway.

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.

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