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Tennessee makes No. 9 Cal look overrated (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_california_tennessee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060902/capt.168754628920460ab36d4277f57c3688.california_tennessee_football_tnmh101.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=23iG1XxaBSkv79HEQONrug--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem (3) beats California's Thomas DeCoud (4), Worrell Williams (1) and Desmond Bishop (10) to the end zone as he scores a touchdown in the second quarter of their college football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Relief replaced misery on Rocky Top. Nine months ago, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was grim as he answered questions about a 5-6 finish, his first losing season and a bowl-less holiday for his Volunteers. He may have been one of the most relieved &#151; but least surprised &#151; among the 106,009 people in Neyland Stadium who watched the 23rd-ranked Vols' 35-18 win over No. 9 California on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

New players, same result: USC wins rout (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_usc_arkansas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.590756938fbb483384aa25f8951fa9fd.southern_cal_arkansas_football_ardj111.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=1L64s_Bs18wAF0kDe5hO4A--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Southern California wide receiver Patrick Turner (1) dives over Arkansas cornerback Jamar Love during the third quarter of the college football game Saturday, Sept. 2. 2006, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)" border="0" /></a>AP - If this is what a rebuilding year looks like at Southern California, the rest of the country could be in big trouble. John David Booty threw three touchdown passes in the second half, and the sixth-ranked Trojans rolled to a 50-14 win over Arkansas on Saturday night in their first game since Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart moved on to the NFL.</p><br clear="all"/>

Former Olympic champion Mathias dies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_obit_mathias"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.5f61bbd37853485ca6228c9816a2cfcd.obit_mathias_ny123.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=.BzG2ZH_NGFljPxsGXGWNw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Former Olympian Bob Mathias is shown in this Dec. 9, 1990 file photo in New York. Mathias, a two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon and former U.S. congressman, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. He was 75. The U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement that Mathias died in his home. A cause of death wasn't released. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Mathias, a two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon and former U.S. congressman, died Saturday. He was 75.</p><br clear="all"/>

Peter takes majority decision over Toney (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_bo_st/box_toney_peter"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.1a70d54f449c47339b2e8b8eb970ee19.toney_peter_boxing_las127.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=BHDXupoltWSckUcXMiy.4A--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Samuel Peter reacts after beating James Toney in a split decision during their WBC heavyweight title elimination boxing match in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)" border="0" /></a>AP - Samuel Peter thought he was going to stop James Toney. "I had him hurt. I thought I was going to knock him out, but he's so smart," Peter said Saturday night after winning a majority decision.</p><br clear="all"/>

U.S. Open play suspended because of rain (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.xnyf36509010514.us_open_tennis_xnyf365.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=ieZ30IPiJ6LxSiFzPmDVpg--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Andre Agassi is interviewed by John McEnroe after Agassi defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andre Agassi grabbed his racket bag and stepped into the drizzle, the pain in his back made more bearable by another anti-inflammatory injection and the knowledge that he'd get extra rest for his third-round match at the U.</p><br clear="all"/>

Big-name NFL offensive players released (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_cuts_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060902/capt.8dfda46620f04661aafb61a5ad7fa663.lions_rogers_cut_football_ny150.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=IRGpX8uzJP08F.xLe2n9DA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers walks off the field after their 20-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills in a NFL football game in this Aug. 31, 2006 photo, in Detroit. Rogers was cut by the Detroit Lions on Saturday, three years after they drafted the receiver second overall. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Any NFL teams looking for help in the backfield might be encouraged by the availability of a few running backs who were cut Saturday. That includes Ron Dayne, Lee Suggs and Najeh Davenport.</p><br clear="all"/>

US NBA stars head home with plenty to ponder on Olympic path (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060903/sp_afp/basketworldusa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060903/capt.sge.jsw13.030906060100.photo00.photo.default-386x512.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=29zgk0O7jQe7Lwcay4UYdA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Carmelo Anthony of the US goes for a dunk while Argentina's Carlos Delfino (R) tries to block during the classification match for the 3th and 4th place of the World Basketball Championships in Saitama. US players are going to have to work harder than they wanted next year after finishing third at the Championships, but the experience could pay golden dividends in 2008 at Beijing.(AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)" border="0" /></a>AFP - US players are going to have to work harder than they wanted next year after finishing third at the World Basketball Championship, but the experience could pay golden dividends in 2008 at Beijing.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kouzmanoff's grand slam lifts Tribe (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.494a76d8262542cda40afe6291d59c13.indians_rangers_baseball__arl102.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=LgDOADtIkJq8XyamZmcZ5Q--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Cleveland Indians' Kevin Kouzmanoff runs up the first base line after connecting for a grand slam against Texas Rangers pitcher Edinson Volquez in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. Kouzmanoff becomes only the third person in Major League history to hit a grand slam on his first Major League at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Kouzmanoff stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded for his first major league at bat, and his Cleveland Indians teammates had the audacity to predict a grand slam for the rookie.</p><br clear="all"/>

Gordon's 2 goals lift Galaxy (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_wizards_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.3ca03eb6eb28433d9b215ce4950b02d3.mls_wizards_galaxy_soccer_cabk102.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=zQ3S9Xd8huPB1u.dtuZ9AA--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Alan Gordon goes up for a header against Kansas City Wizards' Jack Jewsbury during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alan Gordon scored two goals in nine minutes to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

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"/>

Hamlin back in action
SEATTLE &ndash; After being relegated to cheerleader status last year, FS Ken Hamlin is back on the field for the Seahawks.

Texans RB Domanick Davis out for season (AP)
The Houston Texans placed running back Domanick Davis on injured reserve Saturday, ending his 2006 season. Davis, Houston's top rusher for the last three seasons, has been out for a month with a bone bruise that is causing soreness in his knee. Texans coach Gary Kubiak decided that putting him on injured reserve would be the right thing for the team, but isn't happy about the decision.

Lions cut WR Rogers, No. 2 pick in 2003 (AP)
This is not what the Detroit Lions or Charles Rogers had in mind when the wide receiver was drafted second overall three years ago. After being cut Saturday, his career in Detroit ended with just 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns along with two broken collarbones and a four-game suspension.

Patriots acquire WR Gabriel from Raiders (AP)
Wide receiver Doug Gabriel was traded Saturday from the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots, who faced the uncertainty of whether holdout Deion Branch will return. The Raiders received an undisclosed draft choice. Gabriel, who was scheduled to start across from Randy Moss, has 71 receptions in three seasons and fills a need on the Patriots even if Branch, their best receiver and the MVP of...

Broncos cut RB Dayne, WR Watts (AP)
The Denver Broncos' cuts ranged from the expected -- running back Ron Dayne -- to the unexpected, wide receiver Darius Watts. Both players left team headquarters Saturday after being told they weren't going to make the 53-man roster. "I kind of understand. Once I got hurt, the other guys stepped up," said Dayne, who began training camp as the starting tailback but quickly was surpassed by undrafted...

Staley makes Steelers, drops to No. 3 RB (AP)
Duce Staley made the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53-man roster Saturday despite an uneven preseason. Staley dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart at running back and may not dress for some early-season games. Staley's roster status was in doubt -- even coach Bill Cowher said so -- after the three-time 1,000-yard rusher with the Eagles averaged 2.2 yards per carry during exhibition play.

Dolphins release Marcus Vick (AP)
Undrafted rookie Marcus Vick was among 21 players who were released or had their contracts terminated Saturday by the Miami Dolphins, who kept journeyman Cliff Russell as a fifth receiver instead. The Dolphins reduced their roster to 52 players, one below the NFL limit, leaving room to acquire a running back to replace suspended backup Sammy Morris.

Browns acquire C Fraley, waive RB Suggs (AP)
The Cleveland Browns' crazy carousel at center took another spin on Saturday. The club, which has gone through four starting centers since the start of training camp, acquired veteran Hank Fraley from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional pick in the 2008 draft. Fraley's arrival will hopefully solidify a problematic position, which has dominoed into more chaos since Pro Bowl free agent...

With Davis in, Rams cut RB Moe Williams (AP)
With Stephen Davis in a Rams uniform, the St. Louis Rams cut veteran Moe Williams and nine other players Saturday to get down to the league-mandated 53-man roster. Davis, a three-time Pro-Bowl running back released by Carolina in the spring, signed with St. Louis on Friday. Rams coach Scott Linehan indicated Davis would play in the season opener Sept.

Vikings sign veteran WR Pinkston (AP)
Veteran receiver Todd Pinkston became the latest former Eagle to come to Minnesota when he signed a contract with the Vikings on Saturday. Pinkston spent his first six seasons with the Eagles, playing the last four under current Vikings coach Brad Childress when he was an Eagles assistant coach. He had his best season in 2002, catching 60 passes for 798 yards and seven touchdowns, but missed all of...

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. looks for positives with bronze (AP)
When the U.S. basketball team was assembled this year, it embarked on a three-year march to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now the road to China must go through South America. The Americans won the bronze medal at the world championships Saturday night with a 96-81 victory over Argentina. That will be their last game until next summer when they will try to earn an Olympic berth in the FIBA Americas...

Spain's Gasol to miss gold medal game (AP)
Pau Gasol, Spain's leading scorer and rebounder, has a partial fracture in his left foot and will not play in the FIBA world championships gold medal game against Greece on Sunday night, according to team officials. In a release on the team's web site Saturday night, Gasol, who was injured in the final minutes of the semifinal victory over Argentina, has "a partial fracture to the base of the...

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.

Lithuania tops Germany 77-62 at worlds (AP)
Darius Lavrinovic scored 18 points to lead Lithuania to a 77-62 victory over Germany in the seventh-place game Sunday, matching its best finish in a FIBA world championships. Lithuania (5-4) was seventh in 1998 during its run of three Olympic bronze medals from 1992-2000. It appeared to be in control of this game early, leading 38-23 with 6:43 left in the first half.

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.

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.

Is Kahne able?
FONTANA, Calif. &ndash; Time is running out for Kasey Kahne, but he still has time to chase down a Chase berth.

Kahne wins shootout with Menard (AP)
Kasey Kahne outdueled Paul Menard in an exciting NASCAR Busch Series shootout Saturday night that ended with Kahne in California Speedway's Victory Lane and Menard coasting across the finish line out of fuel.

Kahne wins Busch Series Ameriquest 300 at California (SportsTicker)

Position becomes the key in NASCAR's race for the Chase (SportsTicker)

Harvick hoping for better results at California Speedway (AP)
Kevin Harvick doesn't particularly look forward to visiting California Speedway twice a year, even though its only 119 miles from his hometown of Bakersfield.

For Kahne, the Chase is on at California Speedway (AP)
In the years B.C. -- Before the Chase -- few would have paid much attention to Kasey Kahne, who was in 11th place entering Sunday's race at California Speedway.

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.

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.''

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