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Chargers LB shot by off-duty officer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_foley_shot"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.3f801365de1d467c9c77e4c2afb126c7.chargers_foley_shot_ny153.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=JxBZz5Z_JFJzHM8kMlIwXg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="This is a 2005 NFL hand out of San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley. Foley was shot by an off-duty policeman in front of his suburban home Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, team and sheriff's department officials said. (AP Photo/NFL, HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was recovering after being shot near his upscale suburban house by an off-duty police officer following the player's second run-in with law enforcement in 4 1/2 months.</p><br clear="all"/>
Agassi's career comes to tearful close
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.bb99d22514a042a08623e8f7f1dc95af.us_open_tennis_nyms101.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=FHMfk1ZYXdNrb.KV8nHcVg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Andre Agassi, of the United States, acknowledges the crowd after his 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 loss to Benjamin Becker, of Germany, at the US Open Tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)" border="0" /></a>AP - The last match of his 21-year career played and lost, Andre Agassi coaxed himself into his courtside chair and buried his face in a towel.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roethlisberger to miss season opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_roethlisberger"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060901/capt.302e6e344ea54652a36544534f4e38c3.panthers_steelers_football_pagp115.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=EEoplaxkSZ._.wakpTXWrQ--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watches from the sidelines during a preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger and most of the tem's starters sat out the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Roethlisberger missed no playing or practice time despite nearly dying during a June motorcycle accident. A case of appendicitis will keep him out of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers' season opener.</p><br clear="all"/>
Angels' Escobar quiets Tigers' bats
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060904/capt.0d4a380496404bdeaff304dc743e7da8.angels_tigers_baseball_dts105.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=0WmC4.2LS9l6zicC1u1H2Q--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning of their Major League Baseball game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even with shaky defense and just a couple runs of support, Kelvim Escobar was dominant enough to prevent the Detroit Tigers from breaking out of their slump.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard hits 3 HR; Phillies, Braves split
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.4192a23ceff1456fba466c80369e8a09.braves_phillies_baseball_pxs107.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=wjPFkhlq2h69hi1HQLIjTg--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard comes out of the dugout after his 50th home run of the season off Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson in the second inning of their baseball game Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, in Philadelphia. Howard hit two more home runs in the game. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard is hitting all the homers he can to keep Philadelphia in the playoff picture, trying to overcome bullpen breakdowns and late-inning mistakes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Texans expected to sign RB Ron Dayne
AP - The Houston Texans are expected to sign free agent running back Ron Dayne on Monday, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night.
NBA to broadcast games to China via Internet
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060903/sp_afp/basketchnnbamedia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060903/capt.sge.jvj25.030906153145.photo00.photo.default-262x390.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=pNDL_U.vjzd1eW0ague.Ig--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="As many as 87 basketball games of the upcoming NBA season will be made available to the Chinese public via the Internet, state media said.(NBA)" border="0" /></a>AFP - As many as 87 basketball games of the upcoming NBA season will be made available to the Chinese public via the Internet, state media said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pujols jacks 3 homers as Cards down Bucs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.c6ef6f19e92d48a1a66dde398f25dd4b.pirates_cardinals_baseball_motg104.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=iPqCUOewMoaN3oDcr1Jf6w--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols connects for a solo home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in their baseball game Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols has a daughter with Down Syndrome, and the St. Louis Cardinals' annual "buddy walk" game always seems to bring out his best.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 13 Louisville pounds Kentucky 59-28
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/fbc_t25_kentucky_louisville"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060904/capt.74d11146986a4d99b0ea3e277adae449.kentucky_louisville_football_kyer107.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=ktiPCoYybesfGrVuZ_tj2Q--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Louisville's Michael Bush is carted off the field after breaking his leg during the second half of his team's college football game against Kentucky Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Bush sat up on the stretcher and waved to the Papa John's Stadium crowd. He didn't anticipate having to say goodbye so soon.</p><br clear="all"/>
Keenan out as Panthers' general manager
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060903/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_panthers_keenan_resigns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060903/capt.ee659c9921ba4cd6a8f11f8986397a8f.panthers_keenan_resigns_hockey_cpt105.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=78fWWDEtTF8DBhh5L4fdZQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Michael Frolik , left, poses for a photo with Florida Panthers general manager Mike Keenan after he was selected by the Panthers with the tenth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, Canada, Saturday, June 24, 2006. Keenan, the veteran general manager of the Panthers, stepped down Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Keenan spent the offseason assembling a roster that he believes could vault the Florida Panthers into playoff contention for the first time since 2000.</p><br clear="all"/>
Young's day coming fast
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Once projected to sit his whole rookie season, Titans QB Vince Young now appears headed to become the starter.
Chargers LB Foley shot by police officer (AP)
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was recovering after being shot near his upscale suburban house by an off-duty police officer following the player's second run-in with law enforcement in 4 1/2 months. Foley's agent, David Levine, told The Associated Press that Foley was shot three times and had surgery for wounds to his leg, arm and chest.
Texans expected to sign RB Ron Dayne (AP)
The Houston Texans are expected to sign free agent running back Ron Dayne on Monday, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The person asked not to be identified because the deal had not been finalized. Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, was cut by the Denver Broncos on Saturday after entering training camp as the starting tailback.
RB Thomas Jones to start for Bears (AP)
Thomas Jones will start for Chicago Bears at running back, regaining the role he lost before training camp after missing voluntary offseason workouts. His competitor, Cedric Benson, injured his shoulder after taking a hit during a training camp practice and for the second straight year did not play in a preseason game.
Miami adds Marcus Vick to practice squad (AP)
A day after he was cut, Marcus Vick was among eight players signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad Sunday. Rookie tackle Joe Toledo was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury, meaning he'll miss the entire season. To replace him on the roster, Miami signed eight-year veteran offensive lineman Kendyl Jacox.
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.
Culpepper ready for Dolphins debut (AP)
In his 5 1/2 months with the Miami Dolphins, Daunte Culpepper has won praise from teammates for his talent, toughness, poise, leadership, resilience, work ethic and pleasant personality. When a quarterback is undefeated, the critiques are always favorable. Touted as a worthy heir to Dan Marino, Culpepper will put his reputation -- and reconstructed knee -- on the line when he makes his Dolphins...
Seahawks boast talented linebacker corps (AP)
Lofa Tatupu scoffs at the "sophomore slump" idea. The Seattle Seahawks' middle linebacker insists that's an unfounded label that won't apply him. Defensive coordinator John Marshall agrees. And the veteran coach with 27 years of NFL coaching experience is going to keep harping on Tatupu and fellow second-year linebacker Leroy Hill to avoid just such a letdown.
Cards still Warner's team despite hype (AP)
Despite all the hoopla surrounding Matt Leinart, the Arizona Cardinals are Kurt Warner's team. For now, anyway. Warner has been in this situation before, with a big-name rookie waiting in the wings behind him. That stint with the New York Giants didn't work out so well. The 35-year-old quarterback is expecting much better results in Arizona, and plans to hold on to the job throughout the season.
Back to Earth
Team USA won’t play for gold in this year’s World Championships, but its future is looking bright.
Spain routs Greece to win worlds (AP)
Pau Gasol's teammates kept their word, and he had a trophy for each crutch supporting him. Spain won its first world championship without its star in a performance worthy of a Hollywood script. With the injured Gasol cheering from the bench, Spain beat Greece 70-47 Sunday night in an emotional victory some thought couldn't happen and few thought would be so easy.
U.S. settles for improvement at worlds (AP)
All that talk of the United States returning to the top of the basketball world will have to wait. The reality is that the Americans are no closer now than they were two years ago. The U.S. players returned home Sunday from the world championships with bronze medals, just like the ones Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony won at the 2004 Olympics.
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...
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.
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.
Keenan resigns as Panthers GM (AP)
Mike Keenan spent the offseason assembling a roster that he believes could vault the Florida Panthers into playoff contention for the first time since 2000. He won't be around to see if his moves were good enough. Keenan resigned Sunday as the Panthers' general manager, stepping down after a little more than two years running the team's day-to-day operations.
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.
FONTANA, Calif. – Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and California Speedway converted some non-believers Sunday.
Kahne wins at Fontana, closes in on top 10 (AP)
Kasey Kahne figured that winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at California Speedway was the one way he could assure himself of remaining in the fight for the upcoming playoffs.
Burton sits on bubble with one race left before Chase (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Kahne revives Chase hopes with win at California (SportsTicker)
Martin proud of 12th-place finish (AP)
Twelfth was just fine with Mark Martin.
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)
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. – Greg Biffle briefly flirted with the Nextel Cup championship last season, while teammate...