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Jankovic makes first Grand Slam semi (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060905/capt.xnyf11709051636.us_open_tennis_xnyf117.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=dtQ5FTKExQG6TS7Z9MOjaw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, reacts after defeating Elena Dementieva, of Russia, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jelena Jankovic lost so many matches in a row this year, she lost count. But she'd taken enough stats classes in college to figure this: It was probably time to quit tennis and go back to school in Belgrade. On Tuesday, Jankovic graduated &#151; to her first Grand Slam semifinal, that is &#151; by taking away No. 4 Elena Dementieva's serve and coasting 6-2, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.</p><br clear="all"/>

On Chase bubble, Burton needs some luck (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_burton_s_burden"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060904/capt.c5dd1e9d64e849a3b61793d6b9fd7c5e.nascar_california_auto_racing_camw102.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=FPjRYUU4V4YjqFlPcolARQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Jeff Burton's pit crew works on his car during a pit stop in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Sony HD 500 auto race at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Sunday, Sep. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Burton has been racing long enough to know about luck. So the longtime NASCAR Nextel Cup star is only mildly upset that, after enjoying good fortune aplenty for most of the season, things haven't been going his way lately.</p><br clear="all"/>

A gridiron delight: No. 1 Vs. No. 2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060905/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_buckeyes_ready"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060905/capt.a04cb73f4e7a451cbdb83283cfe295d6.t25_buckeyes_ready_football_ohks104.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=oHHjOdVvz3rFqpDn2H6SOw--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Ohio State's Troy Smith (10), left, and Ted Ginn Jr. (7) celebrate a touchdown in the end zone during the football game against Northern Illinois Saturday, Sep. 2, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes haven't forgotten how their high hopes disintegrated in a 25-22 loss to Texas before an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 105,565 last season. Just two weeks into a long season, their shot at a national championship was already in deep trouble. Now the same fate awaits the loser of Saturday night's return match between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Texas at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - What gets college football players through the long and punishing hours of conditioning, weightlifting, practice and planning are thoughts of a perfect season and a trip to the national championship game.</p><br clear="all"/>

Big Papi returns, Red Sox win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060905/capt.803460124c0a4ce4aea6ea8935b54133.white_sox_red_sox_baseball_mack103.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=wjuP.d2gD24q5izu4gVuew--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz tips his batting helmet as fans give him a standing ovation during his first-inning at-bat against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006. Ortiz had been sidelined with heart palpitations for eight games. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz was back in the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night, the Fenway crowd giving him a standing ovation just for stepping into the batter's box.</p><br clear="all"/>

Santana wins 17th as Twins blank D'Rays (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_devil_rays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.84b92bb4700342988d6ab41095ab2535.twins_devil_rays_baseball_flmc104.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=6h_cFS7BLnoHtE2uCcweBg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Johan Santana pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Santana was so dominant, even the guy who managed the Devil Rays' only two hits off him had to feel lucky.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chargers linebacker apparently unarmed (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/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 apparently was unarmed when an off-duty Coronado police officer shot him near his upscale suburban home, authorities said Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cavaliers sign guard David Wesley (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060905/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_cavaliers_wesley"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060905/capt.7a17d7bf2c024a6b8436043a25612ed0.cavaliers_wesley_basketball_co102.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=JrGiolDmUZz2kZNnRL9Z.Q--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Houston Rockets guard David Wesley (7) loses the ball as he backs into Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas in the first half Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Houston. Veteran guard Wesley signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 a deal that could lead to more backcourt maneuvering as the team tries to build off its playoff run last season. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Veteran guard David Wesley signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, a deal that could lead to more backcourt maneuvering as the team tries to build off its playoff run last season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Royals batter Mussina, Yankees 5-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_royals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.3376307bbe4c4746b51d96f654fcf6d4.yankees_royals_baseball_mocr107.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=LFEouagwvdp3v470KLHciw--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Kansas City Royals' Andres Blanco runs past New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada as he scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Mark Grudzielanek during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)" border="0" /></a>AP - One night later, Kansas City took another big lead against the New York Yankees. This time the Royals held on.</p><br clear="all"/>

Materazzi insulted Zidane's sister (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060905/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_materazzi_zidane"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060905/capt.sge.khf58.050906102634.photo00.photo.default-512x503.jpg?x=130&y=127&sig=CB9OEiJzknEG9O8pA65Aaw--" align="left" height="127" width="130" alt="Italy defender Marco Materazzi goes flying after being headbutted by French star Zinedine Zidane during the World Cup final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium in July 2006. Materazzi has broken his silence over the verbal exchange that led to his violent World Cup final clash with Zidane.(AFP/File/John MacDougall)" border="0" /></a>AP - Italy's Marco Materazzi said he insulted Zinedine Zidane's sister, revealing nearly two months after the World Cup final what provoked the French star to head-butt him in the chest.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sharks' Bell arrested for hit-and-run (AP)
AP - San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and felony hit-and-run after an early morning accident during the Labor Day weekend.

Today's spotlight brighter
The difference between prima donna WRs of the past vs. today is the amount of attention these kids are getting now.

LB Foley apparently unarmed when shot (AP)
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley apparently was unarmed when an off-duty Coronado police officer shot him near his upscale suburban home, authorities said Tuesday. Foley was wounded early Sunday by officer Aaron Mansker, who joined the Coronado Police Department in August 2005. "To my knowledge, I don't believe Foley did have a weapon, even though I was told he reached into his waistband with his...

Owens looks like a go for Cowboys opener (AP)
T.O. looks like a go for the season opener. Terrell Owens got in plenty of work during practice Monday, then stayed late to run some extra routes for quarterback Drew Bledsoe. He came away sounding confident that he'll be over his hamstring injury and in the starting lineup when the Dallas Cowboys face the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday.

Ward expects Big Ben to miss only 1 game (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger will miss at least one game following his emergency appendectomy. Hines Ward, who had the same procedure four years ago, will be surprised if the Pittsburgh quarterback misses a second. After all, Ward said, isn't Roethlisberger's remarkably fast recovery from his June motorcycle accident proof enough how fast a healer he is?

Shanahan not naming Broncos starting RB (AP)
Mike Shanahan wasted no time declaring undrafted rookie Mike Bell his top tailback early in training camp. He's being more coy about naming his starter for the Denver Broncos' opener at St. Louis on Sunday. "You'll have to show up to that game, as we talked about before," Shanahan said Monday. "Good try, though." It's not that Bell did anything to lose his status as the starter.

RB Dayne happy to join Texans (AP)
The Houston Texans figured out a way to field a Heisman Trophy running back after all. And while Ron Dayne doesn't exactly command the hype of say, Reggie Bush, he's excited that his next chance in the NFL means a reunion with Gary Kubiak, Dayne's offensive coordinator when the two were in Denver. Of course, now that Kubiak is running the show in Houston, their friendly relationship might be a...

Darrell Jackson returns to Seahawks (AP)
Darrell Jackson returned to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday for the first time since last February's Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh and knee surgery a few weeks later. Seattle's leading receiver came back with his often long, beatnik-style goatee tied in four squiggly lines. "Someone told me if I pinned it up, it would grow a little more," Jackson said after his first practice of the season, six days...

Colts' Vinatieri says he's ready to play (AP)
Adam Vinatieri slipped a brace onto his non-kicking foot Monday, then calmly pronounced himself ready to play. Five days after the most discussed foot in Indianapolis become a headline topic, Vinatieri ended the discussion about his availability for the Colts' season opener Sunday at New York. He says he'll play.

Titans agree to terms with Robaire Smith (AP)
The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms Tuesday with defensive tackle Robaire Smith in a move that should improve their run defense. Smith spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Titans, then left as a free agent for Houston, where he started 32 games at right end in the Texans' 3-4 defense. His former teammates had been hoping Smith would choose to return.

Seahawks sign WR-KR Ponder (AP)
Looking to bolster its special teams, the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent wide receiver and kick returner Willie Ponder on Tuesday. Ponder spent the last three seasons with the New York Giants, playing in 26 games, used primarily on kickoff returns. The sixth-round draft pick in 2003 averaged 25.9 yards per return last season after leading the league in 2004, averaging 26.9 yards per return.

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

Cavaliers sign veteran G David Wesley (AP)
Veteran guard David Wesley signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, a deal that could lead to more backcourt maneuvering as the team tries to build off its playoff run last season. Wesley averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 71 games -- 59 starts -- for the Houston Rockets last season.

Sampson perjury case nears conclusion (AP)
Former NBA and Virginia star Ralph Sampson, who is accused of lying to federal authorities about his finances in a child support case, would serve two months in jail under a plea agreement he is considering, his attorney said Tuesday. The 46-year-old Sampson is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday for a trial on charges of perjury, making a false claim, mail fraud and making a false...

Officials: Gasol could be out 3 months (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies center Pau Gasol could be out up to three months after sustaining a partial fracture in his left foot in the semifinals of the world championships in Japan, officials said. The 7-footer was hurt Friday near the conclusion of Spain's 75-74 semifinal victory against Argentina. He underwent X-rays and an MRI exam Saturday at the Kato Orthopedic Clinic in Saitama, Japan, according to...

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.

Rockets sign Casey Jacobsen (AP)
The Houston Rockets signed free agent Casey Jacobsen on Tuesday, adding another perimeter shooter to the roster. The 6-foot-6 Jacobsen played last season for Tau Ceramica in the Euroleague. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round in 2002. The former Stanford star averaged 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in five games with the Denver Nuggets' summer league squad.

Spain routs Greece 70-47 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.

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.

Malkin finally signs with Penguins (AP)
Finally, Evgeni Malkin wasn't worried about hiding his emotions or himself. He signed the contract he wanted to sign, with the team he wants to play for. Malkin, under so much pressure to keep playing in Russia that he hid out for five days in Finland to escape his Russian team, signed his first NHL contract Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flyers' Forsberg may be ready for opener (AP)
Peter Forsberg could be ready for the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener after testing his surgically repaired right ankle for the first time Tuesday. Forsberg, who skated with some of his teammates, was originally told he needed surgery on both ankles to repair torn ligaments and wouldn't be able to return until January.

Avalanche re-sign F Svatos (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Marek Svatos to a one-year deal Tuesday. Svatos scored 32 goals in his rookie season for the Avalanche, including nine game-winners and 12 on the power play, before his season was cut short by a shoulder injury. "Marek played a key role in the team's success last season," general manager Francois Giguere said.

Sharks F Bell arrested for hit-and-run (AP)
San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and felony hit-and-run after an early morning accident during the Labor Day weekend. Bell, who played his first four NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, was acquired by the Sharks in a three-team trade on July 10. Days later, he received a new three-year, $6.5 million contract that will pay him $2 million for the...

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.

INDIANAPOLIS &ndash; Taking a cue from NASCAR's Chase, the NHRA is starting its own Countdown to the Championship.

Champ Car star to drive 2 NASCAR truck races (AP)
Champ Car sensation A.J. Allmendinger will drive two NASCAR Truck Series races for Bill Davis Racing this season.

Kahne proves NASCAR needs an emphasis on winning (AP)
Ryan Newman won a series-high eight races in 2003, yet never contended for the NASCAR championship.

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)

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