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Marlins rookie Sanchez pitches no-hitter (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060907/capt.nyol57709070302.aptopix_diamondbacks_marlins_baseball_nyol577.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=izn2mMOUcAyRwAw0uDZP4A--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez of Venezuela is hoisted atop his teammates' shoulders as they celebrate his 2-0 no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Sanchez ended the longest no-hit drought in major league history; the last no-hitter in the majors was a perfect game by Arizona's Randy Johnson, who beat Atlanta 2-0 on May 18, 2004.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Anibal Sanchez was standing behind the mound when the scoreboard caught his eye, confirming what he already knew: He was one out from a no-hitter. He froze. For a couple of seconds, the Florida Marlins' rookie didn't move.</p><br clear="all"/>

Roddick beats Hewitt; Sharapova in semis (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060907/capt.xnyf28009070316.us_open_tennis_xnyf280.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=D6hXRJE_k08Py2l8y2ShnQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Andy Roddick of the United States serves to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Roddick whipped a winner on the run past Lleyton Hewitt, raised his arms and yelled to celebrate, then basked in the standing ovation. Exactly the sort of stuff Jimmy Connors used to do to fire up U.S. Open crowds, right?</p><br clear="all"/>

Jones' 'B' sample comes back negative (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_ot/run_jones_drugs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060907/capt.nyol57809070302.jones_drugs__nyol578.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=QlILt3YNNE21UVkKkJlq4Q--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Marion Jones sprints on her way to placing second in the women's 100 metres at the IAAF Golden Gala International track meet, in Rome's Olympic stadium, in this July 14, 2006 file photo. Jones, who tested positive for the banned endurance enhancer EPO on June 23, has been cleared of doping allegations after the backup drug test came back negative, her attorneys said Wednesday night, Sept. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marion Jones' latest comeback came in a laboratory, where her backup sample turned up clean &#151; a stunning twist that clears her to compete and could validate a long list of triumphs sullied by years of doping allegations.</p><br clear="all"/>

Detroit forces decisive Game 5 in WNBA (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkl_wnba_finals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060907/capt.32bf8fd03eb4492b97cba189039c5cd1.shock_monarchs_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=7Tqa.WjxacjGOM7MyxWisw--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith (30) drives to the basket around Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro (21) during the first half of game four of the WNBA basketball finals in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Shock were far from finished, and they sent the WNBA finals to a decisive Game 5.</p><br clear="all"/>

Texas faces a familiar QB nightmare (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_texas_chasing_smith"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.873cfb1a8fd44887b14df82f120fc885.ohio_st_texas_chasing_smith_college_football_otkks103.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=HBYaYQn3uZBNfWAIW_wZZA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (10) passes against Northern Illinois defense during a college football game Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - Welcome to the nightmare, Texas. After unleashing Vince Young on opponents the last three seasons, the No. 2 Longhorns now get a taste of trying to stop No. 1 Ohio State's Troy Smith, another strong, athletic quarterback who can pass or run around defenses.</p><br clear="all"/>

Plummer to avoid jury in road rage case (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_plummer_road_rage"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060905/capt.37392045032d4b1ca950037b5ba58587.broncos_preview_football_codz102.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=bREm_lpWUlO.nJUiS7g96w--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, back, looks to pass under pressure from Houston Texans defenders in the second quarter of an NFL exhibition football game in Denver on Aug. 27, 2006. The Broncos are preparing to open the regular season in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Douglas Stone wants a personal check for $26 from Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer for bending the license plate holder on his pickup truck.</p><br clear="all"/>

Woman sues ex-NBA great Abdul-Jabbar over sacking (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060907/sp_afp/usbasketabduljabbar"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060907/capt.sge.kxa86.070906002654.photo00.photo.default-512x365.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=Hhwi0rZ4owHFBGsHPeGTug--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="A California woman is suing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, pictured June 2006, claiming the former National Basketball Association great improperly fired her pregnant daughter, court papers showed.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Stephen Dunn)" border="0" /></a>AFP - A California woman is suing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar claiming the former National Basketball Association great improperly fired her pregnant daughter, court papers showed.</p><br clear="all"/>

In battle of the Sox, White prevails 8-1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.f81c0c9686864e42957dcec3c471f734.white_sox_red_sox_baseball_mack102.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=Lg7yhjAMcNi_.QMUSGsCbw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Chicago White Sox starter Jose Contreras delivers in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Contreras turned a tweaked Chicago lineup and a little clubhouse chat into the perfect remedy for the White Sox.</p><br clear="all"/>

France tops Italy; Germans net 13 goals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro2008_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.ca9eecb3c1874543bbab993b7252b616.san_marino_soccer_euro_2008_germany_fas114.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=k6O75p5PXG1gpOzhqzsP4g--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Germany's Lukas Podolski is all smile after he scored during the Euro 2008 group D qualifying match between Germany and San Marino at the Stadio Olympico stadium in Serravalle, San Marino, Wednesday Sept.6,2008. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)" border="0" /></a>AP - France gained some payback Wednesday for its loss in the World Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Italy in European Championship qualifying, while Germany routed San Marino by a championship record 13-0.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bryzgalov signs 2-year deal with Ducks (AP)
AP - Ilya Bryzgalov, who led the NHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts during the playoffs last spring, signed a two-year contract to remain with the Anaheim Ducks.

NFC forges power shift
For the first time in three years, the NFC has a team (Seattle) atop the season-opening rankings.

Panthers WR Smith tweaks hamstring (AP)
Keyshawn Johnson looked at a group of reporters and tried to guess what the newspaper headlines would be. "Steve Smith not here. Panthers doomed," Johnson said Wednesday. Not quite, but there is reason for concern as Carolina's All-Pro receiver experienced more hamstring trouble. He is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Chargers RB Tomlinson ready to play (AP)
Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson returned to practice Wednesday, primed to finally get his season started. A well-rested Tomlinson and his San Diego Chargers head to Oakland to face the Raiders in Monday night's opener. He didn't have a carry in the exhibition season and is eager to face his team's biggest rival.

NFL, union discuss stronger drug program (AP)
The NFL and its union are discussing strengthening their drug program to keep pace with the increase in the number of performance-enhancing substances and the efficiency of masking agents. Commissioner Roger Goodell, in his first news conference since taking over for Paul Tagliabue last Friday, said Wednesday he has been discussing the problem with Gene Upshaw, the head of the NFL Players...

Retired Welbourn suspended for drug use (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs tackle John Welbourn, who unexpectedly retired in June, was suspended for six weeks Wednesday for violating the league's drug policy. Welbourn, who was also suspended for the first four games in 2005 under the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, had asked to be reinstated, said Chiefs president Carl Peterson.

Favre '99.9 percent' to retire as Packer (AP)
Although Brett Favre says he's "99.9 percent" sure he'll retire as a Green Bay Packer, he can't rule out the possibility he might finish his career with another team. But before Cheesehead Nation begins trembling at the thought of seeing Favre in some shade of teal -- or, worse yet, wearing Vikings horns -- note that the 36-year-old said he'd only consider playing elsewhere if the Packers decided...

Goodell: Gumbel to stay with NFL Network (AP)
Bryant Gumbel will keep his play-by-play job with the NFL Network despite saying on his HBO show that Paul Tagliabue should show his successor as commissioner "where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash." Roger Goodell, who officially took over for Tagliabue last Friday, said he met with Gumbel to discuss his remarks about the Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association.

Ravens eager to snap 11-game road skid (AP)
It's been 22 months and 11 games since the Baltimore Ravens last experienced the satisfaction of winning on the road. They've lost close games and blowouts, defensive battles and high-scoring shootouts. They've been defeated as the favorite and as the underdog, on the east coast and as far west as Denver.

Big Ben out, Culpepper in for NFL opener (AP)
They were the NFL's hottest team at the end of last season, with numerous reasons to think they will be better still in 2006. Their quarterback's exceptional offseason injury recovery makes them all the more optimistic this could be a championship season. The Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, right?

Owens happy with hamstring and Bledsoe (AP)
Terrell Owens is feeling good about his hamstring -- and about his budding relationship with quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Owens went through practice Wednesday without any limitations, a first since returning from his latest setback. He came away as optimistic as ever about what he, Bledsoe and the Dallas Cowboys can do this season, starting Sunday in Jacksonville.

Worlds of difference
The U.S. once again settled for bronze, but its effort at the world championships was golden.

Heat re-sign PG Payton to one-year deal (AP)
Gary Payton finally got one championship, yet still wants to chase another. The veteran guard signed a one-year deal Wednesday to return to the Miami Heat, meaning the defending NBA champions have every player from last season's regular postseason rotation under contract for the coming year. Payton -- a 38-year-old, nine-time All-Star who played 16 seasons before winning his first title in June --...

Attorney: Ralph Sampson to plead guilty (AP)
Former NBA and Virginia star Ralph Sampson has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud and serve two months in jail, his attorney said Wednesday. Sampson is to enter the plea in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Thursday, the day his trial was scheduled to begin. "It's been signed," Sampson's attorney James C.

Barkley serious about political run (AP)
Charles Barkley insists he's serious about running for governor of Alabama, but he's got to move back there first. "I can't run until 2014," he said. "I have to live there for seven years, so I'm looking for a house there as we speak." And he said he is an independent, not a Democrat as previously reported.

Grizzlies F Gasol to have foot surgery (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol will have surgery Friday to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Gasol fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last week while playing for Spain during the FIBA world championships. He was scheduled for surgery in Memphis at the Campbell Clinic, the Grizzlies said Wednesday.

Hornets to open camp in New Orleans (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets, homeless since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, will begin training camp at New Orleans Arena on Oct. 3. "I'm thrilled to be able to officially begin the 2006-07 season by holding the first week of training camp in New Orleans," said Hornets owner George Shinn. The Hornets will practice through Oct.

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.

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.

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.

Sharks F Bell arrested for drunk driving (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...

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.

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.

NHRA not dragging its feet
INDIANAPOLIS &ndash; NASCAR still is searching for a female superstar, but the NHRA already has plenty.

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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