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Super Bowl champs start super strong (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_dolphins_steelers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.15908d9aa2c644f592437783fa22d12e.dolphins_steelers_football_paks114.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=OEXiPeJxHYSThiHYv.fL4g--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, right, makes a seven-yard touchdown-reception behind Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas in the second quarter of the football game in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Miami coach Nick Saban had the red challenge flag in his hand, hitched it forward and back, and couldn't seem to let it go in time. Maybe the Dolphins should flag their own coach for a costly delay.</p><br clear="all"/>

Federer beats Blake to reach semifinals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.xnyf21609080257.us_open_tennis_xnyf216.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=kDMzp7hDDYQ3MNT1vt4Kyg--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Roger Federer, of Swtizerland, loses his footing and the match point in the third set against James Blake, of the United States, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even as he was giving Roger Federer fits, James Blake felt the need to shout what so many were thinking: "You're too good!" The top-seeded Federer dropped a set and had a hard time putting away No. 5 Blake before finishing a 7-6 (7), 6-0, 6-7 (9), 6-4 victory on Thursday night at the U.S. Open to reach a record-tying 10th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.</p><br clear="all"/>

Glavine and Mets shut down Dodgers 7-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.128e3a9a5ebc422998715716636eec6d.dodgers_mets_baseball_nym112.jpg?x=130&y=72&sig=Zl22sopWln18WgKaeL1XKw--" align="left" height="72" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Jose Reyes reacts after sliding past home plate for an inside-the-park three-run home run in the sixth inning of baseball action against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at New York's Shea Stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - While Jose Reyes was all smiles describing the first inside-the-park homer he'd ever hit, Pedro Martinez couldn't wait to tease the young shortstop &#151; in two languages &#151; about the popup that clanked off his glove.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers rookie Verlander stymies Twins (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.23ab15a1410744e4935dbe16a5407dc6.tigers_twins_baseball_mpd108.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=S1.agt3vMZ6IVZZc2GOr4A--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander watches his throw to first on a bunt by Minnesota Twins' Jason Tyner in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, in Minneapolis. Tyner beat out the throw for a hit. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jim Leyland has perfected the level head, in his 15th season as a major league manager. Detroit's once-staggering lead in the division race has dwindled, but the Tigers are following Leyland's example and trying to keep their cool down the stretch.</p><br clear="all"/>

Australian star Brock dies in crash (AP)
AP - Peter Brock, one of Australia's most successful and well-known race car drivers, died Friday in an accident during a rally in Western Australia state.

NFL to stream games with Yahoo (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060908/sp_nm/yahoo_nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060908/i/r3028462431.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=HFdbYDA6hYxwha6iCebtSA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) outruns Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen to score a touchdown after catching an 87-yard pass by quarterback Charlie Batch in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Cohn" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The National Football League said on Thursday it will stream a full season of live games over the Internet to gridiron fans outside of North America.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ralph Sampson to serve 2 months in jail (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060907/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_sampson_plea"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060906/capt.1853b3db5bf142a89b96ce7ad260a046.sampson_plea_basketball_ny159.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=4kui4eqeakReA0EG6.ITRw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Former NBA star Ralph Sampson talks to a player in the NBA Top 100 Camp at the Siegal Center in Richmond, Va., in this June 20, 2006 file photo. 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, Sept 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former NBA star Ralph Sampson will serve two months in jail for mail fraud under a plea agreement approved by a federal judge Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Carroll gives Rockies 10-5 win over Nats (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.47e1467fe8814121ac047059d9012087.nationals_rockies_baseball_cojd116.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=dKi.Rufpz1Q9sUasGkfNjA--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Manuel Corpas throws to the plate against the Washington Nationals during a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. Corpas won for the first time in the majors as the Rockies beat the Nationals 10-5. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jamey Carroll got the go-ahead hit, one of three straight infield singles in a five-run eighth inning that led the Colorado Rockies over the Washington Nationals 10-5 Thursday night. Washington overcame a 5-3 eighth-inning deficit when Austin Kearns hit an RBI single and scored on Brian Schneider's double off Jeremy Affeldt.</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.

Short but sweet
PITTSBURGH &ndash; Charlie Batch did what Steelers QBs do best on Thursday: executed the boring but efficient short-passing attack.

No Big Ben, no problem as Steelers rally (AP)
Miami coach Nick Saban had the red challenge flag in his hand, hitched it forward and back, and couldn't seem to let it go in time. Maybe the Dolphins should flag their own coach for a costly delay. Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller chugged his way down the sideline on an 87-yard touchdown pass play midway through the fourth quarter, fill-in QB Charlie Batch's third scoring pass of the...

Lawyer: Officer trapped when Foley shot (AP)
An off-duty police officer inadvertently was "trapped" in a suburban cul-de-sac without backup before he shot San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley, a prosecutor said Thursday. Aaron Mansker, an officer with the Coronado Police Department, had decided to drop his pursuit because no other officers responded to his calls for help, but found himself blocked Sunday morning in the dead-end street...

Redskins OT Jansen discusses HGH use (AP)
Washington Redskins tackle Jon Jansen said Thursday it would be "very naive and foolish" to think NFL players aren't using human growth hormone. But he backed down from his statement that "maybe 15, 20 percent" of the league's players use illegal performance-enhancing substances. Jansen used those percentages during an interview broadcast Wednesday night on HBO's "Costas Now." If accurate, that...

Panthers WR Smith misses practice again (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith missed practice again Thursday and remains questionable for the season opener against Atlanta. "Right now it's day-to-day and when it comes down to Sunday it will be a game-day decision," coach John Fox said. Smith was limited to 10 practices in the preseason because of a strained left hamstring and an ingrown toenail that required stitches.

Pats' Bruschi back at practice with cast (AP)
Tedy Bruschi returned to practice Thursday with a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist and was listed as questionable for the New England Patriots' season opener Sunday against Buffalo. The inside linebacker, who broke his wrist on the fourth day of training camp July 31, was on the field for the stretching period that was open to the media.

Redskins RB Portis questionable (AP)
Clinton Portis' first Thursday character of the season: a football player who doesn't appear as if he's going to be able to play in his team's first game. "Today," Portis said, "I'm the 'Injured Man."' Portis wore a white baseball cap, a gray sweat shirt and black sweat pants, a drab outfit that matched the bleak outlook for his participation in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against...

Patriots S Harrison ready for opener (AP)
A smile has replaced the tears on Rodney Harrison's face. His badly damaged knee is strong again, the drive that made him an intimidating hitter never left and the return to football some doubted would happen is just days away. Bring on the Bills. "I don't feel any restrictions" for Sunday's opener against Buffalo, the New England Patriots strong safety said.

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...

Chargers RB Tomlinson back at practice (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.

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

Kobe: U.S. needs chemistry at 2008 Games (AP)
Kobe Bryant believes the U.S. basketball team will have to work on its chemistry if it wants to perform well at the 2008 Olympics. The Los Angeles Lakers star, visiting Taiwan as part of a five-leg tour of Asia to meet with fans, said Thursday that a newly assembled team always needed some time together before starting to play with consistency.

Warriors C O'Bryant breaks foot (AP)
Warriors rookie center Patrick O'Bryant probably will miss the start of training camp after breaking his right foot. O'Bryant, the ninth overall selection in the June's draft, was injured during an offseason scrimmage in Las Vegas last month. Team doctors diagnosed the injury in San Francisco this week.

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: Sprewell won't be charged (AP)
Latrell Sprewell won't face charges stemming from a woman's accusations that he choked her as they had sex on his boat, his lawyer said. Attorney Jonathan C. Smith told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that Sprewell will now seek "civil remedies" against the 21-year-old accuser. "People need to know that this is something he and we take very seriously," Smith said.

Ralph Sampson to serve 2 months in jail (AP)
Former NBA star Ralph Sampson will serve two months in jail for mail fraud under a plea agreement approved by a federal judge Thursday. In exchange for Sampson's guilty plea, federal prosecutors dropped charges of perjury, making a false claim and making a false statement about Sampson's finances in a child support case.

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.

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.

Thrashers, G Lehtonen agree on contract (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers agreed to terms on a contract with No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen with one week left before training camp. General manager Don Waddell said the team expects to have Lehtonen anchor the Thrashers' goal "for several years to come." The 22-year-old native of Helsinki, Finland, was the second overall pick in the 2002 NHL entry draft.

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.

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

Peter Brock, 1 of Australia's top race car drivers, dies in rally accident (AP)
Peter Brock, one of Australia's most successful and well-known race car drivers, died Friday in an accident during a rally in Western Australia state. The 61-year-old Brock died when his car crashed into a tree about 25 miles east of Perth during the Targa West rally, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Hamlin coming home to sew up spot in Chase (AP)
Denny Hamlin is seventh in the Nextel Cup driver's standings and coming home to Richmond hoping to secure his spot in NASCAR's 10-race playoff.

NASCAR denies wrongdoing in suit stemming from '99 racial prank (AP)
NASCAR denies that top officials for the sanctioning body promised a job to a former racing team member who was the victim of a 1999 racial prank.

NASCAR penalizes Busch Series crew chief Beam (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Busch Series crew chief Mike Beam was fined by NASCAR on Thursday for a rule violation at California Speedway last weekend.

Kahne ready to race his way into Chase (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &ndash; Kasey Kahne has been on the Chase for the championship bubble before, only to fail to...

Determined Burton in precarious position (AP)
Jeff Burton has been racing long enough to know about luck. So the longtime NASCAR Nextel Cup star is only mildly...

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.

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