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Howard hits 2 more HR in Phillies' win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_marlins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060909/capt.88c9e2a49d88497bb17ddb935c8aea2f.phillies_marlins_baseball_mds103.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=URWnCf3bp_1dvcc.j3phGA--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard watches his double off Florida Marlins' Scott Olsen in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Florida Marlins decided to pitch to Ryan Howard, and he made them pay. Twice.</p><br clear="all"/>

White Sox rally in 9th to beat Indians (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_indians_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060909/capt.38736f5444b0409d8897a6d006e26410.indians_white_sox_baseball_cxs109.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=nZlPIFmkQTu_msep6.8YiQ--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="The Chicago White Sox celebrate as A.J. Pierzynski (12) crosses the plate after hitting a game-winning, two-run home run, scoring Tadahito Iguchi, during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. The White Sox won, 7-6. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bobby Jenks blew a save and gave up the lead in a span of seven pitches. Then A.J. Pierzynski bailed him out and gave the Chicago White Sox one of their most dramatic wins this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sharapova ousts Mauresmo to reach final (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.xnyf21009082240.us_open_tennis_xnyf210.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=ePNqLNos2NNqySUrMYx_Ow--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Maria Sharapova, of Russia, makes a return against Amelie Mauresmo, of France, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maria Sharapova never doubted herself for a moment. Not in the two-plus years since her breakthrough Wimbledon title. Not after going 0-5 in subsequent Grand Slam semifinals. And certainly not after being broken to lose the second set Friday at the U.S. Open against No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo.</p><br clear="all"/>

Barkley, Wilkins, Dumars enter Hall (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bko_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060909/capt.59ecf5522b5e40b89cb0a067a2087bb9.hall_of_fame_basketball_mass111.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=PuohHtMTffC_uayfGRo7hQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Former college and NBA basketball player Charles Barkley, right, makes his remarks at a ceremony marking his enshrinment into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2006 in Springfield, Mass., Friday night Sept. 8, 2006. Barkley was presented for enshrinment by former NBA teammate Moses Malone, left, and former Phoenix Suns coach Jerry Colangelo, center. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Charles Barkley played the comedian Friday during his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. But, behind the scenes, he also sounded a lot like a role model.</p><br clear="all"/>

Early blockbuster: Buckeyes vs. 'Horns (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060908/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_ohio_st_texas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060907/capt.1d60e6ecd9c14771b1fd686ff3d51638.ohio_st_texas_college_football_at106.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=nN__9dOg5eq.ariiN.Dfaw--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Texas head football coach Mack Brown reacts to a question during the Longhorns media availability Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, in Austin, Texas. Texas is set to host Ohio State Saturday, in Austin. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State vs. Texas would be a big game any time, any year. Plop it in early September, make it No. 1 vs. No. 2, and mix in that Texas beat the Buckeyes on the way to the national championship last season and you've got one big-time early fall blockbuster.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants GM quietly helps Sept. 11 victim (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_giants_sept11"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.53e266836ddd4455b3ad9602c9425880.giants_sept__11_football_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=hFCYwkZDbLeclI5EsnMjpA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="The smoldering remains of the World Trade Center can be seen from Giants Stadium between the light tower and the press box in this Sept. 16, 2001 file photo. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center, New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi seemingly can still see the towers where thousands perished. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Standing on the practice field, Ernie Accorsi turned and pointed to a patch in the New York skyline less than 5 miles away.</p><br clear="all"/>

Gasol out four months after toe surgery (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060909/sp_nm/nba_gasol_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060909/2006_09_08t224020_297x450_us_nba_gasol.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=Q0mxUo51xQr1AG3434p_rA--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Spain's Pau Gasol walks on crutches during a visit to Madrid's Moncloa Palace September 5, 2006. Gasol will be out of action for four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken toe, the team said on Friday. (Susana Vera/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Memphis Grizzlies center Pau Gasol will be out of action for four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken toe, the team said on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rockies beat Nationals in error fest (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060909/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nationals_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060909/capt.09d47e630b3b459483d8934d60bef09b.nationals_rockies_baseball_dxf106.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=yJV.dK6SQVeiLVp7Gql5ng--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Colorado Rockies rookie Chris Iannetta follows through with his swing after connecting for a single off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jon Rauch to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Iannetta needed something to go his way. With every failed at-bat, the Colorado Rockies catcher was pressing more and more. But his two-out RBI single in the eighth to send the Colorado Rockies on their way to an 11-8 win Friday over the Washington Nationals will definitely help his confidence.</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.

Peyton's closing window
Given the salary-cap ramifications in Indy, this season is Peyton Manning's last chance to win a Super Bowl.

Panthers WR Smith misses practice again (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith missed his third straight day of practice Friday with a sore right hamstring, and it's questionable if he'll play in the season opener against Atlanta. "There is nothing new with the injury report. Everyone is still listed the same," coach John Fox said. If Smith, who is listed as questionable, can't play, Keary Colbert or Drew Carter would start at...

Redskins RB Portis targets Week 2 return (AP)
Redskins running back Clinton Portis is targeting Washington's second game for his return from a shoulder injury. He essentially ruled himself out for the Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Though he wore a helmet and his No. 26 jersey during the entire practice Friday for the first time since partially dislocating his left shoulder four weeks ago, Portis said he is focusing on...

Vanderjagt doubtful for Cowboys' opener (AP)
Mike Vanderjagt probably won't kick in the regular season opener for the Dallas Cowboys, though coach Bill Parcells reserves the right to change his mind. Parcells said Friday that Shaun Suisham would likely kick Sunday against Jacksonville instead of Vanderjagt. The NFL's most accurate field goal kicker has been hampered by a groin injury throughout training camp.

Backup Batch helps Steelers win opener (AP)
Charlie Batch grew up in Pittsburgh and returned to play as the Steelers reserve quarterback even though he could have gone elsewhere and made more money. He is one of the few Steelers players who lives in the city all year, so he understands the intensity of the fans as well as anyone. Batch knows the Steelers are more than a team -- they are part of the town's fabric.

Saban looks for Dolphins to improve (AP)
Daunte Culpepper looked erratic, unreliable blocking and pass coverage validated preseason concerns, and coach Nick Saban made a costly mistake as his team squandered a late lead in the NFL opener. Other than that, the Miami Dolphins are off to a good start. Miami's 28-17 loss at Pittsburgh left plenty of room for improvement, Saban said Friday.

Steelers sign RB Najeh Davenport (AP)
Former Green Bay Packers running back Najeh Davenport signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday. Davenport, who has rushed for 1,068 yards in 39 NFL games, missed most of last season after breaking an ankle Oct. 9 against New Orleans. The 6-foot-1, 247-pounder was released last weekend by Green Bay.

Crennel, Browns try to overcome injuries (AP)
Browns coach Romeo Crennel has several lineup decisions to make Sunday against New Orleans, particularly concerning his banged-up secondary. Cornerback Gary Baxter and Leigh Bodden, both with strained pectoral muscles, are expected to play. But cornerback Daylon McCutcheon is out after knee surgery. But the status of starting free safety Brian Russell is less certain.

Jaguars' Williams apologizes for arrest (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Brian Williams, arrested last weekend on drunken-driving charges, apologized for his actions Friday. "It's unfortunate that it occurred," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Friday. "I'm sure he's embarrassed by it. I'd like for us to deal with it head-on and put it behind us as soon as possible.

Lawyer: Cop who shot Foley felt trapped (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...

Makes and Misses: Red, white and … boo?
In the latest mailbag, Team USA had more than its share of critics from around the world.

Barkley, Wilkins, Dumars enter Hall (AP)
Charles Barkley played the comedian Friday during his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. But, behind the scenes, he also sounded a lot like a role model. He drew laughs by thanking his financial adviser for protecting his money but threw in a little advice for today's players. "I tell all these young kids, the money you make, save it, put it in the bank.

Grizzlies F Gasol to be out four months (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol will be sidelined for four months after surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot. The 7-foot Gasol is scheduled to leave for his native Spain on Monday for a two-week trip and begin rehabilitation upon returning to Memphis, the Grizzlies said Friday. He broke the bone last week while playing for Spain during the world championships in Japan.

Nuggets re-sign F Evans (AP)
The Denver Nuggets re-signed forward Reggie Evans to a multiyear contract. Terms were not released. The 26-year-old Evans averaged 5.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 26 games with the Nuggets last season. The Nuggets acquired him from Seattle in a four-team trade Feb. 23 that also sent Charles Smith and Ruben Patterson to Denver.

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.

76ers sign veteran C-F Alan Henderson (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers added depth to their frontcourt Friday by signing 11-year veteran Alan Henderson. Henderson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward/center, has averaged 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 614 career games (215 starts) for three different teams. Last season with Cleveland, he averaged 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 51 games.

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 --...

Pens' Malkin impresses in first practice (AP)
Evgeni Malkin has understood for a while now that he will have to learn English to maximize his potential in the National Hockey League -- to say nothing of his life in the United States. Malkin -- the No. 2 selection in the 2004 NHL draft behind fellow Russian and 2005-06 NHL rookie of the year Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals -- might not understand his coaches, but they say his...

Sabres re-sign G Miller to 3-year deal (AP)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (CP) -- The Buffalo Sabres re-signed Ryan Miller to a three-year deal Friday, ensuring that their No. 1 goalie won't miss the start of training camp next week. The 26-year-old Miller was 30-14-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average in 48 regular season games as a rookie last season. Despite missing 18 games with a fractured thumb, he finished among the top 10 in wins, GAA and save...

Thrashers, top G Lehtonen agree on deal (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.

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.

All the marbles
RICHMOND, Va. &ndash; Some wild summer storylines will reach a conclusion when the Chase field is set Saturday.

Harvick wins Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond (SportsTicker)


Harvick wins Busch race at Richmond for third straight time (AP)
Kevin Harvick's dominance in NASCAR's Busch Series has been so pronounced all season that even his racing competitors are starting to concede.

Hamlin wins pole for NASCAR regular-season finale (SportsTicker)


Hamlin takes pole for key race (AP)
Rookie Denny Hamlin, as calm and cool as ever, grabbed the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond, by far the biggest challenge yet for the precocious youngster.

In race to Chase finale, 8 spots for 7 racers (AP)
When the Chase for the championship field is finally locked up, Mark Martin might not be in it.

Stewart has setback at Richmond (AP)
Tony Stewart hadn't even gotten his car up to full speed Friday at Richmond International Raceway before it was back to the drawing board for his Joe Gibbs Racing team.

Scenarios to determine the Chase for the championship field (AP)
Here are the Chase for the championship clinching scenarios heading into Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway.

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 north of Perth during the Targa West rally, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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