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No. 1 Ohio State dominates No. 2 Texas (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_ohio_st_texas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.605e390f32bb476d84ece23567fe40cc.ohio_st_texas_football_txat136.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=XC0hwrFxrdgVnkCFgCH5Ow--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (10)and quarterback coach Joe Daniels celebrate their 24-7 win over Texas in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Before the Longhorn band played a somber "Eyes of Texas," Ohio State offensive lineman Kirk Barton ran to the sliver of the stadium filled with Buckeyes fans and flashed the Hook 'em Horns sign with both hands aimed down.</p><br clear="all"/>

Schumacher wins Italy GP, vows to retire (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_ot/car_f1_schumacher_retires"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.c9fcc431da354d41a470239612a1616e.italy_f1_gp_motor_racing_xap110.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=ukaBMfe.jui3llxtYySVOw--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="Germany's Michael Schumacher is embraced by Ferrari president Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo and Ferrari technicians after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at the Monza racetrack, near Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula One on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula One on Sunday, moments after the seven-time world champion won the Italian Grand Prix.</p><br clear="all"/>

Maria Sharapova wins 2nd major title (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open_women_s_final"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.xnyf30609100321.us_open_tennis_xnyf306.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=9B7CIAwaqT1l207CinApZA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning the women's singles championship over Justin Henin-Hardenne of Belgium at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maria Sharapova began the U.S. Open with as much buzz about her sponsorships as her strokes, as much talk about her getups as her game.</p><br clear="all"/>

Navratilova's final pro match a winner (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_us_open_navratilova"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060908/capt.xnyf19409080027.us_open_tennis_xnyf194.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=ekVtriwTSKfLaWYxlz4Sow--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Martina Navratilova, of the United States reacts during her doubles match with teammate Bob Bryan, 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 in her final pro match, Martina Navratilova was eager to get going.</p><br clear="all"/>

2-time champion Stewart misses Chase (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_richmond"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.746f8023f9c44c579ce0c819d4643a32.nascar_richmond_auto_racing_vash103.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=cpA2mZKkwBMt5laZA84DSA--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Denny Hamlin (11) leads the pack at the start of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race Saturday Sept. 9, 2006, at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship. If his car owners take him up on the offer, the two-time and defending Nextel Cup champion could be looking for work.</p><br clear="all"/>

McKinnie signs Vikings contract extension (Reuters)
Reuters - Left tackle Bryant McKinnie signed a seven-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, on the same day he and team mate Fred Smoot were fined by the National Football League for their part in a boat party scandal last season.

NBA star center Gasol expected to miss four months after surgery (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060909/sp_afp/basketnbagrizzliesesp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060909/capt.sge.lsy52.090906160655.photo00.photo.default-512x418.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=HjzfjIVeMVj.PFM9Y9cI1w--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Spanish center Pau Gasol, seen here on 03 September 2006 at the World Basketball Championships, is not expected to return to the National Basketball Association until January after successful left foot surgery, the Memphis Grizzlies announced.(AFP/File/Kazuhiro Nogi)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Spanish center Pau Gasol is not expected to return to the National Basketball Association until January after successful left foot surgery, the Memphis Grizzlies announced.</p><br clear="all"/>

Diamondbacks' Webb 1-hits Cardinals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060910/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.4ee6886644dd4bb48d23a3f46635c092.cardinals_diamondbacks_baseball_azrd106.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=hYcjo97xuyFGJdYQp4frcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb fields a ground ball by St. Louis Cardinals pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio, in front of catcher Chris Snyder, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Phoenix. Spiezio was thrown out at first. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Webb needed only two pitches to shut down the second-best hitting team in the National League.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chivas USA and FC Dallas play to 1-1 tie (AP)
AP - Juan Pablo Garcia scored in the 81st minute to lift Chivas USA to a 1-1 tie against FC Dallas on Saturday night.

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.

Pucker up!
PITTSBURGH &ndash; Joey Porter grew tired of the subject but offered an explanation for kissing Steelers coach Bill Cowher on the neck.

Owens, Bush debut as NFL season begins (AP)
A new commissioner, 10 new coaches, a new and potentially electrifying star in Reggie Bush. And, of course, more of Terrell Owens and his antics, this time in Dallas -- Bill Parcells' problem instead of Andy Reid's. Welcome to NFL 2006, not quite the same as NFL 2005, from Roger Goodell at the top in place of Paul Tagliabue through T.O.'s relocation.

Titans name Kerry Collins starting QB (AP)
The Tennessee Titans ended the speculation Sunday 90 minutes before kickoff and named Kerry Collins their starter for the season opener with the New York Jets. Entering his 12th season, Collins will be starting for his fifth NFL team 13 days after he signed a one-year contract with Tennessee. The Titans listed Billy Volek, who was named the starter in June after Steve McNair was traded to...

Steve Smith inactive for Panthers opener (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith was on the inactive list for Sunday's game against Atlanta. Smith, who has been plagued by injuries since the start of training camp, injured his right hamstring in practice Tuesday and missed the next three days of workouts. A key part of Carolina's offense, Smith led the NFL with 103 catches for 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and was...

Gibbs: Portis will be backup on Monday (AP)
In a surprise announcement, coach Joe Gibbs said Saturday he thinks Clinton Portis will be a backup in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Gibbs was testy as he wrapped up a week of mystery over whether his star running back had recovered sufficiently from a partially left dislocated shoulder.

Texans RB Dayne inactive against Eagles (AP)
Houston Texans running back Ron Dayne was inactive for Sunday's opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Dayne, signed Monday by the Texans, had been released by Denver after missing three of four preseason games with turf toe. The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner was listed third on the Texans depth chart this week.

Vikings ink McKinnie to $48.5M extension (AP)
When Bryant McKinnie first came to Minnesota in 2002, he wasn't sure how long he would be sticking around. A bitter 98-day holdout clouded his rookie season and left him with an unsavory opinion of former Vikings owner Red McCombs. With new ownership in place, and a brand new contract extension signed Saturday, the big left tackle won't be going anywhere.

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.

Bucs release Boston, promote OT Jackson (AP)
Addressing a lack of depth on the offensive line for the season opener, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released receiver David Boston and promoted tackle Scott Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday. Boston is attempting a comeback after missing most of the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins because of knee injuries.

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.

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 and 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 Reggie 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.

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.

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 --...

Malkin goes through workout with Pens (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.

Smoke and mirrors
RICHMOND, Va. &ndash; Tony Stewart and his No. 20 simply weren't very good at Richmond, and it cost them a Chase berth.

Stewart folds at Richmond, misses cut for Chase (SportsTicker)
RICHMOND, Virginia (Ticker) - Far away from all the hoopla, celebration and screaming fans on pit road, Tony Stewart's team quietly pushed its Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the garage.

Harvick wins at Richmond, Stewart misses Chase (SportsTicker)


Roush not satisfied with 2 championships (AP)
Jack Roush calls himself ``a racing dog,'' and two championships in NASCAR's top stock car series have only increased his enthusiasm.

Chase formula -- wins vs. consistency -- still debated (AP)
Kasey Kahne entered Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 leading the NASCAR Nextel Cup series with five victories but without a spot in the 10-race playoff. He took care of that with a third-place run that got him a spot.

Kahne off the bubble and into the Chase (AP)
Kasey Kahne managed to get himself off the bubble and into NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

2-time champion Stewart misses Chase field (AP)
Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship.

A glance at drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
A glance at the 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings:

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


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