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White Sox pitcher Garcia nearly perfect
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.4c3e41f8fcc24661a255cedcd4713c8c.white_sox_angels_baseball_cabk104.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=A47uIH0oTFd5Sn.st_AlsQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Chicago White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. Garcia pitched perfect ball until Adam Kennedy singled with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-0 Wednesday. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - A pair of AL races tilted a bit Wednesday as a pair of aces went in different directions. Freddy Garcia took a perfect-game bid into the eighth inning before Adam Kennedy singled with two outs. The Chicago White Sox coasted, beating the Los Angeles Angels 9-0.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marlins suffer late collapse to Mets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060914/capt.ffec13e597964e1fa8465958245958aa.mets_marlins_baseball_mds112.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=t.mbUgewV6RsrhF3FWOo5Q--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Delgado watches his game-tying base hit as he heads to first base against the Florida Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 in Miami. David Wright scored on the single. The Mets won 7-4. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - After two tough losses to the New York Mets, the Florida Marlins are happy to see them leave town. Paul Lo Duca had three RBIs, Jose Reyes had three hits and Carlos Delgado delivered a game-tying, two-out single in the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Marlins 7-4 on Wednesday night — trimming New York's magic number for winning the NL East to two.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hit on Green puts spotlight on Geathers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bengals_geathers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.785f6591e28a45d792f94d8a9c938914.bengals_geathers_football_ny173.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=38WmD7e9m906.XEzytfZ4Q--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green lies motionless after being tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. Green was injured and carried off the field after the tackle. The Bengals won 23-10. Game officials saw nothing wrong with the play _ no flag was thrown. On Wednesday, the league office agreed, absolving Geathers. (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)" border="0" /></a>AP - Until this week, Robert Geathers' football distinction was his family history — his father and uncle also were NFL defensive linemen. One hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green pushed him into the spotlight.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bush promises more highlights in future
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_saints_bush"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.97c32394b0a647688c7184bd5c130ab2.saints_bush_football_ny154.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=Kkd548S61CfI1wFE5gSHhA--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush is tackled by Cleveland Browns linebacker Mason Unck on a first quarter punt return in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - When members of the Archdiocese of New Orleans started referring to him as Saint Reginald, Reggie Bush suspected he was meant to play here — and play well.</p><br clear="all"/>
Els gearing up to stop Tiger's streak
AP - Ernie Els only has a few months left to make sure the year doesn't end without a victory, and the World Match Play Championship usually is the perfect place to get that done.
NFL won't discipline Geathers for hit
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_geathers_green_injury"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.1e69a4ccd30248c6b99610d5c9321c61.bengals_geathers_football_ny172.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=BuTp2_pRcbOZhuxhoasSuQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green (10) bumps heads with Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers, center, as he is tackled during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. Green was injured and carried off the field after the tackle. Game officials saw nothing wrong with the play _ no flag was thrown. On Wednesday, the league office agreed, absolving Geathers.(AP Photo/Dick Whipple)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NFL absolved Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers on Wednesday for his hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, emphasizing quarterbacks are responsible for avoiding hits by sliding.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowens joins Pistons as assistant coach
AP - Dave Cowens joined the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday as an assistant coach, leaving his job as coach and general manager of the WNBA's Chicago Sky.
Bonds 732nd homer fails to help Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_rockies_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060914/capt.77223095dd70446fa9d3a20bfe7807f7.rockies_giants_baseball_fxpb107.jpg?x=130&y=72&sig=qAcRbR50h3mqsyNEUQyhYQ--" align="left" height="72" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings for a two run double off Colorado Rockies' Jason Jennings in fifth the inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds hit one ball over the fence and another almost through it. This time, the San Francisco slugger's feats weren't enough. Bonds had three RBIs, yet the Giants lost ground in the playoff races with a 9-8 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Curtin's own goal douses Fire 1-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fire_rapids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060914/capt.b8eb9ced43f74c92b78d351cad8ce965.mls_fire_rapids_soccer_codz108.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=h4H6U_5sDu368QeAxsftzQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Colorado Rapids forward Thiago Martins, back, heads the ball past Chicago Fire defender Jim Curtin for a shot on goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jim Curtin's early own goal was the difference in the Chicago Fire's 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Concussion to end Flyers' Primeau career
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_flyers_primeau"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.aa0fbbfec8b340a8afc2e023bc9cb359.flyers_primeau_hockey_ny169.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=pKO9_gqnkIIK5tqfd06ugw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Flyers Keith Primeau raises his stick after scoring a short-handed goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday, May 15 2004 in Philadelphia. Primeau will be forced to retire after failing to receive clearance to play because of lingering effects of a concussion. A person in the NHL with knowledge of Primeau's decision told The Associated Press that Primeau will retire. (AP Photo/ Rusty Kennedy )" border="0" /></a>AP - Keith Primeau has apparently accepted that his career is over. The Philadelphia Flyers' center will retire Thursday after failing to receive clearance to play because of lingering effects of a concussion, according to a person in the NHL with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Primeau was prepared to make an official announcement at a morning news conference at the Flyers' practice facility.</p><br clear="all"/>
End of a good thing?
Defensive end John Abraham had an impressive debut with the Falcons but could be sidelined with a strained groin.
NFL absolves Geathers for hit on Green (AP)
The NFL absolved Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers on Wednesday for his hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, emphasizing quarterbacks are responsible for avoiding hits by sliding. Green sustained a serious concussion last Sunday after a hit by Geathers and will miss at least two or three games.
Panthers' Morgan out, Smith questionable (AP)
Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan will not play in Sunday's game at Minnesota as he recovers from a concussion. All-Pro receiver Steve Smith and center Justin Hartwig also missed practice Wednesday and were listed as questionable for the game. Morgan, who has a history of concussions, was injured in the second quarter of Carolina's 20-6 loss to Atlanta last Sunday.
Packers, Texans swap RBs Gado, Morency (AP)
The Houston Texans acquired running back Samkon Gado from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Vernand Morency on Wednesday. The trade is pending both players passing physicals with their new team. The Texans have been looking for reinforcements at running back since Domanick Davis, the franchise's leading rusher, was placed on the injured reserve two weeks ago.
Reggie Bush says highlights will come (AP)
When members of the Archdiocese of New Orleans started referring to him as Saint Reginald, Reggie Bush suspected he was meant to play here -- and play well. So far, so good, and so much more to come, Bush says. "I just felt I was close to breaking" a long run, Bush said Wednesday, recalling his workmanlike performance in the New Orleans Saints' season-opening victory at Cleveland.
Branch complicates Seahawks' game plan (AP)
Seahawks players were in the locker room after Wednesday's practice, joking and showering. Coaches were in their break room, preparing for meetings. Deion Branch? He was still on the field, running extra pass patterns against cornerback Marcus Trufant. "That says a lot about his character, right there," Nate Burleson said, pointing an admiring finger toward his new receiving mate.
Bills S Vincent out for season (AP)
The Bills placed veteran free safety Troy Vincent on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Wednesday, ending his season in Buffalo. The Bills defense could be further depleted for Sunday's game at Miami with linebacker Takeo Spikes listed as questionable because of a right hamstring injury. Spikes and Vincent were both hurt Sunday in the first quarter of Buffalo's season-opening 19-17 loss at New...
Owens on Cowboys QBs: What controversy? (AP)
Here's the best example yet of Terrell Owens living up to his vow of being "a better teammate" now that he's on the Dallas Cowboys: He's refusing to share his opinion about a brewing quarterback controversy between Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo. He even finds it funny he's being asked. "Quarterback controversy?" he said Wednesday, rolling his eyes and laughing.
Niners QB Smith shows progress in debut (AP)
Alex Smith acknowledges he couldn't figure out the NFL in his first season. To be fair, the San Francisco quarterback didn't have a whole lot of help -- but that's starting to change. Everybody knows the 49ers were awful last season, from their offensive line to their receiving corps. Smith, the first draft pick of coach Mike Nolan's tenure, had a huge contract and a spotlight, but few talented...
Redskins miss injured CB Springs (AP)
Carlos Rogers strutted and did a little dance, an odd bit of celebration considering he had just been beaten by a receiver. As it turned out, the receiver, Troy Williamson, let the ball go through his hands, denying the Minnesota Vikings a sure touchdown. Rogers, trailing the play by a step or two, behaved as if he'd made an interception that won the game.
Makes and Misses: Red, white and … boo?
In the latest mailbag, Team USA had more than its share of critics from around the world.
Report: Kukoc says he's likely to retire (AP)
NBA veteran Toni Kukoc is likely to retire after failing to interest the Milwaukee Bucks or Chicago Bulls in signing him. "It looks like I'm done," Kukoc told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday after playing in a charity golf tournament. "There are teams that want me, but I don't want to go far from home." Kukoc lives in Highland Park, Ill., and the Bulls and Bucks are the two closest teams.
Ann Meyers becomes Mercury GM, Suns VP (AP)
Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers has been coaxed away from her successful broadcast career to become general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and vice president of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. "I have been pursued the last 10 years by the league and different teams, but it just was not the right timing," Meyers said at a news conference Tuesday.
Cowens leaves WNBA's Sky for Pistons (AP)
Dave Cowens joined the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday as an assistant coach, leaving his job as coach and general manager of the WNBA's Chicago Sky. A Hall of Fame center with the Boston Celtics in the 1970s, Cowens' last NBA coaching job was with the Golden State Warriors from 2000-02. "We are pleased to add Dave Cowens to our coaching staff," said Joe Dumars, Pistons president of basketball...
Heat waive veteran G Derek Anderson (AP)
The Miami Heat waived veteran reserve guard Derek Anderson Tuesday, meaning the defending NBA champions will not be bringing their entire roster from last season into this year's camp. Anderson came to the Heat on Feb. 23 and appeared in 23 regular-season games, averaging 5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Nets sign Serbian C Mile Ilic (AP)
Mile Ilic, the raw Serbian center the Nets drafted in the second round in 2005, signed with New Jersey on Wednesday. Contract terms were not immediately available. General manager Ed Stefanski said the 22-year-old Ilic is bigger and stronger than current Nets starting center Nenad Krstic was when he arrived here as a 20-year-old.
Magic G Redick gets probation for DWI (AP)
J.J. Redick pleaded guilty Monday to drunken driving charges and received a one-year sentence of unsupervised probation. The former Duke basketball star also received a 60-day suspended license in North Carolina, $410 in fees and court costs and must perform 24 hours of community service, according to Candy Clark, administrative assistant to District Attorney Mike Nifong.
Cavs finalize $23M deal with F Gooden (AP)
The Cavaliers finally got Drew Gooden's autograph. Almost one month after he agreed to terms of a three-year, $23 million contract, Gooden signed the deal Monday, giving the club a power forward it believes can get it further into the playoffs. The signing of Gooden's deal was delayed so he could get a physical, and so his agents could finalize details on the package.
Flyers' Primeau forced to retire (AP)
Keith Primeau has apparently accepted that his career is over. The Philadelphia Flyers' center will retire Thursday after failing to receive clearance to play because of lingering effects of a concussion, according to a person in the NHL with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Primeau was prepared to make an official announcement at a morning news...
Isles give DiPietro 15-year, $67.5M deal (AP)
Rick DiPietro wasted little time in signing his landmark contract. The quick way things change around the New York Islanders, it was as though he didn't want to give anyone a chance to take it away. One week shy of his 25th birthday, the brash goalie from New England grabbed a pen and confidently inked his name to a record-long, 15-year deal that will pay him $4.5 million each season until 2021,...
Chiarelli part of latest Bruin makeover (AP)
For the second straight year, the Boston Bruins begin training camp with plenty of new players. This year, new general manager Peter Chiarelli hopes the results will be different. Since taking over a team that finished last in the Northeast Division, he's added productive veterans and promising youngsters to the group that starts camp Thursday.
Islanders sign F Kozlov to one-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders signed Viktor Kozlov to a one-year, $865,000 contract Wednesday. The forward had 12 goals and 13 assists in 69 games with New Jersey last season. "Viktor brings a lot to the table," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. "He can be a center or wing on any of our top three lines and be solid in all zones.
Blackhawks re-sign Ruutu to 2-year deal (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed forward Tuomo Ruutu on Wednesday night to a two-year contract worth $3.75 million. The 23-year-old center was returning to Chicago from Finland and was expected to report on Thursday for the first day of training camp, Blackhawks spokesman Jim DeMaria said. The 6-2, 200-pound Ruutu, chosen with the No.
Jackets sign Anson Carter to 1-year deal (AP)
Anson Carter signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, two days before the team opens training camp. Carter, who has played nine years in the NHL, is coming off a career-best, 33-goal season with Vancouver. The Blue Jackets hope he will serve as the big, physical player they have been missing on their top lines.
Oilers, Lupul agree to three-year deal (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers re-signed winger Joffrey Lupul for a contract worth about $6.9 million over three years. The restricted free agent, who turns 23 next week, was acquired in the Chris Pronger deal with Anaheim earlier this summer. Lupul, who made $900,600 last year, had 28 goals and 25 assists in 81 games with the Ducks, his second in the NHL.
NASCAR's four manufacturers prepared new engines for 2007, but some didn't make the cut.
Kenseth won't change much in first Chase race (AP)
Well, the Chase is finally here and now all anyone wants to ask me is, ``How do you approach it?''
Park planned in Alabama by Earnhardts (AP)
Plans for a motorsports and entertainment park on the Alabama coast were announced Tuesday by an investor group led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with sister Kelley Earnhardt Elledge and brother Kerry Earnhardt in their first professional collaboration.
Grubb suspended again for refusing drug test (AP)
NASCAR suspended Kevin Grubb indefinitely on Tuesday because he refused to submit to a random drug test following the Busch Series race at Richmond International Speedway.
Petty Enterprises gets new crew chiefs (AP)
Petty Enterprises hired two new crew chiefs Monday as the team said it will use the final 10 races of this season to prepare for 2007.
Martin might not be done driving, after all (AP)
With zero titles in an otherwise storied career, Mark Martin again heads into the Chase for the championship as the sentimental favorite. This is supposed to be his final full-time season, his last chance to make a desperate grab at an elusive NASCAR crown.
Harvick grows into title contender (AP)
Nothing was easy for Kevin Harvick from his very first day at NASCAR's highest level.
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)