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Report: Agents lavished Bush with gifts (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_reggie_bush_investigation"><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 - New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted gifts, money and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing at Southern California, according to a report posted Thursday on Yahoo.com.</p><br clear="all"/>

Slaton gets 195; No. 5 Mountaineers win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_maryland_wvirginia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.670f3d22e8174a69bc621c997353c261.maryland_west_virginia_football__wvjg113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=tDq1SCFUQewkz47xLuDO_Q--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="West Virginia's Steve Slaton rests on the bench in the final minutes versus Maryland, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, during the fourth quarter of a college football game at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Slaton had a two touchdown performance during West Virginia's 45-24 win. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen had already regretted his decision to pull a scholarship offer to Steve Slaton two years ago. After seeing the sophomore running back play in person for No. 5 West Virginia, Friedgen now believes he missed out on one of the nation's top players.</p><br clear="all"/>

Surging Twins win; close in on first (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_indians"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.56949db4a10c46c6a56f79f46803a3cb.twins_indians_baseball_ohtd109.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=qXLOTfeKslB5Bx.c2JwMWw--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Rondell White runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians' Fernando Cabrera in the eighth inning in baseball action, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - No amount of adversity seems to discourage the Twins.' One day after Minnesota lost rookie sensation Francisco Liriano for the season, Torii Hunter and Rondell White homered on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning Thursday night to help the surging Twins pull within one game of first place with a 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.</p><br clear="all"/>

Manuel seeking consistency from Phillies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.f760784b8ebe4631935bc748154825c7.phillies_braves_baseball_gaja102.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=OlumfZTySppE_6TcVQxBFQ--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer looks away as Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phillies manager Charlie Manuel keeps watching his team move within striking distance of the NL wild card, only to take a step back. "We could have stayed pretty good with them," Manuel said of the San Diego Padres. "Win two, lost two, that don't get it done."</p><br clear="all"/>

Woods finally meets his match in Micheel (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_world_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060914/capt.84fa1a9975db4e2e966c048f26b3c565.britain_golf_world_match_play_lth125.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=TQhRKs_mx1z0jd3yfr1U6Q--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Shaun Micheel of the United States plays from a bunker on the 11th hole on the afternoon round during his match against fellow American Tiger Woods in the World Match Play championship at the Wentworth Golf Course, Virginia Water, England, Thursday Sept. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods spent two months compiling the longest winning streak of his career. All it took was one day for it to end.</p><br clear="all"/>

Robinson plans to play for Packers Sun. (AP)
AP - Although he doesn't yet know the playbook and his knee is bothering him, Koren Robinson expects to suit up for the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

Cowens joins Pistons as assistant coach (AP)
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.

MRI on Twins' Liriano shows no damage (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_twins_liriano"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060913/capt.5cae94558d414954ad9b31a60fa95196.athletics_twins_baseball_mnak102.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=y9pEW8zQwy_7wXVVzVQv3Q--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws in the first inning of their baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Minneapolis Wednesday Sept. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Andy King)" border="0" /></a>AP - Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins are somewhat relieved, yet mostly mystifed over the rookie left-hander's latest test results.</p><br clear="all"/>

ON SOCCER: Ashley Cole has image problem (AP)
AP - With the glamorous lifestyle that comes with having a pop star wife, Ashley Cole seems to have everything going for him as a highly paid soccer player. He recently picked up a 50 percent pay raise by joining two-time English champion Chelsea and now earns $170,000 a week. He's even being hailed as the world's best left-sided defender and his autobiography is being serialized in The Times of London.

Peter Forsberg named Flyers captain (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060915/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_flyers_captain_forsberg"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060914/capt.1f23dcade4774a4ca3dfccd4140bd180.flyers_primeau_hockey_njmr105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=Z98n0HhUpL7_r6.eNVJ2vA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Flyer's center Keith Primeau looks on during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Primeau retired Thursday, ending a 15-year NHL career after failing to receive clearance to play because of lingering effects from a concussion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now the Flyers can call him "Captain Peter the Great." After only one season in Philadelphia, Peter Forsberg was named the 15th captain in team history Thursday, taking over the coveted "C" hours after Keith Primeau retired.</p><br clear="all"/>

Vision quest
Cable viewers in some markets could be blacked out from watching the NFL Network's slate of late-season games.

Prosecutor: Foley on steroids when shot? (AP)
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he was shot by an off-duty police officer, and investigators now say they want to find out whether steroids may have been a factor in his erratic behavior. Prosecutors requested a sample of Foley's blood Thursday from Sharp Memorial Hospital to test for performance-enhancing drugs, according to an...

Packers' Robinson expects to play Sunday (AP)
Although he doesn't yet know the playbook and his knee is bothering him, Koren Robinson expects to suit up for the Green Bay Packers this weekend. And barring more trouble off the field -- or consequences from previous incidents that keep him from playing football -- Robinson expects Sunday's game against New Orleans to be the first in a long career in Green Bay.

Ex-Chiefs LT Roaf done playing in NFL (AP)
In May, he said he was eager to tack one more year onto his great career. In July, he sent a jolt through the Kansas City Chiefs when he retired on the eve of training camp. And on Thursday, Willie Roaf said he is done playing professional football. In a high-rise law office in downtown Kansas City, far removed from the stadiums and the cheers, the 11-time Pro Bowl left tackle who helped pave the...

Panthers WR Smith misses practice again (AP)
Steve Smith sat out another practice for the Carolina Panthers on Thursday with a strained right hamstring. The All-Pro receiver, who missed the Panthers' season-opening loss to Atlanta, has been out since Sept. 5. He remained questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota. Smith, who led the NFL in receiving last season, missed more than two weeks of training camp with a strained left hamstring and...

Back spams keep Cadillac out of practice (AP)
Tampa Bay's Carnell "Cadillac" Williams sat out practice Thursday because of back spasms, however the Buccaneers expect the second-year running back to play this week against the Atlanta Falcons. "It's not an uncommon occurrence. We hope with the day off he'll be ready" to practice Friday, coach Jon Gruden said.

Skins' Portis expects to play vs. Dallas (AP)
No dress-up again Thursday for Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who did not practice but remains confident he'll play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. "As far as I know I'm playing," Portis said. "Unless something changes between now and Sunday." Portis carried 10 times for 39 yards in a relief role in Monday night's 19-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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.

Steelers tap Davenport for short yardage (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers know they can't keep running Willie Parker 29 times per game, like they did in their opener. What they don't know is who should succeed the retired Jerome Bettis as the big running back who can wear down defenses and keep Parker rested. Duce Staley tried out for the role but, despite still being on their roster, couldn't win the job after averaging 2.2 yards per carry during...

Holmgren undecided if Branch will play (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.

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

Wolves name Hoiberg, Babcock asst. GMs (AP)
Former Timberwolves player Fred Hoiberg and former Toronto general manager Rob Babcock were hired as assistant GMs for Minnesota on Thursday. A heart ailment forced Hoiberg to retire in April after 10 years in the NBA, including his last two in Minnesota. He had surgery in 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root and briefly contemplated a comeback last season before calling it quits and joining the...

Charges dropped against Wizards' Arenas (AP)
Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas won't face charges for interfering while police arrested teammate Awvee Storey in Miami Beach during Memorial Day Weekend, authorities said. Miami Beach police charged Arenas on May 28 with resisting arrest without violence, but prosecutors dropped the charges Wednesday.

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...

Warriors hire Silas' son as assistant (AP)
The Golden State Warriors hired Stephen Silas as an assistant coach Thursday, adding the son of veteran coach Paul Silas to Don Nelson's new staff. Stephen Silas spent five seasons on his father's staffs in Charlotte, New Orleans and Cleveland. When he joined Charlotte in 2000, he was the NBA's youngest assistant coach at 27.

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.

Primeau retires because of concussion (AP)
With even the most mundane skating drills causing him headaches and fuzziness, Keith Primeau decided it was time to stop playing hockey. Trying every available option to return from concussions that robbed him of years of his career, Primeau was told by Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin he could continue to skate with a minor league affiliate or practice with a white jersey with a red cross so he...

Rookie of year Ovechkin back for encore (AP)
What can last year's rookie of the year do to get better? That very question stumped Washington Capitals coach Glen Hanlon, who paused 5 seconds before giving an answer. "That's hard," Hanlon finally said. "I'm not sure what Glen Sather said about Gretzky after his first year. I should have phoned and asked him." Sather had the pleasure of coaching NHL rookie Wayne Gretzky in 1979, and Hanlon enjoyed...

Forsberg named Flyers' captain (AP)
Now the Flyers can call him "Captain Peter the Great." After only one season in Philadelphia, Peter Forsberg was named the 15th captain in team history Thursday, taking over the coveted "C" hours after Keith Primeau retired. The selection was really no surprise. He only hopes he can play with the letter on his sweater opening night.

Habs' Koivu hopes to wait for surgery (AP)
Canadiens captain Saku Koivu hopes to put off surgery on a small cataract in his left eye until after the season. Koivu, who had surgery to repair a detached retina this summer, said Thursday he is optimistic he will be ready to play this season despite lingering issues from an eye injury he received during the playoffs in April.

Blues sign RW Dvorak (AP)
The St. Louis Blues continued their makeover by signing free agent right winger Radek Dvorak on Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. The 29-year-old Dvorak has 161 goals, 251 assists and 244 penalty minutes in a 10-year career with Florida, the New York Rangers and Edmonton. He has played in two Stanley Cup Finals, including last season, when the Oilers lost in seven games to Carolina.

NHL board approves minor rules changes (AP)
NHL players will be allowed to use stick blades that are curved three-quarters of an inch -- a quarter-inch more than last season -- under a series of minor rules changes approved Thursday by the league's board of governors. During regulation time or overtime but not shootouts, a player found to have a stick curved in excess of three-quarters of an inch will be assessed a minor penalty and a $200...

Chase chances
LOUDON, N.H. &ndash; Who is a title contender and who has a long road ahead? We break it down.

NASCAR stars hit Big Apple to promote Chase (AP)
The days when Dale Earnhardt Jr. could walk down the street in New York City without being recognized are long gone.

As Chase begins, Childress back on top with 2 solid chances to win title (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Richard Childress paced through one of his team haulers, masterfully handling several different...

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

Former star revives confidence with spot in Chase (AP)
RICHMOND, Va. - Jeff Burton was once the most promising driver in NASCAR, a hot shot groomed by Jack Roush,...

Champ Car's Allmendinger set for truck start (AP)
Champ Car World Series star A.J. Allmendinger was scheduled to make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut...

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.

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