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Owens breaks finger, out 2-4 weeks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_owens_surgery"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.7ceff74450f74a95a9ca5d7d32725e55.redskins_cowboys_football_irv115.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=tGf9jwO3Tu__778ZKPMh0w--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reacts in the second quarter as he sits on the bench against the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens will miss from two to four weeks after breaking a finger Sunday night in the Dallas Cowboys' 27-10 victory over Washington.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lots of extra work in Week 2 in the NFL (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.48c6b7d8ae8f417683710c5fadd75e74.giants_eagles_football_pxs113.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=wfi4HJOoDomg7j3N5j14og--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning sets up a running play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of their football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in Philadelphia. Manning brought the Giants back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth-quarter and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 3:11 left in the extra period for a 30-24 victory over the Eagles. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Giants and Broncos needed to work longer hours for their first victories this season. The Vikings went to overtime to go 2-0.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padres back in first place in NL West (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.aed11c76b89b424496c065604833e3b6.padres_dodgers_baseball_lad112.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=CR6fpqQbZQaNCmdSHM0JLQ--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres', from left, Manny Alexander, Geoff Blum, Josh Barfield, and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate their 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - With two weeks left in the regular season, San Diego manager Bruce Bochy figures the NL West race will remain tight down the stretch.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twins make the most of their chances (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.bb51297ea3374ca9a82c7d1a69cbaebb.twins_indians_baseball_ohtd106.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=WVCdwEApkFgoek5uzs_cTA--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Guerrier, left, is congratulated by first baseman Phil Nevin after the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-1, in baseball action, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Twins once again made the most of their chances. Twice as much, really.</p><br clear="all"/>

5 Duquesne players shot on campus (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_duquesne_players_shot"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.293e1fdbcf70412180929e319363a8ae.duquesne_players_shot_paks101.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=9iJ5KvOmHAIKflR5PWW1nA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Duquesne University campus police stand on the sidewalk along a road leading to Vic Roy Hall on the Pittsburgh campus on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. Five Duquesne basketball players, all but one of them new players who enrolled only this month, were shot early Sunday morning during an apparent act of random violence on campus. Two players were in critical condition at a hospital. Pittsburgh police were searching for a man believed to have done the shootings, and were investigating whether anyone else was involved. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - More than 300 students gathered at a Mass following the shooting of five basketball players, trying to understand how the violence could have come to their tranquil, close-knit campus.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowboys smoke 'Skins, T.O. breaks finger (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_redskins_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.c7d6907684d4403ba0e0bb007506aabc.redskins_cowboys_football_irv111.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=hWp49uG2dZDu8_v8rMFkjw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe throws under pressure during the second quarter of a football game against the Washington Redskins in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - From Terrell Owens talking about his broken ring finger and upcoming surgery to Bill Parcells saying he felt "sick" because of how many penalties and other mistakes his team made, the Dallas Cowboys' locker room was a somber place. Imagine how bad it would've been if they had lost Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA quietly begins mandatory player cardiac screening (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060917/sp_afp/basketnbaheart"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060917/capt.sge.oid11.170906211619.photo00.photo.default-262x390.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=kUjKocvh8KzABEaS4sIBVw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="National Basketball Association officials require cardiac screening for every player in the wake of a player's death and heart issues for other players last season, a US newspaper reported.(NBA)" border="0" /></a>AFP - National Basketball Association officials require cardiac screening for every player in the wake of a player's death and heart issues for other players last season, a US newspaper reported.</p><br clear="all"/>

Red Sox rally to take 3 of 4 from Yanks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.5ad54e3aba11430eb46b5018bb09261b.red_sox_yankees_baseball_nyeb102.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=4t2e3Nmn2xMUxFLsHLDYRQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Trot Nixon, center, is congratulated by Jason Varitek after hitting a two run home run as New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada looks away during the second inning of the second game of a double header baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two little, too late for the Boston Red Sox. Boston beat the New York Yankees twice in one day for the first time in 30 years, rallying for a 5-4 victory Sunday night when Coco Crisp robbed Jorge Posada of a two-run homer in the eighth and Mark Loretta hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dynamo duels Chivas USA to 0-0 tie (AP)
AP - Houston's Alejandro Moreno apparent goal on a header in the final seconds of stoppage time was wiped out by an offside call, leaving Dynamo and Chivas USA in a scoreless tie Sunday night.

Whirlwind over, Hurricanes begin defense (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060916/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_hurricanes_begin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.nyol54909152210.hurricanes_begin_nyol549.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=j1xW9vHjkCZylzHvtBJ59g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="In this June 19, 2006 file photo, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour hoists the Stanley Cup after the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in Raleigh, N.C. After a whirlwind summer, the Hurricanes opened training camp Friday to begin defense of their title. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt/file))" border="0" /></a>AP - Nearly everywhere Rod Brind'Amour looked this offseason, he saw the famous photo of his screaming, smiling self finally hoisting the Stanley Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Measuring stick
SEATTLE &ndash; After another strong outing, Seahawks defenders are measuring themselves against elite defenses.

Manning rallies Giants by Eagles in OT (AP)
Eli Manning withstood relentless pressure, endured a pounding and still delivered the knockout punch in overtime. Manning brought the Giants back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth-quarter and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 3:11 left in the extra period for a 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Cowboys top Redskins, T.O. breaks finger (AP)
From Terrell Owens talking about his broken ring finger and upcoming surgery to Bill Parcells saying he felt "sick" because of how many penalties and other mistakes his team made, the Dallas Cowboys' locker room was a somber place. Imagine how bad it would've been if they had lost Sunday night. Drew Bledsoe steadied the offense just as he said he would and the defense was superb, leading the...

Vikings top Panthers 16-13 in overtime (AP)
Ryan Longwell caught the pitch, rolled right, let the ball go and connected with Vikings tight end Richard Owens for the game-tying score. With Longwell's three field goals and a clutch touchdown pass on a fake -- plus a defense that forced nine punts -- the Vikings showed again that they don't need a flashy, high-flying offense to win.

Grossman's four TDs power Bears by Lions (AP)
Desmond Clark heard the boos that spiraled toward Rex Grossman just a few weeks ago and didn't get it. Now, the quarterback who was hailed at the end of last season is earning praise again after a difficult preseason. Grossman had his best game as a pro, and the Chicago Bears' defense silenced Detroit's Roy Williams and the Lions 34-7.

Bills shut down Culpepper, beat Dolphins (AP)
Shortly after kickoff, the Buffalo Bills started knocking Daunte Culpepper around. Around halftime, the quarterback's new fans in Miami started adding to his misery. The Bills sacked Culpepper seven times -- five in the first 15 snaps -- plus blocked a punt and survived a paltry passing effort in beating Miami 16-6 on Sunday, sending the Dolphins to 0-2 for only the second time in the last 37...

Chargers roll again, rip Titans 40-7 (AP)
If Shawne Merriman has his way, the rest of the NFL will begin to recognize the San Diego Chargers as one of the league's dominating defenses. Merriman and Co. turned in another suffocating performance and came within 3:09 of consecutive shutouts for the first time in team history. The defensive results along with a pair of LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown runs produced a 40-7 rout of the Tennessee...

Vick, Dunn power Falcons past Bucs 14-3 (AP)
Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn made it look like practice. When Tampa Bay tried to contain Vick, Dunn scooted through a huge hole up the middle. When the Buccaneers focused on stuffing the inside runs, Vick took off around the outside for another big gain. The result was the greatest rushing effort in Atlanta Falcons' history.

Seahawks struggle, but top Cards 21-10 (AP)
Standards have risen so high in Seattle that some members of the Seahawks aren't happy -- despite being 2-0. None of those would be on defense. "Everybody expects us to be the team that was in the Super Bowl," running back Shaun Alexander said after a 21-10 win Sunday over Arizona. "This is only the second week.

Plummer leads Broncos past Chiefs in OT (AP)
Rod Smith was on the sideline with a concussion, Jake Plummer was having an awful day and nothing Mike Shanahan and his offensive staff came up with seemed to work. Javon Walker bailed them all out. He led Denver to a 9-6 win over Kansas City on Sunday by grabbing a 24-yard jump ball to set up Jason Elam's 39-yard field goal 5:10 into overtime at Invesco Field.

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.

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 exercise options on Wright, Simien (AP)
The Miami Heat picked up options Friday on guard Dorell Wright and forward Wayne Simien, ensuring they remain under contract for at least two more seasons. Both options were under the NBA's rookie scale, with Wright's for a fourth year and Simien's for a third. Wright is entering his third season. The Heat's first-round pick two years ago has appeared in 23 games in his career, averaging 2.8 points...

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...

Stoll leads Oilers past Coyotes 5-0 (AP)
Jarret Stoll scored two goals and rookie Devan Dubynk made 27 saves in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in the exhibition opener for both teams. The teams played in front of a capacity crowd of 15,015 at MTS Centre, with many of the fans wearing Winnipeg Jets jerseys.

Gomez, Devils rout Bruins 5-0 (AP)
Scott Gomez led a New Jersey power-play assault with a goal and two assists, leading the Devils to a 5-0 victory Sunday over the Boston Bruins in the preseason opener for both teams. Defenseman Johnny Oduya had three assists in a game that marked the debuts of former Montreal coach Claude Julien with the Devils and ex-Detroit coach Dave Lewis with the Bruins.

Russian panel rules against Pens' Malkin (AP)
A Russian arbitration panel ruled that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin violated his contract by leaving his Russian pro team to play in the NHL. The ruling issued Friday appears to be meaningless unless Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, can find a United States court to uphold the decision.

Stars sign Lehtinen to 2-year extension (AP)
Right wing Jere Lehtinen signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars after leading the team in goals two of the last three seasons. The club exercised its option for the 2006-07 season, and the extension will keep him under contract through the 2008-09 season. "Jere has been a model of professionalism throughout his career," general manager Doug Armstrong said Saturday.

'Canes open camp, ready to defend Cup (AP)
Nearly everywhere Rod Brind'Amour looked this offseason, he saw the famous photo of his screaming, smiling self finally hoisting the Stanley Cup. The defending champion Carolina Hurricanes opened preseason camp Friday, and Brind'Amour said the focus is no longer on that first title, but the pursuit of another one.

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...

Leafs hire Gilmour for front office job (AP)
Doug Gilmour is back with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL team hired its former captain on Friday to become the player personnel advisor to general manager John Ferguson. Gilmour twice played for the Maple Leafs and retired as a member of the team after suffering a serious knee injury in 2003. He took over as captain in 1994 during his first stint with the Leafs and held the position for three...

Mr. Happy
LOUDON, N.H. &ndash; Tony Stewart mellowed last year and drove to a championship. Kevin Harvick could do the same in '06.

Harvick dominates at New Hampshire, takes Nextel points lead (AP)
When Kevin Harvick agreed to stay at Richard Childress Racing, he did so because he believed the team was emerging from its slump and ready to run for championships.

Harvick wins Sylvania 300, takes lead in Chase (SportsTicker)


Crashes raise questions about Chase points system (AP)
One race down and nine to go in the Chase and the only thing for sure about NASCAR's championship battle is that Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch are already in trouble.

Troubles in Chase opener damage Johnson's title hopes. (AP)
Eighty-nine laps into NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, title hopeful Jimmie Johnson found himself in a very deep hole.

Benson earns fourth Truck win (AP)
Johnny Benson got past Kyle Busch an instant before a caution flag froze the field Saturday and never relinquished the top spot, racing away to a win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Benson wins NCTS New Hampshire 200 (SportsTicker)


Gordon's goal still another championship (AP)
Failing to make NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship last year was a big motivating factor for Jeff Gordon this season.

Hot Harvick gets revenge; wins New Hampshire pole (AP)
It seems the pressure is definitely off now that NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship is ready to begin.

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