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SF Chronicle reporters to be jailed (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_bonds_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.7f88072e9bc0494497526fc7ef0ab044.giants_rockies_baseball_cojd108.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=2jlYMggr5DVwsFZxeKix8w--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds heads to first after hitting an RBI single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tom Martin in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver, Wednesday, Sept. 20. 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were ordered jailed Thursday, pending an appeal, for refusing to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds and other elite athletes.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padres stay atop NL West with win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.563e7fa364224759a2404026cefb4e67.diamondbacks_padres_baseball_cadp104.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=_FbpJ56ZOoP8p0UoknIDCw--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="San Diego Padres' Mike Cameron, right, is congratulated by teammate Josh Barfield, left, after Cameron scored on a sacrifice fly hit by the Padres' Geoff Blum during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - As much as he'd like to focus solely on the playoff chase, Trevor Hoffman simply can't ignore his pursuit of history. Hoffman chatted by phone with Lee Smith on Thursday, then went out several hours later and earned his 477th save. That pulled him within one of tying Smith's all-time record and helped the NL West-leading San Diego Padres beat Arizona 3-1 to keep their half-game lead over Los Angeles.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ortiz breaks team HR mark; Sox win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.83eed4d1ccb04c51b5ca0f8f2e6b7986.twins_red_sox_baseball_mass107.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=ZfDXXKrBbgB2qhCYdq6ZdA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after he hit his 52nd home run of the season, and second of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday night, Sept. 21, 2006. Ortiz had set a club record for homers in a season with his first homer of the night. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Ortiz's fans cheered him and his teammates hugged him. Even the ace pitcher who gave up the slugger's record-breaking homer was happy for him.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mariners rout reeling White Sox 9-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.a7b28f0b3fa74c6981221946eba800ee.mariners_white_sox_baseball_cxs110.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=36CnUN6gNuyRq7VGGJogNw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre, right, is congratulated by teammates Willie Bloomquist, center, and Jose Lopez, left, after hitting a grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 in Chicago. The Mariners won the game, 9-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - An angry Ozzie Guillen watched his team waste an opportunity to gain ground in their increasingly futile bid for the AL wild-card berth.</p><br clear="all"/>

Russia beats U.S. in world semifinals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bko_women_s_world_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.cef3db55d04a4730980e3768ec58ebf3.world_championships_basketball_russia_us_xap116.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=NzRwMIbHj1DeUlUSYsAPKw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Russia's players celebrate after defeating the United States during their FIBA Women's World Basketball Championship match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, Sept. 21 , 2006. Russia won, 75-68. (AP Photo/ Andre Penner)" border="0" /></a>AP - There will be no world championships gold for either U.S. basketball team this year. Russia beat the two-time defending champion United States 75-68 in the semifinals of the women's world championships on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

NFL PICKS: Jags get no respect in Indy (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pro_picks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.428cd72787d14129872af012e537a532.steelers_jaguars_football_flpc206.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=CeXhad8p82AuLdbYjpLJKw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman John Henderson, left, puts pressure on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, as he throws a pass during the second quarter of a National Football league game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - Everyone now knows Jacksonville is good, especially on defense. The guys in Vegas do, too, but they apparently think the public isn't ready to accept the Jaguars. How else to explain that they go to Indianapolis as 7-point underdogs?</p><br clear="all"/>

LeBron shoots the breeze with Letterman (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_lebron_s_lunch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.ad4c7e8f07ab4a1e80ca7eca87c2b348.lebrons_lunch_basketball_nyr112.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=T5V1Bpb7G7I_WXmBli4MrQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="In this photo released by CBS, LeBron James of the NBA?s Cleveland Cavaliers, left, talks with host David Letterman during a taped appearance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 in New York. The show airs Friday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/CBS, J.P. Filo)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James spent part of the past week shooting hoops with Dave and eating cheeseburgers with one of the world's richest men.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jones, Smoltz power Braves past Rockies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.392dc80848dd4dcc8fe9f9325f235766.braves_rockies_baseball_dxf102.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=bFB8_5ZjNJ8RcOWEoOrOPA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Atlanta Braves third baseman Willy Aybar, back, looks to throw to first base after fielding a sacrifice bunt by Colorado Rockies' Jeff Salazar in the third inning of a baseball game in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006. Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz, front, drops to the ground to clear the way for Aybar's throw. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Coors Field is not one of John Smoltz's favorite places. He got through it Thursday night with a little help from a good friend. Smoltz scattered nine hits over seven innings and Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3.</p><br clear="all"/>

Revolution hurt Red Bulls' chances (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_revolution_red_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.5b094172f9954e64a28656e148fa9931.revolution_red_bulls_soccer_eru101.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=5BtBI2fwAvCceSqra10C0w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="New England Revolution forward Clint Dempsey, right, blocks New York Red Bulls defender Seth Stammler from the ball during first half MLS soccer Wednesday night, Sept. 20, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Taylor Twellman and Andy Dorman scored goals Wednesday night to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls and hurt the Red Bulls' playoffs hopes.</p><br clear="all"/>

Savage retires after 12 NHL seasons (AP)
AP - Brian Savage retired from the NHL on Thursday after a 12-year career that included stops in Montreal, Phoenix, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Worth the wait
QB Philip Rivers got tired of biding his time, but now appreciates his slow ascension to the starting job.

Panthers WR Smith returns to practice (AP)
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith practiced Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, increasing the chance he'll play Sunday against Tampa Bay. Smith, who led the NFL in receiving last season, hadn't practiced since straining his right hamstring Sept. 5. While Smith remained questionable on the injury report, coach John Fox was pleased with what he saw.

'Full-throttle' Portis ready to return (AP)
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis practiced again Thursday and pronounced himself ready for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. "They can expect a full-throttle Portis," Portis said. "It's no setbacks or limited plays for me." However, the Redskins could be missing two defensive starters.

Giants' Shockey battling sprained ankle (AP)
Jeremy Shockey asked to be taken out during parts of the second half and for the entire overtime of the New York Giants' comeback win against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. His injured right ankle hurt too much. The frustrated Pro Bowl tight end also wondered why he was playing in the final preseason game when the original ankle injury happened in late August.

Rams finally contact no-show Hargrove (AP)
St. Louis Rams defensive end Anthony Hargrove was an unexcused absentee for meetings and practice on Thursday, and was at home dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. Hargrove made contact with the team, spokesman Artis Twyman said. Twyman said coach Scott Linehan would address the situation Friday.

Steelers have concerns facing Bengals (AP)
Troy Polamalu may take on the challenge of defending what he calls the AFC's best quarterback with one good arm. Polamalu, the Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro safety, has an injured left shoulder that effectively forced him to play at far less than 100 percent efficiency in a 9-0 loss to Jacksonville on Monday.

Goodell, Upshaw discuss issues in NFL (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met Thursday with union chief Gene Upshaw and a group of other league and union officials on a range of issues, including the possibility of expanding testing for performance-enhancing drugs. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said nothing definitive would come out of the session, one of the first formal meetings of its kind since Goodell took over three weeks ago from Paul...

Niners' Snyder gets four-year extension (AP)
Adam Snyder, the San Francisco 49ers' versatile backup offensive lineman, said Thursday he signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through 2011. The deal, which was not announced by the team, is worth $10.5 million, with a $4 million signing bonus. Snyder was the second of San Francisco's two third-round picks in 2005, and he started seven games at left tackle and one...

Parcells: Owens might not miss any games (AP)
Thanks to the timing of the bye week, Terrell Owens might not miss any games because of his broken hand. Owens broke the bone leading to his right ring finger Sunday night and had a plate surgically attached to it Monday. Although Owens' hand was swollen and aching Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he's optimistic the receiver will be back at work next week and catching passes a...

Jags WR Matt Jones may be out vs. Colts (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without starting receiver Matt Jones at Indianapolis on Sunday. Jones, who has 11 catches for a team-high 144 yards, missed a second consecutive day of practice Thursday and remained questionable for the AFC South matchup. Guard Chris Naeole (knee), fullback Derrick Wimbush (knee), punt returner Chad Owens (ribs), defensive end Marcellus Wiley (groin) and...

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

EEOC: Hostile work environment at MSG (AP)
A federal agency found probable cause to believe a hostile work environment existed at Madison Square Garden, where a former Knicks executive claims she was sexually harassed by New York coach Isiah Thomas. The treatment of senior Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders was not an isolated incident, and included "severe and pervasive verbal sexual harassment," according to the findings released...

LeBron chats up Letterman, Buffett (AP)
LeBron James spent part of the past week shooting hoops with Dave and eating cheeseburgers with one of the world's richest men. During a taped appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" that will air on Friday, the Cavaliers' star forward took on the talk show host in a shooting contest outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan.

Hornets seek contingency plan for '07-08 (AP)
The Hornets have requested an option that would allow the team to spend a third season in Oklahoma City as a contingency plan if it is unable to return to New Orleans in 2007-08 as planned. The request is being handled as part of a negotiations to resolve a disagreement over the amount of revenue from last season the team must share with the city.

Kobe hopes to be ready for start of camp (AP)
Kobe Bryant took care of a number of things this summer: He traveled around Asia -- where some of his basketball comments got lost in translation -- underwent knee surgery and hit the weights. One thing he didn't do was play for the United States at the world championships. He wanted to be on the team, but his right knee didn't cooperate.

Hawks G Claxton breaks bone in hand (AP)
Atlanta Hawks guard Speedy Claxton is questionable for the beginning of the season after breaking a bone in his left hand. Claxton, who was injured during a workout Monday, was examined Thursday by Dr. Michael Bernot, a team physician, and will see hand specialist Dr. Stephen McCollam on Friday. The 28-year-old Claxton, expected to be Atlanta's starting point guard, signed a four-year, $25.5 million...

Blazers F Randolph won't face charges (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was cleared of a sexual assault allegation after prosecutors said there is no testimony or evidence to corroborate the story of the woman who accused him. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk announced Wednesday that he will not prosecute the case against Randolph, who was never named as a suspect by police.

Shaq part of $1B Miami real estate deal (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal is set to take on the Miami real estate market. The Miami Heat center and four-time NBA champion announced Tuesday the formation of The O'Neal Group, a real estate firm that's aligning with MDM Development in a $1 billion project to build 1,100 residential units in a sprawling downtown Miami complex.

Last of a dying breed
NHL games used to be about the fights as much as the goals. But with Tie Domi's retirement, that era is gone for good.

Penguins' Malkin has dislocated shoulder (AP)
Evgeni Malkin dislocated his left shoulder during his first preseason game with the Pittsburgh Penguins, knocking him out of practice Thursday and raising questions about his availability for the Oct. 5 opener. Malkin attended practice but did not take part, and teammates said he looked much better than he did after getting hurt Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers in an exhibition game...

Stars sign Morrow for six years, $24.6M (AP)
The Dallas Stars signed left wing Brenden Morrow to a $24.6 million, six-year contract extension Thursday, locking him up through 2012-13. Morrow was to become an unrestricted free agent after this season but wanted to remain with the Stars. The feeling was mutual, so they worked out a deal that will pay him $4.1 million per season beginning in 2007-08.

Abid scores three goals, Predators roll (AP)
Nashville left wing Ramzi Abid scored three goals in the Predators' 8-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The 26-year-old Abid led the AHL's Chicago Wolves in goals (34), assists (42) and points (76) last season and also had 165 penalty minutes. Nashville (1-1) connected on its first four shots as neither starting goalie Frederik Norrena nor replacement Tomas Popperle was...

Savage retires after 12 NHL seasons (AP)
Brian Savage retired from the NHL on Thursday after a 12-year career that included stops in Montreal, Phoenix, St. Louis and Philadelphia. The 35-year-old Savage appeared in 647 regular-season games, recording 192 goals and 167 assists for 359 points. The winger played at Miami of Ohio and was selected by the Canadiens in the eighth round of the 1991 draft as the 171st overall pick.

Michalek's hat trick lifts Sharks in win (AP)
Milan Michalek scored a hat trick to lead San Jose to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the Sharks' home preseason opener Thursday night. Michalek's third goal broke a 3-3 tie with just over 2 minutes left after the Canucks had rallied from a 3-0 deficit. He tallied his first goal when he put a backhander past goalie Roberto Luongo.

Rolston's two goals lift Wild past Blues (AP)
Brian Rolston scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in a preseason game. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Pavol Demitra each added two assists for the Wild (2-0). Petteri Nummelin, a 33-year-old who played in the Swiss League the last five years, also scored for Minnesota.

Predators, D Hamhuis agree to terms (AP)
The Nashville Predators agreed to terms Thursday with defenseman Dan Hamhuis on a four-year contract worth $8 million. The 23-year-old defenseman had not been in training camp with the Predators, but negotiations resumed earlier this week. He will earn $1.5 million this season, $1.75 million in 2007-08, $2.25 million in 2008-09 and $2.5 million in 2009-10.

Trading Paint: Where there’s Smoke …
Tony Stewart isn&rsquo;t going away during the Chase, and some fans think that spells trouble for NASCAR&rsquo;s championship system.

Former employee says RCR used engines that don't comply with NASCAR (AP)
A former employee of Richard Childress Racing says in a wrongful termination lawsuit that the team used illegal engine modifications at this year's Daytona 500 events, including in the car of polesitter Jeff Burton.

Ragan set to make Cup debut (AP)
David Ragan, one of four Roush Racing rookies vying to replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 Ford in 2007, will make...

Harvick prepared to handle cheating allegations (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &ndash; Kevin Harvick is so hot right now that the competition clearly is concerned _ so much so...

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: DRIVER: Kevin...

Peters signs with RCR for 2007 Busch Series season (SportsTicker)
WELCOME, North Carolina (Ticker) - Richard Childress Racing on Tuesday signed Timothy Peters as a driver for its NASCAR Busch Series team in 2007.

Kenseth pleased with New Hampshire, now on to favorite track (AP)
I really can't believe we got out of Loudon with a top 10.

NASCAR, RCR deny cheating story (AP)
NASCAR and team owner Richard Childress on Monday dismissed as ``sheer fantasy'' a television report that said race winner Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton had a performance advantage at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Johnson's latest hit hurts title chances again (AP)
Poor Jimmie Johnson, the nicest guy in NASCAR, who can never catch a break -- not even on his 31st birthday and especially not when the championship is on the line.

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