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Padres' Young nearly no-hits Pirates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.7a7e024b2f8943f4b94bab9e5d919ff6.pirates_padres_baseball_cadp107.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=RFy6bLOga2GbPNigQflbZg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Chris Young delivers during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Young came within two outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 38-season history before allowing pinch-hitter Joe Randa's two-run homer in the Padres' 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brewers keep up recent assault on Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.9a6912102476488baf7d94347ee71768.giants_brewers_baseball_wimg110.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=Or4n.2ONXPUf3LjGMGA0Ig--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds reacts as he heads back to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Milwaukee. The home run was Bonds' 733rd career home run, tying Hank Aaron's all-time National League record. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - For Barry Bonds, being able to tie Hank Aaron's NL home run record in the same city where Aaron started and ended his career was special. Bonds' only regret was that he hit his 733rd homer Friday night at Miller Park and not Milwaukee County Stadium, where Aaron connected many times during his 22-year career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Scutaro, A's defeat Angels in 12 innings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_angels_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.c379f85cd54147bcabe365ae0f7a5228.angels_athletics_baseball_cagn112.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=2dcLxuMPAN57yRf577mbhg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics Marco Scutaro, center, is surrounded by teammates after driving in the game winning run on a single in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics won 5-4 in the 12th inning. Athletics Hiram Bocachica is at right. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marco Scutaro drove in the winning run in the 12th inning with a single and the Oakland Athletics reduced their magic number to win the AL West to two with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers remain half-game behind Padres
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.439f63186b50487ba39c2c9a93c1e787.diamondbacks_dodgers_baseball_lad108.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=nBkcNcpOvPfetBe__CPafA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' J.D. Drew, right, is greeted by the third base coach Rich Donnelly after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derek Lowe pitched seven sharp innings, J.D. Drew broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the seventh, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 Friday night to remain a half-game behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.</p><br clear="all"/>
Europeans lead after Day 1 of Ryder Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_ryder_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060922/capt.kc80709221922.ireland_golf_ryder_cup_kc807.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=iBCUwQuHGRyv2bdRjAhnIA--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Europe's Colin Montgomerie celebrates on the 18th green after Montgomerie holed a putt to secure a half and square the foursome match against Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco of the United States on the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club golf course, Straffan, Ireland, Friday Sept. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/PA, Rui Vieira)" border="0" /></a>AP - The tears of Darren Clarke gave way to exhaustive relief for Colin Montgomerie. American red shifted to European blue on the scoreboard. A day that began in brilliant sunshine ended in gray skies and showers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gag order issued in Foley shooting case
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_foley_shot"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.8a28bfe9cce148769bc1996ea878bf84.chargers_foley_shot_football_la109.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=UDIhOtJikGlIUnJljPmuGg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Lisa Maree Gaut listens during her arraignment in San Diego Superior Court Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, in San Diego. Gaut is charged with drunken driving and assault. Gaut, who allegedly was with San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley when he was shot by an off-duty Coronado police officer, is suspected of driving Foley's car at the officer. A judge issued a gag order Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, to prohibit attorneys from discussing the case of a woman who was with Chargers linebacker Steve Foley when he was shot by an off-duty police officer. The ruling followed media leaks of investigators' tapes, photographs and documents. It prohibits attorneys, investigators and parties in the case from speaking to media representatives, at risk of being held in contempt of court. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - A judge issued an order Friday barring attorneys from publicly discussing any aspects of the case involving the woman who was with San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley when he was shot by an off-duty police officer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wagner to return to NBA with Warriors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060922/sp_afp/basketnbawarriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060922/capt.sge.qeq47.220906215015.photo00.photo.default-350x512.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=Ka.jVMjtDAhh979tTCfW9g--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="The Golden State Warriors signed the oft-injured guard Dajuan Wagner, seen here in 2004 and who has not played in the National Basketball League since 2004-05.(AFP/Getty Images/File)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Golden State Warriors signed the oft-injured guard Dajuan Wagner, who has not played in the National Basketball League since 2004-05.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sexson powers Mariners past White Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060923/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_mariners_white_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.b691b7fcdea84b6db520dcb00f7c3739.mariners_white_sox_baseball_cxs109.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=iLfbbJ1skNXlhOz.va3dYg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson (facing camera) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting his first home run of the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Chicago. Sexson added a second home run in the third. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he's stopped searching for help from the rest of the league. The White Sox are tumbling toward playoff elimination and he can't find a way to stop his team's slide. "I'm not looking at the scoreboard anymore," Guillen said Friday night after the Seattle Mariners got two homers from Richie Sexson and used a six-run second inning to beat the White Sox 11-6.</p><br clear="all"/>
Revolution hurt Red Bulls' chances
<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"/>
DiPietro struggles in Isles' debut
AP - Rick DiPietro and Ted Nolan got off to rough starts Friday night in the New York Islanders' first exhibition game of the season.
Worth the wait
QB Philip Rivers got tired of biding his time, but now appreciates his slow ascension to the starting job.
T.O. says he'll 'definitely' face Eagles (AP)
Squeezing his broken right hand into a fist, Terrell Owens saw how far he could curl his fingers and smiled. "When we get back next week," he told teammate Sam Hurd, "my goal is for it to touch." Owens is so pleased with how his hand is healing, he said Friday that he will "definitely" play for the Dallas Cowboys in Philadelphia on Oct.
Judge issues gag order in Foley case (AP)
A judge issued an order Friday barring attorneys from publicly discussing any aspects of the case involving the woman who was with San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley when he was shot by an off-duty police officer. The gag ruling followed leaks of investigators' tapes, photographs and documents.
Panthers' Smith to be game-time decision (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith practiced for the second straight day Friday as he recovers from a strained right hamstring. "He looked good," said coach John Fox, who indicated it will be a game-time decision if Smith plays Sunday at Tampa Bay. Smith, who led the NFL in receiving last season, missed Carolina's first two games after being injured in practice on Sept.
Seahawks' Alexander to start vs. Giants (AP)
Shaun Alexander will start for the Seahawks on Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sore left foot. The league MVP practiced for the first time this week on Friday. Coach Mike Holmgren then fulfilled Alexander's promise to play from the day before. "My thing with Shaun early in the week he had to stay in it mentally in studying," Holmgren said after Alexander participated in the entire...
Dungy hints Colts may sign K Gramatica (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts likely will sign kicker Martin Gramatica for Sunday's game against Jacksonville as a possible replacement for Adam Vinatieri, who is nursing a groin injury and has not practiced all week. Gramatica tried out with the Colts on Wednesday. Although he was not signed after the workout, coach Tony Dungy said Friday the team was leaning toward signing Gramatica, at least for...
Giants' receiving corps hobbled (AP)
The good news for the New York Giants is that the four bags of intravenous fluids given to Amani Toomer after their overtime win in Philadelphia apparently did the trick. The bad news is that the 11-year veteran, who was so depleted after the game Sunday that he needed help walking back to his locker and putting on his shoes, may be the healthiest pass-catcher the team can rely on this Sunday in...
Jets WR Coles still questionable (AP)
Laveranues Coles was limited again in practice Friday because of an unspecified calf injury, and remained questionable for the New York Jets' game at Buffalo on Sunday. The veteran wide receiver has had his left calf wrapped since Monday, and didn't fully participate in 11-on-11 drills for the third straight day.
Rams DE Hargrove still a no-show (AP)
Anthony Hargrove's unexcused two-day absence remained unresolved on Friday for the St. Louis Rams. The only certainty is that the defensive end will not be on the field this weekend. Coach Scott Linehan said Hargrove had not been suspended, but would be fined. Rookie Victor Adeyanju will replace him in the lineup Sunday at Arizona and Brandon Green, inactive the first two games, will be the backup at...
Former Eagles DT Vic Sears dies at 88 (AP)
Vic Sears, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles championship teams of 1948-49, has died at 88. He died Thursday at his home in Winston-Salem, N.C. A tackle out of Oregon State, Sears played 13 seasons and 131 games with the Eagles. He was part of the "Steagles" in 1943, a team formed when Philadelphia temporarily merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a manpower shortage during World War II.
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.
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...
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.
Warriors sign G Dajuan Wagner (AP)
Dajuan Wagner, the once-promising point guard whose NBA career was derailed by injuries and a serious illness, signed with the Golden State Warriors on Friday after being out of the league for nearly two years. Wagner was the sixth pick in the 2002 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers after just one collegiate season at Memphis, but health problems prevented him from becoming the star most expected.
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...
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.
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.
'Canes lose in first game since Cup win (AP)
Josef Vasicek scored on a short-handed breakaway late in the third period Friday night to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Kim Staal scored twice for the Predators (2-1), who won their second straight preseason game. Ray Whitney scored two goals to lead the Hurricanes, who returned to the ice for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup three months...
DiPietro struggles, Isles fall to Bruins (AP)
Rick DiPietro and Ted Nolan got off to rough starts Friday night in the New York Islanders' first exhibition game of the season. DiPietro allowed three goals on 14 shots in 33 minutes in his first game since signing a $67.5 million, 15-year contract, while Nolan was behind the bench in the NHL for the first time in nine years as the Islanders fell 5-1 to the Boston Bruins.
Blackhawks top Jackets, stay unbeaten (AP)
Patrick Sharp and Jim Vandermeer both scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks had three power-play goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in a preseason game Friday night. Tony Salmelainen also scored for Chicago (3-0) and Corey Crawford made 33 saves. Geoff Platt and Duvie Westcott scored for Columbus (2-2).
Vanek's hat trick lifts Sabres past Sens (AP)
Thomas Vanek scored three goals to offset Denis Hamel's natural hat trick for Ottawa as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Senators 4-3 on Friday night in an exhibition game. Hamel, a 29-year-old left wing battling for a roster spot with the Senators after leading the AHL in goals last season with 56, scored three straight times in a 3:22 span of the second period.
Red Wings defeat Lightning in OT (AP)
Jason Williams' goal with 8 seconds left in overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game Friday night. Dominik Hasek stopped eight of 10 shots over two periods in his first preseason game for Detroit (1-1-1). Mikael Samuelsson, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jakub Kindl had the Red Wings' other goals.
McDonald, Kunitz power Ducks to win (AP)
Andy McDonald had two goals and an assist, and Chris Kunitz added two goals to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks in a preseason game Friday night. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in his first full preseason game. Kunitz scored his first goal 23 seconds into the game on a wrist shot, then gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period.
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...
Notes: Montoya ready to roll
DOVER, Del. – Juan Pablo Montoya could be driving a stock car for Chip Ganassi in the coming weeks.
Gordon ends longest pole drought of his career at Dover (AP)
Jeff Gordon felt like a rookie.
Johnson hope strong finish at Dover can get him back in title picture (AP)
Jimmie Johnson rarely has any trouble building an early lead in the points standings. Keeping the lead down the stretch is a huge problem and, one race into the Chase, it's no exception.
Gordon wins pole at Dover 400 (SportsTicker)
Burton, Harvick brush off cheating allegations (AP)
Jeff Burton says the only hot air surrounding his team comes from false allegations of cheating, not the kind leaked by manipulated rims.
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. – 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...