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Indians extend lead in AL Central (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070810/capt.fb3e2585002547c3a11516c94e48c4d9.indians_white_sox_baseball_cxs101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=WNJ9bbbev12vL8YfELeavA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Aaron Laffey delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aaron Laffey got his first major league win against a fellow left-hander he's always admired. And then, he got a ticket back to the minors. The guy who caught his pitches, Kelly Shoppach, snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a game-changing homer, and the Cleveland Indians bumped up their lead in the AL Central Thursday night by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-5.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ankiel homers, helps Cardinals to win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070810/capt.dffee227a0b34bc1a5c153469000041f.padres_cardinals_baseball_motg118.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=WjyDEwiOT_nHJJfijfi.OA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Rick Ankiel gets a big hug from manager Tony La Russa after they beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 in their baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 in St. Louis. Ankiel posted a successful return to the major leagues as an outfielder with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rick Ankiel made a powerful return to the major leagues after a three-year absence, one that nearly drove sentimental St. Louis manager Tony La Russa to tears.</p><br clear="all"/>

Clemens, Torre hit with suspensions (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_suspensions"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.bab52d811086499cb851cf9a270e1958.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_fng113.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=EHTQbt4en3QMeJrKqjJ9Aw--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, right, has words with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez before being ejected during seventh inning AL action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens was suspended for five games Thursday and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre for one, the fallout from the Rocket hitting Toronto's Alex Rios with a pitch this week.</p><br clear="all"/>

American pitcher fails Japan drug test (AP)
AP - An American pitcher has become the first player to fail a drug test in Japanese baseball history.

Fan favorite Daly in contention at PGA (AP)
AP - No one knew John Daly was in town until he showed up Thursday morning at Southern Hills for the first time in 13 years. Not many knew who Graeme Storm was until he showed up atop the leaderboard in a PGA Championship rife with surprises. It's safe to say they didn't take the conventional route.

Cowboys open Phillips era, beat Colts (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_preseason_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070810/capt.08d61e61ee5945deaca19c6933118c73.colts_cowboys_football_irv113.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=jx7Gc3uN5KeQ8nioOeufnA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens smiles as he stands on the sideline during a NFL pre-season football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. The Cowboys won, 23-10. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wade Phillips keeps saying he likes getting the ball to his best players. So it probably wasn't a coincidence that the first play of his first game coaching the Dallas Cowboys was a pass to Terrell Owens.</p><br clear="all"/>

Heat give Penny Hardaway comeback chance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_hardaway"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070809/capt.nyol51408092319.heat_hardaway_basketball_nyol514.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=istcvxDIdIaG6AI.uIeafw--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is defended by New York Knicks' Penny Hardaway, left, and Kurt Thomas in this Feb. 9, 2005 file photo. Hardaway and O'Neal were reunited Thursday when the Heat signed him to a contract. (AP Photo/Ed Betz,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal are together again. The 36-year-old Hardaway, who last played an NBA game in November 2005, signed with the Miami Heat on Thursday and is reuniting with O'Neal &#151; his former Orlando Magic teammate back in the mid-1990s.</p><br clear="all"/>

Aaron says he might talk to Bonds (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds_aaron"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.e3957d9febd643febcd62c4aab0d6730.nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb226.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=9BGj_LTD6Gs.Ac6fdz1sCA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Hank Aaron pays tribute on the centerfield scoreboard to San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds after he hit his 756th career home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday August 7, 2007.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hank Aaron might talk to Barry Bonds about the new home run record. "Eventually, if I happen to see him somewhere, I'd probably say something to him," Aaron was quoted as saying on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Web site Thursday night. "To be honest, I'm as happy for him as anybody."</p><br clear="all"/>

Beckham debuts; D.C. United beats Galaxy (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070810/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_galaxy_united"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070810/capt.f29c5a58fc8a4a8cba47c2a306dba5ad.mls_galaxy_united_beckham_soccer_rfk128.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=PCwJ85SMFhVafC5QKUl_UA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, left, sends the ball as he guarded by DC United's Luciano Emilio (11) during the second half of a MLS soccer game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham had let enough fans down. He was ready to play in his first Major League Soccer game, despite the sore ankle and a downpour that reminded him of home made him even more eager to take the field. The English midfielder played the final 21 minutes in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-0 loss to D.C. United at soggy RFK Stadium on Thursday night, the biggest debut for a foreign star in a U.S. soccer league since Pele arrived in 1975.</p><br clear="all"/>

Blackhawks give coach Savard extension (AP)
AP - Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season.

'Pacman' defends arrest record in promo (AP)
Jeff Jarrett, co-founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, talks about the involvement of Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones in their wrestling program Hard Justice Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. Jarrett said Jones will be in the wrestling ring in his new role and is working out at his Tennessee farm to prepare for his debut.

Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones used words like misunderstood, gamebreaker, risk taker and redemption Thursday night in his first appearance under his new wrestling contract. He didn't mention suspension. The only NFL player suspended for the 2007 season by commissioner Roger Goodell made his wrestling debut on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's weekly show "iMPACT!" on Spike TV, and the...


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Bucs FB Alstott on IR, career in doubt (AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott (40) picks up a second quarter first down in front of Washington Redskins' Shawn Springs (24) during an NFL football game in  this Nov. 19, 2006 file photo, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers placed Alstott, a six-time Pro Bowler, on injured reserve on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, with a neck problem that he said was not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003.

Mike Alstott's season, and perhaps his career, is over. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday placed the six-time Pro Bowl fullback on injured reserve with a neck problem. Alstott said it is not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003. "It is what it is. The facts are the facts.


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Calvin Johnson has solid debut for Lions (AP)
Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky throws during the third quarter of a preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. The Lions defeated the Bengals 27-26.

Calvin Johnson shrugged his shoulders when asked about the only two passes thrown his way, both of which he caught, giving a glimpse of what's to come from the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Johnson had two receptions for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and the Detroit Lions rallied late to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-26 on Thursday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.


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Phillips wins Cowboys coaching debut (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai (29) tries to break a tackle by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman in the first quarter of a pre-season NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Irving, Texas. Dallas won, 23-10.

Wade Phillips' first game coaching the Dallas Cowboys opened with a pass to Terrell Owens and ended with a victory over the Super Bowl champs. Sure, it was only preseason, but that didn't stop Phillips from enjoying his team's 23-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. "I thought it was a pretty good first outing," Phillips said.


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Bears FB Ayanbadejo suspended 4 games (AP)
Chicago Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo said he might sue the maker of an over-the-counter supplement after the NFL suspended him for the first four regular-season games without pay for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances on Thursday. The suspension begins Sept.

Browns LB McGinest to miss 6 weeks (AP)
Browns linebacker Willie McGinest was scheduled to have back surgery Thursday and will miss at least six weeks, another blow to a Cleveland team decimated by major injuries the past few seasons. McGinest, who has made 159 starts during a 13-year NFL career, was to have the operation in Los Angeles. After a week of rest following the procedure on a bulging disk, he'll begin rehab.

Ex-49ers coach Walsh honored at memorial (AP)
Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young speaks at a memorial service for former San Francisco 49ers football coach Bill Walsh at the Memorial Church in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007.

Bill Walsh planned his own memorial service in the months before his death with the same meticulous attention he paid to every aspect of the San Francisco 49ers. Even when a lengthy battle with leukemia finally sapped his strength last month, Walsh made sure Thursday's quietly buoyant tribute would be a celebration of a Hall of Fame coach's life, as well as a chance for hundreds of old friends to...


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QB Garcia excited for Bucs debut (AP)
He's 37 and entering his ninth NFL season, yet in some ways Jeff Garcia feels like he's starting all over. That's why the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who also played five seasons in the Canadian Football League, is excited about making his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Friday's preseason opener against the New England Patriots.

Falcons prepare to move on without Vick (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons are moving on without Michael Vick. With Vick facing federal dogfighting charges and ordered by the NFL to stay away from training camp, Joey Harrington will be under center when the Falcons open their preseason schedule against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

NFL to use HDTV for instant replay (AP)
All the fans who ever grumbled that they could do a better job than NFL referees -- well, maybe they were right. Or at least some of them had better equipment with which to make instant replay decisions. So the league this season is switching to high definition technology for its officials to use to review plays on the field.

Penny Hardaway to try comeback with Heat (AP)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is defended by New York Knicks' Penny Hardaway, left, and Kurt Thomas in this Feb. 9, 2005 file photo. Hardaway and O'Neal were reunited Thursday when the Heat signed him to a contract.

Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal are together again. The 36-year-old Hardaway, who last played an NBA game in November 2005, signed with the Miami Heat on Thursday and is reuniting with O'Neal -- his former Orlando Magic teammate back in the mid-1990s. "Penny is a player who has been an All-Star and has enjoyed an illustrious career," Heat president Pat Riley said.


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Celtics ask Reggie Miller to unretire (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller reacts to making a late fourth quarter shot in a Friday, May 13, 2005 photo in Indianapolis.The Boston Celtics have spoken with future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title.

The Boston Celtics have spoken with future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title. "I'm always flattered when my name is mentioned as someone who can still help an NBA team win a championship," Miller said Wednesday in a statement relayed to The Associated Press by the TNT network.


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Clippers F Brand has Achilles' surgery (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon. The operation was performed by orthopedic surgeon Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Del. Brand, 28, injured the tendon during his daily workout last Friday. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.

Celtics sign C Pollard, G House (AP)
Boston Celtics guard Eddie House smiles while facing reporters during a news conference held to introduce the newly signed basketball player at the team's headquarters, in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. Celtics center Scot House was also introduced during the news conference.

The rest of the Boston Celtics roster is starting to take shape. Continuing a busy offseason in which the team brought in All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play with Paul Pierce, the Celtics signed role players Scot Pollard and Eddie House as free agents. "Getting Kevin Garnett has been kind of a big deal.


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Pacers' O'Neal downplays trade talk (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal isn't demanding a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's open to the idea. While O'Neal has been the subject of trade talk since the Pacers missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the new discussion was stirred up Monday when SI.com quoted O'Neal as saying he would "welcome a trade to the Lakers" and mentioned the New Jersey Nets as another...

Pargo re-signs with Hornets for $4M (AP)
Jannero Pargo, who agreed to terms with the New Orleans Hornets last week on a two-year contract, signed the deal Wednesday. Pargo's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the backup guard will earn $4 million. He has an option for the second year. Pargo played for the Hornets last season after spending the first four years of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors.

Dalembert gains Canadian citizenship (AP)
Samuel Dalembert was sworn in as a Canadian citizen on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Philadelphia 76ers center to join the Canadian national team. The 6-foot-11 Dalembert, who averaged 10.7 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Sixers last season, moved to Canada as a teenager. He won a Quebec High School championship and played on Quebec's provincial basketball team.

Blackhawks extend Savard through 2008-09 (AP)
Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season. Savard has been the team's coach since November following the dismissal of Trent Yawney. He finished the season with a 24-30-7 record. General manager Dale Tallon was impressed with the job. He added that Savard -- a Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career with the Blackhawks -- will "put his heart and...

Wings' Chelios testifies in murder trial (AP)
Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios testified Thursday that he spoke by phone on his way to hockey practice with a manager at his restaurant minutes before someone fatally stabbed her and a chef. Chelios, owner of the downtown Cheli's Chili Bar, said Megan Soroka, 49, told him she heard yelling and called out to Mark Barnard, 52.

Agent: Staal brothers offered plea deals (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at Eric Staal's bachelor party in Minnesota last month. Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the prosecutor in Cook County, Minn., offered to settle the case by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanor for disorderly...

MacLean-led group to buy Lightning (AP)
A group led by former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean has agreed to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning and says it has no plans to move the franchise that won its only Stanley Cup three years ago. "Absolute zero thought of that," MacLean said at a news conference following the surprise sale by Palace Sports and Entertainment, a group led by Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson.

Oilers owners reject purchase offer (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers are not for sale. That was the message Tuesday from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the NHL franchise. Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $176 million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said they also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.

D Richardson signs with Senators (AP)
Luke Richardson signed a one-year contract with his hometown Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The 38-year-old had three assists and 16 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Richardson, who will make $500,000 again this season, has played 19 years in the NHL since he was drafted seventh overall by Toronto in 1987.

Bruins sign top draft pick Hamill (AP)
The Boston Bruins signed center Zach Hamill, the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft, and two other players to deals announced Wednesday. Also signing were defenseman Sean Curry, an unrestricted free agent, and goaltender Jordan Sigalet, a restricted free agent. Hamill has spent the past four seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, scoring a franchise-record 187 points...

Fogarty wins record eighth straight Grand-Am pole position (AP)
Jon Fogarty won a record eighth straight Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series team pole position and set a track record Thursday in qualifying for the Crown Royal 200 Daytona Prototype race at Watkins Glen International. Fogarty averaged 131.603 mph in the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley and broke the year-old track mark of 130.674 mph set by teammate Alex Gurney in the 2006 Crown Royal 200.

Ambrose gets chance at first Cup race thanks to Gordon (AP)
Marcos Ambrose was cheated out of a chance to win his first NASCAR race by Robby Gordon. His disappointment was lifted, though, when he was given an opportunity to race the first Nextel Cup event of his career.

Mayfield leaving Bill Davis Racing at end of season (AP)
Jeremy Mayfield will not return to Bill Davis Racing next season, the team said Wednesday.

Ambrose to make Nextel Cup Debut (PA SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Marcos Ambrose has decided to accept Robby Gordon's "peace offering."

Robby Gordon fined $35,000 by NASCAR and put on probation for misconduct during Montreal race (AP)
Robby Gordon avoided a lengthy suspension Tuesday when NASCAR fined him $35,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year for his misconduct during the Busch Series race in Montreal.

Carpentier gets Cup ride for road course at Watkins Glen (AP)
Patrick Carpentier spent almost two years trying to break into NASCAR. When his chance finally came, in his hometown of Montreal, he knew he had to be perfect.

NASCAR fines Robby Gordon for Montreal fiasco (PA SportsTicker)
Robby Gordon had better be on his best behavior for the rest of the season.

Report: Kyle Busch to join Joe Gibbs Racing (PA SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Kyle Busch will be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing next season, according to a newspaper report.

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