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NEWS FROM 2007-08-12
Woods seizes control at Southern Hills
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pga_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.4c9dfbf4f9cb4fb4b923b754fb75f099.aptopix_pga_championship_golf_pga162.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=AdS5DbdPxSKOXVXFJsiXmw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Tiger Woods flips his putter after missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the 89th PGA Golf Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods saved his best golf for the last major. Woods followed his record-tying 63 at Southern Hills with a round that wasn't anything special Saturday, but no less effective at the PGA Championship. He made 15 pars in his 1-under 69, giving him a three-shot lead over Stephen Ames going into the final round.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jackson, Devil Rays shut out Rangers 3-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_devil_rays_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.45f46ebe419d4aeca1a9d0c5303104cc.devil_rays_rangers_baseball_arl104.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=osGRI8eJ92PNMZuQd5A5Qw--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) delivers to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Edwin Jackson pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, sending the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carroll's slam lifts Rockies over Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cubs_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.0368aff7fd594cf0a4ee02f54a5db98d.cubs_rockies_baseball_dxf110.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=RZRYEKZkzmsd92AHr1zZJg--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Colorado Rockies' pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll follows through with his swing after connecting for a grand slam off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Hill in the sixth inning of a Major League baseball game in Denver on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jamey Carroll hit a pinch-hit grand slam to break open a tie game in the sixth and Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki each drove in three runs to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Chicago Cubs 15-2 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lackey and Izturis help Angels top Twins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.018e3ea78389420b8774f884ed48feb8.twins_angels_baseball_ans106.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=MhoqBgESaEmbMEpPTUdJRg--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey reacts after Minnesota Twins' Jason Bartlett scores during the third inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - John Lackey earned his 15th win and Maicer Izturis hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, rallying the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears beat Texans 20-19
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bears_texans"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.9b8228609892410fa6d704874bcc243e.bears_texans_football_htt104.jpg?x=128&y=130&sig=xnjq0oulk_55k6w60IKU_w--" align="left" height="130" width="128" alt="Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs after a catch as Chicago Bears corner back Nathan Vasher closes in during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Schaub's first pass for the Houston Texans was for 2 yards. His second one was dropped.</p><br clear="all"/>
Panthers make Giants defense look bad
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_panthers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070812/capt.c3a4fae01f004628a8502387dcddb86d.panthers_giants_football_eru104.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=huX2Pp.a4bdf5PDe_u1_2g--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster (23) and linebacker Tyson Smith (48) attempt to tackle Carolina Panthers running back Nick Goings during second quarter pre-season football action Saturday night, Aug. 11, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - With or without Michael Strahan, the New York Giants defense has a lot of work to do after being exposed by the Carolina Panthers. Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith combined for an opening-drive touchdown pass and receiver Taye Biddle caught touchdown passes of 23 and 85 yards to lead the Panthers to a 24-21 victory on Saturday night in the matchup of teams looking to rebound from .500 records in 2006.</p><br clear="all"/>
Heat give Penny Hardaway comeback chance
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/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 — his former Orlando Magic teammate back in the mid-1990s.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rodriguez hits two more homers as Yankees rout Indians
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070812/sp_nm/baseball_american_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070812/2007_08_12t000939_304x450_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=kBLhQWUDVgl_w86NAdfvCA--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez receives congratulations from players in the dugout after hitting a home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Edward Mujica in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland, Ohio August 11, 2007. Rodriguez has hit three two run home runs in the past two games. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The red-hot New York Yankees rode two
more home runs from Alex Rodriguez and the strong pitching of
Mike Mussina to an 11-2 rout of the Cleveland Indians in
American League play on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ankle may put Beckham on bench again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_beckham_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070811/capt.8b7919a8114b4f5699e824b638481d4f.mls_galaxy_revolution_beckham_soccer_malp102.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=8_E4uY6Mkn01Pgcd7sHFWA--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham runs during soccer practice, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 in Foxborough, Mass. The Galaxy will play the New England Revolution on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 in Foxborough. The Revolution had announced earlier that they sold all 30,000 tickets for the Sunday game. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)" border="0" /></a>AP - David may be returning to the bench just three days after making his Major League Soccer debut.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackhawks give coach Savard extension
AP - Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season.
Titans QB Young out, Redskins win 14-6 (AP)
Anyone curious to see how Vince Young has improved since he was last seen in the Pro Bowl must wait a week. While the Washington Redskins sure didn't miss him, the Titans obviously did. Young sat on the sidelines, benched for violating a team rule. Without him, the Tennessee Titans lost their preseason opener on Saturday night.
Pacman can be in show, but can't wrestle (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones can appear at a wrestling show Sunday, with a couple of provisions: The suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback won't be allowed to touch or be touched, use or be hit by any object or anything else that could injure him. That doesn't leave much for Jones. But at least he can be in the building for the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-view event.
Walker discusses Darrent Williams' death (AP)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker says he still has the bloodied shirt from the night teammate Darrent Williams died in his arms after a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day. In his first public comments about Williams' unsolved death, Walker tells HBO's "Real Sports" in a segment to be aired Tuesday night that he keeps the unlaundered shirt as a reminder of his friend and of the fragility...
Broncos LB Holdman to miss 3 months (AP)
Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman has been advised by doctors not to play football for three months after suffering a spinal cord concussion in a collision with a teammate last week. Holdman was injured on Aug. 2 when he was trying to tackle running back Mike Bell, who lowered his left shoulder and struck the 243-pound linebacker in his helmet.
Quinn sits, Browns QBs struggle in win (AP)
The coin flipped in Charlie Frye's favor, and the rest of the night went his way, too. Frye played better than Derek Anderson in their competition to become Cleveland's starting quarterback and the Browns got a late kickoff return for a TD in a 16-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Rookie Brady Quinn stood with a clipboard and studied his Cleveland playbook during his first NFL...
Schaub, Green have poor Texans debuts (AP)
Matt Schaub's first pass for the Houston Texans was for 2 yards. His second one was dropped. This revamped Texans offense sure looks a lot like the old one. Schaub, who replaced David Carr after backing up Michael Vick for three years in Atlanta, had an inauspicious debut going 3-for-5 for 25 yards. But the defending NFC champion Chicago Bears scored 13 fourth quarter points, including a 47-yard...
Panthers top Strahan-less Giants 24-21 (AP)
With or without Michael Strahan, the New York Giants defense has a lot of work to do after being exposed by the Carolina Panthers. Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith combined for an opening-drive touchdown pass and receiver Taye Biddle caught touchdown passes of 23 and 85 yards to lead the Panthers to a 24-21 victory on Saturday night in the matchup of teams looking to rebound from .500 seasons.
New Dolphins QB Green booed in win (AP)
About the only thing new quarterback Trent Green led the Miami Dolphins offense to Saturday night was a smattering of boos. Green struggled in his Dolphins debut, underthrowing receivers and managing just 60 yards on 6-for-15 passing with one interception in Miami's 18-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Raiders top Cardinals in Kiffin's debut (AP)
The way last season went for the Oakland Raiders, they'll take any sort of a win -- even an exhibition one over the Arizona Cardinals. Andrew Walter threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Hiram Eugene scored on a 36-yard interception to lead Oakland to a 27-23 victory Saturday night in coach Lane Kiffin's first game with the Raiders.
Backup QB Rodgers shines, Packers win (AP)
Mike Tomlin won't have much to remember from this one, and he could only give thanks it didn't count. Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger also had forgettable showings on a scoreless night for the Green Bay and Pittsburgh starting offenses. Neither Roethlisberger nor Favre did much as the Packers' and Steelers' regulars were shut out in little less than a quarter's playing time, with backup Aaron...
Suspects in Walker robbery remain jailed (AP)
Four men charged in the armed robbery of Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker during a home invasion remained jailed Saturday without bond. A judge denied bond for 28-year-old Antoine Larkins and 25-year-old Demorris Hill. Attorneys for the two other men charged -- Phillip Allison, 28, and 23-year-old Gregory Reedfields -- waived their clients' right to a hearing.
At 36, Hardaway insists he can help Heat (AP)
Able to run and jump without pain for the first time in five years, Penny Hardaway insists there's still much he can do in the NBA. The Miami Heat apparently agree. Hardaway spoke Friday about his new contract with the Heat, one that comes with no financial guarantees for the 36-year-old who has battled knee problems for much of a career that once seemed destined for superstardom.
Celtics ask Reggie Miller to unretire (AP)
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.
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)
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.
Newlywed Yao has celebratory dinner (AP)
Newlywed Yao Ming treated his Chinese teammates to a celebratory dinner at a posh hotel, where guests feasted on a 10-course meal -- and the 7-foot-6 center had a little too much to drink. The Houston Rockets center "rarely drinks," but this time he marked the occasion and "drank quite a bit," Yao spokesman Erik Zhang said "I don't think (Yao) was drunk but he was pretty close.
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...
Coyotes deal Adams to Chicago for Vrbata (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes sent center Kevyn Adams to the Chicago Blackhawks for right winger Radim Vrbata on Saturday. The 26-year-old Vrbata was the Blackhawks' second-leading scorer last season and set career highs in points (41) and assists (27). He has 75 goals and 95 assists in seven seasons with Colorado, Carolina and Chicago.
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...
Islanders sign D Sutton to 3-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders got bigger and a bit younger on the blue line Friday night when they signed 6-foot-6 defenseman Andy Sutton to a three-year contract. Sutton will absorb a lot of the minutes and responsibilities of 37-year-old Sean Hill, a defensive defenseman who signed with the Minnesota Wild after being suspended during last season's playoffs for violating the NHL's drug policy.
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...
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.
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.
Bernhard, Dumas drive Penske Motorsports to victory in Generac 500 (AP)
Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas scored an improbable win for Penske Motorsports on Saturday with an overall victory in the Generac 500 at Road America, the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series. Bernhard finished 1.783 seconds ahead of Audi's Dindo Capello, giving the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 a sixth consecutive overall victory.
Franchitti becomes "The Flying Scot" for second straight week (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Kvapil wins Toyota Tundra 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Kvapil cruises to easy NASCAR truck race win (AP)
Travis Kvapil led 47 of the final 48 laps to win the NASCAR Trucks Series' Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night.
Harvick captures Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen (PA SportsTicker)
Bourdais captures pole for Champ Car Generac Grand Prix (AFP)
Boris Said replaces Bill Elliott for Nextel Cup race (AP)
A day after rain washed out his chances of making Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International, Boris Said and his legion of wig-wearing ``Said heads'' were wearing huge smiles.
Harvick races to second consecutive win, taking checkered flag at Watkins Glen (AP)
Kevin Harvick had victory lane to himself Saturday, using perfect pit strategy to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Harvick, the defending Busch Series champion, led 37 laps and beat Jeff Burton by 3.5 seconds for his second consecutive win, fifth this season and 31st of his career.