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Santana fans 17 as Twins blank Rangers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.b83c6d758d2e4a29ad7ecdad88e493b6.rangers_twins_baseball_mnpb106.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=mw8WzxqWtttyh37uRDfTRQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Johan Santana throws during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Minneapolis. Santana set a career and team record with 17 strikeouts as the Twins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Santana set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Texas Rangers 1-0 Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Federer wins 50th career title in Ohio (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_cincinnati_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.dced1425990b4c2a917da9dd08be92e0.cincinnati_masters_tennis_ohab108.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=WQ6HmnHkKPnUYG6ZzdZnhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Roger Federer, from Switzerland, holds the championship trophy after defeating James Blake, 6-1, 6-4, at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Mason, Ohio. It was the 50th career title for Federer. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top-ranked Roger Federer reached another measure of tennis greatness on Sunday, winning his 50th tournament title by beating James Blake 6-1, 6-4 in the Western &amp; Southern Financial Group Masters.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mariners top White Sox on Guillen's RBIs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_white_sox_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.e466233e10f84addb48e4b634c589d05.white_sox_mariners_baseball_wajb105.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=tLGTauJLa9GeNdNdGqj0kA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Jose Guillen shatters his bat on a two-run RBI single to center field in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Seattle. Guillen knocked in four runs in two innings. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Guillen's first-inning homer into the White Sox bullpen was a message for the Chicago relievers to be ready early.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pirates rally to beat Phillies, 8-4 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_phillies_pirates"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.94bb13ef97474e96bf29c7ca95d3c3ef.phillies_pirates_baseball_paks107.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=uFHO7MPhZU12HguEg7G75A--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Wilson twists out of the way from a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Alfonseca in the Pirates seven-run seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pinch-hitter Matt Kata's three-run double highlighted the Pirates' second rally from a four-run deficit against the Phillies in as many days, and Freddy Sanchez hit a go-ahead RBI double during the seven-run seventh inning that carried Pittsburgh to an oft-delayed 8-4 victory Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lorena Ochoa wins Canadian Women's Open (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.6d0c0615bda44e23b13917d22118ce34.canadian_womens_open_golf_edmx102.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=Y_X9zqWZS0dQXo_OCTrfRA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Lorena Ochoa holds up the cup after winning the CN Canadian Women's Open at Edmonton's Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Ian Jackson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lorena Ochoa won the Canadian Women's Open for her second straight victory and fifth of the season, closing with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Paula Creamer.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants beat Ravens 13-12 in preseason (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_giants_ravens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070820/capt.dba65d534fae49dc87180d741b728572.giants_ravens_football_baf101.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=YgKbL_v7Cw9tBe0BCuRt_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, bottom, fumbles the ball as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Justin Bannan moves in during the first quarter of a pre-season football game Sunday, August 19, 2007, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - A hard-hitting preseason game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens produced far more injuries than touchdowns.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ref union: Donaghy incident is isolated (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_betting_probe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070815/capt.bb25fb0509de486d9c57a9924df5f90c.betting_probe_basketball_ny160.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=DHQoXbXvbtxrUkADh8TXAw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="NBA official Tim Donaghy talks with another official during a timeout at a basketball between the Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets in Washington, D.C., in this April 10, 2007 file photo. Former referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to two felony charges Wednesday Aug. 15, 2007in connection with the NBA betting scandal. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The referees union maintained Friday that Tim Donaghy is known to be the only referee involved in gambling activities, despite a report that said he was about to provide names of colleagues who also may have violated NBA rules.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cardinals-Cubs game called off in third (AP)
AP - Sunday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was postponed following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning. A makeup date was not immediately announced.

Beckham has 1st MLS start in Galaxy loss (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070819/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_galaxy_red_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070819/capt.6f3f7fcf92d942b48178b26c9e5ce439.galaxy_red_bulls_soccer_eru101.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=L2ROZPBaIsqzzQNCmwt6jw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is tripped up by New York Red Bulls Dave van den Bergh, right during first half MLS soccer Saturday night, Aug. 18, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham brought back memories of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, reviving soccer interest in the New York area for a night. Playing before a record crowd of 66,237, Beckham made his first Major League Soccer start and set up a pair of goals by Carlos Pavon in the first eight minutes.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tocchet gets probation in gambling case (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_gambling_bust"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070817/capt.8982d2bab138492080a8229eaa864781.gambling_bust_hockey_wxs102.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=6lFrLlJZX4yD8IKUXBV31Q--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Former Philadelphia Flyer' Rick Tocchet, left, and his lawyer Kevin Marino appear during his sentencing in Burlington County Court on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Mount Holly, N.J. Tocchet, a former NHL hockey player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring, won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star. Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years' probation for his role in the gambling ring. (AP Photo/John Ziomek, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star.</p><br clear="all"/>

Grand jury set to convene in Vick case (AP)
A grand jury is scheduled to convene Monday in the federal court where Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted on dogfighting charges last month. There's no indication whether the grand jury will take up further allegations against Vick, although federal prosecutors have said they plan to seek a superseding indictment in the case.

Subs to highlight Bears-Colts rematch (AP)
Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Jim Sorgi, left, talks with receiver Marvin Harrison, center, and quarterback Peyton Manning during the team's football training camp in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007.  Sorgi, who did not take a snap in the Super Bowl, and the other subs take center stage in the pseudo-Super Bowl rematch between Indianapolis and Chicago on Monday, Aug. 20.

Colts quarterback Jim Sorgi just wanted to make a guest appearance in the Super Bowl. Nothing fancy, maybe kneel down at game's end or hold for an extra point. He never got a chance backing up the game's MVP, Peyton Manning. On Monday night, Sorgi and the other super subs will take center stage in the pseudo-Super Bowl rematch between Indianapolis and Chicago.


Giants, Ravens in injury-filled contest (AP)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith runs the ball during the fourth quarter of a pre-season football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 in Baltimore. The Giants won 13-12.

The Baltimore Ravens were intent upon demonstrating their physical prowess. The New York Giants were eager to prove they could take it -- and give it back. The result was a hard-hitting, mistake-filled preseason game that produced far more injuries than touchdowns. New York won 13-12 Sunday night, but both teams lost key players.


Status of Chiefs' Holmes still uncertain (AP)
Frustrated and helmetless, Priest Holmes had to stand around and watch Sunday while the Kansas City Chiefs went through another practice without him. The former Pro Bowl running back had hoped to get medical clearance and be removed from the physically unable-to-perform list and take part in his first actual practice on Sunday.

Raiders' Culpepper makes case to start (AP)
Lane Kiffin hoped one of his quarterbacks would make it obvious in the preseason who should start when the regular season begins. Halfway through the exhibition season, Daunte Culpepper is doing his best to be that player. Culpepper outplayed Andrew Walter and Josh McCown in Saturday night's 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, throwing two touchdown passes and showing he can still run a little...

Bills DE Denney breaks left foot (AP)
A veteran position on a young Bills team has taken a major hit with the loss of defensive end Ryan Denney, who broke his left foot in Buffalo's 13-10 preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night. Denney, who was injured on the opening kickoff, is scheduled for surgery Monday and will be out indefinitely.

Ekuban, Henry add to Broncos injury woes (AP)
The Denver Broncos returned from their week in the Texas heat in a world of hurt. They lost starting defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban for the season to a torn Achilles' tendon and workhorse running back Travis Henry sprained his left knee and might not play again until the season opener. Henry underwent additional tests Sunday to confirm the original diagnosis of a first-degree (least serious) sprain...

Redskins injuries not as bad as feared (AP)
Marcus Washington is out at least a week. Jason Campbell is officially "day-to-day." Given the circumstances of their injuries, the Washington Redskins couldn't ask for much better news. Washington and Campbell were injured in Saturday night's 12-10 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they spent much of Sunday afternoon at Redskins Park getting treatment for soreness and swelling.

Texans' running game still questionable (AP)
Matt Schaub has shown enough poise and flash during Houston's first two preseason games that the Texans should feel good about their new-look passing game. The running game? That's more of a mystery. While the starting running game hasn't been bad, it would be a stretch to call it good. While Schaub was 9-of-12 for 108 yards and ran for a touchdown to post a 102.1 quarterback rating in a 33-20 win...

Rams save RB Jackson for regular season (AP)
Conserving Steven Jackson for the regular season serves two purposes for the St. Louis Rams. Last year's NFL leader in combined rushing and receiving yards is fresh for the games that count, and his rookie backup, second-round pick Brian Leonard, is getting a lot of work. While Jackson had a ceremonial start in Saturday night's 30-13 loss to the Chargers, lining up for the first play and then...

Refs union: Donaghy is only guilty one (AP)
John Lauro, attorney for former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, speaks to the media outside Brooklyn federal court following the arraignment of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, Wednesday, Aug.15, 2007, in New York. Donaghy pleaded guilty to two felony charges Wednesday in an NBA betting scandal that rocked the league and raised questions about the integrity of games.

The referees union maintained Friday that Tim Donaghy is known to be the only referee involved in gambling activities, despite a report that said he was about to provide names of colleagues who also may have violated NBA rules. The report on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York said Donaghy will provide prosecutors as many as 20 names of other NBA officials and will detail their involvement in some form of...


Former Heat F Posey reaches plea bargain (AP)
Former Miami Heat player James Posey has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with an incident in April on Miami Beach, prosecutors said Friday. Posey, who is unsigned, agreed to a deal involving lesser charges. He was originally arrested on drunken-driving charges after Miami Beach police pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road April 9.

US makes best of unwanted trip to Vegas (AP)
If Amare Stoudemire wasn't preparing for the FIBA Americas championship, he might be far from a basketball court this week. "Right now, I'd probably just be on a vacation with my family," the All-Star center said. LeBron James said he would probably be back home "working out and playing video games all day." But both NBA stars are in Vegas, along with the rest of Team USA, practicing for the...

Wizards re-sign free agent F Blatche (AP)
Forward Andray Blatche re-signed with the Wizards on Friday, as Washington opted to keep the restricted free agent despite his recent run-in with the law. Blatche signed a multiyear deal. Its completion was delayed because of his arrest on Aug. 2 on sexual solicitation charges. Blatche, 20, and another man were accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, and Blatche was also...

Tocchet sentenced to 2 years probation (AP)
A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star. Rick Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years' probation for his role in the gambling ring. Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in state prison.

Jackets C Svitov signs with Russian team (AP)
Blue Jackets center Alexander Svitov joined a Russian team six weeks after signing a two-year contract extension with Columbus. Columbus general manager Scott Howson said Svitov signed with his hometown team Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League for the 2007-08 season. "We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander's contract status and will make a decision after...

Bettman: Pollock's influence 'unmatched' (AP)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Sam Pollock's influence on the hockey world "unmatched" a day after the former Montreal Canadiens vice president and general manager's death. "Sam Pollock's legacy extends far beyond the nine Stanley Cup championships the Canadiens won in his 14 years of leadership," Bettman said in a statement.

D Paul Martin re-signs with Devils (AP)
The New Jersey Devils kept a major piece of their defense together, signing Paul Martin to a three-year, $11.5 million contract on Thursday. Martin will earn $3 million this season, $4 million in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009. "Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more talented young players in the National Hockey League," Devils chief executive Lou...

Ex-Sharks F Bell gets 6 months in jail (AP)
Former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County jail, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Bell, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, had faced nearly four years in state prison if convicted of the original charges.

Carpenter leads US Hall of Fame class (AP)
Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October. The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey.

Coyotes sign G Auld to 1-year contract (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie Alex Auld to a one-year contract on Monday. Auld, 26, went 7-13-5 with a 3.34 goals-against average last season with Florida. He is 46-44-13 in five NHL seasons with Florida and Vancouver, with a 2.89 GAA and .902 save percentage. Auld played for Canada in the 2006 World Hockey Championship and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championship.

Rain postpones Michigan race to Monday; officials have until Wednesday to get it in (AP)
A steady rain on Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race until Monday.

Report: Rudd plans to retire from NASCAR Nextel Cup series after 28 seasons (AP)
Ricky Rudd said he plans to retire from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series after this season.

Earnhardt Jr. ready to move on with new number (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Sabastien Loeb wins German Rally for sixth straight year (AP)
Sebastien Loeb won the Germany Rally for the sixth straight year and closed in on series leader Marcus Gronholm for the world title on Sunday. Loeb picked up his 33rd rally win in his Citroen and finished 20.3 seconds ahead of Belgium's Francois Duval with Finland's Mikko Hirvonen third. "I am delighted to have won again," Loeb said.

NASCAR Nextel 3M Performance 400 postponed to Monday (PA SportsTicker)

Kyle Busch looks forward to Chase and 2008 (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor

With his crew chief back, Gordon primed for Michigan (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin

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