Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Division Previews: NFC West

Division Previews: NFC West

Division Previews: NFC West

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 09:49 AM PDT

The Seahawks won the NFC West with an embarrassing 7-9 record last season. Progress is being made, however, most notably with the rising Rams. Chris Burke previews the division.

Division Previews: AFC West

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 08:59 AM PDT

This isn't the same AFC West, says Jim Trotter. The Chiefs won their first division title since 2003. The Chargers missed the postseason entirely. But was last season just an aberration?

Jon Wertheim: America's next big star? Don't fall for the hype ... again

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 07:42 PM PDT

It's not time to anoint a young American the next great star. But Jon Wertheim says it is OK to be guardedly optimistic of several U.S. women who are flourishing early at the U.S. Open.

Lee Jenkins: Bell, Ethier two stars for two SoCal teams on two different paths

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 08:32 AM PDT

Andre Ethier wants to leave the Dodgers, but the team wants him to stay. Heath Bell wants to stay with the Padres, but the team wants him to go. Lee Jenkins dissects the odd scenarios.

Varitek, BoSox overcome Yanks

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 10:58 PM PDT

BOSTON (AP) -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, Josh Beckett improved to 4-0 against the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox came from behind for a 9-5 win on Wednesday night.

A&M tells Big 12 it plans to leave

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 04:48 PM PDT

Texas A&M has told the Big 12 it plans to leave the conference by July 2012 if it is accepted by another league.

Texans' Foster reveals MRI, says he will be 'fine'

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 10:58 PM PDT

Kimbrel sets rookie saves record

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 10:58 PM PDT

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones had bad news for Derek Lowe after the pitcher hit his first career homer.

Roddick, Sharapova win; McHale pulls off upset

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 10:33 PM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva needed three sets to reach the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Former NHL player Belak found dead in Toronto

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Predator Wade Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, has been found dead in Toronto.

Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress

Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress

Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 07:07 PM PDT

President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to move his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress back one day -- from September 7 to September 8 -- after consultations with House Speaker John Boehner, the White House said Wednesday night.

Gadhafi sons weigh 'victory or martyrdom' versus surrender

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 05:35 PM PDT

Two sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared to offer divergent and sometimes contradictory answers Wednesday to a question many of their countrymen are grappling with: Keep fighting or surrender?

Mentally ill sisters freed from chains in West Bank

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 08:01 PM PDT

We first met Mohedeye and Nedaa Dawabsha sitting quietly on the floor of a small room in their family's modest house in the dusty West Bank village of Duma. Neither of the sisters were able to leave the room.

Philadelphia cop charged with rape

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 05:21 PM PDT

A Philadelphia police officer was charged with rape Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a woman while on duty, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Irene reveals more cracks in quake-damaged Washington Monument

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 07:48 PM PDT

Small pools of standing water were found in the Washington Monument during inspections following Hurricane Irene, the National Park Service told CNN Wednesday, indicating undiscovered cracks.

'Hangover 2' stuntman claims brain damage doubling for Ed Helms

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 02:35 PM PDT

An Australian stunt actor is suing Warner Bros. studio claiming he suffered permanent brain damage while working as Ed Helms' stunt double for the filming of "Hangover 2," court documents said.

Man's eye saved after impalement

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 07:44 PM PDT

Doctors had never seen a case quite like it: An 86-year-old man showed up at the hospital with the handle of a pair of pruning shears stuck in his eye socket.

The making of a memorial: Reshaping ground zero

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 10:27 AM PDT

When you walk in, all you see is a construction site.

FDA panels put silicone breast implants back under microscope

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 07:31 PM PDT

Makers of silicone breast implants have not followed up on thousands of women who received them as required by the Food and Drug Administration as a condition of approval, agency advisers said Wednesday.

Panel tallies massive waste and fraud in wartime U.S. contracts

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 05:07 PM PDT

A nonpartisan panel reporting to Congress says the United States is wasting $12 million a day among contracts issued in support of American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.