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For an organization that prides itself on secrecy, the Oakland Raiders are having a fun time keeping their starting quarterback from the public. Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday he will keep the Detroit Lions guessing whether Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper will start in the opener Sunday. “It’s simply a matter of always trying to gain a competitive advantage,” Kiffin said.

  • Mum’s the word on Raiders’ starting QB

    For an organization that prides itself on secrecy, the Oakland Raiders are having a fun time keeping their starting quarterback from the public. Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday he will keep the Detroit Lions guessing whether Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper will start in the opener Sunday. “It’s simply a matter of always trying to…

  • Blues sign 1st-round pick Perron

    The St. Louis Blues signed first-round draft pick David Perron on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Perron, who plays left wing, had 39 goals and 44 assists in 70 games last season for Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led all rookies in goals and finished second in points. “David has tremendous creativity and…

  • Peavy ripped on short rest, Arizona wins

    The Arizona Diamondbacks took it as a challenge when Jake Peavy asked to face them on three days’ rest. The worst-hitting team in the NL raked San Diego’s ace for eight runs and defeated the Padres 9-6 on Wednesday night to take a one-game lead over San Diego in the NL West. The eight earned…

  • Bonds’ 762nd HR helps Giants by Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez learned a valuable lesson: don’t challenge Barry Bonds and expect to win. “I know he is Barry Bonds,” the young Colorado Rockies pitcher said. “I saw him as just another hitter.” Bonds hit his 762nd home run to back Kevin Correia’s strong outing, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3…

  • Jags QB Garrard gets 2nd shot at Titans

    David Garrard’s last game against Tennessee was memorable for all the wrong reasons. He threw three interceptions and fumbled once, a turnover-filled performance that prompted Jacksonville to give Byron Leftwich another chance at the starting job. Now, after a surprising turn of events, Garrard gets another shot at the Titans.

  • Browns’ Crennel starts crucial 3rd year

    A knotted rope dangles from the ceiling just inside the glass front doors of Cleveland’s team headquarters, a symbolic reminder for the Browns to hang on tightly as they climb together. Romeo Crennel better grip it with both hands. And feet. Just 10-22 in his first two seasons as Cleveland’s coach, Crennel, who came to…

  • Brees, Manning set for shootout Thursday

    Peyton Manning grew up in New Orleans, the favorite son in a city where his father, Archie, was considered royalty. Drew Brees grew up in Texas, an overlooked high school recruit who eventually resurrected Purdue’s image as Quarterback U. Now the New Orleans native and the Purdue favorite have changed places.

  • Georgie Boy, Garrett Gomez win Del Mar Futurity race

    Georgie Boy rallied from next-to-last place to win the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity by a half length over Salute the Sarge on Wednesday. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, the 2-year-old colt covered seven furlongs in 1:25.34 over Polytrack and returned $13.60, $6.20 and $3.60. “We had a good trip and he did what he had to…

  • Mulder rocked in 2007 debut, Cards lose

    Mark Mulder was no savior in his first outing in more than a year, roughed up by the Pittsburgh Pirates in an 8-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. The left-hander who won 16 games in 2005 but was 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA in an injury-plagued 2006 lasted four innings and…

  • Bonds’ 762nd HR helps Giants by Rockies

    Barry Bonds hit his 762nd home run to back Kevin Correia’s strong outing, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep. It was a costly loss for the Rockies, who began the day four games behind San Diego and Arizona in the NL West and the…

  • Cubs stay in 1st, Lilly beats Dodgers

    Ted Lilly got his first win in nearly a month and Aramis Ramirez homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 on Wednesday night. The Cubs remained a half game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Dodgers started the night in third place in the NL West, three games…

  • Jets RB Jones looks ready for opener

    Thomas Jones looks and sounds ready to play in the New York Jets’ season opener against the New England Patriots. The running back, acquired from Chicago in the offseason, has been practicing this week for the first time since straining his right calf on Aug. 12. “I feel a lot better than I felt the…