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-The Steelers open their season the way they ended their last one. With a loss to the Broncos. Peyton Manning (above, with Ben Roethlisberger) leads Denver to a 31-19 win.
-Mike Wallace enters the offseason without a new contract.
-Despite four interceptions by Michael Vick, the Eagles hold off the Browns, 17-16.
-Titans quarterback Jake Locker suffered a shoulder injury.
-Two touchdown runs by Arian Foster help the Texans stomp the Dolphins, 30-10.
-Mark Sanchez sparks the Jets' offense with three touchdown passes in a 48-28 thumping of the rival Bills.
-Matt Ryan tosses four touchdown passes and leads the Falcons to a 40-24 rout of the Chiefs.
-Jay Cutler throws for two touchdowns and leads the Bears past the Colts, 41-21.
-A 38-yard field goal by Blair Walsh in overtime gave the Vikings a 26-23 victory against the Jaguars.
-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returns from a severe knee injury.
-Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes for the 49ers in a 30-22 defeat of the Packers.
-San Francisco kicker David Akers ties an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal.
-49ers wide receiver Randy Moss returns to the NFL with a touchdown reception.
-Robert Griffin III (right) had a strong debut as he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins in a 40-32 win against the Saints.
-A touchdown pass by Matthew Stafford with 10 seconds remaning gives the Lions a 27-23 comeback win against the Rams.
-Kevin Kolb comes off the bench and throws a late touchdown pass to help the Cardinals hold off the Seahawks, 20-16.
-A touchdown pass by Josh Freeman heldp the Buccaneers scrape out a 16-10 defeat of the Panthers.
-The Texans signed quarterback Matt Schaub to a four-year contract extension.
-The Cubs complete a sweep of the Pirates with a 4-2 win.
-With the Indianapolis Indians' season over, the Pirates will load up their roster.
-Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook might miss the rest of the season due to an oblique injury.
-Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is dealing with a shoulder injury.
-How could a potential lockout by the NHL impact Eric Tangradi's fortunes?
-What about Joe Morrow?
-Executives for the NHL and NHLPA will forfeit their salaries if an agreement isn't reached on a new CBA Sept. 15.
-How could a potential lockout impact junior-eligible players?
-Labour laws in Quebec may prevent the NHL from legally locking out the Canadiens' players.
-Former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill (right) is ready to bring stability to the Predators' defense.
-Labour laws in Alberta might also prevent the NHL from legally locking out players for the Flames and Oilers.
-Captain Shane Doan, who was courted as a free agent by nearly the entire NHL, has reached a agreement in principal to re-sign with the Coyotes pending the franchise's purchase by would-be owner Greg Jamison.
-Penn State turns to freshman quarterback Steven Bench.
-Pitt actually racked up more than 400 yards of offense last week against Cincinnati.
-Arkansas drops from No. 8 to out of the Associated Press' Top 25 poll.
-Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open.
-Rory McIlroy wins the BMW Championship.
(Photo: Manning and Roethlisberger-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Griffin-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Gill-Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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