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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 4:06 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 7:35 AM

SAINTS-TEXANS

Saints rally for 31-23 preseason win over Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Andre Johnson had 131 yards receiving before halftime in his first extended work of the preseason Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

But the New Orleans backups scored two touchdowns in the second half to help the Saints to a 31-23 victory.

Johnson didn't play in the preseason opener and had less than a quarter of work last week. On Sunday, he grabbed seven of the eight passes thrown to him, highlighted by a 39-yard reception.

Matt Schaub threw for 213 yards for Houston, and Ben Tate had 74 yards rushing and a score filling in for Arian Foster.

Drew Brees threw for 104 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans before sitting out after the third possession. With Marques Colston still out with a left foot injury, rookie fifth-round pick Kenny Stills continued to impress with 54 yards receiving and a touchdown.

BLUE JAYS-ASTROS

Buehrle sharp as Jays rally past Astros in 9th

HOUSTON (AP) — Mark Buehrle allowed one run over eight innings and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Sunday.

Buehrle allowed seven hits and struck out seven in winning his fifth straight. He has allowed seven runs over 27 innings, spanning his last four starts. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Robbie Grossman had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for the Astros, who have yet to sweep a series at home this season.

Moises Sierra drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 1-1 in the ninth. Following Sierra's walk, Chia-Jen Lo struck out Kevin Pillar before Kevin Chapman induced a run-scoring groundout by Ryan Goins to put Toronto in front 2-1.

RANGERS-WHITE SOX

Jordan Danks homers, Chicago beats Texas 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Danks homered after replacing the injured Avisail Garcia, backing a solid start by his brother John and helping the surging Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Sunday.

The White Sox took two of three from the AL West leaders, giving them eight victories in their last nine games.

Josh Phegley went deep after hitting the winning single in the ninth inning the previous night. John Danks outpitched Matt Garza, allowing two runs over six innings for his second straight win.

A rare bright spot in a miserable season for Chicago was tempered by Garcia crashing into the right-field fence and slowly walking off the field.

STORM-SILVER STARS

Silver Stars slip past Storm 70-64

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Shenise Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Silver Stars held on for a 70-64 victory over Seattle on Sunday.

The Silver Stars' win snapped the Storm's three-game winning streak.

Danielle Adams and Jia Perkins each had 14 points and Davellyn Whyte added 13 points and seven assists in her second career start for San Antonio.

Reserve forward Noelle Quinn had 14 points to lead Seattle. Tina Thompson and Camille Little each had 11 points and Temeka Wright added 10 for the Storm.

RANGERS-MARTIN

Rangers hold OF Martin out of lineup

CHICAGO (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was not in the lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox after spraining his right ankle the previous night.

Martin was injured during the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the White Sox in a collision with left fielder David Murphy. Martin called off Murphy as both charged Paul Konerko's fly to center, but Murphy kept pursuing and made the catch.

Martin grabbed his ankle when he hit the ground and immediately left the game. X-rays showed no structural damage.

Martin received treatment before Sunday's game and was walking around with a slight limp. He is day to day.

ROCKETS-LIN

Rockets' Lin keen to work on Howard chemistry

BEIJING (AP) — Jeremy Lin says he's looking forward to pairing up with the Houston Rockets' newly acquired star Dwight Howard.

Lin told reporters Sunday on a visit to Beijing that he saw a natural affinity in the pair's affection for the pick-and-roll game.

"We're not yet in Houston and haven't trained together so I don't know yet," said the 25-year-old point guard, who was in China to oversee a basketball camp.

"But he really likes to play pick-and-roll and I really like to play pick-and-roll, so I hope we can work really well together and really happily learn how to play with each other," Lin said.

Howard signed with Houston after playing for the Lakers, following a strong push by former Rockets starts, including Hakeem Olajuwon and China's Yao Ming.

The Rockets went 45-37 during Lin's first season with the team and lost to the Oklahoma Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. The addition of Howard is expected to put the team in contention for a title.

Lin said it was too early to talk about his future in Houston after his first season in which he started all 82 regular-season games and averaged more than 13 points and six assists.

"Right now I know there's always speculation about what might happen, but I haven't made any decisions I haven't thought about it and I'm going to approach that question when the time comes," Lin said.

Lin had become a star with the Knicks the previous season and started the "Linsanity" craze. Lin's parents are from Taiwan and he has been embraced by fans in mainland China.

ARMSTRONG-BRITISH LAWSUIT

Lance Armstrong and UK paper agree to settlement

LONDON (AP) — British newspaper The Sunday Times has reached a settlement with Lance Armstrong after suing the disgraced cyclist to recover damages from a libel settlement.

The paper paid Armstrong about $470,000 in 2006 to settle a case after printing claims that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

But confirmation that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams came last year from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, prompting a confession by the American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The Sunday Times announced it was suing Armstrong for around $1.6 million to reclaim the 2006 settlement payment plus interest and legal costs.

In Sunday's editions, the paper said it and the article's authors had reached a "mutually acceptable final resolution" with Armstrong, but said the terms are confidential.

It was The Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh's co-authored book, "LA Confidential," that detailed Armstrong's role in cycling's doping culture and was serialized by his paper in 2004.

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