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A's Harden a no-go

Oakland A's manager Bob Geren said right-hander Rich Harden (1-2, 2.45 ERA), limited to only 25º innings all season by an inflamed right shoulder, will not start today. Harden threw a simulated game Friday and said that while he didn't feel pain, he decided it was not worth risking further injury. "I'd love to be out there, but there's no sense in possibly doing damage in two starts -- for what? -- in games that don't mean anything," Harden said. He's scheduled to visit Dr. Lewis Yokum, the Los Angeles Angels' medical director, next week. "We just want to make sure everything is OK," Harden said. Harden went 4-0 in only nine games in 2006, spending time on the disabled list with a strained back and then a strained elbow ligament. He went 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in three April starts this season before experiencing shoulder discomfort and being shut down until June 20. He has not pitched since July 7.

Oregon tops Stanford

Dennis Dixon threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another score, and No. 13 Oregon scored 34 straight points to pull away from Stanford 55-31. Page C-5

Former NBA coach to run for Congress

Former NBA coach and commentator Dick Versace is looking for a new job: congressman. The 67-year-old Versace, a Democrat, said Thursday that he will bid for the 18th Congressional District seat in central Illinois. Incumbent Republican Ray LaHood announced in July he will retire when his term runs out in 2009. Versace said he will tour the district in a 28-foot motor home called the "Common Sense Express" after he formally announces his intention to run for office at a news conference in the next couple of weeks. "I'm going on a listening tour," he said. Versace is well known to basketball fans around the country. He is a former NBA assistant coach and head coach, and was a longtime television commentator. Before that, he was at Bradley University, where he won three Missouri Valley Conference titles and a National Invitation Tournament title from 1979 to 1986.

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