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Phils Rally in Ninth Inning to Nip Reds (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins singles off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang in the first inning Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Cincinnati. Rollins extended his hitting streak to 28 games. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)AP - David Bell completed Philadelphia's last-swing comeback, hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night for a pulsating 11-10 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that tightened the NL playoff race.


Struggling ChiSox Sack Twins 3-1 (AP)
Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe, right, throws the ball to first base after forcing out Minnesota Twins runner Nick Punto in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field, Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)AP - Jose Contreras gave the struggling Chicago White Sox what they needed most — a strongly pitched game and a victory. Contreras pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, and Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Friday and stop Chicago's slide for at least one night.


Bronx Bombers Belt Blue Jays 5-0 (AP)
New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui makes a catch at the wall hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Frank Catalanotto during the third inning  Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Shawn Chacon kept up his mastery of Toronto with eight dominant innings, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers leading off the first, and the New York Yankees opened their final home series of the season by beating the Blue Jays 5-0 Friday night.


No. 22 Iowa State Beat Army 28-21 (AP)
Iowa State's quarterback Bret Meyer (7) leaps toward Austin Flynn (13) after Flynn caught a 15 yard touchdown pass from Meyer to score in the first quarter against Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.  (AP Photo/Jim McKnightl)AP - Ryan Kock scored on two short runs in the fourth quarter and No. 22 Iowa State came back to beat Army 28-21 Friday night, denying the Black Knights their first win over a ranked opponent since 1972.


September a Long, Strange Month for LSU (AP)
Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton talks about the decision to release basketball coach Buzz Peterson during  press conference in this March 14, 2005 photo, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee was ready to forfeit to No. 3 LSU if Saturday night's game in Baton Rouge had not been rescheduled for Monday night because of Hurricane Rita. Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said Friday the No. 10 Volunteers were prepared to take such action 'if we felt like it would be unfair to our student-athletes and not safe for our student-athletes.'(AP Photo/Wade Payne)AP - The LSU Tigers will be spending another Saturday watching college football instead of playing it.


Denver Broncos Coach Fined for Comment (AP)
AP - The NFL fined Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan $20,000 on Friday for his criticism of the call that reversed Darrent Williams' punt return for a touchdown last week against San Diego.

Brawling Pacers Sentenced to Probation (AP)
Indiana Pacers players Stephen Jackson, second from left,  Ron Artest, center, and Jermaine O'Neal, far right stand with their attorneys before District Court Judge Julie Nicholson in Rochester Hills, Mich., Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. The players pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. Oakland County prosecutors recommended community service, probation and fines for the three players. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AP - Indiana Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were sentenced to a year's probation Friday, plus 60 hours of community service and $250 fines for their roles in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.


Yankees build on fast start to crush Blue Jays (Reuters)
Reuters - Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the game, propelling the streaking New York Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in American League play at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

U.S. Ties Ivory Coast in Under-17 Worlds (AP)
The United States' Mike Farfan, right, fights the ball with the Ivory Coast's Marius Gnabouyou, during a first round match at the U17 World Cup in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)AP - Midfielder Jeremy Hall scored on an 8-yard header in the fourth minute, and the United States tied Ivory Coast 1-1 Friday to win Group C in the first round of the FIFA Under-17 World Championship.


Burk Protests New NHL TV Advertisements (AP)
AP - Martha Burk is taking aim at the NHL's newest television advertisement. Burk, who led an unsuccessful effort to allow female members at Augusta National three years ago, called the ad "gratuitous" because it shows a scantily clad woman dressing a hockey player before he heads onto the ice.

Headline acts
A rematch of the AFC championship game and Moss vs. T.O. tops the marquee of Week 3.

Eagles RB Westbrook misses practice (AP)
Brian Westbrook missed practice Friday with a knee injury, but was expected to start Philadelphia's game against Oakland on Sunday. Coach Andy Reid listed kept the Pro Bowl running back out as a precaution, just like he did with Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens earlier in the week. Reid said Westbrook was hit above the knee in Sunday's win against San Francisco and is listed as probable.

Steelers need to get to Pats QB Brady (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense knew it was getting to Texans quarterback David Carr. After sacking him for the eighth time Sunday, they heard him yelling at his linemen as they returned to the huddle. ``Anybody in this league can be rattled,'' Steelers linebacker Joey Porter said. Anybody? Even Tom Brady, the seemingly imperturbable quarterback whose playmaking and quick thinking at the line of...

Vick practices, probable for Bills (AP)
Quarterback Michael Vick practiced Friday for the second straight day and likely will start when the Atlanta Falcons visit Buffalo this weekend. Vick tweaked his left hamstring in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Seattle and left the game on each of the final two possessions. Coach Jim Mora upgraded Vick from questionable to probable after the two-time Pro Bowl selection returned to...

Jaguars QB Leftwich upgraded to probable (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich and defensive end Reggie Hayward were upgraded to probable Friday, two days before Jacksonville faced the New York Jets. Both players had been listed as questionable on Wednesday's injury report. Leftwich injured his groin in last week's loss at Indianapolis while Hayward was down with a back injury.

Giants' Strahan questionable for Sunday (AP)
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan missed practice Friday with a sore back and was listed as questionable for Sunday night's game at San Diego. Strahan, who also missed some practice time last week with back spasms before recording five tackles and a sack against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, did not appear too worried about his latest problem.

Niners put TE Johnson on injured reserve (AP)
Tight end Eric Johnson, the San Francisco 49ers' leading receiver last season, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a torn muscle in his left foot. Johnson, who hasn't been healthy since before training camp, will miss his second full season in three years. The Yale graduate sat out all of 2003 after breaking his collarbone in the 49ers' first exhibition game, but had 82 catches for 825...

Texans cancel practice, prepare for Rita (AP)
The Houston Texans canceled practice for Thursday and asked all players to leave town immediately as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the Texas coast with 165-mph winds. Coach Dom Capers said the team, which has a bye this week, was looking at alternatives that include practicing next week in Cincinnati before the Texans' game on Oct.

Doctor indicted for steroid distribution (AP)
A doctor who was accused in a television report of writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina Panthers players has been indicted on federal charges. James M. Shortt was charged with 29 counts of distributing steroids and human growth hormones as well as a conspiracy charge, U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser said Wednesday.

Saints keenly follow another hurricane (AP)
The TV sets just installed in the New Orleans Saints' locker room at the Alamodome drew a gripped audience Thursday, with players in disbelief as the bright radar colors of Hurricane Rita headed toward Louisiana. While they're concerned about the city they left behind, they're also wondering whether a pounding in Baton Rouge would force another change in a season already severely altered by...

The wisdom of Hubie
After spending some time with Hubie Brown, you quickly learn why he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Artest, O'Neal, Jackson given probation (AP)
Indiana Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were sentenced to a year's probation Friday, plus 60 hours of community service and $250 fines for their roles in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. The three -- all of whom entered pleas of no contest -- were also ordered to undergo anger management counseling, although Oakland County assistant prosecutor John...

Heat sign Gary Payton to one-year deal (AP)
Once again, Gary Payton couldn't turn down Shaquille O'Neal. Payton signed a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday -- a move that begins a reunion with O'Neal, who lured him to the Los Angeles Lakers two seasons ago for what ultimately was a failed title run. Now the duo is determined to get Payton -- a nine-time All-Star entering his 16th NBA season -- his first title.

Bulls sign Songalia, wait on Curry (AP)
The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Darius Songaila to a two-year contract Friday that will reportedly pay him $2.2 million next season. Songaila spent two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8 Songaila has an option for 2006-07, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nowitzki, Germany reach Euro semifinals (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points despite poor shooting Friday to lead Germany past Slovenia 76-62 and into the semifinals of the European Championship against Spain. ``We achieved a small sensation no one believed we could do,'' Germany coach Dirk Bauermann said. Spain advanced by beating Croatia 100-85 in overtime, with Juan Carlos Navarro scoring the final 12 points of the game.

Hornets to play 35 games in Okla. City (AP)
Full of hopes, dreams and potential, Oklahoma City built a 20,000-seat arena without a major-league team to call its own. It wasn't quite ``Field of Dreams.'' No cornfield was cleared to make way for the Ford Center in June 2002. But there was no sign of the NBA or the NHL, either. Three years later, the gamble paid off.

Nailon agrees to terms with 76ers (AP)
Free-agent forward Lee Nailon agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Nailon, a 6-foot-9, 238-pounder, averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 68 games last season for the New Orleans Hornets. ``Lee will give us some added offense and experience,'' 76ers president Billy King said.

Sonics re-sign Vladimir Radmanovic (AP)
Vladimir Radmanovic signed a one-year qualifying offer to stay with the SuperSonics, the team announced Wednesday. General manager Rick Sund called the reserve forward ``a multi-positional player who can shoot the 3, and he's a good fit with our team.'' Radmanovic, 24, has played four seasons in the NBA, and averaged 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 63 games for the Sonics last year.

Martha Burk takes aim at NHL ads (AP)
Martha Burk is taking aim at the NHL's newest television advertisement. Burk, who led an unsuccessful effort to allow female members at Augusta National three years ago, called the ad ``gratuitous'' because it shows a scantily clad woman dressing a hockey player before he heads onto the ice. Burk plans to send letters of protest to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC...

Hasek sharp in first game in two years (AP)
Dominik Hasek stopped 19 shots in his first NHL action in nearly two years, and Dany Heatley scored a goal and added two assists for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a preseason game Friday night. Hasek, playing for the first time since a groin injury sidelined him in 2003, and Kelly Guard combined for the shutout.

Deadmarsh retires because of concussions (AP)
Adam Deadmarsh retired from the NHL on Thursday because of post-concussion syndrome, ending a 10-year career that included a Stanley Cup title with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and two appearances for the U.S. Olympic team. ``I've kind of been holding on and hoping and praying that I'd recover from this concussion issue that I have and I haven't been able to do that,'' Deadmarsh told The Canadian...

Forsberg back skating for Flyers (AP)
Peter Forsberg skated Friday for the first time since having surgery on his right ankle, and the Philadelphia Flyers forward might return to practice early next week. Forsberg, who had an infected bursa sac removed from his ankle on Sept. 12, felt some discomfort during the 10-minute skating session. ``I'm going to skate a little harder each day and we'll see about Monday,'' Forsberg said.

Thrashers' Stefan released from hospital (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers forward Patrik Stefan will miss at least a week after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game. Stefan was released from a hospital in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, one day after a frightening collision with Carolina's Erik Cole. A CT scan showed the concussion, so he won't be allowed to play for seven days.

Zhitnik, Snow lead Isles past Bruins (AP)
Alexei Zhitnik scored the winning goal 4:38 into the third period and Garth Snow made 26 saves as the New York Islanders beat Boston 2-1 in the Bruins' exhibition home opener Friday night. Joel Bouchard and Miroslav Satan assisted on Zhitnik's power-play goal, a slap shot from right inside the blue line that flew past Boston goalie Tim Thomas.

Deja vu all over again
DOVER, Del. – Needing a change, Robert Yates is going back to the tried and true partnership of Dale Jarrett and Todd Parrott.

Newman wins pole for MBNA RacePoints 400 (SportsTicker)

Martin hoping for `old-school racing' at Dover (AP)
Mark Martin is hoping his version of ``old-school racing'' will be the order of business Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman captures pole for Dover 200 (SportsTicker)

Newman wins Dover Busch pole (AP)
Moonlighting Ryan Newman knocked Busch series points leader Martin Truex Jr. off the pole in the first of his great qualifying runs Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman sweeps Dover poles (AP)
Ryan Newman won two poles at Dover International Speedway, taking the top spot for the Nextel Cup race Friday after qualifying first for his moonlighting start in a Busch series event.

Yates hopes changes help team get back on track (AP)
Car owner Robert Yates believes his team needed to make changes to re-establish itself among the elite of NASCAR after both Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler failed to make the season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Helton will promise NASCAR drivers more severe penalties (AP)
If NASCAR has its way, the road rage that has erupted in recent Nextel Cup races is over.

Accidents could again alter Chase results (AP)
The knock on NASCAR's new championship format has always been that all the attention will go to the 10 drivers...

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