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NEWS FROM 2005-10-02
No. 13 Notre Dame Drubs No. 22 Purdue (AP)
AP - Brady Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jeff Samardzija, leading No. 13 Notre Dame to a 49-28 victory over Purdue on Saturday night.
No. 1 Southern Cal Pops No. 14 Arizona St. (AP)
AP - The strength and speed of LenDale White and Reggie Bush lifted No. 1 USC out of trouble on a sweltering Saturday in the desert. White rushed for 197 yards in 19 attempts, Bush gained 158 in 17 carries, and the Trojans rallied from 18 points down at the half to beat No. 14 Arizona State 38-28, breaking a Pac-10 and school record with their 26th victory in a row.
No. 12 California Waylays Arizona 28-0 (AP)
AP - Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury and No. 12 California shut out Arizona for the second straight year, 28-0 Saturday.
Yankees Win Eighth Straight AL East Title (AP)
AP - The New York Yankees are going to the playoffs. And the Boston Red Sox still have a couple of chances to join them there. New York won its eighth consecutive AL East title on Saturday, scorching Tim Wakefield for three homers and riding Randy Johnson to an 8-4 victory over Boston.
Astros Ride Rocket to Brink of Playoffs (AP)
AP - Roger Clemens got a little run support and guaranteed the Houston Astros at least a tie in the NL wild-card race. Clemens allowed one run in seven innings while pitching on a still sore left hamstring, leading the Astros over the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Saturday and putting Houston on the brink of a return to the playoffs.
Bengals Stop Security Pat-Downs (AP)
AP - The Cincinnati Bengals scrapped plans to have security guards give pat-downs to fans attending Sunday's game against the Houston Texans when local officials refused to foot the bill.
Heat Will Try to Put New Pieces Together (AP)
AP - Slumped at his locker, moments after Miami's season ended in a Game 7 loss to Detroit in the Eastern Conference finals, Shaquille O'Neal was looking toward the future. "Next year," said the Heat center, his tone barely above a whisper, "we've got to start from square one."
Dodgers Nips NL West Champion Padres 2-1 (AP)
AP - The San Diego Padres will go into the playoffs with a dubious distinction — they'll have the lowest winning percentage for a division winner in a non-strike season. Edwin Jackson and five relievers combined on a three-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat NL West champion San Diego 2-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Padres' four-game winning streak.
Galaxy Beat FC Dallas, Move Into 2nd Place (AP)
AP - Herculez Gomez scored twice to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory Saturday over FC Dallas.
Penguins Convinced Crosby's Time Has Come (AP)
AP - Up in Canada, where hockey is as much a passion as it is a sport and its best homegrown players are prized not just for being fun-to-watch celebrities but national treasures, they've known all about Sidney Crosby for years.
Read and React: Road rage
New England's big Week 3 victory at Pittsburgh gave Patriots fans reason to gloat – and vent.
Martz in hospital with sinus infection (AP)
Rams coach Mike Martz was hospitalized Friday with a sinus infection, but the team expects him to be able to coach Sunday when St. Louis plays at the New York Giants. Martz drove himself to the hospital, spokesman Artis Twyman said. He was expected to be released by Saturday, in time to fly with the team to New York.
Timmy Smith charged with selling cocaine (AP)
Timmy Smith, who set a Super Bowl rushing record when he played for the Washington Redskins in 1988, has been arrested after allegedly trying to sell cocaine to an undercover drug agent. Smith, 41, of Denver and his brother, Chris, of suburban Lakewood, were in custody and due in court Monday, U.S. attorney's spokesman Jeff Dorschner said Friday.
Giants, Jets reach deal on new stadium (AP)
The New York Giants and Jets agreed Thursday to build a stadium in the Meadowlands that would become the first NFL venue to be owned and operated by two teams. The facility will be built near state-owned Giants Stadium, which is currently home to both teams and is among the league's oldest stadiums. Specific details about the stadium plan are to be developed over the next several months, including...
Report: Players could face more testing (AP)
Some of the NFL players linked to a South Carolina doctor indicted on federal charges for giving them steroids will be subject to as many as 24 random drug tests each year, The Washington Post reported Friday. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue told the paper that the league concluded an investigation into reports about prescriptions written by James M.
Chiefs offense tough test for Eagles (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs' plan to attack the Philadelphia Eagles should be simple: Run the ball. Led by Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson, Kansas City has one of the best running games in the NFL. The Eagles have a stingy defense, but they've been vulnerable against teams that have success on the ground. Since 2003, Philadelphia has lost only 10 games, including playoffs.
Giants CB Peterson may be out for season (AP)
For the second time in three seasons, New York Giants starting cornerback William Peterson has a potentially season-ending back injury. Peterson, listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against St. Louis, said Thursday the injury could force him to miss the game and possibly the rest of the season. Peterson said the team's medical staff diagnosed a fracture of his lower back after he had an MRI exam...
McNabb hopes hernia won't keep him out (AP)
Donovan McNabb tossed touchdown passes on a broken ankle and played an NFC title game with an agonizing rib injury. Now McNabb is taking his biggest health risk yet: playing with a severe abdominal strain that likely will need surgery and definitely will leave the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback in discomfort and pain all season.
Horn: NFL made 'mockery' of Saints (AP)
Receiver Joe Horn criticized the NFL on Wednesday for forcing the Hurricane Katrina-displaced New Orleans Saints to play their home-opener at the Meadowlands. ``Man, let me tell you something, the Saints aren't going to be the first team that they made a mockery of, and we will not be the last team that they make a mockery of,'' Horn said in a conference call with Buffalo-area reporters.
Doctor confirms Pennington's injury (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington got the same opinion on his right shoulder from noted orthopedist James Andrews: his rotator cuff is torn. Pennington visited Andrews on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., and had an arthrogram, where dye is injected into the joint and X-rayed to detect any tears. Andrews, who repaired Pennington's shoulder earlier this year, conferred with the Jets' medical staff and...
Bristow resigns as Hornets' GM (AP)
Allan Bristow resigned as general manager of the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday, citing health concerns. Bristow, 52, took over as the Hornets' general manager in June, when Bob Bass retired. He helped oversee the Hornets' temporary move to Oklahoma City, which was prompted by Hurricane Katrina. ``The stress and strain of the last month took a serious toll on various health problems that I was...
Pacers' Harrison sentenced to probation (AP)
David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers was sentenced to a year of probation Friday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. He also must perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and pay a $250 fine. Teammates Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson entered the same pleas on the same charge and...
Blazers assistant sues for release (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers assistant Tim Grgurich sued the team in a bid to coach elsewhere. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also asks for $114,583 that Grgurich claims the team has withheld since July, as well as additional damages. It includes a temporary restraining order that would allow Grgurich to accept a job with another team.
Celtics acquire Dickau from Hornets (AP)
The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Dan Dickau from the New Orleans Hornets on Friday in exchange for a second-round choice in 2006. Dickau, who averaged 12.5 points playing for both Dallas and New Orleans last season, was acquired for the draft choice that Miami gave to Boston in a previous deal.
Steve Smith to retire from NBA (AP)
After a storied career at Michigan State and 14 seasons with six NBA teams, Steve Smith retired Friday. Smith returned to his alma mater to announce his retirement as a player at age 36. ``My mother would be very proud,'' Smith said of his inspiration, the late Clara Bell Smith. ``She'd say, `You can close this chapter now.
Lakers, Divac again postpone decision (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Vlade Divac agreed for a second time to postpone a decision on the status of the veteran center's contract. The Lakers have the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying him out for $2 million. The decision was due Friday, but the parties put it off until Oct.
Wizards' Blatche speaks of good fortune (AP)
Washington Wizards rookie Andray Blatche walked slowly and laboriously down the hallway of the MCI Center, showing the effects of two bullet wounds from a carjacking attempt and the realization that his basketball career nearly ended before it began. ``A lot of lessons learned,'' Blatche said. ``Me being young, I shouldn't be out that late to begin with.
Penguins send G Fleury to minors (AP)
Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft and the Pittsburgh Penguins' starting goalie at the beginning of that season, was reassigned to the team's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) farm club Saturday. The move means Sebastian Caron will begin the season as Jocelyn Thibault's backup in Pittsburgh.
Flyers stage big rally to beat Capitals (AP)
Stefan Ruzicka scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Philadelphia Flyers a wild, come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Washington was seemingly in command with a 5-1 lead after two periods. But Jonathan Sim sparked Philadelphia's five-goal third period with three scores, including one with 16.2 seconds left that forced overtime.
Habs hand Sens first preseason loss (AP)
Tomas Plekanec strengthened his case to make the Montreal roster Saturday, scoring once and adding a pair of assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-3 win over the previously unbeaten Ottawa Senators. Plekanec, battling to survive the final round of cuts ahead of Wednesday's season opener, opened the scoring at 8:46 of the second period to cut Ottawa's lead to 2-1.
Coyotes end six-game preseason skid (AP)
Zbynek Michalek scored with 2:30 left in overtime, and the Phoenix Coyotes ended the preseason with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night. Michalek, acquired in a trade with Minnesota on Aug. 26, took a pass across the slot from Oleg Saprykin and wristed the winner past Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov to help Phoenix (2-6-0) snap a six-game exhibition losing streak.
Pens convinced Crosby's time has come (AP)
Up in Canada, where hockey is as much a passion as it is a sport and its best homegrown players are prized not just for being fun-to-watch celebrities but national treasures, they've known all about Sidney Crosby for years. Countless fans can recite his Gretzky- and Lemieux-like junior hockey statistics from memory.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – ARCA champion Frank Kimmel continues to rewrite the series record books.
Kinser gets first ARCA win (AP)
Kraig Kinser overcame an early mistake Saturday and won the Food World 300 in only his second start in the ARCA stock car series. The 20-year-old son of 19-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion Steve Kinser, started from the pole and led all but two of the first 51 laps before he was sent to the rear of the lead lap for crossing the blend line coming out of his first pit stop.
Gordon, Earnhardt looking to play spoiler at UAW-Ford 500 (SportsTicker)
Chase drivers all wary of the 'Big One' at Talladega (AP)
Mark Martin is the only Chase for the championship driver with a victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
Harvick's crew chief Berrier suspended for Sunday's race (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) - Crew chief Todd Berrier has been suspended for Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after Kevin Harvick's car failed inspection.
Hendrick Motorsports to pay overtime (AP)
Hendrick Motorsports will pay more than $350,000 in back overtime wages to employees after an investigation found the racing company violated federal labor laws.
Earnhardt still among the best at Talladega (AP)
Chase or no Chase, Dale Earnhardt Jr. still might be the guy to watch at Talladega Superspeedway.
Berrier suspended after Harvick's car fails inspection (AP)
Crew chief Todd Berrier was suspended for Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway after Kevin Harvick's car failed inspection.
Sadler wins Talladega pole (AP)
While nearly everyone is watching the 10-man NASCAR Nextel Cup championship battle, Elliott Sadler is chasing an 11th-place finish that would pay his team a $1 million bonus and provide momentum for 2006.