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NEWS FROM 2005-10-04
Panthers Defeat Packers 32-29 (AP)
AP - Brett Favre showed he still has some Monday night magic — just not enough to prevent the Green Bay Packers from getting off to their worst start in 17 years. Favre threw four touchdown passes but couldn't overcome two early turnovers that the Carolina Panthers used to build a big lead and then held on for a 32-29 victory.
Dodgers 'Part Ways' With Manager Jim Tracy (AP)
AP - Jim Tracy became the latest to be shown the door in Paul DePodesta's restructuring of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Elbow Injury Sidelines Cardinals Reliever (AP)
AP - St. Louis Cardinals reliever Al Reyes tore a ligament in his right elbow in the regular-season finale and will require reconstructive surgery, forcing him to miss the playoffs and next season.
Playoff Teams Eye History As Games Begin (AP)
AP - Trying to end an 88-year championship drought, the White Sox need only look across the field to find hope.
Stoudemire Signs Five-Year, $73M Extension (AP)
AP - Amare Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million.
Panthers hold off Favre and Green Bay Packers for 32-29 win (Reuters)
Reuters - Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown
passes and Stephen Davis ran for two more as the Carolina
Panthers held off an inspired Brett Favre comeback bid to beat
the Green Bay Packers 32-29 in Charlotte on Monday.
LeBron Shoots Down Never-Ending Rumors (AP)
AP - LeBron James appears to have worked on his defense this summer. He's even swatting away rumors.
Baseball Today (AP)
AP - New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (8:19 p.m. EDT). The AL East-champion Yankees take on the AL West-champion Angels in the opener of the division series.
U.S. Regulars to Sit Out Costa Rica Game (AP)
AP - With a World Cup berth clinched, U.S. coach Bruce Arena bypassed many of his top players for Saturday's qualifier at Costa Rica.
Attorneys Want Moore's Lawsuit Tossed (AP)
AP - Attorneys for the Vancouver Canucks, forward Todd Bertuzzi and others asked a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit filed by former Colorado Avalanche center Steve Moore over Bertuzzi's on-ice attack in March 2004, saying Moore didn't have enough connections to Colorado to gain the right to sue in state court.
Making Giant strides
Eli Manning's matching of Peyton's four TDs proved that the Giants' QB is growing up fast in New York.
Favre's comeback falls short in Carolina (AP)
Brett Favre stood alone at midfield, watching in frustrated disbelief as the Carolina Panthers celebrated the end of his improbable rally. It was vintage Favre, but despite his best efforts, the Green Bay Packers are off to their worst start in 17 years. Favre threw four touchdown passes Monday night but couldn't overcome two early turnovers that the Panthers used to build a big lead, and Carolina...
Packers WR hospitalized with neck injury (AP)
Green Bay Packers receiver Terrence Murphy injured his neck during the second quarter of Monday night's 32-29 loss to the Carolina Panthers and was to be hospitalized for at least one night. Murphy had just picked up a fumbled kick return and turned up field to run with it when he was tackled by Carolina's Thomas Davis late in the second quarter.
Vick expected to start against Patriots (AP)
Michael Vick is expected to start against New England this week after an MRI confirmed Monday that he did not seriously injure his right knee Sunday in Atlanta's victory over Minnesota. ``It confirmed that it was just a mild sprain of his MCL, and he is day-to-day,'' coach Jim Mora said. ``That ought to put that to rest for a least two or three minutes from now when someone asks another question...
Report: Lions' Rogers to be suspended (AP)
Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, ESPN reported Monday night. Unless Rogers appeals, the suspension could be announced this week, ESPN reported, citing sources. ``A player's status in the National Football League substance abuse program is strictly confidential unless the NFL announces a player's suspension,'' the...
Nolan ponders QB change to spark Niners (AP)
Coach Mike Nolan is desperate to snap the San Francisco 49ers out of their offensive funk, and he's wondering whether the solution is the $49 million man holding a clipboard on the sideline. After the 49ers' offense sputtered to another meager performance in a 31-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City, Nolan said he hadn't decided whether veteran Tim Rattay or No.
Tagliabue: Mexico game lifts credibility (AP)
Expansion to Mexico still is a generation away despite the success of the NFL's first regular-season game staged outside the United States. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the Arizona Cardinals' 31-14 victory over the 49ers in Mexico's capital lent credibility to the league south of the border. A record 103,467 fans packed cavernous Azteca Stadium on Sunday night, the largest regular-season crowd...
Police mace Chiefs tight ends coach (AP)
Police sprayed Mace on Kansas City Chiefs tight ends coach Jason Verduzco before Sunday's loss to the Eagles after he became combative when he wasn't allowed to turn into the stadium entrance he said he normally uses. The 35-year-old Verduzco also was cited for trying to harm an officer. According to a police report, the altercation started when police tried to stop Verduzco from turning into one...
Super Bowl hero Smith formally charged (AP)
Timmy Smith, the former Washington Redskins running back who set a Super Bowl rushing record in 1988, was formally charged Monday with intentionally possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, a charge that carries a lesser penalty than previously announced. The 41-year-old Smith, of Denver, and his brother, 35-year-old Chris Smith of suburban Lakewood, appeared before U.S.
Raiders lose C Grove for 3-to-4 weeks (AP)
Oakland Raiders center Jake Grove underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will likely miss three to four weeks. Grove tore cartilage in his knee in the third quarter of Sunday's 19-13 win against Dallas. With Oakland (1-3) having a bye this weekend, Grove might only miss a couple of games.
Now bound for New York, Eddy Curry should still take a DNA test to determine if he's at risk for a heart attack.
Stoudemire signs $73 million extension (AP)
Amare Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million. The deal is the maximum allowed under the NBA collective bargaining agreement for the forward who jumped from high school to stardom. The exact figures won't be known until next year's salary cap is set, Suns president Bryan Colangelo said.
Bulls send C Eddy Curry to Knicks (AP)
The Bulls agreed to trade center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which Chicago insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem. Chicago also sent veteran center Antonio Davis to the Knicks, who traded away forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson.
Kobe glad to play for Phil Jackson again (AP)
Kobe Bryant welcomed Phil Jackson back with open arms Monday. Honest. The way Bryant spoke about his former and current coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, one would hardly know the two had problems in the past. ``We both know what we need to do. We're both determined to make it happen,'' Bryant told reporters at the team's media day -- shortly before the Lakers left for a 10-day training camp in...
No slap, no foul: Brown calls Arenas (AP)
Not long after saying he had wanted to slap Gilbert Arenas, Kwame Brown gave him a call instead. Arenas said he got a phone call Sunday night from Brown, who offered an explanation for inflammatory comments that appeared in Sunday's Washington Post. ``He called me and said everything was misconstrued, and I accepted it,'' Arenas said Monday at the Wizards' media day.
Bobcats won't match Heat offer to Kapono (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats will not match the Miami Heat's offer sheet for restricted free agent forward Jason Kapono. Kapono joins his third team in three years. The former UCLA standout averaged 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 81 games last season with the Bobcats, the team's inaugural year. He also had 35 double-digit scoring games and ranked 13th in the league in 3-point shooting.
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...
Lakers sign forward Corie Blount (AP)
Forward Corie Blount, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1995-99, has signed a partially guaranteed contract with the team, spokesman John Black said Monday. Blount, an 11-year veteran, most recently played for the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls during the 2003-04 season, averaging 4.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games.
Lemieux looking ageless at 40 (AP)
For the first time in his NHL career, Mario Lemieux isn't the most-watched player in the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp. Doesn't get the most interview requests. Doesn't wear the best-selling jersey number in town. Thanks to No. 87 -- that's super rookie Sidney Crosby, of course -- No. 66 is playing the unaccustomed role of No.
Atlanta GM hopes to meet with Kovalchuk (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk will be in Atlanta this week to see his new daughter, and the Thrashers hope they can meet with their holdout forward during his visit. Kovalchuk, a restricted free agent, is threatening to play this season in his native Russia if he can't agree on a contract with the Thrashers. ``I think things will start to shake out in the next little while,'' general manager Don Waddell said...
Jackets sign first-round pick Brule (AP)
First-round draft pick Gilbert Brule signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jays on Monday, guaranteeing the 18-year-old center a spot on the opening-night roster. ``He earned a spot on our roster and will be a tremendous complement to the young talent in our organization,'' said Columbus president and general manager Doug MacLean, whose team opens the season Wednesday night at...
Ducks acquire D St. Jacques from Canes (AP)
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Monday acquired defenseman Bruno St. Jacques from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Craig Adams. St. Jacques played 68 games for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League last season, with two goals, 12 assists and 60 penalty minutes. St. Jacques, who has played 66 NHL games with Carolina and Philadelphia, will report to Portland of the AHL.
Tkachuk has successful preseason debut (AP)
Keith Tkachuk had a successful debut, scoring with 2:01 left to give St. Louis a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Blues' preseason finale Sunday night. Tkachuk, playing his first game since returning from a team-imposed suspension for failing his physical, crashed the net and banged the rebound of Trent Whitfield's shot past Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Leschyshyn retires after 16 seasons (AP)
Curtis Leschyshyn retired Monday, ending a 16-year NHL career in which he was a key part of the Colorado Avalanche's championship team in 1996. The 36-year-old defenseman returned to Colorado this offseason and was competing for a roster spot. But with the Avalanche set to start the season Wednesday, Leschyshyn decided to retire.
Jagr's late goal lifts Rangers over Devs (AP)
Jaromir Jagr scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:12 left in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night in the preseason finale for both teams. Jagr got the puck at center ice and raced down the right side into the New Jersey zone. Jagr cut past Devils defenseman Dan McGillis to get in front of the net and then popped a shot past Martin...
Pushing the limits
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Restrictor plate races have become surefire entertainment, safe at any speed.
Jarrett wins at Talladega, Chase standings shuffled (AP)
One of the knocks on NASCAR's championship format is that it relegates the 33 drivers not in the title hunt to also-rans, their fate meaningless as 10 others race for the Nextel Cup title.
Johnson blamed for Chase-wrecking crash at Talladega (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) Jimmie Johnson is one of NASCAR'S cleanest racers. But after Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, plenty of other drivers were pointing the finger at him for making a mess of the points standings.
Talladega still the wildest track in NASCAR (AP)
Talladega showed once again why it may be the fastest -- and scariest -- crapshoot in racing.
Dale Jarrett wins wild UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega (SportsTicker)
Wild crashes typical at Talladega (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, the most recent masters of restrictor-plate racing, wound up watching most of Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway from the sidelines.
Multicar crashes slow title contenders (AP)
Two eight-car crashes in the first 65 laps of Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway hurt the chances of several contenders in the Chase for the championship.
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.