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Yankees Score Early to Beat Angels 4-2 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Garret Anderson, right, competes with a fan to catch a foul ball hit by the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano in the third inning of Game 1 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. Anderson made the catch for an out.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Mike Mussina's elbow held up just fine, and rookie Robinson Cano provided all the offense New York needed with a huge hit in his postseason debut.


White Sox Sock Red Sox 14-2 in ALDS Opener (AP)
Chicago White Sox runner Aaron Rowand safely slides home under the glove of Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. Rowand scored on teammate Juan Uribe's single. (AP Photo/Jeff RobersonAP - The winning socks came from the White Sox. Now, maybe it's their turn to end a long championship drought. A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and even Scott Podsednik also connected, and Chicago scored five times in the first inning Tuesday en route to a 14-2 rout of the World Series champion Red Sox in their playoff opener.


Cards Stop Padres 8-5 in Game 1 of NLDS (AP)
San Diego Padres' catcher Ramon Hernandez tries to tag out St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols as he slides past home plate to score on a single b' Reggie Sanders in the the third inning  in Game One of the National League Division Series in St. Louis, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)AP - Reggie Sanders, Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals looked every bit like the best team in baseball — even with a shaky ending. Sanders hit a grand slam and set an NL division series record with six RBIs, Carpenter pitched six scoreless innings before being pulled as a precaution and the Cardinals built a big lead and held off the San Diego Padres 8-5 Tuesday in Game 1.


Contreras Shows Red Sox What They Missed (AP)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras starts the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)AP - First, Jose Contreras spurned the Boston Red Sox for New York. Now he's rubbing it in.


Texas Rangers General Manager Steps Down (AP)
Newly appointed Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels speaks during a news conference in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005.  (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)AP - John Hart stepped down Tuesday as general manager of the Texas Rangers, clearing the way for 28-year-old Jon Daniels to become the youngest GM in major league history.


49ers Name Rookie Alex Smith Starting QB (AP)
AP - Overall No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith was promoted to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback on Tuesday, ascending to the job after just four games as Tim Rattay's backup.

NBA OKs Bulls' Trade of Curry to Knicks (AP)
New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Isiah Thomas, right, and coach Larry Brown, left, hold a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, in Charleston, S.C. about the trade for Chicago Bulls forward Eddy Curry. The trade sends Curry and veteran center Antonio Davis from Chicago to the Knicks for forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. The Bulls also get a conditional first-round draft pick in 2006, two second-round selections in the future and the option of exchanging picks with New York at a later draft. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)AP - The New York Knicks are ready to take a chance on Eddy Curry. And while they want doctors to sign off on the health of the 22-year-old center's heart first, they won't be looking at Curry's DNA profile.


Detroit Tigers Hire Jim Leyland As Manager (AP)
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Leyland looks on during his team's final game of the 1999 season, in this, Oct. 3, 1999 photo, against the San Francisco Giants in Denver's Coors Field. Leyland has agreed to manage the Detroit Tigers, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Tigers scheduled a 'major' announcement for the late afternoon, but declined to say what it was about. But the source, who spoke on condition on anonymity because the announcement had not been made, said Leyland had accepted the job, a day after Alan Trammell was fired. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Jim Leyland's baseball career has come full circle. The Detroit Tigers hired Leyland on Tuesday as their manager to replace Alan Trammell, fired a day earlier after three seasons.


MetroStars Fire Coach Bob Bradley (AP)
AP - Bob Bradley was fired as coach of the MetroStars on Tuesday, ending a run of nearly three years with no playoff victories and an MLS team consistently hovering near the .500 mark.

Yashin Takes New Role As Islanders Captain (AP)
AP - When the New York Islanders began preparing for post-lockout hockey, they faced a big decision.

Hell has frozen over
It must be snowing in Hades because the red-hot Bengals have made the top five of the NFL rankings.

No. 1 pick Smith to start for 49ers (AP)
Just four games into Alex Smith's career, the NFL's first overall draft pick is now the San Francisco 49ers' main man. Smith was named the 49ers' starting quarterback Tuesday, ascending to the job after four games as Tim Rattay's backup -- and just two days after his first NFL completions. Smith will make his first start Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park.

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.

Steelers in need of better O-line play (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger couldn't have felt as though there were three Pro Bowl linemen protecting him against the New England Patriots. Facing the most persistent pass rush he has experienced during his 13 months as an NFL starting quarterback, Roethlisberger was sacked four times in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-20 loss on Sept.

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...

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.

NBA camps Q&A
Of the 10 most pressing questions going into NBA training camps, the most prominent is "Who'll beat the Spurs?"

NBA approves Curry trade to Knicks (AP)
The New York Knicks are ready to take a chance on Eddy Curry. And while they want doctors to sign off on the health of the 22-year-old center's heart first, they won't be looking at Curry's DNA profile. The NBA approved a trade Tuesday that sends Curry and veteran center Antonio Davis from Chicago to the Knicks for forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson.

Stoudemire signs $73 million extension (AP)
A month shy of his 23rd birthday, Amare Stoudemire has achieved the wealth that goes to the few at the very top of their sport. Now he's out prove that he's worth it. Amazingly agile, with a sweet jumper to go with his monster jams, Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Jackson-coached Lakers open camp (AP)
Phil Jackson has returned from what he referred to as a sabbatical-like absence, and it was just like old times Tuesday as he guided the Los Angeles Lakers through their first formal practice of training camp. In some ways, anyway. The scene at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus was similar to two years ago, when Jackson and the Lakers began their quest for a fourth NBA...

Versatile guard Jaric joins Wolves (AP)
Marko Jaric didn't hesitate to describe his national team's performance in the European Championships this summer. ``Not too good,'' he said of Serbia-Montenegro's early ouster from a tournament the team is used to winning. The reigning world champions succumbed to infighting and egos, going 2-2 in the tournament and prompting the team's head coach to resign in disgust.

Raptors send Alston to Rockets for James (AP)
The Toronto Raptors traded temperamental point guard Rafer Alston to the Houston Rockets for guard Mike James on Tuesday. Alston was involved in several scrapes last season. He threatened to quit the team and the NBA after a Dec. 3 game in Boston and was suspended by the Raptors for two games for conduct detrimental to the club after he walked out during practice.

Duncan gets earful as Spurs camp opens (AP)
The charter plane carrying the defending NBA champions was inches away from landing on the island of St. Thomas when the razzing of Tim Duncan began. Somebody had to take the blame for the rain-soaked sights the San Antonio Spurs were seeing from their windows, and a fuselage full of fingers began pointing toward the three-time finals MVP as the grief came raining down, too.

Nuggets hire former Blazers assistant (AP)
Tim Grgurich was hired as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, ending his legal fight with the Portland Trail Blazers. Grgurich had sought a temporary restraining order against the Trail Blazers, asking that he be allowed to pursue a new job. A hearing had been scheduled for Oct. 12, but his lawyer, John Kaempf, said the legal action was dropped after the NBA approved his move to...

Gretzky turns to coaching for love of game (AP)
Wayne Gretzky was lured to coaching by the most basic reason: a love of the game. Hockey's greatest player knows his Phoenix Coyotes are not blessed with his amazing skills. But, on the eve of his regular-season debut as an NHL coach, he insists he has the patience and drive to build a winner in the desert.

Hype ends and hockey begins for Crosby (AP)
Finally, after three hectic months filled with the NHL lottery and draft, his selection by Pittsburgh, his move into Mario Lemieux's house, his first training camp, his first exhibition game, the hockey begins for real for Sidney Crosby on Wednesday night. All that he's-the-next-Gretzky-and-or-Lemieux hype that began in his native Nova Scotia, the once-in-a-generation anticipation that has...

Atlanta opens without Heatley, Kovalchuk (AP)
The blueprint for a brighter hockey future in Atlanta was supposed to include Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley. Instead, as the Thrashers head into their most promising season with a Wednesday night opener at Florida, Kovalchuk and Heatley are not around. Heatley, who wanted a fresh start after being blamed for a 2003 car wreck that killed teammate Dan Snyder, asked for a trade and was sent to...

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.

Rangers D Purinton suspended 10 games (AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton was suspended 10 games without pay by the NHL on Tuesday for gouging the eye of Boston's Colton Orr during an exhibition game. Purinton was given a match penalty for gouging Orr's eye in the third period Saturday. He will lose $26,658 and won't be eligible to play until an Oct.

Capitals get G Brent Johnson on waivers (AP)
The Washington Capitals picked up goaltender Brent Johnson on Tuesday after he was waived by the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson is 77-53-13 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .904 save percentage over four NHL seasons with St. Louis and Phoenix. He was in Vancouver's camp this preseason. To get the roster down to 25 players ahead of Wednesday's season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the...

Avs test winning formula in new NHL (AP)
Partly out of necessity and partly out of choice, the Colorado Avalanche made big changes to the formula that made them a winner on the ice and with their fans during their first decade in Denver. Given the NHL's new landscape, the Avalanche had little choice but to part ways with Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote.

Pushing the limits
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Restrictor plate races have become surefire entertainment, safe at any speed.

NASCAR extends suspension of Harvick's crew chief by two races (AP)
Crew chief Todd Berrier was suspended an additional two races Tuesday for violations in Kevin Harvick's car, bringing his total events missed this season to seven.

Harvick's crew chief Berrier suspended until October 19 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The penalties continue to mount for crew chief Todd Berrier.

Johnson takes blame for Talladega accident (AP)
Jimmie Johnson acknowledged Tuesday he was at fault for an eight-car crash at Talladega Superspeedway that scuttled at least one other driver's championship hopes.

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.

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