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Angels Beat Yanks 5-3, Tie ALDS at 1-1 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels players point to teammate Orlando Cabrera after he hit a two-run single to put them ahead of the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of Game 2 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Orlando Cabrera, Bengie Molina and the Angels' slick gloves got Los Angeles even against the New York Yankees. Cabrera scored the tying run after a costly error by Alex Rodriguez and hit a go-ahead single, Molina got two big hits and Los Angeles beat the Yankees 5-3 Wednesday night to tie their AL division series at one game apiece.


Yanks' Errors, Lack of Hitting Costs Them (AP)
The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez bobbles a hit for an error by Orlando Cabrera of the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of Game 2 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - A lazy chopper to third, a routine grounder that Gold Glove winner Alex Rodriguez could handle in his sleep. Not this time. Rodriguez's sixth-inning error led to the tying run, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory Wednesday night over the New York Yankees to even their AL division series at one game apiece.


ChiSox Put Boston on Hot Seat With 5-4 Win (AP)
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Wells (16) watches as Tadahito Iguchi of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Chicago, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - Boston needs another big comeback, this time just to get out of the first round. Tadahito Iguchi hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off David Wells after a costly error by Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino, and the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over Boston on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead against the defending World Series champions in their AL playoff series.


Hockey Is Back After Year of Labor Unrest (AP)
Pittsburgh Peguins center Sidney Crosby (87) looks on the bench during action against the New Jersey Devils at the Continental Airlines Arena  Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 in East Rutherford, N.J..  (AP photo/Mel Evans)AP - Sidney Crosby's debut was so-so, Wayne Gretzky started his new career with a loss and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated winning the Stanley Cup — remember the Stanley Cup? — on opening night for the new-look NHL.


Jaromir Jagr Leads Rangers Past Flyers 5-3 (AP)
New York Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes looks into the net as Philadelphia Flyers Simon Gagne scores a first period goal Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)AP - Once Jaromir Jagr figured out how to spend more time in the offensive zone than the penalty box, he spoiled Peter Forsberg's Philadelphia debut. Jagr scored a pair of power-play goals in the third period, leading the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night as the NHL returned after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.


Vinny Testaverde Becomes Jets Starter (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde prepares to pass in the first quarter during the AFC Wildcard playoff against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., in this Jan. 12, 2002 photo. Testaverde is the new starting quarterback for the New York Jets, a move coach Herman Edwards hopes will spark his floundering club. The 41-year-old Testaverde, signed a week ago when Chad Pennington went out for the season, watched from the sideline as third-stringer Brooks Bollinger started in a 13-3 loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Bollinger did little to help his chances of starting again thanks to a poor offensive performance. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Vinny Testaverde is nearly 42 years old. He has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game since January. On top of all that, he has had about a week to learn the Jets offense. This is the player coach Herman Edwards has entrusted to help save the season.


Kings Claim Luke Schenscher Off Waivers (AP)
AP - The Sacramento Kings claimed center Luke Schenscher off waivers from the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Cabrera single sinks Yanks, Angels tie series (Reuters)
The Los Angeles Angels' Orlando Cabrera (L) follows through on his two run single in the 7th inning as the New York Yankees' Jorge Posada watches in Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Anaheim, California October 5, 2005. The RBI broke the game open 4-2 for the Angels, who went on to win 5-3 and ties the best of five series at one game apiece. REUTERS/Robert GalbraithReuters - Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run single on Wednesday to help lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 win over an error-prone New York Yankees and even their best-of-five American League Division Series at one game apiece.


Chivas USA, Rapids Tie After Borchers Slip (AP)
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Byron Foss flies through the air as he misses a shot for a goal by Chivas USA's Matt Taylor in the first half in Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Colorado's Nat Borchers accidentally deflected the ball into his own goal to give Chivas USA a 1-1 tie with Rapids on Wednesday night.


Horcoff Gives Oilers 4-3 Win Over Avalanche (AP)
Edmonton Oilers'  Shawn Horcoff, left, scores the winning goal on Colorado Avalanche goalie David Aebischer during third period NHL play in Edmonton on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2005. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)AP - Shawn Horcoff scored 24 seconds into the game and then added the game-winner with 3:18 to play and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.


Picture Purr-fect
Quarterback Carson Palmer has been nearly flawless, but really – how good are the 4-0 Bengals?

Martz may have infection of the heart (AP)
ST. LOUIS AP) -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has an infection of the heart that will require treatment with antibiotics and keep him out of practice for a couple of days. ``I haven't been feeling good for four or five weeks and there is some type of infection in my body that has gotten worse,'' Martz said Wednesday.

Testaverde becomes Jets starter (AP)
Vinny Testaverde is nearly 42 years old. He has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game since January. On top of all that, he has had about a week to learn the Jets offense. This is the player coach Herman Edwards has entrusted to help save the season. Edwards named Testaverde his starting quarterback Wednesday, a move the desperate Jets hope can spark their floundering offense.

Lions' Rogers suspended for four games (AP)
Detroit wide receiver Charles Rogers was suspended Wednesday for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the latest setback in his injury-plagued career. The announcement came in a two-sentence statement from the league. ``I will make no excuses for what I did, and I accept full responsibility for my actions,'' Rogers said in a statement released by the Lions.

Banged-up Vick learning how to play hurt (AP)
For a quarterback who puts himself at risk as much as Michael Vick, there's a skill that must be mastered as much as learning plays and reading defenses. Playing in pain. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is getting plenty of experience at it this season, having already endured a strained hamstring and a sprained knee.

Mularkey mum on Bills' starting QB (AP)
Coach Mike Mularkey suddenly isn't saying who his starting quarterback is, leaving open speculation that backup Kelly Holcomb might replace J.P. Losman for Buffalo's game against Miami on Sunday. Mularkey declined to discuss his starters on Wednesday, a major change after supporting Losman as recently as Monday.

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.

Both Seattle starting WRs doubtful (AP)
Starting wide receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson were both listed as doubtful for Seattle's game Sunday at St. Louis. Engram cracked two ribs on the first play in last Sunday's 20-17 loss to Washington. He still caught nine passes for 106 yards, before sitting out the fourth quarter and overtime.

Panthers' near collapse Favre's fault (AP)
The Carolina Panthers were building a comfortable lead against Green Bay, but coach John Fox didn't dare let his team back down. Not with Brett Favre in the game. Favre didn't disappoint, throwing four touchdown passes and nearly rallying the Packers out of a 19-point hole. So the Panthers don't view this win as a near-collapse.

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.

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

Knicks waiting on Curry's test results (AP)
The New York Knicks were waiting for Eddy Curry to report to training camp, along with test results on the irregular heartbeat that prompted Chicago to trade him. Knicks president Isiah Thomas and coach Larry Brown had hoped Curry would make it to the College of Charleston on Wednesday, but by late afternoon, team spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said Curry likely would not join the team until...

Jackson recruits Pippen to help Odom (AP)
Lamar Odom is eager to become Kobe Bryant's sidekick with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers. And a lot more. Scottie Pippen, once an acclaimed sidekick himself, is lending a hand in that direction at the behest of Phil Jackson, his former coach in Chicago. When Jackson returned to the Lakers for a second time in June, he pointed to Odom's disappointing 2004-05 season and how much he expected from the...

Versatile G Jaric joins Timberwolves (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.

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.

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...

Power Rankings
Ottawa and San Jose are in position to reach the Stanley Cup Finals according to the season-opening edition of the Yahoo! Power Rankings.

Coyotes lose in Gretzky's coaching debut (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes didn't win for their new head coach on Wednesday night. They did leave a good impression with ``The Great One.'' Markus Naslund scored two goals and Dan Cloutier made 16 of his 30 saves in the first period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Wayne Gretzky's coaching debut.

Penguins lose Crosby's debut to Devils (AP)
Sidney Crosby has dominated at every level of hockey he's played. On Wednesday night, the night of his life, he wasn't even the best rookie on the ice. Zach Parise, New Jersey's first-round draft pick in 2003, scored a power-play goal and assisted on one of Brian Gionta's two goals in an outstanding debut that led the Devils to a 5-1 victory over Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lightning finally celebrate championship (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning brought in the new season with a long-awaited celebration with their fans and a win in their first defense as NHL champions. The Stanley Cup winners enjoyed an emotional pregame ceremony in which their giant championship banner was raised, and then the Lightning went out and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Senators beats Leafs in first shootout (AP)
The first shootout in NHL history went to the Ottawa Senators. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and once in the NHL's new tiebreaker as the Senators rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. ``It is exciting. It's nice to have a winner,'' Alfredsson said.

Ovechkin has strong debut in Washington (AP)
His first NHL check was so fierce it dislodged a support beam. He refused to let his team lose, twice answering with goals less than 90 seconds after the opponents took the lead. And when his face appeared on the large scoreboard, he stuck out his tongue and flashed a charismatic smile. ``I feel my dreams come true,'' Alexander Ovechkin said.

Stars use big rally to beat Kings (AP)
Local hockey fans thought they had it bad waiting 17 1/2 months to see the Dallas Stars play a game that counted. It got worse just 4:18 into the NHL's return when their team was already down by three goals. Then it was four goals before the first period even ended. But on a night meant to be all about the fans, the Stars sent their sellout crowd home happy.

Chouinard's hat trick helps Wild to win (AP)
The crowd was roaring, the Minnesota Wild were ready, and Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames came out flat. Marc Chouinard scored three goals and Todd White added a goal and two assists, leading the Wild past the Flames 6-3 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Pierre-Marc Bouchard had three assists, and Brent Burns and Kyle Wanvig each contributed a power-play goal for...

Datsyuk powers Red Wings past Blues (AP)
It didn't take long for Pavel Datsyuk to make a return on Detroit's investment. Datsyuk scored 95 seconds into the game, assisted another goal several minutes later and the Red Wings went on to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Wednesday night in the opener for both teams. ``That's why we wanted him back,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said after making his debut behind the Red Wings' bench.

Flyers fall in Forsberg's debut (AP)
Once Jaromir Jagr figured out how to spend more time in the offensive zone than the penalty box, he spoiled Peter Forsberg's Philadelphia debut. Jagr scored a pair of power-play goals in the third period, leading the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night as the NHL returned after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.

Trading Paint: Restrict this
After Sunday's demolition derby at Talladega, fans are fed up with restrictor plates.

Harvick crew chief appeals suspension; Waltrip penalty rescinded (AP)
Crew chief Todd Berrier plans to appeal his two-race suspension and will be in Kevin Harvick's pit for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Richard Childress Racing appeals Berrier's penalties (SportsTicker)
WELCOME, North Carolina (Ticker) - Once again, Richard Childress Racing is challenging disciplinary action handed down by NASCAR.

Crew chief appeals suspension (AP)
Crew chief Todd Berrier plans to appeal his two-race suspension and will be in Kevin Harvick's pit for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Waltrip's penalties overturned (AP)
Michael Waltrip's penalties for allegedly making an inappropriate gesture during a race last month were overturned Wednesday.

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.

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