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Figgins Helps Angels Defeat Yankees 11-7 (AP)
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, left, slips as the ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Chone Figgins drops into center field with Bernie Williams watching in the sixth inning during Game 3 of the American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York.  Angels'Darin Erstad scored on the play. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - The Big Unit was a big bust when the Yankees needed him most, and Chone Figgins' clutch plays pushed the Los Angeles Angels within one win of the AL championship series.


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Johnson Flops in Yanks Postseason Debut (AP)
New York Yankees' Randy Johnson pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/Pool, Tim Shaffer)AP - Randy Johnson invited the fans at Yankee Stadium to boo him — and they sure did. The Big Unit didn't blame them.


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White Sox Top Red Sox 5-3, Sweep Series (AP)
Chicago White Sox Mansoo Lee, left, douses A. J. Pierzynski with champagne after the White Sox swept the Red Sox to win the Division Series in Boston Friday, Oct. 7, 2005. The White Sox won the game 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - Orlando Hernandez pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam, and Paul Konerko hit a tiebreaking homer as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Friday to sweep the defending World Series champs out of the playoffs and win a postseason series for the first time since Shoeless Joe Jackson's team won it all way back in 1917.


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Red Sox Swept Out of This Postseason (AP)
Boston Red Sox's Johnny Damon reacts after striking out with the bases loaded against Chicago White Sox pitcher Orlando Hernandez in the sixth inning of Game 3 of their American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - David Ortiz was on deck when the last out was made. Curt Schilling waited to pitch in a game that never would be played. The Boston Red Sox's playoff season ended so quickly that the pitcher who starred in the postseason last year and the slugger who led the majors in RBIs this year didn't get one last chance to rescue them.


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Chiefs Lineman Improving After Seizure (AP)
Kansas City offensive lineman Kevin Sampson, shown in this 2005 NFL handout photo, was improving a day after being hospitalized in New Jersey following a seizure, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Friday, Oct. 7, 2005.  (AP Photo/NFL)AP - Kansas City offensive lineman Kevin Sampson was improving a day after being hospitalized in New Jersey following a seizure, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Friday.


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Foley Sore but Expects to Play Monday (AP)
AP - Outside linebacker Steve Foley, the Chargers' top pass rusher, gingerly went through practice Friday and said he'll be available to play when San Diego hosts Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Radmanovic Takes Chance on One-Year Deal (AP)
AP - The guaranteed money sat on the table, a reported $42 million just waiting for Vladimir Radmanovic's signature. It was security and stability, all rolled into a six-year deal that would keep the versatile forward in a Seattle SuperSonics' uniform.

Angels rise to occasion to lead Yanks (Reuters)
Reuters - Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled out all the stops on Friday and his gambles paid off as Los Angeles beat the New York Yankees 11-7 to move within one win of reaching the League Championship Series.

Togo Eager to Play in World Cup Qualifier (AP)
AP - The small West African nation of Togo has soccer fever, and it's even reached the president. Togo is looking for its first World Cup berth, and can clinch its spot in next year's showcase event in Germany with a win or tie in a final qualifying match at the Republic of Congo on Saturday.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Montreal at Toronto (7 p.m. EDT). Toronto captain Mats Sundin could miss four to six weeks after breaking the lower orbital bone when he was hit in the face by a puck in the Maple Leafs' opener Wednesday night.

Patriot pains
The Patriots, who haven't lost back-to-back games since 2002, will drop a second straight Sunday at Atlanta.

Chiefs' Sampson improving after seizure (AP)
Kansas City offensive lineman Kevin Sampson was improving a day after being hospitalized in New Jersey following a seizure, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Friday. ``He's better, he's coherent,'' Vermeil said. ``They're not allowing him to speak to anybody. We have no other information, but that seems to be good news.'' The coach did not disclose the source of his information about Sampson, but said...

Dolphins TE McMichael signs extension (AP)
Randy McMichael signed a four-year extension worth a reported $18 million with the Miami Dolphins, making him one of the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. McMichael is the Dolphins' leading receiver this season with 15 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns. His current deal was scheduled to run out at the end of next season, but the new deal will keep him with the team through 2009.

Rams' Martz returns to practice field (AP)
Mike Martz returned to the practice field Friday, ready to put the attention back on the St. Louis Rams' next game instead of his heart condition. Martz, 54, missed two days while undergoing tests for a bacterial infection of a heart valve. He said earlier this week that team doctors believe he has endocarditis.

Holmgren:Jackson and Engram won't play (AP)
Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Friday that injured wide receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson will not play at St. Louis on Sunday. ``Darrell had to go for a second opinion, so he's in Florida,'' Holmgren said. ``And Bobby, he was getting treatment today and he can't move very well.'' Neither is expected to travel to St.

Pack may not have Green, Franks, Clifton (AP)
The Green Bay Packers might be without running back Ahman Green, tight end Bubba Franks and left tackle Chad Clifton against New Orleans on Sunday. The Packers completed a short week of practice Friday with Green, Franks and Clifton nursing injuries. All three are listed as questionable for the game. Coach Mike Sherman didn't rule any of them out.

Pennington undergoes shoulder surgery (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, and the team is optimistic he will be ready for the 2006 season. The surgery was performed Thursday by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., the team said Friday. Andrews repaired a small rotator cuff tear, the anterior capsule and labrum.

Jaguars acquire LB Winborn from 49ers (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired linebacker Jamie Winborn from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. Winborn started two of the 49ers' three games this season and had 13 tackles and a pass deflection. Last week, Winborn cleaned out his locker and left the team after coach Mike Nolan abruptly announced plans to trade him.

Vick has another light day at practice (AP)
Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick was limited during practice Friday but is still listed as probable for the Falcons' game against New England. Backup Matt Schaub took nearly all the snaps during the workout, while Vick was limited mainly to running and agility drills. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Bills WRs: Holcomb will replace Losman (AP)
Coach Mike Mularkey's secret is out -- wide receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans acknowledged Thursday that backup Kelly Holcomb is replacing J.P. Losman as the starting quarterback for Buffalo's game against Miami on Sunday. Moulds backed the decision, crediting Mularkey for attempting to provide a spark to a sputtering offense that has managed 29 points -- two touchdowns and five field goals -- in...

Time's up?
The clock is ticking on Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, where his chances to win a title may have already expired.

Curry passes physical, joins Knicks (AP)
Eddy Curry was glad to be a basketball player again and not a patient. Curry officially joined the New York Knicks on Friday after a team of doctors hired by the club cleared him to play. An NBA cardiologist also reviewed the test results and signed off on Curry's return to practice. ``I'm more worried about breaking a finger,'' Curry said.

Pacers' Johnson gets probation for brawl (AP)
Anthony Johnson of the Indiana Pacers was sentenced to a year of probation Friday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge for his role in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, directed to attend counseling and fined $250.

Allen knew of plot to kill stepdad (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen spoke for the first time Friday about an alleged plot to kill his stepfather, saying his family had been aware of the situation for more than a year. Ernest C. Garlington, 37, of Southington, Conn., is being held on a $1.7 million bond on charges he conspired to murder Derek Hopson, Allen's stepfather.

Stoudemire sidelined by knee problem (AP)
Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire saw the team doctor Friday because of pain in his troublesome left knee. Stoudemire has been trying to play through the discomfort at training camp by resting in the morning and practicing in the afternoon after heat treatments. On Friday, he did little at the morning practice and skipped the next session to consult with Dr.

Iverson thinks Cheeks is the answer (AP)
Allen Iverson loves practice so much he wants to arrive early. ``I can't remember the last time I actually wanted to come in real early,'' the former MVP said Friday. ``It's been great, man. Everybody's responding well. Everybody's trying to learn and get better.'' So much for the player who never missed a chance to denounce or skip practice.

Lakers waive C Vlade Divac (AP)
Vlade Divac was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, apparently ending his long career. The Lakers had the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying Divac out for $2 million. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound center, one of the first Europeans to make a significant impact in the NBA, will be owed the $2 million if he clears waivers, which seems a sure thing.

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...

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

Ward stops Lemieux, Crosby in shootout (AP)
Stopping Mario Lemieux wasn't enough for Cam Ward to earn his first NHL victory. He had to do turn away Sidney Crosby, too. Ward stuffed Crosby in the shootout to complete a stellar outing in his first start, and Cory Stillman's goal in the tiebreaker was enough to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

Luongo, Panthers remain perfect (AP)
After two games, Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers are perfect. Luongo made 27 saves for his second straight shutout and Juraj Kolnik broke up a scoreless game with 2:27 left Friday night, leading Florida to a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Luongo hasn't been dented yet this season, having shut out Atlanta on 34 shots in the season opener on Wednesday.

Bondra, Thrashers rout Capitals (AP)
Peter Bondra's return to Washington was greeted with cheers. It didn't take long for him to draw boos from his former fans. The Capitals' career leader in several categories scored his first goal against his longtime club and added two assists to send the Atlanta Thrashers on their way to a 7-3 victory over Washington on Friday night.

Gagne helps Flyers rally past Devils (AP)
Simon Gagne is benefiting from Peter Forsberg's presence. Gagne scored twice and Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Michal Handzus and Turner Stevenson also had goals for the Flyers, who scored five straight. Jamie Langenbrunner and Alexander Mogilny netted power-play goals to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.

Thrashers make progress with Kovalchuk (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell met Friday with the agent for holdout forward Ilya Kovalchuk, making progress on a new contract. Kovalchuk, a restricted free agent, has threatened to play the season in his native Russia if he doesn't reach an agreement with the Thrashers. Waddell traveled to New York to meet with Kovalchuk and the player's agent, Jay Grossman.

Khabibulin wins first with Blackhawks (AP)
Rookie Pavel Vorobiev found himself on the Blackhawks' first line on Friday night and responded like a top-line player. Inserted at left wing alongside Tyler Arnason and Tuomo Ruutu, Vorobiev had two goals and an assist as Chicago defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Friday night. Vorobiev, who entered the game with one goal and three assists in 19 NHL contests, was a last-minute substitute on the...

Miller's 35 saves lead Sabres by Bruins (AP)
After some ups and downs early in Ryan Miller's career, the young goalie is finally starting to have a good time. Miller made 35 saves and helped the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. ``It's a lot of fun right now,'' said the 25-year-old Miller, who has won consecutive games for the first time since January 2003.

Iginla helps Flames burn Blue Jackets (AP)
The Calgary Flames are stuck with a schedule that has them on the road for their first four games. Getting win No. 1 in game No. 2 makes the trip a lot more bearable. Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow's go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Flames beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.

Ryder gives Canadiens another late win (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens already have a shootout specialist. He's Michael Ryder and he doesn't even wait for the NHL's new tiebreaker. Ryder struck late for the second straight night, firing a wrist shot off goaltender Kevin Weekes 2:10 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Tony, Tony
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Tony Stewart has changed since his title season of 2002, but the result could still be the same.

Drama builds slowly in NASCAR title Chase (AP)
It might finally be time for everyone to begin thinking about NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Stewart back in control, on the track and off (SportsTicker)


Busch series leader Truex Jr. wins pole for United Way 300 (SportsTicker)


Johnson apologizes, Edwards happy to be home (SportsTicker)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Ticker) For Carl Edwards, a trip to Kansas Speedway is a homecoming. For Jimmie Johnson, it was a chance to atone for his role in causing "The Big One."

Points leader Truex takes Busch pole (AP)
Martin Truex Jr., clinging to a rapidly shrinking lead in the Busch Series, set a qualifying record for Kansas Speedway on Friday with a lap of 178.938 mph in his Chevrolet.

NASCAR Trucks driver Sprague out at Xpress Motorsports (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Jack Sprague, the only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, was released Friday by GM Racing's Xpress Motorsports.

Loomis will take two weeks off after season before joining Petty (AP)
Robbie Loomis, Jeff Gordon's former crew chief, will take two weeks off after the Nextel Cup season before moving to Petty Enterprises to become vice president of race operations.

NASCAR suspends crew chief Darrow for substance abuse (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Nextel Cup crew chief Glenn Darrow was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Thursday for violating its substance abuse policy.

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