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Yanks Fend Off Angels 3-2 to Force Game 5 (AP)
New York Yankees Jorge Posada scores safely as Los Angeles Angels catcher Bengie Molina, right, reaches with the tag in the seventh inning in Game 4 of the American League Division Series in New York on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees are still around — by the slimmest of margins. Slow-footed catcher Jorge Posada barely beat the tag for the go-ahead run on Jeter's seventh-inning bouncer, and New York scratched out a 3-2 victory Sunday night over the Los Angeles Angels to force a decisive fifth game in California.


Astros Oust Braves in Record 18 Innings (AP)
Houston Astros' Chris Burke leaps in the air as he is greeted by teammates after hitting the game-winning home run in the 18th inning in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, in Houston.The Astros defeated the Braves, 7-6. At far left is Astros' Jose Vizcaino and Luke Scott (30)is at right. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros gave a whole new meaning to the word "longevity." The 43-year-old Rocket came out of the bullpen to rescue the Astros and Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning, lifting Houston over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Sunday and into the NL championship series.


Jaguars Hand Bengals First Loss of Season (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars' Fred Taylor, right, looks for running room in the fourth quarter as Cincinnati Bengals defender Anthony Mitchell waits to make the tackle Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)AP - Byron Leftwich threw two touchdowns, Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 132 yards and the Jacksonville Jaguars made a huge stop in the closing minutes, handing the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 23-20 on Sunday night.


Angels Bullpen Provides No Relief (AP)
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Scot Shields, right, retrieves the ball from catcher Bengie Molina after New York Yankees Robinson Cano scored in the seventh inning in Game 4 of the American League Division Series in New York on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Instead of shortening the game, the Angels' bullpen made for a long, long night. Scot Shields couldn't hold a one-run lead, and Los Angeles lost its chance to finish off the New York Yankees in the Bronx.


Colts Dispatch Struggling 49ers 28-3 (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running Back Edgerrin James (32) rumbles for 33 yards while being tackled by the San Francisco 49ers' Tony Parrish, middle, in the first half on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Against a struggling opponent with a rookie quarterback and a patchwork defense, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts were only as good as they needed to be. Edgerrin James rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, and the Colts intercepted four passes by No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith to remain unbeaten with a lackluster 28-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.


Last-gasp Vinatieri leads Patriots past Falcons (Reuters)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins (12) tries to make a catch as New England's cornerback Duane Starks tries for the ball in the fourth quarter in Atlanta, Georgia, October 9, 2005. Neither player caught the ball as the Patriots defeated the Falcons 31-28. REUTERS/Tami ChappellReuters - Adam Vinatieri booted a 29-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to give the injury-hit New England Patriots a 31-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.


McKie Relishes Opportunity With Lakers (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson speaks to the media during a team basketball practice in Honolulu, Hawaii,  Friday, October 7, 2005.  (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)AP - Aaron McKie did a lot of sitting and watching last season — a victim of the Philadelphia 76ers' youth movement. Now, in a similar situation with the Los Angeles Lakers, McKie figures to be playing and leading.


Angels' Washburn Out, Lackey in for Game 4 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia answers questions during a news conference after Game 4 of the American Leauge Division Series against the New York Yankees was called because of rain Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - John Lackey didn't do his job — he did Jarrod Washburn's, and he nearly pitched the Los Angeles Angels into the AL championship series.


Bolivia Ties Brazil 1-1 in Cup Qualifier (AP)
Bolivia's player Doile Vaca, left, tries to stops Brazil striker Adriano during their Germany 2006 World Cup qualifying match played at Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)AP - Bolivia held five-time World Cup champion Brazil to a 1-1 tie in a qualifier Sunday, rallying on Jose Alfredo Castillo's goal four minutes into the second half.


Blue Jackets Beat Blackhawks for First Win (AP)
Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, left, and back-up catcher Chris Widger chat during a Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game at the United Center, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, in Chicago. Konerko, Widger and the rest of the White Sox had the day off as they wait to face the winner of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels for the American League Champion Series. (AP Photo/Joshua Lott)AP - Bryan Berard had a goal and an assist, and Marc Denis made 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night for their first win of the season.


Veterans day
Sunday was a day to honor aging quarterbacks, especially two old pros in the AFC East.

Brady leads Pats past Vick-less Falcons (AP)
The New England Patriots squandered a couple of big leads. That was merely a setup for Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri, who pulled out one of their typical last-minute wins. Brady threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns before Adam Vinatieri kicked a 29-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to lead injury-plagued New England past the Falcons 31-28 on Sunday.

Testaverde, Jets deal Bucs first loss (AP)
More than anything, Vinny Testaverde wanted to make his teammates believe in him. He did that and more Sunday. The 41-year-old Jets quarterback looked comfortable in the pocket, guiding two scoring drives and getting rousing cheers in helping the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12. Two weeks ago, Testaverde was on his couch in Long Island watching starter Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler...

Taylor, Jags hand Bengals first loss (AP)
Chad Johnson jokingly resuscitated the football early, and Carson Palmer nearly brought the Cincinnati Bengals back to life late. Then Jacksonville's defense put an end to all that. Byron Leftwich threw for two touchdowns, Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 132 yards and the Jaguars made a huge stop in the closing minutes to hand the Bengals their first loss of the season, 23-20 on Sunday night.

Cowboys take chances, stun Eagles (AP)
So much for the Dallas Cowboys following their season-long script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start and they stomped the Philadelphia Eagles. Drew Bledsoe led the suddenly risky Cowboys to two early touchdowns and scores on six of their first seven drives, and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league's top offense in a...

Favre powers Pack to 52-3 rout of Saints (AP)
Brett Favre and his patchwork Packers made up for a month's worth of misery Sunday. Favre threw three touchdown passes despite playing without four offensive starters and losing running back Najeh Davenport to a season-ending ankle injury in the second quarter of Green Bay's 52-3 rout of the New Orleans Saints.

Broncos hold on, hand 'Skins first loss (AP)
The offense wasn't moving. Denver was facing overtime in the icy, bitter rain. Linebacker Ian Gold stuck his hand out, knocked down a pass, and with that, the Broncos showed that Washington isn't the only team that can find odd and ugly ways to win the close ones. Gold knocked away Mark Brunell's 2-point conversion pass with 1:09 left Sunday to help Denver hang onto a 21-19 victory and keep the...

Ravens' 21 penalties help Lions win (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens lost control and the Detroit Lions took advantage. Kevin Jones scored two first-quarter touchdowns and Detroit went on to beat Baltimore 35-17 Sunday, helped in part by the Ravens' 21 penalties -- one short of the NFL record -- and two ejections. ``It was outrageous -- and it cost them,'' said Dre' Bly, who had two interceptions and recovered a fumble.

Jurevicius powers Seahawks past Rams (AP)
The toughest part of Joe Jurevicius' biggest day in the NFL had nothing to do with filling in as a starting wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. It was the bus ride past the hospital where his son died that was tough to take. Jurevicius caught a career-best nine passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 37-31 victory Sunday over St.

Colts post lackluster win over 49ers (AP)
Peyton Manning shook Alex Smith's hand and dispensed a little postgame advice to the rookie: Keep working hard and don't get discouraged, because not every week will be this miserable. Manning hopes the Indianapolis Colts don't have to work this hard all season, either. Edgerrin James rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, and the Colts intercepted four of Smith's passes to remain unbeaten with a...

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

Trade done, Curry works out with Knicks (AP)
Practicing again for the first time in nearly seven months, new New York Knicks center Eddy Curry insists he will be ready for the season opener. The Knicks acquired the 22-year-old Curry from the Chicago Bulls earlier this week, more than six months after he had an irregular heartbeat that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season and the playoffs.

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.

McKie looks forward to Lakers' season (AP)
Aaron McKie did a lot of sitting and watching last season -- a victim of the Philadelphia 76ers' youth movement. Now, in a similar situation with the Los Angeles Lakers, McKie figures to be playing and leading. ``I know I can think this game, I know I can play this game,'' McKie said after a recent practice with his new team at the University of Hawaii.

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.

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

Wings get five PP goals, top Flames 6-3 (AP)
DETROIT (AP)-- The Detroit Red Wings used a fast start and a potent power play to perfection on Sunday to beat the Calgary Flames. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists and Detroit scored five power-play goals in a 6-3 victory. Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Mikael Samuelsson, and Robert Lang each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.

Victory in home debut elates Great One (AP)
A couple of losses didn't ruin Wayne Gretzky's sense of humor. ``To get my first ... it's nice,'' Gretzky said of his initial NHL coaching victory. ``Scotty Bowman's record (1,244 wins) is pretty safe.'' The Phoenix Coyotes rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Gretzky, the NHL's career leading scorer, waited three games as a coach to celebrate a victory.

Penguins recall G Marc-Andre Fleury (AP)
Former No. 1 pick Marc-Andre Fleury was recalled Sunday by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who placed starting goalie Jocelyn Thibault on the injured list with a badly bruised knee. The Penguins now have three players on the roster who were chosen by Pittsburgh with the top overall pick in the NHL draft with Fleury (2003) joining Mario Lemieux (1984) and rookie phenom Sidney Crosby (2005).

Demitra's OT goal leads Kings over Wild (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings have more players who are capable of finishing plays around the net this season. Count Pavol Demitra among them. Demitra scored on a 40-foot wrist shot with 1:29 left in overtime, Eric Belanger also scored and Mathieu Garon made 24 saves, leading the Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Berard lifts Blue Jackets to first win (AP)
Bryan Berard had cause to celebrate his return to Chicago on Sunday night. The Columbus defenseman scored a second-period goal, then set up Jody Shelley's eventual game-winner, and the Blue Jackets held on to defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 for their first win of the season. Berard played for Chicago in 2003-04, but his contract wasn't renewed following the conclusion of the NHL lockout.

Crosby gets first goal in loss to Bruins (AP)
On a memorable night Sidney Crosby played like a mature 40-year-old rather than an 18-year-old kid and Mario Lemieux looked like he was 18 rather than 40, the Pittsburgh Penguins forget no lead is safe in this new-look NHL. Glen Murray's second goal, a one-timer as a Pittsburgh penalty was expiring 1:23 into overtime, rallied the Boston Bruins from a two-goal deficit and a 7-6 victory Saturday...

Potential U.S. Olympians struggle early (AP)
Peter Laviolette will coach the U.S. Olympic hockey team once the squad arrives in Turin, Italy, in February. The Carolina Hurricanes' coach won't pick players, but just a few days into the NHL season he has gotten firsthand looks at some prime candidates to make the team. Only problem is, right now they're making things difficult for his main club.

Kovalchuk, Thrashers agree to deal (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to a new contract Saturday with the Atlanta Thrashers, ending his threat to play this season in his native Russia. General manager Don Waddell made significant progress on the deal during negotiations Friday in New York with Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's agent. Waddell said they signed Kovalchuk to just under $32 million on a five-year contract.

First NHL paychecks docked 12 percent (AP)
The first paycheck NHL players receive this season will be cut by 12 percent so that money can be placed into escrow. Players haven't been paid in 16 months, dating to the end of the regular season before the lockout. As stated in the new collective bargaining agreement, player salaries can't take up more than 54 percent of league revenues.

Moody Mark
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – He won at Kansas on Sunday, but Mark Martin wasn't exactly beaming after the race.

No free points for Roush drivers in Chase (SportsTicker)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Ticker) In a weekend where Roush Racing dominated the attention, some of its teams served notice in this year's "Chase for the Championship."

Martin leads Roush sweep at NASCAR Banquet 400 (SportsTicker)

Wallace says he might ``pop in for a couple'' of races after retirement (AP)
Rusty Wallace made his 700th start in NASCAR's top series on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, and hinted that he might not stop at No. 706 at the end of the season.

Martin dominates in much-needed Cup victory (AP)
Mark Martin is probably NASCAR's best known pessimist.

NASCAR's limitation plans irk Roush (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Kahne wins duel with Biffle; Truex widens points lead (AP)
If Kasey Kahne tries something like the move that won him Saturday's Busch race in Sunday's Nextel Cup event, Greg Biffle vowed to make him pay for it.

Kahne edges Biffle in Busch Series United Way 300 (SportsTicker)

NASCAR plans to limit multicar teams (AP)
NASCAR plans to limit the number of teams a car owner will be able to field in the Nextel Cup series, chairman Brian France said Saturday.

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