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Angels Knock Out Yankees 5-3, Reach ALCS (AP)
Los Angeles Angels reliever Ervin Santana throws in the second inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, in San Diego. The Angels won the game 5-3 to clinch the series and will play the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Ervin Santana pitched 5 1-3 gutsy innings in his postseason debut for the Angels, Adam Kennedy hit a go-ahead triple that sent Yankees outfielders crashing to the ground, and Los Angeles beat New York 5-3 Monday night in the decisive Game 5 of their AL playoff series.


Steelers Beat Chargers 24-22 (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is lifted by Max Starks after hitting a game winning 40 yard field goal that gave the Steelers a 24-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers Monday Oct. 10, 2005 in San Diego.    (AP Photo/Jack Smith)AP - The Bus was back, and Ben Roethlisberger thrust both fists in the air as Jeff Reed's kick won it for the Steelers.


Santana Comes Through in Pinch for Colon (AP)
Los Angeles Angels reliever Ervin Santana acknowleges the crowd as he leaves the game against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of Game 5 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Oct. 10, 2005. The Angels won the game 5-3 to clinch the series and will play the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Ervin Santana didn't have time to get nervous.


Yanks Power Goes Out for 2nd Straight Year (AP)
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Darin Erstad jumps high to catch the fly ball hit by New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez in the first inning of the American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, in San Diego. Angels' Vladimir Guerrero backs him up on the play. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - When the Yankees needed pop from Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui, they mostly got popups and grounders.


White Sox Closer Finds Niche With Team (AP)
Chicago White Sox reliever Bobby Jenks practices at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 10, 2005. He's saved two of the three  playoffs victories for the White Sox in the opening round, so rookie Jenks is already a very big presence. Acquired on waivers from the Angels last December, the 6-3, 270-pound Jenks and his 100 mph are a natural fit for the bullpen after spending most of his career as a starter. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Gradually, the recognition is coming for Bobby Jenks. Take what happened at a Thai restaurant the other night.


Roethlisberger Leaves Game With Injury (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger grabs his left knee after injuring it in fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Oct. 10, 2005 in San Diego. The Steelers went on to win 24-22.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of Monday night's game at San Diego after he was hit in the left knee by a defensive lineman's helmet.


Heat edge Spurs in NBA pre-season opener (AFP)
Shaquille O'Neal, seen here in a file picture, scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 18, but it was Kevin Braswell who became the unlikely hero, sinking a layup at the buzzer to give Miami a 103-101 victory over San Antonio(AFP/File/Don Emmert)AFP - Shaquille O'Neal scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 18, but it was Kevin Braswell who became the unlikely hero, sinking a layup at the buzzer to give Miami a 103-101 victory over San Antonio here.


Stottlemyre Unsure About Future With Yanks (AP)
AP - New York Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre doesn't expect to be back in the Bronx for the 2006 season.

U.S. Sets Roster for Qualifier With Panama (AP)
AP - Goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Jonathan Spector will be the only European-based players on the U.S. roster for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Panama.

Oilers Defeat Mighty Ducks 4-2 (AP)
AP - Radek Dvorak's power-play goal with 11:40 to play broke the game's final tie and lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday night.

Running commentary
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fred Taylor let his season-high 132 yards respond to critics who think the running back is on his last leg.

Big Ben goes down, but Steelers win (AP)
It's a good thing the Bus is back, because now the Pittsburgh Steelers could be without Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger was helped off the field with an apparent knee injury shortly before Jeff Reed kicked a 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to give the Steelers a 24-22 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

Ill Martz out indefinitely as Rams coach (AP)
Mike Martz has been ailing for weeks, feeling well enough to lead the St. Louis Rams from the sideline but not well enough to live up to his own expectations. On Monday, Martz decided he'd had enough. The 54-year-old coach announced he's taking an indefinite leave of absence, hoping to recover from an apparent heart infection that an initial round of antibiotics couldn't cure.

Saints' McAllister likely out for season (AP)
Deuce McAllister likely will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday at Green Bay. Saints coach Jim Haslett said Monday that the running back got a second opinion Monday in San Antonio. He'll get a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., later this week.

Williams back in Dolphins' backfield (AP)
The Miami Dolphins made a substantial offensive upgrade Monday, adding a certified yoga instructor and student of holistic medicine notorious for his shyness and mercurial behavior. Yes, Ricky Williams is back. Returning from a four-week suspension that followed a one-year retirement, Williams took part in the team's brief walkthrough session.

Smith finds encouragement in defeat (AP)
Alex Smith already knew he made plenty of mistakes in his first NFL start. While watching the film on Monday, he was surprised to see just how many errors he didn't make. Though the No. 1 draft pick threw four interceptions and struggled throughout a 28-3 loss to Indianapolis, he could see progress between his first play -- a 6-yard pass to fullback Fred Beasley -- and his fumble on the 49ers' final...

Packers RB Davenport goes on IR (AP)
Running back Najeh Davenport underwent season-ending surgery to repair his broken right ankle on Monday and the Green Bay Packers placed him on injured reserve. The Packers, who are off this weekend, probably won't replace him on the roster until next week. ``We're going through our options, and we don't feel compelled to fill the spot right away,'' general manager Ted Thompson said.

Colts alone as NFL's only unbeaten team (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts scour videotapes looking for imperfections. No, Peyton Manning isn't on record pace for touchdown passes this year, and an offense that usually scores points like it's a video game has looked ordinary in the first five weeks. Missed tackles have allowed opponents to rush for 4.5 yards per carry, and coaches cringe at missed quarterback sacks.

Bucs knocked from ranks of unbeaten (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had four field goals, a dozen penalties and a handful of missed opportunities against the New York Jets. It added up to their first loss of the season. It was almost as if the loss was due. The Bucs, who were 4-0 for the first time since 1997 after beginning last season 0-4, nearly dropped their first game last week at Detroit.

Memorable boxing match inspires Patriots (AP)
An excited Daniel Graham seemed ready to punch someone at a Patriots team meeting. Instead, he targeted the Atlanta Falcons. New England's bruising tight end got Bill Belichick's message Saturday night when the coach showed his players the 1985 boxing slugfest between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas ``Hit Man'' Hearns.

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

Suns' Stoudemire to undergo knee surgery (AP)
Amare Stoudemire will undergo diagnostic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday to determine what is causing soreness that has bothered the Phoenix Suns All-Star in recent months. The arthroscopic operation will be conducted by team physician Tom Carter, the Suns announced on Monday. Stoudemire, who signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension a week ago, sat out the final two days of training...

Heat win, raise $1.1 million for charity (AP)
The Miami Heat and hurricane relief charities came away winners Monday night. Miami opened the preseason by beating the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 103-101 in a game added to the schedule to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. A check for $1.1 million was presented at halftime to the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and Feed the Poor.

LeBron leads Cavs in preseason opener (AP)
LeBron James and Drew Gooden scored 16 points each to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-94 victory over the Washington Wizards in their preseason opener Monday night. Reserve forward Awvee Storey had 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Wizards. He shot 6-for-7 from the field in 22 minutes. Antawn Jamison and Antonio Daniels scored 13 points apiece, and Gilbert Arenas added 12 points and six...

Pacers to open preseason fully loaded (AP)
The Indiana Pacers are ready to open the preseason with most of their regular lineup. Tuesday's game at New Jersey will be the first for Ron Artest since the infamous brawl with Detroit Pistons fans last November. He was suspended for the final 73 games of the regular season and the playoffs. Stephen Jackson missed 30 games and Jermaine O'Neal was suspended for 15 games for their roles in the brawl.

McInnis to miss time with back injury (AP)
New Jersey Nets guard Jeff McInnis will miss an undetermined amount of time with a back injury. ``It's a muscle strain in his back, so we've just got to let time go by,'' coach Lawrence Frank said Monday. McInnis was injured when he dived for a loose ball during practice Saturday evening. He continued to practice, but woke up in pain Sunday and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

Warriors rookie Diogu breaks hand (AP)
Golden State rookie forward Ike Diogu has a broken bone in his left hand, and will miss the Warriors' first two exhibition games. Diogu, the ninth overall pick from Arizona State, was hurt during practice in Hawaii on Sunday. Golden State will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and Wednesday in Honolulu before returning to California, when Diogu will be re-evaluated.

Mihm benefits from Kareem's coaching (AP)
Chris Mihm has traveled a long, winding road in the NBA, from lottery pick in the 2000 draft by the Chicago Bulls to starting center last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He certainly took the scenic route, going from Chicago to Cleveland before ever playing a professional game, then to Boston and finally to Los Angeles in the summer of 2004.

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

Heatley's SO goal keeps Sens unbeaten (AP)
The Ottawa Senators just need some extra time to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dany Heatley scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Ottawa a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Monday night, the Senators' second shootout win over the Maple Leafs this season. Dominik Hasek stopped Kyle Wellwood, Eric Lindros and Jason Allison in the shootout and Ottawa (3-0-0) remained unbeaten.

Carter, Canucks deal Wings first loss (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks found a way to win a sloppy game. Anson Carter scored with 8:46 remaining to break the final tie and Vancouver went on to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Vancouver (2-0-1) remained unbeaten while handing Detroit (3-1-0) its first loss of the season. Stationed in the slot, Carter one-timed Henrik Sedin's pass from behind the net past Red Wings goalie...

Svatos' hat trick powers Avs past Flames (AP)
Few teams need to find new guys to come through big as badly as the revamped Colorado Avalanche. Few players wanted to do it worse than Marek Svatos. Svatos made hockey's return to Denver a jubilant one Monday night, finishing with a hat trick to lead the Avalanche to a 7-3 victory over the struggling Calgary Flames.

Pens fall to Sabres in OT, remain winless (AP)
After all the pretty scoring chances Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht had, it was the ugly one that proved to be the difference. Hecht jammed in a loose puck from in close with 20 seconds left in overtime, lifting Buffalo to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. ``I just whacked it in and it trickled in over the line, barely,'' Hecht said.

Ovechkin's goal lifts Caps over Rangers (AP)
The Washington Capitals' youth movement is beginning to pay dividends. For the first time in nearly 19 years, two Capitals -- Steve Eminger and Petr Sykora -- scored the first goal of their NHL careers in the same game during Washington's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday. The last time that happened was Oct.

Leetch lifts Bruins over Lightning (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't resemble the defending Stanley Cup champions. Brian Leetch scored his first goal for Boston and P.J. Axelsson had a goal and an assist as the Bruins beat the Lightning 4-2 on Monday night. ``We didn't play well ... all the facets,'' Lightning coach John Tortorella said. ``We couldn't get out of our own way.'' Fredrik Modin and Dan Boyle scored for Tampa Bay, which fell...

Oilers score three PP goals to top Ducks (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers ruined a special night for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Radek Dvorak's power-play goal with 11:40 to play broke the final tie and lifted Edmonton to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks in their home opener on Monday night. Dvorak put a rebound of a shot by Chris Pronger past goalie J.S.

Panthers' Luongo beats Islanders 3-1 (AP)
Roberto Luongo is using his stick, his glove and now even his face to keep shots out of the net. Luongo made 29 saves Monday, including a penalty-shot stop in the third period, and earned his first non-shutout win of the season in the Florida Panthers' 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The former first-round pick of the Islanders was sharp early, making one save when he sprawled across the...

Oilers LW Smyth out at least two games (AP)
Oilers forward Ryan Smyth will miss at least two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Smyth's injury will be reassessed by the team and his status will likely be determined Wednesday or Thursday, a team spokesman said Monday. The 29-year-old Smyth was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Vancouver defenseman Bryan Allen on Saturday.

Kansas observations
Lessons learned this weekend? The veterans still are getting it done, but 'My Name is Earl' is wearing thin.

Martin dominates in much-needed Cup victory (AP)
Mark Martin could hardly believe he was standing in Victory Lane.

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.

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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