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Angels Edge White Sox 3-2 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Garret Anderson, left, launches a solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox during Game 1 of the ALCS at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005. Watching behind the plate are White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski and umpire Jerry Crawford. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - Paul Byrd pitched effectively in a pinch and Garret Anderson homered as the Los Angeles Angels edged the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Tuesday night in the opener of the AL championship series.


Paul Byrd Delivers for the Angels (AP)
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Paul Byrd pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)AP - His arm was surgically repaired a few years ago, and his postseason record wasn't exactly impressive. Yet, there was Paul Byrd on Tuesday night, defying logic and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the AL championship series.


Yankees Deal With Another Postseason Flop (AP)
New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui reacts after striking out in the first inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - George Steinbrenner didn't spend $203 million for this. He paid out a major league-record amount to get the New York Yankees their first World Series title since 2000. Instead of another ring, he wound up with underachieving Bronx Bums, pinstriped pariahs who flopped for the fifth straight season.


Cards and Astros Rivals but Not Enemies (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Edmonds loosens up during the team's workout as they prepare for Game 1 of their National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros in St. Louis, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AP - They are members of the same division. They're perennial playoff teams. And they're meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake. All right! Let's have some fightin' words between these obviously bitter rivals.


Alfredsson Leads Senators Past Canadiens (AP)
Montreal Canadiens' Steve Begin celebraters his short-handed goal agaisnt the Ottawa Senators with teammate Francis Bouillon during second period NHL action Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 in Montreal  (AP PHOTO/CP, Paul Chiasson)AP - Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 26 shots in his first start of the season as the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to four Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.


Chargers Hope to Get DBs Off the Ropes (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers tightend Heath Miller pulls in a 16-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Steelers the lead against the San Diego Chargers Monday Oct. 10, 2005 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - The San Diego Chargers might need to break out the boxing gloves. No, not to use on their opponents, but to try to get their defensive backs off the ropes.


Van Horn Injured in Exhibition Opener (AP)
AP - Dallas forward Keith Van Horn left the Mavericks' exhibition opener against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night with a sprained right thumb.

1983 Team Remains Reinsdorf's Favorite (AP)
AP - As he watched his team's lead in the AL Central shrink from 15 games on Aug. 1 to 1 1/2 in late September, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf felt like he was about to be flattened.

At Least 60 Hurt at Brazil Soccer Stadium (AP)
Fans of Brazil's soccer player Ronaldinho Gaucho, hold a poster with a drawing during a practice in Belem, Brazil, on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005. Brazil will face Venezuela in a 2006 World Cup Qualifier match on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)AP - At least 60 people were injured Tuesday when thousands of people stormed an already packed soccer stadium in northern Brazil to watch the national team train for a World Cup qualifying match against Venezuela.


Thashers' Kovalchuk Aims to Play Wednesday (AP)
AP - Ilya Kovalchuk was on a line Tuesday with Peter Bondra and Marc Savard in his first practice since re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Mile Higher
The better-than-expected Broncos get the respect they deserve with this week's top-three ranking.

Roethlisberger could play this week (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not only doesn't have a serious knee injury, as the team initially feared Monday night in San Diego, he could play again as early as Sunday. After an eventful 24 hours in which the Steelers rallied to win 24-22 after blowing a 14-point lead, lost their star quarterback to what looked to be a frightful injury, and flew all night, coach Bill Cowher...

With Deuce out, Saints obtain RB Chatman (AP)
Jesse Chatman was acquired by the New Orleans Saints from Miami on Tuesday to provide depth at running back in the absence of the injured Deuce McAllister. The 5-foot-8, 245-pound Chatman, in his fourth NFL season, had his best year in 2004 with San Diego as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup, rushing for 392 yards and three touchdowns and averaging 6 yards per carry.

Rams coach Martz ill, out indefinitely (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.

Browns' Suggs has broken thumb (AP)
Already down a wide receiver indefinitely, the Cleveland Browns will be without one of their running backs for a month. Lee Suggs, a breakaway back whose brief NFL career has been slowed by assorted injuries, broke his right thumb during Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears and will be out at least four weeks.

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.

Holcomb thinks he's earned another start (AP)
Kelly Holcomb doesn't know if he'll get his second straight start in place of J.P. Losman when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets on Sunday. Nor will he venture a guess. He's been around too long for that. Enjoying a day off with his family Tuesday, Holcomb said he hadn't been informed of the team's plans and knows better than to get his hopes up after 10 NFL seasons as a journeyman backup...

Eagles have NFL's worst rushing attack (AP)
Even with a Pro Bowl running back and a mobile quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles have the NFL's worst rushing attack. Five games into the season, the Eagles are last in rushing with an average of 64.2 yards on the ground per game. Philadelphia's average of 17.6 rushes per game also is last in the league.

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.

NBA preview: Central
The Pacers will win the division – as long as they avoid brawls and season-long suspensions.

Stoudemire has surgery, out four months (AP)
Eight days after signing a five-year, $73 million contract extension, Amare Stoudemire underwent surgery Tuesday to repair damage to his left knee and will be sidelined for about four months. The extent of the injury to the Phoenix Suns' dynamic young all-star was determined during ``diagnostic'' surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter, who then proceeded with the microfracture repair, Suns president...

Artest says he won't back down (AP)
Anyone expecting a kinder, gentler Ron Artest on the court this season is likely to come away disappointed. ``I'm going to continue playing hard and out of control, like a wild animal that needs to be caged in,'' Artest said Tuesday night before the Indiana Pacers faced the New Jersey Nets in the preseason opener for both teams.

LeBron sits as Cavs beat Celtics (AP)
Luke Jackson had 14 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in an NBA exhibition game on Tuesday night. Paul Pierce had 18 points and seven rebounds for Boston in its preseason opener. The Cavaliers played without All-Star guard LeBron James, who was not in uniform as a precaution after he strained his left pectoral muscle on Monday night in Cleveland's...

Van Horn hurt as Mavericks beat Kings (AP)
Marquis Daniels scored 18 points and Keith Van Horn had 12 before spraining his right thumb in the Dallas Mavericks' 96-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night in both clubs' exhibition opener. Devin Harris had 14 points and five assists, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points in 21 minutes as the Mavericks took a 15-point lead in the first half and held on after Sacramento cut it to...

Yao, T-Mac ignite Rockets in opener (AP)
Yao Ming and Houston's spirited reserves spoiled Maurice Cheeks' return to Philadelphia. Ming scored 19 points and Tracy McGrady added 15 to lead the Rockets to a 105-91 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. ``I didn't like being on the losing end the first time,'' said Cheeks, the first-year coach who played 11 years with the Sixers.

Wallace helps Saunders win Pistons debut (AP)
Rasheed Wallace had 15 points and eight rebounds and the Detroit Pistons, under new coach Flip Saunders, beat the Chicago Bulls 87-76 on Tuesday night in the NBA preseason opener for both teams. Saunders, who came to Detroit during the offseason from Minnesota, replaced Larry Brown, now with the New York Knicks.

Howard leads Magic past Hawks (AP)
Dwight Howard had 15 points and seven rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson added 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 104-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Grant Hill and Steve Francis each had 12 points for the Magic. Hill, coming off a relatively healthy 2004-05 season in which he averaged 19.7 points in 67 games, played 23...

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

Sabres extend coach Ruff's contract (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres have extended Lindy Ruff's contract through next season after the coach has his team off to its best start in two decades. The Sabres, who have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, improved to 3-1 following a 3-2 overtime victory Monday against Pittsburgh. Buffalo has won all three home games, the best start by the Sabres since they took five straight in Buffalo to...

Thrashers' Kovalchuk glad to be back (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk was on a line Tuesday with Peter Bondra and Marc Savard in his first practice since re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. He's looking forward to getting the same chance Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Three days after agreeing to terms with the Thrashers on a five-year, $32-million contract, Kovalchuk was back on the ice with his Atlanta teammates.

Sens beat Habs, stay unbeaten (AP)
The Ottawa Senators have depth beyond the Dominator. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 27 shots in his first start of the season as the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to four Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Alfredsson, who also scored in Monday's 6-5 shootout win over Toronto, tied it at 2 late in the second period with a short-handed...

O'Neill, Lindros give Maple Leafs first win (AP)
Jeff O'Neill's first goal with the Toronto Maple Leafs meant a lot more to him than just scoring for his hometown team. O'Neill scored the go-ahead goal and Eric Lindros added one against his former club as the Maple Leafs topped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

McClement lifts Blues to first win (AP)
Jay McClement posted his first NHL goal in the unlikeliest of ways. McClement scored on a penalty shot and added an assist Tuesday night as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 to end their season-opening, three-game losing streak. ``It's nice to get that and to get the win,'' McClement said.

Jokinen's first goal lifts Stars to win (AP)
The symbolism for the Dallas Stars was almost too good to be true: Franchise scoring king Mike Modano sets up prized rookie Jussi Jokinen for the first goal of his career, then the captain shows the kid how its done by netting his 459th -- short-handed, no less. Jokinen's goal broke a second-period tie and Modano's goal on a rare two-on-none breakaway during a penalty kill helped the Stars beat...

Kings end Oilers' win streak at three (AP)
The high-flying Edmonton Oilers got a reality check from the Los Angeles Kings. Dustin Brown and Joe Corvo had power-play goals, Eric Belanger also scored and the Kings ended the Oilers' season-opening, three-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night. ``I think it was bound to happen. I mean, you're eventually going to lose,'' defenseman Chris Pronger said.

Crosby jersey lost, but found at airport (AP)
A jersey worn by No. 1 draft pick Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game was found Tuesday at Pittsburgh International Airport, two days after it vanished from luggage checked onto a flight by his father, a US Airways spokesman said. The shirt was found wrapped in plastic at the foot of a stairway used to load luggage onto planes by a US Airways employee.

Flames sign free agent D Marchment (AP)
The Calgary Flames signed free agent defenseman Bryan Marchment to a one-year contract on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Marchment attended Toronto's camp on a tryout but the Maple Leafs opted not to offer him a contract. He had one goal, three assists and 106 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Leafs in 2003-04.

Hot topics
Bump drafting, retaliation, television commercials and multicar teams are among NASCAR's current 'problems.' We've got some solutions.

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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