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No Doubt This Time: ChiSox Beat Angels 5-2 (AP)
Chicago White Sox Paul Konerko hits a two-run home run in the first inning during game 3 of the American League Championship Series agains the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Jon Garland pitched a four-hitter, Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer deep into the left-field seats in a three-run first inning and the Chicago White Sox silenced the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.


Quiet Angels Soundly Beaten in Game 3 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Orlando Caberera reacts after he struck out swinging in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - The Angels were adamant — their wrenching loss in the second game of the American League championship series had nothing to do with what happened in Game 3.


Roger Clemens Next Up for Astros (AP)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Roger Clemens walks off the field after the team's workout in preparation for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Houston, Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. The series is tied 1-1. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - The last time we saw Roger Clemens, he was riding in from the bullpen for his first relief appearance in 21 years and rescuing the Astros in the longest postseason game ever played.


Ott, Hedberg Help Stars Beat Oilers 3-2 (AP)
Dallas Stars' Steve Ott , right,  collides with Edmonton Oilers' Raffi Torres during first-period NHL action in Edmonton on Friday, October 14, 2005. (AP Photo/John Ulan)AP - Steve Ott scored his first goal of the season with 8:15 left in the third period and Johan Hedberg turned aside 33 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.


Blackhawks Trump Avalanche 3-2 in Shootout (AP)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, left, of Russia, looks back in the net to see the puck after a goal by Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic, lower right, as Avalanche left winger Alex Tanguay, center right, looks on in the first period in Denver on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. The goal was the 544th in Sakic's career, which ties him with Maurice 'Rocket' Richard for 21st place in goals in the history of the NHL. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Nikolai Khabibulin played his best game in goal since signing with Chicago, and the Blackhawks scored on all three chances in a shootout to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Friday night.


Steelers' Roethlisberger, Ward May Sit (AP)
AP - Ben Roethlisberger apparently won't be the only key member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense on the sideline for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Hines Ward may be there, too.

James Released After Treatment for Virus (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Lebron James holds his strained left pectoral muscle during practice Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 in Cleveland. James has been hospitalized for tests on a strained chest muscle he doesn't know how he injured. James was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday night as he continued to experience discomfort for what has been diagnosed by team doctors as a strained left pectoral muscle. The team didn't reveal James' hospital stay until Thursday when the 20-year-old did not practice with the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)AP - Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest.


Konerko Leading ChiSox to World Series (AP)
Paul Konerko, of the Chicago White Sox, watches his eighth-inning single against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Count on Konerko. It's something the White Sox have done all season and still are, one big reason they're two wins away from their first World Series since 1959.


EU Tells Soccer League to Honor TV Deal (AP)
AP - The European Union has told England's Premier League to honor a deal it made in 2003 to offer broadcast rights for live soccer matches to at least two television stations for its new contract effective in 2007.

Park Pushes Canucks Past Wild 5-3 (AP)
Minnesota Wild's Derek Boogaard, left, is checked by Vancouver Canucks' Sami Salo, right, of Finland, as Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier protects the goal during the first period Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, in St. Paul, Minn. Salo received a two-minute minor for cross-checking. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)AP - Richard Park had the go-ahead goal and two assists against his old team, leading the Vancouver Canucks past the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Friday night.


Rocky road
The Patriots' brutal early-season schedule takes them to another tough place to play: Denver.

Patriots LB Bruschi may return this year (AP)
New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots -- this season, not next -- thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl. Several obstacles remain: Bruschi has received favorable reports from doctors but not final medical clearance, and others involved in the decision --...

Vikings owner embarrassed by scandal (AP)
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is angry and embarrassed over accounts of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior by his players on a charter cruise, and said Friday the team will now have a conduct code. Wilf, in his first comments since the boat party last week, said he has apologized to the governor.

Romanowski admits using BALCO steroids (AP)
Bill Romanowski used steroids and human growth hormone supplied by Victor Conte, the former NFL linebacker tells CBS' ``60 Minutes'' in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. Romanowski said he took illegal steroids for a two-year period starting in 2001 and got them from Conte, the former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which has been at the center of a steroids controversy in several...

Roethlisberger, Ward miss practice again (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger isn't the Pittsburgh Steelers' only injury worry with Sunday's game against Jacksonville approaching. Wide receiver Hines Ward missed practice for a second straight day Thursday with a nagging hamstring injury. If Roethlisberger and Ward can't practice Friday -- and neither player has been on the field since Monday night's 24-22 victory in San Diego -- it seems unlikely they will...

Harrison determined to return in 2006 (AP)
New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison tries to ignore the possibility that his career might be over, and is determined to return from a season-ending knee injury. ``I cannot honestly say what's going to happen next year and what the future holds for me in terms of football,'' Harrison said Friday.

Taylor says he'll play, Jags unsure (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor vowed to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, while the team said it will wait until game time to make a decision. ``I'm going to play,'' Taylor said after practice Friday. ``I was limited, but for the most part, I believe I'll make it and will play.'' Taylor practiced some Friday despite a sprained right ankle and is officially listed as questionable for...

McNair has back spasms, now questionable (AP)
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was added to the Titans' injury report Friday because of back spasms and was listed as questionable for the team's game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. McNair did not participate in the day's workout, but downplayed the seriousness of the situation. ``It's something I've dealt with from time-to-time throughout my career,'' he said.

Rams adjusting to life without Martz (AP)
Whenever Mike Martz comes back, the St. Louis Rams want him to return to a successful team. Players insisted Thursday, the day the team returned to practice in preparation for a Monday night game at Indianapolis, they wouldn't and couldn't allow the absence of their ailing head coach to be a distraction.

Vick says he expects to play vs. Saints (AP)
Michael Vick said he expects to play Sunday against New Orleans after his sprained right knee held up in Wednesday's practice. ``I heal pretty fast,'' said the Falcons' quarterback, who missed last week's game against New England. ``Yes, I think I will be playing on Sunday. I have to continue to treat my knee and make sure that it is nice and sturdy when I get out there.'' Vick was held out of last...

NBA preview: Southeast
With the division crown a certainty, the Heat must spend the regular season developing NBA title chemistry.

LeBron released from hospital (AP)
Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest. James was hospitalized Wednesday for what the team initially called a strained pectoral muscle. But Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Friday that James came down with pleurisy, an inflammation of the thin layers of tissue covering...

Report: Curry had chest pain in '04 camp (AP)
New York Knicks center Eddy Curry first experienced chest pains during training camp last year while he was a member of the Chicago Bulls, according to a published report. The previously unreported health scare occurred last October, five months before the 22-year-old Curry was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, Bulls general manager John Paxson told SI.com in a report posted on the Web site...

Iverson lights up LeBron-less Cavaliers (AP)
Allen Iverson did all he could, and then watched as his teammates did the rest. Iverson was in regular-season mode, scoring 30 points in 28 minutes to lead Philadelphia to a 100-98 win Friday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without superstar LeBron James. Iverson, who has had some of the highest-scoring games of his career against the Cavaliers, scored 15 points in the third quarter...

Artest scores 26 points in Pacers' win (AP)
Ron Artest had 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-84 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a preseason game on Friday night. Rashad McCants scored 14 points and Troy Hudson and Bracey Wright each had 12 for the Timberwolves, who played without Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) and Wally Szczerbiak (sprained foot).

Warriors rookie Diogu out 3-to-4 weeks (AP)
Rookie forward Ike Diogu learned Friday he'll miss the rest of the Golden State Warriors' exhibition schedule with a broken left hand. Diogu will be out at least three weeks, according to the team doctors' diagnosis when the Warriors returned to practice at their training complex in Oakland after opening camp in Hawaii.

Pierce leads Celtics past Raptors (AP)
Paul Pierce scored 19 points and rookie Ryan Gomes added 18 to lead the Boston Celtics to a 107-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors in a preseason game Friday night. Justin Reed scored a pair of baskets to give Boston a 104-100 lead with 26.1 seconds left in the game and then added a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining.

Power Rankings
Montreal and Buffalo shot up the rankings, while Calgary and Pittsburgh are falling fast in the latest installment of the Power Rankings.

Leafs score seven PP goals in rout (AP)
Jeff O'Neill scored three of Toronto's nine goals in a fight-filled rout of the Atlanta Thrashers. Some of the hardest shots were then traded after the game. O'Neill posted his second hat trick against the Thrashers in two seasons and paced the Maple Leafs to a 9-1 win Friday night. But all of the postgame talk and barbs revolved around two third-period brawls that led to 109 penalty minutes being...

Pens stage big rally, but lose in OT (AP)
A fluke goal and impressive comeback weren't enough to end Pittsburgh's winless streak. Mike Rathje scored a power-play goal 3:17 into overtime, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-5 victory over the Penguins on Friday night. Maxime Talbot's goal from the other side of center ice with 8:03 left in regulation completed Pittsburgh's rally from a four-goal deficit, but the Penguins (0-1-4) couldn't...

Columbus' Nash to miss two more weeks (AP)
Blue Jackets star Rick Nash is expected to remain on injured reserve for another 12-to-14 days with a sprained right ankle. Team officials had hoped he would return this weekend. ``Unfortunately, that's not the case,'' team president and general manager Doug MacLean told The Columbus Dispatch in Friday's editions.

Khabibulin, 'Hawks top Avs in shootout (AP)
Nikolai Khabibulin's big contract is starting to look a little better. Khabibulin played his best game in goal after a shaky start to his career in Chicago, and the Blackhawks scored on all three chances in a shootout to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Friday night. ``It was definitely better for me,'' Khabibulin said.

Park, Canucks get revenge on Wild (AP)
They faced the same opponent in the same arena two nights earlier, but the recharged Vancouver Canucks skated like a completely different team. Richard Park had the go-ahead goal and two assists against his old team, leading the Canucks past the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Friday. ``Playing a top team, you've got to be on your toes,'' said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, who watched his team dismantle...

Hedberg leads Stars to Alberta sweep (AP)
Johan Hedberg has no explanation for his perfect record against the Edmonton Oilers. The Dallas backup turned aside 34 shots in his season debut and Steve Ott scored the winner in the third period as the Stars beat the Oilers 3-2 on Friday night. ``You try to stay even keel and not get too high about it,'' said Hedberg, who won his first game with the Stars to improve to 4-0 against Edmonton.

Judge tosses out suit against Bertuzzi (AP)
Former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore's lawsuit over a vicious hit by Todd Bertuzzi was dismissed Thursday, and the judge advised him to take the case to Canada. Moore's claims would be better handled in Canada because that's where the hit happened and all the defendants are based there, Denver District Judge Shelley Gilman said.

Predators 4-0, beat Coyotes in shootout (AP)
Paul Kariya spent much of the night in the penalty box, and coach Barry Trotz's doghouse, then climbed out just in time to score the winning goal in a shootout. Kariya's' goal was the only one for either team in the shootout and kept the Nashville Predators unbeaten with a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Wings beat Kings in Yzerman's 2005 debut (AP)
It was 529 days since Steve Yzerman played in a meaningful hockey game. It seemed like forever for the Detroit Red Wings' captain. ``I really enjoyed it,'' Yzerman said after Thursday night's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. ``I played a couple of preseason games, but the atmosphere tonight was totally different.

Comeback kid
CONCORD, N.C. – He's been down before, but don't ever count Greg Biffle out.

Newman races to fifth straight Busch Series win (AP)
Ryan Newman set a NASCAR record by winning his fifth consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, avoiding a track-record 14 cautions en route to the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Newman wins on record-setting night at Lowe's Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)

Ganassi may be willing to let McMurray leave early (AP)
Chip Ganassi has softened his stance regarding driver Jamie McMurray, who wants out of his contract so he can drive for Roush Racing.

Source: NBC to pull out of NASCAR coverage (AP)
NBC won't extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

Johnson has to earn fourth straight Charlotte win (AP)
If Jimmie Johnson is going to win his fourth consecutive race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he'll have to earn it.

Sadler gains pole for UAW-GM Quality 500 (SportsTicker)

Sadler wins pole at Charlotte, six Chase drivers in top 10 (AP)
Elliott Sadler set a track record in winning the pole Thursday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a qualifying session that placed six drivers in the Chase for the championship in the top 10.

Notes: Earnhardt turns 31 quietly (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday without much fanfare. NASCAR's most popular driver has...

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