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Gretzky Wins Again in Edmonton (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky argues a call with linesman Darren Gibbs during the first period of NHL play against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton on Tuesday Oct.18, 2005. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)AP - Wayne Gretzky got another victory in Edmonton. Oilers fans weren't happy about this one.


Torre to Return As Yankees Manager in 2006 (AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre answers questions during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Torre announced his plans to return as manager for the Yankees. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - When Joe Torre arrived to board a private plane that would take him to his meeting with George Steinbrenner, he wasn't sure of his future.


Astros Loose, Confident Despite Loss (AP)
Houston Astros pitchers Russ Springer, left, and Chad Qualls walk on the field in Busch Stadium during the Astros workout as they prepare for Game 6 of their National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)AP - The Houston Astros hardly sounded shaken. Even after a stunning loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL championship series, they made sure to needle All-Star closer Brad Lidge about the jaw-dropping homer he gave up to Albert Pujols with two outs in the ninth inning.


BALCO Founder Sentenced to Eight Months (AP)
BALCO founder Victor Conte reads a statement at a news conference outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005 after his sentencing for his part in steroids for athletes case.  Conte was sentenced to eight months Tuesday as part of a plea deal for his role as mastermind behind a scheme to provide professional athletes with undetectable performance-enhancing drugs. In background is his attorney Ed Swanson.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months' home confinement Tuesday for his role as the mastermind in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs.


Pujols Ready for Another Highlight Hit (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) belts a three-run home run off Houston Astros closer Brad Lidge in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, in Houston. The Cardinals rallied for the 5-4 win.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)AP - Albert Pujols equated his mammoth game-deciding homer's effect on the Houston crowd to a couch potato punching the mute button.


Adversity Shifts More Burden on Bledsoe (AP)
AP - These should be high times for Drew Bledsoe. He has led the Dallas Cowboys to a 4-2 record and first place in the NFC East. He's the top-rated passer in the conference and recipient of the label "best Dallas quarterback since Troy Aikman," although that's not much of an accomplishment.

Stern, James Support New NBA Dress Code (AP)
Injured San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, and Tony Parker of France watch their teammates play the Miami Heat during the second half at the SBC Center in San Antonio in this Nov. 4, 2003 file photo.  On Monday, Oct. 18, 2005 the NBA announced in a memo to teams that a dress code will go into effect at the start of the season which requires players on the bench who are not in uniform to wear sports jackets, shoes and socks. (AP/Doug Sehres)AP - David Stern wanted to come up with a dress code that wouldn't restrict his players.


Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Houston at St. Louis (8:28 p.m. EDT). Roy Oswalt and the Astros can advance to the World Series with a Game 6 win over Mark Mulder and the Cardinals. Houston is 0-5 in potential NLCS-clinching games.

Former Soccer Star Johnny Haynes Dies (AP)
AP - Johnny Haynes, a former World Cup captain and one of England's most respected midfielders, died Tuesday after a car crash, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary said.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - New York Islanders at New York Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). The surprising Rangers, leaders of the Atlantic Division with Jaromir Jagr's six power-play goals providing a boost to the offense, face the Islanders in the first of three games between the rivals in a four-game span.

The real deal
By acquiring A.J. Feeley, the Chargers will now decide on which QB to trade: Drew Brees or Philip Rivers.

Bucs acquire QB Rattay from 49ers (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers braced for life without Brian Griese on Tuesday, acquiring Tim Rattay from the San Francisco 49ers to back up young quarterbacks Chris Simms and Luke McCown. The Bucs sent what was believed to be a sixth-round draft choice to the 49ers for Rattay, a six-year veteran who recently lost his caretaker hold on San Francisco's starting job to No.

Hamlin fight possibly linked to slaying (AP)
Police were investigating whether a man found shot to death in a Seattle park was involved in a fight outside a nightclub that left Seahawks free safety Ken Hamlin with serious head injuries. Terrell Milam died of multiple gunshot wounds, the King County Medical Examiner said Tuesday. Three hours after the fight early Monday, a jogger found Milam's body near Seward Park, about 5 1/2 miles away.

Onterrio Smith sued for sexual assault (AP)
A woman who contends Vikings running back Onterrio Smith sexually assaulted her last year has sued the player. The 21-year-old woman is not identified in the lawsuit filed last week, for fear of retaliation, said her attorney, Lori Peterson. The woman, who lives in the Twin Cities, says she was injured and humiliated and is seeking $150,000 in damages.

Bulger's status for next week uncertain (AP)
St. Louis Rams interim coach Joe Vitt is unsure whether quarterback Marc Bulger will be able to play against New Orleans on Sunday. Bulger sprained his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Rams' 45-28 loss Monday night in Indianapolis. Vitt said Tuesday that MRI results weren't available. ``I don't want to assume anything yet, I think that's a hypothetical situation,'' Vitt said when asked...

Broncos' Williams posts bond in DUI case (AP)
Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 28 for a bond hearing following his arrest last month for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Williams, the Broncos' top pick in last year's draft, was arrested Sept. 23, 18th Judicial District spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said Tuesday.

Leonard Little's brother shot to death (AP)
The younger brother of NFL player Leonard Little was shot to death and a 17-year-old girl was taken into custody after trying to flee police Tuesday. Investigators found Jermaine Little, 24, lying on the floor of a friend's home about 5:30 p.m. Monday in Harriman, about 40 miles east of Knoxville where his brother once starred for the University of Tennessee.

Adversity shifts more burden on Bledsoe (AP)
These should be high times for Drew Bledsoe. He has led the Dallas Cowboys to a 4-2 record and first place in the NFC East. He's the top-rated passer in the conference and recipient of the label ``best Dallas quarterback since Troy Aikman,'' although that's not much of an accomplishment. Bledsoe has made more big plays and far fewer mistakes than anyone expected, winning over fans and skeptics who...

Chargers get Feeley, deal Fonoti (AP)
The Chargers took third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley off Miami's hands and gave up on guard Toniu Fonoti in separate deals before the NFL trading deadline on Tuesday. The Chargers picked up two draft picks in the process. Besides getting Feeley, the Chargers also got a sixth-round pick in 2006 from Miami for third-string quarterback Cleo Lemon, who's never taken a regular-season snap.

Bruschi to return to practice Wednesday (AP)
Tedy Bruschi's vision was cloudy, his step shaky and his mind spinning. The co-captain of the three-time Super Bowl champions wondered if his career was over. ``There were times, in my mind, I thought I was done,'' he said of those discouraging days following his mild stroke suffered three days after he played in his first Pro Bowl.

NBA preview: Southwest
Only the Spurs' egos can prevent them from winning a second straight division title.

Divac retires, gets new job with Lakers (AP)
Vlade Divac ended his 16-year NBA playing career Tuesday, easing into a new job with the Los Angeles Lakers as a liaison and scout in Europe. The Lakers bought out Divac's contract for $2 million. The 37-year-old center had back surgery in January, and played in 15 games last season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Bryant, Brown lead Lakers over Warriors (AP)
Kwame Brown scored 19 points, including two free throws with 29 seconds remaining in overtime, Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Washington Wizards 111-108 in an exhibition game at Rabobank Arena. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 28 points and Gilbert Arenas had 27 for the Wizards.

Hawks still dealing with loss of Collier (AP)
Joe Johnson's latest return to Arkansas was a more somber occasion than usual. Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks are still struggling to cope with the recent death of teammate Jason Collier. ``It's been tough, man. It's been tough,'' Johnson said. ``But we've found ways to get through it.'' Al Harrington scored 23 points and Johnson added 15 to lead the Hawks over the New Orleans Hornets 97-94 in an...

Sixers bury Knicks without Iverson (AP)
Over and over, John Salmons used the same strategy: Drive to the basket, get fouled, make the free throws. Boy, was it effective. Salmons helped Philadelphia overcome the absence of injured stars Allen Iverson and Chris Webber by scoring 30 points -- and going 16-for-21 from the free throw line -- Tuesday night in a 114-99 exhibition win over the New York Knicks, who were without head coach Larry...

Wade leads Heat past Magic (AP)
Dwyane Wade scored 15 points and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 95-91 in a exhibition game on Tuesday night. Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and Dorell Wright each had 14 points for the Heat, who were playing without Shaquille O'Neal (strained left calf). Payton also had a game-high eight assists in 26 minutes, and Udonis Haslem had 10 rebounds in 26 minutes.

Artest, Pacers keep Spurs winless (AP)
Two-time defending NBA champion San Antonio is winless after five preseason games. But there is no sense of panic by Spurs coach Greg Popovich after his team's latest loss Tuesday night to the Pacers, 94-81. ``It was a typical preseason game, where everybody wants to get the thing (exhibitions) over with and you hope nobody gets hurt,'' said Popovich, who didn't dress Tim Duncan and gave many of...

Knicks' Allan Houston retires (AP)
Though Allan Houston never planned for his career to end so soon, he didn't waste any time feeling sorry for himself. Unable to overcome knee pain that cut short his last two seasons, Houston announced his retirement Monday at the New York Knicks' practice facility. But first, he reminded members of the organization that their concerns should be elsewhere.

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

Coach Gretzky wins in Edmonton (AP)
Edmonton native Derek Morris gave Wayne Gretzky a victory over the team he led to four Stanley Cup titles. Morris scored a power-play goal one minute into overtime and Oleg Saprykin had two goals in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-3 win over the Oilers on Tuesday, a night Gretzky started by joining fellow Hall of Famer Paul Coffey at center ice as the latter's Edmonton jersey was retired.

Oilers retire Paul Coffey's No. 7 (AP)
Paul Coffey wiped away tears as his No. 7 Edmonton Oilers jersey was raised Tuesday night in a ceremony marked by the sound of trumpets, the streaming of confetti, the flashing of lights in a darkened arena and the deafening roar of fans chanting his name. ``All I can say is it's great to be an Oiler,'' Coffey said as he stood at center ice with his family before the Oilers played the Phoenix...

Ohlund's two goals give Canucks win (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks have figured out their power play. The Chicago Blackhawks can't stay out of the penalty box. It wasn't a good combination for Chicago on Tuesday night. For the second straight game, the Canucks converted three of 10 chances with the man advantage, including two less than two minutes apart in the second period, en route to a 6-2 rout of the struggling Blackhawks.

Mogilny leads Devils past Panthers (AP)
The New Jersey Devils rediscovered their touch on the power play, while the Florida Panthers showed they still need work on their penalty-killing. New Jersey scored three power-play goals, including the game-winner by Alexander Mogilny late in the third period, to defeat Florida 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Habs top Bruins for first home win (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens finally got a home win, and it took two rallies to get it. Alexander Perezhogin scored midway through the third period to give Montreal a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Mike Ribeiro scored his second goal of the season 2:02 into the third to tie it at 3 and Perezhogin gave Montreal its only lead of the game at 9:12 with the Canadiens' third power-play...

Rangers deal Lundmark to Coyotes (AP)
The New York Rangers traded center Jamie Lundmark, a former first-round draft pick, to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night for forward Jeff Taffe. Lundmark, chosen by New York with the ninth overall pick in 1999, never lived up to his projected potential with the Rangers. After notching eight goals and 11 assists in 55 games during his rookie season of 2002-03, Lundmark missed 23 games the...

Wings' Osgood sent down for conditioning (AP)
Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was sent to the minors Tuesday for conditioning after missing the start of the season with a groin injury. Osgood joined the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for a two-game road trip in Texas. Detroit signed Osgood in August to a $900,000 contract to compete with Manny Legace.

Wings' Fischer beats Sharks 3-2 in OT (AP)
Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer just wanted to get a shot off as quickly as he could. It just happened to be in the right spot. Fischer's goal with 50.9 seconds left in overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. His wrist shot from the top of the left circle beat Sharks' goalie Evgeni Nabokov just under the crossbar after Fischer took a pass from...

Mascot Youppi makes Canadiens debut (AP)
Just like old times in Montreal, Youppi! was there to high-five Andre Dawson and Gary Carter amid the wild cheers of a sellout crowd. Sadly, for fans of the city's late and lamented baseball team, on Tuesday night he was standing on skates at center ice of the Bell Centre -- not outside the Olympic Stadium dugout -- and all three were wearing Montreal Canadiens jerseys.

Best foot forward?
CONCORD, N.C. – As bad as Saturday night's race was, it did make the Chase more exciting.

Four-time Indy winner Unser is held overnight (AP)
Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser was hospitalized Tuesday night with suspected gallstones. ``He's going to spend the night, but there's nothing life-threatening,'' said his brother, Bobby Unser. Al Unser complained of abdominal pains while changing a flat tire on his motor home during a drive to California last week.

American Speed to drive for Red Bull in Formula One (AFP)
American Scott Speed was named as a regular driver for Red Bull Racing, which will field two Formula One teams next season after acquiring Minardi in September.

IRL to probe Patrick's dustup with Lazier (AFP)
Indy Racing League officials plan to probe an altercation after Sunday's Toyota Indy 400 race in which Jaques Lazier claims fellow driver Danica Patrick struck him on the head.

Charlotte race turns into debacle after tire troubles (AP)
Slumped over and scowling, Tony Stewart made no effort to mask his disgust after finishing a race in which he feared for his safety.

Johnson wins NASCAR UAW-GM Quality 500, ties for points lead (SportsTicker)

Johnson wins fourth straight in racing debacle at Lowe's (AP)
The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled.

Roush responds to NASCAR's proposed cap on teams (AP)
Feeling singled out by NASCAR's proposed cap on teams, Roush Racing distributed a 10-point argument Saturday outlining the benefits of multicar ownership.

Honda commits to Indy Racing League through 2009 (AFP)
Honda will remain an engine supplier to the Indy Racing League through the 2009 season, the Japanese manufacturer said.

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