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Travel-Weary Chiefs Rout Dolphins 30-20 (AP)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte is stopped for no gain by Kansas City Chiefs safety Sammy Knight, bottom, and linebacker Kendrell Bell during the second half Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis Alvarez)AP - The Kansas City Chiefs made a quick trip worth the trouble. With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs arrived less than six hours before kickoff for a rare Friday night game, then shook off any flight fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20.


Clemens to Start World Series for Astros (AP)
Houston Astros' starting pitcher Roger Clemens steps out of the dugout onto U.S. Cellular Field during the team's workout in preparaton for the World Series against the Chicago White Sox, in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 21, 2005.  Clemens is scheduled to start Game 1 of the series on Saturday, Oct. 22.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - Roger Clemens has had more farewell seasons than the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox have World Series titles. He's won more awards than every other player on both rosters combined. And on Saturday night, the 43-year-old Rocket starts for the Astros in his hometown team's World Series debut, opposed by former Yankees teammate Jose Contreras.


Four Ex-Yanks on the Mound in World Series (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte, left, looks on from the dugout along with his father Tommy Pettitte, top, and brother-in-law Mike Tupa, second from right, and Darren Dunn, far right, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, during practice for the World Series, Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, in Chicago. The Astros play in their first World Series when they face the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 on Saturday night, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - Not long ago, Jose Contreras, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Orlando Hernandez were all in the Yankees' rotation. Now they're all in the World Series, ready to pitch without their pinstripes.


Woods on Verge of Missing Cut at Funai (AP)
Tiger Woods blasts his way out of a bunker on the fourth hole during the second round of the Funai Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Oct. 21, 2005. (AP Photo/Bruce Weaver)AP - Tiger Woods made it to the weekend, but probably not for long. Already exasperated by one of the strangest rounds he has had all year — six birdies, mixed with a triple bogey in the trees and a double bogey from two bunkers on the par-3 12th — Woods was two shots below the projected cut Friday in the Funai Classic at Disney when a bad day got worse.


Hejduk Gives Avalanche 7-1 Win Over Oilers (AP)
Colorado Avalanche's Milan Hejduk (not shown) scores  on Edmonton Oilers' goalie Ty Conkllin, back, as Oilers' Steve Staios, right,  looks on, during the second period of NHL play in Edmonton on Friday October 21, 2005. (AP Photo/John Ulan)AP - Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.


Chiefs dodge Hurricane Wilma to beat Dolphins (Reuters)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green passes against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of their NFL game in Miami, Florida October 21, 2005. The Chiefs defeated the Dolphins 30-20. (Marc Serota/Reuters)Reuters - Trent Green passed for 289 yards and the Kansas City Chiefs rolled up a season-high 462 yards in offence as the Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20 in a rare Friday night National Football League game in Miami.


Celtics Guard Allen Charged With Battery (AP)
AP - Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen has been charged with aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a West Loop diner two months ago.

Biggio, Bagwell Finally in World Series (AP)
Houston Astros' Craig Biggio (7) and Jason Lane (16) watch batting practice at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, in Chicago. The Astros play the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Saturday night, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell stayed together season after season, waiting and hoping for a chance to play in the World Series. Finally, after 15 seasons with the Houston Astros — the longest run by teammates now in the majors — they will.


D.C. United, Chicago Fire Play to 0-0 Draw (AP)
D.C. United's Jamie Moreno controls the ball as Chicago Fire's Chris Rolfe follows during the second half of an MLS Eastern Conference playoff game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005. The teams played to a 0-0 tie. (AP Photo/Aynsley Floyd)AP - D.C. United, playing without suspended forward Freddy Adu, played to a 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire on Friday night in the opening match of the MLS playoffs.


Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Colorado at Vancouver (10 p.m. EDT). Todd Bertuzzi faces the Avalanche for the first time since severely injuring former Colorado winger Steve Moore on March 8, 2004.

Earning their stripes
The Bengals must beat Big Ben and the Steelers to be included among the AFC's elite teams.

Chiefs make most of quick trip to Miami (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs canceled a practice and rushed to pack, then caught an early flight and landed less than six hours before kickoff. When the game began, they were ready. With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs shook off any travel fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Friday night.

Benson says he has no San Antonio plans (AP)
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said he hasn't made any plans to move the NFL team to San Antonio. Benson's statement Friday came two days after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said talk of moving the Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was a shameful act of disrespect to fans who supported the franchise for nearly four decades.

Tice could punish Vikings boat partiers (AP)
Minnesota coach Mike Tice said Friday he would consider reducing playing time as punishment for Vikings found to have acted inappropriately -- or criminally -- at an infamous boat party. Tice said he didn't expect any punishments to be announced before Sunday's game against Green Bay. Hennepin County sheriff's office spokesman Sgt.

Moss returns to practice, still doubtful (AP)
Oakland receiver Randy Moss returned to practice in a limited fashion Thursday but is still listed as doubtful to play this week against Buffalo. Moss is nursing bruised ribs, a strained groin and a bruised pelvic area after getting hurt in a hard fall while trying to make a leaping catch late in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Falcons' Vick criticizes NBA dress code (AP)
While it doesn't apply to him, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick criticized the NBA's new dress code Thursday. ``It's a crazy situation,'' Vick said. ``I don't know why people with power would make them dress the way that they want them to dress. Those guys are professionals, but at the same time we are all grown (men).'' When the NBA season kicks off next month, players will be required to...

Bengals, Steelers renew wacky rivalry (AP)
Leather briefcases with bright red ribbons. Pellets drenched with sheep urine littering a smelly playing field. Franco Harris churning through the snow. A dynasty started. A nickname given. The Steelers-Bengals rivalry has never compared to Browns-Steelers, Packers-Bears or even Bengals-Browns for intensity, fan interest or entertainment value.

Bruschi returns to Patriots practice (AP)
Tedy Bruschi was back on the practice field for the New England Patriots, eager to complete his comeback from a stroke that hospitalized him eight months ago. ``The next step is tomorrow's practice,'' the Patriots' star linebacker said Wednesday after his first practice with his teammates since his stroke on Feb.

Seahawks' Hamlin out of intensive care (AP)
Seattle Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin cleared his first big medical hurdle while still lying in his hospital bed. Hamlin, severely beaten outside a Seattle nightclub early Monday morning, was moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Harborview Medical Center late Wednesday, according to the player's agent.

Brunell likely to play with calf injury (AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell sat out for much of practice Friday with a strained left calf muscle, but remains listed as probable for this weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers. ``We kept Mark out as a precautionary measure,'' coach Joe Gibbs said. ``He looked good this morning.

NBA preview: Northwest
With a deeper, stronger squad, George Karl's Nuggets have much bigger plans than just winning the division.

Celtics' Tony Allen charged with battery (AP)
Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen has been charged with aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a West Loop diner two months ago. Allen was released on a $150,000 bond. He will only be allowed to travel for work purposes and was ordered back to court for a preliminary hearing Oct.

Kobe leads Lakers past Bobcats (AP)
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Chris Mihm got seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 109-93 exhibition victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Matt Carroll scored 21 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who were missing Emeka Okafor with back spasms, Gerald Wallace because of a sore right wrist and Raymond Felton due to a sore left wrist.

Colangelo to give up chairman's seat (AP)
Former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo will step down as chairman of the NBA's board of governors next week, a move Colangelo asked for because he felt it was time to give someone else a chance at the job. ``I was asked to stay on through the last collective-bargaining negotiations,'' Colangelo said Thursday night.

Iverson, C-Webb sit out loss to Nets (AP)
Richard Jefferson scored 25 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 93-91 victory over the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason game Friday night. The Sixers were playing without injured stars Allen Iverson (knee) and Chris Webber (quad strain), as well as starting center Samuel Dalembert (quad strain) and veterans Kevin Ollie and Michael Bradley (knee injuries).

Rookie Graham lifts Raptors over Celtics (AP)
Rookie Joey Graham scored 20 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 93-83 in a preseason game on Friday night. Graham, the 16th overall pick in the NBA draft, missed the previous three games with left knee tendinitis. He started Friday and was 9-for-14 from the field. Morris Peterson had 21 points in a reserve role.

Wizards roughed up in loss to Nuggets (AP)
Voshon Lenard scored 19 points and DerMarr Johnson added 17 off the bench, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 97-91 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the opener of an NBA exhibition doubleheader at Staples Center. The Wizards lost two starters in the third quarter when Antawn Jamison injured his right shoulder and Gilbert Arenas was poked in the right eye.

Allen comes through for Bulls in OT (AP)
Malik Allen's putback with 0.5 seconds left in overtime gave the Chicago Bulls a 107-105 exhibition victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Andres Nocioni tied the game at 105 with a dunk and then after a series of tips Allen scored. Milwaukee's Andre Barrett missed a fadeaway 3-pointer that was after time expired in overtime.

Power Rankings
The new-look NHL turns 100 games old in the latest installment of the Power Rankings.

Sens stay perfect with win at Tampa Bay (AP)
The Ottawa Senators made a statement at the expense of the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning Daniel Alfredsson scored a short-handed goal on an odd rebound and the Senators remained the Eastern Conference's only unbeaten team with a 4-1 victory over the Lightning on Friday night. ``I think we had more energy than them throughout the night,'' Alfredsson said.

Bertuzzi ready to meet Avalanche again (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi insists he's looking forward to Saturday's game against Colorado, but doesn't want to talk about the last time they played. On the eve of Vancouver's first game against Colorado since his blindside punch left Avalanche forward Steve Moore with broken bones in his neck more than 19 months ago, the Vancouver Canucks player refused to talk about the attack.

Jackets break out in win over Sharks (AP)
In only their seventh game of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets felt they almost had to win. They did. Jason Chimera scored twice and Adam Foote added his first goal with Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. The Blue Jackets were reeling after going 1-3 on a road trip and came into the game with the fewest points (2) and fewest goals (11)...

Hedjuk returns as Avs rout Oilers 7-1 (AP)
Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season. The Colorado Avalanche didn't need his added offense against the struggling Edmonton Oilers. Hejduk scored two of Colorado's four goals in the second period of a 7-1 victory that was the Oilers' sixth straight loss. ``It definitely helps when you score two goals on your first game back,'' said Hejduk, a 29-year-old native of...

Babcock, Wings beat Ducks 3-2 (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings' philosophy is simple: If games are going to be dominated by special teams, then you better be effective on the power play and killing penalties. That was the case Friday night as Pavel Datsyuk, Robert Lang and Mikael Samuelsson scored power-play goals and Detroit beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2.

Senators-Panthers postponed due to Wilma (AP)
The approach of Hurricane Wilma forced the NHL on Friday to postpone Saturday's game in Sunrise, Fla., between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers. The respective division leaders will make up the game on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. EST. The decision to postpone was made due to unpredictable weather conditions as the impending storm makes it's way toward the United States.

Thrashers floundering in season of hope (AP)
ATLANTA (AP)-- So much for all that bold talk of making the NHL playoffs for the first time. At the moment, the Atlanta Thrashers would gladly settle for a goal or two. The Thrashers have lost four straight since star Ilya Kovalchuk rejoined the team, and these aren't your run-of-the-mill defeats. Atlanta has been outscored 22-2 and, even more disturbing, played like a bunch of goons when games got...

Sharks G Nabokov hurt in loss (AP)
San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was injured when teammate Christian Ehrhoff plowed into him in the second period of Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After the 4-1 loss, Sharks officials said Nabokov had stiffness in his upper body. He was expected to undergo tests to evaluate the injury.

Islanders complete sweep of Rangers (AP)
All the New York Islanders needed to snap out of their early-season funk was back-to-back games against the rival New York Rangers. After winning Wednesday night in a shootout at Madison Square Garden, the Islanders completed a sweep of the home-and-home series. Mark Parrish scored twice and Arron Asham had a short-handed goal and an assist as the Islanders beat the Rangers 5-4 Thursday night...

Tough memories
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Being at Martinsville isn't easy one year after the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash.

Rudd not talking about plans (AP)
After a solid qualifying lap put him on the outside of the front row for Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Ricky Rudd knew the questions about his future were coming.

Stewart wins pole for Subway 500 at Martinsville (AP)
Tony Stewart was the fastest among 11 drivers who broke the track qualifying record for Martinsville Speedway, turning a lap at 98.083 mph under an overcast sky Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's Subway 500.

Crawford wins pole for Kroger 200 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Mayfield: Running scared won't work in 10-race Chase (AP)
Halfway through his second 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, Jeremy Mayfield is still trying to figure out the best approach.

Tony Stewart wins NASCAR pole at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Mark Martin makes bold prediction at Martinsville (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Wallace: Cup teams stronger for Busch races (AP)
Kenny Wallace, sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series points heading into the race Saturday at Memphis Motorsports...

Engineer Newman is not big on showing emotion (AP)
Ryan Newman doesn't like to show any emotion. He's an engineer, a Purdue graduate with a bent for cool, clear...

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