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White Sox Beat Astros 5-3 in Series Opener (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Joe Crede (24) watches his fourth inning solo home run against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Chicago.  Looking on are Astros catcher Brad Ausmus and home plate umpire Joe West. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - Yes, the Chicago White Sox do indeed have a bullpen, and they have the lead in the World Series, too. Neal Cotts and Bobby Jenks got out of an eighth-inning jam with three straight strikeouts, Joe Crede hit a go-ahead homer and saved two runs with a pair of diving stops and the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Saturday night in Chicago's first World Series game since 1959.


Chicago Relievers Finally Get in the Game (AP)
Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks reacts after striking out Houston Astros batter Adam Everett to end Game 1 of the World Series in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005.  The White Sox won 5-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Bobby Jenks just about jumped out of his seat when the phone finally rang in the bullpen. He quickly got loose and came in for his first relief appearance in 15 days.


Clemens Leaves Game 1 With Sore Hamstring (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens reacts after Chicago White Sox's Jermaine Dye hit a solo home run in the first inning during Game 1 of the World Series in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Roger Clemens left Game 1 of the World Series after two innings Saturday night because of a strained left hamstring, an injury that has bothered the Houston Astros' ace since early September.


No. 7 LSU Nips No. 16 Auburn 20-17 in OT (AP)
AP - This season, there was no reprieve for Auburn's John Vaughn. Vaughn's 39-yard field goal in overtime hit the left upright, giving No. 7 LSU a 20-17 win over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night.

No. 12 Penn State Wallops Illinois 63-10 (AP)
Penn State's Calvin Lowry (10) runs through Illinois' Kyle Knezetic (49) in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Oct 22, 2005. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)AP - Michael Robinson threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more — in the first half — and 12th-ranked Penn State gave coach Joe Paterno his 350th victory the easy way with a 63-10 rout of Illinois on Saturday night.


Dolphins Try to Rebound From Dismal Loss (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 - So, Nick Saban, your Miami Dolphins have endured three consecutive increasingly dismal defeats and you're headed back to Baton Rouge for a game against the New Orleans Saints.


Raptors Release Pack, Brown and Matthews (AP)
AP - The Toronto Raptors released guards Robert Pack, Tierre Brown and forward Bryant Matthews on Saturday.

Sportsview: Clemens Suffers Fateful Twist (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens glares in toward the plate during the second inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Just this once, he looked less like a pitcher for the ages than just another aged pitcher.


Dallas Preserves 0-0 Tie With Rapids (AP)
FC Dallas forward Roberto Mina (9) and Colorado Rapids' Pablo Mastroeni go up for a header during the first half of their first round MLS Cup playoff game at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)AP - Scott Garlick made a diving save in the final minutes and helped FC Dallas preserve a 0-0 with the Colorado Rapids in the first game of a Western Conference semifinal playoff series Saturday night.


Canucks Stave Off Avalanche 6-4 (AP)
Vancouver Canucks Todd Bertuzzi (44) and Colorado Avalanche's  Rob Blake battle for the puck in front of Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver, Saturday, October 22, 2005.  Vancouver led 3-1 after two periods.(AP Photo/Chuck Stoody)AP - Daniel Sedin scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks withstood Colorado's furious charge in the final 3 minutes to hang on for a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday night.


Culpepper's culpability
Who is to blame for Minnesota's 1-4 start? Most Vikings fans are pointing their fingers at Daunte Culpepper.

Volek starting for McNair against Cards (AP)
The Tennessee Titans flew to Arizona without injured Steve McNair, giving backup quarterback Billy Volek his first start this season Sunday against the Cardinals. The Titans officially downgraded McNair from questionable to out Saturday after listing him as questionable each day because of back and ankle injuries.

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 may bench 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.

Steelers WR Ward upgraded for Bengals (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward was upgraded Friday to probable for Sunday's AFC North game at Cincinnati after missing a game for the first time in his NFL career with a hamstring injury last weekend. Ward was listed as questionable when the practice week began, but took part in drills Thursday and Friday after missing practice last week.

Browns' Edwards upgraded to questionable (AP)
Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Friday's injury report, increasing his chances of playing on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Edwards has missed two games since undergoing surgery on Oct. 8 to clean out an infection in his right arm.

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

Prince, Hamilton lead Pistons over Heat (AP)
Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and Richard Hamilton added 15 as the Detroit Pistons routed the Miami Heat 87-66 in an exhibition game on Saturday. Shaquille O'Neal led the Heat with 28 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. He made 12 of 18 from the field, but was just 4-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Garnett dominates in T-Wolves' win (AP)
Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 89-85 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Garnett dominated in playing a preseason-high 30 minutes. He had 11 points and nine rebounds in the decisive third period, when Minnesota (2-4) used a 14-2 run to take the lead for good.

Rookie Frye leads Knicks past Spurs (AP)
Rookie Channing Frye scored 19 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 96-90 comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason game Saturday night. Jamal Crawford added 13 points, six of them in the final 1:33. Jackie Butler scored 12 and Stephon Marbury 11. Tony Parker had 21 points, 14 of them in the first half, for San Antonio, which has lost six of its seven exhibition games.

Howard, Magic hold off Hawks 105-100 (AP)
Dwight Howard scored 20 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-100 in an exhibition game on Saturday night. Steve Francis added 16 points and eight assists for the Magic, who played without Grant Hill. The All-Star forward has a lower abdominal strain and is expected to miss another week.

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.

Jamison, Arenas nursing minor injuries (AP)
Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas were both nursing injuries Saturday after early exits from Friday night's game against Denver. Jamison bruised his right shoulder in the third quarter of the 97-91 loss to the Rockets in the first game of a doubleheader at Los Angeles. Arenas got poked in the right eye, also in the third quarter.

Iverson, Webber sit out 76ers' loss (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).

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

Bertuzzi, Avs civil in first meeting (AP)
After giving up three-goal leads twice already this season, the Colorado Avalanche nearly came back from a four-goal deficit against the Vancouver Canucks. Colorado scored three times in the final 3 minutes to pull within one goal before Trevor Linden got an empty-netter to seal Vancouver's 6-4 Saturday night.

Predators top Sharks, remain unbeaten (AP)
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz knows why his team beat the San Jose Sharks even though they didn't play the best hockey. ``We got great goaltending from Tomas Vokoun,'' Trotz said after the Predators' 2-1 win Saturday night. ``He was absolutely spectacular in the last 1 1/2 minutes. Tomas was the reason why we won the hockey game.'' Vokoun stopped 37 of 38 shots, staying in the game for the...

Penguins' winless streak now eight games (AP)
Joe Thornton knows power plays will increase this season and the Boston Bruins must do a solid job on them. They were very productive Saturday night. The Bruins scored on four power plays in a 10-minute span of the second period and extended the Pittsburgh Penguins' longest winless streak at the start of a season with a 6-3 victory.

Williams' hat trick boosts Wings to win (AP)
Jason Williams added to his good feelings about playing in Nationwide Arena. Williams scored his first three goals of the season in the opening 16 minutes, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. It was Williams' first career three-goal game. The last time he played on the Blue Jackets' home ice, he scored twice in a 4-2 Detroit win, back in...

Stars' Turco earns 100th career win (AP)
Marty Turco was challenged by his coach to improve after consecutive subpar performances, and he responded. Turco made 29 saves and Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist, leading the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Dallas, which had lost its two previous games by the combined score of 12-4, rebounded with a solid effort against Calgary.

Flyers end Maple Leafs' winning streak (AP)
Peter Forsberg hasn't scored yet for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but it hasn't mattered. Donald Brashear had a goal and an assist in the third period and the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Saturday night for their third straight victory. Forsberg had no goals in six games, but he leads the team with 12 assists.

Sabres top Rangers, stay perfect at home (AP)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick winked when discussing how his pass wound up in the New York Rangers' net. ``We'll keep that a secret,'' said Fitzpatrick, who was credited with the go-ahead goal in Buffalo's 3-1 win Saturday night. Set up in the right circle, Fitzpatrick was attempting to pass the puck to J.P.

Thrashers beat Devils, end losing skid (AP)
Ronald Petrovicky picked the right time to end his season-opening scoreless drought. Marc Savard and Petrovicky scored 40 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying Atlanta to a 4-3 win Saturday night over the New Jersey Devils and ending the Thrashers' four-game losing streak. Atlanta, outscored 22-2 during its skid, trailed 3-1 after New Jersey's John Madden got his second goal of the game...

Begin's late goal lifts Habs over Isles (AP)
Steve Begin battled hard to give the Montreal Canadiens a lead they could finally hold. Begin scored with 1:45 left in the third period to lift Montreal to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. The Canadiens, 4-0 on the road this season, won their second straight home game. After rallying twice Tuesday for their first win at the Bell Centre, Montreal blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but...

Rudd's move
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – He's keeping quiet about his plans for '06, but Ricky Rudd could be part of a major driver shakeup.

Bowyer wins NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 250 (SportsTicker)

Bowyer rallies to win Sam's Town 250 (AP)
Clint Bowyer won his second Busch Series race of the season, rallying from deep in the field to win the Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Martinsville promises tight racing in a tight title chase (SportsTicker)

Craven wins Kroger 200 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Kenseth struggling in NASCAR's playoff (AP)
Matt Kenseth used a strong finish in the 26-race prelude to the Chase for the championship to make the field for the 10 races to decide the title.

Craven wins truck race at Martinsville (AP)
Ricky Craven drove the last 145 laps on the same tires and tank of gas, and made Jack Roush the leader in career wins among owners in the NASCAR truck series with a victory Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Grim anniversary shadows Martinsville (AP)
The overcast skies and dense fog hovering over Martinsville Speedway on Saturday looked hauntingly familiar.

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.

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