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White Sox Take 2-0 Lead in World Series (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Scott Podsednik, center, is embraced by teammates after hiitting a game-winning walk off home run to beat the Houston Astros 7-6  in Game 2 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Chicago.. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)AP - Scott Podsednik's home run was quite a surprise. Paul Konerko hits plenty of them. It took big swings from both to put Chicago in control of the World Series. Now, two more wins and the White Sox are champions for the first time in 88 years.


Paul Konerko's Week Ends With Grand Slam (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko celebrates his grand slam in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros  in Game 2 of the World Series in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)AP - What a week for Paul Konerko. He was the MVP of the AL championship series, became a father for the first time, and Sunday night delivered a grand slam that sent U.S. Cellular Field into delirium.


Astros in the Hole After Lidge Loses Again (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Lidge, bottom, hangs his head as the Chicago White Sox celebrate Scott Podsednik's game-winning homw run off Lidge in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 win in Game 2 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - This time, Brad Lidge threw the exact pitch he wanted to throw. The result was still bad for the Houston Astros and their closer.


Down-To-The-Wire Wins Across the NFL (AP)
Dallas Cowboys' Marion Barber is flipped by Seattle Seahawks' D.D. Lewis, right, and Marquand Manuel, left, during the fourth quarter in Seattle Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005. The Seahawks went on to win 13-10. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - With stunning swiftness, the Seahawks, Vikings and Eagles earned wild victories. All three used big plays by their special-teams units Sunday for comebacks that seemed almost unimaginable earlier in the day.


Texas Picks Up Votes in AP Top 25 Poll (AP)
Texas quarterback Vince Young (10)  is pursued by Texas Tech defender Khalid Naziruddin (26) as he runs for a touchdown during the third quarter in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct.  22 , 2005.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - Texas is changing some minds. The second-ranked Longhorns picked up two more first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, gaining on No. 1 Southern California.


Eagles Stun Chargers on Blocked FG for TD (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Matt Ware, center, is congratulated by quarterback Donovan McNabb, left, and tight end Mike Bartrum (88) after returning a blocked field goal attempt by San Diego Chargers' Nate Kaeding 65 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won, 20-17. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Desperate for a big play, the Philadelphia Eagles got one from an unlikely source. Quintin Mikell blocked a field goal and Matt Ware returned it 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left, leading the Eagles to a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.


Milwaukee Bucks Waive Brandon Hunter (AP)
AP - The Milwaukee Bucks waived Brandon Hunter on Sunday, less than a month after signing the forward.

Sportsview: Mark Buehrle Shows His Worth (AP)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - All those folks who took a pass on Mark Buehrle, and there were plenty of them, must feel pretty foolish these days.


Everton Snaps Chelsea 9-Game Win Streak (AP)
Chelsea's  Frank Lampard, right, celebrates with William Gallas after scoring the equaliser against Everton during their English Premiership soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England. Sunday Oct. 23 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Ellis)AP - Chelsea's nine-game winning streak in the English Premier League ended Sunday when the defending champions were held to a 1-1 tie at last-place Everton.


Simon Leads Flames to 3-2 Win Over Kings (AP)
Calgary Flames' Dion Phaneuf, left, Chris Simon, center, and Stephane Yelle, right celebrate after Simon scored the winning goal late in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, in Los Angeles. The Flames won 3-2. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)AP - Chris Simon scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 30 seconds left in the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.


Comeback Kid
With a winning two-minute drill against Denver, Eli Manning continues to create a name for himself as a clutch QB.

Big Ben leads Steelers past Bengals (AP)
Not yet, Bengals. Not quite yet. In front of a record crowd roaring for a changing of the guard, the upstart Bengals got put in their place by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who proved Sunday that they're still the team to beat in the AFC North. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes in his return from a knee injury, and the Steelers used their proven formula -- run the ball and play defense -- to...

Colts use big second half to go 7-0 (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts want their fast start to pave the way to a big finish. Peyton Manning was uncharacteristically sloppy at times, fumbled for the first time this season and was intercepted on a poorly thrown pass but he did enough to lead Indianapolis to a 38-20 victory Sunday over the winless Houston Texans that gave the Colts their first 7-0 record.

Eagles get big play late, stun Chargers (AP)
A big play from their much-maligned special teams saved the Philadelphia Eagles on a day their once-potent offense was ordinary again. Quintin Mikell blocked a field goal, and Matt Ware returned it 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left, leading the Eagles to a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Bledsoe's INT, Brown's FG lift Seahawks (AP)
With the Dallas Cowboys moving the ball near midfield and 14 seconds remaining in a tie game, Seattle kicker Josh Brown was preparing for overtime. ``I'm on the sideline trying to get mentally ready, trying to be by myself,'' Brown said. ``It's one of those moments where you know what's coming. You know it's going to come.

Edinger's 56-yard FG lifts Vikings (AP)
Nothing was going right for Minnesota until coach Mike Tice tried a little negative reinforcement in the locker room. Prodded by Tice's stern halftime speech, the Vikings came back from a 17-0 deficit in the third quarter to beat Green Bay 23-20 on Sunday. Paul Edinger kicked a franchise-record 56-yard field goal as time ran out, lifting momentum-starved Minnesota past the Packers.

Giants stun Broncos with late touchdown (AP)
With less than a full season as a starter under his belt, Eli Manning is already developing a flair for the dramatic finish. For the second week in a row -- and the third time in 13 starts dating to the middle of last season -- the second-year quarterback brought the New York Giants back from a fourth-quarter deficit on their final drive.

Jordan's three TDs carry Raiders to win (AP)
During the preseason, LaMont Jordan hustled to the sidelines and told Norv Turner what plays to call, checking later with the coach to make sure he hadn't overstepped his bounds. This past week, Jordan met with Turner and asked to shoulder the load with the season slipping away and Randy Moss nursing several injuries.

Raiders lose Woodson, Gibson to injuries (AP)
Charles Woodson broke his right leg, and Derrick Gibson dislocated his left wrist Sunday, leaving the Oakland Raiders without two key starters in their secondary for up to two months. Coach Norv Turner gave the preliminary diagnosis of the two players after Oakland's 38-17 victory over Buffalo and said the players would undergo further tests Monday, holding out hope for a more positive diagnosis.

Redskins roll over 49ers 52-17 (AP)
Clinton Portis did cartwheels. LaVar Arrington was close to tears. Joe Gibbs' paranoia about a possible upset faded quickly. After five nail-biting games to start the season, the Washington Redskins unloaded their psychological baggage on the hapless San Francisco 49ers. All that had gone wrong went right Sunday in a 52-17 victory over the NFC's worst team.

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

Hornets lose in Oklahoma City debut (AP)
Playing their first game in a new home, the New Orleans Hornets had to work out some butterflies. By the time they settled down, it was too late to salvage a win. Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 rebounds and keyed a late surge to help the Denver Nuggets beat New Orleans 97-93 Sunday night, spoiling the Hornets' debut in Oklahoma City.

Bryant's 25 help Lakers past Bobcats (AP)
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including his team's last field goal with 50 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 98-97 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night. The Lakers (4-2) beat the Bobcats for the second time in three days. Primoz Brezec had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Charlotte (2-5).

Marion, Nash lead Suns past Kings (AP)
Shawn Marion had 16 points and seven rebounds, Steve Nash added 15 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 100-88 in preseason play Sunday night. Nash scored 13 points in the first half for the Suns, who jumped to a 70-50 lead in the third quarter with a 14-5 run after halftime. Raja Bell also scored 15 points for Phoenix, which made 12 3-pointers.

Jones, LeBron lift Cavs past Raptors (AP)
Damon Jones hit an off-balance bank shot with 19 seconds left and added two clinching free throws to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-83 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. LeBron James led the Cavaliers (5-2) with 22 points, and Jones and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each added 19 and Donyell Marshall 14.

Brand, Cassell, Mobley lead Clippers (AP)
Elton Brand, Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley each scored 21 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-80 in a preseason game Sunday night. Brand scored 13 points and Cassell added 12 in the third for the Clippers, who outscored the Mavericks 37-17 in the third quarter to erase an eight-point halftime deficit.

Yao scores 20 points in Rockets' win (AP)
Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy didn't see much to like in his team's latest preseason win. ``That was horrific, it was abominable, it was unwatchable,'' Van Gundy said after the Rockets beat the Washington Wizards 75-71 Sunday night. Yao Ming scored 20 points in 24 minutes and Juwan Howard added 14 points as Houston improved to 5-1.

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.

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

Simon helps Flames edge Kings (AP)
In a game where the penalty box came into play almost as much as the puck, Chris Simon's timely power-play goal and Calgary's penalty-killing unit made all the difference. Simon scored his second goal of the game with 30 seconds left in the third period and the Flames overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday night.

Bourque leads Blackhawks past Wild (AP)
A few new faces gave the Chicago Blackhawks their most satisfying win of the new season. Rookie Mikael Holmqvist snapped a tie midway through the third period, and Duncan Keith scored his first NHL goal to add insurance and lift Chicago to a 4-2 victory that stopped the Minnesota Wild's three-game winning streak.

Ducks' three in first holds off Coyotes (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks started well, struggled in the middle and then padded their lead at the end to pull out a win. ``I thought the first period was excellent and we were terrible in the second. In the third period, we found a way to get the job done and that was the difference,'' Anaheim's Teemu Selanne said after the Mighty Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 Sunday.

Bertuzzi has uneventful game against Avs (AP)
Still drenched in sweat, Todd Bertuzzi was asked if he was glad his first game against the Colorado Avalanche since his attack on Steve Moore was finally behind him. ``No, I would have played a couple of more periods,'' said Bertuzzi, who had one assist in the Canucks' 6-4 victory Saturday night. ``It's another hockey game.'' Bertuzzi played 18 minutes, 12 seconds against Colorado.

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...

Nabokov injured, Sharks recall Schaefer (AP)
Sharks starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov is expected to be out until next weekend because of an undisclosed upper body injury. Nabokov was injured Friday in a collision with San Jose defenseman Christian Ehrhoff during the Sharks' 4-1 loss at Columbus. He sat out Saturday for the first time this season as the Sharks lost 2-1 at Nashville with Vesa Toskala in goal.

Stars' Turco beats Flames for 100th 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.

Martinsville observations
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon is clutch at Martinsville, while Greg Biffle might be an idiot.

Gordon gets early start on team rebuilding (AP)
Jeff Gordon is out of the Chase for the championship, and thinks he deserves to be. These days, while he breaks in a new crew chief, Gordon talks a lot about being better next year.

Stewart, Johnson dabble in mind games amid title chase (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Stewart, Johnson play pre-race head games (AP)
The mind games started way before Sunday.

Jeff Gordon wins Subway 500; Stewart remains atop standings (SportsTicker)

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.

Craven wins Kroger 200 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

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.

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