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Testaverde Costs Jets; Falcons Win 27-14 (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde (16) fumbles as he is sacked by Atlanta Falcons Keith Brocking (56) and Demorrio Williams (51) during the first quarter Monday, Oct. 24,  2005 in Atlanta.  Atlanta recovered the ball. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - Vinny Testaverde look every bit like a 41-year-old quarterback. Testaverde fumbled three times in the first 17 1/2 minutes, leading to two touchdowns, and the Falcons dealt New York another road loss, beating the Jets 27-14 on Monday night.


MLB May Not Let the Astros Raise the Roof (AP)
Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, right, watches pitcher Brandon Backe, left, during batting practice Monday, Oct. 24, 2005 in Houston. Oswalt is scheduled to start Game 3 of World Series against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday in Houston. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Back in their bizarre ballpark, the Houston Astros are ready to raise the roof when the World Series resumes Tuesday night — only Major League Baseball might not let them.


Jenks Relaxed After Blowing First Save (AP)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks delivers a ninth inning pitch against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Chicago. Jenks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to get the save in Chicago's 5-3 win.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Bobby Jenks was as relaxed as a rookie could be, playing cards in the clubhouse Monday, his thoughts far removed from his first blown save in the World Series.


Rams Coach Martz to Miss Rest of Season (AP)
St. Louis Rams head football coach Mike Martz speaks during a news conference in St. Louis where he announced that he was steping down as head coach for the Rams due to an illness, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. Joe Vitt, interim coach will continue to run the team. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz will miss the rest of the season with a bacterial infection of a heart valve that has already sidelined him for two games.


Bowa Set to Coach Third for the Yanks (AP)
AP - Larry Bowa is set to become third-base coach of the New York Yankees. At the World Series as an ESPN analyst, Bowa said he's spoken with both Yankees manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman. Before Bowa's deal can be finalized, Cashman must decide whether to accept a new contract from New York — his current deal expires Oct. 31.

Vick, Dunn lead Falcons to victory over Jets (Reuters)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R, 7) runs for yardage to set up a first quarter touchdown as New York Jets defensive end Bryan Thomas (99) tries to catch up during their NFL game in Atlanta, Georgia October 24, 2005. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)Reuters - Michael Vick scored a pair of touchdowns on short runs and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late comeback bid to hold off the New York Jets 27-14 in National Football League play in Atlanta on Monday.


Clippers guard set to miss start of NBA season (AFP)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston, shown in a file picture, will miss up to a month at the beginning of the National Basketball Association season with a stress reaction in the lower back, the club announced(AFP/File/Jeff Haynes)AFP - Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston will miss up to a month at the beginning of the National Basketball Association season with a stress reaction in the lower back, the club announced.


Lidge Putting Second Bad Outing Behind Him (AP)
Houston Astros relief pitcher Brad Lidge throws in the outfield during practice Monday, Oct. 24, 2005 in Houston. The Astros will play the Chicago White Sox in Game 3 of the World Series Tuesday in Houston. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Brad Lidge got over his second bad outing of the postseason much easier than the first one.


U.S. Soccer Team to Play Scotland (AP)
AP - The U.S. soccer team will play an exhibition game at Scotland on Nov. 12, one of the last times before mid-May that the Americans will be able to gather most of their roster in preparation for the World Cup.

Leafs Beat the Bruins 5-4 in Shootout (AP)
AP - Eric Lindros scored the only goal in a shootout, and Ed Belfour made 49 saves to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

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

Turnovers help Falcons ground Jets (AP)
It was a game both quarterbacks would prefer to forget. At least Michael Vick could savor a victory. Vinny Testaverde was all beat up -- and his team wasn't doing much better. The 41-year-old Testaverde fumbled three times in the first 17 1/2 minutes, leading to two Atlanta touchdowns, and the Falcons dealt New York another road loss, beating the Jets 27-14 on Monday night.

Rams coach Martz to miss rest of season (AP)
St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz will miss the rest of the season with a bacterial infection of a heart valve that has already sidelined him for two games. ``This is very difficult for me to do,'' Martz said at a news conference Monday. ``But I know it's the right thing to do.'' Martz, who has one year remaining on his contract, expects to be back next season.

Packers RB Ahman Green out for season (AP)
The Green Bay Packers are losing playmakers even faster than they're losing games. Running back Ahman Green is the latest casualty. He was lost for the season with a ruptured right thigh tendon Sunday, when the Packers blew a 17-point lead and lost to the NFL's most beleaguered team, the Minnesota Vikings.

Seahawks' Hamlin released from hospital (AP)
Just before Ken Hamlin returned home this weekend, the Seattle Seahawks safety prepared a surprise for his teammates: a videotaped message from his hospital bed. The unannounced sight of Hamlin, who is recovering from a severe beating he took in a fight outside a nightclub, at the end of a film session came as such a shock that the players forgot about the cheeseburgers they were waiting to eat.

Niners QB Smith limping on sprained knee (AP)
Alex Smith sprained his right knee in San Francisco's fifth straight loss, and the 49ers aren't certain their rookie franchise quarterback will play against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Smith, 8-of-16 for 92 yards and one interception in the Niners' humiliating 52-17 defeat, was hurt when his cleats got caught in the turf while LaVar Arrington tackled him in the first quarter.

Jets' Testaverde suffers leg injury (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde injured his right Achilles' tendon and left Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons late in the third quarter. The 41-year-old Testaverde, who fumbled three times in the first half, appeared to get hurt trying to escape a heavy rush. He threw an interception on the next play.

Fisher expects McNair to start this week (AP)
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair should start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after sitting out a game to rest his sore back. McNair has missed five practices over the last two weeks and didn't play in Sunday's loss in Arizona. Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday the team decided to leave McNair in Nashville for continued treatment and rest.

Bengals' weaknesses exposed by Steelers (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals learned a few things from their most telling loss in the last 15 years. They're still in first place in the AFC North, though it may not feel that way. They've got to fix that horrid run defense that keeps dragging them down. Most of all, they've got to grow up. A 27-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday showed that the NFL's upstart team is still a long way from joining...

Angry fans don't want Saints to leave (AP)
A taped-up refrigerator with rotting contents was left on a sidewalk. On it was a message scribbled in spray paint: ``Do not open. Benson inside.'' Down the block, another abandoned refrigerator courtesy of Hurricane Katrina carried this comment: ``Saints lie to their fans.'' These are not the best of times for New Orleans Saints fans and team owner Tom Benson.

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

Webber ready for first preseason game (AP)
Chris Webber has said all the right things about fitting in better this year with Philadelphia and coexisting with Allen Iverson. Now the five-time All-Star power forward seems set to prove it on the court. After missing the first six preseason games with a strained right quadriceps, Webber says he's healthy enough to make his debut when the 76ers play the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Garrity's buzzer-beater lifts Magic (AP)
Pat Garrity hit a running one-hander at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic a 67-65 exhibition victory over Memphis on Monday night. Garrity made the winning 20-footer after the Grizzlies' Dahntay Jones tied it with a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 13 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Miles powers Blazers past Raptors (AP)
Darius Miles scored 20 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors in a preseason game on Monday night. Juan Dixon scored 16 points, and Zach Randolph 15 for the Trail Blazers, who won for the second time in six preseason games. Jalen Rose scored 21 points to lead Toronto, which lost for the fourth time in six exhibition games.

Mobley, Clippers rout Warriors (AP)
Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Boniface Ndong had 16 points and nine rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 112-82 exhibition victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Walter McCarty, Elton Brand and Chris Wilcox each added 11 points for the Clippers. Mike Dunleavy and Derek Fisher led the Warriors with 13 points each, and Jason Richardson had 12.

Payton lifts Heat over Hawks (AP)
Gary Payton banked in a 15-footer as time expired to give the Miami Heat an 84-83 exhibition victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points, and Antoine Walker added 19. Heat center Shaquille O'Neal did not play because of a strained left calf. Al Harrington and Donta Smith each scored 19 points for Atlanta.

Wolves' Garnett sits with sprained ankle (AP)
Kevin Garnett sat out of Minnesota's intrasquad scrimmage on Monday night because of a sprained ankle. Coach Dwane Casey said the injury, which occurred while the Timberwolves practiced before the scrimmage, was not serious. However, Garnett won't play in Wednesday night's preseason game against Chicago.

Bulls exercise option on G Hinrich (AP)
The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on guard Kirk Hinrich for the 2006-07 season. Terms of the option were not disclosed. In his two seasons with the Bulls, Hinrich has averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.46 steals a game. His 6.6 assists per game have put him among the leaders in the NBA in that category.

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

'Canes hand Sens first loss of season (AP)
The Ottawa Senators needed barely 3 minutes to take a two-goal lead, and the rough start left Carolina goaltender Martin Gerber a bit shellshocked. ``They're for sure better feelings out there,'' he said with a smile. ``But the game is over after 60 minutes.'' Indeed it is. Frantisek Kaberle scored early in the third period, Gerber finished with 44 saves and the Hurricanes rallied from that deficit...

Belfour lifts Maple Leafs over Bruins (AP)
Ed Belfour put a bad second period behind him in a hurry. Belfour made 49 saves and three more in the shootout to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night. ``It's just crazy,'' the 40-year-old Belfour said. ``An emotional roller-coaster. One minute you're a slug, the next minute you're a hero.'' Eric Lindros scored the only goal in the shootout.

Red Wings complete sweep of Blue Jackets (AP)
As good as they are, the Detroit Red Wings don't seem to think they're quite good enough. Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory. ``We were ready to play,'' Datsyuk said.

Predators take advantage of new NHL (AP)
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun's face is looking a little shaggy, and he doesn't plan on shaving again until the Nashville Predators lose. At this rate, that could be a while. The only undefeated team in the Western Conference has opened its seventh season with one of the best starts ever in the NHL at 7-0. Only seven other teams have opened with seven straight victories, none since Pittsburgh won its...

Thrashers' Boulton suspended six games (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers forward Eric Boulton was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL on Monday for elbowing Tampa Bay's Paul Ranger in the head. ``It is clear Mr. Boulton's actions were careless and caused injury to his opponent,'' said Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice president and director of hockey operations.

No eye surgery for Leafs' Sundin (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs star Mats Sundin will not require surgery to repair his injured left eye, the team said Monday. The center's left orbital bone was fractured when he was struck by a puck Oct. 5 in the season opener against Ottawa. Sundin will be re-evaluated early next week.

Penguins' Crosby not panicking, pressing (AP)
No doubt Sidney Crosby didn't figure it would take this long. No, not to score his first goal -- that came two weeks ago. Or to enjoy his first multipoint game. Or to get comfortable with the speed and physicality of the NHL after never previously playing above juniors. What Crosby hasn't done yet is win a game, and that's getting old even for an 18-year-old.

Simon's two goals get Flames past 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 4-2 (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.

Hollow victory
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon's win on Sunday just didn't mean as much as his late-season victories usually do.

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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