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White Sox Beat Astros 7-5 in 14 Innings (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Geoff Blum, right, watches his solo home run along with Houston Astros' catcher Chris Widger in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the World Series early Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Houston.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Geoff Blum won the longest game in World Series history with a tiebreaking, two-out solo home run in the 14th innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-5 Wednesday morning to move within a win of a Series sweep and its first title since 1917.


Lidge Ends Two-Homer Skid With Three Ks (AP)
Houston Astros closer Brad Lidge works against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - Brad Lidge didn't allow a game-losing homer this time. Heck, he barely let the Chicago White Sox put the ball in play.


Astros Displeased With Order to Open Roof (AP)
Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros players line the infield as the national anthem is performed before the start of Game 3 of the World Series in Houston, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. Over the objections of the Astros, the commissioner's office ordered the roof open at Minute Maid Park for Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night and said all games in Houston this week are likely to be played outdoors.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)AP - Major League Baseball pulled the roof out from over the Houston Astros' heads. Over the objections of the Astros, the commissioner's office ordered the roof open at Minute Maid Park for Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night and said all games in Houston this week are likely to be played outdoors.


Coyotes Defeat Blues 5-4 in Overtime (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender David LeNeveu (30) makes a save against St. Louis Blues center Doug Weight, third from left, during the third period Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005 in Glendale, Ariz. At left, is Blues right-winger Mike Sillinger (18) along with Coyotes defenseman Sean O'Donnell (21) and at right is Coyotes right-winger Mike Johnson. The Coyotes won 5-4 in overtime with LeNeveu picking up his first NHL win as a goaltender. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)AP - Petr Nedved scored off a rebound 1:51 into overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.


Undefeated Predators Drop Blackhawks 5-3 (AP)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Matthew Barnaby (36) gets the puck past Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun of the Czech Republic on a breakaway in the second period in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. (AP Photo/John Russell)AP - Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist and Tomas Vokoun made a season-high 38 saves to help the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Tuesday night for their season-opening eighth straight victory.


Martz Critical of Rams Denying Phone Calls (AP)
St. Louis Rams head football coach Mike Martz gestures during a news conference in St. Louis Monday, Oct. 24, 2005 where he announced that he was steping down as head coach and that interim coach Joe Vitt would continue tun the team.  Vitt had been running the team for the last three weeks of Martz's illness. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - A day after announcing he'd miss the rest of the season with a heart infection, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz harshly criticized team management and said he didn't know if he could coexist with the team's president of football operations.


Bulls retain starting guard Hinrich for fourth year (Reuters)
Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich celebrates scoring a basket at the United Center in Chicago, April 27, 2005. The Chicago Bulls have exercised a fourth-year option on starting guard Kirk Hinrich to keep him with the team through the 2006-07 season, the Bulls said. (John Gress/Reuters)Reuters - The Chicago Bulls have exercised a fourth-year option on starting guard Kirk Hinrich to keep him with the team through the 2006-07 season, the Bulls said.


Yankees Offer Cashman Three-Year Contract (AP)
AP - New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been offered a three-year contract worth more than $5 million, and the team hopes he will decide in the next few days to stay.

Klinsmann Remains Firm on California (AP)
Juergen Klinsmann, 2nd from right, headcoach of German national soccer team, gesticulates during a joint press conference with, from left, Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Werner Hackmann, president of the German Soccer League (DFL) and Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, president of the German Soccer Association (DFB) at the headquarters of the DFB in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. Representatives of the German first division soccer teams discussed with Klinsmann the crisis of the German national team. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)AP - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann won't be moving out of California despite criticism from Bundesliga coaches.


Kings Defeat Mighty Ducks 3-1 (AP)
Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, right, watches the puck after deflecting it as Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Joffrey Lupul tries to chase it down during the third period, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 3-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)AP - Rookie Jason LaBarbera made 29 saves, and Mike Cammalleri, Luc Robitaille and Craig Conroy scored goals in the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.


Collision course
The NFL's two best teams are headed for an AFC championship game preview in Week 12.

Giants owner Wellington Mara dies at 89 (AP)
Every NFL fan owes a huge debt to Wellington Mara, who died Tuesday at 89. So does every owner, executive and player. Mara, who joined the New York Giants as a ballboy the day his father purchased the team 80 years ago and became co-owner as a teenager, was the face of the franchise for more than a half century.

Ailing Martz criticizes Rams' management (AP)
A day after announcing he'd miss the rest of the season with a heart infection, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz harshly criticized team management and said he didn't know if he could coexist with the team's president of football operations. Jay Zygmunt, the team's second-highest ranking official, stopped a representative for Martz at the door of the coaches' booth during Sunday's game against the...

Dolphins back practicing, wait out Wilma (AP)
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban planned to wait out Hurricane Wilma by watching game film at work. His wife said no. ``I tried to escape yesterday before the wind started blowing so I could come here where we had a generator and watch film and work during the storm,'' Saban said Tuesday at the team's complex.

Mora says Falcons have issues versus run (AP)
Holding an established star like Curtis Martin to 28 yards was a step in the right direction for the Atlanta Falcons' run defense. One week of improvement, however, wasn't enough to satisfy coach Jim Mora, whose Falcons began their bye week Tuesday following a 27-14 victory over the New York Jets. When his 5-2 team returns to practice next Monday, Mora and his staff will continue insisting on...

Packers down to third-string back Fisher (AP)
Tony Fisher is a fine third-down running back, whether catching passes out of the backfield, blocking defenders, picking up blitzers or scampering for first downs. Now the third-year pro, who went undrafted out of Notre Dame, is going to be the featured tailback in the Green Bay Packers' offense with starter Ahman Green (torn thigh tendon) joining No.

Eagles claim K Cortez, waive France (AP)
With Pro Bowler David Akers still recovering from a hamstring injury, the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday claimed Jose Cortez off waivers from Dallas. They released Todd France, who had been doing the kicking for them. Cortez was waived by the Cowboys on Monday after missing a 29-yard field goal attempt in a 13-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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.

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.

Full-court press
The pressure is really on for 10 players and coaches in the NBA, including three figures in Lakerland.

Granik to leave No. 2 spot in NBA (AP)
Russ Granik will leave his job as NBA deputy commissioner after this year to become a senior adviser to David Stern. Granik will remain the league's main representative to USA Basketball and board chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame as well as an aide to the commissioner. Granik is in his 30th year with the NBA, and was second in command for the last 22.

No structural damage in Garnett's ankle (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett didn't sustain structural damage to his sprained left ankle, X-rays showed Tuesday. Garnett sprained his ankle in practice on Monday when he landed on Mark Madsen's foot. Garnett sat out the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Monday night and did not attend practice on Tuesday.

Knicks spoil Webber's preseason debut (AP)
Chris Webber was in, Allen Iverson was out and Philadelphia still has no idea if their All-Star combo can coexist any better this year than they did last season. The Knicks were more than happy to not have to find out. Jamal Crawford scored 16 points, Eddy Curry added 15, and Matt Barnes had 13 to lead New York to an 80-71 preseason win over the 76ers on Tuesday night.

Jackson helps Nets top Celtics in OT (AP)
Marc Jackson scored 17 points, including a layup with 1.6 seconds left in overtime, helping the New Jersey Nets rally from a 20-point deficit and beat the Boston Celtics 118-116 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Lamond Murray added 15 points, Zoran Planinic scored 18 points and Nenad Krstic finished with 16.

Pacers hand Spurs another preseason loss (AP)
Austin Croshere scored 16 points and rookie Sarunas Jasikevicius added 14 as the Indiana Pacers beat San Antonio 97-86 on Tuesday night, the Spurs' seventh loss in eight NBA exhibition games. The Pacers led by as many as 21 points midway through the third quarter before defending champion San Antonio went on a 22-7 run to make it 77-71 going into the fourth.

Hornets ruin Shaq's homecoming, top Heat (AP)
J.R. Smith scored 24 points and Chris Paul had nine assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 111-91 preseason victory over Miami on Tuesday night, spoiling the homecoming of Heat center Shaquille O'Neal. Bostjan Nachbar scored 20, Kirk Snyder 19 and Jamaal Magloire 12 for the Hornets. O'Neal, who played three seasons at LSU, returned to play at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the first...

Nowitzki leads Mavericks past Bucks (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA exhibition game Tuesday night. Marquis Daniels added 20 points and Jason Terry had 16 for the Mavericks (5-2). Michael Redd scored 22 points for the Bucks (3-4), while Bobby Simmons and T.J.

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

Preds win season-opening eighth in a row (AP)
The Nashville Predators made quick work of the Chicago Blackhawks for their season-opening eighth straight victory. Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist, Tomas Vokoun made a season-high 38 saves and the Predators scored three first-period goals in their 5-3 victory Tuesday night. The Predators, two off the NHL record of 10 straight wins at the start of a season set by Toronto in 1993-94, matched...

Penguins' winless streak hits nine games (AP)
The hurricane-weary Florida Panthers had plenty on their minds besides hockey, but still had enough to rally and win on a night Sidney Crosby seemed determined to get Pittsburgh's first victory of the season by himself. Stephen Weiss' slap shot from the right faceoff dot eluded Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault on a power play 53 seconds into overtime and the Panthers extended the Penguins'...

Wilma affects Florida sports schedules (AP)
Hurricane Wilma caused some minor damage to the Florida Panthers' arena, prompting the NHL to postpone another game because of the storm. Saturday's scheduled visit by the Washington Capitals has been pushed back indefinitely, the league said Tuesday. It's the second straight Panthers home game affected by Wilma; last Saturday's scheduled visit by Ottawa will be played Dec.

Oilers' losing streak reaches seven (AP)
The way the third period developed, it was clear someone was going to walk away embarrassed Tuesday night. The way they've been going lately, the Edmonton Oilers couldn't have been surprised that it wound up being them. Patrice Brisebois and Ian Laperriere scored in the final minute to help the Colorado Avalanche break a tie and defeat Edmonton 5-3 to extend the Oilers' losing streak to seven...

Canucks top Wild, match best start (AP)
Markus Naslund patiently waited for a pass, then slipped the puck past Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez for another game-winner. The Vancouver star broke a tie early in the second period with his team-leading seventh goal to help the Canucks beat the Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

LaBarbera, Kings top Ducks 3-1 (AP)
Jason LaBarbera knows he won't get consecutive starts in goal no matter how he well plays -- at least for the time being. That's fine with him, especially if he stays unbeaten. The rookie made 29 saves to run his record to 5-0, and Mike Cammalleri, Luc Robitaille and Craig Conroy scored goals in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Yashin helps Isles top Thrashers (AP)
Despite New York's best attempts to hand a game to the Atlanta Thrashers, the Islanders still wound up with two points in the standings. Alexei Yashin had two goals and an assist to extend his points streak to seven games in the Islanders' 4-3 victory over the Thrashers on Tuesday night. Miroslav Satan and Jason Blake also scored to help the Islanders win for the third time in their last four...

Ribeiro's OT goal gives Canadiens win (AP)
Mike Ribeiro and the Montreal Canadiens felt as though they passed a test after rallying for another home win. Ribeiro scored his second goal of the game 2:28 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Montreal center also tied it midway through the third, taking advantage of a big rebound off goalie Robert Esche.

Nedved's OT goal leads Coyotes to win (AP)
The new-look NHL wants a high-scoring game, and it got one in Arizona on Tuesday night. Petr Nedved scored off a rebound 1:51 into overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Nedved's second goal of the season came after goalie Patrick Lalime blocked Zybnek Michalek's shot from deep in the left circle.

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

Homestead track escapes brunt of Wilma, will host season finale (AP)
Homestead-Miami Speedway sustained some damage from the strong winds of Hurricane Wilma, but next month's season-ending NASCAR race will go on as scheduled, the track president said Tuesday.

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)

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