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Virginia Tech Whacks Boston College 30-10 (AP)
Virginia Tech quarter Marcus Vick (5) runs past Boston College's Al Washington , back, during the second quarter in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)AP - Marcus Vick got back to being efficient, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers, and No. 3 Virginia Tech won its 11th consecutive game on a Thursday night, beating No. 13 Boston College 30-10.


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Flyers Rally to Beat Panthers in Overtime (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers' Simon Gagne, left, watches Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo stop the puck in front of his net during the second period Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - Peter Forsberg tied the game in the final minute of regulation and Joni Pitkanen scored early in overtime to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.


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Rangers Skate Past Islanders 3-1 (AP)
The New York Rangers' Jason Ward, right, tries to slide the puck around the goal post as New York Islanders defender Alexei Zhitnik, left, steals the puck away in the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)AP - Jaromir Jagr assisted on a pair of first-period goals and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots Thursday night to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders.


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Penguins Top Thrashers to Get First Win (AP)
Atlanta Flames' Bobby Holik (16), from the Czech Republic, crowds the net as the puck pops over Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Sebastien Caron for a goal in the first period in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005. Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar, of Russia,  is at left.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Mario Lemieux scored twice during a five-point night and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat the reeling Atlanta Thrashers 7-5 Thursday night and win for the first time this season.


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White Sox Relish First Title in 88 Years (AP)
Joe Crede of the Chicago White Sox jumps onto his teammates in celebration after winning Game Four of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series 1-0 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The White Sox swept the Astros four-games to none.(AFP/Getty Images/Elsa )AP - Wearing a wide, satisfied smile on a face flushed with pride, Ozzie Guillen stood off to the side by the third base line and simply watched his White Sox rejoice in the middle of the field.


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Paper Gives Sports Fans Shot at Writing (AP)
University of Minnesota senior Hanna Loberg poses at her computer showing one of her columns Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 in Minneapolis. She is taking part in the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper's contest in which readers compete against each other by writing sports columns for a chance to critique a Minnesota Vikings game on site and on deadline in December. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)AP - Reality television has been the rage for a few years, with those grueling tests of willpower in faraway places and unusual ways of arranging marriages between people who've never met.


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Magic's Hill Will Miss Up to Six Weeks (AP)
Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill, left, chats with teammate Jameer Nelson during a timeout in the first half of a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005. Hill is expected to miss three to six weeks after he has surgery next week for a sports hernia.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)AP - All-Star forward Grant Hill was expected to miss three to six weeks after he has surgery for a sports hernia.


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Konerko Among 62 Filing for Free Agency (AP)
AP - Less than 24 hours after helping the Chicago White Sox win their first World Series since 1917, AL championship series MVP Paul Konerko was among 62 players who filed for free agency Thursday.

Ex-Soccer Star George Best on Ventilator (AP)
Roger Williams, second left, the leading doctor treating former soccer star George Best speaks to the media outside the Cromwell Road Hospital in London Thursday  Oct. 27, 2005. Best, who had a liver transplant three years ago, but went back to hard drinking, has been in a hospital's intensive care unit for a month. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)AP - Former soccer star George Best, who had a lifesaving liver transplant three years ago, was put on a ventilator Thursday and is fighting for his life.


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Colorado Avalanche 6, Vancouver Canucks 2 (AP)
Vancouver Canucks right winger Anson Carter, front, scores a goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie David Aebischer, of Switzerland, in the first period in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Milan Hejduk scored his 200th career goal Thursday to help Colorado to a 6-2 win over Vancouver and Todd Bertuzzi, who was booed all night in his first game in Denver since breaking Avalanche forward Steve Moore's neck.


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Warning signs
All indications in St. Louis point to Mike Martz not returning as the Rams' head coach in 2006.

Carswell out for season after car crash (AP)
Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was in critical but stable condition with an excellent prognosis Thursday after he was involved in an accident that ripped the driver's side door off his car while on his way to team headquarters. The 12-year veteran, known by his teammates as ``House,'' fractured multiple ribs, ruptured his diaphragm and spleen and sustained internal injuries.

Pats' Poole to IR, Bruschi to take spot? (AP)
Cornerback Tyrone Poole was placed on injured reserve by New England on Thursday, leaving a roster vacancy for Sunday night's game against the Buffalo Bills that could be filled by linebacker Tedy Bruschi. Bruschi began practicing last week eight months after suffering a mild stroke. New England must settle on its 53-man roster for Sunday's game by 4 p.m.

Crennel skips practice to mourn Mara (AP)
Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel remembers watching Wellington Mara circle the Giants' practice field for exercise, observing from afar and not saying a single word. Mara didn't have to. ``Wellington knew the business,'' said Crennel, speaking fondly of Mara, the longtime New York owner, who died on Tuesday of cancer at 89.

49ers to start Dorsey at QB vs. Bucs (AP)
The NFC's worst offense will have a new starting quarterback, Ken Dorsey, on Sunday when it faces the NFL's top-ranked defense. Dorsey, San Francisco's No. 3 quarterback eight days ago, will start for the 49ers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in place of injured rookie Alex Smith. Smith missed practice again Thursday with strained ligaments in his right knee, and coach Mike Nolan said that means...

Raiders LG Walker has emergency surgery (AP)
Oakland Raiders starting left guard Langston Walker had emergency surgery to repair a hemorrhage in his stomach. Walker complained of pain in his abdominal area Tuesday, then the team's training staff quickly got him to a doctor. The 6-foot-8, 345-pound lineman had an arthroscopic procedure later in the day and is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six weeks.

Reebok drops Hall for wearing Nikes (AP)
Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall lost his endorsement deal with Reebok after wearing cleats with the Nike swoosh during a Monday night game. ``Effective immediately, DeAngelo Hall will no longer be a Reebok-endorsed athlete,'' John Lynch, vice president of sports marketing for Reebok, said in a statement.

Ravens' Ray Lewis, Ed Reed out this week (AP)
Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed -- the past two NFL Defensive Players of the Year -- have been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore (2-4) will also be without fullback Alan Ricard (calf) against Pittsburgh (4-2). Quarterback Kyle Boller, out for five games since hyperextending his right big toe in the season opener, is listed...

Testaverde to keep starting job for Jets (AP)
Vinny Testaverde has hit the turf more times than he cares to think about, and his right calf is aching. Still, he believes he can help the Jets' offense turn itself around. So does coach Herman Edwards. True to his word, Edwards avoided any prolonged controversy when he said Wednesday thatTestaverde would start Nov.

Favre wonders if he has any magic left (AP)
Even Brett Favre isn't sure he's got the magic to pull the Green Bay Packers back from the brink. The Packers are 1-5 and injuries have devastated the three-time defending NFC North champs who are without their top two running backs and three of their top wide receivers. ``I feel like when I'm on the field I will always have a chance to help this team win and will be the difference,'' Favre said...

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

Magic's Hill to miss up to six weeks (AP)
All-Star forward Grant Hill was expected to miss three to six weeks after he has surgery for a sports hernia. Hill, the Orlando Magic's second-leading scorer last season, saw several specialists after he was pulled from the lineup Oct. 19. The club said Thursday that Dr. William Myers would operate next week in Philadelphia.

Hornets get first win in Oklahoma City (AP)
With some last-second heroics, P.J. Brown gave Oklahoma City a reason to celebrate its new team. The 6-foot-11 center put back Speedy Claxton's missed layup with 0.4 seconds left as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Houston Rockets 89-88 Thursday night for their first win in their new home. ``We're feeling good I think from a mental standpoint just to get our first home win,'' Brown said.

Hornets trade Magloire to Bucks (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets traded center Jamaal Magloire to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in exchange for forward Desmond Mason, an unconditional first-round pick in the 2006 draft and cash. Magloire, an All-Star two seasons ago, averaged 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23 games for the Hornets last season.

Duhon hurt, Gordon may start for Bulls (AP)
The NBA's best sixth man may be headed to the starting lineup. The Chicago Bulls lost guard Chris Duhon to a neck injury in Wednesday night's 100-92 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Duhon was carried off the floor on a stretcher after being fouled by Eddie Griffin on a drive to the basket late in the first period.

Wade, Shaq lead Heat past Magic (AP)
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points in 21 minutes and the Miami Heat concluded their exhibition schedule with a 104-90 win over Orlando on Thursday night. Wade also had seven assists and four rebounds for Miami, which finished the preseason 4-4. Antoine Walker contributed 17 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Heat.

Duncan, Parker help Spurs past Sixers (AP)
Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 in an exhibition game Thursday night. Tony Parker added 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting for the Spurs (2-7). Brent Barry hit a 3-pointer with 37.9 seconds remaining that snapped a 96-96 tie. Barry finished with 21 points and made five of six 3-pointers.

Suns extend contracts of Barbosa, Diaw (AP)
The Phoenix Suns extended the contracts of guards Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw on Thursday and lowered their preseason roster to 15 players by waiving rookie guard Anthony Lever-Pedroza. The team exercised the fourth-year options on the rookie-scale contracts of Barbosa and Diaw. Both players will be under contract through at least the 2006-07 season with the Suns holding the right of first...

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

Lemieux's 5 points lead Pens to first W (AP)
At age 40, Mario Lemieux still has some big games left in him. This one came exactly when the Pittsburgh Penguins needed it, down four goals in a game that was quickly developing into their 10th consecutive loss. Lemieux scored twice during a five-point night and the Penguins scored seven consecutive goals, including a club record-tying six on the power play, to beat the reeling Atlanta Thrashers...

Bertuzzi set to face wrath of Avs fans (AP)
The fans were buzzing about an exciting win as they walked up the stairs to the concourse that would take them to the parking lot. With the excitement of Colorado's 5-3 victory over Edmonton still in the air on Tuesday night, the public-address announcer had one last bit of housecleaning to take care of: ``Join us Thursday night, when the Avalanche takes on the Vancouver Canucks,'' he said.

Legace, Red Wings win again, beat 'Hawks (AP)
Red Wings goalie Manny Legace now has something in common with baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. Just call them both ``Mr. October.'' Legace made 21 saves in becoming the first NHL goalie to win 10 games in a month and Mathieu Schneider scored twice in Detroit's 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Forsberg, Pitkanen lead Flyers to OT win (AP)
Peter Forsberg no longer has to be embarrassed with the big zero in the goal column. His first goal with Philadelphia took a little longer than expected, but -- wow! -- it could not have come at a better time. Forsberg tied the game with 49 seconds left in regulation and Joni Pitkanen scored early in overtime to lead the Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Spezza's OT goal lifts Sens over Habs (AP)
Jason Spezza left the Montreal Canadiens, his Ottawa Senators teammates and the Corel Centre crowd buzzing over his spectacular winning goal. Spezza scored on a sensational individual effort 2:48 into overtime to lift Ottawa to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. ``I'm the opposing coach, but I'll tell you what, that was a great goal,'' Montreal coach Claude Julien said.

Jagr stays hot as Rangers top Isles 3-1 (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist was the New York Rangers' best penalty killer on a night New York faced plenty of short-handed situations. Lundqvist stopped 31 shots Thursday night, and Jaromir Jagr assisted on a pair of first-period goals to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Toivonen stops 36 shots to lift Bruins (AP)
The Boston Bruins rode a backup goalie to their first Northeast Division win of the season. Hannu Toivonen made 36 saves in place of the injured Andrew Raycroft to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. ``He was solid and made timely saves when we needed them,'' coach Mike Sullivan said.

Brodeur's knee injury not serious (AP)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has a sprained knee, but is not expected to miss an extended period of time. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner was injured Wednesday night in New Jersey's 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He left the game with 6:50 remaining in the third period after catching his right leg on the post and falling to the ice.

Blue Jackets hand Predators first loss (AP)
Adam Foote ruined Nashville's perfect season with a flick of his wrist. Foote scored on a short-handed rush 35 seconds into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over Nashville on Wednesday night that snapped the Predators' season-opening, eight-game winning streak. ``I just said to the guys, 'When certain things end you've got to get back on the horse and start all over...

Trading Paint: Looking back and forward
Fans shared memories of Martinsville this week while also commenting on several drivers' futures.

Labbe fired as Mayfield's crew chief (AP)
Slugger Labbe was fired Thursday as crew chief for Jeremy Mayfield with four races left in the Chase for the championship.

Ken Schrader has no inclination to slow down at 50 (AP)
For Ken Schrader, the feeling of driving a race car hasn't changed in more than a quarter of a century.

A glance at drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings:...

Atlanta track put back together after devastating tornado (AP)
For the president of Atlanta Motor Speedway, it's one of the nicest compliments he can get: Hey, everything looks the same.

It's official: Martin to return in 2006 (AP)
Any chance Mark Martin had of retiring this year from the Nextel Cup series ended Thursday when Roush Racing said he will drive in 2006.

Notes: DeHart GM for new Foyt team (AP)
Former NASCAR Busch Series director Brian DeHart has signed on as general manager of Foyt Racing, a new team...

Marlin to join MB2 Motorsports, Wimmer out at Bill Davis Racing (AP)
Sterling Marlin was hired to drive for MB2 Motorsports next season, and the team will let him switch his car number to 14 in memory of his late father.

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.

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