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Hurricanes Rally to Ground Flyers 8-6 (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers' Simon Gagne (12) battles with Carolina Hurricanes' Glen Wesley (2) as goalie Cam Ward (30) defends the net during the first period Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)AP - Matt Cullen beat Antero Niittymaki from the right side late in the third period Friday night and Eric Staal had a hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied again and beat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-6.


Mighty Ducks Rally to Beat Blues 6-4 (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Teemu Selanne, of Finland, celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the third period Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 6-4. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Teemu Selanne scored two goals, including one of Anaheim's three power-play tallies, and the Mighty Ducks rallied from an early deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 Friday night.


Fans, White Sox Party Like It's 1917 (AP)
Chicago White Sox players and their families travel in buses through a ticker-tape parade in the downtown business district of Chicago Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, during the city's celebration for the team's World Series championship. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - The Chicago White Sox triumphantly rode into the heart of the city Friday to celebrate the team's first World Series title since 1917 with hundreds of thousands of fans who turned downtown into a giant block party.


Konerko Gives Reinsdorf Last-Out Ball (AP)
Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf holds the ball used in the final out of the World Series and presented to him by first baseman Paul Konerko during a celebration honoring the team Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)AP - A baseball reduced Jerry Reinsdorf to tears. Of course, it wasn't an ordinary ball. Paul Konerko gave the White Sox owner the ball that Houston's Orlando Palmeiro hit for the final out of Chicago's first World Series title since 1917.


Newman Wins Sixth Straight Atlanta Pole (AP)
Ryan Newman walks away from his race car after qualifying for the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Newman had a posted speed of 193.928 mph; the pole was his sixth in a row at the Atlanta track. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)AP - When it comes to qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman is in a class by himself.


Carswell Upgraded to Serious Condition (AP)
Denver Broncos' Dwayne Carswell celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, in Oakland, Calif. Carswell was taken to the hospital Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 following a five-car accident in Aurora, Colo., police said. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)AP - Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was upgraded to serious condition Friday, a day after having his spleen removed and undergoing other surgery after a five-car traffic accident on his way to practice.


NBA Nuggets extend Anthony's contract through 2006-07 (AFP)
Carmelo Anthony, who has lifted the Denver Nuggets into the playoffs each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons, seen here on October 26, had his option picked up by the club Friday for the 2006-2007 season.(AFP/Getty Images/File)AFP - Carmelo Anthony, who has lifted the Denver Nuggets into the playoffs each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons, had his option picked up by the club Friday for the 2006-2007 season.


Red Sox Assistant GM Gets Arizona Job (AP)
AP - Boston Red Sox assistant general manager Josh Byrnes was hired Friday as general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 35-year-old Byrnes replaces Joe Garagiola Jr., the general manager since the Diamondbacks' inception. Garagiola resigned to become senior vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office.

Best Remains on Ventilator, Is Improving (AP)
Former Manchester United soccer player Denis Law  leaves London's Cromwell Hospital in tears, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Law, a former teammate of Best's at United, described himself as 'shocked' after seeing the former soccer legend in his present condition.  Former soccer star George Best remained severely ill in a London hospital on Friday, but improved overnight after responding to new medication. (AP Photo / Chris Young, pa)AP - Former soccer star George Best remained on a ventilator Friday, although he has improved after responding to new medication.


Cheechoo Leads Sharks to Beat Kings 5-4 (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal as Los Angeles Kings goalie Mathieu Garon lies on his side during the first period Friday night, Oct. 28, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Jonathan Cheechoo swept the puck in during a goal-mouth scramble with 3.7 seconds left Friday night and Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.


A true NFL giant
Days after the passing of legendary owner Wellington Mara, the Giants face the Redskins in a crucial NFC East showdown.

NFL out in force for Mara services (AP)
On a crisp autumn morning, perfect for the game he loved, New York Giants owner Wellington Mara was revered Friday as a peerless father, friend and football man at a service packed with luminaries from across an extraordinary career. Mara's coffin sat in the aisle of St. Patrick's Cathedral flanked by the two most important groups in his long life: his wife, Ann, their 11 children and an assortment...

Reggie White heads Hall of Fame nominees (AP)
Reggie White, a two-time NFL defensive player of the year who died last year at 43, heads a list of players, coaches and contributors eligible for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. White is eligible for the first time along with quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Warren Moon. Other first-year eligible players include running back Thurman Thomas, wide receiver Andre Reed and offensive lineman...

Carswell upgraded to serious condition (AP)
Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was upgraded to serious condition Friday, a day after having his spleen removed and undergoing other surgery after a five-car traffic accident on his way to practice. ``He's doing better, a lot better,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``They think he will be able to sit up soon.

Bills' McGee agrees to 4-year extension (AP)
Cornerback Terrence McGee signed a four-year contract extension Friday, allowing the Buffalo Bills to lock up their No. 2 pass defender and Pro Bowl kickoff returner through 2009. McGee's agent Terry Bolar told The Associated Press the deal was worth $18 million and includes a $5 million signing bonus.

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.

Too hot to handle?
ORLANDO, Fla. – Stan Van Gundy must create the right chemistry with the Heat's volatile mix of talent and egos.

Bryant, Lakers close preseason with win (AP)
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 24 points, including a crucial field goal with 45 seconds to play, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-103 on Friday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Bryant, who had 17 in the second half, put the Lakers up 101-98 with his final field goal.

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.

Nets end preseason with win over Knicks (AP)
Larry Brown made it clear that the New York Knicks still have a lot of work to do before they open the regular season. ``If today's an indication if we're ready for opening night, I'd say we're far from it,'' the first-year Knicks coach said Friday night after New York wrapped up the exhibition season with a 91-86 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

Carmelo, Nuggets hold on to beat Jazz (AP)
Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to an 89-83 win over the Utah Jazz in a preseason game Friday night. Voshon Lenard added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who went 7-1 in the exhibition season. Andre Miller was the only other Denver player in double figures, finishing with 15 points, to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Butler, Wizards beat Pacers (AP)
Gilbert Arenas needed a half to shake off some of his rust. After a shaky first half, Arenas scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the third quarter to help Washington defeat Indiana 85-77 in the preseason finale for both teams Friday. Arenas missed the Wizards' loss to Houston on Sunday with an eye abrasion and had missed two other preseason games due to groin soreness.

Pachulia powers Hawks past Hornets (AP)
Zaza Pachulia scored 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-90 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the teams' final preseason game Friday night. Josh Childress added 15 points and rookie Marvin Williams had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta.

Bucks exercise option on Ford's contract (AP)
The Bucks exercised a 1-year option Friday on the contract of guard T.J. Ford, keeping him in Milwaukee through the 2006-07 season. Ford was the eighth overall selection of the 2003 draft and made the All-Rookie second team despite missing the last 26 games of the season with a bruised spinal cord. Then he sat out the 2004-05 season after undergoing cervical spine surgery.

Power Rankings
If you missed Jason Spezza's game-winning goal Thursday, you missed the reason why Ottawa retained the top spot in the power rankings – for now.

'Canes edge Flyers, extend best start (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes are quite comfortable at home when playing from behind. Matt Cullen beat Antero Niittymaki from the right side late in the third period Friday night and Eric Staal had a hat trick as the Hurricanes rallied again and beat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-6. Carolina overcame a two-goal deficit for the third straight game and extended the best start in franchise history (7-2-1).

Bertuzzi hears it from Avs fans in loss (AP)
The puck went in. The music started up. The Avalanche went crazy. And then the booing began. The Vancouver Canucks thought the bedlam caused by an early Colorado goal Thursday night would offer the perfect moment to sneak Todd Bertuzzi into the game for the first time. But there was no way Avalanche fans were going to let Bertuzzi's first appearance on the ice slip by unnoticed.

Penguins D Tarnstrom out indefinitely (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins defensman Dick Tarnstrom, who led the team in scoring during the 2003-04 season, will be out indefinitely because of a torn knee ligament. Tarnstrom tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Thursday night, during the Penguins' first win of the season, and was placed on the injured list Friday.

Devils beat Sabres 3-2 without Brodeur (AP)
Scott Clemmensen gave the New Jersey Devils a lift as they wait for Martin Brodeur's right knee to heal. Clemmensen made 25 saves Friday night and was rewarded with the victory when Sergei Brylin scored on the power play with 5:23 remaining in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Clemmensen was scheduled to get his first start of the season even before Brodeur was injured Wednesday in the Devils' 6-3...

Lecavalier lifts Lightning past Caps (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier was off the mark all night and still managed to net the biggest goal of the game. Lecavalier scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal with 5:07 left to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Friday night. The goal that put Tampa Bay up 3-2 was originally awarded to Vinny Prospal, who was positioned in the slot when Lecavalier took a shot from the top of the...

Jackets rally, beat Wild in shootout (AP)
Trevor Letowski has changed his opinion about shootouts. Letowski scored in the fifth sudden-death shootout round -- the NHL's longest tiebreaker this season -- to give Martin Prusek and the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. ``I'm a pretty big fan of them now,'' Letowski said with a big grin.

Selanne helps Ducks rally past Blues (AP)
Teemu Selanne has found his game again, back where he left it. Selanne scored a pair of goals, including one of Anaheim's three power-play tallies, and the Mighty Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 Friday night. Selanne's return to Anaheim after stints at San Jose and Colorado has the 35-year-old star from Finland skating and scoring in much the same fashion he did earlier in his career.

Oilers top Stars, end seven-game skid (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers think they've finally reversed more than a decade of frustration in Texas. Radek Dvorak scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:12 of the third period and the Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night. Edmonton has won two straight in Dallas.

Cheechoo's late PP goal lifts Sharks (AP)
Jonathan Cheechoo and the San Jose Sharks turned Jason LaBarbera's first relief appearance into his first loss of the season. Cheechoo swept the puck in during a goal-mouth scramble with 3.7 seconds left Friday night and Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists to lead the Sharks to a 5-4 victory over LaBarbera and the Los Angeles Kings.

Points race trucks to Atlanta
Ted Musgrave now is in the driver's seat as the Craftsman Truck series title fight heats up.

Surprising Edwards a serious Chase contender (AP)
Carl Edwards is gaining more attention all the time -- even from fans of other drivers in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Newman wins pole for NASCAR Bass Pro Shops MNBA 500 (SportsTicker)

Newman rockets to another pole (AP)
When it comes to qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman is in a class by himself.

Atlanta Motor Speedway overcomes massive tornado damage (SportsTicker)
HAMPTON, Georgia (Ticker) - In the eerie darkness following a massive F2 tornado spawned by Hurricane Cindy on July 6, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark began to survey the damage to his racing facility.

Business as usual for Mayfield and new crew chief (AP)
Jeremy Mayfield insists it's business as usual despite changing his crew chief heading into the final four races of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

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:...

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