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Patriots Beat Bills in Bruschi's Return (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi (54) shouts out instructions to his defense during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)AP - Tedy Bruschi raised his arms early in the game and the fans cheered. Then another returning star won it for the Patriots with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Corey Dillon, who struggled most of the season before missing his previous game with an ankle injury, came on to score on two 1-yard runs and New England came back for a 21-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night.


Hall of Fame Manager Al Lopez Dies at 97 (AP)
Pictured left to right, are:  Al Lopez, manager of Cleveland Indians; Leo Durocher, manager of New York Giants; and Hank Greenberg, general manager of the Indians, at an exhibition game in Tucson, Arizona, March 3, 1953. Lopez, a Hall of Fame catcher and manager who led the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox to American League pennants in the 1950s, died Sunday Oct. 30, 2005 at 97. (AP Photo)AP - Al Lopez, a Hall of Fame catcher and manager who led the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox to American League pennants in the 1950s, died Sunday at 97.


Chargers Frustrate Chiefs 28-20 (AP)
San Diego Chargers' Eric Parker is all alone as he hauls in a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback LaDainian Tomlinson in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, in San Diego.    (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - Drew Brees and Antonio Gates played pitch and catch against a hapless Kansas City defense, and even LaDainian Tomlinson got a piece of the action. Brees threw three touchdown passes to Gates and finished with 324 yards passing as the San Diego Chargers beat the Chiefs 28-20 on Sunday. Tomlinson, slowed again on the ground, threw his third TD pass of the season, a 17-yarder to Eric Parker.


Dolphins Sack Saints 21-6 to End Skid (AP)
As Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte (11) watches, running back Ronnie Brown (23) takes off for a 35-yard gain as Saints  linebacker Sedrick Hodge (52) gives chase during the fourth quarter Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, in Baton Rouge, La.. The Dolphins won 21-6. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)AP - Nick Saban brought another defensive masterpiece to Tiger Stadium, spoiling the New Orleans Saints' return to Louisiana. Gus Frerotte had a touchdown pass to Chris Chambers and the Dolphin defense recorded a safety in a 21-6 victory over New Orleans on Sunday. Miami allowed only two field goals and kept Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks off balance throughout in snapping a three-game losing streak.


Broncos Beat Eagles in 49-21 Romp (AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, third from left, scrambles away from Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, second from left, and defensive end N.D. Kalu, right, as Broncos offensive tackle Matt Lepsis, left, looks on in the second quarter in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)AP - The rain was falling and another big Denver lead was swirling down the drain. In stepped little-known receiver Todd Devoe and better-known tailback Tatum Bell to help the Broncos turn a possible embarrassment back into a blowout.


Dolphins spoil lackluster Saints' return to Louisiana (Reuters)
Reuters - The Miami Dolphins took advantage of a misfiring New Orleans offense to register a 21-6 victory in a bitterly disappointing homecoming for the displaced Saints on Sunday.

NBA opens 60th season with Spurs seeking fourth crown in eight years (AFP)
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs looks at the championship trophy (R) while holding his MVP trophy (L) after his team's victory over the Detroit Pistons in game seven of the NBA Finals, June 2005 at the SBC Center in San Antonio, TX.  Reigning champion San Antonio will seek a fourth crown in eight years while a host of improved rivals take aim at the Spurs when the National Basketball Association's 60th season begins Tuesday.(AFP/File/Robert Sullivan)AFP - Reigning champion San Antonio will seek a fourth crown in eight years while a host of improved rivals take aim at the Spurs when the National Basketball Association's 60th season begins Tuesday.


Dodgers to Interview Gillick for GM (AP)
The Los Angeles Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt speaks during a news conference where he announced the firing of General Manager Paul DePodesta Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005. McCourt cited the team's lack of success as the reason DePodesta was let go. 'Our high expectations were not met,' McCourt said. (AP Photo/Agustin Tabares)AP - The Los Angeles Dodgers have received permission to interview Seattle Mariners adviser Pat Gillick to replace fired general manager Paul DePodesta.


Fire Eliminate D.C. United With 4-0 Win (AP)
Chicago Fire Jesse Marsch (15) hugs teammate Jack Stewart (13) after Stewart's goal against D.C. United during the first half, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP - Guerrero scored twice in the first half, and Zack Thornton extended his own MLS record with his 13th playoff shutout Sunday to lead the Chicago Fire to a 4-0 victory over D.C. United.


McDonald Leads Mighty Ducks Past Coyotes (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan (19) tries to put the puck past Anaheim Mighty Ducks goal tender Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the first period, Sunday night, Oct. 30, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. At left is Mighty Ducks' Rusian Salei. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Andy McDonald scored two goals and Teemu Selanne added a goal and two assists, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks extended their home winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night.


Blue heaven
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – In a fitting tribute to their late owner, the Giants dominated the rival Redskins.

Patriots' Bruschi starts against Bills (AP)
Tedy Bruschi was in the middle of things again, waving his arms and barking out assignments. The New England Patriots linebacker returned to the field Sunday night, starting against the Buffalo Bills less than nine months after a stroke put his playing career in jeopardy. It was an emotional return for the teams' emotional leader, thrilling the fans and paying dividends right from the start, when...

Giants honor Mara, rip Redskins 36-0 (AP)
Tiki Barber put the finishing touch on the best running day of his career, then made one of the most important runs for the New York Giants. Barber scored late in the third quarter of the New York Giants' 36-0 rout of the Washington Redskins on Sunday, ran straight to the Giants sideline and presented the ball to Tim McDonnell, grandson of owner Wellington Mara, who died of cancer Tuesday at 89.

Favre throws five INTs, Bengals top Pack (AP)
No way Brett Favre will forget this one. He threw five interceptions, something he'd never done in the regular season. He had a fan steal the ball from his hand during a futile last-minute drive, something he'd never seen before. And his illegal forward pass let the Cincinnati Bengals hold on Sunday for a 21-14 victory that left the Green Bay Packers quarterback lying motionless on the field,...

Broncos build big lead, hold off Eagles (AP)
From blowout to embarrassment to blowout again, the Denver Broncos put a unique twist on the art of the four-touchdown victory. Little-known receiver Todd Devoe caught a 43-yard touchdown pass and Tatum Bell ran for 67- and 6-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter Sunday to help the Broncos hold off, then run away from the Philadelphia Eagles for a 49-21 victory.

Gates' career day lifts Chargers to .500 (AP)
Antonio Gates showed why the San Diego Chargers think he's the best tight end in the NFL. Gates caught three touchdown passes from Drew Brees and the Chargers also got a scoring pass from LaDainian Tomlinson in beating the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs 28-20 on Sunday. Gates put the game out of reach with his third TD, when he caught a short pass at the KC 32, bulled through strong safety Sammy...

INT return in OT lifts Bears over Lions (AP)
With the NFC North up for grabs, the Chicago Bears snatched control. Charles Tillman intercepted Jeff Garcia's across-the-body pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown with 8:43 left in overtime Sunday, putting Chicago atop the division with a 19-13 win over the Detroit Lions. Garcia, making his second start in place of Joey Harrington, rolled right and tried to throw back across the field to...

Saints lose in return to Louisiana (AP)
Dolphins coach Nick Saban trotted off the field to applause, kissed a few women on the cheek, hugged other fans and signed autographs. The former LSU coach was triumphant again in Tiger Stadium, spoiling the New Orleans Saints' return to Louisiana. ``It's been wonderful. I really do feel like this was coming home to play a game and it was exciting for me even though I didn't say it (earlier),''...

Panthers rout punchless Vikings 38-13 (AP)
Fred Smoot opened pregame warmups by spewing a steady stream of trash talk straight at receiver Steve Smith. The Carolina Panthers knew then and there that Smith would make him pay. Smith humiliated Smoot and the Minnesota defense for a franchise-record 201 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's 38-13 win Sunday that kept the Vikings winless on the road.

Culpepper may miss rest of season (AP)
Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper could miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee against Carolina on Sunday, coach Mike Tice said. ``The quarterback doesn't appear to be in good shape,'' Tice said. ``I'm not a doctor, but the initial tests are not good. It doesn't appear that it's going to be anything that we as Vikings will want to hear.

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

Source: Pistons, Prince agree to deal (AP)
Tayshaun Prince and the Detroit Pistons agreed in principle on a five-year contract worth $47 million, a person close to the negotiations said Sunday night. Prince is expected to sign the deal Monday, before a deadline that would've made him a restricted free agent next summer, said the basketball source, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Coaches in spotlight, but Spurs rule (AP)
Out on the West Coast, the NBA's Zen master has returned home from a yearlong sabbatical, accepting a task sure to disturb his implacable cool. On the other coast, Brooklyn's wayward son finally has his dream job, moving into Madison Square Garden for the ultimate stop in a lifetime of wandering. And in the heart of Texas, geographically smack-dab between the Lakers' Phil Jackson and the Knicks'...

Don't expect Artest to change (AP)
Some folks know Ron Artest only from the TV clip that played incessantly last fall, a brawl with Detroit fans that got the Indiana Pacers forward tossed out of the NBA for the rest of the season. To them, he's a thug, an out-of-control athlete who symbolizes everything wrong with the NBA -- all of professional sports, really.

Lakers beat Kings to finish preseason (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.

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.

Anthony, 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.

Arenas helps 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.

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.

Flyers hand Senators first home loss (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers have had a hard time holding third-period leads this season, and after their most recent fiasco, they were determined not to let it happen again. Mike Knuble scored two goals after the Flyers had squandered an early lead for a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. Philadelphia won for just the fourth time in seven games it has led after two periods this season.

McDonald, Selanne keep Ducks hot at home (AP)
Andy McDonald is starting to take advantage of the new NHL rules, and being paired with Teemu Selanne helps. McDonald scored two goals Sunday night, Selanne had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks extended their home winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. ``Andy's a dynamic small player who's very exciting to watch, and now he's getting a few things go his...

Avalanche beat Canucks, Bertuzzi again (AP)
Hockey fans in Denver will remember this as the week big, bad Todd Bertuzzi came to town. They might also remember it as the week the Colorado Avalanche showed they could be a contender in the rebuilt NHL. For the second straight game, the boos rained down on Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. And for the second straight game, the Avalanche walked away winners, this time courtesy of an Ian...

Red Wings win eighth in a row (AP)
Chris Osgood is giving the Detroit Red Wings quite a 1-2 punch in goal. Robert Lang scored in the third period and Osgood made 23 saves to lead Detroit to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. After becoming the first NHL goalie to win 10 games in October on Thursday night, No. 1 goalie Manny Legace got his first night off of the season.

'Canes top Pens for fifth straight win (AP)
Maybe the Carolina Hurricanes should spot their opponents a couple goals at the start of every game. It's worked very well so far this season. For the fourth game in a row, the Hurricanes came back from a two-goal deficit and they won their fifth in a row by topping the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Saturday night.

Moore, Jagr lead Rangers past Habs 5-2 (AP)
Chasing Jose Theodore from the nets was more of a bonus than an accomplishment for Dominic Moore and the New York Rangers. Moore scored twice and Jaromir Jagr notched his NHL-leading 11th goal in New York's 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who scored three goals on their first 10 shots against Theodore, who left after...

Oilers hand Preds first regulation loss (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers found the secret to beating the Nashville Predators, keep scoring on the power play. The Oilers cashed in on three of six chances, including their last three goals Saturday night, and defeated the Predators 5-1 -- sending Nashville to its first regulation loss of the season. Edmonton's penalty killing was just as strong.

Modin helps Lightning rally for win (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to resemble the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Atlanta Thrashers are playing like a team that will be sitting home again at playoff time. Fredrik Modin scored two goals, including the winner off an Atlanta player, and the Lightning rallied for a 3-2 victory over the slumping Thrashers on Saturday night.

Sharks top Flames in West finals rematch (AP)
Tired from a two-week road trip and trailing throughout the night, the San Jose Sharks somehow found the strength to tie it -- and in the shootout, they got the winner from a guy with plenty of energy. Brad Stuart scored the tying goal with 22.4 seconds left in regulation, and Nils Ekman got the shootout clincher in a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Remember us?
HAMPTON, Ga. – Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a little focus off the Chase with strong runs on Sunday.

Friendly tactics: NASCAR racers let friends, teammates go by (AP)
If Tony Stewart wins the Nextel Cup championship by five points, he might want to thank good friend Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Mayfield, Busch, Wallace virtually eliminated from "Chase" (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Edwards completes Atlanta season sweep; Stewart leads Chase (SportsTicker)

Edwards gets Atlanta sweep and tightens Chase (AP)
Lap after lap, Carl Edwards flirted with the outside walls on his way to another victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Three Chase contenders knocked out by Atlanta misfortune (AP)
When two cars wrecked in front of Rusty Wallace, any hopes of closing his brilliant career as a NASCAR champion were wiped out.

Kyle Busch emerges winner of wild NCTS event (SportsTicker)

Busch's late charge nets truck win (AP)
Gambling on a late pit stop for fresh tires in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Kyle Busch charged from eighth to a victory in a three-lap dash that ended with most of the leaders involved in a crash.

Truex Jr. wins IROC race; Mark Martin claims title (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

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