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Mavericks Beat Suns 111-108 in Double OT (AP)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, right, shoots over Phoenix Suns' Kurt Thomas during the second quarter Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 at America West Arena in Phoenix during both teams' season opener. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-108 in double-overtime.


'Oklahoma City' Hornets Beat Kings 93-67 (AP)
New Orleans Hornets J.R. Smith, center, takes the ball up the court for the Hornets in the first quarter, during the NBA season opener against the Sacramento Kings, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - They're still officially the team from New Orleans, but judging by the roaring capacity crowd and the startling success of their Oklahoma City debut Tuesday, the Hornets should happy to wear those "OKC" patches for a while.


NBA Is Back As the Spurs Raise Banner (AP)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, left, receives his 2005 NBA championship ring from Julianna Hawn Holt, wife of team owner Peter Holt,  during a pregame ceremony before the Spurs season opener against the Denver Nuggets in San Antonio, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005.  The rings weigh more than two ounces of 14 karat gold with 2.55 carat weight of diamonds. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - The San Antonio Spurs tried on their dazzling championship rings for the first time Tuesday night, while Oklahoma City was doing its best to make the New Orleans Hornets feel at home.


Red Wings Beat Hawks for 9th Straight Win (AP)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood, left, stops a shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Pavel Vorobiev (32) of Kazakhstan as Red Wings' Chris Chelios (24) tries to defend in the first period in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. Osgood replaced Manny Legace in goal after Legace sustained a leg injury in the first period. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - Despite missing their top defenseman and then losing their starting goalie, the Detroit Red Wings found a way to get their longest winning streak in nearly 10 years.


Roethlisberger Has MRI, Status Uncertain (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, passes under pressure from  Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg in the second quarter Monday, Oct. 31, 2005 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Ben Roethlisberger's right knee injury apparently isn't serious, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn't ready to say if his quarterback will be ready to play Sunday in Green Bay.


Sister of Chargers' Godfrey Shot to Death (AP)
AP - The sister of San Diego Chargers linebacker Randall Godfrey was found fatally shot in her car Tuesday after a wreck following a chase by her former boyfriend, police said.

Spurs open title defense with 102-91 win over Nuggets (Reuters)
Reuters - Tony Parker scored 26 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday as the San Antonio Spurs opened defense of its NBA title in style with a 102-91 win over Denver Nuggets.

Mariners Decline Options Two Players (AP)
AP - The Seattle Mariners declined their options Tuesday on reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa and shortstop Pokey Reese.

Real Madrid, Lyon Reach Knockout Stage (AP)
Real Madrid's David Beckham walks to take a corner during their Champions League Group F soccer match against Rosenborg at the Lerkendal stadium in Trondheim, Norway, Tuesday Nov. 1, 2005.  Real Madrid won the match 2-0.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP - Real Madrid and Lyon reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with victories Tuesday.


McDonald Leads Ducks Past Predators 4-1 (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Chris Kunitz, right, scores his first goal of his NHL carrier past Nashivlle Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun, of the Czech Republic, during the third period of the Mighty Ducks' 4-1 win Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)AP - Andy McDonald scored his sixth goal in six games, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks welcomed Paul Kariya back to the Pond with a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.


Power shift
The strength of the NFC no longer resides in places like Philadelphia, Atlanta and Carolina.

Roethlisberger injury not serious (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger's right knee injury apparently isn't serious, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn't ready to say if his quarterback will be ready to play Sunday in Green Bay. Roethlisberger underwent an MRI exam Tuesday, about 12 hours after the Steelers' 20-19 victory over Baltimore, and was given a preliminary diagnosis of a strained posterior capsule.

Seahawks' Hamlin out for season (AP)
Seattle Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin will be out for the rest of the season because of injuries suffered last month in a fight outside a nightclub. Hamlin was placed on the non-football injury list on Tuesday. Hamlin is recuperating at his home after fracturing his skull, sustaining a blood clot near the brain and bruised brain tissue in the attack Oct.

Vikings place QB Culpepper on IR (AP)
Daunte Culpepper's season officially ended Tuesday when the Minnesota Vikings placed the quarterback on injured reserve. Culpepper tore the anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee in Sunday's loss at Carolina. Surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, but the Vikings are anticipating that the quarterback will be ready for the 2006 season.

Ravens' Billick still eyes playoffs (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens put forth a marvelous performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, backing a fine effort by a depleted defense with an attack that scored more points than in any game this season. And still the Ravens lost. Now what? Coach Brian Billick conceded Tuesday that Baltimore (2-5) has virtually no chance to win the AFC North, but expressed hope his team could derive enough positives...

Rams coach Vitt has heart procedure (AP)
Joe Vitt, the St. Louis Rams' interim head coach while Mike Martz recovers from a heart ailment, underwent a heart procedure of his own Monday. The procedure, a cardiac catheterization, was so minor in nature that Vitt, 51, was back to work at Rams Park by lunchtime. He held his regular 3 p.m. postgame news conference, making a handful of jokes about his health.

Giants' 5-2 record different than 2004 (AP)
The New York Giants have the same record they had last year after seven games. They intend to finish on a much better note this time around. The Giants were 5-2 a year ago, but lost eight in a row before winning the final game of the season to finish 6-10. After Sunday's 36-0 rout of Washington, New York is 5-2 again -- but with a much different outlook.

Browns' Droughns arrested on DUI charge (AP)
Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol said Droughns was pulled over at 1:09 a.m. after a trooper spotted the 27-year-old speeding and weaving in northbound traffic on U.S. 42 in suburban Cleveland. Droughns failed a field sobriety test, and after agreeing to take a blood-alcohol test at the patrol's Medina...

Eagles in disarray after another blowout (AP)
At least the Philadelphia Eagles don't have to sit on this lopsided loss for two weeks. The Denver Broncos completely outplayed the Eagles in a 49-21 victory on Sunday that left the defending NFC champions searching for answers after being blown out for the second time in three games. Philadelphia's 33-10 loss at Dallas on Oct.

Fan who took ball from Favre arraigned (AP)
The fan who ran out of the stands and snatched a football from Brett Favre's hand pleaded innocent to a variety of charges at his arraignment Monday, while the Bengals promised not to let it happen again. Gregory Gall, 31, of Cincinnati, is accused of resisting arrest, trespass and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

New season, new rankings
You asked for them and you got them – rankings of every NBA team from 1 to 30.

Spurs get rings, rally past Nuggets (AP)
Michael Finley gave the San Antonio Spurs the instant offense they coveted when they signed him in the offseason. Finley scored 11 of his 16 points during a four-minute span of the fourth quarter Tuesday to steady the struggling Spurs and help them to a 102-91 win over Denver in their first game defending the championship they won in June.

Hornets rout Kings in Okla. City debut (AP)
They're still officially the team from New Orleans, but judging by the roaring capacity crowd and the startling success of their Oklahoma City debut Tuesday, the Hornets should happy to wear those ``OKC'' patches for a while. J.R. Smith scored 19 points and had two electrifying dunks as New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings 93-67 on the NBA's opening night, which also marked the first of 35 Hornets...

Mavs spoil Suns' home opener in 2OT (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-108 in double-overtime. The late-starting season-opener Tuesday night ended just after midnight, local time. Nowitzki sank a pair of long jumpers and Keith Van Horn made a 3-pointer in the second overtime.

Autopsy shows Collier had enlarged heart (AP)
Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died from a sudden heart rhythm disturbance caused by an abnormally enlarged heart, an autopsy showed. The state's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kris Sperry, said Tuesday his testing showed that electrocardiograms administered to Collier in 2003 and this year showed ``some indication of electrical abnormalities.'' ``Looking at them now, and in retrospect in knowing...

Redd leads Bucks past Sixers (AP)
Michael Redd thought for sure his tying 3-pointer would clang off the back of the rim. Instead, the ball went through, capped a scrappy comeback and propelled Milwaukee to a fantastic start to the season. Redd hit the game-tying 3-pointer in regulation and scored 30 points to lead the Bucks to a 117-108 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in the season opener.

Williams sells estate, scene of shooting (AP)
Former NBA star Jayson Williams got $8 million for the sale of his estate, where he shot a hired driver to death more than three years ago. The price for the 27,000 square foot mansion, set on 65 acres, is a record for a single-family home in Hunterdon County, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Tuesday.

Nuggets F Nene leaves with knee injury (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Nene left Tuesday night's season opener against San Antonio in the first quarter with what the team called a sprained right anterior cruciate ligament. He was not expected to return in the game. Nene was helped off the floor with about 2 minutes left in the quarter after falling while the Spurs' Tim Duncan stole the ball from him.

Pistons sign Prince for five years, $47M (AP)
The Detroit Pistons signed Tayshaun Prince to a $47 million, five-year contract extension Monday, preventing one of their key players from becoming a restricted free agent after this season. ``He's been a valuable member of our team both on and off the floor in each of his first three years,'' Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said.

Hawks rookie Williams still wide-eyed (AP)
Marvin Williams has much to learn as he enters his first NBA season. Lesson No. 1: Don't tease the head coach. That's what Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson says the 19-year-old Williams did by posting a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Hawks' final preseason game against New Orleans Friday night.

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.

Wings win ninth straight, Legace injured (AP)
Despite missing their top defenseman and then losing their starting goalie, the Detroit Red Wings found a way to get their longest winning streak in nearly 10 years. Chris Osgood made 23 saves after replacing the injured Manny Legace, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.

Ducks win sixth straight at home (AP)
Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya flourished when they were linemates with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Now it's Andy McDonald combining with Selanne to form one of the best tandems in the NHL. McDonald scored his sixth goal in six games and Selanne had two assists for the Ducks, who welcomed Kariya back to the Pond on Tuesday night and held him to only three shots on net in a 4-1 victory over the...

Ryder's OT goal lifts Habs over Panthers (AP)
In a penalty-filled game against the Florida Panthers, the Montreal Canadiens were grateful they got the final few power-play opportunities. Michael Ryder scored his second overtime goal of the season with the man advantage, leading Montreal to a 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Canadiens center Steve Begin scored a power-play goal with 8.1 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 4.

Thrashers power past Lightning (AP)
The struggling Atlanta Thrashers showed they can be an offensive force. Jaroslav Modry scored two of Atlanta's four power-play goals, leading the Thrashers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 Tuesday night. Atlanta converted on all its man-advantage opportunities against the NHL's top penalty-killing unit.

Gonchar scores in OT, Pens edge Devils (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins doubled their season win total, got their first overtime victory and had a strong start to their longest road trip of the season. Sergei Gonchar's goal 1:01 into overtime lifted Pittsburgh over the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Tuesday night for the Penguins' second win -- the first in overtime in six games.

Bates' OT goal lifts Isles over Bruins (AP)
With the clock ticking down toward a shootout, Jason Blake had no trouble finding new linemate Shawn Bates. Blake sent Bates in on a breakaway with only 28.2 seconds left and the New York Islanders recovered from two blown leads to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 Tuesday night. Bates, a Massachusetts native, took a breakout pass from Blake in front of defenseman Jiri Slegr and came in alone on rookie...

Iginla, Kiprusoff lead Flames over Wild (AP)
Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff got Calgary's homestand off to a splendid start. Iginla scored twice and Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Flames to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. With Calgary ahead 1-0 after two periods, Iginla increased the lead at 4:48 of the third when he tipped rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf's wrist shot...

Bruins' Leetch leaves with knee injury (AP)
Brian Leetch injured his right knee in the second period of the Boston Bruins' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night and didn't return. Leetch limped out of Nassau Coliseum without the use of crutches, but said he was sore and was wearing a brace. The 37-year-old defenseman, in his first season with the Bruins, has never had a knee injury since entering the NHL with the New...

Hemsky scores twice, Oilers top Jackets (AP)
Ales Hemsky's scoring surge has the Edmonton Oilers on a winning streak. Hemsky scored twice and Edmonton won its third straight game, 5-1 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old right wing has eight points in the past three games on three goals and five assists. ``It's good for the confidence,'' he said.

Looking ahead
HAMPTON, Ga. – NASCAR took a glimpse into the future when its Car of Tomorrow tested at Atlanta on Monday.

Edwards gets Atlanta sweep and tightens Chase (AP)
Don't expect 26-year-old Carl Edwards to buckle under the pressure of his first NASCAR Nextel Cup championship race.

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)

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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