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No. 11 Mich. bruises No. 2 Irish 47-21 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_michigan_notre_dame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060916/capt.6a259659767c4264b84a3f5ea24853c3.michigan_notre_dame_football_inmc101.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=7VBrsTWTBU2sGnYSvsouow--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham catches a 20-yard touchdown pass in front of Notre Dame defensive back Terrail Lambert during the second quarter in college football action in South Bend, Ind. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Take that, Notre Dame. No. 11 Michigan finally put a Big Blue bruising on the second-ranked Fighting Irish in a 47-21 rout Saturday &#151; the most points scored against Notre Dame at home in 46 years. "They deserve their just due," Irish coach Charlie Weis said. "I think it's important to understand that team just came and whupped us pretty good."</p><br clear="all"/>

4th-ranked USC rocks No. 19 Neb. 28-10 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_nebraska_usc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.09c6645ec7c54cfcbcc1500aaf5cb7bc.nebraska_southern_cal_football_cadm108.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=KrTy0nLmh.EFd2QHEBDlAQ--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Southern California quarterback John David Booty looks to pass in the first quarter of a college football game against Nebraska, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Southern California Trojans have a new starting quarterback and six new running backs. But they look like the same old USC &#151; with an even better defense than last year. If there was any doubt, No. 4 USC declared itself a national title contender for a fourth straight season with a 28-10 victory over 19th-ranked Nebraska on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Clemson stuns No. 9 Fla. in last seconds (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_clemson_florida_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.a34dac662736470e87c0bf1347b7872a.clemson_florida_st_football_flpc201.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=4zEO4VArpRzfhcRsDlflZg--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Clemson's Jacoby Ford, left, tries to fend off Florida State defender Anthony Houllis, right, during the first quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, in Tallahasee, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - James Davis' 1-yard run with eight seconds left gave Clemson a 27-20 victory over No. 9 Florida State on Saturday, the Tigers' first win in Tallahassee in 17 years.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bucs delay Mets from NL East win, again (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.ef558e1ee8bb4de38aa62d0445aa4b4c.mets_pirates_baseball_paks111.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=fBgo80YyqY0Fs7m7gX9NBA--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="New York Mets starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez waits for a new ball as Pittsburgh Pirates' Jason Bay trots around the bases behind him after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the baseball game in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Pirates again prevented the New York Mets from clinching the NL East when Ronny Paulino hit an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yanks edge Bosox 7-5, split doubleheader (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_red_sox_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.4c1b10f2b5b34db4950067dce39749ee.red_sox_yankees_baseball_nyjj108.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=3c1BZQZVwlmKWYMLK3DWHg--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Aaron Guiel, right, greets teammates Jorge Posada and Jason Giambi at the plate after the two scored on a double hit by Bernie Williams in the fourth inning during game two of a doubleheader Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the first of two long days, Jason Giambi gained the New York Yankees a split of their day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox and boosted them into a tie with the New York Mets for the best record in the major leagues.</p><br clear="all"/>

Leftwich shares Big Ben's bike passion (AP)
AP - Byron Leftwich and Ben Roethlisberger are young quarterbacks with playoff experience and former Mid-American Conference stars. They're also avid motorcyclists, a touchy subject for Leftwich since Roethlisberger's life-changing experience in June.

NBA looking to form youth academy: report (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060916/sp_afp/basketnbaacademy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060916/capt.sge.ocg56.160906214858.photo00.photo.default-262x390.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=yQ4wt5CERaEr6c1udhJoKw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="National Basketball Association officials together with shoe manufacturers and college leaders have reportedly discussed creating a national academy for elite high school players.(NBA)" border="0" /></a>AFP - National Basketball Association officials together with shoe manufacturers and college leaders have reportedly discussed creating a national academy for elite high school players.</p><br clear="all"/>

Soriano collects 40 HRs, 40 stolen bases (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_nationals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060917/capt.ee52a68c5289471b91ba86d0d25596b8.soriano_40_40_brewers_nationals_baseball_rfk103.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=UeUzLgRw8_HLOMeMFSjJGg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Washington Nationals' Alfonso Soriano points toward the dugout after he stole second for his 40th steal of the season, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 in Washington. Soriano is only the fourth player to join the 40 home run-40 stolen base club in the majors. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Waiting in Alfonso Soriano's locker after Saturday night's game was the final piece of what is surely going to be an impressive display:</p><br clear="all"/>

Kreis, Real Salt Lake beat FC Dallas 3-2 (AP)
AP - Jason Kreis scored his MLS record 107th goal to cap off a second-half rally for Real Salt Lake and keep its playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Whirlwind over, Hurricanes begin defense (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060916/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_hurricanes_begin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.nyol54909152210.hurricanes_begin_nyol549.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=j1xW9vHjkCZylzHvtBJ59g--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="In this June 19, 2006 file photo, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour hoists the Stanley Cup after the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in Raleigh, N.C. After a whirlwind summer, the Hurricanes opened training camp Friday to begin defense of their title. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt/file))" border="0" /></a>AP - Nearly everywhere Rod Brind'Amour looked this offseason, he saw the famous photo of his screaming, smiling self finally hoisting the Stanley Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Least in the East
Projected as potential playoff teams, the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins are trying to avoid 0-2 starts.

Branch will not play for Seahawks Sunday (AP)
Deion Branch will not make his Seattle Seahawks debut Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, after all. The NFL has given the Seahawks a two-week roster exemption for the former Super Bowl MVP, acquired Monday from the New England Patriots in a trade that ended Branch's 45-day contract holdout. Seattle would have had to release a player from its 53-man roster by Saturday afternoon in order to add...

Panthers WR Smith won't play Sunday (AP)
All-Pro receiver Steve Smith did not travel with the Carolina Panthers on Saturday and will miss the team's game Sunday at Minnesota. Smith hasn't practiced or played since straining his right hamstring in practice Sept. 5. Drew Carter and Keary Colbert are expected to split time opposite Keyshawn Johnson against the Vikings.

Foley: Officer tried to end my career (AP)
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley told the off-duty police officer who shot him at least three times, "You're trying to end my career, man," according to a sheriff's department report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Foley made the comment after he was shot Sept. 3 outside his home, the report written by San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Robert Tockstein said.

Gibbs: Portis out for Cowboys game (AP)
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs ruled Clinton Portis out for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, an announcement that surprised Portis and created yet another twist in the running back's injury saga. "He didn't practice today. ... If a guy doesn't practice, he's not going to play," Gibbs said.

Eagles RB Westbrook misses practice (AP)
Ryan Moats spent most of practice this week emulating Tiki Barber. Against the Giants, Moats might have to mimic Brian Westbrook. With Westbrook probable for Sunday's game because of swelling in his knee, Moats could be in line for some carries. Even one carry would be more than he got in the opener against Houston, when he was relegated to special teams.

Cadillac practices, expects to play (AP)
Tampa Bay's Carnell "Cadillac" Williams returned to practice Friday and said he doesn't think back spasms will prevent him from playing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Last season's NFL offensive rookie of the year had a MRI exam early this week and was held out of practice Thursday. He said both were precautionary, and he doesn't anticipate the problem lingering.

Packers' Robinson expects to play Sunday (AP)
Although he doesn't yet know the playbook and his knee is bothering him, Koren Robinson expects to suit up for the Green Bay Packers this weekend. And barring more trouble off the field -- or consequences from previous incidents that keep him from playing football -- Robinson expects Sunday's game against New Orleans to be the first in a long career in Green Bay.

Ex-Chiefs LT Roaf done playing in NFL (AP)
In May, he said he was eager to tack one more year onto his great career. In July, he sent a jolt through the Kansas City Chiefs when he retired on the eve of training camp. And on Thursday, Willie Roaf said he is done playing professional football. In a high-rise law office in downtown Kansas City, far removed from the stadiums and the cheers, the 11-time Pro Bowl left tackle who helped pave the...

Steelers to try Davenport in Bettis role (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers know they can't keep running Willie Parker 29 times per game, like they did in their opener. What they don't know is who should succeed the retired Jerome Bettis as the big running back who can wear down defenses and keep Parker rested. Duce Staley tried out for the role but, despite still being on their roster, couldn't win the job after averaging 2.2 yards per carry during...

Makes and Misses: Red, white and … boo?
In the latest mailbag, Team USA had more than its share of critics from around the world.

Wolves name Hoiberg, Babcock asst. GMs (AP)
Former Timberwolves player Fred Hoiberg and former Toronto general manager Rob Babcock were hired as assistant GMs for Minnesota on Thursday. A heart ailment forced Hoiberg to retire in April after 10 years in the NBA, including his last two in Minnesota. He had surgery in 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root and briefly contemplated a comeback last season before calling it quits and joining the...

Charges dropped against Wizards' Arenas (AP)
Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas won't face charges for interfering while police arrested teammate Awvee Storey in Miami Beach during Memorial Day Weekend, authorities said. Miami Beach police charged Arenas on May 28 with resisting arrest without violence, but prosecutors dropped the charges Wednesday.

Warriors hire Silas' son as assistant (AP)
The Golden State Warriors hired Stephen Silas as an assistant coach Thursday, adding the son of veteran coach Paul Silas to Don Nelson's new staff. Stephen Silas spent five seasons on his father's staffs in Charlotte, New Orleans and Cleveland. When he joined Charlotte in 2000, he was the NBA's youngest assistant coach at 27.

Heat exercise options on Wright, Simien (AP)
The Miami Heat picked up options Friday on guard Dorell Wright and forward Wayne Simien, ensuring they remain under contract for at least two more seasons. Both options were under the NBA's rookie scale, with Wright's for a fourth year and Simien's for a third. Wright is entering his third season. The Heat's first-round pick two years ago has appeared in 23 games in his career, averaging 2.8 points...

Report: Kukoc says he's likely to retire (AP)
NBA veteran Toni Kukoc is likely to retire after failing to interest the Milwaukee Bucks or Chicago Bulls in signing him. "It looks like I'm done," Kukoc told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday after playing in a charity golf tournament. "There are teams that want me, but I don't want to go far from home." Kukoc lives in Highland Park, Ill., and the Bulls and Bucks are the two closest teams.

Ann Meyers becomes Mercury GM, Suns VP (AP)
Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers has been coaxed away from her successful broadcast career to become general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and vice president of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. "I have been pursued the last 10 years by the league and different teams, but it just was not the right timing," Meyers said at a news conference Tuesday.

Cowens leaves WNBA's Sky for Pistons (AP)
Dave Cowens joined the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday as an assistant coach, leaving his job as coach and general manager of the WNBA's Chicago Sky. A Hall of Fame center with the Boston Celtics in the 1970s, Cowens' last NBA coaching job was with the Golden State Warriors from 2000-02. "We are pleased to add Dave Cowens to our coaching staff," said Joe Dumars, Pistons president of basketball...

Russian panel rules against Pens' Malkin (AP)
A Russian arbitration panel ruled that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin violated his contract by leaving his Russian pro team to play in the NHL. The ruling issued Friday appears to be meaningless unless Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, can find a United States court to uphold the decision.

Stars sign Lehtinen to 2-year extension (AP)
Right wing Jere Lehtinen signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars after leading the team in goals two of the last three seasons. The club exercised its option for the 2006-07 season, and the extension will keep him under contract through the 2008-09 season. "Jere has been a model of professionalism throughout his career," general manager Doug Armstrong said Saturday.

'Canes open camp, ready to defend Cup (AP)
Nearly everywhere Rod Brind'Amour looked this offseason, he saw the famous photo of his screaming, smiling self finally hoisting the Stanley Cup. The defending champion Carolina Hurricanes opened preseason camp Friday, and Brind'Amour said the focus is no longer on that first title, but the pursuit of another one.

Primeau retires because of concussion (AP)
With even the most mundane skating drills causing him headaches and fuzziness, Keith Primeau decided it was time to stop playing hockey. Trying every available option to return from concussions that robbed him of years of his career, Primeau was told by Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin he could continue to skate with a minor league affiliate or practice with a white jersey with a red cross so he...

Leafs hire Gilmour for front office job (AP)
Doug Gilmour is back with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL team hired its former captain on Friday to become the player personnel advisor to general manager John Ferguson. Gilmour twice played for the Maple Leafs and retired as a member of the team after suffering a serious knee injury in 2003. He took over as captain in 1994 during his first stint with the Leafs and held the position for three...

Rookie of year Ovechkin back for encore (AP)
What can last year's rookie of the year do to get better? That very question stumped Washington Capitals coach Glen Hanlon, who paused 5 seconds before giving an answer. "That's hard," Hanlon finally said. "I'm not sure what Glen Sather said about Gretzky after his first year. I should have phoned and asked him." Sather had the pleasure of coaching NHL rookie Wayne Gretzky in 1979, and Hanlon enjoyed...

NASCAR reaches north
LOUDON, N.H. &ndash; NASCAR officially will be in Canada next year, and not only for its proposed Montreal Busch race.

Benson earns fourth Truck win (AP)
Johnny Benson got past Kyle Busch an instant before a caution flag froze the field Saturday and never relinquished the top spot, racing away to a win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Benson wins NCTS New Hampshire 200 (SportsTicker)


Gordon's goal still another championship (AP)
Failing to make NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship last year was a big motivating factor for Jeff Gordon this season.

New Hampshire should set the Chase tone (AP)
Call it the calm before the storm, that quiet time before the Chase for the championship officially begins and NASCAR's 10 title contenders are one big happy group -- best friends forever.

Harvick wins pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 (SportsTicker)


Hot Harvick gets revenge; wins New Hampshire pole (AP)
It seems the pressure is definitely off now that NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship is ready to begin.

NASCAR stars hit Big Apple to promote Chase (AP)
The days when Dale Earnhardt Jr. could walk down the street in New York City without being recognized are long gone.

As Chase begins, Childress back on top with 2 solid chances to win title (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Richard Childress paced through one of his team haulers, masterfully handling several different...

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