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Mets win first NL East title since 1988 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.ab4746a6ec0743e48f2b83c23a6e9cd2.marlins_mets_baseball_nys225.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=ObDZX2p47g73ZH8EJ9TcTQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes douses Carlos Delgado with a bottle of beer after the Mets clinched the National League East Division title, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, in their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - They soaked themselves in wine and beer, then ran out of their clubhouse to go back on the field, jump up and down some more and share the glee with their fans. Ending nearly two decades of disappointment in their division and days of delay, the New York Mets brought the NL East title back to Shea Stadium for the first time since 1988 with a 4-0 victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Big Ben not ticking; Jags blank Steelers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_steelers_jaguars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.b9d4fc2423f144ae8019e73a064a432d.steelers_jaguars_football_flpc209.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=ZGkQg5vTDHP7okyqhVeeiA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center, lies on the ground after being sacked between Jacksonville Jaguars defenders, Nick Greisen, left, and Mike Peterson, during the third quarter of a National Football League game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Roethlisberger gingerly walked off the field near the end of the game, grimacing and grasping his side after another hard hit. Big Ben was back. He wasn't back to form, though &#151; and the Jacksonville Jaguars defense had a lot to with that.</p><br clear="all"/>

Clarett pleads guilty, gets 3 1/2 years (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_clarett_charges"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.ec1763fe65004529b694b5835abb97a9.aptopix_clarett_plea_football_ohks101.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=96.f7yyUdof4_jCfUfJijQ--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="The former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett pleads guilty Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon in a deal that will send him to prison for at least 3 1/2 years to end two criminal cases against him. The plea deal was announced by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Fais on the day jury selection was to begin in the robbery case, in which Clarett is accused of holding up two people outside a bar. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the day comes that Maurice Clarett can be released from prison 3 1/2 years from now, the former Ohio State football star's life story will hardly have been told in full.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowboys' star Owens has surgery on hand (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_owens_surgery"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.8496a773c6fe4a29a64f7e2c2e9ea19a.owens_surgery_dn101.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=bOogLws8KWeMP0PASRwfug--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reacts during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins in their NFL football game in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. Dallas won, 27-10 and Owens will miss two to four weeks after breaking a finger in the game. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens played in a Super Bowl for Philadelphia seven weeks after getting a plate and several screws put in his ankle. Now he's hoping another plate and three more screws in his right hand will enable him to play against the Eagles.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pac-10 admits mistakes, suspends refs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_oklahoma_replay"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060918/capt.7097c2d4b81642fa8d083f9460b9425a.oklahoma_replay_football_pd107.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=qEVELC2Fe9hQq.iNX3dw3g--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Oklahoma defender Darien Williams (41) breaks up a pass play intended for Oregon receiver Brian Paysinger late in the fourth quarter of their college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006. The Pac-10 Conference issued a one-game suspension Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, to the officiating crew and the instant replay officials that worked the game after finding mistakes were made in calls near the end of the game. Williams was called for pass interference on this play, which is one of the disputed calls. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pacific-10 Conference, finding merit in Oklahoma's complaints about the officiating in its loss to Oregon, issued a one-game suspension Monday to the officiating crew and the instant replay officials who worked the game and an apology to the Sooners.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jaquars' defense smothers Steelers (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060919/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060919/2006_09_19t010249_378x450_us_nfl.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=zihdrv49B6v.KqaQRldpMw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Toby Sermon of Jacksonville, Florida, holds up a sign before the NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida September 18, 2006. (Mark Wallheiser/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Jacksonville's dominant defense spoiled Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return to action, blanking the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers 9-0 on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA Nets extend stay in New Jersey by one year (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060919/sp_afp/basketnbanets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060919/capt.sge.osg80.190906062121.photo00.photo.default-512x470.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=JU2CcuEJdD4SqDnzhIxi5w--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="File picture shows head coach Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets instructing his team during a time out during the 2006 NBA Playoffs in May. The Nets will play the 2008-2009 season at the Meadowlands before moving to New York under a lease agreement announced by the National Basketball Association club(AFP/Getty Images/File/Eliot J. Schechter)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The New Jersey Nets will play the 2008-2009 season at the Meadowlands before moving to New York under a lease agreement announced by the National Basketball Association club.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers push World Series champions to the brink (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060919/sp_nm/baseball_american_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060919/2006_09_19t023845_450x330_us_baseball_american.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=6R8v3SFFgqymgSmRyAOh9Q--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers Craig Monroe (R) is congratulated at home plate by Magglio Ordonez after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of their American League baseball game in Chicago, Illinois September 18, 2006. (Frank Polich/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Magglio Ordonez slammed a pair of home runs against his former team as the Detroit Tigers pounded the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Monday to keep the Minnesota Twins at bay in the AL Central.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dynamo duels Chivas USA to 0-0 tie (AP)
AP - Houston's Alejandro Moreno apparent goal on a header in the final seconds of stoppage time was wiped out by an offside call, leaving Dynamo and Chivas USA in a scoreless tie Sunday night.

Flyers sign Hitchcock to 3-year deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060918/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_flyers_hitchcock"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060915/capt.12069aed2a2141bca2357c1f52e1abb6.flyers_practice_pahr101.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=OP3nLsJy0JyLQH3r_xByQg--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Philadelphia Flyers' Head Coach Ken Hitchcock watches his team practice during the first day of Flyers training camp Friday, Sept.15, 2006, in Voorhees, N.J. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)" border="0" /></a>AP - Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock signed a new three-year contract with the Flyers through 2008-09.</p><br clear="all"/>

Business as usual
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. &ndash; Even with his top two targets from last year gone, Tom Brady again delivered down the stretch.

Owens has plate, screws put into hand (AP)
Terrell Owens played in a Super Bowl for Philadelphia seven weeks after getting a plate and several screws put in his ankle. Now he's hoping another plate and three more screws in his right hand will enable him to play against the Eagles. Owens had a plate screwed into the bone attatched to his right ring finger during an operation Monday evening.

Jaguars shut down Big Ben, Steelers 9-0 (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger gingerly walked off the field near the end of the game, grimacing and grasping his side after another hard hit. Big Ben was back. He wasn't back to form, though -- and the Jacksonville Jaguars defense had a lot to with that. Wearing protective padding around his midsection, Roethlisberger returned to Pittsburgh's lineup Monday night, barely two weeks after an emergency...

Kearse out for season with knee injury (AP)
Jevon Kearse's season is over because of a severe knee injury the star defensive end sustained in Philadelphia's overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday. Kearse, who had 2 1/2 sacks in the game, badly sprained multiple ligaments in his left knee when his leg knocked against Mike Patterson while the two brought down Eli Manning on New York's first possession of the extra period.

Bengals LB Pollack out for season (AP)
Linebacker David Pollack is out for the season with a neck injury, the most serious setback for the banged-up Cincinnati Bengals heading into a highly anticipated game. Pollack is one of three starters hurt during a 34-17 victory Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. The former first-round draft pick was injured tackling Reuben Droughns on Cleveland's second play.

With Brooks out, Walter in as Raiders QB (AP)
Aaron Brooks will be sidelined two to four weeks with a strained pectoral muscle, giving the Raiders' starting quarterback job to second-year player Andrew Walter. Brooks hurt himself Sunday after fumbling his second straight snap from center in the first quarter of a 28-6 loss to Baltimore. Originally, the Raiders thought it was a rotator cuff injury, but an MRI on Monday showed it was just a...

Winslow wants Browns to use him more (AP)
Kellen Winslow didn't let any passes slip through his hands on Sunday in Cincinnati. On Monday, he dropped a bomb. Frustrated and confused at not being on the field during some key third-downs in a 34-17 loss to the Bengals, Winslow claimed he should have been a bigger part of Cleveland's game plan and blamed Browns coaches for a lack of imagination on offense.

Saints headed to Superdome with 2-0 mark (AP)
Clinical psychologist Mindy Kronenberg says she couldn't tell the difference between a running back and a quarterback if she had to. She does know one thing, however: The New Orleans Saints' early-season winning streak is a welcome tonic for a region still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Broncos bolster return game, sign Morgan (AP)
A day after Cedric Cobbs nearly fumbled away the overtime kickoff against Kansas City, the Denver Broncos signed former Pittsburgh receiver/returner Quincy Morgan to a one-year deal. "I think I can come right in and return kicks," Morgan said Monday. "I know they've got great receivers here. I'll work myself in and learn each play as quick as possible and do whatever I can do." To make room, the...

Vikings DE Erasmus James out for season (AP)
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Erasmus James will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. James got hurt on a running play late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over Carolina. He will likely rehabilitate the knee for a couple of weeks before having the operation, coach Brad Childress said Monday.

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

Nets extend lease at Continental Arena (AP)
The New Jersey Nets agreed to extend their lease at the Continental Airlines Arena for five years, though they expect to be in a new arena in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the 2009-10 season. The extension would allow the Nets to continue playing at the Meadowlands arena through the 2012-13 season, Nets chief executive Brett Yormark said Monday.

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.

Flyers sign Hitchcock to three-year deal (AP)
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock signed a new three-year contract with the Flyers through 2008-09. Hitchcock, entering his fourth season, is 130-77-39 in the regular season with Philadelphia. He led the Flyers to the conference finals in 2004, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who later won the Stanley Cup.

Stoll leads Oilers past Coyotes 5-0 (AP)
Jarret Stoll scored two goals and rookie Devan Dubynk made 27 saves in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in the exhibition opener for both teams. The teams played in front of a capacity crowd of 15,015 at MTS Centre, with many of the fans wearing Winnipeg Jets jerseys.

Gomez, Devils rout Bruins 5-0 (AP)
Scott Gomez led a New Jersey power-play assault with a goal and two assists, leading the Devils to a 5-0 victory Sunday over the Boston Bruins in the preseason opener for both teams. Defenseman Johnny Oduya had three assists in a game that marked the debuts of former Montreal coach Claude Julien with the Devils and ex-Detroit coach Dave Lewis with the Bruins.

Former Canadiens player Floyd Curry dies (AP)
Former Montreal Canadiens player Floyd Curry, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, has died. He was 81. Curry died Saturday in a Montreal hospital, according to the Canadiens He spent 11 seasons with the Canadiens and scored 105 goals and 204 points in 601 NHL games. His most memorable moment came when he recorded the only hat trick of his career on Oct.

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.

Tidying up the house
LOUDON, N.H. &ndash; The House of Roush has been a bit of a mess this season. That finally is changing.

NASCAR, RCR deny cheating story (AP)
NASCAR and team owner Richard Childress on Monday dismissed as ``sheer fantasy'' a television report that said race winner Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton had a performance advantage at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Johnson's latest hit hurts title chances again (AP)
Poor Jimmie Johnson, the nicest guy in NASCAR, who can never catch a break -- not even on his 31st birthday and especially not when the championship is on the line.

Harvick dominates at New Hampshire, takes Nextel points lead (AP)
When Kevin Harvick agreed to stay at Richard Childress Racing, he did so because he believed the team was emerging from its slump and ready to run for championships.

Harvick wins Sylvania 300, takes lead in Chase (SportsTicker)

Crashes raise questions about Chase points system (AP)
One race down and nine to go in the Chase and the only thing for sure about NASCAR's championship battle is that Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch are already in trouble.

Troubles in Chase opener damage Johnson's title hopes. (AP)
Eighty-nine laps into NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, title hopeful Jimmie Johnson found himself in a very deep hole.

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)

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