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NEWS FROM 2006-09-20
2 charged in Duquesne player shootings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_duquesne_players_shot"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.13850f43a4694286b103b0ee5c654692.duquesne_players_shot_paks103.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=CAuAlU65UAftBuGT99VQEA--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Pittsburgh Police detectives lead 18-year-old Brandon Baynes, center, from police headquarters in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. Baynes is a suspect in custody in the Sunday shooting of five Duquesne University student basketball players. Police say they have a warrant to arrest another suspect, William Holmes, also 18. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Police charged two men Tuesday with shooting five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance, and they accused a 19-year-old sophomore of helping get the men and their friends into the dance despite knowing some were armed.</p><br clear="all"/>
USC complains about ABC's Musburger
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_usc_signals"><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 - Southern California formally complained that ABC-TV's Brent Musburger revealed privileged information in play-by-play commentary during Saturday's game against Nebraska.</p><br clear="all"/>
Morneau helps Twins close in on Tigers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_twins_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.a1f0781ebb054543bc6f7dbf68a3b5de.twins_red_sox_baseball_mack104.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=tpfrBSqFVy4pwDohjU3cTg--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Jason Bartlett, center, is congratulated by teammates after his three-run home run off Boston Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield in the second inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Morneau's teammates gathered around the television showing the final moments of Detroit's loss that moved Minnesota within a half-game of the AL Central lead. He was too busy discussing how he helped the Twins get there to pay much attention.</p><br clear="all"/>
Laila Ali on undercard at Garden
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_ali_at_the_garden"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.da46aff873294c1b878c7f6b5ecb0d8b.ali_at_the_garden_boxing_nysf110.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=bNO4iMt6QKiOPT2wo.hCtw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="WBC Super Middleweight champion, Laila Ali, daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, attends a press conference to announce her Madison Square Garden debut in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. The fight is scheduled to take place, Saturday, Nov. 11, at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)" border="0" /></a>AP - Another Ali will box at Madison Square Garden.</p><br clear="all"/>
Furyk next in line as Woods' partner
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_ryder_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.kc11309191220.ireland_golf_ryder_cup_kc113.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=VWRX1JH38ez.BiFZtF9FWQ--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Jim Furyk of the United States Ryder Cup team is watched by his caddie Mike Cowan as he plays from off the 10th fairway during a practice round at the K Club golf course, Straffan, Ireland, Tuesday Sept. 19, 2006. The Ryder Cup, the biannual match between the United States and Europe, will get underway on Friday Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)" border="0" /></a>AP - On paper and in person, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk look nothing alike.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons bring back kicker Andersen
Reuters - The Atlanta Falcons signed 46-year-old
Morten Andersen to handle place kicking duties on Tuesday,
after Michael Koenen missed four attempts against the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers at the weekend.
EEOC supports lawsuit against Knicks
AP - A federal agency found probable cause to believe a hostile work environment existed at Madison Square Garden, where a former Knicks executive claims she was sexually harassed by New York coach Isiah Thomas.
Weaver keeps Brewers dizzy in Cards' win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.0461a38ed48e46c484236ec2bd5e5d85.cardinals_brewers_baseball_wimg101.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=kLBtE2NLgPR0XR95U1vdIQ--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="St. Louis Cardinals starter Jeff Weaver throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the day the St. Louis Cardinals found out they lost closer Jason Isringhausen for the rest of the season, Jeff Weaver gave them another solid start.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Bulls work on $140 million stadium
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_red_bulls_stadium"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.1521e2f3c2d94dbaa6106d9c9cf47c2c.red_bulls_stadium_njmd105.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=Bz0eApUhxqRvSGUWaznp4w--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Brazilian samba dancers Joelma Batista, right, and Glaucia Heleno, left, dance with John Russo of the Red Bull fan club at the official groundbreaking for the Major League Soccer team's new stadium in Harrison, N.J., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. The Red Bulls plan to complete construction on Red Bull Park in 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)" border="0" /></a>AP - With backhoes and bulldozers rumbling in the distance, the New York Red Bulls formally broke ground on a $140 million stadium Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Crosby plays first NHL game in hometown
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060920/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_penguins_senators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060919/capt.dc65216de895441abef9389082ce2475.senators_penguins_hockey_hal102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=CnxETibr94GOgY0LZfyR6g--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby is driven into the boards by Ottawa Senators' Jamie Allison during a preseason hockey game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Andrew Vaughan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sidney Crosby's return home didn't go as well as planned.</p><br clear="all"/>
All grown up
With their stingy D and improved offense, the Jags have matured into a team capable of playing deep into January.
Chargers get backup QB Volek from Titans (AP)
After watching two division rivals lose their starting quarterbacks to injuries, the San Diego Chargers obtained Billy Volek from Tennessee on Tuesday to give them a veteran behind first-year starter Philip Rivers. Volek wanted out of Tennessee since being demoted to third-stringer behind rookie Vince Young after the Titans signed Kerry Collins.
Saints sell out season tickets (AP)
The New Orleans Saints officially sold out the entire regular-season home schedule in the Louisiana Superdome. It is the first time in the history of the franchise, founded in 1967, that every available seat is owned by a season ticket holder. One year after Hurricane Katrina displaced the Saints for the entire regular season and placed the NFL's future in New Orleans in doubt, Saints officials now...
Cowboys sign James to 5-year extension (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Bradie James on Tuesday to a five-year, $20 million extension. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus. James, a fourth-year linebacker who led Dallas in tackles last season, is the latest Cowboys veteran recently awarded a long-term extension by team owner Jerry Jones.
Falcons bring back K Morton Andersen, 46 (AP)
Forty-six-year-old Morten Andersen became the second oldest player in NFL history Tuesday, returning to the Atlanta Falcons after Michael Koenen flopped badly in his attempt to do all the team's kicking. Andersen, the league's second-leading career scorer, rejoins the league after last kicking with Minnesota in 2004.
Vikings DE James tears ACL, goes on IR (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings placed defensive end Erasmus James on injured reserve Tuesday and signed Jayme Mitchell from the practice squad to take his place. James, the No. 18 pick in the 2005 draft, will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was injured in Sunday's victory over Carolina.
Browns' McCutcheon out for season (AP)
Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, another blow to Cleveland's depth and leadership and more bad news for its banged-up secondary. The 33-year-old McCutcheon returned to practice last week for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right knee in July.
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...
Owens has plate screwed into broken hand (AP)
Terrell Owens has experience with this kind of thing: break bones, insert metal plate, heal enough to play in the big game. He did it for the Eagles. Now he'll try to do it against the Eagles. Owens, who broke his hand in Sunday night's game against Washington, had a plate screwed into the bone attached to his right ring finger during an operation Monday evening.
Eagles put DE Kearse on injured reserve (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles promoted cornerback Dustin Fox from the practice squad on Tuesday and placed defensive end Jevon Kearse on injured reserve. Running back Bruce Perry, who was cut after the season opener, and tight end Lee Vickers also were signed to the practice squad. Tight end Tom Day was released.
Makes and Misses: Red, white and … boo?
In the latest mailbag, Team USA had more than its share of critics from around the world.
Agency: Hostile work environment at MSG (AP)
A federal agency found probable cause to believe a hostile work environment existed at Madison Square Garden, where a former Knicks executive claims she was sexually harassed by New York coach Isiah Thomas. The treatment of senior Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders was not an isolated incident, and included "severe and pervasive verbal sexual harassment," according to the findings released...
Shaq part of $1B Miami real estate deal (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal is set to take on the Miami real estate market. The Miami Heat center and four-time NBA champion announced Tuesday the formation of The O'Neal Group, a real estate firm that's aligning with MDM Development in a $1 billion project to build 1,100 residential units in a sprawling downtown Miami complex.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Longtime Leafs enforcer Tie Domi retires (AP)
Saying he just "couldn't put on another jersey," longtime Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi retired Tuesday. "I love hockey, I love the Toronto Maple Leafs, this is my home," Domi said, his voice cracking with emotion during a packed news conference at the Air Canada Centre. "There were other interests, but I couldn't see myself wearing another jersey other than the blue and white." Domi said...
Fedorov injured in Blue Jackets victory (AP)
Rick Nash, Jaroslav Balastik, Anson Carter and Geoff Platt scored as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov fell and slammed into the end boards 30 seconds into the second period, injuring his shoulder. The 36-year-old center didn't return and was to be evaluated Wednesday.
Pens lose in Crosby's return to hometown (AP)
Sidney Crosby's return home didn't go as well as planned. In a building where he was often jeered as a junior, the 19-year-old phenom was cheered Tuesday night and treated like a forgiven hero. Crosby, who grew up mere miles from the Halifax Metro Centre, had a goal and assist in his first pro game in his hometown, but the Pittsburgh Penguins lost their preseason opener 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators.
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.
Smyth helps Oilers defeat Panthers 2-1 (AP)
Ryan Smyth's power-play goal at 4:24 of the third proved snapped a tie and carried the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 exhibition win over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. In their first home appearance since a Game 6 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup finals, the Oilers took advantage of a two-man power play when Shawn Horcoff dished the puck to Smyth for an easy tap in past...
Sabres score four PP goals, blank Leafs (AP)
Jiri Novotny, Derek Roy and Daniel Paille scored power-play goals in the second period and Mike Ryan added one in the third to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-0 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Martin Biron made 23 saves for the Sabres, who were 4-for-11 on power plays. Andrew Raycroft, the Maple Leafs' new No.
Kings rout Ducks 7-1 in preseason opener (AP)
Second-year defenseman Kevin Dallman had two goals and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 7-1 Monday night in the exhibition opener for both teams. Sean Avery, Matt Moulson, Brian Willsie, Eric Belanger and Konstantin Pushkarev also scored for Los Angeles. Derek Armstrong added three assists.
Chase chances: Week 2
One week down, nine to go, and Kevin Harvick tops the list of Chase title favorites.
Peters signs with RCR for 2007 Busch Series season (SportsTicker)
WELCOME, North Carolina (Ticker) - Richard Childress Racing on Tuesday signed Timothy Peters as a driver for its NASCAR Busch Series team in 2007.
Kenseth pleased with New Hampshire, now on to favorite track (AP)
I really can't believe we got out of Loudon with a top 10.
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.