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NEWS FROM 2006-09-21
Yanks clinch 9th straight AL East title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.42213c7aadd14b558aed3d01b1c40075.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_fng116.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=FhKLU4MMsQCJaO_OtSo9og--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson douses Robinson Cano with champagne after the Yankees clinched the AL East in Toronto on Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Yankees were still spraying champagne all over the clubhouse and dousing each other with beer when Derek Jeter, wiping the sting from his eyes, made sure to mention the big picture.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies, Dodgers tied for wild-card
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.c4b9793082db484ca8928ea5db38f68f.cubs_phillies_baseball_pxs104.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=I9.2pac05ctViOI5OyzRDA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Brett Myers pitches against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brett Myers' first complete game in 13 months boosted the Philadelphia Phillies into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL wild-card lead.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duquesne players try to return to normal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_duquesne_team_returns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.842724763f584160be5257ffb0302a68.duquene_players_shot_basketball_paks105.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=W8wSQKRxUhw9u.OYIClmtw--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Ron Everhart, right, works with some of the Duquesne University basketball team during an off-season skills instruction session on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. With two teammates still lying in hospital beds, Duquesne University's basketball team tried to return to normalcy Wednesday, three days after a terrifying outburst of gunfire that followed a school dance. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Duquesne University's basketball team, depleted but not defeated by the shootings of five players, returned to the court intent on returning to normalcy as soon as possible.</p><br clear="all"/>
Armstrong prepares for NYC marathon
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_armstrong"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.d8e02b797af14876bcfcd28ac228ef28.cycling_armstrong_nyar103.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=67StHuiw7qEcsW5b99ECAQ--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Former cyclist Lance Armstrong, center, runs along 57th street in Manhattan, NY, on Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006. Armstrong took part in a five mile run to practice for the upcoming NYC marathon. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree)" border="0" /></a>AP - Right around the corner from Trump Tower, Lance Armstrong jogged across Madison Avenue during rush hour, dodging a police motorcade speeding to the United Nations, a bicyclist delivering Chinese takeout and two women in heels scrambling for the bus.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howell, Casey go from rivals to partners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_ryder_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.kc12509201413.ireland_golf_ryder_cup_kc125.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=G1DDgpDSrYI5QJynfWTcnA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="European Ryder Cup player Paul Casey plays out of a bunker on the 12th during a practice round at the K Club golf course, Straffan, Ireland, Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006. The Ryder Cup, is scheduled to get underway on Friday Sept. 22.(AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)" border="0" /></a>AP - The rivalry is natural, but so is the bond between David Howell and Paul Casey. Especially this week at the Ryder Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Has NFL done enough for New Orleans?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_katrina_nfl_charity"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.bb6007134511425d8b5ae6e243220e62.katrina_nfl_football_ny154.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=YOPRQI9Uem15uJTR_5X_eA--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Atlanta Falcons' Warrick Dunn (28) runs against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Dunn challenged every player in the NFL to donate $5,000. Instead of raising millions, Dunn's campaign raised $386,000. Which raises the question: Has the NFL and its players done enough to help one of their member cities rebuild from the devastating disaster? (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana, Warrick Dunn was so disturbed by the devastation in his home state that he wanted to do something extraordinary to help. So the Atlanta Falcons' notably philanthropic running back challenged his fellow NFL players to give $5,000 apiece — a gesture that would have raised more than $8 million if everyone had chipped in.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe ready for another run to NBA title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060920/capt.484eff4eaa7c49f7a2707d5ab3956232.sports_showcase_bryant_basketball_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=mV3y64EQQ6eJc2yJnQfQ1Q--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="NBA star player Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, teaches a local player during a clinic with young basketball players in Hong Kong, in this Sept. 6, 2006 photo. Bryant is in Hong Kong as part of his Asian tour. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant took care of a number of things this summer: He traveled around Asia — where some of his basketball comments got lost in translation — underwent knee surgery and hit the weights.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cormier keeps Braves' hopes alive
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_braves_nationals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.db78188a76eb448c96ee9cd4137cac59.braves_nationals_baseball_rfk103.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=UNPt52BSjCkSAJ.8pLJPNw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Atlanta Braves starter Lance Cormier delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during their baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Atlanta clings to its slim postseason chances, starter Lance Cormier gave the Braves just what they needed. Cormier allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings and the Braves hit three home runs in a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Revolution hurt Red Bulls' chances
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060921/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_revolution_red_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060921/capt.5b094172f9954e64a28656e148fa9931.revolution_red_bulls_soccer_eru101.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=5BtBI2fwAvCceSqra10C0w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="New England Revolution forward Clint Dempsey, right, blocks New York Red Bulls defender Seth Stammler from the ball during first half MLS soccer Wednesday night, Sept. 20, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Taylor Twellman and Andy Dorman scored goals Wednesday night to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls and hurt the Red Bulls' playoffs hopes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Malkin injured in first NHL exhibition
AP - Evgeni Malkin was injured during his first NHL exhibition game Wednesday night when he collided with Pittsburgh teammate John LeClair early in the second period of the Penguins' 5-4 win over Philadelphia.
Eagles' wings clipped
Having already lost CB Lito Sheppard for at least a month, the Eagles must now replace All-Pro DE Jevon Kearse.
Parcells: Owens might not miss any games (AP)
Thanks to the timing of the bye week, Terrell Owens might not miss any games because of his broken hand. Owens broke the bone leading to his right ring finger Sunday night and had a plate surgically attached to it Monday. Although Owens' hand was swollen and aching Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he's optimistic the receiver will be back at work next week and catching passes a...
Portis set to return, Springs may not be (AP)
Clinton Portis made it through the entire practice Wednesday for the first time since his shoulder injury, while cornerback Shawn Springs had a setback in his attempt to return from abdominal surgery. Portis appears set to return at running back for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. He is listed as probable on the injury report.
Panthers' Smith angered by holdout rumor (AP)
Steve Smith heard the rumor: He's coming back slowly from his hamstring injury as a ploy to get a new contract. The wide receiver shredded that theory Wednesday as he tries to work his way back onto the field for the Carolina Panthers. "For the people who are insulting me and this organization, who think I'm going to stoop down to that level, that's not me," Smith said.
Fisher says Volek lied, asked for trade (AP)
Coach Jeff Fisher lashed out at critics of the Tennessee Titans' dealings with Billy Volek, saying Wednesday that Volek lied to him and never took advantage of the opportunity to be the starter. The Titans finally traded Volek on Tuesday to the San Diego Chargers for a sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth-rounder depending on playing time.
Favre: Trade to contender not likely (AP)
After losing two home games to start the season, Brett Favre can understand why people might think he would welcome a trade to a contender. But Favre, who turns 37 next month, doesn't necessarily think that would be any better than sticking it out for the rest of the year -- and perhaps beyond -- in Green Bay.
Eagles RB Westbrook misses practice (AP)
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook missed practice Wednesday because of a sore knee and is questionable for the game against the San Francisco 49ers. Westbrook missed practice last week because of swelling in his knee, but did play in Philadelphia's loss to the New York Giants in overtime. Westbrook rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown, and caught seven passes for 56 yards.
Seahawks' Alexander sits out practice (AP)
League MVP Shaun Alexander missed the Seahawks' practice Wednesday with a foot injury, but he is probable to start Sunday's showdown with the New York Giants. Alexander, the 2005 rushing champion who set an NFL record with 28 touchdowns last season, injured his left foot while rushing for 51 yards in Seattle's Sept.
Colts DE Freeney could play vs. Jaguars (AP)
Dwight Freeney's injured leg muscle kept him out of Wednesday's practice, and the Indianapolis Colts won't know until later this week whether he'll play Sunday against Jacksonville. Freeney, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end and former NFL sacks champion, injured the leg late in last Sunday's 43-24 victory over Houston.
Niners give CB Spencer 6-year extension (AP)
Cornerback Shawntae Spencer agreed Wednesday night to a six-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. The third-year pro signed an extension keeping him with the club through 2012, according to a person within the league familiar with the signing who spoke on condition of anonymity because Spencer wanted to keep the deal quiet.
Makes and Misses: Red, white and … boo?
In the latest mailbag, Team USA had more than its share of critics from around the world.
EEOC: 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...
Blazers F Randolph won't face charges (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was cleared of a sexual assault allegation after prosecutors said there is no testimony or evidence to corroborate the story of the woman who accused him. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk announced Wednesday that he will not prosecute the case against Randolph, who was never named as a suspect by police.
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.
Ex-76er Nailon fined in case with wife (AP)
Former Philadelphia 76er Lee Nailon was fined $300 and ordered to do community service in a case in which he was charged with elbowing his wife in the face and throwing a picture frame at her. Marti Nailon was left with a cut lip but did not seek medical care. She had confronted her 6-foot-9 husband after finding numbers of other women in his cell phone, assistant Montgomery County prosecutor Doug...
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...
Last of a dying breed
NHL games used to be about the fights as much as the goals. But with Tie Domi's retirement, that era is gone for good.
Penguins' Malkin injured in first game (AP)
Evgeni Malkin was injured during his first NHL exhibition game Wednesday night when he collided with Pittsburgh teammate John LeClair early in the second period of the Penguins' 5-4 win over Philadelphia. Malkin was not available for comment after the game, but was seen leaving the Moncton Coliseum on his own without a sling.
Lundqvist helps Rangers blank Devils (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout in his first preseason game, and Greg Moore set up both New York goals in the Rangers' 2-0 victory over the depleted New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night. Lundqvist was untested in the first period when New York dominated play and held a 21-1 shots advantage. The Devils picked up their pace over the final 40 minutes, but were outshot 48-22 overall.
Chara injured in Bruins' win over Habs (AP)
Zdeno Chara scored his second goal in two nights midway through the first period before leaving because of a left foot injury in the Boston Bruins' 3-1 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Chara, who left Ottawa as a free agent to sign a five-year, $37.5 million deal with Boston, was hurt when he blocked Sheldon Souray's slap shot during Montreal's 5-on-3 power play early...
Owen Nolan scores twice in Coyotes' win (AP)
Owen Nolan scored twice in his home preseason debut to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Mike Zigomanis scored the winning goal and Steven Reinprecht added a pair of assists for the Coyotes, outscored 8-1 in their first two exhibition games -- both on the road.
Kovalchuk powers Thrashers past Panthers (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk scored two power-play goals in the first period and Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 Wednesday night in their preseason home opener. Jason Krog, an NHL veteran trying to return to the league after playing in Europe the last two seasons, had a goal and two assists for Atlanta.
Blue Jackets C Fedorov out 4 to 6 weeks (AP)
Blue Jackets center Sergei Fedorov will be out four to six weeks after injuring his left shoulder during an exhibition game. Columbus opens Oct. 6 at home against Vancouver, and the team hopes the 36-year-old veteran will be back early in the season. "Sergei has worked extremely hard to get ready for the season so we're obviously disappointed for him," general manager and president Doug MacLean...
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...
Trading Paint: Where there’s Smoke …
Tony Stewart isn’t going away during the Chase, and some fans think that spells trouble for NASCAR’s championship system.
Ragan set to make Cup debut (AP)
David Ragan, one of four Roush Racing rookies vying to replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 Ford in 2007, will make...
Harvick prepared to handle cheating allegations (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Harvick is so hot right now that the competition clearly is concerned _ so much so...
A glance at the drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points: DRIVER: Kevin...
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.