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NEWS FROM 2006-09-24
Notre Dame stuns Spartans with 19 in 4th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_notre_dame_michigan_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060924/capt.9c8702b3ce674219a756aa30bb5fb877.notre_dame_michigan_st_football_elj106.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=mIkeFSDlQwDOUWy63KHoOg--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn passes against Michigan State during the second quarter of a college football game, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, in East Lansing, Mich. The pass was intercepted by Michigan State's Ervin Baldwin and returned for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Notre Dame looked beaten and Michigan State looked unstoppable. Then, in a stunning turn of events, cornerback Terrail Lambert capped a furious rally by returning an interception 27 yards for a touchdown with 2:53 remaining to give the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish a 40-37 victory over the Spartans on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds breaks NL HR mark; Brewers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_giants_brewers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060924/capt.7519274b7b3a4aff9344b356319af7d8.giants_brewers_baseball_widh106.jpg?x=130&y=124&sig=FaeCnM_AvPawhVJM4FtboA--" align="left" height="124" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, right, watches his home run leave Miller Park as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Mike Rivera, left, watches in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds was glad he broke Hank Aaron's NL home run record on Saturday night — and upset that the San Francisco Giants lost for seventh time in eight games.</p><br clear="all"/>
N.C. State shocks BC in final seconds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_boston_college_nc_state"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060924/capt.79690c973c644283be34d5a0f03703b4.boston_college_nc_state__football_nckd106.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=u6cSNgwUAxXNAqytYk1vrQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="North Carolina State's John Dunlap (1) hauls in the winning touchdown in front of Boston College's Dejuan Tribble, background, with time running out, Saturday, September 23, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. State won, 17-15. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daniel Evans scanned the field and saw the end zone seemingly sitting half a world away. There were no timeouts. And there was a ranked opponent ready to defend its small lead. It seemed like a time for desperation. Instead — for one game, anyway — it was a reason for North Carolina State's frustrated fans to believe again.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ohio State squashes Penn State rally
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_penn_st_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.32643ec0d174496f953e2d51ddf0d249.penn_st_ohio_st_football_ohks114.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=LV1wlo3TfzGYntnhYPRXDg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (2) drops the ball as he runs across the goal line after intercepting a pass Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Ohio Stadium during the fourth quarter of a football game against Penn State in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - In about the time it took 79-year-old Joe Paterno to jog to the locker room, Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State's defense turned a close game into a rout.</p><br clear="all"/>
Padres win as Hoffman ties Smith's mark
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060924/capt.945908835e9444c48741d4bde83ee83e.pirates_padres_baseball_cadp106.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=4FIEkMqkUTzS2ItrGulAVg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="San Diego Padres' Josh Barfield, left, is congratulated by teammate Brian Giles, right, after Barfield hit a solo home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Zach Duke during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was vintage Trevor Hoffman, from the AC/DC blaring from the stadium speakers to a final, nasty changeup dropping toward the dirt and eluding the swing of a helpless batter. Hoffman never veers from his routines or his signature pitch, and on Saturday night he tied Lee Smith's career saves record with No. 478, helping the NL West-leading San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 to build a 1 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Saints face Falcons in emotional Superdome return
Reuters - Lost amid the hype of the NFL's
long-awaited return to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans on Monday
night is the battle for supremacy in the NFC South.
Wagner to return to NBA with Warriors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060922/sp_afp/basketnbawarriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060922/capt.sge.qeq47.220906215015.photo00.photo.default-350x512.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=Ka.jVMjtDAhh979tTCfW9g--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="The Golden State Warriors signed the oft-injured guard Dajuan Wagner, seen here in 2004 and who has not played in the National Basketball League since 2004-05.(AFP/Getty Images/File)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Golden State Warriors signed the oft-injured guard Dajuan Wagner, who has not played in the National Basketball League since 2004-05.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies take NL wild card-lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060924/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_marlins_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060923/capt.d5b5e0c80d8f46efa930bbee0bdef8a9.marlins_phillies_baseball_pxs103.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=DAGaAFkepzSI5v5ZPyDDCg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard is hit by a pitch from Florida Marlins' Brian Moehler in the first inning of their baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, in Philadelphia. The pitch drew a warning for both teams from plate umpire Bob Davidson because Florida's Miguel Cabrera was hit in the top of the first. The Phillies won 8-6. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even when Ryan Howard doesn't get the big hit, the Philadelphia Phillies are getting contributions from backups and role players. Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Conine each drove in three runs, Jon Lieber pitched seven solid innings and Philadelphia beat the Florida Marlins 8-6 Saturday to continue its playoff push.</p><br clear="all"/>
Crew stay alive with 1-1 tie vs. Dynamo
AP - Jason Garey kept Columbus' MLS Cup playoff hopes alive with a late goal Saturday night that gave the Crew a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo.
DiPietro struggles in Isles' debut
AP - Rick DiPietro and Ted Nolan got off to rough starts Friday night in the New York Islanders' first exhibition game of the season.
Worth the wait
QB Philip Rivers got tired of biding his time, but now appreciates his slow ascension to the starting job.
Vinatieri to miss first game of career (AP)
Kicker Adam Vinatieri will miss the first game of his 11-year NFL career because of a lingering groin injury. Vinatieri, who came to the Indianapolis Colts from the New England Patriots in the offseason, strained his groin in last week's victory over Houston and will sit out Sunday's game against AFC South rival Jacksonville, coach Tony Dungy said Saturday.
T.O. says he'll 'definitely' face Eagles (AP)
Squeezing his broken right hand into a fist, Terrell Owens saw how far he could curl his fingers and smiled. "When we get back next week," he told teammate Sam Hurd, "my goal is for it to touch." Owens is so pleased with how his hand is healing, he said Friday that he will "definitely" play for the Dallas Cowboys in Philadelphia on Oct.
Judge issues gag order in Foley case (AP)
A judge issued an order Friday barring attorneys from publicly discussing any aspects of the case involving the woman who was with San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley when he was shot by an off-duty police officer. The gag ruling followed leaks of investigators' tapes, photographs and documents.
Panthers' Smith to be game-time decision (AP)
Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith practiced for the second straight day Friday as he recovers from a strained right hamstring. "He looked good," said coach John Fox, who indicated it will be a game-time decision if Smith plays Sunday at Tampa Bay. Smith, who led the NFL in receiving last season, missed Carolina's first two games after being injured in practice on Sept.
Seahawks activate WR Branch (AP)
As expected, the Seattle Seahawks activated recently acquired wide receiver Deion Branch on Saturday and added him to the 53-man roster for the game Sunday against the New York Giants. To clear a roster spot, the Seahawks released defensive lineman Chris Cooper, who played well during the preseason but was stuck at the bottom of the depth chart.
Seahawks' Alexander to start vs. Giants (AP)
Shaun Alexander will start for the Seahawks on Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sore left foot. The league MVP practiced for the first time this week on Friday. Coach Mike Holmgren then fulfilled Alexander's promise to play from the day before. "My thing with Shaun early in the week he had to stay in it mentally in studying," Holmgren said after Alexander participated in the entire...
Giants' receiving corps hobbled (AP)
The good news for the New York Giants is that the four bags of intravenous fluids given to Amani Toomer after their overtime win in Philadelphia apparently did the trick. The bad news is that the 11-year veteran, who was so depleted after the game Sunday that he needed help walking back to his locker and putting on his shoes, may be the healthiest pass-catcher the team can rely on this Sunday in...
Jets WR Coles still questionable (AP)
Laveranues Coles was limited again in practice Friday because of an unspecified calf injury, and remained questionable for the New York Jets' game at Buffalo on Sunday. The veteran wide receiver has had his left calf wrapped since Monday, and didn't fully participate in 11-on-11 drills for the third straight day.
Rams DE Hargrove still a no-show (AP)
Anthony Hargrove's unexcused two-day absence remained unresolved on Friday for the St. Louis Rams. The only certainty is that the defensive end will not be on the field this weekend. Coach Scott Linehan said Hargrove had not been suspended, but would be fined. Rookie Victor Adeyanju will replace him in the lineup Sunday at Arizona and Brandon Green, inactive the first two games, will be the backup at...
Warriors ink oft-injured G Dajuan Wagner (AP)
Dajuan Wagner, the once-promising point guard whose NBA career was derailed by injuries and a serious illness, signed with the Golden State Warriors on Friday after being out of the league for nearly two years. Wagner was the sixth pick in the 2002 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers after just one collegiate season at Memphis, but health problems prevented him from becoming the star most expected.
LeBron chats up Letterman, Buffett (AP)
LeBron James spent part of the past week shooting hoops with Dave and eating cheeseburgers with one of the world's richest men. During a taped appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" that will air on Friday, the Cavaliers' star forward took on the talk show host in a shooting contest outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan.
Kobe hopes to be ready for start of camp (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. One thing he didn't do was play for the United States at the world championships. He wanted to be on the team, but his right knee didn't cooperate.
Hawks G Claxton breaks bone in hand (AP)
Atlanta Hawks guard Speedy Claxton is questionable for the beginning of the season after breaking a bone in his left hand. Claxton, who was injured during a workout Monday, was examined Thursday by Dr. Michael Bernot, a team physician, and will see hand specialist Dr. Stephen McCollam on Friday. The 28-year-old Claxton, expected to be Atlanta's starting point guard, signed a four-year, $25.5 million...
Hornets seek contingency plan for '07-08 (AP)
The Hornets have requested an option that would allow the team to spend a third season in Oklahoma City as a contingency plan if it is unable to return to New Orleans in 2007-08 as planned. The request is being handled as part of a negotiations to resolve a disagreement over the amount of revenue from last season the team must share with the city.
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.
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.
Forsberg returns, Flyers lose to Sens (AP)
Mike Fisher scored the second of his two goals on a short-handed breakaway with 1:57 left in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Philadelphia's Simon Gagne had tied it with 3:54 to go with a shot from in close on a power play after Ottawa's Denis Hamel and Chris Neil scored power-play goals in a 1:53 span to give the...
Rangers top Panthers in Puerto Rico (AP)
Petr Prucha scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night in the first NHL exhibition game ever in a Caribbean market. Nigel Dawes' unassisted goal early in the third period broke a tie and ensured the Rangers' third win in three preseason games. Dawes scored at the 2:16 mark, just 11 seconds after Ari Vallin scored to pull Florida into a 2-2 tie.
Saku Koivu scores in Canadiens' loss (AP)
Aleksander Suglobov had a goal and two assists, including one on Matt Stajan's go-ahead goal 13:53 into the third, to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Suglobov, who also scored in Toronto's 5-1 home win over Montreal on Friday night, opened the scoring with a sharp-angled shot past Carey Price early in the second.
Bruins start quick, hold off Islanders (AP)
Tyler Redenbach beat Mike Dunham on Boston's first shot of the game and the Bruins went on to beat the New York Islanders for the second straight night, winning 3-2 in exhibition play Saturday night. Glen Murray and Jonathan Sigalet also scored for the Bruins (4-1-0), coming off a 5-1 victory over the Islanders on Friday night in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Thrashers blank winless Blues (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal midway through the first period and Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg combined to stop 27 shots in the Atlanta Thrashers' 1-0 exhibition victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Kovalchuk scored unassited, beating Jason Bacashihua with a 10-foot wrist shot.
Kariya powers Predators past Hurricanes (AP)
Paul Kariya had a goal and two assists and the Nashville Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3 in a preseason game Saturday night. Kariya scored 16 seconds into a two-man advantage as the Predators took the lead for good at 7:40 of the second period against the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes. Martin Erat scored two goals, Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist, J.P.
Sabres win in 11th round of shootout (AP)
Clarke MacArthur scored in the 11th round of a shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby scored in the second round of the shootout, but Buffalo's Thomas Vanek tied it in the third round. On Friday night in Ottawa, Vanek scored three goals in the Sabres' 4-3 win over the Senators.
DOVER, Del. – It's only week two of the Chase, but the stakes already are high.
Skinner wins Smith's Las Vegas 350 (AP)
Mike Skinner raced to his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Ted Musgrave with 20 laps to go and holding on to take the Smith's Las Vegas 350.
Skinner wins NCTS Smith's Las Vegas 350 from pole (SportsTicker)
Bowyer captures first Busch win of season at Dover (SportsTicker)
Champ Car rookie Clarke captures pole at Road America (AFP)
British Champ Car rookie Dan Clarke captured the pole position for Sunday's race at Road America as his time from Friday's first qualifying stood up through Saturday's rainy session.
Bowyer wins Busch Series race at Dover (AP)
Clint Bowyer found a way to maneuver his way around the spinning and smoking cars that littered Dover International Speedway.
Martin won't rule out return to full-time Cup driving in '08 (AP)
Mark Martin keeps passing the caution flag on his road to retirement.
NASCAR's Busch series expands into Canada (AP)
NASCAR will expand its North American presence next season, heading north to Canada for a Busch series race in August in Montreal.
Earnhardt happy to be part of the Chase (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. would rather face the burden of digging out of his seventh place spot in the Nextel Cup points standings then not being in the Chase at all.