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Saints march past Falcons at Superdome (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_falcons_saints"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.f9a1078e5e824b769ae1e023705dfe86.aptopix_falcons_saints_football_nua167.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=.SUepz1MPe8x4VYi2j7B_A--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush (25) jumps away from Atlanta Falcons defender Kevin Mathis (23) in the second half of their football game at the newly re-opened Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Superdome got a new roof after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Saints did their best to blow it off again.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twins' remarkable run leads to playoffs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.38dbadc610e043d78de434aebee65c97.royals_twins_baseball_mpd110.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=Y0EMOweUvqOwpXznLxphDQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan sprays champagne on teammates in the clubhouse after the Twins clinched a playoff spot with an 8-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - With his blue shirt soaked to the skin and champagne and beer dripping off his goggles, Torii Hunter led a toast in a circle of his teammates. Colored bottles raised, the Twins cheered their spot in the playoffs but made clear they're still pushing for the division title.</p><br clear="all"/>

Astros continue surge in NL Central (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_phillies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.4a8a6d885a96405fb4cdfa8ce80e6319.astros_phillies_baseball_pxs105.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=ej.7QvsQNIZ4Mx7XMWe2MQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Mike Lamb hits an RBI infield single in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in their baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, in Philadelphia. The hit scored the go-ahead run as the Astros won, 5-4. Catching is Philadelphia's Mike Lieberthal. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The surging Houston Astros have put their vacation plans on hold. Pinch-hitter Mike Lamb's infield single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the Astros to their sixth straight victory, 5-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padres beat Cards; widen NL West lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.f1b2596942254fc9999aa5d4916914a5.padres_cardinals_baseball_motg110.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=caIx_ppQROY9KWx5MamnhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="San Diego Padres' Mike Piazza hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Things are going so well for the San Diego Padres' final-month surge, they could afford to give Trevor Hoffman the day off.</p><br clear="all"/>

Seahawks' Alexander out with broken foot (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_seahawks_alexander"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060925/capt.da7493b1a92d4fdabfc599ee6b4957d6.seahawks_alexander_football_watw101.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=PsR65HVB_iND7TY_d5eRfQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander, left, looks for running room during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. The Seahawks said Monday, Sept. 25, 2006 that Alexander has a broken left foot and will be lost to the team for at least a couple of weeks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Seahawks' shield against the hex of the Super Bowl loser has its first crack: Shaun Alexander broke his left foot, and will be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Saints whip Falcons to come marching home in style (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060926/sp_nm/nfl_saints_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20060926/2006_09_26t003754_450x326_us_nfl_saints.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=5ogfy6dWggMS8lKZjDYOag--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Saints fans Joe and Marye Salvage celebrate the opening of the Louisiana Superdome before the team took on the Atlanta Falcons marking the first NFL football game played in the arena since Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 25, 2006. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - A raucous Mardi Gras-like atmosphere helped the New Orleans Saints crush the Atlanta Falcons 23-3 on Monday in the first NFL game at the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wagner to return to NBA with Warriors (AFP)
<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"/>

Diamondbacks rattle Giants, Schmidt 7-1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.38448c4cc6a242e58fc4a91cda56c613.diamondbacks_giants_baseball_fxpb102.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=A_Z0mmCbxpW7bnpiQQX.Ow--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Conor Jackson, center, is greeted by teammate Stephen Drew, left, afer hitting a three-run homer off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jason Schmidt during the fourth inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. At right is the Diamondbacks' Luis Gonzalez.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Conor Jackson hit a three-run homer and Eric Byrnes also connected against San Francisco ace Jason Schmidt, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Giants 7-1 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Top Uruguayan soccer player loses leg (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060925/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_uruguay_amputation"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060925/capt.78ac788f8a91462685d032831419a802.uruguay_silva_accident_bai102.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=e4zG7kWtHDoGsNajTFe4rA--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Uruguay's Dario Silva is airborne after he was tripped during a match at the Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, South Korea in this June 1, 2002 file photo. Doctors amputated the shattered right leg of Uruguayan national team forward Dario Silva after he was thrown from his car in a weekend automobile accident, hospital authorities said Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. Police said the 33-year-old Silva was driving along a Montevideo highway called the 'Rambla' that fronts the River Plate Estuary in the Uruguayan capital early Sunday when his vehicle struck a lightpost on a center divider. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)" border="0" /></a>AP - The shattered right leg of top Uruguayan soccer player Dario Silva was amputated after he was thrown from his car in a highway accident, hospital officials said Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cup run over, Cole happy to be back (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060925/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060925/capt.426d74eb6255417faf9f577b98bc08e3.sports_showcase_ny154.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=j9PY3NU08XuX3kBwuOl1UA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Carolina Hurricanes' Erik Cole stretches before a hockey scrimmage in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. Cole lost three months last season to a broken neck. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - After a summer of celebrating with the Stanley Cup, the Carolina Hurricanes trudged back to training camp to play their way into shape for a title defense.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rush to judgment
If the Giants continue to struggle with their pass rush, it will be a long season for the defense.

Saints beat Falcons in Superdome return (AP)
Just 90 seconds into a game that was a horrific year in the making, the New Orleans Saints flopped on a ball in the end zone -- and the party was on. The defense beat up Michael Vick. Tom Benson danced off the field with his parasol. Even "The Superdome Special" worked to perfection. The Saints are home again.

Shaun Alexander out with broken foot (AP)
The Seahawks' shield against the hex of the Super Bowl loser has its first crack: Shaun Alexander broke his left foot, and will be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks. Coach Mike Holmgren said Monday that a bone scan revealed Alexander sustained a "small crack" and "displaced fracture" on a non-weight-bearing foot bone sometime during the Seahawks' 42-30 win over the New York Giants on...

Gruden: Didn't know Simms was badly hurt (AP)
Chris Simms took hit after hit, responding the way football players are taught. He endured the pain and kept on playing. "In the huddle, he was gasping for air," Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton said Monday, a day after the Tampa Bay quarterback's spleen was removed following a 26-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Thurman may be suspended for season (AP)
Coach Marvin Lewis expects middle linebacker Odell Thurman to be suspended for the rest of the season following his arrest early Monday on a drunken driving charge, making him the sixth Cincinnati Bengal arrested this year. Thurman, already serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, could get an additional one-year suspension from the league.

Chiefs' Green definitely out for Sunday (AP)
Quarterback Trent Green, still recovering from a severe concussion, thanked fans Monday for thousands of expressions of support from around the world. A Kansas City Chiefs spokesman said Green had been so moved by the many people who reached out to him he asked permission to post his thank-you on the team's Web site.

Shockey contrite, Coughlin disappointed (AP)
A seemingly contrite Jeremy Shockey said Monday that his emotions got the best of him when he criticized Tom Coughlin and his staff for being outcoached in a blowout loss at Seattle. Coughlin talked with his Pro Bowl tight end and the team Monday, but the coach would not discuss either what was said or "decided." He conceded he was surprised and extremely disappointed by something that should not...

49ers' Gore expected to play, Davis out (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers got good news about running back Frank Gore and confirmed bad news about tight end Vernon Davis on Monday. Gore is expected to be in the 49ers' lineup at Kansas City on Sunday despite bruised ribs that sidelined him in the third quarter of their loss to Philadelphia. Davis, the sixth overall pick in the draft, will be out four weeks with a broken bone in his right leg.

Chargers K Kaeding signs six-year deal (AP)
Kicker Nate Kaeding signed a six-year contract on Monday that will keep him with the San Diego Chargers through 2012. Kaeding's current deal expires at the end of the season. Without the new deal in place, Kaeding could have become a restricted free agent. In his third season, Kaeding has made all six of his field-goal attempts and all seven of his PAT attempts for the Chargers (2-0), who were off...

Colts rally round WR Wayne amid tragedy (AP)
Indianapolis' victory celebration turned somber Monday. The usually boisterous locker room noise was replaced by emotional, thoughtful reflection as Colts players offered support to their grieving receiver, Reggie Wayne. Wayne's older brother, Rashad, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday -- something Colts players didn't learn until well after Sunday's game ended.

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.

Rangers RW Jagr cleared for practice (AP)
Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr has been cleared to practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on his dislocated left shoulder nearly five months ago. "We got a very good report from the doctor," said smiling New York coach Tom Renney after the Rangers lost 5-2 to the New York Islanders in a preseason game Monday night.

No surgery expected for Penguins' Malkin (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin, re-examined by doctors on Monday, will not need surgery on his dislocated left shoulder but still could be sidelined up to six weeks. Malkin, expected to team with Sidney Crosby to give the Penguins one of the NHL's top center combinations, was injured during his first exhibition game Wednesday.

Yzerman named Red Wings' vice president (AP)
Steve Yzerman joined the Detroit front office on Monday, becoming the vice president of the Red Wings. Yzerman, the former captain, helped guide Detroit to Stanley Cup victories in 1997, '98 and 2002. He retired in July. "After retiring as the longest serving captain in NHL history and the on-ice leader of our franchise for 23 years, it is only fitting that he join our management team," Red Wings...

Avalanche down Red Wings in shootout (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche's Bret McLean scored a goal with 27.8 seconds left in regulation then added a shootout goal as the Avs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in a preseason game Monday night. Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny also scored shootout goals for the Avs. Jiri Hudler and Jason Williams had goals in the shootout for Detroit and Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore stopped Mikael Samuelsson's...

Hurricanes' Cole happy to be in camp (AP)
After a summer of celebrating with the Stanley Cup, the Carolina Hurricanes trudged back to training camp to play their way into shape for a title defense. All except Erik Cole, who arrived at a near-sprint. "The toughest thing was making sure I didn't squeal the tires on the way out of the driveway," he said.

Blake rallies Islanders past Rangers 5-2 (AP)
Jason Blake scored two of the New York Islanders' four third-period goals, rallying them past the New York Rangers 5-2 Monday night in the first preseason matchup between the local rivals. Blake fired a slap shot from above the right circle during a power play, snapping a 2-2 tie forged just moments earlier on the gritty forward's first goal of the exhibition season for the Islanders (1-2).

Blues to retire Brett Hull's No. 16 (AP)
Brett Hull, the high-scoring former St. Louis star who set numerous franchise records in 11 seasons with the Blues, will have his No. 16 jersey retired by the team in December. "It's going to be great," new Blues president John Davidson said. "He made a huge impact on this franchise." Hull holds franchise records for goals (527), hat tricks (27), game-winning goals (70), power-play goals (195) and...

WWD: Dover 400
Jeff Burton is back in victory lane, while Matt Kenseth and Co. are missing the points.

Evernham not throwing in the towel just yet (AP)
What a roller-coaster year its been for Ray Evernham, the car owner who hoped to use the Chase for the championship as a springboard to lift him from this season of strife, struggle and, yes, scandal.

Road rage on Toledo track (AP)
A wild fight broke out during a stock-car race in which a driver took a running leap and jumped with both feet through the plastic windshield of another car. One driver tossed his helmet at the other, and the two then traded punches. Both were suspended indefinitely. The mayhem Sunday began on the 112th lap of the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers/Budweiser Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Montoya begins transition to NASCAR with test run (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya has a request concerning his move from Formula One to NASCAR: patience.

Darlington will stay the same in 2007 (AP)
COLUMBIA, S.C. &ndash; Don't expect things to look too different at Darlington Raceway on Mother's Day weekend...

Thrilling late pass propels Burton to Dover win, points lead (AP)
On a day when Jeff Burton finally finished a win, three top Chase drivers had their title hopes all but finished.

Burton wins NASCAR Dover 400, takes lead in Chase (SportsTicker)

Accident, equipment woes knock Chase drivers out of contention (AP)
It was the one scenario most non-Chase drivers dreaded: Costing a championship contender a shot at the Nextel Cup title with a wreck. It happened with Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.

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.

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