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NEWS FROM 2006-09-27
Report: T.O. taken to emergency room
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_owens_hospitalized"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.b72804d1da954df5bdbe33bdd9f64e86.cowboys_owens_hospitalized_football_ny172.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=TscRPXoHeWjSE8Z9NZEz3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens stands on the sideline during a pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings in Irving, Texas, in this Aug. 31, 2006 file photo. Owens was taken to the emergency room at Baylor Medical Center for an undisclosed reason Tuesday night, Sept. 26, 2006 and doctors treating him were trying to induce vomiting, according to a television report. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens was taken to the emergency room for an undisclosed reason Tuesday night, and doctors treating the Dallas Cowboys receiver were trying to induce vomiting, according to a television report.</p><br clear="all"/>
Golf great Byron Nelson dead at 94
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_obit_nelson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.72404e3bd8704f6fbadd7e611af75ece.correction_obit_byron_nelson_golf_ny161.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=18BZQnMUAM4kIm97m8BISg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="FILE ** Byron Nelson holds the PGA championship trophy in Hershey, Pa., on Sept. 2, 1940. Nelson, who had the greatest year in the history of professional golf when he won 18 tournaments in 1945, including a record 11 in a row, died Tuesday Sept. 26, 2006. He was 94.(AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Byron Nelson's graceful swing and gentle manner earned him the nickname "Lord Byron," a tribute to the courtly Texan whose kind, caring style with fans and competitors made him one of the most well-liked figures in sports.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers take over NL wild-card lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.db16b55dbd8649f8adb9b812dc46d69d.dodgers_rockies_baseball_cojd106.jpg?x=125&y=130&sig=96LffdbV_DSrNLTGNcCsVQ--" align="left" height="130" width="125" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra, right, is greeted at home plate by Kenny Lofton (6) after Garciaparra hit a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jason Jennings during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Dodgers took over the NL wild-card lead with an 11-4 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night fueled by the power of Nomar Garciaparra and Marlon Anderson and the timely hitting of Russell Martin.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana bolsters Cy Young bid with 19th
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.59e455b74ab449128cc603ce35c8250b.royals_twins_baseball_mpd101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=ryHDuv1C83fte3IeDtfgjA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana, right, throws out Kansas City Royals' Jeff Keppinger, left, after fielding a short grounder during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Santana appears to have a firm grasp on his second AL Cy Young Award. The Minnesota Twins hope to have the same grip on a division title by season's end.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cards' lead in NL Central just 1 1/2 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.4b19af90833c4c218fd18a1de64da787.padres_cardinals_baseball_motg111.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=YOXxaoZwzHb4e0wVSyr0TA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols pauses to regroup after narrowly missing a ball hit to right field by San Diego Padres' Mike Cameron in the seventh inning of their baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Two runs scored on the hit.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Cameron's two-run double capped San Diego's four-run seventh inning against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, and free-falling St. Louis saw its lead in the NL Central shrink to 1 1/2 games following the Padres' 7-5 victory Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Bears contenders or pretenders?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_perfect_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.bd7ee248c19f4551b0c94d7d059099d9.on_football_perfect_bears_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=uzPP4xmJRtA0tpYcPOhUEA--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark (88) crosses into the end zone after catching a 31-yard pass for a touchdown despite the best effort of Detroit Lions defender Fernando Bryant, left, during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe the old-timers will lead the current players in a rousing rendition of the "Super Bowl Shuffle" before a crowd of a few million jammed into Chicago's confetti-filled loop.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs sign Nowitzki to $60M extension
AP - Dirk Nowitzki is sticking with the Dallas Mavericks at least through the 2010-11 season.
Will this be Baker's swan song for Cubs?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_cubs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.34bd458970df4d5d945e78a246f78d66.brewers_cubs_baseball_cxc108.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=kXPaM8hO522OlgxhAhXmXw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chicago Cubs' John Mabry, left, celebrates with Scott Moore after hitting a three-run homer against the Milwaukee Brewers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 26. 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dusty Baker figures he'll hang around Chicago after the season ends for four or five days until he finishes packing and tying up loose ends. Whether he'll return is another matter.</p><br clear="all"/>
Real Madrid, Lyon and Arsenal win big
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.e96a5abcef9a4939b037cccf3dd0fc29.spain_soccer_champions_league_ba815.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=D5BmClUhnDCoXjaj.NSeYw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Real Madrid Dutch player Ruud Van Nistelrooy, is tackled by Dynamo Kiev goalkepeer Olexandr Shovkovskiy during their Champions League soccer match group E in Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)" border="0" /></a>AP - Real Madrid, Lyon and Arsenal were the big winners in the Champions League on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Flyers' Niittymaki out with injured hip
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_flyers_niittymaki_injured"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.02068c4e28894520ac7cf7d8c96cfba2.captials_flyers_hockey_pxc101.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=v9nxFa6HTmAIZ9KU3CAo5A--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin,left, from Russia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Richards fight during the first period of their preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki could miss up to two months because of a hip injury sustained during practice Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Saints breaking ground
The surprising thrashing of the Falcons on Monday night has catapulted the Saints into the rankings' top 12.
Report: T.O. taken to emergency room (AP)
Terrell Owens was taken to the emergency room for an undisclosed reason Tuesday night, and doctors treating the Dallas Cowboys receiver were trying to induce vomiting, according to a television report. Owens was brought by a fire rescue crew to Baylor Medical Center, Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT reported, citing sources the television station did not identify.
Green says Warner to remain starting QB (AP)
Kurt Warner will remain the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, coach Dennis Green said Tuesday. Green responded to Monday's ESPN report that said he decided that rookie Matt Leinart would replace Warner for Sunday's game at Atlanta. "Generally talking about the starting lineup is not something we do," Green said in a statement released by the team.
New Orleans savors win but issues remain (AP)
The beignets at Cafe Du Monde tasted especially sweet. A French Market musician pounded out a peppy tune on his keyboard. Smiling -- if somewhat weary -- revelers strolled through the narrow streets of the French Quarter in their Reggie Bush jerseys and "Home Sweet Dome" T-shirts. "What A Show!" the local newspaper blared across its front page.
Bucs' Simms moved out of intensive care (AP)
Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms was moved from St. Joseph's Hospital's intensive care unit to a medical recovery floor on Tuesday, two days after having his spleen removed. Simms was injured during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Doctors expect a full recovery. The quarterback's family issued a statement through the hospital, thanking well-wishers for their support and adding that...
Shaun Alexander out with broken foot (AP)
Last month, Shaun Alexander sat in a golf cart, surveyed the empty field of Seahawks training camp and mused about his goals for this season. "How about we get 40 touchdowns?" the NFL record holder with 28 last season said with a straight face. "That'd be cool." Now, that'd be miraculous. Last year's league MVP has a broken left foot, and is out for at least a couple of weeks, perhaps more.
U. of Phoenix gets name on Cards stadium (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals played for 18 years at a college stadium in Tempe. Now the University of Phoenix, the nation's largest private university, will pay the NFL team $154.5 million over the next 20 years to put its name on the Cardinals' new home. The "University of Phoenix Stadium" label was unveiled at a news conference outside the $455 million structure in suburban Phoenix on Tuesday.
Falcons-Saints breaks ESPN ratings mark (AP)
The New Orleans Saints' return home to the Superdome on Monday night drew the highest rating ever for ESPN and was the highest-rated program of the night on any network, broadcast or cable. The Saints' 23-3 win over Atlanta in the first game in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 13 months ago drew a rating of 11.8 and an audience of 10,850,000 homes.
Tim Lewis takes blame for Giants' woes (AP)
Tim Lewis is no Jeremy Shockey. Instead of pointing the finger elsewhere, as the Pro Bowl tight end did last weekend, the New York Giants' defensive coordinator took the blame for the team's current position as one of the worst defenses in the NFL. "I can't screw it up, and right now I am screwing it up," Lewis said in a bye week interview, one of the rare times coach Tom Coughlin allows his...
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.
Still feeling the Heat
With everyone back for a repeat run, Miami enters training camp as the East's early favorite.
Mavs sign Nowitzki contract extension (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki is sticking with the Dallas Mavericks at least through the 2010-11 season. A week before opening training camp, the Mavs made sure their superstar forward remains under contract for the next five seasons with a lucrative extension Tuesday. Nowitzki, 28, already was signed for the upcoming season and had a $16 million-plus option for 2007-08 under the maximum contract he signed in...
Thorn: Nets in no rush to talk to Carter (AP)
Whenever Vince Carter wants to discuss his contract, the New Jersey Nets are ready to listen. While under contract for the next two seasons, Carter can opt out of his current deal after the upcoming season. Should he decide to stay, the All-Star guard will be paid $16 million for the 2007-08 season. "Any conversation I've had with him, he's been very consistent that he doesn't think about it," team...
Riley getting ready as Heat camp looms (AP)
After winning his fifth NBA title as a head coach, Pat Riley spent the next two months keeping most of the Miami Heat organization guessing about his next move. Turns out, there was no reason for their angst. Riley revealed Tuesday that the decision to return was easy, saying he quickly realized the defending NBA champions would be best-served with him on the sideline.
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.
Charges dropped against Awvee Storey (AP)
Awvee Storey, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, will not face charges of refusing to obey a police order during an incident in Miami Beach during Memorial Day Weekend. The 29-year-old forward, who is a free agent, had been blocking traffic in the middle of a busy street when an officer told him to get back to the sidewalk, but he did not obey the officer and was arrested, police...
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...
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.
Flyers G Niittymaki out with hip injury (AP)
Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki could miss up to two months because of a hip injury sustained during practice Tuesday. An MRI revealed the torn labrum in his left hip, and Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke said a decision on whether to operate would be made Wednesday. "If surgery is necessary, it will be six-to-eight weeks before he is back playing," Clarke said.
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.
Perezhogin lifts Canadiens to OT win (AP)
Alexander Perezhogin scored 2:13 into overtime, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game on Tuesday night. With a delayed penalty signaled against Tampa Bay, Perezhogin deflected Mike Komisarek's point shot past goalie Johan Holmqvist to give Montreal its second win in two nights after four straight losses.
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...
Blue Jackets' Klesla suspended two games (AP)
Defenseman Rostislav Klesla of the Columbus Blue Jackets will sit out two regular-season games for a questionable preseason hit, the first player suspended by the NHL this season. Klesla was suspended Tuesday for the hit on Chicago forward Tuomo Ruutu, who is out four weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Heward, Green help Capitals rout Flyers (AP)
Jamie Heward and Mike Green had a goal and assist each, and Olie Kolzig made 43 saves in the Washington Capitals' 6-1 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Heward, who had abdominal surgery in the offseason, scored on a power play 36 seconds into his first exhibition game this year.
Chase Chances: Week 3
Forget about Dover; Kevin Harvick still is the driver to beat for the Cup championship.
NASCAR considering changes to All-Star format (AP)
NASCAR's championship-deciding system isn't the only thing about to be changed. The annual All-Star race is also being examined by series officials for tweaks to its format, The Associated Press has learned.
When the tank runs dry (AP)
I guess there's nothing really to talk about this week. Pretty much business as usual last weekend. Nothing too eventful at Dover.
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. – 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)