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NEWS FROM 2006-09-28
Owens says he didn't attempt suicide
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_owens_hospitalized"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.2ea8f49dcfcb4812a2b33b5dfdceacdf.aptopix_cowboys_owens_txtg120.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=6O7Kyvy3QXxe7Zg023MEIg--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens listens to a reporters question during a press conference at the Cowboys training facility in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006. Owens denied a police report that he attempted suicide, saying he became groggy after mixing painkillers with supplements. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens has done a lot of things to draw attention to himself the last six years. His latest turn in the spotlight is one he'd rather forget. Swallowing a bottle full of pain killers? Attempted suicide? Depression? No, no, no, T.O. said, calling the saga that swirled around him Wednesday a big misunderstanding.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks' top lineup scary and effective
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.2e82fc5e107044eaab723d53b2381c82.orioles_yankees_baseball_nyjj103.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=zNYuTc75B8UwnzmabDHwzA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Jorge Posada follows through on a three-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez watches during the third inning in Major League Baseball action Wednesday, Sept., 27, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The lineup the New York Yankees put out against the Baltimore Orioles was so good that the player with the second-best average in the AL was batting ninth. Was it any wonder they scored 16 runs?</p><br clear="all"/>
Pujols' homer stops St. Louis skid
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.544fef9b2d5f443cb2657b4da886391d.padres_cardinals_baseball_motg107.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=HarpAeGiAFlnNVf8x1oUnw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols watches his three-run home run in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres in their baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals beat the Padres 4-2 to snap their seven-game losing streak.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols stopped St. Louis' slide in time to keep the Cardinals on top of the NL Central. Pedro Martinez is still struggling, though, and the New York Mets might not get much from him this October.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Lord Byron' remembered for gentleness
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_on_golf__remembering_byron"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.441fecde2e3b452eabc39aeaaefb16dd.obit_nelson_golf_ny167.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=CNR8eagPrkq9EnDakeGWtw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Phil Mickelson, left, poses with golf great Bryon Nelson after winning the Byron Nelson Classic by two strokes in Irving, Texas, in this May 12, 1996 file photo. 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/Eric Gay, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jim Furyk has the reputation of being a rock, so it was strange to see his eyes suddenly glass over with tears and his answers become short and direct. All because he was asked about Byron Nelson.</p><br clear="all"/>
Skins become NFL's most penalized team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_penalized_redskins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.3bfcbba60a9b4c54b3333cc53ef974ef.penalized_redskins_wx102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=7_xid61saHMjNDNDWYxWJQ--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Washington Redskins offensive tackle Jon Jansen (76), left, follows running back Clinton Portis (26) after Portis scored a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Landover, Md. in this Sept. 11, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Whenever a Washington Redskins offensive lineman commits a penalty, he has to put money into a kitty that is kept by guard Randy Thomas. The "fines" run about $25 per foul, so the enterprise hurts the ego more than the wallet.</p><br clear="all"/>
Frye's the guy for winless Browns
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_frye"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.16b0a6f6de514181bd673ae258f1da10.browns_frye_football_ohmd201.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=mDs2K6KiNN4L2n7KWezJ1w--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye (9) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens' Trevor Pryce (90) and another Raven during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, in Cleveland. After years of changing quarterbacks, the Browns seem to finally have found their starter in Frye, whose performance has provided a glimmer of hope for winless Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Cleveland Browns seem to have found a starting quarterback after years of controversy and shuffling at the position. Now, they just have to make sure he stays healthy enough to play.</p><br clear="all"/>
T-Mac, Tony Parker take aim at Mavericks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_mcgrady_and_parker"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.nyol51209272212.mcgrady_and_parker_nyol512.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=JsZSyCpUL2J77Xtlft1PjA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="In this Aug. 31, 2006, file photo, Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady gestures during a Q&A session with young people in Hong Kong. Both the Rockets and the Spurs want to dethrone the Mavericks as Western Conference champions. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Parker is healthy, says Tim Duncan is, too, and is ready to help the San Antonio Spurs reclaim their place atop the Western Conference.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kielty's hit in 10th lifts champion A's
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.8a1568a63e1c439982ee7d841b2f9ea3.athletics_mariners_baseball_wakc212.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=8.KfuBxN0ik87F.rnxYjhQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics Bobby Kielty, left, is safe at home as Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima can't hold on to the ball on the play at home plate in the seventh inning of the MLB baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - After resting two-thirds of his starting lineup, plus his ace pitcher, Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha decided to follow suit. Bench coach Bob Geren managed the AL West champions to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners in a game that resembled spring training Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fire beats Galaxy to win U.S. Open Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060928/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_us_open_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.252f8338732d4d5a946504b9d0cae5c3.us_open_cup_soccer_iljr104.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=yDesJkPtQCb8ME45bNUg4A--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Chicago Fire's Nate Jaqua, left, and Los Angeles Galaxy's Paulo Nagamura struggle for control of the ball during the first half of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final soccer match Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Fire passed the big silver trophy from one player to another, bouncing up and down as they held it aloft and sang "We Are the Champions."</p><br clear="all"/>
Kings extend goalie Cloutier's contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_kings_cloutier"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060926/capt.0c9bf8433e824e5b9a20d4dc3806d263.ducks_kings_hockey_las107.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=onjZzqwT1JTDp2_wcaLHLg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon, left, stops Anaheim Ducks' Chris Kunitz from scoring in the shootout during a preseason NHL hockey game Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, in Los Angeles. Garon only allowed one goal of six attempts in the shootout and the Kings won the 5-4. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)" border="0" /></a>AP - Goalie Dan Cloutier has agreed to a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Kings, putting him under contract through the 2008-09 season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seattle's running game faces a major roadblock as RB Shaun Alexander is expected to miss at least two weeks.
Owens denies he tried to kill himself (AP)
Terrell Owens has done a lot of things to draw attention to himself the last six years. His latest turn in the spotlight is one he'd rather forget. Swallowing a bottle full of pain killers? Attempted suicide? Depression? No, no, no, T.O. said, calling the saga that swirled around him Wednesday a big misunderstanding.
Tests confirm Alexander's foot is broken (AP)
The power of cross-continental prayer among family members on the telephone. An ultrasound machine working overtime. And optimism so rampant, it led him to jump up and down on a broken bone. Two days of that still couldn't fill the crack in Shaun Alexander's foot. The league MVP asked for and got another round of CT scans Wednesday on the previously diagnosed cracked bone in his left foot.
Bengals LB Thurman suspended for season (AP)
Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, already banned for the first four games of 2006 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was suspended Wednesday for the rest of the season following his arrest on a charge of drunken driving. Thurman was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday, hours after the Bengals beat division rival Pittsburgh 28-20.
Big Ben not worried by Steelers' start (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger's play has been so off this season, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback joked Wednesday that he's wondering whether his June motorcycle accident is affecting his play. "The doctors said there's nothing wrong with my brain, but I'm having brain (cramps) out there," Roethlisberger said.
DEA: Kiel admits to shipping cough syrup (AP)
Chargers strong safety Terrence Kiel admitted to shipping two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, DEA officials said Wednesday, a day after the player was arrested at team headquarters. While Kiel did not tell the DEA his motive, the agency in Texas has found widespread abuse of codeine-based cough syrup mixed with soft drinks or drugs and referred to as "lean," said John S.
Colts' Wayne expected to return Thursday (AP)
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is expected to return to Indianapolis on Thursday and could be available to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Wayne left town Sunday night after finding out his older brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident that day in Kenner, La. Reggie Wayne has been in Louisiana all week to help the family make funeral arrangements.
Green: Warner 'best QB' on Cardinals (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals were back at practice on Wednesday with Kurt Warner still the starting quarterback and Matt Leinart the apprentice in waiting. Coach Dennis Green tried to explain how a report had surfaced that he had decided to bench Warner in favor of the rookie Leinart and his subsequent decision to release a statement Tuesday that Warner was still the starter.
Pats re-sign CB Poteat to replace Gay (AP)
The New England Patriots re-signed cornerback Hank Poteat on Wednesday after placing Randall Gay on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury. An undrafted free agent, Gay became a starter as a rookie in 2004. Last season, Poteat was signed by the Patriots after injuries decimated the secondary.
Redskins QB Brunell sits out practice (AP)
A nasty cut on the elbow kept Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell from practicing Wednesday, although he is expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brunell was injured when he was shoved by Thomas Johnson during a fumble return by Shantee Orr in last week's 31-15 victory over the Houston Texans.
The Mavericks enter training camp as the West's best, but a deeper conference could take its toll.
Mavs sign Nowitzki through 2010-11 (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.
Healthy McGrady, Parker take aim at Mavs (AP)
Tony Parker is healthy, says Tim Duncan is, too, and is ready to help the San Antonio Spurs reclaim their place atop the Western Conference. But don't count out Houston. That's the message from Tracy McGrady, who feels great and believes he and Yao Ming can lead the Rockets back from a horrible season to be competitive with San Antonio and Dallas in a powerful Southwest Division.
Celtics' Rivers wants stable rotation (AP)
If Doc Rivers can trim down his rotation the way forward Al Jefferson trimmed his body, the Celtics coach would be thrilled. Rivers used 14 different starters last season, including a hefty Jefferson, and that amounted to just a 33-49 record and no playoff berth. The 21-year-old Jefferson hopes to regain the promise he showed as a rookie two seasons ago after dropping the extra pounds and figures...
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...
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.
Cloutier agrees to extension with Kings (AP)
Goalie Dan Cloutier has agreed to a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Kings, putting him under contract through the 2008-09 season. The Kings acquired Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks on July 5 for a second-round selection in next year's NHL entry draft and a conditional pick in the 2009 draft.
Rangers' Lundqvist posts another shutout (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in posting his second straight preseason shutout, and Adam Hall's late second-period goal was the difference in the New York Rangers' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Lundqvist has been in just two exhibition games as he prepares for his second NHL season, but hasn't shown any rust from the light workload.
Niittymaki hurt, but Flyers won't panic (AP)
Although the Philadelphia Flyers could be without goaltender Antero Niittymaki for up to two months, the team is in no hurry to acquire a proven NHL backup. Niittymaki, who tore the labrum in his left hip during a Tuesday morning practice, is awaiting results of tests and an examination to determine if surgery will be required.
Blackhawks still unbeaten, top Blues (AP)
Adrian Aucoin had three assists and Jeff Hamilton added a goal and an assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks remain undefeated in the preseason with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Rene Bourque and Radim Vrbata also scored for Chicago, which is 6-0 in the preseason. Brian Boucher made 29 saves in goal for the Blackhawks.
Panthers' Auld shuts out Thrashers (AP)
Florida goalie Alex Auld made 26 saves to beat Atlanta 2-0 on Wednesday night and give the Panthers their first win of the preseason. Auld was shelled a week earlier by the Thrashers, allowing five goals on eight shots in a 6-3 loss on Sept. 20. He was acquired in the offseason in the five-player trade that sent former All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.
Fisher leads Senators past Maple Leafs (AP)
Mike Fisher scored a goal and had three assists to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in a preseason game Wednesday night. Chris Neil, Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer and Dean McAmmond also scored for the Senators, who tallied the first three goals of the game. Aleksander Suglovob, Bryan McCabe and Matt Stajan had goals for the Maple Leafs.
Bernier helps Sharks defeat Flames (AP)
Steve Bernier scored three goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Curtis Brown scored the go-ahead goal 5:42 into the third period for the Sharks, who improved their preseason record to 5-1. Milan Michalek had a goal and two assists, while rookie defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic added his first goal for San Jose.
Trading Paint: Dover doldrums
Matt Kenseth is a good sport, but did he blow his title chances last weekend?
Montoya to run ARCA race at Talladega (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya will make his stock car debut in the Oct. 6 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway.
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.
Montoya begins transition to NASCAR with test run (AP)
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Juan Pablo Montoya has a request concerning his move from Formula One to NASCAR:...
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.
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.