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Mets say Martinez out for postseason (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_martinez_hurting"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.b16c73fdfac741f48a1dbd07044c440d.mets_braves_baseball_gaja101.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=dSZKVUseBAQNcDISEzFAbw--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez composes himself against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their Major League baseball game in which he allowed six runs, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pedro Martinez's injury plagued season came to an end &#151; less than a week short of the playoffs. The New York Mets learned Thursday that their ace is done for the year with a torn tendon in his left calf muscle.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brewers cut Cards' lead to half game (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_brewers_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.4c76e0a1c4624c5eab7dd0fa6c9cd7c9.brewers_cardinals_baseball_motg105.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=b2W4E2VKfoLgwShZLfP2mg--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Scott Rolen tosses his helmet after a called third strike in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in their baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eight days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals were ready to cruise to their third straight NL Central championship. Now, only a half-game remains of what had been a seven-game cushion.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twins move into 1st-place tie AL Central (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_royals_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.cbfd4368422944bf95e330b054080e41.royals_twins_baseball_mpd102.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=dqYmQ2YQqqpEimbm5BdZ7A--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Pat Neshek, standing right, who pitched the sixth inning, congratulates starting pitcher Brad Radke (22) in the dugout during the sixth inning after Radke pitched five innings, giving up one run and three hits, against the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, in Minneapolis. It was Radke's first start since August 24, 2006. Minnesota's Justin Morneau, lower right, looks up at the scoreboard.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brad Radke, as steady as anyone in the Minnesota clubhouse, fought tears and was forced to turn away when talking about his return to the mound became too tough. Manager Ron Gardenhire shook his head and laughed at the thought of his team, 12 games back just 2 1/2 months ago, being tied for first place.</p><br clear="all"/>

Police say Owens accidentally overdosed (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_owens_hospitalized"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.4c8bd279b80542cd841f04e0eafb3347.cowboys_to_owens_football__dn109.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=yeMXzPGPv5SnHW0dlbDbDA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reads a news paper in the locker room at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Police closed the Terrell Owens case Thursday, calling it nothing more than an "accidental overdose." The 911 call that started it all was released, too, revealing little beyond what was already known: that T.O. swallowed "too many pills."</p><br clear="all"/>

Yanks' Cano spoils Cabrera's no-hit bid (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_orioles_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.64fa1e8907aa45c99cbb428527ed5b52.orioles_yankees_baseball_nyeb103.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=ubYGzBCd.Fx2EXd5Hq3ydA--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Baltimore Orioles Ramon Hernandez hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning of their baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - The most astonishing thing about Daniel Cabrera's near no-hitter was the mighty lineup it came against. Cabrera got within two outs of a stunning gem against the star-studded Yankees before Robinson Cano slapped a clean single to left, and the Baltimore Orioles beat New York 7-1 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

NFL Picks: Ravens can take out Chargers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pro_picks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060924/capt.9626f6a3ab9242b690de93adf67a8f42.ravens_browns_football_ohmd108.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=AragHw30P8eD6SdJOlIAgQ--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="Baltimore Ravens' Chris McAlister, right, intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, left, in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, in Cleveland. The Ravens drove downfield and kicker Matt Stover won the game, 15-14, with a 52-yard field goal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe it's Baltimore's struggles in Cleveland last week. More probably it's San Diego's two rocking-chair wins (combined score 67-7) over two of the NFL's worst, the Raiders and Titans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jay Williams signs with New Jersey Nets (AP)
AP - Three years after a motorcycle accident put his fledgling career in jeopardy, Jay Williams is getting a chance to return to the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

Padres win, maintain lead in NL West (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.48c9ba9ca8ed49ecbdc479e9987ab437.padres_diamondbacks_baseball_pnc107.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=Wv8n6KaAUs30CpFb8zLWrQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Teammates congratulate San Diego Padres' Rob Bowen, left, after his solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, in Phoenix. The Padres scored four runs in the inning. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jake Peavy won his third straight decision, Brian Giles drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres maintained a one-game NL West lead with a 12-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ajax, Feyenoord, Parma, Sevilla advance (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.c55c3c7a55dd4789b5291306f8fd5364.spain_soccer_uefa_cup__pw829.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=0jxyTCss1_zK1ObbD3UDVA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Sevilla players line up with messages of support for former Sevilla player Dario Silva, before their first round, second leg, UEFA Cup soccer match against Atromitos at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain Thursday Sept. 28, 2006. Dario Silva had a leg amputated after a car crash in Uruguay. Message on shirts read 'Cheer up Dario, You Recover' (AP Photo/Javier Barbancho)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former champions Ajax, Feyenoord, Parma and Sevilla advanced to the group stage of the UEFA Cup on Thursday when the 80-club field was cut in half after a two-leg first round.</p><br clear="all"/>

NHL Preview: Many reasons to celebrate (AP)
AP - Celebration replaced trepidation inside a Manhattan club. The NHL hosted a big bash this week, kicking off a new season free of lockout clouds, labor unrest and questions about the league's viability.

Grounded Seahawks
Seattle's running game faces a major roadblock as RB Shaun Alexander is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Police: T.O. case 'accidental overdose' (AP)
Police closed the Terrell Owens case Thursday, calling it nothing more than an "accidental overdose." The 911 call that started it all was released, too, revealing little beyond what was already known: that T.O. swallowed "too many pills." Even Cowboys coach Bill Parcells conceded that "there must be a reason" his star receiver was released from the hospital 15 hours after arriving groggy and...

Trent Green out at least two more games (AP)
Quarterback Trent Green said Thursday the severe concussion that left him unconscious on Sept. 10 will keep him sidelined at least until after Kansas City's game Oct. 8 against Arizona. Speaking with Kansas City reporters for the first time since absorbing the head-snapping hit in the season opener, the two-time Pro Bowler appeared to have lost a little weight.

Redskins QB Brunell probable vs. Jaguars (AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell tested his itchy, injured elbow with a few 20-yard tosses at the end of practice Thursday. He remained probable for Sunday's game against his old team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. "He threw today. He's going to practice tomorrow," trainer Bubba Tyer said. The left-handed Brunell cut the elbow on his throwing arm during last week's 31-15 victory over the...

Colts WR Wayne expected to play Sunday (AP)
Receiver Reggie Wayne rejoined the Indianapolis Colts for practice Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Wayne flew to Louisiana on Sunday night after learning his 32-year-old brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident. Although Reggie Wayne did not speak with reporters on Thursday, coach Tony Dungy said he anticipated the 27-year-old receiver would play this...

Westbrook among many ailing Eagles stars (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles were without four starters and a key backup when they returned to practice Thursday. Cornerback Lito Sheppard and backup Rod Hood, running back Brian Westbrook, safety Brian Dawkins and wide receiver Donte' Stallworth sat out with various injuries. Sheppard, who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, and Hood (heel strain) are doubtful for Monday night's game...

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.

Titans' challenge: When to play QB Young (AP)
Vince Young hears the endorsement from almost everyone he meets: He should be the starting quarterback. Does the Tennessee Titans rookie agree? "I don't know," he said. "You have to see what coach says. I'm waiting on that time. I want to show good progress each week and get better and better as the week goes on." This is the quarterback who almost single-handedly carried the Texas Longhorns over...

Belichick returns trash talk to Johnson (AP)
Hey, Chad Johnson, Bill Belichick can talk trash, too. New England's normally dour coach stepped out of character Thursday to playfully jab at Johnson, a day after the Bengals wide receiver vowed to wreak havoc on the Patriots' secondary when the teams meet Sunday in Cincinnati. Johnson specifically pleaded with "Mr.

Seahawks S Hamlin NFC player of month (AP)
While lying in a Seattle hospital bed with a fractured skull and a severely frayed NFL future, Ken Hamlin wasn't thinking of making tackles, intercepting passes or winning awards. "The biggest thing for me was just being able to run out of that tunnel again," into the Seahawks' home of Qwest Field, Hamlin said on Thursday.

Western wear
The Mavericks enter training camp as the West's best, but a deeper conference could take its toll.

Jay Williams signs with Nets (AP)
Three years after a motorcycle accident put his fledgling career in jeopardy, Jay Williams is getting a chance to return to the NBA with the New Jersey Nets. Williams signed a contract with the Nets on Thursday, giving him the right to attend training camp and try out for the team. Contract terms were not immediately available, but the deal is not guaranteed.

Ex-Raptors GM Glen Grunwald joins Knicks (AP)
Former Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald is returning to the NBA as the New York Knicks' executive vice president for basketball operations. Grunwald, who leaves his position as president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade, becomes the right-hand man to Isiah Thomas, a longtime friend and president and head coach of the struggling Knicks.

Lakers F Odom mourns death of infant son (AP)
Lamar Odom, carrying a bible and without his usual smile, spoke somberly Thursday regarding the sudden death of his 6 1/2 -month-old son three months ago, saying he needed to be strong for his other children. "I feel a little lost at times. God is keeping me strong," Odom told reporters Thursday at the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp in his first public comments since Jayden Odom suffocated in...

76ers look to change culture, not roster (AP)
Billy King vowed to change the culture. All the Philadelphia 76ers did was stay the same. It appeared primed to be an offseason full of roster shakeups -- after tough talk and promising pledges -- but the Philadelphia 76ers' president nearly added as many members to his family (a baby daughter) as he did veteran free agents to the roster.

Nelson begins making changes to Warriors (AP)
Don Nelson is making sweeping changes to the Golden State Warriors, yet the coach's grand scheme begins with simple free throws. Nelson will demand better free-throw shooting from his players when he opens training camp Tuesday in his second stint with the moribund club. And he won't be afraid to bench stars Jason Richardson and Baron Davis if they can't provide it.

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...

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.

Zherdev finally signs with Blue Jackets (AP)
Restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev ended months of contentious negotiations with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, signing a three-year deal estimated to be worth more than $7 million. Zherdev's signing returns one of the club's young stars to the fold after it appeared the Ukrainian right wing would spend the upcoming season in Russia.

Devils top Flyers in shootout (AP)
Sergei Brylin doesn't want to leave New Jersey and he gave Devils president Lou Lamoriello another reason to keep him on Thursday night. Brylin scored the only goal in a shootout and Martin Brodeur stopped all three Philadelphia attempts to give the Devils a 5-4 victory over the Flyers in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Hudler's hat trick powers Red Wings (AP)
Jiri Hudler scored three goals and Joey MacDonald made 32 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in a preseason game Thursday night. Hudler completed his hat trick with a breakaway goal to put the Red Wings ahead 3-0 with 14:37 left in the third period. Pavel Datsyuk asssisted on all three goals by Hudler.

Meszaros' pair lead Senators past Habs (AP)
Andrej Meszaros scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had three assists, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Meszaros scored both goals on shots from the point, beating David Aebischer with 1:13 left in the first and putting another long drive past the goalie on a power play 5:43 into the second to make it 4-1.

Panthers hand Blackhawks first loss (AP)
Juraj Kolnik scored two goals and Ed Belfour made 19 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Thursday night. It was the first preseason loss for the Blackhawks (6-1-0) and the second win for the Panthers (2-5-1). Nikolai Khabibulin made 44 saves for Chicago. After scoring two goals in the first 6:30, Chicago didn't score again until 9:44 of the third when Bryan Smolinski's...

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.

Trading Paint: Dover doldrums
Matt Kenseth is a good sport, but did he blow his title chances last weekend?

Kahne not giving up on championship (AP)
After further review, Kasey Kahne figures he still has a shot at the championship.

Notes: Record purse set for Charlotte race weekend (AP)
NASCAR drivers competing in the Busch Series and Nextel Cup races Oct. 13 and 14 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will...

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: Jeff...

Kyle Busch's title hopes essentially ended 2 laps into the Chase (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &ndash; No matter what happens the rest of the season, Kyle Busch always will have New York.

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.

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