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NEWS FROM 2006-09-30
3 playoff spots still undecided in NL
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.ac13148f75174153bcd771288b506492.brewers_cardinals_baseball_sts113.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=9xlyi2qrZJ7qaW62Nb0slg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals So Taguchi, right, of Japan, slides into Milwaukee Brewers catcher Mike Rivera in the third inning during their baseball game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Taguchi knocked the ball out of Rivera's glove as he scores on a single hit by Juan Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)" border="0" /></a>AP - With two days left in the regular season, a lot of excitement remained in the National League. Three playoff spots were still undecided, with St. Louis, San Diego and Los Angeles moving into good position to advance to the postseason and Houston, Philadelphia and Cincinnati hoping for dramatic comebacks during the final weekend.</p><br clear="all"/>
AL Central tied as Twins, Tigers lose
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_al_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.47f91479976841adb252a538af2265d5.royals_tigers_baseball_dts110.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=sfdtxP2.IXXZV6YBuOPzEA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez watches from the bench against the Kansas City Royals in the 11th inning of their Major League Baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. Emil Brown and Paul Phillips led off the 11th inning with homers and Jeff Keppinger followed with a two-run shot to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 9-7 victory over Detroit (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers both had a chance to grab the lead in the AL Central with two games left. Neither team could take advantage of the opportunity.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit questionable for playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.0395d5361d8b42fcac04b143dbe4c87e.orioles_yankees_baseball_nyy111.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=nyu16ym_mhc0MxfkP5rU1A--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, right, walks off the field with Bernie Williams after the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4, during MLB baseball Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yankees lefty Randy Johnson has a herniated disc in his lower back, an injury that could prevent him from pitching in the playoffs next week.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rice runs Rutgers past South Florida
AP - Rutgers' stay in the Top 25 was nearly a short one. In the school's first game as a ranked team in three decades, the No. 23 Scarlet Knights held on for a 22-20 victory when South Florida failed to make a two-point conversion with 15 seconds remaining Friday night.
T.O. won't say if he'll play vs. Titans
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_owens_hospitalized"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.d9746e5c7beb45239ed2a199013a5911.cowboys_to_owens_football__txlm102.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=TfWxqSdzpifHJNxb.Xl6Tw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens stretches during football practice at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens sat at his locker Friday flexing his swollen right hand, smiling and saying little. After practicing for the second straight day, the Dallas Cowboys receiver seemed in good spirits and on track to play Sunday. But Owens, who will travel to Tennessee, refused to say then if he would play against the Titans and reminded the media surrounding him that he talks on Wednesdays.</p><br clear="all"/>
Crumpler eager for another chance at TD
AP - Alge Crumpler sidestepped no questions about the pass he dropped at New Orleans that should have been a touchdown. On the second possession of Atlanta's 23-3 loss to the Saints, Crumpler blew scoring opportunities on consecutive plays.
Phil Jackson to undergo hip surgery
AP - Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, owner of an NBA-record 178 playoff victories, will have surgery to replace his right hip next Tuesday — the same day his team opens training camp.
Young doubles Rangers past Mariners
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_mariners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.803ea60ee59e46e99649bce758d8dc55.rangers_mariners_baseball_wakc116.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=1jJDNHksQFrVWD.IkI_jaw--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Michael Young follows through in the sixth inning on the second of his two doubles of the night in a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, in Seattle. Young set a franchise record for doubles. The Rangers won 6-5. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even with power numbers lower than the previous two seasons, Michael Young of the Texas Rangers continued to improve as a hitter this year. Young doubled twice to set a franchise record for two-base hits in a season, and drove in two runs in the Rangers' 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ajax, Feyenoord, Parma, Sevilla advance
<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"/>
Jagr plays 1st game since surgery
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_rangers_jagr_returns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.544739ae2d904d709bf3ea47e0ae7881.rangers_islanders_hockey_uni104.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=L17qPyuXnJozktSdNZPKvg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="New York Rangers Jaromir Jagr skates with the puck against the New York Islanders during the first period of their hockey game, Friday, Sept. 29, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jaromir Jagr hit the ice with the New York Rangers on Friday night for the first time since his dislocated left shoulder was repaired nearly five months ago.</p><br clear="all"/>
Not surprisingly, there was a lot of feedback … and criticism in response to the Reggie Bush investigation.
Parcells won't say if Owens will play (AP)
Terrell Owens sat at his locker Friday flexing his swollen right hand, smiling and saying little. After practicing for the second straight day, the Dallas Cowboys receiver seemed in good spirits and on track to play Sunday. But Owens, who will travel to Tennessee, refused to say then if he would play against the Titans and reminded the media surrounding him that he talks on Wednesdays.
Panthers' Wallace fined for hit on Simms (AP)
The NFL fined Carolina defensive end Al Wallace $7,500 Friday for his fourth-quarter hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms. Simms underwent surgery to remove a ruptured spleen after the game last Sunday. It's unclear what hit caused the injury, but Simms had complained of soreness and shortness of breath before Wallace's hit, which was not penalized.
Colts K Vinatieri practices, could play (AP)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who missed last week's game with a groin injury, practiced Friday and could play against the New York Jets on Sunday. Vinatieri has not kicked in a game since he was injured in the second half of the Colts' win over the Houston Texans two weeks ago. He did not kick at all last week and did not dress for the Jaguars game.
Redskins QB Brunell returns to practice (AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell practiced Friday for the first time this week and plans to start Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I feel good. I practiced today, so I expect to play on Sunday," Brunell said. "The arm improved over the course of the week." The left-handed Brunell needed three stitches to repair a nasty cut in his throwing elbow following last week's...
Plummer makes deal in road rage incident (AP)
Wearing a white dress shirt unbuttoned at the top, dark blazer and light brown pants, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer sauntered in and out of the courtroom Friday. Judge Vincent Atencio asked Plummer if he agreed with a plea deal and Plummer quickly answered, "Yes, sir." And that may be the end of Plummer's road-rage incident in which he was accused of damaging the license plate holder on Douglas...
Ravens S Reed, LB Suggs questionable (AP)
Safety Ed Reed and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs were held out of the Baltimore Ravens' final practice of the week with injuries, and both are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Ravens coach Brian Billick said the two former Pro Bowl defenders would be gametime decisions.
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.
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.
Makes and Misses: Grumbling in the ranks
How can you tell NBA fans are ready for the season? By their complaints over preseason rankings.
Stern hears Brown's contract dispute (AP)
Larry Brown's dispute over $40 million in his contract following his firing by the New York Knicks went before NBA commissioner David Stern on Friday. Stern isn't expected to rule for up to two weeks. Neither the NBA nor the Knicks would comment on the arbitration hearing at the league office. Joe Glass, Brown's agent, said he wouldn't comment for "another 10 days or two weeks." Brown presided over...
Phil Jackson to undergo hip replacement (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, owner of an NBA-record 178 playoff victories, will have surgery to replace his right hip next Tuesday -- the same day his team opens training camp. "It's to the point where he can't really function without having surgery," Lakers spokesman John Black said Friday.
Parker, Spurs ready for training camp (AP)
Spurs guard Tony Parker said Friday the finger he broke last month while preparing for the world championships is "100 percent." Before leaving for 10 days of training camp in France, his home country, with the Spurs, Parker told reporters his right index finger was X-rayed Thursday. "I'm fully healed, 100 percent, the bone is back to normal," Parker said.
Stoudemire plans to be ready for opener (AP)
Amare Stoudemire expects to be in the lineup when the Phoenix Suns open the season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 31. Not only that, he expects to be as dominant as he was before knee surgery sidelined him for all but three games last season. "That's what I'm striving for," Stoudemire said Friday.
Clippers' future looking brighter (AP)
If Sam Cassell is dreaming, don't pinch him. "If five years ago, I would have gone into a coma and then woke up and saw that the Clippers had this team, I'd say, `Hey, something's wrong,"' he said. What's "wrong" is what's finally right for the long-suffering Los Angeles Clippers -- they made the playoffs last season for the first time in eight years and should be strong again.
Knicks waive F Maurice Taylor (AP)
The New York Knicks waived forward Maurice Taylor on Friday. The 6-foot-9 Taylor averaged 6.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.1 minutes in 67 games for New York last season. The former Michigan player has averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in eight seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Rockets and Knicks.
Carlisle excited about new-look Pacers (AP)
Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle isn't worried about having 11 new players in training camp. He fared pretty well when faced with a similar challenge four years ago. In 2002, his Detroit Pistons added Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince and five other new players. The team went 50-32 and reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
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' Jagr makes preseason debut (AP)
Jaromir Jagr hit the ice with the New York Rangers on Friday night for the first time since his dislocated left shoulder was repaired nearly five months ago. He took fairly regular shifts through every period of the Rangers' 2-1 preseason loss to the Islanders. Jagr didn't record a point or a shot on goal in 21 shifts, but logged 21 minutes of ice time -- more than expected because the Rangers had...
Ailing Avs F Konowalchuk retires (AP)
Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Konowalchuk retired Friday after tests showed he has a disease that can lead to irregular heart rhythms. "After a complete evaluation from a number of different physicians and experts associated with this condition, we decided that this was the best and only alternative for me," Konowalchuk said in a written statement.
'Canes send promising D Johnson to Kings (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes traded away one of their top prospects Friday, sending promising defenseman Jack Johnson to the Los Angeles Kings in a multiplayer deal. The defending Stanley Cup champions also sent defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky to the Kings for forward Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason. The Hurricanes selected Johnson, a 19-year-old Michigan sophomore, with the No.
Hurricanes still winless in preseason (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes simply wouldn't lose in claiming their first Stanley Cup. Now it seems they just can't win. Pascal Leclaire stopped 25 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets kept the defending Stanley Cup champions 0-for-the-preseason with a 4-1 win over Carolina on Friday night. "It doesn't matter when it is -- it's no fun losing hockey games," Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore said.
Islanders sign G Dunham to one-year deal (AP)
The New York Islanders signed Mike Dunham to a one-year contract Friday, ending their search for a backup goalie to replace new general manager Garth Snow. Dunham made the team after joining the Islanders in training camp as a non-roster invitee. The nine-year NHL veteran played in New York's first three preseason games and was in uniform again Friday when the Islanders faced the New York Rangers,...
Morrow replaces Modano as Stars captain (AP)
Brenden Morrow got a new contract last week from the Dallas Stars. Now he has a new title: captain. The Stars named Morrow their captain Friday, a move that relegated Mike Modano to being an assistant captain with Sergei Zubov. Modano, the franchise's career leader in scoring and games played, had been the captain since 2003.
Sim lifts Thrashers past Predators in SO (AP)
Jon Sim scored on a tip-in with 3 seconds left in regulation and then scored the winner in a shootout and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night in a preseason game. Slava Kozlov and Sim, the fourth Atlanta shooter, beat Chris Mason in the shootout, while only Paul Kariya was able to score against Fred Brathwaite.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick left Dover disappointed. They're feeling just fine now.
Gordon leaving struggles in rearview mirror (AP)
Wait until the last split-second, then stomp on the brake pedal to slow down for the turn. Snap the steering wheel to the left, mash the gas and blast down the straightaway.
Even before Kansas race, questions turn to new Talladega surface (AP)
For once, the track surface questions Friday weren't about whether Kansas Speedway has developed a second groove.
Nascar Nextel Cup Notebook for Friday, September 29 (SportsTicker)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Ticker) - For the third year in a row, Jimmie Johnson epitomizes the frustration of NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.
Kahne's confidence builds after winning pole at Kansas (AP)
Five days ago, Kasey Kahne had written off his chances in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. But even before his pole-winning performance Friday at Kansas Speedway, his confidence was back.
Kahne wins pole for NASCAR Banquet 400 (SportsTicker)
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...