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Report: Grimsley implicated star players (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_drugs_grimsley_other_names"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.db2d5872e79144758dadabfbea247b42.astros_braves_baseball_gags103.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=zRik79dLuFT3Kz.WrJMb9g--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Houston Astros starter Roger Clemens wipes his face between pitches to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada were among the players that a former major league pitcher accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a federal agent's affidavit, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday on its Web site.</p><br clear="all"/>

NL Central up for grabs after Astros win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_astros_braves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.05f351d9263c4abd9637775e4681df0b.astros_braves_baseball_gags103.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=2t3W4fEcBt7eHMtwWcLk9w--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Houston Astros' Aubrey Huff, right, runs by Astros third base coach Doug Mansolino after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Pettitte came through on three days' rest, giving up one run in seven innings, and pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's single drove in the tiebreaking run in Houston's three-run ninth to give the Astros a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Surgery will keep Martinez out 8 months (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_martinez_surgery"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.cde68b65dc934ee0a872e662bf7689de.mets_pirates_baseball_ny169.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=qero7utqjke9vQaqeH2hFw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New York Mets starting pitcher Pedro Martinez delivers to Pittsburgh Pirates' Freddy Sanchez in the first inning of the baseball game in Pittsburgh in a Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 photo. Pedro Martinez is out for the postseason after an exam Thursday showed the New York Mets ace has a torn tendon in his left calf muscle. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pedro Martinez is going to be out far longer than this postseason: The New York Mets' ace will miss the start of 2007, too &#151; because of an injured pitching shoulder.</p><br clear="all"/>

MLB breaks season attendance record (AP)
AP - Major League Baseball broke its season attendance record Saturday and was on track to finish with the second-highest per-game average in the sport's history.

Robinson is out as Nationals' manager (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nationals_robinson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.76e68d91fe5b44549bbf3c369de9cfdc.mets_nationals_baseball_rfk116.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=BhPpOJsaXGBaYkXAaHSCRg--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson doffs his hat to the fans after the Nationals lost a baseball game to the New York Mets 13-0, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, in Washington. Robinson will not return to manage the team next season.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Frank Robinson will not return as the Washington Nationals' manager in 2007, the team announced Saturday, possibly ending the Hall of Famer's 51-year career in baseball.</p><br clear="all"/>

Young to make 1st start against Dallas (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_young"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060928/capt.fa33c18cdc534df086a6ecf2e7d42693.titans_young_ns103.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=rq88kKk1EICcL.82UcM4YQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young passes against the New York Jets in an NFL football game, Sept. 10, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. Coach Jeff Fisher promised he wouldn't start Young until Fisher feels the rookie quarterback is ready. Tennessee's challenge now is deciding when that moment arrives. (AP Photo/ John Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie quarterback Vince Young will make his first NFL start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>

AP Interview: Shaq ready for new season (AP)
AP - Shaquille O'Neal slowly extended the digits on his enormous left hand, then flashed a megawatt grin.

Figgins, Rodriguez help Angels beat A's (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.846ea39d3aa24221ab9200b26e5fdf09.athletics_angels_baseball_ans108.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=6Ejo9BiYCWbaczQE2yxu2Q--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' Chone Figgins follows through on a two-run single off Oakland Athletics' Kirk Saarloos during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006. Maicer Izturis and Reggie Willits scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tim Salmon's 15-year run with the Angels has served as a bridge between the careers of Bryan Harvey and Francisco Rodriguez, two of the franchise's most dominant closers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Los Angeles Galaxy routs Chivas USA 3-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_chivas_usa_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.b803e801590c4275ba405b2ccec053a3.chivas_usa_galaxy_soccer_cacp105.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=hsOn3h_6C2Tkvuxc1v0c_w--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Quavas Kirk, left, shoots past Chivas USA's Jason Hernandez during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006. The Galaxy won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan, Peter Vagenas and Alan Gordon scored to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-0 rout of Chivas USA on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Canadiens acquire Niinimaa from Stars (AP)
AP - The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Janne Niinimaa from Dallas on Saturday in a trade that sent center Mike Ribeiro to the Stars.

Bush backlash
Not surprisingly, there was a lot of feedback &hellip; and criticism in response to the Reggie Bush investigation.

Titans QB Young to start against Cowboys (AP)
Vince Young will make his first NFL start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. The No. 3 overall draft pick played in spot duty in each of the Titans' first two games, but the Titans are 0-3 and hope the quarterback who led Texas to the national title in January can provide a spark to their offense.

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.

Seattle cuts Kacyvenski to add RB depth (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks cut special teams captain Isaiah Kacyvenski on Saturday to add depth at running back while league MVP Shaun Alexander rehabs his broken foot. Seattle needed a running back behind fill-in starter Maurice Morris for its game at fellow unbeaten Chicago on Sunday night. So the Seahawks added practice-squad member Marquis Weeks, who impressed them in their exhibition finale, to...

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.

Chiefs DE Jared Allen charged with DUI (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been charged with driving under the influence for the second time in five months. Police pulled Allen over around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after following a Dodge Charger that was not staying in the lane, Leawood Police Capt. Dale Finger said Friday. Allen, who was alone in the car, refused to undergo sobriety testing and to take a breathalyzer test, so the...

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.

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...

Shaq ready to ring in new season (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal slowly extended the digits on his enormous left hand, then flashed a megawatt grin. "Five," O'Neal said in an interview with The Associated Press. "For me, the motivation's five." Simple enough. O'Neal has four championships now, the last coming June 20 when the Miami Heat finished off the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

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.

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.

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.

76ers pick up option on Iguodala (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers picked up the fourth-year option on swingman Andre Iguodala, the highlight-reel dunker who has started all 162 games in his first two seasons. "Andre has shown the fans of Philadelphia his tenacity on the defensive end over the past two years," Sixers president Billy King said Friday.

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.

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.

Jagr has goal, assist in Rangers' win (AP)
Nigel Dawes scored a pair of goals and Jaromir Jagr scored a goal and added an assist Saturday as the New York Rangers took advantage of four power-play opportunities to beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 in a preseason game. It was the first time Jagr had played in back-to-back games since Games 3 and 4 of last season's playoffs against the New York Islanders.

Habs, Stars swap Niinimaa and Ribeiro (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Janne Niinimaa from Dallas on Saturday in a trade that sent center Mike Ribeiro to the Stars. Niinimaa shores up a Canadiens defense that has lost Francis Bouillon and Jean-Philippe Cote to injury. The 31-year-old Finn has 54 goals and 262 assists in 700 career regular-season games with Philadelphia, Edmonton, the New York Islanders and Dallas.

Morrow lifts Stars past Lightning in OT (AP)
New Dallas captain Brenden Morrow scored with a second left in overtime to give the Stars a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in the final exhibition game for both teams. Morrow, who took over the captaincy from Mike Modano on Friday, won the game off an assist from Modano after the former captain tied it with 6:12 left in regulation.

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.

DiPietro, Dunham help Isles blank Devils (AP)
Alexei Yashin had a goal and assist for the second straight night, and Rick DiPietro was perfect in a cameo appearance in his old stomping grounds as the New York Islanders finished the exhibition schedule with a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Yashin, who contributed on both goals Friday in a 2-1 home win against the New York Rangers, did the trick again.

Kovalev lifts Canadiens past Senators (AP)
Alex Kovalev scored his second goal of the third period with 1:52 remaining to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Inserted between Kovalev and Sergei Samsonov in the wake of center Mike Ribeiro's trade to Dallas prior to the game, Tomas Plekanec set up the tying goal by Samsonov with 4:44 remaining in...

Just like starting over
KANSAS CITY, Kan. &ndash; He didn't come close to making the Chase this year, but Elliott Sadler couldn't be happier.

Harvick wins Busch Yellow Transportation 300 (SportsTicker)

Heat predicted for Sunday's Cup race after cool qualifying (AP)
A fall chill was in the air when drivers qualified for the Banquet 400. By the time the checkered flag drops to start Sunday's Nextel Cup race, though, it might feel like summer all over again.

Harvick wins shootout, builds 4-race lead in Busch Series (AP)
Thirty-one points, and five races left to earn them.

Gordon and Burton giving NASCAR's "Chase" a retro look (SportsTicker)

McMurray frustrated by disappointing season (AP)
Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton rebounded from so-so seasons to become championship contenders this year -- and that gives Jamie McMurray hope.

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

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