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Playoff matchups set: Tigers get Yanks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_playoff_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.e3e74996c97e4af78b7aa4c503f3e361.white_sox_twins_baseball_mpd114.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=5WAebSY8R3OwSzC.UlRIog--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan gets doused in the clubhouse after the Twins won the American League Central Division with a 5-1 baseball win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 in Minneapolis and a 10-8 Detroit loss to Kansas City. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - If the Detroit Tigers are going to extend their surprising season by making a run in the playoffs, they'll have to get past the New York Yankees.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padres win NL West for 2nd straight year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_diamondbacks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061002/capt.04fbda0ca2384cfeb9dad322ad58e67f.padres_diamondbacks_baseball_azmy115.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=dkOt9YygMoi2.Zufn.K7Dw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="The San Diego Padres run onto the field after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 to clinch the National League West title, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 at Chase Field in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Padres clinched the NL West title Sunday as Trevor Hoffman held on in a rough ninth inning for a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Grossman, Bears demolish Seahawks 34-6 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_seahawks_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061002/capt.9c1fc64719da4ee398be5d28aaffce02.seahawks_bears_football_cxb115.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=oedImbU5kGPWi1oHHDtvng--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Seattle Seathawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, front, is sacked for a 10-yard loss by the Chicago Bears' Tommie Harris, rear, during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lance Briggs couldn't hide his emotions. He smiled, he broke into a rap and even showed off his dance moves as he got dressed after the Chicago Bears showed how serious they are about contending for the NFC title.</p><br clear="all"/>

Redskins beat Jaguars in OT shootout (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_jaguars_redskins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.5719cdb4a8c847faa292c863522ea467.jaguars_redskins_football_fdx105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=wBRZnGn7dkGzyDMJdvDIRg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) races to the end zone on a 68-yard reception for a touchdown to win the game 36-30 against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime of a NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Landover, Md. Redskins tight end Chris Cooely (47) celebrates as Jaguars linebacker Nick Greisen (55), safety Donovin Darius (20) and cornerback Brian Williams (29) pursue.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - No need for Mark Brunell to gloat about beating his old team. His favorite receiver, Santana Moss, and the rest of the Washington Redskins offense did plenty to leave the Jacksonville Jaguars sufficiently embarrassed.</p><br clear="all"/>

Patriots run wild in rout of Bengals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_patriots_bengals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.0a89a37e30ff428abf4a4d5d21d12f92.patriots_bengals_football_pbs102.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=bInur9DOtGCx2ixwZp0XSA--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="New England Patriots running back Laurence Maroney (39) scores a touchdown past Cincinnati Bengals defender Brian Simmons (56) in the first half of a NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie running back Laurence Maroney got New England's offense rolling like old times. Maroney ran for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday, restoring balance to the Patriots' off-keel offense and setting up a 38-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that had a familiar feel.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ravens, Colts and Bears remain unbeaten after four games (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061002/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061002/2006_10_02t011416_450x345_us_nfl.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=3tXEsIPIMqS4_0wbVpMGvg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap (86) dives over the goal line for the winning touchdown, with 34 seconds remaining in the game, to give the Ravens a win over the San Diego Chargers in Baltimore Maryland October 1, 2006. Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is behind Heap. (Joe Giza/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears all recorded victories on Sunday to remain the only unbeaten teams in the NFL after a quarter of the regular season.</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.

Arizona gives Gonzo emotional farewell (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061002/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_diamondbacks_gonzalez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.9c20570a8c3e4042b85e21ccf80a988a.padres_diamondbacks_baseball_azmy110.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=.TpM0soi0KfrDthV1HIWkA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks' Luis Gonzalez leaves the field for the last time against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Chase Field in Phoenix. It was Gonzalez's last game in a Diamondback uniform. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - Luis Gonzalez had a surprise waiting for him when he pulled into the Chase Field players' parking lot Sunday morning. His parking space had a "For Rent" sign on it.</p><br clear="all"/>

Manchester United takes over 1st place (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_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.cae3c628a4ce4417ba446c0309cb43b8.britain_soccer_mjs806.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=xRC54d.MHa6IKKIgwiWk9g--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, top, is tackled by Newcastle's Scott Parker during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Oct. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United moved back into first place in the English Premier League, beating Newcastle 2-0 Sunday with both goals coming from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.</p><br clear="all"/>

Devils trade Malakhov, 1st-round pick (AP)
AP - The New Jersey Devils made a major move to get under the NHL salary cap Sunday by sending suspended defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and a conditional first-round draft pick to San Jose for defenseman Jim Fahey and the rights to left wing Alexander Korolyuk.

Pro and con
BALTIMORE &ndash; Steve McNair's game-winning rally came at the expense of more conservative play-calling by Marty Schottenheimer.

T.O. back, Glenn leads Cowboys by Titans (AP)
As long as Drew Bledsoe and Terry Glenn are connecting for touchdowns, they don't mind when Terrell Owens gets all the attention. In a game that featured T.O.'s appearance five days after an "accidental overdose" and the first NFL start of Tennessee rookie Vince Young, Bledsoe and Glenn hooked up on two 13-yard touchdown passes Sunday and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Titans 45-14.

Bears make statement, rout Seahawks 37-6 (AP)
Lance Briggs couldn't hide his emotions. He smiled, he broke into a rap and even showed off his dance moves as he got dressed after the Chicago Bears showed how serious they are about contending for the NFC title. The Bears linebacker had reason to be giddy. Chicago just finished dominating the defending conference champion Seattle Seahawks.

Manning rallies Colts past Jets 31-28 (AP)
Peyton Manning watched the fourth-quarter lead his Colts had just taken vanish in a flash when the New York Jets returned the ensuing kickoff 103 yards. Cool, calm and ever the leader, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback just jogged back on the field with a little more than 2 minutes left and took charge.

Panthers hand Saints first loss, 21-18 (AP)
Six days after their emotional return to New Orleans, the Saints were due for a letdown. They still gave Carolina all it could handle -- until Steve Smith got loose late. Jake Delhomme threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Drew Carter midway through the fourth quarter to put the Panthers ahead to stay as Carolina handed New Orleans its first loss of the season Sunday, 21-18.

'Skins beat Jags in OT on Moss' long TD (AP)
In the first quarter, Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss made a spin move that left Jacksonville Jaguars safety Deon Grant sprawled on the grass at the 11-yard line. In the fourth quarter, Moss caught a pass and darted inside just in time to make cornerback Brian Williams whiff near the goal line.

Maroney powers Patriots over Bengals (AP)
Rookie running back Laurence Maroney got New England's offense rolling like old times. Maroney ran for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday, restoring balance to the Patriots' off-keel offense and setting up a 38-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that had a familiar feel. "Kind of like the Patriots you guys were used to seeing," smiling quarterback Tom Brady said.

McNair rallies unbeaten Ravens again (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens have a new formula for success: Keep the game close enough for Steve McNair to win it at the end. McNair rallied the unbeaten Ravens for a second straight week Sunday, throwing a 10-yard pass to Todd Heap with 34 seconds left to defeat the San Diego Chargers 16-13. In years past, the Ravens depended on their defense to squash the opposition, leaving the offense to do little...

Defense, Andersen lift Falcons by Cards (AP)
Just imagine how good the Atlanta Falcons will be on defense when John Abraham returns. For the third time in four games, the Atlanta defense didn't allow a touchdown. In fact, cornerback DeAngelo Hall scored one of his own Sunday with a 36-yard interception return and the Falcons cruised past the Arizona Cardinals 32-10.

Huard leads Chiefs to 41-0 rout of 49ers (AP)
Trent Green was cleared to drive this week, so he joined his Chiefs teammates on the sideline Sunday. Out on the field, Damon Huard was obviously happy to have him riding shotgun. Getting advice and encouragement from Green and even suggestions on which plays to run, Huard and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs played almost flawlessly in a surprising 41-0 rout of San Francisco (1-3).

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...

Wade: From hectic summer to Heat camp (AP)
Dwyane Wade has boundless energy. Good thing, too, because the NBA finals MVP hasn't had much time to rest over the last few months. Unlike many of his Miami Heat teammates, who've spent most of the last 3 1/2 months relaxing and getting ready to defend their NBA championship, Wade has been in near-constant motion.

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.

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.

Devils trade Malakhov, pick to Sharks (AP)
The New Jersey Devils made a major move to get under the NHL salary cap Sunday by sending suspended defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and a conditional first-round draft pick to San Jose for defenseman Jim Fahey and the rights to left wing Alexander Korolyuk. The deal will save the Devils $3.6 million on their cap -- Malakhov's salary -- and it probably won't cost New Jersey much because Korolyuk will...

Whitney lifts Hurricanes over Capitals (AP)
Ray Whitney scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes picked up their first preseason win with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Eric Staal had a goal and three assists, and Erik Cole added a goal and two assists for defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina, which ended the preseason at 1-4-0.

Hudler, Zetterberg give Wings SO win (AP)
Jiri Hudler and Henrik Zetterberg beat Andrew Raycroft in a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in the final game of the NHL exhibition season. Zetterberg deked Raycroft out of position and backhanded the puck over the line to put Detroit ahead 2-1 in the shootout, and the Red Wings' Chris Osgood then ended the game by stopping Kyle Wellwood...

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.

Stars send Niinimaa to Habs for 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 over 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.

Kansas Observations
KANSAS CITY, Kan. &ndash; It's a NASCAR race &ndash; don't blink, or you might miss something big.

Off-duty officer shot in robbery attempt at speedway (AP)
An off-duty police officer was in critical condition Sunday night after being shot several times during an attempted robbery at Kansas Speedway. A Kansas City Police Department spokesman said the female officer, a 25-year veteran of the force, was working security at the track during Sunday's NASCAR race.

"Chase" drivers have a rough day at Kansas Speedway (SportsTicker)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Ticker) Sunday's NASCAR Banquet 400 was not a good race for some of the drivers in "The Chase."

Stewart runs out of gas but still wins NASCAR Banquet 400 (SportsTicker)

Stewart's gamble pays off with Kansas victory (AP)
Tony Stewart prefers winning races on raw speed, not fuel strategy. At least he had enough time to savor the experience as he puttered across the finish line to win Sunday's Banquet 400.

Kenseth drops in Chase standings; Hamlin up to second despite bad day (AP)
Matt Kenseth is one of the reasons for NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup. You'd think the 10-race title shootout would be a little more grateful -- or at least a bit kinder.

Harvick wins Busch Yellow Transportation 300 (SportsTicker)

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

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.

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