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A's-Twins leads off baseball postseason (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_playoff_lookahead"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.69059d95f783483c94bd43f003f5fbbc.white_sox_twins_baseball_mnto111.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=VymAfLbpURV45.blFEG.MA--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins pitcher Dennys Reyes reacts after getting a double play to end the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 5-1.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball's postseason is set to begin Tuesday afternoon in Minnesota, where rested ace Johan Santana was scheduled to be on the mound for the resurgent Twins against Oakland lefty Barry Zito &#151; a matchup certainly worthy of October.</p><br clear="all"/>

McNabb does it all in Eagles' 31-9 win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_packers_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.f6d873cad51642c4b4a5b66b9143b5a5.packers_eagles_football_pxs106.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=.99bwNDLMfWw5Zh9UTPBdA--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Philadelphia Eagles receiver Greg Lewis, left, celebrates with Donte Stallworth after Lewis scored a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter of their football game Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night, too &#151; to his days of erratic interceptions. McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Niners reeling backward after loss (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_blanked49ers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.c45605f3c9504e7c83f362ac55b2e7d9.49ers_chiefs_football_mocs113.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=ShIMPK_48KrvhR7J6FnIww--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan is seen on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Francisco 49ers are back to normal, and that's no good.</p><br clear="all"/>

Floyd Landis longing for a simpler day (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_ot/cyc_landis_interview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060929/capt.ee237ffda33e4554a65b4b8bb888357f.cycling_landis_surgery_ksd103.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=qvJ7nFvFpaeWkhnGvyeBJA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Cyclist Floyd Landis, right, accused of doping during his Tour de France victory in July, with the help of a walker takes a stroll down his block with Brent Kay, his personal physician, after completing his first rehabilitation session at his home in Murrieta, Calif., Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. The two-hour procedure done Wednesday by Dr. David Chao revealed greater damage to Landis' hip than initially shown in MRI screenings, the cyclist's spokesman Michael Henson said in a statement. Landis, who has asserted his innocence, hopes to be back to full health in time to train for next year's Tour de France. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - After two trying months marked by doping allegations, an assault on his reputation and his father-in-law's suicide, Floyd Landis doesn't wish for a stirring comeback so much as the simpler things in life.</p><br clear="all"/>

Anti-dope officials seek health passports (AP)
AP - Health passports for athletes, a whistleblowing hotline and quicker sample testing could soon find a role in the fight against doping.

Ken Lucas earns spot on Carolina's bench (AP)
AP - Ken Lucas came to the Carolina Panthers as a flashy free-agent addition, hailed as the cog in a shaky secondary.

Bobcats put their faith in determined Morrison (Reuters)
Reuters - Adam Morrison has overcome odds before and the sweet-shooting hoops hero likened to former Celtics great Larry Bird sees no difference in his latest challenge -- pouring in points on the NBA stage.

A's, Twins bring momentum into 1st round (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_athletics_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.ed8961501d244b829e6af8387356c909.white_sox_twins_baseball_mpd115.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=voFejXtDjR27wMhaPPvlfA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins' Torii Hunter encourages the crowd as the Twins and fans waited to see if they won the American League Central Division Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 in Minneapolis. The Twins won the division with a 5-1 baseball win over the Chicago White Sox and a 10-8 Detroit loss to Kansas City. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Twins clinched a spot in the playoffs last Monday, resulting in a celebratory champagne shower in their clubhouse afterward.</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"/>

NHL players ask court to remove Saskin (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhlpa_lawsuit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061001/capt.e981f5c2cc0a4e2988aec34612c99b05.maple_leafs_red_wings_hockey_mijm107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=jMMBhsri7i1_uRpXl1E_aw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Chris Chelios, center, keeps the puck away from Toronto Maple Leafs' Darcy Tucker during the third period of their pre-season NHL Hockey game on Saturday, Sep. 30, 2006, in Detroit. The Red Wings won, 4-2. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the NHL Players' Association asked a federal court Monday to help them oust the union's executive director and award them millions of dollars in damages.</p><br clear="all"/>

Homegrown talent
RB Laurence Maroney is the latest example of how good the Patriots are at building their team through the NFL draft.

Gurode to decide if suspension is enough (AP)
The NFL needed only 24 hours to punish Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with its longest suspension for on-field behavior. Now, Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode must decide if five games without pay is enough punishment for Haynesworth. Gurode has 30 stitches closing the cuts left when the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Haynesworth knocked off his helmet, then kicked and stomped his face with...

McNabb outplays Favre, Eagles rout Pack (AP)
Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night, too -- to his days of erratic interceptions. McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Meanwhile, Favre, who has enjoyed many memorable moments on the national stage throughout his 16-year career,...

Seahawks' plane stops, Rhodes cared for (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks' charter plane made an emergency landing early Monday morning to get medical care for Ray Rhodes, a special defensive assistant and former NFL head coach. Coach Mike Holmgren said upon his return Monday from Seattle's 37-6 loss at Chicago that the stop in Rapid City, S.D., was because Rhodes "felt faint." The stop was made on the advice of team physicians on board.

Bucs QB Simms released from hospital (AP)
Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms was released from St. Joseph's Hospital over the weekend, less than a week after undergoing surgery to remove a ruptured spleen. The fourth-year pro was injured during a loss to Carolina on Sept. 24. He took several hard hits during the game, and the Bucs originally thought he had bruised ribs and was battling dehydration when he was taken to the hospital.

Cards look to Leinart to revive offense (AP)
Arizona coach Dennis Green calls the Cardinals' most recent offensive performance "ludicrous." According to the dictionary, that means "so absurd, ridiculous or exaggerated as to cause or merit laughter." Green wasn't chuckling on Monday as he talked about replacing mistake-prone Kurt Warner with rookie Matt Leinart, a decision he announced Sunday after a 32-10 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta.

Holmgren gives humbled Seahawks week off (AP)
Immediately after his team got humbled -- make that humiliated -- by 31 points at Chicago, Mike Holmgren gave the Seahawks their entire bye week off. No, the 15-year veteran coach didn't lose his senses amid the Bears' 37-6 bludgeoning of his previously undefeated team on Sunday night, the most lopsided loss Holmgren has endured since arriving in Seattle in 1999.

T.O. makes return to Philadelphia Sunday (AP)
It's time for the next act in the circus surrounding Terrell Owens. This is the big one anticipated since he signed with the Dallas Cowboys seven months ago. A game with huge implications in the NFC East is even bigger this week because Owens is going back to Philadelphia, where he helped the Eagles almost win a Super Bowl before being unceremoniously dumped midway through last season.

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.

Moss' TD in OT lifts Redskins by Jaguars (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.

Makes and Misses: Grumbling in the ranks
How can you tell NBA fans are ready for the season? By their complaints over preseason rankings.

Laettner part of group buying Grizzlies (AP)
An investment group that includes Christian Laettner and his former Duke teammate Brian Davis has reached an agreement to buy 70 percent of the Memphis Grizzlies. Laettner is also interested in returning to the NBA to play for the Grizzlies, according to Davis. "We'll try to make that happen as soon as possible," Davis said at a news conference Monday.

Parker worried about injured finger (AP)
Now that he's healthy, San Antonio guard Tony Parker would like to stay that way. "I'm doing well, but I have some apprehensions," Parker told The Associated Press, adding his broken right index finger has healed. "I hesitate on some steals because I'm afraid to get hurt again. But in shooting, dribbling and catches, I don't feel any (pain)." The broken finger kept Parker off France's team for this...

Riley, Heat set to begin title defense (AP)
Before the Miami Heat begin really looking toward the new season, coach Pat Riley wanted them to take one more glance back. So on Monday, in the first team meeting of 2006-07, Riley broke out an 11-minute video showcasing the best moments of the Heat's title march last season. The message needed no deciphering: He simply wanted to remind the defending NBA champions how good those moments felt a...

Mavericks learn lessons from 2006 finals (AP)
Avery Johnson has grown tired of hearing how close the Dallas Mavericks came to winning an NBA title. The Mavericks' coach is ready for the next mission: learning from, and then forgetting about the team's collapse in the NBA finals. Miami won four straight games after falling into a 2-0 hole and trailing by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter of Game 3.

Garnett hopes to lead Wolves' turnaround (AP)
Kevin Garnett sat down into a folding chair, smiled and was downright playful as he spoke in an upbeat tone about the team surrounding him. Despite coming off one of the most disappointing seasons of his 11-year career, and with few marquee moves made to turn things around, Garnett said he hasn't felt this good about his Minnesota Timberwolves in years.

LeBron confident Cavs can win title (AP)
LeBron James palmed a basketball in each hand and spread his arms out for the photographer. Smile. Picture. At the next photo station, he balanced a ball on his left shoulder. Smile. Picture. Without prompting, James then paused at the appropriate times during a slow, 360-degree spin so the camera could capture every angle of his powerful physique.

Some business still remaining for Knicks (AP)
Spike Lee beamed as he greeted players, who spoke confidently and optimistically about how different things will be this season. Just like nearly every other team opening training camp, the New York Knicks believe better days are ahead. But after last season's misery, what else could they say? "It can only go up," guard Jamal Crawford said The Knicks gathered at their practice center Monday before...

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.

Pens to open with three teens on roster (AP)
Jordan Staal and Kristopher Letang made the Pittsburgh Penguins' opening day roster Monday, joining with Sidney Crosby to give the rebuilding team a franchise-first three teens on the roster. With Evgeni Malkin added in once he recovers from a dislocated shoulder -- he turned 20 slightly more than two months ago -- the Penguins may have their youngest roster in their 40-season history as they try...

Upset NHL players try to oust Saskin (AP)
Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the NHL Players' Association asked a federal court Monday to help them oust the union's executive director and award them millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit filed in Chicago said executive director Ted Saskin and others "flouted the constitution and governing law to maintain their control" over the union.

Devils trade D 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...

NHL suspends Leafs' Kubina for one game (AP)
The NHL suspended Toronto defenseman Pavel Kubina for one game Monday, a day after he cross-checked Detroit's Jiri Hudler in the exhibition finale. Kubina will miss the regular-season opener Wednesday night at home against Ottawa. He was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct in the first period of Toronto's 3-2 shootout loss Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Sabres trying to live up to expectations (AP)
Sabres owner Tom Golisano did his part, approving a hefty payroll increase to keep intact the core of Buffalo's young and talented playoff-caliber team. Fans followed by doubling the Sabres' season-ticket base to around 14,500. And national publications have taken notice, touting Buffalo as Stanley Cup contenders.

Coyotes waive RW Tyson Nash (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes have waived veteran right wing Tyson Nash, whose energetic play made him a fan favorite. If no other NHL team claims Nash by Tuesday, he could join the Coyotes' San Antonio affiliate. Nash will be paid his full $608,000 salary whether he plays in the NHL or in the minor leagues. "There are really times in the sports world where decisions are made that are really more difficult...

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.

Missed chances
KANSAS CITY, Kan. &ndash; Sunday could have been huge for Hendrick Motorsports. It didn't work out that way.

2007 NASCAR Busch schedule includes two international stops (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule again will include a pair of international stops, it was announced Monday.

Cheesehead fits wishy-washy Martin (AP)
Despite having more than a few gray hairs, he still has some competitive gas left in his tank. And his wishy-washy musings about retirement are becoming an annual tradition.

Stewart's gamble pays off with Kansas victory (AP)
Free from the pressure of chasing the championship, Tony Stewart could gamble on gas and joke about it afterward.

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)

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)

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