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Jeter ties record as Yankees top Tigers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061004/capt.de7e44b43ba94857bcc9ebf30d550256.tigers_yankees_alds_baseball_nyjj130.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=aQdBguNAddg4NJ28Fdd.qA--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="New York Yankees' Derek Jeter smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning in Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Jeter went five for five and the Yankees won 8-4. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the New York Yankees' modern-day Murderers' Row, one player always stands out: Derek Jeter. The Yankees captain tied the postseason record for hits, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and a home run to spark New York in its postseason opener, an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pujols answers bell as Cards beat Padres (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_cardinals_padres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.4d0c79b42de542af94ad2468898ca9a8.cardinals_padres_nlds_baseball_cadp101.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=MIIKC8sv93_pzDZLcb2L0A--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, right, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run as San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza looks on during the fourth inning of their National League Division Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 in San Diego. The Cardinals won 5-1. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - With one swing of Albert Pujols' bat, a St. Louis Cardinals lineup that looked so sickly in September suddenly got a lot better under the California sun. San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy tempted Pujols with one pitch too many and the slugger responded with a two-run homer that launched the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory in the opening game of the division series on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

A's, Big Hurt edge Twins 3-2 in ALDS (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.109d4904c5e04d61b2bafdb735605936.athletics__twins_baseball_mnjm103.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=RkTwE9MdtQ9bmjHoP1tTyw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Oakland Athletics' Frank Thomas hits a second inning solo home run off Minnesota Twins' Johan Santana in Game 1 of the American League Division Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Zito, Frank Thomas and the Oakland Athletics proved it was possible to beat Johan Santana &#151; even at the Metrodome. Zito kept Minnesota off balance with his big curveball, Thomas hit two huge home runs and the Athletics defeated the Twins and their ace 3-2 Tuesday in the opener of their first-round AL playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>

El Duque's injury leaves Mets scrambling (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_dodgers_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.b7a67c1e4d1b445c97e0ae074582dea4.dodgers_mets_baseball_nyha102.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=j4Zqc_O_WCSnZ1w6egAp0A--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez throws during the Mets' workout one day before their National League Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. Already missing Pedro Martinez, the New York Mets suddenly might have to replace pitcher Orlando Hernandez in Game 1 of the playoffs because of a calf injury, too. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the eve of their first playoff game in six years, the New York Mets were still searching for a healthy starting pitcher.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowher to Steelers: Forget about start (AP)
AP - Playing the San Diego Chargers on the road figures to be difficult enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's why coach Bill Cowher doesn't want them thinking about the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, too.

Philly already gearing up for T.O. (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_here_comes_t_o"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.4ff72057a5c340d1aa4c78f2ca30167b.eagles_here_comes_to_ny160.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=WyrfgmrnG_uttZcnloM1AA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="A Philadelphia Eagles fan expresses his opinion on the future of Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens by holding a sign saying 'T.O. Has To Go!,' during practice at training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., in this Aug. 11, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)" border="0" /></a>AP - The clever chants started before the Eagles played the Green Bay Packers on Monday night and the derogatory signs came out by the fourth quarter. Philadelphia sure is ready for Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA says new ball is better (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_new_ball_shaq_s_complaint"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.946b9d9a903a4ee0b89af8b14a4bde17.heat_camp_basketball_flla112.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=4STrn1vH0_yQi92ALSHQWw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives the ball downcourt during the team's first day of an NBA basketball practice Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Some of the NBA's biggest stars say the new game ball is too sticky when dry, too slippery when wet, and too &#151; well, not the old one.</p><br clear="all"/>

Marlins name Fredi Gonzalez new manager (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_marlins_gonzalez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.45befb0a42c140bdac03da05531c2f21.marlins_girardi_gonzalez_baseball_flla104.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=nTXpgju7KU6BGxZss9VNpQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Fredi Gonzalez puts on his jersey and smiles after being named the new Florida Marlins manager at a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 in Miami (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - A year ago, the Florida Marlins chose Joe Girardi over Fredi Gonzalez as manager.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dempsey named U.S. soccer player of year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061003/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_us_player_of_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.fbd3c94bb7484860982a4f194c46cad6.honda_player_of_the_year_soccer_cabk104.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=5AVDNAixlue6tEnhU34j2g--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="U. S. National soccer team player Clint Dempsey stands next to a Honda Ridgeline which he won along with the Honda Player of the Year Award honors during a ceremony at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Clint Dempsey's parents were a rather typical American soccer mom and pop, although their drive was longer than most.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres open season against Hurricanes (AP)
AP - Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen would rather stay in the locker room than watch the Carolina Hurricanes raise their Stanley Cup banner Wednesday.

Strings and stitches
Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye spent an off day discussing his aching hamstring and TV show "Nip/Tuck."

Haynesworth apologizes, won't appeal (AP)
After dialing his number all day with no luck, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth finally got the chance Tuesday to personally apologize to Andre Gurode for tearing open the Cowboys center's face with a cleat. Haynesworth spent much of the day getting nothing but unanswered rings and a full voice mail box, then connected in the late afternoon with Gurode, who needed 30 stitches to repair...

Chargers S Kiel pleads not guilty (AP)
Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges he shipped bottles of codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. Kiel, 25, a starter with the Chargers, faces a maximum of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted of all five felony drug counts against him, according to Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine.

Packers' Favre expected to practice (AP)
Brett Favre should be sufficiently recovered from shoulder and head injuries to return to practice Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Favre left Monday night's loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia late in the game when he absorbed a hard hit from Eagles defensive lineman Juqua Thomas. McCarthy said Favre, who did not speak to the media after Monday night's game but is set to address...

Shockey won't be benched for blowup (AP)
Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey won't be benched for comments that the New York Giants were outcoached in a recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks. After first refusing to answer the question, coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday that Shockey would start against the Washington Redskins this weekend if his sprained right ankle was OK.

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.

Packers release CB Ahmad Carroll (AP)
The Green Bay Packers ran out of patience with nickel cornerback Ahmad Carroll. Less than 24 hours after his up-and-down performance in Monday night's 31-9 loss to Philadelphia, the Packers placed Carroll on waivers Tuesday. A 2004 first-round draft pick by Green Bay, Carroll never realized his potential, and the Packers had seen enough.

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.

Philly already gearing up for T.O. (AP)
The clever chants started before the Eagles played the Green Bay Packers on Monday night and the derogatory signs came out by the fourth quarter. Philadelphia sure is ready for Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys. Tailgaters in the parking lot sang: "Oh-Deee! O.D., O.D., O.D., Oh-Deee, O.D.!!!" And, that was before kickoff against Brett Favre and the Packers.

Ravens put G Mulitalo on injured reserve (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens placed offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo on injured reserve Tuesday after surgery to repair his torn right triceps tendon, and signed offensive guard Ikechuku Ndukwe to their active roster. The eight-year starter tore his right triceps during the third quarter of Sunday's 16-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Suns' 'big' question
TREVISO, Italy &ndash; Can Amare Stoudemire recover from knee surgery to be the missing piece in Phoenix's puzzle?

Ready or not, Lakers open training camp (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers open training camp Tuesday, and the timing could be better. First, three players including defending NBA scoring champion Kobe Bryant are recuperating from operations. And coach Phil Jackson is scheduled to undergo surgery to replace his right hip Tuesday instead of being on the sidelines when camp begins.

Stern done hearing from Brown, Knicks (AP)
It's now up to NBA commissioner David Stern to decide if Larry Brown is entitled to the remainder of his salary from the Knicks. The fired New York coach wrapped up a second day of hearings at the NBA offices Tuesday. His financial fate now rests in Stern's hands. After James Dolan fired Brown in June, the Madison Square Garden chairman refused to pay Brown the $40 million that was left for the...

Davis: Laettner won't suit up just yet (AP)
Christian Laettner isn't planning a comeback with the Memphis Grizzlies yet. Laettner's business partner Brian Davis, who has an agreement to buy the team, said in a statement on Tuesday that the former Duke star will hold off on resuming his career. Davis said that Laettner, a business associate and investor in the Grizzlies project, wants to play for Memphis but will wait.

Phil Jackson has hip replacement (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson had right hip replacement surgery Tuesday and is expected to be released from a hospital on Wednesday. Team spokesman John Black said there is no timetable for the 61-year-old coach's return to training camp, which opened Tuesday with assistant coach Kurt Rambis running the drills.

NBA insists new ball is better (AP)
Some of the NBA's biggest stars say the new game ball is too sticky when dry, too slippery when wet, and too -- well, not the old one. The league is convinced it's better, no matter what the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade or Steve Nash have to say about it. "Sure, you hear some comments that aren't as positive as the overwhelming majority of people that we tested the ball with," Stu...

Bobcats' Okafor looks to regain form (AP)
Emeka Okafor saw the shot bounce off the rim, a rebound well within reach of his long-armed 6-foot-10 frame. The next thing he saw was aging veteran Greg Ostertag jumping past him to corral the loose ball. "I'm a young guy and he was towards the end of his career," Okafor said. "So I felt like, 'Hey, something's wrong here."' It turned out to be just one of several frustrating moments for Okafor...

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...

Mogilny injury gives Devils cap room (AP)
Devils leading scorer Brian Gionta and four other veterans signed with New Jersey on Tuesday after the NHL gave the team $3.5 million in salary cap relief by placing veteran forward Alexander Mogilny on the long-term injury exception list. Defensemen Paul Martin and Dave Hale, backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen and center Erik Rasmussen signed one-year contracts as the Devils finalized their...

Saskin: Players' lawsuit has no merit (AP)
The head of the NHL Players' Association says a lawsuit filed by a group of dissident players is baseless. "The claims issued in the complaint are the same claims that have been made repeatedly over the last 13 months by this tiny group," union executive director Ted Saskin told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday.

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...

Caps' Ovechkin looking forward to Year 2 (AP)
Alex Ovechkin grabbed a golf club for the first time in his life at the Washington Capitals' preseason charity tournament. After a few minutes of instruction, he began hitting. Well, shanking, really. Plop, into the water. Thwack, off the cart path. Then Ovechkin asked for "a bigger club." His very next shot settled on the green.

Predators name D Timonen captain (AP)
The Nashville Predators assigned forward Alexander Radulov to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Tuesday and named defenseman Kimmo Timonen as their third captain. Timonen replaces Greg Johnson, who was not re-signed during the offseason. Timonen has played in 493 games, second most in franchise history.

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 open season where last one ended (AP)
Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen would rather stay in the locker room than watch the Carolina Hurricanes raise their Stanley Cup banner Wednesday. Co-captain Daniel Briere wouldn't mind witnessing the celebration, using the experience as a reminder of what the Sabres are shooting for. And coach Lindy Ruff hasn't yet determined what the pre-game plans are for Buffalo's season-opener at Raleigh, N.C.

Chase Chances: Week 4
Rookie Denny Hamlin can't really win the Nextel Cup championship this year &hellip; can he?

Bouncing back after disappointing day in Kansas (AP)
Have you ever finished doing something that was so difficult, you felt it was about twice the work it should have been?

Montreal gets Busch Series event (AP)
NASCAR will hold a Busch Series event in Montreal next summer -- another step in covering the entire North American market.

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)

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