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NEWS FROM 2006-10-05
Minus pitching stars, Mets beat Dodgers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_dodgers_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061004/capt.772e2fe9a3fd40abb3a33015a25455d1.aptopix_dodgers_mets_baseball_nypm107.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=lIDERGaEb7_6_PKZEaw33w--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, right, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers J.D. Drew at home plate in the second inning of the first game of the National League Division Series at Shea Stadium in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Delgado hammered the ball all over the field in his playoff debut. David Wright also delivered, and the pitching-depleted New York Mets looked like October regulars during their first postseason game since 2000.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hunter's gamble backfires as A's win 5-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_athletics_twins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061004/capt.130adfe166ff4438a2bcf759ea0fc7c6.athletics__twins_baseball_mnjm109.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=ZASPOgbi4YRx2u1b4dRHxA--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics' Mark Kotsay scores past Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer on a two-run, inside-the-park homer in seventh inning in Game 2 of the American League Division Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Playing it safe? Not Torii Hunter's style. That's why he has five Gold Gloves. Trying to make a tough catch right after his Minnesota teammates tied the game with back-to-back home runs, Hunter missed — and Oakland took advantage.</p><br clear="all"/>
Briere's shootout goal lifts Sabres 3-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_hurricanes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061005/capt.de3c1a41683743bfa1b479906ce987b3.sabres_hurricanes_hockey_nckd106.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=XWRz4JAG2ID2jjqNs7U7Gw--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Daniel Briere (48) shoots the puck past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the shoot out, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Buffalo won 3-2 by shoot out. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daniel Briere figured out just in time how to help the Buffalo Sabres get the win they couldn't secure in June. Briere scored the only goal in a shootout and Ryan Miller stopped Carolina cold to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Hurricanes on Wednesday night in a season-opening rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sydor, Stars win 10th straight opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061005/capt.a9940132c6fe49b5b3e02b0f169a7b75.stars_avalanche_hockey_cojd109.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=wxiL05XULsHnkMPsM54POA--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Dallas Stars right wing Matthew Barnaby (77) and Colorado Avalanche right wing Ian Laperriere (14) grapple during the second period of a hockey game in Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor slashed Milan Hejduk's stick in frustration, breaking it in two as the third period ended with the game tied.</p><br clear="all"/>
SEC might be too good for own good
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_college_football_focus"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061004/capt.3c97e5ba3565405995b4f0f685c370f2.college_fb_focus_football_ny170.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=8_yubmB9qZCG.30xgHEKXA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Auburn's Head Coach Tommy Tuberville pumps his fist as he leads his team onto the field for their football game against South Carolina in this Sept. 28, 2006 file photo, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Southeastern Conference might be too good for its own good. With five teams still in the thick of the national-title chase, a so-called "game of the season" comes around nearly every week. This week it's No. 9 LSU at No. 5 Florida and No. 13 Tennessee facing No. 10 Georgia. In the SEC West, No. 2 Auburn will play Arkansas for first place.</p><br clear="all"/>
Packers' Robinson gets 90 days in prison
AP - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days for violating probation in a drunken driving case. The sentence allows Robinson to finish this season before having to serve the time.
Wizards give Grunfeld contract extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_wizards_grunfeld"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061002/capt.63ee74fbbf8d42c286c39631ae779a64.wizards_media_day_basketball_dcnw106.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=hmZE1m0Bzd6aUCXnSZ4b1g--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Washington Wizards basketball players Gilbert Arenas, center, and Antawn Jamison, left, pose for photographer John Healey, right, during media day, Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ernie Grunfeld quickly turned the Washington Wizards back into a playoff team by bringing aboard Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. He was rewarded Wednesday with a multiyear contract extension as the team's president of basketball operations. Now he can focus on what the Wizards need to take the next step.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man in spat with Rogers seeking apology
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_rogers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061002/capt.2111fdd309ae40dfbb2231287b2ba131.alds_tigers_yankees_baseball_nyy109.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=9_YRuAvR9E.Lq4iHWbvATA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson, left, puts his glove out while pitcher Kenny Rogers tries to barehand a ball in the outfield as catcher Ivan Rodriguez, right, watches during a workout for this week's American League Division Series in New York, Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. The Tigers face the New York Yankees in the series.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - A man who told police Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers grabbed him by the collar during an altercation near Comerica Park last weekend says he wants to drop the matter.</p><br clear="all"/>
Shevchenko, Rooney look to end slumps
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro2008_preview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060930/capt.d3f1129f00954b808f802f77eb9d5b89.britain_soccer_bsd117.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=s3URrRVFpeYgaCWJ2Ig9bA--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Chelsea's Ukrainian striker, Andriy Shevchenko, right, takes the ball past Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell, during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, England. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andriy Shevchenko is ailing with a virus and can't seem to score for Chelsea. Wayne Rooney has stopped scoring for Manchester United.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gerber wins Senators' debut over Leafs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_maple_leafs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061005/capt.c8d284a7912b42c2879171ecfa80a454.maple_leafs_senators_hockey_fng110.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=zBLyDt.Uylfg7dtAbgDr_w--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, of Sweden, celebrates his penalty shot goal over Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber (29) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Wednesday Oct. 4, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Gerber looked solid as Ottawa's new goalie, and the Senators skated off with yet another win over Toronto.</p><br clear="all"/>
Philly's revolving door
The Eagles have some question marks on offense, but should get a key member of its defense back for the Dallas game.
T.O., McNabb appear to be at odds again (AP)
Here they go again: Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb have their signals crossed. Days before the buddies-turned-enemies face off for the first time since their nasty breakup, a misunderstanding is brewing over a text message McNabb says he sent Owens last week after a trip to the hospital was reported as an attempted suicide.
NFLPA won't appeal Haynesworth's ban (AP)
The NFL Players Association will not appeal Albert Haynesworth's five-game suspension for stomping on the head of Dallas center Andre Gurode. The Tennessee Titans defensive tackle was suspended Monday for kicking Gurode in the head twice in Sunday's 45-14 victory by the Cowboys. The unprecedented suspension is more than twice the previous longest, a two-game suspension for Green Bay's Charles...
Favre expects to play against Rams (AP)
Andy Reid figured something must have been wrong if old pal Brett Favre didn't say hello to him on the field after their game Monday night. So the Philadelphia Eagles coach called Favre on Tuesday to make sure he was OK. "I said, 'Yeah, one of your guys cheap-shotted me,' which is not true," Favre said.
Chargers S Kiel returns to practice (AP)
Chargers safety Terrence Kiel, facing five felony drug charges, went through his first full-scale practice since being arrested last week at team headquarters. Free on a $160,000 bond, Kiel practiced Wednesday and could return to the starting lineup on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said.
Ravens' Sams charged again with DUI (AP)
Ravens kickoff returner B.J. Sams was charged with driving under the influence, his second DUI arrest in 14 months that could mean a four-game suspension. Sams was stopped shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway, according to Sgt. Kimberly Smith. His SUV reportedly swerved and nearly hit a vehicle, police said.
Packers' Robinson sentenced to jail (AP)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days for violating probation in a drunken driving case. The sentence allows Robinson to finish this season before having to serve the time. Robinson appeared in Municipal Court in this Seattle suburb that is home to the headquarters of his original NFL team, the Seahawks.
Raiders dismiss Moss' latest ramblings (AP)
The Oakland Raiders have much bigger concerns to worry about than Randy Moss spouting off again. With an 0-3 record and a team that's struggling in all phases of the game, a disgruntled wide receiver is the least of their problems. In his latest ramblings, Moss told Fox Sports Radio this week that he wasn't concerned about the team's poor start because "it doesn't seem like nobody else is...
Leinart knows he'll be target Sunday (AP)
The starting call has come earlier than expected for Matt Leinart, who went through his first practice as an NFL first-string quarterback on Wednesday. Leinart capped the session with a little extra work on the field with Edgerrin James, then pronounced himself confident for his first start for Arizona on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, although he acknowledged, "They're probably licking...
Bucs OT Walker has season-ending surgery (AP)
Tampa Bay offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, one day after having season-ending surgery on his troublesome right knee. Jeremy Trueblood, a second-round draft pick from Boston College, will move into Walker's spot and make his first pro start Sunday at New Orleans.
Suns' 'big' question
TREVISO, Italy – Can Amare Stoudemire recover from knee surgery to be the missing piece in Phoenix's puzzle?
Phil Jackson has hip replacement surgery (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.
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...
Wizards give Grunfeld contract extension (AP)
Ernie Grunfeld quickly turned the Washington Wizards back into a playoff team by bringing aboard Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. He was rewarded Wednesday with a multiyear contract extension as the team's president of basketball operations. Now he can focus on what the Wizards need to take the next step.
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.
Kings sign veteran F Maurice Taylor (AP)
The Sacramento Kings signed veteran forward Maurice Taylor on Tuesday. Taylor, who spent the past 1 1/2 years with the New York Knicks, averaging 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds last season. He has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets in a nine-year NBA career. Kings coach Eric Musselman expects to use Taylor as a backup center behind Brad Miller.
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...
Hornets open camp in New Orleans (AP)
NBA basketball seemed doomed in Louisiana exactly one year ago, when the last lingering floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina were being pumped out. So many streets remained layered with pudding-like mud. An unavoidable stench of mold and rot wafted throughout town, many parts of which had no electricity and were completely dark at night.
Sabres spoil Hurricanes' celebration (AP)
Daniel Briere figured out just in time how to help the Buffalo Sabres get the win they couldn't secure in June. Briere scored the only goal in a shootout and Ryan Miller stopped Carolina cold to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Hurricanes on Wednesday night in a season-opening rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.
Penguins appear close to being sold (AP)
Jim Balsillie, a Canadian business executive whose company makes the BlackBerry wireless messaging device, was negotiating Wednesday to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a sales agreement expected soon. The Penguins have set an informal deadline to reach a deal by opening night, and the team plays its first game Thursday at home against Philadelphia.
Sydor lifts Stars past Avalanche in OT (AP)
Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor slashed Milan Hejduk's stick in frustration, breaking it in two as the third period ended with the game tied. A boneheaded blunder? A big-time break, actually. Sydor came out of the penalty box to take a pass from goaltender Marty Turco and scored the winning goal at 2:07 of overtime Wednesday night, giving the Stars a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Gerber shines as Senators down Leafs (AP)
Martin Gerber looked solid as Ottawa's new goalie, and the Senators skated off with yet another win over Toronto. Gerber made 33 saves, and the Senators won 4-1 in the season opener on Wednesday night. Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil, Cristoph Schubert and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators, who lost top players Zdeno Chara and Martin Havlat in the offseason.
Hurricanes raise Stanley Cup banner (AP)
For one more night, the Carolina Hurricanes got the chance to celebrate the franchise's first Stanley Cup title. The Hurricanes raised the banner for their Cup win Wednesday night before opening their title defense against the Buffalo Sabres, allowing themselves one last look back at a thrilling run to the first major professional sports title in North Carolina history.
Bettman: NHL is in good shape (AP)
The NHL is growing and heading in the right direction as it opens its second post-lockout season, commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday night. "Last year, everybody focused on the relaunch: How would we come back?" Bettman said during the Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 shootout win over the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.
Shanahan and Jagr now Rangers linemates (AP)
Brendan Shanahan's left eye sported shades of black and blue and yellow, surrounded by jagged cuts that any hockey player would be proud of. The Rangers' new forward joked that his badge of honor was incurred during team bonding exercises over the weekend -- a kayak race gone awry. The reality was much less dramatic.
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...
Trading Paint: Popular opinion
Mark Martin deserves the hype, but enough about Tony Stewart already.
5-time Talladega winner Earnhardt hopes to jump-start Chase (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to make a run at his first Nextel Cup title, he'll have to...
Villeneuve looks for racing return in NASCAR: reports (AFP)
Canadian racer Jacques Villeneuve, fired two months ago by Formula One's BMW-Sauber team, is talking about making a comeback in the US closed-cockpit stock car ranks, according to reports.
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.
Suspects in speedway robbery attempt charged (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.