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Tigers do it again to Yankees in Game 3 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_tigers_yankees"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.8ecf3738bd3c48078c72e2e544b00863.yankees_tigers_baseball_dts108.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=q.aMTNTc.Y.6eWO_iwf9nA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers reacts after striking out New York Yankees' Bernie Williams in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the ALDS baseball game Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kenny Rogers stood alone near the mound and soaked in the cheers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Negro League great Buck O'Neil dies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_buck_o_neil"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.2b99e5ef07e544b181dfb2034be2d3f3.obit_buck_oneil_baseball_ny166.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=wta0iD.GNDXdpLMT7juh4w--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Buck O'Neil stands with a statue of himself in this Feb. 11, 2005, photo at the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.. He was 94. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Buck O'Neil, a batting champion in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first black to serve as a major league manager, has died. He was 94.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dodgers' Garciaparra has torn quadriceps (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061006/capt.d17cc500fb4a45658ea2b3e35752022a.dodgers_mets_garciaparra_baseball_nyjj101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=bL1i2.RAm8QsLLslvfqX.w--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra limps off the field during the sixth inning against the New York Mets in Game 2 of Major League Baseball's National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. Garciaparra re-injured his left quadriceps and his status for Game 3 on Saturday is uncertain. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra has a tear in his left quadriceps and won't be in the lineup for Game 3 of their NL playoff series Saturday when Los Angeles tries to avoid getting swept by the New York Mets.</p><br clear="all"/>

Fisher: Haynesworth may not be back (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061006/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_haynesworth"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061005/capt.360969fa4b3d43bca9b6dc8affebb05c.titans_haynesworth_suspended_football_tnmh103.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=DK6JyJqSxFr322_vzRk60Q--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth talks about his five-game suspension on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. Haynesworth was suspended by the NFL after stomping on the head of Dallas Cowboys offensive center Andre Gurode on Oct. 1. 'It was a blur. It was a big, big mistake and something I wish I could do anything to take that back,' Haynesworth said. He also said he has already begun the process of getting counseling for his behavior on the field. (AP Photo/ Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Tennessee Titans want back some of Albert Haynesworth's bonus money. And that might be just the start of the paybacks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Federer advances to Japan Open finals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_tokyo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.xjk10410070743.japan_open_tennis_xjk104.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=N1WjdxaR9WkiyjYxr8bUFA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Swiss Roger Federer tosses the ball to the audience following the mens singles semi-final match against German Benjamin Becker during AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships 2006 in Tokyo, Saturday, Oct 7, 2006. Federer won the match 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top-ranked Roger Federer cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany's Benjamin Becker on Saturday to advance to his first Japan Open final.</p><br clear="all"/>

Troubled Bengals hit again (Reuters)
Reuters - Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry was suspended for two games by the National Football League for violating its conduct and substance abuse policies, the league announced on Friday.

Magic players knock heads in srimmage (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_magic_collision"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061003/capt.fd96f0ad779d442db8b944a569a7288c.magic_training_camp_basketball_fljr111.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=9HAsnFtwpCuUCBGe97WkpA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) stretches out at the conclusion of the team's first workout of NBA basketball training camp in Jacksonville, Fla. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006.(AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard knocked heads during the Orlando Magic's scrimmage Friday, sending Nelson sprawling to the court with blood pouring from his head.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers take series lead (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061007/sp_nm/baseball_yankees_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061007/2006_10_07t004315_450x310_us_baseball_yankees.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=S7QclQT5o6hfoClVWg2dpQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers waves as he leaves the game against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of Game 3 of their American League Division Series playoff baseball game in Detroit, Michigan October 6, 2006. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Veteran lefthander Kenny Rogers guided Detroit to a 6-0 win over the New York Yankees on Friday, bringing the Tigers to the brink of a shock victory in their American League divisional playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Shevchenko, Rooney look to end slumps (AP)
<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"/>

N.J. Devils shut out Hurricanes 4-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.0c554913be784392906d0bdabfc8fa84.devils_hurricanes_hockey_nckd103.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=Pgvk3tqgCNDImugHM_6_Fg--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Carolina Hurricanes' Tim Gleason (8) battles with New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise (9) during the first period, Friday, Oct 6, 2006, in this NHL Hockey game at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Carolina Hurricanes raised a Stanley Cup championship banner and showed off the 114-year-old trophy during their first two games of the season. They already sound as if they can't wait to get away from all the hoopla.</p><br clear="all"/>

Down on Haynesworth
In the latest mailbag, readers insist that Albert Haynesworth's five-game suspension wasn't punishment enough.

Bengals WR Henry suspended two games (AP)
Bengals receiver Chris Henry received a two-game suspension Friday from the NFL for violating its conduct and substance abuse policies, making him the second Cincinnati player suspended this season for misconduct. The second-year receiver also was fined $20,000 by the league. The Bengals have their bye this weekend, so Henry will sit out games against Tampa Bay and Carolina later this month.

Sheppard should play, Eagles 'O' hurting (AP)
Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard plans to play Sunday, giving Philadelphia's banged-up secondary a lift against Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys. Sheppard, an All-Pro selection two years ago, has missed three straight games since injuring his ankle during the first series of the season opener. "I wouldn't put myself in an awkward position," Sheppard said after Friday's practice.

Titans want part of Haynesworth's bonus (AP)
The Tennessee Titans want back some of Albert Haynesworth's bonus money. And that might be just the start of the paybacks. Coach Jeff Fisher told a national radio show Thursday that Haynesworth -- the defensive tackle suspended five games by the NFL for stomping on Dallas center Andre Gurode's face -- may never be back in the building again.

Gurode accepts Haynesworth's apology (AP)
Cowboys center Andre Gurode is scarred, sore and still getting used to the bulky padding on his forehead after being cut up by the right cleat of Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth. He also has accepted Haynesworth's apology, even though he still doesn't understand why it happened. "He called me, we spoke on the phone and that was pretty much it.

Colts won't pay rest of Simon's salary (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts will not pay the rest of defensive tackle Corey Simon's salary while he is out with an undisclosed illness. The team said Thursday the illness was not football-related and that Simon, who has not played or practiced since the first week of training camp in early August, would miss the rest of the season.

Mayors of L.A., Anaheim meet Goodell (AP)
The mayors of Los Angeles and Anaheim met with new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday and both offered competing plans to lure a team back to southern California. Los Angeles city leaders want to build a new stadium within the walls of the historic Memorial Coliseum, featuring 200 luxury boxes and 15,000 club seats at a cost of $800 million.

Culpepper still probable for Dolphins (AP)
Daunte Culpepper practiced with a bruised right shoulder Friday, although the Miami Dolphins have not yet decided if their starting quarterback will be ready for Sunday's visit to New England. Culpepper missed a portion of the Dolphins' practice Thursday because of the shoulder problem, which coach Nick Saban said is a cumulative effect of being sacked 21 times through the season's first four...

Terrell Owens to release children's book (AP)
Terrell Owens has learned the importance of playing nice -- at least in print. The outspoken Dallas receiver is set to release his first children's book in mid-November. But the book, titled "Little T Learns to Share," will be a far cry from the tell-all book T.O. released in July. Little T, the main character, refuses to share his football but eventually learns he can't enjoy his new ball without...

Koren Robinson back at Packers practice (AP)
One day after receiving a 90-day jail sentence for a probation violation in Washington, Koren Robinson was practicing with the Green Bay Packers. Robinson missed practice Wednesday to attend a court hearing in Kirkland, Wash., where he was sentenced to 90 days in jail after a judge determined he violated a probation established when he pleaded guilty to a DUI there last year.

Telling NBA camp stories
Isiah's mess, Nellie's return, the battle of L.A. and Miami's repeat bid are among the plotlines to follow this season.

Pacers' Jackson hit by car, fires shots (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson fired shots in the air in apparent self-defense after he was hit by a car outside a strip club early Friday -- the latest blow to a team struggling to rebuild its image. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Jackson and teammates Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and Jimmie Hunter committed an "error in judgment" by staying out late during training camp.

Shinn: Sellouts key to keep Hornets put (AP)
Selling out the New Orleans Arena for the Hornets' six games this season is vital to keeping the NBA team in the city, owner George Shinn said Friday. The NFL's Saints have sold all of their tickets for the first time since they were formed in 1967, but Shinn said that cannot predict anything about the attendance expectations for the Hornets.

D'Antoni guides Suns to win in Italy (AP)
Shawn Marion scored 19 points and Steve Nash had nine assists as the Phoenix Suns beat Virtus Lottomatica Roma 100-93 in an exhibition Friday. The game was part of the NBA Europe Live tour, which also features three other NBA teams playing on the continent. The Suns will play two more games in Cologne, Germany next week against the Philadelphia 76ers and another European team.

76ers lose to FC Barcelona, 104-99 (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers were miserable at the free-throw line, barely put up any 3-pointers and allowed six Winterthur FC Barcelona players to score in double digits. What a way to start a European vacation. The Sixers lost to the Spanish club 104-99 on Thursday night, just the third time an overseas club has beaten an NBA team since the league began sanctioning international competitions in 1987.

Pacers give Carlisle multiyear extension (AP)
Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle signed a multiyear contract extension Thursday and added a new title as executive vice president of basketball operations. The new position puts him directly below CEO Donnie Walsh and president Larry Bird and gives him more clout in disciplinary matters. "It lets the players know that there's a front-office position associated with the head coach," Walsh said.

Recovering Phil Jackson walks with cane (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is recovering well following right hip replacement surgery and walking with a cane, assistant Kurt Rambis said Thursday. Jackson underwent the operation Tuesday at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center, and was discharged from the hospital a day later. Rambis said that Jeanie Buss, Jackson's longtime girlfriend, told him the 61-year-old coach was walking with a...

Howard, Nelson bang heads, need stitches (AP)
Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard knocked heads during the Orlando Magic's scrimmage Friday, sending Nelson sprawling to the court with blood pouring from his head. Both players left the court holding towels over their faces, and both needed stitches. "They both have headaches," Magic spokesman Joel Glass said.

Brodeur, Devils blank winless 'Canes (AP)
This time, the New Jersey Devils walked out of the RBC Center smiling. The same couldn't be said for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Zach Parise scored twice and Brian Gionta had three assists to lead the Devils past the Hurricanes 4-0 on Friday night, sending the champs to a second straight home loss to open the season.

Bertuzzi powers Panthers over Bruins 8-3 (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi scored the Florida Panthers' first goal of the season, then hoisted both hands into the air. He repeated that celebratory routine often in his Florida debut. Bertuzzi had three assists -- capping his first four-point night since Feb. 25, 2003 and tying a career high -- and Joe Nieuwendyk had two goals and an assist as the Panthers opened with an 8-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday...

Daniel Sedin rallies Canucks to OT win (AP)
Twins are supposed to always be there for each other, right? Henrik Sedin did all the work and Daniel was there for the rebound, scoring 31 seconds into overtime to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Henrik, who had two assists, skated behind Columbus goaltender Pascal Leclaire and tried a wraparound early in the overtime.

Afinogenov powers Sabres past Canadiens (AP)
Maxim Afinogenov forced overtime with 15 seconds left in regulation and then scored in a shootout, rallying the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Buffalo's Thomas Vanek had two assists and also scored in the shootout, while the Canadiens failed on their two shootout attempts -- the last when Alex Kovalev had goaltender Ryan Miller down, but snapped his...

Kunitz, Selanne help Ducks top Kings 4-3 (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere slumped to the ice late in the game. He recovered in time to finish off a busy evening in goal for the Anaheim Ducks. "I was just cramping up," he explained Friday night after he stopped 41 shots, including 22 in the first period, in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Shanahan scores 600th in Rangers debut (AP)
Jaromir Jagr seized the moment. Brendan Shanahan captured the night. "I don't think you could have scripted it any better," New York coach Tom Renney said Thursday after his two superstars led the Rangers to a season-opening 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Just moments after being officially introduced as team captain, Jagr delivered a moment that predecessor Mark Messier would have been...

Canadian businessman to buy Penguins (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting a new owner, and he arrived on the day a new season started. That soon-to-be owner, Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie, said it's obvious what has to follow: a new arena. Balsillie, whose company makes the BlackBerry wireless messaging device, signed an agreement Thursday to buy the Penguins from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's group for approximately $175 million.

Oilers LW Moreau signs 4-year extension (AP)
Edmonton left wing Ethan Moreau signed a four-year contract extension Friday that could keep him with the Oilers through 2010-11. The 31-year-old Moreau had 11 goals, 16 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 74 games last year season was second on the Oilers with a plus-6 rating. A key penalty killer, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is an assistant captain for the club.

Led by Hurricanes, ticket prices jump (AP)
Fans have come back to the NHL. And now they're paying for it. Led by the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, more than half the league's teams have raised ticket prices, including 10 of them by more than 5 percent. The results were released Friday by Team Marketing Reports, which also found that a family of four will pay an average of $258 for a game this season.

Fleury has 40 saves, Pens top Flyers 4-0 (AP)
The No. 1 draft pick was all he was supposed to be for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a dominating performance that gave promise this season won't be like all those bad ones gone by. Only this time it wasn't Sidney Crosby, but goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury, the top pick in 2003 who didn't win the starting job until the final preseason game, turned aside 40 shots and the Penguins played one of their...

Marbles: Surprise, surprise
TALLADEGA, Ala. &ndash; Craziness at Talladega usually is reserved for the on-track action. Not this weekend.

Montoya finishes third in stock car debut (AP)
Maybe these stock cars won't be so hard for Juan Pablo Montoya, after all. The Formula One defector completed an impressive stock car racing debut Friday night, overcoming an early accident to finish third in the ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway. "I never had so much fun in my life," Montoya said.

Montoya third in stock car debut in ARCA race (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

NASCAR still "chasing" ideal championship format (SportsTicker)

Jarrett looking for some old magic at Talladega (AP)
There's seven races left in Dale Jarrett's storied career with Robert Yates Racing, and with each passing week he loses another opportunity to go out a winner.

Villeneuve next F1 driver to eye NASCAR. (AP)
With Juan Pablo Montoya already in the NASCAR fold, fellow Formula One star Jacques Villeneuve might not be far behind.

Mark Martin wins pole for first truck race at Talladega (SportsTicker)

Mark Martin leaving Roush, not Nextel Cup (AP)
There was a time when Mark Martin could not envision himself racing at NASCAR's top level as he approached 50.

Martin to put off retirement, race in selected events in 2007 (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) - Mark Martin was racing too well to call it quits.

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