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Mets finish off sweep of Dodgers 9-5 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.013b43d67b0f4b7ea3a2e1db6717e3d6.mets_dodgers_baseball_lad115.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=.Y8JvegH_facLVKzsiAJug--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Shawn Green, left, scores on a single by Jose Reyes as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin takes a late throw during the sixth inning in Game 3 of Major League Baseball's National League Division Series, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shawn Green glided toward the right-field foul line to make the final catch, just as he envisioned. Green and the hitters started fast, Billy Wagner closed it out quickly and the New York Mets completed their first postseason sweep since 1969, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 in Game 3 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Feisty Tigers send Yankees packing (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.f92e63eb155b420785e614601a09e0e2.yankees_tigers_baseball_mips121.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=Unj0irrybBaeuuFDiEPuow--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson, right, and Ramon Santiago, left, celebrate their 8-3 win over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of their American League Divisional Series baseball game in Detroit, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. The Tigers beat the Yankees, 8-3, and won the series, 3-1. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - As a reborn baseball town erupted in splashes of orange and blue around them, the Detroit Tigers danced in the infield, kicking up dirt like kids on a sandlot.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tennessee shreds Georgia's stingy 'D' (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_tennessee_georgia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.0a53ce2cb4d84f7d905dd30e54d6f1f7.tennessee_georgia_college_football_garf105.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=CcGJvdIw2.44LaqXR9HuSw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Tennessee wide receiver Bret Smith (9) comes down with a first half touchdown between Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jackson (45) and Tra Battle (25) during college football play at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)" border="0" /></a>AP - Erik Ainge felt like he had all the time in the world, which made it easy to dismantle the nation's stingiest defense. No. 13 Tennessee became just the second team to put up 50 points on Georgia between the hedges, coming from behind for a stunning 51-33 victory Saturday night that defied the norm in the defensive-minded Southeastern Conference.</p><br clear="all"/>

Backup QB leads Florida over LSU 23-10 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_lsu_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.ac618d0f14f14d558068996b3dca34bd.lsu__florida_football_gvp122.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=l06G8t2kMtijuaAUt58FYg--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="Florida coach Urban Meyer gives instructions to quarterback Tim Tebow during the 2nd half of football play in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday) Oct. 7, 2006. Florida defeated LSU 23-10. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin )" border="0" /></a>AP - Florida doesn't have a quarterback controversy. It's more like a quarterback coalition. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes, including one on a play that could have came from basketball coach Billy Donovan's playbook, and ran for a score to give the fifth-ranked Gators a 23-10 win against No. 9 LSU on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 16 Cal overwhelms No. 11 Oregon (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_oregon_california"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.839e77f7f1684212945cc5312cd446ba.oregon_california_football_cams104.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=dxfX8c.skCUK4epEALONBg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="California's DeSean Jackson hauls in a 36-yard touchdown pass against Oregon in the first half of a football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - DeSean Jackson reversed his field, turned the corner and sprinted down a golden corridor stretching to the end zone. California broke out some garish yellow jerseys for a pivotal game with Oregon, yet the Golden Bears' knack for big plays didn't change a bit. As for the fashion-conscious Ducks? They simply didn't match.</p><br clear="all"/>

Panthers, Smith faced banged-up Browns (AP)
AP - The Carolina Panthers are 0-2 when Steve Smith doesn't play, 2-0 when he does. The All-Pro receiver is healthy for the third straight week and Cleveland's cornerbacks are not, troubling news for the Browns as they travel to Carolina on Sunday.

CSKA Moscow beats L.A. Clippers 94-75 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cska_moscow_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.d06aecd66c6c4321a4344b7999c5a0b0.russia_nba_basketball_cska_moscow_los_angeles_clippers_xias103.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=d5wrLF9VpRbNpgQmtI2EUg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Clippers' Tim Thomas, left, vies with CSKA Moscow's Nikita Kurbanov, background, during the NBA Europe Live Tour, match played in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. CSKA won 94-75. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)" border="0" /></a>AP - Trajan Langdon scored 17 points and Tomas Van Den Spiegel added 16 to lead CSKA Moscow to a 94-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in an exhibition game Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Garciaparra, Thome win Comeback awards (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_comeback_players"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061007/capt.3705fcb3783a40e99e640fdf20c70a78.comeback_players_baseball_ny154.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=36pxF2IbqrOH3iSp08xSng--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="This is a 2006 file photo of Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox. Thome was selected as the American League comeback player of the year on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Re-emerging with the Los Angeles Dodgers after two injury-shortened seasons with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, Nomar Garciaparra was voted NL Comeback Player of the Year.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wizards boost playoff hopes with 2-1 win (AP)
AP - KANSAS CITY, Mo. &#151; The Wizards defeated Chivas USA 2-1 Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium to give their playoff hopes a boost.

Yelle helps Flames rally to beat Oilers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.3d6be316d0b34c62824c143ba5a4a43d.nhl_oilers_flames_hockey_jmc103.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=k32oR0FiNmpvE1.g2hpkzw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Thoresen, right, collides with Calgary Flames' Jamie Lundmark during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stephane Yelle scored the tying goal and assisted on Marcus Nilson's game-winner as the Calgary Flames rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, earning a split of their season-opening home-and-home series.</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.

Steelers CB Colclough out for season (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ricardo Colclough will miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury that apparently developed during the bye week. Colclough's fumbled punt on only his fourth career return led to Cincinnati's pivotal score in the Steelers' last game, a 28-20 loss to the Bengals on Sept.

Goodell meets mayors of L.A., Anaheim (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...

Another one for Nash?
ROME &ndash; Steve Nash will try to earn a third straight MVP award this season. Really.

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.

Bogut injured in Bucks' scrimmage (AP)
Bucks center Andrew Bogut left the court in the third quarter during a team scrimmage Saturday after banging his leg into Steve Blake's knee. Bogut, who did not return to the game, was diagnosed with a contusion on his lower left leg. Bucks coach Terry Stotts said Bogut, the first pick in the 2005 draft, was "going to be all right" and is listed as day-to-day.

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.

Langdon leads CSKA Moscow past Clippers (AP)
Trajan Langdon scored 17 points and Tomas Van Den Spiegel added 16 to lead CSKA Moscow to a 94-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in an exhibition game Saturday. Center Chris Kaman had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Corey Maggette scored 13 points for the Clippers, one of four NBA teams taking part in a European preseason tour and the first to play in Russia since the Atlanta Hawks in 1988.

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.

Kwame Brown more comfortable with Lakers (AP)
Simply catching the ball was a challenge for Kwame Brown last season. Through five days of training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers, that's something he now has a handle on. It's all about comfort. "It's not thinking as much," Brown said after practice Saturday. "I'm not as anxious. You can't do anything without the ball.

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.

Rangers win in 13th round of shootout (AP)
One by one, shots were turned away, pucks fired wide or smacked into a glove. With a shootout dragging on toward near-record length, all Marcel Hossa wanted was to get out early. "I didn't want to do any fake moves," Hossa said. "I just wanted to shoot it right away." Hossa took quick aim on Antero Niittymaki and slipped the puck between the pads in the 13th round of a shootout to give the New York...

Caps hand Hurricanes third straight loss (AP)
Everyone knew the Washington Capitals had one fantastic young Russian left wing named Alexander: Ovechkin, last season's Calder Trophy winner. Well, now it appears the Capitals have two players who fit that description, because Alexander Semin is back in the NHL and taking some of the load off his teammate's shoulders.

Hasek, Red Wings shut out Penguins (AP)
Detroit's offense is a work in progress now that Brendan Shanahan has moved on and Steve Yzerman has retired. With a healthy Dominik Hasek in net and Nicklas Lidstrom along the blue line, there's nothing wrong with the Red Wings' defense. Lidstrom and Detroit's blanketing defense held Pittsburgh to 13 shots, Johan Franzen scored the pivotal goal off a rebound in the first period and the Red Wings...

Sabres stay unbeaten, hold off Senators (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres are fine with close games, as long as they keep winning them. Chris Drury had a goal and an assist and Daniel Briere had two assists to help Buffalo extend its season-opening winning streak to three with a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Jason Pominville, who scored the overtime winner that eliminated Ottawa from the playoffs last season, benefited from...

Kings extend Blues' record road skid (AP)
Alexander Frolov scored the tiebreaking goal and rookie forward Anze Kopitar had three assists as the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night. Mathieu Garon stopped 35 shots to help the Kings improve to 8-0-4 in their last 12 home openers. Lubomir Visnovsky, Michael Cammalleri and Brent Sopel also scored for the Kings, whose last loss in a home opener was a 5-2 defeat to...

Nabokov, Sharks blank Islanders (AP)
Matt Carle made eye contact and slipped into the slot just as Patrick Marleau delivered a crisp pass into the middle. Two games, two goals for the quiet rookie defenseman. Carle and Christian Ehrhoff both scored in the first period and the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Islanders 2-0 Saturday night.

Nash lifts Blue Jackets past Blackhawks (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't panic after falling behind by two goals early in the game. Rick Nash scored twice as Columbus rallied with five straight goals, and then held for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Jaroslav Balastik, Manny Malhotra and Duvie Westcott also scored as the Blue Jackets went 3-for-8 on the power play and spoiled Chicago's home opener before a...

Rolston rallies Wild past Predators 6-5 (AP)
They don't play the offense-friendly NHL All-Star game in October, but for a few of the Nashville Predators, it's starting to feel that way. The Predators have surrendered 14 goals in their first two games and are 0-2-0 after their 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. "We've got 11 goals in the two games and don't have a point to show for it.

Hossa, Lehtonen power Thrashers in rout (AP)
Marian Hossa knew the Atlanta Thrashers needed to play well the entire game, not just one period. Hossa had two goals and an assist, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots to power the Atlanta Thrashers to a 6-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Slava Kozlov added a goal and two assists for the Thrashers, who lost a 3-2 shootout to Tampa Bay in their season opener on Thursday night.

Ducks continue domination of Coyotes (AP)
After reaching the Western Conference finals last spring, the Anaheim Ducks began this season with lofty expectations. They've done nothing to dispel them so far. Behind Ilya Bryzgalov's 34 saves, the Ducks improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 victory over Phoenix Saturday night. Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner each scored for Anaheim, which beat Los Angeles 4-3 one night earlier.

Winning moments
Sunday's race may or may not go well for David Gilliland, but he came up big Saturday at Talladega.

Mark Martin storms back to win first truck race at Talladega (SportsTicker)

Martin wins inaugural Talladega truck race. (AP)
Mark Martin won the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, coming back from a lap down and holding on after series leader Todd Bodine was penalized for passing illegally nine laps from the end.

NASCAR changes plates, slows speeds; Gilliland wins pole (SportsTicker)

Gilliland takes first career pole (AP)
David Gilliland had to fight to get NASCAR approval to race at Talladega Superspeedway.

New sponsor, new image for Harvick (AP)
Kevin Harvick has been trying to form his own identity on the racetrack since the first day he sat in the driver's seat previously occupied by Dale Earnhardt.

NASCAR changes restrictor plates to slow speeds at Talladega (AP)
As the speeds inched frighteningly close to 200 mph at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials were adamant everything was fine.

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

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