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NEWS FROM 2006-10-09
Carpenter and Cardinals eliminate Padres
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.e617618f704b49b0be221d7693bba636.padres_cardinals_nlds_baseball_motg111.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=PCczHKlD65uCf2GjPDPTVA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates after scoring on a triple by Juan Encarnacion in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres in Game 4 of the National League Division Series baseball game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Standing on a folding chair in a raucous clubhouse, Albert Pujols sprayed champagne in every direction. Teammates got soaked — even owners — no one was immune.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O. silenced as Eagles dominate Cowboys
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_cowboys_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.9facb9867fa244ac93ae0d9101958ed8.eagles_cowboys_football_pxs132.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=wILHOM0yWP5H7z46xrsjXg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens, right, pushes Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Lito Sheppard after failing to make a catch in the fourth quarter of their football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won, 38-24. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Terrell Owens watching from the sideline, Donovan McNabb turned ordinary receivers into big-time playmakers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers rally past Steelers in 2nd half
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_steelers_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.fb2ba897b5004e5c92d39a78c99e3dfa.steelers_chargers_football_cacc105.jpg?x=72&y=130&sig=S._pnUeBva.l6O3jOMIiRA--" align="left" height="130" width="72" alt="San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd catchs a 9-yard pass in the end zone over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend for a touchdown during the first half of their NFL football game in San Diego, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - With a flurry of passes, Philip Rivers beat Big Ben, wiped away the memories of "Martyball" and helped the San Diego Chargers make a pretty big statement.</p><br clear="all"/>
Torre's future with Yankees in doubt?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.6579ac9e446a462f991858ad3313a7b6.yankees_baseball_nyy115.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=uPPOu0P_lhcJaBkS7G3n8w--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang drives away from Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 in New York. The Yankees were knocked out of the post-season by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth game of the American League Division Series Saturday in Detroit. It is the second time in two seasons the Yankees did not advance past the Division Series. Wang was supposed to pitch Game 5 at Yankee Stadium , if necessary. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Torre was absent Sunday. Alex Rodriguez, too. And the New York Yankees made no announcement about changing managers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johnson furious after Vickers' victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_talladega"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.0607611783ca42da8ec140d285659abf.nascar_talladega_auto_racing_alrc108.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=u8pkVMxxJXyLYfD88HdftQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Jeff Gordon (24), Casey Mears (42), Martin Truex Jr., (1), Jamie McMurray (26) and Greg Biffle (16) are involved in a wreck going into Turn 1 on the 137th lap of the NASCAR UAW-Ford 500 auto race, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Greg McWilliams)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brian Vickers isn't allowed to attend Hendrick Motorsports team meetings. Now he might not even be allowed in the building.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bush, Young and Leinart have big impacts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.dcbfa96f5c1840ed9ad33ab12537cb9f.buccaneers_saints_football_laab113.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=0T400pyNErzuoUwHo6RouQ--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush (25) laughs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (7) after their NFL football game at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. With Bush's touchdown the Saints won 24-21.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)" border="0" /></a>AP - The big-name rookies spent a lot more time in the spotlight than Terrell Owens.</p><br clear="all"/>
Parker scores 27 as Spurs down Maccabi
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_maccabi_tel_aviv"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.dacf5e4906c94ffbb79e5621c9b9883e.france_nba_europe_live_tour_xfm119.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=lvXy91IQSl5.H3_vqjKBkw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, right, runs with the ball front of Yotam Halperin, left, and Lioir Elyahu, center, of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv during an exhibition match in Bercy Stadium Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. The San Antonio Spurs are in Paris as part of NBA Europe Live tour, a promotional event which brought four NBA teams, the Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs to Europe. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Parker scored 27 points in front of his home fans to lead the San Antonio Spurs over Maccabi Tel Aviv 97-84 Sunday in an exhibition game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steinbrenner has harsh words for Yankees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_steinbrenner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.b1e687ab3aa248518b310c8d0ee77a03.yankees_tigers_baseball_mips118.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=mUhPF85kXnaxB_uEaaEcYw--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="New York Yankees including Randy Johnson, leaning forward, watch from the dugout in the ninth inning of Game 4 of their American League Divisional Series baseball game in Detroit, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. The Tigers beat the Yankees 8-3 to win the series, 3-1.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said he was "deeply disappointed" at his team's elimination in the first round of the AL playoffs, calling it a "sad failure."</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards boost playoff hopes with 2-1 win
AP - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Wizards defeated Chivas USA 2-1 Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium to give their playoff hopes a boost.
Svatos scores twice to help Avs win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.0a16b3b93cf349c5a373b13e4cb7e197.canucks_avalanche_hockey_dxa109.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=tB5leMrN.taucdpD1MlZ_w--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Colorado Avalanche right winger Marek Svatos, left, of Slovakia is congratulated by defenseman Brett Clark after Svatos scored the winning goal in the third period of the Avalanche's 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL hockey game in Denver, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marek Svatos can't tell a lie — the puck went off his skate.</p><br clear="all"/>
PHILADELPHIA – In his much-anticipated return, Terrell Owens was a non-factor while Donovan McNabb flourished.
McNabb, Eagles make T.O. a non-factor (AP)
With Terrell Owens watching from the sideline, Donovan McNabb turned ordinary receivers into big-time playmakers. McNabb threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Reggie Brown and 87 yards to Hank Baskett, and Lito Sheppard returned an interception 102 yards in the final minute to seal the Eagles' 38-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Bears keep rolling, rip Bills 40-7 (AP)
Calling the Chicago Bears an offensive juggernaut might seem to defy logic, tradition and the lineage of gritty defenders from Butkus to Singletary to Urlacher. Believe it. Getting a huge boost from their trademark defense, the Bears scored the first five times they had the ball Sunday and ruined the homecoming of former coach Dick Jauron with a 40-7 drubbing of Jauron's Buffalo Bills to go 5-0 for...
Rivers leads Chargers over Steelers (AP)
With a flurry of passes, Philip Rivers beat Big Ben, wiped away the memories of "Martyball" and helped the San Diego Chargers make a pretty big statement. Rivers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates midway through the third quarter that boosted the San Diego Chargers to a 23-13 victory over the slumping Super Bowl champions Sunday night.
Manning, Colts struggle to beat Titans (AP)
Peyton Manning has mastered the great escape. Now the Indianapolis Colts want to make things a little easier for their quarterback. For the third straight week, the two-time MVP led Indianapolis on a late touchdown drive, this time throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 5:10 left to give the Colts a 14-13 victory -- and avoid Tennessee's improbable upset bid Sunday.
Bush's first TD makes winners of Saints (AP)
With a few waves, Reggie Bush beckoned the crowd to its feet as he awaited a critical punt. Soon, he would have all of them in ecstasy. Shut out of the end zone in his first four games as a pro, Bush took the punt 65 yards with under five minutes to lift the New Orleans Saints to a 24-21 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Jaguars rip Jets 41-0, end two-game skid (AP)
Defensive tackle John Henderson jumped up and down at the goal line, shaking his head from side to side and screaming at the top of his lungs. He wanted a stop. He wanted a shutout. He wanted redemption after an embarrassing defensive performance at Washington. He got all three. The Jacksonville Jaguars scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, quickly rebounding from consecutive...
Resurgent Giants top Redskins 19-3 (AP)
Don't write off the New York Giants' defense just yet. For that matter, don't write off the defending division champions, either. Shrugging off intense criticism and the always treacherous bye week, the Giants rediscovered the team that won a division title a year ago. For at least a week, New York also renewed its own hopes that this team is still capable of big things.
Harrington struggles, Pats top Dolphins (AP)
Joey Harrington didn't fare much better than the quarterback he replaced. It just didn't hurt as much. Asante Samuel intercepted two passes by the substitute starter after 21 sacks in four games sidelined Daunte Culpepper with a bruised shoulder and the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 20-10 Sunday.
Vikings rally in fourth, top Lions 26-17 (AP)
Trailing by 14 points to start the fourth quarter against hapless Detroit, somebody on the Minnesota Vikings had to put the ball in the end zone. The offense sure wasn't having much luck, so the defense took over, delivering an effort that would make the old Purple People Eaters proud. The Vikings scored two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rescue the struggling offense, turning a 17-3...
Another one for Nash?
ROME – Steve Nash will try to earn a third straight MVP award this season. Really.
Parker's 27 help Spurs top Maccabi 97-84 (AP)
Tony Parker scored 27 points in front of his home fans to lead the San Antonio Spurs over Maccabi Tel Aviv 97-84 Sunday in an exhibition game. Tim Duncan added 15 points, while Manu Ginobili scored 10 to give the Spurs their second straight win in France. "It's been a long week," said Parker, who scored 26 points against Asvel Villeurbane on Thursday.
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.
James thrills fans at Cavs scrimmage (AP)
The fans came out to see their hometown hero dunk. They finally got their wish with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter when LeBron James took flight, threw down a vicious dunk, jumped over a cameraman and ran right out of James A. Rhodes Arena. It was one of the highlights of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Wine and Gold Scrimmage at the University of Akron on Saturday.
Wright looking for chance with Heat (AP)
Unlike the vast majority of NBA players, Dorell Wright is still growing. He was 6-foot-7 when the Miami Heat drafted him out of Connecticut's South Kent Prep in 2004, and didn't grow much during his first two seasons as a little-used reserve. Yet this past summer, the 20-year-old Wright got noticeably taller, reporting for camp at nearly 6-9.
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.
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.
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.
Svatos' two goals lift Avalanche to win (AP)
When the goals aren't coming, take it out on the hockey stick. Colorado forward Marek Svatos cut an inch off his stick and scored his first two goals of the season during the Avalanche's 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. "If that's all it takes, I'm going to go shorter and shorter on the stick every day," said Svatos, who scored 32 goals last season.
Rangers top Flyers in 13th round of SO (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.
Red Wings' Hasek defeats Penguins 2-0 (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)
Anze Kopitar is off to a fast start in the NHL. The rookie forward had three assists, including one on Alexander Frolov's tiebreaking goal, to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night. Kopitar, a 19-year-old center who became the first Slovenian born player to be drafted in the NHL when the Kings selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft, had a pair of...
Sharks' Nabokov beats Islanders 2-0 (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 over 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 leads 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.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Sunday's finish at Talladega wasn't pretty. Nor was the fan behavior.
Vickers spins leaders to steal Talladega win (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's jaw was locked tight, the emotion in his eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses. He searched for the right words to explain the breach of trust he'd just experienced, but wasn't sure what to say.
Johnson suffers a second straight disappointment (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) - A great day for both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned into disaster in the matter of seconds.
Vickers takes out Johnson, Earnhardt to win at Talladega (SportsTicker)
Fans love Junior; Gordon doesn't (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. can do no wrong at Talladega -- at least as far as the fans are concerned.
Gordon takes hit in Chase. (AP)
Jeff Gordon's championship hopes took a hit Sunday when the four-time NASCAR champion got caught up in an 11-car crash midway through the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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.
Gilliland takes first career pole (AP)
David Gilliland had to fight to get NASCAR approval to race at Talladega Superspeedway.