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Broncos ice Ravens' McNair, win 13-3 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_ravens_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.85721f5fe6e84538920b45f0db395e2c.ravens_broncos_football_dxs106.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=Mq8AYdRXru4kl4QV91kOZQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Clarence Moore (84) during the second quarter of their football game Monday, Oct. 9. 2006, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - If being disrespected means Champ Bailey gets more lob passes thrown his way in the end zone, then the Denver Broncos won't complain anymore about their dominant defense being dissed. The Broncos (3-1) intercepted three of Steve McNair's passes &#151; including a leaping end-zone pick by Bailey just before halftime &#151; to hand the Ravens (4-1) their first loss with a 13-3 win on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zherdev powers Blue Jackets past Coyotes (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.5733482ece634137aef20d338feea385.coyotes_blue_jackets_hockey_ohjl106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=gOyUmMLV8rwIDKy5diSUwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Columbus Blue Jackets' Nikolai Zherdev, of the Ukraine, skates up ice against the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. Zherdev scored two goals as the Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes 5-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nikolai Zherdev's fast start will have every NHL player wanting to skip training camp.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zito now A's Big One heading into ALCS (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_alcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.4cf0f943732d4eefa4031eb6c2417836.alcs_athletics_baseball_oas108.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=dMFaNfxs3BYToVjjSPj.cQ--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito warms up during the team's baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2006. Zito will be the starting pitcher in Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - For most of his career, Barry Zito has been defined as much by his teammates as his nasty, looping curveball.</p><br clear="all"/>

Torre's status with Yankees uncertain (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.a161df3385dd47629d365b82874d301b.yankees_future_ny158.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=Q.5gwd95baxFUse9odv8iA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="New York Yankees team owner George Steinbrenner, left, and general manager Brian Cashman, right, look on at batting practice at spring training, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in Tampa. Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boss has left town, leaving the New York Yankees with their manager still in place &#151; for now.</p><br clear="all"/>

Arizona Cardinals lose star receiver (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cardinals_fitzgerald"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.d4ad328899934f718d060384db300979.chiefs_cardinals_football_azmy117.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=1UoAWubUPq.o813SJfKUdg--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald watches from the slideline after injuring his hamstring during the second quarter of a football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 at Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Leinart had one thing going for him as he began learning on the job: two of the best targets in football.</p><br clear="all"/>

Column: T.O. publishing children's books (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_tim_dahlberg"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.81b0c41c77fd4a9f8fe7f4c1ae22eda6.cowboys_eagles_football_pxs117.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=X8seGw5n4qj_Hd26wB87lg--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens yells toward Philadelphia Eagles fans during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct, 8, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 38-24. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - The days just don't seem long enough for all Terrell Owens tries to pack into them. With adjusting to a new team, trying to settle old scores and figuring out how many pain pills he's already taken, it's a wonder he has time to do anything else.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bogut faces eight weeks out with leg injury (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061010/sp_nm/nba_bogut_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061010/2006_10_10t015801_339x450_us_nba_bogut.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=Y63A0iTKboli.b3WUsA1PA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Australia's Andrew Bogut dunks against Lithuania during their first round match at the World Basketball Championships in Hamamatsu, Japan August 23, 2006. The Milwaukee Bucks center faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines after the Australian picked up a leg injury at the weekend, his team announced on Monday. (Issei Kato/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines after the Australian picked up a leg injury at the weekend, his team announced on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mets to take close look at Floyd's foot (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.c6c975242ba040b886baa3a175bcbd91.aptopix_mets_dodgers_baseball_cafs119.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=Yl63Pu7leF.5J2SYurYoiQ--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Cliff Floyd, left, slides into home plate as teammate Jose Valentin raises his arms in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 3 of the NLDS baseball series in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Floyd was taken out of the game with a strained Achilles in the Mets' 9-5 victory.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cliff Floyd's injured left foot will be the focus when the New York Mets work out Tuesday ahead of the NL championship series opener against St. Louis, and general manager Omar Minaya acknowledged it would be a risk to keep the outfielder on the roster.</p><br clear="all"/>

Column: England needs David Beckham (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061009/capt.8f2ea23c159c4e7da28a939f9ca06fe9.soccer_extra_time_th103.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=3N5spDRbuc2JEBZMI4tBxQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="England's David Beckham reacts on the sideline during the quarterfinal World Cup soccer match between England and Portugal in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in this Saturday, July 1, 2006 file photo. England lost 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout. Bring back Beckham ! England's 0-0 draw at home against modest Macedonia showed that coach Steve McClaren was too hasty in dumping the former captain whose expertly hit free kick took England to the World Cup quarterfinals _ only to be told he was no longer in the new coach's plans. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bring back Beckham! England's 0-0 draw at home against modest Macedonia showed that coach Steve McClaren was too hasty in dumping the former captain whose expert free kicks took England to the World Cup quarterfinals &#151; only to be told he was not in the new coach's plans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giguere, Ducks beat Blues 2-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blues_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.314f77e9e7854faf96bb19ed5054a6d3.blues_ducks_hockey_ksd103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=i7o8dYL_0.Fl.vmAtGOqlw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Scott Niedermayer, center, prevents St. Louis Blues' Keith Tkachuk, left, from scoring a a goal against Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the first period of their hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jean-Sebastien Giguere might be making the most of the goalie competition in Anaheim.</p><br clear="all"/>

Armed and dangerous
Three rookie QBs took the helm on Sunday and were all impressive despite failing to lead their teams to victory.

Broncos deal Ravens first loss, 13-3 (AP)
If being disrespected means Champ Bailey gets more lob passes thrown his way in the end zone, then the Denver Broncos won't complain anymore about their dominant defense being dissed. The Broncos (3-1) intercepted three of Steve McNair's passes -- including a leaping end-zone pick by Bailey just before halftime -- to hand the Ravens (4-1) their first loss with a 13-3 win on Monday night.

Jaguars LB Peterson out for season (AP)
Already missing their best pass rusher, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without their best tackler for the rest of the season. Linebacker Mike Peterson, the team's top tackler the last three years, tore a pectoral muscle in the 41-0 victory against the New York Jets on Sunday and is out for the season.

QB Harrington to remain Dolphins starter (AP)
There's no mystery this week. Joey Harrington will remain as the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback. For now, anyway. Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Monday that when his team opens practice for next Sunday's visit to the New York Jets, Harrington will be the first-stringer. Daunte Culpepper will enter a rehab-type program designed to help restore some explosive movement in his surgically rebuilt...

Cardinals WR Fitzgerald out 2 to 5 weeks (AP)
Matt Leinart had one thing going for him as he began learning on the job: two of the best targets in football. Make that one, at least for awhile. The struggling Arizona Cardinals lost Larry Fitzgerald for perhaps a month or more with a hamstring injury, meaning Leinart will make his second NFL start against the vaunted Chicago Bears defense without his Pro Bowl receiver.

T.O. won't be getting a new QB this week (AP)
Like it or not, Terrell Owens will still be catching passes from Drew Bledsoe this week. Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells stood by his quarterback Monday, instead blaming the offensive line for most of Bledsoe's mistakes in a 38-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm not switching the quarterback," Parcells said.

Eagles' focus off T.O., onto Saints (AP)
Brian Dawkins hadn't even walked off the field following the Eagles' impressive victory over Dallas when he began looking ahead to the next game. "Stay on an even keel," Dawkins shouted to teammates, reporters and anyone within distance. "We have a tough one coming up against New Orleans." All the hype surrounding T.O.'s return to Philadelphia overshadowed the importance of a game the Eagles had to...

Buzz about Bears growing with each win (AP)
Week by week, the buzz is building. It's getting loud enough to jog memories of the team that shuffled to the championship, even if the Super Bowl is months away. The volume was high after the Chicago Bears beat the Buffalo Bills 40-7 to improve to 5-0 Sunday. The contributions came from four areas: a defense that fell about a minute shy of a shutout, an offense that clicked again, and special teams...

Steelers to play catchup after bad start (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have reached the defining moment of their season, their losing streak at three games and their quarterback rusty and ineffective following an injury layoff. The wide receivers' production has been spotty. The offensive line is having problems providing pass protection. There are trouble signs all around, and the season may be lost if there is not a turnaround this week.

Shockey undergoing tests on right ankle (AP)
Oft-injured Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants underwent a test near his right ankle on Monday and had another one scheduled for Tuesday. Shockey was forced off the field in Sunday's 19-3 win over Washington with what was described as a foot injury. X-rays after the game did not reveal any broken bones.

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

Bucks C Bogut out 6 to 8 weeks (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut will likely miss the beginning of the season with a lower left leg sprain that is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks. Bogut was helped off the court during a team scrimmage on Saturday after banging his leg into Steve Blake's knee. He did not return to the scrimmage.

Pacers' O'Neal may miss preseason opener (AP)
Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal expects to miss the Pacers' preseason opener against New Jersey on Wednesday because of a lawsuit stemming from the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans two years ago. O'Neal could testify on Tuesday or Wednesday, leaving him doubtful for the game. Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday morning in U.S.

Ex-Pacer Miller condemns Jackson (AP)
Former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller said Tuesday he doesn't understand why Stephen Jackson's teammates are standing by him following a violent incident outside an Indianapolis strip club. Police said Jackson fired a gun in the air in apparent self-defense early Friday after he was slugged in the mouth and struck by a car that sent him tumbling onto the hood.

Suns, 76ers benefit from touring Europe (AP)
After the canals of Venice and the Colosseum in Rome, it's the twin spires of the Cologne Cathedral for the Phoenix Suns. The Philadelphia 76ers are here, too, after the Gaudi and Ramblas of Barcelona. The two NBA teams are in Germany as part of their preseason tour of Europe and will play each other Tuesday in the Cologne Arena, across the Rhine River from the famous cathedral.

Raptors top Wizards in Bargnani's debut (AP)
Out at the top of the 3-point arc, Andrea Bargnani grabbed a loose ball and immediately rose to take his first shot as an NBA player. Not a shred of hesitation. The ball went in, part of the top overall draft pick's eight points and four rebounds in 13 1/2 minutes in the Toronto Raptors' 93-88 exhibition victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Lakers' Jackson returns to sidelines (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson attended a scrimmage and a good portion of his team's practice the past two days, and made his presence felt at Monday's workout. Jackson, who had right hip replacement surgery last Tuesday, jumped right in at practice and demanded his players run a part of the offense assistant coach Kurt Rambis was holding back.

Blazers name Patterson permanent GM (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers removed the interim tag from general manager Steve Patterson's title Monday. Patterson has been the team president since 2003 and said he will perform both jobs for as long owner Paul Allen wants him to. "I serve at the pleasure of the owner and whatever role he wants me play, I'm happy to do it," Patterson said late Monday.

Thrashers' Lehtonen posts second shutout (AP)
Kari Lehtonen plans to enjoy his fast start as long as he can. Lehtonen had 34 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored a first-period goal as the Thrashers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Monday night. "It was just one of those days when everything seems to go your way," Lehtonen said.

Toskala, Sharks stay unbeaten (AP)
Vesa Toskala made the most of his turn on the San Jose Sharks' goalie carousel. Toskala made 29 saves, and the San Jose Sharks got goals from four scorers Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames that kept them unbeaten in the young season. Coming off a shutout victory Saturday over the New York Islanders with Evgeni Nabokov in net, San Jose coach Ron Wilson went back to opening night...

Giguere, Ducks shut out winless Blues (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere might be making the most of the goalie competition in Anaheim. Giguere began training camp on equal terms with playoff standout Ilya Bryzgalov after four straight seasons as the Ducks' No. 1 goalie. It has led to a quick start. Giguere stopped 34 shots for his 22nd career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the St.

Leafs edge Panthers, 2-1 in shootout (AP)
Alex Auld played one of his best games of his career and knew what Mats Sundin was going to do in the shootout. But he still lost. Sundin and Darcy Tucker scored in the tiebreaker and the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame 47 saves from Auld in a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Sundin beat Auld in the shootout with a high shot to the glove side.

Zherdev leads Blue Jackets over Coyotes (AP)
Nikolai Zherdev flew around the world to display the great shape he's in. The 21-year-old Ukrainian proved preseason workouts are overrated by scoring two goals and leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. Zherdev missed all of preseason camp and the club's first two games, arriving in Columbus on Sunday from Russia after ironing out visa...

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...

Seconds and inches
TALLADEGA, Ala. &ndash; The difference between a good day and a bad one isn't much in NASCAR.

LMS adds extra security for Vickers (AP)
Lowe's Motor Speedway is beefing up security for driver Brian Vickers after angry race fans called the track to complain that Vickers wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson on the last lap at Talladega.

NASCAR tests COT at Talladega (AP)
NASCAR tested its ``Car of Tomorrow'' at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday in anticipation of its restrictor-plate debut next season.

Friendships at odds after Talladega tussle (AP)
Jeff and Jimmie, Brian and Ricky. They were the Hendrick Motorsports entourage -- NASCAR's very own version of the Rat Pack.

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.

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