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Inge powers Tigers past A's in Game 1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_alcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.8d07f3017f9a41dcac8d1ee2dad17bf3.alcs_tigers_athletics_baseball_oas118.jpg?x=130&y=124&sig=STcG5DDsycuddP3djqp3kA--" align="left" height="124" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge hits an RBI double off Oakland Athletics' Barry Zito in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Tigers thrived all season with strong pitching, dependable defense and home runs from most every spot in the order. The formula that worked so well this year for Jim Leyland's club is what gave Detroit the lead over Oakland in the AL championship series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Joe Torre remains as manager of Yankees (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_torre"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.ff78364d54674860806506e118d01255.torre_yankees_manager_baseball_nyff101.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=bO_t8grG4dp9fwyPYtoYXQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="New York Yankees manager Joe Torre speaks during a news conference at Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now Joe Torre has to lead the New York Yankees back to the World Series, as if he didn't know that already.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mets, Cardinals set to play for pennant (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.59f44ea35f3c4d0ab4c224f8b1604c95.nlcs_mets_baseball_nys108.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=vyRK0663qt8LIK.PaeAPVA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine warms up during practice for baseball's National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. Glavine will start Game 1 of the playoff series Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - After cruising through a sensational regular season, Tom Glavine and the New York Mets are trying to reach the World Series with a makeshift pitching rotation.</p><br clear="all"/>

Johnson not ready to forgive Vickers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_johnson_vickers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061008/capt.3062a9aa93a44cc0971e5ef17413f737.nascar_talladega_auto_racing_alrc113.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=jvLkKi0PpfKWUHwAXjaTtw--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8), Jimmie Johnson (48) and Brian Vickers (25) are involved in a wreck on Turn 3 on the last lap of the of the NASCAR UAW-Ford 500 auto race, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Vickers won the race. (AP Photo/Mark Young)" border="0" /></a>AP - Here's one thing race fans won't see any time soon: Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers buddying up at the track, or anywhere else.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wild's spending spree paying dividends (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.19975638d00d435b921cfce5dff8fd14.canucks_wild_hockey_mnah104.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=.rE1OiWM0_L3HPJiz54iJg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Minnesota Wild defenseman Petteri Nummelin, right, of Finland, fires the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, left, for the winning goal during a shootout in an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. The Wild beat the Canucks 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Wild's big investment is paying off early in the season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Column: Cowboys start matches expectations (AP)
AP - A quarter of the way into their season, the Dallas Cowboys have done little more than maintain their status quo and live up to expectations.

Adam Morrison impressive in pro debut (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_bobcats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.5dfc6e99c8794fdd99444329b0fc51a6.magic_bobcats_basketball_nccb103.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=rhPswvTHTEYNiMwfyYCwqQ--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Charlotte Bobcats' Adam Morrison (35) shoots over Orlando Magic's Jackie Manuel (23) to make a 3-point shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter in a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwight Howard had 18 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Orlando Magic to a 107-90 preseason victory over Charlotte, offsetting an impressive pro debut by Adam Morrison of the Bobcats.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zito is a zero in A's ALCS opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_alcs_athletics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.2882e6dcd59148c68a30c91d2e01f346.alcs_tigers_athletics_baseball_oas121.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=uYC7dbWda5Ektnkzbju_oQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics starter Barry Zito, right, reacts during the third innnig against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. At left is catcher Jason Kendall. The Tigers defeated the A's 5-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Zito always maintains his California cool off the mound &#151; even after getting roughed up by the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the AL championship series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Italy out of trouble; England slumping? (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro2008_preview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.f04605b2b2304ca4a0fa094a39e9250e.georgia__soccer_euro_2008_italy_xel103.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=C1FFODcPJWVNcmgU21HJhg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Italian national soccer team coach Roberto Donadoni talks during a press conference following a practice session at the Boris Paichadze National Stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, in view of the 2008 European Championship qualifiers match against Georgia, on Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Italy seems to be climbing out if its post-World Cup slump. England is in danger of falling into one, and that means trouble for coach Steve McClaren.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sopel burns ex-mates as Kings top Isles (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.c2823fbedac343fb98e32b2d0d361f06.islanders_kings_hockey_las105.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=nOms17LAg2V8GnVZVT6jgQ--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings' Sean Avery celebrates teammate Brent Sopel's (not shown) goal against New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro , right, as Islanders Radek Martinek, from the Czech Republic, looks on during the second period of their hockey game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Islanders thought Brent Sopel didn't have anything more to give them, so they traded him to the Los Angeles Kings.</p><br clear="all"/>

Spread the blame
Drew Bledsoe deserves some blame, but the Cowboys' offensive woes go much deeper than QB play.

Former Rams RB Phillips faces 20 years (AP)
Former NFL and Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips was convicted Tuesday of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon for driving a car at a group of young men, injuring three. The 31-year-old Phillips drove onto a field near Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after losing a pickup football game on Aug.

Broncos cut Sauerbrun after ban ends (AP)
Todd Sauerbrun may have taught Paul Ernster a little too well. The Denver Broncos cut the veteran punter Tuesday, the day he was supposed to come back from a four-game suspension for using the banned dietary supplement ephedra. The Broncos confirmed his release in a two-sentence press release, but team officials didn't respond to requests for more comments.

Redskins sign K Novak to replace Hall (AP)
Nick Novak is taking over from John Hall as the Washington Redskins' kicker for the second time in as many years. The Redskins signed Novak on Tuesday after the former University of Maryland kicker won a four-way competition among available free agents. He'll handle the kicking duties in Sunday's game against Tennessee.

Ravens' plane lands early to treat Ivy (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens' team plane made an unscheduled landing early Tuesday in Pittsburgh so cornerback Corey Ivy could go to a hospital to treat a kidney injury. Ivy was in stable condition at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, where he was expected to stay at least through Wednesday for testing, observation and examination by renal specialists, according to a team statement.

Vikings sign WR Johnson, cut QB Henson (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver Bethel Johnson on Tuesday, and cut quarterback Drew Henson from the practice squad. The Vikings also released receiver Maurice Mann to make room on the active roster for Johnson. Johnson, a second-round draft pick by New England out of Texas A&M in 2003, never developed as an offensive threat for the Patriots and was traded to New Orleans this summer.

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...

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.

Makes and Misses: Putting out camp fires
Readers asked some burning training camp questions about the progress of Darko and Amare.

Pistons rout Heat in preseason opener (AP)
Nazr Mohammed had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to an 84-64 victory over Miami on Tuesday night as the Heat's Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade watched most of the exhibition game from the bench. The two came out of the game with the defending NBA champions leading 13-12 in the first quarter, and the Pistons quickly took a lead they never relinquished in the preseason...

U.S. may host 2008 Olympic qualifier (AP)
The United States could have home-court advantage in its quest to qualify for the Olympics. USA Basketball will learn Monday if it will host next year's FIBA Americas tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Games. Venezuela beat out Chile earlier this year for the right to host the 10-nation event that will send two teams to the Olympics.

Pacers' Jackson apologizes for incident (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson is "happy to be alive," after being punched in the mouth and hit by a car during a fight at a strip club in which police say he fired a gun in the air. "I want to apologize to my teammates, to the fans and to this organization," Jackson said Tuesday after his first practice since the fight early Friday.

LeBron plays little in preseason opener (AP)
Here's a change, LeBron James was a witness. James observed most of Cleveland's exhibition opener from the bench, while Paul Pierce scored 17 points to rally the Boston Celtics to a 109-93 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. James played just 17 minutes, scoring six points with two rebounds and three assists before being pulled by coach Mike Brown, who wants to cut his superstar's minutes...

Magic spoil Morrison's debut for Bobcats (AP)
Dwight Howard had 18 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Orlando Magic to a 107-90 preseason victory over Charlotte, offsetting an impressive pro debut by Adam Morrison of the Bobcats. Morrison, who led the nation in scoring last season at Gonzaga with a 28.1 average and was the third overall pick in the NBA draft, had a game-high 19 points.

Lakers top Jazz in preseason opener (AP)
Lamar Odom scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 94-79 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Sasha Vujacic and Smush Parker each had 13 points for Los Angeles, which played without guard Kobe Bryant, who rested an injured knee, and center Chris Mihm, who has an ankle problem.

Gay gets Grizzlies past Yao-less Rockets (AP)
Rudy Gay scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 12-point second-half deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 75-69 Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Houston scored 20 points on 7-of-37 shooting in the second half as reserves played almost the entire game.

Forsberg powers Flyers past Rangers 4-2 (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers needed only three days to get back at the New York Rangers. Flyers captain Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists, and Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves as Philadelphia beat New York 4-2 Tuesday night for its first win of the season. "This was a huge win for us," said Niittymaki, who lost a 13-round shootout to the Rangers at home on Saturday.

Kings hand Islanders third straight loss (AP)
The New York Islanders thought Brent Sopel didn't have anything more to give them, so they traded him to the Los Angeles Kings. Sopel got a measure of payback on Tuesday night, scoring the go-ahead goal on a power play with 6 seconds left in the second period to lead the Kings to a 4-2 victory. The goal was Sopel's second in three games, matching his entire total in 68 games last season with the...

Coyotes D Ballard out up to five weeks (AP)
Rookie defenseman Keith Yandle was recalled Tuesday by the Phoenix Coyotes from their AHL affiliate in San Antonio to replace injured Keith Ballard. The Coyotes said Ballard will be sidelined for up to five weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand during Monday night's 5-1 loss at Columbus. Ballard, who played all 82 games as a rookie last season, blocked a shot with his right hand in the first...

Nummelin lifts Wild past Canucks in SO (AP)
Manny Fernandez entered Tuesday night's game against rival Vancouver determined to put his last ugly outing behind him. He did just that, saving 30 shots in a duel with Roberto Luongo, who was beat on a nifty double-move backhander by Petteri Nummelin in the shootout that lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks.

Thrashers' Lehtonen beats Lightning 1-0 (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 keeps Sharks 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...

Ducks' Giguere beats winless Blues 2-0 (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 top Auld, Panthers 2-1 in SO (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 past 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...

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...

Chase chances: Week 5
Mark Martin is moving up and Jeff Gordon is slipping as the Chase nears its midpoint.

Jimmie Johnson not in a forgiving mood (AP)
Here's one thing race fans won't see any time soon: Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers buddying up at the track, or anywhere else.

David Reutimann completes Waltrip Cup lineup (AP)
David Reutimann, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular this season, will move up to the Nextel Cup series in 2007 with the new Michael Waltrip Racing team.

Kenseth moving up in the points (AP)
I guess Talladega lived up to the hype. Thankfully, we weren't a part of the drama.

Reutimann named Nextel Cup third driver for Waltrip Racing (SportsTicker)
CORNELIUS, North Carolina (Ticker) - David Reutimann will upgrade from a truck to a stock car next season.

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.

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