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Yankees' Lidle killed in plane crash
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_plane_crash"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061012/capt.09cf30478def409c8c30d2a2ac883738.alcs_tigers_athletics_baseball_lidle_oas105.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=Ms803uYriIrCYDJ039bZ5g--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Detroit Tigers' Alexis Gomez, left crosses himself during a moment of silence for New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle before Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle never made his love of flying a secret. He was an avid pilot who viewed flying as an escape from the stress of professional baseball and a way to see the world in a different light.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lidle had 2 passions, pitching, flying
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_high_rise_plane_crash_lidle_profile"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.c1ca9625c0334c2bb88079ea5fd4a024.high_rise_plane_crash_lidle_ny144.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=e3s04KSXFSMheIhgaK7rxA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="New York Yankees starting pitcher Cory Lidle fires one in against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston in this Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 file photo. A small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing two people and raining flaming debris on sidewalks, authorities said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cory Lidle hoped to use his passion for flying to get away from a most difficult season. Criticized by former teammates in Philadelphia and attacked in the New York media, Lidle looked forward to piloting himself back home to California once the Yankees lost in the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers go up 2-0 with 8-5 win in Game 2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_alcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061012/capt.fce8b078bee547e6adc1a291e9345c72.alcs_tigers_athletics_baseball_oas223.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=quz6jLT4jjFkkn5HMXHaow--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Alexis Gomez celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Tigers' Craig Monroe scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alexis Gomez impressed his teammates time and again by routinely hitting long home runs. In batting practice, that is. Still, Jim Leyland trusted his gut and went with the little-used Gomez as Detroit's designated hitter for Game 2 of the American League championship series — yet another spot-on call by the Tigers manager this postseason. The result: a 2-0 advantage heading home to Motown.</p><br clear="all"/>
Game 1 of NLCS postponed by rain
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs_postponed"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.b2ea43b97ccd479fb09a28b821212435.nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_nys202.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=ElyG4orW7WCyBegOXdbXhw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Baseball fans seek shelter from the rain outside Shea Stadium before the start of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Mets might have to face Chris Carpenter sooner than expected.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pacers' Jackson charged in club fight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pacers_jackson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061010/capt.83b3886a715049a6a8e0afa4f069e906.pacers_jackson_basketball_na104.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=w0m8I2Hi8TEuaRZDQhi1sQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson leaves the court during the team's practice in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. Jackson apologized following the team's practice for his actions during a fight at a strip club in which police say he fired a gun in the air and was slugged in the mouth and hit by a car. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stephen Jackson's apology wasn't enough. The Indiana Pacers' guard was charged with a felony for criminal recklesness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct Wednesday by the Marion County prosecutor, five days after he fought with another group of men outside a strip club.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers LB Foley charged with DUI
AP - Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was charged Wednesday with drunken driving stemming from a confrontation last month with an off-duty Coronado police officer that resulted in Foley being shot three times.
NBA players aren't rolling out red carpet for new ball
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061012/sp_afp/basketnbaball"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061012/capt.sge.bdz87.121006073126.photo00.photo.default-342x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=hDdj2e7yDWIlvW1HW0vWHA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="NBA commissioner David Stern. Toronto Raptors speedy point guard TJ Ford is joining the growing chorus of National Basketball Association players who are complaining about the new Spalding game ball(AFP/Getty Images/File/Scott Wintrow)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Toronto Raptors speedy point guard TJ Ford is joining the growing chorus of National Basketball Association players who are complaining about the new Spalding game ball.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rookie Verlander earns win for Tigers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_alcs_tigers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061012/capt.c9d9759a45e54d1fbc8a091e424d6f58.alcs_tigers_athletics_baseball_oas209.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=u4Le8uyRGS9K.dflLR9lWg--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander winds up to deliver a pitch during the first inning in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Every time Justin Verlander looked as if he might be getting flustered, the Detroit Tigers rookie showed he has big league poise to go along with that 100 mph fastball.</p><br clear="all"/>
Croatia beats England; Italy wins again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.1904dfce57854cb7825b1f27ca304cce.croatia_soccer_euro_2008_england_xfh118.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=_3XrN_RvTM9yyAvmWcYtYA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="England's Gary Neville walks away as Croatian players, left to right, Josip Simunonic, Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka celebrate during Group E Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match in Zagreb, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2006. Croatia won 2-0.(AP Photo/Filip Horvat)" border="0" /></a>AP - Croatia beat England 2-0 Wednesday to leave its group wide open in European Championship qualifying, while World Cup winner Italy continued its resurgence and beat Georgia 3-1.</p><br clear="all"/>
Islanders nip Ducks 5-4 in shootout
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061012/capt.d6786a7e9aab48aea821946f84c906b6.islanders_ducks_hockey_ana105.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=61F6VvScFUCzNBCWZEyIdA--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="New York Islanders goalie Mike Dunham stops a shot from the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, October 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Islanders needed a six-round shootout and some stellar goaltending from Mike Dunham to get their first victory of the season. Mike York, Trent Hunter and Chris Simon scored in a 1:46 span of the second period, then York got the deciding goal in the shootout as Dunham outlasted Anaheim Ducks counterpart Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Breakfast of champions
Richard Seymour spent his "Off Day" discussing his waffles that "make you want to slap somebody."
Panthers' Morgan out for rest of season (AP)
The lingering effects of multiple concussions have ended Dan Morgan's season, but the Carolina Panthers' star linebacker is determined to play again. "Absolutely," Morgan said Wednesday. "I'm obviously frustrated, but I can turn that into a positive. I think that will make me that much more hungry to come back next season and have a great season." Morgan acknowledged he suffered a concussion in the...
Seahawks' Alexander won't play vs. Rams (AP)
League MVP Shaun Alexander will not play Sunday in Seattle's NFC West showdown at St. Louis despite recent tests that show the crack in his foot has diminished. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren declared Alexander out on Wednesday. Holmgren called him "iffy" on Monday after a new round of pictures of the left foot Alexander cracked Sept.
T.O. admits he is frustrated (AP)
Terrell Owens screamed it on the sideline against Philadelphia, in the locker room after a loss and repeated it again Wednesday: "Why am I here?" The volatile receiver admits he's frustrated with his role on the Dallas Cowboys, but not simply because he's off to his worst start in years. According to T.O., he'd be fine if Dallas was winning and he had mediocre statistics.
Manning skips Colts practice for funeral (AP)
Two-time MVP Peyton Manning missed the first regular-season practice of his nine-year career Wednesday so he could attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi. Manning was one of three Colts' Pro Bowl players excused from the workout. The others were defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders also were not on the field because they were getting treatment for injuries.
Chargers' Foley charged with DUI (AP)
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was charged Wednesday with drunken driving stemming from a confrontation last month with an off-duty Coronado police officer that resulted in Foley being shot three times. His arraignment on two counts of misdemeanor DUI was scheduled for Oct. 18, but he is not required to attend.
Falcons DE Abraham returns to practice (AP)
John Abraham pulled up his No. 55 jersey to about armpit level, as if he was trying to slip back into practice for the Atlanta Falcons without being noticed. If that was his intention, it didn't work. On Wednesday, everyone kept their eyes on the big defensive end, who put on a dominating show in the Falcons' season opener, but missed the last three games with a groin injury.
Culpepper says Harrington should start (AP)
Daunte Culpepper showed plenty of mobility Wednesday when it came to sidestepping talk of the argument he had with Dolphins coach Nick Saban during practice last week. "If you all really have got to know, would you all believe that really we were talking about the Florida-LSU game? He was all LSU and I was talking for Florida," Culpepper said.
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.
With the talented trio of Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter, the Nets will dominate the Atlantic Division again.
Pacers G Jackson faces felony charge (AP)
Now, Stephen Jackson is in trouble in two states. The Indiana Pacers guard, already on probation for his role in the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans two years ago, was to appear in court Thursday morning to face a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct in a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club last week.
Iverson's 28 help 76ers win Euro tourney (AP)
Allen Iverson scored 28 points Wednesday to help the Philadelphia 76ers defeat CSKA Moscow 85-71 and win a four-team basketball tournament. Samuel Dalembert added 15 points and 18 rebounds for the 76ers. "If he plays like that, it's going to be hard for anybody to beat us," Iverson said of his teammate.
Nuggets exercise option on Karl's deal (AP)
The Nuggets exercised their three-year option on coach George Karl's contract, keeping him with Denver through the 2009-10 season. Under Karl, the Nuggets have enjoyed their best stretch since joining the NBA in 1976. He was hired Jan. 27, 2005, leading the team to a 76-46 regular-season record and .628 winning percentage, "As we've said all along, we're committed to building a championship-caliber...
Stern feels new ball complaints will end (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern suspects complaints about his league's new ball will go away -- just as they did in soccer. Some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Steve Nash, have said the ball is sticky when dry and slippery when wet. "To make me feel better, I went back and looked at reactions when Adidas introduced its new soccer ball," Stern said Wednesday.
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.
LeBron plays 17 minutes in Cavs 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...
Hurricanes drop to 0-3-1 with loss (AP)
The Florida Panthers had another strong offensive game at home. Gary Roberts and Olli Jokinen each scored twice to help the Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 Wednesday night, keeping the defending Stanley Cup champions winless this season. Florida, which beat Boston 8-3 in its opener, has scored a franchise-best 14 goals in its first two home games.
Isles end worst start in team history (AP)
The New York Islanders needed a six-round shootout and some stellar goaltending from Mike Dunham to get their first victory of the season. Mike York, Trent Hunter and Chris Simon scored in a 1:46 span of the second period, then York got the deciding goal in the shootout as Dunham outlasted Anaheim Ducks counterpart Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night.
Wild sign Lemaire to mulityear extension (AP)
Galvanized by an influx of talent and experience added to the roster in the offseason, Jacques Lemaire signed a multiyear contract extension on Wednesday to remain the coach of the Minnesota Wild. Lemaire, who has led the Wild since their inaugural season in 2000, was in the final year of his deal. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed.
Schneider, Red Wings rip Coyotes 9-2 (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings quickly found their missing offense. Mathieu Schneider had three goals and an assist to lift Detroit to a 9-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Red Wings scored only three goals in their first two games. Mikael Samuelsson scored twice, Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams and Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and an assist each.
Lehtonen sets Thrashers' shutout mark (AP)
Kari Lehtonen got the record out of the way. Then he got started on another scoreless streak. Lehtonen set an Atlanta mark for shutout minutes before finally giving up a goal on a deflection, and the Thrashers won their third straight by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night. After back-to-back shutouts, Lehtonen learned that he was closing on the record held by Michael Garnett.
Heart forces Wings C Johnson to retire (AP)
Red Wings center Greg Johnson announced his retirement on Wednesday. Johnson, 35, was diagnosed with a hereditary heart abnormality during his training camp physical. He played for 12 seasons and signed with Detroit as a free agent after playing with the Nashville Predators for most of his career. He broke into the NHL with Detroit and also played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.
Backup G Aebischer lifts Habs by Flyers (AP)
No way this game was going one second longer than needed for Montreal, not with David Aebischer simply sensational in regulation time. Aebischer stopped 27 shots, and Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev scored goals to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Canadiens only needed the standard three periods to put this one away after opening the season with...
Devils host injury-riddled Maple Leafs (AP)
A converted forward might be needed to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defense move forward. With Pavel Kubina out four to six weeks with a knee injury, Wade Belak will likely revert to defense Thursday when the injury-riddled Maple Leafs head to New Jersey for the Devils' home opener. Kubina suffered a strained knee ligament after a collision with Florida forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Nummelin lifts Wild over 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.
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...
Trading Paint: Talladega fallout
Fans still are fired up about the finish at Talladega, but a few actually are on Brian Vickers' side.
Rookie Ragan to replace Martin in No. 6 Ford (AP)
David Ragan was tabbed by Roush Racing on Wednesday to replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 Ford next season.
House candidate Shuler to advertise on Busch Series car (AP)
Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler hopes to inject some horsepower into his U.S. House bid by renting advertising space on a car competing Friday in the Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The campaign is spending $10,000 to put the Democrat's name on the No. 23 Chevrolet set to be driven by Brad Keselowski in the Dollar General 300, Shuler's spokesman Andrew Whalen said Monday.
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.