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Super subs help Cards tie Mets in NLCS (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061014/capt.75706767c4244aeebc4604df6be460f2.nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_nys135.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=Jsnj.41ggN1EDh49QLrH7A--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' So Taguchi watches his ninth ining homer off New York Mets closer Billy Wagner in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Super subs So Taguchi and Scott Spiezio saved St. Louis on a night when Mets closer Billy Wagner wobbled, allowing the Cardinals to head home with a split in the NL championship series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers close in on World Series dream (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_alcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061013/capt.3d6d2d953f5848f595b3095b180f5f58.alcs_athletics_tigers_baseball_dts123.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=21GrMqvtus8M5vAqfsOPKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, front, hugs winning pitcher Kenny Rogers after winning Game 3 against the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in the American League Championship Series in Detroit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - From the very first day of spring training, Jim Leyland demanded that his Detroit Tigers walk with the swagger of World Series champions. One more win, and this once-lost franchise will get a chance to play for that golden trophy.</p><br clear="all"/>

Blaney wins Busch race, Harvick title (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_busch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061014/capt.c0f967da84ae47db887f637300d1a6b2.nascar_busch_auto_racing_ncgb111.jpg?x=130&y=60&sig=9NJCqLWvIlNPqohbXu83jA--" align="left" height="60" width="130" alt="Matt Kenseth (17) spins in turn 4 on the last lap as Dave Blaney, left, goes on to win the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series auto race in Concord, N.C., Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dave Blaney wound up the winner Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a NASCAR Busch Series finish that included red flag stoppages for a scoring glitch and a crash by Carl Edwards and Casey Mears while battling for the win.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Arnie's Army' gets last look at legend (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_champions_tour_palmer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061013/capt.00ca2ec22cfe44fbb01ea92e69e92209.champions_tour_golf_txdp120.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=r894sOxL44K6Rz3xkSWuFA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Arnold Palmer signs autographs after completing his round during the first round of the Administaff Small Business Classic Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 in Spring, Texas. Palmer said this was his last competitive round of golf.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arnold Palmer quit keeping score after four holes in a Champions Tour event Friday, then tearfully said it was time for him to stop playing competitive golf.</p><br clear="all"/>

A-Rod on board jet that overruns runway (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_a_rod_runway_overrun"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061013/capt.029cd6651961425d935c34ea70e3f756.a_rod_runway_overrun__ny112.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=icXu2HzhFMmfXPg3pNBtPg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is seen in this 2004 file photo. A private jet, carrying Yankees third baseman Rodriguez and six others, overran a runway at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 and was brought to a halt by an arresting system. 'I spoke to Alex. He's fine,' agent Scott Boras said. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)" border="0" /></a>AP - A private jet, carrying Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and six others, overran a runway at Bob Hope Airport on Friday and was brought to a halt by an arresting system. "I spoke to Alex. He's fine," agent Scott Boras said.</p><br clear="all"/>

T.O., position coach 'merely co-workers' (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_t_o"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061012/capt.sge.bmb91.121006225825.photo02.photo.default-512x350.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=j3a1Bjtt88az205dx61big--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field for warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, 08 October 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys play the Texans on Sunday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris McGrath)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens is done talking to his position coach.</p><br clear="all"/>

Knicks win preseason debut under Thomas (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_knicks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061014/capt.64b32933aaa64c29a44afac4e976ee8f.nets_knicks_basketball_nyjd106.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=6PS0eDNXmldfOnoXtICpOA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="New York Knicks' head coach Isiah Thomas, left, talks with Stephon Marbury in pre-season NBA basketball against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stephon Marbury scored 16 points, and the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 111-97 on Friday night in their first exhibition game under new coach Isiah Thomas.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tigers beat A's, one win from World Series (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061014/sp_nm/baseball_alcs_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061014/2006_10_13t200329_450x329_us_baseball_alcs.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=iUMafCAp2RqTqBEBkrS57w--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers (C) hugs teammates after their 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game 3 of their ALCS playoff series in Detroit, October 13, 2006. (J.P. Moczulski/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Friday to move within one win of clinching the best-of-seven American League Championship Series and a place in the World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Coach McClaren feeling heat in England (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061013/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_england_mcclaren"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061011/capt.53a47cbbe0904586b685d98d16ceccee.croatia_soccer_euro_2008_england_xfh114.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=4tgsNsRAefxZX4YyqwwF7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="England's coach Steve McClaren is seen before the Group E Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match with Croatia in Zagreb, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2006. Croatia won 2-0. (AP Photo/Filip Horvat)" border="0" /></a>AP - After all of five games as England's coach, Steve McClaren is fighting for his job.</p><br clear="all"/>

Miller's 41 saves keep Sabres unbeaten (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061014/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061014/capt.791376d9f0dd47d1b907ee8447284294.sabres_red_wings_hockey_mijm101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=24CHo7PWGy0yUutjGoK17A--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Jason Williams, left, catches Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller off balance on his goal in the first period of their NHL Hockey game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - Things didn't start out well for Ryan Miller. They ended perfectly. Miller made 41 saves and Ales Kotalik's shootout goal gave the undefeated Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

NFL's sudden impacts

T.O. done talking with receivers coach (AP)
Terrell Owens is done talking to his position coach. T.O. said on his radio show Friday that his relationship with Dallas Cowboys receivers coach Todd Haley was ruined by a blowup this week. It began when Owens missed the start of Wednesday's practice because of an upset stomach, and Haley berated him for being late.

Seahawks' Engram out with thyroid issue (AP)
Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram will miss Sunday's battle for the NFC West lead at St. Louis with a thyroid condition and will remain out indefinitely. Engram, Seattle's leading receiver last season, has 18 receptions in four games this year. He was at home resting for the third consecutive practice day on Friday.

Cards DT Dockett signs 5-year extension (AP)
Darnell Dockett always believed he was much better than a third-round draft pick. Now he has a paycheck to back him up. The third-year defensive tackle signed a five-year, $22 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. The deal includes $7 million in bonuses, half of it this year and half of it next.

Warner says this may be his final season (AP)
This might be the final season for Kurt Warner in the NFL. The 35-year-old Arizona Cardinals quarterback, who lost his starting job to rookie Matt Leinart last week, said Thursday he is considering retirement after this season. "Definitely I'm thinking about my next step and what's best for me and all those things," he said.

Bills grant Vincent's request, cut him (AP)
Troy Vincent is a free agent after the Buffalo Bills granted the veteran defensive back's wish to be released Thursday. The team announced in a two-paragraph statement that it terminated Vincent from its injured reserve list. Vincent told The Associated Press earlier in the day that he anticipated the move, saying he made the request to be released on Wednesday.

Depleted Steelers bring back Chad Brown (AP)
Chad Brown, a Pro Bowl linebacker for Pittsburgh 10 years ago, was signed Thursday by the Steelers to add depth and experience at what suddenly has become a depleted position. They need him now, too -- Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter is out for Sunday's game against Kansas City and coach Bill Cowher said Brown will play, though mostly in pass-rush situations.

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. His arraignment on two counts of misdemeanor DUI was scheduled for Oct. 18, but he is not required to attend.

Bengals QB Wright has appendectomy (AP)
Anthony Wright's appendix was removed Friday after he became ill overnight, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals without their backup quarterback against Tampa Bay. Doug Johnson, who was signed in the offseason and hasn't appeared in a game since 2004, will be the No. 2 quarterback while Wright recovers from the emergency appendectomy.

Titans put TE Kinney on injured reserve (AP)
Titans tight end Erron Kinney was placed on injured reserve Friday because of an ailing right knee and will be out for the season. Kinney underwent a second knee operation after re-injuring his knee in training camp. He had a setback last week because of inflammation in the joint. "It was a hard decision for us, but we've waited as long as we can, and it would appear that he was still several weeks,...

The Fab Five
The Bulls, Pistons, Cavs, Pacers and Bucks all have a chance to win arguably the NBA's best division, the Central.

Did Pacers' Jackson violate probation? (AP)
Prosecutors in suburban Detroit said Friday they may request jail time for Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson if he is found to have violated probation by firing a gun outside an Indianapolis strip club. Jackson is on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in a 2004 brawl between Pacers players and fans during a game against...

Mavs sign coach Johnson to 5-year deal (AP)
Mavericks coach Avery Johnson has signed a new five-year, $20 million contract that will keep one of the NBA's most successful young coaches in Dallas through 2011. In his first full stint as head coach last season, the Mavericks reached the NBA finals for the first time, losing to the Miami Heat in six games.

Lakers' Bryant returns to practice (AP)
Kobe Bryant participated in his first preseason practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday since having right knee surgery. Bryant joined his teammates in a controlled five-on-five scrimmage and did several drills. "We're easing our way back," he said. "I didn't do every drill. I just did certain things.

Magic paid pundit to keep quiet on arena (AP)
The Orlando Magic paid a political consultant and frequent tax critic $200,000 not to oppose plans for a recently announced new arena, the club has disclosed. The payments were made at two different points to Doug Guetzloe, who also hosts a local radio show billed as "The Voice of the People." The Magic gave him $100,000 to support a similar stadium push in 2001 and another $100,000 this year.

Celtics acquire Luke Jackson from Cavs (AP)
Luke Jackson, a swing man who was the 10th pick in the 2004 draft, was traded Friday from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for center Dwayne Jones. In two seasons since leaving Oregon, the 6-foot-7 Jackson has averaged 2.7 points and 7.8 minutes in 46 games. He missed 32 games last season with a broken left wrist.

Nets backup G House needs knee surgery (AP)
Nets backup guard Eddie House was diagnosed with torn cartilage in his left knee and will have arthoroscopic surgery Monday. The Nets also said Friday that forward Darvin Ham will be sidelined indefinitely with a strained right calf. House, signed as a free agent in the offseason, will have surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Hawks F Wright suspended one game (AP)
Atlanta Hawks forward Lorenzen Wright and Memphis Grizzlies forward Kimani Ffriend were each suspended Friday for a game after both players threw a punch during a shoving match earlier this week. Wright and Ffriend were both ejected from Wednesday night's preseason game in the third quarter after they got into a fight under the Grizzlies' basket.

'Canes win on Whitney's last-second goal (AP)
Ray Whitney bailed out a Carolina team that was perhaps overanxious for its first win. Whitney scored on a tip-in with one-half second left in the third period, lifting the Hurricanes past the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 on Friday night, the defending Stanley Cup champions' first victory of the season. Carolina led 3-0 in the first period, but the agony of watching Atlanta's comeback to tie led Whitney...

Sabres stay unbeaten, top Wings in SO (AP)
Things didn't start out well for Ryan Miller. They ended perfectly. Miller made 41 saves and Ales Kotalik's shootout goal gave the undefeated Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. Daniel Briere also scored for the Sabres in the shootout, their third in four games this season.

Brodeur passes Sawchuk with sloppy win (AP)
Brian Gionta and John Madden helped Martin Brodeur get over quite possibly the worst 20 minutes of his career with New Jersey. Brodeur atoned for Toronto's five-goal second period by stopping three shots in a shootout and the Devils rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Maple Leafs 7-6 on Thursday night.

Crosby's late goal lifts Pens by Rangers (AP)
Mario Lemieux already made room in his house for Sidney Crosby. If the kid keeps having nights like this, No. 66 will have to share space in the Penguins' record book, too. Crosby scored a power-play goal with 3.3 seconds left, tying a career high with four points, and Pittsburgh pulled out a wild 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Pens' Malkin could make debut next week (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Evgeni Malkin took part in limited contact drills in practice with his teammates Friday, and head coach Michel Therrien said the Russian star could make his NHL debut as early as next week. Malkin, the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft, dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Sept.

Bouwmeester lifts Panthers by Lightning (AP)
Jay Bouwmeester wasn't trying for the first game-winning goal of his career. He just got it. Bouwmeester scored with nine minutes left in the third period to break a tie and Alexander Auld made 21 saves as the Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Friday night, the Lightning's third straight loss. Bouwmeester's power-play goal gave Florida a 3-2 lead.

Wild LW Pascal Dupuis out 4 to 6 weeks (AP)
Minnesota Wild left wing Pascal Dupuis will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left knee. Dupuis was hurt in the first period of Thursday's game against Washington when he collided with Capitals defenseman Steve Eminger. Dupuis left the ice immediately and limped to the training room. Dupuis, in his fifth year with the Wild, had 10 goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season.

Kiprusoff, Flames defeat Senators 1-0 (AP)
Jim Playfair knew he had a solid defensive base to work with when he took over as coach of the Calgary Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Jarome Iginla scored 11:25 into the third period to lead Calgary to a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Lindros gets unbeaten Stars by Kings (AP)
Earlier this year, the Dallas Stars obtained six-time All-Star Eric Lindros and extended goaltender Marty Turco's contract. Both moves seem to be paying off. Lindros had three assists, one on Jussi Jokinen's power-play goal, and Turco made 32 saves to lead the defending Pacific Division champions to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Blackhawks keep Predators winless (AP)
Martin Havlat, a highly touted, highly paid rising star in the NHL, had a goal and an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. But it was Jeff Hamilton, a forward who came to training camp on a tryout basis, who set the stage for Chicago's win. Hamilton scored on a tip-in with 7:40 left in the third period to snap a 1-all tie.

Great expectations

Blaney wins Lowe's Busch race; Harvick captures series title (SportsTicker)

Penske considering running Hornish in Busch races (AP)
Reports that IRL champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. will make his stock car debut next month at Phoenix in a NASCAR Busch Series car are premature, a Team Penske spokesman said Friday night.

Blaney wins wild Busch race; Harvick takes season title (AP)
Dave Blaney wound up the winner Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a NASCAR Busch Series finish that included red flag stoppages for a scoring glitch and a crash by Carl Edwards and Casey Mears while battling for the win.

Burton headlines group of five with NASCAR championship hopes (SportsTicker)

Ford boss Davis remains optimistic (AP)
Ford racing boss Dan Davis is an optimist.

Riggs looks for long-awaited 1st win (AP)
If a list was made of the best NASCAR drivers who had yet to win a Nextel Cup race, Scott Riggs believes he'd be very near the top of it.

Vickers hopes to move on after Talladega incident (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Brian Vickers was not amused by the latest publicity stunt at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Riggs wins 3rd Charlotte pole (AP)
Scott Riggs remained perfect in qualifying at Lowe's Motor Speedway by winning the pole Thursday night for the third time this season.

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