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NEWS FROM 2006-10-15
Ordonez powers Tigers into World Series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_alcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.d6048b4117af452ca87d8de351fa389a.alcs_athletics_tigers_baseball_dts256.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=hueD6RqDZKfTeA3vI6YU3w--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez celebrates his three run home run as he goes around the bases in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 6-3 to win the American League Championship in a four game sweep. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - All those people who kept doubting the Detroit Tigers, take a week off and think again. Jim Leyland, Magglio Ordonez and the rest of the Tigers will be spending that time getting ready for the World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suppan, Cards silence Mets' bats 5-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.e8ac452f3a9b45d4bbf3632618cc9058.nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_sts226.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=PrhAlTLmrUduhagzzsYLTA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Dilip Vishwanat, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - During batting practice, scoreboards at Busch Stadium billed Game 3 of the NL championship series as "Gotham vs Gateway." With Jeff Suppan doing just about everything for St. Louis, "No contest" would have been much more appropriate.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 11 Auburn ousts No. 2 Florida 27-17
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_florida_auburn"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.7a5d53232cd44930900952c837f2f9c3.florida_auburn_college_football_alrc105.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=WPUrJvfBsmYTbXEyFX_Pjw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Florida's DeShawn Wynn (21) is tackled by Auburn's Aairon Savage (2) during the first half of a college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)" border="0" /></a>AP - Auburn's defense was getting run over again, this time by No. 2 Florida and it's two-headed quarterback attack. Coach Tommy Tuberville had seen enough and challenged his defenders at halftime.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brawl breaks out in FIU-Miami game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_fla_international_miami_brawl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.f239320bc0564e8582a145ef7cd8129a.fla_international_miami_football_xmh107.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=rJptO2vW1DxZT.wkPLsvEw--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="Miami and Florida International players fight during the third quarter of a football game Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - South Florida's newest rivalry has already overheated. Miami beat Florida International 35-0 Saturday night in a game marred by a wild brawl in the third quarter that had fists flying, helmets swinging and even crutches being used as weapons.</p><br clear="all"/>
McCoy sets mark as Texas rolls 63-31
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_baylor_texas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.846f0db8c46e4ae6b4a6a9a9a1c2a6dc.baylor_texas_football_txhc107.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=nkpyeg_Mj4JfnNSjvodM0w--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Texas quarterback Colt McCoy looks toward receivers while under pressure from the Baylor defense during first-quarter action in their college football game Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Austin, Texas. McCoy set a Texas touchdown passing record in the game. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)" border="0" /></a>AP - Colt McCoy set a Texas record with six touchdown passes and the No. 6 Longhorns recovered from an early 10-point deficit to roll over Baylor 63-31 Saturday night, seizing sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders suspend Porter for four games
Reuters - Wide receiver Jerry Porter was
suspended for four games by the Oakland Raiders for conduct
detrimental to the club, the National Football League team
Warriors overtake Nuggets in last minute
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.af31ec87645841dd8ae69f8d7b0a3eca.mexico_nuggets_warriors_basketball_myga103.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=EJX15QcXKAeHXJ6arOJHrA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Golden Satate Warriors player Dajuan Wagner, right, move the ball as Denver Nuggets' Eduardo Najera, of Mexico, follows him during their NBA pre-season game at the Monterrey Arena Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Monterrey City, Mexico.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)" border="0" /></a>AP - Anthony Roberson scored 28 points and Baron Davis added 18 to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 121-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fox fires Lyons for insensitive comment
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_alcs_fox_lyons_fired"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061014/capt.6f36bbb7372f48828a4bea333b822251.alcs_fox_lyons_fired_baseball_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=oaN.npj_XMygJEYrXszxZg--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens, left, sprays champagne at starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, right, while Oswalt is interviewed by Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons in the Astros' locker room after the Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League Championship pennant in St. Louis, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League championship series. The network confirmed Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, that Lyons was dismissed after Friday's game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League championship series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Donovan sparks Galaxy over FC Dallas 5-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fc_dallas_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.e4b6d5c67ee14b2fa5029adf0648af4e.mls_fc_dallas_galaxy_soccer_cajh102.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=NejmC9PcS7tw_QBPYXeULg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is congratulated by teammate Herculez Gomez after Donovan scored a goal against FC Dallas during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Landon Donovan scored two goals and Cobi Jones had a goal and three assists to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 5-2 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Morrow, Stars crown the Kings 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.e20331268e6a438ba962ad0ea3e311b0.stars_kings_hockey_las106.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=rLE7L0Sr6S72ogod5T0Sqw--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Dallas Stars' Brenden Morrow, left, celebrates with teammate Antti Miettinen, of Finland, after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Stars felt right at home in their sweep of back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Kings. Brenden Morrow scored twice on power plays and Stephane Robidas had three assists Saturday night, leading the Stars to their second straight 4-1 victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Packer for life
In the latest mailbag, Green Bay fans suggest that the notion of Brett Favre ending his career with another team is ridiculous.
Raiders suspend WR Porter four games (AP)
The Oakland Raiders suspended disgruntled wide receiver Jerry Porter for four games without pay Saturday for conduct detrimental to the team. Porter, Oakland's leading receiver a year ago, was inactive for the first four games of the season after clashing with new coach Art Shell and making public a trade demand at the start of training camp.
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.
Bills place rookie DT McCargo on IR (AP)
The Buffalo Bills placed rookie defensive tackle John McCargo on season-ending injured reserve Saturday because of a broken left foot. McCargo, Buffalo's second first-round pick (26th overall), was injured in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 40-7 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He had surgery to repair the damage on the foot on Monday.
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.
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...
Stoudemire says he's 'about 100 percent' (AP)
Italy was good for Amare Stoudemire. The dynamic Phoenix Suns power forward said Saturday that he's "about 100 percent" healthy after his up-and-down recovery from microfracture knee surgery. "Right now I haven't felt any pain, no discomfort," he said. "I'm glad to be back." The Suns returned from their European training camp Thursday and held an open practice for fans Saturday before leaving for...
Bucks' Simmons to miss at least a month (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Simmons will miss at least a month because of a stress reaction in his right heel, the team said Saturday. Simmons was injured at practice Monday. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds last season after signing with the Bucks as a free agent before last season. It is the second significant injury for a Bucks starter in a week.
Jazz G Fisher hurts hip in preseason win (AP)
Pacers guard Stephen Jackson was just happy to be back on the basketball court. Despite Indiana's 97-84 loss to the Utah Jazz in a preseason game Saturday night, and despite being booed several times by the crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse, Jackson said it felt good to play his first game. "Playing basketball was what I was born to do," said 28-year-old Jackson, who was arraigned Thursday on a felony...
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.
Man driving Jermaine O'Neal SUV arrested (AP)
A man driving a vehicle owned by Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal was arrested Friday night on a marijuana possession charge, police said. O'Neal was not in the SUV, and a police spokesman said he was not suspected of any involvement. O'Neal said he had nothing to do with the incident. He said he bought the SUV about five years ago and had given it to a friend, but continued paying for its...
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.
Sundin's 500th goal lifts Leafs in OT (AP)
Mats Sundin's 500th career goal capped one of the best games of his career. Sundin beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a long shot 50 seconds into overtime to complete a hat trick and give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. "It's a special way to get it. I'll remember this day throughout my whole life," Sundin said.
Sabres continue best start in 31 years (AP)
Chris Drury wasn't worried that he had never had a hat trick in his career. Still, it was nice to finally accomplish the feat. Drury had his first three-goal game, and also added an assist, to help the Buffalo Sabres win their fifth consecutive game, 7-4 over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. "It's not something I've been sitting up and thinking about.
Fernandez, Rolston keep Wild unbeaten (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have been unbeatable at home, propelling them to their best start in franchise history. Brian Rolston scored two goals and had an assist to help the Wild remain unbeaten with a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Manny Fernandez had 24 saves for his first shutout of the season for the Wild (5-0-0), who are off to the best start in franchise history.
Hurricanes' Letowski leaves on stretcher (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes always seem to leave Pittsburgh with a victory and a scary injury. Eric Staal got Carolina's go-ahead goal early in the game to win his personal matchup with younger brother Jordan Staal and the Hurricanes overcame a second frightening injury in Pittsburgh in seven months to beat the Penguins 5-1 Saturday night.
Stars top Kings again, improve to 4-0 (AP)
The Dallas Stars felt right at home in their sweep of back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Kings. Brenden Morrow scored twice on power plays and Stephane Robidas had three assists Saturday night, leading the Stars to their second straight 4-1 victory. The defending Pacific Division champions were 2-6 against the Kings last season -- but finished with 23 more points than Los Angeles in...
Kovalchuk powers Thrashers by Caps in OT (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk is a scorer, plain and simple, so he knew his first goal of the season had to be just around the corner. Still, he sure celebrated it vigorously, leaping off the ice and pounding his right glove against the glass. Kovalchuk's overtime goal ended his longest drought to start a season, and his Atlanta Thrashers spoiled "Alex Ovechkin Tribute Night" by beating the Washington Capitals...
Senators top Canadiens in SO to end skid (AP)
Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were sitting on the Ottawa Senators' bench as some of their unheralded teammates were chosen ahead of them to take the game-deciding shots. With the high-scoring trio looking on, Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher scored in the shootout to help Ottawa end its three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Gionta gets Devils past Flyers 3-2 (AP)
Brian Gionta again came up big late in the game for the New Jersey Devils. Gionta broke a tie early in the third period and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves to lead the Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Late-game heroics have become the norm for the diminutive forward.
Predators get first win, top Coyotes 4-1 (AP)
The Nashville Predators weren't about to let their worst start in franchise history go any longer. Having opened the season with three losses, Scott Hartnell and Paul Kariya each scored a goal to help Nashville beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night. The Coyotes have just one win in their first five games.
Dunham leads Isles to win in home opener (AP)
All it took was some great early goaltending and staying out of the penalty box for the last two periods for the New York Islanders to capture two points in their home opener. Mike Dunham, filling in for injured goalie Rick DiPietro, stopped 31 shots to help the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night.
Out of reach?
Burton bludgeoning his way to NASCAR championship (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - By using a formula that includes consistency and minimizing trouble, Jeff Burton is bludgeoning his way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.
Kahne wins NASCAR Bank of America 500 to complete Lowe's sweep (SportsTicker)
Kahne sweeps Lowe's; Burton retains points lead (AP)
Two things are abundantly clear at the midway point of the Chase for the championship: Jeff Burton can't do anything wrong, and nothing Kasey Kahne does is good enough.
Martin, Hamlin, Gordon see title chances fade (AP)
Three drivers in the hunt for the Nextel Cup title might have seen their chances come to an end Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Gronholm takes big day 2 lead at Turkish Rally (AP)
Marcus Gronholm held a big lead after a muddy second day of the Turkish Rally, finishing 2 minutes, 5 seconds ahead of his Ford teammate Mikko Hirvonen. The weather continued to pose problems in Antalya for drivers on the muddy, water-logged course. Peter Solberg drove off the course and out of the leg while trying to avoid a large stone in the road.
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.