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NEWS FROM 2006-10-16
Mets power past Cardinals to even series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.76ecb1c6cc4c4c46a26efe4e5ceb8dae.nlcs_mets_cardinals_baseball_sts219.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=U5nvykKVe3jVZirSNdtcZw--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="New York Mets' Carlos Delgado watches his three-run home run during the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Beltran sent the ball soaring over the wall. So did David Wright. And Carlos Delgado. And then Beltran did it a second time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Miami, FIU have 31 players suspended
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_brawl_suspensions"><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 - After reviewing a sideline-clearing brawl between players from Miami and Florida International, officials from both schools and their conferences on Sunday announced the suspension of 31 players — 13 from the Hurricanes, and 18 from FIU.</p><br clear="all"/>
Broncos' defense too much for Raiders
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_raiders_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.525b3562222747daa5d21f5ebee511c2.raiders_broncos_football_dxs107.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=ER760x2S1uMSKCjnzaPUSg--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos running back Tatum Bell (26) breaks into the secondary as Oakland Raiders linebackers Thomas Howard (53) and Lance Johnstone (51) give chase in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Denver Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Denver Broncos apparently don't know much about math or history. They only know their defense is very, very good.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steelers come to life, rout Chiefs 45-7
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_chiefs_steelers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.33bc20c9dcb0436298e2549fd5e8dfc3.chiefs_steelers_football_pagp114.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=JWq6xZBweHwSytyllUkV8w--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers injured linebacker Joey Porter cheers a fourth-quarter, goal line stand by his teammates against the Kansas City Chiefs in NFL football action, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, in Pittsburgh. The defense kept the Chiefs from scoring and the Steelers won 45-7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger couldn't have played any worse for a month. The NFL now must be wondering how much better the Super Bowl champions can be after a convincing all-is-well performance.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O.'s 3 TDs lift Cowboys over Texans
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_texans_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.de82d44d00d84da193bbfaba8bdd60fe.cowboys_texans_football_irv110.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=y3gfkGHiCRwilKsqJ.v4Og--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Shantee Orr (53) after a pass in the first quarter of their football game in the rain in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. Owens scored three touchdowns in the Cowboys 34-6 win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Terrell Owens stood on a star logo at Texas Stadium again. This time, it led to a standing ovation. Owens capped his turnaround from local scourge to fan favorite by catching three second-half touchdowns, taking the Dallas Cowboys from a tight game against the Houston Texans to an easy 34-6 victory Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ravens QB McNair sustains concussion
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_injuries"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.bb9b7cf881764f3290d5eaa85ecda145.panthers_ravens_football_baf104.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=2QbsWxZqKiA01JZaqugXhg--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, center, is sacked by Carolina Panthers Chris Draft, left, and Michael Rucker, obscured, as Kris Jenkins moves in at right, in the first half of their football game in Baltimore, Sunday ,Oct. 15, 2006. McNair was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the play. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ravens quarterback Steve McNair left Sunday's loss to Carolina with a concussion and a neck sprain, though tests showed no structural damage. Vince Young managed to play through an ankle sprain and lead the Titans to victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jackson says he was protecting teammates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061015/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pacers_jackson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.69d48901940b4f9ab362d4209a8721ef.jazz_pacers_basketball_ints107.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=0qFzkVc_OpaqPNfG0EmTBQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson, right, looks for a way around Utah Jazz' Gordon Giricek (10) during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The Jazz won 97-84. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson says he was just trying to protect three teammates when he fired a handgun and was hit by a car during a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club.</p><br clear="all"/>
From minor league mess to Mets' savior
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nlcs_mets_perez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.8e8606570eee4f418703576bf8cebb57.nlcs_mets_cardinals_baseball_sts215.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=_O5owJ5b6wSl.5m7s0Mq6A--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez delivers a pitch during the third inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oliver Perez was a perfect mess back in July, struggling in the minor leagues with the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates.</p><br clear="all"/>
Real Salt Lake ties Chivas USA 1-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_real_salt_lake_chivas_usa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.9891ba22a6e645cd8cff26e8c9ad1a07.mls_real_salt_lake_chivas_usa_soccer_cafs105.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=x0chBWOATlcwQYqcK9ILDw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Real Salt Lake's Jafet Soto, left, kicks the ball into the goal past Chivas USA's Brent Whitfield in the second half of an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brent Whitfield scored his first career goal but Jafet Soto evened the score late as Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake tied 1-1 Sunday night in both teams' regular-season finale.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stars remain unbeaten with shootout win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.6c4f2457a2aa43199ec574277c7a405e.stars_ducks_hockey_cabk103.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=BV.UuqqBkoY1t4YiqbollA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="The Dallas Stars' Niklas Hagman, of Finland, gets the puck past Anaheim Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sergei Zubov and Antti Miettinen scored power-play goals, Zubov and Jussi Jokinen connected on both of Dallas' shots in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory Sunday night over the Anaheim Ducks.</p><br clear="all"/>
On second thought
Brown's 54-yard FG gets Seahawks by Rams (AP)
The luck of the Rams finally ran out. Twice this season -- against Arizona and Green Bay -- St. Louis was on the verge of losing, only to be saved by late-game fumbles by opponents. It almost happened again Sunday, but Seattle's Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle an improbable 30-28 win.
Carney's FG lifts Saints by Eagles 27-24 (AP)
After a quiet five games, Joe Horn suddenly looked like the star player he was in 2004, with his shoulder-shaking end zone dances and game-changing catches. He wasn't the only one dancing. A packed crowd in the Louisiana Superdome watched the revamped New Orleans Saints pull out a legitimizing victory over one of most feared teams in the NFL.
LT's four TDs power Chargers over 49ers (AP)
Nothing LaDainian Tomlinson does on the ground really impresses the San Diego Chargers at this point. For that, the star running back must take to the air. Tomlinson seemed to be trying to jump out of Candlestick Park while hurdling the goal line on one of his four touchdown runs Sunday -- and his elevation was the Chargers' inspiration.
Delhomme leads Panthers by Ravens 23-21 (AP)
Jake Delhomme wasn't about to be upstaged by a backup quarterback who hadn't tossed a touchdown pass since Christmas. Delhomme threw for a career-high 365 yards and two touchdowns, and Carolina slipped past the Baltimore Ravens 23-21 Sunday for its fourth straight win. After Ravens quarterback Steve McNair left with a concussion and sprained neck in the first quarter, Kyle Boller took over.
Young rallies Titans past Redskins 25-22 (AP)
Vince Young took his time making sure his pinstripe suit was on just right. He even asked a member of the Tennessee Titans staff to straighten the turquoise tie with the lavender floral pattern. The rookie had finally won a game in the NFL, 25-22 over Washington on Sunday, and he wanted to look as good as he felt.
Owens' three TDs lift Cowboys by Texans (AP)
Terrell Owens stood on a star logo at Texas Stadium again. This time, it led to a standing ovation. Owens capped his turnaround from local scourge to fan favorite by catching three second-half touchdowns, taking the Dallas Cowboys from a tight game against the Houston Texans to an easy 34-6 victory Sunday.
Roethlisberger, Steelers rout Chiefs (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger couldn't have played any worse for a month. The NFL now must be wondering how much better the Super Bowl champions can be after a convincing all-is-well performance. The Steelers revived everything they displayed in winning the championship as Roethlisberger threw his first two touchdown passes since the AFC championship game in a 45-7 rout of the...
Barber powers Giants past Falcons 27-14 (AP)
Tiki Barber and the New York Giants did a pretty good impression of the Atlanta Falcons. Beating the Falcons at their own game, Barber rushed for 185 yards, Jeremy Shockey caught a couple of touchdown passes and the Giants overpowered Atlanta in the second half for a 27-14 victory Sunday. The Giants (3-2) fell behind 14-3 when Warrick Dunn broke off a 90-yard touchdown on Atlanta's first offensive...
Broncos use defense to beat Raiders 13-3 (AP)
The Denver Broncos apparently don't know much about math or history. They only know their defense is very, very good. The Broncos once again kept an opponent out of the end zone in a 13-3 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night, when they found barely enough offense to go with their suffocating defense.
The Fab Five
The Bulls, Pistons, Cavs, Pacers and Bucks all have a chance to win arguably the NBA's best division, the Central.
Jackson: I was protecting teammates (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson says he was just trying to protect three teammates when he fired a handgun and was hit by a car during a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club. The 28-year-old Jackson faces a pretrial hearing on a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct Nov.
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.
Injured Lakers F Brown may sit Sunday (AP)
Kwame Brown missed the Los Angeles Lakers' practice Saturday a day after spraining his right shoulder. Brown, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft by Washington, collided with Andrew Bynum during practice Friday and aggravated an injury that bothered him for much of last season. He had therapy on the shoulder Saturday, but might miss Sunday's exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns in Las...
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...
Stars go to 5-0, beat Ducks in shootout (AP)
Giving up the tying goal in the final seconds of regulation was just a minor detour for Marty Turco and the rest of the Dallas Stars, who again found a way to remain unbeaten. Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen connected on both of Dallas' shots in the shootout, and the Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Sunday night in the only game on the NHL schedule.
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 5-0 for first time 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.
Kovalchuk gets 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, Rafalski lead Devils past Flyers (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.
Series leader Burton not counting on title (AP)
For all those people ready to hand Jeff Burton the championship trophy with five races to go, the veteran driver has some friendly advice: Not so fast.
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.
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.