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NEWS FROM 2006-10-17
Ravens fire offensive coordinator Fassel
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_ravens_fassel"><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 - Jim Fassel was fired Tuesday as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who rank 28th in total offense and have scored 16 points or fewer in half their games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mets, Cards to play game 5 tonight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.97eff9f21bec49b0a1d1d69acb8ebd0f.nlcs_mets_cardinals_baseball_sts106.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=iaxjiEn0Qy5y7IiPF9QzfA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="New York Mets manager Willie Randolph responds to a question during his news conference following postponement of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, in St. Louis. The game was re-scheduled for Tuesday night with the series tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The starting pitchers are rested and the days off are done. Now, the NL championship series comes down to a best-of-three. Daylong rain caused Game 5 between New York and St. Louis to be postponed Monday, meaning Mets lefty Tom Glavine and Jeff Weaver of the Cardinals will start Tuesday night on full rest.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tyson says he may fight against woman
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_tyson_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061016/i/r1177772868.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=w5VUCfsHNqFuyKwVSqAz1g--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson speaks with reporters at his news conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October 16, 2006. Tyson is scheduled for a four-round exhibition bout in Youngstown, Ohio on October 20. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz (UNITED STATES)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Tyson says he may include bouts with women on his next tour, and mentioned professional boxer Ann Wolfe, who is 21-1 with 15 knockouts.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women's gym team leads China
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_ot/gym_world_championships"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.c19df2f4f2314870bb75ab2b8417f28c.denmark_gymnastics_world_championships_lmd129.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=5xIBF8uOVv_cPepkySWCrQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Anastasia Liukin of the US performs her routine on the uneven bars during women's qualification for the Gymnastics World Championships at the NRGi Arena in Aarhus, Denmark, Monday Oct. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)" border="0" /></a>AP - Led by Chellsie Memmel's fine all-around performance and a stellar set on uneven bars from Nastia Liukin, the U.S. women's team did exactly what was expected of them Monday, jumping to a 3.8-point lead over China in qualifying and confirming their status as the gold-medal favorite at world gymnastics championships.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boxer Scott Harrison arrested in Spain
AP - WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison was arrested and charged with assault of police officers and violent car theft.
Colts' rushing tandem gains its footing
AP - Indianapolis' tag-team running backs spent three weeks learning what worked.
Nets' Eddie House has knee surgery
AP - Nets guard Eddie House had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, and the team said there is no timetable for his return.
Piniella coming to Wrigley, manage Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_piniella"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.32591d521fd04629b070256793c551c6.baseball_cubs_piniella_ny190.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=z60nc9R5pX_0E9SdkHjXCg--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 picture, Fox commentator Lou Piniella watches Oakland Athletics batting practice in Oakland, Calif. Piniella was expected to be introduced Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs, a baseball source told The Associated Press on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lou Piniella's coming to Wrigley Field, agreeing Monday to a three-year contract to manage the Chicago Cubs and accepting a job that has long been one of the most challenging in baseball.</p><br clear="all"/>
The mad, perilous life of goalkeepers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.524c393edc58425f84224a51ac56cca6.soccer_extra_time_th114.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=_TqlFFPjbkd4qEnCT_ZeXg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="England's goal keeper Paul Robinson looks down after missing an attempted clearance to concede the second goal during their Group E Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match with Croatia in Zagreb,in this Wednesday Oct. 11, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Filip Horvat)" border="0" /></a>AP - Television pictures of England's Paul Robinson flash around the world after the goalkeeper completely misses a kick and turns to see the ball rolling into an empty net.</p><br clear="all"/>
Shanahan doing it all for the Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.929008997ffa42f9b0d0fe8c8b5c926d.devils_rangers_hockey_msg108.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=tbsfY4Dj30_16fu.2TOygw--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen, left, and New York Rangers' Brendan Shanahan look for a pass in the first period of the Rangers 4-2 win over the Devils in their hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 16, 2006.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Rangers expected Brendan Shanahan to help ease the scoring load for Jaromir Jagr.</p><br clear="all"/>
On second thought
Bears rally from 20 down, stun Cardinals (AP)
Six turnovers, 3 points on offense, and somehow the Chicago Bears are still unbeaten. Somehow, some way, the Bears rallied from 20 points down at halftime and escaped with a 24-23 victory in Arizona on Monday night, leaving the shellshocked Cardinals to ponder yet another excruciating late-game collapse.
Shaun Alexander out perhaps 2 more weeks (AP)
Instead of a walking boot protecting his broken left foot, Shaun Alexander was wearing flip-flops. "Walking around in flip-flops is a good thing," the league MVP said with a beaming smile on Monday. And doctors, who earlier warned the Seahawks running back might be out until December, gave Alexander his best news yet.
Ravens fire offensive coordinator Fassel (AP)
Jim Fassel was fired Tuesday as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who rank 28th in total offense and have scored 16 points or fewer in half their games. "Clearly, in order for us to expand on our 4-2 start, we have to have more offensive productivity," coach Brian Billick said Tuesday. "It was my opinion going forward, in order to bring about the level of production that we need...
McNair unlikely to miss any games (AP)
Steve McNair is expected to recover from a concussion and neck sprain sustained Sunday in time for Baltimore's next game. When he returns, it will be as the starting quarterback. The Ravens have a bye this week, which means McNair will have additional time to bounce back from the injuries he received in a 23-21 loss to Carolina.
NFLPA appeals Porter's suspension (AP)
The NFL Players Association on Monday appealed Oakland receiver Jerry Porter's four-game suspension by the team for insubordination, calling the punishment "excessive." Porter, who has been inactive all season, was suspended by the Raiders on Saturday, a day after being kicked out of practice by coach Art Shell.
Packers WR Robinson pleads not guilty (AP)
Green Bay Packers receiver Koren Robinson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of drunken driving and fleeing police stemming from a high-speed chase in August. Robinson was then taken into custody because of a warrant in Blue Earth County for a previous traffic violation. He was released a short time later, after his attorney went to a bank to withdraw $1,000 to post bond.
Redskins sign DB Troy Vincent (AP)
After six weeks of letting receivers run unfettered through the secondary, the slumping Washington Redskins tried to address the problem Monday by signing five-time Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent. Vincent, whose 47 interceptions ranks second among active players, was released from Buffalo Bills' injured reserve list last week.
Rams DE Hargrove traded to Bills (AP)
Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who lost his starting job with the St. Louis Rams after skipping two days of practice and meetings this season, was traded Monday to the Buffalo Bills for a fifth-round draft choice in 2007. Hargrove was inactive Sunday, when the Rams lost 30-28 to Seattle, and has played just three games this season.
Jets' Martin to stay on PUP list for now (AP)
Curtis Martin will remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list until at least after the New York Jets' game at Cleveland in two weeks. "I think each week that we go here, we evaluate it and see where we are, and I think having two additional weeks here to continue moving with the process and look at it is going to be an asset," coach Eric Mangini said Monday.
Southeast's old guard
Once again, the experience of the Miami Heat will reign supreme over the Southeast Division's young talent.
Jackson booed by home fans, Pacers lose (AP)
Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Indiana Pacers 103-87 in a preseason game on Monday night. Rookie Randy Foye added 13 points for the Timberwolves. Rawle Marshall led Indiana with 17 points. Jermaine O'Neal had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Stephen Jackson added 11 points.
Knicks' Jeffries out with broken wrist (AP)
Jared Jeffries, expected to be the Knicks' starting small forward, could miss the beginning of the regular season because of a broken left wrist. Jeffries was hurt Friday night against New Jersey in his Knicks debut and didn't play Saturday night at Philadelphia. He had an MRI exam Sunday, which revealed a non-displaced fractured left wrist.
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.
Nets G House has knee surgery (AP)
Nets guard Eddie House had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, and the team said there is no timetable for his return. Doctors removed torn cartilage from his left knee at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Rehab will begin immediately. House, a six-year veteran, signed as a free agent Aug. 17.
Heat C Doleac may miss season opener (AP)
The Miami Heat may be without backup center Michael Doleac for up to three weeks because of a strained right ankle. Doleac's availability for the Heat's season-opener Oct. 31 against Chicago is unknown. He was injured Saturday night in Miami's 91-81 exhibition loss to Atlanta. X-rays were negative, Doleac said.
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.
Williams, Ward lift 'Canes by Lightning (AP)
Justin Williams didn't score a goal in his first six games this season. He made up for it big time in the seventh. Williams had three goals and an assist, and Cam Ward made 34 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Monday night. "It's nice to get off the goose egg," Williams said.
Pens' Malkin to make NHL debut Wednesday (AP)
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, out since injuring a shoulder in his first preseason game, will make his NHL debut Wednesday night against New Jersey. Malkin, the No. 2 pick in the 2004 NHL draft, dislocated his shoulder Sept. 20 while colliding with teammate John LeClair behind the net. He returned to practice Friday with a shoulder support and has been cleared to resume playing.
Rangers top Devils, end three-game skid (AP)
Brendan Shanahan came to New York to take some of the Rangers' scoring load off Jaromir Jagr's shoulders. He is doing that along with taking faceoffs, killing penalties and playing tough defense. Shanahan scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the young season, and the Rangers outlasted the New Jersey Devils 4-2 Monday night.
Lang, Draper power Wings over Kings 3-1 (AP)
Many hockey fans in Detroit were probably wondering where the goal-scoring and leadership were going to come from after the Red Wings lost Steve Yzerman to retirement and Brendan Shanahan to the New York Rangers. Robert Lang could be the answer. Lang scored twice in the third period and Kris Draper had a short-handed goal to lead the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday...
Lapointe leads Blackhawks over Avalanche (AP)
If it's not one Martin beating the opposition, it's the other. Martin Lapointe scored a pair of goals during the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. The other Martin -- Martin Havlat -- had a good game, too, assisting on a pair of goals. He now has six goals and six assists through five games.
Sullivan leads Predators by Isles in SO (AP)
According to Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan, it was luck that netted him a goal and his team two points. Sullivan scored in regulation and a shootout to help the Predators win their second straight game, 2-1 over the New York Islanders on Monday night. Paul Kariya ended the shootout with a goal after the Islanders chose to shoot first and had misses by Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov.
Salo's goal lifts Canucks by Oilers 2-1 (AP)
Sami Salo was just trying to make a safe play and ended up scoring the go-ahead goal instead. Back in the lineup after missing the previous game with a groin injury, Salo scored with a minute left in the second period to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Monday night. Starting at the right point, the Vancouver defenseman skated the puck all the way down behind the Oilers' net...
Stars now 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.
Wild defeat Blue Jackets, improve to 5-0 (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.
WWD: Bank of America 500
Kasey Kahne came up big at Charlotte on Saturday. The Bank of America 500 did not.
Grown-up Gordon reunites with Ford (AP)
Robby Gordon readily admits his first stint with the Ford Motor Co. didn't end well, when he embarrassed the manufacturer by kicking at its blue oval logo on national television after one of its engines failed in his car.
Airman dies in drag racing accident on Outer Banks (AP)
An Air Force staff sergeant who served in Iraq died during a drag racing accident at Outer Banks Speedway. Donovan Whitehurst, 27, was killed Saturday after his vehicle drove off the end of the track at more than 200 mph, striking a dirt embankment, police said. Authorities blamed the accident on a mechanical failure.
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)