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Cardinals beat Mets; on cusp of Series (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.743f77de2e8a4b989bef7df819506132.nlcs_mets_cardinals_baseball_sts238.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=VeAJeVb.ebnoeHxJMLISog--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="New York Mets batter Jose Reyes reacts after striking out to end the game as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina celebrates their 4-2 win in Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 4-2, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols actually had a few nice things to say about Tom Glavine this time. And why not? A big swing can put any slugger in a better mood, especially when his team is one win from the World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Piniella vows to make Cubs a winner (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_piniella"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.4b9d2173ccfa4f2ba6cdd7efd4bac427.cubs_piniella_baseball_cxc101.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=.rg8_AJoTuqMtdnktYef5A--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New Chicago Cubs baseball team manager Lou Piniella smiles as he speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lou Piniella put the blue cap bearing a big C onto his head, pulled the jersey with No. 41 over his shoulders and then made sure his modeling was complete by turning around to give everyone a full look. The big question: Can he turn around the Chicago Cubs?</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres stay perfect with rout of Flyers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.b6fe764e77784554a58e012665cc43eb.flyers_sabres_hockey_nydh207.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=owl4Wx7EItCGDTkJgM3Z5g--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres left winger Thomas Vanek (26) shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Robert Esche (42) in the third period for his second goal of the NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. Buffalo won 9-1. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oh, that Chris Drury, what a spoil sport.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankees pitcher Lidle mourned at service (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_lidle_memorial"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.2dde6029beb8459989e639330f2c4e3e.lidle_memorial_baseball_cars105.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=hcjFSjp4LtNLD34PmhJy4g--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Melanie Lidle, widow of Cory Lidle, struggles to maintain her composure as she talks to reporters at a memorial service for the late New York Yankees pitcher, in West Covina, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Three small planes flew over mourners at a memorial Tuesday for Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, an emotional reminder to his family, friends and teammates that he died doing something he loved.</p><br clear="all"/>

2 Miami players apologize for brawl (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbc_miami_brawl_fallout"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.aee3cbd2e01f4330b83c215ab1f38567.miami_brawl_fallout_football_mh102.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=PC6_Rvf.G2XbPPo0izfPVw--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Miami safety Anthony Reddick prepares to read an apology after football practice Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 in Coral Gables, Fla., for his roll in Saturday night's brawl with Florida International. Reddick swung his helmet as a weapon during the fight. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Miami president Donna Shalala offered no apologies for the actions taken by her university in the days following a sideline-clearing brawl that sparked widespread outrage.</p><br clear="all"/>

Falcons guard Lehr suspended by NFL (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_falcons_lehr_suspended"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.28516281d5a147f7be6fdd112832f400.giants_falcons_football_garf102.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=EoCC.o03oBsqN1gM3_dWFQ--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn (28) gets first period yardage under pressure from New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce (58) and end Michael Strahan (92) in the first half during the football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)" border="0" /></a>AP - An already troubled Atlanta Falcons offensive line lost starting guard Matt Lehr on Tuesday to a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.</p><br clear="all"/>

Knicks' Jeffries could be out 2 months (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_knicks_jeffries_out"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.635b5084585b4a29a44584efa7cf5aa9.knicks_76ers_basketball_pxc104.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=foVK_wATozTrNpwS4gkp5g--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas watches his team play during the 2nd period of a pre-season NBA basketball game with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Center, Saturday, October 14, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photos/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jared Jeffries, counted on to help shore up the Knicks' defense, will miss six to eight weeks because of a broken left wrist.</p><br clear="all"/>

La Russa prepared for hostile reception at Shea (Reuters)
Reuters - Needing just one victory to reach the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is prepared to face a hostile Shea Stadium crowd on Wednesday.

Manchester United, Lyon remain unbeaten (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061017/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.6e26978b8b244b15914d6f59acb3793a.britain_soccer_champions_league_th809.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=BjxLFI5glW8Of8vtjWi_KQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in action against FC Copenhagen during the Champions League group F soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/PA, Martin Rickett)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United and Lyon stayed perfect in the Champions League, each winning their third straight matches to close in on qualifying for the second round.</p><br clear="all"/>

Nabokov, Sharks blank Stars 2-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.9b37b80b6c5748d8bac9add39ee155c2.sharks_stars_hockey_sja111.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=QQzDrsIu20cqyboxutNWiA--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, right, of Kazakhstan, deflects the puck as Dallas Stars' Jere Lehtinen (26), of Finland, closes in in the third period of a NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. San Jose won 2-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Evgeni Nabokov is playing like somebody is after his job &#151; and that's just one reason the San Jose Sharks are off to the best start in franchise history.</p><br clear="all"/>

The Rocky Horror "O"
Jake Plummer and the Broncos' anemic offense could keep this team from maximizing its Super Bowl potential.

Cardinals fire offensive coordinator (AP)
Frustrated Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green fired offensive coordinator Keith Rowen on Tuesday and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Mike Kruczek. The move came hours after the Cardinals blew a 20-point lead and lost to the Chicago Bears 24-23 on Monday night. "I've known Keith for a long time.

Ravens fire offensive coordinator Fassel (AP)
Jim Fassel was fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, a move designed by coach Brian Billick to get more firepower from the league's 28th-ranked attack. The Ravens scored only 10 offensive touchdowns in their first six games and were held to 16 points or fewer three times.

NFL suspends Packers' Robinson one year (AP)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was suspended without pay Tuesday for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league's action came hours after Robinson pleaded not guilty to charges of drunken driving and fleeing police stemming from a high-speed chase in August.

Colts acquire DT McFarland from Bucs (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts think they've found their Super Bowl link -- again. For the second time in less than 14 months, the Colts brought in a bulky defensive tackle to stop the run, this time trading a 2007 second-round draft choice to Tampa Bay for Anthony McFarland. "It's disappointing to be leaving a place where you have so many friends, but I'm excited to be going to a 5-0 team that's in the...

Lions DT Rogers to be suspended (AP)
Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers will be suspended for four games by the NFL for taking a banned, over-the-counter substance, an official within the league told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NFL is expected to announce the suspension Wednesday.

Falcons G Lehr banned four games by NFL (AP)
An already troubled Atlanta Falcons offensive line lost starting guard Matt Lehr on Tuesday to a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Lehr is the first Atlanta player to be suspended due to an infraction of the policy since 2002, when cornerback Ray Buchanan drew a four-game suspension after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Buccaneers sign CB Phillip Buchanon (AP)
A disappointment in Houston, cornerback Phillip Buchanon will get an opportunity to jump-start his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seeking help for an injury-depleted secondary, the Bucs signed the former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday with hopes of getting more out of him than the Texans did after paying a hefty price in 2005.

Marcus Vick rejoins Dolphins as receiver (AP)
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick rejoined the Miami Dolphins as a receiver Tuesday after spending the first six weeks of the season on their practice squad. To make room on the roster for Vick, the Dolphins terminated the contract of wide receiver Cliff Russell. He played in three games and caught two passes for 14 yards.

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.

Southeast's old guard
Once again, the experience of the Miami Heat will reign supreme over the Southeast Division's young talent.

Knicks F Jeffries out six to eight weeks (AP)
Jared Jeffries, counted on to help shore up the Knicks' defense, will miss six to eight weeks because of a broken left wrist. Jeffries was hurt last Friday against New Jersey in his New York debut and had an MRI exam Sunday. Knicks coach Isiah Thomas originally said that Jeffries would miss three to six weeks, but the longer prognosis was given after Jeffries saw a hand specialist Monday.

Knicks win, stay perfect in preseason (AP)
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Eddy Curry powered his way to 19 as the New York Knicks remained unbeaten in the preseason by beating the Boston Celtics 116-108 Tuesday night. Quentin Richardson, getting more playing time in the absence of small forward Jared Jeffries, added 15 points, including seven in the final quarter.

Warriors' Murphy hurt in preseason win (AP)
Mike Dunleavy had 32 points, Baron Davis added 28 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-120 in a preseason overtime game Tuesday night. Troy Murphy scored 14 points for Golden State before leaving in the fourth quarter after taking a forearm in the face from Zach Randolph.

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.

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.

Sabres improve to 6-0, rout Flyers 9-1 (AP)
First the Sabres were winning the tight ones. Now they're blowing teams out. Buffalo has rolled to a perfect start through six games. With a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, the Sabres don't seem to be slowing down a bit. "Not all games are going to go like this," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Nabokov, Sharks hand Stars first loss (AP)
Evgeni Nabokov is playing like somebody is after his job -- and that's just one reason the San Jose Sharks are off to the best start in franchise history. Nabokov made 32 saves in his second shutout in three starts this season and the Sharks handed the Stars their first loss, beating Dallas 2-0 Tuesday night.

Kovalev lifts Canadiens past Flames 5-4 (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens are keeping games close and picking up points. Radek Bonk and Sheldon Souray each scored two goals, and Alex Kovalev netted Montreal's third power-play goal of the game, leading the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Matthew Lombardi scored twice in the first period for Calgary, and the game was tied at 2 after 20 minutes.

Oilers score early, hold off Canucks 2-1 (AP)
Two shots were all the Edmonton Oilers needed to beat the Vancouver Canucks. Ethan Moreau fired in a slap shot 51 seconds after the opening faceoff and the Oilers held for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night. The Oilers made it two goals on two shots when rookie Patrick Thoresen slipped a shot past Dany Sabourin two minutes later.

Nolan helps Coyotes end skid, top Blues (AP)
A pregame meeting and a long-awaited goal from Owen Nolan carried the Phoenix Coyotes to a much-needed win over the St. Louis Blues. After losing four straight -- including the first three of a four-game trip -- Phoenix avoided their worst start since moving to Phoenix 10 years ago by beating St. Louis 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Habs' Downey hospitalized after hit (AP)
Montreal Canadiens forward Aaron Downey was hospitalized Tuesday night with a severe concussion after Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr slammed his head into the boards with an open-ice check. Downey crossed the red line with his head down and was dropped by a hard shoulder check from Regehr 3:38 into the Canadiens' 5-4 victory.

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)
Mark Recchi dares to mention Evgeni Malkin in the same sentence as the one player in Pittsburgh Penguins history to whom almost no one is ever compared. Yes, No. 66. Malkin won't play his first shift, take his first shot, make his first pass until the Penguins face the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. That didn't prevent Recchi and Sidney Crosby from bringing up the same name -- Mario Lemieux -- when...

Unbeaten Wild recall RW Foy, C Smith (AP)
The Minnesota Wild recalled right wing Matt Foy and center Wyatt Smith from the minors on Tuesday to fill in following a rash of injuries. Left wing Pascal Dupuis will miss at least a month with a sprained left knee sustained last Thursday. Right wing Mattias Weinhandl -- felled by a concussion caused by a collision in Saturday's game -- is also out.

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.

Five down …
NASCAR is halfway through the Chase, and points leader Jeff Burton also leads the list of Chase surprises.

Montoya to make NASCAR debut in Memphis (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya will make his NASCAR debut in a Busch Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park, his team announced Tuesday.

Kenseth: Lucky to still be within striking distance (AP)
I have to feel fortunate that, despite finishing two laps down at Lowe's Motor Speedway, I still ended up 14th.

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.

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