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Mets beat Cardinals' ace to force Game 7 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.a7c6279d16e745aab476a6282e030524.nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_nys235.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=gJTS99iyXy8s3F1Aty6DAg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="New York Mets Jose Reyes (7) scores as teammate Michael Tucker (22) greets him during the seventh inning of Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. Reyes and Tucker both scored in a single by Paul LoDuca. Looking are Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and home plate umpire Gary Darling. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even before Game 6, the New York Mets were briefed on travel plans to Detroit for the World Series opener. Brimming with confidence and blocking out adversity, John Maine pitched a game to remember, making sure that itinerary would not be thrown away. And now, the NL championship series comes down to a winner-take-all finale.</p><br clear="all"/>

Government doubts threat on NFL stadiums (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/football_threats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.b88d0537b4ef4fb6b1fdc9b7cba1be47.football_threats_flwl105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=2iJjnJbbc.duT1xfwPDWCA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Dolphin Stadium in Miami is shown Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. A Web site is claiming that seven NFL football stadiums, including Dolphin Stadium, will be hit with radiological dirty bombs this weekend, but the government on Wednesday expressed doubts about the threat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - An Internet message claiming that seven NFL stadiums will be hit with dirty bombs this weekend was met with "strong skepticism" Wednesday by government security officials.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tiki Barber considers hanging up cleats (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_giants_barber_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.d223b282773744b4b6a68c0bb7899bd3.giants_falcons_football_garf116.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=s2rLcpcJWRzJAN.OIKUfbw--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="New York Giants' Tiki Barber (21) steps on the stripe as he dives for the goal line in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons during the football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. He was ruled out of bounds. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Walking away from the never-ending pain of professional football after this season for a career in front of a television camera might save Tiki Barber's body. It also would likely mean a significant pay cut for the popular New York Giants running back.</p><br clear="all"/>

Favre rips NFL for treatment of Robinson (AP)
AP - Brett Favre sharply criticized the way the NFL handles substance abuse problems Wednesday, a day after teammate Koren Robinson was suspended for the season, apparently because of a drunken driving charge.

Blake's winning streak ends in Madrid (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_madrid_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.789c663bd52a4e7daf93065f3062b39f.spain_tennis_ba819.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=QVM2YuJe_.orwlL7vSblpg--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="James Blake, from the United States, reacts after losing a point against Belgium tennis player Kristof Vliegen during the ATP Masters Series tennis tournament match in Madrid, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Vliegen won the match in three sets: 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5). (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rafael Nadal easily won the opener of his Madrid Masters title defense Wednesday on a day when six seeds fell.</p><br clear="all"/>

T.O. wants to get involved earlier (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_cowboys_t_o"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061015/capt.a8ce54c3b3ca41a4ac8c69f7a17af5d5.cowboys_texans_football_irv108.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=.yMlXixlHDZ6UWGlTZCNTw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) smiles at the end of football game against the Houston Texas in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. Owens scored three touchdowns in the Cowboys' 34-6 win.(AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that T.O. has loaded up on TDs, he has a new gripe: not enough catches before halftime.</p><br clear="all"/>

US basketball legend Jordan eyes European teams in NBA (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061018/sp_afp/basketnbausaeurope"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061018/capt.sge.dfx81.181006175406.photo00.photo.default-512x341.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=LUCPPK4gg7WMKg6L5su0Ow--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="US basketball legend Michael Jordan, seen here addressing a press conference in Paris, has hailed European players as mastering the fundamentals of the game and said the addition of European teams to the NBA would be a &quot;very good idea.&quot;(AFP/Franck Fife)" border="0" /></a>AFP - US basketball legend Michael Jordan has hailed European players as mastering the fundamentals of the game and said the addition of European teams to the NBA would be a &quot;very good idea.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>

Mets force Game 7 and give ball to Perez (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nlcs_game7_lookahead"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061016/capt.0d2005d14dad4f53bbbfd18f739b0f0c.nlcs_mets_cardinals_baseball_sts214.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=p_1syNb_lgDG4OHuSU3dcA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez punches his glove after giving a RBI triple to St. Louis Cardinals Juan Encarnacion during the third inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Mets are handing the ball &#151; and their season &#151; to Oliver Perez in Game 7. That's right, Oliver Perez, who was demoted to the minors by lowly Pittsburgh less than four months ago.</p><br clear="all"/>

Inter finally wins in Champions League (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.8c2c636ff2794140a3be3df9fd9b1fcc.italy_soccer_champions_league_xac107.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=.p9KxMu3gh0A_Bqmtq24mA--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Inter Milan forward Julio Cruz, left, of Argentina, and Spartak Moscow defender Radoslav Kovac, of the Czech Republic, jump for the ball during their Champions League, group B, soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Oct 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)" border="0" /></a>AP - Inter Milan finally won a game in the Champions League on Wednesday while Chelsea won another.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wild defeat Kings 2-1 in overtime (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.c916327aa7b04148a3f1204f4455c666.wild_kings_hockey_cabk102.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=6mnGu39cLz5h28E_SWZnUg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings' Tom Kostopoulos battles the Minnesota Wild's Kim Johnsson (29), of Sweden. for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the season in overtime, helping the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record sixth consecutive win.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brown out
The latest injury suffered by Mike Brown could leave the Bears lacking leadership and range at the starting safety spots.

Government skeptical of NFL bomb threats (AP)
An Internet message claiming that seven NFL stadiums will be hit with dirty bombs this weekend was met with "strong skepticism" Wednesday by government security officials. With nothing to indicate an imminent attack, local authorities and stadium owners were alerted "out of an abundance of caution." Dated Oct.

Bears S Mike Brown out indefinitely (AP)
Chicago Bears strong safety Mike Brown is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right foot Wednesday, a major hit for the NFL's second-ranked defense. Brown limped off the field and was taken from the sideline on a cart during the fourth quarter of Monday's 24-23 comeback victory at Arizona after his foot got twisted on a running play.

Favre rips NFL for treatment of Robinson (AP)
Brett Favre sharply criticized the way the NFL handles substance abuse problems Wednesday, a day after teammate Koren Robinson was suspended for the season, apparently because of a drunken driving charge. "I don't like the way the league has, in my mind, turned their back on him," Favre said. "I'm not against banning him for the year.

Lions unsure why DT Rogers was suspended (AP)
The Detroit Lions understand they will be missing star defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for the next month. They just aren't clear why. The NFL suspended Rogers without pay for the next four games for violating a league rule on banned substances. The league said Wednesday the violation involved an NFL policy that covers anabolic steroids and related substances.

T.O. wants to be involved sooner (AP)
Now that T.O. has loaded up on TDs, he has a new gripe: not enough catches before halftime. Terrell Owens said Wednesday his three touchdown catches this past Sunday let him know he's an important part of the Dallas Cowboys' offense, but he also noted that all three came in the second half. He had only one catch for 19 yards over the first two quarters against Houston.

Chad Johnson wants offense to be bolder (AP)
Chad Johnson's demeanor these days -- no boasts, no guarantees, no trash talk whatsoever -- matches the Cincinnati Bengals' mundane offense. And the Pro Bowl receiver says it's time for both to change. His solution: Throw caution to the wind and throw the ball long. Johnson was practically demur on Wednesday, flat-out refusing to bait the Carolina Panthers who will cover him this weekend, or make...

Seahawks WR Engram to miss another game (AP)
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday that receiver Bobby Engram will miss his second consecutive game with a thyroid condition. The team still does not know whether the cause was a virus or Grave's Disease, a treatable autoimmune condition. An accelerated heart rate from his overactive thyroid left the 11-year veteran and team's leading receiver last season fatigued and at home for a week.

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.

Marcus Vick prepares for NFL debut (AP)
The morning phone call from Miami Dolphins management awakened Marcus Vick, and he didn't mind a bit. Vick was summoned to the team offices and told he was being added to the roster after spending the first six weeks of the season on the practice squad. Because he was kicked off his college team in January, bypassed in the NFL draft in April and cut by the Dolphins at the end of training camp, Vick...

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.

Warriors C Murphy out with broken nose (AP)
Center Troy Murphy will miss the Golden State Warriors' next two preseason games after breaking his nose in a game against Portland. Murphy was hurt in the fourth quarter of Golden State's overtime victory Tuesday night when Zach Randolph's forearm hit him in the face. Murphy, who scored 14 points, underwent surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles, where the Warriors play exhibitions over the next two...

Raptors top LeBron-less Cavaliers 103-81 (AP)
Jorge Garbajosa scored 16 points, Fred Jones and Andrea Bargnani each had 13, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-81 Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in the preseason. Toronto (4-0) rallied in the third quarter to take charge and then pulled away from the Cavaliers (2-3), who played with LeBron James watching from the bench.

Heat F Wright sprains left ankle (AP)
Dorell Wright's promising preseason with the Miami Heat is over. The third-year forward has a sprained left ankle and is expected to miss three weeks, the team said Wednesday. Wright is expected to spend one week in a cast and the following two weeks rehabbing. Wright said he wasn't sure when the injury occurred, but noticed the ankle started swelling about three hours after the Heat beat the New...

Cook, McKie are latest injured Lakers (AP)
The season opener is less than two weeks away, and the Los Angeles Lakers' injury problems are getting worse. Brian Cook and Aaron McKie were the latest Lakers to be injured, and it's possible neither will play in Thursday night's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Cook was hurt during warmups before Tuesday night's 96-91 loss to Sacramento in Las Vegas, sustaining...

Celtics keep Nets winless in preseason (AP)
Ryan Gomes scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Leon Powe added 11 points and 15 rebounds to rally the Boston Celtics over the New Jersey Nets 94-90 in a preseason game Wednesday night. The Celtics trailed 77-61 after three quarters and by as many as 23, but outscored the Nets 33-13 in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-3 in the preseason.

Nuggets' Martin hurt in win over Pacers (AP)
Kenyon Martin had 20 points and eight rebounds before limping off the court in the third quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 114-102 Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Arena. Martin, who scored 15 points in the first half, was kneed in the quadriceps and limped off the court with 3:32 left in the third quarter.

Pens' Malkin scores, but Devils win 2-1 (AP)
First, Sidney Crosby. Now, Evgeni Malkin. The Pittsburgh Penguins' young stars keep making impressive debuts but losing to Martin Brodeur. Brodeur withstood Malkin's first career goal in his first game to become only the third goaltender in NHL history to reach the 450-win mark, with Jamie Langenbrunner's goal in the third period making the difference in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 victory over the...

Wild move to 6-0, top Kings 2-1 in OT (AP)
Tied early, Los Angeles and the Minnesota Wild droned on for two scoreless periods. Then lickety-split, the game was over, and the Kings lost again. Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the season 25 seconds into overtime, helping Minnesota to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night for its franchise-record sixth consecutive win.

Flyers waive Nedved, others after loss (AP)
Veteran Petr Nedved, Niko Dimitrakos and Nolan Baumgartner were waived Wednesday after one of the Philadelphia Flyers' most lopsided losses in franchise history. The Flyers, who lost to Buffalo 9-1 Tuesday night, recalled right wing Stefan Ruzicka, defenseman Alexandre Picard and left wing Ben Eager from their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Predators' Vokoun shuts out Rangers (AP)
Tomas Vokoun's slow start has quickly become a distant memory. After allowing 13 goals in Nashville's opening two losses, the Predators goalie has roared back during an impressive three-game winning streak. His latest effort was a 38-save performance that produced his 17th NHL shutout and gave the Predators a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Smolinski helps Blackhawks top Habs 2-1 (AP)
Two of Chicago's key offseason acquisitions came through Wednesday night. Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski scored to help the Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. Havlat and Smolinski were acquired from the Ottawa Senators in a three-team deal in July. Smolinski put Chicago in front 2-1 just 2 minutes into the third, scoring from the slot after taking Tony Salmelainen's centering pass from...

Five-goal first powers Caps by Panthers (AP)
A rare offensive outburst by the Washington Capitals enabled Olie Kolzig to savor a relatively stress-free night in goal. It was an uncommon feeling, one that Kolzig certainly would love to experience far more often. Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist during Washington's five-goal first period, and the Capitals cruised past the Florida Panthers 5-2 Wednesday night.

Liles gets Avalanche past Maple Leafs (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche were pleased after beginning a tough three-game road trip through Canada with a win. Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles scored twice to lead the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. "This is real big," said Liles. "It's such a tough road trip against three tough teams in three cities tough to play in.

Perry carries Ducks past Red Wings 4-1 (AP)
Defense, goaltending, scoring, special teams -- the Anaheim Ducks put them all together. "This was by far the best game we've played so far, a full solid effort for 60 minutes in every area," Teemu Selanne said Wednesday night after the Ducks dominated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Anaheim's defense kept pressure off goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere most of the game, and he had a shutout going until...

Sabres rip Flyers 9-1, improve to 6-0 (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.

Sharks hand Stars first loss, 2-0 (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.

Trading Paint: Chasing opinions
Will Mark Martin step it up? Can Kasey Kahne come back? And what's with the points system? The fans chime in.

Kurt Busch's crew chief fined, suspended (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Roy McCauley, the crew chief for Kurt Busch, was suspended for two races and fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Wednesday.

Busch's crew chief suspended for shocks violation (AP)
Kurt Busch's crew chief was suspended for two races by NASCAR on Wednesday for a violation following qualifying at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Montoya making strides in transition to NASCAR (AP)
The caller sounded a tiny bit confused, greeting Juan Pablo Montoya as ``Juan Carlos.''

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.

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