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Cardinals beat Mets to win NL pennant (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_nlcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061020/capt.22ef6355122d463994055e740bd97d55.aptopix_nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_nys132.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=_8jYy_78L3QIV8NMpldGkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina leaps into the arms of pitcher Adam Wainwright after the final out in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the New York Mets in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Cardinals advance to face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - No way anybody was catching Yadier Molina's ninth-inning shot. And by the time it landed beyond the left-field fence, the St. Louis Cardinals were headed to the World Series. Molina's tiebreaking homer and another Game 7 gem by Jeff Suppan helped St. Louis overcome Endy Chavez's astounding grab, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night for the NL championship.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suppan stands out in another Game 7 gem (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nlcs_cardinals_mvp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061020/capt.13d66b38f4db4a32ab166e6fb35f4716.nlcs_cardinals_mets_baseball_nys111.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=kJ2gDsisG1wP2OnqqiHhag--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Jeff Suppan pitches to New York Mets' Paul LoDuca in the first inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pulsing ballpark, pouring rain, nothing shook Jeff Suppan. Because when it came to the postseason, once again Suppan was super.</p><br clear="all"/>

Football stadium threat a hoax, FBI says (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_football_threats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.fba14a5696ad46fd8d8caa806f0eb8a3.football_threats_waet101.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=KrJHUAPNe4XDFyegotFwPw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Security guard Jaymee Armstrong looks around the parking lot outside the Seattle Seahawks stadium, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, in Seattle. Internet threats of 'dirty bomb' attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend were a hoax, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The FBI made the announcement after agents questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man in an effort to determine who made the threats, which were posted on a Web site last week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend were a hoax inspired by a writing competition between two men trying to come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Iron Mike no more, Tyson on 'World Tour' (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_tyson_s_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.ae128280814e426eb9cd5a86ea1ab3e7.tysons_tour_boxing_ohms102.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=6gMImFv5fJpY2WlkP6FxHA--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pumps his fist in the air during his weigh-in at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006. Tyson, 40, was promoting his upcoming exhibition match Friday night as he kicks off 'Mike Tyson's World Tour,' which will include stops in Virginia, California, China, Russia, Croatia and South Africa, promoter Sterling McPherson said. (AP Photo/Mark A. Stahl)" border="0" /></a>AP - He kicked off his sneakers, stepped on the scale in his white socks and smiled. Seconds later, the man once labeled the baddest man on the planet, the one who could petrify an opponent simply by stepping onto the apron, flexed his biceps for a few photographers and then giggled almost in shame.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ex-punter charged with attempted murder (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_punter_attacked"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.1e7102e394bf4363aa07cfc2a003ed9c.punter_attacked_football_coea102.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=_9fWHXuvHkciQgwvpcOeqQ--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza juggles a football before the team's light workout in Greeley, Colo., in this Oct. 13, 2006, file photo. Prosecutors filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, against former Northern Colorado punter Mitchell Cozad, accused of stabbing starter Mendoza in his kicking leg on Sept. 11 outside Mendoza's apartment.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Prosecutors filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder Thursday against a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter in his kicking leg in a case that drew comparisons to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan rivalry.</p><br clear="all"/>

AP Picks: Bengals play another tough one (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061020/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pro_picks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061018/capt.0675b6c557da418ea9af936c12ef7672.bengals_johnson_football_ny154.jpg?x=130&y=121&sig=cp2_cyKICVAcD40QuSdzzw--" align="left" height="121" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson gets away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Juran Bolden (21) and Ryan Nece (56) during an NFL football game in this Oct. 15, 2006 file photo in Tampa, Fla. 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. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Cincinnati Bengals survived a tough early schedule. They're not doing as well against the softer middle part.</p><br clear="all"/>

Source: Diaw gets $45 million extension (AP)
AP - Boris Diaw has agreed to a five-year, $45 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Molina blast sends Cardinals to World Series (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061020/sp_nm/baseball_nlcs_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061020/2006_10_19t234727_450x327_us_baseball_nlcs.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=Ypj7JL96_3bYkeCIRNnUIA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="St Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina celebrates his 9th inning two-run home run off New York Mets Aaron Heilman during Game 7 in their NLCS playoff baseball series in New York October 19, 2006. (Shaun Best/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Yadier Molina blasted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to send the St Louis Cardinals to the World Series with a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets in a climactic Game Seven on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sevilla held to tie; English teams sweep (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061019/capt.37555f326efe4a22939eafd2e91fe808.czech_republic_uefa_cup_soccer_jpra106.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=62hDn9uwsz3wl4rGvQdz3w--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Daniel Pudil, right, of Czech Republic's team Slovan Liberec challenges for a ball daniel Alves, left, of Spanish team FC Sevilla during their Group C UEFA Cup soccer match in Liberec, Czech Republic on Thursday Oct. 19, 2006. Liberec tied with Sevilla 0-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Defending champion Sevilla was held to a 0-0 draw by Slovan Liberec in its opening group game in the UEFA Cup on Thursday and English teams swept all three of their games.</p><br clear="all"/>

Flyers star Forsberg hurts wrist (AP)
AP - Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg sprained his left wrist in the first period of the Flyers' 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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

FBI says NFL stadium threats were hoax (AP)
Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend were a hoax inspired by a writing competition between two men trying to come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The threats, which were posted on a Web site last week and mentioned stadiums in seven U.S.

Bears S Mike Brown out for season (AP)
Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown hobbled into the locker room on crutches, his right foot covered by a large cast and his season for the unbeaten Bears over. One of Chicago's most important defenders, Brown was put on injured reserve Thursday after surgery a day earlier to repair ligament damage in the foot.

Giants' Barber appears set to retire (AP)
New York Giants all-time leading rusher Tiki Barber said Thursday that he is firm in his decision to retire after the season. "I've been talking about retirement for years now, and it has nothing to do with being physical or money or Hall of Fame," Barber said. "It's all about my desires, and for me to change them would compromise my integrity and would compromise who I am as a person and what I've...

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.

T.O. wants to be involved earlier (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.

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.

RB James hopes new coordinator will help (AP)
Perhaps no back in NFL history worked so hard for so little as Edgerrin James did Monday night. After gaining 55 yards in 36 carries, no wonder he hopes a change in offensive coordinators this week will create at least a little more room to run. James, who has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game since coming to the Arizona Cardinals, said teams have loaded up against the run, and a shift in tactics...

Jets RB Martin hopes to play again (AP)
Curtis Martin appears as healthy as he's ever been and the competitive fire in him still burns. The fourth-leading rusher in NFL history just isn't sure if he'll ever get back on the field. Speaking publicly for the first time in more than a month, the New York Jets running back expressed his desire Thursday to resume his playing career and put his knee injury behind him.

Bills still have confidence in QB Losman (AP)
As J.P. Losman's production has dropped, coach Dick Jauron's confidence in the Buffalo Bills quarterback hasn't wavered. Despite concerns of Losman regressing, Jauron is sticking with his belief that the third-year veteran will develop into a consistent starter over time. "I do believe J.P. is progressing," Jauron said, with the Bills preparing to host AFC East-leading New England on Sunday.

Pau-er outage
Pau Gasol's injury will sap the energy of the Grizzlies and leave them at the bottom of the Southwest Division.

Source: Suns F Diaw to sign extension (AP)
Boris Diaw has agreed to a five-year, $45 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The team would not confirm the signing but scheduled a 4 p.m. EDT news conference on Friday. The deal was finalized on Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified because the team was not scheduled to...

Mavs sign Howard to four-year extension (AP)
Mavericks forward Josh Howard agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension Thursday through the 2010-11 season. Howard will play for $1.6 million this season, the last on his existing contract. Howard said he did not want to test the free-agent market after the season. "I'm glad it's done," Howard said before Dallas' preseason game Thursday night against Milwaukee.

Lakers C Kwame Brown out 3-to-4 weeks (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown will be sidelined approximately three to four weeks because of a bruised rotator cuff and bursitis in his right shoulder, meaning he'll miss the start of the season. Lakers spokesman John Black said Thursday that Dr. Neal Elattrache, a shoulder specialist, examined Brown a day earlier and made the diagnosis.

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.

Rally carries Warriors past Hornets (AP)
Monta Ellis had 18 points and six other Warriors scored in double figures in Golden State's 112-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday. Linton Johnson and reserve guard Jannero Pargo each had 17 points for the Hornets, who had three players foul out. Point guard Chris Paul, last season's rookie of the year, had 11 points and seven assists.

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...

Harrington leads Pacres over Bobcats (AP)
Al Harrington had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 109-96 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night. Josh Powell had 20 points and the Pacers also got 18 points from Stephen Jackson, who started his first home game of the preseason since he was involved in a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club two weeks ago.

Malkin, Gonchar power Pens past Isles (AP)
It took Sidney Crosby less than two games to figure out where to find new Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Evgeni Malkin. Crosby broke out of a mini-slump Thursday night with three assists, and defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal 3:33 into overtime to lift the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Suit filed to stop Malkin from playing (AP)
A Russian hockey club filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday against the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins, saying rookie Evgeni Malkin shouldn't be allowed to play in the league because he remains under contract in his native country. The Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey club, which filed the lawsuit in U.S.

Forsberg injures wrist in Flyers loss (AP)
Marc Denis helped the Tampa Bay Lightning turn a pregame sense of urgency into a much-needed victory. Denis made 34 saves, and Ryan Craig and Ruslan Fedotenko scored second-period goals to help Tampa Bay beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night. "We knew we were facing a desperate hockey team, but it was more about this dressing room to be honest with you," Denis said.

Predators tops Devils in shootout (AP)
When it comes to shootouts, Chris Mason of the Nashville Predators is perfect. Mason stopped all three New Jersey attempts in the shootout and Martin Erat scored the only goal to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. "I've only been involved in three shootouts, two last year, and I haven't allowed a goal in yet," Mason said after leading the...

Murray helps Bruins end skid, top Flames (AP)
A trip home was all the Bruins needed to get back on track. Glen Murray scored two goals and Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. "The difference between how we played on the road and how we played tonight is that we weren't scrambling as much," forward Brad Boyes said.

Avalanche's Theodore shuts down Senators (AP)
Jose Theodore warmed up for his return to Montreal with a strong performance against the Ottawa Senators. Theodore made 26 saves and Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored second-period goals to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Senators on Thursday night. The 2001-02 league MVP with Montreal, Theodore evened his record at 2-2-1 with his best start of the season, losing a bid for his...

Thrashers stay hot, top Capitals in SO (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are off to their best start ever and starting to look like one tough team. Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in a shootout to give Atlanta a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. The Thrashers have won five of their last six games and are in first place in the Southeast Division with 11 of a possible 14 points after seven games.

Wild move to 6-0, defeat Kings 2-1 in OT (AP)
In an Oct. 18 story about an NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Wild player Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the season. It was Gaborik's first overtime goal of the season and fourth overall.

Flyers send Nedved, Dimitrakos to minors (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers sent center Petr Nedved and left wing Niko Dimitrakos to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Both were placed on waivers Wednesday, a day after a 9-1 loss to Buffalo. The 34-year-old Nedved, acquired by the Flyers in January in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, has 308 goals and 705 points in 942 career games in his 15-year career.

Jackets' Berard has second back surgery (AP)
Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard, who missed much of last season with a back injury, had a second surgery on Thursday. Berard, who hasn't played this year, could be back before the end of the season, team spokesman Todd Sharrock said. The surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles was to repair a herniated disc and was similar to the surgery he had in March on another disc.

Beyond the Chase
Ten drivers are competing for the Cup championship, but there's plenty of intrigue throughout the rest of the field.

Speed Channel suspends analyst for on-air remarks about Hispanics (AP)
A pit reporter for Speed Channel's broadcasts of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races has been suspended for this weekend's race at Martinsville after making on-air comments the network felt were racially insensitive. "Ray Dunlap has been suspended for one race for making comments on-air that the company found inappropriate," Speed vice president for media relations Erik Arneson said Thursday.

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.

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