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Rookies face off in World Series Game 1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061020/capt.946ec0bbc76c4c0eae07badc7e0d07ac.world_series_tigers_baseball_dts101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=lFHcJFqUAhSqgVOCzDDUYA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Detroit Tigers Game 1 starter Justin Verlander speaks to the media in Detroit, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. The American League Champion Detroit Tigers will meet the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 the World Series on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the Cardinals and Tigers last hooked up in the World Series, the starting pitchers in the opener were Bob Gibson and 31-game winner Denny McLain. When they get together at Comerica Park on Saturday night, Game 1 will have a pair of rookie starters for the first time, with Detroit's Justin Verlander facing off against Anthony Reyes. And the way Reyes sees it, two rooks are better for him than one.</p><br clear="all"/>

Stadium hoax was prank by grocery clerk (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_football_threats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061020/capt.1d17c5b58c8c4a16999a1c580db5fa58.football_threat_wipz101.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=B3jr0sOJCrd9FreK4kUt9A--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="In this photo provided by Wauwatosa East High School, Jake Brahm is seen in his 2004 year book photograph. Brahm surrendered Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, on charges in an Internet hoax threatening a 'dirty bomb' plot against Cleveland Browns Stadium and other U.S. football stadiums and told prosecutors he had posted the same message about 40 times over the past few weeks, federal authorities said. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Wauwatosa East High School)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jake J. Brahm's jokes began on the Internet with remarks about his boredom and mundane day-to-day activities such as buying socks. The 20-year-old grocery store clerk was still laughing Friday despite learning in federal court that he faces up to five years in prison on charges he posted prank Internet warnings of terrorist attacks against NFL stadiums.</p><br clear="all"/>

Federer closes in on 10th title of year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_madrid_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.b21fe106f5ed4ae19b643d4d058fa116.spain_tennis_jj802.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=zaTHD29F5YcB0k_ExHhZSw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Roger Federer from Switzerland celebrates his win over David Nalbandian from Argentina during their semi-final ATP Masters Series tennis tournament match in Madrid, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006. Federer won his match in two sets, 6-4 and 6-0. AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Federer moved a step closer to his 10th title of the year, routing David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Madrid Masters.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rose maintains 4-shot lead at Disney (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/glf_funai_classic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061020/capt.b3468c5e01234782ad8644eb1532e53f.funai_classic_golf_fljr117.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=iIPU9PBi6xBa7Qaxnkk_5g--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Justin Rose watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Funai Classic golf tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Rose gained a stroke Saturday, then gave it right back and finished the second round where he started &#151; with a four-shot lead.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tyson bores crowd in return to ring (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_tyson_s_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.1d294b7be766421ba248add583d68f59.tysons_tour_boxing_ohtd104.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=qb0vZUnlPG.r2UYLrbfcHA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Mike Tyson, right, gives Corey 'T-Rex' Sanders a right jab in the fourth round of an exhibition, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Tyson's return to boxing was no knockout. Not even close. The former heavyweight champion and one-time baddest man alive opened his "World Tour" on Friday night with a ho-hum performance in a four-round exhibition against Corey "T-Rex" Sanders, a former sparring partner who outweighed Tyson by 50 pounds.</p><br clear="all"/>

Demoted Cardinals coach files grievance (AP)
AP - Former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Keith Rowen has filed a grievance with the NFL over the circumstances surrounding his demotion.

Oracle signs naming rights deal for NBA stadium (Reuters)
Reuters - The Golden State Warriors will now play basketball in 'the Oracle' after business software maker Oracle Corp. said on Friday it signed a 10-year naming rights agreement with the NBA team.

Friends La Russa and Leyland in opposite dugouts (Reuters)
Reuters - Best of friends going back 24 years, baseball managers Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland are now pitted against each another in pursuit of the same goal -- winning the 102nd World Series.

Red Bulls to start youngest MLS player (AP)
AP - Stop thinking of Freddy Adu of the D.C. United as the youngest player in the MLS. The honor belongs to Jozy Altidore of the New York Red Bulls, the team that Adu and company will meet on Saturday in the opening leg of a home-and-home, first-round playoff series that will open at Giants Stadium.

Sabres are the NHL's last unbeaten team (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.aac22fa38d4346fb95672e68718c74be.hurricanes_sabres_hockey_nydh106.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=0bdm6YyHBYa4AvSgSWIkIA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres right winger Maxim Afinogenov (61) of Russia, celebrates after Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, not shown, scores a goal on Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Buffalo won 5-4. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Buffalo Sabres are the only remaining team in the NHL with a chance to have a perfect season. They beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Friday night, becoming the first team to start the season with seven straight wins since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1994-95.</p><br clear="all"/>

Fire sale
Given Dennis Green's history, the firing of Keith Rowen as Arizona's O-coordinator shouldn't have been a surprise.

Wisconsin man charged in NFL hoax threat (AP)
Jake J. Brahm's jokes began on the Internet with remarks about his boredom and mundane day-to-day activities such as buying socks. The 20-year-old grocery store clerk was still laughing Friday despite learning in federal court that he faces up to five years in prison on charges he posted prank Internet warnings of terrorist attacks against NFL stadiums.

Leftwich improves, still questionable (AP)
Byron Leftwich's sore left ankle felt better Saturday, but the quarterback remained questionable for Jacksonville's game at Houston. Leftwich missed practice Friday, wore a protective boot and then had an MRI. Results showed "nothing serious," team spokesman Dan Edwards said Saturday. Edwards said Leftwich was "feeling a little bit better." The fourth-year starter was scheduled to fly with the team...

Rowen files grievance after demotion (AP)
Former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Keith Rowen has filed a grievance with the NFL over the circumstances surrounding his demotion. Team spokesman Mark Dalton confirmed Friday that Rowen had filed a grievance but had no other comment. No date has been set for the case to go before an arbitrator.

Seahawks WR Engram has Graves' disease (AP)
Seattle Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram had been waiting to learn whether a virus or an autoimmune disease was causing the thyroid condition that has him out indefinitely. Turns out, it's both. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Friday that test results showed a virus and Graves' disease caused Engram's hyperactive thyroid and, subsequently, an accelerated heartbeat and fatigue.

Giants' Barber stands firm on retiring (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...

Report: NFLPA files grievance for Simon (AP)
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league Friday on behalf of Corey Simon, the Colts' defensive tackle sidelined the rest of the season because of an undisclosed illness, The Indianapolis Star reported. The team said two weeks ago that the illness was not football-related and that Simon would not be paid the rest of his 2006 salary, about $2 million.

Bengals activate RB Chris Perry (AP)
Bengals running back Chris Perry, who sat out the first five games of the season with ankle and knee injuries, was activated Friday. Perry, who often is used in passing situations, rejoined the team in practice this week and could have an important role Sunday against Carolina (4-2) since three Bengals receivers are sidelined by injury or suspension.

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.

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.

Northwest passage
Kevin Garnett finally has the crew to help navigate the Wolves back to the top of the Northwest Division.

Suns sign Diaw to 5-year, $45M extension (AP)
Suns forward Boris Diaw has signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension, the maximum length allowed by NBA rules. The deal, announced Friday, will keep the versatile 6-foot-8 Diaw under contract through the 2011-12 season. And it means Diaw won't test the free-agent market next summer. "I knew that the Phoenix Suns wanted me to stay for four more years and I knew that I wanted to stay four...

Mavs' Howard inks 4-year, $40M 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.

Suit from Pacers-Pistons brawl dismissed (AP)
A federal jury dismissed a civil lawsuit Thursday by a man who claimed Indianapolis forward Jermaine O'Neal permanently injured him during the 2004 brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Charles Haddad, 23, alleged O'Neal's punch to his head caused him to suffer migraine headaches, memory loss, trouble sleeping, inability to socialize, and aversion to bright...

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.

Artest releases first rap album (AP)
Ron Artest sat backstage with his entourage, wondering if the audience would approve of his upcoming performance. He was prepared for extra scrutiny after being tarnished by his unpredictable, out-of-control behavior over the past few years in the NBA. And he knows that many already have stereotyped him as another athlete-turned-rapper such as Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, who didn't excel in the...

Sonics pick up options on Petro, Swift (AP)
The SuperSonics exercised their fourth-year option on center Robert Swift on Friday and their three-year option on center Johan Petro. That means both are under contract through the 2007-08 season, after which each has a player option to remain with Seattle. Swift, a first-round pick in 2004 whose contract is governed by the league's previous collective bargaining agreement, could have become a...

Celtics waive Akingbala, Pittsnogle (AP)
The Boston Celtics on Friday waived forwards Akin Akingbala and Kevin Pittsnogle, bringing their roster to 16 players. Akingbala averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 minutes in two preseason games, while Pittsnogle played in three preseason games and averaged 1.0 point in 3.7 minutes. Akingbala played at Clemson, while Pittsnogle played at West Virginia.

Sabres win franchise-best 12th straight (AP)
Derek Roy and the Buffalo Sabres haven't let success go to their heads. "Right now we're a good team, but I think we can be a little bit better," Roy said after getting two assists in Buffalo's 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, the Sabres' seventh straight win to start the season.

Ducks hand Wild first loss, 2-1 (AP)
In this season's first meeting between two teams that figure to be among the best in the NHL's Western Conference, the Ducks were a little bit better than the Wild. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves, defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Sean O'Donnell scored second-period goals, and Anaheim ended Minnesota's season-opening winning streak at six games with a 2-1 victory Friday night.

Boucher rallies Stars by Blackhawks 5-4 (AP)
The Dallas Stars needed a frantic finish to maintain their mastery over the Chicago Blackhawks. Philippe Boucher scored with 39 seconds left in regulation and the Stars rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to match the best start in franchise history with a 5-4 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.

Flyers suffer fifth straight loss (AP)
It took Ed Belfour three starts to get his first win as a Florida Panther. The Philadelphia Flyers have gone five games without a victory. Olli Jokinen scored the game-winning goal late in the second period and Florida beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Friday night, the Flyers' fifth straight loss. Belfour had 25 saves for the Panthers, who started the season 4-0 at home for the first time since 1995-96,...

Flyers' Forsberg to miss at least a week (AP)
Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg will miss at least a week after he sprained his left wrist in the Flyers' 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Forsberg had an MRI on the wrist Friday and is wearing a splint. Forsberg, who has two goals and six points in seven games this season, was hurt in the first period when he used his arm to brace himself against the boards.

Wellwood, Peca get Leafs by Blue Jackets (AP)
After getting booed off their home ice 48 hours earlier, the Toronto Maple Leafs found a safe haven on the road. Kyle Wellwood and Michael Peca, playing in his 700th career game, scored 34 seconds apart to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. "When you get on the road after a loss, you really want to have a good game," said Wellwood, who added an...

Salo gives Canucks last-second OT win (AP)
Sami Salo had one chance and little time. Salo scored with less than a second left in overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. "I thought there would be time for one move," he said. "So that's what I did and just found a hole." Salo assisted on Markus Naslund's goal that sent the game into overtime.

Crosby brushes off diving accusation (AP)
Sidney Crosby brushed off Ted Nolan's comments as gamesmanship Friday, a day after the New York Islanders' coach accused the Pittsburgh star of diving. "I don't need to defend myself," said Crosby, who has not been called for a diving penalty this season. "I think my play more than shows the type of player I am.

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.

Sharks continue hot start, rip Wings 5-1 (AP)
The streaking San Jose Sharks are tough enough to catch without the 16 extra hurdles the Detroit Red Wings put in their own path. Captain Patrick Marleau scored two of San Jose's five power-play goals and the Sharks rolled to the best start in franchise history with their sixth victory in seven games, 5-1 over the sloppy Red Wings on Thursday night.

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Ward Burton makes his return to NASCAR (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Sprague wins pole for truck race at Martinsville (AP)
Jack Sprague won his 29th career pole position in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series on Friday with a lap at 95.675 mph at Martinsville Speedway.

Busch wins pole for Subway 500 at Martinsville (AP)
Kurt Busch won the pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, his Nextel Cup Series-high sixth pole position of the season.

Sprague wins pole for NASCAR Trucks Kroger 200 (SportsTicker)

Kurt Busch wins pole for NASCAR Subway 500 (SportsTicker)

Gordon appreciating titles more and more (AP)
The fall visit to Martinsville Speedway is one Jeff Gordon always looks forward to, especially when he's contending for NASCAR's big championship.

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.

A glance at the drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points: DRIVER: Jeff...

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