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Pujols, Cardinals take Game 1 of Series (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.7332405d42914c50b1ff77a31f442fae.world_series_cardinals_tigers_baseball_dts227.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=rlQ.ztM_67qLlPLyOGu6Sg--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen (27) high fives teammates Albert Pujols (5) and catcher Yadier Molina after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rest can be overrated. The St. Louis Cardinals managed just fine in Game 1 of the World Series without much. And maybe those hard-throwing Detroit Tigers, who had a week off, aren't so tough after all.</p><br clear="all"/>

Clemson kings of ACC after beating Tech (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_georgia_tech_clemson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.642748dd7a2f46daaeb8a5ded670e9e6.georgia_tech_clemson_football_scmc106.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=cPiAWn6OtiTv87XPrlQCwA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Clemson's C.J. Spiller (28) runs for a 50 yard touchdown in the third quarter against Georgia Tech's Jamal Lewis (4) try to catch him Saturday Oct. 21, 2006, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 31-7.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)" border="0" /></a>AP - With a little "Thunder" and "Lightning," Clemson showed who's tops in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Behind James "Thunder" Davis, C.J. "Lightning" Spiller and a defense that held Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson without a catch for the first time in his career, the 12th-ranked Tigers got a surprisingly easy 31-7 victory over the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Spartans complete greatest comeback ever (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_michigan_st_northwestern"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.680f16a966944145a1f9b55a49725cde.michigan_state_northwestern_football_evs106.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=k970O7a15CpRb91XtzTiNQ--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Michigan State's football team celebrates after overcoming a 35-point deficit in the second half to defeat Northwestern 41-38 in college football Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nearly an hour after the game, Drew Stanton was trying to digest what he'd just been a part of &#151; the greatest comeback in NCAA Division I-A history.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres beat Bruins 6-4; off to 8-0 start (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_bruins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.3423d198387d447f847a7b5e6d8e646d.sabres_bruins_hockey_mars106.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=WrztlQ7AyUtKQilKaB6xiw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Buffalo Sabres Jochen Hecht (55) of Germany collides with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in Boston. The Sabres won 6-2. (AP Photo/Rick Silva)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff is enjoying the Sabres' success. Chris Drury scored two power-play goals and the Sabres improved to 8-0 to match their franchise best start, beating the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wild rebound to 4-1 victory over Sharks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.285bf74e142947d4b4beb4634169c39c.wild_sharks_hockey_cata107.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=s9vH1GnWgA_djQKI6j2Cag--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Minnesota Wild's Wes Walz, right, helps goalie Manny Fernandez deflects the puck from a San Jose Sharks' goal attempt during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006." border="0" /></a>AP - Losing Marian Gaborik did nothing to slow down the Minnesota Wild. They were still several strides ahead of the San Jose Sharks in an early-season meeting between two of the Western Conference's most promising teams.</p><br clear="all"/>

Steelers hope to keep rolling in Atlanta (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_this_week"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061017/capt.dc154afa2ce04064b1b495d5b5911725.correction_chunky_soup_weigh_in_pagp104.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=iMG70XzaFHqFHscaYT86EA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his mother, Brenda, sit on a giant spoon scale as cases of Campebell's Chunky soup are piled on the other end in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. It took 348 cans of soup to balance the couple, and those combined with the 504 cans that it took to balance offensive lineman Max Starks and his mother, will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar" border="0" /></a>AP - After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost three of their first four games, folks were writing off the Super Bowl champs. Then they beat Kansas City 45-7 and are presumably back on course. Ben Roethlisberger seems back in form and they're just one game in the loss column behind Cincinnati and Baltimore in the AFC North.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kings coach Musselman arrested for DUI (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061021/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kings_musselman_dui"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.7e45b57aee484a05984cf6cd2a8d8dd9.jazz_kings_basketball_sca108.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=9Kl66Y0HNsiwWdvJFp01Kg--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman shouts encouragement to his team during the third quarter of an NBA preseason basketball against the Utah Jazz, in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. The Kings won 112-96, in Musselman's first game against the home crowd. Musselman replaced Rick Adelman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eric Musselman, in his first season as coach of the Sacramento Kings, was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Saturday, hours after his team's exhibition victory over the Utah Jazz.</p><br clear="all"/>

Column: Pitch to Pujols at your own risk (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_jim_litke"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.68a89b58709e477cbd29db51bfd763ee.world_series_cardinals_tigers_baseball_dts114.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=Teh.3dwRfUDA3w1uOVT1Rw--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 in Detroit. Tigers' Chris Duncan scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols showed up at the World Series hitting what baseball people like to call a "quiet" .324.</p><br clear="all"/>

Thompson gives FC Dallas MLS playoff win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_fc_dallas_rapids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.0521e26dcede4679812e54a6d864dcbd.fc_dallas_rapids_soccer_cojd104.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=o7gj1YRvy3CZXWiWO82r.Q--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon blocks a shot on goal against FC Dallas during the first half of game one in the 2006 MLS Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Abe Thompson scored the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night in the opener of the home-and-home playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sykora, Lupul help Oilers beat Red Wings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.5e4d82f653f94b79b11251d5ecae3563.red_wings_oilers_hockey__edm108.jpg?x=130&y=69&sig=inDEaHh1yCrBLR8Ve0ErSw--" align="left" height="69" width="130" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Petr Sykora, right, scores the winning goal on the Detroit Red Wings' Dominik Hasek during the third period of NHL hockey action at Edmonton's Rexall Place on Saturday, October 21, 2006. The Oilers won 3-1.((AP Photo/John Ulan, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Edmonton Oilers took advantage of some lucky breaks Saturday night. Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul scored on breakaways exactly 2 minutes apart late in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.</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.

Chiefs QB Green cleared to practice (AP)
Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, who was knocked unconscious in the Chiefs' season opener, has been cleared to practice. Green has missed nearly six weeks while recovering from a severe concussion he sustained Sept. 10 against Cincinnati. The veteran quarterback lay motionless on the field at Arrowhead Stadium for 11 minutes after the blow from Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers, before being...

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...

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.

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.

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

Kings' Musselman arrested on DUI charge (AP)
Eric Musselman, in his first season as coach of the Sacramento Kings, was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Saturday, hours after his team's exhibition victory over the Utah Jazz. He was released without bail from Sacramento County Main Jail at dawn, the sheriff's department said. He was cited for misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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...

Sabres match club record with 8-0 start (AP)
Even Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff is enjoying the Sabres' success. Chris Drury scored two power-play goals and the Sabres improved to 8-0 to match their franchise best start, beating the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Saturday night. "When you've got a group that's playing well it's fun to watch," Ruff said. "I think we're definitely enjoying this.

Habs spoil Theodore's return, beat Avs (AP)
Like his career in Montreal, Jose Theodore's first game against the Canadiens started off strong before ending quite badly. Sheldon Souray had two goals and two assists and Chris Higgins scored Montreal's fourth power-play goal midway through the third, leading the Canadiens to an 8-5 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Theodore's return to the Bell Centre.

Rookies carry Penguins past Blue Jackets (AP)
Evgeni Malkin is already quite comfortable in the NHL. The highly touted Russian rookie scored for the third straight game, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Malkin scored on a wrist shot midway through the third period to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-2 and become the first player to score in his first three NHL games since Jan Caloun did...

Hawks' Havlat out two-to-three weeks (AP)
Chicago right wing Martin Havlat, who began Saturday leading the NHL with 13 points, will be sidelined for two-to-three weeks with a sprained right ankle, according to the Blackhawks. Havlat suffered the injury in the third period of Chicago's 5-4 loss at Dallas on Friday night. It was the only game this season in which he was held without a point.

Without Gaborik, Wild top Sharks 4-1 (AP)
Losing Marian Gaborik did nothing to slow down the Minnesota Wild. They were still several strides ahead of the San Jose Sharks in an early-season meeting between two of the Western Conference's most promising teams. Wes Walz and Stephane Veilleux each had a goal and an assist, and Minnesota rebounded from its first loss with a 4-1 victory Saturday night.

Senators rout Devils for first home win (AP)
The Ottawa Senators ended their season-opening home losing streak in a big way against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond each scored two goals to help the Senators rout the Devils 8-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in five homes games. Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, and Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the...

Kovalchuk powers Thrashers past Panthers (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers were determined to avoid another poor start. No worries so far. Marian Hossa scored two more goals, Ilya Kovalchuk finally got one in regulation and the Thrashers kept up the best start in franchise history, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 Saturday night. J.P. Vigier added a rare goal and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 18 shots in the Thrashers' win, their sixth in the first eight...

Stars' Smith gets shutout in NHL debut (AP)
Another professional debut, another shutout for Dallas goalie Mike Smith. Smith stopped 22 shots in his NHL debut, leading the Stars to a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. "It brought back some memories," said Smith, who also had a shutout in his AHL debut last November. "I didn't feel as bad as I thought I would." Mike Ribiero, Mike Modano, Phillipe Boucher and Darryl Sydor...

Sykora, Lupul lead Oilers past Red Wings (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers took advantage of some lucky breaks Saturday night. Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul scored on breakaways exactly 2 minutes apart late in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scored on a brilliant individual effort to tie the score 1-1 at 11:24 of the third.

Poti, Isles rally for OT win over 'Canes (AP)
Third-period meltdowns cost the New York Islanders a chance at a fourth straight trip to the playoffs last season. A gut check against the Stanley Cup champions gave the Islanders an early-season win they couldn't let slip away. Rick DiPietro started slowly in his return from a groin injury, but shook off the rust enough to backstop a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday...

Being Busch

Hamlin aims to steal spotlight from Burton at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Sprague wins NCTS Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway (SportsTicker)

Points leader views luck as wild card down stretch (AP)
Points leader Jeff Burton has finished outside the top seven just once in the first five races of the Chase for the championship.

World of Outlaws founder Ted Johnson dies (SportsTicker)
PLANO, Texas (Ticker) - Ted Johnson, an auto racing pioneer who founded the World of Outlaws sprint car series, died Friday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

World of Outlaws founder dies (AP)
World of Outlaws sprint car series founder Ted Johnson has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 72. Johnson, who developed a passion for racing while watching his father race motorcycles and briefly drove sprint cars, gave up a career as a china salesman in 1978 to start the traveling series that raced close to 100 times a season.

Veteran wins at Martinsville for first time in 13 tries (AP)
Jack Sprague took the lead when NASCAR took it away from Ted Musgrave with 61 laps to go Saturday and won for the first time in 13 career starts at tight and tricky Martinsville Speedway in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series.

Ward Burton returns as brother Jeff chases championship (AP)
With his brother leading the Nextel Cup standings, Ward Burton is a more intent observer of NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

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

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