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NEWS FROM 2006-10-23
Tigers down Cards to tie World Series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061023/capt.4e03bbfca1bf4e0a96e3498c40a3d55f.world_series_cardinals_tigers_baseball_dts127.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=cF9FL40pKN0zBTWPcMbAJw--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Juan Encarnacion in the seventh inning in Game 2 of the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now you see it. Now you don't. Whatever was on Kenny Rogers' hand, even after he washed it off, the St. Louis Cardinals barely hit him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons outlast Steelers in OT thriller
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_steelers_falcons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.87b0d9219ce644fe81cc51f5f363eb19.steelers_falcons_football_gaja104.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=BrdM4kR1jqlWuWhHha5tmg--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Atlanta Falcons quarter back Michael Vick (7) is stopped on the run by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Tyrone Carter as Falcons Todd Weiner (74) follows the play during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Oct. 22, 2006, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 41-38 in overtime. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Roethlisberger stood on the Pittsburgh sideline with a white towel hanging around his neck. All he could do was watch as Michael Vick and the Falcons finished off the Steelers in a game that was just too good to be settled in 60 minutes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seahawks' 12th man silent as Vikings win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_vikings_seahawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.41080092315a4a22a410718bad913cd6.vikings_seahawks_football_sea115.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=xfcsYLnsWByIqDuRl1QiQA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace (15) has the ball knocked loose by Minnesota Vikings' Ben Leber in the fourth quarter in a football game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, in Seattle. The Vikings recovered in the endzone for a touchdown. Minnesota won, 31-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - For years, teams facing the Seahawks at home have tried silent snap counts, blaring music during practices and other tricks to combat Seattle's notoriously raucous crowd noise. Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson figured out a way to take the crowd and the Seahawks out of it on the same play.</p><br clear="all"/>
Johnson wins; Kenseth takes points lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_martinsville"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.6f01a58c59c540ada752341faf4c31f5.nascar_martinsville_auto_racing_vash112.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=nvoh0MKKmZj0x9jnnSOTmQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Jimmie Johnson approaches the finish line as he takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup Subway 500 auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Trouble finally found Jeff Burton at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson and a handful of other championship chasers found themselves back in title contention.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning, Colts skin Washington 36-22
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_redskins_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061023/capt.55fc7f8e7b74435e87fcc772f1149f02.correction_redskins_colts_football_nad108.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=8CrtjccId5_3WnFS2TuV_w--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning got up, cleaned his dirty face and responded like a prizefighter. After being bent over awkwardly twice in the first half, losing his helmet and once appearing hurt, the two-time MVP knocked out the Washington Redskins with three third-quarter touchdown passes Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 36-22 victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: NFL to suspend Chargers LB
AP - Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to a report posted Sunday night on ESPN.com.
Jay Williams' comeback cut short by Nets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061022/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nets_jay_williams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061021/capt.3f6064d6c1564dceb63e041609d6c42a.76ers_nets_basketball_era104.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=0Vo7horoqiAQh8T4r89d2w--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Philadelphia 76ers' Rick Brunson is fouled as he attempts to split the defense of New Jersey Nets' Jay Williams, right, and Mikki Moore, left, during third quarter pre-season NBA basketball Friday night, Oct. 20, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jay Williams' quest to return to the NBA some three years after a horrible motorcycle accident was put on hold Sunday when the New Jersey Nets waived the point guard less than two weeks before the start of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers beat Cardinals 3-1 to even World Series
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061023/sp_nm/baseball_series_sunday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061023/2006_10_23t000904_450x341_us_baseball_series_sunday.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=BlSGi7ry.3F_YWo07B148w--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers Sean Casey hits an RBI single against St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning during Game 2 in Major League Baseball's World Series in Detroit October 22, 2006. (Shaun Best/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis
Cardinals 3 to 1 on Sunday to tie the best of seven baseball
World Series at one game each.</p><br clear="all"/>
Guzan saves Chivas USA in MLS semifinal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_dynamo_chivas_usa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.26fcb75f43ce4b10b067c74e6684fbc4.dynamo_chivas_soccer_carf105.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=g.blYMTjkqW.4oOgr7p6.Q--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Chivas USA's Juan Francisco Palencia acknowledges cheering fans after scoring against the Houston Dynamo in the second half of an Major League Soccer playoff game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, in Carson, Calif. Chivas USA won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ante Razov and Francisco Palencia scored goals and Brad Guzan came up with a save on a late penalty kick to help Chivas USA beat Houston 2-1 in a Western Conference semifinal match on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Getzlaf's goal in shootout lifts Ducks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061023/capt.d034e375afce461987c11fe5023093b7.ducks_kings_hockey_las106.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=dePox092Ux9WKxuuheSH6A--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Los Angeles Kings center Sean Avery yells at Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger after he was checked face first into the boards during their NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. Pronger received a penalty for boarding on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks finally had things go their way in a shootout.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marvin Lewis' big gamble midway through the fourth quarter was the difference in Cincy's win over the Panthers.
Bryant's 62-yard FG lifts Bucs by Eagles (AP)
Nothing in Matt Bryant's career suggested he was capable of making the kick of his life. He was surprised he even got a chance. Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal -- the third-longest in NFL history -- to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an improbable 23-21 last-second victory over Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Falcons knock off Steelers 41-38 in OT (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger stood on the Pittsburgh sideline with a white towel hanging around his neck. All he could do was watch as Michael Vick and the Falcons finished off the Steelers in a game that was just too good to be settled in 60 minutes. Remember this one. It could be a defining game for both teams this season.
Report: Merriman faces league suspension (AP)
Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to a report posted Sunday night on ESPN.com. The 22-year-old Merriman, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, was initially to be suspended last week alongside two other players, the Web site reported, citing people with knowledge of the suspension whom the report did...
Palmer, Bengals rally to beat Panthers (AP)
The call came in. The gamble was on. The Bengals were putting the game into the pleading hands of Chad Johnson. The brash receiver had been begging for the chance. Johnson turned a risky fourth-and-1 call into a diving 32-yard catch Sunday, leading to a touchdown and a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers, who couldn't stop the Pro Bowl receiver on the play that mattered most.
Hasselbeck hurt as Vikings stun Seahawks (AP)
For years, teams facing the Seahawks at home have tried silent snap counts, blaring music during practices and other tricks to combat Seattle's notoriously raucous crowd noise. Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson figured out a way to take the crowd and the Seahawks out of it on the same play. Henderson rolled into Matt Hasselbeck's right leg early in the second half of a tie game, sending...
Colts stay unbeaten, rip Redskins 36-22 (AP)
Peyton Manning got up, cleaned his dirty face and responded like a prizefighter. After being bent over awkwardly twice in the first half, losing his helmet and once appearing hurt, the two-time MVP knocked out the Washington Redskins with three third-quarter touchdown passes Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 36-22 victory.
Chiefs top Chargers on Tynes' 53-yard FG (AP)
Lawrence Tynes already knew he'd have to try again, from 5 yards farther back. He figured a little practice for the longest field goal attempt of his career wouldn't hurt. Tynes was right. The Kansas City kicker had a 48-yard field goal wiped out by an illegal procedure penalty, then came right back to connect on a 53-yarder with 6 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the San Diego...
Several NFL starting QBs suffer injuries (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger was knocked unconscious, Matt Hasselbeck sprained a knee, Andrew Walter tweaked a hamstring and Charlie Frye was advised to only answer two postgame questions because of a concussion. It wasn't an easy day to be an NFL quarterback. Roethlisberger took a blow to the head in the third quarter of Pittsburgh's game against Atlanta on Sunday, and ended up watching the final moments...
Dillon scores twice, Patriots rout Bills (AP)
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have become so accustomed to winning -- and particularly against Buffalo -- that even lopsided victories are no longer satisfying. Take Brady, the perfectionist, for example: The Patriots had just routed the Bills 28-6 on Sunday, a game in which Brady methodically engineered four scoring drives.
Kevin Garnett finally has the crew to help navigate the Wolves back to the top of the Northwest Division.
Musselman apologizes for DUI arrest (AP)
A teary-eyed Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman apologized Sunday for his arrest a day earlier on a drunken driving charge. His players and bosses were by his side in support. "First let me say that I'm sorry," Musselman said at Arco Arena. "I'm embarrassed and ashamed. I'm well aware of the seriousness of the situation.
Musselman coaches as Kings top Hornets (AP)
Ron Artest scored 22 points to help the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Hornets 117-93 in a preseason game on Sunday. Sacramento coach Eric Musselman led the team hours after he apologized for his arrest a day earlier on a drunken driving charge. Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof said no disciplinary action would be taken against the team's first-year coach, hired June 3 to replace fired...
Nets cut former Duke star Jay Williams (AP)
Jay Williams' quest to return to the NBA some three years after a horrible motorcycle accident was put on hold Sunday when the New Jersey Nets waived the point guard less than two weeks before the start of the season. "It's heartbreaking doing it regardless, and then to do it with a guy like him," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said.
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.
Flyers' Clarke resigns, Hitchcock fired (AP)
Bob Clarke was burnt out. Ken Hitchcock was tuned out. Now both are out of jobs, part of a dramatic Broad Street breakup Sunday designed to jolt the NHL-worst Philadelphia Flyers out of the cellar and end their worst start in 17 years. Clarke resigned in his second stint as general manager, unable to match the Stanley Cups he won with the team as a Hall of Fame center in the 1970s.
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.
Getzlaf gives Ducks SO win over Kings (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks finally had things go their way in a shootout. Ryan Getzlaf faked backup goalie Mathieu Garon and scored the winning goal in the fifth round, helping the streaking Anaheim Ducks beat the rival Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Sunday. Getzlaf skated slowly toward Garon and faked to the right before pausing and going left, catching Garon sprawled flat on the ice.
Penguins' Malone out with broken forearm (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ryan Malone is expected to be out four to six weeks after breaking his forearm Saturday night during the team's 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In July, the Pittsburgh native was awarded a two-year, $2.75 million contract by an arbitrator. He had 22 goals and 44 points in 77 games with the Penguins last season, when he earned less than $1 million.
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.
Malkin, Staal lead Pens by 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...
Blackhawks RW Havlat out 2-3 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.
Sens rip Devils 8-1 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...
Burton's bad luck at Martinsville tightens Chase (SportsTicker)
MARTINSVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) - Just one week ago, Jeff Burton said he wasn't about to celebrate a championship. Perhaps he was right.
Johnson stays alive in Chase with win at Martinsville (SportsTicker)
Points leader fades to 5th after his luck runs out (AP)
Jeff Burton insisted all weekend that his car was strong, even though he only qualified 28th for Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville.
Johnson wins at Martinsville, Burton blows engine and points race tightens (AP)
Trouble finally found Jeff Burton at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson and a handful of other championship chasers found themselves back in title contention.
Sprague wins NCTS Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway (SportsTicker)
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.