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Game 4 of World Series postponed by rain (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061026/capt.c46b972f0ce7468ea11aa918bc4c6b4f.world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts307.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=kHv8iDG7RxqI6dWN_0O1AQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Fans leave Busch Stadium in St. Louis in a heavy downpour after Game 4 of the World Series was postponed, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - All this rain means more rest for pitchers, and that could spell trouble for the slumping Detroit Tigers. Game 4 was postponed Wednesday night because of showers and will be made up Thursday at 8:27 p.m. EDT, potentially sending the World Series into scheduling chaos. More wet weather was expected the next two days, and nobody was certain when Detroit and St. Louis would play again.</p><br clear="all"/>

Reyes or Weaver? Cards manager undecided (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_world_series_pitchers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061023/capt.c39927fb648b469da2aa031aabc4a94a.world_series_cardinals_tigers_baseball_dts126.jpg?x=71&y=130&sig=8thD.YGVosxVtdDRErEnPg--" align="left" height="130" width="71" alt="St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jeff Weaver sits in the dug out after being relieved by pitcher Tyler J. Johnson in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Cardinals' third rainout of the postseason gave manager Tony La Russa another opportunity to fiddle with his rotation.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sakic reaches milestone in Avs' loss (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_capitals_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061026/capt.58b271ed93bd4d3caa578a13ae4e1573.capitals_avalanche_hockey_dxa103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=ylfgFRV0QpT9IT_I5MvNaw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic, right, reacts after a shot by teammate Andrew Brunette went in for a score past Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig, of South Africa, in the first period of a hockey game in Denver Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006. Sakic earned an assist on the play to get his 1,500 career point, which makes him the 11th player in the league's history to reach that mark. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The 48 shots that Olaf Kolzig faced during the game didn't rattle him, but the one that Alexander Ovechkin absorbed just before the final horn did.</p><br clear="all"/>

Babchuk gives Carolina first win at home (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_hurricanes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061026/capt.619fb6158f584334928748bf7c9ed139.thrashers_hurricanes_hockey_ncgb105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=nPsiy3r6ZAq8x_pMBB9MVA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Babchuk (48), of the Ukraine, scores the game-winning goal in overtime against Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, during an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Atlanta Thrashers can't figure out a way to beat the Carolina Hurricanes this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dwyane Wade reaches superstar status (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_wade_incorporated"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061025/capt.6c252feda87246398b856a646fe2399c.heat_wade_incorporated_flda501.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=lrdAIvgkZX2g5TGEMWPCsA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="In this photo released by Converse, film director Spike Lee, left, shares a laugh with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, between takes of the filming of a new Converse shoe television commercial, Sept. 25, 2006, in Miami. Indeed, these are fun times for the Heat superstar, who is becoming perhaps just as valuable in the business world as the basketball one. A new batch of Converse television commercials with Lee, featuring Wade's newest shoe line, hits the airwaves Thursday. A new Gatorade ad campaign is coming this winter. He's selling cell phones for T-Mobile and sports-utility vehicles for Lincoln. He's on the cover of GQ and countless other magazines, too. (AP Photo/Converse, David Adame)" border="0" /></a>AP - Spike Lee is seated across from Dwyane Wade, then shouts "action" as the steamy gymnasium &#151; transformed into a temporary studio &#151; becomes silent. "Show us your game face," says Lee, the die-hard basketball fan and renowned director.</p><br clear="all"/>

Parcells' verdict: Romo over Bledsoe (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_romo_starts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061025/capt.091f9d1771a742b2a7837d9b8933d3d5.cowboys_romo_starts_football_dn203.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=r1UEAslGmoVAJ4FYLVvBig--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe (11) looks to pass the football in the first quarter against the New York Giants in their game in Irving, Texas, Monday, Oct. 23, 2006. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said Wednesday that 14-year veteran Bledsoe will be repalced and will start Tony Romo against Carolina, Sunday, Oct. 29 (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Drew Bledsoe said he's going to support Tony Romo, even if he disagrees with coach Bill Parcells' decision to bench him in favor of the fourth-year pro.</p><br clear="all"/>

Stern wants NBA's gun-toting players holstered (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061026/sp_afp/basketnbasternguns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061026/capt.sge.foi67.261006084810.photo00.photo.default-512x411.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=CKfCiu3XwoxdYU5FUDg7tw--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="David Stern said he is alarmed by the number of gun-packing National Basketball Association players who say they need firearms for protection(AFP/File/Robert Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AFP - David Stern said he is alarmed by the number of gun-packing National Basketball Association players who say they need firearms for protection.</p><br clear="all"/>

Report: Yanks pick up Sheffield's option (AP)
AP - Gary Sheffield was told Wednesday that the New York Yankees will pick up his $13 million option for next season, according to a newspaper report.

South Africa to spend $1.9B on World Cup (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061025/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_wcup2010_south_africa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061024/capt.f2303e0e3c9c4f04a69931080acdbace.south_africa_soccer_fifa_world_cup_2010_xoz102.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=gAF8q0af1EbtU0dZou3z7g--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="South African President Thabo Mbeki addresses delegates at the opening of a FIFA 2010 soccer World Cup Kick Off Workshop in Cape Town, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The South African government plans to spend $1.9 billion on new stadiums and related infrastructure for the 2010 World Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pronger burns Oilers as Ducks win 6-2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061026/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061026/capt.bdecaa7de3c24bd4b3ddf192a24214dc.oilers_ducks_hockey_ana101.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=Fg914.Ri6JJ2hPfXJC1_hw--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Jarret Stoll watches his goal past Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere as Chris Pronger looks on during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - When All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger asked the Edmonton Oilers to trade him less than a week after the Stanley Cup finals because of family concerns, the Anaheim Ducks were more than happy to take him off their hands.</p><br clear="all"/>

Falling hard and fast
Teams have been forced to explore contingency plans after a number of high-profile players were felled by injuries.

Cowboys to start Romo against Panthers (AP)
Drew Bledsoe said he's going to support Tony Romo, even if he disagrees with coach Bill Parcells' decision to bench him in favor of the fourth-year pro. Bledsoe's demotion became official Wednesday when the Dallas Cowboys coach said Romo, who took over at quarterback in the second half Monday night, will make his first career start Sunday night at Carolina.

Ravens QB McNair expects to face Saints (AP)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair worked with the first-team offense Wednesday and expects to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. McNair sustained a concussion and sprained neck in the first quarter of Baltimore's 23-21 loss to Carolina on Oct. 15. The Ravens (4-2) had a well-timed bye last week, during which McNair recovered from the injuries.

Porter's suspension ends after two games (AP)
Jerry Porter was reinstated by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday after the NFL and the players' association agreed to cut his four-game suspension in half. Porter was suspended Oct. 15 for insubordination a day after being kicked out of practice by coach Art Shell. The NFL Players' Association appealed the suspension the following week, calling it "excessive." Under the terms of the new collective...

Colts keeping DT Reagor on active roster (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts are keeping defensive tackle Montae Reagor on the active roster while he recovers from a head wound suffered in an automobile accident. Reagor was scheduled for surgery Wednesday afternoon to repair a fracture of the orbital bone around his left eye. The injury occurred Sunday when his SUV was rammed by another car and overturned as he was driving to the RCA Dome for the game...

NFL to play games outside U.S. annually (AP)
All those red Manchester United soccer jerseys worn every day around the world -- the NFL is looking to throw a few of its own colors into the mix. America's most popular professional sports league will make a major play to increase its appeal to fans outside of the United States beginning next season.

Del Rio: Leftwich's ankle a problem (AP)
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has changed his stance again, saying quarterback Byron Leftwich's sore left ankle was indeed a problem in last week's loss to Houston. He even decided to have Leftwich and backup David Garrard split repetitions in practice Wednesday. "There was no question based on what I saw that there was a problem," Del Rio said Wednesday, reversing his opinion from two days earlier.

Merriman, Chargers strive for normalcy (AP)
Life appeared to be normal Wednesday for the San Diego Chargers and their star linebacker, Shawne Merriman, who's free to keep practicing and playing while he appeals a positive steroid test that could lead to a four-game suspension. After practice, quarterback Philip Rivers pulled on a red Maryland T-shirt.

Droughns' domestic violence case dropped (AP)
A domestic violence case against Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns was dropped Wednesday as prosecutors cited a lack of evidence. Defense attorney Harvey Steinberg said prosecutors apparently concluded their case was too weak. Kathleen Walsh, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, in a statement said the case was dropped out of concern "about doing justice when there is not...

Bucs' Kelly out for year with toe injury (AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brian Kelly will miss the remainder of the season with a toe injury that already had sidelined him for most of the year. "It's a big, big loss for us," coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday after the ninth-year pro was placed on injured reserve. Kelly was second on the team with four interceptions in 2005.

Comic relief
Once the punch line to everyone's favorite jokes, the Clippers could laugh last as the Pacific Division champ.

Cops: 'Deputy Shaq' in on botched raid (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal was present during a botched child pornography raid last month while working in Virginia as a reserve sheriff's deputy. The Miami Heat center, who pursues his interest in law enforcement during the offseason, denied Tuesday taking part in serving the search warrant at the wrong house Sept.

Stern: Players need to leave guns home (AP)
David Stern understands having a gun to protect your home. He's not convinced carrying one on the streets makes you any safer. For that reason, the NBA commissioner said Wednesday that he would prefer his players leave their firearms behind when they go out. "It's a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically," Stern...

Sonics' sale approved to Bennett's group (AP)
NBA owners unanimously approved the sale of the SuperSonics on Tuesday to a group headed by Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett, who says he wants to keep the team in Seattle. Whether he does almost certainly depends on if he gets a new building. Bennett's group purchased the SuperSonics and WNBA's Storm from the Basketball Club of Seattle, led by Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, on July 18...

Hornets pick up option on Paul's deal (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets picked up an option on Chris Paul's contract Wednesday, keeping the reigning rookie of the year with the Hornets for at least two more seasons. Paul, the No. 4 overall pick in last year's NBA draft, averaged 16.1 points and 7.8 assists last season to lead all rookies, and his 175 steals were the most in the NBA.

Lakers' Jackson plans to coach opener (AP)
Leaning on a metal cane, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson declared himself "pretty much pain free" Tuesday in his first public comments since undergoing right hip replacement surgery three weeks ago. "I'm feeling pretty good," he said after watching the Lakers scrimmage for season-ticket holders at Staples Center.

NBA GMs pick Spurs to win, LeBron MVP (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs will win another title and LeBron James will capture his first MVP award, according to a preseason poll of NBA general managers. All but two of the league's 30 general managers responded to the fifth annual NBA.com survey. They also picked Portland's Brandon Roy as the rookie of the year, Pat Riley of Miami as the best coach and Kobe Bryant as the player they want taking a...

Nets G Adams acquitted on DUI charges (AP)
New Jersey Nets rookie guard Hassan Adams was acquitted Wednesday of drunken driving. Adams, who starred at Arizona and was a second-round draft pick of the Nets, was arrested March 5 and cited with speeding, DUI and DUI with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or greater. A Tucson City Court jury deliberated five hours before deciding that Adams could not be convicted of either DUI charge, citing doubt...

Wild now 6-0 at home, top Kings 3-1 (AP)
The Minnesota Wild's stingy defense and goaltending are continuing to fuel the team's franchise-best start. Manny Fernandez made 35 saves and Brian Rolston scored two goals to help the Wild defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night. Rolston scored his team-high seventh and eighth goals of the season, Todd White had a goal and two assists, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added three assists for...

Kolzig, Caps spoil Sakic's special night (AP)
The 48 shots that Olaf Kolzig faced during the game didn't rattle him, but the one that Alexander Ovechkin absorbed just before the final horn did. When Ovechkin took a slapshot to the leg and crumpled to the ice in the final seconds of the Washington Capitals' 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Kolzig was highly concerned.

Pronger burns former team as Ducks win (AP)
When All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger asked the Edmonton Oilers to trade him less than a week after the Stanley Cup finals because of family concerns, the Anaheim Ducks were more than happy to take him off their hands. Pronger had three assists Wednesday night in Anaheim's 6-2 victory over the Oilers.

Hurricanes need OT to get first home win (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers can't figure out a way to beat the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Anton Babchuk scored 1:11 into overtime to help the Hurricanes win their first game at home, beating Southeast Division leader Atlanta 5-4 on Wednesday night. Two of Atlanta's three losses have come against Carolina, including its last loss on Oct.

Flyers focus on turning season around (AP)
With a slight grin on his face and a chuckle after his composed words, Peter Forsberg hardly sounded like a Flyers captain ready to raise a ruckus and rally his teammates. Instead, his simple message for the NHL-worst Flyers was this: Don't panic. There's still ample time to salvage a sinking season. "It's a long way from being over.

Belfour, Stumpel get Panthers by Rangers (AP)
Ed Belfour flashed the form that has long made him one of the NHL's top goalies and Jozef Stumpel came up big offensively to lead the Florida Panthers to their first road victory of the season. Belfour stopped 35 shots and Stumpel scored two goals to help the Panthers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Ruff can't find much wrong in 9-0 start (AP)
Poor Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo Sabres coach is trying his nitpicking best, but fighting a losing battle in an attempt to find fault with his team's perfect start. At 9-0, Buffalo is one win short of matching the NHL record set by Toronto in 1993 for best start to a season, a feat the Sabres can accomplish when they play the Islanders at Long Island on Thursday.

Luongo helps Canucks shut out Blackhawks (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks took advantage of the Chicago Blackhawks being without four of their top players. Roberto Luongo recorded his first shutout with Vancouver, making 32 saves in a 5-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Luongo, acquired in a multiplayer trade from Florida in the offseason, registered his 28th career shutout.

Coyotes' home renamed Jobing.com Arena (AP)
Jobing.com has acquired the naming rights to Glendale Arena, home of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. The arena, which now will be known as Jobing.com Arena, had been without a corporate sponsor since it opened in December 2003. Jobing.com, a Phoenix-based online employment service, will pay $2.5 million per year in the 10-year agreement, the team said Wednesday at a news conference.

Chase chances: Week 7
After a wild day at Martinsville, the list of Nextel Cup title favorites is down to just two.

Michael Waltrip's crew chief fined (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - NASCAR on Wednesday fined crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. for rule violations during last Sunday's Nextel Cup Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Ragan not cleared to run Atlanta (AP)
David Ragan failed to gain clearance from NASCAR to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Roush Racing withdrew its entry for him on Tuesday.

Allmendinger joining Toyota team in NASCAR (AP)
A.J. Allmendinger became the latest open-wheel defector Tuesday when the Champ Car driver signed a deal to drive for Team Red Bull in NASCAR.

Newman tests new NASCAR design in Iowa (AP)


Kenseth `survives' Martinsville to take Chase lead (AP)
I survived Martinsville Speedway, and that's really all we were hoping to do.

Allmendinger to drive Team Red Bull Toyota in 2007 (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - A.J. Allmendinger will try his hand at a stock car.

Turkish GP organizers withdraw appeal of record fine (AP)
Turkish Grand Prix organizers withdrew their appeal of a record fine for allowing the Turkish Cypriot leader to present the winner's prize at the Formula One race. The sport's governing body did not say why the organizers dropped their appeal of the $5 million fine. The organizers already paid half of the fine issued on Sept.

Chase finally where NASCAR envisioned (AP)
Matt Kenseth threw the caution flag when the rest of the competition appeared ready to hand the Nextel Cup title to Jeff Burton.

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