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Eckstein the hero; Cardinals take Game 4 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.2884840a8f2a4720878c1ed192e2ab33.aptopix_world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts331.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=rZWXaeMJD38ZW1rAB8osyg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' David Eckstein rounds first base with an eighth-inning double to drive in Aaron Miles in Game 4 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in St. Louis. Eckstein's RBI gave the Cardinals a 5-4 win and a 3-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Almost every ball David Eckstein hit was trouble for the Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bochy agrees to become Giants manager (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_manager_search"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061026/capt.3fefff886af5446a8691132ffc70c79e.giants_manager_bochy_baseball_ny161.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=UpAC1ieZFjSVzkOsVREmDA--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy looks on during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, in this Sept. 14, 2006 file photo, in Cincinnati. Bochy now is an official candidate for the San Francisco Giants' managerial opening. The Giants have received permission from the Padres to talk to Bochy, who has one year remaining on his contract, about becoming Felipe Alou's successor. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy has agreed to become the new skipper of the San Francisco Giants, and was still working out details Thursday night after meeting with team officials most of the day.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres tie NHL record; win 10th straight (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_islanders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.bc68112096164c06b6f798bacf089640.sabres_islanders_hockey_nyjj102.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=Gul58ir8JGF4QPvzsC3g1Q--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres', from left, Chris Drury, Maxim Afinogenov, Jaroslav Spacek, Ales Kotalik, and Daniel Briere celebrate after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period in NHL hockey action Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Uniondale, N.Y. Kotalik scored the goal on a power play.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the opening seconds of a historic victory, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller had a serious "uh-oh" moment.</p><br clear="all"/>

New goalie LeNeveu lifts Coyotes 6-2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.33b6b5fc2ce842ebad67694d639cb668.oilers_coyotes_hockey_pnj108.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=L_BBngGkenEsMWKROi_0Rg--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes goalie David LeNeveu, top right, makes a right pad save on a shot attempt by Edmonton Oilers left winger Ryan Smyth, top left, as Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, bottom, looks on in the third period of a hockey game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers, 6-2.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Goaltender David LeNeveu didn't have long to think about his first start of the season. LeNeveu, who was promoted from San Antonio early on Thursday, found out at the morning skate that he would be starting against Edmonton that night. He responded by making 32 saves to lead the Coyotes to a 6-2 victory over the Oilers. Phoenix snapped a four-game losing streak and climbed out of the Western Conference cellar.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hokies, Ore shred No. 10 Clemson 24-7 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_clemson_vatech"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.d66e7e6692e6457a96aa9c9354497916.clemson_virginia_tech_football__vash108.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=TOJQOk5ph4GnRLqqjPzr6w--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore (28) tries to break the tackle of Clemson defender Chris Clemons (22) during the Clemson Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast Conference college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Virginia Tech felt disrespected after a two-game losing streak that bounced the Hokies from the polls and made them look like pretenders.</p><br clear="all"/>

Something has to give in Colts-Broncos (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_this_week"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061023/capt.3e02adae65044a0186dac246fe43f0b2.redskins_colts_football_inmc201.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=l2cYsZqrUeYNKF95tYtYsA--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calls an audible at the line of scrimmage as they play the Washington Redskins in NFL football action in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. The Colts defeated the Redskins 36-22. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Indianapolis Colts are next to last in the NFL in run defense. The Denver Broncos are next to last in scoring.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mutombo says he was racially taunted (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_rockets_mutombo_fan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.b876c105dc094be49ef28f5ca6aed441.rockets_magic_basketball_doa106.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=jjI5hhiK.JqmYP0SCjroRA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Houston Rockets' Dikembe Mutombo (55), of Congo, can't stop Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard as he shoots in the second half of an NBA pre-season basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Orlando defeated Houston, 94-90.(AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - Houston center Dikembe Mutombo got into it with a fan who allegedly yelled racist slurs at him in the third quarter of the Rockets' preseason loss to the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cards beat Tigers to close in on Series title (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061027/sp_nm/baseball_series_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061027/2006_10_27t002221_450x300_us_baseball_series.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=ocnSJyfJ3zVzE1IE_KLsTQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' David Eckstein hits an RBI double against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in St. Louis October 26, 2006. (Mike Segar/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The St Louis Cardinals moved within one victory of their first World Series title in 24 years with a dramatic 5-4 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers at Busch Stadium on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Klinsmann talking with U.S soccer (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_us_klinsmann"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.9429e7b63ba14e25a9b7569c02e2c386.us_klinsman_soccer_ny182.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=foFq_m6y.E_mHboO.Aeo_A--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Juergen Klinsmann, left, of the 1990 world cup team of Germany, visits with women's head coach Tina Thuene-Meyer during training Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in Carson, Calif. Klinsmann is having talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation that could lead to him taking over as coach of the national team. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former German national team coach Juergen Klinsmann is engaged in informal talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation that could lead to him taking over as coach of the American national team.</p><br clear="all"/>

Predators have simple formula Vs. Sharks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_predators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.e790455124a24ec78423210d3a0eaaf8.sharks_predators_hockey_tnmh103.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=AlyCvF9jqD.T9ng8w4QbWQ--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators right wing Scott Hartnell (17) and San Jose Sharks' Josh Gorges (6) collide while chasing the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nashville coach Barry Trotz had a simple explanation for the Predators' offensive success against the San Jose Sharks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Message received?
The Colts' D excelled against the Redskins, but must deliver against tougher competition to know whether Tony Dungy's missive worked.

T.O. happy about Cowboys QB change (AP)
While Jerry Jones is disappointed the Dallas Cowboys are going to their backup quarterback, he won't get any complaints from Terrell Owens. T.O. said Thursday he already feels better chemistry with Tony Romo than he ever did with deposed starter Drew Bledsoe. Owens even had an example, pointing out his 8-yard touchdown catch against New York Giants on Monday night.

Jags QB Leftwich misses practice again (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich missed practice Thursday because of his sore left ankle, increasing the chances that backup David Garrard will start at Philadelphia. Leftwich also sat out practice last Friday because of the injury, but convinced coaches he was OK to play at Houston. Leftwich then missed several open receivers and failed to rally the Jaguars from a 10-point deficit.

Status of Patriots DE Seymour uncertain (AP)
Richard Seymour wore a brace on his injured left elbow at practice for the second day in a row on Thursday and his status for the New England Patriots Monday night game at Minnesota remained uncertain. The game shaped up as a marquee matchup between Seymour, the Patriots' four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and the Vikings (4-2) offensive line, featuring three-time Pro Bowl left guard Steve...

Colts DT Reagor 'fine' after surgery (AP)
Indianapolis defensive tackle Montae Reagor said Thursday he is "resting and feeling fine" after surgery to repair a facial fracture caused by an automobile accident. Reagor was hospitalized after his SUV was struck by another car and overturned while he was driving to the RCA Dome for the Colts' game against Washington on Sunday.

Warner discusses political ad appearance (AP)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner says his deep Christian faith led to his decision to appear in a television ad opposing a proposed constitutional amendment in Missouri. Warner, who led the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls and remains a highly popular figure there, joined St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, among others, in the television spot against Missouri's Amendment 2.

Strahan about to break L.T. sack record (AP)
Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan is on the verge of breaking Lawrence Taylor's record for career sacks with the New York Giants. As far as replacing Taylor in any other way, Strahan says don't even make a comparison with the man who changed the way NFL defenses play the game. "L.T.'s still the greatest," Strahan said Thursday.

Steelers DL Hampton rips Falcons (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton rattled off several expletives Thursday while complaining Atlanta guard Tyson Clabo intentionally tried to hurt him with a block to the back of his legs. "I can't tell you what I told him but it was all dirty, man," Hampton said. "That's like you have no respect for the game.

Leinart practices after birth of son (AP)
Matt Leinart was a proud father, showing off baby pictures to teammates, as he returned to Arizona Cardinals practice Thursday after a day off to attend the birth of his son in southern California. The rookie quarterback was with former girlfriend Brynn Cameron, who gave birth to the couple's son, Cole, on Tuesday night, then was given Wednesday off by Cardinals coach Dennis Green to remain with...

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.

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

Hawks' Marvin Williams out 6-8 weeks (AP)
Just as Speedy Claxton was returning, the Atlanta Hawks lost Marvin Williams to the same injury. Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's NBA draft, broke a bone in his left hand during practice Thursday and will be out up to eight weeks. The Hawks open the regular season Wednesday at Philadelphia.

Walker stepping down as Sonics' prez (AP)
Wally Walker is hosting a party Friday to thank Seattle SuperSonics' employees who worked for the Basketball Club of Seattle. It'll serve as Walker's farewell party too. Walker, the Seattle SuperSonics' team president, announced Thursday that he will resign when the franchise's sale to the Professional Basketball Club LLC is completed on Tuesday.

Rockets C Yao suffers sprained ankle (AP)
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming left a preseason game Thursday night against the Orlando Magic with a sprained right ankle. The All-Star said the injury was minor, and he sat only as a precaution. "It's not a big problem," Yao said. "If we had practice tomorrow I could do it." He had 13 points and 4 rebounds when he was injured after being pushed from behind on a boxout in the second quarter.

Wizards tab O'Koren associate head coach (AP)
The Washington Wizards promoted Mike O'Koren from assistant to associate head coach Thursday. He's heading into his eighth NBA season working with Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan, including their fourth together in Washington. "My role probably doesn't change all that much," O'Koren said, "but I'm grateful to Eddie for this title and I'm just happy to be here next to him.

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...

Celtics exercise team option on G Allen (AP)
The Boston Celtics exercised a team option on guard Tony Allen on Thursday and also waived forwards Brian Grant and Luke Jackson. The 6-foot-4 Allen, the team's third choice in the first round of the 2004 draft, 25th overall, appeared in 51 games and averaged 7.2 points last season. The team did not disclose terms of the deal.

Sabres now 10-0-0 to match best start (AP)
In the opening seconds of a historic victory, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller had a serious "uh-oh" moment. A quirky bounce off the glass gave New York Islanders forward Shawn Bates a chance in front. Miller turned aside the slap shot -- and the other 28 pucks that later sailed his way -- in backstopping Buffalo's 10th straight victory Thursday night, tying the Sabres for an NHL record to open...

Flyers win in Stevens' coaching debut (AP)
John Stevens had to wait a little longer to savor his first NHL win. With perhaps the most tumultuous week in Flyers history behind them, it was certainly worth it. Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne each scored in a shootout, lifting Philadelphia to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night, making Stevens a winner in his Flyers' coaching debut.

Brodeur ties for fourth in shutouts (AP)
The New Jersey Devils' first in-season team meeting under coach Claude Julien worked wonders. Martin Brodeur tied Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for fourth place on the NHL shutout list with 82 and the Devils responded to their little get together the previous day by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

St. Louis' hat trick powers Tampa to win (AP)
Martin St. Louis set a record and broke out of scoring slump in one memorable period. St. Louis broke his own mark for the fastest three goals in team history, completing a hat trick in a 6:17 span of the second period in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Heatley carries Senators by Maple Leafs (AP)
Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza have regained their scoring touch for the Ottawa Senators, and brought a new teammate along to offensive prominence in the process. Heatley extended his goals streak to four games with his fourth career hat trick and Spezza and Joe Corvo each had five points, leading Ottawa to a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Refs call game, Canadiens top Bruins 3-2 (AP)
The Boston Bruins didn't even make it to the final buzzer against the Montreal Canadiens. Andrei Markov scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night, giving Montreal a 3-2 victory over Boston and prompting a shower of garbage from Bruins fans that convinced officials to call the game with two ticks left.

Hartnell's two goals lift Preds to win (AP)
Nashville coach Barry Trotz had a simple explanation for the Predators' offensive success against the San Jose Sharks. "If you keep putting pucks at the net good things are going to happen," Trotz said after Nashville's 4-3 victory Thursday night. "Three of our goals were at the net. We did a good job of going to the net and getting pucks there.

LeNeveu helps Coyotes end skid (AP)
Goaltender David LeNeveu didn't have long to think about his first start of the season. LeNeveu, who was promoted from San Antonio early on Thursday, found out at the morning skate that he would be starting against Edmonton that night. He responded by making 32 saves to lead the Coyotes to a 6-2 victory over the Oilers.

Sakic reaches 1,500 points, but Avs lose (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.

Wild defeat Kings, improve to 8-1-0 (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...

Trading Paint: Moving on
The last lap at Talladega is long past, so it's time to just let that incident go.

Notes: Stewart goes after 11th championship (AP)
NASCAR star Tony Stewart won't win the Nextel Cup title this season, but that doesn't mean he won't rack up...

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: Matt...

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.

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