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Cards top Tigers 4-2 to win World Series (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_world_series"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.2f0e9bed70c6447997b26be38782965d.aptopix_world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts231.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=huLYCrNHvz2rkgkgA22ohA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen (27) and teammate Albert Pujols celebrate as after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the World Series on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 in St. Louis. The Cards took the series four games to one. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Favored by few, the St. Louis Cardinals used an unlikely cast of characters to win their first World Series in nearly a quarter century.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cardinals' championship a team effort (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_world_series_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.2e948857fd5d4c7db649f406d1883a59.world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts230.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=EK.EHZXeiaUVogLzpfqLqw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen and teammate Albert Pujols celebrate as Detroit Tigers Ramon Santiago walks off the field after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the World Series on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 in St. Louis. The Cards took the series four games to one. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols was not the biggest performer for a change as the St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series championship in 24 years. He was just a part of the cast that beat the Detroit Tigers in five games. And that was quite all right with the reigning NL MVP, who has always said he'd trade success for a World Series ring.</p><br clear="all"/>

Eckstein wins World Series MVP award (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_world_series_mvp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.41a58816d9cd41eeb9a82a4585369c4d.world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts323.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=WBAygi1iWaOylSRbItydDw--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Teammates pour beer on St. Louis Cardinals' David Eckstein in the locker room after the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 in Game 5 to win the World Series, Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 in St. Louis. Eckstein was named the Series MVP. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Eckstein took his mom to dinner at the White House, made a believer of Barry Bonds and got married at Walt Disney World. To Tigers manager Jim Leyland, the 5-foot-7 shortstop looks like a "cute, little kid." Make that a World Series MVP, too.</p><br clear="all"/>

Former major league pitcher Niekro dies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_joe_niekro"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.ddbd2a30d55942f1b1d44a3ecab72f59.obit_niekro_txhou101.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=ApTM1jDwZN8OecZSSEEFug--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Houston Astros' Joe Niekro pitches July 1985. Niekro, Houston's career victory leader, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, Astros president Tal Smith said. He was 61. The two-time 20-game winner suffered a brain aneurysm Thursday and was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital in nearby Plant City, where he lived. He later was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, Houston's career victory leader, died Friday, Astros president Tal Smith said. He was 61.</p><br clear="all"/>

Choi leads Els by 1 shot at Chrysler (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_chrysler_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.b66c1d8584c24844b7b5dcabf61e719c.chrysler_championship_golf_flco108.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=OAKzsPU9SBs_ZgvIHgTfQw--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Ernie Els, of South Africa, waves to the gallery after making a par putt on the seventh hole during the second round of the Chrysler Championship golf tournament Friday Oct. 27, 2006 at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. Els finished with a two-day total of 7-under par 135. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ernie Els appears to be hitting his stride at just the right time. His iron play was superior on Friday in the Chrysler Championship, leading him to a 5-under 66 that left him only one shot behind K.J. Choi going into the weekend. And at No. 30 on the PGA Tour money list, his solid play at Innisbrook appears to have made him a safe bet to hold down his spot and get into the Tour Championship next week.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowboys hope QB change provides boost (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_cowboys_romo"><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 - The last time Drew Bledsoe lost his job, it also was to an unproven quarterback. It worked out pretty well for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA vet Brian Grant announces retirement (AP)
AP - Brian Grant retired from the NBA on Friday because of chronic knee problems.

Sloppy Tigers rue costly errors (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061028/sp_nm/baseball_series_errors_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061028/2006_10_28t012836_450x297_us_baseball_series_errors.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=23H6.CQu4qunMZQretxSoQ--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander walks to dugout after striking out in fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the final game the World Series, in St Louis, October 27, 2006. The Tigers were left stunned by another sloppy defensive performance on Friday that sealed their fate in an error-strewn World Series. (Mike Segar/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Detroit Tigers were left stunned by another sloppy defensive performance on Friday that sealed their fate in an error-strewn World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>

Change afoot for England's soccer body (AP)
AP - English soccer's governing body will have an independent chairman as part of a major restructuring of the 143-year-old organization.

Leclaire, Blue Jackets shut out Kings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.d2c662bce18942aab92ac26d4f2a7878.kings_blue_jackets_hockey_ohpv102.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=0tZOVbCESyFUddYERiKpEQ--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Columbus Blue Jackets' Pascal Leclaire, left, stops a shot by the Los Angeles Kings' Michael Cammalleri during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Kings did everything right except put the puck behind Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire. Leclaire helped the Blue Jackets overcome a huge shots disadvantage Friday night, making 38 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 victory.</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.

Chiefs QB Huard may not start Sunday (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard, nursing a sore groin, did not practice Friday and may not start Sunday against Seattle. Coach Herm Edwards said rookie Brodie Croyle would start if Huard can't play. Edwards said it could be a game-day decision. Croyle, drafted last spring out of Alabama, worked exclusively with the first team Friday, while Huard watched from the sidelines.

Jags QB Leftwich misses practice again (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich missed practice for the second straight day Friday because of an ankle injury, a strong indication that backup David Garrard will start at Philadelphia. But coach Jack Del Rio declined to pick a starter for Sunday's game. "I'm not making any public proclamation," Del Rio said.

Terrell Davis among Hall nominees (AP)
Running back Terrell Davis and offensive lineman Bruce Matthews are among the first-time nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis played just seven seasons in Denver, but the former sixth-round draft pick was a key part of the Broncos' two championship teams. He was the Super Bowl MVP for his three touchdowns against Green Bay in 1998.

Bengals activate WR Chris Henry (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals activated wide receiver Chris Henry on Friday, making him available for Sunday's game with the Atlanta Falcons. Henry had been benched by the Bengals for one game and suspended by the NFL for two more for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. He has been arrested four times since December.

Seahawks hoping QB Wallace stays calm (AP)
Seneca Wallace looked up at the locker room visitor who had asked how his week was going -- now that he's The Man. "It's a lot," he said. It's a week unlike any of his previous 59 NFL game weeks. On Sunday at Kansas City, he'll be starting in place of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Pro Bowler who is out for at least three weeks with a sprained knee ligament.

Seahawks RT Locklear suspended one game (AP)
The NFL has suspended Seahawks starting right tackle Sean Locklear for Sunday's game at Kansas City for violating its personal conduct policy. Locklear was arrested Jan. 15 on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend outside a downtown Seattle nightspot. In July, Locklear reached an agreement with prosecutors that avoided a trial.

Browns dealing with staph problem (AP)
Browns center LeCharles Bentley was recently hospitalized with a staph infection following season-ending knee surgery, raising concerns of contamination at Cleveland's training facility. Bentley's infection is the fifth known case of staph for a Browns player in the past three years, a pattern general manager Phil Savage described as "a staph infection outbreak." Since 2003, linebacker Ben Taylor,...

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.

Drug charge dropped against Jags' McCray (AP)
A drug possession charge was dropped Friday against Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Bobby McCray, his attorney said. McCray was arrested Sunday when a Jacksonville sheriff's officer found two Vicodin pills in his pocket after he was pulled over for speeding. McCray told the officer the pills were prescribed by team doctors following Jacksonville's 27-7 loss at Houston and instructed to take them...

Open court
As many as 10 teams can win the NBA title this season, but is parity a sign of progress or a problem?

Sonics' Swift out for year with torn ACL (AP)
SuperSonics center Robert Swift, who won the starting job with his defense and hustle in the preseason, will miss the entire regular season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Swift was injured early in Wednesday night's exhibition game against Sacramento. He left the arena on crutches and underwent an MRI exam on Thursday.

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.

Brian Grant announces retirement (AP)
Brian Grant retired from the NBA on Friday because of chronic knee problems. Grant spent 12 seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. "I just decided it was time to hang it up. I really wasn't able to perform over the past few years like I was the first 10 years," he said.

Fortson suspended for fouling Artest (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics forward Danny Fortson was suspended Friday for a game by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Ron Artest in a game against Sacramento. Fortson will serve his suspension when the Sonics open the season on Nov. 1 against Portland. In the first quarter of Seattle's 103-88 victory Wednesday, Fortson fouled Artest, making excessive contact with the Kings forward's head and body.

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.

Shinn selling condominium in New Orleans (AP)
New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn, who last year bought a home in Oklahoma City after his team was temporarily displaced there by Hurricane Katrina, is selling his downtown New Orleans penthouse. The 3,726-square-foot property across from Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue is being listed for $2.2 million unfurnished or $2.35 million furnished.

Sabres, 10-0, one win from record start (AP)
When the season began, the Buffalo Sabres confidently declared their championship aspirations with a simple motto: "One team, one goal." An NHL record-matching 10-0 start was not part of the plan. "Well, it's not the goal," Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said after practice Friday. "I mean, it's very exciting.

Red Wings hand Stars first home loss (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings lived up their high-flying name Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Defenseman Niklas Lidstrom scored his first two goals of the season and the Red Wings handed the Stars their first home loss of the season, 4-3 on Friday night. Jiri Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk added goals, and Dominik Hasek stopped 17 shots for the Red Wings (5-4-1).

Wild defeat Ducks on Koivu's SO goal (AP)
Mikko Koivu was right on target -- again. Koivu scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference. He has three shootout goals this season, but just two goals in regulation. The second-year player is 7-for-9 in his career in shootouts.

Canucks get past Capitals in shootout (AP)
Olaf Kolzig tried his best to stop the Vancouver Canucks in the shootout while playing with an injured left leg. Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison were just too much for him to handle. Naslund and Morrison scored shootout goals and Roberto Luongo stopped Matt Pettinger and Alexander Ovechkin to give Vancouver a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Leclaire, Blue Jackets defeat Kings 2-0 (AP)
Pascal Leclaire was about the only Columbus Blue Jacket who wasn't outplayed. Leclaire stopped 38 shots for his first NHL shutout to lead the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. "Pascal stole it for us," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We owe Pascal for that one." Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Modin scored goals to help the Blue Jackets end a four-game losing skid and...

Penguins to decide soon on rookie Staal (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a decision to make on Jordan Staal. Staal, the No. 2 choice in the June NHL draft, has been impressive in his time with the Penguins, scoring four goals in eight games. But once the center plays in his 10th game, Pittsburgh can no longer send Staal back to his junior team in Peterborough, Ontario, without being obligated to honor his NHL contract.

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 on shutout list (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.

Coyotes seeking answers after poor start (AP)
Three weeks into the season, the Phoenix Coyotes have won one game a week. It's a better pace than their next-door neighbors, the Arizona Cardinals, have maintained this fall. But that's small consolation for the Coyotes, who came into the season brimming with optimism only to stumble to a 3-8 start. And while there are 71 games remaining, the Coyotes know they are in danger of falling out of...

St. Louis' hat trick powers Lightning (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.

Awesome in Atlanta

Chase still too close to call with 4 races left. (AP)
Strange as it may seem, Mark Martin is feeling pretty good about the way things are going right now.

Montoya "stressed out" about NASCAR debut (AP)
On the eve of his NASCAR debut, Juan Pablo Montoya admitted he was feeling some pressure.

Rain gives Kenseth pole for NASCAR Bass Pro Shops 500 (SportsTicker)

Impala coming back to NASCAR as Car of Tomorrow. (AP)
General Motors is taking advantage of the introduction of NASCAR's new Car of Tomorrow in 2007 to expand its marketing program.

Rain wipes out Nextel Cup qualifying (AP)
A steady rain washed out all on-track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, forcing NASCAR to use season points to determine the starting lineup for the Bass Pro Shops 500.

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.

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