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NEWS FROM 2006-10-29
Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_obit_auerbach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.81b128cc8c734ecab79c0957b54d4bc9.obit_auerbach_basketball_ny167.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=iv3vI7nj88IRdX1fxa9BMQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="This 1987 handout photo shows Red Auerbach in March 1987. Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine championships in the 1950s and 1960s, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. He was 89. (AP Photo/HO,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - His genius was building a basketball dynasty in Boston, his gift was straight talk, his signature was the pungent cigar he lit up and savored after every victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oregon State shocks No. 3 USC 33-31
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_usc_oregon_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.f0a0140878b2499688720ca2a90f38cc.usc_oregon_st_football_ordr103.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=vPghtRyfbLVg13K5wtGFOA--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett (8) is tackled by Oregon Staqte defender Coyle Fraqncies after catching the ball during first half college football action in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Until Oregon State's fans descended onto the field in droves, the third-ranked USC Trojans believed they were headed for another victory. Southern California couldn't find a way to win this close game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Texas storms back to beat Texas Tech
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_texas_texas_tech"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.a1afc28160ad4210b8005228fd084763.texas_texas_tech_football_txmo103.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=qntJAcpK5PbpMgY5buPNsg--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed (4) crosses the goal line scoring a touchdown after his reception against Texas Tech in the first half of the football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Every four years for the past 12, Texas had left Lubbock a loser.</p><br clear="all"/>
Thrashers end Sabres' winning streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.665254adabea4bf0a106fb2b85d8f735.thrashers_sabres_hockey_nydh603.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=u8gTFf.HMpaNGxqVTdVwNg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad (28) collides with Atlanta Thrashers center Niko Kapanen (39), of Finland, during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Goalie Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres were finally reminded how disappointing losing can feel. Then again, it's been a while.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds and Thomas file for free agency
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_free_agents"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.d0233708ec784f199b42482a0b7b0934.free_agents_bonds_baseball_ny161.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=L8QZe5cBjW7N0i6q.bUntQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds appears in this 2006 file photo from San Francisco, Calif.. Bonds filed for free agency Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, an expected move as he prepares to test the waters and determine what teams might have interest and whether San Francisco will step up to try to keep him in a Giants uniform as he tries to break Hank Aaron's home run record next season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - One day after the World Series ended, baseball's business season began Saturday when San Francisco's Barry Bonds, Oakland's Frank Thomas and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra headed 59 players who filed for free agency.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman' Jones faces misdemeanor charge
AP - Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was issued a citation Saturday for misdemeanor assault after a Tennessee State student accused him of spitting in her face at a nightclub.
Red Auerbach meant everything to Celtics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_obit_auerbach_reax"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.04d37005ccab4eaa8a02944323e53906.obit_auerbach_mawt101.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=smgCS6H8WG3ZBj05jiTheA--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Fans stack their hands atop the head of the statue of legendary Boston Celtics Hall of Fame Head Coach and General Manager Red Auerbach in Boston after hearing of his passing Saturday, Oct. 29, 2006. Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to 16 championships, died Saturday at the age of 89. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Through 16 NBA titles and more than half a century, no one meant more to the Boston Celtics than Red Auerbach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barry Bonds files for free agency
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_free_agents_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.0320af8859554733a508e4449cc27308.free_agents_bonds_baseball_ny160.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=aorfaFyOB9z1wU0Mhxck1Q--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds watches the ball fly after hitting his second-inning home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle on Friday, June 16, 2006. Bonds filed for free agency Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, an expected move as he prepares to test the waters and determine what teams might have interest and whether San Francisco will step up to try to keep him in a Giants uniform as he tries to break Hank Aaron's home run record next season. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is up for bids and on the open market. The slugger filed for free agency Saturday, an expected move as he prepares to test the waters and determine what teams might have interest — and whether San Francisco will step up to try to keep him in a Giants uniform as he attempts to break Hank Aaron's home run record next season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rapids nip FC Dallas on penalty kicks
AP - Colorado goalie Joe Cannon stopped Dario Sala's shot in the sixth round of penalty kicks and Pablo Mastroeni scored on the Rapids' final kick as Colorado defeated FC Dallas 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the Western Conference Championship game.
Predators defeat Flames 3-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061029/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.93454aebeaf14cc581d72fc165686c8b.nhl_predators_flames_hockey_jmc110.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=rs7cFYeT1RXTPsuTTFGQgg--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Nashville Predators' Mikko Lehtonen, right, ties up Calgary Flames' Kristian Huselius during third- -period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada, Saturday, Oct.28, 2006. The Predators beat the Flames, 3-2.(AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Arnott believes the best is yet to come from the young Nashville Predators.</p><br clear="all"/>
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.
'Pacman' Jones faces misdemeanor charge (AP)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was issued a citation Saturday for misdemeanor assault after a Tennessee State student accused him of spitting in her face at a nightclub. Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said the citation was delivered to Jones without incident. Jones is accused of spitting in the face of Krystal Webb, 21, after a verbal exchange at Club Mystic about 1 a.m.
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.
As many as 10 teams can win the NBA title this season, but is parity a sign of progress or a problem?
Hall of Fame coach Auerbach dead at 89 (AP)
His genius was building a basketball dynasty in Boston, his gift was straight talk, his signature was the pungent cigar he lit up and savored after every victory. Red Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships -- first as a coach and later as general manager -- died Saturday.
Lakers' Jackson: Kobe to play in opener (AP)
Kobe Bryant wouldn't say Saturday if he'll play in the Lakers regular-season opener against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night, but coach Phil Jackson said Bryant has told him he will be available. The Lakers practiced Saturday at Staples Center and Bryant participated in much of the session. Bryant has been recovering from right knee surgery and didn't play in any of the Lakers' exhibition games.
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.
Clips sign Kaman to multiyear extension (AP)
The Clippers signed center Chris Kaman to a multiyear contract extension Saturday that begins with the 2007-08 season. The 7-footer averaged 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds (ninth in the league) and 1.38 blocks in 78 games last season. In 11 playoff games, he averaged 10.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. Entering his fourth NBA season, the 24-year-old Kaman was set to become a restricted free agent following the...
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.
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.
Sabres bid for record start ends in SO (AP)
Goalie Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres were finally reminded how disappointing losing can feel. Then again, it's been a while. Vyacheslav Kozlov scored the lone shootout goal and the upstart Atlanta Thrashers put an end to the Sabres' bid for an NHL record start with a 5-4 victory Saturday night. The loss ended Buffalo's season-opening winning streak at 10, the Sabres having to settle for sharing...
Crosby's hat trick helps Pens rip Flyers (AP)
Sidney Crosby gave the crabby Philadelphia fans another athlete to jeer. Crosby started hearing them in pregame warmups. They only got louder and more voracious with each goal. All three of them. Crosby had his first career hat trick, Maxime Talbot scored two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-2 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Brodeur alone in fourth on shutout list (AP)
When the New Jersey Devils are playing defense and Martin Brodeur is on top of his game, the NHL doesn't seem so wide open. Brodeur stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout and Zach Parise provided the winner late in the second period to lead the Devils to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Sabres' Tallinder has broken left arm (AP)
Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and the Sabres said he will miss up to two months. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday. Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, and missed Buffalo's 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday, the Sabres' first of the season.
Staal, Walker power 'Canes by Lightning (AP)
One record-setting scoring burst got the Carolina Hurricanes rolling Saturday night. They're hoping it's just the beginning of a return to the form that helped them win the Stanley Cup. Eric Staal and Scott Walker each scored two goals and the Hurricanes set a franchise record with three scores in 43 seconds to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4, winning a matchup of the past two Cup champions and...
Roloson keeps Oilers perfect at home (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers rebounded from a particularly rough road trip with another excellent performance at home. Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Dwayne Roloson stopped 19 shots as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Washington Capitals 4-0 on Saturday night. Fernando Pisani, Joffrey Lupul and Marty Reasoner also scored for the Oilers who were coming off a pair of 6-2 losses on a two-game road trip to...
Chara lifts Bruins past Senators 2-1 (AP)
Zdeno Chara's big hits were followed by a blazing shot that really hurt his old team. Chara scored the winning goal in his first game against his former team, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Chara, one of the NHL's top free agents last summer, scored a power-play goal on a blistering slap shot from the right point with 4:25 left to give the...
Straka, Jagr help Rangers beat Coyotes (AP)
After struggling through the first three weeks of the season, the New York Rangers seemed to be searching for an identity as they set out on a four-game West Coast trip. They may have found it in a dominating 7-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Sparked by linemates Martin Straka and Jaromir Jagr, the Rangers spotted the Coyotes an early 1-0 lead and then dominated play the rest...
Kaberle, Wellwood lift Maple Leafs in SO (AP)
Tomas Kaberle put the puck in the net four times for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, though it was Kyle Wellwood's shootout-winning goal that made his teammate's big night matter. Kaberle got his first career hat trick and scored to open a lengthy shootout, leaving it to Wellwood to beat Montreal Canadiens goalie David Aebischer with a goal in the seventh round of shooters and lift...
Holmstrom powers Red Wings over Blues (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings were interested more in winning for the second straight night on the road than getting some payback against St. Louis after the Tigers lost to the Cardinals in the World Series. Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals off setups from Pavel Datsyuk in the Red Wings' 3-2 victory on Saturday night.
Big win, big bucks
Hornish, Allmendinger announce NASCAR programs (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Montoya 11th in NASCAR stock car debut (AFP)
Former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia finished 11th in his official debut in NASCAR stock car racing's Busch Series.
Harvick wins Busch Sam's Town 250 at Memphis (SportsTicker)
Bliss wins NCTS EasyCare Services 200 at Atlanta (SportsTicker)
Bliss wins first truck race since 2002 (AP)
Mike Bliss grabbed the lead on a restart 10 laps from the end Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and held off Terry Cook for his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in four years.
Harvick races to eighth Busch Series win of the year (AP)
Kevin Harvick, already the series champion, raced to his eighth NASCAR Busch Series win of the year Saturday, outdueling Carl Edwards in the final two laps in the caution-filled Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Stewart finishes third, wins IROC season title (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Harvick wins again, Montoya 11th in NASCAR debut (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya looked nothing like the ``idiot'' he feared he would be in his NASCAR debut, but showed he has a lot to learn before he'll be challenging for wins alongside the likes of Kevin Harvick and Co.