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NEWS FROM 2006-10-30
Colts and Manning solve Broncos' defense
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.e3204c464381486fb81ad8afed814bde.colts_broncos_football_dxs109.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=ZjwHbeJoplG5z8zneozyYw--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) celebrates his second touchdown catch during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during their football game in Denver, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maddeningly meticulous and impeccably precise, this was Peyton Manning at his cruel best. Skewering a Denver defense that was designed specifically to stop him, Manning led the Indianapolis Colts over, around and through the Broncos on Sunday, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns to Reggie Wayne for a message-sending 34-31 victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tomlinson runs wild as Bolts rout Rams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_rams_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.6076154510a649f484e0a5225e4c86b9.rams_chargers_football_cali102.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=m2TQ53VXPNAZ6aK062_snw--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson knocks the helmet off St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe with a stiff arm on his way to a 38-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - For those who might have been thinking there was something wrong with LaDainian Tomlinson, there isn't.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys storm back, rout Panthers 35-14
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_cowboys_panthers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.db5a70687e51411685ffaff01c37c12e.cowboys_panthers_football_nccb105.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=J97m1SWkZlNwVXzqX4ewTw--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo throws a pass during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Romo waited four years to get his first NFL start. It looks as if he'll have the job for some time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Ben's miscues ground Steelers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_steelers_raiders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.2b19c756186443f6a2e07b4631b338c5.steelers_raiders_football_oas101.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=GahK.jPNB3FOb35zo1q1HQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, right, is sacked by Oakland Raiders' Derrick Burgess in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - As putrid as the Oakland Raiders were to start the season, they're now at least as good — or is it bad? — as the Super Bowl champs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stewart wins Atlanta; Johnson takes 2nd
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_atlanta"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.5269bc10931e406cbc555cdba09ca4e1.nascar_atlanta_auto_racing_hpn123.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=2LAOkQ373Kv9c6vDzppIlQ--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Tony Stewart waves the checkered flag from the scorers tower after climbing the fence after he won the Bass Pro Shops 500 auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Glenn Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Don't bother asking Tony Stewart about what might have been. The two-time NASCAR champion insists there's no frustration in winning races that make no difference in the standings — at least not to the defending Nextel Cup champion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Contrasting wins for unbeaten Bears, Colts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061030/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061030/2006_10_29t235624_450x342_us_nfl.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=MusS52_LTSCyauUOPKWuYw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears corner back Nathan Vasher (L) and safety Todd Johnson tackle San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant for a one-yard-gain in the second quarter of their NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago October 29, 2006. (Frank Polich/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis
Colts scored wildly contrasting wins on Sunday to remain the
NFL's only unbeaten teams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Auerbach's legacy still felt in NBA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_auerbach_s_legacy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.e768e79ad69e481da2e2b8f99b0b2ede.obit_auerbach_basketball_ny164.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=eGGrULy6fqbQUMs9G9EoUw--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Legendary Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach leans back in his chair and puffs a cigar while watching team practice at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass., in a May 23, 1988, photo. Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine championships in the 1950s and 1960s, died Saturday. He was 89. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers called his players together before practice to talk to them about Red Auerbach. It was too late to get to know him, but important that the players understood what he meant to the team, the city, the game.</p><br clear="all"/>
City honors Cards with victory parade
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cardinals_celebrate"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061029/capt.107f36d42f9144ca92110c60bbf8d8c3.st__louis_celebrates_baseball_motg103.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=tjA2qCJswIZWcwrLnBwArQ--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="The Budweiser Clydesdales circle the field to help the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their World Championship during a parade and rally Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The party keeps going for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Tony La Russa suspects some of his younger players may be beyond his reach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamo advances with 2-0 win over Chivas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_chivas_dynamo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.8308c0771ef2441c9f0ac69916a85990.mls_chivas_dynamo_soccer_txbl103.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=okdwggoFyixQPGv__HxWSA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Houston Dynamo's Brian Mullan (9) attempts to get around Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein (13) during the first half of a Major League Soccer playoff match Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brian Ching scored a goal in stoppage time Sunday night to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA and a 3-2 aggregate score victory in the two-game Western Conference semifinal playoff series.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hejduk leads Avalanche over Wild 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061030/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.5dece698c6744094bc68f27d7f835c95.wild_avalanche_hockey_dxa105.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=inxCTAFVlHeKaJAshQQBew--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore, front, looks over his shoulder to see the puck go into the net for a goal as Wild right winger Mark Parrish, back left, and Avalanche defenseman Ken Klee look on in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jose Theodore needed a good performance after being benched the past two games. The Colorado goalie provided one and got some help along the way.</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.
Colts edge Broncos on late Vinatieri FG (AP)
Maddeningly meticulous and impeccably precise, this was Peyton Manning at his cruel best. Skewering a Denver defense that was designed specifically to stop him, Manning led the Indianapolis Colts over, around and through the Broncos on Sunday, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns to Reggie Wayne for a message-sending 34-31 victory.
Bears improve to 7-0, rout 49ers 41-10 (AP)
Brian Urlacher's one-handed interception was headed to the highlight reel as soon as he tumbled to the ground after somehow batting the ball to himself. Urlacher's stellar play symbolized what kind of afternoon it was for the refreshed and still unbeaten Chicago Bears -- and how frustrating the day was for the San Francisco 49ers.
Romo rallies Cowboys to beat Panthers (AP)
Tony Romo waited four years to get his first NFL start. It looks as if he'll have the job for some time. Romo rallied Dallas from a 14-point first-quarter deficit, throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown, and Julius Jones ran for 94 yards and a score to help the Cowboys beat Carolina 35-14 Sunday night.
Vick sparks Falcons past Bengals 29-27 (AP)
Michael Vick has found a balance. His passer rating is just as impressive as his 40-yard dash these days. Vick threw three more touchdown passes on Sunday, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 29-27 victory over a Cincinnati Bengals team that had never seen anything quite like the show he put on. Few teams have.
Tomlinson, Chargers down Rams 38-24 (AP)
For those who might have been thinking there was something wrong with LaDainian Tomlinson, there isn't. Tomlinson reminded everyone just how good he is when he rushed for a season-high 183 yards and scored three more touchdowns to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 38-24 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Panthers lead Cowboys 14-10 after three (AP)
DeShaun Foster and receiver Steve Smith had first-quarter touchdown runs, and the Carolina Panthers led the Dallas Cowboys 14-10 after three quarters Sunday night. Tony Romo, making his first career start in place of Drew Bledsoe, was 19-of-28 for 192 yards with one interception and a short touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten.
Jaguars shut down Eagles, win 13-6 (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles had a dropped pass, a penalty and a sack on their first three plays. It only got worse for the NFL's top-ranked offense against a Jacksonville defense missing three starters. Fred Taylor keyed a strong running attack, backup quarterback David Garrard was efficient and the Jaguars shut down Donovan McNabb in a 13-6 victory Sunday.
McNair lifts Ravens over Saints 35-22 (AP)
Blasted off his feet as he threw, Steve McNair lay on his back for a moment, then propped up his head, grinning after another first-down pass. In his return from a concussion and strained neck two weeks ago, McNair never shied away from contact, throwing accurately in the face of penetrating defenders or scrambling for key first downs.
Four Johnson TDs lift Chiefs by Seahawks (AP)
There is a way to hold onto the ball for two-thirds of the game, move it some 500 yards, get your best player in the end zone four times and still nearly lose the game. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. At the end of their wild 35-28 victory Sunday over the depleted Seattle Seahawks, the Chiefs were feeling more lucky than good, more grateful than boastful.
As many as 10 teams can win the NBA title this season, but is parity a sign of progress or a problem?
Auerbach's influence still strong in NBA (AP)
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers called his players together before practice to talk to them about Red Auerbach. It was too late to get to know him, but important that the players understood what he meant to the team, the city, the game. Older players had seen Auerbach's fire for themselves -- both the competitive one and the flame at the end of his ever-present cigar -- but didn't know how he...
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.
Stoudemire's health is Suns' big issue (AP)
Run, pass, shoot, score -- then run some more. No wonder the NBA's general managers overwhelmingly voted the Phoenix Suns the team that was the most fun to watch in the league. Whether that can translate to a title is another question. Their style and talent have been good enough to reach the Western Conference finals two years in a row and earn Steve Nash a pair of MVP trophies.
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...
Las Vegas to host Olympic qualifier (AP)
The United States can qualify for the 2008 Olympics without leaving home. FIBA Americas announced Sunday that next summer's qualifying tournament will be played in Las Vegas, where the American team holds training camp. Las Vegas edged San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the right to host the FIBA Americas tournament, which will run from Aug.
Nuggets exercise Smith, Kleiza options (AP)
The Denver Nuggets exercised their options on guard J.R. Smith and forward Linas Kleiza on Sunday. In eight preseason games, Smith was second on the team with a 14.4-point average and shot 39.2 percent from 3-point range. Denver acquired Smith from Chicago in exchange for guard Howard Eisley and two second-round draft picks on July 20.
Thornton, Marleau lead Sharks to win (AP)
The San Jose Sharks took advantage of their few chances with the man advantage. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau scored power-play goals to help the Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Sunday. The Sharks, with the NHL's top power-play unit, converted two of three chances. Ryane Clowe scored his first career NHL goal, Mike Grier added an empty-net goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots for...
Theodore bounces back, Avs beat Wild 4-1 (AP)
Jose Theodore needed a good performance after being benched the past two games. The Colorado goalie provided one and got some help along the way. "Theodore looked sharp and in control," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had to play a complete game, and we did that in all areas and had a good contribution from all 20 guys tonight." Theodore made 20 saves, Milan Hejduk had his second two-goal...
Sabres' bid for 11-0 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 D Tallinder out with broken 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.
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...
Coyotes sign C Perreault to 1-year deal (AP)
Unrestricted free-agent center Yanic Perreault signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday. The 35-year-old Perreault, noted as a faceoff specialist, had 22 goals and 35 assists for a career-high 57 points in 69 games last season for Nashville. He has 217 goals and 464 points in 740 games in 12 NHL seasons with Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal and Nashville.
Straka, Jagr lead Rangers by Coyotes 7-3 (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...
A star reborn
Johnson rebounds while others flounder as Chase tightens (SportsTicker)
HAMPTON, Georgia (Ticker) - Jimmie Johnson continued his Lazarus-like revival in the NASCAR "Chase for the Championship" with a second-place finish in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart makes late charge to win NASCAR Bass Pro Shops 500 (SportsTicker)
Stewart wins Atlanta; Johnson moves to within 26 points of leader with second-place finish (AP)
Don't bother asking Tony Stewart about what might have been.
Kahne ruins Nextel Cup hopes with boneheaded move (AP)
Kasey Kahne buried his head against his battered car while his crew worked furiously to put it back together.
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)