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Brady dismantles Vikings in 31-7 win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_patriots_vikings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061031/capt.b7af973dd1a44fc1b84411e806192bc4.patriots_vikings_football_mnjm107.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=F.f6UMHmmCwHV5BwblPpUw--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws in fourth quarter of a NFL football game Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 in Minneapolis where he led the Patriots to a 31-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Minnesota counts itself among the many NFL franchises trying to copy the New England Patriots' plan for success. The Vikings learned on Monday night that they still have a lot of catching up to do.</p><br clear="all"/>

Knicks, Brown reach settlement (AP)
AP - Larry Brown and the New York Knicks reached a settlement on the remainder of the fired coach's contract Monday night, a week before NBA commissioner David Stern was expected to rule on the dispute.

Kings finally win at home vs. Rangers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061031/capt.227d000a35d94d358c040e5aeaf2d6e8.rangers_kings_hockey_las103.jpg?x=130&y=68&sig=efXtGjzJBZs18iuFM8vOHQ--" align="left" height="68" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings' Sean Avery, middle, shoots and scores between New York Rangers' Blair Betts, left, and Matt Cullen during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by taking control in the first period. Defenseman Brent Sopel scored the first two goals of the game, and Sean Avery added a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ducks lose lead, beat Blues in shootout (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_blues"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061031/capt.33b4ba35a9ae4b7e8ab7d3d9fb8ae607.ducks_blues_hockey_motg112.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=USKVZQtAV4mVmyJ4PAUGgg--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne, of Finland, scores during the shootout against St. Louis Blues' Curtis Sanford in their hockey game Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, in St. Louis. The Ducks beat the Blues 6-5 in a shootout.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks are off to a fast start even though Teemu Selanne and his linemates haven't busted out yet. If they do, watch out.</p><br clear="all"/>

Esche, Forsberg lead Flyers over Chicago (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_flyers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061031/capt.0d06e51fba4d4ad39520ef6c3d8dd3da.blackhawks_flyers_hockey_pxc101.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=hnCmPeN5R38zCU4oKurmfg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Denis Gauthier, front left, falls through the goal crease after colliding with goalie Robert Esche (42) as Chicago Blackhawks winger Karl Stewart (57) digs for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Robert Esche stayed prepared while he and the Philadelphia Flyers got off to a rocky start this season. Peter Forsberg scored twice, including a spectacular goal in the third period, and Esche recorded his 10th career shutout in the Flyers' 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Panthers reeling after loss to Cowboys (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_panthers_problems"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061030/capt.a9476202448641b29e13f474e7a40596.cowboys_panthers_football_nccb123.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=xbvIEemAOirvq2URFuztgw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Carolina Panthers' Jake Delhomme (17) loses the ball as Dallas Cowboys' Greg Ellis (98) hits his arm during the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' 35-14 win in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. The Cowboys recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Carolina Panthers entered the season as the trendy pick to win the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brown, Knicks settle dispute over contract (Reuters)
Reuters - The New York Knicks and Larry Brown have reached a settlement on the fired coach's contract dispute, the National Basketball Association said in a release Monday night.

Tigers looking ahead to 2007 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061028/capt.603948c99ba04d3788b5d43484c84f11.world_series_tigers_cardinals__baseball_sts234.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=.ejxQi3toeCkduTycJfoeQ--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, foreground, and Sean Casey watch during the final inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 and won the series 4 games to 1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Usually by late October, the Detroit Tigers are weeks into their planning for the next season. Not this year. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said that process was in its early stages on Monday &#151; three days after Detroit's season ended with a five-game loss to St. Louis at the World Series.</p><br clear="all"/>

USSF confirms talks with Klinsmann (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_us_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061027/capt.924fa23fd5904053b94951b286fd92be.us_soccer_klinsmann_fra104.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=pHUoeGgZXIUi5zVeuE9urg--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann directs his team during the Ecuador vs. Germany, Group A, World Cup, soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, in this June 20, 2006 file picture. 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. Klinsmann told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday Oct. 26, 2006 that he's been speaking with USSF president Sunil Gulati. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed its interest in Juergen Klinsmann and said it has narrowed its search for an American national team coach down to five finalists. Klinsmann, who coached Germany to the World Cup semifinals this year, last week said he had started talks with USSF president Sunil Gulati. During a telephone conference call Monday, Gulati was full of praise for Klinsmann.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zednik breaks out as Caps top Flames (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_capitals_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061031/capt.e64b2c09610f445cb64ce290d33a3e08.capitals_flames_hockey_jmc107.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=IvUUFvVSD09zD8L3fOl2eA--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Washington Capitals' Richard Zednik, left, of Slovakia, crashes into Calgary Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, as he scores the team's third goal during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. The Capitals beat the Flames 4-2. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Washington coach Glen Hanlon said he moved Richard Zednik to the Capitals' fourth line to try to take some pressure off him. The change worked in a big way Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

For better or worse
On Sunday, we saw positive signs from some teams going in the right direction while other franchises continued to take a few steps back.

Brady's 4 TDs help Patriots rout Vikings (AP)
Minnesota counts itself among the many NFL franchises trying to copy the New England Patriots' plan for success. The Vikings learned on Monday night that they still have a lot of catching up to do. Tom Brady beat Minnesota's relentless rushing defense by simply throwing over it for 372 yards and touchdowns to four different receivers, and the Patriots pounded the Vikings 31-7 on Monday night to win...

Alexander likely to miss another game (AP)
League MVP Shaun Alexander won't be rushing to the rescue of the struggling Seahawks just yet. Tests unexpectedly showed that Alexander's foot remained cracked on Monday. That means Seattle likely will not have its 2005 NFL rushing leader for next Monday night's game against Oakland. "He had pictures taken today.

Saints' Bush confident he'll play Sunday (AP)
Reggie Bush said his left ankle injury against Baltimore was more of an aggravation of a sprain that occurred in Week 1 at Cleveland, something he expects to keep playing with. "I'll be ready for Tampa," Bush said Monday between meetings and treatment at the New Orleans Saints' training headquarters.

Chargers' Merriman iffy about appeal (AP)
Halloween came a day early for the San Diego Chargers. LaDainian Tomlinson wore a gorilla mask to his weekly news conference a day after he reminded everyone how good he is by gaining 240 yards from scrimmage and scoring three touchdowns. Shawne Merriman didn't wear a mask, but the star outside linebacker was disguising his intentions regarding the appeal of his positive drug test.

Steelers struggling after Super Bowl win (AP)
Before the season began, the Pittsburgh Steelers laughed off suggestions they might be the latest in a long list of Super Bowl champions who followed up their title with a dud of a season. Not this team, they said -- not with a quarterback so young and seemingly so impervious to setbacks as Ben Roethlisberger.

Reagor could rejoin Colts this week (AP)
Defensive tackle Montae Reagor, injured in an automobile accident just over a week ago, has been released from the hospital and could rejoin the Indianapolis Colts this week. Coach Tony Dungy said Monday he wasn't sure when Reagor would begin practicing. The 285-pound lineman, a starter in 45 games for the Colts the past four seasons, underwent surgery last Wednesday to repair the orbital bone --...

Road gets tougher for unbeaten Bears (AP)
His team had just wrapped up one of its most dominant victories of the year, and Muhsin Muhammad was already looking ahead. He didn't predict an undefeated season or guarantee a championship. Instead, he proceeded with caution. "We're still in a grind, man," he said. "You need at least 12 wins to be considered a playoff contender.

Parcells knew 'it was time' to let loose (AP)
Bill Parcells' friends saw the warning signs last week. The way he looked during and after the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the New York Giants left them worried about his health and happiness. Some called. Others sent e-mails. Jim Burt showed up. Burt, the nose tackle on Parcells' 1986 Super Bowl champion team with the Giants and still a close friend, flew to Carolina for the Cowboys' game against the...

Cards coach Green keeps job despite skid (AP)
The Cardinals are sticking with Dennis Green as coach. Green was back at work Monday, one day after a road loss at Green Bay dropped Arizona to a league-worst 1-7. After rampant speculation Green was on the brink of being fired after the team's seventh loss in a row, Cardinals vice president and general counsel Michael Bidwill -- son of team owner Bill Bidwill -- released a statement late Monday...

Seven things to watch
With a new NBA season upon us, here are the scenarios to keep an eye on during the first month.

Knicks, Brown reach settlement on pact (AP)
Larry Brown and the New York Knicks reached a settlement on the remainder of the fired coach's contract Monday night, a week before NBA commissioner David Stern was expected to rule on the dispute. "At my request, the New York Knicks and Larry Brown have agreed to a compromise resolution of the dispute between them," Stern said in a statement.

Knicks waive Jalen Rose (AP)
Jalen Rose was waived Monday by the New York Knicks, leaving their roster one below the regular-season maximum of 15. The 6-foot-8 guard/forward, a 12-year NBA veteran, was scheduled to make $16.9 million this season. The 33-year-old Rose averaged 12.7 points in 26 games for the Knicks last season after being acquired in a February trade with the Toronto Raptors.

Spurs' Parker sprains ankle in practice (AP)
Spurs guard Tony Parker sprained his right ankle in practice Monday and is questionable to play in San Antonio's season opener this week. X-rays showed that Parker's ankle wasn't broken, Spurs spokesman Cliff Puchalski said. He added that doctors expect to know by Tuesday whether Parker will be able to play Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Bird, Cousy pay respect to Auerbach (AP)
Celtics legends Larry Bird and Bob Cousy were among several basketball luminaries who paid their respects Monday night to Red Auerbach, the NBA coach, executive and pioneer. John Thompson and his son, John III, who brought his whole Georgetown University team, also came to the funeral home to honor Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships -- first as a coach and later...

SuperSonics ink PG Ridnour to extension (AP)
Luke Ridnour chose stability and the opportunity to stay in the Pacific Northwest over the chance to determine his value on the open market. The Seattle SuperSonics and Ridnour announced an agreement on a contract extension on Monday. The Sonics had until Tuesday to sign Ridnour to an extension, otherwise the fourth-year point guard could have become a restricted free agent after this season.

Hornets F West signs contract extension (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets signed David West to a multiyear contract extension Monday, keeping their leading scorer from becoming a restricted free agent at the end of the season. "We looked to the future and realized how important David was going to be," Hornets owner George Shinn said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Heat to get rings, open defense of title (AP)
Dwyane Wade will have goosebumps Tuesday night. He'll watch the retrospective video highlighting moments from the Miami Heat's postseason run to an NBA title, then get his glimmering new championship ring and see the commemorative banner finally sway from the arena's rafters. Then, according to the time schedule set for the pregame festivities, Wade will have exactly five minutes to get ready what...

Rookie Staal staying with Penguins (AP)
Jordan Staal didn't give the Pittsburgh Penguins any reason to send him back to his junior team. Their 6-3 record -- or six more wins than they had this time last year -- suggests they would be a much weaker team without him. Staal, the 18-year-old center who has been one of the surprise stars of the early NHL season, will stay with the Penguins only four-plus months since being the No.

Forsberg, Esche get Flyers by Blackhawks (AP)
Robert Esche stayed prepared while he and the Philadelphia Flyers got off to a rocky start this season. Peter Forsberg scored twice, including a spectacular goal in the third period, and Esche recorded his 10th career shutout in the Flyers' 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. "I think my practices the last week have been some of my best practices that I've had all season," said...

Leafs win eighth straight over Thrashers (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Atlanta Thrashers yet again, this time by using their power play. Darcy Tucker scored two power-play goals and the Maple Leafs won their eighth straight against the Thrashers, earning a 4-2 victory on Monday night. Tomas Kaberle also scored on the power play for Toronto, which won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Ducks lose lead late, beat Blues in SO (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks are off to a fast start even though Teemu Selanne and his linemates haven't busted out yet. If they do, watch out. Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lift Anaheim to a wild 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues after the Ducks squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation Monday night.

Zednik's two goals help Caps top Flames (AP)
Washington coach Glen Hanlon said he moved Richard Zednik to the Capitals' fourth line to try to take some pressure off him. The change worked in a big way Monday night. Zednik scored his first two goals of the season and Dainius Zubrus also scored twice to help Washington beat the Calgary Flames 4-2.

Sopel helps Kings end five-game slide (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by taking control in the first period. Defenseman Brent Sopel scored the first two goals of the game, and Sean Avery added a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night. "This is the way we have to play every night," Sopel said.

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...

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.

WWD: Bass Pro Shops 500
Sunday's show was all about Junior and Smoke and bears, oh my.

NASCAR investigating Robby Gordon for debris (AP)
NASCAR officials are investigating whether Robby Gordon intentionally threw debris on the race track to cause a caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Fans will be waiting for Montoya to win (AP)
They came draped in Colombian flags, wearing yellow national soccer jerseys and painted faces to support their hero in the biggest challenge of his career.

Stewart celebrates, but the real action at Atlanta is behind him (AP)
Tony Stewart knows he won't be celebrating at the end of the season, so he's letting it all hang out now.

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)


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.

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