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NEWS FROM 2006-11-01
Heat open title defense with 108-66 loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.3acfe5e07b354d0cb94ab118682cdb78.bulls_heat_basketball_aaa131.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=PHefSN5kDsF7wCXpaqqY_A--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Miami Heat players look on from the bench as they play the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter of basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 108-66. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - They got their championship rings, saw the postseason highlights played on giant video screens and watched a new banner swing from the arena's rafters. Everything was perfect for the Miami Heat. And then the game began.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe sits as Odom leads Lakers over Suns
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.6e6402caa23e46a0b0aad226fa1d9d6e.suns_lakers_kobe_sidelined_basketball_las106.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=soGtwqdafglIye5ZQq8WOg--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, looks at teammates Brian Cook, left, and Smush Parker before the start of their basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006. Bryant sat out the season opener against the Suns because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Playing without Kobe Bryant, it appeared the Los Angeles Lakers didn't have a chance, especially when the high-scoring Phoenix Suns made their first nine shots of the season opener.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ehrhoff's last-minute goal lifts Sharks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_panthers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.be0776854a51441792c97a693cc68803.sharks_panthers_hockey_flsm106.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=TmfAEoEnOQqYfxwoOx8FlQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) congratulates teammate Christian Ehrhoff (10) of Germany after Ehrhoff scored a power-play goal with 35.8 seconds left to give the Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Florida PanthersTuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)" border="0" /></a>AP - San Jose's power play has been a big part of the team's early-season success. It came through when the Sharks needed it the most Tuesday night. Christian Ehrhoff scored with the man advantage with 35.8 seconds left to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators keep rolling against Canucks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.bc7f11df7ae74552ad04352239128821.predators_canucks_hockey_vcrx102.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=LHfmYiBnxgTq0ah1O1_20A--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter fires the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the first period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.(AP PHOTO/CP, Chuck Stoody)" border="0" /></a>AP - Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway with 5:41 left to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Higgins, Canadiens down Senators
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_canadiens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.9f575754080d42689d9dc43d6b9e9137.senators_canadiens_hockey_ryr104.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=4WsbUVdW0_8Nfbq1qs38TA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Montreal Canadiens' Chris Higgins celebrates after scoring the first goal against the Ottawa Senators during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Ryan Remiorz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Christopher Higgins made the Ottawa Senators' power-play woes even worse. Higgins scored his third short-handed goal of the season and Alex Kovalev combined with his new Russian linemates for Montreal's second goal, leading the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Merriman drops appeal, begins suspension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_merriman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061031/capt.sge.hhm61.311006221754.photo00.photo.default-339x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=s9bnA7rl_yjiZIgEwWf17Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="All-star linebacker Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers, pictured 29 October 2006, has dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Jeff Gross)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Chargers must play their next four games without outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, one of the NFL's top young stars who decided Tuesday not to appeal his suspension for testing positive for steroids.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls, Hinrich agree to 5-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_bulls_hinrich"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.4fcd8092833042c99593da5f84cfff40.bulls_hinrich_basketball_aaa122.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=cQLwUuBJXhxo8o7lNjQWrg--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) drives past Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning (33) and guard Gary Payton, center, during the first quarter of basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 in Miami. Hinrich and the Bulls agreed Tuesday on a five-year extension, the maximum length allowed under league rules. The deal, which kicks in at the start of next season, is believed to be worth about $47.5 million. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hours before the regular season began, the Chicago Bulls already had something to celebrate. Guard Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls agreed Tuesday on a five-year extension, the maximum length allowed under league rules. The deal, which kicks in at the start of next season, is believed to be worth about $47.5 million.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reynolds sues ESPN for wrongful firing
AP - Former ESPN baseball analyst Harold Reynolds sued the network for at least $5 million Tuesday, saying he was wrongly fired after a female intern complained about what he called a "brief and innocuous" hug.
Santana lifts Chivas to 1-1 tie
AP - Sergio Santana scored in the 54th minute to lift Chivas de Guadalajara to a 1-1 tie with Club America in an exhibition match Tuesday night.
Isles close homestand with 5-2 victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_islanders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.e5b38c38321848a0b1727fb53947e182.blackhawks_islanders_hockey_nyjj104.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=FQu9X_ATNqyGWhFcHOW8Nw--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="New York Islanders' Jason Blake, right, tips in the puck past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Brian Boucher for an assist on a goal by Alexei Yashin during the second period in NHL hockey action Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Islanders surely would like to stay home just a little bit longer. Rick DiPietro turned aside 30 shots, and Alexei Yashin scored the decisive goal in the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night that ended a very successful stay on Long Island.</p><br clear="all"/>
Playing the blame game
In the latest mailbag, regardless of how people felt about Drew Bledsoe's benching, the Cowboys' O-line couldn't escape criticism.
Eagles sign ex-Giants CB Will Peterson (AP)
Will Peterson has a new team and a new name. The former New York Giants cornerback signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. He also dropped his last name and is going by William James now. To make room on the roster, the Eagles released cornerback/returner Dexter Wynn. "For two years, I've been thinking about the name change.
Jets insist Martin has not made decision (AP)
The New York Jets insisted Curtis Martin has not yet decided to end his season, despite a published report Tuesday that the NFL's No. 4 career rusher has told members of the team he won't return this year. "There has been no decision," coach Eric Mangini said when addressing the story in The Star-Ledger.
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.
Cowher: Don't blame Big Ben, blame me (AP)
Bill Cowher isn't blaming Ben Roethlisberger's frequent interceptions for the Pittsburgh Steelers' terrible record. Or a major falloff by the special teams. Or a surprisingly inconsistent offensive line. Cowher is faulting the boss. "Obviously, there's a lot of disappointment to be sitting here at 2-5. I accept full responsibility for that," Cowher said Tuesday.
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 --...
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.
Bulls rip defending champ Heat 108-66 (AP)
They got their championship rings, saw the postseason highlights played on giant video screens and watched a new banner swing from the arena's rafters. Everything was perfect for the Miami Heat. And then the game began. Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points, Chris Duhon added 20 and the Chicago Bulls emphatically spoiled Miami's celebratory mood, beating the defending NBA champion Heat 108-66 in Tuesday...
Kobe misses Lakers season opener (AP)
Kobe Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. "This morning it was a little sore," said Bryant, the NBA scoring champion last season with a 35.4-point average -- the league's highest in 19 years.
Auerbach given simple graveside ceremony (AP)
Red Auerbach was buried in a simple graveside ceremony Tuesday, with Hall of Famers Bill Russell and John Thompson and commissioner David Stern among those paying last respects. About 150 family, friends and special guests attended the private burial for the NBA great at the King David Memorial Gardens in suburban Washington.
Bulls, Hinrich agree on 5-year extension (AP)
Hours before the regular season began, the Chicago Bulls already had something to celebrate. Guard Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls agreed Tuesday on a five-year extension, the maximum length allowed under league rules. The deal, which kicks in at the start of next season, is believed to be worth about $47.5 million.
Knicks, Brown reach settlement on pact (AP)
The Larry Brown era officially ended two days before the New York Knicks' season opener. Brown and the Knicks reached a settlement on the $40 million remaining in the fired coach's contract Monday night, a week before NBA commissioner David Stern was expected to rule. Terms were not disclosed. "At my request, the New York Knicks and Larry Brown have agreed to a compromise resolution of the dispute...
Garnett wins Kennedy Citizenship Award (AP)
Kevin Garnett walked into the Target Center and looked at the large gathering of team officials, teammates, family, media and a family he has helped get back on its feet after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He sat down next to his wife and whispered to her, "Wow, this is really a big deal, isn't it?" Yes, KG, it is.
Raptors, PG Ford agree on extension (AP)
Point guard T.J. Ford and the Toronto Raptors agreed Tuesday on a contract extension. Ford signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year. The extension could pay the guard as much as $33 million. Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo had until midnight Tuesday to make the deal, otherwise the 23-year-old would become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
New Mavs swingman George hospitalized (AP)
New Mavericks swingman Devean George was hospitalized Tuesday with a stomach ailment that could knock him out of the opener. "We think it's a food deal, but he's had this problem before," coach Avery Johnson said. "Now it's kind of come back again, and this time it's even worse than the first time. So we'll have to evaluate it." George left the Lakers to sign with Dallas as a free agent in the...
Morrison to start season as reserve (AP)
Adam Morrison will start his NBA career on the bench. Charlotte Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said Tuesday that veteran Brevin Knight will start at shooting guard ahead of Morrison, the No. 3 pick in the draft, in Wednesday's season opener against Indiana. Morrison started four of the Bobcats' eight preseason games, averaging 11.6 points and 36-percent shooting.
Penguins rookie Malkin off to fast start (AP)
Evgeni Malkin is adapting to a new league, country, language and position, all at age 20. Even if it seems all the adjusting is being made for him. NHL coaches are scrambling to find ways to defend against the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward whose speed and instincts have been likened to that of Mario Lemieux.
Sharks continue dominance over Panthers (AP)
San Jose's power play has been a big part of the team's early-season success. It came through when the Sharks needed it the most Tuesday night. Christian Ehrhoff scored with the man advantage with 35.8 seconds left to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. "We take a lot of pride in our special teams," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said.
DiPietro, Isles keep Blackhawks reeling (AP)
The New York Islanders surely would like to stay home just a little bit longer. Rick DiPietro turned aside 30 shots, and Alexei Yashin scored the decisive goal in the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night that ended a very successful stay on Long Island. Mike York, Viktor Kozlov, Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders, who went 4-1-2 on...
Higgins, Habs down Senators 4-2 (AP)
Christopher Higgins made the Ottawa Senators' power-play woes even worse. Higgins scored his third short-handed goal of the season and Alex Kovalev combined with his new Russian linemates for Montreal's second goal, leading the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night. Higgins opened the scoring -- during one of the Senators' seven failed power-play opportunities -- 5:30 into the second...
Sullivan lifts Predators by Canucks 3-2 (AP)
Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway with 5:41 left to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Sullivan, who was robbed by Roberto Luongo on a breakaway earlier in the third period, was actually stopped again on his first shot, but managed to reach back and tap his own rebound past the prone goaltender.
Rangers send D Kasparaitis to minors (AP)
Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis was sent down to Hartford of the AHL on Tuesday for a 10-day conditioning assignment. The hard-hitting Kasparaitis has gotten off to a slow start this season, missing the first five games while recovering from offseason injuries and trying to get back into hockey shape.
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.
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 blow late lead, 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.
Chase Chances: Week 7
The Chase is looking like a two-man battle, but Tony Stewart could still wreak more havoc.
Ragan approved to race at Texas (AP)
NASCAR on Tuesday approved David Ragan to run the Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Salvaging the weekend to keep the points lead (AP)
We finally ran the way we're capable of running at Atlanta this past weekend.
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.