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Celtics open season without Auerbach (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.f76ea7e6b5ea46388c3fe6213c93eb11.hornets_celtics_basketball_mack108.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=8G.KMdeVBNhi4KoZcNgH.A--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Boston Celtics forwards Paul Pierce, center, and Al Jefferson, right, double team New Orleans Hornets forward Peja Stojakovic, of Serbia, on a drive to the basket during the second half of their basketball game in Boston Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Knicks have a different look on the sideline and the Detroit Pistons sure aren't the same in the middle. However, the biggest change in the NBA comes in Boston, where the Celtics opened a season without Red Auerbach watching for the first time.</p><br clear="all"/>

Malkin gives Penguins 4-3 win over Kings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.37e917ad45bf45d3818a61be19d1c36f.penguins_kings_hockey_las102.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=raM9qP2GXKjKwTelJTnp5Q--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, center, of Russia looks at his sixth goal in six starts as Los Angeles Kings Alexander Frolov, from Russia, right, and Scott Thornton look on during the first period of their hockey game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. Malkin became the first NHL player in 89 years to score goals in his first six games. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Evgeni Malkin's first goal put him in some rare company. His second was even more important. Malkin scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zabransky's 3 TDs lead unbeaten Broncos (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_fresno_st_boise_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.854135cf502d4a7c93c8b293bcd71312.fresno_st_boise_st_football_idmc101.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=GiU_z4.y.tigMFw_4m_YgA--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="Boise State's Ian Johnson (41) celebrates with Ryan Clady (79) after scoring during the first half of a football game against Fresno State Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)" border="0" /></a>AP - The representatives from the Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls showed up &#151; colorful blazers in tow &#151; to see Boise State firsthand. Jared Zabransky and Ian Johnson made sure they left impressed by the 14th-ranked Broncos, now just three games away from a potential BCS berth.</p><br clear="all"/>

Smith won't return as Michigan St. coach (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_michigan_st_smith"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.af43e0de78ad46f6baa2b44b4ecde67e.michigan_st_smith_football_dt101.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=0R88FdDTp7ATSGe9eNk91Q--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Michigan State coach John L. Smith calls out to an official during the second quarter of a college football game against Michigan, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan State has called a news conference to discuss the football team's coaching situation, associate athletic director John Lewandowski said Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. The news conference was to feature school President Lou Anna Simon, Lewandowski said. The Spartans, under coach Smith, are coming off a 46-21 loss at Indiana and are 4-5 this season and 1-4 in the Big Ten. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)" border="0" /></a>AP - The up-and-down tenure of John L. Smith at Michigan State is coming to an end. Smith will finish the season as the struggling Spartans' head coach, but he won't be back in 2007.</p><br clear="all"/>

BALCO grand jury to charge track coach (AP)
AP - Three years ago, track coach Trevor Graham anonymously mailed a vial of a designer steroid to anti-doping authorities, sparking a sweeping federal probe of performance-enhancing drug use by elite athletes. Now, it looks as if Graham will be indicted for obstructing that same investigation.

Jets' Curtis Martin will miss season (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jets_martin_out"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.16bcada5469243e8bca5280c22432540.jets_martin_football_ny151.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=0Mgrz1S5HwWUTD_9G_1QMA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="New York Jets running back Curtis Martin carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers in this Jan. 8, 2005 photo in San Diego. Martin's season ended Wednesday because of a lingering knee injury, but the New York Jets hope the star running back will play again. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Curtis Martin sat in coach Eric Mangini's office Tuesday night, trying one last time to delay the difficult decision he knew he needed to make.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kidd and Nets off to quick NBA start (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061102/sp_afp/basketnbanetskidd"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061102/capt.sge.hru22.021106082100.photo00.photo.default-357x512.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=PYA5gIzuIAR9sFujvj5b3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Mikki Moore of the New Jersey Nets dunks against the Toronto Raptors at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets won 102-92(AFP/Getty Images/Al Bello)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Jason Kidd got off to a quick start in the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season, posting his 76th career triple-double in the Nets' 102-92 win over Toronto.</p><br clear="all"/>

Reliever Mota suspended 50 games by MLB (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_mets_mota_suspension"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.3808bd51e5834b6e981a080908a59b80.mets_mota_suspension_baseball_ny158.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=hyol1vBuF_GRIb0T96I8tA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="New York Mets pitcher Guillermo Mota reacts after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Edmonds in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, in this Oct. 13, 2006 file photo, at Shea Stadium in New York. Mota was suspended 50 games on Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. His suspension will take effect for the start of the 2007 season. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, becoming the third player penalized this year for violating Major League Baseball's toughened drug policy.</p><br clear="all"/>

Santana lifts Chivas to 1-1 tie (AP)
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.

Jagr, Rangers beat Ducks 4-3 in OT (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.67fd6a30392542c5becd07a8fd8ff5d9.rangers_ducks_hockey_ana108.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=WeVIDVLXrOnnCRttwdu0wA--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere blocks a shot by New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, left,of the Czech Republic, during the third period of their NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. Jagr scored the game-winning goal in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jaromir Jagr is no stranger to game-winning goals. Only three players in NHL history have more. Jagr's power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

QB carousel
One starting quarterback could make his return Sunday while the status of two others remains uncertain.

Jets' Martin out for year, maybe career (AP)
Curtis Martin sat in coach Eric Mangini's office Tuesday night, trying one last time to delay the difficult decision he knew he needed to make. "I said, 'Eric, you know what? I just need one last conversation with the doctors,"' the New York Jets running back said Wednesday. "I said, 'I even know. I know what they're going to say and I know what the outcome is,' but for some reason I just wanted that...

Titans suspend CB Jones for one game (AP)
Tennessee fans got tired of the off-field antics of cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones before he ever played a game for the team. On Wednesday, the Titans finally signaled they are weary, too. The team suspended Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Coach Jeff Fisher hopes the punishment, which includes banning him from practice and what he called...

Battered Big Ben looks to regain touch (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger looks at what has occurred in his life since winning the AFC championship game in Denver and almost can't believe it's been less than 10 months. Becoming the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl. The motorcycle accident that left him with a surgically repaired face. The two concussions.

Palmer blames himself for Bengals' woes (AP)
A running back criticizes the play-calling. A Pro Bowl tackle questions the team's toughness. Fans grumble about the offensive coordinator's decisions. Things aren't pleasant these days in Cincinnati, where the Bengals' subpar offense has created a lot of grumbling. Quarterback Carson Palmer tried to end it Wednesday by putting the problem in perspective.

Favre's picks down, fun up for Packers (AP)
Laughing and relaxed, Brett Favre has found his rhythm again, both as a leader on the field and a captivating storyteller in the locker room. Favre, who had a career-high 29 interceptions last season, hasn't been picked off in 106 passes over the last three games. He said Wednesday maybe it's just luck and a little extra pass protection, but he's no longer turning the ball over at last year's pace,...

Seahawks still waiting on RB Alexander (AP)
Shaun Alexander's pictures are worth 1,000 yards. Alexander hasn't played for more than a month. Unless he breaks loose when he finally returns from a broken left foot, he will not gain 1,000 yards rushing this season -- for the first time since he became Seattle's featured runner in 2001. Yet the NFL MVP continues to be photographed more than Paris Hilton.

Saints dealing with injuries (AP)
The New Orleans Saints are dealing with more injuries than they have all season as they prepare to play the Buccaneers, including an ankle sprain that kept Reggie Bush out of practice Wednesday. Still, the rookie running back insisted his left ankle is fine, and said he plans to practice Thursday and play Sunday.

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.

Winslow eager for return to San Diego (AP)
Kellen Winslow could be even more fired up than usual this Sunday. Winslow, never lacking emotion on game day, will return home to San Diego and play in front of about 50 friends and family members when the Cleveland Browns face the Chargers. His Hall of Fame father will be among them, watching his son play on the field where he redefined the tight end position.

Grace under pressure

Celtics honor Auerbach, lose to Hornets (AP)
The pregame ceremony honoring Red Auerbach was going to pump up the crowd. The Boston Celtics were going to be up for this one, too. Chris Paul knew all this beforehand. He also figured he'd have to keep his New Orleans teammates from getting too excited if the Hornets wanted to come out with a win. "It was a very emotional night," Paul said, after the Hornets' 91-87 season-opening win Wednesday...

Cavs hold off Wizards in playoff rematch (AP)
With plastic ice bags strapped to both knees, LeBron James leaned back in his recliner. As he peeked at the flat-screen TV showing a game in progress, Cleveland's superstar took a deep breath. It was an exhausting night. They always are against Washington. Six months later, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers still have the Wizards' number.

Lakers spoil Nelson's return to Warriors (AP)
Ronny Turiaf had just buttoned his shirt after the best game of his NBA career when his cell phone rang. Kobe Bryant couldn't travel to the Los Angeles Lakers' latest victory, but the injured star clearly didn't miss a minute of Turiaf's breakout performance. "I told you! I told you!" Turiaf said into the phone, breaking into a wide grin.

Knicks outlast Grizzlies in 3OT 118-117 (AP)
Isiah Thomas and the Knicks got off to a good start, despite a rocky finish. New York blew a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead Wednesday night before beating the Memphis Grizzlies 118-117 in triple-overtime. "It feels good to get Isiah and the team started right," guard Jamal Crawford said. "(But) we have to learn to finish.

Marion, Nash lead Suns past Clippers (AP)
The Phoenix Suns got their running game in gear -- and a welcome lift from Amare Stoudemire. The result was a 112-104 home-opening victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Shawn Marion had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Nash added 20 points and 11 assists, and Stoudemire scored 15 points in 24 minutes off the bench.

Bibby ejected as Kings lose to Wolves (AP)
For three quarters of the season opener, Mike Bibby galvanized the Sacramento Kings with his surprisingly quick return to action. Yet when they needed their leader the most, as they were unraveling in the fourth quarter against Minnesota, Bibby's stunning ejection ultimately cost the Kings the game. Bibby picked up two technical fouls late in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett finished with 24...

Mavs won't raise banner vs. Spurs (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are letting the San Antonio Spurs off easy in their season opener Thursday night. Rather than raising the banner proclaiming themselves "2006 Western Conference Champions" in front of the state rival they beat along the way, the Mavs are saving the ceremony for their second home game.

Kidd, Carter lead Nets over Raptors (AP)
The New Jersey Nets had the perfect answer for the Toronto Raptors' new run-and-gun game: a well-rested Jason Kidd in the fourth quarter. Kidd had eight points, four assists and four rebounds with the game on the line and finished his 76th career triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a 102-92 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday night.

Howard, Magic stun Bulls 109-94 (AP)
Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill thought his team had no chance against the Bulls Wednesday night after watching Chicago rout the defending champion Miami Heat to open the season. "They just drove the ball everywhere they wanted to go," Hill said. Hill was happy to be wrong. Dwight Howard had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 21 points as the Magic surprised the Chicago Bulls 109-94...

Malkin's second goal lifts Pens in OT (AP)
Evgeni Malkin's first goal Wednesday night was historic. His second was a game winner. Malkin scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Malkin slapped in a loose puck from the slot 2:45 into the extra period to give the Penguins their fifth straight win.

Ward helps 'Canes top Thrashers again (AP)
Cam Ward flopped all over the ice, blocking nearly every shot that came his way. Then there was Kari Lehtonen, who had trouble stopping anything. Talk about a contrast in the nets. Ward made 40 saves for Carolina, while Lehtonen was yanked in the second period of the Hurricanes' 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Lindros powers Stars past Blues 4-1 (AP)
The Dallas Stars signed Eric Lindros to a free-agent contract over the summer to put the puck in the net. After acting as an effective setup man, the big winger finally flashed that ability Wednesday night. Lindros scored two goals, Mike Modano added a goal and an assist and the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to get off to the best start in franchise history.

Jagr gets Rangers past Ducks in OT (AP)
Jaromir Jagr is no stranger to game-winning goals. Only three players in NHL history have more. Jagr's power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. It was his 104th game-winner, tying teammate Brendan Shanahan for fourth on the career list behind Gordie Howe (121), Phil Esposito (118) and Brett Hull (110).

Flyers hire ex-coach Hitchcock as scout (AP)
Ken Hitchcock was hired as a pro scout by the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, less than two weeks after they fired him as their head coach. Hitchcock was let go when the Flyers had the fewest points in the NHL. They have gone 2-1 since then under former Hitchcock assistant John Stevens, and are 3-7-1 heading into Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.

Predators hand Oilers first home loss (AP)
Paul Kariya kept setting up his teammates, and the Nashville Predators became the first road team to win in Edmonton this season. Kariya had three assists in Nashville's 5-3 victory Wednesday night, stopping the Oilers' six-game home winning streak. Vernon Fiddler, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Scottie Upshall and David Legwand scored for the Predators, who have won six consecutive road games and four...

Theodore, Avalanche defeat Blue Jackets (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche got off to a strong start and Jose Theodore was there to finish it off. Theodore made 19 of his 41 saves in the third period to help the Avalanche hold on for a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. "I knew they were going to shoot from everywhere and that's what they did," Theodore said of the Blue Jackets, which entered tied for the league low with...

White, Gill power Leafs by Lightning 4-2 (AP)
Ian White and Hal Gill both picked a perfect time to stop their goal-scoring droughts. White converted a tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Wednesday night. White picked up a loose puck off a deflected pass by Matt Stajan and scored from in close to give Toronto a 3-2 lead with 8:17 left.

Wings top Flames for fourth straight win (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings got two quick goals and then held off Calgary with some suffocating defense. Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom scored 79 seconds apart in the first period, and Detroit stifled the Flames' offense in a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Dominik Hasek made 13 saves and Brett Lebda also scored for the Red Wings, who won their fourth straight after losing the final three games of a...

Trading Paint: Stewing about
Tony Stewart is rolling, but fans don't necessarily agree that he deserves late entry into the Chase.

Gordon penalized for causing caution in Atlanta (AP)
NASCAR penalized Robby Gordon for intentionally throwing a piece of roll bar padding onto the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, causing a caution that hurt championship contender Jeff Burton's finish.

ISC buys interest in Chicagoland Speedway (AP)
International Speedway Corp. said Wednesday that it has reached a purchase agreement with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. to acquire an additional 37.5 percent interest in Raceway Associates, which owns and operates Chicagoland Speedway. The purchase price is approximately $69 million. After the transaction closes -- expected early next year -- ISC will own 100 percent of Motorsports Alliance,...

Robby Gordon issued fine, point penalties for infractions (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Robby Gordon has been fined $15,000 and penalized 50 driver championship points for rule infractions in last Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500, NASCAR announced on Wednesday.

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.

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