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NEWS FROM 2006-11-03
Graham charged with hindering probe
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_ot/run_athletes_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.2db6ed9761904e53ab91f52139609747.athletes_steroids_cajc101.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=_KPrs81Nd0oR6lnvm8gzgQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="IRS agents Jeff Novitsky, left, and Erwin Rogers, foreground center, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Nedrow right, and Matthew Parrella, second from right, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Finigan, rear second from left, walk toward the federal courthouse in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Trevor Graham, the track coach who helped launch the federal investigation of steroid use by elite athletes is now also facing charges in the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The elite track coach who trained Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery was charged Thursday with hindering the federal steroids probe he helped launch three years ago when he mailed a syringe of a designer drug to anti-doping agents.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kenny Rogers wins 5th overall Gold Glove
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_al_gold_gloves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.2216fabad2f648bfadd1763f4f212b83.world_series_cardinals_tigers_baseball_ny167.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=8Hf58KySXiagp2Hoxmt2tw--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Juan Encarnacion in the seventh inning in Game 2 of the World Series in this Oct. 22, 2006 file photo, in Detroit. Rogers, whose smudged left hand created a lot of suspicion during the World Series, won his fourth straight Gold Glove on Thursday and fifth overall. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - After all those errors in the World Series, a Detroit Tigers pitcher won a Gold Glove. Kenny Rogers, whose smudged left hand created a lot of suspicion during the World Series, won his fourth straight Gold Glove on Thursday and fifth overall.</p><br clear="all"/>
Clippers defeat Nuggets in home opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.4e18a1f52f094097a44aad9232fbf001.nuggets_clippers_basketball_las107.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=aUw49JtJSFkhEnBWiL.tUw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Cllippers' Shaun Livingston, left, drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets' J.R. Smith during the first quarter of a basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sam Cassell scored 35 points and made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-95 victory in their home opener against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Weekes helps Rangers defeat Sharks 3-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.27690a9bf6a244faab78571abe291c1e.rangers_sharks_hockey_cabm104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=ToUDEuQX24Rn9bwuLQouHw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="From left, New York Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes (80), Sandis Ozolinsh, and Karel Rachunek (23) block a shot by San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau in the second period of a hockey game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Way out west, the New York Rangers got their season back on track behind a few unlikely goals and an even more unlikely goalie. Kevin Weekes stopped 29 shots in his second win in two nights, and the Rangers finished a successful road trip with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
NYRA files for bankruptcy protection
AP - The New York Racing Association, the private entity that has held the state horse racing franchise since 1955, filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court Thursday.
Colts' Vinatieri ready to face Patriots
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vinatieri_s_return"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061102/capt.47ae6a81500947a2ab09be13df7778b7.colts_patriots_vinatieri_returns_football_ny155.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=WEnmUFLib5estWL9twC6bQ--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks the winning field goal as Hunter Smith holds during the fourth quarter of their football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, in this Oct. 29, 2006 file photo. The Colts beat the Broncos 34-31.Vinatieri has prepared for anything New England fans could throw at him Sunday night _ cheers, jeers, boos, taunts. For the first time in his 11-year career, Vinatieri, the NFL's best clutch kicker, will walk into Gillette Stadium not with the cult following but as the villain. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam Vinatieri is ready for anything he could encounter Sunday night in New England — cheers, jeers, chants and taunts, even a last-second kick. He's content with it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Parker, Duncan help Spurs beat Mavericks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.f1b1e4baf90046fda3cd655bf1ff2175.spurs_mavericks_basketball_dna102.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=PmG3yV6VAW9Df20vGHXzrg--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, left, drives to the basketball against Dallas Mavericks center DeSagana Diop (7), from Senegal, in the first half of their basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Parker was sore and Tim Duncan was struggling. Yet there was no way the San Antonio Spurs were giving up, not after six months of waiting to reclaim their edge over the Dallas Mavericks. Parker shook off a sprained ankle to score 19 points and Duncan scored only 13 points but had a key rebound and putback in the final minute of the Spurs' 97-91 victory Thursday night in the season opener for both Western Conference powers.</p><br clear="all"/>
MLB plans to open office in China
AP - Major League Baseball is heading to China.
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.
Wings edge Hawks for 5th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.eb1eb61a04ea4c94b29d14418853dd1c.red_wings_blackhawks_hockey_cxa106.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=KFwaxdPprdBbtniQLkk_WA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' Brett Lebda, left, watches as a puck shot by teammate Robert Lang, of the Czech Republic, finds the back of the net past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Brian Boucher during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Chicago. Lebda had an assist on the goal. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - An open net was all Henrik Zetterberg needed to break out of a scoring slump. Zetterberg and Robert Lang scored early in the third period and Detroit beat Chicago 2-1 for its fifth consecutive win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Titans coach Jeff Fisher appears to be gaining momentum in his battle for control with GM Floyd Reese.
Garrard to start again for Jaguars (AP)
David Garrard will make his second consecutive start at quarterback in place of Byron Leftwich on Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars host Tennessee. Leftwich said Thursday that coach Jack Del Rio told him before practice he was sticking with Garrard, who led the Jaguars to a 13-6 victory at Philadelphia last week and improved to 5-1 as a starter the past two seasons.
Eagles extend DT Patterson through 2016 (AP)
Second-year defensive tackle Mike Patterson signed a seven-year contract extension worth $32 million that will make him a Philadelphia Eagle through 2016. The deal came quickly over the last week, Patterson said in a conference call Thursday. "If anything, I was thinking later on in the summer," Patterson said.
Bears C Kreutz signs extension (AP)
Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz on Thursday signed a contract extension that keeps him with the Chicago Bears through the 2010 season. "It means a lot," Kreutz said. "The Bears didn't have to re-sign me right now and they did, and I'm thankful for that. "I can retire a Bear now." Terms of the three-year extension were not disclosed.
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...
Vinatieri ready for Foxborough return (AP)
Adam Vinatieri is ready for anything he could encounter Sunday night in New England -- cheers, jeers, chants and taunts, even a last-second kick. He's content with it. For the first time in his 11-year career, Vinatieri will play at Gillette Stadium not as one of the Patriots' revered stars, but rather as one of those dreaded Indianapolis Colts.
Season could be over for Bucs QB Simms (AP)
With injured Tampa Bay quarterback Luke McCown practicing again, Chris Simms' season could be over. Simms, who started the first three games after helping the Buccaneers win the NFC South a year ago, has been sidelined since having his spleen removed following a loss to Carolina on Sept. 24. The Bucs have not ruled out his playing again this season.
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...
1972 Dolphins root from afar vs. Bears (AP)
Scattered around the country, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese and the rest of the 1972 Miami Dolphins will be rooting for their legacy and former team Sunday against the unbeaten Chicago Bears. It'll be a little different than in December 1985, when a dozen former players from the 17-0 team in '72 -- including Hall of Famers Csonka and Griese -- gathered along the Orange Bowl sideline to watch Miami play...
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.
Grace under pressure
Duncan, Spurs rally past Mavericks 97-91 (AP)
Tony Parker was sore and Tim Duncan was struggling. Yet there was no way the San Antonio Spurs were giving up, not after six months of waiting to reclaim their edge over the Dallas Mavericks. Parker shook off a sprained ankle to score 19 points and Duncan scored only 13 points but had a key rebound and putback in the final minute of the Spurs' 97-91 victory Thursday night in the season opener for...
Cassell leads Clippers over Nuggets (AP)
Sam Cassell scored 35 points and made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-95 victory in their home opener against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. The Nuggets, playing their season opener, were without star Carmelo Anthony for most of the second half.
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.
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.
Bad fall can't keep Bobcats' Wallace out (AP)
Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace went through a full practice Thursday, a day after he was injured in the Bobcats' season-opening loss to Indiana. Wallace, who worked with the first unit, did not have a concussion and is expected to play Friday at Memphis. "I think their main focus was how my head was feeling," Wallace said.
Peja may get rude return to Indiana (AP)
Peja Stojakovic could get a rude reception Friday night when he returns to Conseco Fieldhouse as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. Stojakovic joined the Indiana Pacers halfway through last season in a trade that sent Ron Artest to the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 19.5 points in 40 games before missing four of Indiana's six playoff games against the New Jersey Nets with a knee injury.
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...
Lakers 2-0 minus Kobe, ruin Nelson debut (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.
Howard, Magic surprise 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...
Sabres rally late, top Bruins in SO (AP)
The end of the Buffalo Sabres' winning streak didn't seem to cool them off at all. Buffalo rallied from a three-goal, third-period deficit and beat Boston 5-4 in a shootout Thursday night, with Ales Kotalik scored the tying goal with 95 seconds left in regulation and then converting the last shot in the shootout.
Rolston sparks Wild over Canucks (AP)
Brian Rolston rushed toward Roberto Luongo on a second-period penalty shot and shocked everybody with a quick slap shot from the top of the circles. The puck sailed past the Vancouver goalie to tie the game, and Minnesota seized the momentum. Rolston's 10th goal of the season was a major part of the Wild's rally from a sluggish start in a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Thursday night.
Backup Weekes again leads Rangers to win (AP)
Way out west, the New York Rangers got their season back on track behind a few unlikely goals and an even more unlikely goalie. Kevin Weekes stopped 29 shots in his second win in two nights, and the Rangers finished a successful road trip with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
Habs blank 'Canes in playoff rematch (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens became the latest of Carolina's playoff victims to get some payback against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Cristobal Huet stopped 31 shots in his first shutout of the season to lead Montreal to a 4-0 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night. It dropped the Hurricanes to 0-3-1 against the three Eastern Conference teams they beat mere months ago during their remarkable...
Islanders halt Brodeur's shutout streak (AP)
After a sluggish start, everything seems to be falling into place for the New York Islanders. Even the hard-luck line of Trent Hunter, Mike York and Miroslav Satan is starting to score. Hunter, York and Satan combined for two first-period goals and the Islanders won their third straight game with a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
Legace's 44 saves power Blues over Avs (AP)
Manny Legace's best game of the season came against a team that is familiar with some of the goalie's strongest performances. Legace made 44 saves and Bill Guerin scored twice, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Legace, who did not start the previous two games, improved to 9-1 against Colorado in his career.
Holmqvist, St. Louis get Tampa by Flyers (AP)
Johan Holmqvist waited a long time for his first NHL win, making it an even sweeter experience Thursday night. Martin St. Louis scored two goals, Holmqvist stopped 30 shots and the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. Holmqvist was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 1.
Red Wings stay hot, top Blackhawks 2-1 (AP)
An open net was all Henrik Zetterberg needed to break out of a scoring slump. Zetterberg and Robert Lang scored early in the third period and Detroit beat Chicago 2-1 for its fifth consecutive win. Brian Boucher, who dropped to 0-7-0 this season, lost a shutout bid when Zetterberg scored at 3:09 of the third to tie it at 1.
Panthers give coach Martin 450th win (AP)
Jacques Martin was happy to reach a coaching milestone. He was even more pleased it came in an important game for the Florida Panthers. Ed Belfour made 23 saves against his former team and Martin picked up his 450th career victory in Florida's 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. "I think the satisfaction is for us: we needed this win," said Martin, the 13th coach to reach the...
Malkin ties record, then scores 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.
Marbles: Wild ride
Bowyer takes Texas trucks pole (AP)
Nextel Cup rookie Clint Bowyer topped qualifying Thursday for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Silverado 350K on Friday night, ending Mike Skinner's Texas Motor Speedway pole streak at four.
Bowyer wins pole for NASCAR Trucks Silverado 350 (SportsTicker)
A glance at the drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points: DRIVER: Matt...
Texas a long way from first-lap crash (AP)
Robby Gordon preparing for grueling Dakar Rally (AP)
NASCAR driver Robby Gordon led the 19-member Team Dakar USA through one of its final test sessions last week in...
Two-time champ Labonte ready to retire (AP)
First, he was Texas Terry, the smooth, young driver from Corpus Christi with all the potential in the world.
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,...