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Lakers remain unbeaten with Kobe's help (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.27f3a78570c7498ab542fae625899f34.supersonics_lakers_basketball_las105.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=vQjojAVFPZLPp7zXHDUkEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Seattle SuperSonics' Damien Wilkins guards during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday night, Nov. 3, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe's back and the Lakers didn't miss a beat. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in his season debut, and Los Angeles beat Seattle 118-112 on Friday night, the Lakers' third win in as many games this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Thrashers end 2-game losing streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.e01f55f5639548ac9a37f6f2eb1e9312.thrashers_capitals_hockey_vzn104.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=S57R6vuOeUIGNyebNfODMA--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Atlanta Thrashers, left to right, Jim Slater, Steve Rucchin, and Greg deVries celebrate a goal by Rucchin against the Washington Capitals in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley figured it was time for a goaltending change, so he made the move, and his team ended a two-game losing streak. Now Hartley needs to decide whether to stick with backup Johan Hedberg or go back to regular starter Kari Lehtonen. And he needs to make that choice quickly.</p><br clear="all"/>

Air Force embarrasses Army 43-7 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_air_force_army"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.b60e1621eb6c4e798f72bebff110dd77.air_force_army_football_nyjm503.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=oeCPLeJhdbe7VovxJUU8bw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Air Force's Jared Marvin (56) wraps up Army's Wesley McMahand during the first half of a football game in West Point, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight )" border="0" /></a>AP - Shaun Carney wore a big smile that belied what he was feeling. "I'm bummed we came up six points short," said Air Force's junior quarterback, who predicted his Falcons would beat archrival Army 49-7 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

NTSB: Wind blew Lidle plane off course (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_go_ot/high_rise_plane_crash"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.35fa8eb6767b4c30be0c39ebe20a99ad.high_rise_plane_crash_lidle_baseball_ny158.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=XfW.lAhQDQ0xKqTr9Y5sKA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="New York Yankees starting pitcher Cory Lidle fires one in against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston in this Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 file photo. A stiff wind was blamed Friday for blowing the small airplane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle off course and into a New York City high-rise on Oct. 11. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the wind, coupled with the pilot's attempt at turning too sharply over New York's East River, forced the aircraft over Manhattan and into the side of a high-rise building.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - A light wind was cited by federal investigators Friday for blowing a small airplane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle off course and into a New York City high-rise on Oct. 11.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds, Giants talk about his contract (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061029/2006_10_29t112528_450x290_us_baseball_agency.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=vHf4._mwxJyXJ3JjI28UbA--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds goes up to bat in the fourth inning of a National League baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, California, October 1, 2006. Bonds was among 59 players who filed for free agency on the first possible day on Saturday. (Kimberly White/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds and the Giants have begun talks about a new contract that would keep the slugger in San Francisco for 2007.</p><br clear="all"/>

Redskins' Moss won't play vs. Cowboys (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_redskins_moss"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061101/capt.5a5fa7ffda3e40b0a01a1837a2febf8c.anged_up_redskins_wx103.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=8Xy_DNYQ5lVdFACDIlzIJA--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss races to the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a NFL football game, in Landover, Md. in this Oct. 1, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss missed his sixth consecutive practice Friday with an injured left hamstring and isn't expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>

Boozer's dunk helps Jazz defeat Suns (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.7464269c3b634940907b0ff951c02b04.jazz_suns_basketball_azrd105.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=8HXnVwsfV3hklaYD7kfDQg--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Utah Jazz' Carlos Boozer (5) is fouled by Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, on his second attempt to score under the Utah basket, during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, in Phoenix. Boozer's first attempt was blocked by Stoudemire.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - With his team in a deep hole, Jerry Sloan turned to his bench. The result was a big rally and a tough road win for the Utah Jazz. Carlos Boozer dunked with 31 seconds left for the go-ahead score and the Jazz finished the game on a 13-3 run to beat the Phoenix Suns 108-104 on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dodgers' Maddux wins 16th Gold Glove (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nl_gold_gloves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.e732d8ba1e894762b184976c8ac29eeb.nl_gold_glove_baseball_ny166.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=Nkkb_bRRyEULGcLU6H9ngw--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Greg Maddux pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo, in Cincinnati. Maddux won his 16th Gold Glove on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, tying the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson.(AP Photo/Al Behrman,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Maddux has become a constant in an era of change. The slick-fielding pitcher won his 16th Gold Glove on Friday, tying the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson.</p><br clear="all"/>

U.S. team clinches Peace Queen cup (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_peace_queen_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.sel10111040742.south_korea_peace_queen_cup_sel101.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=bhg2goATxEGQhIyOAPe_7A--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="United States's Kristine Marie Lilly (13) reacts after scoring a goal while Canada's Isabelle Morneau passes by during Peace Queen Cup soccer final in Seoul, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. The United States defeated Canada 1-0. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kristine Lilly scored in the 68th minute to give United States a 1-0 victory over Canada on Saturday to clinch the Peace Queen Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ducks beat Coyotes, grab NHL points lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061104/capt.f32903f8c9f348aea2f68327d9e65561.coyotes_ducks_hockey_ana109.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=fKrahaBbw_MRyBC5lUvx1Q--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes goalie Curtis Joseph, right, throws his stick in an attempt to block a shot on goal by Anaheim Ducks' Andy McDonald, left, as Coyotes' Nick Boynton defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. McDonald was awarded a penalty shot, and scored. Joseph was replaced in the third period after allowing five goals. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The talent-rich Anaheim Ducks have the best record in the NHL, yet that isn't good enough to them. Andy McDonald scored on a penalty shot to cap Anaheim's four-goal second period and the Ducks improved on their best start in franchise history with a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

The comeback kid

T.O. reportedly falls asleep in meetings (AP)
Terrell Owens downplayed a report Friday that he falls asleep in team meetings. "As long as I don't sleep on Sunday," the Dallas Cowboys receiver said as he left the locker room at the team's practice facility. As is customary on Friday, he did not conduct interviews. The receiver said in Friday's editions of The Dallas Morning News that he informed the Cowboys about a sleeping problem before...

Giants WR Burress battling back problems (AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who has not practiced since before last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, missed practice again Friday with back spasms. The wide receiver leads the team with 31 receptions and 5 touchdowns heading into Sunday's game against Houston at Giants Stadium. "It's hard to predict what's going to happen with a back," Coughlin said Friday.

Skins' Moss not expected to face Cowboys (AP)
Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss missed his sixth consecutive practice Friday with an injured left hamstring and isn't expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys. Asked whether he'd ruled out Moss for Sunday's game, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said: "Yeah. Looks more and more like it will be hard to have him go." On Washington's official injury report, Moss was downgraded Friday from...

Bucs place Simms on IR, activate McCown (AP)
Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms was placed on injured reserve Friday, and the Buccaneers activated third-year backup Luke McCown from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Simms has been sidelined since having his spleen removed after taking several hard hits during a loss to Carolina on Sept. 24. He was hopeful of playing again this season until doctors told him last week that the earliest he...

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.

Chargers' Olshansky returns to practice (AP)
The San Diego Chargers got some good news Friday when defensive end Igor Olshansky was able to finish practice. Olshansky, one of the top run-stuffers on the NFL's No. 2-ranked defense, has missed the past two games because of a knee injury. The third-year pro reported no substantial swelling in the surgically repaired knee on Friday and was allowed to work.

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.

Cowher not talking about 2007 status (AP)
Forty Pittsburgh Steelers players have never known an NFL coach other than Bill Cowher. Those 40 players are beginning to wonder if they will have to learn the methods of another coach next season -- and not necessarily in another city. Halfway through what has been the most disappointing and frustrating of his 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach, Cowher has given no hints about whether he'll return...

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.

Francisco treat

Lakers top Sonics in Kobe's season debut (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to win without Kobe. Now they've won with him. Kobe Bryant made his season debut with 23 points, Lamar Odom scored 28 and Los Angeles remained unbeaten with a 118-112 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night. The Lakers won their opening two games while Bryant worked his way back from the arthroscopic surgery he had on his right knee during the offseason.

Heat respond to rout, top Nets 91-85 (AP)
After a preseason where Miami routinely faced huge deficits, then endured a 42-point loss to Chicago on opening night, Heat coach Pat Riley wondered if his team was on the cusp of a crisis. Shaquille O'Neal doesn't think that's the case. O'Neal had 21 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points, and the Heat got plenty of contributors down the stretch to beat the New Jersey Nets...

Cavs withstand late surge, top Spurs (AP)
LeBron James dunked over Tim Duncan with a snarl, an early statement of a rugged night. And by the time it was over, the Cleveland Cavaliers got out of San Antonio with their first win in the Alamo City since 1988. James scored 35 points, hitting a key layup and free throw late in the fourth to help snuff a San Antonio rally and lead the Cavaliers to an 88-81 victory Friday night.

A.I.'s late layup gets Sixers by Magic (AP)
Allen Iverson can hit a game-winning shot even when he's being defended pretty well. Iverson scored 39 points from every angle on the court, including a driving, fallaway runner from 10 feet out with 2.2 seconds left to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 105-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Garnett, Wolves rally to beat Nuggets (AP)
Carmelo Anthony was missing at the end of the game again. Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 112-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night in a game that ended with Anthony misfiring four times in the final 14 seconds. "When you're out there scrambling, trying to make a prayer shot, it's kind of hard," Anthony said one night after being ejected in...

Boozer's dunk lifts Jazz past Suns (AP)
With his team in a deep hole, Jerry Sloan turned to his bench. The result was a big rally and a tough road win for the Utah Jazz. Carlos Boozer dunked with 31 seconds left for the go-ahead score and the Jazz finished the game on a 13-3 run to beat the Phoenix Suns 108-104 on Friday night. But the Jazz never would have been in position to win had it not been for reserves Matt Harpring, Derek Fisher...

Martin, Artest lead Kings over Bulls (AP)
Ben Wallace of the Chicago Bulls walked into the Sacramento Kings locker room after the game and hugged Ron Artest. Then, they huddled with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Nearly two years after one of the ugliest incidents at a sporting event in the United States, Wallace and Artest made peace. There were no late fouls.

Late run carries Hornets past Pacers (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets got a lot of attention for picking up Peja Stojakovic, Bobby Jackson and Tyson Chandler this summer. It was their lesser-known players who carried the load in the fourth quarter of a 100-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as the Hornets' bench scored 21 of New Orleans' 31 points in the final 12...

Pistons cruise past Celtics, 101-88 (AP)
Rasheed Wallace had another slow start for the Detroit Pistons. On Friday night, though, he stuck around long enough to find his groove. Ejected from the season opener without scoring a point, Wallace stayed in the game against the Celtics long enough to total 18 points and nine rebounds and help the Pistons beat winless Boston 101-88.

Ducks rip Coyotes to take points lead (AP)
The talent-rich Anaheim Ducks have the best record in the NHL, yet that isn't good enough to them. Andy McDonald scored on a penalty shot to cap Anaheim's four-goal second period and the Ducks improved on their best start in franchise history with a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Thrashers rally from two down, nip Caps (AP)
Apparently, the difference between the top and the bottom of the Southeast Division is one goal. Jon Sim scored once and assisted on Steve Rucchin's go-ahead goal 27 seconds into the third period, lifting backup goalie Johan Hedberg and the first-place Atlanta Thrashers past the last-place Washington Capitals 4-3 Friday night.

Stars get favorable ruling, top Oilers (AP)
Trevor Daley's second-period goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. Ales Hemsky appeared to score the tying goal with 4 seconds left, but it was disallowed because of a hand pass off of the faceoff. That prompted the home fans to litter the ice with debris.

Jackets top Flames in 11th round of SO (AP)
Manny Malhotra made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets finally took advantage of their home ice. Malhotra scored in the 11th shootout round to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. "We've been disappointing the hometown fans a little bit of late," Malhotra said of the Blue Jackets, who had lost three of four at home.

Sabres rally late, top Bruins 5-4 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.

Flyers' Forsberg feeling frustrated (AP)
Peter Forsberg wasn't going to let his temper get him in trouble twice in one night. The Philadelphia Flyers captain says he was so angry after Thursday's 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay that he left the arena without talking to the media to avoid a possible fine for criticizing officials. With 4:10 left in the third period and the Flyers trailing 3-2, Forsberg was whistled for a high-sticking penalty.

Rolston sparks Wild over Canucks 5-2 (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.

Canucks D Salo to miss at least a week (AP)
Rookie defenseman Alexander Edler was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday because top defender Sami Salo was sidelined by a knee sprain. Salo, tied for eighth among NHL defenseman with 10 points, was injured late in the second period of Thursday night's 5-2 loss in Minnesota. A key part of the Canucks power play and penalty kill, Salo is expected to miss at least a week.

Making a statement

Bowyer wins NASCAR Truck Silverado 350 (SportsTicker)

Bowyer dominates at Texas to win in third truck race (AP)
Clint Bowyer had a dominating run at Texas, then held the lead after a green-white finish to win in only his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start Friday night.

Martin wins pole, Montoya starts 10th at Texas Busch race (SportsTicker)

Martin takess 30th career Busch pole, Montoya qualifies 10th (AP)
Mark Martin earned his 30th career Busch Series pole Friday night at Texas, while Juan Pablo Montoya will start 10th in his second NASCAR race.

Vickers captures Nextel Cup pole with record lap at Texas (SportsTicker)

Texas race a big one for Earnhardt (AP)
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to make a serious run at this year's NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday would be the perfect time to make a move.

Vickers steals Texas pole. (AP)
Brian Vickers, the last of 50 drivers to make a qualifying attempt Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, knocked Elliott Sadler off the pole for NASCAR's Dickies 500 before Sadler even had time to get out of his car.

No help, but Burton satisfied with Gordon penalty (AP)
Jeff Burton is satisfied with the penalty NASCAR imposed against Robby Gordon, even though it doesn't help Burton in the championship Chase.

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