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S.F. 49ers plan move to new Calif. city (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn49ers_relocate"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.969a12e22ef9478f85c6f656299b0c0c.49ers_relocate_football_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=OxbQqPYL6YEg_nmWlV35CQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers players walk off the field after their warm-up before a game against the St. Louis Rams in this Oct. 3, 2004 file photo in San Francisco's Monster Park. The 49ers ended negotiations with the city about building a new stadium and plan to move to either Santa Clara or somewhere else in California, The Associated Press learned Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The 49ers have given up hope of building a state-of-the-art stadium in San Francisco and are considering a move to suburban Santa Clara.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cards to induct Tillman in Ring of Honor (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/fbn_cardinals_tillman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.713285acb8c54dbfa026f3d4a37c8f61.inquest_for_a_warrior_ny343.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=gqa5VyE9WxnuKMS3XoT0Sw--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Former Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman, poses in a June 2003 photo, released by Photography Plus. The Pentagon's inspector general is reviewing the Army's probe into the friendly fire death of Tillman. (AP Photo/Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after quitting the NFL's Arizona Cardinals to join the U.S. Army Rangers, is scheduled to be honored by the team this weekend.</p><br clear="all"/>

Mavs, Suns struggling toward rematch (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.2cf9df821bc34c64a3bfb9b75ca020ac.mavericks_clippers_basketball_las111.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=H5eUZirQ3tKGr4BrJSwsvQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, right, of Germany, reaches in on Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - It is definitely a Western Conference finals rematch. It sure doesn't look like a preview. For now, the Mavericks-Suns game Thursday night in Phoenix is nothing more than a chance for two struggling teams with high expectations to find something positive in what has been a dismal start to the season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cablevision: Knicks pay Brown $18.5M (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_knicks_brown_settlement"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.bd80d1ea51c245deb004406f786fb950.spurs_knicks_basketball_china_un_bolton_nyma113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=UCxge4F5QnIWN7EqyTZAPw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="NBA Commisioner David Stern, center, poses for a picture with American Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, right, and Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, during half time of the San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Larry Brown will get $18.5 million from the New York Knicks, less than half of what the Hall of Fame coach had left on his contract when he was fired.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hasek has easy night, earns 70th shutout (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.9e9e2409a5614709b1b6f200a6933f5d.oilers_red_wings_hockey_dta103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=bhyC0wrH_yLDjjLTZVK9ow--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic knocks away a loose puck from Edmonton Oilers Ales Hemsky of the Czech Republic in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Red Wings made life easy for goalie Dominik Hasek. Hasek only had to stop 16 shots to earn his 70th career shutout in the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants lose Toomer for season, Bills' McGahee out (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061109/sp_nm/nfl_injuries_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061109/2006_11_08t214012_360x450_us_nfl_injuries.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=UZFI7zVbxYrRbuCW4hiTOA--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="New York Giants' Amani Toomer is seen during NFL action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 17, 2006. The New York Giants will be without their all-time leading receiver Toomer for the rest of the season, the National Football League team confirmed on Wednesday. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New York Giants will be without their all-time leading receiver Amani Toomer for the rest of the season, the National Football League team confirmed on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Ugly' Oberto leads Spurs past Suns (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.53d14f6b82214fb89cb86d03406b9720.suns_spurs_basketball_saa108.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=nFsn0q_MFDXFSxS3fmdkwA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Fabricio Oberto (7), of Argentina, reacts to a Spurs score against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. San Antonio won 111-106 in overtime. Suns center Kurt Thomas (40) is in the background. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - With flowing strands of hair held back only by a skinny fabric band, Spurs center Fabricio Oberto sometimes makes coach Gregg Popovich wince with the way he bounces and bumbles over the basketball court.</p><br clear="all"/>

Back in Black: Padres hire Bud Black (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_padres_black"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.4d3b0414515d4fcf89bad6658bec01db.padres_black_baseball_la106.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=w2fG5CHhY4ZmHsSPrGzRmw--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, Bud Black, talks with Bengie Molina in this Oct. 16, 2005 file photo in Anaheim, Calif. Black was hired Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 to replace Bruce Bochy as the manager of the San Diego Padres, a baseball official said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bud Black has yet to be formally introduced as manager of the San Diego Padres, and he's already got a rooting section that includes Tony Gwynn, Mike Scioscia, Dusty Baker, Jake Peavy and Barry Bonds. Black has been hired to replace Bruce Bochy, giving the Los Angeles Angels' pitching coach his first major league managing job &#151; and drastically reducing his commute. Black lives in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe just north of San Diego.</p><br clear="all"/>

Revolution eye first MLS title (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_cup_revolution"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061108/capt.9b7ef91eebc24f5cafab64d50e503fdf.mls_revolution_soccer_mass104.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=OUiYoCWD.fP7z6tf3LQ7uA--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman (20) runs a drill at their soccer practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, 2006. The Revolution will meet the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup 2006 in Texas on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Franchino and the New England Revolution are headed for their third MLS Cup in five seasons. The midfielder thinks they're prepared to win their first league title.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hasek gets 70th shutout as Red Wings win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061109/capt.8259e457587040fba899e61fd2201e83.oilers_red_wings_hockey_dta101.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=mu5BBZFLxpRzgBGbZdHszg--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Raffi Torres (14) collides with Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dominik Hasek didn't have to work too hard for a shutout. He only had to stop 16 shots to earn his 70th career shutout and lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Unnecessarily harsh?
Readers weren't too happy with the critical assessment of Indianapolis' defense following the win over Denver.

49ers tell SF mayor they plan to move (AP)
The 49ers have given up hope of building a state-of-the-art stadium in San Francisco and are considering a move to suburban Santa Clara. Owner John York notified San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom of the team's decision Wednesday, the mayor's spokesman, Peter Ragone, told The Associated Press. York planned to hold a news conference Thursday in Santa Clara to talk in detail about the decision.

Giants WR Toomer out for season (AP)
New York Giants all-time leading receiver Amani Toomer will miss the rest of the season because of an injured left knee. Toomer, the team's co-leader with 32 catches this year, felt pain in his knee on Sunday and came to the sideline briefly in the 14-10 win over Houston. He later returned and finished the game.

Brayton fined $25,000, Stevens $15,000 (AP)
When Tyler Brayton got back to the Oakland locker room after being ejected for kneeing Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin, he counted on facing a suspension. The infraction happened on national television and he heard the commentators compare him to Tennessee cheap-shot artist Albert Haynesworth, making a suspension seem like an inevitable punishment.

Bears LB Urlacher sits out practice (AP)
Brian Urlacher grabbed something from his locker and headed straight to the weight room Wednesday morning. After practice, he bolted inside. The Chicago Bears' star middle linebacker had no trouble avoiding reporters, but will he make it onto the field Sunday against the New York Giants? Coach Lovie Smith said Urlacher sat out practice with a sprained left big toe and was "feeling a lot better...

Bills RB McGahee out indefinitely (AP)
Running back Willis McGahee is out indefinitely with three broken ribs, leaving the Bills without their best offensive threat against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. Coach Dick Jauron on Wednesday ruled McGahee out, adding the player's injury is more severe than initially thought. Jauron said follow-up tests showed McGahee damaged three ribs in Buffalo's 24-10 win over Green Bay last weekend.

Pats S Harrison may be out for long time (AP)
Rodney Harrison leads the Patriots defense with a loud voice. For the second straight season, his teammates may not hear him barking out instructions for a long time. His impressive comeback from a devastating left knee injury that limited him to three games last season was derailed by a shoulder injury in last Sunday's 27-20 loss to Indianapolis.

Cards welcome Fitzgerald back to lineup (AP)
Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be back this weekend, and he will get a warm welcome from Matt Leinart, Anquan Boldin and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals. "He just always makes a couple of incredible catches every single day on the practice field and has been able to do the same thing in the games," coach Dennis Green said.

Ravens QB McNair ready to face Titans (AP)
Music City has seen this story many times before. A big, popular star nears the end of his run and isn't welcome anymore. Then there's the big comeback, the triumphant return. Cue Steve McNair. The quarterback Titans fans still believe was done wrong by his team in a painful and ugly separation is coming back to the town.

Seahawks likely without Alexander again (AP)
The crack in Shaun Alexander's foot still isn't healed, and the league MVP will almost certainly miss his sixth consecutive game Sunday when Seattle hosts St. Louis for the NFC West lead. Coach Mike Holmgren said Tuesday that consecutive days of MRIs and CT scans on last season's NFL rushing leader showed the fourth metatarsal on Alexander's left foot still is cracked.

Mavs, Suns looking sluggish
Phoenix and Dallas are trying to find their rhythm after getting off to slow starts.

Knicks to pay Larry Brown $18.5 million (AP)
Larry Brown will get $18.5 million from the New York Knicks, less than half of what the Hall of Fame coach had left on his contract when he was fired. The NBA team's owner, Cablevision Systems Corp., announced the terms of the dispute Wednesday. Brown had four years and more than $40 million remaining on his deal when the Knicks fired him in June after one season.

Mavs off to franchise-worst 0-4 start (AP)
The frown on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's face said it all. The defending Western Conference champions are still winless. Cuttino Mobley scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Dallas 103-85 Wednesday night. The Mavericks, who tied a club record last season with 60 wins and came within two victories of their first NBA championship, have opened a season 0-4 for the first time in the...

Arenas scores 40 as Wizards beat Pacers (AP)
Gilbert Arenas was scoring pretty much at will, helping the Washington Wizards take a 15-point halftime lead against the Indiana Pacers. So, naturally, coach Eddie Jordan lit into the Wizards in the locker room, telling his players he didn't like what he was seeing. They responded by picking up the intensity on defense while never losing a beat on offense, and Arenas finished with 40 points...

Carter's 4th-quarter surge carries Nets (AP)
After spending the end of the third quarter in the locker room showing doctors what he could do with a strained right quad, Vince Carter spent the fourth quarter giving the Utah Jazz a look. Carter scored 13 of his 30 points down the stretch when he almost single-handedly held off Utah, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 96-89 victory on Wednesday night that knocked the Jazz from the unbeaten ranks.

Parker, Oberto help Spurs top Suns in OT (AP)
With flowing strands of hair held back only by a skinny fabric band, Spurs center Fabricio Oberto sometimes makes coach Gregg Popovich wince with the way he bounces and bumbles over the basketball court. "He's the ugliest productive player I've ever been around," Popovich said. "He looks like a bull in a china shop out there." Tony Parker led San Antonio with 29 points, while the 6-foot-10 Oberto...

Bosh 3-pointer lifts Raptors over 76ers (AP)
Chris Bosh didn't make a 3-pointer last season. So he worked on his long-range shooting last summer, and it paid off Wednesday night. Bosh made a go-ahead 3 with 6.1 seconds left and finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 106-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia's Chris Webber knocked the ball away from Bosh before he retrieved it and pulled up for...

Crawford rallies Knicks past Nuggets (AP)
Isiah Thomas was sauntering out of the Pepsi Center, relishing Jamal Crawford's big fourth quarter and the New York Knicks' improbable 109-107 comeback win over the Denver Nuggets when he heard the latest bad news on Kenyon Martin. The Nuggets' hard-luck big man needs another knee operation, this time on his "good" knee.

Turkoglu's late jumper gives Magic win (AP)
At this point in the season, the Orlando Magic will take lucky over good. Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points, including a fallaway 20-footer with 0.4 seconds left, to lift the Orlando Magic to an 88-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night. "That was a lucky shot," said Turkoglu, who was falling out of bounds with Rashard Lewis draped all over him.

Nuggets' Martin needs knee surgery again (AP)
At the morning shootaround, Kenyon Martin talked about how good it felt to feel good again. By nightfall, he was down in the dumps, facing yet another knee surgery. An MRI on Wednesday night revealed loose cartilage that needs to be removed through arthroscopy. "I won't be out the entire season, but I have no idea at this point," the Denver Nuggets forward said about a timetable for his return.

Hasek has easy shutout, Wings top Oilers (AP)
Dominik Hasek didn't have to work too hard for a shutout. He only had to stop 16 shots to earn his 70th career shutout and lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. "I never even had to make one save," said the 41-year-old goaltender. "I stopped the puck, I poke-checked the puck, I passed the puck, but I didn't have to make a save." It was the seventh...

Leafs' Sundin to miss 3-to-4 weeks (AP)
Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will be sidelined three to four weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow, the second straight year he has been injured early in the season. General manager John Ferguson said the 36-year-old center has a slight tear. He was hurt Monday during the first period of Toronto's victory over Philadelphia and played the rest of the way.

Lecavalier lifts Lightning by Pens in OT (AP)
Despite dominating the game, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed an overtime goal from Vincent LeCavalier to secure a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. After seeing a 2-0 lead evaporate with Nils Ekman's natural hat trick, LeCavalier's goal 2:41 into overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win Wednesday night.

Nylander's SO goal lifts Rangers to win (AP)
The New York Rangers enjoy going to shootouts. Michael Nylander scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over Florida on Wednesday night. New York is now 3-0 in shootouts this season. "We really don't mind going into a shootout," said Rangers coach Tom Renney. "We feel like we have an advantage with our shooters." The Rangers have won all three of their shootouts with...

Flyers lose Carter, recall Nedved (AP)
With forward Jeff Carter out six weeks with a broken ankle, the Philadelphia Flyers recalled Petr Nedved from the minors Wednesday along with two other centers and a defenseman. Carter, who has only one goal this season, was injured during a loss to Tampa Bay last week and had an MRI on Tuesday. Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said Carter will wear a walking boot.

Kozlov's hat trick powers Thrashers (AP)
Slava Kozlov's fifth career hat trick left the Ottawa Senators in a rare drought. Kozlov's third goal gave Atlanta its first lead with 8:09 left in regulation as the Thrashers beat Ottawa 5-4 on Wednesday night to hand the Senators their first five-game losing streak in 10 years. Once again, the Senators couldn't hold a lead.

Aquilini to be sole owner of Canucks (AP)
The Aquilini Investment Group has entered into an agreement to purchase the remaining 50 percent of the Vancouver Canucks and GM Place arena from Seattle businessman John McCaw, the NHL team said Wednesday. The Aquilini group, owned by Vancouver businessmen Francesco, Roberto and Paolo Aquilini, originally purchased 50 percent of the Canucks and the arena from McCaw in November of 2004.

Marleau, Thornton power Sharks past Wild (AP)
Although Landon Marleau won't remember it, his dad grabbed quite a souvenir from the kid's first hockey game. The rest of the San Jose Sharks also found plenty of good things to take away from a confidence-building victory over the Minnesota Wild. Joe Thornton scored his first goal at home this season and Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 3-1 win Tuesday night.

Madden's SO goal gets Devils past 'Canes (AP)
John Madden gave the New Jersey Devils another win over the team that knocked them out of last season's playoffs. Madden scored in the sixth round of a shootout Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey's second win in two meetings with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Chase chances: Week 9
Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth's eyes are on the prize, but Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon's thoughts may be elsewhere.

Missing NASCAR's Chase hasn't slowed reigning champ Stewart (AP)
It's hard to wipe the smile off Tony Stewart's whisker-covered face these days. Since failing by just 16 points...

Race to the altar: Gordon marries model in Mexico (AP)
Jeff Gordon took a break from the Nextel Cup championship to get married again.

Chances not great with two to go (AP)
Two to go, and we're 17 points out of the lead.

Crew member suspended for shoving Harvicks on pit road (AP)
Crew member Craig Curione was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Tuesday for shoving Kevin Harvick on pit road at Texas Motor Speedway.

In The Pits: A year to savor for Jeff Burton (AP)
They were calling Jeff Burton the ``Ice Man'' three weeks ago, all but conceding the Nextel Cup title to the driver who could do no wrong in NASCAR's Chase for the championship.

Tracy may miss final Champ Car race of season (AFP)
Paul Tracy could miss the season-ending Champ Car race after breaking his shoulder in golf-cart accident during a drinking party with friends.

Stewart wins again; Johnson grabs points lead (AP)
Tony Stewart suddenly finds himself with an unexpected goal for the rest of 2006: Win out.

Tempers flare as Harvick, Riggs tussle at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

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