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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It will be Mike D'Antoni trying to lead the Los Angeles Lakers back to an NBA championship, not Phil Jackson.
The Lakers have decided on D'Antoni, who gets a three-year, $12 million contract to replace Mike Brown who was fired on Friday.
Jackson was in talks to return for a third stint as Lakers coach, but the team went with D'Antoni who guided Phoenix to some of its most successful seasons and also coached the Knicks before stepping down in March.
D'Antoni is recovering from knee replacement surgery and it's not known when the 61-year old will join the team. In the meantime, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will continue to run the show. The Lakers are 2-0 under him after opening the season with a 1-4 mark.
The Lakers are set to host San Antonio Tuesday.
Streaking Nuggets, Thunder in NBA action
UNDATED (AP) -- Denver will try to continue an early-season roll when they take on Phoenix tonight as part of an eight-game NBA schedule. The Nuggets have strung together a four-game winning streak after dropping their first three games of the season. All of their losses have come on the road, which is where the Nuggets are going to be frequently. Twelve of their next 16 games are away.
Oklahoma City is also riding a four-game winning streak heading into tonight's game at Detroit, including a victory last night against Cleveland. The Thunder are back at it against a Pistons team that's still looking for its first win after dropping seven straight, six of them on the road.
Minnesota starts the day just a half game back of the Thunder for first in the Northwest Division. The Timberwolves try to keep the pressure on when they travel to Dallas.
Philadelphia is back home tonight to host Milwaukee and that might not be a good thing for the 76ers. They've won three straight, all of them on the road.
Steelers host Chiefs
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh takes a three-game winning streak into tonight's Monday Night NFL game against Kansas City.
The Steelers run has been highlighted by a strong running attack that's used seemingly interchangeable parts without losing any effectiveness. When starter Richard Mendenhall went down with an Achilles injury a month ago, Jonathan Dwyer stepped in. He became the first Pittsburgh running back in four years to top 100 yards in consecutive games. When Dwyer suffered a leg injury, Isaac Redman filled in with a career high 147-yard effort in a win over the Giants.
The Chiefs are trying to turn around what has been a 1-7 start. Matt Cassel (KA'-sehl) will be back under center for Kansas City after he went down with a concussion five weeks ago. The same thing happened to his replacement, Brady Quinn, in a loss to Oakland.
Regardless who has started, no one has been effective. Kansas City quarterbacks have thrown an NFL-high 14 interceptions and the team's minus-21 turnover ratio is the worst in the league by a wide margin.
Three QB's suffer concussions
UNDATED (AP) -- Three NFL teams will be anxious to find out how their starting quarterbacks are, after three suffered concussions in Sunday games.
Michael Vick was knocked out of the Eagles loss to Dallas yesterday after a back-to-back hard hits. He didn't speak with reporters after the game but appeared groggy. Nick Foles replaced Vick.
Bears starter Jay Cutler went down in the loss to Houston last night. Jason Campbell came on but couldn't pull out the win.
San Francisco lost Alex Smith in the tie with St. Louis. He went down after taking a hard hit to neck area on a second-quarter scramble. Smith was replaced by Colin Kaepernick.
Lockout talks stall
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a week full of promise that progress might be made, the NHL lockout talks appear to have bogged down again.
The two-sides met for 90 minutes Sunday, but amid signs that the league is holding firm on its demands on the core economic issues it looks like it will be tough to move forward.
A series of lengthy negotiation sessions early in the week create a sense of hope that the two sides were making progress.
There are no further talks scheduled, but the two sides have their top negotiators in Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions today, and might get back together.
Four to join hockey hall
TORONTO (AP) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes four new members at induction ceremonies tonight.
Joe Sakic (SA'-kihk) and Mats Sundin (suhn-DEEN') began their careers as teammates with the Quebec Nordiques and were elected in their first year of eligibility. Sakic spent his entire 20-year NHL career with the Quebec-Colorado Avalache franchise. Sundin made his mark mostly as the captain with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also being inducted are Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates and Pavel Bure (BUR'-ay).
Hoosiers hit the hardwood
UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Indiana is in action tonight as part of a six-game top 25 schedule. The 1-0 Hoosiers play host to North Dakota State as ranked teams to have the upper hand on paper.
No. 5 Michigan hosts IUPUI, while 17th-ranked Memphis welcomes North Florida. Rounding out the schedule, 18th ranked UNLV is at home against Northern Arizona, No. 22 Notre Dame hosts Monmouth, and No. 25 Florida State welcomes Buffalo.
Armstrong severs ties with Livestrong
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had previously resigned as chairman from the charity he founded Oct. 17 but had kept a seat on the board.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped of his titles. The International Cycling Union, which had originally supported Armstrong's fight, later agreed to wipe out Armstrong's record seven victories.
Federer meets Djokovic for title
LONDON (AP) -- The top two players in the world showdown for the final title of the season in men's tennis.
Six-time champ Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), who won the title in 2008.
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