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THIS JUST IN……from CBS Sports

 

CBS Sports has announced its college football game schedule for the next two weeks.

 

Saturday, Oct. 14 (3:30-7:00 PM, ET) Ole Miss at Alabama

(3:30-7:00 PM, ET) Ole Miss at Alabama

Saturday, Oct. 21 (3:30-7:00 PM, ET) Alabama at *No. 8-ranked Tennessee

(3:30-7:00 PM, ET) Alabama at *No. 8-ranked Tennessee

 

Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the games, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, kicks off each weekend (3:00 PM, ET) with host Tim Brando and analyst Spencer Tillman. Both contests will be available in HDTV.

Andre Agassi and All-Star Lineup Help Raise More Than $8.6 Million For Children at 11th Celebrity Gala Concert Benefit

 Oct. 9 Andre Agassi and a superstar lineup of entertainers took the stage Saturday evening at the Grand Slam for Children presented by Genworth Financial to benefit at-risk children in Southern Nevada. The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) raised more than $8.6 million during the gala benefit which featured a black-tie VIP dinner, live auction and concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

More than 8,000 fans and VIP guests packed the arena Saturday night to see performances by Phil Collins, Michael Buble, Counting Crows, Ellen DeGeneres, a special acoustic performance by John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Tears for Fears and Oleta Adams. Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster served as the musical director for the 11th year.

"Every year, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support the Grand Slam for Children receives from the Las Vegas community, business partners and the entertainment industry," Agassi said. "It is gratifying to know that 100 percent of the money we raised tonight will directly benefit children who require our assistance."

The VIP sponsors attended a pre-concert reception and dinner followed by a live auction. Items included a 2007 Mercedes CL550, not yet available in the United States, and first-class accommodations for four to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival accompanied by a private cooking experience with Emeril Lagasse. The highlight of the auction was the bidding for two Agassi rackets, the one he used to win his first tournament title and the racket he played with in his last match at the 2006 U.S. Open. After a bidding war, Stefanie Graf walked on stage and offered $360,000 to keep the rackets in the family; the auctioneer instantly closed the sale.

The Grand Slam for Children concert fundraiser benefits the AACF, a not-for-profit organization established in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas, where Andre was raised. More than 90,000 fans and VIP guests have attended 11 Grand Slam events, raising $60.9 million for charity.

Specific charities benefiting from the AACF fundraiser include the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a model charter school in West Las Vegas; Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club; Assistance League of Las Vegas' Operation School Bell; Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada; Child Haven; Class! Publications; Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund; I Have A Dream Foundation; Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars presented by Inner-City Games; Las Vegas Philharmonic's Youth Concert Series; Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp; and YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Since its inception in 1995, the Grand Slam for Children has been distinguished by its roster of top entertainers including Barbra Streisand, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Robin Williams, Carlos Santana, Usher, Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno, Stevie Nicks, Seal, Tim McGraw, India.Arie, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Dennis Miller, Brian McKnight, Tears for Fears, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban and others.

For more information, please contact the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation at (702) 227-5700.

About the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation

The AACF, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, was created to provide recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. The Foundation strives to assist those underprivileged, abused and abandoned children who may be deprived of basic options in life. The AACF also offers a combination of emotional, physical and academic programs designed to enhance a child's character, self-esteem and career possibilities. For information, visit http://www.agassifoundation.org/.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth is a leading insurance holding company, serving the lifestyle protection, retirement income, investment and mortgage insurance needs of more than 15 million customers, and has operations in 24 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and 17 other European countries. For more information, visit http://www.genworth.com/.

Source: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation

Olympics Southern California Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Pier del Sol - Everything Magical!

  What:     Pier del Sol is a family fun and entertainment event benefiting  
the more than 10,000 athletes in Special Olympics Southern  
California (SOSC).  First Lady of California Maria Shriver and  
SOSC Board Member Anita Green created Pier del Sol as a way for   
families to enjoy the day together and to raise funds for  
Special Olympics programs.  Pier del Sol is now SOSC's largest  
fundraiser of the year, with more than $3 million raised in the  
past 10 years.  
This yearly event features some of the finest foods from more 
than 35 of L.A.'s top restaurants and their chefs, including   Spago, 
Melisse, Providence, Pinks, Valentino, Ortolan, Angelini  Osteria 
and more.  Families will also have access to unlimited  
rides on the Pier, game booth activities, arts and crafts, and a
petting zoo.   
Co-presenting sponsors are Cingular Wireless, Playa Vista, The 
Walt Disney Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Westfield Corporation. 
Where:    The Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park   
 When:     Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.    
Who:      Steve Soboroff, President of Playa Vista, is this year's 
honoree; Maria Shriver continues to serve as Honorary Chair of 
the event; Special Olympics athletes will be present and  
available to talk to the media.    
Tickets:  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling
213-480-3232 or on the web at www.ticketmaster.com.  General  
admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited rides, eight  
game booth tickets and a meal coupon for Pacific Park's Food
Plaza.  VIP tickets, which include unlimited rides and games at  
Pacific Park and the special VIP brunch, are $150 for individual
tickets and $500 for a VIP package of five tickets.    
Contact:  Ruth Ruiz, SOSC Director, Communications, 310-981-9601, 
310-384-9272 cell, rruiz@sosc.org 
About SPecial Olympics Southern California: 

Special Olympics, the largest sports organization in the world, was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968. With sports at the core, Special Olympics now stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disabilities, making incredible strides in the areas of health, education, family support, research, and policy and attitude change in more than 150 countries around the world. In Southern California, more than 10,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics programs are free to athletes and their families. For more information visit www.sosc.org.


 

A's Win, Advance to ALCS!

Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert
October 6, 2006

Minnesota 3, Oakland 8 at McAfee Coliseum
Minnesota Record: (-)
Oakland Record: (-)

Winning pitcher - Dan Haren (1-0)
Losing pitcher - Brad Radke (0-1)


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MIN HR - T. Hunter (1) J. Morneau (2)
OAK HR - M. Bradley (1) E. Chavez (1)

American Suzuki Shows Full Line, 'Reggaeton' Concept Vehicle at 2006 South Florida Auto Show

All-New Suzuki XL7 and SX4 Lead Versatile, Value-Packed 2007 Product Line
 Oct. 6  With an array of vehicles designed to meet the needs of consumers' active lifestyles, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) arrives at the 2006 South Florida Auto Show with its full line of exciting cars and SUVs, including the all-new XL7 midsize crossover SUV and bold and functional SX4 compact X-over (crossover).
In addition to Suzuki's full-line of vehicles on display at the show, South Florida auto enthusiasts will be treated to a look at the Suzuki "Reggaeton" Grand Vitara. Designed in conjunction with SiTV, an English-language Latino cable network, the project vehicle reflects Reggaeton dance music, a combination of Reggae with a Latin dance beat.
"American Suzuki rolls into the South Florida Auto Show poised for an impressive 2007 campaign," said Koichi Suzuki, president of ASMC Automotive Operations. "We are coming off a record-setting year led by the popular Grand Vitara and top-selling Forenza family of vehicles, and we're set to continue the momentum into the next model year with the XL7 and SX4."
The XL7 and SX4 add to the momentum of an extraordinary time in Suzuki's history with last year's launch of the completely redesigned Grand Vitara and record sales for the first nine months of 2006. Year-to-date sales of Suzuki cars and SUVs in the United States through September 2006 are up 28 percent over the same period last year.
Suzuki's diverse vehicle line offers something for everyone with standout virtues for toughness, leading-edge style and high-end features at prices well below the competition. All 2007 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
"Reggaeton" Grand Vitara
Showcasing the latest in personalized car styling trends, the "Reggaeton" Grand Vitara offers innovative design and technology to appeal to urban teens and young adults. Designed to be a fully operational DJ station, the "Reggaeton" Grand Vitara features:
* 20-inch customized painted wheels and tires * Customized interior painted trim on speaker rings and door panels * Vinyl-wrapped exterior, featuring a map of the three hottest Reggaeton locations (Miami, New York, San Juan) * Rear swing arm DJ recording table with double iPod mixer * In-dash touch screen video monitor with DVD player * Vinyl-wrapped rear spare tire cover of Liz Hernandez of Power 106 * Interior LED lights and under car glow lights * Lowered suspension
The eye-catching project vehicle recently was featured on the popular SiTV television program, "The Drop." For more information on the "Reggaeton" Grand Vitara, consumers can visit www.sitvmedia.com.
2007 Suzuki XL7
The XL7 blends SUV versatility and safety to increase driver and passenger comfort and features available all-wheel drive and seven-passenger, three-row seating to provide adaptability for active, mobile lifestyles. The 3.6-liter, V6, DOHC engine rated at 252 horsepower with 243 lb.-ft. of torque is matched to a five-speed automatic transmission fitted with manumatic controls.
The XL7 has a long list of standard features, including five-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shift, extensive safety features, including four airbags, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)(1). Additional standard features include remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, power windows, door locks and mirrors, two 12-volt accessory outlets, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, satin silver trim, air conditioning with automatic climate control, trip computer, automatic headlamps, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and privacy glass.
Three trim levels are offered: XL7, Luxury and Limited. The XL7, offered in five- and seven-passenger configurations and either front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, has a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,899. The XL7 Luxury adds leather-appointed interior, power driver seat, heated front seats, wood trim accents and 17-inch alloy wheels and has a starting MSRP of $24,599.
The top-of-the-line XL7 Limited features standard seven-passenger seating and adds fog lamps, rear spoiler, upgraded roof racks with aluminum lower bumper valances, premium XM Satellite Radio-ready audio system with seven speakers (including subwoofer), auto-dimming antiglare rearview mirror with compass, remote starter and DVD entertainment system. The feature-packed XL7 Limited carries an MSRP of $27,949.
There are three optional packages to go with the three trim levels: The seven-passenger seating package (available on XL7 and XL7 Luxury); the DVD entertainment package (available on three-row Luxury) that features a DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones and remote starter system; and the Platinum Touring package featuring a touch-screen navigation system, 17-inch chrome-plated alloy wheels with unique design and sunroof.
2007 Suzuki SX4
Designed for those who live an adventurous life, the 2007 Suzuki SX4 compact sport X-over (crossover) is sure to be a year-round standout in any driving condition. The all-new SX4 (the name stands for (S)port (X)-over for (4) seasons of weather) features a handsome five-door hatchback design, a sophisticated standard all-wheel-drive system, excellent stability and crisp handling characteristics. Built in Japan, the SX4 features a sophisticated 2.0-liter, in-line four cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine rated at 143 horsepower. SX4 is also fitted with intelligent all-wheel drive (i-AWD) as standard equipment. The i-AWD system operates in three modes for maximum fuel economy on dry pavement or to facilitate traction in case of snow or mud.
The SX4's standard features include six airbags; front driver and passenger airbags, driver and passenger side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags; four-wheel ABS with EBD, TPMS, seatbelt pretentioners, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, daytime running lights, fender flares and silver bumper guards. SX4 carries an MSRP of $14,999.
The SX4 comes in two trim levels: SX4 and SX4 Sport. SX4 is available with the Convenience Package, which includes cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. SX4 Sport includes: TCS and ESP, auto temperature control, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, premium audio with six-disc CD changer and nine speakers (including subwoofer), silver-color roof rails and SmartPass keyless entry and start system. SX4 Sport has an MSRP of $16,399. All trim levels are available in manual or automatic transmission with standard AWD.
2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara
First introduced as a 2006 model, the Grand Vitara has garnered much media and consumer praise and has won numerous awards. The 2007 Grand Vitara features a standard 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter, V6, 24-valve DOHC engine, a sophisticated available Four-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system, tough unibody construction enhanced with a built-in ladder frame and an extensive list of interior amenities and standard safety features.
The list of standard safety features is extensive: ABS with EBD and ESP, including traction control, six airbags, three-point driver and front-passenger seat belts featuring shoulder height adjustment; in the rear seat, each passenger is provided with a three-point seat belt system and a headrest. With its carefully engineered control layout and close attention to materials and fit-and-finish, the interior of the Suzuki Grand Vitara is functional and attractive.
The Grand Vitara comes in three trim levels: Base, XSport and Luxury. The standard five-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive starts at an MSRP of $19,379. The Grand Vitara with Luxury Package and full-time Four-mode four-wheel drives tops out at $23,399.
The Suzuki Forenza Sedan and Forenza Wagon
The Forenza sedan and Forenza Wagon feature Pininfarina styling, high standard feature content, powerful engines and backing by America's #1 Warranty. Last year, both Forenza models received a fresh front fascia design that incorporates a new Suzuki family grille. Both the Forenza sedan and the Forenza Wagon are available in one trim level, and customers can choose to add the ABS option, the Convenience Package (remote keyless entry and cruise control) or the Popular Package (remote keyless entry, cruise control and power tilt-and-slide sunroof). The starting MSRP for the Forenza sedan is $13,999 and $14,699 for the Forenza Wagon.
2007 Suzuki Reno
With its sculpted European styling and lively 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine, the Reno is an attractive alternative to compact competitors. New in the 2005 model year, the five-door Reno offers budget-conscious buyers versatility for their active lifestyle. The starting MSRP for the Reno is $13,499. The Reno also has an available Convenience Package, adding power tilt-and-slide sunroof, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever knob and cruise control.
2007 Suzuki Aerio
The fun-to-drive Aerio sedan comes standard with a sporty 2.3-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine with 155 horsepower and 152 lb.-ft. of torque and adds more value in 2007 with the addition of a standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system. Aerio is available in two trim levels (Aerio and Premium), and buyers can choose between a front-wheel-drive system, and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which comes with standard automatic transmission. Prices start at $14,299 for the Aerio and $14,399 for the Aerio Premium.
About American Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 520 automotive dealerships in 49 states. Based in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new vehicles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 125 countries. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com.
(1) ESP is a registered trademark of DaimlerChrysler AG.
Source: American Suzuki Motor Corporation

 

Time Warner Cable Welcomes Free Preview of NHL (R) Center Ice (R) on Digital Cable October 4 - 10

The 2006 NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) season is on its way, as Time Warner Cable and SPORTS iN DEMAND announces a week-long free preview of NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) on digital cable.
Airing October 4 - 10 on Time Warner Cable sports pay per view, fans can follow their favorite teams, players & match-ups. Viewers who order the NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) package at the Early Bird price before October 10th will save $20 and get the full season of games for $149. Fans should visit http://www.gethockey.com/ for more information. With NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R), subscribers can get maximum ice time.
The package includes action through the last day of the regular season April 8, 2007, select games from the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup (R) playoffs, and premier Canadian match-ups including broadcasts from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. With access up to 40 out-of-market regular season games each week on digital cable, NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) on Time Warner Cable is the ultimate viewing experience for the hockey fan who wants to follow his or her favorite NHL teams and players. Fans can follow the Bruins even if they live in Phoenix, catch the Kings from Cleveland or watch the Rangers from Tampa. Because local broadcasters and cable networks will carry most Dallas Stars games, fans should remember - no Stars games will appear on the NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) schedule.
NHL (R) CENTER ICE (R) is a presentation of SPORTS iN DEMAND, the network's growing list of sports packages, which includes MLB EXTRA INNINGS, NASCAR IN CAR, NHL CENTER ICE and MLS DIRECT KICK.
Call Time Warner Cable at 972-PICK TWC (972- 742-5892) to find out more, or visit http://www.timewarnercable.com/ .

Celebrating Two Million Motability Car Scheme Vehicles

Today at Buckingham Palace, HRH Princess Alexandra, joins Lord Sterling of Plaistow GCVO CBE, Co-Founding Chairman of Motability[1] to hand over the keys of six new cars to Motability Car Scheme customers at the Royal Mews. The presentations mark a milestone in the Scheme's history, providing two million cars to disabled people over the last 28 years.
Since it began in 1978 Motability has gone from strength to strength: in 1995 Motability delivered its 500,000th car, in 1998 it reached the one millionth car, and today, it celebrates the remarkable achievement of supplying two million cars.
Lord Sterling says, "When we set this organisation up in 1978, the late Lord Goodman and I had no idea of the extent to which this life changing scheme would improve mobility. He would be tremendously proud of all those involved in running and managing the Car Scheme, and through them in reaching this two millionth car milestone. There are many, many unsung heroes involved in bringing this valuable service to the disabled community, not least the disabled community itself. It is through their direct input and feedback that we have been able to continuously improve the Scheme, service and range of cars and adaptations now available."
The six people receiving cars today (6th October 2006) represent a hugely diverse group of people with differing mobility needs and personal circumstances whose lives are improved by the Motability Scheme. This ranges from a drive-from wheelchair accessible vehicle to a standard production car with no adaptations.
Congratulating Motability on its two-millionth car, Anne McGuire MP, Minister for Disabled People, says: "I have been lucky enough to meet customers of Motability whose lives have been dramatically improved by the Motability Scheme. Providing two million cars to disabled people and their families, and therefore offering a real possibility of independence and freedom, is a hugely significant achievement and I congratulate Motability on this. As a unique scheme and partnership between many sectors, including the Government, we are committed to the excellent work Motability does in providing disabled people with the independence and greater choice to play a full part in the community."
Notes for Editors:
A high-resolution photograph accompanying this release will be available later today through the PA Photowire. It can be viewed at www.mediapoint.press.net or www.prnewswire.co.uk
1. The six new cars are being handed over to 6-year-old Haider Iqbal from Oxford; Maureen Molloy (62) from Kent; Mike Williams (40) from London; Margaret Huscroft (63) from Surrey; Rebecca Nahapiet (21) from Liverpool and Gill Hicks (43) Ambassador for Peace Direct and survivor of the London bombings in July 2005.
2. The Motability Scheme currently has around 440,000 customers, making it the most successful car scheme for disabled people and their families. There are 1.7 million people in the UK who receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement which can be transferred to Motability as a simple monthly payment to cover the lease of the brand new car.
3. Over 230 cars and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are available with little or no additional payment required. Overall, over 3,000 makes and models are available. Customers pay for the Scheme with their mobility allowance (the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement).
3. The Scheme is directed and overseen by Motability, a national charity, which also provides financial assistance to customers, who would otherwise be unable to afford the mobility solution they need.
4. Motability Operations is the company that operates the Motability car schemes, under contract to Motability. Powered wheelchairs and scooters can also be financed using the Motability Scheme.
5. Latest improvements from October 1st 2006:
- A larger range of automatic cars at nil Advance Payment
- Popular adaptations, such as push-pull hand controls, and left-foot accelerators, at no additional cost in the current price guide
- Further extensive adaptations at more affordable rates
- Manufacturer-fitted adaptations, starting with the Toyota swivel seat, as an option when ordering the car
- An increased range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) at highly competitive rates.
6. Key recent changes to the Motability Scheme include an online searchable price list, a GBP200 Good Condition Bonus for cars returned in good working order with no loss or damage claims, improved aftersales service standards from Motability dealers around the UK, and the introduction of a simple, secure and speedy e-signature PIN process when collecting a new car.
7. Since the Scheme began in 1978 it has changed from offering a three-wheeled trike to the disabled motorist, to a wide choice of cars from the all the leading vehicle manufacturers.
[1] Motability is the charity set up by Lord Sterling and the late Lord Goodman in 1977. The vision was to provide affordable new cars to disabled people and their families thereby improving their mobility and independence. The Motability Scheme enjoys all party support and supplies over 440,000 cars to disabled people today.
Source: Motability

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert

October 5, 2006

Los Angeles 1, N.Y. Mets 4 at Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Record: (0-2)
N.Y. Mets Record: (2-0)

Winning pitcher - Tom Glavine (-)
Losing pitcher - Hong-Chih Kuo (-)
SV - Billy Wagner (2)


 
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Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert

October 4, 2006

Oakland 5, Minnesota 2 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Oakland Record: (2-0)
Minnesota Record: (0-2)

Winning pitcher - Kiko Calero (-)
Losing pitcher - Pat Neshek (-)
SV - Huston Street (2)


 
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OAK HR - M. Kotsay (1)
MIN HR - M. Cuddyer (1) J. Morneau (1) 
Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert

October 4, 2006

Los Angeles 5, N.Y. Mets 6 at Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Record: (0-1)
N.Y. Mets Record: (1-0)

Winning pitcher - Guillermo Mota (-)
Losing pitcher - Brad Penny (-)
SV - Billy Wagner (1) 

 
Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert

October 3, 2006

Oakland 3, Minnesota 2 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Oakland Record: (1-0)
Minnesota Record: (0-1)

Winning pitcher - Barry Zito (1-0)
Losing pitcher - Johan Santana (0-1)
SV - Huston Street (1)


 
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International Speedway Provides Additional Details on NASCAR Television Agreements
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) (BULLETIN BOARD: ISCB) ("ISC") today provided additional details on NASCAR's domestic broadcast rights contracts for its NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series, as well as other related programming. In a press release dated December 7, 2005, NASCAR announced it had reached eight-year comprehensive agreements with a combination of networks that includes FOX, ABC, ESPN, TNT and SPEED.
The combined eight-year (2007 through 2014) agreements are expected to total approximately $4.48 billion for the industry. As a result, the average annual rights fee is expected to approximate $560 million per year, an estimated 40 percent increase over the current average.
According to NASCAR Broadcasting, LLC, the total current industry estimate for domestic television revenue in the year 2007 is approximately $505 million, with increases, on average, of approximately three percent per year through the 2014 season. The annual increase is expected to vary between two and four percent per year. The series allocation of the 2007 industry revenue is estimated at $473 million for NEXTEL Cup events, $29 million for Busch races and $3 million for Craftsman Truck events.
International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 11 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway in Florida (home of the Daytona 500); Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway in Virginia; California Speedway near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona; Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida; Martinsville Speedway in Virginia; Darlington Raceway in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International in New York.
Other motorsports entertainment facility ownership includes an indirect 37.5 percent interest in Raceway Associates, LLC, which owns and operates Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, Illinois. In addition, ISC is a limited partner with Group Motorise International in the organization and promotion of certain events at Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal, Canada.
The Company also owns and operates MRN Radio, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; DAYTONA USA, the "Ultimate Motorsports Attraction" in Daytona Beach, Florida, the official attraction of NASCAR; and subsidiaries which provide catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produce and market motorsports-related merchandise under the trade name "Americrown." In addition, ISC has an indirect 50 percent interest in a business called Motorsports Authentics, which markets and distributes motorsports-related merchandise licensed by certain competitors in NASCAR racing. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.iscmotorsports.com.
Statements made in this release that express the Company's or management's beliefs or expectations and which are not historical facts or which are applied prospectively are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company's results could be impacted by risk factors, including, but not limited to, weather surrounding racing events, government regulations, economic conditions, consumer and corporate spending, military actions, air travel and national or local catastrophic events. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward- looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings including, but not limited to, the 10-K and subsequent 10-Qs. Copies of those filings are available from the Company and the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be needed to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by International Speedway or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.
Source: International Speedway Corporation
Web site: http://www.iscmotorsports.com/
 
Cars.com to Sponsor NBC's Hottest New Shows Online
 Cars.com announced today that it plans to extend its advertising reach with an all-new online sponsorship of NBC's hottest new shows. As NBC takes its new fall line-up online, Cars.com will sponsor streaming broadcasts of "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes," "Kidnapped," "Studio 60," "30 Rock" and "Twenty Good Years." The shows will be offered for free and accessible online for seven days following their broadcast premieres through the "NBC 24/7" video player, part of NBC's Web site, http://www.nbc.com/ .
"We are excited to be among the first advertisers behind NBC's new online offering," said Carolyn Crafts, Cars.com's vice president of marketing. "As more people turn to the Internet for entertainment, we saw this as a unique opportunity to reach a captive and dedicated audience of online viewers. We want to be there to build their awareness of Cars.com and to show how easy we make it to find the car that's right for them."
The NBC ad buy comes on top of Cars.com's recent sponsorship of ESPN's Saturday Afternoon College Football. Both sponsorships are high-profile additions to Cars.com's 2006 media campaign, which features spots and unique sponsorships on top cable networks including Discovery, ESPN, Food Network, TBS, TLC, TNT, USA and WGN. Combined with the local promotional efforts of the company's 200 local media partners, the integrated broadcast, print and online campaign is valued at more than $100 million, and expected to reach more than 200 million consumers.
"We continue to reach -- and to look for new ways to reach -- more in-market, ready-to-buy car shoppers than ever before, as this campaign demonstrates," said Mitch Golub, Cars.com's president. "Behind the scenes, we remain focused on developing innovative tools to assist car buyers with their next vehicle purchase when they arrive at our site."
About Cars.com
Partnered with more than 200 leading metro newspapers, television stations and their websites, Cars.com is the most comprehensive destination for those looking to buy or sell a new or used car. The site lists more than 1.8 million vehicles from 12,000 dealer customers, classified advertisers and private parties to offer consumers the best selection of new and used cars online, as well as the content, tools and advice to support their shopping experience. Recently selected by Forbes.com as a Best of the Web site for car shopping, Cars.com combines powerful inventory search tools and new-car configuration with pricing information, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools, original editorial content and reviews to help millions of car shoppers connect with sellers each month.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, ( http://www.classifiedventures.com/ ), which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE:BLC) , Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) , The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI) , Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) .
Acura Announces September Sales Results
Light Truck Sales Reach a Second Consecutive Monthly Record for the Luxury Division
Fueled by the first full month of sales of the all-new turbocharged RDX crossover SUV and continued steady sales of the MDX luxury performance SUV, Acura sold a September record of 5,706 light trucks, up 28.5 percent* versus 2005 and eclipsing the previous mark of 4,958 set in 2004, the division announced today.
In addition, Acura narrowly missed setting a new all-time September record, falling short by a scant 311 units. Acura sales for the month totaled 16,323 units, down 5.6 percent based on the daily selling rate, with year-to-date sales tallying 149,090 units.
"September was a good month for us," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. "And we expect October to be even better with the addition of the all-new 2007 MDX and the new high performance TL Type-S."
Off to a strong start, 1,704 RDX's were purchased during the new model's first complete month of sales. Meanwhile, MDX posted 4,002 units during September, bringing its year-to-date total to 37,379.
The TSX sports sedan continued its strong pace with 2,882 units for September, while year-to-date TSX sales reached 29,837 -- up 6.8 percent versus 2005.
The TL performance luxury sedan maintained its position as the top-selling Acura, with 5,334 units sold in September, bringing year-to-date TL sales to 54,274.
* All percentages calculated on 26 selling days in September 2006 versus 25 selling days in September 2005 and 230 year-to-date selling days in 2006 versus 229 in 2005 American Honda Vehicle Sales For September 2006 Month-to-Date Year-to-Date September September DSR** September September DSR** 2006 2005 % Chg. 2006 2005 % Chg. MODEL BREAKOUTS BY DIVISION Acura Division Total 16,323 16,634 -5.6% 149,090 160,709 -7.6% RSX 1,385 1,606 -17.1% 15,397 16,287 -5.9% CL * 0 0 0 1 TL * 5,334 6,228 -17.6% 54,274 58,530 -7.7% TSX 2,882 2,960 -6.4% 29,837 27,817 6.8% RL 1,015 1,552 -37.1% 9,081 13,446 -32.8% NSX 1 17 -94.3% 57 181 -68.6% MDX * 4,002 4,271 -9.9% 37,379 44,447 -16.3% RDX * 1,704 3,065 Selling Days 26 25 230 229 * Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic and global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate
Source: Acura
All-New Santa Fe Continues Strong Start in September
 Consumer demand continues to grow for Hyundai Motor America's all-new Santa Fe. The new Santa Fe continues to post gains with sales of 3,740 in September, a 53 percent increase over last month. The Hyundai Azera also performed well, up 62 percent compared with September 2005.
September sales totaled 33,384, down 13 percent compared with September 2005 due to limited availability of all-new Accents and Elantras. Plant slowdowns this summer in Korea and strong worldwide demand for these vehicles contributed to this situation.
"The national advertising campaign for the all-new Santa Fe is raising awareness and increasing dealer traffic and our retail sales were very strong," said Mark Barnes, vice president, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "Inventory shortages of the all-new Accent three-door and lack of availability of the all-new Elantra certainly depressed sales this month. We just announced pricing for the all-new Elantra and we are currently making first allocations to dealers as we speak."
All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Hyundai buyers are protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty and 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance protection.
Following is the sales breakdown for September 2006: CARLINE SEPT./2006 SEPT./2005 CY2006 CY2005 ACCENT 1,908 4,698 28,089 34,873 SONATA 8,971 10,353 123,555 85,620 ELANTRA 7,569 10,758 80,634 96,532 TIBURON 1,357 1,838 14,452 16,744 SANTA FE 6,216 4,095 45,270 56,606 XG350/AZERA 1,985 1,227 20,562 12,300 TUCSON 4,223 5,245 40,288 46,520 ENTOURAGE 1,155 0 6,409 0 TOTAL 33,384 38,214 359,259 349,195
Source: Hyundai Motor America
Chrysler Group Reports U.S. Sales for September 2006
* Minivan sales improve 53 percent year-over-year, strengthening segment leadership * Jeep(R) Commander leads strong 11 percent increase in SUV sales, sets monthly sales record * Jeep Compass sales continue to gain momentum in the marketplace * Dodge Nitro explodes into Dodge showrooms with strong September start
-- Chrysler Group reported sales for September 2006 of 168,888 units; a decline of 7 percent (4 percent decline, unadjusted) compared to September 2005 sales of 175,556 units. Sales are reported on an adjusted basis unless otherwise indicated.
"The new, more fuel-efficient products in our portfolio are available in the marketplace, and customers are responding positively to their arrival," said Steven Landry, Vice President - Sales and Field Operations, Chrysler Group. "The Dodge Caliber and Jeep(R) Compass are both strong selling products and the Dodge Nitro is showing great momentum in the short time it has been available. And, we've got more great products to launch in the fourth quarter."
The performance of several products in key segments such as minivans and sport-utility vehicles posted significant sales gains during September, while new product introductions continue to gain momentum and lead the way for additional new product deliveries in the fourth quarter.
Minivans
Chrysler Group strengthened its leadership in the minivan segment with the Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country, both of which offer the exclusive Stow 'n Go(R) seating and storage system. Sales for Chrysler Group minivans increased 53 percent, posting sales of 33,122 units for September. Previous year sales were 20,784 units.
Sport-utility Vehicles
The Jeep Commander contributed to a strong 11 percent increase in sales of the sport-utility category for the Chrysler Group and a 22 percent rise in Jeep brand sales. The Jeep Commander posted a monthly sales record of 9,780 units, an increase of 517 percent over September 2005 sales of 1,524 units, the first month it was available.
New Products
Several new products contributed to Chrysler Group sales and are receiving positive customer response. The Dodge Caliber, which is making headway in the small car segment, posted healthy sales of 8,243 units in September. Since its inception, the Dodge Caliber has posted sales of 68,001 units.
The Jeep Compass continues its strong momentum, posting sales of 3,680 units, an increase of 85 percent over August 2006 sales of 2,061 units. The Jeep Compass expands the product portfolio of the Jeep brand with an all-new, modern-styled compact Jeep that delivers fun, freedom, utility, excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4x4 capability at a terrific value.
The Chrysler Aspen launched in September, posted sales of 734 units, while the Dodge Nitro posted sales of 966 units in its first month of availability. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is the latest addition to the Chrysler brand showroom -- a premium SUV that is a value alternative to luxury-priced competitors while offering fuel-saving MDS technology, best-in-class torque, horsepower and interior room.
Chrysler Group announces its "All About The Best" 0 percent financing for 60 months on a majority of 2006 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products. Qualifying customers can choose 0 percent financing for 60 months or cash back amounts up to $6,000. The program runs through Oct. 31, 2006. Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Charger vehicles are excluded.
"We intend to remain competitive in the marketplace with great new fuel- efficient product introductions like the Jeep Compass and Dodge Nitro," said Michael Manley, Vice President - Sales Strategy and Dealer Operations, Chrysler Group. "Our hallmark is great products at a great value with the best of American and German engineering and design. We intend to rely on those strengths and offer something truly unique to customers in the market who want to buy a new vehicle."
Chrysler Group finished the month with 533,220 units of inventory, or an 82-day supply.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary Thru September 2006 Month Sales DR % Vol % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Change Sebring 1,664 6,116 -74% -73% Concorde 0 0 0% 0% 300 10,632 12,283 -17% -13% Crossfire 1,431 1,227 12% 17% PT Cruiser 10,675 11,742 -13% -9% Aspen 734 0 0% 0% Pacifica 7,446 5,784 24% 29% Town & Country 14,629 8,394 68% 74% CHRYSLER BRAND 47,211 45,546 0% 4% Compass 3,680 0 0% 0% Wrangler 5,032 5,463 -11% -8% Liberty 12,367 12,108 -2% 2% Grand Cherokee 11,034 14,025 -24% -21% Commander 9,780 1,524 517% 542% JEEP BRAND 41,893 33,120 22% 26% Neon 67 12,344 -99% -99% Caliber 8,243 0 0% 0% Stratus 371 6,249 -94% -94% Intrepid 0 0 0% 0% Charger 10,228 6,809 44% 50% Viper 110 98 8% 12% Magnum 3,668 2,876 23% 28% Dakota 4,617 8,921 -50% -48% Ram P/U 25,081 35,502 -32% -29% Caravan 18,493 12,390 44% 49% Durango 5,652 9,656 -44% -41% Nitro 966 0 0% 0% Ram Van/Wagon 0 3 -100% -100% Sprinter Van 2,288 2,042 8% 12% DODGE BRAND 79,784 96,890 -21% -18% TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP 168,888 175,556 -7% -4% TOTAL CG CAR 33,716 45,941 -29% -27% TOTAL CG TRUCK 135,172 129,615 0% 4% Selling Days 26 25 Sales CYTD DR % Vol % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Change Sebring 46,726 68,543 -32% -32% Concorde 0 210 -100% -100% 300 106,107 106,384 -1% 0% Crossfire 7,381 11,503 -36% -36% PT Cruiser 106,114 100,179 5% 6% Aspen 734 0 0% 0% Pacifica 60,885 67,282 -10% -10% Town & Country 127,053 141,301 -10% -10% CHRYSLER BRAND 455,000 495,402 -9% -8% Compass 6,448 0 0% 0% Wrangler 54,234 64,697 -17% -16% Liberty 103,214 130,986 -22% -21% Grand Cherokee 109,158 163,821 -34% -33% Commander 64,829 1,524 4135% 4154% JEEP BRAND 337,883 361,028 -7% -6% Neon 17,044 99,332 -83% -83% Caliber 68,001 0 0% 0% Stratus 50,284 77,167 -35% -35% Intrepid 0 298 -100% -100% Charger 87,768 23,721 268% 270% Viper 1,113 1,157 -4% -4% Magnum 32,646 42,671 -24% -23% Dakota 61,473 86,243 -29% -29% Ram P/U 275,225 318,812 -14% -14% Caravan 170,351 179,307 -5% -5% Durango 53,417 90,792 -41% -41% Nitro 966 0 0% 0% Ram Van/Wagon 0 405 -100% -100% Sprinter Van 16,777 14,337 17% 17% DODGE BRAND 835,065 934,242 -11% -11% TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP 1,627,948 1,790,672 -9% -9% TOTAL CG CAR 394,407 403,838 -3% -2% TOTAL CG TRUCK 1,233,541 1,386,834 -11% -11% Selling Days 230 229
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Source: Chrysler Group
Kia Motors America Sets New September Sales Record
 Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced a new September sales record of 23,877 units, a 2.0-percent increase over the same period last year. Year-to-date sales also improved over last year's record numbers, totaling 221,998 units for Kia, a 2.6-percent increase.
"Kia continues to build momentum with another month of record sales," said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of KMA. "With the new auto show season on the way, keep an eye out for more exciting product from Kia."
The Kia Sorento posted a strong September with 5,582 units sold. The Kia Sportage also sold well with 3,178 units.
Kia Motors America -- the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea -- offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 630 dealers throughout the United States. For more information visit www.kiamedia.com.
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER YEAR-TO-DATE Model 2006 2005 2006 2005 Rio 1,770 2,814 20,768 23,492 Spectra 4,966 6,951 55,910 47,246 Sportage 3,178 2,754 26,371 20,800 Optima 3,296 2,200 28,354 33,440 Sedona 4,680 3,419 41,481 42,534 Sorento 5,582 4,186 41,141 35,418 Amanti 405 1,080 7,973 13,432 Total 23,877 23,404 221,998 216,362
Source: Kia Motors America


 


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