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Twins Beat Fading ChiSox 4-1 in 11 Innings (AP)
Minnesota Twins' Lew Ford, left, crosses the plate to give the Twins a 2-1 lead over the Chicago White Sox in the 11th inning as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Matthew LeCroy hit a go-ahead RBI single in a three-run 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins sent first-place Chicago to another crushing defeat, beating the fading White Sox 4-1 on Thursday night.


Yankees Win to Widen Lead in AL East (AP)
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, left, slides safely into home plate ahead as Baltimore Orioles catcher Davy Lopez fields the throw during the sixth inning Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Cano scored on a single to right field by Hideki Matsui. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Jorge Posada hit a tying home run in the fifth inning, then added a three-run, upper-deck drive in the sixth that backed starter Mike Mussina in his return from elbow trouble and led the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Thursday night.


Streaking Indians Defeat Royals 11-6 (AP)
Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner follows through on a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Runelvys Hernandez during the third inning Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, in Kansas City, Mo. Coco Crisp and Jhonny Peralta also scored on the homer. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)AP - Travis Hafner hit his sixth home run in five games and Coco Crisp added a two-run shot to lead Cleveland past Kansas City 11-6 on Thursday night, moving the streaking Indians within 1 1/2 games of first-place Chicago in the AL Central.


Angels Defeat Rangers 7-4 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Adam Kennedy hits a single to right field to score Juan Rivera against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)AP - Adam Kennedy singled in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded and Chone Figgins added a two-run single later in the sixth inning, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.


Boxer Dies From Injuries Sustained in Bout (AP)
Leavander Johnson, left, takes a right from Jesus Chavez during the 8th round of their IBF lightweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. Johnson died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, from injuries sustained during the title fight with Chavez. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)AP - Boxer Leavander Johnson, critically injured in the biggest fight of his life, died Thursday at a hospital where he was rushed with bleeding on the brain.


Contract Issues Still Nag at Westbrook (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook hauls in a pass during drills at Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., Aug. 8, 2005. Westbrook sees more than a solid running back in Oakland's Lamont Jordan. Westbrook sees a running back who never produced the Pro Bowl numbers that he has, but still received a five-year, $27.5 million from the Oakland Raiders. That's the kind of money Westbrook would like and it's hard for him to put his contract issues out of his mind. (AP Photo/Coke Whitworth, file)AP - Brian Westbrook has all the numbers on the field that Oakland's LaMont Jordan has never come close to matching.


Payton signs one-year deal with Heat, reunites with Shaq (Reuters)
Reuters - Point guard Gary Payton signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday, re-uniting him with center Shaquille O'Neal.

Diamondbacks Top Dodgers 7-4 in 12 Innings (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Alex Cintron follows through on his swing as he hits a three-run, game-winning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th inning Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 7-4.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - Alex Cintron hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Arizona a 7-4 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night and the Diamondbacks' first series sweep since they took three from the Dodgers in April.


Quakes Snaps Fire's 3-Match Winning Streak (AP)
San Jose Earthquakes' Dwyane DeRosario (14) is congratulated on his goal against the Chicago Fire by teammates, from left, Brian Ching, Brian Mullan, Wade Barret and Mark Chung in the first half at Spartan Stadium, in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday,  Sept. 21, 2005. (AP Photo/John Todd)AP - Dwayne De Rosario scored early in each half, and the San Jose Earthquakes closed in on homefield advantage throughout the MLS playoffs with their sixth straight victory, 2-0 over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.


Deadmarsh Retires Because of Concussions (AP)
AP - Adam Deadmarsh retired from the NHL on Thursday because of post-concussion syndrome, ending a 10-year career that included a Stanley Cup title with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and two appearances for the U.S. Olympic team.

Headline acts
A rematch of the AFC championship game and Moss vs. T.O. tops the marquee of Week 3.

Vick practices, probable for Bills (AP)
Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday for the first time since twice leaving the Atlanta Falcons' loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring. Coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable for their game Sunday at Buffalo. Vick, who walked without a limp, indicated his leg felt better as he strolled through the locker room following practice.

McNabb and Owens return to practice (AP)
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens both practiced for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday after sitting out a day with injuries. McNabb, who sat out one practice last week with a bruised chest, hurt his groin right before halftime against San Francisco. Owens has a nagging abdominal/groin injury. Also, kicker David Akers, who was limited in practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, looked fine...

Niners put TE Johnson on injured reserve (AP)
Tight end Eric Johnson, the San Francisco 49ers' leading receiver last season, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a torn muscle in his left foot. Johnson, who hasn't been healthy since before training camp, will miss his second full season in three years. The Yale graduate sat out all of 2003 after breaking his collarbone in the 49ers' first exhibition game, but had 82 catches for 825...

Texans cancel practice, prepare for Rita (AP)
The Houston Texans canceled practice for Thursday and asked all players to leave town immediately as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the Texas coast with 165-mph winds. Coach Dom Capers said the team, which has a bye this week, was looking at alternatives that include practicing next week in Cincinnati before the Texans' game on Oct.

Doctor indicted for steroid distribution (AP)
A doctor who was accused in a television report of writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina Panthers players has been indicted on federal charges. James M. Shortt was charged with 29 counts of distributing steroids and human growth hormones as well as a conspiracy charge, U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser said Wednesday.

Pats have injuries to DBs piling up (AP)
New England could be fortunate that the Pittsburgh Steelers are a running team. The Patriots already are low on healthy defensive backs for their game Sunday. Just two games into the season, the Patriots have five of them listed as questionable, leaving just five not on their injury report. Last season, the health of the secondary got so bad that wide receiver Troy Brown filled in at cornerback.

Saints keenly follow another hurricane (AP)
The TV sets just installed in the New Orleans Saints' locker room at the Alamodome drew a gripped audience Thursday, with players in disbelief as the bright radar colors of Hurricane Rita headed toward Louisiana. While they're concerned about the city they left behind, they're also wondering whether a pounding in Baton Rouge would force another change in a season already severely altered by...

Leftwich returns to Jaguars practice (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich returned to practice Thursday and remained optimistic he would play against the New York Jets. Leftwich injured his groin last week at Indianapolis and was listed as questionable on the injury report. He missed practice Wednesday, but vowed to be on the field against the Jets.

Jets' Martin practices, up to probable (AP)
Curtis Martin has one thought when it comes to playing through injuries: the pain is only temporary. How else to explain his amazing ability to miss just four games in 11 seasons while taking a constant pounding? The Jets running back will do it again Sunday against Jacksonville when he plays with a bruised right knee.

The wisdom of Hubie
After spending some time with Hubie Brown, you quickly learn why he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Heat sign Gary Payton to one-year deal (AP)
Once again, Gary Payton couldn't turn down Shaquille O'Neal. Payton signed a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday -- a move that begins a reunion with O'Neal, who lured him to the Los Angeles Lakers two seasons ago for what ultimately was a failed title run. Now the duo is determined to get Payton -- a nine-time All-Star entering his 16th NBA season -- his first title.

Pacer brawlers likely to avoid jail (AP)
Community service and probation will be recommended for four Indiana Pacers players charged in a brawl with fans that broke out during a game last season, a prosecutor said Thursday, provided the players ``take responsibility'' by pleading guilty or no contest at pretrial hearings. Hearings for Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson are scheduled for Friday in district court.

Hornets to play 35 games in Okla. City (AP)
Full of hopes, dreams and potential, Oklahoma City built a 20,000-seat arena without a major-league team to call its own. It wasn't quite ``Field of Dreams.'' No cornfield was cleared to make way for the Ford Center in June 2002. But there was no sign of the NBA or the NHL, either. Three years later, the gamble paid off.

Nailon agrees to terms with 76ers (AP)
Free-agent forward Lee Nailon agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Nailon, a 6-foot-9, 238-pounder, averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 68 games last season for the New Orleans Hornets. ``Lee will give us some added offense and experience,'' 76ers president Billy King said.

Bulls re-sign Tyson Chandler (AP)
Restricted free agent center Tyson Chandler re-signed with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, receiving a long-term contract. The team would not disclose financial details. The team and the 7-foot-1 Chandler agreed to terms on Sept. 1, and Chandler said at the time his new deal was for six years. Chandler played in a career-high 80 games last season and averaged 8.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocked...

Sonics re-sign Vladimir Radmanovic (AP)
Vladimir Radmanovic signed a one-year qualifying offer to stay with the SuperSonics, the team announced Wednesday. General manager Rick Sund called the reserve forward ``a multi-positional player who can shoot the 3, and he's a good fit with our team.'' Radmanovic, 24, has played four seasons in the NBA, and averaged 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 63 games for the Sonics last year.

Serbia-Montenegro coach quits after loss (AP)
By the time the Serbia-Montenegro basketball coach resigned, the feeling among his players had grown so bitter that they could no longer look at each other. Failing to defend their European Championship title -- and the locker room scuffle that followed -- was the breaking point. Zeljko Obradovic stepped down Wednesday, saying that to stay on as coach ``would lead me straight to a madhouse.

Deadmarsh retires because of concussions (AP)
Adam Deadmarsh retired from the NHL on Thursday because of post-concussion syndrome, ending a 10-year career that included a Stanley Cup title with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and two appearances for the U.S. Olympic team. ``I've kind of been holding on and hoping and praying that I'd recover from this concussion issue that I have and I haven't been able to do that,'' Deadmarsh told The Canadian...

Stefan to miss at least a week (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers forward Patrik Stefan will miss at least a week after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game. Stefan was released from a hospital in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, one day after a frightening collision with Carolina's Erik Cole. A CT scan showed the concussion, so he won't be allowed to play for seven days.

Crosby gets assist in NHL debut (AP)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh's celebrated top draft pick, had an assist in his NHL exhibition debut, but it wasn't enough for the Penguins in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Zdenek Blatny scored the game-winner on the power play, blasting a shot between the pads of Jocelyn Thibault 4:02 into the extra session.

Lidstrom's OT goal lifts Wings over Avs (AP)
Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal with 1:57 remaining in overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Each team is 1-1-0 in the exhibition season. Robert Lang had two assists for Detroit. Jason Williams tied it at 2 for the Red Wings with a goal with 3:48 remaining in regulation.

Red Wings' Osgood out with groin injury (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings might start the season with only one veteran goaltender. Chris Osgood, who was signed to compete with Manny Legace, could miss the exhibition season because of a groin injury. ``They tell me I'll be out two to three weeks,'' Osgood said Wednesday, two weeks before Detroit opens the season against St.

Coyotes lose in Gretzky's debut (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes' play under coach Wayne Gretzky has been anything but stellar so far. Since it's only the preseason, The Great One isn't too concerned. Gretzky stepped behind the Phoenix bench for the first time Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Coyotes lost 8-4 to the Los Angeles Kings. ``Sure we're disappointed with that beating, and there's things we've got to work on, but this is...

Czechs ratify transfer agreement (AP)
The Czech hockey federation ratified a two-year agreement Thursday on transfers between the NHL and European teams. Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland also have agreed while Russia has refused. The deal regulates financial compensation and a limit on the number of players that can leave Europe annually.

Busch and Craftsman Truck report
Clint Bowyer has a one-track mind as the Busch Series hits Dover. The trucks, meanwhile, are in Vegas.

Helton will promise NASCAR drivers more severe penalties (AP)
If NASCAR has its way, the road rage that has erupted in recent Nextel Cup races is over.

Accidents could again alter Chase results (AP)
The knock on NASCAR's new championship format has always been that all the attention will go to the 10 drivers...

Mayfield quietly setting sights on title (AP)
Tony Stewart is red hot, Roush Racing has half the 10-man field and Ryan Newman owns the first win of this...

Earnhardt happy to be back with Eury Jr. (AP)
Tony Eury Jr. was back on cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s pit box last Sunday at New Hampshire, and the result was a...

A glance at drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings:...

Stewart, Biffle crash in Charlotte test (AP)
Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle crashed Wednesday night during a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the second round of accidents for the championship contenders.

Gordon's helmet pulled off eBay after bids exceed $10 million (AP)
The helmet that Robby Gordon threw at Michael Waltrip was temporarily pulled off the online auction site eBay on Wednesday after bidding exceeded $10 million.

Stewart wrecks during Charlotte test, drivers complain about track surface (AP)
NASCAR points leader Tony Stewart crashed during a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday, raising serious questions about the track surface.

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