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Angels Edge Athletics 4-3 (AP)
Los Angeles Angels' Bengie Molina swings for a double off Oakland Athletics' Joe Kennedy in the second inning Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, in Oakland, Calif. Molina later hit a home run off Kennedy in the fourth inning. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - The Los Angeles Angels are going back to the playoffs, and this year they'll have plenty of time to get ready. Bengie Molina homered and Ervin Santana pitched 6 2-3 strong innings, helping the Angels clinch the AL West title with a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.


Braves Win 14th Straight Division Crown (AP)
Atlanta Braves' Adam LaRoche, right, is greeted at home plate by Jeff Francoeur after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starter Aaron Cook in the second inning Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)AP - The Atlanta Braves tried to hold off the celebration. It didn't work. The Braves wrapped up their 14th straight division championship Tuesday night while playing the Colorado Rockies, the NL East title assured midway through the game when the second-place Phillies lost to the New York Mets.


Blue Jays Split Twinbill With Red Sox (AP)
Toronto Blue Jays' Russ Adams steals second base as  Boston Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino has to leap for the wide throw from catcher Jason Varitek during the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - The Boston Red Sox split their day-night doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and grabbed a share — but just a share — of first place in the AL East.


Orioles Clobber Yankees, 17-9 (AP)
New York Yankees Gary Sheffield, right, pointss as he arrives at homeplate after hitting a grand slam home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bruce Chen during the fourth inning Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 in Baltimore. Yankees Jason Giambi, left, and Bernie Williams, center, wait to celebrate with Sheffield. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)AP - Gary Sheffield did everything in his power to keep the Yankees alone atop the AL East. It wasn't enough to overcome a dreadful pitching performance by Mike Mussina and the New York bullpen.


Indians Can't Make Hay on ChiSox Loss (AP)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Julio Lugo, right, is greeted by teammates Aubrey Huff, center, and Alex Gonzalez after Lugo's three-run homer off Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton in the fourth inning Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)AP - The Cleveland Indians failed to take advantage of another loss by the stumbling Chicago White Sox. Scott Kazmir held Cleveland to one run in six innings and Julio Lugo hit a three-run homer to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory Tuesday night, preventing the Indians from gaining ground on Chicago in the AL Central.


Davey Agrees to Terms With Cardinals (AP)
AP - Free-agent quarterback Rohan Davey has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, providing insurance in case Kurt Warner's groin strain proves more serious than expected.

Wizards' Blatche Released From Hospital (AP)
AP - Washington Wizards rookie Andray Blatche was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after being shot in an attempted carjacking.

Rangers Beat Mariners 3-2 in 11 Innings (AP)
Texas Rangers Estaban German, in his first at-bat of the season, follows through on a double that scored Rangers' Mark Teixeira from first base with one out in the 11th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - Estaban German, in his first at-bat of the season, doubled home Mark Teixeira from first base with one out in the 11th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.


FIFA Suspends Brazilian Referee (AP)
AP - FIFA suspended Brazilian referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho, who is suspected of taking bribes.

NBC Plans to Run Controversial NHL Ad (AP)
AP - Despite objections from Martha Burk, NBC said it was going ahead with plans to air an NHL commercial showing a bare-chested player being dressed by a scantily clad woman.

The knockout blow?
If Rodney Harrison is out for an extended period of time, you can count out the Patriots for a third straight title.

Pennington out for season, Vinny signed (AP)
Vinny Testaverde was plopped on his couch, watching his beloved New York Jets and, like millions of other fans, could hardly believe his eyes. In a span of seven plays Sunday, not one but two quarterbacks went down, starter Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler. Out for the season. Both of them, with shoulder injuries.

Patriots confirm Harrison's season over (AP)
New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee. The Patriots placed Harrison on injured reserve Tuesday, and agent Steve Feldman said the 32-year-old strong safety would have surgery in four to six weeks for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament.

QB Davey agrees to terms with Cardinals (AP)
Free-agent quarterback Rohan Davey has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, providing insurance in case Kurt Warner's groin strain proves more serious than expected. Davey's agent, Joel Segal, said the 6-foot-2, 245-pound former LSU star was in Arizona and would have a physical Wednesday before signing a one-year contract.

Broncos CB Bailey has MRI on hamstring (AP)
Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey had an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring Tuesday, results of which were not immediately released. Bailey hurt himself in the second quarter of Denver's 30-10 win over Kansas City on Monday night, aggravating an injury that forced him out of the entire preseason.

Niners place WR Rashaun Woods on IR (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers placed wide receiver Rashaun Woods on injured reserve Tuesday with a thumb injury, ending a second straight disappointing season for the team's former No. 1 draft pick. Woods, who was inactive the first three games this season, injured ligaments in his left thumb late last week.

Lions CB Bryant out for season (AP)
Detroit Lions cornerback Fernando Bryant is out for the season with a separated right shoulder. The Lions put Bryant on injured reserve Tuesday and signed wide receiver Scottie Vines, who caught three passes for 51 yards in six games last year for them. Andre Goodman will replace Bryant in the starting lineup Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Running game sets up success for Broncos (AP)
Jake Plummer faked the handoff, Mike Anderson ran into the line, then Plummer took off around left end with nary a Kansas City player there to keep him out of the end zone. The simple, one-yard touchdown came courtesy of something the Denver Broncos did better than anyone during their Super Bowl seasons and beyond, but had struggled with early this year: Using their patented running game to make...

Clock error aids Pats' win over Steelers (AP)
A clock error added 52 seconds to the fourth quarter of the Patriots-Steelers game Sunday. The extra time aided the Patriots during a winning drive that ended with Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal with 1 second remaining. The Patriots won 23-20, their fourth victory against the Steelers in five games since 2001, including AFC championship game victories during the 2001 and 2004 seasons.

Titans RB Henry suspended four games (AP)
The Tennessee Titans lost their insurance policy for oft-injured Chris Brown when the NFL suspended running back Travis Henry for four weeks Monday for violating the league's substance abuse policy. At least the suspension without pay, which began immediately, gives the Titans salary cap relief to find a replacement.

Wizards' Blatche released from hospital (AP)
Washington Wizards rookie Andray Blatche was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after being shot in an attempted carjacking. ``He is doing very well, and we are very encouraged by his progress,'' Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. The 19-year-old forward was shot once in the chest early Sunday morning while riding in a car near his home in Alexandria, Va.

Hornets' preseason games rescheduled (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets announced Monday they will play two of their preseason games at their temporary home at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. The changes will also affect a Seattle SuperSonics-Houston Rockets exhibition game that had been scheduled in Oklahoma City. The Hornets will play exhibition games in Oklahoma City on Oct.

Knicks add Ford, Hanners as assistants (AP)
Phil Ford and Dave Hanners rejoined coach Larry Brown on Tuesday when they were hired as New York Knicks assistants. Ford spent last season as an assistant under Brown at Detroit. He served 12 years as a North Carolina assistant, including the 1993 NCAA championship season. Ford was the 1979 NBA rookie of the year.

Bobcats re-sign Gerald Wallace (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP ) -- The Charlotte Bobcats re-signed forward Gerald Wallace on Tuesday to a three-year contract. Wallace averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while starting 68 of the 70 games he played. His average of 1.6 steals a game ranked ninth in the NBA. Wallace was drafted by Sacramento with the 25th overall pick in 2001 and spent three seasons with the Kings.

Clippers sign first-round pick Korolev (AP)
First-round draft pick Yaroslav Korolev signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Selected 12th overall, Korolev is the highest Russian draft pick in NBA history. He averaged 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for the under-18 Russian national team in July's European Championship. An early entry candidate in the NBA draft, the 6-foot-9 forward also played in Russia's Superleague A.

Greece handles Nowitzki, wins Euro title (AP)
Greece beat Germany 78-62 Sunday to win its second European Championship, frustrating Dirk Nowitzki with strong defense and getting 22 points from Theodoros Papaloukas. Nowitzki, the tournament's MVP, scored 23 points but was only 1-for-8 from 3-point range. The Dallas Mavericks star had nine rebounds but four turnovers.

Wolves sign free agent guard Frahm (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed former Gonzaga guard Richie Frahm on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound perimeter shooting specialist averaged 3.8 points and 11.6 minutes in 43 games for Portland last season, his second in the NBA. Frahm played for Seattle in 2003-04 after playing overseas the previous two years.

Lemieux shines in Crosby's home debut (AP)
The crowd came to see Sidney Crosby's first home game in a Pittsburgh uniform. Instead, they got to see a show by the old man himself. Mario Lemieux, who turns 40 next week and is more than twice as old as the Penguins' most prized prospect since No. 66 himself, played as though he was 18 again with a goal and three assists Tuesday night in a 7-2 exhibition victory over the flu-weakened Columbus...

NBC shuns Burk, to run hockey ad (AP)
Despite objections from Martha Burk, NBC said it was going ahead with plans to air an NHL commercial showing a bare-chested player being dressed by a scantily clad woman. Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said the ad was offensive. Burk led an unsuccessful effort to allow female members at Augusta National three years ago and is stepping down as chair of NCWO on...

Flyers win, stay perfect in preseason (AP)
Patrick Sharp scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 exhibition victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. ``It was nice to have a few goals and have a few points tonight,'' Sharp said. ``They come at the oddest times.'' The Flyers improved to 4-0 in the preseason and seem poised to open the season as serious Stanley Cup contenders after revamping their roster...

Clowe's two goals keep Sharks perfect (AP)
Ryan Clowe scored two goals in a 1:35 span of the second period to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth victory in five exhibition games. Clowe also scored the winning goal in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Kings in San Jose on Sept. 18. The 6-foot-2 right wing had 27 goals and 35 assists last season in 74 games for Cleveland in the American...

Capitals acquire LW Friesen from Devils (AP)
Left wing Jeff Friesen was traded to the Washington Capitals by the New Jersey Devils on Monday for a conditional 2006 draft pick. The deal gives the Capitals a proven forward and allows the Devils to trim salary so they can get under the NHL's new $39 million cap. Friesen is set to make $2.28 million this season.

Bourque's son sent to AHL by Capitals (AP)
Chris Bourque, the son of retired All-Star defenseman Ray Bourque, was among five forwards the Washington Capitals assigned to their AHL affiliate Tuesday. Jared Aulin, Eric Fehr, Jakub Klepis and Dave Steckel also were sent to the Hershey Bears. Defenseman Jeff Schultz was assigned to junior club Calgary of the Western Hockey League.

Forsberg, Hatcher practice with Flyers (AP)
Peter Forsberg and Derian Hatcher, both sidelined for most of training camp by injuries, practiced Monday with the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time. Forsberg skated on Friday but hadn't practiced since having surgery to remove a bursa sack from his right ankle earlier this month. Hatcher was sidelined with a sprained left knee, an injury sustained Sept.

Rusty's ride
His career is winding down, but Rusty Wallace arguably has never been better.

Crew chiefs fined for Dover violations (AP)
NASCAR said Tuesday it has fined Nextel Cup crew chief Joe Garone and Busch Series crew chief Charlie Lewis $1,000 each for violations last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Aikman and Staubach make first hire (AP)
Hall of Fame Racing made its first hire Tuesday when it tabbed Philippe Lopez to build the NASCAR team owned by former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

Johnson's crew chief never felt like also-ran (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's crew chief never thought his race team was anything but a top-notch outfit.

Johnson wins MBNA RacePoints 400, takes over standings lead (SportsTicker)

Helton lays down the law (AP)
NASCAR president Mike Helton, dissatisfied with recent driver conduct, said offenders could be seriously punished for violations in Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway.

Bodine makes late pass, wins NASCAR Trucks Las Vegas 350 (SportsTicker)

Todd Bodine wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck race (AP)
Todd Bodine passed Ted Musgrave on the final lap in a green-white-checker finish Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the season.

Ryan Newman wins fourth straight Busch Series race (SportsTicker)

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