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Ortiz Powers Red Sox to Win Over Blue Jays (AP)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz pumps his fist  after hitting the game-winning RBI single, breaking a 4-4 tie, in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday Sept. 29, 2005.  The Red Sox won, 5-4.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - David Ortiz tied the game in the eighth inning with his 47th homer, then singled home the winning run in the ninth to give the Boston Red Sox a critical 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.


Small Leads Yankees Over Orioles, 8-4 (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Aaron Small throws a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)AP - Aaron Small's outstanding pitching moved the New York Yankees closer to their eighth consecutive AL East title. Small took a one-hitter into the seventh inning to improve to 10-0, and the Yankees got homers from Jason Giambi and Hideki Matsui in cruising past the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 on Thursday night.


Boston Police Ready for Red Sox-Yanks Game (AP)
AP - Boston Police will deploy the largest crowd-control force of any recent sports event for this weekend's series between the Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

Giants, Jets Agree on Plan for New Stadium (AP)
Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey, seated, speaks as he signs the final agreement to jointly build a new stadium, worked out between the New York Giants and New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005 in East Rutherford, N.J. Standing from left-to-right are: Carl Goldberg, Chairman NJSEA; John Mara, Chief Operating Officer NY Giants; Steve Tisch, member of NY Giants co-owner's family; Woody Johnson, NY Jets owner; Jay Cross, president NY Jets.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)AP - The New York Giants and Jets agreed Thursday to build a stadium in the Meadowlands that would become the first NFL venue to be owned and operated by two teams.


Concussion Ends Georgia Guard's Career (AP)
AP - Georgia offensive guard Josh Brock was forced to give up on his football career after repeated concussions.

Jammer Held Out of Chargers Practice (AP)
AP - Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer was held out of practice Thursday as a precaution because of a strained left quadriceps.

Spurs Sign Five Before Training Camp (AP)
AP - The San Antonio Spurs signed five free agents Thursday, including former North Carolina forward Jawad Williams.

Red Sox win sets up showdown with Yankees (Reuters)
Chicago White Sox closer pitcher Bobby Jenks (L) celebrates with catcher A.J. Pierzynski (C) and first baseman Paul Konerko after defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan September 29, 2005. Chicago clinched the American League Central Division title. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)Reuters - Boston's David Ortiz homered to tie the game then singled in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Thursday, keeping the Red Sox one game back of the New York Yankees in the AL East.


3 Former Champions Eliminated at UEFA Cup (AP)
Andriy Voronin, left, of Bayer 04 Leverkusen challenges for the ball with Yordan Yurukov of CSKA Sofia, during their UEFA Cup, first round, second leg, soccer match, Thursday, Sept 29, 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)AP - Former champions Bayer Leverkusen, Feyenoord and Galatasaray were eliminated from the UEFA Cup in the first round Thursday.


Flames Defenseman Regehr Sprains Knee (AP)
Edmonton Oilers goalie Ty Conklin, right, dives on the puck as Calgary Flames' Robyn Regehr looks for the rebound during second period NHL preseason action in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005.(AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)AP - Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr is expected to out up to a month because of a knee sprain.


Razing Arizona
The Cardinals are falling well short of expectations and have slipped into the rankings' Bottom Five.

Giants CB Peterson may be out for season (AP)
For the second time in three seasons, New York Giants starting cornerback William Peterson has a potentially season-ending back injury. Peterson, listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against St. Louis, said Thursday the injury could force him to miss the game and possibly the rest of the season. Peterson said the team's medical staff diagnosed a fracture of his lower back after he had an MRI exam...

Giants, Jets get new stadium (AP)
The New York Giants and Jets agreed Thursday to build a stadium in the Meadowlands that would become the first NFL venue to be owned and operated by two teams. The facility will be built near state-owned Giants Stadium, which is currently home to both teams and is among the league's oldest stadiums. Specific details about the stadium plan are to be developed over the next several months, including...

McNabb hopes hernia won't keep him out (AP)
Donovan McNabb tossed touchdown passes on a broken ankle and played an NFC title game with an agonizing rib injury. Now McNabb is taking his biggest health risk yet: playing with a severe abdominal strain that likely will need surgery and definitely will leave the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback in discomfort and pain all season.

Horn: NFL made 'mockery' of Saints (AP)
Receiver Joe Horn criticized the NFL on Wednesday for forcing the Hurricane Katrina-displaced New Orleans Saints to play their home-opener at the Meadowlands. ``Man, let me tell you something, the Saints aren't going to be the first team that they made a mockery of, and we will not be the last team that they make a mockery of,'' Horn said in a conference call with Buffalo-area reporters.

Doctor confirms Pennington's injury (AP)
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington got the same opinion on his right shoulder from noted orthopedist James Andrews: his rotator cuff is torn. Pennington visited Andrews on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., and had an arthrogram, where dye is injected into the joint and X-rayed to detect any tears. Andrews, who repaired Pennington's shoulder earlier this year, conferred with the Jets' medical staff and...

Losman upset game isn't in New Orleans (AP)
Buffalo quarterback J.P. Losman had the date circled on his calendar the moment the NFL schedule came out. The date -- Oct. 2 -- was once a source of eager anticipation for Losman. But now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it serves only as a reminder of hardship and pain. Losman, who played in New Orleans at Tulane, and the Bills won't be playing the Saints in the Superdome on Sunday.

Bailey not sorry for dissing KC's effort (AP)
Champ Bailey didn't apologize when he learned he made Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil mad for saying the Chiefs weren't playing hard. Instead, Bailey insisted he'd say it again. ``I'm doing my job, doing it well,'' Bailey said Wednesday. ``I'm going to keep doing it and I'm going to talk about it.'' At issue were statements Bailey made to teammates during Denver's 30-10 win over Kansas City on...

San Antonio embraces Saints (AP)
The line snaked for a quarter mile. Thousands of football-starved fans were jumping at the chance to buy tickets to see the New Orleans Saints -- and for a chance to show how the nation's eighth-largest city can support an NFL team. The mayor and business leaders are trying to rally the city to support the Saints, who were forced here when Hurricane Katrina swamped their city, and prove San Antonio...

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.

Brown: Houston was Knicks' 'best player' (AP)
Allan Houston was the ``best player'' on the New York Knicks last season. At least that's the opinion of incoming coach Larry Brown, who plans to have the chronically sore-kneed shooting guard ready to go when training camp begins next week. Meeting with reporters Thursday for the first time since he was hired, Brown had only complimentary things to say regarding nearly everything Knick-related --...

Wizards' Blatche to miss training camp (AP)
Washington Wizards rookie Andray Blatche will miss training camp while he recovers from gunshot wounds from an attempted carjacking. Blatche walked under his own power as he visited with teammates at the MCI Center on Wednesday, three days after the shooting and one day after being released from the hospital.

Jackson sets bar low for Lakers (AP)
Championships have always been the goal for Phil Jackson's teams. Now that he's back with a different Los Angeles Lakers team, it's a matter of simply making the playoffs. Jackson did his best Wednesday to lower expectations, defining postseason qualification as the goal for a young, rebuilt team coming off a horrible season.

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.

Magic sign five free agents (AP)
The Orlando Magic signed five free agents Thursday, including forwards Matt Freije, Bo Outlaw and guard Felipe Lopez. Freije, a second-round pick by Miami in 2004, appeared in 23 games last season with New Orleans, averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 Freije was waived by the Hornets in January.

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.

Bobcats re-sign F 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.

Tkachuk back with Blues at practice (AP)
The St. Louis Blues were impressed with Keith Tkachuk's first day on the ice Thursday -- especially considering he'd missed nearly two weeks of training camp. ``He looked good,'' captain Dallas Drake said. ``We had a pretty short practice but I thought he looked really good.'' So good that Tkachuk, suspended at the start of training camp Sept.

Roenick to miss last two preseason games (AP)
Jeremy Roenick will sit out the Los Angeles Kings' final two preseason games as he recovers from a concussion sustained last weekend. Roenick was leveled by Phoenix's Denis Gauthier in the Kings' 7-4 victory Sunday. ``I think it indicates the state of our game, the lack of respect -- especially in preseason,'' Roenick said afterward.

Patrick Roy to coach team he co-owns (AP)
Former NHL goalie Patrick Roy has taken over as coach of the Quebec Remparts, the junior hockey team he co-owns. Roy, also the team's general manager, fired coach Eric Lavigne on Thursday after the Ramparts got off to a 1-4-0 start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lavigne coached the club since the 2002-03 season.

Red Wings' Kronwall out at least 6 weeks (AP)
Niklas Kronwall will be out at least six weeks with a knee injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings without one of their top defensemen when they open the regular season. Kronwall's left knee was injured when Colorado's Dan Hinote's hip checked him along the boards in an exhibition game Tuesday night. ``He has some ACL and MCL damage,'' general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday before the Red Wings...

DiPietro, Isles edge Rangers in shootout (AP)
Mark Parrish and Shawn Bates scored in a shootout, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the New York Rangers. Rick DiPietro made a left-pad save against Petr Prucha to seal the victory, allowing only a goal to Jaromir Jagr in the NHL's new tiebreaker format. Janne Niinimaa and Trent Hunter scored in regulation for the Islanders, and Jagr and Jed Ortmeyer answered for...

Sharks stay unbeaten in preseason (AP)
Wayne Primeau scored on a rebound early in the second period and Vesa Toskala had 25 saves Wednesday night to help the San Jose Sharks remain unbeaten in the preseason with a 1-0 victory over coach Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. The Sharks (6-0) scored the power-play goal at 18:41 of the second when Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph blocked Niko Dimitrakos' shot, but the puck deflected out to...

Trading Paint: Not so fast
When it comes to some NASCAR rules and Tony Stewart, some fans are raising a red flag.

Johnson back on top of NASCAR – for now (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson knows what it's like to lose a championship, falling just short of the...

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:...

Bowyer enjoying breakout year in Busch Series (AP)
SHAWNEE, Kan. – Clint Bowyer remembers the day he got the call at the body shop of the Ford dealership in...

Investigator: Car involved in deadly raceway wreck found mechanically sound (AP)
A race car that killed two spectators when it crashed into the bleachers last month at the Mount Vernon Raceway has been found to be mechanically sound even though the driver said its throttle stuck, an investigator said Wednesday. Illinois State Police Trooper Les Vancil told The Associated Press he believes the quarter-mile dirt track's high banking ``definitely was a safety issue'' that...

Wallace, Martin happy in twilight of careers (AP)
Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin have been racing against each other for more than two decades.

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.

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