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BoSox Beat Yankees to Tie for AL East Lead (AP)
New York Yankees pitcherChien-Ming Wang watches as Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek rounds third base after a solo home run in the second inning at Fenway Park in Boston Friday, Sept. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - It's all tied up in the AL East. Boston and New York. Two games to play. Jason Varitek homered, David Ortiz drove in another big run and David Wells pitched seven strong innings on Friday night to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory over the Yankees, knotting the division on the season's final weekend.


White Sox Top Indians 3-2 in 13 Innings (AP)
Chicago White Sox batter Ross Gload doubles off Cleveland Indians pitcher Fernando Cabrera to drive in two runs in the 13th inning Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - The Chicago White Sox can't be accused of coasting or compromising baseball's integrity. Resting many of their starters to prepare for the AL playoffs, the White Sox damaged Cleveland's postseason chances with a 3-2, 13-inning win on Friday night.


Padres Guaranteed at Least a .500 Record (AP)
San Diego Padres' Brian Giles watches his single to right in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in San Diego. Two runs scored on the play. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)AP - The San Diego Padres won't be making the wrong kind of history. The NL West champions guaranteed themselves at least a .500 record by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night behind seven strong innings from Woody Williams.


Pujols Gives Cards 12-6 Victory Over Reds (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols points into the air following his seventh-inning grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005. Pujols' homer was his 200th of his career. The home plate umpire is Travis Reininger. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - Albert Pujols hit a grand slam in the seventh inning for his 200th career home run and Reggie Sanders' two-run double snapped a sixth-inning tie, rescuing a pitching staff that surrendered 10 walks in the first six innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 12-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.


Four Tied for Lead at LPGA Office Depot (AP)
Paula Creamer watches her shot from the 11th tee during the first round of the LPGA's Office Depot Championship at Trump National Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)AP - Donald Trump's new course fronting the Pacific Ocean looked great and played agonizingly slow during Friday's opening round of the LPGA Office Depot Championship.


Former NFL back Timmy Smith faces drug charges (Reuters)
Reuters - Former NFL running back Timmy Smith, who holds a Super Bowl rushing record, was arrested on Friday after selling cocaine to an undercover agent, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.

Steve Smith Retires From NBA (AP)
Steve Smith, right, his wife, Millie, center, and son, Davis, 3, smile while guest speakers talk about his college and NBA careers, Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in East Lansing, Mich., on the campus where he starred for Michigan State. The ceremony announcing Smith's retirement from the NBA was held at the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, named for his late mother. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)AP - After a storied career at Michigan State and 14 seasons with six NBA teams, Steve Smith retired Friday.


Suzuki Leads Mariners to 4-1 Win Over A's (AP)
Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki replaces his batting helmet after tipping it to the crowd after hitting a second inning single against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Seattle. The hit was Suzuki's 200th of the season, making him the sixth player in Major League history to collect at least 200 hits in five-straight seasons. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Ichiro Suzuki became the sixth major leaguer with 200 hits in five straight seasons, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Friday night.


Midfielder Radosavljevic Will Retire (AP)
AP - Kansas City Wizards midfielder Preki Radosavljevic will retire at the end of the season and plans to go into coaching.

Rangers Acquire Hossa From Canadiens (AP)
AP - The Rangers acquired left wing Marcel Hossa from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday for forward Garth Murray.

The longest yards
SAN ANTONIO – After seeing their daily challenges, you realize the Saints are already facing a fourth-and-long.

Martz in hospital with sinus infection (AP)
Rams coach Mike Martz was hospitalized Friday with a sinus infection, but the team expects him to be able to coach Sunday when St. Louis plays at the New York Giants. Martz drove himself to the hospital, spokesman Artis Twyman said. He was expected to be released by Saturday, in time to fly with the team to New York.

Timmy Smith charged with selling cocaine (AP)
Timmy Smith, who set a Super Bowl rushing record when he played for the Washington Redskins in 1988, has been arrested after allegedly trying to sell cocaine to an undercover drug agent. Smith, 41, of Denver and his brother, Chris, of suburban Lakewood, were in custody and due in court Monday, U.S. attorney's spokesman Jeff Dorschner said Friday.

Giants, Jets reach deal on 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...

Report: Players could face more testing (AP)
Some of the NFL players linked to a South Carolina doctor indicted on federal charges for giving them steroids will be subject to as many as 24 random drug tests each year, The Washington Post reported Friday. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue told the paper that the league concluded an investigation into reports about prescriptions written by James M.

Chiefs offense tough test for Eagles (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs' plan to attack the Philadelphia Eagles should be simple: Run the ball. Led by Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson, Kansas City has one of the best running games in the NFL. The Eagles have a stingy defense, but they've been vulnerable against teams that have success on the ground. Since 2003, Philadelphia has lost only 10 games, including playoffs.

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...

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...

Pacers' Harrison sentenced to probation (AP)
David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers was sentenced to a year of probation Friday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. He also must perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and pay a $250 fine. Teammates Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson entered the same pleas on the same charge and...

Blazers assistant sues for release (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers assistant Tim Grgurich sued the team in a bid to coach elsewhere. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also asks for $114,583 that Grgurich claims the team has withheld since July, as well as additional damages. It includes a temporary restraining order that would allow Grgurich to accept a job with another team.

Celtics acquire Dickau from Hornets (AP)
The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Dan Dickau from the New Orleans Hornets on Friday in exchange for a second-round choice in 2006. Dickau, who averaged 12.5 points playing for both Dallas and New Orleans last season, was acquired for the draft choice that Miami gave to Boston in a previous deal.

Steve Smith to retire from NBA (AP)
After a storied career at Michigan State and 14 seasons with six NBA teams, Steve Smith retired Friday. Smith returned to his alma mater to announce his retirement as a player at age 36. ``My mother would be very proud,'' Smith said of his inspiration, the late Clara Bell Smith. ``She'd say, `You can close this chapter now.

Lakers, Divac again postpone decision (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Vlade Divac agreed for a second time to postpone a decision on the status of the veteran center's contract. The Lakers have the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying him out for $2 million. The decision was due Friday, but the parties put it off until Oct.

Wizards' Blatche speaks of good fortune (AP)
Washington Wizards rookie Andray Blatche walked slowly and laboriously down the hallway of the MCI Center, showing the effects of two bullet wounds from a carjacking attempt and the realization that his basketball career nearly ended before it began. ``A lot of lessons learned,'' Blatche said. ``Me being young, I shouldn't be out that late to begin with.

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 --...

Gretzky's Coyotes lose sixth straight (AP)
Patrick Marleau scored with 6 1/2 minutes to play on Friday night to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory and hand coach Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes their sixth straight exhibition loss. Marleau broke the tie when he tapped in a wrist shot about 10 feet from the goal. The Sharks (6-0-0) finished with an undefeated exhibition record for the first time in franchise history.

Ovechkin's hat trick leads Caps (AP)
Rookie Alex Ovechkin had three goals and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Ovechkin, the first player selected in the 2004 NHL draft, scored an unassisted short-handed goal that gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead early in the third period.

Fedorov, Lupul help Kings beat Ducks (AP)
Sergei Fedorov and Joffrey Lupul each had two goals and two assists and Todd Fedoruk had three assists, leading the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. Pavol Demitra scored twice for the Kings (4-3-1), who despite the loss completed their preseason schedule with a winning record for the 16th straight year -- a streak that was interrupted by...

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.

Rangers get Marcel Hossa from Canadiens (AP)
The Rangers acquired left wing Marcel Hossa from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday for forward Garth Murray. Hossa, whose older brother Marian was traded by Ottawa to Atlanta during the offseason for fellow All-Star Dany Heatley, has 10 goals and nine assists in 59 career NHL games -- all with Montreal.

Sabres finish strong preseason (AP)
Chris Drury scored two goals and set up another, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams. Jochen Hecht and Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and two assists each, and Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo, which capitalized on three of 10 power-play chances.

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.

Snakebit season
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kevin Harvick just hasn't been able to take the good without the bad in '05.

Stewart looking to regain points lead at Talladega (AP)
As his rivals worked on their cars, Tony Stewart retreated to his motorhome to relax. Barefoot and in a pair of shorts, Stewart showed no worries Friday at Talladega Superspeedway despite losing his spot on top of the points standings a week ago.

Sadler wins Talladega pole (AP)
While nearly everyone is watching the 10-man NASCAR Nextel Cup championship battle, Elliott Sadler is chasing an 11th-place finish that would pay his team a $1 million bonus and provide momentum for 2006.

NASCAR finds something "shocking" about Hendrick Motorsports (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) - There's another shocking dispute in NASCAR involving one of the dominant teams in Nextel Cup.

Biffle bemoans loss of creativity in NASCAR (AP)
In the wake of a ruling by NASCAR officials that will make the type of rear shock absorbers used last week at Dover by Hendrick Motorsports illegal in the future, Roush Racing driver Greg Biffle says creativity within the teams is being quashed.

NASCAR reacts quickly to Hendrick shocks (AP)
NASCAR officials are changing the rules for rear shock absorbers after the cars of Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch were initially too high after the race last week at Dover.

Colorado raceway, site of IRL races, to be sold, shuttered (AP)
Pikes Peak International Raceway will be shut down and sold to a company that plans to move equipment to other race venues and to sell off the track's 1,200 acres. Rob Johnson, president of the raceway, said the track will be sold to Rocky Mountain Speedway Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corp.

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:...

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