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ChiSox Beat Angels With Pitching, Big Bats (AP)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia, center, is congratulated by catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko, right, after Garcia pitched nine innings for the 8-2 win in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - At long last, the Chicago White Sox seem to have figured out how to make it back to the World Series: great pitching and big home runs, with lucky breaks from the umps sprinkled in.


Astros Clip Cardinals 4-3 in Game 3 (AP)
Houston Astros' Roger Clemens, right, singles off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris in the third inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, in Houston. The Cardinals catcher is Yadier Molina, left. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck).AP - Roger Clemens would love to carry his hometown Houston Astros to their first World Series, and he put them in pretty good position to get there.


No. 1 USC Escapes No. 9 Notre Dame 34-31 (AP)
Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart celebrates following a 34-31 win over Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - Tested like never before, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Southern Cal showed they have a championship jaw to go along with all that talent.


Virginia Defeats No. 4 Florida State 26-21 (AP)
Virginia's Brennan Schmidt holds a flag as he celebrates his team's 26-21 win over Florida State at Scott Stadium  in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005.  (AP Photo/Gary Knapp)AP - Marques Hagans threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Hughes kicked four field goals to help Virginia recapture a bit of its history by holding on to beat No. 4 Florida State 26-21 Saturday night.


No. 12 UCLA Tops Washington State in OT (AP)
UCLA tailback Maurice Drew (21) celebrates his overtime touchdown against Washington State Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. The touchdown gave UCLA a 44-41 win over Washington State in overtime. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - Maurice Drew had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and Drew Olson threw for five scores as No. 12 UCLA came from 21 points down to beat Washington State 44-41 Saturday.


Doss Expected to Play for Colts Monday (AP)
AP - Colts safety Mike Doss, who suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Friday, is expected to start Monday night when the Indianapolis Colts play the St. Louis Rams.

Hawks Center Jason Collier Dies Suddenly (AP)
Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier, right, is shown defending Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson in an exhibition game Tuesday, Oct. 11,  2005 in Atlanta.  Collier died early Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2005  a team spokesman said. He was 28. Collier, a five-year NBA veteran, died of a possible cardiac arrest, said Arthu Triche, a spokesman for the team.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.


White Sox trounce Angels, eye World Series (Reuters)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia celebrates the final out over the Los Angeles Angels to win Game 4 of the American League championship series in Anaheim, California October 15, 2005. REUTERS/Mike BlakeReuters - The Chicago White Sox eased to within a victory of their first World Series appearance since 1959 on Saturday, trouncing the Angels 8-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.


Quakes Nip Galaxy, Extend Unbeaten Streak (AP)
Los Angeles Galaxy's Cobi Jones, back, and San Jose Earthquakes' Brian Mullan fight for the ball during the first half in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Dave Waters)AP - Mark Chung and Brian Mullan each had a goal and an assist in the San Jose Earthquakes' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.


NHL Star Brett Hull Hangs Up Skates (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes right winger Brett Hull wipes away a tear as he announces his retirement during a news conference prior to the game between the Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - Brett Hull choked back emotion and thanked "everyone who ever touched my life in the game," announcing his retirement Saturday from a career that left him the third-leading goal scorer in NHL history.


Read and React: Thrown to the Lions
The Detroit faithful are fed up with Joey Harrington's ongoing struggles at quarterback.

Vikings owner embarrassed by scandal (AP)
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is angry and embarrassed over accounts of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior by his players on a charter cruise, and said Friday the team will now have a conduct code. Wilf, in his first comments since the boat party last week, said he has apologized to the governor.

Patriots LB Bruschi may return this year (AP)
New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots -- this season, not next -- thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl. Several obstacles remain: Bruschi has received favorable reports from doctors but not final medical clearance, and others involved in the decision --...

Roethlisberger, Ward may sit out Sunday (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger apparently won't be the only key member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense on the sideline for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Hines Ward may be there, too. Roethlisberger resumed practicing Friday after hyperextending his left knee Monday night in San Diego, but the quarterback missed part of the workout and remains doubtful -- meaning there is a...

Romanowski admits using BALCO steroids (AP)
Bill Romanowski used steroids and human growth hormone supplied by Victor Conte, the former NFL linebacker tells CBS' ``60 Minutes'' in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. Romanowski said he took illegal steroids for a two-year period starting in 2001 and got them from Conte, the former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which has been at the center of a steroids controversy in several...

Colts get good news on injury front (AP)
Colts safety Mike Doss, who suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Friday, is expected to start Monday night when the Indianapolis Colts play the St. Louis Rams. Doss was held out of Saturday's hour-long workout as a precaution, but Colts coach Tony Dungy thinks he'll be ready to go by game time.

Harrison determined to return in 2006 (AP)
New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison tries to ignore the possibility that his career might be over, and is determined to return from a season-ending knee injury. ``I cannot honestly say what's going to happen next year and what the future holds for me in terms of football,'' Harrison said Friday.

Taylor says he'll play, Jags unsure (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor vowed to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, while the team said it will wait until game time to make a decision. ``I'm going to play,'' Taylor said after practice Friday. ``I was limited, but for the most part, I believe I'll make it and will play.'' Taylor practiced some Friday despite a sprained right ankle and is officially listed as questionable for...

McNair has back spasms, now questionable (AP)
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was added to the Titans' injury report Friday because of back spasms and was listed as questionable for the team's game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. McNair did not participate in the day's workout, but downplayed the seriousness of the situation. ``It's something I've dealt with from time-to-time throughout my career,'' he said.

Rams adjusting to life without Martz (AP)
Whenever Mike Martz comes back, the St. Louis Rams want him to return to a successful team. Players insisted Thursday, the day the team returned to practice in preparation for a Monday night game at Indianapolis, they wouldn't and couldn't allow the absence of their ailing head coach to be a distraction.

NBA preview: Southeast
With the division crown a certainty, the Heat must spend the regular season developing NBA title chemistry.

Hawks center Jason Collier dies at 28 (AP)
Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28. General manager Billy Knight said the cause of death was not immediately clear for the 7-foot, 260-pound player. He said Collier had ``no issues'' in a preseason physical given to all players.

Brown, Curry win Knicks' debuts (AP)
Larry Brown and Eddy Curry made successful debuts with the New York Knicks in a 93-84 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night. Brown made his debut on the Knicks' bench. He has coached in the NBA with Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, Los Angeles (Clippers), Indiana, Philadelphia and Detroit, where he guided the Pistons to the 2003-04 NBA title and the Finals last season.

Ford returns, leads Bucks over Cavs (AP)
T.J. Ford scored 17 points in his first game in over 1 1/2 years to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 91-89 exhibition win Saturday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without All-Star forward LeBron James. Ford had been sidelined since suffering a spinal cord injury during a game against Minnesota on Feb.

McGrady, Rockets keep Spurs winless (AP)
Tracy McGrady scored 21 points and the Houston Rockets held off a fourth-quarter rally by San Antonio on Saturday night to win 95-87 and keep the defending champion Spurs winless in the preseason. McGrady scored all of his points in the first half. He left the game late in the second quarter after taking a knee to the midsection, but the team said he was not hurt.

Carmelo, Nuggets rout Trail Blazers (AP)
Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Portland Trail Blazers 112-85 in a preseason game Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center. Voshon Lenard and DerMarr Johnson each had 17 points for Denver, which turned an 11-point halftime lead into a rout in the third quarter. Anthony had 14 of his 23 points in the period.

LeBron released from hospital (AP)
Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest. James was hospitalized Wednesday for what the team initially called a strained pectoral muscle. But Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Friday that James came down with pleurisy, an inflammation of the thin layers of tissue covering...

Grant Hill out with bruised quadriceps (AP)
Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill missed Saturday night's game against New Orleans with a bruised right quadriceps. Hill was hurt during a shooting drill earlier in the week. ``Just precautionary,'' Orlando coach Brian Hill said. Hill, who missed the entire 2003-04 season with a left ankle injury, played in 67 games last season, averaging 19.7 points.

Power Rankings
Montreal and Buffalo shot up the rankings, while Calgary and Pittsburgh are falling fast in the latest installment of the Power Rankings.

Brett Hull announces retirement (AP)
Brett Hull choked back emotion and thanked ``everyone who ever touched my life in the game,'' announcing his retirement Saturday from a career that left him the third-leading goal scorer in NHL history. ``I wish no one had to do this because it's so hard, it's hard because you never think you're going to grow older and be unable to live up to the expectations you set for yourself,'' he said.

Hasek reaches milestone in Sens' win (AP)
Dominik Hasek didn't care about losing his bid for a shutout. He was more concerned with getting his 300th win. Hasek became the 23rd goalie in NHL history to reach the milestone, making 34 saves Saturday night in the Ottawa Senators' 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. The 39-year-old Hasek, 4-0 in his first season with Ottawa, is 300-192-82 in 14 seasons with Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit and the...

Penguins' winless streak grows to six (AP)
There's almost never a good time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to go against Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning. This certainly wasn't one of them, not with star rookie Sidney Crosby showing his first bit of frustration at not yet winning a game. Lecavalier scored a goal and set up two others and the Lightning extended Pittsburgh's season-opening winless streak to a franchise record-tying...

Preds now 5-0, end slide in St. Louis (AP)
Greg Johnson believes the unbeaten Nashville Predators have yet to reach their potential. Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots, helping the Predators end a nine-game unbeaten string at St. Louis with a 4-1 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. Nashville remained one of the last remaining unbeaten teams, along with Ottawa, at 5-0-0.

Wings blank Coyotes behind Legace (AP)
On a night when one of the greatest offensive players in NHL history retired, his former Detroit Red Wing teammates put on a show of defensive excellence. Manny Legace had 23 saves to give the Red Wings their first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The game was played two hours after the Coyotes' Brett Hull, a former Detroit star and third-leading...

Kiprusoff, Flames shut out Oilers (AP)
Miikka Kiprusoff finally showed flashes of the brilliance that helped lead the Calgary Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots for his eighth career shutout as the Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 Saturday night. ``Last game against Dallas, I felt a bit better and today I felt really good,'' said Kiprusoff, who entered the night with a 4.54 goals against average -- a...

Hurricanes chase Brodeur, Devils, 6-1 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes are finally making the most of their scoring opportunities. Held to two goals in each of their first three games, the Hurricanes have scored 13 in their last two, including a 6-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday night. In the process, they chased Devils goalie and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur after two periods.

Flyers bury Isles with four in first (AP)
Philadelphia kept building its lead instead of blowing it. The Flyers showed how quickly they learned the importance of playing with a purpose for all 60 minutes. Michal Handzus scored twice and Simon Gagne added his NHL-leading seventh goal to lead the Flyers to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Lundqvist, Rangers handle Thrashers (AP)
Rangers rookie Henrik Lundqvist gave up a goal in the third period, and the Madison Square Garden crowd rose to its feet and chanted his name. This really is the new NHL. Lundqvist made 28 saves to win for the second straight game and New York blistered Atlanta rookie Adam Berkhoel for three second-period goals in a 5-1 victory Saturday night over the Thrashers.

Charlotte observations
CONCORD, N.C. – Controversy at a NASCAR race? That's nothing new.

Johnson wins NASCAR UAW-GM Quality 500, ties for points lead (SportsTicker)

Johnson wins fourth straight in racing debacle at Lowe's (AP)
The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled.

Roush responds to NASCAR's proposed cap on teams (AP)
Feeling singled out by NASCAR's proposed cap on teams, Roush Racing distributed a 10-point argument Saturday outlining the benefits of multicar ownership.

Honda commits to Indy Racing League through 2009 (AFP)
Honda will remain an engine supplier to the Indy Racing League through the 2009 season, the Japanese manufacturer said.

Newman wins on record-setting night at Lowe's Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)

Newman races to fifth straight Busch Series win (AP)
Ryan Newman set a NASCAR record by winning his fifth consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, avoiding a track-record 14 cautions en route to the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Source: NBC to pull out of NASCAR coverage (AP)
NBC won't extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

Sadler wins pole at Charlotte, six Chase drivers in top 10 (AP)
Elliott Sadler set a track record in winning the pole Thursday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a qualifying session that placed six drivers in the Chase for the championship in the top 10.

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