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  • D-backs, Brewers and Rangers clinch on same night

    Elvis Andrus took a home run trot at Rangers Ballpark, cheering a ball that landed 1,400 miles away. Prince Fielder enjoyed a victory lap at Miller Park, hugging fans along the way. Kirk Gibson pumped his fist at Chase Field, celebrating while the crowd chanted his name.

    All over baseball, it was one big wrap party.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers each clinched Friday night — only once before, on Oct. 5, 1985, had three division spots been decided on the same day, STATS LLC said.

    All six divisions already locked up, still five days left in the regular season. Not since 1986, when there were only four divisions, had they all been sealed so early, STATS found.

  • NFL: no faking injuries

    NEW YORK (AP) — To the fake handoff and fake field goals, add fake injuries.
    The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. Yet several players admit it’s an accepted practice.
    “I’ve been places where it has been (taught),” said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players’ union executive committee. “They have a name for it and I’ve been places where it’s been pre-called. I’ve been places where it’s one player who has been designated. Maybe I’m getting everyone in trouble, but I’m just being honest.”

  • Rivera earns save 602

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that save No. 602 is behind him, Mariano Rivera is happy to step back out of the spotlight and work on another big number: six.
    Despite five World Series championships in 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, Rivera has never come to enjoy individual attention.
    “You know me, I’m not like that,” Rivera said. “I like to be under the radar, do my job.”
    There was no chance of that Monday. when the smallest crowd in the three-year history of Yankee Stadium nearly drowned out Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as Rivera came in for the ninth inning.

  • Season could be delayed for NBA

    NEW YORK (AP) — The long looks on players’ faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver’s voice made it obvious: There was no progress Tuesday in talks to end the NBA lockout.
    And with less than three weeks until training camps, the latest setback may be a tough one.
    “I think coming out of today, obviously because of the calendar, we can’t come out of here feeling as though training camps and the season is going to start on time at this point,” players’ association president and Los Angeles Lakers president Derek Fisher said.
    Still divided over the salary cap structure, owners and players decided to pass on talking again Wednesday.

  • Dolphins torched by Tom Brady

    MIAMI (AP) — Desperate to slow down Tom Brady, the Miami Dolphins tried playing 12 men on defense.
    That didn’t work. They drew a penalty. Using only 11 defenders was even worse.
    Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker, and the New England Patriots opened their season Monday night by beating Miami 38-24.
    Brady and the reigning AFC East champions picked up where they left off last season, when he was a unanimous choice for NFL MVP, and his team led the league in scoring.
    “He’s a great quarterback,” teammate Aaron Hernandez said, “and the world knows that.”

  • Peyton Manning may be out for the season

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts thought they’d suffered a big blow when they ruled their four-time MVP quarterback out for the season opener. Now they may have lost Peyton Manning for the entire season.
    Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, his third procedure in 19 months, and his return this season is uncertain.
    Losing Manning for any stretch of time is something the Colts would love to avoid, and it’s certain to throw the race for the AFC South wide open. Manning hasn’t missed a game in 14 NFL seasons, with 227 consecutive starts, including the postseason.

  • It’s about time...

    All is again right with the world.
    Sure, there’s some craziness in Europe with the economy or whatnot. Libya is collapsing before our eyes. The U.S. is running out of oil, water, food, jobs and self-respect.
    Meh.
    It’s fall. There’s green chile and there’s football. That’s all you need.
    There was some speculation about this being a rough year for the chile crop, but chile is plentiful at the supermarket. And there was some speculation about the NFL season being nixed over a few dollars and cents the owners and players were squaking about.
    But all is forgiven. Tonight, the past two Super Bowl winners, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers meet in the 2011 season opener.

  • Packers, Saints face off tonight

    Green Bay Packers

    2010 Record: 10-6, second place, NFC North; 4-0 in postseason, defeated Steelers in Super Bowl XLV
    Head Coach: Mike McCarthy, sixth season
    Additions: LB K.C. Asiodu
    Departures: RB James X. Johnson, LB Nick Barnett, G Daryn Colledge, DE Cullen Jenkins, G Jason Spitz, RB Brandon Jackson, RB Ahman Green, LB Brady Poppinga
    Key Draft Picks: OT Derek Sherrod (1), WR Randall Cobb (2), RB Alex Green (3), CB Davon House (4), TE D.J. Williams (5)

  • Rain postpones all of Tuesday's US Open matches

    NEW YORK (AP) — A little after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Rafael Nadal settled in at a table in the U.S. Open players' cafeteria and sprinkled some salt on his lunch of salmon and rice.

    The day's work for the defending champion was complete, consisting of a 1½-hour practice session indoors at Flushing Meadows instead of his scheduled fourth-round match outdoors, because steady rain washed out all of Tuesday's action.

    Sitting a couple of seats away, Toni Nadal — Rafael's uncle and coach — laughed at a question about the scary scene during a post-match news conference over the weekend, when his nephew grimaced and called for a trainer's help for right leg cramps, then slid out of his chair to the floor.

  • Williams wins in two sets to advance Monday

    NEW YORK (AP) — They are two different players and, at times, it looks as if they’re playing two different games.
    There’s the Serena Williams style, filled with intimidation and huge shots. And there’s the way Caroline Wozniacki does it, with great hustle and even better conditioning.
    Both players made it through the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday and stayed on a path that could collide in the semifinals — Williams with a big-serving 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 Ana Ivanovic and Wozniacki with a 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 win over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 3 hours, 2 minutes.