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  • Tampa Bay keeps Colts winless

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Call it ugly. Call it sloppy. Call it anything you want.
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t care. Close games, rallies, penalty-filled performances, as long as they end with celebrations, the Bucs will take them all.
    Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a score, and the Buccaneers rallied to beat the winless Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.
    Freeman picked up the tough yards, Blount had the highlight play and the defense ended the night with four sacks. Together, they helped the Buccaneers win their third consecutive game.

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Scores

     

    No. 1 LSU (5-0) beat Kentucky 35-7. Next: vs. No. 12 Florida, Saturday.

    No. 2 Oklahoma (4-0) beat Ball State 62-6. Next: vs. No. 17 Texas at Dallas, Saturday.

    No. 3 Alabama (5-0) beat No. 12 Florida 38-10. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday.

    No. 4 Boise State (4-0) beat Nevada 30-10. Next: at Fresno State, Friday.

    No. 5 Oklahoma State (4-0) did not play. Next: vs. Kansas, Saturday.

    No. 6 Stanford (4-0) beat UCLA 45-19. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

    No. 7 Wisconsin (5-0) beat No. 8 Nebraska 48-17. Next: vs. Indiana, Saturday, Oct. 15.

    No. 8 Nebraska (4-1) lost to No. 7 Wisconsin 48-17. Next: vs. Ohio State, Saturday.

  • Rays, Cards win playoff spots in frenzied finish

    Pretty neat way to warm up for the playoffs, huh?

    A benchwarmer hitting .108 saves Tampa Bay. A $142 million star lets it slip away for Boston. A rookie closer falters in Atlanta. An ace delivers for St. Louis.

    Wild-card Wednesday lived up to its billing, and then some. Fans needed three TVs, and maybe a few cups of joe to see how it all turned out for Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi and Chipper Jones.

    "One of the greatest days in baseball history," New York Yankees star Mark Teixeira said.

  • Astros, Cardinals tied with 1 to play

    HOUSTON (AP) — After St. Louis was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in late August, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa thought his team would fall short of the postseason once again.
    Less than a month later, the Cardinals are tied with Atlanta for the NL wild-card lead.
    Pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot delivered a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading St. Louis to a 13-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
    The sliding Braves lost 7-1 to Philadelphia, sending the race for the NL’s final playoff spot to the last day of the regular season. If the teams are tied after Wednesday’s game, St. Louis will host a one-game playoff on Thursday night.

  • NFL Roundup: Rough day physically for QBs in Week 3

    Ouch!

    That's the kind of day it was for several NFL quarterbacks, most notably Michael Vick, who broke his right hand, and Mark Sanchez, who might have done the same to his nose.

    Adding more pain Sunday, both lost.

    So did Sam Bradford, who was sacked five times, and Matt Ryan, who went down four times.

    Vick started for Philadelphia despite suffering a concussion in last week's loss at Atlanta. He left the 29-16 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants with the broken hand in the fourth quarter after helping the Eagles overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead.

    It's uncertain how long Vick will be out.

  • How the AP Top 25 Fared; Saturday College Scores

    No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0) beat Missouri 38-28. Next: vs. Ball State, Saturday.

    No. 2 LSU (4-0) beat No. 16 West Virginia 47-21. Next: vs. Kentucky, Saturday.

    No. 3 Alabama (4-0) beat No. 14 Arkansas 38-14. Next: at No. 15 Florida, Saturday.

    No. 4 Boise State (3-0) beat Tulsa 41-21. Next: vs. Nevada, Saturday.

    No. 5 Stanford (3-0) did not play. Next: vs. UCLA, Saturday.

    No. 6 Wisconsin (4-0) beat South Dakota 59-10. Next: vs. No. 9 Nebraska, Saturday.

    No. 7 Oklahoma State (4-0) beat No. 8 Texas A&M 30-29. Next: vs. Kansas, Saturday, Oct. 8.

    No. 8 Texas A&M (2-1) lost to No. 7 Oklahoma State 30-29. Next: vs. No. 14 Arkansas, Saturday.

  • 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.