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  • Baseball: Cain beats Phils 3-0 as Giants take 2-1 NLCS lead

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain has endured years of little or no run support. He has been San Francisco's second star pitcher behind Tim Lincecum. Cain blew it earlier this month against San Diego when the Giants took their first shot at clinching the NL West.

    So, what a day for the outing of his life, and his first career victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in six tries.

  • Baseball: Rangers win, take commanding ALCS lead

    NEW YORK (AP) — They have wandered on baseball's outskirts for a half-century, unwanted in Washington, trounced with regularity in Texas.

    Now those Texas Rangers, in the 50th season of the team's existence, are just one win from reaching the World Series for the very first time.

  • Football: Titans beat Jaguars 30-3 in battle of backup QBs

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kerry Collins has been a starter and a backup, on the field and on the sideline, in the huddle and on the headset.

    At 37 years old, he knows his role these days.

    "I'm a short-term fill-in," Collins said.

    A good one, nonetheless.

  • Lee fans 13 as Rangers take 2-1 ALCS lead on Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pitching in the postseason is supposed to be stressful. Cliff Lee is making this all look so easy.

    The ace of October overpowered the New York Yankees again, striking out 13 and sending the Texas Rangers to an 8-0 victory Monday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL championship series.

  • Oklahoma, Oregon ahead of Boise St in BCS

    The first BCS standings are out and Boise State is already chasing a couple of teams from the power conferences.

    Oklahoma was first and Oregon was second Sunday, with Boise State in third place and in need of plenty of help to become the first team from a conference without an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid to play for the BCS title.

    Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS standings at collegebcs.com, said despite a better early season showing in the polls than ever before, Boise State is a long shot to play for the national championship.

  • Baseball: Yankees rally in eighth to top Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A chopper by Brett Gardner with a headfirst slide into first base, and the New York Yankees were rallying again.

    "I stepped on his hand. So he was safe," Texas Rangers starter C.J. Wilson said.

    Gardner's infield single leading off the eighth inning ignited a five-run outburst against Wilson and four Texas relievers to push the Yankees to a 6-5 victory in Game 1 of the AL championship series Friday night.

    "All starts with a hustle play," manager Joe Girardi said.

  • Football: Will allegations sack Favre's marketability?

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Over 20 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Brett Favre has taken plenty of hits on the field.

    Now his reputation is taking a hit, too.

    The NFL is investigating the Deadspin website report that he allegedly sent below-the-waist naked photos of himself to a woman who worked for the New York Jets when he played for the team two years ago.

  • Baseball: Why worry about Lee? Yankees dwelling on Wilson

    NEW YORK (AP) — First things first for the Yankees. Why worry about Cliff Lee when you can fret over the Texas Rangers' opening pitcher?

    "Let's think about C.J. Wilson first," catcher Jorge Posada said Wednesday. "We've go to concentrate on Game 1. We can't go ahead and think about Game 3."

  • Hockey: Ex-Oilers owner to be sentenced in CA perjury case

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington is expected to be given probation by a Southern California judge on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to a federal perjury charge.

    Prosecutors have recommended that Pocklington, 68, should be sentenced to two years of probation, including six months of home detention with electronic monitoring, and 100 hours of community service.

  • Baseball: Gonzalez taking over Braves' helm

    ATLANTA (AP) — Less than 48 hours after Bobby Cox wrapped up his managing career, the Atlanta Braves introduced former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez as his replacement.

    The announcement Wednesday was widely expected since Gonzalez was fired in June by the Marlins. Cox had said more than a year ago this would be his final season, and his two-decade-long tenure ended with a loss to San Francisco in the NL division series Monday night.