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  • Giants eliminate Phillies to win NL pennant

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — San Francisco's in for a treat. The Giants are heading to the World Series.

    Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL championship series.

    Surprise star Cody Ross and the pitching-rich Giants reached the World Series for the first time since 2002 and will host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Giants have never won the championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

  • All in: Rangers finally reach first World Series

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers did a victory lap, sharing the moment with their frenzied fans. They sprayed each other with ginger ale on the field to involve the AL championship series MVP in the celebration, and doused their manager with the contents of a water cooler.

    Fireworks and confetti filled the Texas sky. A flag proclaiming the Rangers as the AL champions was raised high above the ballpark, whipping in the wind alongside more than three dozen Lone Star state flags.

  • Baseball: Yankees stay alive with win

    NEW YORK (AP) — Texas has two more chances to reach the World Series for the first time.

    First, Colby Lewis gets a chance to win the pennant. If he can't finish the job, Cliff Lee would face the New York Yankees in Game 7.

    "There's no frustration or feeling like we didn't accomplish what we wanted to do," Rangers third baseman Michael Young said after Wednesday's 7-2 loss in Game 5. "We'll just go home and try to finish it off."

  • Baseball: Uribe's sac fly gives Giants 3-1 edge

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants keep showing that building a loaded, All-Star lineup isn't the only way to make a deep October run.

    The second-chance players and homegrown talent can pay big dividends this time of year, too.

    A club of castoffs and postseason newcomers is now just one win away from the World Series.

  • 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.