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  • Baseball: Giants rough up Lee for 11-7 win in Series opener

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All season, the San Francisco Giants counted on power arms to overcome a lack of pop at the plate.

    A whole different team showed up in the World Series opener.

    Freddy Sanchez hit three doubles, Juan Uribe launched a game-breaking, three-run homer and the Giants more than made up for Tim Lincecum's troubles, battering the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 Wednesday night.

    Even more surprising, the Giants whacked Cliff Lee.

  • Basketball: James' 31 not enough to top Celtics

    BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat were showered with chants of "overrated!" They sure looked that way in their debut as a team formed to win a championship.

    The old Big Three of the Boston Celtics, playing under the franchise's 17 title banners, beat the new Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh 88-80 on Tuesday night.

  • Baseball: Lee vs. Lincecum is marquee matchup for Series opener

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cliff Lee marvels at Tim Lincecum's motion. So much torque, so much power. So darn unusual.

    "The way he does it, no one else does it that way. I like that," Lee said Tuesday, a day before the Texas Rangers ace pitches against the San Francisco Giants star in Game 1 of the World Series.

  • Football: Top six college coaches in trouble

    Before the calendar even flipped to November, two coaches had been fired. Minnesota is already looking for a replacement for Tim Brewster and North Texas is in search of someone to follow Todd Dodge.

    Both were in precarious positions and both managed one victory the first half of the season.

  • Football: Romo breaks collarbone, Giants beat Cowboys 41-35

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo threw the pass, then didn't have a chance. Linebacker Michael Boley was coming right at him, unblocked and going full speed.

    The hit was so hard that when Romo landed on his left shoulder, Boley heard him "let out a little scream." All Romo remembers was how much trouble he had breathing.

  • College football: How the AP Top 25 fared

    No. 1 Oregon (7-0) beat UCLA 60-13, Thursday. Next: at Southern Cal, Saturday, Oct. 30.

    No. 2 Boise State (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. Louisiana Tech, Tuesday, Oct. 26.

    No. 3 Oklahoma (6-1) lost to No. 18 Missouri 36-27. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

    No. 4 TCU (8-0) beat Air Force 38-7. Next: at UNLV, Saturday.

    No. 5 Auburn (8-0) beat No. 6 LSU 24-17. Next: at Mississippi, Saturday.

    No. 6 LSU (7-1) lost to No. 5 Auburn 24-17. Next: vs. No. 7 Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 6.

  • 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.