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  • Baseball: Pettitte leads Yanks to 2-0 lead on Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Pettitte missed two months with a groin injury this summer and was still trying to find his strength and his form in late September.

    Lance Berkman hit only one homer for the New York Yankees after coming over in a deadline-day trade during the worst season of his powerful career.

    This is October, though, when the Yankees usually bring out their best.

  • Baseball: Lee outduels Price as Rangers beat Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cliff Lee savored another playoff victory, saying winning is the only way to really evaluate how he performs.

    "That's the bottom line, regardless how that happens," the Texas Rangers ace said after beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Wednesday in the opening game of the AL playoffs. "If we get a win, it was a good performance."

  • Baseball: Teixeira's homer pushes Yanks past Twins in Game 1

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Yankees became Major League Baseball's flagship franchise almost as much for the glamorous image they project as for the 27 titles in their trophy case.

    From Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, Joltin' Joe to A-Rod, the Yankees have almost always been the bluebloods of baseball.

  • Baseball: Halladay's no-hitter puts him in elite company

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Halladay finished his warmup tosses and stood on the mound, waiting for a commercial to finish so he could resume working on his masterpiece.

    Nothing could deter Halladay in his postseason debut. Not the long television breaks. Not the rain in the early innings. Not the best-hitting team in the NL.

  • Soccer: Liverpool board agrees on sale to Red Sox owners

    LONDON (AP) — Liverpool's board agreed to sell the debt-riddled Premier League club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, but may have to take legal action to force out the existing American owners.

    Current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. have already said they will resist the bid from New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Red Sox, and a separate bid from Asia.

  • Football: Roethlisberger looks sharp in 1st practice

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ten seconds were all Ben Roethlisberger needed to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers he wasn't affected by his month away from the NFL.

    On the first pass he threw Tuesday in his first post-suspension practice, Roethlisberger found fast wide receiver Mike Wallace far downfield for an over-the-shoulder catch of a perfectly thrown football.

    Right about then, his teammates probably were thinking the same thing: Ben is back.

  • Basketball: Source says Pistons to sell to Mike Ilitch

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have decided to sell the team to Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, a person involved with the process said Tuesday.

    The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of a confidentiality agreement, said both sides were negotiating financial terms.

  • Football: Pats' special teams run wild vs. Dolphins Monday

    MIAMI (AP) — When the New England Patriots scored the last in a series of quick-strike touchdowns, stoic Bill Belichick allowed himself a slight smile and traded high-fives along a jubilant sideline.

    Tom Brady and Randy Moss joined in the celebration as spectators, too. The offense watched while the Patriots' special teams and defense came up with one big play after another to beat the Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night.

  • Baseball: Reds clinch first playoff spot in 15 years

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce raised both index fingers as he rounded first base and took the final steps toward a long-awaited championship. Jubilant Reds teammates streamed toward the plate while fireworks went off overhead.

    Fifteen years of futility had just ended with Bruce's dramatic swing.

  • Golf: Woods says he's ready for Ryder Cup challenge

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — The Ryder Cup is getting personal for Tiger Woods.

    Interrupting an otherwise dull press conference Tuesday, Woods fired back at a comment Rory McIlroy made six weeks ago that "I would love to face" the world's No. 1 player in the Ryder Cup unless his game rapidly improved.