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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 SEE A DIFFERENT GAME VOLUME 2 ISSUE 59

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Michael Cuddyer’s two-run blast off of Rick Porcello was enough for the Twins.

Miami’s Chad Henne threw only 12 passes as a rookie last year.

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College Football
Top 25 No. 10 Boise State 51, Fresno State 34

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Backup QBs may get chance soon
The Panthers just signed new No. 2 A.J. Feeley, so it’ll be awhile before he’s considered to replace Jake Delhomme. But here are four other backups who should start warming up their arms: Kyle Boller, Rams Marc Bulger wasn’t successful shaking off the effects of his broken pinkie in a 28-0 loss at Seattle—and he’s also coming off two bad seasons. Boller knows St. Louis’ new offense as well as Bulger and may his shot soon. Todd Collins, Redskins In 2007, Collins had a memorable December, sparking Washington into the playoffs. If Jason Campbell keeps making critical mistakes, the team should consider the savvy 37-year-old. Chad Henne, Dolphins Miami might need to take an earlier-than-expected look at its quarterback of the future if Chad Pennington continues to struggle. Luke McCown, Jaguars He nearly won the Buccaneers’ starting job before being traded. Although David Garrard hasn’t performed well since the beginning of camp, McCown isn’t a potential replacement until he has a complete grasp of Jacksonville’s offense.

Baseball
American League Boston 3, Baltimore 1 Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 4 Kansas City 11, Chicago White Sox 0 Minnesota 3, Detroit 0 L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0 Oakland 2, Cleveland 1 Seattle 3, N.Y. Yankees 2 National League Pittsburgh 5, San Diego 1 Florida 4, Cincinnati 3 Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 5 Philadelphia 9, Atlanta 4 Milwaukee 3, Houston 2 St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Arizona 7, Colorado 5 San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 4

Easy as 1,2,3
BY DAVE CURTIS dcurtis@sportingnews.com

Top teams should roll in league openers, but subplots become greatest attractions

NHL
Preseason Results, schedule, Pages 34-35

WNBA
Playoffs Results, schedule, Page 37

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday brought a simple message to his Huskies. Yes, two of my assistants and I coached at USC last year. Yeah, you might hear about that this week. So deal with it. “We would be wrong to say this isn’t something different, or to not address it and ignore it” Sarkisian said. The nation’s top 3 teams kick off conference play today, and each of the meetings comes with a twist. Here’s a breakdown:

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Tim Tebow is going for the career sweep of the Vols.

Colt McCoy wants revenge for the Crabtree game.

Aaron Corp might start in place of Matt Barkley.

Tennessee at No. 1 Florida
3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sound the blowout alert in Gainesville. UT’s Lane Kiffin has called coach Urban Meyer and his Gators everything from cheaters to the greatest team of all-time. He might need a new label for them after today—his daddy. The Gators are four-touchdown favorites. “I’m surprised it’s not higher,” Kiffin said of the point spread. WEEK 3 PREVIEW: 12 pages inside
Matt Hayes’ predictions, Page 12

Texas Tech at No. 2 Texas
8 p.m. ET, ABC Horns coach Mack Brown insists his players haven’t forgotten the final-second, 39-33 loss at Tech that cost them a chance at last year’s national championship. Revenge? No word of it in Austin, he said. Red Raiders coach Mike Leach, meanwhile, figures his unranked, Michael Crabtree-less bunch will be a footnote in this year’s UT championship chase.

No. 3 USC at Washington
3:30 p.m. ET, ABC Look at the lineups, and this one should be a no-doubter for SC. But the Trojans come to Seattle on letdown alert after last weekend’s win at Ohio State. They’ve lost in this spot before (at Oregon State in ’08). And they might have to rely on QB Aaron Corp, who could make his first collegiate start for injured Matt Barkley, to hold the offense together.

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No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech
3:30 p.m., ABC
A decade ago, it’d be Nebraska—not its opponent—coming off a 444-yard rushing performance and talk of being too physically superior. But the 1990s are but a pleasant memory now in Lincoln, where fans hope today’s trip to Blacksburg, Va., will mark the beginning of a Huskers revival. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, is trying to rejoin the elite group of national title contenders after departing Atlanta with a Week 1 loss to Alabama.

— Derek Samson

No. 17 Cincinnati at Oregon State
6:45 p.m., FSN
This one isn’t getting the attention that Lane Kiffin’s first game against Florida is getting, but it will be the far better game to watch. Both programs feature powerful offenses and some great individual talents. Cincinnati has WR Mardy Gilyard, who had four touchdowns in a rout last week of Southeast Missouri State, and Oregon State has RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who has 269 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers’ first two games.

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Oudin’s success paying off
Melanie Oudin, the 17-year-old tennis phenom who captivated the nation with her performance at the U.S. Open, has signed on to endorse AirTran Airways, the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s J. Scott Trubey reported. Oudin, from suburban Marietta, Ga., will be featured in radio ads and billboards throughout Atlanta, where AirTran has its largest hub. Oudin joins a stable of Atlanta and national sports celebrity endorsers for the low-cost carrier, including IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Thrasher winger Ilya Kovalchuk and Colts QB Peyton Manning to name just a few.

Noon NBC—Dew Tour, Toyota Challenge, at Salt Lake City
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8 a.m. TGC—European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, third round, at Vienna, Austria 1:30 p.m. NBC—LPGA, Samsung World Championship, third round, at La Jolla, Calif. 3:30 p.m. TGC—Champions Tour, Greater Hickory Classic, second round, at Conover, N.C. 6:30 p.m. TGC—Nationwide Tour, Boise Open, third round, at Boise, Idaho (same-day tape)
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Melanie Oudin has other endorsement deals with Adidas and Wilson. The command office of the Bolzano Provincial Tax Police said Maradona handed over the pair of earrings, worth $5,900. Maradona played for Napoli from 1984 to 1991, helping the club win its only two Serie A championships, the UEFA Cup and the Italian Cup. The Italian news agency ANSA said his tax bill stands at more than $54 million.

DirecTV: No Versus
A DirecTV spokesman told The Salt Lake Tribune that it is “very, very doubtful” that a carriage agreement will be reached with Versus before today’s BYU-Florida State college football game on the net. DirecTV earlier this month removed Versus from its platform after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement. DirecTV subscribers missed last Saturday’s Texas-Wyoming game on Versus, and six more Mountain West Conference games are scheduled to be televised by the network this season.

— Roger Kuznia BASEBALL

Royals at White Sox
7 p.m., WGN
As Chicago continues its final homestand of the season, the South Side fans finally will have something to cheer about after a disappointing month of baseball. Trading deadline acquisition Jake Peavy will make his White Sox debut tonight. Because Peavy has spent his entire career in the National League, few Royals hitters have faced him. Those who haven’t shouldn’t ask first baseman Mike Jacobs for advice. Jacobs is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Peavy in his career.

— Chris Bahr

Noon ESPN—California at Minnesota ESPN2—East Carolina at North Carolina VERSUS—Duke at Kansas 3:30 p.m. ABC—Regional coverage, Nebraska at Virginia Tech, Arizona at Iowa, OR Southern Cal at Washington CBS—National coverage, Tennessee at Florida ESPN—Utah at Oregon ESPN2—Nebraska at Virginia Tech OR Arizona at Iowa FSN—Tulsa at Oklahoma NBC—Michigan St. at Notre Dame 6:45 p.m. FSN—Cincinnati at Oregon St. 7 p.m. VERSUS—Florida St. at BYU 7:45 p.m.

4 p.m. FOX—Regional coverage, Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, Detroit at Minnesota, or San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers 7 p.m. WGN—Kansas City at Chicago White Sox
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The Bills have signed a deal making Tim Hortons the official coffee of the team and Ralph Wilson Stadium, SportsBusiness Daily reported. Under the agreement, Tim Hortons will begin offering Bills-branded gift cards and producing Bills team-colored donuts on game days. Former Yankee Bernie Williams’ second album, Moving Forward, was nominated Thursday for the Latin Grammy Award’s “Best Instrumental Album,” The New York Times reported.

9 p.m. SPIKE—UFC, lightweights, Efrain Escudero (12-0-0) vs. Cole Miller (15-3-0); middleweights, Drew McFedries (8-5-0) vs. Tomasz Drwal (16-2-0), at Dallas
SOCCER

Maradona hands it over
Italian tax police took Argentina coach Diego Maradona’s earrings on Friday as part payment for his unpaid tax bill from when he played for Napoli in the 1980s.

7:30 a.m. ESPN2—Premier League, Burnley vs. Sunderland, at Burnley, England

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Four-star running back Coleman has eye on Northwest schools
Tyson Coleman sees himself as a Pac-10 guy. The junior running back lives in Lake Oswego, Ore., and already is in possession of three Pac-10 scholarship offers. Oregon, Washington and Oregon State have already extended scholarship offers, while USC, LSU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Boise State and Northwestern are showing him considerable attention. Coleman is rated an early four-star prospect in the class of 2011 by Scout. com. “They’re all even right now,” Coleman told Sporting News Today. “They’re all doing a great job of recruiting me. I do have more contact with Washington and Oregon. I’m not saying I like them more, but I do talk to them more. I’m a bit more comfortable and familiar with them.” Coleman, whose father Lionel Coleman played for California, said in a perfect world, he’d be done with his decision by this time next year. He doesn’t want the choice to drag deeply into his senior year. But then again, he won’t make a hasty decision, he added. He broke down his three scholarship offers. “Coach (Steve) Sarkisian has really turned things around at Washington,” Coleman said. “It’s a great environment, and the way they go about things is great. I like being in the city of Seattle, too. “With Oregon, I really like Chip Kelly. He’s a great coach, and down to Earth. Their whole staff and facilities and tradition are great. I haven’t really talked to Oregon State that much, but to play in front of most of my high school classmates would be pretty cool. A lot of them go there.” Coleman has a long time before he’ll sign a letter of intent—February 2011.
Warren Mott (Warren, Mich.) DE C.J. Olaniyan has chosen Penn State, Rivals.com reported. The 6-5, 230pound weakside defensive end claims to have never trimmed any college from his list before this week. He had scholarship offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Virginia Tech and UCLA. Olaniyan is a consensus four-star prospect. As a junior on defense, he finished with nine sacks, 14

TOP 25 RECRUITS
6-0/207, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Considering: North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Penn State, Auburn

1.

Marcus Lattimore, RB

8. 9.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DL

6-4/233, Plano West Senior (Plano, Texas)
Considering: USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Houston

6-5/245, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Committed to: USC

14. 15.

Xavier Grimble, TE

Jake Heaps, QB
COURTESY OF LAMARCUS JOYNER

5-10/183, Temple (Texas)
Considering: Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, USC

2. 3.

Lache Seastrunk, RB

Demarco Cobbs, WR

6-2/195, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Committed to: BYU

6-2/200 Tulsa Central (Tulsa, Okla.)
Committed to: Tennessee

Lamarcus Joyner 5-11/185, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Considering: Miami, Georgia, Michigan

Seantrel Henderson, OL

10. 11.

Trey Hopkins, OL

6-4/215, Lake Howell (Winter Park, Fla.)
Considering: Florida State, Alabama, Florida, USC

16. 17.

Christian Jones, LB

21.

Eduardo Clements, RB

6-8/301, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Considering: Florida, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Minnesota

6-4/260, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas)
Committed to: Texas

Chris Martin, DL

Malcolm Jones, RB/LB

6-4/222, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
Committed to: Notre Dame

22.

Lamarcus Joyner, DB

5-9/162, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Considering: Florida State, Ohio State, Florida

COURTESY OF TYSON COLEMAN

Tyson Coleman won’t sign a letter of intent before February 2011. tackles for loss and 85 tackles. On offense he caught 33 passes for 536 yards and three scores. “He visited a lot of places in the late winter and the spring, and Penn State was one of the places he felt most comfortable with,” his high school coach, Tom Milanov, told Rivals.com. “He really liked the coaching staff, the environment there, the graduation rates, the academic offerings, and the whole big picture. It really fit what he wanted.” Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) OL Daniel Munyer has committed to Colorado, Rivals.com reported. The 6-3, 270-pound offensive guard also reported scholarship offers from Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State and UNLV. He just received his offer from the Buffalos in the past week. — Brian McLaughlin

6-1/205, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Committed to: Florida

4. 5.

Matt Elam, DB

6-0/210, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Considering: Stanford, UCLA

18. 19.

Brennan Clay, RB

6-0/190, Scripps Ranch (San Diego)
Committed to: Oklahoma

23.

Devin Gardner, QB

Justin McCay, WR

6-4/200, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Committed to: Oklahoma

5-10/195, Little Rock Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.)
Considering: Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Notre Dame

12. 13.

Michael Dyer, RB

6-4/196, Inkster (Mich.)
Committed to: Michigan

Phillip Sims, QB

6-2/215, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
Committed to: Alabama

24. 25.

Jamel Turner, DE

6-2/205, Ursuline (Youngstown, Ohio)
Committed to: Ohio State

6-1/200, Skyline (Dallas)
Committed to: Texas A&M

6. 7.

Corey Nelson, LB

Zack McCray, DL

6-4/235, Brookville (Lynchburg, Va.)
Committed to: Virginia Tech

20.

Erik Kohler, OL

Blake Bell, QB

6-5/265, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)

6-6/215, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)
Committed to: Oklahoma

Gabe King, DL/LB

Committed to: Washington

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6-5/260, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
Considering: Alabama, California, Oregon, Tennessee

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BASEBALL / NATIONAL LEAGUE
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San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 4

Giants keeping N.L. races interesting
LOS ANGELES—The San Francisco Giants just keep hanging around, figuring it’s not too late to salvage the N.L. West wild card race. Eugenio Velez and Pablo Sandoval homered and pinch-hitter Fred Lewis doubled home the go-ahead run, sending the Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 Friday night for their fourth win in five games. The Giants’ 80th victory—their most since winning 91 in 2004—moved them 2½ games behind Colorado in the wild card race. The Rockies lost 7-5 at Arizona and still trail the first-place Dodgers by five games in the division. “No one wants to give in,” reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. “When you’re this close in the pennant race, whatever team gets hot usually gets it.” The Giants lost two of three at home to the Dodgers last weekend, and San Francisco hasn’t forgotten. “This was a big game for us as a pitching staff,” Affeldt said. “You can’t take them too lightly. To win this first game is big.” Lewis doubled over left fielder Manny Ramirez’s head with two outs in the sixth, scoring Travis Ishikawa, who doubled to right center and took third on a strikeout and fielder’s choice when Aaron Rowand was thrown out at first by catcher Russell Martin. “I saw a fastball that was real close. He tried to run back with the same pitch and it hung over the plate,” said Lewis, who thought Ramirez had a shot at making the catch. “I’m going to have to take him out to dinner. I’m thankful he didn’t catch it.”
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Arizona 7, Colorado 5

Rockies fizzle after solid start
PHOENIX—Leading the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks by three runs in the third inning, the Colorado Rockies looked as if they would solidify their hold on the N.L. wild card lead. “And then nothing,” Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. “That was the end of the road.” Gerardo Parra doubled in the go-ahead runs, and Brandon Allen and Ryan Roberts homered as the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Rockies 7-5 Friday night, sending the N.L. wild card leaders to their fifth loss in six games. Colorado’s wild card lead fell to 2½ games over San Francisco when the Giants later beat the Dodgers. Arizona has been out of contention for months, but the Diamondbacks didn’t lay down after the Rockies jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run shot in the third—the third straight game he’s homered. Arizona chipped away, and with the score tied at 4 and two outs in the seventh, Parra hit a deep fly down the right field line. After a long run, Brad Hawpe gloved the ball but dropped it before running into the fence, allowing two runs to score. After Arizona starter Kevin Mulvey gave up four runs in four innings, Arizona’s bullpen shut down the Rockies, retiring 12 men in a row at one point. — The Associated Press

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 5 Colorado AB R H BI C.Gonzalez cf 4 1 1 0 S.Smith lf 4 1 1 0 Helton 1b 4 0 0 0 Tulowitzki ss 3 2 1 2 Hawpe rf 1 1 0 0 Torrealba c 4 0 2 2 Stewart 3b 4 0 1 1 1-Fowler pr 0 0 0 0 Barmes 2b 3 0 0 0 e-Giambi ph 1 0 0 0 Marquis p 2 0 0 0 c-E.Young ph 1 0 0 0 R.Flores p 0 0 0 0 Daley p 0 0 0 0 Belisle p 0 0 0 0 f-G.Atkins ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 32 5 6 5 Arizona C.Young cf S.Drew ss J.Upton rf Montero c Reynolds 3b G.Parra lf R.Roberts 2b Allen 1b Mulvey p a-Oeltjen ph Schlereth p b-C.Tracy ph L.Rosales p Schoeneweis p d-Byrnes ph J.Gutierrez p Totals Colorado Arizona AB 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 29 R 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 H 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 BI 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

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Eugenio Velez, left, got the Giants on the board in a hurry with a solo home run in the first inning. Velez doubled home Lewis as the ball again went over Ramirez’s head, giving the Giants a 6-4 lead. Velez homered to lead off the game. “Their leadoff guy starting the game got to a 3-2 count, we just kept challenging him and he finally got a ball that he could handle,” Martin said. San Francisco extended its lead to 4-1 in the third on Sandoval’s three-run homer off the first pitch from Vicente Padilla after singles by Velez and Freddy Sanchez. — The Associated Press

a-flied out for V.Padilla in the 5th. b-doubled for Howry in the 6th. c-popped out for Belisario in the 7th. d-struck out for O.Hudson in the 8th. e-walked for Affeldt in the 9th. f-grounded out for Mota in the 9th. E: O.Hudson (8), Ethier (5). LOB: San Francisco 9, Los Angeles 7. 2B: Velez (12), Ishikawa (10), F.Lewis (21), M.Ramirez (22). HR: Velez (5), off V.Padilla; Sandoval (22), off V.Padilla; Rowand (15), off Billingsley; M.Ramirez (19), off J.Sanchez; Furcal (8), off J.Sanchez. RBIs: Velez 2 (27), Sandoval 3 (80), Uribe (47), Rowand (62), F.Lewis (18), Furcal (40), M.Ramirez 3 (59). SB: Velez (8), Schierholtz (3), Kemp (34). Runners left in scoring position: San Francisco 6 (B.Molina, Rowand 3, F.Sanchez, Velez); Los Angeles 4 (Kemp, O.Hudson, Ethier, Thome). DP: San Francisco 2 (Sandoval, F.Sanchez, Ishikawa), (Uribe, Ishikawa); Los Angeles 2 (Blake, O.Hudson, Loney), (Blake, O.Hudson, Loney). San Francisco J.Sanchez Howry W, 2-6 Medders H, 7 Runzler H, 1 Romo H, 10 Affeldt H, 31 Br.Wilson Los Angeles V.Padilla Troncoso L, 4-4 Belisario Billingsley Mota IP 4 1⁄3 2⁄3 2⁄3 2⁄3 1 2⁄3 1 IP 5 2⁄3 1 1⁄3 1 2⁄3 1⁄3 H 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 H 8 3 0 4 0 R ER BB SO 4 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 R ER BB SO 4 4 1 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 NP ERA 74 4.29 5 3.39 17 3.23 18 0.00 18 4.15 10 1.78 12 2.65 NP ERA 90 2.96 15 2.75 12 1.92 47 4.05 2 3.32

a-struck out for Mulvey in the 4th. b-walked for Schlereth in the 6th. c-popped out for Marquis in the 7th. d-fouled out for Schoeneweis in the 8th. e-struck out for Barmes in the 9th. f-struck out for Belisle in the 9th. 1-ran for Stewart in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 5, Arizona 6. 2B: C.Gonzalez (11), J.Upton (29), Montero (30), G.Parra (18). HR: Tulowitzki (28), off Mulvey; Allen (4), off Marquis; R.Roberts (7), off Belisle. RBIs: Tulowitzki 2 (80), Torrealba 2 (24), Stewart (67), Montero (54), G.Parra 2 (56), R.Roberts 2 (24), Allen 2 (12). CS: C.Gonzalez (3), G.Parra (6). S: J.Upton. SF: Montero. Runners left in scoring position: Colorado 2 (Stewart, C.Gonzalez); Arizona 4 (Reynolds, Montero, C.Young 2). GIDP: G.Parra. DP: Colorado 1 (Helton, Tulowitzki, Marquis). Colorado Marquis R.Flores L, 0-1 Daley Belisle Arizona Mulvey Schlereth L.Rosales W, 2-1 Schoeneweis H, 6 J.Gutierrez S, 6-7 IP 6 0 1 1 IP 4 2 1 1 1 H 6 1 1 1 H 4 0 0 0 2 R ER BB SO NP ERA 4 4 5 7 104 3.84 1 1 0 0 4 6.30 1 1 1 2 23 3.86 1 1 0 2 26 6.57 R ER BB SO NP ERA 4 4 4 5 83 9.00 0 0 0 2 16 7.53 0 0 0 1 11 4.85 0 0 0 0 11 7.15 1 1 1 2 26 3.95

National League wild card standings
Colorado San Francisco Florida Atlanta Chicago W 83 80 79 78 75 L 65 67 69 69 71 Pct. .561 .544 .534 .531 .514 GB — 2½ 4 4½ 7

Inherited runners-scored: Runzler 1-0, Romo 2-0, Affeldt 2-0, Belisario 1-0, Mota 3-0. HBP: by J.Sanchez (Ethier). Umpires: Home, Jeff Nelson; First, Bob Davidson; Second, James Hoye; Third, Tim Tschida. T: 3:38. A: 53,679 (56,000).

R.Flores pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored: Daley 1-1. Umpires: Home, Lance Barksdale; First, Marvin Hudson; Second, Angel Hernandez; Third, Randy Marsh. T: 2:59. A: 34,231 (48,652).

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Seattle 3, N.Y. Yankees 2

Oakland 2, Cleveland 1

Ichiro’s homer sets off another celebration
Mariners 3, Yankees 2 New York AB R Jeter ss 4 1 Damon lf 4 1 Gardner cf 0 0 Teixeira 1b 3 0 A.Rodriguez 3b 3 0 H.Matsui dh 4 0 Swisher rf 4 0 Cano 2b 4 0 Me.Cabrera cf-lf 2 0 J.Molina c 3 0 Totals 31 2 Seattle I.Suzuki rf F.Gutierrez cf Jo.Lopez 2b Griffey Jr. dh Beltre 3b Hall lf Hannahan 1b Ro.Johnson c a-Carp ph Jo.Wilson ss b-M.Sweeney ph 1-M.Saunders pr Totals New York Seattle AB 5 4 4 2 4 4 4 1 1 3 1 0 33 R 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 H 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 8 H 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 BI 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 BI 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 BB 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 SO 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 SO 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 1 0 0 9 Avg. .329 .286 .280 .285 .287 .279 .256 .319 .276 .233 Avg. .357 .277 .270 .215 .260 .239 .214 .216 .270 .241 .277 .208 2 8 0 3 9 0

Anderson fans 10 for 10th
OAKLAND—Brett Anderson felt his slider was dominant Friday night but it was the Oakland righthander’s slow curve that did most of the damage. Anderson pitched six shutout innings and had a career-high 10 strikeouts, moving him within three of the most-ever by an Athletics rookie, as Oakland stayed hot with a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. “Brett just keeps getting better in the second half,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “Now he really has no real weakness as a pitcher. He can do whatever he wants with a baseball. Brett’s been very consistent the last month or two.” Anderson (10-10) allowed only two singles and a pair of doubles and didn’t allow a runner past second base while winning his third straight start. The righthander only ran into trouble once, in the sixth when he gave up a one-out double Michael Brantley and walked Shin-Soo Choo with two outs but Anderson got Jhonny Peralta to strike out looking to end the threat. That was his 10th strikeout, surpassing his previous careerhigh of nine set on July 6 at Boston. “Getting comfortable and sticking to one side of the rubber and telling myself I’m going to at least show that I’m going to throw to both sides of the plate, that’s probably been the biggest thing,” Anderson said. — The Associated Press
Athletics 2, Indians 1 Cleveland AB R Brantley cf 4 0 J.Carroll 2b 4 0 Choo rf 3 1 Jh.Peralta 3b 4 0 LaPorta 1b 4 0 Shoppach dh 4 0 Marson c 3 0 Crowe lf 3 0 N.Romero ss 2 0 a-A.Cabrera ph 1 0 Valbuena ss 0 0 Totals 32 1 Oakland R.Davis cf K.Suzuki c Hairston lf Garciaparra dh Crosby 3b M.Ellis 2b D.Barton 1b Carson rf Pennington ss Totals Cleveland Oakland AB 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 29 R 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 H 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 H 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 BI 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 BI 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 BB 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 BB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SO 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 15 SO 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 6 Avg. .328 .285 .302 .268 .255 .218 .250 .221 .125 .306 .235 Avg. .317 .268 .232 .274 .222 .274 .232 .000 .284 1 6 0 2 7 0

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Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki is greeted at the plate by teammates after his third game-winning HR of the season. SEATTLE—This time, there was no where for Ichiro Suzuki to run and hide. A day after scurrying away from his Seattle teammates in the outfield following a game-winning hit, Suzuki had no choice but to face the mob waiting at home plate. The pounding was worth it. Facing dominating New York closer Mariano Rivera, the Mariners All-Star outfielder lined a two-out, two-run homer into the right field seats to give the Mariners a stunning 3-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night. After pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney kept the ninth alive with a two-out double off Rivera, Suzuki came through with the third game-winning homer this season for the Mariners. He jumped on the first pitch from Rivera (3-3) and set off the shocking celebration. “Today there was no where to escape. I got beat up a little bit,” Suzuki said through his interpreter. The finish was so sudden since Rivera had been so dominant over the last few months. It was only the second time since June that Rivera has allowed a run, and just his second blown save of the year, having converted 36 straight. His previous blown save was April 24 when Boston’s Jason Bay tagged him for a two-run homer. The ninth started in typical Rivera fashion. He overpowered Jack Hannahan and Mike Carp for his 999th and 1,000th career strikeouts. Then came Sweeney, who got a cutter that was left over the plate

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and sliced it into right-center field over the head of Nick Swisher. Before anyone had time to notice a pinch-runner in Sweeney’s place, Suzuki was trotting around the bases after his 10th homer of the season. “The ball didn’t go where it was supposed to,” Rivera said. “It is different with Ichiro. He can do a lot of things. Definitely if you make a mistake, he is going to hurt you.” Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi said even with first base open, the idea of walking Suzuki was pushed aside because of Suzuki’s excellent speed. “It just shows he’s human. ... We thought we’d go after him and (Mariano) done a pretty good job of that,” Girardi said. — The Associated Press

Two outs when winning run scored. a-struck out for Ro.Johnson in the 9th. b-doubled for Jo.Wilson in the 9th. 1-ran for M.Sweeney in the 9th. LOB: New York 5, Seattle 8. 2B: Damon 2 (33), Swisher (33), F.Gutierrez (20), Hall (7), M.Sweeney (15). HR: I.Suzuki (10), off Ma.Rivera. RBIs: Teixeira (113), A.Rodriguez (85), I.Suzuki 2 (43), Jo.Lopez (90). CS: I.Suzuki (9). SF: Teixeira, A.Rodriguez. Runners left in scoring position: New York 2 (H.Matsui, J.Molina); Seattle 3 (Beltre, Hall, Ro.Johnson). GIDP: Me.Cabrera, J.Molina. DP: Seattle 2 (Jo.Lopez, Jo.Wilson, Hannahan), (Jo.Wilson, Jo.Lopez, Hannahan). New York IP A.Burnett 7 P.Hughes H, 17 1 Rivera L, 3-3 BS, 2-42 2⁄3 Seattle IP F.Hernandez W, 16-5 9 H 7 0 2 H 8 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 3 6 104 4.22 0 0 0 1 16 3.10 2 2 0 2 14 1.94 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 1 1 3 104 2.45

a-flied out for N.Romero in the 8th. LOB: Cleveland 5, Oakland 5. 2B: Brantley (2), LaPorta (10), Shoppach (14), Garciaparra (8). RBIs: LaPorta (18), Garciaparra (16), M.Ellis (54). SB: R.Davis (40), Garciaparra (2). CS: Brantley (4). Runners left in scoring position: Cleveland 3 (Crowe, Jh.Peralta, Shoppach); Oakland 2 (Crosby, D.Barton). DP: Cleveland 1 (N.Romero, J.Carroll, LaPorta). Cleveland D.Huff L, 10-8 Todd C.Perez Oakland Anderson W, 10-10 Gray H, 1 Breslow H, 14 Ziegler S, 7-10 IP 6 1 1 IP 6 1 1 1 H 7 0 0 H 4 0 0 2 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 2 2 3 103 5.98 0 0 0 2 13 9.77 0 0 0 1 13 4.00 R ER BB SO NP ERA 0 0 1 10 89 4.21 0 0 0 3 14 1.77 0 0 0 0 11 3.53 1 1 0 2 22 3.05

Umpires: Home, C.B. Bucknor; First, Mike Everitt; Second, Angel Campos; Third, Gerry Davis. T: 2:25. A: 22,893 (35,067).

HBP: by A.Burnett (Ro.Johnson). WP: F.Hernandez. PB: Ro.Johnson. Umpires: Home, Eric Cooper; First, Mike Reilly; Second, Chuck Meriwether; Third, Laz Diaz. T: 2:32. A: 28,935 (47,878).

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TODAY’S TV GAMES
Noon
*Temple at No. 5 Penn State, Big Ten Network
Announcers: Ari Wolfe, Anthony Herron and Kenny Jackson

PRESS ROW

Mizzou team to beat in Big 12 North
Former Nebraska WR Matt Davison is best known by college football fans as the guy who miraculously caught the kicked ball against Missouri in 1997, preserving what turned out to be an undefeated season and the team’s last national title to date. Now he’s an analyst for Nebraska football on the Husker Sports Network. Davison breaks down today’s big NebraskaVirginia Tech game.

Game to watch
No. 23 Georgia at Arkansas
7:45 p.m., ESPN Tonight will be Ryan Mallett’s first true test since transferring to Arkansas from Michigan. His Razorbacks career opened with an impressive 17 of 22, 309-yard performance against Missouri State. Granted, it was a Division I-AA opponent, but other SEC schools have faced inferior opponents, too, and Mallett currently is on top: PLAYER, SCHOOL Ryan Mallett, Arkansas Greg McElroy, Alabama Stephen Garcia, South Carolina Mike Hartline, Kentucky Chris Todd, Auburn Tim Tebow, Florida Joe Cox, Georgia Jevan Snead, Ole Miss Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee Jordan Jefferson, LSU YDS PER GAME 309 235.5 230.5 222 220.5 212.5 181.5 175 163 155

No. 8 California at Minnesota, ESPN
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman and Bob Griese

Duke at No. 22 Kansas, Versus
Announcers: Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson

East Carolina at No. 24 North Carolina, ESPN2
Announcers: Pam Ward and Ray Bentley

*Eastern Michigan at No. 25 Michigan, Big Ten Network
Announcers: Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson

Ball State at Army, CBS College Sports
Announcers: Dave Ryan and Jason Sehorn

Louisville at Kentucky, ESPNU
Announcers: Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante

*Northern Illinois at Purdue, Big Ten Network
Announcers: Craig Coshun, Rod Woodson and Larra Overton

*Wofford at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network
Announcers: Matt Devlin, Glen Mason and Jay Wilson

3:30 p.m.
Tennessee at No. 1 Florida, CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson

How much better is the Nebraska defense under Bo Pelini than it was two years ago? Knowing where to line up and what to do on each play is a big difference from two years ago. Players are more aggressive, flying to the ball, reacting instinctually rather than thinking about “scheme.” To contain Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor, Nebraska must … Tackle well in space. This means taking great angles to get to the play, and then packing a punch once they get there. Easier said than done, Taylor is one of the most athletic QBs in the nation. True or false: Nebraska is the team to beat in the Big 12 North. False, Missouri is the team to beat. They’ve won the North two years in a row and Nebraska travels to Columbia this year, where (it hasn’t) won since 2001. The Tigers have bragging rights until Nebraska takes it away from them. The last time I got recognized as the guy who caught the kicked ball vs. Missouri was … every single day when I’m in Nebraska. — Roger Kuznia

*No. 3 USC at Washington, ABC
Announcers: Terry Gannon, David Norrie and Quint Kessinich

Tulsa at No. 12 Oklahoma, FSN
Announcers: Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox

6:45 p.m.
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*No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech, ABC
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe

No. 17 Cincinnati at Oregon State, FSN
Announcers: Steve Physioc, Mike Pawlawski and Rebecca Haarlow

Ryan Mallett is tops in the country with a 210.25 rating passer rating.

No. 18 Utah at Oregon, ESPN
Announcers: Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham

7 p.m.
Florida State at No. 7 BYU, Versus
Announcers: Joe Beninati, Glenn Parker and Lindy Thackston

7:45 p.m.
No. 23 Georgia at Arkansas, ESPN
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews

10:15 p.m.
Kansas State at UCLA, FSN
Announcers: Barry Tompkins, Petros Padadakis and Michael Eaves

*Arizona at Iowa, ABC
Announcers: Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox

Michigan State at Notre Dame, NBC
Announcers: Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and Alex Flanagan

Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 9 LSU, ESPNU
Announcers: Eric Collins and Brock Huard

West Virginia at Auburn, ESPN2
Announcers: Mark Jones and Bob Davie

11 p.m.
Hawaii at UNLV, CBS College Sports
Announcers: James Bates, Todd Christensen and Toby Christensen

Indiana at Akron, ESPNU
Announcers: Todd Harris and Charles Arbuckle

7:30 p.m.
Air Force at New Mexico, CBS College Sports
Announcers: Tom Hart and Aaron Taylor

8 p.m.
Texas Tech at No. 2 Texas, ABC
Announcers: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters

Virginia at Southern Miss, CBS College Sports
Announcers: Jason Knapp and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2009

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WHAT WE LEARNED
King Karl
Karl Benson, the always entertaining WAC commissioner, spoke with Sporting News Today on Friday about an abundance of topics, including the BCS and the Mountain West. He doesn’t sound like a big fan of either one. Benson said he likes Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, appreciates the times they’ve collaborated and described the WAC’s feelings toward the MWC “a healthy rivalry.” He also noted that Thompson’s solo crusade against the BCS this offseason was the wrong approach when taking on a giant, calling it “disappointing.” “The WAC would have joined their efforts,” Benson said. “When we go down the road, I hope the Mountain West recognizes the WAC can add value to the governmental piece of it.” Benson prefaced roughly a halfdozen comments with “Now Mountain West fans won’t like to hear me say this, but…” As for his own league, Benson feels confident Boise State will emerge to earn an at-large bid for a BCS bowl (Boise likely will be battling—you guessed it—the Mountain West champion for that spot). And Benson praised Boise’s ability to rise so quickly after joining the WAC in 2001. He said the Broncos’ domination of the WAC exceeds anything done by BYU (yep, now of the Mountain West) in previous decades. “And I know BYU fans don’t like to hear that,” Benson said. For the full Q&A with Benson, check out Tuesday’s Sporting News Today. Jefferson poked the ball loose just before Avery scored. With the ball rolling toward the back of the end zone for an apparent touchback and Boise State turnover, Young made a diving recovery before sliding out of bounds for the score that made it 34-24. Avery then answered a Fresno State score with the long screen pass that restored a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter. — The Associated Press
Boise St. Fresno St. 10 0 14 10 17 10 17 7 — — 51 34

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No. 10 Boise State 51, Fresno State 34

Young’s fumble-recovery TD is Boise’s key play
FRESNO, CALIF.—Jeremy Avery and Titus Young made sure Boise State had the answers to every big play Fresno State delivered. Avery had three plays of longer than 60 yards and Young scored two touchdowns, providing just some of the many highlight-reel plays in the 10th-ranked Broncos’ 51-34 victory Friday night. Avery scored on a 67-yard swing pass to break the game open in the fourth quarter and Young provided perhaps the biggest play of all, diving on Avery’s fumble in the end zone to complete a 75-yard score as Boise State (3-0, 1-0) won for the 57th time in its past 59 Western Athletic Conference games. Few were as entertaining as this one. The Broncos broke out to a 24-3 lead then had to scramble to win and keep alive its hopes for making it back to a Bowl Championship Series game. “We knew we had to answer back as an offense,” said Avery, who gained 269 yards from scrimmage. “We didn’t let it get to us. We knew we had a high-powered offense and could do the same thing. We gathered our troops and we all clicked. When we all clicked there was no stopping us.” Fresno State (1-2, 0-1) got three touchdown runs of at least 60 yards from Ryan Mathews but again fell short against a ranked team, losing for the 10th straight time against teams in the Top 25. The skid started with a 50-42 loss to No. 1 Southern California in 2005. This game provided the appropriate bookend.

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The athleticism and smarts of Titus Young (4) were on display against Fresno State. With the Friday night stage to themselves, Boise State and Fresno State provided enough big plays to last the weekend. The Broncos had two 77-yard kickoff returns, an interception return for a touchdown, a 60-yard touchdown run by D.J. Harper, and the big plays from Avery. “A lot of playmakers making plays out there,” said Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who threw three touchdown passes. “Good running backs on both sides making plays out of nothing and breaking tackles here and there.” The first of Avery’s plays came on a long run that appeared to be bound for the end zone. But A.J.

First Quarter Boi: Venable 30 interception return (Brotzman kick), 13:05. Boi: FG Brotzman 32, 8:49. Second Quarter Boi: Harper 60 run (Brotzman kick), 12:35. Fre: FG Goessling 37, 9:44. Boi: Young 7 pass from Ke.Moore (Brotzman kick), 7:49. Fre: Mathews 69 run (Goessling kick), 7:33. Fre: Mathews 60 run (Goessling kick), 4:58. Third Quarter Boi: FG Brotzman 30, 12:28. Fre: Wylie 21 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 11:39. Boi: Young recovered fumble in end zone (Brotzman kick), 10:44. Fre: FG Goessling 27, 3:12. Fourth Quarter Boi: Pettis 8 pass from Ke.Moore (Johnston kick), 14:14. Fre: Mathews 68 run (Goessling kick), 13:26. Boi: Avery 67 pass from Ke.Moore (Johnston kick), 13:00. Boi: FG Johnston 24, 4:00. A: 35,637. Boi Fre First downs ...................................15...............................................17 Rushes-yards ........................ 29-299.......................................39-320 Passing ........................................181.............................................187 Comp-Att-Int .......................18-26-0..................................... 14-30-2 Return Yards..................................77.................................................0 Punts-Avg. ............................. 3-47.7........................................4-45.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1............................................. 0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................8-82...........................................6-43 Time of Possession...................27:33..........................................32:27 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Boise St., Avery 11-186, Harper 12-107, Hodge 1-10, Ke.Moore 2-4, Martin 1-2, Team 1-(minus 1), Young 1-(minus 9). Fresno St., Mathews 19-234, Rouse 7-53, Colburn 6-21, Miller 2-9, Harding 1-2, Feathers 3-2, Team 1-(minus 1). PASSING: Boise St., Ke.Moore 18-26-0-181. Fresno St., Colburn 14-29-2-187, Mathews 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Boise St., Avery 5-83, Pettis 5-34, Young 3-29, Efaw 2-23, Burroughs 2-5, Harper 1-7. Fresno St., Wylie 4-37, Hamler 3-19, West 2-71, Ajirotutu 2-27, Newborn 1-27, Pascoe 1-8, Marl. Moore 1-(minus 2).

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Brian Kelly wasn’t flattered by his latest bobblehead doll, given to fans last Saturday.

Supersized bobbling
The first 5,000 fans at Cincinnati’s home opener last Saturday received bobbleheads depicting coach Brian Kelly. Kelly was a bit dismayed after seeing the mini-him. It wasn’t nearly mini enough. “This is my third bobblehead,” he told reporters this week. “The problem we’re having is that they’re getting wider and wider. That’s not a good thing, if you’re tracking bobbleheads. I wasn’t exactly on board with the way it came out. In future reference, I think I would pose for my bobblehead.” Kelly’s next contract should pay

him enough to buy his own bobblehead company.

RadioShack attack
The New York Times reported this week that Florida QB Tim Tebow was approached at a RadioShack by a woman requesting a photo with him. Right before the woman’s mother (yes mother, apparently this is a very creepy family) snapped the photo, the woman began undressing. Tebow said, with a sigh according to the newspaper, that this has happened to him “four or five times.” Oh, the horror that star quarterbacks endure.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2009

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Spotlight Game
Tennessee (1-1) at No. 1 Florida (2-0) 3:30 p.m. today ET, CBS The line: Florida by 30

Flu bug’s gone, much to my delight
BY JEVAN SNEAD For SN Today

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RB Chris Rainey could gash the Vols’ defense with his speed.

Jonathan Crompton must play much better than he did vs. UCLA.

Three reasons Florida will win
Show up. Yeah, it’s a joke, but the talent discrepancy between these two teams is significant at every spot on the field. Maybe we should make it “show up and be focused.” Because, really, the only way Tennessee stays close is if the Gators show up fat and happy with thoughts of a Saturday stroll. It happens on a weekly basis in college football, but usually to teams that aren’t steeled by previous championships—and have been primed for the last seven months by the other coach’s antics.

Three reasons Tennessee will win
Play with emotion. Before UT coach Lane Kiffin started gigging the rest of the SEC this offseason, he told his team captains, “No matter what is said or what you hear, I’ve got your back.” Now it’s time for the Vols to get Kiffin’s back. Or at least, play with emotion and don’t fold when adversity hits. Because it’s going to happen: At some point, a big play will hit and Florida will feed off the home crowd and Tennessee can either bow up and push back, or fold and lose by 40.

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Find a deep threat. If there’s one weakness for the defending national champs it’s the lack of a true deep threat in the passing game. WR Louis Murphy was vastly underrated last season, and the Gators still are trying to find an answer to stretch the defense. Riley Cooper is the team’s most consistent receiver, but he’s not a deep threat. TE Aaron Hernandez is Tim Tebow’s go-to target, but he’s not stretching the defense.

Play smart in the passing game. It’s imperative QB Jonathan Crompton doesn’t have a UCLA-type game, where he turned the ball over four times (one fumble) and essentially gave the Bruins a 19-15 victory. If he turns it over four times against Florida, it will be much worse than 19 points.

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Spread the defense. The Gators want to make the Vols cover the entire field defensively, and that means running more speed option to the edges. TBs Jeffery Demps and Chris Rainey aren’t big enough to constantly bang between the tackles, but their breakaway speed is a significant factor in space.

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Get turnovers. Check out the NCAA leaders. Tennessee, under legendary defensive mind Monte Kiffin, is right near the top of the heap in nearly every category. Granted, the Vols played the worst Division I-A team (Western Kentucky) and one of the nation’s worst offenses (UCLA), but this unit has talent. If the Vols get turnovers early and make the Gators think on offense—therefore, negating speed—it will work twofold: Give short fields to the Tennessee offense (it’ll need it), and eliminate an early emotional edge.
— Matt Hayes

— Matt Hayes

I’m feeling much better now after I had the flu. I’m just glad to be over it; glad everyone is over it. I think the final count was 31 people on the team who were affected by it. I don’t know if they said it was the swine flu. But it was pretty bad. When I got sick, they told me to go to my house and not come out. I was quarantined for a few days. I’ve had the flu before and it’s not fun. It wasn’t as bad as the couple of times I’ve had it before. I had a fever and just really didn’t feel well. A couple of guys got it a lot worse, and it’s all around the school and community. The worst part was that I couldn’t be with my teammates when they were preparing to play. We’ve been together since the end of last season; we’ve built chemistry and have a bond that none of us want to break by missing practice. We’ve just been trying to get everyone healthy again and on the same track. We were very fortunate that we didn’t have to play last week. If we had to play, there would’ve been some guys out. Unfortunately I had to go back home for a funeral last weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to watch either of those two big games. But I’ve seen USC and Ohio State and the other top teams, and I know they have some great athletes. I feel like we can play with any team in the country, no matter who it is. We felt like that at the end of last season, and we’ve made a point to

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Jevan Snead said 31 team members dealt with a recent flu outbreak—and he was one of them. continue to get better and stay focused. I’m sure it’s kind of shocking looking in from the outside because there hasn’t been much success here lately. People ask me what it would be like if we played Texas in a big bowl game. We have a lot of work to do before we can talk about playing in a big bowl; we have to play in the toughest conference in the nation. But if we’re fortunate enough to get to a big bowl game and it’s Texas, I would love that. I have a lot of good friends on the Texas team; there are a lot of good guys there. I still talk to a lot of them. It was the right thing for me to do when I left (Texas), and it worked out well for everyone.

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Jevan Snead, Ole Miss QB Snead threw for 175 yards and two scores in the Rebels’ win two weeks ago. After a week off, Ole Miss plays at home today against Southeastern Louisiana.

This week is another step for us. We won’t overlook anyone on our schedule because we’ve all seen teams get upset. When you let up, bad things happen. — As told to Matt Hayes

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Spotlight Game
No. 19 Nebraska (2-0) at No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1), 3:30 p.m. today, ET, ABC The line: Virginia Tech by 5

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QB Zac Lee is blessed with poise, great receivers and a great line.

Tech’s Ryan Williams, left, is one of two standout freshmen RBs.

Three reasons Nebraska will win
Zac attack: In two games as Nebraska’s starting QB, Zac Lee has completed better 73.7 percent of his throws and has six touchdowns against one interception. There’s no need, though, to remind him that Saturday marks a gigantic upgrade from Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State. “It’s obviously a little different,” he said in a press conference this week. “They’re a highly ranked opponent who has played good people and done well against them.” Still, Lee comes into the game as confident as any Huskers quarterback since Scott Frost.

Three reasons Virginia Tech will win
Run, run, run: The Hokies don’t own the ACC’s most popular rushing attack (here’s looking at you, Georgia Tech). But Va Tech might have the most feared group of backs. Freshmen Ryan Williams and David Wilson combined for 329 rushing yards and four touchdowns in last week’s rout of Marshall. Of course, Nebraska’s defense should pose a much tougher challenge. But with the Hokies ranking No. 115 out of 120 schools in passing offense, it’s rush-orbust for VT.

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Ndamukong Suh: The best player inside Lane Stadium likely won’t touch the football. The only time he’ll be in the backfield is as an uninvited guest. Suh, Nebraska’s star defensive tackle and the potential No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft, will draw doubleand sometimes triple-teams all day. Still, he figures to do his part to harass flappable Tech QB Tyrod Taylor and disrupt the Hokies’ rushing attack.

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It’s about time: The Huskers’ big recent nonconference wins on the road? At Wake Forest (2007) and at Pittsburgh (2004). Nine years have passed since an OT win at Notre Dame, and back then, Nebraska was No. 1 in the nation. NU is far from that now and needs a major victory to raise its national profile and boost recruiting. — Dave Curtis

Enter Sandman: None of Nebraska’s typical Big 12 road tests will prepare the Huskers for what they’ll endure in Blacksburg. Texas A&M can be a cauldron, sure, but the maroon frenzy of Lane Stadium ranks among the most inhospitable crowds in the country. From just before kickoff, as fans bounce in the stands with Metallica’s Enter Sandman blaring over the loudspeakers, to the typical noise on third down, a trip to play Tech is a tough draw for even the nation’s best teams.

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Return Game: Returning kicks has trumped blocking them as these Hokies’ top specialteams skill. Sophomore Dyrell Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Alabama. Freshman Jayron Hosley took a punt for a score against Marshall. — Dave Curtis

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Division I-AA
Sept. 17
Record Pts Pvs 1. Richmond (122) 2-0 3,607 1 2. Villanova (13) 2-0 3,369 3 3. Northern Iowa (6) 1-1 3,271 4 4. Montana 2-0 3,075 5 5. William & Mary (2) 2-0 2,865 7 6. New Hampshire (1) 2-0 2,701 9 7. James Madison 0-1 2,618 6 8. McNeese State (1) 2-0 2,358 16 9. Southern Illinois 0-1 2,296 8 10. Appalachian State 0-2 2,241 2 11. Elon 2-0 2,219 10 12. Cal Poly 1-0 1,885 12 13. Weber State 0-2 1,719 11 14. Wofford 1-1 1,612 14 15. South Carolina St. (1) 2-0 1,515 15 16. Central Arkansas 0-1 1,503 13 17. Massachusetts 1-1 1,346 17 18. South Dakota State 1-0 1,089 21 19. Texas State 1-0 977 19 20. Maine 2-0 973 20 21. Eastern Washington 1-1 572 18 22. Eastern Kentucky 0-1 505 22 23. Holy Cross 2-0 476 25 24. Jacksonville State 0-2 471 23 25. Harvard 0-0 267 24 Others receiving votes: Eastern Illinois 241, Liberty 205, Florida A&M 182, Delaware 177, Furman 124, Colgate 100, Grambling St. 89, Hofstra 82, AlabamaA&M77,Samford71,MontanaSt.64,YoungstownSt.53,Pennsylvania 52, Northern Arizona 45, Gardner-Webb 42, Brown 36, Prairie View A&M 33, Stephen F. Austin 28, Western Illinois 26, Valparaiso 23, Sam Houston St. 19, Southern 18, Georgia Southern 15, Tennessee St. 15, Tennessee-Martin 13, Butler 12, Lafayette 8, Southeastern Louisiana 8, North Carolina A&T 7, North Dakota State 7, Alabama State 6, Jackson State 6, North Dakota 6,The Citadel 5, Albany 4, Drake 4, Rhode Island 4, Northern Colorado 3, Tennessee Tech 3, Missouri St. 2, Saint Francis 2, Murray St. 1, San Diego 1,Yale 1. SOUTH Florida A&M 48, Howard 10 Miami 33, Georgia Tech 17

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Record Pts Pvs 1. Florida (56) 2-0 1,472 1 2. Texas 2-0 1,399 2 3. USC (3) 2-0 1,368 3 4. Alabama 2-0 1,277 4 5. Penn State 2-0 1,216 5 6. Mississippi 1-0 1,060 8 7. LSU 2-0 1,051 9 7. California 2-0 1,051 10 9. BYU 2-0 941 12 10. Boise State 3-0 913 11 11. Ohio State 1-1 855 7 12. Oklahoma 1-1 794 14 13. Georgia Tech 2-1 771 13 14. Virginia Tech 1-1 709 15 15. TCU 1-0 648 16 16. Utah 2-0 533 17 17. Oklahoma State 1-1 485 6 18. Nebraska 2-0 471 18 19. North Carolina 2-0 341 19 20. Georgia 1-1 333 21 21. Cincinnati 2-0 328 23 22. Miami 2-0 291 22 23. Kansas 2-0 195 25 24. Oregon State 2-0 118 24 25. Missouri 2-0 104 — Dropped out: Notre Dame (20) Others receiving votes: Michigan 84, Houston 69, Texas Tech 68, Pitt 40, Notre Dame 32, Auburn 30, Iowa 27, Florida State 19, Oregon 16, West Virginia 16, South Florida 13, UCLA 13, Kentucky 9, Arizona 4, Central Michigan 2, Colorado State 2, Minnesota 2, Northwestern 2, Arkansas 1, South Carolina 1, Tulsa 1.

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Top 25
Today No. 1 Florida vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. No. 2 Texas vs. Texas Tech, 8:05 p.m. No. 3 Southern Cal at Washington, 3:30 p.m. No. 4 Alabama vs. North Texas, 12:20 p.m. No. 5 Mississippi vs. SE Louisiana, 7:30 p.m. No. 5 Penn State vs. Temple, Noon p.m. No. 7 BYU vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. No. 8 California at Minnesota, Noon p.m. No. 9 LSU vs. La.-Lafayette, 7 p.m. No. 11 Ohio State vs. Toledo at Cleveland, Noon No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Tulsa, 3:30 p.m. No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. No. 15 TCU vs. Texas State, 7 p.m. No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. Rice, 7 p.m. No. 17 Cincinnati at Oregon State, 6:45 p.m. No. 18 Utah at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. No. 22 Kansas vs. Duke, Noon No. 23 Georgia at Arkansas, 7:45 p.m. No. 24 North Carolina vs. East Carolina, Noon No. 25 Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan, Noon

Record Pts Pvs 1. Florida (56) 2-0 1,491 1 2. Texas (1) 2-0 1,404 2 3. USC (1) 2-0 1,396 3 4. Alabama (2) 2-0 1,328 4 5. Mississippi 1-0 1,145 6 5. Penn State 2-0 1,145 7 7. BYU 2-0 1,122 9 8. California 2-0 1,058 10 9. LSU 2-0 951 11 10. Boise State 3-0 945 12 11. Ohio State 1-1 840 8 12. Oklahoma 1-1 835 13 13. Virginia Tech 1-1 749 14 14. Georgia Tech 2-1 683 15 15. TCU 1-0 609 16 16. Oklahoma State 1-1 445 5 17. Cincinnati 2-0 407 23 18. Utah 2-0 405 17 19. Nebraska 2-0 365 22 20. Miami 2-0 364 20 21. Houston 2-0 341 — 22. Kansas 2-0 271 24 23. Georgia 1-1 260 21 24. North Carolina 2-0 250 19 25. Michigan 2-0 169 — Dropped out: Notre Dame (18), Missouri (25) Others receiving votes: Missouri 93, Pitt 87, Oregon State 64, Texas Tech 54, UCLA 44, Notre Dame 40, West Virginia 30, Auburn 26, Iowa 23, Boston College 19, Baylor 15, Clemson 10, Oregon 5, Arizona 4, Arkansas 3, Colorado State 2, Florida State 1, Minnesota 1, South Florida 1.

Friday Today

FAR WEST Boise St. 51, Fresno St. 34 EAST Ball St. at Army, Noon Delaware St. at Delaware, Noon Duquesne at Monmouth, N.J., Noon Temple at Penn St., Noon Dayton at Robert Morris, Noon Bucknell at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. Yale at Georgetown, D.C., 1 p.m. Harvard at Holy Cross, 1 p.m. Youngstown St. at Northeastern, 1 p.m. Colgate at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m. Winston-Salem vs Morgan St. at East Rutherford, N.J., 2 p.m. The Citadel at Princeton, 3 p.m. Rhode Island at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m. Maine at Albany, N.Y., 4 p.m. Fla. International at Rutgers, 5 p.m. Columbia at Fordham, 6 p.m. Liberty at Lafayette, 6 p.m. Navy at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Brown at Stony Brook, 6 p.m. Villanova at Penn, 7 p.m. Northwestern at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Towson, 7 p.m. SOUTH Boston College at Clemson, Noon Louisville at Kentucky, Noon East Carolina at North Carolina, Noon North Texas at Alabama, 12:20 p.m. Old Dominion at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Morehead St. at N.C. Central, 1:30 p.m. Chattanooga at Presbyterian, 1:30 p.m. Miles at Samford, 3 p.m. Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. Hofstra at Richmond, 3:30 p.m. Virginia at Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m. UAB at Troy, 3:30 p.m. Nebraska at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. Grambling St. at Jackson St., 4:30 p.m. Campbell at Davidson, 6 p.m. VMI at James Madison, 6 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at MVSU, 6 p.m. Hampton at N. Carolina A&T, 6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at N.C. State, 6 p.m. William & Mary at Norfolk St., 6 p.m. Elon at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville St. at Alabama A&M, 7 p.m. Tennessee Tech at E. Kentucky, 7 p.m. W. Carolina at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at LSU, 7 p.m. Nicholls St. at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Marshall, 7 p.m. North Dakota at Northwestern St., 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Charleston Southern at South Florida, 7 p.m. Tennessee St. at Southern U., 7 p.m. Mississippi St. at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at W. Kentucky, 7 p.m. SE Louisiana at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at UCF, 7:30 p.m. West Virginia at Auburn, 7:45 p.m. Edward Waters at Alabama St., 8 p.m.

TV schedule

Today (*— Regional telecast) Noon *Temple at No. 5 Penn State, Big Ten Network No. 8 California at Minnesota, ESPN Duke at No. 22 Kansas, Versus East Carolina at No. 24 North Carolina, ESPN2 *Eastern Michigan at No. 25 Michigan, Big Ten Network Louisville at Kentucky, ESPNU *Northern Illinois at Purdue, Big Ten Network *Wofford at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network 3:30 p.m. Tennessee at No. 1 Florida, CBS *No. 3 USC at Washington, ABC Tulsa at No. 12 Oklahoma, FSN *No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech, ABC No. 18 Utah at Oregon, ESPN *Arizona at Iowa, ABC Michigan State at Notre Dame, NBC Indiana at Akron, ESPNU 6:45 p.m. No. 17 Cincinnati at Oregon State, FSN 7 p.m. Florida State at No. 7 BYU, Versus Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 9 LSU, ESPNU 7:45 p.m. No. 23 Georgia at Arkansas, ESPN West Virginia at Auburn, ESPN2 8 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 2 Texas, ABC 10:15 p.m. Kansas State at UCLA, FSN

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Record Pvs 1. Florida 2-0 1 2. USC 2-0 4 3. Texas 2-0 2 4. Alabama 2-0 3 5. California 2-0 13 6. Mississippi 1-0 5 7. LSU 2-0 9 8. Georgia Tech 2-1 7 9. BYU 2-0 11 10. Penn State 2-0 8 11. Virginia Tech 1-1 10 12. Ohio State 1-1 14 13. Boise State 3-0 15 14. Oklahoma 1-1 12 15. Cincinnati 2-0 21 16. Georgia 1-1 19 17. Miami 2-0 17 18. Houston 2-0 — 19. Oklahoma State 1-1 6 20. TCU 1-0 — 21. North Carolina 2-0 22 22. Kansas 2-0 — 23. Utah 2-0 23 24. Michigan 2-0 — 25. Oregon State 2-0 24 Dropped out: Notre Dame (16), Michigan State (18), Oregon (20), Missouri (24).

AFCA Division II Coaches
1. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (25) 2. Abilene Christian (Texas) 3. North Alabama 4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5. Central Washington 6. Northwest Missouri St. 7. Minnesota St.-Mankato 8. Minnesota-Duluth 9. Delta St. (Miss.) 10. Texas A&M-Kingsville 11. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 12. Central Missouri 13. Albany St. (Ga.) 14. Catawba (N.C.) 15. Chadron St. (Neb.) 16. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 17. Tuskegee (Ala.) 18. Ashland (Ohio) 19. Tarleton St. (Texas) 20. Wayne St. (Neb.) 21. Indiana (Pa.) 22. Washburn (Kan.) 23. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 24. Midwestern St. (Texas) 25. Augustana (S.D.) Record 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 2-1 3-0 2-1 1-1 3-0 2-1 3-0 3-0 3-0 2-1 1-1 2-1 2-1 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 2-1 3-0 3-0 Pts 625 592 577 541 526 510 432 418 392 388 355 320 301 262 258 230 211 183 178 157 136 113 88 69 66

Pvs 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 4 13 12 17 15 18 14 19 22 23 t24 NR 16 NR NR

Savannah St. at McNeese St., 8 p.m. Tenn.-Martin at Memphis, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Duke at Kansas, Noon E. Michigan at Michigan, Noon California at Minnesota, Noon N. Illinois at Purdue, Noon Ohio St. vs. Toledo at Cleveland, Noon Wofford at Wisconsin, Noon Hanover at Butler, 1 p.m. Furman at Missouri, 2 p.m. Indiana at Akron, 3:30 p.m. Alcorn St. at Cent. Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Michigan St. at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Iowa, 3:35 p.m. Murray St. at Missouri St., 4 p.m. St. Francis, Pa. at N. Iowa, 5:05 p.m. Drake at South Dakota, 5:05 p.m. Iowa St. at Kent St., 7 p.m. Wagner at N. Dakota St., 7 p.m. Cal Poly at Ohio, 7 p.m. Indiana St. at S. Dakota St., 7 p.m. SW Baptist at S. Illinois, 7 p.m. E. Illinois at SE Missouri, 7 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at W. Michigan, 7 p.m. Stephen F.Austin at W. Illinois, 7:05 p.m. Austin Peay at Illinois St., 7:30 p.m.

SOUTHWEST Tulsa at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. Connecticut at Baylor, 5 p.m. Rice at Oklahoma St., 7 p.m. Texas St. at TCU, 7 p.m. Utah St. at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Texas College at Texas Southern, 7 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas, 7:45 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas, 8 p.m. FAR WEST Portland St. at Montana, 3:05 p.m. Wyoming at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Utah at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. Southern Cal at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Marist at San Diego, 4 p.m. N. Colorado at E. Washington, 4:05 p.m. Nevada at Colorado St., 5 p.m. San Diego St. at Idaho, 5 p.m. SMU at Washington St., 5 p.m. S. Utah at N. Arizona, 5:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Oregon St., 6:45 p.m. Florida St. at BYU, 7 p.m. Air Force at New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. UTEP at New Mexico St., 8 p.m. Idaho St. at Weber St., 8:05 p.m. San Jose St. at Stanford, 9 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arizona St., 10 p.m. Kansas St. at UCLA, 10:15 p.m. Hawaii at UNLV, 11 p.m.

Today at Army. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ball St. at Purdue. . . . . . . . . . . .12½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Illinois at Michigan. . . . . . . . . . .  24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E. Michigan at Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . .7½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Navy Northwestern. . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Syracuse at Clemson. . . . . . . . . . . . . .7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Boston College at Penn St. . . . . . . . . . . . .  30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Temple at North Carolina . . . . . .7½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .East Carolina at W. Michigan . . . . . . .16½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miami (Ohio) at Vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . .9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mississippi St. at Colorado  . . . . . . . . . . . . .7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Wyoming at Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Arizona at Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Indiana at Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Duke at Southern Miss.. . . . . .  15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Virginia at Oregon. . . . . . . . . . . . .4½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utah Southern Cal . . . . . . . . . .  19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .at Washington at UCLA. . . . . . . . . . . . . .12½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas St. at Virginia Tech . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nebraska at Notre Dame  . . . . . . . .  10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michigan St. Ohio St.-x. . . . . . . . . . . . .  21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toledo at Auburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Virginia at Florida  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tennessee SMU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Washington St. San Diego St.. . . . . . . . . .3½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .at Idaho Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Colorado St. Bowling Green . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Marshall California . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Minnesota at UCF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Buffalo at Oklahoma St. . . . . . . .  33. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rice at Oklahoma . . . . . . . . .17½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tulsa at Baylor. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connecticut at Texas A&M. . . . . . . . .19½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utah St. at Kentucky . . . . . . . . . .13½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Louisville Iowa St.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Kent St. at BYU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florida St. at Arkansas  . . . . . . . . . . .1½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Air Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  at New Mexico UTEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14. . . . . . . . . . . . . .at New Mexico St. at Texas. . . . . . . . . . . . . .17½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Texas Tech at UNLV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hawaii at Stanford. . . . . . . . . . . .  17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  San Jose St. Cincinnati. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Oregon State at Rutgers  . . . . . . . . . . . .  16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fla. Int’l at Alabama  . . . . . . . . . . .  39. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .North Texas at Maryland. . . . . . . . . . . . .7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Middle Tenn. at South Carolina . . . . . .  21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fla. Atlantic at Troy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6½. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  UAB at LSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La.-Lafayette at Arizona St.. . . . . . . . .19½. . . . . . . . . . . . .  Louisiana-Monroe x-at Cleveland

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BEAT MY GRANDMA
Sporting News Today’s Dave Curtis takes on his 96-year-old grandmother each week. This fall, Grams B. tries to defend her title won rather easily in 2008.
The fortunate few who follow Grams B.’s advice on fall Saturdays ask where she found her magic touch. During the week, she at least revealed a resource she now ignores. “What happened to Notre Dame?” she asked, referencing her loss with the Irish last week. “I don’t know, Grams. They burnt you at the end.” “Regis on his show said they were going to win,” she says. “Then, he came on afterward and said they did a bunch of stuff wrong.” Dave Curtis So there it is. Weekday television is no place to discover COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday success. And as for you, Mr. Philbin, watch yourself. Don’t be the guy who makes old people sad. No, leave that job to me. Here’s another attempt to beat Grams. Five games, all straight up: Grams B.

Pick 10
3:30 p.m. today, ABC

Sporting News Today’s Matt Hayes picks the best 10 games of the weekend, and throws in his upset pick as a bonus.

1. NO. 19 NEBRASKA AT NO. 13 VIRGINIA TECH
Huskers are better defensively, but can’t do enough to overcome Tech’s running game and special teams.

DOG OF THE WEEK: NORTHWESTERN AT SYRACUSE

Virginia Tech 30, Nebraska 20

2. FLORIDA STATE AT NO. 7 BYU
7 p.m. today, Versus Never thought I’d ever say this: Since when is beating Florida State a big deal for nonBCS teams? It’s depressing.

BYU 38, FSU 16

Standings
Last week:
Grams B. Dave 3-2 3-2

3. NO. 18 UTAH AT OREGON
3:30 p.m. today, ESPN Little known secret: Utah has won 16 straight games and—get this—23 of its last 24. And it all ends when the struggling Utah offense implodes in Eugene.

Season:
Grams B. Dave 7-3 4-6

Oregon 23, Utah 17

4. WEST VIRGINIA AT AUBURN
7:45 p.m. today, ESPN2 Auburn played well early in this game last year before its pop-gun offense imploded (again). A different theme this time around with O-coordinator Gus Malzahn at the controls.

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Greg Paulus is still seeking his first win as Syracuse’s QB.
Orange are due after blowing the Minnesota game and playing well at Penn State.

TENNESSEE AT NO. 1 FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. ET, CBS
The Skinny: This wasn’t one of the original games on this week’s slate. “What about Florida?” Grams asked. “We have to do them. They’ve been on TV all week.” Thank me later for the layup, G-woman.
Grams B.: Florida, 35-10 Dave: Florida, 42-0

NO. 19 NEBRASKA AT NO. 13 VA. TECH
3:30 P.M. ET, ABC
The Skinny: The defensive guru (Bo Pelini) and the special teams Zen master (Frank Beamer) watched a 35-30 shootout in Lincoln last year. Grams sees fewer fireworks this time around.
Grams B.: Virginia Tech, 21-17 Dave: Virginia Tech, 35-16

NO. 17 CINCINNATI AT OREGON STATE
6:45 P.M. ET, FSN
The Skinny: “Oregon State,” Grams said as she turned up the volume on her phone, “and who was the other team again?” Most of the country would say the same thing. Not after Saturday in Corvallis.
Grams B.: Oregon State, 33-28 Dave: Cincinnati, 41-34

FLORIDA STATE AT NO. 7 BYU
7 P.M., VERSUS
The Skinny: She called the biggest win in BYU history, so why stop now? Maybe Grams’ love for a little Zinfandel wouldn’t jive in Provo. They sure like her picks, though.
Grams B.: BYU, 38-21 Dave: Florida State, 28-27

TEXAS TECH AT NO. 2 TEXAS
8 P.M., ABC
The Skinny: Alas, we found a Michael Crabtree fan. After a review of his heroics vs. UT last year, Grams asked, “Does he still play for them?” Informed he’s gone, she went for the Horns—by a lot.
Grams B.: Texas, 50-24 Dave: Texas Tech, 35-32

Syracuse 24, Northwestern 23

Auburn 27, West Virginia 24

5. NO. 23 GEORGIA AT ARKANSAS
7:45 p.m. today, ESPN The level of competition increases for the ‘Hogs, whose offense gains more confidence under quarterback Ryan Mallett.

8. TENNESSEE AT NO. 1 FLORIDA
3:30 p.m. today, CBS If this isn’t ugly enough, it will get worse if UT coach Lane Kiffin keeps throwing with shaky QB Jonathan Crompton.

Arkansas 31, Georgia 23

Florida 45, Tennessee 14

6. MICHIGAN STATE AT NOTRE DAME
3:30 p.m. today, NBC An angry, motivated and talented team takes out its frustrations from last week (loss to Michigan) and six straight losses to Michigan State in South Bend.

9. TEXAS TECH AT NO. 2 TEXAS
8 pm. today, ESPN All the BCS nonsense of the Big 12 tiebreaker overshadowed the reality that Tech was the reason Texas didn’t play in the BCS National Championship. Somebody has to pay for it.

Notre Dame 41, Michigan State 17

Texas 38, Texas Tech 17

7. ARIZONA AT IOWA
3:30 p.m. today, ABC The first-game meltdown for Iowa against Northern Iowa was an aberration. Hawkeyes can’t allow offensively-limited Wildcats to stay in the game.

10. NO. 17 CINCINNATI AT OREGON STATE
6:45 p.m. today, FSN The trip all the way to Corvallis has done in better teams. So has the running of Oregon State TB Jacquizz Rodgers (a team in Cardinal and Gold comes to mind).

Iowa 27, Arizona 13

Oregon State 28, Cincinnati 27

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TODAY’S TOP 25 GAMES
No. 1 Florida (2-0) vs. Tennessee (1-1)
3:30 p.m., CBS

No. 3 USC (2-0) at Washington (1-1)
3:30 p.m., ABC

and a 54-3 win over Tulane last week bumped BYU up two more spots. Florida State is trying to avoid a 1-2 start after opening the season with a heartbreaking loss to Miami, then rallying to beat lowerdivision Jacksonville State.

Line: Florida by 30 Series record: Tied 19-19 WHAT’S AT STAKE A leg up in the SEC Eastern Division and maybe Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s pride. The top-ranked Gators have been gearing up for this game since Kiffin’s first day, when he vowed to sing “Rocky Top” all night long after beating Florida. The Gators found even more ammunition when Kiffin falsely accused coach Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation in February. KEY MATCHUP Florida QB Tim Tebow vs. Tennessee S Eric Berry. Tebow and Berry might be two of the best players in SEC history, and their final collegiate matchup could be more intriguing than anything said before, during or after the game.

Line: USC by 19 Series record: USC 49-26-4 WHAT’S AT STAKE USC, off its dramatic win at Ohio State, starts its quest for an unprecedented eighth straight Pac-10 title. The Trojans likely will not have freshman phenom QB Matt Barkley (bruised shoulder)—and may not need him. These Huskies are led by energetic former USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who spent seven years with Pete Carroll at Troy. KEY MATCHUP Washington’s defensive front vs. USC RB Joe McKnight. The Trojans have one of the nation’s most dynamic runners in McKnight, who could control this game by himself. Nick Holt knows his old team’s offense, but says bluntly of his new defense “there are some deficiencies there with personnel.”
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KEY MATCHUP BYU’s offense vs. Florida State defense. The Cougars note they have already beaten one fast team, gaining 357 yards on Oklahoma, but Florida State’s speed might be a notch or two higher.

No. 8 California (2-0) at Minnesota (2-0)
Noon, ESPN Line: Cal by 14 Series record: California leads 3-2

Texas Tech (2-0) at No. 2 Texas (2-0)
8 p.m., ESPN Line: Texas by 17½ Series record: Texas leads 43-15

No. 4 Alabama (2-0) vs. North Texas (1-1)
12:20 p.m., SEC Network Line: Alabama by 39 Series record: Alabama leads 2-0

Christian Ponder and Florida State head to Provo as eight-point underdogs to BYU.

WHAT’S AT STAKE The Golden Bears have to prove they can win on the road after going 1-4 away from home last year. The Gophers haven’t played a nonconference opponent ranked in the top 10 since No. 8 Nebraska in 1990. KEY MATCHUP Cal RB Jahvid Best vs. Minnesota LBs Nate Triplett, Lee Campbell and Simoni Lawrence. Best has rushed for 281 yards and three scores in the first two weeks.

WHAT’S AT STAKE For Texas, it’s all about revenge. Last season’s loss essentially knocked Texas out the national title chase. For Texas Tech, a win would be another stick in the eye of the Longhorns and make them front-runners in the Big 12 South. KEY MATCHUP Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts vs. Texas safeties Blake Gideon and Earl Thomas. Potts, a junior, is the latest gunslinger for Tech and has 861 yards and nine TDs already in just two games. Gideon dropped what could have been a gamewinning INT against Tech last season and Thomas got beat on Tech’s winning touchdown.

WHAT’S AT STAKE Alabama coach Nick Saban has stressed repeatedly this week that he wants his team to “start strong and finish fast.” KEY MATCHUP Ability of North Texas blockers to keep Alabama’s relentless pass rushers away from first-time starting QB Nathan Tune. The Tide leads the SEC with 10 sacks in two games.

WHAT’S AT STAKE The Rebels have a quick turnaround with a game at South Carolina five days later and Ole Miss needs to work a few things out. KEY MATCHUP SE Louisiana QB Brian Babin vs. the Ole Miss secondary. Babin has completed 72 percent of his passes for 665 yards and eight TDs in less than six quarters so far this season.

Villanova. Now the Owls must travel to Happy Valley, where chances for victory are steep.

Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0) at No. 9 LSU (2-0)
7 p.m., ESPNU Line: LSU by 27 Series record: LSU leads 21-0

KEY MATCHUP Penn State OL vs. Temple DL. Much of Penn State’s rushing woes can be pinned on the guards on the rebuilt line. Coach Joe Paterno hinted this week he might make some changes.

Florida State (1-1) at No. 7 BYU (2-0)
7 p.m., Versus Line: BYU by 8 Series record: Florida State leads 2-0

Temple (0-1) at No. 5 Penn State (2-0)
Noon, Big Ten Network Line: Penn State by 30 Series record: Penn State leads 34-3-1

Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) at No. 5 Mississippi (1-0)
7:35 p.m., CSS Line: No line

Series Record: First meeting

WHAT’S AT STAKE Temple had a bye week to stew about a disappointing season-opening loss to I-AA

WHAT’S AT STAKE BYU’s BCS hopes ride on another game against a school from a BCS conference. The Cougars’ upset of Oklahoma in the season opener vaulted them into the top 10,

WHAT’S AT STAKE Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off a gratifying home victory over Kansas State, but that would pale in comparison to a first-ever win over state-rival LSU, in Tiger Stadium no less. KEY MATCHUP LSU’s running game of Keiland Williams, Charles Scott and freshman reserve QB Russell Shepard (out of the Wildcat) against the Ragin’ Cajuns’ defense. ULL has allowed fewer than 20 points in each of its first two games. — The Associated Press

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TODAY’S TOP 25 GAMES
No. 11 Ohio State (1-1) vs. Toledo (1-1)
Noon, at Cleveland Browns Stadium

KEY MATCHUP Kansas WRs Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier vs. Duke cornerback Leon Wright. Briscoe had a huge game last week against UTEP with eight catches for 154 yards.

Line: No line Series record: First meeting WHAT’S AT STAKE The Horned Frogs hope to remain unbeaten heading into their toughest nonconference game of the season against Clemson next weekend. KEY MATCHUP Texas State’s offense vs. TCU DE Jerry Hughes. The Bobcats gained 463 yards in their 48-28 victory over Angelo State on Sept. 5. Hughes, who led the nation with 15 sacks a year ago, made a career-high 11 tackles and recorded 1½ sacks in TCU’s 30-14 victory over Virginia.

No. 23 Georgia (1-0, 1-0 SEC) at Arkansas (1-0, 0-0)
7:45 p.m., ESPN Line: Arkansas by 1½ Series record: Georgia leads 8-3

Line: Ohio State by 21 Series record: Ohio State leads 1-0 WHAT’S AT STAKE The Buckeyes probably need a clinical dispatching of the Rockets after losing an 18-15 contest at home to No. 3 Southern California on a physical, late TD drive. KEY MATCHUP Rockets QB Aaron Opelt vs. Ohio State’s defense. Opelt leads an air-oriented attack that obliterated Colorado’s defense last Thursday in a 54-38 victory.

WHAT’S AT STAKE It might be the Razorbacks’ biggest home game of the year, since they play Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and LSU all on the road. KEY MATCHUP Georgia QB Joe Cox vs. Arkansas’ secondary. Cox faces an Arkansas secondary that is breaking in a few newcomers after a difficult 2008.

Tulsa (2-0) at No. 12 Oklahoma (1-1)
3:30 p.m., FSN Line: Oklahoma by 17½ Series record: Oklahoma leads 15-7-1

Rice (0-2) at No. 16 Oklahoma St. (1-1)
7 p.m.

East Carolina (1-1) at No. 24 North Carolina (2-0)
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Line: Oklahoma State by 33 Series record: Oklahoma State leads 2-0-1 WHAT’S AT STAKE Oklahoma State tries to bounce back from a deflating upset loss against Houston as Conference USA’s other team from the city rolls into town. KEY MATCHUP Cowboys QB Zac Robinson vs. the Rice defense. The Owls bring in the worst pass defense in the country after facing Texas Tech last week, which could be good for Robinson, who struggled in the loss to Houston last week.

Tony Pike and the Bearcats are 1-point favorites against Oregon St.

Noon, ESPN2 Line: North Carolina by 7½ Series record: North Carolina leads 8-2-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE Oklahoma can prove it has bounced back from an opening loss to BYU as it faces a Tulsa offense that led the nation in total yardage the past two seasons. KEY MATCHUP WR Damaris Johnson vs. Oklahoma’s defense and special teams. The 5-8 receiver is not Tulsa’s go-to guy in the passing game, but on kickoffs and punts. He’s also second on the team in rushing.

No. 18 Utah (2-0) at Oregon (1-1)
3:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Oregon by 4½ Series record: Oregon leads 17-8

No. 19 Nebraska (2-0) at No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1)
3:30 p.m., ABC Line: Virginia Tech by 5 Series record: Tied 1-1

No. 17 Cincinnati at Oregon State
6:45 p.m., FSN Line: Cincinnati by 1 Series record: Cincinnati leads 1-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE The Cornhuskers desperately need a road win over a ranked opponent for credibility’s sake. If the Hokies don’t win here, probably the only way they get to a BCS game is by winning the ACC. KEY MATCHUP Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor vs. Nebraska’s defense. If the Huskers’ young linebackers aren’t up to the task, it could be a long night.

Texas State (1-0) at No. 15 TCU (1-0)
7 p.m.

WHAT’S AT STAKE Cincinnati would like to solidify its national standing with a victory over Oregon State, which has been hovering just outside of the Top 25. KEY MATCHUP The Rodgers brothers against Cincinnati’s defense. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, last year’s Pac-10 offensive player of the year as a freshman, is averaging 134.5 yards rushing a game and has four touchdowns. He also has four catches for 97 yards. Older brother James, a flanker, has eight catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns in two games.

WHAT’S AT STAKE Utah has a 16-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. The run dates back to a victory over Navy in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl. Utah has also won nine straight on the road coming into Autzen Stadium. KEY MATCHUP Utah’s offense against Oregon’s defense. Oregon’s defense scored twice, blocked a PAT attempt and stopped a two-point conversion try last weekend against Purdue, but still allowed the Boilermakers 36 points and 451 total yards offense.

WHAT’S AT STAKE North Carolina is trying to stay unbeaten in Butch Davis’ third season despite playing with an inexperienced and inconsistent offense. KEY MATCHUP North Carolina’s offensive line vs. East Carolina’s front seven. The Tar Heels already were trying to break in an unproven offense this year, but now they’re playing without senior starting C Lowell Dyer.

Eastern Michigan (0-2) at No. 25 Michigan (2-0)
Noon, Big Ten Network Line: Michigan by 24 Series Record: Michigan leads 8-0

No. 22 Kansas (2-0) vs. Duke (1-1)
Noon, Versus Line: Kansas by 23 Series record: First meeting

WHAT’S AT STAKE Kansas will soon run out of easy wins. After Duke, the Jayhawks host Southern Mississippi before diving into the Big 12 with hopes of their first North Division crown.

WHAT’S AT STAKE Michigan can spoil the feel-good vibe it has created with wins over then-No. 18 Notre Dame and Western Michigan by losing to a MAC school for a second straight year. KEY MATCHUP EMU QB Andy Schmitt and WR Jacory Stone vs. Michigan SS Troy Woolfolk and FS Mike Williams. Schmitt is the Eagles’ best player and Stone with 15 catches in two games is his favorite target. — The Associated Press

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Carroll won’t say if it’s Barkley or Corp
USC coach Pete Carroll didn’t say Friday whether Matt Barkley or Aaron Corp will start at quarterback today against Washington. Barkley threw during the thirdranked Trojans’ short walkthrough practice at Husky Stadium on Friday evening. Carroll insisted his star freshman could play, despite a bruised shoulder that sidelined him Monday through Thursday. “He threw the best he has all week,” Carroll said the night before the Trojans’ Pac-10 opener against new Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, a Trojans assistant until eight months ago. Earlier, ESPN had reported that Corp would start today. Barkley injured his shoulder after sustaining a hit in the third quarter against Ohio State last Saturday. Cincinnati starting LB Curtis Young is expected to miss up to six weeks after having surgery on his right knee. The senior had surgery Friday, leaving the Bearcats (2-0) without one of their best defensive playmakers today at Oregon State. Young started in Cincinnati’s wins over Rutgers and Southeast Missouri State, making 13 tackles with one sack. Coach Brian Kelly also announced on Friday that sophomore DB Malik James has left the team to return home to California. The Big Ten suspended Michigan LB Jonas Mouton for one game for punching a Notre Dame player during last week’s game. Video of the incident during Saturday’s 38-34 Wolverines victory spread on the Internet. Mouton appears to swing at the chin of lineman Eric Olsen as they get up from the turf following a play midway through the second quarter. Big Ten Commissioner James Delacalled the punch ney “unacceptable.” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he never saw the punch and that an official would have called any infraction. The Big Ten said the school accepted the suspension. West Virginia coach Bill Stewart thinks the Mountaineers’ game with Auburn shapes up as a track meet. Both offenses are putting up big numbers going into today’s game. Auburn ranks fourth nationally in total offense and has the No. 2 running game. Ben Tate and Onterio McCalebb each collected back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. That’s a first for the Tigers, who have produced backs like Bo Jackson and Ronnie Brown. They have also had 500-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1970. West Virginia RB Noel Devine ran for more than 200 yards against the Tigers last season. Mountaineers QB Jarrett Brown is completing 75 percent of his passes for 577 yards while also running for another 142. Auburn WR Montez Billings has left the team for personal reasons. Tigers coach Gene Chizik said the senior decided to leave the Auburn program to pursue other opportunities. Chizik said Billings already earned his degree. He was the team’s leading receiver last season with 24 catches for 271 yards.

Keith Carlos has moved up to the top of Purdue’s depth chart at wide receiver, but coach Danny Hope isn’t revealing if he will stay there. Carlos started over Royce Adams against Oregon. Adams, a former defensive back, returned to defense when starting CB Brandon King was held out of the Oregon game with a thigh bruise. Hope says King is probable for today’s game, meaning Adams might return to offense, where he has not caught a pass. Hope wouldn’t say if Adams would return to the starting lineup. “We’ll worry about that when it gets here,” Hope told the AP. Carlos, a junior college transfer, has four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown this season. Hope said Carlos has played well. “He’s gotten a lot better the last couple of weeks,” Hope said. “He’ll block, he’ll work hard. He catches the ball. He has big play potential. He’ll have a couple of breakout games that will get people’s attention. I don’t know, but he’s got some coming.” Kirk Ferentz will be happy to welcome former Hawkeye star and current Arizona coach Mike Stoops back to Kinnick Stadium today.

Having to do so from the opposing bench, though, isn’t something the Iowa coach is thrilled about. “It’s not a lot of fun to be honest with you, to see each other on the field,” Ferentz said. “I’d rather be playing somebody I don’t know, quite frankly, or don’t have an association with. But all that being said, we both want to win.” Ferentz was an assistant at Iowa when Stoops roamed the secondary as a two-time All-Big Ten safety for the Hawkeyes in the early ’80s. Though Ferentz has fond memories of Stoops as a player, he’d rather be swapping stories somewhere other than at midfield before today’s nonconference matchup between Iowa (2-0) and Arizona (2-0). The NCAA cleared Texas senior cornerback Deon Beasley to play for the No. 2 Longhorns against Texas Tech today. Beasley missed the first two games while waiting to be declared academically eligible. School officials had said he was in good academic standing with the university. Akron has suspended starting QB Chris Jacquemain for an indefinite period for violating a team policy. The school did not cite a reason for the suspension and said in a statement there is no timetable for his return. Jacquemain started the Zips’ first two games, completing 13 of 22 with four touchdowns and one interception. Akron hosts Indiana today.

MICHAEL SWITZER / AP

Jarrett Brown, right, and the Mountaineers could be in for a shootout today against Auburn.

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‘We get to play tough matches every week’
BY WALTER THURMOND For SN Today

Happy for Sark, but eager to be a shark
BY JEFF BYERS For SN Today

It felt good to get that first win last week. It gave the guys confidence and let us know what type of team we are. At the end of the game, we gave up a touchdown, and Purdue had a chance to tie with a two-point conversion. We actually left one of their players open, and he was running free in the back of the end zone. But he came down out of bounds—and we were able to breathe a sigh of relief. It also felt good to get my first interception and do what I can to help the team win. It was really just from studying the film and anticipating the route the receiver was going to run, and then jumping in and taking it for a touchdown. Our whole defense takes a lot of pride in creating turnovers. We want to get at least three a game, and we got those against Purdue. Two of them went for touchdowns (Javes Lewis scored on a fumble return), and Casey Matthews’ interception led to three points. We were getting a lot of turnovers in practice, and that really translated to the game. We also take a lot of pride on special teams, and practice really hard on field-goal blocking. We know that’s not a play you can take off. We blocked an extra point against Purdue, and that helped us win that game because they had to go for a two-point conversion at the end. It just shows us we have to play hard every down. This week at practice, we’ve focused on making sure we have crisp pass coverage. Utah likes to run a lot of crossing routes, and we know we have to be honest and stay focused on our assignments. Utah is actually pretty similar to us. They run the spread offense, and we had a good look at that the whole fall camp, going against our offense. So I don’t think they’re going to do anything that we’re not familiar with. And, we were really on top of things at practice this week, so hopefully that carries over into the game. We know this is a big-time game coming up. Utah is on a 16-game winning streak, and they’re going to play as hard as anyone we’ll play all year. But that’s the beauty of our schedule. We get to play tough matches every week. I don’t think we would have it any other way. — As told to Benson Taylor

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Walter Thurmond’s anticipation led to returning an interception for a touchdown last week against Purdue.

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Walter Thurmond, Oregon CB Thurmond tied a school record with his third career interception for a touchdown last week. After playing Boise State and Purdue, the Ducks close out their nonconference schedule today against No. 18 Utah.

What a great win for us out at Ohio State. Our defense was great, and our offense, with Matt Barkley and Joe McKnight, got it done at the end. I thought the O-line played all right, especially down the stretch. But OSU came out and played a little differently than we anticipated. They wanted to stop the run game and were shooting gaps. Their front played great, and the game took a lot out of us. I usually have trouble sleeping on planes, but on this flight, I was asleep before we took off and I woke up when we landed back in L.A. It felt great. We’ve got Washington this week, and it’s great to finally get to our conference opener. It’s a huge goal for us to win the Pac-10. Things get tougher in conference play, and it seems like a lot of games are tighter and closer. I think it’s just due to familiarity. We play Cal every year, for example, so they know what we do and they understand us. With a team like, say, Penn State, we play them once. So a lot of that is new. I think conference games are always tougher because they know what we do, and what they can do that will work or not work against us. A lot of people are talking about that this week because Washington’s coach, Steve Sarkisian, used to be our offensive coordinator. I knew Coach Sark pretty well, but not as well as the quarterbacks or even the receivers. The thing that sticks in my mind is that he’s a pretty crazy competitor. He’s a winat-all-costs kind of guy, and he’s real intense about not losing. He wants to win every drill, and he has

STEPHEN BRASHEAR / AP

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is facing a team he used to be an assistant for in USC. that drive to be successful. I remember in practice, he’d be talking smack to the defensive coaches when we’d go against them. And when we make a bad play, he’d be like we broke his heart. I remember his pregame talks, he always brought up this thing about ‘blood in the water.’ He showed us video of sharks attacking seals, and he wanted us to be sharks. Go out and attack, and once you smell blood, never let up. I don’t think any of us are upset that he went to Washington. You come to USC expecting that assistant coaches are going to get better jobs and head jobs. It’s just a matter of time because of our success. He had to make a decision for himself to leave. It’s no different than a junior leaving early for the draft. Sark obviously had big dreams, and I’m happy that he’s chasing them. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to kick his team’s butt on the field. — As told to Dave Curtis

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Jeff Byers, USC OL Byers helped lead the Trojans on a game-winning 95-yard drive in the team’s 18-15 victory at Ohio State last Saturday night. Byers is on the 2009 Watch List for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman.

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Goal to get tape ball in Guinness World Records
BY GREG ROMEUS For SN Today

A ‘fresh slate’ for a familiar opponent
BY LAMARR HOUSTON For SN Today

I want to talk about a project that’s real important to our defensive line. We’ve been working really hard on it since camp last year. It’s a tape ball. We take fresh rolls of tape from the trainers, who really get mad about it. The trainers say that ball is $1,000 worth of tape. So we’ve got to really go down there and sneak tape away from them. But it’s more than a tape ball. It’s a symbol of us working together. I think that’s why the coaches don’t mind. It’s just the D-line that does it, and it always comes up missing. Usually if it goes missing, we’ll hear about it, search up and down for it, and we find it pretty quickly. But this latest time it was stolen, it was gone for a week and a half. (Defensive tackle) Mick Williams made an announcement in a full team meeting and said, ‘Look, whoever has our tape ball, make sure it gets back in our room.’ That’s how serious we take it. The rest of the team is jealous. That’s why they always want to take it from us. We originally thought our trainers were the ones who took it. But we found out it was probably the offensive linemen. We found it in our equipment room downstairs. When we got it back, there was a note on it saying, ‘From the University of Buffalo, we took your ball’ and then it talked all this trash. We think it was left tackle Lucas Nix, but we’re not sure. We’re gonna find out. He’s always down in the equipment room so it

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Greg Romeus, right, said the D-line’s tape ball is a symbol of them working together. makes sense. There will be punishment. Now we’re storing it in our defensive line coach’s office because it’s too important to us. We read where the Tennessee Titans have one, too—it’s their offensive line—and it weighs 160 pounds. So we’ve got competition. Ours is 60 pounds right now. We weighed it Monday. We weigh it every week or two weeks. Every week it’s gotten at least 6 pounds heavier. Ours is in the shape of a football. We were planning on taking it to games, but we don’t know if we can get it past security checks for road games. But the home games, definitely. We’ll have it on the sideline. Everybody in our room contributed to it. Some guys work on it harder than others. For some guys, it relieves stress. We looked in the Guinness World Records and the biggest one was like 130 pounds, so I guess the Titans don’t realize they got the record. They probably didn’t enter it with the Guinness people. We don’t want the Titans to really know about ours because we’ll for sure try to get ours into the book of world records. — As told to Derek Samson

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Greg Romeus, Pitt DE Pitt is 2-0 after beating Buffalo last Saturday and tonight faces a pesky Navy offense. Romeus has 4.5 tackles so far this season.

Wyoming was a big game. They played really well against us, and they were playing hard—but we were too. Sometimes you have to get the motor running a little bit as the game goes on, and we did and it worked out pretty good. We gave them credit coming in, because we knew they had beaten Tennessee and Virginia the past two seasons. It was a nice atmosphere. Their fans were loud and cheered the entire game, and I really liked it there. We got some boos when we came into the stadium and when we left the stadium. I had a couple of people come up to Wyoming from my home in Colorado. It was fun to see them and I was happy to play in front of them. Texas is a long way from my home in Colorado, so it’s nice to have some people from my hometown at a game once in awhile. I talked to them for a little bit and I was happy to see them, but I had to get back on the bus and go. This week we play Texas Tech, and of course everybody in the world has talked about last year’s game, when they beat us in the end. It was a really good game last year. It was one of the greatest games in college football history, a phenomenal game. It was just back and forth and it was kind of like a movie, where you only had one second to go in the game and the team scores to win it. I don’t really remember a whole lot about it, actually. I remember them driving the ball down the field and us trying to get a stop. I remember trying to get the pass

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Lamarr Houston said Texas’ focus is not on last year’s Texas Tech game—only today’s. rush going, and I feel like I didn’t get a very good rush on Graham Harrell on that play they scored on, so Graham had a lot of time to look around and threw the ball and they scored. That’s about all I can remember. We had to put that loss behind us after that. As far as this week, it’s just another game for us to improve on from last week. We want to improve on what we did at Wyoming, and last year’s Texas Tech game is over and gone. It’s been talked about a million times, but it’s kind of done with now, you know? It’s not even in our thoughts now—we’re not worried about it. Coach keeps telling us that this is a whole new Tech team and a whole new Texas team. I guess you could say it’s a fresh slate. — As told to Brian McLaughlin

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Lamarr Houston, Texas DT A 6-2, 300pound senior defensive tackle, Houston tallied six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and five QB hurries in Texas’ win at Wyoming last week. The Longhorns play Texas Tech at home today in a rematch of Tech’s last-second win to knock Texas out of the national title hunt last year.

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BIG EAST BIG TEN
All Games W L PF 2 0 117 2 0 92 2 0 75 2 0 68 1 0 30 1 1 33 0 2 27 1 1 60 PA 18 30 20 40 10 28 51 54 Indiana Iowa Michigan Minnesota Northwestern Penn St. Wisconsin Illinois Michigan St. Ohio St. Purdue Conference W L PF PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 2 0 42 2 0 52 2 0 69 2 0 43 2 0 74 2 0 59 2 0 62 1 1 54 1 1 71 1 1 46 1 1 88 North PA 32 19 41 33 38 14 51 54 32 45 69 Kansas Missouri Nebraska Iowa St. Kansas St. Colorado South Texas Texas Tech Baylor Texas A&M Oklahoma Oklahoma St. Conference W L PF PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 2 0 100 2 0 93 1 0 24 1 0 41 1 1 77 1 1 59 PA 30 23 21 6 14 55 Conference W L PF PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 2 0 83 2 0 64 2 0 87 1 1 37 1 1 36 0 2 55 PA 10 29 12 52 34 77

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Conference standings
ACC
Atlantic Conference W L PF Boston College 0 0 0 Maryland 0 0 0 N.C. State 0 0 0 Wake Forest 0 0 0 Clemson 0 1 27 Florida St. 0 1 34 Coastal Conference W L PF Miami 2 0 71 Georgia Tech 1 1 47 North Carolina 0 0 0 Duke 0 0 0 Virginia Tech 0 0 0 Virginia 0 0 0 Sept. 17 Miami 33, Georgia Tech 17 Today’s games Duke at Kansas, Noon Boston College at Clemson, Noon East Carolina at North Carolina, Noon Middle Tennessee at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. PA 51 60 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 2 0 71 2 1 84 2 0 52 1 1 51 1 1 76 0 2 28 PA 51 77 16 43 44 56 Today’s games Louisville at Kentucky, Noon Connecticut at Baylor, 5 p.m. Fla. International at Rutgers, 5 p.m. Navy at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Cincinnati at Oregon St., 6:45 p.m. Northwestern at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Charleston Southern at South Florida, 7 p.m. West Virginia at Auburn, 7:45 p.m. PA 0 0 0 0 30 38 All Games W L PF 2 0 88 1 1 51 1 1 68 1 1 45 1 1 64 1 1 53 PA 7 87 14 41 44 47 Cincinnati Pittsburgh South Florida West Virginia Louisville Connecticut Syracuse Rutgers

BIG 12
East

CONFERENCE USA
East All Games W L PF 2 0 78 1 1 77 1 1 49 1 1 41 0 2 28 1 1 47 All Games W L PF 2 0 66 2 0 81 2 0 100 0 2 24 0 2 34 0 2 16 PA 19 59 59 80 76 50 Conference W L PF PA Southern Miss. 1 0 26 19 UAB 1 1 77 59 East Carolina 0 0 0 0 Marshall 0 0 0 0 Memphis 0 0 0 0 UCF 0 1 19 26 West SMU Tulsa Houston UTEP Rice Tulane Conference W L PF PA 1 0 35 33 1 0 37 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 24 44 0 1 13 37 West PA 56 23 42 57 99 91

MAC
Conference W L PF Akron 0 0 0 Bowling Green 0 0 0 Buffalo 0 0 0 Kent St. 0 0 0 Ohio 0 0 0 Temple 0 0 0 Miami (Ohio) 0 0 0 Conference W L PF Cent. Michigan 0 0 0 N. Illinois 0 0 0 Toledo 0 0 0 Ball St. 0 0 0 E. Michigan 0 0 0 W. Michigan 0 0 0 Today’s games Temple at Penn St., Noon Ball St. at Army, Noon Ohio St. vs. Toledo at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Noon N. Illinois at Purdue, Noon E. Michigan at Michigan, Noon Indiana at Akron, 3:30 p.m. Alcorn St. at Cent. Michigan, 3:30 p.m. PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 1 1 48 1 1 51 1 1 50 1 1 25 1 1 47 0 1 24 0 2 0 All Games W L PF 1 1 35 1 1 61 1 1 85 0 2 26 0 2 38 0 2 26 PA 31 41 71 34 53 27 90

Conference W L PF PA 1 0 47 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 15 47

Nebraska at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. Virginia at Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb at N.C. State, 6 p.m. Elon at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. Florida St. at BYU, 7 p.m.

Today’s games Wofford at Wisconsin, Noon Temple at Penn St., Noon Ohio St. vs. Toledo at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Noon N. Illinois at Purdue, Noon E. Michigan at Michigan, Noon California at Minnesota, Noon Indiana at Akron, 3:30 p.m. Michigan St. at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Iowa, 3:35 p.m. Northwestern at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Today’s games Duke at Kansas, Noon Furman at Missouri, 2 p.m. Wyoming at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Tulsa at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. Nebraska at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. Connecticut at Baylor, 5 p.m. Utah St. at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

Iowa St. at Kent St., 7 p.m. Rice at Oklahoma St., 7 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas, 8 p.m. Kansas St. at UCLA, 10:15 p.m.

Today’s games East Carolina at North Carolina, Noon UAB at Troy, 3:30 p.m. Tulsa at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. Virginia at Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m. SMU at Washington St., 5 p.m. Rice at Oklahoma St., 7 p.m.

Bowling Green at Marshall, 7 p.m. Buffalo at UCF, 7:30 p.m. Tenn.-Martin at Memphis, 8 p.m. UTEP at New Mexico St., 8 p.m.

PA 0 0 0 0 0 0

PA 46 35 90 43 54 54

Cal Poly at Ohio, 7 p.m. Iowa St. at Kent St., 7 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at W. Michigan, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Marshall, 7 p.m. Buffalo at UCF, 7:30 p.m.

MOUNTAIN WEST
BYU Colorado St. Utah TCU Air Force San Diego St. UNLV Wyoming New Mexico Conference W L PF PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 All Games W L PF 2 0 68 2 0 47 2 0 59 1 0 30 1 1 85 1 1 49 1 1 59 1 1 39 0 2 16 PA 16 40 31 14 20 52 26 63 85

PAC-10
Conference W L PF PA Stanford 1 0 39 13 Arizona 0 0 0 0 California 0 0 0 0 Oregon St. 0 0 0 0 UCLA 0 0 0 0 Southern Cal 0 0 0 0 Ariz. St. 0 0 0 0 Oregon 0 0 0 0 Washington 0 0 0 0 Washington St. 0 1 13 39 Today’s games California at Minnesota, Noon Utah at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. Southern Cal at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Iowa, 3:35 p.m. SMU at Washington St., 5 p.m. Cincinnati at Oregon St., 6:45 p.m. San Jose St. at Stanford, 9 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arizona St., 10 p.m. Kansas St. at UCLA, 10:15 p.m. All Games W L PF 1 1 56 2 0 53 2 0 111 2 0 57 2 0 52 2 0 74 1 0 50 1 1 46 1 1 65 0 2 33 East PA 37 23 20 28 29 18 3 55 54 77

SEC
Conference W L PF PA Georgia 1 0 41 37 Florida 0 0 0 0 Kentucky 0 0 0 0 Tennessee 0 0 0 0 South Carolina 0 1 37 41 Vanderbilt 0 1 9 23 West Auburn LSU Alabama Arkansas Mississippi Mississippi St Conference W L PF PA 1 0 49 24 1 0 23 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 24 49 All Games W L PF 2 0 86 2 0 54 2 0 74 1 0 48 1 0 45 1 1 69 PA 37 32 38 10 14 56 All Games W L PF 1 1 51 2 0 118 1 0 42 1 1 78 1 1 44 1 1 54 PA 61 9 0 26 44 23

SUN BELT
Conference W L PF PA La.-Lafayette 0 0 0 0 Arkansas St. 0 0 0 0 La.-Monroe 0 0 0 0 Middle Tenn. 0 0 0 0 North Texas 0 0 0 0 Fla. International 0 0 0 0 Fla. Atlantic 0 0 0 0 Troy 0 0 0 0 W. Kentucky 0 0 0 0 Today’s games North Texas at Alabama, 12:20 p.m. UAB at Troy, 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. Fla. International at Rutgers, 5 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at LSU, 7 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at W. Kentucky, 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arizona St., 10 p.m. All Games W L PF 2 0 59 1 1 70 1 1 78 1 1 45 1 1 50 0 1 14 0 1 3 0 2 20 0 2 20 PA 34 38 59 51 41 40 49 87 98

WAC
Conference W L PF PA Boise St. 1 0 51 34 Idaho 1 0 21 6 Hawaii 0 0 0 0 Nevada 0 0 0 0 Utah St. 0 0 0 0 Louisiana Tech 0 0 0 0 San Jose St. 0 0 0 0 New Mexico St. 0 1 6 21 Fresno St. 0 1 34 51 Friday’s game Boise St. 51, Fresno St. 34 Today’s games San Diego St. at Idaho, 5 p.m. Nevada at Colorado St., 5 p.m. Utah St. at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Nicholls St. at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. UTEP at New Mexico St., 8 p.m. San Jose St. at Stanford, 9 p.m. Hawaii at UNLV, 11 p.m. All Games W L PF 3 0 118 1 1 44 2 0 63 0 1 0 0 1 17 0 2 27 0 2 17 1 1 27 1 2 116 PA 42 48 40 35 35 69 80 39 85 Army Navy Notre Dame

INDEPENDENTS
W 1 1 1 L PF PA 1 46 49 1 59 45 1 69 38

Today’s games Ball St. at Army, Noon Michigan St. at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Navy at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.

Today’s games Utah at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. Wyoming at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. San Diego St. at Idaho, 5 p.m. Nevada at Colorado St., 5 p.m. Texas St. at TCU, 7 p.m. Florida St. at BYU, 7 p.m. Air Force at New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Hawaii at UNLV, 11 p.m.

Today’s games Louisville at Kentucky, Noon North Texas at Alabama, 12:20 p.m. Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at LSU, 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at South Caro-

lina, 7 p.m. Mississippi St. at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. SE Louisiana at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas, 7:45 p.m. West Virginia at Auburn, 7:45 p.m.

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Five teams with playoff aspirations need a ‘W’
BY VINNIE IYER viyer@sportingnews.com

It’s all but a certainty: Half the teams in the NFL begin the season with a loss. For five of the 16 teams that lost last weekend, whether it’s trying to live up to preseason expectations or catching up in early division races, Week 2 games have become crucial to set the tone for the rest of their season. And don’t overlook this: Since 2000, only eight teams (out of 74) have made the playoffs after starting 0-2. Here’s a look at the five and what they need to do to get a much-needed win:

the Jaguars were shredded by a similar wideout, the Colts’ Reggie Wayne. Warner needs to keep it simple and find Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin often. Jacksonville doesn’t have the passing game to keep up.

Carolina
What happened: Everything broke down against the Eagles. The offensive line was overwhelmed, keeping Jake Delhomme mired in his turnover slump, and the defense and special teams showed plenty of holes. “We gave the ball away much more than you can in the National Football League,” coach John Fox said. What needs to happen: The Panthers need to get back to basics and focus on ball security and staying fundamentally sound on defense. That will keep them in the game for four quarters. They can’t afford to fall two games behind this week’s opponent, the Falcons, in the NFC South. Key player: WR Steve Smith. The Panthers will look to pound the ball often to wear down the Falcons’ undersized front, but they need their best playmaker to be more involved. Smith has burned Atlanta in the past, so Carolina needs to get him the ball as often as it can any way it can. If the deep ball is taken away, the Panthers consider dumpoffs, screens and reverses.

running game was shut down and the defense, playing without Brian Urlacher for most of the night, saw its takeaway streak end at 25 games. What needs to happen: Cutler needs to make quicker, better decisions in the face of the Steelers’ daunting pass rush. The defense needs to rally without Urlacher and keep Ben Roethlisberger from getting loose and buying time to find second and third receivers down the middle. “We definitely have to get pressure,” coach Lovie Smith said. With the Packers and Vikings having favorable Week 2 matchups, the Bears are under pressure to avoid falling two games behind.

run well, Steve Slaton had two 100yard games against them as a rookie last season. The Texans won’t make the playoffs until they can solve both Tennessee and Indianapolis. Key players: The offensive line. The Texans need their interior line to handle the Titans’ Albert Haynesworth-less defensive front. Job 1 is establishing strong running from Slaton, which would help take pressure off Schaub and open up playaction passing to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels downfield.

Miami
What happened: The Dolphins pride themselves on playing disciplined, efficient football, but they committed four turnovers and allowed four sacks at Atlanta. It was a frustrating day for Miami because otherwise the game was rather even. What needs to happen: The defense should have some success slowing down the one-dimensional Colts, and the offense needs to its part with a methodical approach against Indy. “Their whole defense does a great job of playing fast, playing aggressive,” Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington said. Pennington’s patience is important if the Dolphins want to avoid falling two games behind the Patriots or Jets. Key player: RB Ronnie Brown. The Colts had trouble slowing down dual threat Maurice Jones-Drew with safety Bob Sanders out of the lineup. Brown can be a triple threat, as a passer off direct snaps. Look for Miami to unleash its Wildcat package to use the Colts’ aggressiveness against them.

Key player: LE Adewale Ogunleye.
Ogunleye had a big game in Green Bay with two sacks. He needs to be disruptive against Roethlisberger by forcing some rushed throws and creating interception chances. Buoyed by their home crowd, the Bears need to make some big defensive plays without Urlacher, and it starts up front.

Arizona
What happened: Call it a Super Bowl hangover or whatever you want, but the Cardinals were flat in their opening loss against San Francisco. The defense was off-balance, the pass protection wasn’t there, and Kurt Warner was inaccurate and erratic. “I still feel we’re just a little bit off,” Warner said. “We’re not rolling. It’s just not smooth—it’s a lot more work than it should be.” What needs to happen: The Cardinals need to come out and do what they do best: Get into rhythm in the passing game, build a lead and let their attack defense tee off on a Jaguars offense that received shaky play from David Garrard in an opening loss. Otherwise, the Cardinals will find themselves two games back of Seattle or San Francisco in the NFC West. Key player: WR Larry Fitzgerald. The 49ers did well to contain him, but

Houston
What happened: The Texans couldn’t muster an offensive touchdown against the Jets, as their running game evaporated and quarterback Matt Schaub never felt comfortable. The defense folded against the run and broke down against the pass, giving up many long-yardage plays. What needs to happen: “We’ve got to run the ball,” Schaub said about this week’s matchup at Tennessee. “We need to execute a whole lot better to be a successful team.” Even though the Titans typically stop the

Chicago
What happened: Jay Cutler was jittery in his first Bears start, and the Packers exploited that with their new 3-4 front and ballhawking secondary. It didn’t help that the Bears’

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Kurt Warner was sacked 3 times, hit 8 times, and hurried on 22 of 44 passing plays in the opener.

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Eli must ‘absorb more responsibility’ for Giants to thrive
Troy Aikman weighs in on a variety of topics during his show on Sporting News Radio.

Putting more on Eli Manning
I think for Eli Manning, this is an interesting season. Outside of that organization, I think everybody kind of looks at Eli like a caretaker because they do play great defense and they have run the ball so well. It’s Troy Aikman hard for me to imagSPORTING NEWS RADIO ine them being able to run the football as well as they did a year ago. With that, I think Eli is going to have to absorb more responsibility. And to do it without a go-to guy, and to do it without an Amani Toomer as well, I think this is his chance to show a lot of people that, “Hey, I’m a pretty darn good quarterback in this league.” He’ll get a chance to do it on a pretty big stage Sunday night against Dallas.

new stadium, and I think this team has a chance to match that stadium. Not a lot has been said about the Cowboys coming into this season; that’s probably good. They have been able to just focus on football. In a lot of ways they looked great against Tampa Bay. In a lot of ways they didn’t look so hot. This is a game where we’re going to get a much better indication as to what the Cowboys are all about. We’ll also get a much better indication as to what the Giants are all about. I say that a little bit cautiously in regard to this game because of this being the first game played in this new stadium. There are going to be over 100,000 people there. It’s going to be quite an event. It will have an atmosphere much like a playoff game. Dallas should play well. If the Giants come into this stadium and they beat Dallas and look good doing it, I’d have real concerns about the Dallas Cowboys.

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The last time the teams met last December, the Cowboys collected eight sacks against Giants QB Eli Manning in a 20-8 victory. yet we’re seeing more and more rookie quarterbacks have more success than we’ve ever seen before. That’s interesting to me.

Tracking the Saints
The strength is clearly their quarterback, their ability to move the football, and their ability to put points on the board. What they were able to do last week is pretty remarkable. Five hundred yards of offense … I don’t think people really understand how great that is. It was a good start for them, no doubt. But the fact they played against Detroit—which, as we know, did not win a game a year ago and were playing a rookie quarterback—it’s hard to tell exactly where New Orleans is.

Giants still play ferocious ‘D’
I like this Giants team. What I like about them is the way they came out and played defensively last week against Washington. There were some questions about Steve Spagnuolo going on to the Rams and, his replacement, Bill Sheridan, who had never been a defensive coordinator at any level. There had been some dissension within that locker room defensively. I thought Bill Sheridan called a great game, the players responded.

New stadium, new Cowboys They really hit a home run on the

Sanchez sizzles A couple of things jumped out at me in Week 1, and they both had to do with one game—the Jets-Texans game. What surprised me, one, was that Houston didn’t do a better job of stopping the run—especially considering the fact they were going up against a rookie quarterback. You just knew going in that the Jets were going to want to run the football. You’d think you’d say, “OK, look, we’re going to make Mark Sanchez beat us.” And, yet, the Jets were able to run for 190 yards. The other thing that surprised me was the play of Mark Sanchez. I think the game has gotten harder on quarterbacks, and

Coaching up rookie QBs
I think the coaching has gotten better. I think the offensive coordinators have gotten better over the years. I think they kind of understand what they have to do to protect these guys. The common denominator, whether it’s Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan or Mark Sanchez, is that their teams have all run the ball well. But at the end of the day, if you’re going to win games, somewhere in there quarterbacks have to be able to make plays.

Garcia ‘great pickup’ for Eagles
I’m not surprised Jeff Garcia asked to be released (from

Oakland). Jeff Garcia gave Oakland the best chance to win football games. I understand the stance Oakland has taken. They have a young quarterback. They’ve invested a lot in him. And they want to give him every opportunity to be the guy. Did Garcia say he wanted to be released only because he wasn’t going to be the starter? I don’t think that was the case. I think he knew the situation going in. I think it was a great pickup for Philadelphia. Here’s a guy who knows the offense. He can step right in. I’ve always liked Jeff Garcia. And I don’t know what it has been that’s kept people from really embracing him and letting him

hang around for a while. He’s 39 years old, I understand. But what a great guy to have come off the bench.

Big moment for Kolb
Everything always gets overstated, but this is a huge week for Kevin Kolb. If he does not play well—assuming that Donovan McNabb is not going to go—I could see where he’s not even on the Eagles’ roster a week from now. Maybe they let him go so they have room for Jeff Garcia and they have room for Michael Vick. — Troy Aikman, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, is a regular contributor to Sporting News magazine and host of the weekly Troy Aikman Show on Sporting News Radio.

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Q&A with … Vikings DT Kevin Williams

‘We’re always striving to be No. 1 across the board’
Pro Bowler Kevin Williams got off to a great start with a sack, a fumble recovery and seven quarterback hurries in the Vikings’ opening victory at Cleveland. He was just glad to be on the field. The NFL has been trying to suspend Williams and sidekick Pat Williams for four games, but they are eligible to play this season while the “StarCaps” case makes its way through the court system. Kevin Williams talked to Sporting News Radio’s Tim Montemayor about the case, the Vikings’ highly respected defense and playing the Lions on Sunday.

You guys got great pressure up front, but the linebackers really seemed to flow well behind you. Yeah, that’s something we’ve been building on the last few years. They’ve been playing together for a while now and they’re looking real sharp playing behind us, getting a good push.

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hung in there and things have been back and forth. But we’re going to get to play again this season, and we’re just hoping that things can continue to go our way once this is over.

How did you think you performed on Sunday against Cleveland? I think I did pretty good considering it was the first game. I mean you want to get off on a good foot and I think we did that, me personally and us as a team.

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I think you and Pat Williams are really the foundation of this defense. Do you guys view yourselves like that? We know a lot of stuff on the line starts in the middle, so if they can come at us, then we’re not doing very good. We try to shut them down and at least make them run outside to get the yards.

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I know you’re an Oklahoma State guy. Do you pay much attention to the team these days? Yeah, you can’t help not to when you’re No. 5 and guys in the locker room are giving you so much grief from it saying, “They don’t know how to handle success,” and things like that. But I think they just overlooked Houston. They had a lot of turnovers and just a few plays here and there really cost them. I think it might end up being good for them. It might have been a wakeup and won’t let them get too relaxed and keep playing with that hunger and desire.

Was the strategy to stop the run going into this game? Yeah, that’s what we do every week. We look to stop the run and make them one-dimensional so our rushers can get after the quarterback and disrupt.

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You guys look like a renewed group. Is it because you guys have fresh legs right now or did something change? We’re just striving to build on how we finished last year. We finished (in the) top 10, and we’re always trying to be No. 1 across the board, not just in run defense. We’re trying to use Sunday as a great point to start that off, and I think we did that. We’ve got a lot to improve on, but we got the win and that’s the important thing.

How much of a load is off with the suspensions not happening? Yeah, Pat and I kind of got to the point where what happened happened and we respected the courts. But knowing we weren’t going to be suspended—whenever this gets resolved—is a big burden off your shoulders and the team’s as well.

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I agree with you. I think they’ll be better for losing that game. Definitely. You see a lot of those, and it’ll happen to teams that are in the top 10 and the top 25, and the good thing is you bounce back and use it as a learning tool.

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Kevin Williams, left, an OSU alum, is taking a lot of grief about Oklahoma State’s loss to Houston.

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What needs to be tweaked? For the most part, we did well throughout the game. I think the

two-minute drill got some of the guys winded, but that’s just a live two minutes for the first time. It takes a lot out of you. But we kept playing hard and got it done.

Was that something you thought about a lot? Is that something that affected you in a big way? Nah, I mean it was last year and we were trying to get into the playoffs and that was kind of in the back of our minds and we thought we’d get it taken care of in the offseason. But we

You guys have Detroit this week. Is it hard to not to overlook a team like the Lions? You can’t look past anybody. This is the NFL, and everybody comes to play. No team is a team you can overlook because they’re going to come to play every Sunday and come to perform and they’re going to expect the same from you. Otherwise, you’ll end up like Oklahoma State.

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Beat-up Chargers rule out Tomlinson; Cassel may play
LaDainian Tomlinson was ruled out of the Chargers’ home opener against the Ravens on Sunday because of a sprained ankle, just the second time the star running back will miss a start due to injury in his brilliant nine-year career. The former NFL MVP, who was injured in Monday night’s 24-20 win at Oakland, hadn’t missed a game due to injury until January, when a groin injury kept him out of a playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl Steelers. All-purpose back Darren Sproles, who had a key role in San Diego’s comeback victory over the Raiders, will start in Tomlinson’s place, and veteran Michael Bennett will see plenty of action. Also out are starting C Nick Hardwick (ankle) and backup DE Travis Johnson (groin). Hardwick will be replaced by Scott Mruczkowski. The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that RG Louis Vasquez (knee) likely will be replaced in the lineup by Brandyn Dombrowski. NT Jamal Williams (elbow) is listed as questionable but is expected to play. The Chargers expect a tough, physical game against Ravens. “You’ve got two teams that are awfully good and see themselves as being pretty good,” coach Norv Turner said Friday. “They are a very physical football team, and we are a physical football team. So I think it’s going to be a heck of a matchup. We both have aspirations of doing something very special.” Meanwhile, the NFL fined QB Philip Rivers $7,500 for taunting in Monday night’s victory at Oakland. Rivers was involved in an incident with Raiders defensive lineman Gerard Warren which resulted in a 15-yard penalty as well as the fine.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel’s playing status

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LaDainian Tomlinson will miss just his second start ever. will be a game-time decision for the second consecutive week, but signs point toward him playing. Coach Todd Haley wouldn’t say which way he is leaning, but Cassel reported progress on his injured left knee. “I feel like I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last week at this time,” he told The Kansas City Star. The Chiefs also will make a game-time decision on starting CB Brandon Flowers (shoulder), who missed the opener. Bills No. 1 CB Terrence McGee has signed

a four-year contract extension with the Bills, ensuring he will play most if not all of his career in Buffalo. The Bills have been criticized for letting two other highly regarded corners (Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield) leave as free agents. McGee missed Friday’s practice because of back spasms and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. McGee, 28, led the Bills with three interceptions last season and is the team’s alltime leader in kickoff returns (206) and

kickoff return yards (5,420). He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2005 and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2006. Patriots LB has been fined $5,000 for his roughing-the-passer penalty on the Bills’ Trent Edwards last Monday, ESPN reported. Thomas was flagged in the fourth quarter after he sacked Edwards. It was ruled that Thomas unnecessarily and violently slammed Edwards to the ground. Thomas says he will appeal the fine.

Steelers WR Limas Sweed won’t play Sunday against the Bears because of a sprained foot. Starting LB Lawrence Timmons (high ankle sprain) is expected to play against the Bears, though it is uncertain whether he will start. Timmons didn’t play in the opener and was replaced by Keyaron Fox. Sweed was hurt during practice Rookie Mike Wallace is expected to replace him as the Steelers’ No. 3 receiver.

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Favre enjoys freedom in Vikings’ offense
Brett Favre has only been with the Vikings for a month. But he already seems to enjoy more freedom with the offense than any previous quarterback under coach Brad Childress. In the team’s victory at Cleveland, Favre made several significant changes after the huddle was broken as he reacted to what he saw in the Browns’ defense. Veterans Gus Frerotte and Brad Johnson both complained in the past that Childress didn’t let them react to what they saw from the defense after they broke the huddle. Apparently Favre’s three MVP awards, one Super Bowl ring and numerous passing records have earned him some flexibility from Childress. Favre’s familiarity with coordinator Darrell Bevell from their time in Green Bay adds to that comfort. “You know he did a great job getting us out of a couple runs that had a low probability of success and actually took one to the side where we gained a bunch of yards,” Childress said. “He did that on his own.” He also made a few changes from runs to passes “that we really weren’t expecting,” Childress said. Third-year WR Sidney Rice said he has never played with a quarterback who will change things at the line like Favre does. “You’ve got to expect the unexpected at all times with Brett,” Rice said. “Because he will change it up and get the job done.”
Seahawks LT Walter Jones could play Sunday at San Francisco, one month to the day after knee surgery. Seattle’s nine-time Pro Bowler had his most extensive practice on Friday since his second knee surgery in eight months. Jones, 35, participated in some team drills and is listed as questionable. Coach Jim Mora said Jones has progressed more than expected. He’s waiting for Jones

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Brett Favre has the trust of Vikings coach Brad Childress. to say he’s ready, but Mora cautioned “we can’t be greedy” and play the star too soon. Giants DT Chris Canty will be on the sideline when he returns to Dallas this weekend. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Canty missed practice again with a calf injury and has been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys. Panthers starting SS Chris Harris is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Atlanta. Harris missed his third straight practice Friday after being a late scratch from the opening loss to Philadelphia with a sore left knee. Quinton Teal is expected to start against the Falcons.

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Hunter Hillenmeyer, who is replacing injured MLB Brian Urlacher, won’t be the only new starter for the Bears when they host the Steelers on Sunday. Coach Lovie Smith said Friday Zack Bowman will make his first career start as a replacement for Nate Vasher at right cornerback. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who has a knee sprain, will be replaced

by Nick Roach. Smith also confirmed that TE Desmond Clark will not play Sunday because of a rib injury. He’ll be replaced by Kelvin Davis. FS Danieal Manning says he has been told he will start after coming back from a hamstring injury. Last week, Kevin Payne started at free safety. The NFL has fined Redskins WR Santana Moss and Giants CB Corey Webster $5,000 apiece for their tussle during last week’s game. Moss and Webster struck each other

in the head during the second quarter of New York’s 23-17 victory over Washington. Webster knocked Moss’s helmet off, and both players were flagged for personal fouls. The NFL fined Cardinals S Adrian Wilson $10,000 for a hit on 49ers TE Vernon Davis last Sunday. Wilson was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, on which he broke up a pass. Davis wasn’t injured. In a statement Friday, the league said Wilson “unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver.”

49ers WR Brandon Jones is unlikely to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks after returning to practice this week from a shoulder injury. Jones was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, with coach Mike Singletary saying he is yet to be in game shape. Singletary hopes another week of workouts will be enough for Jones to make his season debut in Week 3 at Minnesota. Jones, a fifth-year pro in his first season with San Francisco, sustained a small fracture in his right shoulder during training camp Aug. 6.

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NEW YORK—The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (OUT - Definitely will not play; DNP - Did not practice; LIMITED - Limited participation in practice; FULL - Full participation in practice): SUNDAY ARIZONA CARDINALS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS— CARDINALS: OUT: DE Kenny Iwebema (ankle), S Matt Ware (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring), WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (ribs), LB Chike Okeafor (shoulder). PROBABLE: WR Sean Morey (ribs), QB Brian St. Pierre (back), G Reggie Wells (thumb). JAGUARS: OUT: TE Zach Miller (knee), CB Brian Witherspoon (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Quentin Groves (thigh), LB Daryl Smith (hip). BALTIMORE RAVENS AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—RAVENS: DOUBTFUL: S Tom Zbikowski (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: TE L.J. Smith (hamstring). PROBABLE: LB Tavares Gooden (knee), LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder), S Ed Reed (concussion), LB Terrell Suggs (concussion, chest). CHARGERS: OUT: C Nick Hardwick (ankle), DT Travis Johnson (groin), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: LB Antwan Applewhite (hamstring), G Louis Vasquez (knee), DT Jamal Williams (elbow). PROBABLE: T Marcus McNeill (hand), P Mike Scifres (bilateral groin). CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS—PANTHERS: DOUBTFUL: S Chris Harris (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Nick Hayden (toe). PROBABLE: DE Everette Brown (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (knee), CB Sherrod Martin (knee), T Jeff Otah (shoulder), RB Jonathan Stewart (heel). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE: S William Moore (hamstring). PROBABLE: K Jason Elam (left hamstring), DT Peria Jerry (chest). CINCINNATI BENGALS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS—BENGALS: OUT: CB David Jones (foot), G Nate Livings (knee), T Andre Smith (foot). PROBABLE: T Scott Kooistra (knee), RB Brian Leonard (chest), QB Jordan Palmer (illness). PACKERS: OUT: S Atari Bigby (knee), RB Brandon Jackson (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: G Daryn Colledge (foot), DT B.J. Raji (ankle). PROBABLE: CB Will Blackmon (quadricep), K Mason Crosby (abdomen), WR Greg Jennings (wrist). CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS—BROWNS: OUT: G Rex Hadnot (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB David Bowens (knee), RB James Davis (shoulder), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (thigh). PROBABLE: RB Jerome Harrison (knee), TE Steve Heiden (knee), RB Jamal Lewis (neck), DT Shaun Rogers (foot), P Dave Zastudil (right knee). BRONCOS: OUT: LB Spencer Larsen (shoulder), DT Le Kevin Smith (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Josh Barrett (shoulder), G Chris Kuper (ankle). PROBABLE: CB Champ Bailey (ankle), S Brian Dawkins (hand), WR Jabar Gaffney (finger), RB Knowshon Moreno (knee), QB Kyle Orton (right finger). HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS—TEXANS: OUT: WR Andre Davis (concussion), CB Antwaun Molden (quadricep). QUESTIONABLE: DT Shaun Cody (knee), RB Vonta Leach (knee), CB Jacques Reeves (fibula), WR Kevin Walter (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Eugene Wilson (knee). TITANS: DOUBTFUL: TE Bo Scaife (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Jared Cook (ankle), LB David Thornton (knee). PROBABLE: P Craig Hentrich (back). MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS—VIKINGS: OUT: LB Erin Henderson (calf). QUESTIONABLE: LB Heath Farwell (hamstring). PROBABLE: G Anthony Herrera (back), TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand). LIONS: DOUBTFUL: DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), QB Drew Stanton (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Andre Fluellen (knee), CB Eric King (shoulder). PROBABLE: CB Phillip Buchanon (neck), K Jason Hanson (right knee), DT Grady Jackson (knee), CB William James (foot), T Daniel Loper (knee). NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS—PATRIOTS: OUT: LB Jerod Mayo (knee). QUESTIONABLE: C Dan Connolly (back), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), G Steve Neal (back), LB Rob Ninkovich (calf), DT Myron Pryor (calf), WR Matt Slater (elbow), WR Wes Welker (knee), CB Terrence Wheatley (knee). PROBABLE: QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), LB Adalius Thomas (foot). JETS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Kris Jenkins (back), DT Sione Pouha (ankle), WR Wallace Wright (hamstring). PROBABLE: QB Kellen Clemens (right elbow), DE Mike Devito (hamstring), RB Shonn Greene (rib), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), LB Jamaal Westerman (quadricep). NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—SAINTS: OUT: T Jammal Brown (hip), TE Darnell Dinkins (foot). QUESTIONABLE: DT Kendrick Clancy (knee), RB Pierre Thomas (knee). PROBABLE: T Jermon Bushrod (ankle), S Roman Harper (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (knee), TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle), S Usama Young (shoulder). EAGLES: OUT: S Quintin Demps (hamstring), G Todd Herremans (foot), LB Joe Mays (shoulder). DOUBTFUL: QB Donovan McNabb (rib). QUESTIONABLE: DE Victor Abiamiri (groin). PROBABLE: WR Kevin Curtis (knee), T King Dunlap (elbow), WR DeSean Jackson (groin), G Max Jean-Gilles (knee), T Winston Justice (shoulder). OAKLAND RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—RAIDERS: OUT: WR Nick Miller (shin), WR Chaz Schilens (foot). QUESTIONABLE: WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (shoulder). PROBABLE: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist), DE Greg Ellis (shoulder), LB Kirk Morrison (elbow). CHIEFS: QUESTIONABLE: QB Matt Cassel (knee), CB Brandon Flowers (shoulder). PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CHICAGO BEARS—STEELERS: OUT: S Troy Polamalu (knee), WR Limas Sweed (foot). PROBABLE: CB Ike Taylor (not injury related), LB Lawrence Timmons (ankle). BEARS: DOUBTFUL: TE Desmond Clark (rib), LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee). PROBABLE: S Al Afalava (shoulder), DE Mark Anderson (toe), DT Tommie Harris (knee), S Danieal Manning (back), G Frank Omiyale (ankle). SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—SEAHAWKS: OUT: LB LeRoy Hill (groin). QUESTIONABLE: WR Deion Branch (hamstring), CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), T Walter Jones (knee), DT Brandon Mebane (calf), C Chris Spencer (quadricep), LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms), S C.J. Wallace (rib). 49ERS: OUT: LB Ahmad Brooks (knee). DOUBTFUL: WR Brandon Jones (shoulder). PROBABLE: G David Baas (biceps), DT Aubrayo Franklin (shin), CB Marcus Hudson (knee), G Chilo Rachal (neck), DE Justin Smith (elbow), DE Isaac Sopoaga (shoulder). ST. LOUIS RAMS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS—RAMS: OUT: S Craig Dahl (hamstring), T John Greco (wrist). REDSKINS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Anthony Montgomery (knee). PROBABLE: LB Robert Henson (illness), T Chris Samuels (knee), CB Fred Smoot (rib). TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT BUFFALO BILLS—BUCCANEERS: OUT: CB E.J. Biggers (shoulder), C Jeff Faine (triceps). DOUBTFUL: WR Antonio Bryant (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE John Gilmore (ankle), DE Kyle Moore (groin). PROBABLE: S Jermaine Phillips (calf). BILLS: OUT: LB Paul Posluszny (forearm). QUESTIONABLE: CB Terrence McGee (back). PROBABLE: TE Derek Fine (hamstring), CB Drayton Florence (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (knee), DE Aaron Schobel (back). NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS—GIANTS: OUT: DE Chris Canty (calf), T Adam Koets (ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (groin), RB Danny Ware (elbow). QUESTIONABLE: CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee). PROBABLE: LB Michael Boley (hip), S Michael Johnson (shoulder). COWBOYS: OUT: S Michael Hamlin (wrist), LB Jason Williams (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Curtis Johnson (hamstring), QB Stephen McGee (knee), QB Tony Romo (ankle), S Gerald Sensabaugh (chest). MONDAY INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS—COLTS: DNP: WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee), CB Tim Jennings (not injury related), G Jamey Richard (shoulder), S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle). FULL: T Charlie Johnson (back), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen). DOLPHINS: FULL: LB Akin Ayodele (back).

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Kolb poised to make first NFL start

Standings
AFC
East New England N.Y. Jets Buffalo Miami South Indianapolis Houston Jacksonville Tennessee North Baltimore Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland West San Diego Denver Kansas City Oakland W 1 1 0 0 W 1 0 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 1 1 L 0 1 1 1 L 0 0 1 1 L 0 0 1 1 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 .000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 PF 25 24 24 7 PF 14 7 12 10 PF 38 13 7 20 PF 24 12 24 20 PA Home Away 24 7 25 19 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 AFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 AFC 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 AFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 AFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0

PA Home Away 12 24 14 13 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0

PA Home Away 24 10 12 34 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

PA Home Away 20 7 38 24 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0

NELL REDMOND / AP

Kevin Kolb has played in eight games, but never started or thrown a TD pass. PHILADELPHIA—Kevin Kolb took all the snaps with the first team in practice. He answered all the questions about his preparedness to start for the Eagles. Kolb was publicly supBetting lines ported by his teammates, Sunday and kept his cool even as FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U UNDERDOG Jeff Garcia was signed as at Kansas City.................3...............3..... (38½) ................Oakland at Tennessee ..................7............6½.........(41) ................Houston their backup QB. He’s New England ..............4½............3½.........(46) ............ at N.Y. Jets done it all this week but at Green Bay...................9...............9.........(42) .............Cincinnati Minnesota...................9½.............10..... (45½) ..............at Detroit start his first NFL game. New Orleans ...............+1...............1..... (46½) .....at Philadelphia Kolb appears set to get at Atlanta ....................6½............6½..... (42½) ................Carolina at Washington ............9½.............10.........(37) ................St. Louis that welcomed chance at Jacksonville.............4½...............3..... (42½) .................Arizona against the Saints on Sunat San Francisco .............1............1½..... (39½) ..................Seattle at Buffalo .......................4...............5.........(42) ............Tampa Bay day. Donovan McNabb is at Denver........................3...............3..... (38½) ..............Cleveland doubtful because of a fracat San Diego................3½...............3..... (40½) ............. Baltimore Pittsburgh ......................3...............3..... (37½) .............at Chicago tured rib and sat out pracat Dallas ......................2½...............3..... (44½) ............N.Y. Giants tice for the third straight Monday day Friday. The Eagles Indianapolis ...................3...............3.........(42) ...............at Miami haven’t completely ruled out McNabb, leaving open the slim chance that the quarterback who once threw four touchdown passes on a broken ankle can gut out a painful rib injury against the Saints. Kolb, who has never thrown a TD pass in eight career games, is ready to start. “In my mind, I’m the starter,” he said. “That’s the way I have to think of it.” — The Associated Press

NFC
East N.Y. Giants Dallas Philadelphia Washington South New Orleans Atlanta Carolina Tampa Bay North Green Bay Minnesota Chicago Detroit West San Francisco Seattle Arizona St. Louis W 1 1 1 0 W 1 1 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 1 L 0 0 1 1 L 0 0 1 1 L 0 0 1 1 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 Pct 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 PF 23 34 38 17 PF 45 19 10 21 PF 21 34 15 27 PF 20 28 16 0 PA Home Away 17 21 10 23 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 NFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 NFC 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 NFC 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 NFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 AFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 Div 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0

PA Home Away 27 7 38 34 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

PA Home Away 15 20 21 45 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0

PA Home Away 16 0 20 28 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0

Schedule
Sunday

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 1 p.m. New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Green Bay, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Arizona at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 4:05 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.

Cleveland at Denver, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.
Monday

Indianapolis at Miami, 8:30 p.m.

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THE LAUNCHING PAD
What to expect in the major leagues today

Phillies’ Manuel doesn’t view Myers as a ninth-inning option
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he doubts P Brett Myers will be physically ready to serve as the team’s closer this season. Myers recently returned from June hip surgery. “He still has some problems at times,” Manuel told the newspaper. “It’s kind of like he’s back in spring training. He’s not 100 percent. He has soreness, which is kind of normal because he missed so much time. Right now, he’s not ready to be turned loose.” Closer Brad Lidge recently lost exclusive rights to the job because of his season-long struggles, and P Ryan Madson has picked up some save chances. In other Phillies news, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported P Chan Ho Park (hamstring) will miss 2-3 weeks. According to The Kansas City Star, X-rays on P Zack Greinke’s pitching elbow were negative. Greinke was hit by a line drive in Thursday’s win over the Tigers but suffered only a bruise. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Cardinals have tabled all contract negotiations with potential free agents until after the season. That pool of players includes OF Matt Holliday, 3B Mark DeRosa and P Joel Pineiro. In other Cardinals’ news, the team’s website noted P Chris Carpenter is in line to start Game 1 of the NLDS. With time running out on their playoff chances, the White Sox soon could shut down a couple of their starting pitchers. Chicago already has scratched P Gavin Floyd (hip) from his scheduled Monday start and could be ready to call it a season for the young righthander. Manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago SunTimes that P Mark Buehrle also could be shut down in an effort to control his mounting innings total. In his start Friday, Buehrle surpassed the 200-inning plateau for the ninth consecutive season. The lefthander also has double-digit win totals in each of those seasons. The Tigers’ website reported P Nate Robertson (groin) threw a successful bullpen session and has been cleared to start Sunday in place of P Jarrod Washburn (knee). Robertson lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start because of the injury. Good news and bad news for the Marlins as they try to hang in the N.L. wild-card race: The team’s website reported P Chris Volstad soon could be shut down, but OF Jeremy Hermida (oblique) soon could return. Volstad is 9-12 with a 5.17 ERA in 28 starts this season, but has been particularly ineffective recently (9.93 ERA since August). Hermida, who is hitting .259 with 13 homers and 47 RBIs this season, hasn’t played since Sept. 2. Mets 1B Carlos Delgado, out since May 11, had another setback while rehabbing from right hip surgery and it appears increasingly unlikely that he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. Delgado tried again to run outside last weekend but his hip became inflamed. Also, according to the New York Daily News, Mets rookie P Bobby Parnell will move from the rotation to the bullpen for the remainder of the

Better late than never
It will come about a month later than the White Sox expected/hoped, but righthander Jake Peavy finally will make his American League debut tonight against the Royals. Acquired in a last-minute deal before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline, Peavy suffered an elbow injury during his rehab assignment for an ankle injury. During that time, Chicago slumped and lost some serious ground in the A.L. Central. With the Tigers keeping the door open, however, the White Sox still are alive in the race. Perhaps Peavy, who hasn’t pitched since June 8, will provide a much-needed boost.

Never say die
The Twins and Tigers will continue their weekend series at the Metrodome this afternoon. Faced with yet another must-win situation, Minnesota also must face Tigers ace Justin Verlander. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In two starts against the Twins this season, Verlander is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA. Meanwhile, Twins righthander Carl Pavano, who will be on the mound today, is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts against Detroit this season. Pavano has been especially tough on first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who is hitting .091 (1-for-11) against him this season.

Now or never
The surging Braves, still in the pack of teams trying to keep their N.L. wildcard hopes alive, will host the Phillies in the second game of a three-game set tonight. Righthander Javier Vazquez, who ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts (216) and ERA (3.01), will make his fifth start against Philadelphia this season. He went 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA and 24 strikeouts (in 26 innings) against them in the first four meetings, but he struggled against first baseman Ryan Howard and left fielder Raul Ibanez. Howard and Ibanez both have taken Vazquez deep twice this season.
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— Chris Bahr

Brett Myers has pitched only 4 2/3 innings since returning from the D.L. season. Parnell went 1-5 with a 7.93 ERA in eight starts this season, compared to 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 54 relief appearances. Manager Jerry Manuel told the newspaper that Parnell will work as a starter in winter ball. Yankees P Andy Pettitte came away from his regular bullpen session without any problems on Friday is expected to start on Monday night in Anaheim against the Angels. Pettitte’s last rotation turn was skipped after he experienced some shoulder fatigue. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland speculated the Indians will make a decision about the future of manager Eric Wedge soon after the end of the regular season. General manager Mark Shapiro told the newspaper that nothing has been decided yet about Wedge, who is signed through the 2010 season. Bothered by shoulder tendinitis, A’s P Vin Mazzaro has been shut down for the season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The rookie finished with a 4-9 record nd a 5.32 ERA in 17 starts. In addition, P Brett Tomko (arm) likely will be shut down as well. The veteran righthander went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts with Oakland.

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Justin Verlander has a 3.34 ERA, but has given up 7 ER in 12 IP vs. the Twins.

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Batting Average Home Runs
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Away 42-31 35-37 31-47 28-45 24-47 Away 30-43 31-40 32-43 30-45 30-43 Away 44-32 35-35 35-40 33-42

Fantasy Focus
Hitter rankings

LEAGUE LEADERS
A.L. N.L.

American League standings
Team St. Louis Arizona Philadelphia Milwaukee San Diego Washington Philadelphia East New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore Central Detroit Minnesota Chicago Cleveland Kansas City West Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland 58 42 34 29 27 27 25 W 94 87 75 66 60 W 78 75 72 61 60 W 88 80 77 69 L 54 59 73 81 87 L 69 72 76 86 87 L 59 66 71 78 Pct GB WCGB .635 — — .596 6 — .507 19 13 .449 27½ 21½ .408 33½ 27½ Pct .531 .510 .486 .415 .408 L10 6-4 8-2 3-7 5-5 4-6 Str L-1 W-1 W-2 L-2 L-2 Str L-2 W-5 L-3 L-6 W-2 Str W-2 L-5 W-3 W-5 Home 52-23 52-22 44-26 38-36 36-40 Home 48-26 44-32 40-33 31-41 30-44 Home 44-27 45-31 42-31 36-36

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Player Mauer ISuzuki MiCabrera Jeter Bartlett MYoung Cano

Team Minnesota Seattle Detroit New York Tampa Bay Texas New York

.373 .357 .330 .329 .325 .322 .319

Player HaRamirez Pujols Sandoval Helton DWright FLopez Three tied

Team Florida St. Louis San Francisco Colorado New York Milwaukee

.355 .330 .320 .316 .314 .309 .308

Player CPena Teixeira Bay NCruz AHill Branyan Longoria

Team Tampa Bay New York Boston Texas Toronto Seattle Tampa Bay

39 35 34 32 32 31 31

Player Pujols Reynolds Howard Fielder AdGonzalez ADunn Werth

47 42 40 39 38 37 34

GB WCGB L10 — — 3-7 3 12½ 6-4 6½ 16 4-6 17 26½ 1-9 18 27½ 8-2 L10 6-4 4-6 5-5 8-2

N.Y. Yankees 1B/OF Nick Swisher A glance at the movers and shakers in the Fantasy Source’s latest hitter rankings:
A.L.

Runs
N.L. A.L.

Stolen Bases
N.L.

UP ▲ Geovany Soto, C, Cubs. It might be
too little, too late for Soto owners, but he is having his best month in terms of batting average and RBIs. ▲ Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, Yankees. Not only is Swisher hitting for power, he could have his first .300-hitting month since April.

Player Figgins Damon Jeter BRoberts Pedroia Scutaro Two tied

Team Los Angeles New York New York Baltimore Boston Toronto

107 103 103 102 101 100 95

Player Pujols Utley Braun Zimmerman HaRamirez Victorino Howard

Team St. Louis Philadelphia Milwaukee Washington Florida Philadelphia Philadelphia

119 104 103 100 95 94 93

Player Ellsbury Crawford Figgins RDavis BUpton BAbreu BRoberts

Team Boston Tampa Bay Los Angeles Oakland Tampa Bay Los Angeles Baltimore

62 59 42 40 37 29 29

Player Bourn Morgan Kemp Rollins Fowler Pierre Three tied

Team Houston Washington Los Angeles Philadelphia Colorado Los Angeles

Pct GB WCGB .599 — — .548 7½ 7 .520 11½ 11 .469 19 18½

National League standings
East Philadelphia Florida Atlanta New York Washington Central St. Louis Chicago Milwaukee Houston Cincinnati Pittsburgh W 86 79 78 63 51 W 86 75 72 70 68 56 L 60 69 69 85 96 L 62 71 75 77 80 89 L 60 65 67 82 83 Pct GB WCGB L10 .589 — — 8-2 .534 8 4 6-4 .531 8½ 4½ 8-2 .426 24 20 1-9 .347 35½ 31½ 4-6 Pct GB WCGB .581 — — .514 10 7 .490 13½ 10½ .476 15½ 12½ .459 18 15 .386 28½ 25½ Pct .595 .561 .544 .446 .439 L10 5-5 6-4 6-4 3-7 5-5 2-8 Str W-6 W-1 L-1 L-6 W-1 Str W-1 L-3 W-3 L-5 L-1 W-1 Str L-1 L-1 W-1 L-1 W-1 Home 42-32 40-35 38-34 36-37 29-43 Home 45-31 44-30 35-37 42-33 35-38 37-34 Home 46-30 45-27 48-26 39-37 33-40 Away 44-28 39-34 40-35 27-48 22-53 Away 41-31 31-41 37-38 28-44 33-42 19-55 Away 42-30 38-38 32-41 27-45 32-43

RBIs
A.L. N.L. A.L.

Pitching
N.L.

▲ Casey McGehee, 2B/3B, Brewers.
McGehee remains hot at the plate, keeping third base prospect Mat Gamel on the bench.

DOWN ▼ Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Diamondbacks. Perhaps because of the overload of tough N.L. West pitching, Reynolds’ power and baserunning production have dropped dramatically in September. ▼ Brad Hawpe, OF, Rockies. Hawpe could use the same N.L. West excuse as Reynolds, but he has struggled the entire second half.

Player Teixeira Bay Longoria Lind Morneau CPena Two tied

Team New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Minnesota Tampa Bay

113 107 107 104 100 100 98

Player Pujols Fielder Howard DLee Braun HaRamirez ADunn

Team St. Louis Milwaukee Philadelphia Chicago Milwaukee Florida Washington

127 126 121 103 101 100 99

Player Sabathia Feldman FHernandez Verlander JerWeaver Beckett Halladay

Team New York Texas Seattle Detroit Los Angeles Boston Toronto

17-7 16-5 16-5 16-8 15-6 15-6 15-9

Player Wainwright CCarpenter JoJohnson De La Rosa Marquis Lincecum Haren

Team St. Louis St. Louis Florida Colorado Colorado San Francisco Arizona

18-8 16-4 15-4 15-9 15-11 14-5 14-8

West W Los Angeles 88 Colorado 83 San Francisco 80 San Diego 66 Arizona 65 z-first game was a win

GB WCGB L10 — — 7-3 5 — 5-5 7½ 2½ 5-5 22 17 5-5 23 18 4-6

Hits
A.L. N.L. A.L.

Strikeouts
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Pitching matchups Today’s games (All times Eastern)
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Based on his drop-off this month, it looks like McCutchen has hit the rookie wall. — Brad Pinkerton

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Twins 3, Tigers 0 Detroit AB Raburn lf 4 Polanco 2b 2 Ordonez rf 4 Mi.Cabrera 1b 4 Thames dh 4 Inge 3b 3 b-Avila ph 0 Granderson cf 4 Laird c 3 c-A.Huff ph 1 Everett ss 2 a-Santiago ph-ss 1 Totals 32

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Minnesota 3, Detroit 0

L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0
R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 H 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 BI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 SO 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 Avg. .277 .277 .288 .330 .254 .234 .286 .250 .224 .245 .242 .258 Avg. .307 .268 .373 .303 .236 .274 .264 .368 .196 .207 .228 0 5 0 3 9 0

Duensing’s effort closes Twins’ gap
MINNEAPOLIS—Brian Duensing left the mound to a rousing ovation for his performance that helped push Minnesota within three games of Detroit for the A.L. Central lead. Showing his age, Duensing wasn’t sure about protocol. Tip his cap to acknowledge the crowd, or just keep walking? That was the only sign of his rookie status, though. He pitched with the poise of a seasoned pro. Michael Cuddyer’s two-run homer was all Duensing needed, energizing the Twins in a 3-0 victory over the Tigers on Friday night. “He wasn’t scared of any of those guys,” Cuddyer said. “He went out there, pounded the strike zone. That was huge, and hopefully he can continue to be huge for us.” This is the closest the Twins (75-72) have been to first place since Aug. 2. They’re 6-1 at home this year against Detroit. “He kept us off balance, move the ball around, went in and out,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “Was he overpowering? No. Did he show great stuff? No. But he showed good stuff, and he showed tremendous pitchability.” Duensing gave up two infield singles among just four hits and only one walk over 6 1/3 innings, before yielding to the bullpen to finish Minnesota’s fifth straight victory. Joe Nathan posted his 42nd save, allowing a walk and a double with two outs before finishing a scoreless ninth. “We haven’t hit a lot this year, really to be honest with you,” Leyland said. “But it’s time for the stars to shine.” As the Tigers (78-69) have stumbled since Labor Day, failing to get their bats going and take advantage of the assorted problems bothering the Twins and Chicago White Sox, the A.L. Central has quietly emerged as the one division in baseball this season with an actual pennant chase. These teams play twice more this weekend and four times in Detroit during the final week of the season, though, so it could be quite the finish. — The Associated Press

Kazmir finally wins for new team
ARLINGTON, TEXAS—Scott Kazmir is tuning up for the playoffs with a new team, and finally has a victory for the A.L. Westleading Los Angeles Angels. Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings to get his first victory since being acquired Aug. 28 from defending American League champion Tampa Bay, and the Angels won 2-0 Friday night to stretch their division lead to a season-high 7½ games over the scoring-challenged Texas Rangers. “Any time you’re with a new team, you want to show what you’re made of. This was the perfect example. There was something I wanted to prove,” said Kazmir, whose former team has already been eliminated from postseason contention. “It’s always exciting to get your first one with your new team, especially a team that’s trying to get a playoff spot.” While the lefthander pitched well enough to win each of his first three starts—his ERA is now 1.42 in Los Angeles—he had gotten only four runs of offensive support while going 0-1. But Kazmir and three relievers didn’t need much help against the Rangers. Texas was shut out for the fourth time in a five-game span—a first in team history. The Rangers have scored only once in 46 innings during their season-worst five-game losing streak. — The Associated Press
Angels 2, Rangers 0 Los Angeles AB R Figgins 3b 4 0 M.Izturis 2b 4 1 B.Abreu rf 4 0 Guerrero dh 4 1 Tor.Hunter cf 4 0 K.Morales 1b 4 0 J.Rivera lf 4 0 E.Aybar ss 2 0 Napoli c 3 0 Totals 33 2 Texas Kinsler 2b Andrus ss Dav.Murphy lf Teagarden c An.Jones dh M.Byrd cf N.Cruz rf C.Davis 1b I.Rodriguez c a-Borbon ph-lf German 3b b-Blalock ph Vizquel 3b Totals AB 4 4 3 0 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 0 33 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 H 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 6 H 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 8 BI 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 BI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 BB 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 SO 1 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 9 SO 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 7 Avg. .298 .294 .297 .297 .309 .301 .290 .306 .266 Avg. .252 .270 .270 .209 .214 .283 .263 .216 .261 .313 .342 .236 .268 2 6 1 0 8 1

Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Span cf-rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 O.Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 Mauer c 2 0 0 0 2 0 Kubel rf 4 2 2 0 0 1 Gomez cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cuddyer 1b 4 1 1 2 0 2 Delm.Young lf 4 0 2 1 0 1 J.Morales dh 4 0 2 0 0 0 1-A.Casilla pr-dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tolbert 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 Punto 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 Totals 31 3 9 3 3 4 Detroit 000 000 000 — Minnesota 000 201 00x —

a-flied out for Everett in the 8th. b-walked for Inge in the 9th. c-lined out for Laird in the 9th. 1-ran for J.Morales in the 8th. LOB: Detroit 8, Minnesota 8. 2B: Thames (11), Granderson (21), Kubel (31), Delm.Young (13). HR: Cuddyer (27), off Porcello. RBIs: Cuddyer 2 (80), Delm. Young (44). SB: A.Casilla (11). S: Span. Runners left in scoring position: Detroit 5 (Raburn, Laird 2, A.Huff 2); Minnesota 4 (Punto, Tolbert 2, Kubel). DP: Detroit 1 (Polanco, Everett, Mi.Cabrera). Detroit Porcello L, 13-9 Ni Perry Minnesota Duensing W, 4-1 Mijares H, 24 Rauch H, 3 Nathan S, 42-47 IP 6 1 1 IP 6 1⁄3 2⁄3 1 1 H 8 0 1 H 4 0 0 1 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 1 1 100 4.22 0 0 2 1 23 2.83 0 0 0 2 19 3.93 R ER BB SO NP ERA 0 0 1 1 103 3.22 0 0 0 0 8 2.17 0 0 0 1 15 3.00 0 0 1 1 19 2.21

Los Angeles 101 000 000 — Texas 000 000 000 —

a-singled for I.Rodriguez in the 8th. b-flied out for German in the 8th. E: Tor.Hunter (1), German (5). LOB: Los Angeles 10, Texas 8. HR: Guerrero (15), off Tom.Hunter. RBIs: Guerrero (45), Tor.Hunter (84). CS: B.Abreu (8). S: E.Aybar. Runners left in scoring position: Los Angeles 4 (K.Morales, B.Abreu 2, Napoli); Texas 3 (Kinsler, An.Jones 2). GIDP: Andrus, I.Rodriguez. DP: Los Angeles 2 (Figgins, K.Morales), (M.Izturis, K.Morales). Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Kazmir W, 9-8 6 6 0 0 0 5 104 5.08 Bulger H, 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 3.36 Jepsen H, 16 1 2 0 0 1 0 19 4.35 Fuentes S, 43-50 1 0 0 0 1 1 24 4.26 Texas IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Tom.Hunter L, 8-4 5 5 2 2 4 5 97 3.25 N.Feliz 2 1 0 0 1 2 32 1.35 C.Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 3.06 F.Francisco 1 0 0 0 0 1 15 3.43 IBB: off Jepsen (Dav.Murphy). WP: Tom.Hunter. Umpires: Home, Dale Scott; First, Rob Drake; Second, Mike DiMuro; Third, Ron Kulpa. T: 2:57. A: 34,240 (49,170).

Inherited runners-scored: Mijares 2-0. IBB: off Ni (Mauer). HBP: by Rauch (Polanco). Umpires: Home, Jerry Layne; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, Mike Winters. T: 2:42. A: 32,693 (46,632).

American League wild-card standings
Boston Texas W 87 80 L Pct. 59 .596 66 .548 GB — 7

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Detroit P Rick Porcello, left, gave up a two-run homer to Michael Cuddyer that sparked the Twins.

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Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 4

Kansas City 11, Chicago White Sox 0

Shields finally gets home ‘W’
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—James Shields finally got a win at home, after waiting nearly half the season. Eight straight Tampa Bay batters reached base to start a six-run third inning that helped Shields and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 Friday night. “Today was a pretty important game for me, I hit 200 innings and that’s one of the goals I reached,” said Shields, who has thrown 200 or more innings in three straight seasons. “And got a ‘W’ finally. It’s good to get that off my back and hopefully I can finish up strong.” Shields (10-11) had been 0-5 in his previous 10 starts at Tropicana Field since beating Kansas City 3-2 on June 4. He gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings. “It’s almost like I’m getting stronger towards the end here, which is a good thing,” Shields said. Carl Crawford had an RBI triple and Gregg Zaun hit a run-scoring double in the third to help the Rays take a 6-2 lead. Evan Longoria hit his 31st homer of the season and had three RBIs for the A.L. champs, who won for just the third time in 16 games. Scott Richmond (6-10) was pulled after allowing five consecutive hits to start the third. — The Associated Press
Rays 11, Blue Jays 4 Toronto AB R J.Bautista rf 5 1 A.Hill 2b 4 1 Lind dh 4 0 V.Wells cf 4 1 Overbay 1b 3 0 1-R.Ruiz pr-1b 1 1 Encarnacion 3b 3 0 Barajas c 2 0 a-K.Phillips ph-c 2 0 Snider lf 4 0 Jo.McDonald ss 4 0 Totals 36 4 Tampa Bay Bartlett ss Crawford lf Longoria 3b Zobrist dh W.Aybar 1b Zaun c Iwamura 2b Gross rf B.Upton cf Totals AB 5 5 4 5 5 4 3 2 4 37 R 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 11 H 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 10 BI 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 BB 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 BB 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 SO 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 12 SO 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 7 Avg. .230 .285 .299 .265 .265 .273 .211 .237 .333 .228 .247 Avg. .325 .308 .281 .287 .247 .263 .299 .242 .231

Depleted Orioles no match
Red Sox 3, Orioles 1 Boston AB R Ellsbury cf 5 0 Pedroia 2b 5 0 V.Martinez c 5 0 Youkilis 3b 4 0 D.Ortiz dh 3 0 Bay lf 2 2 Reddick lf 2 1 J.Drew rf 3 0 Kotchman 1b 4 0 Ale.Gonzalez ss 4 0 Totals 37 3 Baltimore Pie cf C.Izturis ss B.Roberts 2b Markakis rf Mora 3b Wieters c Scott dh Wigginton 1b a-Aubrey ph Fiorentino lf Totals Boston Baltimore AB 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 3 1 1 31 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 H 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 11 H 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 BI 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 BI 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 BB 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 BB 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 SO 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 SO 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 Avg. .302 .294 .298 .311 .231 .266 .225 .265 .237 .288 Avg. .254 .254 .286 .297 .262 .271 .256 .265 .314 .276 3 11 0 1 5 0

No lost confidence for pitcher
CHICAGO—Despite going almost two months without a victory, Luke Hochevar hadn’t lost any confidence in himself. Hochevar pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Miguel Olivo hit a pair of two-run shots and drove in a career-high six runs as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-0 Friday. Hochevar (7-10) allowed just three singles and struck out five with one walk. The righthander won his first start since July 25 and won his first game in his last eight decisions. He struck out Ramon Castro in the third inning to start a string of eight consecutive outs. “Even though I’ve been going through that (losing) stretch I felt like I was throwing the ball well. I really hadn’t lost any confidence,” Hochevar said. “It’s tough. I felt like my stuff was good. I felt like I was making pitches. Sooner or later it was going to break. Luckily it finally happened.” Hochevar even thought opposing hitters knew what was coming. “I’ve had so many ups and downs, worrying about tipping pitches and trying to fix that,” he said. Olivo’s home runs against his former team came in the sixth against White Sox starter Mark Buehrle and in the eighth against Jhonny Nunez. It was his third career multi-home run game. — The Associated Press
Royals 11, White Sox 0 Kansas City AB R DeJesus lf 5 2 Bloomquist rf 4 1 J.Anderson cf 0 0 Butler 1b 2 3 Olivo dh 3 2 Callaspo 2b 5 0 Maier cf-rf 4 0 J.Buck c 5 1 A.Gordon 3b 4 1 Y.Betancourt ss Totals H 2 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 2 BI 0 0 0 2 6 2 0 1 0 BB 0 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 SO 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 Avg. .282 .271 .241 .301 .251 .298 .250 .230 .215
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Clay Buchholz gave up just five hits over six innings to get the victory. BALTIMORE—The mismatch that is Boston versus Baltimore becomes even more lopsided when the Orioles must operate with a depleted lineup. Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of five-hit ball, and the Red Sox beat Baltimore 3-1 Friday night to extend their winning streak against the Orioles to six games. Jason Bay hit his teamhigh 34th home run for the Red Sox, who have won eight of nine and 14 of 19 to take command in the A.L. wild-card race. Victor Martinez had a single and a double to stretch his hitting streak to 17 games, tying a career high. Luke Scott homered for the Orioles, who fell to 2-14 against Boston this year. Baltimore needs to win today and Sunday to avoid dropping an 11th straight series to the Red Sox. Buchholz (6-3) gave up one run, walked three and struck out one. The righthander is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 13. “In the beginning of the game I didn’t have the best stuff I’ve thrown in the past couple of weeks, but I somehow got through it and we got a win out of it,” he said. Perhaps because the batting order he faced was makeshift at best. After trading away Aubrey Huff and losing Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold to injury, the Orioles had Jeff Fiorentino in left field, Felix Pie in center and usual leadoff man Brian Roberts batting third. — The Associated Press

Toronto 101 002 000 — 4 10 1 Tampa Bay 006 200 12x — 11 16 0 a-doubled for Barajas in the 6th. 1-ran for Overbay in the 6th. E: K.Phillips (1). LOB: Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 6. 2B: A.Hill (31), V.Wells (34), Overbay (31), K.Phillips (1), Zobrist (23), Zaun (17), Iwamura (15). 3B: Crawford (8). HR: Longoria (31), off Roenicke. RBIs: Lind (104), V.Wells (62), Overbay (56), K.Phillips (1), Crawford (64), Longoria 3 (107), Zobrist (76), W.Aybar (33), Zaun 2 (26), Gross 2 (36). SB: Encarnacion (1), Crawford (59), Iwamura (9). SF: Gross. Runners left in scoring position: Toronto 5 (Overbay 2, Jo.McDonald, V.Wells, Snider); Tampa Bay 3 (B.Upton, Bartlett, Iwamura). DP: Toronto 2 (A.Hill, Jo.McDonald, Overbay), (Jo.McDonald, A.Hill, Overbay); Tampa Bay 1 (W.Aybar, Bartlett, J.Shields). Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Richmond L, 6-10 2 7 5 5 1 2 63 5.31 Wolfe 1 4 3 3 2 0 36 8.78 Hayhurst 3 2 0 0 0 3 57 1.31 Roenicke 2 3 3 2 0 2 32 7.04 Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA J.Shields W, 10-11 6 9 4 4 1 7 97 4.09 Wheeler 1 1 0 0 0 2 17 3.42 Springer 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 8 4.36 Choate 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 8 3.82 Balfour 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 4.71 Richmond pitched to 5 batters in the 3rd. Wolfe pitched to 3 batters in the 4th. Inherited runners-scored: Wolfe 2-2, Hayhurst 2-1, Choate 1-0. HBP: by Springer (Encarnacion). Umpires: Home, Larry Vanover; First, Sam Holbrook; Second, Mike Estabrook; Third, Dan Iassogna. T: 3:08. A: 18,426 (36,973).

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Chicago AB Podsednik lf 3 b-Flowers ph 1 Beckham 3b 3 Fields 3b 1 Pierzynski dh 3 Konerko 1b 3 Kotsay rf 3 Al.Ramirez ss 1 a-Lillibridge ph-ss 1 Getz 2b 3 Wise cf 3 R.Castro c 3 Totals 28

a-struck out for Wigginton in the 9th. LOB: Boston 10, Baltimore 7. 2B: V.Martinez (32). HR: Bay (34), off Guthrie; Scott (23), off Buchholz. RBIs: Ellsbury (52), Bay (107), Kotchman (7), Scott (71). SB: Ellsbury (62). Runners left in scoring position: Boston 4 (Youkilis, Ellsbury, D.Ortiz, Pedroia); Baltimore 1 (Wigginton). DP: Boston 1 (Pedroia, Ale.Gonzalez, Kotchman). Boston Buchholz W, 6-3 D.Bard H, 12 Okajima H, 24 Papelbon S, 37-40 Baltimore Guthrie L, 10-15 Albers Waters Meredith IP 6 1 1 1 IP 5 2⁄3 2⁄3 1 2⁄3 1 H 5 0 0 0 H 9 1 1 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 3 1 95 3.49 0 0 1 2 13 3.35 0 0 0 0 12 3.41 0 0 0 1 18 1.97 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 3 1 114 5.05 0 0 0 0 8 5.16 0 0 0 2 28 10.80 0 0 0 1 11 4.18

Kansas City 001 002 341 — 11 13 0 Chicago 000 000 000 — 0 3 1 a-struck out for Al.Ramirez in the 8th. b-struck out for Podsednik in the 9th. 1-ran for A.Gordon in the 8th. E: Wise (1). LOB: Kansas City 7, Chicago 2. 2B: Butler (47), A.Gordon (4). 3B: Callaspo (7). HR: Olivo (22), off Buehrle; Olivo (23), off J.Nunez; J.Buck (8), off D.Hudson. RBIs: Butler 2 (82), Olivo 6 (64), Callaspo 2 (67), J.Buck (34). SB: Wise (4). CS: Maier (2). SF: Olivo. Runners left in scoring position: Kansas City 3 (Callaspo 2, J.Buck); Chicago 1 (Beckham). DP: Kansas City 2 (Y.Betancourt, Butler), (Y.Betancourt, Callaspo, Butler). Kansas City IP Hochevar W, 7-10 9 Chicago IP Buehrle L, 12-9 6 T.Pena 1 J.Nunez 2⁄3 D.Hudson 1 1⁄3 H 3 H 7 1 4 1 R ER BB SO NP ERA 0 0 1 5 105 5.79 R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 5 4 4 100 3.84 1 1 2 0 21 4.23 4 4 0 0 23 10.38 1 1 0 1 18 4.76

Inherited runners-scored: Albers 2-0, Waters 1-0. WP: Buchholz. Umpires: Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Dana DeMuth; Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Brian Knight. T: 2:50. A: 26,812 (48,290).

Buehrle pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored: T.Pena 2-2. IBB: off T.Pena (Butler, Maier). WP: J.Nunez. Umpires: Home, Jim Wolf; First, Dan Bellino; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Fieldin Culbreth. T: 2:29. A: 29,179 (40,615).

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NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 9, Atlanta 4
Phillies 9, Braves 4 Philadelphia AB Rollins ss 4 B.Francisco cf 5 Utley 2b 5 Howard 1b 4 Werth rf 4 Ibanez lf 4 P.Feliz 3b 4 C.Ruiz c 1 Bako c 1 Happ p 1 K.Kendrick p 1 T.Walker p 0 Madson p 0 b-Stairs ph 0 1-Bruntlett pr 0 Durbin p 0 Totals 34

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BB 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 SO 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Avg. .269 .263 .276 .261 .267 .203 .230 .261 .150 .177 ----.210 --.000 .261 Avg. .274 .272 .298 .241 .277 .241 .176 .238 .154 .000 .214 --1 6 0 5 7 0

Florida 4, Cincinnati 3

Marlins get hot in 9th
CINCINNATI—All those big numbers were weighing on the Florida Marlins, who needed something sensational to keep from slipping farther behind in the N.L. wild card race. They got it against one of the N.L.’s top closers. Florida scored four times in the ninth inning off Francisco Cordero, and the Marlins snapped their nine-game losing streak in Cincinnati with a 4-3 victory Friday over a Reds team that had been previously perfect at holding such leads. “It says that we’ve still got a chance,” said Dan Uggla, who drove in the tying run. The Reds were 57-0 when leading after eight innings, the only N.L. team left with a perfect mark. Manager Dusty Baker decided to try to protect a 2-0 lead by having Cordero (2-6) pitch for the fifth day in a row. The Marlins sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, which started with left fielder Wladimir Balentien’s error. Uggla’s run-scoring grounder tied it, and John Baker’s hit put the Marlins ahead. Florida had four hits off Cordero, who retired only two batters. Cordero’s fastball regularly hit 95 mph, but he couldn’t get his pitches past the batters. “I’ve pitched five, six games in a row before,” said Cordero, who is 38 for 42 in save chances. — The Associated Press

Marlins 4, Reds 3 Florida AB Coghlan lf 5 N.Johnson 1b 3 Ha.Ramirez ss 4 Cantu 3b 4 Uggla 2b 3 Jo.Baker c 4 C.Ross rf-cf 4 Maybin cf 2 b-Gload ph 1 1-B.Carroll pr-rf 1 VandenHurk p 2 Calero p 0 c-Helms ph 1 Donnelly p 0 d-G.Sanchez ph 0 L.Nunez p 0 Totals 34

R 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

H 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

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Avg. .308 .298 .355 .280 .244 .270 .274 .225 .268 .274 .000 --.276 --.200 --Avg. .250 .211 .218 .305 .279 .250 .267 --.000 .266 .500 .125 .320 .067 .247 --.209 4 9 0 3 7 1

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Avg. .247 .273 .295 .271 .276 .277 .262 .255 .192 .075 .250 ----.200 .167 .200 Avg. .271 .298 .268 .287 .302 .299 .275 .322 .280 .286 .221 .000 --.000 --.256 9 10 0 4 12 0

Pittsburgh 5, San Diego 1

Morton gets rare victory
PITTSBURGH—Charlie Morton helped the Pittsburgh Pirates get an all-too-rare win in the closing days of another lost season. Morton allowed one run in seven innings, helping Pittsburgh win for only the third time in its past 20 games, 5-1 over the San Diego Padres Friday night. Morton (4-8) had lost six of his past seven decisions and had a 7.13 ERA since the beginning of August but shook off a rough first inning Friday to allow only six hits and a walk. “I think he’s gaining confidence a little bit, starting to feel a little more comfortable in what he’s doing,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “He’s young and we’ve got to continue to build off this. He has made very good strides. If we can get him a little more consistent game in and game out and maintain that, he’s going to be good. He has great stuff—if we can get him in the zone like he was tonight.” Lastings Milledge went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Garrett Jones was on base three times for lastplace Pittsburgh (56-89), which entered the game on a threegame losing streak and having lost eight of nine. Jesse Chavez and Matt Capps each pitched a scoreless inning to wrap up the Pirates’ first victory by more than one run since a 6-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies Aug. 25. — The Associated Press

Pirates 5, Padres 1 San Diego AB E.Cabrera ss 4 Eckstein 2b 2 Ad.Gonzalez 1b 3 Headley 3b 3 Venable rf 3 Macias lf 4 Hundley c 4 Gwynn cf 3 Stauffer p 1 a-Alfonzo ph 1 G.Burke p 0 Ramos p 0 b-Ed.Gonzalez ph 1 R.Webb p 0 Perdomo p 0 d-O.Salazar ph 1 Totals 30

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Matt Diaz is tagged out by Phillies C Carlos Ruiz in the third inning. ATLANTA—The Atlanta Braves wish they had a way to stop Ryan Howard. “We know what we’re doing with him, but he seems to get us almost every series,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “We make mistakes.” Howard homered twice, Jimmy Rollins hit a threerun shot, and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a shortened start by rookie J.A. Happ to end Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory Friday. Philadelphia, which has won six straight, snapped the Braves’ longest stretch of consecutive victories since July 2006, dropping Atlanta 8½ games back in the National League East and hurting their fading wild-card chances. Howard’s 39th and 40th homers came off Tim Hudson (1-1), who gave up six hits, three runs and one walk with three strikeouts in seven innings. Rookie Boone Logan, the second of four Atlanta relievers to follow Hudson, made just three pitches before hitting Howard with a 95 mph fastball in the eighth. “It wasn’t that I got hit,” Howard said. “It was that I got hit in the same spot (Thursday against Washington). No, I’m sure he didn’t try to hit me, not with an 0-2 count and runners at second and third.” — The Associated Press

Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO McLouth cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 Prado 2b 4 2 2 1 0 0 C.Jones 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 McCann c 4 1 3 2 0 0 Y.Escobar ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 Infante ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 G.Anderson lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 M.Diaz rf 4 0 2 0 0 1 Ad.LaRoche 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 T.Hudson p 2 0 1 0 0 0 a-K.Johnson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 Medlen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Logan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Acosta p 0 0 0 0 0 0 V.Nunez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 c-Conrad ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 37 4 12 4 0 3 Philadelphia 000 201 024 — Atlanta 001 000 021 —

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a-fouled out for H.Bailey in the 7th. b-singled for Maybin in the 8th. c-grounded into a double play for Calero in the 8th. d-walked for Donnelly in the 9th. e-homered for Balentien in the 9th. f-struck out for C.Miller in the 9th. 1-ran for Gload in the 8th. E: Balentien (1). LOB: Florida 6, Cincinnati 7. 2B: Cantu (37), B.Carroll (8), B.Phillips (28). 3B: Sutton (1). HR: J.Francisco (1), off L.Nunez. RBIs: Cantu (88), Uggla (81), Jo.Baker (49), B.Carroll (15), Sutton (8), Votto (71), J.Francisco (1). SB: Stubbs (7). CS: Coghlan (3), Maybin (2). S: C.Miller, H.Bailey. Runners left in scoring position: Florida 2 (Coghlan 2); Cincinnati 4 (Stubbs 2, Gomes 2). DP: Florida 1 (Cantu, Uggla, N.Johnson); Cincinnati 1 (B.Phillips, Sutton, Votto). Florida VandenHurk Calero Donnelly W, 3-0 L.Nunez S, 23-29 Cincinnati H.Bailey Masset H, 18 Cordero L,2-6 BS,4-42 Burton IP H 6 4 1 0 1 2 1 1 IP H 7 3 1 1 2⁄3 4 1⁄3 1 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 2 3 92 4.24 0 0 1 0 9 1.93 1 1 1 0 12 1.99 1 1 0 2 16 4.08 R ER BB SO NP ERA 0 0 2 8 117 5.15 0 0 0 1 9 2.56 4 0 0 0 29 2.23 0 0 1 0 15 4.99

a-flied out for T.Hudson in the 7th. b-walked for Madson in the 9th. c-grounded into a fielder’s choice for V.Nunez in the 9th. 1-ran for Stairs in the 9th. LOB: Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 6. 2B: B.Francisco (5), G.Anderson (25), M.Diaz (18). HR: Howard 2 (40), off T.Hudson 2; Rollins (19), off V.Nunez; B.Francisco (5), off V.Nunez; Prado (10), off Happ; McCann (20), off T.Walker. RBIs: Rollins 3 (70), B.Francisco (11), Howard 3 (121), Werth 2 (90), Prado (45), McCann 2 (86), Ad.LaRoche (71). SB: Utley (22). CS: B.Francisco (1), Howard (1). S: K.Kendrick. Runners left in scoring position: Philadelphia 2 (Rollins, Ibanez); Atlanta 2 (Y.Escobar, T.Hudson). GIDP: Infante. DP: Philadelphia 1 (Rollins, Utley, Howard). Philadelphia Happ K.Kendrick W, 2-1 T.Walker Madson H, 24 Durbin Atlanta T.Hudson L, 1-1 Medlen Logan Acosta V.Nunez IP 3 4 2⁄3 1⁄3 1 IP 7 1⁄3 0 2⁄3 1 H 5 3 2 0 2 H 6 1 0 1 2 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 0 1 51 2.77 0 0 0 0 35 2.70 2 2 0 1 18 2.51 0 0 0 0 3 3.30 1 1 0 1 17 4.80 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 1 3 87 3.70 2 2 1 0 13 4.80 0 0 0 0 4 5.17 0 0 0 0 13 4.15 4 4 2 1 30 36.00

a-popped out for Stauffer in the 4th. b-grounded out for Ramos in the 7th. c-grounded out for J.Chavez in the 8th. d-grounded out for Perdomo in the 9th. LOB: San Diego 8, Pittsburgh 9. 2B: E.Cabrera (16), Hundley 2 (12), G.Jones (18). 3B: A.McCutchen (7), Moss (4). RBIs: Ad.Gonzalez (89), A.McCutchen (48), Doumit (32), Milledge (16), Moss 2 (36). SB: E.Cabrera (24), Milledge (5), N.Walker (1). S: Eckstein, Cedeno. SF: Ad.Gonzalez, A.McCutchen, Milledge. Runners left in scoring position: San Diego 5 (Eckstein 2, Alfonzo, Headley, Macias); Pittsburgh 7 (Morton 2, Doumit, Moss 3, Cedeno). GIDP: Ad.Gonzalez. DP: Pittsburgh 1 (G.Jones, Cedeno, Morton). San Diego Stauffer L, 4-7 G.Burke Ramos R.Webb Perdomo Pittsburgh Morton W, 4-8 J.Chavez H, 13 Capps IP 3 1 2 1 1 IP 7 1 1 H 4 0 1 2 0 H 6 0 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 4 0 77 3.56 0 0 0 2 10 4.15 0 0 0 1 23 0.00 1 1 1 0 20 3.86 1 1 1 1 31 4.60 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 1 4 107 5.00 0 0 2 0 24 3.94 0 0 0 1 8 5.90

IBB: off R.Webb (G.Jones). HBP: by Morton (Eckstein). WP: R.Webb, Perdomo. Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; First, Gary Darling; Second, Bruce Dreckman; Third, Paul Emmel. T: 2:52. A: 26,178 (38,362).

Inherited runners-scored: Burton 2-1. WP: H.Bailey. Umpires: Home, Adrian Johnson; First, Derryl Cousins; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Bill Miller. T: 2:58. A: 15,882 (42,319).

Logan pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored: Logan 2-0, Acosta 3-2. HBP: by Logan (Howard). WP: Durbin, Acosta. Umpires: Home, Chad Fairchild; First, Bill Welke; Second, Tim Welke; Third, Jim Reynolds. T: 2:57. A: 27,241 (49,743).

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Rookie lifts Brewers again
MILWAUKEE—Casey McGehee doesn’t chase the limelight, but his offense is making it difficult for the rookie to hide from the glare. McGehee singled in the goahead run in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Astros 3-2 on Friday night, sending Houston to its fifth straight loss. With one out in the eighth, Astros manager Cecil Cooper brought in lefthander Wesley Wright (3-4) to face the lefthanded batting Prince Fielder. He ruined the move by doubling into the leftfield corner. LaTroy Hawkins took over to face McGehee, who hit the first pitch to right and drove in Fielder for a 3-2 lead. “I’ve really been not trying to focus on stats or any kind of that stuff,” he said after driving in his major league-rookie leading 59th RBI. “I’m just really trying to focus on just putting a good at bat together.” Brewers manager Ken Macha has been impressed with McGehee who has five home runs and 20 RBI over his last 18 games. “McGehee continues to come up with big hits,” he said. “It’s another feather in his cap for a pretty good year.” McGehee was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs last October. He played in nine games for them last season. — The Associated Press

Brewers 3, Astros 2 Houston AB R Bourn cf 4 0 K.Matsui 2b 4 0 Pence rf 3 1 Ca.Lee lf 4 0 Berkman 1b 4 1 Tejada ss 4 0 Hawkins p 0 0 C.Johnson 3b 2 0 d-Michaels ph 1 0 Towles c 3 0 e-Blum ph 1 0 Norris p 2 0 Byrdak p 0 0 Gervacio p 0 0 b-Maysonet ph 1 0 Fulchino p 0 0 W.Wright p 0 0 Keppinger ss 1 0 Totals 34 2 Milwaukee F.Lopez 2b C.Hart rf Braun lf Fielder 1b McGehee 3b M.Cameron cf Hardy ss Kendall c Narveson p a-Catalanotto ph Villanueva p C.Smith p c-Counsell ph Weathers p Hoffman p Totals AB 1 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 29 R 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

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Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 5

Holliday, Cards shake slump
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 Chicago AB Theriot ss 5 Fukudome cf-rf 3 D.Lee 1b 4 Ar.Ramirez 3b 2 M.Hoffpauir rf 3 a-Miles ph 0 Fuld cf 0 Soto c 4 Je.Baker 2b 4 Scales lf 3 Lilly p 2 Gregg p 0 c-J.Fox ph 1 Heilman p 0 Totals 31 St. Louis AB Lugo 2b 3 Franklin p 0 Rasmus cf 4 Pujols 1b 4 Holliday lf 4 Ludwick rf 3 DeRosa 3b 3 Y.Molina c 3 Br.Ryan ss 2 Smoltz p 2 McClellan p 0 b-Schumaker ph-2b 1 Totals 29
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Mets frustrated by another loss
NEW YORK—With little left to play for, the New York Mets are still finding frustrating ways to lose. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 30th homer, Josh Bard drove in three runs and the last-place Washington Nationals held off the free-falling Mets 6-5 on Friday night. New York rallied for three runs in a wild ninth inning and had runners at second and third when Jeff Francoeur hit a comebacker that knocked Mike MacDougal’s glove off his hand. With his mitt on the ground in front of him, the reliever picked up the ball barehanded and lobbed a shaky throw to first for the final out. “That was about par for the course for us,” Zimmerman said. “Mac did a great job.” Francoeur, who had three hits and a stolen base, tossed down his helmet in anguish. “It’s been that kind of season,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. Bard and Josh Willingham also homered to help the Nationals end a three-game skid. Rookie righthander J.D. Martin had another solid start, sending the Mets to their sixth consecutive loss and 10th in 11 games. It is New York’s longest losing streak since dropping six straight in September 2005, according to STATS LLC. — The Associated Press

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New York AB R H BI BB SO Pagan lf 4 2 1 1 1 1 L.Castillo 2b 5 1 2 0 0 1 D.Wright 3b 5 0 1 1 0 2 Beltran cf 4 0 2 2 1 1 Dan.Murphy 1b 5 0 1 0 0 1 Francoeur rf 5 0 3 0 0 0 Schneider c 1 0 0 0 1 0 a-Tatis ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 Thole c 1 0 0 0 0 1 W.Valdez ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 d-Sullivan ph 0 1 0 0 1 0 Pelfrey p 1 0 0 0 0 0 c-Sheffield ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 S.Green p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Feliciano p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Stokes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 e-Reed ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 36 5 11 4 5 7 Washington 200 020 101 — New York 002 000 003 —

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a-struck out for Narveson in the 5th. b-struck out for Gervacio in the 7th. c-grounded out for C.Smith in the 7th. d-struck out for C.Johnson in the 9th. e-popped out for Towles in the 9th. E: Hardy (7). LOB: Houston 7, Milwaukee 8. 2B: Fielder 2 (33), McGehee (17). HR: Berkman (22), off Narveson. RBIs: Berkman (73), Tejada (76), F.Lopez (53), C.Hart (46), McGehee (59). SB: Bourn (58). CS: Bourn (11). S: Kendall. Runners left in scoring position: Houston 3 (Ca.Lee, C.Johnson, Pence); Milwaukee 4 (Hardy 2, Braun, Kendall). GIDP: K.Matsui, C.Hart. DP: Houston 1 (Tejada, K.Matsui, Berkman); Milwaukee 1 (Hardy, F.Lopez, Fielder). Houston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Norris 5 3 1 1 3 8 96 5.07 Byrdak H, 9 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2.85 Gervacio H, 5 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 11 1.20 Fulchino BS, 3-3 1 1⁄3 2 1 1 0 0 24 3.35 W.Wright L, 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 5.86 Hawkins 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0 13 2.31 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Narveson 5 4 1 1 2 3 86 4.22 Villanueva 1 3 1 1 0 2 21 5.51 C.Smith 1 1 0 0 0 2 22 3.41 Weathers W, 4-5 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3.45 Hoffman S, 34-37 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 1.88 W.Wright pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored: Hawkins 1-1. HBP: by Norris (C.Hart). WP: Norris, Narveson. PB: Towles. Umpires: Home, Joe West; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Ed Rapuano; Third, Paul Schrieber. T: 3:03. A: 39,057 (41,900).

Matt Holliday had been 6 for 29 before his winning HR. ST. LOUIS—Matt Holliday’s scuffles are over. Same goes for the St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday homered off Aaron Heilman leading off the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday that reduced the Cardinals’ magic number for clinching the N.L. Central to six. The Cardinals had lost five of six, ensuring they wouldn’t be able to celebrate during a nine-game homestand that ends Sunday. The team’s slump and his personal struggles were no big deal for Holliday even if he had failed in the ninth. He was 6 for 29 overall and had not appeared to be seeing the ball well while going 1-for-9 the previous two games against Florida. “At some point you figure we were going to lose a few,” Holliday said. “I can’t believe people expected us to win four out of five games the entire last two months.” Holliday’s liner off a 3-1 pitch from Heilman (3-4) landed in the Cardinals’ bullpen beyond the right field wall for 24th homer this season. — The Associated Press

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No outs when winning run scored. a-sacrificed for M.Hoffpauir in the 8th. b-grounded out for McClellan in the 8th. c-struck out for Gregg in the 9th. LOB: Chicago 8, St. Louis 4. 2B: Fukudome (32), D.Lee (33), Ar.Ramirez (14). 3B: DeRosa (1). HR: Holliday (13), off Heilman. RBIs: D.Lee (103), Ar.Ramirez (59), Holliday (49), DeRosa (21), Br.Ryan (32). SB: Lugo 2 (4). S: Miles, Lilly. SF: Br.Ryan. Runners left in scoring position: Chicago 5 (Soto, Theriot, Lilly 2, Je.Baker); St. Louis 1 (Holliday). Chicago Lilly Gregg Heilman L, 3-4 St. Louis Smoltz McClellan Franklin W, 3-3 IP 7 2⁄3 1⁄3 0 IP 6 2 1 H 5 0 1 H 6 0 1 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 2 0 6 110 3.02 0 0 0 0 4 4.68 1 1 0 0 5 4.23 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 2 3 4 108 3.21 0 0 1 4 33 2.87 0 0 0 2 17 1.89

a-walked for Schneider in the 6th. b-grounded out for Villone in the 7th. c-lined out for Pelfrey in the 7th. d-walked for W.Valdez in the 9th. e-flied out for Stokes in the 9th. E: A.Dunn (15), Desmond (3), D.Wright (15), Thole (1). LOB: Washington 2, New York 10. 2B: Desmond (5), Francoeur (28), W.Valdez (2). HR: Zimmerman (30), off Pelfrey; J.Bard (5), off Pelfrey; Willingham (23), off Stokes. RBIs: Zimmerman 2 (96), Willingham (60), J.Bard 3 (30), Pagan (29), D.Wright (68), Beltran 2 (44). SB: Francoeur (6). S: Pelfrey. SF: J.Bard. Runners left in scoring position: Washington 1 (Dukes); New York 6 (Dan.Murphy, Pelfrey, Thole 2, Francoeur 2). DP: Washington 2 (Desmond, C.Guzman, A.Dunn), (Willingham, Willingham, J.Bard); New York 2 (L.Castillo, W.Valdez, Dan.Murphy), (W.Valdez, L.Castillo, Dan.Murphy). Washington IP J.Martin W, 5-4 5 1⁄3 Villone H, 6 2⁄3 S.Burnett H, 11 1 Bergmann H, 8 2⁄3 MacDougal S,16-17 1 1⁄3 New York IP Pelfrey L, 10-11 7 S.Green 2⁄3 Feliciano 1⁄3 Stokes 1 H 7 0 0 2 2 H 8 0 0 1 R ER BB SO 2 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 1 R ER BB SO 5 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 NP ERA 98 4.21 9 4.22 13 3.14 12 5.10 35 3.05 NP ERA 90 5.10 16 4.97 1 3.04 12 4.08

Heilman pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. Inherited runners-scored: Gregg 1-0. IBB: off Smoltz (Scales). HBP: by Lilly (Lugo). Umpires: Home, Marty Foster; First, Mark Carlson; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Kerwin Danley. T: 2:54. A: 45,959 (43,975).

Inherited runners-scored: Villone 2-0, MacDougal 2-0, Feliciano 1-0. Umpires: Home, Tim Timmons; First, Mark Wegner; Second, Rick Reed; Third, Jeff Kellogg. T: 2:49. A: 38,063 (41,800).

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Kessel traded to Leafs for three picks, signs big deal
The Maple Leafs acquired the rights to Phil Kessel after months of talks with the Boston Bruins, the teams said Friday. In return for the rights to negotiate with the restricted free agent, Toronto sent a first and secondround pick in the 2010 draft to Boston, along with another first-round pick in 2011. The trade was contingent on Kessel signing a contract with his new team, which he did by agreeing to a five-year, $27 million deal, TSN reported. According to The Boston Globe, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a news conference today at 11 a.m. at TD Garden. Kessel scored 36 goals and added 24 assists in 70 games with Boston last season. The 21-year-old forward, who’s entry-level deal expired after last season, failed to negotiate a contract extension with Boston in the offseason. The Bruins picked Kessel fifth overall in the 2005 draft. Kessel had shoulder surgery over the summer and won’t be ready to play until at least November. The trade represents a possible change in strategy for Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. Up until now, he’s been content to stock up on draft picks and defenseman, but has done little to bolster the Leafs’ offense. “Bringing Phil Kessel aboard, it’s a statement to our players that we intend to be competitive right away, and I think he gives us a dimension that we need,” Burke said. common procedure and lots of players have it done.” The procedure involves having a filament inserted into the body through the arm, neck or groin area, and routed through to the heart, where it can emit a current that applies heat to the problem area. “I felt like something was wrong, but I felt it wasn’t something that bad, I wasn’t that worried,” the young Swedish star told the newspaper. Now Gustavsson has to wait for the incision in his groin to heal so he can return to practice. “I’m trying for as quick as possible,” he said. Air Canada and U.S. transportation officials say they have reached a deal to allow the airline fly National Hockey League teams within the U.S., averting the possible last-minute cancellation of flights that could have affected the NHL schedule. U.S. law prohibits a foreign airline from flying passengers solely between U.S. cities. The deal reached Friday lets Air Canada fly between U.S. cities as long as it also flies those passengers in and out of the U.S. The conflict had threatened to disrupt the travel schedules of NHL teams for the upcoming hockey season, which begins Oct. 1. Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby is calling for an explanation about why Paul Kelly was fired as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, a sentiment apparently shared by many other players throughout the league. Crosby has issued a statement backing up comments by his agents, J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson, that the players need to know how and why Kelly was ousted in the early morning hours of an Aug. 31 executive board meeting in Chicago. “I would just say that I agree with Pat’s comments and that I definitely want to know how things happened,” Crosby said in the statement. “I am part of the union like every other player, and I think we all deserve a good explanation.” Barry and Brisson also represent marquee players like Evgeni Malkin, Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and the Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik. The agents released a joint statement expressing similar concerns and added that they have had “numerous discussions with our clients and other players around the league,” noting that “some of the things we have learned about the process are very troubling to us. ” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the NHL’s longest active arena sellout streak could be in danger of ending this season. The Wild have sold out all 366 home games in franchise history, including the preseason and postseason, and including Friday’s game against Columbus. “We have struggled to renew season tickets in the same way we always do, which is 95 percent plus,” Wild COO Matt Majka told the newspaper. “That’s a pretty high standard to live up to, and we’re not far off of that. But we are down a bit.”

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Sidney Crosby, right, wants to know why Paul Kelly was fired as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. “(Kessel) told me he’s walking on air. This is a free agent that could have signed with other teams, he wanted to sign with us, and I think it’s an important pick up for us.” The Bruins tried to trade Kessel to the Leafs in June, but the deal fell apart because of a lack of communication. The Bruins thought they were getting Tomas Kaberle, a 31-yearold puck-moving defenseman, and Toronto’s 2009 first-round pick (No. 7 overall), for Kessel and the Bruins’ 2009 first-round pick, No. 25 overall. The Toronto Star reported that rookie G Jonas Gustavsson has returned to Toronto’s training camp, happy to have a health scare behind him and anxious to get back on the ice. Gustavsson, after experiencing dizziness and a racing heartbeat during testing on the first day of camp, was taken to a hospital by ambulance and needed what was called “minor surgery” to correct an accelerated heart rate. “I didn’t want to get it (surgery) at first. I wanted to stay on the ice with the guys,” Gustavsson told the newspaper, referring to the “catheter ablation” performed Tuesday. “But the doctors explained everything to me. They said it was a

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‘A commitment to win and win now’
Chris Pronger was the big offseason addition for the Philadelphia Flyers, but their Stanley Cup chances may hinge more on the play of a less-celebrated acquisition. New Flyers goalie Ray Emery has returned to the NHL from Russia and will be counted on to guide the Flyers. The former Ottawa goalie spent a few minutes talking with Sporting News Today’s Craig Custance.

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New Flyers G Ray Emery enjoyed his season playing in Russia but is happy to be back in the NHL. the guys were good. The team I played on, the organization treated us pretty well. I was ready to go back if nothing came up over here. set to go along with it. When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate? Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.

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traded, the Ducks appear to be distancing themselves from their “in your face” style. It may be a change born of necessity. While the Ducks were among the best defensive teams in the league, goal scoring was an issue. Snarl may be giving way to skill. “Yeah, we had a good defense, and that’s a satisfying triumph, but it almost puts too much pressure on your scorers to score when you’re not getting enough (offense),” said Murray, a former NHL defenseman. “We talked about it and (determined) we may have to give something up on defense, which is hard for me,” he said. “But watching Pittsburgh win—and how Detroit plays—sometimes you have to be willing to give up some things to take that next step as a group.” Anaheim has serious talent on its top line. Ryan Getzlaf could be the best center in the league. Right wing Corey Perry could evolve into a 30- to 40-goal scorer, and rookie Bobby Ryan scored 31 goals in just 64 games last year. The Ducks need to find linemates so veteran sniper Teemu Selanne can provide consistent secondary scoring. Signing freeagent center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract could be an answer. Koivu has generated at least 50 points in each of the last six seasons and should provide the Ducks with the playmaking secondline center they have needed since Andy McDonald was traded to St. Louis in 2007. “I think we are now in a position where we have two good forward lines scoringwise,” Murray said. “Looking at the Detroit series, where we got beat, I obviously didn’t think we had enough depth after (Getzlaf’s) line. I think we have addressed that situation.” With Lupul also capable of adding 20 to

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2008-09 record: 42-33-7, 91 points Last Playoff: 2009 (lost in conference semifinal) Coach: Randy Carlyle

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This year’s Anaheim Ducks may be birds of a different feather. After making a late-season surge into the playoffs, the Ducks swiftly dispatched the President’s Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks in the opening round and pushed Stanley Cup finalist Detroit to seven games, serving notice they are back among the NHL elite. But good, bad or ugly, these are not your Brian Burke Ducks. New general manager Bob Murray began reworking the roster after Burke departed early last season to become the president and G.M. in Toronto. Murray added youth and speed, setting the team up for its strong playoff push. That effort continued in the offseason. After star defenseman Scott Niedermayer informed the team he will be back for another season, Murray sought more youth and speed, but in doing so sacrificed much of the physicality that served as the Ducks’ trademark over the past few seasons, including their Stanley Cup championship in 2007. The transition began with intimidating defenseman Chris Pronger being traded to Philadelphia for Joffrey Lupul and 19-yearold defenseman Luca Sbisa. Few players command on-ice respect like Pronger, who also crossed the line occasionally while serving notice to opposing forwards. The Ducks also failed to come to terms with Francois Beauchemin, a top four defenseman who brings a strong, physical game and logged nearly as much ice time as Pronger and Niedermayer when healthy. With rugged forwards Travis Moen, Samuel Pahlsson and Chris Kunitz also

CATEGORY TEAM STATS RANKS Goals per game 2.90 14t Penalty kill percentage 79.74 23 Power play goals 73 6 Power play percentage 23.62 5 Saves 2264 12 Save percentage .906 15 Shorthanded goals for 6 21t Shots against per game 30.48 19 Shots per game 30.26 12 Shutouts 6 11t Total points 664 12t Faceoff percentage .498 18 Goals against per game 2.87 18 Power play opportunities 309 28 Shorthanded goals 8 12t against Times shut out 5 12t

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Ryan Getzlaf was sixth in the league in scoring last season, and the Ducks were impressed with his checking, as well. 30 goals, Anaheim should have a stronger offensive game. The flip side is that with Pronger and Beauchemin gone, the team’s defense could suffer. “Chris is a tremendous player; both of these guys are going to be missed, but it gives someone else an opportunity to step up and show they can play this game,” veteran center Todd Marchant said. Ryan Whitney and James Wisniewski both played well for the Ducks after being acquired at the trade deadline. They will be counted on to help Niedermayer anchor Anaheim’s top pairings. Veteran Nick Boynton was signed to add depth. Anaheim also will look for Brett Festerling and Brendan Mikkelson to expand their limited roles, with Brian Salcido getting a chance to join the mix. Sbisa, the Flyers’ first-round pick in 2008, also could be ready.

The Ducks should have an embarrassment of riches in goal. Jonas Hiller was the best goalie in the playoffs last year, leading the way in the Ducks’ elimination of San Jose and their subsequent seven-game battle against Detroit. Hiller could claim the No. 1 job this season, but so could 2003 Conn Smythe winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who appears primed for a bounceback season. Either way, the Ducks will be solid between the pipes. — For much more on the Ducks, purchase a copy of Sporting News Hockey ’09-10 yearbook by calling 1-800-380-7404. Or order it online at sportingnews.com or streetandsmiths.com

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MONTREAL—Brian Gionta scored 15:06 into the third period of his Montreal debut to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. Ben Maxwell scored in the second period for Montreal, which beat Florida 3-2 on Thursday in its preseason opener. Milan Michalek scored in his debut for Ottawa (0-3). Gionta, Travis Moen, Hal Gill and Paul Mara all played their first game with the Canadiens since signing as free agents this summer. “The biggest thing is trying to get out there and feel comfortable,” said Gionta, who played on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. “There are so many new guys, guys that I’ve never played with, it’s just a matter of time to feel comfortable. The first period was a little slow, but I thought the second and third period our line really had some good chances, some good jump, and it felt pretty good.” Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 1, OT TAMPA—Marty St. Louis scored with 25.1 seconds left in overtime to lift Tampa Bay. The Lightning failed to capitalize on a twoman advantage in the extra session, but center Vincent Lecavalier picked up a loose puck moments later and moved in unopposed on goalie Ondrej Pavelec and set up a backhander by St. Louis. Detroit 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 DETROIT—Jason Williams’ goal 8:02 into the third period broke a tie and lift the Detroit Red Wings. Williams broke the 2-2 tie with a slap shot from the top of the right circle that bet Zaba high on the long side. Abdelkader added his goal with 3:42 left. Justin Abdelkader had a goal and an assist and Valtteri Filppula and Brett Lebda scored for Detroit (2-0), which got all of its goals in the third period. Starting goalie Chris Osgood

First Period: 1, N.Y. Rangers, Anisimov 1 (Redden), 7:26. Penalties: Lebda, Det (holding), 4:13; Emmerton, Det (tripping), 7:55; Rozsival, NYR (interference), 15:19; Detroit bench, served by Ja.Williams (too many men), 19:10. Second Period: 2, N.Y. Rangers, Lisin 1 (Grachev, Anisimov), 3:39. Penalties: Redden, NYR (holding), 12:27; Rozsival, NYR (holding), 19:00. Third Period: 3, Detroit, Filppula 1 (Kronwall, Cleary), :30 (pp). 4, Detroit, Lebda 1 (Pare, Abdelkader), 1:23. 5, Detroit, Ja.Williams 2 (Leino, Meech), 8:02. 6, Detroit, Abdelkader 1 (Leino, Ja.Williams), 16:18. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 1, 18:00. Penalties: Semenov, NYR (interference), 8:40; Janik, Det (holding), 13:28. Shots on Goal: N.Y. Rangers 11-11-9: 31. Detroit 12-11-10: 33. Power-play opportunities: N.Y. Rangers 0 of 4; Detroit 1 of 4. Goalies: N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist (14 shots-14 saves), Zaba 0-1-0 (12:01 second, 19-15). Detroit, Osgood (20-18), McCollum 1-0-0 (12:01 second, 11-10). A: 13,180 (20,066). T: 2:15. Referees: Chris Ciamaga, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Steve Miller. Toronto Pittsburgh 0 2 4 0 0 — 1 — 4 3

First Period: 1, Ottawa, Michalek 1 (Spezza, Picard), 2:02. Penalties: Mara, Mon (tripping), 1:19; Kinrade, Ott (holding), 3:04; Cowen, Ott (hooking), 5:52; Pyatt, Mon (interference), 8:22; Schubert, Ott (hooking), 11:56; Plekanec, Mon (goaltender interference), 17:01. Second Period: 2, Montreal, Maxwell 1 (Metropolit, Mara), 15:15 (pp). Penalties: Yablonski, Ott, major (fighting), 3:04; Neilson, Mon, major (fighting), 3:04; Carle, Mon (holding), 3:39; Spezza, Ott (high-sticking), 14:11; Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 18:15; Neilson, Mon, minormajor (slashing, fighting), 18:15. Third Period: 3, Montreal, Gionta 1 (Plekanec, Pacioretty), 15:56. Penalties: Carkner, Ott, major (fighting), 1:39; Henry, Mon, major (fighting), 1:39; Carkner, Ott, major (fighting), 9:37; Bass, Ott, major-game misconduct (fighting), 9:37; Conboy, Mon, major (fighting), 9:37; Neilson, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 9:37; Schubert, Ott (interference), 17:52. Shots on Goal: Ottawa 9-9-7: 25. Montreal 4-13-13: 30. Power-play opportunities: Ottawa 0 of 5; Montreal 1 of 5. Goalies: Ottawa, Chiodo (17 shots-16 saves), Lehner 0-1-0 (0:00 third, 13-12). Montreal, Halak (15-14), Sanford 1-0-0 (10:12 second, 10-10). A: 21,273 (21,273). T: 2:19. Referees: Marc Joannette, Paul Devorski. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Jean Morin. Atlanta Tampa Bay 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 — 1 2

First Period: 1, Carolina, Cole 1 (Boychuk, LaRose), 17:10 (pp). 2, Nashville, Mi.Santorelli 1 (Erat, Legwand), 18:08. Penalties: Thuresson, Nas (tripping), 8:04; Yonkman, Nas (delay of game), 15:38. Second Period: 3, Nashville, Legwand 1, 3:20. 4, Nashville, Hamhuis 1 (Mi.Santorelli, Erat), 18:57. Penalties: Grant, Nas, major (fighting), 7:51; Blanchard, Car, major (fighting), 7:51; Klein, Nas (tripping), 11:36; Smithson, Nas (interference), 15:38. Third Period: 5, Carolina, Staal 1 (Whitney, Corvo), 3:05. 6, Nashville, Olvecky 1 (Legwand, Hamhuis), 19:44 (en-pp). Penalties: Guite, Nas (tripping), 8:43; Whitney, Car (holding), 13:04; Olvecky, Nas (tripping), 14:53; Whitney, Car (interference), 18:02. Shots on Goal: Nashville 10-9-6: 25. Carolina 9-6-15: 30. Power-play opportunities: Nashville 1 of 2; Carolina 1 of 6. Goalies: Nashville, Rinne (11 shots-10 saves), Dekanich 1-0-0 (11:36 second, 19-18). Carolina, C.Ward 0-1-0 (24-21). A: 8,495 (18,680). T: 2:18. Referees: Wes McCauley, Chris Rooney. Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Tim Nowak. Colorado St. Louis 0 3 1 1 1 — 2 — 2 6

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Pittsburgh’s Nate Guenin, right, collides with Toronto’s Juraj Mikus while going after the puck in the second period. made 18 saves and Thomas McCollum stopped 10 shots. Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3 PITTSBURGH—Jason Blake played a part in two of four power-play goals scored by Toronto in the second period to lead the Maple Leafs. Blake scored, then assisted on defenseman Ian White’s goal to erase a 2-0 deficit. John Mitchell scored midway through the second to put Toronto (2-1) ahead and defenseman Juraj Mikus then capped the scoring. St. Louis 6, Colorado 2 ST. LOUIS—Nick Drazenovic, Paul Kariya and Alex Steen staked St. Louis to a first-period lead. T.J. Oshie, B.J. Crombeen and Derek Armstrong also scored for the Blues, while Keith Tkachuk had two assists. The Avalanche, who beat Dallas on Thursday in their preseason opener, got goals from Chris Stewart and Matt Duchene, the third overall pick from the 2009 draft. Goalie Ty Conklin, signed as a free agent by the Blues in the offseason, made his debut with the team and stopped 21 shots through two periods before being replaced by Jake Allen. Nashville 4, Carolina 2 RALEIGH, N.C.—David Legwand had a goal and two assists to lead the Nashville Predators past Carolina. Mike Santorelli and Dan Hamhuis each had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Peter Olvecky added an empty netter on the power play, Martin Erat had two assists and Pekka Rinne stopped 10 shots in 1½ periods. — The Associated Press

First Period: 1, Pittsburgh, Cooke 1 (Goligoski, Letang), 6:43. 2, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Cooke, Lovejoy), 13:24. Penalties: A.Rogers, Tor (delay of game), 1:50; Finger, Tor (tripping), 4:39; A.Rogers, Tor (elbowing), 7:50; J.Mitchell, Tor (hooking), 15:07. Second Period: 3,Toronto, Blake 1 (Gunnarsson, Allison), 2:41 (pp). 4, Toronto, White 1 (J.Mitchell, Blake), 4:45 (pp). 5, Toronto, J.Mitchell 1 (Allison, White), 7:32 (pp). 6, Toronto, Mikus 1 (Stajan, Slaney), 18:26 (pp). Penalties: A.Rogers, Tor (roughing), 2:26; Adams, Pit, major (elbowing), 2:26; N.Johnson, Pit (roughing), 2:26; Lovejoy, Pit (hooking), 7:12; White, Tor, served by Slaney (roughing, clipping), 14:08; Malkin, Pit (roughing), 14:08; Guerin, Pit (slashing), 14:13; A.Rogers, Tor, major (fighting), 16:27; Bissonnette, Pit, major (fighting), 16:27; Guerin, Pit (tripping), 16:37. Third Period: 7, Pittsburgh, Orpik 1 (N.Johnson, Pushkarev), 6:53 (pp). Penalties: Wallace, Pit (slashing), 2:54; White, Tor (tripping), 5:38; Allison, Tor (slashing), 7:39; Lovejoy, Pit (roughing), 11:00; Mikus, Tor (interference), 11:35. Shots on Goal: Toronto 3-11-3: 17. Pittsburgh 10-9-8: 27. Power-play opportunities: Toronto 4 of 8; Pittsburgh 1 of 8. Goalies: Toronto, Reimer (16 shots-14 saves), MacDonald 2-1-0 (10:42 second, 11-10). Pittsburgh, B.Johnson (8-5), Fleury 0-1-0 (10:42 second, 9-8). A: 16,621 (16,940). T: 2:27. Referees: Bill McCreary, Dean Morton. Linesmen: Steve Barton, Dan Schachte.

First Period: 1, Tampa Bay, Malone 1 (Foster, Lecavalier), 16:52 (pp). Penalties: Gratton, Atl, major (fighting), :03; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), :03; Valabik, Atl, served by Stapleton (roughing, cross-checking), :24; Craig, TB (roughing), :24; Kulda, Atl (holding), 6:31; Craig, TB (tripping), 10:53; Salmela, Atl (cross-checking), 16:41. Second Period: 2, Atlanta, Postma 1 (Slater), 9:10. Penalties: Bogosian, Atl (hooking), 3:47; Ohlund, TB (interference), 5:09; Sterling, Atl (interference), 5:43; Krajicek, TB (interference), 5:52; Sterling, Atl (tripping), 10:09; Tanguay, TB (holding), 12:15. Third Period: None. Penalties: Lundin, TB (hooking), 9:07; Gratton, Atl, major-game misconduct (fighting), 13:29; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 13:29. Overtime: 3, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 1 (Lecavalier), 4:34 (pp). Penalties: Oystrick, Atl (holding stick), 1:26; Slater, Atl (delay of game), 1:47. Shots on Goal: Atlanta 4-15-7-2: 28. Tampa Bay 13-7-10-4: 34. Power-play opportunities: Atlanta 0 of 4; Tampa Bay 2 of 8. Goalies: Atlanta, Pavelec 0-0-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Tampa Bay, Smith (19-18), Tokarski 1-0-0 (0:00 third, 9-9). A: 16,223 (19,758). T: 2:35. Referees: Rob Martell, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Jonny Murray.

First Period: 1, St. Louis, Drazenovic 1 (Talbot, Armstrong), 9:39. 2, St. Louis, Kariya 2 (Tkachuk, Johnson), 12:26. 3, St. Louis, Steen 1, 15:02. Penalties: Durno, Col, major (fighting), 7:10; Strachan, StL, major (fighting), 7:10; Hendricks, Col (holding), 17:08. Second Period: 4, St. Louis, Oshie 1 (Winchester, Berglund), 4:18. 5, Colorado, Stewart 1 (Duchene, Cumiskey), 18:52. Penalties: Wolski, Col (tripping), :27; Kariya, StL (hooking), 5:58; Yip, Col, major (fighting), 12:34; Talbot, StL, major (fighting), 12:34; Koci, Col (roughing), 16:51; Crombeen, StL (roughing), 16:51. Third Period: 6, Colorado, Duchene 1, :26. 7, St. Louis, Crombeen 1 (McClement, Steen), 3:36. 8, St. Louis, Armstrong 2 (Tkachuk, Kariya), 6:41. Penalties: Winchester, StL (elbowing), 4:21; Durno, Col (hooking), 9:39; Crombeen, StL (interference), 15:07. Shots on Goal: Colorado 8-14-5: 27. St. Louis 13-11-12: 36. Power-play opportunities: Colorado 0 of 3; St. Louis 0 of 3. Goalies: Colorado, Weiman 0-1-0 (36 shots-30 saves). St. Louis, Conklin 1-0-0 (22-21), Allen (0:00 third, 5-4). A: 10,042 (19,150). T: 2:27. Referees: Chris Lee, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Bryan Pancich.

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Scrappy Clutterbuck scores twice to boost Wild
ST. PAUL, MINN.—Cal Clutterbuck came out of nowhere last season to set an NHL record with 356 hits. The scrappy forward established himself as someone who will outwork his opponent in the corners and finish each check. He could be adding goal scorer to his resume this season. Clutterbuck scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-0 preseason victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Don’t expect the young forward to forget what his true strengths are. “Tonight I was the guy to do it for us. This year, it’s going to have to be scoring by committee,” Clutterbuck said. “I mean, I’m not going to score two goals every night. Someone else is going to have to step up.” The Blue Jackets played part of the game with teammate Jason Chimera on their minds. Chimera was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher after being checked into the boards by Wild center Eric Belanger with 6:17 left in the second period. Chimera appeared to go into the boards face first after getting hit by Belanger. He stayed down on the ice for about 5 minutes before being placed on a stretcher and wheeled off. He gave two thumbs up on his way off and a team official said he was coherent. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Minnesota keep its lead and hang on for the win. Anaheim 4, Phoenix 3, OT PHOENIX—Defenseman Luca Sbisa scored on a power play 1:23 into overtime to cap the Anaheim Ducks’ four-goal rally. Joffrey Lupul scored twice and Dan Sexton added a goal as the Ducks scored three times in a 9:51 span of the third period to force overtime. Sbisa’s goal came with Anaheim (2-1) on a twoman advantage after two Phoenix penalties, one in the final seconds of regulation. Vancouver 6, San Jose 2 SAN JOSE—Henrik Sedin scored two goals and his brother Daniel added another as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks. Willie Mitchell, Dave Scatchard and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Canucks. Edmonton 4, Florida 0 EDMONTON, ALBERTA—Mike Comrie had three assists in his return to Edmonton and the Oilers remained perfect in preseason play. Taylor Chorney, Patrick O’Sullivan, Shawn Horcoff and J.F. Jacques scored for the Oilers (3-0). Nikolai Khabibulin, making his first ever appearance for Edmonton, turned aside 18 shots for the shutout. — The Associated Press

First Period: 1, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 1 (Miettinen, Burns), 18:46 (pp). Penalties: Steiner, Clm (boarding), 2:43; Sheppard, Min (hooking), 13:56; Huselius, Clm (high-sticking), 17:19; Klesla, Clm (delay of game), 17:50. Second Period: 2, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 2 (Brodziak, Belanger), 9:27. Penalties: Clutterbuck, Min (interference), 7:19; Boll, Clm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:27; Boogaard, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:27; Belanger, Min, major-game misconduct (boarding), 13:43. Third Period: None. Penalties: Zidlicky, Min (interference), 1:24; Stoner, Min (interference), 5:09; Clitsome, Clm (hooking), 13:13. Shots on Goal: Columbus 6-7-14: 27. Minnesota 13-3-6: 22. Power-play opportunities: Columbus 0 of 5; Minnesota 1 of 4. Goalies: Columbus, Mason 0-1-0 (16 shots-14 saves), Lalande (14:40 second, 6-6). Minnesota, Backstrom 1-0-0 (10-10), Harding (19:23 second, 17-17). A: 18,064 (18,064). T: 2:25. Referees: Kevin Pollock, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Brad Lazarowich. Vancouver San Jose 3 0 2 0 1 — 2 — 6 2

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Minnesota LW Colton Gillies, left, checks Columbus C Derick Brassard. “From my view, it looked like he just had no chance to protect himself,” Columbus forward Rick Nash said. “Obviously, (Belanger) doesn’t have a history of (playing dirty) and he seems to be a pretty fair player. But I don’t know, I need to see the replay and judge from that.” Belanger was given a 5-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct, forcing the Wild to play shorthanded for an extended stretch. The return of Brent Burns, who sat out the preseason opener and missed the end of last season with a concussion, helped

First Period: 1, Vancouver, W.Mitchell 1 (Shirokov), 9:12. 2, Vancouver, Hodgson 1 (Burrows, Grabner), 10:19. 3, Vancouver, D.Sedin 1 (H.Sedin, Shirokov), 11:55 (pp). Penalties: Hodgson, Van (hooking), 5:48; Loprieno, SJ (tripping), 10:53; Labrie, Van, major (fighting), 13:00; Ortmeyer, SJ, major (fighting), 13:00; Desbiens, Van, major (fighting), 13:02; McLaren, SJ, major (fighting), 13:02. Second Period: 4, Vancouver, H.Sedin 1, 1:16. 5, Vancouver, H.Sedin 2 (D.Sedin, Ehrhoff), 5:35 (pp). Penalties: McGinn, SJ (interference), 4:34; Labrie, Van, major (fighting), 6:52; Moore, SJ, major (fighting), 6:52; Hodgson, Van, game misconduct, 7:16; Shelley, SJ, minor-majormisconduct-game misconduct (instigator, fighting), 7:16; Baumgartner, Van (slashing), 11:00; Hansen, Van (holding), 12:56. Third Period: 6, San Jose, Ortmeyer 1 (Petrecki, Marleau), 3:40. 7, Vancouver, Ehrhoff 1 (D.Sedin, H.Sedin), 12:50. 8, San Jose, McGinn 1 (Marleau, Blake), 14:40. Penalties: Desbiens, Van (slashing), 9:46; Stalock, SJ (delay of game), 10:47; Vlasic, SJ (interference), 16:26; Rypien, Van (boarding), 18:19. Shots on Goal: Vancouver 9-5-12: 26. San Jose 9-13-7: 29. Power-play opportunities: Vancouver 2 of 6; San Jose 0 of 4. Goalies: Vancouver, Raycroft 1-0-0 (29 shots-27 saves). San Jose, Greiss 1-1-0 (14-9), Stalock (11:00 second, 12-11). A: 15,782 (17,496). T: 2:19. Referees: Brian Pochmara, Dan O’Rourke. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Lyle Seitz.

First Period: 1, Phoenix, Mueller 2 (Yandle, Lombardi), 10:57 (pp). 2, Phoenix, Hoggan 2 (Kolarik, Lupaschuk), 11:50. Penalties: Carter, Ana (hooking), 3:10; McCarthy, Ana (cross-checking), 3:43; Lupaschuk, Pho (holding), 7:40; Sbisa, Ana (tripping), 9:56; Boynton, Ana (hooking), 16:12. Second Period: 3, Phoenix, Vandermeer 2 (Lepisto, Lombardi), 19:42. Penalties: Donally, Ana, major (fighting), 2:54; Lessard, Pho, major (fighting), 2:54. Third Period: 4, Anaheim, Lupul 1 (Macenauer, McCarthy), 10:08 (pp). 5, Anaheim, Sexton 1 (Ryan, Carter), 13:00 (pp). 6, Anaheim, Lupul 2 (Macenauer, Sbisa), 18:50 (pp). Penalties: Lessard, Pho, major-game misconduct (boarding), 6:38; Artyukhin, Ana, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 7:48; Vandermeer, Pho, minor-major (cross-checking, fighting), 7:48; Brown, Ana (interference), 16:12; Lupaschuk, Pho (interference), 19:46. Overtime: 7, Anaheim, Sbisa 1 (Salcido, Lupul), 1:23 (pp). Penalties: Lepisto, Pho (hooking), 1:04. Shots on Goal: Anaheim 2-4-13-2: 21. Phoenix 30-8-7-1: 46. Power-play opportunities: Anaheim 4 of 5; Phoenix 1 of 5. Goalies: Anaheim, Pielmeier 2-0-0 (35 shots-33 saves), Levasseur (15:04 second, 11-10). Phoenix, Montoya (6-6), Tordjman 0-0-1 (0:00 third, 15-11). A: 6,169 (17,125). T: 4:29. Referees: Dennis LaRue, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Shane Heyer, Mark Wheler.

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First Period: None. Penalties: Keefe, Fla, major (fighting), 1:54; Strudwick, Edm, major (fighting), 1:54; Jacques, Edm (slashing), 6:32; Keefe, Fla, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 8:37; Jacques, Edm, major (fighting), 8:37; McCabe, Fla (holding), 16:20. Second Period: 1, Edmonton, Chorney 1 (Stone, Comrie), 4:59. 2, Edmonton, O’Sullivan 3 (Comrie, Stone), 7:47. 3, Edmonton, Horcoff 2 (Comrie, Gilbert), 15:08 (pp). 4, Edmonton, Jacques 1 (O’Sullivan, Comrie), 17:15 (pp). Penalties: Strudwick, Edm (cross-checking), 2:36; Backman, Fla (interference), 11:36; Leopold, Fla, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 12:49; McCabe, Fla (slashing), 14:32. Third Period: None. Penalties: Himelfarb, Fla, major (fighting), 4:32; Comrie, Edm, major (fighting), 4:32; Horcoff, Edm (boarding), 7:10; Brule, Edm (high-sticking), 11:10; Brennan, Edm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:23. Shots on Goal: Florida 4-6-8: 18. Edmonton 10-16-12: 38. Power-play opportunities: Florida 0 of 5; Edmonton 2 of 6. Goalies: Florida, Vokoun 1-1-0 (26 shots-22 saves), T.Plante (0:00 third, 12-12). Edmonton, Khabibulin 1-0-0 (18-18). A: 16,601 (16,839). T: 2:14. Referees: Steve Kozari, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brian Mach.

All Times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L OT Pts GF GA New Jersey 1 0 0 2 3 2 Pittsburgh 1 1 0 2 8 8 N.Y. Islanders 0 2 1 1 8 10 N.Y. Rangers 0 2 1 1 6 9 Philadelphia 0 2 0 0 1 7 Northeast Division W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 2 0 0 4 5 3 Toronto 2 1 0 4 10 6 Montreal 2 0 0 4 5 3 Buffalo 0 0 1 1 3 4 Ottawa 0 3 0 0 3 6 Southeast Division W L OT Pts GF GA Florida 2 2 0 4 7 9 Tampa Bay 1 0 1 3 5 5 Washington 1 0 0 2 4 3 Atlanta 0 1 1 1 1 7 Carolina 0 1 0 0 2 4 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division W L OT Pts GF GA Detroit 2 0 0 4 7 4 Nashville 2 0 0 4 9 2 St. Louis 2 0 0 4 9 3 Columbus 0 1 1 1 4 7 Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 Northwest Division W L OT Pts GF GA Edmonton 3 0 0 6 11 3 Vancouver 3 0 0 6 11 3 Colorado 1 1 0 2 5 7 Minnesota 1 1 0 2 3 3 Calgary 1 1 0 2 6 8 Pacific Division W L OT Pts GF GA Los Angeles 1 1 1 3 7 9 Anaheim 2 1 0 4 7 7 Phoenix 1 1 2 4 12 13 Dallas 1 1 0 2 5 6 San Jose 1 1 0 2 4 7 Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss or shootout loss. Friday’s games Nashville 4, Carolina 2 Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3 Montreal 2, Ottawa 1 Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 1, OT Detroit 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 St. Louis 6, Colorado 2 Minnesota 2, Columbus 0 Edmonton 4, Florida 0 Anaheim 4, Phoenix 3, OT Vancouver 6, San Jose 2 Today’s games N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 4 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m. Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m. Calgary vs. N.Y. Islanders at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 8 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Phoenix at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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Q&A with … Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis

‘This is going to take a lot of work, a lot of development’
Three months ago, Kurt Rambis was an assistant coach in Los Angeles, helping the Lakers to the peak of the hoops world with the franchise’s 15th championship. Now, he is the head coach of the Timberwolves, a team that has slid into irrelevance over the last four years, with a combined winning percentage of .338. Sporting News Today’s Sean Deveney spoke to Rambis about the new job, wayward point guard Ricky Rubio and what it will take for Al Jefferson to get to the next level.

hard-working, maybe a bit of an agitator. Can a couple of guys like that get along on the sideline? Sure. Maybe we would not get along when we were playing, but we had some characteristics that make us a good fit now. He has a lot of experience. And he is going to work as hard as anyone.

we made clear to him that in order to be accepted in the next tier of players, he will have to improve on the defensive end.

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You’ve got your coaching staff filled out, having added Reggie Theus and Bill Laimbeer as well as Dave Wohl and John-Blair Bickerstaff. What were you looking for in coaches? Really, the commitment was the most important thing. Not only the commitment in terms of loyalty, but also in the willingness to put in the time to do the job. Look, this is not going to be a quick turnaround. This is going to take a lot of work, a lot of development, and that is going to happen as much in the offseason as in the season. So I didn’t want coaches who checked out after the season. We can’t wash our hands of these players in the summer.

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Have you been able to talk with all your players? Yes, I have been in contact with everyone. But I would like to have more time to spend individually to talk about what we’re expecting from them.

But isn’t he still going to have to carry a heavy offensive load? As we get better, I hope not. His scoring may dip some. We want to lessen his burden. … In that scenario, I see him improving.

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Bill Laimbeer was a bit like you—tough,

Of all the talk around the Timberwolves this year, I think one thing that gets overlooked is Al Jefferson coming back from the knee injury. How is he, and what are you looking for from him? Al is good from all reports. He is still recovering, but he has been cleared for more and more contact. What we want most from him is better individual and team defense. I think one thing that has happened is that the team has relied on him so heavily on the offensive side that he just doesn’t have the energy to give to defense. But

Another issue is at point guard, where Jonny Flynn might be your starter as a rookie. Is that worrisome? Does it worry me? No, I am accepting the challenge. I think Jonny is accepting the challenge. It’s the hardest position for a rookie, I know that. There is so much knowledge he needs, about running a team, about the players he’ll play against, learning our system. There is a lot defensively he will need to learn, because he comes out of a zone system at Syracuse. But still, I am sure I will be demanding of him. There will be a lot of teaching.

have him learning under you, though? We’ll keep close tabs on him in Spain. We won’t interfere with Barcelona, but we’ll keep tabs on him and work with him in the summers. In a perfect world, though, yes, having him here under us would have been ideal. But it’s not a perfect world. And this might work out for the better, with less expectations for him than he’d be facing now. … Guys grow up and mature at different levels and different stages.

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One thing about being the coach of a young team is that you can often find that, by the time your team matures, you’ve been fired. Is that a concern heading into this job? That was one of the issues I tried to address in negotiating the contract. (Rambis signed a four-year deal with Minnesota.) This is a project. We need a new culture and a new direction, and that takes time. Clearly, the Western Conference is tough, and talent-wise, we need to improve. Not only from the standpoint of developing the individuals who are here, but in terms of the draft picks and young players we bring in. The length of the contract gave me confidence that we could do that.

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Refs locked out; NBA to train replacements
A day after talks between the two sides broke down, the NBA officially notified the National Basketball Referees Association that it has declared a lockout of the referees. “We have just been officially locked out by the NBA,” NBRA executive director Lamell McMorris said. The NBA declined comment on McMorris’ statements, but the league did announce Friday afternoon it will begin referee training camp Sunday with replacement referees because the NBRA rejected its final contract offer Thursday. McMorris said Friday the NBRA has had “initial discussions” with the Teamsters and other unions about not crossing the picket lines if NBRA members are locked out. “We are already in discussions. We know who is not going to cross the picket lines—the folks who deliver liquor, the folks who deliver food,” McMorris said. The referees were scheduled to report to training camp Sunday, but McMorris said there is not enough time to get a deal done for that deadline to be met. McMorris said that he has talked to NBPA executive director Billy Hunter but has not asked NBA players to honor the referees picket lines “nor would I make that request.” McMorris said that players are concerned about the potential for increased injuries and increased fines if replacement officials are used. “The players know what replacement officials look like and they don’t want to go there.” — Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal Former President Bill Clinton described Melvin Simon as one of the most remarkable people he’s ever met as he gave a eulogy Friday during the funeral for the billionaire shopping mall developer and Indiana Pacers co-owner. Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, basketball stars Larry Bird and Reggie Miller, and NBA commissioner David Stern were among about 2,000 mourners who attended Simon’s funeral at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. Upper Marlboro when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over. Police said a handgun was found in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back. Reedy said West “was very cooperative, there were no issues” during the incident. The 26-year-old West, who lives in Brandywine, was charged with speeding and weapons counts. It is illegal to carry concealed weapons and to transport loaded guns in Maryland, according to police. Reedy said West was released on his own recognizance early Friday. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said the team was monitoring the situation. The Celtics will begin contract negotiations with PG Rajon Rondo, who has one year remaining on his current deal, team president Danny Ainge told The Boston Globe. “Rajon is in a situation where we certainly want him and consider him a big part of our future,” Ainge said. “This time of year, it’s one of those circumstances where we would want a deal that’s good for us and gives us security, and he wants a deal that’s good for him. I think we’ll know after a few conversations if we are close and whether we can get a deal done or not.” The Pacers signed G Luther Head to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, The Indianapolis Star reported. Head can play both guard positions and is a career 39.2 percent 3-point shooter. Rockets G Brent Barry will either be traded or retire before the season, KRIV-TV in Houston reported. Barry, who has played 14 years in the NBA, averaged 3.7 points last season. Former NBA coach and player John Lucas is joining the Clippers as an assistant on Mike Dunleavy’s staff. Lucas coached current Clippers Ricky Davis and Brian Skinner from 2001-03 as the head coach of the Cavaliers.

Shock back in familiar territory
DULUTH, GA.—Detroit coach Rick Mahorn knew leading scorer Deanna Nolan was going to come back strong after sustaining a concussion in the Shock’s last game. “She’s tough,” Mahorn said. “She got knocked pretty hard last game and took a good shot in this one as well. But she’s very tough and wanted to get this game so we can move on.” Nolan scored 22 points and Shavonte Zellous added 21 to help the Shock advance to the WNBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year with a 94-79 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Seattle 75, Los Angeles 74 SEATTLE—Camille Little stole an inbounds pass and laid it in with 5 seconds left, helping the Seattle Storm stun the Los Angeles Sparks and even the best-of-3 Western Conference semifinals. Game 3 is Sunday in Seattle. The Sparks were up 74-70 when Sue Bird drained a 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left, cutting the lead to one. Los Angeles called a timeout and inbounded from the sideline near midcourt. Little stole it, went under the hoop and laid it in one-handed. Lisa Leslie, whose tip-in with 27.9 seconds left snapped a 70-70 tie, and Delisha Milton-Jones missed shots in the final seconds. Swin Cash led Seattle with 18 points, while Bird and Tanisha Wright had 15 apiece. — The Associated Press

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Tina Thompson, left, and the Sparks face a Game 3 after falling to Seattle on Friday.

WNBA glance (Best-of-3)
EASTERN CONFERENCE Indiana vs. Washington (Indiana leads series 1-0) Sept. 17: Indiana 88, Washington 79 Today: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. x-Monday: Washington at Indiana, 8 p.m. Detroit vs. Indiana (Detroit wins series 2-0) Sept. 16: Detroit 94, Atlanta 89 Friday: Detroit 94, Atlanta 79 WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio vs. Phoenix Sept. 17: San Antonio 92, Phoenix 91 (S.A. leads series 1-0) Today: San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m. x-Monday: San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Los Angeles vs. Seattle Sept. 16: Los Angeles 70, Seattle 63 Friday: Seattle 75, Los Angeles 74 (Series tied 1-1) Sunday: L.A. at Seattle, 5 p.m.

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Police found Delonte West carrying three loaded guns after pulling him over for speeding on a motorcycle. “He made a lot of money, but he didn’t sit on it,” Clinton said. “He shared it.” Simon’s philanthropy included $50 million for Indiana University’s cancer center and $10 million to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, along with support for other health care and artsrelated projects. Simon, the founder of Simon Property Group Inc., died Wednesday at age 82. Cavaliers G Delonte West was arrested Thursday after officers pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in a guitar case. Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said Friday West was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday. Reedy said West was riding a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle north on the Capital Beltway in

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Sporting News Today college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy addresses five topics currently in his sport’s headlines combined record in four seasons since: 446-414. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend all four years and compiled a 13-4 Tournament record. The seven C-USA alumni made a combined seven NCAA appearances and compiled a 9-7 tournament record. Moving into the Big East has been a windfall for the football programs at Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida, and maybe a new league would help Tigers football, as well. But Memphis fans should be careful with their obsessions. They’ve got a pretty good deal in basketball now. Even with a rookie head coach, they landed two top-15 basketball recruits (wing Will Barton and point Joe Jackson) for 2010. Would life really be so much better in a brand-name league?

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For college basketball’s sake, what should be a priority of the next NCAA president? DeCourcy: It’s not as if college basketball doesn’t have lots of issues, but the NCAA president does not have the ability to dictate solutions. He can only persuade, really. So to sit here and say the Mike DeCourcy next NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL president should get agents out of the business of recruiting 15-year-olds would be ludicrous. And don’t expect the new president to fix the “one-anddone” issue. That’s an NBA matter. The league will collectively bargain with its union on how to deal with young players entering its ranks. It was smart for Myles Brand to endorse commissioner David Stern’s advocacy of a 20-year age limit because that would be best for basketball at all levels, but there’s not much more to be done. It might seem odd to declare the best thing a new president could do for college basketball is to campaign for coaches to be granted the ability to work out their players in the summers. But that’s not a small matter. It would help make college basketball more rewarding for the players who participate. They should get access to the best year-round training; it is ludicrous to prevent Tom Izzo,

Ben Howland and Roy Williams from teaching their players in the summer. It also would remove the temptation for players to turn to agents to fund their work with private trainers.

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Any thoughts on who it should be? DeCourcy: Sure, but that would be immodest.

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It seems as if Pitt has been snakebit since Scottie Reynolds beat the Panthers at the buzzer in the Elite Eight. Should Jamie Dixon be worried? DeCourcy: In the bad karma department, you really need to take it back a bit farther, to when the Panthers held a 67-63 lead and the ball with 3:05 left. The Panthers advanced the ball against a Wildcats press, Levance Fields gave it up too soon and guard Jermaine Dixon dribbled into a midcourt trap. Instead of calling an immediate timeout, he surrendered the ball. That’s where the bad news began for Pitt. Since Reynolds’ shot went down, though, there’s been at least as much good news. It’ll be tougher for them to reach their potential with Jermaine Dixon missing most or all of the preseason with a broken foot and Gilbert Brown suspended for the fall term. But with the United States U-19 team, Jamie Dixon demonstrated once again that he’s an outstanding coach by leading the Americans to the gold medal. And Ashton Gibbs,

recruited essentially to be a backup guard at Pitt, started at point for that team and played exceedingly well. The Panthers will begin the season with their most coveted recruit in two decades: 6-9 power forward Dante Taylor, a McDonald’s All-American. They’ve got three excellent commitments for 2010 and 2011. It’ll be a struggle to extend the string of NCAA Tournament appearances to nine, but the future at Pitt remains promising. You wrote earlier this week about Mike Tranghese becoming a consultant for Memphis. How much has Memphis been hurt—if any at all—by staying in C-USA during all the conference shuffling a few years back? DeCourcy: You’re asking the basketball guy, so my answer is that Memphis has not been hurt in the least. Staying in Conference USA has been like hitting the PowerBall for one of those nine-figure paydays. You think I’m kidding? In the four seasons since C-USA’s other heavyweights hit the road, Memphis basketball has gone 137-14. Which means the Tigers won nearly a third as many games as the seven evacuees combined. That’s a staggering statistic. Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, South Florida and DePaul left for the Big East in 2005. Charlotte and Saint Louis bolted to the Atlantic 10. Their

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Random offseason question—loudest arena in college basketball? DeCourcy: I’ve been to Oregon’s Mac Court, but only for practice. I’ve been to New Mexico’s The Pit, but only for NCAA Tournament games. So I feel bad making such a pronouncement without giving those two a proper hearing. (Hearing—get it?) Of those I’ve visited for home games, it’s got to be Allen Fieldhouse. Pondering that question essentially involved going through all the various gyms and asking: Is it as loud as Allen? Kansas sets the standard for noise.
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Truck is back in West Virginia’s garage
West Virginia has reinstated sophomore PG Truck Bryant to participate in all team activities. That ends a suspension that began in July, after he was charged with fleeing the scene of an automobile accident. Bryant pleaded no contest earlier this month on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failing to give information and render aid. He also pleaded no contest in August to a charge of failing to exercise due care in a June accident in which his car struck a pedestrian without causing serious injury. Bryant became a starter as a freshman when veteran Joe Mazzulla injured his shoulder and was lost for the season. Bryant averaged 9.8 and 2.7 assists and shot 37.7 percent from 3-point range. He tried out for the U.S. U-19 national team but was cut from the squad. “(Bryant) has done everything that has been asked of him on all fronts,” coach Bob Huggins said in a statement. “I believe he has earned the opportunity to be reinstated to our team.” — Mike DeCourcy Four-star Marquette recruit Junior Cadougan, one of the top 10 incoming point guards according to Scout.com, is expected to miss the entire 2009-10 season with an Achilles injury. Cadougan was hurt during a preseason conditioning workout Thursday. He is expected to need as much as six months to rehabilitate after undergoing surgery in the

Mayweather pays for extra pounds
LAS VEGAS—Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed a surprising 146 pounds Friday for his comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, paying a big financial penalty for two extra pounds. Mayweather stepped on the MGM Grand Garden stage weighing four pounds more than Marquez, and two pounds more than the fight’s 144-pound catch weight limit. The fighters’ contracts contained an overweight penalty clause that likely moved a six-figure portion of the purse from the undefeated Mayweather to the underdog Marquez, but won’t cancel the bout. The excess weight will cost Mayweather $300,000 per pound, meaning Marquez will get an additional $600,000 on top of his $3.2 million guarantee, according to ESPN.com. “He loses a substantial amount of money,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, the fight’s promoter. “His advisers and his team are quite upset that he’s going to have to come up with that substantial amount of money.” Golden Boy generically promoted the fight as a welterweight (under 147 pounds) bout, but the contracted weight of 144 was close to a midpoint between the more typical weights of Mayweather and Marquez, a natural featherweight who has never fought above the 135-pound lightweight limit. Mayweather made the change Friday morning when he realized he wouldn’t make the limit, said Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. “It’s pretty rare, but it’s something that’s between the two fighters in this case,” said Kizer, noting the bout isn’t for a title. “It happens every once in a while when somebody realizes they can’t make weight a week before the fight, but it’s rare that it happens four hours (before the weigh-in). They have the ability to move up if that’s what they want.” Schaefer wouldn’t disclose the total penalty paid by Mayweather, who didn’t appear the slightest bit concerned by the extra weight while playing to a lively weigh-in crowd that included a few hundred Mayweather fans. It was a marked change from his last weigh-in at the MGM Grand for his December 2007 bout with Ricky Hatton, when the English-

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Truck Bryant averaged 9.8 points last season and shot 37.7 percent on 3s. next few days. Cadougan averaged 22 points and 8 assists for Christian Life Center in Houston. He was expected to compete for the starting point guard spot that came open when Dominic James completed his college career. “We all know injuries are a part of sports,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said in a statement. “As a program, we are all hurt and disappointed for Junior. He will receive the absolute best care possible prior to, during, and after his surgery. Even though he will not be in uniform this year, he will still be a valuable member of our team this season.” — Mike DeCourcy South Florida senior C Alex Rivas is scheduled to have a bilateral tibial surgical revision, which will replace the metal rods in both of his lower legs, the school announced Friday. Rivas is expected to return to the court within three months of the surgery. Rivas, who grew up in the Dominican Republic, appeared in 30 of 31 games in his first season with the Bulls. He averaged 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, which was second on the team. He was also second on the team with 15 blocked shots. He notched his first-career double-double on Feb. 25 at Seton Hall, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, both of which are career highs.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, weighed two pounds more than the 144-pound limit, which will cost him some of his purse. dominated crowd gleefully chanted “Floyd’s only got one fan!” Mayweather followed in Oscar De La Hoya’s footsteps by picking on somebody who wasn’t his own size, but De La Hoya’s decision to fight Manny Pacquiao last year didn’t work out so well. After Pacquiao weighed in at 142 pounds last December, nine months after fighting at 129, he demolished De La Hoya, who struggled and starved to get to 145. Pacquiao stopped De La Hoya after the eighth round. “Sometimes size matters, and sometimes size doesn’t matter,” Schaefer said. “I really don’t know what the implications of that are, but all of that was contractually dealt with, so it was no surprise to me, it was no surprise to Marquez, and it was no surprise to Mayweather.” — The Associated Press

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At New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, N.H. When: Sunday, 2 p.m. ET TV: ABC, 1 p.m. ET Radio: PRN/Sirius Satellite Ch. 128 Track layout: 1.058-mile oval Race distance: 300 laps/317.4 miles Estimated Pit window: 70-78 laps 2008 winner: Greg Biffle 2008 polesitter: Kyle Busch Friday’s qualifying results (Car number in parentheses) 1. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 133.431 mph 2. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 132.581 3. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 132.581 4. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 132.03 5. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 132.012 6. (12) David Stremme, Dodge, 131.943 7. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 131.852 8. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 131.847 9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 131.829 10. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 131.788 11. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 131.760 12. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 131.724 13. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 131.510 14. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 131.365 15. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 131.352 16. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 131.234 17. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 131.234 18. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 131.229 19. (07) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 131.089 20. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 131.080 21. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 131.058 22. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 131.0310 23. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 131.017 24. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 131.008 25. (43) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 130.914 26. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 130.649 27. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 130.649 28. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 130.635 29. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 130.617 30. (64) Mike Wallace, Toyota, 130.613 31. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 130.595 32. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 130.474 33. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 130.452 34. (44) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 130.420 35. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 130.304 36. (37) Tony Raines, Dodge, 129.900 37. (96) Erik Darnell, Ford, 129.789 38. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 129.626 39. (09) Aric Almirola, Dodge, 129.331 40. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 129.055 41. (34) John Andretti, Chevrolet, 128.841 42. (6) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points 43. (36) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 129.283 Failed to Qualify 44. (75) Derrike Cope, Dodge, 127.053 45. (51) Dexter Bean, Dodge, 126.846

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Montoya starts Chase with New Hampshire pole

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Brian Vickers says he’s capable of winning the Chase, but he faces formidable competition.

‘We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us’
BY BRIAN VICKERS For SN Today Editor’s note: Each week before the final 10 races of the season, Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier Brian Vickers will give his thoughts about the race for the championship. In this first installment, Vickers talks about the prospects of a championship for his No. 83 Red Bull team, which scored the most points of any team in the eight races leading to NASCAR’s postseason, and what kind of performance might be needed to win the title.

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Juan Pablo Montoya said he’ll be trying to balance being aggressive and being smart in the 10 races of the Chase.
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LOUDON, N.H.—Juan Pablo Montoya sped around New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a track-record 28.545 seconds (133.431 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sylvania 300, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Montoya, who clinched his berth in NASCAR’s playoffs last Saturday at Richmond, starts the Chase 40 points behind Mark Martin, who qualified 14th in Friday’s time trials. Tony Stewart, the points leader through 26 events before the Chase field was re-seeded according to race wins, will start beside Montoya on the front row after a lap at 132.581 mph. Chase driver Kurt Busch, who matched Stewart’s speed to the thousandth of a second, will start third alongside Denny Hamlin (132.030 mph). Carl Edwards (132.012 mph) qualified fifth, followed by David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. “At the end of practice (earlier Friday), we made a (qualifying) run,” said Montoya, who won his second pole of the year and the second of his career. “The lap wasn’t that great, and we still ran a .70 (actually .74),

so like, ‘Wow—interesting. Can’t complain.’” Montoya won his Chase spot with conservative points racing but now is inclined to take a more aggressive approach. “You’ve got to be very smart about it,” he said. “Most of the cars in the Chase are going to be up there. To gain points is going to be really hard, but to lose points to them is going to be very easy. So I think you’ve got to be very smart about it on that aspect, but in the end, you’ve got to go for wins. “You’ve got to go for broke here.” In addition to Montoya, Stewart, Busch, Hamlin, Martin, Edwards and Gordon, drivers competing in the Chase earned the following starting spots: Kasey Kahne, 11th; Jimmie Johnson, 16th; Ryan Newman, 18th; defending race winner Greg Biffle, 22nd; and Brian Vickers, 26th. “I was happy with it,” said Stewart, who, as the winner of three races this season, enters the Chase 10 points behind Martin. “I think we ran a .74 (actually .79) in practice and a .72 in qualifying, so we backed up what we ran, and we’re pretty happy with that. Normally, if we qualify well here, we normally race really well here, so it’s a perfect start to the weekend so far.” — Reid Spencer writes for the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

I feel like we have momentum on our side, but it’s also no guarantee. We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us. I think we’ve proven in the last 10 races what we’re capable of. We’re capable of collecting the most amount of points in the series over the course of 10 races, and the bottom line is that’s what it takes to win the championship. In the Chase format, whoever collects the most amount of points over 10 races wins. We’re capable of it, but it doesn’t mean that we will. Obviously, we’ve got stiff competition: Jimmie (Johnson) going for his fourth, Jeff (Gordon), Tony (Stewart), Mark

(Martin)—Mark’s done really well when he hasn’t had problems. So we’re going to really have to stay on top of our game. I’m a big believer that history can be an indication of what’s to come, but it’s not always set in stone—it’s not a predictor. It’s not a guarantee. I would be more apt to look at the last 10 races (preceding Richmond) than I would at last year’s last 10 races. The sport evolves so fast, and what makes a car go fast and a setup that works, and a chemistry and a communication group of individuals—people come and go from teams. A lot happens in a year. A lot can change. Obviously, the 48 team (Johnson) has set itself apart as being very good in these last 10 races. The last three years, they were also very good the entire season. This year, Tony’s had the best average. He was leading the points by a good bit coming into the last race, so if I had to pick, based on the first 26 races, I’d have to pick Tony. Based on the last three years, I’d pick Jimmie. Based on the last 10 races, I’d pick us. So it really mixes it up. — As told to Reid Spencer

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McArdle released by Petty organization
Richard Petty Motorsports announced that it has released Mark McArdle, the team’s vice president and managing director of competition. McArdle had run the organization’s engine shop before assuming his competition director role in 2007. McArdle, who has been involved in racing for more than 20 years in both open-wheel and stock-car series, was not at the Sprint Cup race Saturday at Richmond International Raceway after an apparent argument with team co-owner George Gillett. With the announced plans to merge RPM with Yates Racing, it likely means the end of the organization’s engine shop or at least a significant cut in engine personnel. “The company and Mark have decided to go in different directions,” team president Rick Russell said in a statement. “It was an amicable departure, and we are finalizing some details with him. We appreciate all of Mark’s many contributions and wish him well in all future endeavors he may pursue.” McArdle said in a statement released by the team, “I wish the company nothing but success in the future.” — Bob Pockrass, SceneDaily.com

Hornaday going after 3rd straight Loudon win
BY TIM TUTTLE For SN Today

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Tony Stewart isn’t worried about his team losing its edge despite subpar runs the last 4 races.

‘Game time’ returns for Stewart’s team
LOUDON, N.H.—Tony Stewart freely admits that his team hasn’t been at its best over the last few Sprint Cup races. The Stewart-Haas Racing owner/driver says that’s because the group didn’t have to be. With a significant lead in the standings and a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth clinched with two races left in the regular season, Stewart and his team have struggled in recent weeks to deliver the kind of results and consistency they have throughout most of 2009. All the group stood to potentially gain by continuing in top form was the 10 Chase bonus points that come from victories. Stewart has been in no danger of falling out of the Chase field for a while, and it finally showed. After netting 18 top-10s, including three points wins, in the first 22 events, Stewart finished no better than 11th over the last four regularseason races. Is he worried that his recent mini-slump might not bode well for the upcoming 10-race playoff, which begins with Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? “I think we got in a unique situation where it was either win it or it didn’t matter that we were even there,” Stewart said on Friday at NHMS. “So for us it was a situation where I don’t think we kept the intensity up quite as high as we needed to, but the good thing is that we’ve all sat and met with each other this week and said, ‘Hey, it’s game time again.’ “The good thing is even though we didn’t even have a really stellar last four weeks, we’ve had a break and it’s given us a chance to kind of catch our breath and kind of get ready for this last 10-week stretch, where some guys have been fighting all the way though last week. So I feel like we’re ready to go.” While Stewart hasn’t been as strong of late, other Chase contenders such as Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Richard Petty Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne and Red Bull Racing’s Brian Vickers have picked up steam. Stewart isn’t worried, though, about others possibly bringing more momentum into the season’s championship-determining segment. “I don’t think we feel a sense of urgency that we got off track and that we’re scrambling to try to find it,” he said. — SceneDaily.com

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Denny Hamlin has scored more points than any driver over the last 10 Sprint Cup races. the Chase with four wins in the first 26 races. “That shouldn’t come as any big surprise. Who’d want to quit?” — Reid Spencer

Mark Martin confirmed Friday he has extended his agreement to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, adding a year to his current contract, which called for him to be in the car through 2010. GoDaddy.com has signed on as the primary sponsor for Martin’s car next year. “Yeah, we’re signed through 2011,” said Martin, the top seed in

Denny Hamlin said Friday that Kyle Busch’s promise to help his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate as much as he could during the Chase might not amount to much—unless it involves a revenge factor. “Like maybe if he’s right in front of me, he’ll let me have a spot or something like that, but I doubt he’s going to take out guys I need him to take out,” was Hamlin’s tongue-incheek assessment. With Busch having missed the Chase by eight points, however, he has more latitude to race aggressively. “I think he has some scores to settle with some guys that I don’t think he’ll be too shy about doing now,” Hamlin said. — Reid Spencer

Ron Hornaday has been untouchable the past two years at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series, leading a combined 323 of 400 laps en route to runaway victories. He’ll try for his third straight on the flat 1.058mile track Saturday in the Heluva Good! 200, and there’s every reason to think he’ll make it. Hornaday returns with the key elements intact, driving a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet under the direction of crew chief Rick Ren. “The past two years, Rick Ren and the guys have really gotten a good setup together that I like and is comfortable to me,” Hornaday said. “You never know what is going to happen, but I love coming to New Hampshire.” The three-time truck champion has been tough to beat almost everywhere this season. Hornaday established a series record by winning five in a row, the most in a NASCAR national series since 1971, and has six total in 18 races. Hornaday has a commanding 197-point lead over Matt Crafton and 213 over Mike Skinner, his closest competitors, with seven races remaining. Hornaday could equal his most single-season wins in the series at New Hampshire. He also had seven in 1997.

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Ron Hornaday, above, holds a 197-point lead over second-place Matt Crafton.

Heluva Good! 200
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, N.H. When: Today, 3 p.m. ET TV: Speed, 2:30 p.m. Radio: MRN/Sirius XM Satellite Ch. 128 Track layout: 1.058-mile oval Race distance: 200 laps/211.6 miles 2008 winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. 2008 polesitter: Johnny Benson (qualifying rained out; field set by owners points) Points leaders: 1. Ron Hornaday Jr., 2,875; 2. Matt Crafton, 2,678; 3. Mike Skinner, 2,662; 4. Brian Scott, 2,457; 5. Todd Bodine, 2,389; 6. Colin Braun, 2,372; 7. David Starr, 2,310; 8. Timothy Peters, 2,307; 9. Rick Crawford, 2,302; 10. Johnny Sauter, 2,297.

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Federer rolls in Davis Cup
GENOA, ITALY—Roger Federer rolled to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win Friday over Simone Bolelli to give Switzerland a 2-0 lead against Italy in the Davis Cup playoffs. Playing four days after his five-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open final, Federer shook off two break points in the opening game and was never in trouble against the 64th-ranked Bolelli. Federer, who struggled with his serve in the U.S. Open final, had 10 aces to go with 35 winners. “With the jet lag and surfaces change and playing here in Italy away, I knew it was always going to be a tough match,” said Federer, who improved his Davis Cup record to 36-11. Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in the first match on the red clay courts at the Valletta Cambiaso club. Federer and Wawrinka, the Olympic champions, will face Fabio Fognini and Potito Starace in doubles today, with reverse singles scheduled for Sunday. POREC, CROATIA—Radek Stepanek overcame a record 78 aces to defeat Ivo Karlovic in five sets in one of the longest matches in tennis history, giving the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Croatia in the Davis Cup semifinals. Stepanek won 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (2), 16-14 in a match that lasted 5 hours, 59 minutes. The longest known Davis Cup match was 6 hours, 22 minutes between John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 1982. The 82 games equaled the Davis Cup record since tiebreakers were introduced in 1989. QUEBEC CITY—Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic reached her first semifinals of the year when she beat 2008 finalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Bell Challenge.

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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES: Placed OF Nolan Reimold on the 15-day DL. KANSAS CITY ROYALS: Assigned RHP Federico Castaneda, RHP Blake Wood and LHP Brandon Sisk to Surprise (AFL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS: Purchased the contract of OF Matt Carson from Sacramento (PCL). Placed RHP Vin Mazzaro on the 60-day DL, retroactive to Sept. 8. National League SAN DIEGO PADRES: Activated RHP Mike Adams from the 15-day DL. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL: Fined San Diego QB Philip Rivers $7,500 for taunting in a Sept. 14 games at Oakland. Fined Arizona S Adrian Wilson $10,000 for a hit on San Francisco WR Vernon Davis during a Sept. 13 game. BUFFALO BILLS: Signed CB Terrence McGee to a contract extension. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL: Suspended N.Y. Islanders F Pascal Morency indefinitely for his actions during Thursday night’s preseason game against Calgary. ANAHEIM DUCKS: Assigned LW Josh Brittain, D Mat Clark, G Marco Cousineau, C Nicolas Deschamps, C Peter Holland and D Stefan Warg to their junior teams. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: Assigned F Akim Aliu, F Dan Bertram, F Nathan Davis, F Bryan Ewing, F Adam Hobson, F Bracken Kearns, F Peter MacArthur, F Derek Nesbitt, D Michael Brennan, D Jonathan Carlsson, D Simon Danis-Pepin, D David Phillips, G Joe Fallon and G Alec Richards to Rockford (AHL). ECHL READING ROYALS: Signed D Nicholas Bilotto and D Nick St. Pierre. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW: Signed G Kenny Schoeni. COLLEGE BIG TEN: Suspended Michigan LB Jonas Mouton for one game for punching OL Eric Olsen during a Sept. 12 game against Notre Dame. AKRON: Suspended QB Chris Jacquemain for an indefinite period for violating a team policy. KENT STATE: Named Carrie Sordel women’s assistant golf coach. POINT PARK: Named Jeff Allen and Mark Perhacs men’s and women’s assistant golf coaches. ST. EDWARD’S: Named Brenda Niemeyer women’s tennis coach. SETON HALL: Named Colin Hampton coordinator of basketball operations.

NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Friday’s games New York 1, New England 1, tie San Jose 1, Colorado 1, tie Today’s games Chivas USA at Seattle FC, 3 p.m. FC Dallas at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Toronto FC at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s game Columbus at Chicago, 3 p.m.

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zabal missed the cut after a 72. LUSS, SCOTLAND—Former club pro champion Scott Hebert made a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole to complete a dominant opening day by the Americans, who took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup. The PGA Cup, patterned after the Ryder Cup, is for club professionals.

Roger Federer improved his Davis Cup record to 36-11 with the win over Simone Bolelli. Today, Safarova will play eighth-seeded Julia Georges of Germany, who matched her career-best performance of making the last four after beating qualifier Lilia Osterloh 6-2, 6-4. Third-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak kept Canadian hopes alive of a home champion by dispatching Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in 53 minutes, conceding only six points on serve. first of four—and ended with a 20-foot chip for eagle on 18. Her chip was from behind the hole, heading down toward the water. CONOVER, N.C.—Jay Haas shot a 10-under 62 during the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic, taking a three-shot lead into the weekend. Gil Morgan was second after his 65, with Tom Jenkins, Jerry Pate and three-time major champion Nick Price another stroke back. Nine other players, among them former PGA Championship winners Jeff Sluman and Hal Sutton, were tied for fourth after rounds of 67. OBERWALTERSDORF, AUSTRIA—Benn Barham of Britain equaled the lowest 36-hole score on the European Tour this season, a 13-under 129 at the Austrian Open that has him two strokes ahead of 2007 champion Richard Green of Australia. Spain’s Jose Maria Ola-

Soccer
BARCELONA, SPAIN—Lionel Messi extended his contract with European champion Barcelona. Barcelona said in a statement on its website that his new agreement runs until 2016 and has a buyout clause of $368 million included. The 22-year-old’s previous contract was to expire in 2014. Messi was a key player last season as Barcelona won the Spanish league, Copa del Rey and Champions League. He is the top candidate for FIFA player of the year. — The Associated Press

Golf
SAN DIEGO—Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over No. 1-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato in the second round of the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines. Shin, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, has a 36-hole total of 135 atop the elite field of 20. Ochoa, of Mexico, had a seesaw round of 69 that started with a bogey on No. 1—her