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BBA--ALCS--RED SOX-TIGERS FOLO
DETROIT — Jim Leyland didn't want too much of the credit for Detroit's victory in Game 4 of the AL championship series, but the Tigers responded after their manager shuffled the lineup. Now it's a best-of-three for the American League pennant between Detroit and Boston. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — With the Dodgers' season hanging in the balance, Zack Greinke started out shaky and ended up sharp, retiring 13 consecutive batters at one point to help Los Angeles earn a 6-4 victory Wednesday that trimmed the Cardinals' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NL championship series. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
The resumes of Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning are strikingly similar. Their fathers both played in the NFL, they both left their home state to attend college, finished as Heisman Trophy runners-up and were chosen No. 1 overall by Colts owner Jim Irsay. Heck, they even wound up as Pro Bowl teammates in February. So, as the two quarterbacks prepare to meet as opponents for the first time Sunday, they're trying to avoid all the natural questions and comparisons. Not a chance this week. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
DETROIT — When Boston beat Detroit on Tuesday in Game 3 of the AL championship series, it was the fourth 1-0 game of these playoffs. The last time there were that many in one postseason was in 1991. The drama of a 1-0 game is unique — one swing can change the result at pretty much any time. In the postseason, that tension is magnified. We take a look back at a few of the most famous 1-0 postseason games in baseball history. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— ANAHEIM, Calif. — BBA--Angels-Baylor. Angels hire Don Baylor to be new hitting coach. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 350 words.
FBN--PICK 6-BACK TO REALITY
At first glance, the Philadelphia Eagles might have reason to feel pretty good about themselves. They are, after all, tied for first place in their division. On the other hand, they're only a .500 team that sits atop a woeful NFC East thanks to three victories against teams that are a combined 1-16. It's likely the Eagles will take a trip back to reality at some point. We offer a Pick 6 of teams who already were taken back to reality this season after a taste of success. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans are allowing the fewest yards in the NFL and gaining the seventh most. So why are they 2-4? Simple. Houston has the second-worst turnover margin in the NFL and has the most penalty yards. Coach Gary Kubiak is searching for ways to get his team to clean up its play before Sunday's trip to undefeated Kansas City. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers are learning just how valuable wide receiver Brandon LaFell is to their offense — and not just when he's catching the football. While the fourth-year receiver is on pace for career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, it's his blocking that is beginning to turn heads in Carolina. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Changes? The Chicago Bears defense has made plenty. Landon Cohen, David Bass, Jonathan Bostic and Zach Minter? They didn't necessarily figure into the team's plans when the season started. They do now. None of the injuries or shuffling of personnel seems to faze defensive coordinator Mel Tucker or coach Marc Trestman as they try to put a group on the field Sunday against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. By Gene Chamberlain. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— FBN--Pro Picks. Seahawks won't come close to 58-0 win on Thursday night at Arizona. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 590 words, photos.
— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Broncos-Manning. Manning elects to pass when asked about Irsay comments. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— ALLEN PARK, Mich. — FBN--Lions-Suh. AP source says Suh fined $31,500 for hit on Weeden. By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— TAMPA, Fla. — FBN--Buccaneers-MRSA. Bucs' G Carl Nicks has surgery to get rid of MRSA infection. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 800 words. Photos.
— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Patriots-Injuries. LB Jerod Mayo on season-ending IR as list of injured Pats grows. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 810 words, photos.
— NEW YORK — FBN--Giants-Hillis. Winless Giants sign RB Peyton Hillis. SENT: 180 words.
The most scrutinized committee in sports has been set. The members say they'll need thick skin, plenty of time and the ability to leave their loyalties behind to pick the four teams that will play for college football's national title next year. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee that was unveiled Wednesday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 810 words, photos.
There's some unexpected alliteration among the top quarterbacks in the nation: Heisman hopefuls Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota have been joined by Oregon State's Sean Mannion. The 6-foot-5 junior has thrown for 2,511 total yards with 25 touchdowns and he's had just three interceptions. He's averaging an eye-popping 418.5 yards passing a game to lead all FBS quarterbacks, and he's also the leader in total offense with an average of 406.3 yards a game. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— FBC--T25--College FB Picks. UCLA tries to rearrange Pac-12 game of year plans. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 780 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Fans cheered just about every time Derrick Rose touched the ball. They showered him with "MVP!" chants. In many ways, it seemed like he'd never been gone. Rose scored 22 points at the United Center in his long-awaited return from knee surgery to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 730 words, photos.
CAIRO — A hammering 6-1 loss to Ghana was more than just a blow to Egypt's faltering hopes for a spot in next year's World Cup finals. The humiliation immediately became entangled in Egypt's bitterly divisive politics. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— DALLAS — US--Cuban-Insider Trading. Jury says Cuban didn't commit insider trading. By David Koenig. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — GLF--Grand Slam. Masters champ Scott wins PGA Grand Slam of Golf. SENT: 490 words.
— NEW YORK — SWM--Sportswoman of Year. Missy Franklin wins Sportswoman of Year award. SENT: 128 words.
— GENEVA — SOC--WCup-Seeds. Seeds of doubt over FIFA rankings as Switzerland edges Netherlands, Italy from World Cup elite. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 820 words.
Thursday's Time Schedule
Boston at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m.
No. 10 Miami at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Nashville, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Detroit at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Charlotte, 11 a.m.
New York vs. Washington at Baltimore, MD, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
San Antonio at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans vs. Oklahoma City at Tulsa, OK, 8 p.m.
Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Sacramento, 10 p.m.