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Favre Thinks He Might Have Cracked Rib

Posted: August 31, 2009 9:37 PM ; Updated: September 01, 2009 9:12 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre says he might have a cracked rib, although it didn't prevent him from starting against the Texans.

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Pettitte Nearly Perfect in Win Over Orioles

Posted: August 31, 2009 9:35 PM ; Updated: August 31, 2009 11:36 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Andy Pettitte retired his first 20 batters before a lamentable seventh-inning sequence spoiled both his perfect game and no-hit bid, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Monday night.

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Linebacker Tedy Bruschi Set to Retire

Posted: August 31, 2009 12:29 AM ; Updated: August 31, 2009 12:41 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- Tedy Bruschi is retiring after a 13-year career marked by an inspiring return to the New England Patriots as a starting linebacker eight months after a stroke.

A person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the 36-year-old Bruschi will announce his retirement at a news conference Monday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

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Giants Finish Sweep of Rockies

Posted: August 30, 2009 6:39 PM ; Updated: August 31, 2009 12:37 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Edgar Renteria spoke up in a team meeting Tuesday and told his San Francisco teammates to forget a heartbreaking 14-inning loss at Colorado the night before that ended on a grand slam.

''I told them, 'Play ball,''' Renteria recalled.

He's sure doing so, and is a key reason the Giants are right back in the thick of things alongside the Rockies.

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California Rallies to Win Little League World Series

Posted: August 30, 2009 6:31 PM ; Updated: August 31, 2009 12:34 AM

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Andy Rios couldn't wait to get home to Southern California to have some french fries.

There's a big victory meal upcoming back in Chula Vista.

Bulla Graft's sharp single scored the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Kiko Garcia pitched three-plus scoreless innings of relief to lead California to a 6-3 victory Sunday over Taoyuan, Taiwan to win the Little League World Series.

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Dodgers Re-Take Control of the NL West

Posted: August 27, 2009 10:50 PM ; Updated: August 28, 2009 12:25 AM

DENVER (AP) -- Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a shot in the arm and the Colorado Rockies a punch to the gut.

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True Freshman QB Barkley to Start for USC

Posted: August 27, 2009 10:28 PM ; Updated: August 28, 2009 12:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Barkley felt honored and thrilled when he learned he'll be No. 4 Southern California's starting quarterback in his first college game.

What this precocious freshman didn't feel was surprise.

From the moment the nation's most coveted high school player chose the Trojans last year, he envisioned his first season on campus working out exactly this way.

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