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Meriweather Fined By NFL For Hit
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for a hit that resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty during Monday night's 24-13 loss at Detroit.

White Sox Request Waivers On Pena
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have reinstated right-hander reliever Tony Pena from the 60-day disabled list and requested waivers for his unconditional release.

Cards Within Win Of Pennant, Beating Brew Crew 7-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The bumbling Brewers made four errors that led to three unearned runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals survived a short start by Jaime Garcia to beat Milwaukee 7-1 Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the NL championship series.

Cards Manager La Russa Dropping Hints About 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony La Russa sounds like he wants to return as St. Louis Cardinals manager next season.

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High School football and NLCS Game #5

QBs A Key In No. 16 Illinois Vs Ohio St.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase did a little thinking about what might have been this week, saying it would have been cool had Terrelle Pryor stuck around for another season with Ohio State.

Rams RB Jackson Ready To Go Vs Packers
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson feels there's a chance for an upset.

Bears' Harris, Meriweather Not Expected To Start
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago strong safety Chris Harris says he does not expect to start against Minnesota on Sunday and free safety Brandon Meriweather likely won't, either.

Patrick Kane Leads Blackhawks Past Jets 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to help the Chicago Blackhawks overcome an early two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Wolf Beats Cardinals, Brewers Even Series
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Randy Wolf outfoxed the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings to earn his first postseason win at age 35 and the Milwaukee Brewers got two more hits from Ryan Braun in a 4-2 victory Thursday night that evened the NL championship series at 2-all.

Tigers Stay Alive In ALCS, Hold Off Rangers 7-5
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander helped save Detroit's season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away from Texas in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

Fan Explains Why He Threw Hot Dog At Tiger Woods
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- A California man arrested for throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods during a tournament says he wanted to do something "courageous and epic."

Lawmakers To Meet With NFL, Union On Hormone Tests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and players union will meet Friday with leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss testing for human growth hormone.

NBA, Players Heading To Federal Mediation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NBA and its locked-out players are going to use the same federal mediator who tried to resolve the NFL's labor dispute months before it eventually ended.

Bullpen Big, Cardinals Edge Brewers 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit an RBI double during a four-run first inning and the St. Louis bullpen bailed out Chris Carpenter as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Wednesday night for a 2-1 edge in the NL championship series.

Cruz, Rangers Beat Tigers, Take 3-1 Lead In ALCS
DETROIT (AP) -- Nelson Cruz made a rocket throw to keep the score tied, then hit a crushing three-run homer in the 11th inning that helped send the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in the AL championship series.

AP Source: Epstein To Cubs Likely Within 48 Hours
BOSTON (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within the next 48 hours.

Game 3 Of NLCS Shapes Up As Battle Of Aces
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- On the day he pitches, Chris Carpenter can be an ornery cuss. He prowls the mound, barks at hitters, and on at least one occasion has been known to invite a basepath collision.

Tigers Beat Rangers 5-2 In Game 3 Of ALCS
DETROIT (AP) -- Doug Fister delivered another strong start in a game Detroit needed and Miguel Cabrera homered and hit a tiebreaking double to lead the Tigers past the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night in Game 3 of the AL championship series.

Bears Waive Venable, Elevate Walters
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have waived safety Winston Venable and elevated safety Anthony Walters from the practice squad.

Illinois Starting Over With Young Roster
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois begins basketball practice on Friday, and coach Bruce Weber says he is looking for someone on the roster to step up.

Illini's AJ Jenkins Leading US In Receiving
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- At the end of the 2009 season, A.J. Jenkins packed up and headed for home. He didn't intend to come back to Illinois.

NBA Cancels First Two Weeks Of Season
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the season after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout.

Pujols Has 5 RBIs, Cards Beat Brewers 12-3 In NLCS
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Albert Pujols had one of the biggest postseason nights of his career in Game 2 of the NL championship series, going 4 for 5 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 on Monday.

Cruz Hits Grand Slam In 11th, Texas Beats Tigers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Surging Lions Beat Bears 24-13 And Improve To 5-0
DETROIT (AP) -- Matthew Stafford's second touchdown pass put Detroit ahead in the third and Jahvid Best's 88-yard run later in the quarter gave the Lions a double-digit lead in a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Fairley Active For Lions-Bears Game
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been activated for the Lions' game Monday night against the Chicago Bears after missing the season's first four games because of a left foot injury.

Harris Could Start Sunday At Green Bay
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Down both starting cornerbacks, the St. Louis Rams could lean more on veteran Al Harris this week at Green Bay.

Autopsy Inconclusive On Chicago Marathon Runner
CHICAGO (AP) -- Initial autopsy results were inconclusive in the death of a North Carolina firefighter who died after collapsing 500 yards from the finish line of the Chicago Marathon.

No NBA Deal Headed Into Deadline Day
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA players and owners still have no deal headed into the deadline for starting the season on time.

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