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North Carolina Runaway No. 1 In AP Preseason Poll
(AP) -- North Carolina is the runaway No. 1 choice in the men's preseason Top 25 by The Associated Press.

NBA Sides Talking Money Again, Try To End Lockout
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners and players are talking for a third straight day, with Commissioner David Stern vowing they will take ''one heck of a shot'' at ending the lockout.

Cutler, Williams Starting To Click For Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears are seeing signs that wide receiver Roy Williams is becoming a key component in the passing game after a slow start.

Berkman's Bat Helps Cardinals Stay Alive
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Berkman batted cleanup in Game 6 of the World Series, moving up one spot and switching spots with slumping Matt Holliday.

Cardinals Rally Twice, Win In 11th To Force Game 7
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Freese homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals forced the World Series to a Game 7 by rallying from two-run deficits against the Texas Rangers in the 9th and 10th on Thursday night.

Cardinals Pick Up Option on Injured Wainwright
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up a two-year, $21 million contract on injured pitcher Adam Wainwright, helping set their rotation for next year.

Hoyer To Cubs As GM; Byrnes Promoted By Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Padres and Cubs have announced that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are leaving San Diego to accept positions in Chicago's front office.

Draft Big Issue Left For Baseball Deal
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- People familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that signing bonuses for amateur draft picks is the last major issue left in talks on baseball's new labor contract.

NBA Marathon Session Ends After 15 Hours
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners and players have ended a marathon negotiation session, meeting for more than 15 hours in talks aimed at ending the lockout.

Steen's Two Goals Lift Blues Over Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alexander Steen scored twice and goaltender Brian Elliott made 32 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Death On Notre Dame Lift Spurs Schools To Action
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A year after a University of Notre Dame student was killed while filming football practice, universities across the country have tightened their use of aerial lifts, or eliminated them altogether.

Penn State Women Picked To Win Big Ten Hoops
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Penn State was selected as the favorite and the Lady Lions' Alex Bentley and Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis shared preseason Player of the Year honors in votes by the coaches and media.

Ohio State Picked To Win Big Ten Hoops Title
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Defending champion Ohio State was chosen the basketball favorite and the Buckeyes' Jared Sullinger the Player of the Year in the Big Ten preseason poll.

Bears Release S Chris Harris
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have released veteran safety Chris Harris after he asked for a trade, ending his second run with the team.

JUST IN: World Series Game 6 Postponed
The St. Louis Cardinals say game 6 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Texas Rangers has been postponed Wednesday night due to rain expected to fall in St. Louis. Game 6 will instead be played Thursday at 7:05pm. You can hear all the action beginning Thursday at 6pm on AM 1400 WGIL.

Mayweather To Stand Trial In Vegas Harassment Case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to stand trial on misdemeanor charges accusing him of threatening two homeowner association security guards in October 2010 outside his Las Vegas home.

Sentencing For Man Linked To Ohio State Scandal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The tattoo parlor owner whose purchase of Ohio State memorabilia triggered a far-reaching football scandal appears before a federal judge for sentencing Wednesday.

NBA Talks To Resume Wednesday
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials from the NBA and players' association will meet Wednesday, less than a week after three days of talks with a federal mediator couldn't produce a deal to end the lockout, a person with knowledge of the plans said.

Blackhawks Beat Ducks 3-2 In Shootout
CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Kane scored the winning goal in the shootout and had two assists in regulation, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Rangers Lean On Lewis' Arm For Game 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's already been a productive postseason for Colby Lewis. Next up, a shot at the biggest prize yet.

La Russa Takes Full Blame For Bullpen Phone Mix-Up
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Manager Tony La Russa is taking full responsibility for the bullpen phone mix-up that dearly cost the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Napoli, Pujols Swing Deep Into World Series Lore
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It happens every fall. Someone steps up _ maybe a monster talent like Albert Pujols, perhaps a good player like Mike Napoli given a chance when the stars align. Might even be a fringe guy.

Illini Under Pressure After 2 Losses
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois won its first six games on big plays.

Former Red Sox GM Explains Departure From Team
BOSTON (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein says the team's "crushing'' September collapse had nothing to with his departure to the Chicago Cubs.

Theo On Board With Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Theo Epstein was introduced Tuesday as the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, who hope he can work the same magic for championship-starved team as he did for the Boston Red Sox.

Conn. Lends $20M In Deal Luring NBC Sports From NY
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The state of Connecticut is lending $20 million to NBC Sports in a deal creating 450 jobs in the state as the sports entertainment company leaves New York.

Rams Searching For Answers After Another Loss
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Rams entered the season as a legitimate contender for the NFC West title, and they're winless after six games.

Napoli's 2B Gives Texas 4-2 Win, 3-2 Series Lead
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Selig Tells Station MLB Plans To Expand Replay
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig tells a Dallas radio station baseball plans to expand its use of replay, but he says reviewing every close call would hurt the game.

World Series Game 3 Draws 2nd Lowest Rating
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals' 16-7 rout of the Texas Rangers in Game 3 drew the second-lowest World Series rating ever, but viewership rebounded for the tighter Game 4.

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