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CHICAGO – Over the 150 or so years baseball has been played in America, nearly 18,000 players have appeared in at least one major league game. Only one had his career end with the first pitch. If that sounds unjust, keep reading. A campaign called “One At Bat” offers you the chance to do something about it.
Golf: Louis Oosthuizen ran off a flawless string of seven straight birdies Sunday to race by Rory McIlroy and take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass. McIlroy played well. So did Tiger Woods. It just didn’t look like it compared with Oosthuizen, the South African with one of the sweetest swings in golf who had an 8-under 63.
Auto racing: Ryan Briscoe got past teammate Will Power out of a pit stop Sunday and held off the two-time defending Sonoma champion for his seventh career IndyCar victory, capping a masterful weekend in Sonoma Calif., for Chevrolet and Penske Racing. Chevrolet clinched the manufacturers’ championship in the first season of its return to IndyCar with six of its cars in the top 10 – including another dominant performance by the Penske team, which took three of the top six spots.
CHICAGO – Mariners manager Eric Wedge wanted to see what his team could do with a full nine innings. Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead homer just before the final downpour and the Chicago White Sox beat Seattle 4-3 in a rain-shortened game Sunday for their sixth straight victory.
Tyler Flowers hit a tying homer and Dewayne Wise delivered a go-ahead RBI single in Chicago’s two-run sixth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
A former pro football player whose championship rings were stolen when his home was ransacked in Spokane says he’s hopeful he’ll see the memorabilia again. “But we’ll see,” said Stefan Humphries, former director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. “It’s like a nightmare.”
The Mile A walk along the Magnificent Mile is a great, free way to take in Chicago’s history and architecture. Start at the bridge over the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue and walk 13 blocks north to Oak Street. Check out the historic bridge towers and take in the view of two of Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers, the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. Dozens of stones from around the world are embedded in the Tribune Tower, from places ranging from the Alamo to Egypt’s Great Pyramid to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
PABLO, Mont. – Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are trying to prevent an underground copper and silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana by getting a sacred peak designated in the National Register of Historic Places. Francis Auld, Kootenai Tribe cultural preservation officer, said members are working to get 7,018-foot Chicago Peak recognized under the National Historic Preservation Act as a traditional cultural property.
Mary Ann Bosky of Spokane placed first in the women’s 70-74 age division at the Portland Marathon last Sunday. Bosky, 70, running the Portland Marathon for the 11th time, timed 5 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds.
DETROIT – Detroit Lions fans counted down the final seconds – as if it was New Year’s Eve – when the franchise finished its first Monday night game in a decade. Matthew Stafford’s second touchdown pass put Detroit ahead in the third quarter and Jahvid Best’s 88-yard run later in the period gave the Lions a double-digit lead in a 24-13 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was released from his contract Monday night to pursue other opportunities. Guillen met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes earlier in the day. Guillen said he told Reinsdorf he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money. He had one year remaining on his current deal. “We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by an unforgettable 2005 World Series championship,” Reinsdorf said in a release issued by the team following its 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The White Sox said in the release they retain the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another major league team for the 2012 season. – AP