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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin talks about Game 3 of a National League Champion Series playoff baseball game during a news conference on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Coors Field in Denver. The Diamondbacks are scheduled to play the Colorado Rockies in Game 3 Sunday night.

Long known for their big bats, the Colorado Rockies have suddenly become masters of small ball. Several sluggers have vanished in the playoffs. The Rockies have just one extra-base hit in the NL championship series, and that was a double by speedy leadoff man Willy Taveras that nobody else could have legged out.

  • Rockies top Arizona 3-2 in 11, go up 2-0

    Long known for their big bats, the Colorado Rockies have suddenly become masters of small ball. Several sluggers have vanished in the playoffs. The Rockies have just one extra-base hit in the NL championship series, and that was a double by speedy leadoff man Willy Taveras that nobody else could have legged out.

  • Arizona needs Hernandez to come up big

    Livan Hernandez might be pitching his last game for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they’ve never needed him more. Hernandez will get the ball Sunday night with the Diamondbacks down 0-2 to Colorado in the NL championship series. The rolling Rockies are back at Coors Field but the Diamondbacks will have their most experienced postseason pitcher…

  • Selig to let GMs consider instant replay

    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, a staunch opponent of instant replay, is willing to let major league general managers examine whether it should be used. “I don’t like instant replay because I don’t like all the delays. I think it sometimes creates as many problems or more than it solves,” Selig said Friday night during Game…

  • Mitchell steroids report may come soon

    Baseball investigator George Mitchell likely will issue his long-awaited report on steroids use in baseball by the end of the year, and there is a strong possibility he will identify individual players. A lawyer for the firm representing Major League Baseball in the investigation updated representatives for the 30 teams during a conference call Friday…

  • Yanks prez Levine: No decision on Torre

    As George Steinbrenner returned to work at Legends Field for the first time since his team was eliminated, New York Yankees president Randy Levine said the status of manager Joe Torre remains undecided. “There have been no discussions, no decisions,” Levine said Friday. Yankees officials are scheduled to convene at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla.,…

  • Browns RB Lewis to miss Dolphins game

    Cleveland Browns’ running back Jamal Lewis will sit out Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins because of a sprained right foot. Jason Wright is expected to make his fourth career start in Lewis’ place. Lewis hurt the foot on his first carry last week, an 11-yard run in a 34-17 loss to New England. He…

  • Titans DE Vanden Bosch fined for low hit

    The NFL has fined Tennessee Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch $7,500 for a low hit on Atlanta quarterback Joey Harrington. Vanden Bosch’s agent, Anthony Agnone, did not immediately return a call on Saturday from Sports Betting News seeking comment. Vanden Bosch told The Tennessean that he plans to appeal the fine.

  • Panthers downgrade Carr to questionable

    Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr was downgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game against Arizona after his sore back stiffened on the team’s cross country flight. Carr had been listed as probable after practicing Friday, but he experienced pain on the flight later that night. He was downgraded before the team’s afternoon walkthrough Saturday afternoon.

  • RB Davenport charged in domestic dispute

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najeh Davenport was charged with domestic violence, child endangering and unlawful restraint in a custody-related confrontation with the mother of his 5-year-old son. Chief Michael McGrath said Thursday night that Davenport would be given a chance to surrender for a court appearance on the misdemeanors.

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  • Dylan Thomas holds off late challenge to claim Arc de Triomphe title

    Dylan Thomas beat Youmzain by a nose Sunday to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his first victory at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious horse race. Dylan Thomas won in 2 minutes, 28.50 seconds on good to soft ground, prevailing in a 12-horse field at the 86th edition of the Arc to earn…

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