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Disappointing Sharks left to play out string

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose was officially eliminated from playoff contention Monday and will be playing out the string in the final two games for the first time in more than a decade.
Drug testing, power arms contribute to decline in home runs

SAN FRANCISCO - Whether it's steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren't flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago.
Oakland Raiders savor feeling of victory

On Thursday night, Oakland snapped its yearlong skid by beating the first-place Kansas City Chiefs 24-20.
Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown hopes this year is his year for Hall of Fame call

ALAMEDA, Calif. - After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call, Tim Brown hopes it's finally time for his number to be called.
Expanded replay might make baseball more civil

...McClendon said, smiling. "It will save me a lot of money."___AP Baseball Writer Noah Trister and Sports Writers Josh Dubow, Antonio Gonzalez and Charles Odum contributed to this story.
Dubow: BCS focus on TCU and Northern Illinois far, especially after the Horned Frogs beat UAB by only three points. History says both teams won't remain undefeated. But if they do, the Huskies should get the BCS bid. Josh Dubow covers college football for The Associated Press.
Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash

...I'm shocked to hear this news. I have fond memories of them at USC as players and people. They were very enthusiastic and well-liked. Both had outstanding careers at USC." --- AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.
Finger in chili a hoax police say, woman arrested

...said in brief comments to reporters while leaving the family's suburban Las Vegas house. Associated Press writers Josh Dubow in San Francisco and Ken Ritter and Joe Cavaretta in Las Vegas contributed to this report. On the Net: http://www...
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Bubow: Losses by Ohio State, TCU clear up BCS picture provide a good argument. A Hurricanes' win wouldn't ease the pain of last year's double-overtime loss to the Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. Josh Dubow covers college football for The Associated Press.
Dubow: Va. Tech loss muddies college football picture

...and Miami. Wins by both will go a long way in clearing their path to a championship showdown at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. A loss by either will lead to a final month of chaos. Josh Dubow covers college football for The Associated Press.