Alex Smith won't play against Broncos
LONDON (AP) - We get word from London that a separated left
shoulder will keep 49ers quarterback Alex Smith out of Sunday's
game against the Denver Broncos in Wembley Stadium.
Coach Mike Singletary says his No. 1 signal caller will be
sidelined for 2 to 3 weeks and Troy Smith will start for the 1-6
Alex Smith was injured on a sack in the third quarter of last
Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. David Carr replaced
him, but was passed over for this weekend's game.
Troy Smith was signed in December and has not yet played a game
for the 49ers.
2010 Fall Classic debuts tonight
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Game 1 of the World Series is set for this
evening in San Francisco. The forecast is calling for cloudy skies
and a gametime temperature in the 50s, with a slight chance of
The hometown Giants are chasing their first championship since
leaving New York in 1958. They'll send Tim Lincecum (LIN'-sih-kuhm)
to the mound to face Texas lefty Cliff Lee in a matchup of Cy Young
The Rangers are making their first appearance in the Fall
They'll play Game 2 tomorrow in the City By The Bay, before
heading to the Lone Star State for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and
Sunday, and, if necessary, Game 5 on Monday.
Games 6 and 7 would be played back on the West coast.
San Francisco has home-field advantage thanks to the National
League's win in the All-Star game.
Mets reportedly pick Alderson
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets reportedly have settled on a
Sports Illustrated reports on its website that the Mets have
chosen Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya, who was dismissed
this month after six seasons. Alderson interviewed with the Mets
for a second time on Tuesday, one day after Josh Byrnes had his
second interview with the team.
Alderson formerly was president of the Oakland Athletics and
chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres.
The team declined to confirm to The Associated Press that
Alderson will be named to the post.
Busy second night of NBA action
UNDATED (AP) - One night after beating Miami in LeBron James'
debut with the Heat on opening night, the Celtics are in Cleveland
to take on King James' old club. Its' the Cavaliers' season debut.
The Heat have moved on to Philadelphia for tonight's 76ers
The rest of the NBA schedule has New Jersey hosting Detroit, New
York at Toronto, Memphis hosting Atlanta, Sacramento at Minnesota,
New Orleans home to Milwaukee, Chicago at Oklahoma City, Charlotte
at Dallas, San Antonio hosting Indiana Houston at Golden State,
Portland at the L.A. Clippers and Denver home to Utah.
After months of talk about Carmelo Anthony leaving Denver in a
trade, the All-Star forward will still be in a Nuggets' uniform for
tonight's season opener against the Jazz.
Penguins and Lightning look to protect slims leads
UNDATED (AP) - There's a matchup of early season division
leaders on tonight's six-game NHL schedule, with Tampa Bay playing
host to Pittsburgh. The Lightning lead Washington by one point in
the Southeast. The Capitals skate at Carolina. The Penguins are one
point clear of the New York Islanders in the Atlantic. The Isles
are in Montreal to face the Northeast co-leading Canadiens.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will be out to avoid
a third straight loss following a four-game winning streak when
they host the Pacific Division-leading L.A. Kings, who've won five
New Jersey at San Jose rounds out the slate. The Devils have
lost four of their last five outings. The Sharks are winless in
their three games at home this season.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP/U.S. CAPTAIN
Courier's lobbying pays off
UNDATED (AP) - Jim Courier has been hired by the U.S. Tennis
Association to lead the country's Davis Cup team. The four-time
Grand Slam champion replaces Patrick McEnroe, who resigned last
Courier had lobbied aggressively for the job after McEnroe
announced he'd be leaving.
McEnroe served as U.S. captain for 10 years, winning the 2007
Davis Cup to end the country's 12-year drought.
As a player, Courier helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 1992
The 40-year-old Courier retired from the professional tour in
2000 and was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in
Courier's 2011 debut as Davis Cup captain will come in the first
round at Chile in March. If the Americans win, they would face
Spain or Belgium in the July quarterfinals.
HORSE RACING-BREEDERS' CUP ENTRIES
Strong field for Breeders' Cup Classic
UNDATED (AP) - Zenyatta will put her 19-0 record on the line
when she defends her title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
The filly will be going against the boys for the second consecutive
Zenyatta has been pre-entered in the Classic, along with 13
others. The list includes Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky and
runner-up First Dude, Whitney winner Blame and Woodward and
Metropolitan Mile winner Quality Road.
Final entries and the post-position draw will be announced
Zenyatta has won all five of her starts this year and will be
looking to end her spectacular career with a victory in the 1
1/4-mile Classic. It will be her second start on dirt this year.
She won the Apple Blossom for the second straight year at Arkansas'
Oaklawn Park in April.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Some nuns in Baltimore are making a splash in
the sports-memorabilia world.
They're auctioning off a rare, century-old Honus Wagner baseball
The card was left to the School Sisters of Notre Dame by the
brother of a deceased nun. The man had owned the card since 1936,
and it was stowed away in a safe-deposit box.
It's in poor condition, but any Wagner card from the T206
series, produced between 1909 and 1911, is highly prized by
collectors. The card is expected to fetch between $150,000 and
Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner
and tells The Associated Press, "It just boggles your mind."
She says proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the sisters'
ministries in 35 countries.
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