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>>Bears' Costanzo Has Thumb Surgery
(Chicago, IL)  --  Bears linebacker Blake Costanzo underwent thumb surgery yesterday and was held out of practice.  Costanzo is not expected to miss any time as the Bears have their bye this week.  The six-year pro has recorded four tackles in five games this season.  In other team news, the Bears signed wide receiver Kamar Aiken to the practice squad and released running back Harvey Unga from the practice squad.  The Bears host Detroit on Monday, October 22nd
>>Bulls Beat Grizz In Preseason Opener
(Chicago, IL)  --  Luol Deng scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Bulls to a 92-88 win over the Grizzlies in their preseason opener last night at the United Center.  Nazr Mohammed added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who also got 13 points apiece from Richard Hamilton and Nate Robinson.  The Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
>>NHL To Resume Labor Talks Today
(New York, NY)  --  The NHL is set to resume labor talks with the players' union today.  According to "USA Today," major economic issues will not be part of today's discussions.  Tomorrow was to have been the start of the regular season.  The NHL has already cancelled games through October 24th.
>>Veteran Goalie Hasek Retires
(New York, NY)  --  Former Blackhawks goalie Dominik Hasek [[ HAH-sick ]] is finally hanging up his skates for good.  The 47-year-old is retiring after failing to draw interest from an NHL team.  Hasek last played in the NHL with Detroit in 2008, helping the club win its fourth Stanley Cup in a 12-year span.  Hasek spent the first two years of his career in Chicago, going 13-4-and-2 in 25 games.
Tuesday's Results
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Major League Baseball Playoffs
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American League Division Series (Best-of-five)
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The  Oakland Athletics returned  home and earned a 2-0 Game 3 victory over the
Detroit  Tigers behind solid pitching and defense. Seth Smith provided some of
the  offense with a solo homer, while Coco Crisp scored a run and stole a home
run  away from Price  Fielder in the second inning. The A's lost the first two
games in Detroit, but are looking for another improbable three-game home sweep
like  the one  last week against the Texas Rangers, which propelled Oakland to
the AL West crown. Max Scherzer will attempt to close out the series in Game 4
Wednesday night against A's rookie A.J. Griffin.

National League Division Series (Best-of-five)
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The  San Francisco Giants  forced a Game 4 even though they did not drive in a
run  with  a hit. Buster  Posey scored on  third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out
error in the top of the 10th inning, and the Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds,
2-1, at Great American Ball Park. San Francisco entered the 10th with only one
hit,  a  two-out single in  the sixth by  Marco Scutaro off Cincinnati's Homer
Bailey,  who struck  out 10 and walked  one over seven frames. The Giants will
try  to stay alive  again on Wednesday with Barry Zito on the hill. Mike Leake
may  be in line for  the start for the Reds, but the club has not yet made the
announcement.
=== As of 12:45 a.m. (et) ===
=== BASEBALL ===
Both Bay Area teams staved off elimination in their respective Division Series
matchups on Tuesday
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The  San Francisco Giants  forced a Game 4 even though they did not drive in a
run  with  a hit. Buster  Posey scored on  third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out
error in the top of the 10th inning, and the Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds,
2-1, at Great American Ball Park. San Francisco entered the 10th with only one
hit,  a  two-out single in  the sixth by  Marco Scutaro off Cincinnati's Homer
Bailey,  who struck  out 10 and walked  one over seven frames. The Giants will
try  to stay alive  again on Wednesday with Barry Zito on the hill. Mike Leake
may  be in line for  the start for the Reds, but the club has not yet made the
announcement.
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In  Oakland, the Athletics  returned home and earned a 2-0 Game 3 victory over
the Detroit Tigers behind solid pitching and defense. Seth Smith provided some
of  the offense  with a solo homer, while  Coco Crisp scored a run and stole a
home  run away from Price Fielder in the second inning. The A's lost the first
two  games in  Detroit, but are looking for another improbable three-game home
sweep  like the  one  last week  against the  Texas  Rangers, which  propelled
Oakland  to  the AL  West crown.  Max Scherzer  will attempt  to close out the
series in Game 4 Wednesday night against A's rookie A.J. Griffin.
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The  other  two Division Series matchups  will resume Wednesday after a travel
day.  Both are  even at  one game  apiece. The  Orioles squared  their AL  set
against  the  Yankees with a 3-2  victory on Monday night, while the Cardinals
belted four homers in a 12-4 win over Washington to knot the NL series.
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The  St. Louis  Cardinals  made  a change  to  their  playoff roster  Tuesday,
replacing  injured pitcher  Jaime Garcia  with pitcher  Shelby Miller.  Garcia
suffered  a left  rotator cuff strain during Monday's National League Division
Series  game  against Washington  and could  miss the  rest of the postseason.
Under  MLB rules,  he  will have  to  sit  out at  least  the National  League
Championship  Series and  would be eligible to return for the World Series, if
the  Cardinals  advance. In Game  2 of the  NLDS against the Nationals, Garcia
allowed  a run on two hits with three walks in two innings before exiting with
a sore shoulder. An MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury.
=== LEGAL ===
Former  Penn  State assistant  football coach Jerry  Sandusky was sentenced to
30-60  years  in prison for  his conviction on  charges of child sexual abuse.
Judge  John M.  Cleland handed down the sentence on Tuesday after Sandusky was
found  guilty in  June on 45 counts  charging him with sexual abuse of 10 boys
over  a 15-year period.  Sandusky will serve no less than 30 years and no more
than 60 years in prison. It is essentially a life sentence for the 68-year-old
Sandusky,  who  has always maintained  his innocence  and plans to appeal. The
scandal,  which  broke last November  with Sandusky's arrest, brought down the
Penn  State football program, tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno and
scarred the entire university.
=== NFL ===
NFL  commissioner Roger  Goodell reaffirmed the discipline for four players in
the  New  Orleans Saints' bounty case  Tuesday, but did adjust certain aspects
after  meeting with the players individually. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma
remains  suspended for the season but will retain the salary he received while
on  the  physically-unable-to-perform list.  Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott
Fujita  had  his suspension reduced from  three games to one, while free agent
defensive  lineman Anthony Hargrove saw his ban reduced one game from eight to
seven.  If Hargrove  is  signed by  a  team,  he will  only  serve a  two-game
suspension  after  receiving credit for  the five  games he already has missed
this  season.  Saints defensive  end  Will  Smith's four-game  suspension  was
upheld.  All four players had their suspensions overturned last month when the
NFLPA  filed  an appeal  on their  behalf, making them  eligible for play this
season.  Fujita  has appeared in  three games for  the Browns, while Smith has
appeared  in all five games for the Saints. Vilma hasn't played in a game this
season because of a knee injury.
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Houston  Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will miss the remainder of the season
after  suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The injury came during the
second  quarter of the Texans' 23-17 victory over the New York Jets on Monday.
Jets  guard Matt Slauson rolled on Cushing's leg during a cut block. According
to  the  Chronicle, an  MRI taken  Tuesday morning  confirmed the damage. Head
coach Gary Kubiak added that the Southern California product will have surgery
when  the swelling  subsides. The 24-year-old, fourth-year pro helped his club
go 5-0 thanks to 29 tackles and one interception.
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New  England Patriots  running back  Kevin Faulk  announced his  retirement on
Tuesday.  The 36-year-old  Faulk was limited to seven games in 2011 because of
his  recovery from a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament the year before. A
second-round  draft pick in  1999 out of LSU, Faulk rushed for 3,607 yards and
16  touchdowns in 161 career games with New England. He also caught 431 passes
for  3,701 yards and 15 scores, and retires as the club's all-time leader with
12,349 all-purpose yards.

 

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