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Oregon State stuns No. 1 USC, 27-21

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Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns and host Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California last night. The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) also upset USC (2-1, 0-1) at Reser Stadium in 2006. This time, Oregon State took a 21-0 lead in the first half, then capitalized on a late turnover. Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez's pass was intercepted by safety Greg Laybourn on the USC 30-yard line with less than three minutes to play. Laybourn ran the ball back 28 yards to put Oregon State on the 2, and Rodgers ran 2 yards to make it 27-14.

Blue Jays, Gaston OK two-year extension


Cito Gaston signed a two-year contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto has a 49-36 record since Gaston replaced John Gibbons on June 20. The Blue Jays are 84-75 overall. "It's something that, from Day One, J.P. and I talked about," Gaston said, referring to general manager J.P. Ricciardi. "We talked about coming back for one year, but two years is great." Gaston, 64, managed the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997 and led the team to four playoff appearances and two World Series titles.

Diamondbacks:: Mark Reynolds set a major league record when he struck out for the 200th time this season in a loss to the Cardinals. Reynolds' teammate, Adam Dunn, had 195 strikeouts in 2004 and 194 in 2006.

Cubs:: Ryan Dempster, who is 17-6 with a 2.99 ERA, will start Chicago's first game in the National League playoffs.

Brewers:: Ace Ben Sheets isn't sure whether the sore elbow that has bothered him for more than a week will be ready in time for him to face the Cubs tomorrow.

Astros-Mets:: New York won a coin flip with Houston and would host a tiebreaker for the NL wild card next week if it's needed to decide a playoff berth.

Cavs owner upset about James rumors


Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said the speculation that LeBron James will leave Cleveland in two years is out of line and "an insult to the city." Gilbert says it's nothing more than conjecture from bored sports reporters. He said James has given no indication that he plans to leave for New York after his contract expires in 2010.

Knicks:: Shooting guard Allan Houston will attempt another comeback with his former team. Houston is fourth on New York's career scoring list. Forced to retire in October 2005 because of knee pain, Houston briefly tried a comeback last year with the Knicks.

Favre takes part in Jets' practice


New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre took part in warm-up jogs and threw with no noticeable discomfort stemming from his injured ankle in the half-hour of practice the media were allowed to watch. He twisted his left ankle Monday night in New York's loss at San Diego. He has started 256 straight regular-season games, and neither he nor coach Eric Mangini has seemed concerned the streak was in jeopardy as the Jets play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Cardinals:: Defensive end Bertrand Berry won't play against the Jets because of a groin tear. Berry, who was injured in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, had a sack in each of Arizona's first three games. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was uncertain how long Berry will be sidelined.

Patriots:: Wide receiver Troy Brown retired after 15 seasons with New England in which he set a team record for receptions with 557.

A. Kim up four strokes at Tour Championship

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Anthony Kim shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a four-shot lead over Masters champion Trevor Immelman, Ryder Cup teammate Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els after the first round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Vijay Singh, who has only to complete all four rounds to capture the PGA's FedEx Cup, was 3-over.

More golf:: Jill McGill, Jane Park and Jeong Jang shot 7-under 65s for a share of the Navistar LPGA Classic lead after the first round in Prattville, Ala. ... U.S. Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci won the USGA Senior Amateur, beating George Zahringer, 2-up, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Cycling:: A day after Lance Armstrong confirmed he would ride with the Astana squad, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme cleared up any doubts over whether the Texan and his new team will be allowed to race next year. The Tour barred Astana this year, when Armstrong was still in retirement, because of previous doping violations. The Tour director said Astana should be allowed to race in 2009 as long as it avoids doping problems.

College basketball:: Pittsburgh men's coach Jamie Dixon's contract was extended three seasons through the 2015-16 season. Dixon will receive a raise from his $1.3 million salary of last season. Dixon's teams have a 132-40 record in five seasons.

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