Fans roar as Phillies parade through city
Manager Charlie Manuel hoisted the World Series trophy yesterday while players basked in a swarm of confetti, the Phanatic mascot danced and hundreds of thousands of Philadelphia Phillies fans roared in celebration of the city's first major sports championship in 25 years. The Phillies, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games to claim this year's championship, won their only other World Series in 1980.
Brewers:: Star left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia will soon be receiving a contract offer from the team, general manager Doug Melvin said. Sabathia has until Nov. 13 to file for free agency. ... Milwaukee declined a $3.4 million option on infielder Craig Counsell.
Et cetera:: First baseman Carlos Delgado's $12 million option for next year was exercised by the Mets. ... Right-hander Tim Wakefield's $4 million option for 2009 was exercised by the Red Sox. ... The Blue Jays exercised a $2.5 million option on catcher Rod Barajas.
Packers sign Rodgers through 2014 season
The Green Bay Packers made a commitment to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, signing the first-year starter to a contract extension through 2014. Rodgers has passed for 1,668 yards and 12 touchdowns with only four interceptions this season.
Chiefs:: Running back Larry Johnson was suspended for Week 10 by commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Johnson already was deactivated the past two weeks by Kansas City and also won't play tomorrow. He will miss the team's game next weekend under the NFL's suspension. Johnson was charged Monday with simple assault.
Striped bass season extended until year's end
The Department of Natural Resources has extended the striped bass season for recreational anglers until the end of the year. The season would have ended Dec. 15. The decision, announced yesterday, will help fishing guides and charter boat captains, who have suffered this season with the lagging economy and high fuel prices. In a normal year, recreational striped bass fishing generates more than $10 million in the first four weeks of the spring season, the state estimates. But charter captains say business was off in April and May by about 50 percent. Anglers will be allowed to keep two fish at 18 inches to 28 inches, or one fish at 18 inches to 28 inches and one fish larger than 28 inches per day. CANDUS THOMSON
J. Gordon takes pole at Texas Motor Speedway
After qualifying was rained out three straight weeks, with NASCAR lining up the cars by points, the sun came out and Jeff Gordon won the pole for tomorrow's Sprint Cup Dickies 500 on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth. His fast lap of 118.469 mph relegated early leader Martin Truex Jr. to second at 188.003. It was Gordon's first pole in 16 tries at Texas.
Formula One:: Fernando Alonso overshadowed title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, setting the fastest time in practice for the decisive Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.
New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury was put on the inactive list before the team's 116-87 loss to the host Philadelphia 76ers. Elton Brand had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers. Marbury, a former All-Star, is reportedly scheduled to earn $21.9 million this season.
Et cetera:: Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) hit an 18-foot jumper as time expired to give the Grizzlies an 86-84 win over the visiting Magic. Gay scored 29 points, 14 in the fourth quarter. ... Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the host Celtics beat the Bulls, 96-80. ... Chris Bosh scored 31 points and the host Raptors beat the Warriors, 112-108, in overtime. ... Dwyane Wade had 20 points and the Heat easily won its home opener, 103-77 over the Kings. ... ESPN.com reported that Pacers forward Danny Granger signed a five-year extension worth $60 million.
N. Carolina unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25
North Carolina was selected No. 1 in the Associated Press' men's preseason Top 25 basketball poll and the first unanimous No. 1 since the preseason poll began in 1981-82. The Tar Heels have the top six scorers - including National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough - back from a team that reached the Final Four. Connecticut was No. 2, followed by Louisville, UCLA and Pittsburgh. Also, Hansbrough's father, Gene Hansbrough, told the AP it's unclear whether the star forward will miss any regular-season games because of a stress reaction in his right shin.
NHL:: Alex Ovechkin will miss the Capitals' road game against the Sabres tonight, but he is expected to return at the start of next week, the team said. The star left wing is visiting his ailing grandfather in Russia.
Jurisprudence:: Leigh Steinberg, 59, a prominent sports agent who has acknowledged a battle with alcoholism, was arrested Oct. 22 on suspicion of being drunk in public, police in Newport Beach, Calif., said.
Golf:: Andy Bean shot a 6-under-par 66 to finish at 10-under 134 and take a one-shot lead over Nick Price (69) after two rounds in the season-ending Champions Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif. Jay Haas, who entered leading former Maryland coach Fred Funk by 12 points in the Cup season race, is tied for ninth at 6-under 138, while Funk (71) is in 28th place at 145.
More golf:: Winless in seven years, David Duval shot a 3-under 69 in Palm Coast, Fla., that left him two strokes behind leader Ryan Palmer in the PGA Ginn sur Merr Classic. Palmer had a 71, putting him at 6-under 138.
Tennis:: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury after losing the first set 6-1 against sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the ATP Paris Masters quarterfinals, and second-seeded Roger Federer pulled out against 11th-seeded James Blake because of a sore back.
Horse racing: : Sheldon Russell, the leading rider in the fall season at Laurel Park, was hurt when he tumbled after his mount, Mo The Tiger, broke down in yesterday's second race. Russell, who complained of back pain, was stabilized and loaded into the track ambulance. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays.