Rangers may be without Adams for playoffs


Rangers may be without AdamsThe AL West-leading Texas Rangers will be without reliever Mike Adams for the rest of the regular season, and have to wait and see if their primary eighth-inning setup man can pitch in the playoffs. Adams, who gave up three home runs in a span of five batters in his last outing, said Sunday that he has been diagnosed with a case of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. That is when a bone in the upper body presses against a nerve, causing numbness and tingling in the fingers. General manager Jon Daniels said Adams is actually dealing with a cervical strain, too . . . Manager Dusty Baker is going to rejoin the Reds in St. Louis after missing 11 games because of a mini-stroke, and he will manage the team during the final series of the regular season.


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Tide is unanimous pick in AP Top 25

Alabama was the unanimous No. 1 choice in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll for the first time this season, and LSU slipped a spot again to No. 4 after another sketchy performance, a lackluster 38-22 win over Towson. Oregon held on to the second spot and Florida State moved up a spot to No. 3. It’s the Seminoles’ best ranking since they were No. 3 in the first week of November 2003 . . . Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray was suspended following his arrest in Georgia. Tigers coach Gene Chizik said Sunday that Bray won’t play Saturday against Arkansas. Bray was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop on the University of West Georgia campus. Police say they found an open bottle of alcohol in the car; Bray faces charges of loud music and possession of alcohol under 21, as well as a driver’s permit violation . . . Earl Badu, 33, a reserve guard on Maryland’s 2002 national championship basketball team, died after jumping from a freeway overpass in an apparent suicide. Baltimore County police said Badu jumped from the Interstate 95 overpass onto I-695 on Thursday morning in White Marsh, northeast of Baltimore.


Catchings fuels Fever past Dream

Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Briann January scored 24 points, and the Indiana Fever beat the Dream, 103-88, in Game 2 in Atlanta to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series. Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points to lead Atlanta. The deciding Game 3 will be Tuesday . . . Sue Bird scored 22 points, including two 3-pointers in the second overtime, as the Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx, 86-79, in Game 2, evening their Western Conference semifinal series. Tanisha Wright had 18 points for the Storm, including a tying 3 with 23.9 seconds left in the first overtime. Game 3 will be Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Miscellany Henley wins Web.com title in playoffRussell Henley won the Chiquita Classic for his second Web.com Tour title, beating former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay and Morgan Hoffmann with a par on the first hole of a playoff in Weddington, N.C. Henley finished with a 2-under-par 70 to match Cantlay and Hoffmann at 22-under 266 . . . Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya held off compatriot and training partner Dennis Kimetto to win the Berlin Marathon. Mutai finished in 2 hours 4 minutes 15 seconds, a second ahead of Kimetto, making his marathon debut. Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:20:30 . . . Olympic bronze medalist speed skater Simon Cho said he expects to be suspended or banned because of skate tampering allegations. The reigning national short track champion, Cho made the comments after failing to earn a spot on the fall US World Cup team. The allegations are part of a scandal involving US coach Jae Su Chun, who is accused of ordering Cho to sabotage a Canadian rival’s skate at last year’s World Team Championships . . . Barbara Ann Scott, who won Canadian’s only Olympic title in women’s figure skating at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, died Sunday in Toronto. She was 84 . . . In MLS action, Marcelo Sarvas scored in the 10th minute as the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, extending their unbeaten streak to seven games.