Leading Off


A's 8, Tigers 7 (10)

Jack Hannahan's bloop single to left scored the winning run.

Nationals 2, Giants 1

SF's Barry Zito allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings.

Quakes 4, Nuts 3

Neil Wilson's 10th home run of the season couldn't lift Modesto.

Tampa adds Storer to practice squad

One day after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Central Catholic High School graduate Byron Storer was one of seven players the NFL team placed on its practice squad Sunday. Storer, a fullback out of Cal, was one of 21 players cut by Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Tiger is in the hunt

Tiger Woods follows his shot off the 10th tee during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., on Sunday. Woods finished 10-under par and trails leader Brett Wetterich by three strokes heading into today's final round.

NHL's Stars burn with new billboard

The NHL's Dallas Stars have put up a billboard near the American Airlines Center they share with the NBA's Mavericks. It reads: "The only thing our refs shave is the ice." NBA Commissioner David Stern, dealing with the fallout of Tim Donaghy's guilty plea for betting on games he officiated, had no comment. Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who doesn't mind seeing Stern squirm a little, didn't bristle at the Stars' swipe. "I think it's hysterical," Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. "Good for them. It's a fun ad." Other billboards in the Stars' "Come into the cold" campaign designed by Door Number 3 take shots at other sports. "One game a week? Is the N in NFL for Nancy?" And "Maybe baseball should stop using the word sacrifice."

Williams sisters roll

Serena Williams (pictured) posted her easiest victory yet at this U.S. Open, beating 10th-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to reach the quarterfinals. Hours later, she rooted from a private box as sister Venus beat No. 5 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2.

Bat-gate concludes

Third baseman Akinori Iwamura and his Yankees counterpart, Alex Rodriguez, both had their bats confiscated during New York's 9-6 win Saturday in one of the more bizarre sequences in the Bronx since George Brett stormed the field in the "pine tar" game in 1983. First, NY manager Joe Torre asked if Iwamura's unusual model, featuring a flat end rather than a rounded one, was legal. Not to be outdone, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon asked the umps to examine Rodriguez's bat an inning later. Iwamura got revenge in the series finale, hitting a two-run homer to help Tampa Bay beat New York 8-2.