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Torre rejects pay cut, ends run with Yanks

It was the longest-running and most successful show in the Bronx in decades, running from 1996 through 2007 and stretching into October every season. By the end, it was playing to sold-out crowds almost nightly, and there were moments of magic that may never be repeated. But the curtain fell on the Joe Torre Era on Thursday when Torre, who will someday enter the Hall of Fame for his work as the Yankees' manager, rejected the team's one-year contract offer to stay. Page C-6

Nolan: Smith to sit

Alex Smith (top) believes he's ready to take over the San Francisco 49ers again. Coach Mike Nolan thinks his QB's competitive streak is healthier than his shoulder. Trent Dilfer (bottom) will start again for the 49ers on Sunday, though Smith also will be in uniform when they visit the New York Giants. Nolan made his decision Thursday after watching two days of practice with Dilfer and Smith, who separated his right shoulder on the third play of San Francisco's 23-3 loss to Seattle on Sept. 30. Though Smith returned to practice this week and participated in most drills while wearing pads Thursday, Nolan isn't ready to put a key game on his sore shoulders. NFL, Page C-2

Back to Boston

Three years after Curt Schilling's Miracle of the Bloody Sock, Jonathan Papelbon (shown) and the Red Sox could be on their way to another stirring comeback in the American League Championship Series after forcing a Game 6 in Beantown with a 7-1 win over Cleveland on Thursday. Page C-6

Rutgers rolls

Third-string quarterback Andrew DePaola threw a 15-yard touchdown off a fake field goal to give Rutgers the lead in an upset victory over No. 2 South Florida. Page C-2

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