commerce – In baseball playoff action last night
ANAHEIM, Calif.- The Boston Red Sox have won the opener of their American League Division Series, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-1. Jason Bay put the Red Sox ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth before Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz hit RBI singles in the ninth.
CHICAGO- James Loney belted a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2. Manny Ramirez padded his major league record for postseason homers by smacking his 25th. The Cubs host game two tonight.
PHILADELPHIA- Cole Hamels worked eight shutout innings and the Philadelphia Phillies opened their playoff series with a 3-1 win over Milwaukee. Game two is this evening.
Also today, the White Sox and Rays open their series in Tampa this afternoon.
PARIS- The French anti-doping authority is challenging seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to let it retest his 1999 urine samples for a banned blood-boosting hormone that enhances endurance. Armstrong has rejected the notion, saying evidence has shown the '98 and '99 samples have not been maintained properly and have been compromised.
Doping allegations have followed Armstrong for years, with no proof of any violations ever found. His new cycling team has hired an independent drug-testing expert and Armstrong's results will be posted on the internet.
Controversy is still following Terrell Owens over comments he made after a loss to the Redskins last week. T.O. said the remarks were made after a game he felt the Cowboys should have won, and denies reports he and quarterback Tony Romo had a talk about Owens' involvement after the game and Romo says the same.
T.O. says ESPN just ran the story for ratings.
The boys face the Bengals Sunday afternoon.
SAN ANTONIO- Katie Smith scored 25 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 24 as the Detroit Shock bet the San Antonio Silver Stars, 77-69, to open the WNBA Finals. Game 2 of the best-of-5 series is tomorrow in San Antonio.
And finally, pre-season rankings have been released for Lone Star Conference basketball. The A&M-Commerce men's team has been picked to finish second in the LSC North, tied with Southwestern Oklahoma State. The women have been picked second as well, behind last year's north champ, Central Oklahoma.