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Pujols leaves Cards hanging

After Thursday's somewhat stunning turn of events, Jason Motte, Jon Jay, Allen Craig and David Freese fended for themselves -- while Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman did not. [There] it was, an empty locker flanked by an empty chair to match the emptiness in the air. The St. Louis Cardinals had blown Game 2 at home, and it hurt. Two sacrifice flies in the ninth inning proved enough for the Texas Rangers. ... At the center of it was a cutoff throw on which Pujols whiffed. The ball slipped away, allowing what would be the winning run to advance into scoring position. Pujols mimicked the ball, showering, dressing and dashing before the clubhouse doors opened. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment

Tomlinson open to retiring with Chargers

LaDainian Tomlinson will start against his former team this weekend, though he may not be done with them yet. The first nine seasons of [Tomlinson's] future Hall of Fame career were played in San Diego. Now with the Jets, the running back said he may one day retire as a Charger. "It's possible," Tomlinson said. "I don't hold any bones toward the organization or have any ill feelings toward ownership. I think (team president) Dean Spanos is a great guy, I had a great relationship with him while I was there. So I mean, it's possible that I could." Tomlinson recorded eight 1,000-yard seasons in a row for San Diego and set an NFL record with 31 touchdowns, 28 rushing, in the 2006 season. (The Star Ledger) Comment

Now little doubt about Neuheisel's future

UCLA certainly didn't help Rick Neuheisel's cause Thursday on national television. What could be worse for [Neuheisel] than his team rolling over dead on national TV? Worse than the embarrassment of not being able to tackle anyone, cover the opposition or stop one of the worst teams in the country from scoring seemingly every time it had the ball? What could be worse than appearing so inept on offense against a team ranked 116th in the nation on defense? Worse than being party to a classless brawl? How about this: "Mr. Guerrero is unavailable for comment," a UCLA spokesman said at halftime. Indeed, what more can be said beyond the official announcement that UCLA has fired Rick Neuheisel as head coach? There no longer is any doubt. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The Rangers' Ian Kinsler tied the game after stealing second base in the top of the ninth inning. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Must-See Video

A fan dressed as a referee runs onto the field and stops play at the UCLA-Arizona game, sparking a bench-clearing scuffle just before halftime.

This Day in Sports
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  • 1989 -- Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe buy a share of Denver Nuggets, becoming first black owners of an NBA franchise
  • 1990 -- Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio is born

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