Baseball
Cubs' Sosa quietly having best season
Red Sox' weird managerial change
Playoff races stay tight

The NHL
Rangers take risk acquiring Lindros
Sabres' Essensa: perfect backup
Will NHL void Sakic's deal?

Tennis
After struggles, is Safin hitting U.S. Open stride?
Fit Seles tough to beat
Rios is rippin' again

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID E. KLUTHO Knockin' noggin' Matters came to a head when Phillies catcher Johnny Estrada tagged out Edgar Renteria of the Cardinals in a 9-0 St. Louis win.