Minnesota's JoeMauer (right) edged out Derek Jeter for the AL batting title with two hits onthe final day. And teammate Johan Santana won pitching's triple crown (ERA,wins and strikeouts).
October 8, 2006
Behind QB NateLongshore (341 yards, four TDs), the Bears dominated Oregon State 41--13. Sincelosing at Tennessee, Cal is 4--0 and averaging 41.3 points. Said Longshore(left), "We're just enjoying each other out there."
Facing a huge25-point deficit three months ago, seven-time F/1 champ Michael Schumacher(right) finally caught points leader Fernando Alonso with two races left.Schumacher's win at the Chinese Grand Prix was his fifth in seven races.
In the midst of apennant race, Twins Nick Punto and Matt Guerrier tied the knot--not with eachother--in a double wedding before a judge. Why the rush? Certainly not so theirbrides could fly on the team's spouses-only playoff charter, as was speculated."We were going to get married this off-season," said Natalie Punto."We just moved up the date."
The D-IIIBantams' 41--16 loss to Williams College snapped their 31-game winning streak,which had been the longest active NCAA run. The silver lining? The streak beganafter a 2002 loss to the Ephs.
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Stanford (whichlost 31--0 to UCLA) and the Raiders (beaten 24--21 by the Browns) remainedwinless, and the 49ers were crushed 41--0 by the Chiefs--the first home shutoutloss for the Niners since 1977.
After choppingseven games off the Cardinals' NL Central lead, Houston came up just short inits comeback bid due to a 3--1 loss to the Braves on Sunday in which it allowedtwo unearned runs and stranded 11 runners.
In divorcepapers, the wife of former Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi (left) alleged he hadaffairs with actress Tia Carrere and a Canadian parliament member. All threedenied the trysts, but that didn't stop the jokes north of the border: A Tie islike kissing your MP.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
Which rookie will have the biggest impact thisyear?
Reggie Bush, Saints RB 72%
Vince Young, Titans QB 8%
Vernon Davis, 49ers TE 5%
A.J. Hawk, Packers LB 3%
Which rookie will go on to have the best career?
Reggie Bush, Saints RB 41%
Vince Young, Titans QB 17%
Matt Leinart, Cardinals QB 9%
Mario Williams, Texans DE 7%
Poll conducted in preseason.... Leinart tied Hawk for fourth for "thisyear"; Williams, the No. 1 pick, was sixth (2%).... In the "bestcareer" voting only four others--Broncos QB Jay Cutler (7%), Hawk (5%),Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (5%) and Davis (4%)--got more than 1%.... WhileBush leads all rookies with 23 catches through Sunday, Patriots RB LaurenceMaroney has the most rushing yards (294).... Texans rookie LB DeMeco Ryans ledthe NFL with 38 tackles but got no "this year" votes.
[Based on a survey of 361 NFL players] • For anexpanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/players.