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>>Astros Blank Cardinals

(Houston, TX)  --  Bud Norris fanned seven over seven-and-a-third shutout innings to lead the Astros to a 2-0 win over the Cardinals last night at Minute Maid Park.  Chris Carpenter allowed both
runs in six innings to take the loss.  The Cards have a three-and-a-half-game
lead on the Brewers and Dodgers for the final NL Wild Card spot.  The Cards are
off today.  They return to Busch Stadium tomorrow evening to open up a
three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

>>Indians Rally Past White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Indians put up a run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pull out a 6-4 win over the White Sox.  A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run each
for the White Sox, who have lost seven-of-eight to fall one game behind Detroit
for first place in the AL Central.  Matt Thronton fell to 4-and-9 with the
loss.  The Southsiders open up a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays this
evening at The Cell.  Jake Peavy gets the nod opposite James Shields in the

>>Rockies Shutout Cubs

(Denver, CO)  --  Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer and scored twice as the Rockies blanked the Cubs,
6-0.  Jason Berken allowed all six runs in only four innings to fall to
0-and-2.  Chicago has dropped eight of its last nine games.  Chris Volstad will
toe the rubber against Jhoulys Chacin [[ JO-lees  SHUH-seen ]] in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>NFL, NFLRA Agree To New Deal

(New York, NY)  --  The regular referees are returning to the NFL.  On Wednesday night, the NFL and the NFLRA announced that they have agreed to a new eight-year labor deal.  The new
collective bargaining agreement is still subject to ratification by the NFLRA. 
In a joint statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the regular officials
will be on the field for tonight's game between the Cleveland Browns and
Baltimore Ravens.

>>Bears' Forte Back At Practice

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago
Bears running back Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] returned to practice on Wednesday. 
Forte sat out of Sunday's win against St. Louis with a right ankle injury he
suffered at Green Bay in Week Two.  Forte says he expects to play on "Monday
Night Football" at Dallas.  He signed a four-year deal with Chicago during the
offseason.  Forte rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown while adding 89 receiving
yards on seven receptions in two games prior to getting hurt.

In other team news, right tackle Gabe Carimi missed yesterday's practice in observance of
Yom Kippur, while defensive end Julius Peppers was held out as he continues to
deal with plantar faciitis.  Meanwhile, linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ ur-LOCK-er
]] did practice yesterday.

>>Rams Injury Update

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams running Steven Jackson did not participate in practice on Wednesday.  Jackson did not practice leading up to last Sunday's Bears game, but ended up playing.  Defensive tackle
Michael Brockers practiced for the first time since suffering a high ankle
sprain the Rams final preseason game August 30th.  Brockers was St. Louis'
first-round pick. 

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