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This week in sports

By Josh Geller

Section: Sports

September 23, 2005

Baseball
On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates fired manager Lloyd McClendon. McClendon was in the midst of his fifth losing seasons with the Pirates. The team had been showing promise earlier this year, but since June, they have been atrocious. Their bench coach is the interim manager, but will probably not retain the managerial role next season.

This past Saturday, Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals became the majors first twenty game winner this season. He threw a complete game against the Astros to accomplish the feat. Carpenter has passed his career high in wins and is on pace to set a career best in ERA.

Rafael Palmeiro was sent to his home in Texas on Monday in order to rehab his injuries to his knees and ankles. He may or may not return to action this year. Palmeiro had reached his 3000th hit earlier this season, but then tested positive for steroids and hasnt played much since.

Football
Jerry Rice retired on Monday after 20 dominating seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL. Rice was a 13-time pro-bowler that spent his career with San Francisco, Oakland, and Seattle. Rice owns 38 NFL records, including those for receiving yards and touchdowns. Rice is a sure Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible for it.

The week 2 match up between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants will now be played in Giant Stadium as part of a Monday Night Doubleheader. The game was scheduled for Sunday the 18th of September in New Orleans, but has now been moved to Monday and New York. The game will start at 7:30 EST on ABC and will change channels to ESPN at 9:00 EST when the other game starts. It will stay on ABC in the New York and Gulf Coast areas.

Basketball
Michael Finley has chosen his new team. On Friday, Finley signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Finley had averaged 15 or more points per game in every season of his career, which was mostly with the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas waved him last month under the new amnesty clause, which allowed Dallas to avoid paying luxury taxes on Finleys contract.

Hockey
Pavel Datsyuk has turned down an offer from Detroit to play in Russia for the season. There is a clause in Datsyuks contract that will allow him to return to the NHL halfway through the year. Two years ago, Datsyuk scored 30 goals and had 38 assists for the Red Wings.

College Football
Auburn had its 15-game winning streak broken Saturday when they lost to Georgia Tech. Auburns quarter back, Brandon Cox was intercepted four times. Each team scored two touchdowns, but Georgia Tech had three field goals, and that was the difference maker.

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