Lee, Utley, Phils top Yanks in World Series opener
NEW YORK (AP) - Benton native Cliff Lee and teammate Chase Utley got the Philadelphia Phillies off to a fast World Series start.
Lee pitched a six-hitter to outduel CC Sabathia, Utley homered twice and the Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1 in a misty Game 1 on Wednesday night.
In the first Series game at the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium, Lee struck out 10 and walked none, improving to 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA this postseason.
Utley hit solo homers off Sabathia in the third and sixth innings. Sabathia allowed four hits in seven innings, and Philadelphia tacked on four runs against the Yankees' bullpen.
Pedro Martinez starts for the Phillies against A.J. Burnett in Game 2 on Thursday night.
Neal's rebound goal lifts Stars past Maple Leafs
DALLAS (AP) - James Neal scored with 2:03 left in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Toronto rookie Jonas Gustavsson stopped Stephane Robidas' shot from long range, but Neal skated hard to the net to knock in the rebound for his first career overtime goal.
Brad Richards scored twice, Mike Ribeiro added a goal, and Marty Turco made 33 saves for the Stars. Nikolai Kulemin had two goals, Lee Stempniak struck on the power play, and Jason Blake had three assists for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs lost their first eight games before beating Anaheim 6-3 on the road Monday night, but Toronto was unable to string together a second straight win.
By applying pressure, Cowboys' D stopped bleeding
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Put a little pressure on a quarterback and a defense can force an incompletion, a sack or an interception. Put a lot of pressure on a quarterback and all kinds of good things can happen.
Just look at the Dallas Cowboys.
After going without a sack the first 10 quarters of the season, the Cowboys have 14 in the last 14 quarters. Turnovers have spiked in that span, and so have the wins with three in four games, including two in a row.
And after months of stalled negotiations, owner Jerry Jones this week agreed to give the richest contract in team history to his best applier of pressure, DeMarcus Ware.
The Cowboys led the NFL last season with 59 sacks, so the slow start was surprising.
Ware was stuck at zero sacks through four games. But he picked up two against Kansas City, then had two more last Sunday against Atlanta's Matt Ryan. He's only two behind last year's 6-game tally, despite playing through a left foot stress fracture.
Seahawks return to site of '08 debacle
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle has its own meaning for "Big D."
Not only are the battered Seahawks going back on the road this weekend, where they have lost 10 of their last 12 games, they are returning to Dallas - site of their painful debacle last Thanksgiving Day.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was steamrolled into missing the rest of last season. Left tackle Walter Jones tried to play through searing pain in his left knee with the aid of painkillers, then had Dallas' DeMarcus Ware blow by him repeatedly for sacks. Jones hasn't played since, and may never again.
No wonder Seattle was embarrassed 34-9 by the Cowboys on national television.
This time, Hasselbeck will be playing with broken ribs. Defensive captain Lofa Tatupu will be out. And Ware will be charging at a fifth-string left tackle.
Texas QB making a career out of comebacks
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy has made a career out of the comeback.
The senior quarterback for No. 3 Texas has led 11 second-half rallies in his 39 career victories, 7 of them in the fourth quarter. He has twice pulled Texas back from 21 points down to win, including a 38-35 win at Oklahoma State in 2007 after Texas started the fourth down 35-14.
The Longhorns (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) and No. 13 Cowboys (6-1, 3-0) clash again in Stillwater on Saturday night.
Texas has won 11 in a row over the Cowboys.
Notre Dame prepares to take flight for "home" game
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Frequently part of college football's jet set, Notre Dame will give the term new meaning when it leaves behind the Golden Dome and heads to the Alamo Dome.
The 25th-ranked Fighting Irish (5-2) will face Washington State (1-6) in San Antonio on Saturday in the first offsite home game under Notre Dame's new scheduling model. That calls for the Irish to play seven games in South Bend, four road games and a home game at a neutral site.
Former athletic director Kevin White announced the plan three years ago, saying the offsite games harkened back to the barnstorming era of Knute Rockne. He says the goal was to go back to its roots as an independent team in football.
Originally Notre Dame had hoped to draw a Texas team to play the Irish in San Antonio. But it ran into resistance from conferences that didn't want Notre Dame playing a home game within its conference footprint.