A.J. Burnett outdueled Pedro Martinez while Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui each homered for New York, as the Yankees pulled even in the World Series with a 3-1 victory over the Phillies in Game 2. Burnett (1-0), in his first career start in the Fall Classic, surrendered just one run on four hits and two walks in seven frames. The hard-throwing righty also struck out nine Phillies, whose 1-through-4 hitters went 1-for-13. Jorge Posada added a pinch-hit RBI for the Yankees, and Mariano Rivera closed it out with a six-out save, highlighted by an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Chase Utley in the eighth. Martinez (0-1), the longtime Yankees rival and lightning rod for media attention, turned in a quality outing for Philadelphia, ending with a line of three runs on six hits and two walks with eight punchouts in six-plus innings. Game 3 will take place on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels, last year's World Series MVP, will take the mound for the Phillies, while the Yankees will opt for postseason veteran Andy Pettitte.
Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher revealed after Thursday's practice session that quarterback Vince Young will start against Jacksonville on Sunday. Young, the third overall pick in 2006, gets the nod over incumbent Kerry Collins in the wake of the club's disappointing 0-6 start. The switch comes a few days after Titans owner Bud Adams lobbied for Young to take over under center. Young has played sparingly since last September's season-opener, with Collins having started 20 of the past 21 games. Collins, who guided the Titans to a league-best 13-3 record a year ago, has completed 108-of-197 passes for 1,071 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. In two appearances this season, Young is 0-for-5 with an interception.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss two-to-three weeks with a shoulder strain, head coach Dan Bylsma announced Thursday. Malkin has played in 254 consecutive games since missing the first four contests of his rookie season (2006-07) due to a shoulder injury. A two-time Hart Trophy finalist, Malkin last season led the league with career-highs in assists (78) and points (113) to capture the Art Ross Trophy. He followed up that effort with a sterling performance in the postseason that resulted in him being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. In 12 games this season, Malkin has registered four goals and 14 points, tied with captain Sidney Crosby for the team scoring lead.
Kansas will start the season as the nation's top-ranked men's college basketball team, as the Associated Press released its preseason poll on Thursday. Kansas, which also sits atop the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, received 55 first-place votes and 1,612 points from a nationwide media panel to outdistance Michigan State for the top spot. Michigan State, which beat Kansas in the regional semifinals of last year's NCAA Tournament on the way to a national championship game loss to North Carolina, picked up five first- place votes and 1,515 total points. Texas, Kentucky and Villanova complete the top five, with North Carolina sixth. Kentucky, under new head coach John Calipari, garnered three first-place votes, while Texas and North Carolina both earned one. Purdue, West Virginia, Duke and Tennessee round out the top 10.
Casey Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal as the clock expired, as North Carolina took advantage of an untimely fumble to upend 14th-ranked Virginia Tech, 20-17, at Lane Stadium. Barth kicked two field goals inside the final three minutes, the second made possible by Virginia Tech freshman tailback Ryan Williams' fumble deep in Hokie territory near the two-minute mark. UNC ran Ryan Houston six consecutive times to gain the four, and Barth banged home the game-winner from the right hash to give the Tar Heels their first conference win. Williams had a good game despite the costly fumble, rushing for 96 yards on 23 carries for the Hokies (5-3, 3-2 ACC), who were handed their second straight defeat.