Sep 15, 2011, 11:55 p.m.

A's tame Tigers as Rays close on Red Sox

OAKLAND (Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics snapped Detroit's 12-game winning streak with a 6-1 win on Thursday, halting the Tigers' march toward their first division title since 1987. The Tigers had a chance to sew up the American League Central title after the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox both lost their games.

Sandoval hits for cycle in Giants win

(Reuters) - San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval hit for the first cycle of his Major League Baseball career to lead the Giants to an 8-5 over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field. Sandoval, not known for his foot speed, hit a home run in the first inning, singled in the second, doubled in the fifth and then sprinted for a triple in the sixth inning to complete the cycle.

Eagles' Vick set for high-stakes return to Atlanta

MIAMI (Reuters) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not counting on much love from the crowd when he visits his former Atlanta Falcons team for the first time as a starter in a matchup of two clubs with Super Bowl hopes. Once a Falcons fan favorite, an exciting talent expected to lead the team to glory, Vick left Atlanta in shame to serve a prison sentence for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring and was barely used in a back-up role with Philadelphia when he first returned to the Georgia Dome in 2009.

Linebacker Urlacher back on Bears duty after mother's death

(Reuters) - Linebacker Brian Urlacher gave the Chicago Bears a welcome boost on Thursday when he returned to team duty three days after the death of his mother. Urlacher's mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas and the league veteran had been declared uncertain for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints while mourning with his family.

Rose goes all in as he chases $10 million jackpot

LEMONT, Illinois (Reuters) - With a $10 million pot on the table, Justin Rose went all in on Thursday, flashing a hot hand with an eight-under-par 63 to grab the first round lead at the BMW Championship. The Briton, however, will need to have more up his sleeve if he hopes to break into the top 30 in the FedExCup standings and book his place at the season-ending finale next week in Atlanta where a $10 million bonus will go to the points leader.

Dallas Stars file for Chapter 11 protection

(Reuters) - The Dallas Stars hockey team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District Court of Delaware on Thursday to facilitate a sale of the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi through a stalking horse auction. The company listed both its liabilities and assets in the $100 million to $500 million range.

Mayweather defeat "way overdue," says Ortiz

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz says Floyd Mayweather Jr's string of 41 fights without a defeat was over the moment their bout was announced. American Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time and has compiled a flawless professional record of 41-0 with 25 knockouts.

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