Sep 23, 2011, 10:24 p.m.

Playoff lines drawn as divisions tied up

(Reuters) - The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks advanced to the playoffs on Friday by securing the final three divisional titles. They join the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies in the post season.

NBA postpones training camps, cancels 43 preseason games

(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Friday it had postponed training camps and canceled the first week of preseason games as it struggles to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with players. The NBA, in the midst of its first work stoppage in 13 years, said training camps scheduled to open October 3 have been postponed indefinitely and 43 preseason games from October 9-15 have been canceled.

MLB files motion to force sale of LA Dodgers

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball asked a bankruptcy court on Friday to approve the swift sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers instead of allowing owner Frank McCourt to pursue a refinancing plan that would enable him to maintain control of the bankrupt team. The Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 protection in June after the league rejected a proposed $3 billion deal for future television rights, in part because some of that money was earmarked for McCourt's personal use.

Yankees opener against rival Red Sox rained out

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The opener of a three-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was rained out on Friday and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday. The two rivals play Saturday at Yankee Stadium and wrap up the three-game set on Sunday with a regularly scheduled game at 1:05 p.m. and the make-up contest at 6:30 p.m.

Francona focusing on getting Red Sox turned around

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Terry Francona, manager of the slumping Boston Red Sox, on Friday shrugged off reports that his job could be in jeopardy should the pre-season favorites fail to make the playoffs. Boston, the pre-season pick to reach the World Series after signing free agent outfielder Carl Crawford and trading for slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, have gone into a September slump that has them fighting for a wild card berth.

NHL calls banana-throwing incident "stupid and ignorant"

(Reuters) - The National Hockey League (NHL) condemned the person who threw a banana in the direction of a black player during a pre-season game, calling the individual's actions "stupid and ignorant." The banana was tossed from the stands while Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was skating toward the Detroit Red Wings net in a shootout attempt during Thursday's game in London, Ontario.

Wallabies in no rush to call up replacements

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia coach Robbie Deans will wait at least 48 hours before deciding whether to call for replacements to bolster his injury-hit rugby World Cup squad. The Wallabies suffered a raft of injuries in their 67-5 victory over the United States on Friday, with center Anthony Faingaa knocked unconscious in the final minute while fellow midfield backs Rob Horne suffered a fractured cheekbone and Pat McCabe dislocating his shoulder.

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