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Saltalamacchia, Feldman lead Rangers over Mariners

 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Scott Feldman put his worst start of the season in his rearview mirror.

Feldman pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday night.


FINA moves up bodysuit ban to Jan. 1

ROME (AP)   Swimming's governing body has set a firm date of Jan. 1 for banning record-breaking bodysuits, which should remove the threat of a Michael Phelps boycott.

Earlier this week, FINA announced the ban but said it might not take effect until April or May   three or four months later than expected.

FINA moved up that timetable Friday after Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, threatened to pull his swimmer from international competition until the suits are banned.

A staggering 29 world records were set over the first five days of the world swimming championships in Rome, all of them in suits that soon will be illegal.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Kinsler, Andrus lead Rangers past Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers got a tag-team effort from their bullpen.

Doug Mathis came out of the bullpen to give Texas four innings in an emergency spot start, and four other relievers shut out Detroit on one hit the rest of the way as the Rangers beat the Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Ex-Tiger Jason Grilli (1-1) pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts to pick up the decision.


Vikings regroup after Favre decision

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings regroup now that their courtship of MVP quarterback Brett Favre has ended.

Favre surprised many when he called coach Brad Childress Tuesday to tell him he would stay retired and would not be joining the Vikings at training camp in Mankato.


Phelps content with 2nd in 200 free heats

ROME (AP) — Michael Phelps was unconcerned about posting only the second fastest time in morning heats for the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships Monday.
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