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    Keewon Taylor

    Streamwood man charged in abduction held on $325K bail

    A 20-year Streamwood man remains jailed on $325,000 bail on charges he abducted an acquaintance at gunpoint Friday. Keewon Taylor, of the 0-100 block of Helen Court, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking and home invasion, according to Streamwood police.

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    Carol Rychlee of Wilmette reminisces as she looks through old pictures of her life at Lake Marie Camp near Antioch.

    Final season at Lake County's oldest campground comes to an end

    Families created a lifetime of memories at Lake Marie Camp near Antioch. What has become a tradition for generations of campers ended Sunday as the camp, established in 1936, closes for its final season. Said to be the first licensed campground in Lake County, the camp and surrounding farm land are being sold to the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

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    Sitting in her family’s backyard in Lombard for this portrait photographed by her younger sister, Hattie, Leigh Stein is a writer living in New York whose debut novel and a collection of poetry are a mix of humor and dark elements.

    High school dropout from Lombard now an acclaimed writer

    Lombard's Leigh Stein, who talked her way into a drama college without a high school degree, was sure she was going to be an actress. After long rehearsals in acting school, she'd return to her dorm room and write. “I make jokes in spite of the darkness,” the 27-year-old says. “It's very connected in me — the humor and the darkness.” That's how she became a...

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    Mercedes

    Badly injured kitten has made miraculous recovery

    Mary Hayashi will be taking several columns off while she recuperates from her new hip surgery — so Buddy will be pinch-hitting for her. We would like to relate to you the story of Mercedes, the cat. If you think Freddie the dog has a tale of woe (update to follow) wait until you read Mercedes’ story.

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    Gene Salvitti of Addison says he took this picture of the battleship USS New Jersey, which is on display in the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

    DuPage photographers break out the big guns
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staff picks some of their favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner.

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    Maggie Roland of Wheeling, left, and Jo Holtby of Arlington Heights have a glass of wine at the Lynfred Winery in Roselle after attending the Ryder Cup. The winery has seen a substantial boost in business from the event.

    Local businesses are Ryder winners, but big gain could be future for DuPage

    The Ryder Cup is on target to provide an immediate economic influx of about $130 million for businesses in the region, including about $80 million for DuPage County businesses, officials say. And long-term benefits could be in store as local officials woo visiting executives from around the world. “The Ryder Cup puts DuPage County on the world stage,” said Greg Bedalov, CEO of Choose...

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    Married musical theater veterans Michael Ingersoll ("Jersey Boys" and the vocal group Under The Streetlamp) and Angela Ingersoll (Drury Lane's "The 39 Steps") bring their show "My Baby Just Cares For Me" to Northlight Theatre Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2.

    Married musical theater standouts team up for local benefit

    Stepping onto the Northlight Theatre stage Monday evening marks a reunion of sorts for married musical theater veterans Michael and Angela Ingersoll, who bring their cabaret revue “My Baby Just Cares for Me” looking at the ups and downs of marriage to the Skokie theater Monday for the first of two benefit shows.

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    McHenry man killed in Fox Lake car crash

    One 21-year-old McHenry man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a vehicle crashed into a tree Saturday afternoon in Fox Lake, authorities said.

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    No injuries in an unattached garage fire on Cumberland Parkway just north of Golf Road in Des Plaines on Sunday.

    Des Plaines garage fire destroys homeowner’s shop

    A fire destroyed an unattatched Des Plaines home's garage Sunday night. Officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze late Sunday, but said it may have been causing by an electrical malfunction.

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    In this Jan. 5, 2007 file photo, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen with his family, wife Maria Shriver, left, daughter Katherine, third from left, son Patrick, fourth from left, daughter Christina, fifth from left, son Christopher, second from right, and mother-in-law Eunice Shriver, right, following his second inauguration in Sacramento, Calif. In an interview with “60 minutes” that is scheduled to air Sunday, Schwarzenegger says the affair he had with longtime housekeeper Mildred Baena, that led to a son, was “the stupidest thing”, he ever did to Shriver, who filed for divorce last July.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger 'expert in living in denial'

    Arnold Schwarzenegger says his lifelong penchant for secrecy and ability to put his emotions “on deep freeze” led him to keep many secrets from his wife, Maria Shriver, eventually causing the dissolution of their 25-year marriage. "I became an expert in living in denial,” says the Hollywood action star and former governor.

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    In this Friday, April 28, 2006 file photo, convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad addresses Judge James L. Ryan during a media preview before the start of his trial in Rockville, Md. Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, aka John Lee Malvo, said in a newspaper interview published Sunday, that the devastated reaction of a victimís husband made him feel like ìthe worst piece of scum.î Malvo expresses remorse in the interview with The Washington Post and urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner, Muhammad, so they can move on. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the deadly spree in the Washington area carried by Malvo and Muhammad. The pair have been linked to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington area.

    10 years later, DC sniper now sees self as ‘monster’

    Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the devastated reaction of a victim's husband made him feel like "the worst piece of scum." Malvo urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner John Allen Muhammad so they can move on. "I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people’s lives. I did someone else’s bidding just because...

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    Former Shimkus aide freed after Lohan accusation

    A 25-year-old former aide to Illinois Rep. John Shimkus — who was initially arrested on an assault charge after Lindsay Lohan claimed he grabbed her in a New York hotel room in an argument over cellphone images — was freed Sunday and his arrest voided when the charge could not be substantiated, law enforcement officials said.

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    Pastor leads march against violence in Chicago

    Leading nearly 200 people on a prayer march through city neighborhoods, the pastor of a Chicago megachurch on Sunday challenged public officials and others to do more to curb violence.

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    Fire destroys Chicago warehouse, no injuries

    Authorities say an early morning fire that gutted a four-story warehouse on Chicago’s Northwest Side has finally been extinguished.No injuries were immediately reported. Fire officials say the warehouse was vacantThe Chicago Fire Department says more than 200 firefighters were on scene Sunday. The five-alarm blaze started before 2 a.m.

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    McHenry SWAT team shoots barricaded suspect with beanbag rounds

    Members of the McHenry County sheriff's SWAT team shot a man with bean bag rounds Saturday afternoon after the man barricaded himself in a room and brandished a knife, according to police.

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    This Aug. 25, 2009. file photo shows capped wells in the foreground as Anadarko Petroleum Corp., drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. The drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shaking up world energy markets from Washington to Moscow to Beijing. Some predict what was once unthinkable: that the U.S. won’t need to import natural gas in the near future, and that Russia could be the big loser.

    Next cold war? Gas drilling boom rattles Russia

    The Kremlin is watching, European nations are rebelling, and some suspect Moscow is secretly bankrolling a campaign to derail the West’s strategic plans. It’s not some Cold War movie; it’s about the U.S. boom in natural gas drilling, and the political implications are enormous. “This is where everything is being turned on its head,” said Fiona Hill, an expert on Russia at the Brookings...

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    In this Feb. 13, 2012, file photo, Iranian women use computers at an Internet cafe in central Tehran. Iran’s cyber monitors often tout their efforts to fight the Westís ‘soft war’ of influence through the Web, but trying to ban Google’s popular Gmail may have gone too far with complaints coming even from email-starved parliament members.

    Iran sees backlash after blocking Gmail

    Iran’s cyber monitors often tout their fight against the West’s “soft war” of influence through the Web, but trying to block Google’s popular Gmail appeared to be a swipe too far. The strong backlash and the unspecific pledges for an Iran-centric Internet alternative to the Silicon Valley powers and others highlight the two sides of the Islamic Republic’s ongoing battles with the Web.

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    Elgin Boys and Girls Club director resigns

    The director of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin resigned Friday, citing personal reasons, a news release from the club said. Rose Reinert’s last day is Oct. 12. The club’s board of directors have formed a management team that will work with Reinert to find a replacement and ensure a smooth transition.

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    Michael Graiber helps his children Kendall, 5, and Devin, 4, stuff straw into stockings to build a scarecrow Sunday during the third and final day of Huntley Fall Fest at Deicke Park.

    Families soak in fun and sun at Huntley Fall Fest

    The great weather coupled with a plethora of activities drew thousands of festival goers to the park off Route 47 in Huntley this weekend. The festival, which ran from Friday through Sunday, offered families ample opportunities to enjoy the bright, sunny day with food, live bands, carnival rides, craft tents and many vendors selling wares from doggy bandannas to sparkly headbands.

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    Courthouse bad place for a purse theft

    A 42-year-old Woodstock woman on probation for felony drug possession apparently picked the wrong place to steal a purse: the McHenry County courthouse. Teriesa Greene, of the 300 block of Dean Street, was charged with misdemeanor theft Sept. 21, according to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s office.

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    Wauconda fire open house

    The Wauconda Fire District will host an open house for the community at Wauconda Fire District Station 1, 109 W. Liberty St., Wauconda, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Firefighters will provide a variety of displays and live demonstrations.

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    Wauconda pageant queens to be honored

    The four winners of Wauconda’s annual beauty pageants will be in the spotlight at Tuesday’s village board meeting.

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    All 4 Dist. 214 board members to seek re-election

    All four members of the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board that are up for re-election say they will seek another term in the April 2013 elections. Mimi Cooper, Todd Younger, Mark Hineman and James Perkins each plan to run for another four-year term on the school board, saying they hope to continue the success the district has achieved in recent years.

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    Countryside Assn. to host Recipe for Success fundraiser

    Countryside Association for People with Disabilities will host its eighth annual Recipe for Success fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Meadows Club, 2950 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows. The event will feature food and drinks from more than 20 area restaurants, live entertainment and a raffle for a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.

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    Plumes of smoke rise from the scene of a car bomb attack Sunday near the Sacred Heart Church in the Karrada Neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. A rapid-fire series of explosions in Baghdad while Iraqis were going to work on Sunday morning, killed and wounded scores of people, police said.

    Wave of bombings across Iraq leaves 26 dead

    A series of coordinated bombings shattered Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces Sunday, killing at least 26 in attacks that one official described as a rallying call by al-Qaida just days after dozens of militants escaped from prison. The blasts brought September’s death toll from sectarian violence to nearly 200 people — a grim, above-average monthly total for the period...

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    In this July 9, 2010 file photograph, an Afghan National Army soldier wears an ammunition belt around his neck during a joint patrol with United States Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, outside Kandahar City. U.S. military officials have noted that Afghan security forces are dying in insider attacks along with foreign troops, but so far, the Afghan government has not provided statistics on the number killed.

    US and Afghan forces clash, leaving 5 dead

    A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000.

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    USA’s Phil Mickelson, left, shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus on the first hole before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.

    Day 3 gets off to unusual start as European star nearly late for tee time

    The third and final day of the 39th Ryder Cup got off to a bizarre start at Medinah this morning when Europe’s top player, Rory McIlroy, nearly missed his tee time. Early reports indicated McIlroy, who arrived at the course with only about 10 minutes to spare thanks to a police escort, was confused over the time zone, believing he was to tee off at 12:25 p.m., instead of 11:25 a.m.

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    In this Sept 11, 2008 file photograph, US soldiers attend a ceremony marking the 7th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, at the U.S Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. .U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000.

    US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000

    U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that now garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

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    3.4 magnitude quake rattles Dallas, Texas, suburb

    A small earthquake followed by an aftershock rattled a suburb west of Dallas overnight, cracking some walls and knocking down pictures, but authorities reported no serious damage and the unscathed Dallas-Fort Worth airport near the epicenter kept up normal flight operations.

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    Rafael Cardenas Vela, the nephew of the former boss of Mexico’s Gulf cartel. Cardenas Vela, a Gulf cartel member of distinguished lineage who ran three important ‘plazas’ or territories, recently testified to the organization’s structure and operations in such detail that it could compose a short course — Narco 101, perhaps.

    Crime at the US-Mexico border goes corporate

    When a regional manager for the Mexican Gulf cartel moved his operation to a more lucrative territory on the border, he took along not only his armored trucks and personal army, but also his department heads and a team of accountants.

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    Buffalo Grove discusses move to merit-based raises

    Buffalo Grove trustees last week discussed a proposal for a 2 percent general wage increase for village employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements.The proposal sparked a lengthy discussion of moving to a system of merit-based wage increases.

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    The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term beginning Monday that could be as consequential as the last one with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. Seated from left to right are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.

    Another big Supreme Court term kicks off Monday

    When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court’s liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now, the Supreme Court is embarking on a new term beginning Monday that could be as consequential as the last one, with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage...

Sports

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    Chicago Soul coach Manuel Rojas addresses the media at a news conference Thursday in Schaumburg. The Soul plays its inaugural indoor soccer home game Dec. 7 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Soul set to provide indoor kicks

    It's a good thing David Mokry doesn't need much sleep. Mokry hasn't gotten much sleep over the past few months, working overtime toward Tuesday's introductory press conference for the Chicago Soul, the latest indoor soccer franchise to test the Chicago market.

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    Sergio Garcia, right, and Martin Kaymer celebrate after Kaymer sank the put that sealed the Ryder Cup victory Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Images: Europe comes back to win the Ryder Cup
    The European Ryder Cup team came into Sunday trailing the US 10 - 6. They staged an historic 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 comeback to retain the Ryder Cup for another two years.

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    Team Europe members douse Justin Rose with champagne following their stunning Ryder Cup victory over the United States Sunday at Medinah Country Club.

    For Europe’s best, this was the miracle at Medinah

    It could be argued that this was the greatest comeback in sports history, considering the pressure, the circumstances, the location, the way the U.S. team had performed for two days and the sheer number of points Europe had to get in a single day of play at the Ryder Cup.

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    St. Rita and St. Viator played for the state championship in March at the United Center. The landscape in Illinois high school hockey has changed decisively since then.

    New structure comes to high school hockey

    High school hockey has undergone a major off-season reconstruction, highlighted by the formation of a new elite team league and the end of the long-running Metro leagues. Nine of the top perennial powers have joined together to form the Scholastic Hockey League, a branch of the Illinois High School Hockey League (IHSHL).

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    Offense let White Sox down at worst possible time

    If a team can’t hit with runners in scoring position, they aren’t going to score a lot of runs. And unless that team has a lockdown pitching staff (like the Rays do), few runs per game will not produce a lot of wins.

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    Cubs will continue to add more pitching

    The Cubs' biggest hole is the overall lack of pitching depth in the organization. I know the Cubs have made it their top priority to stock the system with as many young power arms as possible. Moving forward, they will need to continue to add as much pitching as possible. There’s still a ton of work to do, but after another draft or two, hopefully we will see a pipeline of big-league prospects throughout the chain.

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    Europe's Luke Donald reacts after hitting out of a bunker on the 17th hole in his singles match against USA's Bubba Watson. Donald won the hole and the Ryder Cup match to start Europe's historic comeback.

    Donald rewards Olazabal’s trust with big win

    Luke Donald did his job perfectly for Team Europe on Sunday. With his team trailing 10-6, captain Jose Maria Olazabal sent former world No. 1 and Northwestern alum Donald out first in Sunday’s singles in hope of building some quick momentum for his team. Donald didn’t disappoint.

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    Derrick Rose isn’t expected to rejoin the Bulls until the all-star break in February.

    Bulls prepare to give it a go without Rose

    The Bulls wil feature several new faces when they meet the media on Monday, but the only significant issue right now is when will Derrick Rose return from ACL surgery.

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    Jim Furyk reacts after a poor shot from the sand on the 17th hole Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Furyk, Mickelson had their chances to win

    One up. Two holes to play. That was the situation both Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk found themselves in Sunday afternoon at the Ryder Cup. Hang onto those leads and the U.S. would almost certainly claim victory at Medinah Country Club. Somehow, though, both matches unraveled before millions of unbelieving eyes.

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    Recapping the Ryder Cup singles matches

    Here is a capsule look at the 12 singles matches Sunday in the 39th Ryder Cup.

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    Steve Stricker reacts to missing a putt on the 17th green Sunday. Stricker lost to Germany's Martin Kaymer, whose match point clinched the Ryder Cup for the Europeans.

    Was this the last Ryder for winless Stricker?

    Did Steve Stricker, who’s had more birthdays than golf has had Ryder Cups, just play in his last Team USA vs. Team Europe competition? If so, will his lasting Ryder Cup memory be his last putt? The clutch eight-footer gave the United States hope, only to see opponent Martin Kaymer match the par-saver with a five-footer to halve the 18th hole, win the head-to-head match and secure victory for Europe. Stricker took the collar in the 39th Ryder Cup at sunny, jam-packed Medinah Country Club, going 0-4, as Europe rallied from Sunday’s four-point deficit for a stunning 14½-13½ victory.

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura reacts Sunday as he watches his team fall for the 10th time in the last 12 games.

    Successful season for White Sox? Not even close

    No, Paulie, this won't be a successful White Sox season once they're officially eliminated from the division race.

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    Martin Kaymer of Team Europe raises his arms in victory after his par putt on 18 clinched the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe.

    Europeans stun everyone but themselves to keep the Cup

    The Europeans did their best to convince everyone, themselves included, that they actually had a chance to rally from America’s commanding 4-point lead and retain the Ryder Cup. Needing 8 points out of Sunday’s 12 singles matches, the Europeans turned what seemed improbable into reality with a stunning display of golf, winning 14½ to 13½ in the largest comeback on foreign soil.

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    Ian Poulter, who won his singles match against Webb Simpson, gets fired up after making a putt Sunday afternoon. Poulter went 4-0-0 in this Ryder Cup.

    Emotional Poulter recall’s Seve’s spirit

    A clearly emotional Ian Poulter stood on the 18th green at Medinah Country Club on Sunday and remembered with fondness the person most people believe is the best European golfer of all time: Seve Ballesteros. He’d be the proudest man in the world right now,” Poulter said, his eyes welling up.

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    Kevin Youkilis looks down as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the eighth inning Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    It’s all but over for White Sox

    Even though the White Sox have not been officially eliminated from the postseason, they know they don’t deserve to play past Wednesday night’s regular-season finale at Cleveland. They know losing 10 of 12 games at such a critical time is not the best entrance strategy.

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    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

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    Arizona beats Miami in OT, improves to 4-0

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals won a wild one — not that there’s anything unusual about that.Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime to keep the Cardinals unbeaten with a 24-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.The Cardinals (4-0) forced overtime when Kevin Kolb threw a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds to play in regulation.Two big defensive plays set up the final two Arizona scores. First, Daryl Washington sacked rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose fumble was recovered by Vonnie Holliday at the Arizona 49 and the Cardinals moved downfield to score. The winning field goal came after Tannehill was hit by Paris Lenon as he threw and Kerry Rhodes came up with an interception.Tannehill threw for 431 yards. Brian Hartline set a Dolphins record with 253 yards receiving on 12 catches.Arizona has won eight straight at home and 11 of 13 overall, but this one like so many before it was decided by a whisker.The Cardinals, 4-0 for the first time since winning their first seven in 1974, have played five overtime games in their last 13, winning them all. The Dolphins (1-3) lost their second straight overtime game. They lost 23-20 last week to the Jets.Kolb was 29 of 48 for 324 yards and three touchdowns, two to Roberts and one to Larry Fitzgerald. But he was sacked eight times and threw two interceptions, one from the Miami 3-yard line after Patrick Peterson’s 61-yard fumble return had given the Cardinals the ball on the Miami 3 in the fourth quarter.Sean Smith stepped in front of Fitzgerald to make the pick in the end zone, his second interception. On the next play, Tannehill found Hartline wide open on an 80-yard touchdown play. The abrupt turnaround, capped by a 2-point conversion pass from Tannehill to Javorskie Lane, put the Dolphins ahead 21-14 with 7:05 left. The Cardinals went three and out after the subsequent kickoff and a 15-yard run by Reggie Bush, who played despite bruising a knee a week earlier, helped move the ball to the Arizona 43.On second and eight, Washington burst through untouched and slammed into Tannehill, jarring the ball loose. Holliday, in his 15th NFL season, jumped on it at the Arizona 49. Kolb was sacked on the first two plays to make it third-and-18 at the Arizona 42. He completed 16-yard pass to Roberts, then on fourth-and-2 threw for 9 yards again to Roberts to the 34. A 9-yard pass to Fitzgerald and 10-yarder to Michael Floyd put the ball on the 115. But three passes fell incomplete before on fourth down as time running out, Kolb found Roberts on the left sidelines for the score.Arizona won the toss to get the ball first in OT but went nowhere. After the punt, Tannehill was hit as he threw by Lenon up the middle and Rhodes hauled in the ball and returned it 5 yards to the Miami 47.On third-and-8 from the Dolphins 45, Kolb threw 10 yards to Early Doucet. Ryan Williams had runs of 2, 4 and 1 yards before turning it over to Feely, whose kick cleared the crossbar without a whole lot to spare.The Cardinals’ vaunted defense schemed to shut down the run and make Tannehill beat them, and he nearly did as the Dolphins took a 13-0 halftime lead.The Cardinals cut it to 14-7 on Kolb’s 2-yard TD pass to Fitzgerald, capping a drive that came after Dan Carpenter, who missed a pair of long field goals against the Jets, was wide right from 51 yards.Arizona, struggling on offense all day up to that point, made two big plays to take a 14-13 lead. First, Kolb threw over the middle 32 yards to tight end Rob Housler to the Miami 46, then Roberts got behind ex-Cardinal Richard Marshall, racing to the end zone for a touchdown with 9:45 to play.In the first half, the only big plays came from Miami.

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    Redskins beat Bucs on last-minute drive

    TAMPA, Fla. — With the game on the line, Robert Griffin III moved the Washington Redskins right down the field and to the second victory of his young career.Billy Cundiff redeemed himself for a horrible day kicking, making a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining and the Redskins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 24-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.Cundiff missed three earlier attempts, including a 31-yarder that wound have put the Redskins (2-2) up by two scores early in the fourth quarter. He also missed first-half tries of 41 and 57 yards, but was on the money after Griffin drove his team into position for the winning score.Tampa Bay (1-3) wiped out an 18-point deficit to go ahead 22-21 on Connor Barth’s third field goal, a 47-yarder with 1:42 remaining.But Griffin wasn’t finished. He completed three straight passes to move the Redskins from their own 20 to the 41, then ran for 15 yards to the 26. Cundiff kicked the game-winner two plays later.Griffin threw for 323 yards without an interception and scored on a 5-yard run while Washington was building a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. Pierre Garcon recovered a fumble by the second overall pick in this year’s draft in the end zone for the Redskins’ first touchdown.Alfred Morris rushed for 113 yards and scored on a 39-yard run.Josh Freeman threw for 299 yards and one touchdown, leading the Bucs back from their big deficit with help from Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, who scored on a 7-yard reception late in the third quarter. Jackson finished with six catches for 100 yards, and Williams had five receptions for 115 yards.Griffin was sacked six times and was hit hard after handing off on some option plays, prompting coach Mike Shanahan to ask the rookie to take some precautions on the field to protect himself.With regular officials back on the job, the Bucs were flagged twice for unnecessary roughness on the Redskins quarterback — once on a throw out of his own end zone and the other when he was picked up and dropped for a 2-yard loss by Tampa Bay rookie safety Mark Barron on a designed run.Barron read the quarterback keeper perfectly, but was flagged when he lifted Griffin into the air before dumping him to the ground and falling on top of Griffin. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner bounced right up, clapped his hands, then threw for 20 yards to Garcon on the next play.Largely on the strength of containing Cam Newton and limiting Carolina to 10 yards on the ground in a season-opening victory, the Bucs entered Sunday allowing a league-low 47 yards per game rushing. They gave up almost that much alone when Morris took a pitch from Griffin and started off left tackle before cutting back to the middle of the field on his TD run.Tampa Bay’s offense sputtered until Freeman connected with Williams on a 65-yard pass that led to the TD pass to Jackson that trimmed Washington’s lead to 21-13. Two more completions to Jackson, this time for 54 and then 22 yards, set up LeGarrette Blount’s 2-yard TD that helped the Bucs pull within 21-19.Griffin began the winning drive from the Washington 20 with 1:42 left. He completed passes of 15 yards to Santana Moss, 20 to Fred Davis and 4 to Evan Royster before taking off on his big run that got the Redskins into field goal range.The Redskins played without safety Brandon Meriweather and receiver Aldrick Robinson, who were declared out after colliding in the end zone during pregame warmups.The teammates remained on the ground for several minutes before being helped to their feet and walking to the locker room. Meriweather missed the first three games of the season with a sprained left knee.

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    Packers give Saints an 0-4 record

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter, and the Green Bay Packers shook off a week’s worth of controversy with a rally to beat the New Orleans Saints 28-27 on Sunday.With Packers fans howling about what appeared to be yet another bad call — this time by the regular officials, not the replacements — Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with just under three minutes remaining, costing the Saints a shot at the lead.Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the Packers (2-2).Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless Saints (0-4). Brees has thrown at least one touchdown in 47 straight regular-season games, tying the NFL’s all-time mark set by Johnny Unitas.With the win, the Packers were able to put Monday night’s controversial replacement official-driven loss at Seattle behind them. But even with the regular refs back this week, the Packers and their fans still nearly were dealt a crushing blow on a blown call.After Rodgers’ touchdown to Nelson, Darren Sproles appeared to fumble the ensuing kickoff but officials ruled that he was down by contact. Replays showed that the ball clearly came out but the Packers were out of replay challenges, leaving Packers fans screaming at the officials for the second week in a row.Brees then led the Saints into field goal range, and Hartley hit a 43-yard attempt — but the Saints were called for holding, forcing Hartley to line up a 53-yarder. The Packers then were called for encroachment, leaving Hartley to try a 48-yarder and he missed it wide left.It was a sigh of relief for the Packers, who spent most of the week in the middle of a nationwide firestorm after a last-second decision by replacement officials cost them a game at Seattle on Monday night. The play was a burden for the Packers to bear, but likely played a significant role in the NFL agreeing to a deal with its regular officials during the week.Referee Jeff Triplette struck a triumphant tone during the pregame coin toss Sunday, announcing that “it’s great to be back, gentlemen!” A handful of Packers fans came to the game dressed as officials, and some brought signs showing support for the regular refs. The honeymoon didn’t last long, though. Fans howled for an offensive pass interference call after Brees threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston late in the first quarter, but no flag was forthcoming. The boos intensified as a replay was shown on the stadium video boards. With the Packers leading 21-14 in the third quarter, fans — and Packers coach Mike McCarthy — were on the officials again when McCarthy challenged a catch by Jimmy Graham but it wasn’t overturned.The Packers had too many men on the field for a Saints field attempt later in the drive, giving New Orleans first-and-goal on the 1. But the defense held, forcing a 20-yard field goal by Hartley to cut the lead to 21-17 with 9:41 left in the third quarter.Rodgers marched the Packers down the field again but needed attention from the team’s training staff after a face mask by New Orleans’ Malcolm Jenkins. Rodgers came out of the game for one play and backup quarterback Graham Harrell came in — then tripped and fumbled as he tried to hand it off, allowing the Saints to get the ball back in the middle of a scrum.Brees then found Joseph Morgan wide open behind the defense, and Morgan shed tackling attempts from the Packers’ Sam Shields and Tramon Williams on his way to an 80-yard touchdown and a 24-21 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter.Things then got even worse for the Packers, as Rodgers then threw an interception to Patrick Robinson on a deep throw intended for Jordy Nelson. Brees then completed a pair of third-and-long situations, and the Saints drove for a 27-yard field goal by Hartley to take a 27-21 lead with 13:04 remaining.

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    Bengals beat Jaguars 27-10 for 3rd straight win

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-10 Sunday for their third consecutive win.Dalton and A.J. Green burned Jacksonville several times, including once to set up a second-quarter touchdown and again for a fourth-quarter score.The Bengals (3-1) finished with six sacks, putting constant pressure on Blaine Gabbert and overcoming all those defensive injuries. Cincinnati played without starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and Leon Hall as well as backups Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick.The Jaguars (1-3) failed to take advantage.Gabbert completed 23 of 34 passes for 186 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He was clearly outplayed by Dalton, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards.Dalton, Green (six catches for 117 yards) and the defense spoiled what was supposed to be a celebration for the Jaguars, who inducted Fred Taylor into the team’s ring of honor.

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    Manning leads Denver to 37-6 win over Oakland

    DENVER — Instead of coming from behind, Peyton Manning spent the second half piling it on.Off to a fast start for the first time as a Bronco, Manning led Denver to three third-quarter touchdowns Sunday in a stress-free, 37-6 rout over the Oakland Raiders — the first time Denver has beaten its AFC West rival at home since 2007.Denver (2-2) outscored the Raiders 27-0 in the second half.Picking and poking with short crossing routes and screen passes against a depleted Oakland defense, Manning finished with 338 yards and three scores. For the second straight game, he didn’t throw an interception. Last week, he set a career high with 26 incompletions. This week, he threw eight, with 30 completions. Willis McGahee finished with 112 yards rushing for the Broncos for his 32nd career 100-yard game, the most of any active player.Manning led the Broncos to their first opening-quarter touchdown of the season — an 11-play, 80-yard drive on the game’s first possession that included drive-sustaining completions on third-and-6 and fourth-and-1. He capped it with a 22-yard touchdown pass — zipped through triple coverage to Joel Dreessen, who laid out for the catch.Shortly after that, Manning answered a lot of questions about his arm strength, rolling to his right, stopping on a dime, leaving his feet and throwing across his body for a 23-yard completion to Demaryius Thomas. That set up a field goal and a 10-3 lead. The Broncos gained 101 more yards than the Raiders in the first half, but led 10-6 going into the locker room.The game never felt that close and soon after the teams returned, it wasn’t anymore. Manning drove the Broncos 79 and 62 yards for touchdowns, capping one drive off with a short pass that Eric Decker took in for a 17-yard touchdown and the other with a similar 14-yard connection with Lance Ball. In between, David Bruton got his hand on a Shane Lechler punt to give the Broncos the ball at the Oakland 18. McGahee capped that four-play drive with a 2-yard score up the middle. By the time the third quarter was over, the Broncos led 31-6. Their 21 points were 14 more than they’d scored in the third quarters of their first three games combined. Oakland, meanwhile, has now been outscored 55-7 in the third quarter. Under new coach Dennis Allen — Denver’s defensive coordinator last year — the Raiders have allowed more points over the first four games (125) than in any year except 1961 and 1962, before the late Al Davis took over. Carson Palmer finished 19 for 34 for 202 yards for the Raiders (1-3) and the Broncos, who had allowed Darren McFadden 508 yards and three touchdowns over the last four meetings, held him to 34 yards on 13 carries. Oakland came in without injured starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer, which forced the Raiders to move a natural safety, Michael Huff, over to the corner and bring in backup Matt Giordano to take his place.All of which made the league’s 23rd-ranked defense coming in that much more vulnerable. Manning, who padded his record total of 300-yard passing games to 65, looked like the Manning of old, standing at the line, diagnosing a defense, then choosing, in most cases, to throw quick screens or crossing routes, which his receivers turned into big gains. Thomas finished with five catches for 103 yards, Decker had seven catches for 79 and McGahee caught six balls out of the backfield for 23 yards.The referees were no factor in this game. They called nine penalties, five for 41 yards against the newly disciplined Raiders, who came into the game near the bottom of the league in that category and will stay there. The Broncos, meanwhile, had amassed more than $150,000 in fines over the first three weeks and, though there weren’t any obviously finable infractions in this one, they played like bullies, outgaining the Raiders 503-237. Oakland didn’t get its first first down of the second half until the 12:45 mark of the fourth quarter.

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    Cubs center fielder Tony Campana and teammates celebrate Sunday after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2.

    Cubs end 7-game losing streak

    With 99 losses already after ending a seven-game losing streak, the Cubs will have to sweep their last three games against the only major league team with a worse record — the 106-loss Houston Astros — to avoid reaching the dreaded 100-loss plateau.

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    White Sox starter Jose Quintana (62) looks down as he listens to catcher A.J. Pierzynski during Sunday’s fifth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox need to win out, get help from Royals

    With Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the White Sox have lost 10 of 12 and moved to the brink of elimination, falling three games behind AL Central-leading Detroit with three games to play. The White Sox held at least a share of the lead from July 24 until Wednesday and had not been third far back since late May.

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    Martin Kaymer reacts after sinking the putt that sealed the Ryder Cup victory for Europe Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    After attitude check, Kaymer cashes in with clincher

    Germany’s Martin Kaymer changed his attitude. And for that, he was rewarded Sunday with the honor of assuring the Ryder Cup would remain in Europe for two more years.

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    Bears coach Lovie Smith stays committed to the run

    The possible return of Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte could help the Beas get a sluggish running game going Monday night.

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    Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye sacks Rams quarterback Sam Bradford last Sunday. Thirteen of the Bears’ 14 sacks through the first three games have come from the defensive line.

    Bears ready to ‘line up’ against Cowboys

    The Bears' success on defense begins up front, where a deep and talented rotation sets the tone for tghe entire unit.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    This is the view of 2nd hole at Gleneagles in Scotland, which will host the 40th Ryder Cup in 2014.

    Scotland set to host 40th Ryder Cup

    The 40th Ryder Cup will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014. The next Ryder Cup held in America will be in Minnesota in 2016.

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    For Mike Scully, the end of the Ryder Cup is also a new beginning for the suburban golf pro. Scully, who has been the Director of Golf for Medinah for nearly 10 years, is leaving for a new job in Arizona at Desert Mountain.

    For Medinah’s Scully, Ryder Cup ending was ‘magical’

    As he prepares to bid adieu to Medinah Country Club after nearly 10 years as Director of Golf to take over the reins at Desert Mountain in Arizona, Mike Scully probably couldn’t have imagined a better going away present than what the 39th Ryder Cup has provided. “Magical,” Scully said.

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    Europe’s Martin Kaymer reacts after winning his match on the 18th hole to clinch a Europe win Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

    Europe retains Ryder Cup in improbable finish

    Europe has retained the Ryder Cup, completing an improbable comeback from a 4-point deficit. Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial 14th point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker. When Kaymer rolled in the 6-foot putt to clinch the match Sunday, he threw up his arms in triumph and shook his fists. His teammates, surrounding the green, roared and grabbed anyone within reach for a hug. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, watching from the middle of the fairway, closed his eyes and looked skyward.

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    49ers run all over Jets in 34-0 romp

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The San Francisco 49ers are everything Rex Ryan wishes his New York Jets were.San Francisco used a solid running game, a smothering defense, a little bit of the wildcat-style offense and even blocked a punt to cruise to a 34-0 victory Sunday.That’s exactly the type of team the Jets coach was hoping to build. Instead, Ryan had to watch it from the other sideline as the 49ers ran for more than 200 yards and Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown.Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick — on a wildcat-style option — all ran for scores as the 49ers (3-1) bounced back from a disappointing loss last week at Minnesota. Rather than head back to the West Coast after that defeat, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his team stay in eastern Ohio and practice at Youngstown State all week.It apparently helped, just as it did last season when the 49ers did the same thing.San Francisco won in Cincinnati last year, stayed on the road and then rallied from a 20-0 deficit to stun the Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia. The 49ers wound up going to the NFC championship that season, and if they play anything like they did against the Jets, they could very well find themselves advancing deep into the postseason again.It was San Francisco’s first shutout since beating the St. Louis Rams 26-0 last December.Meanwhile, the Jets (2-2) couldn’t get anything going on offense and lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what appeared to be a serious foot injury. It was the first time New York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010, and the Jets’ biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989.If Holmes misses significant time, the Jets would be without their two biggest playmakers after All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee last week at Miami.On the first play of the fourth quarter, Holmes caught a pass from Mark Sanchez for 4 yards, but his left leg appeared to go out on him. The ball flew out of his hands, and Rogers picked it up and returned it for a score.A replay review confirmed that Holmes had fumbled. Trainers helped him off, and he was not putting any weight on the leg. Holmes was then was carted to the locker room.Ryan said Friday that the Jets would wait to put Revis on injured reserve until he has surgery in a few weeks, keeping him available in case New York goes to the Super Bowl.If the Jets play like this the rest of the way, getting to the playoffs will be a tall task.Alex Smith was efficient, going 12 of 21 for 143 yards and no touchdowns, but more importantly, no interceptions. The 49ers rolled up 245 yards on the ground.“I’ve never given up that many yards in my life,” an angry Ryan said after the game.Sanchez had another poor game for the Jets, going 13 of 29 for 103 yards and an interception. New York also finished with just 45 yards rushing.The wildcat-style offense worked early — but for the 49ers and not Tim Tebow and the Jets.Kaepernick put the 49ers up 7-0 early in the second quarter, taking a direct snap and running untouched off left end for a 7-yard touchdown. Kaepernick also had a 17-yard run earlier in the game.On the Jets’ next possession, Tebow threw his first pass with New York, a short throw over the middle to tight end Dedrick Epps, who was upended immediately by Dashon Goldson as the ball came loose. Rogers recovered it, and the fumble call was upheld by video review. Epps injured his right knee on the play.With just over a minute left in the first half, the 49ers were aggressive despite starting the drive at their 26. A 23-yard catch by Vernon Davis on first down got things rolling, and San Francisco ended the half on David Akers’ 36-yard field goal.Boos and some chants of “Tee-boww! Tee-boww!” rang out as the Jets went three-and-out for the second straight possession in the second half.

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    Brady leads Pats to 52-28 rout of Bills

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Once Tom Brady started connecting with his favorite receivers, there was nothing wrong with the New England Patriots.Brady led six straight touchdown drives in the second half to lead New England to a 52-28 rout of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Patriots (2-2) overcame a sloppy first half and a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to avoid their first three-game skid in 10 years. Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, plus one rushing.Cornerback Devin McCourty had two interceptions in keying a defense that forced six turnovers and had three sacks.Two familiar star receivers — Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski — played key roles in helping the Patriots finish with 580 yards offense, 358 coming in the second half.Welker had nine catches for 129 yards, and Gronkowski had five for 104 yards and a touchdown as both players bounced back from first-half fumbles.Brady tied the game at 21 with a 4-yard run, during a drive in which Welker had three catches — all for first downs. He then needed only five plays to cover 63 yards, capping the next drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski for the go-ahead score on the first play of the fourth quarter.Gronkowski, who grew up just outside of Buffalo, has now scored eight times in five games against the Bills. And the Patriots’ dominance of their AFC East rivals goes well beyond that. New England improved to 17-1 in its past 18 meetings against Buffalo, and 22-2 dating to the 2000 season. The Patriots lost their last trip to Orchard Park, 34-31 after blowing a 21-0 lead.This time it was the Bills turn to unravel after building a 21-7 lead on their first possession of the third quarter, when Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Donald Jones for a 68-yard catch and run.Nothing else went right. Buffalo combined for just two first downs and 31 yards on its next four drives, two of which ended with turnovers.Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 39 for 350 yards and four scores — including two to Scott Chandler. The Bills high-priced and revamped defense produced a significant dud. Defensive end Mario Williams — who signed a six-year, $100 million contract in March — and company managed one sack and allowed the most points Buffalo’s given up since a 56-10 loss to New England on Nov. 18, 2007.More embarrassing, the 580 yards allowed were the second most in team history, just short of the 598 Buffalo allowed 34-31 win at San Francisco in 1992.The Bills offense sagged despite the return of its two top running backs. Fred Jackson had 13 carries for 29 yards and three catches for 50 yards, but lost a fumble in his first game back since spraining his right knee in a season-opening loss at the New York Jets. C.J. Spiller didn’t fare much better. He had 33 yards on eight carries, and also lost a fumble at the goal line late in the second half that prevented Buffalo from building a 21-7 lead. Spiller played a week after hurting his left shoulder in a 24-14 win at Cleveland.The win was the 194th of Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s career, moving him into eighth place on the NFL list, one ahead of Chuck Knox.The Patriots comeback began with their second possession of the second half, when Brady hit Danny Woodhead for a 17-yard touchdown pass.With game tied at 21, the Patriots go-ahead scoring drive came as a result of a Bills rookie punter Shawn Powell’s wobbly 28-yard punt. New England got the ball back at its own 37, and needed only five plays to score.Powell was making his NFL debut days after replacing veteran Brian Moorman last week.Brandon Lloyd scored on a 25-yard catch and Brandon Bolden scored on a 7-yard run for New England.

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    Chargers use 6 turnovers to beat Chiefs 37-20

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on six turnovers by the Kansas City Chiefs in a 37-20 victory Sunday.Five of the Chiefs’ turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego (3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead. The Chargers coasted the rest of the way to sole possession of first place in the AFC West.Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice.San Diego running back Jackie Battle had a pair of scores against his former team. Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City.

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    Texans beat Titans 38-14, improve to 4-0

    HOUSTON — The Houston Texans’ defense is making as many plays as the offense, and the formula has the team off to its best start ever.Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two TD passes in the Texans’ 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.Arian Foster also had a touchdown run for the Texans (4-0). Even though they were outgained 325-297 by the Titans (1-3), the Texans’ defense came through with big plays in the third quarter to clinch the win.Titans quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter and did not return after hurting his left, non-throwing shoulder on a hit by Glover Quin. Locker hurt the same shoulder in the season opener against New England. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said Locker was “sore” and would undergo an MRI exam Monday.Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in relief of Locker for the Titans. Chris Johnson carried 25 times for 141 yards, more than tripling his rushing total through the first three games. The Texans led 14-7 at halftime, but the offense bogged down for a while after that. Leave it to the defense to get Houston going again.Hasselbeck threw behind tight end Taylor Thompson and the ball ricocheted to Manning, who weaved his way 55 yards for a touchdown with 9:21 left in the third quarter. Manning signed with Houston as a free agent in 2011 and helped transform a defense that ranked last against the pass the previous season.Manning’s play not only re-ignited the restless fans at Reliant Stadium, it also seemed to wake up the offense.The Texans went without a huddle and breezed down the field in just over two minutes. Foster broke a 16-yard run and Schaub threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels.Down 28-7, the Titans were forced to throw more despite Johnson’s best game of the season.Jackson, a cornerback, knocked away a deep pass to Kendall Wright, and Watt sacked Hasselbeck again near the end of the third quarter.Hasselbeck fumbled when he was hit by Antonio Smith in the fourth quarter, and Watt recovered at the Tennessee 24. Shayne Graham kicked a 33-yard field goal with 5:38 left.Tennessee crossed midfield and Jackson intercepted Hasselbeck and raced untouched to the end zone, high-stepping the last 10 yards. Hasselbeck threw a short TD pass to Wright in the final minute. He finished 17 of 25 for 193 yards.The Texans led 7-0 when Locker was hurt on the Titans’ second series. On third down, Quin blitzed and plowed into Locker for his first career sack. Locker immediately grabbed his left hand and arm as he lied on the turf. He eventually walked to the locker room on his own, and later returned in street clothes, his left arm in a sling.Houston took over near midfield, converted a fourth-and-1 from the Tennessee 38 and Foster scored on a 4-yard run.Hasselbeck, seeing his first action since the opener, threw a 25-yard pass to tight end Jared Cook. The Texans smothered Johnson for a 6-yard loss to force another punt for Tennessee.Johnson later broke a 19-yard run and the Titans’ offense showed some life with Hasselbeck taking the snaps. Hasselbeck found fullback Craig Stevens for a 19-yard touchdown with 7:52 left in the first half.Johnson limped off the field late in the first half, after he was tackled by Texans linebackers Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin. He returned for the Titans’ first series of the third quarter.

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    Zuerlein kicks lead Rams over Seahawks 19-13

    ST. LOUIS — Making the jump from Division II to the NFL has been pretty easy for St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein.The rookie kicked four field goals, setting a club record with a 58-yarder and then topping it with a 60-yarder, and helped the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-13 on Sunday.Not only is Zuerlein a perfect 12 for 12 on the year, he also was a perfect decoy on the biggest play of the day — a fake field goal that turned into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola. The score put the Rams (2-2) ahead 10-7 late in the first half.The Seahawks (2-2) lost six days after beating Green Bay when a botched call by replacement officials on the final play gave them the winning touchdown. Regular officials were back this weekend.Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score on the game’s first possession.The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.A week after sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times, the Seahawks got to Sam Bradford twice.St. Louis is 2-0 at home, also beating the Redskins in Week 2. Attendance was announced as 53,193 but the 66,000-capacity Edward Jones Dome looked about half full with the Cardinals also playing across town in search of the second NL wild card.The Seahawks may have had an emotional letdown after their last-gasp 14-12 victory over the Packers, with Golden Tate’s disputed touchdown grab perhaps the play that hastened the regular referees’ return.Tate had one catch for 7 yards on Sunday.Referee Mike Carey tipped his cap to fans as he walked onto the field, and also shook hands with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The only moment the officials were really noticed was when umpire Chad Brown got some razzing from fans after he slipped and fell while getting into position before the Rams punted out of their end zone in the third quarter.Zuerlein was a sixth-round pick from Missouri Western. His 58-yarder had plenty of room to spare and the 60-yarder had just enough distance, putting the Rams up 16-7 early in the third quarter.On the fake field goal, Amendola appeared to be leaving the field on fourth-and-goal from the 2, but stopped short of the sideline. He was all alone in the end zone, needing just a little bit of a jump when Hekker, a former high school quarterback, stood up and tossed a high spiral.Carroll was frantically waving for a timeout but couldn’t get the officials’ attention before the snap.Bradford was 16 for 30 for 221 yards and an interception. Wilson completed his first seven passes for 78 yards before his first incompletion early in the second quarter. He finished 17 for 25 for 160 yards.

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    Bryant field goal leads Falcons past Panthers

    ATLANTA — Matt Ryan took the snap in his own end zone and threw it about as far as he could. Roddy White went up and got it. Matt Bryant took it from there, giving the Atlanta Falcons another victory.After Ryan completed a 59-yard pass to White, Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining to keep the Falcons perfect on the season with a 30-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC championship game. Despite taking a career-high seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta. Bryant added three field goals.The Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton’s run with just over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to Roddy White.Four plays later, Bryant won it.Ryan took an awful beating — he was hit nine times after throwing and hurried on eight other attempts — but still managed to throw for 369 yards. White caught a pair of touchdown passes, but his biggest play came after Carolina downed the ball in the shadow of the Atlanta end zone with 1:09 left.The Falcons had no timeouts, so Ryan just stepped back and hurled one from the back of the end zone. While was sandwiched between cornerback Josh Norman and safety Haruki Nakamura, but managed to leap over both of them to bring down the pass at the Carolina 40. A pass interference call and two short completions set things up for Bryant, who had yet to miss on his first eight attempts this season.He was automatic again, even after the Panthers called their final timeout just before the snap looking to freeze him. Bryant went ahead and kicked it away — right through the uprights — then did it again when it counted, putting his kick straight down the middle to give Atlanta only the third 4-0 start in franchise history.Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, rallying the Panthers from a 24-14 deficit in the second half. It looked like he had clinched it when, on third-and-2 at the Atlanta 46, he took the snap and bulled his way over the left side, his body surging across the spot he needed to seal the victory.But John Abraham knocked it loose, the ball squirting backward. Fullback Mike Tolbert covered it for Carolina at the 45 — 1 yards shy of a first down. After attempting unsuccessfully to draw the Falcons offside, the Panthers punted it away. When they downed it at the 1, it looked as though they would still be able to preserve the win.But Ryan and White had other ideas.Newton’s fumble ruined what had been a stellar performance. He threw for 215 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to Greg Olsen early in the game, then a 36-yard scoring play to Kealoha Pilares that put the Panthers ahead 28-24 with 7:55 remaining, capping their comeback from a 24-14 deficit.Newton also ran for 86 yards on nine carries, bulling his way into the end zone from 4 yards out late in the third quarter.The Panthers played much better than they did in their last outing, a 36-7 home loss to the New York Giants, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from sliding a daunting three games behind Atlanta in the NFC South.Charles Johnson spent so much time in the Atlanta backfield, he should’ve worn a black jersey. He made life miserable for Ryan with 3½ sacks, had two other tackles behind the line, and even knocked down a pass. When it counted, though, the Falcons linemen were able to keep Johnson away from the quarterback on the final possession.With Julio Jones hindered by an injured right hand, White came up with a huge game for the Falcons. He had eight catches for 169 yards.

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    Vikings beat Lions in NFC North matchup

    DETROIT — Percy Harvin and Marcus Sherels ran the surprising Minnesota Vikings to the top of the NFC North.Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Sherels scored on a punt return early in the third, helping the Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 20-13 Sunday.NFC North-leading Minnesota (3-1) matched the number of wins it had last season. The Vikings also snapped an 11-game losing streak within the division.The Lions (1-3) have lost three straight, surpassing the longest skid by last year’s playoff team.Detroit has struggled with poor coverage on special teams.The Lions are the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for TDs in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. They gave up scores on a kickoff and punt in last week’s 44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee.Adrian Peterson had 102 yards rushing on 21 carries, running for more than 100 yards for the first time since Oct. 23, 2011.Christian Ponder was 16 of 26 for 111 yards for Minnesota. Jerome Simpson had four receptions for a team-high 50 yards and drew a pair of penalties to help set up scores. Simpson served a three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.On the first punt return of the second half, Sherels made Kassim Osgood miss and then wiggled through traffic and raced 77 yards for a TD that gave the Vikings a 20-6 lead.Matthew Stafford was 30 of 51 for 319 yards without much help from teammates.Brandon Pettigrew dropped a pass in the end zone, forcing Detroit to settle for a field goal and a 13-6 halftime deficit. Titus Young couldn’t catch a pass thrown right to him on third down, leading to the Lions punting from Minnesota territory for the second straight time in the third quarter.And, just when the Lions looked as if they were going to break through offensively, safety Jamarca Sanford forced Mikel Leshoure to fumble and recovered the ball at the Vikings 29 late in the third quarter. Leshoure ran for just 26 yards on 13 carries after having 100 yards rushing in his debut last week.Peterson helped Minnesota get in position to kick a field goal early in the fourth, but rookie kicker Blair Walsh missed from 46 yards after making his first nine field goals.Detroit drove to the Vikings 7 on the ensuing drive and the possession ended when unblocked defensive end Everson Griffen sacked Stafford.The Lions got right back down in scoring territory and didn’t waste the opportunity with Stafford scoring on a 1-yard lunge, snapping the ball and extending it over the pile on a play that stood after video review with 2:56 left in the game.Ponder connected with Simpson on a 27-yard pass on Minnesota’s last drive and went to him again, but Bentley made a play to allow Detroit to get the ball back.Vikings punter Chris Kluwe pinned Detroit on its 2 with 1:42 left and no timeouts and the drive was extended when Stafford’s fumble was overturned by review — because he was down before losing the football — with 9 seconds left.Stafford took the last snap from the Lions 44 and was sacked in a fitting end to a game dominated by Minnesota’s defense and special teams.Minnesota took a quick 7-0 lead on Harvin’s kickoff return for a TD, starting toward the back left of the end zone, cutting across the field and sprinting up the sideline.Pass interference penalties — two on Detroit rookie Bill Bentley trying to cover Simpson — set up the next three scores, all of which were field goals, and the Vikings led 13-3 midway through the second quarter.Calvin Johnson had a shot to score late in the first half, but rookie safety Harrison Smith put a hit on him in the end zone that jarred the ball loose before Pettigrew dropped a potential TD to force Detroit to kick a field goal and settle for a 13-6 halftime deficit.

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    USA's Webb Simpson, right, and Bubba Watson line up a putt on the fifth hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament.

    Breaking down Sunday's singles matches at Medinah

    Here's a look at the Ryder Cup pairings for Sunday's singles matches.

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura walks in the dugout during the eighth inning of Saturday’s 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ roller-coaster season in a deep dip

    September has been spent in the pit of despair for every aspect of White Sox baseball. Players, coaches and fans have searched for answers in the midst of dispiriting decay.Starting pitching hasn’t been dominant in some time. No one has put the team on his back and said “I got this one tonight,” negating the need for vanishing clutch hitting and a tiring bullpen.It’s gone the other way, as three of the last five starters haven’t gotten out of the fourth inning. The Sox have had just 10 quality starts in 23 September games. Saturday, Chris Sale exhaustedly offered his shortest outing of the year.That bullpen has had inhabitants exchanging goat horns. Brett Myers’ gopher ball to Evan Longoria on Thursday was the latest blemish. Myers was the third of the big trade acquisitions, all of whom started out so well, to now show the worst of themselves.Kevin Youkilis singlehandedly won three or four games in his first two weeks but has looked tired. His numbers dwindled in August and withered further this month.Francisco Liriano was very good in 4 of his first 5 White Sox starts, but he has reverted to his usual pattern since his surgery in 2006. He toggles between dominance and chaos.The Sox are kings of the solo home run. It became an awful sign to see men on base. Bases loaded? Runs only score on a hit by pitch or a double play. The lack of clutch hitting sits atop the blame list.Alex Rios, the clear team MVP, is not part of the problem. But the captain at first base sure has been. His average has been in the .230s the last two months. The once daily meetings of the Paul Konerko Appreciation Society haven’t been held since May.They’re playing the worst baseball of their season at the worst possible time.“These games look the same,” Konerko said this week, and it doesn’t really matter after which day it was. “Sometimes the game is cruel.”It’s been cruel on the outside as well. The arc of how we’ve all felt about this team is a story unto itself.I thought they’d be better than most everybody else, penciling them in for 85 wins and a second-place finish.I kept thinking they were exactly at that level for a long time, even after they’d been atop the division for a while. When the Cubs took two of three at the Cell in mid-June, second place gave a warm welcome, and I thought that’s where they’d stay.I was wrong. Other than three days, from July 21-23, the Sox were in first every day for almost three months.Eventually, like a lot of people, I came to believe. I believed the White Sox were simply better, in large part because the Tigers were, and are, so completely flawed.I plotted out playoff rotations. I urged fans to remain calm in the face of panic.The Tigers still are just OK; they’re 15-12 this month. The Sox, painfully, are 11-16.Baseball humbles you like no other sport. It’s built on its relentless ability to humiliate. The best in the world are disappointed, often pathetically so, six or seven times out of every 10.Pathetic disappointment sounds about right.The roller coaster was built to be ridden. This one’s a doozy, and lately it has been stuck in an upside-down loop.We’ve been afforded more baseball joy and intrigue than most thought would be granted. As harrowing as it has been, I know I’ll ride that intellectual roller coaster again. I’ll ride it with fervor, every season.We all just might need a few months to forget the depths of these dips.Unless of course Detroit loses today and the Sox win …ŸMatt Spiegel co-hosts “The McNeil & Spiegel Show” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, and The Score’s “Hit and Run” at 9 a.m. Sundays with his Daily Herald colleague, Barry Rozner. Follow him on Twitter @mattspiegel670. Matt thinks a runner trying to score from first on a double into the gap is the most exciting play in baseball.

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    Bernard Langer, left, a member of the European Ryder Cup team, and Hale Irwin, a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team walk together on the 17th green during the deciding match of 1991 Ryder Cup, which became known as “The War by the Shore.” The United States rallied to win the event at Kiawah Island, S.C., as Langer three-putted on the 18th green to split the final match.

    The 5 most memorable Ryder Cups ever played
    What place in golf history the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah County Club ends up is still to be determined by this weekend's matches. Len Ziehm, who has covered golf for more than 40 years, offers his perspective on the five most memorable Ryder Cups ever.

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    Northern Illinois defeats Central Michigan 55-24

    Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois ran its home winning streak to 18 games Saturday with a 55-24 victory over Central Michigan in both teams’ Mid-American Conference opener.

Business

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    Being a buffer between management and line workers can be stressful for the middleman or -woman, and enabling a truly abusive boss is not the goal. But one rational manager who makes good employees feel valued and respected can inspire them to stick around and try to meet even a perfectionist boss’ high standards.

    Work advice: how middle managers can handle bosses who terrorize

    Last week,workplace advice columnist Karla L. Miller explained how employees can deal with bullying bosses. This week, she'll look at how middle managers can handle bosses who terrorize their line workers.

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    Workers form a large spindle from glowing hot metal at Solmet Technologies in Canton, Ohio. The steel forging company produces tool parts and oil and gas drilling components. Ohio was once synonymous with steel and rubber, but the era when Goodyear, Firestone and LTV dominated the Ohio landscape is long gone; the state has lost more than 368,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000. But heavy industry still has an enormous presence. In this crucial battleground in campaign 2012, the best way to jump-start the nation’s stalled economy reveals a deep divide.

    Will Ohio’s economic uptick be a boon for Obama?

    In this crucial battleground in campaign 2012, William Healy and Joe Halter stand on opposing sides of the great divide: How to jump-start the economy? Healy, the Democratic mayor of Canton, says the rescue came with millions of dollars in federal funds that Canton used to repair bridges, pave streets, demolish homes, hire workers and help keep police and firefighters on the job. Halter, a Republican and CEO of a small steel forging company, watched with frustration as billions of dollars were doled out to stimulus projects, drowning banks, the collapsing U.S. auto industry — and green energy companies.

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    Canola and soy are crushed to make biofuel and/or food grade oil at the Willamette Biomass Processors plant in Rickreall, Ore. Some farmers want to grow more canola because it’s a profitable alternative to grass seed and wheat. But other farmers who grow specialty vegetable seeds worry about contamination from canola.

    Fight over canola pits biofuels vs. organics

    Canola was banned from the Willamette Valley to protect the delicate vegetable seeds from being contaminated by pollen from canola or destroyed by the pests and diseases it brings. Demand for renewable energy, however, has helped fuel a push to grow canola in the region, raising a tense conflict between producers of organic foods and renewable energy in a state that cherishes both. "This is an existential threat," said Frank Morton, who farms about 12 acres of specialty seeds in Philomath, about 90 miles southwest of Portland. "If canola comes here, it's the beginning of the end of this industry."

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    Winemaker Cathy Corison walks through a vineyard at Corison Winery in St. Helena, Calif. Research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert found that women tend to be more highly acclaimed than their male counterparts as winemakers.

    Women winemakers becoming more common

    In 1978, the first vintage that Cathy Corison made wine, she could count on one hand the number of women she knew of doing the same kind of work in the cellars of the Napa Valley. Nearly 35 years later, Corison needs a lot more fingers. Winemaking remains primarily a man’s world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.

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    Jeanine Hamilton, owner of Hire Partnership, a staffing company, wears a headset while working at her office in downtown Boston. Hamilton was previously laid off from her job in June 2008 and then started her own business despite the poor economic times. Erin Lynch, of Quincy, Mass., wears a headset at left.

    Startups find benefits in launching in bad times

    Chuck Tanowitz and Todd Van Hoosear started Fresh Ground, a public relations firm, in Boston in early 2010. The recession was technically over, but many companies were still feeling its effects. That translated to some prospective clients trying to get something for, well, very little. They quickly learned to structure conversations with prospective clients so they would know early on how much money a client was willing or able to spend — rather than discovering at the end of a long meeting that a client had just $1,000 for a project.

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    Saving money with smart open enrollment changes

    Employers will soon be offering workers their yearly opportunity to make changes to their health care benefits. This year workers will receive help translating that jargon thanks to a new requirement that insurers provide a user-friendly coverage summary of all health plans. "There's a $5 or $10 bill just sitting there," says Jody Dietel, chief compliance officer with WageWorks. "They have to do a little bit of homework, but that $5 or $10 is theirs for the taking."

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    Race to the bottom on ETF fees benefits investors

    There's a price war brewing. Exchange-traded funds are becoming cheaper by the month and cost-conscious investors are reaping the rewards. That's provided they don't focus so narrowly on expenses that they disregard other factors, like which investments to select in the first place. The largest ETF provider, BlackRock's iShares unit, recently said that it's finalizing ETF fee cuts that will be detailed later this year. Charles Schwab slashed its ETF expenses last week.

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    Mary Morgan, a Nassau County information technology specialist, poses with the telephones she is assessing as part of a countywide efficiency effort in Mineola, N.Y. Nassau County is currently shutting off hundreds of unused telephone lines and reviewing their current stock of telephones as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

    Local governments try to cut costs via efficiency

    In some places, it’s as simple as pulling the plug on thousands of unused telephone lines or installing software that automatically shuts off idle school computers to save on electric bills. Other places are doing such things as merging town fire departments, combining 911 centers or outsourcing collection of parking fines. Around the country, governments big and small are embracing cooperation, consolidation and efficiency to wring a few more dollars out of the budget as the effects of the Great Recession linger.

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    Ernesto Fernandez, 59, works during repairs on the sugar processing plant “Brasil” in Jaronu, Cuba. The Brasil sugar plant, launched in 1921, is getting a makeover and is expected to be ready in time for the upcoming annual harvest and start milling cane by February.

    Cuban sugar looks to rebound after bitter decline

    Cuba's signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century. Officials recently said that the harvest is expected to increase by 20 percent in the coming season after jumps of 7 percent and 16 percent in the last two harvests. "I've never seen as much money being spent here as there is now," said Alodia Campo, a 54-year-old plant engineer and among the few employees still remaining from the Brasil's glory days.

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    Passengers line up at a check-in counter of Spring Airline at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China. A budget airline boom that is sweeping Asia is leaving Chinese travelers behind. From almost none a decade ago, the region now has more than 50 low cost carriers. But China’s government still keeps tight control of the rapidly growing airline industry.

    Asia’s budget airline boom bypasses China

    Chinese travelers have been left out of the massive budget airline boom that has swept Asia. From almost none a decade ago, the region now has more than 50 low cost carriers. But in China, where the government still keeps tight control of the rapidly growing airline industry, three big state-owned carriers dominate. Aviation authorities' efforts to shield them, as well as keep the industry from growing too rapidly and compromising safety, mean travelers like Ren pay up to twice as much.

Life & Entertainment

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    This combination of two photos shows on the left a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci representing the Mona Lisa and the famous Mona Lisa painting hanging in the Louvre in Paris.

    Isleworth Mona Lisa conjures new art world mystery

    The mystery behind the most enigmatic smile in art — Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” — just got a little more complicated. In a coming-out party of sorts in Geneva, rounds of flashbulbs popped as the nonprofit Mona Lisa Foundation pulled back the curtain to present what it claims is a predecessor of the world’s most famous portrait.

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    “Fence Doctor” Fred Gebbia grinds away at a portion of wroght iron fencing.

    Wrought iron business preserves a beautiful craft

    Most people simply view a fence as a finishing touch … perhaps, a fixture meant to disappear in the background. Yet for Hoffman Estates’ Fred Gebbia, wrought iron fences rank somewhere between living objects and works of art, requiring both compassion and attention to bring out their true patina.

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    Actress Kerry Washington stars in “Scandal,” airing at 9 p.m. Thursdays on ABC.

    Washington more than a love interest on ‘Scandal’

    When it comes to playing the girlfriend or wife in a Hollywood role, Kerry Washington has been there, done that. But now Washington is front and center as the star of the ABC series “Scandal.”

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    In recent years, New York City’s 15 public hospitals have cut calories in patients’ meals and restricted the sale of sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks at vending machines. But now the city is tackling hospital cafeteria food, too.

    New York City hospitals cracking down on junk food

    People nervously waiting around in New York City hospitals for loved ones to come out of surgery can’t smoke. In a few months from now, they can’t have a supersized fast-food soda. And soon, they won’t even be able to get a candy bar out of the vending machine or a piece of fried chicken from the cafeteria.

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    Three-month-old Cheddar, weighing a mere 1½ pounds, plays in a cat tower last summer in Columbus, Ohio. In most cases, if a runted dog or cat makes it through six to eight weeks, it will likely survive and will probably get close to full size, according to experts.

    As pets, runts can be the star of the litter

    For puppies and kittens, size really does matter. Shelters say smaller animals get adopted faster, and animal experts say the runt of a litter tends to be better protected by the mother. Pet owners-to-be tend to heap attention on them, since they’re attracted to big heads on little bodies.

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    This publicity file photo shows Emilie de Ravin, left, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson’s “Brick,” a Focus Features release.

    5 favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt performances

    He’s only 31 years old, and already Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proved he can pretty much do everything. From action blockbusters and crowd-pleasing romantic comedies to quirky indies and small, searing dramas, he always makes interesting, eclectic choices and brings an authenticity and watchability to every role.

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    Ben Folds Five — Robert Sledge, left, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds — perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Chicago Theatre.

    Sunday picks: Ben Folds brings Five to Chicago Theatre

    After a long hiatus, the reunited Ben Folds Five is on tour again. See them tonight at the Chicago Theatre. Dogs and their human friends can both enjoy Barkapalooza today in Lisle. Enjoy storytelling, farm animals, pioneer crafts and more at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Tavern Day. Today's the last day to celebrate all things apple-related at Long Grove's 20th Annual Apple Festival.

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    Mark Williams is one of many artists opening their work spaces during the 23rd annual Blue Coast Artists annual Fall Tour of Studios in western Michigan.

    On the road: A tour of artists’ studios

    Ever wish to chuck it all, move to the country and buy a used potter's wheel? Experience the creative process for a weekend at the 23rd annual Blue Coast Artists annual Fall Tour of Studios in western Michigan. The tour includes eight working artists' studios located between South Haven and Saugatuck. Art lovers can also enjoy Chicago Artists Month with more than 200 events taking place during the month of October. There will be open houses and studio tours, neighborhood art walks, informal discussions, workshops and exhibits throughout the city.

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    The exterior of the home side of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, which was built in 1889 and went through several renovations. This is where the famous architect developed Prairie style architecture.

    Frank Lloyd Wright right at home in Oak Park

    Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, but Frank Lloyd Wright lives here. Wright died in 1959, two years before Hemingway, but the famous architect's legacy is so strong in this village that he seems to be part of the present. Home to more than two dozen Wright structures, including a church, two stables and a fountain, Oak Park boasts the largest collection of Wright-designed sites in the world.

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    Want to perk up your home for autumn? Then grab your fall foliage, candles, gourds and other items and get started.

    Three quick looks to begin your fall decorating

    Want to perk up your home for autumn, but don’t have the time or inclination for a full fall makeover? Here are three quick looks you can create in a jiff using my favorite fall decorating tools.

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    Tough to compare phone estimates of car repairs

    Q. Why is it when I call around for prices to replace the shocks and struts on my minivan the amounts vary so much from shop to shop? Then to add insult to injury, I can buy these parts dirt cheap on the Internet.

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    Leaves begin to change color along the Swift River off the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, N.H. The scenic highway goes through the White Mountain National Forest.

    5 free things to do in New Hampshire

    For a small state, New Hampshire offers a variety of experiences for free in the fall, whether it's scenic drives, hiking, moose watching, browsing antique shops and spotting huge pumpkins.

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    Have water tested before choosing a softener

    Q. We are looking to replace our water softener, which is probably 20 years old. We have a well, and our water is high in iron and often has a sulfur smell. I have been looking at reviews online, but they have differing views on salt vs. salt-free softeners.

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    Woman needs to rebuild foundation based on abuse

    Q. I am divorcing my husband of 10 years. We have an 8-year-old son. There are issues of emotional and verbal abuse, and I have finally gotten to the point where I am strong enough to end this relationship. My husband and I are trying to be civil through this process for the sake of our son.

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    Landlord demands payment for ‘missing’ cabinet door that never existed

    Q. I lived in a house with four other tenants for 12 months before recently moving out. We just received our security deposit refund accounting and noticed that we got charged $125 for kitchen cubbies missing a cabinet door. When we moved in there was never a door on the cubbies.

Discuss

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    Editorial: The Ryder Cup’s visit to the suburbs

    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the value of the international sports spectacle the suburbs are hosting this weekend -- the 2012 Ryder Cup taking place at the Medinah Country Club.

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    Joining a half billion people for Ryder Cup ride

    Perhaps not everyone gets all the hoopla over the Ryder Cup. But DuPage Editor Jim Davis and others note the suburbs are front and center in what is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many.

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    Go large, Mitt

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Make the case. Go large. About a foreign policy in ruins. About an archaic, 20th-century welfare state model that guarantees 21st-century insolvency. And about an alternate vision of an unapologetically assertive America abroad unafraid of fundamental structural change at home.

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    Responsible choice is what’s needed
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: When it comes to a choice about aborting a baby, a choice about life and death, a choice often made in a time of duress and personal fear, it is out of compassion for both the woman and her child that people who are pro-life act.

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    Another view of party differences
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Like Bill Hartman (Fence Post, Sept. 25), I also watched the two political conventions. I also feel I can now summarize the choice before us

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    Good reason to keep Winfield PD intact
    A Winfield letter to the editor: I want to thank the Winfield Police Department for its continued efforts to keep our children safe. After the recent 4 or 5 attempted child abductions — 2 within my neighborhood — the WPD's quick response and continued patrolling of the neighborhoods and school areas has been greatly appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.

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    Entitlements are really for the rich
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The obvious way to reduce Medicare costs is to get the predatory insurance companies out of the equation and go to government single-payer. The insurance bureaucracy serves only to siphon money to their CEOs and shareholders. Their primary goal is to make money.

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    You know what you get with Obama
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: With all the attacks on our embassies all over the Middle East, I would be real careful in thinking of Myth Romney for your selection for the leader of the United States and its armed forces. President Obama has now almost four years of experience dealing with our military leaders, world leaders, handling enemies of The United States, including personally OK’ing the demise of Bin Laden and at least 23 of his cohorts.

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    Say no to more debt in St. Charles
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The city council of St. Charles has created significant financial problems. The city's debt has risen from $46 million to $136 million in 10 years.

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