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The Yankees lead in the AL East is down to only 3½ games over Baltimore and the Bombers did just that yesterday, falling 8-5 against Toronto. The Yanks will take the day off today as Baltimore players the White Sox before the two meet tomorrow in New York.

Boston also had a difficult night, losing 10-3 the Angels. The Red Sox will finish that series with a game tonight in Los Angeles.

Promising Rookie Matt Harvey had another strong day with the Mets as they pull away from the Phillies 3-2, they’ll play again this afternoon in Philadelphia.

The NFL season is getting ready to start next Wednesday and though teams are working to get their rosters narrowed down and strong, the same can’t be said for the refs. Replacement refs will be on the field beginning next Wednesday night when the Cowboys visit the Giants to open the season. League executive Ray Anderson informed the 32 teams that negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union. Anderson told the clubs in a memo that the replacements will work "as much of the regular season as necessary," adding that training with each crew will continue.

In college football, new rules are being put in place. The most notable and noticeable of several rules changes made by the NCAA rules committee for this season moved the spot of kickoffs up from the 30 to the 35-yard line. Also, the kicking teams can line up no more than 5 yards from the 35 when the ball is kicked. And when a touchback does occur on a kickoff, the offense will start at the 25-yard line instead of the 20. The reasoning is simple: More touchbacks should equal fewer injuries.

The Paralympic Games officially begin today. Over the next 11 days, Paralympic athletes will compete in 20 sports, including archery, cycling, rowing, equestrian, sailing, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

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