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CARP BAGGER Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter dived to the first base bag just ahead of Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 19. St. Louis hung on for a 3--2 victory in only the second Fall Classic in the last eight years that would go at least six games (page 30).

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HIT FOR TATT Sean Monaghan lit up Madison Square Garden with a throat-clearing blow to Anthony Pietrantonio during their light heavyweight fight last Saturday night. Monaghan knocked out Pietrantonio in the fifth round of the six-round bout.

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SHADOW DANCING Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis (23) does a two-step over Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller and remains inbounds on a 59-yard pick-six in the first quarter of Sunday's game in Oakland, which marked the silver-and-black debut of Carson Palmer, who replaced the ineffective Boller in the second half of Kansas City's 28--0 win.