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NEW YORK — The Yankees may go with a three-man rotation against the Los Angeles Angels in the AL championship series.

Manager Joe Girardi says the shortened rotation would allow him to keep Joba Chamberlain and Chad Gaudin in the bullpen.

Such a plan would have CC Sabathia starting Game 4 on three days' rest. Sabathia is used to short rest from his time with the Milwaukee Brewers last year.

New York is coming off a first-round sweep of Minnesota. The Yankees open a best-of-seven series at home against the Angels on Friday night.

NEW YORK — The Chicago Cubs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a step that will allow their owner to sell the baseball team in an $845 million deal.

The filing in Wilmington, Del., was anticipated and is expected to lead to a brief stay in Chapter 11 for the Cubs. A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in front of the judge who has been handling the bankruptcy of the Cubs' owner, Tribune Co.

The Cubs' filing is part of the Tribune Co.'s plans to sell the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, the founder of Omaha, Neb.-based TD Ameritrade.

Pro Football

BOSTON — If Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable is implicated by police in their investigation of an alleged assault on an assistant coach, he will be subject to NFL discipline.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that workplace violence is specifically identified in the league's personal conduct policy, and if Cable is charged with any crimes, he could be punished by the NFL.

Goodell expects to receive a report "in the next couple weeks" on the Napa, Calif., police investigation, which is in the hands of the district attorney. He said the league is "allowing the criminal process to go forward for some period of time" before the NFL might get involved.

BOSTON — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn't want Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams.

Irsay said at the NFL owners' meetings today he wouldn't vote to approve the radio talk show host.

Several players have said they wouldn't want to play for the conservative commentator. Limbaugh was forced to resign from ESPN's Sunday night football in 2003 after making comments the league felt were racially insensitive.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league doesn't want its owners making divisive statements. But Goodell said he wouldn't judge Limbaugh's prospective ownership because the current Rams owners haven't even said for sure they will sell the team.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Junior Seau is back with the New England Patriots, ready to play linebacker again at age 40.

Today's announcement was made by Versus, the television network on which Seau has a show. The Patriots have not announced the signing, although the team said he had a physical.

Seau is a 12-time Pro Bowl player. He came out of retirement last year to play the final four games with the Patriots after playing 27 games with them in 2006 and 2007.

Versus said the show, "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau," will continue as scheduled.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans cornerback Nick Harper will be out up to six weeks after surgery on a broken right forearm.

He is the second defensive back the winless Titans have lost to a broken right forearm. The other is Vincent Fuller, who was injured Sept. 27 against the New York Jets. The Titans hope he might be able to play Nov. 1 against Jacksonville.

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini said he's cooperating with the NFL in its investigation into rookie running back James Davis' mysterious season-ending shoulder injury.

On Sunday, reported that Davis was injured during a recent post-practice period for extra work when he was hit by a Browns linebacker. According to the report, witnesses said Davis was not wearing shoulder pads while the unidentified defender who hit him had them on.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is aware of the alleged incident and has been looking into the matter.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Top return man Allen Rossum has been released by the San Francisco 49ers, creating roster room for newly signed rookie receiver Michael Crabtree.

Rossum was surprised by the move when summoned to a meeting with coach Mike Singletary. He packed a few belongings and left team headquarters.

The 33-year-old player planned to return to his family in Atlanta. He will then decide whether to try to join another team or retire after parts of 12 NFL seasons. He ranks second in league history with 14,987 return yards.

College Football

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appellate court again has rebuffed the NCAA's effort to prevent public disclosure of documents on academic cheating at Florida State.

The documents, with students' names blacked out, could be released as early as Wednesday, said Carol Jean LoCicero, an attorney for The Associated Press and other news media.

LoCicero's clients sued the NCAA, Florida State and the university's outside law firm under the state's open-records "sunshine" laws.

The 1st District Court of Appeal late Monday denied the college athletics organization's motions for a rehearing or certification of the case to the Florida Supreme Court as a question of great public importance.

The NCAA still could ask the state high court to review the case and block release of the documents until the justices make a decision. That will be difficult, though, because of strong trial and appellate court rulings that found the documents to be public records.

"Their options are certainly narrowing down to not much," LoCicero said.

An NCAA spokesman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.


SHANGHAI — Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick complained that the ATP season is too long and that tennis players need a proper offseason.

Both players, who are in China for the Shanghai Masters, reiterated criticism of the sport's punishing schedule.

Roddick, a veteran at 27, said players need a longer offseason to recover, and noted that both Roger Federer (fatigue) and Andy Murray (wrist injury) are skipping the Shanghai tournament.


FLORENCE, Italy — The doping case involving a bee sting and defender Fabio Cannavaro has been dropped by the Italian Olympic Committee.

The committee's anti-doping court dropped the case after learning the positive test was a result of using cortisone to treat the bee sting.

— The Associated Press

The Italy captain was questioned last week. He said he did nothing wrong and was bothered by the public outrage it sparked.

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