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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a victory in their final regular-season game for the second time in three years.

They needed an extra game this time.

Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria hit a two-run homer and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker Monday night, the 163rd game for both teams.

The Rays face another must-win situation Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game - the winner faces Boston in the division series.

Nelson Cruz was activated for the Texas Rangers after completing his 50-game drug suspension. Cruz, who had 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 108 games before his suspension, was 0 for 4 with a strikeout while hitting sixth as the designated hitter.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum after finishing last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years, ending a two-year run that produced more losses than any other in the team's cursed history.

Sveum's dismissal likely will ramp up speculation surrounding the status of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a Peoria, Ill., native who played college ball at nearby Northwestern. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein expects to complete the search process by early November.

NEW YORK (AP) - Terry Collins completed a contract extension with the New York Mets. The manager gets a two-year deal with a club option for 2016.

NEW YORK (AP) - Rob Manfred was promoted to Major League Baseball's chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.

The sport's No. 2 post had been open for three years. Paul Beeston served in the role from 1997-02, then was replaced by Bob DuPuy, who left in October 2010.

Selig, who has headed baseball since September 1992, said last week he intends to retire in January 2015, though some owners remain skeptical.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins and manager Ron Gardenhire agreed on a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

Gardenhire was in the final year of his contract and his 12 years with the Twins make him the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues.

With three straight seasons of at least 93 losses, Gardenhire's job was thought to be in jeopardy. Instead, the Twins brought back the 2010 AL manager of the year and his entire staff, too.

NEW YORK (AP) - The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

The New York Yankees third baseman was wearing a business suit and accompanied by lawyers when he arrived for the session at Major League Baseball's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Because he's a first offender under the drug program and the players' association filed a grievance to force an appeal, a suspension can't start until it is upheld by an arbitrator.

The union argues the discipline is without just cause and is excessive. If the case doesn't settle, a decision by Horowitz is expected this winter.

MIAMI (AP) - State authorities in Florida have launched a criminal investigation into the now-closed clinic at the center of Major League Baseball's latest performance-enhancing drug scandal, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County's chief prosecutor said.

''A subpoena was issued for documents and we are looking into several areas of state interest,'' said Ed Griffith, spokesman for State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

Griffith would not go into further specifics but said the state probe into Biogenesis of America and its former chief, Anthony Bosch, differed from a federal grand jury investigation into the clinic.

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OLYMPICS

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Bode Miller felt no need to measure his words when asked about Russia's anti-gay law.

'''I think it's absolutely embarrassing that there's countries and there's people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,'' he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit featuring Sochi hopefuls.

'But it's not the first time,'' Miller said. ''We've been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans.''

The USOC'S official stance, first communicated in August in a letter to athletes and others in the Olympic community, is that it disagrees with the law but that a boycott is out of the question.

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PRO FOOTBALL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Vince Wilfork was pursuing a play when he planted his right foot, dropped to the ground and probably ended his season.

''It doesn't look too good for Vince,'' New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday on WEEI radio. ''I think he's got a pretty serious injury and it's probably unlikely that he'll be able to play again this year.''

The Boston Globe reported that the star defensive tackle tore his right Achilles tendon in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Belichick did not specify the injury. Wilfork's agent, Kennard McGuire, did not respond to requests for comment.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps muscle that could sideline him for several weeks or even the rest of the season.

Coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco both said Monday that the team doesn't know the severity of the injury or the time frame for recovery for the 33-year-old pass rusher.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - This weekend's game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders has been moved to a night game because of the baseball playoffs.

The Raiders said Monday that kickoff for Sunday's game will be at 11:35 p.m. EDT instead of the originally scheduled 4:25 p.m. game time.

The reason for the switch is the Oakland Athletics are playing Game 2 of their division series on Saturday night and it takes too long to convert the Coliseum from baseball to football to play an afternoon game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker is out with a hip injury, and coach Mike Munchak doesn't know for how long.

The coach said Monday that Locker will have another MRI exam Tuesday to diagnose the extent of the injury he suffered Sunday against the New York Jets.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman says he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the NFL substance abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.

Freeman said Monday night in a statement released by his agent that he has passed all 46 drug tests he's taken for the league since once using Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat ADHD.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving charges.

Bedford Municipal Court clerk Thomas Day says Kosar's attorney sent the not guilty plea on Kosar's behalf Monday. A Dec. 9 pretrial hearing has been scheduled.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired Monday, with his team 0-4 and coming off a 41-12 loss at Buffalo.

Athletic director Warde Manuel announced the dismissal two days after the latest defeat. Pasqualoni, in his third season at UConn, finishes with a 10-18 record.

''I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program,'' Manuel said in a statement.

The school said it will pay Pasqualoni $750,000 to buy out his contract.

The Huskies have a bye week before hosting South Florida on Oct. 12.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban said any concerns about the role of staffer Tyler Siskey during the Mississippi game is much ado about nothing.

Television cameras showed Siskey in the coaches box watching through binoculars. That prompted some Rebels fans to complain on message boards and social media that he was spying.

Siskey is the associate director for player personnel and worked under coach Hugh Freeze at Mississippi last season and before that at Arkansas State.

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PRO BASKETBALL

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Knicks have picked up the option on coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 season.

Woodson led the Knicks to a 54-28 record last season and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. He is 72-34 since taking over for Mike D'Antoni late in the 2011-12 season, a .679 winning percentage that is second-best in franchise history.

NEW YORK (AP) - George Karl, who won the NBA Coach of the Year award last season but then lost his job in Denver, is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.

Karl signed a multiyear deal but will clearly keep an eye out for a return to the sideline. He previously worked for ESPN as a studio analyst during the 2003-04 season.

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PRO HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) - Hybrid icing will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players.

The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck. The change was given a trial run during the preseason.

The goal is to prevent serious injuries, such as the one that sidelined Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen for the entire season.

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TENNIS

BEIJING (AP) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka double-faulted 15 times in losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the China Open.

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