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Inside V.zzt gets to I:::? 1.1s c!i r.zdd The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday reaffirmed U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm as the winner of the men's individual all-around at the Athens Olympics. It dismissed an appeal by South Korea's Yang Tae-young for a reversal based on an error in the start value of his parallel bars routine. The ruling said the Koreans needed to protest while the competition was going on and changing a result after the event was too dangerous a precedent without evidence of fraud A second chance Paradise Valley's football team has helped Tanner Peyton recover from an accident that nearly paralyzed him. CIO ASU in hunt for QB High school standout Jason Forcier will visit this weekend. C13 Sulka in search Early reports say Mercury GM Seth Sulka could replace WNBA President Val Ackerman. Cll or impropriety. "There s been a lot of fighting for this medal, and I've felt like I've won it three times," Hamm (right) said. "I've won it in the competition, in the media and finally in the courts. It will mean that much more that I'll be able to keep it for the rest of my life." Mark Faller, sports editor, 602.444.NEWS or mark.fallerarizonarepublic.com INSIDE: Carly Patterson headlines the T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions tonight at America West Arena. C7 Friday, October 22, 2004 SECTION C THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC sports.azcentral.com J Grace won't manage, but hopes to stick around By Bob McManaman The Arizona Republic - The Diamondbacks informed Mark Grace on Thursday that he wouldn't be managing the team next season, but the former first baseman said he hoped to remain in the organization either as a broadcaster, a possible coach for the new manager, or as a skipper in the minor leagues. Grace, who ended his playing career following the 2003 season, spent last season as a Diamondbacks television analyst. His contract is up and although he said he would be willing to return in the same capacity, he planned to meet with team President Rich Dozer to discuss his options. "I still want to be a manager, but I'd consider other things if they were offered to me," Grace said. "I can see myself coaching, but that would depend on the new guy and if he even wanted me to be a part of his staff. If it were offered, I'd have no problem doing that. "Managing or coaching in the minor leagues is something I'd also think about. We'll sit down with them and talk and see what's going to happen. But whatever happens, I'll be fine. I'm good with things." General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr. had said he would begin informing the eight candidates on Thursday as to whether they would be brought back for a second interview. Bob Melvin, considered a strong candidate for the managerial job, said Thursday afternoon that the club had not yet contacted him. ' "I just want to say thanks to all the guys I talked with during my interview and I hope I was able to enlighten them with some of my ideas," Grace said. "I still have a plan and vision and hopefully, some day I will be a major league manager. We'll just let things take their course." Grace had not previously seemed interested in coaching or managing in the minors, but his admission Thursday that he would See D-BACKS Page C4 Mark Grace Mi Ctatidhjphy Cards over Astros Pitching, hitting, defense come together for victory NLCS I CARDINALS 5, ASTROS 2 , , . By Mark Gonzales The Arizona Republic ST. LOUIS This was a flat out brawl Thursday night, with the St. Louis Cardinals wearing down 42-year-old ace Roger Clemens and Houston en route to their first World Series appearance since 1987. Albert Pujols' game-tying double and Scott Rolen's subsequent two-run home run on consecutive pitches with two out in the sixth inning off Clemens represented the biggest blows as the Cardinals pulled away to a 5-2 victory in the seventh and deciding game of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium. Those blows, however, were only two of several instrumental plays that mirrored the Cardinals' first league title in nine years under manager Tony La Russa. Starting pitcher Jeff Suppan and three relievers held Houston's formidable offense to only three hits ' none after the fourth inning. Suppan also laid down a squeeze bunt for their first run in the third. Center fielder Jim Edmonds made an over-the-shoulder diving catch of Brad Ausmus' drive that prevented two runs from scoring in the second. Second baseman Tony Womack, playing despite back spasms, got the first hit off Clemens in the third and scored the Cardinals' first run. Womack also made a sliding catch down the right field line for the first out of the ninth. Roger Cedeflo got the Cardinals' first pinch-hit of the NLCS a lead-off single that ignited the three-run See CARDS Page C4 41 7 & .4 : m a . z am . . A -; 1 ... - - . V J ) . - " Vic- p. . mar . .. . A i 1 f "i I : f Sue Ogrocki Associated Press The Cardinals celebrate their 5-2 victory Thursday night over the Astros in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series in St Louis. The Cardinals will face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Saturday Game 1, St Louis at Boston (Wakefield 12-10), 5 p.m. Sunday Game 2, St. Louis at Boston (Schilling 21-6), 5:10 p.m. Tuesday Game 3, Boston (Martinez 16-9) at St Louis, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Game 4. Boston (Lowe 14-12) at St Louis, 5:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct 28 Game 5, Boston at St Louis, 5:25 p.m., if necessary Saturday, Oct 30 Game 6, St Louis at Boston, 4:55 p.m., if necessary Sunday, Oct 31 Game 7, St Louis at Boston, 5:55 p.m., if necessary Red October for Series-bound Sox, Cards Associated Press 1 Paint the World Series red Red Sox and Redbirds, a classic matchup filled with a rich history. After finishing off the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox face their biggest National League nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the World Series starting Saturday night at Fenway Park. When Ted Williams led the Red Sox to the 1946 World Se ries following Boston's first AL pennant since 1918, the Cardinals beat them in Game 7. And when Carl Yastrzemski's Red Sox made it back in 1967, the Cardinals defeated them again in seven games. Boston, which lost Game 7s to the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and the New York Mets in 1986, wasn't focused on its Series opponent after winning 10-3 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. "I hope they play 30 innings tonight. I hope they beat the heck out of each other," Boston manager Terry Francona said. St. Louis, which beat Houston 5-2 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series Thursday night, was a major league-best 105-57 during the regular season. "It's going to be a challenge," Cardinals outfielder Larry Walker said. "Obviously, they're riding a high, too." Boston starts knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in the opener, most likely against Woody Williams, followed by Curt Schilling for the Red Sox in Game 2. Boston's Pedro Martinez is slated for Game 3 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, with Derek Lowe starting Wednesday. "They've got a great team. We have to play our best," said the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, the NLCS MVP. "They're going to be ready for us. It wont be easy." Don't tell Rice, Smith they're finished T Dan Bickley Republic cokimntst two NFL legends will share the same field on Sunday, each wearing a strange bird on his helmet It will be a testament to the power of pride and the power of delusion. Cover your eyes and hope for the best. "I just saw him in the preseason," the Cardinals' Emmitt Smith said of the Seahawks' Jerry Rice. "It's a bigger deal to you all than it is to me." Alas, that's always the case with great ones and their legacies. Once, the sight of Smith and Rice on oppos ing sidelines was sufficient proof that a huge game hung in the balance. That was when the Cowboys and 49ers shared a glamorous rivalry, the NFC version of Yankees-Red Sox. This weekend, the confluence is merely a carnival attraction. It will be the first time since 1984 that the NFL's all-time leading rushing yardage leader (then Walter Payton) squares off against the NFL's all-time leader in receptions (then Charlie Joiner). It will make Sun Devil Stadium a one-day museum See BICKLEY Page Co 21 Jerry Rice is eager to prove that he still can be a receiving threat for the Seahawks, who acquired him in a trade this week from the Raiders. Josua Tr initio Seattle FHjst-lrW!igencer Index Baseball C4-5 NFL C6 Golf C7 Motorsports C8 High schools C10-U Scoreboard C12 Colleges C13 a2mtral:on Oi&ie pel Go to sport&AZceirtraLcom to vote: How will the World Series play out? Did you know? Prolific passer Hawaii's Timrrty Chang is on the verge of becoming the NCAA leader in passing yards. The senior needs 559 yards passing against San Jose State on Saturday to break the NCAA mark of 15.031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer in 1988-9L On this date 1976 Twin brothers Tom and Dick Van Arsdale played together in a game for the Suns, becoming the first and only pair of twins to play for the same NBA club. The Suns ended up losing the game 111-98 to the New Orleans Jazz. Coming Saturday Winning again People were writing off Mike Holmgren in Seattle, but the former Super Bowl-winning coach has turned around the Seahawks.

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