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TEMPERS FLARE AT A-ROD HEARING

The attorney representing Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and a lawyer for baseball's chief witness against him nearly came to blows during the third day of hearings in Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension, media outlets reported. On Oct.2, Joe Tacopina, who represents Rodriguez, and Julio Ayala, a lawyer for accused PED distributor Anthony Bosch, had to be separated after Tacopina said Bosch would go to jail and Ayala retorted that Rodriguez would as well.

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More 'bad luck' for Ripken's mother

Vi Ripken, mother of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, was threatened at gunpoint in the parking lot of a bank in Aberdeen, Md., on Tuesday. Police said Vi Ripken was unhurt and nothing was taken from her. In July 2012, Vi Ripken was abducted at gunpoint and released unharmed. Police said there was no apparent connection, describing it as "a string of bad luck."

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COWBOY OF THE DAY

All he needs is the horse - a big one

How at home does former Magic C Dwight Howard feel in Houston? "I am a Texan now," he said. "I got my hat at home. I had it made this summer. They said it takes a few months for boots especially in my size (18) so that (stinks). ... I got spurs for my boots, just no boots to put them on. I have tight jeans. I got my things you put on the jeans, what are those called? My chaps. I got my chaps."

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LIGHTNING

Today: off

Up next: vs. Wild, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Tampa Bay Times Forum TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM

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