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Outside the Western gates

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Below is what happened in the world of professional sports last week:

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado hit four home runs against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last Thursday night. Delgado became only the 15th player and first Blue Jay all-time to achieve the amazing feat. Later that night Delgado showed off his big bat to the Blue Jays cheerleaders... and scored a fifth home run.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa moved past Mickey Mantle with his 537th home run last Thursday night. Unfortunately, after recounting his non-corked bat home runs, Sosa now has 13, placing him 523 home runs shy of Mantle.

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman and former Washington Capital Ken Klee to a one-year contract, worth up to $1.8 million. The Leafs now have the second worst defense in the league, instead of the worst.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning broke the single-game team touchdown record when he threw 6 TDs in a 55-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. Unfortunately, the Saints couldn't convince former Saints quarterback and Peyton's dad, Archie Manning, to come down from the luxury suites and stop the carnage.

San Francisco 49ers receiver Terrell Owens erupted in a sideline tantrum during the 49ers 35-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The loss dropped the 49ers record to 1-3 on the season. Owens blamed quarterback Jeff Garcia, the offensive coordinator, Sideshow Bob, Indiana Jones, Winston Churchill, Genghis Khan, the drunk hobo in Big Daddy and even the big man upstairs, God himself. Later that evening, Owens was struck by lightning.

The Minnesota Twins defeated the New York Yankees 3-1 in game one of their playoff series on Tuesday night. George Steinbrenner's first reaction: Who do I buy to stop the madness?

In National League action, the San Francisco Giants, behind the pitching of Jason Schmidt, blanked the Florida Marlins 2-0 on Tuesday night, but were returned the favour on Thursday when the Marlins beat up on the Giants 9-5 in game two.

And what about the only two teams people really care about, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs?

The Cubs are tied with the Atlanta Braves 1-1, after winning game one 4-2 and losing game two 5-3, while the BoSox are down 1-0 after losing game one to the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday night.

Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley was involved in a high-speed crash on Tuesday, leaving Heatley with a broken jaw and passenger Dan Snyder with a partially caved-in skull. Heatley was driving 130 km/h when he lost control of his black Ferrari.



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