Tigers, Cards post 1-0 wins
UNDATED (AP) — A history-making game was unfolding in the 9th inning of Detroit's American League Championship Series game against Boston when Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) singled off Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit (BEHN'-wah) with one out for the first Boston hit. That took a lot of intrigue out of the game, and the Tigers went on to win 1-0.
But the Tigers barely missed out on logging the third no-hitter in major league postseason history.
Anibal Sanchez combined with four relievers on a one-hitter in an airtight game with plenty of tension. Sanchez struck out 12 while walking six through six no-hit frames. Sanchez also became the second pitcher - and the first since 1908 - to strike out four in a postseason inning. He did it in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a wild pitch that allowed Shane Victorino to go to first base.
Sanchez had to be pulled after throwing 116 pitches, leaving it up to the Detroit bullpen to preserve the no-hitter.
Bosox starter Jon Lester had a shutout until Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) singled home Miguel Cabrera in the top of the sixth. Peralta supplied three of the Tigers' nine hits.
Tigers pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts, with Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) each fanning three times.
Game 2 in the series will be played Sunday night in Boston.
Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) continued his string of strong pitching performances, while the St. Louis Cardinals took a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series.
Wacha struck out eight while allowing five hits over 6 2/3 innings to help the Redbirds beat Los Angeles 1-0. Wacha combined with four relievers to protect the lead and run the Dodgers' consecutive scoreless streak to 19 innings.
David Freese (freez) manufactured the team's lone run by leading off the fifth with a double off Clayton Kershaw and moving to third on a passed ball before scoring on Jon Jay's sacrifice fly. Kershaw allowed just one other hit while striking out five over six innings. The lone run was unearned, leaving Kershaw with a 0.47 ERA this postseason.
The Dodgers had their chances to score but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity came in the sixth inning, when they loaded the bases before Wacha struck out Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-yul pweeg) and Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) to end the threat.
Puig fanned four times for the Dodgers, who host Game 3 on Monday.
Several upsets highlight slate...'Bama, Oregon win easily
UNDATED (AP) — The top-25 college football finals feature a host of upsets. Utah pulled off the biggest shocker by downing fifth-ranked Stanford. Seventh-ranked Georgia was beaten at home by No. 25 Missouri, and unranked Texas hammered No. 12 Oklahoma. It was also a tough day for ranked teams from the Big Ten as 18th-ranked Michigan and No. 19 Northwestern went down.
Utah's defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 27-21 win over the Cardinal, ending Stanford's 13-game winning streak. Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home. Bubba Poole finished with 111 yards rushing for Utah.
In Athens, James Franklin completed 18 of 27 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown as Mizzou thumped the Bulldogs 41-26. Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after Franklin left with a shoulder injury. Defensive end Michael Sam returned a fumble recovery 21 yards for a touchdown to give Missouri a 28-10 lead late in the second quarter.
The Sooners were 36-20 losers to the Longhorns as Case McCoy threw two touchdowns and defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score. The win was coach Mack Brown's 154th in 16 seasons at Texas and it provides at least a temporary reprieve for Brown from all the speculation about his future. The Longhorns are now 4-2 and 3-0 in the Big 12 while Oklahoma falls to 5-1 and 2-1.
Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past the visiting Wolverines 43-40. Nittany Lions freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg engineered the tying drive by tossing passes of 29 and 33 yards before scoring on a one-yard run with 29 seconds left in regulation.
Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Wisconsin recorded seven sacks in a 35-6 rout of Northwestern. Gordon had 22 carries for 172 yards, including the long scoring run that gave the Badgers a three-possession lead before halftime.
Third-ranked Clemson avoided a major upset by scoring two straight touchdowns 62 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 24-14 win over unranked Boston College. Tajh Boyd ran for a go-ahead, six-yard touchdown with 13:44 left, a little more than a minute before Vic Beasley returned a fumble 13 yards for a score.
No. 9 Texas A&M also survived a scare as Josh Lambo drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Aggies past Mississippi 41-38. The Rebels led 38-31 until Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') ran for a six-yard touchdown with 3:07 left. Manziel was 31 of 39 for 346 yards but no touchdowns. He also ran for 124 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
In other top-25 action:
— T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns to help top-ranked Alabama blow out Kentucky 48-7. AJ McCarron shook off the handful of drops to throw for a career-high 359 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Kevin Norwood for the 6-0 Crimson Tide.
— Second-ranked Oregon is 6-0 after Marcus Mariota accounted for 454 total yards and four touchdowns in the Ducks' 45-24 romp over No. 16 Washington. Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another 88 yards and one score.
— Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards and No. 10 LSU kept Florida out of the end zone in a 17-6 win over the 17th-rated Gators. J.C. Copeland and backup quarterback Anthony Jennings ran for one-yard touchdowns, and the Tigers' defense racked up four sacks and eight tackles for loss.
— Brett Hundley completed 31 of his 41 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to lead 11th-ranked UCLA to an easy 37-10 win over California. Devin Fuller, Thomas Duarte and Shaquelle Evans each had one scoring reception for the 5-0 Bruins.
— Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead No. 14 South Carolina to an easy 52-7 romp over Arkansas. Mike Davis had 128 rushing yards for the 5-1 Gamecocks, who won their fourth in a row.
— Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns as 15th-ranked Baylor topped Kansas City 35-25. Tevin Reese had five catches for 184 yards and two scores, and Antwan Goodley had five catches for 139 yards and another touchdown for the 5-0 Bears.
— No. 20 Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 42-35 behind backup quarterback Davis Webb, who threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield in the win. The 6-0 Red Raiders are bowl eligible at the earliest date since 2008, their first season under coach Kilff Kingsbury.
— Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 23 Northern Illinois got past Akron 27-20. Lynch threw for 220 yards and ran for 83 to help the Huskies run their home winning streak to 23 games.
— No. 24 Virginia Tech used four Cody Journell field goals and a touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to beat Pittsburgh 19-9. The Hokies won their sixth straight game and ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers.
Bruins win in Columbus
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche remain perfect under rookie coach Patrick Roy (wah).
Alex Tanguay (TAN'-gay) scored twice and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yuhn vahr-LAH'-mahv) made 40 saves as the Avs pounded the Capitals 5-1 in Washington. Varlamov blanked his former team until Eric Fehr (fehr) scored early in the third period.
Rookie Nathan MacKinnon added his first NHL goal and an assist for the 5-0 Avalanche, who extended their longest season-opening winning streak since the team moved from Quebec in 1995.
Also on ice:
— Cory Crawford turned back 28 shots and Patrick Kane provided the eventual game-winning goal as Chicago nipped Buffalo 2-1, dropping the Sabres to a league-worst 0-5-1. Crawford blanked the Sabres until midway through the third period.
— Sidney Crosby capped his hat trick by scoring twice in the third period of Pittsburgh's 5-4 triumph against Tampa Bay. Crosby also assisted on Matt Niskanen's game-winner with 19 seconds left.
— Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist as Detroit downed Philadelphia 5-2, dropping the Flyers to 1-2 under new coach Craig Berube (beh-ROO'-bee). Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists, Daniel Alfredsson had three assists and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves for the Red Wings.
— Loui (LOO'-ee) Eriksson scored his first goal since joining the Boston Bruins over the summer, and it was the game-winner in a 3-1 verdict over Columbus. Eriksson snapped a 1-1 tie in the opening minute of the third period as the Bruins won their first road game of the season to improve to 3-1 overall.
— Toronto beat Edmonton 6-5 on Dave Bolland's goal at 2:09 of overtime. Joffrey Lupul (JAHF'-ree LOO'-pul) and James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ'-dyk) each scored twice as the Maple Leafs improved to 5-1.
— Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist while Nashville was turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Ellis set up Patric Hornqvist's game-tying goal late in the second period before beating Evgeni Nabokov (nah-BAH'-kahv) 3:23 into the third.
— Matt Cooke had a goal and an assist in the first period of Minnesota's 5-1 downing of Dallas. Josh Harding finished with 17 saves for the Wild.
— Alex Steen was the offensive star in the St. Louis Blues' 5-3 win over the New York Rangers, collecting a goal and three assists. David Backes (BAK'-ehs) added two goals and an assist to help the Blues improve to 4-0.
— Carey Price handled 39 shots and Montreal scored three times on special teams to beat Vancouver 4-1. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REHT'-ee) and Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) sandwiched power-play goals around Lars Eller's short-handed tally.
— Brent Burns scored scored the tiebreaking goal with 12:52 remaining, one of San Jose's 50 shots in a 3-2 triumph over Ottawa. Burns also set up Tomas Hertl's seventh goal in three games.
Halpern signs with Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes signed forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year contract. He had a goal and two assists in 46 games last season for the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. In 13 NHL seasons with Washington, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Montreal and New York, Halpern has 147 goals and 214 assists in 907 regular-season games.
Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.
Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds. Webber, who started from the pole position, passed Lotus' Romain Grosjean on the penultimate lap. Grosjean led much of the race but could not take his first F1 victory and finished third.
Vettel managed the rare feat of a fifth-straight race win and leads the championship by 90 points ahead of Alonso with four races remaining. The last driver to win five races in a row was Michael Schumacher in 2004.
Grosjean, who started on the second row, grabbed the lead at the first turn and held it until the 29th lap when he went into the pits for the second time to change tires. Vettel took the lead and waited for his final pit stop on lap 37.
With fresh hard tires, Vettel blasted past Grosjean on lap 41 to take the lead for good.
Hoyer done for season
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament, officially ending his season. Hoyer led Cleveland to two wins in his first two starts before suffering the injury on Oct. 3 against Buffalo. Former starting quarterback Brandon Weeden has replaced him.
Cavs lose big man to surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller will be sidelined for an indefinite period after having his appendix removed. The second-year forward had an appendectomy Friday at the Cleveland Clinic.
Sore knee for Rose
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There is some possibly concerning news for the Chicago Bulls and their fans. Point guard Derrick Rose is sitting out a preseason game in Brazil against the Washington Wizards because of a sore left knee, the same one that kept him out all last season after surgery. Rose has played two preseason games without any sign of problems.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski (khez-LOW'-skee) had gone 37 Sprint Cup races without a victory until he chased down Kasey Kahne (kayne) in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski led only 11 laps, and passed Kahne with nine to go to get the win.
Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and pole-sitter Jeff Gordon. Johnson was in line for the victory until a caution with 27 laps remaining, sending the leaders to pit road and ending his march to a record seventh Charlotte win.
Kenseth now has a four-point lead over Johnson in the Sprint Cup standings. Harvick is 29 points back and seven ahead of Gordon.
Koepka remains on top
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Second-round leader Brooks Koepka has the lead through three rounds of the frys.com Open in California. Koepka followed Friday's 64 with a 4-under 67 that puts him two strokes ahead of George McNeill and Jason Kokrak.
Jimmy Walker is three off the pace following a 9-under 62.
Thompson takes 3-shot lead at LPGA Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lexi Thompson of the U.S. has the lead after three rounds of the LPGA event in Malaysia. She shot a 5-under 66 in round three to take a three-shot lead ahead of second round leader Ilhee Lee of South Korea. Thompson had five birdies in her bogey-free round and stands 17-under-par.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 2 in progress
Cary, N.C. (AP) — Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship. The 54-year-old left-hander birdied five of the first six holes. Defending champion Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur), Kirk Triplett and David Frost were tied for second. They each shot their second straight 67.