Bosox take opener...Skins safety gets break...Another QB change for Browns...NBA tweaks Finals

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Slumping David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Boston Red Sox took Game 1 of the World Series, clobbering St. Louis 8-1. Mike Napoli put the Red Sox ahead with a three-run double in the first inning, and Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored. Jon Lester pitched shutout ball for 7 2/3 innings, limiting the Cardinals to five hits while striking out eight.

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has had his two-game suspension cut in half by an appeals officer. Meriweather's suspension came for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, including two in Sunday's Washington-Chicago game. He was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Alshon Jeffery in the fourth quarter and for a helmet-first hit to the head and neck area of receiver Brandon Marshall.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has benched ineffective quarterback Brandon Weeden and will go with Jason Campbell on Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell is the third QB to start for Cleveland already this season and the 20th -- the most in the NFL -- since 1999.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is changing the format for the finals, going back to the 2-2-1-1-1 setup beginning with next year's playoffs. The league has implemented a 2-3-2 format since 1985, giving the lower seed an opportunity to clinch the title at home if it split the first two games on the road. NBA owners voted unanimously in favor of the change during the final league meeting presided by outgoing commissioner David Stern.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers picked up the fourth-year contract options on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and forward Tristan Thompson. Irving made the All-Star team in his second season, averaging 22.5 points and 5.9 assists in 59 games. The team also exercised the third-year options on guard Dion Waiters and forward Tyler Zeller.

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