All teams playing today
UNDATED (AP) — All eight teams that are still playing in Major League Baseball are on the field today:
— The Tigers-A's series moves to Detroit for Game 3. The teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland. Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Tigers, who are coming off a brilliant performance from Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 in a 1-0 loss. Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker will pitch Game 3.
Detroit Manager Jim Leyland plans to put Jhonny Peralta in the lineup today in an effort to boost the offense. Peralta was the Tigers' shortstop before he was suspended 50 games in early August as part of baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates are a victory away from advancing to the National League Championship series. In Game 4 of their series, in Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates against Cardinals' rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh).
The Pirates scored two runs in the 8th inning to take Game 3, 5-3, yesterday. The game was a rare nail-biter between two clubs that spent the summer shadowing each other in the race for the NL Central title. Coming into yesterday, only five of the previous 21 matchups between the two were decided by two runs or fewer.
— The Red Sox-Rays series moves to St Petersburg, with the Red Sox up two games to none with a chance to move on to the championship series. Boston sends Clay Buchholz to the mound against Tampa's Alex Cobb in Game 3.
The Rays are not feeling down. It took winning three consecutive elimination games just to get into the division series and they are confident they can win three straight elimination games again. The Red Sox outscored Tampa Bay 19-6 in the opening two games at Fenway Park.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers are a victory away from sending the Atlanta Braves home for the season. Game 4 tonight at Dodger Stadium has Ricky Nolasco pitching for LA against veteran Freddy Garcia for the Braves. The Dodgers flexed their offensive muscle by pounding out 14 hits in yesterday's 13-6 victory.
NFL-JETS at FALCONS
Monday night matchup
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are hurting, on the field and in the standings. If they don't start winning, they can forget about those Super Bowl hopes as well.
The 1-3 Falcons are two games below .500 for the first time in the Matt Ryan era going into tonight's home game with the New York Jets. The Falcons have been rocked by injuries in the opening month.
The Jets are 2-2. They have dealt with plenty of injuries to their receivers, though they should be bolstered this week by the return of Stephen Hill from a concussion. Santonio Holmes is still out with foot and hamstring problems. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith shares the NFL lead with 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions. He was picked off twice and lost two fumbles, leading to 28 points, in last week's 38-13 rout by the Titans.
Late game goes to Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Terrelle Pryor's day began with talk that the Oakland Raiders were interested in picking up another quarterback in Josh Freeman. It ended with perhaps his best game yet as an NFL quarterback. Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and then set up a late field goal by turning a potential sack into a third-and-long conversion that gave the Raiders a 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The game started close to midnight Eastern time, the grounds crew needed extra time to convert Oakland Coliseum from Saturday's A's playoff baseball game to yesterday's Raiders football game.
Lewis is in
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Thad Lewis will be the Buffalo Bills interim starter after the team elected to stay in-house in its search for an interim replacement for injured rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Coach Doug Marrone announced on his weekly radio show Lewis was promoted off the Bills practice squad and will start Sunday when Buffalo hosts Cincinnati.
Manuel is expected to miss at least a few weeks and potentially longer after spraining his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland Thursday. Buffalo acquired Lewis in late August in a trade with Detroit after Manuel was sidelined with a left knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb sustained a season-ending concussion.
Flyers coach fired
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just three games into the season, the Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette after a preseason vote of confidence from ownership, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
The Flyers have lost all three games they have played this season. Laviolette was dismissed a year after the Flyers missed the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season.
Laviolette was hired early in the 2009 season after John Stevens was fired. He led them to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Laviolette won the Stanley Cup coaching the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and previously coached the New York Islanders.
UNDATED (AP) — There are two games tonight in the NHL. New Jersey travels to Edmonton to play the Oilers and the New York Rangers are in Los Angeles to play the Kings.
Match played in the Queen's backyard
LONDON (AP) — For the first time ever, a competitive soccer match will be played on the beautiful lawns of Buckingham Palace.
Prince William's message to the players is---don't break any palace windows of they will have to answer to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. The game features two amateur teams, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, playing in a Southern Amateur League match.
The soccer pitch easily fit in the 39 acres of gardens, which also includes lakes, shrubs and flowers. William gave medals to 150 soccer volunteers before the game.