Cards go long in taking opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the longest National League Championship Series opener, the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the L.A. Dodgers 3-2 in 13 innings. Carlos Beltran's line-drive single off scored Daniel Descalso with the winning run to end the four hour, 47-minute marathon.
Yasiel Puig (pweeg) got the Dodgers on the board with a two-run single in the third. But the Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the third on Beltran's two-run double. After that, pitchers dominated by putting zeros on the board until the winning rally.
Beltran also saved a run in the 10th inning. On Michael Young's fly to right with the go-ahead run on third base, Beltran made a strong, one-hop throw home and A.J. Ellis crashed into Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah), who finished the inning-ending double play.
The winner of this series will take on the winner of the Boston-Detroit American League Championship Series. The opening game in that best-of-seven affair takes place tonight in Boston's Fenway Park.
Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers while the Red Sox will have Jon Lester on the mound.
Peterson says he'll play
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is mourning the death of his young son, while words of support pour in from all corners of the sports world.
Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the boy was Peterson's son. Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death. Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice Friday, and prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm the boy was his son. However, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the connection to the AP on condition of anonymity because Peterson had requested privacy.
Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he'll play Sunday against Carolina.
The Vikings have also announced that Matt Cassel (KUH'-sehl) will start at quarterback against Carolina. He helped lead the Vikings to a win over Pittsburgh in their most recent game.
Linebacker Williams may miss rest of season...Jets' Winslow suspended
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams could miss the remainder of the season because of a chest injury. Coach Marc Trestman says "there's certainly a chance" Williams has a torn pectoral muscle, which would sideline him for the rest of the year.
Trestman says he is not sure how the injury occurred. Williams left in the third quarter of Thursday's win over the New York Giants.
In other NFL news:
— New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been suspended without pay for four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. Winslow, the team's leading receiver with 17 catches, will immediately begin his suspension. He'll be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Nov. 4.
Lambeau Field to host college game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers will host its first college football in 33 years in 2016 when LSU plays Wisconsin. Three previous college games have been played at Lambeau Field, all featuring nearby St. Norbert College.
Penguins unbeaten no more
UNDATED (AP) — After reeling off three victories to start the NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were on the losing end of a 6-3 decision to the Florida Panthers. Brad Boyes scored two goals. Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and three assists as the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak
In other hockey action:
— Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the winner for Phoenix with 12.9 seconds left in the second period and Thomas Greiss made the lead stand up in the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who dropped to 1-4. Greiss made 36 saves between the pipes for the Coyotes.
— Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6:45 into the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
— Jeff Carter scored the shootout winner to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over Carolina. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings.
— Dallas posted a 4-1 road win at Winnipeg. Tyler Seguin scored his first two goals of the season since joining the Stars from Boston.
— Calgary edged New Jersey 3-2. Sean Monahan got the game-winner with 2:43 left in the third period.
Yanks blank Jamaica, clinch first place in group
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The United States has clinched first place in World Cup qualifying as the Americans continue to impress in advance of next year's worldwide tournament in Brazil.
After 77 scoreless minutes, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-door) scored goals to give the United States a 2-0 victory over Jamaica. Altidore scored for his sixth straight international game.
The U.S. is 6-2-1 in World Cup qualifying. It already had clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month.
Jamaica, winless in nine qualifying games, was eliminated.
Koepka has the lead
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has the second round lead in the PGA's Frys.com Open in California. His 11-under gives him a two-shot edge over Robert Garrigus who carded a 63 in Friday's round and Jim Herman. Camilo Villegas (kuh-MIHL'-oh vih-JAY'-guhs) is three shots off heading into Saturday's third round.
This is the first event of the 2013-'14 PGA season and an invitation to the Masters goes to the winner.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Shooting his age
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Larry Nelson shot his age for a share of the lead in the SAS Championship, while Nick Faldo failed to finish the round in his first regular Champions Tour event. Nelson carded a 66 to join Russ Cochran and Mark Mouland atop the leaderboard.
Faldo withdrew after 12 holes because of an elbow injury. He injured his left elbow when he made a gesture during a putt on No. 6.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer was a stroke back along with Kirk Triplett, Mike Goodes, Michael Allen and David Frost. Triplett is coming off a successful title defense two weeks ago in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Thompson takes 3-shot lead at LPGA Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead ahead of South Korea's Ilhee Lee after the third round of the LPGA Malaysia.
The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Suzann Pettersen was another three strokes back after a 67, tied for third with Shanshan Feng of China.
Thompson is aiming for her second career tour title and first since the Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011.
Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shot a 65 to climb from joint 29th to a tie for fifth alongside Karine Icher of France at 204.
Kyle Busch notches 11th Nationwide win
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide Series victory of the year to give him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch edged Nationwide series title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte. Busch has a record 62 Nationwide victories.
FORMULA 1-JAPANESE GP
Webber takes pole for Japanese GP, Vettel 2nd
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season.
Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.975 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, with Vettel just under two-tenths of a second behind in second place after struggling with his KERS power-boost system.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was third fastest, followed by Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who must finish no worse than eighth to prevent Vettel from securing the championships if the German wins Sunday, qualified in eighth.
Female F1 driver found dead
UNDATED (AP) — Maria de Villota, a Formula One test driver who lost an eye and nearly died in a crash last year, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. Her sister Isabel says the autopsy showed "neurological damage" from that wreck likely caused her death.
De Villota had seemingly recovered from the crash, although she was no longer doing F1 testing. She had written a book about her accident and recently married.