Game 3 tonight
ST. LOUIS (AP) —The third game of the World Series has begun tonight in St. Louis. Joe Kelly is the Cardinals' starter against Boston right-hander Jake Peavy.
The Redbirds got off to a great start and lead the Red Sox 2-0 in the second inning. Matt Holliday and Yadier (YAH'-dee-her) Molina delivered RBI singles while the Cardinals were reaching Peavy for four hits in the bottom of the first.
After splitting the first two games in Boston the Red Sox and Cardinals are now involved in a best-of-five series. Games 3, 4 and 5 are being played in St. Louis, and if neither team sweeps all three, the series will shift back to Boston next week.
With no designated hitter allowed in the National League ballpark, Boston manager John Farrell has David Ortiz playing first base tonight.
Beltran honored with Clemente Award
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has received the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game.
Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has hosted fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Surgery for key players
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three key members of the Washington Nationals have undergone post season surgeries. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow while Bryce Harper had his left knee repaired and Adam LaRoche had his left elbow cleaned out.
All three players are expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Oregon-UCLA lead the way
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama and No. 3 Florida State still own spotless records after rolling to easy victories this afternoon.
AJ McCarron threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Crimson Tide ripped Tennessee 45-10. T.J. Yeldon scored on three one-yard runs, and Landon Collins brought back an interception 89 yards for a TD that put Alabama ahead 35-0 just before halftime.
The 8-0 Tide have outscored their last six opponents 246-26.
The Seminoles scored 35 points in the first quarter of a 49-17 laugher against North Carolina State. Jameis (JAYM'-his) Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game after the opening series of the second half. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown as the 'Noles improved to 7-0.
Seventh-ranked Miami got more of a game than expected from Wake Forest in a 24-21 win for the Hurricanes. Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, to lead the 'Canes to the victory. Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the 7-0 Hurricanes who are 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Wake's Tanner Price threw a 44-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 remaining to put the Deacons on top before Johnson's heroics. Wake is now 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams.
Also in top-25 action:
— Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards as ninth-ranked Clemson outlasted Maryland 40-27. Tajh (tahzh) Boyd) threw for 304 yards and a touchdown, while Roderick McDowell ran for 161 yards and two scores in the Tigers' seventh straight road win.
— Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters as 14th-ranked Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 56-24. The Aggies bounced back after being upset by Auburn last week. A&M is 6-2 now and 3-2 in the SEC.
— Duke beat a ranked team for the first time in 19 years as Anthony Boone ran for a TD and Ross Martin hit two long field goals to help the Blue Devils stun No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 in Blacksburg. Duke picked off Logan Thomas four times and posted its first road win over a top-25 squad since 1971 versus Stanford.
— No. 17 Oklahoma was a 38-30 winner against 10th-ranked Texas Tech as Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jalen Saunders added six catches for 153 yards receiving and both of Bell's touchdown passes for the Sooners.
— Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the 18th ranked Cardinals bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 34-3 win over South Florida in Tampa. Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes with no interceptions, hiking his season totals to 23 TD's and just two picks.
— No. 19 Oklahoma State blitzed Iowa State 58-27 as Desmond Roland ran for a career high 219 yards and four touchdowns. The victory gives the Cowboys a record of 6-1 and 3-1 in the Big 12.
— Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 UCF beat winless Connecticut 62-17. Bortles completed his day in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards. The Huskies are 0-7 and have lost eight straight dating back to last season.
— Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as No. 23 Northern Illinois crushed Eastern Michigan 59-20. The 8-0 Huskies reached a season high in points and their second-highest total offense with 606 yards.
— Nebraska's stay in the Top 25 will be short-lived as the 25th-rated Cornhuskers were beaten by Minnesota 34-23. Philip Nelson rushed for two scores and passed for another for the Gophers in their first win over Nebraska since 1960.
Coyotes edge Oilers
UNDATED (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play in the third period as Phoenix beat Edmonton 5-4. The Coyotes scored three goals in the first six minutes of the second period against former teammate Jason LaBarbera to go up 3-1, but Edmonton rallied to take the lead with three goals spanning the second and third periods.
No plans on expanding to London
LONDON (AP) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (GUH'-dehl) says the NFL has no immediate plans on expanding to London or playing a Super Bowl overseas. Speaking in London, Goodell says the league plan on expanding the number of regular season games in that city means nothing more than the NFL exploring ways to making the game more popular worldwide.
Utah inks Tinsley
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Free agent guard Jamaal Tinsley has rejoined the Utah Jazz to help fill the void left when Trey Burke suffered a broken finger. It is believed Burke will miss between two and three months.
Tinsley is a 10-year veteran who spent the past two seasons with Utah.
Two-way tie after three rounds
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore share first place after three rounds of the PGA's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They stand 12-under-par, one shot in front of two players, including fellow American Gary Woodland.
After a 4-under-68 Phil Mickelson is back in the hunt at 7-under.
Pettersen remains in front
YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) —Defending champion Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot a third round 1-over-73 but maintained her lead in the LPGA's Sunrise Championship in Taiwan. She struggled with three early bogeys but recovered to maintain a four-shot lead at 6-under-par.
There are four players tied for second. The best score by an American is 1-over by Irene Cho.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-AT&T CHAMPIONSHIP
Crowded at the top
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Five players, Mike Goodes, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur), Anders Forsbrand and Kenny Perry share the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour AT&T Championship. Goodes had the best round of the day, a 9-under-63 to secure his 8-under score. Goodes' round consisted of nine birdies and nine pars.
Vettel claims another pole
GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) — Sebastian Vettel needs to finish just fifth or better in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix to win his fourth straight Formula One championship. Based on the way the German usually starts races, it might just be a good bet he do just that.
Vettel will start the race from the pole as he clocked a time of 1 minute, 24.119 seconds in qualifying. The second fastest qualifier was Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton third and Mark Webber fourth.
Williams reaches WTA Championships final
ISTANBUL (AP) — Serena Williams took three sets to beat Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) to advance to the final of the WTA Championship in Istanbul. Williams, who was showing obvious discomfort during the match, advanced with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win.
Williams will face Li Na (lee nah), who beat 2011 winner Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) 6-4, 6-2.
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