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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Cards take 3-1 series lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Holliday was 0-for-12 in the first three games of the National League Championship Series before helping the St. Louis Cardinals get within one victory of another World Series appearance.

Holliday went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Cards beat the Dodgers 4-2 to take a three-games-to-one lead in the series. Holliday's third-inning blast put the Redbirds ahead 3-0 and came two batters after Matt Carpenter doubled home the game's first run.

Holliday had been hitless in his previous 22 at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers pulled within 3-2 in the fourth on RBI singles by Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and A.J. Ellis. But pinch-hitter Shane Robinson gave the Cardinals a two-run edge by leading off the seventh with a solo homer.

Winning pitcher Lance Lynn allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth to get the save.

The loss goes to Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with three runs and three hits in four innings.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left in the middle of the sixth after striking out three times. Ramirez was playing his second straight game since being diagnosed with a fractured rib.

The Cardinals will try to close out the NLCS and advance to the World Series for the fourth time in 10 seasons when they take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. Joe Kelly is the scheduled starter for St. Louis against Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee).


Napoli's blast, Lackey's arm lift Bosox

DETROIT (AP) -- One run was enough for the Boston Red Sox to take a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Championship Series.

John Lackey combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as the Bosox blanked the Tigers 1-0 in Detroit this afternoon. Lackey limited the Tigers to four hits and no walks while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings.

But the game remained scoreless until Mike Napoli homered off losing pitcher Justin Verlander in the top of the seventh. Napoli's blast was one of just four hits for the Red Sox, who were no-hit over 5 2/3 innings in Game 2 after collecting just one hit in the opener.

Napoli ruined a fantastic outing by Verlander, who gave up Boston's four hits while striking out 10 in eight innings.

Koji Uehara (KOH'-jee way-HAH'-rah) worked out of a first-and-third situation in the eighth before notching the save.

Game 4 is tomorrow in Detroit, where Doug Fister is the scheduled starter for the Tigers against Jake Peavy of the Red Sox.


Honoring Wally Bell

DETROIT (AP) -- The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Jake Peavy, who will pitch Game 4 for Boston, began his news conference by offering condolences to Bell's family. He called Bell a "tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well."

The moment of silence was held before the national anthem at Comerica Park. Five umpires lined up next to each other, with a gap between them and the sixth member of the crew.

Bell, a veteran of 21 big league seasons, died Monday. He was 48.


Surgery for Cleveland's Bourn

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has had surgery on his left hamstring after getting hurt in Cleveland's final regular-season game. The Indians say Bourn will need six weeks to recover at his home in Houston before he can begin his normal offseason program.

The 30-year-old leadoff hitter batted .263 with six homers and 50 RBIs in his first season with the Indians, who signed him to a four-year, $48 million contract in February.


New deal for the skipper

DENVER (AP) -- Manager Walt Weiss has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Colorado Rockies. In his first season on the job the Rockies went 74-88, a 10-game improvement over the previous season. The 49-year-old came out of the high school coaching ranks last year on a one-year deal with the Rockies after Jim Tracy stepped down following a 64-98 season in 2012.

A former All-Star shortstop, Weiss spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, including four seasons with the Rockies in the 1990s.


Sharks beat Blues after losing Boyle...Avs win again...Sabres finally win

UNDATED (AP) -- San Jose and Colorado remain the NHL's only perfect teams this season after the Sharks handed St. Louis its first loss while Colorado was beating Dallas.

Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists as the Sharks thumped the Blues 6-2. Patrick Marleau (MAHR'-loh) added a goal and two assists for the Sharks as the Sharks improved to 6-0 while dropping the Blues to 4-1.

But the Sharks finished the game without defenseman Dan Boyle, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher after suffering a head injury during the first period. Boyle was checked from behind by the Blues' Maxim Lapierre, who was ejected from the game for checking from behind.

A Sharks spokesperson said Boyle was alert and responsive on the way to the hospital.

The Avalanche kept pace with the Sharks atop the Western Conference standings, improving to 6-0 by eking out a 3-2 win over Dallas. Matt Duchene's (doo-SHAYNZ') second goal of the night snapped a two-all tie late in the second period.

Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn vahr-LAH'-mahv) stopped 38 shots for the Avs, who are one win away from tying a franchise record for consecutive victories at the start of a season.

It took eight games, but the Buffalo Sabres finally have their first win of the season.

The Sabres trailed three times before beating the New York Islanders 4-3 to improve to 1-6-1. Mike Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) tied it with 2:01 left in regulation before Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers scored on Buffalo's two shootout attempts.

Sabres netminder Ryan Miller made 41 saves during the game and two more in the shootout.

Also on ice:

-- Chicago blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before beating Carolina 3-2 on Patrick Sharp's shootout goal. Sharp and Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored 2:22 apart in the first period, and the two-goal lead stood up until Alexander Semin (SEM'-ihn) and Ron Hainsey tallied in the third period. Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves in the Blackhawks' 2,500th victory in club history.

-- Jason Spezza (SPEHT'-suh) registered a natural hat trick before Cory Conacher's overtime goal gave Ottawa a 4-3 win at Phoenix, ending the Senators' four-game winless streak. Spezza's three goals allowed the Senators to erase a 2-0 deficit and finish 2-2-2 on their season-opening six-game road trip.

-- Carey Price handled 35 shots and Brandon Prust put the Canadiens ahead to stay in a 3-0 shutout of the Jets in Winnipeg. Prust scored a little more than two minutes into the game before goals by P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) and Daniel Briere (bree-HER') gave Price breathing room in his 20th career shutout.

-- Tampa Bay was a 5-1 winner against Los Angeles as Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') chipped in two goals and an assist. Ben Bishop turned back 30 shots and blanked the Kings until midway through the third period.

-- Pittsburgh beat Edmonton 3-2 on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal with 12:40 remaining. Sidney Crosby set up all three Penguins goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves to improve to 5-0 this season.

-- Mason Raymond scored twice, James Reimer (RY'-mur) stopped 37 shots and Toronto picked up its third straight win by downing Minnesota 4-1. The Wild ended a three-game winning streak despite outshooting the Maple Leafs 38-14.

-- Ryan Kesler scored the second of his two goals with 2:25 left to lead Vancouver past Philadelphia 3-2. Chris Higgins also scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots as the Canucks dropped the Flyers to 1-6.

-- Patric Hornqvist broke a 3-3 tie with a power-play goal 5:13 into the third period to push Nashville past Florida 4-3. Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist in the Predators' third victory in four games.


Kaleta gets 10 games for illegal check, Chimera fined

UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL has given Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta (kah-LET'-ah) a 10-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson last week.

Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, having been suspended three times previously. The latest penalty will cost him over $150,000 in lost salary.

Also, the NHL has fined Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera nearly $4,500 for a hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz.


Cribbs joins Jets...Steelers lose 2 to IR

UNDATED (AP) -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury suffered in Sunday's 19-17 win at Baltimore. The team placed Cobb on injured reserve/designated for return today, a designation that requires a player to miss at least six games. The hobbled Packers also placed backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten on injured reserve with a foot injury.

In other NFL news:

-- The New York Jets have signed three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver-kick returner Josh Cribbs to help on special teams and add depth to their banged-up receiving corps. Cribbs was cut by Oakland in the preseason after having offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is tied with New England's Leon Washington for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history with eight.

-- The Steelers have lost two players to season-ending injuries. In the case of tackle Levi Brown, it was a freakish injury as he tore a triceps while warming up for last Sunday's game. The Steelers also lost tight end David Johnson for the year with a wrist injury. This is the second straight season Johnson is headed to the injured reserve. He didn't play in 2012 due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

-- After their special team's debacle Sunday night against Dallas, the Washington Redskins signed free-agent linebacker Josh Hull and long snapper Kyle Nelson. The Redskins also signed safety Trenton Robinson and waived safety Jordan Pugh.

-- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, but there is no word on his status for Sunday's game vs. Dallas. Vick suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Giants two weeks ago and missed last Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.

-- The Denver Broncos kept rookie wide receiver Tavarres King from joining the Green Bay Packers by promoting him to their active roster Tuesday. The Packers tried to lure King after Randall Cobb and James Jones were injured Sunday at Baltimore.


Manning & Co. unanimous No. 1

UNDATED (AP) -- It's unanimous for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, even after their shakiest performance of the season.

Denver received all 12 first-place votes for the first time in the AP Pro32 rankings released Tuesday. The 6-0 Broncos struggled with winless Jacksonville until scoring the last two touchdowns in a 35-19 victory Sunday.

No. 2 Seattle (5-1) and third-ranked Kansas City (6-0) are separated by just two points. Both teams moved up one spot.


US rallies to eliminate Panama in World Cup qualifying

UNDATED (AP) -- The United States did Mexico a favor on Tuesday while killing Panama's shot at a berth in next year's World Cup.

Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time to give the Americans a 3-2 win over Panama. The U.S. rallied after Panama went ahead 2-1 in the 64th minute. Panama would have clinched a berth in the World Cup with a victory.

Mexico will play New Zealand for a spot the World Cup despite losing 2-1 at Costa Rica last night.

AP-WF-10-16-13 1250GMT

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