Beltran, Cards top LA 3-2 in 13 in NLCS opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran capped his latest scintillating postseason performance with an RBI single in the 13th inning early Saturday that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NL championship series opener.
Beltran hit a two-run double early, then threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the 10th to keep the score tied.
In the 13th, he singled into the right-field corner with one out against Kenley Jansen.
It was the longest postseason game for the Dodgers since the 1916 World Series.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon.
Kings edge Hurricanes 2-1 in shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Carter scored the shootout winner to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Dwight King also scored for the Kings while Jonathan Quick made 27 saves. Jeff Skinner had Carolina's goal while Cam Ward stopped 36 shots.
Carter went to his backhand in the shootout to beat Ward. Carter had scored four goals in the first four games of the season.
Quick stopped Nathan Gerbe, Alexander Semin and Skinner in the shootout to make Carter's goal hold up as the winner.
Ward, Carolina's No. 1 netminder has yet to win a game this season — both of the Hurricanes' victories have come with back-up Anton Khudobin in net.
Camryn Kate wins Santa Anita feature by a neck
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Camryn Kate rallied to win the $54,000 feature at Santa Anita on Friday, beating Miss Lucky Sevens by a neck.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Camryn Kate ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:11.48 and paid $20, $8.20 and $3.80 at 9-1 odds in the field of nine.
Miss Lucky Sevens returned $8.60 and $4.80, while 4-5 favorite Blues and Silvers was another 1¼ lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show.
The victory, worth $32,400, increased Camryn Kate's career earnings to $132,630, with three wins in nine starts.
49ers' secondary soaring now
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Rogers has seen the San Francisco 49ers come a long way in their secondary during his three seasons with the team.
Even he has to admit that the revamped unit is playing as well as it ever has during that span.
That's still not quite good enough for Rogers and his crew. The 49ers rank second in the NFL in pass defense, but that only says to the Pro Bowl cornerback they still can do a little better.
San Francisco limited the Houston Texans to 182 yards passing and made three interceptions during last week's 34-3 rout, two of them by nickel back Tramaine Brock, who was voted NFC defensive player of the week for his performance.
The 49ers (3-2) will be looking for more picks this week when they host the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) and quarterback Carson Palmer, whose nine interceptions are the second most in the NFL.
CF Ethier in Dodgers' lineup for Game 1 of NLCS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier, who played sparingly in the division series, is in the lineup for Game 1 of the NL championship series.
Manager Don Mattingly says Ethier assured him and the rest of the team he'd be able to make all the plays. He was batting seventh against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly on Friday night.
The Dodgers are going with starting pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco in Games 3 and 4. Paco Rodriguez was not on the roster, leaving the Dodgers with one lefty in the bullpen.
The Cardinals made no roster moves. Manager Mike Matheny hasn't announced his choice for Game 4 starter and said the two candidates, rookie Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn, would be available in relief for Game 1.
Koepka making most out of return home to America
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.
Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64. He had a two-shot lead among the early finishers at CordeValle.
The 23-year-old Floridian had no status at the start of the season and decided to work his way up through the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won three times to earn a full European Tour card. If he were to win the Frys.com Open — his first start in a regular PGA Tour event — Koepka would have a PGA Tour card, too.
He was two shots ahead of Robert Garrigus (63) and Jim Herman (66).
Raiders still uncertain about McFadden's status
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Running back Darren McFadden inched closer to returning to the Oakland Raiders lineup, though he hasn't been fully cleared yet.
McFadden practiced for a third straight day and continues to make progress from the hamstring injury he suffered in late September. Raiders coach Dennis Allen sounded optimistic about the former first-round pick's chances of playing this week against Kansas City.
Still, his status probably won't be known for certain until Sunday. McFadden is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
Backup running back Rashad Jennings is also questionable with a sore hamstring.
Center Stefen Wisniewski, who missed last week's win over San Diego with a right calf strain, did not practice and will be held out against the Chiefs.
No. 11 UCLA aware of Cal trap, focused on revenge
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Although Jim Mora realizes Saturday's visit from California has every earmark of a dangerous spot for No. 11 UCLA, the coach insists there's no chance of the Bruins getting caught unaware of the Golden Bears.
To the UCLA coach, nothing beats complacency like bad memories.
The Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) are off to another outstanding start in Mora's second season, and they've got one remaining home game against the struggling Bears (1-4, 0-2) before back-to-back road games at Stanford and Oregon.
Yet UCLA is still smarting from last season's trip to Berkeley, where the Bears drilled the Bruins 43-17 in the most embarrassing loss of Mora's tenure. Mora blames himself for failing to prepare the Bruins, and he had a few extra days of preparation for the rematch.
A's start thinking about 2014 after playoff loss
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics general manager Billy Beane plans to keep his club as close to intact as possible to make another run at the playoffs next year, and that starts with exercising a $7.5 million option for leadoff hitter Coco Crisp.
A day after the A's lost another Game 5 winner-take-all to the Tigers in the AL division series, Beane says, "It's pretty apparent we would pick up Coco Crisp's option."
Small-budget Oakland, coming off consecutive AL West crowns, also plans to try to re-sign Bartolo Colon. The 40-year-old 18-game winner lost Game 1 of the division series, and manager Bob Melvin started rookie Sonny Gray in in Game 5 against Justin Verlander.
The A's could lose closer Grant Balfour in free agency as the team rarely spends big money on its bullpen.
Man facing charges in Vandy case turns himself in
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A California man indicted on charges of evidence tampering in connection with a rape investigation involving former Vanderbilt football players has surrendered to Nashville police.
Nashville police said Friday that Miles Joseph Finley turned himself in at police headquarters. Bond is $10,000.
Police say Finley and Joseph Quinzio tampered with electronic evidence involving the investigation. Quinzio is going through the extradition process in California.
Safety Cory Batey, defensive back Brandon Banks, receiver Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg were indicted Aug. 9 on five counts of aggravated rape each, among other charges. Receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to a misdemeanor for his role in attempting to cover up the incident.
All five were dismissed from the team. Boyd was the only player not suspended from school.
Judge rejects San Jose antitrust claims v MLB
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the city of San Jose's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball, but has allowed the city to pursue allegations of contract interference in connection with the Oakland Athletics' stalled relocation plans.
U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte ruled Friday that MLB's antitrust exemption prevented many of the claims in San Jose's lawsuit. The suit, filed in June, accuses MLB of conspiring again the team's proposal to move to a planned ballpark in San Jose, which baseball defines as territory of the rival San Francisco Giants.
The judge did allow the city to pursue tortious interference claims MLB interfered in its contract with the A's, which involves an option to purchase land for a new ballpark in downtown San Jose.