Erin, Gyorko lead Padres past Dodgers 2-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robbie Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory over the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
The Dodgers, fresh from clinching the division title on Thursday at Arizona, let their backups get the playing time. No Dodgers regulars were in the starting lineup after they secured their 12th NL West championship since divisional play started in 1969.
Erlin (3-3) matched his career-high with seven strikeouts as only three Dodgers reached second base against him.
Gyorko homered in the fifth inning, becoming the fifth rookie second baseman ever to reach that milestone. Gyorko gave the Padres a 2-0 lead when he hit a fastball from Edinson Volquez (9-12) 417 feet to center field.
Dodgers make big splash in Arizona celebration
PHOENIX (AP) — How dare the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate in "our" swimming pool.
That was the general sentiment of indignation after Adrian Gonzalez and 20 or so other Dodgers left the champagne-soaked visitors' clubhouse and jumped into the iconic Chase Field pool in jubilation after clinching the NL West title in Phoenix.
The Dodgers insist they meant no disrespect, but that pool in the right field corner of Chase Field is as close to a landmark as the ballpark has.
Arizona utility infielder Willie Bloomquist and Sen. John McCain are among those who took to Twitter to decry the Dodgers for a perceived lack of respect.
A-Rod sets slam record, Yankees beat Giants 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez set a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, passing Lou Gehrig with a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning that sent the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Rodriguez's slam helped CC Sabathia (14-13) beat Tim Lincecum in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners having subpar seasons.
More importantly for the Yankees, it helped them win for the second time in seven games as they cling to faint playoff hopes. New York began the day 3½ games behind Tampa Bay and Texas for the second AL wild card, with three other teams in between.
Iannetta's drive in 11th sends Angels past Seattle
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Chris Iannetta drove in Kole Calhoun with a two-out hit in the 11th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Friday night for their eighth victory in 10 games.
Matt Shoemaker pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut for the Angels, who came back from a late two-run deficit and several missed opportunities to win the opener of the final homestand in their disappointing season.
After Calhoun's one-out hit off rookie Bobby LaFromboise (0-1), Iannetta put a long single into deepest left-center. Calhoun slid home to give Iannetta his fifth career game-ending hit.
Nick Franklin had three hits for the Mariners, who have lost 10 of 12 to fall 20 games below .500.
Cory Rasmus (1-1) pitched the 11th to earn his first major league victory.
Cesepdes, Donaldson homer, A's top Twins 11-0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson homered, Alberto Callaspo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Bartolo Colon pitched six shutout innings as the Oakland Athletics trimmed their magic number to two with an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Josh Reddick had two hits and also drove in a run for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. The A's can clinch their second consecutive AL West title with a win Saturday combined with a Texas Rangers loss.
Colon (17-6) won his third straight start, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out eight, one off his season high.
Andrew Albers (2-4) lost his fourth straight decision after giving up eight runs — three earned — on eight hits over 4 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Lovejoy's OT goal lifts Ducks over Sharks 3-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ben Lovejoy 2:48 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
Lovejoy fired a shot between goalie Antti Niemi's legs as the Ducks earned their third preseason win.
Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first when he tapped a rebound past Viktor Fasth. The Ducks tied it early in the second when Emerson Etem stuffed in a shot from the left corner, but Tyler Kennedy restored San Jose's edge with a short-handed goal at 8:18.
Corey Perry netted his first goal of the preseason with 3:59 left in the second to make it 2-2.
San Jose's Raffi Torres collided with Etem at 6:34 of the second period as Etem tried to avoid going offside. Torres got back to the bench, but left the game soon after and didn't return. Etem injured his left leg, but returned briefly. He didn't come out for the third period.
Fasth made 24 saves, and Niemi stopped 28 shots.
O'Reilly's OT goal lifts Avalanche past Kings 4-3
DENVER (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals, including a short-handed tally 45 seconds into overtime, and the Avalanche earned a 4-3 NHL preseason victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night for Patrick Roy's first win as Colorado's coach.
The Avalanche rallied after Dwight King's power-play goal at 38 seconds of the third period made it 3-1.
Steve Downie lifted the puck over sprawled goalie Martin Jones for a power-play goal at 3:20. O'Reilly made it 3-3 at 9:37 when he put in his rebound after taking a pass from Matt Duchene, who had three assists.
In overtime, O'Reilly spun around a defender near the net before knocking in a backhander for the winner.
The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead 26 seconds in on Andre Benoit's goal, but the Kings answered 25 seconds later on a power-play tally by Justin Williams.
Williams also assisted on a goal by Nick Shore, a former University of Denver star.
Lakers sign 2nd-round pick Ryan Kelly
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Ryan Kelly, their second-round draft pick out of Duke.
The Lakers announced the signing Friday.
The 6-foot-11 Kelly was the 48th overall pick in this summer's draft. He played four seasons with the Blue Devils, averaging 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots last season despite missing 13 games with injuries.
Los Angeles opens training camp next weekend.
NFL seeks $1.5M from M.I.A. over Super Bowl finger
NEW YORK (AP) — M.I.A. says she's been legally harassed by the NFL since she extended a middle finger while performing alongside Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that the NFL filed arbitration documents demanding $1.5 million from M.I.A. for breaching her contract and tarnishing the league's reputation. Last week the league asked for summary judgment finding her liable before trial.
The 38-year-old British-Sri Lankan singer was performing the song "Give Me All Your Luvin'" when she gave the finger to a TV audience of more than 100 million.
M.I.A. has been quiet about the legal wrangling that followed, but her attorney Howard King says she now plans to speak out against the league.
The NFL did not comment beyond saying its lawyers are handling the issue.
49ers defense banged up with Colts looming
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The reeling San Francisco 49ers defense already had plenty to be concerned with this week before the added distraction of Aldon Smith's arrest.
First and foremost: Quarterback Andrew Luck, running back Trent Richardson and the new-look offense of the Indianapolis Colts.
The 49ers look to rebound from last week's tough loss in Seattle with a banged-up lineup.
San Francisco will be breaking in a new starting nose tackle against the Colts, has yet to gain clearance for starting rookie safety Eric Reid and has three other key starters who either missed practice or were limited this week with injuries.
But a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season is accustomed to the adversity and welcomes the challenge of a Colts backfield strengthened earlier this week when the team added Richardson via trade.
49ers' Smith out on bail after his arrest for DUI
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say San Francisco 49ers All Pro linebacker Aldon Smith is out of jail following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup says Smith posted $5,250 bail on Friday morning, just hours after he was taken into custody by police responding to a solo vehicle crash involving a pickup truck in San Jose's Silver Creek area.
Police say Smith was arrested after officers gave him a breathalyzer test and determined he was under the influence.
The 49ers said in a statement that the team is aware of the matter and had no further comment. It's not clear whether Smith will play for the Niners when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Bailey has milder form of Clady's foot injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Champ Bailey says he has a milder form of the foot injury that ended fellow Pro Bowler Ryan Clady's season.
Bailey returned to practice this week for the first time since spraining his left foot at Seattle in an exhibition game Aug. 17.
He said he hopes to play Monday night when the Denver Broncos (2-0) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1).
Clady will undergo surgery Saturday to repair his injured left foot. Clady sustained what's called a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot and requires an arduous rehab after a minimum of six weeks in a cast.
Bailey spent a couple of weeks in a walking boot, then began doing field work with strength and conditioning coaches.
Caldwell carves out bigger niche in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Andre "Bubba" Caldwell canceled his vacation plans after the Denver Broncos' season ended last winter, heading instead to a tattered football field near his home in Atlanta to run routes by himself, ear buds and reflections his only companions.
He was determined to avoid a repeat of 2012, when he caught just one pass and was inactive half the time.
That's why it stung so much when he saw that Peyton Manning had invited only Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to his offseason workouts at Duke University.
Manning explained upon his return to Denver that Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe, his college offensive coordinator, told him and his brother, Eli, they could only bring three receivers each to the workouts, "so I brought my three starting receivers."
Chargers RT Fluker hoping to play Sunday
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers right tackle D.J. Fluker is hopeful about playing Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Fluker, who hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion Wednesday, says he's making progress.
The rookie said having two days off has aided his possible return. He said he stayed in dark places much of that time.
Coach Mike McCoy said no verdict has been reached on the rookie's availability, calling it a game-time decision.
Colts to be without safety Landry against 49ers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts safety LaRon Landry is listed as out for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
The Pro Bowler has not practiced this week because of an ankle injury. Indy (1-1) also could be without linebacker Pat Angerer, who has a knee injury. He is listed as doubtful.
It could be even worse for the already short-handed Colts. Defensive end Cory Redding (back) and center Samson Satele (elbow) did not practice Friday and are questionable, along with safety Antoine Bethea (toe).
Receivers Darrius Hewyard-Bey (ribs), T.Y. Hilton (groin), David Reed (quad) and Reggie Wayne (shoulder) and linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle) are all probable. Tight end Dwayne Allen, running back Vick Ballard and left guard Donald Thomas are already on Indy's injured reserve list.
Jaguars without TE Lewis for 3rd consecutive game
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without tight end Marcedes Lewis for a third consecutive game.
Lewis was one of four players ruled out for Sunday's game at Seattle (2-0). The Jaguars (0-2) want to make sure his calf, which he hurt in the preseason, is fully healed before putting him back on the field. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert (hand), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and receiver Mike Brown (back) also are out.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle), cornerback Alan Ball (groin) and guard Uche Nwaneri (knee) are questionable.
Jones-Drew, who practiced some Friday, expects to play. He says "my motto is unless I have to have surgery, I'm going to play."
Coach Gus Bradley doesn't want to play MJD "if he's not close to a hundred percent or at a hundred percent."
Raiders S Ross to start in place of injured Branch
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland defensive back Brandian Ross made a fairly smooth transition from cornerback to safety this past offseason.
Trying to stop Denver quarterback Peyton Manning? That's an entirely different challenge.
Ross was named the Raiders' starting strong safety Friday, ending a week's worth of speculation over how the team would compensate for the loss of injured Tyvon Branch.
Not bad for a player who went undrafted out of college two years ago and was on Green Bay's practice squad at the beginning of last season. Ross has only one other start in his NFL career, which came at cornerback in the 2012 regular season finale.
Branch injured his ankle in Oakland's 19-9 win over Jacksonville last week.
RAIDERS PLAYER-DOG ATTACK
Oakland Raiders player's 2 dogs fatally attack dog
(Information in the following story is from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com)
BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Taiwan Jones' agent said the NFL player is upset that his two dogs killed a neighbor's Chihuahua this week.
The Contra Costa Times reports Friday that animal control officials are investigating Monday's attack in Jones' Brentwood neighborhood.
Olivia Paredes said she was walking her 12-year-old Chihuahua when two pit bull mixes accompanied by Jones charged at her dog.
Jones' agent, Doug Hendrickson, said his client feels terrible about what happened. Hendrickson said the dogs have never attacked humans or other animals before.
The dogs are being quarantined pending the investigation.
THE DAVIS BOWL
Davis brothers ready for San Francisco showdown
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vontae Davis will finally get a chance to beat up on his older brother, Vernon, this weekend — and not get in trouble for it.
The Colts cornerback still isn't relishing the thought.
One week after the Manning brothers met in New York, the Davis brothers will square off in San Francisco.
The Mannings, both quarterbacks, got to watch one another from the sideline.
The Davises will be watching one another from across the line of scrimmage and are likely will try to beat one another at least a few times Sunday — if San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis recovers from a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice earlier this week.
Titans RB Battle fined under crown of helmet rule
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Jackie Battle has become the first running back fined under the NFL's new crown of the helmet rule. The league fined him $21,000.
The new rule instituted this season for safety reasons prohibits running backs from delivering blows with the crown of their helmet once they are outside the tackle box.
Battle was not flagged for his hit on Houston defensive back Danieal Manning last weekend. He was fined Thursday and is appealing. He said Friday that he was caught off guard by the fine and couldn't even eat lunch.
He says he didn't expect a fine off what he thought was a perfectly legal play running as he has his entire career.
But Battle says he won't change his style as a physical runner.
BOISE ST-FRESNO ST
Fresno State rallies past Boise State 41-40
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive that helped Fresno State avoid a fourth-quarter collapse and snap a seven-game losing streak to Boise State with a 41-40 victory on Friday night.
Josh Quezada capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining that put the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) back ahead after they had blown a 15-point lead.
Aaron Baltazar had run for two scores and Joe Southwick added another as Boise State (2-2, 1-1) scored three touchdowns in less than 9 minutes to turn a 34-19 deficit into a 40-34 lead with just over 7 minutes remaining.
But Carr calmly completed 8 of 11 passes on the ensuing drive before Quezada ran it in for the go-ahead score.
No. 5 Stanford opens Pac-12 play vs. No. 23 ASU
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Winning the Pac-12 is the only goal Stanford coach David Shaw talks about with his players before every season. This year, unseating Stanford is the goal of every other conference team.
The fifth-ranked Cardinal (2-0) open league play Saturday against No. 23 Arizona State (2-0), the first in a series of teams hoping to dethrone the defending champions.
Stanford's six-year climb from conference cellar-dweller to champion was followed up by beating Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last season.
Now the program is faced with a new challenge: staying on top.
T25-NEW MEXICO ST-UCLA
No. 13 UCLA mindful of letdown vs New Mexico State
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After the emotional extremes of the week following receiver Nick Pasquale's death, the UCLA Bruins embraced the chance for a quiet return to routine over the last several days.
And even with 42-point underdog New Mexico State arriving at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, the 13th-ranked Bruins (2-0) say they won't lose sight of their opportunity for a remarkable season in Pasquale's memory.
After scoring the final 38 points in their comeback win at Nebraska last week, the Bruins are rolling back to Pasadena for what could be a glorified scrimmage with the Aggies (0-3), who have lost 14 straight games and beaten just one ranked team since 1999.
But overconfidence seems unlikely for the Bruins, who spent the week praising their unfamiliar opponent while focusing on steady adjustments to lingering areas of concern.
SAN DIEGO ST-OREGON ST
Beavers look to put drama behind them
Oregon State has had enough drama this season, thank you.
The Beavers (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) opened the season with a 49-46 upset loss to lower-division Eastern Washington. A 33-14 victory over Hawaii and a 51-48 overtime thriller at Utah last weekend helped ease the sting, but at the same time came a rash of injuries.
Oregon State will be without top running back Storm Woods this weekend at San Diego State because of a concussion that he sustained against the Utes. Woods is the Beavers' leading rusher with 152 yards and two touchdowns.
The Aztecs are coming off a bye after a tough 42-7 loss in Columbus to Ohio State. San Diego State also dropped its opener 40-19 to Eastern Illinois.
SAN JOSE ST-MINNESOTA
5 things to know about San Jose State v. Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will have coach Jerry Kill back on the sideline for Saturday's game against San Jose State.
It will be just another game, even if it comes a week after he missed the second half against Western Illinois after suffering an epileptic seizure. The head coach and his players have said all week that Kill's health issues are nothing to worry about.
Kill has missed a portion of a game in each of his first three seasons at Minnesota due to seizures. It's happened often enough now that his players and assistants know how to handle his absence.
Defensive back Brock Vereen says the Gophers (3-0) have been focused solely on San Jose State (1-1).
USC's Kiffin very wary of Utah State, QB Keeton
LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time Southern California coach Lane Kiffin was done talking this week, the Trojans and their fans were certain Utah State is a BCS title contender and quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Kiffin isn't blowing smoke at the Aggies (2-1) to get the attention of his Trojans (2-1), either. He really does hold Keeton and his high-scoring team in a regard bordering on fear heading into their meeting Saturday.
After following up a narrow season-opening loss to Utah with two blowout wins, Utah State and new coach Matt Wells have the chance to cement the long-struggling program's recent renaissance with its first victory over traditional power USC in five tries.
The Aggies have won 18 of their last 22 games over the past two seasons, with those four losses by a combined 10 points.
14 players banned from Salvador national team
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's soccer federation has banned 14 national-team players for life for their role in alleged match-fixing, including games against the United States and Mexico.
Among those banned Friday from all soccer activities were goalkeepers Miguel Montes and Dagoberto Portillo, Christian Castillo — a former DC United player — and William Osael Romero, who played for Chivas USA.
The bans are connected with suspected match-fixing in four games involving the national team, including a 2-1 loss in an exhibition against the U.S. in 2010 and a 5-0 loss to Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup.
Last month, 22 players received one-month suspensions while the games were investigated.
US WOMEN-NEW ZEALAND
US women to play 2 exhibitions against New Zealand
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women's soccer team will face New Zealand in a pair of exhibitions next month, a rematch of their meeting in last year's Olympic quarterfinals.
The Oct. 27 game at Candlestick Park will be the first time the U.S. women have played in San Francisco in their 28-year history. The teams will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a game on Oct. 30.
The United States is 9-1 against New Zealand, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. The Americans went on to win their third straight gold medal in London and are currently the top-ranked team in the world.
Light wind, Oracle thwart Kiwis in America's Cup
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA stayed alive in the America's Cup for the second straight day, pulling away from Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand to win the re-sail of Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds.
Oracle's victory Friday came an hour after the lightest wind of the regatta thwarted the Kiwis' chances to win the oldest trophy in international sports.
The first attempt at Race 13 was abandoned because of a time limit with the Kiwis far ahead of Oracle Team USA in light, shifty wind on foggy San Francisco Bay.
Emirates Team New Zealand, which reached match point on Wednesday, leads 8-3. Oracle has won five races but was penalized two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the Cup's 162-year history.
Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, has won four of the last six races.
Andre Ward returns to ring Nov. 16 vs. Rodriguez
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Ward will fight Edwin Rodriguez on Nov. 16 in Ontario, Calif., returning to the ring after a 14-month absence.
Ward announced the bout with his fellow unbeaten 168-pounder on Friday.
Ward (26-0, 13 KOs) hasn't fought since stopping Chad Dawson on Sept. 8, 2012. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist cancelled a bout with Kelly Pavlik in January to undergo surgery on his right shoulder.
Ward already has beaten most of the world's top super middleweights, but Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) emerged as a contender with two victories this year in Monaco, including an impressive first-round stoppage of Denis Grachev in July.
The Dominican-born Rodriguez fights out of Worcester, Mass.
HBO will televise the fight. Ward works as a boxing commentator for the network.
Jones accepts Gustafsson's challenge at UFC 165
Jon Jones saw all the zeros next to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s name. He knows how much money the world's best boxer made while dominating his opponent last weekend.
If Jones does something similar to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in Toronto this weekend, he realizes the reward for being arguably the world's top mixed martial artist is only a fraction of Mayweather's $40 million-plus payday.
And it doesn't bother the UFC light heavyweight champion at all.
Jones (18-1) is the UFC's main attraction at Air Canada Centre on Saturday when he steps into the octagon with Sweden's Gustafsson (15-1), the latest 205-pounder to take a shot at ending Jones' 2½-year championship reign. If Jones wins, he'll break Tito Ortiz's promotion record with his sixth successful title defense.