NLDS begins...Matthews plans to play...Roy fined

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals and Pittsburgh have opened the NL divisional playoff series in St. Louis. Nineteen-game winner Adam Wainwright is going for the Cardinals who launched themselves to the NL Central title with a four-game sweep over the Pirates in Pittsburgh in early September. Pittsburgh has called on playoff veteran A. J. Burnett who went 10-11 this season.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews plans on playing Sunday when Green Bay hosts the Detroit Lions in a key early-season NFC North game. Matthews left the game in the Packers loss to the Bengals two weeks ago with a hamstring injury and has been nursing it through the bye week. Matthews was back to full speed at practice today.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples say they will appeal their fines by the NFL for their hits on Tennessee's Jake Locker. Locker was hit by both Wilkerson and Coples in the third quarter of Tennessee's 38-13 win Sunday after he threw a pass.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Patrick Roy (WAH) says he has been fined $10,000 by the NHL for his emotional outburst last night in his Colorado Avalanche coaching debut. Soon after the final horn of a 6-1 win, Roy yelled at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau (boo-DROH') and then pounded on the glass partition separating the two benches. Roy was livid over a late knee-to-knee hit on rookie Nathan MacKinnon.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Football is on at Navy this weekend, although all other varsity and club sports at the military academy are suspended because of the government shutdown. The Defense Department says everything is on hold through Sunday except for Saturday's football game against Air Force.

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