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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 4:03 AM

NLDS-PIRATES-CARDINALS

Game 5 starters both coming off stingy efforts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heading into Game 5 of their NL division series against Pittsburgh, the Cardinals can take comfort in this: They're 7-1 the last three years when facing postseason elimination.

Though this is the Pittsburgh Pirates' first playoff appearance since 1992, they've looked seasoned, too.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright starts Game 5, opposed by rookie Gerrit Cole, who pitched like an ace in his postseason debut.

Statistically, the series is almost dead even. The Pirates are batting .189 and have scored 14 runs, while the Cardinals are hitting .192 with 15 runs.

Most Cardinals players participated in an optional workout Tuesday. The Pirates did not work out and were scheduled to arrive later in the day.

T25-BATTERED GEORGIA

Injuries hurt Georgia at tailback, wide receiver

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Aaron Murray is spending extra practice time with players promoted from the scout team as No. 7 Georgia tries to compensate for injuries that have forced dramatic changes at wide receiver and tailback.

Last week's 34-31 overtime win at Tennessee was costly.

Tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley were lost for the season with knee injuries. Another receiver, Michael Bennett, also hurt his knee and had arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday. Bennett won't play in Saturday's game against No. 25 Missouri.

Coach Mark Richt says tailback Todd Gurley is doubtful to play this week. Gurley is not practicing Tuesday after missing the Tennessee game with an ankle sprain.

Murray says he's working with such freshmen as receiver Reggie Davis and tailbacks J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas.

COACHES VS CANCER

Stewart celebrate 20 years of Coaches vs Cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri coach Norm Stewart has a hard time believing it's been 20 years since he and his wife, Virginia, founded Coaches vs Cancer.

The organization has grown into a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and has raised more than $100 million to support the American Cancer Society's mission of eradicating the disease.

Stewart was joined at Coaches vs Cancer's annual tipoff event at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday night by a litany of fellow coaches, including Bill Self of Kansas, Frank Haith of Missouri, Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and Bruce Weber of Kansas State.

The tipoff event is designed to help raise money for the organization.

KANSAS-DEFENSIVE DOWNFALL

Jayhawks' nickel defense not working so well

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After watching Kansas surrender at least 40 points six times in Big 12 play last season, coach Charlie Weis reached a couple of conclusions.

First, his base defense wasn't designed to stop high-octane Big 12 offenses. Second, he had to switch some personnel to keep opposing teams from using the spread to create mismatches.

To address the first issue, Kansas switched to a nickel defense as its base this season. As for the other issue, Weis brought in three junior college transfers to start in the secondary.

There's certainly been some growing pains.

Last Saturday, Kansas had its first chance to test its new defense in conference play. Texas Tech ran 100 plays and passed for 404 yards in a 54-16 victory over the Jayhawks.

US ROSTER

Orozco replaces Gonzalez in final WCup qualifiers

CHICAGO (AP) — With defender Omar Gonzalez sidelined by a strained left hip, Michael Orozco has been added to the U.S. roster for the Americans' final two World Cup qualifiers.

Gonzalez, Major League Soccer's top defender in 2011, was forced out of the Los Angeles Galaxy's game Sunday at halftime because of the injury. Orozco was to join the Americans on Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., where they play Jamaica on Friday night.

Orozco has made five appearances for the U.S. in 2013, including four games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Americans are in first place in the North and Central American and Caribbean finals, and already have clinched a spot in next year's tournament in Brazil. They close out qualifying Tuesday at Panama.

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