Dodgers top Cardinals 3-0, cut NLCS deficit to 2-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitched Adam Wainwright with seven innings of three-hit ball, Adrian Gonzalez's RBI double ended a 1-for-17 drought for the Dodgers with runners in scoring position, and Los Angeles got back into the NL championship series with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez also had run-scoring hits for the Dodgers, who trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, followed by Game 5 on Wednesday.
Retired Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, whose 1988 team won the franchise's last World Series title in 1988, stood up and waved his white rally towel in the eighth to raucous applause.
Cardinals 3B Freese leaves with injury in 5th
LOS ANGELES (AP) — St. Louis third baseman David Freese has left Game 3 of the NL championship series in the fifth inning Monday night with an apparent ankle injury.
Pinch-runner Daniel Descalso then made a major mistake in his place, getting doubled off second base to hurt a St. Louis rally.
Freese singled to lead off the fifth with the Cardinals' first hit off Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the Cardinals' training staff came out to meet him at first base.
After Freese advanced to second on Matt Adams' single, Descalso emerged from the St. Louis dugout to replace Freese.
Descalso then took off for third base on Jon Jay's tailing fly to shallow left field, and Carl Crawford doubled him up.
The Cardinals failed to score in the inning and trailed 2-0.
Hanley Ramirez has broken rib; game-time decision
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hanley Ramirez has a broken left rib, leaving him a game-time decision to start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
Manager Don Mattingly says a CT scan revealed Ramirez has a hairline fracture of his ribcage that is painful. Ramirez was working with the training staff to try to get loose enough to swing a bat, which will ultimately determine whether the shortstop can start against St. Louis on Monday night.
Outfielder Andre Ethier is also a game-time decision. He's been bothered by shin splints and the team planned to evaluate him during batting practice.
Confidence key to Rams' turnaround
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams stayed confident despite a rough 1-3 start to the season.
Now that they've bounced back to win two in a row, coach Jeff Fisher says his club's ability to stay on an even keel through the bad beginning played a key role in the turnaround.
"They really never lost their confidence, they just lost games," he said.
The Rams used a well-balanced effort to knock off Houston 38-13 on Sunday.
Fisher lauded the play of quarterback Sam Bradford and defensive tackle Michael Brockers on Monday.
Bradford completed 12 of 16 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. His posted a career-best quarterback rating of 134.6.
Missouri QB Franklin out 3-5 weeks
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback James Franklin will be out three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder.
Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will start on Saturday at home against No. 22 Florida. Pinkel said he wouldn't change the offense to accommodate a less-experienced player.
Franklin was injured in the second half of Missouri's victory at Georgia on Saturday
Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines, a key player on defense, is questionable this week with a strained left quadriceps.
Panthers coach Rivera learning to be aggressive
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's learning that winning football games sometimes means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks.
Rivera, a former defensive coordinator who is conservative by nature, changed his ways Sunday going for it on fourth and 1 twice on the opening drive. The result was a touchdown that set the tone for Carolina's 35-10 rout of Minnesota.
Rivera says "sometimes you play by the book and you miss opportunities."
Rivera made a concerted effort to be aggressive against the Vikings, saying the Panthers can no longer settle for field goals instead of touchdowns.
Rivera says he plans to be more aggressive moving forward, a philosophy that has quarterback Cam Newton and his teammates excited.
Carolina hosts St. Louis on Sunday.
Rivera unsure if RB Stewart will return this week
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers will wait until later this week to decide whether to activate running back Jonathan Stewart to the 53-man roster.
Stewart is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with an ankle injury but is eligible to play this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams if activated to the roster.
Rivera says the team will put Stewart through a rigorous workout on Tuesday and "then start looking at our options."
The Panthers have three weeks to elevate him to the roster or he'll go on injured reserve.
Stewart wouldn't rule out playing against the Rams, but says realistically he probably needs more than a week of practice to get ready.
Stewart says the ankle "is definitely not like what I want it to be."
No. 22 Florida changing specialists again
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A week after changing place-kickers, No. 22 Florida is switching punters.
And it means benching a 2012 finalist for the Ray Guy Award.
Coach Will Muschamp announced Monday he's replacing punter Kyle Christy, a preseason All-American, with freshman Johnny Townsend.
Christy has punted 21 times for a 39.6-yard average, which ranks 13th in the Southeastern Conference. Christy set a school record last season by averaging 45.8 yards a punt.
Muschamp says, "We need to make a change there. We've been very inconsistent punting the ball."
Last week, Muschamp turned field-goal duties over to junior walk-on Francisco Velez, who jumped highly touted freshman Austin Hardin and senior Brad Phillips. Velez made both attempts in Saturday's 17-6 loss at LSU.
Florida plays at No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.
Ex-NBA player Joe C. Meriweather dead at 59
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA player Joe C. Meriweather, who later coached women's basketball at Park University in Missouri, has died in Columbus, Ga. He was 59.
Park athletic department spokesman Steve Wilson says Meriweather, of Phenix City, Ala., died unexpectedly Sunday, and cause of death was unknown.
Wilson said Meriweather is the most successful women's basketball coach in Park University history. He led the team to its only NAIA national championship tournament in the 2005-06 season.
The 10-year NBA veteran played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans Jazz, the New York Knicks and the Kansas City Kings. He also had played in Italy and Spain.
The 6-foot-10 Meriweather was the 11th pick in the 1975 NBA draft out of Southern Illinois and is in its hall of fame.