Cards move into Fall Classic...Not in the Cards at Louisville...Gronk cleared...Simpson leads

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 4:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 4:06 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) allowed just two hits in seven innings as the St. Louis Cardinals ripped the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 for their fourth National League pennant since 2004. Wacha pitched shutout ball over 13 2/3 innings to be named series MVP. Carlos Beltran hit a pair of RBI singles and Shane Robinson added a two-run double while the Redbirds were putting together a four-run third and a five-run fifth.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eighth-ranked Louisville likely will fall out of the top 10 in the upcoming polls after blowing a 28-7 lead in the second half of a 38-35 home loss against Central Florida. Blake Bortles threw a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left to help the Knights improve to 5-1 and drop the Cardinals to 6-1. Storm Johnson sparked the rally with a one-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard scoring reception.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski's agent says the New England Patriots' tight end has been cleared to make his season debut Sunday against the Jets. The two-time Pro Bowler missed the first six games after offseason surgery on his back and broken left forearm. He has been participating in every practice since the season began.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Webb Simpson was able to pull away from the field in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Simpson carded nine birdies in an 8-under-par 63 that leaves him 15-under through 36 holes. J.J. Henry, John Senden, Jeff Overton, Chesson Hadley and Jason Bohn share second at 11-under.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Penske Racing has the first three spots for today's IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway, where Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) is chasing Scott Dixon in the race for the IndyCar championship. Will Power won the pole for the race, just ahead of Castroneves and AJ Allmendinger. Castroneves trails Dixon by 25 points heading into the final race. Dixon qualified seventh.

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