Red Sox look to clinch
BOSTON (AP) — Game 6 of the American League Championship Series is under way in Boston as the Red Sox try to wrap up their third World Series berth in 10 seasons. The Tigers led 2-1 with the Red Sox batting in the bottom of the sixth.
Neither team scored until Bosox rookie Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's two-out single in the fifth. Those were two of the Red Sox's three hits off Max Scherzer through the first five frames.
The Tigers finally broke through in the sixth while chasing Boston starter Clay Buchholz. Reliever Franklin Morales walked Prince Fielder to load the bases with nobody out before Victor Martinez laced a two-run single to put Detroit ahead.
The Tigers had a chance to tack on more runs in the sixth, but Fielder was caught in a rundown between home and third to complete a double play. Brandon Workman retired Alex Avila to end the top of the sixth.
Should the Tigers win, a seventh and deciding game will be played Sunday in Boston.
The winner of the ALCS will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Cardinals polished off the Dodgers in a six-game NLCS by destroying Los Angeles 9-0 last night.
Auburn beats A&M...Gamecocks lose to Vols
UNDATED (AP) — There have been a few upsets during today's top-25 college football schedule, and three have come out of the SEC.
Nick Marshall accounted for 336 total yards and four touchdowns as No. 24 Auburn knocked off eighth-ranked Texas A&M 45-41 at College Station. Marshall passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and a couple of scores.
Tre Mason's go-ahead, 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.
Johnny Manziel (MAN'-zehl) put up strong numbers, throwing for 454 yards and four touchdowns and running for a fifth score. But Manziel also had two interceptions, missed a fourth-quarter series with an injury to his right arm and was sacked on fourth down on the Aggies' final play.
Also in the SEC, Michael Palardy connected on a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give unranked Tennessee a 23-21 victory over No. 11 South Carolina. The victory put to an end the Vols 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Along with being a loss, the Gamecocks lost quarterback Connor Shaw, who left the game after being sacked with less than five minutes remaining. Coach Steve Spurrier called the injury a sprained knee.
No. 15 Georgia was also upset. The Bulldogs were beaten by Vanderbilt 31-27 as Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left. The Commodores rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Vandy is now 4-3 and 1-3 in the SEC while Georgia has lost two straight and is now 4-3 and 3-2.
In other top-25 action:
— Carlos Hyde ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to carry fourth-ranked Ohio State past Iowa 34-24. The Buckeyes trailed 21-14 at halftime before stretching their winning streak to 19 games, the longest in the nation right now and tying the second-best in school history.
— Stanford bounced back from last week's loss to Utah as Tyler Gafney ran for 171 yards and two scores to lead the 13th-ranked Cardinal to a 24-10 triumph over No. 9 UCLA. Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown while the Cardinal stymied a Bruins offense that entered the game averaging 46 points.
— In a game featuring two ranked schools No. 14 Missouri upped its record to 7-0 with a 36-17 win over 22nd-ranked Florida. Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals for the Tigers. Missouri is unbeaten in SEC play at 3-0 while the Gators dropped to 4-3 and 3-2.
— Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and No. 16 Texas Tech scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat West Virginia 37-27. In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards. He became the first Red Raiders freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in each of his first two starts. The Red Raiders are unbeaten in seven games and are 4-0 in the Big 12.
— No. 18 Oklahoma beat Kansas 34-19 as Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners also pulled off a 49-yard touchdown toss from wide receiver Lacoltan Bester to Sterling Shepard on an end-around play while the Sooners scored 25 straight points.
— No. 20 Washington was clobbered at Arizona State as Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four touchdowns in the Sun Devils' 53-24 romp over theHuskies. Marion Grice scored three times and Arizona State's defense limited the nation's leading rusher - Bishop Sankey - to 22 yards on 13 carries.
— Oklahoma State, the 21st ranked team in the AP poll, defeated TCU 24-10 as Clint Chelf completed 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards. Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Cowboys upped their record to 5-1 and 2-1 in Big 12 play.
— Jordan Lynch set an FBS record for quarterbacks by rushing for 316 yards as No. 23 Northern Illinois beat Central Michigan 31-17 to improve to 7-0. Lynch also ran for a pair of touchdowns in helping the Huskies extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games.
Pens and Oilers win in afternoon play
UNDATED (AP) — The New Jersey Devils finally have their first victory of the season following an 0-4-3 start.
Cory Schneider picked up his first shutout as a Devil by turning back 22 shots in a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers. Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus scored to help the Devils become the last NHL team to win a game this season. Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky added two assists apiece as New Jersey matched its season high for goals.
Henrik Lundqvist made just 11 saves for the Rangers, who are 2-5 so far on their season-opening nine-game road trip.
Also on ice:
— Bryan Bickell's first tally of the season sparked Chicago's three-goal second period in a 3-1 win over Toronto. Brandon Pirri added a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' fourth victory in five games.
— Evgeni Malkin scored the lone shootout goal and the Pens rallied twice before beating Vancouver 4-3. Sidney and Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) each had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who trailed 3-2 until Olli Maatta scored with 6:48 left in regulation. Maatta's first NHL goal helped the Pens improve to 5-0 in Pittsburgh and 7-1 overall.
— Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN'), Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN'-dehs-kahg) each had a goal and an assist as Colorado doubled up Buffalo 4-2 to improve to 7-1. Duchene's power-play goal put the Avalanche ahead 3-0 less than a minute into the second period.
— Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 23 shots and five Boston players scored in a 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) snapped his nine-game goal drought by scoring the game-winner in the Bruins' sixth straight win over the Lightning.
Nashville beat Montreal 2-1 on rookie Seth Jones' goal with 1:27 left. Shea Weber also scored and David Legwand had two assists as the Predators won for the fourth time in their last six games.
— Jiri Tlusty (YEER'-ee tuh-LOOS'-tee) scored twice while Carolina was building a 4-1 lead in a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Islanders captain John Tavares had an assist to run his point streak to seven games.
— Alex Ovechkin notched his seventh goal of the season and Martin Erat (EE'-rat) had three assists while Washington was building a 4-0 lead in the third period of a 4-1 triumph against Columbus. Braden Holtby turned back 37 shots but lost his shutout bid with 4:55 remaining.
— Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) and Brad Boyes scored shootout goals while Tim Thomas was stopping Minnesota's two attempts in Florida's 2-1 decision over the Wild. Alexander Barkov's power-play goal tied the game for the Panthers seven minutes into the third period.
— Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Jordan Eberle added a goal, and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) made 35 saves for the Oilers.
Qualifying rained out
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was rained out. The 43-car field is now set based on speeds from the first practice session. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row.
Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. He leads the Sprint Cup standings by four points over Jimmie Johnson, who will begin the race alongside Kenseth in the sixth row.
MAV TV race is tonight
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Penske Racing had the first three spots for today's 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. AJ Allmendinger, brought in by team owner Roger Penske to aid Castroneves' title bid, qualified third.
Castroneves trails Dixon by 25 points heading into the final race. Dixon qualified seventh.
Simpson remains on top
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Webb Simpson remains the leader through three rounds of the Shriner Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, maintaining the four-stroke advantage he carried into the day. Simpson followed Friday's 63 with a 4-under 67 that puts him minus-19 through 54 holes.
Chesson Hadley matched Simpson's 67 to stay four strokes back and move one ahead of Jeff Overton.
Tie for the lead
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Anna Nordqvist (NORD'-kwist) of Sweden and Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia are tied for the lead at 7-under after two rounds of the KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea.
Nordqvist is looking to break a four-year winless drought. The Swede last made her way to the winner's circle at the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship.
Hull-Kirk hasn't won since the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic.
CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) has a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour. Langer shot a second-round 66 to go with his first-round 64 to stand 10-under par.
Tied for second are Michael Allen, Brad Bryant and John Reigger.
Bum Phillips dies
HOUSTON (AP) — One of the more colorful coaches in NFL history has passed away. Bum Phillips, who coached the Houston Oilers in the mid to late '70's, died at the age of 90 at his Texas ranch. His son Wade Phillips announced the news via Twitter. The younger Phillips is the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans.
Bum Phillips took over as coach of the Oilers in 1975 and led the team to two AFC Championship games before he was fired in 1980.