Cards look to get even, Sox hope to maintain home field advantage
BOSTON (AP) — Game 2 of the World Series has begun at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup, one night after getting injured while robbing Red Sox DH David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning last night. Beltran came out of the game an inning later and was examined at a hospital, where X-rays and a CT scan were negative.
The Bosox took the opener last night as Ortiz and Mike Napoli each had three RBIs in an 8-1 pounding of the Redbirds. Jon Lester tossed 7 2/3 innings in the victory, and then spent today denying he had an illegal substance in his glove. Lester says his glove contained only rosin, a legal substance found on pitcher's mounds.
A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lester's glove and wrote: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?"
The series will then shift to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 Sunday. Red Sox manager John Farrell has announced that Jake Peavy will start the third game, followed by Clay Buchholz.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning returned to practice after the Denver Broncos held him out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury. Manning was knocked down 10 times at Indianapolis last week, when he was sacked a season-high four times.
Manning was one of eight starters who skipped Wednesday's practice.
Fisher mum on Favre interest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure Brett Favre (fahrv) out of retirement to replace Sam Bradford, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Fisher said he wouldn't discuss players contacted after Bradford tore his left ACL on Sunday at Carolina, although he confirmed Tyler Thigpen also worked out.
Favre said he was contacted by the Rams but dismissed the possibility of returning to the NFL with St. Louis. He told Washington sports station WSPZ he doesn't feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.
Vick practices again
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick practiced successfully for a third straight day this morning and is set to undergo his toughest physical challenge of the week. Tomorrow will be the first time in almost three weeks Vick will turn it loose without holding anything back as he tries to prepare for a start against the New York Giants on Sunday. Rookie Matt Barkley will be forced into the starting role on Sunday if Vick and Nick Foles can't play.
Games set for 2014
LONDON (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins are joining Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland for games in London next year as part of the NFL International Series.
The NFL had announced earlier this month that it would play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the designated home teams.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says that the Cowboys will face Jacksonville, the Lions will take on Atlanta, and the Dolphins will play Oakland.
Scott suspended...Preds lose Rinne...Rielly staying in Toronto
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL pending a disciplinary hearing for a blindside hit to the head that leveled Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during Wednesday's game. Scott has been given the opportunity to attend an in-person hearing, which is offered when a suspension has the potential to exceed five games.
Eriksson was hospitalized in Buffalo overnight as a precaution.
Also in the NHL,
— Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) will miss at least four weeks after having another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection. Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season. General manager David Poile (POYL) said Rinne felt something was wrong Tuesday night after the Predators returned from Minnesota.
— Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says 19-year-old defenseman Morgan Riely won't return to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League after he plays his ninth game with the Leafs. A junior-eligible player is allowed to play up to nine games without his NHL team burning a year of his entry-level contract. Rielly will play his ninth game Friday in Columbus. Rielly has four assists, two penalty minutes and a minus-3 in eight games this season.
Morris suspended for elbow
NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for elbowing the Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (surj ih-BAH'-kah) in the face. Morris will sit out the Suns' regular-season opener Wednesday night against Portland.
Moore has first round lead
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ryan Moore shot an opening-round 9-under-63 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Keegan Bradley stands in second place with Sergio Garcia two shots off the pace. Rory Sabbatini is one of four players tied for fourth at minus-5.
Phil Mickelson opened with a 1-under-71.
Pettersen leads after one
YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) — Defending champion Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA's Sunrise Championship.
Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho were tied for second with Karine Icher (kuh-REEN' EE'-shur) of France and Caroline Hedwall of Sweden.
Serena advances, Kerber stays alive, Radwanska eliminated
ISTANBUL (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH'-toh-vah) 6-2, 6-3 Thursday. Angelique Kerber upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAY'-skah rad-WAHN'-skah) 6-2, 6-2 to remain in contention for the semifinals and eliminate Radwanska. Kerber will play Kvitova tomorrow for a spot in the last four.
Changes in qualifying
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has informed its competitors that it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul to how the field is set. Among the ideas being considered is a group qualifying format similar to what was used on road courses this year.
NASCAR is considering using that qualifying procedure everywhere except Daytona and Talladega.
NASCAR to mandate concussion testing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will mandate baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season. NASCAR only recommended the testing this season, but indicated to drivers that a preseason baseline screening could become mandatory as early as 2014. The baseline will be used to measure against test results after a driver has crashed when diagnosing a concussion.
Race is uncertain
NEW DELHI (AP) — This weekend's Formula One race in India may be in jeopardy. India's top court has agreed to hear a petition seeking the cancellation of the race over a tax issue. The Supreme Court said it will hear the case Friday after a public interest litigation pleaded the race should not be held since the organizers had not paid entertainment tax for last year's event.
The Indian Grand Prix is already in trouble with the race taken off the 2014 calendar in a bid to adjust the races for 2015.
Klitschko looks to run country
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko (VIH'-tah-lee KLICH'-koh), says he will run for Ukraine's presidency in 2015. The 42-year-old was elected to parliament last fall as the head of his pro-Western party Udar (Punch). Since then, Klitschko has campaigned against what he calls authoritarian moves by the current president.