Cardinals have a hard time flying
BOSTON (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are having a tough time getting back to Boston for the World Series.
Manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) says mechanical problems delayed the team flight today. Game 6 is Wednesday night, with the Red Sox leading the Series three games to two. John Lackey will take the mound for Boston against Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah), who was the winning pitcher in Game 2.
Matheny said the players had been sitting aboard the plane for a couple of hours. The Cardinals had not planned to work out at Fenway Park on the off day.
Cardinals fans would say the team needs as much batting practice as possible.
Since winning 5-4 on the first game-ending obstruction call in World Series history to take a 2-1 series lead with a chance to finish off the Red Sox at home, the Cardinals have totaled three runs. In 16 postseason games, they've scored three or fewer runs nine times. They're batting .218 and averaging 2.6 runs in the World Series.
Cabrera has surgery...Cuban standout signs with White Sox
UNDATED (AP) — Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery Tuesday and the Detroit slugger is expected to be ready for spring training.
After the season, the Tigers revealed that Cabrera had been limited down the stretch by a tear in his groin. He still hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs during the season. Cabrera batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games before Detroit lost to Boston in the AL Championship Series.
Cabrera faces 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation.
In other baseball news:
— The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. The White Sox announced the move on Tuesday, about a week and a half after they reached an agreement. The 26-year-old Abreu will receive a signing bonus of $10 million and earn $7 million in 2014.
— The Baltimore Orioles have hired 66-year-old Dave Wallace as their pitching coach. Wallace, who has spent the past four years as Atlanta's minor league pitching coordinator, replaces Rick Adair, who left the Orioles in mid-August for personal reasons.
Champs on the floor on opening night
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA's regular season gets underway tonight with three games. One features the two-time defending champion Miami Heat at home to Chicago. Reigning MVP LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Chris Bosh are trying to get the Heat to their fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, something that only the Lakers and Celtics of old were able to accomplish. For the Bulls, the game marks the return of Derrick Rose, who will be playing in his first real game since a knee injury sidelined him in April 2012.
The other games have Orlando at Indiana and the L.A. Clippers at the Lakers.
Jagr tries to keep it going
UNDATED (AP) — One of eight NHL games tonight has Tampa Bay at New Jersey. Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) is certainly proving his worth despite his age. A great start to the season has the 41-year-old Jagr three points shy of 1,700 and 17 goals short of 700 for his NHL career. Signed to a one-year deal with the Devils in July, Jagr has connected for points in four straight games with six assists.
Another contest features the New York Rangers at the New York Islanders. It's the first of five meetings between the rivals. This will be the only showdown at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A Jan. 29 extravaganza at Yankee Stadium is considered a home game for the Islanders.
The rest of the schedule has Anaheim at Philadelphia, Montreal home to Dallas, Ottawa skating at Chicago, Winnipeg on the road at St. Louis, Toronto at Edmonton and Phoenix hosting Los Angeles.
Giordano out with broken ankle
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Flames defenseman Mark Giordano will be miss six to eight weeks due to a broken ankle.
Giordano had a strong start to the season, recording two goals and seven assists in eight games for Calgary. He hasn't played since Oct. 21 and the team had been vague about the injury.
The Flames also say winger Lee Stempniak (STEMP'-nee-ak) is week-to-week with a broken foot, while defenseman Chris Breen is day-to-day with an abdominal strain.
Pats pick up tackle Sopoaga...Foles cleared to practice
UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
Sopoaga, who spent his first nine seasons with San Francisco, had signed an $11 million, three-year deal as a free agent. He played eight games and 18 tackles.
The 32-yar-old Sopoaga helps replace Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who is out for the season.
In other NFL news:
— Nick Foles has passed a concussion test and practiced with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles sustained a concussion in a 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20. It was his second start filling in for Michael Vick, who re-injured his left hamstring in the first half of a 15-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
— The Bengals put cornerback Leon Hall on the injured reserve list Tuesday, more than a week after he injured his right Achilles tendon. Hall tore his other Achilles tendon in 2011 but returned last season as the Bengals' top cornerback.
— Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson has been placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury, ending his first season with the team. Gibson was hurt in the first half of Sunday's loss at New England.
— New York Giants General manager Jerry Reese gave a strong indication that Tom Coughlin is going to remain the coach next year despite a 2-6 record that puts the Giants in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Speaking at a press conference during the New York's bye week Tuesday, Reese said the 67-year-old Coughlin is an outstanding coach who has kept the team together despite an 0-6 start.
Gardner out for season
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford fifth-year senior defensive end and co-captain Ben Gardner is out for the season with a left pectoral injury.
Sixth-ranked Stanford is off this weekend before hosting No. 2 Oregon next Thursday night, Nov. 7.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINA
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw has missed practice this week due to the same virus that sidelined him at the beginning of last Saturday's win at Missouri. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Shaw missed Monday's practice and was unlikely to work out Tuesday as he recovers from the virus. He is questionable for Saturday's game against Mississippi State.
Spurrier says backup Dylan Thompson will start against Mississippi State if Shaw can't play.
Judge postpones decision on Paterno family lawsuit
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge plans to issue a written opinion about whether a lawsuit filed by the family of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA should be allowed to go forward.
After a 3½-hour argument session Tuesday in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Judge John B. Leete did not say when he planned to rule.
College sports' governing body is asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.
Leete is considering a host of issues, including whether Penn State itself is an indispensable party to the lawsuit, which challenges the NCAA penalties imposed on the university as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
The Paterno family and other plaintiffs allege breach of contract, contract interference, defamation, civil conspiracy and commercial disparagement.
Biffle says he'll apologize
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Greg Biffle says he plans to apologize to Jimmie Johnson for how he handled his displeasure with the five-time champion at Martinsville.
Biffle angrily grabbed Johnson by the collar and spun him around while Johnson was being interviewed on pit road after Sunday's race. Biffle believed Johnson had run into the back of his car, causing the bumper to fall off and preventing Biffle from racing for the win.
Ivanovic, Halep winners at ToC
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) and Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) cruised to straight-set victories on Tuesday in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
In Tuesday's third match, third-seeded Maria Kirilenko retired due to injury against France's Alize Cornet (uh-LEEZ' kohr-NAY'), and had to quit the tournament for a second consecutive year.