Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 7:36 AM


Cards back in first...Cubs end Pirates' four-game streak...A's lead Rangers by four and a-half

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are back atop the National League Central.

The Cards regained the lead when Pete Kozma scored on catcher Mike Zunino's passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning in their 2-1 victory over Seattle. Kozma entered in the eighth inning as a pinch-runner, later stole third base and scored the tying run.

— Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4. Brian Bogusevic (boh-guh-SEHV'-ihk) went 3 for 4 with his fifth homer of the season for Chicago. Dioneer Navarro added two hits as the Cubs ended Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak. That dropped the Pirates a game back of St. Louis.

In other NL action:

— The Washington Nationals are surging. They won their seventh straight, 6-1 over Philadelphia. Ross Olmendorf, making a spot start in place of Stephen Strasburg who was scratched with forearm stiffness, got the victory. Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman homered. The Nats climbed within four and a-half games of Cincinnati for the final wild card spot with 15 left.

__ That's because Milwaukee was beating the Reds 5-1 on a Kyle Lohse (lohsh) four-hitter. He retired 23 in a row at one point. Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs

__ San Diego edged Atlanta 4-3. The Braves' magic number for clinching the NL East remains six. Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego's two-run eighth.

__ Lucas Duda (DOO'-dah) hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3.

__ Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw and the San Francisco Giants beat the L.A. Dodgers 4-2. Hunter Pence homered for the Giants. Despite the loss, the Dodgers reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to four.

__ That's because the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 7-5 to Colorado. The Rockies snapped a 2-2 tie with five runs in the seventh inning. Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the D-Backs to make it close.

In the AL:

__ Oakland's lead in the AL West is now four and a-half games. The Athletics built a 9-2 lead and held off the second-place Rangers 9-8. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the A's handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss.

— Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 to end a three-game losing streak. Davis became the 27th major leaguer to join the 50-homer club, and the first since Jose Bautista in 2010.

__ Boston doubled up the New York Yankees 8-4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning. Robinson Cano (kan-OH') went 4 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs for New York.

__ Tampa Bay blanked Minnesota 3-0 for the Rays' 80th victory. Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings for his ninth win. That gives the Rays a two-game lead over the Yanks in the wild card.

— Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander won his 13th game in the Detroit Tigers' 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

__ Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings to lead Cleveland to a 3-1 win over the White Sox. Ryan Raburn had an RBI double to help Cleveland beat the White Sox for the 10th time in a row this season. The Tribe is a game and a-half back of the last wild card spot.

— Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.


Yanks lose leadoff man

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees lead-off hitter Brett Gardner is the latest member of the team to be knocked out by injury. Manager Joe Girardi expects Gardner to be sidelined for a lengthy amount of time and maybe the rest of the season with a strained rib cage. The injury happened in Thursday night's win over Baltimore.


Court rejects Bonds appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction stemming from grand jury testimony he gave in 2003. That came during an investigation into performance enhancing drug use among elite athletes.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds' testimony was "evasive" and capable of misleading investigators and hindering their probe.

A jury convicted Bonds of a single felony count of obstruction, but deadlocked on three other counts of perjury over Bonds' denial that he knowingly used drugs and those charges were later dismissed.

If Bonds' conviction stands, he will have to serve the 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation he was sentenced to after his 2011 trial.


Logano on Sunday's pole

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Penske (PEHN'-skee) Racing swept the front row in qualifying for the first race of the Chase, with Joey Logano winning the pole hours after NASCAR placed his team on probation for allegedly cutting a deal with another organization to help him make the championship field.

Logano turned a lap at 189.414 mph around Chicagoland Speedway to bump teammate and defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski did not qualify for the Chase but Logano did make it in last Saturday night at Richmond.

Colombian sensation Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third and was followed by Kasey Kahne (kayn) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


Gordon added to Chase field

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — NASCAR has added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results at the season-ending race at Richmond last weekend. He will start in the sixth position.

NASCAR Chairman Brian France expanded the field to 13 drivers for the first time since the format was implemented 10 years ago.

Front Row Motorsports asked for a deal from Logano's Penske Racing team at Richmond that would allow Logano to make the Chase field. It involved having Front Row driver, David Gilliland, slow down to let Logano move up according to an Associated Press review of radio communications. That bumped Gordon out of the running for the 10-race playoff.

France said NASCAR could not determine a deal was made, but still believed including Gordon in the Chase field was necessary. France placed Front Row Racing and Penske Racing on probation the rest of the season.


Furyk shoots 59...Woods gets 2-shot penalty

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jim Furyk tied the PGA Tour competitive record of 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship.

The veteran opened play on the back nine at Conway Farms and was 11-under par after the first 13 holes. He suffered his only bogey of the day on No. 5, his 14th hole, but rebounded with birdies on two of the final three holes for a round of 12-under.

Furyk becomes the sixth player to shoot a 59 competitively.

He's tied for the lead with Brandt Snedeker. His 3-under 68 also put him 11-under for the tournament.

Tiger Woods was assessed a two-shot penalty after video evidence showed his ball moved as Woods was removing twigs from behind it. That gave him a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole during his round of 72. He's at 4-under 138, seven shots off the lead.


Miyazato tops field

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Japan's Mika Miyazato shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the rain-delayed first round of the Evian Championship. The fifth and final major of the year has been shortened to 54 holes after Thursday's play was washed out.

Suzann Pattersen bogeyed the last hole to fall into a second place tie with Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak (SAY REE PAHK) and Germany's Sandra Gal.

Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 74 dealing a major blow to her attempt to become the first professional to win four majors in a season.


Packers' Matthews loses money

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has handed out fines to a number of players for actions during week one of the regular season.

Green Bay's Clay Matthews is out $15,000 after a late hit out of bounds on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) that drew a personal-foul penalty.

Tampa Bay safety Dashone Goldson was fined $30,000 to a hit to the head and neck area on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. In that same game, Jets safety Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness after he hit wide receiver Mike Williams in the head and neck area.


Colts lose Ballard...Champ out again...Fitz questionable

UNDATED (AP) — Colts starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Coach Chuck Pagano says that Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice Thursday.

Former New York Giants star Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start Sunday against Miami.

Ballard was Indy's top rusher in 2012 as a rookie. He ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns but was best remembered for making the diving, twisting TD he scored on a 16-yard TD pass to beat Tennessee in overtime. Last week, Ballard ran 13 times for 63 yards.

Elsewhere around the NFL;

— Denver cornerback Champ Bailey will miss his second straight game because of a lingering left foot sprain that has sidelined him since Aug. 17. He'll sit out Sunday's game against the Giants, making it only the fourth time in his 15-year career he's missed consecutive games.

— Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for the Cardinals' home opener against the Detroit Lions. Coach Bruce Arians says Fitzgerald "tweaked" a hamstring in practice on Wednesday.

— Washington kicker Kai Forbath has a sore right groin that might keep him out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Shanahan says Forbath will test the leg Saturday, and the Redskins will then decide whether they need to sign a fill-in.

— The NFL has fined Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 for his hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) last week. Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds during Sunday's 49ers win.


OK State president says school will investigate SI allegations

UNDATED (AP)— Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis says the school will conduct an investigation into possible rules violations by the football program that have been alleged in a series of stories by Sports Illustrated this week, and will ask the NCAA to join in the review. In a video statement posted online Friday night, Hargis calls the allegations "very disturbing."

The series of stories included numerous former Oklahoma State players making allegations of cash payments to players, academic misconduct, inconsistent enforcement of drug policies and some of the schools recruiting hostesses having sex with prospects from 2001-10.


Flooding postpones game

UNDATED (AP) — Saturday's football game between Fresno State and Colorado in Boulder, Colo., is being postponed because of flooding that's devastating the state. No makeup date has been announced.

The game could possibly be made up at the end of the season. Fresno State opens Mountain West Conference play next week against Boise State, while the Buffs begin Pac-12 play at Oregon State.