Red Sox go home up 3-2
DETROIT (AP) — Mike Napoli (NAH'-poh-lee) homered and the Boston Red Sox held off the Detroit Tigers 4-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven American League championship series.
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera had a rough night. He was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, halting an early Detroit rally. Then he hit into a double play with runners at the corners in the seventh. The Tigers scored a run on the grounder, but it was a trade-off the Red Sox were willing to make. Detroit never scored again.
The Red Sox now need to just win one game at Fenway Park to go the World Series.
Game 6 is Saturday. It's Max Scherzer in a must-win game for the Tigers against Boston's Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts).
Back to St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The National League Championship Series moves to St. Louis tonight with the Cards leading the Dodgers 3-2. They will attempt to wrap things up and earn a spot in the World Series when the two clubs square off Friday night at Busch Stadium.
The Game 6 pitching matchup will have Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers against Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh). It's a rematch of the Game 2 starters, which was won by the Cards 1-0.
End of an era in Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan is retiring as CEO of the Texas Rangers. The Hall of Fame pitcher became the 10th president of the Rangers in February 2008 and became chief executive officer three years later. In that span, Texas has made its only two World Series appearances. The 66-year-old Ryan says his resignation may be the final chapter to his baseball career. Ryan is also selling his ownership stake in the team.
Ryan is the major league strikeout king with 5,714. He threw seven no-hitters before retiring as a player in 1993.
NFL-THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Wilson's 3 TDs lead Seahawks past Cards
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-22 to improve to 6-1.
It's Wilson's first career road game with three touchdown passes. The Seahawks own a game and a-half lead over San Francisco atop the NFC West.
The Seahawks intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times. Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow, contributed two sacks. Palmer has thrown 13 interceptions, including 11 in the last five games.
Seattle sent the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss against an NFC West foe. Arizona fell to 3-4.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns starting running back Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) is not practicing because of an unspecified injury. His injury is not yet known.
Cleveland signed McGahee on Sept. 20, a day after the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. McGahee has rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown since joining the Browns.
Schaub won't play
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) says that Case Keenum will start at quarterback Sunday against unbeaten Kansas City in place of the injured Matt Schaub. Kubiak says Schaub is dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot and won't play this week for the 2-4 Texans.
Shootout loss for Sharks...Islanders beat Oilers' quick-strike offense
UNDATED (AP) __ Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose that ended the Sharks' perfect start to the season.
The Sharks are 6-0-1. They fell one game shy of tying the best start in their history, last season's 7-0 beginning.
In other action from the 12-game Thursday NHL slate:
— John Tavares netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the New York Islanders overcame a quick scoring spurt by Edmonton's Taylor Hall in a 3-2 victory over the Oilers. Hall gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead when he scored a pair of goals just 8 seconds apart in the first. That broke the club mark of 9 seconds, set by Wayne Gretzky on Feb. 18, 1981.
__ Colorado lost for the first time under new coach Patrick Roy (WAH). Johan Franzen scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 12:50 remaining, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 38 shots in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 victory over Colorado. The Avs are 6-1.
__ St. Louis downed defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago 3-2 in a shootout. Blue goalie Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) made 27 saves in the game and stopped all three Blackhawks attempts in the shootout. T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout.
— Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) scored the only goal of the shootout in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 win over Nashville.
__ The Montreal Canadiens skated to their fourth straight win, 5-3 over Columbus. Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) scored the Habs' final two goals, including the go-ahead score with 1:07 left. He added an empty-netter in the final seconds.
— Roberto Luongo made 25 saves and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the 5-3 Canucks, off to their best start since 2005.
— Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) and Chris Kunitz scored goals, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
__ Carolina rallied with three goals in the final period to stun Toronto 3-2. Ron Hainsey scored the game-winner for the Hurricanes. It was Toronto's first loss since Oct. 8.
__ Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 3-2
— Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1.
— Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over New Jersey.
'Canes avoid upset in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Dallas Crawford had a 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left to give No. 10 Miami a 27-23 victory over upset-minded North Carolina in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Crawford's short score ended a 90-yard drive by the Hurricanes. Crawford finished with 137 yards on 33 carries — surpassing his season totals in both categories — and two touchdowns to help the Hurricanes barely avoid a big upset.
The Hurricanes won despite Stephen Morris throwing four interceptions, as many as he had thrown all year, Miami's defense surrendered a season-high 500 yards against the Tar Heels' no-huddle scheme. North Carolina is 1-5.
Miami is off to its first 6-0 start since 2004.
Cards suspend starting forward
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino (pih-TEE'-noh) says the university has suspended starting power forward Chane Behanan indefinitely for violating school policy.
The coach said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Behanan, who played a key role in the Cardinals' NCAA championship run last season, could possibly return in December.
Pitino says arrangements had been made for Behanan to return after he committed the infraction, but that the player had violated those conditions in less than a week.
Waltrip replaces Bickers with Sadler
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Waltrip Racing has picked Elliott Sadler to close out the season in the No. 55 Toyota while Brian Vickers is sidelined treating a blood clot. Vickers informed the team Monday doctors had found a small clot in his right leg, and the blood thinners needed to treat it prevent him from racing. He's expected to take blood thinners for at least two weeks.
Vickers also missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with blood clots, and during that time required heart surgery.
Team co-owner Waltrip was already scheduled to drive the car this weekend at Talladega. Sadler will drive the car at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.
Henry goes low in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — J.J. Henry fired an 11-under par 60 to grab the lead in the opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Henry started his round on the back nine and closed out with an eagle to take a one-shot lead over Andres Romero.
James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton shot 63. Webb Simpson had a 64.
A South Korean leads in South Korea
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — There's a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea. The group includes Amy Yang of South Korea, Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia, Ju Young Pak of South Korea and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden. They all opened with a 5-under 67.
Michelle Wie (wee) eagled the par-5 18th to finish two strokes back at 3-under 69, tied with six others, including defending champion Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) of Norway and Brittany Lang.