Game Five tonight in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Game 5 of the World Series is underway as the St. Louis Cardinals host the Boston Red Sox. The Bosox struck first as Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) and David Ortiz hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the opening inning. The game was 1-0 heading into the second inning.
It's a rematch of series-opening starters as Adam Wainwright took the mound for the Redbirds against Jon Lester. The Red Sox cruised to an 8-1 rout of the Cards that night, with Lester pitching shutout ball while Wainwright was victimized by shoddy fielding.
First baseman Allen Craig is part of a revised Cardinals lineup tonight. Craig hasn't played defensively since Sept. 4 when he sprained a ligament in his left foot. He was inserted in place of slumping Matt Adams and will bat sixth.
Right fielder Shane Victorino is out of Boston's starting lineup for the second straight night due to tightness in his lower back. Red Sox manager John Farrell says Victorino is much improved and probably could have started tonight.
The Red Sox are coming off a 4-2 road win last night to even the series at two all. Jonny Gomes (gohmz) was the hero last night with a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning. Gomes was inserted into the starting lineup once Victorino was scratched.
Game 6 is scheduled in Boston on Wednesday with a Game 7, if needed, Thursday at Fenway Park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its refusal to overturn his felony obstruction conviction.
His legal team filed the request with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld Bonds' conviction in September, 2 ½ years after a jury found him guilty.
Bonds is asking the court to assemble a special panel of 11 judges to rehear the case.
Rams host Monday Night Football
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It's a busy night in St. Louis. Along with the World Series, the NFL Rams host Seattle in Monday night football. The Seahawks top the NFC West with a 6-1 mark. The Rams are 3-4 and are starting quarterback Kellen Clemens, who takes over for Sam Bradford.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns speedy return specialist Travis Benjamin tore a knee ligament Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season. Benjamin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 23-17 loss to unbeaten Kansas City. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Benjamin, one of the league's top punt returners, twisted his knee while planting on a return in the third quarter and will need surgery.
The second-year wide receiver has been a major playmaker for the Browns. Benjamin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 3, and his 86-yard kickoff return set up a TD for the Browns on Oct. 20 against Green Bay.
Benjamin set a team record with 179 yards in returns against the Bills.
In other NFL news:
— The Washington Redskins say Robert Griffin III's left nice is fine but a little sore after he was injured in the second half of Sunday's loss at Denver. Head coach Mike Shanahan says Griffin should practice as scheduled Wednesday when the Redskins begin on-field preparations for the San Diego Chargers.
— Case Keenum will start at quarterback in place of a healthy Matt Schaub when the Texans host division foe Indianapolis on Sunday night. Coach Gary Kubiak says he had decided before the bye weekend to give Keenum a second straight start as the Texans try to end a five-game losing streak.
— Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver could be facing a fine from the NFL for an obscene gesture directed at the officials during yesterday's win over the Steelers. Tarver was caught on television using the one-finger gesture toward the officials after a flag was thrown on cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell.
— Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell says he's being "targeted" by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') after receiving his fifth fine of the season from the league office. Mitchell was fined $7,875 last week for taunting after he shoved Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds during a game on Oct. 20, a play in which Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury. Mitchell wasn't penalized on the play for the hit or for taunting and says he only got fined because a big-name quarterback was involved.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury that's slowed him the past five weeks. The fourth-year pro, who signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract in July, had 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games.
— The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Bengals running back Bernard Scott, whose four-year NFL career was interrupted last season by a torn ACL. Scott began the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list and was released on Sept. 17 after Cincinnati opted for Giovani Bernard as its starting running back.
Big payout from Penn State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State says it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The school said 23 deals are fully signed and three are agreements in principle, but did not disclose the names of the recipients. The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.
University president Rodney Erickson issued a statement calling the announcement a step forward for victims and the school.
Sandusky, 69, has been pursuing appeals while he serves a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.
Koivu to be checked out
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ducks center Saku Koivu (SAK'-oo KOY'-voo) has returned to Anaheim for tests after taking a hard hit during Sunday's game at Columbus.
Koivu was knocked unconscious on a hit by Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky, who was ejected from Anaheim's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets. Koivu must be tested and evaluated before he is allowed to return to the Ducks, per NHL protocol.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers swingman Danny Granger will miss the first three weeks of the season with a left calf injury. Granger missed the last several preseason games with the injury, and the Pacers say they are holding Granger out as a "precautionary measure" to ensure he is ready to play when he returns. Granger is expected to play a key role for Indiana this season as it tries to dethrone two-time NBA champion Miami.
Shumpert's option picked up by Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Iman Shumpert. He started all 45 of his games last season after returning from major knee surgery, averaging 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. He tore knee ligaments during the 2012 playoffs after earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie team.
Age requirement waived
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA Tour is waiving its age requirement to let 16-year-old Lydia Ko become a member. Ko was 15 when she became the youngest winner of an LPGA event last year at the Canadian Women's Open. She defended her title in Canada this year. Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Ko will join the tour for the start of the 2014 season.
She petitioned the LPGA Tour to waive its requirement that members be at least 18.
Ko says it has been her dream to play the LPGA Tour and that she hopes to inspire other girls to take up golf.
HORSE RACING-BREEDER'S CUP
Wise Dan to start near the outside
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan drew post position eight in a field of 10 for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile, where the 6-year-old gelding will try to improve to 6-0 on the turf this year.
Wise Dan will be ridden by John Velazquez, who was aboard for the gelding's only loss in his last nine starts earlier this month at Keeneland. That race was moved from the turf to the synthetic surface.