10.22.14:  Giants take game #1


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was on top of his game, James Shields was not, and the San Francisco Giants cruised to an easy victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the “wild card” World Series in Kansas City.


Bumgarner was superb as the Giants earned a 7-1 victory, holding the Royals to a run and three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. The Giants ace was working on a two-hit shutout until Salvador Perez homered with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Before the blast, the Giants already had forged a 7-0 lead.


San Francisco got all the runs it needed during the first inning off Shields as Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double before scoring on Hunter Pence’s two-run homer. Pence was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.


The Giants added two runs in the fourth before Joe Panik laced an RBI triple off Danny Duffy and came home on Sandoval’s run-scoring single in the seventh.


Gregor Blanco padded the Giants’ 10-hit attack by going 1-for-3 with bases-loaded walk and two runs scored.


It was a short evening for Shields, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. Although his nickname is “Big Game James,” Shields is 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 innings over 10 career postseason starts.


10.21.14:  Pistorius gets prison time in shooting death


LONDON (AP) — The International Paralympic Committee says Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete during his five-year prison sentence.


The double-amputee South African runner, who has won six Paralympic gold medals, was given a five-year jail term Tuesday for killing Reeva Steenkamp.


Although Pistorius could be released after 10 months to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest, the IPC says its rules bar him from running in Paralympic events for the full five years.


That would rule the 27-year-old Pistorius out of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.


In 2012, Pistorius became the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London.

10.21.14:  World Series gets underway in K.C.


KANSAS CITY (AP) — The wait is almost over for the opening game of the World Series.


Game 1 for the Giants and Royals will be played Tuesday night in Kansas City, with James Shields taking the mound for the home team against NLCs most valuable player Madison Bumgarner. Shields is getting the opening game assignment for the third time this post season, while Bumgarner hasn’t allowed a postseason run away from home in an MLB-record 26 2/3 innings. That record goes back to 2010.


The Royals advanced with a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series while the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in five games to win the NLCS.


Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night in Kansas City before the series moves to San Francisco.


Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief for the World Series and oversee four umpires who are working the Fall Classic for the first time. Hunter Wendelstedt, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Eric Cooper will call their first Series. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson round out the seven-man crew.


10.20.14:  Lions come from behind to beat the Saints


DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.


The Saints were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford found Golden Tate for a 73-yard catch-and-run that made it 23-17. Then Drew Brees was intercepted on third down by Glover Quin, whose 23-yard return gave the Lions the ball at the New Orleans 14.


Detroit caught a break when Rafael Bush was called for pass interference on fourth down. Stafford eventually connected with Fuller in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown and the win.


The Saints committed 12 penalties for 134 yards.

10.17.14:  Ishikawa sends Giants back to Fall Classic


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Travis Ishikawa was a man without a team six months ago. Today, he’s the San Francisco Giants’ latest postseason hero.


Ishikawa sent the Giants to the World Series by launching a three-run, walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS. Pablo Sandoval opened the rally with a leadoff and went to second on a walk by Brandon Belt before Ishikawa sealed San Francisco’s third National League pennant in five years. The blast came off Michael Wacha who was making his first appearance of this postseason and had worked just 16 2/3 innings since June 17 because of a shoulder injury. Wacha was the MVP of last year’s NLCS.


Ishikawa opened the season with the Pirates but became a free agent in April after refusing a minor league assignment. He signed a deal with the Giants April 25, bringing him back to his original team.


Ishikawa finished the series hitting .385 with an NLCS-leading seven RBIs.


The Giants did all of their scoring via the longball. Joe Panik gave the Giants a brief 2-1 lead with a two-run shot off Adam Wainwright in the third inning. It was the only major mistake by Wainwright, who left with a 3-2 lead after scattering four hits in seven innings.


The Cardinals regained the lead on solo homers by Matt Adams and Tony Cruz in the fourth inning, and the lead held up until pinch-hitter Michael Morse smacked a solo homer off Pat Neshek in the eighth.


Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was named the series MVP after helping the Giants win the first and last games. Bumgarner allowed three runs in eight innings on Thursday, leaving him with a 1.72 ERA for the NLCS.


The Giants now have four days to prepare for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday in Kansas City. San Francisco will enter the Fall Classic with a 7-2 postseason record, but the Royals are 8-0.

10.16.14:  Royals move on to the World Series


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series after yesterday’s 2-1 victory gave them the American League pennant and a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals allowed just two runs and seven hits in winning the last two games of the series. Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the MVP of the series after batting .533 with five runs scored and several outstanding defensive plays.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants can wrap up the National League pennant when they host the St. Louis Cardinals later today. Buster Posey had three RBIs and Yusmeiro Petit pitched three shutout innings of relief as the Giants rallied to beat the Redbirds 6-4 last night. Kolten Wong’s solo homer put the Cardinals ahead 4-1 in the third before the Giants stormed back.

10.15.14:  Baseball League Championship goes to Game #4 today


The Baseball League Championship Series is the best of 7 and both leagues will hold game 4 today.


ALCS:  Kansas City beat Baltimore 2-1 and the Royals take a 3-0 lead in the series.  Game #4 will take place Wednesday afternoon 4:07 in Kansas City.


NLCS:  San Francisco beat St. Louis Tuesday 5-4 in 10 innings.  The Giants have a 2-1 lead in the series.  Game #4 will take place Wednesday night at 8:07 in San Francisco.



10.14.14:  Niners beat the Rams


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers stormed back from an early 14-0 deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 in St. Louis as Colin Kaepernick  passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree each caught a scoring pass for the 4-2 49ers, who have won three in a row. 


The Niners sacked Austin Davis 5 times and clinched the victory on Dontae Johnson’s 20-yard interception return in the final minute. 


 Austin Davis threw for 236 yards and a touchdown for the 1-4 Rams.

10.13.14:  Lions beat the Vikings


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tahir Whitehead intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice, Joique Bell put the game away with a fourth-quarter touchdown run, and the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-3 on Sunday.


With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush missing, the Lions played a low-risk game and punted nearly as often as the Vikings did. But their defense made another case for top billing in the league. Ziggy Ansah had 2 1/2 of Detroit’s eight sacks.


Bridgewater threw three interceptions in his second career start for the Vikings.


The biggest problem for Detroit was two more missed field goal attempts. Matt Prater did make one from 52 yards in his debut.


The Lions won at Minnesota for only the second time in their last 17 trips.

10.10.14:  Hockey season gets started this week


The Detroit Red Wings opened up their 2014/15 season with a win Thursday night.  They beat Boston 2-1.


Gustav Nyquist’s power-play goal in the second period lifted the Wings to victory.  Boston managed only 17 shots on goal and just 9 through the first two periods.

Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit.  Patrice Bergeron scored Boston’s only goal.

Jimmy Howard had 16 saves for the Red Wings.  Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk, who was recovering from a separated shoulder.


The Grand Rapids Griffins will be home tonight as they open a new season against Lake Erie.