Division series begin...Great T25 matchups...Qualifying at Talladega


UNDATED (AP) — Baseball's division series begin today with the Detroit Tigers hosting the Oakland Athletics before the Cincinati Reds take on the Giants in San Francisco. Seventeen-game winner Justin Verlander is the Tigers' starting pitcher against Jarrod Parker, who was 13-8. Matt Cain gets the ball for the Giants versus 19-game winner Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh).

UNDATED (AP) — There are plenty of high-power matchups on today's college football schedule, including two SEC matchups of top 10 teams. Fourth-ranked LSU is on the road this afternoon at No. 10 Florida and No. 5 Georgia plays at sixth-ranked South Carolina this evening. There are three more meetings involving AP poll members this evening, with No. 2 Oregon hosting 23rd-ranked Washington, No. 8 West Virginia at 11th-ranked Texas and 12th-ranked Ohio State home to No. 21 Nebraska.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR is holding qualifying today for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Brad Keselowski wrested the points lead from Jimmie Johnson with last week's victory at Dover that marked his fifth checkered flag of the year. The Penske Racing driver leads the five-time series champion by five points with seven races left.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There's a tie for the lead heading into the third round of the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. Jonas Blixt fired his second consecutive 7-under 64 to pull even with Brendon de Jonge, who followed a 62 with a 66 on Friday. Blixt would have had the outright lead if he hadn't double-bogeyed the par-3 17th. Ryan Moore is one stroke back and two ahead of Tim Herron and Daniel Summerhays.

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Russ Cochran was the leader when the second round of the Champions Tour event in Cary, North Carolina, began today. Cochran opened with a 6-under-par 66 yesterday, giving him a one-shot edge over Fred Funk and four others.

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