Giants get even
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National League Championship Series is headed to St. Louis with the Cardinals and Giants tied at a game apiece.
Ryan Vogelsong worked seven impressive innings and the Giants got four RBIs from their second basemen in a 7-1 rout of the Redbirds in San Francisco on Monday night.
Vogelsong scattered four hits and struck out four to help the Giants earn their first home victory of the postseason. He blanked the Cardinals after pitcher Chris Carpenter tied the game with an RBI double in the second inning.
Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) hit a two-run single while the Giants were scoring four times in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Three of the runs were unearned following errors by Carpenter and left fielder Matt Holliday.
Scutaro left the game in the fifth with a hip injury, four innings after he absorbed a hard slide by Holliday. X-rays were negative, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) says Scutaro will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Bochy said Holliday's slide wasn't legal.
Scutaro was replaced by Ryan Theriot (TEHR'-ee-oh), who poked a two-run single in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
Carpenter was reached for five runs and six hits in four innings to take the loss.
The series resumes on Wednesday at Busch Stadium, with Matt Cain pitching for the Giants against Kyle Lohse (lohsh) in a matchup of 16-game winners.
Bochy says Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-she-kuhm) is set to start Game 4 in St. Louis on Thursday. Lincecum tossed two hitless innings of relief on Sunday and has suddenly become the team's most effective pitcher out of the bullpen after going 10-15 with a league-worst 5.18 ERA as a starter in the regular season.
Tigers in command
DETROIT (AP) — The setting for the American League Championship Series is shifting from New York to Detroit. The Tigers will bring a 2-0 advantage over the Yankees into Game 3 of the best-of-seven pennant showdown on Tuesday following Sunday's 3-0 shutout of the Bombers in the Bronx.
Neither team had a scheduled workout on Monday.
Yanks manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman were in Illinois for the funeral of Girardi's father. Jerry Girardi died Oct. 6 at the age of 81 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's.
Baker not going anywhere soon
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds and Dusty Baker have agreed to a two-year contract extension.
The 63-year-old manager led the team to its second National League Central Division title in three seasons this year. He has been with the Reds five seasons.
The longtime player also has managed the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, winning a total five division titles.
The Reds won 97 games during the regular season and ran away with the division title after Pittsburgh challenged most of the summer. But after winning the opening two games of their NLDS matchup with the Giants in San Francisco, Cincinnati lost three in a row at home, making it 17 years since the Reds have won a postseason game in their own ballpark.
Another Manning comeback
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Denver Broncos own a share of the AFC West lead following the greatest comeback of Peyton Manning's NFL career.
The Broncos trailed 24-0 until Manning completed 13 of 14 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to lead a 35-24 win over the Chargers in San Diego. Manning's final scoring strike was a 21-yard pass to Brandon Stokley, giving the Broncos their first lead with 9:03 remaining.
Philip Rivers threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted four times and lost two fumbles. Chris Harris iced the victory by returning an interception 46 yards for a TD with 2:05 remaining.
Denver also scored on Tony Carter's 65-yard fumble return in the third quarter.
It tied for the fourth-greatest regular-season comeback in NFL history.
Manning had been 1-5 in his last six games against San Diego, all with Indianapolis.
Vilma takes bounty matter back to federal court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jonathan Vilma is again asking a federal judge to overturn his suspension in the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints. The NFL Players Association is making a similar request on behalf of three other players.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Vilma says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') engaged in a "farcical review" of his previously vacated disciplinary action before reaffirming the veteran linebacker's full-season ban last week.
Vilma has an appeal pending within the framework of the NFL's labor agreement, but he argues that Goodell has continued to abuse his power and demonstrate bias, leaving no hope for a fair process that would respect Vilma's "industrial due process rights."
Vilma also asks the judge to bar the commissioner from handling any further action in the bounty matter and appoint a neutral arbitrator.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Darrelle Revis (duh-REHL' REE'-vihs) says there's "no question" he will return from a torn knee ligament to be the same dominant player he has been throughout his career.
The Jets star cornerback spoke publicly for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee three weeks ago. He says it has been hard to watch games since "you're looking outside in." Revis will have surgery in New York on Tuesday.
Lewis to miss rest of season
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year. Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday's 31-29 victory over Dallas. The 37-year-old leads Baltimore in tackles.
Over a spectacular 17-year career, Lewis has been invited to 13 Pro Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year.
Baltimore also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the year after he tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday. The injury occurred when Webb collided with Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant in the first quarter.
Bears add tight end, subtract ball carrier
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed tight end Brody Eldridge to a one-year contract and waived running back Kahlil Bell.
The 6-5, 265-pound Eldridge started 16 games over two seasons with the Colts after being selected by Indianapolis in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma.
Bell appeared in two games for the Bears this season and had 32 rushing yards on 12 carries along with an 11-yard reception.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran safety Chris Harris and waived cornerback Kevin Rutland. Harris was a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2005. He's also played for the Panthers and Lions, starting at least seven games in each of his first seven seasons. He played in 11 games in 2011, seven with the Bears and four with the Lions, making eight starts.
— Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (kahb) will undergo an MRI on his injured ribs after X-rays were negative. Kolb was hurt in Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss against Buffalo, leaving his status uncertain for next Sunday's game at Minnesota. John Skelton would start if Kolb can't play this weekend.
Try, try again
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and locked-out players' union will resume negotiations Tuesday in Toronto after a four-day break following two days of meetings last week in New York.
The sides will be looking to make headway on the core economic issues in a dispute that threatens the already delayed season. Discussions on how to divide hockey-related revenue took a back seat last week when the league and union worked on secondary issues that also need to be resolved.
The NHL has called off 82 games through Oct. 24 and more cancellations likely will be made soon if a deal isn't reached.
HOCKEY-US HALL OF FAME
Three new Hall members
DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has three new members. Former players Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk (OHL'-chuhk) were inducted this evening, as was Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello (lam-oh-REHL'-oh).
New arena approved
SEATTLE (AP) — A new arena in Seattle has been given the green light by local politicians. The King County Council unanimously approved the $490 million facility, while the City Council voted passed the proposal by a 7-2 margin.
Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen is leading a group that wants to build the arena near the existing Mariners and Seahawks stadiums. The proposal calls for $200 million in public financing, which would be paid back with rent money and admissions taxes from the arena. Hanson would be responsible for any shortfall
However, members of two International Longshore and Warehouse Union locals don't like the site of the arena and are threatening a lawsuit. They say the agreement between Hansen and the city goes too far by presuming the arena will be built in the neighborhood south of downtown, where increased traffic could choke freight shipments at the Port of Seattle.
Allmendinger to drive again this week
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger will get another start with Phoenix Racing this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Phoenix general manager Steve Barkdoll says the team was pleased with Allmendinger's performance on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 24th in his first start since failing a random drug test in July.
Phoenix had planned to use Regan Smith, but Hendrick Motorsports asked for Smith when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined with a concussion. Earnhardt is also out for Sunday's race at Kansas.
Traditional American sports teaming up for Olympic bid
ROME (AP) — The International baseball and softball federations have signed an agreement to join forces in a bid to get back into the Olympics. They are proposing a shortened tournament in hopes of attracting Major League Baseball players.
Baseball and softball were voted off the Olympic program in 2005, making their last appearance at the 2008 Beijing Games. They are bidding to be reinstated for the 2020 Games.
The IOC will vote in September 2013 to add one sport. Karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboard and wushu also are in contention. Wushu is derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.