WORLD SERIES-GAME 3
Series shifts to Detroit
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DETROIT (AP) — In short, the Detroit Tigers need a win in this evening's third game of the World Series. If they lose to the Giants they will fall behind three games to none with the Giants needing only one win in the remaining four games. If the Tigers win, they put themselves squarely back in the series with the next two games in Detroit before a return to San Francisco for Games 6 and 7, if they are needed.
The Game 3 pitching has Ryan Vogelsong going for the Giants against Anibal Sanchez. In three postseason starts Vogelsong has an earned run average of 1.42. In Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against St. Louis he struck out a career-high nine in seven innings of one-run ball. Sanchez is no stranger to the Giants or the National League as he spent his entire career in the senior circuit before being traded to the Tigers in July. He blanked the Yankees for seven innings in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
The weather forecast calls for much colder weather than what the players saw in San Francisco. Game-time temperature at Comerica Park is forecast in the 40s.
'Bama leads the way
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama, the top team in The Associated Press poll, faces a potential challenge tonight on the home turf. The 7-0 Crimson Tide are playing host to 7-0 Mississippi State in a key SEC battle. The Tide enters the game unbeaten in four league games while the Bulldogs are 3-0. Despite the nearly identical records, the Crimson Tide is a big favorite to win. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs have won nine straight, two behind Alabama's current streak.
A check of the afternoon action among top-five teams shows No. 2 Oregon at home to Colorado in a Pac-12 matchup. The Ducks are 7-0 and 4-0 in conference play while the Buffaloes are 1-6 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Third-ranked Florida is also in action this afternoon, facing No. 12 Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., in the game that has been dubbed "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." First place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division is up for grabs. The Gators sit atop the division and can clinch a spot in the SEC title game with a victory.
In the final game featuring a top-five team, fifth-ranked Notre Dame is at eighth-ranked Oklahoma. It's the first time in 46 years the Irish have made the trip to Norman. The Fighting Irish are looking to go 8-0 on a season for the first time in 10 years. The Sooners have won five of their six games.
In remaining top-10 games this afternoon ninth-ranked Ohio State is facing a rejuvenated Penn State squad in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes under first-year coach Urban Meyer are 8-0 while the Nittany Lions, with first-year coach Bill O'Brien, are 5-2. And 10th-ranked Southern California is at Arizona. The Trojans are 6-1, the Wildcats are 4-3.
T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL
Baylor starts on top
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor's women's basketball team tops the preseason Associated Press poll. The Lady Bears were a unanimous choice, receiving all 40 first-place votes. Last season they finished with a perfect 40-0 record and the national championship.
The second-ranked school is Connecticut, followed by Duke, Stanford and Maryland in the top five.
The second five consists of Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville and Georgia.
MEN'S GOLF-CIMB CLASSIC
Red, White and Blue on top
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Americans stand on top of the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic, an unofficial PGA Tour event. Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) share the lead at 16-under par, while Chris Kirk is 15-after three rounds.
Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 today when he had double-bogey on the 18th. His 9-under-62 featured 11 birdies.
Tiger Woods had a 69 and was in a group of five players at 11-under.
First round completed
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) remained the leader after the weather-delayed first round of the AT&T Championship finished this morning. His 5-under 67 on Friday held up for a three-stroke lead. As the first round was completed, Calcavecchia and others began the second round.
The tournament was delayed by three hours and 18 minutes Friday when a heavy rainstorm with high wind and lightning rolled over the TPC San Antonio Canyons Course.
Park in front
YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) — Inbee Park of South Korea shot an 8-under 64 to lead the Taiwan Championship by two strokes after the third round. Park had two eagles and five birdies and was at 18-under. Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) of Norway had six birdies in a round of 66 to sit in second place, two shots ahead of local favorite Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng) (66).
FORMULA ONE-INDIAN GP
F1 leader Sebastian Vettel wins pole for Indian GP
GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) — Red-hot Sebastian Vettel has the pole for tomorrow's Formula One Indian Grand Prix (pree). He edged out teammate Mark Webber by 0.04 seconds for Red Bull's third straight front-row sweep. McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualified third and fourth. Vettel, who has won the last three F1 races, is the points leader by six points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
It's a Williams-Sharapova finale
ISTANBUL (AP) — Serena Willliams will face Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) in the final of the WTA Championships. Williams advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh), while Sharapova stopped top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) 6-4, 6-2.