Tigers without Cabrera as magic number is 2
UNDATED (AP) — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of the starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox today after leaving last night's game with groin soreness. The Tigers are tied with the White Sox 1-1 in the early going. Detroit's magic number for clinching the AL Central is two.
Manager Jim Leyland says he's concerned about Cabrera, who is finishing up a spectacular season at the plate but has been bothered by a number of nagging injuries over the last couple months.
Cabrera is hitting .349 with 44 home runs and 136 RBIs.
Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals are at Milwaukee. The Cardinals need one more victory to clinch a playoff berth.
Phils make Sandberg permanent manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies remove interim tag from Ryne Sandberg, signing him this morning to manage the next three years.
Sandberg had been serving as interim manager since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies have gone 18-16 under Sandberg.
He signed a three-year contract, taking him through 2016 with a club option for 2017.
Cardinals get reinforcements for Saints
UNDATED (AP) — It's Week 4 of the NFL season and the unbeaten New Orleans Saints are facing a bolstered Arizona Cardinals team. The Saints are leading the Cardinals 14-7 at halftime.
Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back Rashard Mendenhall are active against the Saints after their availability was in doubt this week.
The Saints scratched running back Mark Ingram, who struggled early this season and missed practice this past week with a toe injury.
In the later games, the 2-0 Miami Dolphins will host 1-1 Atlanta.
The 2-0 Seattle Seahawks are hosting the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
Indianapolis visits San Francisco to play the 49ers in a matchup of 1-1 teams.
In another 1-1 matchup, the Buffalo Bills travel to the Meadowlands to play the Jets.
And tonight, the 2-0 Chicago Bears travel to Pittsburgh to take on the winless Steelers.
AP source: Broncos' Miller caught manipulating drug test
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the case says Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller was caught trying to manipulate the NFL's drug-testing system.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the details of Miller's violation. The manipulation attempt was first reported by ESPN.
Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season under the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Stenson up by 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson is the man to beat at the Tour Championship, and it's going to take a Herculean effort to deny him the big payday for winning the FedEx Cup. Stenson is scheduled to tee off at 1:55 (Eastern time).
Stenson has a four-shot lead over long-hitting Dustin Johnson early in today's final round.
Even if he were to lose the lead and finish second, Stenson would capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP
Wiebe leads by 2
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Mark Wiebe (WEE'-bee) is the leader through two rounds of the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship.
Wiebe shot a 3-under-par 69 for an 11-under total, two shots ahead of Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing). Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) and Brian Henninger are three shots back.
Penske says team didn't do anything wrong
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Roger Penske (PEHN'-skee) says his team didn't do anything wrong in the Richmond scandal that has rocked NASCAR.
Penske was at New Hampshire and back at a NASCAR track for the first time since the sport's big embarrassment. He insisted his team was in the clear and knew nothing about a deal with Front Row Motorsports to get Joey Logano in the Chase.
Penske says his team had "no deal" with Front Row.
He also says he's yet to make a decision on Sam Hornish Jr.'s future. Hornish leads the Nationwide Series standings but has no Cup ride for 2014. Penske says he told Hornish to look around at other offers.
Vettel goes wire-to-wire in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel recorded yet another start-to-finish win at the Singapore Grand Prix to further extend his lead in the Formula One championship.
The German was in a class of his own under the Marina Bay lights. He won by a massive 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso and boosting his championship lead over Alonso from 53 points to 60 with six races remaining.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) was third, ahead of the Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth respectively.
Williams reaches 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Venus Williams overpowered Mona Barthel of Germany 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open.
Williams needed just 1 hour, 4 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch Barthel and set up a second-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh), who has a first-round bye.
Top-ranked Serena Williams, who won her 17th Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, pulled out of the $2.3 million tournament, saying she needed time to recover from a busy summer playing schedule.
No. 3-ranked Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the Tokyo tournament because of a right-shoulder injury that kept her out of the U.S. Open.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP RANKINGS
Tide still No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) — With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there is little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remains No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.
The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Oregon, which didn't play, receives the remaining four first-place votes.
No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989.
No. 25 Fresno State is the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State drops out.
Bearcats freshman lineman dies in accident
CINCINNATI (AP) — A freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati was killed and two freshman receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident following the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio last night in nearby Oxford, Ohio.
Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred south of Oxford.
Receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr and the driver of the vehicle — whose identity has not been released — were listed in critical condition. Harrison was in stable condition.