Tanaka, Torres help Yanks build 5-run lead
HOUSTON (AP) _ Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) and Gleyber Torres have helped the New York Yankees get into position to steal home-field advantage from the Houston Astros in the American League Championship series.
The Yankees led 5-0 heading into the eighth inning after Tanaka limited the Astros two one hit and one walk over six scoreless innings. He entered the game 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA in six career postseason starts before shutting down Houston.
Torres has driven in four runs so far. He opened the scoring with an RBI double in the fourth and added a sixth-inning homer before padding New York’s lead with a two-run single.
Giancarlo Stanton also homered in the sixth off Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee), who was reached for three runs and seven hits over six innings.
The series stays in Houston tomorrow for Game 2.
Scherzer superb as Nats take 2-0 series lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Washington Nationals are leaving St. Louis with a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series following another fantastic performance from their starting rotation.
Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Nats downed the Cardinals, 3-1 at Busch Stadium. The Washington ace struck out eleven over seven frames and didn’t allow a hit until Paul Goldschmidt led off the bottom of the seventh with a single.
Scherzer’s performance came hours after Anibal (AN’-ih-bahl) Sánchez came within four outs of no-hitting the Redbirds.
Michael Taylor had two of the Nationals’ seven hits, including a solo blast that opened the scoring in the third inning. The Nats continued to cling to a 1-0 lead until Adam Eaton’s two-run double in the eighth.
The Cardinals finally got their first run of the series when Taylor misplayed a double by José Martínez, allowing Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) to score in the eighth. Martínez also broke up Friday’s no-hit bid by Sánchez.
Adam Wainwright was the hard-luck loser, fanning seven and yielding three runs over 7 1/3 innings.
The Nationals have scored five runs over the first two games, while the Cards have just four hits.
Game 3 is Monday in Washington, where Stephen Strasburg will take the mound against Jack Flaherty.
Former World Series MVP Freese retires
UNDATED (AP) _ David Freese is retiring after an 11-year career that included stops with the Cardinals, Angels, Pirates and Dodgers.
The 36-year-old Freese was the MVP of the 2011 NLCS and World Series after helping St. Louis take the title. He batted .545 with 12 hits in the NL Championship Series that year, setting an MLB postseason record with 21 RBIs.
Freese batted .315 in 79 games for the Dodgers this season, with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs.
Gamecocks stun Bulldogs
UNDATED (AP) _ Third-ranked Georgia entered today’s top-25 football action as 24 ½-point favorites before suffering their first loss of the season.
Israel Mukuamu returned the first of his three interceptions 53 yards for a touchdown before South Carolina completed a 20-17 stunner against the Bulldogs at Athens. Parker White’s 23-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be enough when Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship was wide left on his attempt from 42 yards.
Jake Fromm hadn’t thrown an interception all season until the Gamecocks picked him off three times. Fromm also lost a fumble as Georgia dropped to 5-1.
Fromm led Georgia on a tying 96-yard touchdown drive capped by his 6-yard scoring pass to Demetris Robertson with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
In other top-25 action:
_ Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) threw four touchdowns and Alabama earned its first win of the season as the nation’s No. 1 team by blasting No. 24 Texas A&M, 47-28. Tagovailoa engineered four consecutive scoring drives and became the Tide’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 81.
_ Trevor Lawrence threw two of his three touchdown passes to Justyn Ross as No. 2 Clemson rolled over Florida State, 45-14. Travis Etienne ran for 127 yards and caught one of Lawrence’s scoring throws in the Tigers’ 21st consecutive win.
_ Sixth-ranked Oklahoma won the latest edition of the Red River rivalry as Jalen Hurts threw for three touchdowns and the Sooners sacked Sam Ehlinger nine times in a 34-27 win over No. 11 Texas. Hurts threw for 235 yards and gained another 131 more on the ground, including a punctuating 3-yard touchdown for a 34-20 lead late in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma moved to 6-0. Ehlinger scored twice on the ground while going 26 of 38 for 210 yards for the 4-2 Longhorns.
_ Eighth-ranked Wisconsin allowed just 149 net yards and 30 yards on the ground in a 38-0 thrashing of Michigan State. The Spartans’ defense held Jonathan Taylor to 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the first time this season the Heisman Trophy hopeful was held under 100. But Taylor still ran for two touchdowns and Jack Coan was 18 of 21 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown to win his eighth straight start since last season.
_ No. 16 Michigan pulled away for a 42-25 win against Illinois as Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Zach Charbonnet added 116 yards rushing for the Wolverines, and quarterback Shea Patterson threw for a TD and ran for another.
No. 18 Arizona State was able to celebrate a 38-34 comeback victory over Washington State after Jayden Daniels scored on a 17-yard scramble with 34 seconds to play. Daniels threw three touchdown passes to Brandon Aiyuk and was 26 of 36 for 363 yards.
_ JaMycal Hasty scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the second overtime to give No. 22 Baylor a 33-30 win against Texas Tech.
_ Anthony Russo threw two touchdown passes and Temple took advantage of four turnovers to upset No. 23 Memphis, 30-28.
_ Desmond Ridder passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns in No. 25 Cincinnati’s 38-23 win against Houston.
Gurley to miss Niners game
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Running back Todd Gurley won’t play in the Los Angeles Rams’ divisional meeting with the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers on Sunday because of a bruised left thigh.
Gurley missed practice all week after getting hurt in the Rams’ 30-29 loss at Seattle on Oct. 3.
Malcolm Brown is expected to make his second career start in Gurley’s place.
Oilers still perfect
UNDATED (AP) _ The Edmonton Oilers were in the midst of a dynasty the last time they began an NHL season this well.
The Oilers are 5-0 for the first time in 34 years after snipers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) led a 4-1 victory against the Rangers in New York. McDavid broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal midway through the third period before collecting an assist. Draisaitl capped his three-point game by tallying twice over the last 6:48, including an empty-netter.
Rookie Kaapo Kakko (KAP’-oh KAK’-oh) notched his first NHL goal for the Rangers before the Oilers became the first team in NHL history to trail in each of its first five games before winning all of them.
Edmonton also completed a three-game sweep of the New York metropolitan area, downing the Islanders, Devils and Ranges by a combined 13-6 margin.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
_ Columbus ended Carolina’s season-opening five-game winning streak by getting goals from Markus Nutivaara (noo-tih-VAH’-rah), Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubios (doo-BWAH’) in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Jackets, while Ryan Murray and Alexander Wennberg each had two assists in the victory.
_ Brendan Gallagher scored once and set up goal goals as the Canadiens doubled up the Blues, 6-3. The game was tied 3-3 until Artturi Lehkonen (ahr-TOOR’-ee LEH’-koh-nehn), Gallagher and Tie Domi scored over the last 12 ½ minutes.
_ The Bruins won their home opener as Tuukka (TOO’-kuh) Rask stopped 31 shots in his 46th career shutout to lead a 3-0 win over the Devils. Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) all scored in the Bruins.
_ The Jets wiped out a 2-0 deficit and knocked off the Blackhawks, 3-2 on Mark Scheifele’s (SHY’-fleez) goal 47 seconds into overtime. Andrew Copp’s easy tap-in goal tied it at 2 with 8:16 left in the third.
_ The Kings coughed up a three-goal lead in the third period before Alex Iafallo (eye-ah-FAH’-loh) scored the tiebreaking goal with 59 seconds to play to spark a 7-4 victory against the Predators. Dustin Brown provided a goal and two assists for Los Angeles, while Michael Amadio, Anze Kopitar (AHN’-zhay KOH’-pih-tahr) and Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL’-yah KOH’-vul-vhuhk) each had a goal and an assist.
_ Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHS’-tih-nahv) scored his first two goals for his new team late in the third period to lift the Senators past the Lightning, 4-2. Colin White and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) also scored as the Senators ended a franchise-worst 0-3-0 start.
_ Toronto’s three-game skid is over after Ilya Mikhayev (EEL’-yah mih-KAY’-ehv) and Nick Shore each provided a goal and an assist in the Maple Leafs’ 5-2 victory against the Red Wings. Alexander Kerfoot, Tervor Moore and Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) furnished the Leafs’ other goals.
_ Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) turned back 35 shots and Brock Nelson scored the lone shootout goal in the Islanders’ 3-2 win over the Panthers. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey had second-period goals for New York, which had dropped three of its first four games.
Elliott has pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) _ Chase Elliott will start from the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Elliott had a top lap of 192.707 mph to edge out Alex Bowman for the top spot.
William Byron and Jimmie Johnson make up the second row, just ahead of Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski (kehs-LOW’-skee).
Davis hurt as Lakers fall to Nets
UNDATED (AP) _ Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers did not get out of China unscathed.
Davis will have tests Sunday to determine the full severity of a right thumb injury suffered in the Lakers’ 91-77 loss to the Nets at Shenzhen. The injury occurred in the first quarter and was initially diagnosed as a sprain.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points on 8 for 11 shooting for Brooklyn, which swept the two matchups between the clubs in China.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Austin pulls even with Barron
CARY, N.C. (AP) _ Woody Austin birdied his last two holes for another 5-under 67 that leaves him tied for the lead with Doug Barron going into the final round of the SAS Championship.
Barron faltered following an eagle on the par-5 12th hole and played his last six holes in 1 over to complete a 68 that leaves him at minus-10.
Jerry Kelly had a 67 and was one shot behind after entering the tournament second in the Charles Schwab standings.
Biles ties worlds medal record
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ Simone Biles has won the women’s vault competition at the gymnastics world championships to tie the record for most world medals by any gymnast.
Biles successfully defended her title by sticking the landing on her two vaults for a score of 15.399.
The win takes Biles to 23 career world championship medals, equaling the mark set by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo.
Biles has the chance to take the record outright in Sunday’s balance beam and floor events.
RUGBY-WORLD CUP CANCELATIONS
Third Cup game canceled by typhoon
TOKYO (AP) _ Organizers of the Rugby World Cup in Japan have canceled a third game because of Typhoon Hagibis.
Sunday’s matchup between Canada and Namibia was called off after two of Saturday’s contests were canceled.
World Rugby issued a statement saying an evacuation order remained in place in the Kamaishi area where the game was set to be played, and there had been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium.