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BOSTON (AP)- David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a winning single in the ninth that sent Boston past the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night to even the AL championship series at 1-all.
The Tigers were cruising to their second straight win at Fenway Park, with starter Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.
But with one swing, Ortiz changed everything. His two-out shot sent right fielder Torii Hunter jack-knifing into the Boston bullpen in a futile attempt to catch the ball, making it 5-5.
Saltalamacchia's single came after a series of Tigers misplays in the ninth. A wild throw, a wild pitch and a missed catch set up the game-ending hit.
The teams head to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. Justin Verlander will face Boston's John Lackey.
Detroit 010 004 000 -5 8 1
Boston 000 001 041 -6 7 1
Detroit: Max Scherzer, Jose Veras (8), Drew Smyly (8), Al
Alburquerque (8), Joaquin Benoit (8), Rick Porcello (9)
and Alex Avila
Boston: Clay Buchholz, Brandon Workman (6), Felix
Doubront (7), Koji Uehara (9) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia
WP: Koji Uehara (1-0)
LP: Rick Porcello (0-1)
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HRs: Detroit: Miguel Cabrera (1)
Alex Avila (1)
Boston: David Ortiz (1)
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Carolina 35 Minnesota 10
Final Cincinnati 27 Buffalo 24 OT
Final Detroit 31 Cleveland 17
Final Green Bay 19 Baltimore 17
Final Kansas City 24 Oakland 7
Final Philadelphia 31 Tampa Bay 20
Final Pittsburgh 19 N-Y Jets 6
Final St. Louis 38 Houston 13
Final Denver 35 Jacksonville 19
Final Seattle 20 Tennessee 13
Final San Francisco 32 Arizona 20
Final New England 30 New Orleans 27
Final Dallas 31 Washington 16
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson says he never wavered in his decision to play against the Carolina Panthers, two days after his 2-year-old son died in an alleged case of child abuse.
Peterson rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries in the Minnesota Vikings' 35-10 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He says he doesn't expect others to understand why he decided to play. He says getting on the field helped him cope.
Peterson declined to talk about the relationship he had with the boy. He went to see the boy in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital Thursday. The mother's boyfriend is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
Peterson says he can't describe what it's been like to go through the situation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Cam Newton threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Panthers romped past Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings 35-10 on Sunday.
Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions, but the Vikings (1-4) trailed the whole game and didn't have much use after halftime for Peterson. The NFL MVP learned on Friday a 2-year-old son of his died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse.
Matt Cassel threw two interceptions, both to Mike Mitchell, and the Panthers (2-3) responded each time with a touchdown.
Whether the team was distracted by the tragedy or not, the Vikings were thoroughly embarrassed on both sides of the ball.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Rob Klinkhammer scored his second goal of the game 22 seconds into the third period and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Shane Doan, Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski had Phoenix's other goals. Mike Smith made 31 saves for the Coyotes, who closed a five-game road trip by winning the final three.
Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes.
Cam Ward made nine saves after coming on with 10:08 left in the second period to replace starting netminder Anton Khudobin. Khudobin suffered a lower-body injury when he skated out to play the puck.
Ward allowed three of Phoenix's goals.
CARY, NC (AP) - Russ Cochran holed a 5-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old Cochran, also the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199. The left-hander won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa. He has five Champions Tour victories after winning once on the PGA Tour.
Frost finished with a 66. He missed a short birdie putt on No. 17 and also settled for par on 18.
Kirk Triplett was third at 14 under after a 68.
Note: Chance Shepard is an Ashley graduate.
Note: Czech Republic will play UNCW on Monday at 3:30 at Brooks Field.
RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) -- NC State baseball scored a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in a 10-inning scrimmage on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park, behind a 2-for-3 performance from newcomer Bubby Riley and a combined 14 strikeouts from the Wolfpack pitching staff.
State opened the scoring with two runs in the first on RBIs from Riley and Logan Ratledge. The Pack extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. State led 3-0 at the end of the ninth. Both teams scored once in the 10th.
Pack starter Carlos Rodon earned the win on two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Logan Jernigan relieved him for two innings of one-hit ball, striking out a pair. Brad Stone was the next man out of the bullpen, striking out three over two scoreless innings. Andrew Woeck fanned the first three batters he faced in two perfect frames.
Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base. Chance Shepard sent a double off the left field wall for his only hit of the game. Jake Fincher turned in a 1-for-2, one run, one RBI performance after starting in center.
NC State enjoyed strong performances from several newcomers. Riley, a JUCO transfer from Delgado CC in New Orleans, started in left as one of three new faces in the Wolfpack lineup. He finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Freshman Preston Palmeiro started at first and went 1-for-3. Freshman Andrew Knizner started at third.
In addition to those new starters, junior Luke Voiron and freshmen Will Raynor, Kyle Cavanaugh, Garrett Suggs, Markel Jones, Nathan Hood, and Matthew Vernon saw action on the afternoon. Suggs singled in his lone at-bat. Voiron scored Suggs with a sac fly to right in his only plate appearance. Hood singled in the eighth and made a diving catch into the left field wall on a deep fly ball in the ninth.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – The UNCW Baseball team retakes the field Monday when it hosts the Czech Republic National Team at Brooks Field in an exhibition game slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.
The two teams were to play earlier this month, but the game was postponed due to rain. Admission to the game is free.
The exhibition game kicks off a busy week for the program as the Seahawks also open their annual Blue/Teal Word Series on Oct. 18 and host the fourth annual Friends of Seahawk Baseball Golf Classic on Oct. 19 at Castle Bay Country Club in Hampstead, N.C.
Sophomore Ryan Foster will make the start for the Seahawks, who will use a majority of its staff in the exhibition.
ESSEX, MD (CFCC) -- CCBC Essex beat Cape Fear CC 4-1 in men's soccer. Ed Lytle scored the only goal for the Sea Devils off an assist from Derek Yates in the loss to CCBC Essex. Record 10-4-3, 6-2-3 in Region Ten. Next game @ USC-Salkehatchie Wednesday 2pm in Allendale, SC.
JOHNSON CITY, TN (UNCW) -– UNCW wrapped up its fall portion of the schedule with a ninth-place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate on Sunday at the Blackthorn Club.
Freshman Trey Guy and senior Payne McLeod both finished tied for 23rd to pace the Seahawks. "Today was one of those days where we just couldn’t get going,” said UNCW Head Coach Matt Clark. “Now we have some time to figure out where we need to improve and how we plan to get there. Overall, there were many positives from the fall season and I know we’re already looking forward to the spring.” Fourteenth-ranked Virginia continued it tremendous run in round three, carding a 13-under-par score in round three to rally past 13th-ranked Virginia Tech to win by a stroke. Kent State, who is ranked 17th, finished two strokes off the pace while host East Tennessee finished fourth. Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent, ranked fourth nationally by Golfstat, claimed medalist honors by two strokes over Thomas Birdsey of Wake Forest.
UNCW recorded 39 birdies for the tournament, raising its season total to 175 through four tournaments. The Seahawks are raising funds to help former UNCW standout Derek Brown and his family made upgrades to their house for the daughter, Kaitlyn, who has cerebral palsy.
“We’ve done well with the fundraiser and are thankful for the support received from other golfers, schools, conference and communities.”
The Seahawks will be off from competition until Feb. 23, 2014, when they resume play at the John Hayt Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla.
UNCW Results: T23. Trey Guy (71-69-75=215); T23. Payne McLeod (74-69-74=215); T34. Preston Harrington (73-73-72=218); T40. Stefan Brewer (70-75-75=220); 72. Ryan Nagy (82-79-77=238)
Birdies for Kaitlyn: Sunday: 10 (Harrington 4) | Tournament: 39 (Guy/McLeod 10)
Team Standings: 1. Virgnia (295-272-275=842); 2. Virginia Tech (284-282-277=843); 3. Kent State (285-279-280=844); 4. East Tennessee (277-291-284=852); 5. Wake Forest (290-283-283=856); 6. Memphis (288-288-282=858); 7. Tennessee (290-283-288=861); 8. Missouri (295-291-280=866); 9. UNCW (288-284-296=868); T10. Coastal Carolina (285-295-291=871); T10. Furman (292-292-287=871); 12. Army (296-292-294=882); 13. Penn State (305-295-311=911); 14. Villanova (327-318-316=961)
Individual Standings: 1. Scott Vincent (VT) 67-68-68=203; T2. Thomas Birdsey (WF) 67-70-68=205); T2. Denny McCarthy (UVA) 73-66-66=205; 4. Derek Bard (UVA) 71-64-72=207; 5. Bryce Chalkley (VT) 71-69-68=208; T6. Andrew Dorn (CCU) 71-69-69=209; T6. Oliver Goss (UT) 70-68-71=209; T8. Chad Merzbacher* (UT) 70-70-70=210; T8. Taylor Pendrith (KSU) 71-71-68=210; T8. Rhys Pugh (ETSU) 66-72-72=210; T8. Lars van Meijel (Memphis) 69-73-68=210
* Played as individual
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (UNCW) -– Junior Sam Williams won the consolation finals of the A1 Singles bracket to highlight UNCW’s play on the final day of the Wake Forest Fall Invitational Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
Williams, from Bristol, England, routed UNC Greensboro’s Ahmet Sarioglu, 6-0, 6-1, to give the Seahawks a boost on the final day of the three-day event.
In other action, senior Rafael Aita topped Wake’s Pedro Dumont, 6-3, 6-4, to capture third place in A2 Singles and sophomore Santtu Leskinen fell to Duke’s Cale Hammond, 6-4, 7-6 (3), in the B2 Singles championship.
Also, sophomore Christiaan Van der Burgh downed Iowa’s Chase Tomlins, 7-5, 6-3, for third place in C2 Singles and senior Matt Kealy outlasted Iowa’s Michael Swank, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5, to nail down third place in D2 Singles.
In doubles action, Penn State’s Roman Trkulja and Matt Barry edged Leskinen and Zach Hublitz, 8-6, in the B Doubles title match.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Jack Ward’s goal 10 minutes into the second half proved to be the difference as UNCW edged visiting James Madison, 1-0, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action on Saturday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks, who avenged a pair of overtime losses to the Dukes last season, improved to 6-4-1 overall and 2-1 in the CAA. The Dukes, meanwhile, dropped to 4-6-1 and remained winless in the league at 0-3.
On the game’s lone goal, junior Jamie Dell broke down the left flank and sent a high cross into the penalty area. Ward beat his defender to the loose ball and knocked it inside the right post at the 54:24 mark.
For Dell, it was his team-leading fourth assist of the season. Both of Ward’s goals this season have been game-winners, including the lone goal in a win over College of Charleston earlier in the season.
The Seahawks outshot the Dukes, 10-2, including a 6-0 advantage in the first half.
UNCW sophomore goalkeeper Sam Williams posted his second shutout in five starts. Williams finished with two saves, both at point blank and kept the Seahawks in front.
JMU played the final 85:10 after an early red carded reduced them to 10 players.
Bill Groben finished three saves on the evening for the Dukes.
The Seahawks conclude their brief two-game homestand on Oct. 16 against Drexel at 7 p.m.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Former WBA heavyweight champion of the world Bonecrusher Smith will hold a meet and greet on Monday, October 14th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Old Eastwood Road from 5 to 7pm.
Smith recently wrote a book titled, "MAD, Make A Decision". The event is a fundraiser for mentoring through boxing.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return as the Dallas Cowboys handed Robert Griffin III his first loss in his home state with a 31-16 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Tony Romo had just 170 yards passing a week after getting 506 in a wild 51-48 loss to Denver.
That's because Harris had 222 total return yards and Kyle Wilber forced and recovered a fumble on a sack of Griffin that left the Cowboys needing just 3 yards for a clinching score in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys (3-3) gave owner Jerry Jones a win on his 71st birthday.
Dallas kept the defending NFC East champ Redskins (1-4) from building any momentum after a win and a bye following an 0-3 start.