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10/28/2012 - 6:13am
Giants on cusp of World Series title

The Giants shutout Detroit for a second straight game, beating the Tigers, 2-0, Saturday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. The victory handed San Francisco a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, putting the Giants in position to potentially win their second World Series title in the last three years when the teams play Sunday night.

All 23 of the previous teams to have claimed 3-0 leads in the World Series have gone on to claim the championship. San Francisco will send Matt Cain to the mound Sunday, with Detroit starting Max Scherzer. 

Leading the way this time for the Giants were starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and reliever Tim Lincecum. Vogelsong allowing no runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings before giving way to Lincecum, who only gave up on walk while striking three in 2 1/3 innings. Sergio Romo retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning for the save.

The Giants have now won six straight postseason games, outscoring...

10/27/2012 - 3:20pm
Hard shell: Rettig lifts BC over Maryland

CHESTNUT HILL -- Chase Rettig hit a wide open Johnathan Coleman for a 14-yard go-ahead touchdown with 52 seconds left in the fourth, as the Eagles came from behind to beat Maryland, 20-17, Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Rettig, who finished 21-of-39 for 287 yards, led an 85-yard, 13-play drive in just under four minutes for the winning score. Boston College, which was on the verge of blowing a 13-point second-half lead, won for just the second time this season and first time in ACC play. 

Defensive back Spenser Rositano intercepted a pass with 39 seconds left to seal Boston College's second victory of the season as they improve to 1-4 in the ACC and 2-6 overall. They also avoided their worst eight-game start since opening 1-8 in 1989, a season they finished 2-9. Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe hit Stefon Diggs on a 66-yard crossing route midway through the fourth quarter to put Maryland ahead before Rettig's heroics. 

Boston College was...

10/27/2012 - 9:39am
Kraft: 'It's time' London has NFL team

Speaking at the NFL's FanFest rally on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the time has come that London should have an NFL franchise.

"You're already hosting the premier league, and we believe we're the premier sport in the world," Kraft told the large crowd. "I think London has shown, with the way they've handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it's time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London."

Kraft was joined on stage by his head coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker.

Kraft reminded reporters later that the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a single "home" game in London in the next four seasons, beginning in 2013.

"As these things develop and there's a permanent home team now, I'm sure they'll develop a great following," the Patriots owner said. "Whatever we can do to...

10/27/2012 - 9:23am
Wilfork (illness) added to injury report

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork was added to the official injury report on Saturday morning with an illness as the team went through a final walk-through in London. He is listed officially as "probable" for Sunday afternoon's game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium. 

On Friday, Aaron Hernandez was among seven players ruled out of Sunday's game in London by the Patriots, who landed in the U.K. early Friday. Also out are Tracy White, Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung and Trevor Scott. 

Hernandez, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, has been having trouble making cuts on his right ankle, the same ankle he sprained on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals. Hernandez returned two weeks ago and played against Seattle and the Jets before taking a step back this week. 

Eleven players were listed as questionable and all 11 were limited in the team's light practice on Friday, a team gathering Bill...

10/27/2012 - 9:19am
Crawford: 'Definitely a relief' to leave Boston

Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, traded to Los Angeles in a blockbuster on Aug. 25 (one day after he'd undergone Tommy John surgery), was introduced as a member of the Dodgers at a press conference on Friday. Crawford told reporters that he looked forward to getting a "second chance" and a fresh start with a new team, while acknowledging his disappointment at how things unfolded in Boston in teh first two seasons after he signed a seven-year, $142 million contract. 

"If somebody wants to trade you, to get rid of you, it's time to move on," Crawford told reporters, explaining why he waived his no-trade clause. "Things didn't go as planned in Boston. I'm happy for a new start. I just didn't play well enough there, for whatever reason. It just didn't work. I didn't do my part."

Crawford suggested that, in retrospect, it was a mistake not to get Tommy John surgery done earlier. The outfielder...

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