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10/19/2011 - 10:17pm
Cards beat Rangers in pinch to win Game 1

Pinch-hitter Allen Craig delivered a two-out, run-scoring pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead that stood up as the final score, as St. Louis claimed a home victory to win Game 1 of the World Series.

With two outs and David Freese on third base, the Rangers elected to walk No. 8 hitter Nick Punto intentionally in order to force the Cardinals to pinch-hit for starter Chris Carpenter. But the strategy backfired when Craig lined a single to right that ticked off the end of the glove of sliding right-fielder Nelson Cruz for the go-ahead run, breaking a 2-2 tie. With Carpenter out of the game, the Cardinals bullpen continued its tremendous postseason, logging three shutout innings to close out the Rangers.

Craig's knock came against reliever Alexi Ogando, but all three St. Louis runs were charged to C.J. Wilson, who suffered the loss. Carpenter allowed only a two-run homer by Mike Napoli -- an opposite...

10/19/2011 - 6:20pm
NBA labor talks continue into Thursday

After meeting for another eight and a half hours with federal mediator George Cohen, the NBA and the union that represents the players will continue their discussions on Thursday at 2 p.m. The two sides have now met for more than 24 hours since talks resumed on Monday. Cohen has issued a gag order during mediation but he did say, "the discussions have been direct and constructive," in brief comments to reporters in New York.

While it's unclear how much actual progress has been made, commissioner David Stern had hinted at canceling more games and he has yet to follow up on his threat. It will also be the first time since the owners locked out the players on July 1 that they have met for three consecutive days.

The NBA is also conducting its Board of Governors meetings in New York with representatives from all 30 teams. The main topic on the agenda is revenue sharing, which has been separate from the collective bargaining agreement...

10/19/2011 - 3:36pm
Cubs prospect McNutt roughed up in AFL

Cubs minor leaguer Trey McNutt, a right-handed pitcher who is rumored to be a Red Sox target in a potential deal involving GM Theo Epstein, was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox against the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

The hard-throwing 22-year-old threw 53 pitches, 30 for strikes. The Scorpions team he faced included a couple of Red Sox prospects, including outfieders Alex Hassan (who went 1-for-2 against McNutt with an RBI single) and Ryan Dent (1-for-1 with a single).

After the outing, McNutt took stock of the rumors that he could be traded to Boston as part of a package for a head of baseball operations.

"I just thought it was a joke and then [teammates] showed me and I was like, ‘It’s for real,’" McNutt said. "I just didn’t think they would trade me because we need the starting...

10/19/2011 - 2:18pm
Report: Rondo, Pierce to play in world tour

According to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce will each play in a world basketball tour scheduled to take place from October 30-November 9.

Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Derrick Rose are among others who will play in the tour, which will include stops in Australia, Puerto Rico and London. Broussard also reported that there is a possibility that Kevin Garnett will also play. Each player could be paid up to $1 million for the tour, which will take place only if the players and owners fail to agree on a deal to end the lockout.

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10/19/2011 - 1:42pm
Marchand on M&M: 'We need our emotion'

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after the B's fell to 2-4-0 with a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

The Bruins tried to get physical with Carolina, but it backfired in the final period with some key penalties.

"A big part of our game is emotion," Marchand said. "Last year, anytime we had a physical game like that where there was a lot of fights and guys were getting involved, we were playing pretty good hockey. And it started to work there for us after our team got in a couple of fights there. We scored a goal, we were playing really good hockey. And then we got a couple of penalties that were questionable or maybe we shouldn't have taken.

"It did kind of bite us in the butt, but we do have to play that style of game. We need our emotion. We need to get involved. If we continue to do that and play that way, we're going to win a lot more games than we lose."...

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