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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 5:00 AM


Arroyo gem puts Reds up 2-0 on Giants in NLDS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bronson Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) went down with a back injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 division series lead.

A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ryan Ludwick homered leading off the second inning for his first career playoff clout and Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a late RBI single. Jay Bruce added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits.

Former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker came into his old stomping grounds and left with two commanding victories 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title.


Lincecum a Giants reliever for now against Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) is a reliever for the time being, two years after he pitched the Giants' Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas.

The struggling two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was available out of the bullpen for San Francisco in Game 2 of the NL division series against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday night.

Manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) named right-hander Ryan Vogelsong his Game 3 starter for Tuesday in Cincinnati — and Bochy said he already picked a pitcher for a potential Game 4.

Lincecum started Game 5 of the 2010 NL championship series then pitched in relief in Game 6 following a day off. Otherwise, the right-hander hasn't been a reliever.

Bochy called it a tough decision.


Tigers score in 9th, beat A's 5-4 for 2-0 lead

DETROIT (AP) — Don Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.

Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera doubled twice for the Tigers, hit a fly ball that resulted in a two-run error and later singled in the ninth.

Detroit will go for a sweep of the division series matchup in Game 3 on Tuesday at Oakland.

The Tigers overcame three A's leads and seesawed to victory.

It was 1-all before a wild final three innings that included a big Oakland misplay, two game-tying wild pitches and several momentum changes.


49ers set franchise yards record, beat Bills 45-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3 on Sunday.

Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each eclipsed 100 yards receiving to back Smith, who threw TD passes of 43, 28 and 10 yards and surpassed 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career.

Rian Lindell kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter before San Francisco scored the final 42 points to hand Buffalo (2-3) its second straight embarrassing loss.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 126 yards and an interception, and the Bills rushed for only 89 yards, most with the game well out of hand once again.


NFL looking into Bills DE Mario Williams' injury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL is investigating whether Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams has an injured left wrist.

Williams has not been on the Bills' injury report this season despite what he claims has been a wrist injury that has bothered him all season. But the team says he has not missed any practices or game time.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Sunday that "the club says he is not injured. We will follow up this week to obtain a formal explanation."

Williams is the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, signing a $100 million contract as a free agent in the offseason.

He has not played well for Buffalo and has just 1½ sacks.


Brees sets mark, Saints beat Chargers 31-24

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the New Orleans Saints won for the first time this season, 31-24 over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

Brees' 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.

Brees' also had three scoring strikes to Marques Colston, giving him a franchise-record 52 touchdown catches with the Saints (1-4).

At Brees' request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis — all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation — to attend the game. They and Johnny Unitas son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards.

Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (3-2), but had an interception and fumble in the final quarter.


Saints CB Greer out with hip injury

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints starting cornerback Jabari Greer left Sunday night's game against San Diego because of what team officials say is a hip injury.

Greer was hurt late in the second quarter and the Saints said he would not return, a blow for a New Orleans team already ranked last in the NFL in defense.

Second-year pro Johnny Patrick took over for Greer, with rookie Corey White entering on passing downs as the nickel back.


Nunes, No. 17 Stanford still a mystery

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — No quarterback in the country has had to manage expectations the way Josh Nunes has had to this season succeeding the NFL's No. 1 overall pick.

In the last three weeks alone, the redshirt junior quarterback outplayed Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley to upset Southern California, shouldered the blame of a stunning loss at Washington and rallied No. 17 Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) from a two-touchdown deficit for a thrilling 54-48 overtime win against Arizona.

Nobody said filling Andrew Luck's shoes would be a smooth transition.

Fair or not, Stanford's streakiness this season has been tied directly to its new quarterback, and both are still somewhat of an unknown heading to seventh-ranked Notre Dame (5-0) on Saturday.


Warriors rout Lakers in exhibition game

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — David Lee scored 19 points and Klay Thompson added 18 to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-83 on Sunday night in both teams' exhibition opener.

Lee scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in the third quarter when the Warriors outscored the Lakers 37-10, turning a nine-point halftime deficit into an 86-66 lead.

Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and Jordan Hill scored 10 points apiece for the Lakers, who were without center Dwight Howard (back). Steve Nash had five points and three assists in his Lakers debut.

None of the Lakers' projected starters played in the second half.

Rookie Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry added 13 points apiece for Golden State.

The Warriors were without starters Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) (foot) and Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry (ankle), though both dressed.


Lynx edge Sparks 80-79 to reach WNBA finals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore added 20 and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Los Angeles Sparks 80-79 on Sunday, advancing to the WNBA finals to defend their title.

Alana Beard missed a 16-footer at the final buzzer for the Sparks as Candace Parker pulled her jersey over her face in anguish.

Lindsay Whalen added 17 points for the Lynx, who trailed by 10 points early in the fourth and came in with a 4-21 record in Los Angeles.

The Lynx, who swept the series 2-0, await the Eastern champion, either Connecticut or Indiana.

Parker had 33 points and 15 rebounds, Kristi Toliver added 16 points and Beard 15.


Sparks' Ogwumike and Ross earn WNBA honors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have collected two of the WNBA's season-ending awards, with Nneka Ogwumike (ah-GWOO'-mih-kay) honored as rookie of the year and Carol Ross chosen coach of the year.

The awards were announced Sunday before the Sparks and Minnesota Lynx played Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

Ogwumike averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the regular season. She was drafted No. 1 overall out of Stanford by the Sparks.

Ross, in her first season with the Sparks, guided them to a 24-10 record, including a 16-1 mark at Staples Center. She previously was an assistant with the Atlanta Dream and coached 16 years at Florida and Mississippi.

Candace Parker of the Sparks was runner-up for league MVP honors to Tina Charles last month.


UCLA's Lamb to have left knee surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Tyler Lamb will undergo arthroscopic left knee surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks.

The school announced the surgery Sunday night, but didn't explain how Lamb got injured.

The junior from Santa Ana, Calif., averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists playing in all 33 games last season. He missed a month after having a similar procedure on the same knee in July 2010, the summer before his freshman year.

Bruins coach Ben Howland says he's optimistic that Lamb will return in four weeks.

Lamb played in all three of UCLA's games on its China tour in late August.

The Bruins open the season on Nov. 9 against Indiana State.


Villafana's goal ends drought and gets Chivas tie

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jorge Villafana's goal in the 69th minute snapped a 600-minute scoreless streak and also dealt a blow to FC Dallas' playoff hopes as Chivas USA forged a 1-1 draw Sunday.

With the point earned, FC Dallas sits four points behind Vancouver for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, and each team has two games remaining. Vancouver would secure the playoff spot with a victory or an FC Dallas loss.

Villafana's goal tied the game and ended the second longest drought in league history.

FC Dallas Blas Perez opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Perez finished off a rebound from a shot by David Ferreira.

Meanwhile, Villafana's tally came off a feed from Miller Bolanos.


Rumor wins L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Rumor defeated Great Hot by a half-length to win the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Rumor ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.47 and paid $7.20 and $5.40.

Great Hot returned $16, while Lady of Fifty was another length back in third. Winding Way, the 3-5 favorite, finished last, beaten 7 ¾ lengths. There was no show wagering because of the four-horse field.

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said he would consider Rumor for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint next month at Santa Anita.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Rumor's career earnings to $294,188, with five wins in 11 starts.


Spithill wins America's Cup World Series stop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Racing rebounded from last place at the start of the Super Sunday fleet race finale to win the America's Cup World Series San Francisco championship.

Spithill and his crew of Dirk de Ridder, John Kostecki, Jono MacBeth and Joe Newton fought their way back through the fleet for a 17-second win over Oracle's other team, skippered by Russell Coutts.

Spithill earned 40 points for the race and had 79 points for the series, tying him with British star Ben Ainslie of J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing. Spithill won the championship based on positions in the final race, in which Ainslie was fourth.

On Saturday, Spithill won the match racing championship an hour after capsizing and breaking frames in the wingsail during a fleet race. The crew also won the August America's Cup World Series San Francisco championship.

Artemis Racing-White, skippered by Terry Hutchinson, placed third in Sunday's race and finished third overall.