Crimson Tide out to protect No. 1 ranking...ALCS starts tonight...Mallinger by 4

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 11:02 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Alabama's top ranked football team is getting ready to swing back into action following a bye week. The 5-0 Crimson Tide are a three touchdown favorite at Missouri (3:30 p.m. Eastern).

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees will send playoff-tested veteran Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) to the home mound tonight for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The 40-year-old left-hander holds the record for most postseason starts and victories. The visiting Detroit Tigers counter with Doug Fister in the opener of the best-of-seven showdown for the AL pennant.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Cardinals headed West following last night's NL Division Series victory at Washington. St. Louis will take on the Giants in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series in San Francisco on Sunday.

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — The third round of the PGA Tour event in California got under way today with John Mallinger holding a four-shot lead. Billy Horschel and Johnattan Vegas shared second place with 36 holes to play.

SHANGHAI (AP) — Andy Murray will be looking to duplicate his win over Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in this year's U.S. Open final when the two players meet in the finale of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. Murray upended top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in today's semifinals. Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-3, 6-4.

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