Cardinals, Giants each pulled off remarkable rally
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Matheny will watch the game again, once things slow down, so he can truly appreciate just what his Cardinals pulled off in Washington to return to the NL championship series.
San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy doesn't need another look to know how impressive the reigning World Series champions' ninth-inning comeback was. The Cardinals erased a six-run deficit and rallied to win 9-7 in the nation's capital on Friday night.
Bochy's team had its own remarkable rally: Three road wins at Cincinnati to advance after dropping the first two games of the division series at home to the Reds.
The last two World Series winners sure are showing their championship mettle in mid-October.
They face off in Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday night at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
Giants first base coach Kelly injured during BP
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly has been taken to a hospital after getting hit in the back of the head when Buster Posey's ball struck him while he was standing near second base during batting practice.
Kelly walked off the field with assistance Saturday afternoon and was placed on a stretcher to leave the ballpark. The Giants held a workout at AT&T Park a day before opening their NL championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 48-year-old Kelly has been the Giants' first base coach since 2008. He played 14 seasons in the majors for eight teams and was a career .290 hitter with 124 home runs and 585 RBIs. The outfielder spent his longest stint with the New York Yankees, from 1987-92 and again in 2000.
No. 7 Notre Dame stops No. 17 Stanford 20-13 in OT
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch in overtime and No. 7 Notre Dame stopped Stanford inches from the goal line to beat the 17th-ranked Cardinal 20-13 Saturday.
After Jones and Tommy Rees gave the Fighting Irish (6-0) a seven-point lead in OT, Stanford (4-2) drove to a first-and-goal at the 4.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 1 on first, 2 on second and inches on third down. That left one play from inside the 1 and the Notre Dame defense, led by Carlos Calabrese, stood up Taylor and pushed him back.
Taylor kept reaching and turning, and ended up reaching the ball across the goal line, but the officials ruled it was too late. The play had been stopped.
The celebration had to wait for a replay review. It was close, but the call stood. The fans completed storming the field, and the national title hopes in South Bend remained alive.
Redd, defense leads No. 11 USC past Huskies 24-14
SEATTLE (AP) — Anthony Brown blocked a punt and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown in the first half, Jawanza Starling forced and recovered Keith Price's fumble inside the USC 5-yard line in the fourth quarter, and the No. 11 Trojans overcame offensive inconsistency for a 24-14 win over Washington on Saturday night.
Silas Redd rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half and Matt Barkley added an 18-yard TD pass to Xavier Grimble as the Trojans continued rebuilding their resume following last month's loss to Stanford that appeared to end their national championship hopes.
The Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) were held scoreless in the second half and got needed help from a defense that sacked Price five times and forced four turnovers to give USC its third straight win.
Hundley, Franklin lead UCLA past Utah 21-14
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Brett Hundley passed for 183 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 68 yards and another score, and UCLA's defense largely shut down Utah in a 21-14 victory Saturday.
Johnathan Franklin rushed for 79 yards and a TD for the Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12), who bounced back solidly from a blowout loss to California that knocked them out of the Top 25 last weekend.
Shaq Evans caught a 64-yard TD pass from Hundley, who showed off his uncommon freshman poise while winning a duel with Travis Wilson. Utah's freshman quarterback passed for 220 yards in his first career start, but the Utes (2-4, 0-3) lost their third straight.
UCLA's defense shut out the Utah offense until Wilson led a 90-yard drive capped by Jon Hays' 1-yard TD pass to Dres Anderson with 3:16 to play.
Maynard leads California by Washington State 31-17
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Quarterback Zach Maynard threw for a touchdown and ran for another as California beat Washington State 31-17 on Saturday night.
C.J. Anderson rushed for two touchdowns as the Golden Bears (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) earned their eighth straight win over the Cougars.
Washington State (2-5, 0-4) has lost four in a row, and new coach Mike Leach is still looking for his first Pac-12 win.
Cal got a balanced ground attack from Anderson, Brendan Bigelow and Maynard, who each rushed for more than 50 yards.
Washington State continued to suffer offensive woes, switching quarterbacks in the first quarter. The Cougars had trouble punching the ball into the end zone when they got into scoring position.
T25-FRESNO ST-BOISE ST
No. 24 Boise St knocks off Fresno State 20-10
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — D.J. Harper rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown and Joe Southwick threw for another score to lead No. 24 Boise State to a 20-10 victory over Fresno State Saturday.
Harper was the leader of a Boise State (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) rushing attack that chewed up 215 yards on the ground and propelled the Broncos to their seventh straight victory over the Bulldogs.
Southwick put the Broncos up in the first quarter when he fired a 10-yard touchdown to Geraldo Boldewijn (BOLD-uh-vine) in the left corner of the end zone. Southwick was 11 of 22 for 113 yards passing and one interception.
Harper then gave Boise State a 17-0 lead before the half with a nifty 28-yard TD run. Jay Ajayi added 82 yards on 14 carries for Boise State.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-1) out of a first-place tie with Nevada. The Bulldogs scored their only touchdown late when Derek Carr lobbed a 3-yard TD to Davante Evans. Carr was 29 of 43 passing for 266 yards and an interception.
COLORADO ST-SAN DIEGO ST
San Diego State defeats Colorado State 38-14
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Muema rushed for two touchdowns and Ryan Katz passed for two scores and ran for another to lead San Diego State to a 38-14 victory against Colorado State on Saturday night.
Muema had 105 yards on 14 attempts, and Katz was 16 of 22 passing for 181 yards for the Aztecs (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West), who were not penalized in a game for the first time since 1973.
Conner Smith was 18 of 22 for 165 yards and an interception for the Rams (1-6, 0-3).
SDSU converted all three of Colorado State's turnovers into touchdowns, and scored another TD after the Rams gave the ball up on downs.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Marquise Law fumbled for Colorado State, and Jake Fely recovered for the Aztecs. Two plays later, Katz scrambled to the end zone from 11 yards out to give SDSU a 24-7 lead.
After Derek Largent's interception gave San Diego State the ball at the CSU 33, Katz found Brice Butler for a 15-yard TD pass and a 31-7 advantage.
Largent had two interceptions and Fely two sacks for the Aztecs, who have won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams.
Jazz beat Lakers 99-86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reserve Enes Kanter scored eight of his 14 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run and had 14 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 99-86 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Deron Williams, whom the Jazz acquired in a trade that sent Devin Harris to the Atlanta Hawks, also had 14 points for Utah (2-1). Mo Williams, replacing Harris as the starting point guard after the Jazz acquired him from the Clippers in another four-team trade last June, missed seven of eight shots and had seven points in 21 minutes with two assists.
After playing their first two exhibition games way off-Broadway in Fresno and Ontario, Calif. — and losing both by a combined margin of 45 points — the Lakers (0-3) returned to Staples Center for the first time since their 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City on May 19 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Kobe Bryant, who sat out Wednesday's loss against Portland because of a right shoulder strain, had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes.
John Mallinger leads Frys.com Open
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — John Mallinger remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory, shooting a 1-under 70 on Saturday in the Frys.com Open to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 33-year-old Mallinger had a 15-under 198 total at CordeValle after opening with a 66 and matching the course record with a 62 on Friday. He has finished second twice in his seven-year career on the tour, losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt in Milwaukee in 2009.
Sweden's Jonas Blixt was second after a 66, and Charles Howell III and Jason Kokrak were another stroke back at 12 under. Howell had a 66, and Kokrak shot 67.
Vijay Singh and Brazil's Alexandre Rocha were 11 under. They each shot 66.
Donaire stops Nishioka; Rios rocks Alvarado
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Nonito Donaire stopped Toshiaki Nishioka at 1:54 of the ninth round Saturday night, defending his WBO 122-pound title with a dominant performance in his 29th straight victory.
Brandon Rios also stopped Mike Alvarado in the seventh round of a sensational 140-pound bout in the co-main event at a sold-out Home Depot Center. Both previously unbeaten fighters absorbed enormous punishment and rallied tenaciously in what's likely to be considered one of the year's best fights.
Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) was less thrilling but more dominant, patiently waiting for openings against Nishioka (39-5-3) before knocking down the Japanese veteran in the sixth.
Donaire then put him down again with a vicious right hand in the ninth, and referee Raul Caiz stopped it after Donaire landed an uppercut moments later.