Friday’s Results 15 Oct 11

Major League Baseball Playoffs
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National League Championship Series (Best-of-seven)
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The St. Louis Cardinals are one win away from the World Series, thanks to another solid effort from their bullpen and four Milwaukee errors. Brewers third baseman Jerry Hairston’s fielding error in the second inning allowed two key runs to score, and the Cardinals went on to a 7-1 win in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols each had an RBI for the Cardinals, who bounced back from Thursday’s 4-2 loss to take a 3-2 series lead. Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings, while Octavio Dotel (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte also did not allow a run. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday. Edwin Jackson of the Cardinals will be opposed by Shaun Marcum.

National Hockey League
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Fifty-seven seconds after the Carolina Hurricanes coughed up their lead, Jeff Skinner got it right back and spoiled Buffalo’s home opener. Skinner scored on a power play with 1:24 remaining to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Sabres on Friday night in a game that went quiet for more than a period and a half before a sudden burst of offense at the end. Drew Stafford tied the game for Buffalo with 2:41 left, scoring in close after the puck took a weird bounce off the end boards, but Thomas Vanek was called for tripping with exactly two minutes left to set up Skinner’s game-winner on a shot from the right circle.

Elsewhere in the NHL:
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Anaheim Ducks 1, San Jose Sharks 0

=== BASEBALL ===
The St. Louis Cardinals are one win away from the World Series, thanks to another solid effort from their bullpen and four Milwaukee errors. Brewers third baseman Jerry Hairston’s fielding error in the second inning allowed two key runs to score, and the Cardinals went on to a 7-1 win in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols each had an RBI for the Cardinals, who bounced back from Thursday’s 4-2 loss to take a 3-2 series lead. Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings, while Octavio Dotel (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte also did not allow a run. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday. Edwin Jackson of the Cardinals will be opposed by Shaun Marcum.

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The American League Championship Series finally got a day off after four straight days of action. The Tigers forced a trip back to Texas with a 7-5 win over the Rangers in Game 5 on Thursday, but Detroit still trails the best-of- seven set three games to two. Game 6 will be Saturday in Arlington with Max Scherzer on the hill for the Tigers and Derek Holland trying to close it out for the Rangers. Game 7, if necessary, would be Sunday in Texas.

=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
Impatient with the ongoing game of musical chairs in college athletics, two conferences have opted to try something else. In a sudden announcement, the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA said Friday that they are consolidating to create a 22-member football conference. Technically, the conferences unanimously agreed in principle to join the 12 members of Conference USA and 10 football-playing members of the Mountain West, according to a joint news release that included statements from both commissioners and several league officials. The ongoing shakeup in college athletics has affected many of the country’s top conferences, including the Big 12, Big East and SEC. On Monday, TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 after previously saying it would leave the Mountain West for the Big East.
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Faced with three high-profile departures, the Big East is planning to rebuild by inviting six new member schools, according to a report. As soon as this weekend, the Big East will invite Boise State, Air Force, Navy and Central Florida to join the conference, according to a New York newspaper. Citing sources, the paper also reported that three other schools — Houston, SMU and Temple — would compete for the final two spots. The paper said current conference member Villanova objected to adding Temple, a natural rival in the Philadelphia area. On Monday, the Big East announced it was considering expanding to 12 football teams after Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced last month they would be leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference and TCU decided to accept an invite from the Big 12 after agreeing to join the Big East.
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It’s road test Saturday in college football as seven of the nation’s top eight teams will play away from home to highlight the day’s college football schedule. Top-ranked LSU will visit Tennessee, No. 2 Alabama will travel to Ole Miss, and third-ranked Oklahoma heads to Kansas. Fourth-ranked Wisconsin breaks it up with a home game against Indiana, while fifth-ranked Boise State takes on Colorado State and No. 6 Oklahoma State meets 22nd-ranked Texas in Austin. Seventh-ranked Stanford will be in the Palouse for a matchup with Washington State and No. 8 Clemson ventures into Byrd Stadium to play Maryland.
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In addition to the Oklahoma State/Texas matchup, there are three other ranked matchups on the slate. Ninth-ranked Oregon welcomes No. 18 Arizona State and 11th-ranked Michigan plays its second straight road game, this time against intrastate rival No. 23 Michigan State. Also, 20th-ranked Baylor visits No. 21 Texas A&M in a Big 12 clash.

=== NHL ===
New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a concussion. The 30-year-old veteran, who has battled numerous injuries throughout his tumultuous 10-year career, was hurt in practice on Wednesday when teammate Brian Rolston hit him in the mask with a shot. DiPietro was scratched for the Isles’ 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday, with Al Montoya getting the start and Evgeni Nabokov the backup.
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