Major League Baseball Playoffs
National League Division Series (Best-of-five)
Nyjer Morgan hit a game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning to send the Milwaukee Brewers to their first League Championship Series since 1982. Carlos Gomez laced a one-out single off J.J. Putz and stole second base before Morgan’s grounder up the middle scored the runner and gave the Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Brewers advanced to their first League Championship Series since 1982. That’s when they defeated the Angels in the ALCS before falling to St. Louis in the World Series. They will open the NLCS Sunday against the Cardinals, who defeated the Phillies 1-0 on Friday in Game 5 of that NLDS. Chris Carpenter threw a three-hitter to outduel Roy Halladay and send the Cardinals into the NLCS for the first time since 2006, when they went on to win the World Series.
National Hockey League
Mike Richards shined in his Kings debut. The former Philadelphia captain scored the tying goal in the latter stages of regulation and set up Jack Johnson’s game-winner in overtime, as Los Angeles opened the 2011-12 season with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonathan Quick made half of his 24 saves in the third period for the Kings, who, like the Rangers, are coming off a first-round playoff elimination. Swede Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in defeat.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres 4, Anaheim Ducks 1
Detroit Red Wings 5, Ottawa Senators 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Nashville Predators 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Dallas Stars 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Top-25 College Football
Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes as No. 5 Boise State rolled to a 57-7 win over Fresno State in a non-conference battle. Moore went 23-for-31 with 254 yards and threw two of his touchdown passes to Geraldo Boldewijn for the Broncos (5-0), who have won all their games this season by at least 14 points. D.J. Harper ran two scores in. Derek Carr was 17-for-30 with 126 yards and an interception for the Bulldogs (2-4), who have dropped their past two contests.
=== BASEBALL ===
The remaining two Division Series matchups, both in the National League, were decided Friday.
The day started from Milwaukee, where Nyjer Morgan had the game-winning hit in the 10th inning to send the Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks and a berth in the NLCS. The Brewers hadn’t won a playoff series since capturing the ALCS in 1982 against the Angels.
Then, in Philadelphia, Chris Carpenter tossed a three-hitter to lead the Cardinals past the Phillies, 1-0, in Game 5 of that NLDS. Roy Halladay shined after giving up a first-inning run, but Philadelphia couldn’t muster any offense against the Cardinals’ ace. St. Louis advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 2006, when it won the World Series. Game 1 of the NLCS is set for Sunday in Milwaukee.
Detroit was the opponent for St. Louis in the 2006 World Series and the Tigers are one step away from a return trip after topping the New York Yankees in Game 5 of their American League Division Series on Thursday. The Tigers held on for a 3-2 win in the Bronx to earn a matchup with Texas in the ALCS. Game 1 of that best-of-seven series is set for Saturday night in Arlington with ace Justin Verlander on the hill for the Tigers and lefty C.J. Wilson set to start for the Rangers, who are trying to reach the Fall Classic for a second straight year after eliminating Tampa Bay in the first round.
=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
In Friday’s lone college football matchup, Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes as No. 5 Boise State rolled to a 57-7 win over Fresno State in a non- conference battle. The two were long-time adversaries in the Western Athletic Conference, but Boise State, now a member of the Mountain West, rolled to the victory. Moore went 23-for-31 with 254 yards and threw two of his touchdown passes to Geraldo Boldewijn for the Broncos (5-0), who have won all their games this season by at least 14 points. D.J. Harper ran two scores in. Derek Carr was 17-for-30 with 126 yards and an interception for the Bulldogs (2-4), who have dropped their past two contests.
A trio of ranked matchups highlights Saturday’s college football schedule, including the 106th Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas. For the 25th time in the game’s storied history, the two teams will enter the contest undefeated. The third-ranked Sooners are coming off a 62-6 thrashing of Ball State last Saturday, but have dropped from preseason No. 1 despite remaining unbeaten through four games. The 11th-ranked Longhorns are also 4-0 and won their Big 12 opener last Saturday with a 37-14 triumph at Iowa State. Texas has won four of the last six meetings, but Oklahoma came away with a 28-20 win last year.
The other two matchups of ranked teams come from the SEC, as top-ranked LSU hosts No. 17 Florida and 15th-ranked Auburn visits No. 10 Arkansas. LSU has already beaten three ranked opponents on the way to its 5-0 start and will meet a Florida team that is coming off a 38-10 loss at home last week against Alabama. The Gators will also be without quarterback John Brantley because of an injured ankle, leaving true freshman Jeff Driskel as the likely starter. Auburn and Arkansas each have one loss, but the Tigers’ setback came out of conference against Clemson and they have followed it up with wins over Florida Atlantic and South Carolina. Arkansas is coming off a 42-38 win over Texas A&M last week after dropping its SEC opener the previous Saturday at Alabama.
Second-ranked Alabama will try to avoid a letdown against visiting Vanderbilt after beating up on Arkansas and Florida the last two weeks, while three other top-10 teams in action will also need to guard against overconfidence against supposedly lesser competition. Sixth-ranked Oklahoma State will welcome 2-2 Kansas to Stillwater with a matchup against Texas set for next week, while No. 7 Stanford will host a 1-4 Colorado squad. Clemson is 5-0 and ranked eighth this week after consecutive victories against ranked foes in Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech, and will have to not overlook a 1-4 Boston College team in Death Valley.
=== NFL ===
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and running back Brandon Jacobs are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Tuck has a lingering neck injury he suffered in a preseason game against the Jets on August 29 and has been limited to just two games this season. He did not play last Sunday against Arizona. Tuck wore “tighter” shoulder pads and a re-purposed facemask during practice on Thursday, but did not take the field on Friday. Jacobs hasn’t practiced all week due to a swollen knee.
=== NHL ===
Six games were on Friday’s NHL schedule, including two from Europe, after the season started on Thursday with three openers. The Los Angeles Kings rallied to post a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Stockholm, while the Buffalo Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1, in Helsinki.
=== WNBA ===
Thanks to 16 points from Seimone Augustus and stifling defense in the second half, the Minnesota Lynx captured their first WNBA championship with a 73-67 victory over the Atlanta Dream. Augustus was named Finals MVP for her performances, which led the Lynx to a sweep in the best-of-five series. She posted 22 points and seven assists in Game 1 and had a franchise-playoff record 36 points in Game 2, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Rookie of the year Maya Moore added 15 points and seven rebounds Friday to help the Lynx, who trailed at halftime but limited the Dream to eight points in the third quarter. Angel McCoughtry had 22 points to lead the Dream, who lost in the Finals for the second consecutive year. They were swept by Seattle last season.
=== GOLF ===
Paul Casey fired a seven-under-par 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead at the Frys.com Open. Casey finished the first two rounds at eight-under 134. Bud Cauley is in second place at minus-seven. Cauley posted a five-under 66 in round two. Tiger Woods, playing for the first time since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August, is sitting at one-under after shooting a three-under on Friday.
=== AUTO RACING ===
Greg Biffle topped the charts in Friday’s qualifying at Kansas Speedway, while teammate Carl Edwards claimed the second spot to give Roush Fenway Racing the front starting row for the Hollywood Casino 400. Biffle turned a lap at 174.887 mph for his second pole of the season and the eighth of his Sprint Cup Series career. He is a two-time race winner at Kansas, including a victory one year ago.