Sports Recaps 29 Oct 11

Cardinals Win 11th World Series Title
(St. Louis, MO) — Allen Craig hit a go-ahead solo homer in the third and scored twice as the Cardinals captured their 11th World Series title with a 6-2 win over the Rangers in Game Seven of the 107th Fall Classic. A night after hitting a walk-off solo homer, David Freese drilled a two-run double in the first for the Cards, who ended their improbable run to the championship by winning the final two games of the epic series. Freese, who a native of St. Louis, earned World Series MVP honors. The 28-year-old Freese also set the MLB record for RBI in a single postseason with 21.

Yadier [[ YAH-dee-air ]] Molina had two hits and two RBI as the Redbirds claimed their first title since 2006. Chris Carpenter started on three days’ rest and fired six-plus innings of two-run ball to earn his second win of the series. The Cardinals’ amazing run to the title began when they clinched the National League Wild Card on the final day of the regular season.

Josh Hamilton and Michael Young each had RBI doubles in the first inning for Texas. Matt Harrison allowed three runs over only four innings to suffer his second loss of the series. The Rangers were within one strike of their first title in franchise history in Game Six twice, but they went on to lose in the World Series for the second straight year.

Stern Cancels Games Through November 30th
(New York, NY) — NBA Commissioner David Stern has announced more cancellations of regular season games. After labor talks broke off today with no new collective bargaining agreement, Stern says games have now been called off through November 30th. The first two weeks of the regular season, slated to begin November 1st, had previously been cancelled. Stern says there is now no way to salvage a full 82-game regular season at this point. League owners are seeking a 50-50 split of basketball related income, while the players want at least 52-percent. Players were guaranteed 57-percent of basketball related income in the previous labor agreement.

Hurricanes Blank Blackhawks
(Raleigh, NC) — Cam Ward stopped all 30 shots he faced as the Hurricanes blanked the Blackhawks, 3-0. The shutout was Ward’s first of the season and the 17th of his career. Tim Brent, Brandon Sutter and Jiri Tlusty [[ YEER-ee tuh-LOO-stee ]] had the goals for Carolina, which put the brakes on a three-game skid. Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks, who had picked up at least a point in their previous seven games. Chicago has lost its last six games in Raleigh dating back to 1998.

Sharks Score Three In Second To Sink Red Wings
(Detroit, MI) — Ryane Clowe, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton all scored in the second period as the streaking Sharks sunk the reeling Red Wings, 4-2. Thornton added an empty-netter in the third for San Jose, which has won the first four games on its six-game road trip. Martin Havlat had two assists, while Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots in the win. Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom had the goals for Detroit, which has dropped three straight since opening the season with five straight wins. Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots in the setback.

Oilers Down Avs
(Denver, CO) — Devan Dubnyk stopped 40 of the 41 shots he faced as the Oilers knocked off the Avalanche, 3-1. Cam Barker, Andy Sutton and Ryan Smyth had the goals for the Oilers, who have reeled off four straight wins and won six-of-10 to open the year. Smyth also had two assists in the victory. Ryan O’Reilly scored on the power play in the third for Colorado, which has droped two straight and three-of-four. Semyon Varlamov made 16 saves in the loss.

Flames Foil Blues
(Calgary, Alberta) — Roman Horak logged a goal and an assist as the Flames foiled the Blues, 3-1. Tom Kostopoulos and Olli Jokinen also lit the lamp for Calgary, which has won two straight. Miikka Kiprusoff kicked aside 28 of the 29 shots he faced for the victors. Alexander Steen found the back of the net in the third for St. Louis, which had won its previous three. Brian Elliott made only 15 saves in the loss.