ST. LOUIS (AP) With the red-clad crowd roaring more loudly with every pitch, Matt Carpenter became more determined - to get a hit and help lead the St. Louis Cardinals back to the World Series.
On Clayton Kershaw's 11th offering, Carpenter lined a doubled to right field. It turned out to be the start of something really big.
Carlos Beltran followed with another key hit in a four-run third inning that stunned the Dodgers ace, Michael Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up Los Angeles 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series.
The 22-year-old Wacha was selected MVP of the NLCS after throwing 13 2-3 scoreless innings and beating Kershaw twice in the series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hearings on the grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension recessed for a month after Major League Baseball completed its direct case.
The session was the eighth before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who unless the case is settled will decide whether to uphold the penalty issued Aug. 5, overturn it or change the length.
Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer, completed his testimony. Rodriguez's legal team will call witnesses when the hearing resumes, likely the week of Nov. 18.
MLB disciplined Rodriguez following its investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, alleging the New York Yankees third baseman violated the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Grambling's proud football program descended into further chaos when the school canceled Saturday's game against Jackson State after disgruntled players refused to travel to Jackson.
Jackson State athletic department spokesman Wesley Peterson told The Associated Press that Grambling officials contacted Jackson State to inform them of the decision.
Grambling spokesman Will Sutton said the Southwestern Athletic Conference has labeled the game as a "no contest" and that university officials would have no further comment. He said players will not be available for interviews.
Grambling officials met throughout a chaotic day, trying to rectify the sour situation between players and administration. Apparently, nothing could be worked out so that the game could be played.
SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said according to league rules, Grambling will forfeit and the school will be fined.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Blake Bortles and Central Florida had one last rally left, and it was enough to topple Teddy Bridgewater and No. 8 Louisville.
Bortles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds remaining and the Knights stunned the Cardinals with a 38-35 victory, ending Louisville's perfect start.
Down 28-7 midway through the third quarter, the Knights (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) responded with three touchdowns in a 7:22 span. Storm Johnson had a 1-yard TD run and a 20-yard reception for another score, and William Stanback ran 12 yards for the tying TD.
UCF then went in front on Shawn Moffitt's 34-yard field goal with 7:36 remaining.
Louisville (6-1, 2-1) reclaimed the lead on Dominique Brown's 15-yard run with three minutes to go, but the Knights drove 75 yards in 11 plays to take the lead for good on Bortles' TD and then held off the Cardinals' comeback attempt.
DETROIT (AP) - Demarius Reed played prep football at Chicago's Simeon Academy, carefully avoiding any run-ins with the gangs on the city's South Side.
He left his hometown to play ball at Eastern Michigan University, where he was a Communication, Media and Theater arts major. But the 20-year-old receiver dreamed of playing professional football before he was found shot to death in what police believe was a robbery.
Joe L. Reed said he found irony in the tragedy of his grandson's slaying: Demarius was able to survive the dangerous streets of Chicago only to become a victim in an off-campus apartment building in the perceived safety of a university community.
HOUSTON (AP) - Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and also led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.
"Bum is gone to Heaven," son Wade Phillips, the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator, tweeted. "Loved and will be missed by all - great Dad, Coach, and Christian."
Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.
Phillips was a Texas original in his blue jeans, boots and trademark white Stetson - except at the Astrodome or any other dome stadium because he was taught it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.
Phillips loved the Oilers and when coaching the team in the 1970s, he famously said of the Cowboys: "They may be `America's Team,' but we're Texas' team."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The long wait for Rob Gronkowski's 2013 debut appears over.
The New England Patriots star tight end "has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game," according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Gronkowski's return would be very good news for the Patriots, who have struggled on offense, and bad news for the New York Jets, who would have to find a way to stop the two-time Pro Bowl standout. He was questionable on the Patriots' injury report for the fifth straight week, meaning they list his chances of playing Sunday at 50-50.