ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Game 3 of the World Series ended on a bizarre play that allowed to St. Louis Cardinals to take a two-games-to-one lead over the Boston Red Sox.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Allen Craig to score the winning run in the Cardinals' 5-4 victory against the Red Sox. Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) started the winning rally with a single and moved to third on Craig's double off Koji Uehara (oo-ay-HAH'-rah) before craziness ensued.
Jon Jay hit a grounder right at second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) with the Red Sox playing the infield in. Pedroia threw a strike to the plate to get Molina, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) fired to third in an attempt to nail Craig and end the inning. Saltalamacchia's throw sailed over the head of Middlebrooks and down the left-field line, prompting Craig to make a dash for home. But Middlebrooks got tangled up with Craig, who tripped before he was tagged out by Saltalamacchia. Third base umpire Jim Joyce made the obstruction call and allowed the run to count.
The Cardinals blew a pair of two-run leads before winning. Matt Holliday hit an RBI single in a two-run first and doubled home a pair to make it 4-2 in the seventh. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth as Daniel Nava hit an RBI grounder and Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) singled home the tying run.
Trevor Rosenthal blew the save in the eighth but picked up the victory. Uehara was tagged with the loss.
Game 4 is Sunday in St. Louis, where Lance Lynn will start for St. Louis against Clay Buchholz.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has received the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game.
Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has hosted fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Surgery for key players
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three key members of the Washington Nationals have undergone post season surgeries. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow while Bryce Harper had his left knee repaired and Adam LaRoche had his left elbow cleaned out.
All three players are expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
(AP) -- Top-ranked Alabama, second-ranked Oregon and No. 3 Florida State still own spotless records after rolling to easy victories.
AJ McCarron threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Crimson Tide ripped Tennessee 45-10. T.J. Yeldon scored on three one-yard runs, and Landon Collins brought back an interception 89 yards for a TD that put Alabama ahead 35-0 just before halftime.
The 8-0 Tide have outscored their last six opponents 246-26.
Oregon had no trouble with 12th-ranked UCLA as Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ducks over the Bruins 42-14. Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) threw for 230 yards and a score for the Ducks, who outscored the Bruins 28-0 in the second half and improved to 8-0.
The Seminoles scored 35 points in the first quarter of a 49-17 laugher against North Carolina State. Jameis (JAYM'-his) Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game after the opening series of the second half. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown as the `Noles improved to 7-0.
The highest-ranked team to fall was Missouri as Elliott Fry kicked a 40-yard field goal in the second overtime to give No. 20 South Carolina a 27-24 triumph against the fifth-ranked Tigers. Fry's game-winner came before Tigers kicker Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard attempt off the left goal post.
Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Shaw helped the Gamecocks score the last 17 points of regulation.
Seventh-ranked Miami got more of a game than expected from Wake Forest in a 24-21 win for the Hurricanes. Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, to lead the `Canes to the victory. Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the 7-0 Hurricanes who are 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Wake's Tanner Price threw a 44-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 remaining to put the Deacons on top before Johnson's heroics. Wake is now 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams.
Also in top-25 action:
-- Ohio State dealt Penn State its worst loss in 114 years as Braxton Miller threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others to highlight the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' 63-14 dismantling of the Nittany Lions. Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to help the Buckeyes stretch the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games, two off the school record.
-- Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters as sixth-ranked Baylor ripped Kansas 59-14. Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score for the 7-0 Bears, who piled up 500 yards of offense in taking a 38-0 lead by halftime.
-- Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards as ninth-ranked Clemson outlasted Maryland 40-27. Tajh (tahzh) Boyd) threw for 304 yards and a touchdown, while Roderick McDowell ran for 161 yards and two scores in the Tigers' seventh straight road win.
-- No. 11 Auburn overwhelmed Florida Atlantic 45-10 as Jeremy Johnson threw two long touchdown passes to Sammie Coates after replacing injured starter Nick Marshall. Johnson had 192 passing yards in place of Marshall, who was taken to the locker room with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter.
-- Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 204 yards and two scores as No. 13 LSU rolled over Furman, 48-16. Jeremy Hill rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrance Magee added two second-half touchdowns.
-- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters as 14th-ranked Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 56-24. The Aggies bounced back after being upset by Auburn last week. A&M is 6-2 now and 3-2 in the SEC.
-- Duke beat a ranked team for the first time in 19 years as Anthony Boone ran for a TD and Ross Martin hit two long field goals to help the Blue Devils stun No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 in Blacksburg. Duke picked off Logan Thomas four times and posted its first road win over a top-25 squad since 1971 versus Stanford.
-- No. 17 Oklahoma was a 38-30 winner against 10th-ranked Texas Tech as Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jalen Saunders added six catches for 153 yards receiving and both of Bell's touchdown passes for the Sooners.
-- Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the 18th ranked Cardinals bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 34-3 win over South Florida in Tampa. Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes with no interceptions, hiking his season totals to 23 TD's and just two picks.
-- No. 19 Oklahoma State blitzed Iowa State 58-27 as Desmond Roland ran for a career high 219 yards and four touchdowns. The victory gives the Cowboys a record of 6-1 and 3-1 in the Big 12.
-- Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 UCF beat winless Connecticut 62-17. Bortles completed his day in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards. The Huskies are 0-7 and have lost eight straight dating back to last season.
-- Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as No. 23 Northern Illinois crushed Eastern Michigan 59-20. The 8-0 Huskies reached a season high in points and their second-highest total offense with 606 yards.
-- Nebraska's stay in the Top 25 will be short-lived as the 25th-rated Cornhuskers were beaten by Minnesota 34-23. Philip Nelson rushed for two scores and passed for another for the Gophers in their first win over Nebraska since 1960.
Coyotes edge Oilers
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have added to their hot start by blanking the Canadiens in Montreal.
Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) posted his 25th career shutout and second of the season by handling 22 shots in the Sharks' 2-0 victory against the Habs. Patrick Marleau set up Logan Couture's (koo-CHOORZ') fifth and sixth goals of the year to help the Sharks improve to 9-1-1.
Marleau has team highs of eight goals and 14 points this season, two reasons while San Jose top the NHL with 19 points.
Also on ice Saturday:
-- Jason Pominville scored twice and Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves as Minnesota knocked off Chicago 5-3. Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine also scored for the Wild in their third consecutive win.
-- The New York Rangers trailed twice before beating Detroit 3-2 on Derick Brassard's goal at 4:47 of overtime. Mats Zuccarello scored the tying goal in the third period before the Rangers concluded a 3-6 road trip.
-- Marek Zidlicky (zihd-LITS'-kee) and Andy Greene scored power-play goals in the last 68 seconds of regulation to lift New Jersey past Boston 5-4, the Devils' second victory in 11 games this season. Greene tallied with 45 seconds to play, 23 seconds after Zidlicky knotted the score.
-- Toronto downed Pittsburgh 4-1 behind Dave Bolland's two goals and James Reimer's 37 saves. Phil Kessel added a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs climbed atop the Eastern Conference at 8-4.
-- Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') and Andraj (AHN'-dray) Palat scored 1:46 apart late in the third period to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 win against Buffalo. The Sabres took a 2-1 lead on Thomas Vanek's (VAN'-ehks) goal with 7:14 remaining before the Lightning improved to 7-3.
-- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play in the third period as Phoenix beat Edmonton 5-4. The Coyotes scored three goals in the first six minutes of the second period against former teammate Jason LaBarbera to go up 3-1, but Edmonton rallied to take the lead with three goals spanning the second and third periods.
-- Philadelphia has its first winning streak of the season after Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-ul-yay) registered his first hat trick as a Flyer in a 5-2 triumph over the New York Islanders. Claude Giroux (juh-ROO') and former Islander Mark Streit (stryt) each had two assists for the Flyers, who were 1-7 before back-to-back wins over the Rangers and Isles.
-- St. Louis had dropped three of four before Alexander Steen scored twice in the Blues' 6-1 rout of Nashville. Steen has 10 goals so far this season after getting just eight in 40 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campagin.
-- Andrew Ladd notched the lone shootout goal and Ondrej Pavelec (AHN'-dray PAV'-lehk) made 25 saves as Winnipeg nipped Dallas 2-1 to halt a three-game winless skid. Evander Kane provided the Jets' lone regulation goal.
-- Michael Cammalleri (kam-uh-LEHR'-ee) scored twice and had an assist as Calgary downed Washington 5-2. Kris Russell chipped in a goal and an assist for the Flames.
LONDON (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (GUH'-dehl) says the NFL has no immediate plans on expanding to London or playing a Super Bowl overseas. Speaking in London, Goodell says the league plans on expanding the number of regular season games in that city means nothing more than the NFL exploring ways to making the game more popular worldwide.
Two-way tie after three rounds
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore share first place after three rounds of the PGA's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They stand 12-under-par, one shot in front of two players, including fellow American Gary Woodland.
After a 4-under-68 Phil Mickelson is back in the hunt at 7-under.
Pettersen remains in front
YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) --Defending champion Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot a third round 1-over-73 but maintained her lead in the LPGA's Sunrise Championship in Taiwan. She struggled with three early bogeys but recovered to maintain a four-shot lead at 6-under-par.
There were four players tied for second. The best score by an American is 1-over by Irene Cho.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-AT&T CHAMPIONSHIP
Crowded at the top
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Five players, Mike Goodes, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur), Anders Forsbrand and Kenny Perry share the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour AT&T Championship. Goodes had the best round of the day, a 9-under-63 to secure his 8-under score. Goodes' round consisted of nine birdies and nine pars.
Williams reaches WTA Championships final
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Serena Williams took three sets to beat Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) to advance to the final of the WTA Championship in Istanbul. Williams, who was showing obvious discomfort during the match, advanced with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win.
Williams will face Li Na (lee nah), who beat 2011 winner Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) 6-4, 6-2.