Sports: Nascar at Talladega; Tide, Auburn, FSU Win in a Day of SEC Upsets

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was rained out. The 43-car field is now set based on speeds from the first practice session. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row.
Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. He leads the Sprint Cup standings by four points over Jimmie Johnson, who will begin the race alongside Kenseth in the sixth row.

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.
Shane Victorino launched a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Red Sox past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Victorino's home run came on an 0-2 pitch and followed an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias to load the bases.
Boston rallied after Tigers starter and losing pitcher Max Scherzer held them to one run and four hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings. Scherzer left the game with a 2-1 lead, six days after leaving with the Tigers leading 5-1 after seven innings. Detroit also lost that game in part to a grand slam by David Ortiz and a meltdown by the Tigers' bullpen.
The Tigers didn't score following a two-run single by Victor Martinez in the sixth inning.
Junichi Tazawa retired one batter in the seventh to notch the win. ALCS MVP Koji Uehara (oo-ee-HAH'-rah) worked the ninth for his third save of the series.
Next up for the Red Sox are the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the National League pennant by crushing the Dodgers 9-0 on Friday night. The Cards and Red Sox have met three times in the World Series, with the Bosox sweeping the last meeting in 2004 after the Redbirds beat Boston in seven-game sets in 1946 and '67.

(AP) -- There have been a few upsets during today's top-25 college football schedule, and four have come out of the SEC.

The final stunner might have been the biggest as Mississippi topped No. 6 LSU 27-24 on Andrew Ritter's 41-yard field goal with two seconds left. The Rebels blew a 17-point lead before Ritter's kick capped a 14-play drive.
Bo Wallace completed 30 of 39 passes for 346 yards and Jaylen Walton rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels dropped the Tigers to 6-2.
LSU tied it 24-24 on Zach Mettenberger's four-yard scoring toss to Jarvis Landry with 3:19 remaining.

Nick Marshall accounted for 336 total yards and four touchdowns as No. 24 Auburn knocked off eighth-ranked Texas A&M 45-41 at College Station. Marshall passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and a couple of scores.
Tre Mason's go-ahead, 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.
Johnny Manziel (MAN'-zehl) put up strong numbers, throwing for 454 yards and four touchdowns and running for a fifth score. But Manziel also had two interceptions, missed a fourth-quarter series with an injury to his right arm and was sacked on fourth down on the Aggies' final play.

Also in the SEC, Michael Palardy connected on a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give unranked Tennessee a 23-21 victory over No. 11 South Carolina. The victory put to an end the Vols 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Along with being a loss, the Gamecocks lost quarterback Connor Shaw, who left the game after being sacked with less than five minutes remaining. Coach Steve Spurrier called the injury a sprained knee.

No. 15 Georgia was also upset. The Bulldogs were beaten by Vanderbilt 31-27 as Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left. The Commodores rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Vandy is now 4-3 and 1-3 in the SEC while Georgia has lost two straight and is now 4-3 and 3-2.

Alabama avoided the string of SEC upsets. The top-ranked Crimson Tide is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference after AJ McCarron threw for three touchdowns in a 52-0 laugher against Arkansas. Keyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores, while McCarron completed 15 of his 21 passes for 180 yards in three quarters.
Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the second straight week.

The day's most anticipated matchup occurred in Death Valley, where Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston silenced the Clemson faithful. Winston threw for 444 yards and four touchdowns as fifth-ranked Florida State crushed the third-rated Tigers 51-14. His first throw was a 22-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin, and he scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Tajh (tahzh) Boyd threw two interceptions for Clemson, and his first-quarter fumble was returned 37 yards for touchdown by Mario Edwards.

In other top-25 action:

-- Carlos Hyde ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to carry fourth-ranked Ohio State past Iowa 34-24. The Buckeyes trailed 21-14 at halftime before stretching their winning streak to 19 games, the longest in the nation right now and tying the second-best in school history.
-- Stanford bounced back from last week's loss to Utah as Tyler Gafney ran for 171 yards and two scores to lead the 13th-ranked Cardinal to a 24-10 triumph over No. 9 UCLA. Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown while the Cardinal stymied a Bruins offense that entered the game averaging 46 points.
-- Twelfth-rated Baylor ripped Iowa State 71-7 and tied a record with its 10th consecutive win. Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, and Antwan Goodley had 182 receiving yards and a pair of scores.
-- In a game featuring two ranked schools No. 14 Missouri upped its record to 7-0 with a 36-17 win over 22nd-ranked Florida. Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals for the Tigers. Missouri is unbeaten in SEC play at 3-0 while the Gators dropped to 4-3 and 3-2.
-- Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and No. 16 Texas Tech scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat West Virginia 37-27. In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards. He became the first Red Raiders freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in each of his first two starts. The Red Raiders are unbeaten in seven games and are 4-0 in the Big 12.
-- No. 18 Oklahoma beat Kansas 34-19 as Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners also pulled off a 49-yard touchdown toss from wide receiver Lacoltan Bester to Sterling Shepard on an end-around play while the Sooners scored 25 straight points.
-- No. 20 Washington was clobbered at Arizona State as Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four touchdowns in the Sun Devils' 53-24 romp over the Huskies. Marion Grice scored three times and Arizona State's defense limited the nation's leading rusher - Bishop Sankey - to 22 yards on 13 carries.
-- Oklahoma State, the 21st ranked team in the AP poll, defeated TCU 24-10 as Clint Chelf completed 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards. Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Cowboys upped their record to 5-1 and 2-1 in Big 12 play.
-- Jordan Lynch set an FBS record for quarterbacks by rushing for 316 yards as No. 23 Northern Illinois beat Central Michigan 31-17 to improve to 7-0. Lynch also ran for a pair of touchdowns in helping the Huskies extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games.
-- Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a 56-32 rout of Illinois. Gordon topped 1,000 yards for the season on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

A goal for the goalie...Devils finally win
(AP) -- Mike Smith found a special way to cap the Phoenix Coyotes' two-game season sweep of Detroit.
The Coyotes' goaltender turned back 31 shots and scored his first NHL goal with one-tenth of a second left to complete a 5-2 win over the Red Wings. Smith had just made a glove stop before he dropped the puck in the crease and fired it into the empty net, barely beating the buzzer.
Mike Ribeiro scored twice in the third to help the Coyotes storm back from a 2-0 deficit in the opening frame. Martin Hanzal's goal at 7:08 of the third put Phoenix ahead 3-2.
The New Jersey Devils finally have their first victory of the season following an 0-4-3 start.
Cory Schneider picked up his first shutout as a Devil by turning back 22 shots in a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers. Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus scored to help the Devils become the last NHL team to win a game this season. Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky added two assists apiece as New Jersey matched its season high for goals.
Henrik Lundqvist made just 11 saves for the Rangers, who are 2-5 so far on their season-opening nine-game road trip.
Also on ice:
-- Bryan Bickell's first tally of the season sparked Chicago's three-goal second period in a 3-1 win over Toronto. Brandon Pirri added a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' fourth victory in five games.
-- Evgeni Malkin scored the lone shootout goal and the Pens rallied twice before beating Vancouver 4-3. Sidney and Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) each had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who trailed 3-2 until Olli Maatta scored with 6:48 left in regulation. Maatta's first NHL goal helped the Pens improve to 5-0 in Pittsburgh and 7-1 overall.
-- Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN'), Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN'-dehs-kahg) each had a goal and an assist as Colorado doubled up Buffalo 4-2 to improve to 7-1. Duchene's power-play goal put the Avalanche ahead 3-0 less than a minute into the second period.
-- Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 23 shots and five Boston players scored in a 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) snapped his nine-game goal drought by scoring the game-winner in the Bruins' sixth straight win over the Lightning.
Nashville beat Montreal 2-1 on rookie Seth Jones' goal with 1:27 left. Shea Weber also scored and David Legwand had two assists as the Predators won for the fourth time in their last six games.
-- Jiri Tlusty (YEER'-ee tuh-LOOS'-tee) scored twice while Carolina was building a 4-1 lead in a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Islanders captain John Tavares had an assist to run his point streak to seven games.
-- Alex Ovechkin notched his seventh goal of the season and Martin Erat (EE'-rat) had three assists while Washington was building a 4-0 lead in the third period of a 4-1 triumph against Columbus. Braden Holtby turned back 37 shots but lost his shutout bid with 4:55 remaining.
-- Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) and Brad Boyes scored shootout goals while Tim Thomas was stopping Minnesota's two attempts in Florida's 2-1 decision over the Wild. Alexander Barkov's power-play goal tied the game for the Panthers seven minutes into the third period.
-- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Jordan Eberle added a goal, and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) made 35 saves for the Oilers.

Simpson remains on top
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Webb Simpson remains the leader through three rounds of the Shriner Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, maintaining the four-stroke advantage he carried into the day. Simpson followed Friday's 63 with a 4-under 67 that puts him minus-19 through 54 holes.
Chesson Hadley matched Simpson's 67 to stay four strokes back and move one ahead of Jeff Overton.
Tie for the lead
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- Anna Nordqvist (NORD'-kwist) of Sweden and Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia are tied for the lead at 7-under after two rounds of the KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea.
Nordqvist is looking to break a four-year winless drought. The Swede last made her way to the winner's circle at the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship.
Hull-Kirk hasn't won since the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic.
Langer leads
CONOVER, N.C. (AP) -- Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) has a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour. Langer shot a second-round 66 to go with his first-round 64 to stand 10-under par.
Tied for second are Michael Allen, Brad Bryant and John Reigger.