AP Sports Roundup: Giants up 3-0; Bama Bludgeons, Florida Fizzles

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP)-- For the first time since 1966, there has been back-to-back shutouts tossed in the World Series.
The San Francisco Giants got yet another strong starting pitching performance and blanked Detroit 2-0 in Game 3 of the World Series to take a commanding three games-to-none lead over the Tigers.
The Giants can wrap up their second World Series title in three years with a victory Sunday night in Detroit. San Francisco has won six straight postseason games.
Ryan Vogelsong blanked the Tigers through his five and two-thirds innings. He was aided by two double plays. Vogelsong got out of a bases-loaded one-out jam in the fifth, inducing Miguel Cabrera to pop out to end the threat.
Vogelsong is 3-0 in the postseason. He's only the third pitcher to make four straight starts in a single postseason in which he allowed no more than one run, giving up five hits in 5 2-3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
One-time starter Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) pitched two and a-third innings of hitless relief, striking out three. Sergio Romo closed out the five-hit shutout. It's the first time since the Baltimore Orioles threw three straight shutouts in 1966 that there have been back-to-back shutouts thrown in the Series. The Giants blanked the Tigers 2-0 on Thursday as well.
The Tigers have now been blanked three times in the postseason. They were shut out just twice in the 162-game regular season.
The Giants scored both their runs in the second inning. Gregor Blanco plated the first run with an RBI triple that scored Hunter Pence. Brandon Crawford's RBI single drove in Blanco with the second run off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.
Game 4 will be played at Comerica Park Sunday night. It's a battle of a pair of 16-game winners in the regular season: Max Scherzer tries to save the season for the Tigers against the Giants' Matt Cain.

(AP) -- Saturday was a tough day to be a highly ranked team.
Third-ranked Florida suffered its first loss when it fell to Georgia in the game known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."
Southern California's national title hopes took another hit when they were upset in the desert by Arizona in coach Rich Rodriguez's signature win for the Wildcats.
Two other unbeaten fell, too -- both to teams from the Mid-American conference. No. 18 Rutgers was beaten at home by Kent State and No. 23 Ohio fell to Miami of Ohio.

Here's the Top-25 rundown:

-- AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and top-ranked Alabama reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a 38-7 victory over No. 13 Mississippi State. The Tide is 8-0.

----Oregon, the second-ranked team in the AP poll, destroyed Colorado 70-14. Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks, who advance to a Pac-12 showdown next week against Southern California.

----The 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs stuffed the No. 3 Florida Gators from every angle, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory that left them on the cusp of making the Southeastern Conference title game. Call it the World's Largest Outdoor Turnover Party, and it gave Georgia consecutive wins in the series for the first time since 1989. Florida entered No. 2 in the BCS standings. Jarvis Jones had a huge day on defense for Georgia: 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

----Collin Klein certainly didn't hurt his Heisman Trophy chances on Saturday. The Kansas State quarterback accounted for four touchdowns, Arthur Brown returned an interception 37 yards for another score and No. 4 Kansas State routed No. 15 Texas Tech 55-24. Klein was 19 of 26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground. Couple with Florida's loss, K-State figures to move up in the rankings and in the BCS standings.

-- Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Manti Te'o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 to remain undefeated. The Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002.

-- Braxton Miller ran for 134 yards and accounted for three touchdowns a week after getting knocked out of a game, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 35-23 victory against Penn State.

-- Matt Scott had 469 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns, helping Arizona overcome a huge day by Southern California's Marqise (mahr-KEES') Lee to beat the 10th-ranked Trojans 39-36. Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12-record 345 yards and two touchdowns.

-- EJ Manuel tossed two touchdown passes and Devonta Freeman ran for two more scores to lead No. 11 Florida State to a 48-7 victory over Duke.

----South Carolina won the game but in the process lost running back Marcus Lattimore to a knee injury. The Gamecocks got three touchdown passes from Connor Shaw as they beat Tennessee 38-35. The 17th-ranked Gamecocks pretty much wrapped up the game when Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray fumbled the ball away inside the red zone with 1:08 left in the game.

----Defensive end Mark Fackler returned his second interception 25 yards for a touchdown, and Kent State forced five other turnovers in stunning No. 18 Rutgers 35-23 for its biggest win since its first game in 1920.

-- Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown and No. 19 Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times to overcome a sloppy offensive effort in a 24-17 victory over Washington State.

-- Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a 23-9 victory over No. 20 Michigan. It's the second straight game Michigan failed to score a touchdown.

-- D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 21 Boise State past Wyoming 45-14 for its seventh straight win.

-- Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more -- all in a little more than a half -- and No. 22 Texas A&M beat struggling Auburn 63-21. The Tigers are 1-7, their worst start since 1952.

----Ohio gambled by going for one more play instead of a tying field goal, and Tyler Tettleton was sacked as time ran out, preserving Miami of Ohio's 23-20 upset of the No. 23 Bobcats.

-- Quarterback Colby Cameron led a late-surging Louisiana Tech offense, throwing for 292 yards and running for a score as the No. 24 Bulldogs beat New Mexico State 28-14.

Thunder trade sixth man Harden to Rockets

(AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to the Houston Rockets, breaking up the young core of the Western Conference champions. The trade came after the Thunder failed to sign Harden to a contract extension.
The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal that was completed Saturday night. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich, and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston.
Harden will become a free agent next summer if Houston doesn't sign him to an extension by Oct. 31.

Jets cut Hill, sign former rugby player

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have released wide receiver Jason Hill and signed tight end Hayden Smith, a former rugby player, from the practice squad.
Hill was signed three weeks ago to help make up for the loss of Santonio Holmes, out for the season with a foot injury. Hill had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in three games with the Jets.
The Australian-born Smith played professional rugby in England for a few years before pursuing an NFL career during this past offseason -- despite never having played American football before.

Baylor starts on top

(AP) -- Baylor's women's basketball team tops the preseason Associated Press poll. The Lady Bears were a unanimous choice, receiving all 40 first-place votes. Last season they finished with a perfect 40-0 record and the national championship.
The second-ranked school is Connecticut, followed by Duke, Stanford and Maryland in the top five.
The second five consists of Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville and Georgia.

Red, White and Blue on top

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Americans stand on top of the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic, an unofficial PGA Tour event. Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) share the lead at 16-under par, while Chris Kirk is 15-after three rounds.
Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 today when he had double-bogey on the 18th. His 9-under-62 featured 11 birdies.
Tiger Woods had a 69 and was in a group of five players at 11-under.

Calc still on top.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday to increase his lead to four strokes over Kenny Perry after the second round of the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.
Calcavecchia, three strokes ahead after the completion of the rain-delayed first round, had an 8-under 136 total on TPC San Antonio's Canyons Course.

Park in front

YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Inbee Park of South Korea shot an 8-under 64 to lead the Taiwan Championship by two strokes after the third round. Park had two eagles and five birdies and was at 18-under. Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) of Norway had six birdies in a round of 66 to sit in second place, two shots ahead of local favorite Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng) (66).

It's a Williams-Sharapova finale

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Serena Willliams will face Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) in the final of the WTA Championships. Williams advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh), while Sharapova stopped top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) 6-4, 6-2.

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