SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Giants have won their 20th National League pennant with a 9-0 pounding of the Cardinals. Marco Scutaro (SKOO’-tah-roh) went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the clincher and went 14-for-28 with six runs and four RBIs to earn Series MVP honors. The Giants will host the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Detroit Lions lost wide receiver Nate Burleson to a season-ending broken leg while losing 13-7 to the Bears in Chicago. Brian Urlacher (UR’-lak-ur), Julius Peppers and Zack Bowman each recovered fumbles as the Bears improved to 5-1 while dropping the Lions to 2-4. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed part of the second quarter with bruised ribs and finished with 150 passing yards and a touchdown.
GENEVA (AP) – The list of Tour de France champions from 1999-2005 will be left vacant after the International Cycling Union announced yesterday that it has formally stripped Lance Armstrong of those seven titles and given him a lifetime ban for doping. Tour director Christian Prudhomme said there will be no winner listed for that period, and he also wants Armstrong to pay back prize money from those victories. Armstrong’s fiercely defended reputation as a clean athlete was shattered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency two weeks ago, when it detailed evidence of drug use and trafficking by his Tour-winning teams.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Coming off a 6-10 record in 2011, the Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney following the team’s 1-5 start to the 2012 season. Hurney had served as the Panthers’ GM since 2002. Carolina played in two NFC championship games and the 2003 Super Bowl during his watch. But the Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008.
NEW YORK (AP) – Kansas State has moved ahead of Oregon for No. 3 in the new BCS standings, behind SEC rivals Alabama and Florida. The Wildcats’ big victory Saturday at West Virginia was enough to nudge them past the Ducks, who are No. 2 in both polls but are getting held back by computer ratings that lag behind the other highly ranked teams.