SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pablo Sandoval became just the fourth player to homer three times in a World Series game as the San Francisco Giants ripped the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in the opener of the Fall Classic. He put the Giants ahead with solo shot in the first, added a two-run blast in the third and crushed another solo homer in the fifth. Marco Scutaro (SKOO’-tah-roh) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to support Barry Zito, who allowed a run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win.
UNDATED (AP) – Minnesota pitcher Matt Capps and Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo (oh-LEE’-voh) will become free agents next month after their teams declined to pick up their contract options. Capps had 45 saves over 2 1/2 seasons in Minnesota but pitched only four innings after June 15 this year due to shoulder trouble. Olivo hit only .222 in 87 games this season, and his .239 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors among all players who appeared in at least 85 games.
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL Players Association will file a motion in federal court in New Orleans trying to get former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG’-lee-uh-boo) out of a position to hear the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case. The players’ union wants Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. The players and their union say Tagliabue should be disqualified because of his employment by a law firm which has handled bounty-related matters for the league and represented Goodell in Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against him.
NEW YORK (AP) – Unable to secure a deal that would keep the New York Islanders in their longtime home, team owner Charles Wang (wahng) is taking his NHL franchise to Brooklyn. The Islanders will move to the recently completed Barclays Center when their lease runs out on the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum following the 2014-2015 season.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – Champion Olympic wrestler Jeff Blatnick has died at age 55. Blatnick overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics and went on to a career as a sports commentator and motivational speaker. Officials at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., say Blatnick died there of heart failure.