OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander worked eight outstanding innings and Miguel Cabrera belted a two-run homer as the Detroit Tigers downed the Athletics 3-0 in Oakland to advance to the American League Championship Series. Verlander had a no-hitter until Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) singled up the middle with two outs in the seventh. Verlander allowed just one other hit while striking out 10 to help the Tigers earn the right to play the Boston Red Sox.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Cutler threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and the Chicago Bears ended a two-game skid by beating the New York Giants 27-21. Tim Jennings had two of the Bears three interceptions of Eli Manning, turning the first into a 48-yard touchdown. The Bears are 4-2 after dropping the Giants to 0-6, their worst start since 1976.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s defense was stifling as the eighth-ranked Cardinals beat Rutgers 24-10. The Cards intercepted four passes and sacked Gary Nova eight times in improving to 6-0. Teddy Bridgewater fumbled in the fourth quarter and threw an interception but was 21 of 31 for 310 yards and two TDs.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy. Kill had to miss the last game at Michigan when he suffered a seizure at home that morning and was unable to travel with the team. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will be the acting head coach for Kill, who has had five seizures on game days.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon will be the pole-sitter for tomorrow night’s Bank of American 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he tries to inch closer to the lead in the Chase for the Championship. Gordon enters the weekend fourth in the Chase standings, 32 points behind leader Matt Kenseth with six races left. Kevin Harvick will start alongside Gordon in the front row, just ahead of Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson.