BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz and Mike Napoli drove in three runs apiece to support Jon Lester’s shutout pitching as the Boston Red Sox pounded St. Louis 8-1 in Game 1 of the World Series last night. Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly after Napoli put the Bosox ahead with a three-run double in the first inning. Lester held the Cardinals to five hits while striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings.
UNDATED (AP) — The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins posted impressive victories last night. Jason Spezza (SPET’-suh) and Bobby Ryan each scored twice as the Senators hammered former teammate Daniel Alfredsson and the Red Wings 6-1 in Detroit. Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheech) and Torey Krug scored two goals apiece in the Bruins’ 5-2 decision over Buffalo.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t in pads yesterday when the team began preparations for Sunday’s game with Washington. The veteran QB took some hard hits during the Broncos 39-3 loss to the Colts Sunday night. Manning chatted with coaches while his teammates practiced.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are making another quarterback change. That’s three in eight games and the 20th since the team rejoined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999. Brandon Weeden is being benched in favor of veteran Jason Campbell. The third man to see action behind center this year is Brian Hoyer, who is done for the season with an injured knee.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is going back to the 2-2-1-1-1 playoff format for the NBA Finals. The league changed from 2-2-1-1-1 in 1985 to 2-3-2 to improve travel between the competing cities. The decision to make the change was made by league owners by a unanimous vote.