ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran capped his latest scintillating postseason performance with an RBI single in the 13th inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL championship series.
Beltran hit a tying, two-run double in the third inning, then threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the 10th to keep it even. Well past midnight at Busch Stadium, Beltran singled into the right-field corner with one out against Kenley Jansen in the 13th to finish a game that took 4 hours, 47 minutes.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world.
Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson's son.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support.
Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death.
Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice. Speaking to reporters earlier, about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he'll play Sunday against Carolina.
NEW YORK (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him, taking a financial hit for a block below the belt.
Suh's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, told The Associated Press he was notified of the appeal officer's decision.
The six-figure fine was the largest in NFL history for on-field conduct, not including money lost by players due to suspensions. It surpassed the $87,500 Chicago Bears linebacker Bryan Cox was docked in 1996 for making an obscene gesture to a line judge and screaming obscenities.
Suh was fined for a sixth time in his four-year career on Sept. 10, two days after making an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan. He apologized to Sullivan, and to teammates for negating an interception return for a touchdown in Detroit's season-opening win. A third-party arbitrator heard Suh's appeal two-plus weeks ago.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Winslow, the team's leading receiver with 17 catches, is immediately beginning his suspension, meaning he will sit out the Jets' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
He will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Nov. 4, following New York's game against New Orleans on Nov. 3. The Jets have a bye-week break after they play the Saints, so Winslow's next opportunity to play would be on Nov. 17 at Buffalo.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say a third player has been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many common antibiotics.
General manager Mark Dominik made the announcement a day after confirming guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of MRSA. Dominik and coach Greg Schiano declined to identify the third player involved in the case diagnosed late Thursday, saying the player requested his name not be released.
NFL.com reported the player was rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks.
Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes were diagnosed as having MRSA in August.
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.
In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at CordeValle.
Kokrak, a runner-up at this event last year, hit 6-iron to the par-5 ninth to a foot for eagle and a 65.
Koepka, a 23-year-old Floridian, received a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour season opener between stops in Scotland and Shanghai.
He was at 11-under 131. Robert Garrigus (63) and Jim Herman (66) were two shots behind, while Camilo Villegas shot 66 and was another shot behind at 8-under 134.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian anti-gay law recently passed by the Olympic host country.
At his annual address to the USOC Assembly, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation is not in the business of trying to influence Russian policy.
The board passed the measure Thursday, a week after chairman Larry Probst, a new member of the International Olympic Committee, said he would support a similar change to the IOC Olympic charter. Currently, it does not mention sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Athletic officials across the country have banded together to stop underhanded tactics some sports agents use to illegally contact college athletes.
They have been joined in the fight by five agents certified by the NFL Players Association.
A nine-page memo proposing changes to agent laws, co-authored by North Carolina associated athletic director Paul Pogge and agent Tony Agnone, was sent Thursday to the committee that will meet later this month in Chicago to consider updates to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
The names of athletics officials at 65 schools in 32 states - including BCS conference programs like Arkansas, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford and Texas A&M - appear at the end of the memo in support of the proposals.
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