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Giants Knock Off Nationals, Headed to NLCS

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Giants are back in the NLCS again after beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Giants took the best-of-five series 3-1 and will travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch and Santiago Casilla closed the door in the top of the ninth.

Ryan Vogelsong tossed 5.2 innings and gave up one run with four strikeouts, but got the no decision after Bryce Harper hit a game-tying homer run in the top of the seventh.

Hunter Strickland gave up the homer to Harper, but when Panik scored in the bottom half of the inning, he got the win in relief.

“It’s been a remarkable journey. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said. “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as fun.”

The Nationals had the best record in the National League, but will watch the rest of the playoffs from home.

“It’s tender and it’s bitter and all of those things, but I’m proud of them,” rookie manager Matt Williams said.

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Stanford Looks to Rebound Against Washington State

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(STANFORD, Calif.) — After a tough 17-14 loss to Notre Dame last weekend, the Cardinals (25) will look to get back on their winning ways against Washington State on Friday night.

The Cardinal defense has allowed 36 points this season and just four offensive touchdowns. Opposing teams have averaged 38 rushing attempts per game.

“An offense like that, you give them a lot of opportunities, they’re going to throw for 700 yards, score 50 something points,” head coach David Shaw said of the explosive Cougar offense. “If you give them less opportunities then you make it almost impossible for them to do that and now you’re playing in one of those close games.”

Stanford is 39-4 at home since 2007, when the stadium opened.

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Stanford Looks to Rebound Against Washington State

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(STANFORD, Calif.) — After a tough 17-14 loss to Notre Dame last weekend, the Cardinals (25) will look to get back on their winning ways against Washington State on Friday night.

The Cardinal defense has allowed 36 points this season and just four offensive touchdowns. Opposing teams have averaged 38 rushing attempts per game.

“An offense like that, you give them a lot of opportunities, they’re going to throw for 700 yards, score 50 something points,” head coach David Shaw said of the explosive Cougar offense. “If you give them less opportunities then you make it almost impossible for them to do that and now you’re playing in one of those close games.”

Stanford is 39-4 at home since 2007, when the stadium opened.

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ESPN: Guard Kedren Johnson Can Play for Memphis This Season

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Guard Kedren Johnson, who transferred to Memphis in August, received a waiver from the NCAA that allows him to play for the Tigers this season, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner told ESPN Tuesday.

Johnson missed all of last season at Vanderbilt due to suspension. The school then asked Johnson not to return.

Johnson led Vanderbilt in scoring two years ago, averaging 13.5 points per game.

The 6-foot-4 Johnson, is expected to play point guard for Memphis, who lost four guards from last season’s squad including seniors Joe Jackson and Geron Johnson.

Memphis begins their season Nov. 18 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota against Wichita State.

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Ronnie Brown Back with the Chargers

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Due to all of their injuries at running back, the San Diego Chargers decided to bring back former Bolt running back Ronnie Brown.

The 32-year-old Brown started this season with the Houston Texans playing in three games before being released last week.

Brown, who played for the Chargers during the 2012-13 seasons, joins a San Diego squad that has lost starting running back Ryan Matthews and backups Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to injuries. He will compete with Branden Oliver and Shaun Draughn for playing time.

During Brown’s 10 season NFL career, he has rushed for 5,332 yards and 38 touchdowns, while also catching 242 balls for 1,927 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chargers waived linebacker Kevin Reddick to make room for Brown.

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Bruins Place Krejci on Injured Reserve

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins placed top-line center David Krejci on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury on Tuesday.

Krejci suffered the injury during the second period of the Bruins final preseason game Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. He’s eligible to return to the ice seven days from last Saturday.

Krejci, who signed a six-year contract extension with the B’s in September, scored 19 goals and dished out 50 assists in 80 regular season games last season.

The Bruins open their regular season Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Clayton Kershaw was on fire until the seventh inning.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace had only allowed three base runners before giving up back-to-back singles and then a three-run home run to Matt Adams, which was enough to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers 3-2, sending the Birds into their fourth straight NL Championship Series.

Kershaw, who was pitching on three days rest, finished the day allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts, as he falls to 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three playoff games.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four.

Trevor Rosenthal allowed two base runners in the ninth but got Carl Crawford to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game, earning his third save of the series.

St. Louis will now take on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

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Chicago Bears Make Roster Moves

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — The Chicago Bears parted ways with cornerback Isaiah Frey and defensive end David Bass on Tuesday and promoted rookie cornerback Al Louis-Jean from the practice squad.

The Bears selected Frey out of Nevada in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft. In 19 career games and seven starts, he had 59 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumbled recovery.

Chicago acquired Bass off of waivers last season from the Oakland Raiders. In 13 career games and one start, he had 23 tackles, one sack, and one interception.

Louis-Jean is an undrafted free agent from Boston College.

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Seahawks Get Past Redskins, 27-17 on “Monday Night Football”

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — Although the final score didn’t fully indicate it, the Seattle Seahawks were able to easily put away the Washington Redskins, 27-17 on Monday night.

Despite the win, it was a frustrating night for Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, who had three touchdowns called back due to penalties.

“Well, the first one I was cool with,” he said. “I was like, ‘OK.’ Then when the second one happened, I was like, ‘Wow.’ And then when the third one happened I just flipped my hands down. I couldn’t believe it.”

Seattle had 13 penalties for 90 yards, but were still able to pull out the win.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a memorable night as he completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed for 122 yards on 11 carries and added a touchdown on the ground in the win.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins rebounded from a rough game start against the New York Giants on Sept. 25 as he threw for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson also had a big game for Washington as he caught five passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle improved to 3-1 while Washington fell to 1-4.

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Magic’s Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye Suffer Sprained MCLs

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — As the preseason opens in the NBA, the Orlando Magic are already dealing with injuries to two starters as guard Victor Oladipo and forward Channing Frye are both dealing with sprained MCLs.

Oladipo suffered the injury in his right knee after landing awkwardly during a scrimmage on Friday. Frye suffered the same injury in his left knee during a scrimmage.

Magic head coach Jaque Vaughn said, “It’s not ideal and we’d love to have all 15 guys ready to rock and roll, participating and learning each other, but that’s not where we are. But you know we won’t complain and we’ll keep this thing rolling.”

“It gives an opportunity for other guys to understand how we want to play,” he continued.

It is unknown just when either player will be ready to return to the court, or if either will be ready to play when the team opens up the regular season on Oct. 28.

Oladipo was the runner-up in last season’s Rookie of the Year voting after he averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Frye is entering his ninth NBA season and his first with the Magic.

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