UNDATED (AP) — After a pair of playoff comebacks, the Giants are in the World Series.
San Francisco hammered visiting St. Louis 9-0 in last night's seventh game of the National League Championship Series to earn a second trip to the Fall Classic in three years. Everybody in the Giants' starting lineup had collected an RBI and/or scored a run by the end of the third inning.
Cards starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (LOHSH') was chased in the third. He was charged with five runs and six hits.
Series MVP Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) was the Giants' offensive spark. The veteran second baseman went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Scutaro hit .500 in the series and had at least two hits in six of the seven games.
The Cardinals experienced an offensive meltdown over the last three games, scoring just once after averaging 5.6 runs during their first nine postseason games. The defending World Series champions went 1-4 in potential series clinchers.
It's the 20th pennant for the Giants, who earned it by becoming only the seventh team to win a league championship series after trailing three games to one. San Francisco was down 2-0 in the best-of-five NLDS before winning three straight from the Reds in Cincinnati.
The Giants will host the AL champion Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Bears top Lions
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears generated just enough offense to complement another outstanding defensive performance.
Brian Urlacher (UR'-lak-ur), Julius Peppers and Zack Bowman each recovered one of Detroit's six fumbles and the Bears improved to 5-1 by silencing the Lions 13-7. The Bears forced four turnovers to stop a Detroit team that actually outgained Chicago 340 yards to 296. D.J. Moore helped secure the victory by intercepting Matthew Stafford at the Chicago three yard line with 2:39 remaining.
The Lions never got into the end zone until the final minute. They also lost wide receiver Nate Burleson to a broken right leg.
The Bears were leading 10-0 when quarterback Jay Cutler suffered bruised ribs in the second quarter and had to leave the game. Cutler came back to start the second half and finished 16 of 31 for 150 yards and a touchdown as the Bears dropped the Lions to 2-4.
Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 81 yards and scored a touchdown on Chicago's first possession. Matt Forte (FOR'-tay) ran for 96 yards to lead the Bears' ground game.
Panthers boot GM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coming off a 6-10 record in 2011, the Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney following the team's 1-5 start to the 2012 season.
Hurney had served as the Panthers' GM since 2002. Carolina played in two NFC championship games and the 2003 Super Bowl during his watch. But the Panthers haven't been to the playoffs since 2008.
Brandon Beane, the team's director of football operations, will serve as interim general manager, a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press.
QB switch in KayCee...Woodson out for Packers...Cooley back with Redskins...Jones-Drew out for at least one game
UNDATED (AP) — Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel says Brady Quinn is taking over as his starting quarterback and Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) will serve as the backup beginning Sunday against Oakland.
Quinn started in a loss at Tampa Bay two weeks ago because Cassel was still feeling the effects of a concussion sustained the previous week against Baltimore.
The Chiefs were off last week, giving Crennel an opportunity to evaluate both of them after the team's 1-5 start.
Cassel committed 14 turnovers in the first five games of the season and was completing just 58.5 percent of his passes.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
— Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury, a day after the team's 30-20 win at St. Louis.
— Chris Cooley passed a physical exam and has agreed to rejoin the Washington Redskins. After getting cut by the only NFL team he's played for during an eight year career, Cooley returns to the Redskins a day after fellow tight end Fred Davis was lost for the season when he blew out an Achilles tendon. Injuries limited Cooley to just five games last season.
— Jaguars leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay, and maybe more, after injuring his left foot during Sunday's loss at Oakland. Rashad Jennings will start in his place against the Packers.
— The San Diego Chargers have placed kicker Nate Kaeding on injured reserve and plan to release him when he's healthy. Kaeding kicked in the first three games before injuring his groin. In 2011, he blew out his left knee on the season-opening kickoff.
WADA chief calling out cycling union
SYDNEY (AP) — The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency thinks cycling's world body must remove the officials who presided over the drug-tainted Lance Armstrong era for the sport can regain credibility.
WADA (WAH'-duh) President John Fahey tells Australia's Fox Sports that the UCI has to "take the blinkers off" and examine its own past.
Fahey said he looks forward to seeing what the UCI proposes to do to ensure the Armstrong "debacle" doesn't happen again.
Fahey says "everyone" doped during the Armstrong era and the UCI had to address how such widespread doping went undetected.
Miller sore but OK...Thompson done for the season
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says star quarterback Braxton Miller has a sore neck yet is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.
Miller lay motionless for several minutes after being thrown to the turf by Purdue defensive back Josh Johnson late in the third quarter of the ninth-ranked Buckeyes' dramatic 29-22 overtime win on Saturday. He was carted to the locker room and then taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Kenny Guiton (GY'-tuhn) came on for Miller and led Ohio State to its eighth victory in a row under first-year coach Meyer. Miller is listed as the starter at quarterback for Saturday's game at Penn State.
In other college football news:
— Suspended defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been reinstated and should make his season debut for No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday night against fifth-ranked Notre Dame. Coach Bob Stoops says McGee has been practicing with the scout team during his suspension and there's no reason he wouldn't be ready to play against the Fighting Irish. McGee played in 12 games for the Sooners last season and started three times.
— Eleventh-ranked Florida State will play out the season with their leading rusher on the sidelines. The Seminoles say versatile running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in Saturday's win over Miami. Thompson missed much of the 2011 season with two broken vertebrae.
Pacers like what they see in George
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have exercised an option that will keep starting swingman Paul George with the team through the 2013-14 season.
The 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season. And George is expected to play an even bigger role this season with the club hoping to contend for an NBA title.
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