SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The World Series gets under way tonight in San Francisco. Both the hometown Giants and visiting Detroit Tigers worked out yesterday at AT&T Park and say they're ready.
The Tigers haven't played a meaningful game since Thursday, when they completed a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees for the AL pennant. Detroit manager Jim Leyland will hand the ball to his ace, Justin Verlander.
The Giants are still riding the wave of euphoria from Monday night's Game 7 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Skipper Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) is going with lefty Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) in this evening's opener of the best-of-seven showdown.
San Francisco has home-field advantage thanks to the senior circuit's victory in this summer's All-Star game.
Guillen is one and done
MIAMI (AP) — Ozzie Guillen's mouth got him in trouble seven months ago. The Florida Marlins' record got him fired.
Guillen has been let go after just one season with the team. The Marlins went 69-93 during a campaign in which Guillen praised Fidel Castro, another factor in his dismissal. Team president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said the positive comments about Castro didn't help the team or Guillen.
Miami's last-place finish in the NL East came after the team signed free-agent All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) and Heath Bell to contracts worth a combined $191 million.
The Fish still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
Miami's next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010.
Farrell introduced as new Red Sox manager
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have introduced John Farrell as their new manager.
Farrell appeared Tuesday at a news conference with club officials two days after the team announced it had reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays to allow him to leave with one year left on his three-year contract as manager. The Red Sox sent infielder Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs) to Toronto and obtained reliever David Carpenter in the deal.
At the news conference, Farrell said he's familiar with some players and members of the front office from his experience with the team, but said he won't take for granted his relationships with players.
Farrell was Boston's pitching coach from 2007-10 under Terry Francona. He takes over for Bobby Valentine, who was fired after one of the worst seasons in team history. The Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a 69-93 record, their worst since 1965 and four games behind the Blue Jays.
Farrell is the 46th manager in franchise history.
Storen among arbitration players
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball's new labor contract.
San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole (TOHL'-ee), Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and third baseman Chris Johnson also are eligible because of the new deal.
Under the labor contract agreed to last November, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration along with the 3-to-6 year players. From 1991 through last year, the top 17 percent in the 2-to-3-year group had been eligible.
The cutoff was 2 years, 139 days, down from what would have been 2 years, 144 days under the old rule. Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders still fell one day short.
Dodgers' Jansen undergoes heart procedure
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his heart to return it to normal rhythm.
The team says the abnormal tissue in Jansen's heart was identified and cauterized to stop the abnormal electrical signals sent from the area. After the nearly three-hour procedure, Jansen's heart was in normal rhythm.
He will remain in the hospital overnight and be released Wednesday. After seven to 10 days, Jansen can resume physical activity with no restrictions.
Jansen spent a month on the disabled list during the 2011 season with an irregular heartbeat. The 22-year-old pitcher changed his diet and eliminated caffeine, soft drinks and alcohol. However, he experienced a similar problem in August and was hospitalized.
Falcons, Giants 1-2 in AP Pro32 power rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — The undefeated Atlanta Falcons remain first in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, with the New York Giants gaining ground after a thrilling win over the Washington Redskins.
The lone remaining team without a loss received 10 first-place votes and 378 points from The Associated Press' 12-member panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL.
The Giants, who beat the Redskins 27-23, have drawn two first-place votes and 366 points.
New Orleans made the biggest move after its second straight win, advancing six spots to No. 17 despite a 2-4 record.
Baltimore tumbled five places to eighth following Sunday's blowout loss at Houston. The Texans are third with 362 points.
Players reach out, owners pull away
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL Players Association has notified the league that it's ready to return to the bargaining table as early as Wednesday in an effort to save a full schedule. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly quickly told the union to forget it.
Daly told The Associated Press he didn't anticipate any negotiations taking place for the balance of the week, saying the union has rejected the proposal management made last week and is not offering another one.
The league set an Oct. 25 deadline for the two sides to work out a new collective bargaining agreement before the NHL cancels regular-season games for good.
The sides haven't met since the NHL turned down three counterproposals from the union on Thursday.
T25 FOOTBALL-OREGON ST/MANNION
No. 7 Beavers go with Mannion against Huskies
UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Sean Mannion will start for No. 7 Oregon State against Washington on Saturday, less than three weeks after undergoing a surgical procedure on his left knee.
Mannion missed two games after he was hurt in an Oct. 6 victory over Washington State in Seattle. Cody Vaz started in Mannion's place and Oregon State has remained unbeaten, rising to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12.
T25 FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME/GOLSON
Golson's a go
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says quarterback Everett Golson is 100 percent and will start against eighth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman. Kelly says Golson did well during a full workout after sitting out last week's win over BYU while recovering from a concussion.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-UCF-NCAA APPEAL
Robbing Peter to pay Paul?
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida will be eligible to compete for both the Conference USA championship and a bowl game this season. Knights coach George O'Leary says the NCAA has scheduled the school's appeal hearing of a one-year postseason ban for late January.
UCF's football team is 5-2, with a 3-0 record in conference play. If the school loses its appeal, the football ban would be served in 2013 when the Knights enter the Big East.
The ban was the only penalty UCF challenged as part of sanctions levied in July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball. Central Florida also received a one-year postseason ban in basketball, a $50,000 fine, five years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, and limits on football recruiting.
Earnhardt can go racing again
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway after missing the last two weeks to recover from a pair of concussions.
NASCAR's most popular driver was examined by neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty one day after he ran 123 laps at half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Petty monitored Earnhardt during Monday's test.
Petty sidelined Earnhardt after the driver went to see him complaining of a lingering headache following a 25-car accident on the last lap of the Oct. 7 race at Talladega. Petty diagnosed Earnhardt with a concussion, and said Earnhardt also suffered one in an Aug. 29 crash during a tire test at Kansas that went untreated.
Allmendinger gets 3rd start for Phoenix Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger will drive for Phoenix Racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
It will be Allmendinger's third consecutive start in the No. 51 Chevrolet, and gives him yet another opportunity in his NASCAR comeback.
Allmendinger finished second at Martinsville in April while driving for Penske Racing. He has four consecutive top-15 finishes at the 0.526-mile track.
Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR in July for failing a random drug test, and fired by Penske shortly after. He was reinstated in September after completing NASCAR's recovery program.
GOLF-PGA GRAND SLAM OF GOLF
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Padraig (PAH'-drig) Harrington is making the most of his opportunity. The Irishman fired a 5-under-par 66 in the opening round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to take a two-stroke lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson into final-day play in Bermuda.
The 36-hole event is set up to include the year's major champions. But Harrington was called in to substitute for British Open winner Ernie Els, who is nursing a minor ankle injury. Keegan Bradley is filling in for PGA champion Rory McIlroy. He opened with a 72.
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 68.
Auriemma wants lower rims for women's game
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and U.S. Olympic coach Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) wants the rims lowered in women's basketball.
The Hartford Courant reports Auriemma made the comments to reporters Monday following the taping of sports talk show for Connecticut Public Television.
He says volleyball nets are lower in the women's game, and lowering rims from 10 feet would be no different.
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