DETROIT (AP) Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit's starting rotation and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.
Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sabathia, who was unable to prevent the Yankees from getting swept in a postseason series for the first time in 32 years.
Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth against a New York starting lineup that was again without Alex Rodriguez, who flied out with two on in the sixth as a pinch hitter.
Tigers designated pitcher Delmon Young was selected series MVP after batting .353 with two homers and six RBIs.
In NLCS, the wild-card Cardinals moved within one win of the World Series when Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout to take a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series in St. Louis.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, and the Los Angeles Angels first baseman should be ready for the start of spring training.
The Angels confirmed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's report on the surgery, describing it as a minor cleanup procedure.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has had abdominal surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.
The team says Dr. William Meyers performed the operation Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court, the union questioned why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering then-New Orleans teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season.
The filing cited media reports about White's ``smash-for-cash'' program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said.
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid's body. Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hasn't ruled out the possibility of making his season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans.
``There's no plan in place,'' Suggs said. ``I've got to take it day by day. Come Sunday I may or may not be out there.''
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will wait until shortly before the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish take the field against Brigham Young on Saturday to decide whether to start quarterback Everett Golson, who sustained a concussion, or to replace him with Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix.
TORONTO (AP) - The NHL and the players' association agree on one thing: Thursday was a bad day at the negotiating table.
Any optimism that existed following the NHL's offer earlier this week of a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue was dashed when the union countered with three proposals that were quickly rebuffed.
No new talks have been scheduled.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Johan Bruyneel intends to fight charges he was a central figure in doping programs within Lance Armstrong's teams provided his defense hasn't been ``permanently prejudiced'' by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's accusations.
Bruyneel, Armstrong's former manager, was a key figure in USADA's report what it says was systematic doping on the American cycling teams he oversaw. While Armstrong chose not to contest the USADA charges, Bruyneel is opting for arbitration.
SYDNEY (AP) - Cycling Australia was rocked by another doping revelation, with Stephen Hodge quitting as vice president after admitting to doping during his time as a professional rider.
``During a stage of my career as a professional cyclist I took performance enhancing drugs - a decision I am not proud of,'' Hodge wrote in a letter to CA.
CA fired road racing coordinator Matt White earlier this week after it was revealed he was involved in doping while a teammate of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal team in 2003. The admissions follow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's damning report into Armstrong's career.
HOUSTON (AP) - Slater Martin, the defensive-minded Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday. He was 86.
Martin died at a skilled nursing facility in Houston after a sudden illness, daughter-in-law Becky Martin said. She said he was admitted to the nursing home Monday.
Martin was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Bud Cauley shot an 8-under 62 to share the lead with Marco Dawson at the McGladrey Classic.
The McGladrey Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, and Dawson is at No. 216 with only $62,026 in 20 tournaments. The top 125 earn full cards for next year, so Dawson likely has to win to avoid a return to Q-school.
Two guys on the bubble - Boo Weekley (No. 121) and Rod Pampling (No. 124) joined Greg Owen at 64. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, the tournament host, was in a group at 65 that included Sea Island neighbor Zach Johnson, David Toms and Camilo Villegas, who is No. 152 on the money list.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Spain's Alejandro Canizares and New Zealand's Michael Hendry each shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Perth International.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Speedway hasn't been kind to championship contenders this season.
Just weeks after Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained a concussion during a tire test on the track's repaved surface, Denny Hamlin slammed into the wall at 202 mph during a day of testing Thursday. The hit was so hard that he was encouraged by NASCAR to seek an evaluation in the infield care center even after driving back to the garage.
MOSCOW (AP) - Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur advanced to the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals with straight-sets victories, while top-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov bowed out of the men's event.
VIENNA (AP) - Janko Tipsarevic reached his 13th quarterfinal of the season by defeating Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open.
Tipsarevic will face Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the quarterfinals. Bedene edged Donald Young of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 6-3.