Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 01:48:49 EDT

Coco Crisp's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Oakland Athletics a stunning 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game Four of their ALDS last night.
Crisp's hit came after Seth Smith smacked a game-tying two-run double earlier in the ninth.
Stephen Drew drilled an RBI double in the sixth to help Oakland avoid elimination and tie the best-of-five series at two games apiece.
Ryan Cook was credited with the win.
Prince Fielder hit a solo homer for the Tigers, who won the first two games in the series. Jose Valverde blew the save and took the loss.
The A's will host the decisive Game Five tonight.
First pitch at the Coliseum is 9:37 p.m.
Justin Verlander will take the mound for Detroit, up against Jarrod Parker of the A's.




In New York, Raul Ibanez (ee-BAHN-yez) clubbed a solo homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Orioles.
Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras.
The Yanks now hold a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five ALDS. New York hosts Game Four at 7:37 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.


In the National League, the defending World Series champion Cardinals clobbered the Nationals, 8-0, in Game Three of their division series.
It was the first playoff game played in Washington, D.C. since 1933. The Nationals will look to avoid elimination when they host Game Four at 4:07 p.m. on Thursday.
In the other NLDS, the Giants hammered the Reds, 8-3, to force a decisive Game Five.
The Giants homered three times and Tim Lincecum got the win in relief.
The Reds, who held a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, will host the decider at 1:07 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.




(M-L-B Playoffs)

ALDS
Oakland Athletics 4, Detroit Tigers 3
(series tied 2-2)
New York Yankees 3, Baltimore Orioles 2 (12 innings)
(Yankees lead series 2-1)

NLDS
San Fransisco Giants 8, Cincinnait Reds 3
(series tied 2-2)
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Washington Nationals 0
(Cardinals lead series 2-1)




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Rookie Andre Drummond finished with 12 points, including a go-ahead layup late in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Pistons
held off the Toronto Raptors, 101-99, in a preseason matchup at The Palace of Auburn Hills last night.
With Detroit down one with 35 seconds to play, Drummond, the Pistons' first-round pick out of Connecticut in June's draft, hit a big put-back bucket off a miss by Will Bynum to give the Pistons back the lead.
Brandon Knight had 14 points and dished out six assists, Greg Monroe added 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Stuckey each posted 10 points for the Pistons, who finished 25-41 last season.
The Pistons and Raptors will meet for a second preseason game on Friday in Toronto.




(NBA Preseason)

Detroit Pistons 101, Toronto Raptors 99
Houston Rockets 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 105
Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Indiana Pacers 70
San Antonio Spurs 101, Atlanta Hawks 99
Sacramento Kings 102, Phoenix Suns 96
Portland Trailblazers 93, LA Lakers 75




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Former Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras died yesterday morning in Los Angeles.
The 77-year-old Karras had suffered from various health issues in recent years, including dementia and stomach cancer.
Karras, who was drafted by the Lions in 1958, played twelve seasons in Detroit.
In the 1970s, Karras worked as a co-host of ABC's "Monday Night Football."
He may be best known as the dad in the 1980s TV sitcom "Webster." Karras also appeared on the big screen in movies such as "Paper Lion," "Blazing Saddles" and "Porky's."




The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Nashville for a Thursday night showdown with the struggling Tennessee Titans.
The Steelers rallied for a 16-14 win over the Eagles in Week Five, evening their record at 2-and-2.
Pittsburgh has had a tough time on the road this season, losing 31-19 at Denver to open the year and falling 34-31 in Oakland in Week Three.
The Titans, meanwhile, have lost two in-a-row, including a 30-7 rout by the Vikings in Minnesota.
Matt Hasselbeck will start again this week in place of Jake Locker, who will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury.




Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been placed on the injured reserve designated to return list.
Benson injured his foot during Sunday's loss to the Colts.
He was expected to miss Sunday night's game against the Texans, but now won't be eligible to practice for six weeks and can't play for eight weeks.
The earliest Benson can return to game action is December 2nd against Minnesota. In five games this year, Benson has 248 yards rushing and one touchdown.




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Representatives for the NHL and the players union held two meetings on Wednesday as the two sides attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
The sides followed up a one-hour meeting with a session that lasted nearly four hours in New York.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly intimated that the union is working on a new proposal. Daly also said little progress was made on Wednesday.
The NHL has already cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season, which was scheduled to begin Thursday night.




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