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October 28, 2013 04:13 AM EST | AP


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TOP STORIES

BBO--WORLD SERIES

ST. LOUIS — Jonny Gomes reached the major leagues nine months after a heart attack,. After a decade as a journeyman, he's a World Series star. Gomes, inserted into the lineup about 75 minutes before game time, hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off reliever Seth Maness in the sixth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory Sunday night, tying the series at two games apiece. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4:30 a.m.

FBN--BROWNS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid took responsibility for the Kansas City Chiefs' offense growing stagnant in the second half Sunday, and then stood accountable for the play calls that got quarterback Alex Smith sacked six times by the Cleveland Browns. Perhaps he should also take a bit of credit for the Chiefs' perfect start after their 23-17 win. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 760 words by 4:30 a.m.

WORLD SERIES

BBO--WORLD SERIES-RED SOX

ST. LOUIS — Trotting off the field after the fifth inning, David Ortiz felt something was wrong, that something was out of whack with his Boston Red Sox. So rather than head to the bat rack, Big Papi called a little team meeting. Right there in the dugout during Game 4 of the World Series, to deliver a serious pep talk. Ortiz revved up the Red Sox with his bat and bark, helping Boston tie the Series at 2-all. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 725 words by 4:30 a.m.

BBO--WORLD SERIES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn faced the minimum the first four innings, then got yanked after encountering trouble against the Boston Red Sox lineup the next two innings. The rest of Game 4 was all heartache for the St. Louis Cardinals. Rookie Seth Maness was victimized for the second straight game when Jonny Gomes jumped on a sinker that stayed up for a tiebreaking three-run homer in Boston's 4-2 victory Sunday night that evened the World Series at two games apiece. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 645 words by 4:30 a.m.

With:

— ST. LOUIS — BBO--World Series-Notebook. UPCOMING: 1,763 words by 4:30 a.m.

NFL

FBN--NFL RDP

For all of Calvin Johnson's 329 yards, the Detroit Lions needed another foot or so. Matthew Stafford provided it, capping a stunning comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford's 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left, moments after Johnson got them on the brink of the goal line, gave the Lions a 31-30 victory Sunday. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by 4:30 a.m.

FBN--PACKERS-VIKINGS FOLO

MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Rodgers smiled as he answered the question. Yes, he said, Green Bay's running game has exceeded his expectations. With the Packers powerfully moving the ball on the ground, the absence of three primary receivers hasn't affected Rodgers one bit. Ignoring the injuries around him, Rodgers picked apart what's left of Minnesota's depleted defense by throwing two first-half touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson and guiding the Packers to a 44-31 victory on Sunday night. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 839 words by 4:30 a.m.

FBN--REDSKINS-BRONCOS FOLO

DENVER — In an unexpected twist, Peyton Manning was the one who needed some bailing out. On a day when the Denver Broncos quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, Von Miller and the defense stepped up in a 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 814 words by 4:30 a.m.

With:

— DENVER — FBN--Shanahan Returns. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 535 words.

FBN--49ERS-JAGUARS FOLO

LONDON — The San Francisco 49ers have won five games in a row and are keeping things interesting in the NFC West. And a bye week may be just what the Niners need if they plan to keep challenging the Seattle Seahawks for the division title. The 49ers improved to 6-2 with an easy 42-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, getting two rushing touchdowns each from quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Frank Gore. By Chris Lehourites. UPCOMING: 773 words by 4:30 a.m.

Also:

— PHILADELPHIA — FBN--Giants-Eagles Folo. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 747 words by 4:30 a.m.

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Dolphins-Patriots Folo. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 773 words by 4:30 a.m.

— CINCINNATI — FBN--Jets-Bengals Folo. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 682 words by 4:30 a.m.

— OAKLAND, Calif. — FBN--Steelers-Raiders Folo. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 846 words by 4:30 a.m.

— GLENDALE, Ariz. — FBN--Falcons-Cardinals Folo. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 832 words by 4:30 a.m.

— DETROIT — FBN--Cowboys-Lions Folo. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 686 words by 4:30 a.m.

— NEW ORLEANS — FBN--Bills-Saints Folo. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 758 words by 4:30 a.m.

— FBN--Seahawks-Rams. By Tim Booth. SENT: 819 words.

COMMENTARY

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-102713

The Kansas City Chiefs are 8-0, remarkable by itself in a league where parity rules and only hapless Jacksonville counts as a sure win. It borders on amazing when you consider the Chiefs were 2-14 a year ago. However, they went out and got a new quarterback, a new coach and a new general manager after that. A lot of the team is new, too, with some 30 different names on this season's roster than last. They're good, yes, because you have to be good to win eight straight games in the NFL. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 843 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--BCS STANDING

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings. The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon's convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 439 words.

With:

— FBC--T25-College FB Poll. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 210 words.

— FBC--T25-Ballot Breakdown. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 830 words.

FBC--STAT WATCH-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

Those coaches at Division II Western Connecticut State are pretty smart. They figured out Octavias McKoy's best position is running back. That was apparent Saturday when McKoy set the NCAA all-division single-game rushing record with 455 yards on 43 carries against Worcester State. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 686 words by 5 a.m.

Also:

— CORVALLIS, Ore. — FBC--Oregon St-Defense. By Nick Daschel. UPCOMING: 480 words by 5 a.m.

— EUGENE, Ore. — FBC--T25-Oregon-Stanford Looms. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 598 words.

— CORAL GABLES, Fla. — FBC--T25-Miami-Florida St Week. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 757 words.

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — FBC--T25-Rolling Alabama. By John Zenor. SENT: 669 words.

— NORMAN, Okla. — FBC--T25-Oklahoma-Step Forward. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 754 words.

NBA

BKN--HEAT-RING NIGHT

MIAMI — By now, the Miami Heat know a thing or two about planning championship celebrations. They're getting a fair amount of practice. A pair of 3D videos that will turn the court into a theater screen and even the infamous yellow rope — which got attention for all the wrong reasons in Game 6 of last season's NBA Finals against San Antonio — will be part of the show Tuesday night. For the Heat, it's their third banner-raising party in seven years, and the second one they'll hold in a span of 12 months. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 507 words by 4:30 a.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season. It was Gordon's eighth career win at Martinsville, but first since he swept the two races at the track in 2005. Most important, though, is that the victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Matt Kenseth and Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races remaining, and Gordon sits 27 points behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is 28 points out, while Kyle Busch is 36 points behind. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 947 words.

With:

— CAR--NASCAR-Vicker's Health. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 616 words.

— CAR--NASCAR-Wallace's Win. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 548 words.

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ALSO

— HAIKOU, China — GLF--Woods-Chamblee. By Bernie McGuire. SENT: 701 words.

— SHANGHAI — GLF--British Open-Qualifying. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 124 words.

— ISTANBUL — TEN--WTA Championships. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 742 words.

— GLENDALE, Ariz. — HKN--Coyotes-Identity Crisis. By John Marshall. SENT: 807 words.

— LAS VEGAS — Bull Riders World Championship. By Keith Freeman. SENT: 410 words.

— SAN ANTONIO — GLF--Champions Tour. SENT: 498 words.

— SAN FRANCISCO — SOC--New Zealand. U.S. SENT: 545 words.

— UNIONDALE, N.Y. — HKN--Islanders-Sabres Trade. SENT: 880 words.

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Monday's Time Schedule

BASEBALL

WORLD SERIES

Game 5: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m.

NFL

Seattle at St. Louis, 8:40 p.m.

NHL

Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Washington at Vancouver, 10 p.m.