Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
--LESTER GETS BOSTON WITHIN A WHISKER OF ANOTHER WORLD SERIES TITLE
Jon Lester got the better of Adam Wainwright once again and journeyman David Ross hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning as the Red Sox downed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 Series edge.
--SEAHAWKS COMPLETE A LOUSY NIGHT FOR ST. LOUIS SPORTS FANS
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 14-9 victory over the Rams on Monday night — less than an hour after the Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the game 5 of the World Series just up the street.
--CANADIENS SPOIL RANGERS HOME OPENER IN NHL
Peter Budaj made 27 saves for his 11th career NHL shutout to help the Canadiens spoil the Rangers' long-awaited homecoming with a 2-0 victory.
--MESSI, RIBERY ON THE SHORTLIST FOR WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar are among 23 candidates on the short list for soccer's world player of the year award.
--HEAT TO GET RINGS, THEN GET INTO ACTION AGAINST BULLS
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will raise their championship banner just before opening the NBA season against the Chicago Bulls.