Division II Regional Semifinal at Ontario
ParmaPadua 3, St. Marys 0. (25-14, 25-18, 25-13)
Division IV Regional Semifinal at Elida
McComb 3, Tiffin Calvert 0. (25-15, 25-15, 25-10)
The #1 Panthers (27-0) will face Monroeville (23-3) for the regional title at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Elida.
Division IV Regional Semifinal at Tippecanoe
FortLoramie 3, Minster 1. (25-15, 25-21, 16-25, 25-10)
Division III Regional Semifinal at Tiffin
FortJennings 2, Swanton 0.
FortJennings (12-5-4) will face last year’s state runner-up Mansfield Christian (16-2-2) Saturday’s Regional Final. The site has yet to be announced by the OHSAA.
Division II Regional Semifinal at Findlay
Celina 2, Napoleon 1.
Celina (15-2-3) will meet Bay Village at noon Saturday. The site has yet to be announced by the OHSAA.
Giants Win Third World Series In Five Years
(Kansas City, MO) -- The San Francisco Giants have won their third World Series title in five years. Michael Morse drove in two runs including a go-ahead RBI-single in the fourth inning as the Giants defeated the Royals 3-2 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic at Kauffman Stadium.
The Giants win snapped a 9-game winning streak by the home team in Game 7’s. The last road team to get the job done was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jeremy Affeldt got the win two-and-one-third innings of shutout relief after starter Tim Hudson was lifted after just an inning-and-two-thirds. Affeldt was helped by a replay-aided double play in the third inning. After a leadoff single, Eric Hosmer hit a shot up the middle that second baseman Joe Panik picked off and flipped with his glove hand to short stop Brandon Crawford for the force out. Hosmer was then called safe on a head-first slide at first base but the call was challenged by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and subsequently overturned by the replay official.
Then, despite just two days of rest, Madison Bumgarner came on in relief and threw the final five innings without allowing a run to earn the save and MVP honors. He went 2-and-0 while giving up just one run over 21 innings against the Royals. He allowed just one run in seven innings in Game 1 and pitched a four-hit shutout in Game 5 Sunday in San Francisco.
Bumgarner allowed a base hit to the first man he faced and then set down the next 14 batters in succession to get within one out of the victory before another man reached base.
Alex Gordon’s sinking line drive skipped past center fielder Gregor Blanco, placing the potential tying run at third base. However, Bumgarner induced a foul popup off the bat of Salvador Perez which Pablo Sandoval put away to end the game.
Sandoval finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Giants, who earned their eighth crown overall. Sandoval set a Major League record with 26 postseason hits.
Alex Gordon and Omar Infante plated a run each in the second inning for KC, which was seeking its second World Series title and first since 1985. Jeremy Guthrie permitted all three runs on four hits in three-and-a-third frames to suffer the loss.
Nuggets Rise Past Pistons
(Denver, CO) -- The Nuggets outscored the Pistons by eight in the fourth quarter to grab an 89-79 win at the PepsiCenter in each team's season opener. Kenneth Faried paced Denver with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Arron Afflalo chipped in 15 points. Josh Smith had a strong game in the defeat, dropping in 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Detroit, which lost in Head Coach Stan Van Gundy’s first game at the helm.
Pacers Bounce 76ers
(Indianapolis, IN) -- The shorthanded Pacers were able to pull off a 103-91 win against the 76ers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the opener for both teams. Roy Hibbert bounced back from his poor postseason with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.
Heat Top Wizards
(Miami, FL) -- Miami began the post-LeBron James era with a win. Chris Bosh dropped in 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Heat to a 107-95 win over the Wizards in season opening action from AmericanAirlines Arena. Norris Cole added a career-high 23 points and Dwyane Wade finished with 21 as Miami won its fourth consecutive season opener.
Bulls Hammer Knicks
(New York, NY) -- It got ugly at MadisonSquareGarden with the Bulls cruising to a 104-80 victory against the Knicks behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from Pau Gasol. Taj Gibson knocked down 10-of-12 shots off the bench on his way to 22 points and eight boards. Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in the win. Derek Fisher's debut as head coach didn't go as planned for New York. The Knicks shot 36-percent from the field.
Suns Rout Lakers In Season Opener
(Phoenix, AZ) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in 20 minutes off the bench to lead the Suns to a 119-99 rout of the Lakers to open their season at US Airways Center. Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 31 points for LA, which slipped to 0-and-2.
Trail Blazers Rock Thunder
(Portland, OR) -- LaMarcus Aldridge opened the 2014-15 season with 27 points to lead Portland to a 106-89 win over Oklahoma City at the Moda Center. Russell Westbrook led the Kevin Durant-less Thunder with 38 points and knocked down 15 of his 16 free throws.
Charlotte Hornets 108, Milwaukee Bucks 106 (OT)
Toronto Raptors 109, Atlanta Hawks 102
Boston Celtics 121, Brooklyn Nets 105
Memphis Grizzlies 105, Minnesota Timberwolves 101
Houston Rockets 104, Utah Jazz 93
Golden State Warriors 95, Sacramento Kings 77
Red Wings Double Up Caps In DC
(Washington, DC) -- Justin Abdelkader scored twice during a three-goal third period as the Red Wings doubled up the Capitals 4-2 at Verizon Center. Abdelkader's second tally gave Detroit a 3-2 lead midway through the final stanza. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal in the final minute, while Gustav Nyquist lit the lamp in the second for the Wings, who have won four of six. Jimmy Howard halted 25 of the 27 shots he faced in the victory.