In addition to the 49ers win over the Rams, here is a look at the other big sports stories making headlines today, Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Injured Cruz returns to NYC…Pats’ Mayo and Ridley out for Thursday night
Giants receiver Victor Cruz has been transferred to a New York City hospital after spending a night in Philadelphia following a major knee injury.
Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in third quarter in the Giants’ loss to the Eagles on Sunday night. The injury is expected to end his season.
Game 3 rained out
The major league playoffs took an unscheduled day off on Monday.
Nasty weather in Kansas City postponed Game 3 of the ALCS between the Royals and Orioles. The game is now scheduled for Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Along with steady rain, wind gusts of 25 mph were buffeting the ballpark. The forecast for Tuesday is cold and windy but dry, with weather improving the rest of the week.
Kansas City leads the series 2-0 and has won all six of its playoff games after a 29-year postseason drought.
Wei-Yin Chen was scheduled to start Game 3 for the Orioles against former Baltimore pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Chen is still slated to pitch Tuesday, but Royals manager Ned Yost says it’s possible he might bypass Guthrie and go with Game 1 starter James Shields. Such a move would allow Kansas City to use Shields in a potential Game 7.
Giants, Cards tied up…Cards’ Molina iffy for Game 3
San Francisco will be home to the next three games of the NLCS, after St. Louis evened the series at a game each with a dramatic ninth inning win in Game 2. Kolten Wong’s leadoff homer gave the Cardinals a 5-4 victory after the Giants tied the game with two outs in the top of the inning on a wild pitch.
Game 3 of the series is on tap Tuesday with John Lackey set to start for St. Louis against Tim Hudson. Lackey has posted wins in his last three playoff series. Hudson is coming off a one run, 7 1-3 inning-outing against Washington in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The Cardinals currently plan to keep catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina on their active roster for the series despite a strained left oblique muscle sustained in Game 2 on Sunday. He flew on the team charter to the Bay Area after leaving Busch Stadium for an MRI exam.
Manager Mike Matheny was encouraged Molina was able to throw Monday.
Diamondbacks take Hale
The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as their new manager and given him the task of improving a ball club that was a major league-worst 64-98 this season.
Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization, the final three as the major league third base coach. He spent the last three years as Oakland’s third base coach after one year in that capacity with the New York Mets.
Hale replaces Kirk Gibson, who led Arizona to the 2011 NL West title in his first full season before three straight non-winning campaigns.
Fisher: Winston in place to stay
Coach Jimbo Fisher says Florida State’s Jameis Winston has committed no crime and is adamant the quarterback will not miss any games this season due to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.
Fisher says recent reports about the investigation haven’t revealed any new facts.
Florida State announced last week it will use an independent official in the student code of conduct hearing. No hearing date has been set.
A female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012. Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to press charges against Winston last December due to inconsistencies and flaws in the evidence.
Wolfpack suspends seven
North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has suspended seven players for this week’s game against Louisville for their involvement in a BB gun incident.
Doeren said the players were playing a game with the BB guns at an off-campus residence last week and mistakenly didn’t recognize someone could get hurt.
Among the suspended players is linebacker Jerod Fernandez who leads the team in tackles and starting safety Josh Jones.
Briere’s last-second goal gives Avs a win…Ducks thump Sabres
Daniel Briere couldn’t have picked a better time to score his 300th NHL goal.
Briere scored off a rebound with four-tenths of a second left in Colorado’s 2-1 win at Boston. It was the first win of the season for the Avalanche, who opened with back-to-back losses to Minnesota and hadn’t scored a goal in their first 143 minutes until Jamie McGinn tallied 3:28 into the second period.
The Bruins have dropped three straight since a season-opening win against the Flyers.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
Breeders Cup Mile loses defending champ
Two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Mile champion Wise Dan has withdrawn from this month’s race at Santa Anita because of an ankle injury.
Owner Morton Fink informed Breeders’ Cup officials that the reigning two-time horse of the year will not run after developing a non-displaced fracture in the right front fetlock.
The seven-year-old horse has won 23 of 31 career starts including all four this year.
Psychologist: Pistorius a ‘broken man’
Oscar Pistorius is a “broken man” after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he lost her, his reputation, friends, income and sense of self-worth, according to a psychologist.
Dr. Lore Hartzenberg was called by the Olympic runner’s lawyers to testify ahead of Pistorius’ sentencing for culpable homicide. Her testimony was almost immediately characterized by the chief prosecutor as unbalanced.
The punishment for culpable homicide can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to as many as 15 years in prison. The judge found Pistorius not guilty last month of both premeditated murder and murder in the killing of Steenkamp.