GIANTS EVEN SERIES WITH CARDS: Marco Scutaro bounced back from Matt Holliday's hard slide by delivering a big hit of his own that helped the San Francisco Giants get their first home win this postseason, 7-1 over St. Louis Monday night that tied the NL championship series at 1-all.
The game got off to a testy start when Holliday barreled into Scutaro at second base to break up a potential double play in the first inning. The play riled up a crowd that had seen three straight losses by the Giants so far in the playoffs.
There was plenty to cheer all night for the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings, Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homer and Scutaro hit a two-run single off Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter that broke the game open in a four-run fourth.
BEARS WAIVE BELL AGAIN: The Bears have signed tight end Brody Eldridge to a one-year contract Monday and waived running back Kahlil Bell.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Eldridge has started 16 of 27 contests over two seasons (2010-11) with the Colts, recording 14 receptions for 84 yards after being selected by Indianapolis in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma.
Bell appeared in two games for the Bears this season and had 32 rushing yards on 12 carries (2.7 avg.) along with an 11-yard reception.
LIONS WON'T BE AT THEIR BEST: Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is still not cleared to play and will likely miss next Monday night's game with the Bears.
Best spent the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list, but he's eligible to return now. Best hasn't played since last October because of concussion problems, and his future remains uncertain after general manager Martin Mayhew said Monday he can't come back yet.
HAWKS' JIMMY HAYES AT BRIDGES: The Blackhawks' Jimmy Hayes will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar in Griffith.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call (219) 924-2206 for details.
Women's cross country
RICHARDSON REPEATS: Valparaiso sophomore Jessica Richardson has been named the Horizon League women’s cross country runner of the week for the second straight weekend of competition.
Richardson placed second in a field of 55 runners Saturday at the Evansville Invitational, covering the 5K course in a time of 18:09.15. The time was the second-best of her career at the distance and 25 seconds faster than she ran on the same course a season ago.
VU LEADS AT CHICAGO STATE: Valparaiso leads the CSU Cougar Classic after the opening round, led by fifth-year senior Brad Winters, who matched a program record on Monday by shooting a three-under-par 69.
Valpo's 'gold' team posted a two-under-par 286, the second-best round in relation to par in program history, to lead the team standings by four shots. The Crusaders' 'brown' team sits in seventh place out of 11 teams at 305.
Winters, who went 34-35 for his round, was joined under par by senior Austin Gaugert, the latter shooting a 71 that tied him for fifth place. Matt Ward posted a 71 for the 'brown' squad.
Purdue Calumet is in 10th at 325. Mat Bowen leads the Peregrines with a 77.
CRUSADERS 10TH AT TOURNEY: Valparaiso is in 10th place among 15 teams after 36 holes of the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo.
The Crusaders shot an opening round 319 on Monday before posting an afternoon round of 323 to complete the first day of play at 642. Arkansas-Little Rock leads at 593, while host Missouri State has the individual leader in Emma Clegg (144).
Junior Kelly Voigt paced Valpo in both rounds, hher 79 and 74 putting her in a tie for 18th at 153.
VU DUO HONORED: Valparaiso junior Ellen Vanden Berg has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Taylor Root shared Defensive Player of the Week honors following standout performances during weekend wins in Wisconsin.
Around the horn
Former East Chicago Central and Purdue standout E'Twaun Moore scored 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting Monday night in the Orlando Magic's 114-111 NBA preseason loss to Cleveland. Luke Harangody (Andrean/Notre Dame) was scoreless for the Cavs.