BACKSTOM LEADS WILD PAST HAWKS: Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in his first win of the season, and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Blackhawks 5-3 on Saturday night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.
Jason Pominville had two goals in his 600th career game as Minnesota earned its third consecutive win.
Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine also scored for the Wild, and Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund had two assists apiece.
Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game for the Blackhawks, who had recorded at least one point in each of their past seven games. Patrick Kane added his team-best sixth goal in the third period.
OBSTRUCTION CALL GIVES CARDS GAME 3 WIN: Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.
Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Allen Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.
With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Molina. Saltamacchia threw offline past third, and Middlebrooks, with his stomach on the field, raised both legs and tripped Craig.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction, and even though a sliding Craig was tagged by Saltalamacchia at the plate following the throw by left fielder Daniel Nava, plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.
Before the game, the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran was recognized as this year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.
HUMMEL MAKES T'WOLVES: Valparaiso High School and Purdue University graduate Robbie Hummel has made the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, as officially announced Saturday. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward-guard was taken in the second round of 2012 draft by the T'Wolves, but spent last season playing in Spain.
Minnesota waived center Chris Johnson, giving the last two spots on the 15-man roster to Hummel and guard A.J. Price.
BULLS CUT THREE PLAYERS: The Bulls waived center Dexter Pittman and forward D.J. White, the latter a former standout at Indiana University, on Saturday.
Both players originally signed with Chicago as free agents on Sept. 27, 2013. Chicago’s roster stands at 13.
WALLACE JR. SETS NASCAR MILESTONE: Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half-century to win on NASCAR's national level, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels.
VALPO SWEEPS UIC: Sarah Dooms notched 11 kills, and Morgan Beil contributed nine as host Valparaiso (20-4, 7-1) swept Illinois-Chicago in a Horizon League match. Ariel Cudney picked up 13 digs, and Kelsey Berrington made 20 assists for Valpo in the win.
TITANS BLANK CRUSADERS: Kristen Manski came up with three saves for Valpo (8-6-2, 2-3-1) in its Horizon League road loss to Detroit.
CRIMSON WAVE SHUT OUT: Calumet College couldn't find the net in a 1-0 loss to Cardinal Stritch in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match at East Chicago. Kaytlyn Owens had one stop in net for the Crimson Wave (5-10-1, 2-7-1).
STRITCH DOWNS CALUMET COLLEGE: Nick Barango scored Calumet College's lone goal in a CCAC loss to Cardinal Stritch at East Chicago. Fernando Perez came up with eight saves for the Crimson Wave (7-8, 4-5).
VALPO ENDS FALL SEASON WITH LOSS: Northern Kentucky shut out Valparaiso 7-0 in the Crusaders' fall season finale. Michele Fredlake had the most competitive match for Valpo (1-2), falling 7-6 (704), 7-5 at five singles.
Around the horn
The Northwest Indiana Exiles Rugby Club defeated Fond du Lac 55-39 Saturday in Wisconsin.