Pro baseball

CUBS RALLY PAST BRAVES: Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the Cubs beat Atlanta 3-1 Saturday to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship.

Atlanta's magic number remained at one to clinch its first division title since 2005. Second-place Washington hosted Miami later Saturday.

Starlin Casto singled off Kris Medlen with one out in the eighth, pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy singled against Scott Downs (4-4) and Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double down the left-field line.

Navarro singled in the go-ahead run against David Carpenter, and Nate Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly.

Carlos Villanueva (7-8) got three outs in the eighth, and Pedro Strop finished for his first save in four chances.

CUBS ACCEPT GREGG'S APOLOGY FOR RANT TO MEDIA: The Cubs say president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has accepted Kevin Gregg's apology for a tirade to the media and the team will not release him.

Before Saturday's game against Atlanta, Gregg says he's put the issue behind him and believes "it's over" as far as Epstein is concerned, too.

TIGERS SCORE 6 IN 9TH, BEAT SOX IN 12: The Detroit Tigers tied the game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the White Sox 7-6 on Saturday night when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th.

Infante's grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy. Detroit plays its final scheduled home game of the year today and can clinch a third straight AL Central title with a win and a Cleveland loss.

 

Pro golf

STENSON TAKES 4-SHOT LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND AT EAST LAKE: Henrik Stenson was so flawless that he built a nine-shot lead at the turn Saturday in the Tour Championship.

Only a few glitches in his game put him back to where he started — which is still a good place to be.

Stenson made four bogeys in the rain on the back nine at East Lake and shot a 1-under 69 for a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson going into the final day of the PGA Tour season. Even if he were to lose the lead and finish second, Stenson would capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.

 

Pro football

COLTS WON'T HAVE LANDRY, ANGERER TODAY: Linebacker Pat Angerer and safety LaRon Landry did not travel with the Colts to San Francisco on Saturday and will miss today's game.

Angerer did not practice Friday and was listed as doubtful. The Colts had already ruled Landry out of today's game because of an ankle injury that kept him out of practice all week.

The loss of two defensive starters is more bad news for Indianapolis (1-1), which lost at home for the first time in almost a year last weekend and has put three offensive starters on injured reserve in less than two weeks.

Running back Vick Ballard sustained a season-ending knee injury last week in practice.

 

Auto racing

19-YEAR-OLD BLANEY WINS KENTUCKY NATIONWIDE RACE: Rookie Ryan Blaney earned his first career NASCAR victory and another Nationwide Series win for Penske Racing's No. 22 Ford, holding off Austin Dillon and surviving several late cautions to win Saturday night's 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway.

Blaney, who drives for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the Camping World Truck Series, used his second start in the Mustang to claim the car's 10th victory of 2013 and a season sweep at Kentucky. Keselowski drove the car to victory in June.

Blaney's win included tense moments over the final 40 laps, from beating Dillon off pit road with a two-tire stop on lap 166 to reclaiming the lead from Dillon after losing it on the restart. More tests followed, including a near-brush with teammate Sam Hornish Jr.'s loose Ford and one final restart.

Matt Crafton was third, Hornish fourth and rookie Alex Bowman fifth in a Toyota.

 

Women’s volleyball

VALPO SPLITS MATCHES AT BLUE AND WHITE CLASSIC: Sarah Dooms and Ellen Vanden Berg each totaled 17 kills, helping Valparaiso split a pair of matches at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dooms had a team-high nine kills in a 29-27, 25-20, 25-17 loss to No. 13 Ohio State, while Vanden Berg had a team-best 10 kills in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Kelsey Berrington totaled 37 assists, while teammate Ariel Cudney (LaPorte) had 33 assists for the Crusaders (11-3).

Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.