GIANTS TOP CARDS TO STAY ALIVE IN NLCS: Barry Zito pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the NL championship series, dominating into the eighth inning of a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night that narrowed their deficit to 3-2.
The defending champion Cardinals might have thrown away a chance to clinch a second straight World Series trip. Pitcher Lance Lynn's toss on a possible forceout deflected off the second-base bag, paving the way for the Giants' four-run fourth.
Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight night and Zito made an extremely rare offensive contribution with a perfectly executed bunt for an RBI single.
Game 6 will be in San Francisco on Sunday, with Ryan Vogelson pitching for the Giants against Chris Carpenter.
VU'S MORMAN, BURNS NAMED TO CSBL ALL-COLLEGE TEAM: Valparaiso University sophomore Michael Morman and junior Andy Burns were both named to the Chicago Suburban Baseball League's 2012 All-College team.
Morman hit .415 for the Crystal Lake Cardinals, while Burns hit .367 for the Lexington Snipes. Both players redshirted last spring for the Crusaders and are looking to make an immediate impact on the field for the upcoming season.
GOODELL APPOINTS TAGLIABUE TO HEAR PLAYER APPEALS: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed predecessor Paul Tagliabue to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints' bounty scandal.
Goodell said Friday he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players' union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to "decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion."
The union and the four players had asked Goodell to recuse himself, contending he could not fairly rule. Their second set of appeals will be heard Oct. 30.
JETS' COPLES, MAYBIN FINED FOR HITS ON COLTS' LUCK: Quinton Coples and Aaron Maybin of the New York Jets have been fined by the NFL for separate hits on Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck last weekend.
Coples, the Jets' first-round pick, was fined $10,000 on Friday for grabbing the facemask of Luck, the No. 1 overall selection, in New York's 35-9 win Sunday. Maybin was fined $7,875 for "unnecessarily" striking Luck with his elbow after blocking him during an interception return by Antonio Cromartie.
E.C.'S MOORE SCORES 13 AS MAGIC BEAT PACERS: Glen Davis scored 22 points, and Jameer Nelson had 15 points and seven assists to help the Orlando Magic to a 112-96 victory over the Pacers on Friday night.
Reserves Andrew Nicholson and E'Twaun Moore, an E.C. Central graduate, had 13 points apiece as the Magic won for the first time in five exhibition games under rookie coach Jacque Vaughn.
Reserve Tyler Hansbrough led Indiana with 23 points in 20 minutes. Indiana got 14 points from David West and 13 points each from Paul George and Gerald Green.
BULLS WIN IN WOLVES' FIRST GAME WITHOUT LOVE: Carlos Boozer had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 92-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Richard Hamilton added 15 points; Luol Deng scored 14, and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Bulls (3-2), who never trailed in the game.
Andrei Kirilenko scored nine of his 12 points in the second half for the Timberwolves. Dante Cunningham also scored 12 points in his first start in place of injured forward Kevin Love.
Around the horn
The NHL wiped out the third week of the regular season Friday as the lockout dragged on, leaving no more wiggle room if the league hopes to play a full 82-game schedule. ... Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right knee Friday and the 11-time All-Star isn't expected to resume on-court activities for about six weeks. ... Championship contender Kasey Kahne shattered the track record at repaved Kansas Speedway on Friday, turning a lap of 191.360 mph to take the pole for Sunday's race. Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer were next fastest, and all 43 cars in the field broke the previous record of 180.856 set by Matt Kenseth in 2005.