YOUNG STARS AS TIGERS WIN ALCS OPENER: Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York's Raul Ibanez hit another stunning game-tying home run during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 Saturday night in an AL championship series opener in which Derek Jeter was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
Jeter rolled over his knee when he dove in an attempt to glove Jhonny Peralta's grounder up the middle in the 12th. Unable to move, he flipped the ball toward the mound and his leg was dangling as he was assisted off by manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue.
Detroit was coasting to a 4-0 win before the Yankees rocked Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth.
SHVED'S 3-POINTERS HELP WOLVES BEAT BULLS: Alexey Shved made two 3-pointers and scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 82-75 exhibition victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.
Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls with 15 points; Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nazr Mohammed finished with 10 points for Chicago.
FEVER STANDS IN THE WAY OF LYNX REPEAT: For years, the Minnesota Lynx were irrelevant in the WNBA, a listless franchise that couldn't figure out a way to even make the playoffs let alone contend for a title.
Now they're looking for two straight championships.
The Lynx host the Fever in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals today, hoping to become the first repeat winners since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.
The Fever has shown resilience throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs to reach the finals for the second time.
Indiana was down 1-0 in each of the first two rounds before rallying, including a 16-point win at Connecticut in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals despite losing star scorer Katie Douglas early in the game to a left ankle injury. It is uncertain if Douglas, who scored 51 points in the first two games of the series, will be able to play tonight.
"We're not afraid of anybody," Fever forward Eriana Larkins said.
5 COLTS DON'T MAKE TRIP TO NEW YORK: Four-time Pro Bowler Robert Mathis and starting running back Donald Brown did not make the trip when the Colts traveled to New York on Saturday for their game against the Jets.
Neither absence was a surprise. The Colts (2-2) had said both would miss two to three weeks with knee injuries.
Linebacker Jerry Hughes is expected to replace Mathis in the starting lineup, while rookie Vick Ballard is slated to make his first NFL start in place of Brown.
Linebacker Pat Angerer (foot), defensive end Fili Moala (knee) and nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (ankle) also stayed home.
BOWYER WINS ON BAD NIGHT FOR KESELOWSKI: Clint Bowyer picked up his first win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on a disastrous night for points leader Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski dominated Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway but ran out of gas with 58 laps remaining to blow his chance at the victory. He fell a lap down and finished 11th, and had his lead in the standings sliced in half.
Keselowski has a seven-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson at the halfway point of the Chase.
Denny Hamlin finished second and is third in the Chase, 15 points back. Johnson finished third.
Everyone had to race with one eye on the gas gauge, and it worked out in Bowyer's favor for his third victory of the season.
VU'S ROOT MOVES INTO NINTH ON NCAA ALL-TIME DIGS LIST: Valparaiso University libero Taylor Root climbed to ninth on the all-time NCAA list for career digs with 23 in a 25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 18-16 Horizon League win over host Milwaukee on Saturday. Root now has 2,483.
Ellen Vanden Berg added 23 kills for the Crusaders (13-9, 5-2).
Men's cross country
CHESTERTON'S CUTTER HELPS IUPUI WIN EVANSVILLE INVITE: Ryan Cutter (Chesterton) finished seventh (26:11.18) Saturday, helping IUPUI win the Evansville Invitational.
The Jaguars won the title with 29 points, while Valparaiso University was fifth (113).
David Rutkowski was VU's top runner, placing 18th (26:55.16).
Women's cross country
VU'S RICHARDSON SECOND AT EVANSVILLE INVITE: Valparaiso University's Jessica Richardson finished second (18:09.15) Saturday at the Evansville Invitational.
The host Purple Aces won the team title with 36 points, while the Crusdaders placced fourth with 78.