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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

IT'S SHOWTIME: San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval prepares to bat during baseball practice Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Royals will host the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21. Photo: Associated Press/David J. Phillip

In addition to the Steelers’ big win and the sentencing of Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius, here is a look at the other big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Getting ready for Game 1

The wait is almost over for the opening game of the World Series.

Game 1 for the Giants and Royals will be played Tuesday night in Kansas City, with James Shields taking the mound for the home team against NLCs most valuable player Madison Bumgarner. Shields is getting the opening game assignment for the third time this post season, while Bumgarner hasn’t allowed a postseason run away from home in an MLB-record 26 2/3 innings. That record goes back to 2010.

The Royals advanced with a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series while the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in five games to win the NLCS.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night in Kansas City before the series moves to San Francisco.

Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief for the World Series and oversee four umpires who are working the Fall Classic for the first time. Hunter Wendelstedt, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Eric Cooper will call their first Series. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson round out the seven-man crew.

Artists named for anthems

Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series. According to Major League Baseball, Yearwood will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 1 Tuesday night and Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on Saturday at the AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Niners lose center for season

San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday.

Kilgore fractured his left ankle in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 42-17 loss at Denver. He was carted off after linebacker Brandon Marshall inadvertently ran into his lower leg at the end of a run by Frank Gore.

Rookie Marcus Martin is the favorite to fill in for Kilgore. Martin recently returned to practice following a training camp knee injury.

Martin’s NFL debut would likely be Nov. 2 at home against the Rams after the bye.

In other NFL injury news:

  • he Buffalo Bills are down two running backs. C.J. Spiller has had surgery to repair a collarbone injury, and it’s uncertain if his season is over. Fred Jackson said Monday that he expects to be out for about four weeks with a groin injury. Jackson told WGR radio that doctors gave him that prognosis. Both were hurt in the Bills’ 17-16 win Sunday over the Vikings.
  • Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on a torn right pectoral muscle. He’s a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
  • Bogar won’t be in Texas dugout

    Tim Bogar will not be part of the Texas Rangers’ coaching staff after serving as interim manager in September.

    General manager Jon Daniels says he and new manager Jeff Banister had discussions with Bogar in recent days and “decided that it is best for us to go in another direction.” Daniels said Bogar has been offered another position in the organization.

    Bogar was manager Ron Washington’s bench coach before going 14-8 as interim skipper for the last-place Rangers. Washington stepped down with a 53-87 record this season after leading the Rangers to back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011.

    Oilers top Lightning in lone league game

    The Edmonton Oilers have finally earned their first win of the NHL season following an 0-4-1 start.

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winner with 3:25 remaining to push the Oilers past Tampa Bay 3-2. The go-ahead goal came less than three minutes after Brett Connolly tied the game for the Lightning.

    Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot and had an assist as the Oilers dropped the Lightning to 3-2-1.

    Brodie signs with Flames

    The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. Brodie is in the final year of a two-year deal that paid him an average annual salary of $2.1 million. The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames.

    The defenseman has 11 goals and 66 points in 192 games.

    Judge dismisses Stiviano’s defamation suit against Shelly Sterling

    A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling’s mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.

    Judge Richard Fruin issued a tentative ruling last week saying he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. The judge found V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Shelly Sterling called her a thief and an embezzler in media reports.

    Consolidated suit filed by ex-players

    The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.

    The complaint was filed in Minnesota, where the case already had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It’s a combination of several previously filed lawsuits.

    The six former players serving as class representatives are seeking a jury trial for unspecified financial damages and NHL-funded medical monitoring for neurological disorders. Dan LaCouture (lah-koo-TOOR’), Michael Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, David Christian and Reed Larson all played 10 or more NHL seasons.

    Americans win

    The U.S. women’s soccer team has advanced to the CONCACAF semifinals by going undefeated and unscored upon in group play.

    Abby Wambach scored twice and the Americans improved to 3-0 by hammering Haiti 6-0 in Washington. Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also scored for the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals to be played Friday and Sunday at Chester, Pennsylvania.

    The U.S. has outscored its opponents 12-0 in the tourney.

    NCAA big holds firm on autographs

    NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday there is no talk about allowing compensation for autographs and signed memorabilia.

    Emmert made his remarks at a luncheon with business leaders while Georgia running back Todd Gurley remains suspended due to a school investigation into possible violations of NCAA rules involving autographs and memorabilia. Florida State also is reviewing whether star quarterback Jameis Winston received improper benefits from a large number of autographs being sold online.

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