Weekend Sports In Brief

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BASEBALL

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There's no telling how these wacky World Series games will end.

One night after a rare obstruction call, Game 4 finished with a pickoff play - both firsts in postseason history. Oh, and Jonny Gomes hit a decisive, three-run homer when he wasn't even in the original lineup.

An entertaining, even goofy World Series is tied at two games apiece after the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Sunday, which ensured the title will be decided back at Fenway Park.

Gomes hit a tiebreaking shot off reliever Seth Maness in the sixth inning. Felix Doubront and surprise reliever John Lackey, both starters during the regular season, picked up for a gritty Clay Buchholz to help the Red Sox hang on.

And of course, another bizarre ending: Koji Uehara picked off rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base for the final out - with postseason star Carlos Beltran standing at the plate.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings.

The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon's convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed.

Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches' poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.

Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.

NEW YORK (AP) - Baylor climbed to No. 5 in The Associated Press college football poll, the best ranking for the Bears in 60 years.

The top four teams in the rankings all put on impressive displays Saturday and held their spots.

No. 1 Alabama received 55 first-place votes after beating Tennessee. No. 2 Oregon got three first-place votes following a victory against UCLA. No. 3 Florida State pounded North Carolina State and drew two first-place votes from the media panel. No. 4 Ohio State handed Penn State its worst loss in more than a century.

Baylor beat Kansas and moved up a spot after Missouri took its first loss. The only higher ranking for the Bears came in November 1953 when they were No. 3. Baylor lost three of its final four games that season and finished unranked.

GOLF

SHANGHAI (AP) - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano chipped in for birdie on the tough 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Masters.

The birdie gave the 33-year-old Spaniard a three-shot lead going to the final hole, and Fernandez-Castano needed every one of them. He hit into two bunkers and had to make a 2-foot putt for double bogey to close with a 4-under 68 and win by a shot.

The seventh win of his career got Fernandez-Castano into the HSBC Champions next week in Shanghai, and made him a contender in the Race to Dubai at No. 4 in the money list.

Fernandez-Castano finished at 11-under 277, one shot clear of Francesco Molinari (64) and Thongchai Jaidee (66).

YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) - Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her fourth tour victory of the year and third in her last five starts.

The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. She has five LPGA Tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.

Munoz shot a 70. She was within a stroke after Pettersen bogeyed the par-5 ninth, but fell back on the back nine. Pettersen birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 18, and Munoz birdied the 12th before dropping stokes on Nos. 13 and 16.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with an 18-foot putt.

Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco.

AUTO RACING

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season.

It was Gordon's eighth career win at Martinsville, but first since he swept the two races at the track in 2005. He's tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville victories, but both trail Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) on the career list.

Most important, though, is that the victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Matt Kenseth and Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races remaining, and Gordon sits 27 points behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is 28 points out, while Kyle Busch is 36 points behind.

TENNIS

ISTANBUL (AP) - Serena Williams ended her best season in style, rallying past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championship and 11th title of the year.

Williams sank to her knees after firing a backhand winner on her second match point. She became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997.

Williams struggled a day earlier to beat Jelena Jankovic and complained later of exhaustion after a long season.

This was Williams' fourth WTA Championship. She also won the elite tournament, which features the eight top-ranked players, in 2001, 2009 and 2012. She is the first to successfully defend the WTA title since Justine Henin in 2007.

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