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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

GAME 7: Kansas City Royals fans celebrate outside after their 10-0 win against the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Associated Press/Charlie Riedel

In addition to the Royals forcing a game 7 in the World Series, here is a look at the other big sports stories making headlines today, Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Thousands attend Cardinal’s funeral

Thousands of people in the Dominican Republic attended the burial of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras.

Among those at the funeral Tuesday was Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny.

The 22-year-old slugger was considered one of baseball’s top prospects. Taveras hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games in his only season in the majors.

Taveras died Sunday after authorities say he lost control of his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. His girlfriend also was killed in the crash.

Jays claim Smoak off waivers

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers. The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting .202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

The former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008 has spent parts of five seasons in the majors. He’s got a career .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games.

Canseco accidentally shoots self in hand

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Bulldogs, ‘Noles, Tigers and Rebels get top 4 nods

The College Football Playoff selection committee has unveiled the first of seven top 25 rankings. There’s good news for three SEC teams, none of which is Alabama.

Mississippi State and ACC powerhouse Florida State are 1-2 in the ranking. The Bulldogs and Seminoles are two of the last three unbeaten teams left in the FBS. Auburn is third, followed by SEC rival Mississippi to round out the current projected semifinalists for the first FBS playoff.

Oregon is on the outside looking in at No. 5. Alabama is sixth in the ranking after moving up to third in the AP poll.

TCU is seventh, followed by Michigan State, Kansas State and Notre Dame.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 7, the day after the most of the conference championships are decided.

Meyer confirms RB leaves team

Reserve running back Rod Smith has left the 13th-ranked Ohio State team to deal with some personal issues and won’t be coming back.

Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Smith’s departure in an email and told reporters during a Big Ten teleconference that Smith has had issues throughout his time at Ohio State.

Meyer says, “We’re disappointed but we wish him well.”

A team spokesman said Ohio State did not dismiss Smith from the squad.

Lakers rookie Randle leaves court on stretcher

Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle has left his NBA debut on a stretcher after injuring his right leg in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.

TNT reported Randle has a broken leg.

The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky had his right leg immobilized as he left the court, casting a pall over the Lakers’ season opener against the Houston Rockets.

The 19-year-old Randle was injured when he collided with two Houston players under the Lakers’ basket midway through the final period. He was in obvious pain as the Lakers’ medical staff tended to him, eventually immobilizing his leg while Kobe Bryant gripped his hand in support.

Randle was the SEC’s freshman of the year while helping the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game last season.

Pens hammer Devils

The Pittsburgh Penguins trailed 3-1 in the second period on Tuesday before dialing up their offense.

Sidney Crosby scored twice while the Pens notched seven unanswered goals to beat the New Jersey Devils 8-3. Pascal Dupuis, Blake Comeau, Steve Downie and Patric Honrqvist each finished with a goal and an assist, while Brandon Sutter and Simon Despres set up two goals apiece.

The eight goals is an NHL season high.

Also in the NHL:

  • Montreal tops the Eastern Conference at 8-2-0 after Carey Price turned back 37 shots in Montreal’s 2-1 triumph against Calgary. Price also stopped the Flames’ three shootout attempts, while P.A. Parenteau provided the lone tally in the extra session.
  • Winnipeg blew a 3-1 lead before Andrew Ladd scored early in the third period to lift the Jets past the Islanders 4-3 in New York. Ladd had two goals and Bryan Little had three assists as the Jets won for the third time in four games since a 1-4 start.
  • Toronto was a 4-0 winner against Buffalo as Jonathan Bernier needed to make just 10 saves for his eighth shutout. The Sabres have been shutout four times in their last six games and have scored more than two goals just once through their first 10 games.
  • Minnesota trailed 3-1 before Zach Price, Justin Fontaine and Marco Scandella scored less than 10 minutes apart in the third period of the Wild’s 4-3 comeback at Boston. The Bruins wasted two goals and one assist from rookie Seth Griffith.
  • Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored the shootout goals as San Jose downed Colorado 3-2. Logan Couture tied the game early in the third period before the Sharks completed their second straight win since a four-game skid.
  • Carolina’s season-opening winless skid has reached eight games with a 3-1 loss at Vancouver. Brad Richardson scored his first two goals of the season to support Ryan Miller’s 29 saves.
  • Goalie out 1-2 weeks with broken finger

    The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for one or two weeks with a broken finger.

    Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season.

    The club placed the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s best goalie on injured reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg on emergency recall from its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    The 21-year-old Forsberg, Columbus’ sixth pick and the 188th overall in the 2011 draft, did not play in two games as Bobrovsky’s backup earlier this season. The Swede is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage at Springfield.

    Jose Canseco accidentally shoots his left hand

    Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

    Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

    Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

    Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

    An email sent to a representative of Canseco was not immediately returned.

    Bucs send former No. 1 pick to Rams…Champ Bailey retires after 15 seasons

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams and reserve linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots in exchange for draft picks.

    Barron was the seventh overall selection in the 2012 draft. But he has not made the type of impact on defense that the 1-6 Bucs anticipated when he entered the league. The Rams gave up fourth and sixth-round picks in 2015 for the third-year safety, who has three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one sack in 37 games.

    In other NFL news:

  • Champ Bailey has decided to retire after a 15-year NFL career that included 12 Pro Bowl berths, a record for a cornerback. Bailey’s agent, Jack Reale, said Bailey had opportunities to play this season but decided to pursue other opportunities. Bailey spent five seasons in Washington and 10 in Denver.
  • Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not disclose a timetable for Nick Fairley’s return after the defensive tackle injured his right knee in a win over Atlanta on Sunday. Caldwell says he’s aware of a report that Fairley could miss around a month, but says the Lions haven’t come to that conclusion.
  • The Buffalo Bills have placed backup safety Kenny Ladler on season-ending injured reserve because of an arm injury.
  • Broncos fan found safe

    A Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during last week’s game has been found safe.

    Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke said Paul Kitterman was found Tuesday night in Pueblo, about 100 miles south of Denver. Warneke did not have any information about Kitterman’s disappearance, but he said no criminal charges are expected.

    Family and friends of Kitterman had been searching for him since Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field.

    Judge sets date for betting decision

    A judge has set a court date for New Jersey and the major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to argue whether a temporary ban on legalized sports betting in the state should be extended.

    The parties will convene Nov. 20 in Trenton in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, whose restraining order stopping New Jersey from allowing legal sports betting. The NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking a preliminary injunction to extend the ban while the case proceeds.

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