Here is a look at the big sports stories making news today, Friday, Sept. 19.
Cards outlast Brewers…Bucs sweep Boston out of Pittsburgh…Rangers complete Oakland sweep
The St. Louis Cardinals needed extra innings to maintain their 2 ½-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central.
Tony Cruz slapped an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th to give the Redbirds a 3-2 triumph over Milwaukee. The Brewers led 2-0 in the eighth until Jon Jay hit an RBI single and Jonathan Broxton walked Matt Adams with the bases loaded.
Former Cardinal Kyle Lohse carried a three-hit shutout into the eighth before faltering.
The Brewers’ second straight loss leaves then 3 ½ games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card berth.
In Pittsburgh, Gerrit Cole allowed two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of Boston 3-2. Chris Stewart singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth, one inning before Starling Marte’s solo homer put the Bucs ahead 3-1.
The Red Sox had runners on first and third with nobody out in the ninth when Will Middlebrooks hit a ball that struck Jemile Weeks down the third-base line, forcing the Boston runner out and allowing Mark Melancon to work out of the jam.
The Pirates’ fourth straight win reduces their magic number to seven for clinching a playoff berth.
Elsewhere in the majors:
Washington sorry for breaking wife’s trust
Ron Washington has admitted being untrue to his wife of 42-years in his first public statement since resigning as Texas Rangers manager 13 days ago. He apologized to his wife, Gerry, who sat nearby while Washington made a 3 1/2 minute statement. The 62-year old Washington says he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife, calling it a low time in his life.
Dwyer out of jail
Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day.
The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.
PepsiCo latest sponsor to voice NFL concern
PepsiCo Inc.’s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL’s problems handling domestic violence, calling some players’ behavior “repugnant” but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is “a man of integrity.”
Pepsico is one of the league’s biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
The league and its teams have come under fire over the past two weeks over how it is dealing with several players with domestic violence allegations against them. An investigation has been launched into whether Goodell knew about or saw a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee earlier than the commissioner said.
Top defensive player may sit out
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles practiced Thursday in a limited capacity despite a high ankle sprain sustained last Sunday against Denver. Charles did not work out yesterday amid fear that one of the game’s dynamic playmakers could miss several weeks. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has not said whether there’s a chance Charles will be available for Sunday’s game in Miami.
In other injury news:
Tigers outlast mistake-prone Wildcats
Kansas State was able to keep fifth-ranked Auburn’s offense in check Thursday night, but the 20th-rated Wildcats also made too many mistakes in a 20-14 home loss to the Tigers.
Nick Marshall threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn improve to 3-0 despite being held to only 130 yards, 200 below its season average.
Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters had 245 passing yards but also tossed two interceptions while the Tigers forced three turnovers. K-State kicker Jack Cantele missed three field-goal attempts as the Wildcats fell to 2-1.
Auburn was the highest-ranked team to play in Manhattan since second-ranked Penn State in 1969.
Lewis shares lead after late charge
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis and Mi Jung Hur are co-leaders through one round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six for an 8-under 64. She has a tour-high three victories this season.
Royal & Ancient votes to admit female members
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has become the latest golf club to end years of male-only exclusivity. R-and-A members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women.
The members also voted to fast-track a “significant” number of women to join in the next few months. While the club at St. Andrews did not say how many women would be invited, previous reports indicated it could be as many as 15.
Augusta National, home of the Masters, decided two years ago to invite women to join.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na has announced her retirement at age 32, citing a recurring knee problem.
Li became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title when she took the 2011 French Open. She captured the Australian Open title in January, her third trip to the final at Melbourne Park.
She only entered seven tournaments after that, and hasn’t played since a third-round defeat at Wimbledon.