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AP Top Sports News At 2:54 a.m. EDT

Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants....

No. 24 LSU upends No.3 Mississippi, 10-7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Bo Wallace wasn't about to play it safe - not even in Death Valley. The bold but risky decision ended any hope No. 3 Mississippi may have had about its first unblemished record in more than half a century....

Defense will be hard to find for playoff committee
If defense is what the College Football Playoff selection committee wants from its top teams, the 12-member panel is going to have a tough time filling out the front of its first rankings....

No. 1 Mississippi State holds off Kentucky 45-31
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs and top-ranked Mississippi State beat Kentucky 45-31 on Saturday....

Petit's clutch relief carries Giants bullpen again
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting "Let's go!"...

Royals relievers waste early lead in Game 4 loss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The plan this postseason has been pretty straightforward for the Kansas City Royals: Take an early lead and hand the game over to a terrific trio of hard-throwing relievers....

Pence in the middle as Giants rally to tie Series
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- His swings, shouts and sliding catch all done, Hunter Pence shuttled from one postgame TV interview to another outside the San Francisco dugout, bumping through a crush of people with every step....

Michigan mess: Wolverines mauled again by Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Brady Hoke was the last person to enter Michigan's locker room, a couple of state troopers trailing behind him waited outside....

Cooper leads No. 4 Alabama past Tennessee, 34-20
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Lane Kiffin figured out a winning strategy for his return to Knoxville....

Hockey returns to Ottawa with emotional ceremony
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Players on opposing teams formed a circle at center ice as hockey made a stirring return to Ottawa on Saturday night....

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