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Last Update on October 31, 2014 00:45 GMT

MLB-CONTRACTS

UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey. The right-hander was 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA last year with the Red Sox and Cardinals and was 1-0 in two postseason starts for the NL Central champions. He was acquired from Boston at the trade deadline in July.

Elsewhere:

-- The Reds exercised Johnny Cueto's (KWAY'-tohs) $10 million contract option. Cueto also made $10 million last season, when he went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA, the Reds' first 20-game winner since Danny Jackson in 1988. Cueto can become a free agent after next season.

-- The Boston Red Sox have signed All-Star closer Koji Uehara (KOH-'jee yoo-ee-HAR'-ah) for two more years for $18 million. He was a key part of the 2013 World Series winners, but struggled at times this season. He finished with a 6-5 record and an ERA of 2.52 that was more than twice the previous season's.

-- The Seattle Mariners have picked up the option the $7 million on Hisashi Iwakuma's contact for next season. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

-- Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option for next season. The right-hander was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers.

-- The Angels have exercised their $7 million contract option on closer Huston Street. The veteran right-hander was acquired from San Diego on July 19. He picked up 17 saves with a 1.71 ERA for the Angels.

-- The Washington Nationals have exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on center fielder Denard Span who hit .302 and tied for first in the National League with 184 hits. The team declined options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. The 34-year-old LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout. Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015.

MLB-HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Gil Hodges, Luis (LOO'-ee) Tiant and Maury Wills are among 10 candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for its Golden Era committee. Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat (kaht), Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Billy Pierce also are on the ballot. The only non-player is Bob Howsam, the late Cincinnati Reds general manager.

A 16-member committee will convene Dec. 7-8 at the winter meetings in San Diego to consider the candidates, whose most significant impact was from 1947-72.

In another Hall of Fame note, Madison Bumgarner's World Series performance earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame -- well, at least for his caps. The San Francisco Giants ace donated caps he wore during his Game 1 and 5 wins against Kansas City plus his hat from his Game 7 save Wednesday night.

MLB-RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series. According to Neilsen's overnight ratings, the Game 7 viewership was 10 million more people than tuned in to any of the previous six games between the Giants and Royals.

NFL-SCHEDULE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- First place is on the line in the NFC South this evening as the Panthers entertain the Saints. Carolina starts the night with a percentage-points lead over New Orleans with a record of 3-4-1, while the Saints are 3-4. It's been an odd year for New Orleans as the Saints have won all three home games while dropping all four road games. Of those four defeats, three have been by three points or less.

The Panthers are welcoming back running back DeAngelo Williams, who is the team's all-time leading rusher. He's missed the last four games with an ankle injury.

T25-SCHEDULE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The nation's second-ranked team is in action tonight as Florida State takes the show to Louisville to face the unranked Cardinals. Louisville has an early 7-0 lead over the `Noles.

The visiting Seminoles have won their last 23 straight games and enter the contest atop the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a record of 7-0 and 4-0 in league play. The Cardinals are enjoying a good season as well with a record of 6-2 and 4-2 in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

The Louisville defense could pose a problem for Seminoles Heisman Trophy winner Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston as it ranks No. 1 in the nation in defense, allowing just 245.8 yards a game. The Cardinals also lead the nation with 15 interceptions.

T25-WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UNDATED (AP) -- The pre-season Associated Press women's Top-25 basketball poll is out and the top team is Connecticut. The Huskies received all 35 first place votes after a season of going 40-0. The second-ranked school is South Carolina with Notre Dame third, Tennessee fourth and Texas A&M fifth.

The second five in the pre-season poll consists of Stanford, Duke, Baylor, Texas and Maryland.

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Scores & Schedules

October 30, 2014 07:08 GMT

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(Best-of-7) San Francisco 4, Kansas City 3

Tuesday, Oct. 21: San Francisco 7, Kansas City 1

Wednesday, Oct. 22: Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2

Friday, Oct. 24: Kansas City 3, San Francisco 2

Saturday, Oct. 25: San Francisco 11, Kansas City 4

Sunday, Oct. 26: San Francisco 5, Kansas City 0

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Kansas City 10, San Francisco 0

Wednesday, Oct. 29: San Francisco 3, Kansas City 2

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Indiana 103, Philadelphia 91

Charlotte 108, Milwaukee 106, OT

Miami 107, Washington 95

Toronto 109, Atlanta 102

Boston 121, Brooklyn 105

Memphis 105, Minnesota 101

Chicago 104, New York 80

Denver 89, Detroit 79

Houston 104, Utah 93

Phoenix 119, L.A. Lakers 99

Golden State 95, Sacramento 77

Portland 106, Oklahoma City 89

Thursday's Games

Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

New York at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Oct. 30

New Orleans at Carolina, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Monday, Nov. 3

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Detroit 4, Washington 2

Nashville 4, Edmonton 1

Thursday's Games

Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

MLS PLAYOFFS

KNOCKOUT ROUND Times EDT Eastern Conference

Thursday, Oct. 30: Sporting Kansas City at New York, 8 p.m.

Western Conference

Wednesday, Oct 29: FC Dallas 2, Vancouver 1.

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