Finnegan Passes Big Test, helps Royals Win Game 3

Brandon Finnegan on Draft Day in June

Brandon Finnegan on Draft Day in June

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Finnegan passed his biggest test yet.

Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old reliever trotted into a troubling seventh inning, got two key outs and helped the Kansas City Royals hold off San Francisco 3-2 Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series.

Along with making history with his rapid ascent, he did more for the Royals — he gave them a 2-1 lead over the Giants.

Back in June, Finnegan said he “lived the college dream” when he threw for TCU. But no one could have envisioned what would follow.

Yet there he was at a rollicking AT&T Park, warming up when he was summoned into a tense spot to take over for proven reliever Kelvin Herrera: Runner on first, one out, Royals clinging to a one-run lead over the rallying Giants.

All of Kansas City infielders huddled behind the mound as Finnegan got loose, realizing the most important point of their season was being entrusted to the rookie left-hander.

Right before pinch-hitter Juan Perez stepped up, Finnegan walked to the back of the mound, took off his hat, looked toward the stands and tried to steady himself.

Then it was time for business, and Finnegan delivered. He retired Perez on an easy fly and struck out Brandon Crawford to end the inning.

Finnegan started to jog off the mound, stopped short of the dugout and walked the rest of the way to the bench, where he was congratulated by Herrera and several other Royals.

Picked 17th overall in the June draft, Finnegan became the first person to be in the College World Series and major league World Series in the same season.

Santos’ 48-Yard Field Goal lifts Chiefs over Bolts

Kansas City Chiefs LogoSAN DIEGO (AP) — Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left and the Kansas City Chiefs beat San Diego 23-20 Sunday, snapping the Chargers’ five-game winning streak.

The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Alex Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 43 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe.

Smith was playing on the same field where he led Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships.

Coming off their bye, the Chiefs (3-3) made the AFC West a three-team race, pulling within 1 ½ games of San Diego (5-2). The Denver Broncos (4-1) hosted San Francisco on Sunday night.

The Chargers flunked their sternest test in a month and lost for the first time since a defeat at Arizona in the season opener.

Broncos Promote Shaquil Barrett from Scout Squad

DenverBroncosENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have promoted linebacker Shaquil Barrett from their practice squad to take the roster spot of injured linebacker Danny Trevathan.

The Broncos also signed defensive end Gerald Rivers to their practice squad Wednesday.

Barrett is an undrafted rookie from Colorado State who spent the last six weeks on Denver’s practice squad.

Barrett started 35 of 38 games at CSU, collecting 246 tackles, 18 sacks, 32 1-2 tackles for loss, three interceptions, six pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.

Trevathan is on recallable IR with a broken bone near his left kneecap. He’s not eligible to return until mid-December.

Rivers, undrafted out of Ole Miss, played in two games for the Rams and Jaguars last season.

Concussion Research Will be the Focus of UNL Talk

ConcussionLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Understanding how concussions affect the brain is a hot topic in sports and medicine, so an expert from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will explain some of the latest research later this month.

Dennis Molfese is director of UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. He will give a talk on Oct. 23 about how concussions can sometimes have lifelong effects.

Molfese will also describe what’s being done to understand concussions better in the 12:15 p.m. talk at Memorial Stadium’s West Stadium Club.

Molfese is part of a national committee studying sports-related head injuries. He was also part of a National Academy of Sciences committee that looked at concussions in youth sports.

Former Husker Larson-Burbach Leads USA to Gold Medal Match

Jordan Larson-BurbachMilan, Italy – Behind a match-high 13 kills from former Husker Jordan Larson-Burbach, the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team swept previously unbeaten Brazil 3-0 in the semifinals of the FIVB World Championships on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s final at 1 p.m. (CT).

Larson-Burbach, along with former Huskers Kayla Banwarth and Kelsey Robinson, and Team USA avenged a sweep to Brazil in pool play last week with a resounding 25-18, 29-27, 25-20 win on Saturday. Brazil was 11-0 at the tournament and is the two-time defending Olympic champions, but was no match for the Americans on Saturday.

The U.S. women are seeking their first gold medal in any of the three volleyball majors – the Olympic Games, World Cup and World Championship.

USA will face either host Italy or China on Sunday. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast live online at and will be tape delayed on the Universal Sports channel on TV later in the afternoon.​

Frazier, Wuerffel to be Enshrined in College Hall

Tommie Frazier

Tommie Frazier

ATLANTA (AP) — It’s been nearly 20 years, and Tommie Frazier is still trading jabs with Danny Wuerffel.

The former quarterbacks at Nebraska and Florida have plenty of goodwill for each other, too, as they’re enshrined Tuesday night in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Frazier and Wuerffel joined 10 former players and two coaches who make up last year’s hall of fame class.

Former Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde was not scheduled to attend the event.

Frazier led Nebraska to consecutive unbeaten national title seasons in 1994-95. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior.

Wuerrfel won the 1996 Heisman and led the Gators to a national championship that season. The year before, Nebraska beat Florida in the title game matchup at the Fiesta Bowl.

Developmental League Hooks Up with ESPN

FXFL LogoNEW YORK (AP) — The new FXFL developmental league has signed a deal with ESPN to have its games broadcast online and through the ESPN app.

The league begins play with four teams next Wednesday when Boston plays at Omaha. Commissioner Brian Woods calls having ESPN involved with its Game of the Week broadcasts “very exciting and important.”

Another teams is located in Brooklyn, and the fourth, called the Blacktips, will play all road games in 2014..

Woods already lined up regional television platforms for the prime-time games, most of which will be played on Wednesdays, but some on Fridays. Woods says that the league can reach more than 99 million homes through the affiliation with ESPN.

The Fall Experimental Football League is designed as a home for players who didn’t make it into the NFL, but are seeking another shot. Rosters will have less than 40 players on game days.

Ex-Buckeyes Linebacker Makes Stop of Fan on Field (Video)

Ohio State Fan SlamCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State staffer Anthony Schlegel, a former linebacker for the Buckeyes, made his first tackle at Ohio Stadium since 2005 when he slammed a fan to the turf late in the first half of his alma mater’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Schlegel, who is a conditioning coach at Ohio State, intercepted the fan who ran on the field. As the fan was running away from security personnel, Schlegel wrapped his arms around him and threw him to the turf.

A record crowd of 108,362 roared its approval.

The fan was led off the field as Buckeyes players and team personnel congratulated Schlegel on the sideline not far from where he made the tackle.

Mo’ne Davis to Donate Jersey to BB Hall of Fame

Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Philadelphia Little League sensation Mo’ne Davis is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Davis, the first girl to win a game at the Little League Baseball World Series, will donate the jersey she wore during the game to the museum on Thursday. She’ll be accompanied by teammates from both her Little League World Series team and the travel team she’s played on since she was seven.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, a former Negro Leagues pitcher and one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, will also attend Thursday’s event at the Hall of Fame.

Afterward, Davis and her teammates will face a team from upstate New York in an exhibition game at Doubleday Field.

Davis pitched Taney Little League into the Little League World Series, becoming the fourth American girl to appear in the tournament. In her first game, she shut out a team from Nashville 4-0 over six full innings while featuring a fastball that reached 70 miles per hour.

Arenado Out with Bruised Chest, Pneumonia

Nolan Arenado Colorado RockiesDENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will be sidelined indefinitely because of a bruised chest and pneumonia.

The slick fielder was hurt diving for a ball during a game in New York against the Mets last week. An MRI and CAT scan Monday revealed not only a bruise but fluid in Arenado’s lungs.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said it’s “going to be a few days before he’s even up and about. But I think we’ll see him before the season is over.”

Arenado is hitting .287 with 18 homers and 61 RBIs.

Colorado recalled right-hander Eddie Butler from Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. The prized prospect may start this weekend against Arizona.

Butler made one start earlier this season before going on the DL with an inflamed rotator cuff.