MLB: Dodgers’ top hitter questionable
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense is struggling, and they might have to face Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan on his left ribs Sunday, and the results were not yet available. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday.
Ramirez was a late scratch for Game 2, a 1-0 defeat that left the Dodgers trailing St. Louis 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Wainwright will start for the Cardinals tonight against rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu, who stumbled against Atlanta in losing his playoff debut in the division series.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez kept telling him he is going to play, but Mattingly said he’s got to be able to swing a bat in order to be in the starting lineup.
Chiefs fans break noise record
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest stadium in the NFL.
This time, it’s official.
The Kansas City Chiefs fans broke the world record for an outdoor sports stadium in their 24-7 win over Oakland when they reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes.
An official from Guinness World Records told The Associated Press that Chiefs fans broke the record of 136.6 set by Seahawks fans during a game against San Francisco earlier this year.
To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 decibels.
Eight SEC teams ranked in poll
NEW YORK (AP) — The Southeastern Conference set a record for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll with eight ranked teams.
The Top 25 was shaken a day after seven ranked teams lost, including five to teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell from the poll.
The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 is Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.
Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and is now No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team this season to lose to an unranked team. Michigan dropped out after losing 43-40 in four overtimes at Penn State.
Kenyan sets marathon record
CHICAGO (AP) — Just a few years ago, Dennis Kimetto was a farmer, tending corn and cattle in Kenya. Now, he’s shattering marathon records.
Six weeks removed from a bout of malaria, Kimetto broke the course mark in capturing the Chicago Marathon. Compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women’s winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.
Kimetto finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Kenyan men. He beat the mark of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede last year. He pulled away from Emannuel Mutai over the last few miles and was alone with both arms raised as he crossed the line.
It was his second major victory this year to go with a win at Tokyo in February.