Tuesday's Sports In Brief


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched the big-money Dodgers to their third straight NL West title, tossing a 1-hitter as Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Kershaw allowed just a third-inning single and struck out 13, and the Dodgers (88-69) advance to face the NL East champion New York Mets in the best-of-five NL Division Series.

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Kershaw (16-7) finally got the best of his 2015 nemesis in their fourth matchup of the year, striking out the side in order three times and retiring the final 19 batters as the Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Don Mattingly's Dodgers earned a third straight playoff berth for the first time in franchise history, and did so by snapping a seven-game losing streak at AT&T Park this year. It's also their sixth postseason berth in 10 years.

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) - A gold catcher's mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more than one of the game's greats.

He was the man who served his country courageously on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in 1944. He was the man who delighted in the joys of family and someone who brought roaring laughter with his words wherever he went.

The beloved New York Yankees catcher - a three-time American League MVP and Hall of Famer who played on 10 World Series teams - also brought out sports royalty from all corners to an overflowing church, much in the way he helped fill ballparks for a generation.

''He was always so good, so honest, so human and so real,'' former Yankees manager Joe Torre said in his eulogy. ''You didn't have to be a baseball fan to know who Yogi was.''

Berra, who in Torre's words ''personified the American dream,'' died a week ago at 90 years old. He was cremated and his remains were placed by the altar, an American flag prominently displayed.

Among those at the service were ex-Yankees Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and club president Randy Levine. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, was there, as was football Hall of Famer Harry Carson.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says in a court filing that a woman accusing him of sexual battery consented to group sex and became upset because she felt she should be reimbursed for a sex toy.

The Sept. 24 filing is in response to a lawsuit filed by a woman identified as Jane Doe alleging Rose and two other men drugged and gang-raped her at her home. The case has been transferred to U.S. District Court, and a scheduling conference is set for Nov. 9.

An attorney for Rose also is accusing three of the plaintiff's lawyers of making ''extortionate and unprofessional demands'' for payments by the point guard to the woman. Mark D. Baute made the allegation in a declaration in support of moving the suit to federal court.

Messages were left Tuesday night seeking comment from the woman's attorneys and the Bulls.


DALLAS - The NCAA banned the SMU men's basketball team from postseason play and suspended veteran coach Larry Brown for nine games after concluding that he lied to its investigators and simply turned his back on a case of academic fraud involving one of his players.

In a scathing report, the NCAA noted that Brown, who previously coached at Kansas and UCLA, made ''choices against his better judgment when it came to compliance issues'' at SMU.

''These choices included not reporting possible violations in his program, initially lying to the enforcement staff during the investigation and providing no specific guidance to his staff on rules compliance,'' the NCAA said in punishing SMU for its nation-leading 10th major infractions case.

The school said it was studying the report and would decide within the next two weeks whether to appeal.

''Our compliance program is among the best in the nation, but we acknowledge that even the strongest compliance programs can fall short when individuals act in an unethical manner,'' SMU President Gerald Turner said in a statement issued before a news conference.

The basketball team will lose nine scholarships over the next three seasons and could have some if not all of its 2013-14 season vacated, a season in which it went 27-10 and lost in the NIT championship game. The 75-year-old Brown, the only coach to win both NCAA and NBA titles, is also subject to a show-cause order over the next two years.


NEW YORK (AP) - A New York federal appeals court says February will be the earliest it will hear arguments in the NFL's appeal of the lifting of a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the ''Deflategate'' controversy.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that oral arguments could be heard as early as Feb. 1. The NFL and the NFL Players Association had agreed on the expedited timetable. Lawyers will submit written arguments prior to the oral arguments. Typically, a decision is not immediately rendered once arguments occur.

On Sept. 3, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled that the NFL did not act properly when it suspended Brady for four games after concluding balls were deflated when the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game.

CANTON, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jury on Tuesday convicted a man of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The Lincoln County jury deliberated more than five hours before finding Joseph Patterson, 29, guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and aggravated battery, the Argus Leader reported ( ). The deliberations followed two weeks of testimony about the October 2013 death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin, the son of Patterson's girlfriend and Peterson.

Authorities alleged that Patterson assaulted Tyrese while the two were alone in a Sioux Falls apartment. An autopsy concluded that the boy's head sustained four blows, causing his brain to bleed, and doctors determined that the injuries could not have been accidental.

Patterson's defense maintained during the trial that Tyrese choked on a fruit snack. A doctor who testified for the defense said autopsy photos indicated injuries consistent with a child being given CPR after choking.


ZURICH (AP) - Four years after stepping down in disgrace, former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was banned from soccer for life on Tuesday, accused of repeated acts of bribery related to World Cup bidding votes.

Warner, a long-time ally of President Sepp Blatter who was allowed to resign from FIFA in 2011 with his ''presumption of innocence'' maintained, is currently fighting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago on U.S. charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering.

The decision by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday shows that judge Hans-Joachim Eckert will pursue officials long after they have left their jobs.

A more pressing case for the ethics body is an investigation into Blatter, who was interrogated by Swiss prosecutors on Friday in part over allegations he undervalued the awarding of World Cup television rights to Warner. Blatter, who denies wrongdoing, is at risk of being suspended by his own organization.

Warner's lifetime FIFA ban stems from Eckert's report on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Rio's sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year's Olympics.

Organizers of Brazil's stop on the World Surf League hope to move their event from a beach at Barra da Tijuca to a clean beach further west.

The Rio suburb of Barra da Tijuca is the main venue area for South America's first Olympics. Though surfing isn't an Olympic event, Rio's water pollution is also causing health concerns for the sport.

''I hope we can put on some pressure to fix this pollution,'' Rio event organizer Xandi Fontes told The Associated Press.

An independent study by AP published two months ago showed high viral levels from untreated sewage in all of Rio's Olympic water venues, where 1,400 swimmers, rowers, sailors, canoeists and triathletes will compete next year.

The surfing area near the Olympic venue was not studied by AP, but a nearby lagoon abutting the new Olympic Park is severely polluted because of chaotic urban planning and a lack of public sanitation that stretches back decades.