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Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:14 PM

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BOSTON — With the Boston Red Sox back in the World Series, television ratings jumped for the opener.

Boston’s 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals drew an 8.6 national rating, a 14 share and 14.4 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research announced Thursday.

The rating was up 13 percent from the 7.6/12 for San Francisco’s 8-3 victory over Detroit last year, which was a record low for a World Series opener. Wednesday night’s game was seen by 14.4 million viewers, an 18 percent increase from 12.2 million last year and the most-watched Series opener since the Giants’ 11-7 win over Texas in 2010 was seen by 15 million.

Wednesday’s game peaked with 16.9 million viewers during the second inning, when the Red Sox scored twice and took a 5-0 lead.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a program; the share is the percentage tuned to a broadcast among the TV households with sets on at the time.

BOSTON — Jake Peavy will start Game 3 of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed before Game 2 that he is flipping Peavy and Clay Buchholz. Farrell said Buchholz, who has an undisclosed ailment, could use an extra day of rest.

Buchholz gave up five runs in eight innings and two runs in five innings in his AL championship series starts against Detroit. Peavy gave up seven runs in three innings in his only ALCS start.


LONDON — The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced Thursday.

The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders as the designated home teams.

The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons and Dolphins vs. Raiders. Dates are to be determined.

Last month, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley.

NEW YORK — MetLife Stadium has passed a power test in preparations for February’s Super Bowl, an organizer announced Thursday, as the NFL hopes to avoid a repeat of last winter’s power outage at New Orleans’ Superdome that delayed the game a half hour.

A recent test of electrical systems at the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, N.J., was successful but for a few minor issues, announced Al Kelly, head of the host committee for the Super Bowl. He would not be more specific.

Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in midtown Manhattan, Kelly said the test was conducted on a recent weekend when both the New York Giants and New York Jets played road games.

All the buildings in the Meadowlands complex, including the Izod Center and Meadowlands Racetrack, were powered up at the same time to simulate conditions for the Super Bowl. Other tests were also done.

At last February’s game, the partial power outage delayed the Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers by 34 minutes. An outside expert hired by New Orleans utility Entergy and Superdome management concluded the outage was caused by a design flaw in an electrical relay device. Entergy said it had installed the device specifically to prevent a power failure at the game.

Kelly said he has had numerous meetings with Public Service Electric & Gas, the utility that provides power to the Meadowlands, adding safeguards have been taken, including replacing some equipment and adding others, planning for bringing in additional generators and adding extra security to guard against the possibility of sabotage.

The Super Bowl next year will be the first held outdoors in a cold-weather locale. Kelly joked that as soon as the power failure occurred at the Superdome, he almost welcomed the opportunity to talk about something “other than the weather.”

Organizers have dubbed the game the first “public transportation Super Bowl” and are encouraging fans to take trains or buses, noting that about half of MetLife Stadium’s 25,000-plus parking spaces will be taken up by security personnel and equipment.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure Brett Favre out of retirement to replace Sam Bradford, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

Fisher changed the subject after practice Thursday, then replied “Nice try” when asked whether the 44-year-old Favre could be ready to play.

Kellen Clemens, the backup the past two seasons, makes his 13th career start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams also signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Fisher added he wouldn’t discuss players contacted after Bradford tore his left ACL on Sunday at Carolina, although he confirmed Tyler Thigpen also worked out.


LONDON — A British soccer fan has been jailed for 12 months for punching a police horse in the head after his team lost a derby match.

Barry Rogerson was one of several fans arrested after violence erupted following Newcastle United’s 3-0 loss to Sunderland on April 14. Clashes between their fans aren’t uncommon because of the fierce rivalry between both teams.

The 45-year-old Rogerson, who was drunk, first clapped in the face of, then punched Bud, a horse working for West Yorkshire Police.

Judge Paul Sloan sentenced him Thursday to 12 months in prison for violent disorder and banned him from attending any soccer matches in the U.K. for six years.

Sloan ruled the officer riding Bud could have easily been thrown off the horse and been badly hurt.


NEW YORK — Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins, women’s basketball pioneer Theresa Grentz and former coach George Raveling have been selected as recipients of the Joe Lapchick Character Award.

AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell also was selected Thursday for the Lapchick Foundation Leadership Award. The awards will be presented Nov. 21 at Madison Square Garden during the during the 2K Sports Classic.

Haskins coached Texas-El Paso, then Texas Western, to the 1966 NCAA title, leading an all-black starting five past all-white Kentucky in the championship game. He died in 2008.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic champion swimmer Katie Ledecky has won the U.S. Olympic Committee’s SportsWoman of the Year award.

The award was announced Thursday. It will be presented on Oct. 29 in New York.

The 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., won four gold medals and set two world marks at last summer’s world championships in Spain. She won the 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles with world records and also earned gold in the 400 free and 800 free relay.

In the 1,500 free, Ledecky lowered the old mark by more than six seconds, winning in 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds. In the 800 free, she cut nearly a quarter of a second off the old record.

Ledecky is the first female swimmer to win USOC SportsWoman of the Year honors since Natalie Coughlin in 2008.


SHANGHAI — Luke Guthrie took only 19 putts in his round of 7-under 65, giving Americans the top three spots on the leaderboard Thursday in the BMW Masters.

Only three Americans are in Shanghai for the European Tour event. And one of them is John Daly, playing for the first time in nearly four months since surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow.

Equally surprising was Guthrie, a promising young American who is taking a break from the start of a new PGA Tour season because he wanted more experience in the growing world of golf. He showed plenty of game on a day of 30-mph windS so difficult that only 13 players broke par.

Daly relied on knockdown shots to cope with the wind and kept bogeys off his card for a 68. One shot behind was the one American that could have been expected to contend at Lake Malaren — Peter Uihlein, a European Tour member who already has one win this year and is 10th on the money list.

The wind was relentless and contributed to threesomes taking some 5 1/2 hours to finish.

Graeme McDowell, trying to chase down Henrik Stenson in the Race to Dubai, holed a 90-foot eagle putt on the 13th hole in his first tournament as a married man. McDowell was at 70, part of a group that included Paul Casey, Thongchai Jaidee and Wales Open winner Gregory Bourdy. Rory McIlroy, equipped with a new golf ball, drove the ball beautifully in the blustery conditions and shot 71. Stenson opened with a 72.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a 9-under 63 to take a 2-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic.

Keegan Bradley opened with a 65 on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course in the event also sanctioned by the Asian Tour. Sergio Garcia was another stroke back and Rory Sabbatini, Boo Weekley, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Chris Kirk and Chris Stroud shot 67. Phil Mickelson had a 71.

The tournament is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. The winner will receive a 2-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.

YANGMEI, Taiwan — Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to take a 3-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

The second-ranked Pettersen has three LPGA Tour victories this year.

Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho, France’s Karine Icher and Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Local favorite Yani Tseng, the 2011 winner, had a 76.


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