Thursday's Sports In Brief
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Nearly 10 hours later, the real fun began for San Francisco.
The Giants secured a wild card when Milwaukee lost at Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon. Then they gave up a six-run lead in their own game against San Diego before rallying for a 9-8 victory over the Padres.
Once the game was over, fireworks went off from the center-field scoreboard and Giants players gathered in the middle of the diamond to pull on playoff shirts and caps as the remaining part of the sellout crowd cheered.
Pitcher Tim Hudson received a phone call from his wife as he drove to the ballpark congratulating him for making the playoffs. Manager Bruce Bochy followed the Brewers' loss on his iPad.
It was a quirky way to clinch, and the Giants had no complaints.
The Brewers lost to the Reds 5-3 at about 1 p.m. Pacific time. San Francisco began its four-game series against San Diego on Thursday night still playing to host the one-game playoff Wednesday, a matchup featuring either the Cardinals or Pirates.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ishmael Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an interception 95 yards for another score, sparking No. 11 UCLA's 62-27 trouncing of No. 15 Arizona State.
UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents.
The Bruins turned a matchup of the past two Pac-12 South champions into a rout, scoring 28 points during a 7-minute span of the second and third quarters.
Brett Hundley returned from a left arm injury to throw for 355 yards and four touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Jordan Payton to open the second half.
UCLA had 582 total yards and scored the most points by an opponent in the 55-year history of Sun Devil Stadium.
Leading 17-6 in the second quarter, Arizona State (3-1, 1-1) fell apart behind four turnovers and a rash of defensive miscues.
Mike Bercovici, who replaced injured starter Taylor Kelly, threw for 488 yards and three touchdowns on 42-of-68 passing. But he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that led to a UCLA touchdown.
BOSTON (AP) - New England's storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it's trotting to a close.
Suffolk Downs, the region's lone remaining track, is shutting down this year, a victim of changes in a gambling industry that now revolves around lotteries and casinos.
The once-grand track, which hosted Seabiscuit and other premier horses of the day, had hoped to revive its sagging fortunes with a $1.1 billion Mohegan Sun casino project. But after the proposal was rejected last week, operators said they had no choice but to close the nearly 80-year-old facility.
Live racing is set to end Oct. 4. Betting on televised races - or simulcasts - will be offered until about December.
State gambling regulators meeting Thursday said they'll consider proposals to keep the local industry going so long as they meet an Oct. 1 deadline. But with just days to go and no immediate proposals on the table, some industry leaders fear this racing season spells the end of an era for Boston.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations says the number of tracks in the U.S. has steadily declined, from around 120 venues three decades ago to 100 or fewer today.
The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia's adoption of a law banning so-called gay ''propaganda'' before the Sochi Winter Games.
The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games specifying that the host city contract will include new wording on non-discrimination.
The language, based on Principle 6 in the Olympic Charter, also includes a specific reference to discrimination based on gender.
The new clause - seen by The Associated Press - requires the host city and national Olympic committee to ''conduct all activities in a manner which promotes and enhances the fundamental principles and values of Olympism, in particular the prohibition of any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise, as well as the development of the Olympic Movement.''
The inclusion of the new language follows the global controversy that surrounded the buildup to the Sochi Games after Russia passed a law prohibiting gay ''propaganda'' to minors. The law was passed in the year before the games and led to international protests by gay and human rights groups.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bermuda shorts, or fish tacos and margaritas?
What will the flavor of the next America's Cup be?
One year after one of the biggest comebacks in sports, regatta officials are still sorting out details for the 2017 regatta. They haven't picked a venue, although it'll be either Bermuda or San Diego. They've yet to announce a major sponsor or TV deal, or the schedule for warmup regattas for the next two years.
Many in sailing feel the America's Cup has frittered away all the momentum it gained in the mainstream sports world when the once-stodgy sport zoomed fully into the 21st century on space-age catamarans that skimmed across San Francisco Bay on hydrofoils in September 2013. Oracle Team USA rallied to win eight straight races to stun Emirates Team New Zealand and keep the Auld Mug in the United States.