Detroit and San Francisco open World Series
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 (UPI) --It will be Justin Verlander versus Barry Zito when the Detroit Tigers and the Giants open the 2012 World Series Wednesday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The two franchises have 10 titles between them but they've never faced each other in the World Series. It's Detroit's 11th appearance in baseball's championship series. The Giants have reached the series 19 times.
After Game 1, the Tigers' starting rotation will feature Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer. After Zito, the Giants will go with Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelson and Matt Cain.
N.Y. Islanders to move to Barclays Center
NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The New York Islanders Wednesday announced they would be joining the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and playing at the Barclays Center in New York.
The Nets moved from New Jersey and will be playing home games in the Barclays Center this season. Their first regular-season game in the new arena is scheduled for Nov. 1 versus the New York Knicks.
Islanders owner Charles Wang said his team would sign a 25-year agreement to play at the Barclays Center beginning in the 2015-16 season. The team name and logo will remain unchanged.
"It was our goal from Day 1 to keep the Islanders in the local New York area." Wang said. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to play in Barclays Center, a first-class arena.
"This has been a long journey for the Islanders family starting with our loyal fans, sponsors and employees. I want to personally thank them for their patience, loyalty and support. I am excited about today's announcement and I am looking forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn."
The Islanders have played at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., since the team's first NHL game in 1972. Rumors of the team's move to the Barclays Center arose after voters in Nassau County rejected a proposal in August 2011 to build a new arena.
Russian powerlifting champ dies in crash
MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A Russian powerlifting champion has died in an automobile crash in Siberia, the vice president of the country's National Powerlifting Association said.
Evgeny Fedyakin, 32, a former Russian national champion, was a passenger in a Toyota that collided with a truck Monday in the town of Berdsk, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.
He had won the Novosibirsk Region Cup during the weekend in Berdsk.
The driver of the Toyota was also killed.
The condition of the truck driver was unclear, although police said he previously had been forbidden to drive.
Fedyakin held a World Cup medal and a Russian Cup medal in powerlifting.
Kvitova to lead Czech to Fed Cup final
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- World No. 6 Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech Republic team as it tries to defend its Fed Cup championship next week against Serbia, it was announced Wednesday.
Kvitova withdrew from the WTA Championships in Turkey earlier Wednesday due to a viral illness but Czech team captain Petra Pala still turned to Kvitova for the Fed Cup competition.
The Serbian team, which will send out former No. 1-ranked Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, travels to Prague for the best-of-five series Nov. 3-4. The matches are to be played on an indoor hard court.
Kvitova was 4-0 in the Czech Republic's two Fed Cup series this year, helping the Czechs beat Germany and Italy, both by 4-1 scores, and return to the championship series for the second consecutive year.
The Czech Republic will also have 17th-ranked Lucie Safarova for singles while Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were selected for the doubles match.
Serbia, in its first Fed Cup final, will field the doubles team of Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic in addition to Ivanovic and Jankovic playing singles. Jankovic is 3-0 in her Fed Cup matches this year.
Serbia defeated Belgium and Russia in its earlier Fed Cup rounds. Both series were 3-2.