by the associated press
Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
--URUGUAY AND MEXICO LOOK SURE TO REACH WORLD CUP
Mexico and Uruguay all but seal qualification for next year's World Cup by scoring five goals each in the first legs of their intercontinental playoffs.
--KERSHAW, SCHERZER WIN CY YOUNG PITCHING AWARDS
Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers win Cy Young awards as the best pitchers in the National and American Leagues respectively.
--F1 GREAT SCHUMACHER TURNS DOWN COMEBACK OFFER FROM LOTUS
Retired Formula One great Michael Schumacher turns down an offer from Lotus to fill in for the injured Kimi Raikkonen at the last two races of the season.
--PACQUIAO MUST CONSIDER RETIREMENT IF RIOS FIGHT DOES NOT GO WELL
Trainer Freddie Roach says Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao must consider retirement if he struggles in his upcoming bout against Brandon Rios.
--PEREZ FIRED BY MCLAREN AFTER ONE FRUSTRATING YEAR
Mexican driver Sergio Perez is told by McLaren that he will not be retained for next season, ending a frustrating spell at the underperforming team.