Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE Cards beat Cubs in opener UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years got off to an exciting yet disappointing start. Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) capped his three-RBI night by lining an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 thriller against the Cubs in St. Louis.

COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what's the good news? Well, NASCAR really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season. Five drivers won the first five races. The lead changed in the waning laps each time.