- Giants-W-Cardinals (6-3) win-NLCS-head back to World Series 3rd time in 5-years..Travis Ishakawa blasts 3RHR in bottom of 9th inning off Michael Wacha…after Mike Morse had hit pinch hit HR in 8th inning to tie game…Great pitching matchup between Madison Bumgarner-Adam Wainwright before HRs changed the complexion of the game…Bruce Bochy will be going after his 3rd World Series ring when they open the Fall Classic against the Kansas City Royals.
- Padres..Front office evaluating pitching staff…Meets to discuss veteran P-Josh Johnson-missed all of 2014-with 3rd elbow surgery-collected 8M for year…Friars have November 4th deadline to decide whether to pick up 4M-option….or release Johnson with possible minor league invite to camp.
- Dodgers..Andrew Friedman-just hired from Tampa Bay as President of Baseball Operations…will hire a GM to work with him…Hottest candidate Bryan Minniti-just resigned as Assistant GM-Washington Nationals….Rumors Dodgers will take 246M-payroll down to 196M for coming season.
- Diamondbacks..Hire Mark Grace as a hitting coach…former star player-broadcaster-lost his job alcohol issues..brought back as roving instructor last year in minors.
- Texas..Hire Jeff Bannister-Pirates as manager.
- Arizona..Longtime major league manager Jim Tracy rejects offer to become ‘bench coach’ for new manager Chip Hale.
- Tony Bosch…Pleads guilty to operating Biogenesis PED clinic that sold to players..Could get leniency for cooperation-3Y prison rather than max sentence 10Y.
- Chargers…CB-Brandon Flowers does not practice again-with groin issues-leaving in doubt ability to play Sunday vs Chiefs.
- Dallas..OT-Tyron Smith has MRI-on ailing ankle-forced to leave practice.
- Chiefs..4-CBs ailing…Star-Eric Berry misses Thursday practice with more ankle issues.
- Patriots..Surgery-Jarod Mayo-LB-Torn Patella Tendon.
- Raiders..CB-DJ Hayden-former lst round pick-activated from PUP list-practices for first time..has missed 13-of-21 games over two years.
- Seahawks..Injury list grows..C-Max Unger-foot…TE-Zach Miller..LB-Bobby Wagner ruled out this weekend.
- Titans..RB-Shon Greene-reinjures hamstring.
- Thursday Night Football…Patriots-W-Jets (27-25)..Patriots block Nick Folk 58Y-FG attempt final play of game to stave off New York comeback…Tom Brady survives slow start-throws 3TDs (260P)…4-lead changes in game…Jets punished Patriots (218R) but could not score touchdowns after long drives..RB-Chris Ivory (107R)..QB-Geno Smith (226P-37R)..Folk 4FGs.
– Sunday top games –
- Chargers-Chiefs…Red hot Philip Rivers lines up against a strong Kansas City pass rush led by Justin Houston-Tamba Hali….Chiefs pound the ball-averaging 4.6YPC with Jamal Charles-Knile Davis combo…Rivers (15TD-2Int-69%-117QBR) vs QB-Alex Smith (63%109QBR)….San Diego has 62-plays of 10-yards or more in 6G this season…Chiefs have 15QBX…Bolts are averaging a league worst (2.9YPC) at running back…the Chargers are allowing (4.7YPC)…Game shapes up with San Diego tring to hit big plays early to make it a passing game…Chiefs trying to pound the ball-control the clock-shorten the game-keep Rivers off the field…KC coach Andy Reid (15-2) coming off the bye week as a head coach…KC has played much tougher schedule-beating the Patriots, and losing to Niners and Denver by 5-and-7 points.
- 49ers-Denver…Peyton Manning has 15TDs-but Broncos could fall further behind Chargers if they lost to SF.
- Giants-Cowboys..Eli Manning (11TD) vs Dallas RB-DeMarco Murray (785R).
- Green Bay-Carolina…Cam Newton-vs-Aaron Rogers (15TD)
- Saints-Lions..Both teams are (2-3) and best by injuries.
- Cincinnati…Eric Winston-President of Union-rips Coach Marvin Lewis for saying Carolina player had only ‘minor concussion’ after cheap shot hit…Winston-“there are no minor concussions.”
- Steelers…NBCs-Hines Ward-rips QB-Ben Roethlisberger-his play calls at line of scrimmage in no huddle have been horrible.
- Denver…NFL fines DT-Terrance Knighton-11,000 for racial slur on field.
- TBay…Fires-Isiah Harris-Director of Player Development after DUI arrest.
- Bills…Reports looking to trade-RB-KR-CJ Spiller for a starting DB.
- Lions…Workout FA-TEs-Kellen Davis-Bears…Rich Gordon-Raiders.
- Aztecs-Hawaii…Donnelle Pumphrey making push to lead Mountain West in rushing.
- USC-Colorado…Trojans leaky defense faces tough task with Buffs QB Sefu Luifao.
- UCLA-California..Bruins battered defense must put lid of Bears QB-Jared Goff.
- Washington-at-Oregon..Matchup of (5-1) teams.
- Stanford-at-Arizona State..Sun Devils monster passing numbers-vs-Cardinal defense…ASU ranked 100th in nation in defense.
- 1st ranked Mississippi State has bye week…2nd rated Florida State-meets-5th ranked Notre Dame is battle of (6-0) teams….3rd rated Ole Miss-Tennessee….4th ranked Baylor faces West Virginia in a likely shootout…..Fresno State-Boise State…..Nevada-BYU.
- Tallahassee Democrat….Reports that 2,000-pieces of Jameis Winston autographed memorabilia has been put up for sale on a website….Probe as to how clients obtained the gear and whether they paid Winston.
- Lakers-L-Utah..Jazz outscore LA (56-35) in first half at Staples-never look back..Lakers go to (1-3)
- Oklahoma City…Surgery-Kevin Durant-F-fractured foot…could be out 6-8 weeks more.
- 76ers….lst round pick Joel Embid-Kansas-leaves camp…younger brother died in Cameroon.
- Atlanta..Longtime NBA star Chris Weber leads a group putting in a bid to buy the Hawks.
- Tonight…Anaheim Ducks (3-1) host Minnesota Wild (2-0).
- Colorado..G-Semon Varmalov out with groin injury.
- Edmonton…Huge uproar over Oilers (0-4) start…allowed 13-goals-last-2-games…giving up nearly 6-goals a night.
- NASCAR…Joey Logano holds onto point lead-Chase Championship field heads to Alabama for Talladega 500…Jimmie Johnson-Dale Earnhardt-could be cut from field Sunday with poor finishes.
- Formula 1…Off weekend-before they come here for US Grand Prix.