Giants beat Vikes 23-7 for first win
In as ugly a game as you will ever see, the NY Giants beat Minnesota 23-7 for their first win of the year. Eli Manning was 23-39 for 200 yards and a score and most importantly no interceptions. Josh Brown kicked three field goals for the winners. The Viking looked inept throughout and new quarterback Josh Freeman was 20-53 for 190 and a pick. Freeman was clearly lost and wasn’t ready to start. Adrian Peterson had 13 carries for 28 yards. Minnesota’s lone points came on an 86-yard punt return. Favorite and under players cashed their tickets.
Miami Fla punishment handed down
The Miami Hurricanes waited 1100 day for the axe to fall but thanks to self imposed penalties in the interim, barely got a slap on the wrist for their rogue booster scandal. The Canes (who sat out Bowls and an ACC championship game the last two years) will lose nine total scholarships but can participate in the ACC championship game (if they qualify) and a Bowl. The Canes are currently unbeaten and ranked N0.7 in the BCS standings. Read about the Cane scandal and the punishment handed down by clicking here.
Veteran John Hirschbeck will be crew chief for World Series
MLB has announced the umpires for this year’s Fall Classic. Dana DeMuth, Paul Emmel, Jim Joyce, Bill Miller and Mark Wegner were named along with John Hirschbeck as the crew chief. The World Series starts Wednesday in Boston with the BoSox and John Lester a -117 favorite over Adam Wainwright and the St Louis Cardinals. The total is 7 shaded 20 cents to the over. Boston is a -140 series favorite.
Johnny Manziel is out of sling and probable Saturday vs Vandy
Johnny Football didn’t participate inTexas A&M’s practice on Monday with his arm in a sling but is expected to play Saturday in the Aggies game with Vanderbilt. Manziel hurt the shoulder in Saturday’s home loss to Auburn and sat out a series before returning for the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 454 yards passing with four touchdowns but was sacked on the games final play assuring Auburn the win.
Reds name pitching coach as new manager
The Cincinnati Reds have named pitching coach Bryan Price as their new manager, agreeing to a three-year deal. Price had been the pitching coach under Dusty Baker since 2010 and had previously coached for the Mariners and Diamondbacks. Price has no big league managerial experience.
Dodgers axe two from Mattingly staff
The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired bench coach Trey Hillman and advanced scout Wade Taylor who were considered keys to the Don Mattingly staff and his best friends on the team. The move comes a day after Mattingly openly voiced his displeasure at being a lame duck manager in a press conference on Monday.
The NBA regular season starts October 29th
The NBA regular season starts a week from tonight with a triple-header that features the Magic and Pacers, the Bulls at the Heat and the Clippers/Lakers in the TV finale. No lines have been set as of this writing.
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