St Louis and Baltimore move on in wildcard
The St Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in the National League’s first ever one-game wildcard playoff game thanks in part to a controversial infield-fly rule call in the bottom of the eighth.
While the call could have been a game changer, the Braves can really only blame themselves for three errors that led to four St Louis unearned runs. Matt Holiday homered Kyle Lohse and five relievers outdueled Kris Medlen who was not as sharp as he was in his 9-0 (0.97 ERA) 11-start regular season.
Syracuse and BYU survive
Friday night in college football was dog and under night. In the first game of the ESPN double-header, Syracuse opened up a 14-0 first quarter lead and then hung on to beat Pitt 14-13 at the Carrier Dome. In the late game, BYU beat Utah State 6-3 in a defensive struggle at Provo.
Saturday’s college football action features five games between ranked teams. No.4 LSU takes on No.10 Florida in the swamp at Gainesville. The Bayou Bengals are -2.5 or three so shop around for the best number. The high/low has plunged from 44.5 to 41 1/2. In what is arguably the feature, No.5 Georgia Travels to South Carolina to meet the Gamecocks. USC is a -1.5 favorite and the total has dropped from 56.5 to 54. No.8 West Virginia visits Austin to take on Texas in their first Big 12 road game. The Longhorns are a touchdown favorite, the total down from 75 to 73 1/2. No.21 Nebraska meets No.12 Ohio State at the Horseshoe in Columbus. The Buckeyes are -3.5, the over/under 56. In late action, No.2 Oregon is home to No.23 Washington. The Ducks are -24.5 over the Huskies, the total down from 65.5 to 63.
NFL News and Notes
The St Louis has confirmed that the league’s leading wide receiver, Danny Amendola, will be out for about six weeks after suffering a separated shoulder in the Rams 17-3 Thursday night win over Arizona. Amendola was originally thought to have a broken collar bone but the injury wasn’t as serious as originally believed.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will renew their rivalry this week when the Broncos travel to New England to meet the Patriots. Brady leads the head-to-head 8-4 but Manning is 4-2 after losing the first six meetings. The Patriots opened up as 7-point favorites with the total 51. The line has moved to Pats -6.5 with the total heading north to 52 1/2.
Blixt and De Jonge lead at half point in Vegas
Jonas Blixt and Brendan de Jonge share the lead after 36 holes at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. TPC Summerlin is traditionally a course where players can shoot ultra-low scores and this year in no exception. Blixt and De Jonge are both sitting at 14-under and 73 golfers needed to shoot four-under just to make the cut. UNLV product Ryan Moore is one shot back and Vijay Singh and John Daly are both 10-under.
Tony Stewart lands sponsorship deal with Bass Pro Shops
Tony Stewart has reached a deal with Bass Pro Shops to become the primary sponsor. The three-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion will have Bass Pro Shops will adorn the hood of his No. 14 Chevrolet for 18 races, including the Daytona 500. Mobil 1 will be on the hood for 11 races. Nine other primary races remain available for a brand to partner with Stewart,
Bigfoot Silva hands Travis Browne first loss
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva bounced back from a loss in his UFC debut to Cain Velasquez with a first round knockout of previously undefeated Travis Browne. In a battle of two of the UFC’s bigger heavyweights, it looked like Browne would have the best of it with his superior mobility. Browne appeared to hurt his knee with a leg kick and Silva was quick to take advantage. The Brazilian “Bigfoot” buckled Browne’s knees with a right hand from close in and then finished the match with a barrage of nasty hammerfists causing Herb Dean to step in and stop the bout at the 3:45 mark. Silva improved to 17-4-1 while Browne fell to 13-1-1.
(Sat) Oklahoma/Texas Tech Under 57.5 (3:30 PM EST)