Eagles big first half, Texans monster 20 minute comeback
Chip Kelly’s new offense was a smashing success in it’s debut as the Philadelphia Eagles beat Washington 33-27. The final was somewhat misleading as Philadelphia ran 55 first half plays in rolling to a 26-7 halftime lead and then shifting down to cruise control late. Shady McCoy rushed 31 times for 187 yards as the Eagles accounted for 263 total yards on the ground. RG III was clearly rusty in the first half after seeing no action whatsoever in the preseason before finding a rhythm in second half garbage time. Underdog and over players cashed their tickets.
In the Monday night football finale, the Houston Texans came from 21 points down in the final 20 minutes to beat San Diego 31-28 on a last play Randy Bullock 41-yard field goal. Matt Schaub completed 34-45 passes for three touchdowns for the Texans. Favorite target Andre Johnson was on the right end of 12 balls for 146 yards. Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes for the Bolts but his fourth quarter pick six ultimately cost San Diego the game.
MLB News and Notes
The Washington National’s Gio Gonzalez tossed a one-hitter Monday as the Nats spanked the Mets 9-0. Met pinch-hitter Zach Lutz nubbed a soft liner down the first base line and hit chalk to break up the no-no. The first two Washington batters homered and the Nats hit five dingers for the night to provide the offense.
Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win for the second time as the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 5-1. Chris Sale was dominant for the ChiSox. Miguel Cabrera was ejected in his first at bet for arguing a strike.
Nadal beats Djokovic in US Open final for 13th Grand Slam title
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal bested to-seed Novak Djokovic in four set to capture the US Open. It was Nadal’s 13th Grand Slam win leaving him alone at third all-time behind Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. Nadal/Djokovic has become the rivalry of this generation. They’ve played 37 times, the most between any pair in the modern era, with Nadal winning 22 times. Nadal is 22-0 this year on hard courts and 60-3 for the year.
Nascar acts swiftly on Richmond scandal
Nascar has come down hard on Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the results of Saturday night’s race at Richmond that ultimately decided which cars/drivers would qualify of Nascar’s version of the playoffs, The Chase. In Saturday’s race, Ryan Newman was leading late when MWR’s spun out causing a caution that set into effect a chain of events that would cause Newman to lose and allow Bowyer’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. to qualify for the final spot in The Chase.
Monday, Nascar fined MWR $300,000, suspended it’s crew chief indefinitely, docked all three MWR drivers 50 drivers points, put Newman in The Chase and too Truex down. Read all about how this story unfolded by clicking here.
Reports have Okie State players taking money during Miles regime
A Sports Illustrated expose on the rise of the Oklahoma State football program will include allegations that payments were made to players in the form of bonuses from coaches, direct payments from boosters and no show jobs. This story is certain to be in the headlines over the next two weeks and we will be following it closely at Sportsbetting 3. You can read the opening salvo of the report by clicking here.
Tebow gets Arena League offer from the Los Angeles Kiss
Tim Tebow’s football career may not be over yet. The former Florida Gator star and heisman Trophy winner has been offered a three-year contract by the Arena football league’s Los Angeles Kiss. The team was recently bought by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group Kiss. The offer would pay Tebow millions and would have to be approved by the Arena League Board of Governors.
(MLB) Pittsburg (Liriano) +116 over Texas (Perez) (Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:05 PM EST)