Giants/Bears kick off NFL Week Six, USC starts Orgeron audition, Cards eliminate Pirates, Tigers/A’s rubber win or go home, Girardi re-ups with Yanks, Shields upsets Maia + Wednesday recap: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Giants/Bears Thursday Nigt NFL channel preview

Week Six of the NFL kicks off tonight with Giants traveling to Soldier Field to face the Bears. Chicago is a full touchdown favorite with the high/low set at 47. The area is expecting clear weather with the temperature at kickoff around 66. The Giants are 0-5 SU and ATS allowing a whopping 182 points. The 3-2 Bears are 12-21-2 in their L35 as a home favorite. Pick your poison.

USC hosts Arizona to begin post-Kiffin era

USC will play it’s first game since the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin when the Trojans face Arizona at the Coliseum. USC is a -6 point favorite with the total set at 48 Both teams are coming off losses. Arizona suufered it’s first loss two weeks ago at Washington while USC was smoked 62-41 in the game that would cost Kiffin his job. Assistant and noted recruiter Ed Orgeron is coaching the Trojans on an interim basis. He previously had called the shots at Ole Miss.

Wainwright throws complete game as Cards advance to NLCS

Adam Wainwright threw a 107 pitch complete game on Wednesday to beat Pittsburgh 6-1 as the St Louis Cardinals advanced to the NLCS to meet the Dodgers. Wainwright threw 74 strikes and struck out six while giving up a walk and eight hits. Matt Adams and David Freese supplied the offense with homers.

Verlander vs Gray in Tigers/A’s eliminator

The deciding Game V of the last ALDS series will be played today in Oakland. It will be win or go home for the Tigers and A’s who are tied in the series at two games apiece. Justin Verlander will pitch for the Tigers who are currently small -114 road favorites. Rookie Sonny Gray will pitch for Oakland. The total is 6 1/2 with the under shaded a full quarter.

The Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi

The Yankees have inked manager Joe Girardi to a new four-year deal worth a reported $16 million dollars. Girardi, a native of Illinois and who played his college ball at Northwestern, had drawn a lot of attention from the Cubs. The new deal makes Girardi the second highest paid manager in baseball behind the Angel’s Mike Scioscia and keeps him in the Bronx through 2017.

Jake Shields win split decision, Stun Gun by KO

In last night’s UFC Fight Night 29 on Fox, Jake Shields pulled off an upset in the main event by beating Demian Maia on a split decision as a 3-1 underdog. In a mainly uneventful fight, Shields was able to dominate with solid top control wrestling while neutralizing Maia’s BJJ game. In the co-feature, Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim also won by upset knocking out Brazilian Erick Silva with a straight left up the middle. Kim was getting beaten up pretty good before Silva got sloppy with a wild second round right and paid the price.

Sports News and Notes for Thursday

You could argue that the Patriots and Saints would be the feature game on Sunday as Tom Brady and Drew Brees lock horns but ….. it will cost you more to see Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take on Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Stubhub is reporting that the average ticket for Saints/Pats is $145 while it will cost you around $159 to get in M&T Stadium in Baltimore.

Kobe Bryant is back from Germany after undergoing Orthokine therapy on his knee and has been cleared to “ramp up” his workouts. Bryant is also rehabbing an achilles tear that was operated on in April.

Tampa Bay Ray pitcher David Price says that it is only a matter of time before he is traded. Price figures to go the way of James Shields and Carl Crawford as the Rays are no longer able to afford him. In six years since being drafted out of Vanderbilt, Price has been an All-Star three time and won the Cy Young Award in 2012.

Free Play

(NCAAF) San Diego State -4 over Air Force (Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:00 PM EST)