Homer Bailey no-hitter, BYU romps, L.A. approves downstown NFL stadium, US takes 5-3 lead in Ryder Cup + Free Plays for Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bailey no-hits Pittsburg 1-0

Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey pitched the 7th no-hitter of the 2012 MLB season, blanking the Pittsburg Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburg. Bailey walked one and struck out 10 in his 115 pitch masterpiece. It was the Red’s first no-hitter since a perfect game by Tom Browning in 1988. Bailey got all the run support that he’d need with a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly in the first.

Yankees win, Orioles win, WSox win, Tigers lose

The Yankees clobbered Toronto 11-4 and the Orioles kept pace with a 9-1 drubbing of Boston as the Bronx Bombers kept their one game lead in the American League East. The Orioles magic number is three to clinch a wild card spot. Over in the AL Central, the first place Tigers saw their two game lead over the WSox cut in half losing to Minnesota 4-2 while Chicago was beating Tampa Bay 3-1. The Angel’s Jered Weaver bacame the AL’s first 20-game winner when the Halos stopped Texas 7-4.

L.A. approves downtown NFL stadium

The Los Angeles City council has taken the first steps to approve a 72,000 seat NFL stadium downtown, opening the way for the NFL to return the America’s second most populated city. The 12-0 vote by City Council came after starkly contrasting predictions about what the $1.5 billion project would mean for an economically troubled city that has fretted over the loss of professional football since the Raiders and Rams fled Southern California in 1994.

Sapp, Strahan, McNair among first-time HOF nominees

The NFL has announced it’s list of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees for the class of 2013. They include first-time nominees Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan, the Late Steve McNair, kicker Morten Anderson, and offensive linemen Jonathon Ogden and Larry Allen. There are 121 nominees that will be whittled down to 25 semifinalists in late November. Fifteen finalists from the modern era will be announced in early January, with elections taking place Feb. 2, 2013, the day before the Super Bowl. Between four and seven new members will be selected, with inductions next August.

BYU routs Hawaii 47-0

In what amounted to a glorified scrimmage, favorite and under players went to the pay window after BYU pummeled Hawaii 47-0. The Cougars led 20-0 at the half and cruised past the Warriors outgaining the visitors 540-149. BYU had 30 first downs to Hawaii’s nine and almost 36 minutes time of possession. Jamaal Williams 15-155, Taysom Hill 15-143 led a Cougar rushing attack that gained 396 yards on 54 carries.

US takes first day 5-3 lead at the Ryder Cup, Tiger benched

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker went 0-2 but the rest of the American pairs went a combined 5-1 to take a 5-3 lead after one day of the Ryder Cup. Keegan Bradley led the way for the US with a brilliant display of putting, teaming with Phil Mickelson to win the morning and afternnoon sessions. The Saturday foursome pairings have been announced and Tiger Woods will be benched for the first time ever in Ryder Cup.

Keegan Bradley helps lead US in Day I of Ryder Cup

NHL and NHLPA resume talks on minor issues

With the preseason canceled and the lookout still in effect, the NHL and the NHLPA resumed talks to iron out secondary issues like player safety, player discipline, travel issues and arbitration. Hopefully, this will lead to talk revolving around economic issues like how to split the league’s hockey-related revenue in a way that makes everybody happy. That’s what the lockout is primarily all about.

Wizard’s John Wall out eight weeks with knee injury

Washington PG John Wall will miss the first four weeks of the NBA regular season after being diagnosed with the early stages of a stress fracture to the patella (kneecap). The injury will not require surgery but will sideline Wall for at least eight weeks. Wall averaged 16.3 points and 8 assists last season for the Wizards but also had a 19.2 percent turnover rate and shot just 42 percent from the field.

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Leake) -145 over Pittsburg (McPherson) 7:-5 PM EST

(MLB) Seattle (Vargas)/Oakland (Strailey) Under 8 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) ChiSox (Sale) -125 over Tampa Bay (Moore) 4:05 PM

(MLB) Texas (Holland) -125 over LA Angels (Santana) 4:95 PM EST