Jets/Bills name starting QBs, MLB News and Notes, Clemson jumps to No.4 in polls, Bolt to retire after Rio ???, Armstrong must answers doping questions + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Geno Smith/E.J. Manuel to start for Jets and Bills

Geno Smith has been named the Jets starting quarterback for their Sunday opener vs. Tampa Bay. Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury must be more serious than reported as the Flyboys signed Brady Quinn on Monday and will carry four QBs (barring any moves) into Week I.

E.J. Manuel was named the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback for their opener vs. New England. Manuel is ahead of schedule in rehabbing a minor procedure on his knee after the second preseason game.

NFL storylines

The Houston Texans have reportedly signed linebacker Brian Cushing toa 6-year $55.6 million dollar extension, $21 million of which is guaranteed. Cushing missed most of last year after sustaining a Week Five knee injury against the Jets.

Keyshawn Johnson will be one of 13 contestants in the upcoming 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. The other contestants are actress Valerie Harper; reality TV stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack Osbourne; Bill Nye, the “Science Guy”; actor Brant Daugherty; singer and actress Christina Milian; actress Elizabeth Berkley; actor Corbin Bleu; actress Amber Riley; country comic Bill Engvall; and actress Leah Remini.

MLB News and Notes

The Pittsburg Pirates clinched their first non-losing season in 21 years with Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Brewers. It also marked the Buc’s fourth straight win at Miller Park which follows a 7-44 run.

John Lester outdueled the Tiger’s Max Scherzer 2-1 on Tuesday denying the big Motown righty his 20th win. Will Middlebrooks supplied all the BoSox offense with a two run single in the fifth.

Mariano Rivera announced that this would be his final season a long time ago but manager Joe Girardi is doing his best to get him to return in 2014. Rivera rocks a 2.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 5.11 K/BB ratio in 51 innings of work to go along with 40 saves. Rivera turns 44 in November.

Clemson jumps to No.4 in polls

By virtue of their 38-35 victory over Georgia, Clemson has jumped from N0.8 to No.4 in the new AP poll. In other movement in the top five. Ohio State fell from No.2 to No.3 after a lack-lustre win over Buffalo. Oregonn jumped from No.3 to No.2 after spanking Nichols State 66-3.

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Usain Bolt mulls retirement after Rio

The fastest man in the world, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has announced that he will retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Bolt’s immediate goals are to win gold and to set the world record in the 200 meters. Bolt has six Olympic gold medals in all, three each from the last two Olympiads.

Texas judge forces Lance Armstrong to come clean on doping

A judge is forcing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to reveal details of his doping. The seven-time Tour de France winner is being sued by an insurance company to recover $3 million in bonuses paid to Armstrong from 1999-2001. Armstrong may also be forced to reveal who had knowledge of his doping and when. You can read the details of this case by clicking here.

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