Kiffin fired at UFC after blowout loss, Georgia stops LSU, NFL Sunday Preview, MLB’s final day of regular season, Nascar at Dover + Saturday Recap: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kiffin fired at USC after 62-41 loss to Arizona State

This is a breaking story released by USC on twitter at approximately 8:00 AM EST, the school has relieved head coach Lane Kiffin of his duties after a blowout loss to Arizona State. The entire USC team including surprisingly the defense, locked like it just didn’t want to play in getting crushed by the Sun Devils. Complete details on the Monday report.

Georgia survies LSU 44-41

The No.9 Georgia Bulldogs got a 25-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley with a 1:47 left to beat No.6 LSU 44-41 at Athens. The 3-1 Bulldogs became the first team in NCAA history to face three top ten teams in the first four games, beating South Carolina and LSU after losing their opener at Clemson. Murray finished with 298 yards and four scores for the Bulldogs. Zach Mettenberger threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause for the Bayou Bengals.

Pats/Falcons Sunday nighter and London highlights Week 4 NFL

The desperate 1-2 Atlanta Falcons have their backs against the wall tonight as they host the 3-0 New England Patriots on NBC. Atlanta is a three point favorite with the total up a half tick to 51. The Patriot’s all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has been ruled out for the game. Gronk has practiced with the team but is yet to participate in contact drills. The Falcons are 52-7 straight up at home with Matt Ryan at the controls. The Dirty Birds are 23-12-1 when the line is three or less under Mike Smith but are 0-2 in that role this year. Atlanta is also 21-3 ATS in their L24 games after a straight up loss.

MLB’s final day of the regular season

The playoff teams have been decided. All that needs to be decided is positioning in the American League wild card. The Cleveland Indians have virtually locked up the top wild card spot Saturday after beating Minnesota 5-1 for their ninth straight win. They lead Tampa Bay by a game and Texas by two. The Tribe will host the one-game sudden death game with a win today. Tampa Bay can lock up the final wild card spot with a win at Toronto. The Texas Rangers need a lot of help.

Major League Baseball has announced the start times for potential tiebreaker games as well as the two wild-card games. Here’s the info, from the press release:

•Monday: 4:07pm ET (three-way tie) or 8:07pm ET (two-team tie)
•Tuesday: 4:07pm ET (three-way tie), 8:07pm ET (NL wild-card game on TBS)
•Wednesday: 8:07pm ET (AL wild-card game on TBS)

The Indians currently own the first AL wild-card spot and are one game up on both the Rays and Rangers. MLB announced the three-team tiebreaker sequence on Friday.

MLB News and Notes

Proving that the end of the world as we know it is near, the San Francisco Giants have extended the contract of Hunter Pence for an additional five years and $90 million dollars. You are reading correctly, $18 million dollars a year for Hunter Pence. God help us.

Andy Pettitte won the final start of his career with a 2-1 complete game victory over the Houston Astros. It was the 256th win of Pettitte’s career and his first complete game in seven years. The win also even Pettitte’s 2013 record to 11-11 assuring that he would not have a losing season in his 18-year career.

Junior has the pole at Dover

The third leg of The Chase goes tonight at Dover with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the pole after a record setting lap in qualifying. Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Aric Almirola and Brad keselowski round out the first three rows.
Kenseth and Kyle Busch are 1-2 in The Chase standings after finishing 1-2 in the first two legs of The Chase in Chicago and New Hampshire.

Odds to win the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway

Jimmie Johnson 7/2
Matt Kenseth 9/2
Kyle Busch 9/2
Kasey Kahne 7/1
Brad Keselowski 12/1
Jeff Gordon 12/1
Carl Edwards 15/1
Martin Truex Jr 18/1
Kurt Busch 18/1
Clint Bowyer 18/1
Kevin Harvick 18/1
Denny Hamlin 20/1
Brian Vickers 25/1
Greg Biffle 25/1
Joey Logano 25/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1
Ryan Newman 50/1
Jamie McMurray 60/1
Juan Montoya 75/1
Mark Martin 75/1
Jeff Burton 75/1
Danica Patrick 100/1
Marcos Ambrose 100/1
Aric Almirola 100/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr 100/1
Paul Menard 100/1
AJ Allmendinger 100/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1

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