MLB races heating up, Fresno edges Boise 41-40, Stenson cruising at Tour, Arian Foster took cash at Tennessee, Jones vs Gustafsson tonight at UFC 165, Newman wins pole with record lap + Friday Recap: Saturday, September 21, 2013

MLB News and Notes

Alex Rodriguez hit the 24th grand slam of his career Friday night to pass Lou Gehrig for the all-time lead. With 40-year-old Jason Giambi next on the active list with just 14, A-Rod figures to own this home run mark for a long long time. The dinger was the 654th of his career trailing Willie Mays by just six for fourth on the all-time list and a six million dollar bonus. With just eight games left and a year-long suspension looming, this might be one record where Rodriguez falls short.

The Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 6-3 on Friday night to lock up their first AL East title since 2007. John Lester went seven strong innings to get the win.

The Tampa Bay Rays took over sole possession of the top wildcard spot with a marathon 5-4 18-inning win over Baltimore. David DeJesus drove in Desmond Jennings with the winner. The game took 6 hours and 54 minutes to complete and both teams used a combined MLB record 21 pitchers.

The Cleveland Indians beat Houston 2-1 in a rain-shortened game and took over the second AL wildcard spot, a half game ahead of the Texas Rangers. The Tribe is just a half game behind Tampa Bay for the first wildcard spot and has much the best of it schedule wise the rest of the way.

Max Scherzer finally won his 20th game on Friday as the Tigers put a 12-5 beat down on the White Sox. Scherzer gave up three runs in six innings before departing with a 12-3 lead.

Fresno edges Boise State in de-facto Mountain West championship game

Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the winning drive in the final four minutes as Fresno State defeated Boise State 41-40 at Fresno. Josh Quezada dove in from a yard out for the winner with just 2:14 left. The game was ultimately decided in the second quarter when Boise State inexplicably went for two and got stopped trailing 17-16. Dog and over players got the money with Boise catching four and the high/low 69 at most shoppes.

Stenson is rolling at the Players Championship

Henrik Stenson followed up Thursday’s 64 with a second round 66 to extend his lead at the Tour Championship to four shots over Adam Scott. 20-year-old Jordan Spieth is alone in third, five shots back. Tiger Woods nightmare tournament continued with a Friday 71, good for T-26 in the 30 man field.

Arian Foster admits to taking money while at Tennessee

In an upcoming documentary called Schooled: The Price of College Sports, Houston Texan all-pro running back Arian Foster admits taking money during his senior year at Tennessee.

Some quotes during the four hour interview …..

“There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food. Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It’s tough just like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good game, 100 yards or whatever. You go outside and there’s hundreds of kids waiting for you. You’re signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever.

“Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food, or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”

More on the Foster story here and here.

Jones vs Gustafsson headlines UFC 165

Jon “Bones Jones defends his UFC light-heavyweight title tonight at UFC 165 in Toronto against unbeaten Alex ‘The Mauler” Gustafsson. Jones is a prohibitive -900 favorite with the Swedish challenger +550 on the take back. You can view the weigh-in for every bout on the card by clicking here. For those of a betting persuasion, check out Pat “Bam Bam” Healy at +195 over the unbeaten Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov.

Ryan Newman wins the pole in New Hampshire

Nascar’s version of the playoffs, The Chase, heads to Loudon, New Hampshire for race No.2 of the ten race challenge. Ryan Newman won the pole with a track record and will start inside of Kasey Kahne with Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch completing the first two rows. Matt Kenseth leads The Chase by eight points over Kyle Busch and 11 points over Jimmie Johnson.

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