NFL recap, Bama Unanimous #1, Ryder Choke, Keselowski at Dover, Boxing, Horse Racing + Free Plays for Monday, October 1, 2012

Eagles nip Giants as final 54-yard FG falls short

In Week IV’s Sunday finale on NBC, the Eagles beat the Giants 19-17 when a 54-yard FG attempt by Big Blue kicker Lawrence Tynes fell a couple of yards. Philadelphia took a 19-17 lead with on a 26-yard FG with 1:49 to play. After rookie David Wilson ran the kickoff back to the 35, Eli Manning drove the Giants to the Philly 26 with 25 seconds to play but an offensive pass interference penalty backed New York back to the 36. Tynes was wide left on his first try but Eagle coach Andy Reid had called time out. Tynes second kick was right down the middle but just short.

In other games …. Houston, Atlanta, and Arizona all won to remain undefeated. Houston blew out Tennessee 38-14 behind two touchdown passes from Matt Schaub and two defensive touchdowns. Atlanta got an Act of God 30-28 win over Carolina when Cam Newton fumbled a first down run that would have allowed the Panthers to take a knee. Matt Ryan drove the Dirty Birds 77 yards on five plays from his own one to set up the winning FG. Arizona overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat Miami 24-21 in overtime.

In tonight’s Monday Night Football finale, the Chicago Bears travels to Dallas to meet the Cowboys. The game opened at Dallas -3.5 and has not changed. The total opened at 45 and has plunged all the way down to 41 1/2. Weather is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperature at kickoff around 76.

Alabama is the unanimous No.1 in the AP

Rank Team Record Votes Previous

1 Alabama (60) 5-0 1,500 1
2 Oregon 5-0 1,430 2
3 Florida State 5-0 1,349 4
4 LSU 5-0 1,310 3
5 Georgia 5-0 1,252 5
6 South Carolina 5-0 1,152 6
7 Kansas State 4-0 1,123 7
8 West Virginia 4-0 1,066 9
9 Notre Dame 4-0 1,043 10
10 Florida 4-0 937 11
11 Texas 4-0 932 12
12 Ohio State 5-0 793 14
13 USC 3-1 703 13
14 Oregon State 3-0 647 18
15 Clemson 4-1 608 17
15 TCU 4-0 608 15
17 Oklahoma 2-1 581 16
18 Stanford 3-1 509 8
19 Louisville 5-0 404 19
20 Mississippi State 4-0 306 21
21 Nebraska 4-1 240 22
22 Rutgers 4-0 160 23
23 Washington 3-1 159 NR
24 Northwestern 5-0 143 NR
25 UCLA 4-1 122 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati72, Boise State53, Texas A&M51, Michigan State43, Texas Tech39, Michigan38, Louisiana Tech37, Baylor31, Ohio30, Arizona State15, Miami (FL)4, Arizona4, Iowa State3, Tennessee3

Euros go 8-3-1 in singles to retain the Ryder Cup

No matter what you call it, the worst choke job or the biggest comeback in golf history, Europe retained the Ryder Cup with a 14.5-13.5 victory over the U.S. Down 10-6 going into the final day of singles, the Euros needed an improbable 8 wins out of the 12 matches to retain the Cup. Luke Donald started the day with a win over Bubba Watson to start a run of five-straight wins by Europe. Martin Kaymer sealed the deal in the 11th match with a win over Steve Stricker making the Tiger Woods/Francesco Molinari (Tiger 1 up through 17) result (halved) moot. Three Americans …. Simpson, Mickelson, and Furyk ….
lost the 17th and 18th holes to drop their matches. Ian Poulter was the star of the event winning all his matches.

Keselowski wins at Dover, takes 5-point lead in The Chase

Brad Keselowski was the best at conserving fuel and that was the difference in his winning the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski took a couple of splashes with 10 laps left and that was enough to hold off Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin at the finish. It was Keselowski’s second win in the first three races in the Chase and he now leads Jimmie Johnson by five points as the left-hand turn circuit heads for Talladega.

Ricky Hatton to return to the ring

Former welterweight champion Ricky Hatton will end a 3 1/2 retirement when he fights Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine on November 24th in his hometown of Manchester. Hatton (45-2) hasn’t fought since being knocked out cold by Manny Pacquiao in May of 2009. Senchenko (32-1) is a former WBA welterweight champion who was stopped in the ninth round by American Paulie Malignaggi for his only loss last April.

Flat Out repeats in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Flat Out came from off the pace to run down Stay Thirsty at the wire and defend his championship in the Jockey Cup Gold Cup. With the win, Flat Out will take on the best in the world in the Breeders Cup Classic on November 3rd at Santa Anita. Flat out finished 5th in last year’s Classic. The 6-year-old horse, by the Claiborne stallion Flatter, overall is 6-4-2 in 19 starts, earning $2,042,383 with the $600,000 payday.

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